Over the course of the past couple of weeks, I’ve had fun featuring a number of my colleagues from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) to give you a feel for the wide range of talents ICD organizers possess. In addition, to showcasing their talents, I asked them to share a little about their organizational challenges and overcoming those challenges, as well a provide some insight about overcoming disorganization.
Let’s close out this series by introducing the fabulous Linda Samuels owner of Oh, So Organized! located in Croton on Hudson, NY. Linda has been in business for 21 years and specializes in working with chronically disorganized clients to help them organize their homes and offices. She loves organizing papers, closets, home offices, kitchens, thoughts, and incorporating coaching into her organizing work.
Linda is an ICD Level V-Master Trainer, which means that she has achieved the highest level of certification that ICD offers. Specifically, in addition, she holds 10 of the 11 Level I Certificates, 2 Level II Certificates in CD and ADD, Level III Certification-CPO-CD, Level IV-Training Program Coach. Linda is also a graduate of the Coach Approach for Organizers program. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Linda is ICD’s President Elect and will be assuming the role of President on July 1, 2014. Congratulations, Linda! Here’s how Linda responded to some of my questions for her:
What do you most appreciate about being an ICD trained organizer? ICD’s educational program is carefully thought out to provide stepped levels of learning to match your interests and learning goals. It’s not a static program, but one that keeps growing. New classes get introduced and presenters share the latest research and ideas about chronic disorganization. So much of what I’ve learned through my ICD training has helped my clients. I’ve used strategies, shared resources, and gained better understanding of their specific challenges. Even with all the training I’ve had, I continue to take ICD classes, learn from my colleagues, read books, and attend conferences. The learning is ongoing.
How does disorganization show up for you and what have you done /do to overcome it? I’m pretty organized in most areas of my life except for meal planning. I remember even when our daughters were little, and they’d ask me what we were going to have for dinner, I’d say, “I don’t know I’m not in the kitchen yet.” I’ve always been good at creating meals from whatever was around, but not great about pre-planning for the week. My workaround is recognizing that I’m OK with not being organized in every area. I try to have the right food supplies on hand IF I want to cook, but beyond that, I’ve let go of the meal planning dream. What’s fascinating to me is that our oldest daughter happens to be an amazing cook, who is really good about planning. I’ve learned and continue to learn a lot from her.
What do you most want readers to know about overcoming disorganization? Getting organized is a process. It takes time, patience, creativity, flexibility, and maintenance. We think and learn in different ways. There is no one or right way to organize. The key is being willing to invest the time and resources to identify your strengths, create systems based on those, and design environments to support who you are and how you want your spaces to function. It’s not a matter of being perfectly organized, but getting organized enough so that we can focus our energy on the people, places, and activities that are most meaningful.
Thanks for following this series. I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting these ICD Organizers as much as I’ve enjoyed featuring them.