Finding the Right Support: K2 Organizing, LLC

This is the third of four postings in a series featuring some colleagues from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD).  The purpose of this series is to give my readers a better feel for the wide range of organizing services available to them.  In addition,  I’ve asked my colleagues to share a little about their own organizational challenges and how they work to overcome them.  Maybe you’ll relate to a challenge of theirs and find support in how they’re dealing with it.

HeadshotSmallToday I’m pleased to introduce my fascinating friend and colleague, Karen Kruzan, owner of K2 Organizing, LLC in Worthington, Ohio. Karen has been organizing professionally for six years.  She is an ICD CD Specialist and an ICD Hoarding Specialist and has completed ICD’s Level III Training, earning her designation as a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD).  In addition to being a CPO-CD, Karen is a Supervising Licensed Independent Social Worker. Her training and 18+ years as a therapist prepared her to help clients and their families discuss and handle all the emotions stirred up when they begin to look at their disorganization, especially hoarding.

She enjoys using both skill sets to work with people having mental health challenges. She co-leads a therapy group for people with chronic disorganization and hoarding, and shared, “I love seeing people gain an understanding of why they do what they do and then change their lives! It’s powerful and rewarding when you combine therapy, organizing, education, and peer support.”

Here’s how Karen responded to my questions for her:

What do you most appreciate about being an ICD trained organizer? 

The understanding that the person is at least as important as the disorganization, and that ICD organizers are constantly working on improving their knowledge and skills.

How does disorganization show up for you and what have you done /do to overcome it? 

When I take on too much you can see it in my work space and throughout the house, and maintenance suffers. I remind myself that there are ebbs and flows in busy-ness and to ride it out until things slow down again.

What do you most want readers to know about overcoming disorganization? 

Try not to judge yourself by a higher standard than you would others. Figure out what causes the disorganization and try to overcome that.

Click on these links to catch up with Karen at Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter

I hope this series of postings is helping you gain some perspective on seeking out the best organizing assistance for you.  We’ll wrap this series up next week with a post featuring Linda Samuels of Oh, So Organized.

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2 Responses to “Finding the Right Support: K2 Organizing, LLC”

  1. Ellen Delap February 3, 2014 8:36 pm #

    Love learning about other ICD members! I can appreciate Karen’s perspective on taking on too much. We are all learning about balance.

    • Andrea Sharb February 3, 2014 11:04 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Ellen. I appreciate Karen’s perspective too. In fact I was communicating with a friend earlier this evening about mindfully letting go of commitments when a commitment period ends, instead of mindlessly re-upping for another round.

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