• Mindy Foster

Organizer + Clutter Coach

For all of us, 2020 was a year we won't soon forget. We saw the best and worst of humanity and learned how we function without our usual societal routine and order. For many of us, we experienced life outside the rat-race. We lost structure, routine and daily expectations of us.

For some of us, managing daily life outside of our 'normal' routines and parameters became an increasing challenge.

For me, I learned I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.

Here's my story.

During the lockdown, I decided I would begin investing in professional development training relating to helping the chronically disorganized effect real change in their lives that would support their ability to maintain an organized life.

I had worked with a number of clients who were experiencing chronic disorganization as a result of depression, PTSD, ADHD, hoarding behaviours, OCD, ASD and so many more.

Through this work, I learned that these folks are significantly impacted by the ability to manage their environment. They struggled to let go of items regardless of their value but they also shared a struggle to understand the organization process. I knew this meant that I had to learn a different approach. In researching opportunities to learn more as a professional organizer about clutter coaching for the chronically disorganized, I learned about two amazing organizations that are doing great work in this area; Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) and the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). The International OCD Foundation taught me empathy, compassion, understanding and strategies in working with those who exhibit hoarding behaviours. These folks make up as much as 6% of our population. It is an absolutely heartbreaking illness that requires a team of professionals to treat. (We are working on building a website of resources for those who struggle with hoarding behaviours and their family and friends who are affected. More details to follow.)

Next I delved into the courses within the ICD program including ADHD and my mind was absolutely blown. I was reading about myself!! Not only was I recognizing the signs and symptoms I was learning, I was thrilled to be learning tools and strategies that I could teach to help these folks better manage at life. Specifically, learning how the prefrontal cortex is affected affecting the 7 executive functions, allowed me to understand how to adapt strategies to this way of processing. With this new information and adapted strategy, I am well equipped to motivate you to the end of your goals. My specialty is clutter coaching for the chronically disorganized. xo Mindy

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