Saturday, April 12, 2008
You may know of Peter Walsh from Clean Sweep, or from Oprah, or from his organizing books. But he's more than a high-profile organizer, a TV personality, and an author - he's also a delightful keynote speaker, and a gracious man in his post-speaking interactions.
Last Thursday, I heard Peter speak at the NAPO conference - and while much of what he said echoes what he's written in his books (as you would expect), a few things especially caught my attention.
- He chided the people taking notes during his speech, asking what the note-takers were going to do with those notes when they got home. "Do you have a file called notes?" [Peter, I took just a few notes - an index card's worth - and I'm using them for this blog entry. After that the card will get thrown in the recycling bin.]
- He talked about an organizer who worked with a client and found that client had 14 staplers. And then the organizer bought a box for those staplers. [Readers, rest assured that most organizers would not take this approach.]
- When people talk about their clutter, they use specific language: The clutter suffocates me, I can't breath in this room. Getting organized brings life back.
- As an organizer, he has two main tools: a helping hand, and a mirror (to reflect back to clients their own insights). I sat there thinking, "Yes, exactly!"
I also had the opportunity to say hello to Peter later and, like any good fan, get my books autographed. [The picture above was one of him and me - he also graciously posed for photos with lots of organizers - but I didn't like the "me" part, so I cropped it out.] As you can see below, Peter was pleased to see I'd written notes in my book.
Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?
It's All Too Much, by Peter Walsh