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  • Perfect Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Squall Press; First edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966797051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966797053
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,822,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Digging through confusion and distress, Kolberg opens the windows of thought for a fresh look at how hoarders can be helped. This book is for anyone, professional or not, who wants to help someone suffering from this problem. ----Sandra Felton, The Organizer Lady, Founder Messies Anonymous<br /><br />Kolberg helped me see hoarding from a different angle. I am hopeful this book will pave the way toward increased collaboration...to bring unique perspectives and skill sets to help those who suffer from this common and debilitating disorder -- --Dr. David F. Tolin, Director, Anxiety Disorders Center, Adjunct Assoc. Professor of Psychology, Yale U. School of Medicine<br /><br />This book is a helpful addition to the existing information on hoarding. --Dr. Gail Steketee, Dean, School of Social Work, Boston University

This book is a helpful addition to the existing information on hoarding. --Dr. Gail Steketee, Dean, School of Social Work, Boston University

Digging through confusion and distress, Kolberg opens the windows of thought for a fresh look at how hoarders can be helped. This book is for anyone, professional or not, who wants to help someone suffering from this problem. ----Sandra Felton, The Organizer Lady, Founder Messies Anonymous

About the Author

Judith Kolberg wrote her first book, Conquering Chronic Disorganization in 1999 soon after founding FileHeads Professional Organizers, among the first professional organizing companies in the Southeast. She is the recipient of the industry s highest honors including the prestigious Founder s Award from the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). Her contribution to inaugural certification program for professional organizers was recognized with the President s Award. She is the former President of the Georgia chapter of NAPO and has served as NAPO s Director of Professional Development. Kolberg is the founder of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD). She served as the Director of the NSGCD for seven years and is the recipient of their highest honor, the Highlighter Award. Her first book, Conquering Chronic Disorganization is a recommended text for the certification of all professional organizers and is available in English and Korean. Her second book, What Every Professional Organizer Needs to Know About Chronic Disorganization launched an entire profession of organizers specifically dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals who are chronically disorganized, and is a required textbook for the certification of organizers specializing in chronic disorganization. What Every Professional Organizer Needs to Know About Hoarding was released in 2008 with a Foreword by Dr. David Tolin, a leading authority on the topic. FileHeads clientele includes business owners, entrepreneurs, upper management and corporate executives from all over the country, and individuals with special organizing challenges including people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and clinical hoarders. In 2002, ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life was published by Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis, a worldwide academic press. It is co-authored with Dr. Kathleen Nadeau. ADD-Friendly is published in U.S., Canada, England, and the Netherlands. Kolberg is a native of Levittown, New York and a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton with a B.A. in Sociology. She derives her organizing skills from her early career as a political organizer doing lobbying, special events, and campaigning. Her political activism and a background in executive secretarial and corporate office management brought her to New York City where she often worked in the shadow of the World Trade Center. Deeply affected by the events of September 11th, 2001, she wrote Organize for Disaster: Prepare Your Home and Your Family for Any Natural or Unnatural Disaster. Kolberg has a certificate in Community Emergency Response from Homeland Security s Citizen Corps. Kolberg s depth of experience and humorous delivery has made her a popular corporate trainer and keynote speaker. She addresses live, by teleclass and webinar approximately 1,500 people per year on organization/disorganization related topics and has been covered in more than 60 print, TV and radio media outlets. She resides in Atlanta.

More About the Author

Judith Kolberg is originally from Levittown, New York and graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1975. She founded FileHeads, a professional organizing company, in 1989 and has been a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) since 1990. She formed the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization shortly afterwards and has served as its director for seven years. A recipient of the NAPO's prestigious Founders' Award in 1996, Kolberg is the author of Conquering Chronic Disorganization (Squall Press), co-author with Dr. Kathleen Nadeau of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life (Brunner-Routledge), and Organize for Disaster: Prepare Your Family and Your Home for Any Natural or Unnatural Disaster (Squall Press).

Kolberg is an experienced consultant, sought-after public speaker, and an accomplished writer on organization/disorganization topics. She currently is the Director of Professional Development for NAPO and resides in Atlanta where she is working on a fictional book.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By lisatheratgirl VINE VOICE on March 20, 2010
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Believe it or not, i am interested in becoming a professional organizer. My own house has been my first project and my dad's is next (he asked me). I had two relatives , now deceased, that I can now see were classic hoarders. I wish I had known enough to help them. I'm trying to learn all I can about organizing, clutterbusting and hoarding. I think the book is useful and the author knows what she is talking about. I would have given it 5 stars except for a few things: I agree with the other reviewer that the editing is very poor and gives the book an amateurish look, although it is not. I would have liked the book to have more substance, maybe be longer. The author also pushes her own organization every chance she gets. This may be justifiable; I have a lot more research to do. She is right about getting things in writing and using forms. She probably also should have suggested having your own attorney. As it happens, I am an attorney, I may be able to take care of these things myself, but not everyone will. I see this as a great second, part time, or post retirement career. This book is full of good practical suggestions and I particularly liked the author's repeated statements about respecting the client, their things, and their home. I'm likely to read more of Judith Kolberg's books and everything else I can find. This is a book from the organizer's point of view, which was also a great help to me. I think as a reformed messy person, I may be able to help others. I'm glad I read this book.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Squid Ro on February 26, 2010
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This book offers very solid advice on dealing with those suffering from a hoarding problem. The author has clearly done extensive research and offers sound strategies to benefit not only organizing professionals, but also family members, authorities and health-care practitioners.

My only gripe is that the book appears never to have been copy-edited. The author has a penchant for misusing commas, either adding them indiscriminately and with abandon throughout her text or dropping them where they should appear. These glaring grammatical mistakes are plentiful enough to signify a true breakdown in the editing process. The grammar problem is, quite simply, a major distraction from what is otherwise a very competent, informative work.

Perhaps the poor editing is the fault of the publisher. Perhaps the author herself is to blame. Either way, someone needs to take a red marker to this book immediately.
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By Joyce D'Amore on December 2, 2013
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It shows the insight to a hoarders mind and how to not take things personally when the hoarder disagrees with you.
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By . on March 6, 2013
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very imformative for me to understand hoarding as i am trying to start my own business as a profesional organizer.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nacho Eguiarte on August 30, 2011
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Good book for those who want to deal with hoarding issues from the perspective of professional organizing. You love organize as a hobbie or as a career you'll need this material.
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