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102: Dorothy the Organizer — Declutter Your…Everything

By July 6, 2017Podcasts
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Dorothy Breininger is one of America’s Most Trusted Professional Organizers and is on a mission to create more space on the planet.

102: Dorothy the Organizer: Declutter Your...Everything“Dorothy the Organizer” is most widely known as the problem solver on the Emmy-nominated show Hoarders. She is also the best-selling author of five books.

In her latest book, Stuff Your Face or Face Your Stuff, she approaches organizing from the perspective of what our clutter says about our emotional condition, and how that can translate into other self-destructive or self-sabotaging behaviors such as overeating.

She should know — in the course of decluttering her life, Dorothy lost (and has kept off) 75 pounds.

Join Dorothy and Andy for an honest and compelling discussion of the struggle so many of us have with clutter, disorganization, body- and self-image, procrastination, food addiction, and the relationship strain that can occur when partners’ ideas about organization don’t exactly match up.

102: Dorothy the Organizer: Declutter Your...Everything

Dorothy’s husband shows off their meal preparation.

Episode Bullets:

  • How is being organized about more than just “stuff?” — 7:45
  • What do you mean by “organizing around your values?” — 10:00
  • What’s your story, Dorothy? How did you get here? — 12:10
  • Tell us how you got on Dr. Phil. — 15:00
  • When did you recognize that you were a food addict? — 17:13
  • What food guidelines do you follow daily? — 20:15
  • How did you manage the emotional aspect of changing your relationship with food? — 22:46
  • How do I know where to begin organizing? — 26:30
  • I’ve heard of a “filing system,” but what is a “piling system?” Aren’t piles disorganized? — 29:49
  • How can I remember all the things I want to do, see, and so on without a calendar? — 33:02
  • How do I decide what to keep and what to get rid of? — 37:30
  • Explain your five-point value system for evaluating possessions. — 44:55
  • Can an organized and a disorganized person be happy in a relationship? — 46:05
  • What (if any) kind of organizer am I? — 52:30
  • How can I beat the urge to procrastinate? — 54:50
  • What is the self-sufficiency fallacy? — 56:40
  • Should I feel guilty if I need help getting organized? — 57:57
  • What daily habits do you practice? How do you organize your time? — 1:01:50
  • So you weigh and measure you food. How do you plan your meals? — 1:06:23
  • Do you snack between meals? How often do you eat? — 1:09:30
  • Part of healthy eating is having the right things on hand. How do you approach that? — 1:12:00


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P.S. If you only have five minutes, listen at 37:30 when Dorothy explains how to decide what goes and what stays and how to feel great about those decisions.

BIG THANKS to Dorothy the Organizer! If you enjoyed this podcast, click here to thank her on Twitter.

Episode Resources:
Dorothy the Organizer (DTO)’s website
Stuff Your Face or Face Your Stuff — Dorothy’s latest book
The Success Principles book
The Power of Habit book — Marie Kondo
Home Clutter, Confusion, and Chaos — Psychology Today
A Clutter too Deep for Mere Bins and Shelves

Connect with Dorothy:
Dorothy’s Facebook page
Dorothy on Twitter

If you enjoyed this podcast, here are some others to check out:
Gretchen Rubin – NY Times Bestselling Author and Habit Expert
Tinier Tim Bauer — How He Lost 250 Pounds

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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.