Kim Cox: the Psychology of Clutter and Packrat Solutions
moving the podcast – interview from October 8, 2013
Kim Cox is a professional organizer who specializes in helping people with emotional-attachment issues. Her educational background is in psychology, and I wanted to find out how she uses that training to help people overcome that emotional pull to hold on to their stuff. We talk about how she became a professional organizer, the psychological reasons we become packrats or hoarders, and how she helps people get their lives back under control.
“It’s my passion to help people get to a place where they know their own system.
It might not look pretty, it may not be the way your family and friends think
you should have it…but it’s what works for you.”
0:00 ~ becoming a professional organizer
4:55 ~ why we hold on to our stuff
10:55 ~ what’s going on in the brain
20:00 ~ using psychology to help packrats
24:20 ~ what it’s like to work with Kim
31:20 ~ “I’ve learned a lot about the brain”
Kim talks about her experience on the tv show Hoarders
Hoarders tv show
National Association of Professional Organizers
National Association of Senior Move Managers
American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama
Institute for Challenging Disorganization
Kim is the Membership Chair of the National Association of Professional Organizers – Greater Manchester, NH Chapter. You can find them on Facebook as well. Kim says their meetings are open to the public, and they share a lot of great information that can be useful to anyone, not just professional organizers!