I love answering the ‘what do you do?’ question – wherever I am, whomever I’m with, it provokes interest and discussion.
People are captivated to hear I’m a member of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO). Mostly people don’t know APDO exists but are glad it does and I’m asked all sorts of questions: Do I tell people to throw stuff away? (No) Is it like those hoarder programmes on the telly? (No) Do I know about Marie Kondo? (Yup - and I’ve seen her demonstrate how to fold clothes!).
Towards the end of last year a blogger, Judy Heminsley, called me up to ask if she could quiz me in her research for an article about decluttering sentimental items. Hopefully I gave her some useful tips and ideas. I also waxed lyrical about my profession. Judy thanked me for my time.
It’s delightful to be thanked, but, to tell the truth, I was thankful too - not just because it’s intensely flattering to be ‘found’ on the internet and asked for my professional thoughts, but also because I love talking about my work. The more I talk, the more I learn, and the more I reflect on my profession. So much so, I want to share – here goes:
Image taken at APDO Conference 2015 by Alessandra Gerardi.
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