Are your closets cluttered? Do you have plenty of clothes but nothing to wear that you are excited to put on? Would you like help getting organized so you can get ready easily and feel more in control of what you are putting on? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or you simply enjoy learning more organizing techniques, then you will love this interview with Geralin Thomas.

Geralin is a naturally gifted professional organizer. For 19 years, she’s helped people around the world get organized and become more productive so they can pursue their passions. You may have seen Geralin on the Emmy nominated television show, Hoarders, where she worked in some of America’s most cluttered homes. She is the author of Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets, and is a wealth of information. The show notes and links mentioned are at https://thegoodlifecoach.com/156

We Discuss:

  1. How clutter can be physical and psychological
  2. Clutter vs hoarding
  3. Where clutter *typically* comes from
  4. Emotionally, how clutter makes people feel?
  5. Geralin’s closet organizing system in depth

Tips to help you get started:  

·      Gather the goods: bins or bags, a tape measure, full-length mirror, stepstool, vacuum, duster, bright lighting, “miscellaneous bin” for change, buttons, pins

·      Block time on calendar and put phone in DND mode

·      Get motivated: music, beverage, perky scent, lower the thermostat, wear appropriate undergarments, easy-on-off-outfit

·      Take measurements

·      Analyze and note hair, eye, and complexion colors

·      Determine wants vs. needs; create a wish list (hangers or handbags)

·      Group like with like + give everything a permanent address

·      Get high (use vertical space: wall space/shelves, pants/scarves/hangers that cascade)

·      Save prime real estate (easy access/high visibility) for most often used items

Resources Mentioned

Website:  MetropolitanOrganizing.com

Book: Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets

Easily plan what you’re going to wear from head-to-toe with Geralin’s Wardrobe Worksheet 

Here’s a link to Geralin’s quiz https://www.metropolitanorganizing.com/life/home-organizing/whats-clutterer-personality-type/

Here’s a link to Geralin’s Wardrobe Wisdom Workbook https://www.metropolitanorganizing.com/personal-style/wardrobe-wisdom-workbook/

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Guest Bio:

Geralin Thomas from Metropolitan Organizing is a naturally gifted professional organizer. For 19 years, she’s helped people around the world get organized and become more productive so they can pursue their passions. Geralin especially enjoys transforming chaotic closets into color-coded, curated collections. 

You may have seen Geralin on the Emmy nominated television show, Hoarders, where she worked in some of America’s most cluttered homes. She’s been featured on TV commercials and interviewed in national publications. Her book Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets has been translated into [x] different languages and is sold worldwide.

In addition to coaching professional organizers, Geralin’s Ask Me Anything YouTube videos provide answers to frequently asked questions about their business challenges. Her website has free articles, quizzes, and checklists to help people get organized – whether that be by decluttering their homes or standardizing processes in their small businesses.  

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