Picture it, two girls in college, racing home to watch the episode of Clean Sweep they recorded on their VCR. Can you see it? Yeah that was us. We would faithfully record each new episode and watch it together, cheering on the homeowners, and becoming mega fans of organizer Peter Walsh at the same time.
So you can imagine why we are still pinching ourselves after we had the honor of interviewing Peter Walsh and asking him loads of burning questions about organizing, purging, and minimizing.
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If you weren’t faithful fans of Clean Sweep, (it was on TLC back during Trading Spaces days), you’ll remember Peter Walsh as the organizing expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show who orchestrated some amazing makeovers!
He is also a best-selling author whose titles including It’s All Too Much, Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight, Lighten up, and his latest book Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life.
But wait, if you haven’t heard of Clean Sweep, you have to watch one of our favorite moments. We mentioned this moment in the interview– the clock with the mouse poop! We were amazed when Peter Walsh recalled this moment, and details about the couple, from so many years ago!
The icing on the cake was the news that the clock is still in a place of honor on their mantel. How special!
However, that wasn’t the only moment we had some strong emotions! We both actually shed a few tears during the interview. What?! I know, Peter Walsh made us cry. To say he is good at what he does is an understatement!
He gets right to the heart of the issue and looks past the clutter. The emotion lying just under the surface comes up and you realize, it is not about the stuff. It is not about the stuff. I wish I could explain it better, but it’s really a moment you have to listen to!!
The good news is, there were only tears for a minute or two and we were still able to ask him some of our burning questions. Peter Walsh, wealth of knowledge, didn’t disappoint!
We touched on:
- Why he is not that interested in the clutter when he helps people get organized.
- How his organizing philosophy has changed through the years.
- The starting point in helping people to declutter and get organized.
- Why one of his favorite question to ask is “What do you want from your home?”
- The difference between benign and malignant clutter.
- Introducing moments of mindfulness by asking, “What is the life you want?
- How helping others get organized often backfires on you– arguing about stuff doesn’t work.
- We also touched on minimalism and Joshua Becker who wrote the book, The More of Less. I really enjoyed his book and mentioned it back in Ep 13 Spring Into Action.
- The New York Times article, Aging Parents With Lots of Stuff, and Children Who Don’t Want It.
- Peter Walsh’s latest book, Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life.
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