Vali began organizing at the age of five while cleaning up her room with her sister. She started her professional organizing business after years of being asked to organize the homes of her family and friends. Her book is a collection of the organizing columns she currently writes for a local newspaper. CRAP means Clutter that Robs Anyone of Pleasure. Her book includes numerous tips on how to organize, green ways to recycle unwanted CRAP, success stories from clients (names have been changed to protect the organizationally-challenged), and further ruminations about CRAP. She explores why we have so much CRAP in our homes, why we don’t throw it out, and why we don’t want to deal with it. Vali’s goal is to create and share simple organizing ideas with her clients and readers and help them organize their best life.
Her book explains that organizing isn’t just about having a ‘home’ for everything: it’s about a state of mind and a way of life. It’s not about making a home perfect because there’s no such thing as perfect (she doesn’t even use this word). Vali also found out that because Americans value CRAP and can’t stop buying CRAP, we are putting our planet at risk. Organizing is about recycling, reusing, remixing, and repurposing as a way of life for everyone, not just for a few. By buying so much CRAP, we also are putting our monetary well-being at risk because we don’t have money for important things like education and retirement.
The goal of organizing is different for everyone, but the bottom line is to provide order to embrace the space you have, be able to handle the ups and downs of life with ease, and to aspire to organize the best life possible!
By Vali G. Heist, CPO
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