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The Heart of Organizing: A Podcast

A Heart-Centered Look at Getting Organized

Heart of Organizing IconThis is an audio Podcast about getting organized from a heart-centered perspective. Play it from this website, download it for later playing on your computer or MP3 player, or subscribe to it on iTunes. You do not need an iPod to play a podcast. Make sure the sound is not turned off on your computer, and click on one of the "Play" links below.

In this podcast, the word "heart" has two meanings. First, as in the "heart of the matter," it means the most central and important part. Second, it is a compassionate and non-judgmental approach that comes from the heart. The intention is to inspire you to get in touch with, and to empower you to act on, what is most important in your life.

Join Andy Hartman as he shares insights from his 21 years of experience as a Professional Organizer



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See Taber Shadburne performing the podcast's theme music.



1. Before You Organize

A few important things to consider before beginning the organizing process. Organizing Re-defined. Transcript



2. The Heart of the Matter: An Exercise

Andy invites you to take pen and paper and complete an exercise about what is truly important. Transcript



3. The Seductiveness of Stuff

A warning about the first danger you’ll encounter when you begin the organizing process. Transcript



4. The Three S's of Organizing

Three principles of organizing. Also, The Three S's of Organizing, an easy and effective three-step approach to organizing that will work with any organizing challenge. Transcript



5. The First S: Simplify

Simplifying is making life more simple by letting go of possessions that no longer serve you. Transcript



6. The Hidden Cost of Stuff

There's a cost associated with every possession. Andy points out all the costs, both hidden and obvious, of stuff. Transcript



7. Emotional Challenges While Organizing

You most likely have emotional relationships with many of your possessions. The emotional responses evoked by so many objects can become overwhelming. This podcast describes how to respond in a way that honors your emotions and still lets you make progress organizing. Transcript



8. "I might use it someday!"

When simplifying, how do you respond to possessions you "might" use "someday"? Transcript

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9. Simplifying Gifts

Have you ever kept an item you don't like because it was given to you by a friend? How to honor the good intentions of the gift-giver and still make decisions that serve you. Transcript



10. Three More Simplifying Challenges

Three more challenges you may encounter while simplifying. The discussion involves different ways to value possessions, what it means to waste, and how to simplify projects. Transcript



11. The Second 'S': Sort

Sorting: putting similar items together. Sorting recommendations. What to do when an item could belong in more than one category. Transcript



12. The Third 'S': Store

Storing: finding a home for a category so it is well-positioned for future use. Four criteria to use when storing. The importance of labeling and using containers. Transcript



13. "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind"

If you're afraid that if you put something away, you'll forget about it, you may tend to leave things out so you can see them. This podcast highlights the drawbacks of being dependent on visual reminders. Transcript



14. Organizing Myths

Myths related to organizing: OHIO ("Only Handle It Once"), Gadgets and Products are the answer, Organizing Equals Decluttering, and others. Transcript



15. Taking the Risk: Habits and Choices in Organizing

Bringing awareness to how you make decisions while organizing, including choices, habits, change, and risk. Transcript



16. Organizing and Stress

Three different ways a state of disorganization can cause stress and what to do about them. Transcript



17. Resources for Sustainable Simplification

How to give, donate, sell, and recycle your way to a simpler life. These are my favorite resources for getting unneeded stuff to places where it can be put to good use. Simplify your life in a satisfying, environmentally-sustainable way. Transcript



18. The Best Way to Keep Perspective

If organizing is arranging your possessions to support what's important in your life, how can you be really clear about what really is most important in your life? In this podcast, I describe the best way I have found to keep perspective and not let the busywork of day-to-day life obscure what is truly important. Transcript



19. Stuff, Meaning, and Happiness

Our possessions fulfill many important functions in our lives. In this installment, we take a look at what stuff can do for us, and what it can't. Transcript



20. A Sample Organizing Project (part 1)

In this podcast and the next, we go step-by-step through a sample organizing project from start to finish. Transcript



21. A Sample Organizing Project (part 2)

In the conclusion of this two-part installment, we continue and complete our sample organizing project. Transcript



22. Clutter-Free Gifts

After a brief hiatus, I'm taking the opportunity to honor this time of year by looking at ways we can share our love with each other without cluttering up each other's lives. Transcript



23. Simplifying Paper

Paper is the most time-consuming thing to organize. Here is what you want to keep in mind when simplifying and organizing paper. Transcript



24. Clutter in Relationships, Part 1

In part 1 of this series, Andy discusses the topic of clutter in relationship. Why it's hard to organize with a loved one and what to do about it. How you can be more effective when organizing with someone you care about. Transcript



25. Clutter in Relationships, Part 2

In part 2 of this series, Andy responds to a listener question regarding the topic of clutter in relationships. Transcript

"Too Much Stuff" as performed by Taber Shadburne

This is a video of Taber Shadburne performing music featured in "The Heart of Organizing" Podcast. For more information about Taber's work and music, see churchofsoul.org.



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