Organization for Hoarders

Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis

Hi Apartment Therapy. I'm back promoting my new series Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (me) airing tonight 9/8c on Bravo. Just like I did to my clients on the show, I surprise you every so often with unsolicited advice. Sometimes it's about design, sometimes it's about improving lives. At the moment, I thought I would offer you both.

Clutter is one of my biggest pet peeves. You might think that if you have expensive things or live in a large home, you could never be considered a hoarder. As you'll see in future episodes, that is not the case.

I'm not a licensed therapist professional, but I would imagine that collecting things you no longer need or use is a sign of holding on to the past. Cleaning out your old junk is the best way to move toward your future.

If you have rooms upon rooms of old furniture, books, or linens dating back to the mid-70s, give simple editing a try. Pick a room and get a cardboard moving box. Take a look around at your tables, shelves, countertops, cabinets, etc., and remove 30% of your things. Pick items that you rarely ever use. When you're finished, tape the box (or boxes) shut and put it in your garage. Wait a week — and you'll realize you didn't need any of it.

I can usually convince a client to give tired old possessions to charity. I explain that especially in today's financial times, people could use their things more than ever. People are comforted in knowing that their personal possessions are going to good use.

If you need help gettings inspired to clean up, take a look at the images above.

Check back in later today and tune in to Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis tonight — and every Wednesday — at 9/8c on Bravo. To learn more about the show, visit our website.


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Images: 1 TipJunkie; 2 Martha Stewart; 3 Apartment Therapy; 4 Better Homes & Gardens.

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