In this episode, Marci interviews Linda Chu, owner of Out of Chaos, a professional organizing company based in Vancouver that provides home and office organizing strategies and systems for both home and business owners. Linda is also the founder and chairperson of the Professional Organizers in Canada. Listen as Linda shares with us her tips on effective spring cleaning, how to stop feeling overwhelmed with this task, why and how you should leverage your time, and different ways and resources to dispose items that are not being used.

Covered Topics:
  • Leveraging Time
  • Effective Spring Cleaning
  • How To Stop Overwhelm
  • Ways and Resources to Dispose “Waste”
Podcast Show Notes:
  • 00:10 – Marci introduces Linda
  • 01:02 – Linda’s background is in the hotel industry
    • The 9/11 caused her exit in that industry and entry in the world of organizing
    • Linda’s company, Out of Chaos, has been around for 16 years
  • 02:52 – Linda talks about how she got into organizing
    • People are looking for a system or order
    • Organizing is not every person’s priority
    • Linda’s greatest impact is working with individuals to bring them to ground zero
  • 06:21 – The best business advice Linda has ever received: Leverage your time
    • Delegate as much as you can
    • Get someone who’s an expert in the task that you need done
  • 08:47 – Effective Spring Cleaning
    • Starting point is being clear on your goals
    • Sorting through everything
    • Edit through
  • 11:19 – Tips on how to stop the overwhelm
    • Start with a timer
    • Do something achievable
    • Be consistent
  • 13:57 – Check out Linda’s Resource Guide for Disposal
    • Not using/utilizing an item is waste
  • 16:11 – Connect with Linda on Out of Chaos or send her an email
Topic Takeaways:
  • Learn to leverage time by delegating the things you can so you can focus what’s important.
  • Effective spring cleaning means being clear on your goals, sorting, and editing through everything you have.
  • You don’t have to do big things on your first try — do what is achievable.
Quotable Quotes:
  • “The principles are the same — people crave for a system or order.”
  • “Do what you love, do what you are an expert in.”
  • “Organization is a skill set.”
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