Presentations


Would you like a speaker for your group on senior downsizing, organizing, or hoarding? Organization Rules offers presentations for your group! Below are descriptions of the presentations offered by Vickie. See which one fits your needs and book today!
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Don't Toss My Memories in the Trash©

Steps to Helping Seniors Downsize & Organize

Are you a senior or baby boomer who wants to slim down your belongings, organize, and possibly move? Are you overwhelmed and don’t know where to start or what to do? Are you the adult child and need to help your parents downsize from their large home of several years to a smaller home? Do you work with seniors and their adult children who face the issue of downsizing and moving and don’t know where to turn for assistance? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, this presentation is for you!

This presentation will help you:
  • Understand the reasons and importance of downsizing
  • Figure out a plan and where to start
  • Decide what to do with all the stuff
  • Deal with the physical and emotional aspects of the process
  • Prepare for Moving Day

Eligible for CEU credit. Length of presentation is 60-90 minutes. Call or email for more information on this presentation and fees.

The Emotional Burden of Downsizing: How to Release the Stuff from your Life©

Why is it so difficult to let go of your stuff? You are not alone! Whether you are 35, 55, or 95, letting go of our belongings is not easy. Our belongings are part of who we are and reveal the story of our lives. Whether you are downsizing a big house, moving, or just want to have less in your life to manage, this presentation will help you think differently about your stuff.

In this presentation, we will discuss:
  • How we accumulate stuff
  • Reasons why we hold on to our stuff
  • The burden of holding onto all that stuff
  • Ways to let go of our stuff

Eligible for CEU credit. Length of presentation is 60-90 minutes. Call or email for more information on this presentation and fees.


Understanding and Helping Clients and their Families with Extreme Clutter & Hoarding©

People who hoard present unique challenges. To be successful, understanding these challenges is critical, and must be considered in the various aspects in dealing with hoarding. This class will present some of the methods used by Professional Organizers, including collaboration with other professionals.

This presentation will cover:
  • Chronic disorganization and hoarding
  • Issues that may cause hoarding
  • Dealing with someone that hoards
  • The professional organizer's role
  • Support and other professionals that can help

Eligible for CEU credit. Length of presentation is 60-90 minutes. Call or email for more information on this presentation and fees.


Organizing for the Creative Person©

Are you a creative person and have issues with keeping your work and home space organized? This presentation will help you with suggestions and tips for organizing for the creative person.

This presentation will cover:
  • Problems with home and office disorganization
  • Dealing with procrastination
  • Right and left brain thinking
  • Tips to stay organized

Length of presentation is 60-90 minutes. Call or email for more information on this presentation and fees.
Vickie was invited to present at the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging Conference in Pittsburgh, PA in November 2015. Here is a clip of her presentation on Hoarding.



Reviews


"Thanks for everything Vickie! Everyone was so pleased with your presentation! You really did a superb job and I noticed that the entire audience was highly engaged and very focused on what you had to say. There were lots of great questions too."
--Betty Robison, MSN, RN-BC
Gerontology Educator, Aging Institute

Quotes from attendees at the recent Hoarding Project Conference:
"Super nice, loved case studies, helpful take-aways for my clients"
"Comprehensive presentation"
"Very knowledgeable, real life experience"
"Excellent presentation- learned so much"
"A lot of presentation spoke right to me and my situation with my mother"
"Vickie's insights are invaluable"

"I just wanted to say thank you again for taking time to make the car trek to Morgantown and for so graciously sharing your organization and downsizing expertise. The reaction to your presentation was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. I'm even optimistic that you motivated me to start to weed out some of the many unused, unneeded items in our house."
- Gwen Rosenbluth, West Virginia University Osher Life Long Learning20Institute at WVU Center on Aging


Presentation Highlights

Past Presentations


06/26/2017 Vickie presented at The Hoarding Project Conference in Philadelphia.


05/11/2017 Presentation-The Emotional Burden of Downsizing: How to Release the Stuff from your Life at Glen Eddy Senior Living Community-Niskayuna, NY


03/30/2017 Presentation-The Emotional Burden of Downsizing: How to Release the Stuff from your Life at Glen at Hiland Meadows Senior Living Community-Queensbury, NY


Vickie had the honor of speaking at the Japanese Association of Life Organizers' (JALO) Annual Conference in Yokohama, Japan on December 7 and 8th, 2014.


11/10/15 Vickie presented on Hoarding at the Allegheny County Area on Aging Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.


10/19/2013 Vickie presented Don't Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Professional Organizer's Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move at the Mid-Atlantic Conference for Professional Organizers in Bethesda, MD.


2/21/2013 Vickie presented her Don't Toss My Memories in the Trash webinar to the National Association of Realtors.


3/19/2011 Vickie taught a multi-week Downsizing Class at the Community College of Allegheny County, North Campus, McCandless


3/10/2011 Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show - Vickie presented on senior downsizing at the NAPO Pittsburgh booth.


2/2/2011 Hoarding Presentation for the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA


01/20/10 Pittsburgh, Station Square, Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash presentation with Home Instead Senior Care, CEO founders.


For more information, please email Vickie@OrganizationRules.com