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Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I worked with a client who was the clutterer in the family. Every room he entered, he cluttered. He would often say, "I don't know how this stuff ends up in here". As I chuckled (and he did too), he felt the weight of the statement. He realized (or at least admitted) in that moment that clutter has no hands, feet or mobility. It can't move unaided. We (along with the family) decided on a compromise. He would be responsible for keeping all common areas clear of clutter (along with the entire family). He had his own "man space" that they decided he would be allowed to keep anyway he liked as long as it did not affect the other members of the family. Not the ideal outcome, as the goal is always to help the client maintain order in every area of their space and in their life. However, as we continued to work together, a strange thing happened. Okay, it was not so strange as it was my plan all along. He started to maintain his space too!! The change was gradual, but I think he'll stick with it. We see each other on a regular basis for follow-ups and maintenance sessions that allow him to continue to refine and maintain his new habits. This has helped reduce the familial conflicts in this family.

Dr. D. Clutter™

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I am Dr. Darnita L. Payden, Executive Director/Owner of Dr. DClutter™ Life Management, a division of PreciousOnes™ LLC. I have a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and over 20 years of experience working to help clients discover their strengths and talents. Having worked as a therapist, college professor, grief specialist and trainer, I have encountered in my journey many of the issues my clients may face. I have a sincere desire to help you find clarity, organization and independence in your life and environments. I know that life can be hectic, but I desire to help my clients bring as much order, peace and enjoyment back into their lives as is possible. What separates me from the norm? I focus on the client from a holistic perspective. I realize that most people desire a functional and an organized life, but may simply need support, understanding and information about why they have the habits or tendencies that have led to disorganization. I do not perform “quick fixes” or provide “one-size-fits-all” guidance, but I strive to provide strategies to my clients that will be life changing and useful for a lifetime. Dr. DClutter™ is a name well earned!!

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