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Mar 23, 2022

Over the last few decades, the organizing industry has progressed in almost indescribable ways and our guest today, Dorothy Breininger, has witnessed many of these changes, having built an amazing career along the way. Dorothy joins us on the show today to talk about this wonderful journey that she has been on, what got her started, and her thoughts on the current landscape of organizing. She has some truly inspiring messages for all of our listeners around working with your circumstance, staying generous, and how curiosity and volunteering can serve you and your business in positive and unexpected ways. In our chat, Dorothy reflects on her first connection with NAPO, and how she went about building her business before we talk about the organizing community and the explosion of the industry that we have seen more recently. We also get into the appearances that Dorothy has made across many popular TV shows and how she learned to bring her authentic self to her brand. This is a truly unmissable episode, so join us to get it all!


Key Points From This Episode:


  • [00:01:27] Looking back at Dorothy's history in the world of organizing up to this point.
  • [00:06:15] Memories of connecting with NAPO and what the organizing profession looked like at the start of Dorothy's career.
  • [00:08:34] Building her own business and the resources that helped Dorothy expand.
  • [00:13:08] The need for community and how Dorothy learned to collaborate and share with others.
  • [00:14:49] Dorothy's reflections on the last few years, and the current moment in the industry.
  • [00:16:49] How the different skills are opening up new avenues in the industry.
  • [00:19:33] Current challenges in the organizing industry and Dorothy's positive spin on things!
  • [00:22:20] Cultural perceptions of organizing and the progress that has been made in awareness.
  • [00:23:18] Escaping the shame and the normalization of the common needs for assistance.
  • [00:25:12] Considerations around the environment and the move to more minimal materialism.
  • [00:27:28] Dorothy's personal practice of eliminating unnecessary possessions.
  • [00:28:13] The spirit of performance and fun; how Dorothy has built her career on TV.
  • [00:30:12] Closing remarks from Dorothy and her message to the organizing community!



Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:



Dorothy Breininger —

Dorothy Breininger on Twitter —

The Cancer Concierge —

Hoarders —

Wall Street Journal —

Forbes —

O Magazine —

Today Show —

Dr. Phil Show —

The View —

The Doctors —


LA County Hoarding Task Force —

LA Times —

Marie Kondo —

Spark Joy —

Cass Aarssen's Clutterbug —

Hot Mess House —

Elon Musk —

Clare Kumar —