Lessons from Oprah's Organiser: Peter Walsh
by Louise D'Allura on August 13th, 2014

As many of you know I was super proud that our food division - Meal Planning Your Way was a sponsor of the event “An Evening with Peter Walsh” featuring Oprah’s Organising Guru.

Joining Peter Walsh for this evening was Barry DuBois, Master Builder/ design aficionado from Channel 10′s The Living Room.  

What a privilege to get to know Peter Walsh for the #aapo14 conference and event An Evening with Peter Walsh.  When we (the conference speaker team) first met Peter to begin those conversations all those months ago I was so touched and inspired by what he gave us - the gift of his presence and attention. There are few times in your life when you 'experience' people that truly are present - and Peter was one of them.

What I loved most about Peter and Barry’s philosophies to designing our life and spaces in a conscious manner - was to understand what we truly want from our spaces and infusing it with our personality and vision. 

I was also touched by their ability to truly listen to what was going on for people in the Q&A component.  They offered real and amazing solutions that supported what people were facing in that moment.

I enjoyed hearing both Peter and Barry talk about how our spaces need to support our life – for today.  To live our best life we have to get clear on the vision we have.  Peter spoke about this at length – simple things like having the dining room and kitchen clear were paramount to eating well and living well.

Peter challenged us to ask ourselves what do you want FROM the space? So for example what do you want FROM your kitchen?  You need to dig deep for your answers.   What is it you truly want – is it connected family time, conversations, happy and healthy family?  Whatever it is you have to ask – does what I have in this space support our vision? How healthy can you make those meals if you have sporting gear and school notes in an already cluttered kitchen?

Peter Walsh encouraged us to focus on making small changes by doing just little things at a time – like setting a timer for 10 minutes then ‘hunting’ with the family for Trash (using one garbage bag) and Donations (using another).  Get everyone involved and by the end of the week you have at least 5 or 25 bags of things GONE!

The simplicity of doing one thing on a regular basis really spoke to me as that is what I encourage my clients to do!

And if it wasn’t enough to see Peter again and meet Barry – it was so fantastic to see organising bloggers at the event too – including the wonderful Kat from The Organised Housewife.  She really is so lovely and I can’t wait to catch up with her again!
Now, I would love to hear from you!  In the comments below, tell me what do you want FROM your home/ work spaces?

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Deb McNair - August 20th, 2014 at 2:10 AM
I need to rescue my kitchen from paperwork!
- August 27th, 2014 at 3:26 AM
Hi Deb
Yes it is such a common thing! I'd suggest you check out this post :


Louise ;)

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