Alejandra was recently interviewed by Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Seth Gillihan on his Think Act Be podcast. The interview is available on iTunes:

Topics covered in this interview:

  • The importance of having systems in place to maintain organization
  • Being in the right mental space to start decluttering
  • The emotions that get tied up in our stuff and our efforts to declutter
  • The balance between decluttering and organizing
  • The downside of having lots of storage space that allows for clutter
  • The advantage of taking care of clutter sooner rather than later
  • Common obstacles to decluttering
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things to sort through and make decisions about
  • The value of focusing on how life will improve by letting go of unneeded items
  • The importance of trust when letting go of stuff
  • The freedom we feel in letting go of things
  • The hidden costs of holding onto unnecessary clutter
  • The challenges of organizing when you have children
  • Having a place for everything
  • Saying “no” to things that don’t serve your soul
  • The attraction of simplifying
  • Daily organization tasks for well-being

Dr. Gillihan is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He has advanced training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He treats patients in his independent private practice in Haverford, PA, and by video conference.

About Alejandra

About Alejandra

Since 2008, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 100+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and “The Decluttering Queen” by Good Morning America, Alejandra’s expertise has been featured in The New York Times,, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. 


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