About me? What’s to know?
If you’re not familiar with me, I’m known as the decluttering and organization guy. I was born and raised in Australia in a tiny town 25 miles outside of Melbourne.
I’m one of seven kids – middle child, three brothers and three sisters. All of my siblings live in Australia. I’m now a dual citizen – Australian and American.
When I was sixteen I came to the United States as an exchange student – lived for a year in southeastern Utah and graduated high school there, in Moab. I loved it!
The idea of working with kids was always attractive to me so I went to college in Australia and graduated as a teacher and taught high school math, science and graphic art.
My background in education led me to work in drug abuse prevention and health promotion in Australia and then in developing health, education and training programs for schools and corporations.
1994 was a good year. That’s when I came to the United States and launched a company that produced workplace training programs that helped employees with their interpersonal and communication skills.
All of these past experiences came together when my training experience and interest in organizational change in the workplace and in homes caught the attention of the producers of the hit TLC show ‘Clean Sweep’. We ended up making more than 120 episodes and helped thousands of people get excited about decluttering and organizing their homes and their lives.
Helping people live rich and full lives without drowning in their stuff continues to be the focus of most of my work. I’m lucky to now be working on The Oprah Winfrey Show helping people declutter their homes, their heads, their hearts and their hips.
As well as my work on TV I’ve written a few best-selling books about clutter and organization. My first (and favorite) is “It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff”. I’m now also designing some cool organizational products and hosting a national radio program. This all keeps me busy when I’m not travelling or helping people turn their clutter and chaos into calm.
I now live in Los Angeles with my long term partner. No pets. No plants. No clutter.