Unless you’ve been trapped in your own over-cluttered garage for the last decade, you’ve probably heard of Peter Walsh. An expert in “organizational design” (i.e. getting that crap out of your house), he not only has his own show about organizing, but a line of products at OfficeMax, too! His success has a lot to do with his psychological background, which has helped him see that de-cluttering is less about the material goods and more about the psychology behind the thing.
In case you have just freed yourself from that disaster zone of a garage, here are 5 facts about Peter Walsh to keep you up to date:
He’s a dual citizen.
No, this doesn’t mean he is a resident who engages in sword play; he simply has a passport to two different countries—his homeland, Australia, and his adopted country, the US, of which he became a citizen in 2002. He moved to Los Angeles in 1994 to start his organizing company, aimed specifically at helping office employees develop work and communication efficiency. Many of his clients were Fortune 500 companies.
Besides earning a master’s degree with a specialty in educational psychology, he has taught math, science, and graphic art, he’s worked in the drug abuse prevention sector, and he’s participated in developing health and education programs for both schools and businesses. He’s also a motivational speaker and, obviously, an organizational guru.
He’s a best-selling author.
No, they’re not sci-fi fantasy; they’re books about organizing and de-cluttering. They include: Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight, It’s All Too Much, and Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? He also has a video of It’s All Too Much, and an app called “Get Organized—Peter Walsh” (which, presumably, is not a command to himself).
He’s a TV celebrity.
He starred on the popular TLC reality TV show Clean Sweep when his organizational wizardry caught the attention of the network’s producers in 2003. He was the in-house organizational expert for 120 episodes. In the late 2000s he made regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, which pretty much locked in his television celebrity status. Since the big O he now has his own show called Extreme Clutter (née Enough Already!), which, incidentally, airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
He was married in 2008.
Despite being a very private person, Walsh spoke up against Proposition 8 as it personally affected him and his partner, whom he married just a year prior to this initiative, when same-sex marriage in California was a constitutionally-protected right.