Ep 75 Simple Scrapbooking Podcast: Scrapbook Hoarders? With Geralin Thomas

by Lain Ehmann on May 15, 2013


Are you a scrapbook hoarder? Professional Organizer Geralin Thomas of A&E's "Hoarders" talks with host Lain Ehmann about the ins and outs of craft supply hoarding. Are you a scrapbook hoarder?

If you’ve ever watched A&E’s hit show, “Hoarders,” you may have felt like you had a little too much in common with some of the guests. Well, we go straight to the source in today’s podcast with special guest and sweet friend of mine, Geralin Thomas!

Geralin is not only an incredible lady, she is a regular on “Hoarders,” helping people with the most severe hoarding issues tackle their problems. While chances are you don’t have any pumpkins rotting away under your scrap paper, she’s definitely got some tips to help you streamline your supplies.

We discuss:

  • How the “Mad Men” of advertising are devising plans to get us to buy more than we could ever use
  • Why perfectionism is keeping us hog-tied and disorganized
  • How time management plays into the problem of over-purchasing
  • How a hula hoop (!) can help you organize your space
  • How to get your kids involved in cleaning, organizing and decluttering

(She also shares her own personal organizing challenge!)

This episode is JAM-PACKED with ideas and suggestions. I know you’re going to love it!

Links in This Episode:

Geralin’s Website

Hoarders on A&E

“Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely (aff link)

Geralin’s “Declutter in a Jiffy” treasure hunt list

Hoarding vs. Collecting Podcast Episode – Reawaken Your Brilliance (recorded 5/8/13)


P.S. The Use It Up! Challenge is still in full swing. Check out past and future daily assignments on the Layout a Day Facebook page.

P.P.S. If you want more information and guidance on organizing your space, I suggest you check out this video class from Aby Garvey: Get Organized to Make the Most of Your Scrapbook Space.


  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.dubarry Heather Dubarry

    Great take away #1 Unless you use it up, you’re wasting your money.

    #2 Complete sets! (copic markers!) Do you really NEED complete sets?

    #3 Set yourself up for success. (Reminded me of the touch it once idea.)

    Great interview!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lainehmann Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Thank you for listening! :)

  • lynne moore

    This is great timing! I am scheduling my garage makeover next week. Plus I like how she “gets” us crafters. So many times you read or listen to organizers who don’t seem to understand that holding an item is inspiring and valuable to creative types! Thanks to you and Geralin!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lainehmann Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Isn’t she awesome? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kris.vanallen Kris Huber Van Allen

    Anoth great podcast! I’ve been a fan of Gerlin’s since Hoarders began. Geralin, to me you seem to really understand the person and their underlying issues, and are very gentle with them while still able to challenge them. Very professional. The “Jiffy” approach is a great one, and we used that a lot with our kids when they were little. Toys are very overwhelming to pick up, but if we race to find all of the Legos that we can, or all of the books that we can, it is not only easier, but more fun. As they got older, the Hula Hoop method seems to work better, especially with my very artistic daughter who just turned 17, and who maintains her bedroom in hurricane mode. She can do small areas just fine. I am the lone wolf who is able to do the “empty the entire room and ruthlessly purge.” she lets me do that about twice a year, and I leave the trash bags for her to go through if she so chooses (she hasn’t yet). But maye I am the exception to the rule in many ways, because when you two spoke of leaving bath products unempty and moving to the next bottle, I got all twitchie. I cannot imagine doing that, in fact I get all I can out of one before moving on. What I am most guilty of is what my scrapbooking friends call “giving away my store”… Getting tired of my supplies and just either selling them off to friends and rock bottom garage sale prices or literally giving them away to get them out of my house. Out of sight, end of guilt of ownership to me.

    Lain, thanks for another great podcast!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lainehmann Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Kris, I need you to come help me purge! :)

  • Geralin Thomas

    Oh wow! I’m loving all the nice comments and feedback ladies. I’m secretly hoping y’all will leave your biggest organizing challenges in the comments section and Lain will invite me back for another Skype session. Thanks to all for listening and please don’t forget to hit the share buttons – that’s how we share + care! I’m a firm believer that enthusiasm for organizing is contagious.

    Kris Huber Van Allen – I double-dawg-dare you to twichy-your way through all your bathroom products before buying more.

    Lynne Moore – Looking forward to an update how the garage organizing goes.

    Heather Dubarry – Your feedback is awesome – I love a list and you nailed it with the 1, 2, 3 approach!

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.dubarry Heather Dubarry

    Thinking about this some more, and this is something I mentioned on Lain’s facebook page as well. I am organized. I can find what I want when I want it, and I am not paralyzed with too much stuff. (I don’t just talk about it, I actually get scrapbooking done!)

    My organizing challenge, if you will, is finding a way to organize things so I am struck by what I’ll call a “happy accident.” I love when I stumble across something I wasn’t looking for, and that piece is the perfect unexpected element I needed. I love when that happens! Any suggestions?

  • http://digitalscrapbookinghq.com/ Melissa Shanhun

    Ok @google-6b603db1ff32cbb61946abae0e43b773:disqus you are totally awesome! I love your style. The bathroom cabinet idea is something I’ve had to do. I’ve fallen in love with Arbonne but I am not allowing myself to buy any more until I finish what I have (which is still awesome products but just not as awesome!)

    I totally love organising and have things 80% undercontrol I think.

    My biggest organising challenge for my scrapbooking supplies is change & growth. I seem to constantly have to reorganise and relabel everything as I change and get rid of some supplies and get more of others.

    Do you have ideas for organising things say works in progress that will not be permanently stored forever (eg they get finished, used up etc and replaced by different stuff)?

    One example is I have a drawer set for my embellishments. All fine and dandy, but now I have thickers alphabet letter stickers, that are 2 inches too big and I have to reorganise everything again. It’s kind of frustrating!

    Thanks @facebook-1068947558:disqus for this episode :)

  • teddi

    i learned so much thank you both! i listened to this podcast twice, because i wanted to make sure i retained the information. it completely changed the way i shopped, when i went to the craft store today. yes, please bring have her on as a guest again. i’m sure she has more ideas to share. :)

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