My Messy Life: Q&A with Josh Freed

August 26, 2015 by boxer2004 | Comments Off on My Messy Life: Q&A with Josh Freed | Filed in General

Josh Freed is a self-confessed mess. The Montreal Gazette journalist and author’s office is shockingly disorganized, yet he claims his best work is born from the chaos. In the new, one-hour CTV documentary My Messy Life, which airs Saturday May 17 on CTV, Freed defends his clutter and gets to the bottom of the battle between the chaotic and the neat in an attempt to prove that a messy desk does not equal a messy mind.

In the film, he meets several renowned messy deskers such as Canada’s former Justice Minister, the Hon. Irwin Cotler, who explains that his busy desk reflects his busy mind. And he drops in on Internet guru Esther Dyson, who argues that tidying up is an inefficient waste of time and that her mess is in fact the secret to her success. See their shockingly messy desks in the gallery below.

Freed spoke with earlier this week.

The Montreal journalist and filmmaker of My Messy Life, is a man with a lifelong and self-confessed ‘order disorder.’ Photo by Andrei Khabad

Q: My Messy Life gives the fantastically messy people of the world the opportunity to explain (ie. justify) why their bedrooms, their offices and their cars are such cluttered disasters. How would you explain the reason for your lifelong “order disorder”?

A: It’s my natural order. My otherwise excellent grade school report cards always had dire teacher warnings (A grade 5 example: “Josh will never succeed in life unless he conquers his messiness.”)

My brain thinks in a lot of tangents and my office is probably just one big tangent – and somewhat of an X-ray of my busy brain. It might be genetic: my father was quite messy when young, too. Then again, my mother was super neat – so maybe I’m just having an extended childhood rebellion.

Q: Was there someone you interviewed for the film who you think gave the best justification for why it’s OK to be messy? For example, Internet guru Esther Dyson said cleaning is a huge waste of her time as she could be doing far greater things that decluttering her office.

A: I think Esther Dyson made the point that constantly filing, finding and re-filing things requires a huge hidden cost in anti-mess maintenance time — more time I suspect than many messy people spend looking for things.

I think radio host John Shaeffer made another strong point: that piling systems (as opposed to filing systems) allow for a lot of creative accidental thinking — because you’re forever bumping into things you don’t expect to and suddenly bouncing off them to create potential new ideas.

Q: What is the biggest contributing factor to your accumulating piles? Is it a love of paper?

A: Yep — I love paper. Always have, always will. My wife says that maybe I have a fetish for paper — but I think I just love the look of it, the touch of it, the texture, the portability, the crumple-ability, the sensuality of paper rubbing against your naked skin and — Oops, I’m getting carried away. Maybe she’s right.

Q: Your office is really, really messy, but did you meet someone whose mess shocked even you?

A: Definitely. We all have our Outer Mess limits. Steve Fyvish, the unnamed violinist in the film, was way over the top with his five foot piles of paper all over the entire floor, so much so that I found myself picking things up off the floor and even tidying — an unfamiliar experience.

Also, comedian and “King of Clutter” Joe Franklin’s celebrity museum of memorabila was a bit overwhelming in sheer density of space used , even for me…There were a couple of artists we didn’t include in the final cut who grossed me out — because they incorporated food into their clutter, which is a real verboten for me.

I have a rule that no one can cross my office door border with as much a peanut or a cup of coffee. I don’t want to take the chance that it gets left somewhere in the mess and shows up a year later.

My office may be a “mess”-terpiece — but it’s all-paper and 100% food-free.

Q: Until recently you were embarrassed by the state of your office. When guests were in your home would you close the door? Would you under no circumstances allow them to see your office?

A: Until three years ago, I only allowed close friends to peek inside the door of my office, because I was worried about what others would think… But then I decided to just get over it.

I came out of the closet at a Moses Znaimer ideaCity session two years ago where I gave a talk on messiness and creativity and showed pictures of my messy office to a room of 500 fairly well-known people.

I was pretty nervous at first but the talk went surprisingly well and afterwards over 100 people (several very well-known) came up to tell me they had secret messes, too that they’d always been embarrassed to show. That’s when I suddenly knew it was time someone came clean on mess and made a film that explored and possibly (gasp) even defended it.

Q: But now you’ve come to terms and even embraced the fact you are messy and you aren’t going to change. How did that happen?

A: Meeting so many interesting and generally confident messy people during the filming and research ( although many well-known messes wouldn’t allow us to film them) convinced me that I’m just part of a large and largely secret society whose members require some mess to work creatively.. I’ve gradually come to the conclusion that mess is really more of an aesthetic issue than anything else — and that one person’s mess may be another’s laboratory, with a hidden underlying order that only the mess-maker understands perfectly.

Bottom line — maybe I’m not messy. I’m just differently-organized in ways that neat people can’t see. Then again, I have launched my own major cleanup since the filming ended and I no longer have to maintain the continuity of the “set.” But after a recent day-long session of cleaning and re-piling things, I’m not sure anyone but me can see the difference.

Q: Perhaps the biggest problem for messy people is maintaining relationships with their neatnik spouses or roommates, would you agree?

A: Yep. It’s a constant source of “mess stress” for many couples and it’s estimated to be behind 10% of divorces.

After talking to dozens of couples, I’m convinced the only solution that works well is for the neat person to allow the messy one a DMZ area where they can “express their mess,” whether it’s an office, a back room, a shed, a corner or whatever — a space where they can just be them.

However, I wouldn’t recommend that you make this the kitchen — or for that matter the living room or anywhere else that matters a lot to the neat partner. My wife has always done her best to ignore the chaos of my home office as long as I agree to keep the order in the rest of the house so it’s never much of an issue between us — we’ve agreed on a border of order.

Q: What do you think was behind the decluttering movement of the early 90s that saw an onslaught of professional personal organizers launch lucrative careers?

A: We live in a fairly overwhelming age of both information and material clutter and I think many people feel a bit out of control. I think the decluttering movement began as a response to helping people cope with this — but like many movements and businesses it developed a life of its own and a constant need to continue to grow. That’s given it an evangelistic fervour with a zeal to convert (and nag) many people who didn’t really ask for help in the first place.

It’s become a cult of cleanliness, which seeks to impose order on desks, offices, closets, and many other small spaces — possibly because its hard to control the bigger surfaces of modern life itself.

Q: Are neatniks control freaks?

A: Obviously some people are neat nazis — out to order the whole world in their own image, and pushing desk organizers, closet organizers and other weapons of “mess destruction.” But many other neatniks are just people who require some order around them to be productive. Frankly, I’d rather have a neat airline airline pilot and a neat surgeon who doesn’t go on creative tangents in the operating room, but I’m happy to have a messy professor, or MP, or actor, or architect, or anyone else who may thrive artistically in a little chaos.

Q: If I’m a really messy person and want the neatnik in my life to get off my back, is there any argument I could throw at them so they’ll leave me alone?

A: We messy are rarely evangelists. We don’t ask you neat to mess up your own rooms, or become personal “dis-organizers.” We don’t create endless TV shows that come into the homes of you neat people to mess you up (there are six shows that try to neaten up the messy). So just why should we messy have to put up with the fervour and the tyranny of the tidy?

It’s fair to ask us to try to keep YOUR neat spaces neat, but you should allow us the same respect for out messy corners (within reason.) There are countless messy geniuses out there from Einstein to Edison to dozens of messy scientists, lawyers, artists and others Ive talked to — who thrive in some disorder even if they don’t want to show it off on TV.

It’s time we liberated the messes and gave them a small area to call home.

My new business is now completely funded!!

May 12, 2015 by boxer2004 | 3 Comments | Filed in Small Business

I have written a business plan, and re-written and re-written…well you get the idea. It’s evolving!
It’s for a business that I intend to start and it will help people of like mind connect and find eachother.
My intention is to find the perfect business partner/investor to fund it. One who sees the value of it and who has the resources that will help to launch it successfully. We have a mutual respect and have a great working relationship. One who trust me to take me on as a partner. One who believes like I do that this business will work and impact peoples lives in a very positive way. One who will take action immediately. This person is looking for me just as I am looking for him/her and when we meet we will know with crystal clarity that it is meant to be.

This business is effortless, is a huge success and really helps people, changes lives and makes a positive impact to this community.

Supporting Actions:

The actions I have taken are:

– Writing a business plan
– hired a consultant to help define the objectives and make the numbers make sense to investors
– posted it investors network
– sent numerous emails to potential investors, 4 have responded requesting my business plan. However, it is not finished yet!!!
So, another intention is that the business plan is complete, concise and attractive to the perfect investor.

Background Information:

I’ve had this calling deep in my soul to help people. I have worked in many different environments but they are not fulfilling. I’ve been on this spiritual path for 15 years and it’s time for me to take it to the next level. I had this idea come to me and I want so much to follow it through to completion. However, I need funding from investors or the lottery!!!

I am so grateful that I have a job that allows me to work from home and I’ve been able to work on this plan during breaks and lunches. But the job I have is not where I belong and I have a greater calling. My intention is when my business is funded I will quit my current job, thank them for giving me the opportunity and start on my new path.

Private Health Insurance – Get an Affordable Coverage at Reasonable Price

May 12, 2015 by boxer2004 | Comments Off on Private Health Insurance – Get an Affordable Coverage at Reasonable Price | Filed in Health

When you are looking for private health insurance, you must keep two goals in mind. One is the price and the other is the level of coverage. Is it possible to get the best health insurance coverage from a low cost policy? Many people are doubtful of getting the best of both in a health insurance plan. However, there are many individuals who manage to find the ideal balance and get what they desire in an insurance policy.

Comparative shopping is the best way to get what you want. Obtaining quotes from multiple service providers gives you the opportunity to compare prices. Each insurance company has its own method of setting the prices and you might come across variations in prices for basically the same type of coverage being offered by different providers. So, check out as many quotes as you can before you buy private health insurance.

While looking for the lowest price, don’t forget to consider the coverage. A policy that does not provide essential coverage is a waste of money. So, check out the quantum of coverage you can expect for the price you will pay and whether that coverage is adequate for your needs. Usually, the more the premium rate, better the coverage. But in a competitive insurance market, it is indeed possible to find a balance between the price and the coverage if you speak to more than one private health insurance company.

The real you coming through loud and clear!

May 12, 2015 by boxer2004 | Comments Off on The real you coming through loud and clear! | Filed in General

Last night we had a shoot with Katie and i wanted to show you all the different looks and ideas we have! The photo on the right is Katie’s natural look. She is wearing a detailed piece by forever 21 that makes her look so classic. The photo on the left is her glamorous sexy vixen look. We used some sexy Russian red lipstick by MAC and for her eyes we used black shadow and of course some false lashes that go forever! She was feeling it and it really came out in the photo!

Is that Phen375 Scam True

April 1, 2014 by boxer2004 | Comments Off on Is that Phen375 Scam True | Filed in Health

Most definitely, no. Phen375 can help you lose a ton of weight, not to mention help you to stay healthy. It definitely is obvious that it isn’t a scam since already thousands of people have seen success with lots of weight loss through this pill.

Many people do experience a couple of Phen375 side effects in the long run since it does not always help you to stay healthy. It has the right ingredients to help you stay strong and full of vitality to workout daily.

Can You Really Lose Weight using Phen375?

The main reason why this is not a scam is because phen375 does work and you really can lose weight within a couple of days. The pill literally kills your fat almost instantly. It drains your body completely of the fat you should not be having on a daily basis. You will be able to stay so healthy in the long run when you take this.

It is not true that the Phen375 scam. If it was, it would have been sued tons of times since thousands of people have been using their food for a very long time. You will be able to stay strong and really change your life when you use this. Also, the Phentermine HCL 37.5 reviews have always been very positive, so you can depend on this to give you a really healthy diet.


The biggest benefit is the fast metabolism you will develop when using this. You will experience having your body full of strength and activity. You will also be able to lose weight while you sleep since the ingredients are wonderful in burning your fat.


Taking too many pills in a single day is not healthy. You really should only get a couple pills each week. Find out the right amount specifically for your body to see how healthy you become. Phen375 is really good to try but you must be healthy and make good eating choices.

It is not a scam at all and it will never be a scam. Being manufactured in the FDA registered facilities, they are a reliable company that can give you top quality diet pills that will make you lose fat quicker than you ever thought possible. The Phen375 ingredients are very good for the body and may help you to strengthen your metabolism quicker than ever.

Lastly, after reading this article do you still believe that the Phen375 scam? Why don’t you give it a try? Then find out whether it is true or not at all.

Ankle Pain

December 5, 2013 by boxer2004 | Comments Off on Ankle Pain | Filed in Health

Ankle Pain Alleviation

Let’s say you leaped to the ground from a substantial height and landed wrong.  This will induce ankle pain due to the impact and method of your landing.  The reason for your ankle pain would be obvious.  But it is not always the case.

What about when your ankle pain can’t be explained away by a mere mishap?

Often times ankle pain and foot pain in general, is caused by pressure on the ankle ligaments from walking and by being overweight.

The ankle supports your entire body weight from the ankle on up.  Often times knee pain will accompany the pain you are experiencing from a hurt or stressed ankle.

Another reason for constant pain in your ankle is an old injury being aggravated.  Scar tissue and small stress fractures can impede healing, and over time can become more difficult to deal with.

Now that we went over some of the causes of ankle pain, let’s go over some ways to help relieve the actual pain itself.

First off, if you are overweight or obese consult your physician and see if there is an exercise he or she can recommend for you.  If you are able to verify that weight loss is a possible remedy for your ankle pain, then adhere to your doctor’s recommendations.

There are two main ligaments that are attached to the ankle itself and are the most commonly injured in regards to the foot.  They are the Anterior Talofibular Ligament and the Calcaneofibular Ligament.

The Anterior Talofibular Ligament is located forward of the ankle bone, both interior and exterior ankle.  The Calcaneofibular Ligament is located behind the ankle bone, again both interior and exterior ankle.

You can temporarily relieve you heel pain by pressing down on these ligaments with your index finger and thumb.  While applying moderate pressure, rotate your ankle and foot.  While doing so, see if you can break up any tissue that may be knotted.

Once this is completed, rub the Anterior Talofibular Ligaments from top to bottom with your thumbs.  This will not only work the ligaments themselves, but warm them up so they loosen, and get blood flowing to the painful area.

These are  just the beginning steps of alleviating your ankle pain.  More articles will be coming soon regarding other issues people experience with their ankles.  These will include:  Ankle swelling, advanced ankle treatment, ankle arthritis, and ankle tendon pain to name a few.

Happy Heels: Stopping Foot and Heel Pain Due to High Heels

December 5, 2013 by boxer2004 | Comments Off on Happy Heels: Stopping Foot and Heel Pain Due to High Heels | Filed in Health

Heel pain is a common issue for people who stand on their feet all day.

But, when wearing high heels, heel pain can take on a life of it’s own.  So, is the pain of wearing high heels all the time worth it?

A lot of women suffer heel pain by wearing high heels, but often times it is part of a mandatory dress code and they have no choice in the matter.

High heels are an easy way to make a woman look tall and stylish, but these can also cause heel pain. While many might suggest wearing flats in order to avoid heel pain and foot pain, it has been determined that women nowadays are willing to wear a pair of shoes even if they don’t feel comfortable in them. Of course, there are several ways that one can ease heel pain – or avoid it completely. The first of these is to buy a pair of heels that fit well.

How many women have ended up buying a pair of loose shoes or too-tight heels just because they were on sale? Having high heels in the wrong size may seem insignificant, but this can spell the difference between spending the most of the party sitting down due to heel pain and actually joining in the dancing and conversation. Loose shoes can cause feet to slide forward, thus putting pressure on the toes, while too-tight heels can cause blisters on the heels.

There are some reminders women should remember when choosing a pair of high heels. First, they should look for shoes that have thick straps, which would prevent them from losing their balance. Second, they should avoid high heels that have steep “slopes,” since these hardly give any support and stability. Third, they can consider getting insoles that are made especially for high heels, which give comfort and lessen the pressure and force that is placed on the balls of the feet. Gel inserts can also be used to prolong foot and heel pain.

Another way to stop heel pain is to wear a different pair of heels every day. Women can wear one-inch heels to work, and save their strappy six-inch heels for special events and dinners. A gentle foot massage using a golf ball or a frozen water bottle at the end of the day can help ease pained heels. It is also a good idea to get a foot soak every five to seven days to “re-energize” one’s feet and help remove dead skin.

To relieve heel pain, a foot soak can be easily prepared using two cups of warm water and mixing it with lemon, orange, or grapefruit juice. It is best to soak the feet for five minutes, and then use a pumice stone to gently scrape off the dead skin from the balls of the feet and the heels. Oil-based sugar scrubs and foot balms can be applied as well.

However, if foot and heel pain continues, one should consult a doctor immediately to prevent any more problems from happening.