In the summer of 2004, Meg filmed a British comedy television show,“The C.H.A.O.S. Clinic” a wacky, wily, comedy for people who “Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome,” (a very highly disorganized state of living!)
The show was a tongue-in-cheek reality-ish depiction of a self–help clinic that happens to be the last hope for people afflicted with hoarding, lack of time management, and chronic disorganization – all symptoms of C.H.A.O.S.
Using an irony-laced and alternative approach to helping the clinic’s members (offered via a series of group meetings and home interventions), Meg leads the group through a six–step recovery program to achieving streamlined success.
Dream sequences, psychedelic lights, adventurous spelunking amidst clutter with hard-hats and headlamps, and tongue-in-cheek support-group farces pushes this eight-episode series out beyond the average to the wildest possible edge, and highlighting the lighter side of getting organized.
Oakland-based Professional Organizer Is Star of New Television Series in Great Britain
“The C.H.A.O.S. Clinic” premieres Thursday, July 21, 2005, 19:30pm,
on England’s Five
Meg Connell, “The Organized One,” (http://www.theorganizedone.com) is straightening out the lives of England’s chronically disorganized denizens using wit, wisdom, and a six-step program to achieving streamline success in “The C.H.A.O.S. Clinic,” (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome). The stages of “recovery” are: Confess Your Mess, Find A Buddy, Stop Hoarding Start Living, Clear Out The Clutter, Order Out Of Disorder, and Together We Will Conquer C.H.A.O.S.
The eight-episode series follows Meg into the homes of hopeless hoarders and obsessive shoppers, where her ironic, alternative, comedic, and sometimes even outlandish techniques help clients face the facts of their situations and get organized.
For example, in the first episode, Meg helps a client admit to her compulsive purchasing issues by turning the home into a “Meg-A-Store,” with cosmetics on the ground floor, and lingerie upstairs, demonstrating the perils of addictive buying and preening.
Later episodes feature Meg as boot camp drill sergeant, space alien, spelunking specialist; others have her dressing up some of her clients as Superman and “mini-Meg”—all in fun, and in the service of helping people to kick the clutter habit.
The show also has a good time showcasing Meg’s seeming eccentricities as an American stranger in a strange British land.
“The techniques we use on the show are a little over the top,” says Ms. Connell, whose successful fifteen-year organizing practice has never employed costumes or stage sets stateside. “This is TV, after all. The show has a lighthearted silliness to it, and at the same time, it never loses sight of the goal—getting the client organized.
“I think that making people laugh while teaching them life-changing principles is a good way to drive the message home—so to speak!” she adds.
Produced by Talkback Thames, “The C.H.A.O.S. Clinic” airs on Thursday, July 21, at 7:30pm on England’s Five.