February 23, 2022

Emotional Labor – How it’s Affecting Your Organizing Clients with Regina Lark, PhD, CPO, Owner of A Clear Path, LLC

Episode 93: Emotional Labor - How it's Affecting Your Organizing Clients

Emotional labor is the unseen, unnoticed, unwaged, unwritten, and unanticipated work women do at home. Gender inequity is an age-old issue that women still bear the brunt of. In Episode 93, NAPO Stand Out Podcast Host, Clare Kumar interviews Regina Lark, PhD, CPO as she dives into why women are dumped with the job of homemaking, regardless of their brains are hardwired, and why they feel such a deep sense of shame if they can’t stay on top of the mess! With a doctorate in women’s history and years of experience as a professional organizer, Regina has married her expertise to write Emotional Labor: Why a Woman’s Work Is Never Done and What To Do About It.

In this episode, we learn how Regina’s male and female clients tend to have a different relationship with mess and how same-sex relationships differ from heterosexual relationships in terms of emotional labor. We discuss wages for housework campaigns and homemaking strikes over the course of history, and how the delegation model in the modern home needs to change! Tune into this episode to find out how strategically stopping your household tasks can work to enforce equity in the home and discover a neat tip to measure labor equity and prove what your work is worth!

About the Speaker:

Dr. Regina Lark is an Organizing and Productivity Specialist based in Los Angeles. In 2008 she founded A Clear Path, followed by Silk Touch Moves, and recently, Speaking of Clutter. Dr. Lark is a frequent speaker and educator on topics ranging from women’s leadership, emotional labor, time management, productivity, hoarding, and ADHD. She has been featured on A&E’s hit television show Hoarders, in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • How Dr. Lark’s Ph.D. in women’s history and experience as a professional organizer prompted her to write Emotional Labor.
  • How ADHD was only diagnosed in men and the impact on ADHD women.
  • Regina’s profound definition of emotional labor and how she landed on it.
  • The different relationships Regina’s male and female clients have with mess.
  • How the household delegation model needs to change and why.
  • What wages for housework campaigns are and where and when they started.
  • How same-sex and heterosexual relationships differ in terms of emotional labor.
  • Anticipating changes with the emotional labor lifecycle.
  • And much more!

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