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January / February 2011                                                                          Volume 18, Issue 2
In This Issue
NAPO-LA Calendar
President's Message
NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting Info
6th Annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards
NAPO's 23rd National Conference
NAPO National Conference Dates
February Silent Auction
Organized Karma
Volunteers/Committee Honored
Welcome to our Newest Members
Members in the News
Next POLA Workshop
Golden Circle World
NAPO Neighborhood Groups
CD Support Group
Forward this issue to a Friend 

Quick Links

Who's Who

Board of Directors

Katherine Macey 
(310) 806-2580

Donna Rosman
(310) 910-3268 

Nicole Ballard
(562) 235-1908

Regina Lark

Regina Lark
(818) 400-9592
Erin Haas
(310) 339-5096

Kim Rocke
Kim Rocke
(661) 294-0043
Cynthia A. Smith
(310) 827-3705

Heather Furlong
(805) 577-8267 
Leslie Haber
(323) 935-9235

Robin Davi, CPOŽ 
(805) 657-0908


 Committee Chairs

Associate Member Coordinator
Barb Schmit

CD Support Group
Jean Furuya

CPO Certification Liasion
Barbara Ricketts CPOŽ

Wendy Hughes
Golden Circle    
Mishele Vieira, CPOŽ, Chair
Claire Flannery, CPOŽ
Toni Scharff
Esther Simon

Greeter Coordinator
Lisa Suchesk
Christie Gelsomino

Tina Brooks

2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards & Expo
Donna Rosman, Co-Chair
Robyn Reynolds, Co-Chair

Meeting Assistant
Member Spotlight
Nadine Levy

Neighborhood Groups
Coordinator: Kathyrn Masci
Tanya Whitford, CPO
Hollywood: Beth Ziegler
South Bay: Beverly Clower
Upland: Millie Hinkle
Ventura: Kathryn Masci
Westsiders: Toni Scharff

New Member Orientation
Toni Scharff, Co-Chair
Debra Frank, CPO-CDŽ, Co-Chair

Online Ambassador
Master Cruz
Sara Getzkin
Donna Rosman

Professional Organizers Learning Academy (POLA)
Jean Furuya
Dolores Kaytes
Donna D. McMillan

Registration Assistant
Kelly Erwin

Silent Auction
Lisa Sucheck 
Visitor Liaison
Lori Gersh 

Website Coordinator
Kim Rocke

Heidi Chianta

Meeting Attendance 

39 members
8 visitors
Chapter Membership: 138


No Meeting


48 members
9 visitors
Chapter Membership: 110

Board Meeting




1. Office Max is the official Presenting Sponsor of the 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards.

2. The new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is an official Gold Sponsor of the Awards.

3. NAPO Awards voting is open to everyone, regardless of NAPO affiliation.



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1. The Board's Policies and Procedures Manual will soon include job descriptions of each Board position.

2. Robin Davi, Tanya Whitford and Dolores Kaytes will serve on the 2011 Board Nomination Committee.

3. Fun and important volunteer opportunity with LA Prom Closet on March 11 (see article in this newsletter. 

Chapter Award Winners
 Leading Edge Award
2009 - Robin Davi
2008 - John Trosko
2007 - Jodie Watson
2006 - Dolores Kaytes
2005 - Jodi McDaniel 
2004 - Chris McKenry 

Raising the Bar Award
2009 - Leslie Haber
2008 - Chantale Bordonaro
2007 - Jodie Watson
2006 - Chris McKenry
2005 - John Trosko

Volunteer of the Year Award
Linda Levine-Quackenbush
2008 - Heidi Chianta
2007 - Cary Brazeman
(Associate Member)
2006 - Claire Flannery and
Kristine Oller
2005 - Deborah Kawashima
2004 - Laurie Clark and
 Dee Saar
2003 - Robin Davi
Associate Members
Custom Closets
Email Kay Wade
 (310) 516-7000 x224 

Go Junk Free America 
Go Junk Free America! 
 Email Evan Berger 

Custom Garage Systems
Email Gus Gougas
(818) 232-7683

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Office Organization Products 
Email Barbara Schmit
(818) 232-7683
Custom Glide-Out Shelves for Cabinets & Pantries
Email Michelle Smith 
(310) 980-4906

NAPO National Membership

Annual Dues
$200 - Active Member*
$150 - Associate-Branch
$250 - Associate-Local
$550 - Associate-Corporate
  $20 - Processing Fee

*Provisional member dues are $180 plus a one-time $20 processing fee. You are an active member* if you have completed your provisional membership year, or are a new NAPO member with more than one year of professional organizing experience.

NAPO National dues can be paid online. Proof of paid dues is required at time of joining NAPO-LA. NAPO National submits its renewal notices directly to members on their anniversary dates. NAPO-LA annual membership dues are renewed each September. You can also join NAPO-LA online.

NAPO-LA Chapter Membership

Regular Members:
Dues are prorated
25% quarterly.
$100 - Level 1
Yearly dues and Website Listing in the "Find an Organizer" section of our website.

$25 - One-Time Processing Fee
$25 - Lapsed Member Processing Fee

Associate Members:
Dues are prorated 25% quarterly.
$175 - Branch Associate Member - Local branch or regional office of a Corporate Associate Member
$300 - Local Associate Member - Locally-based, self-operating retailer, supplier, designer, or independent sales representative engaged primarily in the manufacture, distribution, and/or sale of organizational equipment, supplies, or organizing-industry related services.
NOTE: All members are required to sign a Code of Ethics as part of their membership.


The Los Angeles Organizer

Claire Flannery
Claire Flannery, CPOŽ 

Roxanne Hoerning
Roxanne Hoerning
Newsletter Advertising
 Kenya Erving
Millie Hinkle
Kathryn Masci
Donna D. McMillan
Toni Scharff

The Los Angeles Organizer is published bimonthly (January, March, May, July, September and November). The newsletter is emailed to NAPO-LA members and associate members, NAPO national board members, and NAPO chapter presidents, and is available to the public on our website. All contents are copyrighted. All rights reserved.

Submission Guidelines

NAPO-LA members are encouraged to contribute to this newsletter. Articles are not to exceed 500 words in length. Submissions must be received by the Editor no later than the 20th of the month preceding the month of publication. You may send your article as a Microsoft Word file attachment or directly in the body of an email. Photos should be .jpg, 72 dpi, sent with your article. All article topics and content must be approved by the Editor. Submit editorial to

Advertising: Ads must be received by the 20th of the month preceding the month of publication. There are two types of ads available.

Website Link: This is a small ad containing a link to your website, located in the left side column of the newsletter. The ad can be your logo, a photo, or a short message. Format: .jpg, 72 dpi, 125 pixels w x 100 h.
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January 2011
  29 6th Annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards
  30 Los Angeles Organizing Awards Brunch

February 2011
 26 POLA Workshop: Secrets of the Organizer's Toolbox, 9 am
  28 NMO Meeting, 3:30 pm
  28 NAPO-LA Board Meeting
  28 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm
March 2011
  11 NAPO-LA Community Volunteer Project, 2-6 pm
  12 Ventura Neighborhood Group meeting, 10:00am
  15 CD Support Group, 6 pm
  28 NAPO-LA Board Meeting
 28 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm
April 2011
   6-9 NAPO National Conference in San Diego
President's Message

Katherine Macey
  Happy New Year!
    by Katherine Macey
    Organize to Excel
    and NAPO-LA President

January is NAPO's annual Get Organizing Month (GO Month) and is a busy month in the world of organizing.  If you haven't already done so, check out the listing of events going on all over the country at

Of course, the Los Angeles Organizing Awards is our big Chapter event for GO Month. Donna Rosman and her team are doing an amazing job with this year's must-attend affair. With the economy picking up, there are no more excuses for you not to be there! Meet Peter Walsh, Julie Morgenstern, Dorothy Breininger and other high-profile organizers from around the country and the world. 

The Gala Industry Exchange is also shaping up to be a rewarding, timesaving gathering, allowing you to peruse many organizing gadgets and services in one place at one time - with cocktail in hand. What could be more fun? 

And if you want even more time to rub shoulders with your colleagues in an informal setting, join me at the President's Brunch on Sunday, January 30, at the Hard Rock Café at 10:30 am. Go to our website to purchase tickets.

On another note, please save Friday, March 11, for the NAPO-LA Community Volunteer Project to be held from 2 to 6 pm in Long Beach. This year we are supporting LA Prom Closet, which is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that donates new and gently-used dresses to high school senior girls in the greater Los Angeles area who are experiencing financial hardships. LA Prom Closet is the only one of its kind in Los Angeles and hosts an annual event each spring so that girls are able to receive a dress before prom season begins. In addition to providing young women with a gown, LA Prom Closet offers self-esteem and confidence-building workshops on topics such as career and college preparation, etiquette, health, hair styling and makeup application. We are calling for volunteers to help with this worthy project. Interested? Contact Master Cruz at

These events and the Chapter itself would not exist if it weren't for the fantastic efforts of our many volunteers. Thank you all. If you are not already involved in NAPO-LA, I encourage you to do so this year. 

All the best for a prosperous 2011!




NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting Info


by Leslie Haber
An Organized Life
and NAPO-LA Director of
Professional Development

February Chapter Meeting
Monday, February 28
6:15 pm
at the Olympic Collection
in Los Angeles


The Organizing Awards Roundup


Bringing Brilliant Ideas to the Table - The Roundtable!


In a match to the death (not really), we will pair veteran PO's with newer professionals and brainstorm ideas, techniques and pitfalls that we all experience with our clients! In this fierce challenge (not really), members of six teams will battle (politely, of course) for bragging rights to the most innovative, creative, and practical solutions to areas including:  Closets, Filing Systems, Offices, Garages, ADD Clients and Hoarding Clients!  The game cannot be played without your participation! This fun, fast-paced program will give all of our members the opportunity to teach and learn, and will set the stage for developing strong, communicative relationships between experienced POs and our up-and-coming stars of tomorrow!  Get the most from your membership and join us for an evening of clever solutions, funny stories, and practical know-how. Small, silly prizes will be given.  


Coffee and Tea will be served.


Los Angeles Organizing Awards



2011awardslogo_redcarpet   Presenting Sponsor


 office max logo





Registration is Now Open!


The 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards are this Saturday, January 29, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. NAPO-LA's signature event demonstrates our chapter's leadership in the organizing industry. The Awards Committee, made up of over 30 chapter members, is hoping that each and every member of this chapter will attend this exciting event, themed "Changing Lives - Touching Hearts." When you attend you will be able to participate in the following exciting opportunities:

  • Network with prominent organizers who come from all over the country and the world to attend the event. Among those scheduled to attend are: Peter Walsh, Dorothy Breininger, Julie Morgenstern, Monica Ricci, Lorie Marrero, Marla Ciley ( and Donna Smallin-Kuper.
  • Receive a complimentary gift bag overflowing with goodies, including Peter Walsh's brand new book Lighten Up, exclusive products from Staples, ClosetMaid, IKEA and much more.
  • Three free raffle tickets are included with your registration! You choose which prize - or prizes - you want to enter to win. Increase your chances to win and further support NAPO-LA by buying additional raffle tickets at the Gala Industry Exchange (cash only please).

Incredible raffle prizes! Enter to win:

  • A Fujitsu S1300 ScanSnap Scanner
  • A $1000 Elfa Closet Makeover from The Container Store
  • One of two ICD (formerly NSGCD) premium one-year memberships
  • One free 2011 NAPO Conference registration
  • Los Angeles Kings Hockey team tickets and memorabilia 
  • The evening's grand prize from Presenting Sponsor OfficeMax will be raffled during dinner and the awards - see if you'll be the winner of a full line of Peter Walsh/OfficeMax office organizing products plus a $500 OfficeMax gift card!
  • More raffle items are being added every day!
  • Learn about new products and services at the Gala Industry Exchange. Featured exhibitors include OfficeMax, OWN, The Container Store, Office Depot, Fujitsu, PODS and more.
  • There will be opportunities to be interviewed on camera about your organizing business by our roving reporters, including Carlos Amezcua from KTTV Fox 11 News.
  • Get your photo taken on the Red Carpet!
  • Be entertained by our multi-talented celebrity host Lisa Ann Walter, judge on and creator of Dance Your Ass Off.
  • Be there when the recipients of the 24 award categories are announced by special guest presenters.
  • Enjoy fine dining with your colleagues at the "Hotel of the Stars."
  • On Sunday, enjoy a relaxed and fun brunch at the Hard Rock Cafe just steps away from the Sheraton. Chat about your favorite moments from the awards show while networking.

We'll see you on the Red Carpet at the premiere organizing event of the season. Thank you for supporting your chapter!




Click here to register!


 The 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards

Saturday January 29, 2011

6:30 P.M. Reception

8:00 P.M. Dinner and Awards


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The President's Brunch 

Sunday January 30, 2011

10:30 A.M. Brunch

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NAPO's 23rd Annual Conference & Organizing Exposition 

2011 National conf logo2011 NAPO Annual Conference Registration Available online! 
April 6-9, 2011
San Diego, CA

Whether you call yourself a professional organizer, a consultant, a coach, or a lifesaver, if you enhance the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and through transferring organizing skills, or if you educate the public on organizing solutions, this conference is for YOU!


Learn more about the NAPO 2011 Conference


NAPO National Conference Dates
Save These Dates!
NAPO's 23rd Annual Conference
& Organizing Exposition

San Diego, CA 


2012 - Baltimore, MD
Hilton Baltimore

March 21-24, 2012


2013 - New Orleans, LA
Sheraton New Orleans

April 17-20, 2013


2014 - Phoenix, AZ
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

May 28-31, 2014


2015 - Los Angeles, CA
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

April 15-18, 2015


2016 - Atlanta, GA
Sheraton Atlanta

May 18-21, 2016


NOTE: You cannot reserve a hotel room until one year prior to the conference date.


February Silent Auction Volunteer 


Ann Gambrell

 Bid High to Spend an  Hour with

 Ann Gambrell  





Ann Gambrell, organizational consultant and founder of Creative Time-Plus, has been helping busy people get organized since 1985. She is a founder and active member of NAPO, a Golden Circle member, and has received numerous awards for service to the association and profession.  


Ann designs and conducts seminars, workshops and classes throughout the country.  As an instructor in adult school systems since 1985, she teaches classes on Paper Management, Clutter Control, Home Organizing, Time Management and more. 


A member of the ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization), Ann also facilitates Clutter Support Groups for those with serious clutter challenges.


As an organizational consultant, Ann has received publicity in numerous periodicals and has been a featured guest on national television programs. She has also written articles for newspapers, magazines and the internet, and wrote a weekly organizing column for The Daily Breeze in Torrance for four years.


Ann is well known for her special brand of wit and sensitivity.  

Clients, audiences, and fellow organizers alike feel an immediate rapport with her as she inspires them with her sense of humor and unique organizational methods and techniques.


It is no exaggeration to state that NAPO would not be what it is today without Ann Gambrell.  As NAPO-LA chapter members, we are very fortunate to have her in our ranks.  The winning bidder will have an invaluable opportunity to consult with Ann one-on-one, so don't miss out! 


NOTE: The Silent Auction is a regular fundraiser for our NAPO-LA chapter and is held at most chapter meetings.  During the meeting, the Silent Auction Volunteer will be announced and a clipboard will be circulated. Anyone can bid by signing the sheet as it goes around.

Organized Karma

 Heavy Metal Karma

  By Sara Getzkin

  Hands On Organizing Service


A few years ago, a client asked me to get rid of a vintage car - a 1964 Ford Galaxy 500 - that had become entombed in his garage.  I was clearing the entire garage anyway, so I agreed.  Of course, there was a catch.  The car had belonged to his deceased wife, and one of her dying wishes was to give the car to Jay Leno. No problem. Jay loves cars, especially American cars, and this should be easy. 


I called NBC, got Jay's assistant and told her I had a car for him.  She said she'd give him the message. (I thought, "Yeah, right. I'll never hear from him...") Shortly thereafter, Jay himself called me back.  I was in shock.  He really called me back!  I told him everything I knew about the car, but he wasn't interested.  He thanked me for calling. I thanked him for his time, but I was still stuck with a 1964 Ford Galaxy 500. Turns out it was a good thing that Jay didn't want the car.  I introduced my client to a handyman who fell in love with car. They worked out a deal where the handyman provided his services to my client and got the car as payment. Everyone was happy. I was thrilled that this heavy metal hunk-o-junk was finally out of the garage.


Last September, the same client asked me to get rid of another car.  I had no idea that there even was ANOTHER CAR.  This one, as it turns out, was in a storage facility in Buellton, CA. My client hadn't driven it in ten years and was tired of paying for storage fees.  I couldn't imagine anyone wanting a 1985 Buick LaSabre sedan in 2010.  There was only one thing we could do; I persuaded my client to donate the car to charity.


I must admit I didn't do much research when it came to where to donate.  Something told me to call Cars 4 Causes, which is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and America's first vehicle donation charity. They are experts at turning vehicle donations into cash for charitable causes. Over the years, they have donated the proceeds from over 150,000 vehicle donations to more than 15,000 nonprofit organizations in the United States. In 2010, they surpassed $100 million in donations received since their inception.  


I went online to and called (888) 444-2392.  They had never had a request to retrieve a car in Buellton so this was going to be an adventure for everyone involved.  Are the tires inflated?  Does the car run? What's the mileage? What color is it? How is the inside/outside condition? Is your client the original owner? Does it have a radio, tape-CD player, alarm system? I had no idea how to answer these questions and my client couldn't even remember the license plate number!  Cars 4 Causes was patient with me.  We simply needed to provide the title proving ownership.  Nothing else mattered.  


picture for jan feb newsletter org karmaSince the car was more than 20 years old and had been stored outdoors for most of its life, Cars 4 Causes determined the vehicle was best used for parts.  Basically, the parts of the car were more valuable than the car as a whole. I was excited to discover their Cars 4 Clean AirProgram, which recycles cars (like my client's) that have reached the end of their lives and need to be repurposed. By finding a home for these vehicles (parts), they not only create a benefit for charity, but for the environment too!  I scheduled a pickup date with a local towtruck driver and met him at the storage facility. My client signed over the title, and we watched as the 1985 Buick LaSabre was loaded onto a flatbed and taken to its final resting place. 


My client couldn't thank me enough. His tax-deductible donation benefited Project Angel Food. It was a win-win situation for everyone.

Organized Karma is a column about Recycling that regularly appears in this newsletter.

Questions? Email Sara at
Or check out her website 
Volunteers and Committees Honored 

Christie Gelsomino
November's Volunteer of the Month


Christie Gelsomino Jan 2011Christie was chosen as Volunteer of the Month for November because of her contribution as NAPO-LA's Chapter Historian. Christie has not only single-handedly started a major historical project for our chapter by digitizing scrapbooks dating back to the beginning of NAPO-LA, but she has also organized the entire library of photos online. Christie saw a need, filled out a request for action (RFA), and is now in the process of making our chapter's photo library accessible for all of our members. Christie is an amazing volunteer, and all of us in NAPO-LA greatly appreciate all her hard work!


What is your business name and website? 

I actually have two businesses:

Vision to be Organized

and Scrapbook Designer


Where do you live and where do you do business?

I live in Santa Clarita and do most of my business in the Southern California counties. 

How many years have you been in business?

Started Scrapbook Designer in 2003 and Vision to be Organized in 2006


How did you get into organizing as a profession? 

I was operating Scrapbook Designer part-time and doing photo organizing as an extra service. It never occurred to me that "organizing" was a whole other business. Soon my clients were at a point where they were out of photos, except for the ones that were in cluttered rooms, messy drawers, and boxes/bags filled with all that other "stuff." I needed to find those photos, de-clutter those rooms, clean out those drawers and organize those boxes/bags to become the business owner I truly wanted to be. So I started Vision to be Organized as a sister business to Scrapbook Designer, left the retail world, and started to grow two businesses that have become great cross overs. 

Where are you from originally?

Fremont, Nebraska 


What are your main organizing interests or specialties? 

I organize homes and specialize in photo organizing.


What do you like to do when you aren't organizing? Hobbies? Interests?

I love spending time with my husband, Alex, and our Welsh corgi doggie, Foxy.  Also enjoy traveling, which leads me to enjoy taking pictures, which leads me to scrapbooking. I also like to garden, bake, and spend time with family and friends.   


Tell us about your family. Are you married, single, children?

Married to Alex Gelsomino for 13 years.  Besides Foxy, I have nine nieces and nephews ranging in ages from 2 to 24 years old


How did you come to join NAPO and/or NAPO-LA? 

I came across both associations while researching organizing in 2006. I sent emails to (at the time) NAPO President Barry Iszak and NAPO-LA President Chris McKenry about becoming a PO and received encouraging emails back from both of them. By joining NAPO and NAPO-LA, I saw that I could grow my business with like-minded people and get great assistance at basically any time. Plus, there are great educational classes to keep me at the top of my game.  

What has been your experience volunteering in NAPO-LA and what do you see as the benefits of volunteering?

I will be honest:  Volunteering is hard work! As the NAPO-LA Historian since 2007, I started out scrapbooking and am now working on digitalizing photos dating back to the beginning of the LA chapter. I also volunteered as Greeter Coordinator from 2007-2010 where I got to know a lot of people.  And I have volunteered with the Expo Task Force (2008-2009) and with the Los Angeles Organizing Awards Task Force (2008-2010). All great experiences!  Organizations such as NAPO run on volunteers and without them there would be no NAPO or NAPO-LA. Volunteering is not only educational, but is good experience to add to your resume, and can help grow your business as it has with mine.


Anything else we should know about you?

While I was growing up, my Dad always said that I would become his little "saleswoman." I hated it when he said that because I wanted to design pretty things and travel the world. Well, I now sell my organizing service to clients while driving on many of the same streets that my Dad did as a salesman in the 1980's. I also get to design scrapbooks of my travels and my clients' travels.  I have combined both worlds to create my dream job. I dedicate this Volunteer of the Month Award to my Dad, Myron Nissen, who passed away February 25, 2010.



November's Committee of the Month: 


The New Member Orientation Committee 


The New Member Orientation Committee was chosen as Committee of the Month for November 2010 and is comprised of co-chairs Toni Scharff of The Simplicity Project and Debra Frank, CPO-CDŽ, of Debra Frank's Let's Get Organized!  NMO has increased the number of orientations available to new members, allowing them to get up and running with the chapter faster and more efficiently.  There was a new member orientation before almost every chapter meeting last year and we have more new members than ever getting involved with chapter volunteer opportunities.  Toni and Debra make sure all our new members have the tools and resources needed to make the most out of their NAPO-LA membership.



Welcome to Our Newest   Members


Kristen McmanusKristen McManus

Kristen McManus:  Professional Organizing

Santa Monica

(310) 880-3716



Missy Bystrom
The Organized Connection
Ladera Ranch 

(949) 374-8537

Wendy Hughes

Space & Time Solutions

Redondo Beach

(310) 650-8641

Members in the News

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Tanya W 2Tanya Whitford, CPOŽ, of Organizing Wonders was the featured organizational expert on a November episode of The Nate Berkus Show on NBC.


A January 10 Los Angeles Times piece on "National Clean Off Your Desk Day," featured Regina Lark of A Clear Path. The article entitled "Organization can pay off in saving time and money" also contained quotes from Nadine Levy of Management 18, Donna Rosman of Professional Organizing Services and Chris McKenry of Get It TogetherLA! 

Next POLA Workshop




 Products, Gadgets & Resources


Presented by Tanya Whitford, CPOŽ

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Date:    Saturday, February 26, 2011

Time:    9 am - 1 pm

Place:   Circle of Care Leeza's Place

             5000 Van Nuys Blvd.

             Sherman Oaks

Cost:    $99, NAPO-LA members

             $119, non-members


It is not enough to just be a good organizer. You must also keep on top of products and resources that will work for your clients.


In this workshop given by Tanya Whitford, CPOŽ, you will learn which products might meet the needs of your clients and which ones might end up being a waste of time and money.


This will be a fun and interactive three-part workshop.


  • Part 1 - 25 products that have stood the test of time and passed Tanya's standards for usefulness in her 12 years as a Professional Organizer.


  • Part 2 - Demonstration of gadgets and software programs that can be the solution to your clients' problems as well as additional revenue streams for you.


  • Part 3 - Resources for your clients from donating out-of-the-ordinary items to recycling things you did not even know could be recycled.

This is a must-attend workshop for new and veteran organizers alike. Attendees will take away an increased knowledge of products and resources that will make them even more valuable to their clients. The handouts and the product samples alone will be worth the price of admission. Not only will this workshop be a lot of fun, but it will be one of the most informative and useful ones you could ever hope to attend!


BONUS OFFER:  Attendees are invited to bring in a favorite product for the exciting "Show & Tell" portion of the workshop!


Tanya Whitford, CPOŽ, of Organizing Wonders, has been a NAPO-LA member for 12 years. Her passion for products, gadgets, software and resources has made her a tremendous asset to her clients. She has received rave reviews for her product workshops in the past.


NOTE: This always popular workshop is Limited to 25 Attendees. This workshop sold out last time.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded for this workshop, which may be eligible for certification credit.


Date:  February 26, 2011  9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Circle of Care Leeza's Place, 5000 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks

Cost: $99 for NAPO-LA members, $119 for non-members (add $15 after Feb.19th)

Space is limited, register early!  Click here to register 


Tanya's contact information

Phone:           (323) 377-1312






Golden Circle World


What Will I Do Differently in 2011? 
by Sandra Ateca
 Out From Under Custom Organizing
 and a Golden Circle Member
Sandra Ateca
As a result of a lay off, I began my organizing career in November 1998...oh happy day! 
Now, as I begin my 13th year in business, I feel the need to reflect upon what I have learned during my past 12 years and to consider what I will do differently moving forward.  Doing things in the same way no longer seems like a viable option. 

Looking back, I feel my biggest mistake has been my resistance to delegate. Because I am someone who likes things to be and look "just so," delegating will be my biggest challenge in 2011 and beyond. My inherent need to have things be near perfect makes it difficult for me to let go and have another person try to meet my standards.  But delegate I must, if I want to expand and grow my business.  

In addition to delegating, new technology will play an important role in helping me run my business more effectively, and social media marketing will need to provide new streams of income. Advances in technology occur so quickly now that even techies are hard pressed to keep up. Suffice it to say that learning one or two new software applications per year and maintaining a strong social media presence will become a part of my ongoing business model. 

The economic downturn caught up with me in January 2010, so last October I joined Business Networking International (BNI) as a potential means for client referrals.  I also transitioned from residential organizing to business organizing, thereby narrowing my existing client base. One clear benefit of BNI membership has been learning how to better market my skills and services.  Each week I am forced to stand and give a 45 second speech about my business and my services.  In so doing, I have learned that my fellow BNI members do not understand what I mean by "paper management" or "annual file archiving." 

As a business organizer, the meaning of these words seems obvious. However, to my fellow BNI members these words elicit blank stares or polite nods. I am now aware of the need to better define some of the words on my website so the average online consumer can better comprehend their meaning. This insight alone is HUGE as I work on updating my website and move forward into search engine optimization (SEO).  While it remains to be seen whether my fellow BNI members will refer me to their colleagues or clients, the weekly insights I gain on how to refine my marketing are worth the membership. 

What changes would you like to make in 2011?  If I can train myself to delegate and work with new technology in order to run my business more effectively, my extra time off will be spent on the ballroom dance floor.  Here's to you and your success in 2011!

Sandra Ateca can be reached at Check out her website


 Golden Circle Kicks Off the New Year


Mishele Vieira new headshot




by Mishele Vieira, CPOŽ

Away with Chaos

and Golden Circle Liaison


The Los Angeles Area Golden Circle kicked off 2011 with a delightful brunch hosted by Robin Davi and Beverly Clower. The event took place at Robin's home, which was beautifully decorated for the holidays and included Robin's spectacular display of snowmen. Robin's dog "Alice" was the official greeter; and husband John, long-time supporter and friend of NAPO, was an additional host and chef. 


We enjoyed a delicious feast including Robin's famous strawberry-pecan spinach salad 

and stuffed French toast (with a gluten-free version to boot) along with Beverly's wonderful quiche. 


Fifteen members attended, including two new members, Millie Hinkle and Kim Anker-Paddon. Monica Ricci, who was in town from Atlanta for the NAPO-LA Leadership Forum, was our special guest. 


After lunch, a business meeting was held where we discussed ideas for future meetings and plans for a Golden Circle reception at Conference in San Diego. Announcements will be coming soon.


The next Golden Circle meeting date has been changed to Wednesday, March 23, at 2pm when we will take a tour of the Hyperion Treatment Plant in Playa del Rey. Additional details will be sent via Evite. 



Are you a member of the Golden Circle ListServ? Open only to Golden Circle members, this ListServ allows more seasoned professional organizers to network with each other. To get started, log into and go to the Golden Circle Page. In the second paragraph you will see a link for the Golden Circle ListServ. Clicking the link will allow you to go to the page to sign up for the ListServ. Once approved, you can post to the ListServ by sending an email message to



Mark your calendars for the following dates. Details will be sent out via Evite prior to each meeting.


Wednesday, March 23, 2 pm

  Tour of the Hyperion Treatment Plant in Playa del Rey

Hosts Mishele Vieira, CPOŽ, and Sara Getzkin


Sunday, July 17, Host Esther Simon


Saturday, October 15, Host Toni Scharff



NOTE: Qualifications for Golden Circle membership include five years in business as a professional organizer and one year as a NAPO member. Quarterly meetings are held in the homes of Golden Circle members, where we network, share information, and get to know each other on a more personal level. All eligible Golden Circle members are invited to join the Los Angeles Area Golden Circle. Chapter membership is not required; NAPO National membership is. More information is available on the NAPO National website or by contacting Mishele Vieira at                           

NAPO-LA Neighborhood Groups

Many of the Neighborhood Groups hold informal bimonthly meetings throughout the Los Angeles area. A benefit of chapter membership, these offshoots of NAPO-LA offer education, networking and support. Check below for your nearest group, and contact the Facilitator for information on the next meeting. If you'd like to volunteer as a Facilitator for one of the open groups, please contact Committee Chair Kathryn Masci by sending an email to her at   

Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena: Tanya Whitford, CPOŽ, Facilitator
Hollywood: Beth Ziegler, Facilitator 
South Bay:  Beverly Clower, Facilitator
Upland:  Millie Hinkle, Facilitator
Ventura (includes Agoura & Santa Clarita):  Kathryn Masci, Facilitator
      Next Meeting is March 12
Westsiders: Toni Scharff, Facilitator
Meetings alternate between Saturdays and Sundays.  
   2011 Schedule: February 12, April 17, June 11, August 14, October 8 and              December 11 
CD Support Group


Goal Setting with the CD Client

by Jean Furuya
The Office Jeanie 
If you have worked or are working with hoarding clients, you are invited to participate in an informal support group.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 6 pm - 8:30 pm

We will also spend time on our individual issues. A simple pot luck is planned.

Limited to 12 attendees.
To RSVP or for more information, contact Jean Furuya.
Phone: (310) 316-1753
NAPO Los Angeles 

Mission Statement: NAPO-LA is the organizing industry leader committed to providing the public with resources; providing professional organizers with education and support; and providing related industry professionals with unique channels for their products and services. 

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