NAPO Los Angeles
Mission Statement: NAPO-LA is an organization
dedicated to bringing Southern California area organizers together
through networking, education, professional growth, industry
updates, support and public awareness.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Membership ReportSeptember Chaper Meeting
48 Total Attendance
Cary Brazeman, Los
Garage Envy, Inc.
Christie Gelsomino, Santa
John Harris, Altadena
Hayli Heins Hay, Los
Millie Hinkle, Upland
The Organized Estate
Nadine Levy, West Hills
Marion Logan, Palmdale
E. Tina Parish, Los
Jodie Watson, Sherman
Fay Wolf, Los
Welcome Back!Talia Eisen, Los Angeles
Lesowitz-Soliday, Sherman Oaks
Abbreviated MinutesSeptember 2006 Board
Current membership is at 116, with renewals in full swing.
Cindy Kamm has replaced Karen Stark as Treasurer.
Polo shirts on hold due to logo restrictions from
We are still looking for a charity for GO Month, so if anyone
has a suggestion, please have charity go on website, napola.org,
~Submitted by Naomi Altman
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available to serve as assistants to organizers who need them. To be
included on the Assistant's List, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include
your name, phone number and email address. The list is only for
members of NAPO-LA and does not guarantee work. The Assistant's List
is found here in the newsletter and also under the "Members Only"
section of the chapter's website.
professional organizer enhances the lives of clients by
designing systems and processes using organizing principles and
through transferring organizing skills. A professional organizer
also educates the public on organizing solutions and the resulting
benefit.For more information on becoming a NAPO
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November is "Get Organized for
the Holidays Month"
20 November/December Newsletter is
23 Happy Thanksgiving!
27 NAPO-LA Board Meeting
- 2:30 pm
27 NAPO-LA Holiday Dessert Meeting - 6:15
December is "Stress-free Holidays
NO NAPO-LA Meeting in December!
Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanza!
January is "Get Organized
2 Deadline for submissions to January/February
NAPO- LA Newsletter
20 January/February Newsletter is
22 NAPO-LA Board Meeting - 2:30 pm
Chapter Meeting - 6:15 pm
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|President's Message |
It’s All About Business at
By Chris McKenry
Get It Together
and NAPO-LA President
What’s Your Marketing Plan?
“Get Organized Month” - Will you be taking
advantage of the marketing blitz our industry will
experience in January? Retail chains will be promoting
organizing products during the yearly January “GO Month”
event. NAPO-LA’s participation in this annual event
helps a local charity clear its clutter in order to gain
more productivity. This year we are partnering with our
associate member 1-800-Got
Junk? What will your organizing firm do to take
advantage of all the “hype”?
One idea is to
consider planning a community educational program at
your local library, which usually has meeting rooms
available at no cost. Possible topics include a workshop
for “Busy Moms” or one for “The Overwhelmed Home
Office”. Market your business by submitting articles to
local newspapers, or see if your school’s PTA would like
a short presentation. The possibilities are
What Is Your Professional Plan?
Leadership Forum - Would you attend a
corporate training program designed to take the nation’s
top executives to the next level in their careers? As a
perk of membership in NAPO’s Los Angeles chapter,
members will have the opportunity to experience this
training by Bill Murray, CEO of RockSolid
Bill will be our quest speaker
on November 27 and will provide an introduction to the
January 13, four-hour corporate training program. The
Leadership Forum is free to chapter members who
register in advance. More information to follow.
What Is Your Educational Plan?
Certification - NAPO is sponsoring a
national certification program for professional
organizers to be governed by an independent group and
operated as a separate entity. Eligibility requirements
can be found at www.napo.net.
The first test will be administered at NAPO’s
annual conference in Minneapolis on April 25, 2007.
Please confirm that all requirements for applying for
certification are correct as audits will be made. If
incorrect information is discovered, the applicant will
be barred from ever taking the test.
it is all about your business and your
|NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting Information
By Dolores Kaytes
NAPO-LA Director of
The Board of Directors is excited to announce
that Bill Murray, CEO of Rock Solid Achievements,
corporate coach and trainer will be the featured speaker
at our November holiday meeting. With over 22 years of business experience,
Mr. Murray has focused the last seven years on coaching
and training individuals and companies to greatness.
Specializing in developing leaders and managers for
bottom-line results, he inspires his clients to take
practical action immediately. As a confident, polished,
and engaging speaker, Mr. Murray presents his rich
knowledge in a dynamic way that educates his audience to
use his proven tools/principles as well as specific ways
to apply them. He will present his Introduction to
Business Success: Rock Solid Achievements Five mandates
of Success and Leverage by Unlocking Dreams--to
help increase Volunteer Activities.
Coffee and tea will be served. Please bring a
favorite dessert to share.
See you in January! Check the napola.org
calendar for information on all the events that will
be taking place in January and February.
The chapter would like to thank the Golden Circle
panel of Diana Ryan, Beverly Clower and Marci Melton, as
well as moderator, Donna McMillan, for sharing their
experiences with us at the September meeting. These
three veterans answered in retrospect, "If I knew then,
what I know now..." Their insights and responses to
questions from the audience will enable us to avoid some
pitfalls and make better business decisions.
• April - No LA Chapter meeting
April 25-28 - NAPO’s 19th Annual
Conference and Organizing Expo in Minneapolis, MN
May 21- NAPO-LA chapter meeting
(change of date to 3rd Monday)
|Sign Up Now for "GO Month" |
by Michelle Quintana
and GO Month Coordinator
NAPO-LA is currently recruiting “Get Organized
Month” (known as "GO Month") volunteers for our annual
“GO Month” event to be held in January, date and place
to be determined.
This is your opportunity to show off your organizing
skills, create team building, and really make a huge
difference for a Los Angeles non-profit organization
desperately in need of our services for one full
Full details will be announced at the November 27
contact Michelle Quintana,
“GO Month” Coordinator
|2007 Los Angeles Organizing Awards
Second Annual Awards Event Coming
The 2007 Los Angeles Organizing Awards
event will be held in early January. Go to our web site
and vote for your favorites NOW!
The Public and Chapter
Members may vote for the following:
- Best Organizing Products Resource
- Best Book About Organizing
- Best National Organizing Show
- Best Eco Friendly Organizing Product or Service
- Best Garage Design Company
- Best Closet Design Company
Only Chapter members may
vote for the following:
- Most Supportive Local Media Outlet
- Most Helpful Organizing Technology
- Most Organizer-Friendly Charity
- Best Office Organizing Product
- Best Residential Organizing Product
- Most Innovative Organizer
- Best Organizer as Coach or Mentor
- Most Valuable Educational Resource
Board Members will select
- The NAPO-LA Corporate Spotlight Award
- The Volunteer of the Year Award
- The Raising the Bar Award
- The Leading Edge Award
Sponsorships available by contacting
Parkinson, Director of
|Silent Auction for November |
John Trosko is president of
OrganizingLA, a Los Angeles–based organizing and
lifestyle consulting company he founded in 2004. More
than an organizing consultant, however, John has become
a lifestyle guru helping a diverse mix of clients,
including Hollywood’s elite, to transform their homes
from unbelievable messes to spectacular
John, whose vision, skill and passion have
quickly launched him to the top of his field, has been
featured in the Los Angeles Times, Estates West
magazine and Frontiers Newsmagazine. Both John
and his company have been showcased on Los Angeles news
channels KABC, KCBS, and KCAL-9 and touted
on the popular blogs DailyCandy, Apartment Therapy,
Décor8, Delight and Yahoo! Technology News.
Another one of John’s many talents is as the
creator of the blog, OrganizingLA.com, which is
fast becoming known for its daily dose of fashionable
tips and organizing strategies for readers with
discerning palates and busy lives. The blog introduces
innovative organizing products, technologies and ideas,
as well as explores the “how-to” of increasing
productivity, killing clutter, and reducing anxiety
precipitated by the exhilarating pace of living in
The 2006 recipient of the “Raising the Bar
Award” from the Los Angeles Organizing Awards, John
is a member of NAPO-LA. He has served on the NAPO-LA
board for the last two years, first as the Director of
Professional Development and currently as Vice
President. John is responsible for spearheading
NAPO-LA’s larger events, including the Networking Expo
and the Los Angeles Organizing Awards.
Born in Princeton, New Jersey, John has a
background in organizational management, having worked
with Disney Animation, South Coast Repertory and Big
Apple Circus. He resides poolside just steps from the
Bid high on John at the November meeting!
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. Bidding takes place by simply entering your
bid on the sign-up sheet as it circulates the room. The
"winner" is announced at the end of the meeting and is
entitled to a one-hour session with the Silent Auction
Volunteer either in person or on the phone.
|Golden Circle Interview Series
Kristine Oller Promotes Niche
By Deborah Kawashima
NAPO-LA Director of Marketing
Kristine Oller started personalized
organization in 1999 as a generalist until she
gradually found her specialty: Helping creative
entrepreneurs and performing artists with hands-on
organizing and career strategies. Kristine writes a
monthly column, “Organizing for Actors,” in
Backstage, the national trade newspaper for
“I can organize anything!” Sound familiar? All POs
start out as generalists taking any kind of job to
discover what we really love to do. You can certainly
build a business as a generalist, but the strength of
our industry and our NAPO chapter members is that the
majority of POs become specialists.
“Figuring out your specialty takes experience, but
the sooner you hone in on what you are great at doing,
the faster your business will grow,” suggests Oller.
“Don’t be afraid to limit your business by declaring
your area of expertise.”
Afraid to take
the leap and declare your specialty?
By making yourself a specialist, you can never be a
Not true. Being a specialist gets you
jobs as a generalist.
Specializing will scare prospective clients away.
Not true. It will attract more of the clients you
You think you will lose business if you specialize.
Not true. By being a specialist, you will
actually get more work.
~Branding is all about niche marketing~
Your specialty can either be a type of organizing or
a type of client. What organizing category works with
your unique strengths? Which clients do you enjoy most?
Make memorable “first time” impressions and let
people know, in a clear and simple way, how they can use
you. “You need to shine a light on your strengths so
others POs or potential clients can be attracted to
you,” states Oller.
“Specializing is the bait, the worm on
the hook, and once people know you are tasty, they’ll
spread the word and you will be wanted for everything!”
explains Oller. Here’s how niche marketing really works:
You put out a very specific message that penetrates
through all the noise to attract the type of clients you
want. Branding your niche.
Clients that like you spread the word and it becomes
advertising for you as a generalist.
You get clients who are not your target market and
jobs that are not your specialty.
gets you jobs as a generalist.
~Benefits of Specializing~
yourself as a specialist you will be able to distinguish
yourself from the crowd, thereby attracting the jobs you
Learn the power of referrals. Take the opportunity
during chapter meetings to get to know your fellow POs.
“Express your specialty.” POs will think of you first if
you tell them you are really great at something
specific. The more we declare our strengths,” says
Oller, “the stronger NAPO becomes.”
When you’re not comfortable organizing something or
don’t want to do it, refer it to another PO. How
do you know whom to refer it to? By knowing the
specialties of other POs!
NOTE: This article is one in an
on-going series of interviews with Golden Circle
members. It is just one of the many ways veteran members
give back to NAPO- LA.
|Golden Circle Column |
Simplify Your Own
By Marcia Ramsland
and a Golden Circle Member
Being a professional organizer doesn't guarantee
that the holidays will be any less stressful for us than
for other people, but we do have a better chance of
putting good systems in place.
My motto is: If you do anything more than once,
organize it and simplify it! That's so true of the
holidays since they show up every November and December
right on schedule.
Here are some tips you might personally use:
~Company's Coming. If you have people
coming to stay with you, there are two important things
to do: keep them fed and keep them moving! Plan menus
and activities you personally enjoy - or send the guests
off with directions to a local favorite.
~A Holiday Notebook. You probably do this for
your clients all year long, but make sure you have a
holiday notebook for yourself. Keep gift lists, holiday
dinner menus, receipts, and Christmas/Hanukkah card
lists together. Pull it out year after year to simplify
~A Holiday Gift Wrap Center. This includes
seven items never to be moved from that spot: Scotch
tape, scissors, pen, gift cards, wrapping paper, fresh
tissue paper, plus ribbons and bows. Coordinate the
colors to minimize wrapping clutter.
~A Personal Challenge. For example, organize
your photos from the past year to put on the coffee
table to share at the holidays. Everyone will be
pleased. And that way you won't get behind on photo
organizing if you display a new book each year.
~Maximize your limited social time. When you
attend a party or holiday event, arrange to meet friends
for a meal beforehand or dessert afterwards.
~Brighten up your calendar (and your outlook).
Use holiday stickers or write special events with a red
~Mark your calendar. Set 2-hour appointments
for preparations; e.g., Thursdays-bake,
Fridays-decorate, Saturdays-shop & clean.
~Enlist a "Holiday Buddy." Call each weekend
and plan for the coming week.
~Multi-task. While making dinner, have your
kids or spouse stuff envelopes and lick stamps.
~Buy gifts in the same category. Different
sweaters or favorite restaurant gift certificates for
everyone; CD's or books for gifts to be mailed.
~Simplify your shopping. Buy everything
on-line or at one mall.
~E-mail a short, multiple choice gift list to the
people you're stuck on. Ask what they would REALLY
like to get this year.
~To get you through the season, buy a novel to
curl up with at day's end.
~Savor one event or conversation each day by
jotting it down in a holiday journal of "The Best Things
that Happened to Me This Season."
Marcia Ramsland's gift-giving tips and her
holiday notebook are currently featured in Better Homes
and Gardens special magazine, CHRISTMAS IDEAS.
Her newest book, “Simplify Your Time", is
available at bookstores and from her web site,
|NAPO-LA in the Schools |
School Program Goes
and Director of
The NAPO in the Schools program is going
national! The president of NAPO, Barry Izsak, has
announced that the NAPO Board voted in favor of the
school program going national. This action is being
taken as part of NAPO’s strategic plans for the next few
years to focus on NAPO’s educational theme by bringing
awareness and empowerment to the public.
This is very exciting news! I have been asked to
chair the task force for NAPO in the Schools (the new
program name) and will be in charge of developing this
program for students in elementary grades through high
school. I look forward to making this a dynamic
nationwide program for both NAPO and those students who
will ultimately benefit.
The newly revised “School Presentation Packet”
has been sent out to volunteers of NAPO in the Schools
and will help organizers with their school
presentations. A teleconference will be scheduled to
review this packet and answer questions.
Karen Stark, Your Organized Life, has
accepted the position of schedule coordinator for NAPO
in the Schools. She will keep track of all schools
involved with the program. Volunteers with scheduled
schools please email email@example.com
To volunteer, contact Deborah
|Golden Circle Update |
Golden Circle Meets in the South
By Ann Gambrell
and Golden Circle Liason
The Los Angeles area Golden Circle met recently
at the new Torrance home of Beverly Clower. Christine
Reiter was the Co-Host. Sixteen members enjoyed a great
brunch and a time of networking and sharing information.
The 2007 meeting schedule was discussed and members
volunteered to write articles for the Golden Circle
column in the chapter newsletter. The column is
dedicated to bringing educational information to the
membership. Ideas for 2007 quarterly meetings included a
field trip to the Container Store and sharing
Chris McKenry encouraged our involvement in the
upcoming Awards Event and suggested ways in which we can
Jean Furuya, of the MET committee, discussed
volunteering and educational opportunities for members.
Ann Thurley brought information on a community cancer
Members were encouraged to submit organizing tips,
either by email or at each chapter meeting, to be
published in the newsletter and on the NAPO-LA website.
Chris Reiter will bring the Tips Project information to
each chapter meeting.
The recent LA chapter Golden Circle panel program was
well received. Thanks to Donna McMillan, Beverly Clower,
Diana Ryan and Marcy Melton for an excellent discussion.
Members volunteered for the 2007 panel program and
possible topics were discussed.
For more information on Golden
contact Ann Gambrell
|Product Spotlight |
By Barb Schmit
One of Esselte’s most useful and colorful items
is the Pendaflex Mobile File. It’s been around awhile
but deserves another look.
What makes the Mobile File so useful is its ability
to pack up and travel with you – a mobile office!
And the six bright colors - blue, green, yellow,
orange, pink and purple – can’t help but organize you or
your client. For instance, how about assigning a folder
to each of the kids, yourself, your significant other?
Or use one folder for each day of the work week with the
last one for the weekend? Keep track of bills, projects,
forms, anything that is used in the workplace. Soon you
will know where everything is just by the color - no
need to even read the labels!
Use the versatility of the Mobile File to
your advantage. It can hang on a wall, over a door or
inside a cubicle. Vertical space is “free” so why not
use it? Stop piling things on the desk or floor and use
the walls to help you get organized.
|Tips Program |
Delete Emails Faster
In order to
quickly scan your bulk mail box for "legitimate mail"
that has been placed in there mistakenly by your ISP,
click on the "subject" column to have the subject lines
appear in alphabetical order. It will allow you to scan
your bulk mail more quickly for legitimate mail before
bulk deletion. It is amazing how quickly you can scan
when there are so many repetitions of a subject line!
The valid ones are much easier to pick out.
Submitted by Christine
A.D.D. Friendly Product
with ADD clients consider using an over-the-door, clear
shoe hanger/holder to hold papers. The pockets can be
labeled “Bills to Pay,” “School Schedules,” etc. Other
pockets can hold keys, change and some of those many
things that collect on kitchen counter tops and
dressers. Clients love the labeled pockets and the fact
that they can see through the clear plastic. Very A.D.D
Submitted by Michelle
The Simple Organizer
About the TIPS Program:
instigated a TIPS Program managed by the chapter's
Golden Circle members. Ann Gambrell is the chair and
invites all chapter members to submit their organizing
tips via email, postal mail or on index cards that will
be available at the monthly chapter meetings for deposit
into the “Organizing Tips” box.
TIPS are requested in two categories:
"Tips from Pros" are organzing tips for clients/the
"Tips of the Trade" are tips for organizers to use
in their businesses.
When submitting TIPS, you are invited (optional)
to include your name, business name and contact
information. This will serve to promote you when the
client/public TIPS are posted on the NAPO-LA website's
Email your TIPS to firstname.lastname@example.org
|CD Clients - Support Group |
2007 Meetings to be
By Jean Furuya
If you are working consistently on an ongoing
basis with chronically disorganized clients, you are
invited to participate in our support group meetings
which are held every two to three months. Please check
the NAPO-LA website for the next meeting to be held in
2007. Limited to 10 attendees.
For more information, contact Jean
|NAPO-LA MET Program |
MET Program Classifieds
Check out the MET Program Classifieds on the
NAPO-LA website. They are an excellent opportunity for
advertisers to share their knowledge and for others to
investigate ways to move their businesses forward. If
you really intend to grow your business, check out the
MET classifieds for an experienced organizer who can
help you get to where you want to go! Click below for