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May/June 2007 Volume 14, Issue 4
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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.

NAPO-Los Angeles
PMB 134, 10573 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone 213-486-4477

NAPO-Los Angeles
Who's Who

President:
John Trosko
johntrosko@napola.org
323-512-7039

Vice President:
Jodie Watson
jodiwatson@napola.org
818-590-7800

Treasurer:
Josef Csongei
josefcsongei@napola.org
213-422-0765

Secretary:
Claire Flannery
cflannery@napola.org
310-822-1820

Director of Administration:
Toni Scharff
tonischarff@napola.org
310-450-2633

Director of Communications & Technology:
Susan Culligan
sculligan@napola.org
661-713-3723

Director of Finance:
Maria Parkinson
mparkinson@napola.org
213-926-4901

Director of Marketing:
John Harris
johnharris@napola.org
626-795-0476

Director of Membership:
Chantale Bordonaro
cbordonaro@napola.org
310-600-2601

Director of Professional Development:
Dolores Kaytes
dkaytes@napola.org
310-798-8011

Immediate Past President:
Chris McKenry
chrismckenry@napola.org
323-525-0678

Coordinators &
Committee Chairs

Associate Member Coordinator:
Barb Schmit
Database/Directory:
Jodi McDaniel
EDT Program Coordinator:
Jean Furuya
Golden Circle Advisor:
Ann Gambrell
Greeting Coordinator:
Christie Gelsomino
Greeters:
Elizabeth Butler
Charlotte Matthews
Tina Parish
Barbara Ricketts
Historian (Scrapbooker):
Christie Gelsomino
Librarian:
Carlene Faerber
Meeting Assistant:
Toni Scharff
NAPO in the Schools:
Deborah Kawashima
New Member Orientation:
Jean Furuya
Ann Gambrell
Photographer:
Sara Getzkin
Public Relations Coordinator:
John Harris
Registration Assistant:

Silent Auction:
Maria Parkinson
Volunteer Coordinator:
Abbey Keusch
Webmasters:
Susan Culligan
Laura Johnson
Rhoda Webster


The Los Angeles Organizer
Newsletter Staff

Editor:
Claire Flannery
cflannery@napola.org
310-822-1820

Publisher:
Laura Johnson
laurajohnson@napola.org
818-707-1225

Proofreaders:
Sheila McCurdy
Toni Scharff

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Deadline: All articles must be received by the 25th of the month prior to publication.

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National Membership

Annual Dues:
$200 - Individual
$150 - Associate-Branch
$250 - Associate-Local
$550 - Associate-Corporate
$20 - New Member One-Time Processing Fee

Chapter Membership

  • NAPO National membership required.
  • Membership includes electronic newsletter.
    Annual Dues (Oct. to Sept.):
    Members
    $100 - Level 1 - Basic Member w/website listing
    $150 - Level 2 - Basic Member w/website listing and paid meeting fees (Available only with annual renewal in September.)
    $150 - Associate Member/Branch
    $250 - Associate Member/Local
    $25 - New/Lapsed Member Processing Fee
    $10 - Meeting Fee
    Non-Members
    $25 - Visitor Meeting Fee

    Membership Report

    March Chapter Meeting
    40 Members
    7 Vistiors
    47 Total Attendance

    Mini Board Minutes

    February 2007
  • Organizing Awards were very successful.
  • NAPO Conference April 26-28.
  • MET Training classes March 24; next training session scheduled for June.
  • Elections are online only March 10-24; 2007-08 Board of Directors to be announced at March chapter meeting.

    March 2007
  • The name of the MET committee has been changed to Educational Development Committee.
  • New Board turnover meeting on April 16.
  • Looking for chairperson for LA's largest mixer on July 26.
  • Call for Board Nominations will be at February meeting.
    ~Submitted by Carol Hogg
    Organize Now
    NAPO-LA Secretary~

    Assistant's List

    The Assistant's List is available as a resource connecting those available to serve as assistants to organizers who need them. To be included on the Assistant's List, send an email to assistant@napola.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.

    Laura Johnson
    818-707-1225
    letmerearrangeyou@earthlink.net

    Susan Eleftherakis
    323-662-3291
    susan@spatialclarity.com

    Justine Miceli
    310-980-7891
    micelico@earthlink.net

    Maria Parkinson
    213-926-4901
    maria.parkinson@yahoo.com

    Joanna Sletten
    310-975-9095
    joanna.sletten@gmail.com

    Robin Valdez
    818-886-9635
    expert_organizers@msn.com

    Wendy Cross
    818-259-7437
    wendylmc@aol.com

    Carol Hogg
    818-631-6362
    clhoggie7@adelphia.net

    Joan Chodorow
    310-396-6997
    yasmine@usinter.net

    Carlene Faerber
    805-816-2062
    carlene@sheorganizesstuff.com

    Nadine Levy
    818-585-4828
    nadine@management180.com

    Marion Logan
    661-803-2070
    millennium-1@sbcglobal.net

    Randy Sandiforth
    616-403-9052
    rsandi4th@aol.com

    Chantale Bordanaro
    310-600-2601
    chantale@simplicitysource.com

    John Harris
    626-795-0476
    getitorganized@hotmail.com

    Katherine Macey
    310-806-2580
    katherine@organizetoexcel.com

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    A 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.
    From the National Associaton of Professional Organizers

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    For more information on becoming a NAPO member, click here.
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    The Los Angeles Organizer is published bimonthly. Look for "Announcements from the Board" in between issues. Deadline for submissions for the July/August newsletter is June 25.

    NAPO-LA CALENDAR

    May
    *National Moving Month
    *Spring Cleaning Month
    *13 Mother's Day
    20 NAPO-LA Newsletter is emailed
    21 NAPO-LA Board Meeting - 2:30 pm
    21 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting (change of date to 3rd Monday) - 6:15 pm
    *28 Memorial Day Observed

    June
    *1st Week of June is Small Business Week
    *17 Father's Day
    25 NAPO-LA Board Meeting - 2:30 pm
    25 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting - 6:15 pm
    25 Deadline for submissions for July/August NAPO-LA newsletter

    July
    *1 National Financial Freedom Day
    *4 Independence Day
    10 EDT Class with Esther Simon - 2:30-5:30 pm
    10 CD Clients - Support Group - 6-8:30 pm
    14 Golden Circle Quarterly Meeting
    20 NAPO-LA Newsletter is emailed
    23 NAPO-LA Board Meeting - 2:30 pm
    23 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting - 6:15 pm
    26 L.A.'s Largest Mixer IX

    August
    25 Deadline for submissions for September/October NAPO-LA newsletter
    27 NAPO-LA Board Meeting - 2:30 pm
    27 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting - 6:15 pm


    President's Message

    The Future is Bright

    By John Trosko
    OrganizingLA
    and NAPO-LA President




    Energized, motivated, honored, eager.

    On behalf of the incoming NAPO-LA Board of Directors, I welcome you back from National Conference as well as to the new 2007-08 term.

    For the next 12 months, I will proudly serve as your fearless leader and will help to guide our chapter to even greater accomplishments. Planning and tough decisions will help us realize our goal. I join our exemplary volunteer board in moving our chapter forward in the areas of publicity, membership, skill-building, administration, networking and vendor partnerships.

    Our board will soon convene for a retreat to strategize for the coming year. We will get together for a little bit of forming, storming, norming and performing! All programs are up for grabs! I want our chapter to inspire, excite and continue to develop, which means taking a look at the past, the present and the future, as well as our contributions to a greater good. As NAPO's founding chapter, NAPO-LA must continue to adhere to high standards and cutting-edge events and achievements. Our good work cannot, however, be complete without your participation and support. I ask for it in advance and thank you very much for your contributions.

    The future is bright for NAPO-LA. Conference may be over, but we took away new skills, new relationships and new friends. Participate in your chapter. Volunteer your passion. Rediscover the value we offer. We will all reap the rewards.


    NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting Information

    Upcoming Meetings

    By Dolores Kaytes
    Highly-Organized
    and NAPO-LA Director of
    Professional Development

    May 21
    Extended Networking

    Most meeting evaluations ask that there be more networking time so we are responding to your requests. At the May meeting you will be invited to participate in extended networking. Learn more about your fellow chapter members. Let then know your areas of expertise. The more we know about each other the better referral sources we can be.

    We will open the meeting by introducing your new Board of Directors. Also, Conference attendees will report on their conference events and experiences.

    June
    TBA!

    Speaker not yet confirmed.

    KUDOS

    Our thanks to Cynthia Sliwa for the information on networking and a how-to on developing and maintaining a better business image. We will have a chance to use what we learned from Cynthia in March at our May meeting!


    Immediate Past President's Message

    Thanks for Contining to Nurture
    NAPO-LA



    By Chris McKenry
    Get It Together LA!
    and NAPO-LA Immediate Past President

    Two years? Impossible! What a difference 24 months can make. It continues to be a privilege to be associated with the best group of professionals anywhere!

    I want to thank the members of NAPO-LA for their time and efforts in filming television organizing segments for ABC-7, KCAL 9, and CBS 2 during the past year. Not only our chapter, but also several of our members, have been featured in The Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, Daily Breeze, and other valley newspapers. In July, L.A.'s Largest Mixer offered another opportunity for the business community to learn about our services.

    NAPO in the Schools, which teaches organizing principles to our children, is now a national program. The EDT Committee (formerly the MET Committee) has continued to evolve and offer educational programs. In October, the first EDT workshop was held at the Professional Resources and Networking Expo and was completely sold out.

    The Los Angeles Organizing Awards continues to grow and gain both regional and national attention for our members. Industry leaders from around the country attended this year, including NAPO National President Barry Izsak.

    YOU made this year's "Get Organized Month" the best ever by taking part in the one-day American Cinematic organizing project. And this was only two days after 40+ chapter members attended our first Leadership Forum - a four-hour training session NAPO-LA hosted as a membership benefit.

    Over 110 members and associate members of our chapter have been led this year by a dedicated, hard-working Board of Directors. It has been an enriching experience for me to be your President over the last two years and I thank you all for the opportunity. I am confident our chapter will continue to lead and grow our industry, and I look forward to John Trosko's vision and leadership.


    Upcoming EDT Training Class

    Learn Hands-On Organizing with Veteran Member

    "Cupboards, Closets, and Cubbyholes"

    The Educational Development Committee (EDT) is pleased to announce that another training session is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10.
    When: Tuesday, July 10, 2:30-5:30 pm
    Where: Westside Pavilion, corner of Pico and Olympic
    Instructor: Esther Simon
    Fee: $89/members $109/non-members

    (Limited to 20! Please check in with Esther by 2 pm. Optional group dinner afterward to avoid traffic!)

    Go to the NAPO-LA web site for more details and to register.


    NAPO National Conference Report
    07 conference friends

    National Conference Recharges Batteries


    By Claire Flannery
    Simplify
    NAPO-LA Secretary
    and Newsletter Editor

    This year's National Conference was dynamite! The speakers were inspiring; the break-out sessions, thought-provoking; the networking, more fun than ever.

    The NAPO-LA contingent (shown in above photo) included: Chantale Bordonaro, Dorothy Breininger, Robin Davi, Dina Durrer, Claire Flannery, Jean Furuya, Ann Gambrell, Lynne Gilberg, Debbie Gilster, John Harris, Carol Hogg, Cindy Kamm, Deborah Kawashima, Donna McMillan, Sheila McCurdy, Marcy Melton, Tom Nevermann, Barbara Ricketts, Diane Ridley, Glorya Schklair, Barb Schmit, Toni Scharff, Joanna Sletten John Trosko, Mishele Vieira, Jodie Watson and Tanya Whitford.

    NAPO Certification Exam

    Quite a few NAPO-LA members sat for the inaugural NAPO Certification Exam. The buzz afterward was that it was not so bad, but bad enough! Those who were in study groups prior to the exam were very glad they were. The candidates for NAPO certification were sworn to secrecy and instructed not to discuss the details of the exam, so we will just have to take it ourselves to find out what it was all about.

    NAPO-LA Members
    Take Home the Gold

    What an awards ceremony it was! NAPO annually bestows prestigious awards on those people who have done something special for our organization. This year four NAPO-LA members took home the gold.

    Glorya Schklair of The Practical Organizer (Retired) and Debbie Gilster of the Center for Growth & Productivity (photo at right) shared in receiving the President's Award for their part in helping to bring certification to the professional organizing industry. In his recognition speech, President Barry Izsak honored Glorya and Debbie who "have been primary torch bearers--the volunteers through thick and thin--kept that torch lit and brought us to what I'm sure history will prove as a pivotal moment in the evolution of this industry." Glorya started the ball rolling on the concept of NAPO certification in 1996 and laid the foundation for the entire program. In 2001-04, Debbie's role was to resurrect the original plan and get it to a point where the NAPO Board approved moving forward again with development activities.

    Add to that excitement, President Izsak instituted a new award this year, the Innovator's Award, which was won by our very own Deborah Kawashima of creativeOrganizer and our formerly very-own (now of Fort Collins, Colorado), Laurie Clarke of LIfe Simplified. Together, Deborah and Laurie started the NAPO in the Schools program. Initially, it ran in the Los Angeles area only, but as word spread about the benefits of getting kids organized at an early age, interest grew and chapters in various parts of the country inquired how they, too, could initiate this program. The rest, as they say, is history. Deborah is now the Chairperson of NAPO in the Schools and Laurie is involved with the program at the college level.

    And last, but not least, Barb Schmit, of Esselte, an Associate Member of NAPO-LA, took away the vendor-coveted Organizers' Choice Award for Best Business Organizing Product. Barb wowed us at an early morning seminar showcasing Pendaflex products and created such a buzz that all of the organizers present must have rushed straight to the ballot box to vote for Barb!

    Amazing stories! Amazing people! Amazing chapter!

    Congratulations all!

    Related Articles:

    • Golden Circle Interview Series
    • Notes from a Conference First-Timer
    • NAPO in the Schools


    Golden Circle Interview Series
    Deborah preferred

    Golden Circle Members Interviewed at Conference


    by Deborah Kawashima
    creativeOrganizer

    For Golden Circle members, Conference is a time to recharge and reconnect with other professional organizers. This article is a compilation of the thoughts and reflections from some of NAPO-LA's veteran Golden Circle members who were interviewed while in Minneapolis.

    Lynne Gilberg felt that this year proved to be "better than ever!" Robin Davi agreed, commenting that, as always, "It was an amazing event that enlightened, motivated and offered the chance to renew wonderful friendships."

    Ann Gambrell's words of wisdom on how to get the most out of Conference were to "mix and mingle."

    For Glorya Schklair, who shared in the winning of this year's prestigious President's Award, "Coming to conference energizes us so when we get back home, we do better and we do more."

    Toni Scharff thought keynote speaker Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, was "really inspiring. He reminded us how positive thoughts can affect both physical and mental behavior."

    Embracing Canfield's message, "If you can dream it, you can do it!" from his book, The Success Principles, Donna McMillan walked away with, "Nothing great happens unless we make it happen. We are responsible for our own success."

    Sessions this year explored the future of organizing and offered many how-to's on expanding our businesses to the next level. "The sessions educated and inspired," said Jean Furuya, "I learned new information and felt the entire experience confirmed that together we are better." In-between sessions, Jean added that, "I was re-energized through networking."

    Everyone felt like a kid in a candy store at this year's Expo, ohhing and ahhing over all the exciting new organizing products. "Expo was bigger than ever with lots of electronic products, and Barb Schmit was an amazing wonder," exclaimed Toni Scharff, "with all of her colorful Pendaflex organizing products."

    According to Sheila McCurdy, Mark LeBlanc, the closing keynote speaker, "was truly inspiring." Sheila loved Mark's remark that he will look forward to returning to a NAPO National Conference as a speaker with 800+ Golden Circle members in the room. Sheila also commented, "Many sessions were just great and I'm sorry I couldn't get to all of them at once!"

    Each year, conference becomes more of an important event to attend. "You always come away inspired!" quipped Tom Nevermann.

    NOTE: This article is one in an on-going series of interviews with Golden Circle members.


    Notes from a Conference First-Timer
    Pad-pencil

    I Went to Conference and All I Got Was 15 lbs. of Materials!

    By Joanna Sletten
    The Organized Experience

    After more than a year in NAPO-LA, I was determined to make it to my first ever NAPO National Conference. I knew it would be educational and inspiring, but there was something else I am only now realizing that I wanted from it: To feel part of the national community of organizers. I knew I would get that feeling from Conference, and I did.

    My initial experience in Minneapolis was the NSGCD conference, held just before the NAPO Conference. The first person I saw there was Jean Furuya. This would become a recurring theme at both conferences: NAPO-LA members were out in force, and it was so nice to see many familiar faces.

    The NSGCD group was quite large, but I was assured that "this will seem downright intimate once the big group gets here." The highlight for me was the feature presentation by Kara Swanson, entitled "O.K., Who Put the Ketchup in the Linen Closet Again?" She was a fabulous speaker, not to mention hilarious!

    After NSGCD, my roommates arrived. I was so excited to have not one - but two - partners in crime and I was grateful to the chapter for connecting me to these women.

    Once the NAPO conference began, I was blown away by all the people. There were lines at the front desk, lines for coffee, and lines for the bathroom. There was lots of hugging and catching up. Organizers who had become friends at past conferences grabbed at each other like school children fully enjoying this annual reunion.

    The EXPO had scores of vendors displaying their wares. Although I am not a huge product enthusiast, I enjoyed browsing and collecting materials. Between vendor brochures and program directories, I lugged home more than 15 lbs. of paper!

    My favorite presentations were Jack Canfield's opening keynote and K.J. McCorry's break-out session on getting your clients to change. Both were insightful and inspiring.

    Throughout the week, I realized that I was picking out bits of advice that would be important to me for where I am in my business, i.e., transferring skills and marketing. Other topics (e.g., the session on alternative business models) will no doubt percolate until I'm ready for them.

    Conference was an energizing experience. Interacting with so many different organizers reinforced the fact that there is no right way to approach your business; rather, it's best to tailor it to suit you. Confernce is the perfect place to collect ideas for that purpose.

    I absolutely recommend attending Conference to anyone who has the chance. For me, I know it will be helpful to periodically step back from day-to-day activities, assess where I am, and consider making changes. I left Conference with a new focus, a few key things to work on, and an idea or two to try.

    Until next year!


    Golden Circle Column
    Ann Thurley

    Ethics and the Professional Assistant


    By Ann Thurley
    Move-In Made Easy
    Oceanside, CA
    and Golden Circle Member

    As a new professional organizer, you may want to think about working as an assistant to a seasoned organizer. Assistants are often hired to work on larger projects when the job is too big for one person alone. This is a great opportunity to learn and to gain experience along side a veteran.

    Here are some guidelines to consider before taking the plunge into working as an assistant:

    1. Ask how you are expected to dress for the job and follow the organizer's directions; e.g., professional/office/in-home attire.
    2. Be clear about the time commitment of the project and be sure you will be available for that time period. Be responsible to see the project through to completion.
    3. Discuss what your remuneration will be for your work. To gain experience, you may take a lower pay or even work gratis.
    4. Be clear with the hiring organizer as to what is expected of you regarding the work as well as any communication with the client. There are some questions or situations the organizer may wish to deal with personally. When you are talking directly to the client, always maintain your professionalism. Share all client discussion, related to the project, with the organizer.
    5. Be aware that on occasion there can be awkward situations. The client may share with you and you must report to the organizer such things as:
    • The client is not happy with the organizer.
    • The client believes that you do a better job than the organizer.
    • The client asks for your business card and wants to hire you.

    If the client knows that you are also a professional organizer and asks for your card, how much you are being paid, etc., you must politely explain that any such questions are to be directed to the organizer. Always be professional as you represent both the organizer and the profession.

    No matter what the circumstance, it is never ethical to try to acquire the client where you are working as an assistant. If the organizer chooses to ask you to work individually with the client at a later time for maintenance, etc., you may consider doing so.

    If you are contemplating working as an assistant, you need to enter the experience with the idea of being a strong part of the team. You will benefit immensely, learn a lot and, if other people are working on the project, have fun as well.

    I have used many assistants in the 15 years that I have specialized in working with clients who are moving from one home to the next. Our goal as organizers is for our clients to have as stress-free an experience as possible. We love to hear "I couldn't have done it without you!" at the end of the day. You can be a member of the team creating that successful experience.


    Golden Circle Update
    Golden Circle April 07

    A Golden Garden Party


    by Ann Gambrell
    Creative Time-Plus
    and Golden Circle Liaison

    Eighteen members of the Los Angeles area Golden Circle met in April for a garden party luncheon at the Downey home of Sally Hulem. Donna McMillan was the co-host.

    Two new members were welcomed: Carol Keller, who has recently relocated here from Oregon, and long-time NAPO-LA member, Lynne Gilberg.

    After some discussion, the group decided to assemble a resource directory to use with and for clients. Marilyn Crouch volunteered to collect the information from members to create the roster.

    Jane Reifer offered to research disability insurance available to organizers and to report on it at the next meeting. Bonding and liability insurance were also topics of discussion.

    Jean Furuya reported on the upcoming training sessions offered through the Educational Development Committee (formerly the MET committee). Golden Circle members Dolores Kaytes and Esther Simon will present workshops which will be open to all organizers.

    Those attending were very generous with organizing tips for the Golden Circle Tips Project. In all, 16 tips were collected.

    The next Golden Circle meeting will be held on July 14 and will be hosted by Jean Furuya and Ann Gambrell.

    For more information on Golden Circle,
    contact Ann Gambrell
    Email: gambrellann@aol.com


    Tips Program
    Remind resized

    Follow the Leader

    If you are struggling with how to categorize a room, closet or cabinet, follow the lead of major retailers. Pay attention to how stores are organized and mimic them as much as possible. This works for types of clothing in a closet, types of products in a bathroom, or types of tools or food in a kitchen. Labeling takes this to the next level and an added bonus is that shopping becomes less time-consuming and frustrating because you can find things more easily.

    Submitted by Jodi McDaniel
    CSG by Design

    Gift Wrap Central

    When rolls of gift wrap don't fit anywhere, put them into an attractive shopping bag, throw in a zip-type bag of ribbons, and hang the bag on a coat hanger in the corner of a closet.

    Submitted by Beverly Clower
    Office Overhaul

    About the TIPS Program:
    NAPO-LA's TIPS Program is 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 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 public.
  • "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 home page.

    Email your TIPS to: gambrellann@aol.com


  • NAPO in the Schools
    Deb-Laurie Award 07

    First-Ever NAPO Innovator Award!

    By Deborah Kawashima
    creativeOrganizer

    The turn-out at the 2007 NAPO Conference went far beyond expectations as NAPO in the Schools held its first committee meeting. The room was packed with more than 10% of this year's total conference attendees (about 85 organizers) all excited and eager to hear about the new program. The Task Force members shared some of the program being developed for elementary, middle school and high school.

    NAPO in the Schools is committed to bringing professional organizers into the schools to teach students the benefits and strategies of getting organized at an early age. The elementary school program focuses on helping kids to manage their things. Middle school's emphasis is on paper management and keeping track of individual assignments. For high school, it's time management and being responsible for their own schedules.

    The reception at Conference was phenomenal with everyone buzzing about bringing NAPO in the Schools to their chapters and presenting this program in their local schools when it rolls out this fall.

    As Chairperson for NAPO in the Schools, I was honored to have Donna Goldberg of NAPO-NY, author of The Organized Student, attend the meeting and share her enthusiasm and commitment to help make this program really work.

    Laurie Clarke (formerly of NAPO-LA, now of NAPO-CO ) was there to give her continued support and talk about the College Task Force Program she currently chairs.

    Laurie and I were surprised and honored to receive the first-ever NAPO Innovator Award for our efforts in bringing organizing into the schools. None of this could have happened without Barry Izsak's vision for this program as well as his understanding of its possibilities. Barry took a stand for us to make this happen and I am pleased and privileged to be expanding this program on the national level.

    On the local front, NAPO in the Schools is looking for additional members to join us. This is an excellent opportunity to volunteer and get involved with our chapter. We are building our committee now. NAPO-LA members interested either in volunteering or in recommending a school or teacher who would benefit from having NAPO in the Schools come to their classroom, please contact me.

    Email: deborah@creativeorganizer.com
    Phone: 323-656-9665


    New NAPO-LA Members

    A Warm Welcome to
    NAPO-LA's
    Newest Members!

    Leslie Haber
    An Organized Life
    Los Angeles


    Michelle Ries
    Squared Away Organizational Services
    Los Angeles



    NOTE: "Warm Welcome" is a new feature of The Los Angeles Organizer. If you just joined NAPO-LA, be sure to get your photo taken at the next chapter meeting! Or email your photo to the Editor along with your name, your business name, where you live, and the date you joined.Send to cflannery@napola.org


    CD Clients -Support Group

    Time Management and CD Clients



    By Jean Furuya
    The Office Jeanie

    If you are a member of NAPO-LA working consistently and on an ongoing basis with chronically disorganized clients, you are invited to participate in an informal support group. Our topic of discussion will be "Backsliding and Maintenance Strategies."

    This meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 12, from 6 - 8:30 pm.

    A simple potluck is planned.

    To RSVP or for more information, contact Jean Furuya
    Email: jean@theofficejeanie.com
    Phone: 310-316-1753


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    GarageOverheadRacks

    Look Up in Your Garage





    By Gus Gougas
    Associate Member
    OrganizIT! Inc.

    Did you know that garage organization has become the fastest growing segment in the multi-billion dollar home improvement industry? And what's the hottest garage-organizing product on the market? Overhead storage racks.

    For those organizers who work with residential clients in need of more storage but who don't want the hassle of a major remodel, OrganizIT! offers the perfect solution: overhead storage racks!

    Almost every homeowner has wasted space in the garage that is not being utilized. Garage overhead storage racks take advantage of this wasted space to make it extremely valuable.

    The racks are perfect to store holiday decorations, legal boxes, suitcases and bulky items that won't fit in cabinets. Made of high-quality industrial steel, the racks come in a variety of sizes to meet your client's needs. The largest units measure 8' x 4' and can hold upwards of 600 lbs of weight. They have a wire-grid deck to help locate items from below; add-on accessories are available to hang items from underneath; e.g., a ladder, folding tables, bikes and skis.

    So the next time you have a client who is in need of more storage, just walk out into the garage, look up, and think "overhead storage racks!"


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