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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Mini Board MinutesNovember 2007
LA Organizing Awards made $2000 profit
Nominating Committee created for March elections
Leadership Forum II with Dorothy Breininger in January will be
free to membership
NAPO-LA will buy domain name for LA Organizing Awards
Newsletter will be available online to the public
Membership survey will now fall under Director of
Assistant List is available as a resource connecting those
available to work as assistants to the organizers who need them. To
be included on the Assistant List, simply log on to the
NAPO-LA website under the Member's Only section, click on and fill
out the Assistant List Request Form. The list is only for
members of NAPO-LA and does not guarantee work. The
Assistant List is printed here in the newsletter and also
under the "Members Only" section of the chapter's
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
member, click here.
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Organizer is published bimonthly. Look for "Announcements
from the Board" in between issues. Deadline for submissions
for the March/April newsletter is February 25.
20 Special February Edition
of Newsletter is emailed
25 NAPO-LA Board Meeting - 2:45
25 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting - 6:15 PM
1 EDC training, "So Your Client
Wants to Move"
2 Ventura Networking Group, Camarillo
Westside Networking Group - 1 PM
9 West Hollywood
11 CD Clients Support Group - 6 PM
March/April Newsletter is emailed
24 NAPO-LA Board Meeting
- 2:45 PM
24 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting - 6:15 PM
in the Schools Elementary Training - 5-7PM
6 Golden Circle Quarterly
Meeting - Noon
9-12 NAPO National Conference in Reno,
25 Submission deadline for May/June newsletter
NAPO-LA Board Meeting - 2:45 PM
28 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting
- 6:15 PM
|NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting Information
February 25 Meeting
Karron Maidment, RN, LMFT, is back! She will be
the featured speaker at our February meeting and will
talk on "Treatment of Compulsive Hoarding from an
Organizer's Perspective." Karron is a behavior therapist
and program coordinator for UCLA's Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder Intensive Treatment Program which treats people
with severe and disabling OCD, including complusive
March 24 Meeting
The always popular town hall meeting will be our
focus in March.
Dorothy Breinginer gave a fabulous presentation
at our January Leadership Forum. Her interactive
workshop was designed to inspire today's organizers to
become tomorrow's NAPO leaders, as well as being at the
helm of their own businesses. Thanks, Dorothy, for
motivating us with your many ideas and
|L.A. Organizing Awards Huge Success
Organizing The Organizing Awards!
by Jodie Watson
and NAPO-LA Vice President
As a professional organizer and an event planner,
overseeing our chapter's events is a perfect fit for me.
I've had so much fun over the past few months
"organizing the organizing awards." I want to say a HUGE
thank you to EVERYONE in our chapter who helped out with
pulling off this amazing event. And it really was an
The evening would not have been all that it was
without our host and emcee, the amazing Ms. Sherri
Shepherd (ABC's "The View") whose talent and personality
lit up the stage. Sherri was hilariously funny and at
the same time poignant and open about her own organizing
challenges. Her shtick about parting with some of her
collection of wigs brought the house down!
The celebrity line-up of presenters and guests
included Peter Walsh, Julie Morgenstern, Monica Ricci,
Dorothy Breninger, Standolyn Robertson, Linda
Koopersmith, Nadia Geller, NSGCD President Lynne Johnson
and our very own Ann Gambrell and Beverly Clower, to
name but a few.
The event began with photos and video interviews on
the red carpet, while a live jazz trio played to
accompany mingling over hors d'oeuvres in the Luxe
Ballroom. The Awards Presentation began after a
sumptuous dinner. A total of 18 awards were handed out
(see full list of winners below). I was thrilled to
receive two of the top awards of the night - Raising
the Bar Award and The Leading Edge Award. It
is an honor to serve on this Board as your Vice
To view and/or order photographs of the event please
go to www.timeonfilm.com,
click online proofs, choose NAPOLA Shoot, password is:
napolaawards. There are over 400 photos. To view a
slideshow of the pictures click on the top right hand
side of the screen that says "Start Slideshow."
A 5 minute video of the evening's events will be
available and sent to you soon.
Winners of the
2008 LA Organizing
BookPatience and the Porsche
Most Valuable Educational
Best Home Organizing Product
Best Organizing Blog or Website
Life ... Organized
Most Supportive or Organizer-Friendly
National Council of Jewish Women, Los
Best Organizer as Coach or Mentor
Furuya, The Office Jeanie
Best Office Organizing Product
Storage Stackable File Box
Best Garage Organizing Design Firm
The Green Award for Most Eco-Friendly Organizing
Product or Service
Hecht of an Organizer,
Volunteer of the Year - NAPO LA
Cary Brazeman, Garage Envy
Special Recognition Award
The Oprah Winfrey
Show / Peter Walsh
"Inside the Lives of Hoarders with
Most Helpful Organizing
KangaRooM Storage Phone/PDA Charging
Most Innovative Organizer
Breininger, The Center for Organization
Best Closet Design Firm
Best National Organizing Show
Best Organizing Product Retailer
Best Organizing Magazine
Joyce Dorny, Founder and Editor
Leading Edge Award and Raising the Bar Award -
Jodie Watson, Supreme
and NAPO-LA Vice-President and Awards
|NAPO-LA Chapter Elections |
New Board Members to be Presented
by Chris McKenry
Get It Together
and NAPO-LA Immediate Past President
The future of our chapter is very exciting!
We are energized by the recent Leadership Forum
II led by Dorothy Breininger and we are thrilled by
the buzz created by the Los Angeles Organizing
The current Board of Directors has guided us well
this past year and our chapter is now ready for the
The Nominating Committee has
approved the following members - to be introduced at the
February chapter meeting - for election to the 2008-09
NAPO-LA Board of Directors.
(NOTE: An asterisk next to a name
indicates up for reelection.)
In March, voting will take place on the "Members
Only" section of www.napola.org..
Prior to the March chapter meeting, an on-line
"Announcement from the Board" will be sent to all
NAPO-LA members to ask them to vote. Results will be
announced at the March meeting and the new term will
begin on May 15, 2008.
The nominees for 2008-09 Board of Directors
Organized - Be Harmonized
Got 2 Get
|New Online Form for Assistant List
Yet Another Useful Form
by Susan Culligan
Got to Get
and NAPO-LA Director of Communications
If you would like to be on the NAPO-LA chapter's
Assistant List, just fill out the simple new form
on our website that quickly and easily allows you to be
added to or removed from the list. Current information
can also be edited via this form.
To access the
form, click on www.napola.org.
Log in and go to the "Members Only" section. Then select
Assistant List Request Form.
Assistant List is printed in the newsletter as
well as online.
|A NAPO-LA Baby |
Welcome to Noel Alma Mason
Congratulations to NAPO-LA Past President
Tanya Whitford, CPO, and husband Vargus Mason, proud
parents of a new baby girl.
Noel made her debut on January 9, 2008, weighed in at
9 lbs. 6 oz. and measured 21 inches long.
She's a cutie!
|Golden Circle Update |
Golden Circle Kicks Off New
By Ann Gambrell
and Golden Circle Liaison
Our first quarterly meeting of 2008 was held at
the home of Lynne Gilberg and was co-hosted by Toni
Scharff. Fifteen members enjoyed a delicious salad
luncheon and then discussed future plans for the group.
Organizing Tips continue to be collected from
all LA chapter members. These Tips are published
in the chapter newsletter as well as in the "Members
Only" section of the NAPO-LA website.
Everyone loves a willing volunteer and there were
many willing participants for the 2008 Golden Circle
Panel program. Date to be announced.
Future meetings were discussed and the consensus was
to keep the same informal format and to possibly include
a field trip or weekend outing. More on that later.
Discussion included sharing of resources for personal
and client use. It was decided to establish a Golden
Circle Resource Directory. Resources can be emailed
to Ann Gambrell.
Our next meeting will be on Sunday, April 6, with
hosts Barbara Ricketts and Steve Skidmore.
For more information on Golden Circle, contact
|Golden Circle Column |
Personal Tax Records Retention
By Beverly Clower
and a Golden Circle Member
"How long do I have to keep all
Accountants I have questioned on behalf of my
clients give different advice - five, six or seven
years. When comparing retention schedules, I find
variables such as "Keep tax returns forever" and "Keep
tax returns seven years."
So how can we best advise our clients?
If we understand why tax records are retained, we can
both explain it in simple terms and confidently answer
our clients' questions.
Here are the basics to consider:
What is tax back-up?
Those records which
support the income, deductions, adjustments and credits
declared on the tax return. When a property is sold,
those records also become part of the tax back-up for
the year of the sale. If a document or set of records is
in question, it is the client's responsibility to check
the return.This might reveal an important omission, or
it could avoid discussion of undeclared income, neither
of which should be the Professional Organizer's
Why do we have to keep tax back-up after the
return is filed?
In case the IRS imposes an
audit. New clients unaccustomed to managing their
financial affairs may not be aware of records retention
requirements. They will appreciate being informed.
What does one have to do if audited?
Provide documents. An accountant should work
with the IRS on the client's behalf. The auditor will
ask for specific supporting documents, some of which the
tax accountant may have in his files, and others which
the client should have retained.
How long should tax back-up be kept?
Generally, there is a 3-year statute of
limitations for the IRS to audit a tax return. The
statute expires three years after the date the tax
return is submitted. A 2004 tax return filed in April of
2005 will reach the statute date in April of 2008. That
is actually four years when you include the taxable
What about state taxes?
The statute of
limitations for California is four years, so it is more
efficient to use this time frame (five years retention)
to cover both agencies. There are even some conditions
in which the Franchise Tax Board might require eight
What if a return is filed late?
extension is normally six months but circumstances may
cause a delay of years. The client may not readily know
if or when a late return was made. It is the
Professional Organizer's responsibility to know the
filing date before destroying any records.
Why is seven years the frequently quoted retention
If the IRS, in the course of an audit,
finds reason to suspect fraud, they can request records
dating back seven years. If fraud is found to exist,
they can go back forever. Seven years safely covers
An accountant does not necessarily advise the same
records retention for all his clients. I have noticed
more accountants recommending five or six years
retention for their non-audit-prone clients. Always
request that clients get their accountant's
|November 2007 Volunteers of the Month
Ann Gambrell and
Last November, Ann and Jean were honored
as Volunteers of the Month for all of the time, effort
and hours that they devote to NAPO-LA, especially their
work with new members. The following Q&A's will give
you a little bit of insight into these two very special
Q&A with Ann
What is your Business Name?
When did you start your business?
Where do you do business?
The South Bay
How did you get into Organizing as a profession
and be a Founder of NAPO?
I heard about a few
people meeting in the Los Angeles area who sounded like
they were doing what I was doing - helping people get
organized. The rest is history!
What has been your experience volunteering in NAPO
and NAPO-LA and what are the benefits of
Volunteering is sharing your
interests, experiences and talents with new and veteran
organizers - and giving back to the chapter and NAPO. I
have found it to be a positive experience.
What are your main organizing interests or
I am a speaker to various groups and
associations, meetings, conferences, etc. I have also
been teaching adult school classes on a variety of
organizing topics since 1986. Since 2000, I have been
directing and facilitating two Clutter Support Groups
for clients with serious clutter situations.
Anything you would like to add about yourself that
NAPO-LA organizers might like to know?
encourage all new and veteran members to get involved in
the LA chapter and in the NAPO national activities as a
means of networking, creating friendships and supporting
the LA chapter and NAPO national.
For the record, I may have been there in the
beginning, but had it not been for all those who chose
to step up to the plate - to volunteer their talents and
time - NAPO would not be what it is today. Many thanks
Q&A with Jean
What is your business name?
When did you start your business?
City where do you do business?
How did you come to join NAPO and/or NAPO-
When I was leaving an office manager's
position, the receptionist told me that I should
consider becoming a professional organizer. Her
boyfriend had met a PO at a networking meeting and
thought I might be interested since that appeared to be
my job for the company. When I called the organizer she
told me about NAPO-LA. At my first and second meetings,
I learned about the NAPO conference which was being held
in Redondo Beach. Since it was five minutes from my
home, I thought it would be crazy it I didn't attend.
The rest, as they say, is history.
What has been your experience volunteering in
NAPO-LA and what do you see as the benefits of
Since I love to volunteer for
worthwhile causes, it only seemed natural to volunteer
where I could help fellow organizers. I almost always
feel I get back more than I give. Helping others
motivates me to want to do more.
What are your main organizing interests or
My preferences are small business
consulting, organizing home offices, paperwork and
filing systems. Although I said that I would never work
with chronically disorganized (CD) clients, I have been
working with ADD clients with CD issues for the past few
years. Recently I started working collaboratively with a
cognitive therapist whose clients are OCD/hoarders. It
has been very rewarding. Another area of interest is
helping organizers become successful entrepreneurs
(which is why I am part of both the New Member
Orientation program and the Education Development
NOTE: Have you volunteered yet to help out
NAPO-LA in some way? Then you, too, could be voted
"Volunteer of the Month" or even "Volunteer of the
Year." And when you are, it will be your turn to share
your story, so that all of us in NAPO-LA will get to
know you just a little bit better!
To find out about
volunteer opportunities, contact Abbey Keusch
|20th Annual NAPO Conference |
Reno Here We Come!
NAPO's 20th Annual Conference
& Organizing Exposition
April 9-12, 2008
Ascuaga's Nugget, Reno, Nevada
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, or educate the
public on organizing solutions, this conference is for
you. Organizing industry experts have designed the
conference programming to meet the needs of novices,
veterans, and those in-between. The conference will
address career advancement, business marketing, the
future of the organizing industry, and a wide variety of
professional organizing topics. Sessions are designed to
provide you with the knowledge and support required to
enhance your professional organizing career.
To register, click here napo.net.
A message from
President of NAPO National
It's hard to believe that the 20th annual NAPO
conference is less than two months away! I hope you have
already made your plans to attend.
I will be moderating a general session entitled "Are
You Ready? Be Careful What You Wish For - Lessons
Learned Along The Way!" Panelists will include Peter
Walsh, Vicki Norris, Barbara Hemphill, Hellen Buttigieg
and Dorothy Breininger.
They will reveal their stories in this "tell all"
presentation as they share the surprises they have
encountered and the secrets they have learned along the
This is where I need your help. With over 1000
attendees expected, it will be very difficult to take
questions directly from the audience, so I am soliciting
questions in advance. If you could ask these panelists
anything, what would it be?
Please send your questions to Barry@ArrangingItAll.com
no later than Monday, March 10 and put QUESTION in
the subject line. Donšt miss this opportunity to find
out what youšve always wanted to know.
Thanks for your input and see you in Reno!
|Tips Program |
If you have an inventory of supplies that you
sell to clients, put a sticker on the bottom of the
items with the price (including tax). That way you won't
have to carry around old receipts or end up charging
less (or more) than you actually paid.
Submitted by Susan Culligan
to Get Organized
Home Freezer Inventory
Create a home freezer inventory so that foods
will be used in a timely manner and excesses will not be
purchased because you did not know what was "lurking" in
the back of the freezer. Hang the list on the inside of
a cupboard door for easy access. Add new items to the
list and delete items used.
Submitted by Ann
Creative Time Plus
About the TIPS Program:
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 organizing 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
|NAPO in the Schools |
NAPO in the Schools Goes to Conference
for Second Time
By Deborah Kawashima,
and NAPO in the Schools
NAPO in the Schools is preparing to go to
conference for it's second year.
At Conference 2008 the newly developed Middle School
Program - scheduled to roll out this Fall - will be
presented. Last year's committee meeting was tremendous,
with organizers filling up the room to learn about this
exciting new program. Since then, many have taken the
training for the Elementary School Program - which was
rolled out nationwide in the Fall of 2007.
NAPO in the Schools is a community outreach
program. It brings professional organizers into the
classroom for an interactive presentation with students.
We hope that by planting these organizing-can-be-fun
seeds in student minds, that they will realize being
organized really does make a difference.
Congratulations to the following NAPO-LA members who
have recently completed their training and are now
NAPO in the Schools Trained Providers:
- Bridgette Bradley, Adelanto, CA
- Heather Furlong, Simi Valley
- Katherine Macey, Los Angeles
- Kathryn Masci, Camarillo
They are now
qualified to give the Elementary presentations. (Each
grade level will require it's own training, when
Training is required of all NAPO members wanting to
become NAPO in the Schools Trained Providers and
is available to you as a benefit of your NAPO
membership. Sign up for the national training calls
posted on the NAPO in the Schools web pages
located in the "Members Only" section of the NAPO
The next scheduled Elementary training call is for
March 25 (5 PM to 7 PM Pacific). After March, the
elementary training calls will be on a quarterly basis.
Space is limited.
Please contact Deborah Kawashima for
|Members in the News |
Chris McKenry of Get It Together
LA! and NAPO-LA Past President recently appeared in
"STYLE: A Show for You" on WBIR-TV 10 in Tennessee. The
segment gave tips on organizing cosmetics and
|CD Clients Support Group |
March 11 Meeting Planned on Chronic
By Jean Furuya
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 "Techniques for the ADHD Clients." We will also
continue to work on "Resources: How can we help the
Please bring resources to share. We will also spend
time sharing our individual issues.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 11, from 6pm
to 8:30pm. Limited to 10 attendees.
A simple pot luck is planned.
To RSVP or for more information, contact Jean
|March 1st Educational Training Workshop
"So Your Client Wants to Move?"
A potential client wants to move down the street
or across the country or just relocate during a remodel.
Or an existing client needs to move and contacts you for
assistance. What do you do? Where do you turn for
knowledge, logistics, resources, physical assistant and
more? How do you make this a successful and less
stressful experience for you and the client?
Chantale Bordonaro, CPO, of Simplicity
Source, will share her knowledge and experiences to
alleviate your concerns and to help you through the
To register, click here www.napola.org
March 1, 2008
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
|NAPO-LA EDC Program |
Mentors and Coaches
Are you ready to create a successful organizing
business? Do you want to learn how to:
- apply proven business techniques and practices?
- find your niche and the clients who need you?
- avoid the frustration and stress of common
- become an expert in this rapidly growing industry?
The Educational Development Committee (formerly
the Mentoring, Education and Training Committee)
provides a listing of NAPO-LA organizing consultants
available to provide guidance, advice and suport to
potential, new and existing professional organizers.
NAPO-LA's 2008 Directory of Coaches for
Contact consultants directly for information and
Email the EDC at email@example.com