Volume 16, Issue 1
|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.
PMB 134, 10573 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Mini Board Minutes
- President's Brunch will be held at Bubba
Gump restaurant the day after Organizing Awards.
- John Trosko will attend the San Francisco
Chapter's 20th Anniversary celebration as our Chapter's Ambassador.
- A discount was given to new Associate
Members if they joined our Chapter at the EXPO or within the following
NAPO in the Schools
New Member Orientation
Furuya, Ann Gambrell
Heidi Chianta, Claire Flannery, Carol
Hogg, Katherine Macey, Kathryn Masci
Volunteers of the Month
February: Fay Wolf
March: Sara Getzkin
April: Abbey Keusch
Committee of the Month: Neighborhood
August: Heidi Chianta
Volunteers of the
Oller and Claire Flannery
Dee Saar and
Vendors (non-members): 17
Total Attendance: 169
Total Attendance: 57
NAPO National Membership
$200 - Active Member*
$150 - Associate-Branch
$250 - Associate-Local
$20 - New Member
One-Time Processing Fee
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
NAPO National dues can be paid
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
Dues are prorated quarterly by 25%.
$100 - Level 1
Yearly dues and Website Listing in the "Find an Organizer" section of
$165 - Level 2
Yearly dues, all meeting fees (with discount) and Website Listing in
the "Find an Organizer" section of our website.
(This Membership option is only available from October 1 through
$80 - Level 3
Same as Level 1, but for members who live 50 miles from the West Side
or from ZIP Code 90064.
$25 - One-Time New Member
Lapsed Member Processing Fee
Dues are prorated quarterly and are
reduced by 25% each quarter.
Branch Associate Member -
operates as a local branch or regional office of a Corporate Associate
Local Associate Member - a
locally-based, self-operating retailer, supplier, designer, or
independent sales representative engaged primarily in the manufacture,
distribution, and/or sales of organizational equipment, supplies, or
organizing-industry related services.
All members are required to sign a Code of Ethics as
part of their membership.
Office Organization Products
Email Barb Schmit
Versatile Storage Products
Email May Lee
Custom Garage Systems
Email Jaime Dietenhofer
Mas Moving Services
Mold Remediation & Products
Moving & Storage
Email Anderson Schoenrock
Email Peter Given
Bay Closet Lady
Custom Closet Design
Extreme Cleaning Services
Email Tammy Chalmers
|The Los Angeles Organizer
The Los Angeles
Los Angeles Organizer is published bi-monthly (January, March, May,
July, September, November). The newsletter is e-mailed to NAPO-LA
members, NAPO national board members, NAPO chapter presidents, and is
available to the public on our website. All contents are
All rights reserved.
members are encouraged to contribute to this newsletter. Articles
not to exceed 500 words in length. Submissions must be received
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 the e-mail. If you would
include a photo, this may be sent as a .jpg attachment, 72 dpi, with
your article. All article topics and content must be approved by
Editor: Jennifer Birner - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in advertising with The Los Angeles Organizer,
please contact our assistant editor. All ads must be received by
20th of the month preceding the month of publication. There are
types of ads available.
- Web site Link:
This is a small ad, located in the left side column of the
The ad can be your logo, a photo, or a small message. The ad
a link to your web site. (When someone clicks on it, they will be
taken to your site.) Please submit in .jpg format, 72 dpi, 125
pixels w x 100 h.
Price: $25 NAPO-LA Members, $35 Non
- Full Ad:
This is a large block located at the end of our newsletter. This
can provide details about your company or service, along with a logo
and/or photo. See current newsletter for examples. Please
submit ad copy (100 words max) in a Word document or body of an email,
and no more than one logo and one photo in
.jpg format, 72 dpi.
Price: $35 NAPO-LA Members, $45 Non NAPO-LA
NAPO-LA is not responsible for the products and/or services
24 Board Meeting, 2:45pm
24 Chapter Meeting, 6:15pm
No NAPO-LA meeting
6 Organizing Awards Kick-Off
at Container Store, Century City
8 South Bay Neighborhood
13 CD Support
19 Board Meeting, 2:45pm
19 New Member Orientation
19 Chapter Meeting - Leadership Forum (time tba)
30 Los Angeles Organizing Awards
31 Los Angeles Organizing Awards Oceanside Brunch
23 Board Meeting, 2:45pm
23 Chapter Meeting, 6:15pm
28 EDC Workshop: "Organizers Toolbox"
|A San Francisco Gala
One of the most enjoyable
parts of my "job" as President of NAPO Los Angeles is traveling and
representing our chapter at various events around the country. After
all, the Los Angeles Chapter has grown to have one of the largest and
most innovative memberships in the country, and it's important that we
support our colleagues in the ways they've supported us.
On October 4th, I had the pleasure of representing NAPO Los Angeles at
the 20th Anniversary Gala of NAPO San Francisco Bay Area. This year,
the San Francisco chapter put aside their annual conference to
acknowledge the people and projects that built the country's largest
NAPO Chapter, of over 200 members.
Held in the private and picturesque setting of Wildwood Acres Resort
http://wildwoodacres.com 30 minutes from San Francisco in the
hills of Lafayette, over 100 guests attended. Under the shaded canopy
of mature oak trees, we toasted their past and future in the
illuminated gardens of the beautiful retreat. Networking, a delicious
dinner and a thoroughly entertaining show filled with historical
reenactments celebrated the chapter's past achievements and their own
founding members. Sponsored by Barbara Hemphill's Paper Tiger
Institute, the evening's organized excellence was complete when the
special 20th Anniversary dessert appeared.
The Los Angeles Chapter of NAPO is proud to congratulate the San
Francisco chapter on its monumental service to its members, and a
20-year track record as a leader in the organizing industry. I was
honored to attend and play a small part in the festivities. I want to
especially thank President Stephanie Barbic, Past-President Mary Ann
Pate and the entire Board of Directors for including me in the
festivities. Bravo to our colleagues!
A peek inside the lovely ballroom, at Wildwood Acres
Guest mingle outside the party.
John Trosko, Emily Wilska CPOŽ, (Director of Professional Development)
and Joshua S. Zerkel CPOŽ, (Vice-President) pose for a picture.
John Trosko and Nicole Singleton, (Executive Director).
Chapter Meeting Information
By Leslie Haber
This November, NAPO Los Angeles will be hosting a special screening of
the award-winning film My Mother's
Garden, directed by Cynthia Lester. A question and answer
period with the filmmaker will immediately follow the
screening. NAPO LA recommends visitors RSVP for this very special
meeting via the NAPO Los Angeles website (www.napola.org) as seating is very
Garden is the story of Eugenia Lester, whose hoarding disorder
has entered a dangerous and life threatening stage. Directed by her
daughter Cynthia, it documents how one family comes together to cope
with their mother's disorder and rebuild a lost sense of family. My Mother's Garden was an official
selection of the 2006 New York IFP Market and was a finalist for the
IFP Socially Conscious Documentary Award. The film has also received
support from the 2007 New York State Council For the Arts and the 2007
Pacific Pioneer Fund. For more
details about this stunning film, visit online: http://www.mymothersgardenmovie.com
- There will be no meeting, see you in 2009!
"Kudos" From October Meeting
Our thanks to
Associate Member and Search Engine expert, Gus Gougas, of OrganizIt! for his fact-packed
October presentation of internet and online marketing tools! With
his vast experience in "cyber-world," Gus gave us valuable tips and
tricks to utilize at little or no cost to enhance our own web
existence! The lucky winner of our October Silent Auction will get
a private session with Gus to learn even more about the powerful and
practical uses of the internet to increase exposure to their own web
pages. We thank Gus for his time, efforts, and exemplary
Silent Auction - November
Susan Culligan is the owner of Got to Get Organized, based in
Ventura, California. Susan has been organizing since 2005 and has
served the NAPO-LA Chapter as Director of Communications and Technology
since 2006. Susan also serves on the Chapter's Educational Development
Committee. One of her organizing specialties is information, and she
trains clients in managing email, working with Outlook, and setting up
computer-based filing systems.
Susan started her organizing business to bring order into the
lives of clients struggling with clutter, confusion, and
overwhelm. Having lived in New York City apartments for many
years, then in a cabin in the woods in Upstate New York for another
ten, and having personally moved over 20 times, Susan knows well the
value of keeping things simple. She is actively pursuing a lifestyle
and organizing philosophy of voluntary simplicity and environmental
In 1985, Susan went into business for herself, training the staffs of
such nonprofit organizations as The College Board and The Ford
Foundation, as well as New York law firms and investment banks, in the
(then) brave new world of word processing. In the 1990s, she moved on
to designing, art directing, and producing high-tech magazines,
journals, and books until her move to California and rebirth as a
Susan's organizing focus is on helping her clients gain
clarity not only in their physical environments but also in their
minds and spirits. She believes that organizing can be fun as
well as transformational, and believes strongly in bringing the
relief of humor into a sometimes painful process. She recently signed
on as a consultant for Tomboy Tools, educating and empowering women
through teaching them how to use tools and do home repairs; this effort
is fired by her deep and abiding conviction that any woman's life is
enriched by learning how to fix her own leaky toilet.
Susan now lives in a bungalow near the shore in Ventura, where she
shares her home with her roommate and their four dogs and four cats.
Angeles Organizing Awards
By Jodie Watson
Our chapter's Special Events Task Force Team is busy planning and
preparing for The 2009 Los Angeles Organizing Awards which will take
place at The Luxe Hotel, Bel Air, CA on Friday, January 30,
2009. This is going to be such a fun, exciting event and is our
chapter's contribution to "Get Organized Month." You'll definitely
want to be a part of it.
Here's some info you need to know and some ways you can get involved.
Voting for the 2009 Los Angeles Organizing Awards has begun. Go
online to napola.org to cast your ballots
now! There are over 15 categories ranging from Best Organizing
Products, to Best Organizing Website or Blog to Most Helpful Organizing
Technology to Best Organizing Book. Your vote counts. And don't
forget, if you are an associate member or a member who has a product or
book, be sure to campaign for votes among your network of
colleagues, clients, friends and supporters. You never know, it
could be you up there receiving an award this year!
Registration to attend the Awards is now open. Go online to
purchase your ticket and while you're there, purchase one for a
friend. Price for NAPO-LA members is $125 each and for non NAPO-LA
members $150. A percentage of the proceeds from this year's event
will be donated to NAPO in the Schools, our national community outreach
program that brings basic organizing principles to students in all
grade levels. For more info or to purchase tickets, contact
Dolores Kaytes, Registration Coordinator at email@example.com.
SUBMIT A VIDEO
Promote your business through video at The 2009 Los Angeles Organizing
Awards. Video submissions are now being accepted for the 2008 Year In
Retrospective video to be shown on the big screen at the
event. Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2008. Contact
Fay Wolf, Media Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
for submissions details and guidelines.
To encourage organizers who have to travel and pay for hotel
accommodations in order to attend our event, we invite out of town NAPO
members to stay with us in our own homes. This allows
organizers to travel to LA and attend the awards without worrying
about hotel costs. It's also a great way to bond with new friends
the weekend of the awards and create the feeling of a NAPO
family! We are offering hosting to NAPO members only. If you
would like to offer to host a fellow NAPO member during Awards weekend,
please contact Abbey Keusch, Travel Coordinator at email@example.com.
The 2009 Los Angeles Organizing Awards will continue on Saturday,
January 31, with a special Oceanside Brunch to be held at Bubba Gump
Shrimp Co. at Santa Monica Pier. The brunch is co-presented by
NAPO-LA's Golden Circle and everyone is invited to attend.
Tickets are $35 each and will be on sale soon. For more info
contact NAPO-LA President, John Trosko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Los Angeles Organizing Awards is our night when we as an industry
come together to celebrate our hard work throughout the year and all
that we do to help keep America organized. Click here to watch the video of
last year's event.
There are so many ways you can get involved. Cast your votes, buy your
tickets, submit your video, host an out of town organizer, attend the
brunch, volunteer to help out or all the above. Thanks for doing
your part to help make this event a great success.
I look forward to seeing you on the red carpet!
Members in the News
Robin Davi, CPOŽ was selected as
onlineorganizing.com's October "Organizer Of The Month!" Robin is
a Past President of our very own NAPO-LA. She was also the recipient of
the 2004 Volunteer of the year award from NAPO-LA.
28th, NAPO-LA President John Trosko became
a contributing author to the "Experts' Guide to Doing Things Better:
100 Ways to Make Life More Efficient." The book, released by
Clarkson Potter, features over 100 leading experts in their fields and
offers must-have advice for getting more done in every aspect of
life. The book also features Richard Branson, Colin Cowie,
Barbara Corcoran, Laura Mercier and Rue McClanahan. In addition,
this fall Trosko has been featured in New
York Magazine, Women's World
Magazine, California Real
Estate Magazine and was named one of Organize.com's "favorite
Welcome Our Newest Members
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New Associate Members
Sue Breitrose and Jeannine Wainrib
Kay Wade (not pictured)
Los Angeles, CA
21st Annual Conference & Organizing Exposition
calendars! April 29th-May 2nd, 2009
Caribe Royale All-Suites Hotel & Convention Center Orlando, FL
If you would like to learn more about the Annual Conference or to
register, download a copy of the Annual Conference Brochure.
2009 NAPO National Talent Show in Orlando!
The NAPO National Talent Show Committee is hard at work planning for
the 2nd annual show at conference in Orlando Florida on April 29th.
This year's show should be bigger and better, with attendance
expected at 400, featuring the talents of your colleagues from across
the nation. Tickets are $50 and include a wide variety of dessert
items, coffee, teas and one drink ticket.
Pictured at right, Emcee Shawn Kershaw, rehearsing at the 2008 NAPO
Conference Talent Show.
Here are some important dates to note. Look for more details in NAPO
newsletter and chats:
- November 11th - Conference brochures
- January - Conference registration opens,
and Talent Show ticket sales begin
- March 1st - Application deadline for acts
- March 20th - Notification if your act is
- April 2nd - Entry fee deadline
- April 29th - Dress rehearsal: 5 PM
- April 29th - The Talent Show: 8 -
to acts, the Talent Show committee is accepting volunteers to
be stagehands, ushers, judge attendant, and sound
coordinator. You'll be required to attend dress rehearsal and
volunteer orientation as well as arriving early before the theater
doors open. The committee is preparing a web page with application
details and job descriptions. For more information, contact - TalentShow@NAPO.net
Leaders Wanted by Nomination Committee
NAPO-LA members in good standing who have drive and leadership
abilities are being sought to join an award winning team. If
you share enthusiasm for working with your peers and leading
a fast growing professional organization, consider nominating
yourself - or a colleague - to the NAPO-LA Board of Directors.
Nominations are being accepted through January 20, 2009. At that
time the nomination committee will place qualified candidates on the
February ballot. The board term runs May 15, 2009 - May 14,
Click here for a brief description
of each board job description. If you have any questions please
contact Chris McKenry, Immediate Past President and Nomination
Click here for Nomination
Form. Complete and return by email or fax (323-424-3721) by
January 20, 2009.
Chapter Board Elections
-Nomination process begins November 2008
-Elections held online during February 2009
-Board Term - May 15, 2009 - May 14, 2010
The Truth about
Tanya Whitford, CPOŽ
of Organizing Wonders
I have learned a lot about organizers over the last 9 years. Since it
can't all fit in this article- here are a few of the highlights.
1. There are organizers more
organized than me.
I have run into people at conference who seem to not only
work full-time organizing, but they have a TV show, 3 books, a product
line, coach their son's softball team, and are pregnant with twins. I
then start to question my time management skills.
2. Organizers make the best volunteers.
The skill, dedication, and vision of some of our volunteers
are staggering. NAPO would not be where it is today without them.
Volunteering and being on the Board was one of the best things I ever
did for myself and my career.
3. You can tell who is a future leader.
The "It" factor doesn't just apply to American Idol. Chapter
leaders have a way of noticing the future leaders when they first join.
Sometimes it takes some convincing, but these future leaders eventually
fulfill their destiny.
4. We are cooperative not competitive.
I did not believe this at first - but it is true. I have
never felt that I am competing for clients. But rather the right
clients for me. Organizers refer work to each other and assist
each other all the time. What other industry does that?
5. Organizers share their resources.
Whenever I need a resource for my clients or myself - I just
ask the NAPO-LA Yahoo group. It is invaluable to share and receive
6. Organizing in a big group is fun!
Some of my favorite days of organizing have been our big
Chapter Get Organized events when we have organized the
offices of places like the LA Free Clinic and Habitat for Humanity.
Working side-by-side with 25 other organizers is an incredible lesson
no matter how many years you have been in this business!
7. I clean differently when organizers come over.
My husband thinks I am crazy for cleaning the closet before
company rather than shoving everything in it. I would not do that for
my "other friends,"- because they would never look in my closet. But an
8. Organizers support you in all you do.
Not only have I found that organizers support me in my
business endeavors, but they have also been there to support me during
my acting career, my marriage, and my pregnancy. My "organizer friends"
offer to come early and help set up for a party or help clean up along
the way. My "other friends" never do that! When I really needed some
last minute help on my own move, Justine Miceli and John Trosko came to
my rescue for which I am forever grateful. Organizers make the best
I am so thankful to be in
an industry full of camaraderie, skill, dedication, intelligence and
support. I doubt there are any other groups like us!
The Golden Circle Visits the Artists' Colony
By Ann Gambrell
Golden Circle Liaison
On October 19th,
seventeen LA Golden Circle members gathered at the Burbank Artists'
Colony home of Glory & Gene Schklair. Toni Scharff co-hosted the
fun afternoon of great food, conversation and networking. After a
wonderful luncheon, Glorya lead a most interesting tour of the colony's
artistic environment. Gene is a well-known sculpture artist and we
enjoyed viewing his fun artistry throughout the building. Gene is also
a recognized NAPO photographer and was so honored at a past NAPO
national conference. We have also named Gene an honorary Golden Circle
Ann Gambrell, Golden
Circle Liaison, led a brief meeting welcoming new member Tamara Zook
and all attendees, including two Orange County members. She also
updated members on LA Golden Circle's involvement in the (January
30th - 31st) 2009 NAPO LA Organizing Awards event and Brunch. Many
members willingly volunteered to participate in a special (surprise)
Golden Circle program at the awards evening. Kristine Oller has
volunteered to take the lead on this one! Stay tuned! Members were
thanked for their participation in the recent 2008 Pre-EXPO "Ask The
Organizer" panel program. Kudos to all our participants - panel and
attendees. It was a tremendous success and received rave
reviews. The next Golden Circle quarterly meeting will take place
on Saturday, January 17, 2009. See you all then.
give added value to your client services, at no charge: When you make
the initial (verbal or written) contract, mention "also included" items
when you quote your fee. Ex: no charge for shopping time, lunch break
or arranging for contractors and helpers without charging for your
time. When the initial project is finished, send, along with a thank
you note, something useful that relates to the work done. A typed list
of file categories and their location or a list of vendors or services
you have discussed with them which you can recommend based on
your experience with the client.
Clower, Avenues to Organization, email@example.com
2. In the kitchen, place your coffee and tea supplies near where
they are to be used. Having supplies together makes it easier and makes
it a more pleasurable task.
Macey, Organize to Excel, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 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: email@example.com
in the Schools
in the Schools National Committee Chair
Calling all NAPO in the Schools Trained Providers who are in the
NAPO-LA chapter! NAPO-LA chapter member Christie Gelsomino, Scrapbook Designer and Vision to be Organized, is putting
together our very own local NAPO in the Schools networking social that
we hope will become a group that will meet bi-monthly. The meeting
will be all about lending support to each other, sharing tips on
getting leads, practicing our presentation skills and even making
our materials for the elementary program!
All interested NAPO-LA members
(Trained Providers and those interested in getting involved with NAPO
in the Schools) please contact Christie Gelsomino: Christie@Scrapbookdesigner.com or
Training is required of
all NAPO members wanting to become NAPO in the Schools Trained
Providers. This training is available to you as a benefit of your NAPO
membership. Sign-up for the pre-recorded national training calls
that are posted on the NAPO website along with the training call
schedule. This training is for the elementary program. In early 2009,
training will be available for the middle school program. The high
school program is scheduled for 2010.
NAPO in the Schools is
a nation-wide community outreach program bringing professional
organizers into the classroom to do an interactive presentation that
plant's a seed in the student's mind that being organized is important
and really does make a difference.
on Chronic Disorganization
By Jean Furuya
If you are working consistently and on an on-going basis with
chronically disorganized clients, you are invited to participate in an
informal support group.
13th, from 6-8:30pm. Limited to 12 attendees.
discussion: Case Study: Challenging Clients
pot luck is planned.
also be spent sharing our individual issues.
We will continue to work on "Resources: How can we help the indigent
hoarders?" Please bring resources to share.
Organizer's Toolbox - Products, Gadgets,
February 28, 2009
Speaker: Tanya Whitford, CPOŽ
It is not enough to
just be a good organizer. You must also keep on top of the latest
products and resources that will work for your clients. In this
workshop, you will learn just which products are unique and will meet
your clients' needs and which ones are a waste of time and money.
This is 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 ten 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
- Part 3--resources
for your clients, from donating out-of-the-ordinary items to recycling
things you did not even know could be recycled.
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
Attendees are also invited to bring in one of their favorite products
for the exciting "Show & Tell" portion of the workshop)
Tanya Whitford, CPOŽ
has been a NAPO-LA member for ten years. Her passion for products,
gadgets, software and resources has made her a tremendous asset to her
clients and resulted in thousands of dollars in extra revenue for her
business. She has received rave reviews for her product workshops in
More details to follow!
Are you ready to create a successful organizing business?
Do you want to learn how to:
Educational Development Committee
- 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
provides a Directory of NAPO-LA organizing consultants available to
provide guidance, advice and support to potential, new and existing
professional organizers. Contact
consultants directly for information and fees. Click on
the link below to be connected to the Directory.
Your Clients Award Winning Designs for Organization
Together LA! Custom Closet
and function...quality construction are all included in a Chris McKcnry
design project. After years of organizing the finest homes in Los
Angeles, we know how to make spaces work without
Silver Closets Butler Pantries
Laundry Rooms Garages
Looking for guidance in
your organizing business? This is the place!
Coaches for Professional Organizers
|For information about each
organizer listed above, click here.