16, Issue 2
|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
Board of Directors
Mini Board Minutes
Debbie Gilster to moderate the
NAPO-LA Leadership Forum, Monday January 19th.
membership currently 132 members and 13 Associate members.
and completed Policy & Procedure Manual has been sent out to
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
September: Gus Gougas
Volunteers of the
Oller and Claire Flannery
Dee Saar and
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.
NOTE: 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
The 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
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Articles: NAPO-LA members are
encouraged to contribute to this newsletter. Articles are not to
exceed 500 words in length. Submissions must be received by our
editor no later than the 15th 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
like to 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 our editor.
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
the 20th of the month preceding the month of publication. There
are two types of ads available.
- Web site Link:
This is a small ad, located in the left side column of the
newsletter. The ad can be your logo, a photo, or a small
message. The ad contains 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 ad 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
19 New Member Orientation
19 Chapter Meeting - Leadership Forum
Angeles Organizing Awards
31 Los Angeles Organizing Oceanside Brunch
2 Inland Empire, Neighborhood Group
23 Chapter Meeting, 6:15pm
28 EDC Workshop: "Organizers Toolbox"
8 Ventura County, Neighborhood Group
9 San Diego Organizing Expo
Support Group, 6pm
Bay, Neighborhood Group
Los Angeles Organizing Awards
Friday, January 30th 2009!
chapter's Special Events Task Force Team is hard at work finishing up
last minute details for the 2009 Los Angeles Organizing Awards. This
exciting event is our chapter's contribution to "Get Organized Month."
The Los Angeles Organizing Awards recognize the best in the
professional organizing industry: professional organizers who set the
standard for home and business productivity, and those products and
services that help consumers and businesses organize anything and
Don't miss this electrifying red carpet event. The night will begin
with a gala reception, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. All
will take place at the sleek and sophisticated Luxe Hotel in Bel
For all the
details visit the Los Angeles Organizing Awards home page at the link
The Fun Doesn't Stop Friday
us for An Oceanside Brunch on Saturday
Los Angeles Organizing Awards gala weekend will continue on Saturday,
January 31, with a special Oceanside Brunch to be held at Bubba Gump
Shrimp Co. on the world-famous Santa Monica Pier from 12pm -
2pm. Co-presented by Golden Circle of NAPO-Los Angeles, the Brunch
will be a celebration for 80-100 friends. Everyone is invited to
attend. Bring a guest, bring your spouse, but be sure to bring yourself
as we conclude the festivities surrounding the 2009 Organizing Awards.
NAPO-National's "Get Organized Month" will get a nod as well!
All the details are again on the Awards home page, just click on the
By: Leslie Haber
of Professional Development
Upcoming Chapter Meetings
(note the change in meeting date!)
It's time for our NAPO-LA Annual
Leadership Forum. The topic this year will be Leadership Qualities,
Become the Person Others Want to Follow, which will be taught by Debbie
Gilster of the Center for Growth & Productivity. Debbie asks,
"Would you follow you? An interesting question that many of us
have never asked ourselves. All great leaders have character qualities
that activate and empower their leadership ability, in any situation.
The key to transforming yourself from someone who understands
leadership to a person who successfully leads in the real world, is
having these indispensable character qualities from the inside out."
This special workshop, a benefit of membership and available to the
public for a fee, will teach you to be a more effective leader.
Click here for details and to register
Mark your calendars for February's chapter
meeting, where we will explore the psychology surrounding the
compulsive shopper. Our own Lynne Gilberg will offer us insights and
answers concerning this very prevalent phenomenon shared by so many of
our clients - and many of us as well!
"Kudos" to our
I extend warm thanks to our November
speaker, Cynthia Lester, who shared her film, "My Mother's Garden," and
followed up with a candid question and answer period. We were
enlightened and touched by this award winning film, and are so grateful
to Cynthia for joining us and providing insight from her perspective as
the adult child of a hoarder. We wish Cynthia continued success in
bringing us moving and honest stories such as this.
Mark your calendars for the 2009 NAPO
National Annual Conference and
April 29th-May 2nd, 2009
To learn more about the Annual Conference, please visit the conference
section of NAPO's Web site, where you will
find a copy of the conference brochure and relevant hotel
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
- January - Conference registration and
Talent Show ticket sales begin
- March 1st - Application deadline for
- March 20th - Notification if your act
- 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 arrive early before the theater doors open. The committee is
preparing a web page with application details and job
descriptions. For more information!
Pictured above is Emcee Shawn Kershaw rehearsing at the 2008
Of The Month
do you do business?
How did you get into organizing as a
always been a very organized person: My wife says "anal retentive." I
have also always been a very handy person in the home, fixing various
things around the house. After I spent 23 years in corporate America I
decided to retire from that world and start anew. I researched many
different companies and industries. A former business colleague of mine
bought a garage organization franchise and asked me to come out and see
his business. After I saw his operation, I was hooked. However, instead
of buying a franchise, I decided to start my own company from scratch.
And OrganizIT! was formed shortly there after.
When did you start your business?
How did you come to join NAPO and/or
colleague recommended it.
What has been your experience
volunteering in NAPO-LA, the benefits of volunteering?
NAPO is a
great organization with a good group of people. I participate in a
number of networking groups for business; however, nothing compares to
NAPO. There is a great synergy with my company and organizers; my
company builds the organization infrastructure and an organizer can
then come in and assist the clients organize their garages and leverage
all the organizational products we installed in the garage. It's a
What are your
main organizing interests?
Garage Organization, but we also do closets, pantries, laundry rooms,
utility rooms, etc.
we should know about you?
married to Jennifer and have two kids, Anastasia and Nicholas. And, no
I am not a decedent of the Russian czar family. I am presently
active in my community and on the Board of North Valley YMCA, the Board
of Castlebay Elementary School, P.A.T.H., a member of the North Valley
Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Santa Clarity Valley Chamber of
Commerce and the Porter Valley Country Club Business Alliance. I am
also active in the AYSO youth soccer program as a volunteer and was
recently awarded coach of the year. I also hold a Real Estate Sales
Agent license in the state of California.
Name: Carol Hogg
Name: Organize Now
do you do business?
I am based
in Agoura Hills and do business between Encino and Oxnard.
did you get into organizing as a
I began organizing as a profession
when I realized what I had been doing
and was passionate for all my life was actually
a profession. My background includes 25 years
management for Financial Advisors, Real Estate Executives, Business
Managers and CPA's. I organize friends and family
for fun and run my own household efficiently as a full time
working mom. I have a strong bookkeeping background as well.
When did you
start your business?
my business in 2005 and joined NAPO and NAPO LA at that time.
has been your experience volunteering in NAPO-LA, the benefits of
after joining NAPO-LA, the secretary position became open and I
volunteered. I was able to meet fellow organizers in a more
intimate setting and learn more from them. Once the term was up, I
decided to do behind the scenes volunteering due to my growing
workload. I produced labels for mailings for the Organizing Expo
along with greeting at the monthly meetings and served as secretary for
our NAPO Ventura Neighborhood group. I headed up a service project
for a local family with hoarding issues for our group as well.
are your main organizing interests, areas of organizing?
organizing interests are organizing home offices, families, time
management, and organizing events. In 2009 I am launching a new part of
my business which I feel will really tap into my strengths, which is
Estate Administration. I am looking to network with Estate and Trust
Attorneys and individuals that have lost a loved one and are left
responsible for handling the estate. I have extensive knowledge and
experience to gather the necessary documents and create a schedule of
assets, maintain the necessary records for tax purposes, inventory and
organize the contents of the home, obtain values of assets, assist with
the distribution of & coordinate the sale of assets, manage
incoming mail & coordinate bill payments and work closely with and
assist legal counsel and other professionals with the administrative
duties required. I pride myself on being a great listener; calming and
very understanding, which will provide a peace of mind to the loved one
left to carry out these responsibilities.
And when you are, it will be your turn to
story, so that all of us in NAPO-LA will get to know you just a little bit
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
To find out about volunteer opportunities,
contact Abbey Keusch.
McCurdy's book The Floor is
Not an Option has won another award, this time in the "How To"
category with the DIY Convention for the New England Book
Festival. She was also interviewed for the Daily Bulletin Newspaper in
the Inland Empire and was featured in the Inland Living section on
November 1st and November 12th, and in the City News section on
November 14th. Woman's Day Magazine also interviewed her in October for
a feature to run in January on how to stop clutter before it starts.
Diego Organizing Expo
San Diego is pleased to invite you to the 2009 San Diego Organizing
Chris McKenry, Diana Jillie, and John Trosko at the 2007
Monday, March 9, 2009
Time: 6:00 - 8:30pm
Place: The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive
Drive, La Jolla CA
Invitations have gone out to over 100 companies representing the best
organizing products and services, including Esselte, Stacks and Stacks,
Organized Greetings, Clutter No More, and 1-800-Got-Junk. Join us for
fun and valuable information. There will be tips and demos on
organizing the home and office, raffle prizes and refreshments. This
event is open to the public. Admission is $5.00.
Letting Go Primer
"Knowledge is learning something every
day. Wisdom is letting go of something every
day." Zen Proverb
In one of her presentations, Julie Morgenstern tells the
audience that what led her to becoming an organizer was her frustration
that her own lack of organization was negatively impacting her life.
She made a decision to change and set about letting go of old habits
and creating new ways to have more order in her life and ended up with
a new career.
Letting go became a theme for me even before I became an organizer. A
close relative was diagnosed with an addiction to prescription
medication. The family was told that in order to help him, we had to
let go of him and change our destructive enabling behavior.
Whether it is letting go of ideas, things or people, the process can be
emotionally charged, and filled with uncertainty..."But I might need
it, someday!" Most of us have met and overcome life challenges and have
probably experienced the disturbing feelings letting go elicits. The
fact that we have "walked in their shoes" augments our value to clients
as their organizing partners. The experience gained from a similar
journey married with the innate skills and talents of being able to
bring order to chaos is a winning combination.
How can we help?
1. Accommodate individual differences. Ease into it, weeding out the
obvious items to be discarded so the client can experience the
satisfaction of seeing an empty shelf, drawer, desktop. If the client
shows the tolerance for more aggressive purging, follow his or
2. Empathize with how stressful and anxiety filled the action of
discarding an item can be, yet be firm and move the process along. It
is critical not to judge or condemn the inability to break the
emotional attachment to possessions.
3. Set Boundaries. Encourage these clients to: end the indiscriminate
collecting of things; avoid mindlessly taking every handout at the
mall, an event, a business function; put limits on non-essential
purchases and subscriptions to periodicals; resist the bargains. Two
for $5 (really $2.50 each) is a marketing ploy.
4. Revisit. Pack up objects and set them out of the way in a closet,
garage, storage area. After six months, revisit them and you will find
the emotional attachment has been removed or diminished substantially
and they can be discarded.
5. Assess readiness and willingness. If after trying many alternative
practices, your efforts are continually met with objections and
resistance, be willing to accept the things you cannot change and let
go of the client. He or she may need help beyond the scope of a
"Some people believe that holding on and hanging in there are signs of
great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more
strength to know when to LET GO and then DO IT." Ann Landers
Copyright © 2008 Dolores Kaytes
1. Keep a
zipper lock bag in the front of your sock drawer for stray sox, with
out partners. When the match turns up, you will know where to find it's
mate, instead of digging through the entire drawer.
--Fay Wolf, New Order, email@example.com
2. Type a "check off list" of all your grocery items instead of always
writing new lists. Once done, they can be printed and edited over and
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 organizing 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
10th, from 6-8:30pm. Limited to 12 attendees.
discussion: Compulsive Shopping
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.
Educational Development Committee
Organizer's Toolbox - Products, Gadgets, & Resources
February 28, 2009
Speaker: Tanya Whitford, CPO®
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
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 you.
- Part 3--resources for your clients, from
donating out-of-the-ordinary items to recycling things you did not even
know could be recycled.
This is a
must-attend workshop for new and veteran organizers alike. Attendees
will take away an increased knowledge of products and resources that
will make them even more valuable to their clients. The handouts and
the product samples alone will be worth the price of admission. Not
only will this workshop be a lot of fun, but it will be one of the most
informative and useful ones you could ever hope to attend!
(Bonus Offer: Attendees are also invited to bring in one of their
favorite products for the exciting "Show & Tell" portion of the
Tanya Whitford, CPO® 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 the past.
For details on this event, click here!
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