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September / October 2010                                                                            Volume 17, Issue 6
In This Issue
NAPO-LA Calendar
President's Message
NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting Information
September Silent Auction
2010 NSGCD Annual Conference
POLA New Name of EDC
POLA Workshop October 9
NAPO-SFBA Regional Conference
Organized Karma
Volunteer/Committee Honored
Welcome New Members
Golden Circle World
Members in the News
NAPO Neighborhood Groups
Advertising Opportunity
CD Support Group
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Quick Links

Who's Who

Board of Directors
Katherine Macey 
(310) 806-2580

Donna Rosman
(310) 910-3268 

Nicole Ballard
(562) 235-1908

Regina Lark
Regina Lark
(818) 400-9592

Director of Administration
Erin Haas
(310) 339-5096

(661) 294-0043

Cynthia A. Smith
(310) 827-3705

Director of Marketing
Heather Furlong
(805) 577-8267 

Director of
Professional Development
Leslie Haber
(323) 935-9235

Immediate Past President
Chantale Bordonaro, CPOŽ, CRTS™
(310) 600-2601

Coordinators &
Committee Chairs
Associate Member Coordinator
Barb Schmit
CD Support Group
Jean Furuya
CPO Certification Liasions
Chantale Bordonaro, CPOŽ, CRTS™
Barbara Ricketts, CPOŽ 

Database Coordinator
Sascha Escandon 
Wendy Hughes
Golden Circle    
Mishele Vieira, CPOŽ, Chair
Claire Flannery, CPOŽ
Toni Scharff
Esther Simon
Greeter Coordinator
Sasha Escandon
Kim Rocke
Christie Gelsomino
Cindy Duffy

2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards & Expo
Robyn Reynolds, Co-Chair
Donna Rosman, Co-Chair

Meeting Assistant
Member Spotlight
Nadine Levy
NAPO in the Schools
Deborah Kawashima
Neighborhood Groups
Coordinator: Kathyrn Masci
Tanya Whitford
Hollywood: John Trosko
Orange County: Gail Gray
South Bay:
Beverly Clower
Inland Empire: Millie Hinkle
Ventura: Kathryn Masci
Westsiders: Toni Scharff

New Member Orientation
Debra Frank 
Toni Scharff 
Online Ambassador
Master Cruz
Sara Getzkin
Donna Rosman

Professional Organizers Learning Academy
Jean Furuya
Dolores Kaytes
Donna D. McMillan
Registration Assistant
Kelly Erwin
Silent Auction
Lisa Suscheck 

Visitor Liaison
Lori Gersh 
Website Coordinator
Heidi Chianta

Yahoo Group Moderator

Meeting Information
Meeting Attendance 
JULY 2010

45 members 
5 visitors

Total NAPO-LA Membership: 142
Board Meeting Mini-Minutes

JULY 2010

1. "Best Business that Provides Services to Organizing Industry" is a new category that has been added to our Organizing Awards.
2. Golden Circle will join the Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Neighborhood Group on a field trip to the Burbank Recycling Center in October.
3. The Call for Nominations for the 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards & Expo is open. 

Chapter Award Winners
 Leading Edge Award Winners
2009 - Robin Davi
2008 - John Trosko
2007 - Jodie Watson
2006 - Dolores Kaytes
2005 - Jodi McDaniel
2004 - Chris McKenry
Raising the Bar Award Winners
2009 - Leslie Haber
2008 - Chantale Bordonaro
2007 - Jodie Watson
2006 - Chris McKenry
2005 - John Trosko

Volunteers of the Year

2009 - Linda Levine-Quackenbush
2008 - Heidi Chianta
2007 - Cary Brazeman
2006 - Claire Flannery &
Kristine Oller
2005 - Deborah Kawashima
2004 - Laurie Clark & Dee Saar
2003 - Robin Davi

2010 Volunteers of the Month
February -
Lenora Thomas
March Co-Volunteers
Beth Zeigler & Claire Flannery
June - Jean Furuya
July - Barb Schmit

Associate Members
Custom Closets
Email to Kay Wade
 (310) 516-7000 x224

Confidential  record specialist
Document Shredding
Email to Jerry Scott
(310) 418-9297 

Container Store
(972) 538-2264

Custom Garage Systems
Email Jaime Dietenhofer 
(310) 205-3590

Luxury Wardrobe Storage & Valet Service 
Go Junk Free America 
Go Junk Free America!

(417) 355-3155 
northstar logo
Moving & Storage
(310) 451-7221
Custom Garage Systems
Email Gus Gougas
(818) 232-7683
northstar logo
Office Organization Products
Email Barbara Schmit
(818) 232-7683
Photo Scanning Services

Email Anderson Schoenrock
(310) 683-0430 
Custom Glide-Out Shelves for Cabinets & Pantries
Email Michelle Smith 
(310) 980-4906
Onsite or Offsite Storage
Email Peter Given
(818) 365-3408


NAPO National Membership

Annual Dues
$200 - Active Member*
$150 - Associate-Branch
$250 - Associate-Local
$550 - Associate-Corporate
  $20 - Processing Fee

*Provisional 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 organizing experience.

NAPO National dues can be paid online. 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

Regular Members:
Dues are prorated
25% quarterly.
$100 - Level 1
Yearly dues and Website Listing in the "Find an Organizer" section of our website.

$25 - One-Time Processing Fee
$25 - Lapsed Member Processing Fee

Associate Members:
Dues are prorated 25% quarterly.
$175 - Branch Associate Member - Local branch or regional office of a Corporate Associate Member
$300 - Local Associate Member - Locally-based, self-operating retailer, supplier, designer, or independent sales representative engaged primarily in the manufacture, distribution, and/or sale 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.


The Los Angeles Organizer

Claire Flannery
Claire Flannery

Roxanne Hoerning
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Millie Hinkle
Donna D. McMillan
Toni Scharff
The Los Angeles Organizer is published bimonthly (January, March, May, July, September and November). The newsletter is emailed to NAPO-LA members and associate members, NAPO national board members, and NAPO chapter presidents, and is available to the public on our website. All contents are copyrighted. All rights reserved.

Submission Guidelines

NAPO-LA members are encouraged to contribute to this newsletter. Articles are not to exceed 500 words in length. Submissions must be received by the 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 an email. Photos should be .jpg, 72 dpi, sent with your article. All article topics and content must be approved by the Editor. Submit editorial to

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Website Link: This is a small ad containing a link to your website, located in the left side column of the newsletter. The ad can be your logo, a photo, or a short message. Format: .jpg, 72 dpi, 125 pixels w x 100 h.
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September 2010
  11 NAPO Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena Neighborhood Group, 9:30 am in Pasadena
  11 NAPO Westsiders Neighborhood Group, 1 pm
  14 CD Support Group, 6 pm
  23-25 NSGCD Annual Conference, Austin, TX
  27 New Member Orientation, 3:30 pm
  27 NAPO-LA Board Meeting, 2:45 pm
  27 Professional Organizers Learning Academy Q&A with Panel, 3-5 pm
  27 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm

October 2010
7 NAPO National Conference Call, 5 pm
  9 POLA (EDC) Workshop on Social Networking, 9 am to 1 pm
  9 San Francisco Bay Area Regional Conference, Sunnyvale, CA
  16 Golden Circle trip to Burbank Recycling Center
  25 NAPO-LA Board Meeting, 2:45 pm
  25 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm

November 2010

  22 NAPO-LA Board Meeting, 2:45 pm
  22 NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm

December 2010
NO Chapter Meeting in December
President's Message

Innovation in NAPO 

Katherine Macey

By Katherine Macey, Organize to Excel

and NAPO-LA President

Being in business and staying in business has a lot to do with staying flexible, growing and adjusting to various demands. The same is true for NAPO and NAPO-LA. Mark your calendars for a historic event to happen on October 7:  NAPO will be hosting a conference call - their first ever open to all members - to announce the results of their five-year strategic planning meetings held earlier this year. The details will be announced by email.

The exciting changes that will be announced will ensure NAPO and NAPO-LA stay current and at the forefront of our industry.
Change in our Association begs the question, "Is your business flexible, current and ready to respond to market place trends?"
Wainwrights had been around since before the 12th century, but with the advent of the motor car, have all but disappeared.  I'm not suggesting that organizing as a business is about to disappear, but the interesting question is, "How is it changing?"

Are you happy providing the service you have always provided, or are you developing new markets? 
Are you following trends or staying true to your established niche?
Yet again, NAPO-LA is displaying innovative skills as we prepare for the 6th Annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards.  Altering the format this year to include a Gala Industry Exchange, the evening is shaping up to be a fabulous event not to be missed.  Building on last year's success, keeping the parts you loved and changing the parts you didn't, this year's Task Force is proving to be outstanding.  Get involved by volunteering (contact; nominating your favorite products, services and resources ( by September 30; voting between October 25-December 24; and definitely saving the date of January 29, 2011, to attend this spectacular event.

NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting Info
September 27 Meeting, 6:15 pm

Office Productivity
Barb Schmit
The focus is on paperwork - the good, the bad, and the ugly - and our own Barb Schmit of Esselte/Pendaflex will be presenting innovative products for a wide range of uses.  Attendees will receive special samples.  Stay on top of product - and productivity - trends and join us for this informative seminar.  There will even be a few very desirable door prizes!  Coffee and Tea will be served.  

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to scheduling conflicts with the hosts of our field trip, it has been postponed until early 2011.  

September Silent Auction
 The Silent Auction Is Back
By Lisa Suchesk, Timeline Organizing Consults
and Silent Auction Coordinator

The Fundraising Committee of NAPO-LA is excited to announce the return of the Silent Auction! 

Each month, an experienced chapter member who has agreed to donate an hour of her/his time will go to the winning bidder. This is a fabulous coaching opportunity for new organizers with all proceeds benefiting NAPO-LA.  Bring your checkbook to the September meeting, as you won't want to miss out on a session with our first veteran organizer up for auction, Dolores Kaytes.

Dolores Kaytes
Dolores Kaytes on the Auction Block

Dolores Kaytes, organizer, teacher, entrepreneur, corporate manager and professional speaker, is passionate about helping individuals and corporations feel more in control of their lives, work, and offices.  Her company, Highly Organized, specializes in office organizing and business management support.

She is a non-judgmental, compassionate, understanding teacher, who intuitively finds the best way to set up a space and accomplish tasks and projects.

Dolores is a past president of NAPO-LA and has served as Workshop Director and Program Chair. She is currently involved in NAPO-LA's Professional Organizers Learning Academy. A teacher at heart, she conducts workshops for new organizers, including her highly-regarded custom filing class.

Dolores' background as an educator, organizer and speaker, combined with her enthusiasm and energy, make her a valuable asset to our chapter.  You will definitely want to be the winning bidder!

2010 NSGCD Annual Conference

Pendaflex Logo


2010 Annual Conference 
"Creative Approaches to Client Success"   
   Austin, Texas
September 23 - 25
Did you know that an amazing 98.4% of 2009 NSGCD Conference attendees said they would recommend future NSGCD conferences to their peers?

This year's Sessions:
  • Session 1: Chronic Disorganization Research Updates, Presenter: Catherine Roster, PH.D.
  • Session 2: Positive Psychology and Client Success, Presenter: Dr. Wanda L. Bethea
  • Session 3: Client Applications of Emotional Intelligence, Presenter: Dr. Rich Handley
  • Session 4: Providers - Understand Your Emotional Intelligence, Presenter Dr. Rich Handley
  • Session 5: Master the Secrets for Asking Effective Questions, Presenter: Byron Van Arsdale - Master Certified Coach
  • Session 6: The Sacred Tool for Coaching: Being Heard, Presenter: Byron Van Arsdale - Master Certified Coach
  • Session 8: Panel Discussion and Q&A, Panelists: Judy Forgason MD; Candyce Ossefort-Russell, M.A., LPC; Michelle Bohls, LMFT, EMDR; James OChoa, LPC
View more details about the conference at

For more information, contact Debra Frank at

New Programs Offered by
Professional Organizers Learning Academy

While the goal and mission are still the same, the EDC (Educational Development Committee) has changed its name to the Professional Organizers Learning Academy of NAPO-Los Angeles (POLA).
The Professional Organizers Learning Academy is still offering "On-line and On-the-Ground - The Art of Networking" on Saturday, October 9, 2010.  You will want to take advantage of the expertise of two top-notch chapter networkers - Donna D. McMillan and Regina Lark.  Gain confidence and the skills you need to connect with potential clients in-person and on-line. The first 15 people to register will be entered to win a 1/2-hour consultation with Donna or Regina.  Limited to 20 participants so register TODAY! Early Bird Rate until October 4.

Beginning in September, POLA (Professional Organizers Learning Academy) will be offering a new program, a Q&A session for those entering the organizing profession. If you have been struggling with "Where do I start?," this session will enable you to formulate a specific plan of action.  A panel of POLA instructors will answer many of your questions in an open forum. Register online NOW!
When:     September 27, 3 pm - 5 pm (prior to chapter meeting)
Where:    Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles
              (in chapter meeting room)
Cost:       $25 (members and non-members)
Coming Soon: There will be a call for course proposals for future Professional Organizers Learning Academy of NAPO-Los Angeles classes in the 2011 calendar year.
For more information, contact: Jean Furuya,,
(310) 316-1753.
Sign-up Now for October POLA Workshop
On-Line and On-The-Ground:
The Art of Networking
Presented by Donna D. McMillan and Regina Lark
When:   Saturday, October 9, 2010 (New Date)
Time:    9 am to 1 pm
Where:  Circle of Care Leeza's Place
            500 Van Nuys Blvd.
            Sherman Oaks
Cost:     $99 for NAPO-LA members
            $119 for non-members
            (After October 4, add $15)
In order to be profitable today, business owners need to focus on marketing their services and products in "all the right places." In this motivating, interactive training session, NAPO-LA members Donna D. McMillan and Regina Lark, will help you to refine the skills necessary for successful networking, both on-the-ground and on-line.
Networking is an established way to promote your business and your areas of expertise and also allows you to be an excellent referral resource.  Donna will teach you skills for confident face-to-face networking experiences.  Through demonstrations, Regina will show you how to use social media (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook) to its maximum advantage.

This not-to-be missed workshop will help to answer these questions:

A.  What is networking?
     Understand the mind-set of in-person meetings and social media
B.  Why do networking?
     Clarify your motivation and objectives
C.  How do you find a good fit?
     Match what you offer with the right people
D.  Where do you find your target market?
     Make connections through groups on-the-ground plus on-line
E.  When do "they" find you?
     Discover which of your power tools will get you noticed
F.  How do you do networking?
     Find out how to go to the right places and do the right things
G.  Where and how do you manage your new contacts?
     Identify paper and electronic solutions that work best for you
Learn successful skills and techniques for local and worldwide networking. Class includes lecture, roll-play and hands-on exercises. Bring business cards. You are also encouraged to bring your laptop (MAC or PC), but this is not a requirement. Before the workshop, create accounts on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.  After registering for workshop, you may contact Regina Lark for assistance.
Members in the NewsDonna D. McMillan, organizing industry veteran, has been coaching/training Professional Organizers since 1993, both in the U.S. and abroad. Since 1984, she has developed marketing strategies from her own experiences while building her businesses, McMillan & Company Professional Organizing in West Los Angeles and Island Organizers in Hawaii. 
Donna's contact information
Phone: 310-391-7392
Members in the NewsRegina Lark is the founder and CEO of A Clear Path, a Los Angeles-based professional organizing business. She works with "Boomers," seniors, college faculty, and campus administrative offices. She credits her success as a business owner to the art and practice of social networking. When she is not organizing, Regina is teaching. She offers de-clutter and social media workshops to non-profits and private corporations.  Regina holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern California.

Regina's Contact Information:
Phone: 818-400-9592

The first 15 people to register will be entered to win
a 1/2-hour consultation with Donna or Regina

Click here to register
 Limited to 20 Participants
 NAPO-San Francisco Bay Area
 Regional Conference

People. Purpose. Passion.
2010 NAPO-SFBA Regional Conference
Saturday, October 9
Sunnyvale Sheraton
Sunnyvale, CA 

NAPO's San Francisco Bay Area Chapter has put together an exciting agenda with a stellar line-up of speakers to enhance your organizing skills and to strengthen and grow your business. Lots of networking opportunities, of course, plus the latest industry products will be available in the Expo Hall.

For more info click here
Organized Karma

Medicated Karma, Part I
By Sara Getzkin

Hands On Organizing Services
Are you on something?  Quite possibly, especially since we live in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug daily, with one in six taking three or more medications.  Prescription drug use is rising among people of all ages, and use increases with age. Five out of six Americans 65 and older are taking at least one medication, and almost half the elderly take three or more.
What happens when you no longer need that particular medication? What if the doctor changes your prescription?  Or perhaps a client's loved one has passed away leaving a trail of medications behind?  Are there prescriptions in your medicine cabinet that have  been there since the mid-1970s?
I know these situations well. My dad is a retired pharmacist. He also has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, but it was only recently that he learned a few simple steps for medication and needle/sharps disposal. (NOTE: I'll discuss Medication Disposal here and, then, in the next edition of The Los Angeles Organizer, I will talk about Needle/Sharps Disposal.)

Medication Disposal
  • Drugs = all drugs.  I'm referring to all prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as cold/flu remedies, aspirin and other pain relievers, antiseptics (anything that kills germs), and even veterinary medicines.
  • DO NOT FLUSH unwanted or expired medications down the toilet or down the drain. Unused medications that are flushed down the toilet or down the drain pass through the sewer system and eventually enter our water supply. With tens of thousands of medicinal products currently on the market and with more being developed each year, it is not definitively known which products (or combinations of products) are a problem or what the long-term risks are. 
  • Take your unused medications to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center or event. This is my favorite option because it's quick, easy and free.  You can keep medications in their original containers or in a sturdy, sealed container. Prescription bottles can be recycled!
  • If you want a home solution, you can put your unused medications in a sturdy, securely sealed container, then in a trash can where children and animals can't reach them. Some resources recommend crushing pills and/or mixing with cat litter, coffee grounds, or sawdust. Again, this is so kids and pets won't touch them. This option may be a bit messier, but it does take care of the problem.
  • If you have questions about disposal in your area, call your local pharmacy. They will have local disposal options and most likely will offer advice as to where to take your medical waste.

(In our next issue, Medicated Karma, Part II, Sara will cover proper Needle/Sharps Disposal.)
Organized Karma is a column about Recycling that regularly appears in this newsletter.

Questions? Email Sara at
Or check out her website

Volunteer/Committee of the Month Honored 


Volunteer of the Month for July
Barb Schmit
Barb Schmit was chosen as Volunteer of the Month because she attends nearly every chapter meeting, always offers helpful information and lets everyone know how enthusiastic she is
about NAPO-LA. She has shown her support and enthusiasm once again by volunteering as Associate Member Liaison and is our first Associate Member in that position. Barb hit the ground running by immediately creating an up-to-date tracking sheet, setting up a listserve chat group and communicating regularly with all our valued Associate Members. Barb is a true treasure, and our chapter is lucky to have her.

What is your business name and website?
Esselte/Pendaflex  -
Where do you live and where do you do business?
Live in Tustin and cover all of Southern California (Bakersfield/Santa Barbara and everything south).
How many years has your company been in business?
Esselte has been around for 97 years and I've been with them for 11
Where are you from originally?
Vancouver, WA
What are your hobbies and interests?
Hiking, golfing, geocaching
Tell us about your family. Are you married, single, kids, grand-kids, pets?
Married in spirit, no kids. My two Mini-Schnauzers are my fur-kids.
Why did you join NAPO-LA and what benefits have you gotten out of your associate membership? 
Joined NAPO-LA in 1999 because my boss asked me to. Since then have enjoyed great partnerships and friendships in NAPO.  I can't begin to measure the business that comes to Esselte because of NAPO.
What has been your experience volunteering in NAPO-LA and what do you see as the benefits of volunteering?
Volunteering in any organization is the best way to become known in the group and to get to know others. Anyone who does not volunteer is missing out on the full benefits of membership.
Anything else we should know about you?
After this much time in NAPO, I can't imagine what you guys don't know about me!

Committee of the Month
Committee of the Month for July

Golden Circle

Committee Members:
Mishele Vieira, CPOŽ, Coordinator
Claire Flannery, CPOŽ; Toni Scharff; and Esther Simon

The Golden Circle Committee was chosen as Committee of the Month for their work in coordinating the "In Memoriam" gifts for long-time NAPO member, Glorya Schklair, who recently passed away. Golden Circle has a great network in place to notify members of such events and has a support system to help out family members in need. NAPO-LA appreciates all the work that Golden Circle does on behalf of our chapter.
Welcome to Our Newest Members

Debra May
Blue Box Professional Organizing
Hermosa Beach
(310) 486-4985

Wendy Winters
Organization Made Easy
Van Nuys
(323) 697-3901

Time Management Tips
Helping Clients to Live Their Priorities

By Harold Taylor, CSP

I have often claimed, along with many others, that most people don't need help determining their priorities; they need help living their priorities.

How many people do you know who intended to write an article last week or review a book or reorganize their electronic files or whatever, and simply didn't get it done? How many people end up postponing that family outing to the park or that shopping trip with their daughter or that morning exercise program?

People can know what's important in their life, even commit themselves verbally or in writing to do it, and still not get it done. There are occasionally good reasons for not doing it. But it's also easy to rationalize that they were tired, swamped or interrupted or that they simply forgot. The fact is, they need help living their priorities.

Brain research has given them the only legitimate reason for not doing something that they planned to do. They may have weak "executive skills." These are sometimes referred to as "executive function" or "self regulation" skills. They include such things as inhibiting impulses, sustaining attention, planning, prioritizing and  following through with strategies and plans. These skills reside in the prefrontal cortex - the most involved part of the brain. These skills start developing at less than a year old and could take 20 years to fully develop. So based on childhood experiences, environment and upbringing, people could say it's not their fault that they fail to get things done. After all, they just happen to be procrastinators or have trouble concentrating or easily lose their focus or whatever. But even having weak executive skills is no longer an excuse; because research shows that the brain is malleable. They are able to strengthen these skills through constant effort and practice.

Whether people have weak executive skills or simply lack structure in their lives or have no system for getting things done, the following recommendations will help them to live their priorities by converting their intentions into commitments and their commitments into achievements.

  • Schedule your priorities into your planner; don't leave them on a "To do" list. Blocking off the necessary time in your planner insures that you will have the time to do them. Use your "To do" list for the things that should be done, and your planner for the things that must be done - in other words, your life priorities. To reinforce your commitment, write your plans in ink, schedule more time than you think you will need, and use the mornings or whatever part of the day that matches your highest energy level. I recommend a paper planner, especially for those with weak executive skills. It is more visible, more difficult to ignore, delete or change. And it makes over-scheduling impossible. Use a paper planner for one thing only - planning; and your electronic device for everything else.
  • Make it easier to stick to your scheduled commitments by minimizing distractions during this time. Turn on your voice mail; turn off your cell phone; ignore e-mail; and, if you have a door, close it. In spite of all this, if a distraction occurs, return to your task the moment the distraction has ended. Remember, you have scheduled extra time to allow for any minor distractions.  Also, the longer the work session, the more opportunity for distraction, either external or self-induced. So block off no more than 90 minutes at a time to work on lengthy projects. I refer to this as the "90 minute rule." Work in chunks of time with a variety of tasks and activities in between for minimum stress and fatigue and less strain on your executive skills.
  • Regardless of structure, strategies or systems, unless you are motivated to get the priority tasks done, you will postpone or abandon them. If you want something badly enough, you can overcome any inertia and most barriers to make it happen. To make sure that what you are aiming for is want you want for yourself and not simply the expectations of others, choose a strategy that you feel will achieve the results you are seeking. The strength of your motivation is the product of your desire to achieve a goal multiplied by the expectation that a certain course of action will get you there.
I see the role of a time-management consultant not as a motivator but as a strategist who helps clients achieve the goals that they want to achieve by helping them to map out a plan of action and concomitant strategies that make sense to them. You can provide the plan; but not the purpose.

Š 2010, Harold Taylor Time Consultants Ltd.

Harold Taylor, a time management consultant, speaker and workshop leader, can be contacted through his website at
Golden Circle World
So You're Ready to Join Golden Circle...
By Mishele Vieira, CPOŽ
Away with Chaos
and Golden Circle Liaison
Congratulations! You've been a professional organizer for five years now and considering membership in Golden Circle. Here are a few things you should know...
What is Golden Circle?
NAPO's prestigious GOLDEN CIRCLE was formed in 1990 to recognize members who have attained an elevated level of experience. Membership in Golden Circle means fellowship, camaraderie and a golden opportunity to share experiences with other accomplished organizers.

Professional organizers applying for membership in Golden Circle must have been a professional organizer for a minimum of five years and a member of NAPO for a minimum of one year.

You must provide documentation to substantiate your five-year activity as a professional organizer. All documentation submitted for review should include both your business name and a date that is at least five years prior to your application.
Acceptable Documentation
  • Business License
  • Fictitious Business Name Certificate
  • State Service Mark Certificate
  • Federal Service Mark Certificate
  • Resale License Issued in Business Name
  • Articles of Incorporation

You may provide
  • IRS Schedule C dated five years earlier and your latest IRS Schedule C both illustrating your Business Name
  • Your business bank statement dated five years earlier and your latest bank statement, both illustrating your Business Name
Download the application available on the Golden Circle page at (you will need to login first to access this page).

Complete the application and MAIL or FAX it in to NAPO headquarters. That's it. Allow four weeks for processing. Once your documents and application are approved, you will receive a Golden Circle pin and a membership certificate. You will also become eligible to use the Golden Circle Logo and participate in the Golden Circle listserv which allows Golden Circle professional organizers to network with each other. Membership in Golden Circle is free. So come on, send in your application and come to our next meeting on October 16.

P.S. Did you know ... In Los Angeles County, Fictitious Business Names expire after five years? You must renew your Fictitious Business Name before the expiration or you risk the possibility of your company's name expiring and potentially being used by someone else in your area. For more info visit the site for the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
P.P.S. Much of this information is a direct quote from the Golden Circle Membership Application and/or Just giving credit where credit is due. 

More information is available on the NAPO National website or by contacting Mishele Vieira (


Home Office

My tip is about my Home Office. I have it set up so that it's quite small, and I have only to swivel around to perform absolutely any function I need. I use a headset anytime I'm on the phone so I'm free to clean up, take notes, etc.  Everything I could possibly need is within a short reach. All my phone call notes go directly into my computer. If I make an appointment in my iCal to call someone, I take the time to attach relevent files to the calendar entries so I'm not looking for anything during the call. I keep a "Journal" Word document on my desktop and it serves as my pad of paper.  Then, periodically, I copy and paste the entries into their appropriate homes.  Saves a ton of paper.
                                     Submitted by Donna Rosman, Progressive Organizing Services

Members in the News

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Sara Getzkin, Hands On Organizing Services,
was a featured professional organizer on "HOARDING: Buried Alive" that aired August 29 on TLC. Episode was entitled, "Everything's Junk."
Chantale B1Chantale Bordonarao, CPOŽ, CRTS, Simplicity Source, Inc., Immediate Past President of NAPO-LA, has, unfortunately, moved back up to the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and family. She will be sorely missed!

NAPO-LA Neighborhood Groups

Neighborhood Groups hold informal bimonthly meetings throughout the Los Angeles area. These offshoots of NAPO-LA offer education, networking and support, and are a benefit of chapter membership. 

Check below for your nearest group, and contact the Facilitator for information on the next meeting. For more information, or if you'd like to volunteer as a Facilitator for one of the open groups, please contact Committee Chair Kathryn Masci by sending an email to her at  
Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena: Tanya Whitford, Facilitator - Meeting scheduled for   November 4 at 6:30 pm in Pasadena.
Encino/Sherman Oaks:  Facilitator (open)
Hollywood:  John Trosko, Facilitator 
New Organizers:  Facilitator (open)
Orange County:  Gail Gray, Facilitator 
South Bay:  Beverly Clower, Facilitator 
Upland:  Millie Hinkle, Facilitator - This group does not yet meet formally but communicates informally by phone and email.
Ventura (includes Agoura & Santa Clarita): Kathryn Masci, Facilitator 
Westsiders: Toni Scharff, Facilitator - Meeting scheduled for November 14 at 1 pm at the Spitfire Grille in Santa Monica.
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Erving Consulting Group 
and Newsletter Advertising Coordinator

Don't miss out on the opportunity to advertise your business in The Los Angeles Organizer.  Let everyone know about the products and services you offer by running an ad in our award-winning newsletter. Space is available for members, non-members and associate members. 
To purchase an ad, go onto the NAPO-LA website at and click Advertising.  Size options and prices are available online.  Advertising space starts as low as $25. Hurry, act now! Space is limited! 
For more information, contact Kenya Erving, who handles newsletter advertising, at (323) 253-3426 or send her an email  If you know of any businesses that offer great products and/or services for Organizers, please forward their information to Kenya to contact regarding ad space.

CD Support Group

By Jean Furuya
The Office Jeanie

If you have worked or are working with hoarding clients, you are invited to participate in the upcoming informal support group meeting.
Our topic will be ""Sharing What Works and Doesn't Work with Hoarding Clients." Time will also be spent sharing our individual issues. The  next meeting will be Tuesday, November 30, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Limited to 12 attendees. A simple pot luck is planned.
To RSVP or for more information, contact Jean Furuya.
Phone: (310) 316-1753
NAPO Los Angeles 

Mission Statement: NAPO-LA is the organizing industry leader committed to providing the public with resources; providing professional organizers with education and support; and providing related industry professionals with unique channels for their products and services. 

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Los Angeles, CA 90064
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