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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Assistant's List is available as a resource connecting those available
to serve as assistants to organizers who need them. To be included on
the Assistant's List, send an email to
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address. The list is only for members of NAPO-LA and does not guarantee
work. The Assistant's List is found here in the newsletter and also
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Abbey Claire Keusch
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.
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26 - NAPO-LA Board Meeting - 2:30pm
26 - NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting - 6:15pm
12 - Golden Circle Meeting
13 - NAPO Networking Group - Hollywood - 9:30am
21 - NAPO-LA Leadership Forum - 5:30pm
1 - Organizing Awards - 6:00pm
to Host 2008
By John Trosko
and NAPO-LA President
is an exciting time for our Chapter. The Los Angeles Organizing Awards
event has been set
for February 1, 2008.
began as a small event just three years ago has now grown to national
prominence, with an announcement of new leadership, a new location in
Bel Air, and a special celebrity host, Sherri Shepherd. This is an
event no chapter member should miss, and is our chapter's contribution
to January's "Get Organized Month."
Awards honor the best in the organizing industry, including our own Los
Angeles professional organizers who set the standard for home and
business productivity, as well as for products and services that help
consumers and businesses organize everything, manage their time and
control habits that can lead to clutter and chaos.
Shepherd, actress, comedienne, and co-host of ABC's "The View," will
preside at the February 1st, 2008 fundraiser, and will speak about her
experience utilizing the services of a professional organizer. After
all, what Hollywood Awards season would be complete without a
celebrity-studded show honoring the people, products and services that
make Los Angeles neater and more productive?
the Awards' "Tiger Team" is NAPO-LA Vice President, Jodie Watson. Jodie
enjoys impressive credentials working with celebrities and in her own
event management company. As Jodie says, "We love a good label-maker,
but at the end of the day the organizing profession is about improving
people's lives so they can operate their homes and businesses more
efficiently. The Awards celebrate the profession and enable the public
to learn, first hand, about the most effective organizing strategies,
products and services available."
chapters across the country have been solicited to submit videos of
their projects or television appearances for a "year in review" recap.
Please visit www.napola.org
for submission instructions.
is the time to join our team for the Los Angeles Organizing Awards.
Assistance and leadership positions are available in marketing, event
production, publicity, ticket sales, writing, voting coordination,
sponsorships, even serving as a chaperone for our celebrity host or
town visiting presenters.
please get involved in our Awards and join your colleagues on the red
carpet on February 1st 2008.
Chapter Meeting Information
subjects that seem to make an organizer's heart flutter are The
Organizer's Toolbox and Understanding Our Disorganized Clients.
Continuing with the CD theme, on November 26, we will have "Movie
Night" complete with popcorn and movie candy. The movie is a
highly acclaimed documentary titled "Pack Rat" and I've invited a
recovering chronically disorganized client to join us and add
commentary to the film. Everyone is invited to bring a favorite
holiday dessert to share. Beverages will be served.
meeting. Happy Holidays!
September meeting got the highest rating of any in my three tenures as
Program Director. Our speaker was Karron Maidment, of the UCLA
Neuropsychiatric Institute. She captivated the audience by
presenting the information about the Chronically Disorganized Client in
lay language and relating it directly to the work we do. Her soft
style and charming British accent enhanced the experience. Our
heartfelt thanks to her for a job so well done. She has
agreed to return to speak at our February 25, 2008 meeting for Part
II, Best Methods for Working With The Chronically Disorganized
Get Ready for the Organizing Awards!
by Jodie Watson
and NAPO-LA Vice President
would like to thank EVERYONE who played a part in making The 2007
Organizing Expo so GREAT! From the Task Force team to the Board
Members, to our Associate Members and all the volunteers and everyone
who purchased a ticket and showed up, we couldn't have done it without
you. It really turned out well and we've had so much great feedback.
The stage is definitely set to grow and expand this event in future
years. If anyone has any ideas on how to continue to make it bigger and
better, I would love to hear from you, so please don't hesitate to get
in touch with me.
our efforts are focused towards our chapter's next big event. The
3rd Los Angeles Organizing Awards hosted by actress and comedienne,
Sherri Shepherd of ABC's "The View" will take place on Friday, February
1, 2008 at The Luxe Hotel in Bel Air. The event is a celebration and
culmination of "Get Organized Month." Voting is now open to members and
the general public and more than 15 awards will be given out - from
Best Home Organizing Product to Best National Television Show to Most
Innovative Organizer. To check out all the nomination categories and
cast your ballots for your favorites go to www.napola.org.
National president Standolyn Robertson will be attending and handing
out one of the awards that evening. We will be showing a retrospective
of organizers throughout the nation and their achievements during 2007
and I'd like to encourage you to send in any fun and entertaining video
footage you have of yourself either working with a client, or media
segments that you may have been a part of. As a NAPO-LA member you
receive the member rate when purchasing tickets to this prestigious
event. To promote your company and save your friends money, purchase a
table of eight at this rate per person and receive table signage at
your table. There is also a press release available on the website and
it would be great if you would forward it on to clients, business
associates, friends and family to help spread the word.
lives are profoundly affected by the work that we as professional
organizers do. I'm so proud to be a part of NAPO and NAPO-LA. What is
exciting about this event is that as it grows, we have an opportunity
to make a major contribution by expanding the awareness of what we do
to impact the lives of our clients and ultimately the community at
Forum II Preview
NAPO-LA "Get Organized Month"
by Organizing Industry Expert
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Olympic Collection
- How are you doing in your business?
- Are you booking enough hours?
- Do you need a larger piece of the pie?
- Are you involved in your community?
is critical for any successful business. The most successful businesses
are led by those who know the importance of commitment to vision and
life is busy. Perhaps you "don't have the time" to get involved in
community, nonprofit, or philanthropic activities while you balance
your business, family, and personal life. Perhaps you aren't seeing the
value of getting involved. Every time you say YES to leadership, you
have to say NO to something else. How do you balance the two and still
reach your goals?
give you these answers in a very special evening.
the second year, NAPO-LA is offering a thought-
provoking forum to propel your leadership skills and grow your
business. Organizing industry expert Dorothy Breininger will conduct
this 3-hour interactive workshop designed to inspire today's organizers
to become tomorrow's leaders of NAPO-
LA and most importantly - of their own businesses. Learn Dorothy's
secrets as she shares her knowledge of how to be a successful leader.
Learn how she turned pitfalls and disappointments into triumphs.
Discover your hidden potential and the attraction of signing up,
showing up, volunteering, and leadership - in your neighborhood, NAPO,
is required for this special event.
ALL NAPO-LA membership levels complimentary (a benefit of membership);
Dorothy Breininger knows leadership, and she understands the delicate
balance between "having a life" and "getting involved." Dorothy is CEO
of the Center for Organization, and she devotes her life to teaching
others how to design a life you love -- through organizing your pace
(time), face (energy and enthusiasm for life), space (your office or
environment), and grace (gratitude and spirit).
is a past Board member of the National Association of Professional
Organizers, past President of the Los Angeles Chapter, and a member of
the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. She has appeared
as an expert on the Today Show and the Dr. Phil Show and has been
featured in Forbes, Woman's Day, Fast Company, and Entrepreneur
other books, Dorothy is co-author of Time Efficiency Makeover, a
workbook for procrastinators, and The Senior Organizer. Dorothy's
compassionate and successful work with everyone from busy moms to
seniors, coupled with her willingness to give her time to worthwhile
events and charities, has earned her a commendation by the Los Angeles
County Board of Supervisors and the "National Small Business Champion
of the Year Award" from the Small Business Association.
note that this will take the place of the January chapter meeting, and
the meeting starts at 5:30 instead of 6:15.)
Auction for November
Closet - and the Clothes Too!
Kamm, CPOŽ began her organizing business in 2003. They say, "do what
you love and the money will follow." Much to her husband's chagrin,
this is exactly what she did.
launching her business, Cindy immediately joined NAPO and NAPO-LA and
has been an active volunteer ever since. Cindy served on the board of
NAPO-LA as Treasurer for three years, ran the monthly Silent Auction
fundraiser, led teams for GO Month, as well as worked on various
conferences and events. Cindy received the President's Award at the Los
Angeles Organizing Awards in 2007. In May, she passed the certification
exam for professional organizers and is happy to now hold the
designation of an inaugural CPOŽ.
specialties include closets, kitchens and home offices. Her philosophy
is to create simple systems designed around a client's natural habits
that can (hopefully) be maintained. She can walk into a cluttered space
and see the finished room in her head. This is very helpful, as most
clients are overwhelmed and don't know where to start.
addition to residential organizing Cindy now wears another hat, that of
wardrobe stylist. Not every woman loves to shop, knows fashion or how
to put it all together. A self-subscribed fashion maven and declared
shop-a-holic, Cindy can not only makeover a closet, but also the woman
whose clothes reside in it.
is a native Angeleno who shares her husband's passion for food, wine
and their adorable dog Montana, the unofficial NAPO-LA mascot. If you
would like to know more, or are just looking for a good restaurant tip
or sample sale, please place your bids this month!
The Silent Auction is a regular fundraiser for our NAPO-LA chapter and
is held at most chapter meetings. Bidding takes place by simply
entering your bid on the sign-up sheet as the clipboard circulates the
room. The "Winner" is announced at the end of the meeting and is
entitled to a one-hour session with the Silent Auction volunteer either
in person or on the phone.
It Your Time To Lead?
for Nominations for '08-'09 Board of Directors
Get It Together LA!, Immediate Past President
you excited about where this industry is going? Do you want YOUR
business to be on the ground floor of the future of organizing? Then
nominate yourself to serve on the 2008-2009 NAPO-LA Board of Directors.
This is your chance to make a difference, help the chapter, and network
with the leaders of this industry.
is the time to submit your desire to run for a position on the NAPO-LA
Board of Directors. Members in good standing can nominate themselves
for a leadership role on the Board of Directors.
Call for Nominations for the 2008-2009 NAPO-
LA Board of Directors will take place through February 15, 2008. At
that time the nominating committee will determine those eligible for
being placed on the ballot.
will take place on the "members-only" section of www.napola.org.
in March. An on-line "Announcement from the Board" will be sent to all
members for voting prior to the March chapter meeting. Voting results
will be announced at the March chapter meeting and the new term begins
May 15, 2008.
Duties include supervising the chapter's business and activities,
organizing and presiding over the chapter Board of Directors' meetings
and approving obligations and expenditures of the chapter.
PRESIDENT: Oversees the Los Angeles Organizing Expo in the fall,
Los Angeles Organizing Awards, and other special projects at the
Recording officer. Prepares and presents chapter meeting minutes and
forwards same to National office. Maintains an inventory of official
supplies and materials. Oversees the chapter historian, librarian and
awards. Assists the past President with elections.
Responsible for the funds and financial transactions of the chapter.
Prepares monthly reports, annual financial review and budget reports.
OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Plans, coordinates, and executes the
educational portion of the general meetings.
OF COMMUNICATIONS & TECHNOLOGY:
Oversees the communications venues used by the chapter. This includes
the newsletter, client referrals, the website, and electronic
OF MEMBERSHIP: Responsible for all areas relating to chapter
membership including new member applications, annual renewals,
verifying status of members at the national level, new member
orientation and the EDC program. Approves, processes, and forwards to
the National Office all chapter membership applications, oversees
membership functions, new member orientation, and the Marketing
OF MARKETING: Oversees "Get Organized" Month, public relations,
media tracking, special events, and product chair.
OF ADMINISTRATION: Oversees all changes to chapter documents such
as the Policy & Procedure manuals. Creates special awards at the
direction of the Chapter President and takes minutes at chapter board
meetings when the Secretary is absent.
OF FINANCE: Works with chapter treasurer on special projects.
Oversees fundraising activities and events including the Silent
NAPO-LA board consists of the following five executive positions:
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past
President, and six other directors.
nominate yourself, or someone else, please contact Immediate Past
napola.org) with the following information: nominee's name, board
position of interest, business name, years in business, date nominee
joined NAPO-LA, and a statement of why you would like to serve on the
Board of Directors.
Golden Circle Fall Event
By Ann Gambrell
and Golden Circle Liaison
and the sharing of ideas and experiences was the buzz at the final
quarterly meeting of the chapter Golden Circle. Fourteen members met on
Sunday, October 14th at the home of Diana Ryan, with Carolyn Strauss
co-hosting. We dined on a delightful luncheon of Cuban cuisine.
Liaison Ann Gambrell brought an update on Golden Circle activities.
Discussion ensued regarding a future retirement status for Golden
Circle members. Several members offered to look into the possibilities
and will meet to discuss and prepare a proposal for presentation to the
NAPO national board. Golden Circle members would like to maintain a
presence in NAPO even after their retirement from the organizing
discussed was the future of the organizing Tips Project, headed by
Golden Circle members. Tips gathered at chapter meetings and by email
have been used on the website and in the newsletter. A step forward may
include the development of a tips booklet for sale, raising funds for
the chapter. The possibility was discussed and members offered to be
Golden Circle had a table at the 2007 NAPO-LA EXPO to inform the public
and newer members of Golden Circle activities and its members.
Jean shared information on the Classifieds' coaching and mentoring
program and encouraged members to advertise.
meet again Saturday, January 12, 2008, with hosts Lynne Gilberg and
more information on Golden Circle,
contact Ann Gambrell
What is the Level
of Your Emotional Sensitivity?
By Carol Keller,
and a Golden Circle Member
as organizers are aware of our client's level of emotion, but are we
always in touch with ours? In working with your clients are you aware
of how you feel? There are many emotions that come to mind -
angry, sad, happy, concerned, content, anxious. Or are you just going
through the motions and really don't feel anything?
information do we need to know from our clients and how does that
information affect how we work with them? I believe that the "what
happened" is paramount in knowing how we can assist our clients in
becoming organized. Some examples of "what happened" are:
- Family Move
- Job Change
- Marriage...maybe a second which creates a
- It could even be as benign as having the
you in tune with your client's situation and how she or he is feeling?
There are personal emotional issues that we need to deal with as we are
working with our clients.
- relate to your clients' particular issues?
- separate your own emotion from the
- provide the solutions even though you may
not comprehend their situations?
want to share a very special scenario that taught me a great deal about
my emotional involvement with my clients.
client is named Marie (not her real name) and the first time I met her,
I was completely appalled by the condition of her home. There was not
even a pathway from the front door, so my colleague and I started at
the front door with garbage bags and worked our way in.
learned that Marie had lived with her mother and aunt until they both
died when Marie was in her 40's. She was unable to function in any
aspect of her home and in fact had no idea how to do all the day-
to-day chores that are second nature to most of us. She allowed her dog
to defecate in the house, dirty dishes were piled in all of the rooms
for days, garbage littered every floor and one room was stacked to the
ceiling with boxes that hadn't been moved for 7 years.
of us worked with Marie for three years. Marie's diagnosis from her
doctor was depression, ADD, compulsive buying and a myriad of physical
problems. As we continued working with her, she did gain some
organizing skills. I learned that I did not want to leave her, as I
felt that we were really saving her life. At one point, she hosted a
party in her home and even began going out with friends. Unfortunately,
she began to backslide and her house today is close to what it was when
I have learned from working with Marie and other special clients over
the years is this:
- treat every client independently and
respect his or her situation;
- be a good listener;
- be open-minded and not judge anyone based
on the physical appearance of their homes;
- check in with myself to make sure I am
serving each client well.
sure that you are aware of your own emotional barometer and in touch
with your own emotions as you help your clients create solutions that
will work for them.
2007 Volunteer of the Month
Q & A with
What is your business name?
did you start your business?
do you do business?
Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Orange
did you get into organizing as a profession?
The company's founders have backgrounds in construction and industrial
design. They recognized that garages are the final organizing frontier
- that there's no reason garages can't be as organized, functional and
stylish as the rest of the house. So they designed a storage and
organization system just for the garage, with attributes not found in
did you come to join NAPO and/or NAPO-
NAPO members are at the forefront of home organizing. We view our
garage system, and our designers, as a complement to what NAPO members
has been your experience volunteering in NAPO-LA, and the benefits of
NAPO appreciates the contributions of volunteers. I think everyone
should volunteer. It's also a great way to get to know other NAPO
there anything you would like to say about yourself?
As an Associate Member of NAPO I'm sensitive to being seen as selling
something. Don't think of me as a salesman but as a garage guy who
wants to help you make your clients happier!
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!
find out about volunteer opportunities, contact Abbey Keusch
two attractive, sturdy baskets to keep at the foot and the head of the
stairs, or if you have a one-story home, at two ends of the house.
Everything that needs to go upstairs, downstairs, or to another part of
the house goes in these baskets, and once a day or every other day, you
just pick them up and travel to wherever the contents need to live.
Makes keeping those stray items contained and managed.
Submitted by Susan Culligan
Got to Get Organized
a basket or decorative box near the exit door of your home to hold
items to take with you when you leave each day. Included could be dry
cleaning, DVDs to return, books to the library, kids' backpacks, etc.
Submitted by Ann Gambrell
Creative Time Plus
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.
are requested in two categories:
"Tips from Pros" are organizing tips for
"Tips of the Trade" are tips for organizers
to use in their businesses.
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
your TIPS to:
in the Schools
By Deborah Kawashima,creativeOrganizer
NAPO in the Schools Committee Chair
in the Schools is up and running nationwide! What started as a small
program here in our Los Angeles chapter has grown into a nationwide
program, striking a chord with professional organizers who share the
same passion for working with and educating students.
community outreach program brings professional organizers into the
classroom to do a forty-minute interactive presentation that plants a
seed in the students' minds that being organized is important and
really does make a difference.
is required of all NAPO members wanting to become NAPO in the Schools
Trained Providers for the elementary program and is available to you as
a benefit of your NAPO membership. National training calls began in
members had the opportunity to be trained in person in October by
Deborah Kawashima, the national committee chair. Attendees became NAPO
in the Schools Trained Providers and are now qualified to give the
elementary presentations. (Additional grade levels, when they become
available, will require their own training.) The NAPO-LA members who
took the LA Training are: Karen Deluca-Walton, Los Angeles, CA; Cindy
Duffy, Redondo Beach, CA; Christie Gelsomino, Santa Clarita, CA; Millie
Hinkle, Upland, CA; Diana Ryan, Culver City, CA; Fay Wolf, Los Angeles,
CA; Beth Zeigler, Los Angeles, CA.
for the national training calls are posted on the NAPO in the Schools
web pages, located in the "members only" section of the NAPO website.
After November, the training calls will resume at the end of January.
contact Deborah Kawashima for questions.
in the News
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 travel.
Clients Support Group
By Jean Furuya
The Office Jeanie
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 on "Helping CD Clients Set Goals." We will also continue to work on
"Resources: How can we help the indigent hoarders?". Please bring
resources to share. We will also spend time sharing our individual
next meeting will be Tuesday, January 15, from 6 - 8:30pm. Limited to
simple potluck is planned.
RSVP or for more information, contact Jean Furuya
Mentors and Coaches
Educational Development Committee (formerly the Mentoring, Education
and Training Committee) has provided a listing of organizing
consultants in NAPO-LA who are available to provide guidance, advice
and support to potential, new, and existing professional organizers.
you are interested, contact the consultants directly for information
and fees. NAPO-LA provides the listings only and has no involvement
with the consultant and/or the organizer or client. Click below for
and Coaches Directory