March/April 2009 Volume
16, Issue 3
NAPO Los Angeles
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
Director of Administration
Communications & Technology
of Professional Development
- Membership is up to 135 with 13 Associate Members.
- Board voted to present Stephen R. Covey the "Special Recognition
- Membership has reached 140, with 15 Associate Members.
- There will be no Chapter Meeting in April due to National Conference.
- New Board members were introduced at Chapter Meeting.
Educational Development Committee
Jean Furuya firstname.lastname@example.org
NAPO in the Schools
New Member Orientation
Jean Furuya, Ann Gambrell
February: Fay Wolf
March: Sara Getzkin
April: Abbey Keusch
2005: Deborah Kawashima
2004: Dee Saar
NAPO National Membership
$200 - Active Member*
$150 - Associate-Branch
$250 - Associate-Local
$550 - Associate-Corporate
$20 - New Member One-Time 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 experiece.
NAPO National dues can be
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.
Dues prorated 25%
$100 - Level 1: Yearly
dues and Website Listing in the "Find an Organizer" section
of our website.
$165 - Level 2:Yearly dues, all meeting
fees (with discount) and Website Listing in the "Find an
Organizer" section of our website.
$25 - One-time new member processing
$25 - Lapsed member processing fee
Dues prorated 25% quarterly.
$175 - Branch Associate Member:
local branch or regional office of a Corporate Associate Member
$300 - 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
more information on becoming a NAPO-LA member, click here.
For the NAPO Code of Ethics,
Los Angeles Organizer
The Los Angeles Organizer
Editor: Jennifer Birner
Beth Zeigler email@example.com
The Los Angeles
Organizer is published bimonthly (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 copyrighted. All rights reserved.
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
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 column of
the newsletter. Can be your logo, a photo, or a small message. The ad
will link to your web site. Please submit in .jpg format, 72 dpi, 125
pixels w x 100 h.
$25 NAPO-LA Members
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.
$35 NAPO-LA members
Beth Zeigler - email@example.com
23 Board Meeting, 2:45pm
23 New Member Orientation, 3:30pm
23 Chapter Meeting, 6:15 pm
No NAPO-LA Meeting
19 Golden Circle Meeting, 12pm
29 NAPO National Conference - FL
30 NAPO National Conference - FL
31 NAPO National Conference - FL
1 NAPO National Conference - FL
2 NAPO National Conference - FL
12 CD Support Group, 6-8:30pm
18 Board Meeting, 2:45pm
18 New Member Orientation, 3:30pm
18 Chapter Meeting, 6:15pm
January 30 through February 1, the organizing community gathered in Los
Angeles for the Fourth Annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards. As
President of the Los Angeles Chapter, I thank each and every one of you
for your tireless efforts to make this all happen.
For what seems like a year in the making and thousands of hours
contributed, our chapter entertained dignitaries from over 12 states
across the country with over 150 making the trip to sunny Southern
California for a winter weekend of celebration, networking and
recognition. Together, our talented Board of Directors, our fearless
Awards Task Force Committee, Golden Circle Members and the dozens and
dozens of small favors, errands, stamping, research, writing,
designing, calling and negotiating, we've all accomplished something
amazing and spectacular amidst what is now considered the most
challenging economic climate in our history.
Among many benefits, The Los Angeles Organizing Awards are about
creating business opportunities for our chapter members. The chapter
has its usual publicity and marketing vehicles in motion to let the
Southland (and the World) know who the finalists and recipients were,
who attended the festivities, our notable presenters, and how proud we
are to have Office Depot as our Presenting Sponsor and Green Plug as
Brunch Sponsor. But there is another important element: you!
I encourage all our individual chapter members and associate members to
publicize your involvement with the Awards. It is important that we
make this event the cornerstone of our chapter. The other day I was
talking to a client prospect that discovered NAPO Los Angeles through a
recent article in the LA Weekly where the Organizing Awards were
mentioned. The client said she had never heard of NAPO Los Angeles, the
Organizing Awards, or that there was such a person to help her gain
better control over her life until she read the article. And she was
thrilled with her discovery!
This is what the Awards are all about, creating
opportunities, discovering new friendships, and inspiring the public to
discover how easy it is to engage a NAPO Los Angeles chapter member to
save time, money and peace of mind in any residential or business
organizing project. How will you broadcast your involvement?
NAPO-LA Chapter Meeting
By Leslie Haber
Upcoming Meeting March 23rd
Sessions with Guest Speakers
Join us for our March Chapter Meeting where we will
present a lively Round Table with some surprise guest speakers. Topics
will include value-based networking, contacts you didn't realize you
had, and general grassroots marketing ideas, tips, and reminders. Be
prepared to conquer the recession and make yourself absolutely
necessary! Pats on the back will be strongly encouraged! It's
all about team spirit this year! Use this opportunity to network with
your colleagues, and share some of your favorite ideas! Got
questions, ideas, related topics? E-mail Leslie Haber at ProfessionalDevelopment@napola.org
right now! See you Monday, March 23rd!
From February Meeting
Our Thanks to Lynne Gilberg Certified
Professional Organizer, who presented a fascinating talk on the
psychological phenomenon of compulsive shopping at our February chapter
meeting. She has worked with renowned psychotherapists, who helped give
her a meaningful and poignant perspective of the compulsive shopper,
and the reasons behind this often-misunderstood disorder. Chapter
members enjoyed this hot topic, which Lynne presented with her own
brand of wit, wisdom, and down-to-earth practicality. Our sincere
thanks to Lynne for sharing her considerable experience, and providing
us with valuable tools to better understand, work with, and appreciate
the unique struggles of the compulsive shopper. We look forward to
inviting Lynne back soon for more great sharing!
Auction - March
Chris McKenry left
his family's Tennessee poultry distribution business to start his own
company nine years ago. His company, Get It Together LA!... does just
that. The organizing firm offers everything from basic clutter control,
to relocation services, to custom closet and garage design.
Chris was President of NAPO-LA from 2005-2007 and has served on the
board member of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. During his
tenure as NAPO-LA President, the chapter inaugurated the Los Angeles
Organizing Awards - the event that made "organizing swanky"
according to Oprah's Peter Walsh. Two other events were started under
Chris's leadership; our hugely successful Los Angeles Organizing Expo
and the NAPO-LA Leadership Forum.
This award winning organizer has most recently been honored with the
NAPO Shining Star Award in Reno, the Ambassador of the Year Award from
the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Best Closet Design and
Raising the Bar Awards at the 2007 Los Angeles Organizing Awards.
Chris McKenry is a popular speaker who has been seen on
television, heard on radio and featured in The Oprah Magazine, Women's
Day, and LA Weekly. He loves sharing the virtues of being
organized wherever he goes and mentoring fellow NAPO members as they grow
Get It Together LA! organizes one-room projects to 20,000 sq foot
estates. He often provides scale drawings for space planning and design
projects. Whether you are interested in team projects, speaking
for fees, residential moves or growing a simple organizing firm, Chris
looks forward to your questions.
LA Members in the News
is Featured in New Book; "Big Book of Garages"
Inc, a Chatsworth based company focusing on garage organization, is
featured in a new book about garages, "Big Book of Garages," by
Tina Skinner. OrganizIT! has over 40 project pictures highlighted and
provided important industry information. Gus Gougas, President of
OrganizIT! said, "We are proud to be a part of this great new book
and to be recognized as a leader in the industry of garage
112-page hard cover book has over 240 beautiful color photos and
highlights everything from simple upgrades that improve the appearance
and value of your home, to incredible makeovers that transform your
garage into your greatest fantasy, this book has it all. The
garage is often the predominate feature of the home, and its appearance
directly affects curb appeal and the value of your investment. Explore
the latest technology in floor, wall, cabinet, and door options to
upgrade your garage. There are dozens of great ideas for getting
storage off the floor and out of the way, if not out of sight. Then go
beyond, exploring dozens of beautiful garages that will inspire you to
into a showplace, and maybe even the neighborhood hang-out! This
great new book is available now through Schiffer Publishing.
The book highlights a number of projects OrganizIT! has worked
on, including a few projects with NAPO members: Chantale Bordonaro,
Lori Gersh and Kristine Oller. If you are interested in acquiring
some books as reference or for clients, Gus is able to place a bulk
order for up to 45% off the list price. If you would like more
information about the book you can click here.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Get the Most from your
Director of Communications
New members, we urge you to make the most of your NAPO-LA membership.
This is the best place to be to get your business off the ground, build
an existing business, or take your successful business to a new level.
Our chapter boasts the Founders of NAPO, as well as veterans of decades
of professional organizing--pioneers in the field, many of whom were
organizing well before there even was a NAPO. As a new member, you have
a unique opportunity to benefit from the experience and generosity of
your peers, but only if you take advantage of it! Here are some
suggestions for making the most of your membership. (Note, we've saved
the best tip for last, so if you only read one, scroll down now.)
- Bid on
the Silent Auction volunteers. Each month we auction
off the wisdom and experience of a veteran member to anyone who
wishes to purchase an hour or so of their time, either in person
or over the phone, to ask anything you want. Avail yourself of
this opportunity to pick the brain of an organizer who has the
skills you want to learn.
- Sign up
for the Member Spotlight. Each meeting we have one
veteran and one new organizer introduce themselves and tell the
group who they are and what they love to do. Look for the clipboard
at the next meeting and sign up for the next available opening.
your local Neighborhood Group. These are informal get
togethers in different locations around LA and Ventura. Get to
know organizers in your area, many of whom will likely become your
core network of members to work with, refer to, and get referrals
from. Neighborhood Groups..
- Join the
Yahoo Group (after you've completed New Member Orientation). Post a
message introducing yourself, and let people know your special
skills and your geographic coverage area, as well as your
available times. Yahoo Group (press the
Yahoo icon for instructions).
- Join the
Assistant List (also after NMO), a list
of members willing to work as assistants. Assistant List.
And now, the single
best way to get on people's radar is to:
- Volunteer! There
are many ways you can serve, and there is simply no better way to
feel a part of the chapter, work side by side with other
organizers, and establish yourself among your peers. There is
likely to be a volunteer opportunity that suits your skills and
temperament, whether you like to be in the thick of things or
behind the scenes. Volunteer tasks can take from one hour a month
to as much time as you'd like to devote, so pick something that
fits your schedule. Not only are you giving back to the chapter
and the community, but once you've worked with someone, you're
more likely to be asked to join them as an assistant on their next
large job. For information on volunteer openings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, welcome to NAPO-LA, and we look forward to getting to
Introducing NAPO-LA Leaders
2009/2010 Board of Directors
Get It Together LA!,
NAPO-LA Immediate Past President
The results from last month's annual NAPO-LA board of
director's election were shared at the February meeting. We
congratulate these individuals as they begin their terms on May 15th.
Show your support and encouragement to each of our new directors as they
take on the challenge of leading our award winning chapter for coming
Bordonaro, CPO®, CRTSTM
Clear Path: Professional Organizing
Ballard Design Group
Past President (position not elected)
of Communication & Technology
to Get Organized
House In Order
of Professional Development
also thank Debbie
Gilster for our inspiring Leadership Forum III held
during Get Organized Month. As you reflect on her presentation Leadership: Becoming the
Person Others Will Follow, take action now and decide which
NAPO-LA program is best to hone your leadership skills. Send your
volunteer interest to email@example.com.
The days ahead will be challenging because of the economy, but NAPO-LA
is a community where by working together great opportunities will
continue to happen. I am excited and inspired by the next
generation of leadership for our industry.
NAPO's Annual Conference & Organizing Exposition
Register Now! April 29th-May 2nd, 2009
Royale All-Suites Hotel & Convention Center
If you would like to learn more about the Annual Conference or to
register visit the link below:
2009 NAPO National Talent Show in Orlando!
The NAPO National
Talent Show Committee is well underway with 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. Here are some important dates to note. Look for
more details in NAPO newsletter and chats:
· March 20th -
Notification if your act is accepted
2nd - Entry fee deadline
29th - Dress rehearsal: 5:00 PM
29th - The Talent Show: 8 - 11 PM
In addition to participating in the actual show as an act, the Talent
Show committee is accepting volunteers for 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 all act application details and job
descriptions. For more information, contact - TalentShow@NAPO.net
Identity Theft - Fight Back
Identity theft can happen to anyone, at anytime and it can
happen to you. Here I have compiled information from several sources so
that you can decrease the likelihood that it will happen to you or
members of your family. The Federal Trade Commission has broken the
process of dealing with identity theft into 3 helpful phases - DETER, DETECT and
thieves by safeguarding your information
- Shred financial documents
and paperwork with any personal information
- Protect your Social
- Don't give out your
personal information by phone, mail, or Internet.
- Never click on links sent
in unsolicited e-mails.
- Don't use obvious
- Keep personal information
in a secure place at home.
activity by routinely monitoring your financial accounts and billing
- Be alert to signs that
require immediate attentio
Bills that do not arrive as expected
Unexpected credit cards or account statements
Denials of credit for no apparent reason
Calls or letters about purchases you did not make
- Inspect your credit
report to insure it's correct and up to date
- Request a free copy of
your credit report from one of the consumer reporting companies:
against Identity Theft as soon as you suspect it!
- Place a "Fraud
alert" on your credit reports and review the reports
- Close accounts that have
been tampered with or opened fraudulently or without your consent.
- File a police report to
help you with creditors who may want proof of the crime.
- Report the theft to the
Federal Trade Commission
Identity theft Clearinghouse
Federal Trade Commission
Washington DC, 20580
More ways to protect yourself and
- Opt out
of credit card offers that come to your home: 1-888-5-OPTOUT
- Opt out
of junk mail that comes to your home. Write to Direct marketing
Association mail Preference Service, PO Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512
- Opt out
of e-mails coming to your home. Visit: Do Not Email Website
- Opt out
of unwanted phone solicitations. Sign up with the National Do Not
Call Registry, 1-888-382-1222
Here are other sites for you to
gather information to protect yourself:
Golden Circle Visits Hollywood -
On January 17, 2009, twenty Golden Circle members gathered
at the home of Kristine Oller. Karen Fulks co-hosted the fun event,
providing a delightful brunch, conversation and much networking. Oh,
and did I say filming? Yes, Kristine, one by one, invited each member
up the stairway to her "mini-film studio." We were each given
a phrase to "act out" as she smilingly filmed us. It was
quite mysterious, as we were not informed as to how our "bit
part" would influence the Golden Circle History DVD. Kristine's reputation
as a talented and creative actor, filmmaker and overall fun person,
ensured a very special film. It was premiered at the recent NAPO-LA
Chapter Awards event and was a huge hit! Stay tuned for viewings at the
NAPO National Conference in Orlando! Ann Gambrell updated members on
Golden Circle's involvement in the January 30th Organizing Awards and
Brunch. Thanks went out to all volunteers assisting in both events.
Kudos to our writers of the chapter newsletter's Golden Circle Column.
Great articles. Sharing experiences and knowledge is another way Golden
Circle gives back to our chapter members. Due to increased food prices,
it was suggested to charge a fee at quarterly Golden Circle meeting.
Plan: 1. Members who RSVP (to attend) will pay $5.00 per meeting. 2.
Members attending who did not RSVP will pay $10.00. This will allow our
hosts to provide sufficient refreshments and help defray costs. All in
attendance agreed. Monies will be collected at the meeting. Members are
asked to continue to send email and phone number changes to Robin
Davi's, who will send updates after each quarterly meeting. The next
Golden Circle meeting will take place on Sunday April 19th.
more space & visibility on your shoe shelves by arranging shoes
with one shoe facing forward and one shoe facing backward.
Kamm, Details Etc., firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
The TIPS Program is organized by NAPO-LA's Golden
Circle, with Ann Gambrell as chair. All chapter members are
invited to submit their organizing tips. Tips are requested in two
categories: "Tips from the Pros," for clients/public, and
"Tips of the Trade," for orgainzers to use in their
When submitting TIPS, you may (optional) include your
name, business name and contact info, which will accompany your TIP
when posted on the NAPO-LA website's home page or here in The Los Angeles Organizer.
Email TIPS to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to our Tips Submission form.
Upcoming NAPO-LA Workshop
Quintessential Filing Systems
Learn the essentials of document storage, with more than 5 methods to
offer your clients!
Click here to register
matter what you or your clients need to get organized, an efficient
filing system is a must. In this interactive workshop, you'll receive an
overview of a variety of systems, both prelabeled and custom, for
classifying and storing documents. Dolores demonstrates her own
innovative techniques and the myriad components used in creating filing
systems, whether stored on the desktop or in drawers, in the home or
Supplies will be provided for hands-on exercises, in which you'll be
invited to create a filing system for both a business and a home. And, if
you'd like an alternative to creating dozens of labels with your P-touch,
bring your laptop to see how to create folder labels with Avery
templates. You'll impress your clients with this labor-saving technique!
At least one of the methods covered is sure to be the solution for
gathering all those lost papers looking for a home. You'll also learn a
personally developed system for "legally" filing by piling
This is a class not to be missed, even if you think you already know
everything there is to know about filing.
Dolores Kaytes is passionate about order and efficiency. She
founded her company, Highly Organized, Inc., in
1998 to use her innate ability and varied experience to help people
organize their lives and businesses. A Golden Circle member, Dolores has
been a NAPO-LA volunteer from the time she joined the chapter in 1998.
She has served on the NAPO-LA Board as Chapter President, Past President,
Workshop Director, and Director of Professional Development, and she
received the prestigious Leading Edge Award at the 2007 Los Angeles
Limit of 20 participants, so register early!
Date: May 16, 2009
Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Circle of Care Leeza's Place, 5000 Van Nuys Blvd,
Cost: $99 for NAPO-LA members, $119 for nonmembers
Continuing Education Units will be awarded for this workshop, which may
be eligible for Certification.
NAPO in the Schools
By Deborah Kawashima
Committee Chair, NAPO in the Schools
In November Trained Providers of our local NAPO-LA chapter met informally
to see how we could support one another. Now, we are happy to announce
that we have officially formed the NAPO in the Schools Network Group,
which will meet bi-monthly. Each meeting we will focus on discussing one
topic, in addition to lending support to each other and sharing tips on
getting leads into the schools.
This month our topic is "Making Elementary Materials". We will
meet on Saturday, March 21st, 2009 at 10am. Member Cindy Duffy has
graciously offered her home in Redondo Beach for a place to meet. We will
be putting our presentation boards and classroom kits together and
will and practice our classroom exercise. Plus it will be a great
way to connect with other like-minded local NAPO in the Schools
participants, who share the same passion of working with students.
The meeting is open to Trained Providers and those interested in getting
involved with NAPO in the Schools. So please come if you can make it!
Deborah Kawashima, co-founder of NAPO in the Schools and the National
Committee Chair will be there to facilitate. Materials are not provided,
but an evite can be sent to you to get the details and links to download and
what to bring.
March 21, 2009
TIME: 10am -
Sapphire Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
All NAPO-LA members interested in attending (Trained Providers and those
interested in getting involved with NAPO in the Schools) please contact
Christie Gelsomino: Christie@Scrapbookdesigner.com or (661)
A note about NAPO in the Schools: Training is required of all NAPO
members wanting to become NAPO in the Schools Trained Providers and is
available to you as a benefit of your NAPO membership. Sign-up
forms for the pre-recorded national training calls are posted on the
NAPO website along with the training call schedule. Currently there is
training for the elementary program. In fall 2009, training will be available
for the middle school program. The high school program is scheduled for
Please contact Deborah Kawashima for any questions: Deborah@creativeOrganizer.com
CD Suppport Group
Next Meeting: Detox for Organizers Tuesday, May 12th, 6-8:30pm
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. Meeting is limited to 12 attendees. A simple pot
luck is planned. Along with topic time will also be spent sharing out
We will continue to work on "Resources: How can we help the indigent
hoarders?" Please bring resources to share.
To RSVP or for more information, contact Jean Furuya.
Email: email@example.com Phone: (310) 316-1753
Christa Wagner, CPO
Angela Ploetz, CPO
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