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The value of joining a NAPO chapter

21 January 2016 | Comments [9] »

If you’re a professional organizer, I hope you’re lucky enough to live where there’s a local chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. And if you do live near one, I hope you’ve joined it!

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Register now for August 29 "Ask the Organizer" panel

6 July 2015 | Comments [0] »

If you’re in St. Louis, I hope you’ll consider coming to a fun event where you can get your organizing questions answered live and in person. Here’s the best part: It costs only $10!

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Starting as NAPO-St. Louis President (again)

21 May 2015 | Comments [2] »

On Friday, I started a one-year term as President of NAPO-St. Louis, our local chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. I’ve been an active member of the chapter since its inception in 2006. In fact, I was on the first board of directors, serving six years first as Membership Director, then President, then Immediate Past President. I retired from the board in May of 2012, but agreed to return for a term as President when there wasn’t someone else available to step forward.

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Help create a snapshot of organizing in America

20 November 2014 | Comments [0] »

The National Association of Professional Organizers is conducting a survey to gauge what the public thinks about organizing and productivity. They’re curious about the general public’s organizing behaviors and attitudes and hope to create a snapshot of how organizing affects the everyday life of Americans.

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Confessions of a conference junkie

15 September 2014 | Comments [0] »

Later in the week, I’ll be traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend the annual conference of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. This is one of two organizing conferences I attend in a typical year. This year, I also attended two genealogy conferences.

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Are you interested in becoming a professional organizer? (Updated!)

18 July 2014 | Comments [54] »

Earning a living helping people get organized sounds like a fantasy job for many people. But thousands of people (including me) are doing it. Here’s my take on getting started.

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New Orleans, here I come!

15 April 2013 | Comments [0] »

I leave in the morning to fly to New Orleans to attend the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers. This is the eighth year in a row I’ve attended this conference and it’s hard for me to imagine missing it.

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A great time management class for organizers

17 September 2012 | Comments [0] »

Julie Morgenstern is somewhat of a rock star among professional organizers. She wrote the books, Organizing from the Inside Out and Time Management from the Inside Out more than ten years. Those books helped many, many people (including me). Since then she’s gone on to build a high-profile, successful organizing company. She develops products, like the new “Circa Balanced Life Planner”: from Levenger. And she trains professional organizers through the Julie Morgenstern Organizing Institute.

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An easy (and touching) way to help those in need

13 June 2012 | Comments [0] »

At the 2011 NAPO conference, I was among the many who shed tears watching the video about Soles4Souls a non-profit group that collects shoes to deliver to shoeless people in Haiti and elsewhere. That year, NAPO honored Soles4Souls with its Organizing Excellence Award, for the incredible organizational effort behind the shoe collection and distribution.

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New York Times recognizes our industry

23 March 2012 | Comments [0] »

I’m at the national conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers in Baltimore. I am enjoying myself so much, sinking in the knowledge and reveling in the camaraderie of my colleagues and friends. Bliss.

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So excited for the NAPO conference!

5 March 2012 | Comments [8] »

I admit it. I’m a conference junkie. Since I became an organizer in 2005, I’ve attended every conference of the my two main professional groups, the National Association of Professional Organizers and the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (now Institute for Challenging Disorganization), plus three NAPO regional conferences, the Professional Organizers in Canada conference last year and the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers conference in 2009 (where I spoke).

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Some great tools for new organizers

2 November 2011 | Comments [2] »

Part of me is jealous of people who are starting their organizing businesses now. Of course, the economy isn’t the greatest. But compared to 2005 when I started my business, there are so many resources available, at a reasonable rate, to help people get started.

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Having fun, learning lots

8 April 2011 | Comments [1] »

There’s little I like better than having fun while learning. And that’s exactly what I’m doing here in San Diego at the NAPO conference.

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Off to San Diego!

6 April 2011 | Comments [1] »

I leave this afternoon to fly to San Diego for the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers. This will be my sixth NAPO conference in a row and, as always, I’m very excited.

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A milestone

14 February 2011 | Comments [2] »

I joined the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), in 2005. It was one of the first things that I did when I decided to start my business.

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Reflections on the 2010 NAPO Conference

7 May 2010 | Comments [2] »

I’ve been very busy since I returned from the 2010 NAPO conference and never posted anything here about the conference itself, which was wonderful.

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You don't have to do it alone

26 April 2010 | Comments [0] »

Having just spent four days with professional organizers, who are among the most supportive and helpful groups of people I can think of, I’m pausing to think about how important support is.

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Off to organizers' heaven!

21 April 2010 | Comments [0] »

I’m leaving this morning for Columbus, Ohio, to attend the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers. This will be my fifth NAPO conference in a row and I’m as excited as ever. There will be hundreds of smart, friendly, interesting organizers there to talk with. There’s an expo of organizing products (be still my heart), there are amazing educational sessions. The chance to see old friends and make new ones.

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A satisfying apology

18 January 2010 | Comments [0] »

Several years ago, a book called A Perfect Mess was published. I mentioned it on my blog right before it was published. In a nutshell, the book’s premise is that mess is good and that an obsession for order can be detrimental.

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Highlight reel for 2009

31 December 2009 | Comments [4] »

2009 was a year of ups and downs for me. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. As I finish inputting data into Quickbooks for the year, I realize that my revenue is down, which isn’t great. I’m chalking it up to the economy. But so many really great things happened in 2009 that I view it as a year of success and progress.

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Highlight reel: NAPO 2009 conference

4 May 2009 | Comments [3] »

I don’t know what made me think I’d find time to blog while in Orlando for the 2009 conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers. You’d think by now I’d know that I spend little time in my room there and when I am in my room I’m either chatting or sleeping.

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Off to Orlando!

28 April 2009 | Comments [0] »

I leave this morning for Orlando to attend the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers. I have to admit that I’m a bit of a conference junkie. I really benefit from the information and energy of a conference full of passionate folks.

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NAPO's new and improved website

23 February 2009 | Comments [0] »

The website of the National Association of Professional Organizers has undergone a complete overhaul. Thanks to the hard work of Lauren Halagarda and her committee the website is more user-friendly, attractive, and informative. I had the opportunity to help as a tester at the very end of the process. I can only imagine how much work went into the development.

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Professional Organizing featured in WSJ

27 May 2008 | Comments [1] »

It’s not a large article, but to me it’s significant. The Career Journal section of today’s Wall Street Journal features “Professional Organizer” as the career it examines in its Pay Grade column.

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I'm a member of the Peter Walsh fan club

14 May 2008 | Comments [2] »

Peter Walsh, organizer on TLC’s show Clean Sweep, as well as Oprah’s go-to guy for hoarders, gave the keynote address at this year’s annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers.

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Back to reality

14 April 2008 | Comments [0] »

After a glorious time at the NAPO conference in Reno (best part: interacting with fabulous organizers, worst part: staying in a hotel and casino full of smoke!), I’m home. I arrived home about midnight on Saturday night.

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Organizing nirvana

10 April 2008 | Comments [0] »

Checking in for a quick moment to say how wonderfully fortunate I feel to be at the national NAPO conference here in Reno. I just heard the most wonderful keynote address from Peter Walsh, who totally rocks.

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I'm off to learn something

8 April 2008 | Comments [2] »

I leave today for Reno, Nevada, to attend the national conference of my professional organization, the National Association of Professional Organizers. This is my third national NAPO conference in as many years and I’m very excited.

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All revved up!

29 April 2007 | Comments [0] »

I just returned from six fabulous days of training, education and networking with my colleagues in the organizing profession. I attended the annual conferences of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization and the National Association of Professional Organizers. I also attended a one-day training workshop for a great filing system called Freedom Filer.

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