Posts Tagged ‘NAPO’

Why Organize with a Professional Organizer?

October 30, 2013

Do you have an area in your home that never seems to get organized. Things are generally out of place. You don’t know where to begin to make it better so you don’t. The problem area either remains that way, gets worse, or perhaps a friend offers you a suggestion and one day you tackle it.

Well, this is something I hear often from clients. They feel they should be able to get organized on their own – by themselves. They are embarrassed that they need to have a certified professional organizer come into their home to help them.  They ask why can I tackle these projects with you here? Shouldn’t I be able to make a plan and follow through by myself?

My answer is that it is easier for you when you have a trained professional organizer to guide you. When you’re working with your organizer, the organizer can help you think through the steps in a project to achieve your goal. We talk about how you envision using the space, determine the belongings that stay in the space, remove items that don’t support the stated activities in that space and figure out what you’re doing with those things. If you’re keeping them – where do they belong? if you’re not keeping them we can help you figure out if you can recycle, donate, consign or dispose of them.

Finally, your professional organizer is a cheerleader. Someone who will encourage you as you work on a project to see it through to completion and then celebrate with you. Change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to complete large projects.  Having an objective professional working with you makes the process much less overwhelming – easier to deal with. To find a professional organizer in your area visit: http://www.napo.net or http://www.challengingdisorganization.org

 

 

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Are You Prepared?

September 4, 2012

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? NAPO (the National Association of Professional Organizers) is working to make all homeowners more aware of ways they can prepare for disaster and emergenices in their homes and workplaces.

So, how prepared are you? Do you have an emergency medical kit? Are you curious about the items that make up such a kit?

My kit has: bandaids (a variety of sizes), gauze pads and paper tape, iodine, ant-bacterial hand santizer, latex gloves, tweezers, benadryl (topical ointment and tablets), asperin, an ace bandage and baby wipes

When you put together your kit think about the sorts of injuries that you generally take care of and then think about the items you use when dealing with those injuries.

Do you have a bag or file box that you could grab quickly with important documents/ information?  Are you wondering what documents are ‘important’? They are the ones that you would use to prove your identity (birth certificate & passport), home ownership, insurance – all types, bank and investment account numbers to name a few.    Do you have your important documents scanned onto a jump drive with the originals  in a safe deposit box at the bank. If you do, that jump drive could be in a prepared tote bag in your front hall closet.

Are you wondering if you should go to such extremes to be prepared? Well, you never know when disaster is going to strike and even though it does take time and effort to become prepared, as the saying goes – better safe than sorry.  Isn’t it better to have all the documents you would need to prove who you are, where you live, to give you access to bank accounts or investment accounts, insurance information etc. than to wish you could put your hands on them?

How else should you be prepared?  If there was a sudden fire in your house do you have smoke/carbon monoxide alarms to alert your family? Have you changed those batteries recently? Do you have fire extinguishers? Are they fully operational? You can take your fire extinguisher to a hardware store or the fire station nearest you to check their functionality. What if the fire was so sudden and enormous that everyone had to leave the house does everyone know the safest way out? In school we had regular fire drills so we would know exactly where to go should the alram sound. It’s a good idea to practice that with your family.

Take some time this month to look at ways you can prepare yourself just in case of a natural disaster!

For more information on this topic check out Judith Kolberg’s book: Organize for Disaster: Prepare Your Family and Your Home For Any Natural and Unnatural Disaster

NAPO Conference

March 26, 2012

I returned yesterday from the annual NAPO Conference which was held this year in Baltimore. The weather was spectacular and the city beckoned but I will admit I did not see much of it. I attended every session I could so, naturally, that meant I was inside the convention center. Every NAPO confence I have attended has been great but I think that the more of them I attend the more I learn. You see, every year I go I meet more and more professional organizers. This means so much to me because now I can put more faces to names on twitter and facebook. Yes, I know the profile pictures are on on these sites but when I meet these organizers  in person I learn something about them and that makes a real connection for me. Amazingly, we all speak the same ‘organizing’ language. Aside from some personal catching up we talk about and share tips and tricks for scheduling, the kind of planners we use – digital or paper – and how to use them more effectively, challenges prioritizing and challenges with clients. Of course, when we talk about clients we talk in broad terms and do not share any identifying information!

Some of the classes I took gave me terrific insight as to why (and how to help) some of my clients who may be challenged by procrastination. I also took a workshop to give me some better coaching techniques – words or phrases to use to coach a client past stuck. I would love to help them arrive at a solution of their own creation – that they may be willing – even eager to use. Another workshop taught me how to help a client better organize their closet – what to keep and why.

As you might imagine, my brain is still on overload. I’m still processing what I’ve learned and am thinking about how I will incorporate some of these organizing strategies into my business to better assist my clients.

Gardens

June 23, 2010

I love to play in the dirt. I get a real kick out of seeing my garden flourish. There’s nothing like harvesting your own vegetables, picking berries from your own plants, and cutting flowers from your garden to display in your home. Gardens need tender loving care – as does your home. To stay as lovely as you would like it to be a garden needs regular maintenance. As a professional organizer, this is right up my alley. I am all about scheduling time to get things done. I like to think about certain garden tasks in the same way as I think about household chores. Who doesn’t like the way a beautiful garden looks? To maintain that beauty you have to do some weeding, some pruning, some feeding – you get the idea. I really don’t mind weeding if I can do a little at a time. So, I schedule about 10 – 15 minutes a day in different sections of my garden. That way everything gets weeded, pruned, or fed (as needed) and I don’t have to spend an entire day doing it and have a backache as a reward. I think it is the same thing as doing some chores around the house. I don’t really love doing them. I do love knowing that my house is clean, though. So, I take a few minutes at the end of the day to wipe up any spills and generally straighten up. Interesting, isn’t it?