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Productivity and Organizing Professionals to Meet in San Diego 

The interior design industry has Westweek at the Pacific Design Center and the food industry meets each May in Chicago at the National Restaurant Association Show.  Next week business productivity professionals and organizing experts for people, residences, and chronic organizing challenges are heading to San Diego for the 23rd Annual NAPO Annual Conference and Organizing Exposition April 6 – 9. 

This year’s theme, Reshaping our Future, Riding the Waves of Change will be highlighted by keynote speakers Julie Morgenstern, Colette Carlson, and Lee Silber.  Over 30 workshops will cover such topics as hoarding, senior moves, tools for business, working with media, client expectations, scrapbooking and so much more.

In the Organizing Exposition over 30 companies will showcase the latest in products and services for organizing homes and offices.   The NAPO Organizing Expo is open to the public for the first time on Thursday, April 7th, from 8 am – 11 am.  For only$25, you will experience some of the best tools available to organize your home and office, all at San Diego’s Town and Country Resort.

It’s not too late to attend the 2011 NAPO Organizing Conference if you are a professional organizer.  Visit www.napo.net for online registration.  Day passes are also available if attendance for all three days is not possible.

Tips for a Successful Business Conference:

1.  Have a good supply of business cards, but remember you make more of an impression by asking for other’s cards and then follow-up with a note or email.

2.  Let colleagues know your cell number before you arrive, it will make connecting much easier.

3.  Plan ahead and research area sites of interest to visit during down time.

4.  Keep your eye on name tags, best way to find information on areas of the industry you want to learn more about.

5.  When in a session, take notes and ask for contact info from others in the class.  Take notes on the back of business cards.  By knowing the session you met, and other pertinent information, future follow-up will be easy.

6.  Check friends travel schedules before leaving.  Money could be saved by sharing rides from airports and train stations.

Successful and dedicated entrepreneurs take advantage of business associations and the benefits they provide.  The National Association of Professional Organizers motivates members to achieve goals, provides training for the latest client solutions, and creates opportunities to network with peers from around the world.  

Some businesses only look for referrals, but when industries gather it shows businesses are concerned with professional development – seeking to be the best they can be for their clients.  Whatever your industry, get involved and ride the waves of change to reshape your future. 

Get It Together LA! will be in San Diego from April 4th – 10th for the NAPO Organizing Conference.  Phone and email messages will be returned within 24 hours during the NAPO Conference.

Photos by Dan Slutsky for the 2010 NAPO Conference

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In a recent interview at the Los Angeles Organizing Awards, I was asked by Carlos Amezuca if being emotionally attached to our possessions makes it difficult to get organized?  Often we feel that by giving up an unwanted gift, or keepsakes no longer used, the memories of treasured times will disappear.

When we have more than we can manage the things that really matter get lost.  Professional Organizers gently encourage clients to release what is holding the future at bay. 

It can be difficult to let go when memories are attached to clutter.  But letting go of unwanted things, does not cause the people whose memories are associated will leave our lives.  In fact too much “stuff” in our home and life can cause the people and things we really love to be lost.

Is clutter holding you back from starting your organizing journey?  Traveling does not require speed.  Set your own pace.  Begin reviewing your clutter a little at a time, one space at a time.  By recognizing your emotional attachment it will be easier to appreciate the joy of letting go and moving forward to an organized life.

The 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards were held January 29 at the Universal Sheraton.  This one of a kind event recognized the people, products, and services around the country that help us live better at home and work more efficiently.  The Los Angeles chapter of the National association of Professional Organizers is the host of the annual gala.  Get It Together LA! was a finalist in the Best Closet Design Firm category.

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Let’s play a Get Organized Month game.   In five minutes find all the important documents that relate to the milestones in your life.  Where are your Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Documents, Death Certificates of immediate family, or even Wills or Trust documents?

It really isn’t a fun game, but it could save many headaches if these documents are needed for government filings for Social Security.  Have a file for these vital records and keep copies in a safe deposit box at your bank. 

Can’t find a document?  Check out VitalChek.com and don’t wait until it is needed.  Order  Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce records from this site for most states and not have to wait when you need them.

Getting organized is a great way to start the New Year.

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Every weekday morning,  entrepeneurs gather in cities around the world to network and grow their business by passing referrals to each other.  Most of these networking groups keep member’s business cards collected in a container to be passed on to colleagues who need their products and services.  

You have probably seen these card boxes at BNI (Business Network International), Le Tip, or your chamber of commerce.  Most I have seen are haphazardly arranged, making it difficult to find the services needed.  If this reminds you of your group’s business card box, check out this easy solution.   

from The Container Store

The Container Store offers an acrylic Baseball Card Case with adjustable dividers and lid.  Simply cut card stock for your category dividers and label with printed file labels or by using a label maker.  Arrange member’s cards by their profession.  It is easier to think of the services needed than an individual name.  After all, that has worked for the Yellow Pages all these years.  

Even if you are not in a formal networking group, you can organize the cards you collect and become a better referral source to your clients. The results of organization in your networking group will benefit everyone’s bottom line just as your organized closet or desk makes your life easier.

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What did you not get to today?  If there is not enough time in the day try to manage your time differently.  For the next few days keep a list of what you wanted to accomplish.  Did you miss paying bills or maybe you wanted to create a marketing piece for your business?

Create a block of time on your calendar for the following day dedicated for what was neglected.  Oh, you are not using a calendar?  Schedule your day as if a doctor schedules his patients.  Your calendar should be your guide as to how the day progresses.   Schedule 15 minutes for paying bills, 25 minutes for returning calls, etc. 

There are free tools online available such as  Outlook Express, Google or Yahoo Calendars.  Others calendars may come with your computer or could be purchased like ACT.  If technology is not your friend don’t wait to start. 

Buy a simple calendar at your local office supply store.  The important thing is to give this first step of time management a try.  You will be surprised what will be added to tomorrow when you follow your calendar.

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The Los Angeles Organizing Expo is the only expo in Los Angeles dedicated to the productivity industry happens this Monday, September 21.  The fifth annual NAPO-LA event will showcase time saving products, organizing solutions, tools and services held at the Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles from 5:30-8:30 pm.

We invite you to come and visit our booth at the expo which will showcase our closet, office and garage design services.  We will also share information on our Residential Inventory and Home Procedures Manual, Clutter Control and Relocation Services.

Before the Expo at 4 pm…
Organziing secrets will be revealed at the annual “Ask the Organizer” Panel, which will precede The Organizing Expo.  The 90 minute interactive discussion is open tot the public and will feature accomplished professional organizers from NAPO-LA’s Golden Circle.  These are experts in the field of personal productivity, office systems, relocations, storage design, special needs training, media and coaching.

This year’s panel will feature Chris McKenry of Get It Together LA!, Dolores Kaytes, of Highly Organized, Donna McMillan of McMillan & Company, and Barbara Ricketts , aka The Mess Doctor.  The Panel will be facilitated by Lynne Gilberg of Lynne Gilberg Organizing.

For Ask the Organizer Panel and Los Angeles Organizing Expo ticket information visit www.napola.org

Remember, stop by the Get It Together LA! booth and say “Bye to Clutter”!

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Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley

It’s summer and vacation time.  On a recent business trip to Philadelphia, I enjoyed a day to myself sight seeing the historic area of the city.  The week before I was working in the picturesque beach community of Newport  Beach in California featuring scenic views reminiscent of the Italian coast.  Now I was back in time at Elfreth’s Alley.  This neighborhood has the distinction of being the oldest residential community in our nation.  The homes have been occupied since the early 18th century.

As someone who appreciates colonial architecture, loves history, and is a professional organizer I can’t help but apprecite how our ancestors lived 250 years ago.  Then beauty was appreciated along with simplicity.  Walk-in closets, let alone most any closets, were not even in these homes.  It’s a good thing Costco was not around in 1776.

A few organizing tips for your next business/pleasure trip:

  1. Plan your time off.
  2. Research the city’s website before the trip.
  3. Keep travels to a limited area.
  4. Walk and take in the city.
  5. During lunch ask the wait staff what is not to be missed in the area.

Don’t forget to use a Travel Checklist to keep from forgetting power chargers, reservation information, and other essential needs.  For a complimentary checklist from Get It Together LA! click here and write Travel Checklist in the subject line.

Now enjoy your next trip.

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