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Make the Entry "Pop" With Color

You may have a valuable property, but do buyers want it upon the first look?  All it takes is chipped paint or an empty porch to give an impression that cannot be improved no matter what is inside.

Keep the outdoor “clutter” away just as you would inside.   Touch up areas needing painting and clean furniture.  Make use of plants for added “pop of color” and replace old, worn cushions.

If planting beds are overgrown, replace with mulch and easy to maintain ground cover.  Have gardens at their peak during beautiful summer months.  It does not take much to have your property the most desirable in the area.

This Knoxville – Tennessee River – property is available through Tom Pettitt, Realty Executives, 865-588-3232.

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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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Does your apartment or condominium fall short on storage?  Be creative and find spaces not being used.  When the wall is showing in a closet, that is a space to claim.  Make room for your Armani by double hanging rods and adding shelves to empty walls.

Turn empty walls...

Into room for shoes, shirts, suits and ties.

 

If clothes are important to you, they deserve respect.  Make room for ties and they will brighten up your closet.

Never double stack ties on racks, they get lost. Pull out systems are so convenient.

A shallow linen closet could be converted to just the right depth for showcasing your haberdashery.

if the depth is not enough for linens...

Add shelves for your shoes

Keep things in your home where they are used.  If you press your wardrobe daily, find a home for the iron or steamer in the master closet.

And the ironing board can rest behind the closet door.

Hooks are easy additions for belts and bath robes.  By making good decisions and thinking “outside the box” or “container”, you might be surprised how much room you are missing!

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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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While driving in the Tennessee snow last month, WIVK-FM’s Andy and Alison  were joking that no winter gloves were to be found in Knoxville after the city turned white.  One even said they could not find boots so their kids could go sledding.  But with a chuckle they noticed the stores had a huge supply of spring bathing suits.

This is one reason last month was Get Organized Month.  It’s a time to realize that getting organized is more than having everything in a certain place or being free of clutter.  Being organzied is about saving time and being prepared for what happens in life.

Here in Los Angeles we don’t have to worry about snow shovels, but what about this weekend’s rain?  Did anyone buy their umbrella after the skies turned dark?

Don’t wait for the next storm to come in your life.  Make your list of what may be needed in the coming months and save yourself both frustration and time.

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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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It may be the first thing you do for Get Organized Month in January; putting away this year’s Christmas.  The last of the ham is now a sandwich, the relatives have headed home,  and the tree looks lonely now that the presents are gone.  As New Year’s Day nears, your family is enjoying the decorations and you realize it’s just a few days before the work of putting all the holiday remnants away until next year.

Before starting the disassembly process, take pictures of your tree, mantle and other decorations.  These pictures, packed way with the decorations, will help you remember how to easily create the same look for next year.  Also review all the decorations not used this year and see if there are old lights, ornaments or other holiday items that are just no longer wanted.

Now that Christmas is over, purchase extra hooks for next years ornaments and pack away with the decorations to have for next year.  This is also a great time to take advantage of sales should new tree lights be needed next year.

As decorations are coming down, sort them into categories before packing away.  It only takes a few minutes to have all the tree decorations together, outdoor lights separated from tree lights, mantle decorations apart from table scaping; just the things that are unique to your home.

Now find the perfect container for their long winter, summer, and fall nap and carefully wrap fragile items in acid-free tissue.  Label containers to make preparing the yuletide for 2011 fun and easy next year.  Now that is finished you can concentrate on your resolutions and goals for 2011.

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