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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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The Grammys have nothing on the Orgies.  That’s right – the night before the music industry celebrated in downtown Los Angeles, the 5th annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards, or “Orgies”, were held at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.  This Red Carpet evening was the climax of Get Organized Month for the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-LA).      

Industry leaders from as far away as Australia were in attendance.  Colleagues caught up with each other, made new friends, and celebrated the best products, services, media, authors and people in the professional organizing industry.  Kim Coles was the evening host and the program featured Peter Walsh, from The Oprah Winfrey Show, Julie Morgenstern, celebrated author and time management expert, Dorothy Brenninger and Standolyn Robertson, both experts from the new A&E “HOARDERS” hit show, plus many more.    Get It Together LA! was a finalist for “Best Closet Design” and “Best Garage Design” this year.  

Chris McKenry, Rachel Eisner, Kim Coles, Carolyn Judson, and Joe Clapsaddle

I was especially honored to have as my guests Senior Designer Carolyn Judson and Design Assistant Rachel Eisner of Connie McCreight Interior Design.  At times organizers are fortunate to work along side other professionals on client projects.  In the past couple of years we have been included on several of the Connie McCreight Design Firms projects.  From Bel Air to the Hamptons, Get It Together LA! has had the opportunity to watch these designers create residential masterpieces.  They mention working with Get It Together LA! in their blog post, “Everything in its Place”     

Interiors by Connie McCreight Interior Design

Connie suggests “when thinking about refreshing your space, focus on two or three items that will make the most impact…add drama with new paint, a bold graphic rug, or eclectic artwork”.  Even rethinking furniture arrangement can make a difference.  Add in some new accessories like a statement mirror, or swap accessories you already have within the rooms of your home.     

Along with beautiful design the style of the road was also represented at the Awards gala.  Event car sponsor Joe Clapsaddle, of Hornburg Jaguar, was also at our table.  Joe is past chair or the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and a very active community leader.     

Jaguar XF Supercharged

Hornburg sponsored a drawing for a Weekend in Hollywood give away featuring the use of a 2010 Jaguar XF Supercharged, which was also parked on the Red Carpet as the evenings guests received superstar treatment on January 30.    

Luxury roadsters, sophisticated design, and skillful organizing all merged at the Los Angeles Organizing Awards.  Professional Organizers and their friends enjoyed celebrating a year of clutter clearing work.  If you missed it, plan on coming next year.  We had a great time and wish to congratulate all of the 2010 award winners.

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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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The Organizing world gathered in Los Angeles last week for the 2009 Los Angeles Organizing Awards held at the Luxe in Bel-Air.  Time management guru Stephen Covey received a Lifetime Achievement Award for helping us better organized our time through his books, products and seminars.  In a special taped “thank you” he noted how important it is to stand back and look at what is in our life.  Covey went on to say many times, upon examination, even our time is cluttered with events and activities that may not be as important as we think.

The Awards were presented by the National Association of Professional Organizers-Los Angeles chapter and event sponsor The Office Depot.  Over 150 professional organizers, product representatives and service providers attended.  Caught on the red carpet before the dinner and awards show were Mary Ann Pate, Past President of NAPO-San Francisco, Janine Sarna-Jones, Past President of NAPO New York and member of the NAPO Board of Directors and Chris McKenry.  McKenry, and his board in 2006 created the Los Angeles Organizing Awards.

The current and past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of NAPO joined Hal Sparks on the red carpet.  Sparks of “Queer as Folk” was the host of the evening.  Pictured from left to right:  Robin Davi, Donna McMillan, Dorothy Breininger, John Trosko, Dolores Kaytes, Hap Sparks, Christine Reiter, and Chris McKenry.

Also attending was Jodie Watson, star of Real Simple.Real Life and NAPO-LA Vice President and Awards chair.  From around the country guests included NAPO National board of directors;  President Standolyn Robertson and board members Angela Wallace, Pam McCutcheon, Janine Sarna-Jones, Allan Young, and Sandy Stelter- all celebrating the glamor of organization.

photo credits:  Sara Getzkin and Michelle Clooney

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The 4th Annual Los Angeles Organizing Awardsawards-vote-icon

What keeps you organized?  What or who saves you time in your home or office?  It may be a unique container, a favorite retail store, an informative book, blog, or even design company that keeps your clutter at bay.  The 4th annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards wants your input.

Get It Together LA!would like your vote for two categories if you agree; “Best Closet Design Firm” and “Best Blog” – Being Organized by Chris McKenry.  Simply click here and  go to “Click here to vote for Your Favorites”.  You will be asked to sign in just to assure only one vote is placed from each email address.  The ballot has several categories that covers the world of organizing for home, office, and life.

Visit our Closets

Visit our Closets

Winners will be announced at the nationally recognized Los Angeles Organizing Awards to be held on January 30, 2009 at the Luxe on Sunset in Bel-Air.  The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers is the event sponsor.

See you on the red carpet!

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