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Imagine having a phone call with your best friend.  Then upon hanging up your wife tells you that the friend you just spoke with has been dead for 25 years.  How confusing and upsetting would that be?

This is how those living with Alzheimer’s feel when corrected.  I have experienced this in my family.  The impulse is your loved one needs to be corrected, but in truth the sense of reasoning is just not there.  They become confused, angry, and embarrassed.  When you experience an older adult with memory loss confused or just wrong in their statements gently find a way to just leave the topic. 

The spring NAPO Organizing Conference in San Diego last week had several workshops to better understand the needs of older adults and those with memory loss.  My colleague and friend Margit Novak had an informative program on this subject.

Novak shared when moving parents, it is helpful to have the new space arranged as similar as possible in their new surroundings.  Other tips include facing older adults when speaking with them and cut out any competition – televisions or other background noises.

The best example I heard to understand how Alzheimer’s affects a patient is to imagine a closed fist is actually a brain.  As Alzheimer’s progresses, the fingers on the fist are not damaged but actually completely disappear.  The short-term memory goes first, but with proper medicines this can be stayed for a long time. 

Understanding the fear and confusion being experienced by dementia and other related memory loss will be helpful in relating to your friends and loved ones.  It will not be easier, but patience and compassion will go a long way in sustaining their quality of life.

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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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Tips for National Preparedness Month

September is the time to think of how to be prepared should tragedy strike your home, business or family.  National Preparedness Month began in 2004 and is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and many related agencies including the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).

If you have an emergency kit, this month is a good time to review contents and replace batteries, food supplies and fresh water.  You don’t have a kit?  Make one.  In earthquake regions like ours, it could take days to get home if you are out when the big one comes.  So it is best to keep supplies in your car.

A family emergency plan is essential to connect with loved ones should there be a crisis.  Check out Ready.gov for tips to keep everyone connected if you should be separated.

To protect the contents of your home with a home inventory of all your assets to include replacement costs and related information.  Claims are more easily processed when complete information is provided after a loss.

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Sponsored by Avery

It’s January and that means it is Get Organized Month.  To celebrate, Los Angeles is playing host to the 5th annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards on January 30th.  Professional organizers from around the country, and beyond, are heading to the historic Raleigh Studios for the Red Carpet event featuring host Kim Coles, presenters Peter Walsh, President Laura Leist of the National Association of Professional organizers (NAPO),  Lorie Marreo of The Clutter Diet blog, Barry Izsak, and many other celebrities of the organizing industry will be on hand.  Dorothy Brenninger and Standolyn Robertson of the hit A&E show HOARDERS will accept the Special Recognition Award for this new and enlightening program.

As one of the creators of this event I am also on the program.  Get It Together LA! is nominated for Best Closet Design Firm for the 4th year in a row. 

The lights, cameras, people, songs, food and laughs make this evening an event for not just professional organizers but also those who love to stay organized.  See who – and what products – will be recognized for being the best in the business.  To see all the finalist, click here.

The event is sponsored by Avery and presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of NAPO.  Ticket information can be found at www.napola.org.

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This weekend I enjoyed going to the movies and seeing Star Trek.  It seems others thought it would be a good place to send text messages and check e-mails.  Even the week before the person next to me was continually using his Blackberry during the first act of a play.

During the “Time Management at the Age of Speed” session at the NAPO Conference in Orlando last month, Harlod Taylor shared that the fast devours the slow.  Think about it, we have more information to manage than ever before.  Not so long ago, we became overwhelmed by the fax machine.  Now we are averaging over 190 message a day because of the phone, email, Facebook, Twitter and more.

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Need to See Time?

Time is essential to staying organized.  Do you find it is difficult to see time as it passes each hour?  Are you constantly running in circles to meet deadlines?

Visit TimeTimer.com and check out their products available to actually show time as it passes.  This especially helpful to those with ADD.
If we don’t respond to an inquiry quickly we stand the chance of loosing an opportunity.  But how is clutter effecting your schedule by multitasking throughout the day?  As the saying goes, “stop and smell the roses”.  The same can be said for enjoying the movie or texting your friends.  Don’t dilute your activies and productivity by not focusing on one project at a time.

Check out our latest “O-Tips” for more information to make your life easy. 

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The National Associationof Professional Organizers (NAPO)  just completed their 21st annual conference and it was rejuvenating, inspiring, and motivating.  The theme was “Making Business Dreams Come True” and Orlando was the setting.  

Lorie Marreo of The Clutter Diet and me at the NAPO Conference

Lorie Marreo of The Clutter Diet and me at the NAPO Conference

 The education was only equalled by the networking with my peers.  Time spent in the hallways, at the lounge, or around a restaurant table was as beneficial as learning a new technology. 

The keynote by Scott McKain focused on the importance of making your business stand out from the competition.  He shared the principles outlined in his book Collapse of Distinction.  He encouraged us to live in the moment and not wait to enjoy the simple things in life; the ocean view, a mountain breeze or even just a clear sunset.  How fitting we stayed a extra day for down time and visit EPCOT.orlando-016

 If you have never attended a conference or convention for your business or industry I suggest you plan to check one out this year.  The investment just might help set you apart from others not sharing your dedication to professional excellence.  And take time to enjoy the journey.

Chris

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chris-mckenry-08-3-cropwebChris McKenry, President of Get It Together LA!, has been elected to a 3 year term on the board of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).  “NAPO has been instrumental in the success of my business.  I am excited and honored to give back to the industry that has nurtured my growth as a professional organizing over the past decade,” said McKenry of his appointment.

Since 2000 Get It Together LA! has been offering clutter control, custom closet/storage design, and managing moves for clients.  Immediately McKenry joined NAPO and became involved in the Los Angeles chapter.

Chris has served on the board of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and was the 2005-2007 President of NAPO-LA.  During that time NAPO-LA created the Los Angeles Organizing Awards, began the Los Angeles Organizing Expo, and initiated the chapter’s successful Leadership Forum – providing training to inspire each member to become a leader in their business, community and chapter.

Chris McKenry is the recipient of the 2008 NAPO Shining Star Award and the 2008 Ambassador of the Year Award from the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.  Chris has appeared on television, been heard on readio, and featured int The Oprah Magazine, Women’s Day, and LA Weekly.  For more information visit www.GetItTogetherLA.com

About NAPO:
The premier national association dedicated to the field of organizing, the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is The Organizing Authority®.  Formed in 1985 as a nonprofit professional, educational association, NAPO is dedicated to serving its 4300+ members through education, networking, industry resources, and promoting the profession to the public.  NAPO’s mission is to develop, lead, and promote, professional organiziers and the organizing industry.  For more information, visit www.napo.net.

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