#NAPO2016 Conference Recap

#NAPO2016 Conference Recap

This year the National Association of Professional Organizer’s (NAPO) conference was in Atlanta, GA. This was a much more relaxed conference than years past. I really enjoyed myself and enjoyed the camaraderie of my colleagues.

I got to learn great new skills that I can use with my clients and for myself; I got to hang out with old and new friends; and I had a great ride down to Atlanta and back home with 3 other organizers and we had a great time masterminding.

This year I had a plan and intention to not just attend another conference and then do absolutely nothing with what I learned. This year I made a point when I got back home to dive into my notes and organize everything so that I could take immediate action on ideas that came up while I was there and the action items. I also made sure that I appointed an accountability partner and that’s where the three other organizers come in. We all agreed to check back in with each other in 3 weeks to see where we were at with the action items we all took from the conference. This is just another way to make sure that when you attend conferences where you’re learning new skills or sharpening old skills that it doesn’t get lost because of taking too much time off or not getting back to it at all.

Conference Highlights

  1. Classes I attended
    1. The Third FactorSM: The Mindset for High Performance Leadership by Scott Greenberg – This was a great keynote that really got me thinking about how important mindset is and success in life and business. I am working more diligently to silence the inner critic.
    2. Coaching Works: Where Coaching Meets the Organizing World – Roundtable of speakers. – This was a great roundtable of my peers talking about integrating coaching into your organizing business and the differences between coaching and consulting. Very enlightening.
    3. The Art of Tactical Time Management by Mike Vardy – This session was so excellent! I learned many new ways of looking at my schedule and batching my time. Many, many takeaways that I will be implementing not only with me but my clients as well.
    4. Photo Organizing Anxiety and How To Overcome It by Catherine Nelson and Sherra Humphreys – I am diving more into photo organizing so this was a great session in learning more about how to better organize my photos as well as my clients photos. They shared great resources that I can’t wait to share with my clients.
    5. Ask the Organizer’s Panel – This is a popular session where we get to ask seasoned organizers all types of questions pertaining to business and life. This year did not disappoint.
    6. Veteran Forum Interactive for Golden Circle Members – I got to speak on burnout and how I overcame burnout in my business for a couple of minutes. Other topics that was talked about was selling your business and running a business in a new city.
    7. Profit and Add Value with Online Training by Cena Block – This was a favorite of mine as I build my Tech Academy. I learned great information to further provide value to my clients.
    8. Information Afterlife and the Digital Estate Plan by Judith Kolberg – the key takeaway from this class was there is so much out there that we need to be protecting. And we should do this before we die. Just like you have a will (you have a will don’t ya?) you should have a digital estate plan. This will save your family from headaches and pain upon your demise. I will be sharing more about this in an upcoming post and newsletter. So stay tuned.

*I took over 11 hours of classes this year at conference to better serve my clients and to keep myself educated.

Take Aways and Other Happenings

This year was my last year serving as the Tech SIG leader for NAPO. I led my last open SIG meeting at conference and had a great turnout and in turn learned of new ways to serve professional organizers as it pertains to technology. I am still a member and look forward to further collaborating and masterminding with my fellow Tech SIG members.

There was more downtime built into this year’s conference which I appreciated. I didn’t feel rushed and was able to digest what I had just learned from the previous classes I attended. I also got to network more and talk with other organizers from around the country and world. Loved that! I also loved the fact of how everything was arranged and the new added party night complete with awards ceremony and karaoke.

Because of the great time I had this year I am looking forward to conference next year and making even further connections.

I did several Facebook Lives and Periscopes from the conference and the Expo. Be sure you like my Facebook page and are following me on Periscope to go back and see the newest products that are out now. I have also included photos in the montage at the end of this post.

So as you can see I had a great time and don’t want to bore you with all of the details but here is a distilled version of my entire time including riding with my colleagues, dinner and dancing and karaoke. Enjoy!

NAPO 2016 Conference Atlanta, GA

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Doing Good With Goodwill

Doing Good With Goodwill

On April 9, 2015, Me and several organizers from the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Nashville Chapter landed in Franklin, TN to help Phyllis Harper get her garage organized. Phyllis Harper was the winner of the Great Garage Rescue contest that was held by Goodwill Industries in September of 2015. Goodwill teamed with NAPO Nashville Chapter and Monkey Bars Garage Systems to give Phyllis a nice clutter free space.

You can read the full write up here.

And the pre-cleanup write up here.

I’m so grateful that I was able to work on this project with my fellow organizers and help a homeowner to get her life back by bringing her garage back to a place of peace for her to create her art.

Below are some photos from the event! Enjoy!

3 Steps To Starting Your Organizing Journey

3 Steps To Starting Your Organizing Journey

Live Training

Learn the 3 steps to starting your organizing journey. Listen in as I teach on how to get past overwhelm and into action.

 

Do you need help getting organized? Check out my course Weekend Organizing. It’s for those who need guidance but not ready for someone to come into your home and get you organized. Let me guide you virtually step by step in 12 areas of your home. Check it out here!

Simple Decisions

Simple Decisions

Perseverance ConceptEverything takes a simple decision. Either we do or don’t. Either we will or won’t.

Simple, right. Or is it?

When it comes to our clutter it all boils down to the decision we choose to make or not make. We can make the decision to put our things back where they belong. We can make the decision to take 15 minutes each day decluttering one area of our home. Or we can just decide not to start or do something else that won’t get us closer to our goal. Simple.

No matter how hard it may be to hear, it is a simple decision and that decision starts with YOU. You can decide right now to start somewhere. Anywhere. But just start.

Simple decision, but big reward.

Moving Forward

Recently reading the book “The Power of Perseverance” by Joseph M. Ripley, Sr. I read a statement that said “Make up your mind to move forward before you see it.” Reading that statement I thought about how that applies to getting organized. Most people are paralyzed to move because they can’t see the end. They can’t envision the space uncluttered.

But you don’t have to see the end before you get started. The important thing is to get started. If you make up your mind to start and press on you will eventually accomplish what you set out to do.

I want you to go into this new year with a sense of determination and perseverance to finally get organized. Start where you are and don’t let anything deter you from finishing what you start.

Samantha

 

The Art of Maintaining Your Spring Cleaning

The Art of Maintaining Your Spring Cleaning

spring cleaningLast week we talked about spring cleaning your home. This week we will talk about maintaining your freshly cleaned and organized home. You certainly don’t want to see it all go back to what is was before you started. Which it will do without a maintenance plan.

Staying organized takes work and can be a learned habit. Use the following tips to help keep your home looking like you just finished cleaning.

It’s All About Maintaining!

  1. Keep a small basket in each room for things that do not belong. Get in the habit of checking the basket as you leave the room for items that might belong somewhere else. You can also set a basket at the bottom of stairs to collect items to go upstairs when you retire for the night.
  2. Keep all of your cleaning supplies together, along with rags, paper towels, scrub brushes, and any other items you may need to complete any cleaning task. Use a bucket or cleaning supply caddy to make grabbing the necessary tools a snap when it is time to do your daily chores. I also like to keep cleaning supplies near or in the room where they are used. (ex. bathroom cleaning supplies in bathroom, kitchen cleaning supplies in kitchen.)
  3. Sort through your mail each day when it is brought in. Immediately throw away junk mail, saving only important letters and advertisements that you are planning to use. Place all the mail in a designated area and file the bills away after they are paid.
  4. When choosing containers for storage, look for lidded boxes, bowls, and bags that are clear. When you go looking for an item, it will be easier to find if you can see into the containers without opening each and every one. For items that you are storing away that you don’t want to see make sure that you label what is inside. Also saving you looking time.
  5. Every night after dinner, make sure that all the dishes are cleaned and put away, or at least rinsed and put into the dishwasher, until there is a full load. Don’t let the dishes pile up and say to yourself you will get them in the morning, because you won’t. Then it will become a overwhelming chore. I like to wash as I cook or at least get someone else to do the dishes as I cook.
  6. Wipe counters and tables after each meal. Sweep up any crumbs that you may have knocked on the floor or dropped by accident while eating.
  7. If you set aside a little time at the end of each week to do a more in-depth cleaning you will be surprised at how fast maintaining your spring clean will go.
  8. Check the fridge and pantry for expired food and make a grocery list of what you are out of and need. Wipe the stove, cabinets, table, and counters thoroughly, and clean the floor well.

By following these tips you can be sure that your initial spring clean will not be in vain and you can relax knowing that your home will be clean and inviting all season long.