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  • Is 2022 your year? Is the time right for you to use your volunteer leadership skills and experiences to serve NAPO on a strategic level? If you have the desire to continue your volunteer path, and if you aspire to lead our association into the future, I encourage you to apply for one of the []
  • “The President’s Award recognizes a NAPO member who has made a significant contribution benefiting the NAPO membership.” In presenting this award to Kathy Vines, CPO, NAPO President Susie Hayman said, “This NAPO member of eight years works behind the scenes, serving in many capacities. She’s been an active member of her Chapter, while volunteering nationally as a member of the Conference Program Committee, the Membership Committee, the Nominating/Leadership Development Committee, the New to NAPO Community, and most recently, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Focus Group. Always viewing her volunteer work through the lens of “what’s best for NAPO”, she is a supportive force for all of us, no matter where we are in our career, what we look like or what we do. In fact, she probably doesn’t realize the true impact she has on our association. This year’s President’s award goes to star cheerleader Kathy Vines, CPO.”
  • The Founders’ Award is presented to a NAPO member, or a group of NAPO members acting in concert, for outstanding innovation, inspiration, and creativity both within, and outside of, the field of professional organizing and productivity consulting. The vote of NAPO professional members determines the winner of this prestigious award. The NAPO Founder’s Award is evidence that your peers admire and respect your professionalism and achievements and are proud to say that you are a member of our association. We are pleased to highlight the 2021 Award recipient Gayle Goddard, CPO, of The Clutter Fairy.
  • The Service to NAPO Award is bestowed to a NAPO volunteer, or group of volunteers, whose dedication and commitment to NAPO and their area of responsibility goes above and beyond. This award recipient is selected by the current NAPO President. During the NAPO 2021 Virtual Conference, NAPO President, Susie Hayman, announced that Wendy Buglio of Wendy Buglio Consulting, LLC is the recipient of the 2021 Service to NAPO Award!
  • 79% of homeowners desire more garage storage space, according to the Woodworking Network. From gardening tools, to the kid’s toys to storing holiday decorations, homeowners are struggling to store everything due to the lack of garage storage space. Support your clients storage goals by supplying them with these six easy steps to garage perfection from the experts, Organized Living.

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  • Whether you’re interested in re-organizing and renovations or you just love a good reality TV show, you’ve likely followed many of the TV shows about organizing since the early 2000’s, from Neat with Hellen Buttigeig in Canada to Mission Organization, Clean Sweep, and Enough Already, which featured today’s guest, Australian-born Peter Walsh. In this episode, you'll hear all about the staggering amount of clutter that the average Australian has in their home and how the pandemic has influenced people to declutter and restore their homes, with Space Invaders at the forefront of helping them to declutter and restore their homes. We touch on the role of overwhelm in preventing people from making a change, and why Peter chooses to talk about a different family situation with a different type of clutter on each episode. Peter tells us about the underlying themes that run through clutter: trauma, abuse, and isolation, and why organizers must deal with them in order to help people declutter. Next, we explore how clutter tells the story of your life and why he believes that the role of an organizer is spiritual. He shares his policy to honor emotional treasure, offer people options when it comes to financial treasure, and the tension that exists between design and organization in every show. We get real about the discrepancy between what is presented on TV and online and what is possible for you, before taking a moment to celebrate television’s role in inspiring an increasingly sophisticated audience. Peter delves into his 20 years of experience and how this has enabled him to complete so much in just two days, as well as telling a powerful story about an experience he had with Oprah, which highlights that, at heart, we are all the same. We hope you join us to benefit from Peter’s wealth of knowledge and experience today!   Key Points From This Episode: Peter’s journey, starting with Clean Sweep, and now with Space Invaders. [00:02:48] The staggering amount of clutter that the average Australian has in their home. [00:03:26] How the pandemic has influenced people to declutter and restore their homes. [00:04:07] The role of Space Invaders in helping people to declutter, renovate, and upcycle. [0:04:13] The feeling of being overwhelmed that stops people and how to overcome this. [00:05:25] Why every episode focuses on different family situations and types of clutter. [00:05:46] The underlying themes that run through clutter: trauma, abuse, and isolation. [00:06:35] Why you must deal with the underlying issues in order to help people declutter. [00:07:03] Peter’s role guiding clients through a process of dealing with their things. [00:08:20] How your clutter tells the story of your life. [00:08:34] The shared root between ‘organic’ and ‘organizer’ and the implications this holds. [00:10:01] Why Peter believes that organizers are agents of the spiritual. [00:10:42] Finding the treasures in your home as an important part of downsizing. [00:13:34] His policy to honor emotional treasure and offer options for financial treasure. [00:15:56] Lucas’s role in hunting for treasure while Peter tries to get rid of clutter. [00:17:49] The tension that exists between design and organization in every show. [00:18:47] The discrepancy between what is on TV and online and what is possible for you. [00:20:21] The role of television in inspiring today’s sophisticated audience. [00:20:30] Why Peter enjoys being an executive producer on Space Invaders. [00:23:01] How Peter’s 20 years of experience have set him up to achieve a lot in two days. [00:27:03] Peter’s favorite story, while Oprah was renovating her house. [00:28:39] Why the stuff we own has power, and that we are all the same, at heart. [00:29:00]   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Peter Walsh on Twitter — https://twitter.com/PeterWalsh Peter Walsh on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/PeterWalsh/ Peter Walsh on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/peterwalshorganizer/ Peter Walsh on YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7pBDyC68uihwKtEpjaZOrw Peter Walsh Design — https://peterwalshdesign.com/ Space Invaders — https://9now.nine.com.au/the-block/space-invaders Let it Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Happier Life  — https://www.amazon.com/Let-Go-Downsizing-Richer-Happier/dp/059313589X NAPO — http://napo.net/join NAPO Podcast — https://napopodcast.com
  • As organizing and productivity professionals, communication is intricately tied into every part of our lives, whether we are speaking to clients, creating content online, or presenting and speaking at live events. So the sooner we can improve our communication skills and be the best at delivering our message, the better for everyone! Leveling up in this way will immediately lead to getting more work, and the work being more impactful, so we are very happy to welcome leadership communication expert Hope Timberlake, to share her wisdom on this vital subject! Hope is a speaker, trainer, and author, whose new book, Speak Up, Dammit will be available for purchase in October of 2021. Hope is dedicated to elevating the voices of women and the underrepresented in leadership, and her passion for persuasive messaging, relationship building, and executive presence, is empowering and hugely inspiring! In our chat today, Hope talks about sharing facts not favors, stating the bottom line on top, embracing the pause, and building confidence in your abilities. She runs through many helpful concepts and thought-provoking observations, and listeners can expect to come away with a renewed sense of agency for all of their future communications. So for all that and more, listen in with us today, on Stand Out!   Key Points From This Episode:   [00:02:47] The story behind Hope's book title and her main inspiration to write it. [00:05:08] First steps for developing your message to best reach an audience. [00:08:27] Important conversations in today's evolving professional landscape. [00:13:16] Hope's central concept of stating the bottom line on top, always. [00:18:02] Inclusivity and opening up the conversation to a broader range of minds. [00:19:53] Mistakes made with regards to listening; avoiding the fear of silence, and embracing the pause. [00:23:02] The power of ending statements with clarity instead of uncertainty. [00:25:20] Avoiding filler phrases and words, where these come from, and what to do about them. [00:31:46] A powerful exercise to create a stronger connection to pausing and emphasizing. [00:34:14] Hope's call to action for all of our listeners to record and listen to yourself!   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   NAPO — http://napo.net/join Hope Timberlake — https://www.hopetimberlake.com/ Speak Up, Dammit! — https://www.audible.com/pd/How-to-Speak-up-Dammit-with-Hope-Timberlake-Podcast/B094N472NK  Hope Timberlake on Twitter — https://twitter.com/hopetimber Hope Timberlake on YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRrghmzpA9J1bCDhl-R2fOg NAPO on YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfgICVg2b-bKSVmzoDKMrdg
  • Today’s guests are declutterers and organizers by profession, and they’ve recently become masters of marketing too! Ingrid Jansen and Lesley Spellman are the founders of The Declutter Hub, which started out as an online course and has broadened its scope to multiple courses, a membership, a Facebook group with a very engaged online community, and a podcast. Because of the safe and lighthearted space that Ingrid and Lesley have created, their business experienced huge growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their growth can also be attributed to the fact that they have figured out how to work with the Facebook algorithm and use it to drive up engagement on their platforms, and they share some of their top tips in today’s episode. You’ll also hear about the challenges they have experienced along their journey, and the things that make it all worth it. There’s never a dull moment with these two so be sure to tune in today!   Key Points From This Episode:   Where the idea of The Declutter Hub originated. [00:03:54] The ethos that The Declutter Hub Facebook group is built upon. [00:04:51] Growth that The Declutter Hub experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. [00:06:28] Why Lesley and Ingrid feel it is important that people know who is in charge of The Declutter Hub. [00:07:07] Evolution of The Declutter Hub Facebook group from its humble beginnings. [00:10:48] Areas of their business which Ingrid and Lesley outsource some help for. [00:12:58] How members uphold the integrity of the Facebook group. [00:14:05] How Lesley and Ingrid have reframed their mistakes. [00:17:17] An example of one of the crazier things that Ingrid and Lesley have posted on their Facebook page, and how these drive up engagement. [00:18:20] The balance between planned and spontaneous content on The Declutter Hub Facebook group. [00:21:25] Challenges that come with running a Facebook group. [00:24:04] What Ingrid and Lesley wish they had started doing earlier in terms of their Facebook group. [00:25:49] A strategy that Lesley and Ingrid used which resulted in a lot of growth. [00:27:43] Why Ingrid and Lesley have chosen to link all the businesses and their personal profiles together. [00:30:30] Lesley shares the biggest challenge that they have experienced with The Declutter Hub. [00:32:32] Ingrid shares what she is most proud of about The Declutter Hub. [00:33:30]   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: The Declutter Hub — https://declutterhub.com/ The Declutter Hub on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/declutterhub/ The Declutter Hub Podcast — https://declutterhub.com/the-podcast/ NAPO — http://napo.net/join NAPO Podcast — https://napopodcast.com
  • Teachers are often under an enormous amount of pressure, and certain things in the classroom get pushed aside. One of these skills is organization. Tiffany Blassingame is the founder of Simple Organization, which looks to help busy adults and their families develop organized solutions for homework and school. As a parent, finding the balance between progressing toward your own goals and stewarding your children to theirs is not an easy task, and this is where Tiffany comes in. She has also been a member of NAPO for over five years and is a founding member of the National Association of Black Professional Organizers. In today's episode, Tiffany talks about the value of teaching students organizational skills. While these may not be innate, they can be cultivated in a supportive way to ensure that  the students’ time at school and in life generally is more enjoyable. We hear about some of the strategies she uses to help students and their families, what sessions with her typically look like, along with what Tiffany finds most rewarding about her work.    Key Points From This Episode: Why students need additional help when it comes to organizing. [00:03:16] The balance between imparting skills and helping children too much. [00:05:06] Three things Tiffany focuses on when helping students get organized. [00:07:33] How to help students manage their energy. [00:13:57] The link between project management and managing your energy. [00:15:32] Tiffany's approach to talking with families about sleep. [00:16:24] How Tiffany helps families develop an organizational system. [00:19:52] The typical timeline that Tiffany's projects typically last. [00:22:34] What a session with Tiffany would usually look like. [00:24:18] Hear what Tiffany finds most rewarding about her job. [00:25:38] How Tiffany helps students with cognitive challenges through her work. [00:27:15] Student organizers work with students; they do not do things for [00:29:29]   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Tiffany Blassingame — https://www.linkedin.com/in/tblassingame/ Tiffany Blassingame on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/twblass Simple Organization — https://www.simpleorganization.org National Association of Black Professional Organizers — https://nabpo.org/ Smart but Scattered — https://www.amazon.com/Smart-but-Scattered-Revolutionary-Executive/dp/1593854455 Smart But Scattered — https://www.smartbutscatteredkids.com/ NAPO — http://napo.net/join NAPO Podcast — https://napopodcast.com
  • Professionals in our field work with a very diverse range of clients, and for today’s episode, we have brought in Kathleen Crombie, a counseling psychologist who has extensive experience working with neurodiverse populations. This work experience, combined with the fact that Kathleen is a gifted person herself, make her the perfect candidate for giving advice to anyone who works with gifted or highly sensitive people, which she does today in abundance. Kathleen explains the differences between these two groups, as well as the importance of not using these labels as a judgement, but rather as a way of understanding someone who may be different to yourself. Our conversation also covers the joys and challenges of working with gifted or highly sensitive people, and the value in having self-awareness. Being gifted can often be more of a curse than a gift, and it is up to us to meet our clients where they are at, and make them feel as comfortable and accepted as possible.   Key Points From This Episode:   An introduction to today’s guest, Kathleen Crombie, and her extensive educational and professional background working with neurodivergent clients. [00:02:12] Common characteristics of highly sensitive people (HSP). [00:05:09] Similarities and differences between HSP’s and gifted people. [00:09:35] Why being gifted can be more of a curse than a gift in certain settings. [00:12:45] How Kathleen discovered that she is gifted. [00:14:03] Kathleen shares more characteristics of gifted people. [00:16:14] The importance of focusing on working with people’s strengths, not just on fixing their deficits. [00:21:08] What it means when someone is referred to as twice exceptional. [00:21:46] Labels should not be a form of judgement, but rather a form of care. [00:22:52] Why Kathleen chooses to disclose her personal struggles to her patients, even though her training discouraged it. [00:25:58] Practical advice from Kathleen for people who are working with gifted or highly sensitive clients. [00:27:12] Claire explains how the Brain in Hand app is useful for gifted and highly sensitive people. [00:32:19] The value in having self-awareness as a professional dealing with other people. [00:34:19] Questions to ask your clients which can help you put yourself in their shoes. [00:34:54] Why Kathleen and Claire will usually meet with clients outside of the cluttered rooms that they are going to work on. [00:39:10] Joys and challenges that Kathleen experiences working with gifted and highly sensitive people. [00:40:56] Never stop learning. [00:46:15]   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   In Order To Organize — https://www.inorderto-organize.com/ Kathleen Crombie Email Address — InOrderToOrganize@me.com Kathleen Crombie on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/inordertoorganize/ Kathleen Crombie on Twitter — https://www.pinterest.com/kathleencrombie/ Brain in Hand — https://braininhand.co.uk/ Happy Space Pod — https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyspacepod/ NAPO — http://napo.net/join NAPO Podcast — https://napopodcast.com

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