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  • “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.
  • As I reflect on the incredible success of NAPO2021 and write my final message to you as your NAPO President, I think it’s only fitting that I take this opportunity to share some of my “State of NAPO” address from the annual meeting. Two years ago, I stood before you in Fort Worth Texas and began my journey as NAPO President. At that time, I asked that you celebrate with me -- the value of NAPO, the value of us AND the value we, as NAPO members, bring to others. You embraced that theme then, and you have continued to embrace it, especially over the past twelve months.

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  • 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
  • We all know the feeling of setting goals and intentions, only to find that we were unable to reach them because we became distracted by something else. What you may not know is that there are specific mechanisms which cause us to become distracted, and there are practical tools we can utilize to help us overcome them (these are not just life-hacks, they really work). Nir Eyal, after a profound moment in which his daughter showed him how easily distracted he was, went on a journey of discovery which culminated in his second book, Indistractable. In the pursuit of indistractability, the importance of planning cannot be overstated, but Nir stresses that we need to move away from to-do lists and plan in a way that allows us to live in alignment with our values. In today’s episode, Nir also explains the three other steps in the process of shedding our distractibility, and how we can learn to harness our psychological powers in order to live our most fulfilling lives.   Key Points From This Episode: Hear about the profoundly impactful moment with his daughter which inspired Nir to write Indistractable. [00:02:59] How our tendency to live in a distracted state negatively impacts our entire lives. [00:06:00] Definitions of distraction and (its opposite) traction. [00:07:48] How sometimes, even things that feel productive are actually distractions, and why this type of distraction is so dangerous. [00:09:23] The healthy way to make use of technology. And no, you don’t have to give up social media! [00:10:49] Internal triggers versus external triggers, and which ones lead to more distracting actions. [00:11:10] Step one to becoming indistractable. [00:12:26] Why it’s better to tell yourself, “Not yet,” rather than, “No”; the 10-minute rule. [00:13:55] What it means to surf the urge, and the type of dialog you should have with yourself during this time. [00:17:00] How planning your day on a time-focused basis differs from running your life on a to-do list; and which one will help you become indistractable. [00:19:46] Psychological reactance; an explanation of our inherent tendency to rebel against being told what to do. [00:23:50] Ways that we can change our mindset around planning our time. [00:25:03] What it really means to be an indistractable person. [00:28:47] A practical example of how to hack back external triggers (many more of which can be found in Nir’s book). [00:30:05] How Nir defines values, and how planning will help you live in accordance with your values. [00:32:30] Reasons that, on average, people take three times longer to finish a task than they had planned. [00:34:07] Pacts as the last line of defense against distraction. [00:36:01]   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Hooked by Nir Eyal Indistractable by Nir Eyal Focusmate NAPO — http://napo.net/join NAPO Podcast — https://napopodcast.com
  • The world of tech can feel overwhelming, with endless resources available and many ongoing changes arising. On today’s episode we speak with Kim Osner, owner of Need Another You, a virtual, organizing and productivity company based in Washington, DC. She shares some golden tips for organizing and automating your tech life to support and organize your life, rather than being a hindrance to your productivity. We start off the episode with an introduction to our guest and she tells us why she considers herself to be a ‘tech extrovert’. We go on to talk a bit about Clubhouse, the new kid on the social media block. Next, Kim offers us a pearl of wisdom: most technological glitches can be resolved by changing a setting. She touches on the coin shortage during the COVID19 pandemic and tells us why it is beneficial to stick with one host when you are securing domains. We talk about marketing automation as a home base and Kim shares with us her preferred method of organizing content. She gives us some insight into the ile system she currently uses and tells us about the four inboxes that support this. Next up, we talk about the two parts of a tech audit and Kim emphasizes the value of setting reminders in your calendar. We talk about Clubhouse and TikTok and Kim stresses the importance of not just giving up your time to anyone who wants it. Tune in today for some stellar practical insights on making technology work for you. We hope you join us!   Key Points From This Episode: A bit about Kim’s background and why she considers herself to be a ‘tech extrovert’ [00:00:30]. Kim’s tips on how to get comfortable using Clubhouse, the new kid on the social media block. [00:03:36]. Why you should ask yourself: what part do I want to take on? [00:06:22]. How most technological problems can be solved by changing a setting [00:09:37]. Why there was a coin shortage during the COVID19 pandemic [00:11:45]. Why it is beneficial to stick with one host when you are choosing a domain [00:13:44]. How to find the domain that suits you and why this comes down to preference [00:17:23]. Your marketing automation method as your ‘home base’ [00:17:30]. Kim’s preferred method of organizing content [00:25:06]. How Kim developed the file system she currently uses with four inboxes [00:27:31]. The two parts of a tech audit: what you download and what you subscribe to [00:29:15]. The value of setting reminders in your calendar [00:31:34]. Thoughts on Clubhouse and TikTok [00:35:47]. Why you don’t have to give up your time to any random person who wants it [00:38:12].   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Kim Oser on Twitter Need Another You on LinkedIn Need Another You on Facebook Need Another You on Instagram Need Another You on YouTube Happy Space Podcast Facebook Group NAPO

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