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  • The Chapter of the Year Award is bestowed to a NAPO Chapter, which, by its achievements, goes above and beyond to further the ideals and mission of NAPO. This Chapter provides its members with opportunities to develop leadership skills, prioritize camaraderie and support between and for members, and participate in community outreach projects by utilizing its professional and corporate members’ talents. This award recipient is selected by the Awards Recognition Committee. The celebrated winner of the Chapter of the Year Award for 2021 was the NAPO Houston Chapter.
  • Whether you are just launching a career in professional organizing and productivity or are a seasoned veteran — the NAPO Stand Out podcast series has something for you! In Episode 64, NAPO Stand Out Podcast Host, Clare Kumar speaks with interior design and space efficiency specialist, Tricia Sinon Murray about tiny homes. Not only is she an expert on the subject, but she also happens to live in a tiny home with her two children.
  • 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 open positions on the NAPO Board.
  • “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.


  • High sensitivity is a trait that affects one in five people in the general population, but today’s expert guest agrees that there seems to be a much higher prevalence of this in the organizing and productivity community as well as the coaching community. Joining us today is Melody Wilding, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), thought leader, coach, professor of human behavior, and the author of Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work. She’s been listed as Business Insider’s most innovative coach and has written for publications such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, and many other high-profile publications. Tuning in you’ll hear about the traits that define highly sensitive people, the percentage of people who fall into this category, and how these personality traits can create challenges for us while also being our superpower. Melody breaks down some of the common challenges we face, such as “the honor roll hangover,” and explains how we can harness our emotions to have them work for us and not against us, along with some practical exercises to try. For some fascinating insight into the minds of highly sensitive people that may help you achieve success at work, tune in today!   Key Points From This Episode:   Claire’s suspicion that there are more highly sensitive people in the organizing, productivity, and coaching communities. [00:00:42] An introduction to today’s guest, Melody Wilding, and her impressive career. [00:01:39] Why Melody agrees that high sensitivity is more prevalent in organizing and coaching professions. [00:03:14] Insight into the percentage of people who are highly sensitive. [00:04:13] The SEED model Claire uses to differentiate highly sensitive people from others. [00:06:07] The STRIVE model Melody uses to describe the personality traits common among high-achieving highly sensitive people. [00:07:56] What Melody means by the 'honor roll hangover' and the trifecta of common qualities found in sensitive strivers. [00:11:47] How we can harness emotions and have them work for us, not against us. [00:13:02] How to protect yourself from the emotional exhaustion that may come with challenging clients and the Four Feelings Test. [00:14:32] How to show up in your business in a way that you feel good about. [00:18:53] Why highly sensitive people tend to disconnect themselves from their intuition. [00:20:55] Benefit from your strong inner drive while overcoming the tendency to do too much. [00:23:23] The value of rest in today’s corporate climate, particularly for sensitive strivers. [00:26:31] Exercises to help you get back in touch with your ‘sensitive striver sixth sense’. [00:29:03] Melody’s final thoughts on sensitivity as a strength and superpower. [00:31:15]   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   Melody Wilding — https://melodywilding.com/  Melody Wilding on Twitter — https://twitter.com/melodywilding Trust Yourself — https://www.amazon.com/Trust-Yourself-Overthinking-Channel-Emotions/dp/1797201964 Fierce Self-Compassion — https://www.amazon.com/Fierce-Self-Compassion-Harness-Kindness-Thrive/dp/006299106X Stand Out — napopodcast.com  Stand Out on YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfgICVg2b-bKSVmzoDKMrdg NAPO — http://napo.net/join
  • Today we talk about the critical role of organizing in caregiving. Joining us for this discussion is Amelia Pleasant Kennedy, a NAPO member and an experienced professional organizer and life coach who runs a company called A Pleasant Solution. Amelia explains how she began her journey into the world of caregiving when her mother could no longer care for herself and how being a professional organizer uniquely prepared her for this role. She shares her story with us about how she first realized her mother needed additional care, how she broached the conversation with her brother, and how together they broached the conversation with their mom. Tuning in you’ll hear how Amelia overcame the emotional challenges of this journey by compartmentalizing, the importance of caring for yourself in a process like this, and some of the unexpected joys that Amelia got out of this experience. To hear Amelia’s advice and encouragement to anyone who may find themselves in a similar situation, or may be serving a client who is going through this process, as well as tips on how to marry compassion with the practical, tune in today!   Key Points From This Episode:   The story of how Amelia became a caregiver. [00:03:18] How Amelia’s organizing expertise prepared her for caregiving. [00:04:57] Amelia explains how she navigated family conversations about her mother’s need for more care. [00:06:38] Advice to anyone who has to approach a conversation about care, and the importance of marrying compassion with practicality. [00:08:53] How Amelia has overcome the emotional challenges by compartmentalizing. [00:11:24] How Amelia’s mother’s home reflected the state of her mental disorganization. [00:12:40] Clues that an elder parent may need extra care or assisted living. [00:14:11] Some of the unexpected joys that came out of this experience for Amelia. [00:17:31] Amelia’s advice to anyone in the organizing profession who may find themselves in a similar situation. [00:20:26]. Words of encouragement for anyone who may be on a similar journey. [00:23:21] The importance of caring for yourself while you care for others. [00:24:55]     Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   Amelia Pleasant Kennedy — https://www.linkedin.com/in/ameliapleasantkennedy/ A Pleasant Solution —  https://www.apleasantsolution.com/ NAPO — http://napo.net/join NAPO Podcast — napopodcast.com
  • We’re all familiar with the phrase, “Good enough is good enough,” but today’s guest is here to share some wisdom around why good enough isn’t just good enough, it’s perfect. KC Davis is a therapist, author (of How to Keep House While Drowning, which we highly recommend), and mother of two, who also recently became a TikTok sensation for her open and honest accounts of her home life during the pandemic and her approach to dealing with a messy household. Struggling with postpartum depression during nationwide lockdowns, KC came to the life-altering realization that not folding her kids’ clothes didn’t make her a bad mother and that it’s unrealistic to expect a lived-in home to look fit for the cover of a magazine. She has since come up with practical strategies to help people concurrently look after their mental health and their home environment, which she shares with us today. Sometimes we get too caught up in society’s expectations of us and we forget what’s really important; so if you’re needing some perspective, you’ve come to the right place!   Key Points From This Episode:   Introducing today’s guest, KC Davis. [00:01:51]. KC’s accidental journey to becoming internet-famous, and how it has changed her life and continues to change the lives of many others. [00:03:06]. The mindset shift required to make dealing with a messy house more manageable. [00:08:07]. How KC’s relationship with the phrase “do your best” has evolved over time. [00:10:11]. KC explains the concept of moral neutrality, and how it can be applied to so many areas of our lives. [00:15:15]. Why embracing imperfection is the key to living a full and happy life. [00:17:54]. A household task that KC struggled with when she had postpartum depression, and the ‘adaptive imperfection’ solution she came up with to manage it. [00:19:55]. The three layers of function that KC has developed as a way to help people manage their household tasks. [00:26:14]. An explanation of KC’s 9 square matrix for setting priorities. [00:28:27].    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   Struggle Care — https://www.strugglecare.com/ How to Keep House While Drowning by KC Davis — https://www.amazon.com/Keep-House-While-Drowning KC Davis on TikTok — https://www.tiktok.com/@domesticblisters NAPO — http://napo.net/join NAPO Podcast — napopodcast.com
  • “When you think about it, our day starts and it ends in our closet.” These are the words of today’s guest Naeemah Ford Goldson, who joins us as we delve into the world of closets! Naeemah is a NAPO member, the proud owner of Restore Order Professional Organizing, and the host of her own podcast Organize Me! Radio. She's also a member of the ICD and the founder of NABPO which is the National Association of Black Professional Organizers, a non-profit that seeks to empower BIPOC Professional Organizers. Naeemah joins us to help us get a current take on what's hot in the land of closets! She explains why closets are so important, why they should be customized, and how our individual sizes and shapes affect the way we should design them. We discuss how putting things away affects the design of the closet, why it’s so important for the hamper to be convenient and functional, and how to design a closet for two people with different organizing styles. To discover valuable tips for organizing professionals who are looking for closet solutions for their clients, and what is currently trending in design finishes and colors, tune in today!   Key Points From This Episode:   Naeemah Ford Goldson’s thoughts on why closets should be customized. [00:02:52]. How our sizes and shapes affect the way we design closets. [00:04:42]. Other things to consider when customizing closet space. [00:05:53]. Why you should edit your closet content before you do inventory. [00:07:40]. How putting things away affects the design of the closet. [00:09:25]. The importance of the hamper being convenient and functional. [00:10:50]. Tips on how to design a closet for two people with different organizing styles.[00:11:50]. Naeemah’s favorite thing to use in a closet: a valet rod. [00:13:06]. Tips for organizing professionals looking for closet solutions for their clients [00:14:27]. Whether or not you should factor kickbacks into your fee. [00:15:14]. How Naeemah goes about designing a closet using graphing paper. [00:19:09]. Insight into what is currently trending in design finishes and colors. [00:22:19]. One of Naeemah’s favorite closet organizing products: the shelf divider. [00:24:49].       Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   Restore Order — https://restoreordernow.com/ Naeemah Ford Goldson on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/naeemah-ford-goldson Institute for Challenging Disorganization — https://icdorg.memberclicks.net/ National Association of Black Professional Organizers — https://nabpo.org/ Organize Me! Radio — https://restoreordernow.com/organize-me-radio Restore Order on Twitter — https://twitter.com/RestoreOrder Restore Order on Facebook — https://facebook.com/RestoreOrderNow/ Restore Order on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/restore_order_now/ Restore Order with Naeemah on YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/user/RestoreOrderNow NAPO — http://napo.net/join NAPO Podcast — napopodcast.com
  • After years of struggling with clutter, today’s guest realized something that would change her life forever; she didn’t organize in the traditional way. Cassandra Aarssen discovered that there are, in fact, four different organizing styles. Once she knew her style, Cassandra (or Cass, as she is affectionately known) was finally able to design a system that worked for her and stay organized for good! She’s now on a mission to spread the Clutterbug Organizing Philosophy and help other families who struggle with disorganization and clutter. You may have seen her hosting Hot Mess House on HGTV, although she also offers free education and ideas through her YouTube videos, podcasts, and her amazing online Facebook support group. In today’s episode, she shares why she believes that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for organization, and the four different organizing types that Cass calls Clutterbugs; Ladybug, Bee, Cricket, and Butterfly. We also discuss how differing organizing styles can co-exist under the same roof, and how you can encourage your children to develop their own relationships with things. Cass gives advice for listeners who are considering a less organized approach, and so much more! Tune in today to find out how Cass has been able to help millions of families transform their lives through organization and how you can do the same!   Key Points From This Episode:   Cass shares her personal struggle with clutter that drove her to start Clutterbugs [00:02:26]. Why a particular organizing system works for one person and not another [00:04:30]. Your guide to understanding different organizing styles [00:06:04]. Where you can take the Clutterbug Quiz and why you should answer honestly [00:09:38]. Why Cass believes that self-confidence is half the battle when it comes to clutter [00:10:37]. Breaking down the four Clutterbug styles: Butterfly, Bee, Ladybug, and Cricket [00:11:00]. What’s on the horizon for Cass, including product development for each style [00:14:16]. The trap that she sees professional organizers fall into with their clients [00:15:55]. How differing organizing styles can live together under the same roof [00:18:05]. How you can encourage your children to discover their relationship with things [00:26:17]. Insight into Hot Mess House and the principles that Cass brought to the show [00:27:20]. Her advice for listeners: it’s okay to take a less organized approach! [00:32:20]     Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:   Cassandra Aarssen on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassandra-aarssen-5bbba22b/ Cassandra Aarssen on Twitter — https://twitter.com/Clutterbug_Me Clutterbug — https://clutterbug.me/ Clutterbug on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/clutterbug_me/ Clutterbug on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/clutterbug.me/ Clutterbug on YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/user/OrganizedClutterbug NAPO — http://napo.net/join

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