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How Many Organizers Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb?

NAPO 2015

 

Spring is the time of the year for renewal and growth…and bringing more light into our lives.  Which, for us, means it’s time for the annual National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) conference! This year we head to Los Angeles to join organizers from across the country – and even across the world – to get educated and to network.

We hope to gain lots of new knowledge and resources to share with you and help our clients. Some of the topics we’ll be learning:

  • Using technologies, such as Evernote, to work more efficiently
  • Techniques for better helping people who are chronically disorganized
  • Building organizing teams to expedite projects
  • How to better help clients who are compulsive buyers
  • Helping efficiently preserve and manage our clients’ ballooning digital photo collections
  • Making household moves easier

At the large expo hall filled with vendors of organizing products and services we’ll be on the lookout for must-have solutions to share with you. Vendors include Smead®, Target®, Fujitsu, Julie Morgenstern, Freedom Filer® and Brother®.

Conference Exhibitors

 

How many organizers does it take to change a lightbulb? We expect over a thousand enthusiastic professionals to join us in LA for this enlightening experience.

Don’t miss out! Follow our live daily tweets from @JunkDrawerNotes for fun tips and products.

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Using Pinterest for Organizing Ideas

Looking for inspiration? Come join this visual feast!

Looking for inspiration? Come join this visual feast!

Of all the social media tools out there now, Pinterest is one of the best for getting creative and imaginative organizing ideas. Pinterest is a visual discovery tool where people create “interest boards” and then “pin” pictures and videos on any topic.

It’s a great way to harness the power of the collective! Let’s say you’re struggling with how to manage those pesky charging cables …simply type, “cable organizing” into the search field and see hundreds of examples of how other folks have handled the problem.

Ever wonder how to wrangle your cable clutter?

A low-tech way to wrangle your cable clutter

Do you ever wonder how you’re going to manage your rings and necklaces, bracelets and earrings so that you can see what you have and easily put them away when you’re done with them?

There are all sorts of creative ideas for displaying your jewelry on Pinterest

Here’s a solution for displaying your necklaces. There are 1,000’s more on Pinterest!

People post photos of their favorite products and many times they post creative DIY solutions. Browsing the images is a great way to spark your own ideas and creativity, and come up with solutions you may never have even thought of.

You don’t have to create a “board” in order to partake of the images that abound on Pinterest.  You can just “window shop.” But be careful, it can be addicting! …especially since it’s also available as an app for your phone or tablet.

What great ideas have you found on Pinterest?  Share them here!

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Envision Yourself Organized

Creative scarf storage - do you need to see the "before" picture?

Creative scarf storage – do you need to see the “before” picture?

One of the biggest challenges people face in getting organized is being able to envision the possibilities for a cluttered space.  It can be hard to picture a clear, organized space without holding onto unrealistic ideas from lifestyle magazines that seem to imply all your stuff magically disappears when you’re organized.

Remember, organization is primarily about functionality, not neatness. Neatness is often a byproduct of the organizing process.  Clutter is banished when you create conscious and appropriate homes for the items that support your life.  The end result is a clearer space that is pleasing to view.

For your inspiration, here are some before/after photos that show what real life organizing can look like!

A typical closet

A typical closet

Simply changing out the hangers makes a huge difference

Simply changing out the hangers makes a huge difference

Without shelves, there is no easy way to store items

Without shelves, there is no easy way to store items

Install Elfa® shelves and you've transformed the space

Install Elfa® shelves and you’ve transformed the space

This child's room needs infrastructure for toy storage

This child’s room needs infrastructure for toy storage

The added cabinets can be used for clothes as they age out of some of the toys

The added cabinets can be used for clothes as they age out of some of the toys

Having trouble envisioning your own space? Email us a before photo and we’ll respond with some ideas for you!

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