Disorder at Work Can Make You More Creative? What the What?

 

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Image from Inc.com article - The Psychology of Messiness: How Disorder Can Make You More Creative

There has been substantial anecdotal evidence (as well as many studies) to support the claim that clutter causes stress. How many times have you been working on too many projects at once, and had to stop, if only for a few minutes, to restore some order to your desk so you could get your mind out of neutral and think clearly?  Well, according to Kathleen Vohs, a marketing professor at the University of Minnesota with an extensive psychology background, we’ve had it all wrong–messiness and clutter at work apparently can increase creativity.

A writer from Inc. magazine contacted NAPO HQ earlier this week to get our take on this controversial concept, and our own Kate Brown took the study to task and explains in the resulting article, “The Psychology of Messiness: How Disorder Can Make You More Creative,”  how professional organizers and productivity specialists recommend appropriate solutions to achieve each client’s vision, and that job responsibilities often impact organizing needs as much as personal preference.

What do you think–does a cluttered work environment increase or decrease creativity?  Tell us about it in the comments!

 

GO Month Community Events: Jan. 26-31

305037_10151262929711234_752311786_nIt’s the last week of GO Month, and we’re finishing strong! Don’t miss the last NAPO GO Month event in your area!

Jan. 27, 2014:  Professional Organizers to Dedicate 75 Hours to Goodwill Columbus Celebrating 75 Years In Columbus

NAPO-Ohio will unleash a 75-hour organizing blitz on Goodwill Columbus’s Grandview-area headquarters. Members will apply their skills to make sure Goodwill’s maintenance room is organized for efficiency and productivity.  In addition to getting a fresh new look, the maintenance room will benefit from the addition of brand new shelving units, donated by the Container Store.

Jan. 28, 2014:  8 Best Garage Storage Practices Webinar

Join NAPO-WI and Jared Newman, from Monkey Bars Garage Storage Systems for this webinar on ways to maximize your garage storage capacity.

Throughout January: The B’more Organized 2014 Photo Contest
NAPO-Baltimore is hosting an online photo contest during the month of January where (3) winners in the Greater Baltimore area receive organizing makeovers for their spaces and get the help they need to finally clear the clutter and start on the path to smart, organized living and working.

We hope you’ve enjoyed GO Month, and are inspired to GO all year long!

NAPO Pros Share Storage Strategies and Solutions

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What are the best ways to keep items safe yet accessible if you only need them occasionally? Whether it’s perishables, seasonal clothing, holiday decorations, collections, tax returns, medical records, or sports equipment, you want to be sure things that you don’t use regularly are protected and in good condition when you need them.

Click the image below to see tips on keeping your treasures safe and secure from NAPO’s professional organizers.

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GO Month Community Events: Jan. 19-25

IKeA EA XL2GO Month is still going strong! Here are the terrific community events coming up next week:

Jan. 21, 2014: What the Heck is a Life Inventory & Why do I Need One? Webinar

Proper preparation for anything from medical crises, natural disasters and visits to the doctor to figuring out what you future needs will be require that a Life Inventory™ be created and kept current.  Join NAPO-WI and Carol Kaufman, Founder/CEO of CareBinders for this informative webinar.

Jan. 23, 2014:  Ask the Organizer Lunch-n-Learn Panel

Are you tired of the piles, the mess, and the stress in your life? Is it your New Year’s resolution to FINALLY get organized in 2014?  Join the National Association of Professional Organizers – Richmond Chapter for our second annual “Ask the Organizer” Lunch-n-Learn Panel in celebration of “Get Organized Month”!

Jan. 23, 2014:  Organizing & Time Management Tips Seminar

Professional Organizers Heather Powers & Virginia Street of the NAPO South Carolina chapter will share their best organizing and time management tips.

Jan. 24, 2014:  “The Organized Home” Seminar

NAPO Charleston members Roxanne Cheney & Crystal Eakle will “show and tell” participants how to organize their homes and offices. Learn how to create an organized foundation that will help you and your family be more productive and joyful.

Jan. 24, 2014:  25 Tech Tools to Increase Productivity in 2014 – FREE Webinar

Are you looking to get more done and improve your bottom line?  Technology is here to stay and you can use it to your advantage. Join NAPO members and Certified Professional Organizers®, Kim Oser and Deb Lee as they walk you thru 25 Tech Tools including apps, tools and tips during this exciting and lively FREE webinar.

Jan. 24, 2014:  Philadelphia Home Show

Come hear five of  NAPO-GPC’s chapter members share their expertise at the 2014 Philadelphia Home Show. Each professional organizer will share their organizing insights on interesting topics that you won’t want to miss! They will be speaking at the following times: Donna Jumper at 12 pm, Annie Amoon Richard at 1 pm, Debbie Lillard at 2 pm, Vali Heist at 3 pm and Annette Reyman at 4 pm.

Jan. 25, 2014:  NAPO-NE Organizing Expo

Join the New England Chapter of NAPO for our 2014 “Get Organized Month (GO Month)” event. We’re hosting a FREE one-day organizing conference, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, and jam-packed with organizing tips, resources, and advice.

Jan. 25, 2014:  GO Month Community Library Outreach

Start the New Year with your “Get-Organized” resolutions! Local members of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) will be speaking and answering questions on a diverse range of organizing and productivity subjects for the home and office.

Jan. 25, 2014: HOW TO GET AND STAY ORGANIZED: Successful Strategies for Organizing

Two Portland, OR area professional organizers will share their favorite organizing strategies for getting and staying organized. Participants can expect to come away with successful strategies and actionable information about why disorganization happens, where to start organizing, how to get their tasks done, and how to stay organized.

GO Month isn’t over yet! To see the entire schedule of events, click here.

NAPO members’ advice in national spotlight during GO Month

NAPO professional organizers and productivity specialists are often sought out for their expert organizing advice, and they’ve certainly received a lot of press attention during GO Month 2014.  Here are some recent standout media appearances featuring tips from our members.

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Feature Article, “Organizing Made Easy”

The Debbie Nigro Show

Radio Interview – “January is GO Month”

 

The Ultimate Whole House Organization Guide

Blog Series – “The Ultimate Whole House Organization Guide”

 

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Feature Article – “Save Time in the Kitchen”

GO Month is only half over, so who knows where else our organizing pros will show up?  Stay tuned!

For a list of NAPO’s latest media appearances, visit NAPO in the News on NAPO.net.

Organization Accomplished! Add Order to Your Life with Advice from NAPO’s Experts

NAPO GO Month Link Party Week 2 – Organization
How much time do you spend each day looking for things you need? Whether it’s misplaced keys, a file on your computer, or a document on your desk, not being able to get to the things you need when you need them wastes precious time, causes frustration, and can cost you money. Having systems in place to organize your items and information at home and at work saves your time, your money, and your sanity.

Click the image below for helpful organizing advice from NAPO’s professional organizers and productivity specialists.

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GO Month Community Events: Jan. 5 -11, 2014

NAPO-Richmond 2013 GO! event photoNext week NAPO chapters are hosting the following informative GO Month events:

Jan. 6, 2014:  NAPO Northcoast Ohio Volunteers at the Westside Catholic Center

Chapter members will visit the Westside Catholic Center to rearrange the donation sorting room, the “store” where donations are “sold,” add more hanging racks and hooks to the store, and organize a POD of donations.

Jan. 6, 2014: NAPO Minnesota “Tips from the Experts”

Back by popular demand, the NAPO-MN  program will feature an hour of fabulous, clever, practical, tried and true organizing tips from the experts – NAPO-MN chapter members. From time saving ideas to do-it-yourself organizing tools to strategies for making life easier, this hour is sure to change how you organize your life.

Jan. 8, 2014:  Get Organized Massachusetts Month Proclamation

On January 8th 2014 there will be a presentation at the Massachusetts State House formally proclaiming January as Get Organized Massachusetts Month. Susan Terkanian worked with her local representative to get the state of Massachusetts to recognize January as GO Month. The NAPO New England Board of Directors has been invited to participate in this proclamation.

Jan. 9, 2014:   “Finding Digital Sanity” Webinar Series

Do you  feel the stress of digital chaos? Overwhelmed with too much information? Digital clutter interfering with your ability to find what you need when you need it?

The Digital Sanity Team of Jocelyn Coverdale, Lori Vande Krol and Tracy Parks are here to help! Register for one of our upcoming “Finding Digital Sanity” webinars and receive tips and tools for conquering the daily barrage of digital information.

Jan. 10 – 12, 2014:  NAPO-Greater Philadelphia Chapter at ACS Home Shows

Several of our NAPO-GPC members will be speaking at ACS Home Shows in King of Prussia, PA and Pitman, NJ. Many of our members can also be found at our NAPO-GPC booth (#425) at the Virtua-Total Turf Experience. They will be offering their expert advice about organizational topics, and educating our local communities about the professional organizing industry!

Jan. 11, 2014:  “Clearing the Clutter” – Honolulu, HI

Karen Simon of Island Organizers celebrates GO Month (January) with a seminar about Clearing The Clutter so you can think better, focus more and free yourself from the stresses of too much STUFF! You’ll get do-able how-to’s, tips, product demos and Prize drawings. All this before the store opens! FREE!

Throughout January: The B’more Organized 2014 Photo Contest
NAPO-Baltimore is hosting an online photo contest during the month of January where (3) winners in the Greater Baltimore area receive organizing makeovers for their spaces and get the help they need to finally clear the clutter and start on the path to smart, organized living and working.

See all of the cool events happening during GO Month 2014 on our events calendar.

GO Month Events: Jan. 1-4, 2014

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NAPO South Florida’s GO Month 2013 event at Starlight Children’s Foundation.

NAPO chapters are rarin’ to GO with the first GO Month 2014 events starting next week:

Dec. 30 – Jan. 31: The B’more Organized 2014 Photo Contest

NAPO-Baltimore is hosting an online photo contest during the month of January where (3) winners in the Greater Baltimore area receive organizing makeovers for their spaces and get the help they need to finally clear the clutter and start on the path to smart, organized living and working.

Jan. 3 & 6, 2014:  NAPO Northcoast Ohio Volunteers at the Westside Catholic Center

Chapter members will visit the Westside Catholic Center to rearrange the donation sorting room, the “store” where donations are “sold,” add more hanging racks and hooks to the store, and organize a POD of donations.

Jan. 4, 2014: NAPO Washington, DC Metro Chapter at Women Giving Back Warehouse

Please join us on January 4, 2014 from 9 to 3 pm when the NAPO-WDC Chapter will be organizing the warehouse of Women Giving Back in Sterling, Virginia to help them devise self-explanatory sorting and storage systems for their all volunteer staff.

Want to know what else is planned for GO Month?  Take a look at our events calendar.

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Get Organized Month 2013 is Underway!

What better way to kick of Get Organized Month 2013 than with a video from our members?

Throughout the month of January, NAPO members will be out introducing the importance of organizing and productivity to their local communities. Each week we will be posting about the great events happening around the country, sharing product information from our GO Month sponsors, welcoming guest bloggers from NAPO’s social media committee and more!

Be sure to follow us to receive updates as they’re posted and share comments and feedback about what you’re doing to celebrate GO Month in your community.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to NAPO members Kate Brown, CPO®, Ellen Faye, CPO® and Josh Zerkel, CPO® for their wonderful on-camera talent. Thank you for helping us showcase the wonderful things that NAPO members are doing all across the country.

Happy GO Month!