It’s time to vote for the Best Organizing Tips of the Summer!

NAPO members have submitted great tips all summer on everything from hosting a backyard bash to having a successful garage sale, and now it’s time to pick the Best Organizing Tips of the Summer from our topic winners.

To review the four finalist blog posts, click the images below; please vote for your favorite by making your selection in the poll section.  The post receiving the most votes before polling closes on August 27 will be declared the winner, and the author of the post will win a gift certificate for a garage organizing product from Monkey Bars Storage!

Finalist #1 – Organizing a Backyard Bash, from The Organized Mama blog

Finalist #2 – Recibir Huéspedes en Casa (Receiving Houseguests)*, from the NACHOrganiza blog

Finalist #3 – 5 Pasos Previos a las Vacaciones (5 Easy Steps Prior to Holidays)*, from the NACHOrganiza blog

Finalist #4 - Consideraciones A Tomar Para Tener Una Venta De Cochera Exitosa” (Considerations to Have a Successful Garage Sale)*, from the NACHOrganiza blog

Finalist #4 – Consideraciones A Tomar Para Tener Una Venta De Cochera Exitosa” (Considerations to Have a Successful Garage Sale)*, from the NACHOrganiza blog

*Post submitted in Spanish; to translate, copy the post URL and paste it into Google Translate.

Everyone is welcome to vote, so spread the word to your friends, family, clients and colleagues!  The Grand Prize Winner will be announced here on August 28, 2014.

Good luck to our finalists!

Why did you become a professional organizer? 6 stories

At NAPO, we’re often asked how people get into professional organizing, and the answers are as varied as our members. Some decided to follow their natural talent and passion for organizing; many chose it as a second act after a successful corporate career; others wanted to start their own businesses, and professional organizing was a good fit for an entrepreneurial venture; and for some, the organizing and productivity profession chose them.  Click each image below to learn what led six of our members to organizing–maybe you’ll recognize yourself in their stories!

Christine Daves credits joining NAPO and attending its annual conference with helping her dive into professional organizing.

 

Martha Dunlap’s passion for organizing became a career when she retired from teaching middle-school English.

 

Tamara Myles shares how she stumbled into her dream career as a productivity coach.

 

Michelle Powell’s passion for organizing and corporate burnout led to life as an entrepreneur.

 

After a severe car accident left her unable to work full-time, Debra Cabral needed a new career that allowed her to work a flexible schedule at her own comfort level.

 

Muffy Kaesberg and JoEllen Salkin took a team approach to starting their organizing business.

 

If you’re curious about becoming a professional organizer, visit NAPO’s website for more information.

Summer Organizing Tips Contest – Topic 4: Secrets to a Successful Garage/Yard Sale

Woman holding box at garage sale

Holding a garage or yard sale to get rid of unwanted, but usable, items that are cluttering your garage, attic, or other storage spaces is a great way to be kind to the planet by encouraging re-use, and you get to make a few bucks in the process! But preparing for the sale and keeping things organized while the sale is underway can be a challenge. What tips do NAPO professional organizers have for managing a garage or yard sale? Find out by clicking the link below!

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite post; the one with the most votes becomes the week’s winner, and moves on to the grand prize round to determine the summer’s best organizing advice! Click on the heart icon in the upper right corner of the thumbnail of your choice to vote!

Get moving to increase work productivity

How often does this happen to you:  You’re sitting at your desk working on an important project. You’re focused and making good progress, but all of a sudden, you “hit a wall.” Your thoughts start to wander (“I could go for a cookie right about now”) and you’re overcome with the desire to check your e-mail.  You have a deadline, so you can’t afford to waste time, but your concentration is fading fast.  How can you get back on track?  Take a 5-minute break to get up and move. Simple exercises help get your blood flowing to deliver an extra shot of oxygen to your hard-working brain cells so you can power through to finish your task.  The next time you feel a slump coming on, try these stretches for a quick productivity pick-me-up!

Simple stretches can boost productivity and help you power through your daily work.

 

Garage storage options that really work

It’s mid-summer and you’ve probably been using your garage more than usual. Now that you’ve put it through its paces, is the way it’s organized working for you?  If  getting to the items you need involves moving things around or digging through piles, putting a system in place will not only keep your garage tidy, but it will also protect your tools and toys so you can use them for years to come. Whether your garage needs basic organizing or a complete makeover, these articles feature advice from NAPO professional organizers that will keep all your tools and toys organized and easy to access so you can spend your time enjoying them rather than looking for them!

Garage Storage for Kids' Gear

Garage Storage: Keep Kids’ Gear in Check

Storing Sports Gear in the Garage

Garage Sports Gear Storage

Lawn & garden tool storage from HGTVRemodels.com

Organize Lawn & Garden Tools in the Garage

Barry Izsak_Get gar-ranged_Costco Connection

Get ‘gar-ranged’

Summer Organizing Tips Contest – Topic 3: Planning for a quick getaway

Family embarking on day trip

Heading to the beach, a weekend camping trip in the mountains, taking in a baseball game,  a day at an amusement park, a road trip to visit family or friends–just getting away for the day or two is one of the joys of summer. While it would be great to be able to just jump in the car and go, even short trips are much better when you’re organized. We’ve asked NAPO Professional Organizers to share their tips for successful day trips and long weekends; click the smiley face below to see their expert advice!

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite post; the one with the most votes gets a prize, and moves on to the grand prize round to determine the summer’s best organizing advice! Click on the link below to see the entries, and then click on the heart icon in the upper right corner of  the thumbnail of your choice to vote!

This week’s winner will receive a prize courtesy of EasilyDo, the smart assistant app that gets the right information and gets things done! 

What’s your closet clutter personality?

In the Wall Street Journal article, The Psychology of Clutter, psychologists suggest that the way a person’s closets are organized (or disorganized) can provide clues about his or her emotional health. Which category best describes your closet personality, and your thoughts and feelings about your stuff?

Source: wsj.com/Illustration by Jean Tuttle

 

 

Summer Organizing Tips Contest – Topic 2: Hosting Houseguests

Image courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Summer is a natural time for families and friends to get together, which often means hosting overnight houseguests. Whether they’re staying for a weekend or a while, preparing for their visit not only makes your guests more comfortable, but it allows you to enjoy their stay as well. We’ve asked NAPO’s organizing professionals for their best advice for playing host to overnight guests–from menu planning to accommodations to activities–so click the smiley face below to check out what they recommend!

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite post; the one with the most votes gets a prize, and moves on to the grand prize round to determine the summer’s best organizing advice! Click on the link below to see the entries, and then click on the heart icon in the upper right corner of one of  the thumbnail of your choice to vote!

 

The Best Tip for Throwing a Backyard Bash is . . .

We have a winner for the first Summer Organizing Tips Contest topic!  Jessica Litman, “The Organized Mama” provided the best advice for throwing a backyard bash, as voted by visitors to NAPO’s Get Organized Blog.  With so many party details to manage, she recommends creating a planning sheet, as shown below, to help organize everything from the menu to the back-up plan in case it rains.

Click the image below to read her winning post:

“Organizing a Backyard Bash” from The Organized Mama blog

Congratulations, Jessica — you’ll receive your prize in the mail soon, and your winning tip will be eligible for the Best Organizing Tip of the Summer vote next month!

Stay tuned for our next topic–voting starts July 14!

Fear not the judgment of an organized person

Dirty Dishes by Sink - Mike Watson Images via Getty ImagesThis recent Huffington Post article may ease the minds of those whose hearts fill with dread when an organized person visits their home–apparently re-arranging your kitchen may not be the first thing on their minds.

What An Organized Person Thinks When They Enter Your Home

If you don’t consider yourself organized, does this make you feel better?  If you are highly organized (or a professional organizer), does the article ring true?  Wherever you fall on the organizing spectrum, we’d love to hear your comments!