President's Message

“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.” (Ellen Goodman) I love her perspective – it’s all about looking for the potential!

There’s no denying, it’s January and with that comes a few traditional holidays. Of course, it’s GO Month which is a great opportunity to link your community activities with NAPOCares.  Also, please don’t forget to renew your NAPO Virtual Chapter membership in time for our monthly meeting on January 8 with speaker Dr. David Tolin. But what else can we expect?  Let’s take a look.

January is:

  •         Financial Wellness Month
  •         Get A Balanced Life Month
  •         Get Organized Month
  •         International Brain Teaser Month
  •         International Creativity Month
  •         International Quality of Life Month
  •         National Be On-Purpose Month
  •         National Clean Up Your Computer Month
  •         National Hot Tea Month
  •         National Mail Order Gardening Month
  •         National Mentoring Month
  •         National Poverty in America Awareness Month
  •         National Soup Month
  •         National Volunteer Blood Donor Month 
  •         Oatmeal Month
  •         Walk Your Pet Month  


Special weeks include:

  •         Home Office Safety and Security Week: 7 - 13  
  •         Dating & Life Coaches Recognition Week: 8 – 14
  •         No Name Calling Week: 15 - 20 
  •         National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week: 17 – 23
  •         Hunt for Happiness Week: 21 - 17 
  •         National Handwriting Analysis Week: 21 - 27 
  •         Clean Out Your Inbox Week: 22 - 26 
  •         Meat Week: 28 - 2/3 
  •         Tax Identity Theft Week: 29 - 2/2  


Noteworthy days:

  •         Copyright Law Day: 1
  •         Ellis Island Day: 1
  •         Public Domain Day: 1 
  •         National Buffet Day: 2 
  •         National Motivation and Inspiration Day: 2
  •         National Science Fiction Day: 2  
  •         I am a Mentor Day: 4  
  •         Trivia Day: 4
  •         National Technology Day: 6
  •         Fruitcake Toss Day: 6
  •         Bubble Bath Day: 8 
  •         National English Toffee Day: 8  
  •         National Clean Off Your Desk Day: 8 
  •         National Static Electricity Day: 9 
  •         National Cut Your Energy Costs Day: 10
  •         National Milk Day: 11  
  •         National Hot Tea Day: 12 
  •         National Vision Board Day: 13 
  •         Organize Your Home Day: 14 
  •         National Day of Service: 15 
  •         Fig Newton Day: 16 
  •         National Cheese Lovers Day: 20
  •         National Handwriting Day: 23
  •         National Pie Day: 23
  •         International Mobile Phone Recycling Day: 24 
  •         National Compliment Day: 24
  •         National Peanut Butter Day: 24
  •         Macintosh Computer Day: 25
  •         Data Privacy Day: 28
  •         Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day: 29 
  •         National Puzzle Day: 29 
  •         Croissant Day: 30
  •         Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day: 31


Embrace the new year and remember “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” (Dr. Seuss)  


Sallie AlefsenOrganization@Work
President, NAPO Virtual Chapter



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NAPO VC Board ELECTIONS - 02/12/18

We have a great slate of nominees.  Read who they are and what they’re about here. We will be voting at the February meeting.  WE NEED A SECRETARY! Do you want to connect with other members and suppport your chapter? Email

Nominee for President — June Carter  with GYST Solutions(Get Your Stuff Together) in Fernandina Beach, FL

The Virtual Chapter is what has connected me to NAPO. I want to continue the momentum of the past presidents and board and keep NAPO VC exciting and growing. NAPO VC is still a relatively new chapter. In the last few years we have consistently developed ways to connect with each other and expand our membership. Having served as NAPO VC's 2017-2018 Director of Professional Development and 2016-2017 Director of Membership, I would consider it an honor to be president of NAPO VC.



Nominee for Vice President — OPEN

Nominee for Secretary — OPEN

Nominee for Treasurer — Brogan Farren with NeatnessCountsKC in Westwood, KS

I am an accomplished executive with a financial background which I use to benefit many of the organizations I’m involved with. Having served as treasurer for organizations since my undergraduate days, I continue to lend my financial knowledge to non-profit organizations. My non-profit background ranges from the Army Aviation Association of America to the Girl Scouts of America, along with many others.

My degrees include a Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University, a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the School of Advanced Military Studies at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College. I started my business as a professional organizer in 2017, and will retire from the U.S. Army in July 2018 as a Lieutenant Colonel, having been a helicopter pilot; managerial, government, and tax accountant; human resources manager; sales representative; college instructor, senior technical writer, and strategist. 

Nominee for Director of Membership — Jane Cole of Happy Home Organizing Solutions, LLC in Orlando, FL

I am currently serving as the Membership Director for NAPO VC and would like to continue serving in this position for the 2018-2019 year. I have learned many of the duties for this position and look forward to helping NAPO VC be the best chapter that it can be.




Nominee for Director of Professional Development Elva Fonseca with Sensational Organzing in San Dimas, CA

I have over fifteen years' experience supporting managers and executives and two years as a professional organizer. I am an eager, bilingual, and sweet-tempered professional. I learn fast, take initiative, find solutions to implement what’s needed and move forward. I am well versed in computer programs and applications which will help me in further supporting this role and my fellow colleagues. What I love most about this profession is being surrounded by people. I am so thankful for the knowledge that is poured into the webinars and training and wish to be a part of it. I am eager for a new challenge and look forward to growing and serving on the NAPO Virtual Chapter Board.

Nominee for Director of Technology and Communications — OPEN


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Welcome New Members & More

Happy New Year! 

Our NAPO Virtual Chapter has 207 members!   

Membership Renewals

It's that time of year again! All memberships are up for renewal. Find the Virtual Chapter 2018 membership renewal information via email, POINT, or our website. Our new membership year begins on January 1, 2018. Benefits include CEU-eligible coursework, recorded presentations that can be listened to on demand, conference recordings dating back to 2014, a book club, and lovely people from all over the world to share business ideas with! In order to attend our January general meeting with our speaker Dr. Tolin, your 2018 membership with Virtual Chapter must be renewed prior to the meeting. You don't want to miss this meeting!

New Members

Please join us in welcoming our newest NAPO VC members for the month of December 2017:

Susan Chuah - Restore Order For Life PLT - Penang Malaysia

Diana Walters - We Organize It, LLC - Alexandria, VA


All NAPO VC members, new and current, are invited to join the NAPO VC Member Orientation, an interactive conference call. The next orientation is scheduled for Monday, January 15, 7:00 pm ET. Log in at and click on the "meetings" tab to register for this Virtual Chapter event.  

And More...

Do you have kudos about you and your business you would like to share? Let us know at so we can celebrate it with our Virtual Chapter members in the Kudos & Congrats section of our newsletter.

Please don't hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions about your membership.  I'll do my best to answer them!

Jane Cole, CPOHappy Home Organizing Solutions LLC 
Membership Director, NAPO Virtual Chapter



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Kudos & Congrats


Congratulations and thank you to our Virtual Chapter members who are getting the word out about organizing, productivity, and the Virtual Chapter. They're writing articles, being quoted, writing books and much more. Check it out!

Kudos to Elva Fonseca, Clare Kumar, and Ellen Delap who were featured in the recent NAPO blog "All I Want For Christmas is..."

Congrats to our first 10 members renewing their membership for 2018!

  • Sharon Lowenheim - Organizing Goddess
  • Teresa James - Organize and Stage Your Home
  • Alison Lush, CPO - Alison Lush CPO-CD
  • Nicole Chamblin - Visions Productivity Solutions
  • Amy Tokos - Freshly Organized
  • Carol Jones - A Jones For Organizing
  • Susan Kousek - Balanced Spaces LLC
  • Amy Bowles - Been There Done That
  • Erin  Hamilton - Simply Done By Erin
  • Nancy Rivera - Mission Organizing


We try hard to spot our member's activities, but we're not perfect. If you have something to celebrate, please email to point it out. Promotional announcements will not be posted.

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Upcoming Meeting Information


January 08, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM (Eastern)

Psychological, biological, and social aspects of hoarding disorder


January 15, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Eastern)

Join us for NAPO Virtual Chapter Orientation!


February 12, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM (Eastern)

Evernote for Organizers: Presented by Sara Genrich

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Tech Tip

Are you talking to your smartphone?

There was a time when I got a new tech toy that I explored all its features. That doesn't happen now with my overloaded digital world -- no time to explore. About a year ago, I was working with a client who excused herself to make a note on her smartphone and started dictacting to it. I said "please show me." Being a non-observant type, I hadn't noticed the microphone next to the space bar (duh!). I had given up on using Siri on my iPhone because I could never get it to work correctly. Now I use the microphone all the time -- when sending email messages, when texting, and when scheduling appointments.

I discovered many of my clients aren't aware of the microphone, and they're overjoyed when I show them how to use it. Maybe I'll give Siri another try...

Submitted by Susan Kousek, Balanced Spaces®, LLC.

If you have a tech tip you would like to share with your fellow Virtual Chapter members, click here to submit your tip. If you're not already logged in, do so and select Surveys from the menu on the left.

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BCPO Study Group

If you're looking for a BCPO study group — how about starting one? Post on NAPO VC POINT or in our NAPO VC Facebook group that you're interested and get the conversation started.

NAPO 2017 Conference Recordings

LET'S CHAT on the NAPO VC Facebook group about conference recordings — the goal is to LISTEN to a 2017 conference session, SHARE what you learn and what you want to implement, and CONNECT with members in the discussion. 

The next two are:

  • What Discourages ADHD Clients and What Empowers Them

  • Mental Floss for Eliminating Brain Clutter


The first two:

  • Bridging to Corporate Organizing and Productivity 

  • The Organizing Business: Scandal Sabotage, Sanity, Success 

NAPO 2017 Conference recordings (and previous conferences) are part of your Virtual Chapter membership, so listen, learn, and share. The recordings are found in NAPO University once you've signed in to


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