april 2020

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President's Message

Hi everyone!

We are so sorry not to be seeing you at the NAPO2020 Conference. The Virtual Chapter stepped in and we will have a Virtual Chapter meeting on Monday, April 13, at 7:00 PM Eastern time, where 5 of your NAPO VC board members will participate on a panel on Virtual Professional Organizing. This meeting is free to all NAPO members and will be accessible through NAPO University as part of the free offerings for NAPO members.  to see the April 13 overview and to register click here:

While we are all concerned with the coronavirus, we POs have always had concerns for our own safety. Recently I was completing a move out when the ex-wife came running in and started throwing herself at the wall and sliding down onto the floor. Her mother was with her and calmed her down. Now my intake procedure includes asking: Who else has a key to this house?  

Another house had a weird smell. One of my team identified it as meth. I did not ask how she knows that. We didn't address that room and ended the project.

I have been attacked by a client's cat. Since they all usually love me, I didn't realize he was sizing me up to pounce. Many bloody and swollen claw marks later I now have added to my contract that all animals must be secured.  

If there are critters or bugs, I won't go in, period. And hand sanitizer has been in my car, my bag, my briefcase, everywhere since way before this health scare.  

As Sergeant Phil Esterhaus used to say on Hill Street Blues: BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!!!! 

Remember—to earn a CEU, you can join the monthly NAPO Virtual Chapter Book Club meeting facilitated by Denni Dattilio. You can register for the next Book Club meeting on our website The next Book Club meeting is Thursday, April 23, and the book is But I Might Need It Someday! by NAPO member Patty Kreamer.

Happy organizing, everyone! 

June Carter, GYST* Solutions
President, NAPO Virtual Chapter
[email protected]



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Welcome New Members & More


New Members in MARCH!

Please welcome our newest NAPO VC members: 

Anabely Lopes - POM - Personal Organizer Miami - Hallandale Beach, FL
Holly Uverity - Office Organizers - Houston, TX
Karen Eyre-White - Go Do - London, UK
Tasha Valentine - The Tidy Type, LLC - La Plata, MD
Bari Goldstein - Let's Get It Done! LLC - New Rochelle, NY
Donna Roses - Donna Declutter - Santa Rosa, CA
Anna Sicalides - Your Organizing Consultants - Berwyn, PA
Eileen Bergman - Eileen Bergman, LLC - West Orange, NJ
Andrea Deinstadt - Organizing Wisdom - Croton Falls, NY
Tamara Toomire - Poppy Jasper Organizing - Morgan Hill, CA
Carolyn Honig - Unencumbered - San Fransisco, CA
Karin Fried - Organizational Consulting Services - De Borgia, MT



All NAPO VC members, new and current, and guests are invited to join the next NAPO VC Member Orientation, an interactive conference call. Learn about our Virtual Chapter website, CEUs, VC POINT, and more. Bring your questions! The next orientation is scheduled for Monday, April 20, at 7:00 PM ET. Go to our Meetings page of NAPO - Virtual Chapter and find the Orientation GoToWebinar link to register for this Virtual Chapter event. 

Have questions? Email any board member!

Lea Gallagher
Untangle Organizing 

Membership Director, NAPO Virtual Chapter
[email protected]


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Kudos & Congrats


Congratulations TO OUR VC MEMBERS!

Members Receiving Certificates From NAPO:

Residential Specialist:

Workplace Specialist:
Valerie Pharr - Simply Organized by Valerie

Life Transitions:
Valerie Pharr - Simply Organized by Valerie

Household Management:
Ann Sullivan - Ann Sullivan, Inc.

Team Productivity:

Golden Circle Recognition:

Alexis Boccanfuso - 5 years
Lorraine Falcone - 15 years
Yve Irish - 10 years
Susan Unger - 15 years

More Outstanding Members:

 **** Congrats to all of you! ****

If you have something to celebrate, please email [email protected]. We do our best to catch our membership doing great things, but please let us know if we've missed something!


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NAPO VC Resources

Check out Ways to Connect and Learn

Virtual Chapter Book Club
Earn CEUs while reading and learning about a topic pertaining to productivity and organizing professionals. 

Books by Our Members
We have some very talented writers in our midst. See the books some of our members have written.

Past Meetings By Topic
Members can view and listen to conference recordings and meeting presentations. Earn CEUs for the past 12 meetings.

Previous Newsletters
Previous newsletters can be read online in the Members Area. Click Resources, and select Newsletter Archives on the left. 

Preparing for the CPO Exam
This 4-hour study prep course prepares you for questions on all the subjects in the BCPO Exam Content Outline. It provides specific strategies for test-taking, terms you need to know, and organizing concepts. It even has 25 mock exam questions to help you become familiar with the style of questions included in the certification exam.

This is a 2-day class, please be sure to attend both sessions.
April 9, 2020 3:00 - 5:00 PM (ET)
April 16, 2020 3:00 - 5:00 PM (ET)

Learn more and register today!


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Tech Talk

LastPass – You’ll need to remember only one password.

LastPass is a freemium password manager that stores encrypted passwords online. There is also a paid upgraded version I prefer. You can install the LastPass manager in your browsers and also as an app on your smartphone.

Here are some of the benefits of using a password manager:

  • All your passwords and digital assets are ORGANIZED in ONE place; sort of like we tell our clients how to organize the stuff in their lives.
  • You’ll save a tremendous amount of time every day by having passwords and other vital information in ONE place—all at your fingertips.
  • No more resetting passwords each time you can’t remember one—another time saver.
  • You know exactly where to look when your IT professional needs a password to fix something on your computer or in the cloud, saving YOU time and money.
  • You can store credit card information to quickly pay for things online with just a click or two without having to manually key in this information each time. Yes, it is secure.
  • Your level of cybersecurity will be increased, lessening the chance of your accounts getting hacked.
  • You can share passwords with family members or employees—with or without letting them see the password—giving emergency access to loved ones or business partners to all of your accounts if and/or when something happens to you, saving them a lot of time and eliminating the stress.

I have used LastPass for years for both personal and business. I set up each of our employees on this tool and share passwords to accounts for which they need access.

Getting passwords organized always seems to be something people don’t take the time to do. If you are sequestered at home right now due to COVID-19, you may have a bit more time on your hands. This would be a great project to tackle for your business. You won’t regret the time you spend on this!

Tech Talk by Laura Leist, CPO®, MOS | Eliminate Chaos

Products or services presented in Tech Talk do not constitute an endorsement and are only offered for informational purposes.


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Upcoming Meeting Information

a panel discussion with virtual professional organizers

Panel Discussion

April 13, 2020

7:00 pm TO 8:15 PM (eastern)

Presentation Description:

The panel features five (5) VC Board members who are also virtual organizers, with areas of expertise including residential, productivity, home staging, financial, coaching and more. We are offering this meeting FREE to all NAPO members. For speaker details and to register, visit us online at


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Inspirational Quote

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