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July 2016

From the President


It is July and it is HOT! Speaking of hot, who knew recycling would be such a hot topic? It was great to see the nearly 60 members, associate members and guests who turned out for the July chapter meeting. If you missed it, check out the meeting minutes. You will never have to say, “I don’t know…” about a recycling question with your clients ever again.

You might be swamped with moving projects right now or you might be slow because all your clients have headed out east for the Hamptons. If you do have a little free time on your hands, I have the perfect idea: check out the new NAPO University. There are webinars, on-demand courses and best of all – conference recordings (from 2015 and 2016). You will be amazed at how easy it is to access the recordings now! Just remember to login to the NAPO website for access.

Hope to see you on August 1st. Stay cool!

Collette Shine, NAPO-NY President

Meetings and Events

August Chapter Meeting: Digital Image Library Organizing Tips and Tricks
Monday, August 1, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cicatelli Associates, 505 Eighth Avenue, between 35th and 36th Streets, 20th floor

JP Pullos and Lydia Billings of JP Teaches Photo will share their knowledge of digital photo organizing. Learn the three biggest problems clients face with their digital image libraries, how to deal with common tech complaints, and the three simple things anyone can do to take their image library organization to the next level.

NAPO Webinar: A Guy’s Perspective to Organizing
Wednesday, July 27, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Get insight into "A Guy's Perspective to Professional Organizing." This webinar is part of the NAPO Ask the Organizer series.

Book Club Meeting: TBA
Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Cafe, 33 East 17th Street, north side of Union Square

Book will be announced next month.

Save the date! Mini-Workshop: Small Business, Big Online Presence
Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
WeWork, 205 East 42nd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
Cost: $28.00

Join NAPO-NY for a unique evening of online marketing tips, tricks and strategies every small business should focus on to attract new customers and increase revenue. Speakers include Michael McKay, digital entrepreneur; Susanne Schropp, owner of Diva Design; Paige Wilhide, owner of Paige Media; and Mona Sharaf, personal shopper and image consultant.

This event is open to the public and space is limited. All attendees MUST pre-register online no later than Friday, October 21.

July Meeting Recap: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Recycling
This month’s program was presented by Naika Colas and Nicholas Circharo. Topics covered included what happens to items that are recycled, which items can be recycled, and alternatives to curbside recycling for difficult-to-recycle items. The full meeting minutes, including a list of items that can and cannot be recycled through New York City’s curbside recycling program, can be found in the Document Library, accessed from the Members Only menu on the NAPO-NY website. You must be logged in for Members Only access.

Welcome New Members

Jill Bromberg
Terri Phillips
Marin Rose
Lis Suppo

Member Media Mentions

Ann Bingley Gallops was featured in “The Bagua – A Hidden Treasure Map in Your Home Alchemy Journey" on Tracy Pierce Consulting.

Isabelle Dervaux was featured in Manhattan User’s Guide.

Leslie Josel wrote “5 Secrets to Stress-Free Mornings” in the August issue of Family Circle.

Junkluggers was featured on Donate NYC’s Twitter account and in “The Junkluggers Takes ‘Green’ Approach to Cleaning Out Nation’s Clutter” on Franchise POD.

Sharon Lowenheim was featured in “How to Start Decluttering Your Home: 15 Actionable Tips from Certified Professional Organizers” on the MakeSpace blog.

Katie McCann was featured in “Weird Packing Tricks that Actually Work” on and on Box Butler’s Facebook page.

Sarah Roussos-Karakaian wrote “6 Questions to Ask Before Moving in Together” on the Box Butler blog.

Linda Samuels was featured in “Real Life Dark Secrets: Why Do People Store the Weirdest Things?” on the SpareFoot blog.

Lisa Zaslow’s “Ask the Organizer” column is in the July issue of Real Simple.

Member Benefits

Volunteer Opportunities
The spotlight this month is on the Golden Circle Committee, which reports to the Director of Membership. The Golden Circle Committee consists of up to three (3) organizers who have belonged to NAPO for at least five years and have thus attained Golden Circle status.

The committee serves as a liaison between Golden Circle members in the New York area and the Golden Circle Committee at the national level. They plan quarterly gatherings to enable experienced organizers to interact, exchange ideas, and support one another. They reach out to new Golden Circle members and those who have attained specific milestones.

This is a great position for someone who enjoys working on a team and who relishes gatherings of more experienced organizers discussing deeper topics than are possible at the chapter level. It also provides the opportunity to be involved at the national level. To learn more about this position, and to inquire about other open positions, please contact NAPO-NY’s Volunteer Coordinator, Sharon Lowenheim.

Book Club Review: “The Power of Habit”

The NAPO-NY Book Club met at the Barnes & Noble Cafe on Saturday, July 16 to discuss Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit.” Six members attended and the meeting began with a general discussion about one of our favorite topics – how to gain and work with clients! One attendee mentioned that she loved the opportunity to chat with other members in a small-group setting.

Before long, the conversation turned to “The Power of Habit” and how we can use the lessons from the book to help our clients influence their habits. Some readers loved Duhigg’s writing style, which relied on storytelling and citing research to illustrate the mechanisms behind forming and changing habits. Others felt that too much information was provided, and that they would rather have the facts instead of reading the details of the scientific studies.

The most important insight we gained from the book was the necessity of replacing unwanted habits with new routines, instead of eradicating them completely. The trick, as Duhigg says, is to keep the cue and the reward the same, and change the routine. We had difficulty trying to apply these guidelines to figure out the best way to curb nighttime snacking habits – we determined that our desire to snack probably stems from a need for comfort, not hunger, but few things provide the comfort and satisfaction of a pint of Ben and Jerry’s! However, several readers agreed that they are better able to stick to eating plans when they regularly attend Weight Watchers meetings, which aligns with another of the book’s findings: that the support of a like-minded group makes habit changes more likely.

For those who find themselves impatient with Duhigg’s investigative reporting approach to writing, the last two sections of the book provide straightforward actionable information. The 11-page afterword shares the stories of readers who used the book to effect real drastic change in their lives, and the 11-page appendix is a straightforward step-by-step guide to changing your own habits. You might choose to start with these sections, and if they pique your curiosity, go back to the beginning to get the science behind how habits work.

The NAPO-NY Book Club meets four times per year to discuss organizing-related books. The next book will be announced at the August chapter meeting. Meeting will be held on October 20. Contact Mary Reed if you have any questions regarding the book club or suggestions for future books.