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New Friends and New Product Ideas

JoEllen and I just returned from Phoenix where we attended a conference for Professional Organizers.  Not only were there over 500 organizers from the U.S., we had attendees from Japan, Australia, Belgum, Canada and many more exotic places!

The universal theme was "How can we as professional organizers help our clients to envision their ideal spaces, systems and lifestyles."  All of our clients start out overwhelmed, and it is our role to coach, clear the clutter and set up new systems which will work for our client.  The expo hall was filled with exciting products and people; here are just a few highlights!

We met our favorite author, Julie Morgenstern (Organizing from the Inside Out) and her daughter Jessi Morgenstern-Colon (Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens).  We have shared Julie's way of thinking about our "stuff" for years and we were thrilled to finally meet her.

 NAPO Conference 2014

ClosetMaid has wonderful systems for storage in kitchens, closets, laundry rooms, garages, etc.  Do it yourself, or ask ClosetMaid to help!  Check out their website for ideas with some of the new products they now have to offer (you can also find their products at Lowes).

Organizing your office and need new files?  Try the new products from Smead, (all available at Amazon or at your local Office Max store) including erasable tabs for titles, folders that can be used both vertically and horizontally, and folders with extra large tabs for longer titles.  Brother (available on-line via Amazon, or at your local Office Max store) has many new label machines which self-laminate when you print the label.  JoEllen and I have had our Brother labelers since 2003 and still love them.  We may have to invest in a newer, fancier one that laminates...and still wish they could spell check for us.

We also met Matt Paxton, Founder and CEO of Clutter Cleaner.  His company tackles large, dirty clean-out jobs across the country.  Matt can often be seen on A&E's "Hoarders" show. Matt is a compassionate individual who has dedicated his life to helping those in need.  His business includes education for families and professionals and he even has a hotline!  We like his approach and were fortunate to receive an autographed copy of his new book The Secret Lives of Hoarders.    We will have more conversations with him relating to our work with the Hoarding Connection of Cuyahoga County.

NAPO Conference 2014

This is just a sampling of the products we saw and the people we met.  We look forward to sharing our new ideas with all of you!

                             Have a great summer.

                             Muffy and JoEllen

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