Supercharge Your New Year's Resolution with NAPO

Glenview, IL, January 17, 2007 --( Struggling to keep your New Year’s resolution? Get Organized Month, sponsored by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), is in full swing.

NAPO’s dozens of chapters and thousands of members are holding public events throughout the country. Look for Get Organized Month events in your community including reuse-and-recycle events, volunteer organizing events, vendor showcases and expos, shred-a-thons, seminars, panels, presentations, workshops, school outreach, and contests. To locate events in your area, view NAPO’s online Get Organized Month Event Calendar or read chapter press releases on NAPO’s Get Organized Month Web site ( Contact information for NAPO’s 26 chapters is available at

Home Organizing Tips

Customize Your Kitchen
• Things that work together should be stored together, such as baking pans, electrical appliances, plastic containers (with lids), pots and pans, and large platters and bowls.
• Drawer dividers are a good way to keep utensils in order.
• Rotate food staples out of your pantry. Create menus to use up dated canned goods.
• Feel the flow of activity in your kitchen. Place glasses near the sink or the refrigerator. Put snacks in a convenient drawer or cupboard.

Office Organizing Tips 

Conquer Your Filing
• Create a filing system for your electronic documents that mirrors the one you have for paper. Sort, file, and purge electronic information regularly.
• Keep a file index (a master list of file names). Check the index before creating a new file to avoid making duplicates. Also use it when deciding where to put new documents.
• Refer to your company’s records retention plan for guidance on how long to keep documents.
• Keep the most recent papers in the front of the file. Whenever you open it, the current information will be on top.

Other home organizing tips (including “The Children’s Place,” “Make the Garage and Storage Work for You,” and “Love Your Closets”) and office organizing tips (including “Manage Your Time,” “Tame Your Desk,” and “Supercharge Your Communication”) are available at Please credit NAPO if you reprint any tips.

What is a professional organizer?
A professional organizer enhances the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and through transferring organizing skills. A professional organizer also educates the public on organizing solutions and the resulting benefits. Professional organizers help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper, and their systems for life.

Contact NAPO members in your area by using NAPO’s free online automated referral network, searchable by ZIP code and organizing specialty.

Top 10 Questions to Ask a Potential Professional Organizer
1. How long have you been in the organizing business?
2. Are you member of NAPO? If so, since when?
3. Do you have any training or hold any certifications in organizing or related areas? (chronic disorganization, coaching, time management, interior design, feng shui, home staging, etc.)
4. What is your specialty or particular area of expertise, if any?
5. What kinds of organizing projects do you do?
6. Who is your typical/usual client?
7. Can you describe your organizing process/approach? (consulting, coaching, hands-on, team organizing, seminars/workshops, training, etc.)
8. What is your fee structure and cancellation policy?
9. Can you provide references?
10. I have tried to get organized before. How will this be different?

About Get Organized Month
Celebrated annually in January, Get Organized Month is a national industry-wide event dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of getting organized and of hiring a professional organizer.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Profile America featured Get Organized Month on January 6.

The audio link is available at

About NAPO
Founded in 1985, NAPO—The Organizing Authority®—is the premier national association dedicated to the field of organizing. With thousands of members, NAPO’s purpose is to share information about this growing industry and to define quality standards for the organizing profession. NAPO is dedicated to serving its members through education, networking, industry resources, and promoting the profession to the public. The association is affiliated with the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD) and Professional Organizers in Canada (POC).

For more information about NAPO (pronounced NAY-poh) visit or call NAPO at 847/375-4746.

NAPO Thanks Its 2007 Get Organized Month Partners
Brother International (, DYMO (, Esselte/Pendaflex (, Family Facts (, GarageTek (, Hyloft (, ORG/Easytrack (, Rolodex (, Rubbermaid Home Products (, Scraprack-and-More (, and Smead ( (Brother International, Esselte/Pendaflex, Rolodex, and Rubbermaid are also NAPO Premier Industry Partners.)

To learn more about the NAPO Industry Partner Program, corporate associate membership, and recognition, sponsorship, and marketing opportunities available for Get Organized Month, contact Tom Calvin, NAPO Manager of Professional Relations, at 847/375-4840 or

Hilary Meyer