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The first Saturday morning in May I had the privilege of leading a service project for my Seattle NAPO chapter. NAPO is the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals of which there are 4,000 members worldwide. We have a Greater Seattle chapter that meets monthly on the first Tuesday evening in Bellevue. This Seattle chapter has 35 plus members and I am currently serving on the board as Treasurer.
Service to others is an important personal value of mine; volunteering in some capacity for organizations I participate in is a pretty easy segue. Our chapter decided to support a non-profit this year and put a call out for applicants. I participated in the site visits of the two non-profits that were the finalists and with that visual assessment piece; we decided to support Gay City Health Project.
Gay City is Seattle’s LGBTQ center that promotes wellness for the LGBTQ communities by providing health services, resources, an art venue, and a sense of membership. I led a team of 6 organizers for 5 hours overhauling a storeroom that had become extremely cluttered. It was a physical project with many thousands of pounds of papers hauled out for shredding or recycling. A large SUV was filled with garbage items that were taken to the transfer station. We brought in stronger shelving units to make better use of vertical space and saw the flimsy wood shelving that we moved out to the street with “free” signs quickly walk away. We zoned the areas of the storage room, used every storage container we had available, and labeled everything. Event t-shirts and swag were divided by sizes and folded. It was an amazing transformation of a space. Unfortunately as the storeroom was in a basement and the lighting was not great, I don’t have high enough quality before and after photos to share.
Thank you Gay City for the opportunity to serve. Deputy Director Susan and Marketing Director Robert worked tirelessly with us. We had a blast. If you know of a non-profit or even an individual in need that could benefit from some volunteer organizing support in 2017, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above, the group of organizers who helped to transform the storage room for Gay City.
Local Seattle Reporter Stephanie Yoder helped Sparefoot find the top recommended professional organizers. Stephanie’s focus of the article was on moving skills that is a task that we at Simplify Experts take on with gusto.
My journey toward starting Simplify Experts began in 2007. I was looking to make a change in my career. I had been running auctions for non-profits and feeling burned out. I had some flexibility in my mornings and became aware that I was planning my cardio machine workouts at my gym at the time that the organizing shows were on HGTV. I was hooked on the shows Mission Organization and Clean Sweep with organizer Peter Walsh.
To be an ADHD specialist requires many hours of study. As a life-long learner, I am glad that Simplify Experts values learning and education. To support my learning I am a member (called a subscriber) of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD.)
ICD is very focused on its mission: to provide education, research and strategies to benefit people challenged by chronic disorganization. Members include professional organizers as well as mental health professionals and academics.