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Fabulous NAPO Service Project

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;

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How I Became a Professional Organizer PAM DOXSIE

Pam Doxsie

On becoming a professional organizer, you might say I was born that way. As far back as I can remember I have wanted my possessions and surroundings to be neat and tidy and have everything in its place. I remember as a child cleaning out the family garage, or wanting to clear out cupboards or closets. As a college student, my dorm room was always clutter-free and organized. Keeping my environment orderly was like therapy for me. As an adult working in a corporate world, I was teased about my clean and organized desk. People thought it was a sign that I didn’t have enough to do, when in reality I couldn’t think or focus properly with a cluttered desk. All of my life I’ve been teased about being tidy, but intuitively I knew that being organized meant a calmer and less stressful life.

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How I Became a Professional Organizer VLASTA HILLGER

Vlasta Hilger

How I became a professional organizer:

Today, it seems, families are busier than they used to be. We work long hours, we drive our children to after school activities and sports every night of the week, and we spend our precious weekend hours trying to catch up and get ready for the upcoming week. There are so many demands on our limited time and energy that sometimes we feel like machines. I am a strong believer that an uncluttered and well organized home helps our family “machines” run smoother.

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Thrilled to be listed as one of the 10 Best Seattle Professional Organizers

moving boxes

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.

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How I Started Home Organizing Company Simplify Experts

Denise Allan owner of Simplify Experts.

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

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Why I Became a Professional Organizer

After working in the high tech industry for seven years followed by a decade at home full time with my children I felt a longing for something that would be interesting for me to do outside of the home. I considered professional organizing, interior design and nutrition as areas in which I would enjoy working.

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What makes you an ADHD specialist?

ADHD

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.

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Is Hoarding Genetic?

I can appreciate the cause for concern here. More and more studies are finding there is a link. I pulled this from the International OCD Foundation Hoarding website:

From the earliest studies of hoarding, it has been clear that hoarding runs in families. Studies asking about family members have reported that 50 to 80% of people who hoard had first-degree relatives whom they considered “pack rats” or hoarders.

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