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NAPO to Host Local Organizing Event, National Trade Conference

Jan 01, 2017 02:26PM ● By Vanessa Orr

One of the biggest resolutions that people make each year is to get organized, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. To this end, the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is holding a Get Organized Pittsburgh event on January 12 in honor of Get Organized (GO) Month.

“The Pittsburgh chapter of NAPO will be sponsoring a program at the Embassy Suites Airport that will include professional organizers and productivity experts’ best tips on closet design and installation, junk pick-up, storage, home design, auction and estate sales and more,” explained NAPO Pittsburgh Chapter President Dorothy Clear, CPO®. “Participants will even be able to ask their own questions of the experts.” 

Organizing Tips and Tricks from the Pros, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon, is open to the public and costs $15 in advance or $20 at the door. In addition to the panel discussions, there will be refreshments, raffles, and an affiliate-member exposition offering products and services for the home. To register, (deadline is Jan. 5) email or visit for more information.

Even bigger news for NAPO members is the upcoming national conference that will be held for the first time ever in Pittsburgh from April 26-29 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 

“Every year the convention is held in a different state, and as the hometown host, we’re very excited to welcome the conference to Pittsburgh,” said Clear, who estimates that approximately 700 people will attend the event, which is entitled Bridging the World of Organization. “People will be coming from all over the world, including 13 different countries.”

NAPO was established in California in 1985 and currently has about 3,800 members. The Pittsburgh Chapter was created in 1995 and includes 28 professional organizers and 16 associate members.

“We have people who specialize in different areas, including chronic disorganization, hoarding, clients with ADHD, Feng Shui, helping moms or businesses get organized, downsizing and more,” explained Clear, whose niche is helping people with grief issues. “While organizing has long been a career, it has really gotten more attention with the advent of reality TV and shows about hoarding and home design.”

The purpose of NAPO 2017 is two-fold, according to Clear. “It is educational, but is also an exposition for the people and products that we utilize,” she said of exhibitors that will include everything from storage companies to high-end consignment shops to cleaning products and more. “We’re also hoping to have authors on-hand who have written organizing books.”

While the trade show is not open to the public, Clear believes that it is essential for those in the industry. “If a professional organizer isn’t a member of NAPO, they can find out what it’s all about, as well as take classes that are specific to the areas in which they are interested,” she explained. 

Clear’s own presentation, “Empower the Grieving Client to Organize with Joy,” is just one offering among the six educational tracks at the conference, which include business operations and growth; client interaction; niches; residential organization; technology in organization and workplace productivity.

Early bird registration ($699) for NAPO 2017 is available for members through March 24, and nonmember prices and more information is on the website at New for this year is the option to register for one day instead of the full conference.