April 2021 Newsletter

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President’s Message:

Welcome to our April eNewsletter!

New Website Coming Soon!

The Board is pleased to announce that NAPO-AZ will unveil a new website in April. We have been working with a web designer to bring you a fresh and more functional site, including a streamlined Find a Professional Directory. We appreciate your patience while we transition from the old site to the new one. It will be worth the wait!

Do you have any ideas for improving the look and feel of the website? Is there some content you think would be helpful in giving the public a better understanding of our profession or any resources that would help you learn and grow our business? I invite you to be in touch with me at president@napo-az.com or at 623.499.8384 so your input can be shared with our Board and the web designer.

In March, Aislinn Ellis, our Director of Technology, stepped down from her position. We are so fortunate to have had someone with the depth of Aisi’s experience and her indomitable spirit on the Board. We wish Aisi the very best.

Congratulations to the new Board that was elected in March. And thank you to our Past President, Wendy Wilson, for conducting the search and overseeing the voting process. The installation of officers will take place at our May 13 meeting.

It is time to thank those who served on the Board this past year and to recognize those who went above and beyond in their service to NAPO-AZ and it’s members. This is an amazing group of people who gave so much in such unprecedented times. Thank you!

Let’s “Support” a Donation Partner Who “Lifts Up Women”!

Yes, it is The Bra Recyclers! And as a tie in to Earth Day, our Chapter is accepting a Challenge to collect 50 bras to be recycled by this organization by April 22, Earth Day. Although 95% of used textiles could be recycled, about 85% of textiles go into the landfills. The Bra Recyclers distributes gently used bras to more than 100 women’s groups who in turn support women in need - some having escaped domestic violence and human trafficking. Share this flyer with your clients, collect bras, and bring them to our April 8 meeting. If you can’t make it to the meeting, mail them or drop them off at The Bra Recyclers; 3317 S. Higley Rd, Ste 114-441, Gilbert, AZ 85297. Contact Elaine Birks-Mitchell, CEO/CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) at 480-988-2283 if you have any questions.

Deb Lawrence,

Featured Business Partner

Welcome Spaulding Decon!

As a Professional NAPO Organizer, you will almost certainly receive a call someday asking if you can handle a hoarding situation, facilitate clean up at a crime scene, or help restore a home that has had considerable damage to its contents from water or mold. (Hang onto those face masks!)

If you are not rocking the Hazmat Suit or if Biohazard clean up is not part of your business model - you can still be a good resource to your client and in your community by calling Spaulding-Decon! With over 15 years in the business, they have seen it all. They are CDC-certified in Hoarding, Crime Scene, Mold, and Water Damage. Spaulding Decon is a NAPO National and NAPO-AZ Business Partner. And in many cases, insurance  covers their fees.


Election time is upon us once again!

May is fast approaching which means it’s time, once again, for award nominations! Below are the award descriptions. Nomination forms will be emailed in the next week, and must be returned by April 22, 2021. Please take the time to nominate a fellow NAPO-AZ member for one of these special awards!
The President’s Award

The President’s Award is given to a member for outstanding contributions to NAPO-AZ. Traditionally, it highlights a significant contribution that benefited the organization as well as the general membership.


- Facilitating the framework for members to communicate through email

- Creating a sound accounting system

- Years of service of editing the website/newsletter/directory

- Member who works behind the scenes but contributes significantly to the association


- Member of NAPO-AZ in good standing who has made an outstanding contribution

to the organizing profession.

- Members may not nominate themselves.

- Two or more members of NAPO-AZ, who are also in good standing, must submit the

nomination in writing.

The Founder’s Award

The Founders’ Award is presented in the spirit of the NAPO-AZ founders for outstanding contributions of a member who has helped to move the organization forward.


- Member of NAPO-AZ in good standing who has made an outstanding contribution to the organizing profession.

- Members may not nominate themselves.

- Two or more members of NAPO-AZ, who are also in good standing, must submit the nomination in writing.

Business Partner Award

Is given to the Business Partner Member who has made a significant contribution to NAPO-AZ and the organizing profession.


- Member of NAPO-AZ in good standing.

- Members may not nominate themselves.

Happy Birthday!

Debbi Bertolet: April 14th

Kayle Klix: April 17th

Member Anniversaries!

Congratulations to our members who are celebrating their NAPO-AZ Anniversaries!

Aisi Ellis: 4/8/19

Felicia Robinson: 4/25/19

Laura Dougher: 4/26/13

Welcome New Members!

Suzanne Madrigal - Sorting Spaces, LLC
(520) 307-0235

BP-Travis Barney -  Spaulding Decon
(480) 714-2404

Get Featured!

Would you like to have your business advertised on our chapter social media accounts for no extra charge?
NAPO Arizona chapter wants to support you in your business!
In March, we featured organizers Shanley Ten Eyck, Jennifer Burgess, Felicia Robinson, and Sheri MacGregor. We are currently batching content for our social media feeds. We would love to make sure you are featured...

If you are interested in having your business placed in the spotlight, will you please kindly send all of the following information in one e-mail to Sheri at admin@peaceful-paper.com.

1.) A copy of your business logo to add to a post
2.) A headshot or photo of you suitable for a spotlight on your business
3.) Your website address if you would like it featured in the bio
4.) Complete the bio questions below by replying to them in the email...
a.) Who you are and who you can help
(Feel free to mention any positions or special certifications you hold.)
b.) This is who I am personally
c.) When I'm not organizing (fun facts about me)
d.) Why you love NAPO AZ
e.) if you use a hashtag or Instagram handle, please include it so I may tag you in the social media story. When I tag you in the story, you will receive a message, and you can share it to your page.

5.) Your permission to share your information and tag on our public accounts by stating in the email:

I give permission for my name and business to be featured on the NAPO Arizona social media accounts.

Thank you! We will be featuring members on a first come first serve basis...
I will tag you on social media when I do!

P.S.  We are expanding and updating our website! We are looking forward to demonstrating the finished product soon! The website will have increased functionality and a completely new look. Stay tuned on social media for any major announcements, as we will keep you posted on the chapter news until the website is formally unveiled.

Sheri MacGregor
Director of Marketing

NAPO Library-Check It Out!

Professional organizers often discuss “streams of revenue” other than hands-on organizing.  No doubt you have seen one or more of NAPO member Donna Smallin’s many books on the sale rack, or maybe even checked out her website and blogs at www.unclutter.com.  What ideas might you steal from Donna?!

Donna has been organizing, publishing, and speaking for over 20 years.  The last eight years she and her husband lived on the road as she continued to work.  (They are actually now living in Mesa for part of the year, and I believe she is retiring.)

Maybe these simple, cute books will inspire you to turn your knowledge into a new revenue stream.  We also have three NAPO CD’s from a workshop where she shared her secrets on this topic.

- How to Declutter and Make Money Now (2015)
- Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness (2014)
- The One-Minute Organizer A to Z Storage Solutions (2008)
- The One-Minute Organizer Plain & Simple (2004)
- Organizing Plain & Simple (2002)
- Unclutter Your Home: 7 Simple Steps/700 Tips & Ideas (1999)Please let me mail or bring you any of these books, or whatever else suits your fancy from our book and CD collection.

The lists of all available books and CD’s may be found on our NAPO-AZ website along with instructions on how to access conference recordings from NAPO national.  Please feel free to contact me for any help utilizing our chapter or the national resources.

Debbi Bertolet, NAPO-AZ Librarian

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