Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Minimalists

The keynote speakers at our NAPO conference were the Minimalists. ( I had been looking forward to their presentation and I was not disappointed.

They told their life stories and the lessons they learned. Both men had great six-figure jobs, nice cars, big houses, all the latest electronics, and lots of stuff. It dawned on them that they were really caught up in gathering stuff and status. They were actually spending more than they were making. And they were not happy or contented. In fact, they felt stress, anxiety, loneliness, fear, and worry over growing debt. What was worse was that they didn't have control of their time and thus didn't control their own lives.

So in 2010 they took back control using the principles of minimalism to focus on what was important to each of them.

They reminded us that minimalists don't focus on having less, rather they focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, and more contentment. Clearing out clutter made that room.

A few bites from their talk that I loved were:
  • You can't change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.
  • Love people and use things - it doesn't work well the other way around.
  • Feel comfortable getting rid of anything that is under $20 and less than 20 minutes away.
The final take away was that getting started is as simple as asking ourselves one question: how might your life be better if you owned fewer material possessions?

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NAPO Conference 2015

Next week I head off to my 8th NAPO conference. It is in LA this year and I am so excited both for the conference itself and because I have never visited LA before.

I look forward to learning about the latest trends, resources, and products in the organizing industry. I am excited about sitting in on workshops and presentations given by some of the great experts in our field. The opening keynote presentation - The Art of Letting Go - given by The Mimimalists should be fascinating.

During the conference, I look forward to receiving information and inspiration that will improve my services to my clients. I enjoy meeting face to face organizers that I have only chatted with via Facebook and reconnecting with organizers that I only see at conference.

I also look forward to a social evening with other organizers from the Georgia Chapter. We plan to go out for dinner one evening and catch up with each other.

When I return from conference, I will develop an action plan to fully benefit from my conference experience.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer