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We’re the Best Closets in Los Angeles for Five Years

The 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards

If you love organized style in closets, cast your vote for Get It Together LA!  in the Los Angeles Organizing Awards.   We have been nominated for the fifth year in a row for Best Closet Design in the premiere event for the organizing industry.

Voting takes place online through December 24.  Over twenty awards will be presented on January 29, 2011 at the Sheraton Universal.  All awards are chosen by the public by voting at www.napola.org.  Get It together LA! would love your support.

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Our custom designs match the personality of our clients.  Contemporary or traditional, wood or melamine we provide couture a place to call home.

When you think about making a change to your closet or dressing area, bring the elements from the adjoining bath or bedroom into the design.  For large spaces consider adding a chandelier.  Don’t forget to include your favorite colors and add personal elements like pictures or works of art.

Locked, velvet lined, jewelry drawers are a must to make a night on the town with your best diamonds easy to find to make the opening curtain.  Garment rods for tomorrow’s wardrobe are a necessary convenience.  And don’t forget the laundry hamper to keep clutter off the floor in the evening.

Your new closet can be award-winning and still meet your budget with proper planning. Please cast your vote for Get It Together LA! as the Best Closet Design Firm for 2011.

Award Season In Hollywood Included the Stars of Organizing

The Grammys have nothing on the Orgies.  That’s right – the night before the music industry celebrated in downtown Los Angeles, the 5th annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards, or “Orgies”, were held at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.  This Red Carpet evening was the climax of Get Organized Month for the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-LA).  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVeuCjhgkDY]

Chris McKenry, Rachel Eisner, Kim Coles, Carolyn Judson, and Joe Clapsaddle

Industry leaders from as far away as Australia were in attendance.  Colleagues caught up with each other, made new friends, and celebrated the best products, services, media, authors and people in the professional organizing industry.  Kim Coles was the evening host and the program featured Peter Walsh, from The Oprah Winfrey ShowJulie Morgenstern, celebrated author and time management expert, Dorothy Brenninger and Standolyn Robertson, both experts from the new A&E “HOARDERS” hit show, plus many more.  Get It Together LA! was a finalist for “Best Closet Design” and “Best Garage Design” this year.

Interiors by Connie McCreight Interior Design

I was especially honored to have as my guests Senior Designer Carolyn Judson and Design Assistant Rachel Eisner of Connie McCreight Interior Design.  At times, organizers are fortunate to work alongside other professionals on client projects.  In the past couple of years we have been included on several of the Connie McCreight Design Firm’s projects.  From Bel Air to the Hamptons, Get It Together LA! has had the opportunity to watch these designers create residential masterpieces.  They mention working with Get It Together LA! in their blog post, “Everything in its Place”.  Connie suggests “when thinking about refreshing your space, focus on two or three items that will make the most impact…add drama with new paint, a bold graphic rug, or eclectic artwork”.  Even rethinking furniture arrangement can make a difference.  Add in some new accessories like a statement mirror, or swap accessories you already have within the rooms of your home.

Along with beautiful design, the style of the road was also represented at the Awards gala.  Event car sponsor Joe Clapsaddle, of Hornburg Jaguar, was also at our table.  Joe is past chair or the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and a very active community leader.

Hornburg sponsored a drawing for a Weekend in Hollywood giveaway featuring the use of a 2010 Jaguar XF Supercharged, which was also parked on the Red Carpet as the evenings’ guests received superstar treatment on January 30.

Luxury roadsters, sophisticated design, and skillful organizing all merged at the Los Angeles Organizing Awards.  Professional Organizers and their friends enjoyed celebrating a year of clutter-clearing work.  If you missed it, plan on coming next year.  We had a great time and wish to congratulate all of the 2010 award winners.

Organizing, Hollywood Style

2010 Los Angeles Organizing Awards

It’s January and that means it is Get Organized Month.  To celebrate, Los Angeles is playing host to the 5th annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards on January 30th.  Professional organizers from around the country, and beyond, are heading to the historic Raleigh Studios for the Red Carpet event featuring host Kim Coles, presenters Peter Walsh, President Laura Leist of the National Association of Professional organizers (NAPO),  Lorie Marreo of The Clutter Diet  blog, Barry Izsak, and many other celebrities of the organizing industry will be on hand.  Dorothy Brenninger and Standolyn Robertson of the hit A&E show HOARDERS will accept the Special Recognition Award for this new and enlightening program.

As one of the creators of this event I am also on the program.  Get It Together LA! is nominated for Best Closet Design Firm for the 4th year in a row.

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The lights, cameras, people, songs, food and laughs make this evening an event for not just professional organizers but also those who love to stay organized.  See who – and what products – will be recognized for being the best in the business.  To see all the finalist, click here.

The event is sponsored by Avery and presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of NAPO.  Ticket information can be found at www.napola.org.

Los Angeles Organizing Expert Elected to Industry Board

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Chris Mckenry

Chris McKenry, President of Get It Together LA!, has been elected to a 3 year term on the board of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).  “NAPO has been instrumental in the success of my business.  I am excited and honored to give back to the industry that has nurtured my growth as a professional organizing over the past decade,” said McKenry of his appointment.

Since 2000 Get It Together LA! has been offering clutter control, custom closet/storage design, and managing moves for clients.  Immediately McKenry joined NAPO and became involved in the Los Angeles chapter.

Chris has served on the board of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and was the 2005-2007 President of NAPO-LA.  During that time NAPO-LA created the Los Angeles Organizing Awards, began the Los Angeles Organizing Expo, and initiated the chapter’s successful Leadership Forum – providing training to inspire each member to become a leader in their business, community and chapter.

Chris McKenry is the recipient of the 2008 NAPO Shining Star Award and the 2008 Ambassador of the Year Award from the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.  Chris has appeared on television, been heard on readio, and featured int The Oprah Magazine, Women’s Day, and LA Weekly.  For more information visit www.GetItTogetherLA.com

About NAPO:
The premier national association dedicated to the field of organizing, the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is The Organizing Authority®.  Formed in 1985 as a nonprofit professional, educational association, NAPO is dedicated to serving its 4300+ members through education, networking, industry resources, and promoting the profession to the public.  NAPO’s mission is to develop, lead, and promote, professional organiziers and the organizing industry.  For more information, visit www.napo.net.


West Hollywood Event Showcased on Film

The setting was the London Hotel in West Hollywood.  The event was the 25th Annual Creative Business Awards honoring the most innovative companies in the city.  The November event was sponsored by the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Corp Shorts produced the following video showcasing the glam of the night.

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And the winners were:

Chris McKenry,Get It Together LA! – Ambassador of the Year
TOTO USA, Inc. – Art & Design
Equality California – Civic/Community Service
CBS Outdoor – Communications
California National Bank – Financial Services
Cake & Art – Retail/Service
Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas – Travel & Tourism
Deborah Kallick, Cedars-Sinai Health System – Thomas Crail Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to these West Hollywood business leaders.

Other Events:
The West Hollywood Chamber is holding a Business Seminar on Monday, February 9, 2009 free to its members.
Topic:  The Organized Office:  Secrets Revealed
Information can be found at wehochamber.com

What a Night for the Stars of Organizing

The Organizing world gathered in Los Angeles last week for the 2009 Los Angeles Organizing Awards held at the Luxe in Bel-Air.  Time management guru Stephen Covey received a Lifetime Achievement Award for helping us better organized our time through his books, products and seminars.  In a special taped “thank you” he noted how important it is to stand back and look at what is in our life.  Covey went on to say many times, upon examination, even our time is cluttered with events and activities that may not be as important as we think.

Chris Mckenry, Mary Ann Pate, and Janine Sarna-Jones

Chris Mckenry, Mary Ann Pate, and Janine Sarna-Jones

The Awards were presented by the National Association of Professional Organizers-Los Angeles chapter and event sponsor The Office Depot.  Over 150 professional organizers, product representatives and service providers attended.  Caught on the red carpet before the dinner and awards show were Mary Ann Pate, Past President of NAPO-San Francisco, Janine Sarna-Jones, Past President of NAPO New York and member of the NAPO Board of Directors and Chris McKenry.  McKenry, and his board in 2006 created the Los Angeles Organizing Awards.

Robin Davi, Donna McMillan, Dorothy Breininger, John Trosko, Dolores Kaytes, Hap Sparks, Christine Reiter, and Chris McKenry.

Robin Davi, Donna McMillan, Dorothy Breininger, John Trosko, Dolores Kaytes, Hap Sparks, Christine Reiter, and Chris McKenry.

The current and past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of NAPO joined Hal Sparks on the red carpet.  Sparks of “Queer as Folk” was the host of the evening.  Pictured from left to right:  Robin Davi, Donna McMillan, Dorothy Breininger, John Trosko, Dolores Kaytes, Hap Sparks, Christine Reiter, and Chris McKenry.

Also attending was Jodie Watson, star of Real Simple.Real Life and NAPO-LA Vice President and Awards chair.  From around the country guests included NAPO National board of directors;  President Standolyn Robertson and board members Angela Wallace, Pam McCutcheon, Janine Sarna-Jones, Allan Young, and Sandy Stelter- all celebrating the glamor of organization.

photo credits:  Sara Getzkin and Michelle Clooney

Friday Night Dine with the Famous and Organized

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Hal Sparks

If you are in Los Angeles this Friday, January 30, why don’t you join Hal Sparks of “Queer As Folk” and Christopher Knight of “The Brady Bunch” and “My Fair Brady”  at the 2009 Los Angeles Organizing Awards?  Also appearing will be organizing celebrities Sam Saboura, Gia Russo, and Jodie Watson all of “Real Simple. Real Life”, Dorothy Breininger of “Dr. Phil Show”, Linda Koopersmith of “Clean House” and Monica Ricci of “Mission: Organization”.

Los Angeles Organizing Awards

Los Angeles Organizing Awards

The entertainment industry is not the only group walking down the red carpet during the Hollywood Awards’ season.  You are invited to join professional organizers from across the county at the gala that “made organizing sheek” according to Oprah’s Peter Walsh.

Chris McKenry, Immediate Past President of NAPO-LA will also be on the program that evening and  Get It Togethter LA! is a finalist in the Best Closet Design category.  In 2007, Get It Together LA! took home that honor.

The Office Depot, Presenting Sponsor of the event, will have a drawing for a $500 shopping spree.  The event is produced by the National Association of Professional Organizers, Los Angeles chapter and with production support by the Dave Linden Group.

Share the glamor of Hollywood, the culinary delights of the Luxe Hotel in Bel Air, and excitement of the 4th Annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards.  REGISTER NOW at napola.org.

McKenry Designs “Red Carpet” Closets

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Los Angeles Organizing Awards

It’s the most organized “Red Carpet” in Los Angeles!  The 2009 Los Angeles Organizing Awards have announced the top recipients of this year’s online voting and Get It Together LA! is again in the running for Best Closet Design Firm.  The winners will be announced at the January 30th event to be held at the Luxe Hotel in Bel-Air.

This year’s gala will be hosted by actor/comedian Hal Sparks and organizing industry leaders from across the country will be in attendance.    If you want to know what the latest trend is in the world of organizing get into your organized closet and grab your couture and come to the Gala at the end of the month.  Click here and see what you missed at last year’s event.

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Beautiful custom closet by Get it Together LA!

“It is an honor to just have been nominated,” say Chris McKenry who is a past award winner.  “We don’t just build beautiful closets, we offer complete assessments of client’s organizing needs.  It just goes to show, it is not about the space as much as how you use it.”  Chris went on to saym “there are many other great closet designers out there that have inspired me and I wish them the best on Awards night.”

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Chris McKenry and Sherri Shepherd

Last year McKenry was caught on the Red Carpet with the 2008 host Sherri Shepherd of ABC-TV’s “The View”.  To attend the 4th annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards click here.

Closet Organizing Tip from Get It Together LA!:  Keep only what you wear and love.  Group like items together and use uniform hangers so all clothes will hang at the same height.

Vote Now for What Keeps You Organized

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What keeps you organized?  What or who saves you time in your home or office?  It may be a unique container, a favorite retail store, an informative book, blog, or even design company that keeps your clutter at bay.  The 4th annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards wants your input.

Get It Together LA! would like your vote for two categories if you agree; “Best Closet Design Firm” and “Best Blog” – Being Organized by Chris McKenry.  Simply click here and  go to “Click here to vote for Your Favorites”.  You will be asked to sign in just to assure only one vote is placed from each email address.  The ballot has several categories that covers the world of organizing for home, office, and life.

Visit our Closets
Visit our Closets

Winners will be announced at the nationally recognized Los Angeles Organizing Awards to be held on January 30, 2009 at the Luxe on Sunset in Bel-Air.  The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers is the event sponsor.

See you on the red carpet!

West Hollywood Chamber Honors Organizing Expert Chris McKenry

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photo credit: Sandy Arison

For the second time in five years Organizing Expert Chris McKenry was recognized by the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce when he recieved the Ambassador of the Year Award.  The new London of West Hollywood was the setting for the Creative Business Awards on November 5, 2008. 

“You can’t become an Ambassador without rubbing shoulders with the right people.  No stranger to celebrities, at the age of 9 our honoree actually dined with the real Colonel Sanders,” joked Chamber Vice President Joan Henehan when presenting the award.  A member since 2001, Chris served on the chamber’s board of directors from 2003-2007.  During that time he lead the Design Committee for the chamber’s new office space.

Accepting the award, Chris stated “just as an organizer guides a client who is uncertain of how to recognize and part with their clutter, our chamber – the West Hollywood Chamber – guides each of us in successful strategies for working together and building a network to grow our business.  In West Hollywood we know that getting to know each other and learning of our products and services creates valuable connections for future business.  Thank you for letting me be a part of this organization and thank you for tonight’s honor.”

 

Chris also received the President’s Award at the Chamber’s Small Business Awards in June of 2003.