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Emotional Attachment to Clutter

In a recent interview at the Los Angeles Organizing Awards, I was asked by Carlos Amezuca if being emotionally attached to our possessions makes it difficult to get organized?  Often we feel that by giving up an unwanted gift, or keepsakes no longer used, the memories of treasured times will disappear.

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When we have more than we can manage the things that really matter get lost.  Professional Organizers gently encourage clients to release what is holding the future at bay.

It can be difficult to let go when memories are attached to clutter.  But letting go of unwanted things, does not cause the people whose memories are associated will leave our lives.  In fact too much “stuff” in our home and life can cause the people and things we really love to be lost.

Is clutter holding you back from starting your organizing journey?  Traveling does not require speed.  Set your own pace.  Begin reviewing your clutter a little at a time, one space at a time.  By recognizing your emotional attachment it will be easier to appreciate the joy of letting go and moving forward to an organized life.

The 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards were held January 29 at the Universal Sheraton.  This one of a kind event recognized the people, products, and services around the country that help us live better at home and work more efficiently.  The Los Angeles chapter of the National association of Professional Organizers is the host of the annual gala.  Get It Together LA! was a finalist in the Best Closet Design Firm category.

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.

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

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!

McKenry Closets are “Best In Show”

2008 Los Angeles Organizing Expo

Chris McKenry of Get it Together LA!

Get It Together LA! received “Best in Show” for outstanding booth design and product display at the 2008 Los Angeles Organizing Expo.  Professional organizers wondered the isles of the Olympic Collection viewing products and services that will help keep clients organized through the year.

Get It Together LA! displayed samples of our custom construction materials for closets, garages, and pantries.  Chris McKenry and Erin Haas enjoyed meeting many colleagues at the event.  Marble samples, hardware, door and drawer finishes were featured highlighting the style and design of the display.

With a record crowd of consumers, organizing professionals, home-building representatives and interior designers, the event drew participants from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and as far away as Ohio and Minnesota. The one-of-a-kind organizing Expo was the place to find time-saving products, solutions, tools and services for consumers wanting to get their lives in order and learn first-hand the secrets to an organized life.

John Trosko, President of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers said, “Busy Angelenos probably find the stress and strain of modern life demanding on both their time and space.  It is vital when trying to simplify one’s life to choose the right organizational tools. Lucky for us, there is now a wide variety of stylish, functional and affordable organizing options available and we have many of these products at the Expo.”

This year’s Expo hosted the first ever “Ask the Organizer” Panel. Home and business organizational experts offered guidance and expertise to a packed house of aspiring professional organizers and members of the general public. Questions ranged from residential to small business to corporate organizing concerns. The most anticipated question was how to successfully maintain an organizational system while balancing family, activities and work.

Get It Together LA’s award winning designs received “Best Closet Design” from the Los Angeles Organizing Awards.