National Organising Week is an annual initiative led by APDO, a thriving professional community with over 250 accredited experts across the UK and internationally.
The aim of NOW which takes place annually in November, is to inspire people to think about the clutter they are living with and take action to do something about it. Although APDO members provide one to one support all year round, it was wonderful to showcase their passion and enthusiasm to inspire the UK (& beyond!) to organise homes, minds and lives.
As APDO reflects on 2017, NOW was surely one of the highlights. This blog post looks back at the range of activities which took place, the camaraderie between members and the new connections forged.
This is a brilliant initiative which started in 2016. It gives APDO members the opportunity to volunteer their time and expertise to a worthy charity. Three official charity days took place during NOW 2017, with other more informal ones occurring through the actions of inspired members.
Four enthusiastic APDO members donated a day of their time to the charity Saint Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Fiona Bennett (Simplify Your Home), Hannah Young (Revive Your Space), Kate Ibbotson (A Tidy Mind) and Miriam Osner (The Decluttering Queen), donated their time to support the Saint Michael’s Bilton store, which had recently seen a change in staff and a new recycling provider, resulting in a back log of donations building up.
“I have to say how grateful both myself and the team are for the hard work that was put into making the store a tidier, more organised and safer environment for them to work in. Hopefully this will give them a good basis to work from and continue with the systems that you have put in place.”
A large team of APDO members met up to re-organise the stock room in TRAID’s Wood Green charity shop and were certainly a force to be reckoned with as they worked together to get the most out of the day for the clothing charity.
Isabelle Lamy (Idea for your Space), Katherine Blackler (SortMySpace), Liz Aitken (Carefully Sorted), Tracy Muir (Support to Sort), Shula Levy (Out of Space), Chloë Howat (Declutter with Chloe), Sam Hofer (Untangled), Juliette Harding (Tulips Decluttering Service) and Marcella Caricasole (Think Tidy) pooled their ideas, energy and creativity – and had a lot of fun along the way!
“The difference in our restock process is incredible. We weren’t digging through numerous cartons to get stock ready for the shop floor. Giving instructions to staff became far simpler as the stock was clearly visible. The time we spent doing the re-stock reduced down to 3 hours instead of the previous 8 hours so we could open up to customers again by lunchtime. What’s also great is that all the empty racks now upstairs are ready and waiting for us to line up the next re-stock onto. We can do that at our leisure before the restock is scheduled in January and save ourselves time and stress again then! Thank you APDO. You certainly got us sorted!”
Read more about the day in this blog by TRAID.
Two professional organisers in Scotland put a note on Facebook a few weeks before NOW asking if any local charities needed some assistance and their adventure with Massive Outpouring of Love (MOOL) began!
Mel Carruthers (More Organised) and Kate Garraway (Better Organised) worked in the dispatch area and got stuck in organising packed boxes for a collection the following day, heading to Calais, as well as organising the store room and sorting area.
Mel said: “It was a privilege to arrange so many donations, knowing that in 48 hours time they would be in France and the contents keeping people warm”
APDO members wrote a different daily guest blog for the APDO website throughout NOW, providing motivation and inspiration on all aspects of organising. So much free expertise was shared from our members who proved themselves to be huge fountains of knowledge! Catch the blogs below, in case you missed them:
APDO members also wrote a number of blogs for partnership organisations. Even more pearls of wisdom were shared, ensuring the UK (and beyond) were armed with as much knowledge as possible.
The enthusiasm for NOW spread the length and breadth of the country with APDO members posting on social media, delivering workshops, writing for publications, public speaking and giving special offers to clients. APDO is proud to represent so many members dedicated to empowering the UK to organise their homes and work spaces.