Life Simplified

Welcome to the APDO 2017 Conference: Life Simplified

When?  21 and 22 March 2017

Where?  Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA

Who? Open to APDO members and non-members (over the age of 18)

What?  A fantastic line-up of keynote speakers, lively workshops on diverse topics, an ever-popular Q&A session with experienced professional organisers, networking opportunities, fun socials and great prizes to be won. 2 days of learning and sharing with a vibrant community of organising experts. Don’t miss it! 

Keynote speakers include:

·       James Wallman – futurist, journalist, and author of the best-selling book, Stuffocation 

·       Helene Segura – the Inefficiency Assassin™. Productivity and time management expert from the USA

·       Cathi Nelson – professional organiser and founder of APPO Association of Personal Photo Organizer

·       Ellen Faye – President of NAPO National Association of Professional Organizers in the USA.  

Don’t miss earlybird offers and discounts for members of APDO and fellow organisations

If you’re planning on staying, we have created a map of local accommodation to help you plan your visit.

Click on the pictures below in the Photo Gallery to see more images from the 2016 conference.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Day One - Tues 21 March 2017


President’s opening address

Keynote speech: Stuffocation

By James Wallman (UK)

Meet the APDO Board

  • News
  • President’s speech
  • President elect
  • Updates from the board
  • Future plans

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Worshop session 1 – Choice of workshop

Photo-organising – tapping into this ‘new niche’

By Cathi Nelson from APPO Association of Personal Photo Organizers (USA)

Recognise the challenges your clients face and learn how to add photo organising to your business.


How to use Twitter as a marketing tool

By Juliet Landau-Pope, APDO head of training (JLP Coach) (UK)

and Kate Ibbotson, APDO head of PR & marketing (A Tidy Mind) (UK)

Learn the key ways to develop your marketing strategy using Twitter.

Worshop session 2 – Choice of workshop

Top 10 simple tips to make your website stand out

By Jamie Hewitt from RocketshipWP (UK)

A brilliant opportunity to receive advice and guidance on developing your website.  Jamie is inviting attendees to submit their website to him for a review.


Meaningful objects

By Dr Zemirah Moffat from Insightful Moves (UK)

Learn how to facilitate a discussion, encourage empathy and hone your listening skills.  A great workshop for anyone interested in facilitation and/or working with groups.

Keynote speech: Breaking the time management encryption: how to liberate your productivity skills from deep cover

By Helene Segura, of LivingOrder San Antonio (USA)

‘The Inefficiency Assassin’ will teach you time management and productivity strategies to use in your own business or teach your clients.

Evening Social Event (After 5pm)

El Molino

We are offering the opportunity to continue socialising, networking and getting to know each other after the activities of the day.  On Tuesday evening our international speakers Ellen Faye, Helene Segura and Cathi Nelson will be in attendance. Please note: Tickets for this event must be purchased pre-conference.

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Day Two - Wed 22 March 2017


President’s opening address

Keynote speech:  Photo organising anxiety and how to overcome it

By Cathi Nelson from APPO Association of Personal Photo Organizers (USA)

Through and engaging presentation, Cathi will present proven techniques that will alleviate a common fear, namely ‘how can I organise someone’s photos, when my own photos are disorganised?’

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Workshop session 3: Morning workshops

How to succeed in your organizing or productivity consulting business

Helene Segura from LivingOrder San Antonio (USA)

Soak up knowledge, tips and tricks for kicking your business into the next gear.


Hidden treasures in your client’s home

Antony Charman and Elissa Wine from Vintage Cash Cow (UK)

Stories, facts and statistics on the different types of clutter you will help your clients remove from their homes.


Q&A session with a panel of 5 experienced organisers

Session led by Jo Jacob –


Keynote speech: The magic of motivation©

Ellen Faye – President of NAPO National Association of Professional Organizers (USA) or

Understanding how motivation effects relationships with employees, volunteers, clients, peers and superiors is tremendously useful. Ellen’s presentation explores the understanding of motivation, myths of motivation, barriers to motivation, motivation techniques, and methods to inspire.

Silent Auction and Raffle

Evening Social Event (After 5pm)

The Coronet

We are offering the opportunity to continue socialising, networking and getting to know each other after the activities of the day.  On Wednesday evening our international speakers Ellen Faye, Helene Segura and Cathi Nelson will be in attendance.  Please note: Food and drink are at your own expense for this event:



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"All of the speakers and presentations were excellent but I found it really valuable to have the chance to meet and interact with my colleagues in the industry, I learnt a lot!"

"The opportunity to network with people who are also newbies like me, as well as with experts in the field. The size of the conference was exactly perfect for doing both."

"I really love how everyone is so open to help each other learn and grow our industry. The Q&A panel was especially useful."

"I really loved this year's conference. I am so grateful to have been welcomed back by APDO. I am overwhelmed by how much this association feels like a family and how passionate everyone is about growing our industry and helping others."

"So enjoyed being at the conference this year. Had forgotten what a positive boost it gives to us all to be surrounded by like-minded people."

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