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APDO Conference 2018: A review

It’s been an exciting four weeks for APDO Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers. Not only was there the creation of Spring Clearing Week between 24-30 March (a brand new public awareness week focused on decluttering and streamlining home and life), but that came hot on the heels of the APDO annual conference, held on 15 & 16 March.

The conference was a sell-out and was wholeheartedly enjoyed by the attendees, who included national and international APDO members and professionals from international associations. There was a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers, lively workshops on diverse topics, a Q&A session with experienced professional organisers, networking opportunities and fun socials. In a nutshell, this was two days of learning and sharing with a vibrant community of organising experts, who have endless passion for their jobs.

Kate Galbally (Better Organised) provides this blog based on what she took away from the event and it sums up the ‘feel good factor’ of the event.

Your message needs to be bigger than your fear!

The headline above was the rallying call from visibility strategist Ruby McGuire (Rock Your Fabulous Biz) on day one of the annual conference for the Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers in London. What followed was motivation and inspiration with keynote speeches, plenary sessions and workshops delivered by industry-leaders from across the globe.

Perhaps you’re wondering what professional organisers found to talk about for two days? Or maybe you’re thinking about starting up your own decluttering business but haven’t yet taken the leap. I’ve rounded up some of the main takeaways from the event.

The culture of positivity

On arrival at the venue, Resource for London, it was immediately apparent that the people that I’d only ever interacted with online were just as friendly, welcoming and supportive in person. The inclusive and collaborative nature of the members shone through and the place was soon buzzing with introductions and conversations. There is definitely a collective drive and enthusiasm to learn more about how we can enhance the offerings to clients, whilst developing professionally and nurturing our businesses. The positivity was infectious!

How the industry is growing

APDO was formed in 2004 and now has 281 accredited members, but the statistic that really stood out was that the membership has grown by a third in the last year alone. It is so exciting to be part of such a rapidly growing industry – it is particularly reassuring to be sharing the journey with a thriving community of such professional and supportive business owners.

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The breadth and depth of professional skills and services available to clients

Life coaching, counselling, interior design, social work, housing, law, PAs – one theme that struck me was that the organisers I spoke to all seem to have spent their working lives in roles that have primarily been about supporting other people. Now they use their expertise to help clients on a practical and emotional level by assisting them to get better organised.

From empathetic and long-term assistance for people with ADHD or hoarding tendencies, to hands-on help for people who are clearing out a loved one’s belongings after a bereavement, the ways in which organisers help their clients are many and varied. It was so fascinating to hear others’ stories of what has led them into this field of work.

How perfectly the content was tailored to the audience

Leslie Josel (Order Out of Chaos) delivered a powerful keynote speech about demystifying executive functions and ADHD. One key point she made was that understanding how your clients think is the only way to instill change. Well, the voluntary board at APDO had clearly understood the way their members think, as they had identified topics that are at the forefront of their members’ minds. We were spoiled for choice when it came to workshops, with topics including how to film and edit compelling footage on smartphones, the development of business workshops and webinars, supercharging social media content, readiness for GDPR and how to declutter your business ideas to avoid burnout.

What I’ll do next

I’ve already done it! I’ve cleared my diary to make sure that I will be attending next year’s conference.

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I love being part of this industry and seeing the growth that my business has achieved already. Working alongside my clients is satisfying and rewarding and as Cassie Tillett (Working Order) the founder of APDO has said, ‘When you know you’ve made a positive difference in someone else’s life, there’s no other feeling like it!’

 

If you’re not an APDO member but are interested in being part of the community, you can find out more here. Also keep an eye on the events page for upcoming campaigns.

NAPO Conference 2017

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This April, APDO president Ingrid Jansen (Organise Your House) and APDO head of international liaison Isabelle Lamy (IDea for your Space) travelled to Pittsburgh in the US to attend the NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) Conference!

The 4-day conference attracts over 550 organisers, with delegates from 11 countries worldwide. It’s a completely packed conference with 6 workshops, meetings, panel discussions, annual member meeting and awards presentation, networking lunch and dinner, international attendee round table and a Presidents reception.

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Ingrid says:
I’ve been thrilled to meet such a fabulous group of people. NAPO welcomed us with open arms and not only did we learn a lot, networked with friends old and new, we also had a great time! It’s so special to be in a room with 550 professional organisers who share the same passion for our industry. We are grateful to all NAPO members for sharing their knowledge and giving us their time. I’m filled with excitement and can’t wait to share all my news with APDO members in the UK”.

Isabelle says:
I’ve been amazed by the size of the NAPO conference, from the number of attendees, the the many, quality workshops to attend. From breakfast, to late into the evening we had lots of opportunities to meet like-minded professional organisers. Like our very own APDO conference NAPO 2017 is the perfect place to network, to learn and to have fun (on the dance floor). What impressed me the most is that even in the US one of the main concerns for the NAPO members was how the association could help to raise the awareness of the industry… just like here in the UK. Being able to connect with other international delegates and to meet again some of our previous speakers (Anne Blumer, Ellen Faye) really made me realise how internationally connected APDO is now”.

Both Ingrid and Isabelle are delighted to have been able to attend the NAPO 2017 Conference and can’t emphasize enough to other professionals to go and learn at other professional organiser conferences. The learning and sharing made the experience super special!


If this post has sparked your interest and you would like to become part of the growing industry of accredited professional organisers in the UK, why not think about joining APDO? If you could benefit from support to declutter and organise your home or work-space, find a local organiser here.

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Countdown to the Conference has started!

 

The countdown has started and the conference committee are working through the checklists in preparation for what is proving to be a sell-out for APDO  Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers, “Life simplified” conference on 21 & 22 March 2017”.

In fact, demand for this event is so high that we have had to revisit the conference venue, Resource for London, and book extra space!  If you haven’t bought a ticket yet – do not delay!  There are a couple of two-day and day 1 tickets still available and a few additional on day two.   We will also be running a waiting list once these tickets have been sold so if you would like to put your name down then please contact Sammy Ryan at the email address below.

And why would you want to miss this amazing event? APDO has a superb line-up of keynote speakers, a wide variety of workshops to choose from, a brilliant Q&A panel and great evening social events – and all topped off with some fantastic auction and raffle prizes, not to mention an eclectic goody bag selection to take away with you!!

We look forward to welcoming you all!

For any queries please contact: Sammy Ryan of the conference team via the enquiry form.

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