Monday, July 24, 2017

NAPO 2017 Vendors

While at the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) 2017 Conference there were lots of vendors. Here are some of my favorite vendors and many of these products I have used before. 

Everything But the House. Great for estate sales.

Oxo has a new line of glass containers. Many of my clients have and love oxo products

Samsill had many great Popn products and organizing supplies.

Smead had some great new file folders and I went home and bought the ones where you can take notes on the front of the folder.

Rubbermaid had some car organization products. 

Scansnap was showing off their scanner that I want. It is a lifesaver when scanning business cards and documents.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Eco / Green Pittsburgh, PA

While I was at the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) 2017 Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, I was pleasantly surprised all of the eco / green features the city, hotels, and convention center had to offer. I had never been to Pittsburgh and didn't know what to expect.

Here are some highlights:

Living wall at the Westin.

Green roof facts at the Westin Convention Center.

Green roof at the Westin Convention Center.

Green roof at the Westin Convention Center.

Recycling stations all throughout the Westin Convention Center.

I got to meet my NAPO Eco special interest group (SIG).

Recycled art from old bottle caps made by a charter school.

Recycled art from old bottle caps made by a charter school.

I also want to note that there were eco buses and a ton of refillable water bottle stations. Let me know about other eco / green features in Pittsburgh, PA.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NAPO 2017 Where I Stayed : Kimpton Monaco Pittsburgh

While I was at the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) 2017 Conference, I decided to stay at Kimpton Monaco in Pittsburgh. There are several reasons why I decided to stay here and many reasons why I LOVED it and so glad I stayed there.
  1. It just so happened to be way less expensive than the Westin where the conference was held / connected to the convention center. 
  2. It was only a few blocks from the convention center and within walking distance.
  3. There were various eco features. They are a Green Key certified hotel with many green features.
  4. Free happy hour every day! Although, I didn't get to take advantage of it everyday. 
  5. Yoga mat in each room. 
  6. Free bikes to use. 
  7. Within walking to distance to restaurants, bars, entertainment and shopping. 
  8. They gave me a companion fish for the week that they took care of.
  9. It is pet-friendly friendly. I loved seeing all the dogs come in.
  10. Beautiful room and comfortable bed. 
  11. Jambox in each room. I like to listen to music while getting ready. 
  12. $10 bar card for being a Kimpton rewards member.
  13. Fitness center.
All in all, I would definitely recommend staying here and would definitely stay here again if I ever go back to Pittsburgh. Where are some of your favorite hotels?

Monday, July 17, 2017

What I learned / enjoyed at the NAPO 2017 Conference in Pittsburgh

This year was my first year to go to National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference in Pittsburgh after being a NAPO member for many years. I was SO happy that I did. I learned so much!!
  • Connected with other organizers in Houston and all over. I have connected with more Houston organizers than I thought and am SO glad that I did. I had such a great time with all of them and couldn't wait to hang out with them again. I also, connected with some other organizers in other cities that we stay in touch via Slack. 
  • I learned SO much from the classes that I took. Since the conference I have gone back and listened to classes that I was not able to attend. There were so many GREAT speakers and I really didn't know what to expect. It was sensory overload and I couldn't wait to get back to Houston and implement the many things that I learned. 
  • Just go with the flow. Since I didn't know what to expect I was just winging everything. From the day I got to Pittsburgh I had a conference buddy. Then when I was wrapping up my time with my buddy we ran into some Houston organizers that I knew, but didn't really "know". I ended up going to a Pirates game with them that night. It was a happy accident. 
  • Vendors. I got to see the many vendors that I may have known about, but it was great seeing the products they had to offer and I learned about new vendors. I will do a separate post on this as well. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

3 Tips for Getting Organized in the Mornings

I created a YouTube video on 3 Tips for Getting Organized in the Mornings. I go over some things that have helped my clients and I through the years. What are some things you do to get organized in the mornings? What are some other videos you would like to see? 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Eco Modern Concierge Earned a Certificate of Workplace Productivity and a Certificate of Residential Organizing

Through National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) I earned my specialists certificates in Workplace Productivity and Residential Organizing. What does this mean? It just basically means that I took a lot of specialized courses on these subjects to further my education in the organizing world. Many of you already know that Eco Modern Concierge services businesses and individuals through professional organizing and personal assistance in Houston, TX. I would love to help you get organized in these areas. What areas do you hope to be more productive or organized in?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Travel Tips and Hacks

I know it is summer time and right in the heart of travel season. In fact, I am traveling right now as are many of my clients, so I thought it would be a good idea for some travel tips. As a professional organizer and concierge, I get asked to help with packing and preparing for travel ALL of the time especially during peak travel season like summer and winter. Below are some travel tips and hacks that I have learned along the way.
  • Bring a small power strip. Many hotels or rental places are short on plugs. 
  • Get free maps from AAA (if you are a member) or airport information stations.
  • Discounted travel through AAA and Costco memberships. There are lots of deals to be had out there.
  • Bring your own water bottle and use filling stations. Many airports have fill stations now. 
  • Pack your shoes in shower caps. I do this so my shoes do not get my clothes all dirty.
  • Utilize your space. Put socks and underwear inside of your shoes. 
  • Bring your own mini alcohol bottles. They are usually under the ounce limit. I have heard mix reviews about this. Some people say airlines allow it, while others say it is not allowed. 
  • Place orders ahead of time and have them shipped to your destination. This is especially great for kid items like diapers or formula if you are staying in one place for a while. Or if you forget something.
  • Start taking Vitamin C two weeks before traveling. This helps you from getting sick or at least lessens the chances.
  • Take picture of your outfits. This helps you plan what you are going to wear each day and that way you will already know without having to think about it.
  • Wrap tops of bottle caps with plastic. This helps with leakage and preventing a mess inside of your suitcase &/or bag.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Road Trip Essentials

Since is it is summer travel time I thought I would refer back to a post I wrote almost 2 years ago called road trip essentials (I can't believe I posted this almost 2 years ago, I remember so vaguely writing it). Click on the link above to view all the photos published.

I grew up road tripping to various places and often take road trips with my husband, and wanted to share some of my essentials. I back in July from road trippin’ with family to SC. I rode with my aunt, uncle and cousin because I was able to take off early and my husband and the rest of our family flew up that weekend. We took a leisurely pace and stopped in New Orleans at one of my favorite places, Mother’s. Their jambalaya is DELICIOUS! Saw the largest rocking chair in America, then made our first stop in Destin, FL for a couple of days. I was surprised how clear the water was and it was only about a 9 hour drive. Then we finally made our way to Edisto Beach, SC outside of Charleston and stopped at the smallest church in America on the way. I rode back home with them as well, so we were in the car a loooong time. 

Here are some road trip essentials that I found helpful and like to take with me.
  • Pouches / Document Holders. I use these all the time when traveling because it helps me contain my stuff.
  • Notebook / Address Book. I try to always bring my address book / notebook with me on my trips because I often send letters or have thoughts I want to jot down. 
  • Pens / Pencils. Because you never know when you need a pen.
  • iPad. To watch movies, listen to music or play games on, but I didn’t use it this time.
  • Movies. My cousin brought all kinds of movies for us to watch in the car because they have a tv in the car and we actually watched several movies. 
  • Headphones. For music and movies.
  • Instant Film Camera. I love using this that my husband got for me several years ago. We took pictures at the quirky places we stopped at and completely forgot to use it at other places too.
  • Portable Phone Charger. This is always handy if your phone battery is running low.
  • Car Games. We actually had a lot of fun with this. We played the license plate  and got all, but 6 by the time we got home. We also played a travel question game that surprisingly turned out to be fun and we learned a lot about each other. I picked up car bingo at the AAA store. I had seen them on Amazon and a local store in Houston, but it was way cheaper from AAA.
  • Maps. I know most of us have a GPS or GPS on your phone, but I always like to take an actual map just in case we need and to see where we are in relation to other cities, etc.  I go to AAA and pick up the maps and almost always use them when I am on road trips.
  • Coloring Books, Colored Pencils and Crayons. I’ve always liked coloring and picked up some cheap books on Amazon to take with us, they were cheaper on Amazon than at local art stores in Houston.
  • Book. I know a lot of people can’t read in the car, but I actually don’t do too terribly reading in the car. I just finished My Paris Dream on the way home. I really liked it. I am always nervous about popular books like this because sometimes they turn out to be not so great.
  • Toiletries. I carry a little bag with me that has all kinds of essentials like wipes, bandages, hand sanitizer, eye depuffer (just in case), essential oils (orange and lemon are so versatile), lip balm and tissues.
  • National Parks Passport Book. I got this several years ago while on vacation because my aunt had one and it is a fun / free thing to get stamps at the national parks you visit.
  • Things that are not pictured that I think are necessary to having a more comfortable road trip include, pillow, blanket, snacks and drinks.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!