Louise Barson, the author of My Life Pack is aÂ member of APDO UK – The Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers and will beÂ attending the annual conference 9 -11 March 2015.
HavingÂ presented a workshop session herself to members in a prior conferenceÂ Louise will be enjoying listening to this year’s keynote speakers and taking part in workshops this time. Here areÂ the conference details. Non-members can book toÂ attend onÂ Tuesday 10 March 2015Â and tickets are available on Eventbrite. So if youÂ can get to London andÂ are interested in getting organised for lifeÂ do come along.Â (NB if you love to get organised for lifeÂ yourself then check out My Life Pack’sÂ 2015 Born Organiser of the Month series here)
Update 26 MarchÂ 2015: Here is part of the APDOuk report on the 2015 Conference: “Itâ€™s been another exciting year of growth and change for the UK Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (apdo-uk) and this was reflected and celebrated at our annual conference in London on March 10 and 11. Vision Inspires Change was this yearâ€™s theme, and we were inspired by speakers from the US and the UK, including a fascinating question and answer session with a panel of APDOuk professional organiser members. Our annual get-together is a sign of how the UK decluttering industry, interest in what we do and our organisation itself is growing andÂ this timeÂ day oneÂ was open to non-members.
Day oneâ€™s keynote speaker was US-based time management expert, writer and mother of seven Rivka Caroline of SoBeOrganized, who offered excellent advice on making the most of your work time and further wisdom in a workshop on writing to promote your business. Day two brought another keynote speaker from across the pond. Anne Blumer of Solutions For You, and founder of the USAâ€™s Institute for Professional Organizers, shared some of the experiences that have shaped her career and what she wished she had known when she started out, and also gave a workshop on personal safety for organisers and their clients.â€ť
In between the keynote speakers APDOuk members shared their experiences and expertise on a variety of topics :- the importance of personal energy management when working as a professional declutterer, recommendations on how to getÂ your IT organisedÂ andÂ guidance on working with hoarders. There was a workshopÂ on expanding from home organising into interior design and staging property for sale, plus down to earth advice on growing a business. A high spot of the conference, particularly for newer members, was the Q&A panel session of experienced APDOuk organisers includingÂ the Declutter DivasÂ Zoe Steel and Allyson Pritchard; whom you may have seen on TV. The panelÂ were quizzed on topics ranging from handling psychological and emotional factors relating to clientsâ€™ clutter to how they market their services and what essentials they keep in their organiserâ€™s toolkit.”
Another great conference arranged by the APDOuk management team and enjoyed byÂ members and non members alike. I’m already looking forward to next years APDouk conference on March 15 and 16 2016 at the same venue;Â Resource For London. Again one of the days will be open to members of the general public and the booking information andÂ ticketsÂ will be listed on Eventbrite.