NAPO2016 Small Changes = Big Difference


napo 2016

It’s just after our annual National Association of Professional Organizer’s conference, known in social media as #NAPO2016.  It’s always a high point for NAPO members as we gather to learn, share and connect in real life.  I’ve always been a fan of baby steps, and small changes = big difference.  Here’s more of what I learned at NAPO2016.


What struck me most this year is that Small Changes = Big Difference.


Small ways to connect
A small, a high five and a warm hello are all the ways we connect in small ways. These are big parts of NAPO2016.  Each session welcomed our members into the room.  Even calls of WOOT were parts of the connecting. Attendees contributed to a  star studded bulletin board of gratitude.  Creating coloring books were the sewing bee of the of conference.


coloring pages napo2016

Coloring pages connected members in a big way.



Small ways to change your environment
My favorite sessions at conference always include practical tips to share with clients. I learned that for families with ADHD, shifting to what is do-able is not giving a family member a pass.  It’s leveling the playing field.  Working with peace, order and calm are small ways that change the environment as I work with clients in their spaces.  Learning from statistical research of NAPO, I engaged in discussions on how adding small storage changes can create big differences in space use.



Small ways to let go of mind clutter
Scott Greenberg shared with us the challenges of mind clutter.  He called is mind set.  It’s about all the ways we talk trash to ourselves.  Our members called out as they shared their own mind clutter.  Scott suggested we remember, “I am a work in progress.”  We thrive when we are in growth mindset.

Scott also reminded us about kaizen, the Japanese concept that small changes big difference.  As we work together this year, we will keep this concept in mind during our sessions together!


Resources learned at NAPO2016

Impact ADHD




ADD Crusher


NAPO members shared recognition of our colleagues in a big way.

NAPO members shared recognition of our colleagues in a big way.


Let’s connect and start on your small change = big difference together!

4 replies
  1. Seana Turner
    Seana Turner says:

    Love your take aways… small, over time, really is incredibly powerful. Think of the difference a small stream can make in the landscape. Great photo of the recognition wall!

  2. Linda Samuels
    Linda Samuels says:

    What a great conference! And you’re right that the power of small is HUGE!!! NAPO2016 was noticeably different in positive ways…everywhere I looked, I saw smiling, engaged faces. There was lots of extra time for conversations, and several sessions I attended gave us time to talk and interact with one another peer-to-peer instead of being in a “listening only” mode. Thank you for all that you did to make it a great conference. I’m only sorry we didn’t have more time to talk together. Thank goodness for social media…where we can continue the conversation!!!

  3. Ellen Delap
    Ellen Delap says:

    It was wonderful to see you and have an In Real Life hug! It’s always so exciting when we gather to learn from each other, gain new skills and have fun!

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