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Q&A with Laura Leist, CPO, CRTS


Laura Leist, CPO, CRTS – Snohomish, WA –, President – National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), Author – Eliminate Chaos: The 10-Step Process to Organize Your Home & Life

1) How long have you been a professional organizer?
Going on 10 years.

2) What inspired you to become a CPO?
I wanted our clients to know that I take my profession seriously and invest in continuing education.  I also wanted to set a good example for our employees who I hoped would also sit for the CPO exam.  Today, three of our employees are also CPO’s.

3) What is the most common organizing project you’re hired to do?
I don’t think there is necessarily one common project we are hired for.  We work on a wide variety of projects, based on the skill-sets of our team of Organizing Consultants.  Each consultant has their own niche and therefore each have their own type of common projects.  For example, one of our consultants specializes in craft/hobby rooms as well as scrapbooking projects.  Kitchen design for a remodel or new kitchen is a common project for another one of our consultants.  Working with clients that hoard are common and typical projects for yet another consultant.

4) What is the most common organizing challenge people have?
I think one of the biggest challenges for people is how to organize information – whether electronic or on paper.  There are so many ways to organize and store information and people get overwhelmed by all of the options.

5) If you had to pick ‘your’ biggest organizing challenge, what would it be?
My biggest organizing challenge is trying to convince my significant other how important it is to keep the garage organized.

6) What one tips would you give to people who are trying to get organized?
Don’t lose sight of the fact that the project you are working on may have taken a long time to get to the point where you decided it needed to be organized.  Don’t get frustrated with how much time your project will take – just break it down into pieces and try to accomplish a little bit each day.  Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

7) How can potential clients get in touch with you?
425.670.2551 | |

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3 Responses to Q&A with Laura Leist, CPO, CRTS

  1. Deb Lee September 30, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    I love these Q&A’s with professional organizers. I get to learn more about other organizers and I really like hearing what their favorite organizing tips are, too. Look forward to seeing you at NAPO-WDC in 2010, Laura. =)

  2. Laura Leist September 30, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    Thanks Lauren – I’ve not seen the article yet, but have heard it is out.

  3. Lauren Spahr September 30, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    Laura, really enjoyed your article on organizing photos in Health magazine this month!
    Lauren Spahr

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