Annual MARCPO Conference
The Organizing Maniacs are self-diagnosed education junkies and for our latest professional development fix we spent a fun and knowledge-filled Saturday in Bethesda, MD at the annual MARCPO conference. Speakers presented on topics including clutter blindness, student organizing, digital clutter, vintage items, and even YouTube!
The student organizing session reminded us about the differences between general household organizing and the student population. Students need a professional organizer who is an expert on executive function, is up to date on technology, and well-versed in educational accommodations such as IEP’s and 504 plans. Professional organizers who work with students often are part of a team, communicating with teachers, parents, and other adults in the child’s life.
Digital clutter is something we all have to deal with in this new age of technology. We’ve all got that inbox full of emails from department stores, newsletters, and also from important people like our CPAs and parents. How do we manage it all? Is it ok to keep every digital file ever created because it doesn’t take up any physical space? How do we store our files for retrieval and keep them safe in the event of a computer disaster?
We had our own mini-version of Antique’s Roadshow where attendees brought in items to be valued (yes, even Professional Organizers have old family items in our homes!). Along the way we learned about the antiques market and the best resources for our client’s looking to find out more information about vintage and antique items in their homes.
Maniac Jennifer particularly enjoyed Dr. Bell’s session titled “Clutter? What Clutter? She found it amazing to learn that adults make around 35,000 decisions a day! She feels we should try to put systems in place to reduce our decision making, especially when we know it may be a more stressful time. For example – picking out your outfits the night before a big meeting or difficult work day can allow you to preserve mental energy the next morning so you are sharper later that day. Also, research suggests it is a lot easier to decide what to discard verses what to keep. So when going through a category of items to purge, start on what you know you don’t want and this can make the process go faster and smoother, and allow you to build momentum to finish the category.