Carnage 2018: Pittsburgh Conference Time!

We finally saw spring last week! Sunshine always puts in me in a good mood, and I was very happy to have a few days of beautiful weather.

Ophelia and I attended a conference in our hometown of Pittsburgh last week – Carnage 2018. The company Carney hosted this conference and it was all about strategy driven marketing. I am always looking to learn more and was excited to learn more about digital marketing and what Organization Rules can do differently.

Carnage was held at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty and had ten different speakers. Here are a few photos of Ophelia and I at the conference:

Would I go to #TheYearlyCarnage again? Yes! I learned a lot about digital marketing strategy and enjoyed hearing the different speakers’ experiences and ideas.

My only suggestion: having the conference at a different venue. The hotel is great, but the event was held in an old gymnasium and the sound did not carry the best from the microphone.


Have you ever gone to a marketing conference for your business?

Use MiniMOVES for your Next Small Move

It’s easy to still think back to when I was at the NASMM conference in sunny, warm Florida! But I hear spring is finally on its way – at least for the weekend. I know I can’t wait to get out my porch and sit outside to drink a cup of coffee Saturday morning. Hopefully you get to enjoy some nice weather this weekend where you are as well!

When I was at the NASMM (National Association of Senior Move Managers) conference in Florida in February, I was able to learn more about a great company called MiniMOVES.

Of course, you’ve probably heard of many moving companies. So what makes MiniMOVES any different?

MiniMOVES specializes in SMALL moves. Whether you are just moving one piece of furniture or a small apartment, they are the perfect solution for smaller moves. Sure, you can still use a large moving company for this type of move, but MiniMOVES is a more frugal solution and understands that your move may not be a whole house, so they aren’t going to charge you for moving a whole house when they’re just moving a couch for you.

MiniMOVES does state to state moves, corporate moves, local moves, apartment moves, storage, furniture shipping, international shipping, and more. There is no space minimum or fixed size that you need to conform to.

Call MiniMOVES today for a free quote on your small move or visit their website for more information. MiniMOVES even has a great printable moving checklist to help your move run smoothly.

EBTH: Everything But The House

Are you looking to sell items? Maybe even a collection of items? Everything But The House (EBTH) may be your answer!

Ophelia and I got to meet EBTH at the NASMM 2018 Conference last month. EBTH provides solutions for individuals needing to sell items or if you’re looking to buy items. EBTH is an online auction company that is proven to have a higher sale value than traditional methods of selling items. So how does it work?

Contact EBTH: Call EBTH for a free consultation. When you’re looking to sell, contact EBTH and they can walk you through the auction process. This consultation is free and can give you a great starting point.

Preparation: EBTH will review all of your items and upload them to their website. EBTH provides pictures of the items as well as descriptions to get your item sold! They will also take care of any items that are not fit for sale by donating or trash removal if necessary.

Selling the Item: All items are live on EBTH’s website for seven days. It’s an auction so each item will start out at $1.00 and go from there. Once the seven days are over, EBTH will take care of the buyer’s payment, picking up the item from you, and shipping and delivery to the buyer.

Sound like the right solution for you? Start here to have an EBTH representative contact you about selling your items.

Solutions by ShelfGenie

Back when I went to the NASMM (National Association of Senior Move Managers) conference at the end of February, I got to check out many vendors and products. ShelfGenie was at this conference and I wanted to share more about the company and what they have to offer.

ShelfGenie believes in creating personalized solutions for your home that create more organization, access, and functionality. Instead of just browsing online and selecting the products you think would work in your home, ShelfGenie matches you with a personal Designer. Once you’re matched with your Designer, ShelfGenie visits your home to learn more about your wants and needs with your home.

Here are a few photos from ShelfGenie’s Pinterest page of solutions they have created:

I would LOVE this pull out shelf for my mixer – such a heavy item and can be awkward to carry out of my cabinet. This would be great to be able to pull out the shelf and make it easier to grab!

Instead of a lazy Susan – I like this so things won’t get lost behind the lazy Susan.

Dream pantry! Pulling out the shelves would make life a lot easier so you can see what is really there without having to get a chair, move everything to reach the back of the shelf, etc.

This would be great for bathroom organization instead of just throwing things under the sink!

Your Designer then creates a plan to review with you to see what solutions they have created for you. (I know I like all of the above pictured solutions!) Once you give your approval on the design plan, ShelfGenie gets to work on creating a more functional, organized space for you that addresses your needs.

I love that this isn’t just a company that sells their organizing products. ShelfGenie takes the time to truly understand your needs and your home to create more usable space and provide solutions to your organizing needs.

Ophelia and I even got to meet the Owner and Founder of ShelfGenie, Allan Young, at the NASMM conference.

To learn more about ShelfGenie, check out their Facebook page or Pinterest page.


NAPO Texas Regional Conference

The first weekend in March, I was very excited to be invited to speak at the NAPO Texas Regional Conference. NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals) always has an annual conference that I attend, but they also have regional conferences throughout the year. The Texas Regional Conference was located in Houston.

I had just gotten back from the NASMM conference a few days beforehand so I spent some time recharging and resting at home before heading out to Houston. Once again, happy to leave the winter weather behind!

Ophelia had to take her picture with Franco Harris before leaving Pittsburgh.

Friday I flew down to Houston – luckily I had no issues because this was the same day as the storm that affected so many people. I was thankful to get to Houston safely and as planned!

I got checked in to the Westin Houston Memorial City – another beautiful hotel. Friday night started the fun! We had the opening reception and the keynote speaker. Ophelia, as always, got to meet lots of vendors and get her picture taken with them.

Saturday we attended some breakout sessions including “Where’s My Hamster?” (a session on resiliency and productivity strategies for professionals with their clients), “Make it Matter!” (increasing productivity), and “Building Your Audience with Media.” I love learning new ideas at these conferences and Ophelia and I have a lot of ideas to take back with us!

I also presented on Saturday on my book, Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash. Below is Ophelia and I – ready to present!

Saturday also included the Ask the Organizer Panel which was a fun lunch and learn.

Ophelia and I got to try some good ole Texas barbecue Saturday night with some friends – we ate at Pinkerton’s Barbecue. It was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend if you are ever in the Houston area.

And somehow it was already time to go home on Sunday! It was a very fast weekend, but Ophelia and I were happy to have gone and as always see a lot of familiar faces, meet new people, learn more about the organizing industry, and share our experiences. More posts to come on the vendors we met and the great products that we learned about!



2018 NASMM Conference Recap

I flew to Florida on Saturday for the National Association of Senior Move Managers annual conference, and I could not wait for the beautiful weather. Pittsburgh has been rainy, cloudy, and gloomy – so the Florida sunshine was welcomed!! We landed in Florida and I was supposed to take a shuttle bus to the resort, but there was a mix up and I ended up taking a town car over to the resort. I was definitely okay with that! I even got to ride over to the resort with another conference goer who happened to have read my book and recognized me, which was really neat.

We arrived at the beautiful Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach. I had to take some photos because this resort was just breathtaking!

Ophelia found the selfie spot!

I got checked into my room, refreshed, and headed down to the opening night reception. I had a lot of fun meeting new people and seeing familiar faces as well. Ophelia got to take her photo with many vendors and learn about new products to help in the Senior Move Manager world. I will be following up with more information on these products in posts to come – there were so many neat vendors and products at the NASMM conference!

Ophelia spun the wheel and won a prize!

Sunday started the real fun with the educational sessions. I attended a few classes, and it is so amazing that no matter if you have been in business 1 year or 20 years, you always learn so much. I gained a lot of knowledge to bring back to Organization Rules and am excited to use it in my business.

Sunday also was very fun because I treated myself to the spa! Going to the spa is one of my favorite things to do on vacation and since a conference provides a mini vacation, I figured, why not? The Sawgrass Marriott Spa was absolutely beautiful. I enjoyed a massage and loved being able to get some relaxation in during my time in Florida.

Monday continued with more educational classes. Above is Jill Yesko of Discover Organizing, one of my dear friends, presenting on “Cleaning Houses = Cleaning Up.” Ophelia and I continued to check out the vendor booths as well and had some fun taking photos with everyone!

The Downsizing Divas!

Tuesday was time for Jill Yesko and I to present on Rightsizing the Stay@Home Client. We had so much fun sharing our experiences and incorporating NASMM@Home principles into all Senior Move Managers’ businesses.

Sadly, Tuesday was also time to go back home. Ophelia and I had such a great time at the NASMM 2018 Conference – we saw a lot of familiar faces, met new people, learned more about the Senior Move Manager industry, and we are excited to share more with you in future blog posts about the vendors and products that we saw and learned about at the conference.

I already miss the warm Florida weather, but we are looking forward to the 2019 NASMM Conference in SAN DIEGO!


Off to Texas!

Sometimes being a professional organizer means frequent travel. This is one of those weeks! I just got back last night from Florida where I was speaking at the National Association of Senior Move Managers annual conference (blog post to come soon with more on the NASMM conference!). Now, Ophelia and I are headed to Houston at the end of this week for the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals Regional Conference.

So what is different about NAPO? NAPO’s mission “is to be the leading source for organizing and productivity professionals by providing exceptional education, enhancing business connections, advancing industry research, and increasing public awareness. NAPO started out as National Association of Professional Organizers and recently changed their name to include Productivity Consultants in the organization’s name. So how does NAPO define a Professional Organizer vs. a Productivity Consultant?


  • Professional Organizer supports evaluation, decision-making, and action around objects, space, and data; helping clients achieve desired outcomes regarding function, order, and clarity.
  • Productivity Consultant supports evaluation, decision-making, and action around time, energy, and resources; helping clients achieve desired outcomes regarding goals, effectiveness, and priorities.

As a Professional Organizer, I not only enjoy going to NAPO conferences to meet and network with other professionals in my industry, but I also learn so much about the industry. This year I’m thrilled to be sharing my experiences and will be speaking this Saturday about my book, Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash.

Stay tuned to hear about the NAPO Texas Regional Conference as well as my time in Houston!


Preparing for NASMM 2018 Conference!

It’s that time of year again – conference time! This year I am honored to be speaking at the NASMM conference in sunny Florida! So what is NASMM and why is there a conference for it? Read on to hear more about what I will be doing at the annual NASMM conference!

What is NASMM?
NASMM stands for National Association of Senior Move Managers, and it is the leading membership organization for Senior Move Managers. NASMM’s mission “is to facilitate the physical and emotional aspects of relocation for older adults, to increase industry awareness, to establish a national referral network, to enhance the professional competence of members, and to promote the delivery of our services with compassion and integrity.”
Senior Move Managers assist seniors with the emotional and physical aspects of moving from their home to a smaller home, apartment, retirement community, or to assisted living. Senior Move Managers/Professional Organizers become the “project manager” for the entire event. From the beginning of making the decision to move, to the unpacking and making of their bed, we do everything so seniors don’t have to. Moving is stressful enough, but leaving their home of 5 to 60 years can be difficult. Senior Move Managers are the experts and we are here to help you.
I have been a NASMM member since 2005 and continue to learn and grow as a Senior Move Manager with each NASMM conference I go to.
What happens at a NASMM conference?
NASMM conferences are a great time for Senior Move Manager experts to come together from across the country and connect, learn new ideas, share experiences, and continue to grow the world of Senior Move Managers. Conferences include workshops, networking events, vendor exhibits, and more.
This year, I am very excited to be presenting a learning lab breakout session with a fellow local organizer. Jill Yesko (Discover Organizing) and I will be leading the session on Rightsizing the Stay@Home Client. If you will be at the conference, join us on Tuesday February 27th for the session. Jill and I will focus on incorporating NASMM@Home principles into your daily business practices.
Check the blog next week to hear about the conference, see what vendors we found, and how the presentation went.
– Vickie & Ophelia