FOCUS on Organizing (Postponed)

When: TBD
Where: Kumon, 899 Boston Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: Organizing Workshop, featuring hands-on New Year’s Organizing tips
     Folding tips. Includes fitted sheets and “filing” t-shirts. Matt Baier of Matt Baier       Organizing, LLC
     Junk drawer. Strategies for conquering the “miscellaneous.” Seana Turner of the Seana Method
     Filing systems. Set up three ways. Susan Lovallo of Clutter of Solutions, LLC.
     Photo filing. Showcasing digitl photos. Ann Zanon of A2Z Organizing
Cost per person:  $25/person in advance, contact info@focusorganizers.com;  $30/at the door 

Down-sizing

 

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2016; 7:00am to 8:30 PM
Where: Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd, Westport, CT 06880
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: Strategies for organizing and decluttering for a move to a smaller home, including strategies for resettling.

Down-sizing

When: Thursday, June 9, 2016; 7:00am to 8:30 PM
Where: YMCA, 50 East Putnam Ave, Greeenwich
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions), sponsored by At Home in Greenwich
What: Strategies for organizing and decluttering for a move to a smaller home, including strategies for resettling.

Space is limited. RSVP to Belinda 203.422.2342.

Decluttering

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016; 7:00am to 8:30 PM
Where: YMCA, 50 East Putnam Ave, Greeenwich
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions), sponsored by At Home in Greenwich
What: A discussion of clutter in our lives, including strategies for reducing clutter, paper management, and systems to prevent clutter from returning.

Space is limited. RSVP to Belinda 203.422.2342 by April 21.

New Year, New You

When: Saturday, January 16, 2016; 10:00am to 12:00 noon
Where: Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd, Cos Cob, CT 06807
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: Organizing strategies for a new year and a new you!
Motivation Susan Lovallo, Clutter Solutions, LLC. Learn how to get and stay motivated, to get your organizing and life goals met this year! We will discuss how to break past your barriers and get to the finish line!
Healthy Habits to Start Today Seana Turner, The Seana Method.  There is no better time than the start of a new year to develop fresh habits. Powerful improvements result when we make even small adjustments in routine, and consistently execute them over time. Learn about how habits are formed, why they are so powerful, and which ones you can start today.
Making Resolutions Stick  Matt Baier, Matt Baier Organizing, LLC.  Strategies and solutions for turning your New Year’s resolutions into an actionable plan. 

Spring Clearing

When: Thursday, May 14, 7:00PM-8:15PM
Where: Byram-Schubert Library, 21 Mead Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: “Spring Clearing” Let’s face it, a lot of spring cleaning is about spring CLEARING. If you’re finding it hard to get organized and stay organized this spring, your local professional organizers from FOCUS will  bring you some great organizing advice for all areas of your home.

The Garage
Matt Baier, Matt Baier Organizing, LLC
Tips to GET cleared and STAY cleared in the garage. A great place to start!

Wall to Wall Paper
Jennifer Burke, JKB Organizing
A guide for clearing and organizing your paper clutter!
The Kitchen
Seana Turner, The Seana Method
How to keep the “heart of the home” working efficiently.
The Miracle Organizing Tool
Susan Lovallo, Clutter Solutions, LLC
Learn about the best organizing tool to help you unclutter and get your house in order.  Best of all, it’s free!

Tough To Toss

When: Thursday, April 30, 7:00PM-8:00PM
Where: Stratford Public Library, 2203 Main St, Stratford CT 06615
When: Saturday, March 14, 2015;  10:00am-11:30am
Where: Cos Cob Libray, 5 Sinawoy Rd, Cos Cob, CT 06807
When: Wednesday, January 7, 2015;  7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

What: “Tough To Toss: Overcoming the Hurdles to Clearing the Clutter.” This will be a practical evening, featuring actionable solutions to some of the most common hurdles we face when shedding unwanted possessions. 

Topics will include:
Coping With Guilt and Emotional Attachment
Jennifer Burke, JKB Organizing
How to conquer the  ”I received it as a gift so I can’t get rid of it” or “It has sentimental value so I have to keep it” dilemma.
Removing the Heavy & Hazardous
Matt Baier, Matt Baier Organizing, LLC
Need to give the heavy and hazardous the heave-ho? Here’s how.
Avoiding Waste & Finding Alternatives to the Trash
Seana Turner, The Seana Method
Does throwing things away make you feel guilty? Ever think “Surely someone can use this!” or “Is there a better alternative than throwing this in a landfill?” This session will give you tips on how and where to donate, sell and recycle what you no longer use.
Facing the Fear of “What if I need it?”
Susan Lovallo, Clutter Solutions, LLC
Ever wonder what you should and shouldn’t pitch? Here are some guidelines to make it easier.
Moderating the event will be Jessica Brockington of Connecticut Closet and Shelf.

Fresh Start Organizing

Make this the year you get organized! The FOCUS Organizers are here to help! A panel of Professional Organizers will give you information and easy how-to’s instructions to organize your home and time.

When: Tuesday, January 28, 2014; 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd, Cos Cob, CT 06807
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: Organizing for Taxes by Susan Lovallo, CPA, CPO of Clutter Solutions, LLC
Answers to common tax paperwork questions: What to save? Where to save? How long to keep tax returns and back up paperwork?
Basic Organizing by Cara Brook of Strategize. Organize. Simplify. LLC
Learn basic organizing principles to make the task easier, simpler and faster.
Principles of Time Management by Janet Barnes of Connecticut Closet and Shelf
Can’t seem to get things done? Learn tips to make your time work for you.
Storage Solutions by Jennifer Burke of JKB Organizing
Need an overhaul of your home’s storage systems? De-clutter and get organized with storage solutions for your closets, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, garage, paperwork and more!
Moderating the event will be Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC

Paper Management Workshop

 

When: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 (snow date Tuesday, January 21, 2014); 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street, Trumbull, CT 06611
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: Learn how to organize your past, present and future paperwork. Get rid of those piles and get control of your paperwork. Free.

New Year, New Goals – How to make your resolutions stick

When: Thursday, January 9, 2014; 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Darien Public Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: Presentation will include rewards and motivators, goal setting and priorities. Free.

Organized Kids Make Successful Students

HIGH SCHOOL
When: Wednesday, November 13 , 2013; 7:00pm-8:30pm
Where: Connecticut Closet & Shelf,  26 Fitch St, Norwalk, CT 06855
Who: Featuring Rene Steffann, Executive Learning Coach , and Jen Burke, Professional Organizer,
What: High School

Organized Kids Make Successful Students

Middle School
Connecticut Closet & Shelf
Wednesday, October 23
7:00pm-8:30pm

Organized Kids Make Successful Students

Pre-School & Elementary
Connecticut Closet & Shelf
Wednesday, September 25
7:00pm-8:30pm

From Mess to Success

We’ve added one more session!  We’ve had such a great response to the From Mess to Success workshop series, that we’ve added one more workshop to bring it all together!   This is a free series for people at all stages of the organizing process.
Session 5: Ask the Organizer Panel.  You bring your questions about any organizing topic and the Professional Organizers of FOCUS will give you the answers!
Cara has invited her FOCUS colleagues to join her for this last workshop:
Matt Baier, Matt Baier Organizing
Jen Burke, JKB Organizing
Susan Lovallo, Clutter Solutions
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Location: Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, 10 Progress Drive, Shelton, CT
Cost: FREE!

To register, contact Cara Brook at 203-273-8583 or cara@organizewithsos.com

Shop and Get Organized

When: Tuesday, May 7, 2013; 7:00-8:00pm
Where: Darien Library, 1441 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: Nowadays, there are seemingly limitless options for storage devices and containers. Which ones are really worth your money and which ones will just end up adding to the clutter? Which ones do the professionals use?  Find out what the organizers of FOCUS recommend as they teach you how to shop successfully for organizational tools without putting a huge dent in your wallet. Presented by Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC, Jen Burke of JKB Organizing, Cara Brook of S.O.S. LLC and Susan Lovallo, CPA, CPO of Clutter Solutions.;

See coverage of this event on You Tube.

Entry & Exit Organizing

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2013; 7:00-8:00pm
Where: Darien Library, 1441 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: Shoes, boots, gym bags, jackets, oh my! Find out ways to keep that mud room or foyer free of the usual trappings of an exit or entryway. Presented by Susan Lovallo, CPA, CPO of Clutter Solutions and Jen Burke of JKB Organizing.

Organizing Others

When: Monday, April 22, 2013; 7:00-8:00pm
Where: Darien Library, 1441 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: Even if you’re the most organized person on the planet, that doesn’t necessarily mean this quality will translate to the ones you hold near and dear. Learn handy ways to inspire even the most disorganized around you to adapt their ways. Presented by Cara Brook of S.O.S. LLC and Jen Burke of JKB Organizing.

Storage Solutions

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2013; 7:00-8:00pm
Where: Darien Library, 1441 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: Garages, basements, and attics offer a lot of back up storage space, but what do you do when that space fills up? Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing and Janet Barnes of Connecticut Closet & Shelf will discuss
innovative yet simple ways to get those spaces under control and how to keep them that way.

Organizing for 2013

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2013; 1:00-2:00
Where: Shady Knoll Health Center, 43 Skokorat St, Seymour, CT 06483
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: How to get, and stay, organized in the new year, featuring:
1. Decluttering. A process for decluttering, using the bedroom as an example, will
include how to work with a friend who wants to help.
2. Paper management. Will cover some popular subjects including what to keep
and how long, identity theft, the daily mail, and more.
3. Systems. Favorite products and habits to stay organized.

Paper Management Workshop

Buried in paper and don’t know where to begin? This is the one you’ve been waiting for!
When: Saturday, January 26th, 9:00-12:00
Where: Fairfield CountyBar Association, 970 Summer St., 1st Fl., Stamford, CT 06905
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: This workshop starts at 8:30 with check-in a breakfast of home-made goodies, followed at 9:00 by four compelling presentations:
1. Vanquishing Your Piles with Matt Baier of  Matt Baier Organizing, LLC.
2. Mastering Your Files with Jennifer Burke of JKB Organizing.
3. Conquering Daily Mail with Cara Brook of Strategize. Organize. Simplify., LLC
4. Getting Your To-Do’s to DONE with Susan Lovallo of Clutter Solutions, LLC.
Moderating the event will be Janet Barnes of Connecticut Closet and Shelf.
There will be vendor booths featuring three great local paper management services, offering great specials.
Each attendee will be entitled to a 30 minute complimentary phone consultation with an organizer. Sign-ups will be done the day of the presentation.
You get all this for just $60 (or $70 at the event). Please register with Jennifer Burke at jkborganizing@gmail.com. Put Paper Relief in the subject line, then mark your calendars. Your paper has met its match!

Home Organizing 101

Hard to stay organized in your home? No wonder. It’s never been taught! Until now. Your Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions (FOCUS) teach you how to stay organized in your home, in this fun, lively presentation. Being organize feels great!
When: Tuesday, January 14, 2013
Time: 6:30PM to 8:00 PM.
Where: Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street  Trumbull, CT 06611
What: Areas of focus will be:
1. Food and supply storage with Cara Brook.
2. Family/ Work Time Management with Jen Burke.
3. Getting rid of stuff in the 21st Century with Matt Baier.

Celebrate Your Closet!

Learn from experts on wardrobe, structure, and organizing, as they turn aggravation into celebration!
Speaking:
Pam Friedlander, personal wardrobe consultant from Positive Reflections – clothing optimization
Janet Barnes from Connecticut Closet and Shelf – closet systems (structure)
Susan Lovallo, Professional Organizer from Clutter Solutions – organizing your clothing closets
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Connecticut Closets and Shelf, 26 Fitch Street, Norwalk, CT
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost: FREE!

 

Get Organized for 2012

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time: 6:30PM to 8:00 PM.
Location: Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street  Trumbull, CT 06611
What: The FOCUS team returns with some great organizing advice that will get you organized and keep you organized for 2012. Topics will be:
1. Organizing for taxes. Susan Lovallo of Clutter Solutions, LLC will show ways to get organized and make your taxes less taxing.
2. Mail reduction. Jennifer Burke of JKB Organizing will provide ways to stop mail from piling up, at the source.
3. Clothes sorting. Cara Brook of Strategize. Organize. Simplify., LLC will offer tips for sorting through your excess clothes.
4. Storage systems. Janet Barnes of Connecticut Closet and Shelf, will offer ideas for storage systems to keep you organized.
Moderating and participating in the question and answer panel will be Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC. This workshop is FREE but advance registration is highly recommended so that the presenters have enough workshop materials for everyone.

New Year, New You

Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2012
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Darien Community Association , 274 Middlesex Road, Darien, CT 06820
What: A community Fair designed with YOU in mind:
• Stress Relief- Yoga & Meditation
• Health and Wellness
• Career Counseling- What’s New Out There?
• Money Management
• Getting Organized, featuring FOCUS!
YOU are the Priority of the Day..
Self-care is  not selfish!

Paper Management Workshop (we hoped for 20, we got almost 50!)

Buried in paper and don’t know where to begin? This is the one you’ve been waiting for!
When: Wednesday, January 25th, 9:00-12:30
Where: Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue, Rowayton, CT 06853
Who: FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions)
What: This workshop starts at 9:00 with check-in a breakfast of home-made goodies, followed at 9:30 by four compelling presentations:
1. Vanquishing Your Piles with Matt Baier of  Matt Baier Organizing, LLC.
2. Mastering Your Files with Jennifer Burke of JKB Organizing.
3. Conquering Daily Mail with Cara Brook of Strategize. Organize. Simplify., LLC
4. Getting Your To-Do’s to DONE with Susan Lovallo of Clutter Solutions, LLC.
• there will be vendor booths featuring three great local paper management services

All this for just $50.  Please register with Jennifer Burke at jkborganizing@gmail.com. Put Paper Management Workshop in the subject line, then mark your calendars.  Your paper has met its match!

NOTE: We cannot guarantee one-on-one time with an organizer, unless you register in advance, and walk in registration is $60 at the door, so act soon!

IMPORTANT UPDATE 1/22/12:  Due to heavy interest, all our one-on-one spots are now FILLED.  There will still be a full morning packed with great paper management solutions, but there will be no more one-one sessions for new registrants.

Organizing Time and Space

Date: Monday, January 23rd
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Milford Library, 57 New Haven Avenue, Milford, CT 06460
What: The FOCUS team is back with an exciting presentation that will address organizing challenges of both time management AND space management.

This workshop is FREE but advance registration is highly recommended so that the presenters have enough workshop materials for everyone.  Our last event was standing room only!

Get Organized for 2012 (180 in attendance!)

Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2012
Time: 7:00PM to 8:30 PM.
Location: Darien Public Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820
What: The FOCUS team returns to kick off the new year with some great organizing advice that will get you organized and keep you organized for 2012. Topics will be:
1. Organizing for taxes. Susan Lovallo of Clutter Solutions, LLC will show ways to get organized and make your taxes less taxing.
2. Mail reduction. Jennifer Burke of JKB Organizing will provide ways to stop mail from piling up, at the source.
3. Clothes sorting. Cara Brook of Strategize. Organize. Simplify., LLC will offer tips for sorting through your excess clothes.
4. Storage systems. Janet Barnes of Connecticut Closet and Shelf, will offer ideas for storage systems to keep you organized.
Moderating and participating in the question and answer panel will be Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC. This workshop is FREE but advance registration is highly recommended so that the presenters have enough workshop materials for everyone.

Organizing Kids ‘n’ Keepsakes

Date:  Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Wilton Library, Brubeck Room, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton
Sentimental attachments make organizing keepsakes challenging. It seems to be even tougher when organizing kid’s keepsakes, like baby clothes,  awards, school papers and craft projects. A panel of three FOCUS Organizers (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions), members of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers, will discuss strategies for meeting those challenges.
1. Processing keepsakes- Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC will talk about how to process clutter, with a focus on keepsakes.
2. Organizing for school- Jen Burke of JKB Organizing, will discuss how mom can keep all of the school keepsakes organized – report cards, papers, school pictures,  etc.
3.  Organizing keepsakes- Susan Lovallo of Clutter Solutions, LLC will provide solutions for keeping your other keepsakes organized.
This workshop is FREE but advance registration is highly recommended so that the presenters have enough workshop materials for everyone.

Downsize & Organize

Date:  Thursday, June 16, 2011
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Location: Cos Cob Public Library, 5 Sinawoy Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807

The thought of moving to a smaller home with 30-40 years of stuff piled up in your current home can be overwhelming to anyone.  Yet, the need for downsizing is increasingly common.  In this presentation, three organizers from FOCUS (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions) and NAPO will address three key areas of downsizing.

Cara Brook  of S.O.S. LLC will moderate the presentation, which will feature:
1. Janet Barnes of Connecticut Closet & Shelf will discuss home storage solutions for downsizing.
2. Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC will provide a process for downsizing.
3. Jen Burke of JKB Organizing will offer donation and disposal resources for downsizing.

The presentation will be followed by a Q &A session and a raffle.  This presentation is FREE but advance registration is highly recommended at info@focusorganizers.com, so that we have enough workshop materials for everyone. Please arrive promptly by 10:00am, as our presentations tend to be standing room only!

Organizing Your Paper

Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
Time: 7:00PM to 8:30 PM.
Location: Darien Public Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

Paperwork is the #1 organizing challenge for most people! This presentation by three Professional Organizers, all members of The National Association of Professional Organizers and F.O.C.U.S. Organizers, will address three important areas of paperwork management and teach you how to get your paperwork under control.

Cara Brook of Strategize. Organize. Simplify., LLC will moderate the presentation and feature:
1. Jen Burke of JKB Organizing: organizing kids schoolwork and artwork
2. Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC: creating user-friendly filing systems
3. Susan Lovallo of Clutter Solutions, LLC: what to do with all your current/ action item papers.

This workshop is FREE but advance registration is highly recommended at info@focusorganizers.com, so that we have enough workshop materials for everyone. Please arrive promptly at 7:00 pm, as our last two workshops were standing room only!

The Value of Clutter:  A Panel Presentation

Date:  Friday, March 4th, 2011
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location:  Darien Public Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

FOCUS Organizers (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions), a group of five members of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers, will bring you a fun and informative look at WHY we keep clutter and WHERE it should go.
Susan Lovallo of Clutter Solutions, LLC will moderate the presentation and feature:

  • Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing LLC will address Paper Clutter such as magazines, children’s artwork, mail, and greeting cards
  • Janet Barnes of Connecticut Closet and Shelf will cover Closet Clutter including baby clothes, “skinny” clothes, shoes, and keepsakes
  • Cara Brook of Strategize. Organize. Simplify., LLC will talk about Assorted Clutter like books, old equipment and shopping bags

What clutter has got you stumped?  These pros would love to hear about it!

GO, Get Organized! A Panel Presentation

Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM  to 8:30 PM
Location: Darien Public Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

January is National Get Organized Month, and with the start of the new year, there really is no better time than NOW to finally get your things, your time, your life…in order! Learn how you can save money, increase productivity, enhance your quality of life, become more efficient at work, and reduce stress!

On Tuesday, January 18 at 7 PM, join us as Darien Library hosts GO! Get Organized: A Panel Presentation, featuring F.O.C.U.S. Organizers, a group of five members of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers. Topics of discussion include:

  • Maximizing Closet Space (presented by Janet Barnes of Connecticut Closet and Shelf)
  • Time Management (Cara Brook of S.O.S., LLC)
  • Organizing Your Paperwork (presented by Susan Lovallo, CPA, CPO, of Clutter Solutions, LLC)

Also participating in the Q&A portion of the presentation will be Jen Burke of JKB Organizing and Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC.

Space is limited so early registration is recommended at info@focusorganizers.com

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