In honor of Get Organized (GO) Month, I had the privilege of joining five other professional organizers from NAPO-Chicago, my local chapter of NAPO (National Organization of Professional Organizers) on a volunteer project. Just after the New Year, we spent an afternoon organizing and de-cluttering at Phil’s Friends in Roselle, Illinois in west suburban Chicago. Phil’s Friends is a charitable organization that provides support and comfort for cancer patients and their families. One of their primary activities involves distributing care packages to these families. The care packages are filled with gender-specific items that help those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Visit Phil’s Friends to learn how to ship a free care package or to learn more about supporting this amazing organization.
During our project, we worked on de-cluttering and organizing office cubicles, filing cabinets, a storage closet, and a portion of the work area where the contents of the care packages are stored. By creating a more organized environment that functioned more effectively, the staff and volunteers can be more productive and better able to focus on their very important mission and the many people who benefit from their care packages and letters each week.
NAPO-Chicago, comprised of about 85 members, is the largest group of professional organizers in the Midwest dedicated to helping create clutter-free, organized households, offices and businesses throughout the greater Chicago, southern Wisconsin and northern Indiana areas.
As I look back at my activities during GO Month, volunteering at Phil’s Friends was an incredibly rewarding experience. All of us know someone fighting cancer, and I was honored to use my passion to organize and de-clutter to help such a wonderful, worthwhile cause.
Vacant cubicle became storage area