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Organizers in the News



Now is a Great Time to Get Organized
According to the Experts


On March 13, 2017 Lasar Hurd-McCabe of Organized Island Living, LLC
co-hosted a national teleclass on "...ism's and the Chronically Disorganized Client - How Consumerism, Minimalism and Experientialism Impact our Clients", for the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.                               http://challengingdisorganization.org
The June 1, 2016 issue of Honolulu's Star Advertiser newspaper spotlighted Island Organizers Donna McMillan. Read what she had to say when asked about creating an efficient & organized kitchen for this (centerfold) featured article "A Kitchen Designed for Efficiency"!
Keynote speaker for Professional Women's Network (PWN) meeting May 26, 2016 at the Pacific Club was Karen Simon of PC Tech Associates & Island Organizers. Her informative topic was "Disaster Planning for Business." She says, "Disaster Happens but Business must go on."
Karen Simon, Technology Organizing Specialist of PC Tech Associates and Island Organizers, talks about the features and benefits of ScanSnap Scanners. Her thought provoking articles are listed on Island Organizers In The News.
Two HAPO members were featured in an article titled "8 Tips for Raising an Organized Child" by Lisa Pawlak in the Hawaii Parent magazine. Nancy Nino of Aloha Organizers and Donna McMillan of Island Organizers explained how to teach your child to be organized.  
Nancy Nino of Aloha Organizers was featured on Organize Mindfully podcast with Mark Dillon. She highly recommend this podcast for your inspiration on your organizing projects. You can listen to the podcast Here.
Nancy was also featured in Hawaii Home + Remodelling Magazine January 2016 issue with her topic "4 Everyday Organizing Tips"   You can read her article Here. 
Nancy suggests "3 Magic Questions: Where? When? and Can I? before considering a purchase whether big or small. Read her tips Here
Nancy's articles are valuable informations if  you want to start getting organized. 
Owner of Aloha Organizers, Nancy Nino, was recently featured on Terry's Fabric website in the UK related​ to organizing. In the article, Nancy shared her designer insights and how she helps her clients fulfill their potential and declutter their lives. Her ultimate goal is to give her clients less stress and more time to enjoy life. You can read her Designer Insights here.
Jan. 9, 2016 - HAPO's Celebration of Get Organized Month at the Aiea public library was a success.  The panel of experts from HAPO was lead by Karen Simon of PC Tech Asso​ciates, Lasar McCabe of Organized Living, LLC  and Lehua Kauhane-Reinhardt of Phoenix Zen Consultation, LLC. Questions from the public were answered on how to get organized and how experts in the organizing field can help in decluttering and getting organized. See photos.
January 01, 2016- "Happiness, Goal Setting and Get Organized Month" was the topic of Karen Simon's interview on AM760 KGU Honolulu Business Radio about
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HAPO is on Social Media! The Hawaii Association of Professional Organizers, Inc. Facebook Page was launched in September 2015. You can check us out HERE.

Nancy Nino, owner of Aloha Organizers, was featured in the HawaiiBusiness, in July 2015, under company profiles. Her article, What's It Worth: Organizer Helps You De-clutter, shows how professional organizers can help in many ways to declutter.


As of June 2015, the new webmaster for HAPOonline.org is Rozelle Pumaras-Fiesta, owner of Your Space and You Organizing located on the leeward side of Oahu.


Shawndra Holmberg, CPO-CD®, owner of Dhucks, is spotlighted in article "9 Ways to Make Your Home More Organized" in Hawaii Parent June/July 2015. She provided information and resources to include HAPO & our website (page 44).


Jan. 23, 2015 - the Rotary Club of West Honolulu enjoyed Karen Simon's presentation "Get Organized in 2015", which provided efficient desk top organizing and scanning tips. Karen was accompanied by Lehua Kauhane.

Sat. Oct. 25, 2015 - Grand Opening Weekend at the NEW Simply Organized Ewa Beach store at 91-1061A Keaunui Dr, Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706! Members of HAPO will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the products and where and how they keep you organized!  Details
Aug. 2014 Island Organizers founders, Donna D. McMillan & Karen Simon, were featured in revealing Experts Interview for Mint.com, the online version of "Quicken" 
July 31, 2014 at 9:00am in UTC-10 Island Organizers presents Information Overload! Webinar
July 25, 2014 - TechOrganizing.com (Nicole Chamblin, Alix Longfellow, Karen Simon) sponsored webinar "Building Your Business with HomeZada." Best practices for POs to add inventory services were provided. See website for more.
Denise Mazzanti, It's Your Move, announces that she has been certified as an Aging-in-Place Specialist for Seniors.  The designation is “CAPS.”
April 30, 2014 - Denise Mazzanti of It's Your Move was a panelist with 6 other professionals for the Kapuna Connection at Mariners Cove Recreation Center in Hawaii Kai. Topic: Senior living alternatives & life planning.
June 30, 2014 - Featured Speaker: Karen Simon, PC Tech Associates & Island Organizers - Get Organized In The Cloud held by Real Estate Networking on Oahu
May 14, 2014 - Karen Simon, PC Tech Associates & Island Organizers, is the opening speaker in Prudent Purse Series Honolulu sponsored by Beacon Pointe Advisors & Charles Schwab article
Apr 26, 2014 - Ellyn Sollars of Declutter 2 Design is presenter of “De-Cluttering & Downsizing” in free seminar with SRES Realtors for Baby Boomer & Senior Seminar Series at Waialae Country Club.
HAPO members speak at the Simply Organized Kapolei store:
Mar. 1, 2014 - Organizing Your Kitchen Space with Lehua Kauhane of Phoenix Zen Consultation LLC 
Mar. 22, 2014 - Getting and Keeping Your Family Organized with Lasar McCabe of Organized Island Living LLC 

On Sat. Jan. 11, 2014, Karen Simon of Island Organizers & PC Tech Associates presented free workshop "Clearing the Clutter" at Simply Organized Kahala Mall 


Lasar McCabe of Organized Island Living LLC, formerly Hawaii Hausfrau, advises us of her recent speaking engagements: 
Oct 23 Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Kaneohe
Oct 27 Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor
Nov 6 Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Kailua 
Jan 3 Rotary Club of Pearlridge


Nancy Nino of Aloha Organizers announces that, beginning in October 2013, she is blogging for the Simply Organized stores. Both are members of HAPO.  To read articles, go to http://simplyorganized.net/blog/


September's NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH. Coalition members, Island Organizers help to get the word out about being prepared for disasters. They also help small businesses put together a Plan. On 9/11/13, Donna & Karen offered a teleclass; the recording & handout are available (complimentary) for download until 10/31/13. Learn details on FaceBook and Blog.


At Waialae Country Club on August 24, 2013, Ellyn Sollars of Declutter2Design and Denise Mazzanti of It's Your Move presented seminar: "De-Cluttering, Downsizing & Selling Your Home." Seniors and family caretakers attended to learn about these transition services and helpful tips.


August 14, 2013 in a teleclass to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD)Shawndra Holmberg, Dhucks, presents Organizing Your CD Client for Weight Loss. Call her for details 808-969-3800.


Sunday June 9, 2013, from 2-4pm Karen Simon of Island Organizers will help celebrate the Simply Organized Kahala Store's one-year anniversary. She will be in the store demonstrating products that help keep paper from piling up. Karen will also demo products to keep drawers organized! FREE!

Simply Organized Kahala Mall, 4211 Waialae Ave. Ste #1200, Honolulu 96816

Jan 26, 2013, celebrating GET ORGANIZED (GO) MONTH, HAPO members are presenting workshops at Simply Organized Kapolei in Kapolei, Hawaii ...
"Where's My Desk?" with Professional Organizer Karen Simon at 1:00pm in UTC-10 
"Closets, Cupboards & Clothes" with Professional Organizer Lasar McCabe at 2:00pm in UTC-10


The 7th Annual Organizing Awards is Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 6:30 PST in Los Angeles, CA. Donna D McMillan, co-founder of Island Organizers, was presented with the "Best Business Organizer" Award. "It's truly an honor to be recognized by my colleagues."


HAPO member, Karen Simon of PC Tech Associate was a co-presenter in ...
FREE Webinar "Organizing with eCalendars"  January 22 at 2:00pm in UTC-10  http://www.techorganizing.com/training/


Island Organizers continues to offer webinars and teleclasses with various organizing solutions and techniques.  Presenters: Donna D. McMillan and Karen L. Simon


On October 27-28, 2012, HAPO sponsors booth at Kailua Chamber Business Expo at the Le Jardin Academy in Kailua.  HAPO members participate in the "Ask The Organizer" panel and with an "Office Makeover" team (one day, one office, for one person). See on community.fema.gov too!


On 9/25/12, an educational webinar for Professional Organizers sponsored by NAPO National, "Transference of Organizational Skills," explains change management, adult learning principles, effective communication techniques and more. This webinar offered previously on 7/17 and 8/21/12.
Presenter: Donna D. McMillan of McMillan & Company Professional Organizing and Island Organizers


Denise Mazzanti of It's Your Move was featured 9/9/12 in Honolulu Star Advertiser article "Be ready to negotiate with buyers at garage sales". Read article.


8/31/12 In Honolulu section of About.com, article "Finding a Personal Organizer on Oahu" by Nancy Nino of Aloha Organizers describes services of professional organizers and members of HAPO and NAPO.


“Kitchen Blitz” - A free workshop to learn how to de-clutter and organize for healthier, money-saving meals with Lasar McCabe from Hawaii Hausfrau.
Sat. 8/18/12 at Simply Organized, www.simplyorganized.net


On 7/23/12, the Star Advertiser (Section D) spotlighted Honolulu’s Messiest Room Contest in article: "A mess made less" -- Aloha Organizers helps a woman clear 14 years of clutter from a room in her home.


In June 2012, Nancy Nino of Aloha Organizers was featured in Hawaii in Real Life and NonStop Honolulu. Watch video!


Island Organizers now offers webinars and teleclasses with various organizing solutions and techniques.  Presenters: Donna D. McMillan and Karen L. Simon


"Dig Out and Climb Up!" A free workshop with Nancy Nino of Aloha Organizers. Learn how to get out from under the clutter that's clogging up your space and mind.
Sat. 6/2/12 at Simply Organized, www.simplyorganized.net


7/17/12 - Denise Mazzanti of It's Your Move is giving presentation to Hawaii Kai Rotary.  In March 2012, she did a presentation at East Oahu Realty, and June 4th she presented at the Ko'Olina Rotary club meeting.


3/21-24/12 - NAPO's 24th Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD
Karen Simon, workshop co-presenter: "Tech Skills Every Organizer Should Know" with Nicole Chamblin, CPO® and Alix Longfellow. video & info

Donna D. McMillan, workshop co-presenter: "Solopreneurs: Who Are They? What Do They Need? And How Can We Help Them?" with Susan Kousek, CPO®, Nancy Kruschke McKinney, CPO®, CPC® and Elaine Quinn, CPO®. video & info


2/29/12 - California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), Los Angeles, CA
"Solopreneurs Get Organized in Office Makeover" 
Donna D. McMillan of Island Organizers & McMillan & Company Professional Organizing


2/7/12  Honolulu Star Advertiser - Section D "Today"
Conquering Clutter -- Getting rid of clutter and organizing your belongings at home and in the office can increase productivity and reduces stress, so why not?

Featured Karen Simon & Island Organizers


11/15/11 - "Transference of Organizational Skills" sponsored by NAPO National
This teleclass for Professional Organizers focuses on how to assist clients to make behavioral changes to support new systems, processes and habits to create organizational success. Learn about change management, adult learning principles, effective communication techniques and more.

Donna D. McMillan of McMillan & Company Professional Organizing & Island Organizers


“Office Organization, Filing and Managing Paperwork,” free seminar with Ellyn Sollars of Declutter2Design.Get organized, stay organized in both your personal and professional life. Learn the 15 easy steps to reduce your piles of paper!  
Sat. 11/12/11 (1pm-2pm) at Simply Organized, 889 Kamokila Blvd, Kapolei


10/6/11 - 5:30pm-7:00pm  Kailua Chamber of Commerce: e-Mail “e-fficiency”, Le Jardin Academy, Kailua, HI
Learn ways to be more efficient at managing your email and save your valuable time!   Karen Simon of PC Tech Associates & Island Organizers


10/1/11 - "Your Disaster Plan Is Not Just A Kit"  Seminar, Epiphany Church, Honolulu, HI. Karen Simon of PC Tech Associates & Island Organizers taught important tips to be prepared for disaster. What's needed in your disaster plan?  Do you have everything in your emergency kit? 


9/24/11 Workshop for Professional Organizers: "Build Your Business Brick By Brick" [in Honolulu] presented by Donna D. McMillan of McMillan & Company Professional Organizing & Island Organizers.


"Does Your Office Need A Makeover?" Productivity specialist, Donna D. McMillan of Island Organizers, shared organizing techniques to reduce clutter and manage valuable workspace, paperwork and time.
Sat. 9/17/11 (1pm-2pm) at Simply Organized, 889 Kamokila Blvd, Kapolei


Susan Erickson, owner of Susan’s Organizing Services, LLC, now serves as the Director of Membership for NAPO's Virtual Chapter.  Also, she has served as HAPO Teleconference Coordinator since Jan. 2011.


Karen Simon and Donna D. McMillan are proud to announce that they are published contributors in new booklet: "ORGANIZE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS - 70 Tips From A Collection Of Experts."


“Downsizing a Lifetime of Treasures” was presented by Ellyn Sollars of Declutter2Design.  At this free seminar, attendees learned how to design a downsizing game plan and the keys to the organizing, sorting and purging process.
Sat. 7/9/11 (1pm-2pm) at Simply Organized,
889 Kamokila Blvd, Kapolei


"Organizing your Desk and Office Space!" free seminar was presented by Karen Simon of PC Tech Associates. Attendees heard tips to manage the desk space and piles that keep you from seeing the top of your desk!  Prize Giveaways! 
Sat. 5/14/11 (1pm-2pm) at Simply Organized, 889 Kamokila Blvd, Kapolei


4/6-9/11 HAPO Members Enjoyed the 23nd Annual Conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) in San Diego
Attendees included Susan Erickson, Denise Mazzanti, Nancy Nino, Karen Simon and Donna D. McMillan.  Shawndra Homberg joined them at the event.


"Creating a Simply Organized Kitchen that works FOR you, not against you" free seminar was taught by Ruth Wong of Organization Plus
Sat. 4/2/11 at Simply Organized, 889 Kamokila Blvd, Kapolei


2011 HAPO Office Makeover at Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai'i - March 19, 2011  Event for non-profit celebrates National Get Organized Month.
Sponsors/Donors: Esselte, Smead, Office Max, SC Johnson (Ziploc), the Simply Organized Store, and City Mill plus Access Corporation. We Care on Ole’lo aired in April 2011.  See photos and video 


"Office Organization, Filing and Managing Paperwork" free seminar was lead by Ellyn Sollars of Declutter2Design.  Attendees learned how to organize their office and manage the paper and mail that comes into the home!
Sat. 2/26/11 at Simply Organized, 889 Kamokila Blvd, Kapolei


2/14/11 The “New Day, New You” segment of the Sunrise show with Tannya Joaquin on KGMB and KHNL featured Ellyn Sollars of Declutter2Design. This is the #1 morning local news show on Channel 5 & 9.


GET ORGANIZED (GO) MONTH EVENT - Ask the Organizer - at Office Max Kahului Store, Maui, 1/17/2011 3-4 pm by HAPO member Susan Erickson and Rita Wilhelm, Lansing,Michigan-based Cluttergone® LLC.  Open to public.  Learn tips and techniques to get organized and start the new year off right!


HAPO members who appeared in the Hoarders show (A&E) include Denise Mazzanti of It's Your Move, Ellyn Sollars of Declutter2Design, Nancy Nino of Nancy Organizes! and 1-800-GOT-JUNK? - Sept. 6, 2010 
Video  "Adella/Teri" - Part 1-5 (watch second-half of each segment)


Donna D. McMillan of Island Organizers and McMillan & Company Professional Organizing authored article, "National Preparedness Month is September 2010" in Examiner.com - Sept. 2010
Read Article


Donna Glatzel of Organize Me! was featured in The Hawaii Independent -  July 2, 2010 issue - Donna D. McMillan and Karen L. Simon also provided source material for this article.
Read Article 


Ellyn Sollars of Declutter2Design and Andres Harnisch of Inside Moves were experts on KHON TV News decluttering and finding treasures.  5/17-18/10 
Video #1 and Video #2


2010 HAPO Office Makeover at Family Promise of Hawaii spotlighted in The Honolulu Advertiser - April 4, 2010 "Getting Organized Supports Homeless."  Event for non-profit celebrates National Get Organized Month.
Sponsors/Donors: Island Organizers, Franklin Covey, Smead, Esselte, Shred-it Hawaii and 1-800-GOT-JUNK? honolulu. 
Read Article (click on article to enlarge)


Donna D. McMillan of Island Organizers and McMillan & Company Professional Organizing authored articles in Examiner.com - February & April 2010 issues.
Read April Article 
 and  Read Feb. Article


2009 HAPO Office Makeover at Camp Erdman spotlighted in the Star Bulletin (photos included) - March 27, 2009 issue. Event for non-profit celebrates National Get Organized Month.
Sponsors: 1Hot Garage, Systemworks and Esselte/Oxford. 
Donors: Esselte Corporation (Mike Ettro), Island Organizers (Donna McMillan).  
Organizers: Ellyn Sollars, Suzanne Acker, Andres Harnisch, Nancy Koehler, Denise Mazzanti, Gina O'Neill, Karen Simon, Dayleen Kai, Donna McMillan. 
Other Assistance: Lisa Maruyama - Hawaii Alliance of Non Profits, Nate Serota - KITV News, Janine Wedemeyer - Hawaii Society of Volunteers 
Read Article #1 and Article #2


Donna D. McMillan of Island Organizers authored article, "The Real Cost of Clutter & Chaos" published in Regional MLS, REGIONAL RE-VIEWS newsletter - March 2009 issue


Denise Mazzanti of It's Your Move was featured in The Honolulu Advertiser's RSVPstyle (Style My Room contest) - February 1, 2009 issue
Read Article 


Donna D. McMillan of Island Organizers authored article "National Get Organized Month" published in Regional MLS, REGIONAL RE-VIEWS newsletter - January 2009 issue


Denise Mazzanti, owner of It's Your Move, did a workspace makeover for KGBM9 news reporter, Ramsay Wharton, and was featured on website 1/6/09.
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Karen Simon and Donna D. McMillan, partners in Island Organizers, were featured in The Honolulu Advertiser's Homescape Magazine Apr 2008 issue.
Read Article


Denise Mazzanti of It's Your Move was featured on KHON Morning News show January 9, 2008.  Also, her services were spotlighted in Generations Hawaii  Magazine - February 2008 issue.
Read Article  


Karen Simon and Donna D. McMillan, of Island Organizers, were featured in The Honolulu Advertiser's Homescape Magazine - Jan 2008 issue. 
Read Article  



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