Newbie Pitfalls and You're Never Too Old to Learn

Services for Real Estate Pros with Casual Uncluttering LLC

NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) Seattle Area Chapter has an extensive lending library. It lives under my bed. Inconvenient, you might say. Unless you're me, a data geek who can't get enough to read. First dibs on donations from colleagues! And thus I just finished Newbie Pitfalls: 50 Obstacles on the Road to Success as a Professional Organizer and How to Avoid Them! by Debbie Stanley, one of the most highly-regarded, Elder members of the professional organizing community. The link is to the 2020 second edition; I'm holding an original from 2004, enjoying the feel of a ground-breaking book in my hands.

Ground-breaking because Debbie only lightly touches on the "how to be a business" basics most such titles examine, the cues that you'll need to market yourself, need to go to waaaaaay too many networking events as you build up, and you can't avoid email. She looks at why we do this, how we can do it better, conversing helping professional to helping professional, inviting us to observe our efforts from our clients' outlooks. Her prompts are heartfelt, encouraging and uplifting. A wonderful reminder that what we do is powerful. I'm approaching Elder myself, disconcerting though that is. And I'll thumb through Debbie's book for inspiration.


Comments (3)

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Networking is my middle name, but only if you don't keep running into the same bunch.  Unless, of course, they consistently give you business. 

Aug 09, 2022 03:42 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It sounds as though this book is not just useful for organizers. Thank you for sharing!

Aug 10, 2022 04:57 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Lauren,
My garage is my nemesis. It's more of a storage shed than a garage. Unfortunately, my physical limitations from back issues give me an excuse to avoid the task at hand.

Aug 10, 2022 08:38 AM