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Honolulu, HI --January is National Get Organized Month, and the members of Hawaii Association of Professional Organizers (HAPO, Inc.) want to celebrate and help the community by giving an office makeover to a nonprofit/charity organization.

PRESS RELEASE: YMCA's CAMP ERDMAN SELECTED FOR OFFICE MAKEOVER. The members of Hawaii Association of Professional Organizers (HAPO, Inc.) selected YMCA’s Camp Erdman to receive an office makeover. “Our members feel that they can contribute to the community by donating their time and organizing services to an organization that serves the community,” says HAPO’s president, Karen Simon. Many nonprofit organizations submitted applications and it was difficult to select only one recipient.

A team of professional organizers will spend one day working with assistant director, Morgan Casement, and her staff to purge, declutter, and organize Camp Erdman's office areas, desks, storage areas, and files. The result will be an organized, efficient office that will benefit Camp Erdman's staff, guests and campers.


Star Bulletin Article    Mar 27, 2009    By Nancy Arcayna

Morgan Casement was accustomed to working at the hub of chaos. The main office at Camp Erdman in Mokuleia had become a dumping ground for piles of paper, a meeting space for everyone -- in all, an inefficient workspace.

The office recently received a face lift, although the way Casement describes it, it was an entire body overhaul.

Camp Erdman received an office remodel by a team of organizers led by Ellyn Sollars of the Hawaii Association of Professional Organizers, courtesy of the Non-Profit Makeover Contest.

"The main office is a dumping zone," said Casement, the camp's assistant conference director. "There is something going on here 24/7, 365 days a year. The Xerox machine and fax center was in the middle of the room, which was distracting during meetings. People were always coming in to pick up stuff."

Before the makeover staff arrived, Casement's job was to remove clutter and find new homes for things that needed to be saved. "Clutter and paperwork was scattered throughout the room," said Sollars. The makeover crew taught the staff that "clutter is the result of decisions unmade."

Papers were cleared and filed using "hot-action" folders created with a product called the Oxford Decoflex, a desktop box filled with hanging folders labeled "to call," "to reply," "to file," etc. All incoming mail and documents are filed immediately into the box.

"It looks like a real office now," said Casement. "When people come in to make inquiries, they have a place to sit down."

One of the biggest obstacles to the process was the fax and copy center. "We felt like we needed to establish zones within the office," said Karen Simon, of HAPO. The large-volume copier and all of the cases of paper and related supplies were moved into what was once a storage closet, Simon said. "We also added mailroom slots to the walls in that room to minimize the confusion of camp counselors searching for their incoming mail."

The reorganization has helped alleviate unwanted traffic in the center of the office, Casement said. "Things don't get dropped on my desk as much. I'm also trying to train myself to deal with the piles before leaving the office at the end of the day."

"We are trying to change the way that they think about their stuff," Simon said. "If they can take the principles and apply them to the stuff we are organizing, hopefully they can stay organized. They can go back into their homes and do the same process. It will permeate throughout their life."

The teachings have already rubbed off, Casement said, and the staff is looking at other areas that need organization. "They gave us the first step. Now it's up to us to use the tips. It's my job to remind people about where things belong," she said. "When things are more organized, it makes things more positive."

 Take a look at the pictures of the Office Make-Over Day.



FAMILY PROMISE OF HAWAII WAS THE RECIPIENT - This non-profit has the mission to mobilize existing community resources to aid families with children experiencing homelessness and help them transition to sustainable independence.

                Visit them at www.familypromisehawaii.org

Before and After Shoots from the Office Makeover at Family Promises

Office Clutter

Office Area After the Declutter

Storage Room Clutter

Storage Room Makeover 

For the third year, the Hawaii Association of Professional Organizers, Inc. (HAPO) and its members helped the non-profit Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii as it's community service project.  Members volunteered to do an "Office Makeover" and  partners and sponsors support this project by donating products and/or services, which gives them opportunities to see how professional organizers use their product/service to help clients. 

                     Take a look at our office makeover.

This is one of the offices before it is organized.

After the office was organizesd.

Another of the offices before.

Office after being organized.

Storage room disorganized.

Storage room organized.

HAPO Professional Organizers and Tobacco-Free Hawaii team up for the Office Makeover!