Org4life: The First 10 Years

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I’m celebrating 10 years of helping clients to declutter, simplify, organize, and refresh their homes, offices, schedules, and lives!

And what’s an anniversary without a bit of reflection and a few selected highlights?

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But first I want to thank you all — friends, family, colleagues, clients (especially clients), business networking contacts, joint venture partners, assistants, newsletter subscribers, blog readers, and social media followers — for the support you have given me during this first decade of my solopreneur roller coaster ride!


2004 – “Surplussed” by the phone company in December. NOT retired with benefits. Immediately joined NAPO. (Read my story: Born to Organize.)

NAPO - National Association of Professional Organizers
2005 – Founded my company, Organized For Life. Created first website, and started monthly newsletter, Org4life News. Volunteered briefly as NAPO-LA chapter librarian.


10 years ago. Really, is that all? I look so young!

2005 – Attended NAPO2005 Conference in San Diego.

2005 – Moved to Albuquerque in July and co-founded Professional Organizers of New Mexico with six colleagues. (Read our story: Organizing the Organizers: When colleagues are few and far between and, while you’re there, you might as well download your 2 free PONM tips booklets!)

Professional Organizers of New Mexico
2007 – Earned IRIS certification in Home Staging and Interior Redesign.

IRIS - Interior Redesign Industry Specialists

2007 – Attended NAPO2007 Conference in Minneapolis and was inspired to create a new logo and tag line. (Read: The egret represents freedom from clutter)

Old Biz Card

BEFORE: Corporate-looking and boring. Apparently my newsletter was only quarterly in the beginning.


AFTER:  Doesn’t this make you want to rise above your clutter and find the freedom of getting Organized For Life?

2010 – Created the Original Clutter Flow Chart. (All 15 charts available here.)

2010 – Accepted into NAPO’s Golden Circle.

NAPO Golden Circle

2011 – Attended the NAPO2011 Conference in San Diego

2011 – Started offering Custom-Branded Clutter Flow Charts to other professional organizers for use with their own clients and marketing prospects.
The ORIGINAL Clutter Flow Chart - Custom SAMPLE

2011 – Compiled the previous year’s weekly Facebook time tips into an indexed and cross-referenced e-book, It’s About Time: 52 tips to help you take control of your time and your life!

It's About Time

2011 – Coordinated a team of local volunteers for an episode of A&E Hoarders. (View our behind-the-scenes photo album)

2012 – Attended NAPO 2012 Conference in Baltimore.

2012 – Upgraded to new website and blog. (Read Virtual Assistant Janet Barclay’s story: Another Professional Organizer Chooses WordPress for her Website )

2013 – Attended the NAPO2013 conference in New Orleans.

2013 – Joined the NAPO Virtual Chapter and served as their Secretary for a year.

2013 – Combined 15 flow charts (plus articles, worksheets, resources and instructions) into a new e-workbook: Go With The Flow! The Clutter-Clearing Tool Kit for an Organized Life

Go With The Flow! The Clutter-Clearing Tool Kit for an Organized Life

2013 – Added DIY Organizing section to website.

2014 – Participated on the Ask the Organizers Golden Circle Panel at the NAPO2014 conference in Scottsdale.

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That’s me on the far right.

2014-09-11 09.50.562014 – Designated as a Superstar Blogger on the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival.

2014 – Joined the NAPO Authorship and Publishing SIG (Special Interest Group).

2015 – Recognized as a Point Platinum MVP at the NAPO2015 Conference in Los Angeles.

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2015 – Joined the NAPO Point Committee. (Point is a message board for NAPO members.)

Not listed: Clients helped, classes taken, books read, presentations given, hours donated, networking accomplished, and friendships forged.

Plans for the near future: Offer specific Virtual Services to those who do not live nearby; to DIY types who just need a little coaching; to those who prefer their privacy; and to those who cannot afford multiple hands-on organizing sessions. Virtual Services will include Home & Office Organizing, Time Management Consulting and Coaching, and possibly Digital Photo Organizing. All clients will have access to Clutter Flow Charts specific to their situation. The charts were, after all, designed to help clients declutter when I’m not right there by their sides!

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Client Testimonials

Clutter Flow Chart Endorsements

Media Mentions

I welcome all of your comments, questions, and suggestions. Please leave a comment below, or contact me.


Copyright 2015 by Hazel Thornton, Organized For Life.
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  1. Janet Barclay on July 1, 2015 at 5:01 am

    Hazel, you did a great job of presenting ten years in a concise, readable history! Can you imagine how long it would be if you listed every book, class, and client?

    Congratulations on your first ten years, and I wish you many more years of success!

    • Hazel Thornton on July 1, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Thanks, Janet! You are one of my top helpers and supporters and I couldn’t have done it without you!

  2. Jerry on July 1, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    You’ve been busy friend. Congratulations on your recovery from the phone factory. Be well, enjoy the day, and stay cool.

    • Hazel Thornton on July 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks, Jerry! It was great to reconnect with some of my phone company friends when I was in LA this spring. Also glad we’re Facebook friends!

  3. Christina Rogers on July 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Congratulations! What a well organized summary of a busy 10 years. I wish you all the best for another 10+ years of fun and profits!

  4. Jackie Wakin on July 1, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Congratulations on your first 10 years and all your amazing accomplishments! You are so loved and respected in our industry and knowing you has truly enriched my life! Hugs!

  5. Jill Robson on July 2, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Like Janet said, concise and to the point, congratulations and may it continue.

  6. Sarah Soboleski on July 2, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Kudos to you, Hazel! What a neat walk down memory lane. You have so much to be proud of and are truly a role model for newbies like me!

  7. Seana Turner on July 4, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I really enjoyed reading about your organizing journey, and all the many steps you’ve taken to keep your business evolving and moving forward. I remember listening to you on the panel in Scottsdale – it was fun to see you “live” after our social media interactions:) Congratulations on 10 years, Hazel, and may you have many more successful years ahead!

  8. Carly Poppalardo on July 8, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Congrats on 10 years!!! What a huge accomplishment, it was really fun to see and hear about all those milestones! Here’s to the next 10!

    • Hazel Thornton on July 8, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Hey, thanks, Carly!

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