Workshops


“Knowledge is the food of the soul.” ~Plato

If your soul is craving knowledge on how to get and stay organized in every area of your life, then you have come to the right place. Please note that a private workshop can be made available for small groups.

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Currently Scheduled Workshops

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Adults
Family Management
Parenting
Students
Professional Organizers

Currently Scheduled Workshops

Paper Management: File It! Don’t Pile It!

Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the paper in your life? Do you want to regain control of your office space and set up a system that would allow you to successfully handle it all? This two  hour session will give you tips, and immediate implementation tools to take back to your office  and manage and efficiently store all of your paper!
2 hours

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Fundamental Principles of Organization

This short course will you give you the basics tools that professional organizer possess. Learn  in more detail the fundamental principles and concepts of categorizing, sorting, purging, and  space planning.
2 hours

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Time Management

Are you dealing with interruptions all day long? Is your email box overloaded? Does your to do  list overwhelm you?  If you answered yes to these questions, then spin your wheels no more.  Join this tow hour session and learn some easy time management techniques for your office  work place.
2 hours

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Organizing For The Way You Think

Every person has a natural thinking style. Even though we adapt based on our environment and  circumstances, we find it much easier to function and work when we use our natural style. In this class you will identify your personal style of thinking so you can come up with a strategy for organizing in a way  that comes naturally to you.  And if other members in your family don’t see things the same way you do, you will benefit from learning  more about their style and how to find common ground when it comes to organizing.
2 hours

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thumbnail_CTO_VCUVCU Organizing Bundle

If you want an overview of professional of organizing practices, then join us for the organizing bundle.  This bundle includes four classes at a discounted price.
Contact Christina Draper at (804) 828-8831, cdraper2@vcu.edu for more information.

  1. Paper Management: File It Don’t Pile It
  2. Fundamental Principles of Organization
  3. Time Management
  4. Organizing for the Way You Think

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Adults

Ask The Organizer

Would you like to know the secrets Professional Organizers use to keep everything in order? Stressed out and don’t know where to begin organizing your home, office or schedule? Then this class is for you! Begin the session by learning the basics of organizing and then get an opportunity to ask your specific questions related to your organizational challenges.

 Honey, What’s For Dinner

Ages 18 and up. Do you spend most evenings staring into the pantry wondering ‘What in the world am I going to make for dinner tonight?’ There is a way to plan your meals, create a grocery list and make dinner time less stressful and more fun. Learn how to plan a month’s worth of dinners and create a grocery list so you spend less time and money at the store!

Let’s Get Organized

Get organized! Learn the basic of organization: what it means to be organized, why you should be organized, and the common obstacles that keep you from getting organized and how to overcome them. Then learn the secrets of a proven method for getting and staying organized. Bring a box of items from your home that needs organizing.

Organizing for the Adult Student

Are you a returning adult student? If, so come learn how to be organized for maximum academic success. If you put off projects until the last minute, have stress preparing for assignments, or find your work area messy and unorganized, then this class is for you.

Organizing Basics

Learn the basic of organization: what it means to be organized, why you should be organized, and the common obstacles that keep you from getting organized and how to overcome them. Then learn the secrets of a proven method for getting and staying organized. Bring a box of items from your home that needs organizing.

Organizing for the Way You Think

Every person has a natural thinking style. Even though we are forced to adapt based on our environment and circumstances, we find it much easier to function and work when we use our natural style. In this class, you will identify your personal style of thinking so you can come up with a strategy for organizing in a way that comes naturally to you. If other members in your family don’t see things the same way you do, you will benefit from learning more about their style and how to find common ground when it comes to organizing.

Organizing for the Holidays

Are you tired of stressing out every holiday trying to keep up with the crazy schedule, card lists, parties, meals, gifts, c…Well let me show you the key to a stress free holiday season by teaching you how to get it all organized. Bring your list of parties you are planning to attend or give, the list of people you want to send cards and/or gifts to and your budget. Leave with a Holiday Planning Notebook that you can use year after year.

 Paper Management: File It, Don’t Pile It!

Does all of the paper in your life have you feeling out of control and overwhelmed? This workshop is designed to help you regain control of the hordes of paper that inundate you. In this class you will learn how to assess each piece of incoming paper and determine if it needs to be acted upon, filed, delegated, or trashed.

Home Staging Certificate

NEW! With hundreds of houses being listed and sold each month in the Richmond area, there is a growing market for home stagers. In one week, the Professional Home Staging Certificate will provide you the education and training necessary to stage homes that can sell for the highest price in the shortest time frame. Whether you are an interior decorator, realtor, event planner, or entrepreneur wanting to start your own home staging business, this class will provide you with the knowledge you need to succeed.

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Family Management

Life Management Strategies for Busy Parent

You already manage the most important organization in the world, your family! Why not learn how to leverage at work all the fabulous skills you put to use every day? We’ll focus on managing by department, team building, delegating, time management, maximizing a person’s strengths and more. In this class students will explore the top ten life management strategies that will help the busiest of parents stay organized.

Summer Survival Strategies for Busy Parents

Every parent has started the summer with high hopes only to spend all of August counting down the minutes till the kids are back in school. Make this summer different – learn how to make plans for a summer break that will help your kids grow in positive ways, learn new things and make lasting memories.

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Parenting

Avoiding Power Struggles

Does it feel like your child is a master at hooking you into a power struggle, leaving you exhausted? Control is an interesting thing…like love, the more you give away, the more you get back. In this fun and interactive workshop parents will learn tools for understanding, preventing and redirecting power struggles. We will explore the ‘art of choices’ and the ‘science of control’; how to replace anger, lectures and threats with empathy and logical consequences; and how to steer clear of the ‘rant, rave and rescue’ cycle that we so easily fall into. Discover how to avoid un-winnable power struggles, maintain healthy control over our homes, and help our kids learn to resist peer pressure and other temptations.

Getting Kids to Own and Solve their Problems

The real world is full of excitement, adventure and problems. Are your kids prepared to solve their own problems? In this session lean how to guide your kids towards owning and solving their own problems, why this helps bolster their self-esteem and create a sense of responsibility, what to say when they encounter teasing and bullying and how to help them handle the tough problems of childhood.

Got Kids? Get Them Organized (The Early Years)

In these times of excess (toys, art work, activities, etc) it can be hard to combat disorganization. In this class we will investigate some of the common culprits of clutter and how to combat them. Learn fun, but effective strategies for getting your kids to do their part to stay organized. Then see how organization must go beyond the kids to the family as a whole.

Got Kids? Get Them Organized (The School Years)

Do you and your kids have differing opinions on what it is to be organized? (My boys and I definitely do!) It is because you don’t look a thing the same. Join me while we investigate your child’s thinking style and explore ideas for getting and keeping them organized. Learn about your kids, ages 6 to teens, and how to work with them within their own style of organization.

Parenting the Love & Logic® Way

Love and Logic Parenting® is a unique approach that reveals the secrets of successful parenting. This proven system helps you put the fun back into raising kids. No more arguing, nagging, or empty threats. Power struggles become a thing of the past! Kids learn to respect you (and other adults), be responsible for their own actions, and solve their own problems. In this 5-week class, you’ll learn how to improve your parenting skills and raise happy, responsible, self-confident children who know how to solve their own problems.

Parenting Teens with Love & Logic®

Love and Logic Parenting® is a unique approach that reveals the secrets of successful parenting. This proven system helps you put the fun back into raising kids. No more arguing, nagging, or empty threats. Power struggles become a thing of the past! Your teens learn to respect you (and other adults), be responsible for their own actions, and solve their own problems. Developing character, bad grades, hormones, driving, and difficult attitudes are discussed and solutions are provided in this 7-week class. Come and learn how to improve your parenting skills and raise happy, responsible, self-confident children.

Putting an End to Arguing

Do you find yourself constantly arguing your point with your child? Has limit testing turned into power struggles? Do you hate to take your kids to the store, fearing the constant begging? If so, this is the class for you. Learn how to avoid un-winnable arguments and power struggles. Teach your kids to make good decisions. Show them that you are confident as a parent by setting enforceable limits. Parenting can be fun, especially when you know how to neutralize arguments!

Raising Responsible Kids through Love and Logic®

How would it feel to have your kids willingly do chores, not talk back or argue with you and show you the respect that you deserve? When you apply the principals of Love & Logic Parenting®, you expect these things and more from your kids. In this introductory session we will present the two rules of love and logic, put forward the concept of delayed or anticipatory consequences and discuss ways to neutralize arguing.

Stop the Chore Wars

NEW! Most parents require their children do chores, but getting them to do them on a regular basis without whining and complaining is a challenge. Chores are beneficial for children – even very young ones. Chores teach children many important skills such as cooperation, responsibility and commitment- skills and values that will benefit them throughout their lives. In this class we look at age appropriate chores, creating a schedule that can be kept and some fun ways to encourage children to do their part.

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Students

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Professional Organizers

The ABC’s of Student Organizing (NAPO Education)

Student organizing can be an additional niche for residential organizers. This six-hour course will help organizing professionals develop a student organizing business by highlighting business structure, additional insights for working with students, as well as strategies that will be important to share with this client population.

All About Professional Organizing

Have you ever thought of taking your organizational skills and turning them into a profession? In this foundational class, explore a career in Professional Organizing: learn what it is and what it isn’t, organizing specialties, and typical characteristics of organizers and their clients. Come and discover if this is your calling.

Fundamental Principles of Organizing

NEW! Are you organized and ready to take your skills to the next level? Learn about the fundamental principles and concepts of organizing, such as categorizing, sorting, purging, and space planning. Gain insight into various client types through the presentation of actual case studies.

Professional Organizing Certificate

Have you ever thought of turning your organizing skills into a profession?

In today’s fast-paced, multitasking world, the need for professional organizers is increasing. People are faced with more demands and responsibilities and have less time. They are reaching out to professional organizers to help them be more productive and regain control of their personal and professional lives.

This 40-hour certificate program will equip you with knowledge of professional organizing practices, organizing specialties, and typical characteristics of organizers and their clients. Learn about the fundamental principles and concepts of organizing, such as categorizing, sorting, purging and space planning. Join two successful local organizers and discover the key components of starting and running a successful organizing business.

For more information about earning a Professional Organizing Certificate, CLICK HERE to learn more about turning your passion for organizing into a new profession.

Understanding Learning & Thinking Styles: How they Effect Organization (NAPO Education)

Studies show that people are most successful and happiest when information is being shared in their preferred learning style and when working in their preferred thinking style. Designed for advanced-level organizers, this course will build your awareness of some of the most promising studies exploring how we think, process information, and what stimulates our comprehension and learning. A quick tour of the most up-to-date research sets you up for some practical ideas to incorporate into your organizational toolkit. In preparation for this course, it is advisable that you complete the Learning Styles Assessment & Thinking Assessment forms in advance of the class. These forms will be distributed to registered course participants, as part of course materials.

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Testimonials

“The Professional Organizing Certificate Program was great! It was filled with great information for starting your own PO business. Kathy & Susie were very thorough and high energy.”

Amy K.
Richmond, VA

Testimonial Amy K.

“The Professional Organizing Certificate Program was the best I have taken at UR SPCS. Both Kathy & Susie delivered concise, usable information with examples that I could relate to. I would definitely recommend this course!”

Thelma M.
Chesterfield, VA

Testimonial Thelma M.

“File It, Don’t Pile It was a great class. Kathy was enthusiastic and engaging. I learned a lot that will help me to manage my paper. I would definitely recommend this class.”

Judith B.
Richmond, VA

Testimonial Judith B.

“Honey, What’s For Dinner was AMAZING! I would definitely recommend this class to others!”

Amber E.
Colonial Heights, VA

Testimonial Amber E.

“Honey, What’s for Dinner was a wonderful class! Now I feel prepared to get my family dinners more organized.”

Marianne P.
Richmond, VA

Testimonial Marianne P.