Kim Coles to Host Fifth Annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards, Jan. 30

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Kim Coles, stand-up comedian, and former cast member of ‘In Living Color’ and ‘Living Single’ will serve as celebrity host for the event that honors the people, products and services that make the world neater and more productive.

Kim Coles will host the 2010 Los Angeles Organizing Awards, honoring the best and the brightest in the professional organizing industry, Saturday, January 30 at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood. CA. As the host, Kim will share her humorous personal experiences of working with a professional organizer.

“We’re thrilled to welcome comedian Kim Coles as the celebrity host of the Fifth Annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards,” said Chantale Bordonaro, President of NAPO-LA. ”Kim has an extraordinary charm in developing rapport with her audience and we’re especially thrilled she has personal experience working with a professional organizer. Her skillful comedy has the unique ability to break down barriers and return us to common interest. This year's Awards will be the biggest and best event we've ever produced, complete with a Hollywood-style red carpet. The public is invited to join in the fun, and learn firsthand about the most effective organizing strategies, products and services available."

Kim is best known for her zany characters and outrageous sense of humor. She got her start as the runner-up in the Big Beautiful Woman pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She rode her beauty pageant success into a plus-size modeling career, and then began performing stand-up comedy and her show biz career really took off. Kim landed the spot as warm-up comedian for The Cosby Show. From there she appeared on several stand-up shows and also worked as an opening act for several popular musicians (Luther Vandross, Bobby Brown & The O'Jays). Her big break arrived when she was cast by the Wayans brothers in the sketch show, ‘In Living Color’. Since then, she has appeared in several seasons of ‘Living Single’. Kim has continued to work steadily, appearing in sit-coms, reality shows, and game shows. She is also a successful author and playwright.

The gala red carpet event, presented by the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-LA) and Presenting Sponsor Avery Dennison, celebrates professional organizers who set the standard for home and business productivity, and the products and services that help consumers and businesses organize themselves and their information, manage their time and control habits that can lead to clutter and chaos. Los Angeles Organizing Awards' recipients are chosen by a popular national vote, taking place October 15 through December 15 online at http://www.organizingawards.com.

The top five finalists in each category are invited to attend the ceremony with a total of twenty-three awards presented, including: five awards for organizing products and retailers, five awards for organizing services, five awards to organizing professionals and four awards to media outlets. The chapter will also honor several of its members with chapter awards. The "Volunteer of the Year Award" is presented to the chapter member with an exemplary record of service. The "Leading Edge Award" recognizes a NAPO-LA member whose actions and efforts elevate the quality or profile of professional organizers everywhere. In addition, this year's "Special Recognition Award" will be presented by Avery Dennison to an individual or company who has performed or contributed significantly to the success of a particular project or initiative that benefits the public and the organizing profession.

About the Organizing Awards
The Los Angeles Organizing Awards were introduced in 2006 by the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-LA) to honor professional organizers, organizing retailers, organizing products services & resources, charities, technology providers, authors and the media for their contributions to the organizing industry. The Awards conclude “National Get Organized Month.” Tickets to this event can be purchased at http://www.organizingawards.com.

About Avery Dennison Presenting Sponsor
Avery Dennison Office Products (http://www.avery.com) markets products under the well-known Avery brand name and is one of the world's leading manufacturers of self-adhesive labels for laser and ink jet printers, labeling software, binders, sheet protectors, index and tab dividers and other office-, home- and school-related supplies. Avery Dennison Office Products, a business unit of Avery Dennison Corporation, is based in Brea, California. For more information about Avery-brand products, consumers can visit the Avery Dennison Worldwide Office Products Web site at http://www.avery.com or call the Avery Dennison Consumer Service Center at 1-800-GO-AVERY (1-800-462-8379).

About NAPO-Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-LA) is a group of 100 professional organizers and associate members dedicated to helping individuals and businesses bring order and efficiency to their lives. The Founding Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, "The Organizing Authority®," our mission has been to develop, lead and promote professional organizers and the organizing industry since 1985. The chapter produces the Los Angeles Organizing Expo as well as the Los Angeles Organizing Awards and is the recipient of the 2008 NAPO National President's Award for innovative contributions to the organizing industry. For details visit http://www.napola.org or http://www.organizingawards.com.

Awards Finalists, (in no particular order):

Best Organizing Product Retailer
Discover Organizing Incorporated
Franklin Covey
Organize.com
Stacks and Stacks
The Container Store

Best Closet Design Firm
California Closets
Closet Factory
The Closet Works, Inc.
Get It Together LA!
LA Closet Design

Best Garage Design Firm
Garage Envy
Garage Tek
Get It Together LA!
Gladiator Garage Works
OrganizeIT!

Best Office Organizing Product
Avery Labels - Avery Insert Tab Dividers
[InPlace] - Desktop File Sorter by Peter Walsh
Neat – NeatDesk
Pendaflex - SureHook Hanging File Folder
Time Timer, LLC

Best Home Orgaizing Product
Keepsake Keeper by Kangaroom Storage
Really Useful Boxes
ShelfGenie – Glideout
The Board Space Planning Systems
The Container Store – Elfa

Most Helpful Organizing Technology
IntelliScanner
iPEP Productive Environment Institute
iPhone
The Neat Company – Neat Receipts
Scan Digital

The Green Award for Most Eco-Friendly Organizing Product
Avery Eco-Friendly White Address Labels
Method Pink Grapefruit All-Purpose Cleaner
Recycle Bags by Kangaroom Storage
The Glam Can
Unikeep Enviro Binder

The Green Award for Most Eco-Friendly Organizing Service
Ann Sullivan, Organizing People for Life
College Hunks Hauling Junk
Go Junk Free America!
Sara Getzkin, Hands On! Organizing Services
Tanya Whitford, Organizing Wonders

Best Time Management Expert
Christine Reiter, Time-Strategies Services
The David Allen Company
Harold Taylor Time Consultants Ltd.
Julie Morgenstern Enterprises
Krista Colvin, Organize the Whole Shebang

Philanthropy Award
Leslie Haber, An Organized Life
Arizona NAPO Chapter, Go Month Foster Family 2007
Dorothy Breininger, Delphi Center for Organization
Heather Lambie, Your Home Editor
Lisa Adams, LA Closet Design

Best Show Incorporating Organizing on National Television
Clean House (Style)
Hoarders (A&E)
neat (HGTV Canada/Discovery Home Channel)
Oprah’s Clean Up Your Messy House/ Peter Walsh (ABC)
Small Space, Big Style (HGTV)

Best National Makeover Reality Television Program
Extreme Makeover – Home Edition (ABC)
Home Made Simple (TCL)
neat (HGTV Canada/Discovery Home Channel)
Real Simple. Real Life. (TLC)
Stager Invasion (TLC)

Best Organizing Book
Organizing A to Z by Lisa Lelas
Organizing For a Living by Jackie Tiani
Organizing Outside The Box by Hellen Buttigieg
Sorted! by Lissanne Oliver
The Clutter Diet by Lorie Marrero

Best Publication Featuring Organizational Information
Better Homes & Gardens
Martha Stewart Living
NSGCD-The Chronicle
Ready Made-Instructions For Everyday Life – BH&G
Real Simple Magazine

Best Organizing Website or Blog
Clutter Diet Blog - Lorie Marrero
Jeri Dansky Blog - Jeri Dansky
LifeOrganizers.com - Paul & Valerie Holstein
Simplify 101 Blog/Website - Aby & Jay Garvey
Unclutterer Blog - Erin Doland

Most Valuable Educational Resource
A Red Bench
eSMMART
NAPO National Conference
NSGCD
Professional Organizer Training Institute

Best Organizer as Coach or Mentor**
Beth Randall, Joe Organizer
Denslow Brown, The Organizer & Coach
Elizabeth Hagen.com
Kristine Oller, Feeding Your Focus
Margaret Miller, WABC Coach

NAPO-LA Chapter Members only may vote for the following:

Most Innovative Organizer
Beth Zeigler, BNeato
Calahan Solutions, Inc.
Dorothy Breininger, Delphi Center for Organization
Elizabeth Hagen.com
Jodie Watson, Supreme Organization

Most Supportive or Organizer-Friendly Charity
Baby2Baby
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles
Out of the Closet
Soles4Souls

This event is produced by NAPO-LA with production support by the Dave Linden Group, Inc. and Avery Dennison as the Presenting Sponsor. Event video produced by Corp Shorts and hosted by KNBC/KCAL news reporter and anchor, Angie Crouch.

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