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APDO UK - Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers UK 

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JALO - Japanese Association of Life Organisers

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POAA - Professional Organisers Association Africa 

POC - Professional Organisers in Canada

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About AAPO

The Australasian Association of Professional Organisers (AAPO) was incorporated in November 2005 as a non profit organisation to educate the public about Professional Organising and benefit members by growing the industry.

Our committee is made up of volunteer members from two counties, across several different time zones, but we all share one thing in common: we're passionate about organising, growing our industry and professional development.

In 2011 we developed AAPO's first Strategic Plan. The process of doing this has given us clarity about the direction of the Committee and how we can best assist our members. Each Portfolio is managed by a Committee member and has a uniform structure.

See AAPO Organisational Chart

President - Narelle Todd

Hi I’m Narelle Todd and the current President of AAPO. I have been a member of AAPO since 2006 and am AAPO’s 1st Expert Professional Organiser. I am also an Apple geek, love travelling and can often be heard saying “It’s all good”.

I have been active in AAPO as Brisbane Forum Leader, Virtual Forum Leader, Accreditation Sub Committee Member, and Forum Leaders’ Leader.

I started Successful Living in 2004 and currently work in the corporate organisation & productivity space offering coaching, workshops and keynote speaking and in the home organising space with a digital magazine. I also coach Professional Organisers.

I have previously worked in Human Resources and Learning & Development Management. I hold a Masters of Training & Development and am an accredited coach.

My vision for AAPO is to build & grow on the unique opportunities we have as an industry, promote organising through strategic alliances & media, foster professional development in both organising & business development & continue to encourage AAPO & its members to innovate & build strong businesses. I believe our success is based on the ability to adapt to change, to be fully engaged and to bring new ideas to life.

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Vice President - Kristina Duke

When starting my business Decluttering Diva in 2013, I subsequently joined AAPO valuing the importance of networking and accreditation within the Professional Organising industry. I volunteered straight away as a member of the PR subcommittee and then joined the Executive Committee as Marketing Chair for 2014/15. I'm excited to stretch my skills further undertaking the role as Vice President for 2015/16.

In my experience as a SAHM with three kids and Drive in Drive Out (DIDO) husband, I have learnt the importance of organisation, systems and the freedom of living a more decluttered life. I always knew I wanted to help people in a practical way and after watching Peter Walsh on Oprah over the years, I felt my calling. 

I began my Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) in 2012 but felt the urge to put that on hold and just get started helping people. I am passionate about helping those with chronic disorganisation and more.

When I'm not working, studying or doing my mum duties, I love DIY, singing, socialising and Facebook.

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Secretary - Kristy Dillon

In 2013 I finally found 'My Tribe' in AAPO and jumped straight in to my dream job, Professional Organising. 

With my background in Administration (20 years) - in executive secretary roles, a mum to two beautiful children, being an interior stylist with my own business: Kristy Dillon Design, and organising my own life and wardrobe as a teen, it was an easy decision to combine my skills with helping people achieve their goals and dreams of becoming organised and streamlined.

Through my passion of organsing I jumped into volunteering with AAPO and began as Virtual Forum Coordinator and then joined the Conference Sub Committee. As AAPO is an incredible organisation, with like-minded amazing people - I had to be part of AAPO moving forward.

With my new role as Secretary I am excited to care, share, learn and grow our great industry.

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Treasurer - Jillian Hannon 

In 2013 I stumbled across the world of AAPO. I had found my calling and a group of likeminded people that immediately energised me. As a believer in active participation my AAPO volunteering journey commenced at the 2013 Conference and Forum events leading into the current Sydney Forum Leaders role.

I started my business Sorted. Organised. Done. in 2012 after 20+ years in Retail Events and Operations Project Management roles on a global and national level. A role managing an aspect of the closure of a retail group post an acquisition, observing and assisting with the fallout from a people perspective highlighted to me the impact a situational transition had on the lives of many.

These experiences led to a natural transition to the organising industry and the ongoing education it offers to better the lives of others. I do this now through residential project management and lifestyle concierge services.

Managing large project budgets in my corporate life allows me to bring a management understanding to my first Executive role as Treasurer. I’m looking forward to the challenges the role presents, learning from my peers and those that have gone before me and continuing to contribute to the growth of our industry.

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Marketing - Megan Grierson

Hello. I'm Megan Grierson and it's a great privilege to serve the AAPO community this year in Marketing. It's my job to communicate the AAPO story to members and the general public alike. 

Organising is not about stuff. It's about people. At the centre of all I do are people's stories. My business, Intentional Spaces, exists to energise, equip and enable others to simplify their everyday - creating a life that reflects who they are and what's important to them.

In my own life, my husband and three kids keep things very real and full of fun. I have 15 years experience as a Remedial Massage Therapist, running my own business and working within a team of other health care professionals.

I landed in the Organising industry when a friend requested my help to clean out a few rooms. I discovered I had something to offer others. I became passionate about helping people identify what is important and eliminate the unnecessary, in both their space and their time. 

In 2013 I completed my training with world-renowned professional organiser, Julie Morgenstern in NYC,

AAPO is made up of many wonderful people and amazing stories. I look forward to contributing to the growth of our industry.

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Membership - Diane Weatherhead

My business, Get Organised (NZ), was  established two years ago, so I am new to AAPO. I am keen to take my business to another level, and being an Executive Committee is one way to do this.

Before this incarnation, I was a Records Management Consultant with my business Empress Business Solutions / Empress Consultancy for 20 years. During this time I serviced on the Wellington Branch of RIMPA, Records and Information Management Professionals of Australasia (or RRMA) as they were called then, from 2005-2008.

I started out as a professional organiser (they weren't called that then, I called myself a "systems designer") in 1992. However there wasn't an organisation like AAPO, so due to lack of support in this area, I became a records management consultant. In 1998 I wrote a book called "The Pink Filing Cabinet, make peace with your paper war".

So I have made a big circle back to what I started out and with the support of AAPO this time, I am looking forward to serving on the committee bringing my skills and to making to my business a success.

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Professional Development - Karen McKinnon

Hi everyone, my name is Karen McKinnon and I live in Wollongong NSW with my two children.

I am delighted to be a part of this years executive committee. It's inspiring to be working alongside such knowledgable and experienced women.

My background is in the community welfare sector, I have always had a desire to work with people and assist them in creating a life that is more satisfying by gaining control of their space.

I discovered organising via a TV program that was on many years ago and then a few years ago came to the realisation that this could be a viable career. And so Define Your Space with Karen was born. I joined AAPO as soon as I started my business, it was reassuring to have a professional body to represent, support and continue to raise awareness of this thriving industry. My business is still in its infancy, and I am still as keen as ever to be in this field of work.

I am looking forward to a year of growth and learning both within my business and as a representative of AAPO.

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General Member - Jennifer Manefield

I first heard about professional organising in 2013 during colour and design studies, as I tried to find a new career path after 24 years of living overseas. Intrigued enough to check out the AAPO website but no more than that.

Then I assisted someone very dear to me deal first with the practical difficulties involved with his father’s sudden death followed by his mother’s rapid onset dementia and the need to move her quickly into aged care. He was left with a family home containing 50 years of possessions and memories, all complicated by a busy professional life and a young family. It was literally a light bulb moment of “I can do that!” and it had a name….Professional Organising.

Confident that my past experience in nursing and a variety of roles including sales management and teaching would stand me in good stead, I started Jennifer’s Decluttering Solutions in mid-2014, specialising in the elderly and their families. I immediately attended conference as a newbie. What a great start with exposure not only to some very experienced P.O.’s but also the incredible sense of positivity and support within the industry. That sensation is reinforced at every Forum meeting I attend.

This past year I have worked hard to consolidate my on the job experience with professional development offered by our expert P.O’s, I.C.D, training in hoarding and project management. I strongly believe that a strong professional body only grows through active participation and I look forward to this coming year.


Immediate Past President - Carol Martyn

Carol Martyn from Dr DeClutter often hears her family say she must’ve been born with a clipboard in her hand.  Like most members, she was organising long before the term “Professional Organiser” was coined.  When Carol came across AAPO, she found likeminded individuals equally passionate about supporting clients on their journey to reduce clutter. 

With Dr DeClutter you can download the complimentary 7 Secrets to Organising and read the latest blogs to find solutions for organising space, time and people.

Dr DeClutter‘s based in Melbourne and offers a professional and personalised service, specialising in working with clients to achieve organising solutions that are low cost and easy to use.  Consultations with Dr DeClutter are conducted by Professional Organiser, Carol Martyn, who’s an Accredited Accomplished Member of AAPO. 

Carol has thoroughly enjoyed serving the Association through the various roles on the Executive Committee and her achievements to date include:

  • Immediate Past President - 2014/2015

  • President - 2013/2014

  • Vice President - 2012/2013

  • Conference Sub-Committee Melbourne - 2012

As IPP Carol looks forward to continuing to grow and promote our industry and to support AAPO fulfil its’ vision to be ‘internationally recognised as Australasia’s premier industry association for leading and developing Professional Organisers.’

Contact AAPO Immediate Past President


NOW Chair – Vacant

Conference Chair – Debbie Buckley

Accreditation Chair -  Karen Healy

Professional Development Chair – Karen McKinnon

Forums Chair – Angela Esnouf

Marketing & PR Chair - Megan Grierson

Website Co-ordinator – Laurel Grey

Forum Meetings

AAPO has Forums in many parts of Australasia. Prospective members are invited to attend a Forum meeting to meet members and learn more about AAPO. Contact a Forum Leader to make arrangements.

Forum Co-ordinators

Forum Co-ordinators & Assistants


Brisbane (QLD) - Forum Co-ordinator

Rosemary Hooper

Brisbane (QLD) - Asst. Forum Co-ordinator

Position Vacant

Melbourne (VIC) - Forum Co-ordinator

Sue Ryan

Melbourne (VIC) - Asst. Forum Co-ordinator

Robyn Amott

Perth (WA) - Forum Co-ordinator

Jude Newberry

Perth (WA) - Asst. Forum Co-ordinator

Michelle Armer

Sydney (NSW) - Forum Co-ordinator

Jillian Hannon

Sydney (NSW) - Asst. Forum Co-ordinator

Nadine Wood

Adelaide (SA) - Forum Co-ordinator

Tracey Warren

Adelaide (SA) - Asst. Forlum Co-ordinator

Position vacant

Virtual - Forum Co-ordinator

Nathalie Brantsma-Beele

Virtual - Asst. Forum Co-ordinator

Position Vacant


AAPO President's Award Hall of Fame

Each year at AAPO’s annual conference, the President bestows an award to recognise outstanding service to AAPO and the organising industry in Australasia.  Congratulations to all recipients of the President’s Award.  Your contribution is much appreciated.


2015   Angela Esnouf

2014   Angela Esnouf

2013    Bec Johnston

2012    Leslee Stroud

2011    Roz Howland

2010    Sarah Cottman

2009    Wendy Davie  

2008    Wendy Hanes 

2015 AAPO Organising Industry Awards 

President's Award            Debbie Buckley

President's Award            Robyn Schultz

Rising Star Award             Melissa Sleegers

Entrepreneurial Award   Laurel Grey

People's Choice Award Sarah Cottman and Susanne Thiebe

Organising Legend          Jo Vandeleur




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