A Close-up Look at Favorite Organizing Tools

Yesterday I attended the 6th annual NorthEast Regional Conference for Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NERCPO). It was all virtual this year, with the tag line “no masks required.” Once again, the NAPO-CT conference team put together a terrific conference, and I had a wonderful time learning from and networking with other organizers. Additionally, I had the pleasure of reprising my role as “game host,” running a brief break in the action for the sheer purpose of having fun.

Since all attendees were attending via computer screens, I created a game that was heavily visual. The challenge was to identify popular organizing products from a series of close-up photographs. There were 15 products in all, and players could get up to two points per photograph:

  • 1 point for identifying the type of product
  • 1 point for knowing the product brand name

We had a good time playing the game, and the winner scored 24.

Since people are often curious to know what tools and products professional organizers use, I thought my blog readers might enjoy playing the game. Needless to say, this is in no way a comprehensive list of organizing solutions. Think of it more as a sampling of tools that often come in handy on organizing projects. Also, I am not promoting these products or being compensated to feature them.

Would you like to play?

Simply scroll through the images below and see how many you can identify.

#1

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#3

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#4

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#5

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#6

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#7

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#8

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#11

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#14

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#15

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Do you have have your guesses recorded? Here come the answers!

Command Hook
Answer #1: Command™ Hook

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Brother P-Touch Labeler
Answer #2: Brother P-Touch® Labeler

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Container Store Elfa System
Answer #3: Container Store® Elfa System

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Grid-it cocoon organizer
Answer #4: Grid-it® Cocoon Accessory Organizer

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iDesign divided turntable
Answer #5: iDesign™ Divided Turntable

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IDesign Pantry bin
Answer #6: iDesign Pantry Bin

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IKEA Raskog cart
Answer #7: IKEA Raskog® Cart

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Like-it bricks system
Answer #8: Like-it® Bricks System

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Meori Mini foldable box
Answer #9: Meori® Mini Box

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Poppin Desk Organizer
Answer #10: Poppin® Desktop Organizer

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Post-it note, super sticky
Answer #11: Post-it® “Super Sticky” Notes

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Sharpie Permanent Marker
Answer #12: Sharpie® Retractable Marker

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Banker's Box used for storage
#13: Staples® Banker’s Box

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Time Timer
#14: Time Timer™

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Container Store Mocha Water Hyacinth Basket
Container Store® Mocha Water Hyacinth Baskets

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Even if you didn’t know any of them, I hope you still had fun playing. Perhaps you became aware of a few handy organizing tools that you might want to use on a future project.

How many of these products did you recognize?

24 thoughts on “A Close-up Look at Favorite Organizing Tools”

  1. It sounds like you had a good conference!

    I only knew one, but it was fun looking at them all!

    One of my photography groups often has a “What is it?” day, and you’ve also given me some inspiration for future possibilities.

    1. The conference was great, and I loved the interaction with so many folks whom I don’t normally get to “see.” Being in charge of the game is an extra privilege – we can all use a bit of fun right now, right?

    1. You have to come next year, Ronni. It really is fun and informative. Plus, you meet so many organizers from the area, which helps when you need to pass on a referral for a neighboring area. Because we were virtual this year, we had organizers from all over. The game is just a bit of fun in the middle of the day. I love doing it:)

  2. I had the pleasure of going to NERCPO, and it was terrific! You and your NAPO-CT colleagues do a fantastic job putting on conferences. I’ve attended every single one, and they are always excellent. This time, I especially enjoyed your game. You’re such a great game host! I did pretty well, but the close-ups of #5, 7, 11, and 13 stumped me. It was a joy to play and proudly brought out the organizing nerd in me. Thank you for all you have done and for continuing to bring excellent educational opportunities combined with networking and fun to our industry.

    1. Thank you so much for coming, Linda, and for contributing YOUR wisdom to the discussion time. I think we all felt great about how the event unfolded. It was tricky with the technology, but we got in our networking, speaker time, small groups and a bit of fun, so we are feeling thankful!

  3. Omg, this gave me such a good chuckle today. Congratulations, Seana because this was quite a fun challenge! What a great idea too. I feel like we could play this game with people using any theme. Thanks for sharing.

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