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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Woodmen Edition's Kate Jonuska finds value in organization

At your local library, helpful information isn’t only found in the stacks, on a shelf or between
book covers. Valuable guidance can also be found in person, specifically in the persons of
Cari Pemberton and Linda Reinberger, certified Family Manager Coaches who provide free
organizational workshops for the community at local libraries. “This really is a service to
hurting families,” said Pemberton, who was recently named Director of National Outreach
for Family Manager Coaching and has been a professional organizer since 1992. “By dealing
with these issues in a free, convenient way, family managers — typically moms, but not
always — can take home strategies which can be implemented right away for the benefit of the
whole family.”
At a recent meeting at the Briargate Library covering tax preparation and battling paper
clutter, participant Jennifer Bell admitted relief that she’d found such help. “I think I can feel confident that I’m not by myself in this mess and I can find a good jumping off point,” said Bell,
who has recommended the free workshops to friends and family. “Yes, there may be piles
of paper everywhere, but you can get back on track. It can be done.”
Topics of past organizational workshops, which are usually conducted monthly, include
“The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Happy, Organized Home” and “Preparing for an A+ School
Year” as well as guidance with holiday-season preparations, organization products, staging
your home for sale and more.
Pemberton has conducted adult education programs at the Briargate Library since the
branch opened, and Reinberger has expanded the workshops to the Rockrimmon Library, as
well. Both believe that sharing their wealth of professional knowledge with families is a
genuine public service, especially in trying economic times. “How many of us think about
the cost of storing, insuring, cleaning and maintaining all of our possessions? Downsizing
and staying organized really does help families save money,” Pemberton explains. In addition
to creating value for your pocketbook, becoming organized can also add valuable time to
stressed-out schedules. “The end goal of organizing is to free time and resources for
more important matters,” Pemberton continues. “Being able to find your car keys instead of
searching for 10 minutes twice a week translates into more time for parents to spend on
what really matters — reading another book to their child, or just catching another 20 minutes
of sleep.”
Over-scheduled and overwhelmed, it often takes an outside voice of reason to get a
family back on track. If you’re interested in hearing that voice at one of Pemberton or Reinberger’s free sessions, upcoming workshops include “Kids Home Alone” at 10:30 a.m. March 16 at the Rockrimmon Library and “Downsizing: Organized Moving” on March 31 at the
Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave.
The coaches also offer six-to eight-week intensive workshops— including “The Busy Mom’s
Guide to a Happy, Organized Home” study group on Thursdays through April — and one on
one family mentoring. For more information, visit Pemberton’s Web site at or Reinberger’s site at For details about the Pikes Peak Library District’s wide range of other adult programs, check out

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