Owner, Heather Cocozza, PMP, CPO® is an Organizing & Productivity Consultant who has a passion for helping people improve the quality of their work and personal lives. She works with clients to initiate and complete the overwhelming projects in their offices and homes related to physical and digital organization. She also focuses on personal and team productivity.
Cocozza served on the National Board of Directors of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) from 2019-2022. She was the NAPO Washington DC (WDC) Chapter Organizer of the Year 2018-2019 and NAPO-WDC Chapter President 2017-2019. Heather teaches a webinar class for NAPO and was an in-person speaker at the 2019 U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Summit for Small and Growing Businesses in Washington, D.C.
Heather initially gained a reputation as an organizer while working 13 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM as an ERP project manager, where she organized and managed large-scale, complex computer systems integration. Since beginning her own small business, she has taken on volunteer leadership roles to help organize youth sports with the most recent being Chair of the Arlington County Sports Commission which advises the Arlington County Board.
Heather is a graduate of The American University, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®).
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HEATHER COCOZZA HAS WRITTEN ARTICLES
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Quoted with personal photo in the article "52 Ways to Optimize Your Workspace"
Metro Washington Home Improvement
"Compartmentalizing by using containers is not only visually appealing but eliminates the possibility of stacking tall piles of clothing, papers, or other items that are destined to topple over, " says Heather Cocozza, PMP and owner of Cocozza Organizing & Design in Northern Virginia.
Cocozza suggests choosing containers that are either transparent or that you can easily label to help immediately identify the contents. "This will save you valuable time," she adds
Heather Cocozza of Cocozza Organizing & Design in Northern Virginia recommends dividing your kitchen into five basic kitchen activity "zones" and storing commonly used items inside or immediately outside the zone.
"When designing or decorating your entryway, first decide how you use the space," says Heather Cocozza of Cocozza Organizing & Design in Northern Virginia. Is it strictly for visitors? Do you use it daily? Knowing the function of the space will help you determine how it should look.
Cocozza notes, "It's important to bring organization into your entryway. Typically most homes have a formal and an informal entryway." If your formal entryway does not have a small closet, Cocozza advises purchasing a wood or decorative wrought iron, free-standing coat rack that your guests can use. "And today you can even find storage benches that work in a formal area. Some have sliding doors to hide everything." Also, include a decorative, wall-mounted key box and wicker, wood, or fabric trays for a mail station.
Heather Cocozza, of Cocozza Organizing & Design in the D.C. area, specializes in helping clients set-up home offices. She says that paperwork can fall into four different categories: action, reference, memory or trash. Only papers related to action need to be on your desktop.
Ask the Experts Questions: The holidays are approaching and the cupboards and pantry in my kitchen aren't ready for all the dinner parties I'm about to have. Are there any simple tips you have for organizing my food, dishes, pots, pans, glassware, utensils, gadgets and etc., so that my holidays can be more enjoyable?
Answer: You will enjoy being a host if you organize the kitchen so that it is easy to find things and put them away. Accessibility is the key to easy entertaining.
Rotate and remove off-season items from the kitchen to make room for the holiday accoutrements. Store similar items together, conveniently near where you use the items:
Preparing - Keep knives, mixing bowls, and measuring cups around the longest counter space next to the sink
Cooking - Store pots, pans, and bakeware around the stove and oven
Washing - Place everyday dishes and glasses around the dishwasher and sink
Food Serving - Store place mats, trivets, and serving pieces near the table
Food Storage - If you do not have a food pantry, store food near the refrigerator
Clean out your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry to have more space for party food. Find guidance on food shelf life at www.msnbc.com/onair/nbc/dateline/food/shelf.asp.
Tip: In a cabinet, do not place tall glasses in back and short glasses in front, because it requires you to reach behind one row. Instead, place glasses of different heights in columns from front to back. You now have front-row access to each size.
Fun Idea: Create a "Mobile Holiday/Party Station" by adapting a wheeled kitchen cart to hold your holiday party supplies: candles, votives, place cards, tablecloths, napkin rings, etc. When done, roll it out of the way.
Pre-Party Tip: Take your trash out and unload the dishwasher right before the party starts, so you will have space to hide the "unsightly objects" once the party is underway.
By Heather Cocozza, of Cocozza Organizing & Design, Northern Virginia
Ask the Experts Questions: My tiny townhouse is a great place but I feel like clutter takes over because of the lack of closet space. How can I decoratively store and conceal my stuff without making my house look so junked up? - A reader in Alexandria, VA.
Answer: First, make certain you're using all the space in your closet efficiently. For example, use the inside of the closet door for hooks and over the door storage solutions such as shoe racks. Then focus on the space outside of your closet. Purchase furniture with closed cabinet space (e.g., wardrobe, armoire, night stands, and end tables with doors). If there is open shelving in your home, use containers such as decorative boxes and bins. Rooms look most appealing if kept to three or less colors; this should include the colors of your containers. The more uniform or similar the containers, the more attractive your townhouse will appear.
Consider the following solutions for items that traditionally cause a cluttered look: store magazines in a magazine file and place on a bookshelf, keep newspapers in a cute storage basket on the floor, and place papers in a file drawer or decorative file box. Clutter causes visual stress and by using these techniques to conceal, your townhouse will have a more calming and appealing ambiance.
By Heather Cocozza, Professional Organizer, Cocozza Organizing & Design in the metro Washington area
Heather Cocozza was interviewed by Theresa Caldwell of Say It by Heartradio show (QTRadio.net) on the subject "Cut through the Clutter in Your Head, to Cut the Clutter in Your Home." October 2008.
Cocozza Organizing + Design’s Organizing Assistant for 2 years. He has experience in organizing,
downsizing and archiving. Phil performed entire estate clear-outs in less the 3 weeks and
worked on large archiving projects consisting of over 300 boxes. He is also a classical musician,
conductor, and composer. Education includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Cocozza Organizing + Design’s Professional Organizer has been organizing for 5 years. Her
specialty is designing custom spaces to maximize storage and organization, as well as, managing
downsizing projects. Susie has an eye for interior design and ensures that any organization or
storage solution is aesthetically pleasing. She has experience in organizing 300 work spaces.
Susie has a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech.
Cocozza Organizing + Design’s Senior Professional Organizer has been organizing for 10 years.
Her specialty is financial and office organizing, and she has a background in bookkeeping. As an
avid volunteer, she was Treasurer of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing
Professionals (NAPO) Washington, DC Chapter from 2019-2022. She has a master’s degree from
George Washington University.