Q+A: Brenda Prinzavalli:

Professional organizer focuses on the good

Brenda Prinzavalli holds her book, “31 Days to an Organized Life.”

Brenda Prinzavalli, the founder of Balanced Organizing Solutions, moved to Las Vegas to teach in the Clark County School District. After enjoying a career in education and then some time away from the city, she returned in 2001, began a consulting business and became an organizing strategist.

What services do you offer clients?

My services and messages are focused on improving productivity, effectiveness and organizational strategies through a variety of methods such as corporate workshops and training, small-business consulting, effectiveness assessments, individualized organizational solutions, and keynote speaking for conventions and corporate events. One of the main factors in my services is that I customize them for the client to address their individual needs, industry, challenges and just what they want to accomplish. Everyone has a different style of organization, and I match those individual styles with solutions, which provides a great chance of success.

Who has been your most exciting professional client to date?

While my oath of confidentiality keeps me from naming high-profile clients, I was honored to assist a business executive in coordinating not only her professional teams, but also her teams that managed her multiple residences across the country. Streamlining her many obligations and locations brought her peace of mind and reduced her stress.

Have digital innovations complicated or simplified your work solutions?

Digital solutions have always been and will continue to have a great impact on the professional and personal effectiveness in all aspects of life. The key is to decide if the digital solution is the best solution. Any digital solution must have training and customization to fully reap the benefits of the investment of money and time.

What are a few simple organizational tactics that people should implement?

First, look for the small and simple changes that can have the biggest impact on your overall day. My book, “31 Days to an Organized Life: Regain Your Sanity in Just One Month of Simple Actions,” lays out easy-to-accomplish organizational tasks in your everyday life to give your year a boost in the organizational arena.

Second, start from this day forward. Don’t look back at what didn’t work in the past. While history is valuable info, don’t wallow in it. Remove the negative and start with a strong commitment to your goals.

Third, just pick one — one area that really needs new solutions — and put all of your commitment power to that one area for 90 days. You’ll have more success and it is easier to focus on a single area instead of making multiple changes at once.

What is the best business advice you’ve received?

Dream bigger!

What’s the biggest issue facing Southern Nevada or its residents?

Managing a busy and overcommitted life. Both professional and personal demands continue to increase, which creates added stress and negative self-talk. Organizational tools and strategies can relieve some of the pressure, but they only go so far. If people are maxed out, they need to start to determine what they can remove or declutter from their life to ease their overall pressure.

Where’s your favorite place to have a power lunch?

We are so lucky have an abundance of great restaurants, so the choices are quite broad for style, size and location in the valley. If I had to single one out, one of my favorites is Table 34 — locally owned, impeccable service and wonderful food.

What is your dream job outside of your current field?

Wellness consultant or master gardener. I have a passion for wellness of body, mind and spirit through healthy choices that support an energetic and joyful life, and I love to get my hands dirty in growing plants and flowers.

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?

Vegas is a pretty awesome place, but not overly garden friendly, so I’d like to live part of the year in a place where I can grow a good vegetable crop.

Whom do you admire?

My mom and dad: they achieved a lifetime of personal success by touching people’s lives through grace, compassion and hearts of gratitude. I also know my gift of organization came from both, each with their own style and talents.

What are you currently reading?

• “Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Free Thinking Dog” by Ted Kerasote

• “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron

• “Eating on the Wild Side” by Jo Robinson

What is something that people might not know about you?

About 23 years ago, my husband and I sold our house, quit our jobs, put our remaining belongings in storage and traveled for six months. Three of those months were around Western Europe and the other three were visiting family and friends around the U.S. It was a very freeing six months where we had the opportunity to detach from the pressure of a traditional lifestyle and focus on experiencing an adventure.

Anything else you want to tell us?

There’s so much goodness in the world, in our opportunities and in our neighbors. When we take a moment and reflect on gratitude, we can accomplish anything.