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Ways We Can Help
Gift Certificates
Get Organized for the New Year
You're Not Alone
National Clean Off Your Desk Day
The Right Tools
QuoteAction of the Month
Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS
Certified Professional Organizer®
Certified Relocation & Transition Specialist®
(678) 513-6585
Ways We Can Help
You can save money. You'll know what you already own, eliminating the need to buy duplicate items. A professional organizer can help you find the perfect organizing products for your space and lifestyle, so you stop wasting money on things you don't need or won't work.

You can become more productive and efficient. A professional organizer can create order and structure out of chaos. You'll receive systems that work for your dominant learning style, your lifestyle, your needs, your challenges, and your dreams.
You'll have a positive self-image and ditch the shame. Once your home or office is neat and tidy, you won't feel embarrassed to have guests visit. The guilt will fade away as you take pride in your surroundings.
You'll have a healthier environment. Physical and emotional clutter obscures your surroundings. An organized home and office is more easily cleaned. Lose the clutter and cut down on time spent moving piles of paper and stuff around.
Your stress level will decrease dramatically. When you can find what you need, are on top of your to-dos, and arrive on time, you'll feel calmer and have more peace of mind. No more feeling overwhelmed by life -- you'll be the one in control.

You'll discover more time for yourself. When you're organized, your days go as planned, and you get a lot more done. That leaves more time to indulge in a little "me time."

Your energy will shine.
Clutter is a mask and a professional organizer can help you take off that mask. Once the clutter is removed, you can showcase your talents, skills, and personality and have the life you deserve.
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January 2010

 Real Order e-Newsletter
A New Resolution for You
Happy New Year!  Last Sunday I listened to probably the best message about New Year's resolutions I've ever heard. My pastor challenged us to go beyond the typical resolutions like losing weight, reducing debt, and stopping smoking. He shared that it's always a mistake to first decide what you want to DO before you decide who you want to BE
He challenged us to actually write down what we would want different people in our life to say about us at our funeral - our parents, spouse, kids, siblings, friends, boss, etc. What you want said about you at your funeral is your own personal definition of success.  Words like integrity, generosity, and honesty may come to mind. Then ask yourself what is at stake if I'm not this kind of person - for example, honest. Ultimately what is at stake is the integrity of my relationships because honesty is the foundation of all relationships. Why is it important to be generous, what is at stake? It keeps the things I own from owning me and prevents me from becoming absorbed with acquiring more and more "stuff" I really don't need.
While getting organized is one of the top goals many people have for the new year, ask yourself what is really at stake. Do you long for a home that is organized enough that you can invite family and friends over on a whim, but can't because you're too stressed or embarrassed? Are your relationships suffering as a result? Do you want to be known as a dependable person, but often run late or miss appointments? I could go on and on, but you get the idea. 
If you've read this far, my challenge to you (and myself) is to FIRST set "BE" goals for 2010 that will make a difference in people's lives far beyond this year. After all, that is what you will be long remembered for when all is said and done.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!
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Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS
Real Order Professional Organizing, LLC
(678) 513-6585
Get Organized for the New Year
Is "get organized" one of your New Year's goals? This is the perfect time to make some life-improving resolutions. With proper planning, goals can help you fulfill your dreams - both big and small - in the coming year. Goal making allows you to evaluate the past and present and make impactful and meaningful decisions about the future. Here's to an organized and happy new year!
The first - and sometimes hardest - step to goal making is selecting a goal. Ask yourself, "What do I really want?" Brainstorm a bit and come up with five to ten ideas. Then select one or two to work on. The goal doesn't have to be daunting; in fact, it should be realistically attainable. 
The next step to achieving your goal is to write it down. By doing this, you are making a commitment with yourself and are more likely to follow through

As you write your goal, concentrate on the positive and make it specific and attainable. Instead of one big overwhelming New Year's resolution (like "I will have an organized home"), try to list a series of smaller steps that will get you there in manageable increments.



Another key to goal-keeping success is to define ways to measure your success. By enforcing deadlines, you'll force yourself to be accountable. Look at your goal in the short-term, mid-term, and long-term. 

If getting organized is among your goals and you feel you can't do it alone, consider the benefits of hiring a professional organizer, who teams with you to make it happen.  Contact Terri Stephens at 678-513-6585 or email today.

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You're Not Alone
A November 2008 public survey of 400 adults found that: 
  • 96% said they would save time every day by becoming more organized.
  • Of those, 15% felt they could save more than an hour each day (for a total of more than 15 days per year!) if they were more organized at home.
  • 30% felt they could save at least 30 minutes each day (more than an entire week per year) if they were more organized at home.
  • 65% of the respondents noted that their household was at least moderately disorganized.
  • 27% said they felt disorganized at work.
It's no wonder that many of us start each year with a goal to "get organized." Imagine having more than a week each year to spend on doing things you enjoy! 
January is Get Organized Month - the perfect time to get serious about organizing your home, your office, your life! 
Source:  National Association of Professional Organizers
National Clean Off Your Desk Day
2nd Monday in January
clean deskWhat does your desk look like right now? Everything neatly stored away in its proper place? Or piles of paper, notes, files, and bills everywhere?
A messy desk can make life difficult - you're late paying bills, you can't find important papers when you need them, and you don't even have space to actually do any work.  
Does tackling the stacks seem impossible?  Taking just a few minutes to clean out the old and establish a paper management system will help you to create a clean, efficient workspace and prevent future clutter. 
Start by squaring off the piles on your desk. Then, one stack at a time, ask yourself what action you need to take to resolve each piece of paper. Create categories like "to file" or "to read" or "to pay." These "action files" are the basis of your paper management system. Each new piece of paper you receive should be categorized, stored in the appropriate file, and then acted on - it comes in, then it goes back out again.
Toss it out unless you have a compelling reason to hang on to it.  If a document requires action, contains vital information, is difficult to replace or you are legally required to keep it, then file it appropriately. Otherwise, it goes.
Set aside time each day to clear up the accumulated paper. If it requires an action, finish taking action on it and be done with it. If it needs to be filed, file it. If it belongs to someone else, return it. If it's trash, toss it. Don't let paper linger indefinitely.
Source:  Online Organizing
The Right Tools Make all the Difference
Check out these sites for tips and products to help you get organized and stay that way. - Work smarter, faster, better - Original storage and organization store - Family life, simplified - Organize your paper, simplify your life - Clean, neat, easy - Track your donations online
QuoteAction of the Month

I dream, I test my dreams against my beliefs, I dare to take risks, and I execute my vision to make those dreams come true.
- Walt Disney
Most of us recommend restaurants, movies or mechanics to our family and friends. When you recommend Real Order for professional organizing, we want to thank you with a $25 gift card to Red Lobster or Olive Garden - it's your choice. A minimum of four hours of organizing services must be purchased to qualify. To redeem your gift card, simply notify us of the family or friend you are referring to us. Bon appetit! 

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