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In This Issue
Did You Know?
Ways We Can Help
Sleepy Factoid
Getting Your Clothing in Order
Pass It On...
Hidden Treasure
Innovative Products
Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS
Certified Professional Organizer®
Certified Relocation & Transition Specialist®
(678) 513-6585
Did You Know?
The top reasons Professional Organizers are hired:
  • too much clutter
  • general disorganization
  • difficulty determining what to keep and/or discard
  • difficulty finding things
  • selling a home or moving
Source: NAPO 2009 Member Survey
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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February 2011

Real Order e-Newsletter
Rest Easy
Declutter and Organize
Your Closet & Bedroom
Elegant BedroomDear ,

Ahhh... There's nothing quite like a good night's rest in a beautiful, clean, and organized bedroom. It's one of the most personal spaces in the home and should be a welcoming, safe retreat from the outside world.


When you consider that you spend approximately 1/3 of your life slumbering, it only makes sense to give your bedroom the attention it deserves. Creating your personal sanctuary from the hustle-bustle of a busy world with furniture, linens, colors and decor that appeal to the unique person you are is well worth the effort. And don't forget about the closet that houses your clothes and helps you to face the world looking your best. I hope

you enjoy this month's newsletter as it focuses on these important areas in your home.


Happy snoozing!  

Terri Signature    
Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS
Real Order Professional Organizing, LLC
(678) 513-6585

Sleepy Factoid

Baby Sleeping



By the time you're 75 years old you will have spent 25 years sleeping, if you average 8 hours a night, or 22 years sleeping, if averaging 7 hours of sleep.



Getting Your Clothing in Order:
A Step-By-Step Guide to a Perfect Closet


When preparing for the perfect closet, your goal is to come up with a system that will allow you to maintain the de-cluttered space with minimal effort, while allowing you to make the most of your space, time, and wardrobe. Remember that your closet works in conjunction with other storage spaces as well.


1. Closets should have a clean, fresh coat of light-colored paint. This reflects the light and gives you a solid neutral background to view your clothing against. Take the time to do this now. Give the closet a good vacuuming and dusting, too.


2. Start sorting. Separate your closet into work and casual wear by item type, then group similar items by color. Button-down shirts, dress pants, blazers, dresses, skirts, etc. should all be batched together so you can quickly see and assess your options. Make a separate pile for each category of casual clothing, such as pants, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. Also group together shoes, belts, and other accessories. 


3. Only keep your "A" team or current clothes in your main closet. Shift seasonal clothes, maternity, and "other size" items to another storage space, such as under your bed. Many people can reduce the amount of clothing in their closet by half if they follow this guideline. 


4. Purge a little more. Once you have everything sorted, you may discover that you own multiples of the same item. This is your chance to get rid of those items that don't fit, are out of style, or are not practical. (From here on out, keep a give-away box in your closet to make donating easier.) Remember, it's important to let your clothing have a little breathing room to keep it wrinkle-free, as well as to allow you to easily view your closet's contents.


5. Now that you can see what you actually have, start measuring. Most clothing needs 1/2 to two inches of space per item. How much of your clothing can you realistically fit in the closet? If it only has one rod across the top, you may want to consider redesigning your closet for maximum space efficiency. Consider simple, inexpensive modifications such as adding a double hang closet rod to double your hanging space. You may also be able to adjust your shelves and rods to better accommodate your space needs.

6. Return clothing to the closet. Organize your clothes to work with your lifestyle. Section garments by type, then by color, so you can always easily see what you have. Hang pants, blazers, button-front shirts, dresses, and skirts. Don't put matching tops and bottoms together, since this stops you from seeing other ways to combine them. Arrange clothes so those you wear most often are nearest the front of the closet.

7. Find storage containers that are sturdy and sized appropriately. Use containers you already own or shop for new ones at stores like Target or The Container Store. Sweaters, t-shirts, and sweatshirts line up nicely on shelves with the help of vertical shelf dividers or when placed in clear plastic boxes or hanging canvas shelves. Accessories such as purses, scarves, and belts can be placed in clear boxes or attractive wicker baskets on open shelves.

8. Assign each item a "home." Designate a shelf, section of rod, or drawer for each category of clothing. You're likely to return items to this space after every use. Come up with a system that will allow you to maintain the de-cluttered space with minimal effort. Also, install adequate lighting that will allow you to view all of your clothing and shelf space.



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Pass It On...

So you've cleared out your closet and you have a pile of clothing - some of it nearly new and in great condition - that you're never going to wear again.  Did you know that donating your business attire could change someone's life?  Dress for Success (for women's clothing) and Corporate Code (men's clothing) are two organizations whose core mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged men and women, beginning with providing professional attire for job interviews and the workplace.  Visit their websites for information on how to donate clothing, organize a clothing drive, or volunteer your time.


Hidden Treasure

Students benefit greatly from a dedicated, organized space for homework and studying.  Here's a quick "Before & After" from a recent teen bedroom organizing project .  A great perk was finding almost $500 in cash and gift cards as her room was de-cluttered and organized!

Desk - Before
Erin's Desk - Before & After


Innovative Products for Your Closet and Bedroom

The day starts off much better when you can find items in your closets and drawers!  The right tools make it much easier to keep your closet and bedroom organized, with a place for everything.  Here are a few of my favorites: 


ShelfanatorShelfanator - Covers wire shelving in closets and pantries.  Ingenious!







SpacemakersSpacemakers Home and Closet Organizing - Custom solutions for every area of your home and office.  Email Teresa Safranek, Senior Designer (Atlanta, GA), for a free estimate or call 770-318-9613.



Triple Laundry Sorter 


Triple Laundry Sorter - Keep one in the closet or laundry room and sort dirty clothes as you go.







Elfa Closet SystemElfa Closet System from The Container Store - Designed to your specifications; you install or can be installed for you.

Hurry...30% off Elfa sale ends February 15! 






Closet Rod Organizer



Closet Rod Organizers - Divide your clothing into groups for quick access.






Shelf DividersShelf Dividers for solid shelves - Keeps clothing neat and tidy.






Shoe Rack


Easy Hang Shoe Rack - Turn an empty wall into efficient shoe storage.







Jewelry TraysStacking Jewelry Trays - Comes in a variety of sizes and shapes - perfect for inside drawers!



Quote of the Month 
Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.
-Victor Hugo 


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