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In This Issue
Did You Know?
Ways We Can Help
National Procrastination Week
Tips & Tools
Estate Organizing
Credit Freezing
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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March 2011

Real Order e-Newsletter
Right on the Money
Organizing Your Finances

Dear ,

As April 15 approaches, our attention inevitably turns to taxes and finances. Whether you have a little or a lot, it's a reality we all have to live with. This month's newsletter has tips about organizing your financial life so it works for you rather than against you. To add a bit of humor to a rather dry subject, be sure to check out Maxine's take on organizing, or the lack thereof. I guess we could call affectionately call her the Master Procrastinator!


Until next time, 

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

Don't Put Off Until Tomorrow...

National Procrastination Week

2nd Week of March


Procrastination - cartoon

As human beings, no doubt all of us are prone to procrastination at times - including me. One of the things I've observed in my work as a Professional Organizer is how connected perfectionism can be to disorganization. Perfectionism can lead to procrastination and then to paralysis, in a vicious cycle.


This is especially true for projects with no clear deadlines like organizing your finances or cleaning out and organizing the garage so can park your car in it. You know what I'm talking about ... the important but not urgent things that need to get done but keep getting put off indefinitely.


Perfectionists often strive for impossibly high standards. As a result, they're caught in a trap of feeling their efforts are never good enough - if it isn't utterly perfect, it's terrible. As a result, they feel paralyzed to move forward with their goals. Unrealistic standards cause perfectionists to wait too long to get started. Then they rush to do something, anything.


The irony is that the more relaxed realist often outperforms the perfectionist. Since it doesn't have to be utterly perfect, they're not paralyzed about making progress toward their goals. They're able to put in an effort earlier and over a prolonged period of time so the final outcome is typically better than the perfectionist's.


So what is the answer if you find yourself caught in this trap? Look for role models who are satisfied with "good enough." Learn to set up realistic goals. Talk to a trusted friend, find an accountability partner, or seek coaching. Do a little every day and eventually your productivity will start to look like PROGRESS and will indeed be GOOD ENOUGH.

Tips & Tools


It's always great when you find a helpful resource or product to make tasks easier.  Here are few that can help you tackle, and stay on top of, your finances. 


Organize Your Personal Finances - book coverOrganize Your Personal Finances in No Time by Debbie Stanley.  With this guide you'll learn:

  • how to set up a foolproof system for collecting receipts and ATM slips
  • how to set up a bill paying system and avoid late fees and overdrafts
  • the "ruthless rules" for managing mail
  • tips for shopping smart
  • advanced number crunching techniques - measuring your net worth, P&L, savings and more.   


Quicken software helps you see all of your accounts in one place, track what you're spending so you can see where you can save, set up and follow a budget and stay on top of bills.  Quicken offers four different products, depending on your personal and business finance needs.



Shopping for a mortgage or car loan and trying to figure out how your payment will be?  Want to know how long it will take to pay off your credit card balance?  A visit to* can help.  With free online calculators for loans, college savings, insurance, investments and more, this is one you'll want to bookmark.



Tax Day is just a little over a month away.  Are you ready?  You can download forms, get answers to many questions, find a free online filer and check the status of your refund at    


This information may help you analyze your financial needs. It is based on information and assumptions provided by you regarding your goals, expectations and financial situation. The calculations do not infer that the company assumes any fiduciary duties. The calculations provided should not be construed as financial, legal or tax advice. In addition, such information should not be relied upon as the only source of information. This information is supplied from sources believes to be reliable but cannot guarantee its accuracy. Hypothetical illustrations may provide historical or current performance information. Past performance does not guarantee nor indicate future results.

Estate Organizing

puzzle pieceEstate organizing is an often forgotten piece of the financial puzzle when organizing your finances. Many people believe mistakenly believe it's only for older people who are nearing the end of their life, but that's not so. Not to be morbid, but disability or death can occur when you least expect it, at any stage of life. Organizing your estate is like a "love letter" you give to your family. It will give you (and them) peace of mind knowing that everything is easily accessible and organized.


So what exactly is estate organizing? It's setting up an organized system that includes all the information your family would need in the event of your incapacitation or death. At Real Order, we can help you locate and assemble the estate documents you have and identify anything that is missing. You would be referred to qualified professionals to fill in the missing pieces of your estate plan. Here is a partial list of the information that would be included in an Estate Plan Workbook:

  • Personal Information including maiden name, birthday, place of birth, social security number, date and place of marriage, etc.
  • Emergency contact information
  • Bank accounts, investments, and safe deposit box
  • Monthly income and source
  • Automatic deposits and withdrawals from bank accounts
  • Important log-on and passwords
  • Location of legal documents - will, power of attorney, trusts, etc.
  • Location of insurance policies - medical, long term care, life, etc.
  • Funeral arrangements
  • Personal property inventory
  • Medical records

Protect Your Credit with a Freeze

Credit freezes are one of the most effective tools against economic ID theft available to Computer consumers.  They allow you to seal your credit reports and use a personal identification number (PIN) that only you know and can use to temporarily "thaw" your credit so that legitimate applications for credit and services can be processed. That added layer of security means that thieves can't establish new credit in your name even if they are able to obtain your ID.


Freezes have been available for free to victims of ID theft for some years, but recently all three of the major credit bureaus adopted new rules allowing non-victims to have access to credit freezes as well for a small fee. In addition, most states and Puerto Rico have adopted laws establishing credit freezes for residents of their state.  Read more>>


You can check your credit report each year for free with each of the three credit reporting agencies.  Visit for your FREE report.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.  -Seneca (5B.C. - 65A.D.)


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