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Terri Stephens

Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS

Certified Professional Organizer®
Certified Relocation & Transition Specialist®

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Top Seven Camping Locations
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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.

Did You Know?

The top reasons Professional Organizers are hired:


#1 - Too much clutter


#2 - General disorganization


#3 - Difficulty determining what to keep and/or discard


#4 - Difficulty finding things



#5 - Selling a home or moving



Source:  NAPO 2009 Member Survey 6/30/2009





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June 2011


This month's newsletter has helpful tips about planning your travel so you can enjoy yourself and not stress out about what you may have forgotten. For many years, I've used a "packing checklist" for trips, even short weekend jaunts - and it has made my life easier. Prior to using a checklist, I remember going on a week-long business trip and to my dismay, realized I'd left all my makeup at home. It was a hassle finding a store in a strange city without a car and repurchasing things I already owned. What a waste of time and money! Forgetting things is no longer a problem when you have a handy cheat sheet, I promise.

Until next time, be safe and enjoy your summertime adventures ...

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Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS
Real Order Professional Organizing, LLC
(678) 513-6585
Don't Forget... 
vacation checklistChecklists Make Packing a Snap
Well, you still have to wash, fold and shop, but having a list of everything you need for a vacation makes it easier establish a process for your packing and ensures that you remember everything you need.

One of my favorite lists for planning a beach vacation (especially one that includes multiple familes or groups) is the Vacation Checklist from Practical Spreadsheets


Download a copy here and you'll never forget the dishwasher soap again!

The Right Tools

When you're travel planning, a few good tools can make the all the difference in a successful trip! Here are a few of my favorites:


Garmin Nuvi GPS - I wouldn't think of leaving home without it!


toiletry organizerHanging Toiletry Organizer - This is a "must-have" in my travel arsenal.





bag bungee

The Bag Bungee - This is on my shopping list for the next time I'm at the Container Store.



Eagle Creek productsHere's a video of a cool Pack-It System from the Container Store - This is also on my list of things I want/need from the Container Store. I love how you can neatly pack and compartmentalize your things so they don't shift around in the suitcase.


Do I Need a Passport?

International Travel Requirements

If your travel plans include an international destination, you may need a passport, depending on how you're traveling. Here's an overview from the U.S. Department of State on passport requirements:  

passport requirements
The U.S. Department of State website, Travel.State.Gov, is a great resource for passport requirements, forms, fees, more.  A few FAQs and their answers:

Q:  How long does it take to get a passport?

A:  As of June 8, routine processing time is 4-6 weeks from the time of application. Expedited service is 2-3 weeks door-to-door when overnight night delivery is requested and for both to and from the passport agency.


Q:  How much does a passport cost?

A:  First-time applicant fees for adult passports begin at $135 but additional fees may be needed for expedited service and other special requirements or processing. Passports for minors (under age 16) begin at $105.


Q:  How do I apply for a passport for the first time?

A:  Depending on your age and residential status, requirements vary. Visit the First Time Applicants page for all the details.


Q:  Where do I apply for a passport?

A:  If you have international travel in less than 2 weeks or need to obtain a foreign visa within 4 weeks, you are eligible to schedule an appointment at a one of 24 regional passport agencies in the United States.


If you don't need rush service, you can submit your application locally at a Passport Application Acceptance Facility using routine or expedited service.


Q:  How do I renew my passport?

A:  Many citizens can renew by mail, but check the Renew Passport page for all requirements.


Q:  How long is a passport valid and when should I renew my passport?

A:  If you were over age 16 when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 10 years. If you were age 15 or younger when your passport was issued, your passport is valid for 5 years.


The Issue Date of your passport can be found on the data page of your Passport Book or on the front of your Passport Card. If possible, you should renew your passport approximately nine (9) months before it expires. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six (6) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.


Plan ahead to avoid stress and worry - and extra fees. Bon Voyage!

S'More Vacation Ideas
Top Seven Camping Locations

If you can survive in the wilderness without a hot shower and a toilet, and aren't horrified by the idea of sleeping where bears or large reptiles roam free, then you're probably a practiced camper. But travelers who aren't as comfortable with outdoor accommodations, take heart: camping doesn't have to resemble your week of mosquito hell at fifth grade summer camp.


Many campgrounds have running water and public restrooms, or even cabins, lodges or yurts. In fact, you may be surprised by how little you miss your everyday conveniences while camping. After all, it's easy to forget about luxuries like 500 thread count sheets and refrigerators when you're gazing at stars over the Grand Canyon, exploring a sea cave in Hawaii or spotting crocodiles in the Everglades.


Go camping and enjoy a variety of activities right outside your tent flap -- like boating, fishing, biking, hiking, rock climbing and spotting wildlife. Find inner peace on a forest hike, tone your arms and abs while kayaking, or learn about the importance of protecting the environment as you observe endangered animals in their natural habitats. As an added bonus, campgrounds also offer great value for travelers looking to trim their vacation budgets.


Get organized for your camping adventure with the Camping Checklist from Practical Spreadsheets. It includes all the items you need and makes it easy to assign and track who's bringing what on group trips.


Ready to hit the great outdoors? Read more.


A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking.

- Earl Wilson



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