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Terri Stephens

Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS

Certified Professional Organizer®
Certified Relocation & Transition Specialist®




(678) 513-6585

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Creating an Ideal Environment
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There's No Place Like Home
Accessorizing Your Home
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As a part of our practice, Real Order Professional Organizing offers Interior Environment Coaching.


Organization is one of the key components of creating an ideal interior environment - which basically involves easy access to what you need when you need it. Another key component in having a house you love coming home to is home décor - creating a space that is comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing.


As a Certified Interior Environment Coach, we can help you identify your wants/needs, create an action plan, and help you implement it. To learn more about how we can help, visit us online or give us a call at 678-513-6585.

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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.


 A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.


~H.L. Mencken









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April 2012



WelcomeWhen you open the door at the end of a busy day, does your home feel like a welcoming place? Does it help sooth your stress and make you glad to be home? Perhaps you've never really thought about your home as an extension of your life. But your personal space is a reflection of you - your tastes, your style, your goals, your health and well-being, and your memories.


By becoming conscious of your surroundings, you can create an interior environment that is in alignment with your personal and professional life. Improving and enhancing your space can be a powerful catalyst if you're seeking change in your life. As a professional organizer, I've seen it happen many times and it's very exciting!


While organization is undoubtedly the foundation for a healthy, happy living space, this month's newsletter explores elements beyond traditional organizing - such as room layout, colors, and décor - to create a life and home that is uniquely yours.


Until next time,  

Terri Signature

Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS

Real Order Professional Organizing, LLC
(678) 513-6585

Here are some of the positive outcomes when you mindfully create a "feel good" home environment for you and your family: 

  • Provides comfort for those living there, as well as guests
  • Encourages good health and productivity
  • Cultivates positive relationships and lasting memories
  • Reflects personal and professional goals
  • Aligns with your inner self and values

The first step is to access your current surroundings in terms of it being a functional, comfortable, and attractive space - one that makes you feel supported and empowered to be your best self. Some questions you might ask are:


Overall, do you like the way your home looks and feels?

Is your home functional or does it cause you stress?

Are there spaces you must change to feel peaceful and happy?

Are there ways you imagine adding beauty to your spaces?

What colors are you drawn to?


Bedroom TableFeeling Nurtured in Your Home

If your home causes you to feel stressed or frustrated in terms of its functionality or attractiveness, what are the causes? If rooms in your home are cluttered and overcrowded with too much stuff, that's a great place to start! Clutter is not only visually unappealing but it creates stress, while organized surroundings are soothing, nurturing and supportive.


Colors Can Affect Mood, Feelings and Behaviors

While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning. Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange and yellow. These colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility. Colors on the blue side of the spectrum are known as cool colors and include blue, purple and green. These colors are often described as calm, but can also call to mind feelings of sadness or indifference.


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Decorating magazines have many wonderful ideas and can be a great source of inspiration. Whether you're doing the decorating yourself or hiring a designer, you can get inspiration and direction. Is there a wonderful arrangement of plates on the wall that you can adapt to display your grandmother's china? What fabrics and colors do you envision in your home? Cut the page out of the magazine and make a few notes on it about what you like.


Make Decisions About What You Want

Making decisions sets the stage for the actions that make a better way of life a reality. Think about what you KNOW for certain you need to incorporate into your home at this time. It could be eliminating the clutter so you can replace the worn carpet with hardwood flooring. It may be just one small furnishing to enhance a room's functionality and beauty, or it may be a complete room make-over. Perhaps you need to design an area that can be used as a home office, or transform a grown child's room into a hobby space. Making a decision, even a small one, will put you one step closer to your goals and strengthen your sense of empowerment.


Create an Action Plan and Just Do It!

Write down the goal, specific action(s) you plan to take, budget estimates, start date, and anticipated completion date. Depending on the scope of your project, it may involve furniture, paint, lighting, window treatment, flooring, and accessories. If your project involves remodeling, it may involve design plans, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and masonry. We all need help in life so don't make the mistake of trying to do it all yourself, particularly if you're not qualified and don't have the time or energy to devote to it.


Adding the little decorative touches are what make a house a "home" that is uniquely yours. A home that is not only clean and organized, but tastefully decorated with the little touches that say something special about you. Imagine a home that invites you to come in and relax in a place of comfort and beauty - your own personal sanctuary where you and your family live your lives.


Maybe you're not ready to jump into a full-scale interior design project, but want to make some needed enhancements to your home that don't have to cost thousands of dollars. Even small design projects can make a big difference in the overall appeal of a living space. In some cases, a redesigned space created by simply incorporating a few new furnishings with some of your treasured favorites can make a great impact.


Real Order & Décor can assist with a well-thought-out interior environment in the following areas: 

  • Paint colors - Selection of the perfect colors to enhance your home
  • Space planning - Furniture placement, custom cabinetry
  • Furniture - Accent, upholstered, case goods, office
  • Decorative accessories - Wall, shelf, table décor, silk plants
  • Linens - Bedding, towels, shower curtains
  • Window treatments - Store-bought or custom

With our help, you can add decorative touches that make you fall in love with your home! Here are some examples of decorative enhancements that didn't cost a lot of money:

Shelves with accessories
Accent Table
Accent table with lamp, photos and other accesories
Window treatments



Dining Room SideboardHiring a Good Designer

Good interior designers are like good therapists. They don't tell you what to do, rather they guide you through a process of helping you determine your options and helping you select those options that best suit your style. A good designer will help make your remodeling efforts a success.


First Impressions

You should interview several interior designers before making your final selection. A good designer will have a portfolio of pictures from several of their recent projects for you to review. Pay particular attention to their style and consider whether it aligns with your goals. Ask the designer for referrals and contact each prior client. The most important question to ask is "Would you re-use the designer for a future project?"


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