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Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS

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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.




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August 2012



As the lazy days of summer are nearing an end, kids and parents alike are preparing for the start of a new school year.  This month's newsletter has tips and recommended reading to help students stay organized so they can learn these skills while they're young - and do their best in school.


Until next time,  

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Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS

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





Recently, the Georgia chapter of the National Assocation of Professional Organizers shared their top five back-to-school organizing tips for making this year a successful one: 


1. Honor each of your children's unique qualities and recognize they may not do their best work at the same time and place as their siblings. Upstairs, alone, with total quiet may not be the best place for each child.

2. All students need a planner! If your school does not provide one, then locate one at any office supply store. Even Kindergarten and 1st graders can be introduced to the basic concepts of recording homework assignments.

3. Make weekly organizing sessions fun. Teach them that all items need to be taken care of and put back where they belong. Turn on some music and see who can do the best job of cleaning out a backpack, purse or briefcase.

4. Stop doing all the work for your kids! They need to start taking responsibility for their own deadlines. This is truly the only way they can learn to do it on their own.

5. Establish the right routines and designate proper storage places in your home. This tip is even more important for those who have children with ADHD. Make sure your child knows where to put his/her backpack, jacket and lunchbox when he/she gets home. 


BackpackFighting over bathroom time, soggy cereal, and the ever-present, "Mom, I can't find my...!" Getting the family out the door on time in the morning is a huge challenge for many. One small concept can go a long way toward helping calm morning madness - the family Launch Pad.


Just as a spaceship must have a structure to support lift-off, so family members need a Launch Pad as they leave for the day. So what is a Launch Pad? It's a dedicated space for each family member - a single location to contain all the "out-the-door" essentials of life.


Keep reading for more on creating your family Launch Pad.


Not all of the reading assignments are your child's this school year. Take a look at some great resources for helping your child to be at his or her

absolute best in school. There's even a fun guide for teens!


The Organized Student

This practical book is full of hands-on strategies for helping parents identify and teach organizational skills.


Every Child has a Thinking Style

In this practical and insightful guide, Lanna Nakone gives parents a new way to understand and encourage children's thinking styles, sensory preferences, gender, and personality tendencies to help them tailor their child's environment to make it a safe, more learning-friendly place. Stories, illustrations, and concrete step-by-step instructions show readers how to give children the support they need to reach their full potential.


Organizing the Disorganized Child

This book answers the question, "How can I get my child organized without waging a battle?" This essential toolkit for parents and educators factors organizational styles into the equation, and offers effective strategies that deliver long-term results.


Where's My Stuff? The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide

This book is designed to help teens learn how to systematically organize school stuff, time, and their room. It includes innovative notebook systems, backpack maintenance tips, practical pointers for managing their schedule, and techniques to make their room an organized haven.



Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.  






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