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Terri Stephens

Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS

Certified Professional Organizer®
Certified Relocation & Transition Specialist®




(678) 513-6585

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Blessed in Aging

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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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May 2013



Senior Move Managers Logo May 12-18, 2013 is National Senior Move Managers Week, which highlights the value of Senior Move Managers' commitment to assisting older adults and their families with later lifestyle transitions.  


As a company, Real Order specializes in assisting older adults and their families in all aspects of downsizing and relocation to a new residence. The organizational and physical tasks - whether moving or downsizing to stay in the current home - can be overwhelming. While family and friends often want to help, there may be barriers. Adult children may be sandwiched between their parents, their careers, and their own family obligations. For family members living far away, the barriers are often geographic. Some seniors have no surviving children, or their children are seniors themselves. If illness or death precipitates the transition, the family may already be drained both emotionally and physically. Senior Move Management has emerged to fill the gaps and makes downsizing easier for everyone involved. It's good to know that help is indeed available when and if you or a family member needs it.  


Until next time,  

Terri Signature  




Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS

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



Floor Plan Being comfortable in your home is dependent on having systems in place for the way you live at each stage of life. As you age, there's often the need to "right-size" your home, whether that means moving to a smaller house or downsizing the possessions you've accumulated over the years to fit the way you live now. Many seniors have been in their homes for 30, 40 or 50 years and often have more space and stuff than they need or can use.


Here are seven steps for downsizing in preparation for moving. However, you can follow much of the same process to reduce clutter and allow your space to work better for you.


Step 1 - Develop a Move Plan

This is a picture of everything you'll need to accomplish to deal with your belongings and implement your move. Your plan will include steps to:

  • Sort through your belongings, identifying what is going with you and finding solutions for the things not going with you
  • Determine furniture placement for your new home
  • Find trustworthy movers
  • Purchase packing supplies and, if necessary, line up movers, family or friends to pack your belongings

Planning Your Time

  • Plan on 100 hours for sorting through and making decisions about your belongings. This includes identifying and documenting what goes with you and what will go to other places.
  • Estimate about 20 hours to address selling, donating or disposing of items not going with you.
  • Packing and unpacking will take about 40-60 hours, if your decisions have been made in advance and you have all the right supplies.
If this sounds like a lot of work and a lot of time, it is. You spent decades accumulating all your possessions, and it takes time to go through them and make decisions. But knowing the big picture is a good thing, because now you know when to start. Earlier is always better!


Keep reading for Steps 2-7.



Blessed in Aging

Blessed are they who understand
My faltering step and shaking hand
Blessed, who know my ears today
Must strain to hear the things they say.
Blessed are those who seem to know
My eyes are dim and my mind is slow
Blessed are those who look away
When I spilled tea that weary day.
Blessed are they who, with cheery smile
Stopped to chat for a little while
Blessed are they who know the way
To bring back memories of yesterday.
Blessed are those who never say
"You've told that story twice today"
Blessed are they who make it known
That I am loved, respected and not alone.
And blessed are they who will ease the days
Of my journey home, in loving ways.   


~Esther Mary Walker




They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.  

-Andy Warhol  



DiningMost of us recommend restaurants, movies or mechanics to our family and friends. When you recommend Real Order for professional organizing, we want to thank you with a $25 gift card to Red Lobster or Olive Garden - it's your choice. A minimum of four hours of organizing services must be purchased to qualify. To redeem your gift card, simply notify us of the family or friend you are referring to us. Bon appetit!


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