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Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS

Certified Professional Organizer®
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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 2013



Luxury Bedroom Here's a novel idea - consider making your New Year's Resolutions in August! Resolutions don't always have to be about losing weight or exercising more, although those are certainly worthy goals. How about improving your home, the place you live your life, day in and day out? Our physical home environment affects our quality of life in profound ways. It can make the difference in experiencing peace, order, and a sense of well-being - versus feeling stressed, depressed and out of control. Our team of organizers can help create your version of an ideal interior environment that supports you and your family so you can thrive. To learn more about the many ways we can help make that a reality, check out our interior environment coaching.  


Until next time,  

Terri Signature  





Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS

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


Ah, New Year's Resolutions. Remember those? Did you make any for 2013? Have you stuck with them?


Though they can sometimes get a bad rap, resolutions aren't a bad thing. We typically resolve to make changes that will improve our lives, our health, our relationships, our finances. But according to data from StickK, a website designed to help people achieve personal goals, January is the worst month to try to make major changes in your life. So when are you more likely to make successful resolutions? August - with back-to-school preparations and new routines - is the best month to try to change, according to StickK.


Resolution Data  

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45% of Americans make New Year's resolutions, and it's impressive that as many as 46% of those resolutions are maintained more than six months. But sticking to New Year's resolutions isn't easy and 24% of respondents in the study reported that they never succeed on their resolution and fail each year.


But there's good news too - the same study also found that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions. And those who stick to their resolutions for at least three months are likely to maintain their changes long-term, no matter what time of year they're made.


So what can you do to be successful in achieving the goals you set with your New Year's - or August - resolutions? Here are a few tips that can increase your opportunity to see them through:

  1. Write your goals down and put your lists someplace you'll see it regularly - your computer monitor, your car dashboard, your bathroom mirror. Make them hard to ignore.
  2. Make your resolutions specific and measurable. Rather than resolving to "live healthier," you might resolve to go to bed by 10pm on weeknights so that you get eight hours of sleep each night.
  3. Create your dream team. Enlist a family member, friend or co-worker to support you in your efforts, keep you accountable (we all have those days where we just don't want to go to the gym), and celebrate your successes. You may need to identify different support team members for different resolutions; it's unlikely that one person is a fit for every one of your goals.
  4. Focus on goals one at a time. Trying to make multiple changes at once can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Prioritize the resolutions based on their impact on your well-being and work through them individually.
  5. Be okay about slipping up. It's going to happen. Changing behaviors is often difficult work and establishing new routines takes time. If you start to revert to old habits, use it as a learning experience and re-start with new focus.


Lift icon Sometimes having the right tools can help keep you accountable and on track when you're working toward a goal. Simply checking in regularly makes you more likely to keep your goal front-of-mind and being able to see your progress is satisfying and encouraging.


Mentioned above, StickK is a website designed to help you set and achieve personal goals by creating a "Commitment Contract." Created by Yale University economists, the site is based on research showing that people who put stakes on the table are far more likely to achieve their goals. Your Commitment Contract can even include a monetary component: achieve your goal and you don't pay; fall short and you're charged a dollar amount (set by you), which can be donated to a charity or individual of your choosing.


Another web-based service, Alive, lets you set goals and track your progress - everything from drinking more water to saving more money to learning a new language. There's also expert advice and support from friends.


Lift is available as a web-based tool or mobile app where you can set and track goals, both big and small and get support from friends along the way.


Weekly Planner If pen and paper is more your style, this weekly planner is more than just a calendar. It includes a question-driven reflection section and space to identify goals and track your progress.


What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. 

- Henry David Thoreau 





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