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Terri Stephens

Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS

Certified Professional Organizer®
Certified Relocation & Transition Specialist®




(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.




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January 2014



Can you believe it - another New Year has begun! With a New Year comes a fresh start for many, and resolutions as well. If getting more organized is a goal of yours for this upcoming year, there's no better time to start than now. After all, January is national Get Organized (GO) month! In this month's newsletter, I offer tips and suggestions on getting a head start on your goals. Utilizing the SMART system for achieving goals is a smart (pun intended) first step. Please read below to learn how SMART goals can work for you.


If you could use some more personalized assistance working toward your organizational aspirations and setting SMART goals for yourself, we're here to help. We can get you on the path to greater organization, and help provide a fresh start for this New Year in no time!


Best wishes for a productive New Year,  

Terri Signature   




Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS

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

Creating SMART Goals

Our team here at Real Order believes in the SMART goal strategy - this thought process outlines how to set appropriate and achievable goals for yourself without becoming overwhelmed and burdened by something that should be working to make your life easier. Read below to learn about SMART goals and how they can work for you...


SMART Goals are:


Specific - When considering your goals, be as specific as possible. If your goal is to earn a promotion at work, set specific goals along the way. For example, set a specific goal for yourself of landing two new clients in the first quarter, or being selected as a presenter at a big meeting.


Measurable - To keep up with your goals throughout the year, you need to be able to easily get a status check. This means your goal should be measurable. That way, you'll know how you're working along your road to success. Perhaps you're looking to better manage your family's finances and save more... This is a measurable goal, because you can look to your budget spreadsheet and compare it with the actuals to see how you're stacking up. Are you saving as much as you had hoped? If not, you can even try to pinpoint roadblocks.


Achievable - Is your goal actually within your reach? Make your goal something you'll really be able to accomplish, or else you may never get the motivation needed to even begin. Setting a goal to live a more organized life is a wonderful idea, but setting a goal of organizing all of the closets in your home by the end of March is actually achievable. 


Realistic - Much like setting an achievable goal, you also want to ensure your goal is realistic. If you're currently in a coordinator position at work, don't set a goal to be President of the company; it's just not realistic. However, setting a goal of managing a small team or specific project may be more realistic for you.


Time-bound - This one's an important one - set a date for completion of your goal! If you don't' give yourself a deadline, it's much more likely you'll still be in the same place with your goal a few months, or even a year down the road! Give yourself dates to work toward throughout the process and you'll be there in no time.


The Real Order team members are experts on the SMART goal strategy and we're here to help you create goals that will work FOR you and not against you. Please contact us today to see how we can help.

GO Month is Your Month!

There is no better time to start on the road to organizational freedom than national Get Organized (GO) month. And doesn't it make sense that the first month of the year is the perfect opportunity to get ahead with those organizational goals?


Use these quick and easy GO Month tips to take immediate action and start your year off on the right foot:



At Home

- Make a landing zone for your incoming mail and process it at least twice a week.
- Keep a donation bag on hand. For each new item you bring into your home, consider donating something that you no longer use.
- Get kids involved by letting them create their own labels for storing toys and games.

At Work
- Identify your three most important daily tasks and focus your attention on getting them done.
- Clear out your email inbox. If you don't need it, delete it.
- Keep only current project files within reach and put everything else away.


As you can see, January is the perfect time to set your goals for the year and create systems that will help you achieve long-term success in both your home and office. Make GO month your month!

What's your clutter style? 

We recently wrapped up our four-part "What's Your Clutter Style" feature on the Real Order blog all about recognizing different types of "Clutterers" and how to deal with each one. This series was 
inspired by an O Magazine's Organizing Expert, Peter Walsh, who initially identified different types of clutterers:

Techie Clutterer - with tangles of cords and wires poking out of every imaginable storage space, the Techie Clutterer may even have tech devices dating back to the 90's covered in coats of dust. They have a difficult time purging old CDs, discs, even remotes they can't identify.


Knowledge Clutterer - portrayed in the form of books, magazines, and excessive amounts of paper in general... There are stockpiles of every book they've ever read (or hope to read) and/or every issue of a specific magazine of interest stored in their home. This type of clutterer often prints and stashes online articles in an overstuffed folder, never to be looked at again.


Sentimental Clutterer/Family Historian - they allow an abundance of sentimental stuff to take up residence throughout their home. They may hoard baby clothes, kindergarten creations, and grade school report cards belonging to fully grown children, unsorted boxes of deceased relatives' clothing, knick-knacks, and war memorabilia in the attic, basement, and closets.


Bargain Shopper/Coupon Clutterer - they may find themselves stocking up on mailers, clipping coupons from the Sunday paper every weekend, and stocking up on a year's worth of deodorant due to a special they just couldn't pass up. 


If you find yourself struggling with a specific type of clutter, learn how you can resolve your issue and become better organized by following along with this blog series here.



The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.



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