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Organized & Productive 
January, 2016     
The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) has designated January as "GO Month" , or "Get Organized Month". One of the top resolutions for many in the new year is to get organized - folks are resolving to clear their homes, offices and calendars of excess stuff and commitments. If getting it all under control once and for all is on your list for this year, check out the answers below to the most often asked questions about organizing.

"The chief beauty about time 
is that you cannot waste it in advance. 
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, 
as perfect, as unspoiled, 
as if you had never wasted or misapplied 
a single moment in all your life. 
You can turn over a new leaf every hour 
if you choose."
 On your mark, get set, GO!

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The Top 3 Organizing Questions:  
Get the Answers and Get Going This Year!

In every presentation, during the question and answer session at the end, I am continually asked the same three questions again and again. It seems they are universal to everyone who is attempting an organizing project in every office and every home. If you're struggling with your own organizing attempts, I hope that these questions and answers will help you not only get going, but keep you sustained until your goals are met!
  1. Where do I start?
I often hear from clients and from presentation participants that they are overwhelmed by where to start - their entire home is disorganized, their office is out of control. They just don't know what the first step is to clearing the clutter and establishing new systems. My answer is always the same: start in the area that has the most negative affect on your day-to-day life. That's where you will have the most immediate positive impact on your everyday existence. In an office, it's most likely the top of your desk. In your home, it could be the piles of paperwork on your kitchen counter, or the clothes in your closet. Whatever has the greatest impact on your daily life, that's where you start.

  2. How do I know what to keep and what to let go?

There is often a great deal of emotion involved in letting go of objects that have sentimental value. I suggest not starting with those things: photographs, memorabilia, inherited objects and papers. Instead, start with things with little or no sentimental baggage. For paperwork, the questions you should ask yourself are: Can I find this information in another place? (eg. the Internet.) What would be the worst thing that would happen if I let it go? For objects in your home, my questions would be: When was the last time I used it (if ever?) Does it fit my life AS I LIVE IT NOW?  Does it serve a useful purpose in my life, or does it bring beauty into my home? If the answer to any of the above is "no", then let it go. Pass it on to someone who can enjoy it or find it useful more than you can. (Recycling falls into the last category!)

  3. What's your favorite organizing tool or product?

While there are lots of cool and useful organizing tools out there, my answer to this question is always "my brain." Or "your brain." Because there is no file folder, basket, bin, drawer organizer, closet system or filing cabinet that will get you organized. Getting organized is about getting rid of excess, putting new systems into place, and establishing new habits. The "stuff" you use to organize your "stuff" (paper, clothes, whatever) is irrelevant. It's about the process, not the product.
If you're struggling to get control over your spaces, paper, and time, knowing where to start, what to keep, and how to keep it under control is a matter of establishing your priorities. Once you've figured out what's important, whether it's stuff in your space, paper in your office, or time in your schedule, it's much easier to get it all organized and keep it that way!

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Lisa S. Griffith

Hear Lisa Speak

on Organizing & Productivity

"How to Organize It All in 5 Simple Steps" - presentation  
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
5:30 - 7 pm
American Business Women's Association - Southcoast Chapter
New Bedford, MA

"Get Your Space in ORDER" - presentation 
Thursday, February 11, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Brown University
(Faculty & Staff)
Providence, RI

"Making Your Kitchen Work: Kitchen Organizing Secrets from a Professional Organizer" - presentation 
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Brown University
(Faculty & Staff)
Providence, RI

"Get Your Time & Space in ORDER" - presentation  
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm
(Faculty & Staff)
Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University
Providence, RI

"The Four Organizing Traps" - presentation 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Brown University
(Faculty & Staff)
Providence, RI


In order, in joy, 



Lisa S. Griffith, CPOŽ 
The Organized Way
Organizing & Productivity Specialist/Speaker 
Phone:  (401) 289-0042
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