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Resolve to Get Organized in the New Year
by Kathy Jenkins, Professional Organizer, Come To Order

So here we are again, another year over and a new one just begun. What were your resolutions this year? If you are like many it included: Stop smoking, Get Fit, Lose Weight, Get Out of Debt, Get Organized, and Spend more time with the Family. All great goals to strive for with three things in common – spend less money, feel less stress and have more time!

Let’s start with getting organized…January is the National Association of Professional Organizer’s (NAPO) Get Organized MonthSM. During the first month of the year the professional organizing community dedicates time and resources to raising awareness of the benefits of getting organized and of hiring a professional organizer. Many of the over 4000 Professional Organizers around the globe are partner with organized A to Z.com. Check out our list and if you are at a place where you need help getting started, give one of them a call (consider one of Organized A to Z.com's professional organizing partners).

If you want to try it on your own then here are a few helpful hints to get you going:
  1. Identify why you want to get organized – to make room for a new family addition, to fell comfortable having people over, to be able to find things without stress, to save money by only buying things you need and will use, etc. It is great to say “I want to get organized”, but without a real reason there is little motivation to do other than dream about it. He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche

  2. Write it down – a dream does not become a goal until you write it down! Keep it posted in a place where you can read it everyday. It takes 21 days to create or change a habit. You need to be repeating your goal for those 21 days so that it “sinks in”. Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it.  ~Author Unknown

  3. Make a plan – decide what you want to do, how you want to tackle it, when you are going to work on it and who is going to help. Read books, Blogs, articles on how to go about creating an organizing plan. We even have some that we have included in previous e-newsletters. Carve out time in your schedule and make a date on your calendar. It took time to get disorganized so you will have to make time to get organized again! And don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it is a friend, family members, or Professional Organizer, don’t be afraid to say you need some guidance. We are all gifted in different ways. Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

  4. Reward yourself – as you move through the process of getting organized, be it a large project to knock out a closet in a day or small habit changes that lead to the beginning steps of organization, remember to reward yourself. It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.  ~Edmund Hillary
Organizing is not rocket science, but it can be hard work. So roll up your sleeves and just make a start…let us know how your are doing by connecting with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/organizedatoz) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/organizedatoz). We would over to hear about your progress or answer any questions you might have.

Here’s to your organized New Year!