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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

National Get Organized Month

If you have resolved fight clutter in the new year, then January is the month for you! The National Association of Professional Organizers offers its tips for National Get Organized Month, January 1-31.

Among them:

● Sincerely question whether you need to keep each piece of paper that comes into your life. If you do need it again, consider getting it from the Internet or library.

● Each person must find the organization system that work best for him or her.

● In choosing a planner or organizer, evaluate your needs and style. Do you prefer paper-based to electronic? Do you just need a to-do list or do you need to take notes?

● Organization is a process. Think about being organized or staying organized rather than “getting organized.”

You may also want to consult these books for expert advice:

Getting Organized: The Easy Way to Put Your Life In Order
by Stephanie Winston

Unclutter Your Mind: One-Minute Tips by Donna Smallin

Organizing Magic: 40 Days To a Well-Ordered Home and Life by Sandra Felton

Organizing for Success: More Than 100 Tips, Tools, Ideas, and Strategies for Organizing and Prioritizing Work by Kenneth Zeigler

31 Words To Create an Organized Life by Marcia Zina Mager

If you've got some tips for taming the chaos, let us know.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have just read an article from yesterday's Wall Street Journal talking about The Fairfax County Library "getting organized", which said that classic books by such authors as Hemingway, Proust, Hardy and others that have not been checked out in two years are being delisted and will be pulled off the shelves. What is the library's purpose if not to make good literature available no matter how often they are checked out? And what does it say also about our school systems that some of these books are not on required reading lists (obviously they would then be checked out)to acquaint our children with good literature? Using a system for the library that was designed for retailers makes sense only if it is used by people with the judgement not to let it run the system. It seems that may not be the case here.