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National Organizing Month! Who knew?

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Did you know that January is national “Get Organized” Month? 

Me neither.   

NAPO may have made it official seven years ago, but that the new year is a good time to start anew is, well, nothing new.

If creating a calmer space is one of your resolutions, here’s a few tips to getting started.

  • Just Begin.  It sounds obvious, but the hardest part of getting organized, like so many things, is just getting started.
  • Pick the project(s).  Get everything down on a good old fashioned piece of paper.  It helps clarify your goals, from which the next steps will be taken.  It doesn’t have to be perfect list, it can just be a long rambling list of all the things.  Think of it as a very basic road map.  “I am here today, here are things to do on the way and this where I’d like to end up.”
  • Create a plan.  What is my first priority?  If it’s your desk at home that’s covered in paper, perhaps that takes precedence over organizing the closet.  How much time can you dedicate to it this week?  How many hours can you reasonably do with losing your mind?  Whether it’s a large project or a small one, putting goals on a schedule and keeps things on track.  Think of it as an ETA more than a hard fast, must get done task.  
  • Be kind to yourself.  Getting your life, your space, your schedule, whatever it is doesn’t happen over night.  It definitely can be done, though.   

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Testimonials

  • “I was awed, I was grateful. Liz was the one. Within two days, she had waded through everything, consulting with me over what to toss and what to file under which category. We came up with dozens…and she created a place for each, writing the headings onto manila folders that she dropped into hanging files in the double-wide, teak-finish filing cabinet I had bought at Ikea five years earlier, but had never made much use of. “

    nytimes As seen in the New York Times
  • Liz is amazing. We met at a time when I was moving apartments and needed to deal with large amounts of clutter in order to make packing, and the overall move, work. She helped guide me through a huge, thorough and complete cleaning and reorganizing process that changed the way I use- and see- my living space. I can now get use of things because I can find them, and also because I have less. She truly helped me shed the unnecessary.

    Carolyn, Manhattan
  • Liz Savage’s calm, good cheer, insights and natural orderliness turned tasks I had been dreading into projects I could actually accomplish- and sometimes even ones I could enjoy!

    Elisheva, Manhattan
  • “Liz is a magician. She comes over to a place of chaos, works her magic, and leaves behind order and calm – and me feeling a lot happier.”

    Samuel, Brooklyn
  • “After working with Liz, I have to tell you guys that she’s great. We got more done in less time than any other organizer I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve worked with many since 20 years ago in my ongoing battle with clutter and disorganization. I’ll have her here working on the next layer early next year. Her rates are also very reasonable.”

    Ellie, Yonkers