You have made it this far, congratulations! Now that you have done all that you can do, if you feel you still need an extra organizational boost, hire a Professional Organizer. Professional Organizers exist to help you reduce your clutter, create organized systems, and increase your productivity. Any organizing job will get done faster and be easier when you hire a professional to help you rather than trying to sort through everything by yourself.

A Professional Organizer will share organizing tools and strategies with you and the project will be more fun. Working with an Organizer will also support you to stay focused and avoid procrastination. Visit the National Association of Professional Organizers,, to learn more about how a Professional Organizer can help you. You can also locate Professional Organizers in your local area by using NAPO’s automated referral program.

All NAPO members are held to a strict code of ethics and are wonderful resources for support and transformation. Choosing the right organizer to work with your needs and personality is key. You’ll want to talk to and screen a few to ensure you are going to get the best help you can. Ask lots of questions about how they work, what their process is, scheduling/availability, and what kind of experience they have that might align with your needs.

On behalf of Professional Organizers everywhere, I can assure you we look forward to working with you and all of the people in your life who would like to be more organized!

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Recommended Items To Have In An Emergency Supply Kit:
• Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
• Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Can opener for food
• Mess kits, paper cups and plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
• Fire Extinguisher
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Hand-crank or battery-powered radio and extra batteries
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• First Aid kit
• Emergency reference material i.e. first aid book

Additional Items To Consider Adding To An Emergency Supply Kit:
• Prescription medications and glasses
• Infant formula and diapers
• Pet food and extra water for your pet
• Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
• Cash or traveler’s checks and change
• Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
• Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
• Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. In an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
• Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
• Paper and pencil
• Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 105: Document Office Procedures

June 9, 2014

Creating a procedures manual will help you do repetitive as well as rarely performed tasks efficiently and consistently. It will also allow others to perform these tasks correctly in the event someone is out of the office, or when there is employee turnover. The best way to document a task is while you are performing […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 104: Coupons, Gift Cards, and Gift Certificates

June 2, 2014

Where do you keep all your coupons, gift cards, and gift certificates? Some of my clients remember having received a wonderful gift card or certificate but then they can’t find it. What I recommend is keeping the coupons, gift cards, and gift certificates that you are likely to use in the next week to month […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 103: Greeting Cards

May 26, 2014

Depending on what type of work you do in your office, more than likely you will have a few greeting cards on hand for the important thank you or birthday card that needs to be sent. Some people love to buy cards, then don’t create a proper way to store them so that they are […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 102: Photos

May 20, 2014

Do you procrastinate about transferring photos from your camera to your computer? Like all organizing projects, this takes time but is rewarding in the end. Create new folders on your computer or on the Internet for each event that you take photos of. Whether it’s a wedding or birthday party, the photos will be easier […]

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10 Minute Tidy Tip 101: Inventory

May 12, 2014

Tracking your inventory is not only a requirement for taxes, it also helps your business run more efficiently – spending more time creating, working, and selling whatever it is you have in your inventory. Having a system to track inventory offers you peace of mind and less time wondering where it is and how much […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 100: Media Storage

May 5, 2014

Do you have lots of CDs or DVDs stored in your office? Are they easily accessible or are there stacks in front of stacks? How is your media organized? Do you have it by theme or genre, event, or recording date? Take a few moments right now to determine how you would rather store your […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 99: Travel Arrangements

April 28, 2014

I don’t know about you, but whenever I have to make travel arrangements all the options overwhelm me. Whether I need to book a flight, hotel, or car there seems to be so many options that I don’t know if I am making the right decision or getting the best deal. In order to save […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 98: Tracking Flexible Spending Accounts

April 21, 2014

Do you have any accounts like day care flex spending, medical flex spending, or health savings accounts that need tracking? Have you created a good system for tracking which expenses get used by each of these types of accounts? It can be confusing! In an ideal world, I would create separate bank accounts for each […]

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