Getting Organized Has Never Been Easier! I am teaming up with Calahan Solutions, Inc. and other professional organizers and virtual assistants to make the most of National Get Organized Month, which is January 2010. Announcing “Get Organized Month January 2010 – The Great Organizing Giveaway!”

Starting January 25, 2010, seekers of organization and productivity wisdom can go to www.AskTheOrganizingExperts.com and sign up free resources such as ebooks, tip sheets, audio programs and more, as well as enter into drawings for amazing prizes.  Information will be categorized into three main categories: your office, your time, and your home.  Business professionals, parents and students will all find expert material that fits their personal productivity and organization needs.

I decided to participate in the Great Organizing Giveaway by providing an MP3 recording of a teleclass called “Conquering Paper Clutter” to everyone that participates.  “Conquering Paper Clutter” offers tips and advice on how to conquer the paper in your home, office, and life once and for all! It is also entertaining as it is in the style of an interview and features real questions by participants on how to deal with paper clutter, my trademarked approach to organizing, DECIDE, and many other useful tips and advice about how to get and stay organized. 

My fantastic colleagues in the professional organizing and virtual assistant industry have contributed tons of great information and resources, so be sure to check out the page. And get ready to be “wowed” with all of the great content!

To your success – Lisa

Having trouble sticking to those New Year’s resolutions to become better organized? You are not alone. Although just about everyone seems to understand the benefits of being organized, it’s not always easy to figure out just where to start.

Thankfully, there’s Get Organized Month – a national event sponsored by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) each January that is designed to highlight the benefits of the association and working with NAPO’s professional organizers.

Many people use the start of a new year to think of ways in which they can improve their lives, and becoming more organized can help save time and money, increase productivity, enhance one’s quality of life, and reduce stress. In fact, in its most recent survey, NAPO found that 96 percent of respondents felt that they could save at least some time each day if they were more organized at home and that 91 percent felt they could be more efficient at work if they were better organized. Overall, 71 percent indicated their quality of life would improve with more organization.

To highlight ways in which people can become more organized at home, work, and even school, NAPO members and chapters throughout the country will be hosting events for Get Organized Month.  Check with your local NAPO chapter to see if there are any Get Organized Month events planned in your area.

Get Organized Month is also a time for NAPO members and chapters to give back to their local communities. Schools, local businesses, and community agencies have all benefited from NAPO members’ help to get organized, streamline processes, and reduce clutter. Every year since I became a NAPO member, I’ve chosen a non-profit organization as the recipient of my Get Organized Month pro bono project. One of my favorite Go Month projects was donating organizing services to my local humane society! 🙂

This year, I have chosen the Junior League of Orange County, Inc. as the recipient of my Get Organized Month pro bono project. The Junior League of Orange County, NY, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Membership is open to all women over the age of 21. 

I will be volunteering my time and expertise by participating as a speaker in the Junior League’s Winter Leadership Workshop, to take place on January 23rd from 10am-2pm at the Carl P. Onken Conference Center at the BOCES campus, 53 Gibson Road Goshen, NY 10924.  The workshop includes 3 one-hour sessions with a choice of 3 topics per session and a networking lunch.  I will be presenting three sessions: DECIDETM to Be Organized!  An Empowering Process for Change, Goal Setting for Your Career & Your Life, and Stand and Deliver: Dynamic Presentations.

Tickets for the Winter Leadership Workshop are $35 in advance (received by January 20th) and $40 at the door.  The workshop will be a great opportunity to network with other Orange County leaders while strengthening and developing leadership skills. 

If interested in registering for the Winter Leadership Workshop, please contact Krista at , leave a message on the League Line at 845.344.8554, or visit their website at www.jlocny.com.

To locate one of NAPO’s professional organizers in your area, you can use NAPO’s free, online automated directory, searchable by zip code, country, and organizing service at www.napo.net. The site also has a lot of great information about Get Organized Month, so be sure to visit!