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Get Organized in 2009

(ARA) – While getting organized is one of the top five New Year’s resolutions, most people’s goals fall flat because they don’t have the right tools or advice to help them develop a system that works.

"Getting organized not only clears away the clutter, it also reduces stress and simplifies life," says Louise Kurzeka, a professional organizer. "The holidays bring disorganization to many people’s lives and the New Year is the perfect time to get a fresh perspective on what organizational system will fit your needs and help you reach your organizational goals."

January is National GO (Get Organized) Month and a new free interactive Web site, Smead Organomics, is offering the following tips to help people start the New Year on an organized foot:

  • Clear out the clutter.

    The first step to getting organized is to get rid of things you don’t need. Take time to put away the holiday decorations as well as the holiday gifts. This is the perfect opportunity to assess what you don’t need and discard what you don’t like.

  • Create a kitchen command center.

    Consider setting up a file center that has separate folders for bills, tax documents, invitations, recycling and other categories that fit your family’s needs. This will help you deal with new paperwork as it is used. It will also help coordinate everyone’s activities and schedules and keep it in a central location — the kitchen.

  • Set up a homework station for kids.

    Make a homework station that is free of distractions and contains all the right supplies — including color-coded files for each child as well as pencils, paper, scissors, glue, tissue and other items that will keep the children focused so they can complete their assignments.

  • Start a tax file.

    With tax time looming, create a special area in your home or office devoted to tax items. Sort tax documents and information into three categories — income, expenses and taxes — and put them away as soon as you receive them to ensure you have the proper documents when it comes time to file.

"Studies have shown that most people get their organizational ideas from the Internet," Kurzeka says. "The Smead Organomics site, developed by organization experts, even identifies a person’s organization style and offers tools that match that style."

The site provides expertise and ideas to teach people how to get more done with less stress and was developed with help from professional organizers. It offers free practical ideas and advice including the latest trends and solutions to the most common organizing challenges in easy to digest "One Minute Answers." In addition, an "Organomics Calculator" provides the actual time and money lost to individuals and companies due to disorganization.

The site also offers a customized solution for each visitor through "My Organomics" — an interactive tool that delivers solutions based on a person’s individual work style and organizing challenges. There are many quick tips and advice for answering the most common organization problems at both work and home.

"The great thing about the Web site is that it personalizes solutions based on an individual’s needs in a matter of minutes," Kurzeka says. "Understanding your individual organizational style using the tips it provides will make a significant difference."

Smead Organomics users also can also join "Club Organomics" to receive the latest news and information on organizing ideas and products. For more information, visit www.smead.com/organomics.

Courtesy of ARAcontent