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Get Organized for Healthier Eating

This post is part of our ongoing Year of GO (Get Organized) series, written by professional organizing experts who show you how to tackle clutter in one room or area of your home.

By Standolyn Robertson

You’ve made a commitment to more organized, healthier eating.

So how do you set yourself up for success?

  • Cluttered counters make meal preparation unappetizing. Kitchen counters are not for storage, other than a few basic, everyday items that need to be close at hand. Keep your counters clear and you may find yourself inspired to flex your culinary skills and try out new, healthy recipes.
  • A grocery list that is planned and organized makes for a quick and easy shopping trip. Make your grocery list and stick to it. Build your list by selecting your meals for the week from your Master Cookbook–see Kitchen Duty Just Got a Lot Easier for steps to build your own cookbook.
  • An empty stomach leads to an overstuffed shopping cart and a lengthy grocery receipt! We all know what happens when we pop into the grocery store when we’re hungry! If you intend to get your groceries on the way home from work, be sure to plan for a healthy snack before arriving at the store.
  • A little time spent planning your lunch can go a long way toward staying on track with your goals. Pack a lunch the night before so you can just grab it and go on those busy weekday mornings. Your organization will reduce stress and the temptation to indulge in an unhealthy, expensive lunch!
  • Protein in the morning helps you to stay more alert throughout the day. Think about what you eat! Grabbing a muffin at the start of the day may seem like an easy fix, but you’re not doing yourself any favors–the fat and calories will catch up to you in the afternoon.
  • Hydration is crucial for digestion and overall health. Don’t forget to hydrate! Invest in a refillable water bottle so you have a healthy option at your side. A reusable bottle also cuts down on waste and brings you one step closer to greener living.

With focus and a determination to organize your goals, you will have the potential to make a positive impact on your health and sense of well being. The benefits of keeping things in place are priceless.

Standolyn Robertson, professional organizing expertStandolyn Robertson, a professional organizing expert, founded Things In Place Organizing Services in 2000. Since then, she has connected with hundreds of individuals and organizations through her coaching, consulting, and speaking. She is regularly featured on A&E’s “Hoarders” as she helps chronically disorganized people get their homes in order.

A Certified Professional Organizer (CPO), Standolyn has a Level II Specialist Certificate in Chronic Disorganization from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), formerly NSGCD, and is a Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist (CRTS). She has served her profession as president of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and Programming Director of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD).

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January Is GO Month

It’s a new year. So……Get ready…..Get set……GO.

Get Organized, that is. January has been declared Get Organized Month by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). We think starting out the year with a plan to organize is a great idea. Notice, we didn’t say you need to organize your life; let’s work on organizing your home first–choosing something big sounds good, but in reality, you could be setting yourself up for failure.

Don’t get us wrong on this. Set your goals; own your goals; heck conquer your goals. We just want you to succeed.

How do you do it? How do you make 2012 the year to get out of the “if I had time column” and into the fist pumping jumping up and down “I DID IT” column?

You know the answer to this.

  • Write down what you want to organize in 2012.
  • Ask your self questions: Do you really need to keep something? Why? Where can you store it? Asking questions like this can help you from becoming overwhelmed.
  • Establish a timeline and break the goal into sections (and make them attainable). You’ve heard this before, but, how do you eat an elephant? One tiny bite at a time.

We’re going to help you with this. We’re searching the web for tips and ideas–trying them out, tossing what doesn’t work and keeping what does. This will be a project where you can share your goals, your successes and setbacks with others. Check in and let us know how you’re doing.

Each month in 2012, we’re going to have a guest post from some of our favorite professional organizers. We’re super excited about the potential we’re about to unlock for all of us this year. We can’t wait! Can you?

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Welcome, New York Times Readers

What a way to start the new year! The New York Times featured Purse Perfector in today’s Fashion & Style section as a handy way to manage makeup in your purse.

In the article, professional organizing guru Julie Morgenstern specifically recommends our own made-in-the-USA purse organizer as a solution to keep makeup and other handbag items in check:

“[Morgenstern] also likes the Purse Perfector, a two-part zippered pouch that divides in half. Office essentials (pens, reading glasses) can be placed on one side and makeup on the other. ‘When you go out at night, you can unzip and take your makeup with you,’ she said.”

Whether you’re hearing about us for the first time through the New York Times, or you already know and love Purse Perfector, you can take advantage of today’s special welcome offer: a 15% discount on your purchase. Simply enter NYT15OFF at checkout.

It’s that simple. You’ll be on your way to more organized 2012!

P.S. Julie also sells the Purse Perfector and other organizing must-haves in her OpenSky store — often with major discounts. Check it out.