June 2014
Simple. Organized. Life-Changing.
Forte Organizers helps individuals and families stay organized at home, as well as teaching business people organization skills at work.
In The News...
Read Lori's Dayton Daily News articles to find out what things in life you should really treasure.  
Out With The Old...
You want to start a new filing system, but your file cabinets are full of files and paperwork that can’t be thrown away until you take a closer look.
Take all the files out of the drawers and place them in bankers boxes. (Purchased at office supply stores and used to hold files.)
Now, put your new files in the empty drawers. When you need a file from the old system, add it to your new filing system. After a period of time, you’ll see what files you no longer use, because they will still be in the bankers boxes. Toss any files you can and archive the rest using the bankers box labeled with the destroy by date.

How Did I Get So Much Stuff?...
If there are only two people living in your home, look around your house, garage and storage areas and ask yourself, “Do two people really need all this stuff?”
If not, start parting with items that don’t belong to you, like items that your children left behind after they moved out. Ask them if they want the items first , then give them a deadline to pick them up.
Next, look for memorabilia that’s boxed up and not being enjoyed. Do you still need these items if you never look at them?
Finally, look for items that served their purpose in previous stages of your life that you no longer use. Parting with these items will free you up to do the things you enjoy now.
Do you have more than two people in your home? Ask yourself, “Do three people need this many items?” “Four people?”
Unused stuff in homes acts like anchors that weigh you down and make it hard to act quickly when needed. Letting go of unused items can be very freeing. Try it.

Community Events...
FREE!  Computer Recycling Event (Kettering Residents Only)
Saturday, June 21, 2014 9:00-12:00 pm
Kettering Government Center Parking Lot, 3600 Shroyer Rd, Kettering 45429
If you have non-working lawn equipment taking up space in your garage, Heil Brothers will take it off your hands. They are located at 2218 Wilmington Pike in Kettering. Call 937-256-3500 to speak with them directly.
Congratulations To One Lucky Dad...
Our contest committee has chosen one deserving father to receive 3 hours of free organizing services from Forte Organizers.  

The winner is Dara Tith!  He was nominated by his wife Emily.

Dara was born in a refugee camp in the Phillipines after his family escaped the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. They then made their way to the United States.  Despite his humble beginnings, his wife states, "he has been very successful through his perseverance, dedication and hard work."  Emily continues to say, "This man's drive, hard work, love, and integrity make him a wonderful father and husband."  Though Dara works very hard at organizing, Forte will help him come up with other ways to organize his house and home office.

Congratulations Dara!
Organizing Classes for June...
FREE!  Senior Solutions:  Organize Your Home Sweet Home 
Saturday, June 7, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
West Carrollton Library, 300 E Central Ave, West Carrollton 45449
For details call:  (937) 496-8962
The older we get, the more we find ourselves buried in decades worth of papers, household items, gifts and sentimental belongings. Discover how to cut your clutter and focus on the important things with this seminar designed for seniors.
You'll learn to organize your important belongings and how to:
  • Make decisions on what to keep and what to part with
  • Keep your home safe by addressing health and safety issues
  • Ask our decision-making questions as your sort through your items
  • Make it easy for family to find your belongings in an emergency
  • Surround yourself with things you love and treasure
Whether you are downsizing or planning for a simpler future, this seminar focuses on the important things in your life: family, friends, health, peace of mind and cherished memories.
FREE!  Organized and Productive 
Tuesday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Kettering/Moraine Library, 3496 Far Hills Ave., Dayton 45429
For details call:  (937) 496-8938

Productivity and organization go hand in hand. Whether your desk is covered with Post-it notes or your email in-box is constantly maxed out, your productivity can be positively influenced by new organization behaviors.
  • Transform your To-Do list items to done
  • Learn to prioritize your tasks
  • Find your action papers when you need them
  • Get caught up on your reading material
  • Learn the secret to getting things done promptly
  • Spend less time on email
After applying your new skills, you will find more time in your day and more satisfaction in your accomplishments.
FREE!  Attack the Stack for Seniors
Tuesday, June 17, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Lathrem Senior Center, 2900 Glengarry Dr., Kettering 45420
For details call:  (937) 296-2480

Paper can overwhelm your desk and counter space, creating mental stress and chaos. In Attack the Stack, you’ll learn how to:
  • Reduce the amount of paperwork you touch, process and keep
  • Apply easy strategies to address daily mail and paper stacks
  • Create a streamlined filing system for home, work or both
  • Use a labeler as an effective organizing tool
  • Apply the concepts taught to your electronic file organizing
Armed with a labeler and file folders, you will attack the stack, creating a manageable, workable system so you can find the papers you keep. Additionally, other people will have an easier time finding your papers in your absence.
FREE!  Mindful Home Organizing
Monday, June 23, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Vandalia Library, 500 S Dixie Dr., Vandalia 45377
For details call:  (937) 496-8960
Getting organized can be a confidence booster, but emotions and personality traits need to be reassessed first, before attacking the physical clutter, we’ll address emotional issues and learn some strategies for getting organized and staying organized.
Break-free from clutter and learn to:
  • Let go of perfectionism, which holds you back
  • Stop procrastination and start organizing
  • Work against hoarding tendencies
  • Monitor what you allow into your home
  • Motivate family members to get organized
  • Apply specific strategies for your ADHD loved ones
  • Let go of guilt over your deceased loved one’s items
  • Take steps to break your shopping habit
Learning these life skills will help anyone break previous habits and feel more calm and in control. Take the first steps to create a simpler, happier life.

For Fathers Everywhere...
“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” ~Clarence B. Kelland
Your children are paying attention to what you say and do. Set a good example by being more organized. Organization is a very important skill in your personal and professional life. Parents are a child’s first teacher. Set a great example for what being organized looks like.
Happy Father’s Day! Relax and let them spoil you.
Lori Firsdon
Forte Organizers

Forte Organizers, LLC,
 7989 Washington Woods Drive, Dayton, OH 45459
Phone: 937-619-3181 www.ForteOrganizers.com