February 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...
You may find these articles published in Lori’s Dayton Daily News column helpful if you are keeping too many items or if your desk needs organized.
Focus on One Area
If the thought of organizing your office leaves you feeling like you’d rather ______________________(you fill in the blank) instead, start breaking your large project into smaller parts.
Get some index cards and write down a different area of your office on each card. Your cards may say things like, top of desk, lap drawer, bookcase, filing drawer, the floor and 
bulletin board. 
Now shuffle the cards and pick one. Do the task listed on the card until completion. Choosing a card and then focusing on just that area until it is complete will help you stay on track until your office is organized.
No More Empty Hands
If you live in a home with multiple levels get in the habit of never going up or down the stairs empty-handed. Most of us are too busy to spend hours a day straightening our homes so do a little at a time. By taking something up or down every time you go, you’ll eliminate large piles of items around your home and you’ll find things faster when you need them.
To get in the habit, post a sign at the bottom and top of your stairs that reads, “Don’t go empty-handed.” Get everyone in your household involved in carrying items.
Keep a basket near the stairs to collect items that need to be taken up or down making it easier for everyone to help.
Forte welcomes Amy Klees as a new team member in the office. In addition to managing the office she will also be responsible for keeping the organizer, organized. Lori will have more time to help her clients and seminar attendees get your homes and offices organized. 

Organizing Classes for February 
Organizing Solutions for Parents
Tuesday, Feb. 4th, 6:30-8:00 pm  
Brookville Library
425 Rona Parkway  Brookville 45309
Join Lori, mother of five, for this organizing class packed with practical tips for the entire family. 
  • Learn to delegate and get others to cooperate 
  • Tackle hot spots, such as the kids’ room(s), laundry room, and kitchen counter
  • Sort, purge, and store kid's memorabilia
  • Effectively manage school papers and reminders
You’ll even learn how to send the kids off to school with ease. This class is essential for parent of toddlers to teens. The skills and responsibilities you share with your children now will serve them for the years to come.   
Super Systems: Organizing for a Stress-Free Life                         
Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 6:30-8:30 pm 
Forte Organizers Office                                                                                  
7989 Washington Woods Dr. Centerville 45459                                                             
Fee: $35.00 per person                                                                                                       
To register: Visit ForteOrganizers.com or call 937-619-3181
Organization is not just keeping a clean closet or a tidy desktop. Clutter and chaos add unwanted stress to our lives daily. Learn to apply stress-free strategies to create a simpler, happier life.
You’ll learn how to:
  • Motivate others to get organized 
  • Apply specific strategies for your ADHD loved ones
  • Let go of guilt over your deceased loved one’s items
  • Give and ask for clutter-free gifts
  • Perfect your purse so you can find things fast
  • Keep your car uncluttered
  • Eliminate unneeded emails and manage the rest
Attack the Stack: Organizing Your Paperwork
Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 6:30-8:30pm 
Kettering Rec Center
2900 Glengarry Dr.  Kettering 45420
Fee: Based on residential status
To register: ketteringoh.org or call 937-296-2587
Paper can overwhelm your office 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 
  • Create a streamlined filing system for home, work or both 
  • Apply easy strategies to address daily mail and paper stacks
  • Find your active papers when you need them
  • Manage your To Do list via your essential binder
Armed with just a labeler, a binder and folders, you will attack the stack, creating a manageable, workable system for all your papers. 

Just a Little 
The English writer Sydney Smith said, “The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little.  Do what you can.”
Do a little each day and before you know it, those big projects will be complete.
Lori Firsdon
Forte Organizers
Forte Organizers, LLC,
 7989 Washington Woods Drive, Dayton, OH 45459
Phone: 937-619-3181 www.ForteOrganizers.com