January 2020
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Forte Organizers helps individuals and families stay organized at home, as well as teaching business people organization skills at work.
In The News...
Happy New Year!  The New Year is a great time for new beginnings and resolutions.  Why not start the year off right by organizing your digital files?  Lori's latest article in the Dayton tells us how to do just that.
Strive To Organize ...
On your yearly performance evaluations at work, are you encouraged to be more organized? Or are you a manager who has staff that could use improvement on their organizational skills?
Instead of just making note of it during the evaluation and stopping there, why not actually do something about it?  Make organizing your resolution for the New Year.
Managers, provide training to your staff on how to improve their organizational habits.  If it isn't something you are knowledgeable about, find the most organized person in your office or hire a professional to provide training. 
Employees, you can go ahead and make improvements on your own.  Some simple tips to try are:
  • Keep only those things you need to do your job in your office.
  • Keep your desk clear, and declutter regularly
  • Purge papers:  Make a weekly appointment to go through paper piles, and either process, file or pitch.
  • Set aside time for organization.  Take 5-minute 'Organization Breaks' to tidy up and get things in order before returning to your other duties. 
Photo Finish...
Is your New Year's Resolution to get your pictures and family movies under control?  
An easy way to do that is to load them into a box, and drop them off at one of the many services that transfer your photos and movies to DVDs or USBs.  They can put your old photos, VHS tapes and even Grandpa's old movie reels onto a format that can actually be easily enjoyed by your family.
Many places provide this service:  Walmart, Sam's Club, Walgreens and Costco to name a few.   Here is a link to see what services Walmart provides  Home Movie and Photo Transfer.
If you would like a more personalized service and prefer to have your photos stay in your home instead of being sent out, our Team Member, Liz Fisher, specializes in the digital archiving of photos and documents.  Call our office at 619-3181 for more information about this service.  
Don't think you have to provide fancy narration and music to your videos.  Your family will just be happy having the ability to access your treasured memories.  
Organizing Classes...
FREE!  Home Office Makeover
Timesaving solutions for any home office
Tuesday, January 7,  6:30 pm- 8:00 pm
Springboro Library, 125 Park Ln, Springboro, OH 45066
Call the library for more information at (937) 748-3200.
FREE!  Storage Spaces, Etc.
Organizing your ‘Catch-All’ spaces
Thursday, February 13, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Franklin Library, 44 E 4th St, Franklin, OH 45005
Call the library for more information a(937) 746-2665
Community Resources...
Did you get a brand new iPad or smart phone for Christmas, but don't know what to do with your old one?
Every year millions of electronic devices need to be disposed of.  Think of the impact that has on our environment.   Responsibly recycling these electronics helps conserve our natural resources and reduces pollution.
Go to the EPA's site at Electronics donation and recycling
If you scroll down the page, they provide you with resource list of where you can go to recycle your electronics. 
Also, take note of what you need to do to your device before you donate.  Remember not to leave any personal data on it.
Lose Your Stuff, Find Yourself...
In her book "Lose Your Stuff, Find Yourself," Lori points out that a little self-reflection is the perfect way to get started on your organizing journey.
"Getting organized is on many New Year's resolution lists, but some of you are looking around your homes and struggling with how to get started. 
Start by writing down all of the excuses you have used in the past for why you have been unsuccessful in organizing your home.
Now think like an organized person.  They don't let excuses, such as a small home, messy spouse or lack of fancy organizing products, keep them from being organized."   
Pick up a copy of Lori's book by using this link:   Amazon.com
Just Hit Reply...
'Just Hit Reply,' and let us know if getting organizing is your New Year's resolutions this year. If so, let us know where you are going to start.  
One More Thing...
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”  ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Happy New Year,