January is GO Month

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Hard to believe, but January is just around the corner.  Along with the new year, professional organizers will be volunteering nationwide, to help worthy causes get organized, during this year’s 9th annual “Get Organized Month®” (GO Month). The event is most aptly held each January, as getting organized is among the top 5 New Year’s resolutions! Let GO Month inspire you to organize something in your home or office.  Cleaning out just one drawer feels great and could motivate you to continue taking control of your environment, by organizing other areas and projects.

The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), sponsors GO Month, dedicated to raising awareness as to the benefits of getting organized and to the services provided by its some 4000 members.  Each year, NAPO chapters and neighborhood groups, comprised of professional organizers and productivity specialists, lend their talents, free of charge, to non-profit groups in need of organizing assistance, helping individuals, businesses and schools bring time management, organization, storage solutions and productivity into their lives.

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As an active member of NAPO and its Long Island affiliate group, The Professional Organizers of Long Island (POLI), I am excited to participate in this years’ selected GO Month Project.  In the great company of POLI  colleagues, we will volunteer our time next month at the Women’s Fund of Long Island, in Jericho, N.Y, where we will provide a sorely needed face lift and re-organization of their offices, storage areas and kitchen.  The Women’s Fund, founded, improves the lives of women and girls by providing financial support for local non-profit organizations all across Long Island.  Since its inception in 1991, they have harnessed the collective power of Long Islanders to make over $1.5 million in grants to hundreds of non-profits in Nassau and Suffolk counties.  I am proud to have the opportunity to help them improve their efficiency, aesthetics and organization. Here’s an interesting tidbit – The Women’s Fund, in Jericho, N.Y., is located in the former home of Elias Hicks, a lifelong L.I. resident, whose home was built in 1740 and was a stop on the famous Underground Railroad.

Last years’ recipients of free expert advice, hands-on assistance, supplies and tools, from POLI organizers, included:

Long Island Cares, Inc., in Hauppauge, NY: Founded in 1980 by late singer/

advocate Harry Chapin, LI Cares is Long Island’s first food bank and one of the NY region’s most comprehensive hunger action organizations, serving hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, group homes, day treatment facilities, senior nutrition sites and day care centers.  POLI provided L.I. Cares with a complete organizational overhaul of their 27,000 square foot warehouse facility: and

The Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club, in Locust Valley, N.Y:  This local affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, formed in 1947, offers more than 40 different programs Sports, Fitness and Recreation, The Arts, Health and Life Skills, Character and Leadership Development and Education and Career Development.  POLI members successfully reorganized their Equipment Storage Room, Office Supplies and Long-term Storage Room, making sure that needed supplies and equipment would be accessible to the Club’s staff.

Now is a great time to think about starting the new year off right with one or more new year’s resolutions.  If you are like many Americans, getting a handle on the clutter and chaos that surrounds you, may very well be on your list.  Not sure how or where to begin?  That’s where we come in… A professional organizer enhances the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and through transferring organizing skills.  Make a commitment to get organized and get the help you need in January.

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