Quarterly Newsletter


Dear (Contact First Name),


True confession - you may not have noticed, but I didn't send out a single one of my 2014 quarterly newsletters. Why? Because I didn't plan ahead and carve out the time in what turned out to be an extremely busy work year.   


For 2015, I have a plan in place to make sure that I write the newsletters no matter how busy I am. In this, my first 2015 quarterly newsletter, you'll find planning ideas to help you increase your chances for achieving four of the most common New Year's Goals.  


Perhaps one of these is a goal of yours. If  so, I hope you'll find these tips helpful!

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year,







GOAL #1   


I once heard a Weight Watcher leader say "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail".  Here are some plans you can put in place to help you succeed.

Clean Out Your Pantry
- get rid of all the foods that derail you. This can be tricky when you have family members that want to eat those foods -  so be sure to include them in your plan and they will be more likely to buy into it! For example, if ice cream is your nemesis, tell the kids you'll take them out for it instead of having it in your freezer. 

Create a Shopping List
- It's difficult to stick to a healthy food plan when you don't have the items that help you stay on track. Make a list of all the foods you need to regularly have on hand and bring a copy to the grocery store each time you shop. 

Make a Cook Book
- Assemble a group of 25 to 30 healthy recipes that you can rotate between each month. 

Plan Meals Ahead of Time
-It is easy to lose your resolve when you are hungry and haven't decided in advance what to eat. Plan what you'll have for meals each week and add the items you'll need to prepare them to your weekly shopping list.


GOAL #2 


Wouldn't it be nice if getting in shape was as easy as joining a gym? Unfortunately, by February many new gym memberships are not being used. Here are some ideas to keep you on track. (Sorry, I love puns!)

Have an Accountability Partner
- Find someone who shares your goal and arrange to "report in" in to each other on a regular basis.

Choose a Work Out Partner
-Schedule yourself for exercise classes, gym sessions or a walk/run with a friend to make sure you do it.

Book Appointments with Yourself
- Decide when you'll work out and plot those days on your calendar. Then treat them like any other appointment you wouldn't dream of missing.      



About Altogether Organized


We help our clients feel calm, in control and productive in their homes and offices.  


Here's how we help:   


Home Organizing 

  • Make your house the haven it should be.

    Organizing to Show and Sell Your Home
    Help a buyer to envision living in your home.


    Moving/ Relocation Organizing 

    Reduce stress and save time by being organized before you move-and when you reach your new place.


    Design Consulting
    Build organization into your new home or office.


    Office Organizing/Paper Organizing
    Have what you need at your fingertips.


    Estate Organizing
    Make a large project doable and keep only what has the most meaning.


    When you're ready, we help make change possible.



    Contact Us




    linda #2

    Thank you for your Referrals

    Each year, many of my new clients come from your referrals. Starting this year, each time you refer someone who becomes a client, you can choose a $25 gift card from either Starbucks, Amazon or Charity Choice (which makes a $25 donation in your name). Please tell your friends to make sure they mention your name when calling.  And as always, I am grateful for your sharing my name.



    Work and our everyday routines often get in the way of spending quality time with the people who are important to us. Here are some steps to help make sure you are making time for them. 

    Take Your Vacation
    - The beginning of the year is the perfect time to decide when you are taking vacation so you can put those dates on your calendar and then protect that time.

    Decide What's Important
    - If you want to make sure you have dinner with the family three times a week, or a date night with your spouse once a week, decide to do it and make it happen.

    Make a List
    - Write down a list of the people you want to connect with this year and then reach out to them to put plans on the calendar. Or put a note in your calendar the month you'd like to contact them.



    Two common stumbling blocks to getting organized are feeling overwhelmed and not carving out the time. Here are some ways you can make sure this is the year you meet your organizational goals.

    - You can do it all but you can't do it all at once. Make a list of all the areas in your home that are bothering you and then prioritize that list.

    Set Aside the Time
    - Once you've decided what you want to tackle first, find a time to work on it and set an appointment with yourself. This is another example of when having an accountability partner to "report in" to can be very helpful to make sure you don't put off your organizing sessions.

    Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
    - Be realistic about what you can accomplish in the time you've set aside.  Only take out what you can work on and easily put back when your allotted time is up.

    Get Help
    - If you have tried multiple times to get organized and it's not happening, you may want to ask someone to help you. Maybe a friend who you can swap helping sessions with, or of course, you can always call me!

    This year I commit to sending out my quarterly newsletters no matter how busy I am. Consider what you can commit to and then go for it! Don't forget to celebrate your success when you meet your goals. 



    Organizing Your Home 
    February 13, 2015
    9:30 - 11:30 am
    New Trier Extension/
    New Trier Northfield Campus
    7 Happ Road
    Northfield, IL

    Organizing Your Paper 
    February 27, 2015
    9:30 - 11:30 am
    New Trier Extension/
    New Trier Northfield Campus
    7 Happ Road
    Northfield, IL



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