Household organizer will lead seminars in Hagerstown

November 12, 2006

Deniece Schofield will lead two seminars on household organization Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Hagerstown .

Schofield has written four books on the efficient use of family time and household space, including "Confessions of a Happily Organized Family." In her seminar, she will go over tips such as how to eliminate floating scraps of paper; how to manage the family calendar; and how to use household spaces more efficiently.

Schofield's seminars will take place at the Quality Inn, 1101 Dual Highway in Hagerstown. One seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon; the other will be from 7 to 9 p.m. The same material will be presented at each seminar. Admission is $25 per person; no reservations required.

For more information, call 800-835-8463.

Five Steps To Getting Organized


Make a list of everything that needs attention. Don't despair. You will feel an immediate sense of relief when everything is itemized. You are putting the pressure on paper. Everything on the list is now in your head constantly cajoling, nagging, prompting, reminding - when you're trying to go to sleep or enjoy a quiet dinner.



Choose a starting point. Resolve right now that you're going to finish what you start. So often when we have many things screaming for attention we do a little bit here, a little bit there - things move and are sometimes straightened - but nothing is finished. Nothing is accomplished or resolved.

Once you've chosen a starting point select one small area at a time to work on. For example, if you're organizing the kitchen, start with one drawer or one shelf. Finishing is a wonderful motivator - so be sure that there are la lot of little "finishes" along the way to the completion of your project.

Before you begin organizing, decide what activity takes place in the designated spot. What supplies, etc. need to be kept here? Store things at (or near) the point of first use.


Clear the area. Empty the drawer. Remove the contents of the shelf. Take the clothes out of the closet. Remember that organizing creates a temporary mess while you're rearranging things.


Start your organizing project with clean drawers, cabinets, and closets or whatever.


Put the selected items into the newly cleaned area. If you're organizing drawers or shelves, use plenty of containers so you can handle several things as one unit and convert your shelves into drawers. Use anything that's square or rectangular, i.e., boxes, baskets, standard drawer dividers, dishpans, ice cube bins - anything you can find. Before you purchase anything measure the container to be sure the space will accommodate it.

Just repeat this process over and over and you'll have an organized home, a place where people want to be!

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