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Local organizers pitch in

Two local professional organizers _ sisters Ann Cueva and Beverly Dormois of Custom Organizing in Clearwater _ will offer their "GO System Seminar" (that stands for "Get Organized") from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 15 and 29 at 801 Main St., Safety Harbor.

Participants will learn to get and stay organized, focus and concentrate, control and prioritize their workload, and increase their productivity.

The seminar is aimed at those who "have been overwhelmed by multiple tasks and unending piles of paper," the sisters say.

The cost is $149 per person. Reservations are required. Call (727) 538-8150.

The sisters offer these tips for better organizing:

+ Get clothes ready for work or school the night before, including shoes, socks, hair accessories, and sports equipment or clothing. If you overslept, what would you grab to get out the door?

+ As soon as homework is done, put the kids' backpacks and other gear in the car. The less there is to do in the morning, the better.

+ Work on a project in 15-minute increments and stop. At the end of a week, you'll have spent an hour and 45 minutes on the project _ a big block of time you couldn't have carved out of your busy schedule _ and the project may even be done.

+ Every six months, make a copy of the contents (front and back) of your wallet, and store it in a safe place. If you lose your wallet, you'll have all your information in one place to report to police and credit card companies.

+ For the next year, throw or give away two items from each room in your house twice a week. Watch the clutter disappear!

+ Combine a task you don't like with one that you do. Play your favorite music while you pay bills or clean.

+ Turn the TV off for an hour every evening, Monday through Thursday, and use that time completing tasks. Or spend that time with your family.