Getting organized helps in an emergency

Lori Firsdon owns Forte Organizers in Centerville. She does onsite organizing and speaking engagements. For more organizing tips, go online to

Organizing class

Lori Firsdon will teach an organizing class from 10:30-noon May 16 at the Jamestown Library, 86 Seaman Drive, Jamestown, OH 45335. It’s titled “Mindful Home Organizing.” For information, call 937-352-4005.

Having an organized home not only makes my daily life easier, it gives me a feeling of security in the event of an emergency.

Recently, I had a medical emergency. I awoke with immense stomach pain, which left me helpless to do anything. I sent a text to my sleeping son telling him that I need to go to the emergency room.

From my fetal position on the floor, I began instructing him on what to pack. Certain items, like my current medication, were important to take with me. Because I knew where everything was, he was able to quickly retrieve the necessary items throughout our home.

Unfortunately, I had to spend six days in the hospital.

When I was finally feeling better, I returned home and went back to work. I felt like I was hardly missed. My team at the office had everything under control, while my home was actually in better order than when I rushed out earlier in the week.

Imagine coming back home or to the office with feeling a sense of peace, instead of being overwhelmed. I had this very surreal feeling that I couldn’t have possibility been unavailable for so long, since everything was taken care of so efficiently in my absence.

In addition to managing at home, my family was also available to care for my needs at the hospital on their many visits.

An emergency can strike at any moment in your life. Could your loved ones manage without your help while also seeing to your needs?

If not, it’s time you place an importance on getting organized.

One of the best ways to get organized is to let go of the excess items in your home. Even though it can be difficult to let go of things that were once important to you, having less in your home allows your loved ones to find things faster with less effort. This is especially important when one parent is incapacitated.

Organizing takes time, but the payoff can be immense. Do something everyday that will bring more order to your home. Wake up 15-minutes early and organize something, anything.

Since my family and staff did such a great job without me, I’m thinking of redefining the word emergency. Surely, the need to spend several days with my girlfriends in a vacation home can count as some kind of emergency.

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