Survey Says: Get Organized to Avoid Holiday Stress! Terrado was Interviewed & Published by an Independent Marketing Firm

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Celebrants looking to avoid added stress during the Holiday Season said organization was the key to a happy holiday, according to a survey of 768 consumers conducted by Virtually Taken Care Of! (VTCO), a professional organizer and virtual assisting firm in Southern California.

It's a telling statistic when that many people fear being judged as lazy, stupid and sloppy

Celebrants looking to avoid added stress during the Holiday Season said organization was the key to a happy holiday, according to a survey of 768 consumers conducted by Virtually Taken Care Of! (VTCO), a professional organizer and virtual assisting firm in Southern California.

"On paper it looks like a no-brainer," explains Wendy Terrado, VTCO owner and CEO, "but in the thick of the season, I don't think people equate a higher level of organization with reduced stress." Respondents were asked a series of 11 questions related to Holiday stress and organization and, while over 90 percent of the respondents said the Holidays were stressful (over half of them claiming the season was "often" stressful), the vast majority (95 percent) also said being organized would reduce their stress significantly.

"Little things, like knowing where you stashed the Holiday cards you bought on sale after last Christmas, saves you both time hunting them down and money purchasing replacements at full price," says Terrado. The survey respondents agreed; 15 percent admitted to completely forgetting where Holiday supplies were stored and 30 percent spent money to replace lost items.

Finding time to get organized was also an issue, between shopping, entertaining and attending events, 75 percent said stepping back to get organized or earmarking time in a day both before and after the Holidays would make things more stressful. Just over 60 percent said they just don't have the time and energy and over 85 percent of the respondents said they would benefit from professional help.

Surprisingly, 40 percent associated social and personal stigma with hiring a professional organizer. "It's a telling statistic when that many people fear being judged as lazy, stupid and sloppy," explains Terrado, "and supports the national figures we're seeing reported for hoarding. The Holidays only accentuate the problem."

Terrado offers these top ten tips to getting and staying organized before, during and after the Holiday Season:

1) Choose what's important to you.
2) Make a list.
3) Do a little every day.
4) Wrap as you go.
5) Don't overbook.
6) Simplify traditions.
7) Donate unused or unwanted items - others will enjoy "gifts" out of your home!
8) Reserve time just for yourself to enjoy the season.
9) Set New Year's goals.
10) Hire Professional Organizers.

The survey was conducted by an independent marketing firm and offered respondents entry to win several prizes in a random drawing following the close of the survey. Kitty Jaramillo in Santa Ana was the grand prize winner and will be presented with nine hours of professional organization by VTCO.

For more information on maintaining your sanity and enjoying the Holidays with less stress and anxiety, contact Wendy Terrado, Virtually Taken Care Of! at 888.711.2711.

Virtually Taken Care Of! Inc., founded in 2003, provides organizational service to homes and offices based in Southern California.
Wendy Terrado is also a vital member of the Orange County Task Force on Hoarding.

For further information on professional organizing for your home or office, visit http://www.vtcoworks.com or call Terrado at 888.711.2711.

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