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Organized, From Day One

Thursday, December 30, 2004; Page C02

New Year's Eve is for Champagne, frozen quiche bites and a smooch at midnight. New Year's Day is for your brand-spanking-new organizer.

"It is the third most popular resolution after dieting and exercise -- getting organized," says Valentina Sgro, author of "Organize Your Family's Schedule . . . in No Time."

From top: A to Z personal phone books organized by subject, $18.99 each at Container Store. Katherine Elyce Personal Organizer, $225 at Kate Spade, 3061 M St. NW or katespade.com. SmartDate Ready Set with month tabs, weekly planner sheets, three-ring binder and daily memo pads, $45 at russelandhazel.com. Spiral-bound Jill Bliss and Otsu 54-week datebook, $14 at blissen.com. Neiman Marcus agenda, $65 each at Neiman Marcus stores or neimanmarcus.com. Dot Planner, $198 at Coach, 3259 M St. NW or coach.com. (Julia Ewan -- The Washington Post)

There are mini-calendars that slide into pockets and jumbo three-ring binders for desk use. Some match personalities, others match workloads.

"Choosing the planner is like choosing a pair of shoes or a pair of jeans -- you buy the one that works best for you," says Barry Izsak, president of the National Association of Professional Organizers. "It's not what planner you use -- it's having one at all and using it."

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

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