What to Consider When Choosing Contractors

September 15, 2016

I call Mark Madans at HOCOA Home Repair Network at least once a week for help with our clients’ homes. He has a list of vetted experienced contractors, cleaners, carpet and hardwood flooring, painters and handymen ready to come to your home and help you.

What to Consider  When Choosing Contractors 

When you need help with home repairs, finding reputable contractors, handymen, painters, plumbers, or electricians can be a headache. Using a trusted company that already has connections with qualified providers can be a lifesaver. There is never a convenient time for things to break in, on, or around your home, but when they do, most homeowners, do not want to spend time searching online or flipping through directories to find the right contractors for the job. And you don’t want to wind up with poor workmanship or an incomplete project.

So, how do you get it done right the first time, and save yourself some time, money, and headaches?

  1. Hire only insured providers who have been vetted by a third party.
  2. Get a detailed written estimate prior to starting the project. Estimates should be specific  about the scope of the project, materials to be used (including colors or brands), clean up, expected completion date, and payment schedule. Legitimate contractors will happily create the written estimate because it protects them as well.
  3. Communicate in writing and summarize phone conversations via a follow-up email to ensure you and the contractor are on the same page.
  4. Review all work to ensure it is completed to your satisfaction prior to making the final payment.

Imagine making one phone call and finding a qualified, reputable contractor for any home repair need you have. No more searching the Yellow Pages. No more hopeful calls to friends. No more Facebook blasts. No more reading reviews, hoping they’re real. Get trusted contractors quickly and easily with HOCOA—The Home Repair Network—and get your project off to a great start. HOCOA provides you with insured, qualified contractors for all your home repair, maintenance, and improvement needs.  Check them out at www.HomeRepairNetwork.com

If you need a project manager to help you schedule those repair men and make sure they are staying on schedule and on budget, Simply Organized can help you. Contact us at  404-825-2105 or heather@simplyorganizedyou.com.

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SMARTBOX Portable Storage – Ned Goepp

August 29, 2016

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I like to recommend companies I know and trust. Ned at SMARTBOX is one of those companies.  Over 20 of our clients have used SMARTBOX for staging their home, moving and re-modeling and I have never heard anything but praise for their service. Storage pods like SMARTBOX are a great temporary option for storing items. This type of storage saves the need for multiple moves by storing your boxes and then delivering them to your new home. These mobile storage boxes can come in handy when you are moving and can’t get into your new place yet, you have a finite period of time to store your things, such as sixty days, or you are remodeling your home and need to get certain items out of the way.

So when is a good time to use SMARTBOX storage containers? 

1. Home staging: When staging your home for sale, store excessive furniture and decor to keep each room clutter free.

2. Moving: Have a SMARTBOX storage container delivered to your home and load it easily at your own pace. Then, have it moved to your climate controlled SMARTBOX facility later.

3. House guests: Need to clear out that guest room that has somehow become the store-all space? Clear it out to make room for holiday guests.

4. Renovations: Now you have a safe space to store your furniture during home renovations.

5. College students: Gone for a semester or two? Turn your college student’s room into the office or workout room you’ve been wanting. Store his or her items in a SMARTBOX container temporarily.

6. Additional vehicle: Clear your garage of excess tools or sporting equipment so you can park your new or additional vehicle.

SMARTBOX offers an array of storage options. Visit www.SmartBoxMovingAndStorage.com to learn about our smart storage solutions to help conquer your clutter. 

Contact Simply Organized to help you de-clutter and pack before loading your Smart Box unit 404-825-2105 or heather@simplyorganizedyou.com.

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How to get through life’s 3rd most stressful experience: moving to a new home

August 19, 2016


atlantapeachmoverslogo (1)Many of my clients call me to help get them ready for a move. They usually need help with pre-staging, de-cluttering, packing or unpacking. What we can’t do is the physical move for them. That’s when I recommend they call Orlando Lynch at Atlanta Peach Movers. More than 40 of my clients have used Atlanta Peach and I have had zero complaints!

Advance Preparation Is Useful in Planning a Smooth Move 

Moving is said to be the third most stressful life experience individuals will face, after death and divorce. But there are a few ways to make moving a stress-free experience for you and your family. Success begins with planning. Choose a non-peak move time, such as during the fall. Start well in advance of the move by decluttering your home and packing a box or two every day to make the task more manageable.

Selecting a trusted moving company is critical to ensuring you have the manpower and equipment you will need for your move. Your moving company should not only be reputable, with a good track record, but also provide hassle-free service that is cost effective for you.  At Atlanta Peach Movers, they have carefully crafted inventories and formulas to estimate moves based on years of experience with thousands of moves under their belts. They take into account your personal situation, the logistics of your particular location, and other factors that may help recommend the crew size and equipment that are right for your move. To learn more about their approach to helping you experience a stress-free, smooth move, visit them at www.AtlPeachMovers.com.

If you need help packing or unpacking, contact Simply Organized at 404-825-2105 or heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

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Win a FREE copy of my new book as I count down to the Launch Party

August 12, 2016

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Starting Monday, Aug. 15, each day I will be posting a title page image from one of the 12 chapters of my new book, A Simplified Life, and tell you a little about the chapter. The next day I will randomly draw a winner to receive a Free copy of the book from all who like or commented on the post the day before. This is how I will count down to the Book Launch Party on Aug. 27!

So here are the rules.

  1. Stop by my Facebook page once a day starting on Aug. 15 and check out the post about that day’s chapter.
  2. Like or comment on the post that day. If you like or comment on it after date of the post you will be ineligible for the drawing related to that specific post.
  3. The next day I will randomly choose from those who liked or commented the post and announce it on my page.
  4. The last post will be on Aug. 26
  5. Minimum of 6 likes and/or comments are each of the posts are needed for me to make the random drawing.

Good luck and please join me at the Launch Party.

Heather

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Simple house prep list for Fall

August 8, 2016

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It’s Labor Day already! We all know time flies which means fall will be here soon (September 22nd). I love this fall prep check list and article from Century 21:

http://www.century21.com/real-estate-blog/fall-into-fall-5-ways-to-get-your-home-ready-for-fall/

If you need help getting your house organized and ready for the upcoming holidays, please call Simply Organized at 404-825-2105 or email at heather@simplyorganizedyou.com.

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Book Reviews for A Simplified Life

August 8, 2016

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As you have heard, I wrote my first book this year and it should be printed and in my hands in a week or so. I have been very fortunate to have my book pre viewed and reviewed by some amazing people including other published authors, bloggers and organizing gurus.

Here is a look at a few of the reviews & testimonials of A Simplified Life:

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http://www.thebergerbungalow.com/2016/08/a-simplified-life-book-review.html

Have you ever found yourself late to a meeting, or event because you cannot find your keys? Have you ever been late on filing your taxes because you have lost all of your paperwork? If you answered yes to this question, or if you are moving, and/or find yourself unorganized and stressed out, you need to read A Simplified Life! The Author, Heather Rogers researched many career paths before deciding to become a professional organizer. She founded Simply Organized, a Local Atlanta company with the goal to simplify the lives of her clients, and ultimately save them time, money and unnecessary stress. Does this sound like something that everyone needs? I say yes!

I consider myself to be a pretty organized person, so when Heather sent me the book to read, I didn’t know if I would benefit from it, or not. I started to read it and by the second chapter, I was hooked! Ian and I are in the process of renovating our new house and I feel out of control and so unorganized between everything I need to do before we move in (taking care of two houses is hard work)! In her book, I read: “According to The Daily Mail, “Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days searching for misplaced items. The research found we lose up to nine items everyday, or 198,743 in a lifetime. Phones keys, sunglasses, and paperwork top the list.” The time spent (or lost) searching for these items can never be regained. Imagine how this lost time could be better spent leaving early to arrive at your intended destination on time and less frazzled, enjoying quality time with loved ones, generating revenue in your business, relaxing, exercising, thinking, or creating a masterpiece. Wouldn’t you rather spend (or invest) your valuable 3,680 hours doing these activities instead of searching for misplaced items?” This shocked me and really put everything into perspective. I NEEDED to read this book to help me get it together to prevent losing valuable time during this entire process, and after reading it, I realized that I really wasn’t as organized as I thought I was. Sure, I write down my appointments and events, and am never late, but I’ve realized there is so much more to becoming organized than I initially thought. Reading this book really helped me create a plan for going into our new house fully organized!

A Simplified Life is an extremely fun, and easy read. It is split up into 12 Chapters and also has an introduction, organizing tips, resources, answers to questions you’ve been looking for, and a spot for learning more about the author! I absolutely loved reading her stories about working with real clients. I related to so much of it, and found it extremely interesting. My favorite part in the book was most definitely the section about moving. I have been using her tip on decluttering my home before packing, something I was not doing from the start. It will really help the unpacking process, I think.

One thing this book has opened my eyes to is hiring a professional organizer. I am one of those people that cleans before the housekeeper comes, so I know that I would clean up before a professional organizer came. That is a big no-no, according to the book. I’ve realized that hiring someone to help isn’t a bad thing; I am no less of a wife if I ever do need help organizing. Before this read, I never would have considered hiring anyone to help. When people came over to my house, I would stuff my junk in a drawer and go on with my day. Now, I will definitely think twice about that. I honestly believe that everyone will benefit from reading A Simplified Life. If you feel like you are pretty organized like I did, you will be surprised with how much you will learn from this read. If you know you are unorganized, you should definitely read this and also think about hiring a professional organizer, like Heather!

Judith Kolberg

The title says it all. Rogers’ book does lead to “A Simplified Life.” You’ll find yourself in her many stories of disorganization, and your way out of disorganization in her simple, calm, orderly advice. – Judith Kolberg, Author, “Getting Organized in the Era of Endless”, www.fileheads.net

Ellen Faye

Professional Organizer Heather Rogers does a superb job of helping the reader understand the costs of being disorganized, what it’s like to get professional help, and how to maintain an organized life that works. She compassionately, supportively, and informatively gives the reader hope that they too can finally get organized.

Ellen Faye – President, National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)

Steve Beecham

Getting organized is critical to happiness and making money. When I speak to sales professionals I talk about creating new habits and getting things in the right place is a habit we all need. I think you will enjoy this easy approach to simplifying your life.

Steve Beecham – Author of Bass Ackwards: The Power of Helping Without Hustling

If you need help with getting organized, staying organized or time management, call us at 404-825-2105 or send me an e-mail heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

 

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Simplify Your Grocery Shopping & Save 4 Hours A Week

July 24, 2016

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One of the most time consuming and stressful things in our lives is food. The planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, storing, eating and wasting over whelms all of us. I want to make your life easier by providing some simple tips plus a great tool for you.

TIPS:

By planning ahead, you will save yourself multiple trips to the store which means you are saving loads of time plus gas money! You will also save yourself from the most dreaded question we hear every day: “What’s For Dinner?”

  1. Plan a weekly menu – this should be 3-5 breakfasts, lunches and dinners per week. You can get a weeks worth of breakfasts out of a box of cereal or a dozen eggs plus fruit, milk and juice. Lunches can be as simple as sandwiches, pre prepared boxes or dinner left overs. Dinner is usually a bit more involved with cooking but again, there’s usually a couple of nights you can do left overs and maybe one night going out or ordering in dinner for the family.
  2. After you have your menu for the week, make a list of all the ingredients you will need to complete the meal. For example, if you are making spaghetti, you will want to put pasta, sauce, spices, garlic, onion and maybe ground beef or turkey on your list. If you are serving it with a salad, make sure you get lettuce, tomatoes and salad dressing.
  3. I recommend doubling or tripling your recipes. When you have time to cook, cook twice or three times as much, freeze the extra and label it well using tape and a marker. This way you will always have something ready to defrost/ reheat when you are short on time.
  4. Let the family help: Your kids and spouse can help pack their own snacks and lunches for the next day. They can also help set the table and clean up after wards.

TOOLS:

  1. A great time saving tool is to use your crock pot. Assemble all of your items in your crock pot in the morning, set it on low and when you get home – WALAH! DINNER IS READY!
  2. Purchase the Simply Organized handy Grocery List and Menu Planner: www.simplyorganizedyou.com/resources
  3. Chore chart for your kids: can be purchased at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart or download one at: http://www.parents.com/kids/discipline/rewards/downloadable-chore-charts/

All of these tips and tools will save you time, money and energy! If you need help with your time or space, please call us at 404-825-2105 or e-mail heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

For lots more tips and tools, buy my book A Simplified Life at www.simplyorganizedyou.com/book.

 

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Tips and Tools for Back to School 2016

July 20, 2016

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1. SHOPPING

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:

Most schools have the list posted online for each grade. This year I’ve seen local lists at Target stores too. You can also buy “packs” from most schools which include all needed supplies. I recommend you print out your list and shop at home first. You probably have tons of paper, pencils and more left over from last year. Gather everything on the list into one place and check those items off. The rest can be purchased at any retail store and most have great deals right now. (ex. Crayons, Ziplock bags, glue, scissors, folders, paper, pencils)

DON’T MISS THE TAX FREE WEEKEND
Georgia Back to School Sales Tax Holiday 2016 for Clothing, Computers, and School Supplies July 30, 2016 through July 31, 2016:

Clothing and Footwear < $100: Clothing and footwear, no sales tax unless item is over $100. 

  • Computers and Computer related items < $1000: Computers, computer components, and prewritten computer software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a price $1,000 or less. 
  • School supplies > $20: School supplies, school art supplies, school computer supplies, and school instructional materials purchased for noncommercial use costing $20 or less.

CLOTHES:

Make time to have your children try on the clothes and shoes they wore last year to see what fits. For the first couple of months (at least in the south) they can probably stay in their summer clothes but go ahead and make a list of their fall and winter wardrobe needs now.

(ex. NEED Shirts: short sleeved #4, long sleeved #4, pants #5, shoes #1, socks #5)

2. SCHEDULE/ ROUTINE:

DOWNLOAD A FREEE BLANK SCHEDULE & TO-DO LIST ON OUR WEBSITE:
http://simplyorganizedyou.com/resources/

FAMILY CALENDAR:

You should have a dry erase, paper or electronic shared calendar for your family. Each member should have their own color. Place all activities on the calendar including after school, trips, sleep overs, teacher meetings and weekend plans.

ROUTINE

Even if every day is a little different, families thrive on schedules. Have a PLAN B for days with after school activities and a PLAN C for weekends. To combat confusion and set expectations, use the following daily routines:

  • Wake up time (ex. 6:30am) eat breakfast, get dressed, brush teeth
  • Out the door time (ex. no later than 7:30 am)
  • Home work time (after school ex. 3:30-4:30) play time, chores
  • Dinner time (ex. 6:30 pm) then game or tv, bath, brush teeth, read story
  • Bed time (ex. 8 pm)

3. ORGANIZATION

A place for everything and everything in it’s place – right? Start these good habits with your family now and it will save you time and stress later.

DROP ZONE

Every person in your family should have their own hook and or basket near the entry and exit of your home. Even if you do not have a mud room, you can easily create this area around a storage bench, breakfast room, laundry room or garage. This is also a great place to put a family calendar.

Each night before bed: all homework is completed and put into backpacks near the exit. Make lunches (or let your kids do it), snacks and even breakfast the night before and have it in the fridge ready to go. Lay out your children’s clothes (or have them do it) the night before. Keep their shoes in their closets with their clothes or in a storage bench or basket near the door. Use a charging station for all phones, laptops, etc. and plus them in before you go to bed. Keep the charging station near your keys. Do the same thing every day and you will not be frantically looking for your keys, phone, shoes and homework every morning before school.

4. CHORES

Kids love having a few responsibilities and they love helping mom and dad. Depending on the age and maturity of your child, most experts recommend you start adding 1-2 tasks each year starting when you feel they are ready. Most kids can start with making their bed, brushing their teeth and picking out their clothes. When you think they are ready, add setting the table, clearing the dishes, unloading the dish washer and making their own lunch to their daily or weekly chore chart. This makes them feel proud and helps you out at the same time.

Back to School should be a fun time. It’s a fresh start and a new beginning for you and your kids. Try to get the task completed early so you can enjoy it!

If you need any help with organizing your home or your time, please contact Simply Organized at 404-825-2105 or email us at: heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

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You’re Invited to the Book Launch Party for A Simplified Life

July 13, 2016

Join us for the launch of Heather Rogers’ new book!


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A Simplified Life: 

How to Achieve
Order and Calm
So You Can Reclaim
Time, Energy and Control

Saturday, August 27th
6:30pm-9:30pm

1240 Old Chattahoochee Ave, NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(Use Uber Group entrance around back)

Hors d’oeuvres and bar provided.

RSVP by August 15 via email to heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

Pre-Order the book now.

Read about Heather’s journey in writing this book.

 

Book Review:

Professional Organizer Heather Rogers does a superb job of helping the reader understand the costs of being disorganized, what it’s like to get professional help, and how to maintain an organized life that works. She compassionately, supportively, and informatively gives the reader hope that they too can finally get organized. – Ellen Faye, President, National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)

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