Tips for seniors and anyone downsizing

October 28, 2016

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It seems like October has been senior month for Simply Organized. I gave three presentations to 55 and older groups and also had an elder care panel at our NAPO meeting. Not only did I give a lot of advice, I learned a ton too!

I usually tell people what to keep, what to donate, what is worth reselling and help with creative use of space in their new smaller home.  I’m usually the bearer of bad news when it comes to value of “antiques” and letting people know that most of their adult children do not want all of their stuff. I have zero attachment to my clients belongings so it is much easier for me and sometimes comes across as very unsentimental.

During our elder care panel, one of our speakers, Valerie Darling from Home Care Matters told us that most seniors want to leave their legacy. It’s important to them to know their memories will be passed on. I needed to be reminded of this so I will now use more patience and compassion with my senior clients.

Owner of Life After Loss, Doris Vaughans, taught us that older people are more emotionally strong than we think. They have experienced a lot in their life time and have handled more than we know. We should not assume that they can’t get through a loss or a move. We should also give everyone the time they need to grieve and adjust to their new surroundings; it takes some more than others.

The estate attorney on our panel, Meridith Bush, made us all more aware of estate planning. Tell someone you trust where you bank, prepare a notebook (or two) with account information, your will, your living will wishes and any other documentation that will be needed if you are in an accident or in preparation for your loved ones. Don’t assume someone knows your passwords or can find your safe deposit key.

If you are planning to downsize in the next 5-10 years, if you are planning to move, if you need help with home health care, grief counseling, estate planning, packing, unpacking, de-cluttering or anything else, please contact us. We have many resources to help solve most of your problems. 404-825-2105 or heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

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Need gift ideas for the holidays?

October 28, 2016

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We are about to enter what most people think of as the most stressful time of the year – the holidays. With so many parties to plan and go to, shopping, wrapping, cooking, family and travel, don’t let gift giving stress you out.

Last year I encouraged you to give and ask for time, memories and or gift cards to reduce the amount of stuff we don’t really use or need. This year, I’m doing it again! Here are some of my favorite ideas for giving and receiving gifts:

 

Babysitting = give the gift of a night out for your friends or family

Memorable outing = take your loved one to a play, tree lighting, concert or holiday festival.

Gift certificates = massage, nail salon, dinner, movies or 3 hours of help from Simply Organized (gift certificate on the home page)

Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card = If they love books, tv, music, or movies

Potluck dinner = My friends and I do a potluck dinner instead of gifts each year. We get to spend a few hours face-to-face with each other and it doesn’t cost a lot of money. Sometimes we have it in January because December is too hectic.

Photo Book = If you have a little extra time, Use Groovebook.com (also app) or Free prints, Shutterfly or Snapfish to create a photo book.

The best gift of all (wink wink)= my new book –  A Simplified Life: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997835508

No matter what you decide to ask for or shop for this year, try to remember that the holidays is about your loved ones. If you are too busy and stressed you could miss this wonderful time of the year!

Need help? Over whelmed? Call us 404-825-2105 or e-mail heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

 

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8 Things Professional Organizers Do Every Night Before Bed

October 28, 2016

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I was recently quoted in an article by Kirsten Clodfelter in one of my favorite magazines, Reader’s Digest. See Kirsten’s full article at http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/professinal-organizers-before-bed/

Here is my tip from the article:

Power up your devices each night before unwinding. “I put cell phone and other electronic devices on a charging station I keep near the entrance of my house,” says Heather Rogers, author of A Simplified Life: How to Achieve Order and Calm So You Can Reclaim Time, Energy, and Control. This way, I never forget it and my devices are always fully charged.”

 

Need help? Overwhelmed? Call us 404-825-2105 or e-mail heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

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Procrastination – How’s That Working For You?

September 20, 2016

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This is a photo of file folders taken at a client’s home recently. They had a file box and inside one file labeled “Do Now” and another “Do Later”. After laughing for several minutes and guessing what would be in the folders, we discovered documents from 3 years ago in both. I see this daily in my work with clients.

It is clear that they were (and still are) trying to come up with a system, tackle their mountains of papers and simplify their lives. The problem is we all tend to put off the things we do not want to do. My favorite part of this filing system is when is “now” and when is “later”? If you are truly going to tackle something “now” there is no need to create a file for it right?

When it comes to paper and especially mail, go through it immediately. The moment you bring it in your house (or in the garage) have trash, shred and bins or folders ready.

  1. Throw away your junk mail – do not keep it
  2. Shred any items you don’t need that have a social security, bank account or credit card number on them.
  3. Put the rest in bins or folders marked for each family member or in order of importance
    1. Weekly = bills to pay, rsvp, permission slips, etc.
    2. Monthly = items to file
  4. Have alarms set on your phone/ calendar to empty your bins every week and do it!

The longer you put things off, the more stressful and overwhelming they become. Do it now, check it off your list, sleep better!

If you need our help tackling something you’ve been putting off, call us at 404-825-2105 or email heather@simplyorganizedyou.com.

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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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