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

If you need help packing or unpacking, contact Simply Organized at 404-825-2105 or

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

August 12, 2016

book-cover3dTo all,

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.


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Simple house prep list for Fall

August 8, 2016


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:

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

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Book Reviews for A Simplified Life

August 8, 2016



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:

The Berger Bungalow

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”,

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


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Simplify Your Grocery Shopping & Save 4 Hours A Week

July 24, 2016

grocery list

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.


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.


  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:
  3. Chore chart for your kids: can be purchased at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart or download one at:

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

For lots more tips and tools, buy my book A Simplified Life at


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Tips and Tools for Back to School 2016

July 20, 2016




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)

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.


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)




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.


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)


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.


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.


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:

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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!


A Simplified Life: 

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

Saturday, August 27th

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

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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What should I do with ???

June 29, 2016

Files in DrawerWondering what to do with old floppy disk drives? How about VHS tapes filled with family videos? Or the endless amounts of papers, files, important documents?


You don’t have to worry about fire or flood waters (or your ditzy family member) losing or damaging your irreplaceable family photos, birth certificates, home movies, etc.



stack of old photosFor a minimal cost, David McDonough at Modern Image can transfer your old disks, data, movies, videos, paper, documents and even photos. They will load them into a cloud storage system or onto a flash drive for you.

I have used them personally and recommended their services to many clients for both residential and business scanning.

Modern Image USA
David McDonough


Heather Rogers founded Simply Organized to help people simplify their lives. Heather and the Simply Organized team can help you organize and declutter your home or office. Heather is also available for personal organization and time management coaching as well as speaking engagements. She serves as Director of Professional Development on the board of the Georgia NAPO chapter. Follow us on Twitter @SimplyOrgYou and on Facebook @SimplyOrganizedYou

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Writing A Simplified Life (My New Book – Coming in August 2016)

June 28, 2016

A Simplified Life front cover

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to write a book? Me too! After researching how to write, publish, edit, launch, market and sell a successful book for over a year, I was really overwhelmed. I did not want to learn an entire new career so I decided to hire a book coach. Anita Henderson with Write Your Life was recommended to me as an amazing help with everything I would need to write my book from A to Z.

SO-Open folders - rotatedAfter meeting with Anita and signing up for her program, the first step was coming up with goals, a deadline (1 year which is August 2016) and a calendar to keep me on track during the process. I then spent weeks on who my audience would be, what I should write about (I had a pretty good idea) and getting my plan (calendar) in place. Next, I spent months writing as much content as I could think of plus lots of brain dumps that hopefully no one will ever see.

I sent all of my content to Anita who rejected it as kindly as she knew how. Needless to say, I was FREAKING OUT!!! I had spent months on what I thought was pretty good stuff. I called my very talented friend Cathy who came to my rescue. She read my stuff and discovered I was writing two different books. One was for professional organizers to read and one was for my clients. This was a huge lightbulb for me so we started an outline for the book written with my clients in mind.

book post it outline

As you can see in the photo, we put hundreds of orange post its on the walls of my office. I have to admit – it was so much fun brainstorming with Cathy and was exactly what I needed to start my book over in the right direction.

After more months of writing and a little editing, we sent 5 copies of the first draft to beta readers (people who could give me honest feedback on my book). This was a very important part of the process and although getting constructive criticism is hard, it helped me shape and change the book, A Simplified Life, for the better. After sending their notes to Anita, my copy editor (Candace) went to work.

SO-Open Notebook loose pagesAfter the painstaking editing process, I got to work with the graphic designer, Debbie, on the book cover (I had seven to choose from – I liked them all), layout design, and the charts and graphs that are in the book. I had no idea how much work goes into this whole process. Every little detail was looked at hundreds of times.

Throughout this past year, we have had numerous discussions about marketing the book. Anita wrote her own book “How to Market Your Book Free” which has tons of great information in it. I also read APE (Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur), attended a workshop on writing and selling your book and have been taking lots of webinars by famous authors and speakers like Brian Tracey.

SO - Book materials on black lid - rotatedAre you exhausted yet? Just talking about this process is wearing me out! This has been my 40-hour per week job on top of my first 40-hour per week career as a professional organizer. I have literally read my own book 200+ times.

It has all been worth it! Writing a book has been a dream of mine for many years (I didn’t even tell you about the writing class I took at Emory a few years back). In forty days or so, I will have my printed book in my hands. I will have a book launch party,  sell the book on Amazon and Audible, do book signings and attend book festivals as an author! If you share the same dream, my advice is go for it! Let me know if you have any questions along the way.

Coming in August 2016 – Pre-Order your copy here!

Heather Rogers founded Simply Organized to help people simplify their lives. Heather and the Simply Organized team can help you organize and declutter your home or office. Heather is also available for personal organization and time management coaching as well as speaking engagements. She serves as Director of Professional Development on the board of the Georgia NAPO chapter. Follow us on Twitter @SimplyOrgYou and on Facebook @SimplyOrganizedYou

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Guest Blog: 5 Important Tools For Keeping Your Business Organized by Jessica Kane

June 16, 2016

If you’re not naturally an organized person, then keeping your business organized can become a very time-consuming chore. Fortunately, there are some basic techniques and tools you can use that will make it easier for you to keep everything in order, and focus on growing your business or taking a well-deserved vacation.

3-Ring Project Binders & a 3-Hole Punch
Make sure that all documents related to a project are stored together by using large 3-ring binders for document storage. This will help you reduce the number of random paper piles you have around the office and make it easier to find project-related documents later. When a project ends, check that all the documents are in the binder, and then move the binder to an archive cabinet or box.

The 3-hole punch is an essential accessory to the binders because you need to be able to add document to the binder in a semi-permanent way. Take the time to punch the holes and slot the document into the binder rather than simply stuffing it in.

Paper Shredder
Part of organizing is knowing when to throw things away. Take the time to shred and properly dispose of old documents that are clogging up your filing cabinets and drawers. Make sure you know what you need to keep for legal reasons, but don’t be squeamish about getting rid of old papers, especially if you haven’t looked at them in years and you can’t remember their purpose.

If you want to make a big statement, then skip buying a little desk shredder and go for a commercial shredder that multiple people can use. Then have a shredding party where peoples share their most random document and then shred it.

A Coat Rack or Coat Hooks
If you live somewhere that gets cold or wet during the year, then you and your employees are bringing clutter to work with them every day. Use a coat rack or a mount coat hooks to give employees a place to store their outerwear. This will also lead to them feeling less cramped if they are working in cubicles where space is at a premium.

Storage Lockers
Lockers worked great when you were in school and they can work just as well for your business. You can assign lockers to employees or have sets of lockers specifically to hold certain items like A/V equipment or banners for conferences. Lockers will give you a secure place to keep things until they are needed and help you maximize space.

You can also use smaller cubes or “cubbies” for this is you need to save space. They work just as well but you lose the ability to lock them.

Incoming/Outgoing Mail Trays
This is an old school trick, but it still works like a charm. Set up an area in your office where you or others can place things that you need to look at, and a place to put things you are done with.

This works for handling mail, but you can also adapt this approach to deal with any documents you’re handling: use trays to sort documents by urgency, by who needs to see it, or by the department that it belongs to.

Keep Organized By Giving Everything a Place
All these tools come back to having a specific place to put things and knowing what you need to keep. If you keep those two things in mind, then staying organized will become easier and you won’t have to spend as much time worrying about.

Jessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in keeping things organized and in order. She currently writes for FlexCon, a leading vendor of corrugated plastic bins and boxes.

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