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

July 13, 2016
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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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Writing A Simplified Life (My New Book – Coming in August 2016)

June 28, 2016
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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.

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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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