What should I do with ???

June 29, 2016
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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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Guest Blog: 5 Important Tools For Keeping Your Business Organized by Jessica Kane

June 16, 2016
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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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Stop Piling – Start Vertical Filing!

April 26, 2016
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Is your mail piling up all over your counters and table tops? Do you lose important bills, kid’s homework, receipts and tax info.? I have the solution for you and it’s soooo easy!

I.Get a vertical hanging file holder. They come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Get a wooden one from Ballard Designs (shown), metal, plastic from office supply stores, fabric from the Container Store (shown) or green cardboard from Target (shown).

II.Hang it on a wall or over a door where you will see it every day.

Label each section accordingly:

A. ASAP or VIP: “DAILY” This section will hold RSVPs, permission slips that need to be signed and anything else that needs immediate attention.

B. To Pay: “WEEKLY” This section holds your bills that need to be paid and any other form that will need attention before the week is over.

C. To File: “MONTHLY” This section gets all the paper work in your life that needs to be saved (filed, photographed or scanned). RECEIPTS, Insurance, investments, medical, kid’s art, taxes)

**** Feel free to create file folders in each section for sub folders. It makes sense to have folders for each family member. Maybe you prefer to have main sections for each family member with daily, weekly and monthly sub folders.****

III. Every time you bring paper into your house, toss your junk mail and place your items into the vertical place they belong. Empty your “DAILY” section and take care of it!

IV. Set an alarm on your phone to go off at the same time each week when you know you will be home. Use 5-10 minutes each week to empty your “WEEKLY” and every 4th week, your “MONTHLY” sections.

V. Enjoy the wonderful feeling of clean counters plus knowing where your important items are!

Need some help? Call Simply Organized at 404-825-2105 or email at Heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

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A Simplified Life (my organizing book) is ready to pre-order

April 24, 2016
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I’m so excited to announce my book is almost here! A Simplified Life: How to Achieve Order and Calm So You Can Reclaim Time, Energy and Control is all about the costs of disorganization and how to get and stay organized so you can spend less time worrying and more time having fun with your loved ones.

My book will be available on Amazon and in print in a few short months. Please click on the link below for a glimpse at the first two pages and a to order your copy now: http://simplyorganizedyou.com/book/

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Where To Donate Your Stuff???

February 28, 2016
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I get asked every single day about charitable donations. You don’t want your stuff anymore and you can’t seem to sell it so who should you give it to? Charities will pick up everything from furniture and clothes to dishes and décor. Most people have their favorite charities but they don’t all take everything. Because I like to “keep it simple”, I find making one call to one place who picks up almost everything, is the best way to go.

There is a website where you can find a list of charities who will pick up items at your home: www.donationtown.org. Most will need 1 week – 1 month notice to get you on their schedule. The only caution I will give you is not all charities will pick up all of your items. Remember, the charity has to sell your items at their store in order to donate money to the greater cause.
Items most donation companies will NOT accept:

Damaged furniture (scratches, mildew or stains)
Recalled items (children’s car seats, cribs, bumper pads, etc.)
Under wear
Trash, paperwork, magazines, family photos

In the Metro Atlanta area where we live, the best place I have used is a thrift store who contributes to an abused women’s shelter. They pick up just about everything (if it’s in good condition) and they bring trucks and men to do the lifting. The thrift store is called Cheaper By The Dozen 5261 Buford Highway, Norcross, GA. You can contact Bruce Carter at 770-873-6058 to schedule a pick up.

So what do you do with items you can’t donate? Their are tons of trash removal companies who will come to your home for a fee ($85-$600+). They take anything from old paint cans to whole house clean outs. Here are some companies in my area who can help:
Stand Up Guys 770-369-0305
College HUNKS 888-689-5999
Hullaway 404-380-9395

Need someone to shred your personal documents? They will also come to your house for the same price as taking it to the local office supply store!

Have further questions or need help figuring out what to keep? sell? donate? or trash? Call us at 404-825-2105 or send us an e-mail: heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

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Using Time Management Tips to Gain 6 More Weeks Back!

February 3, 2016
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So today was Groundhog Day and I presented my time management tips and tools to a group at the East Cobb Library. For those of you unable to attend, I’m giving you the handout my audience received. I will also be posting a link to the presentation video soon. Please contact me for any questions or help 404-825-2105.


Drop Zone:

  1. Create a space near the entry of your home for your family calendar, keys, hooks for backpacks, charging station for cell phones and iPad, baskets for shoes and a mail center.
  2. Every night before bed, make sure all homework is in backpacks and all items in drop zone for the next morning. You can also lay out clothes, prep snacks & lunches night before.


  1. Have a family calendar (monthly or quarterly) displayed somewhere so everyone can see it easily.
  2. Color code it for each family member and put everyone’s activities on it each day (try to pick one day per month for the family to sit down and fill out the calendar for the next month). Make sure the bus schedule, school activities, permission deadlines and all after school appointments are on the calendar.
  3. If you prefer electronic, use a system that can sync with your spouse or kids and update it regularly.


  1. Set up a weekly routine for yourself and your family.
  2. Try to keep a set meal time, homework time, bath time, bed time and play time. Even if it doesn’t happen every night, if you try to keep to a schedule, it makes your evenings and your mornings easier.


1.Weekly meal plan and grocery list

2.Cook several meals and freeze

More Tips:

  1. Stop procrastinating: Set a timer to do 20 minutes at a time & Start with most difficult
  2. One task at a time and complete
  3. Multi-tasking (if you must: one physical and one mental at a time)

While pumping gas:

Clean out purse/ wallet/ car

Check e-mails and texts (return and delete)

While talking on the phone:

Fold laundry

Unload dishwasher

Clean out a drawer

  1. Learn to say NO
    1. When you say yes – you say no to something else

Time Saving Websites and Apps

www.ThredUp.com (10-80% / clean-up bag)

www.Unroll.me (unsubscribe to all sites or get one e-mail per day)

www.parents.com (chore charts and meal planners)

Doctor on Demand APP (24/7 access to physician)

Groove Book ($2.99 for 100 4×6 photos printed)


Getting organized = 7.5 hours/ week not looking for stuff

Planning (make a list, menu)= 10 hours/ week not wasting time (1 hour of planning saves 10 hours of doing)

Outsourcing & Delegating = 20 hours/ week spent on items you want to do

Websites & APPs = 18 hours/ week not couponing, re-reading junk e-mail or going to the doctor

TOTAL = 55.5/ week = 2886/ year = 8/ day




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Simply Organized is Having a Contest!!!

January 16, 2016
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Simply Organized is having a contest. You can win $300 worth of our favorite products PLUS A 1 HOUR TIME MANAGEMENT SESSION WITH HEATHER ROGERS!

To enter, please click on the link below. We will announce the winner in two weeks (January 30th).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!!!

If you need us in the meantime, call us at 404-825-2105 or e-mail us at Heather@Simplyorganizedyou.com


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Solutions to your Wrapping Conundrums

November 30, 2015
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If you are tired of the “not tall enough” plastic wrapping paper container, this post is for you! I recently helped one of my clients re-do her wrapping storage. The first time we worked together, we put everything in under-the-bed bags and stored them under the guest bed. This became an issue after a knee injury so I ordered some hanging storage items (one for bags and one for ribbons, scissors, tape and tags) off Amazon because they are very hard to find in stores. Then I purchased an extra long paper storage tube at Bed Bath and Beyond. See the before and after photos below:




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Why This Generation Does Not Want Our Parent’s Stuff

September 28, 2015
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There was an excellent article earlier this year in the AJC titled “We collect stuff all our lives. Then what?” It brought up an important discussion between my parents and I as well as sparked a lot of debate with my fellow organizers and our clients.  I’ve been accused of being “cold hearted” by my mother because I do not want her china cabinet and Spanish inspired walnut dining furniture from 1968.  My goal in writing this post is to explain to our baby boomers and their parents that we are not cold hearted or lacking in sentiment but have been raised in a materialistic disposable time.

My parents were raised by the generation who lived through the depression and two World Wars.  They were taught to appreciate everything because they survived a time where there was nothing.  While I was raised to appreciate hard work, my parents also gave us a very easy life full of whatever food, clothes and toys we wanted.  Each generation wants to provide the best for their children. My generation has been able to buy whatever we need at affordable prices making us mass consumers of everything from electronics to cars and homes. This has lead to a disposable attitude towards the goods we purchase.

It is also much harder to find furniture and goods that are high quality and long lasting. We can buy a room full of furniture for less than $1000 so we don’t care as much if it is out of style or breaks after 5-10 years. Many newer homes don’t even have dining rooms or formal living rooms anymore. The number one hardest thing to sell right now in the furniture world is a china cabinet. Most of my friends don’t use real china or silver when entertaining; we are much more casual. I think this is a combination of two-income households and being way too busy.

I’m not trying to make excuses for my generation but I do want our elders to understand, we aren’t trying to be rude or callous when we tell you not to hold onto your stuff for us. We want you to get any money or value you can from the items you worked so hard to buy for yourself. You do not have to know the person who will wind up with your treasures. If you can sell it or donate it, I promise someone will love it and take care of it as much as you did.

I also want to re-iterate a point I made a couple of years ago about storage. Please do not waste money storing items you will never use again or items for your kids or grand kids if they tell you they do not want them. The AJC article brings up two alarming statistics: “Last year, we spent about $7.7 billion on stuff to organize our stuff and another $24 billion to store it”.

I know all big changes like moving or getting rid of items can be very stressful. Please contact us so we can help you feel less over whelmed. We now have a re-selling division of Simply Organized. What we can not re sell for you, we will find a charity to give it to.

Heather Rogers 404-825-2105 or Heather@simplyorganizedyou.com


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