Hollywood Gets Organized

April 29, 2013
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organized sign
Ever noticed how after you buy a new car you then see the same car everywhere? Well, the same can be said about starting an organizing business. I expect to see organizing shows on HGTV or read about organizing in my Real Simple magazine, but lately organizing is all over the TV and in movies!

A few weeks ago on “The Big Bang Theory”, Sheldon was ecstatic to be able to organize Howard’s closet during a dinner party. One of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” had her closet organized, on “2 Broke Girls”, Max and Caroline took a second job organizing an elderly couple’s apartment, Frankie’s sister (played by Molly Shannon) moved in on “The Middle” to help her family get organized while she was studying for exams. All of the talk show hosts’ homes have been professionally organized including Oprah, Rachel Ray and Katie Couric.

The biggest surprise to me was while watching a movie from 1976 last week. It was the first time I have ever seen this very famous Robert Di Niro movie. If you thought getting organized was a new fad, the scene from 1976 “Taxi Driver” proves it is not: Travis Bickle: I should get one of those signs that says “One of these days I’m gonna get organezized”. De Niro and Cybill Shepherd discuss his need to get his life organized and then he buys a sign and hangs it in his home to help motivate him.

If you are thinking it’s time to get organized, you are in the majority and now you know you are part of a movement that’s been popular for decades, even among the stars and elite in Hollywood.

Contact me when you are ready to get started: Heather@Simplyorganizedyou.com or 404-825-2105

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Time to change the closets

April 13, 2013
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Clothes

It is April in Georgia so we have already hit 80 degrees and everything outside is coated with a thick layer of yellow pollen.  I love Spring time when everything blooms and is so beautiful.  I also love to get out my Spring and Summer clothes (it’s like Christmas).  Unless you have a closet and dresser large enough to fit a whole year’s wardrobe, it’s time to change your closets!

Hopefully, you have all of your out-of-season clothes bagged or boxed up and labeled so they are easy to find and don’t have to be re-washed. If you don’t, that’s your tip for what to do with the Fall and Winter clothes you are about to go through and put away.

Step 1: Go through your hanging clothes and dresser and decide if they all need to be stored for the Summer or if you can part with some sweaters and jeans that don’t fit, have holes or you have not worn them all year.

Step 2: Bag up the items you will not wear again to take for donation.

Step 3: If you really think something may fit next year (but did not this year) put it in it’s own box and label it by the size and year for storage.

Step 4: All clothing you will definitely wear again in the Fall goes in a water and dust proof (plastic) bin or box labeled “Fall 2013”. If you are tight on storage space, try Space Bags or under bed bags or bins and store them under your bed or in the top of your closet.

Step 5: Get out your Spring/ Summer clothes. Make sure they fit, are clean and you ant to wear each item (if in doubt – DONATE).

Step 6: Hang all of your clothes in your closet sorted by type and color or folded in your dresser by type and color (all t-shirts together, all shorts, work clothes, etc.)

Step 7: Enjoy the next 6 months of warm weather!

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Tax prep 101

April 13, 2013
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Accordion fileSo another year and another April 15th deadline. We all dread tax time because we have to gather lots of paperwork, documentation, receipts, etc. together and try to do our own taxes or give our information to an expert to do them for us. It’s not only time consuming but can also be confusing especially if you’ve had a big life change like a move, marriage, child or divorce. Do yourself a favor for 2014 and start now!

Print out a checklist from your tax prep software or your CPA as a guide for what you will need to have next year.

Go out and buy an accordion file. You can get them anywhere they sell office or school supplies. I recommend the hearty plastic kind with the closure. There should be 8-12 tabs inside; label the tabs with your personal tax items ex.: charitable donations, mortgage, medical, insurance, auto, etc.

Every time you get a receipt that is tax deductible or pertinent to your taxes, put it in the accordion file according to it’s topic. At the end of the year, you will not need to do anything else except total the receipts in each tab. Walla – magic – no more stress about tax time.

If you have lots of paper work, I suggest a quarterly accordion file or totalling your receipts quarterly. Put a date once per quarter on your calendar and spend an hour taking care of this. Again, this will take 4 hours during a year’s time instead of countless hours close to your tax filing deadline.

In march of 2014, you won’t be frantically looking for documents or trying to convince your CPA to take a huge box of jumbled crumpled papers. This will save you time and money!

Happy April 15th!

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Sites with great organizing and storage ideas (and photos)

February 15, 2013
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craft armoirEvery time I speak to a group, they ask for before and after photos. There are a couple of reasons I do not have many of those to show: 1. I forget to take them 2. My clients do not want anyone to see their “before” photos 3. The quality of the photo is awful. What I do instead is show bad, fuzzy, blown – up copies of photos from my Pintrest and Houzz sites. Let’s remedy this issue by going to my site links and seeing the good versions of these great organizing and storage ideas.

http://pinterest.com/simplyorgyou/unique-storage-ideas/
http://pinterest.com/simplyorgyou/organized/
http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/6383602/thumbs/simplyorganizedyou-s-ideas

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Creative Use of Space

February 12, 2013
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Great use of space inside kitchen cabinet.

Great use of space inside kitchen cabinet.

I am speaking at Alta (Independent Living for Seniors) in Johns Creek this Thursday about utilizing their space most effectively. There are thousands of great products and organizational tools out there but here are a few of my favorites:

1. Think outside the box by using the spaces inside your doors. Most of us do not utilize the space inside our cabinet doors or behind our bedroom and closet doors. In the kitchen, the inside of your cabinets can hold spice racks or hooks for items like measuring cups and spoons. Buy the Real Simple multi-pocket hanging storage and put it inside your office closet door for office supplies like paper clips, scissors and envelopes. Behind your bathroom door, it can hold cotton balls, q-tips and hair accessories. In your kids room it can be used for their toys, shoes and games or on your bedroom door for shoes, socks or the loose change your husband pulls out of his pants each evening.

2. Under your bed: Buy bed lifts for extra space and then use under-the-bed bags or bins for out of season clothes, shoes, books, memorabilia, etc.

3. Vertical space: Use bookshelves, built-ins or single shelving to take advantage of that extra wall space above the furniture. This is especially useful in an office, kitchen or kids room.

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Simplify Your Life speech at IKEA March 9th at 12pm

February 5, 2013
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Heather Rogers, owner of Simply Organized, speaks at IKEA about Home Office Organization.

Heather Rogers, owner of Simply Organized, speaks at IKEA about Home Office Organization.

IKEA is having a BYOF (Bring Your Own Friend) day on March 9th. I will be speaking about organizing your home and life at 12pm in their Work Department. Come in for a chance to win 5 $200 gift cards and lots of other prizes. http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/img/local_store_info/atlanta/AtlantaBYOFAgenda2013.pdf

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Simply Organized Speaks at IKEA

January 20, 2013
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Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking at IKEA with Jonda Beattie about Home Office Organization.  It was a 20 minute presentation which included topics such as: Creating a Vision for your office, Arranging your desk, chair, lighting and storage, Filing systems, Controling your e-mail inbox and more.  If you would like help with your home office,or any other room in your home, call me for a free assessment 404-825-2105.

Heather Rogers, owner of Simply Organized, speaks at IKEA about Home Office Organization.

Heather Rogers, owner of Simply Organized, speaks at IKEA about Home Office Organization.

 

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GO MONTH

January 9, 2013
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Get Organized
January is GO Month which stands for Get Organized! I know, January is the start new routines, better habits and can you say the word GOALS? I know blah, blah and yada yada but it’s also a great time to declutter, get a new calendar and start fresh!

Baby steps: start by donating some old clothes, toys or anything you have not used in a year. Shred your old bills, recycle some old magazines. If you do a room each week, you can tackle it in no time.

If you can’t face it alone, call Simply Organized and I will help you with no judgement, just alot of support and patience. 404-825-2105

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