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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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:

The Berger Bungalow
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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Simplify Your Grocery Shopping & Save 4 Hours A Week

July 24, 2016
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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.

TIPS:

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.

TOOLS:

  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: www.simplyorganizedyou.com/resources
  3. Chore chart for your kids: can be purchased at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart or download one at: http://www.parents.com/kids/discipline/rewards/downloadable-chore-charts/

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 heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

For lots more tips and tools, buy my book A Simplified Life at www.simplyorganizedyou.com/book.

 

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Tips and Tools for Back to School 2016

July 20, 2016
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1. SHOPPING

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:

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)

DON’T MISS THE TAX FREE WEEKEND
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.

CLOTHES:

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)

2. SCHEDULE/ ROUTINE:

DOWNLOAD A FREEE BLANK SCHEDULE & TO-DO LIST ON OUR WEBSITE:
http://simplyorganizedyou.com/resources/

FAMILY CALENDAR:

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.

ROUTINE

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)

3. ORGANIZATION

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.

DROP ZONE

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.

4. CHORES

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: heather@simplyorganizedyou.com

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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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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.

TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS & TOOLS:

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.

Calendar:

  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.

Routine:

  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.

Cooking:

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)

TIME SAVED USING TIME MANAGEMENT TOOLS:

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).

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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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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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