Mar 08

Garage Organizing Project

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Here are a couple of Before & After photos of a garage organizing project that is still underway. My client’s goal, “To be able to park Sven in the garage” (Sven is her beloved Volvo SUV).

This project has been an emotional rollercoaster ride for my client as these boxes have been sitting in the garage since she moved in two years ago. Prior to the move, she lost her husband to a quick moving form of cancer, and it was devastating. They loved life together, and they lived life fully. They loved to acquire beautiful things such as china, crystal, and collectibles. Many of these treasures are still packed away in these boxes, which have been exposed to harsh conditions. In addition to the heat factor, many have sustained water damage, thus compromising their integrity.

Her family helped her pack, which is wonderful and also lined with its own challenges. Add to that, the physical constraints of moving into a place with far less square footage, and you end up with a situation headed straight for overwhelm. Going through the piled-to-the-rafter stacks of boxes to determine what to keep, what to donate, what to pass on to others, and what to  throw out, was simply too overwhelming for her. And then she called me.

When dealing with emotionally charged possessions, it is helpful to have someone come in who is not closely related. Someone who can guide through the process without judgement and without the emotion that often accompanies family help. A professional organizer is the ticket out of overwhelm.

 

If you need help reaching your own organizational goals, Simple Organized Solutions (SOS) should be your first. Call Andrea Brundage, Professional Organizer & Bringer of Calm today at (480) 382-1085. We turn “Chaos into Calm.” (TM)

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Feb 09

The Best Standing Desk

Would You Consider A Standing Desk?

Do you sit at your desk for long periods of time? Do you get up feeling stiff and sore? Are your shoulders killing you after a long day of computer work? If you answered yes, perhaps it is time to consider other, more ergonomically friendly options. Reviews.com has done a comprehensive side-by-side comparison of several models. Read the full article here.

 

Do you need help organizing your office space so every day just flows with ease? Call Andrea Brundage at Simple Organized Solutions to schedule your consultation now at (480) 382-1085.

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Feb 02

Galentine’s Day Time Management Event

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Self-Care Through Time Management

9 am to 12 pm, ASU Skysong

Time Management is a challenge for a lot of people. We are so busy running around taking care of others that we forget to recharge our batteries and care for ourselves. Register today for this empowering event that features a panel of three well-known time managment experts (including me!). Secure your spot by purchasing your tickets here and take advantage of the special “Bring-A-Friend” offer.

 

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Do you find yourself wishing for an extra day in the week? Turned down an activity or opportunity you wanted to do because you “just don’t have time”? Or ever wished you had a few extra minutes to find time for yourself?

Come join Her Voice for a morning workshop and panel discussion on ways to more effectively manage your time on Saturday, February 11th. Learn how to identify and overcome roadblocks to your goals, to analyze your current schedule and obligations, and set yourself up for a healthy and productive year! Come join some amazing ladies to celebrate yourself and Galentine’s Day!


Cost is $20 per person

Brunch will be provided.

Note: cost should NOT be a barrier to participation in the workshop. Contact hervoiceaz@gmail.com if you need assistance.


Agenda (subject to change)

Welcome
Why Self Care through Time Management
Panel Discussion
Networking break
Break out session: workshopping road blocks
Time Management tools
Closing


Her Voice is an organization designed to help women use their voice to achieve their professional goals. Be it climbing the corporate ladder, achieving a healthy work-life balance, or creating an ideal workplace – Her Voice helps women learn the tools and develop the skills to accomplish their goals. www.hervoiceaz.com


If you need help getting organized; capturing some “me” time; setting up a schedule that works for you and your family, then give Andrea Brundage a call now. Creating a customized “life flow” based on your work, home, and family needs is just one of her specialties. Call (480) 382-1085 now to schedule your consultation.
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Jan 01

A Fresh Start: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 

Did you know that “Get Organized” is #2 on the list of New Year’s Resolutions for 2017? NBC reports that getting organized falls second only to “Get Healthy.” The GOOD news is that getting organized is easily achievable and results can be visible in a few short hours! I am quite confident you cannot to say that about the other resolutions on your list. And the BEST news? Getting organized will help you accomplish all of the other resolutions on your list! 

Andrea’s January Events 

January 9 – Changing Hands Bookstore (Tempe), 6:30 PM – Register here.

January 10 – Bosom Buddies Cancer Survivor Group, 6:30 PM – Details here.
January 17 – Changing Hands Bookstore (Phoenix), 6:30 PM – Register here.

Catch Andrea on COX 7 TV

Arizona Living program (airing throughout the month of January)
Click on links below to view each segment (note: more shows coming!)
   1. Getting Started Tips – View here
   2. 4 Simple Questions & More Tips – View here.
   3. Managing Paper Clutter – View here.

And on NPR radio  

Here is “No Thanks, Mom: Many Millennials Don’t Want Parents’ Furniture, Collectibles” (recording and article).

 

Want more tips? Get Unstuck: Tips for Getting OrganizedThe Process of Elimination


“Stop wishing and start doing.”  – Andrea Brundage

new_yearIf you are tired of the chaos and ready for the calm, contact Andrea at www.ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com or call (480) 382-1085 now.

 

 

Dec 06

Holiday Checklist

 

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 Holiday Checklist to Make This Season the Merriest Ever!

Refer to this simple holiday checklist and enjoy the calm knowing you have everything under control.

 

 Schedule family portraits

   Write holiday events and parties on family calendar

 

Send out Save-The-Date cards

 

    Update list for card mailing

 

Clean the oven

 

    Purchase stamps, address holiday cards

 

December, 3-4 weeks before

  • Pull out holiday decor, only put out the things you love, donate the rest
  • Set up holiday “staging” area where you keep wrapping paper and holiday supplies

 

December, 2-3 weeks before

  • Clean out your refrigerator
  • Take inventory of pantry, toss expired items, add to grocery list
  • Start grocery list, finalize menu, assign contributors, purchase non-perishables
  • Purchase gifts, wrap immediately
  • Buy batteries to insert into toys and electronics
  • Mail out holiday cards
  • Mail out-of-town gifts
  • Begin baking. Freeze breads and cookie dough.

 

December, 1 week before

  • Finalize gift purchases, finish wrapping
  • Confirm dinner guests
  • Wash china and linens
  • Clean house
  • If having overnight guests, change bed linens

 

December, 1-2 days before

  • If feasible, set table
  • Prep for meal by pre-cooking as much as possible
  • Replace or recharge batteries on camera and video equipment
  • Purchase centerpiece or fresh flowers
  • Buy remaining items on grocery list

 

After the holidays

  • Purchase holiday cards for next year (store with holiday decorations if possible)
  • Inventory wrapping paper and gift bags, purchase only as needed
  • Remove holiday decorations, china, and linens, store carefully
  • Write Thank You notes
  • Take inventory of what you have in your environment and make decisions on what to keep, what to toss, and what to donate. Place new items in their “homes.”

 

In addition, I challenge you this holiday season to carry out simple Acts of Random Kindness. Here is an article I wrote to give you some fun ideas on making a positive difference, one person at a time: “7-Acts of Random Kindness” (click title to read).

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Schedule your January 2017 organizing sessions now and ring in the New Year with “Get Organized” crossed off the list right away! Click on image above to be redirected to our “Get Started” online form.

 

 

Dec 02

10-Steps To Clear Clutter from Any Room

This dining room project was completed in less than 1/2 day. Turning “Chaos into Calm” (TM) is not just a catchy tagline, it is what we do at Simple Organized Solutions (SOS).
Below are 10 simple steps to use to clear clutter and reclaim unusable space:
  1. Set up stations/areas for things to Keep, Give to others, Donate, and Toss (KGDT)
  2. Start in one corner and work your way around the room
  3. Go through every item in the room and put the item where it goes (according to #1)
  4. Process the KGDT stations: Keep (goes in the closet or laundry); Give to Others (box up and label); Donate (load up the car now); Toss (recycle or garbage)
  5. Rearrange furniture (or put back in place)
  6. Dust, vacuum
  7. Deliver/drop off give-aways and donations immediately. In the future, arrange for pick up of donated items before starting the project (thus creating a deadline for yourself)
  8. Call your friends and invite them over!
  9. Enjoy entertaining in your formal dining room once again!
  10. Tell everyone you know about the benefits of hiring a Professional Organizer!

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If you are overwhelmed, living in clutter, and you have unusable space in your home or garage, it is time to stop the madness. You deserve to LIVE in every room in your house. If your stuff owns you rather than you owning it, NOW is time to take back control over your space and your life. Schedule your organizing session by clicking here, or by calling (480) 382-1085 now.

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Nov 29

Interview with NPR Radio

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Interview with NPR KJZZ radio

Below is the link to an interview I did with Christine Estes of NPR/KJZZ radio in Phoenix on the sometimes difficult and emotional conversation we have around passing on our possessions to our children. Photo above is of the table I reference in my interview.

Listen here and share your comments below.

 

 

professional_organizer_andrea_brundageIf you need help downsizing your home, contact SOS to ask questions or to schedule a session or by calling (480) 382-1085.

 

Nov 08

Holiday Stress & Clutter

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REDUCING HOLIDAY

STRESS AND CLUTTER

Here is a timely article that I wrote on Holiday Stress & Clutter for Green Living Magazine, (pages 11-12).

Read the article here.

 


If you need help getting prepared for the holiday season, or if you are just sick and tired of trudging through clutter, give SOS a call now at (480) 382-1085.

 

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Nov 01

Are you on the right path?

Fall 2016 Newsletter

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Fall 2016 Newsletter

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

The plan
The photo above was taken during a hike I did with family last fall in the Great Smoky Mountains. The photograph shows a path leading up a hill and then it curves off into the unknown. According to the map, there was a waterfall a few miles up the trail, and that was our desired destination. So off we went.

The journey
The path twisted and turned through the mountains; the scenery changing at every turn. It was a beautiful hike and we were eager to see what was beyond the next bend. Every now and then we would check in with other hikers that we encountered along the trail just to make sure we were on task. We were assured that the waterfall was up ahead. We could not hear it; we could not see it, but we trusted the map and the other hikers. We were confident we were on the right path and so we simply enjoyed the journey putting one foot in front of the other.

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The destination
Finally, the sounds of water crashing on rocks could be heard in the distance and we knew the waterfall was just around the corner. We excitedly trekked onward and at last we arrived at our desired destination! 

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There are similarities between hiking and adopting an organized lifestyle. We must start with a destination (goal) in mind; and then chart a course (plan), moving confidently down the path (action / journey), checking in every now and then (coaching), until at last we arrive at our desired results (success).

 

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Side note: Encountering an unexpected detour may slow down your progress, but it does not have to become a ROAD BLOCK. Ask for help and get back on the right path. Success is just around the bend.

 

If you find yourself lost or going in circles because of too much clutter and chaos, know that help is a simple phone call away (480) 382-1085. Commit to that first step, and let’s get you on the right path. The path to success.


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Here are a few SOS blog posts you may enjoy:
Signs You Need a Professional Organizer
There Is No Magic in Tidying Up
Autopilot Organizing


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Fall is the time of year to release and let go. If you are ready to let go of all that no longer serves you, call now to schedule your appointment.

(480) 382-1085

“Seek progress, not perfection.”
– Andrea Brundage


Give the Gift of Organization & Space

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A most thoughtful gift.

Oct 24

Organizing Your Affairs

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Are your affairs in order?

Organizing your affairs is a term we think of when people are presented with a dire diagnosis from a physician. Typically, it means that someone’s life is hanging in the balance, and they may only have a few short months or years to live. And those are the lucky ones. We all have heard the tragic stories of the people who have died very unexpectedly, without a will, without a trust, without any forethought about what would happen if they were to suddenly die.

What if instead of waiting until we are faced with an end of life situation, we commit to getting our affairs in order NOW? Now while we are feeling good and vibrant. How different would it be if, God forbid, we got that kind of bad news, and our affairs were already in order? Rather than spending precious time taking care of legal issues, and having conversations around who wants what, we instead spend that precious time with our family, with our friends, traveling, or doing whatever it is we have been wanting, yet waiting, to do.

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Organized affairs – A guest blog

I am sharing this informative article, “Parting Gifts,” written by Loreesa Botkin on this very subject. Be sure to visit Loreesa’s company websites at www.jobollc.com and www.tapestryofourtales.com to learn more about her services. She has a passion to help you preserve your legacy, create your inventory, and prepare a distribution list of your possessions a manner that leaves you in control of decisions and alleviates family tension. Do it now….now while you are living and able to speak your voice. There is nothing worse than having family discord over “Mom’s recipe box” or “Dad’s trophy fish;” things that may seem inconsequential to outsiders, but can become a battlefield for family members. 

Read entire article here.


Remember, if you need help organizing your possessions so you can make good decisions and proper distributions, please give us a call. We will help you purge, sort, and make clear-headed decisions about what matters most to you.

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Aug 24

Simplicity

 

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Aug 02

Newsletter – August 2016

 

 

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Here in Arizona, we have encountered record heat and high humidity this summer and folks like me who live in the hot desert are usually HAPPY to see the end of summer. Bring on the cooler weather!

I am grateful that I was able to get away for a few days on a camping trip with family and friends to the beautiful and cool White Mountains of Arizona (where this photo was taken).

Ahhh, the gift of open space!


 

This time of year also means “Back-To-School” is in full-swing. Sonoran Living, the popular morning show here in Phoenix, asked me to come to their studios to share a few Organizing for Back-To-School Tips. Whether you have school age children, college-age kids, or if you just want to be a little more organized yourself, you will find some fun tips in this episode. Click here to view (note: this video is available for a limited time, so be sure to watch it now).
 

For more awesome articles and tips for Back-To-School, you can check out these blog posts:
Back-To-School Organizing Tips 
Top 10 Back-To-School Tips
Closet Makeovers & Back-To-School Shopping
Back-To-School: Honoring Differences
 

We made the Top 10 List of Professional Organizers in Phoenix!

Simple Organized Solutions made the Top 10 List of Professional Organizers, which was recently released by SpareFoot.com.

SpareFoot.com is a web-based storage locator service that understands the value of having a Professional Organizer involved in the process of moving, downsizing, and transitional needs.
 


Are you ready to work with a reputable, experienced, and recognized name in the Professional Organizing industry? Whether you need help downsizing, decluttering, or perhaps streamlining processes and setting up your professional office space, we can help. 

Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. Call us at (480) 382-1085.

Give the Gift of Organization & Space. 
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“Seek progress, not perfection.”
– Andrea Brundage
If you need organizational help, or if you know someone who does, contact me. Helping clients overcome overwhelm, clear clutter, and create calm supportive spaces is what SOS is all about.
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Jul 27

Sonoran Living Show

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Be sure to tune in next Monday, August 1 at 9 AM on ABC15

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Organizing for Back to School

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Does getting kids ready for school each day totally stress you out? Contact me by clicking below or by calling (480) 382-1085. I would love to help you implement some Simple.Organized.Solutions. that will make your mornings less stressful. 

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Jul 26

The Gift of Space

Is your creativity stifled? Give yourself the gift of space.

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If your creativity is “stuck” perhaps it needs some space and room to flow. Here are a few suggestions to open the flow of creativity:

  • Clear out any clutter in your workspace
  • Remove obsolete, unwanted supplies
  • Organize and straighten up your supplies
  • Display your favorite works, even if only on a slideshow on your monitor
  • Give yourself the gift of space
  • Spend some time outdoors in wide open spaces

 

If you need help clearing space, removing clutter, making sense of your supplies, click below or call (480) 382-1085.

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Jul 02

Client Kudos

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Jun 16

Clutter Can Lead You to Overeat

 

According to a recent article in the AARP Magazine, clutter and chaos can lead to overeating. Yet another reason to clear that clutter! Who’s craving carrots?

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Need help clearing clutter and chaos from your life, your home, your calendar? Call SOS today to schedule your organizing session, (480) 382-1085.

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Apr 22

Organizing? Plastic Bins Can Help

 

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This is a guest post from professional writer, Jessica Kane, of Flex-Con, a corrugated plastics company based in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. These products are some of the many options available. When in doubt, call a Professional Organizer to help you make a sound decision.

 

Plastic Containers and Their Many Uses

Plastic containers, they are found in virtually every household. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, durability, and dozens of other factors that we take into consideration when deciding their use. We can use them for organizing our closets, decorations, old belongings, and much more. The important thing is to carefully sort your items you wish to store, purge unnecessary items and place them thoughtfully inside for future use. It isn’t about just putting things away to just put things away. Organizing is an art and plastic containers are your tools to achieve bliss. They can be our greatest organizing ally, or our worst nemesis with missing lids and mix matching containers. But love them or hate ‘em, here are five reasons to keep them around.

 

Toy Bins

They not only help to organize your kid’s toys, but allows the child to feel confident and in control when putting their toys away. They can see them and know that they are there, but still be able to store them in an organized way. Small toys especially benefit from this. Building blocks, mini figures, coins, small dolls or cars and trucks, even crayons can be put in the small containers, sealed up, then stored on a bookshelf, dresser, or other designated space for your child. Try color coordinating the lids to a specific purpose. I.E. crayons go with the blue lid, building blocks go with the red, dolls or toy cars go with the yellow. Let the kids decide and let them have fun!

 

Crafting Supplies

For those who like to do crafts of any kind, clear plastic containers are a great option for storing supplies, coordinating like items, and can even aid in taking stock. They are sturdy, durable, and will keep out dust, pets, kids, and even bugs if stored in a garage or basement.

Use them to store supplies for:

• Sewing

• Scrapbooking

• Crocheting or Knitting

• Wood working

• Jewelry arts

• Painting

• Scrap metal

• Beading

• Rubber band arts

The possibilities are endless.

 

Multi-functional

Industrial plastic containers are not only useful for storing important items that are not being readily used, but for some, it might offer a unique opportunity for decorating and/or extra table tops. The types of bins a person would want to use depends on their needs, but generally for long term storage, a strong clear box with an attached lid flap can offer protection for possessions, and for cost saving, turn that tote into a bedside table, a chair side table, supports for a light weight desk or work bench. Colorful totes and designs help to make the transition into the home or office interesting, fun, and cost effective.

 

Shed or Garage

Ever walk into your garage or shed and search for the one thing you need? Try using clear plastic containers to help you organize your outdoor belongings. Streamline your camping gear, outdoor toys, tool set, garden tools, hoses, spare parts… You get the idea. Not only will you get peace of mind knowing where everything is, your family will know too. Just point them in the right direction and they can take care of the rest without it becoming a hassle.

 

Decorations

This is an oldie but a goody. Holiday decorations can be a pain to store. Boxes get worn out and take damage and eventually fall apart. They let in water, dust, bugs, and can leave your belongings smelling musty. Plastic containers are a great solution to this problem year after year. They don’t degrade or fall apart. They are engineered to have securely fastened lids to keep out damaging environmental factors. They come in an array of colors so you can coordinate according to the holiday, so you always know what box holds what. Get red and green  for Christmas, orange and black for Halloween, light blue and light purple for Easter. Never misplace your decorations again. Have a family heirloom ornament, or several? Get a smaller plastic container, fill it with shock absorbing material, secure the lid and place in the larger storage box. Easy, safe, secure. Yes, plastic storage containers may be a bit more to purchase than boxes, but because they are so durable they will virtually pay for themselves in the first two years.

 

If you’re still stuck on where to get started with organizing your home, seek out and speak with a Professional Organizer organizer. They will help you figure out where to prioritize your efforts in order to get the most out of your home. 

Often, professional organizers can help bring a sense of peace and positive energy flow to your home that can help improve the overall function, ambiance, tone, and sense of self. In short, messy house, messy mind. Clean house, clean mind. Happy organizing!

 

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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Mar 07

How To Know When You Need A Professional Organizer

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Signs That You Need to Hire a Professional Organizer?

If you have read, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and you are still unorganized, you NEED an organizer (by the way, there is no magic).

If you experience embarrassment over the condition of your home, you NEED an organizer.

If you break out in a cold sweat when you hear a knock at the door (as in “Oh my gosh, I can’t let anyone see the mess that I live in!”), you NEED an organizer.

If your housekeeper just cleans AROUND the piles of stuff, you NEED an organizer.

If you have tried to get organized on your own and have only created bigger messes, you NEED an organizer.

If you continually purchase organizing products and they don’t help, you NEED an organizer.

If you have unread organizing books on your shelves, or mixed in with the piles of paper, you NEED an organizer.

If you have difficulty deciding what to keep, what to toss, and what to donate, you NEED an organizer.

If you have clothes hanging in your closet that no longer fit, that are out of style, and that you never wear, you NEED an organizer.

If your clothes have taken over every closet in your home, you NEED an organizer.

If your shoes are in a heap throughout your home or on your closet floor, you NEED an organizer.

If your purses are in disarray and strewn all over your home and closet, you NEED an organizer.

If you find yourself making duplicate purchases because you do not know what you have, or if you know you have it but cannot find it, you NEED an organizer.

If your office looks like a bomb went off, you NEED an organizer.

If every drawer is a “junk drawer,” you NEED an organizer.

If you work constantly because you have no systems in place to manage your workflow, you NEED an organizer.

If you get late notices and reminders for unpaid bills, you NEED an organizer.

If you have stacks of unopened mail, you NEED an organizer.

If your car looks like a traveling dumpster, you NEED an organizer.

If you miss appointments or are consistently late and use the excuse “I forgot,” you NEED an organizer.

If you are so busy taking care of other people’s needs that you do not have any time for yourself, you NEED an organizer.

If you would pay $1 million dollars to clone yourself, you NEED an organizer.

If you have large quantities of expired food in your pantry, you NEED an organizer.

If you eat out because you do not have food in the house, or have not planned meals for the week, you NEED an organizer.

If your refrigerator smells of rotting food, you NEED an organizer.

If you pay tax penalties or late fees on bills, you NEED an organizer.

If you always request an extension on your tax filing simply because you have gotten your paperwork together for your accountant, you NEED an organizer.

If your hobbies and projects have taken over the entire dining room table or office, you NEED an organizer.

If you want your kids to clean up their rooms and yours is still a mess, you NEED an organizer.

If you want to teach your children to pick up after themselves and to better manage their time, and you are not modeling that behavior to them, you NEED an organizer.

If you need to wear a hard hat when opening closets and cupboards, you NEED an organizer.

If you or someone you know is transitioning to a smaller space and does not know where to begin with letting go, you NEED an organizer.

If you have trouble letting go of sentimental items, you NEED an organizer.

If you cannot park your car in the garage because it is filled with boxes and junk, you NEED an organizer.

If you think paper and mail is your enemy, you NEED an organizer.

If you are paying for off-site storage on a permanent basis, you NEED an organizer.

 

Besides all that, why should you contact a Professional Organizer?

✓  Saves you TIME and MONEY and enhances your PEACE of MIND.

✓  Reduce chaos in your home/office and relieve stress and anxiety.

✓  Failure to stay organized just means you haven’t found the right system and adopted new habits.

✓  Being disorganized can cause problems for you at home, at work, with family, and with friends.

✓  Clutter sucks the life out of you.

✓  Your kids will be forced to deal with all your piles of junk one day. Not fair!

✓  You want to live and work in a place of peace and calm.

Working with a Professional Organizer can help you purge through the mounds of paper and files, and the excess possessions and clutter in a timely fashion. Professional Organizers who are worth their weight will work WITH you to help you get a handle on the clutter, and you will be a part of all organizational solutions implemented. The relationship between an organizer and client should be one that empowers, not one that creates a co-dependent situation. Choose carefully.

Are you ready to regain a sense of control over your space? And your life? It is yours to have, and it is one simple phone call or mouse-click away.

Having more peace and calm in your life is achievable, but you must stop procrastinating and commit to improving your current condition now. 1-2-3, GO! (GO stands for Get Organized!)

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Mar 02

It’s Time to Start Your Spring Cleaning

 

 March newsletter: Spring Cleaning

 
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It is time to start thinking about Spring Cleaning! Here in Arizona, we have had above average temperatures for the past few weeks and it feels like spring is already here with the wildflowers in bloom, the trees sporting new buds, and the sweet smell of orange blossoms filling the air.

 
Click here to access my easy tips on spring cleaning and organizing your space.
 


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I have some super fun organizing classes scheduled for March.
See the complete list here.

And on March 18th at 9 AM, I will be on Sonoran Living Live on ABC15 (Phoenix) with Susan Casper and Terri Ouellette. Tune-in to hear more about Spring Cleaning!

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Looking for fun activities to do in Arizona in March?
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!
Give the gift of organization.
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Feb 15

Cooking Mistakes You May Be Making

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Cooking and Organization Tips

Cooking can be fun and being organized in the kitchen makes it that much easier! I was quoted in a blog post, “7 Common Cooking Mistakes You’re Probably Making,” written by Bethany Ramos that appeared on sheknows.com.  Read Bethany’s very informative article and comprehensive list that will help you improve your own kitchen skills. My contribution is all about organizing your kitchen, which is #6 on her list.

 

Read article here…

 

So what are your biggest challenges in the kitchen? Is it having the time to cook? Is it lack of organization? Is it interruptions? Is it not having the necessary ingredients on hand to make an entree, side dish, or dessert? Please post your comments below.

 

Being organized in your daily activity can make all kitchen challenges easier to manage. If you need organizational help in your kitchen/pantry, visit my Get Started page, or call today at (480) 382-1085.

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Feb 08

Kudos from a Satisfied Client

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noun ku·dos \ˈkü-ˌdäs, ˈkyü-, -ˌdōs\

 

Full Definition of kudos

1:  fame and renown resulting from an act or achievement :prestige

2:  praise given for achievement

 

My heart overflows with joy when my clients take a moment to share kudos about the results and feelings of peace they experience after working with me. In this completely unscripted, spur of the moment video, my client shares how she feels after working with me on several organizing projects in her home. I love my clients!

 

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If you would like to experience the freedom from clutter that Annette describes in this video, then visit my Get Started page now, or call me at (480) 382-1085. Are you ready to move from “Chaos to Calm” ™?

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Feb 01

10-Things You Can Accomplish This Year

 

 Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope your New Year is off to a fantastic start and that you are anticipating a great February, the month of love. This month’s newsletter includes a motivating list of 10-things you can accomplish this year brought to you courtesy of Smead Manufacturing Company. 
 
 
 

 10-Things You Can Accomplish This Year
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1. Create an Emergency Survival Kit

Make sure to include food and water for 3 days, first aid kit, portable radio, tools, candles, matches and flashlight with batteries.

2. Use Automatic Bill Pay

Save time on paying your bills as well as ensure they’re paid on time.

3. Scan Your Family Photos

If you’ve been putting this off, do it this year. For added security upload them to an online archive in case of damage to your home.

4. Take an Inventory / Review Insurance Plans 

If something happened to your home, would you remember all of your items? Take pictures of your home, valuables (including serial numbers) and upload to an online archive.

5. Deep Clean Your Desk/Office 

De-clutter, clean, and purge or archive old records. Create new file headings if needed.

6. Update Your Budget 

Income, priorities and the changes to your goals. Re-evaluate what’s important to you this year.

7. Start/Continue Planning for Retirement

It’s never too late or too early to start planning for retirement. If you are already contributing to a retirement plan, consider increasing your contribution.

8. Focus on Publications You Care About

Unsubscribe from newsletters, mailing lists, and magazines that you don’t care about. Focus on a select few that you do, and re-evaluate again next year.

9. Stop Shopping and Start Donating

Having less stuff around is a great way to bring order and simplicity. Clean out storage areas and donate or sell useful items you no longer use.

10. Limit Your TV Time

Only watch the programs you really care about and plan when you’ll watch them.
 

If you are in need of organizational help, or if you know someone who would benefit from being more organized, contact us or visit our website at www.ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com Overcoming clutter and overwhelm, and creating calm and organized spaces is what SOS is all about.

 


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Jan 27

Electronic Clutter

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Do You Have Electronic Clutter?

 
The only way to cope with electronic clutter is to only keep what is currently in use within arm’s reach. As a professional organizer, I often see boxes and drawers filled with outdated, obsolete electronics. Rather than boxing them up or stuffing them into a drawer or box, I recommend donating them, along with the accessories and cords to places where they can be re-purposed and beneficial to others. Donations must be made in a timely to be most beneficial.
 
Consider donating to safe houses, shelters, local charities. If you are tech savvy, wipe off the hard drive or get assurance from the donation site that this will occur before they redistribute it. 
 
 
If you have boxes of stuff in your home, office, or garage that you never use anymore, it is time to get rid of them. Free up space. Get intentional. Let go of stuff that no longer serves you. Give away things that can serve others well.  Call me right now at (480) 382-1085 if you are stuck in a rut and do not know where to begin with clearing your clutter.
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Jan 13

Get Organized classes

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2140 E. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ, 85282 ~ (480) 222-9620

The “Get Organized in 2016” series is open for registration!

Register now for my monthly EMPOWERMENT classes through SCNM’s Thrive public education program. Classes will be held at the beautiful Southwest College of Natural Medicine campus located just west of the the 101 freeway & Broadway Road in Tempe. Register now.

“Time Management” – Wed, January 20, 6 to 7:30 PM

Are you stressed out, overwhelmed, and just wish you could clone yourself? Would you love to have more hours in the day? Come learn some easy-to-implement time management techniques that could free up some time on your calendar, which can then be re-allocated to self-care, family, friends, and fun!

“Organize Your Home: Turning Chaos into Calm” – Wed, February 17, 6 to 7:30 PM

Come learn some simple organizing techniques intended to facilitate the creation of an organized, calm and supportive home. Create a life of calm; Transform your home into a peaceful place; Dealing with Delayed Decision Disorder (DDD).

Organize Your Office: Piles into Files” – Wed, March 16, 6 to 7:30 PM

Come learn organizing techniques that will help you turn those piles of files and paperwork into a meaningful and streamlined system. The SOS filing system; Organizational tips for you and for the office; Dealing with Delayed Decision Disorder (DDD).

Registration Methods

Online registration is accepted (by credit card) at www.scnm.edu/thrive. Users must establish an account before completing online registration.

Over-the-phone registration is available by calling 480.222.9620, Monday-Friday between 8 AM to 9 PM.

Walk-in registration assistance with full payment (by cash, check or credit card) can be processed at the SCNM Welcome Desk in the Community Commons Building, 2152 E. Broadway Road, Tempe.

To view entire workshop catalog, visit   http://www.scnm.edu/for-the-public/.

 

 

 

Jan 12

Simple Organized Solutions Wins Best of Houzz for Service in 2016!

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Press Release

Simple Organized Solutions has won their second consecutive “Best Of Service” award on houzz.com.  Only 3% of houzz Pros win, so this is quite a honor!  The houzz site is a WONDERFUL online place for anyone looking for ideas on building, remodeling, or decorating a space.

If you would like to see Before and After photos of some of my work, be sure to visit my houzz profile here. Feel free to write comments, too.

Who doesn’t love a rags to riches story. Read the story of houzz here.

 


 

Here is the email announcing that SOS won the award again this year!

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You won Best of Houzz 2016! We’re writing to let you know that you’ve been voted by the Houzz community as a winner of our Best of Houzz 2016 award!
 
The Houzz Team
 
 

 

If you would like your space to look organized and to function well for you, then work with the best. Visit our website here or give us a call at (480) 382-1085

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Jan 05

One Simple Thing

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Can You Commit to Doing One Simple Thing?

I am all about simple, and my associate and friend, Mallary Tytel, Ph.D, has written this amazing book entitled, “One Simple Thing: Simple Tools for Living Your Own Theory of Change.” I love this quote on the back cover, “Your power lies in your ability to influence the world and all it takes is doing One Simple Thing every day.” 

If you do indeed want to make a difference – in your life or someone else’s – why not start by doing just One Simple Thing each day?

What Dr. Tytel offers in this book makes this concept very easy for you, too! Chapter 8 provides a list of 100 things you could do to accomplish that One Simple Thing each day. The rest of the book is full of thought provoking reflection activities followed by tools designed to help you understand who you are, and what matters most to you, and how you want to contribute in the world.  Buy the book. Read the book. Gift the book. It is simply awesome!

 

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Are you ready to get organized so you can show up in a bigger way this year? If you feel stuck because you are surrounded by physical clutter and your mind is foggy because it is filled with mental clutter, give yourself the gift of organization. It will open pathways to a life of intentional living. You are worth it! You matter. Call Andrea Brundage, your Professional Organizer & Bringer of Calm today.

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SPECIAL NOTE: Ask about our New Year’s Special that is in effect for the month of January. You will definitely want to take advantage of our lowest price of the year!

Jan 01

7-Organizing Tips To Start the New Year

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Happy New Year!

7-Organizing Tips To Help You Get Organized

  1. Only keep the holiday decorations that you love. The others should be passed on, donated, or sold. Wrap and pack away the “keepers” in labeled bins for next year.

    2. If you still use a paper calendar, set aside 15 to 20 minutes to transfer all the important dates to the 2016 calendar. No excuses for missed birthdays or late tax payments! 

    3. Set up all your 2016 file folders now. The same applies for both paper folders and electronic folders.

    4. Schedule a date with your CPA or tax preparer. That will give you a clear deadline to get all of your accounting records in order.

    5. Set up autopay or bill pay for all recurring bills. This will save you lots of time every month.

    6. Review your estate/trust documents; update and record as needed.

    7. Vow to process incoming mail on a daily basis using the SOS paper handling system (if you need more information, please contact me). 

Wishing you a happy and organized 2016!

If you are ready to conquer your own clutter and create a place of peace and calm, call Andrea now at (480) 382-1085 or click below to request more information. We work with residential clients, senior communities, and corporate clients.  

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Dec 15

Happy Holidays from Simple Organized Solutions

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a happy and healthy New Year.
 

May you be surrounded by the people you love.
May your home be filled with joy and laughter.
May your heart be overflowing with gratitude.
May peace and calm be yours during this special time of year.

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Tired of the clutter and overwhelm? Call (480) 382-1085 now to scheduled a consultation.
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Dec 01

There is no magic in tidying up

Photo credit: Andrea Brundage

There is no magic to tidying up. There is only a commitment to do the work necessary to remove clutter and to create a calm, peaceful, and supportive environment for yourself and for your family.

 

Everywhere I go, people are talking about “The Life-Changing Method of Tidying Up.” One woman shared that she was a writer and while reading the book, she made the decision to destroy her life time of writings and journals. Another lady shared that asking herself the question, “Does this spark joy?” has helped her let go of things. She realized that the spark of joy came during the buying process, and so the item had in a sense already served its purpose. These stories are real life conversations about the impact this book has had on these two women.

While I endorse and appreciate some of Marie Kondo’s theories and suggestions, I know that for me, and for the majority of my clients, being so cut and dry does not work. A joy/misery, love/hate viewpoint is not necessary. The space between the two extremes works best. We all understand that gray is the space between black and white, and that like is the space between love and hate, and we are okay with that.

What I Know For Sure

  • Short bursts of manic clutter clearing does not create lasting order

  • When manic-induced clear out projects are NOT taken through completion – which is typical – they create even bigger messes

  • In order to maintain an organized life, you MUST create new habits around effective organizing systems and life flow

  • There are no magic fixes and one-size-fits-all in living an organized and intentional life

As with all relationships, finding the connection point is key. So, if you like the KonMari Method of organizing, that is great. If you prefer to gain understanding and a life-long skill that is yours to keep, then call me.

Connect with me when you are ready to:

1) Clear clutter in all areas of your life; 

2) Address the clutter cycle that plagues you;

3) Create sustainable shift;

4) Learn the SOS system of 4Ps

5) Build maintainable systems that match the way YOU think, live, and work in your space;

6) Work with an expert Professional Organizer who approaches organization from a “whole person” perspective

 
 

Visit my Get Started page or click on the image below. You deserve the best service so call SOS today.

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Sep 18

Get Organized Workshops

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2140 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, AZ, 85282

Register now for my 4-part “Get Organized” series of workshops to be held at the beautiful Southwest College of Natural Medicine campus located at the 101 & Broadway Road in Tempe. Classes are open to the public and “bring-a-friend” pricing is in effect. 

Call to register at 480.222.9620, Monday-Friday between 8 AM to 9 PM

“Stress Relief through Time Management” – September 21, Monday, 6 to 7:30 PM

“Creating Supportive Spaces” – September 28, Monday, 6 to 7:30 PM

“Finding Balance in An Unbalanced World” – October 21, Wednesday, 6 to 7:30 PM

“Intentional Peaceful Living” – November 2, Monday, 6 to 7:30 PM 

To view entire workshop catalog, visit   http://www.scnm.edu/for-the-public/ , click here to be redirected to my Events page. 

 
 
 
 

Aug 27

SOAR IV 2015 – Year in Review

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This women-only workshop is Part IV of a four-part series.  Each of the workshops in this year-long-series has been a stand-alone workshop, so prior attendance is NOT a pre-requisite!

When:    Saturday, October 17, 2015

Where:   Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale, Arizona

Time:      10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

To register go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/soar-fall-2015-tickets-17815825614

In this day-long workshop, you will:

  • Be guided through a 2015 life review

  • Identify what worked, what you learned and what shifted this year

  • Identify how you can “finish strong” in 2015

  • Gain clarity for your 2015 dreams and intentions

  • Gain Empowerment, Accountability and Support from other like-hearted women

  • Have fun!

  • Meet new people and make new friends

  • SOAR (like and Eagle, baby!)

Facilitators:

Andrea Brundage, MBA, Professional Organizer, Simple Organized Solutions

Karen Irene, Professional Development Coach, Scottsdale Success Coaching

Investment (includes lunch):

4 or more registering together, $50 each

2-3 registering together, $65 each

Single registration, $75 each

 

 

Aug 20

Sonoran Living LIVE

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Do you want to learn my system for processing mail and keeping your paper piles under control? Tune in to Sonoran Living Live tomorrow (see details below).

Where:     Sonoran Living Live on ABC 15 (Phoenix)
What:       Piles into Files television segment
When:      August 20, 2015
Time:       9 AM to 10 AM

These segments are edited down to only a few minutes so if you want more detailed information or help with your own paper piles, give me a jingle or go to my website at http://www.ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com/get-started after the show. I am offering a limited time discount so be sure to tune in for the promo code.

 

 

Aug 07

Top 10 Back-to-School Tips

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Designate one spot in your home for book bags, backpacks, jackets, etc. 
  2. Starting homework after a quick snack and before dinner is a good habit to establish.
  3. Have your children sort through their papers with you each afternoon, or at least once per week.
  4. If a school event is scheduled, enter it on your family calendar immediately.
  5. A landing zone near the door makes it easy for kids to kick off their shoes, and be able to find them in the morning.
  6. If your child takes a lunch, get it ready the night before. If your child goes to the cafeteria, pay for lunches in advance. 
  7. Create a clutter-free homework zone for your child.
  8. Having a healthy breakfast each morning is key for starting out the day on a good note.
  9. Establish bedtime routines. Sleepy kids are cranky kids.
  10. The more calm and established the morning routine in your home, the more calm and productive the rest of your child’s day…and your day, too!

If you are tired of the chaos and want more peace and calm, then stop what you are doing right now, and take 2 minutes to complete my Get Started form. Are you ready to replace chaos with calm?

Click here to read the complete August 2015 Newsletter

 

 

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Jul 16

Last call for the SOAR event

 

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The next SOAR series event is scheduled for July 18, 2015

Register today at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/soar-tickets-16830417231

 

  • Are you emotionally attached to “stuff”
  • Is your physical space a reflection of your internal being – messy and chaotic?
  • Do you feel like the weight of the world rests on your shoulders?
  • Are you ready to take charge of your life and of your outcomes?
  • Isn’t it time that YOU take care of YOU?

 

SOAR is a carefully designed women-only empowerment workshop series that will help you live your best life starting with where you are right now. Register here http://www.eventbrite.com/e/soar-tickets-16830417231

 

What you receive:

  • A refreshing half-day to breathe, reflect, and focus on YOU and on what YOU want
  • Exercises to help you identify and let go of that which no longer serves you
  • Access to an Organizational & Productivity Coach and a Life & Leadership Coach
  • No magic potions, just real tools to help you move toward the life you want and deserve
  • An opportunity to participate with an exclusive community of like-minded women

Register here http://www.eventbrite.com/e/soar-tickets-16830417231

 

When:            Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 10 AM to 3 PM

Where:          Troon North, Scottsdale, Arizona 85262

Facilitators:  Andrea Brundage, MBA, Professional Organizer & founder of Simple Organized Solutions, www.ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com and Karen Irene, Life & Leadership Coach, founder of Scottsdale Success Coaching, www.karenirene.com

Tickets:           4 or more registering together, $50 each

                          2-3 registering together, $65 each

                         Single price, $75 each

Register:        http://www.eventbrite.com/e/soar-tickets-16830417231

 

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Jul 14

College Dorm Organization

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How to Organize & Maximize Space in a College Dorm

College dorm rooms and student housing often provide small living quarters so it is important to organize and maximize the space to accommodate the students’ possessions while supporting this new phase of life. With the new semester just around the corner, now is time to start planning ahead and gathering the supplies to make the transition easier. 

 

Bedding

You may have to purchase new bedding to fit the student’s bed. Unless making the bed is an already established habit, consider NOT buying a bunch of decorative throw pillows. These pillows end up on the floor and create clutter. Keep it simple.

 

Clothes

Do not take more clothes and shoes than needed. Closet space is limited and cramming in a bunch of clothes that will never be worn is not going to help. To maximize space, use only thin hangers (I prefer velvet-lined so clothes do not slip off). Use clear crates or bins (see below) to hold shoes and purses. Place folded clothes and underclothes in drawers. Purge closets and drawers often.

 

Supplies

Planning a supply run to Costco or Staples is a smart move. University bookstores generally charge a premium for supplies purchased there so figure out what supplies are needed and purchase them before starting school. Consider ordering online and take advantage of free shipping and student discounts, and have the items shipped directly to the new place.

 

Storage

Plastic stacking crates and bins are GREAT! They come in many colors and are very functional. A crate turned on its side creates a cubbie set-up, which can hold snacks and non-perishable food items, books, etc. Turned upright with the opening on top, these crates and bins can house out of season clothing, supplies, file folders, etc. Add a piece of wood or a sturdy tray to the top crate and voila, you now have a small table for a lamp, laptop, printer, or wireless speaker. IKEA , Target, and Wal-Mart are great places for inexpensive dorm furniture and supplies.

Study Space

Everyone has different needs regarding study space. If the student studies or does homework in their dorm room, create a space that is can be free of clutter and will provide ample “elbow” room. There are lots of organizing products in all price ranges that are intended to create a more organized and orderly space.  Here is a fun favorite from Pottery Barn.

 

 

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Finances

By this age, hopefully every student has an established bank account. Not only is this an important part of maturing, it teaches responsibility, budgeting, and begins building a credit score. Credit unions and banks offer great incentives for students to establish savings, checking, and even credit cards (insist on low limits). Use this as a teaching moment, and go through the process of reconciliation a bank statement reminding them that this should be a monthly activity.

 

To receive a copy of the SOS College Checklist, go to the Get Started tab and complete the inquiry form.

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Jul 06

Independence Day

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Every July, we in the United States celebrate Independence Day. It is a wonderful holiday filled with family, fun, and fireworks. As a Professional Organizer and Bringer of Calm, I would like you to also celebrate your own independence day – and that is independence from clutter!

If you struggle with overwhelm and too much stuff, summer is the perfect time to tackle clutter removal projects. Here are some tips to get you started. Please post some Before & After pictures of your problem area and the results you experience. Being free of clutter will give you room to breathe. And how important is that?!

Start small

As the old saying goes, start in a corner and work your way out. 

Allocate a block of time that will allow to start AND finish a project (If you only have a 1/2 hour to allocate, work in the junk drawer, or trunk of your car.

The KEY questions

Do I LOVE it?

Do I USE/WEAR it?

Does it serve me well?

Could it serve someone else better?

80 / 20 Rule

We only use/wear 20% of our stuff. If you do not believe this to be true, test it with your clothes in the closet. Turn all hangers around so that they face forward. As you wear an item of clothing, flip the hanger around so it is facing the back of the closet. At the end of three or six months, you will have a clear picture of which clothes you actually wear. With that knowledge, ask yourself the KEY questions (above) again, and let go of the excess.

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Think like a merchandiser and use like-with-like organization. In your closet put sleeveless with sleeveless and short sleeves with short sleeves. In your kitchen storage area, put baking goods with baking goods, spices with spices

Remember, your time is allocated based on your priorities

If it is truly important to you, you will get it done. If you continually say you have no time to get organized, track where you are spending your time and you will clearly see where your priorities lie.

Ask for help

Whether it is a friend, family member, or a professional like me, seek the help you deserve. There is no need for additional stress and frustration to an already overwhelming situation. As they say, two hands are better than one so stop procrastinating. Get the help you need, get the calm you crave, and start enjoying intentional living.

 

If you have tried to get organized before but keep backsliding, contact Andrea today. With many satisfied clients, you will benefit from her tried and true method of organizing. For more information or to make an appointment click on the Get Started tab. For clients who do not live in the metro-Phoenix area, travel and virtual coaching are available.

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Jun 18

The Clothes Conversation

What Do Your Closets Say to You?
Our closets and our clothes talk to us. What do yours say to you? 

 

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Ahhh, I am just coming off this feeling of AWESOMENESS after a wonderful ladies-only workshop last weekend. Frazzled 2 Fabulous: Organize Your Closet and Choose Your Clothes with Confidence was held at the beautiful Val Vista Lakes. This event was born out of a conversation over coffee with Deborah Sikes, a wardrobe consultant and a friend. We decided that creating a workshop together would be fun, helpful, and a complementary mix of our passions and our skill sets.

In today’s world of mass accumulation of THINGS, the need to purge and pare down to only the things we LOVE is evident and obvious. Garages are bursting at the seams with boxes upon boxes of stuff that is no longer allowed in the house, while our cars (typically our second largest investment) are relegated outside to endure the elements. Outbuildings, sheds, and off-site storage units are full of “treasures” that will never see the light of day in our homes again. In fact, off-site storage is a multi-billion dollar industry, and there are reality shows about the unfortunate folks who lose their possessions (read: forgotten “treasures”) to the highest bidder! The statistics on the storage industry are staggering.1 But, I digress…back to closets and clothes.

I am frequently hired to help people organize their closets. These closets are usually so chock full of clothes and shoes that they could easily be labeled “Danger Zone, Hard Hat Required.” This is reality, not a statement of judgment. And it causes pain for people. These are a few sentiment my overwhelmed-with-stuff clients share: They feel stressed and overwhelmed. They feel suffocated. They feel embarrassed. They feel guilty (often for the money spent). They feel dishonest (often hiding their shopping habits from partners). And are you ready for this? They feel heaviness in their chest. Yes, as in breathless (and not in a good way)! Clothes and closets generate a lot of feelings. And those feelings generate a lot of inner conversations and many are less than pleasant.

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How about that expensive dress or that pair of designer jeans that is 10-lbs. too small? What “conversation” do those too-small clothes have with you? How does that feel?  

How about that funky blouse that the helpful salesperson skillfully suggested you buy, and so you did? You know the one, right? Yes, that one right there. The one with the tag still on it. The one that was out of your budget, and not really your style anyway. The one you took home and then quickly realized that not only did you pay too much for it, but you really do not like it, at all. And oh darn, it does not go with anything that you already own!

And the conversation continues, but now we have some choices to make: 1) Return it to Nordstrom (which is often viewed as an inconvenience for busy people), 2) Set out to find something to wear it with (throwing good money after bad?), and 3) Let it hang in your closet with the tags still on until it is out of style (pretty normal) or donated at some point in the far off future.

The reality is this: You do not LOVE it now, and you most likely never will! So…cue it up….♫Let it go, let it go♫, however that works out best for you.

So I ask, are you are ready to tackle your own cluttered closet and pare it down to only the items you LOVE? Do you want to be able to breathe when you walk into your closet?

Below I share my 4-Key Questions which is the basis for The SOS Triple-A Effect (TM) – Ask, Answer, take Action.

Ask, answer, and then take the appropriate *actions based on your responses:

1) Do I LOVE it?

2) Do I USE / WEAR it?

3) Does it serve me well?

4) Can it serve someone else better?

 

* Some helpful actions might include Giveaway, Donate, Consign, Sell

Consider Consigning

Consigning clothes is a wonderful way to edit out, and add to your wardrobe without spending a lot of money. Not only is it cost effective to consign, but you can keep changing your wardrobe while building store credit or even getting paid for the clothes that no longer serve you. Depending on the store, you may not even have to bother with your consigned clothes ever again as many will donate your unsold consigned clothes to good causes! How wonderful is that?! Just remember, the goal is to keep only the clothes you LOVE, and please remember, do not bring into more clothes than your newly organized closet can handle.

If you are interested in consigning clothes, here are a few places in the Phoenix area to consider. (Note: This list is not an endorsement of any of the stores, nor do I get commission for referring clients to them.)

Each of these consignment stores has its own policies. Please research and understand their guidelines on consigning, donations, time frames, percentages, and the handling of store credits.

http://www.highsocietyresale.com/

http://www.turnstyleconsign.com/

http://www.mysisterscloset.com/

http://www.buffaloexchange.com/

http://www.celebrityencore.com/

Children’s consignment stores

http://www.boomerangbabyaz.com/ 

http://hyhscottsdale.com/hissy-fits-resale-shop/

 

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If you are frazzled every time you walk into your closet. If your closet should be labeled “Danger Zone.” If you need a compassionate professional to guide you through the Key Questions and the Process of Elimination, then call me right now at (480) 382-1085.

 

Jun 12

Vacation

GUEST BLOG
vacation_Simple Organized Solutions guest blogHere is a wonderful guest blog by my friend and associate, Mallary Tytel, Ph.D, founder of Simple Rules Foundation and Healthy Workplaces. This article is about pre-planning for vacation and summer travel, and you know how much I believe in pre-planning! Click the title below to read the article in its entirety.

Ready, Set, Vacation!

 

You will also want to check out Mallary’s latest book, “One Simple Thing: Simple Tools for Living Your Own Theory of Change.” Read more on Amazon.com.

 

If you would like to be a featured guest blogger on my site, contact me at info@ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com.

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Jun 01

Productivity Leaks

Productivity Seeps Away One Distraction at a Time

This graphic shows where you and your employees may be losing productivity and how you can plug the leaks.

 

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Do you need to tighten up productivity at your office? Let SOS help you by providing customized employee training to you and your staff. Call (480) 382-1085 now.

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May 20

Frazzled 2 Fabulous!

It’s time to transition from Frazzled 2 Fabulous! Join us for this really fun, interactive event that will teach you how to organize your closet and then confidently choose clothes from your closet that will look great and will make you feel wonderful. You may even find a new outfit or some spiffy accessories that you can purchase and take home that day!

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It’s time to move away from Frazzled and into Fabulous! Join us for this really fun and interactive event!

May 15

Podcast with Kristin Slice

Podcast on Tales of Business with Kristin Slice

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Here is Kristin’s post about the podcast we did together. 

When Andrea told me she was a professional organizer, I immediately thought of my closet. She talked about her business with such passion and conviction…I thought there had to be something more. There is. Andrea helps businesses create processes and systems to be more strategic about what they let into their space.She trains people on how to recognize the connection between the mental chaos that we have and its physical manifestations in both our business and our lives (and vice versa).

 

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Andrea talks about why she got her MBA, how it helped her start her business, and her mission to create simple processes to assist business owners. We discuss the issues that have been on my mind this week. Including how confidence affects women business owners and the entrepreneurial wage gap.

– See more at: http://empowered-lab.com/how-organization-affects-your-bottomline/#sthash.QlEqZcyX.dpuf

If you like organization and systems, you will love my latest ‪#‎podcast‬ with Andrea Hanvey Brundage. She discusses why ‪#‎smallbusiness‬ owners have to get serious about what they let in there space and their business.

She also discusses the impact of starting her business in a small town and getting her MBA. ‪#‎WOSB‬ ‪#‎phx‬ ‪#‎womenbiz‬ ‪#‎entrepreneurs‬ ‪#‎mba‬

 

To schedule your organizing session, contact Andrea at www.ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com/get-started or by calling (480) 382-1085.

May 11

SOAR Event

 

The next SOAR series event is scheduled for July 18, 2015

Register today for the next SOAR event:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/soar-tickets-16830417231

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  • Are you emotionally attached to “stuff”
  • Is your physical space a reflection of your internal being – messy and chaotic?
  • Do you feel like the weight of the world rests on your shoulders?
  • Are you ready to take charge of your life and of your outcomes?
  • Isn’t it time that YOU take care of YOU?

SOAR is a carefully designed women-only empowerment workshop series that will help you live your best life starting with where you are right now. Register here http://www.eventbrite.com/e/soar-tickets-16830417231

 

What you receive:

  • A refreshing half-day to breathe, reflect, and focus on YOU and on what YOU want
  • Exercises to help you identify and let go of that which no longer serves you
  • Access to an Organizational & Productivity Coach and a Life & Leadership Coach
  • No magic potions, just real tools to help you move toward the life you want and deserve
  • An opportunity to participate with an exclusive community of like-minded women

Register here http://www.eventbrite.com/e/soar-tickets-16830417231

 

When:            Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 10 AM to 3 PM

Where:          Troon North, Scottsdale, Arizona 85262

Facilitators:  Andrea Brundage, MBA, Professional Organizer & founder of Simple Organized  Solutions. www.ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com and Karen Irene, Life & Leadership Coach, founder of Scottsdale Success Coaching, www.karenirene.com

Investment:    4 or more registering together, $50 each

                          2-3 registering together, $65 each

                         Single price, $75 each

Register:        http://www.eventbrite.com/e/soar-tickets-16830417231

 

 

 

 

May 02

Autopilot Organizing

I recently responded to a request from a Good Housekeeping magazine journalist, who through HARO (Help A Reporter Out) had requested tips on how to be on autopilot with organizing. See my response below.

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Autopilot can only be accomplished when these things are present:
  1. Consistency and the 3Ps: Purge, Pick-up, Put away. Being organized is not an event; it is a way of living.

  2. Do not have more than you need and use. I see game rooms overflowing with kids’ toys and books, living rooms containing massive collections of DVDs, and closets stuffed to overflowing with shoes, purses, jewelry, makeup, baseball caps, jackets, and garages filled to the brim with boxes and tools. If putting things back where they go is not easy – or if there is not enough room to put them away – they become excess. Excess stuff simply becomes clutter.

  3. Stop buying because “it was on sale.” If you do not need it, do not buy it – and certainly do not buy three of them because they were cheap!

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10-tips to help you get organized:
  1. Install a key holder near the door in which you enter your home. Place your keys there every time you come home. Consistency creates habits.

  2. Hang hooks or install a hall-tree/bench near the door. Kids’ backpacks, coats, purses, shoes can be placed there upon entry into the home. The area will have to be purged from time-to-time; that is what I call “organizing maintenance.”

  3. Dresser drawers need to be purged of old, outgrown clothes regularly. This is the number one reason I find that most people do not put clothes away without a lot of dread, and it is the same reason people dread filing…there is no room!  Make room!

  4. Never bring junk mail into the house. Place a recycle bin or garbage can outside the door, if feasible, and drop the “trash” in there. I remind my clients by saying, “We do not bring trash into the house; we take trash out.”

  5. Paper is a huge problem with most of my clients. There are no magic potions here but here are some tips: 

    • Remove outer envelope and flyer inserts; toss or recycle

    • Open up paper to full size

    • Place in colorful folders labeled “To Do,” “To File,” “To Read,” “To Others” file folder that can be conveniently placed in a vertical sorter and accessed easily.

  6. Before going to bed, tidy up family areas. Even young children can help by taking toys back to their rooms, picking up games, books, etc. 

  7. Clean up any dirty dishes in the sink.

  8. Review your calendar for the next day so your brain subconsciously knows what you have scheduled for tomorrow. This will help you rest better.

  9. Be protective of flat surfaces. This is where clutter accumulates the quickest and then spreads, like a nasty virus. Using the folders I suggested helps with paper, placing decorative items can helps, too, but the most important factor is cleared space is regular maintenance.

  10. Understand that organization is a teachable skill, get help. Insist that you are involved in the “process of elimination.” Having organizing done for you without your involvement and input is a short-term fix and the clutter will return. Work with a Professional Organizer who will help you create systems that flow with the way you function in your home and in your family. There is no one-size-fits-all-magic-fix solution.

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If you are ready to get yourself organized once and for all. If you are ready to go through the “process of elimination, and if you are ready to work with a Professional Organizer who will actually TEACH you organizational skills, then you need to click on the image below right now. 

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Apr 29

Magazines & Clutter

Magazines Contribute To Clutter

Do you have magazine clutter? Are partially read or unread magazines scattered around your home or mixed in with that looming paper pile on your counter top? If so, read on.

While many people these days are reading online, there are still those who love getting magazines and catalogs in the mail. If you are one of those people, it is important that you designate a bin or basket to hold them. Having stacks of unread magazines and catalogs on the coffee table, kitchen countertops, your desk, or beside your bed is unsightly and becomes clutter if not processed in a timely manner.

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3-Tips for Managing Printed Materials:

1. Allocate a decorative basket or medium-sized bin for printed materials. This is the only place that magazines should be stored for future reading.

2. When a catalog or magazine comes in, grab a sticky note and write a “Read By” date on it Place that note on the front cover. This date should be no more than three months out. Place  magazine or catalog in the basket or bin.

3. At least one time per month, go through the bin and purge out those that you have not read and never intend to read. If there are some materials that you still want to read, cross through the “Read By” date (see #2), write the new “Read By” date, which can be no more than three months out. If six months passes and you still have not read the article, either stop what you are doing and read it. Be realistic, if you are not willing to read it immediately after holding on to it for six months, it is unlikely that you will ever get around to it. Donate, recycle, or toss. You may also consider tearing out the pages of the articles that you intend to read and then transfer the dated sticky note to that 1st page of that article.

 

Andrea Brundage, Simple Organized Solutions

If you need help setting up organizational systems that support you, your family, or your business, contact Andrea Brundage, Professional Organizer & Bringer of Calm. Visit www.ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com for a free gift. Simple Organized Solutions offers virtual and group coaching as well as in-person hands-on organizing. For more information, call (480) 382-1085

Apr 23

Love Your Space

Do you love your space?

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“Surround yourself by things that you love.” If you spend any time with me, you will hear me say this simple direction over and over. This concept of loving the space you are in applies to your home and also to your work space. Do you love your space?

The photo above was taken in my home office. Yes, it is true; I burn candles and create an environment of calm and gentle support even as I work. You, too, can create a space that supports you, regardless of your work space configuration.

 

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Here are 7 tips to help you create a work space that you love:

  • Bring in a few (please notice, I said a FEW) small items, tokens, or decorations that you love and place them in your office.
  • Smells are powerful in creating mood. Bring in a small candle, wax burner, or an oil diffuser (if allowed). 
  • Add color. Bring in a few photographs of places you love, artwork that you enjoy, colorful file folders, a small floral arrangement or plant, coffee mugs. All of these things add color and bring up the vibration of the space.
  • Place books that inspire you or support the work you do in a bookshelf or on a credenza.
  • Have the desk accessories that you use on a daily basis within arm’s reach. They do not necessarily need to be on top on the desk, but perhaps stowed away in a drawer or a nearby cabinet.
  • Do not overcrowd your workspace. You must have enough “elbow room” to effectively spread out and do your job. This is a huge problem for many of my work-at-home clients, which is why they often relegate themselves to the dining room table or couch (not recommended).
  • Keep desktop icons to a minimum (they can be placed in a folder on your desktop and still be available for easy access). That visual busyness can make you tense. Instead, consider creating a rotating slideshow of inspirational quotes, family pictures, or favorite vacation spots.

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Do you love your space or is your office a disaster? If you want to love your space, and you want to reclaim your space for its intended purpose, contact Andrea now by clicking the image below. SOS to the rescue! We will turn your chaos into calm (TM).

Love your space_Andrea Brundage, Simple Organized Solutions

 

Apr 22

Staples Article

Quoted by Staples

I was recently quoted in a Staples newsletter that talks about keeping work spaces organized. The article was written by Margot Carmichael Lester, Staples® Contributing Writer. Read full article below.

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http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/tech-services/explore-tips-and-advice/tech-articles/clean-it-up-how-to-develop-a-plan-for-keeping-your-workspace-neat.html

 

Isn’t it time you purged the piles of paper and cleared the clutter off your desk? Too much clutter drains the energy from you and from the room. Who couldn’t use more energy to operate their business empire? Contact SOS today!

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Apr 11

Book Drive

Book Drive Notice

Many of my clients struggle with letting go of their books. I have found it most helpful to offer donation options that speak to their hearts, and here is a wonderful opportunity to give books this weekend in Gilbert, Arizona. The Oaks is a newly constructed retirement community and the facility is seeking donations to fill their empty reading room and the bookcases that are scattered throughout this amazing community. How is that for a win-win?

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Apr 09

The Process of Elimination

Helping People with the Process of Elimination

I do a lot of speaking gigs and I always leave the event knowing that there is an unmet need and that I have been given a gift and a purpose that provides relief from the pain. As a professional organizer, I help people clear clutter, get intentional, and regain control over their STUFF. In short, I help people through the process of elimination. I ask my clients three simple questions to help them decide what stays and what goes:

1) Do you love it?

 2) Do you use it?

3) Does it serve you well?

Once those questions have been answered, making a decision to keep, toss, recycle, or donate becomes much easier.

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What I often hear in the voices of my audience members, or see in their eyes, is that many people are consumed by their stuff. The stuff in their spaces; the stuff in their lives; and the stuff on their calendars. And all this stuff is sucking the life out of them.

I also see embarrassment around clutter and overwhelm. Additionally, people often have strong emotional ties to stuff. To complicate matters even further, there are feelings of guilt and shame associated with the money spent accumulating the stuff. In short, their stuff owns them, instead of the other way around. 

Stuff comes in all shapes and sizes. It could be clothes, shoes, purses, baseball caps, tools, paperwork, schoolwork, medical records, family memorabilia, collections, decorations, and “great deals.” It could also be volunteering activities, church commitments, charity boards, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc. It could be jobs or people that suck the life out of us. The list of “things” that clutter our lives goes on and on. The goal is not to necessarily eliminate all of those things, but to become very intentional about what we allow in our space, what we allow in our lives, and on our calendars, and with whom we share our precious time. By getting intentional, the process of elimination becomes almost effortless.

I often get asked, “How do I even start to deal with my problem of ‘too much stuff’?”

And my answer is always this, “Start small.” I do not care how small, perhaps a drawer, or the car, or the trunk of the car, but you must start and you must finish one project. Starting and not finishing an organizing project is a recipe for disaster. When we do this, we give ourselves license to beat up and bad talk ourselves, which compounds feelings of overwhelm, stress, and failure.  I warn my clients that things look worse before they look better, so it is vitally important to stay committed to the process of going from A to Z. There are no magic fixes here, and adequate time must be allocated for every organizing task, regardless of the size of the project.

The process of elimination in the simple sense, provides a much needed momentum shift. Clearing clutter also provides an immediate visual impact that reinforces that we are on the right track, the road to less clutter. I liken clearing clutter to going on a diet and losing 100 pounds on the first day. You WILL feel lighter! You will feel emPOWERed! You WILL overcome the overwhelm! Just start and finish one project, and then with clear intentions, move on to the next.

If you are struggling with too much stuff and your home, your office, or your calendar is filled with people and things that suck the life out of you, then it is time to stop the clutter cycle and regain control. Put away the shame, put away the guilt, remove the facade, quiet the ego, and for goodness’ sake get some help! 

Breathing is a good thing, and clearing space will give you the room you need to take in a full, deep, cleansing breath. 

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Andrea Brundage is a Professional Organizer and a Bringer of Calm. When you want compassionate guidance and gentle care, and when you are ready to fully breath again, contact her. The question is this: Are you ready to turn your “Chaos into Calm” ? Request an appointment at http://www.ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com/get-started

 

 

Apr 06

Organize Your Closet

Organize Your Closet for Spring & Summer

I was recently contacted by Sonoran Living LIVE, ABC15, in Phoenix, Arizona to do a segment on how to organize your closet for spring and summer. It was so fun to be on the set with Susan Casper and Terri Ouellette and to be part of the show for the day.

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Click on the photo to watch the video

 

Here are some fun photos from the studio.

 

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Terri Ouellette and Andrea

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Susan Casper and Andrea

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Mar 15

Apps Can Increase Productivity

Apps Can Increase Productivity

If you are like me, you may be overwhelmed and confused by the sheer number of choices in apps that claim to increase productivity. And like me, maybe you may subscribe to the theory that says, “A confused mind makes no decisions.” In my case, that is true. Thankfully, there are people out there, like Erica Murphy, who research and write about these things for a living.

Here is Erica’s article that nicely summarizes a few productivity apps that may give you just the boost in productivity that you crave.

 

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If you want to enjoy more productive hours in the day, you need to GET ORGANIZED. If you want help getting organized, Simple Organized Solutions is exactly the help you need. Contact SOS now, and let us turn your “chaos into calm.” 

 

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