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

Photo Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Photo Courtesy of Pottery Barn

 

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

Gain Your Independence From Clutter!4th of July

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.

 

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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).

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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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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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Mar 08

Tips for Making Time for Important Things

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March 8, 2015 is International Women’s Day. Do you take time to stay in touch with your women friends? If you are not – and it bothers you – then read on. As women, we call ourselves nurturers. Make sure you nurture your friendships, too.

As a professional organizer and productivity consultant, I am often asked how to find extra time in the day. The fact is we all have only 24 hours in a day; it is how we function in those hours that counts. For the chronically disorganized, this may seem like an impossible feat, but by taking small and deliberate steps, you can become more organized, thus saving time. From combining errands to learning to delegate, you can free up valuable time for the things that are most important to you. All it takes is a mindfulness of where you are spending your time. Keeping a time journal will be very helpful in highlighting areas of wasted time. Being mindful of time traps such as interruptions from emails, texts, phone calls is another way to regain some control.

Through small changes in our daily routines, we can simplify our lives and create some free time to take care of ourselves and to nurture our friendships.

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Hang a key holder near the door, and then hang your keys up each time you return home.
  2. Open your mail near the garbage can, and immediately toss out unwanted, non-confidential junk mail.
  3. Create a “Shred” basket for confidential mail, and then shred it each week. Enlist your children to help – they’ll love it!
  4. Commit to reorganizing one area at a time, and then do it.
  5. When shopping, be mindful of need versus want.
  6. Hang a magnetic-backed tablet on your refrigerator. When you are low on a grocery item, write it on the tablet.  This will become your grocery list (and don’t leave home without it).
  7. Be gentle with yourself, and recognize that being organized is a learned behavior.

 

If you struggle with too few hours in the day, then it is time to get organized. Contact Andrea Brundage at Simple Organized Solutions now.  Complete the Get Started form and get the upper hand on lost time. Today is the day to stop procrastinating and putting off what is most important to you.

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Feb 23

Ask The Experts

Ask The Experts 

I was invited to participate on the “Ask the Experts” forum for eWomen Network, Phoenix. I was chosen as the expert Professional Organizer and I was thrilled to share the “stage” with my friend, the highly-regarded Angie Mozilo, Rediscovery, Accountability & Transition Coach and founder of Woman Up! and AZ Mom of Many Hats.

 

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If you are looking for an expert Professional Organizer & Productivity Consultant for your panel discussion, request a Media Kit or submit your request at www.ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com/events.

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Feb 23

Spring Cleaning, Start Now

Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning

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Spring cleaning is overwhelming for many people. Rather than waiting, why not start now? If you do a little bit each day, before you know it, spring will be here and you will be finished with your “Things-To-Do” list!

Start here

Early in the year, I recommend clearing out last year’s files and setting up the current year’s files. In the US, tax day is April 15, and it arrives before we know it. Being prepared well in advance removes stress from last minute scrambling, and it takes the burden off our shoulders.

Physical space

From a physical standpoint, the best place to start is in an area that will provide the most visual impact of progress. Perhaps start in the entry way of your home, or the living room, or the kitchen. I suggest that clients focus on one area at a time rather than deciding to organize and clean the whole house in a day. Breaking projects into smaller, clearly defined tasks is beneficial when tackling any large project. 

 What are typical spring cleaning chores?

This varies person to person and house to house. The goal here is progress, not perfection. With that said, a typical spring cleaning might include: vacuuming under furniture and bed, cleaning out behind the appliances, window washing, clearing out the pantry and refrigerator of expired or unwanted food items, dusting blinds and ceiling fans, vacuuming or dry cleaning draperies, running a vinegar bath through dishwasher and coffee maker, changing out air filters, replacing batteries in smoke alarms.

 What should I have on hand?

Cleaning Supplies – At a minimum, have white cotton cloths and some type of cleaning solution on hand. There are a host of “green” products on the market such as Norwex or Melaleuca that you can research to determine if they will work for you. If chemicals are of concern, consider using vinegar and baking soda; these old-fashioned ingredients have so many cleaning uses. Have plenty of trash bags and a recycle bin handy.

Vacuum – Did you know that vacuums can be a major source of dust? Make sure your vacuum is in good working order and is sealed up properly.

Replacement items – New air filters, new batteries, belt for vacuum

Create momentum

A few completed projects can create huge momentum. Allocate enough time to start and finish at least one task per day.

How can I make spring cleaning easier?

Adopt a daily/weekly routine. This will be extremely helpful for KEEPING your home tidy so you do not have to tidy up things before you can clean. Here are a few examples of routines that you may find helpful:

SUNDAY: Vacuum, change linens. Wash, dry, fold, and put away sheets and towels

MONDAY: File and process piles of paper from the previous week. Turn the “piles into files.”

SATURDAY: Meal planning, grocery shopping. Wash and gas up the car for the next week.

EVERYDAY or AS NEEDED: Run the dishwasher. Wash, fold, and put away laundry (so it doesn’t get ahead of you). Tidy up every night. Prepare for tomorrow tonight.

Make spring cleaning fun

It is important to make your spring cleaning and organizing fun.  Rather than thinking of spring cleaning as a chore, try to re-frame it as a “feel-good” exercise—one that will help you feel good about yourself and your environment. Some suggestions to make spring cleaning more fun:

 

    1. Crank up the music. Before you know it, you will be singing along and not thinking about the chore you are doing
    2. Set simple targets for yourself and after you complete them, reward yourself. The internal dialogue might sound something like, “When I finish organizing this drawer, I will take a 10-minute break.” Then go outside and sit on the patio to relax for a few minutes
    3. Get the family involved. Give everyone a task, and then engage in something fun afterwards. Kids love activities like running through sprinklers and riding bikes, so do it as a family. If finances allow, consider going to a family movie or out for ice cream.

 


If spring cleaning is overwhelming to you, then call Simple Organized Solutions today! We will help you turn your “chaos into calm.”

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Feb 18

Clutter Clearing

Articles and books are cropping up all over about letting go, clutter clearing, and releasing that which no longer serves. Are you ready to jump on the band wagon and get rid of some of the stuff that is perhaps weighing you down?

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Pamela Druckerman recently wrote an Op Ed for the New York Times entitled, The Clutter Cure’s Illusory Joy.  I would love to hear your comments on her closing thought, “It’s consoling to think that, beneath all these distractions, we’ll discover our shining, authentic selves, or even achieve a state of “mindfulness.” But I doubt it. I’m starting to suspect that the joy of ditching all of our stuff is just as illusory as the joy of acquiring it all was. Less may be more, but it’s still not enough.”  Do you agree?

 


Do you have too much stuff and need to clear some space so you can clear your head? Simple Organized Solutions offers a more holistic approach to professional organizing, “It’s more about intentional living rather than perfectly folded linens.” Clearing clutter will certainly not correct everything that ails you, but it certainly can provide some space for clearer thinking and much needed breathing room.

 

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Feb 15

Color Connection

The Color Connection

Here is a wonderful guest blog written by the highly esteemed Interior Designer Jeanette Knudsen, owner of Design For A Lifespan.

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How Color Changes Your Outlook…and determines the mood of your home
Color does matter!

Sometimes you walk into a room and something changes. Maybe you were agitated and now feel calm. Or felt good, but now feel irritable – and you don’t know why.

Believe it or not, it could be due to color. Whether it’s the walls, a piece of furniture, even a lighting fixture – you’d be surprised at how much it can affect your mood.

Recently, people have moved away from boring neutrals to vibrant colors. People can make statements that differentiate them from their friends and neighbors. And being individual is good…most of the time.

Have you ever seen a freshly painted house that make you gasp – with horror, not delight? Hopefully it’s not next door, but even if it is, there’s nothing you can do about it.

What you do have control over is your own space…and here are three things to know…

Color is personal.

Color is emotional.

Color can be complicated.

It’s the last point that trips people up. You’d be surprised to know how many color consultations I do. Clients know what they like…they just need help putting it together.

Here’s a fun and interesting article you might find helpful. It touches on the psychology and use of color in your home. Just go to http://goo.gl/FIWRJ2

So, what is your favorite color? How do you incorporate it into your home?

Here are some fun tips. Knowing these helps you bring new life into your home by adding joy to your surroundings.

  1. This ONE tip is the simplest and most important. Work with a color you love! Think of what color supports who you are – and makes you happy!
  2. Pay attention to lighting. There are other colors beside the standard chrome, brass or bronze. You can add a fresh, crisp feeling to any room by installing custom lighting with different finishes and hues.
  3. Brighten up old furniture. For example, if you have vintage end tables that belonged to your grandmother…lacquer them in orange spice, such as Sherwin Williams Daredevil, or obstinate orange, to give them new life.
  4. Pillows can change a room. A vibrant throw pillow can transform an entire room by delivering a bold color statement. Use solid pillows for floral seating, or patterned pillows for solid furniture. This simple addition adds a splash of color, and at the same time…comfort.
  5. Maybe you prefer the natural look. Plants add fragrance, personality, and a sense of “feeling grounded”. It doesn’t matter if they’re flowering, or just green plants. They still add color. If you don’t have a green thumb, or spend time away from home, use artificial plants. These days, you can find beautiful foliage and flowers that are hard to distinguish from live ones.

Determining the right color, or combination of colors, can be mysterious and time consuming. If your change doesn’t work the way you want, you’ll be frustrated.

Too often, people think working with an interior designer means spending lots of money. Not so! As I mentioned above, I do color consultations with people and it’s all they need. By getting the colors right, they actually save money by preventing mistakes that don’t show up until the project is done.

Making a change, even if it’s minor, has a big impact. Don’t hesitate to call me at 480-695-1360 to discuss what you’re trying to accomplish.

 

About the author:

Jeanette Knudsen, owner of Design For A Life Span and a professional Interior Designer, creates homes that offer the luxury of independence and timeless beauty; yet are forever functional.  Whether you just need a simple consultation, or have a project designed from beginning to end, Jeanette can take care of all your needs.

For more FREE interior design tips visit DesignForALifeSpan.

 


Andrea Brundage and Simple Organized Solutions is happy to work with you to clear space and create a sense of calm in your home or office space. We are connected with quality resources, like Jeanette Knudsen, and we happily refer to ourselves as “A Source of the Resource.” Call today or visit our “Get Started” page.

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Jan 30

Soar into the New Year

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So, here we are about three weeks in to the new year and I must ask you a question. How are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up? If you are like most, a lot of the great intentions are starting to fall by the wayside about now. Do not give up and do not despair. Just get back on track starting today.

Make this the year of “Intentional Living” by really evaluating what is working and what is not. Apply this to your home, your office, your life, and even on your calendar. One area affects another so in order to live a more intentional and calm existence, it is important to become more mindful of all areas of your life.

Releasing that which no longer serves us can make us feel as light as a feather. So, the question is this: “Are YOU ready to SOAR in 2015?” I hope your answer is a resounding, “YES!”
 

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Jan 28

Organizing Principles

Organizing Principles

Like With Like

 

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There are many ways to organize, but a basic organizing principle is to group things in a like-with-like manner. Consider the pantry: Cereal goes with cereal. Snacks with snacks. Baking supplies with baking supplies. Canned goods with canned goods. The linen closet carries the same concept; sheets with extra bedding, bath towels, and overflow bathroom supplies.

 

The like-with-like principle applies to all areas of your home and office. Here are some other examples of storing items that “belong” together:

 

Pantry: Food and ingredients for cooking, canned goods, small appliances that are not used on a daily basis, plastic wrap, foil, plastic containers.

 

Bathroom: Medicine, first aid supplies, overflow bathroom supplies

 

Office: Paperwork, bills, insurance documents, permanent files, paper supplies, crafts and supplies, greeting cards, gift wrap

 

Laundry room: Detergent, spot removers, softeners, iron, starch, ironing board, extra hangers, small indoor tools, small supply of nails, batteries, etc

 

Holiday decorations: Store holiday decorations in clear, labeled bins. Attics and/or basements are great places for these bins. 

 

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.

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Jan 21

Guest Blogs

Guest Blogs Provide Great Opportunities to Spread Your Reach

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If you are like me, you enjoy writing and sharing your passion with as many people as possible. Answering the call for writing guest blogs is one way to effectively expand your reach. Not only do you get exposure to people outside of your circles, it is a wonderful way to support each other.

Jeanette Knudsen, Interior Designer and founder of Design For A Lifespan, invited me to write blogs that correspond to the beautiful graphics she has created around keeping an organized home. Her tips are pertinent and speak to the very principles of organized and intentional living. Read more by clicking on the link below.

 

http://designforalifespan.com/organize-like-a-pro-11-ways-to-bring-order-to-your-home-this-year/

Jan 15

Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions…

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Decisions are difficult for a lot of people to make, and difficulty in making decisions is at the very heart of piles of clutter and unfinished business. As they say, “A confused mind makes no decisions,” and this is why it is vitally important to set up simple, easy-to-maintain organizational systems.

 

My article on Delayed Decision Disorder (DDD) was submitted by Donna Smallin, Best Selling Author to the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival, which is the brainchild of Janet Barclay, founder of the Organized Assistant.  Click below to read the article in its entirety.

 

http://organizedassistant.com/decision-making-professional-organizers-blog-carnival/?utm_content=buffer12a47&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

If you need help clearing clutter and setting up simple, easy-to-maintain organizational systems, contact Andrea Brundage and Simple Organized Solutions now. 

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Jan 11

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Jan 11

The Root Cause of Clutter

 Identifying the Root Cause of Clutter

Guest blog

Interior designer, Jeanette Knudsen, has invited me to create blog posts around her beautiful graphics, which will feature a series of organizing tips throughout the month of January. Visit her website at www.designforalifespan.com for more tips and great design ideas from this amazing designer. Her company, Design for a Lifespan specializes in redesigning and remodeling projects to help the senior population “age in place.” Call 480-695-1360 for more information.

 

The root cause of clutter can often be traced to the fact that it can be “hard” to put things away. What makes putting things away so hard? Well, it is due to overstuffed closets, bulging chests of drawers, no assigned area for shoes, no floor space available, overstuffed file folders, bulging filing cabinets, misappropriated garages, and on and on. Do yourself a favor, clear and purge the stuff you do not LOVE or even want anymore so you have space for the things that do matter to you. Clear some space and you will find that not only will you know what you have, but everything will have a home, and it will be much easier to put things away. As a bonus, you will be able to find them later on when you really want them thus saving you precious time.

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.

 

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Jan 10

The Truth About Professional Organizers

Do you know the truth about Professional Organizers?

Guess what? We are just like you!

 

I want to share this excellent article from a fellow Professional Organizer, Jennifer Asselin, who is a busy young mother, and one with clear priorities. She shares the truth about Professional Organizers. I love the honesty of her post, and I hope that some of you busy moms and dads who use HGTV as the standard by which you judge your own organization – or lack thereof – will give yourselves a break. Organization on TV is pretty unrealistic, especially when you have messy little ones, and messy big ones, sharing your space.

While I am past the busy mom stage, I will say that being organized has always served me well, but do I wish I could have a few “do overs” with my now grown daughter? Of course I do! Do I wish we had more moments of cooking and crafting together and less arguing over messy bedrooms? Of course I do! Did I realize too late that we could find a compromise over that space I often referred to as a pig pen? Of course I did. With that said, do I think it is important to teach children to respect their parents’ homes, and their possessions, and that they should bear responsibility for helping around the house? Yes, of course! And I also believe that organization is a teachable skill and that as parents, it is part of what goes into raising a responsible adult.

But I have two grandchildren now and those life lessons are not mine to teach. Their parents are in charge, and they are doing a great job, I might add. Here is the beauty of grandchildren: I just get to love them! I could care less about the mess we create while we bond in the kitchen. I have more time now; I do not have 100 irons in the fire in addition to a full-time job that requires a ton of energy. There are no longer little people in my world who need to be taken to school, or who procrastinate over homework, or need me to take them to practice, and slumber parties, etc. Being a grandparent is much easier than being a parent, it is true.

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Grandkids in the kitchen

So to all you busy moms and dads other there, just know that being organized is a process. It is seeking progress NOT perfection, and it is a commitment to consistent actions that will help you maintain some sense of organization. Chaos and overwhelm can be kept at bay – most of the time. And please remember, there is no perfect — no perfect parenting, no perfect house, no perfect anything, so relax, have fun, and know that the days really do fly by and our little birdies do leave the nest…and we miss them. Here’s to making sweet memories with your babies – and grandbabies.

 

Read Jennifer Asselin’s blog by clicking below:

http://livingarrangements.blogspot.com/2015/01/im-organizer-and-my-house-is-messy.html?spref=fb

 


 

Andrea Brundage is a Professional Organizer, Public Speaker,  and Bringer of Calm. Her company, Simple Organized Solutions (SOS) serves residential and business clients who love the notion of living and working in supportive spaces, and who are committed to turning “Chaos into Calm”  Andrea speaks on a host of topics related to organized living and time management. Virtual and group coaching is available as well as in-person, hands-on organizational services.  www.ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com/get-started

 

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Jan 08

Kudos Are Wonderful

Kudos: Giving and Receiving

 
Aren’t kudos wonderful? I received a wonderful email from Donna Smallin, best-selling author on the subject of organization. Earlier this year, I contributed as a guest blogger with my article on “DDD” (Delayed Decision Disorder). Here is the article in its entirety, http://www.unclutter.com/?s=delayed+decision+disorder  Apparently, my article hit a nerve with many of her loyal followers! 
 
As nice as it is to receive kudos, it also feels great to give them.  And so, kudos to you, Donna Smallin, on the release of your newest book, Clear The Clutter, Find Happiness! Click here to purchase.
 
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Here is the sweet note from Donna addressed to myself and another well-known professional in the industry:
 
Well, ladies. I owe you both a big thanks. Your respective guest blog posts were my most viewed posts this year! Congratulations! You’re welcome to blog again for my readers any time!

Happy day,

Donna

 

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Jan 07

Clutter Depression Link

Is there a clutter and depression link?

Here is an excellent article that addresses the possibility that there is a clutter and depression link. In my years of experience as a professional organizer, I have seen definite elevation in moods when clients work with me through the purging and organizational process. The clearing of clutter provides an immediate visual reminder of a shift and positive change, which creates momentum, and can serve as a mood elevator.

 

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Cluttered room

To say that only unorganized people struggle with depression is not true, but I will say that for most people, living in clutter creates tension, stress, feelings of hopelessness and overwhelm, all of which can exacerbate depression. Clearing clutter brings relief and often clarity, both highly beneficial.

http://www.houselogic.com/blog/home-improvement/clutter-depression/

Need help clearing clutter, click here.

 

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Professional Organizer, Andrea Brundage

 

Jan 05

SOAR Event

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Make 2015 the BEST year of your life!
You are invited to attend “SOAR in 2015,” a women-only event and workshop, on January 17, 2015 at the lovely Troon North Golf Clubhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona.  If you are ready to experience an event that is all about you, instead of all about selling to you, then you will want to join us.
 
SOAR is a thoughtfully-designed empowerment workshop series that will help you live your best life, starting with where you are right now. So,  
  • Are you a woman who is ready to empower herself?
  • Are you ready to take charge of your results?
  • Are you ready to create your best year ever?
 
Invite a friend and join us for  this very special, women-only event  in warm, sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. Register today.
 
When:          Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 10 AM to 3 PM
Where:        Troon North Golf Clubhouse, Sunset Saguaro Room
                     10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., Scottsdale, Arizona 85262
Register:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soar-in-2015-tickets-13616221485
 Seats will fill up quickly and space is limited.
 
What you receive:
  • A half-day to focus on YOU, on your dreams, and on your desires
  • Exercises to help you identify and let go of that which no longer serves you
  • Tools to help you move toward the life you desire and deserve
  • A workbook designed to support you as you SOAR toward your dreams and desires
  • An opportunity to participate with an exclusive accountability community
  • A safe, supportive, and nurturing environment
  • Course materials and a lovely lunch
     
Questions? Contact Andrea Brundage at (480) 382-1085 or andrea@ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com.

Dec 15

The Art of Doing Nothing

The Art of Doing Nothing
 

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The Art of Doing Nothing…doesn’t that just sound so marvelous right now? We are now full-swing and into the holiday mode – hurried and harried, and running on little energy or perhaps, only on sheer willpower. What about pressing the pause button and doing nothing for just a bit? Can you organize your thoughts and take back control of your time just long enough to take a breather for 5 or 10 minutes? Can you just be still? You may be surprised how good you will feel when you do this. Shhh, just B-R-E-A-T-H-E and be still. 

Read this lovely blog, The Art of Doing Nothing, by Lisa D, a California based author, coach, and fellow “bringer of calm.” I love her work and know you will, too.

http://lisadalessio.com/art-nothing/

 

 

If you are tired of the chaos and ready for the calm, contact me now. There is a better way and I can help you get really clear about what is and is not working in your home, your office, on your calendar, and in your life. Turning chaos into calm is my purpose, and I can help navigate you through the process. Help is a simple click or phone call away.

 

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Dec 10

SOAR in 2015 – Women’s Workshop

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This is the best year of your life!

You are invited to attend “SOAR in 2015,” a women-only workshop, on January 17, 2015 at the lovely Troon North Golf Clubhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

SOAR is a thoughtfully-designed empowerment workshop series that will help you live your best life, starting with where you are right now. So,  

  • Are you a woman who is ready to empower herself?
  • Are you ready to take charge of your results?
  • Are you ready to create your best year ever?

 

Invite a friend and join us for  this very special, women-only event  in warm, sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. Register today.

 

When:          Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 10 AM to 3 PM

Where:        Troon North Golf Clubhouse, Sunset Saguaro Room

                     10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., Scottsdale, Arizona 85262

Register:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soar-in-2015-tickets-13616221485

 Seats will fill up quickly and space is limited.

Deadline to register is January 5, 2015

 

What you receive:

  • A half-day to focus on YOU, on your dreams, and on your desires
  • Exercises to help you identify and let go of that which no longer serves you
  • Tools to help you move toward the life you desire and deserve
  • A workbook designed to support you as you SOAR toward your dreams and desires
  • An opportunity to participate with an exclusive accountability community
  • A safe, supportive, and nurturing environment
  • Course materials and a lovely lunch

    

Facilitators: 

Andrea Brundage, MBA, Professional Organizer & Bringer of Calm, founder of Simple Organized Solutions. Website: http://www.ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com

Karen Irene, Life & Leadership Coach, founder of Scottsdale Success Coaching. Website: http://www.karenirene.com

 

Questions? Contact Karen Irene at (480) 200-0074 or pimpmylife@karenirene.com or Andrea Brundage at (480) 382-1085 or andrea@ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com.

Dec 03

Fresh Start Women’s Conference

Fresh Start Women's Foundation

Fresh Start Women’s Conference 

 

Topic:           Get Organized: Set Yourself Up to SOAR into the New Year

When:           Friday, December 19, 2014

Location:      Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center, (602) 252-8494

                      1130 E McDowell Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85006

Time:             8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Fee:              $25, includes continental breakfast and lunch

           Scholarships and partial scholarships available by contacting Gaeliel Aposolou at (602) 261-7122

Register:       bit.ly/FSConference14

 

The Fresh Start Women’s Conference offers women the opportunity to discover their purpose and successfully navigate some of life’s challenges through expert-led courses that will leave participants feeling empowered and inspired.

Select from the following facilitators and topics:

Laurie Battaglia – Seven Ways You Create Your Life, For Better or Worse

Andrea Brundage – Get Organized: Set Yourself Up to SOAR into the New Year

Sonja Fullwood – Tips, Tricks, & Solutions for Handling Time & Stress during the Holidays (and Beyond)

Karen Irene – Starting Over: How to Move Through 2015 with Intention, Power and Joy

Michelle Lee – Cultivating Your Self-Worth and Empowerment through Emotional Freedom Technique

Maya Nahra – Never Diet Again! How to Create Lasting Habits in Food and Fitness

Marie Neugent – The Gift of You – Remembering Me on My Holiday List

Carolyn Quinn – Handling Stress During the Holidays

 

Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

Scholarships and partial scholarships available by visiting http://bit.ly/FSConfScholarship14

For more information, please contact Gaeliel Aposolou at (602) 261-7122.

 

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Dec 02

7-Simple Acts of Kindness

7-Simple Acts of Kindness

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Encourage charity and goodwill towards others this holiday season by being a good example and by involving your family, your friends, and your co-workers. Spread the love, spread the word, and make a commitment to give to those in need this holiday season.

Don’t know what to give? Consider  these ideas:

1. TIME: Volunteer to feed the hungry at a local soup kitchen, or take someone shopping who would not otherwise be able to do so. It costs nothing, and it feels good to serve others.

2. FOOD ITEMS: Most grocery stores have collection boxes during the holidays. Contact homeless shelters and safe houses.

3. TOYS: Toy drives are often sponsored by local police and fire departments. Join in.

4. MONEY: Make a donation in someone’s honor with their favorite charity.

5. RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Pick up the restaurant tab or grocery bill for someone, anonymously. Offer to let some go ahead of you in line. Give someone your extra coupons. Take baked goods to the neighbors.

6. ADOPT-A-FAMILY: Brighten the lives of an entire family!

7. WISH TREES: Take a couple of Wish Lists off a Wish Tree, buy the items, and make a child’s holiday dreams come true!

 

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Getting organized is on most people’s New Year’s Resolutions list. Do not let another year pass without accomplishing this goal. Professional help and gentle guidance is a simple click or phone call away.  Visit us at http://www.ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com or call (480) 382-1085.

 

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Nov 21

Holiday Checklist

 

November is upon us (where has the year gone?), and Thanksgiving is next week (already!), which means the stress levels have already started to increase. With some pre-planning, you can feel more in control and less stressed. My holiday checklist may be helpful.  

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November

  • Schedule family portraits
  • Write holiday events and parties on the family calendar
  • Send out Save-The-Date cards
  • Update list for card mailing
  • Purchase stamps
  • Address holiday cards
  • Clean the oven and the refrigerator

 

 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 ThankYou 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”

 


 Now booking for  holiday organizing. If you need help getting your home holiday ready, give Andrea a call at (480) 382-1085 or visit the Get Started page.

 

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Nov 10

Use the Right Calendar

What Calendar Works Best for You? 

Do you use the calendar that is right for you? With the new year approaching, now is the time to give this some thought.

Full disclosure here, I still use a paper calendar. Actually I use a paper calendar and an electronic calendar! How is that for redundancy? I rationalize this dual system because it creates a back-up system should one or the other get lost or become inaccessible. The paper calendar is my “go to” system as my eyesight is not what it used to be, and using the calendar on my Smart phone leaves a lot of room for error with the compromised vision and clumsy fingers. Plus, and this is a big plus, the electronic calendar is a huge time saver. I enter the address of my appointment on my Google calendar, which automatically syncs to my Smart phone, which then activates Google maps, and feeds my GPS software. I no longer print out a maps, which saves me time, money in toner, and requires no paper. I also can easily generate mileage reports, and document who I met with, and the purpose of the meeting, which is crucial for documenting business deductions on my tax return.

So, I consider myself kind of a paper calendar snob, and for me, shopping for a calendar can take weeks. Whatever calendar I buy needs to serve me for at least one year so this is a BIG decision for a planner like me. As a former Franklin-Covey enthusiastic, I have found an alternative that suits me well at a fraction of the cost. For the past two years I have really enjoyed BlueSky calendars, which can be found at Target and many other outlets.

 

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Here are 10-Things I like about BlueSky calendars:

1) The size (5″ x 8″ easily fits into purse or briefcase)

2) The plastic front and back covers keeps it looking nice and gives an extra “pocket” for displaying a photo, storing notes, or affirmations

3) Clearly marked tabs separate each month

4) Laminated Yearly Overview page at front of calendar for easy reference throughout the year

5) Clearly labeled monthly tabs have a full month’s calendar view, with room to write in on-going appointments

6) Daily writing space is sufficient for my appointments and notes

7) The paper is of quality so entries can be erased completely when needed (be aware of paper that is too slick)

8) There are extra blank pages in the back for notes

9) The spiral binder is sturdy, unlike other spiral bound calendars I have had

10) The price is very reasonable and with daily use, the product has held up very well

 

There you have it. Let me know what your favorite calendaring system is and why you like it.

 

If you are ready to take control of your time and need some tips or coaching in that regard, contact me. I facilitate time management classes other courses on a variety of organization topics.  The best way to reach me is by completing the form on my Get Started page, or by calling me at (480) 382-1085. 

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Oct 29

The Organized Traveler

Thoughts from an Organized Traveler

Are you overwhelmed and cranky by the time you leave for a trip or family vacation? Vacations have been known to cause some of the biggest arguments with families, so here’s some advice – get organized so you won’t be stressed out and ready to bite someone’s head off before you even back out of the driveway. Remember, vacation and travel should be a fun experience.

 

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Basic checklist for the Organized Traveler

1. Travel Information

Passport

Itinerary

Flight, hotel, and car rental confirmations (these can be delivered to and stored on your Smart phone)

Money

2. Toiletries

Create a Grab-N-Go travel bag or cosmetic pouch that contains all the basic toiletries you need. You can add extra needed items such as medications, etc. on the day of travel.

3. Electronics

Camera equipment, extra memory card, charger or spare batteries

Laptop, tablet, charging cords

iPod, Phone, phone charger

Flash or portable hard drive

Headphones

Alarm clock

4. Miscellaneous

Books, magazines, journal, notepad, pens

Portable speakers

Binoculars

Tripod

Airline pillow and light blanket

Ear plugs, eye covers

Travel umbrella, sunscreen, insect repellent

5. Clothes

Climate appropriate clothing

Light jacket

Shoes, sandals

Accessories (small purse, jewelry, scarf, cuff links, tie)

Hat, gloves, boots, if appropriate

Robe, pajamas, slippers

6. Emergency Items

Basic 1st aid kit

Sewing kit, safety pins

Small flashlight

Copies of passport, insurance documents, credit card information (be sure to leave a copy with a trusted person at home, too)

Medical alert notification

Physician phone number, and insurance policy and carrier’s phone number

 

 

If you need help organizing your home, your business, or your life, or if you would like a more comprehensive Organized Traveler checklist, email us at info@ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com, or go to the Get Started page and submit your request.

 

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Oct 09

Perfect Does Not Exist

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Perfectly Imperfect

Do you get stuck trying to be perfect? Guess what? Perfect does not exist! Isn’t that the most refreshing thing you have read all day? Letting go of perfectionism means you need to be okay with imperfections, which is our human condition, and you need to allow yourself to be vulnerable. Being vulnerable means looking at yourself in the mirror and accepting yourself in your perfectly imperfect state. Being vulnerable means letting others see you in your less than perfect state. Being vulnerable means not letting fear keep you stuck in the sameness that no longer serves you. Being vulnerable is releasing all that is keeping you from your best life and/or your higher calling.

As a professional organizer, I frequently encounter people who are paralyzed by not knowing where to start with getting organized. Some are intimidated and frozen with fear of not being able to perfectly complete a project. Some have let things get so out of control that they do not know where to begin. Asking for help makes us feel vulnerable. Be vulnerable.

I help my clients through the process or sorting, purging, and simplifying and it is not unusual to start a project with a simple statement like “Let’s just start in this corner and work our way out.”  You see, I believe working our way out of a corner gives us the space we need to get turned around and to start moving towards our goals. I also believe that less than perfect is often good enough, and while striving to do better, to be better, to feel better, to look better can be motivating, when taken to the extreme of perfectionism, it can be detrimental and paralyzing.

We are human after all, and we all have issues – end of story. Being vulnerable means that I can just be me and you can just be you – naked in our frailties and imperfections, and if we decide we are both okay with who we really are then we can be friends, partners, collaborators, or perhaps something in between.

Perhaps we would do well to become unattached to how others “show up” and to just love them when they are lovable, and to love ourselves always.  We will find along the way that some people are better to love at a distance, and that is okay, too.

Accept that you are perfectly imperfect…and so it is with everyone you will encounter on this amazing journey we call life.  

 

If you are tired of being stuck in clutter and overwhelm, let’s talk. If you have tried to get organized before but didn’t get through it or have lost your way, let’s talk. If you just want to someone who understands the struggles that come from chronic disorganization, let’s talk.  Help is a simple click away  www.ProfessionalOrganizerAZ.com/get-started

 

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Oct 02

Garage Organization

Garage Organization – Is Your Garage Scary?

 

If you are like the majority of Americans, your garage is a scary place. Most garages have simply become attached storage units full of boxes marked, “Miscellaneous,” broken household items, obsolete sporting equipment, unfinished projects, and an overflow junk that really should have been recycled or dumped into the garbage.

The reality is that for most of us, our vehicles are our second biggest financial investment, and yet our prized cars are relegated to the driveway because the garage space is filled with boxes of “treasures.”  I know that hits home with a lot of people, but it is important to know that help is available. So, are you ready to get rid of the junk, organize the REAL treasures, and reclaim that garage space?

We are now booking garage organization projects. Click here or call (480) 382-1085 to save your spot. SOS provides compassionate guidance, 1:1 organizing assistance as well as virtual coaching, so no more excuses, call today and let us turn your “chaos into calm.”

 

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Sep 25

10-Steps to Organizing Your Pantry

10-Steps to Organizing Your Pantry

Just in time for the holidays…

 

Fall is the perfect time of year to clean out and reorganize your pantry. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas is less than 100 days away! Organizing your pantry now will ensure that you are ready to go when the holidays arrive.

Ugh! Have you ever gotten caught in the middle of a recipe only to find that the oil is rancid, the flour or rice has weevils, or that one crucial ingredient is out of date? Have you ever made homemade bread and noticed that the yeast has expired? You think to yourself, “Well, it is probably still good.” Wrong! The bread never rises and you not only have wasted your precious time, but you have also wasted money on ingredients, and you may now be under pressure because you promised that you were bringing your famous homemade bread to the party! Stress!!  

Do not get caught in a bind because you do not have everything you need on hand to make your signature holiday dishes and your yummy homemade desserts.  

Below are 10-Tips that will make cleaning and organizing your pantry a breeze. Follow these steps, and by the time the holidays get here, you will be in great shape and ready to bake your favorite dishes and desserts!

Unloading and cleaning

1. Remove everything from the pantry and place in a like-with-like manner on the counter or in bins (spices with spices, canned goods with canned goods, etc)

2. Wipe down the pantry shelves with a non-toxic cleaner of your choice. Replace shelf paper if needed.

3. Bring in a large garbage can and a donation box, and then check expiration dates on all items.

4. Discard canned goods that are rusted, dented, or seeping.

5. We all have items in our pantries that we will never use. If you are never going to make the green thai curry dish recipe, or if you have sworn off eating Spam, then it is okay to donate the curry paste now…before it expires.  

4. Even staples that have a long shelf life should be evaluated. For example: Crackers and nuts – if they smell rancid, they need to be tossed.  Same goes for cooking oil. 

5. You can test your baking powder and baking soda to make sure they are still active. To test baking powder: mix 1 teaspoon of baking powder with 1/2 cup of hot water. It should bubble immediately. To test baking soda: mix 1/4 teaspoon with 2 teaspoons of vinegar. It should bubble immediately.

 

Reloading the pantry

6. Make sure items going back into the pantry are not sticky or dusty. Wipe them down as needed.

7. Keep the items you use regularly up front and center.

8. Place items like-with-like (snacks with snacks, cereal with cereal, canned goods with canned goods, etc).

9. Consider using clear containers to hold pasta and staples like flour and sugar. Glass mason jars can also be used to hold beans, rice, pasta, dried herbs, etc.

10. Review the recipes you plan to make and note any ingredients you need to purchase. Put those items on a Holiday Grocery List.  Not only can you spread out the cost of groceries, you can pick up the items when they are on sale. As an added bonus, you will know exactly what you have and exactly what you need which will eliminate duplicate purchases thus saving you money.  

 

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Pantry Reorg – Before & After

 

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Need some help getting organized? Simple Organized Solutions can help you in your home and in your business office.  Visit us at http://professionalorganizeraz.com/get-started/ or call (480) 382-1085.  We turn “chaos into calm.”

Sep 19

Simplify – For Business Owners

How you run your business can be just as important as how you serve your clients.

 

Simplify - For Business Owners

 

Simplifying the work environment by creating organized workspaces and efficient paper flow can increase productivity and reduce stress. 

Adopting effective systems, establishing routines, and setting proper boundaries are just a few simple steps that can help you function more productively.

Here are some suggestions for creating an organized work environment:

1.  Start each day by reviewing your To Do List (see # 11).  Cross items off as you complete them, and remember to give yourself a pat on the back for each one complete!

2. Create a “Tickler” file to remind you of pending matters, and check it each morning.

3.  Create an Inbox.  It is the best place to receive incoming paperwork.  You may need to remind others to use it, but they will soon get in the habit.

4.  Keep desk items that you use regularly within arm’s reach. This might include a calculator, stapler, pens, pencils, etc.

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Sep 18

Do You Walk the Talk?

Do you walk the walk you talk or do you expect more of others than you are willing to do yourself?

 

It is not unusual for parents to complain to me about the messiness of their children, especially their teens. What I often find is that the parents are not setting a good example for their kids to follow.  

 

Are you a good example?  

 

Paulo quote_be an example

 

The quickest way to lose your integrity is to expect more of others than you are willing to do yourself. Do you set a good example? 

 

If you are tired of your own mess, and if you are ready to clear the clutter and create organizational systems that complement how you flow through your home and through your life, then give me a call today at (480) 382-1085. You will receive gentle guidance and compassionate care…always.

 

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Sep 08

5-Questions To Help You Declutter

5-Questions to Help You Declutter Your Space
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We turn “Chaos into Calm.”

  1. Do I love this?

If the answer is yes, keep it. If the answer is no and you are not sure why you even still have it, let it go.

 

If the answer is no but it has sentimental value, consider taking a photograph of it and passing it on to other family members who do love it. If no one wants it, let it go so someone else can love it.

 

  1. Has it served its purpose?

We often keep things and we are not even sure why. If it no longer serves you, let it go.

 

  1. Does this make me feel good, bad, or indifferent?

Pay attention to how you feel about the items in your home. For example, if a closet is full of clothes that are now too small, know that your subconscious recognizes that, and the message those clothes send to you can affect how you feel about yourself. Conversely, think about how you feel when you look at portraits of your children or grandchildren or your favorite piece of artwork. These are the items that support us and make us feel good.

 

  1. When was the last time I used, wore, or have seen this?

If there are things in your home that have not been used, worn, or even seen in years, it is time to make a decision about them. If you still love the item, move it to the front of the cabinet or closet. If you do not use your beautiful china, wear your yummy cashmere scarf, or your favorite football jersey or baseball cap, ask yourself why. I say, enjoy them – today! A cup of tea served in delicate china just tastes better than sipping it from a bulky coffee mug. Make the ordinary extraordinary every day and start using your favorite and beautiful things. If they get broken or ruined, it will be because they have been lovingly used – by you.

 

  1. How many of these do I really need?

Clothes, purses, shoes, kitchen gadgets, books, baseball caps, vintage rock concert T-shirts, tools. These items are often accumulated by men and women and are rarely purged unless forced by a move or a major clean-out. If you feel cramped in your space, these are the first things I recommend that you evaluate. Asking questions like, “Seriously, how many white t-shirts do I need?” or “How many plastic food containers do I use in a week/month/year?” and “How many coffee cans and jars of miscellaneous nails, bolts, and screws does one need?”  The answers go back to question 1; if you love it, keep it. If not, let it go.

 

If you need help getting through the process of de-cluttering and you need an experienced and compassionate professional on your side, contact SOS at Get Started or by calling (480) 382-1085.

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Aug 31

Organize YOUniversity Class: How To Organize Your Craft/Hobby Room

Plan to attend the upcoming Organize YOUniversity Class, “How To Organize Your Craft/Hobby Room”

 

Are you a scrapbooker, stamper, artist, jewelry maker, or a quilter?

Are you overrun with all the supplies that accompany your hobbies?

Plan on attending my upcoming Organize YOUniversity class, “How To Organize Your Craft/Hobby Room” on Sept 3rd at 6:30 PM. 

 

Details in the link below, seating is limited, registration is required.

 

 

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-organize-your-crafts-and-hobby-room-tickets-12790844761

 

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Aug 27

Are You Good At Follow Through?

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(This blog is a bit of a rant so if you do not want to read it, exit now.)

 

As a business owner and a networker, doing one-to-one meetings is a big part of getting to know people and their businesses. One-to-one meetings are also about creating and nurturing that all-important KLT (Know, Like, Trust) factor. The theory goes like this, “How can I confidently refer you to others if I do not know you? And how can you possibly refer me if you do not know me and my ideal client?” With that said, allocating time on our calendars to conduct one-on-ones is an important part of not only marketing our own businesses, but also for learning who and what resources are available to us and to our clients.

So here is what has my feathers ruffled: Meetings that get canceled at the last minute. Let me be clear here, I understand that life happens and that emergencies crop up and appointments need to be rescheduled from time to time, that is not the problem. What is frustrating is the frequency with which these last minute cancellations are occurring. Last minute cancellations ultimately affect the bottom line, and that is not a good thing.

Two times in the last month, I have been in my car driving to a scheduled appointment only to receive a phone call that my appointment was canceling. Three other times, I have sent courtesy emails confirming appointments scheduled for later in the week, only to get responses back saying that they were canceling. Arranging my day around these meetings means that space was held, and therefore not available for anyone or anything else. Can I adjust my day? Of course I can. There are 1,000 things I can do to fill up that spot, but do you get where I am coming from here?

Here is the thing, I place a high value on my time and on others’ time. And so I am just putting this out there for discussion: How do you handle last minute cancellations and/or no shows? What if the last minute cancellation is from a client? Do you handle it differently versus a cancelled one-to-one meeting? Do you feel differently if the meeting scheduled was a face-to-face meeting that required travel time versus a phone call or an online meeting? Does a last minute cancellation affect whether or not you feel confident referring someone to potential clients or business partners? 

Are you good at follow through? Here is another article written by , Etiquette Editor at BellaOnline on the topic of “Cancelling an Appointment.”

 

If you are ready to get organized and move from Chaos into Calm, click on my Get Started tab, or give me a call at (480) 382-1085.

 

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Aug 19

5-Benefits of Being Organized

 

5-Benefits of Being Organized from a Professional Organizer

There are so many benefits to being more organized, and here are five main reasons why you need to commit today to getting organized. Help is a simple phone call or click away. 

 If the thought of starting to clear clutter in your home or office gives you anxiety, give Andrea Brundage a call at (480) 382-1085 or visit the SOS website here Get Started. Now is the time to make a commitment to yourself. We can turn your “chaos into calm.” We help by offering in-person consulting and/or virtual sessions. Let us take you to that place of intentional, peaceful living. 

 

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Aug 12

10-Back to School Organizing Tips

In some places, school has already started and in other places, school will begin in the next week or two.  Are you organized and ready for your child to go back to school? Are your kids organized and ready? Is your college student ready?  It is never too late to implement new organizing strategies so even if school has already started in your neighborhood, you may want to implement some of these 10-back-to-school organizing tips.Andrea Brundage Back to School Tips

10-tips to set your child(ren) up for success this school year:

  1. Use a family calendar that works for you and your family. It can be electronic, an app, or the old-fashioned paper kind. The key is that everyone knows where it is, can update it regularly, and can see at a glance what is on the schedule for everyone in the family.
  2. Create a space in your home/dorm room that is conducive to studying and homework. 
  3. Plan meals and snacks that are healthy and boost brain power. A brain loaded up on sugar and caffeine does not function at its highest level. Think ahead and make sure healthy options are available for your kids. Healthy eating does not have to be hard.
  4. You may not realize just how impacted the family is by transitions. Whether it is back-to-school alarm clocks, packing lunches at 7 AM, or returning to an empty-nest status, the end of summer creates transitions. Acknowledge this and make adjustments.
  5. Be a good role model. If you want your children to pick up after themselves, you have to do the same.  
  6. Ensure your child(ren) have what they need to succeed in school, and this includes having enough time! Do not over schedule your kids’ activities. If you want your children to get a good education, you have to give them the time they need to study. 
  7. Let your child(ren) experience consequences, both good and bad. I am amazed at the number of parents that say, “We have a report due.”  Note to parents: It is not YOUR term paper or report, and if you are staying up until midnight writing a term paper for your child, you are not allowing your child to experience consequences. None of us wants our children to fail, but sometimes, missing that one deadline is enough to get their attention.  Learning how to manage time well is a valuable life lesson.
  8. Eat together as a family whenever possible. Life is moving very quickly these days and providing a routine and some stability around family time can be very beneficial for bonding and communication. Calendar it if you have to.
  9. Make sure your child gets enough sleep. We all know the challenges that come with tired children.
  10. Praise loudly, correct quietly. Talk about and highlight those shining moments. When correction needs to happen, do it in a constructive and loving manner. This may not be an organizing tip, but it is too important not to share.

 

To work with Simple Organized Solutions on any organizational challenge, call (480) 382-1085 or click here . We provide virtual coaching as well as 1:1 organizing so no more excuses, call today and let us turn your “chaos into calm.” 

 

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