Call Us: 314-221-5232 | Info@SimplifiedLivingSolutions.com

Category: Random Musings

I’ve got a secret….

Last updated on

I have been working really hard this last year to overcome my fear of public speaking. Part of being a professional organizer, and a successful business owner, is giving presentations on organizing. I have had to turn down so many great opportunities to speak to groups because of this fear. Since I seem to be a goal driven person, I do not let the fear stop me (though it has definitely slowed me down). I just look at it as a step that I must take in order to get to the goal of being a successful business owner. Now… read more »

That’s so trashy

Last updated on
Trashy Lunch

I’ve always felt frustrated with the amount of unnecessary waste in the world. Whenever I buy one item from a store, or restaurant, and there is an extra 5-10 inches of paper on the receipt besides showing my purchase, it just sends me through the roof. That’s why my lunch experience yesterday inspired me to take a picture of the waste and post it here. This picture is from my lunch that I had delivered from Imo’s. When I unwrapped my sandwich, salad and soda, I stood back in amazement at the amount of waste there was just from that.… read more »

Just the facts, Jack.

Last updated on

When you think of being organized, you most likely think of a picture out of Better Homes & Gardens where everything looks perfect. Without a doubt the picture shows shelves lined perfectly with cute baskets or a desk with nothing on it. In all honesty, these pictures are not realistic. Being organized does NOT mean being perfect. Being organized means setting up your home or office to function more efficiently and effortlessly. You could always spend alot of money on cute shelves, cute baskets and cute containers to put your stuff in. But in the end it won’t stay that… read more »

One step at a time

Last updated on

Don’t you just love those TV shows about organizing and home make-overs where the house or office is completely transformed in a matter of 30 minutes or so? Unfortunately, organizing someone’s entire space for them all at once does not work. At least not for any length of time. I have worked with many, many clients who’s homes and offices are completely taken over by their stuff. Many times you cannot even find a clear path to walk through the home. If someone were to come in and completely transform their home for them, unbelievably, it would go back to… read more »

What? Do you think I’m crazy?

Last updated on

If you think it’s a crazy idea to hire and pay a professional organizer to help you with your clutter and disorganization, think again. It costs you a lot more if you don’t hire one. Here are just a few of the ways you’ll “pay” for not de-cluttering and getting organized. You stay stuck in the past. Because your space is full of stuff from the past, there is no room for relationships, or a fuller life, to come in. Since we are constantly distracted by the things from our past that are all around us, we can’t focus on… read more »

Ahhh, such music to my ears

Last updated on

I have a 25 year old daughter that suffers from ADHD. Living a peaceful, orderly, organized life has never been easy for her. We’ve had many challenges over the years and I’ve been extremely hard on her in many instances thinking that would straighten her out. Because of my work as a Professional Organizer, I have taken countless classes on ADHD and have learned so much about it. Unbeknownst to me all of the years she was growing up, people with ADHD struggle with organization. Since I wasn’t educated on ADHD when I was raising her, I would go back… read more »

The cost of disorganization

Last updated on

Disorganization can cost you. Having your time, tasks and stuff organized prevents: Lost information that is never found, resulting in missing important deadlines or events. Misplaced information that takes time to find, decreasing your productivity. Late fees and poor credit rating. Auto renewals that go into effect without human/manual intervention. Rush or overnight fees to compensate for lateness. Duplicate purchases because you can’t find what you need. Storage units costs to store things you think you might need someday. Stress-related medical problems

Fun facts

Last updated on

Here’s some food for thought. Statistics say: 80% of all papers filed are never looked at again. 50% of all filed material going to storage has no retention value and should have been destroyed. We wear 20% of our clothes all of the time. The other 80% are there just in case. The average American receives 49,060 pieces of mail in their lifetime; one third of it is junk mail. For every hour spent in the planning phase, three to four hours are saved during the execution stage. Save yourself time by being proactive. The average office has 19 copies… read more »

Why live an organized life?

Last updated on

I live an organized life because I like a sense of calm. I want to feel comfortable if guests drop by unannounced. I want to find my phone and my keys instantly. I want to put my hands on a much-needed document at a moment’s notice. I want to locate the perfect outfit in my closet. I want to grab all of the ingredients for my dinner recipe. And I want to do all of these things (and more) easily, quickly and in a relaxed manner. I want to breathe easy and smile and have lots of enthusiasm and motivation… read more »

Sailing through Wednesday

Last updated on

Here are some of my favorite inspirational quotes to get you over hump day. Enjoy! Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.-Martin Luther King, Jr. We create our tomorrows by what we dream today. Some make it happen, some watch it happen, and some say, “What happened?”-Anonymous Life is an echo. What you send out, you get back. What you give, you get.-Anonymous

Angie\'s List Super Service AwardCertified Freedom Filer ConsultantCertified Professional Organizer, CPO®Clear & Simple Professional OrganizerFaithful OrganizersNational Association of Professional OrganizersNational Association of Professional Organizers St. Louis, Past Board Member