“Happy Wife = Happy Life”

By Steve Repak, CFP

After serving 12 years in the Army, frequently moving from one duty station to another, I can proudly say that I had become pretty good at packing and moving. The part of moving that I was not that good at was the unpacking part.  For any of you that were ever in the military or had a job where you were required to move often, I know you can relate. 

After years of accumulating many unopened boxes I started running out of room where to put them.  I came up with a great plan for my last move.  I made sure I bought a house with a basement in order to have a place to hide all of those boxes.  It seemed like a good plan at the time but after a few years living in the house my plan started to unravel.  As long as those boxes were out of sight, they were out of mind.  That was until one winter morning my wife came up from the basement and asked me when I would go through those boxes. I told her that I would make it a priority once the weather warmed up because the basement was unheated.  Once spring arrived, the weather started getting warmer and I was nicely reminded to go through those boxes.  Since the weather was nicer I sure didn’t want to spend any time in a basement when it was so beautiful outside.  Once summer came, it was too hot to work down in the basement.  Eventually fall arrived and I am sad to say my wife starting losing patience with me.  I was all out of excuses and now I was out of time.

 I learned a long time ago “Happy Wife = Happy Life” so I had to make it a priority to get my basement in order and make my wife happy if I wanted to be happy.  On a Sunday morning I was reading the Mecklenburg Times when I came across an article about this company “Simplicity Organizers” that was able to help a Charlotte family with a problem of hoarding.  I thought it was awesome that there were people out there that could make a difference in other people’s lives so the following morning I called them up.  On the phone, they explained the process from beginning to end and then scheduled a time for the initial assessment.  When they arrived they were extremely professional and courteous. Within a few days they called back up with a game plan and a date to start.  They were really easy to get along with and fun to work with.  They were able to unpack all of those boxes, categorize the mess into keep, donate, or trash, and organize my stuff in a quick and timely fashion. They didn’t do it for free but it was definitely worth the money.

 In my book “Dollars & Uncommon Sense” I explain that the things that are important to you are the things you spend your time and money on.  I made it a priority to get my boxes unpacked and my mess organized.  I spent my money on something I should have done a long time ago, which made my wife happy and I am glad to say, that I have a Happy Life!

2012 Messiest Garage Contest – Get Your Garage In Gear!

messiestgaragecontestIt’s time for one lucky winner to take back their garage – with style!  Carolina Custom Garages, Simplicity Organizers and Rubbish Works have teamed up to help you get your garage in gear – for free!

From April 11 – 27, residents in the Charlotte-Metro, North Carolina area can send in a photo of their messy garage along with a note as to why their garage should be picked to win the garage makeover.

Rubbish Works will haul away the trash, Simplicity will organize what remains and Carolina Custom Garages will tie it all together with their custom garage organization systems.

Garages can be tough places to de-clutter and organize. It is often one of the most serious problem areas in a home.  Because it’s not actual living space, it’s easy for a homeowner to let organizing standards slip.

With all the “stuff” jammed into this one space the goal of actually parking a car in the garage is abandoned.  Before you know it, a garage is no more than a storage unit attached to a home.  Without some serious elbow grease and the assistance of professionals, items in an overwhelmed garage are lost to homeowners forever.

How to Enter and Win:

1)           Take a photo of your garage.
2)          Email the following to messiestgarage@gmail.com by April 27, 11:59 pm.

  • Garage photo(s) along with your full name, home address, phone number, and email address.
  • How you heard about the contest.
  • A note telling us why your garage deserves to win.

3)          On April 30, Simplicity will post the top 10 finalist.
4)          Voting open from April 30  until May 6. 
Tell your friends and family to vote for your garage.
5)          Winner announced May 7!

Contest Winner Will Receive:

Carolina Custom Garages

  • Will provide garage storage system and free installation (flooring not included)
  • $1,000 Value

Rubbish Works

  • Will provide removal of two full truckloads of trash (including all dump fees)
  • $1,000 Value

Simplicity Organizers

  • Will provide free organizational services for your garage
  • $2,000 Value

Winner Commitment:

  • Sign waiver/contracts
  • Allow before and after photos, and allow for photos to be posted on contest website, sponsors’ company websites and blogs
  • Pay for any hours and/or supplies not included in contest
  • Participate in cleaning/organizing process
  • Write about experience for sponsors’ blogs

2012 Messiest Contest Sponsors:

  • Carolina Custom Garages is locally owned and operated out of Charlotte and offers the highest quality service and installation together with their custom garage organization systems. www.carolinacustomgarages.com
  • Simplicity Organizers is Charlotte’s largest residential organizing company offering customized organizational solutions and systems in every area of the home. www.simplicity-organizers.com
  • Rubbish Works offers on-demand labor, junk removal, junk hauling, light demolition and recycling services. www.rubbishworks.com

2012 Messiest Contest Contact Information:
Contest Website: http://www.wix.com/ren489/messiestgarage2
E-mail: messiestgarage@gmail.com
Click here
to visit the 2012 Messiest Garage Facebook page.


The Art of Moving – A Moving Testimonial

movingboxBy Lori Martin, Owner, Founder and Chief Operating Mom of The Purple Martin & Co.

Several months ago, our family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children and all 6 pets) moved ~ we sold our home and were off to new adventures. Due to the overwhelming feeling and all the moving parts along  with packing for the big move on the horizon, I had to wave my white flag of surrender and ask for help.  I needed this transition to a new home to be as smooth as possible.  Thankfully I had a resource to call.

A team of professional organizers came to my rescue.  With very little notice, Simplicity arrived and listened intently to me as I described my packing needs room by room, what we should take to the rental home, and what we should unpack once we got there.

When the day came for Simplicity to come over to help me organize before the packers arrived ~ I was in near panic mode.  I had never moved 3 kids, 4 frogs, 1 fish and a dog ~ let alone ALL of the  9 year of “stuff” that comes along with our family.

Thankfully, Simplicity spent three hours with me, helping me sort, label, purge, and organize in preparation for packing the next day.  While I was on hand to answer any questions they had, Simplicity worked seamlessly to provide order to my complete chaos.

What did I learn that day?

1. You don’t want to move trash ~ literally, if you have not emptied your waste cans on packing day, the packers will pack your garbage!

2. When you are moving to a rental home, you don’t want to unpack everything ~ organize items into pack-and-store piles versus high frequency essentials you must pack-and-open in the rental home.

3. Purge before you pack ~ if you haven’t used an item by the time you move, chances are you will not use it in the new home.  Save money by purging before you pay the packers by the hour ~ or before you take the time to pack it yourself ~ those boxes are expensive!

On moving day, my house of boxes was loaded onto the moving truck one at a time and four hours later we were unloading the truck at the rental house.  As the boxes came pouring into the new home, Simplicity arrived right on schedule to help turn the sea of chaos into organized bliss one box at a time.

Here’s how it went …

~ Boxes were  packed and labeled based on Simplicity’s pre-packing assistance (labeling and sorting).

~ As each box came off the truck it went to the room it was labeled for ~ i.e. master bedroom, laundry room etc.

~ Once the boxes for a particular room were unpacked, Simplicity swooped in to literally put the ENTIRE room’s contents away in a SUPER organized manner!

We’re talking bathroom drawers lined, socks put in the appropriate sock drawer, towels folded and placed with care in the linen closet, beds made, books organized on the bookshelves, clothes hung in the closet, shoes placed neatly on racks and much more!

The biggest help was in the kitchen!  While I would have spent an entire week figuring out where to put the plates versus the Tupperware, Simplicity has done this so many times that in the matter of an hour, my entire kitchen and pantry was organized better than I would have EVER done it myself!

I have to tell you the entire move-in was perfectly streamlined!  By 9pm (remember the move day started at 8am) my children were sleeping in their made beds (dust ruffles on!) with the entire contents of their rooms organized and put away (clothes, toys, books, toothbrushes!!), my husband and I were relaxing on the sofa and the entire house full of boxes had been unpacked and properly put in its new home (unless it had been labeled storage and we had it stacked in the garage for the next move).

The icing on the cake was a walk through of where everything was located.   Simplicity arranged to come over the next day to show me how everything was organized and explained why certain items landed in certain places.  Their logic was flawless and the execution was perfect!

The biggest compliment I can give is that this entire experience was worth every penny.