Clutter Back Guarantee

 

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Simplicity’s “Clutter Back Guarantee”

Really? Yes, really. This doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement for a company dedicated to helping you organize your home and your life. But there’s how it works.

Simplicity works alongside you, teaching you how to build organizing systems and structures.  We help organize one space at a time.  And when It’s all done, Simplicity leaves you with a beautiful home– everything in its place.

All is good… then life happens.

Months and years later…

The pantry — perfectly organized and labeled for baby food — isn’t so perfect for preschool snacks.

Matching hangers for toddler clothes are too small for your growing middle schoolers.

Your “warranties and manuals’’ container overflows with information for stuff you no longer own.

Playroom cabinets organized for Legos and dress up clothes are obsolete now that your baby has a driver’s license.

Voila!  Clutter Back, Guaranteed!

The solution is simple. Staying organized is an on-going effort, and maintenance is the key to success.  Having organizing systems in place is great as long as the systems continue to make sense for your family.  Change is inevitable, so your systems work best if they can adjust to that change. Our systems are created for what is important to your life right now.  When one has outlived its useful life, move on to another one.  This is not failure.  It’s life. And if you need help, call us back. We will come back and help you adjust your organization system to your  situation.

So, don’t let yourself get stuck with an outgrown, outdated system. Make the most of Simplicity’s Clutter Back Guarantee and be open to new ways of organizing and utilizing your space. That way, we can almost 100 percent guarantee you’ll be happier, more relaxed, and clutter- free.  Guaranteed!

Client testimonial:

“When we first moved to Charlotte, we arrived with four young, active children and had to combine three moves worth of boxes into our new home. The task seemed absolutely overwhelming, as we are all memento “keepers.” With Simplicity’s agile assistance, however, we quickly made a plan for unpacking. In no time at all, we were able to work through the boxes and had everything in an easy-to-find and logical, labeled spot. I cannot begin to say what a great help it was to have such a thoughtful, thorough, receptive, professional group of organizers come help me. Once friends saw the work they had done, they were calling Simplicity as well! We continue to use Simplicity’s services with everything from office organizing to spring cleaning. I cannot say enough good things about Simplicity.”

Mary, Charlotte North Carolina


Paper – Game On

Paper.  It’s a bully. We hate bullies, but love seeing them put in their place and that is why we enjoy helping our clients stand up to their paper.

Paper.  It taunts us. It creeps into our homes and multiplies at such a rate that we get over-run by it.  It piles up and mocks us because it knows that without a system and routine, it will always triumph.

 

Well, not today. Today, we put paper in its place, and this is how:

One. Piece. At. A. Time.

80% of filed papers are never referred to again, so we are going to be brutal about what makes the cut and what doesn’t.

 

Most people keep way to0 many papers simply because they do not know what they can let go.  Knowledge is power, and half the battle, so have on hand Record Retentions guidelines from your accountant to guide you as to what to keep.

Paper Mgmt

WHEN DIGGING OUT OF THE PAPER PIT …

Be prepared.  Have the proper supplies on hand and schedule adequate time for the project.  Keep in mind that paper is not a one-stop-shop.  It did not pile up overnight, and it will not magically disappear overnight.  Prepare yourself for the process.

 

COME PREPARED – SUPPLIES: 

  1. Recycle bin
  2. Shred bag(s)
  3. Bins to sort papers in to
  4. Sharpie and Post it Notes

SET THE CLOCK.  Set your pace, but to thine own self be true.  If you can only manage a 2-hour block, set your timer for that and go for it.   If you can power through in one sitting, great, but do not feel pressured to start and finish in one day. Set yourself up for small successes in the beginning so they will lead to more success during the entirety of the process.

If you are digging out of a major paper pit, take small steps – and get help if you need it. A professional or a friend, a“clutter buddy,” can keep you on track and hold you accountable.  We get help in other areas of our lives, asking for organizational help is no different.

 

DEFINE YOUR FILING CATEGORIES:

It is all about retrieval, create a system that works for you.  Don’t fall pray to thinking it needs to  “look” a certain way.  It needs to look however you want it to look, but mostly it needs to function, not be featured on the cover of a magazine.  Don’t let perfection get in the way of progress.

Paper Managaement

CREATE A MAINTAINABLE SYSTEM & ROUTINE:

You can use in/out boxes, binders, angled file organizers, or bulletin boards. Use what appeals to you and what you have the highest likelihood of maintaining.   If you like “pretty” files, use them.  If you are more about function than beauty, go with that.   Be sure to not mix business files with home files if you or your significant other works from home.

 

10 STEPS TO PAPER RECOVERY:

  1. Gather all your papers and get them into one bin or box.  Clear your workspace.
  2. Pick up the first piece from the top of the pile.  Avoid thumbing through the pile.
  3. Sort papers into one of three piles: KEEP – SHRED – RECYCLE
  4. Divide the papers in the KEEP bin into 3 sub-categories: FILE-RESPOND TO-PAY.
  5. Make sure you have a TAX file folder that is labeled with the current year so you will be prepared for next season!
  6. Use clear 1/5 Smead tabs to create FILE names that you will remember.  It is all about retrieval!
  7. Stop the paper before it even arrives into your home! Opt out of catalogue mailings and credit card offers
  8. Stand over the recycle bin before the paper hits your desk.
  9. Designate a tray or inbox to hold your mail until you have time to process the papers.
  10. Schedule at least 2-3 hours a week to process your papers.