Top Giving Experiences

 

At Simplicity, we value experiences over materials. There is great joy in the act of giving, but gift giving does not need to create more clutter and stress in our homes and lives.  

Studies have proven that experiences provide greater happiness and more memories. Life is short and it is the memories with your loved ones that have the greatest impact Most people do not need more stuff, they need more uninterrupted time.  This holiday season we challenge you to turn off your technology and spend more face to face time with those you love. When you look back on your life, it is the relationships and experiences that you will remember.

Here is our TOP 10 GIFT GIVING EXPERIENCE RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. A trip to a bucket list location
  2. A makeup session by Danielle Maddox
  3. A personal chef to cook a special dinner (We LOVE The Freckled Fork) or gift card to favorite restaurant
  4. A class such as cooking, dancing or painting
  5. A year membership
  6. A ticket to play or concert
  7. A family or friend photo shoot
  8. A day of pampering (massage, pedicure or facial)
  9. A monthly service such as babysitting, lawn maintenance, cleaning
  10. The Gift of Time with Simplicity Organizers <3

Comic Relief

 Simplicity + Robin’s Rules of Order = Synergy!

Simplifying and organizing our homes and our lives are oft-cited resolves that are often unrealized. We give ourselves a pass saying we’re ‘trying’ to do it. But a thoughtful, less-is-more lifestyle can be yours. We suggest a comic approach to a serious topic.  

In a joint presentation on September 14th at Myers Park Country Club, Laurie Martin from Simplicity and Robin McCoy, author of Robin’s Rules of Order and Writings on Robin’s Rules, you’ll learn a lot about the ‘why’ and the  ‘how’. Why we have so much stuff we don’t love, use or need, and how to tame the chaos to regain control of the things we do need, use and love.

Comics hold up a mirror and reflect a lot of truths in a succinct, approachable way.  Witty or corny, pointed or gentle, they pack a punch. Comics are truth tellers in an effortless, economical way.  They do so with fewer, better words. And they unintentionally champions Robin’s Rules of Order.  And the rules are just the starting point for a thoughtful discussion of how Simplicity can help you live better with less.

So don’t despair.  We will have a lighthearted but serious discussion about showing your things who’s boss!

 


Zest Marketplace

Have a necklace, earrings or a handbag (or two, or three, or…) that you love, can’t bear to part with, but don’t wear often? Rent it! Buy a Kentucky Derby hat for a party that you’re never going to wear again? Rent it! Hanging on to your bridal jewelry but can’t find the right occasion to wear it again? Rent it!

Zest Marketplace is a new fashion format that blends the concepts behind a consignment store and Rent the Runway. We accept fine and fashion accessories in like-new condition for game day to wedding day and every occasion in between. Our rentals are short, 4 and 8 days, to maximize the number of times your pieces can rent. Each time your piece rents, you get 25% of the fee. We keep tally and payout at then end of each quarter (which is even better than finding $20 and a peppermint in that clutch you haven’t carried in two years if you ask me!).

The next time you organize your closet, consider making a pile for Zest Marketplace in between the keep and donate piles. We come to you to pick-up, and hold on to your inventory for the duration of its stay in the market, whether that’s a finite or indefinite amount of time.    

We are always in building inventory mode so reach out when you’re ready to invest your Zest! We are online, on Instagram and on Facebook.  

Zest Marketplace is locally owned and operated by me!, Amanda Tomlinson, Charlotte-native, Carolina grad, mom to Claire and Harry and a recovering uptown employee.

 


Overcomplicating Organization

Overcomplicating Organization

When it comes to conquering clutter, one goal is often to create simple, functional systems to make daily tasks run smoother. Labels, containers, calendars, lists- you name it, and we use it. But with most things in life, the “less is more” adage holds true here as well. When trying to get organized, it’s important to not overcomplicate it. Being honest with yourself, acknowledging other participants in the space you’re organizing and being realistic about your expectations will save time and money.

Some people start by making the (extremely fun) trip to The Container Store or Target for supplies. Whereas, anyone who has worked with Simplicity knows, we won’t bring anything in before we’ve pulled it all out, sorted, and purged. Our team leader as well as many of our project managers ensure clients that “it gets worse before it gets better.” You can’t figure out where you’re going until you know where you’re starting. Logically, all things are like this, you can’t solve a math problem without knowing the numbers. You can’t make a delicious meal without determining what ingredients you need. So how can you expect a purchase of essentially more stuff to help with your current stuff issue?

While organizing can be overwhelming, tackling projects with these tips can help minimize frustration and keep it simple:

–       Start small. Instead of tasking yourself with an entire room to accomplish, pick a single drawer or cabinet. The feeling of success will come a lot quicker and may motivate you to keep working!

–       Timeframe. Give yourself a time limit. Set aside a specific increment of time, ex. 1 hour or the afternoon 2-4pm. Set a timer. This keeps you focused on your expectations and decisions when sorting or purging. Even if you merely come to a stopping point in that time, it allows for a natural break as well.

–       Incentive. Although a newly organized, simplified space is rewarding enough, most of us are motivated by more tangible rewards. Especially if organizing is more daunting than fun for you, decide on something to work towards!

–       Challenge yourself. Your intentions to simplify are admirable and you owe it to yourself to do the very best. Ask yourself challenging questions about what you’re sorting, “Do you love it?,” “Do you use it?,” “Can you live without it?”  

–       Keep it simple. Sort into only a few categories, you’ll only confuse yourself if you try to get too specific. For example, if you’re sorting through kitchen utensils, consider your storage and create piles of frequent use, occasional use and seldom use (this pile you could potential purge and donate).

Keep it simple and STICK with it, you can do it!