The Results are In!

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Garage Storage

As many of you know, we recently partnered with Organized Living to giveaway–YES, GIVEAWAY, a $750 garage organizing system, plus a FREE consultation with yours truly.  Why would we do this?  Well, aside from that fact that we LOVE our partners at Organized Living, we at Simply B Organized, WANT YOU to feel good about your home.

Did you know: 50% of homeowners rate their garage as the most disorganized room in the house, yet it’s the most frequently used space by all family members.

That is a crazy statistic.

The bigger question is WHY?  Why do we feel that it’s acceptable to use our garage as a dumping ground for everything from old furniture, to unused tools, and everything in between.  The reason is two-fold:

•Most Americans lack the strategy of knowing what to keep and what to purge, making the whole process stressful.

•45% of all Americans buy products that don’t solve their problems, actually adding to their clutter issues.

Organized Living has the products, and Simply B Organized has the strategy, so together we are a perfect fit.  We had 293 applicants submit entries via facebook, twitter, Instagram and simplyborganized.com. After a random drawing, Mary, from Boston, MA was our big winner!

So where does that leave the rest of you?

Send an email  to  laurie@simplyborganized.com within the next 30 days with ULTIMATE GARAGE GIVEAWAY in the subject line and schedule a FREE phone consultation with me.  If after our call you decide that we can help you, I will personally take $100 off any SBO service offering you choose.

My goal is to help you reduce chaos and clutter from your lives, and I know that we often need a little nudge to give ourselves the permission to ask for help.  So here’s your nudge from SBO…No strings, no hidden agenda, I just want to help you get out of your clutter rut.

Happy Organizing!

Clutter-Free Father’s Day Gifts

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Favorite Products, Holiday Organization

On this weeks podcast, Erika and I chatted about clutter-free Father’s Day gifts. Below are links to our top 5 favorites.  If you haven’t listened to the episode, here it is!

 

 

1. Compartment Valet :  Why it made the list: a great catch-all for loose change, keys, cufflinks or collar stays. You can also have it personalized with a special message to the dad in your life. Starting at $55 available at uncommongoods.com

 

 

 

2. Trunk Organizer Why it made the list: Whether commuting to work, or dropping the kids at soccer practice, a trunk organizer is a must-have for anyone who spends a decent amount of time in the car. Put your personal touch on it by filling it with some of your dad’s favorite goodies. Starting at $15.99 available at amazon.com

 

 

3. Tile: Why it made the list: The perfect gift for the techy dad who is always misplacing things. Click here to find out how it works. Starting at $25 available at thetileapp.com

 

 

 

4. Google Home: Why it made the list: It’s basically like having a Google Assistant you can talk to. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things–even have it add items to your grocery list for you!  Starting at $109 available in a variety of stores including Target, Best Buy, and the Google Store.

 

 

5. Gift Certificates: Why they made the list: Treat your dad to something he wouldn’t normally do for himself. Choose anything from golf lessons, to learning how to play the drums. Maybe consider taking a household chore off his to-do list, and get him a month of landscaping services, or a room renovation with a professional organizer :).

 

If you’ve got a great clutter-free gift idea, we’d love to hear about it!  You may even be featured in an upcoming episode of This ORGANIZED Life.  Share your comments in our facebook group!

The Ultimate Garage Giveaway!

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Garage Storage, Organized Home

 

Official Terms and Conditions

I am so excited to share this with you! My good friends at Organized Living are partnering with SBO on our biggest contest to date!  We are giving away a $750 garage system, plus a FREE consultation with yours truly!

No strings. No spam. No joke.

The contest will run between June 5th-June 18th, and the winner will be announced via email on June 21st.

Click HERE to enter to win!

Mother’s Day 2017

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Women

Mother’s Day isn’t all breakfast in bed and flowers. For many, there’s a sense of sadness and loss.

This will be my 5th Mother’s Day without my mom. It’s sad, not just for me, but for my daughters. My mom had a good heart and lived for my kids. Most days I try not to dwell on the loss, but rather feel grateful for the time that we had together, even though it wasn’t nearly as long as I wanted. Nonetheless, each Mother’s Day is another milestone. Another year she missed. Another year we continue to miss her.

I also think of the many women with fertility issues trying desperately to get pregnant, and Mother’s Day is just another reminder of what isn’t. So for all the women out there trying to become mother’s, I’m thinking of you.

Mostly I think about my friends who have a loss much greater than mine.  Sadly, I have more friends than I care to count who have lost a child. I sit quietly (or not so quietly) on the sidelines, watching their strength as they get up every morning and continue living, despite the indescribable void in their world. I can’t relate to their pain, but empathize with their grief and pray for them continually.

My one friend wrote on facebook that she dreads Mother’s Day because she “failed as a mother” and that broke my heart. She is one of the most amazing mothers I have the honor of knowing. Not only did she fight day in and day out while her son was alive, but has dedicated her career to finding cures for pediatric cancer so other kids can have a chance at life.

As mother’s we are not superheroes. Our kids may think of us that way when they are young, and we often wish we had super powers, but in the end, we are all just human.  We are flawed. We sacrifice. We love. We yell. We hug. We support. We do our best.

I’m sure many of my friends will avoid social media this weekend because seeing photos of people with their mom’s or kids is just too painful.

So whether you are a mom or not, I encourage you to take a moment to reach out to someone who may be mourning the loss of their mom, their child or simply what wasn’t, and let them know you are thinking about them.

WFMZ Segment: Must Have Products to Ease Spring Cleaning

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Favorite Products, Garage Storage, Getting Organized, Media, Organized Home

Spring cleaning is like the New Year’s Resolution of organizing. The hardest part for most people is getting started. I had the pleasure of spending the morning with one of my favorite peeps, Eve Russo from WFMZ, where we talked about some tips and products to help ease the overwhelm.

You can watch the clip HERE   

1. Standing Bike Racks:

 

I love have everything off the floor as much as the next person, but I’m also realistic. Ceiling or wall mount bike racks are great storage options for the off-season, but you need an easy grab-and-go option during peak times. This inexpensive expandable bike rack will keep you from tripping as you enter the garage and is simple enough that a child can do it themselves.

Available at amazon.com

 

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2.  Wire Locker Baskets:

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, these baskets!  I have them in every color and use them both indoors for hats& gloves, as well as in the garage to store cleaning supplies, bottles of spray paint and other odds-and-ends. They are so versatile and inexpensive (I think I bought mine for around $14.99 each). Believe it or not, I found them at my local gardening supply store, but I’ve seen them online as well. As much as I love a lidded bin, there’s something to be said about the convenience of grab-and-go open storage.

 

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3.  Sterilite Storage Tote:

 

Normaly you’ll hear me talk about the value of clear storage bins (which still holds true), but these are my new obsession!  I came across these adorable bins when I was re-doing a playroom for a client of mine. They come in 3 sizes (the smallest is not shown in the pic), but what makes these so great are the plastic snap on labels that come in 4 colors (blue and pink not shown).  They are awesome for all those little toys like shopkins, littlest petshop, barbie clothes, and of course legos! Write directly on the labels with a dry erase marker and easily edit as the contents change.

Available at Target.com

 

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One little organizing tip:  schedule a donation pick up  so you have a commitment to get it done by a certain date, plus the donations will not be left in your garage/house indefinitely!

Leave us a comment to let us know some of your favorite organizing tips and you may be featured in an upcoming blog post.

Happy Organizing!