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!

The Ultimate Garage Giveaway!

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

 

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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!

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!

 

 

Organize Your Garage On A Budget

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

If you’ve ever tried to organize a garage you know how overwhelming it can be.

I spend most of my days helping others de-clutter and organize their homes, so finding the time to work on a project in my own home always takes a back seat.

This summer I finally installed a new garage system in my own house thanks to the help from my good friends at Organized Living.

We don’t have a lot of storage space in our basement, nor do we have a useable attic, so all of my seasonal decorations need to be stored in the garage.  Since I only access them once a year, I wanted to maximize the vertical space going up the wall-leaving the floor clear for things like a shop vac, snow blower and generator. I also have several categories that I need accessible such as car supplies, tools, gardening, etc.


 

Below are some before and after photos from my garage transformation:

a bunch of makeshift shelves were definitely in need of a facelift!

a bunch of makeshift shelves were definitely in need of a facelift!

Lots of wasted space!

Lots of wasted space!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love my new streamlined shelves deep enough to hold season bins

Love my new streamlined shelves deep enough to hold seasonal bins!

Love, love, love, these cubbies where I can easily find what I'm looking for!

Love, love, love, these cubbies inside the lockers where I can easily find what I’m looking for!

Closed door lockers keep unsightly supplies hidden but not forgotten!

Closed door lockers keep unsightly supplies hidden but not forgotten!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


50% of homeowners rate the garage as the most disorganized place in the house, the place they delay getting organized, yet it’s a place the entire family uses regularly.

Organized living is offering 25% off their Freedom Rail line though the month of September.

If you’ve been procrastinating on tackling the black hole you call a garage, now is the time to get motivated!

Check out www.organizedliving.com or contact info@simplyborganized.com and we can help design the ideal solution for you!

 

Happy Organizing!

Take Control Of Your Clutter

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Garage Storage, Getting Organized, Organized Home, Organizing Services, Simplify, Women

“Out of Clutter, Find Simplicity”-  Albert Einstein.

Motivation is often the jumpstart we need to overcome some of the most daunting tasks. For years I’ve had the pleasure of working with private clients helping them de-clutter and establish systems to maintain an organized space. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that clutter goes deeper than what’s on the surface.

I’ve come across countless people who are organized on the outside, but are frustrated because they don’t seem to have enough time to get everything done. Or perhaps there is just that one area that no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to keep organized. Whatever your struggle is, chances are you are not alone.

For some time I’ve wanted to find a way to bring people together in a fun environment (and what’s better than food,wine, and free stuff?), offer some expert advice, and motivate you to tackle your clutter.

So I created the Clutter Clinic.

What is the Clutter Clinic?

The Clutter Clinic is a series of three 90-minute workshops spaced throughout the year to keep you motivated and inspired each season. Attend, one or all-whatever works for you!

Each clinic focuses on a specific room or trouble spot. During each event I’ll share techniques to reduce clutter, how to address problem areas, and identify the best products for your needs, allowing you to maintain an organized space.

Grab a friend and join me for a delicious lunch at  Caleb’s American Kitchen for the next event in our series, Clutter Clinic Garage.

Upcoming Schedule:

  • Clutter Clinic Garage- June 11, 2014
  • Clutter Clinic Paper Control-September 10, 2014
  • Clutter Clinic Holiday-December 3, 2014
  • Clutter Clinic Closet-TBD
  • Clutter Clinic Playroom-TBD
  • Clutter Clinic Kitchen-TBD

If you are interested in attending any of our clinics please feel free to email me and I’ll be sure to add you to our mailing list for future events.

Clutter can be overwhelming. Don’t let it be.

Happy Organizing!

Below are a few pictures from our last 2 Clutter Clinics.

Me patiently awaiting the arrival of my clutter clinic attendees!

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Here’s a photo from our first Clutter Clinic-a sold out event!