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Simplify Experts Receives Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016!

Simplify Experts 2016 Super Service Award
We are so proud to announce that for the third year in a row, Simplify Experts has earned the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award. This award goes to the top 5% of service companies which service the local area marketplace. The winners must meet strict eligibility criteria including an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. We are thrilled and excited to continue to provide excellent professional home organizing services to the Seattle area.

 

Simplify Experts is the most accredited professional organizing firm in the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to other accreditations, Denise is the only Master Trainer in Chronic Disorganization in the PNW.
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Forget New Year’s Resolutions, We Celebrate you Today!

We celebrate the clients of Simplify Experts

I began writing this blog about New Year’s Resolutions. I was going to encourage you all to declutter, organize, simplify. Then I remembered that New Year’s Resolutions don’t actually work for the majority of people who try to set them. So, I began to write a blog about all the reasons why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work and tips for setting better, S.M.A.R.T. goals. That might have been nice, but let’s face it, it is the holiday season and you don’t need to be reminded of all the things you are NOT doing.

So instead, I would like to CELEBRATE YOU and what you HAVE accomplished this year; all of you, our amazing clients, our dear followers and our friends!

You have made it through 2016! I am going to say it, it’s been a doozy of a year. But, you have tirelessly nurtured and supported your family. You had fun but of course there were ups and downs. You learned, you took risks, slogged through, and rocked it. You know, normal life stuff…

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How I Became a Professional Organizer AMY NELSON

Amy Nelson

I didn’t plan on becoming an organizer.  I’m not a naturally organized person. Anyone who saw my room growing up or in college can attest to that!   Educating and helping people have always been my passions.   I graduated from WSU with a degree in Speech Therapy and Audiology.  Out of college I worked for the Lake Washington School District and then Seattle Children’s Hospital in the Audiology Department.  In 2005 when my son entered kindergarten I took some time off to volunteer and be a stay-at-home mom.  In 2008 I was looking for a new career when Denise (a friend) asked if I would come work for her. She had a large project and needed some assistance.  I started at Simplify with Denise the next week.   Eight years later, a name change, lots of training, education and certifications, we are still together.
I had always enjoyed watching TV shows about organizing or reading magazine articles and seeing the transformations

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How I Became a Professional Organizer ALICIA LOTT

Alicia Lott
Clients often ask me how and why I became a professional organizer.  I get excited when I am asked this question because I truly love what I do. I have about six years of organizing experience under my belt and I have answered this question a lot. It boils down to three things: I love stuff. I love organizing other people’s stuff. I love helping people truly enjoy their homes by organizing their stuff.
My relationship with stuff is interesting. I spent my childhood accompanying my mom and grandmother to many garage sales, estate sales, antique stores and thrift stores all around King County. As a result, I have a lot knowledge about what collectibles have value, which ones don’t, what can sell in a consignment store, and what collections are on trend.  I understand and appreciate the relationship clients have with their treasures. I also appreciate the value of a clutter free home. When clients are grappling with too much volume, my favorite question to ask is, “does this item need you?”
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How I Became a Professional Organizer JESSICA SHEETS

Jessica Sheets
“What is a professional organizer?” After two years with this wonderful company this is certainly a question I hear a lot. So, what do we do really? It is far more all encompassing than what might come to mind for most people. Not only do we clear the clutter, strategize then implement organizational systems, downsize, manage moves, and the list goes on, we are also cheerleaders, life coaches, helpers, friends, simplify experts and so much more! It takes a level of compassion, empathy, caring, and natural coordination to take on such a role. These are all qualities I noticed in myself and have nurtured through my short 25 years and ultimately what led me to this profession.
Even from a young age I craved the structure and simplicity that proper organization affords. Although sharing a room with my younger sister may have made it a bit challenging through the years, I always enjoyed the big weekend cleaning days where everyone was assigned a chore and we all worked as a household to reset our home to a cleaned, managed, and peaceful place. These memories, coupled with sincere appreciation for that inner peace have persisted on and led me to always pursue opportunities where I could help make a difference in people’s lives.
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Contained Home: A New Service from Simplify Experts and The Container Store!

contained home

Like many of you we love The Container Store. It is such a fun store with aisles and aisles of beautiful home organizing products of every possible type. For some people The Container Store can be a source of inspiration. Others know they need help, but the store can be a bit overwhelming. We can completely understand why. There are so many types of products to choose from! How do you know what you will need for your organizing project? How many containers

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Fabulous NAPO Service Project

The first Saturday morning in May I had the privilege of leading a service project for my Seattle NAPO chapter.  NAPO is the National Association of Professional Organizers of which there are 4,000 members worldwide.  We have a Greater Seattle chapter that meets monthly on the first Tuesday evening in Bellevue.  This Seattle chapter has 35 plus members and I am currently serving on the board as Treasurer.

 

Service to others is an important personal value of mine;

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Why You Don’t Need More Than One Kitchen Knife

kitchen knife

Do you have a favorite kitchen knife? Right before the holidays last year, I took all my Henckels knives to be sharpened at the Epicurean Edge, a local knife shop. To be honest, I’d never had my knives professionally sharpened before. But this same set of Henckels knives has lasted me the 22 years of my marriage, so since they’ve been such a great investment, I thought I should do the right thing and have them sharpened by the pros. I brought all of my knives, thinking the lovely people at Epicurean Edge would sharpen them for me while I waited. I was mistaken. The sharpening would take a few days. Hmm, what to do. I needed my knives – every day.

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The 7 Things That Are True for Yoga and Organizing

yoga and organizing

The other day in the middle of my fifth sun salutation I realized yoga is really similar to home organizing. Hear me out, I know it sounds far-fetched. If you think about it, both are really hard work, both are very repetitive BUT both also bring about a lot of wonderful, awesome results.

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How I Became a Professional Organizer PAM DOXSIE

Pam Doxsie

On becoming a professional organizer, you might say I was born that way. As far back as I can remember I have wanted my possessions and surroundings to be neat and tidy and have everything in its place. I remember as a child cleaning out the family garage, or wanting to clear out cupboards or closets. As a college student, my dorm room was always clutter-free and organized. Keeping my environment orderly was like therapy for me. As an adult working in a corporate world, I was teased about my clean and organized desk. People thought it was a sign that I didn’t have enough to do, when in reality I couldn’t think or focus properly with a cluttered desk. All of my life I’ve been teased about being tidy, but intuitively I knew that being organized meant a calmer and less stressful life.

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