San Antonio Texas Professional Organizer Vanessa Hayes

Way More Than You Ever Really Wanted To Know About Me!

I have been organizing practically all of my life…I guess it’s just in my DNA. I grew up in a military family and that required a LOT of moves and a LOT of teamwork. With my father’s knack for delegation and uncanny ability to work best under pressure and my mother’s incredible ability to plan, multi-task, and decorate, I guess I was raised in an “organization laboratory”! I just took naturally to so many organizational skills; such as how to efficiently prepare for a move, how to plan family trips, delegate chores and how to make each new home a special and comfortable place to live…all on a military family’s budget. I guess I was just destined to become a professional organizer.

My penchant for organization first led me to become a military officer. During my nine years of service I learned even more organizational skills. Leading anywhere from 25 to 200 (+) people at a time, it was essential for me to be organized. With each office move I learned to simplify procedures and streamline my space! I purged outdated records, simplified processes and information flow, rearranged furniture and decorated my space to make it a more peaceful environment. While I loved the job I gotta admit I couldn’t stand drab military offices…so I figured if I was going to spent 60-80 hours per week at work I should make it as comfortable as possible. And comfort for me is being organized. That’s why I became a Professional Organizer!

It is a tremendous joy for me to be able to help others. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “Oh, Vanessa, you’ve got to come over to help me organize and decorate my home and office.” It happened so often that I finally realized this is truly my calling. So, after all that time spent on Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, I finally figured out what I wanted to do when I grow up…a Professional Organizer!

Now, as one on those lucky ones who has built a lifestyle where I can work from home, I’ve focused a lot of my attention on how to run a smooth office and household by creating home organization systems, establishing routines, managing family/work calendars and events, and designing with efficiency in mind. I also like to focus on fun things too like doing projects with my kids, baking, and working out to stay fit.

So, that’s me and that’s the genesis for Get Simplifized! I know most people didn’t have experiences like mine and organization doesn’t come naturally to many people. We’re all blessed with different skills, talents, and abilities (I’m a terrible car mechanic, by the way)! But, honestly, I’m the best person I know at organizing and breaking things down in a simple way for you to get consistent results. So, I really wanted to share some of that with my readers. I hope you enjoy my blog. Expect to see anything from a quick organization tip or a simple cooking recipe, to an easy project to do with your kids, how to repurpose items in your home, or how to use tech gadgets/apps and much, much more.

Again, thanks for your interest in Get Simplifized and getsimplifized.com. Whether you need to declutter your personal life or streamline business processes to make you more productive, Get Simplifized! hopes to offer you tips on how to create a Life: Simplified…Organized!

Feel free to leave comments generously on the blog! If you have direct questions feel free to contact me…all my info is on the Contact tab.

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Kathy Harris April 1, 2010 at 6:08 PM

I have been spending time on your website and find it absolutely amazing. We always were looking for better ways to organize with every move and still continue to do that daily. Thanks for all the tips and now and then I may give you one if you don’t mind. Keep up the good work!!!

Kathy Ruesch Harris September 22, 2010 at 3:31 PM

It’s been 5 months since I wrote the last comment and I am still enjoying your site. The difference made in my closets was worth a million bucks. I have to admit that I still cannot fold a fitted sheet right!!! But, Can I blow out a boiled egg!! LOL. Thank-you for all the tips and inspirational topics.

Vanessa Hayes September 23, 2010 at 9:24 AM

I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed my blog. My goal is simply to help inspire anyone who wants or needs to get organized. If I can inspire someone who needs a lot of organizational help or just a little (like an over the door shoe organizer) then I know I’m doing ok…and doing what I love…helping others. Thank you for being such a dedicated reader!

Lisa August 2, 2011 at 6:49 AM

Haven’t seen any new posts for a while. What’s new with Get Simplifized? I miss reading new blog posts and watching great videos with simple cooking tips, etc.

Vanessa Hayes August 5, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Thanks for being so patient…..and nudging me with a little bit of peer pressure, Lisa (wink). The truth is I’ve just been so busy with work, joint ventures and renovations that I haven’t dedicated time to my blog. It happens to the best of us. But don’t fear…I’ll be putting out a few more posts soon! Thanks for your support!!!!

Patty July 4, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I just came upon your site and just love the suggestions for organizing a home office. I will be working on these suggestions today! I run three businesses, which includes keeping paperwork for my husband’s business in this bedroom-sized office, and everything including household bills/paperwork is on my desk!
(Supplies are also kept in this room) Just walking in here makes me feels anxious! Keeping a daily planner, however, help me to stay focused.
Any suggestions will be very much appreciated!

Vanessa Hayes July 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Hi, Patty! So glad you’ve found my site helpful! I’ve got a few blog posts and videos that can be helpful as you turn that “anxiety” producing office into a more peaceful and productive one;o) Here are a few links to posts that might help you:

12 Tips to Organize Your Home Based Office

Organize Your Desk

Time Management Tips

Combatting Procrastination

Working With Hanging Files and Folders

How to Create and Use a Desktop Action File

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