Vanessa Hayes, Professional Organizer with Get Simplifized in San Antonio, Texas

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Vanessa Hayes, MHR, Certified Professional Organizer®
Get Simplifized! Life: Simplified…Organized, San Antonio, Texas

Member, Board of Certification for Professional Organizers

Member, National Association of Professional Organizers

Member, NAPO-San Antonio

 

Email: vanessa@getsimplifized.com

Give me a call: 210-692-4063
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Aquababy April 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Do you make housecalls?

Vanessa Hayes April 14, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Currently, I offer Professional Organizer services for personal and business clients in the Greater Tampa Metropolitan Area. Where are you located?

Rori Lee November 4, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Question: Do you use WordPress? Are you happy with it? I want to start my own blog, but still deciding if I’m cool enough to start my own non hosted blog. Thanks for any info!
Rori

Vanessa Hayes November 4, 2010 at 10:06 PM

I do use Wordpress and love it. I use Thesis as my theme and I love that too! There’s a little learning curve with both, but if you can use word processing software (such as Microsoft Word or Apple’s Pages then you have what it takes to learn Wordpress. I started out with a free Wordpress.com account but quickly switched to my own hosted account because I’m all about the freedom to do what I want with my blog. I have a few hosting accounts but I’m most pleased with Bluehost (I have an affiliate link in the right column of my blog, just keep scrolling down and you’ll see it) because it is so cheap and easy to use. There’s a Thesis link there too if you’re considering a customizable theme. So, here’s my wrap up…if you’re just looking to blog and aren’t concerned with customizing it, monetizing it or running a business from it, I’d go with a free Wordpress.com blog. If you DO plan on customizing it then a self-hosted Wordpress blog on Thesis theme is my best recommendation. Hope this helps!!!! PS- I’m sure you’re plenty cool enough, Rori!

Sue May 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM

I live in the midwest and I wanted to know where I can buy the bins you used to organize clothes in the drawers. Thanks!

Vanessa Hayes May 19, 2011 at 6:43 AM

I got my drawer divider boxes at IKEA. They come in a pack of six: 2 small and 2 large square boxes and 2 medium rectangular boxes. You could also try the Container Store for Expandable drawer dividers which I also use and like very much. And as another option, Target and some Walmarts carry drawer dividers. Good luck…and thanks for your comment!

Emily Parish January 24, 2012 at 3:01 AM

I was wandering if you have any suggestions to go by for like a daily orgnizer. Like a schedule board for my 5 year old. He has gotten of his schedule bc we are staying with my parents & we have been staying a night or so next door with family due to us having severe weather recently. I tried this before & it worked pretty well only I need some kind of template to get me started. For example I made him a list on a dry eraxe board at the top were different catagories of things he was supposed to do. brush teeth, flush toilet, put dirty clothes in hamper, take bath, pick up toys etc, he got rewards like extra outside time or wii time for recieving a smiley face in so many categories but the thing is that some of those tass he may do 50 times… pick up toys for example and some twice day brush teeth, so I was wanderign if there was a better list of a different way to catagorize it or soemthing. I know he does well with structure. Everything is smoother when we stay on our routine and i am so thankful for our routine, I just need some help getting organized so we have more time to spend together bc he is much more motivated to do things independantly with some kind of list or guide. He stays on track better as do I. I make myself a to do list every day as well as a shopping list of anything we may need. Try not to stop by store daily though, but I try to be prepared if I have to go =) thank you for your help! ~Emily

Vanessa Hayes April 30, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Emily,

I apologize for not getting back to you sooner! By now you’ve probably already figured out a good routine for you and your son! I have to admit, what you have described to me is exactly what I would have recommended to you. If you are looking for a specific template or one you can modify I would simply do a search online for “custom chore chart” or “children’s chore chart template” and you’ll find several different options to choose from.

As far as managing the redundant tasks (like cleaning the room, brushing teeth, saying thank you and please, etc), I would just pick a reasonable amount of times of performing the task that are acceptable to you and worthy of getting a reward. For my 4 year old, if she cleans her room twice a day I’m happy and she gets a smiley face. If she drags her feet at any time or fails to do the chore then she doesn’t get a smiley face. I try to keep it simple. Smiley faces and extra story time keeps her happy right now, but soon I’m sure I’ll have to come up with another incentive for her like, pennies or nickels to fill her piggy bank. Although chocolate is enticing, I don’t want to reward her with food and treats!

I guess the bottom line is that whatever routine or reward system you use, stick to it! And more importantly, make sure your child understands there are rewards and consequences for their actions…and make sure you follow through!

Thanks so much for writing. I hope you and your son have adjusted well. Take care!

Kathy October 19, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Sister-in-law I love you! I watched your video on sheets and followed your link to folding a fitted sheet. 38 yrs of trying to fold a fitted sheet & this method works perfectly. The best idea I had was to put the same sheets on over & over. I watched Matha Stewart fold a fitted sheet and still did not like the result. You are the “new” Martha Stewart. Thank you!

Vanessa Hayes October 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Hahahaha!!!! Lemme tell you Kathy…I felt the same way when I finally learned how to fold a fitted sheet! Thanks for reading my blog…and for the oh-so-sweet comparison to Martha ;o)

Cari December 12, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I currently have one google business email and calendar set up for my photography studio. I am shopping for a solution to update the new office I’m working with. Do you know if I would be able to use two different @yourdomain google apps business accounts simultaneously? Each office is completely separate and I would be the only one who would need both simultaneously. The new workplace is currently using outlook without any networking and their tech suggest microsoft 365 for just that office application but I am happy with my limited use of google for my email and calendar that I have previously used.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Vanessa Hayes December 14, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Carl- That’s a little out of my lane but my company uses multiple @yourdomains on one Google Apps account. Your Google Apps administrator should be able to use the “Add a Domain” function in their Apps Dashboard to set that up.

Kate March 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I don’t have a problem with cutting clutter, and I don’t like buying junk, but my kids want to save everything. People (like grandma) are always giving them little doodad presents. They will not agree to pitch or one in one out. I try to get rid of things when they aren’t around, but I feel guilty and they often wonder where these things are. I also feel guilty about garbage. It’s like I am fighting against a whole culture bent on making do dads. Ok, add to this mess all the school papers they come home with. Any advice?

Vanessa Hayes March 31, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Working with kids…and grandparents can be tough! We have so many ways that things are brought into our lives (school work, birthday parties, gifts from family and friends and fast food toys, etc)…and so few to get stuff out of our lives. The key is that you have to control it…and get those kiddos on board. It’s not easy but there are ways to slowly get them into the habit of controlling the clutter.

I recorded a podcast about how to organize our kids…you might want to check out the show notes for some tips here.

You may also want to listen to a title="Simple Life Together" target="_blank">podcast we did with Joshua Becker who shares ways he got his family on board too.

Hope this helps.

Elaine September 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Hi – I’m an organizer located in Hamilton, Ontario. I absolutely love your website! So much great info…and very well written! I’m wondering if I could please post your articles on the “resources” section of my website? Of course, I would give you all the credit! (i.e. include a link to your website and note you as the author, etc.) Thanks, Elaine

Vanessa Hayes September 30, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Elaine,
I think that would be just fine….would you mind sending me a link to your website in return? Thanks!

Phyllis Pierce October 15, 2013 at 9:27 PM

I came across a video when I goggled
organizing bathroom cabinets and have not been able to find the video on your site. I have replaced bathroom cabinets and added some to an older home, now as I have cleaned out and find I have
so much more room, I am at a loss to
figure out how I can best organize all the space I now have. I had come arcoss one that showed you organizing a bathroom cabinet using sliders, stackers and bins or the most part but can not seem to find that video at present. Can you tell me were to look ? I am interested in organizing my whole house and life and trying to simplify many things now . Most Sincerely, Phyllis Pierce

Vanessa Hayes October 22, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Phyllis,
You can find the Sliders Stackers and Bins video here:http://getsimplifized.com/bathroom-cabinets

Hope you have fun figuring out and utilizing your new space!

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