SimpleLife Organizers is a company based in Palma de Mallorca dedicated to providing a professional organizing service for domestic and business organizations.
My philosophy is to help families to achieve a fully organized house in which everything is in place, following a logical order that meets the needs and personal tastes of each family. Any space in the house can be organized; wardrobes and dressing rooms, kitchens, rooms for children and teenagers, bookstores, offices, garages and storage rooms.
In companies, my goal is to provide a complete organizing of documentation, work material and merchandise or stock, eliminating clutter and improving the work environment. This service is carried out through the implementation of a document management system and the application of the Japanese 5S work method.
The process of accumulation plays a very important role in how we feel about our homes, the place where we work and even about ourselves. The collection of useless objects could be described as carrying a backpack loaded with stones and when we drop it we gain a large dose of extra energy. After the relief from this load we gain clarity and vitality. This is easy to understand, however, why do we accumulate objects that we no longer need?
- MORE POSSESSIONS MEANS MORE VALUE
Society convinces us that we are worth more if we own more. So we buy and accumulate possessions not because we need more things, but because we want to be more valuable in the eyes of others.
- LEARN SELF-ESTEEM
We often feel unacceptable, incompetent and unimportant. We believe that we are not able to achieve our dreams, to find true love or to do something different in life. We lack guidance and passion. We feel the emptiness that the lack of objectives leaves in our hearts and we try to fill it with purchases, goods and merchandise, because we believe that this will bring us happiness. At least that's what the commercials, advertisements and posters that flood our minds every day promise us.
- LOOKING AT THE PAST
We tend to cling to objects that remind us of happier times, when we felt loved, deserving and valued. We keep memories of a time when we were successful in sports, when our professional career prospered or when we weighed less and we were younger. We covet and glorify those objects that remind us of our achievements and the pride in ourselves when achieving them. These objects remind us that we are not a lost cause and that there is still hope that our life is worthwhile.
- I MEANT TO SAY NO
On many occasions we believe that we are worthy of the love, respect and appreciation of other people if we accept any unnecessary items they give us. So we dare not say "no" if our grandmother offers us her collection of over one hundred porcelain dolls. We keep the jersey that our best friend gave us, although we know that we will never wear it. We do not want to offend our partner by discarding the thousands of brand-name souvenir catalogues from their business trips. We can’t tell our sister that, even if we wear the same size pants, that we already have enough jeans. And so disorder grows because we want to please others, make them feel happy and feel worthy of their love or friendship.
- IMMEDIATELY CHANGE
We are so accustomed to our disordered life that we are experts in dealing with it, and we reorganize our lives around the Chaos, no matter how unpleasant it may be. We might even convince ourselves that our house is not so messy anyway.
- FEAR OF FAILURE
The process of organization is overwhelming at the beginning “Where to start? Will it really be worth it? Will I be able to maintain order?” Disorder unbalances us and sometimes even embarrasses us, so we choose not to start before we risk failing because failure would mean that we have no remedy. And so disorder traps us in an endless circle of guilt, shame, self-condemnation and anxiety, making things worse than they ever were.
And so disorder traps us in an endless circle of guilt, shame, self-condemnation and anxiety, making things worse than they ever were.
- The lack of order attacks our mind with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work harder than necessary.
- Disorder distracts us by diverting our attention from what is really important.
- Disorder makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally.
- Disorder constantly sends signals to our brains that our work never ends.
- Disorder generates feelings of guilt and shame, especially when family and friends arrive unexpectedly at home, at our office or company.
- Disorder inhibits creativity and productivity, by invading open and common spaces.
- Clutter frustrates us by preventing us from locating what we need quickly.
- Clutter makes us feel helpless, overwhelmed and creates anxiety. However, clutter is rarely recognized as a major source of stress in our lives. Fortunately and unlike other sources of stress more commonly recognized such as work or relationships, the disorder can be easily corrected.
FIGHT AGAINST DISORDER IN FAMILIES
If disorder has invaded your entire home, do not approach the job alone. Get the whole family involved by starting with a room that everyone uses and holding each one responsible for a section; it can be the kitchen or the living room. If, on the other hand, you are alone, make sure that you will have enough time to organize a large area or even a full room in a single session. The professional organizers know well that organizing in small doses does not usually give good results.
A SPACE FOR THE ARTICLES FREQUENTLY USED
The regularly used items must be placed in spaces that are easily accessed. However, these spaces must be "closed", such as drawers and cabinets. Storing on open shelves does not eliminate the visual stimuli that create stress and will also decrease the amount of open space the mind perceives.
REMOVE, RECYCLE AND DONATE
If you do not use it, do not want it or do not need it, remember that one person's garbage is another person’s Treasure, so do not keep it. If there is something you use on special occasions, keep it in a box in the garage or storage room and leave space in the house for items used more frequently. Write on the box the date you save it. If you have not opened the box in more than a year, what's inside is probably not something you need.
USE AND SAVE
When you use something, return it immediately to its place as soon as you're done with it. It seems simple, but in reality it requires practice and commitment.
A “Pending” folder helps to clear the workspace and, at the same time, gives you easy access to any pending issues.