Catch the Summer Sale at The Container Store!

Get your favorite solutions on sale now!

Our amazing partner, The Container Store, is having their summer sale! It’s no secret that the Clear & SIMPLE Team LOVES The Container Store! We partnered with them to offer in-home organizing services for their fabulous customers. We’ve shared how much we love and use their Pretty, Practical and Portable Desktop File Box. We have promoted their Everything Organizer to transform everyone’s “junk drawers”.  And we spend way too much time walking the isles learning about, touching and day-dreaming about their awesome solutions.

We know we’re not the only ones having this love affair, which is why we wanted to share this sale you. So if you can’t make it to the store – click the picture above to shop online!!

Tip #6 for a Fabulous Summer

Make TODAY great with our Top 3 Tip!

If you missed Our Top Tips for Summer, make sure you check it out! For this post, we’d like to focus on and expand on just one tip. This tip shows up on many of our lists because it is spot on and always applies.

6. Three Most Important Things – Every morning, take 5 minutes to write down the three things that must be done that day – and that can only be done by you! The sense of accomplishment that you will feel when you complete these three things will free you to do other things.

After you make your list close your eyes, take a deep breath and let everything else go…for now. There are only so many things we can do in a day. Trust that you have picked the 3 very most important and let that be okay. If you get nothing else done at least these three things will be!

Now, here’s some added juiciness! Once you have let everything else go, you will have more energy and excitement around getting those 3 things checked off your list. That means that you’ll very likely complete them more quickly than you anticipated.

At this point you get to choose…

  1. Do I engage with the next most important 3 things?
  2. Do I let it go for today and do something I’ve really been WANTING to do?

 

It’s YOUR life, go live it YOUR way!

Creating a magical life right beside you,

Marla, Kate & Team

Get Organized the CS Way

Our systems make organizing simple!

The Clear & SIMPLE Systems © are a unique approach to organizing. They offer a simple, grounded, step-by-step process that will educate, empower and excite you to take on the “stuff” in ALL areas of your life…home, office, paper, time and even your interior spaces…mind, body, soul.

Below is a outline of our systems. We invite you to read through them, really take them in and then give them a go in your space(s). Click here for a beautiful, downloadable and printable copy…and feel free to share with everyone! If you would like additional support take a look through Our Shop or Connect With Us to get help from an organizer.

• SEE IT. MAP IT. DO IT. ©  The Foundation System for any organizing project.

SEE IT. || Take a look at where you are at.

Write the story your clutter tells.

Draw the story.

Take pictures.

Answer questions:

What’s working?

What’s not working?

Where are you stuck and why?

What do you want most to accomplish?

MAP IT. || “Make A Plan” for where you wan to go.

Do a mind map.

Make a list or create a chart.

Draw a picture or create a collage.

Write a description of your top three priorities.

Write your vision of what you really want.

DO IT. || Take the action steps to get there using our sub-system S.T.A.C.K.S. ©

• S.T.A.C.K.S. ©  The Action System to getting it done, asking just one question and taking one action at a time.

SORT || What is it? – Sort into piles of like with like.

TOSS || Do I need it or want it? – Put in the keep of discard pile.

ASSIGN A HOME || Where does it go? – Identify how/where you use it and create zones accordingly.

CONTAIN || What does it go in? – Measure the “stuff” and the storage area BEFORE buying containers.

KEEP IT UP || How do I maintain it? – Create a simple plan for how you will maintain the area.

SIMPLIFY || Decide whether any new items pass the test.

The ART of Letting Go || Acceptance, Release and Trust. Are you ready to let go?

“This treasure of a book will give you inspiration and steps to clear the clutter that is dragging you down and keeping you stuck.” – Marla Dee

Download a FREE copy and feel free to share with anyone you think would benefit!

Our passion is supporting people on clearing out all of that “stuff” that keeps them stuck in order to live the life they most desire. It takes time, energy and the tools to accomplish. We get that. That’s why we do what we do and practice it in our own lives.

We’re here for you!

Marla, Kate & Team

SEE IT. MAP IT. DO IT. © and S.T.A.C.K.S. © are property of Clear & Simple, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Have FUN Getting That Project Done!

All you need is a little system that offers BIG support!

Do you have a project that has been waiting for you, stressing you or just bugging you to get it done? We have found that most people do not enjoy even thinking about the projects that need to get done, much less taking action. We understand why. First of all, there is always too much to do in a day and too little time. Then you add the overwhelm from all of the stuff in all the areas.  Lastly, most people just don’t know where to start, how to get through the project and then how to keep it up. It’s a lot to handle!

We love teaching people how! This is why SEE IT. MAP IT. DO IT. © is such a powerful system. It walks us through each of the steps from start to finish – teaching the organizing skill – and cuts down on the time and energy it takes to get it done.

So why not find out for yourself why the Clear & SIMPLE Way is different. Set aside 30 minutes to get started and go through the following steps. We promise you’ll find joy, clarity, and freedom! Who knows, you might even get one project done and want to dive into another one.

  • SEE IT: Take a Look at where you have been up till now
  • Turn on some music that makes you happy.
  • Brain Dump a BIG list of all the projects hanging out in your head that you think you “should” be doing.  Just get it all out and down on paper.
  • Choose ONE project that would have personal meaning for this Season – maybe your closet, your garage, your computer, your pictures, or your bedroom.  You get to choose!

 

  • MAP IT: Make a Plan for where you want to go
  • Do a Mind Map for the project and have FUN creating it! kate put in link with example
  • Write a vision for the project – how do you want it to look, feel and function?
  • Make a list of the basic steps needed.  Remember you can always start with a general list.

 

DO IT: Take the Action Steps that create the change
  • Get an accountability partner or support person that you have fun with and that you trust.
  • Put the actions from your MAP list on the calendar.
  • Set up a reward for getting the project done.

 

Download our Systems Card to guide you even deeper through this process.

Get pumped and check that project off your list! We’d love to hear how you feel on the other side…

Getting things done together,

Marla, Kate & Team

 

SEE IT. MAP IT. DO IT. © and S.T.A.C.K.S. © are property of Clear & Simple, LLC. All Rights Reserved

The Sweetness of Summer

 Choose now what you WANT your summer to be!

When summer comes around, don’t you just want to have fun? The kid in us comes out and the playful, nostalgic energy of summer seeps into our spaces and bodies every chance it gets. Then the thoughts “Let’s take a road trip – or head up in the mountains to camp- or spend a week lounging on the beach” creep in.

As wonderful as this feels on one hand, it can be frustrating on the other because we still have responsibilities and commitments. Darn it! You will find us saying again and again, this is YOUR life and you get to decide what it looks like. Trust us, we know this is easier said than done and takes practice.

That is why we encourage you and your loved ones to take 30 minutes to travel through SEE IT. MAP IT. DO IT. © and create your Best Summer Ever!

SEE IT:  Have everyone share one favorite memory from a past summer and what made it so great.  Was it nature, the activity, a special place or just being together?

MAP IT: Have everyone choose one thing they would most want for this summer.  Create a MAP (make a plan) of some kind to bring the intention into reality.  You can simply write it on the calendar, draw or print a picture of the place/event, collage or get creative in any number of ways.

DO IT:  Our TIP for making the DO IT step simpler is to pick one special play event, one project and one creation for each month of the summer.  Choose now and then let yourself enjoy the juicy fruits of your planning.

We may not be able to blow off life as we know it just to play every summer, but we can consciously call in energy, activities and interactions that fill us up and bring us joy.

Trust us, we’re over practicing this ourselves. We’d love to hear how you make summer time special…?

Pretending we’re 10 again,

Marla, Kate & Team