Simplifying Small Businesses: Time Is Money!


To date,  Simplify Your Space's services have included  simplifying any and all residential spaces.  I am happy to announce that  Simplify Your Space  has expanded its services to not only include residential  simplifying, but small business space  simplifying, too!

This is the story of how the expansion of services came about....

One of my new 2012 clients is an owner of several small businesses.  She manages operations and processes both at home and at a retail commercial space.  When she originally contacted me in January, she expressed her desire to get all spaces in her home  simplified.  She, like so many of my clients, was overwhelmed with her space and had finally had enough...she was fired up to make a change! 

As I tell all of my clients who are interested in  simplifying  more than one area or room of their home, "let's start with the spot that pains you most." 

In this particular client's case, as a business owner of several different companies, the area that "pained" her most was her home office...followed closely by a couple of storage closets containing inventory for one of her businesses.

Home Office Before....
Home Office AFTER!
Home Office Before...
Home Office AFTER!

After working through my new client's home office space, we moved onto her storage closets, which contain inventory for one of her businesses.

 Inventory Storage Closet Before...
 Inventory Storage Closet AFTER!
Inventory Storage Closet Before...
Inventory Storage Closet AFTER!
Customized Labels & Signs as seen in the next three photos were created by 
Graphic Designer, Francesca Papini 
(contact me here for her information)

Additional Storage Area Before...
 Additional Storage Area AFTER!

As most business owners are well aware, time is money...time lost is money lost.  Working in a  simplified space where items have homes that make sense increases productivity.  Conversely, working in a chaotic space where items are hidden under piles or shoved inside drawers hinders productivity, which costs time & money.

This client of mine is not alone in her space!  In fact, according to OnlineOrganizing.com, "the average person loses an HOUR a day to disorganization -- more than two weeks each year!"  

Time is money right?  

To demonstrate, let's use this handy calculating tool from OnlineOrganizing.com.  Our example will be a person earning a gross annual income of $40,000 who works an average of 8 hours a day & estimates that he/she loses an hour each day to disorganization.  

You ready for this?!....one hour of this person's time is worth $20.49 and his/her disorganization costs him/her $5,000.00 a year!  Wow!  I wonder what he/she would do with all that time gained & money saved if he/she lived and/or worked in a  simplified space where everything had a home that made sense?


After my client and I worked together over several sessions to  simplify her home office and inventory storage closets, we moved onto her laundry room.  

Laundry Room Before...
 Laundry Room AFTER!
Laundry Room Before....
Laundry Room AFTER!
Customized Bi-Lingual (Spanish/English) Labels pictured below by
Graphic Designer, Francesca Papini
 (contact me here for her information)

After the laundry room, we  simplified  her home kitchen space.  When I left the session that day, she was all excited to cook.  In fact, the week immediately following our  simplification of her kitchen, my client cooked six out of the seven nights...something she assured me had not been done in quite some time!  

A few days after my client and I  simplified her home kitchen space, she called me to say that she had a proposition for me.  

She said, "Nikki, we all know how much I love you and how much you've changed my life.  Would you be willing to come help us at the Bakery?  I worked up there this weekend and I couldn't stand it now that you've got me all organized at home.  I had an employee call me to tell me that she searched an hour for a shamrock cookie cutter...help?!"  

Again with our theme here...Time is Money!

Bakery Back-Office & Storage Area Before...
 Bakery Back-Office & Storage Area AFTER!
Bakery Back-Office & Storage Area Before...
Bakery Back-Office & Storage Area AFTER!
Bakery Back-Office & Storage Area Before...
Bakery Back-Office & Storage Area AFTER!
Bakery Back-Office & Storage Area Before...
Bakery Back-Office & Storage Area AFTER!
Bakery Back-Office & Storage Area Before...
Bakery Back-Office & Storage Area AFTER!

 I am so thankful to this client for contacting me in January...and grateful to her for providing me this opportunity to help in her retail commercial space.  This client's relief and peace felt in her residential space resulted in her desire to feel the same at work.  

Thanks to this client's opportunity given to me, Simplify Your Space now offers  simplifying services for small business spaces.  It was exciting & rewarding to work with her wonderful employees & to see the relief on their faces when they knew right where to go to find what they needed.   Productivity (and morale, too!) immediately went up!

One final thought...one of the most rewarding parts of my job is to experience my clients learning how to  simplify  by themselves, making decisions on their own regarding how and where items should go...I truly enjoy teaching and coaching them on how to walk through a decision so that they may feel confident maintaining their space when I am not there.  I am particularly proud of the subject client of this blog post.  Way to go, girl!

Here's to living a more  simplified  life at home AND at work!  


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