Tricia TenEyck is the leader of Life Made Simple Organizing, a Rochester-based organization and decluttering business. She seeks to help individuals and families throughout Rochester create a structure in their homes that will keep them organized for years to come.
Before starting her successful business venture, Tricia was a real estate assistant. Upon realizing she enjoyed the administrative aspects of her job, she decided to leave her position to try her hand at something new. She came up with her business as a result of realizing her strong suits and wanting to use them to benefit others in a meaningful way. Just like that, Life Made Simple Organizing was born.
Tricia’s business began because she felt confident in her skill set and her ability to help people. She noticed a gap in knowledge when it came to home organization. In fact, more people than you may think truly need a second set of eyes and hands to help them declutter and reorganize. With various obstacles in the way for different people, Tricia seeks to help them become the best versions of themselves by starting where the mess begins: home. Her clients enjoy the one-on-one experience she offers, as it provides a personal touch many businesses can’t quite offer.
Tricia’s Take: The Best Habits of Highly Organized People
Put things back instead of putting them down, you’re going to have to do it eventually, so do it now! Mark your calendar for every two months or so for the “problem spots” in your home, keeping the routine purge will be helpful in the long run. Realize that empty space is a good thing, leaving room to grow is smart! Don’t put off decisions when decluttering; hide stuff you aren’t sure about then, set up a calendar reminder to come back to those items. Did you think about them at all? If not, get rid of it!
Tricia’s 7 Tips for Success
01. Take Down the Holiday Decor & Reset
As you take down your decorations, it’s time to assess. What decorations weren’t used? Have they been used in the past five years? If not, it’s time to donate or toss them in the garbage. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to make these assessments because what holiday decorations you did and didn’t use.
02. Make an Inventory
When you’re putting your decorations away, it’s a good idea to make an inventory of what you have. Label your totes or boxes with what is in each one. This task will make it easier to grab something throughout the year and for next year’s season. You won’t have to wonder what’s in each box or go through everything over and over again.
03. Take Pictures of Your Holiday Set Ups
You may adore how you set up or decorated your house this year. To help you recreate the same setup for next year, take pictures. They’ll serve as a reference point to remember what went where.
04. Store Items in Zones
Create zones within your storage space. Holiday decorations should be kept separate from appliances, kitchen supplies, and other stored items in your basement, garage, or attic. To avoid losing anything, create a labeled spot in your storage area that keeps all of your decorations together.
05. Stay Uniform
You don’t want to question or have to memorize what is in each tote or box you store items in. Instead, create uniform stickers or labels to help you see what you have year after year. This will serve as a visual helper!
06. See What storage You already Have
Stop the cycle of organizing and reorganizing by looking through your items before purchasing storage bins or totes. This process will help you know which size bins you need, which will help you avoid taking up unnecessary space in your storage area.
07. “What Did I Not Make Happen This Year?”
After the busy season, reflect on your hosting abilities. What was lacking? What were you not prepared for? What could be better for next year? In terms of decorations, what do you want in your home next year that you forgot about? To avoid lacking anything or forgetting again, make a point to write down what you need next year. Set up a calendar event on your phone for next October so you have plenty of time to get what you need.