Organizing Mastery




"Finally... a program that will help me know what to do with all of my stuff!"


Ready to kick the clutter habit?  If you have organizing challenges, general disorganization, and too much clutter, and you are ready to kick the clutter habit, this class might be for you.


Do you have one or more of these organizing challenges?

You are a stay-at-home mom frustrated with the disorganization and mess.  No one prepared you for the demands of taking care of little ones, and you want to do a better job of taking care of your home.  You don't want your husband to be disappointed, and you don't want your children to grow up in a disorganized mess.

You are a working parent and it seems you spend all of your time driving small people around and helping with homework.  You'd like to have some time for yourself.  And you'd like to have a well-run, presentable home.  

You are a business owner and you understand the value of managing your time, and knowing where things are.  When you can't find a file it can cost you in embarrassment, and real money.  You need to be organized so your business will run more smoothly.

You are downsizing. After many years living in a sizable home, you are moving into a condominium and you'll have about half as much space as you have right now.  What will you do with all of your treasures gained over a life well lived?

You are a hoarder.  You are drowning in stuff, and you don't want to live like this anymore.  At this point you believe you are beyond help, and you don't believe life without clutter is possible for you.  You'll try again only because you know the pain this is causing your family.

You are just ready to get organized.  You are tired of the clutter and the disorganization.  You are tired of losing things.  You are tired of having to clean up before you can let someone in.  You are tired of procrastinating. You are tired of wondering when you are finally going to get organized.


Wouldn't it be great if it could be like this instead?

You are a stay-at-home mom, and you spend your time going to the gym and making cookies with your little ones.  Your home is clean and smells great.  Laundry is done, and you are looking up a new recipe that you are sure will delight your husband.  In yoga class you smile thinking about how fortunate you are to be able to stay at home.  Husband is happy.  Kids are happy.  Life is good!

You are a working parent with small people and a hectic schedule.  But the schedule works.  Everyone understands their assigned chores, the home runs in an orderly way, meal planning and meal prep are organized, and homework seamlessly gets done (well... most of the time!).  You have finally figured it out.  You have time for yourself, and you now have a well-run, presentable home.  

You are a business owner and time management is everything.  You know where things are, files are organized, and you can find what you need when you need it.  You are well organized and your business runs smoothly.  And the bonus?  You are proud to entertain clients in your neat, attractive office. 

You are downsizing. Instead of spending your time taking care of possessions, dusting them, moving them around and losing things, you are now free to play tennis, go swimming, and entertain friends!  You have just what you need, no more and no less.  Most days you can't remember why you needed so much space... it seems you just used it to house things.  Now you are able to really enjoy your life.  Tennis anyone?  

You *were* a hoarder.  You just took the casserole out of the oven; hubby is bring a business associate over for dinner.  You spent the afternoon cleaning up from your daughter's playgroup, and this weekend your sons cub scout pack is spending the night to look at stars.  No more spending all day fretting over stuff! Now you love entertaining and spending time with your family.  And the new soap in the bathroom has a wonderful fragrance! mmmmm!

You are just ready to get organized.  You are ready to eliminate the clutter and the disorganization.  You are ready to stop losing things.  You are ready to be able to let someone in without having to clean up first.  You are ready to stop procrastinating. You are finally ready to get organized!

Just Imagine.  Imagine how much happier and relaxed you'd be if any time you wanted to find something, you knew exactly where it was.  It IS possible!

Jane, a 37 year old accountant in Cambridge, MA with curly hair and a big smile was excited when she was accepted into the Premium Level Client Program!  A self-admitted "clutter-holic," Jane said, "I'm just messy.  When I walk into my apartment there's "stuff" everywhere I look!  Clothes on the floor, glasses out of place, papers everywhere.  I'm ready to live in a clean, uncluttered apartment."  After class today Jane said, "I have 21" of space in my closet!  Yippee!!!"



Would you like to accomplish some or all of these?

You'd like your home to be neat.  You want to learn and implement the skills that will help you to maintain a beautiful, welcoming home.

You want your home to reflect your true values.  A home is supposed to be a welcoming environment where everyone feels secure.  You'd like your home to be the place everyone comes to it.

You'd like your office to look professional.  Paper piles can make you look inefficient.  Is your client confident that you can find his file?

These are the things my clients have told me they wanted as a result of being better organized.

And all of this is achievable with the right information, coaching, and support.  You need to understand what works, what doesn't work and have the confidence to take action and finally get your home or office organized the way you want it.

I'm Marsha Sims, the owner of Sort-It-Out, Inc.  I've been helping my clients and students get organized for over 25 years.  During that time I've helped hundreds of clients to get their homes, offices, and paperwork organized.  There's a very good chance I can help you as well.

If you feel you may need some personal guidance in getting past these challenges to organizing and attracting the life you truly want, Organizing Mastery may be the right class for you.

This page gives a very complete overview of how the program works and the results you can expect.

"As a result of being in the Organizing Mastery class I've been able to make the kind of progress that I'd never been able to make before!  Marsha is very patient with us.  She always makes us feel that no mess is too big to handle.  I've been able to tackle rooms that I couldn't even go into before.  This class is my life blood now!"  Mary K


What you can expect from this program

When we work together, you will see an amazing transformation in your thinking, and in your home.  It won't be a dreaded task but a real adventure.  As we work together you'll start to experience the following:

1. More clarity about why you let this happen, and what it takes to finally clear up your clutter

2. More confidence.  You'll start to look at your organizing as a challenge, not as an insurmountable problem.

3. More courage. You'll start to actually look forward to accomplishing your organizing goals.

4. More focus in taking action - less hesitance and avoidance when it comes to tackling your organizing.

5. More fun and joy.  And isn't that the point of getting organized in the first place?

Organizing your home doesn't need to be a chore or drudgery.  In fact, it can be a game that you win consistently.  You just need to know the rules of the game and build a few essential skills to play it successfully.  Many of my students and clients have told me that after years of resisting organizing, that now it's the easiest part of their day.

"Every time we work together in class, miracles happen and my  home looks better and better.  I never thought this was possible, but with your help & my class buddies, my life has changed.  Laura Y.


How does the Organizing Mastery Class work?

Organizing Mastery is a weekly program that gives you guided assistance with decluttering.  It's as close to hands-on as possible without someone having to come to your home. 

  • You'll be with Marsha Sims on a live call once a week.  
  • You start by selecting a project that you want to work on during your small group class, and send a picture of it to Marsha before class.
  • Marsha comes virtually into your home, and works alongside of you and your classmates asking questions about various items and your goals for the room or area. Then she tells you what to do, one area (or item) at a time.
  • Marsha helps each classmate get started and suggests what you should do during the class. You go and do it (right now in real time) while she gets the next person started.
  • You send a second picture after about 10 - 20 minutes. Then you come back to the class for more support; and we continue
  • Keep coming back for more support during the class.  When you've finished each thing Marsha tells you to do, you come back to class and she will tell you the next thing to do right now (in real time).
  • We all cheer for you when you send Marsha your final picture!  At the end of class, Marsha will give you your homework to keep the momentum going between classes.



Benefits of the Organizing Mastery Class

  • Everyone remains anonymous.  No one sees you. They only see the room you want to work on today.  
  • You will get organizing instructions directly from Marsha, and you will learn even more from listening to others as they work in their rooms also.  
  • Each class is a personalized organizing session.  Marsha tells you what to do, and you go and do it (right now in real time) while she gets the next person started.  Then you come back to class for more personalized instruction.
  • You get to learn from each other, and from each other's mistakes.  If you are working in a dining room and your classmate is working in a kitchen, you get to learn strategies for additional rooms.
  • You will be amazed at how much better your room looks and at what you have accomplished by the end of the 90 minute - 2 hour class session.  The proof is in the pictures!

At the beginning of the program, we suggest that you make a commitment to work on your home for three months.  At the end of three months you will have had 12 sessions with, and in that time everyone makes significant movement towards being organized. 

Your project might be the closet in your bedroom. It might be just clearing off the vertical surfaces so you can have company come over, or sit down and have dinner together with your family.

You might have a house and every vertical surface has piles three levels deep, and you know it's going to take a longer time.  Others may not take as long.  You'll get what you need in three months.  If you love the class, and almost everyone does, you can renew for an additional three months.

"I am always amazed at how much everyone accomplishes during the class. You will be so happy with what you will accomplish with Marsha's expert help, a supportive group to encourage you and cheer you on, and your goal - the reason you want to get organized in the first place!"  Margaret 




How will we work together?

All Stages of the Organizing Mastery Program

I work with you as an individual, understanding that you have special needs and unique goals for your home or office.  A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work for anyone.  You need your issues addressed directly with approaches that will work for you and your family.

In our organizing sessions we'll work to develop your "organizing muscles" and help you with critical decision making skills. Clutter is postponed decisions, and you will learn how to make important decisions quickly.  Keep / Sell / Donate / Trash

I work in partnership with my students as a coach who helps develop clarity, direction, goals, and plans, and then works to successfully develop and implement those plans.

I don't *do* organizing for my clients, I help them learn and ultimately master the concepts, approaches, and actions necessary to get their homes and offices organized once and for all.

Early Stages of the Program

First, we discuss purpose, goals and what you want to accomplish and what you want things to be like in your home.  We also look at what you've done up to this point and what might be holding you back.

We get clear on what is important to you, your interests, hobbies, skills and abilities an what you want to focus on with your organizing.

Next, we work on creating a plan for your home or office.  You will learn to draw a 4-minute schematic and start thinking strategically about your home. 

We then work on determining what kinds of items belong in which areas, so you can begin to develop places for everything to live

We work to bring out the natural harmony and beauty hidden beneath all of the clutter in your home and in your psyche.  We understand that organizing is never about the stuff.  It's about the people.

Middle Stages of the Program

We work on developing your "organizing muscles" through in-class exercises and daily homework.

We help you determine where everything should go, and help you carve out spaces and places for the things should be there, and help you decide what to do with the things that don't belong anywhere.

We discuss possibilities and approaches for most effectively handling your existing clutter.  We discuss donating vs selling the things you don't want or need.  We help you find places for the things you want.  We help you develop a strategy for eliminating the things you don't want, and a simple methodology for being able to make those tough decisions

Later Stages of the Program

We work with you on all aspects of decluttering and organizing your home and office.

We help you decide where everything should go.  We have a system for deciding what stays and what goes.  We walk you through our system step-by-step.  You will never feel alone.

We assist you in making the myriad of decisions that need to be made every day.  Decisions that will help you stay clutter-free.

We work with you on motivation, getting unstuck, tapping into your vision, purpose and inspiration and helping you uncover new possibilities for your home and your life.

We help you with maintenance.  Once you've gotten your home organized and beautiful, we help you maintain it. This is where we pull it all together.

At the end of our work together you are a more confident, capable organizer of your time, your papers, and your environment

"This class has enabled me to do what was impossible a few short years ago.  For the first time in over 20 years I will let my family come over for the holidays."  Jay R



How do you know if the Organizing Mastery Program is right for you?

Working in this program could be right for you if...

1. Your clutter or disorganization is keeping you from the quality of life that you deserve.  You've tried and failed, and you know there's  got to be a better way.

2. You know your home has enormous potential, and you'd love for your home to be beautiful again.

3. You have a burning desire to be successful in organizing your home.  It's not just for you, but for your family.  They deserve to live in a nice home, and you are tired of feeling guilty about the clutter.

4. You are ready to do what's necessary to stop making the problem worse, and you are finally ready to turn things around this time.

5. You feel you need to work with someone in a very personalized way that will focus on your unique needs and with a system proven to get results.


"For years and years I would not even send Marsha a picture because I was so embarrassed.  This class is the best thing I have done for my home and for my family.  In just eight weeks I have made more improvement than I've made in the last eight years."  Ann Marie L


Here's what participants are saying:

  • "I've never accomplished so much on my own before!"   Diane
  • "It's amazing what we accomplish in every class!"  Debbie
  • "I feel like I'm not the only one with this problem."  Bruce
  • "I love the support of the group"  C.J.

"The Organizing Mastery Class is like hiring a professional organizer who is focused on you at a fraction of the cost. You get real-time advice and encouragement from others struggling with the same problem. The progress is amazing and the weekly homework assignments help to continue the momentum throughout the week. If you're ready to really make lasting changes and keep moving forward in your organizing this is the right class for you."   



What is the next step to being in this program?

Program Fee and your Commitment

The most important thing to ask yourself right now is, "Is this program right for me?  Will it give me the support I need to move into action and start getting my life back in order?" and, "Am I willing to do the work necessary to succeed?"

If your answer is "Yes," to these questions, then I invite you to join me and and others who are truly serious about getting control of their clutter.


The fee for the program is $259 per month.  

You'll pay via credit card with a recurring monthly billing.

I ask you to make a 3-month (one semester) commitment to participate in this program.  After that, you can renew three months at a time if you choose.

This program is not about building long-term dependency.  I'll be thrilled if you engage fully in this program and leave when you've graduated with full honors (meaning a cleaned-up, neat, organized home or office)!


This is how to sign up for the Organizing Mastery Program

If you would like to be in the program you can sign up at the link below:  This is an ongoing program, so you can register at any time.



Once I get your registration you'll get a confirmation email with your first program assignment.  And you can then join the program on the very next Wednesday at 11am ET or 1:30pm ET.

"You have dramatically improved my life.  Before coming to Organizing Mastery I felt this mess was hopeless.  I felt like I'd never get out from under it.  Now, more than anything, I have hope.  Thank you for creating this class for us."  Sheila J



Not sure and would like to talk?

You think this program might be for you, but you're not sure.  You have some questions and some reservations.  If that's the case, drop me an email: (marshasims@sortitout.net) and let me know any questions you have or if you'd like to talk (include your phone number) and I'll get back to you.

Warmly,

Marsha Sims


Right below you'll see a number of common questions and answers about the program.


Frequently Asked Questions:


Q. I've never done a webinar before.  Is it easy enough for me to do?

A. Yes;  It's totally easy. You don't need to know anything about technology to be able to participate in this program.  You can do the class by phone, by IPAD, or by computer.  It's as easy as dialing a number on your phone.

Plus we have technical support on standby.  You will never miss anything.

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Q. Can I participate in the class with out a computer?

A. Yes; You can use your phone to participate in the class.

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Q. What happens if I have to miss a class?

A. All classes are recorded in both video and audio.  If you miss a session, we provide the audio and video file.

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Q. I've been in other organizing classes.  How do I know this one will work for me?

A. This is not a typical class, it's more of a work-session.  There are no lectures, and note-taking is not necessary (or advised).

During class, Marsha helps you figure out where things belong and you put them there right now.  You can't mess up.

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Q. Is this program just for hoarders or is it also for people who are just a little messy, or who want to organize for a special occasion (in-laws are coming!) 

A. The program is for everyone.  If you are a newlywed who wants to learn how to set up your new household, or you are downsizing after 30 years of accumulations, this program will help you.  If you are a serious hoarder, or if you just want to go through the piles on your desk, you'll find that you are in the right place.

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Q. Why do you do this weekly instead of twice monthly?  Isn't it a bit much?

A. Sometimes the problem with getting organized is making yourself do it.  At other times the problem is knowing what to do.  With Organizing Mastery you'll never be stuck because Marsha is right there with you to give you a nudge, or helpful advice.

Each session will help you get focused, set your goals, make plans, work through any resistance you might be experiencing, and then (most importantly) go into action... immediately.

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Q. When can I start the program?

A. The program is set up so you can join anytime.  When you join, you become fully immersed in the program immediately.  And you are invited to call Marsha at any time to work on your clutter.  And then in the sessions, you'll get coached, supported, and get your questions answered so you are confident about doing your organizing during the week.

You will be charged for your next month exactly one month after the first payment.

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Q. How long will it take for me to start seeing improvement?

A. You'll start to to see your beautiful room or office emerge from underneath the clutter from the first class session.  

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Q. But my house is too messy.  Don't I need to know what I want before I start the program?

A. Sure, it's great to know what you want, or to know where everything should go.  But these are things you will work on during the program.  Too often, not being prepared is an excuse to continue to procrastinate.  There is a deadly  mindset: "I'm not prepared enough."  That can hold you back from taking action forever!

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Q. Won't I get overwhelmed with all of the information?

A. I doubt it.  This program is not heavy on "learning" a ton of information.  It is heavy on "doing" your organizing.

Because the group is about coaching and support, you'll learn what you need to know when you need to know it.  For instance, if you can't make yourself get started, or if you find you keep cleaning the same area over and over but it stays cluttered, we'll troubleshoot your approach, try some new organizing ideas, and leave you confident about taking the next step.

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Q. If I don't know what to do with my things, how can you possibly help me?

A. Clutter is simply postponed decisions.  I want you to be pro-active about your things, not re-active.  This means, you should (pro-actively) have all of the things you want and need.  You should not (re-actively) have things that you don't know are there.  In Organizing Mastery you will learn techniques to stay in control of your stuff, and not let it grow to the point of making you unhappy.

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Q. Suppose I don't want to throw anything away?

A. Of course you don't want to throw away your things... and you should not throw away ANYTHING that you want or need!  The problem is, the things we want and need get buried under the things we don't want and don't need.  I just ask you the questions to help you make your decisions.  Once you learn how to ask yourself the questions, your organizing will become much easier. 

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Q. How soon can I expect to get results from this program?  I don't want to be in it forever!

A. I'm really not interested in building client dependency in this program.  I want you to see success quickly, and you will.  All participants make progress immediately.  This program is like training wheels.  Once you know how to ride, you are off on your own.
   

"I didn't believe it could work for me.  I entered class with a lot of skepticism and doubts because I have tried and failed many times.  During class, the other classmates reached out to me and assured me I could do it.  I am so thankful that I listened and stayed in the program.  I've made more progress with this than with anything I've tried before.  For me, it's the group support that helps the most."  Fran S
 "I've been struggling with clutter since my children were born - and they're all grown and gone now!  I've hired people to help, but this is the first time I am really getting it done.  Every time I walk into the kitchen I am happy to see my clean surfaces, and my heart smiles. This is the only thing that's ever worked!  Thank you!"  Albertha R.


"The best things about this program for me are: 
1) I don't feel alone.  I'm learning that others have the same struggles that I have, and 
2) I'm learning so much from listening to the other people, and watching how much they are able to accomplish!  I'm convinced this can really work for me!" 
3) My work is completed during class!  All I have to do is not mess it up until the next class!  Randy J

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