We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Brundage and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
As someone who had a long career in the corporate accounting and office management world, I loved the challenge of creating systems, streamlining procedures, training employees, and making things better than I had found it. It took me a long time to realize that I thrive on change, and I value making a positive impact each day. While I was a really good employee, I found myself bored with doing the same thing every day once things were systematized and running smoothly. I craved more impact, more options, more freedom, more flexibility, and an environment that was challenging and dynamic at the same time. In 2003, I started Simple Organized Solutions (SOS), a professional organizing and consulting company. The idea was to help companies with organization and systems. SOS would focus on corporations, executives, families, and individuals. Over the years, SOS has expanded to include downsizing, rightsizing, and facilitating transitions for seniors and retirees into smaller spaces. I am in purpose and on purpose while helping others simplify their lives. I like to say, I turn chaos into calm.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The professional organizing industry has gained popularity of late due to the likes of Marie Kondo (Author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and the Netflix series of the same name) and more recently, The Home Edit (a professional organizing team with a new Netflix series that focuses on organizing for celebrity clients). But professional organizing is not new and reportedly emerged as a profession in 1984. As with any business, there are ups and downs, however, I like to tip obstacles over and turn them into opportunities whenever possible. What makes me different is my hands-on approach and years of experience. I also work very closely with my clients and I’m “in it up to my elbows” when completing projects. Unless an unusual circumstance, my clients are involved in the process. This helps with “flow” – how they flow through their homes and flow at work, and it helps with maintenance – an important component of an organized lifestyle. Because of my experience, advanced education, and long corporate career, I easily move between working with Senior Executives to working with busy, overwhelmed families to helping adult children and their aging parents through challenging, downsizing moves. As I wrote in my book, Simplify Your Life: 8 Simple Principles to Turn Your Chaos into Calm, “Getting organized is a project. Staying organized is a lifestyle.”
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As a lover of the outdoors, our first outing would be a nice hike in the Superstitions. As a lover of nature, I would then take them to the Arboretum and/or the Desert Botanical Gardens. As a lover of change, I would then drive them up to the White Mountains by way of Payson. The end destination would Big Lake and a visit to the surrounding areas. I love spend time in the kitchen so we would engage in my latest endeavor, baking sourdough bread. We might also make homemade soup, Mexican food, or just a backyard BBQ. Simple food is my favorite. We might then take a drive to my favorite indie bookstore, visit some vintage shops, and support a local coffee shop or restaurant or two.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Colleen Hanvey, mother Sharyn Jordan Hancock, friend & mentor
Other: Facebook Business page: www.facebook.com/professionalorganizeraz Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/clutterdisruptors/permalink/879157892621005/?comment_id=879178905952237 Google Reviews: www.google.com/search?q=google+reviews+simple+organized+solutions&oq=google+reviews+simple+organized+solutions&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i64.6154j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#lrd=0x872bb17229622dbb:0xa1251fac83e93c1a,1,,, Houzz – www.houzz.com/pro/asbrundage/simple-organized-solutions-s-o-s
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