Welcome to the Simplified Solution’s Blog!

I’m Bobbie Spera, a Professional Organizer, Home Management Consultant, entrepreneur, and mother to an amazing little boy.  It is my passion and purpose to help others simplify their lives! I do this by providing my clients with a personalized organizing experience, hands-on help, and knowledgeable guidance.

In this blog you can read my Simplified Solutions on everything from kid’s clutter to time management!

Please also take a moment to visit my website as well: www.simplifiedbybobbie.com

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Thanks for visiting,

~Bobbie~

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Take the Challenge!

If you’ve read my blog, worked with me, or heard me speak at a seminar then you know that I absolutely believe in meal planning. It’s an important part of home management and it can really save you time and money. It can take a little bit of effort up front, but it is absolutely worth it in the long run. Today, to take meal planning one step further, a fellow blogger would like you to rise up to a new challenge!  Drum roll please……..  Eat all of your meals, varied and healthy, on a $25 a week budget! Yes, you read that right… $25 a week! Read more »

Organize Outside for Spring

If you are already experiencing Spring-like weather, as we are here in PA… then you’re probably itching to get outside and enjoy it.  But before you sit back and relax in your favorite sunny spot, there are some outdoor items you should tend to.  Get these things on your calendar (or on your honey-do list) and complete them sooner rather than later.  You’ll be set for a care-free Spring and Summer. Read more »

Managing the Recipe Mess

How many recipes do you have laying around? Perhaps they’re in drawers or folders, on the counter, taped inside your cupboards, stuffed into cookbooks, or where ever you prefer to stash them!  Maybe you’ve printed them out from an on-line site, had them handed down from your grandma, clipped them from a magazine, or received them from the last potluck or party you attended.  However you’ve acquired them I want you to gather the recipes ALL together, because it’s time to manage the mess! Read more »

Home Management 101

(I originally wrote this article for Families With Purpose.)

Each new year is an opportunity for a fresh start; a chance to make your life better.  Which is why now is the perfect time to become the COO of your home. The CO-what? The COO – Chief Organizing Officer!  ;-) As moms, wives, and even just as women we typically have the very BIG and important job of running our households (day in and day out).  So, why not have the title to go along with it?!

But, I don’t want you to just have the title… I want you to live up to it.  And here’s how you’re going to do it:  run your home like a business that’s been infused with order and lots of love.  Sound silly?  Well, think about why big businesses are successful.  They have structure, plans, organization, and the dedication to make it work.  I have a feeling that you already have the dedication part which stems from love; so I’m going to show you how to put the rest into place. Read more »

Thanks for Watching!

Thank you to everyone who tuned in and watched me last night on TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive!

Wasn’t that an AMAZING transformation?  I  just wish you could’ve seen all of the hard work that went into it while the cameras weren’t there!  The family really put all they had into it and what a sweet bunch to work with.

That was my FIRST episode, but not my LAST! We’ll be filming another episode starting this month.  I’ll keep you posted on the details as they unfold!

Remember, no matter where you are on the scale of disorganization, Simplified by Bobbie can help!

Watch Bobbie on TLC!

There is some exciting news I’ve been anxiously waiting to share with you.  This past Spring I was contacted by TLC to be the organizer on an episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive!

After the initial skepticism and shock subsided I quickly agreed and then we got to work.  A LOT of time went into working with the client to clear out, organize, and simplify their home; but what an amazing experience it was!

I can’t wait to see the finished episode!  It’s hard to tell how the show will unfold (as TLC shot so much footage).

I hope you’ll tune in and watch along with me.  The air date is Wednesday, December 4.  (As best I know, it will start at 10pm eastern time.)  Double check your guide closer to then and set the DVR!!  ;-)

Remember, no matter where you are on the scale of disorganization, Simplified by Bobbie can help!

Is Your Kitchen Ready for the Holidays?

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! Is your kitchen ready for the “overtime” it’s about to put in? Think about how much time you’ll soon spend in this area prepping, cooking, baking, and entertaining. Before the madness begins dedicate some time to organizing your kitchen.

When working with clients to simplify their kitchens I always implement zones. Zones are simply areas of like items grouped together in a location that best fits their use. Here are some sample areas: Read more »

Situational Disorganization: Becoming a S.A.H.M.

Going from NOT HAVING a baby to HAVING a baby is difficult enough on its own, right?!  BUT when you couple that with transitioning from a full-time career (or even a part-time job) to becoming a Stay-At-Home-Mom (SAHM), it can become quite the culture shock!  As it turns out motherhood is kind of a world all in its own; and it can be a lonely one if you’re not equipped for that transition to stay at home.

When you’re working you typically have routines and a rhythm to your days (ie. get up in the morning, get dressed & ready, go to work, come home, make dinner, relax with your spouse, get ready for bed, go to bed, get up and do it all again the next day).  During that time you have interaction throughout the entire day.  When you’re a SAHM those interactions sometimes go away all together.  It can be hard to maintain relationships when you’re dealing with such a time consuming and busy part of your life.  In a nutshell, it can really take a lot out of you! Read more »

Holidays: Blissfully Busy or Painfully Packed?!

Happy Homemade Holiday!

There’s something to be said about the hustle and bustle of the holidays. But there is a fine line between this time being “blissfully busy” and “painfully packed.” Personally, I’m looking forward to a blissfully busy time this year. However, I can’t say that I’ve always felt that way! So, what changed? Well, the answer is three things really.
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Situational Disorganization: A New Baby!

The quote that came to mind for this series was “the day before your whole life changes is like any other day”.  Isn’t that so true?  You have no idea that in 24 hours your entire world is going to be different, but it is.

Yes, of course in this situation you know the day before you have a baby that soon you will have a baby.  BUT, if you are a first time parent you have NO IDEA what that is going to mean to you and your life as you know it!!  Even if it’s not your first, you’ve never quite been in this situation before (you’ve never had two kids or three, etc).

I’ve Been There: Read more »