Laken Lane Blog Series

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These posts were written at the request of Laken Lane in 2018.


To Simplify is to Succeed: Article No. 1

How Outsourcing Your Chores Can Make You More Successful

Some of the most successful individuals in the world have risen to their level of success in part due to having clean surroundings. According to various experts such as those at Develop Good Habits, tidying up your workspace could be the key to increasing your productivity. As a result, a problem for a busy business woman can be the absence of time to be able to make things spotless herself; Continue reading in order to learn about some of the best services to use to tidy up – without wasting any of your own time off the clock.

Merry Maids

One of the highest-rated, countrywide cleaning services in the continental U.S. is Merry Maids, which has been around since 1979. With screened and trained employees, a “satisfaction guaranteed” policy and an opportunity to save $100 on your first five weekly or biweekly cleanings as a new customer, why wait? Merry Maids provides standard cleaning services that will provide you with the most priceless of luxuries: the ability to truly relax during your down time.

Care.com

Considering many people are interested in their cleaner keeping up with their exact expectations (the floors should be vacuumed with a very particular motion, you know?), Care.com might be the website to use to hire your ideal housekeeper. Whether he or she comes by once a week or once a month, there’s something to be said for the extra time you’d have in a day if you didn’t feel compelled to wash the dishes, clean the bathroom and vacuum. Besides, even according to The New York Times, “the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less”.


To Simplify is to Succeed: Article No. 2

Create a Capsule Wardrobe, Create More Time

One of the best ways to create more time for work and for play is to develop a capsule wardrobe. As recommended by Business Insider, cutting down on excess clothing can lead to less stress in the morning and add time to your day. Although the most popular examples of successful business owners that implement dressing from a capsule wardrobe (Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerburg, anyone?), if you’re looking for an easy way to make your work week more tranquil, it’s time for you to give this organizational trick a try.

You could start one of the first steps to whittling down your wardrobe as soon as tomorrow morning: the hanger technique requires virtually no time and can be a fool-proof way to get rid of things that you’re saving to wear “someday”. Place all clothing items on hangers in your closet and, as you wear items day by day, turn the hanger around to face the opposite direction. By the end of the time frame of your choice (a month, 3 months, etc.), you’ll know what don’t use near enough by simply peering into your closet. At that point, it’s a simple stop to a consignment store to give your unworn clothes a second life.

However, a problem for many individuals could be having an inability to curate a capsule wardrobe comprised of pieces that go well together. Without having to go through the agonizing process of asking yourself “Could I actually wear this scarf with this top?” or “How on earth could I survive without my 30+ pairs of shoes?!”, Jenn from Mappcraft could create your capsule for you. One of the services she offers is the Personal Style Mapp, which includes inspiration for “4-6 four-step outfit formulas for every occasion [that are] dictated by your unique lifestyle”. As Jenn puts it, if your “closet is holding [you] hostage”, minimalism might be for you.


To Simplify is to Succeed: Article No. 3

Become More Focused: Hire Help

Some of the most successful professionals in the world have risen to their level of achievement in part due to organization. According to various experts such as those at Develop Good Habits, decluttering your workspace could be the key to increasing your ability to stay focused. Consequently, a problem for a busy business woman can be the absence of time to be able to declutter a space herself; Continue reading in order to learn about some of the best services to use in order to get organized – without wasting any of your own time off the clock.

While hiring a professional organizer is most often a regional- or city-based service, one of the best examples of how professional organizing could transform your life can be found in Less is More’s project gallery. While Less is More is a professional organizing service based in Miami and Chicago, there are plenty of organizing services across the country. From home office organization to closet organization, a professional organizing service is guaranteed to make your life easier, even if that only means being able to consistently find your favourite pair of jeans.

If hiring a service comes with too many strings attached, another great way to get organized without wasting your weekend is to search for help in the form of a personal assistant. Most often, these sorts of jobs are advertised on websites such as Indeed, LinkedIn, or ZipRecruiter. You’ll find yourself at even more of an advantage if you live near a university; many college students are consistently looking for flexible ways to add to their income. By hiring a personal assistant, you can also set your own rates and delegate additional tasks from your to-do list. If you’d like to focus better on your most important tasks, it might be the right time for you to simplify your spaces – or to have someone else do it for you!

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