You asked. We listened. We’re changing.

posted by Aby Garvey on December 30, 2013 7 Comments

Recently, we conducted a survey. If you participated in our survey, I can’t thank you enough. You and your fellow survey-takers really came through for us, not only in terms of the number of surveys we received, but also in terms of the incredible feedback you provided. I want you to know we are listening and as a result of your ideas and answers, I have some exciting changes to announce! Here goes…

You said, “Your online classes aren’t always at a time that works for me. I wish I could take the class when it works with my schedule.”
We say, “Good point! Now you can take classes on your time schedule.” We are super excited to announce our new self-paced online classes! These classes are on-demand, which means you can start when the time is right for you and make progress at your own pace! As with all of our online classes, you get high-quality class materials in multiple formats, plus with our self-paced online class (this is new, too!) you get access to simplify 101’s member area for support and accountability! Of course…this means that 

Get organized with simplify 101. Today is the perfect day to start!

You said, “Sometimes life gets in the way and I have a hard time keeping up with the pace of your classes.”
We say, “Now you can take classes at your own pace and still have access to our online class features!” Our self-paced online classes enable you to proceed at any pace that works for you. No more waiting around for the next lesson to be released when you’re raring to go. And, no more feeling overwhelmed that you aren’t progressing through one lesson each week! Plus, you’ll gain access to our online class features, like a dynamic checklist to keep you organized, audio lessons to reinforce concepts, and videos to complement the written lesson materials. 

You said, “This difficult economy makes it hard to take the classes I want to take. They just aren’t in my budget.”
We say, “We hear you! Now our online classes are even more affordable.” Our new, self-paced online classes are available at lower price than our expert-guided classes. Plus, all of our classes stand on their own, which means you can take just those classes you need, saving you time and money. Because you can start classes on your time schedule, you can spread out your investment over time.  

You said, “I wish you had more videos.”
We say, “You got it! More videos are headed your way!” 
We’re adding video segments to our new self-paced online classes. These videos will demonstrate and further explain key class concepts.

You said, “I love the friendly and supportive forums at simplify 101. I only wish I could interact with them even longer.”
We say, “Now you can be a part of the community even when you aren’t taking a class!” We created a Member Area for our self-paced online classes that allows participants to interact, encourage, and support one another! What’s more, you can also join our member area for ongoing support between classes or when you just want to keep moving forward with classes you’ve already taken. The member area includes a Frequently Asked Questions area, with answers to common organizing questions and dilemmas. We’ll continue to add to this FAQ area as we add more classes. So the member area is a living area of our site…with new answers being added throughout the months ahead. Plus, simplify 101′s community leaders, or as we like to call them our encouragers, will be on-hand to keep you motivated and moving forward. We think you’re going to love our new Member Area! 

You said, “I love the prompts in Quick + Simple Clutter Control. Will you do something like this again?”
We say, “Great idea! How about weekly organizing prompts in our member area?” That’s right, if you enjoyed the decluttering prompts in Quick + Simple Clutter Control, or you’re just looking for some guidance about what to do when in terms of organizing your home and life, then you’ll love the new weekly prompts in our Member Area. They give you bite sized action steps that you can do each week, to get or keep your home organized.

You said, “How can I sign up?”
We say, “I’m so glad you asked!” Okay we made that one up…but because we know you will ask, here’s the answer. :) Right now we have two self-paced online classes, The Secrets of Staying Organized and Organize Your Paper Clutter. Click on the links to learn more and get started today! By the way, now is a great time to sign up because we have an introductory offer going on. When you sign up for either of these classes, you will gain access to our member area through March 31, 2014. That’s extra time to work on your class with the support of simplify 101′s friendly online community!

If you just want access to the Member Area, sign up here. Again…we have an introductory offer going on for our Member Area…so get on over there and check it out!

We hope you’re as excited as we are about our new offerings! Thank you for being a part of simplify 101 and growing with us!


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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and coaching program

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  • December 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    You guys are so awesome! I a so excited about the members area! Just curious though what “access to aby” is like with the new self paced format since that is one of the best benefits of a live class.

    December 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks so much Alissa! We appreciate your enthusiasm and support. :)

    The new self-paced online classes include access to our Member Area. This will be more of a community supported area than what is included with our Expert Guided classes. There will be two simplify 101 community leaders there to encourage members and direct them to answers in the Frequently Asked Questions area. If a question comes up that doesn’t have a suitable answer in the Q&A area and / or through discussion with the community leaders and members, then I will jump in and provide an answer. I will also be putting together the weekly action prompts. So there isn’t a questions for Aby section of the forum…or daily access to me. That is one of the key differences between our expert-guided classes and the new self-paced classes…and how we were able to offer them at a lower price point.

    Let me know if you have any other questions!


    • December 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      And you added lifetime access!! That is super cool.

      • December 31, 2013 at 1:47 pm

        If I sign up for the Member Area up to April, will I have to sign up again for the next month or would it be an automatic prolongation?
        Thanks for answering!

        January 3, 2014 at 6:06 pm

        Hi, Petra,
        I’m not sure if I understand your question…but I’ll write what I think is the right answer, and if I misunderstood, just let me know and I will try again.

        Right now we have two membership durations. One is through March 31, 2014 and the other is through December 31, 2014. If you sign up for the March one…then if you wanted to continue on after March 31st…you would need to sign up for another block of time. Ultimately we will offer monthly memberships…but need to do some upgrades to our shopping cart to make that happen.

        Let me know if that answers it or if you have other questions.

        Thank you!


        January 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

        Just wanted to note that we’re not going to have an automatic renewal process now or in our upgrade. This is because we always want the customer to know in advance and be part of any payments they make. Thanks for the question!

        • January 6, 2014 at 2:41 am

          Thanks Aby and Jay, that totally answers my question ;-) .