Success Stories

"Lori – Thank you so much! This is the best money I’ve spent in a while. After working with you on Thursday, I spent the weekend on my mailbox - using the File-Act-Toss process - and got down from 5800 to 9 items in my inbox at this very moment!  I am going to really work to build up these habits over the next couple weeks. It feels so good to be in control of my work environment - it has really been life-changing. "

Emily Eckman, Director - IT, Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA

"I was fortunate enough to attend your 'Finding Balance in an Ever-Connected Work World' presentation at the AG HR Roundtable this week, and walked away feeling very eager to start using the 'File-Act-Toss' methodology. I look forward to keeping up with your tips and suggestions for productivity. Thanks Lori."

George Moore, Recruiter, GROWMARK, Inc., Bloomington, IL

"Lori was just what our team needed to get organized! In a busy theater, it's easy to let the clutter pile up, but Lori gave us a great plan for a new organizational system that is just what our staff needs. We're so appreciative of her professionalism, expertise and creative ideas."

Nikki Syverson, Director of Development, Des Moines Community Playhouse, Des Moines, IA

"Lori, Thank you for presenting to the 501© Forum this morning. I know all of our attendees took away some valuable insight from your presentation. I really enjoyed your presentation style!"

Tyler Weig, Executive Director, South Suburban YMCA, Des Moines, IA

"Fantastic session!  She had great advice and her ability to 'make it real' based on what technology our company allows was invaluable."

"Loved the simple step-by-step process she presented. Will definitely give it a try."

"I wish we had capacity for my entire team to hear Lori's presentation together so we could make a change as a group!"

"So glad that I attended both the Keynote presentation and the workshop, brainstorming with our small group really helped make the ideas she presented real."

"Just wondering if Lori does 1-on-1 work to help me with my own needs analysis!!"

Principal Financial Group Workshop Attendees, Des Moines, IA

"Thanks for being a part of our "Team" Workshop. You were great and I know we will all be more organized because of your great advice and insignt!!"

Cindy Adams, CEO, Iowa Society of CPAs, West Des Moines, IA

"Your presentation was spot-on. You not only gave us strategies to implement, but provided tools and access to various office supplies and apps to help make daily work life easier. We are still talking about it afterwards. Thank you, again, for your time."

Kimberly Rubis, Iowa Society of CPAs, West Des Moines, IA

"I just want to say Thank You for helping me put an organizational system in place. It's certainly a work in progress but I find myself more mindful and less stressed, not to mention feeling more in control rather than my to-dos or other's agendas controlling me. Thanks for your guidance and coaching over the last few months!"

Renee Sedlecek, Office of the President | External Affairs, Drake University, Des Moines, IA

"Just a quick note to thank you for a wonderful presentation at the NAPO Conference last week. I enjoyed your discussion on industry trends. I look forward to future opportunities to hear you speak."

Eileen Bergman, Professional Organizer, West Orange, NJ

"Lori recently helped implement a Customer Relationship Management system for our small business. She is great to work with and very detail oriented. I felt overwhelmed just thinking about not having paper files anymore and how the tranistion would affect everyday business. She made the transition very simple ensuring that all our questions were answered through the entire process."

Tamara Donnelly, Buresh Home Solutions, Clive, IA

"Great ideas, you rock!!!"

Michael Cameron, Farm Bureau, Des Moines, IA

"I love the office the way it is now - it's much, much better! Thank you so much for all your help - it has been great to feel like everything is now "in it's place" and we are settled."

Dr. Steffany Mohan, Plaza Dental Group, West Des Moines, IA

"Lori, Thanks so much for everything...especially for helping me gain peace in our office. It feels great to come into work and not feel cluttered and overwhelmed. I have a system for handling incoming better and have more time to backlog, or...archive. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you. I would and will recommend your services to all that I know."

Rose Richards, Richards Construction Co, Sac City, IA

"Lori has an open-minded communication style that builds trust; a problem solving approach that seeks the win-win for the good of the team; the ability to maintain the big picture while managing the details; and an acountable "cao-do" attitute. She is a visionary...she is not afraid to ask difficult questions or tackle challenges head on, but does them with a grace and style that brings stakeholders together."

Nicole Chamblin, Visions Productivity Solutions, Lake Ridge, VA

"Thank you, Lori, for the expertise and coaching you have provided for our staff over the past several months. I, and others at the University, have noticed some excellent improvement in team productivity habits and confidence. Our team members have used your expertise by attending a large employee development session at the University and on-going individual coaching. A great benefit of your coaching program is that it allows individuals to focus on specific challenges and develop, over time, the unique systems and habits that work best for their individual needs and work style. A high functioning organized team is a great asset to the University and I am grateful for your assistance in their professional development, which will be valuable in allowing all the staff to take their work to the next level."

Mandi McReynolds, Office of the President | External Affairs, Drake University, Des Moines, IA

"Great presentation this morning.  Best I've ever attended here at Drake.  I shared many of your ideas with my co-workers as soon as I returned to the office.  Thanks again."

Krista Magill, Drake University, Des Moines, IA

"Lori - Thank you! The research, information and expertise you have provided saved me volumes of time and effort. You were able to cut through the clutter for me so that I can focus on the important steps to move forward with my project and better serve my accounting clients. This is exactly what I needed and it was worth every penny."

Mary McCormack EA, Sage Small Business Services, LLC, Jefferson, MD

"When Lori spoke at our Women in Communications meeting, she shared clear, actionable ideas and real-life examples. Many organizing experts advise people to follow rigid systems that are too inflexible to maintain. Lori's approach is more realistic. She showed us how to adapt basic organizing principles to fit our personal preferences and needs. After hearing her clear, practical, and motivating presentation, you'll have lots of ideas about simple changes you can make to save time, effort, and energy."

Cecelia Munzenmaier, AWC Des Moines Chapter President, Des Moines, IA

"Our office was getting crowded. Rather than moving to a larger office or purchasing additional storage space, we worked with Lori at Life Made Simple to develop a plan for clearing out our file cabinets and moving towards a paperless environment. Lori helped us to choose the appropriate tools, designed the systems, and trained our team for a successful and efficient move from paper to paperless. We are now working in a less cluttered office and can find what we need quickly via the iPEPBusiness online file storage system. Thanks, Lori, for helping us reach our vision in an efficient and cost-effective way."

Deidre Anderson, Plaza Dental Group, West Des Moines, IA

"Through her time management workshop, Lori Vande Krol taught us how to keep our paper, e-mails and even lives organized so that we could focus on our mission of defending and promoting the rights of individuals with disabilities. Lori helped to move us all forward - me included."

Jane Hudson, Executive Director, Disability Rights Iowa, Des Moines, IA