Marsha Sims is a national speaker who has taught seminars on time management and organizing, managing the front desk, and projects and priorities. She has been a professional organizer for 22 years as the founder and president of her Miami-based company, Sort-It-Out, Inc.
Get to Know Marsha Sims
Is getting organized a challenge for you?
With 23 years as a professional organizer, Marsha Sims has seen it all… from socks filed in the file cabinet to tools stored in the oven!
In 1992, Marsha Sims was owner of Sims Realty in Miami Florida. “Hurricane Andrew helped me to make the decision that I wanted to do something else.” Not knowing what to do, Sims met with a professional development coach. “Do this, and you will be really successful” the coach said, handing Sims the application for the National Association of Professional Organizers.
Sims was distraught. “I am holding an application for an organization in my personal area of incompetence.” Years later, Sims recalls that “empathy was my greatest skill in the early years.” Clients appreciated the fact that Marsha would jump right in and learn along with them. Clients were relieved to know that they were not alone, and that they would not be judged because of their lack of neatness. “I used to say, you can do this. I know, because I did it.” That was 1992. The coach was right. Sort-It-Out has grown, and often the organizers who work for Sort-It-Out come to you with an assistant. “It speeds up the process and allows you to focus on making the decisions necessary for success.”
She Understands the Problem
At one time a messy herself, Marsha has admitted to being her own nightmare client, and has successfully turned her pain into solutions for others.
In the early years, Marsha specialized in clients with Chronic Disorganization and Paperwork Issues, but that quickly expanded to specializing in kitchen, closet, garage, residential organizing and decluttering, coupled with skills in paperwork, filing systems, productivity and time management organizing for businesses as well as home offices
But Marsha’s special focus was always on her clients and their special needs; not on “stuff.” She could never judge you, because “I have been where you are.” She prided herself on understanding what got her clients’ organizing off track in the first place, and creating special strategies to help them get organized… their way.
Marsha Sims has been featured in media, having appeared on local and national television, on numerous radio programs, in newspapers, local and national magazines, business journals and in blogs.
In addition, Marsha has been a frequent contributor to local publications, and is often asked to speak for local organizations.
From Teacher – to Professional Speaker – Back to Teacher
Marsha comes from a long line of teachers. Her grandparents taught at Florida A&M University in the 1940’s and 1950, her parents were school teachers, her father becoming a school principal during her school years, and then a school administrator (assistant superintendent) while Marsha was in college.
After college, of course Marsha became a teacher, but not wanting to follow in her family’s footsteps, she soon opened several businesses; a lingerie manufacturing company, a real estate company, and then Sort-It-Out, Inc.
Over the past 22 years, while running Sort-It-Out, Marsha wrote five books, and did a 3 ½ year stint as a professional speaker, traveling all over the United States speaking for a national seminar company.
After leaving the seminar company Marsha settled in to do what she does best… teach! She started with local classes, seminars and workshops, and then because of her need to hire organizers, started a training class for people to learn the skill of organizing for clients. “I just wanted to create a pool of organizers who would be able to work with our clients.”
With the emergence of the internet, and the popularity of her classes, people asked if she could train them to work with clients, and her CFO (client-focused professional organizer) webinar program was born!
Her coauthor and colleague Sandra Felton suggested that she create online classes for people who wanted to get organized at home, and she did. After successfully teaching twelve separate organizing classes (From Organizing 101 to Clutter-Free-Forever), Marsha decided to combine them into a one-year program that combined her then 22 years of information into one magnificent class that would teach everything you need to know to get yourself organized! The SOS Organizing Program does just that. It is THE premier program that truly helps people where they are… at a price unheard of in the organizing industry! “There is nowhere in the WORLD where you can talk to a professional organizer for $27! WIth our program, we are determined to be there for our students… regardless of their situation.”
Marsha Sims has co-authored four books on organizing in North America: “Organizing Your Day,” “Smart Office Organizing,” “5 Days to a Clutter-Free House” (Baker Books), 10 Time Management Tips that will Oragnizize Your Life (?), and one book in German, in Germany “Eikenfranken du Burro” (I can’t even read it!).
Formerly a monthly organizing expert columnist for the ________________ and the _______________. Marsha is a frequent contributor to local publications, and is often asked to speak for local organizations.
“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” – Albert Schweitzer
With experience, humor, and the keen ability to understand our underlying motives, master professional organizer Marsha Sims’ passion is to teach her students how to organize and control the massive amounts of information, clutter, and paper they get on a daily basis.
Awards & Recognition
For the first fourteen years of her career, Marsha was an active member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and served as chairman of the certification committee, the committee that was tasked with the creation of the CPO designation for professional organizers. Marsha has been the recipient of numerous awards and designations. She is a member of NAPO’s Golden Circle, a testament to her outstanding knowledge and experience in the field of professional organizing, and has received the _____ from (that Tony Gary organization), and the coveted Distinguished Toastmaster designation.
Family and Education
Marsha is the proud mother of three professional, college-educated sons who are her confidants and best friends! She graduated magna cum laude from Florida A&M University; a proud tradition in her family.