Your Sanity Savers!

Your Sanity Savers!

Who are the Sanity Savers?

Welcome! We are the Sanity Savers - aka Evan and Jazmin Henkel; a husband-wife team with all the skills and experience you need to delegate that which makes you feel a little chaotic on the inside.

The idea of Sanity Savers originated from my late mother, who wanted to start a personal concierge service. For her it was always a really good idea, but she wasn't given the chance to see it through. It is our goal is to honor her memory through making her dream a reality.

That's why we make frequent donations through our online sales to the Kansas Head Start program, a charity close to her heart.

We hope that this legacy can help shed some stress and responsibility from your likely too-jam-packed life.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Give your possessions "The Value Test" and save some sanity!

Lately, there has been a lot of talk in our world here at Sanity Savers about VALUE. The word "value" originally came from Middle English - Old French valoir or, ‘to be worth’.
  • The noun is:  the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something
  • The verb is: the material or monetary worth of something
So, why are we are looked to as the advisers?

From a more professional standpoint, Jazmin has over 15 years of experience in clothing consignment sales, as well as some experience in antique books, dishware/china and some kitchen-ware. Then about 20 years in cleaning and professional organizing. Evan knows the value of bicycles, bike gear, ski gear, fishing gear, cast-iron, and tools. He is also a bike mechanic and general problem-solver who is awesome with efficiency solutions. 

We have been through a multitude of housing "issues", including mold, so while our motto is "we do that" - it is probably because we "have done that!"

From a more personal perspective, we have purged and purchase and sold and purged and purchased a sold way too many times over. We get it. It's hard to let stuff go. I bet you that I still have maybe 10 things from this move. That poor car was so over-packed we had to stick to flat, boring, long highways.

After many of these experiences and years of doing this both personally and professionally here are some tricks to help determine "value": Sentiment and usefulness should be considered in tandem and usefulness should win most of the time.

  • The cash-in-hand test. How much financial value makes it worth more than its sentiment? Almost everything has a price!
  • The memory replacement test. Can the items sentiment be replaced with a memory, or a picture-story (take a picture, write up a little story, but get rid of the actual item). 
  • "a place for everything, and everything in its place - test." If that sentimental item doesn't have a place - is it really sentimental? 
  • The "touch-it" test. How many times do you touch an item before it looses it's value. This rule works better than you might realize. I ALWAYS get to the point where if I have to handle that thing one more time, it's gone-zo!
  • The storage cost test. Would you pay to store it?
  • The "if" test. If the item was lost, damaged or stolen, how does that make you feel? Would you pay for insurance to protect it?

Monday, October 7, 2019

Sanity Savers Article - What drains your sanity?

We all have those "things" that drain our sanity. For me it is the toddler phase. Never liked it as an auntie-babysitter, still don't as a parent. Sure there are some yummy-sweet moments in there and we are cherishing them. It is true that the little years are few, so we ARE taking the time to revel in them. However, I can still dislike the not-so-fun parts. After 40-years of a VERY crazy life, I feel I am entitled to have some dislikes about our in-voluntary (but oh-so-cool) parenthood.

My second sanity-sucker is anything technology. Everything we own breaks whether it cost $1000 or $10. OR it goes into a state of "gee, I've never had this happen to anyone before." - said every customer service/tech rep ever.

So, from those two big sanity-suckers, I can easily determine what it is that the Henkel Family needs to delegate: Frequent childcare or swap-breaks between us parents and a tech-savvy team to help our business get growing.

The biggest secrets to a successful business lies in these two statements:

1 - you must fall and fail and hit obstacles. It's how you handle them that matters. Use this mantra "there are good experiences, and there are lessons" then when you look at the hard times as a lesson that you are in the middle of learning, it changes how it feels. Less weight, more control and ability to turn those into opportunities.

FOR EXAMPLE - we were on our first in-home organization job and the cops showed up. A nice neighbor had seen two random vehicles loading stuff up and people going in and out of the house. AND, the owner had left. Um, yah. We need a permission form and for people to warn neighbors they know are looking out for them. And a van sticker.

Ok, duh. Lesson learned! (enjoy the chuckles this quick story brings - we did).

2 - You must delegate. You can NOT "do it all" yourself. You can NOT give from an empty cup. Delegate, delegate, delegate. Call us. : )

The more you can get off your plate and off your mind, (and out of your house) - the more sane and focused you will be.

We promise.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Sanity Savers is on the job - Stuff Collector / Sanity Saver!

We just saved a client the work of a Garage Sale and will be slowly flipping items of value and finding new homes for that which can brighten someone else’s day! Sanity Savers to the rescue!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Sanity Savers Tip - Drain Care, Part 2!

This is the monthly (or so) drain opening and sink sanitizing treatment. Keeps the bad germs away. And since we have an oil school septic, we are trying to limit the number of toxins and super harsh chemicals that kill the enzymes that the system needs to thrive. These are the supplies!

Start by cleaning sink with soap and or this spray (I use it all over the house/beds, toys - very safe!)

Sprinkle about 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda in clean sink. Then some drops of essential oil (optional, just smells nice). 1/2 cup of Vinegar pour over the mix. Let it bubble. Use the excess remaining to scrub. Then do a big dump of boiling water.

5 minutes. done. 

Sanity Savers “Mystery Box” service!!

We have an overage of inventory, so for shipping costs plus very, very cheap - you can get a box of correctly sized items! Only a few of these available so act quick! This box has some Athleta, Nike, H&M, and some specific workout-outerwear. They are paying thrift store pricing + shipping and that’s it!

Are you the next mystery box recipient? 

Sanity Savers is on the job!

From mud-room mess to utility! We even used apples as a decor/healthy snack attack reminder. And our big “brain dump” paper pad is now somewhere we can quickly jot down notes as we come & go. Created a charging station and that art was found at our free shack at the dump. It’s original and was in awesome condition.


Sanity Savers Tip - Drain Maintain

Best drain defense is hot water every night. And a monthly vinegar/baking soda flush with about a gallon of hot water. That’s it. We can all do our part by stopping the use of the toxic chemicals. You don’t have to be a changer of the world, just a changer of your own mind and therefore habits.

Sanity Savers is on the job - Pest control!

We are prepping our home for winter and we’ve gotten really good at completely toxin-free and natural pest control over the years (and a service we offer!) We use a mix of diatomaceous earth and Cedarcide (an awesome company!) & a few drops of essential oils. This mix is for the back of cabinets, under stoves, anywhere mice like to play and lots/tons/everywhere in our basement as it’s a living space. We use the same around the house, as well as ONLY natural un-dyed Cedar mulch! Also, for carpenter ants, nothing better than a Dawn soap and warm water dump! No toxic chemicals needed!

Sanity at Home - Part 2

Sanity Savers is on the job - at home. Office moved and then blew up! Can’t wait to see the outcome! Give us 2 weeks and this place is gonna be a working office! Two rooms, a bathroom and laundry. And a cozy 2nd bed to escape when you are sick!

Sanity Saving at Home

Sometimes the sanity you need to save is your own! While I am in the market to be the one YOU delegate, I am also someone who is working on those same task items in my own life. For example. I just got a huge inventory to list and immediately our internet went down with no fix in sight (don’t worry we will figure it out). Also, looked around my “office” and realized it’s on the wrong floor of our house - by two floors - so not a quick move. And in the process a chair leaked some super staining oil from being outside. But, this is all part of the journey and when your partner in crime is your love, that certainly helps. Now here is this same story, in picture form!

Sanity Saver Score - A trunk in our trunk!

It’s really not too shabby that picking and traveling around the beautiful NE area is a business expense. Very old, very collectible trunk. My new inventory holder and likely picture background for product! Thanks to Lisa Roberto Swirl in Putney. The BEST consignment shop in the country (and I have been to many). #shoplocal #familybusiness #smallbiz #gottasticktogether #reuse

Sanity Savers is on the job - Exclusive Consignment Client

Sanity Savers is on the job. Our favorite and most longest client sent us some stuff to sell, and boy does she knows how to bring it! Good purge! Now let’s start making these things have value again! Our closet to consignment offering is for a LIMITED number of people! You gotta have the goods. Brand names people know and look for: Prana, Athleta, LuLu Lemon, Birkenstock, Clark’s, Born, the list is long. Consignment quality only! Are you the next exclusive client? The door opens again this winter!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sanity Saver Tip

Upgrade your house to basket organizing. A REALLY fun project because you first get to find great baskets for cheap. Found a pile in VT this past week on the side of the road. Goodbye dollar store bins. Hello "reuse" organizing hack! Save the planet and your eyes.