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"Keep paper clutter down around the house by sorting your incoming mail into separate bins for junk, bills and personal mail. When you go through your mail later, it’s already presorted, and papers won’t be cluttering counters and tabletops during the week."

- Jenny

Jenny Rybek, owner of Live Simple, smiles at the camera.
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IN
2011

Beyond The Quick Fix: Long-Term Solutions to Clutter

By Erika Schickel


NAMEJennifer Rybek
PHONE NUMBER(201) 906-9776
EMAILjenny@ilivesimple.com
WEBSITEhttp://www.ilivesimple.com
FORMS OF PAYMENT
SERVICES PROVIDEDOrganizer, De-Cluttering, Moving Services, Office Organization, Garage Organization, Home Organization, Senior Downsizing
SERVICE AREAS Central
Atwater Village • Baldwin Hills • Bel Air • Beverly Grove • Beverly Hills • Boyle Heights • Century City • Cheviot Hills • Chinatown • Commerce • Culver City • Dockweiler • Dodgertown • Downtown • East Hollywood • East Los Angeles • Echo Park • Edendale • Fairfax • Firestone Park • Gramercy Park • Griffith Park • Hancock Park • Hollywood • Hollywood Hills • Inglewood • Jefferson Park • Koreatown • Ladera Heights • Larchmont Village • Leimert Park • Los Angeles • Los Feliz • Macarthur Park • Mid-Wilshire • Miracle Mile • Mount Olympus • Oakwood • Outpost Estates • Palms • Park Mesa Heights • Pico Heights • Pico-Robertson • Pico-Union • Rancho Park • Rimpau • Silver Lake • University Park • Vermont • Vermont Square • View Park • Watts • West Adams • West Hollywood • Westlake • Westwood • Whitley Heights • Windsor Hills

Westside
Brentwood • El Segundo • Fox Hills • Lennox • Malibu • Mar Vista • Marina del Rey • Montana • Ocean Park • Pacific Palisades • Playa del Rey • Playa Vista • Santa Monica • Sawtelle • Topanga • Venice • West Los Angeles • Westchester

26 User Reviews
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Laura K.

Los Angeles - March 20, 2018

I am planning to remodel later this year and wanted to get a head start—purging and clearing out. It is hard for me to get motivated to do this alone so I asked Jenny to work with me for three sessions. She is an angel. She has a great attitude—motivating, energizing and she is a busy bee. She made a dreaded chore fun! I will gladly have her back again before we start work to help me clear out and pack up and after to put everything back in place. I highly recommend her!

Leslie W.

Westwood - February 7, 2018

Jenny was instrumental in helping clean out and organize my garage. She helped me decide what to keep, donate, sell, and generally just made sense of everything. She organized everything in such a way that I now know exactly where to find whatever it is that I need, without having to guess or open up several boxes. I no longer have a panic attack whenever I walk in there!

Enid Harris

Westwood - February 5, 2018

Jenny is fantastic! I was drowning in "stuff" and now I'm not! It was relatively painless and now that it's gone, can't even remember what I was hanging onto!

Felita Shen

Marina del Rey/Venice - December 22, 2017

Moving out of my 4-story Marina del Rey house with a two-car garage and elevator was a monumental effort—but with Jenny's infectious energetic personality, we got it all done, done, done, with fun and ease too!Jenny is like a maestro in the midst of all the chaos—bringing order and structure and focus to every part of the move. Her mind THRIVES in the mess and she sees it as therapeutic to clear things out, sort things together and bring clarity to whatever is there.I trust Jenny inherently. She has my house key, she's highly discretionary when she needs to be and can blend in with everyone, while taking charge and bringing direction when needed.I hired Jenny to start packing my Marina del Rey house to prepare to move out. Then she helped on the Move Day and coordinated bedrooms, bathrooms, living, dining, utility, patios, kitchen, garage, etc with the movers. If she wasn't there, practically nothing would be labeled and all the boxes would be just a huge massive jumble. Then she helped move us in temporarily to my mom's, and she brought order to that process. And then she helped with the transition from the movers' storage areas to a new storage area. Whew.When we find our new place, she'll help with that process too!I can't tell you how many times I would just be so overwhelmed and look over at Jenny calmly taking control and having everything work out so smoothly and perfectly around her—and I would be so relieved and grateful. Jenny is a life-saver. Call me if you have any questions, but she is definitely the BEST!

Judy D.

Brentwood - December 20, 2017

My only regret with Jenny is that I didn't call two years ago when I first read about her. I had her come to help me do some cleaning before the Christmas holidays, but we have dates set to do a long overdue whole house/garage cleanup. She's easy and delightful to work with. I can't recommend her highly enough.

D.L. & T.T.

Venice - March 28, 2017

We love Jenny. Her eyes grew wide with anticipation when she saw the state of our garage. "I live for this," she said. And 8 hrs later our garage was spotless; there were piles to be thrown out, piles to be recycled, and piles to give away. Everything else was neatly put away and stored and it felt like we had a brand new garage. Plus, she has a great vibe!

Julia Cohen

El Segundo - March 28, 2017

I initially hired Jenny to organize my kitchen. She is patient, organized (duh), methodical, unflappable and very hard working. She and her assistant emptied out my kitchen, categorized all of my junk, let me weigh on on what I wanted to purge and what I wanted to keep handy, and then put it all back together, complete with labels! I realized after they came that there were certain areas of my kitchen that gave me stress on a daily basis (like tupperware just balancing in a pile on a shelf, constantly falling over). She literally alleviated daily stress in my life after just 8 hours in my kitchen. I truly SMILE every time I look at my pantry now.My husband and I were so happy with her work in the kitchen that we hired her again to organize our garage. It was a huge job, but she and her assistant tackled it no problem. In 8 hours they turned a garage that you literally couldn't walk into, into a garage that has room for bikes and strollers to go in and out, and an area for my husband to exercise. It was a total game changer for us.I've recommended Jenny to friends and will continue to do so!

Rey Kim

Mar Vista/NYC - February 24, 2017

Jennifer did an amazing job organizing me for my move to NYC. Moving is a stressful process and Jennifer's help was invaluable. I am a busy professional and did not have the time, energy, or patience to organize myself. Jennifer helped me clean out my closet, organize items for donation vs. sale, and de-clutter my belongings so that they could be moved cross country after 10 years in LA. Then, once I got to NYC, the fact that my belongings were already organized made moving in a snap.

A.R.

Hancock Park - October 10, 2016

Jenny was a pleasure to work with! Through no fault of her own, she ended up shorthanded and robbed of time on my job. In spite of that, she made everything work and did just the high quality perfect job I had hoped for, while charging me only the original estimate even though the process ended up eating up quite a bit more of her time. I loved her professionalism as well as her calm yet thorough approach. And just as she'd promised, I do love my office now!

Shanti Greenspan

Studio City - February 19, 2016

Jenny Rybek was not only there for me as an organizational inspiration but as a guide as our family moved into a new space in our lives. I loved her easy going approach when unpacking our boxes and found the genius in her method when she was able to artfully put everything away in its new place. I always thought I had a great eye in design until I met Jenny...her instincts and thoughtfulness helped me see things in a new and functional way. I can't wait for her to "work through" every room in our house. Thanks Jenny!!!

Samantha Fels

Venice - February 11, 2016

I cannot say enough positive things about Live Simple and how much Jenny has helped me to live a more organized life! I have always struggled with finding ways to stay organized. Jenny helped me to finally confront my fears of letting go of material items that were creating clutter and no longer needed. She helped me feel less overwhelmed by piled up paperwork, my cluttered closet, and stuffed kitchen drawers and cabinets. She created a streamlined system in my home so that I can be more productive and less stressed by daily tasks. She is patient, kind, understanding, and very efficient. She reorganized my closet, drawers, and wardrobe beautifully and simply. I no longer spend an extra hour scrambling through drawers to get dressed and ready for work in the morning. Now when I come home, my environment provides me with the serenity I always hoped for, but didn't know was truly possible. Everything has its place, and now I don't have anxiety about coming home after a long day. I highly recommend Jenny and Live Simple, as her services have genuinely improved my quality of life. Thank you Jenny!

Vicki W.

El Segundo - December 4, 2015

Jenny has changed my life! We have been working together for several months now and, in that time, she has re-arranged my closets, purged large amounts of paperwork, magazines and many other household items. She has organized my garage by categorizing and labeling numerous boxes of seasonal and other items. Jenny is very pleasant and patient, and I feel so fortunate to have her working alongside me. So glad I found her in the neighbor2neighbor booklet. I definitely know that I could not have done it without her!

Dina Kazmier

Santa Monica - December 2, 2015

We worked with Jenny for a relocation from our condo in Santa Monica to our home in Montreal. She came highly recommended from a friend of mine. Jenny packed up everything to go across country. She was great! She needed very little instruction from me and was able to move forwards in a very productive manner. I was hoping to use her on the other side to help me unpack, but unfortunately it didn’t work out because of the timing. Jenny is my guide as an organizer. I’d like to find someone very similar here. I really appreciate the way she conducts herself—very calm. I would use her again in a flash!

Carla B.

Marina del Rey - November 30, 2015

Jenny helped me organize my house and then helped me purge for a big move. Jenny has been great. She is perfect in terms of her attitude and her professionalism. She is not intrusive which is important to me. Jenny is also trustworthy and completely punctual. Her pricing is very good. I just can’t say enough positive things about her. I will continue to use her services indefinitely.

Jen G.

Brentwood - January 22, 2015

Jennifer has done quite a lot of work for me, including helping me move from one residence to another. She is so easy to work with, very intuitive, and really understands your needs. And she is timely. Things that would take me days and days she is able to take care of in several hours. Jennifer is well worth her price. Her work is something that can’t be matched.

Allison D.

Venice - January 13, 2015

When Jennifer came over to see my space, she got very enthusiastic. I had never hired anyone to help me organize before, so this was a first for me. She helped me sort through a crowded studio / office / guest room in my home. Jennifer was very friendly, pleasant to work with, and at the same time, focused, efficient, and on track. I am super happy with the results. Importantly, I feel this experience has had a lasting impact. The process of working with Jennifer has helped to change the way I think about things. I look forward to doing more projects with her in the future.

Nancy Z.

Venice - December 19, 2014

Jenny is simply the best organizer I could ask for! We started working together a little over two years ago, and I see an ongoing working relationship between us for years to come. Her positive personality is a joy to be around, and she really makes it easy for me to feel productive in my space. She started by organizing my garage, and now she comes by fairly regularly to help keep my home office in order. I love Jenny, I really can't say enough good things about her!

Kathy V.

Palos Verdes - December 4, 2014

Jenny is an amazingly intuitive and naturally gifted organizer. I first met Jenny when I received a gift certificate for Live Simple from a friend. What was originally meant to be a one day project turned into a month, and I've since hired her for two more projects. Now, I'm taking her all the way up to Portland, OR to work on my new property there! Jenny really knows how to make a space livable, not just clean. She engages sensitively, communicates clearly and conscientiously, and really knows how to put you at ease. Jenny didn't just organize my home, she changed my whole lifestyle!

Clara Williams

Culver City - December 18, 2013

I'm a mess. There are no words in the English language to describe what a mess my garage was. I wondered if this lady might help me straighten up my garage and she did a beautiful job. Then she did my kitchen. She got all my spices and dishes organized and now there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. I sent Jenny to my Goddaughter, and she was real pleased, too. The thing I like about her is she'll come in and ask you what you want to do with your stuff—keep it or throw it away—and then she goes and does it all for you. You don't have to do anything. Jenny is extremely pleasant and an exceptional person. You just don't find too many people like her.

Mariah Brandt

Hollywood Hills - October 11, 2013

I love Jenny Rybek. She helped me clean out and organize my bedroom, bathroom, linen closet, storage space and under my bed. She reorganized my clutter and put everything in its place. She's great to be around, is super-efficient and she really loves what she does. It's just really nice to have someone to designate a time to get stuff done, and I have been raving about her to all my friends. I just can't say enough good things about her.

Francine W.

Brentwood - September 12, 2013

Jenny has helped me considerably in organizing my office and closets , enabling me to discard and give away so many things that were no longer useful or needed here. She helped with some aspects related to the computer and filing as well. She has fine organizational skills and is most pleasant to work with.

Dana V.

Venice - September 5, 2013

Jenny has been acting as my personal assistant for the past five months. She has done everything for me: helping me move into my new apartment, organizing the kitchen, designing and decorating the space. I have never been so organized before. She runs errands for me and helps me with whatever feels overwhelming for me.She is very savvy about where to get things done in West LA, like where to buy the best plants in town, who is the best car repair guy, or where to buy candles. She has changed my life: how I work, run errands and manage my time in general. She is a well-oiled machine and a pleasure to work with.

Lisa Keatts

Westlake Village - June 29, 2010

When I shopped around for an organizer, I found that Jennifer charges by the job, not by the hour. She says, “It takes as long as it takes!” I moved into my house with a newborn baby and Jennifer unpacked every box! She worked for two weeks. At my warehouse she showed me how to reroute incoming product, and came up with systems to make it clear what was in and out. She restructured the filing section and found locking bins for the shelving units. She is thorough and upfront about her time, but she is an eager worker and will negotiate with you, too. What makes her most unique is her amazing personality. A real dichotomy! Organized, yet easy going. It just feels good to be around her!

David Casares

Westwood and Santa Monica - June 28, 2010

I’m happy to recommend Jenny. She helped me with a move and with ongoing personal, as well as business, organizing and planning. She currently assists me with outsource activities in my home and company. I have pretty high standards and she does a great job! She did the pre-planning for the move and then participated on the move day. She’s just fantastic: flexible, professional and very reliable! I DID shop around. I interviewed a few organizers and Jenny stood out as thoroughly reliable. The best fit!

Gayle Jacobson

Northridge - June 28, 2010

I’m a preschool teacher and Jenny assisted me in my classroom. She also worked with the parents of many of my students. She is very reliable! Jenny also worked at my kitchen and helped me decide what I really needed to keep. She’s a great gal and does a great job! Her pricing is fair and I feel like I have a new kitchen!

Mindy Lee

Studio City - June 28, 2010

Jenny helped organized pretty much every room in my house. What sets her apart mostly is her enthusiasm! I was recovering from breast cancer treatments at the time and had a lot of emotional stuff to get through. She was like my cheerleader! She is a total sweetheart and we became friends in the process. I shopped around and I found she has great, affordable, prices and is well worth it. She completely reorganized my office and came up with a helpful process to go through my stuff. Getting rid of stuff is a very emotional thing to do and Jenny kept my spirits up while helping me get through it. She would say, “Here are five things. Which one do you want to keep?” I have never missed a thing I’ve gotten rid of. L

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