What our clients are saying…

“Emma and I would like to thank Gay and her staff for doing an outstanding job in helping us downsize for retirement. We feel that Gay truly helped us to maximize what we could get from the items we no longer needed, but still would be of use to someone else. We did not realize how much stuff we had accumulated through the years and really appreciated Gay and her staff for making the whole event so easy for us. The extra money that we received from the sale will really help us in preparing our new place for retirement. We definitely recommend their services to anyone who is considering a Sale. ”
– Emma and Tommy Yaws
November 2016



Gay and her staff were highly professional and efficient. The amount of work they had with my mother's house was overwhelming! Since I live out of state, this service was a lifesaver for me: they took over and saved me countless days and hours of time away from my job, etc. I recommend them highly and appreciate the care and respect with which they handled the things in my mother's home.”
– Robin Grunzweig
October 2016



“Very pleased with the entire process. The Patek team was very trustworthy and handled everything as though it was their own family.
– Darryl Stefka
September 2016



“It made the transition so much easier for me knowing things were handled by a professional who was very mindful of details and didn't forget my wishes and was very thorough. The displayed items were neat and appealing to the public and reasonable on their pricing. I would highly recommend Patek Estate Sales.”
– LeRoy Davis
August 2016



Patek Estate Sales is professional, articulate, honest and dependable. Just give them the key and walk away and they will do the rest.”
– Earl Davis
June 2016



Outstanding professional job!

– Russell Hodon
June 2016



“Gay and her staff went through all of our dear aunt's belongings with great care and integrity. They spent many hours organizing, cleaning and grouping all the many collectibles. The display during the estate sale was charming. The family appreciated all the hard work completed on our behalf.”
– Frances Willison
April 2016



Very accurate and professional. I would highly recommend them.”
– Greg Spears
December 2015



“Pete and I want to thank you for helping us have a very successful estate/moving sale. We had tried to get my home of over 50 years cleared so we could put it up for sale but were overwhelmed with the logistics of how we could do it. You and your helpers did a very professional job of organizing, displaying, pricing, advertising and conducting the sale. The way you helped me to think about giving up things that I was holding onto was very freeing for me and a blessing. You were right, we now have the time to travel! Greeting from Georgia!”
– Pete and Barbara Hill, Goliad, Texas

“Gay and her team are amazing! They really know what to do and how to put on an amazing estate sale. So organized. So professional. They made a very daunting project, to us, a wonderful experience. Thank you for your prompt, accurate and courteous service.”
– Barbara Agan, Corpus Christi, TX

“I am writing this letter as a humble note of appreciation for the quality service provided by you during a time of great transition in my life. I was in the hospital for almost two weeks and found myself in need of moving into an assisted living facility upon discharge form the hospital. I called you from my hospital room and you promptly responded to my call at which time we began discussions on an estate sale. I must say the support extended by you was greatly appreciated and you made the entire process easy. In addition, you answered all my questions and was very polite and helpful throughout the process. The entire estate sale was handled with dignity and consideration of things in my home that held many memories while at the same time giving me the time and space to let go of things that I no longer needed to keep as I moved into the next phase of my life.
The estate sale was successful due to your years of experience and knowledge of how to price items so that they sell while at the same time getting as much for the item to help with the overall success of the sale. I now feel a great sense of peace all due to your kindness and help. Keep up the good work and once again, thank you for the good service and I wish you a lot of success.”
– Leroy A. Hagens

“My thanks and appreciation extend beyond words, for you lifted a personal responsibility to a level of fulfillment that brought peace to my life and soul. With my gratitude and love.”
– Donna Fox, Buda, TX

Simplify Your Space did a remarkable job in our Estate Sale. The staff were professional and very caring. They managed a herculean job with grace and efficiency. We were blessed to have found them. ”
– James and Marty Horecka, Victoria, TX

We were more than pleased with Gay Patek and her Simplify Your Space team when she handled my mother's living estate sale in Victoria. In fact, we were ecstatic!

Gay was very professional in our first meeting, and gave us a very detailed overview of how she works. We received the contract promptly and despite a bit of an issue with my staff not understanding she actually needed the signed contract back (:-)), we returned it and the process began immediately.

Gay kept us completely informed about the status of the inventory and setup, including the expected date of the sale. She found and kept back several items that my mother wanted to keep, but hadn't been able to find. She set additional personal papers aside for us to go through as she came across them. Her follow-through was impeccable.

Gay was also very empathetic with my mother's welfare and emotional state, and dealt very sensitively with her during the process.

The sale was advertised widely, exactly as she said it would be. My entire family was very impressed by the way the sale was set up inside the house. The house ended up looking like a Hill Country vintage shop! She used very clever and imaginative techniques to organize and display the collectibles and other items.

She handled every aspect of the sale and final clean-up. Her accounting was thorough and completely documented, as well as being completed in the time frame she specified.

We would never have been able to handle this from another city without killing ourselves in the process. And would never have been able to get the timely financial results that Gay and Simplify your Space was able to achieve.

I highly recommend Simplify Your Space!
– Cathy McGhee Buchanan, Missouri City, TX

“Recently, I had the pleasure of securing the services of Gay Patek and the Simplify-Your-Space team to handle a living estate sale for my elderly mother. I had never been through anything like this before so I wasn't really sure what to expect. From the very start, Gay and her team made this a pleasant, successful, and satisfying experience. They went above-and-beyond with their professional, personal, and detailed service to insure that all of my needs and my mother's needs were met. I received consistent communication from Gay on the status of organizing and pricing Mom's belongings all the way until the sale was completed. After the sale, the house was left in an extremely organized state, making the remainder of my job very easy. If you have any type of estate sale in your future, I highly encourage you to contact Gay and the Simplify-Your-Space team. You will be thankful that you did!”
– Doug Warren, Victoria, TX

“Last November, my mother decided that moving from her home in Victoria to a senior retirement community in Houston near family would simplify her life. Researching places in the Houston area was easy; preparing her home for the move was not. We needed help in the difficult process of transitioning from the home my mother had lived in for over thirty years to her new apartment. The minute we met Gay Patek of Simplify Your Space, I knew we had found the right person to guide us through this life-changing process.

Initially, we hired Gay to help Mom begin the overwhelming task of sorting through paperwork and belongings that had been collected for over fifty years. With genuine care and concern, Gay helped her organize and file necessary papers, and she gently showed her how to let go of the items and papers she no longer needed. Along the way, Gay lovingly and patiently listened to all the stories related to the possessions in the home.

When the time came for Mom to make the move to Houston, Gay and her team worked tirelessly to prepare her home for the estate sale. They made our lives so easy by attending to every detail. Not only did they spend countless hours working inside the home, but they also devoted a great deal of time to researching and pricing the many unusual items my parents had collected from overseas travels.

Gay and her team from Simplify Your Space were professional, well-organized, caring, and understanding. They recognized how difficult the change was for Mom and they expressed to her how special her life and her stories are.

I sincerely appreciated how Gay kept me informed every step of the way. Since I was limited in how much time I could spend in Victoria, we communicated regularly by phone and e-mail. Gay was exceptional to work with during both phases of the move, and from a financial perspective, she exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend her services, and I do not think you could find a more compassionate person than Gay.”
– Pam

“I cannot commend Gay and her crew highly enough in the recent management of my sister's Living Estate Sale. Gay took complete control of the sale from start to finish and kept us informed every step of the way. Beyond competence and thoroughness, you can expect compassion and understanding from Gay and all of her crew. The items in the sale were managed and displayed respectfully. At the end of the sale the house was left thoroughly clean. It was a pleasure to work with Gay and I would not hesitate to use her services in the future should the need arise. If I could rate with stars Gay and crew would score 5 out of 5!
– Joe Soto, Austin, TX

“When my mother passed away several months ago, we found Gay’s estate sale services online and I was very encouraged by the comments and recommendations left by her previous clients. I am so happy that we were able to meet with her right away and found that she was indeed all we hoped for and more. She was kind and sensitive to our loss and yet she is also the ultimate professional. I never would have guessed that the logistics of liquidating my mother’s estate could be so easy on my sister and me who both live out of town or out of state. My mother had lived in her house for 50 years and my sister and I had grown up there. Needless to say, a lot was accumulated during that time. Gay asked that we just take what we wanted from the house and she would handle the rest. She and her team worked miracles in getting everything organized and ready for sale. I honestly can’t imagine how it was managed so well. She stayed in communication with us every step of the way and even double checked with us a couple of times on items she wanted to make sure we didn’t overlook as they may have been sentimental or valuable. She knows her business and I’m convinced she gets the best price for the items and her fees are far less than she deserves. Gay has my deepest gratitude and highest recommendation. God bless her and her team in their service.”
– Melissa Hauschild, Austin, TX

“Thank you for conducting my parents Living Estate Sale. It was good to know that even though we had already left the area that our home and belonging's were left in good hands, The sale was much better than we had anticipated. We were not there to see the progress or the close, but neighbors that attended the sale told us it was a nice set up and appeared to be a good sale with high traffic volume. Thank you for the excellent paper trail and quick finalization with the check.”
– Carla Cherry, Lubbock, Texas

“Gay Patek recently did an estate sale for my mother-in law who has been sick and unable to live a home. We contacted her and she explained what she could do to help with the burden of cleaning out the home, which includes organizing all the belongings of a lifetime and having a sale that completely disposes of all possessions, which then allows for the sale of the property. It is quite easy on the family to go through first and pick out everything we wanted to retain, and then let Gay take over. She handles everything with care and sets aside anything she thinks might be personal in case the family missed it, which I think is very considerate. The two day sale went very, very well with very little left, to donate. The home was picked up, swept, and vacuumed. I would recommend Gay to anyone faced with this chore ahead of them. I can only imagine what a good job she could do to “Simplify Your Space” Thanks Gay !!”
– Rick Campbell , Victoria, Texas

I certainly got my money's worth from Simplify Your Space as they organized, advertised, displayed, priced and conducted the sale.”
– Tom Blazek, Rockport, Texas

“The service you provided was invaluable to me, especially since I live out of town. It’s hard to liquidate a house where your parents lived for almost 30 years, not only physically, but emotionally as well! You helped with both aspects by having your crew do all the physical work and by being so understanding of the sentimentality that can be attached to the household items. It was a very difficult time for me and my siblings and you really helped us get through it. ”
– Ann McIntyre, Denver, Colorado

“Our parents passed away 23 days apart which left my brothers and I completely unprepared. We began the tedious task of cleaning out the home place and soon found ourselves over-whelmed. We thought we could handle a garage sale but soon realized that the task would be more than any of us wanted to tackle. My sister-in-law happened upon one of Gay’s estate sales and stopped in to see how things were organized. She picked up her information and passed it on to me. I emailed and then called Gay. From the very beginning she was extremely kind and thoughtful. She asked simple questions and we set up a time to meet. After meeting with her my brother and I signed on and never looked back. She and her “ladies” came in and begin to clean, organize and put together a wonderful sale. We all were amazed at her skill to sell just about anything. Our end result was more than we anticipated and when the sale was over the house was clean and left in a way that we could manage the small amount that did not sell. I would recommend Simplify Your Space to anyone. Using Gay allowed us to step back and take a breath. She was a very bright light for us during a dark time. Thank you seems inadequate but we are so thankful for a job well done.”
– Bruce White, Larry White and Nancy Slatter

“I had a very positive experience with Gay when she did an estate sale for me at my parents’ home. She is a Christian and caring person. She was concerned about my feelings and how she took care of my parents possessions, going through everything very carefully. She kept me informed about what was happening as I do not live in Victoria. If I had a question all I had to do was call her. This was a very hard time for me and Gay was sympathetic to my wants and needs. I would highly recommend her business.
– Francis, San Antonio, TX

“In my opinion, Gay has attained a significant success by providing an invaluable service for people dealing with loss and grief. Our family lost my dear Auntie quite unexpectedly in June ~ she had lived in her home in Victoria since 1956. We all lived out of town, worked and had family obligations which precluded us from spending the time necessary to deal with Auntie’s possessions. From the beginning, Gay was compassionate, reassuring, and professional. She and her staff held an Estate sale once we had taken our personal things for the family. They literally took care of everything including sorting, organizing, cleaning, pricing, and marketing. Gay communicated with us at every step of the sale and the ultimate result was an empty home ready for sale preparation plus some additional cash for the Estate. Gay was a lifesaver for us in our situation and I thank her for rescuing us ~ I fear the alternative would have been too difficult to imagine.”
– Susan Heffner, Conroe, TX

“If you are planning to have an estate sale and need someone to do it for you, I highly recommend “Simplify Your Space” owned by Gay Patek. She and her wonderful crew will help you through this emotional time. They are hard working and always pleasant doing what is best for you. Gay stays in contact with you in case there is a question on any item she comes across. I was very pleased and put my trust in them to handle everything fairly.”
– Libby Naquin Horine, Victoria, TX

“After my father passed away and my mother decided to move from Victoria. Gay Patek was recommended to my siblings and I to handle the living estate sale of my mother’s home. She was a blessing to us from the beginning. Gay is very organized and professional and explained the contract thoroughly and answered all of our questions. We were concerned that we didn’t have enough for a successful estate sale, but Gay assured us that we did. When Gay and her staff began preparing for the sale, she kept in contact with me about the progress of the sale preparations and asked questions about items so that she could research the value and set a price. She went the extra mile when she sold one item outside of the estate sale so that we would realize a greater profit from that item. Gay even called me on the evening of the first day of the sale to tell me how the sale had gone. I was thrilled to find out at the end of the sale how much money had been made for my mother and even more thrilled to find out how little was left. Gay and her staff left the house neat and clean, and even though we didn’t contract with Gay for her to donate the left over items, she boxed and bagged everything for us to dispose of. Gay even took photos of the sale leftovers so that I would know how much I would have to deal with when I arrived in Victoria and she even provided me with contact information on organizations to donate items. I would highly recommend Gay Patek to anyone needing assistance with clearing out a home and handling a sale. She is a true professional and made the difficult task of closing up a family home practically stress free.
– Kathy Cannon, Bonney, TX

“We moved to Victoria almost four years ago. Unable to let go of many of our and our kids collections, we moved everything we didn’t need immediately to a mini warehouse… where it stayed for almost 3 1/2 years. In addition to those things, our garage contained even more boxes of family items I just couldn’t part with, or so I thought. It was so much easier to simply close the door and not look at it. Unfortunately, our two-car garage could only hold one car. It wasn’t going away, at least not by itself. We met Gay when she organized an estate sale for a neighbor. Several months later, she came by and discussed ways to get started. She gently helped me let go (or cast off if you will,) many things I couldn’t before. We made lists, took photos and made donations to local non-profit organizations. It’s still a process, but we no longer have mountains of items in paid storage. We can park both cars in our two-car garage. Success! Letting go of all this “stuff” has given me the incentive to organize even more. Thanks again to Gay.
– R. A. Clough, Victoria, TX

“I would like to take a few moments to thank you for all of your hard work. The house looked terrific and I know that the new owners will be thrilled. When I was told about you by my best friend I had no idea how soon I would be needing the same kind of service. I feel so blessed that you were recommended to me. Your company is kind, honest, professional and dependable. You did exactly what you said you would do and in the time frame as well. I could not have done what I needed to do without you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!”
– Sharon, Houston, TX

“I want to thank you for all your hard work on our Mother’s estate sale the first week of December. You were such a blessing for my sister and me. Speaking for myself, I couldn’t have been more pleased and satisfied with the outcome. Thank you for being so friendly and helpful. It was such a comfort for me to leave everything in your hands and not worry about anything, since I live in Oklahoma. Thanks for sharing the interesting comments that so many people made about Mom when they came to the sell. I really wish I could have been there but that would have been too hard for many reasons. Even though we didn’t have you pack up everything and haul it off for us, you left it all in order and very neat. The house looked great! Also thanks for the “in-between” communications, since about a month lapsed between out meetings. I really feel that the Lord brought us together at just the right time and I couldn’t be more grateful to Him and you. There was a real ease in my spirit about it all. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. Many blessings on the coming year for you and all that you put your hand to…be blessed.”
With my sincere appreciation – Mary Cope (Margaret Curry’s daughter)

“My sister, Debbie, myself and the rest of my siblings knew we needed to liquidate the content in our mom’s home. We either had jobs and other commitments, lived out of town, or were too emotionally drained to take on the task. We are very “thankful” for Gay Patek and her company Simplify Your Space. Gay took the job even though we were concerned that we didn’t have enough items in the home for an estate sale. Gay took so much stress, if not all of the stress off of us in the work that she does for the family. Everytime we needed questions answered she was there with a answer for us. She stood by us, worked with us and was kind, caring and patient. When the Estate Sale was over we had money to use for our mother’s estate, the house was clean and we did not have to do a thing but have the renters move in. Again Gay ...THANK YOU SO MUCH.”
Jackie and Debbie, Victoria, TX

“Recently Gay Patek of Simply Your Space-Transitions Made Easier did the estate sale for my brother Emilio Lamar Vela. I found Gay to be very professional, thorough and considerate of the family. We were very concerned about two large oil paintings (portraits) of my parents, which my nephews were not interested in keeping. Gay went above and beyond the call of duty when she contacted the historical museum in Port Lavaca about housing the portraits of my parents, who were prominent business people in Calhoun County. This showed me that her business is more than just a means of livelihood for her, but a commitment to help families in their time of loss. I was very satisfied with her work. I gladly recommend Gay Patek as someone to manage your estate sale.”
Sister Digna Vela, Victoria, TX

“Little did I know how difficult it would be to watch my parents’ belongings and home hit the market. Not only was I one of the kids, but also the Executor of the Estate. I did not know where to start and thank goodness someone gave me Gay Patek’s name and number. Gay’s honesty and talent were just what the doctor ordered. She patiently walked us through the process of keeping the important things, and preparing the rest for their new homes. She took the time to diligently research value of items that would be needed for inventory and for the Estate sale. She helped push us through the difficult parts and laugh our way through the treasures of our past. The Estate sale was very organized; Gay is absolutely a professional in this business. She handled advertising and contacted people she knew would be interested in some of the pieces. I could not believe how little was left when the sale was over. Best thing was, some of the pieces that we had fretted over getting rid of, had stories of who they went to; the lady that cried over my grandmother’s old Singer sewing machine, the girl that could hardly believe she now had a real piano to play, and one of my dad’s trophies going to live with a family that knew dad and the person the contest was named after. When it was all over, Gay and her team removed all that was left and cleaned up. Who could ask for anything better? Gay’s ability to simplify your space and your life, without making you feel like she is invading your space is a true gift. Simplify Your Space and Gay’s assistance was like opening a present of little worker bees that make moving on not quite so difficult.
Katie, San Antonio, TX

“Anyone would benefit greatly by having Gay Patek handle their sale. She is very professional yet very compassionate and understanding when you need it the most. Her crew is great. We would recommend her to anyone that needs this type of service.”
Donna and Jerry, Victoria, TX

“My mother recently hired Gay, owner of Simplify Your Space, to organize and set up her home to have an estate sale. She had a home of 60 years of treasures and Gay did a wonderful job of helping my mother accomplish a sale of all items in her home that the children did not receive. Gay made many trips to the house and researched items for pricing. She set up and organized each room and priced all the items in the house to sell. Pricing was very well done and visible. Gay was very respectful of the property for sale. She communicated with my mother and me as well to ensure we were satisfied. She was very sensitive to us during this transitional time in our family's lives. I would highly recommend Gay and her business to anyone who is in need of her services. She has many talents and uses them wisely. My mother and I truly appreciated Gay's compassion and hard work she put into this sale. It was extremely successful and I would not hesitate to use her services again.
Peggy, Victoria, TX

“In the middle of being newly retired and selling our house in 10 days and moving to a much smaller home, I called Gay to rescue me. We had clutter and junk in every closet and the garage was even worse. Gay helped me go through our belongings closet by closet, drawer by drawer, and cabinet by cabinet. She was wonderful in keeping me focused in sorting through 35 years of living. Gay helped me decide on what I needed and what I wanted to keep. She even set up a garage sale date! Gay was available to help price garage sale items and was there at the garage sale calculating all my profits. Her suggestion of donating to different charities was not only a great idea, but made me feel humbled in having so much and being able to help others. Now we are living free of clutter, free of stress and most of all enjoying our new space. Gay has truly simplified our lives! I highly recommend Gay's services; she will help you step by step to keep you motivated and focused in a relaxing atmosphere. It was a delight working with her. Gay truly respects and cares about your treasures and junk.”
Cyndy, New Braunfels, TX

“Life events had caused a pile up at my home. Gay Patek, a local, trustworthy, professional organizer had solutions; plus it was fun to work together! She met timely goals we set to create efficient spaces for me to live strong again. Simplify Your Space will be your best use of time and resources... my new reality!”
Jana, Victoria, TX


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