This Organized Life

Laurie Palau

Take a glimpse into my organized, but not-so-perfect world as a mom, author of the book HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized, and founder of Simply B Organized. read less

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Ep 312: 2022 Holiday Gift Guide
6d ago
Ep 312: 2022 Holiday Gift Guide
Hi Friends!Today I am joined by my good friend, Martha-Carol Stewart, founder of Chaos Organizing in Baton Rouge and together we are bringing you our long awaited Holiday Gift Guide episode.Every year we look forward to sharing our ideas with you, while shining a spotlight on smaller brands who are doing great things.This year we have broken down our gift guide into the following categories:Food & Beverage-Fire Department Coffee: CODE: FIRSTTIME 20% off first order-Sahill Coffee: CODE:TOL15 for 15% off entire purchase-PLUS!!! special selection just for TOL listeners-V Smiley Preserves: CODE: SIMPLYBORGANIZED 15% $35 or more-Naked Chocolate: Winery: & Lifestyle-Blankets-Bearaby: Waxed Candle Company: CODE TOL20 for 20% off your entire order-Net Zero CODE: GIFTING2022 20% off- Denise Albright: CODE: SBGIFTS25% for 25% off your entire order-Aloha Bags: & Skincare-Vellum Street Soap Company: Goat Milk Skincare: Beauty: SIMPLYBORGANIZED20 you’ll receive 20% off one-time order-The Spinster Sisters: CODE: TOL25 to receive 25% off your orderStocking Stuffers & Tidbits-Zkano Socks: organizedlife10 to receive 10% off your purchase-Coiley Cables: CODE: CHAOS to receive 10% off your entire orderExperiences & Services-Wine Tasting-Local City Food Tour-Spa (massage, facial, day of pampering)-Classes: Art, Cooking, Yoga-Show Tickets-Lawn Care/Snow Removal-Car Detailing-Cleaning ServiceEvery item on this gift guide has been sourced from our team! Any support of these products will be going to help a small business and for that we thank you in advance.As you shop this holiday season, remember to edit what you have and aren’t using, support local, and buy with intention. If you like this episode, please share it with your friends!XOXO-Laurie
Ep 312: 2022 Holiday Gift Guide
6d ago
Ep 312: 2022 Holiday Gift Guide
Hi Friends!Today I am joined by my good friend, Martha-Carol Stewart, founder of Chaos Organizing in Baton Rouge and together we are bringing you our long awaited Holiday Gift Guide episode.Every year we look forward to sharing our ideas with you, while shining a spotlight on smaller brands who are doing great things.This year we have broken down our gift guide into the following categories:Food & Beverage-Fire Department Coffee: CODE: FIRSTTIME 20% off first order-Sahill Coffee: CODE:TOL15 for 15% off entire purchase-PLUS!!! special selection just for TOL listeners-V Smiley Preserves: CODE: SIMPLYBORGANIZED 15% $35 or more-Naked Chocolate: Winery: & Lifestyle-Blankets-Bearaby: Waxed Candle Company: CODE TOL20 for 20% off your entire order-Net Zero CODE: GIFTING2022 20% off- Denise Albright: CODE: SBGIFTS25% for 25% off your entire order-Aloha Bags: & Skincare-Vellum Street Soap Company: Goat Milk Skincare: Beauty: SIMPLYBORGANIZED20 you’ll receive 20% off one-time order-The Spinster Sisters: CODE: TOL25 to receive 25% off your orderStocking Stuffers & Tidbits-Zkano Socks: organizedlife10 to receive 10% off your purchase-Coiley Cables: CODE: CHAOS to receive 10% off your entire orderExperiences & Services-Wine Tasting-Local City Food Tour-Spa (massage, facial, day of pampering)-Classes: Art, Cooking, Yoga-Show Tickets-Lawn Care/Snow Removal-Car Detailing-Cleaning ServiceEvery item on this gift guide has been sourced from our team! Any support of these products will be going to help a small business and for that we thank you in advance.As you shop this holiday season, remember to edit what you have and aren’t using, support local, and buy with intention. If you like this episode, please share it with your friends!XOXO-Laurie
Ep 311: Giving Thanks with Tim Kenny
Nov 24 2022
Ep 311: Giving Thanks with Tim Kenny
Hi Friends,Happy Thanksgiving! For this special episode we are focusing on gratitude, giving back, and using your superpowers to make a difference.Joining me is my friend, Tim Kenny, founder of The St. Baldrick’s Foundation-an organization that is near and dear to my heart.If you have been around our show for more than a hot minute, you have probably heard me talk about the work we do to raise awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research. My IRL community has been impacted by the loss of several kids to various types of cancers-and having a front row seat to how it impacts a family alters the way in which you see the world.At the time of this recording, The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has donated over 465 million dollars to pediatric cancer research, making them the leading non-profit organization dedicated to pediatric cancer research. They are “the behind the scenes” heroes responsible for funding grants to researchers in institutions including St. Jude’s, Dana Farber, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (to name a few).I invited Tim on the show to share his personal story of growing up on a farm in Ireland, the oldest of 6 kids, coming to the US with $200 in his pocket, and building a life here (the true American Dream).During our conversation, Tim shares: The origin story of St. Baldrick’s, and how a brainstorm with some buddies over a couple of beers changed his lifeHow St. Baldrick’s got its name (spoiler alert: it’s not a real saint!)Stories about how kids and adults of all ages have been impacted by the work they do.In a season where many of us are stressed and overwhelmed, this episode focuses on hitting pause on your to-do list and pressing play on how small gestures can make a difference in someone’s life.After listening to this episode, my hope is that you feel inspired to share it with your friends, show gratitude for the people in your life who matter, and continue using your superpowers to make the world a better place.I am grateful for all of you.XOXO-LaurieP.S. Special thanks to today’s sponsor, Denise Albright Studios out her entire catalog of products, including her gratitude journal and take advantage of a special offer exclusive for TOL listeners. Use code SBGIFTS and receive 25% off your entire order.Links Mentioned in This Episode:St. Baldrick’s Foundation: Book Recommendations:Chasing Daylight The Power of Positive ThinkingThe BibleFind more book Recommendations from all our previous episodes here:
Ep 310: Partner Spotlight with Leigh Genkinger
Nov 17 2022
Ep 310: Partner Spotlight with Leigh Genkinger
Hi Friends,Before we get into today’s episode, my good friend Gail stopped by the show to recap our SBO Partner Retreat in Scottsdale. Huge shoutout to our incredible organizers who joined us from all across the country, our roster of speakers, and to our sponsors who gifted each attendee with some cool swag! (If you have FOMO, we’ve included links below for all the goodies!)Today we are back with another partner spotlight episode, talking with Leigh Genkinger, founder of Orderleigh Home in Little Silver, NJ. Like many of us, she is a busy working mom with 3 kiddos at home and juggled a corporate career with motherhood. She shares her story of how she turned her passion for organizing into a flourishing career that also affords her the opportunity to be present for gymnastic meets, school events, and soccer games.During our conversation Leigh talks about:Her “must-haves” products to keep her and her family organizedWhy she focuses on pre-planning before starting any projectThe importance of leaning on othersHow to edit with intentionTips to help you stay organized during the holiday seasonOf course this conversation wouldn’t be complete without Leigh sharing her must-have go-to products (hint-hint: we’ve included links in the show notes below).If you or someone you know is thinking about starting a career as a professional organizer, we’d love to chat! Click here to learn more about our SBO Partner Program, or if you are looking for a Professional Organizer, click here to find someone near you. Special thanks to today’s sponsor, Denise Albright Studios .Check out her entire catalog of products, including her gratitude journal and take advantage of a special offer exclusive for TOL listeners. Use code SBGIFTS and receive 25% off your entire order. Visit Denise here: with Leigh:Website: Instagram: Facebook: Links Mentioned in This Episode:Plastic White Handle Bins Bins Bag Sponsors:Aloha Collection: Spirits: Skincare: Dept Coffee: Apothecary:
Ep 308: Time Blocking for the Holidays
Nov 3 2022
Ep 308: Time Blocking for the Holidays
Hi Friends,Before we get started into today’s episode, we would like to thank our sponsor, Denise Albright for sponsoring this episode. Check out her entire catalog of products, including her gratitude journal and take advantage of a special offer exclusive for TOL listeners. Use code SBGIFTS and receive 25% off your order.We’d also love for you to check out the new look of our website. There you will find links to past episodes, tons of free resources and downloadable checklists, plus you can easily connect with our trusted SBO Professional Organizers in a variety of cities across the US and Mexico. Now more than ever we are here to help you in your decluttering journey!Now for today’s episode, I know that the time between Halloween and New Years can be stressful and overwhelming. Those 60 days seem to happen overnight, leaving you feeling like there is never enough time to get it all done.Today we are talking about all of it:The feeling of drinking from firehoseIncreased mental loadMaxed out BudgetsThe rise in Calendar Clutter on top of Physical Clutter  Forget about your regular list of TO-DO items, and heaven forbid you throw a birthday in the mix to add to your already overflowing plate. (thanks Josh for being born on Dec 17th!)All of this can easily lead to a spectrum of emotions, spanning from snippiness to a complete mental shut down. So today we are here to give you some actionable steps, spread some grace, and share some words of encouragement during this time. I will walk you through exactly what I do on a daily basis to help prioritize the important from the urgent.By getting in the practice of doing this everyday, you will begin to:Make decisions based on intention rather than by default.Recognize that some tasks take longer than expected while others can be completed quickly.Set realistic expectations on what you can and cannot accomplish in a dayLearn the natural rhythms of your personal peak productivity time and when you need to rechargeLearn to say “no,” or “not now” based on the facts rather than feelings  I have been Time Blocking for years and last year I started my Top 3 List which has been a game changer. It forces me to prioritize what I need to do versus what I want to do.As you embark on this fun, yet stressful time of year, I hope you can take a moment to exhale and enjoy the ride. Show yourself grace, give yourself permission to pause, and recognize that Superwoman is a fictional character.You’ve got this, and I am here to help you every step of the way.XOXO-LaurieLinks Mentioned in This Episode:Top 3 DownloadTime Block TemplateIf you are a professional organizer or thinking about turning your passion into a profession, click HERE to learn more about our partner offerings
Ep 307: Partner Spotlight with Angela O'Brien
Oct 27 2022
Ep 307: Partner Spotlight with Angela O'Brien
Hi Friends,Joining me today is Angela O’Brien, founder of Your Space Reclaimed in Dallas, TX. Angela is one of our incredible SBO Partners and I invited her on the show to talk about motherhood, organizing and all things Enneagram!I specifically asked Angela to visit our show in October as we recognize Down Syndrome Awareness Month. As a mom of 2 grown-ish kids, Angela shares her story of finding out her daughter was born with Down Syndrome and what she wants people to know about the Down Syndrome community.During our conversation we talked about:Life transitions, knowing when to pull back and when to lean in.Her personal discovery into the Enneagram and how it led her to becoming a certified Enneagram coach and finding her passion as a professional organizer at the age of 51.The importance of teaching independence, providing support and building confidence for all kids, especially those with Intellectual Disabilities.How she gives back and supports the Down Syndrome community in Dallas We also talked about her struggles as an Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker) and what strategies she has put in place to help her live an organized life.Make sure to check out the links below for everything we talked about including Angela’s fav organizing products, book recommendations and special promos for our TOL listeners.If you know someone who could benefit from this episode, please take a moment to share it with your friends.And finally, if you are a Professional Organizer, or thinking about becoming a Professional Organizer, we would love to talk with you about our Group and Individual Offerings. Click HERE to learn more!XOXO-LaurieP.S. If you are curious about finding your enneagram type, here’s a link to a free assessment: online assessments have a high rate of inaccuracy. Assessments can prove helpful in giving insight, but we believe that the best way to determine your Enneagram type is through self-discovery and learning about each of the 9 types. Learn more)LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODECONNECT WITH ANGELAWEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOKANGELA’S FAVORITE PRODUCTS:Lazy Susans | Deep Acrylic Bins with WheelsANGELA’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:You are a Badass | The Gift of an Ordinary Day
Ep 306: Becoming Minimalist with Joshua Becker
Oct 20 2022
Ep 306: Becoming Minimalist with Joshua Becker
Hi Friends,Today I am joined by Joshua Becker, founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to intentional living. He is also a best-selling author of five books, including The Minimalist Home, The More of Less, Clutterfree with Kids, and his most recent book: Things That Matter.Joshua is also the Creator of Simplify Magazine and Simple Money Magazine.It comes as no surprise that he is one of the leading voices in the modern simplicity movement based on his thoughtful and intentional approach to minimalism.Currently, he lives in Peoria, AZ with his wife and two teenage kids.I invited Joshua on the show to share his story of how he was introduced to minimalism 14 years ago, and what has transpired since then.During our conversation we talked about:How a conversation with one of his neighbors changed his lifeThe power of leading by exampleChoosing Time over StuffSetting BoundariesThe one question that you should ask yourself while you are decluttering We also talked about The Hope Effect, a nonprofit organization that Joshua founded, which is changing how the world cares for orphans.Make sure to check out the links below for everything we talked about in this episode.If you enjoyed this conversation, please share it with your friends! If you are not already subscribed to our show or YouTube channel, please hit the subscribe button so new episodes will be downloaded to you every week!One final request, if you enjoy our show, will you please take a moment to click the 5-star button and leave us a review. It helps others find our show, and your opinion matters!Xoxo-Laurie CONNECT WITH JOSHUA:WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE | INSTAGRAMJOSHUA’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:MONEY, POSSESSIONS & ETERNITY | THE 100 THING CHALLENGE
Ep 303: Partner Spotlight with Courtney Wilson
Sep 29 2022
Ep 303: Partner Spotlight with Courtney Wilson
Hi Friends!Today we are back with another one of our incredibly talented SBO Partners. Joining me today is Courtney Wilson, founder of Simpli Sort in San Diego. Courtney started her career as a graphic designer turned stay-at-home mom to her 3 kids who are now “bigs”.Like many, when Courtney’s kids started getting older, she began to look for an outlet that afforded her the flexibility to be able to juggle a household, motherhood and a career. Courtney found her passion in professional organizing and officially launched her business in 2019.Her mission is simple: “helping clients turn stress into calm one project at a time.”Courtney is in the process of downsizing, and is faced with making the decisions of what to keep, something she is used to doing alongside her clients. During our conversation we talked about:Asking yourself tough questions, like “what is my life like now?”“Am I holding onto this because it reminds me of my old life?”The importance of establishing and maintaining systems in your home   Courtney shares some specific examples from her own life, and drops so many nuggets of wisdom- I can’t wait for you to listen!We wrapped up the show by asking her what her favorite organizing products she is loving these days and you are never going to guess what they are? (hint! The links are in the show notes 😉)If you or someone you know is thinking about starting a professional organizing business, we would love to hear from you. Click HERE to learn more about our SBO Partner Program and how we can help you get started.XOXO-LaurieCONNECT WITH COURTNEY:WEBSITE www.simplisort.comINSTAGRAM FAV PRODUCTS:Bamboo Drawer Organizers | Chip Clips | Timer Cube
Ep 301: From the Ground Up with Noell Jett
Sep 15 2022
Ep 301: From the Ground Up with Noell Jett
Before we get into today’s episode, I have a favor to ask you. We are planning an “ask me anything episode” where we answer listener questions on the air. Questions can be about organizing, parenting, marriage, the enneagram, entrepreneurship-you name it! Nothing is off limits.To submit a question:Send an email to info@simplyborganized.com with Ask Me Anything in the subject lineShoot us a dm or better yet, make us a short video and send to @thisorganizedlifepodcastWe can’t wait to hear from you!Now back to today’s episode. Joining me today is Noell Jett- the creative force behind the popular Jett Set Farmhouse, where she and her husband Daniel, along with their now FIVE children share their lives, DIY tips, cleaning and organization hacks, recipes, and their home building journey with their millions of followers on TikTok and Instagram. In her debut book, From the Ground Up, Noell tells her incredible life story. Today, I’ve invited her onto This ORGANIZED Life to share her story with all of you.During our conversation you’ll learn:How her husbands passion for building a house had them living in an airstreamThe appeal of being “real” on social media and how it helped her build her dream homeWhat it was like growing up in extreme poverty to living a life she could only dream ofFun Fact: Noell was 9 months pregnant during our interview, and graciously sat for an hour to chat about her life, home and future-no easy task for a preggo mom!If you are a home decor lover like me, you’ll be inspired by Noell’s story!Make sure to check out the links below for everything we discussed in today’s episode.CONNECT WITH NOELLWebsiteInstagramTik TokNOELL’S BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Rich Man, Poor Man
Ep 300: Fair Play with Eve Rodsky
Sep 8 2022
Ep 300: Fair Play with Eve Rodsky
Hi Friends!Join me in celebrating our 300th episode 🎊with a very special guest. Joining me today is New York Times bestselling author Eve Rodsky. Her book Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live), walks us through a system for couples seeking balance, efficiency, and peace in their home. Her book was endorsed by Reese Witherspoon's book club and has been turned into a documentary, called Fair Play, (available on Apple TV or Amazon Prime) which I highly encourage you to watch.During our conversation, we unpack a very real problem that many of us suffer from: TIME POVERTY.Eve walks us through her personal story about being overworked, under appreciated, and shares the moment she recognized that something had to change.What started as a simple spreadsheet titled “Invisible Sh*t I do” has resulted in a movement to help rebalance the division of labor inside our homes.The mental load that many of us carry is what feeds into fatigue, frustration, and ultimately resentment towards our partners, roommates, and even our kids. In the midst of chaos, our health suffers, our relationships suffer and our homes suffer-but trust me, it doesn’t have to be that way.We talked about how to stop being CIYOO (Complicit In Your Own Oppression)Setting Boundaries, Systems, and the importance of CommunicationWhy having an “Ownership Mindset” is far more effective than giving someone a “To-Do List”  Eve’s no-nonsense approach is much like mine, which is probably why we got along so well!Whether you are partnered or not, have three children or none, or whether your work is paid or unpaid, the message applies to you.Make sure to check out the links below for everything we talked about in this episode.XOXO-LaurieP.S. This is the last week for our 40% off promo with denisealbright.com. SHOP her entire catalog of organizing products to help you get and stay on track this fall! Use promo code SIMPLYB to receive 40% off your entire purchase of -valid through Sept 15, 2022LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:Website Fairplaylife.comInstagram | Trailer
Ep 299: Funeral Pre-Planning with Dean Lambert
Sep 1 2022
Ep 299: Funeral Pre-Planning with Dean Lambert
Hi Friends,Before we get into today’s episode, I want to remind you to visit DeniseAlbright.com for all of your back to school organizing products. Use promo code SIMPLYB to receive 40% off your entire purchase of -valid through Sept 15, 2022Today we are talking about an area of organizing that most people prefer not to think about-after life wishes.My guest today is Dean Lambert. Dean has worked with funeral professionals for nearly 30 years to help them connect and serve the families facing one of the most challenging moments of their lives: the loss of a loved one.As a father who has himself experienced the loss of a child, he knows first hand the grief that clouds the vision needed to honor a life well-lived.Dean is leading the Love Always Project with a team of experienced subject matter experts and people committed to its purpose: encouraging people to think more positively and proactively about end-of-life issues and funeral prearrangement.During our conversation we talk about:HOW and WHEN to start the conversation with loved ones about your wishesThe information you’ll want to include in your planningThe difference between a will and health proxyHow the work at the LOVE ALWAYS PROJECT helps with organization.This is a heavy topic, but one that is important. There is a freedom that comes from knowing you are honoring your loved ones wishes, and let’s face it, in times of grief, the last thing any of us need is the added stress of trying to do the “right” thing.For additional information mentioned in this episode, please check out the links below.Connect with Dean:Website: www.lovealwaysproject.orgFacebook: Book Recommendation: The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music
Ep 298: Partner Spotlight with Kate Bosch
Aug 25 2022
Ep 298: Partner Spotlight with Kate Bosch
Before we get started, I’d like to thank our sponsor for today’s episode The ClassKeeper and ClassKeeper App! Use Promo code SIMPLYB when you visit DeniseAlbright.com to receive 40% off your entire purchase-valid through Sept 15, 2022We are back today with another one of our Partner Spotlight episodes! I look forward to learning from other Professional Organizers about their journey and approach to organizing.Joining me today is my friend, and SBO Partner Kate Bosch, founder of Kate Bosch Professional Organizing in Rhode Island. Kate is a Certified Professional Organizer, and mother to two teenage daughters. Prior to becoming a CPO, Kate has an eclectic background that includes:B.A. from Yale University in Art HistoryAssistant Buyer of Bras and Shapewear (aka girdles) at Filene'sBeing a milliner (aka a hat maker)Retail business ownerStay-at-home mom, Wife to her artist/professor husband , and serial volunteerAll of these skills and jobs have played a role in helping her work with clients, not to mention juggling a household and successful business.During our conversation Kate shares some strategies that she uses both at home and with her clients to keep organized. We talked about her favorite productivity apps (which you can find in our show notes) and what she loves most about her job.If you are interested in starting your own professional organizing business we’d love to chat! Click on the link below to learn more about about our SBO Partner Program & One-One Mentoring: with Kate:WebsiteInstagramFacebookLinkedIn