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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Photo Organizing with Darla DeMorrow | Ep 375
6d ago
Photo Organizing with Darla DeMorrow | Ep 375
Hi Friend!Regardless of how organized you might be with your closet, kitchen or garage, the one area that most folks find hard to keep up with are photos.If you’ve been around me for a minute you know that I always talk about “the ease of retrieval” when it comes to organizing, and photos are a prime example of where people waste hours of time looking for those precious memories! Between boxes and bins of “old school” photos that you’ve collected over the decades, VHS tapes and CDs with who-knows what on it, to the tens of thousands of digital photos on our phones, computers and social media-it can seem next to impossible to create a system to keep it all organized.My guest today is Darla DeMorrow, a certified photo organizer, author, and owner of HeartWorkOrganizing where she helps her clients gather, preserve, organize and maintain a system to easily find and enjoy the important moments in their lives.During our conversation we talked about:The 2 universes of photo storage3 places not to store photosHer favorite tool for separating photos (hint: you can get it at the dollar store!)Listen to the entire episode for more of Darla’s tips and strategies!Happy Organizing!LaurieP.S. Have you checked out our NEW Enneagram & Clutter Workbook? Grab it here: https://simplyborganized.podia.com/enneagram-workbook/buyLINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEConnect with Darla:HeartWorkorg.comDarla’s Book Recommendations:The E-Myth Revisited:https://amzn.to/3UqCsHwAll the Light We Cannot See: https://amzn.to/3wbhTETGoing through a Divorce? Connect up with my friends at the exExperts: http://www.exexperts.com/newsletter
Harnessing Baby Boomers' Talents to Simplify Our Lives with Amy Revell | Ep 372
Jan 25 2024
Harnessing Baby Boomers' Talents to Simplify Our Lives with Amy Revell | Ep 372
​​Joining me today is my dear friend Amy Revell, host of popular podcast The Art of Decluttering, leads the largest Professional Organizing company in Australia, and is the author of the book Simply Organised (yes, that organised with an S-remember, she’s from Australia!) Amy is happily married to her husband Cal and together they have 2 sons Jesse and Elijah. Back in the summer when we released our series on adult ADHD, Amy reached out and we spoke about her own ADHD adult diagnosis, and how it affects her life as a wife, mom and entrepreneur.I said, “wait” we need to share this with our TOL community! And she graciously obliged🙂.During our conversation we talked about:Her ADHD superpowerWhat parts of her life she outsourcesHow her dad has found a new found role in her family after retirementNavigating Mom-Guilt, Mental Load and all the “things” that keep us up at nightReframing the role of service, jobs and value within your familyYou’re going to love this conversation! LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEYour Color Guru 10% OFF YOUR COLOR GURU WITH CODE “ORGANIZEDLIFE” https://yourcolorguru.com/aff/10/JOIN THE COMMUNITY https://simplyborganized.activehosted.com/f/110APPLYING THE ENNEAGRAM WEBINAR https://simplyborganized.com/webinarYOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/thisorganizedlifepodcastConnect with Amy: www.theartofdecluttering.com.auFair Play with Eve Rodsky https://simplyborganized.com/2022/09/08/ep-300-fair-play-life-with-eve-rodksy/
Ten Common Clutter Traps and How to Avoid Them with Martha Carol Stewart | Ep 371
Jan 18 2024
Ten Common Clutter Traps and How to Avoid Them with Martha Carol Stewart | Ep 371
On today’s show I am joined by my friend and fellow professional organizer, Martha Carol Stewart of Chaos Organizing in Baton Rouge. You may remember MC from episode 91 where we talked about Back to School Organizing Strategies, or episode 156 where we talked about Holiday Organizing and Storage, or most recently, episode 346 during our series on Unpacking After a Move.Today we’re talking about 10 of the most common clutter traps and how to avoid them. LaundryMailDishesToysClothesKitchen GadgetsBooksPapersBeauty ProductYour carWe walk through each area and give some simple and practical solutions, so if you find yourself struggling in any of these areas, this episode is for you!I’m also super pumped for the release of MC’s debut book Southern Chaos which is filled with beautiful images and showcases many of the nuanced spaces that are unique to the Southern Home. Grab your copy here!Links Mentioned in This EpisodeGreen Chef: use code 60organizedlife for 60% off your first order and 20% off your next two months: https://www.greenchef.com/60organizedlife Sign up for our Applying the Enneagram Webinar: https://simplyborganized.com/webinar/ Connect with Martha Carol: https://www.chaosorganizing.com/Other ResourcesJoin our email community & stay in the know! https://simplyborganized.activehosted.com/f/110Subscribe to This ORGANIZED Life on YouTubeGrab our Book: Hot Mess A Practical Guide to Getting OrganizedLooking for some of our go-to organizing products: Shop our Faves
Getting Fit with Megan Dahlman | Ep 370
Jan 11 2024
Getting Fit with Megan Dahlman | Ep 370
Hi Friends!If getting fit is on your list for 2024, this is the episode for you! I’m joined by online fitness expert, Megan Dahlman. You may know Megan from her popular YouTube Channel VigeoFit, and podcast Self-Care Simplified.During our conversation we talked about:How to create a realistic fitness routine that works for you!Debunking the harmful myth that you have to “go all in” to get results3 most common mistakes people make when making health and fitness goalsThe simple daily actions you need to create huge momentum and eliminate the need for perfectionThe ideal amount of time to work out per weekWith the start of a New Year, this episode couldn’t come at a more perfect time! I loved Megan’s approach to health and fitness and our conversation was filled with so many great nuggets of wisdom, you’re definitely going to want to check it out for yourself.XOXO-LaurieLinks Mentioned in this Episode:Connect with Megan: https://www.vigeofit.com/Jumpstart Tips - Free 5-day guide to help jumpstart your healthy habits the sustainable way - www.vigeofit.com/tipsBook Recommendation: Beatriz Williams https://amzn.to/41O4rm6ResourcesStay in the know!Webinar sign up (Applying the Enneagram) https://simplyborganized.com/webinar/Subscribe on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/ThisORGANIZEDLifePodcastReviews Matter!Our #1 Book: Hot Mess A Practical Guide to Getting OrganizedShop our Faves: https://www.amazon.com/shop/simplyborganized
Best Episodes of 2023 | Ep 368
Dec 28 2023
Best Episodes of 2023 | Ep 368
Hey Friends!I hope everyone had a great Christmas-and if you don’t celebrate, I hope you had a nice and relaxing day!This is our last episode of 2023 and for this episode, I looked to you, our loyal listeners, to tell us which episodes were your favorite! Back again for round 2 is my friend and podcast producer, Kimberly Hermann in the co-host seat. If you’re new to our show, this is a great place to start!This list was based on which episodes had the most downloads so for everyone who shared our show-a tremendous thank you!Ep 319: Kitchen Organizing with Lisa EckerleEp 330: Am I a Hoarder with Matt PaxtonEp 317: 2023 Goals with Jen HatmakerEp 329 Digital Hygiene with Kate HufnagelEp 349: Slowing Down with Stephanie O’DeaTip of the Week: Clutter vs. DisorganizationTip of the Week: Two Minute RuleTip of the Week: Prioritizing your HealthTip of the Week: Selective MinimalismTip of the Week: Eating an ElephantI loved that this list was made up of both our long episodes and our quick tips-showing that there is something for everyone! We’re excited to continue bringing you great guests, topic and conversations to help keep you motivated.On behalf of myself, and the entire team at This ORGANIZED Life, we wish you a Happy New Year, and we can’t wait to see you in 2024!xoxo-LaurieP.S. We are able to continue to grow because of each and everyone of you coming back week after week and telling your friends and family about our show. If you would like to listen ad free, here’s a link to get started: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-organized-life/id1193014252Links Mentioned in this episode:Find your best colors with Color Guru! ​​https://yourcolorguru.com/affiliate/10/
Our Favorite Episodes 2023 | Ep 367
Dec 21 2023
Our Favorite Episodes 2023 | Ep 367
Hey Friends!We’re in the home stretch of 2023 and for our remaining 2 weeks, we’re sharing OUR fav episodes, and YOUR favorite episodes.Joining me is my friend and podcast producer, Kimberly Hermann (since she knows our show better than anyone-even me!) During today’s episode we take turns sharing our favorite episodes from the past year.From relatable topics and down-to-earth guests to specific series that provided helpful strategies to navigate some of life's challenges.If you’re new to our show, we encourage you to check out these episodes if you missed them the first time around.Next week we’ll be back with our listener top 10-don’t miss it!xoxo-LaurieFind your best colors with Color Guru! ​​https://yourcolorguru.com/affiliate/10/Kimberly’s Fav EpisodesEpisode 336 Why I Take On So Much with Rebekah Anne discussed the tendency to take on too many responsibilities and the importance of knowing when to say no. https://simplyborganized.com/2023/05/18/ep-336-why-i-take-on-so-much-with-rebekah-anne/Episode 322 Baby Prep & Nursery Organization with Mary Beth Barlette and Megan McDowell offered tips for new moms trying to get organized before and after having a baby.Episode 333 Core Values with Kate Bosch shared strategies for decluttering based on your personal values. ​​https://simplyborganized.com/2023/04/27/ep-333-core-values-with-kate-bosch/Episode 359 Secrets of a Supermom with Lori Oberbroeckling encouraged women to define success in motherhood on their own terms. https://simplyborganized.com/2023/10/26/ep-359-secrets-of-a-supermom-with-lori-oberbroeckling/Episode 364 Honest Parenting with Meredith Masony promoted a real, humorous approach to motherhood without pressure to be perfect. https://simplyborganized.com/2023/11/30/ep-364-honest-parenting-with-meredith-masony/Laurie’s Fav Episodes Episode 357 Clutter & Anxiety with Dr. John Delony highlighted the connection between clutter and anxiety. https://simplyborganized.com/2023/10/12/ep-357-declutter-and-anxiety-with-dr-john-delony/Episode 348 Organizing Tips Learned From Mom with Janet Taylor examined the helpful and unhelpful organizing habits we learn from our mothers. https://simplyborganized.com/2023/08/10/ep-348-organizing-tips-you-learned-from-your-mother-with-janet-taylor/Episode 340 Adult ADHD Diagnosis & Insights with Christy Lingo discussed her experience getting diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. https://simplyborganized.com/2023/06/15/ep-340-adult-diagnosis-adhd-insights-and-strategies-with-christy-lingo/Episode 330 Am I a Hoarder? with Matt Paxton distinguished between disorganization and clinical hoarding disorder.Ep 356-Enneagram & Clutter Series with Christa Hardin where we talked about how different personality types value time based on their unique Enneagram type