PODCAST

This Organized Life

simply B organized — 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.
ep 259: Thanksgiving Episode-Life Lessons from Rick Hall
Happy Thanksgiving friends! Today’s Thanksgiving episode has been inspired by and dedicated to the life of my dear friend Rick Hall who unexpectedly passed away suddenly at the age of 54 a few weeks ago. If you’re a long-time listener of TOL, you may recall hearing Rick on episode 178 where we talked about Spring Cleaning under Quarantine (FYI: he secretly wanted to be my co-host!) As I was preparing my annual Thanksgiving episode, I found myself reflecting on all of the things for which I am most grateful. As I sat quietly on my back porch with a cup of coffee, I kept coming back to Rick; how he lived and the life lessons he taught me. As you read through this list, you’ll see there is not one mention of material things (although he did love his Converse collection!) So here goes… Practice Gratitude-I made this a daily practice in 2018 and it has changed how I look at life. Even in our darkest moments, there is always something to be grateful for. You never know how much time you have left, so live every day with intention   One practical tip:Change your language from "I have to" to " I get to"   Be Present- One-One attention has become a priceless commodity. If you've ever tried to get someone's attention when they are distracted, it's a crappy feeling. On the flip side, when you give someone your undivided attention you are showing them that they matter.   One practical tip:put your phone away when you are with others. If you need to be reachable for loved ones, let them know that in case of emergency to call, rather than text, because you won't be looking at your phone for a while.   Prioritize people over things-especially during the holiday season, surround yourself with people who matter to you-it’s so much more fulfilling and life-giving than stuff.   One practical tip: Don't wait to have someone over until your home is “perfect”, memories are made between humans, not stuff.   Relationships Matter- We are built for community and connection.You never know the impact you’re going to have on someone else's life. Which brings me to the next lesson...Tell people that you love them-Rick ended every conversation with “love ya sis” and he meant it. He also gave the best hugs. Sometimes our best form of communication is non-verbal.   One practical tip: If you’re not a mushy person, that’s ok-me either. Write someone a letter or send them a text-don’t ever assume that someone knows how much you care about them.   Live Selflessly- This doesn’t have to be epic. A small gesture like bringing someone a meal, or paying for someone's coffee can have a ripple effect on your mood and those who you have impacted.   One practical tip: Don't add to your already full plate. Try incorporating small acts of service in your daily routine and watch what happens.   Be authentic-This is one of my core values. If people don’t love you for who you are, then they are not your people.   One practical tip: Remember that we don’t always have to agree, but we can still love one another.   I hope that by sharing these life lessons with you, I can continue his legacy of kindness and generosity. Happy Thanksgiving! XOXO- Laurie Please support us!  FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter?  Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess!  Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me  WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
6d ago
18 mins
ep 258: Shiny Object Syndrome with Amber Hawley
Hi, Friends! Before we get into today’s episode, will you please take a moment to fill out our short listener survey? Joining me today is Amber Hawley. Amber is a licensed therapist, multiple biz owner and former tech industry dropout. She hosts the Easily Distracted Entrepreneur podcast, where she supports ADHD {and ADHD-ish} business owners to overcome what she calls “shiny object syndrome.” Amber & her husband have both struggled with ADHD and we speak candidly about strategies for overcoming distractions in both home and business. During our conversation Amber shares: How she craves organization as a way to reclaim controlThe struggle to NOT do all the things (and strategies on how to work through it)The importance of delegating (and how to do it)       If you or someone you love struggles with ADHD, this is a must-listen episode. Amber reminds us that with the right strategies, anyone can live an organized life. Make sure to check out the links we talked about below in our show notes, including her Free Shiny Object Checklist. XOXO- Laurie Prefer to watch our conversation?  Click HERE to head over to our Youtube channel! CONNECT WITH AMBER:  WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE | LINKEDIN AMBER'S BOOK RECOMMENDATION  WILD SUCCULENT WOMAN  Please support us!  FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show!  Struggling with Clutter?  Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz!  Stop feeling like a Hot Mess!  HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized is my witty little survival guide that helps you get to the root of your clutter. Learn about the 3 types of clutter, Physical, Emotional, and Calendar, along with how to avoid the 5 Clutter Pitfalls. Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold.  Connect with Me  WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Nov 18 2021
59 mins
ep 257: 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Hi Friends! It’s one of my favorite episodes of the year…our Holiday Gift Guide! We’re posting it early this year to help you get a jumpstart on your shopping. Joining me is none other than THE Joshua Palau. We spent the hour sharing our favorite gift ideas with y’all. Each of our lists have been researched and curated on our own, without sponsorship, or input from anyone else. Don’t worry about grabbing a pen, we’ve got you covered. We’ve included all links mentioned in the episode for you below in the show notes. We round out the episode by sharing some tips to keep your gift giving under control (make sure to download our holiday gift tracker!) This is one episode you won’t want to miss! XOXO- Laurie Joshua’s Picks: Experiences Broadway is Back –  (but also local theatres) Coldplay Billie EIlish Boston Calling Music Festival Content The Every – Dave Eggers Renegades Paul Mccarthy – The Lyrics Audible Luminary Athleisure and Fashion Jordan 1 Lows Vuori – Kore Shorts are my favorite Mack Weldon WFH Standing Desk Tiny dry erase board On Air Sign Laurie’s Picks: Fav One-Stop Shops: 1. Willinglee.co:• Local Austin• Give back 1% of sales• Support local artisans 2. Gold Belly • Sustainable• Supports Community• Personalized Creature Comforts 3. Mark & Graham: Monogrammed central! ● Great customer service● Great packaging● High end looks and affordable prices● customizable i. Travel Jewelry Caseii. Catchall trayiii. Packing cubesiv. Eyeglasses trayv. Watch boxvi. Gardening bagvii. Manicure setviii. Wine totesix. cord(tech) organizers 4. Uncommon Goods • Based in brooklyn• Support local artisans• Certified B corp• Pay fair living wage• Paid time off for maternity & paternity leave and caring for aging parents Holiday Gift Planning Guide: 1. Make a list (don’t forget postal carrier, hairdresser, teachers, garbage collectors, etc)2. Set a budget (don’t overspend)3. Shop early (shipping delays)4. Designate a holding location5. Keep track of incoming and pending gifts6. Keep a folder/envelope of receipts (toss after the holidays!)7. Simplify wrapping (different wrapping per person, or same wrapping different bows) Download our Holiday Gift Tracker JOSHUA’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS MALIBU RISING | WE ARE THE BRENNANS Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized is my witty little survival guide that helps you get to the root of your clutter. Learn about the 3 types of clutter, Physical, Emotional, and Calendar, along with how to avoid the 5 Clutter Pitfalls. Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Nov 11 2021
47 mins
ep 256: Moving Made Simple with Ali Wenzke
Hi Friends! Did you know that 20% more people are projected to move in 2021 than in 2020? Today I am joined by blogger and author of  The Art of Happy Moving, Ali Wenzke. Ali and her husband Dan have moved 10 times in 11 years across six states and now reside in the Chicago suburbs with their 3 kiddos. During our conversation,  Ali shares both tactical and practical strategies like: Trying to find people and resources in your new location before you move Packing strategies to simplify the “unpack” process Creating a “heart box” with your must-have favorite items Which rooms she recommends unpacking first She talks about creating a “bucket list” before you move and the importance of a healthy mindset to offset what can be a stressful time in your life. Make sure to download Ali’s moving checklist that is filled with great tips and ideas! XOXO- Laurie Prefer to watch our conversation? Click HERE to head over to our Youtube channel! CONNECT WITH ALI WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER BUY HER BOOK ALI’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS ANYTHING BY KRISTIN HANNAH OR FREDRIK BACKMAN Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized is my witty little survival guide that helps you get to the root of your clutter. Learn about the 3 types of clutter, Physical, Emotional, and Calendar, along with how to avoid the 5 Clutter Pitfalls. Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Nov 4 2021
47 mins
ep 255: Travel Tips with Janelle Azar
Hi friends! Before we get into today’s episode, will you please take a moment to fill out our short listener survey? Joining me today is SBO Partner, Janelle Azar, founder and owner of A Meaningful Space based in Michigan.  As a professional organizer, she specializes in residential organizing, moving and relocations, and closet design. She is also Enneagram 1 aka, the Perfectionist or Improver (which we will talk about!) I invited Janelle on TOL to talk about travel organization.  With more people returning to travel whether for work or pleasure, I thought we could all use a refresher on travel tips 101.  As an avid traveler, Janelle has tapped into her “organizing brain” and streamlined and simplified the process into 2 phases: Planning & Packing. During our conversation she walks us through the details of  her 5 step process: Step 1: is to Research your Destination Step 2: Start Packing Early Step 3: Consider the Essentials Step 4: Packing the Suitcase Step 5: Must Have items in your Carry On/Personal Tote Whether you are hopping in the car, bus, train or plane, there’s something in this episode for everyone. Make sure to download Janelle’s Free Travel Checklist before you go! XOXO- Laurie P.S. When it comes to packing, do you prefer to roll or fold? We want to know! CONNECT WITH JANELLE WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK JANELLE’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS DON’T KEEP YOUR DAY JOB Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Oct 28 2021
49 mins
ep 254: Entertaining & Decorating Tips with Marian Parsons
Before we get into today’s episode, will you please take a moment to fill out our short listener survey? Hi Friends! You’re going to love today’s guest--joining me today is Marian Parsons. ​Marian Parson is a pastor's wife, mother of two boys, paint enthusiast, lover of all things home and owner of Miss Mustard Seed, an online resource for making your home beautiful and inviting.  With the holidays just around the corner, I thought it would be fitting to have Marian on the show to talk about her new book Feels Like Home . During our conversation we unpack Why people seem to crave encouragement in the areas of creating a warm and inviting homeThe cross-over between organization and decoratingHow to keep things simple while entertainingHow a quick “room reset” can make you feel as though you’ve had a complete makeover!   I love Marian’s advice on how to create a “living mood board” in your home, regardless of budget or design expertise. For more information on Marian, make sure to check out the links below. XOXO- Laurie CONNECT WITH MARIAN WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | PODCAST MARIAN’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST | KEEP GOING | THE PRACTICE Please support us!  FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter?  Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess!  Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me  WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Oct 21 2021
56 mins
ep 253: Minimalista with Shira Gill
Hi Friends! Today I am joined by home organizing expert, Shira Gill. Shira is known for her online makeover programs, popular lifestyle blog, and Instagram feed that have inspired a global audience. She can now add author to her list of accomplishments! Her new book, Minimalista Your Step-by-Step Guide to a Better Home, Wardrobe, and Life, is due to release on Nov 2nd. I invited Shira on the show to talk about all the things… How she got startedWhat her life was like growing upHow her childhood relationship with clutter and organization has shaped how she parents, lives and runs her business   In the second half of the show we dive into her new book, including her 5 step process that she uses with her clients. Her book is filled with gorgeous images designed to inspire you. I’m so grateful to be surrounded by friends and colleagues like Shira who continue to inspire and empower others to live simply and love their space. I hope you enjoy this honest conversation as much as I did! XOXO- Laurie If you are a professional organizer or thinking about becoming one, I’d love to hear from you. I currently have openings for 5 one-one mentor spots and our group partner program continues to grow! Schedule a free intake call to see if it’s a right fit for you!   CONNECT WITH SHIRA WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | MINIMALISTA BOOK  SHIRA’S BOOK RECOMMENDATION THE COMPOUND EFFECT  Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show!  Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz!  Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold.  Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Oct 14 2021
55 mins
ep 252: The Cost of Getting Organized
We are always looking for ways to improve our show. Before we get into today’s episode, will you please take a moment to fill out our short listener survey ?  One of the many comments I hear as a professional organizer is “I wish I could afford to hire someone like you!” The truth of the matter is that getting organized does require time and a level of intentionality, but it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Dave Ramsey says “where a person spends money is a reflection of their priorities,” and I have seen that play out in my own life. If someone handed me $500 I would rather go out to a nice dinner with friends, or put it towards a home improvement project. Whereas someone else might want to go on a shopping spree or put it towards a vacation. There’s no right or wrong answer, it’s simply a matter of priorities. Even if no one is handing you a stack of Benjamins, if you want to get organized, I assure you that you can do it on a shoestring budget. The greatest organizing tools I have to offer you are vision, strategy and a plan of action. Today I am going to walk you through my exact process that I do with my clients. It’s completely free, the only investment is your time. You can always add the fancy bins later if you so choose. Before you begin, I want you to ask yourself 2 very important questions: “Do I want less stuff or do I just want to know where my stuff is?” “What's more important to me, stuff or space?” When we look at IG or Pinterest, there’s one common theme-LESS. Lots of white space, in between shelves, hanging rods, under cabinets.  Which leads me to point #2- I recommend using social media for inspiration, but be mindful of trying to keep up with the Jones. You can accomplish much of what you see online with stuff you have in your home, or inexpensively-you don’t have to have a custom closet and bins from the Container Store to have an organized space. Before you dig in, come prepared with the essentials: Bins to sort Bags to donate Post-its or label roll to temporarily label categories Music/podcast to keep you motivated Pick one space to declutter and set a limit on how long you are committing to stay there (ie: until this space is done, for 20 min, 2 hours…) The time doesn’t matter as much as following through on your commitment.      5. Here’s where my 4 pile method comes into play. As you are emptying the contents, sort the items into these piles:  KEEP (in that space only) DONATE RECYCLE  RELOCATE (anything you want to keep, but doesn’t live in the space you are organizing. This can mean it’s going to a different room, or going into memorabilia, or getting returned to someone.)      6. Once you’re done, now it’s time to ZONE, Corral, Contain.  This is where you can get creative, and figure out what products will make you feel good about your space--remember, an organized space needs to accomplish 2 things:   HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL HOW QUICKLY CAN I FIND WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR?   Regardless of where you are in your life with age or financially, you are capable and deserving of living an organized life.  I’m here for you every step of the way! XOXO- Laurie LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE TAKE THE LISTENER SURVEY   SBO Partners   FREE CHECKLISTS & RESOURCES   Please support us! FOLLOW TOL t o have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized is my witty little survival guide that helps you get to the root of your clutter. Learn about the 3 types of clutter, Physical, Emotional, and Calendar, along with how to avoid the 5 Clutter Pitfalls.  Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon , barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Oct 7 2021
34 mins
ep 251: Organizing for a child with Special Needs with Amanda Cunningham
Hi Friends, Before we get into today’s episode, will you please take a moment to fill out our short listener survey?  Today I am joined by Amanda Cunningham, founder of The Glory Days Co., a company that provides organizational tools for parents and caregivers of special needs children. Amanda shares her story of giving birth to her beautiful daughter Aurora “Rory” and finding out upon her arrival that she had Down Syndrome.  She walks us through the early months following Rory’s birth and speaks candidly about how she struggled with feelings of overwhelm. From attending weekly doctors and therapy appointments, to wading through the unexpected newness of becoming a stay-at-home mom. When looking for tools to support her in this new role as a special needs parent, she couldn’t find anything that encompassed everything Rory needed. So Amanda created her own planner filled with checklists, calendar, daily tasks and a robust notes section to document the countless appointments and therapies required to help Rory thrive, and now helps parents everywhere do the same. During our conversation we talk about: Her unexpected transition to stay-at-home caregiver from working professional The role that both physical and calendar organizers play in raising a child with special needs The importance of routines to help everyone to flourish October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, I encourage you to check out The Glory Days Co-for free downloads, articles and some amazing products. CONNECT WITH AMANDA WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | BLOG  AMANDA'S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS RISING STRONG | THE BLESSING | THE LUCKY FEW  Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized is my witty little survival guide that helps you get to the root of your clutter. Learn about the 3 types of clutter, Physical, Emotional, and Calendar, along with how to avoid the 5 Clutter Pitfalls.  Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon ,barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Sep 30 2021
56 mins
ep 250: Finding Motivation at Work with Grace Treutel
Hi Friends! Whether you are heading back into the office or on day 7,693,421 of working from home-finding motivation can be a struggle.  Studies show that when we lack motivation, our productivity decreases.  So the question becomes: “how do we find motivation?” To answer that question, I invited Grace Treutel to share some insight with us. Grace is the Manager of Culture at a rapidly growing eCommerce startup where she helps colleagues get more organized within their workflows and navigate company culture, which results in a healthier work environment.  She is also the host and producer of The Standard Office Procedures, a podcast that aims to help professionals grow and prosper through culture, communication, and candor.  On the personal side, Grace is a mom to two littles, so she knows what it’s like to have your motivation sucked out of you on a daily basis-jk! During our conversation, Grace walks us through some everyday struggles and shares some tactical steps that you can use in the office, at home, or in an academic setting (hello students!) I loved the part of our conversation when Grace talks about how we can show up for our coworkers or colleagues rather than waiting for them to ask for help (which is often hard to do).  Make sure to check out the links below for everything we talked about on the show. Prefer to watch our conversation? Click HERE to head over to our Youtube channel! Connect with Blue Summit Supplies: INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | TWITTER  STANDARD OFFICE PROCEDURES PODCAST  Grace’s Book Recommendations RADICAL CANDOR | YES, PLEASE  Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW . Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized is my witty little survival guide that helps you get to the root of your clutter. Learn about the 3 types of clutter, Physical, Emotional, and Calendar, along with how to avoid the 5 Clutter Pitfalls.  Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Sep 23 2021
54 mins
ep 249: Fall Organizing Checklist
Hi Friends! When I was in my early 20’s I had a subscription to Martha Stewart Living. Each month when it arrived in the mail I would open it up and immediately flip to the monthly calendar of things to do. From changing out air filters, to checking your smoke detectors, I loved the actionable checklist she provided. Although I may not have been planting bulbs in my garden or harvesting berries to make homemade jam, I was all over the tasks that helped me to stay organized.  There’s no question that September is a busy month for all of us, and if we are not intentional, some important areas can easily fall through the cracks, leaving us unprepared when it really matters. On today’s podcast episode of This ORGANIZED Life I share my Fall Organizing Checklist which is a simple list of 10 specific tips to help you prepare for the home stretch of 2021. Check out the full episode above or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also print a free copy of my Fall Organizing Checklist here . Happy Fall Y’all! Prefer to watch our conversation? Click HERE to head over to our Youtube channel! J.O.Y. Lifestyle Festival An online event dedicated to helping you create a daily mindset and lifestyle for a JOY-FULL life. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION  Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW . Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized is my witty little survival guide that helps you get to the root of your clutter. Learn about the 3 types of clutter, Physical, Emotional, and Calendar, along with how to avoid the 5 Clutter Pitfalls.  Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon , barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Sep 16 2021
34 mins
ep 248: Take Back Your Time with Christy Wright
Hi Friends! Joining me today is national bestselling author, Christy Wright, host of The Christy Wright Show and ever popular Business Boutique. She is also the mom to three littles, and knows first hand what juggling career, parenting, marriage and home looks like. I invited her on the show to talk about her new book, Take Back Your Time: The Guilt Free Guide to Life Balance, and why this is different from other books out there. Christy walks us through How to stop saying “yes” for the wrong reasons and what organization looks like in her life right now. During our conversation we talked about: Doing the right thing at the right timeThe role of seasons in your lifeHow she defines “life balance” It’s a fun and candid conversation with 2 very high energy Enneagram 8 personalities-lol! If you know someone who is struggling with “all of the things”, will you do them a favor and forward this episode to them? P.S If you want to learn more about why you struggle with saying no, you’re going to want to check out our Enneagram & Clutter course. We have special running through Sept 10th-get lifetime access to the complete course which covers all 9 Enneagram types + a LIVE masterclass with me, for $197- grab your seat before this offer ends tomorrow at midnight. Click HERE for details! Christy’s Book Recommendations THE RUTHLESS ELIMINATION OF HURRY  Links Mentioned in this Episode Take Back Your Time Book  Follow Christy on IG  Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW . Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized is my witty little survival guide that helps yo u get to the root of your clutter. Learn about the 3 types of clutter, Physical, Emotional, and Calendar, along with how to avoid the 5 Clutter Pitfalls.  Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon , barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Sep 9 2021
39 mins
ep 247: The Productivity Planner with Sarah Dalton
Hi Friends! On today’s episode I am joined by Sarah Dalton, founder of Your Simply Big Life. In addition to her online community, her signature Peace and Productivity Planner as well as her online course, help women lighten the mental load and create space in their lives for what matters most. Sarah is also the host of Your Simply Big Life podcast where she has weekly conversations with like-minded women and offers inspiration on all things simplifying and living an intentional life. (where you can listen to yours truly!) She is passionate about helping women learn to find their unique balance and flow with both peace and productivity, so I wanted to share her with our TOL community! During our conversation, we talked about What makes her planners uniqueHow do get clear on your personal core valuesHow to prioritize the important from the urgent Sarah knows first-hand the demands of women, especially moms, and I love her supportive, nurturing approach to helping other women (and men too!) Make sure to check out the links below to grab a special promo code only for TOL listeners! P.S. Our Enneagram and Clutter “mini courses” are here!  Learn what strategies DO and DON’T work for you based on your Enneagram Type.  Click HERE for details Connect with Sarah WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | PODCAST Sarah’s Book Recommendations THE ONE THING ESSENTIALISM ATOMIC HABITS Links Mentioned in this Episode Peace and Productivity Foundations Course Peace and Productivity Planner *Use the code ORGANIZE for either the course or planner! Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Sep 2 2021
52 mins
ep 246: Digital Clutter Hacks with Kath Younger
Hi Friends! On today’s show I am joined by Kath Younger. Kath is the mom of two boys, and the blogger behind the website Kath Eats.  Kath has been in the online space since 2007 and over the years her website has grown from a recipe and nutrition blog, to a complete lifestyle brand, where she talks about motherhood, beauty, budgeting and home organization.  One area in particular that Kath gets really excited about is streamlining Digital Clutter, specifically emails and photos (an area that stresses most people out!) I invited her onto TOL to share some of her proven strategies with y’all. During our conversation we talk about: Her STAR BOX methodHow not to use your inbox as a digital filing cabinetWhy SEARCH is our best friend Kath also talks about what she calls “Your digital POWER HOUR”-a dedicated time each week to tackle through all of those unwanted pics on your phone! This episode is filled with actionable tips and resources, so I encourage you to listen or watch us on YouTube. Make sure to check out the links below for anything we mentioned during the show! XOXO Laurie P.S. Our Enneagram and Clutter “mini courses” are here!  Learn what strategies DO and DON’T work for you based on your Enneagram Type.  Click HERE for details Connect with Kath INSTAGRAM Kath’s Book Recommendations SUPERFOODS HEALTHSTYLE Links Mentioned in this Episode Free masterclass to learn more about digital clutter cleanup Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Aug 26 2021
49 mins
ep 245: Health over Clutter with Noel Elie
Hi Friends! Today we are talking about what happens when a health crisis causes you to get rid of everything you own. Joining me today is actress, entrepreneur and health advocate-Noel Ellie. Noel shares her story which includes putting her career on the back burner to care for her sick mom, and what she learned during that season of her life. Little did Noel know that a few years later she would be facing her own crippling illness that resulted in her having to get rid of 99% of her possessions. During our conversation we talked about: How she had to prioritize health over workMourning the loss of material thingsWhat items were hardest to let go In the second half of the show we talk about what organization looked like for Noel while she was growing up and she shares some of her tips and strategies with us. I hope you find inspiration and connection during this episode Watch this episode. xo- Laurie P.S. Want to learn more about the role that our personality plays in how we respond to clutter?  Check out our new Enneagram and Clutter framework!  Connect with Noel INSTAGRAM | WEBSITE Noel’s Book Recommendations I DECLARE | THE WAR OF ART Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Aug 19 2021
50 mins
ep 244: Following Your Passion with  Laura Markz
Hi Friends! Laura Markz is a former online strategy executive, turned corporate dropout, entrepreneur, and mom of two. With over a decade of experience building businesses online and being in the trenches herself, she’s the founder of MyBizU, where her mission is to help moms across the globe build their own businesses.   Her entrepreneurial journey came on the heels of a near death experience after the birth of her son. During our conversation we talk about: Her personal wake-up call that caused her to launch her businessWhat she calls the “Mom Dilemma” and why it’s a problem3 common mistakes entrepreneurs make when starting out (and how to avoid them!) During the second half of the show we dive into what living an organized life looks like in Laura’s home. I ask her what her life was like growing up, and we discuss how her enneagram type plays a role in how she views and handles clutter. It’s a fun conversation that’s jam packed with lots of actionable information! XOXO, Laurie P.S. Laura has a special discount code for all TOL listeners, so make sure to check out the links below ↓ Connect with Laura WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM Book Recommendations YOU ARE A BADASS | HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND START LIVING Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Aug 12 2021
48 mins
ep 243: Dorm Room Planning & Organizingep 242: Clutter Clinic: Paper Control
Hi Friends! We are wrapping up our Clutter Clinic Series with one of life’s biggest pain points…Paper Clutter. “What if I need this someday?”  “How long do I need to keep this?”  “I am struggling to pay my bills so I avoid opening the mail”  There is no denying that paper clutter is riddled with emotion.  Whether you’re dealing with mail, school papers, work documents or never-ending subscriptions, it’s easy to find yourself feeling like you’re drinking from a firehose. Not to worry, we’re going to walk with you every step of the way. During this episode we walk through each of the clutter pitfalls and the role that each plays when it comes to paper clutter. From the tactical side, below are 3 simple and practical tips that you can start doing today. Each of these will help you reduce the volume coming in and feel confident about knowing what to throw out. 1. Go Electronic for Statements. One of the easiest ways to cut down on paper clutter is to get your recurring monthly statements sent to you electronically.  One of the common objections I hear from folks is that they use the paper statements to act as a reminder to pay their bills.  Here’s an easy fix: set up recurring payments on your banking app or website. It’s a secure login and will save you hours of time, and potential late fees. The best part is that you will drastically reduce the amount of paper clutter in your home 2. Edit Subscriptions You know that magazine you always say you’re going to read but never do? No judgement, we’ve all been there. By cancelling any subscriptions that you are not reading you’ll save space and money that could be serving you better. Still on the fence: Transfer your subscriptions to a digital version, and give yourself 6 months. If you still find that you’re not reading them, it’s time to put some money back in your pocket and cancel them.  3. Get into a Routine Step 1: Open the Mail. Opening the mail should be a daily occurrence, like making your bed and brushing your teeth.  Step 2: Recycle Immediate. As soon as you get the mail, leaf through it and throw any junk mail, solicitation, etc directly into the recycling bin. If you can avoid bringing it in the house all together, even better!  Step 3: Action or Reference? Whatever doesn’t get recycled goes into 1 of 2 categories:  Action: To do (random bills, RSVPs, permission slips) Reference: To file (declarations pages of your insurance, tax returns, etc) What to Shred: Can I get this ______ electronically if I need it?  Can I find the answer online if I have a question? If the answer is yes, then chances are it’s ok to shred!  *You can always consult your tax advisor if you have any questions. Final thoughts:  Set parameters of when you are going to pay bills and file (weekly, monthly, when your reference bin fills up). Be consistent, it’s the key to sustainability and building muscle memoryStart where you are. Today is a great day to reframe new habits. Need extra help: contact one of our SBO Partners or check out my book, HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized Happy Organizing! XOXO- Laurie Enneagram & Clutter Learn More: https://simplyborganized.com/enneagram-clutter-course/ *USE CODE TOL30 TO RECEIVE 30% OFF Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Jul 29 2021
31 mins
ep 241: Clutter Clinic: Kitchens
Hi Friends! Today we are continuing with our Clutter Clinic Series with the most popular room in the house, The KITCHEN. As the “revolving door” room that often acts as the home office, classroom, or hang out space, having a functional kitchen tops my list of must-have organized spaces. The good news is that if you are someone who struggles with clutter and organization,  Kitchens are a great place to start and here’s 3 reasons why: Limited emotional clutter unlike other spaces in the homeExpiration dates make it easy to know what to purgeDrawers, cabinets, and pantries help to define your zones for you During the episode we’re going to walk you through our process which we use with all of our clients. STEP 1: Identify if your clutter is the result of (physical, emotional, calendar clutter) TOO MUCH VOLUME (more stuff than space)POOR LAYOUT (not enough cabinets or drawers or pantry)LACK OF PRODUCT (loose items that need corralling)HABITS & BEHAVIOR (systems are there, but no one uses them) STEP 2: Start Small: Allows you to build momentum and keep from getting overwhelmed STEP 3:  ESP: Our 3 step method EMPTYSORTPURGE STEP 4: Sort items into 4 Piles KeepDonateRecycleRelocate STEP 5: Corral Like items together (zoning) STEP 6: Make it simple & accessible (maximize prime real estate) STEP 7: Maintain with routine up-keep Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your clutter didn’t accumulate over night. The key to lasting success is to understand your habits, modify where necessary and allow your space to adapt with you. Are you a Professional Organizer, or thinking about becoming one?  We would love to talk to you about our SBO Partner Program!   Click here to Learn More! Link’s Mentioned in this Episode info@simplyborganized.com  Subject CC- to be added to our list for our next Clutter Clinic A Purpose Driven Mom Free On-Demand Workshop: www.apurposedrivenmom.com/laurie Enneagram & Clutter Learn More: https://simplyborganized.com/enneagram-clutter-course/ *USE CODE TOL30 TO RECEIVE 30% OFF Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Did you know that we’re on YouTube? There’s lots of bonus content on our page, including interviews, workshops and lots more! CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Jul 22 2021
46 mins
ep 240: Clutter Clinic: Kid Spaces
Hi Friends! It’s week 3 of our Clutter Clinic Series! So far this month we’ve talked about decluttering and organizing garages, closets, and today we are talking about toys and kid spaces (the bane of every parent’s existence!) . Whether you live in a house with a dedicated playroom, an apartment where space is limited, or fall somewhere in between-all parents have struggled at some point on how to keep toys and kid spaces organized. In this episode we get right down to it:  When & how do you get the kids involved?What to do with toys you want to save for the next kid?How to make clean up easy and how often should we be purging old toys? I’ve also included a link to my popular 30 Day Kids Organizing Checklist which you can download here! Purging Tips Lead with serviceMake purging a tradition (birthdays, Christmas/Hanukkah)Teach them young (avoid dark of night purging)Space to Inventory ratio (don’t have more than you can store)Use ESP (our EMPTY, SORT, PURGE method) Organizing Tips Clean up every day (avoid the pile up)Use cubbies (simple, cheap and easy!)Think multipurpose furniture  (ie:tables with storage)Easy to reach bookcases Use underbed storageUse pictures/colors (kids can understand pictures before they can read words)Build in margin for kids (make clean up part of playtime)Be Specific (ie: put the legos back in the bin, rather than clean up the basement) There’s also an entire chapter in my book, HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized that is dedicated to kids’ spaces that includes a chart with age appropriate responsibilities. The good news is that you don’t have to be a minimalist to have an organized kid space, and it’s never too early or too late to start putting these strategies into place. For more organizing tips and inspiration, follow us on social media @simplyborganized! Are you a Professional Organizer, or thinking about becoming one?  We would love to talk to you about our SBO Partner Program!   Click here to Learn More! Free Downloads 30 DAY KIDS ORGANIZING CHECKLIST A Purpose Driven Mom Free On-Demand Workshop: www.apurposedrivenmom.com/laurie Enneagram & Clutter Learn More: https://simplyborganized.com/enneagram-clutter-course/ *USE CODE TOL30 TO RECEIVE 30% OFF Please support us! FOLLOW TOL to have new episodes downloaded each week! REVIEW. Social influence is the most impactful way to help others find our show! Did you know that we’re on YouTube? There’s lots of bonus content on our page, including interviews, workshops and lots more! CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE Struggling with Clutter? Click HERE to take our FREE clutter quiz! Stop feeling like a Hot Mess! Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back. Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold. Connect with Me WEBSITE | FB | IG | PINTEREST
Jul 15 2021
44 mins

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