Organize 365 Podcast: Home organization |Paper management | Productivity | Professional Organizer Lisa Woodruff | Sunday Basket

Our kid’s bring home SO much school and artwork, the thought of organizing it can be a daunting task.

In this week’s episode, I share with you some tips on how to make this as SIMPLE as possible.

The first step is trying to decide what to keep! There is a happy medium between those parents who throw everything away after a single week and those parents who file and catalog EVERY piece of paper their child has ever written on.

Some of the items I try to keep include artwork the kids made that has their hand prints on them, as well as anything that represents a first for them. For example, their first drawing or the first time they wrote their name.

Other paper items that I keep include any certificates or awards they receive and any original stories that they have written.

Of course, everybody feels differently about the school and artwork their children bring home, so the most important thing is to save what is special to YOU!

When you're organizing your child’s school and artwork, I recommend getting a storage container to keep it all in one place. If your kids are still in school, their work can be placed in the container as they bring it home until you are ready to get ORGANIZED!

Below are the three best ways I have found to organize your child’s work:

  • Create a Binder – A binder full of sheet protectors will help to preserve your child’s work, as well as allow you to save items that can’t be hole-punched for a binder. This can be a FUN and EASY way to flip through your child’s work together!
  • File Boxes – This can be a typical file box bought from any office supply store. Create a colorful file folder for each school year and organize them chronologically. Then just slip the artwork into the appropriate folder as you go!
  • Digital Storage – This is the newest form of organization. To save all your child’s work, simply take a picture of them and download it to your computer. By creating a slideshow of their work, it will be easy to share with your kids when they are older!

Taking the time to organize your child’s school and artwork using any of these methods can increase their confidence and self-esteem. They might also share with you some memories you didn’t know about!

The memories that go along with all of this school and artwork are just as important as the work itself!

So, to help you record some of those memories with your children, I created the Kid’s Art & School Organizer! These helpful sheets are a fun and easy way to help you record your children’s memories from preschool through to sixth grade.

The sheets are printable or editable (if you prefer to stay digital). Unlike other organizers, my questions change from year to year and include both school memories AND family memories. I think both are equally important.

You can find more information about the Kid’s Art & School Organizer here.

I would LOVE to see a picture of your child’s school and artwork all organized! Please share in my Facebook Group (and if you haven't joined it yet, just go ahead and request access!).

A special thank you to this week’s podcast sponsor, SaneBox!

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Google Calendar, Gmail, SaneBox, OH MY!

Today’s podcast is going to increase your productivity.  Once you implement what I share, you will get back HOURS and HOURS in every week of your life!

Sounds good, right?

I’ve wanted to share with you how I organize my Google Calendar and my Gmail for a couple of years. Specifically, I want to share with you how I manage to be SO efficient in everything I do with regards to calendar and email management…and how you can be, too!

But, I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to convey this to you. I thought about a podcast episode, a video series, or an online productivity course… then I came up with a plan which is kind of a mixture of all three.

In this week’s podcast episode, you’re going to get the audio tracks from a three-part video series that I created. Then, you can download the videos from the website link for FREE!

Google Calendar

I like to use Google Calendar and Gmail... they’re so universal and they have all the features that I want. They’re simple enough that you don’t need to use all the extra features to get the best out of them!

Using a Google Calendar effectively has increased my productivity in ways that I can’t even quantify.

Now that I have teenagers, Google Calendar has become a necessary part of our family. With integrated Google Calendars, the whole family is able to know what everyone is doing at the same time.

Gmail and SaneBox

I’ve done some really cool things with my Gmail that have increased my productivity! For example:

  1. Multiple Inboxes – I’ve basically created a Sunday Basket in my Gmail! I have my regular inbox and then ‘slash folders’ underneath.
  2. SaneBox – I used to get my inbox to zero a few times a month, but now with Sanebox, I can get it to zero every single night! It is AMAZING!

So go and listen to this week’s podcast episode which is the audio version of my 3-part video series.

Then, sign up for the 3 part-video series by clicking here. The three videos will be delivered to you by email over 3 days and they're called:

  1. How to Organize Your Google Calendar
  2. How to Organize Your Gmail
  3. How to Use SaneBox To Increase Your Productivity

I recommend that you listen first and then watch the videos.

I know that if you implement what I teach you, you will increase your productivity and get hours back in your week!

If you would like to try out SaneBox... and I really recommend that you do... go to Sanebox.com/organize365 and you'll get $25 off as well as a two week free trial!

A special thank you to this week’s podcast sponsor, SaneBox!

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In her latest book, Lisa Woodruff explores the executive functions of the mind that directly affect your ability to organize your home: flexible thinking, working memory, self-monitoring, task initiation, planning, and organization. Along the way, she provides tips and strategies for overcoming obstacles—tools you can use to get the organized house you’ve been dreaming of.

Now available as an Audible Book.

How ADHD Affects Home Organization

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In this week’s episode, I share with you the next step in the evolution of The Sunday Basket™!

It’s what I like to call The Sunday Basket™ 2.0 and I discuss having more than one Sunday Basket™!

Most of you probably already know I’m COMPLETELY obsessed with The Sunday Basket™ and you’ve likely heard me talk about how it works.

For those of you who haven’t heard about the Sunday Basket™, you can refer back to my podcast episodes #101 - The Sunday Basket and more recently #173 – Everything You Want To Know About The Sunday Basket. Both episodes are great resources for starting your own basket and taking the first step to getting organized!

Once you have mastered using a single Sunday Basket™, it’s time to consider creating MORE THAN ONE BASKET!

Having multiple baskets helps to reduce your mind clutter. It prevents a lot of task switching because you are focusing on related tasks within each basket. This will allow you to get through each basket faster.

Going through multiple baskets is still going to take more time than going through just one, though. Remember, it is SUPER important that you are still going through ALL of your baskets every week. It remains a weekly task not to be forgotten.

Here are some of the types of baskets that I discuss in this week’s podcast.

  • The work basket for work-related items. This may not necessarily be paid work. It can include whatever you spend the majority of your time on when you aren’t taking care of your family or home (e.g. PTA, volunteering). This will help you to select the work-related tasks that you want to focus on during the week.
  • The project basket should just be for projects that get TOO BIG for the Sunday Basket™. You still go through the basket every week, but the project will probably be completed in about 2-4 weeks.
  • The caregiver/estate basket is a great place for any mail, bills, or other notices related to the person or estate that you are handling. It’s a simple way to keep the information organized and separate from your own.
  • The spouse basket is for your spouse to manage. It’s somewhere to place any items that belong to or may be of interest to your spouse. These MUST BE items that no longer require your attention, but may require theirs.
  • The kid basket can start as just a slash pocket within your own Sunday Basket™ and can develop with the needs and responsibilities of your kids. When you think they are ready and responsible enough for their own basket, help them get started!

As always, the number one rule for the Sunday Basket™ is that you have to go through it EVERY SUNDAY. So don’t create more baskets than you can handle!

If you’re interested in attending a Sunday Basket™ Workshop with a licensed provider near you, or attending one virtually, visit thesundaybasket.com.

If you’re interested in becoming a Sunday Basket™ Workshop Licensed Provider, click here!

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This week’s podcast is about the times when you find yourself in a tough phase of life. It’s about the times when you literally have no time to get organized no matter how much you want to.

It may be that you’re SO busy you struggle to find even 15 minutes a day to get your home organized.

Or you have the time, but what you want/need to do requires money and you literally don’t have a spare $15 right now.

It may be both, you don’t have a spare 15 minutes AND a spare $15!

They’re not phases that we want to find ourselves in, but nonetheless, it can happen to us all and probably will at least once in our life.

I can easily draw upon my own personal experience with this topic. I’d LOVE to say that I was stuck in this phase of life for a week or a month, but it was more like 6 years!

In the episode, I touch on how to get organized if you have a chronic condition (like fibromyalgia or a physical ailment). I’m afraid I have no magic answer ,but my main advice is to get someone to help you, either paid (if you can afford it) or unpaid (friends and family). When you have help in place, you then need to think about how you can incorporate help with home organization as well as physical care. People want to help you, and so, broaden your thinking on how you can use that help.

If you’re a parent, a lot can depend upon the age of your children and what I like to call the "stage of parenting" that you find yourself in. I recorded a whole podcast episode on this very topic: #130 - The Three Stages of Parenting.

  • Age 0-6 is when you’re doing EVERYTHING for your kids. You’re at home a lot. It can be exhausting. And there’s SO much to organize because the rate of change when it comes to clothes, toys, etc. is mind boggling!
  • Age 6-12 is when you do things with your kids. You teach them how to start looking after themselves.
  • 13+ is when they’re becoming a young adult. Then, it’s more about coaching and mentoring.

So what do you do when you’re in the middle of a phase and you don’t have time or money to get your house organized?

My answer is to work on changing your mindset.

A lot goes on in your head before you see it in physical reality. I notice this with my business, my finances, my relationships… the world is more mental than it is physical. Positivity feeds and attracts more positivity, and negativity feeds and attracts more negativity.

I reference in the podcast a documentary series on inventions that I watched and loved. If you’d like to check it out, it’s by National Geographic called American Genius.

If you’re in a hard place and you feel stuck in a tough phase of life, this doesn’t mean that you should give up the desire to have an organized home in the future. If you think about having an organized home and you want it enough, you will manifest it.

Having a Sunday Basket™ will really help you too. The Sunday Basket™ helps bring order, it develops the right skills, and brings about the discipline required for an organized house.

Of course, please continue to listen to my podcast and other podcasts on home organization, too! Continue working on your mindset, even if you’re somewhat limited in the action that you can take right now. You will be amazed at the power of a mindset shift!

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Welcome to the  Organize 365 June Update post/podcast.

As I have transitioned to sharing more timely content in the Organize 365 Facebook Group and my weekly newsletter, I realized some of you who just listen to the podcasts or read blog posts were missing out.

The Organize 365 Monthly Update will be published on the blog and as a podcast the first Wednesday of each month. This will allow me to share with you what is new in the ETSY Shop, any new program offerings I have, updates on the book tour, and general monthly relevant seasonal organizing content.

So let's start with what you will likely want to organize THIS month.

June 2017 Organizing Focus

It's time to get your car ready for summer fun! Stock the pool bag and clean out your tailgate, or as I like to call it, your car closet. Take an hour or so to organize all your summer gear and re-buy anything broken or missing like new sunscreen!

Next, make one last mad dash at getting anything done on your list that needs to be completed before August. I always forget how much the summer sun zaps my mental clarity and energy! If it NEEDS to get done, do it soon!

And lastly, dream a bit and make a master list of everything you'd like to get done this summer on the house. I tape my list on the inside of a cabinet door in my kitchen. Then when we have a free day or weekend, I consult my list and pick a project.

In the podcast, I am sharing my summer parenting goals and why I do the majority of my house projects and parenting in the summer. :)

Also mentioned in this podcast are episode 130 Lisa's 3 Stages of Parenting and 134 Lisa's 3 New Years.

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This week’s podcast episode is a special one for me as it's all about my new book, How ADHD Affects Home Organization, which launched June 1!

In this week’s podcast episode, I share a lot about why I decided to write the book, what my goals are, and how I truly believe that this book is REALLY going to help people with ADHD feel empowered and able to take control of their home organization!

If you’d told me years ago that I’d one day be the author of a book called How ADHD Affects Home Organization, I’d have found it hard to believe... I don't have a degree or PhD in the subject!

However, it’s a topic that I’ve specialized in for almost 20 years in order to help my children. I’ve worked hard on overcoming every challenge that my children have faced, no matter how many attempts it took. We’ve tried a 100% natural approach with no medication at all, and we’ve tried various medications and alternative therapies, too. I’ve read medical journals, researched like crazy, and over the years I’ve developed an obsession with understanding how the mind works and how we can improve it.

I’ve parented, taught, and professionally organized people who struggle with ADHD. I’ve helped people from all around the world get their homes organized and stay organized.

My podcast series on ADHD last spring was very popular.  SO many people got in touch to say how much it had helped them and how I was able to explain things in a way that no one else had ever managed to before.

Through all of the above, I came to accept that I am an expert and I can and should use my expertise to really help others.  It seemed about time to write a book and so I did... and that’s why I’m launching How ADHD Affects Home Organization.

This book is for people who find themselves overwhelmed, even paralyzed, with home organization. Where you put effort in and don’t make progress, and you spend money on organizing solutions that just don’t work! My book is for people who know what to do, but just can’t get started!

Organization is not easy. And if you have ADHD, it’s a lot harder, but it’s not impossible! It’s all about understanding how your brain works, then working with your brain and not against it. It’s about recognizing your strengths and weaknesses, using them to your advantage, and finding strategies that work for you.

How ADHD Affects Home Organization explores the executive functions of the mind and how they affect your ability to organize your home. In particular, I take 6 executive functions (flexible thinking, working memory, self-monitoring, task initiation, planning, and organization) and explain for each one what it is, why it’s important when organizing your house, and I share solutions to problems that you may face.

The kindle book is free from June 1st - 3rd. Then from June 4th, it’ll be 99 cents for the rest of the month. If you buy the Kindle version, you’ll also receive a discount when downloading the audio version from Audible.

Please get a copy of the book and please, please review it, too. It really helps more people receive the message that they too can get organized!

This book will help the loved ones of those who have ADHD, too. Once you understand how the brain of a loved one with ADHD works, you understand them as a person a little bit more than you did before.

I truly believe it’s going to be a game changer and really help a lot of people. I’m so EXCITED! I want to remove the cloud over people who have ADHD and offer them hope, solutions, and empowerment.

To get your copy, please click here!

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