Fri, 21 July 2017
I’m excited to announce that next week I’m running a Back To School Blitz.
It’s a 5-day challenge designed to help get you ready for a really productive fall and fully prepared for the new school year.
So in this week’s podcast, I talk all about the Back To School Blitz.
Why run a Back To School Blitz?
For me, the start of the school year signifies the start of my 12-month year. I discussed this in podcast 134 where I explained that I have 3 different "mini new years" in my year.
It starts in September... the beginning of the school year, then January... the beginning of the calendar year, and finally June... the beginning of summer.
Each has a different set of possibilities, but September has the most possibilities for me. It's when I set the BIG goals for my year ahead.
In my opinion, it doesn’t matter if you’re not going to school, the beginning of the school year is when we should all get everything in order and set our goals for success.
Productivity starts with being prepared.
There are plenty of little things that we could do now to set ourselves up for a productive school year.
So, my 5-day Back To School Blitz is designed to help set everyone up for a productive school year... whether you go to school or not!
I’m more excited about doing it for myself than for my kids.
What is the Back To School Blitz?
It’s a 5-day challenge that you need to sign-up for here.
It’s delivered to you by email. Every day at 5am EST, you will receive checklists via email.
You should print a copy for everyone in your house who is taking part in the blitz. For example, I’ll print off three... one for me and one for each of my two children. Since my kids are teenagers, I’ll try and convince them to do the checklist themselves.
Don’t worry, the checklists are not lists of things to buy. In fact, my Back To School Blitz does not involve buying anything at all!
Instead, it’s all about decluttering, culling, and making inventories of what we have in our house so that in August we can go ahead and buy exactly what we need. This will stop you from over or under buying things.
So here’s what it involves:
Since everything is delivered by email, you need to sign up.
In addition, every day I will go live on Facebook at 10:30am EST to provide support and share additional tips and advice.
Together, we are going to get our kids and ourselves ready for a really productive fall and new school year. Are you with me?
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Wed, 19 July 2017
It’s a rite of passage almost no one will escape: the difficult, emotional journey of downsizing your or your aging parents' home.
Here, nationally syndicated home columnist Marni Jameson sensitively guides readers through the process, from opening that first closet, to sorting through a lifetime's worth of possessions, to selling the homestead itself. Using her own personal journey as a basis, she helps you figure out a strategy and create a mindset to accomplish the task quickly, respectfully, rewardingly—and, in the best of situations, even memorably. Throughout, she combines her been-there experience with insights from national experts—antiques appraisers, garage-sale gurus, professional organizers, and psychologists—to offer practical wisdom and heartwarming advice so you know with certainty what to keep, toss or sell.
Fri, 14 July 2017
Doing laundry always seems like it takes a lifetime, doesn’t it?
But how long does it really take?
For this week’s podcast episode, I timed how long it took me to complete ALL of my laundry.
Over the course of a weekend, I used a stopwatch and I timed from when I began a laundry task to when I completed it. By doing this, I was able to get an accurate idea of how long completing all of my household laundry really took.
The truth is, the actual tasks involved in doing laundry didn’t take up too much time.
Every time I went into the laundry room to complete a task, I was usually only in there for about 5-8 minutes. So it really wasn’t taking me very long.
I discovered I was able to do 9 loads of laundry in only 61 minutes.
BUT... and this is a big but... the 61 minutes were spread over 3 days. So I pretty much felt like I spent 3 days in my laundry room!
So what I came to learn is that, while the tasks don’t take very long, laundry can seem so much more time consuming than it really is because it occupies so many of our thoughts as we are doing it.
I found I was always thinking about things like when the current load will be complete, whether I have gathered everything for the next load, where are the hangers, and so on.
My Laundry Tips
Fortunately, there are ways to save yourself both time and stress when it comes to your laundry.
Here are my top tips for making laundry easier:
Of course, hiring someone else to do the laundry would be the ultimate time saver! This might not be an option for everyone, but it’s definitely something to consider.
There may be no perfect solution to doing laundry, but I would LOVE to hear your suggestions for making laundry quicker and easier.
Please share your ideas in my Organize 365 Facebook Group.
A special thank you to this week’s podcast sponsor, TidyLiving!
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Fri, 7 July 2017
Whether you're keeping your kid's room clean or you have assigned them this very important task, it is essential to keep their room organized.
I dive deep into everything kids' clothes on the podcast this week.
This is a topic I've mentioned before. In podcast episodes #103 Bedroom Organization For Kids and #104 Clothing Organization For Kids, I discussed how to organize your bedroom and, more specifically, your clothing. It would be a great idea to listen to both of those episodes first since I have taken those principles and built upon them in this episode.
I like to view your kid’s rooms as their own mini apartments inside of your house.
In this episode, I focused on keeping kid’s clothing organized. This sometimes means sorting through both clean and dirty clothes strewn around their rooms, but there are some ways to help avoid this.
Getting into the habit of hanging and folding clean clothes right after they leave the laundry room can cut down on the amount of clothes left all over their room.
I know for a lot of kids (particularly if they have ADHD) it’s VERY easy to get overwhelmed, especially with how many items can be found in their closet.
One organizing method that I have found to be helpful with my kids has been to hang up all of their shirts so that they can see what they have.
2. Put hampers in each child's room.
Another helpful practice to follow is designating a location for all the dirty laundry and actually putting it there! Ideally, this would be IN a laundry basket, but just having the dirty clothes all in one place will make a difference.
Once the clothes are separated, it’s time to organize them in a way that helps your kids!
3. Next steps...
Now obviously, not everyone has the closet space to hang up all of their clothes. So what do you do if your child has a dresser?
I have created something that really helps with organizing clothes in drawers! It's a FREE set of printable icons that can be laminated and placed on the drawers of your child’s dresser to help them remember what is inside.
There are four different sets of icons designed for young boys and girls, as well as teenage boys and girls. You can mix and match the icons that you like.
These kid clothing icons will help your kids identify what is inside of drawers and bins, keeping them more organized.
In the podcast, I shared how I put these on a client’s closet drawers using the Command Hook double-sided adhesive strips. Did you know you can buy just the strips?!
To download ALL four sets of printable icons, click here.
And yes, ladies, you too can use these fun icons!
What about hangers?
The final tips I talk about in this episode are all about the hangers you use in your kid’s closet. It seems like a small detail, but using hangers that are all the same size and shape can make all the difference right from the start.
Once you have those matching hangers, get into the habit of taking out extra hangers and bringing them down to the laundry room for the next batch of clean clothes.
When I am organizing, I like to keep one white trash bag hanging in my closet for those hangers I know I am going to throw away. I also keep a black trash bag hanging in my closet for clothes that are going to be donated to Goodwill.
Of course, all of these tips for organizing your kid’s clothing can also be applied to your own clothes, too.
A special thank you to this week’s podcast sponsor, TidyLiving.com!
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Wed, 5 July 2017
Welcome to the Bermuda triangle of months! I never know where my July goes…
This is the month when I reflect on the past 11 months, delete and consolidate goals, and dream and plan for a productive fall.
This fall, I will be attending Biz Chix LIVE in Irvine, California on October 18-20. Let me know if you will be there!
In today’s podcast, I shared three items I am working on for this fall.
This planner/book/workbook is meeting and exceeding all my expectations. It will be available for pre-order on August 4th for currently enrolled 100 Day Home Organization Program members. And will be included in the fall 100 Day Home Organization Program Registration.
Make sure to sign up on the 100 Day Home Organization Wait List to be notified when registration for fall opens!
I realized when I recorded podcast #166 All About The Sunday Basket™ Workshops, I was so excited about the workshops that I didn’t really share how it would benefit you to be a licensed Sunday Basket™ Provider.
Then mark your calendar for September 28th for a day long Sunday Basket™ Workshop Licensee training at my house in West Chester, Ohio.
Enjoy the lazy days of summer this month and rest up for a productive fall!
A special thank you to this week’s podcast sponsor, SaneBox!
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Mon, 3 July 2017
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