Sat, 17 March 2018
No one wants to go down here. I know.
If you haven't listened to the "How to Sort a Box" podcast. It is podcast #150 and goes along with today’s podcast #159
Ok. The basement.
In this space you need a leader who will direct the family. - Usually mom.
The leader goes down and starts sorting boxes and items into family members' piles. And then each family member (one at a time) will come down, make decisions and carry the donations up.
Preparation is KEY here! The more the leader prepares, the quicker the decisions go and the more gets donated.
There is no denying that basements, attics and storage rooms ZAP energy and are the HARDEST areas to organize!
Everything is down there because you don't know what to do with it. ;)
So pace yourself. Each bag and box donated is a HUGE win!
Keep going. You can do this!
Don't forget to download the family and individual brackets to play along. View the get started post for "rules". :)
This is the LAST day to register for the Sunday Basket workshops.
Start tackling that storage room… one box at a time.
For the full show notes go to organize365.com/159
Fri, 16 March 2018
HMR - Dreams & Memories In Your Storage Room
Hold on tight folks – it’s about to get emotional!
This week on the podcast, I talk about how to manage items related to your hopes, dreams, and memories that are still in storage.
The Hot Mess Room Challenge
As my podcast episodes related to the Hot Mess Room Challenge series draws to a conclusion, I’m still in the middle of organizing all of my crafts! Organize 365 is my passion now so I no longer need to keep all of my crafts. It is time for them to go.
If you’re in the Hot Mess Room Challenge, you’ve already been watching a lot of videos in my storage room. If you’re not and you would like to be, click here. It’s a free 28-day program with printables, an ebook, and all of the videos.
In an ideal world, I would love for my storage room to look like it should at the end of the Hot Mess Room Challenge. Guess what, though? It doesn’t look great yet and it probably won’t look like that ...ever.
The reason? It’s often because it takes us up to 3 times or more to go through a space to get it to a point where you’d want to share the finished result with anyone, let alone announce it on Pinterest!
Tackling Difficult Memories
Our storage room is full of memories.
There are many items in my storage room that remind me of the future that I thought I’d be living.
They represent an unusual kind of loss because the items aren’t attached to the loss of people or money. Instead, they represent a future that I thought I would have, but haven’t yet, or that I know will never happen.
We all have hopes, dreams, ambitions, and pictures of our future that don’t materialize in the ways we thought they would. It doesn’t make it bad. It doesn’t make it good. It is just the reality of our current situation.
Are there items in your storage that remind you of…
These are difficult, but important questions.
Often, we’re not holding onto things for financial reasons. Instead, we feel that if we keep them, then one day that dream or ambition may come true.
Flip Your Mindset
Instead of focusing on what may have been, focus on what you have. For me, I never thought I’d have a dog, but here I am with Hunter and I couldn’t imagine a world without him.
What do you have that you didn’t think you would?
I never imagined that I could talk to people from my bedroom and inspire others to change their life based on their goals, hopes, and dreams to get organized.
I’m teaching and using my gifts in ways that I never imagined I would. However, it was extremely hard to get rid of all my teaching supplies. Giving up on my dream of owning a day-care center was a process. It took me years to let my teaching license lapse and let my supplies go.
A Yard Sale, Charity Event & Party All In One!
It’s wonderful to receive your emails and see the successes that you’re achieving when you’re getting your homes in order.
On the podcast this week, I had to share Lynn’s story because I LOVE it! She was debating over what to do with all of the things that she no longer needed and she finally settled on a yard sale in her basement.
Everything was free, but people were asked to make donations to charity. She was partying with her friends in the kitchen while people were taking things away and at the same time donating to help others. After 2 hours, most of the items were gone and she’d made over $800 to donate to a local charity. She told me how good it felt on all levels.
Supply & Demand
Steph emailed me to share that smaller families may be the reason why people don’t want to inherit so much stuff anymore. With parents tending to have fewer children these days, we often don’t battle with siblings for nostalgic mementos like we may have done in the past.
Mind blown! She’s absolutely right. It’s certainly true for when my sister and I were going through the family home as there was so many things and only the two of us to sort and acquire them.
Take A Deep Breath & Start
I really want you to look at the things you are storing and ask yourself whether you really need it... BUT at the same time, give yourself more grace if required. Maybe it’s time to get rid of things, but equally, maybe it’s not. It could be that you just needed to hear the words this time and then the next time we talk about it, that’ll be the time to take action.
We know that intellectually we need to get rid of things, but it’s the physical and emotional ties that hold us back from getting rid of things until the third or fourth time.
Previous Podcast Episodes
The main podcast episodes that I recommend you listen to, where I talk about my own childhood memories and how to deal with items when someone passes away, are:
Next week, I am sharing how the 100 Day Home Organization Program is like Montessori Education.
Which is appropriate as I am here in Texas this weekend at the Home School Convention. Education is on my mind. :)
I will also be stopping by the Hotel for the Organize 365 National Convention on June 7-9, 2018. All the party plans are humming along.
AND... I'm visiting the 1000+ Sunday Baskets that just arrived this week. I have to go see all my basket babies! Thanks so much for following along on my journey and supporting the new Organize 365 Store!
You may have noticed that I’m not on Facebook as much these days. It’s become so complicated! While I still have a business page and a personal account, please know that everything that I record goes into the Organize 365 Facebook Group - it’s a great free resource. If you’re not in this group, why not?! Head on over and sign up.
What I really enjoy about the Facebook Group is the shared conversations you all have with each other.
It’s great when you post questions and success stories as the whole Organize 365 team LOVE's to see what you’re doing and share it with our wonderful community.
I really like Instagram and, in particular, I love Instastories! Click here to follow me on Instagram.
You’ll often see me posting quick snippets of my life and they’re only available for 24 hours.
If Instagram isn't your thing, you can also see my Instastories on Facebook Stories, as well.
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Sat, 10 March 2018
The first step in organizing the family room is to stop and think about what you really do in this space.
Do you still watch DVDs or do you stream your entertainment?
If your youngest child is in 2nd grade it is OK to move all the toys out of the family room.
If your youngest child is in middle school all their toys can be in their room.
For the full show notes go to organize365.com/157
Fri, 9 March 2018
HMR - Craft Organization
Does your home ever feel like a craft store?! This week on the podcast, I talk all about how to get your crafts in order so you can create space and have more time to enjoy doing the things you love.
One of the reasons I’ve not tackled the hot mess room on the podcast so far is precisely because it’s a hot mess room and it’s overwhelming!
When there’s so much in there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not really know where to begin, especially when you’re listening to my podcast episodes but then can’t physically see the things you should be sorting. Because of this, I’m here to try and teleport myself into your space and give us the chance to tackle this together in the most logical way possible.
Start With The End In Mind
Imagine for a moment that we could stop time and you could have seven full days to dedicate solely to working on your craft. Obviously, it’s not practical in the real world, but it’s a great starting point to look at all of your crafts and work out exactly what you could and would want to use in that time. This will form the basis for everything we do to organize your crafts.
It’s most likely that you’ll have enough crafts to keep you going for seven years rather than seven days. Therefore, it’s going to take you more than seven days just to organize it, let alone start enjoying it! You need to have this reality check. Otherwise, you’re setting up for unrealistic expectations – and we all know I’m the queen of those!
My Scrapbook Downsizing
I have always loved scrapbooking and making photo albums. As a result, I’ve accumulated LOTS of supplies over many years. I came the realize that I didn’t need all of those supplies anymore. I simply don’t scrapbook as much as I used to.
It this week’s podcast episode, I explain how I managed to reduce my craft supplies from taking up two very large closets in the basement to one armoire in the loft.
Why am I telling you this? It’s so you can clearly see how I went from having supplies for a full-time business to supplies that will support me making one or two albums a year.
Letting Go Of The Stamping & Counted Cross Stitch
Similar to my scrapbooking supplies, I used to have A LOT of stamping supplies which I have now condensed to hardly any at all (just a small shoe box versus the whole bookcase that I used to have).
My mother is an artist and makes wonderful rubber stamp cards. Because mom did it, I bought hundreds of rubber stamps and ALL the associated supplies. I was decluttering last summer when I realized that I hadn’t stamped in 15 years. I was only keeping them because:
I did two things. First, I chose 20 stamps to keep for future projects and I sent the rest to my mom to use and give to others. Second, I took the stamp holder off the wall and offered it to my sister. She was delighted to accept it as she now got something that grandpa had made and she had a use for it.
I did the same with counted cross stitch. I used to LOVE counted cross stitch, but I came to realize that I haven’t done a project in 17 years. I can’t imagine a time when I’m going to do one again any time soon, but I CAN see a time in the distant future when I will pick this hobby back up. So I’ve kept a couple of hoops and all my flosses are in order for when this time comes, but it’s in a small box that’s easy to store.
Allow Yourself To Let Go
Scrapbooking , stamping, and counted cross stitch are examples of crafts that I used to be really into, but am less so now. Similar to what I did, ask yourself if you’re still really into something and if not, adjust the amount of supplies that you hold onto.
As you’re looking at your craft and reliving the memories of the interest in that craft, ask yourself:
Only keep the things you really need and give 90% away! It may not be exactly 90%, but I guarantee you it will be around that amount. You do not need to keep a lot.
Sometimes an advancement in technology makes your craft redundant. My stamps are a great example of this. They’re wooden, but modern ones are clear and much easier to use. If you want to revisit a hobby later, invest a bit of money in new things. Don’t be held back by the old things that you’re storing. Just because you’ve held onto them doesn’t mean you have to use them forever.
Speaking of projects...
OH MY GOODNESS! We have so many new products and opportunities coming out THIS WEEKEND I can't even stand it!!
I can't even decide what I am the most excited about!!
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That's right! They are finally ready!
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As always, thank you for all you do as the heartbeat of Organize 365.
I love hearing from all of you and am always cheering you on from the sidelines as you take control of your life - one room, one pile of paper at a time.
... Still reading?!
Then you are a SUPER fan!
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Sat, 3 March 2018
Here are the 7 steps to decluttering your bedroom at any age.
1. Pick up all trash
2. Collect all food, dishes and dirty laundry.
3. Scan the room and fill a bag of any easily donateable items.
4. Go through ALL your clothes. Try on all your pants and tops.
5. Look at the items on your floor (including furniture) and make decisions about what can go.
6. Go through the books in your bedroom.
7. Stand and look at each wall of your room.
For the full show notes go to organize365.com/156
Fri, 2 March 2018
Hot Mess Room "Just In Case" Items
Welcome to the Hot Mess Room Series - Week 2!
It’s time to sort through all of those items that you’ve been hanging onto without ever knowing where they’re likely to eventually end up.
Storage is essential, but it can quickly get out of control. It’s time to ask yourself two simple questions…
If you can answer yes, the item can stay. If it’s a no, it’s time for it to go. Storing things that you need is fine, and the more organized you get, the more you’ll appreciate a well-functioning storage room.
The number one goal for storage is to ask yourself if an item is something that you’re ever going to use. This applies to your items and the items that you are storing for others.
I covered so many different things in this podcast including gifts, wrapping, furniture, home repair items, sports & entertainment equipment, cleaning supplies, kitchen supplies, toys, home decor, children's storage, making money, and clothing.
You can read all about it in the blog post here.
I know that organizing a hot mess room doesn’t happen overnight so I’m creating this 4-episode podcast series to tackle things. This is Part Two. Last week, we laid the foundation and over the next two weeks we will cover:
If you’re not already doing the 28-day challenge, then WHY NOT?! It’s a completely free program and you can start at any time.
Sign up to start your journey here.
Join me in Dallas, Texas for the Organize 365 National Convention on June 7-9, 2018! I can’t wait to meet you and give you a BIG hug!
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Sat, 24 February 2018
This March I am pulling the WHOLE family in to get your house decluttered! Listen for the rules and get your bracket to play along at
Try week 1 of the 100 Day Home Organization Challenge free at https://organize365.com/100-day-challenge-free-week/
Also listen to:
Podcast 144 - Step 1: Declutter
Fri, 23 February 2018
5 steps to go through when sorting storage room boxes.
Step 1 - Take the box to your kitchen
Step 2- Empty the box completely on your kitchen table and counters.
Step 3- Disburse, Donate & Decide
Step 4 - Re-package and label everything.
Step 5 - Set up a shelving system.
Download the 5 step printable here.
Click here to join the 100 Day Home Organization Challenge.
Fri, 23 February 2018
From Hot Mess Room To Organized Storage
Take a deep breath – it’s time to get your hot mess room in order!
This is one of the most requested podcast topics fro me to cover. If it helps, it was equally overwhelming for me to think about how I was going to inspire and motivate you to sort it out.
What I finally realized was, you needed a 28 day course. And I didn't want money to be the reason you didn't tackle this already overwhelming space. So I created a FULL 28 day course complete with a 25 page eBook, 9 full color printables, and 28 daily emails with actionable tasks and daily videos or podcasts to keep you going.You can get the WHOLE course FREE here.
Over the next 4 podcasts, I’m going to tackle your out of control storage area head on. Buckle up and get ready for the ride!
Whether it’s the storage room, garage, spare bedroom, or even your entire house, there’s always going to be things that you just don’t know what to do with.
As things build up in one space, they become a jigsaw puzzle. It’s your job to try and work out what items should go where. To move forward, you need to realize what’s actually in there and then once you’ve achieved that, you can sort it out.
There’s two reasons why you have a hot mess room…
Lack Of Time
There’s always something that will be more important to distract you from addressing the hot mess room.
The reason that things are in there in the first place is because you don’t know what you want to do with them. They’re all there because you don’t want to deal with them. If you did want to deal with them, you would have!
Lack Of Space
Your goal is to have a functioning and organized storage area. The logistics of this will depend on your individual situation.
If you have a garage and basement and lots of available space to fill, you may need to make tough decisions to reduce the amount of possessions you are storing.
If you live in a smaller space, the reason that you may have a hot mess room is because you literally don’t have a storage area at all.
When we pick houses, we often don’t make our purchasing decisions based on storage even though it’s something that we all need.
Storage is a natural by-product of life. We all need a certain amount of stuff and that is absolutely fine.
Depending on your circumstances, you may need an off-site storage facility. There’s nothing wrong with this.
Here are 3 good examples of when this may be necessary…
Make Storage Work For You
Since I started offering physical products, I’ve really had to think about the organizational logistics for myself and the wider team. Initially, we used the Home Depot shelving in the garage to store everything and this very quickly expanded to include an off-site storage facility.
This worked, but it wasn’t ideal. As it got colder, we realized that a physical office with a door would be more appropriate for our needs.
In all of these spaces, we used the Home Depot shelving – there were lots of trips to the store!
The key to organization is to ensure that it works for your needs. If it doesn’t, change it, find a better solution, and move on.
Whatever your system, start from an empty space for the optimum organization. The more uniform, the better. Your shelving and storage need to be neat, tidy, and clearly accessible.
I personally use the HDX ventilated 24” deep shelving from Home Depot. I love that it is heavy duty yet very flexible and lightweight. (How to set up your storage room and the exact products I use are in the the WHOLE course FREE here.)
It works for basements, storage facilities, garages, and even attics because it is so adaptable in height. It’s the system I LOVE for setting up a storage room.
If space is limited, you can place folding tables on the top of the shelving to make a countertop to work on. It’s a great money-saving tip.
The beauty of this system is that you can find anything at any time. Color-coded bins will hold your items and the contents will all be indexed in a home reference binder. You will keep this in the house for when you need to use it.
I’m offering you the opportunity to enroll in a special 28-day program just for the hot mess room. It’s completely FREE! I’m super, super excited about how much this will help you.
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Click here to start your 28-day organizational hot mess room journey.
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Fri, 16 February 2018
In My Top 5: Emily Kelly
It’s the big one guys!
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been super excited to introduce you to some of the people that have really helped shape who I am over the last decade. So I couldn’t think of a better way to finish the series than by inviting my very own sister, Emily Kelly, onto the podcast!
Emily takes you on the journey of some of our life experiences and shows you how I’ve become the person and businesswoman I am today... and to dish the dirt on everything about me that only a sister can know! We’re very lucky to be in such a special relationship.
I’m also super excited to let you know that Emily is now part of the Organize 365 Team. She is running the Sunday Basket® Workshop Organizer Certification Program.
Entrepreneurship Runs In Our Family
We grew up in a 100% entrepreneurial family so the idea of working for someone else was just never entertained. For us, we were taught that you either owned the company or you started one from scratch.
On the podcast, Emily takes us back to when she was 3 years old to the story of her first friend whose mom owned a home goods shop in the valley and our Mom who was running her business from our basement.
Every day, they’d play "shops" with the little guest checks or receipts lying around from both homes. It was that or trading stickers. It’s all we’d ever known. Everywhere we went, we were pretending we were in business. It was so much fun!
By contrast, since I was 4 years older, I was often out babysitting and dreaming of the day I’d become a mom!
To picture the scene, we grew up in a neighborhood in Akron with no traffic (or sidewalks!) and there were very few children. It meant that we had to make our own fun. I’ll never forget the day Emily and her friend set up a lemonade stand outside the house.
Entrepreneurism was everywhere for us, but it’s lovely to reflect on the fact that we learned business from different perspectives because of our ages.
Our Mom’s Business
Emily loves that we’re both true to form with the women on mom’s side of the family when it comes to business minds. We have inherited the attitude of "I have an idea and it’s going to sell."
Our grandma mailed fabric all over the world so people could make their own clothes. Grandma Green had a flower shop, and our mom’s idea grew while working for a clothing business.
Emily and I have such fun recalling the stories of mom and grandma taking clothes for a huge end-of-season event to Cleveland to maximize sales in the 1970’s/80’s. Everyone helped with it.
Mom saw potential right away. Many people were being successful with the trunk parties, but no one had the undergarments. Cue mom! She literally got on a plane to New York, went to a show, and started buying lingerie.
She had slips coming out of her ears! It was an old-school direct sales business that she’d created on her own. Emily says that just blows her away!
It reminds me of when I got on the plane to Dallas and asked the manufacturer to produce my Sunday Basket® for me.
Mom grew the business to where she had women working for her in 26 states when she sold it just a few years later. It was an amazing achievement with lots of reinvestment. We are both so similar in the way we approach business today because of how she was.
White Gloves, Party Manners & Favorite Games
Emily and I recall how when we were young, we took etiquette classes to learn all about silverware and to get our slips out for formal dinners (slips feature heavily in our childhood!). We also learned how to get out of a car in a skirt. I often wondered, would any of this help me see the royal family? We’re both BIG royals. I would have put being Queen on my list of jobs to be when I grew up if I could. I can’t wait for the royal wedding and new royal baby this year!
We did love to play lots and lots of games when we were growing up, too. We came up with all sorts of games. By far, our favorite was one we made up called "big friend." Visit the blog post here to view a short video of Emily and I sharing our memories of the game.
Entrepreneurism Ran In Our Dad’s Family, Too
Our dad was no exception to entrepreneurism. Sales was his strength and Dad’s company had over 100 employees. His father and grandfather had a coffee company. Our father’s company in Akron that he eventually became co-owner of was called Alcon Tool. Dad’s enthusiasm for manufacturing made us fall in love with the industry.
Dad’s ethos on work is something that stays with us both today. It doesn’t matter what role you play in the team, everyone is equally important. That’s what I’m trying to grow at Organize 365.
Our father passed away 10 years ago just before he was 61.
On the podcast episode, Emily and I reflect on this most upsetting time in our lives. We talk about how it was kind to put us both as executors, but not practical. We found our own roles and formed a strong team at a difficult time.
It’s true that we had a privileged upbringing in both education and financial support, but in every single generation, the businesses that our families grew started from scratch. There was no inheritance, but just a great idea and the determination to succeed. Dad started life as a salesman and left as a partner.
When I reflect back, my best advice would be to take a look at what you have and not what everyone else has. I’m successful and I’m very blessed, but I work really hard. I want to give back as much as possible, but I create zero excuses for myself.
Having my husband Greg working allowed me to start Organize 365, but Emily is a very successful single woman. So it’s not your spouse that makes or breaks you.
Think about the "something" you were uniquely created to do and give it to the world. Every reason why you’re not pursuing it is an excuse. Take what’s in your way and get rid of excuses to move forward.
This podcast is about our family highlights because it’s all about encouraging and inspiring you. When you focus on the positives, opportunities become bigger and brighter and you can chase them.
If you focus on what could have been, things look darker and it’s harder to chase your goals.
The time when Emily and I worked for Creative Memories was a super exciting time in both our lives.
Replacing my teaching salary with direct sales so I could stay at home with my family was my dream and I was going to do everything I could to get there.
My dad helped me decide on Creative Memories. We both felt it had a big reach... it turns out we were right! As Emily says, I joined and went straight to the top! Emily was one of my great customers and after turning me down initially, I finally managed to get her to sign up, too. She went straight to the top as well!
We built teams and were in the top 6% performers of the company.
We take a lot of what we learned in those days with us now to run a fun community workshop feel.
Emily & I As A Team Again
This brings us to today and where Emily and I find ourselves in the organizational realm. Although it’s not the most profitable, I’m staying with the home and paper organization, as it’s the area where I feel I can recreate the community buzz of Creative Memories.
I’m constantly pivoting and moving forward to create this feeling in your house and at our workshops. It’s awesome to have Emily on board to run the Sunday Basket® Workshop Organizer Certification Program. Prices go up on April 1st so get in touch with Emily to talk about the next steps as soon as you can. We’d love to have you on the team!
Emily and I see the vision of bringing people together all over the world. It’s a space where you can share experiences and move forward from them. No one should feel alone and that’s why the workshop model works so well.
Emily is so excited to be on board and she feels just like she did when we worked together at Creative Memories. For her, we’ve never been better than then as a team.
I love Emily and so will you, I am sure!
To find out more about the Sunday Basket® Workshop Certified Organizer Program, click here.
The Organize 365 National Convention is 25% sold out! Get your ticket and join us June 7-9 in Dallas, TX for an experience to remember! Rise! YOU are enough!
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