Wed, 21 June 2017
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.
Fri, 16 June 2017
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.
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!
View the complete post here: https://organize365.com/177
Fri, 9 June 2017
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.
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!
View the complete post here: https://organize365.com/176
Wed, 7 June 2017
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. :)
Fri, 2 June 2017
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!
Fri, 26 May 2017
I’m REALLY excited to share this week’s podcast episode with you. It’s been a long time coming. In fact, a few months ago I promised to make a whole episode about my Sunday Basket™ Workshops when I got them all figured out. Well, guess what. I did!
This is the episode telling you everything that you need to know.
The Evolution of The Sunday Basket™
Anyone who knows me, and all fans of Organize 365, pretty much must know about my Sunday Basket™. It's something that I’ve mentioned, oh, perhaps maybe once or twice!
I truly believe that the Sunday Basket™ is a simple,yet revolutionary concept that can really help you run your house, stay on top of your to-dos, and keep track of your ideas.
It all started 15 years ago when I was trying to figure out my own way to stop drowning in the ever-growing piles of paperwork, bills, lists, and everything that landed on my kitchen counter!
My Sunday Basket™ concept has been the feature of many of my blog posts, podcast episodes, and a book.
This spring, I launched my Sunday Basket™ Virtual Workshops and I was blown away with their popularity!
Not only did their popularity blow me away, but something else really surprised me and that was WHY people were attending my virtual workshops. It wasn’t what I had thought! It wasn’t necessarily to learn what a Sunday Basket™ was, or how to use it, it was more for ACCOUNTABILITY.
People were attending because they knew that they’d get the job done… there and then… and feel a lot better for it!
This brought me back to 2012 when I ran paper organizing workshops in my home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Similar to the virtual workshops, people usually came to my in-home workshops for accountability and reassurance. Reassurance about their organizing habits and reassurance that it’s okay to get rid of things! In the podcast episode, I share with you a few funny stories about this!
The Birth of the Sunday Basket™ Workshop Licensing System
I had a light bulb moment. The virtual workshops have many merits and they work, but actually meeting and talking to people in person is much more impactful. So I established the Sunday Basket™ Licensing System, whereby licensees could hold their own Sunday Basket™ Workshops around the country based on lessons and materials that I developed.
I’m excited to share that there are currently eleven Sunday Basket™ licensees around the country (actually 10 in the US and 1 in Canada)... and I’m looking for more!
Sunday Basket™ licensees hold 90 minute Sunday Basket™ Workshops just like the virtual workshops that I hold, but in the city that they live in and in whatever setting that suits them best... be it at their home, an office, a community center… wherever they see suitable.
If you want to join the Sunday Basket™ Licensee team, the next online training sessions will be held during August, 2017. Also included is an online portal of training videos, access to past training, a monthly newsletter with workshop themed ideas, a private Facebook group, and a listing for your business and all of your events on my site, thesundaybasket.com. Licensees are also able to earn a commission on Organize 365 products sold at their workshops.
To find out more about this, have a listen to this week’s podcast episode and also click here. Space is limited to 20 for the upcoming August session.
Another exciting development is that all of the Organize 365 products that I make going forward will be available as printables or editable PDF downloads – when you buy one you will be able to use both depending on whether you’re an old fashioned pen and paper person (like me!) or you prefer digital. In the podcast episode, I reference:
I’m really excited about all of this! With your help, we can teach everyone to get their papers organized!
If you’re interested in attending a Sunday Basket™ Workshop near you, please head on over to thesundaybasket.com.
If you’re interested in becoming a licensee, then click here!
Fri, 19 May 2017
Welcome to the final episode of my three-part series all about the different phases of life and how specific life experiences can cause them to overlap.
In this week's episode, I talk about what happens when we lose a loved one. Specifically, I focus on losing a parent.
It's rather poignant for me that when I recorded the episode, it was 8 years to the day that my father had passed away.
Losing a loved one moves you into three phases of life
When your parent passes away, immediately you're thrust into the survival phase. You have a lot to do.
You have to plan the funeral, speak to other family members, help organize the estate, and many other things at an incredibly stressful and emotional time of your life. You're in the survival phase.
You will accumulate a lot of belongings from your parents.
At such an emotional time, you don't want to let go of things in haste. So I recommend finding an off-site storage unit for a certain period of time just so you can take time to decide what to keep and what to let go of.
If you're anything like me, you may find yourself trading-up many items that are actually nicer than those you already have!
Downsizing & Legacy
After about a year, you enter the downsizing and legacy phase.
The legacy phase comes first and it lasts for about 3-4 years. You start to think about what you'll keep longer term that once belonged to your parents. What do you want to be a part of their legacy?
It's all about how you're going to take the essence of the person who passed away and put it to use in a meaningful way.
I really recommend finding interesting and creative ways to keep the items that carry sentimental value to you.
For example, I have a shadow box and every time I find little things that remind me of my Dad, I put them in the shadow box in the basement.
About year 5, you're going to find yourself focusing more on downsizing.
At this time, not only will you be thinking about what you want to keep that once belonged to your parents, but you start to think about yourself, too. You start to look at YOUR belongings and think about what will be YOUR legacy.
You realize that someone has to get rid of it all someday!
I could record podcasts for weeks about how different life events, in addition to our chronological age, impact what organizational phase of life we feel like we are most in at any one moment.
My goal in recording these podcasts was not for you to be able to better categorize your phase of life, but to recognize that we are all floating between the phases at any one time and can learn and grow at our own pace and stage of life.
A special thank you to this week's podcast sponsor, the National Association of Senior Move Managers!
Wed, 17 May 2017
Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?
The book The 5 Second Rule is a simple, one-size-fits-all solution for the one problem we all face...we hold ourselves back.
Fri, 12 May 2017
Last week, I introduced you to the 4 phases of life and how when you have your babies can impact upon your phase of life.
This week, I explore this topic even further and share with you how caring for family members can also affect your organizational phase of life.
Having a baby, the topic of last week's podcast, is a welcome and joyous life event. When you have a baby, you're thrust into the accumulation phase. All of those toys...food...clothes...furniture...!
This week's focus is on when you become a caretaker for a family member.
Unfortunately, when you become a caretaker of a family member, that's not such a joyous life event.
Sometimes we'll see it coming and have a gradual lead in, other times it rocks our world in an instant!
Often this will be due to medical emergencies, like when a loved one falls and breaks their hip...which I've found in recent years is a real thing and it happens A LOT!
I can share from first-hand experience that being a caretaker is EXTREMELY time consuming.
You have an immediate prioritization shift in your life.
You're thrust into having responsibility over two sets of everything...two households, two sets of bills, etc.
Whatever stage of life you were previously in, when you become a caretaker, you're also now in the survival phase, too.
In this podcast episode, I share with you some really useful ideas on how to cope if this happens to you.
I also have two super useful products that are designed to help you keep track of, and ultimately share when needed, important personal information.
One focuses on medical information (i.e., insurance, current and past prescriptions, medical history, etc.).
The other focuses on financial information, mainly for spouses to keep a joint record (i.e., bank details, etc.).
They are editable so you can fill one in for yourself, another for your parents, and I even fill the medical record out for my children. It's just so useful to keep all the information that you have in one simple record.
Next week, I look at how losing a close family member can affect your phase of life. I'm sure you can guess what phase you find yourself in when that happens!
Full blog post can be viewed at organize365.com/170
A special thank you to this week's podcast sponsor, the National Association of Senior Move Managers!
Fri, 5 May 2017
I'm super excited to share with you my next series of 3 podcasts which are all about the different phases of life and how they overlap.
Most people are living in overlapping phases of life. I really want to address this topic and explore what it means for you.
This is something of a storytelling podcast - there's not a lot of direct action for you to take, but lots of learning!
I've actually been wanting to record this podcast series for about 9 months, but it's a topic that is best approached when the timing is just right! January is all about organizational projects, March is about decluttering... May is the perfect time to reflect!
It's all centered around what I consider to be the 4 phases of a woman's life.
The Childhood Phase (birth to around 18 years old) - Limited organizational requirements and heavily influenced by parents.
The Accumulation Phase (around 18-39 years old) - A period of learning and accumulating. You accumulate more and more belongings! Usually in this phase, you accumulate a spouse and family, too!
The Survival Phase (around 40-54 years old) - A mindset shift takes place at this stage. Most people are working during this phase and, in addition to that, they're looking after their family and running the household. And if you're anything like me, you're in your car all the time!
The Downsizing & Legacy Phase (age 55+) - The big clear out! Kids are moving out and you naturally start to reduce the amount of items in your house. You also begin to consider your legacy - what will you save and why?
There are three big life events that affect these phases of life - having children, becoming a caretaker for someone, and when someone close to you passes away.
This week's focus is on having children.
When we have kids, we go into full blown accumulation mode. Even the most minimalist of people can't resist accumulation when it comes to babies!
As more and more millennials are tending towards having children in their early 40's, what does this mean in terms of the stages in life?
Having a baby in your 40's = an overlap of the accumulation and the survival stage.
Next week, I look at how becoming a caretaker for someone can affect your phase of life.
Have a great week!