Fri, 18 August 2017
This week, I thought it would be a great idea to introduce you to one of the 100 Day Home Organization Program members.
Wait until you meet Dawn! We had so much fun recording the episode and giggling like school girls.
Dawn first noticed me in 2015 when she was searching online for help with keeping her house clean. I would LOVE for you to tell me how YOU met me!
Dawn has been using a Sunday Basket™ for about a year, having participated in the Sunday Basket™ virtual workshops, and she joined the 100 Day Home Organization Program in January, 2017.
With 4 school-age kids with ages ranging from 6 to 15, Dawn is definitely in the survival phase of life. :)
I was embarrassed to admit on air that I thought THAT was enough responsibility - the kids & house - and was SHOCKED when I found out she owned an electrical contracting business which she has been running with her husband for 14 years!!
Dawn is responsible for the business bookkeeping and office staff, but her focus, productivity, and ability to even get to the office was derailed when she had her fourth child and couldn't keep up.
Similar to myself, Dawn spends A LOT of time in her car. During the school year, she spends 3.5 hours per day in her car doing the school run for her 4 kids who are at 4 different schools.
Dawn got my attention in the 100 Day Home Organization Program Facebook group for two reasons.
First, her regular use of smiley face emojis.
Second, she has goats. Lots of goats. I initially thought maybe one or two. Little did I know,she has over 35 goats?!?!
With all this going on in Dawn’s life, is there any wonder she looked for some help with getting her home organized?
Dawn started the 100 Day Home Organization Program in January, 2017.
First time around, Dawn admits she got distracted and didn’t follow along. When she posted about this in the Facebook group, I swiftly moved her to the front of the class and helped her out. For anyone considering joining, know that the 100 Day Home Organization Program is not passive and I WILL make sure you do the work!
Under my guidance and watch, Dawn organized her whole kitchen within 3 days. It went from a disorganized mess to super-organized. She went on to do her master bedroom, making a huge improvement to her house.
The 100 Day Home Organization Program is something that you have access to for life and it is not designed to be done once. No one, myself included, could get through the whole program in one go at it. That is why it’s a lifetime membership.
When Dawn started the 100 day program for the second time, she signed up for the virtual organization package.
In her first call with me, we decided to turn her dining room into her office... and she has never looked back.
Dawn also shares how we worked together to fix her messy breakfast situation in the kitchen and how we sorted out her garage.
If you sign up for the virtual organization package for the upcoming 100 Day Home Organization Program, you will get to work with Monique, Holly, or Emily, who I introduced you to last week.
If you would like to sign up for the 100 Day Home Organization Program, registration for the September 2017 session opened TODAY! Click here.
Check out my Facebook LIVE Friday afternoon to see my new garage shipping station I put together this week to mail out planners to those of you who register!
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Fri, 11 August 2017
I had so much fun recording this week’s episode where I introduce you to Holly, Monique, and Emily. They are the teachers who are going to be available to provide extra support to anyone who is going through my 100 Day Home Organization Program .
Holly, Monique, and Emily are professional organizers and have been friends of mine for years. We all started our businesses around the same time and we have the same philosophy when it comes to home organization.
So, it seemed like a great idea to get them on the podcast and let you get to know them…
Holly is a traveling home organizer and runs Waco Home Organizers which is based in Waco, Texas. She started her business part-time in 2008 and turned it into her full-time job just last year in 2016.
She spends most of her time traveling around the country helping her clients get organized and works on a relaxed schedule that works well for her and her clients.
Over the last 10 years, she has gone through the accumulation and decluttering stages of life several times.
In 2012, she went through her BIGGEST declutter stage, helping to make her life more mobile and she has never looked back!
Her personal experiences with decluttering have helped her realize that she was holding onto her belongings for comfort that she should be seeking elsewhere.
She now uses her own past experiences and all of her organizational knowledge to help her own clients learn to let go of their belongings and find comfort in God.
Holly has previously helped to moderate my 100 Day Home Organization Program and is fully ready to help program participants change their mindsets about decluttering and get organized!
Monique is the founder of Organizing Your Chaos in Valparaiso, Indiana. She started her home organization business in 2013.
With SIX children and a husband at home, she is in the survival phase of her life. Her large family has accumulated A LOT of belongings and she is beginning to do some decluttering of her own.
Her weekly schedule is fairly structured Monday through Friday. And with all of her kids driving themselves to school this year, she has some extra time available to her.
Monique explains in her discussion with me that when she assists a client in their home, the first question she always likes to ask is, “What do you want to use this space for?” By asking this one question, she is able to help change her clients mindset about a room and how to organize it.
Monique has previously been a moderator for my 100 Day Home Organization Program and has gone through my program herself. Having been through the program, she feels that decluttering BOTH of her kitchens had the biggest impact at home.
Monique is enthusiastic about organizing and having fun with her clients and she is looking forward to helping all of you find the FREEDOM you gain when your home is finally organized.
Emily’s business is located out of Thompson Station, Tennessee and is called Organizing with Emily . She began her career as a professional home organizer in 2012.
With two small children and a husband, she is in the accumulation stage of her life.
Her typical day is a combination of working on her professional organization business and looking after her home and family.
Emily’s organizing journey started when she was just a kid who enjoyed organizing her play things. She never dreamed it would lead to a career as a professional organizer until she welcomed her first daughter and made the decision to work from home.
Emily's favorite part of her career as an organizer is helping people to transform their lives one space at a time.
This past summer, she participated in my 100 Day Home Organization Program as both an administrator in the Facebook group and a member working on her own home. Her favorite part of the program, like Monique, was making small changes to her already organized kitchen.
Emily feels that one of the most important parts of her job as a home organizer is to help her clients change their perspectives about their belongings. Sometimes people just need an outsider’s opinion to help them make a change.
With two small children at home, she will certainly be an excellent virtual organizer for anyone looking for tips on how to juggle all of those toys!
All three organizers have their own UNIQUE set of skills and experiences to help you on your organization journey.
If you sign up for the virtual organizing support through my 100 Day Home Organization Program, I will send you a survey with some basic questions about your lifestyle, your goals, your availability for calls, and if there is a specific organizer that you’d like to work with.
Then I will play matchmaker!
I’ll match you up with the right virtual organizer for YOU.
Just a reminder, registration for my 100 Day Home Organization Program is August 18-28, September 4th kicks off the start, and to sign up and get on the wait list, please click here .
I am very happy to say that Holly, Monique, and Emily are all VERY excited about helping you in your home organization journey… and, of course, so am I!
Once you register (or if you are already participating in the 100 Day Home Organization Program), you will receive an email about how you can sign up to work with one of these three virtual organizers.
Next week I will be sharing Dawn's experience inside the the 100 Day Home Organization Program.
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Fri, 4 August 2017
With the school year right around the corner, I will be spending August teaching you how to get your household ready for the school year.
But first, a big thanks to those of you who followed along as we completed the Back-To-School Blitz last week, getting ourselves and our kids ready for the new school year. I will definitely do it again next year. It was so much fun!
If you missed the Back-To-School Blitz, you can still receive the printables and videos. Simply click here and fill out the form by the end of August, 2017.
This week's podcast episode is about the new Productive Home CEO Planner.
You are the Productive Home CEO
When you join the 100 Day Home Organization Program, and use the Productive Home Planner, you automatically get promoted to the “Productive Home CEO” of your house!
As the CEO of our homes, we have A LOT of responsibilities when it comes to keeping our household running and those responsibilities take... TIME!
The PEW Research Center discovered that the average person spends 28 hours per week taking care of their home.
The good news is that, as the CEO, you can delegate some tasks to others instead of taking them all on yourself. Whether that means hiring outside help, or assigning your family members responsibilities, it doesn’t all need to be done by you. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
The new Productive Home CEO Planner includes printables and worksheets to help you create a list of those responsibilities that need to be taken care of. From home to healthcare, I cover it all so that you can understand all the roles you play, give yourself grace, and make a plan to run your house so your house doesn't run you!
I feel like a broken record focusing on the three "new years" I use each year, but dividing your year like this will give you more clarity, focus, and energy to run your home. (I explained this concept in podcast 134.)
Each of these times of year has its own unique set of responsibilities associated with it. As such, I have a different planner for each (3 in total) available through the 100 Day Home Organization Program for you to use.
As you organize your home with the 15 minute daily tasks in the 100 Day Home Organization Program, you will start to notice you have extra space and extra time. The Productive Home CEO Planner helps you focus your new-found time and progress to INCREASE your productivity. :)
Quick note: I know registration for the 100 Day Home Organization Program is closed right now, but get on the wait list. :) Registration will be open August 18-28 and I don't want you to miss it! Your first Productive Home CEO Planner is included in the lifetime membership. And this planner has the WHOLE 100 day program included in printables. Now back to the planner...
The Productive Home Planner
As many of you know, I LOVE paper planners.
There is something about the way our brain processes things when we write them down that is so much more helpful than using a computer or other digital alternatives.
But most planners that you find in stores today are not really planners, in my opinion. They are date books. To truly increase your productivity, you need so much more than that. I’ve been designing this planner for a long time... probably about 18 months.
This planner focuses on planning, goal setting, and productivity for the next four months of your life.
To do that, we start by taking a look at four main areas of your home and life:
Next are the fun "plannery" items in the planner:
The Productive Home Planner is spiral bound... which I love… so you can keep it open on the pages you need and leave it in your Sunday Basket™ for reference at any time.
WHAT?! You don't have a Sunday Basket™?
Then get on the 100 Day Home Organization Program Wait List. I can't wait to walk you through getting your whole home organized before January 1, 2018!
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Fri, 28 July 2017
In this week’s podcast episode, I discuss how best to declutter and organize your closet.
I discuss capsule wardrobes, how you can purge too much, and how you can have a variety in your everyday clothing while loving and wearing everything in your closet!
I started this year with three episodes about the importance of decluttering, organizing, and increasing productivity.
In those episodes, I explained that when you reduce the amount of "stuff" you own and get it all organized, your productivity will increase. This will give you LOTS of extra time to focus on what you were meant to do in life.
Productivity is a result of living an organized life.
What to buy?
When I was in high school, my mother taught me some important lessons on how and what to buy when it came to clothes.
Here are the tips she shared with me that I still find helpful today:
What to keep?
Now that you have some ideas for how to shop for new clothes, what should you do with all of your existing clothes that are sitting in your closet?
It’s time for you to decide what needs to stay and what needs to go.
Just recently, I went through my own closet to decide what to keep and what to get rid of.
Here are the rules that helped me when decluttering my own clothes.
Types of wardrobes to consider...
If you’re looking to try something entirely new when it comes to organizing your wardrobe, there are a couple different options out there for minimizing your closet.
As parents, our wardrobes often fall to the wayside as we spend all of our time and money making sure that our kids (who are constantly growing) are getting the clothes that they need.
I’m here to tell you that it’s IMPORTANT to update your wardrobe, too. Instead of buying the occasional, random item for yourself on a whim, make a point of finding yourself something nice that matches your wardrobe.
It’s essential for you to look and feel good about yourself, too.
Now that I have shared my ideas for decluttering your wardrobe, I challenge ALL of you to walk into your closet and come out with 15 items that you no longer need or want.
This is a great first step towards getting your closet decluttered.
By following my tips and getting your closet organized, you’ll be able to get dressed quicker, feel better, and get on with living your best life.
Now go declutter!
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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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