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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