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This Organized Life: Organizing Tips for Busy Moms to Declutter, Boost Productivity, & Simplify Life

  • Tip of the Week- Go Through Kids Backpacks and Paperwork

    10 JUN. 2024 · Hi Friends, I hope you’re downshifting into summer mode (I know I am!) and if you’re kiddos are still in school, I’m sure the finish line is within sight! One of the things that I frequently talk about is consistently going through school papers, but as with most good intentioned plans, LIFE HAPPENS. Often, the path of least resistance is to procrastinate on sorting through paperwork until you have “more time” (ha! ha!) Today’s Tip (should you choose to accept it) is to carve out time to sit and go through the backpacks and bins of school stuff that has accumulated the past 9 months. If you child/children are in elementary school or above, you can get them involved in the process, which is teaching them healthy decision making skills. If you’re a parent of college aged kids who have come home for the summer with all their stuff-make sure to have them go through each and every bin, bag and suitcase (you know there is dirty laundry in there-along with lord knows what else!) Taking the time on the front end will set you up for success down the road when it’s back to school time.  But for now, let’s focus on warm weather, sunshine and slowing down for the next few months. Happy Organizing, Laurie P.S.  If you’re interested in working with us or downloading any of our free organizing resources visit http://simplyborganized.com
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  • Ask an Expert - Overcoming Perfectionism in Organization with Proven Tips | Ep 391

    6 JUN. 2024 · Hi Friends, We’re kicking off our Ask An Expert monthly series with a question from our TOL community! Joining me is Dani Cooper, a mom of 3, from Kansas City, who is also an Enneagram Coach and Enneagram 1 (also known as the Perfectionist).   Dani’s question is something that I hear often: “How do I stop telling myself that I’m messy and that my house isn’t as organized as it could be?” Some key take-aways from our conversation include:  - The importance of writing down specific goals and benchmarks to refer back to (Enneagram 1’s like their lists!) - Being intentional with using all 3 intelligence centers: specifically thinking and feeling, (since Enneagram 1’s can get wrapped up in their doing center). - Reframing a win from completing an entire macro project, to defining success in organizing a smaller micro area This is a great conversation about understanding the importance of defining organizing strategies that align with your natural personality tendencies. If you’d like to learn more about understanding how your personality impacts your relationship with clutter and organization visit:https://simplyborganized.com/enneagram-clutter/ Xoxo- Laurie P.S.  If you have a question about organizing your space, time, or life, join us on our show and let's tackle it together! Click on the link below to join our Ask An Expert Series: https://simplyborganized.as.me/askanexpert
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  • Tip of the Week-How to Have an Organized Summer

    3 JUN. 2024 · Happy June! As we gradually move into summer mode, different parts of our schedules and routines are bound to shift. I know that when my kids were younger transitioning from full-day school with a solid routine, to a more relaxed but busy schedule of camps, day trips, and family vacations  required another level of logistical planning. For today’s tip of the week episode I am encouraging you to sit down for 15 minutes and look at how your schedule is going to change over the next few months. Some of the areas we talked about are: - Coordinating home maintenance while you’re away  - The impact on your morning and evening schedules  - Communicating expectations with your partner, spouse and kids Summer is a time that’s meant to be more relaxed and have fun. Being proactive in planning what’s ahead is an important step in reducing stress and anxiety in your daily life. XOXO- Laurie P.S. If you have an organizing question, we’d love for you to be part of our show!  Check out our new Ask An Expert Series! https://simplyborganized.as.me/askanexpert
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  • Organizing Tips for Caregivers with Kelley Coleman | Ep 390

    30 MAY. 2024 · Hi Friends,  I talk a lot about the benefits of creating and maintaining simple organizing systems in both your home and routines, but what I don’t always shine a light on is what that looks like when you have someone in your home with physical disabilities. Not only does that often come with added “stuff” like wheelchairs and medical supplies, but it also has an impact on your time.   From spending hours on the phone with insurance companies, to countless therapy sessions, there’s a layer of complexity to what it means to live an organized life. Joining me today is Kelley Coleman, author of the book https://amzn.to/4dYlTKv  which has quickly become the go-to survival guide for parents and caregivers raising a child with disabilities. Kelley’s passion, research and advocacy stems from her personal experience raising 2 boys, one with multiple disabilities.   During our conversation we talked about: - Why caregivers need a roadmap to help navigate the complexities of everyday life - The difference between wearing her “mom hat” and her “caregiver hat” - The importance of teaching self-advocacy even when faced with physical limitations It comes as no surprise that Kelley is a fellow Enneagram 8-leading the charge to provide resources for parents and caregivers to be informed and organized as they navigate this  journey. XOXO- LaurieP.S.  Do you have 15 minutes to chat? I’d love for you to join me in our Ask An Expert Series!  Click on the link to learn more: https://simplyborganized.as.me/askanexpert Links Mentioned in this Episode: Connect with Kelley: http://www.kelleycoleman.comhttps://www.instagram.com/hellokelleycoleman/ Book Recommendation: https://amzn.to/3K8c92A Ready for a Color Analysis? Get 10% off Your Color Guru with code ORGANIZEDLIFE here: https://yourcolorguru.com/aff/10/
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  • Tip of the Week- Memorial Day Must Have

    27 MAY. 2024 · Happy Memorial Day Friends! As we officially kick off summer, I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite organizing/entertaining tips-creating a signature drink.   This is fun for adults and kids (yes, you can have a non-alcoholic option!)  My personal signature drink for Summer 2024 is Watermelon Cucumber Margaritas Ingredients: - Fresh watermelon - Cucumber  - Fresh lime - Ice - Tequila  - Salt (optional) Directions: Add the following to blender - Handful of ice - 2 cups of chopped watermelon - ½ peeled and chopped seedless cucumber - 1 fresh squeezed lime - 1 cup of tequila  Blend all ingredients together and salt rim of glass if desired.  Pour drink and garnish with a slice of lime. Enjoy! Laurie P.S. If you have an organizing question, we’d love for you to be part of our show!  Check out our new Ask An Expert Series! https://simplyborganized.as.me/askanexpert Get 10% off Your Color Guru Consultation use code ORGANIZEDLIFE at https://yourcolorguru.com/aff/10/
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  • Outdoor Organizing Tips for Your Home | Ep 389

    23 MAY. 2024 · Hi Friends, Spring weather in PA is finally here! And with that, comes a whole other category of organizing-outdoor stuff!  Today we’re talking about: - How to keep your gardening tools and supplies organized and easily accessible.  - Using labels to group supplies and make it easy to store and find what you need - Containing Chemicals like ant and wasp spray, weed killers, so they are accessible, but out of reach from the kiddos - Blocking time to clean up and work on the outdoor parts of your home that bring you joy (in my case, this is my garden and outdoor porch) - Scheduling and delegating the task you don’t want to (or have time) to do. Organizing the outside of your home is equally as important as the inside-don’t be afraid to ask for help! Xoxo-Laurie If you have specific questions or need additional help, visit us at https://simplyborganized.com/ Get 10% off Your Color Guru Consultation use code ORGANIZEDLIFE at https://yourcolorguru.com/aff/10/
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  • Tip of the Week- Organizing Your Medicine Cabinet

    20 MAY. 2024 · Hey Friends, Today’s tip came to me after Logan was rummaging through the medicine cabinet looking for allergy meds (geez, the pollen is bad this year!) May is a great time to go through your supplies to refresh and replenish things like: - Allergy meds - Bug spray - Antihistamines - Ibuprofen - Sunscreen - First Aid Supplies It’s always better to be proactive and have your staple supplies on hand rather than needing something and having to run out. Happy Organizing! Laurie P.S. If you have an organizing question, we’d love for you to be part of our show!  Check out our new Ask An Expert Series! https://simplyborganized.as.me/askanexpert
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  • 5 Tips for an Organized Party | Ep 388

    16 MAY. 2024 · Hey Friends, Today we’re talking about 5 Tips for an Organized Party.   Monday’s tip of the week was all about my favorite party planning tool- Pinterest!  If you haven’t already listened, here’s a link to the episode. https://simplyborganized.com/2024/05/13/tip-of-the-week-organize-your-party-planning-with-this-simple-tool/ Whether you’re having a backyard bbq, or a full on bash-the strategy surrounding planning an event remains the same.  In this episode I unpack 5 areas that are key to streamlining the party planning process:  BUDGET- Determining your overall budget is essential to making sure that you don’t overextend yourself financially.  Once you have your overall budget, you can then allocate funds to the different areas: food, decorations, etc. THEME-Clarifying what type of party you’re having “casual, sit down, adults-only, family friendly” are all important pieces of the party puzzle. Once you nail this down, it removes a lot of the overwhelm and decision fatigue. ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES-Establish who is only your team and what their job is. Are you outsourcing food or is someone in charge of the grill?  Who is doing the centerpieces? Do we need to order party favors? These are just a few questions that you’ll want to ask. TIMELINE-Every organized event, large or small, has a timeline that you’re working from. When do things need to be ordered? When do invitations need to go out? How long do we need to set up? You may not have all the answers off the bat, but it’s important to ask the questions early on so you are prepared. COMMUNICATE-One of the most important aspects to an organized event is clear communication with everyone involved. From vendors, to your team, and of course your guests!   Happy Organizing! Laurie P.S.  For more organizing tips, free checklists, or personalized support visit https://simplyborganized.com/
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  • Tip of the Week-Organize your Party Planning with this Simple Tool

    13 MAY. 2024 · Hey there, party planners! Whether you're prepping for a cozy gathering or a grand celebration, one thing's for sure: organizing a party can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. But fear not, because I've got a secret weapon up my sleeve to share with you today: Pinterest! If you haven't jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon yet, now's the perfect time. This visual discovery platform isn't just for finding mouth-watering recipes and DIY crafts (although it's great for those too). It's my favorite tool for streamlining the party planning process.  - INSPIRATION. Pinterest is a treasure trove of creative ideas for themes, decorations, and more. Just type your ideas into the search bar like “beach themed graduation” or “Barbie Birthday Party for a 6 year old” and let pinterest do the heavy lifting. - BOARDS. Create a dedicated board for your event and start pinning away! From decor ideas and color schemes to menu plans and party favors, you can keep all your inspiration and plans neatly organized in one place. - INFORMATION.  Pinterest isn't just about pretty pictures—it's also a goldmine of practical tips and tricks. Need help figuring out how much food to order? There's a pin for that. Looking for easy DIY decor hacks? Pinterest has you covered.  - COLLABORATION. Planning a party with friends or family? Pinterest makes it easy to share your ideas and collaborate in real-time. Simply invite your fellow party planners to join your board, and you can brainstorm ideas, make suggestions, and keep everyone on the same page. - ORGANIZED. Say goodbye to toggling between texts, emails and the internet.With Pinterest, everything you need is right there at your fingertips, saving you time and sanity in the process.  So whether you're throwing a birthday bash, a bridal shower, or a backyard BBQ, let Pinterest be your go-to party planning sidekick. With its endless inspiration, practical tips, and effortless organization. While you’re there, check out https://www.pinterest.com/simplyborganized which is filled with all sorts of organizing inspiration. https://www.pinterest.com/simplyborganized Happy Organizing! Laurie P.S. If you have an organizing question, we’d love for you to be part of our show!  Check out our new Ask An Expert Series! https://simplyborganized.as.me/askanexpert
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  • Planning an Organized Vacation with Angela Gillmeister

    9 MAY. 2024 · Hi Friends, If you’ve ever planned a vacation you know how much work goes into making it memorable. From picking the destination, to figuring out where to stay, where to eat, what sights to see and excursions to do-the options can easily become overwhelming. Joining me today is Angela Gillmeister-a custom vacation designer and the founder of Wild Hair Travels,  and host of the podcast, https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/happywomentravelmore/id/31005713 where she brings a breath of fresh air to vacation planning by offering high-touch and highly personalized services designed especially for busy professional women. As we embark on spring/summer here in the US, people are busy trying to plan travel-from day trips to long adventures and Angela is here to help share some of her best tips on how to avoid decision fatigue throughout what should be a fun process. During our conversation we talked about: - Connecting your vacation to a purpose-do you want to relax, reenergize, seek adventure - Establishing your Budget-how and where do we want to spend our money - Angela’s favorite travel tips that you can use today! Whether you’re planning your next big adventure, or daydreaming about relaxing on a secluded beach you’re going to want to listen to this episode. Make sure to check out our show notes for links to everything we discussed in today’s episode. XOXO- Laurie P.S. Got a burning organizing question? Join us on our show and let's tackle it together! Dive into our new Ask An Expert Series now:https://simplyborganized.as.me/askanexpert Links Mentioned in this Episode:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-tackle-calendar-clutter-and-ditch-the-overwhelm/id1545830557?i=1000654023569https://wildhairtravels.comhttps://instagram.com/wildhairtravelshttps://facebook.com/groups/happywomentravelmoreAngela’s Book Recommendation:  https://amzn.to/4a76Rim https://amzn.to/4a76Rim
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