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Practical home organization ideas for your home, decluttering and simplifying your life. Organize 365 is a blog and podcast by Lisa Woodruff a professional organizer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lisa's podcasts will walk you through organizing your house in 40 Weeks, organizing life's stages and unexpected events, preserving your legacy as you declutter and more.


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138 - Why the Magic Art of Tidying Up Doesn't Work for American Women

I’m sharing what I like, don't like and why I think that this book doesn't work for American women. Talk about a controversial statement, I know, but I think "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" does not work for the majority of American women. Marie and I approach organizing differently based on our ages and countries of origin./p> There a few things that I do like about Marie's book. I love that she has brought the discussion of clutter and organizing to the attention of the media and people around the world. I like the idea behind her method of sparking joy. “If it doesn't spark joy that you should get rid of it.” I also love that Marie champions that idea that organization is a teachable and learnable skill. Yes, yes, YES! That is what I have been saying for years, that it doesn't matter if you're not organized now, you can learn to be organized. {To really understand why this book doesn’t work for American women read the whole post or listen to the podcast where I dive deep into the differences between an American house and a Japanese house and our cultural differences.}   What works for Marie but I have not seen as easily implementable for Americans are the following five things.   #1 Marie says you should tidy all at once and be done. Immediately that rubbed me the wrong way, which is why I had such a hard time with her book. Having helped so many women organize their whole homes and organized my own I know, it took me three years to get organized. Knowing how hard American women try to be organized and the quantity of items to be organized I knew it was not that easy. You can't just wave a magic wand, do it once and it's all done. #2 Marie consistently brings up this idea of perfectionism, the perfect system and that you can reach perfection. I do not think that you can reach perfection. I'm not there, I actually get bored when I get anywhere close to being super productive. I create all these alternative projects I can do to make my life a little bit more cluttered. I don't want to live in a perfect minimalistic, 100% efficient life. I don't agree that you can actually even achieve a perfect life.   #3 Is the topic of paper organization. This is the hot button that originally rubbed me the wrong way when reading Marie’s book. The first time I read her book, I stopped reading after the one and a half pages about how to organize paper, which basically said just get rid of all of it. I about had a heart failure. So when I re-read the book last week, and I read all the way through I realized that towards the end of the book she does tell you how to organize paper, a little bit. But she still sticks with the idea that almost all paper should be thrown away and that there are only three files that you should have. Files. Not filing systems.   Files.   Three envelopes or three files of paper, TOTAL.   #4 Marie glosses over photos and memories. Her suggestion to go through your photos one by one and make decisions, would take at least a year for most of the Americans that I know. It is definitely not something you can tidy all at once and be done in a day or two. Furthermore, most Americans have a hard time deciding which photos are good to keep and which ones can be let go. Don’t believe me? What do you do with your school pictures after you put one in a family frame and hand them out to friends and family members? If you are like most Americans you store the rest in the school envelope and “save” them. Who know, we might “need” them. And they cost good money. See – we need help. And lastly, #5 Marie explains how she empties her purse every single day. Her wallet, train ticket, etc all come out of her purse and are stored in different places in her home. Then she puts the purse in a bag and puts it up on the shelf of her closet. There is no way that I could empty out my purse and refill my purse every day. I am so grateful that the "Magic Art of Tidying Up" has become such a popular book and has brought this whole idea of organizing and decluttering to the forefront of the media. It has opened up the discussion for people around the world to really take a look at the stuff that they have saved and think about the kind of a life that they want to live. However, if you are an American and you have read this book and you've made great progress in your master closet, but then you haven't made much more progress in the rest of your house, you're doing just fine.   So what does work for American women? The 100 Day Home Organization Challenge is the perfect match for your American home. Registration just opened for the January 2 kick off. Join today!

03.21.2019

271 - Organization Decision Fatigue

Decision Fatigue Do you suffer from decision fatigue? When you’re bombarded with too many decisions, your brain works in overdrive. And, you end up mentally and physically exhausted. So many of you have asked me to talk about this issue on the podcast, so…here it is! But, before you jump into this episode, it’s worth checking out the Time, Money, Motivation podcast (ep.269). The trifecta I talk about in that episode will help change your mindset. When you learn to look at things differently, you’ll have the willpower to make real transformational change. To help you out, we offer a FREE week trial of the 100 Day Home Organization Program. It won’t work miracles. But, it will bring you leaps and bounds closer to living a stress-free and more organized life (minus decision fatigue!). The truth is that you don’t need to run a marathon or get a PhD to experience a transformation. You can achieve a very BIG change from a very tiny shift to your mindset and daily habits….and, I’m going to show you how! What is Decision Making Fatigue? When you’re lost in decision fatigue, you usually lack time, money or motivation (or all three). When you wake up in the morning and go about your day, you’ll have X amount of decisions to make. Your decision-making ability only goes so far. If you’re faced with decision after decision, you’ll burn-out. That’s what decision fatigue is. A nasty little thing, isn’t it? How can you beat decision fatigue? Want to know how you can kick decision fatigue’s hypothetical butt? Grab a hammer, lift your little decision fatigue monster up by the scruff of its neck and…. ah, I’m just messing with you! To overcome decision-making fatigue, you’ve got to create rules and habits. Habits take up to 100 days to form and cross the barrier from something you do now and then, to something you do ALL the time. My entire life is an outpouring of habit stacking. You wouldn’t believe the number of habits I’ve accumulated over the years. But, I wouldn’t have it any other way because they’ve helped me live a super productive life. And, supplied me with lots of energy. However, habits take a long time to cultivate and develop. I’d be lying if I said it's easy. It’s not. My advice is to start small. Create no more than three habits per year and make them stick. Next up, you need to have rules. Rules are instantaneous, and they can adapt. The $50 Decision-Making Challenge Everyone has a decision-making limit. An infinitive decision-making capability isn’t a thing. You only get a limited amount of decisions each day. You’ve got to decide whether the decisions you’re making every day are worth your time. Is stopping to decide what shoes to wear to the gym worth sacrificing a decision slot? Probably not. So, here’s my challenge for you…. When you go through your week, imagine that every decision you make costs $50. Deciding what to eat for lunch? $50. But, if you’ve already got your lunch prepared and you know what you’re having, you can put that $50 back in your pocket. If you start looking at each decision as having the same worth, you’ll build your organizational muscles as you begin to see which choices are worth it and which ones are not. Thinking about the where, why & what The reward of organization is time. When you’re organized, you get to decide how you use your time. The fewer decisions you make, the higher quality decisions you can make. To beat decision fatigue, you’ve got to consider the where, why and what. Where? Where does an item go when you don’t want it? Will it go in the trash or to goodwill? When thinking about the where, make a decision for each physical item that you no longer want or need in your home. It could be as simple as picking up an item and asking yourself if you want to keep it. If you do, put it where it needs to go. If you don’t, ask yourself if it’s trash. If it is, it goes in the trashcan. If not, it goes to goodwill. The same can be said for shredding. If you’re faced with a stack of paper that needs shredding, you’ve got to decide where and when you’ll shred it. Don’t bombard yourself with questions. Keep it simple. Will you shred it, or will you hire someone else to do it? When will you shred it? The goal is to try to make your decision tree as small as possible. You can do this by creating rules that help reduce the amount of decisions you need to make before reaching an outcome. Why? Next, think about your ‘why.’ Why are you making all these decisions? Pick up your nearest item. Mine happens to be a cup. So, if you were me, you’d ask yourself whether you want to keep this cup. If not, decide if it has any value. If it does, it’s good enough for goodwill. If not, (maybe it’s got a chip or crack) then toss it in the trash. During this thought process, you’ll have an entire conversation in your head about why you will or will not keep the item in your hand. But you’ve got to be ruthless. Quiet the chatter in your mind, take control of your decisions, and move on! The Sunday Basket is the physical way of learning how to detach your self-worth from what your brain is going on and on about. What? Decision fatigue is partly about what you’re going to do with the object you don't want. But, perhaps even more than that, it’s about what you’re going to do about all the thoughts that you have about the object that you don't want anymore. Don’t let your brain get in the way. That little inside voice you’ve got chatting your ear off 24/7 needs to be silenced. Get in the habit of making tactical decisions. Create rules that you feel good about. If you feel good donating to goodwill, make that a rule. The key takeaway I want you to go away with is to make your decision of where, turn off your brain about the why, and then you'll have more time and focus for the what! That’s how you’re going to overcome decision fatigue. View the full post here: https://organize365.com/decision-fatigue/

03.15.2019

270 - Friday Workboxes - Which one is for me?

The Friday Workboxes are changing people’s lives. Organizing your home-based business or “passion project” has never been easier. But, that doesn’t mean you don’t have questions! If you’re new to our Friday Workboxes, you’re probably wondering which one is right for you. I discussed this topic in episode 250 of the podcast, where I talked about how to work your workbox. So, if you want to learn more about how to use your Friday Workbox to its maximum efficiency, I recommend you listen to that episode either before or after this one. In this week’s episode, I introduce you to Michelle Paradice. She's the one who answers the majority of the customer service questions we get here at Organize 365. Have a question about workboxes? Go to Michelle! Want to know how you can sign-up for All-Access Membership? Go to Michelle! You get the idea… she’s basically my question answering wing-woman! With the Friday Workboxes, you’ve got seven to choose from (an eighth will be added towards the end of spring/early summer, so keep an eye out for that!). A lot of the time, we get questions like, “Which workbox is right for me?” If you’re not sure which workbox is right for you, check out this handy flow chart! But even with the Workbox Flow Chart, you might think that your business doesn’t really fit into any one box. Maybe it could fit into two or even three boxes. To clear up some of the confusion and to help you identify which Friday Workbox is right for you and your needs, Michelle and I have taken the time to answer some of your questions. Here goes… Should I buy multiple workboxes? Whether you’re a business owner, a home-school teacher, or a busy stay-at-home mom, you’re likely wearing more than one hat. I wouldn’t advise that you buy three boxes and start them all at the same time. Take it slow. Start with one box. Get good at it. Then, when you’re ready, move onto the next one. The more organized you get, the more productive you’ll become. Think about it as if you’re growing your organizational muscles. As you start to live a more organized life, you’ll naturally want to carry the same systems over to your business. Yes, you may need to use more than one workbox. But don’t bite off more than you can chew. Take one step at a time and work your way up. So, here are a few of the main questions we answered in the podcast (make sure you tune into the full episode to hear them all!) As a realtor, I have lots of clients with lots of files. But, I’m not sure how to organize my existing clients. Should I have a pink slash pocket for each client? Let’s start with the basics for this one. Each Workbox comes with a basket. It’s essentially a foldable box that comes in 10 different colors. You’ll also get colored slash pockets like plastic binder inserts with tabs on them. The 1.0 slash pockets come in red, orange, yellow, green and blue. The 2.0 slash pockets come with five of each color and include pink, purple, blue and green. Each color follows a formula, and most are business related. So, to answer this question… The pink slash pocket is perfect for leads and marketing. And, the purple slash pocket is for your existing clients with a contract. Keep them separate. You’re not going to get a gold medal for both of these areas of your business. You’re either a pro at getting leads. Or you’re really good with customers. Dividing the two into separate slash pockets helps you to categorize people into one or the other. You should always have leads in your pipeline and once a lead transitions into a paying customer, you can move that person from the pink slash pocket to the purple slash pocket. If I’m a caregiver and a trustee that handles all of the medical condition and administrative details to run the house, are these projects and which workbox should they be in? In this case, you don’t need a workbox. You need a Sunday Basket that comes with a medical and financial binder. Why? Well, you’re taking over the entire estate. You’re responsible for the household duties and the day-to-day care of that person. You can keep all of the mail in the Sunday Basket and go through it all with them when they’re ready. Most things will find a home in the medical binder or the financial binder. I have a Teacher Workbox and I'm getting my husband the Corporate Workbox. He works one week a month at their office in another state. Should he get two workboxes or carry folders with him when he is at the other office? If you or someone you know is in a similar situation as this customer, Michelle’s advice to you is to get a second workbox. But don’t carry the second workbox back and forth with you as you travel from one state to the next. Leave it in the second office. Although, you will need to carry the slash pockets with you because you don’t want to duplicate those! I’m an independent sales rep and considered to be self-employed. But, the companies I work for handle marketing and some lead generation. I looked at the flowchart and I'm not sure which workbox I should buy. Finding the right workbox in this situation depends on what type of product you’re selling. If it’s a physical product, the Direct Sales Friday Box will be perfect for you. However, if you’re a service-based provider, the Professional Organizer’s Friday Box one might be more suited to your needs. FYI – If you have a specific question like this about your own business and you’re not sure what Friday Workbox you should get, send your question to us using this handy contact form! I own a music teaching business and bought the curriculum and training from another company. I also homeschool, so which workbox should I purchase? If you’re not part of a franchise, the Direct Sales Box is ideal for you. Of course, if you’re also home-schooling, you’ll need to pick up the Homeschool Friday Box, too. This will help you to create a system to organize all of the paperwork associated with homeschooling. For my rental business, I need the Entrepreneur Workbox. However, I’m also part of our onboarding and other HR administrative tasks. Will I need one or two Corporate Workboxes? The Corporate Friday Workbox is for you if you work a traditional corporate job and are craving organization in your workplace. But sometimes, you might need more than one Corporate Friday Box to organize and manage different aspects of the job. You could also buy one complete set and divide your slash pockets by color. Assign a color to your administrative tasks and another to your project, etc. This makes it easy to stay on top of things. So, which workbox is right for you? Trying to figure out which Friday Workbox is right for you is the first hurdle. But once you’ve found the right Friday Workbox for you, I promise you’ll be well on your way toward leading a more organized and productive work life. To hear all of the questions and answers we went through, make sure you tune into the podcast! If you’ve already started using a Friday Workbox to help organize your work, let me know how you’re getting on! Follow me on Instagram and tag me @organize365 or using #organize365 so I can see your photos! Don’t forget to join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips!

03.08.2019

269 - “Time, Money, Motivation:” The Trifecta Necessary for Change

I don’t have enough money to … If I have more time I would … I’m just not motivated. These are the top 3 things holding you back from the change you crave and I finally figured out how they are RELATED! Did you know what the most common New Year’s Resolutions are? To get fit/lose weight Pay off debt/get money in order Get organized Did you also know that when you start on one of these goals, the others fall in line, too? It takes time, but it will happen. I promise. And by time I mean … years. I was an EXTREMELY productive child, working 40 hours a week babysitting because I could easily sell the moms I worked for into hiring me for more time if I told them I was available. (Suckers!) ;) Time, Money and Motivation all go hand-in-hand. TIME Organization always gives you more TIME. ALWAYS. If you decide to be a minimalist, you are, hands down, going to have more time. Part of organization is decluttering. But decluttering involves more that just your physical objects. You will declutter items from your calendar, out of your email inbox, organize your paper, and occasionally declutter past relationships that are no longer mutually beneficial. Personally, I started my journey in the “getting organized” category. It took me about 18 months. Organizing is proactively choosing how you are going to use your time. If you are a reactionary, others choose how you spend your time. Productivity is the outpouring of living an organized life. MONEY Your money is your resource. Money comes from constraining yourself so that you can budget yourself and get out of that resource what you want. No one has unlimited money. NO ONE. Money is a constraint that makes you CHOOSE what you invest in. My money journey has been life long and it was not until about 2 years ago that Greg and I finally got consumer debt free. And then we slipped. We are still working on this area together. MOTIVATION Your energy and your motivation come from your health and wellness. With a great set of genes and not too much vanity, I haven’t minded a “few” extra pounds and unhealthy food choices. Recently, I have started prioritizing my future health by being more responsible now. I could never have the time and money to focus on this in the past. Listen in as I deep dive into my 7 year journey of health and wellness, from fast food and fountain cokes to salads and zone bars. I haven’t “arrived,” but I HAVE improved. Habits change slowly, consistently, over time as you will see from my health and wellness story. Listen to the podcast to hear the 3 steps I took in each area to make improvements. It has been a 7 year journey from drowning in reactionary mode to the thriving productive woman you see today. And I wouldn’t change any of it! As I said last week, making major changes, one step at a time, is hard. And I can see in our FREE Facebook group Organize 365 and on Instagram, when people share their photos of the inner struggles they are facing as they make progress in their organizational journey and I honestly cheer OUT LOUD to see the progress and I think to myself, look how far they have come! :) Organize 365 is here to support you on your organizational journey. What is your number one priority in the new year? I’d love to hear it. I’m cheering for you! The Self Coaching School - Brooke Castillo episodes mentioned in this podcast (32, 71, 76, 77, 85, 104, 105, 129, 243)   Upcoming Cincinnati Events Grow Your Business Focus Day - April 12 April Paper Organizing Retreat  - April 13 & 14 Annual Embrace Conference - June 21-23   FREE Live Masterclasses Registrations Sunday Basket - March 5 Warrior MAMA Binder - March 19 100 Day Home Organization Program - April 16 If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

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268 - YOUR why. WHY are you thinking about getting organized now?

Lisa, what do you mean “why”? Isn’t it obvious, we want to be organized. Yes, or course, but WHY? Knowing why NOW is the time to actually GET organized is powerful.  In this episode, we will dive deep into several reasons I hear all the time. Listen in and see if any of these four reasons resonate with you.   #1 “New Year, New You?” The new year ALWAYS brings a burst of organizing energy. PERIOD. This year, the Marie Kondo Netflix show has prolonged that discussion in your Facebook feed, water cooler chit chat and curiosity. Did you decide that you wanted to fold your clothes differently? That really is a magical drawer organization trick. I highly recommend it! But now, as the memes are trending. 30 books?! Total? Per room? The hard work is left to do. The hot mess room, piles of paper, photos and items that don’t “spark joy” aren’t necessarily able to be discarded. Now what?   #2 Feeling like you are behind the 8 ball? Always paying bills late, always reacting, never proacting? Maybe you feel like you don’t have a PLAN. If you could just CATCH UP! This is the “I am going to draw a line in the sand. No matter what it takes, I AM going to be in charge of my life again.” You realize that this is never going to change unless you change. But how? Learning to proactively live your life is a building of that muscle. It will not be easy at first, but you will succeed over time. And a purposeful, planned life is worth it.   #3 You want your home to be a place of rest and entertainment. You want to be able to invite people over to your home, but you don’t feel like it is a restful place or that it is “perfect” enough to have company. You know me. I’m not talking about the President of the United States coming over or having your home ready for a photo shoot by Better Homes & Gardens. This looks like the main rooms of your home being presentable when you neighbor knocks on the door and you can invite them inside. Walking into your home at the end of a long day and feeling “at home”, not like you are starting your next job. Peaceful, inviting, lived in, warm, a place of rest.   #4 You want to break the family cycle of disorganization that you were born into and are perpetuating for the next generation. You want a paradigm shift. This one is HUGE. And honestly, not a reason I thought of. Making major changes, one step at a time is hard. And I can see in our FREE Facebook group Organize 365 and on Instagram, when people share their photos of the inner struggles they are facing as they make progress in their organizational journey and I honestly cheer OUT LOUD to see the progress and I think to myself, look how far they have come! :) In my book, How ADHD Affects Home Organization, we deep dive into the 8 executive functions of the mind and how your mind might be making things harder for you because you are comparing yourself to the magazine instead of comparing yourself to the progress that you have made.   Knowing your WHY will keep you going. You can see the thoughts, energy and purpose behind each of these 4 WHYS is vastly different. Today, take a few minutes after the podcast and think about… WHY you are wanting to get organized right now. What is it that is getting you to keep going on your organizational journey. And then tape that up in the bathroom where you get ready for your day. I’m cheering for you!   Upcoming Cincinnati Events Grow Your Business Focus Day - April 12 April Paper Organizing Retreat  - April 13 & 14 Annual Embrace Conference - June 21-23   FREE Live Masterclasses Registrations Sunday Basket - March 5 Warrior MAMA Binder - March 19 100 Day Home Organization Program - April 16 If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

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266 - Workshops, Sunday Basket Club & Retreats

The past year in the life of the Sunday Basket  has been a whirlwind! I wanted to pause and clarify the differences between the Sunday Basket Workshops, the Sunday Basket Club and the Paper Organizing Retreats. Why do we need a Sunday Basket anyway?! What do you do with your mail when it comes in your door? What about the ideas that flood your head while you’re driving your kids to school? How about prescriptions, coupons, “to do lists”? I promise you are spending more time managing these things than you think. The Sunday Basket System is the answer to eliminating that to do list and freeing your mind from constantly trying to keep up with the hamster wheel of ideas that flood it daily. If you haven’t started your Sunday Basket yet, you can purchase the Complete Sunday Basket System here. The purchase of the Complete Sunday Basket comes with a virtual “on demand” training you can access on Organize 365 in your dashboard. I just updated those training videos last week. Additionally you can listen to the Sunday Basket podcast here to learn more about the Sunday Basket and follow along as you set yours up. Where did the IN PERSON workshops come from? The Sunday Basket Workshop was designed after my passion for Creative Memories workshops, where women would come from all over Cincinnati (and in my backyard) to laugh, drink wine or lattes, listen to 80s music and put photos into albums on the last Friday of the month in my home. It is my vision that we will have Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizers in every major city in America teaching and helping women organize their paper and be freed from the guilt and burden that piles of unorganized paper brings. If you are looking for a Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer in your city or town to help you get organized, please check out our Certified Organizer Directory! How about the Sunday Basket Club? Because the Sunday Basket became so popular, and because I love community so much, when the demand came to have a “Sunday Basket Club” on Sundays where I would go through your Sunday Basket with you, I wanted to say yes, but I was overwhelmed with the prospect of having to teach that EVERY SUNDAY. However, two of our all star Sunday Basket Workshop Organizers volunteered to run it … so I said yes!   The Sunday Basket Club has a 90 minute Facebook Live time where you can go through your Sunday Basket with Monique Horb and Ryan Lanier EVERY SINGLE SUNDAY. The Sunday Basket Club is a virtual weekly workshop kind of like “co working” as you go through your Sunday Basket. But it is more than just your Sunday Basket papers. Everyone in the Club also has the basic 4 binders I use to ditch their filing cabinet. To gain access to the Sunday Basket Club, you can sign up for the Complete Paper Program or All Access. You can learn more about and/or purchase the Complete Paper Program here. You can learn more about and/or purchase All Access here. Last but not least, Paper Organizing Retreats. Lastly, let’s come full circle. The Sunday Basket Workshops started because of the good ol’ Creative Memories days. And even though you can learn about the Sunday Basket System and Workshops from our Certified Organizers, or participate virtually by buying it on demand from Organize 365, and you can go through your Sunday Basket weekly in the Sunday Basket Club; like I said, I like community. And I LOVED hosting Creative Memories workshops and my famous “Winter Wonderland Retreat”. So naturally, Paper Organizing Retreats were born and I am LOVING hosting them and so excited about all the progress I have seen women make in this weekend away to really focus on and tackle those paper organizing projects. So join me, my team and our Certified Organizers at an upcoming Paper Organizing Retreat in April! You can learn more and/or register here! We would LOVE to help you get your paper organized and most importantly, give you a BIG HUG! PS Have you thought about becoming a Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer? The program is OPEN! But only until February 10th! Hop on over to Sundaybasketcertification.com to learn more and/or sign up! We would love to have you on the team. :) If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365! View the complete post here.

02.08.2019

265 - Get Certified!

Have you ever thought about being a Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer? If so, now is YOUR TIME! Did you ever wonder how the Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer Certification started? My sister and I talk about how the Sunday Basket Workshop patterns after our experiences at Creative Memories workshops where our clients - who soon became friends - would all rally around on a Friday night in our basements or garages and we would crank up the tunes, share a few laughs, maybe a cocktail or two, and sometimes tears, as we put together scrapbooks. There was a feeling of satisfaction in having helped women put their memories into albums, while simultaneously, creating more memories in the process. And in the height of the scrapbooking “trend”, there was a lot of money to be made in doing it. Fast forward to today. There are women literally drowning in their paper piles and the Sunday Basket Workshop is here to save them. And you can help! There are so many major cities in America who do not have a Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer to help them and my sister and I detail in this podcast the list of cities where we desperately need help to help those women get that paper organized! Maybe you are not ready to be a Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer but you ARE getting a Professional Organizing Business started. Good for you! We have a free downloadable checklist to help you establish your business and we have a Start Your Professional Organization Business program that is a six week course that dives into that checklist soup to nuts. You can download the checklist here. You can learn more about Start here. Maybe you are not interested in BEING a Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer, but you are looking for one? If so, head on over to the Certified Organizer Directory and see if there is someone in your town to help you get your paper organized! If you are ready to sign up to be a Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer, simply click here to kick off the process. We would love to have you! View the complete post here.

02.01.2019

264 - UPDATE: A Year to Get Organized - Molly

In this episode, we get an update on Molly, who you first heard about in Episode 239. As an almost-40 mother of three, Molly was living in a state of overwhelm. She found Organize 365, and her whole life transformed. This is the second six months of that transformation. Lisa walks us through Molly’s year not as a perfect model to measure ourselves against, but to reassure us that an imperfect path to organization still leads to organization. Resources from Molly’s journey: The 100 Day Home Organization Program Paper Organizing Retreats The Sunday Basket Friday Workboxes Embrace: You are Enough National Conference Be sure to check out www.organize365.com/a-year-to-get-organized-molly-update for notes, links, and photos from this episode. Like the show? Leave a review! If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365! If you’re ready to use my strategies to finally take back your home, jump right in to the 100 Day Home Organization Challenge. You can try a week free to see if it’s right for you! Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you. Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

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258 - The Psychology of the Sunday Basket

In the next installment of our interview series, Lisa sits down with Holly Knill, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, to discuss the science behind why The Sunday Basket™ works for just about anyone. Based on actual brain science and universal human nature, Holly explains the five ways that The Sunday Basket™, both the routine and the physical tool, are helpful in changing habits to lead a more proactive life. Lisa’s depression story can be found in Episode 69, and more information about the work that Holly does can be found at The Expanding Heart Center. You can learn more about The Sunday Basket here, and you can purchase the complete Sunday Basket Workshop or just the box in our shop. The entire Sunday Basket system also comes as a part of The Complete Paper Organization Program. Be sure to check out organize365.com/sunday-basket-psychology for notes, links, and photos from this episode. Like the show? Leave a review! If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365! Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you. Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!  

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255 - How to Follow Organize 365

In this episode, Lisa is guiding you through the seven ways you can follow (and interact with) Organize 365. A teacher by trade, Lisa’s passion is sharing her knowledge and expertise with all women, no matter how much you can (or can’t) spend on that education. There are five free ways you can follow and learn from Lisa: This podcast, of course! The weekly newsletter, which not only briefs the podcast, but also ensures you’ll be the first to know about the latest launches and exclusives Organize 365 has to offer. The Facebook page and Facebook group Lisa’s favorite social media outlet, Instagram Seasonal free blitzes: If you missed the Holiday Blitz this week, you can still sign up for the Out with the Old Decluttering Blitz, which will start just after Christmas! Or, hang on until July when the Back to School Blitz returns. Watch this video with tips for following on Facebook and Instagram. If you’re looking for a more interactive, personal relationship with Lisa, or if you’re looking to invest in taking back your home, there are a few options for that: One of our paid programs, including the 100 Day Home Organization Program, Complete Paper Organization Program (or get both and much more with All Access), or The Sunday Basket. All are available in our shop. We saved the best for last: live events! There is nothing like meeting in person, and Lisa would love to hug you at the 2019 National Convention or (and!) the next Paper Organizing Retreat and Grow Your Business Focus Day. Be sure to check out organize365.com/follow-organize-365 for notes, links, and photos from this episode. Like the show? Leave a review! If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365! Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you. Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!  

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09.14.2018

245 - The First Paper Organizing Retreat

Episode 245 is the audio of a Facebook Live, where Lisa chats about all the fun and productive things we’ll be doing, and the delicious food we’ll be eating, at our very first Paper Organizing Retreat. Many people are able to organize their home and paper using our Complete Paper Organizing system or the 100 Day Home Organization Program (now available as an All Access bundle), but many of us thrive on community. The Organize 365 Paper Organizing Retreats will give you just that! In this episode, Lisa goes over the weekend’s agenda and answers frequently asked questions about the event. If you’re missing this one but want to join us for the next Paper Organizing Retreat, check out the live events page to get upcoming dates. We are proud to have Shred-it, the world leader in information security, sponsor our very first Paper Organizing Retreat. Be sure to check out organize365.com/paper-retreat-2018 for notes, links, and photos from this episode. Like the show? Leave a review! If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365! Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you. Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

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241 - Using Your Planner for Productivity

When we use our planner as our datebook, we may have an idea of the times of our appointments and commitments, but we don’t align our weekly focus with the goals we actually want to accomplish in our lives. In this episode, Lisa explains her purposeful decision to not do laundry, and the deeper reason why she chooses intentionality over obligation. Lisa shares the problem with the readily available planners in today’s market, and why the Home CEO Planner is different. If you are looking for permission to let go of the guilt and start intentionally focusing your time toward the things that matter to you, this episode will speak to you. Listen to Podcast 134 to get the full details on how Lisa divides the year into three planning seasons. If you want to get your hands on your own Home CEO Planner, join the 100 Day Home Organization Program. Be sure to check out organize365.com/planner-productivity/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode. Like the show? Leave a review! If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365! Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you. Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

08.10.2018

240 - A Year With Organize 365 - Dawn's Story

Grab the tissues! This episode was recorded live at the Organize 365 RISE: You Are Enough National Convention, held in June 2018. Lisa interviewed Dawn Carlson, a wife, mother of four, business owner, and new Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer. In this interview, Dawn shares her story of transformation from depressed, struggling, frazzled woman to a confident, productive CEO with Organize 365. Using the 100 Day Home Organization Program and virtual organizing, Dawn took back her home and freed herself to do what she is uniquely created to do. Dawn gives us a glimpse of the real-life ups and downs of home organization, and brings us the inspiring message that YOU can do it. Dawn is a member of our All Access, a program designed to help you transform your home in one year. Interested in a live event with Organize 365? Check out the upcoming events! Be sure to check out organize365.com/240 for notes, links, and photos from this episode. Like the show? Leave a review! If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook Group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365! Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you. Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

08.03.2018
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237 - Toys, Collections & Sharing Bedrooms

We’ve reached the final episode of the Kid’s Organization Series. I hope you’ve all enjoyed this mini-series so far and found the advice useful when it comes to organizing your bedroom – or mini apartment as I like to call them! In previous episodes, I’ve talked about organizing your clothes, closets, and rearranging the furniture in your bedroom. But now I want to talk about organizing your toys, collections, and how to save space if you’re sharing a bedroom with someone else. Eliminate Your Nightstand If you share a bedroom with a sibling or a friend at college, every space counts. With two beds in the room, it’s unlikely you’ll have a lot of space to work with unless you’re lucky and have a massive room for you both. If you’ve been keeping up with the podcast, you’ll know that my son is preparing for college and we’ve been shopping for his new apartment. During one of my many Walmart visits, I came across storage headboards. Well actually, there were more like mini bookcases with shelving suitable for things like an alarm clock, picture frames, ornaments, books, and other small items. A storage headboard eliminates your need for a nightstand, giving you more floor space to work with. If you want to have a lamp near your bed, you can use a clip-on dorm lamp that can clamp onto your headboard. They are adjustable and you can angle it so that you can read at night without shining a stream of light in your roommate’s face – phew! Cube Units For Bunk Beds If you have bunk beds in your room, a storage headboard is probably out of the question. But don’t worry, I’ve got the perfect solution! IKEA are the masters of storage units! Their KALLAX shelving units are my favorite. They are available in a range of different sizes, but if you’re looking for the perfect bookshelf for bunk beds, I suggest going for the 1 x 5 unit. It takes up very little space and you can easily attach it to the wall with a standard L bracket. You’ll need to think about functionality over appearance. Most people will immediately assume that the unit should be facing outwards, but this isn’t how I do it. I recommend connecting the unit to the wall sideways so that the kids can reach into the shelves from their beds. Reducing The Bedroom Clutter If you share a room, you MUST reduce the number of collections and toys that you keep because there just isn’t enough room to spare. If your family has additional storage space or a family bookshelf, etc., then you might be able to keep some of your possessions there if you don’t want to donate or throw them out. Cube units are easier to work with for organizing your bedroom because they’re functional, long-lasting, and you can easily separate them if you like. A 2 x 8 unit, for example, can be stacked on top of each other with your TV on top. My daughter took a slightly different approach to her shelving units and, instead of putting a TV on top of her 2 x 8 unit, she put her hamster cage on top of it. It’s not a regular hamster cage either – it’s a hamster mansion! Organizing Books Is it just me or is every home overflowing with books? I was a preschool teacher and when my kids were young, we literally had EVERY picture book ever published. The house was covered in them until I finally decided to do something about it. My kids were never big readers. They preferred to play with toys rather than sit and read for hours. So, I took all the picture books and stored them in the loft. I then put their toys in their bedrooms and they were so much happier. If you’ve got a lot of books, you should think about donating some of them or moving them to where everyone else in the family keeps their books. I suggest assigning one of your cubes in your shelving unit for books – and that’s it! Organizing Your Toys & Collections Everyone has a passion project. Your passion project is the type of toys that you’re currently into. Whether it’s PS4 games, Monster High Dolls or Lego, your passion project will probably take up at least four of the cubes in your unit. Toys are different from collections because toys are the things that you play with while collections are more personal and private. Your collection is special because it has a memory connected to it and, even though the rest of the family sees it as junk, you don’t see it that way. There’s just one thing to remember – your entire collection HAS to fit into one cube. You can store them in a bin, but once that container fills up – it’s time to go through it! You should spread everything out on the floor and go through it piece by piece. Prioritize your collections and only keep the items that you still love. Everything else should be donated or thrown out because they’re just taking up space that you don’t have. Find A Display Area For Your Collections Once you’ve gone through the bin, you need to find a flat surface in your room where you can display your favorite pieces from your collections. I suggest putting them on a ledge or “floating shelf” that you can hang up on the wall with a nail or L bracket. This type of shelf comes in a range of sizes and is relatively inexpensive. You can find them anywhere, including IKEA, Target, and even Walmart. You can attach it to your wall and use it as a collection shelf. If you share a room with a sibling, get two shelves for your collections and stack them on top of each other. I hope you enjoyed this special Kid’s Organization Series as much as I enjoyed making it! I’ve organized plenty of kid’s rooms in the past. It’s one of my favorite things to do because each child is different and their bedrooms reflect their personalities – I think that's fantastic! If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365! And don't forget our Back To School Blitz starts Monday, July 16th. Sign up here! View the complete post here: https://organize365.com/237

07.13.2018

236 - Kids Closet Clean Out

We’re continuing our Kids Organization Series and following up last week’s topic of redesigning your bedroom with an episode all about cleaning out your closets and organizing your clothes – it’s exciting stuff, I know. But don’t worry, a closet clean out doesn’t take as long as you might think. As you continue to improve your organizing skills and return to a space you’ve previously organized, the process becomes much easier and quicker. If you haven’t listened to my previous podcasts offering clothing organization tips, you can go back through podcast episodes 103 to 107 to listen. Have you caught up? Great! Let's get stuck into organizing your closet! Donating Unwanted Clothes Donations should happen on a regular basis. In fact, I would go as far as saying it should be a part of your everyday life. I go through my closet and reorganize the clothes quite often. So when I began going through everything recently, I didn’t have much to do. There weren’t many clothes that I needed to donate, but that wasn’t the case when it came to organizing my kid's closets. I’ve always taught my kids the value of donating to those in need. When they were really young, like around six or seven years old, we would reorganize their room together and they would give me the things that they wanted to donate. Now that they’re much older, they take the things they want to donate and put it in the donation area. So when it came to organizing their closets, a lot of the clothes were set aside to donate. This is not only a great way to get rid of all the clothes you don’t want anymore, but it also frees up closet space and gives those clothes to someone in need. Organizing Hangers When I told my kids I was going to help them clean their closets, they were pretty excited about it. I started in my son’s room first, and if there’s one thing you need to know about his closet set-up, it’s the fact that everything he owns (except for socks and underwear, etc.) is hung up in the closet. However, a large part of his closet consisted of empty hangers that took up way too much space. So, the very first thing I did was take all of the empty hangers and put them in a laundry basket. I made sure that all of the hangers faced the same direction because as you know, hangers love to get tangled together. Putting your empty hangers in a laundry basket is great because it gives you more free space on the rod and you can just grab a hanger whenever you need one. Keep Vs. Donate To keep or not to keep? – that is the question! One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when you clean out your closet is deciding which clothes you want to keep and which you wish to donate. When I help my kids go through their closets, I hold each item of clothing up high for them to evaluate. They look at it and decide its fate with a simple “yes” or “no” response. It’s a quick process of elimination and I go through the clothes super-fast for two reasons: I don’t want this to take forever I know kids can get bored All of the clothes that they want to keep are hung up in the closet and all of the clothes they want to get rid of are put into trash bags for donation. Instead of carrying all the bags downstairs and into the car, I tie a tight knot at the top and take them to the top of the stairs and I roll them down! It saves a lot of time and energy because I don’t have to keep running up and down the stairs – plus, it’s just fun to roll things down the stairs! Sorting The Clean Laundry The next step is to go through all of the clean laundry items and sort out the pieces of clothing in the same way as we did before. This is where you’ll look at each piece of clothing and decide if you want to keep it or donate it to Goodwill. While you organize your closet, you should keep in mind whether or not you plan on buying any new clothes soon. For example, my son needs new white long sleeve t-shirts for college, so we ended up donating his old ones because we knew that we were going to add a bunch of new t-shirts to his closet very soon. As we organized the clean laundry, I held up each piece and again, my kids answered either “yes” or “no.” Anything that they wanted to keep went back into the closet. And anything they wanted to donate went into the donation bags – and yes, we rolled them down the stairs again! Organizing Closet Shelves My daughter's closet has multiple shelves that I built for her when she was much younger. Back then, she would use them to store her toys, but now she uses them to store her clothes. So when we were in the process of organizing her closet, we used the shelves to store other pieces of clothing that she didn’t want to hang up including her leggings, workout clothes, soft shorts, etc. We hung everything else up in the closet and put the winter clothes on one rod and the spring/summer clothes on the other rod. We then took small bins or storage boxes and used them to store things like socks, underwear, swimwear, and things that she can grab whenever she needs them. And there you have it, the easy (and speedy) way of organizing your closet! I hope you have fun going through your clothes. And if you have a dresser drawer in your room, you can arrange it in the same way. But instead of hanging the clothes you want to keep in the closet, you fold them up and put them into your dresser – simple! Next week, I will be talking about collections, toys, and sharing your bedroom. :) Remember to sign up for the Back To School Blitz! 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