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

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

If you're struggling with clutter, or looking for simple tips to simplify your life, you're in the right place. Our podcast is where everyday folks and professional organizers go for inspiration on what it takes to live an organized life. New episodes released every Monday & Thursday! If you're interested in working with us visit: https://simplyborganized.com/

Episodes

June 13, 2024 24 mins
Have you ever wondered how to get your kids involved in sorting and decluttering their stuff? We’re diving into how we as parents can teach our kids some basic organizing skills as we shift into summer. 

You’ll Learn:
(2:16) Importance of Teaching Organizational Skills to Kids
(6:09) Decluttering Kids’ Clothes
(7:42) Involving Kids in Decluttering Toys
(8:57) Decluttering Kids’ Papers and Art Supplies
(11:58) Household Chores: Dishes and...
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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 (sh...
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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 includ...
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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 ...
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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 c...
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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 followi...
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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
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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 ru...
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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 ...
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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 D...
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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, Happy Women Travel More where she brings a breat...
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I love going away, but packing…not so much.  I am always on the hunt for a way to simplify and streamline the process to make it less overwhelming.

If I am being honest, making sure that my bag or suitcase has room to spare is always in the back of my mind since there’s a strong likelihood that I’m picking up some sort of souvenir or gift during my travels.

Below are 3 of my favorite packing tips:
  • My favorite packing tip is what I...
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Hi Friends, 

First of all I’d like to personally invite you to be part of This ORGANIZED Life with our new segment ASK AN EXPERT! During our 20-minute interview you can get your questions answered about clutter, organizing, or the Enneagram! Hop on my calendar here. https://simplyborganized.as.me/askanexpert

Now onto today’s episode, if you’re anything like me, this time of year is hectic to say the least. 
During this busy season I w...
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April 29, 2024 10 mins
Hey Friends,
As we wrap up April, I wanted to talk about decluttering cosmetics. This includes make-up, hair care, and skincare.
During this quick tip episode I’m sharing:
  • When to get rid of old cosmetics
  • How often to assess your inventory
  • The “right” amount of products for each category

If your guilty pleasure is make-up, face products, hand and body lotions, shampoos, conditions, styling products, etc. this episode will help y...
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April 25, 2024 23 mins
Hi Friends,
Digital Clutter, or as I like to call it, “invisible clutter” is one of the leading culprits of time management and  productivity struggles.

Today we’re looking at 4 pain points caused by digital clutter and how to combat each:
1. Distraction
2. Overwhelm
3. Decreased Efficiency
4. Increased Stress 

Try Clean Email for FREE using our promo code: https://cleanemail.com/organized  (feel free to share this code with your friends!...
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Hey Friends,

Today’s challenge if you choose to accept it, is to go through old sheets and towels. 
During this quick tip episode I’m sharing
  • My rule of thumb of how to determine the number of sheets and towels per person
  • Where to store seasonal linens
  • What to do with the items you no longer want 

Spring is a great time to hit the linen closet and I hope this episode gives you the boost you need to get motivated!
Xoxo-
Laurie
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Hi Friends,

You are in for a treat today!  In honor of Spring Organizing, I invited my friend Jeannie Stith to join me to talk about simplifying the clothes in your closet so you love and wear what you have.
Jeannie is the founder and CEO of Color Guru where her team analyzes your hair, skin, and eye color to match you with your ideal color palette for clothes.

Color Guru has been featured in VOGUE magazine, Apartment Therapy and if y...
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For today’s tip of the week I’m sharing 5 simple hacks to instantly help your closet be more organized.  The best part is that most of these are all free and don’t cost a dime!
 
Remove Dry Cleaning Bags-Not only do those plastic bags carry harsh chemicals, but they clutter up your closet!  By removing them your space your closet will immediately look more organized.


Create a Hanger Hangout- (thank you @getorganizedbystephanie for the...
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On today’s show we are talking about how to find the right Professional Organizer for you.  One  that fits your project scope, personality and budget.

There are lots of people who have the technical and tactical knowledge to do the job, but hiring an expert who is the right fit requires an entirely different skillset.

Whether you are  a professional organizer, or someone looking to hire a professional organizer, 2 of the most importa...
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April 8, 2024 5 mins
Happy April everyone!  

Technically, Spring is here (although in the North East it doesn’t quite feel like it) and you know what that means….time for some Spring Organizing Tips.

Some of these you may want to outsource to a professional, others you can tackle alone or with the help of your family.  Do a little at a time or block a whole weekend.  The purpose of this is to help give you a roadmap to follow.

Download the Spring Organizi...
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