Life Organized Podcast

Life Organized Podcast

Clear the chaos! Join Jenny Layton — professional organizer, productivity expert & life coach to learn real-life strategies to organize your life so you can focus on what matters most. Learn more at TheHappyGal.com

Episodes

February 21, 2024 40 mins

Can moms really have it all? Running a household, having a career, and making time for the people you love? This week’s guest Chanel Nielsen says yes - if we shift our mindset to view ourselves as CEOs of our family! After years of overwhelm, Chanelle discovered how to design her ideal home life. Learn her secrets of visualization, planning milestones, plus tiny habits that changed everything. Spoiler: it starts with just 3 tasks a...

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Sometimes getting organized just feels too complicated! 

We think we need routines and systems to do it right, and while I’m all about getting strategic…sometimes we just need an easy win.

In today’s episode I share 5 fast and easy ways to get organized. In just 10 minutes you can get a big win, and you can use that momentum to do even more great things in your day.

And, since I’m a coach and can’t help myself, I’m also going to le...

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October 25, 2023 33 mins

The holiday season is around the corner…and if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed, exhausted, resentful, or stressed out by the holiday, this is the conversation for you.

Guest Brooke Romney shares actionable takeaways to help us design a more meaningful and manageable holiday by letting go of old traditions that are missing the mark, adjusting traditions that need to evolve with our growing family, and giving ourselves permission to cre...

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September 20, 2023 27 mins

Life has a tendency to get full, and when that happens, we all need the same thing – more time.

In this episode I share review my time/pantry analogy, and give a real life, personal illustration of choices I am making right now so that I have more time for what matters most.

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Last week we explored the importance of having an organized culture in your family.

In today's episode we'll talk about some kid-friendly, Life Organized Tools you can start teaching your kids beginning immediately.

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I know, I know…if the kids were just more organized it would save EVERYONE so much hassle. But before I give you a list of things to teach your kids, let’s talk about YOU.

The quickest way to organized kids is to pave the way yourself, because “kids will follow your example, not your advice.”

This episode is rich with ideas about how YOU can develop a family culture that is organized – and it’s so much easier than you think.

This c...

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We all love how it feels when life is running on cruise control. We are better able to stay on top of things, we have more time for the things we love to do, and we aren’t fighting curve balls at every turn. But life inevitably transitions into different seasons, and when that happens, we lose our groove.

Well, we can’t prevent transition, but we can have a strategy to help us get right back into a rhythm. There is one go-to strate...

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I know, I know…so many things we have to do. Dishes, laundry, run the kids around, stay on top of work and all. the. things. Who has time for exercise?

YOU DO, and in this interview with Courtney Wyckoff from Momma Strong we talk about WHY exercise is so important, and HOW you can make time for it.

You are going to LOVE the refreshing approach Courtney takes to fitness and exercise. If you are discouraged or exhausted or totally tu...

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August 16, 2023 22 mins

Well, here we are, heading back into the new school year.

 

And if you’re anything like me, I bet you’re happy and sad at the same time.

 

While a schedule and routine is sounding nice right about now, the hustle of a new school year can be a little daunting.

 

So in this episode I’m giving you lots of tips to help you start your school year out right, including a fantastic metaphor that will give you a fresh take on why things fee...

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When I was a little girl I was terrified of dogs. That never went away as an adult, so imagine my surprise when I suddenly found myself owning a golden doodle puppy in March of 2020 - and loving it! What seemed like the most unlikely situation taught me that we never really know what our potential is.

It may feel impossible to ever achieve an organized life, but the good news is if you are here at the podcast, you have the power to...

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August 2, 2023 25 mins

Even though we can laugh about our tendency to procrastination, when we are under a deadline procrastination doesn’t feel like a joke. 

Procrastination is one time management challenge that really gets in the way of living an organized life, and in this episode we talk about two ways we can outsmart it.

In the “dark playground” of procrastination, our brain tries to convince us that a deep dive through YouTube or rummaging through ...

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Ok, buckle up. This is the most technical episode I have ever recorded - and also the most helpful one if you struggle with your paper.

If you have piles and old files and are tired of fighting it all, you’ll be really glad you listened to today’s episode.

As we pick up the paper conversation again from episode 44, it’s time to figure out what to do with the paper once we pull any actions that need to be taken out of them. But know...

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No matter the class, no matter the client, no matter the conversation, when the organizing conversation turns to paper, I see the same thing.

The inevitable eye roll. The overwhelm. The defeat.

Organizing paper creates a unique challenge because it requires us to organize both tangible and intangible clutter. Paper isn’t just an object - it is a container for a task. Which means we can’t stash it away and forget about it - and that...

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Have you ever wondered why some people can be haunted by a sink full of dirty dishes - and others walk right past it without even noticing it? Is it simply a matter of habits? Or does personal play a bigger part than we give it credit for?

In this episode Laurie Palau from SimplyBOrganized.com shares how she uses the Enneagram personality test to help her clients find ways to get organized based on their unique personalities. With ...

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July 5, 2023 16 mins
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We're midway into the summer - the honeymoon is over...  

Kids are getting bored, fights are breaking out, and summer is starting to feel LONG.

But contrary to what the kids think, the real problem is not the lack of things to do –what we need to solve for is imbalance…

…because, just like us, kids feel better when they are living an organized...

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Have you ever come home from vacation and faced such a mountain of catch-up, so much that the trip almost doesn’t seem worth it?

I remember hearing once that you should expect catching up from a vacation to take at least as many days as the trip itself.

Well, I disagree. 

There are two strategic times you can make big strides in vacation recovery, so you can be back up and running as soon as the next day. Join me in this episode fo...

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At the time this episode is posted, we find ourselves in the heart of a family season… which might mean that your reservoir of self-care is running pretty dry. But the Chinese yin/yang symbol is a perfect metaphor for balance, teaching us that in the middle of one extreme we crave its opposite. That means that what might be missing from your summer right now is the kind of self-care that we give ourselves in a personal season.

So h...

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Well, as John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” There are plenty of ways we get to experience “life,” and the inspiration for this particular episode came to me as I was sitting on the front porch of our Airbnb home, looking out at the lake instead of boating on it, because our boat broke.

It was so tempting to sink into disappointment and negativity, because my brain wanted to keep tel...

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Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up every morning in a good mood? Or just have an extra boost of optimism or energy in your day? Subconsciously we are always looking for pick-me-ups that can do just that – and we often turn to spending money or snacking on junk food for that quick boost. But there is something we can do to experience a happier state more regularly – and that is to organize our home. 

“A rising tide raises all boats,” an...

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As we head into summer, kids and screen time might be on your mind. And that’s exactly why I interviewed Andrea Davis from betterscreentime.com. Andrea's mission is to teach parents how to worry less about technology and connect more with their kids. And what better time to focus on this than during the long days of summer that are around the corner?

Because kids’ brains are still developing, this is a particularly vulnerable time ...

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