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

January 31, 2023 14 min

How can your stop family members from being packrats.

Often, people don’t want to part with their things, even if it's time to move on from them. This can be pretty frustrating if you're trying to keep order in your home.

In this episode I share two simple tools — plus one bonus tip — for finding a a solution that works for everyone.

LINKS:
  • Get Organized Bootcamp
  • Life Organized Membership
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    It may surprise you to know that menu planning is one of the top things my clients want help with.

    There is something about sitting down at night to a family meal that helps them feel like they are on top of their lives.

    Research shows there are a whole lot of other important things happening as well. From academics and stronger family relationships to mental, social, physical and behavior health, family meals are important to prio...

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    January 18, 2023 12 min

    I had an interesting experience on the treadmill a few weeks ago.

    I couldn’t realize why my runs were so hard – until I noticed that the incline setting was stuck. Even though the treadmill said I was running at no incline, the machine was stuck at level 10.

    This made me think about more than just running.

    Sometimes we don’t recognize that we are trying to keep up with everything even though in life we are on a level 10 incline. We...

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    January 11, 2023 15 min

    All right, ready to learn about a quick organizing habit that is mindless and easy to implement – but powerful in preventing the buildup of clutter?

    It’s a little tool called FIFO and stands for First In, First Out.

    Today we’ll talk about how FIFO is your new mantra each time you bring something new into the house, because it leads you to automatically select something to get OUT of the house. 

    This mindset is an easy way to avoid ...

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    January 3, 2023 16 min

    Ready for another great metaphor? Today I’ll compare pursuing your goals to sailing on a ship – and if that ship is leaky, you’re not going to be making it very far with those goals.

    A disorganized life is a lot like a leaky ship – and until we seal up all the places disorganization is leaking into our lives, we will never really have the bandwidth to pursue the things that are really important to us.

    So how do we organize our live...

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    December 28, 2022 11 min

    I am confessing something kind of embarrassing in this episode.

    Historically, I have STRUGGLED with decorating.

    (That is not an understatement. Just ask my husband)

    But this December I attempted to update my holiday decorations and found unexpected success.

    As I reflected about this, I realized that what had helped me can actually help you this year as you consider setting your New Year’s resolutions.

    Listen, if there was something...

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    December 21, 2022 11 min

    This is one of those episodes you are going to want to download, so you can re-listen when you get really busy…

    …because during really busy times, like the holidays or the last few weeks of school before summer vacation, or when you are planning a big event or work project, or even when there are a lot of little everyday things that start to add up– it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, stressed, resentful – and also ...

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    December 14, 2022 17 min

    We work for weeks to create this special holiday for our families, hoping that with all the planning and shopping and wrapping and cooking and decorating we can enjoy a truly memorable day. 

    But more often than not, we spend the day putting together toys, cleaning up all the wrapping paper and packaging, cooking those favorite Christmas foods in the kitchen, managing to the unexpected…

    …Or else we relax all day, but face a mountain...

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    When you think of an organizing podcast, you probably think of exactly what you’ll hear in today’s episode. Today I am giving you the cliff notes version of organizing any enclosed space, like a pantry, closet, drawer or cabinet.

    My organizing system takes each letter in the word CREATE to guide you through the process of organizing an enclosed space.

    Following all of these steps – in order – will leave you with a project that is ...

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    November 30, 2022 21 min

    Ever notice how during the summer or the holidays, everything seems to unravel?

    The house is a mess. You aren’t getting anything done. Your own personal needs are on the back burner.

    …and you start to feel a teensy bit overwhelmed. Or resentful. Or out of balance.

    This used to be a big problem for me. 

    My husband actually pointed out that I had breakdowns at predictable times each year. 

    Well, where there is predictability, there i...

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    November 23, 2022 24 min

    How many times have you forgotten to…     Start the crockpot?     Make that phone call?     Add something to the calendar?     Order that thing you needed from Amazon?     Pick up something you needed while you were at the store?

    And what kind of problems did that cause?

    Isn’t it the worst when simple tasks turn into roaring fires – all because you forgot to take action on them? 

    The key is to catch it as you think of it, and toda...

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    It sounds cliché, but I’ll say it anyway….can you believe the holidays are here again?!

    Black Friday is around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about those gift lists.

    But maybe before we start filling up our shopping carts this year, we might want to pause and ask ourselves a few critical questions, like:

    "Where will we put this?"

    "Will they REALLY use this?"

    "And what could we give instead?"

    This...

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    November 9, 2022 28 min

    I bet you can finish this sentence:

    “If you can’t do something right…”

    "Don’t do it at all."

    Mmm….I strongly disagree. This is one of the most toxic mindsets I see. 

    Perfectionism likes to parade around as something inspirational and helpful, but if you look behind the curtains it’s all about fear — fear that you might not do it right, fear that it might not look just right, and fear that you just don’t have what it takes. 

    ...

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    Ok, so you’re ready to give routines a try. Let’s make sure you set one up the right way so you can have success!

    In this episode:​
  • Time
  • Habit Hook
  • Sample routines
  • Regular tasks don’t ever need to cause stress
  • How routines work in my life
  • Tools Mentioned:​

    Your P.A.T.H to a routine

  • Pick a specific task
  • Assign the steps
  • Time
  • Habit Hook
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    If you don’t love routines, you probably think routines kill all the fun. 

    Who wants to stick around home and clean and do laundry when there are so many better things to do?

    Even if you are routine-resistant, you may be surprised to learn how much of your life already consists of routines – and why your brain actually craves them. 

    Think routines keep you trapped? Think again. 

    Routines don’t restrict freedom. They create it.

    “Rou...

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    Ok, time to roll up our sleeves and get to work!

    Ready to seriously declutter your home?

    In this episode I will teach you a realistic, sustainable approach that gives you a way to declutter on the regular – without having to take time off work, no babysitter required — and zero expensive containers!

     

    In This Episode:

  • External clutter creates internal clutter
  • What Clutter Busters isn’t
  • What Clutter Busters is
  • How to Bust Clutter
  • Clutte...
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    Let’s talk about the reality that there is literally not enough time in the day to do all that you need to get done. And how you wish you could clone yourself a dozen times so for once you could actually reach the end of your to do list.

    This is a time management issue, and one I can’t wait to talk to you about. Because with the perfect analogy I can help you look at time in a whole new way – and give you the big picture view of wh...

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    Remember that Adam Sandler movie from years ago called “Click?” Where he found a universal remote that could fast forward through all the hard parts of life, so he could skip the messy middle and just get to show up at the end when everything was easy again?

    It would be so great to get your hands on a remote like that to fast forward through all the work and just have everything be organized right NOW.

    Unfortunately, I don’t have t...

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    We’ve all been there before…

    You want to take control of things, get organized, and move on with your life – but there is so much to do, you don’t know where to start.

    The good news is that there is a perfect place to start, and in this episode, I tell you all about it.

    But first, you have to understand how your brain has been getting in the way.

    Let me just say, from this day forward you will refer to your life in two ways: “Befor...

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    When Getting Organized Feels Impossible...

    With organization comes clear thinking, greater productivity, and lower stress. 

    But is getting organized even possible?

    I know, I know. You’ve tried to get organized before! Sometimes you see some improvement, but nothing seems to last. Maybe you’re beginning to wonder if getting organized is even possible?

     

    Well, I’m glad you’re here, because you’re going to like my answer to this quest...

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