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

  • What Should I Do with My Parents' Stuff? | Ep 393

    20 JUN 2024 · Today we’re talking about a topic that impacts thousands of folks-what to do if you inherit your parents’ stuff. Most of us are busy trying to reduce our own clutter, let alone make decisions and navigate the burden of guilt that often comes with inherited items. Joining me today is Melinda Rizzo, journalist, author, and someone who has been on the receiving end of generations of "gifted" items.  You’ll Learn:  0:00 Introduction to This Organized Life 3:12 Navigating the Burden of Inheriting Parents’ Possessions 12:34 Overcoming Emotional Attachments to Inherited Items 22:27 Managing Emotional and Physical CLutter from Inherited Items 26:57 Sorting Items for Keep, Donate, Sell, and Discard Piles 30:27 Insights on Organizing Inherited Possessions 36:46 Organizational Strategies Links Mentioned In this Episode: Streamline Your Wardrobe with https://yourcolorguru.com/aff/10/. Visit https://yourcolorguru.com/aff/10/ and receive 10% off any package with code ORGANIZEDLIFE Turn Your Passion for Organizing into a Profitable Business with Business Mentoring! Register by August 1st and save $1000! Learn More: https://simplyborganized.com/sbo-partner-program/ Connect with Melinda: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melinda-b-rizzo-556217a2/ The Gentle Art of Sweedish Death Cleaning: https://amzn.to/4chqmWT All Creatures Great and Small: https://amzn.to/4ejkfmJ A Christmas Carol: https://amzn.to/3VoGDCt This Organized Life chats with experts and everyday folks like you and me, about life, relationships, parenting, and of course organizing. Grab a front row seat into my organized, but no-so-perfect life as a mom, wife, author, and founder of Simply B Organized. Liked this episode? Don’t forget to Follow and Leave a Review!
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  • Tip of the Week-How to Create a Summer Car Kit

    17 JUN 2024 · Summer Fun often means road trips and outings that have us spending extended time in the car.  Today’s tip is to create a Summer Car Kit. This kit should include all the essentials you might need for summer activities and emergencies.  You’ll learn: 0:00 Introduction 2:35 Creating a Summer Car Kit 3:30 Choosing the Right Organizing Solutions 4:24 Selecting Categories for the Car Kit 8:44 Maintaining and Restocking the Kit To Learn more visit: https://simplyborganized.com/2024/06/17/tip-of-the-week-how-to-create-a-summer-car-kit/ Links Mentioned in this episode: Freebies: https://simplyborganized.com/free-downloads/ Streamline Your Wardrobe withhttps://yourcolorguru.com/aff/10/. Visithttps://yourcolorguru.com/aff/10/ and receive 10% off any package with code ORGANIZEDLIFE https://simplyborganized.myflodesk.com/30daykidschallenge Have a question about Organizing or Decluttering? Join ourhttps://simplyborganized.as.me/askanexpert This Organized Life chats with experts and everyday folks like you and me, about life, relationships, parenting, and of course organizing. Grab a front row seat into my organized, but no-so-perfect life as a mom, wife, author, and founder of Simply B Organized. Liked this episode? Don’t forget to Follow and Leave a Review!
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  • Summer Organizing Projects for Kids | Ep 392

    13 JUN 2024 · 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 Laundry (12:48) Household Chores: Gardening and Meal Prep (18:56) Household Chores: Dusting and Vacuuming (20:37) Household Chores: Pet Care (21:24) Encouraging Kids to Choose Chores Links Mentioned in this Episode: - Streamline Your Wardrobe with https://yourcolorguru.com/aff/10/. Visit https://yourcolorguru.com/aff/10/ and receive 10% off any package with code ORGANIZEDLIFE - 30 Day Kids Organizing Checklist: https://simplyborganized.myflodesk.com/30daykidschallenge - Have a question about Organizing or Decluttering? Join our Ask An Expert Series: https://simplyborganized.as.me/askanexpert This Organized Life chats with experts and everyday folks like you and me, about life, relationships, parenting, and of course organizing. Grab a front row seat into my organized, but no-so-perfect life as a mom, wife, author, and founder of Simply B Organized. Liked this episode? Don’t forget to Follow and Leave a Review!
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  • 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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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...

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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!

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