Sunday Basket Paper Organization Podcast

By Lisa Woodruff

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Lisa Woodruff is a home organization expert, productivity specialist, and author of The Mindset of Organization, Take Back Your House One Phase at a Time, and How ADHD Affects Home Organization. Lisa teaches functional organizing and is often caught quoting, “done is better than perfect” and “progress over perfection.” Lisa’s sensible and do-able organizing tasks appeal to multiple generations. Her candor and relatable style make you feel she is right there beside you, helping you get organized as you laugh and cry together. Lisa believes organization is not a skill you are born with. It is a skill that is developed over time and changes with each season of life. Lisa has helped thousands of women reclaim their homes and finally get organized with her practical tips, encouragement, and humor through her blog and podcast at

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11- Paper Organizing Retreats

My second big announcement from the Organize 365 National Convention is the exciting news that we are going to have Paper Organizing Retreats!

That’s right, you can literally pack up all of your paper into boxes, travel to Cincinnati, and organize your paper during a productive weekend retreat with key members of the Organize 365 Team – how awesome is that? I’m so excited!

I’ve wanted to start these Paper Organizing Retreats for years. When I began Organize 365 in 2012, I knew I needed to launch a unique organizing retreat where people could bring their paper and organize all of it (while listening to some great music and snacking on delicious food as we go) – it was the PERFECT plan.

But it took six years to turn that vision into a reality, and in many ways, I’m glad it took so long because now I’m 100% sure that I’ve come up with the best products, best structure, and the best team possible.

After six years of long hours and lots of hard work, we have finally done it!

Organizing Paper Is Hard

Organizing paper isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, especially if you aren’t a passionate organizer.

At home, it’s easy to get distracted and procrastinate, which is why it’s such a good idea to join one of my Paper Organizing Retreats where you can focus and actually get work done.

But one of the main reasons to attend a retreat like this is so you can have the opportunity to ask questions to professional organizers. You’ll know exactly what you’re doing, and you’ll be able to avoid shredding a file that you really shouldn’t have because, unfortunately, there are no time machines when it comes to organizing paperwork!

The REAL Reason For My Paper Organizing Retreats

Yes, I like to help people organize their paper, and I love the community of organizers we have here at Organize 365 and the Sunday Basket®. BUT there is a deeper, more personal reason why I decided to launch these retreats.

When my kids were young, they got a lot of different diagnoses including things like autism, ADHD, bipolar, food sensitives, and so on. And you know what? It was so overwhelming!

I soon transformed into a protective mama bear. I was determined to know as much as possible about their conditions and I’m sure a lot of mothers who find themselves in similar situations do the same thing. Who can blame us?

Whenever we receive unexpected news like a medical diagnosis or a sudden death in the family, it’s like your entire world comes crashing down.

One minute, you’re sailing through life, the birds are singing, and your only concern is what you’re going to cook for dinner. And then BANG, you hear some terrible news. Then you’re devastated and left with all this paperwork you didn’t even know existed.

I know that feeling all too well, which is why I wanted to create the Paper Organizing Retreats to help reduce stress at a time in your life when you feel like everything is just falling apart.

Getting Organized On The Retreat

On a more light-hearted note, when you attend the retreat, you’re guaranteed to leave a lot more organized than you were when you arrived!

If you’ve got your hands on one of the new Friday Workboxes that have just been released for your home-based business, you can take it with you to the retreat and get stuff into it.

The Friday Workboxes can really help you to get an effective system in place so you have more structure and direction to take your business that extra step further.

The retreat begins at 9 am on Saturday morning. When you arrive, you’ll have your own organizing table which includes a shredding bag and a recycling bag. You’ll spend a lot of time during the first half of Saturday going through your paper and organizing them into three piles: shredding, deleting, and the keep pile.

Everything you want to shred can go into the shredding bag, the paper you want to recycle can go into the recycling bag, and the rest of the paper is what you’ll need to focus most of your time and energy into organizing.

You can then begin to organize your paper into the Organize 365 binders, slash pockets, or the Sunday Basket®. You can either bring your own items with you, buy them from the Organize 365 Store, or pre-order your products in advance and have them available at your seat when you arrive at the retreat.

The Paper Organizing Retreat Team

I’m excited to introduce you to three of the key members of this retreat team!

First up, we have Janet Davis. You may have heard me mention her in previous podcasts because she’s just amazing and she’s going to be helping me run the Paper Organizing Retreats. She is our lead Paper Organizing Retreat Planner, and we’ve known each other for over 17 years.

The second team member I want to mention is my sister, Emily Kelly. Emily is the Marketing Director of Organize 365, so she’ll be at the retreats helping you to organize your paperwork into the binders.

Last, but not least, we have the Organize 365 Sunday Basket Club Queen, Monique Horb. Monique is a huge fan of the binders, and she’s also a Sunday Basket® Certified Organizer. She knows absolutely EVERYTHING about the binders and will be more than happy to help you organize your paper during the retreat.

Each member of the team is HIPPA certified, so you don’t need to worry about that side of things when you’re organizing private papers and documents at the retreat.

I’m so excited about the Paper Organizing Retreats! It’s going to be a fantastic opportunity to meet more of you AND it gives you the chance to really dive into your paper organizing like never before!

If you want to find out more about the retreats, head over to!

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Jun 17, 2018
10 - Organize 365 Friday Workboxes

It’s finally time to talk about the NEW Friday Workboxes!

I’ve worked on the Friday Workboxes for a very long time (and by that, I mean three years), so I feel like they’re more than ready to go out into the world and start changing people’s lives!

If you want to take a trip down memory lane with me and travel back to around two years and four months ago, that was when I first introduced the idea of a Friday Workbox with you. Time flies, huh?

It may have taken a few years to get here, but it took that long to make sure the Friday Workboxes would be as awesome as possible. And as the saying goes, it’s “better late than never,” right?

Friday Workboxes Are For Home-Based Businesses

Are you an entrepreneur or the owner of a home-based business? If you are, the Friday Workboxes are PERFECT for you!

There are four Friday boxes available, including a box for:

  1. Direct Sales
  2. Home Schooling
  3. Entrepreneurs
  4. Teachers (this one will be available July 1st)

If you’re familiar with the Sunday Basket® system, navigating your way around the Friday Workbox will be a piece of cake. They share some similarities such as the use of the 1.0 and 2.0 Slash Pockets, but they also differ regarding their use and purpose.

The Friday Workbox is a complete system and costs $150. You can’t buy each part of the box individually, but you can make your own workbox with materials from the Organize 365 Store, if you prefer. But I would advise that you save yourself the hassle and go for the complete Friday Workbox to get the most out of your investment.

Friday Workboxes Vs. Sunday Baskets® : What’s The Difference?

You’re probably wondering how the Friday Workbox differs from the Sunday Basket®. When you think of the Sunday Basket®, what pops into your head? Bills, letters, medical information, finances, and everything in between, right?

The Sunday Basket® is built for organizing the home, and everything that’s connected to that is kept in your Sunday Basket®.

The Friday Workbox, on the other hand, is all about organizing your home-based business or “passion project.”

The NEW Golden Hour – (Friday at 2pm)

I’ve designed the Friday Box to be done on a Friday at 2pm. That’s very specific, I know. Of course, you can do the Friday Workbox at any time of the day. But if you’re anything like me, you want to be done with work by 2pm on a Friday!

You’ll need at least one hour to work on your Friday Workbox. As you’ve probably heard me say before, for every minute you spend planning, you GAIN five in execution. So, if you spend just an hour planning, you’ll save yourself five hours next week – how awesome is that?

Reviewing The Week & Planning Ahead

Some of you may still be thinking, “But why choose a Friday?” and I have two reasons:

  1. When I do the box on a Friday, I can review the week and plan for what needs to be done the following week. It gives me a clear perspective and saves me a lot of time when Monday morning rolls around again.
  2. I don’t like to work over the weekend. I’d rather respond to emails and get in touch with people on a Friday rather than wait for the beginning of the next week. This way, I can enjoy my weekend and not have to think about work again until Monday morning.

Inside Your Friday Workbox

The Friday Workbox comes with a Sunday Basket® in the color of your choosing, one set of the 2.0 Slash Pockets, and two sets of the rainbow 1.0 Slash Pockets.

One set of the 1.0 Slash Pockets are set up in a similar way to the Sunday Basket® while the second set includes labels for each day of the week.

You’ll also receive a guide for your workbox about how you can sort out your slash pockets.

Each one is focused on the traditional sales cycle and color coded as follows:

  • Pink Slash Pockets – Leads
  • Purple Slash Pockets – Customers
  • Green Slash Pockets – Finances
  • Blue Slash Pockets – Marketing & Personal Development

Once you get the hang of the Friday Workbox, it will start to create a fluent sales cycle for you. As you go through the program, your sales will increase and your business will become more organized.

Friday Workbox Workshops

On June 18th, I’ll be hosting a live workshop. And if you’ve bought a workbox, you’ll receive a quick invite to come and join me on the live call. During the Workbox 1.0 Workshop, we’ll go through everything you need to know about the Friday Workboxes and how you can organize yours to be the most effective and impactful for YOU.

So, if you buy a Friday Workbox, you can check out the original live workshop, and you’ll also get a link to another video showing you how to organize the workbox you purchased.

The direct sales, entrepreneur, home-school, and teacher workboxes will each have their own coaching video so you’ll get a real fine-tuned and in depth workshop related to the workbox you purchased.

In your Friday Workbox System, you’ll receive:

  • A Sunday Basket®
  • One set of the 2.0 Slash Pockets
  • Two sets of the 1.0 Slash Pockets
  • A printed workbook to talk you through how to assemble the workbox
  • A recording of the live video class and the coaching video for your specific workbox

Imagine having the ability to organize your work in one box, going through it on a Friday afternoon and keeping your work organized throughout the week.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

In the next podcast episode, I’m going to tell you how to get these Friday Workboxes organized most efficiently and effectively as possible – stay tuned for that one!

Jun 10, 2018
9 - Sunday Basket 2.0

Sunday Basket® 2.0?

Congratulations! If you have been following along with my podcast episodes, you have gotten your Sunday Basket® all set up and are on week two of using it. But I bet you are still feeling a little overwhelmed.

The number one thing that makes you feel overwhelmed when starting to use the Sunday Basket® is that not everything fits into the first 5 pockets. I mean, where do you put your recipes, your business or small project paperwork?

The first 5 pockets that you set up are called Sunday Basket® 1.0 and these are for tasks you do every single week like paying your bills, updating your calendar, placing orders online, and so on.

These 5 pockets will save you time and will save your sanity, but the beauty of the Sunday Basket® is when you take it to Sunday Basket® 2.0 level.

What is Sunday Basket® 2.0?

I thought about how I use my Sunday Basket® and what works best for me, but it took me a while to figure out how to teach you to do the same thing. And the products I wanted to do this with didn't exist.

I had custom slash pockets created that are different than all others available on the market and different from those in Sunday Basket® 1.0. I even had the colors specifically designed for me… maybe you should be a little worried about me!

Try to visualize this... in Sunday Basket® 1.0, the 5 slash pocket colors cascade down the outside (red, orange, yellow, green, blue). But in Sunday Basket® 2.0, they are packs of each colored slash pocket. So the first 5 are all blue, then the next 5 are green, then pink, and then purple so you have 5 of each of the 4 colors.

Once I had these slash pockets to teach the Sunday Basket® 2.0 how I wanted to teach it, I realized that I not only manage my paperwork, but also prioritize and do my goal setting all in my Sunday Basket®. I never realized this until I really started thinking about it, breaking it down, and working out how I wanted to teach it to you.

Now, you don't have to use my slash pockets. You can buy regular ones and it will still work. But I will tell you that it is easier if you do use my slash pockets.

The Sunday Basket® 1.0 process corals all of your paperwork in one place and helps you to go through it on a regular basis and not miss bill payments and important paperwork.

The Sunday Basket® 2.0 and beyond corals all your papers... and all your hopes and dreams... into different slash pockets and then allows you to prioritize them.

What Do the Colors Mean For You?

The start of the Sunday Basket® 2.0 Workshop is getting you to think about what you want the colors to represent, what do you need them to be. You don't need to use all 20 pockets. And sometimes, you will naturally fill more of the pockets than at other times, depending on what is going on in your life.

We talk about what to put in each of the pockets. For me, I use blue for my family as it is a color representative of loyalty, green for money (it's the color of money, right?), purple for household stuff, and, saving the best for last, the pink one for you.

And this is where I focused for this week’s podcast episode, on the pink slash pocket. Because once you have a slash pocket just for you, you really start to think about yourself. We all have goals for ourselves, but let's be honest, if your husband, kids or work call, those personal goals don't take priority. Having this slash pocket has changed how I look at things. This is how my five pink pockets are labeled:


One of the things I've noticed as a woman is I buy my kids new clothes each season as they grow or they wear them out. It’s kind of fun and it's what my Mom did for me. But as soon as we get older, we stop buying clothes for ourselves. We only buy what we desperately need and cannot do without.

So I decided it was time to start buying clothes for me again. And I have a new style that I like so I actually have a slash pocket for my clothing. It's where I store my coupons, ideas of things I've seen, frilly shirts I want to buy, and the most recent edition of catalogs I like.


My husband has done all the cooking for the last 3 to 4 years, but I'm making a weekly recipe for a friend so it is a personal goal of mine to make a fun new recipe every week for my friend and my husband. So this is also one of my pink pockets.

Home Improvements

We have lived in our house now for 20 years. It's gorgeous and I love it. But I decorated it 20 years ago and it needs a little improving and updating. And since we are having a graduation party this year, what better excuse do I need to update things!

This is more about me expressing myself in my home rather than mechanically fixing things in our home (that I would put in the purple pocket).


This is the slash pocket that Greg would like to hide from me, but it's happening... I'm traveling. In this pocket, I put things like my passport renewal, TSA (Transport Security Administration) pre-check approval, which I've done, and yesterday I applied for a new credit card.

I also put in there my plans to go to a conference in March, the Organize 365 National Convention I'm organizing in Dallas in June, and a trip to Orlando with the team to plan this convention (a convention to plan a convention – I actually think this is a brilliant idea!).

I am also going to pick out a new suitcase and look at how to really pack that case so I am only taking a carry-on with me, something I will be sure to share with you on the Organize 365 podcast.


I'm no good at programs and diets. I just know I need to eat less and more often to maintain my weight so my goal is to walk 5,000 steps 2 to 3 days a week. I know this doesn't sound much like a "fitness" goal and more like a "not being a sloth goal," but it is all about you, what you want to do to move your life forward.

You can't do all of these things at once. They are not weekly tasks, but they are actionable in 2018 and provide good reminders of your goals.

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Jan 14, 2018
8 - Step 5 - Can it wait until NEXT Sunday?

Step 5 - Can It Wait Until NEXT Sunday?

If you’ve been listening to my podcasts in real time (on the day that they were released), then you’ll know that this podcast episode was released on the first Sunday of 2018.

I am so excited about this. If you’ve listened to episodes 1-7, then today is the end of my daily episodes of the Sunday Basket® Podcast (they'll be released weekly from now on).

If you have been following along and taking action with each episode, then you’re almost done with your Sunday Basket®.

I’m picturing all of the Sunday Baskets that have been created all over the world. I’m picturing all the women that are taking control of their to-do lists that have been sucking away their time, energy, and causing stress.

Every podcast episode, from episode 1 through to this episode, is actionable. They all have an action for you to complete.

We have emptied our Sunday Basket® completely.

We've gotten rid of all items that needed shredding or recycling.

We have opened all of our mail.

We've divided our actionable items into three piles – mail and money, computer and calendar, and errands and things to do outside of the house.

And we took action with our mail and money and our computer and calendar items.

Can it wait until NEXT Sunday?

We must always make this assessment with all items – can this wait until next Sunday?

With money and mail items, if it can wait until next week, then we put it into a green slash pocket (if you have been to one of my workshops, you’ll have one of these) or you can clip it together. Then it goes back into your Sunday Basket®.

Similarly, with your computer and calendar pile, anything that can wait gets put into an orange slash pocket or clipped together. Then it goes back into your Sunday Basket®.

In the errand pile, you have selected what can be completed this week.

You've created your "car closet" – putting items in the trunk of your car on a Sunday that you’ll need through the week.

You have also made your to-do list based on what can be completed this week.

Any errands that won’t be completed this week should go into a yellow slash pocket (if you have one) or clipped together – then back into your Sunday Basket®.

Sunday Basket® 2.0

Any other items that you have left in front of you are the topic of next week’s podcast episode – I call this Sunday Basket® 2.0.

They are usually items that are unique to you – recipes, memorabilia, work-related, etc. For now, just group the items together as best you can.

With each item ask yourself, can it wait until next Sunday? Of course, if it can't, take action.

Then put your Sunday Basket® back on the kitchen counter.

Next Sunday, I’ll teach you what to do with all of those items that didn’t fit into the red, green, and orange slash pockets. Don’t worry, there is a system. They have not been neglected!

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Jan 07, 2018
7 - Step 4 - Plan Your Week

Step 4 - Plan Your Week

In this podcast episode and blog post, I’m so excited to share with you my free weekly planning printables.

Head to the homepage and you’ll see that when you sign up for my newsletter, you get a copy of my planning printables, too.

The planning printables are something that I created years ago.  I’ve realized that, although I’ve moved to a Google Calendar as my planner for the day-to-day, sometimes I just need paper, too!

On a Sunday night, when I’m doing my Sunday Basket®, I flesh out a plan for my week ahead (using my planning printables).

I love writing my plan out. I find that physically writing something down on a piece of paper creates a different connection within your brain in relation to that task, as opposed to making a digital record.

I recognize that planning your week ahead is an extra task on a Sunday for you to complete, but I promise that in doing so, you’ll see that your week flows so much easier and in a far more organized way. You’ll also be able to add new and exciting things into your week that you previously didn’t have time to do before!

If you’ve been following along with the previous podcast episodes, then you should currently have an empty Sunday Basket®.

Let’s recap!

You’ve shredded and recycled paper that you don’t need.

You’ve placed your actionable items into three piles – money and mail, computer and calendar, and errands and tasks outside of the house.

You worked through the money and mail pile, and the computer and calendar pile, and you took action with every item in there – apart from those that can wait until next week (the focus of my next podcast episode)!

This week, I’m looking at the errands and things to do outside of the house pile. You can’t complete these on a Sunday (most likely), but what you can do is plan out your week so that they do get completed.

To help you do this, go ahead and download my planning printables.

How to use the printables

There are two printable PDF documents.

The first printable has three columns.

  • Things to do every week – turn phone off and on again, fully charge electronic items, etc.
  • Home to-do list – your to-do list related to your household and family.
  • Work to-do list – work is whatever you spend the majority of your time doing. Work is not necessarily paid; it could be volunteering or home schooling.

The second printable is used to plan your week ahead. You add the top 3 things that you are going to complete each day.

The top of the planner says ‘Top 3 Work’ and ‘Top 3 Home’ – but to be clear, you don’t set three of each, just three tasks overall.

Why set three things to complete every day?

I truly believe that setting 3 tasks to complete every day is the key to having a really productive day and week. We all naturally try and do too much. You most likely think "three things, I have twenty things to do every day!" – but that is the problem. We try to do too much and it all becomes disorganized and often overwhelming.

The key thing is to batch together your work and the tasks that you need to do. If you batch together work, you save on all of the transition time.

For example, one of my three tasks today is recording my podcast episodes. I’m recording 11 podcasts today! I consider this one task because the task is to go to my office and record the podcasts – but in reality, you could call it 11 tasks because it’s 11 podcast episodes. But, it’s so much easier and far more productive for me to set all of my podcasting equipment up today to record a batch of episodes than it is to record all 11 podcast episodes over the course of the next 11 days recording 1 per day. It would take time every day to set everything up, put equipment away, etc.

Pick a day for your errands

I really recommend selecting a day of the week to complete the majority of your errands. Pick the day of the week that typically goes awry. For me, that’s Tuesday or Wednesday.

I LOVE Monday, I get so much done on a Monday. Thursday is an excellent day as well. I get lots of content created on a Thursday. Friday is the day where I finish early as I’m pooped!

Tuesday and Wednesday are the days when I meet my team, I do guest interviews on other podcasts, and they are also the days that I tend to schedule doctor’s appointments, school appointments, hair appointments – naturally, they became my errand days.

Can you think of a day or days that you tend to do this? If you work full-time, perhaps this is Saturday? Most of us have a day that errands are more easily completed.

My action for you is to pick a day that is going to be your errand day. Make a to-do list. Pick your top 3 things to complete for each day. Try to get all of your errands completed on that day.

Don’t forget to download my free planning printables to help you.

Happy Planning!

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Jan 06, 2018
6 - Step 3 - Take Action!

Step 3 - Take Action!

I hope you’re enjoying The Sunday Basket® Podcast so far.

If you’ve been following along with the podcast episodes, then you should have three piles of your actionable items from your Sunday Basket®.

Your three actionable piles are:

  1. Mail & Money: Bills and things to be mailed
  2. Errands & Outside The House: Errands and items that you need to buy or do outside of the home
  3. Computer & Calendar: Items that need to be put on your computer, on your calendar, or you need to order them on your computer

The next part takes up the bulk of your Sunday Basket® time. It can take you anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to work on these piles.

Before we get going, I want to let you know that the Sunday Basket® is all about you. While I may talk about your kids, your spouse, and your extended family, the Sunday Basket® is about YOU. It’s about your time, your to-do's, and your calendar. It applies to any woman, of any generation, anywhere in the world.

Your first action now is to sit down with your mail and money pile and work through it. Pay your bills. Reconcile your bank checks (I can’t be the only person who still does this!). Check your investments. Mail out whatever needs to be mailed on a Monday morning. This usually takes me about 30 minutes.

Next up is your computer and calendar pile. I have two high school-age teenage kids who are getting ready for college, learning to drive… they are as busy as ever. I manage a calendar for each family member. I spend a lot of time calculating things like who is driving who, where, and when. I note everything on calendars. I need to spend at least 30 minutes each Sunday doing work on our calendars.

Next, I work on computer-related tasks. For example, I do my grocery shopping online, I order A LOT on Amazon (daily). I check my email. This is another good 30 minutes to an hour.

My Sunday Basket® takes me at least 90 minutes every week. The great thing is that on Sunday night, I feel very organized. I can focus on my business Monday to Friday and on my family Saturday and Sunday.

Finally, we're to errands and outside the home tasks. They are often the tasks that we don’t equate time to.  But, they can take up so much more time than you realize. For example, I worked out that I drove 25 hours a week last year just driving my kids to school and back. That is a lot of time. I have an organizer friend who spends 3 hours a day commuting. All of this time in the car can be lost time.

Your errand pile isn’t going to be completed on Sunday, but you’re going to plan for it. For example, what can you put into the trunk of your car now that you’ll need later in the week? All of these actions help you to have a more organized and productive week.

When I go to bed on Sunday night, my goal is that all the bills are paid, the mail is ready to go out the following morning, I’ve updated my calendar for the week, everyone in my family knows where they are going and when, I have bought anything that I possibly can for the week coming up, and the errands for the week are pre-planned.

Now it’s your turn! Take action on your money and mail, your calendar and computer, and plan your errands.

In the next episode, I’m going to talk about how to plan your week.

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Jan 05, 2018
5 - Step 2 - Your Top 3 Sunday Basket Piles

Step 2 - Your Top 3 Sunday Basket® Piles

If you listened to the last podcast episode and followed along taking action, then currently you have a completely empty Sunday Basket®. You also have a big pile of paper that requires action.  You've gotten rid of anything that can be shredded or recycled. You've opened up all of your mail and only kept the parts that you need to take action on. Phew!

Now everything in front of you needs to be acted upon.

There are three things that are in every person’s Sunday Basket®.

  1. Mail & Money: Bills and things to be mailed
  2. Errands & Outside The House: Errands and items that you need to buy or do outside of the home
  3. Computer & Calendar: Items that need to be put on your computer, on your calendar, or you need to order something on your computer

Almost all actionable items in your Sunday Basket® each week fall into one of those three categories.

I want you to make three piles according to the three categories above.

In the next podcast episode, I’m going to discuss what to do with your three piles!

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Jan 04, 2018
4 - Step 1 - Shred, Recycle, Open & Sort

Step 1 - Shred, Recycle, Open & Sort

The next five podcasts go through exactly what to do with the items that you have in your Sunday Basket®.

When you sit down to do your Sunday Basket®, follow the actions that I talk about in this podcast episode and the following four podcasts, too.

There are two key actions that lead to the success of the Sunday Basket®... first, to completely empty it every time, and second, you must go through it every single week!

Before you get started, make sure you find a place that you’re comfortable sitting while you complete a project. For me, it’s sitting on my bed or the floor. I make too many piles to do it at the table! Also, have your trash bin next to you and a space for a recycling pile.

Step 1: Empty your Sunday Basket®

By empty, I mean completely empty. Take everything out of your basket. Move your empty basket to the side. The only things going back into your empty basket are the things that can wait until next Sunday.

Step 2: Decide what can be recycled or trashed

Spend 5-10 minutes deciding what can be recycled (or shredded) or trashed. Quickly filter out those items that you can decide on right away, like flyers and magazines.

Step 3: Pick up each item and open all your mail

If your mail needs to be recycled or trashed, put it in that pile right away. Then, open up the bills. Keep the important section of the bill (the part that you need to pay the bill) and put it into a pile for taking action. Shred or recycle the rest. You’ve now filtered out of your basket all items that require recycling or trashing, and you’re left with a pile of paper where everything requires action.

Now may be a good time for a little break from the sorting. I suggest you take action on the household to-do items.  For example, if you need to order batteries for that kitchen appliance or sew that button on a blouse, take a bit of a break from the paper sorting and take action.

There you have it, step 1 of The Sunday Basket® – shred, recycle, open and sort.

Step 2 is covered in my next podcast episode number 5.

Happy Sorting!

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Jan 03, 2018
3 - Fill Your Sunday Basket

Fill Your Sunday Basket® 

It’s time to fill your Sunday Basket®!

If you’ve been listening along to my previous podcast episodes, then you have:

  1. Got your basket (or box or bag)
  2. Decided on the day of the week that you’ll go through it

Plus, you may have signed up for a Sunday Basket®  Workshop.

Now it’s time to take some more action and fill your basket.

There are four items that I want you to put into your Sunday Basket®. From now until the day that you are going to sort your basket, I want you to be filling your basket with these four items.

  1. Mail

Put all of your mail into the basket. It does not need to be open and you don’t need to sort through it – just put your mail into the basket. Defer your brain power until Sunday when it comes to sorting mail.

  1. Coupons

Put coupons unclipped into your Sunday Basket®.

  1. Actionable to-do's

Put all actionable to-do's in your basket. For example, when someone asks you to fill out paperwork, or arrange a lunch, etc. Always ask yourself the question, “can this wait until Sunday?” If the answer is yes, put it in your Sunday Basket®.

The number one thing that causes worry, stress, and exhaustion is thinking about these things. We’re clearing up your mental exhaustion so that you can clearly think about these things on Sunday.

  1. Notes to yourself

I recommend you go to a store and get index cards and post-it notes and get into the habit of writing notes to yourself. When you think of something that you need or want to do, write it down on a piece of paper and put that paper into your Sunday Basket® if it can wait until Sunday.

If you don’t have time to write a note, put something in your basket that will serve as a reminder. For example, if you need a new food item, put the empty box in your basket to remind you to order another.

Your Sunday Basket® Must Go On Your Kitchen Counter

This is why you should get something that looks pretty! My own Sunday Basket® that will be available to purchase in February is pretty and functional (to me functional is the most important, but it is pretty, too!).

If your Sunday Basket® is anywhere else, like in your home office, you just won’t use it. Your Sunday Basket® is your inbox for the whole family so it needs to be prominent to you and all family members.

The key thing is to defer everything that you possibly can until Sunday. This will enable you to defer your brain when it comes to thinking about these things until Sunday, reducing your worry and stress through the week.

It may seem like you are going to spend far too long going through the Sunday Basket®, but I promise you that I will walk you through it, step-by-step, week-by-week. By around Week 6, you will not believe you ever got by without a Sunday Basket®!

You will learn how to become ultra-productive which will improve your life in more ways than you can imagine.

Action For Today: Go fill your basket!

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Jan 02, 2018
2 - The Sunday Basket Workshop

The Sunday Basket® Workshop

In my next couple of podcast episodes, I’m going to tell you exactly how to set up a Sunday Basket®. The idea is that you can follow along and set-up your own basket as you listen.

However, I know that we all like to learn in different ways.

There are some people who learn just fine on their own, and there are other people who like to learn with others face-to-face or virtually.

If you fall into the latter category, then you are going to be really pleased to learn that I offer two different types of Sunday Basket® Workshops – they are either delivered by me or by one of my wonderful Certified Sunday Basket® Workshop Organizers.

The Sunday Basket® Workshop  $97

Are you ready to create a lasting system for the paperwork and to-do’s that clutter your kitchen counter tops and your mind?

The Sunday Basket® Workshop is the solution for you.

The complete Sunday Basket® System includes all workshop materials, the physical Sunday Basket® and digital recording of a Sunday Basket Workshop for you to watch on demand – multiple times.

Where do I START organizing? That’s the number one question I get asked as a professional organizer.

And while that is a loaded question with multiple “right” answers, I have decided to start all of my clients with a simple system I call The Sunday Basket®.

You see, organization is a way of living, and “being organized” is a way of thinking.

The Sunday Basket® is a system for processing mail, kitchen counter “to do” papers, and ongoing household projects.

The weekly routine of collecting, processing, and maintaining household to do’s and papers is the perfect training ground for all your future home organization skills.

And, like it or not, the mail just keeps on coming… giving us plenty of practice to hone and refine our organizing skills.

The Sunday Basket® can be as simple as the place you drop your unopened mail to complex enough to run every aspect of your household.

Over the last 16 years, I have tweaked and honed my Sunday Basket®into a productivity machine.

I rarely misplace any to-do and my family knows to drop all receipts, notes, and mail right in my Sunday Basket®.

The key to my productivity is a set of color-coordinated slash pockets that keep my ongoing ideas and tasks in order and insight without getting in my way.

The Complete Sunday Basket® System includes: Sunday Basket 1.0 + Sunday Basket 2.0 + the physical Sunday Basket.


The Sunday Basket® 1.0 Workshop will go through the basics of a Sunday Basket® and create the first 5 slash pockets that ALL baskets have in common.


The Sunday Basket® 2.0 Workshop will teach you how to organize, prioritize, and complete the projects you always want to “get to someday.” This second part of the system adds 20 slash pockets in 4 colors: pink, purple, blue and green. {An additional set of 20 slash pockets may be added to your order after you register.}

The basket is 13″ wide x 9″ high x 9″ deep. The velcro attachment inside gives you a bit of flexibility depending on how you attach it. It creates a section that is 2.75 to 3.5 inches.

Select your color of Sunday Basket from the drop-down menu to complete your order.

**NOTE** INTERNATIONAL PURCHASERS will be charged $35 for international shipping.

purchase here

The Sunday Basket® Workshop Certified Organizers

I can’t do everything myself! I have a team of Sunday Basket® Workshop Certified Organizers who also deliver workshops.

These certified organizers hold in-person workshops and virtual workshops in the US and Canada.

If you’re interested in becoming a certified organizer, please click here.

Jan 01, 2018
1 - Why A Basket And Why Sunday?

Why A Basket And Why Sunday?

I’m so happy launch my second podcast – The Sunday Basket® Podcast.

If you are brand new to my site, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Lisa Woodruff, a professional organizer and productivity expert. I have another podcast called Organize 365, and it’s been going strong for almost three years.

I decided to start a second podcast because, as a homeowner, you have two different and distinct things to organize – your home and your paper!

I LOVE to talk about paper organization. It’s one of my favorite topics. I could talk about paper organization all day long!

But I’m aware that not all of my listeners of the Organize 365 Podcast want to listen to me talk about paper organization… or at least not as much as I want to talk about it. And so, the birth of The Sunday Basket® Podcast!

The Sunday Basket® Podcast is an actionable podcast. I hope to inspire you to take action in order to get your household paperwork organized.

In my first podcast episode, and in this post, I’m going to explain to you what a Sunday Basket® is. Why a basket? Why Sunday? Let me explain...

Where The Sunday Basket® Idea Came From

Going back 15 years ago, when my kids were 2 and 3 years old, I was running a couple side businesses that equated to full-time jobs. I was a wife, mom, caretaker, homemaker, cook, laundress… sound familiar?

I had a lot of paper.

Plus, I had an addiction to these beautiful baskets made in Ohio called "Longaberger." You can already see where this is going!

One particular evening, I decided to tackle the 12-inch pile of paper on my kitchen counter. The paper stack was disorganized and there were a lot of actions for us to take within that stack of paper – including bills to pay, adoption paperwork, invoices to send out, orders to place, etc.

The first action that I took was to sort the paperwork into piles.

I had 40 different actionable kinds of piles.

I found I’d been paying bills late simply because I didn’t know where they were.

Being disorganized can be demoralizing and you start to question yourself. It can feel like your life is out of control. This is how I felt with my 40 piles of paper. I was overwhelmed, but I knew what I needed to do.

I created a plan to tackle each pile of paperwork one at a time.

Well, that was 15 years ago and that’s when I consider the Sunday Basket® System to have been created.

During the 15 past years of having a Sunday Basket®, I’ve gone from having just a few bits of paper in it, to having an overwhelming pile of paper. It ebbs and flows, but I always have one.

In essence, it was a basket that I sorted through on a Sunday. Sunday has always been the day of the week for me when I manage to get some time to myself and I have the most energy.

Your Paperwork Changes Throughout The Year

When people start having a Sunday Basket®, the same thing always happens.

Sometimes, their Sunday Basket® is overwhelming and full.

Sometimes, it’s down to a few pieces of paper and it seems as though you don’t need a Sunday Basket® anymore.

Do not be fooled! You always need to have one in my opinion. I find these things ebb and flow with the seasons.

On the Organize 365 Podcast, I often talk about how I divide my year into 3, and there is a different energy associated with each 3rd of the year.

Right now, it’s the beginning of 2018. I call this my "new year" – I set goals and work through my to-do list.

At the beginning of May, I switch to my "summer year" – it’s more laid back. I don’t get as much online work done, but I get more done around my house. I spend a lot of time with my family and I set parenting goals.

Then, from September to December, I have my "school year" – at this time I am at my most productive.

My Sunday Basket® becomes very full during the transitions between these three seasons.

What Is A Sunday Basket®?

The Sunday Basket® is a container that holds your actionable to-dos, your kitchen counter paperwork, and you go through it every single Sunday.

In the next 7 podcast episodes, I share with you exactly how you set up a Sunday Basket® and what you should be doing each time.

Action Steps:

  • Get a basket (or box or bag)
  • Pick a day (it doesn’t have to be Sunday)

My own Sunday Basket® will be released in February (very exciting… it’s going to be amazing). If you want that, please be patient.  In the meantime, grab the nearest bag or box that you have and use that!

In terms of sizes, try and make sure you basket is about the size of a big watermelon and about 9 inches tall so it could fit a binder or slash pockets (plastic binder inserts).

Your task for today is to find a basket, box, or bag to be your Sunday Basket® and decide on a day that you can do go through it every week.

Let Me Help You

I am a teacher by trade, a professional organizer, an Amazon no.1 bestseller, and I have taught thousands of women how to organize their homes online and in my local city of Cincinnati.

I am going to help you create a system in your household for organizing your paperwork so that it never has to be overwhelming again.

Get your Complete Sunday Basket with On Demand Workshop here!

Dec 31, 2017