Organize 365 Podcast

By Lisa Woodruff

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Organize 365 supplies home organization tips, strategies and motivation with professional organizer Lisa Woodruff.

Episode Date
4 Steps to Organizing BIG Projects for Productivity - Part 1
30:10

For the April podcast episodes, I want to talk to you about how to plan a big project or work towards a big goal. Full disclosure, I generally record podcasts 6-8 weeks in advance. I recorded these in February and March, and I used the examples I was planning at the time. Today, the world looks very different, and many of my examples are not things we can do right now. I know many of these kinds of big projects, celebrations, and plans are all up in the air right now. We are all missing out on direct physical connection to keep our communities safe.

I made the decision to air these episodes anyway, because how you plan a big project did not change. How we are living right now has changed dramatically. But, the principles of organizing never change. You can still learn the skill of organizing. It takes learning and skill to develop organization and productivity. 

I am sharing my system for completing big projects. I break it down into smaller steps, and I am going to teach you these skills so you can follow along, and maybe even plan a project of your own. I am trying to provide as much encouragement, motivation, perspective, and love as possible during this time of uncertainty. We are in this together!

After you have been doing your Sunday Basket® for 6-8 weeks, you will find you have 2.0 slash pockets with projects that still need your attention. Today on the podcast, I want to share with you how to move beyond your Sunday Basket® to dos and weekly focus to actually completing big projects. I want to show you how I create bigger goals and accomplish bigger projects. I do this by using a consistent system for approaching my big projects and I want to teach you how to apply these same skills. 

For this podcast series, I am talking about three different example projects: a large party or celebration, summer planning for kids, and moving to a new home. This system is for a project that requires more than a single weekend to complete. Much of the time, you will collect ideas and papers for your project in a 2.0 slash pocket. When you are committed to taking action and completing the project, you will follow the steps in the podcasts.

Step 1 - Identify your Project and Dedicate a Sunday Basket® or Workbox to the Project 

Once you have committed to your project or goal, dedicate a separate Sunday Basket®, portable Sunday Basket®, or Workbox to your project. You can purchase a plain Sunday Basket (no slash pockets) in the Organize 365 Shop. Having a separate box physically represents your resolve to reaching the goal, and helps your brain to focus on completing the project. The separate box is a temporary focal point - at the end of the project you will reuse the box for something else.

Then, empty your brain into the box. Write down every thought, idea, or plan you have about your project. Make sure you capture every thought your brain has, even if you end up with duplicates. Getting everything out of your head will resolve the feeling of overwhelm that you initially face. Drop physical items (invitations, photos, receipts, etc.) directly into the box.

Click here to download these printables! :)

Apr 03, 2020
ReAir 227 - Having an Adult Spring Break
27:05

The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 227 - Having an Adult Spring Break.

About two years ago, I took an improptu adult spring break adventure. I was surprised when I looked up and realized mid-way through the week what i was doing. In the podcast, I tell the story of how I spent the week replacing the windows in our home, cleaning the kids' rooms, and updating my binders. Taking a spontaneous break isn’t something I do very often, but the more I live a truly organized life, the clearer I can see the patterns of how to breed more productivity in organization and a large part of this is taking the time to relax, unwind, and de-stress.

Remember to join us for the Adult Spring Break this year at organize365.com/blitz

Apr 02, 2020
Transformation with Elizabeth P
29:49

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

On today's Transformational Podcast Elizabeth P and I talk about her organizing journey. Elizabeth is firmly in the sandwich generation. She initially was living in and traveling between two cities. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket ® 

100 Day Home Organization Program

All Access

Friday Workboxes

Apr 01, 2020
328 - Point of View - To Parent or Not to Parent
26:02

In February, the Organize 365 Podcasts were designed to help you to discover YOU. I want you to have some tools and frameworks to learn more about yourself and how you see the world. (Don’t forget to take your FREE personality tests from Cloverleaf!)

In March, I want to share with you four different points of view that affect how I see the world. We all start out seeing the world from our own experience and our own life. We adopt a cognitive bias that shapes how we understand everything around us. These points of view shape your organizational decisions and how you view the world. And, as you explore your own point of view, you can better understand your own mental models.

I will be sharing some of my own mental models and points of view this month. This week, I share about how the decisions you make about who is in your family and the size of your family changes your perspective. Some people want children, some want them but do not have them, and some choose not to have them. Depending on your identify as a parent or not, you will likely see the world differently than others who have a different family structure. I talk about those ideas today, but I would love to hear what you think about these kinds of points of view have shaped your perspective on the world. 

I am consciously trying to grow Organize 365 into a community that will reach all kinds of women, many who will be different than me. Organization is a LEARNABLE skill that we can all acquire together. I want you to be able to learn these skills, get your home and paper organized, and then be able to use the extra time for what you were uniquely created to do.

Mar 27, 2020
ReAir 263 - From Piles to Productivity with Virginia Deane
01:04:15
The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 236 - From Piles to Productivity (with Virginia Dean).
 
In this podcast, I talk about WHY The Corporate Workbox helps you get AND stay organized at work. Just because something is in your Google calendar does NOT mean it’s getting done. Ideas can be disorganized too. You may not have physical piles on your desk, but I bet you have piles of ideas and to dos in your brain, especially at work. The Corporate Workbox creates a home for all of those ideas, tasks, routines, projects, and anything else you need to keep straight to be good at what you do. Listen in and learn how a Workbox may help you too!
Mar 26, 2020
Transformation with Michelle S
31:52
Listen to all the Wednesday Podcasts
 
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
 
On today's Transformational Podcast I get to talk with Michelle S. (This is a different Michelle S). Michelle went from zero to All Access in a few weeks, and has gone full steam ahead! Her family is her husband and their cat Harrison. She shares her story of going from busy and out of control to getting her life together over 3-4 rounds of the 100 Days. She and I get to discuss how dreams change over time, and we can change our homes too! I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!
 
I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket® 

100 Day Home Organization Program

All Access

Friday Workboxes

Mar 25, 2020
Bonus: Schedule, Routines, Decision Fatigue, and Homeschooling
53:39
Mar 24, 2020
Medical Emergency Preparedness
01:10:51

FREE Mini Medical Information Binder Download

There is nothing more frustrating than nervously watching a tragedy unfold before your eyes and feel like there is nothing you can do to help. The hours I have spent the last month reading articles, watching video clips, and following friends on social media is mind blowing. This nervous energy eats me alive. I want to DO something.

In general, emergencies are a guarantee in life. Someday you will need to have your medical and financial ducks in a row to facilitate your care or the care of a loved one.

This is a re-air of a prior podcast about Hurricane Harvey. Betsy shares her story, and I share how you can organize your important medical documents. This can be a great project to do while staying home and social distancing. I hope that none of you need this in the upcoming weeks, but I want to help you be prepared in case you do!

You can download your FREE Mini Medical Information Binder Printables. These are selected pages from the full Medical Organizing Binder from Organize 365. I want to help you get organized now, so you can tackle what comes knowing your important papers are ready to go. Make time and get your medical information organized NOW. 

I want to be a voice of calm, productivity, and memory making in this time of feeling uncertain and unsettled. I am hosting "Lisa School" for all those at home during this time and offering other FREE organizing resources there. 

Mar 21, 2020
327 - Point of View - Religion of Origin
22:58

In February, the Organize 365 Podcasts were designed to help you to discover YOU. I want you to have some tools and frameworks to learn more about yourself and how you see the world. (Don’t forget to take your FREE personality tests from Cloverleaf!)

In March, I want to share with you four different points of view that affect how I see the world. We all start out seeing the world from our own experience and our own life. We adopt a cognitive bias that shapes how we understand everything around us. These points of view shape your organizational decisions and how you view the world. And, as you explore your own point of view, you can better understand your own mental models.

I will be sharing some of my own mental models and points of view this month. This week I share how religion has played a role in my life. It is a cornerstone of my identity, so I share some of the different experiences I have had. I talk about my own beliefs and personal growth, but I hope you can see how I think deeply about the ways my mindset has changed throughout my life. I want to give you the skills to analyze your own mindset, and change it if needed.

I am consciously trying to grow Organize 365 into a community that will reach all kinds of women, many who will be different than me. Organization is a LEARNABLE skill that we can all acquire together. I want you to be able to learn these skills, get your home and paper organized, and then be able to use the extra time for what you were uniquely created to do.

Mar 20, 2020
ReAir 248 - My "Yearly" Deep Dive
25:04

The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is Episode 248 - My “Yearly” Deep Dive: Evaluating Routines and Riding Seasonal Waves of Energy.

I divide my year into thirds, and each trimester, I sit down and do a review of the last season, and plan for the future. I sit down and evaluate all the areas of my life–my business, my eating, my fitness, my clothing, my schedules, and my family’s routines. When faced with the span of four months time, it’s easy to overdo it. Decide on just a few things you’ll really get to each "year." Keep your changes small and simple. You’ll be much better positioned for true success.

Mar 19, 2020
Transformation with Lauren P
35:51

You can hear all of the Wednesday Transformational podcasts here.

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

On today's Transformational Podcast I get to talk with Lauren P. She lives with her husband (a physician), 3 young girls under 6, and has a baby on the way. Lauren has become organized enough to work in her real estate development company, help her husband's business, raise her kids, AND work on a novel! I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

All Access

Friday Workboxes

Mar 18, 2020
Bonus: 10 Thoughts About the Next Three Weeks
35:07

I know many of you are facing disruptions to your routines and unexpected changes to your schedule. Every time I think I have a plan to move forward, the ground shifts below me. It's unnerving. And out of our control. I want to support you as a voice of positivity. My hope for you is that you can build some special family time memories and make progress in your organizing over these next few weeks.

I want to share some specific thoughts I have about the current unexpected events we are facing in the world. This is a replay of the Facebook and Instagram LIVE I shared on Friday March 13. I have 10 thoughts I share about the next three weeks while we figure out how we will manage the changes we are facing.

Change is uncertain and hard, but at least we are in this together. This is an OPPORTUNITY for you to try something new (working from home), deep dive into a passion project, and explore what gifts you have that will be useful today and in the near future.

Mar 15, 2020
326 - Point of View - Generation of Origin
29:48

In February, the Organize 365 Podcasts were designed to help you to discover YOU. I want you to have some tools and frameworks to learn more about yourself and how you see the world. (Don’t forget to take your FREE personality tests from Cloverleaf!)

In March, I want to share with you four different points of view that affect how I see the world. We are all born into our very own specific circumstances. We all start out seeing the world from our own experience and our own life. We adopt a cognitive bias that shapes how we understand everything around us. These points of view shape your organizational decisions and how you view the world. And, as you explore your own point of view, you can better understand your own mental models.

As part of my teaching you about your own mindset of organization, I will be sharing some of my own mental models and points of view this month. Today on the podcast, I delve into how our lives are affected by the generation we are born into. In the podcast this week, I talk about the different generations in the world today, and I share how both Greg and I were shaped by the generational influence on the elders of our families. If you want to hear still more about how we are influenced by our generation, I recommend Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069 and you can see my book review of that video on the Organize 365 YouTube channel.

I am consciously trying to grow Organize 365 into a community that will reach all kinds of women (and eventually men too!). Over 100 Sunday Basket® Certified Organizers are part of the Organize 365 team and they all look different than me. Organization is a LEARNABLE skill that we can all acquire together. I want you to be able to learn these skills, get your home and paper organized, and then be able to use the extra time for what you were uniquely created to do.

Mar 13, 2020
ReAir 258 - The Psychology of the Sunday Basket
01:04:33

This week's #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode is # 258 - The Psychology Behind the Sunday Basket. This is a favorite episode of mine because I chat with Holly Knill, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, and get to hear her neuroscientific perspective about why the Sunday Basket is so effective!

We also talk about depression, anxiety, habits, and how to create change. Although I nerd out a bit on this topic, we keep the discussion easy to understand and you can hear about why the Sunday Basket can help YOU keep your kitchen counters free of paper.

You can learn more and purchase your Complete Sunday Basket System at sundaybasket.com

Mar 12, 2020
Transformation with Maggie H
30:31

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

On today's Transformational Podcast I get to talk with Maggie H. She is married with three children (one still in diapers) and works as a chiropractor and training people to ride horses. Maggie shares how she has gone from being an ostrich and ignoring her mess to finally tackling it and making real change in her home. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Mar 11, 2020
325 - Point of View - Culture of Origin
32:30

In February, the Organize 365 Podcasts were designed to help you to discover YOU. I want you to have some tools and frameworks to learn more about yourself and how you see the world. (Don't forget to take your FREE personality tests from Cloverleaf!)

In March, I want to share with you four different points of view that affect how I see the world. We are all born into a certain body in a certain time in history. We all start out seeing the world from our own experience and our own life. We adopt a cognitive bias that shapes how we understand everything around us. These points of view shape your organizational decisions and how you view the world. And, as you explore your own point of view, you can better understand your own mental models.

As part of my teaching you about your own mindset of organization, I will be sharing some of my own mental models and points of view this month. I start out by talking about my culture of origin. 

I am consciously trying to grow Organize 365 into a community that will reach all kinds of women (and eventually men too!). Over 100 Sunday Basket® Certified Organizers are part of the Organize 365 team and they all look different than me. Organization is a LEARNABLE skill that we can all acquire together. I want you to be able to learn these skills, get your home and paper organized, and then be able to use the extra time for what you were uniquely created to do.

Learn more about the Sunday Basket®.  

Mar 06, 2020
ReAir 293 - Embrace Breakthroughs
46:12

This week's #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode is #293 - Embrace Breakthroughs. I want to re-share some of the thoughts and experiences that the participants shared last year. I know some of you are nervous about jumping in and being in a room full of strangers, but it really is a transformational experience.

Join us for Embrace 2020 on June 26-28th near Cincinnati, Ohio - I would love to give you a hug! You will share your organizing journey with others who have been there too! Embrace is one of my favorite ways to get to teach and spend time with you in real life. I am planning all kinds of music, surprises, and special treats for you!

Register at organize365.com/events

Mar 05, 2020
Transformation with Michelle S
25:17

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Today’s Transformational Podcast features my conversation with Michelle S. Michelle was heading into a Golden Window and shares how she started with a podcast binge. She and her husband share the Scheidler Ranch where they enjoy hobbies like maple syrup making, beekeeping, photography, food preservation, and dog racing. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Mar 04, 2020
324 - Project 333 with Courtney Carver
31:12

This week on the podcast, I am super excited to share my conversation with Courtney Carver - the founder of Project 333. Courtney is a minimalist who challenges people to live with just 33 items in their closet for 3 months at a time. I am including this in our conversation about discovering YOU. Clothing can be such an important way of self expression - especially in certain seasons of life. For others, minimizing clothing choices and wearing a simplified uniform can reduce necessary decisions. No matter which way you fall, different ways of thinking and organizing can help us to understand our own mindsets.

As many of you know from my Instagram stories, I have been working on curating a closet I love over the last year or two. I have tried shopping at different places and am learning more about my own style and preferences. It is helpful to consider what is important to you in your clothing and wardrobe choices. 

Listen in to hear Courtney's recommendations for a very minimalist closet! I also share some of my own thoughts and questions about how the process works. We also get to talk about our upcoming book tours and share ideas. We even talk about how to plan clothing for travel. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

Feb 28, 2020
ReAir 243 - How To Get Organized Faster
51:12
This week's #ThrowbackThursday podast is Episode 243: How To Get Organized Faster.
 
In this episode, I help you to think about the 100 Day Home Organization program as a project, and chunk it together as much as you can. I give special hints and support for especially challenging times like organizing with a chronic illness or when you have little kids at home. Listen in to learn some tips and tricks to get big batches of organizing done.
 
Make sure you are subscribed to the Organize 365 Podcast so you never miss an episode!
Feb 27, 2020
Transformation with Alison D
38:13

Self Publishing School: self-publishingschool.com/friend and enter "Lisa Woodruff" as your referral source.

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Today’s Transformational Podcast features my conversation with Alison D. She lives at home with her husband of 22 years and two teenagers. Since getting organized, she has written and self-published a book, created a website, and opened an LLC.

I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Feb 26, 2020
323 - My Conversation With Cloverleaf
52:19

As I shared in Discovering You (Podcast 321), I am focusing on different personality tests and frameworks to learn more about yourself, your strengths, and your way of seeing the world. 

Listen in as I share my conversation with Cloverleaf. Cloverleaf is a company that looks at three important concepts of how we, as individuals, align to do our best work: proficiency, personality, and preference. Today, I get to speak with the COO and we talk about how we are using personality assessments inside of Organize 365. 

Personality assessments have made the Organize 365 Dream Team so well functioning. As a team, we share our test results and use them to understand how each member of the team sees the world and works best. As I have analyzed my own life and my parenting, I have learned that we create our best communities when we see each others differences and work in our strengths. We can create a space where people are humming and thriving. By completing personality assessments, we can create an environment to complete work we are proud of. 

Kirsten and I discuss the Enneagram, the Meyers-Brig and the Via assessments with our own results and how we move in the world. When you have your team or your family in the Cloverleaf system, you get coaching tips about yourself and the other people who have completed the assessments. It will tell you about you and someone else you will be meeting or working with that day. 

Kirsten and I are so excited to offer you a chance to take the Enneagram, 16 types, and Via assessments for FREE at organize365.com/cloverleaf. In full transparency, Organize 365 will also get the results so that we can better understand our audience.

As you better understand yourself, conflict turns into productive conversations and so much more gets done. It starts with you! Put yourself first, learn more about yourself and keep listening through March and April so you can keep learning and better understand yourself. Once we have a firm handle on ourselves, we will add in our family or work team members and see how the whole team functions together. 

Feb 21, 2020
ReAir 244 - Organizing With A Chronic Illness - The Spoon Theory
48:59
This week's #ThrowbackThursday podcast is Episode 244: Organizing with a Chronic Illness - The Spoon Theory.
 
I have more natural energy than most people I know, and certainly more than anyone in my family. It’s definitely a major part of the reason I am so productive and organized in my life. However, I also have systems and methods in place that work, so that if I am sick or get busy or something unexpected comes along, my house doesn’t completely fall apart.

During my years as a professional organizer, and in our Facebook group, I’ve encountered lots of people that tell me it would be nice to be organized, but it would also be nice to feel well enough to get out of bed. If you feel that way, today’s podcast is for you.

In today’s episode, I explore Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory, which you may have already heard of, especially if you have a chronic illness. This theory outlines the fact that those living with an illness–whether it’s visible to the outside world or not–simply have less capacity for activities than those who aren’t.

We all have different challenges on this organizing journey, and I want to be a source of help and encouragement no matter what you are facing in this season of life.
Feb 20, 2020
Transformation with Christine F
21:55

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to share my conversation with members of the Organize 365 community as they talk about the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journeys. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Today’s Transformational Podcast features my conversation with Christine F. Christine Fogh Music is married with three biological children and one foster baby. The children are homeschooled, AND Christine runs her own business as a vocal coach and piano instructor. You can find Christine at https://www.christinefoghmusic.com. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

Feb 19, 2020
322 - What Kind of a Bug Are You?
38:51

As I shared on the Discovering YOU podcast last week, all this month I will be diving deep into different personality tests, models, and ways of thinking about yourself and how you move through the world. This week, I am excited to share my conversation with Cas of Clutterbug. Listen in as we talk about the four different ClutterBug types that Cas has identified. She shares how she discovered four different organizing styles. In her model, she identifies a preference for organization at a macro or micro level. She also talks about how people prefer their items to be hidden or out in the open.

During our conversation, Cas and I both chat about what our personal ClutterBug types are. I also share how my daughter is a completely different style, and we do some brainstorming about how to adapt teaching our children the skills of organizing when they are different from us. We also talk about how to adapt the Sunday Basket® to each of the different organizing styles. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. 

If you can, go take her "What ClutterBug Are You?" Quiz on her website before you listen so you can follow along for your own style.

Feb 14, 2020
ReAir 069 - My Depression Story
49:27
This week's #ThrowbackThursday podcast is Episode 69 is My Depression Story.
 
In this podcast I share my personal story with depression and how it affects every area of your life. I also discuss some tips I gave myself and share with clients about how depression affects organization. If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, my heart goes out to you. Organize 365 is here to support and encourage you every step of the way.
Feb 13, 2020
Transformation with Jamie S
29:58
Listen here: https://organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts/

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Today’s Transformational Podcast features my conversation with Jamie S. Jamie lives with her husband, their 13 year old son and a 10 year old German Shephard/Collie mix. They adopted their son as a nearly teenager, and have had an abrupt transition to parenting. She and Lisa discuss how that has affected her transformational journey. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

 
Feb 12, 2020
321 - Discovering YOU
33:45

In 2019, we decided that in 2020, Organize 365 would not offer any new products. Instead of focusing on teaching our community about new products and how to use them, we are focusing on making improvements and adding value for what you have already purchased.

Because we have some open space and time to do something new and different, I want to take you on a journey with me. I promise you that once you get your home and paper organized, you will have more time and you will be able to share your unique gifts with the world. I know that once you are no longer trapped in clutter and your home is a sanctuary and a rest from the world, you will have so much to share with others.

I am starting to hear from some of you that you are reaching that place. You can hear the open futures on our Wednesday Transformation Podcasts. But, I am also hearing that you do not know where to start figuring out what comes next. Today on the podcast, we are going to start discovering YOU! Over the next weeks and months, I am going to share the experts, books, assessments, and personal growth journey I have been on. I will share my resources and my own critical analysis of my own life and thinking. I want to help you get organized and then to go out into the world to get, do, be, and give back to live out your unique purpose.

Listen in and you will hear what I have planned for the next part of our journey. If you are not fully organized yet, I still think you should listen in and let your heart and mind start working on what might come next. Understanding your why and your goal can give you additional fuel and motivation to keep working on decluttering, organizing, and increasing productivity.

Feb 07, 2020
ReAir 087 - What To Save When A Loved One Passes
39:16

This week's #ThrowbackThursday podcast is Episode number 87 - What Do You Save When a Loved One Passes?

As an adult, I have settled my father’s estate and helped many clients as they do the same. It is never easy. This week on the podcast, I delve deep into the thoughts you may have, questions to ask yourself, and tips for how and when and what to take as you say good bye to your loved one. Five years seems to be the magic amount of time that needs to pass before full closure seems to settle in.

If you tend to say, “No, that’s okay, I don’t need anything,” I encourage you to think of one thing that you would like from someone who has passed away. It can be as simple as a button box. Or as complicated as a handmade manger. And, likely, what you choose will not make sense to those around you and that’s okay. It’s all about you.

If you tend to want to keep everything, go ahead. The grieving process is long and individualized. The last thing you want to do is give up something you’re not ready to give up yet.

Listen in and hear as I talk through some of my decisions about what to keep, what to get rid of, and how to honor the memories of those I love.

Feb 06, 2020
Transformation with Jennifer H
54:29
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
 
The Transformational Podcast this week is with Jennifer H. She lives at home with her husband and 2 dogs. They are empty nesters and getting ready to sell their family home and live with her mother who needs more support. Listen in as Lisa and Jennifer discuss some items that have been difficult to declutter and how they are changing their mindsets to create more space!
 
I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.
 

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Feb 05, 2020
320 - Find Your Mastermind of Friends
51:28

This week on the podcast, Jenn Dickel and I share our experience starting and growing our own small businesses. We discuss starting a part-time business, making the leap to full time self-employment, and learning to network. As women who own businesses, we talk through how we can explore our differences and then come together and support each other as business women. Women do not all have the same gifts, work in the same niche, or offer the same services. Anytime we take on a new dream, we benefit from walking alongside others on similar journeys. 

We discuss the Facebook group the Professional Organizer’s Think Tank (POTT). Lisa started (and has supported) this group as a free resource for professional organizers who start their own businesses. They also share information about the POTT podcast where Lisa shares some of the real details and decision making in the early years of her former in-home professional organizing business.

No matter what business or adventure you are considering, women can benefit from finding a mastermind of like-minded and similarly focused friends. When we work together, we have a bigger impact, AND we have more fun! You can have this same experience in your personal life by attending Embrace in West Chester, Ohio June 26-28, 2020. EARLY BIRD PRICING THROUGH FEBRUARY 2020!!! Register at organize365.com/events

One way you can get extra support as a professional organizer is by becoming an Organize 365 Sunday Basket ® Certified Workshop Organizer. Lisa is offering a FREE Masterclass for people interested in learning about becoming certified on Tuesday February 4, 2020 at 1 PM EST. This is an informational class on what certification offers your own professional organization business. Organize 365 wants to support those of you who want to start your own small business helping others get organized. Because of Lisa’s upcoming Book Tour, this is the last time the Certification Program will be open in 2020!

Jan 31, 2020
ReAir 94 - How ADHD Affects Getting Organized
38:04

For the #ThrowbackThursday podcast this week, I want to go back to a 5 part series I did on getting organized with ADHD.

In my roles as a teacher, mother, and professional organizer, I have created solutions and strategies for people who have been diagnosed with ADHD to live a more organized life. With 20 years of hands-on experience and relentless research, I am ready to share with you what I have learned and what may help you and your loved ones achieve more organization in your daily life, too.

I’m going to be honest. I am not an ADHD expert. I am not a psychologist, psychiatrist, or doctor. I am a teacher, mom, and professional organizer who is willing to share my experiences, strategies, and solutions for executive functioning success with you. Listening to the podcast episodes will give you context, more real life examples, and motivation to take the steps necessary to make changes in your own life and home.

The full ADHD series includes Podcast Episodes 94, 95, 96. 97, and 98. You can find them all at organize365.com/podcast

Jan 30, 2020
Transformation with Denae V
40:43

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Today’s Transformational Podcast features my conversation with Denae V. She is married with three children and one on the way. Denae shares how she started with the Sunday Basket and has freed up lots of extra time for her family. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! 

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Jan 29, 2020
319 - The Paper Solution Preorder
36:57

This week I am SO EXCITED to announce that my book The Paper Solution: What to Shred, What to Save, and How to Stop It From Taking Over Your Life published by Putnam Books is available for preorder today!

I have been wanting to share this news with you for so long! The book itself will be available August 4, 2020 in hardcover, Kindle, and audiobook formats. When you preorder a book, you guarantee that you will be able to get your copy on the day it is available. Also, to be totally transparent, your preorders help me! The more preorders a book has, the more copies that a bookstore will order to have in stock. Preorders also help drive interest in the book and will help me to better share the message of Organize 365. 

In today’s podcast, I walk you through what is inside the book. The Paper Solution is all of the information you need to get all of your household papers organized. If you have been following me for a while, you are already aware of The Sunday Basket ® and my recommendations to ditch the filing cabinet and move to binders. In the book, I share the details of how to set up these systems. The book allows me to put all of my teaching about how to get your paper organized all in one place. 

Listen in to hear about the preorder bonuses! I am offering special bonuses available only if you preorder the book before the August 4, 2020 launch. I have a bonus if you preorder a single copy, and there is an extra special bonus if you order 5 or more copies (and I give you some ideas for where you can share extra copies). I share the details of these bonuses when you listen to the podcast. 

In today’s podcast, I also tell you all about my plans for the book tour. I am still making plans, so if you would like to meet me and get a hug, you still have time to tell me about your hometown and share local recommendations and connections. 

PS - If you don’t love to read, I highly recommend you check out audiobooks via Audible. In my affiliate link, you can get a free one month trial of Audible and see if that might be a better way for you to access books. 

Jan 24, 2020
ReAir 273 - It is Impossible to be Behind if You Are Organizing
29:45

This week's #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode is #273 - It is Impossible to be Behind if you are Organizing.

Do you ever feel like you’re behind in your organizing routine? You might feel anxious, worried, or even a little guilty. But, here’s the truth… After you start, it’s physically impossible for you to be behind in organizing.

Listen to this episode of the Organize 365 podcast to find out why your organizing journey is more like an endless escalator than a staircase with an infinitive first and last step.

Jan 23, 2020
Transformation with Lisa W
38:51

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

The Transformational Podcast this week is with Lisa W. She has a full house with her husband, three kids under 18 and an adult kid, and 4 dogs. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community.

If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Jan 22, 2020
318 - Saving Your Story - Interview with Emily Kelly
01:09:00

Today on the podcast, my sister Emily and I share more of our family history. Our mom was conscious and proactive about creating memories and capturing them in photos. We share how the Organize 365 Photo Program came to be. We review our family history with photos and reminisce about our favorite albums. Because of all of these things, we worked together to create our new Saving Your Story Photo Program for physical photos.

For a while, we were both involved in Creative Memories. For the Photo Program, we are partnering with Creative Memories once again. We share how you can benefit from the photo program and make your own albums to share your memories with those you love.

Jan 17, 2020
ReAir 147 - Getting Organized: Step 3 - Increase Productivity
44:45
This week's #ThrowbackThursday episode finishes off our discussion of the steps of getting organized. Today you will hear Episode 147 - Getting Organized - Step 3 - Increase Productivity.
 
This week’s throwback Thursday episode of the podcast goes back to the third step of transformation – increasing productivity. Are you ready to improve your productivity?
Jan 16, 2020
Transformation with Elise T
24:48

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Today’s Transformational Podcast features my conversation with Elise T. She and her husband are in their mid-60s and retired, now with 7 grandchildren in 3 different states. Listen in to hear how they have managed being blessed with two homes worth of stuff! I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! 

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Jan 15, 2020
317 - Organize 365 Book Club - YouTube
14:31

In 2020, we have new fun things to take your learning deeper and things to make your organizing experience better, but no new organizing products to buy. Today, I want to share another FREE resource I have developed to help you make progress on your organizing journey. 

Today on the podcast, I share what a difference a decade makes. Organize 365 and I have grown and changed so much since 2010. There are things you learn along the way in life and in business that are lessons that you take with you. So many of the lessons I have learned and have been able to share you are about the mental shifts I have made in my mindset, the physical changes I have made in my home, and the changes in my relationships with others. Especially on Instagram I show you my life and experiences right in the moment, even if it is imperfect and raw. I follow others so that I can see their transformations too. 

As I thought about my own story of transformation, I wanted to share some of the books that have played a part in my own journey. I want to give you an inside look at how I have been changed and shaped over time. There are so many different books that have affected my mindset, my business, me as a person, and my roles as wife and mother. 

Rather than add more podcasts to your feed, I have recorded and added book reviews to my YouTube channel. Every Monday, for the entire year of 2020, I will upload a new book review to the Organize 365 channel on YouTube. Each month will have a different focus for the types of books I am reviewing. Listen in as I share the themes and some of the authors as a sneak peek. 

If you are not a person who loves books, I can also recommend using Audible by Amazon so you can listen to some of these as audiobooks. I have an affiliate link (I earn a small bonus for your use at no extra cost to you) for Audible for a FREE 30 Day Trial.

Jan 10, 2020
ReAir 145 - Getting Organized: Step 2 - Organize
58:11

Welcome to our latest Throwback Thursday (#TBT) Podcast.

This week we go back to review the second step in the transformational journey to getting organized: organization

First, let’s talk about what being organized means. For me it means:

  • Everything has a place.
  • I know where to find things.
  • I do not spend time LOOKING for things.
  • I FEEL organized and put together.

In this podcast, I tell you all about how to move from decluttering to organizing. I look forward to helping YOU get organized!

Jan 09, 2020
Transformation with Holly P
50:19

Welcome the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get organized!

Today, you get to hear from Holy P. She lives with her husband, son, and cat. She took on the challenge of professional organizing in addition to her full time job. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Jan 08, 2020
316 - Solve the Problem for Good!
26:22

When you are first getting organized, I teach you that there are actually 3 steps you need to take to get your schedule, your home, and your papers in order. First, you declutter. Second, you organize. Third, you improve your productivity.

I teach you how to start getting organized each week by using a Sunday Basket® . I help you to get your home organized in the 100 Day Home Organization Program. Once you have these areas under control, you will be amazed at how you get more done in less time than you ever have before. Women tell me all the time in the Wednesday Transformational Podcasts how much more free time they have. 

Today on the podcast, I want to share with you how I use these very same organizational skills to tackle other problem areas in my life. I wanted to solve several problems for good. I was tired of the time and mental energy I was spending on each of these areas of my life. To be honest, I could not have solved these problems prior to getting my home and paper organized first, but I have now permanently fixed these life issues.

Listen in today to hear how I solved several of the issues in my life for good. I will tell you about my hair, my makeup, my schedule, my food, and my clothing. I also teach you the skills, the thinking, and the steps to finding the same solutions in your own life. 

Share with me on Instagram or Facebook and tell me what problem you are able to solve for good!

PS - If you want to have me visit your city in person during the book tour for The Paper Solution: What to Shred, What to Save, and How to Stop It From Taking Over Your Life launching August 4, 2020, please fill out your information and connections here.

Jan 03, 2020
ReAir - Getting Organized: Step 1 - Declutter!
01:00:11

Welcome to our latest Throwback Thursday (#TBT) Podcast. I am a podcast junkie, and I have binged many of them from the very first episode. I went through and picked out 52 of our best podcasts. I selected older podcasts that will change your thinking about your home, help you get organized, and improve your productivity. I matched the podcast for each week with the natural seasonal energy. On Thursdays, a podcast will be posted on social media and will show up in your feed if you subscribe to the Organize 365 Podcast in your favorite player.

This week I talk about the first step in getting organized - DECLUTTERING.

I used to see decluttering and organizing as one step because I usually do them simultaneously. However, each does have its own unique focus and objective. Decluttering always comes first. Once you decide what area you are going to “organize,” the first step is to declutter.

Decluttering means to remove what you do not want or need in a space. Some obvious things to declutter are: food, trash, or broken objects. Then it gets harder. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? So how do you decide what should go and what should stay? The key here is to FOCUS on what can GO, not how to organize what you want to keep.

Listen in and get started on making 2020 your best year ever!

Jan 02, 2020
Transformation with Vanessa N
38:43

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Today, you will get to hear from a member of the Organize 365 Dream Team. Vanessa has been hired and is currently learning (and doing) #allthethings. Vanessa is running our Organize 365 Gives Back Program, helps with shipping, is learning all the back end stuff Pat does, and more! Vanessa lives at home with her husband and 3 children. She started with the Free Week and the laundry room and has been working on getting more organized. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! 

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Jan 01, 2020
315 - Capability + Confidence = Action ; 2020 is YOUR year!
25:57

Today on the podcast, I want to help you with the skills it takes to change your thinking. In the eight years of Organize 365, I have learned so much about the MINDSET of organization. The transformation from disorganization to organization happens first in your mind. The way you actually become organized is to change your thoughts. 

First, you have to believe you are capable of becoming organized. Spoiler: organization is a learnable skill, and anyone can learn to become organized (it just takes longer for some of us!). Every single person listening to this podcast is capable of having an organized life. But, the skills needed can be different depending on your phase of life and generation. I want you to have new thoughts and see just how capable of being organized you truly are. 

Second, you need confidence in your skills and your organizational journey. This podcast is designed to give you confidence each and every week. I am a motivational teacher, I want to inspire you to action. From listening to the podcast, your thoughts become organized and your physical reality follows - you will see the changes in your home and that will build your confidence.

Finally - action is the outcome. Once you have the capability and confidence to pursue organization, you will take the action necessary to manifest an organized life. In the podcast today, I explain all of this in more detail, and then give you several examples of how you develop capability and grow your confidence and move into action in all different kinds of life experiences.

I hope this podcast continues to provide the instruction you need to keep moving along your transformational journey. 

PS - Are you ready to take the first step? Everyone needs to start with the Sunday Basket ®. That will give you the foundation you need to manage your most basic organization needs and starts your mind on learning the skills of being organized. 

If you have your Sunday Basket ® system in place (and you are using it!), join us for the next round of the 100 Day Home Organization Program. We begin again on Monday January 6th. It’s not too late and we’d love to have you join us in this lifetime membership program!

Dec 27, 2019
126 - 5 Reasons Why To Organize Your Passion Projects LAST
25:05

This week in my #ThrowbackThursday Podcast, I share five reasons to organize passion projects last. Our natural inclination is to want to organize someone else or dive deep into organizing our “passions.”

The easiest way to actually GET ORGANIZED is to go through your home in a logical progression, starting with one room and slowly working your way through the whole house. But we get stopped by wanting to organize family members or jumping into the deep end with passion projects.

Everyone has 1-3 current passion projects. Passion projects are hobbies, memory items, or pursuits that we identify with and that make us come alive. We over buy and over collect in these areas. Because we are so passionate and invested in our hobbies, we naturally want to get those organized first… which is always a bad idea.

Listen in to hear why you should tackle these organizational areas last, and what to do in the meantime.

Dec 26, 2019
Transformation with Emily K.
51:11

Welcome to our newest Wednesday Transformational Journey Podcast. I wanted to give each of you a gift this week to celebrate the Christmas holiday. My special little Christmas gift to you is my conversation with my younger sister Emily. Emily is our Director of Marketing and has been a huge asset to our Dream Team.

In today’s conversation, Emily shares her 10 year challenge. We are going to look at the last 10 years, and 10 years ago with the last Christmas we got to share with our Dad before he passed away. Emily still lives in our hometown, and is 10 minutes from our childhood home. Our parents divorced later in life, and along with the 2008/2009 economy definitely left her with some challenges. Emily lost her job, is a single woman with a mortgage, and almost lost her home. 

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

 

Dec 25, 2019
314 - You Are NOT As Disorganized as You Think - Cracking the Organization Code
20:52

Today on the podcast, I want to talk to you about why you are not as disorganized as you think you are. There are three things going on:

  1. You are overwhelmed.
  2. You don’t know where to start. 
  3. You don’t recognize the progress you are making.

I break down each of these and help you analyze them. I walk you through your thoughts and to find solutions for these issues. I want you to see where you are having success being organized, and I give you ways to get better at the other parts. Listen in to see how you can keep working on your organizational journey.

PS - If you want to try the 100 Day Home Organization Program before you buy, we have a FREE WEEK you can do as a trial. We give you access to the Laundry Room week videos, website pages, and printables from the planner.

Dec 20, 2019
134 - My 3 New Years
21:46

This week on our #ThrowbackThursday Podcast episode, I talk about how I divide my year into thirds. I start with a fresh "new year" each trimester because the energy, tasks, and focus of each part of the year are different. I will walk you through how I organize my calendar three times a year, and how each time block starts out structured and organized and ends up chaotic and unstructured. I set goals during each of my three new years. If you are part of the 100 Day Home Organization Program, you will begin to understand why in different times of the year, you will have success in different areas.

Dec 19, 2019
Transformation with Michelle P.
37:06

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Today, you will get to hear from a member of the Organize 365 Dream Team. Michelle P is our customer service specialist. She is the person who answers your emails, helps you find the right place to start getting organized, and manages our Organize 365 Facebook Group. Michelle is single, and lives with her mother in Boston. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! 

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

 

Dec 18, 2019
313 - What Are You Tolerating?
28:13

Today on the podcast, I ask an important question, and I share my answers. What are you tolerating? What are all the things in your life that are broken or need maintenance? What have you been meaning to fix or address that just has not made it to your priority list to get done?

Listen in as I share about four major life areas where you may be tolerating things that you can address. I share my own experiences and stories, and I provide some of the solutions I have found that work. 

-What are you tolerating in your physical space (your home)?

-What are you tolerating in your family dynamics?

-What are you tolerating in your emotional well being and relationships?

-What are you tolerating in your free time?

As we head into 2020, think about these areas of your life. If you find that you want to make changes, make a plan. Figure out what you want to be different, and begin to change your life. I am here to help, and would love to hear from you!

Dec 13, 2019
242 - Golden Windows
49:06
Dec 12, 2019
Transformation with Nancy A.
35:30

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

 

Today, Nancy A shares her journey of getting organized. Nancy and I go off script and skip most of the questions I usually ask the guests who share their transformations. Nancy was a client of mine back when I did in home professional organizing. We know each other well, so she has a very different perspective on the Lisa experience! I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! 

  

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Dec 11, 2019
312 - Fair Play - Eve Rodski
48:07

On the podcast today, I have the most interesting conversation with Eve Rodsky. We talk about the different tasks involved in running a home and keeping a family functioning. Eve spent several months capturing many of the tasks that people (women especially) take on in their families, and she focused on the ones that are especially invisible or “unnecessary.”

Eve Rodsky has recently written a book (with a card game) that captures 100 tasks involved in running a home. Her book is called Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live). She helps the adults in the house identify their values and to make sure that the division of labor works for them (and EVERY family needs to find their unique balance).

When dividing up the tasks, Eve explains the different parts of “owning” the task from start to finish: conception, planning, and execution. Spoiler: this explains why your husband brings home the “wrong” mustard and feels like he “can’t get anything right.” There is a system to help build trust and skills to support the home and family.

As part of these concepts, Eve also explains different models that women use to understand their roles and which tasks they should have ownership of in order to have a fair division of labor at home, especially when considering gender. Women can be Intentional Traditionalists, New Superwoman, Accidental Traditionalist, and The Collaborator. Make sure you listen in so you can evaluate where you are today, and where you would like to go.

We also get to talk about how getting your home organized gives you more time, and how you then need to figure out what to do with your time. Having a disorganized home can really function as a buffer or form of procrastination to avoid facing the hard questions about what you are called to do in life. Eve talks about how our culture shows us how to get to and through our first child’s baby shower, but then leaves us to figure out the rest of life without signposts or milestones. We talk about how to stay interested in our own lives. We share our perspective to figure out how to still have a passion and choose things that interest us and are interesting.

I cannot do the work for you in understanding all the tasks of your home, or in having the difficult conversations with the people you love. However, I do want you to know that you have choices about how to divide the labor of your home. I want you to figure out your unique gift and contribution to the world. For extra fun, make sure you stick around to the end to hear about Eve’s thinking on unicorn space and how to find it with the help of their spiritual friends.

I hope you can join us for the next round of the 100 Day Home Organization Program so you can find time for your own unicorn space. To get started, try the free week and get your laundry room organized!

Dec 06, 2019
268 - YOUR why. WHY are you thinking about getting organized now?
24:28

Introducing our #ThrowbackThursday Podcasts. I want to remind you of some of the podcast content that is in the archives, and I am doing my best to pair it with the new podcast information coming out on Friday. I hope you enjoy listening to some oldies but goodies!

# 268 - Your Why. Why are you thinking about getting organized now?

Lisa, what do you mean “why”? Isn’t it obvious? We want to be organized. Yes, of course, but WHY? Knowing why NOW is the time to actually GET organized is powerful. In this episode, we will dive deep into several reasons I hear all the time. Listen in and see if any of these four reasons resonate with you. I review four typical reasons people want to get organized. The thoughts, energy and purpose behind each of these 4 WHYS is vastly different.

Today, take a few minutes after the podcast and think about…

-WHY are you wanting to get organized right now?
-WHAT is it that is getting you to keep going on your organizational journey?
-And then tape that WHY up in the bathroom where you get ready for your day.

If you still need help narrowing down YOUR why, you can take the Productive Home CEO Quiz.

Dec 05, 2019
Transformation with Maggie L.
45:14

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Today, Maggie L shares her journey of getting organized. Maggie is the primary breadwinner while her husband stays at home with their two children (ages 9 and 4). Maggie shares how it took a long time to finally get started on her organizing journey. However, when her golden window showed up (after being let go from her job), she jumped in with both feet. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! 

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Dec 04, 2019
311 - Lisa's Book Tour Wishlist
18:25

So… have you heard I have a traditionally published book scheduled to come out in August of 2020? I am planning a book tour to come see as many of you as possible. I want to go everywhere you are, and share hugs. I get to plan every day of this book tour, and I want to reach out to ask you to join in, help me, and celebrate with me. 

The book tour will kick off at Embrace (June 26-28, 2020, in West Chester, Ohio). I am already planning all kinds of surprises for you! 

I need your help in planning a year long Lisa Book Tour - September 2020 to May 2021 in the US. (For my international friends, the book is currently also scheduled to be published in Canada and the United Kingdom with details to come later. I am also hoping to come visit you!)

I want to learn about you and your hometown. If you are willing to help with ideas and connections for the book tour, here is my wish list:

  • Location - what is the best way to get to and around your hometown?
  • Book Signings - where can we get together to do a book signing?
  • Media Connections - please share any connections or recommendations for media (TV, radio, or print)
  • Speaking Events - please share any connections for conventions, events, or other opportunities where the Organize 365 message would be helpful
  • Corporate or Brand Connections - if there is a product or service that is headquartered in your hometown, I love to meet people in person and build community
  • YouTubers or Podcasters that share your home city 
  • Any other person, business, or community connection where the Organize 365 message would benefit the audience.  Especially if you can introduce or connect us

One of the things I am looking forward to about this trip is getting to see so many different parts of the United States. Every town and city will be different and I am excited to meet all of you and learning about the places you call home. I also want to keep making connections. No matter how far you have (or have not yet) gotten in your organizing journey, I’d love for you to connect me with other people where I can add value. 

Anytime you take on a big project like this or take action toward a dream, you do not have to know every step. You just have to know the first step. I have the book written and a publisher, so now the next step is to see how together we can share steps along our organizing journey.

Nov 29, 2019
Thanksgiving - We are thankful for YOU!
26:24

First, I am thankful for each and every one of you! I am so blessed to get to be your teacher. I am so thankful to be part of your journey so you can live your best life. 

 

In order to say thank you, we are adding a few things to the Organize 365 lineup. Don’t worry - these are all FREE. I believe in the work we do, and I want to continue to add value to any purchases you have made. If you have never made a purchase, you are still welcome here and I hope you enjoy our new offerings.

 

Starting next week, we will be posting a Throwback Thursday (#TBT) Podcast. I am a podcast junkie, and I have binged many of them from the very first episode. I went through and picked out 52 of our best podcasts. I selected older podcasts that will change your thinking about your home, help you get organized, and improve your productivity. I matched the podcast for each week with the natural seasonal energy. Starting Thursday, December 5th, a podcast will be posted on social media and will show up in your feed if you subscribe to the Organize 365 Podcast in your favorite player. 

 

Today, I have a special new podcast for you about our NEW Organize 365 Gives Back charitable initiative. As a corporation, we want to be able to reach out to others going through a difficult season in a meaningful way. I want to use our gifts and resources to make an impact on the world, but also share the essence of Organize 365 so we can give back in a meaningful way. So many of you have generous hearts as well, and have reached out to us for donations for organizations close to your heart. 

 

Starting next week, we are starting our Organize 365 Gives Back charitable initiative. Every week, Organize 365 will select a charity and send a special donation of Organize 365 products for a fundraising auction and a gift check.  

 

You are going to be the ones who will help us pick which organizations receive donations. Organize 365 is about YOU. I am grateful for you. And, I want to support the organizations that are meaningful to you. You can nominate organizations whose mission moves you, or who you think will benefit from sharing the message of Organize 365.

 

Each individual Organize 365 team member has selected a charitable organization, and these will be the first 9 recipients of the Organize 365 Gives Back program. I announce each of them in the podcast, and we will be sharing them weekly on social media - starting on Giving Tuesday (December 3rd). 

 

We have a heart for helping you, helping your families, and helping our communities. We service you by helping you create personal transformation, so you can then give back. All of Organize 365 is blessed and honored to give back in this way. You can learn more and apply on behalf of a charitable organization here. We can’t wait to partner with you.

Nov 28, 2019
Transformation with Jessica E
45:16
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! I love sharing these transformations women experience during their organizing journeys!
 
Today, Jessica E shares her journey of getting organized. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. Jessica is married with 4 kids and navigating the journey of getting educational needs diagnosed and addressed. She has been able to transform her home and family. She now has more time and energy to help her family heal and thrive. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!
 
On Wednesdays, I will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
 
I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at organize365.com/wednesday.
 

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket ®

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Nov 27, 2019
310 - Ditch Your To Do List With Notecards
32:50

Today on the podcast, I want to teach you how I ditched my long to do lists and every single thing I ever want to do ends up on index cards (notecards). I have shared bits and pieces of my system in Instastories and on some of my Facebook lives before, but today I want to share the WHOLE system with you.  

 

Listen in to hear:

  1. How I used to make long to do lists on legal pads and filled up notebooks, and why that that NEVER worked for me.
  2. The DETAILS of the process I use to record each to do or thought I have on an index card. I’ll tell you what to write, where to put the index card, and how it is SO much more effective to make a non to do list to do list. (Say that 3 times fast!)
  3. How I go from all of those individual thoughts and index cards to a single index card with my daily plan.

 

If you are struggling to keep track of your many different to dos, if you keep finding old to do lists that never got done, or if you just want to improve your planning and productivity, this episode is for you! I have been able to make such incredible improvements in my productivity since I have switched to this system, and I want you to be able to do the same. 

 

And, if you STILL have unanswered questions after today, please send me an email and I might do a follow up episode. As a teacher, I know if one person ASKS a question, probably several of you had the same question! 

 

PS - I hope you were able to join me the week of November 11th for the Holiday Blitz. We looked at the memory filled time from Thanksgiving through New Years and identified our priorities. We planned ahead for where to spend our valuable time, money, and energy to best take care of ourselves and our families during this busiest time of the year. It’s not too late to join us and have your best holiday season yet. You can register to get your free printables. And, the Holiday Blitz videos are now available on the Organize 365 YouTube channel for FREE!

PPS - You can also follow me on Instagram to see how I use my index cards!

Nov 22, 2019
Transformation with Diane A
40:31

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast!

Today, Diane A shares her journey of getting organized. Diane lives with her husband and three children (and two guinea pigs). Diane grew up with parents who saved EVERYTHING and shares how she was able to get her home organized in time to host a family reunion. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

On Wednesdays, I will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket ®

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Nov 20, 2019
309 - How to Get Organized with ADHD - Your Questions Answered
49:18

Today on the podcast, I want to answer questions that have been submitted about how to get organized with ADHD for both adults and children. I do start with a review of different executive functions. I want to be sure you hear me clearly - no one has perfect executive functioning. So, I want to share different ways you can adjust your mindset and behaviors to make progress on your organization journey.

Here is my best hint: consistency beats everything. Simple things done consistently over time will result in real, lasting changes in your life, home, and organization. If you fall off the wagon, or break your streak, just start again. Keep going. 

I start with telling you about different medications, supplements, over the counter, and support techniques I use for myself and my children. One that was Joey’s favorites was Alpha Brain Supplements

Listen in as I answer the following questions:

  • How do you get a routine going when you can’t stay consistent? 
  • How do I not get so overwhelmed so that I do nothing?
  • How do I stay focused?
  • How do you overcome out of sight is out of mind?
  • I have a 14 year old girl who never sticks with a system. Everything is always disorganized!
  • How do you maintain everything in its place? That’s so boring!
  • How do you get started when you do not want to do it, and the project looks overwhelming?
  • I am consistently inconsistent. Help!
  • How would you organize a student with ADHD?
  • How do you stay on task? 
  • Where do you start when getting organized?
  • Kids’ spaces are always disorganized. What should I do?
  • I’m overwhelmed because I have a very messy space. How do you move forward when your brain shuts down?
  • How do I learn to delegate?

I teach some different ways to deal with these issues and help you along your organizational journey!

I love to answer your questions. If you have another topic or questions you would like to have me answer, please email me - lisa [at] organize365 [dot] com. 

Did you miss the Holiday Blitz? You are not too late! Head over to the Organize 365 Facebook group or IGTV to watch the videos from this week and download the printable workbook at organize365.com/blitz.

Nov 15, 2019
Transformation with Ryan L
36:52

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast as women just like you share their transformations along their organizing journey.

Today, Ryan L shares her journey of getting organized. Ryan has been following Organize 365 for a while. She shares her home with a husband (who travels a lot), 2 sons in high school (and occasionally sees the son in college), and 2 cats. Ryan is passionate about protecting the earth and shares quite a bit about her preference for buying used and ensuring her discards find appropriate homes. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

On Wednesdays, I will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized! I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community.

If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at organize365.com/wednesday.

Nov 13, 2019
308 - How to Fit In Behavior Change
28:02

Recently, I’ve been talking about how learning to get organized is based in meeting different levels of needs and by being exposed to different teaching techniques. This week on the podcast, I want to move from theory to practice. I want to talk to you about some specific ways to fit organizational behaviors into your schedule. I want to move you beyond a certain way to fold shirts and, instead, help you to change your behavioral habits. These habits make up 80% of our actions everyday, and we must PLAN and WORK to create change.

Big change over time comes from changing little habits on a regular basis. When I teach, I think hearing about real people in real situations is super helpful in applying information. So, I answer your question about irregular, unpredictable schedules. I also answer a listener question about being in the accumulation and survival stages at the same time (and I talk about both time and your space for this question). A third question addresses being organized when working two jobs and going to school.

I will also send you back to some of my prior podcasts where I explore these changes in detail and give you much more information. Here are some other podcasts I have recorded that also help answer these questions and you can apply to working towards changing your habits and behaviors:

I hope this helps kick off some new habits for you! I would love to hear from you on Instagram or on Facebook

PS - If you are enjoying the Organize 365 Podcast, I'd appreciate it if you can leave a rating or review. It helps other people find us. 

Nov 08, 2019
Transformation with Stacy W
23:41

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast!

Stacy is the mom of 2 teenagers and AND 2 under 5 years old. She and her husband downsized from 2300 to 1400 square feet AND cleaned out 2 storage units. With little kids, she explains how she benefits from cycling through the 100 Day Program as her little kids keep growing and changing. She also shares how she was able to combine two households full of furniture and stuff by working through the 100 Day Program. AND, she shares about how she and her husband worked on getting organized together. She also shares her experience with the Kids Program if you want to hear some more about that! I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

On Wednesdays, I will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Nov 06, 2019
307 - Learning Organizational Skills - Edgar Dale's Cone of Experience
27:00

Last week, we talked about the ways in which you need to take care of your physical and safety needs before you can get organized. Today on the podcast, we will talk about how you actually learn the skills of organization. 

Edgar Dale was an educator who studied the different methods teachers used to deliver a lesson, and he quantified how much a student could be expected to recall based on the approach the teacher used. The way you get information directly affects how much you retain. The retention does vary by individual learner as well, so it is helpful to learn how YOU best learn. 

Lessons can be delivered as reading, hearing, seeing, video (hearing and seeing), saying (teaching back), and saying while doing (experiential learning). I share with you how I analyzed this information and applied it to different places I have taught - as a classroom teacher, as the Sunday Basket ® instructor, and as the owner of Organize 365 while onboarding new staff members.

Organization is a learnable skill. The only way you cannot get organized, is if I fail to teach you. My job is to figure out how to correctly teach the skills of organization. I am continually working to learn better ways to teach, motivate, inspire, and help you meet your goal of getting organized.   

I offer 3 different levels of courses in getting organized.

You can start with the Sunday Basket ®.

Then you can join the 100 Day Home Organization Program.

Finally, you can get your whole life organized in All Access

I continue to make improvements, enhancements, and additions to help you get organized. These programs work because we have included every single learning strategy that Edgar Dale recommended. And, if you need even more personalized help, you can find a Sunday Basket ® Certified Workshop Organizer near you.

Nov 01, 2019
Transformation with Amelia L
38:48

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast!

Today, Amelia L shares her journey of getting organized.  Amelia has been married for 17 years and has five kids. She helped to care for her mother after she had an injury and is also beginning to homeschool one of her children. Amelia stays at home full time and shares many twists and turns along her journey towards getting organized. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

On Wednesdays, I will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket ®

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get organized!

Oct 30, 2019
306 - Applying Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to Your Organizing Journey
31:27

As you go deeper into your organizing journey, you will find that things are empty. You may find empty shelves, empty cabinets, and empty space on your calendar. As you look for something to fill these spaces, you should consider the different kinds of human needs that benefit from being addressed. Maslow’s theory looks at these different kinds of needs as a pyramid, and I have found benefit from spending extra time and energy on each level at different times. 

I love to learn new things and apply them to the process of getting organized. Today, I want to introduce you to Abraham Maslow and his theory about the hierarchy of needs.

In the podcast, I explain and apply the 5 levels of human needs to different phases of the year and unexpected events. I explain how these different kinds of needs change as our lives cycle through different seasons. I want to help you spend more time in the highest levels so that you can live out your unique gift and share it with the world. 

 

Finally, I share how Planning Day before each new round of the 100 Day Home Organization Program helps you to review and revise how you will meet each level of need during the upcoming trimester. I want to help you move to a mindset where you can pursue your personal esteem and self-actualization needs without guilt. 

 

Understanding where you are in your organizational journey will help you take the next right step for you. Tag me in your Instagram post and tell me what your next step is!

Oct 25, 2019
Transformation with Anna G
34:26

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast!

Today, Anna G shares her story of getting organized. She lost her mom to cancer in 2013, right when her first child is born. She grew up with lots of stuff, and it took a while for her to find her organizing groove. As her kids grow up, she is regularly evaluating and re-organizing the house. We celebrate her progress, not perfection today. She also shares her experience with the Kids Program if you want to hear some more about that! I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

On Wednesdays, I will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

Oct 23, 2019
305 - Calm in Chaos
34:50

Today on the podcast, I want to share with you how I stay calm in chaos. I recently experienced two major unexpected events. One was an emergency, the other was not. However, they both happened at the same time and required me to completely rearrange my schedule.

When the unexpected happens, your priorities often shift quickly. Being organized and having time to think through how to deal with unexpected events has helped me change how I approach chaotic situations. Not every unexpected event or situation is fixable, but being organized means there is more margin to think and decide before reacting.

When I was disorganized, I had many tasks and projects crying out for my attention. I also often felt sorry for myself and I looked for more attention by complaining. As I got organized, I learned how to be a better problem solver. I also was able to shift my focus so I work deeper and faster on fewer active projects. 

This podcast will show you how I changed my mindset, and will give you some ideas for changing yours. I hope I can help you move from reactive to proactive and to find the margin that comes from a more organized life.

Oct 18, 2019
Transformation with Rachel M
36:21

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast!

Today, Rachel M shares her journey of getting organized. Rachel M was widowed 3 years ago and continues to raise her 2 teenagers. She’s a rebel  updating her home to reflect her current family arrangement. She’s in school working on her paralegal training and figuring out life as a single mom. She also shares her meal planning ideas for visually focused people. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!

On Wednesdays, I will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Oct 16, 2019
304 - Sunday Basket Workshop Certification
01:02:27

On today’s podcast, I am thrilled to introduce the newest member of the Organize 365 team!

This mystery guest, Emily, and I discuss the Certified Sunday Basket ® Workshop Organizer program. We discuss the growth the Organize 365 brand, what a Certified Sunday Basket ® Workshop Organizer does, and how being certified can help you create and grow your own professional organizing business. Certification can act as a method for generating leads for your physical organizing business, or you can use it to launch your own paper organizing business.

You will hear us discuss the different levels of commitment (and the prices). I want you to learn about your options for growing your business, and to help you to spend your business income wisely. I love helping women start, grow, and succeed in their own businesses, and I want you to improve your profitability over time. 

As I have mentioned before, I want to focus my book tour on sites with certified organizers and I’d love to come visit your city in person! I hope you enjoy this inside look at Organize 365 and consider taking the next step in reaching out and helping other women get their papers organized. 

The Certified Sunday Basket ® Workshop Organizer program will be open for enrollment Oct 16-28, 2019.

You can learn more about being a Certified Sunday Basket® Certified Organizer here: https://sundaybasketcertification.com/

There is also an upcoming Masterclass Oct. 15, 2019 at 1 pm EST where you can join me for more information. Registration is available at: organize365.com/masterclass!

Oct 11, 2019
265 - Get Certified! (Re-Air)
39:08

This is a re-airing of Episode of 265. 

There are women literally drowning in their paper piles and the Sunday Basket Workshop is here to save them. And you can help! There are so many major cities in America who do not have a Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer to help them. My sister and I detail in this podcast the list of cities where we desperately need help to help those women get that paper organized!

Stay tuned - there is a NEW podcast this week too (number 304) coming later today!

Oct 11, 2019
Transformation with Jennifer B
30:45
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast!
 
Jennifer B is a woman who has worked outside the home and then stayed home with her children. She is moving towards an empty next and redesigning an updated home for her next phase of life. She has recently lost her father and dealt with his lifetime of accumulated research. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!
 
On Wednesdays, I will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
 
I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at organize365.com/wednesday. 

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Oct 09, 2019
303 - The Evolution of Lisa's Desk
40:21

For today’s podcast, I want to bring you a new way of looking at personal growth. I believe strongly in helping all women find what they are uniquely created to do. I am not about pursuing a vision of perfection, but I DO want you to look at your habits, decisions, and goals. I want you to get your home and paper organized so you have the capacity to pursue your own unique purpose.

This podcast looks at the evolution of my desk and office as a way to share how I have experienced growth and change in my own life. I have had many different roles as a woman, and the different desks that I have used as I run the business of Organize 365 have changed with me. 

I share the practical and tactical decisions and changes I have made in my desks as my life has changed. As a business woman, I think sharing the real story of how I have grown this business can be helpful to you as you face changes in your own life. Listen in as I share where I have been, where I am going, and how YOU can take the next steps to change your own life.

Just for fun, if you want to see a VERY OLD post and pictures about how my desk has grown and changed, you can find it here

Oct 04, 2019
Transformation with Michele V
39:02

Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast!

 
Today, Michele V shares her journey of getting organized. She is a high school teacher in Wisconsin. She lives alone in a house, and has customized the 100 Day Home Organization Program to her life and schedule. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!
 
On Wednesdays, I will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
 
I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at organize365.com/wednesday.
 

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Oct 02, 2019
302 - What Lisa's Self Care Looks Like
18:38

We have spent the last 2 months talking about how to get more done, and how to free up time to focus on your life goals. But, as productive as I am, I cannot work all of the time. Today, I want to help you understand how I make time to rejuvenate so that I can keep working hard on my business.

Social media shows us self care as girls’ weekends, spa days, or expensive salon days. So often, self care is shown as “getting away” from all of the people and places we work so hard to care for. For me, I focus on the things that fill me up, leave me feeling cared for, and energize me. 

Today, I want to teach you about how I select self-care activities. Most of the self-care ideas I share cost $5 or less. I know how hard it can be to take care of yourself when you are pulled in many directions (especially with children) or don’t have tons of extra money to splurge.

Spoiler alert - if you have been following me for even one week, you know I take a bath nearly every evening. The bath helps me to unwind, get away, and decompress. But, I also share several other simple, inexpensive, and relatively easy ways to focus on restoring yourself. 

Self care can be anything that you do for you. Things that make you feel good about yourself and how you present yourself. They are the things that fill you up. Please share your own self care tips and ideas (especially frugal ones) with our community. 

I'd love to hear what YOU do for your self care. Please share with me online.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/Organize365/

Instagram - @organize365

Sep 27, 2019
Transformation with Bridget W
39:08

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. On Wednesdays, we will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply here. I promise, I’m not scary and it’s just us talking!

Today, Bridget W shares her journey of getting organized. She is the mom of 2 boys and the owner of several goats. She went from disorganized to all in and has joined us as a Sunday Basket Certified Workshop Organizer. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. 

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Sep 25, 2019
301 - FINISH!
25:05

It’s time to FINISH!

This week, I want to talk about FINISHING. In our current, crazy lives, we often struggle to accomplish the things we start. Having so many open projects increases the clutter in our homes and our brains. As we head towards the end of the calendar year, I want you to direct your effort into finishing what you have started. 

In order to finish, I want to encourage you to keep working on your current organizing project until it is done. This is not a chance to beat yourself up for failing at perfection, but I do want you to feel like your project or area is finished. I definitely do want you to feel like you have accomplished your task with a sense of excellence. 

I want to give you permission to take the time you need to follow all the way through and complete your project. I want you to keep working and do the things that make your house into a home for you and your family. You do not need to keep up with anyone else’s timeline. Just keep working on YOUR area.

Small, consistent steps will add up over time. As long as you keep moving towards your vision, you are making progress, and that is enough to celebrate. If you want to work on your laundry room organization for this, we offer a FREE trial week of the 100 Day Home Organization Program. 

As you have the tools to get organized and actually see your progress, you will get more motivated. This will lead to a desire to spend more time getting your home organized. I recommend that you follow your organization energy and keep working on your selected area to finish your decluttering and organizing. The 100 Day Program is a lifetime membership and will be available as you can work on it. You cannot be behind when you are organizing! 

I also include important information about identifying your own organizing energy and preferred style for approaching organizing. I help you figure out how to make bigger time blocks to spend getting organized if that is something you desire. And, I give you blatant permission to plan to neglect some of the tasks that are currently filling up your schedule. Finally, I help you to see how finishing one project can lead to getting your next thing done faster, and how the final result is growing your productivity for your whole life.

Episode 243 - How to Get Organized Faster

Episode 244 - How to Get Organized with a Chronic Illness: The Spoon Theory (How to Get Organized Slower)

Episode 277 - Decluttering Jobs & Obligations

What is ONE project you could FINISH this week?

Sep 20, 2019
Transformation with Vicky G
32:33
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast!
 
On Wednesdays, I will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action.
 
Today, Vicky G shares her journey of getting organized. She is an empty nester who loves crafts and has moved three times in five years. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!
 
I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
 
I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Sep 18, 2019
300 - How Lisa Sees Time
37:19

Welcome to Episode 300! Thank you for all of your support over the 5 years of the podcast. If you are enjoying following me, please share with someone else and go rate and review the podcast on your favorite listening platform.

On to the show! For this week’s podcast, I really want to talk about one thing that has made all the difference in being able to be as productive as I am. It’s the way I look at time. I am running a company, renovating my house, homeschooling my daughter, visiting my son at college, sustaining my marriage, and I still have time left over.

An organized life gives you time. I want to teach you about how I came to view time in a unique way and share the way I currently understand time. For many people, time is an abstract concept and can be a struggle for many people to understand the passage of time.

Understanding time ensures that you know how long different kinds of tasks take to complete. It helps you understand how time passes and how to schedule time for your life. When you understand time, you have time for pre-task preparation, clean up afterwards, and transportation to and from your events. 

When you follow my method for understanding time, you will improve your focus. This will mean that you can finally get your home organized, or move your business into profitability, or have rooms for your other dreams and priorities. Changing your mindset about time will mean that you can schedule your time, improve your organization, and increase your productivity. 

After I learned how to manage my own schedule via time blocking, I also learned how to manage other people to have them take some of my house tasks off of my plate. And then, I used those same skills to grow my team here at Organize 365. Adding on other people allowed me to increase my capacity. I could give directions and oversee them, but I was freed up from physically doing tasks.

Here are some prior episodes where I share my own learning about how to delegate tasks to others. I like to say that I get my machines and people working first thing in the morning, and then, I do my tasks for the day. I have also included some episodes that help you batch your tasks into time blocks to make your work more productive.

Episode 65 - How to Outsource Your Household Tasks

Episode 89 - 10 Working Mom Hacks for a More Productive Week

Episode 128 - How to Hire Household Help

Episode 210 - Changing Your Focus From Money to Time

Episode 246 - Maximizing Your Time: Dividing Your Week in Half

Episode 261 - My Personal 7 Year Transformation

Sep 13, 2019
Transformation with Kimberlie P
44:12
On Wednesdays, I will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action.
 
Today, Kimberlie P shares her journey of getting organized. She has a blended family and an encore career after time as a military family. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do!
 
I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
 
I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at organize365.com/wednesday.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Sep 11, 2019
299 - FOCUS! - Distraction is Holding You Back
25:14

I have been talking with you about setting goals and planning. I want to see you succeed and reach your goals. But, I hear from many of you, and you share that you have some real challenges.

It is not a lack of time. It is not a lack of goal setting. It is not a lack of knowledge. Distraction is keeping you from achieving your goals and dreams. Distraction is stealing your ability to focus.

The ability to FOCUS is what will actually change your life. Today on the podcast, I want to share with you my own teachers for learning how to concentrate, focus, and improve your productivity.

Keys to achieving your goals:

  1. Plan your goals (and shorten your timeline)
  2. Go PRO
  3. Focus. Eliminate distractions.

I am multi-passionate and I think I can successfully multitask. I am the queen of distraction and procrastination. I have been working on my focusing skills for YEARS. Consistency in your behavior builds your trust in yourself and your capabilities. I want to show you how you can practice focusing over a long time so that you can build up your endurance. I will tell you how you too can learn to focus and transform your life. 

PS - If you want to listen to me on the Entrepreneurs On Fire Podcast, I am sharing the link.

Sep 06, 2019
Transformation with Monique H
27:54

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. On Wednesdays, we will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply here. I promise, I’m not scary and it’s just us talking!

Today, Monique H shares her journey of getting organized and progressing to a career as a professional organizer. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. 

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Sep 04, 2019
298 - Going PRO - Productive, Proactive, Profitable
29:11

Going PRO as the Home CEO

Let's talk about how you can optimize your efforts as the CEO of your home in order to be more PRO:

  • Productive 
  • Proactive
  • Profitable
  • Positive 

I have studied organization and productivity strategies for years, but many of them are directed at men working in business, and do not cross over to running a home.

I want to give you actual tools you can use to make your home life productive. I know you are in charge of all of the household tasks, even if you do not personally do them. Some of you have outsourced things like house cleaning, laundry, and meal preparation.

Regardless of the number or kinds of tasks you are juggling, I can help you optimize the effort you put into your home. Professionals practice and that is how they get better. Practice will help you to learn new skills, hone your craft, condition your mind to stay on task, and to do more faster and with less effort.

Going PRO allows you to optimize the time, effort, and resources you spend in your life to complete the projects in your life and home. Listen in and see how you can gain productivity in your life in any role right now.

Share in the Organize 365 Facebook group or tag me on Instagram @organize365 and tell us about your #ONEgoal2019 and share your success!

PS I would love to guide you as you go PRO in your house this fall in the next round of the 100 Day Home Organization Program. We start on MONDAY! Join us!

Aug 30, 2019
Transformation with Samantha R
27:47

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. On Wednesdays, we will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply here. I promise, I’m not scary and it’s just us talking!

Today, Samantha R shares her journey of getting organized. She has transformed her home while homeschooling SEVEN children. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. 

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

 

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Aug 28, 2019
297 - Planning Your Most Productive Year
26:18

I want to help you how to have your most productive Fall ever. Make sure you listen in for the KEY concept to ensure you successfully  increase YOUR productivity!


In the last week weeks, we have reviewed how you can work on
decluttering, organizing, and increasing productivity. If you need more information on the basics of these three steps, I cover them in detail in Podcast number 144, 145, and 147


Fall can be the MOST productive time of the year, if you are prepared to take advantage of the September and October energy. On the podcast today, I explain how I have increased my productivity over the last seven years. I have analyzed how I have improved my skills over the years and I give you the steps to help you improve your productivity.


I will show you how to gain control of your life and achieve your goals, especially in the areas of

  • Family
  • Finances
  • Home
  • Self


I want you to improve your productivity so you can get traction on your goals. I want you to succeed at transforming your life so you can focus on your unique purpose. Let’s start TODAY!

Aug 23, 2019
Transformation with Lorie G
20:58

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. On Wednesdays, we will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply here. I promise, I’m not scary and it’s just us talking!

Today, Lorie G shares her journey of getting organized after a flood. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey. 

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links:

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Aug 21, 2019
296 - Increasing Productivity -- Answering Your Questions
24:12

As I tell you all the time, getting organized has 3 steps - decluttering, organizing, and increasing productivity. Today on the Podcast, I deep dive into productivity. If you don’t move forward into organization and productivity, you can end up stuck on decluttering and get rid of too much.

Increasing Productivity 

Today, I answer your questions about productivity including:

  • How do I maintain an organized home?
  • How do I maintain an organized closet?
  • How do I keep up with daily tasks?
  • How do I keep my car cleaned out and ready to go?
  • How do I keep the kitchen clean during the week?
  • How do I keep up with home maintenance tasks?

Increasing organization and productivity give you more time. Time to follow your dreams and try new things! What do you want to have time for in your life?

If you have been around here for more than a few days, you know I love teaching you how to be more productive! Thank you for submitting your questions. Keep making progress!

If you are ready to share your story of success with Organize 365, you can apply here to be my special podcast guest.

Aug 16, 2019
Transformation - Sandy O
30:33

I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. On Wednesdays, we will be sharing the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumph of women just like you who are progressing along their organizing journey. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply here. I promise, I’m not scary and it’s just us talking!

Today, Sandy O shares her journey of getting organized. I am humbled and honored to have been part of her journey.

For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links

Organize 365

The Sunday Basket

100 Day Home Organization Program

ALL ACCESS

Workboxes

Paper Organizing Retreats

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

Aug 14, 2019
295 - Organizing - Answering Your Questions
30:56

As I tell you all the time, getting organized has 3 steps - decluttering, organizing, and increasing productivity. Today on the Podcast, I deep dive into organizing. Sometimes, people get stuck in decluttering mode and get rid of too much instead of moving forward in the cycle. Organizing is matching like with like and then ensuring everything has a home. Today, I answer your questions about organizing including:

  • How do I get organized when I don’t have enough space to sort, group, and categorize my stuff?
  • How do I get organized if I don’t have a traditional storage area like an attic, garage, or basement?
  • If I am in the 100 Day Home Organization Program, and I am “falling behind” (PS - there is NO falling behind when you are getting organized!), how do I know if I should keep working in an area or move along?
  • How do I handle items if I’m on the fence about keeping vs discarding?
  • How do I make sure I get the most important areas of my home organized efficiently?

If you have been around here for more than a few days, you know I love teaching you how to get your home and paper organized! Thank you for submitting your questions. Keep making progress!

If you are ready to share your story of success with Organize 365, you can apply here to be my special podcast guest.

Aug 09, 2019
ReAir: 264 - UPDATE: A Year to Get Organized - Molly
29:50

This is a re-airing of Episode 264, the second part of a fictional year in the life a Molly as she progresses from disorganized to organized. 

We look forward to helping YOU get Organized! 

If you have already made progress on your home and paper organized, we would love to hear your stories! To apply to share your story with Lisa and be featured on the Organize 365 Podcast apply here.

Aug 07, 2019
294 - Declutter - Answering Your Questions
29:06

As I tell you all the time, getting organized has 3 steps - decluttering, organizing, and increasing productivity. Today, I deep dive into changing your mindset to get better at decluttering so you can move towards a more organized home and life. I teach you how to adapt your thinking in order to be more successful in your decluttering. I answer your decluttering questions including: 

  • How do I stop bringing things I don’t actually need (like those pesky just in case items) into my home?
  • How do I get rid of the clutter associated with all the projects on my to do list? 
  • How do I keep book clutter under control without having to eliminate my entire TBR pile?
  • How do I follow through with my decluttering plans and actually get stuff out of my house?
  • What is the thing that is holding me back from getting rid of things I no longer want or need?
  • And, at the root of all of this, how do I move from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset?

I am here to help you get your home and paper organized in one year with functional systems that work. I help you figure out what questions to ask yourself to get some of your most difficult clutter out of your home and move towards a more organized life. 

I share some of my own challenges in clearing out my house. I also teach you how I was able to adapt my thinking to move me towards the organized and productive life I am living today. 

I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!

:)
Lisa

Aug 02, 2019
ReAir: 239 - A Year To Get Organized - Molly
50:18

This is a re-airing of Episode 239, the first part of a fictional year in the life a Molly as she progresses from disorganized to organized. 

We look forward to helping YOU get Organized! 

If you have already made progress on your home and paper organized, we would love to hear your stories! To apply to share your story with Lisa and be featured on the Organize 365 Podcast apply here.

Jul 31, 2019
293 - Embrace Breakthroughs
44:21

So many of you asked me to create a virtual Embrace experience. I carried you in my heart the whole time Embrace was going on. And I kept thinking ...

How could I do that? I thought and puzzled and then puzzled some more. And then I did it!

Listen in to the podcast this week to hear the Embrace attendees telling you about THEIR experience at Embrace and THEIR transformations. Including:

  • Doing what you need to do to make your family better
  • Overcoming fear and guilt
  • Repairing a broken marriage
  • Depression happens, but you will get through it
  • A mindset shift from feeling like you are drowning to learning how to relax and let the next thing come
  • How to create a life purposefully and want the best for YOU - not just everyone else
  • We are all more alike than we are different
  • Dumping the guilt and not looking back
  • It's ok to be single
  • Grieving the loss of what you thought your life was going to look like
  • You are not broken
  • You are WORTH IT!
  • It is ok to accept the love you are given without trying to "pay it back"

And then consider experiencing Embrace for yourself in our new "Embrace the Journey Bundle". We even created a custom Organize 365 puzzle just for you to work as you puzzle through your own organizational transformation.

You can check out the whole bundle here.

Jul 26, 2019
292 - Dreaming About Next Year's Book Tour
31:21

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about both the present and future of Organize 365. I wanted to fill you in on everything that’s been going on here at Organize 365.

That’s right, we’ve got lots of exciting things happening including an awesome book tour following the release of my new book that’s hitting the market in August 2020!

So, if you’re dying to hear more, tune into this podcast episode to discover everything you need to know about the big things that are coming to Organize 365 very soon!

The Evolution Of Organize 365

Sometimes, I have to really give myself a pinch when I look back at what we’ve accomplished to date with Organize 365. Setting out with the goal of helping people to organize their lives has inspired me in so many ways as I’ve moved forward on this journey.

Visions happen when you take the right steps to make them work. You’ve probably heard me say that before, but it’s so true!

Hiring a team gave me time to launch this podcast as a free learning resource followed by lots of amazing products that I’m extremely proud of including the Sunday Basket100 Day All Home ProgramPaper Organizing BindersWorkboxes and lots of great Masterclasses, too!

Along the way, we partnered with other professional organizers all over the United States in our Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer Program.

Most recently, we came out with the Kids Program, which is a digital course designed to walk your kids through all sorts of skills they need for organizing their bedrooms, clothes, backpacks, and whatever else they manage to bring into the house!

With such a great choice of products and resources available, I feel like this leg of the journey has come to an end. We have all the basics needed to help you organize your home, develop your organizational muscles, and keep it going. So, it’s time to move onto the next thing!

NEW Book Coming Soon!

Did you hear? The Paper Solution will be published by Putnam Books next summer!

Since launching my business back in 2012, my vision of what I wanted Organize 365 to become has developed into something more than I could ever have imagined. My ideas continue to be crazy exciting, not just for me, but hopefully for you guys, too.

One of my biggest visions I have had was to become a traditionally published author and have a national book tour.

My main vision with this new book is to take the message of paper organization NATIONAL. In America, so many people are fooling themselves into thinking we’re a paperless society and we’re not. You can have less paper, but you’re probably not paperless.

The Paper Solution will help people from all over the country get their paper organized.

My Dream For The Book Tour

You might not know this about me, but I’ve always wanted to have a book tour. I don’t know how it’s going to go or where I’m going to go just yet, but I can promise you this – I am going to have the book tour to end all book tours!

If I could have my dream book tour, I would spend 12-14 days in a different part of the country every month for eight months. I know it might sound a little crazy, but that would be my dream.

In the first leg of the tour, I’d hit the West Coast and do morning TV, book signings at Barnes & Noble, and attend a few paper organizing retreats hosted by the certified organizers. Tune into the podcast to hear about all my dreams!

Are You Dreaming?

I bet you are! As you take back the organization of your home, you start to realize how much control you have over your space, your energy, and your time. The next step – to dream about the next thing you want to design and put your time and energy into...

Enjoy the last full week of July!

View the full post here: https://organize365.com/certification-update/

Jul 19, 2019
291 - Kids: Saturday Organization, Sunday Planning
25:23

Learn more about the Organize 365 Kid's Program here

Jul 17, 2019
290 - The Transtheoretical Model
48:19

Have you ever wanted to make a behavior change to your personal or professional life?

Maybe you want to start eating healthy, pick up a new hobby, or live a more organized life. Whatever your "big change" is, there are five simple steps you can take to help conceptualize lasting and impactful changes to your behavior.

All these steps are outlined in the Transtheoretical Model, a biopsychosocial model that incorporates five sequential stages to help you modify your behavior long-term.

If you’re anything like me, you probably freaked out a little bit with the mention of the Transtheoretical Model. I mean, it sounds so serious. Thankfully, I know just the person who can help break it down for you into bite-sized chunks that you can follow and apply to your own life.

Meet Rachel Miller Kroouze, a Health Communication and Education professional with experience in health and prevention programming. Rachel has always been interested in health communication and helping others make positive health behavioral changes.

She’s also an organizer at heart and has a lot to say about the Transtheoretical Model and how it can fuel positive behavior changes in just about anyone.

So, if you want to make some impactful changes to your personal or professional life using a tried and tested method with a proven track record of life-changing results, dig in!

 

Stage 1 – Precontemplation

The precontemplation stage is when you don’t have any foreseeable intentions to change within the next six months. This is the very first stage of the Transtheoretical Model and you might not even notice you’re in it or have been in it in the past.

You might have a few habits that aren’t doing you any favors. You continue to do them because you aren’t aware of the consequences. You’re probably not even aware that a problem exists and if you do, you’re ignoring it.

Or, you might have even tried to put a stop to them in the past but failed and continued along the same path. Thinking the classic “failure is inevitable, so why try?” is a common thought to have when you’re at this stage of the process.

 

Stage 2 – Contemplation

Ah, contemplation… an inner epiphany in which you finally start to think about change.

This is when you know you need to make a change to your behavior and fully intend to do so within the next six months or so.

To move from precontemplation to contemplation means something sparked you to put this goal to change on your radar. Maybe your doctor told you that you needed to make lifestyle changes for your health. Or, perhaps your home has run out of storage space and you realize it’s time to declutter and get organized.

A wake-up call has happened and now you’re asking yourself what you should do next to address the problem. You begin thinking about what action you need to take, and you may spend weeks or even months hanging out in this contemplation stage, which is totally normal.

 

Stage 3 – Preparation

When you move out of contemplation and into preparation, you’re ready to make a change. You know that you’ve reached a crossroads and you can’t linger in the middle forever. You need to move forward.

The only thing stopping you is figuring out how you’re going to do it and what action you’re going to take. So, it’s time to make a plan of action.

If you’re trying to organize your paper or get fit and healthy, for example, this is when you prepare and get yourself ready. You may want to learn how to get organized across the board, in which case the All Access Membership may be for you because it gives you EVERYTHING you need to get your home and paper organized in 365 days.

But, if you want to focus on something more specific and keep most of your organizing to one day of the week, the Complete Sunday Basket System may be more to your liking.

Take your time and have a look through our different offers to find what works for you. What’s going to help you make the behavioral changes in your life that you desire? Once you can answer that question, it makes the preparation stage so much easier.

Rachel and I are both huge fans of the Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies Quiz, where you’ll discover whether you’re more of an upholder, questioner, obliger, or rebel. Understanding your tendency and how to leverage it to your advantage is a great way to help you find ways to plan for action, make better decisions, and meet your own expectations.

 

Stage 4 – Action

The action stage of the Transtheoretical Model is when you’re in the process of making behavioral changes with your actions. You’ve made different modifications to your lifestyle and are trying to turn these into habits that will soon become second nature.

The strength of action comes from the preparation stage. So, if you’ve prepared well enough, you’ll be more than ready to take some action and make the necessary changes in your life that you know you need to make.

Action is when you’ve convinced yourself why this is something you need to change and act on. You've prepared yourself, done the research, got all the approvals, everything is in line, and you’re ready to do the thing!

Remember that action includes making modifications as you go. Nothing is set in stone. If you find that something isn’t working for you and you want to change it, do it.

 

Stage 5 – Maintenance

Once you reach the final stage, you’re maintaining the changes for a prolonged period of time. You’ve been working hard to sustain the behavior change and as the months go by, you’re working to prevent a relapse.

The more you do something, the easier it becomes. As you develop new behaviors, the initial resistance you felt at the beginning gets lower. You start to see the benefits of what you’re doing, and you’ll be even happier with the decision you’ve made.

Maintenance is the stage we all aim for when we set out to make a positive behavior change in our personal or professional lives.

If you find that you make your way through these steps, only to find something that didn’t work for you or maybe you’ve “fallen off the wagon” and are right back at the first step again, don’t be too hard on yourself.

Each time you climb up the staircase, you build upon it. You’ve been there before, and you know where the squeaky step is. You know what not to do and you know what you need to change in order to make it this time. And you WILL make it!

Rachel is a member of the Organize 365 Facebook group and we expect a lot of interesting conversations to come from this episode of the podcast (and blog post) so if you want to talk to her more and get involved with the discussion, join the Facebook group – we’d love to hear from you!

View the full post here: https://organize365.com//transtheoretical

Jul 12, 2019
289 - Kids: 3 Kid's New Years
22:23

Learn more about the Organize 365 Kid's Program here

Jul 10, 2019
288 - Organizing BIG Projects
40:12

Do you have a big project looming over your head?

Maybe you’ve been procrastinating on it for a while and now you’re ready to get things in order. Or, maybe you woke up this morning with an amazing idea to start a big project in your home or office.

This is a great weekend to tackle those BIG projects!

Here’s a little-known fact about me – I love projects. The bigger the project, the better. I love everything about big projects from the planning stage right through to completion.

So in this episode of the podcast, I’m going to reveal how I tackle really big projects in hopes that it might help or inspire you to organize a big project of your own.

The Basement to Bedroom Project

It all began with a basement… last spring.

Abby had outgrown her bedroom and we’ve talked about the idea of her moving down to the basement for some time.

Did you know she has a pet ferret living in her bedroom with her? Yeah, those things need a big cage and they take up a lot of room. So, we decided she could move to the basement and have the space she needs for her and Willow (the ferret).

Plus, it worked out pretty well for me because I’ve been working from a home office in my bedroom for years and I knew Abby’s old bedroom would make a great office. So, it’s a win-win situation for both of us.

The only problem is that moving Abby’s bedroom to the basement is a mammoth task. One thing to remember about doing a big project in your house is that it doesn’t just affect one person. One room is like an octopus with tentacles that trickle out to other areas of the house and, before you know it, you’ve got the entire house involved.

To make the process go as smoothly as possible, I needed a plan. And before I knew it, project basement was underway!

In the podcast, I recount how I tackled that project:

Step 1 – The Planning Phase

Step 2 – Budgeting

Step 3 – Getting to Work!

Last weekend, I started... The Master Bedroom & Lisa's New Home Office Project.

I have been sharing my progress on all three of these projects in my highlights on Instagram. :)

What about you? Do you like to tackle really big projects? Do you have a project scheduled for this holiday weekend?

Tag me online so I can see!

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Jul 05, 2019
287 - Kids: 4 Phases Of A Kid's Life
26:06

Learn more about the Organize 365 Kid's Program here

Jul 03, 2019
286 - The Kids Program & NEW Organize 365 Products
38:52

I’ve got some exciting news to share with you on the podcast as we launch lots of exciting NEW products here at Organize 365!

I’m going to walk you through everything going on including a deep dive into our brand new and highly anticipated Kids Program! If you’ve always wanted to get your kids organized and even encourage them to jump on this organizational train ride with you, this is your chance!

But that’s not all! (Yes, there’s more… a lot more!)

We’re also launching our new Lattice Binder, Kids Clips, and Volunteer Workbox!

I’m beyond excited to finally share this news with you! If you want to find out more about all these new products and all the amazing things happening here at Organize 365, tune in!

Inside The Volunteer Workbox

Let’s kick things off with the Volunteer Workbox!

It’s the eighth edition in our line of workboxes that are carefully designed to help organize your work both at home and you know, actual work. You can visit the Organize 365 Shop to browse through our collection of workboxes if you’re interested.

The Volunteer Workbox was the one thing we were missing in our collection. We wanted to launch a special workbox for all the different volunteer things you do. This could be anything from helping out at your church, hosting the local book club meetings, or participating in a volunteer organization.

The Volunteer Workbox will work if you have a support role in a Volunteer organization or you are the leader. :)

Exploring The Lattice Binder

We have added a new Lattice Binder to our office supplies. This deluxe 2" D-ring, one-touch heavy duty binder with an extended back will protect your slash pockets and help you containerize projects.

The Lattice Binder is a white on white basket weave that’s similar to the Sunday Baskets with an Organize 365 logo on the back. Because it’s white, you can use it for anything you want.

The Kid Clips

Next up… we’re bringing back the Kids Clips! (Hooray!)

If you’ve been around for a while, you may remember I used to sell little Kid Clips that were basically super strong magnets for your refrigerator. I called them the ONE Clip back then because you just needed one for each of your kids.

This time around, the Kid Clips are CUSTOMIZABLE. Grab your sharpies and color each clip to match your child's personality.

The Kids Program

Okay and now for the big reveal… the one you’ve all been waiting for – The Kids Program!

This program is designed to help organize kids of all ages 0-23. The current program supports kids 0-17 and the LAUNCH program will be added next year (at no additional cost) supporting kids 18-23.

What You Can Expect From The Kids Program

When you buy the Kids Program, you’ll get access to the dashboard. This is where you’ll find all the cute slash pockets and when you click on them, you’ll be taken to a new course, video, or download.

You’ll find five slash pockets inside the Kids Program. Each one is independent of the others, so you don’t have to do anything in order if you don’t want to. These slash pockets are organized into the following categories: Parents, Littles, Learn, Saturday, and Sunday.

Here’s a little more information about each of the slash pockets:

Parents – This one is for all the parents out there who need help getting their kids organized. I help you assess your home and your life and reveal what exactly you need to do to teach your kids to declutter and organize. Each lesson comes with a video and additional resources to help you along the way.

Littles – This part of the program is aimed at kids from birth through to age five. Trying to organize your home with kids under the age of five is like shoveling snow in a snowstorm. Almost impossible. But with this program, I help you with everything from organizing feeding zones, playing zones, sleeping zones, moving from one size clothing to the next, and so much more.

Learn – If you have older kids who happen to be organizationally inclined, you’re in luck. The Learn Program is where most of the videos are and it seriously takes you through everything, such as cleaning a bedroom and making it more like a mini apartment that’s divided into zones. With this program, I teach the skill of thinking like an organized person. And those skills will carry your kids into adulthood.

Saturday & Sunday – The slash pockets inside of the Saturday and Sunday slash pockets are all about creating habits and routines. Saturdays are the days when you clean and organize your bedroom. On Sundays, the slash pockets will walk you through how you’re going to plan your week using six simple steps.

You can read all about the Kids Program, watch a video showing you inside the program, and watch the replay of our Kids Program Masterclass all over at organize365.com/kids.

I hope you have a great weekend and 4th of July week! Snap a few pictures of your kid's cleaning their rooms and tag me on Instagram or Facebook! I can't wait to see!

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Jun 28, 2019
285 - Interview With Amanda Tress of the FASTer Way
49:12

I’ve been talking about health and fitness on the podcast a lot lately. In Episode 283, I shared my own wellness and weight loss journey. Then in Episode 284, I had my Director of Operations, Kelly Leardon, on the show to discuss weight loss and developing healthy eating and wellness habits.

What each of those episodes had in common was Amanda Tress’ FASTer Way to Fat Loss program, which Kelly and I both love. I’ve been following the program for the best part of a year and have seen amazing changes in both my physical and mental health.

I’m very excited that I got the chance to sit down with Amanda herself to discuss the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program and to share her story of how she became one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in the country.

Meet Amanda

Amanda is the founder of FASTer Way to Fat Loss, the premier virtual intermittent fasting fitness and nutrition program. She’s not only a fitness fanatic, but an inspiring business woman who I’ve been following for years (her Instagram profile keeps me motivated!).

Before she launched FASTer Way to Fat Loss, Amanda spent years training people in the gym. She experimented with different nutrition strategies and, remarkably, her clients began to see an epic change.

She spent a lot of time fine-tuning the strategies until she came up with the best way to bring them together for optimal results. Since then, she’s worked with over 100,000 clients, helping them to achieve their health and fitness goals.

Helping others improve their health and wellness came very naturally to Amanda, who always says, “I didn’t choose the fitness industry, the fitness industry chose me.”

Amanda and I dive into:

  • How to work from home
  • When is it the right time to hire people for your business?
  • Why do women put their health last on their to do list?

In these last 3 episodes, I have pulled back the curtain on how I am tackling and progressing through adding a new habit and mindset to my life. I hope it has been helpful for you to see how I have approached this new lifestyle and can relate that back to your organizational journey.

Watching other women chase and embrace their dreams is inspiring to me. Would you like to hear more interview podcasts like this on Organize 365? Let me know!

Next week, we will be diving into the NEW Organize 365 Kids Program. I can't wait to share with you the program we have been building for the last year.

Sign up for the Kids Program Masterclass being held Tuesday, June 25th to learn all about it!

View the full post here: https://organize365.com/Amanda-Tress/

Jun 21, 2019
284 - Weight Loss & Wellness Habits
46:25

Every weight loss and wellness journey is different. Everyone has their own unique story to tell and I don’t know about you, but when I hear how someone made a drastic change to their health and well being, it motivates me to do the same!

So, I wanted to invite Kelly Leardon onto the podcast to talk about her wellness journey because not only is it inspiring, but she actually used a lot of the same methods we talked about in the previous episode of the podcast – “Lisa’s Wellness & Weight Loss Journey.”

In this episode, we dive deep into what Kelly did to boost her nutrition, lose weight, and get her "mojo" back. It’s a great story and you’ll discover a few great resources along the way in case you wanted to try any of these things out for yourself!

Meet Kelly

As you may know, Kelly joined the Organize 365 team at the beginning of 2019. She keeps me on my feet for sure and I’ve never met anyone as good at setting goals and smashing them, too!

Kelly is an experienced Director of Operations with a history of working in the Executive Office industry. Welcoming Kelly onto the team as the Director of Operations means that I am leaving the management role of Organize 365. I have so much more free time and I am so grateful to have Kelly on the team.

When you hire someone onto your team, it does two things. First, it takes tasks off your list. Second, it forces you to level up your skills because you have to be more productive, proactive, and profitable. Interestingly, when she first joined, we were both in a very similar stage of our lives where we wanted to prioritize our wellness and weight loss. My main reasoning to do so was because, hey, I want to live to be 100 years old… you know, like one of those ancient tortoises.

Kelly wanted to slim down because she has a fabulous wardrobe and wants to keep it!

In this podcast, we dive into:

  • Establishing New Monthly Habits
  • How We Track What We Eat And Other Habits
  • A Closer Look At The “FASTer Way to Fat Loss

Are you on your own weight loss and wellness journey?

If so, I’d love to hear all about it!

Head over to our Facebook group and join to take part in the discussions. And here’s a fun idea... if you have any before and after photos of your weight loss journey, please share them with me on Instagram and tag me @organize365, I’d love to see how far you’ve come and plus, it’ll motivate me to keep going with my own wellness journey, too!

 

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Jun 14, 2019
283 - Lisa's Wellness & Weight Loss Journey
31:56

I often talk about getting organized and more specifically, what the journey to a more organized life looks like. Once you dive deep into it, you’ll go beyond decluttering and start living a truly proactive, positive, and productive life.

But what does that really look like?

You see evidence of it splashed on Instagram. You read snippets of it in books and hear all about it in inspirational speeches. However, if you’ve been listening to the podcast and you’ve started to incorporate the Sunday Basket into your life, you’ve already tasted what it feels like to live an organized life. It’s a journey and as far as I can tell, there’s no clear stopping point. There’s always room for improvement.

I love talking to you guys on Instagram and in our private Facebook group, but I’ve noticed that so many of you think that I’ve always been this way.

The truth is that I was on the same organizational journey as you are right now. I once lived a disheveled and disorganized life and it took a lot of will power and motivation to get to where I am today.

I still struggle! Right now, I’m on a personal weight loss journey and I want to talk to you about it because I believe that it parallels what you might be going through in your organizational journey.

In the podcast, I deep dive into...

  • How I got started on my wellness & weight loss journey.
  • What I learned from Body Love
  • How I completed the "Faster Way to Fat Loss"’ Program
  • What I think about Chalene Johnson's new 131 Method

And a few other things that helped me along the way…

I’d love to hear about your own organizational journey or health and well being journey. What changes have you made to live a healthier lifestyle? Let me know over on our Facebook Group and follow me on Instagram to keep up with new episodes of the podcast!

View the full post here: https://organize365.com/wellness/

Jun 07, 2019
282 - What Is "Maintenance?"
24:20

Most of us like to form our own opinions about what maintenance means to us. On the podcast, we talk a lot about the cycle of getting organized and increasing productivity.

But what about the maintenance stage of your organizational journey?

What does it really mean to maintain something?

According to the good old dictionary, maintenance is the process of maintaining or preserving a condition or situation or the state of being preserved.

While this gives us more clarity on the meaning of maintenance, it doesn’t dive into the details or tell us how it equates to the maintenance of our homes.

As we go through the 100 Day Home Organization Program and declutter and organize each space in our homes for the third or even fourth time, we enter a phase of maintenance which I want to unpack with you in this episode of the podcast.

What Maintenance Looks Like In The Physical Areas Of Your Home

If you asked me what stage of the organizational journey I’m currently in, I would say I’m living in maintenance. I don’t do much. Everything in my house is decluttered and organized (I am a professional organizer, after all).

But that doesn’t mean I don’t do the dishes or laundry. I still have non-organizational, cleaning related tasks to do just like anyone else. I still have to put things away at the end of the day. However, once you’ve decluttered and organized your entire house, it usually stays organized.

One reason why your house might not stay organized is because of the kids. I don’t mean just the toddlers either. No matter what age they are, kids are like little chaos creators. They tumble through the house like mini tornadoes and just have a way of messing things up.

But if your kids tend to mess up their own rooms and the joint family rooms but stay out of your storage room and master bedroom, etc., the work you’ve done to get the majority of your home organized is probably well maintained.

To me, living an organized life that’s maintained is when you reach the end of the day and you don’t have to start decluttering and organizing everything. All you have to do is pick things up and put them back to where they go. It’s simple.

In the podcast, I dive deeper into...

Maintenance In Different Seasons Of Life

Maintenance In Everyday Home Life

What Does Maintenance Mean With Your Paper?

One thing that you need to come to grips with when it comes to organizing is that your home will never be perfect. Perfect is not the end goal here. The end goal is to live a more organized and functional life and being able to maintain it as a result.

View the full post here: https://organize365.com/what-is-maintenance/

 
May 31, 2019
281 - Decluttering Negative Thoughts
26:34

Your inner thoughts can have a serious impact on your state of mind. If you see the world through a darkened lens, that negative way of thinking can quickly become a way of life.

When I tell people that I used to be the queen of negativity, they find it hard to believe. I’ve since adopted a more positive outlook on life which I talk about in episode 261 of the podcast, My Personal Seven-Year Transformation.

Nowadays, thinking positively comes easy to me. I like to think about negative thoughts as weeds in our mind. Weeds that need to be pulled out from the roots. If the garden of your mind has become overgrown with persistent weeds that you can’t clear, it’s time to tackle the root of the problem.

When I gave myself the quest to declutter my negative thoughts, I did three things. First, I realized how negative I was. Second, I replaced anything negative in my life with a positive difference. And finally, I eliminated all the ways that negativity was coming into my life.

In this episode, I reveal the steps you can take to overcome your negative mindset and start living a more positive and happy life.

Ready to say goodbye to negative thoughts?

In this week's podcast, I cover these 3 points:

1. Be honest with yourself

2. Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts

3. Eliminate the negativity

I hope that these tips help you to declutter your negative thoughts so that you can start living a happier life with a positive outlook.

The more I press into this, the more I truly believe that we are in control of our thoughts and feelings. You can literally design any future you can imagine.

If you have been working on your positive mindset and recreating your reality, then our Embrace Conference in Cincinnati June 21-23, 2019 will be perfect for you! I'd love for you to join me!

Have you ever cut something negative out of your life and replaced it with something positive? Let me know over on Instagram or Facebook, I’d love to hear from you!

View the full post here: https://organize365.com/negative-thoughts/

May 24, 2019
280 - You Need An Admin Day
30:13

Whenever spring hits, do you feel like you’re in a mad rush to get everything organized?

I know I do. I’ve often talked about the fact that I like to divide my year into three trimesters. Each one is carefully planned and, although it starts out completely organized, it ends in a chaotic whirlwind.

If you feel like you’re caught in an enormous tornado of tasks, not unlike the one from The Wizard of Oz, I want to help you step out of the chaos.

Focusing on what’s important and finding more planning time to eliminate some of the to-dos from your list will help you lead a more peaceful life.

In this episode, I reveal why you need an admin day. An entire day where you can go through your Sunday Basket and knock tasks off your list in one epic swoop.

Why You Need An Admin Or Errand Day

If you’re anything like me, you’ll discover a lot of administrative tasks when you go through your Sunday Basket. Things like forms that need to be scanned, scheduling doctor’s appointments, emails that need your attention, and so on.

The only problem is that a lot of these things can’t be done on a Sunday. The doctor’s office is closed, so you can’t call up to make an appointment. Before you know it, you’ve got a stack of administrative tasks or errands you need to do on a different day other than Sunday.

This is why you need to assign an administrative or errand day (or both!).

An errand day is when you take a full day to do your errands. You’re probably in the car going from one place to the next. An administrative day is when you’re at home (probably in front of the computer) and you’re plowing through things that can’t be done on Sunday.

If you’re new to Organize 365, you’re likely wondering why I talk about Sunday’s so much. Well, it’s because I have this thing called The Sunday Basket System. This is where you can defer all your ideas, mail, paper, forms, and to-dos into a pretty box that sits on your kitchen counter.

Each Sunday, you systematically go through the basket. To find out more about the Sunday Basket and how it can help corral all your kitchen counter papers and to-dos, click here.

Getting Organized In Each Trimester

On the Sunday before the start of each trimester, I go through my Sunday Basket as normal. I pay the bills, update my calendar, and all the rest. But there will also be an exorbitant list of things that I can’t get done on Sunday. I need a full workday for these things. And you might, too.

If you work nine to five for somebody else, finding the time during the week for these things can be tricky. But, it’s totally worth it to take a vacation day to do this. You can get a lot done with just one day off work.

So, the next time you do your Sunday Basket at the busiest times of the year, I want you to do something slightly different. Instead of putting everything that can wait until next Sunday, keep everything in front of you in a pile.

You’ll probably have a lot of index cards and papers you’ve repeatedly put back into the Sunday Basket and that’s okay. In previous podcasts, we talked about eliminating such pockets altogether in what I like to call Sunday Basket 3.0.

We also talked about decluttering obligations out of your Sunday Basket, and now we’re going to get into clearing all of the things you’ve been putting off time and time again.

Creating Your "Brain Dump" List

To help organize your time, I suggest making two lists. One for all the errands you need to get done and another for all the administrative tasks list. Or, you can combine the two.

So over on the errand list, you might have things like buy the end of year teacher gift, post that parcel to your mother in law, and things like that. The administrative list will be home to tasks like changing your passwords, replying to emails, making phone calls, and so on.

Make the biggest list you possibly can. Next, start crossing things off that you really don’t want or need to do. Then, grab a pencil (yes, we’re going old school for this one) and write down how long each task is going to take to complete.

When you’ve got that done, add up all that time to figure out how long you’ll need to complete the entire list. If it’s going to take you five hours, you’ll need to set five hours aside during the week to get those things done.

You might find that some things will take time and money that you just don’t have or want to invest in right now. That’s okay. Just cross it off your list.

Now that you have your lists cut down, it’s time to prioritize the tasks on the list in order. That way, you know what’s the most important things that need to get done compared to the things at the bottom of the list that you can probably do later.

You’ll end up with a concrete list or plan that you can follow on your admin or errand day.

Give it a try! Go through your Sunday Basket, do a big brain dump, and make a list of everything you want to get done. Then, set an admin or errand day and work like a trooper to get everything on that list done.

If you decide to have your own errand or administrative day, I’d love to hear how you got on! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips. Don’t forget to share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

PS - Is registering to come to Embrace on your to-do list? I would LOVE for you to join us at the LAST conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 21-23, 2019. Read more and register here.

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May 17, 2019
279 - 3 Reasons Why You Can't Get Organized & What To Do About It
01:04:45

When our life gets unorganized, we tend to blame outside sources such as our spouse, our lack of money, not having enough time, and so on. But the truth is that your cluttered life (and home) has nothing to do with any of that. Those are just the things we like to think are holding us back. What’s really holding us back from living a more organized life is having a plan to achieve that life.

If you’ve tried to get organized in the past and failed time and time again, you’re in the right place. Today's podcast is designed to help get you organized and decluttered once and for all.

Before we dig into the good stuff, I need you to download this fun worksheet to follow along with the podcast.

We have ALL been unorganized at some point in our lives... even me.

Before I turned 40 back in 2012, I reached the most unorganized stage of my life. My home was so cluttered, it was tearing at the seams. My "epiphany" moment hit me on a random afternoon when I came home with a few bags of groceries and realized I had nowhere to put anything that I bought.

The fridge was packed and some of the things in there were way past their expiration dates. The cupboards were the same. But the madness wasn’t confined to my kitchen. Oh no. The clutter rampage had spread throughout my entire home. Every drawer was a junk drawer.

So, I sat down and made a list of every single space that needed to be organized and I spent the next 100 days organizing. I needed to regain control of my house and my life. It wasn’t easy, but I got there, and now I want to help you do the same.

Sometimes life just gets moving too fast and we literally get run over. Unfortunately, it is not a matter of if this will happen, it is a matter of WHEN. And when it does, it takes a herculean effort to get back up and get organized again.

Many of you ask me... "How do you know what I am thinking or what my house looks like?" Well, because we have all been there.

I know you feel like no one has ever ended up with their house as disorganized as yours, but we ALL have.

And after analyzing when and why this happens, I have actually determined that there are some key seasons in your life where almost everyone will feel like you do today...

In the podcast today, I unpack...

1. What’s your why.

2. What season of life are you in.

3. Understanding the Cycle of Organization.

And why we can get organized in one phase of life and everything seems to fall apart as you move from one phase to the next.

Now is The Best Time to Get Organized :)

Don't roll your eyes at me!

You know you are itching to clean out the garage, wash everything in sight, and declutter!

And you will... for a weekend. And then you will fall back into your daily routines and stop your organizational efforts.

It is not you. It is totally normal!

But do you want ordinary? Or are you ready for EXTRAORDINARY?

Living an organized and productive life is extraordinary!

The 100 Day Home Organization Program is your plan to move from an ordinary reactive life to an extraordinarily productive life.

Sign up! We start on Monday!

View the full post here: http://organize365.com/3reasons/

May 10, 2019
278 - Not "Normal" Parenting
31:26

I received an email the other day and it honestly had me in tears. It was from a listener of the podcast who reached out to thank me for being so open and honest about the struggles of motherhood in episode 261, "My Personal Seven-Year Transformation."

She also talked about her own challenges that she faces on a daily basis as a mother of three boys, one of whom was born with a very rare, life-threatening disease.

As you can imagine, she is not your everyday mother. What many of you find normal, she does not.

You ARE The Mother That Your Children Need

The subject line of this email read, “All I ever wanted to be was a mom.”

When I first read that, I was immediately hooked. As many of you know if you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while, I shared the same dream when I was younger. I always wanted to be a mother and I knew I could relate to the sender almost immediately.

We all have an idea of who we will be as a mother. But, more often than not, that vision never comes into view.

I am keenly aware many of you have never been able to birth a child... like me. Which makes posts like these about parenting, or announcements about our Mother's Day coupons, hard to hear.

It is also why the 100 Day Home Organization Program doesn't organize kids, it organizes YOU... any woman in any size dwelling.

For me, when I found out I couldn’t get pregnant, I hit a roadblock and it almost floored me. But, I steered off that path and made a new path to motherhood. My own path. Adoption turned out to be my road to motherhood and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Motherhood Is Never What We Anticipate... Easy Or Hard

Let me share a few lines from her email:

“Our boys are not typical. Our oldest was born with a very rare disease and will most likely not make it to 18. Each time he gets a cold or any type of illness, it can cause brain damage. He has spent a good portion of his life in the hospital as we fight to give him the best chance he has.”

As you can imagine, not many mothers prepare themselves for such a heart-breaking and difficult roadblock. How can you prepare for something like that? You can’t.

It’s so easy to doubt your ability as a mother, but you ARE the mother your child needs you to be.

Motherhood might not look or feel the way you thought it would. But it doesn’t matter. This is your story as a mother, and you are the mother that your children need.

Parenting A Child With Additional Needs

Whether your child has learning or physical disabilities, your role as a mother becomes so much harder when faced with more than the everyday parenting challenges.

For me, the hardest part of mothering was stepping into and owning the mother my children needed me to be and not the mother that I thought I would be.

If you are struggling with the weight of your mothering right now, listen to this week's podcast.

Don't let society's expectation and what everyone else is doing change how you view your child, your relationship with your child, and what your child needs. You’ve got this and I'm right there behind you.

Happy Early Mother's Day! Still looking for a gift for your mom or what to ask for yourself?

We created Mother's Day coupons you and your family can use to give the perfect Organize 365 gift!

View the full post here: https://organize365.com/not-normal-parenting/

May 03, 2019
277 - Decluttering Jobs & Obligations
43:16

Do you ever feel like you’ve got too much on your plate?

Sometimes, we can be so focused on making things more organized, efficient, and productive that we forget to pull the brakes.

Do we really need to do all the jobs we’re doing?

If you’ve been listening to the last few episodes of the podcast, you’ll notice that I’ve talked about shifting mindsets and changing habits a lot lately.

We revealed how you can eliminate your to-do list, and what an organized life feels like. We also uncovered the Sunday Basket 3.0, which isn’t a new product, but a new way of tackling your Sunday Basket when you’re a seasoned pro.

Now we’ve reached the fourth episode of this mini four-part series, where I talk about decluttering jobs and obligations. You know, the things that have loomed over our heads for weeks and we really don’t want to do.

You might feel like you don’t have a good enough reason to get rid of them, which is why they’ve stuck around for so long.

But, I’m here to help you kick the guilt monster out and shut the door on some of those jobs that you just don’t care about anymore. So, if you want to finally declutter those jobs and obligations that have gathered dust at the back of your mind, tune into this episode and find out how to:

Take a step back and evaluate your current obligations

Identify your unique vs. competent abilities

Eliminate tasks from your calendar

And the controversial one... How to break away from a direct sales company.

I received a question about how to quit direct sales. It was a loaded question, but I could really relate to it because as many of you know, I used to work in direct sales. I loved it at the time. But I reached a point in my life and business where I knew I had to break away from direct sales.

Even though you work for a direct sales company, it doesn’t mean you’re obligated to stay until you’re old and gray. You’re a unique person with a unique gift and ability. Don’t sell your soul to any company. You don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors.

A company, no matter what size it is, will always put their best interests first. So, you should do the same and put yourself first, too.

I talk about all this in more detail in the podcast, but what I will say is that if you think now is the time to leave your direct sales gig, or any job for that matter, you’re probably right.

Ask yourself if you were asked to re-join the same company all over again, would you say yes?

If not, it’s time to pack your bags and move on.

It’s Okay To Say No

It’s time to eliminate jobs and obligations from your calendar that you just don’t want to do anymore. Remember – it’s okay to say NO. No can be a complete sentence if you want and need it to be.

If you decide to eliminate things from your calendar using any of my suggestions, I’d love to know how it went for you and how many things you managed to eliminate?

 

Follow me on Instagram to follow our adventures at the Cincinnati Homeschool Convention this weekend!

Registration for the next round of the 100 Day Home Organization Program is OPEN!! And.. we now have PAYMENT PLANS! I'd love for you to join us!

View the full post here: https://organize365.com/decluttering-jobs-obligations/

Apr 26, 2019
276 - Sunday Basket 3.0
21:02

A few weeks ago in my regular Facebook LIVE on Tuesday mornings for the women in the 100 Day Home Organization Program, I started to expound on and articulate how I have moved into a new level of using my Sunday Basket.

The first thing you need to know about Sunday Basket 3.0 is that it is not a physical product.

Lisa, what do you mean it’s not an actual product? You got me pumped up for nothing!

Hold on! I say it’s not a physical product because it’s an evolution of the original Sunday Basket System you already have.

If you’re not familiar with the Sunday Basket Club or the Sunday Basket System, let me explain real quick…

A Mini Lesson On Sunday Baskets

The Sunday Basket is a system for processing ongoing household projects and developing a weekly routine of collecting, processing, and maintaining it all in one place.

You start with a basket. Well, it’s more of a box but kind of looks and operates like a basket, hence the name. You can buy the Complete Sunday Basket System for $97.00 and receive all the necessary workshop materials you need.

This includes two sets of slash pockets called the 1.0 and 2.0 slash pockets.

With the 1.0 slash pockets, you get red, orange, yellow, green, and blue slash pockets. Everything you put into these slash pockets are things that need to get done this week. So, any errands, events or bills, etc. that need to be completed this week will go inside the 1.0 slash pockets.

The 2.0 slash pockets are monochromatic and include five pink, five blue, five green, and five purple slash pockets.

With the 2.0 slash pockets, each color represents a category. So, purple is for anything household related, blue is for family members, green is for financial, and pink is for your own hopes, dreams, projects, and goals.

When Sunday rolls around, you take everything out of the basket and sort through what you’ll do this Sunday and what can wait until next Sunday.

Eliminating Things From Your Sunday Basket

When your home is organized, you’ll generally have a lot less to do in terms of organizing. Another gift that leading a more organized life will give you is TIME.

Time to do a puzzle in the evening, give the dog a second walk around the block, and time for yourself.

But, when you have all this free time, many of you talk about feeling guilty. It’s like if you’re not doing something "proactive" and productive, you’re lazy or even selfish (which is crazy!).

One rule of the Sunday Basket System is if it can wait until next Sunday, it must wait until next Sunday. But, what if something in the basket can always wait until next Sunday? Do you keep it moving onto the following week for months or even years?

Well… you can if you want to. But if you want to get it out of the way, I suggest picking a time during the day or week to work on it and do it then. The more you live an organized life, the fewer things you’ll have in your Sunday Basket.

If you become a seasoned pro like me, you might not even need all the slash pockets in the Sunday Basket anymore. But getting to that stage of eliminating things from your basket will take time. And, as each task is completed and each week you’re organizing more and more, you’ll receive an extra gift of time each week.

So, what does all of this have to do with the Sunday Basket 3.0?

The Sunday Basket 3.0 is about eliminating things out of your Sunday Basket that are no longer serving you or that you just don’t want to do anymore (or ever).

Deciding What To Do With Your Free Time

When you are in the process of eliminating your to-do list and moving to the Sunday Basket, you develop the habit of writing down every idea that you have in your head onto index cards.

You’re also continuing to defer those things until the following Sunday when you can. This process helps you to make the decision if you're going to do it at all, and if so, when. For the most part though, you can knock out a lot of your index cards on Sunday. You may have to set time aside to do some of the things during the week and then anything that can be put off until later goes into your 2.0 slash pockets, which are for projects.

If you’re in a stage similar to me where your kids are grown up and everything’s pretty much taken care of, you’ll have all this time you don’t know what to do with.

Can you relate?

If so, here’s a little challenge for you…

Think back to when you were a teenager. What did you like doing? How did you spend your free time?

I hope you can come up with something because let me tell you, I can’t. I always wanted to be a mom. I got a teaching degree because I knew it would help me when I did have kids. But, after I got married, we realized we couldn’t have kids. So, we adopted.

My entire life has been about wanting kids and being a mom. And, I did it all. But now the kids are grown up and my "mommying" is kind of over.

So, now what should I do with my free time?

I have no idea.

Well, that’s not totally true. I like doing puzzles. Yes, I’m like a retired old lady, but you know what? Those guys in the retirement homes are up to their eyeballs in puzzles. They have a library, and they get their dinner made for them each day. Plus, they’re surrounded by their friends, and they don’t even have to go outside if they don’t want to.

To me (a.k.a someone that doesn’t like nature all that much), that sounds like a dream. So, yeah… I guess when “I grow up,” I want to be retired and doing all the puzzles in the world.

The Sunday Basket 3.0

So, when you reach the stage where your house is organized, and you’ve entered the Sunday Basket 3.0 era, it’s okay to have projects in there that you have no intention of doing. Just get rid of them.

You don’t have to stick to the same projects you wanted to do before you got organized. Heck, you don’t have to pick up the same projects you wanted to do yesterday! It’s OKAY.

Just because you had a passion for something before, it doesn’t mean it has to be your passion for the rest of your life. Passions aren’t always forever. Sometimes, a passion hangs around for a season and then it transitions into something new. And, that’s okay!

So, the next time you go through your Sunday Basket, and you sort through your 2.0 slash pockets, ask yourself if you still have the passion and desire to do that thing at all.

If not, it’s time to say goodbye and move on! No guilt necessary!

Are you in the Sunday Basket 3.0 stage yet? Let me know over on Instagram or Facebook and tell me, what are some of the things you like to do just for the fun of it?

Any puzzle fans out there?

View the full post here: https://organize365.com/sunday-basket-3-0/

Apr 19, 2019
275 - What Living An Organized Life Feels Like
21:45

I talk about organizing a lot on the podcast (it’s called Organize 365 after all!). I’ve covered everything from discovering your why to the Psychology of the Sunday Basket and how to know Which Workbox is Right for You?

But surprisingly, I’ve never addressed what living an organized life actually feels like... until now!

In this episode, I reveal what an organized life really looks like. No unrealistic expectations. No idealistic dreams. None of that. Just an honest look behind the curtain of an everyday, organized life.

Setting Realistic Expectations

I’ll be honest with you. There was a rather delusional time in my life when I pictured a perfectly organized life to mirror Martha Stewart’s.

You know, with everything neatly packed into pretty containers, angelic children floating around the house, and waking up to an adorable puppy licking my nose as he waits for his morning walk. Like I said, delusional.

Once I started to declutter and really focus on living a more organized life, my previous expectations were, for lack of a better phrase, shot to hell.

I realized that you’re never going to have everything you want just perfect. You can drive yourself crazy trying, but it’s like trying to reach the end of the rainbow. It’s never going to happen.

The sooner you get rid of unrealistic expectations and focus on the achievable, the sooner you can start living not only a more organized life, but a happier one, too.

In the podcast I explore...

  • How an Organized Life Looks Different in Each Stage of Life
  • How an Organized Life is Being "Company Ready"
  • How Living an Organized Life is Having More TIME

So, what does an organized life feel like?

An organized life feels like all your basic needs are met and all of the things in your house are done.

And then the real work of stepping up to who you were uniquely created to be takes center stage.

THAT is what I want to see. WHO were YOU uniquely created to be and give to this world?

It sounds so Oprah like, but it is for YOU, too.

It is my greatest fulfillment in life to have found the time to create a curated program for you to get your home organized to free up your time so I can see what your unique gift is to the world.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your journey!

PS - If you are stuck in your organizing and are not sure why, I'd love for you to join me in my masterclass this month: 3 Reasons You Can't Get Organized And What To Do About It.

View the full post here: https://organize365.com/what-living-an-organized-life-feels-like/

Apr 12, 2019
274 - STOP Trying To Finish The To-Do List
31:51

Last week, we talked about why it’s impossible to be behind when you’re organizing. We covered how organizing will always pay you in time and finished with a discussion about why you should aim for progress, not perfection.

Shifting your mindset to focus on progress rather than perfection takes practice. We become so obsessed with ticking off every task on our to-do lists that we lose sight of the progress we’ve made.

A few of you recently messaged me and asked me to talk about how you can change the way you structure and plan your time. It’s easy to let your to-do list control your time and how you spend it, which is only part of the reason why I think it is time to eliminate your to-do list.

Yes, you read that right.

Eliminate your to-do list.

Don’t re-prioritize it. Don’t take tasks off and move them onto next week’s to-do list. I want you to take your to-do list, hold it up and set a flame to it (you know, hypothetically).

You might not know this about me, but it’s been 18 months since I wrote out and completed my last to-do list. I just don’t need it anymore.

If you want to join me over here in the (almost) stress-free zone with more free time than you know what to do with and no to-do lists to worry about, this is the podcast episode you’ve been waiting for!

How I Got Rid of My To-Do List

There was a time in my life when I lived for my to-do list. Or rather, I lived through my to-do list. I would list everything I needed to get done that day and, like most of you, ticked them off one by one as I completed each task.

When a task was left unfinished, I carried it onto my to-do list for the next day. It helped me to get things done, most of the time. But I found myself constantly referring to my list throughout the day, so much so that it honestly felt like I couldn’t live without it.

To go from that level of dedication to a to-do list to not having one at all is quite the turnaround, don’t you think?

The funny thing is, I didn’t even realize I didn’t have a to-do list anymore until people started asking me for advice on what to do with theirs. As someone who had an answer for every question about organizing, I was stumped.

Then, of course, I had the "a-ha!" moment when I suddenly realized I was living my life without a to-do list. And, you know what? The world didn’t stop spinning. I didn’t lose focus, and my productivity levels were better than ever.

At some point over the last seven years, I went from being depressed, overweight and in debt to feeling much happier, thinner and debt-free. But it didn’t happen overnight. It took a lot of small steps, and one of those steps was ditching the to-do lists.

I can't wait for you to email me and let me know that you too have ditched your to-do list!

PS - Do you feel stuck in your organizing? Sign up for the April FREE Masterclass, 3 Reasons You Can't Get Organized & What to do about it Masterclass here.

PPS - We just made our BIGGEST announcement of 2019... You can now buy the 100 Day Home Organization Program and ALL ACCESS with PAYMENT PLANS!

View the full post here: https://organize365.com/stop-to-do-list/

Apr 05, 2019
273 - It is IMPOSSIBLE To Be Behind When You Are Organizing
27:54

Do you ever feel like you’re behind in your organizing routine?

Maybe you went on a sunny vacation and came back with a stack of mail to sort? Or, perhaps you skipped a few days in the 100 Day All Home Program?

You might feel anxious, worried, or even a little guilty. But, here’s the truth…

After you start, it’s physically impossible for you to be behind in organizing.

Don’t believe me?

Listen to this episode of the Organize 365 podcast to find out why your organizing journey is more like an endless escalator than a staircase with an infinitive first and last step.

The Organizational Journey

To put all of this into perspective, I want you to think about organizing in a similar way to how a baby learns to crawl, walk, and run.

In the beginning, a baby will learn how to crawl on the floor. In organization land, this is basically you when you’re decluttering your house.

Next, the baby might stand up and take a few steps while holding onto furniture for support. This is when you’ve reached out for help and taken the first steps in organizing (congratulations, by the way!).

Maybe you signed up for the 100 Day All Home Program, or perhaps you hired a professional organizer to help you out. It’s all going well because you’ve got that extra support and encouragement.

Eventually, the baby lets go of the coffee table and starts taking its first steps on its own. Granted, they’re wobbly steps, and the baby looks a little like a duckling with its bottom stuck out and arms flying everywhere. But, at least they’re finally walking unaided, right? Sure, they might fall a lot but they’re making progress, just like you.

When you “go it alone,” you might stumble and even feel like giving up at times. But you’ll get there. Soon, you’ll organize all the main areas of your life so well that when you return to re-organize them the following year, it won’t take you half as long.

As you go through your organizational journey, your skills, or "organizational muscles" as I like to call them, will continue to develop and grow.

And, like the baby in this analogy, eventually you’ll start running.

Organizing is Hard. Productivity is Fun!

In Episode 251, I talked about the fact that decluttering is easy. Organizing is hard. And, productivity is fun!

Once you’ve got the hang of things and you start building your organizational muscles, you’ll become so much more productive. Remember that organization is a learned skill. You can’t learn it overnight.

When you first start decluttering like a mad woman, you’ll be left with things that you’re not sure if you want to keep or not. The things that you do want to keep will need to go into containers. At this stage of your organizing journey, you’ve swapped your declutter hat for a productive one instead.

When you go through the 100 Day Home Organization Program for the first time, it can be a bit overwhelming. You’ll get a lot done in your first round. You’ll declutter the house, and by the time you’re done, you’ll think, well, that should do it for another five or 10 years!

The truth is that you’ll never be done organizing!

In fact, I’d go as far as saying that it’s not until the second or even third time through the 100 Day Home Organization Program that you start having those big "ah-ha!" moments.

You’ll discover that organizing your kitchen for the second time with the program is so much easier and fluent than the first time. You’ll have productive formulas and routines in place for your paper. And, because your processes are more streamlined, you’ll be able to get a lot more done in that 100-day time frame.

Snap Photos of your Progress

When you’re in the middle of organizing everything, it’s tough for your mind to see the progress you’re making. So, grab your camera and snap a few before and after shots.

Give yourself that instant gratification of seeing what things looked like before your inner organizing ninja got to work. You don’t need to show anybody the photos if you don’t want to. They can be there for you to look back at on those terrible days when you feel like you’re never going to be organized.

Whenever you feel that way, you can look back at the photos and see how far you’ve come. You’ll know that you have made real progress, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. Be proud of yourself. You’ve decided to start living a more organized life. You’ve put the gears in motion, and you’re building organizational muscles. That is something to be proud of.

On a side note… If you do decide to share your before and after photos, I’d love to see them on Instagram! Please remember to tag me @organize365!

Organizing Pays You In Time

In Episode 269, I talked about the time, money, motivation trifecta that’s necessary for change. Organization always gives you more time. It doesn’t pay in cash, but it does give you the time you need to balance other areas in your life.

When you’ve got more time because you don’t need to spend hours organizing paper, you can put that time to better use.

The 100 Day All Home Program is designed to give you the freedom to live your best life without worrying about organizing your home 24/7. It gives you the tools you need to make a lasting, incremental organizational change in your home throughout the seasons.

Once you complete the program, you’ll find that the areas in your home where you spend most of your time are all better organized. But, when you’re in the heart of the action all the time, it’s easy to look around and think about all the areas lacking the standard of organized heaven that you were reaching for.

But, if you take a closer look, you’ll realize that you’ve come a long way since taking those first baby steps. Your organizational muscles are growing. By the time you do the 100 Day Organization Program for the second or third time, you’ll find areas that you perhaps didn’t address the first time. And, you’ll realize that organizing comes a lot more naturally to you now.

Don’t aim for perfection, aim for progress!

Realize that reaching the perfect organized life takes time. It’s not instantaneous. But, even by taking that first baby step, you’re already ahead of the game. You’re one step closer to living a more organized life that gives you the time you need to live your best life.

Mar 29, 2019
272 - What Do You Do With Items That Don't Spark Joy?
28:45

Let’s be real. Not every item in your home will spark joy as soon as you see it or pick it up. And, it doesn’t have to.

In this episode of the podcast, I explore what we should do with the items that don’t give us any real joy in our lives. But first, I’ve got a question for you…

Have you ever read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo?

It’s a great book that encourages readers to transform their homes into a clutter-free zone using the KonMari Method. As an organizing nut, I’ve read this book from cover to cover. Although I enjoyed it, I don’t think its paper organizing solutions work for American women.

The KonMari Method challenges you to keep the things you really love and get rid of the rest. Literally. While this method might work for some, it doesn’t work for people like me who have a lot of stuff and no time to stop and think if an item sparks true joy.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for keeping items that have real meaning and decluttering the things that don’t have much of a purpose. But, what about paper? In her book, Marie’s key principle for sorting papers is to throw them all away (I know, I had to hold myself up after reading that, too).

There’s no way we can get rid of ALL our paper. I can’t function as an American woman, business owner, homeowner, wife, and mother without paper. I just can’t.

So, we’re going to dive into this further and figure out just how much paper we can get rid of and how much we can keep. Let’s jump in!

Sorting Your Papers

85% of the papers you have in your house are shreddable. That leaves you with 15% that you’ve deemed important or necessary enough to keep.

So, let’s take that 15% and start a complete paper organization overhaul, shall we?

Unless you’re a passionate organizer like me, sorting your papers probably doesn’t fill you with feelings of joy and happiness.

Instead of picking up a paper and asking yourself if it sparks joy, ask whether it is useful.

If you don’t have any use for it, it’ll meet its grim fate in the shredder. If it does have use, it can be organized into binders.

Should You “Go Paperless”?

Is going 100% paperless a good idea? And, is it even possible?

The short answer is no.

Yes, you can go digital with lots of different things in your personal life and/or business. But, paper is never going to stop. It’ll always find a way to slip back into your life, whether that’s in the form of a letter, tax return documentation, or your kid’s art pieces!

Although it seems like the world is taking everything digital, there will always be a place for paper. You can try to go digital. But sooner or later, you’ll need somewhere to organize your papers.

Take a young couple as an example. Yes, they’re all into technology and the "Cloud." But, when they have their first child and he/she returns home from school with a backpack filled with drawings, they want to keep them all forever. Three kids down the line, they’ve got stacks of old drawings and no storage space for all the paper they’ve accumulated!

If you’re in a similar situation, have a binder for each child. Then, choose 100 of your favorite drawings and keep those. You don’t need to keep every little thing your child creates. Sure, your kid might be the next Picasso, but how many pumpkin pictures does one family need?

Save the ones that are the most useful. They’re the ones that make you feel good and are laced with happy memories. If you need help sorting your kid’s school papers and art, check out our Kid’s School Memory Binder.

Organizing Your Reference Paper

Actionable papers and reference papers have different usefulness, profitability, and portability, which means you’ve got to organize them differently, too.

I recommend that every family have four specific binders:

1. Financial Binder

2. Medical Binder (for each family member)

3. Household Reference Binder

4. Household Operations Binder

(Each of these binders is also available for International use. You can find the International versions over in our Shop.)

All your reference papers can go into one of these binders, where you can access them easily and update as and when required.

You can’t haul a filing cabinet around with you. But, with all your papers neatly organized in binders, you can literally just grab and go.

Organizing Your Actionable Paper

Actionable papers are things like bills, receipts, forms, and things that require some form of action. Reminders like changing air filters, giving your dog flea and tick medicine, and so on all come under this same category of "actionable paper."

The problem with this type of paper is that it just gets everywhere. You’ll find them on your nightstand, on the kitchen table, and even tucked away in your car’s glove compartment.

So, how can you organize all your actionable papers?

The answer is with the Sunday Basket System.

Keeping all your actionable to-do lists, bills, reminders, and so on inside your Sunday Basket gives you complete control over those papers and helps you develop a more organized way of thinking.

Don’t Let Paper Control You!

I honestly can’t imagine a world without paper. Technology is great, but there’s nothing like writing things down and having a physical copy of the things that are important to you.

Remember that paper doesn’t have to control you, you control paper.

If you’ve tried any of my suggestions for paper organization, I’d love to hear from you! Share your stories or snaps with me on Instagram and don’t forget to join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips! Tag me in your posts @organize365 or use the hashtag #organize365!

Mar 22, 2019
138 - Why the Magic Art of Tidying Up Doesn't Work for American Women
40:47

I’m sharing what I like, don't like and why I think that this book doesn't work for American women.

Talk about a controversial statement, I know, but I think "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" does not work for the majority of American women. Marie and I approach organizing differently based on our ages and countries of origin./p>

There a few things that I do like about Marie's book.

  1. I love that she has brought the discussion of clutter and organizing to the attention of the media and people around the world.
  2. I like the idea behind her method of sparking joy. “If it doesn't spark joy that you should get rid of it.”
  3. I also love that Marie champions that idea that organization is a teachable and learnable skill.

Yes, yes, YES! That is what I have been saying for years, that it doesn't matter if you're not organized now, you can learn to be organized.


{To really understand why this book doesn’t work for American women read the whole post or listen to the podcast where I dive deep into the differences between an American house and a Japanese house and our cultural differences.}

 
What works for Marie but I have not seen as easily implementable for Americans are the following five things.
 
#1 Marie says you should tidy all at once and be done.

Immediately that rubbed me the wrong way, which is why I had such a hard time with her book. Having helped so many women organize their whole homes and organized my own I know, it took me three years to get organized. Knowing how hard American women try to be organized and the quantity of items to be organized I knew it was not that easy. You can't just wave a magic wand, do it once and it's all done.

#2 Marie consistently brings up this idea of perfectionism, the perfect system and that you can reach perfection.

I do not think that you can reach perfection. I'm not there, I actually get bored when I get anywhere close to being super productive. I create all these alternative projects I can do to make my life a little bit more cluttered. I don't want to live in a perfect minimalistic, 100% efficient life. I don't agree that you can actually even achieve a perfect life.  

#3 Is the topic of paper organization.

This is the hot button that originally rubbed me the wrong way when reading Marie’s book. The first time I read her book, I stopped reading after the one and a half pages about how to organize paper, which basically said just get rid of all of it.

I about had a heart failure.

So when I re-read the book last week, and I read all the way through I realized that towards the end of the book she does tell you how to organize paper, a little bit. But she still sticks with the idea that almost all paper should be thrown away and that there are only three files that you should have.

Files.

Not filing systems.
 
Files.
 
Three envelopes or three files of paper, TOTAL.
 

#4 Marie glosses over photos and memories.

Her suggestion to go through your photos one by one and make decisions, would take at least a year for most of the Americans that I know. It is definitely not something you can tidy all at once and be done in a day or two. Furthermore, most Americans have a hard time deciding which photos are good to keep and which ones can be let go.

Don’t believe me? What do you do with your school pictures after you put one in a family frame and hand them out to friends and family members? If you are like most Americans you store the rest in the school envelope and “save” them. Who know, we might “need” them. And they cost good money. See – we need help.


And lastly, #5 Marie explains how she empties her purse every single day.

Her wallet, train ticket, etc all come out of her purse and are stored in different places in her home. Then she puts the purse in a bag and puts it up on the shelf of her closet. There is no way that I could empty out my purse and refill my purse every day.


I am so grateful that the "Magic Art of Tidying Up" has become such a popular book and has brought this whole idea of organizing and decluttering to the forefront of the media. It has opened up the discussion for people around the world to really take a look at the stuff that they have saved and think about the kind of a life that they want to live.

However, if you are an American and you have read this book and you've made great progress in your master closet, but then you haven't made much more progress in the rest of your house, you're doing just fine.
 
So what does work for American women? The 100 Day Home Organization Challenge is the perfect match for your American home. Registration just opened for the January 2 kick off. Join today!
Mar 21, 2019
271 - Organization Decision Fatigue
48:46

Decision Fatigue

Do you suffer from decision fatigue? When you’re bombarded with too many decisions, your brain works in overdrive. And, you end up mentally and physically exhausted.

So many of you have asked me to talk about this issue on the podcast, so…here it is!

But, before you jump into this episode, it’s worth checking out the Time, Money, Motivation podcast (ep.269). The trifecta I talk about in that episode will help change your mindset.

When you learn to look at things differently, you’ll have the willpower to make real transformational change.

To help you out, we offer a FREE week trial of the 100 Day Home Organization Program. It won’t work miracles. But, it will bring you leaps and bounds closer to living a stress-free and more organized life (minus decision fatigue!).

The truth is that you don’t need to run a marathon or get a PhD to experience a transformation. You can achieve a very BIG change from a very tiny shift to your mindset and daily habits….and, I’m going to show you how!

What is Decision Making Fatigue?

When you’re lost in decision fatigue, you usually lack time, money or motivation (or all three).

When you wake up in the morning and go about your day, you’ll have X amount of decisions to make.

Your decision-making ability only goes so far. If you’re faced with decision after decision, you’ll burn-out. That’s what decision fatigue is.

A nasty little thing, isn’t it?

How can you beat decision fatigue?

Want to know how you can kick decision fatigue’s hypothetical butt?

Grab a hammer, lift your little decision fatigue monster up by the scruff of its neck and…. ah, I’m just messing with you!

To overcome decision-making fatigue, you’ve got to create rules and habits. Habits take up to 100 days to form and cross the barrier from something you do now and then, to something you do ALL the time.

My entire life is an outpouring of habit stacking. You wouldn’t believe the number of habits I’ve accumulated over the years. But, I wouldn’t have it any other way because they’ve helped me live a super productive life. And, supplied me with lots of energy.

However, habits take a long time to cultivate and develop. I’d be lying if I said it's easy. It’s not. My advice is to start small. Create no more than three habits per year and make them stick.

Next up, you need to have rules. Rules are instantaneous, and they can adapt.

The $50 Decision-Making Challenge

Everyone has a decision-making limit. An infinitive decision-making capability isn’t a thing. You only get a limited amount of decisions each day. You’ve got to decide whether the decisions you’re making every day are worth your time.

Is stopping to decide what shoes to wear to the gym worth sacrificing a decision slot? Probably not.

So, here’s my challenge for you….

When you go through your week, imagine that every decision you make costs $50. Deciding what to eat for lunch? $50. But, if you’ve already got your lunch prepared and you know what you’re having, you can put that $50 back in your pocket.

If you start looking at each decision as having the same worth, you’ll build your organizational muscles as you begin to see which choices are worth it and which ones are not.

Thinking about the where, why & what

The reward of organization is time. When you’re organized, you get to decide how you use your time. The fewer decisions you make, the higher quality decisions you can make.

To beat decision fatigue, you’ve got to consider the where, why and what.

  1. Where?

Where does an item go when you don’t want it?

Will it go in the trash or to goodwill?

When thinking about the where, make a decision for each physical item that you no longer want or need in your home.

It could be as simple as picking up an item and asking yourself if you want to keep it. If you do, put it where it needs to go. If you don’t, ask yourself if it’s trash. If it is, it goes in the trashcan. If not, it goes to goodwill.

The same can be said for shredding. If you’re faced with a stack of paper that needs shredding, you’ve got to decide where and when you’ll shred it. Don’t bombard yourself with questions. Keep it simple.

Will you shred it, or will you hire someone else to do it? When will you shred it?

The goal is to try to make your decision tree as small as possible. You can do this by creating rules that help reduce the amount of decisions you need to make before reaching an outcome.

  1. Why?

Next, think about your ‘why.’ Why are you making all these decisions?

Pick up your nearest item. Mine happens to be a cup. So, if you were me, you’d ask yourself whether you want to keep this cup. If not, decide if it has any value. If it does, it’s good enough for goodwill. If not, (maybe it’s got a chip or crack) then toss it in the trash.

During this thought process, you’ll have an entire conversation in your head about why you will or will not keep the item in your hand. But you’ve got to be ruthless.

Quiet the chatter in your mind, take control of your decisions, and move on!

The Sunday Basket is the physical way of learning how to detach your self-worth from what your brain is going on and on about.

  1. What?

Decision fatigue is partly about what you’re going to do with the object you don't want. But, perhaps even more than that, it’s about what you’re going to do about all the thoughts that you have about the object that you don't want anymore.

Don’t let your brain get in the way. That little inside voice you’ve got chatting your ear off 24/7 needs to be silenced.

Get in the habit of making tactical decisions.

Create rules that you feel good about. If you feel good donating to goodwill, make that a rule.

The key takeaway I want you to go away with is to make your decision of where, turn off your brain about the why, and then you'll have more time and focus for the what! That’s how you’re going to overcome decision fatigue.

View the full post here: https://organize365.com/decision-fatigue/

Mar 15, 2019
270 - Friday Workboxes - Which one is for me?
51:43

The Friday Workboxes are changing people’s lives. Organizing your home-based business or “passion project” has never been easier. But, that doesn’t mean you don’t have questions!

If you’re new to our Friday Workboxes, you’re probably wondering which one is right for you. I discussed this topic in episode 250 of the podcast, where I talked about how to work your workbox. So, if you want to learn more about how to use your Friday Workbox to its maximum efficiency, I recommend you listen to that episode either before or after this one.

In this week’s episode, I introduce you to Michelle Paradice. She's the one who answers the majority of the customer service questions we get here at Organize 365. Have a question about workboxes? Go to Michelle!

Want to know how you can sign-up for All-Access Membership? Go to Michelle!

You get the idea… she’s basically my question answering wing-woman!

With the Friday Workboxes, you’ve got seven to choose from (an eighth will be added towards the end of spring/early summer, so keep an eye out for that!). A lot of the time, we get questions like, “Which workbox is right for me?

If you’re not sure which workbox is right for you, check out this handy flow chart!

But even with the Workbox Flow Chart, you might think that your business doesn’t really fit into any one box. Maybe it could fit into two or even three boxes. To clear up some of the confusion and to help you identify which Friday Workbox is right for you and your needs, Michelle and I have taken the time to answer some of your questions. Here goes…

Should I buy multiple workboxes?

Whether you’re a business owner, a home-school teacher, or a busy stay-at-home mom, you’re likely wearing more than one hat. I wouldn’t advise that you buy three boxes and start them all at the same time. Take it slow. Start with one box. Get good at it. Then, when you’re ready, move onto the next one.

The more organized you get, the more productive you’ll become. Think about it as if you’re growing your organizational muscles. As you start to live a more organized life, you’ll naturally want to carry the same systems over to your business.

Yes, you may need to use more than one workbox. But don’t bite off more than you can chew. Take one step at a time and work your way up.

So, here are a few of the main questions we answered in the podcast (make sure you tune into the full episode to hear them all!)

As a realtor, I have lots of clients with lots of files. But, I’m not sure how to organize my existing clients. Should I have a pink slash pocket for each client?

Let’s start with the basics for this one. Each Workbox comes with a basket. It’s essentially a foldable box that comes in 10 different colors. You’ll also get colored slash pockets like plastic binder inserts with tabs on them.

The 1.0 slash pockets come in red, orange, yellow, green and blue.

The 2.0 slash pockets come with five of each color and include pink, purple, blue and green. Each color follows a formula, and most are business related.

So, to answer this question…

The pink slash pocket is perfect for leads and marketing.

And, the purple slash pocket is for your existing clients with a contract.

Keep them separate. You’re not going to get a gold medal for both of these areas of your business. You’re either a pro at getting leads. Or you’re really good with customers. Dividing the two into separate slash pockets helps you to categorize people into one or the other.

You should always have leads in your pipeline and once a lead transitions into a paying customer, you can move that person from the pink slash pocket to the purple slash pocket.

If I’m a caregiver and a trustee that handles all of the medical condition and administrative details to run the house, are these projects and which workbox should they be in?

In this case, you don’t need a workbox. You need a Sunday Basket that comes with a medical and financial binder.

Why?

Well, you’re taking over the entire estate. You’re responsible for the household duties and the day-to-day care of that person. You can keep all of the mail in the Sunday Basket and go through it all with them when they’re ready. Most things will find a home in the medical binder or the financial binder.

I have a Teacher Workbox and I'm getting my husband the Corporate Workbox. He works one week a month at their office in another state. Should he get two workboxes or carry folders with him when he is at the other office?

If you or someone you know is in a similar situation as this customer, Michelle’s advice to you is to get a second workbox. But don’t carry the second workbox back and forth with you as you travel from one state to the next. Leave it in the second office.

Although, you will need to carry the slash pockets with you because you don’t want to duplicate those!

I’m an independent sales rep and considered to be self-employed. But, the companies I work for handle marketing and some lead generation. I looked at the flowchart and I'm not sure which workbox I should buy.

Finding the right workbox in this situation depends on what type of product you’re selling. If it’s a physical product, the Direct Sales Friday Box will be perfect for you.

However, if you’re a service-based provider, the Professional Organizer’s Friday Box one might be more suited to your needs.

FYI – If you have a specific question like this about your own business and you’re not sure what Friday Workbox you should get, send your question to us using this handy contact form!

I own a music teaching business and bought the curriculum and training from another company. I also homeschool, so which workbox should I purchase?

If you’re not part of a franchise, the Direct Sales Box is ideal for you. Of course, if you’re also home-schooling, you’ll need to pick up the Homeschool Friday Box, too. This will help you to create a system to organize all of the paperwork associated with homeschooling.

For my rental business, I need the Entrepreneur Workbox. However, I’m also part of our onboarding and other HR administrative tasks. Will I need one or two Corporate Workboxes?

The Corporate Friday Workbox is for you if you work a traditional corporate job and are craving organization in your workplace. But sometimes, you might need more than one Corporate Friday Box to organize and manage different aspects of the job.

You could also buy one complete set and divide your slash pockets by color. Assign a color to your administrative tasks and another to your project, etc. This makes it easy to stay on top of things.

So, which workbox is right for you?

Trying to figure out which Friday Workbox is right for you is the first hurdle. But once you’ve found the right Friday Workbox for you, I promise you’ll be well on your way toward leading a more organized and productive work life.

To hear all of the questions and answers we went through, make sure you tune into the podcast!

If you’ve already started using a Friday Workbox to help organize your work, let me know how you’re getting on! Follow me on Instagram and tag me @organize365 or using #organize365 so I can see your photos! Don’t forget to join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips!

Mar 08, 2019
269 - “Time, Money, Motivation:” The Trifecta Necessary for Change
57:08

I don’t have enough money to …

If I have more time I would …

I’m just not motivated.

These are the top 3 things holding you back from the change you crave and I finally figured out how they are RELATED!

Did you know what the most common New Year’s Resolutions are?

  1. To get fit/lose weight
  2. Pay off debt/get money in order
  3. Get organized

Did you also know that when you start on one of these goals, the others fall in line, too?

It takes time, but it will happen. I promise. And by time I mean … years.

I was an EXTREMELY productive child, working 40 hours a week babysitting because I could easily sell the moms I worked for into hiring me for more time if I told them I was available. (Suckers!) ;)

Time, Money and Motivation all go hand-in-hand.

TIME

Organization always gives you more TIME. ALWAYS.

If you decide to be a minimalist, you are, hands down, going to have more time.

Part of organization is decluttering. But decluttering involves more that just your physical objects.

You will declutter items from your calendar, out of your email inbox, organize your paper, and occasionally declutter past relationships that are no longer mutually beneficial.

Personally, I started my journey in the “getting organized” category. It took me about 18 months.

Organizing is proactively choosing how you are going to use your time.

If you are a reactionary, others choose how you spend your time.

Productivity is the outpouring of living an organized life.

MONEY

Your money is your resource.

Money comes from constraining yourself so that you can budget yourself and get out of that resource what you want.

No one has unlimited money. NO ONE. Money is a constraint that makes you CHOOSE what you invest in.

My money journey has been life long and it was not until about 2 years ago that Greg and I finally got consumer debt free.

And then we slipped. We are still working on this area together.

MOTIVATION

Your energy and your motivation come from your health and wellness.

With a great set of genes and not too much vanity, I haven’t minded a “few” extra pounds and unhealthy food choices.

Recently, I have started prioritizing my future health by being more responsible now. I could never have the time and money to focus on this in the past.

Listen in as I deep dive into my 7 year journey of health and wellness, from fast food and fountain cokes to salads and zone bars. I haven’t “arrived,” but I HAVE improved.

Habits change slowly, consistently, over time as you will see from my health and wellness story.

Listen to the podcast to hear the 3 steps I took in each area to make improvements.

It has been a 7 year journey from drowning in reactionary mode to the thriving productive woman you see today.

And I wouldn’t change any of it!

As I said last week, making major changes, one step at a time, is hard. And I can see in our FREE Facebook group Organize 365 and on Instagram, when people share their photos of the inner struggles they are facing as they make progress in their organizational journey and I honestly cheer OUT LOUD to see the progress and I think to myself, look how far they have come! :)

Organize 365 is here to support you on your organizational journey. What is your number one priority in the new year? I’d love to hear it.

I’m cheering for you!

The Self Coaching School - Brooke Castillo episodes mentioned in this podcast (32, 71, 76, 77, 85, 104, 105, 129, 243)

 

Upcoming Cincinnati Events

Grow Your Business Focus Day - April 12

April Paper Organizing Retreat  - April 13 & 14

Annual Embrace Conference - June 21-23

 

FREE Live Masterclasses Registrations

  • Sunday Basket - March 5
  • Warrior MAMA Binder - March 19
  • 100 Day Home Organization Program - April 16


If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Mar 01, 2019
Bonus - 31 Surprises in March!
04:26

31 Surprises in March!

 
Surprise #1 - I am now doing a Facebook and Instagram LIVE Friday's at 9am ET
 
Surprise # 2 - Organize 3656 just launched The Productive Home CEO Quiz! 
  • Find out your WHY
  • Determine how much time you have
  • Find out where you are in the organizing cycle!
 
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Mar 01, 2019
Bonus - Warrior MAMA
32:48
Watch the unboxing with video here.
Sign up for the masterclass here.
All other Warrior MAMA resources here
Feb 28, 2019
268 - YOUR why. WHY are you thinking about getting organized now?
22:38

Lisa, what do you mean “why”? Isn’t it obvious, we want to be organized.

Yes, or course, but WHY? Knowing why NOW is the time to actually GET organized is powerful.  In this episode, we will dive deep into several reasons I hear all the time.

Listen in and see if any of these four reasons resonate with you.

 

#1 “New Year, New You?”

The new year ALWAYS brings a burst of organizing energy. PERIOD.

This year, the Marie Kondo Netflix show has prolonged that discussion in your Facebook feed, water cooler chit chat and curiosity.

Did you decide that you wanted to fold your clothes differently? That really is a magical drawer organization trick. I highly recommend it!

But now, as the memes are trending. 30 books?! Total? Per room? The hard work is left to do.

The hot mess room, piles of paper, photos and items that don’t “spark joy” aren’t necessarily able to be discarded. Now what?

 

#2 Feeling like you are behind the 8 ball? Always paying bills late, always reacting, never proacting? Maybe you feel like you don’t have a PLAN.

If you could just CATCH UP!

This is the “I am going to draw a line in the sand. No matter what it takes, I AM going to be in charge of my life again.”

You realize that this is never going to change unless you change. But how?

Learning to proactively live your life is a building of that muscle. It will not be easy at first, but you will succeed over time. And a purposeful, planned life is worth it.

 

#3 You want your home to be a place of rest and entertainment.

You want to be able to invite people over to your home, but you don’t feel like it is a restful place or that it is “perfect” enough to have company.

You know me. I’m not talking about the President of the United States coming over or having your home ready for a photo shoot by Better Homes & Gardens.

This looks like the main rooms of your home being presentable when you neighbor knocks on the door and you can invite them inside.

Walking into your home at the end of a long day and feeling “at home”, not like you are starting your next job.

Peaceful, inviting, lived in, warm, a place of rest.

 

#4 You want to break the family cycle of disorganization that you were born into and are perpetuating for the next generation. You want a paradigm shift.

This one is HUGE. And honestly, not a reason I thought of.

Making major changes, one step at a time is hard. And I can see in our FREE Facebook group Organize 365 and on Instagram, when people share their photos of the inner struggles they are facing as they make progress in their organizational journey and I honestly cheer OUT LOUD to see the progress and I think to myself, look how far they have come! :)

In my book, How ADHD Affects Home Organization, we deep dive into the 8 executive functions of the mind and how your mind might be making things harder for you because you are comparing yourself to the magazine instead of comparing yourself to the progress that you have made.

 

Knowing your WHY will keep you going.

You can see the thoughts, energy and purpose behind each of these 4 WHYS is vastly different.

Today, take a few minutes after the podcast and think about…

  1. WHY you are wanting to get organized right now.
  2. What is it that is getting you to keep going on your organizational journey.
  3. And then tape that up in the bathroom where you get ready for your day.

I’m cheering for you!

 

Upcoming Cincinnati Events

Grow Your Business Focus Day - April 12

April Paper Organizing Retreat  - April 13 & 14

Annual Embrace Conference - June 21-23

 

FREE Live Masterclasses Registrations

  • Sunday Basket - March 5
  • Warrior MAMA Binder - March 19
  • 100 Day Home Organization Program - April 16


If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Feb 22, 2019
267 - Warrior Mamas with Monique Horb
58:53

In this episode, Lisa invites Monique Horb back onto the podcast. Monique is a Sunday Basket Certified Workshop Organizer and runs her own professional organizing business, Organizing Your Chaos.

In today’s episode, Lisa and Monique tackle the nuanced and difficult conversations surrounding parenting children with special needs. Speaking from experience, both moms discuss the challenges and joys of parenting their unique kids and the documentation needed to do it well.

Organize 365 introduces the Warrior Mama Binder, a workbook and documentation powerhouse designed for moms by moms of children with unique learning needs.

Be sure to check out www.organize365.com/warrior-mamas for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

Like the show? Leave a review!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

If you’re ready to use my strategies to finally take back your home, jump right in to the 100 Day Home Organization Challenge. You can try a week free to see if it’s right for you!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Feb 15, 2019
266 - Workshops, Sunday Basket Club & Retreats
27:25

The past year in the life of the Sunday Basket  has been a whirlwind!

I wanted to pause and clarify the differences between the Sunday Basket Workshops, the Sunday Basket Club and the Paper Organizing Retreats.

Why do we need a Sunday Basket anyway?!

What do you do with your mail when it comes in your door?
What about the ideas that flood your head while you’re driving your kids to school?

How about prescriptions, coupons, “to do lists”?

I promise you are spending more time managing these things than you think. The Sunday Basket System is the answer to eliminating that to do list and freeing your mind from constantly trying to keep up with the hamster wheel of ideas that flood it daily.

If you haven’t started your Sunday Basket yet, you can purchase the Complete Sunday Basket System here. The purchase of the Complete Sunday Basket comes with a virtual “on demand” training you can access on Organize 365 in your dashboard.

I just updated those training videos last week. Additionally you can listen to the Sunday Basket podcast here to learn more about the Sunday Basket and follow along as you set yours up.

Where did the IN PERSON workshops come from?

The Sunday Basket Workshop was designed after my passion for Creative Memories workshops, where women would come from all over Cincinnati (and in my backyard) to laugh, drink wine or lattes, listen to 80s music and put photos into albums on the last Friday of the month in my home. It is my vision that we will have Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizers in every major city in America teaching and helping women organize their paper and be freed from the guilt and burden that piles of unorganized paper brings.

If you are looking for a Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer in your city or town to help you get organized, please check out our Certified Organizer Directory!

How about the Sunday Basket Club?

Because the Sunday Basket became so popular, and because I love community so much, when the demand came to have a “Sunday Basket Club” on Sundays where I would go through your Sunday Basket with you, I wanted to say yes, but I was overwhelmed with the prospect of having to teach that EVERY SUNDAY. However, two of our all star Sunday Basket Workshop Organizers volunteered to run it … so I said yes!  

The Sunday Basket Club has a 90 minute Facebook Live time where you can go through your Sunday Basket with Monique Horb and Ryan Lanier EVERY SINGLE SUNDAY.

The Sunday Basket Club is a virtual weekly workshop kind of like “co working” as you go through your Sunday Basket. But it is more than just your Sunday Basket papers. Everyone in the Club also has the basic 4 binders I use to ditch their filing cabinet.

To gain access to the Sunday Basket Club, you can sign up for the Complete Paper Program or All Access. You can learn more about and/or purchase the Complete Paper Program here. You can learn more about and/or purchase All Access here.

Last but not least, Paper Organizing Retreats.

Lastly, let’s come full circle. The Sunday Basket Workshops started because of the good ol’ Creative Memories days. And even though you can learn about the Sunday Basket System and Workshops from our Certified Organizers, or participate virtually by buying it on demand from Organize 365, and you can go through your Sunday Basket weekly in the Sunday Basket Club; like I said, I like community. And I LOVED hosting Creative Memories workshops and my famous “Winter Wonderland Retreat”. So naturally, Paper Organizing Retreats were born and I am LOVING hosting them and so excited about all the progress I have seen women make in this weekend away to really focus on and tackle those paper organizing projects.

So join me, my team and our Certified Organizers at an upcoming Paper Organizing Retreat in April! You can learn more and/or register here! We would LOVE to help you get your paper organized and most importantly, give you a BIG HUG!

PS Have you thought about becoming a Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer? The program is OPEN! But only until February 10th! Hop on over to Sundaybasketcertification.com to learn more and/or sign up! We would love to have you on the team. :)

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

View the complete post here.

Feb 08, 2019
265 - Get Certified!
39:08
Have you ever thought about being a Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer?

If so, now is YOUR TIME!

Did you ever wonder how the Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer Certification started?

My sister and I talk about how the Sunday Basket Workshop patterns after our experiences at Creative Memories workshops where our clients - who soon became friends - would all rally around on a Friday night in our basements or garages and we would crank up the tunes, share a few laughs, maybe a cocktail or two, and sometimes tears, as we put together scrapbooks.

There was a feeling of satisfaction in having helped women put their memories into albums, while simultaneously, creating more memories in the process. And in the height of the scrapbooking “trend”, there was a lot of money to be made in doing it.

Fast forward to today. There are women literally drowning in their paper piles and the Sunday Basket Workshop is here to save them. And you can help! There are so many major cities in America who do not have a Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer to help them and my sister and I detail in this podcast the list of cities where we desperately need help to help those women get that paper organized!

Maybe you are not ready to be a Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer but you ARE getting a Professional Organizing Business started. Good for you! We have a free downloadable checklist to help you establish your business and we have a Start Your Professional Organization Business program that is a six week course that dives into that checklist soup to nuts. You can download the checklist here. You can learn more about Start here.

Maybe you are not interested in BEING a Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer, but you are looking for one? If so, head on over to the Certified Organizer Directory and see if there is someone in your town to help you get your paper organized!

If you are ready to sign up to be a Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer, simply click here to kick off the process. We would love to have you!

View the complete post here.

Feb 01, 2019
264 - UPDATE: A Year to Get Organized - Molly
28:48

In this episode, we get an update on Molly, who you first heard about in Episode 239.

As an almost-40 mother of three, Molly was living in a state of overwhelm. She found Organize 365, and her whole life transformed. This is the second six months of that transformation.

Lisa walks us through Molly’s year not as a perfect model to measure ourselves against, but to reassure us that an imperfect path to organization still leads to organization.

Resources from Molly’s journey:

The 100 Day Home Organization Program

Paper Organizing Retreats

The Sunday Basket

Friday Workboxes

Embrace: You are Enough National Conference

Be sure to check out www.organize365.com/a-year-to-get-organized-molly-update for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

Like the show? Leave a review!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

If you’re ready to use my strategies to finally take back your home, jump right in to the 100 Day Home Organization Challenge. You can try a week free to see if it’s right for you!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Jan 25, 2019
239 - A Year To Get Organized - Molly
48:53

Come peek at a year in the life of Molly, a woman who has decided that she has had enough; it’s time to take back her life. In order to do so, she needs to get organized, and that means organizing her paper, organizing her house, and becoming more productive. She wants to free herself from the everyday responsibilities that she thought were solely hers to open herself up to her unique talent. Lisa walks us through the first two rounds of the 100 Day Home Organization Program that is part of All Access, as well as a few of the bonuses offered with the program. If you’ve ever wondered what these systems are and how they can transform your home, listen in!

Check out the new web site (and the All Access Program)!

Binge the top 7 podcasts Lisa recommends to start.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/239 for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

Like the show? Leave a review!


If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook Group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Jan 25, 2019
263 - From Piles to Productivity with Virginia Deane
01:02:24

In this episode, Lisa chats with Virginia Deane, the daughter of Holly Knill, and a productivity expert in her own right.

Lisa and Virginia examine the way that the Friday Workboxes, specifically the Corporate Workbox, can help a team of individuals cut through the paper piles, skyrocket their productivity, and truly enjoy their jobs.

Interested? Grab your spot at one of our free Master Classes and start tackling your scattered to do lists.

That Boot Camp Virginia mentions in the episode? It’s now the Grow Your Business Focus Day at our Paper Organizing Retreat!

Be sure to check out organize365.com/piles-to-productivity for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

Like the show? Leave a review!

Are you interested in joining us for one of our live events? View the upcoming events and come make progress (not perfection) on your organizational goals!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

If you’re ready to use my strategies to finally take back your home, jump right in to the 100 Day Home Organization Challenge. You can try a week free to see if it’s right for you!

Jan 18, 2019
262 - All About the Embrace Conference
29:18

In this episode, Lisa is announcing the second annual Organize 365 National Conference, now called Embrace!

What will it be like, and why should you go? It’s all in this episode, but mainly, you should go because you are enough, just as you are.

No matter where you are in your organizational journey, this conference will meet you where you are, as you are, and help you recognize the gifts and talents you (and only you) possess. You won’t want to miss it.

Register here for this memorable weekend!

Be sure to check out organize365.com/all-about-embrace for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

Like the show? Leave a review!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

If you’re ready to use my strategies to finally take back your home, jump right in to the 100 Day Home Organization Challenge. You can try a week free to see if it’s right for you!

Jan 11, 2019
261 - My Personal 7 Year Transformation
01:12:57

If you’ve ever wondered how Lisa finds “balance,” how she manages to grow a six-figure business while managing her home, you’ll want to listen to this episode.

In a heaping dose of vulnerability, Lisa shares how she has transformed over the past seven years professionally and personally after enduring a dark valley in 2012.

This episode is all about grace, and is a triumphant story about following a dream while still being Mom.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/my-transformation for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

Join us for the Embrace: You Are Enough Conference this summer and start (or continue) your own personal transformation.

Like the show? Leave a review!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Are you ready to make this YOUR YEAR? Sign up for a FREE Masterclass to learn more about the 100 Day Home Organization Program here!

If you’re ready to use my strategies to finally take back your home, jump right in to the 100 Day Home Organization Challenge. You can try a week free to see if it’s right for you!

Jan 04, 2019
replay 210 - #1 Changing your Focus From Money to Time
01:13:15
Jan 01, 2019
replay 243 - #2 How to get Organized Faster
52:06
Dec 31, 2018
replay 241 - #3 Using Your Planner for Productivity
01:01:05
Dec 30, 2018
replay 222 - #4 3 Reasons I am ULTRA Productive
37:53
Dec 29, 2018
replay 211 - #5 Building Organizational Muscles
44:10
Dec 28, 2018
replay 246 - #6 Dividing your Week in Half
47:24
Dec 27, 2018
replay 242 - #7 Golden Windows
01:02:42
Dec 26, 2018
replay 134 - Lisa's 3 New Years
35:25
Dec 25, 2018
replay 147 - Step 3 Increase Productivity
43:17
Dec 24, 2018
replay 145 - Step 2 Organize
56:44
Dec 23, 2018
replay 144 - Step 1 Declutter
58:44
Dec 22, 2018
260 - 2018 Blessings
41:02

This episode does not follow the usual format you may be used to. In this episode, the words aren’t Lisa’s; they’re yours!

Lisa is combing through stories, anecdotes, and testimonials from the Organize 365 audience. She is celebrating big wins and little victories alike, and finding that we’re all in this together.

Many of these come from the Organize 365 Facebook group--if you’re not a member of the group, join us!

The Out with the Old Decluttering Challenge begins on December 26th. There’s still time to join!

Be sure to check out organize365.com/2018-blessings for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

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If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

If you’re ready to use my strategies to finally take back your home, jump right in to the 100 Day Home Organization Challenge. You can try a week free to see if it’s right for you!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Dec 21, 2018
259 - Truth for Teachers with Angela Watson
55:13

In the last episode of this interview series, Lisa sits down with Angela Watson of The Cornerstone for Teachers and Truth for Teachers Podcast. Angela is a veteran elementary school teacher turned instructional coach who helps overwhelmed teachers prioritize their obligations and reduce their working hours without reducing their impact.

Follow Angela’s blog, learn more about her online course, and subscribe to her podcast, where Lisa will be a guest in early 2019.

In addition to Angela’s strategies, the Organize 365 Teacher Friday Workbox and Homeschool Friday Workbox are great tools to use if you are an educator.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/angela for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

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If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

This year, celebrate Boxing Day with the Out with the Old Decluttering Challenge! Tackle your home room by room in this free blitz starting December 26th.

If you’re ready to use my strategies to finally take back your home, jump right in to the 100 Day Home Organization Challenge. You can try a week free to see if it’s right for you!


Dec 14, 2018
258 - The Psychology of the Sunday Basket
01:02:43

In the next installment of our interview series, Lisa sits down with Holly Knill, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, to discuss the science behind why The Sunday Basket™ works for just about anyone. Based on actual brain science and universal human nature, Holly explains the five ways that The Sunday Basket™, both the routine and the physical tool, are helpful in changing habits to lead a more proactive life.

Lisa’s depression story can be found in Episode 69, and more information about the work that Holly does can be found at The Expanding Heart Center.

You can learn more about The Sunday Basket here, and you can purchase the complete Sunday Basket Workshop or just the box in our shop. The entire Sunday Basket system also comes as a part of The Complete Paper Organization Program.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/sunday-basket-psychology for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

Like the show? Leave a review!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

 

Dec 07, 2018
257 - Time to Parent with Julie Morgenstern
49:01

In this episode, Lisa chats with Julie Morgenstern, a force in the field of personal and home organization.

Between her books, including Organizing from the Inside Out and Time to Parent, to her informative podcast, Julie has positioned herself as an expert on the effects of true organization on the entire family.

You’ll hear familiar refrains, like “it’s not about the containers!” and “You don’t have to throw everything out!” You’ll get practical tips for organizing a family. You’ll leave with an understanding about the one thing every woman needs in her life.

Enjoy this insightful episode!

Be sure to check out organize365.com/julie-morgenstern for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

Like the show? Leave a review!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Try the 100 Day Home Organization Program for free, and see if it’s right for you!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

 

Nov 30, 2018
256 - Going ALL IN in 2019
46:17

After sharing last week about the 100 Day Home Organization Program and our Holiday Blitz, a ton of you made the leap of faith to make 2019 the year you take back your home.

In this episode, Lisa wants to walk through what that will look like, and what you will experience in the program. If you haven’t signed up, you’ll love that this episode gives you an inside look at how the program is structured and how it can help you in your home organization journey.

Lisa tells you where to start, what to prioritize, and what the next steps will be once you are a member.

Not a member yet, but interested? Read more here.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/all-in for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

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If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Nov 23, 2018
255 - How to Follow Organize 365
37:15

In this episode, Lisa is guiding you through the seven ways you can follow (and interact with) Organize 365.

A teacher by trade, Lisa’s passion is sharing her knowledge and expertise with all women, no matter how much you can (or can’t) spend on that education. There are five free ways you can follow and learn from Lisa:

  1. This podcast, of course!
  2. The weekly newsletter, which not only briefs the podcast, but also ensures you’ll be the first to know about the latest launches and exclusives Organize 365 has to offer.
  3. The Facebook page and Facebook group
  4. Lisa’s favorite social media outlet, Instagram
  5. Seasonal free blitzes: If you missed the Holiday Blitz this week, you can still sign up for the Out with the Old Decluttering Blitz, which will start just after Christmas! Or, hang on until July when the Back to School Blitz returns.

Watch this video with tips for following on Facebook and Instagram.

If you’re looking for a more interactive, personal relationship with Lisa, or if you’re looking to invest in taking back your home, there are a few options for that:

  1. One of our paid programs, including the 100 Day Home Organization Program, Complete Paper Organization Program (or get both and much more with All Access), or The Sunday Basket. All are available in our shop.
  2. We saved the best for last: live events! There is nothing like meeting in person, and Lisa would love to hug you at the 2019 National Convention or (and!) the next Paper Organizing Retreat and Grow Your Business Focus Day.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/follow-organize-365 for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

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If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

 

Nov 16, 2018
254 - Finding More Planning Time
36:17

In this episode, Lisa chats about those coveted pockets of time she finds throughout the day. So often, we set aside time to do a task, only to spend the first half (or more!) thinking about what approach we should take. Since our brains are always with us, Lisa shows us how to use humble office supplies to skyrocket your productivity. You may not be able to create time, but you can take full advantage of the time you do have, using the tips in this episode. Grab your index cards!

Be sure to check out organize365.com/more-planning-time for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

This episode, on linen closets, is mentioned in the episode. You can tackle your linen closet, and all of the other spaces in your home, using the 100 Day Home Organization Program (now offering one week free!).

Like the show? Leave a review!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Nov 09, 2018
253 - 60 is the new 40
36:12

Are you ready for a rebirth? In this episode, Lisa explains her new perspective on generations and how when we were born affects how we use our home. Since we are living longer, we have “extra” time to live a vibrant life and use our gifts.

What’s holding us back? Our homes. What can we do about that? And what will Lisa do with her extra years? It’s all in this episode.

Both Generations and The Mindset of Organization are available on Amazon.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/60-is-the-new-40 for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

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If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

 

Nov 02, 2018
252 - Endurance Means Not Stopping
30:02

How do I get so much done? Find out in this episode as I talk about what endurance means to me and how I manage to live a productive live without a running to do list.

But basically? Endurance means not stopping. Doing one more (small) thing after you complete a task is like getting a two-for-one bonus. Once you get rolling in your organizing, it’s so much easier to keep going. Starting is the hard part, and you’re already doing that! Just keep going!

Sign up here for the FREE sneak peek of the 100 Day Home Organization Program. Like it? Join the entire program or dive into All Access.

The 2018 Holiday Blitz starts on November 12th and ends with a free webinar on the best way to organize your holidays. You won’t want to miss that webinar, because in it I’ll be releasing a super secret Black Friday special!

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Be sure to check out organize365.com/endurance for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

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Oct 26, 2018
251 - Decluttering is Easy. Organizing is Hard. Decorating is Fun.
43:40

In this episode, Lisa is talking about why, when taking control over your home and paper, the organization stage feels like the hardest. It’s why the cute container systems don’t work, why we don’t see true organization in photos on Pinterest, and why we need to go through the 100 Day Home Organization Program three times a year. In her simple, logical way, Lisa breaks down the common reasons why organization feels difficult and what we can do to overcome that hurdle.

Turn your memories into tangible treasures at Once Upon a Time.

Learn more about the Paper Organizing Retreats in Cincinnati, and all our other upcoming events, here.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/organizing-is-hard for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

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If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

 

Oct 19, 2018
250 - Which Workbox is right for you?
54:21

If you’ve been eyeing our Friday Box system but aren’t sure which Box is the right one for you, this podcast is what you’ve been waiting for! Lisa gets into (really into--grab a pen!) the details of our three most popular Friday Boxes, who they were designed for, and how they function to help you transform your Monday morning from hectic to calm and productive. (Hint: It’s something you do on Friday!)

Settle in (maybe pack a lunch), grab a notebook, and learn about our productivity secret weapon!

Be sure to check out organize365.com/choosing-a-workbox for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

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If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

 

Oct 12, 2018
249 - Manifesting Your Organization
42:36

In this episode, Lisa discusses how your mindset and visualization of your goals can actually help you achieve them. By righting your mind and fulling believing in that progress, your goals are dust. By using how Organize 365 has changed in one calendar year, Lisa talks about putting your energy in the right places in order to visualize and realize your goals. Full disclosure: She gets a little woo woo! Hang in until the end--you’ll be glad you did!

Bummed you missed the fall Paper Organizing Retreat? No worries! One is coming up in January--you can sign up now!

The Medical, Financial, Household Reference, and Household Operations Binders are available in our shop.

Workboxes for professional organizers, those in corporate jobs, teachers, homeschoolers, entrepreneurs, and direct sellers are also now available!

Be sure to check out organize365.com/manifesting for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

Like the show? Leave a review!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Oct 05, 2018
248 - My "Yearly" Deep Dive
23:14

In this episode, Lisa describes the seasonal energies throughout the year and how to take advantage of these high and low tides. She’s structured the 100 Day Home Organization Program around this concept, and is carving out space during the fall to dig deep into how she’s spending her time. The Deep Dive calls for each task and responsibility to defend itself and its place on the to do list. Instead of asking, “Can this wait until next Sunday?” she is asking, “Can this wait until January?

For more details on how to do a Sunday Basket deep dive, you won’t want to miss this episode of The Sunday Basket Podcast.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/yearly-deep-dive for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

Like the show? Leave a review!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Sep 28, 2018
247 - Our Decision to Homeschool
33:04

Lisa is homeschooling her daughter! While this is not something either of them planned for, Lisa is tackling this exciting and new territory using her characteristic logic and the Organize 365 Homeschool Friday Workbox. In this episode, she breaks down the reasons behind her decision, what curriculum she plans to use, and how she’s customizing the Friday Workbox to fit her homeschool’s unique needs.

Visit the blog post at organize365.com/our-homeschool-curriculum for notes, links, and photos from this episode--including the complete list of documentaries and movies that Lisa and Abby will be watching this year.

You can learn more about Siegfried and Roy’s Dolphin Trainer for a Day Program here.

The Email Organization Course can be found in All Access.

Like the show? Leave a review!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Sep 21, 2018
246 - Maximizing Your Time: Dividing Your Week in Half
44:39

In this episode, Lisa opens up about why she feels that women have so many responsibilities in the home, and how she’s tackling them by thinking about her week differently. We are used to thinking of the week as Monday morning through Friday afternoon, and the weekend as Friday night through Sunday night. But what if the balance shifted, and our week was divided in true halves between our “work” life and “home” life? Would that create the sense of work-life balance we all seem to be craving?

Visit Laura Vanderkam’s website and check out her interview with Lisa to learn all about reframing the way you think about time.

To get Lisa’s Productive Home CEO Planner, join the 100 Day Home Organization Program or get everything with All Access.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/dividing-week for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

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If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

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Sep 14, 2018
245 - The First Paper Organizing Retreat
26:24

Episode 245 is the audio of a Facebook Live, where Lisa chats about all the fun and productive things we’ll be doing, and the delicious food we’ll be eating, at our very first Paper Organizing Retreat. Many people are able to organize their home and paper using our Complete Paper Organizing system or the 100 Day Home Organization Program (now available as an All Access bundle), but many of us thrive on community. The Organize 365 Paper Organizing Retreats will give you just that! In this episode, Lisa goes over the weekend’s agenda and answers frequently asked questions about the event.

If you’re missing this one but want to join us for the next Paper Organizing Retreat, check out the live events page to get upcoming dates.

We are proud to have Shred-it, the world leader in information security, sponsor our very first Paper Organizing Retreat.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/paper-retreat-2018 for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

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If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Sep 07, 2018
244 - Organizing with a Chronic Illness - The Spoon Theory
47:09

Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory pivots around the fact that some people, especially those with chronic illnesses, start with less energy than others. In this episode, Lisa breaks down this theory and how it applies to home organization. Lisa shares actionable steps for anyone to make progress in their homes--because having a chronic illness does not mean you can’t live an organized, productive life.

My two books, How ADHD Affects Home Organization and The Mindset of Organization address aspects of this issue as well. You can also listen to this episode of the Organize 365 podcast to hear my experience with ADHD.

If you’d like to hire a professional organizer, in-person or virtually, find the list of Certified Organizers here.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/spoon-theory for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

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If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Aug 31, 2018
243 - How to Get Organized Faster
49:21

We tell ourselves all kinds of reasons why we can’t get organized. Some of them are legitimate, others others are thinly veiled iterations of “It’s hard” or “I don’t want to.” In this episode, Lisa strips down two of the most common legitimate excuses--chronic illness and young children--and uncovers a new way to tackle the 100 Day Home Organization program that doesn’t involve small bits each day. If you’ve got one of these barriers, or if you’re just a project-oriented person, you’ll want to listen to this episode to find out how to modify the program to fit your needs.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/get-organized-faster for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

Like the show? Leave a review!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Aug 24, 2018
242 - Golden Windows
47:15

In this episode, Lisa outlines what she calls “Golden Windows” of opportunity, life phases that bring with them circumstances that are prime for organization. Some Golden Windows happen just once in a lifetime, others happen several times a year. When these Golden Windows come along (or better yet, more than one at a time), we can capitalize on them and target that energy toward resetting and reorganizing our home.

The directory of Organize 365™ Certified Professional Organizers can be found here.

Listen to the podcast about Lisa's three new years for details on how she divides her calendar year, and learn about the 100 Day Home Organization Program and All Access, both of which follow those new years.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/golden-windows for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

Like the show? Leave a review!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Aug 17, 2018
241 - Using Your Planner for Productivity
58:49

When we use our planner as our datebook, we may have an idea of the times of our appointments and commitments, but we don’t align our weekly focus with the goals we actually want to accomplish in our lives. In this episode, Lisa explains her purposeful decision to not do laundry, and the deeper reason why she chooses intentionality over obligation.

Lisa shares the problem with the readily available planners in today’s market, and why the Home CEO Planner is different.

If you are looking for permission to let go of the guilt and start intentionally focusing your time toward the things that matter to you, this episode will speak to you.

Listen to Podcast 134 to get the full details on how Lisa divides the year into three planning seasons.

If you want to get your hands on your own Home CEO Planner, join the 100 Day Home Organization Program.

Be sure to check out organize365.com/planner-productivity/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

Like the show? Leave a review!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Aug 10, 2018
240 - A Year With Organize 365 - Dawn's Story
59:27

Grab the tissues! This episode was recorded live at the Organize 365 RISE: You Are Enough National Convention, held in June 2018. Lisa interviewed Dawn Carlson, a wife, mother of four, business owner, and new Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer.

In this interview, Dawn shares her story of transformation from depressed, struggling, frazzled woman to a confident, productive CEO with Organize 365. Using the 100 Day Home Organization Program and virtual organizing, Dawn took back her home and freed herself to do what she is uniquely created to do. Dawn gives us a glimpse of the real-life ups and downs of home organization, and brings us the inspiring message that YOU can do it.

Dawn is a member of our All Access, a program designed to help you transform your home in one year.

Interested in a live event with Organize 365? Check out the upcoming events!

Be sure to check out organize365.com/240 for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

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If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram and join the Facebook Group for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365 or using #organize365!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Aug 03, 2018
238 - Starting Your Professional Organization Business
40:09

In this episode, Lisa talks us through the story of Angela, a wannabe professional organizer who finds encouragement and motivation through Organize 365. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a profitable, confident, productive professional organizer, this episode is for you. Organize 365 has launched programs to help you START your business, MARKET your business, and GROW your business. With the Sunday Basket Certified Workshop Organizer program, Angela transforms her business from a small hobby business to a money-making profession she loves.

Snag that free checklist here!

Want more information on launching your professional organization business? The Professional Organizer’s Think Tank is for you.

Want more information on adding the Sunday Basket Certification to your current business? We’d love for you to join us in the Certification Program!

Be sure to check out organize365.com/238 for notes, links, and photos from this episode.

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Jul 20, 2018
237 - Toys, Collections & Sharing Bedrooms
38:47

We’ve reached the final episode of the Kid’s Organization Series. I hope you’ve all enjoyed this mini-series so far and found the advice useful when it comes to organizing your bedroom – or mini apartment as I like to call them!

In previous episodes, I’ve talked about organizing your clothes, closets, and rearranging the furniture in your bedroom. But now I want to talk about organizing your toys, collections, and how to save space if you’re sharing a bedroom with someone else.

Eliminate Your Nightstand

If you share a bedroom with a sibling or a friend at college, every space counts. With two beds in the room, it’s unlikely you’ll have a lot of space to work with unless you’re lucky and have a massive room for you both.

If you’ve been keeping up with the podcast, you’ll know that my son is preparing for college and we’ve been shopping for his new apartment. During one of my many Walmart visits, I came across storage headboards. Well actually, there were more like mini bookcases with shelving suitable for things like an alarm clock, picture frames, ornaments, books, and other small items.

A storage headboard eliminates your need for a nightstand, giving you more floor space to work with. If you want to have a lamp near your bed, you can use a clip-on dorm lamp that can clamp onto your headboard. They are adjustable and you can angle it so that you can read at night without shining a stream of light in your roommate’s face – phew!

Cube Units For Bunk Beds

If you have bunk beds in your room, a storage headboard is probably out of the question. But don’t worry, I’ve got the perfect solution!

IKEA are the masters of storage units! Their KALLAX shelving units are my favorite. They are available in a range of different sizes, but if you’re looking for the perfect bookshelf for bunk beds, I suggest going for the 1 x 5 unit. It takes up very little space and you can easily attach it to the wall with a standard L bracket.

You’ll need to think about functionality over appearance. Most people will immediately assume that the unit should be facing outwards, but this isn’t how I do it. I recommend connecting the unit to the wall sideways so that the kids can reach into the shelves from their beds.

Reducing The Bedroom Clutter

If you share a room, you MUST reduce the number of collections and toys that you keep because there just isn’t enough room to spare. If your family has additional storage space or a family bookshelf, etc., then you might be able to keep some of your possessions there if you don’t want to donate or throw them out.

Cube units are easier to work with for organizing your bedroom because they’re functional, long-lasting, and you can easily separate them if you like. A 2 x 8 unit, for example, can be stacked on top of each other with your TV on top.

My daughter took a slightly different approach to her shelving units and, instead of putting a TV on top of her 2 x 8 unit, she put her hamster cage on top of it. It’s not a regular hamster cage either – it’s a hamster mansion!

Organizing Books

Is it just me or is every home overflowing with books? I was a preschool teacher and when my kids were young, we literally had EVERY picture book ever published. The house was covered in them until I finally decided to do something about it.

My kids were never big readers. They preferred to play with toys rather than sit and read for hours. So, I took all the picture books and stored them in the loft. I then put their toys in their bedrooms and they were so much happier.

If you’ve got a lot of books, you should think about donating some of them or moving them to where everyone else in the family keeps their books. I suggest assigning one of your cubes in your shelving unit for books – and that’s it!

Organizing Your Toys & Collections

Everyone has a passion project. Your passion project is the type of toys that you’re currently into. Whether it’s PS4 games, Monster High Dolls or Lego, your passion project will probably take up at least four of the cubes in your unit.

Toys are different from collections because toys are the things that you play with while collections are more personal and private. Your collection is special because it has a memory connected to it and, even though the rest of the family sees it as junk, you don’t see it that way.

There’s just one thing to remember – your entire collection HAS to fit into one cube. You can store them in a bin, but once that container fills up – it’s time to go through it!

You should spread everything out on the floor and go through it piece by piece. Prioritize your collections and only keep the items that you still love. Everything else should be donated or thrown out because they’re just taking up space that you don’t have.

Find A Display Area For Your Collections

Once you’ve gone through the bin, you need to find a flat surface in your room where you can display your favorite pieces from your collections.

I suggest putting them on a ledge or “floating shelf” that you can hang up on the wall with a nail or L bracket. This type of shelf comes in a range of sizes and is relatively inexpensive. You can find them anywhere, including IKEA, Target, and even Walmart.

You can attach it to your wall and use it as a collection shelf. If you share a room with a sibling, get two shelves for your collections and stack them on top of each other.

I hope you enjoyed this special Kid’s Organization Series as much as I enjoyed making it! I’ve organized plenty of kid’s rooms in the past. It’s one of my favorite things to do because each child is different and their bedrooms reflect their personalities – I think that's fantastic!

If you tried any of my suggestions, I’d love to see them! Follow me on Instagram for more great organizing tips, then share your photos with me by tagging me @organize365!

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Jul 13, 2018
236 - Kids Closet Clean Out
24:28

We’re continuing our Kids Organization Series and following up last week’s topic of redesigning your bedroom with an episode all about cleaning out your closets and organizing your clothes – it’s exciting stuff, I know.

But don’t worry, a closet clean out doesn’t take as long as you might think. As you continue to improve your organizing skills and return to a space you’ve previously organized, the process becomes much easier and quicker.

If you haven’t listened to my previous podcasts offering clothing organization tips, you can go back through podcast episodes 103 to 107 to listen.

Have you caught up? Great! Let's get stuck into organizing your closet!

Donating Unwanted Clothes

Donations should happen on a regular basis. In fact, I would go as far as saying it should be a part of your everyday life.

I go through my closet and reorganize the clothes quite often. So when I began going through everything recently, I didn’t have much to do. There weren’t many clothes that I needed to donate, but that wasn’t the case when it came to organizing my kid's closets.

I’ve always taught my kids the value of donating to those in need. When they were really young, like around six or seven years old, we would reorganize their room together and they would give me the things that they wanted to donate. Now that they’re much older, they take the things they want to donate and put it in the donation area.

So when it came to organizing their closets, a lot of the clothes were set aside to donate. This is not only a great way to get rid of all the clothes you don’t want anymore, but it also frees up closet space and gives those clothes to someone in need.

Organizing Hangers

When I told my kids I was going to help them clean their closets, they were pretty excited about it. I started in my son’s room first, and if there’s one thing you need to know about his closet set-up, it’s the fact that everything he owns (except for socks and underwear, etc.) is hung up in the closet.

However, a large part of his closet consisted of empty hangers that took up way too much space. So, the very first thing I did was take all of the empty hangers and put them in a laundry basket. I made sure that all of the hangers faced the same direction because as you know, hangers love to get tangled together.

Putting your empty hangers in a laundry basket is great because it gives you more free space on the rod and you can just grab a hanger whenever you need one.

Keep Vs. Donate

To keep or not to keep? – that is the question!

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when you clean out your closet is deciding which clothes you want to keep and which you wish to donate. When I help my kids go through their closets, I hold each item of clothing up high for them to evaluate. They look at it and decide its fate with a simple “yes” or “no” response. It’s a quick process of elimination and I go through the clothes super-fast for two reasons:

  1. I don’t want this to take forever
  2. I know kids can get bored

All of the clothes that they want to keep are hung up in the closet and all of the clothes they want to get rid of are put into trash bags for donation. Instead of carrying all the bags downstairs and into the car, I tie a tight knot at the top and take them to the top of the stairs and I roll them down! It saves a lot of time and energy because I don’t have to keep running up and down the stairs – plus, it’s just fun to roll things down the stairs!

Sorting The Clean Laundry

The next step is to go through all of the clean laundry items and sort out the pieces of clothing in the same way as we did before. This is where you’ll look at each piece of clothing and decide if you want to keep it or donate it to Goodwill.

While you organize your closet, you should keep in mind whether or not you plan on buying any new clothes soon. For example, my son needs new white long sleeve t-shirts for college, so we ended up donating his old ones because we knew that we were going to add a bunch of new t-shirts to his closet very soon.

As we organized the clean laundry, I held up each piece and again, my kids answered either “yes” or “no.” Anything that they wanted to keep went back into the closet. And anything they wanted to donate went into the donation bags – and yes, we rolled them down the stairs again!

Organizing Closet Shelves

My daughter's closet has multiple shelves that I built for her when she was much younger. Back then, she would use them to store her toys, but now she uses them to store her clothes. So when we were in the process of organizing her closet, we used the shelves to store other pieces of clothing that she didn’t want to hang up including her leggings, workout clothes, soft shorts, etc.

We hung everything else up in the closet and put the winter clothes on one rod and the spring/summer clothes on the other rod. We then took small bins or storage boxes and used them to store things like socks, underwear, swimwear, and things that she can grab whenever she needs them.

And there you have it, the easy (and speedy) way of organizing your closet!

I hope you have fun going through your clothes. And if you have a dresser drawer in your room, you can arrange it in the same way. But instead of hanging the clothes you want to keep in the closet, you fold them up and put them into your dresser – simple!

Next week, I will be talking about collections, toys, and sharing your bedroom. :)

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Jul 06, 2018
235 - Kids Summer Bedroom Redesign
30:53

On this week’s podcast, I kick start the 3-week Kid’s Organization Series. It’s for kids between the ages of 7 and 21 – so whether you’re still in school or preparing to graduate from college – this series is for you!

I tried something a little different this week and recorded my podcast on video, too. If you would prefer to watch this episode, you can do that here... https://youtu.be/2Q9JWKBOFVc

Organizing Your School Art & Memories

But before we get started, I want to reach out to all the kids out there who are bored out of their minds this summer. If you can relate, I’ve got your back! One of the things you could do is go through all of your old artwork and school papers and sort out the things that you love and want to save to look back on in years to come. Sort everything into two piles – a keep pile and a recycle pile.

Once you have gathered all of the papers and artwork you want to keep, you can store it all in a plastic tub and keep it in your closet, or you can put everything inside a binder using sheet protectors. You can create your own binder OR you can ask your parents (as nicely as possible) to let you order the Organize 365 School Art & Memory Binder where you can safely store and protect all of your papers and artwork so that they will last a lifetime.

Organizing your artwork is something you could do while you’re in the process of redesigning your bedroom, which is something that I did A LOT when I was a kid because I loved switching things around and making my room feel “brand new” again.

So, if you want to redesign your bedroom this summer and change things up for yourself, follow these easy redesign tips!

Planning On Graph Paper

I don’t know about you, but I find it easier to envision a redesign when I’ve drawn up a quick plan on paper first. Measure your bedroom and notice where the windows, doors and outlets are.

In my case, I’m redesigning my son’s bedroom which measures 10' x 10'. So, I’ve drawn out my plan on the graph paper to fit 30 squares across and 30 squares from top to bottom.

[So, three squares of the paper is equal to one foot and one square of the paper is equal to four inches.]

Marking Doors, Windows & Outlets

Before we can get to the fun part of moving furniture around and getting creative with your bedroom, there are a few things you will want to mark on your plans such as doors, windows, electrical outlets, and vents.

Leave enough space for any door openings in your room, whether it’s the main door to your bedroom, a closet door, or the door to a bathroom, etc. Figure out how much space you need to leave free and mark this on your graph paper as a semi-circle. You can watch how I do this in this week's video... https://youtu.be/2Q9JWKBOFVc

Also mark the placement of all of the windows in your bedroom. I also like to label each of the electrical outlets and the vent to allow heat and air conditioning to enter the room without any obstruction.

Using Post-It Notes As Furniture

Now that you have all the boring stuff marked on your plan, you can start redesigning your bedroom with Post-It Notes.

Create a Post-It Note for each piece of movable furniture in your room. Many of you will have a desk, a dresser, or a bedside table. Measure it and cut a Post-It Note in the same shape and size that corresponds with your plan.

Remember, three squares on the graph paper is equal to one foot. So if your bed measures 6' x 3', you’ll need to convert that measurement to fit the dimensions of the squares of your plan. You can liven things up by using multi-colored Post-Its and labeling each one as you go.

When I was a kid, I would do this ALL THE TIME. I would plan my new bedroom design over and over again. And when I was done with that, I made a plan for future homes – I just loved it. What can I say? Some kids played sports and some kids planned their future homes in excruciating detail and precision!

Moving Big Pieces Of Furniture

When it comes to redesigning your room and moving big pieces of furniture around, you need to think of the process as a huge jigsaw puzzle. Make sure you leave enough space in your room to move things around in the most efficient way possible and try not to limit your own walking space. You’ve got to be able to walk around your room without climbing over furniture to get to the other side!

In this week's video, I show you (using my Post-It Note furniture) how to move your bed and desk and not get stuck in the room!... https://youtu.be/2Q9JWKBOFVc

If you have too many things that can’t fit in your bedroom or your college dorm room, I suggest renting an outside storage unit. This is especially useful if you’ve recently moved back home with your parents and there’s not enough space to keep all of the things you accumulated throughout college. Just put it all in a storage facility – out of sight, out of mind!

The Kids Organization Series

I hope you enjoyed this first episode of the Kids Organization Series and found some useful tips and ideas for organizing and redesigning your own bedroom or apartment. In this series, I’m going to be focusing on all the things that you don’t have time for during the school year that you could finally do in the summer.

If you’d like to catch up with the podcast’s I recorded last year for organizing your bedroom and collections, go to organize365.com/kids. Don’t forget to take photos of your newly organized bedroom and tag me @organize365 on Instagram – I’d love to see how you're organizing your rooms and share it with my followers!

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Jun 29, 2018
234 - Living Through Renovations & Moving
29:10

Living through renovations, natural disasters, and moving can be a very stressful and disorganized time. Your house is turned upside down in the blink of an eye and before you know it, you’re stepping over stacks of books on your way to the bathroom and the dog is snoozing on top of a box labeled, “The GOOD China” – just thinking about it gives me a headache!

Instead of gritting your teeth and living through the chaos, you can follow these three easy steps that will help to not only organize your home during transitional times (such as moving or renovating the kitchen), but they’ll also help to keep you sane.

1. The Hot Mess Room Challenge

The first step is to do the Hot Mess Room Challenge well in advance. The challenge is different for everyone because no two “hot mess rooms” are the same. Your hot mess room could be your basement, the guest bedroom, or your garage. It’s the room in the house that has collected a mass of random items that don’t have a place anywhere else in the home. If you’re thinking of a room like that in your house, it’s your hot mess room!

So, what is the Hot Mess Room Challenge?

The Hot Mess Room Challenge takes 28 days to complete and it takes you through the progress of getting your hot mess room organized. You can think of the hot mess room like a jigsaw puzzle. The challenge will help you to separate each piece, organize each one and, in the end, put them together into an organized storage unit.

The Hot Mess Room Challenge can be download it right here. It’s delivered directly to your inbox, ready to download!

At the end of the 28-day challenge, instead of a hot mess room, you’ll have an organized storage room with shelving, bins with color-coded labels, and a complete inventory of everything you have stored in that room.

When disaster strikes and you need to find something such as a flashlight or a photograph of a family member, you can’t waste time looking through boxes upon boxes. Having an inventory gives you peace of mind knowing that if you ever needed something in a rush, you'll know exactly where to find it.

2. The Sunday Basket®

Once you have completed the Hot Mess Room Challenge, you’re ready to move onto stage two – organizing your Sunday Basket® System!

You need to make sure that your Sunday Basket® is ALWAYS accessible to you 100% of the time. In fact, you should think of your Sunday Basket® as your lifeline during these stressful transitional times.

Your Sunday Basket® is where you will keep your color-coded lists of everything that is in your storage room and an inventory of the things you have packed into boxes. If you are renovating your kitchen, for example, you would label boxes with things such as “Utensils,” “Dishes,” “Pots and Pans,” etc. So when you need to find something inside one of the kitchen renovation boxes, you can check the Sunday Basket® checklist and it will tell you exactly where you can find that item.

Another reason why you need your Sunday Basket® up and running when you’re moving or renovating your home is that, in both of these cases, you’ll have paperwork coming in such as household bills, invoices, etc. and you can keep all of these papers organized in your SundayBasket®.

3. The Organize 365 Binders

Before you move or renovate your home, you need to make each of the four Organize 365 Binders to eliminate your filing cabinet and organize all of your paperwork. Once you have all of your binders arranged, you can move to your new house without trailing a bunch of unsightly and disorganized filing cabinets with you – how awesome does that sound?

It takes time to organize each binder, so I would suggest tackling one at a time. If you’d like to find out how I organized my binders, you can head over to the Sunday Basket® Podcast to hear more about that and each of the four binders I mention below:

Medical Binder: You should think of the Medical Organizing Binder as a caregiver binder and store information regarding your family’s medical and health history, doctor information, diagnosis tracker, immunization record, hospitalization and surgery history, and so on.

Financial Binder: The Financial Organizing Binder is for all of your finances, which includes everything you need to keep your finances in order during a home renovation, a move, or when a natural disaster strikes. Inside, you should keep your insurance policy information, financial prep sheet, credit card inventory, bill payment records, debts and loans, and any other finances that you need to keep track of.

Household Reference Binder: Every homeowner needs a Household Reference Binder. It’s where you should store everything that you want the new homeowner to know (if you’re selling your house), including home exterior and interior information, home appliances, and details of things such as when you last checked the hot water heater, etc.

Household Operations Binder: The Household Operations Binder is the key to maintaining your home and running the household. Inside this binder, you should keep all of the basic household information, important dates, trackers, meal planning, and your plan in the event of an emergency.

Whenever you’re moving to a new house, renovating, or in the aftermath of a natural disaster, you’ll need to know where you keep your four binders. I suggest keeping them in the same place where you store your SundayBasket® so you can just grab it all and go!

I hope you found these three steps useful when it comes to living through renovations, moving to a new home, or recovering from a natural disaster. Purchase your Sunday Basket® and Binders in my shop today!

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Jun 22, 2018
Bonus - Workboxes Deep Dive
46:54

Friday Workboxes will increase your productivity in your "work" just like the Sunday Basket® does for your home. 

This podcast was originally a Facebook LIVE. You can watch the video here

Check out all the Organize 365 Friday Workboxes here.

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And follow Lisa on Instagram to see behind the scenes of her everyday life and watch new products as they are developed. 

Jun 18, 2018
233 - Living In Small Spaces
17:04

Just because you live in a small home doesn’t mean your storage space has to be limited. Over the years, I’ve received A LOT of emails on the subject of maximizing storage space in small living spaces such as studio apartments, condos, and tiny houses.

In fact, I received this email from an Organize 365 fan named Amy just the other day and wanted to share it with you:

Since having a baby, it’s been so hard to keep on top of things at home, but listening to your podcasts in the afternoons usually gives me a little push. Do you have experience with organizing small homes and apartments? Our apartment constantly feels cluttered, but in reality, there are very few things we can get rid of, it’s just a small space. Any advice for those of us who don’t have basements, garages, spare rooms or even a hall closet and also don’t have a lot of money for complex storage systems that fancy tiny homes all seem to utilize?”

Amy is in a situation that I know many of you can relate to. Living in a small space with a baby usually means that there is going to be a lot of “stuff” – it’s just the way it is.

The issue lies with the fact that you genuinely NEED all of that extra baby stuff because you never know when you’ll need it again, especially if you’re planning on expanding your family in the future.

The Baby Issue

I’m not saying that having a baby in a small space is an “issue,” but it’s important to realize that children come with a lot of clutter. Expecting to add more kids to your family without expanding the amount of space taken up in the home is an unrealistic expectation.

Now that I’ve given you that little reality check, we can dive into the good stuff!

If you’re fortunate enough to have a nursery in your home, it’s a good idea to try and keep most of the baby related items in there as much as possible. And if you want to maximize your space WITHOUT decluttering, I have four space-saving suggestions for you!

1. Create More Space

Before you say anything – Yes, I understand that you can’t just click your fingers together and magically increase the size of your home to create more space. That’s not what I’m saying, but it is essential to start looking at your house with “new eyes.”

Try and see your home’s potential. It may be difficult at first, but trust me – there’s always a way to create more space!

A great tip I have for you is to use shoe holders over every door in your house. You can avoid using hooks (which can damage the door frame) by using 3M Command Hooks instead.

With Command Hooks, you can just pop the shoe holder over the top and it’ll hold the rack in place without causing any damage to the door – phew!

So, what can you store inside these fantastic shoe organizers?

I’m glad you asked!

You can literally store all of the little things in your house inside the shoe holders. For example, on the back of the bathroom door, you can put your shampoo, soaps, and items that you would typically put in your medicine cabinet, etc. On the back of the nursery door, you can store cute little baby things like hair accessories, tiny socks, diaper rash cream. and baby wipes, etc.

2. Increase Storage Space With Bed Risers & Space Saver Bags

A bed riser is cheap. You can pick one up from somewhere like Walmart for just $10. Bed risers can lift your bed a few inches or even a few feet above the floor, giving you additional storage space.

I’m a huge fan of bed risers. Our master bed has not one, but TWO bed risers underneath it because… well, I couldn’t see the TV screen over the bed frame!

We also ended up putting our dog’s bed underneath our bed. So, every night our dog Hunter sleeps underneath our bed. If you have a dog and he’s a part of the family like ours is, then this news probably won’t surprise you in the slightest. It’s definitely a unique storage solution to store your dog’s bed (and your dog!).

You can use one bed riser or double it up for even more storage space. Another great way to maximize space in the home is to use a Space Saver Bag. You can put your big fluffy blankets in there over the summer and other out-of-season clothes to help save yourself more space.

Use a vacuum to suck all the air out of the bag and watch in awe as the fluffy blanket that kept you warm all winter gets flattened into a very thin pancake. Store the bag underneath your bed and don’t think about it until next winter!

3. Go ‘Vertical’

If you really want to make the most out of the small space that you DO have, you’ve got to start thinking vertically.

Take a trip to Ikea and get yourself one of those cube storage units and stack them on top of each other against the wall. Build it all the way up to the ceiling if you can and store different items in each cube so you can have less clutter around the house – sorted!

4. Use An Outside Storage Facility

I understand that not everyone can afford to invest in an outdoor storage facility, but if you can save up just a little bit of money each month, you can have enough to rent a small storage unit to help declutter your home.

Choose a size that’s right for you and use it to store all the extra things in your house that you won’t need for a while such as holiday decorations, memorabilia, and baby equipment that your child no longer needs but you may come back to in the future for the next little one.

There’s ALWAYS storage solutions if you’re willing to think outside the box. Don’t let yourself be limited by the physical amount of space that you do have and try to look at it from a new perspective and, who knows, you might even come up with a few of your own creative storage ideas along the way!

 

My entire company is run from my small home office in my bedroom. A small space forces you to constantly prioritize your space and your to-do's. Check out the NEW Friday Workboxes and get your homeschool, teaching, direct sales and entrepreneur businesses organized in a box. :)

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Jun 15, 2018
232 - Organize 365 Convention Surprises
43:33

The Organize 365 National Convention was the experience of a lifetime, and I was so happy to meet all of you in person and reveal two of the biggest secrets that I’ve kept for what felt like forever!

I’d like to thank everyone that attended. It meant the world to me to have you all there and it was fantastic to meet you all!

If you attended the Organize 365 Convention, you already know what I’m going to talk about. But if you couldn’t make it, I’m sure you’re sitting on the edge of your seat in anticipation.

The Organize 365 National Convention was a complete success and everything went according to plan. I was so excited to announce the surprises – and now it’s time to reveal them to the rest of the world!

The First BIG Surprise…

So, the first big announcement is the launch of the Friday Workboxes!

The Friday Workbox has been a LONG time coming. I came up with the concept three years ago, but it’s taken all this time to create them because I wanted them to be perfect.

The Friday Workbox is a $150.00 system that includes everything you need to start planning your work week and get your career on track.

How To Use The Friday Workbox

As an entrepreneur, I know all too well that the limit of your success (especially for us ladies) is how organized your home is. I’ll be the first to admit that I was shaking in my boots when I decided to focus on organizing the house and left my business coaching days behind me – to be honest, I was terrified!

BUT the Friday Workbox got me through it.

It’s designed for home-related businesses, with a particular focus on the following four areas:

  1. Direct Sales
  2. Home Schooling
  3. Entrepreneurs
  4. Teachers (the Friday Workbox launches on July 1st)

With the Friday Workbox, you can focus on your home-based business to get the most out of your time and lead a more organized, fulfilling life AND career.

How Does It Differ From The Sunday Basket®?

Many of you are probably wondering how the Friday Workbox system differs from the SundayBasket® system. With the Sunday Basket®, you run your house, and all of the households related tasks, reminders, and responsibilities go in there.

However, the Friday Workbox is created for our “passion project.” It’s for the thing in your life that brings extra income into the family, or the one thing that you want to focus your time on when you’re not doing all the other home stuff.

What’s Included In Your Friday Workbox?

When you receive your Friday Workbox, you can expect to find the following items inside:

  • Sunday Basket® (in the color of your choosing)
  • 1 set of the 2.0 slash pockets (20 slash pockets in total)
  • 2 sets of the 1.0 slash pockets
  • A printed workbook to talk you through how to assemble the workbox
  • A recording of the video class that explains how to use your specific workbox

So, that’s everything that is included in the Friday Workbox system. It’s sold as a complete system, so you can’t buy each item individually. Each workbox also includes a guide that suggests how you may wish to label your slash pockets.

The slash pockets have a sales cycle applied to them. The pink slash pockets are for your leads, the purple are for customers, the green are for finances, and the blue slash pockets are for marketing and personal development.

Order Your Workbox TODAY to be included in the LIVE Zoom Workshop calls on June 18th!

On June 18th, I will be teaching LIVE workshops all day. Starting at 9am Eastern Time, everyone who has already purchased ANY workbox will be online for a 2 hour Workbox 1.0 Workshop.

Then each workbox will have an additional 90 minute workshop with me to deep dive into your 2.0 folders. The Entrepreneur Workshop will be from 11:30am-1pm. The Homeschool Workshop will be from 1:30-3pm. The Direct Sales Workshop will be from 3:30- 5pm.

Use the time in between your 1.0 ad 2.0 workshops to keep working and gathering your questions!

If you can't be on live, I understand. Everyone wil be sent recordings of the workshops later that week.

You can order your workboxes in my shop.

AND... You will have TEN colors of Sunday Baskets® to chose from to match your Friday Workbox to your business colors!

Oh, these Sunday Basket® colors are even better in person than I imagined!

Hot Pink, Purple, Teal, Sage, White, and Orange will be added to the classic original SundayBasket® colors of red, navy, grey, and black.

All the Sunday Basket® are available for individual purchase and in the Workboxes in my shop.

Oh, AND the NEW colors have an Organize 365 exclusive basket weave pattern. You can check out photos in the Organize 365 Facebook Group. The baskets literally arrived at the manufacturer the DAY BEFORE the convention. Talk about cutting it close!

Professional photos will be taken and by up on the site by the end of the month. :)

The Second BIG Surprise!

My second BIG announcement at the Organize 365 National Convention was the exciting news that we’re now going to have Paper Organizing Retreats!

I envisioned this back when I started Organize 365 in 2012. It took us a few years to get here, but we’ve finally done it!

My Inspiration For The Paper Organizing Retreats

I was inspired to launch the Paper Organizing Retreats because I wanted to help people who suddenly found themselves in a position that they never thought they would be in.

I’m thinking about all of you (or someone close to you) who have received an unexpected medical diagnosis, or there’s been a recent death in the family, and now your entire life is chaotic and spinning out of control.

In cases like this, there’s usually a lot of paperwork, especially if you’re the executor of a will. Instead of feeling confused, stressed, and overworked, you can pack up all of the paper, travel to a Paper Organizing Retreat in Cincinnati, and we can start sorting through all of your paper together.

Why Attend A Paper Organizing Retreat?

It’s challenging to organize paper by yourself at home, especially if you aren’t sure what paper you can keep and what needs to be shredded. But when you have a professional workshop organizer with you, you can ask them as many questions as you like and actually organize your paper the RIGHT way.

The Paper Organizing Retreats are designed to help you organize your papers and come up with a capable system that works for YOU.

What To Expect At A Paper Organizing Retreat

When you arrive on a Saturday morning at around 9am, we will have a table ready for you. You’ll have your own shredding and recycling bag so you can get started right away!

During the first half of the first day of the retreat, you’ll be in the process of creating several GIGANTIC shredding piles. Once you know what can be shredded, you can get down to what actually needs to be organized.

You can bring your own Organize 365 products with you, pre-order them online so they’re waiting on your desk upon arrival, OR you can buy what you need at the Organize 365 Store on site.

Introducing The Paper Organizing Retreat Team

We have a real power team for the Paper Organizing Retreats, including my good friend, Janet Davis, my sister, Emily Kelly, and Organize 365 SUPER fan and professional organizer, Ellen Wall.

Each of these inspiring ladies has helped make Paper Organizing Retreats possible. Janet is our Lead Paper Organizing Retreat Planner, Emily, the Organize 365 Marketing Director, and Ellen is the binder expert – so I can guarantee that you’ll be in good hands!

Join A Paper Organizing Retreat!

I’m super excited about the Paper Organizing Retreats. If you want to find out more about how you can attend a retreat, you can click here.

The Organize 365 National Convention was amazing, memorable and definately NOT perfect.

Boy was it NOT perfect.

Many of the convention details were 100% out of my control and really, honestly - terrible. But, there was nothing I could do about that. This convention made me publicly walk out the "done is better than perfect" and "progress over perfection" mantras ever minute of every day.

You know what we will remember?

The hugs.

The laughs.

The stories.

And the transformational experience we each took away from the event.

The imperfections made the experience relatable and memorable.

I am so honored to be on this organizational journey WITH you. Thank you for your encouragement, prayers, support, and community.

I can't wait to see what happens next year!

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Jun 10, 2018
231 - Creating Summer Routine Days
38:24

Summer is meant to be a relaxing time of the year filled with fun activities, holidays, and warm afternoons spent soaking up the sun on the beach. However, summer is my least productive season (and I’m a productivity NUT, so that’s saying a lot!).

Things just don’t get done and, before you know it, the summer has ended and all you have to show for it is a great tan but not much else. When we go head first into summer without a second thought about routines or schedules, we often end up feeling bored because we don’t know what to do with our time.

I’m not saying you should have a structured plan and organize every little detail of your summer, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a few routine days that you can use sparingly throughout the summer.

I have five different routine days for the summer that I’d like to share with you:

1. Help & Support Day

If you have kids, you need a day off. It’s as simple as that. Yes, we love our children, and we’d do anything for them, but sometimes we need some time for ourselves – a bit of ME time is good for you!

I’m a full-time working mom with two teenagers and just last summer, I hired a nanny. I know what you’re thinking, “Why on earth did you hire a nanny for two teenagers?”

Well, here’s why:

Reason 1: There was a lot of random driving that needed doing last summer and I didn’t have the time to drive my kids around. So, the person I hired to help me out would drive my kids to wherever they wanted to go and I was able to concentrate on work without any interruptions – success!

Reason 2: I had a lot of household chores and projects I wanted to be done, but had no time to get to. She was able to scan all of my scrapbooks, do the dishes, clean the kitchen, and do the laundry – and it was fantastic!

If you’re not a mom, this probably sounds ridiculous. But if you ARE a mom, you might be thinking… “brilliant – I NEED THIS!”

When I was a teenager, I worked as a babysitter. Before the summer kicked off, I would approach the parents I worked for and ask them if they wanted a day to themselves. I would be happy to look after their kids while they got their hair done (because it was the 80’s and hair was literally everythingback then) and when the mom’s heard this, they thought it was a genius idea.

I created a desire in them that they didn’t even know existed! Not to boast, but I was basically an entrepreneur from birth.

So, when I became a mom, I was looking for someone who would sell the same services as I did – and I found them!

2. Pool Day

Who doesn’t love a pool day? Whether you’re practicing your backstroke or soaking up the sunshine, everyone loves a good pool day in the summer.

Most pools open between 10 am and noon, so you have most of the morning to do whatever you like, and the kids can have their own independent time, too.

When it’s time to go to the pool, pack your swimwear, towels, and whatever else you need to bring with you and go out and enjoy the day as a family!

Remember, the pool tends to zap up all of your energy and brain power, so you probably won’t have the energy to get much done when you get home. Take it easy and order some pizza to finish the day off in style!

3. Errand Day

You can eliminate a lot of time from an errand day by just buying things online like I do. You can shop for groceries online as well, so this might be a good option for you if you don’t feel like pushing a cart through a store.

You’ll probably need at least one or two errand days over the summer. Some of you may need an errand day each week, while others will need just one errand day per month.

The best way to prepare for errand day is to create a list of what needs to be done and check off each task as you go.

4. Home Day

This is my favorite kind of day where you can stay home and do whatever you like with your time – it’s paradise!

I usually like to focus on one of my larger projects on a home day because I’ve got plenty of time to get it done. However, there’s nothing worse than enjoying your home day and having someone tell you that you need to get up and leave the house. That’s the worst, isn’t it?

Avoid this scenario by telling everybody it’s a home day. Make sure they know that you have no intention of driving them around the country or to McDonald’s for some fast food (unless you change your mind, in which case, that’s perfectly fine!).

One of the best ways to make a home day super successful is to introduce your kids to a new activity. This can be anything from a new subscription box to a science kit or homemade play dough.

I love play dough, and I often make homemade play dough that kids of all ages (including me) like to play with. It’s a creative pastime and it doesn’t cost a lot of money, which makes it perfect for a low-key day at home!

Visit the blog post to get my homemade play dough recipe to try for yourself!

5. Big Event Day

A big event day is basically a day spent outside of the house doing something BIG. This can be anything from the amusement park to the zoo. It’s always a good idea to plan for the big event day the night before it actually happens.

If you’re going to be traveling, make sure to fill your car with gas in advance. You should also pack and plan everything you’ll need for the big event day, such as snacks, food, etc.

Each of these summer routine days is designed to give you some inspiration and guidance if you’re struggling to be productive over the summer months. I hope you found it helpful and you can use some (if not all) of these routine days this summer!

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Jun 01, 2018
230 - Setting Your Summer Goals
22:45

Before I get into this week’s topic, I have TWO very exciting announcements for you!

First, this is your LAST chance to register for the Organize 365 National Convention! That’s right, tickets are almost sold out, and registration for the event closes at midnight on May 29th – so make sure to click here to learn more and sign up!

The second announcement is for all the teachers out there and anyone who feels like once the school year starts, their head starts spinning! If this sounds like you, the 100 Day Home Organization Double Time is EXACTLY what you’ve been looking for. It cuts the time of the 100 Day Program in half, which means you can get it done TWICE as fast!

Don’t miss out on this one time offer! There are just 120 slots available! So, if you miss out this time, you’ll have to wait until August to sign up. If you manage to get your hands on one of these treasures, you’ll receive the current planner AND the brand-new planner that we’re launching in August – now that’s what I call a real VIP experience!

Registration for the 100 Day Home Organization Double Time opens Friday May 25th and ends on May 29th at midnight or until the 120 slots have been claimed. Once they are gone, they are gone!

If you want to be one of the first people to try the 100 Day Home Organization Double Time Program, click here to sign up!

Now, onto setting your summer goals!

Summer Is Coming!

Summer is just around the corner and most of you are probably busy packing your suitcases and planning your summer vacation. It’s an exciting time of the year. I know I’m really looking forward to planning my summer and spending more time with my family.

Is it just me or does anyone else feel like summer is the dreamiest season of the year? Do you know what I mean? Things just seem to merge together and before you know it, you’re right back at the start of the school year again and you’ve no idea where the time went. Weird, right?

Well, I think I’ve gotten to the bottom of it. Let me share how you can reach your summer goals without fail – I promise.

Try Not To Have Too Many Goals This Summer

When you think ahead to the summer, it’s tempting to overestimate just how much you can get done. I’ve always thought of July as the “Bermuda Triangle” of months. Nothing happens in July. It’s almost impossible to get any work done and I can’t explain why.

Instead of giving yourself a hard time because you “failed” to reach all of your summer goals, take a step back and realize that it’s okay! It’s okay that you didn’t get the kitchen painted this summer or that you didn’t have time to declutter your closet – give yourself a break, it’s summer after all!

I think one of the main issues we all run into over the summer is the mistake of setting too many goals for ourselves in such a short space of time.

Summer is very short, and it’s very spontaneous. One minute you could be focused on organizing your kitchen and the next thing you know, you’re running down the street in your flip-flops trying to sniff out where that delicious smell of BBQ'd ribs is coming from – unplanned things just happen.

Give yourself the grace from the beginning and know that you’re not going to get a ton of goals accomplished in the summer – and learn to be okay with it.

Set Yourself One Or Two Goals MAX

I always try and focus on one specific area of my life over the summer. Sometimes, I might go as far as assigning myself two goals for the entire summer, but it’s okay to have just the one.

Here is a glimpse into a few of my previous summer goals throughout the years:

In 2015, I decided to focus my summer on improving my personal health and working on my marriage. I walked 10,000 steps per day and invested in having more one-on-one time with my husband. We spent summer nights talking outside on the patio, and that was the same summer we discovered (and binge-watched) the TV show “24.” It was an easy-going summer and one that I really enjoyed.

In 2016, I redesigned my websites because we had just launched the 100 Day Home Organization Program. A lot of my free time was spent in front of my computer screen. I decluttered my desktop, posts, and Pinterest boards, which helped me to have a real work-focused year with limited distractions and clutter.

In 2017, I focused on decluttering the house and began to work on redoing different spaces, such as the kid's bedrooms and our landscaping. This summer project grew more momentum and ran into the beginning of 2018 – we recently had our windows and doors replaced!

So now that you’ve heard all about my previous summer goals, I bet you’re thinking, “Great Lisa, but what are you focusing on this summer?”

Well, this summer, I’m going to focus on my kids.

My son is preparing to leave for college and will be moving into his own apartment, so we have to help him get ready and prepare his living quarters before he begins his studies.

My daughter also got her temporary license, so I’ll spend a lot of time driving with her and taking a few road trips to help her gain more confidence as a new driver.

What Is Your ‘BIG Summer Win?’

You’ve heard all about my summer goals, but now it’s time to start thinking about what YOU want to accomplish this summer. What “BIG WIN” do you want to achieve over the next few months?

The key here is to get as specific as possible with your big summer win. The more you can narrow it down to just one specific goal, the more likely you are to succeed.

I would love to hear your big goal for the summer so please share it with us in the Organize 365 Facebook Group or go over to Instagram and tag me on what your big summer priority is going to be – I can’t wait to see what you guys will be up to this summer!

Oh and don't forget... if you are ready to jumpstart your home organization journey, I would LOVE for you to join me in 100 Day Home Organization DOUBLE TIME. Registration is only open until Tuesday IF the planner supply lasts that long!

Join Here.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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May 25, 2018
229 - Organizing In Every Season
26:14

Before we get into the main topic of this week’s podcast episode, I have two time-sensitive subjects I want to share with you.

First, the Organize 365 National Convention will be held in Dallas from June 7th to June 9th. Ticket sales end at midnight on May 29th, so make sure you get yours while you still can! The tickets are selling FAST, so click here to get your ticket today!!

The second thing I’d like to discuss is the 100 Day Home Organization Program. Although it can be completed within 100 days, some of you may not be able to complete the program within the recommended time slot, and that’s okay. So, keeping this in mind, I’ve decided to reveal how you can do the 100 Day Home Organization Program in double time on next week’s podcast episode!

Now with that out of the way, let’s get into the meat of this week’s podcast episode!

This one is a little different from my usual podcasts because I’ll be focusing on the seasons of parenthood and how each one brings new changes to our organization routine.

My Mini Epiphany

The other day seemed ordinary enough, nothing that remarkable or exciting happened. I pulled into my driveway with my daughter, and at the same time, my husband Greg arrived home with the dog from daycare. Then, my son pulled up to the house. At that moment, we all arrived home together as a family – and I had an epiphany.

Okay, so it wasn’t like a mind-blowing ordeal where I discovered the true meaning of life or anything. But still, it made me realize something very important.

I’m happy.

It may seem like a throwaway thing to say but if you think about it, how often in our busy lives do we take a moment and appreciate what we have? How many times have you stopped to ask yourself, "Am I happy?"

It’s not as easy as it seems, right? And yet, that’s how I felt. Happy.

Seasons of Parenting

I’m the type of person who enjoys every season of parenting. I live in the moment.

My son Joey is leaving for college soon, and many people have told me that I’m going to be sad when he leaves. But I don’t think I will be that sad. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll miss him when he goes. But at the same time, I love seeing him grow up and going off to college is just another step in his journey.

If you’re a new parent, you’ll face many obstacles throughout your child’s life, and with each stage that passes, another will take its place. When you overcome these obstacles, your organizational strength will grow, and you’ll have the tools you need to prepare for the next challenge in life.

So, let’s take a look at each season from babyhood all the way through to your child graduating from high school (you may want to grab a tissue!)

The Early Years of Parenting

New parents face a great deal of change in the early years, especially in the baby, toddler, and pre-school stages. Babies are a handful, and they can quickly go from one diaper size to the next. You always need to change your stockpile of diapers and then you need to organize what your kids will eat and drink.

As you continue to expand your family, you’ll also develop your mental bandwidth to include not just yourself, but each additional little human that you’re responsible for.

Grade School: The Game Changer Year

When you have younger kids, your house can suddenly become overloaded with toys, clothes, and apparatus such as strollers and car seats, etc. But as the kids grow up, you can start to move the toys into their bedrooms and put the strollers and things into storage or give them to another family member if you don’t plan on using them yourself.

And once the kids go to all-day school, your home and organizational routine will change drastically.

This is a time that I like to call "The Game Changer Year."

It’s dramatic, I know. But seriously, when the kids are in school for most of the day, you’ll not only have more time for yourself, but you’ll also have more time to organize your home. Everything seems to flow a lot easier, and you can treat yourself to some quiet time now that the kids are off to school.

Even those of you at work while your kids are at school will notice a distinct difference in function of your home and the organizational progress you make will STAY!

FYI - I highly recommend taking a day or 2 off work while your children are at school to reclaim your home. :)

Middle School: Gaining Independence

Oh, middle school – how I’ve missed you!

If you didn’t know, I used to be a 7th and 8th-grade school math and science teacher, so forgive me if I get a little nostalgic thinking back to the good old days.

What I love about this age group is their ability to form their own opinions, and being able to witness their brains process change and develop as they progress through the school year.

Middle school is a time when kids are starting to become more independent in their actions.

High School: Graduation & College

Whether you love it or loathe it, high school is one of the most memorable times of a child’s life. Their independence starts to take shape, and they begin to think about driving and colleges.

I don’t know about you, but I love helping my kids take their beliefs, ideas, and unique talents and figuring out what it is that they want to do with their lives. It’s up to us as parents to launch our kids into adulthood with the tools and strategies they need to make decisions that will help them succeed and live a fulfilling, happy life.

Eventually, my kids will be done with college, and maybe someday they’ll get married, or they’ll travel around the world with their friends – and I’m really excited for all of it. I have enjoyed each season of parenting and the organization that goes along with it and I hope you do, too!

 

As I am typing this, I just received the final workbook for the Organize 365 National Convention in Dallas from June 7th to June 9th. Oh my goodness, is it chock full of productivity, goal setting, and personal development! It brings tears to my eyes as I envision those of us attending being transformed and connected in ways only a live event can.

I know many of you have immovable plans, but if you are still thinking... maybe I should. You SHOULD! You will not regret it! Come see me!

Register at www.organize365.com/Dallas.

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May 18, 2018
228 - Packing Organization + Printables
16:54

Summer is just around the corner. And I don’t know about you, but I LOVE packing for a trip – it’s almost as fun as the vacation itself!

2018 has quickly become the "year of travel" for me. I’ve traveled to Las Vegas to speak at a convention and to Washington DC for a women’s conference – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

As many of you know, the Organize 365 National Convention is taking place from June 7th-June 9thin Dallas, Texas, and if you’re coming to the event, you’re probably thinking about what you should pack for the trip, am I right?

So, let’s talk about organized packing.

Packing A Travel Toiletry Bag

Who wants to pack lots of shampoo and risk leakage 35,000 feet above the ground? Not me! It’s better to be safe than sorry, which is why I pack mini containers in my toiletry bag instead of taking full-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner on vacation.

You can save a lot of packing space by using travel-sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and hairspray. I have duplicates for everything I use on a regular basis, including doubles of my makeup products, soap, shave gel, deodorant, and moisturizer. Doing this allows me to travel with less while on vacation AND be ready to go at a moments notice.

This is my number one packing tip – buy duplicates and build a "ready to go" travel set of all your basic toiletries.

Travel Printables

I want to share four of my travel printables with you that I think you’re going to LOVE. Use these comprehensive lists to jog your memory and help you get down to the nitty gritty of everything you and your family need when you travel.

You can use all four of the travel printables to organize your suitcase and refine what you’re packing so that you travel lighter and faster. It’s also great for recording flight information, hotel accommodations, transportation info, etc. Click here to sign up for this free download.

The Organize 365 National Convention Dress Code

One of the most commonly asked questions I get about the National Convention is about the dress code. And the truth is… there isn’t one!

You should wear whatever you feel best in. Come as you are, that’s how I want to see you!

Of course, you might want to keep in mind that the convention is taking place in June in Texas, so it’s going to be hot. However, the event is hosted in a convention center and there is air conditioning inside, so you’re not sweltering the entire time you’re here.

If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, what are you waiting for? Buy your ticket to the Organize 365 National Convention here before they sell out!

Ticket sales will close on MAY 29th.

Yes, 10 days early. I need to plan, you know :)

Don’t forget to follow the Rise You Are Enough Conference Facebook Group to stay up-to-date with the latest news about the event! I can't wait to meet you in real life!

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May 11, 2018
227 - Having An Adult Spring Break
25:15

Spring break isn’t just for kids. Adults need a breath of fresh air every so often to recharge their batteries and diminish work-related stress and anxiety.

Taking a spontaneous break isn’t something I do very often, but the more I live a truly organized life, the clearer I can see the patterns of how to breed more productivity in organization and a large part of this is taking the time to relax, unwind, and de-stress.

My impromptu adult spring break adventure began a few weeks ago without me even realizing it until I was mid-way through the week!

I share my story on this week’s podcast episode and it begins with replacing the windows in my home. I know what you’re thinking, what does something as mundane as windows have to do with spring break? As it turns out, deciding to upgrade my windows kick-started a week of relaxation and organizing because it gave me the opportunity to take some time off work.

Upgrading Our Windows

Greg and I had been thinking about moving for some time, but we finally decided against it and focused on renovating and upgrading our current home instead.

Our old wooden windows were once the envy of the neighborhood back in 1986. But that was over three decades ago and they are no longer functioning.

The entire process took three days. Although this didn’t bother us much, our dog Hunter wasn’t pleased since he had to get shipped to doggy daycare until the workers were done.

Even though all of this work would be going on in the house, I knew I couldn’t take a break from my work schedule. However, I also knew that the workers would be replacing the windows in both of my kid’s bedrooms and trying to walk through the room to reach those windows would be almost impossible!

There was one clear solution – I had to take a break from work (if only for a few hours) and clean my kids' rooms so the workers could cross the threshold to reach the windows.

Cleaning & Organizing The Kids' Rooms

Since both of my kids are teenagers and their rooms are more like mini apartments than bedrooms, let’s just say that I don’t go in there very often!

But on this occasion, I didn’t have a choice. I took the morning off work and assigned myself an hour and a half to clean each room. I stuck to my schedule and finished both rooms on time, but when I finished cleaning, I didn’t feel like working.

If you know me, you’ll know that I always feel like working. However, Monday passed, and then Tuesday came and went, and I still didn’t feel like working.

My Adult Spring Break

By the time Wednesday arrived, it hit me. I had scheduled my own spring break! Granted, most of you probably would prefer to go on a sunny vacation for spring break, and the idea of cleaning your kid’s rooms and organizing the inventory sounds like work. But for me, it’s heaven!

I spent a large part of my spring break creating and organizing my Household Reference, Household Operations, Financial and Medical Binders. I even revealed how I arranged them and I also recorded a podcast series that you can listen to on The Sunday Basket Podcast.

When I wasn’t organizing my binders, I was out shopping with my family and getting things done that I usually didn’t have time to do.

Finding The Time To Organize

We all live such busy lives that it can be challenging to find the time to organize anything. The more I started to think about a week-long adult spring break, the more I was convinced that this is something I’m going to do every year.

My Sunday Basket and 100 Day Home Organization Program with 100 Day Productive Home Planner saves me a minimum of five hours per week. It helps me to organize and plan by season – which is much more practical than planning for the entire year in advance because life always gets in the way of our plans.

By planning your schedule every 100 days, you can carve out pockets of time for yourself so you can spend your time wisely and get more done.

Find out how you can live a more organized and happy life by joining us at the Organize 365 National Convention. It’s going to be an awesome experience and I would love to have you there. Grab your tickets here before they sell out!

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May 04, 2018
226 - What Will The Organize 365 Conference Be Like?
19:54

This week, I am sharing with you what you can expect at the Organize 365 National Convention.

Watch the video here... https://vimeo.com/266710817/e879e668db

To buy your ticket, just click here! I can't wait to see you in Dallas!

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Apr 27, 2018
225 - Physical Products: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
36:12

Baskets and binders and boxes, OH MY!

A few years ago, I realized there was a lack of paper organizing products on the market. And as you may have noticed, I’ve gotten very into creating physical products this year.

My First Physical Product

A few years ago, I gathered my online digital resources and put podcasts onto CDs, created printables and eBooks, and I created the "Get All Your Papers Organized in One Weekend" program and I sold it on Amazon.

It sold well and was a good solution, but I realized that using CDs was going to become obsolete. So while having a physical way to listen to the podcasts would be beneficial for older generations, the majority of people doing the organization for them were listening to podcasts.

The Next Step

I took some time off from producing physical products until about a year ago. I decided we were going to add a planner to the 100 Day Home Organization Program. I felt it was the only thing missing from the program so I created the planner and we sold 450 of them!

This was AWESOME! I had no problem making and ordering the planner. What I didn’t factor in was that we had to ship them all within ten days. The planners were very well received and it has been a great addition to the program.

In 2017, I also started teaching the Sunday Basket® Workshops online, but I quickly realized we needed better materials. I knew we needed a Sunday Basket® box and I always knew we needed better materials like the slash pockets, but they were missing in the marketplace and I needed to save up cash to manufacture them.

You can hear all about how I manufactured the Sunday Basket® physical basket and slash pockets in Podcast Episode 209.

On To Binders

I love binders. There is power in having the information in our filing cabinets in a portable form so we can take it to the estate lawyer, to the doctor, or the estate agent. When I walk into a meeting with a binder, everyone takes me so much more seriously. They know I have the information to back up what I’m about to say.

While I was starting to develop the binders, there were so many disasters happening... the numerous fires on the west coast, the hurricanes, the earthquakes.

I was watching people being displaced, losing their homes, losing their records, and I realized we all need these binders.

We all need a Medical, Financial, and Household Reference binder because the unexpected always happens. Someone is going to get sick, someone is going to move homes, someone is going to face a natural disaster. If you need to evacuate your house and you have your medical, financial, and household reference binders, you have all of the records you will need.

For years, I tried to figure out how to make home filing systems work. What I ended up doing was just eliminating them all together!

Refining My Message

Creating physical products over the last year has taught me to question and refine my message and my marketing before putting a product out into the marketplace. Physical products are great, but physical products are also part of the organizational journey.

We are paper and pencil analog thinkers FIRST. Then we can transition to digital sortage solutions. Sunday Baskets® and Home Binders are the tool you use as you organize your papers into productive solutions.

Do you have a physical product inside of you that you want to create?

My suggestion would be test it locally. Test it where you can physically drive the product, make small batches, make small quantities.

And then just go for it, follow your dreams. What’s the worst that could happen?

Even online, we still need some physical products.

Next week, I’m going to talk to you about the National Convention. Yes, you can still join us in Dallas! Follow me on Instagram to see the behind the scenes of planning the convention and growing with physical products.

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Apr 20, 2018
224 - So Lisa Is A Questioner...
23:46

I took Gretchen Ruben’s Four Tendencies quiz and discovered that I’m a Questioner.

I say "discovered," but I guess it’s not that much of a surprise at all.

Did you take the Four Tendencies quiz and find out what you are?

A couple of weeks ago here in Cincinnati, Ohio, I had the Sunday Basket® Workshop Certified Organizers in town for a boot camp. I told them that I had recorded the podcast with Gretchen Ruben and so they took the Four Tendencies quiz. We found out that the majority of them are Obligers. We also had a few Questioners in the mix, though I don’t think we had any Rebels or Upholders.

So I think the majority of people who listen to my podcast are probably Obligers or Questioners. And as a Questioner myself, I know that being a Questioner is not an easy road.

Questioners are analytical.

I’m going to tell you about my questioning tendencies and how it relates to the Organize 365 products I develop. Instead of using the term Questioner, I’ve always said that I’m very analytical. So I think people who are very analytical are probably a Questioner on Gretchen Ruben’s scale.

Also, I think your personality comes into play, because you can be a contrary Questioner or you can be a productive Questioner. I’m a productive Questioner. I question and I analyze so that I can get an end result or so that I can help others get an end result. That is my overarching questioning–ness. I question something to figure out how to solve a problem.

My ultimate goal as a teacher, educator, coach, motivator, parent, and human being is to solve problems and help people achieve the end result that they have for themselves. So I am a Questioner, an analyzer, in order to get you to the end result that you desire.

Obligers & Questioners

I think the majority of you up to this point have been Obligers, but in March I think I had some Questioners on the 100 Day Home Organization Program wait list! I got a couple of emails that asked, "Why are you making me wait? This is ridiculous. Here is my money, let me in please. Can I have the program? I don’t want to wait a month." I literally got three of those emails in one week!

I do not promote the 100 Day Home Organization Program every day of the year. I promote it for ten days, three different times of the year, when I know you will have the best end result of jumping into it. Now, I analyzed this quite a bit. I do not need the external motivation that an Obliger needs.

My goal for Organize 365 is to get you to your desired end result which is an organized home. And as an educator, and a teacher, and an analyzer, I know that your best chance for success is to start in September, in January, and in April. You’ll get as far as you possibly can because you’ll be going with the natural energy of the year.

However, I know that doesn’t work for everyone. And so in the future on the wait list page at the bottom, there’ll be a button that says, “Can’t wait, click here.” If you just took that quiz and you’re an Obliger, you wait until September and you start with everybody else. You will have so much more success with the 100 Day Home Organization Program if you’re doing the weekly Facebook Lives and if you’re in the Facebook Group because everybody is doing the same thing which will help you get to your end result of organizing your house.

The next round of the 100 Day Home Organization Program starts on MONDAY! And... I have opened registration for those of you who keep emailing trying to get in. :)

You can sign up through the new store here... https://organize-365.myshopify.com/

(Your planner will get there by FRIDAY.)

An Update On The Sunday Basket® Club

We started the Sunday Basket® Club because a bunch of you Obligers came to me and said that you needed to pay a monthly fee so you would do your Sunday Basket®. And you said you wanted a Sunday Basket® class. I want you to have excellent value when you put money into Organize 365. When you pay for something at Organize 365, I want you to say at the end, “Oh, my gosh, it was worth so much more than that!”

So, I price accordingly. I price for the value that is in the product, but I also price so that when you’re done, you realize you got even more than you expected.

With the Sunday Basket® Club, I was going to do twice-a-month training sessions on how to organize your paper, which I started doing in January. But I quickly realized that people were joining in February and not getting January’s "how to get started with organizing your paper." There’s an order to it that was missing.

So… introducing the new Sunday Basket® Club! It’s $99 a year. You can do the Sunday Basket® on Sundays with Monique and Ryan, and then every other Monday night, is a Facebook Live Q & A, just like in the 100 Day Home Organization Program. It’s an opportunity for you to tell me what you want to hear by telling me what questions you have about your paper.

For Questioners, simplicity comes at the end when you’ve decided what the answers to your questions are. That’s how we get simplicity. So go ahead, ask me all the questions you want in the Sunday Basket® Club!

I Want To Get You Results

We are constantly analyzing and tweaking. Part of why I say, “Progress, not perfection” is because as a Questioner, I know there’s no perfect. If you give me something that’s perfect, I’m going to question it.

I want you to get the best end result and that is why I do everything that I do. I want to give you all of the options so you can get the end result of getting your house organized. And sometimes, you see too many choices so you can’t make a decision in order to get to your end result. I am trying to tailor my products to what you need.

So that’s a sneak peek into how a Questioner thinks and why I make changes. Every change I make is to benefit you.

The 100 Day Home Organization Program hasn’t changed in years. I am going to make it available on demand in the future, but I’m still going to do the launch model because that’s what works for the majority of my audience.

Next week, we’re going to dive into physical products and the highs and lows of creating them!

And there’s still time to join me in Dallas, Texas for the Organize 365 National Convention on June 7-9, 2018! I can’t wait to meet you and give you a BIG hug!

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Apr 13, 2018
223 - In My Top 5: Gretchen Rubin
33:03

You asked and I listened. This week on the podcast, I’m thrilled to welcome author Gretchen Rubin.

Gretchen is one of the most influential writers in the world on human nature. She hosts an award-winning podcast and her best-selling books have been published in 30 countries and sold over 3 million copies!

On the podcast, we talked about Gretchen’s most recent book, The Four Tendencies, and how your personality type relates to getting your home organized.

Which Personality Type Are You?

Gretchen explained that the The Four Tendencies are four different personality types:

  • Upholder
  • Questioner
  • Obliger
  • Rebel

You can probably tell which one you are just from the name! But if you want to take the survey for free, visit gretchenrubin.com.

Gretchen explained that these personality types vary depending on what motivates you. We’re all motivated by two main kinds of expectations:

  • Outer Expectations: such as a work deadline or request from a friend
  • Inner Expectations: our own desire to do things

Upholders readily meet both types of expectations. Questioners question all expectations, so they'll only do something if they're convinced it makes sense. They make everything an inner expectation and object to anything they see as inefficient or irrational.

Then there are Obligers, those who readily meet outer expectations (things other people want), but struggle to meet inner ones (the things they want). I think there are a lot of you out there!

Finally, there are Rebels, those who resist all expectations, both outer and inner.

Obliger is the most common type of tendency, with Rebel and Upholder being least common.

Listen to the podcast to find out which tendency I have. Hint: No one guessed it correctly on Facebook!

Making The Sunday Basket® Work For Your Personality Type

I enjoyed telling Gretchen about the Sunday Basket® and it was interesting to unravel that it’s my Obliger audience who were saying, "We need you to go through the Sunday Basket® with us on Sunday."

I’m so pleased that I created the Sunday Basket® Club to give people the outer accountability that they need.

How Does Personality Type Affect Home Organization?

I think we have all of the tendencies in our family of 4! So how does this help us to get our homes organized, especially when dealing with the variety of tendencies in our family?

I listened with great interest to Gretchen’s advice on how to get the home organized when taking personality types into account.

Gretchen explained that a big problem for Obligers is that they often struggle to delegate tasks. Do you recognize this tendency in yourself? This is where it helps to have people hold you accountable.

Another great tip that Gretchen gave is one that I’ve heard myself say before… if you want to clean out the spare room, invite guests. That may well be the only thing that you need to do!

Your Habits = Your Identity

Like Dr Phil always used to say – You have an identity from being cluttered, but then you get organized and you have a new identity. So you have to really focus on that. Once you become organized, you ARE living a different kind of life.

We don't realize how much of our life is habitual.

This is why both mine and Gretchen’s podcasts ask so many questions. It's to help people think about making choices and changing habits.

I LOVED talking to Gretchen. She concluded on the show that if we have habits that work for us, we're much more likely to be healthier, happier, and more creative.

 

Hey, have you signed up to join me in Dallas, Texas for the Organize 365 National Convention? I can’t wait to meet you and give you a BIG hug!

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Apr 06, 2018
222 - 3 Reasons I Am ULTRA Productive
22:59

I want to share with you three reasons that I am an ultra-productive person. Productivity is definitely a mindset and a way that I was just inherently hard-wired for, but it is something you can learn.

#1 Productive People Don't Waste Any Time

You might be thinking, “Well, duh. I don’t waste time either.” But it’s more than just not wasting time. I see time as my friend and I am in complete control of my time.

This mindset shift alone will take a while for you to cultivate, especially if you’re thinking it can’t work for your circumstances. It is a mindset.

Along with not wasting time, I reorganize my time - all the time. I see my day as blocks of time, but because I’m in control of all of my time, I move things around.

#2 Productive People Are Results Oriented

I didn’t realize until recently how I do a to-do list and how an unproductive person does a to-do list. If you watched both of us doing our to-do lists, we would both look equally busy and look like we were getting the same amount done. But at the end of the day, my to-do list is done and you feel like you never got started on your to-do list.

Here’s the difference. I measure my success each day in finished products, not actionable work. Busyness gets me nowhere.

Productive people are not busy, they are producing. That is the big distinguisher. You have to stop some of your busyness in order to get an end result, which means you have to know where you’re going.

When you look at the whole day at the end of the day, what did you actually get finished? What did you get done? What have you produced?

Productive people are measuring what we are finishing and producing, not how we are spending our time.

#3 Productive People Follow Tried And True Action Plans

The biggest secret about productivity is that it is all about experimenting and creating habits. That is what productive people do. They try, they analyze, they look at their results and then they tweak and tweak.

Productive people follow tried and true action plans. Whenever I have something new in business that I have never done before, I try to find somebody who has done that and I ask them what people they use, what system do they use, what is their process? I may tweak that for my own business, or I may tweak that for my own productivity or where it fits best in my schedule, but I don’t start everything from scratch.

The 100 Day Home Organization Program was developed by a professional organizer (me!) who took all of the spaces in your house, divided them into an organized chart, and then created the order in which you organize them according to the areas where you spend the most time and the areas of the house you have the most control.

The 100 Day Home Organization Program WORKS!

If you are looking to PRODUCE an ORGANIZE home, follow this system. ;)

Being A Productive Person

The things that I do that make me a very productive person are I don’t waste any time and I feel that my time is in my control. I am results oriented, not busyness focused, and I follow tried and true action plans to get the results I want.

If you are looking for a way to end up feeling 100 days from now that your house is more organized, I really do think that the 100 Day Home Organization Program is the solution for you. We are going to get started again on April 16th. Registration closes on April 3rd and we would love to have you join us.

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Mar 30, 2018
160 - Decluttering Madness Week 4: the Garage (Replay)
25:03

Clean out and back up the cars - because we are going to FILL them!

Designate one car for donations and one for items that need to be delivered, returned or consigned.  

Next decide how long you have to work on this project at ONE time. 

If you have 2 hours or more - EMPTY the garage. You know it's true. Once the items are OUT of the garage it is as easy to donate them as it is to put them back in the garage. 

The garage houses all of the future projects we "think" we are going to do.

The biggest work you are going to do is DECIDE if you really are going to do those ideas and projects. 

In the podcast I talk about how I no longer have flower gardens, why I easily donate items we have purchased and never used and how we need better tools. 

It's a funny listen. And will keep you going while you declutter guilt and expectations in the form of flower pots and old sporting equipment.

Check your storage solutions.

Now is the time to invest in a few plastic shelving units to organize what you have left and buy organizers specific to what YOU have in your garage.

Keep going! You can do this!

Keep decluttering all the way until March 31!!

I want you to focus on decluttering and your Sunday Basket this month so…

The 100 Day Home Organization Challenge registration is closed. Join the wait list here and you will be the first to be notified when it reopens.

Mar 24, 2018
221 - How The 100 Day Program Is Like Montessori Learning
33:26

This week’s podcast episode is about the 100 Day Home Organization Program which is now open for registration!

Many of you listen to my podcast for a solid six months or more before you believe that you can become organized.

Eventually you try the Sunday Basket® and attend a Sunday Basket® Workshop. After 6-8 weeks of using the Sunday Basket®, you wonder why you waited so long.

Then, the intrigue sets in – would the 100 Day Home Organization Program work for me?

Yes, IF you aknowledge these two things...

First, it will take you a full calendar year, three times through the 100 Day Home Organization Program, to become fully organized… you can do it… and it works!

Second, you have to be willing to make an investment. An investment of your time, money and motivation. A big part of the transformation starts with the transaction. What you pay for, you value and you take it more seriously.

I Liken The Program To Montessori Learning

On the podcast, I share an email that I received from Marcy who likened my methods to the classical model for education (the grammar, dialectic and rhetoric stage). Marcy made so many great points and this intrigued me as it’s not something I was aware I was doing.

This got me thinking about Montessori teaching methods, something that I’m very familiar with having worked as a Montessori teacher.

In a Montessori classroom, students are grouped by three year age groupings and not by grade. Over the course of three years in the same classroom, children interact with students 3 years older and 3 years younger than themselves. All teachers in the classroom teach all age groups. You get a real depth of education because you are with different age groups throughout your education. You learn how to be mentored and how to be a mentor.

Another key aspect of Montessori is it repeats the curriculum over and over at a different level. The same presentations are delivered to children, but expectations are different based on their age. Kids move at their own pace, as long as the work gets done. They can deep dive into the topics they love the most and there is no limit – peers do not hold individuals back.

When I worked as a middle school Montessori teacher, I always made sure that I incorporated what was going on in the real world into the classroom.

This is very similar to how I teach in the podcast. I am very thoughtful about what I teach and when. I want to meet you where you are.

I teach three steps to getting organized.

  1. Declutter
  2. Organize
  3. Increase productivity

Click on the links above to listen to my popular podcast episodes on each.

By repeating the 100 Day Home Organization Program over and over agian, the amount of time you spend on each stage will change.

The first time you do the program, you’ll spend most of your time decluttering. Give yourself grace. You must take pressure off yourself. The expectation is that you’re going to start taking some action. You may not get through the full 100 days your first time (not many people do!).

If you start the program now, your second time through will begin in September. The organizing energy in September is really strong! You will spend more time on organizing from September to December the second time you go through the 100 Day Home Organization Program.

Newsflash, you will not believe what you didn’t get rid of the first time! You can never get rid of as much as you need to because your mind won’t let you.

But when you get to the point where you have empty space, this will rock your world!

Empty spaces can feel strange. In round two, you will learn to start living with a few empty spaces.

January 1, 2019, you’ll start your third time through the program – this is when you’ll be doing 50% organizing and 50% productivity. People LOVE productivity. But in order to get productive, you have to declutter and organize first.

Join The 100 Day Home Organization Program!

Registration for the 100 Day Home Organization Program is open now until April 3rd.

I can't wait to help you GET organized!

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Mar 23, 2018
159 - Declutter Madness Week 3 - Basements & Storage Rooms (Replay)
18:28

No one wants to go down here. I know.

If you haven't listened to the "How to Sort a Box" podcast. It is podcast #150 and goes along with today’s podcast #159

Ok. The basement.

In this space you need a leader who will direct the family. - Usually mom.

The leader goes down and starts sorting boxes and items into family members' piles. And then each family member (one at a time) will come down, make decisions and carry the donations up.

-HINT-

Preparation is KEY here! The more the leader prepares, the quicker the decisions go and the more gets donated. 

There is no denying that basements, attics and storage rooms ZAP energy and are the HARDEST areas to organize!

Everything is down there because you don't know what to do with it. ;)

So pace yourself. Each bag and box donated is a HUGE win!

Keep going. You can do this!

Don't forget to download the family and individual brackets to play along. View the get started post for "rules". :)

This is the LAST day to register for the Sunday Basket workshops.

Start tackling that storage room… one box at a time.

For the full show notes go to organize365.com/159
Mar 17, 2018
220 - HMR-Dreams & Memories In Your Storage Room
33:36

Hold on tight folks – it’s about to get emotional!

This week on the podcast, I talk about how to manage items related to your hopes, dreams, and memories that are still in storage.

The Hot Mess Room Challenge

As my podcast episodes related to the Hot Mess Room Challenge series draws to a conclusion, I’m still in the middle of organizing all of my crafts! Organize 365 is my passion now so I no longer need to keep all of my crafts. It is time for them to go.

If you’re in the Hot Mess Room Challenge, you’ve already been watching a lot of videos in my storage room. If you’re not and you would like to be, click here. It’s a free 28-day program with printables, an ebook, and all of the videos.

In an ideal world, I would love for my storage room to look like it should at the end of the Hot Mess Room Challenge. Guess what, though? It doesn’t look great yet and it probably won’t look like that ...ever.

The reason? It’s often because it takes us up to 3 times or more to go through a space to get it to a point where you’d want to share the finished result with anyone, let alone announce it on Pinterest!

Tackling Difficult Memories

Our storage room is full of memories.

There are many items in my storage room that remind me of the future that I thought I’d be living.

They represent an unusual kind of loss because the items aren’t attached to the loss of people or money. Instead, they represent a future that I thought I would have, but haven’t yet, or that I know will never happen.

We all have hopes, dreams, ambitions, and pictures of our future that don’t materialize in the ways we thought they would. It doesn’t make it bad. It doesn’t make it good. It is just the reality of our current situation.

Are there items in your storage that remind you of…

  • The mom or woman you thought you’d be?
  • The person you thought you’d marry?
  • The lifestyle you thought you’d have?
  • The career you thought you’d have?
  • The free time you thought you’d have?

These are difficult, but important questions.

Often, we’re not holding onto things for financial reasons. Instead, we feel that if we keep them, then one day that dream or ambition may come true.

Flip Your Mindset

Instead of focusing on what may have been, focus on what you have. For me, I never thought I’d have a dog, but here I am with Hunter and I couldn’t imagine a world without him.

What do you have that you didn’t think you would?

I never imagined that I could talk to people from my bedroom and inspire others to change their life based on their goals, hopes, and dreams to get organized.

I’m teaching and using my gifts in ways that I never imagined I would. However, it was extremely hard to get rid of all my teaching supplies. Giving up on my dream of owning a day-care center was a process. It took me years to let my teaching license lapse and let my supplies go.

A Yard Sale, Charity Event & Party All In One!

It’s wonderful to receive your emails and see the successes that you’re achieving when you’re getting your homes in order.

On the podcast this week, I had to share Lynn’s story because I LOVE it! She was debating over what to do with all of the things that she no longer needed and she finally settled on a yard sale in her basement.

Everything was free, but people were asked to make donations to charity. She was partying with her friends in the kitchen while people were taking things away and at the same time donating to help others. After 2 hours, most of the items were gone and she’d made over $800 to donate to a local charity. She told me how good it felt on all levels.

Supply & Demand

Steph emailed me to share that smaller families may be the reason why people don’t want to inherit so much stuff anymore. With parents tending to have fewer children these days, we often don’t battle with siblings for nostalgic mementos like we may have done in the past.

Mind blown! She’s absolutely right. It’s certainly true for when my sister and I were going through the family home as there was so many things and only the two of us to sort and acquire them.

Take A Deep Breath & Start

I really want you to look at the things you are storing and ask yourself whether you really need it... BUT at the same time, give yourself more grace if required. Maybe it’s time to get rid of things, but equally, maybe it’s not. It could be that you just needed to hear the words this time and then the next time we talk about it, that’ll be the time to take action.

We know that intellectually we need to get rid of things, but it’s the physical and emotional ties that hold us back from getting rid of things until the third or fourth time.

Previous Podcast Episodes

The main podcast episodes that I recommend you listen to, where I talk about my own childhood memories and how to deal with items when someone passes away, are:

Next week, I am sharing how the 100 Day Home Organization Program is like Montessori Education.

Which is appropriate as I am here in Texas this weekend at the Home School Convention. Education is on my mind. :)

I will also be stopping by the Hotel for the Organize 365 National Convention on June 7-9, 2018. All the party plans are humming along.

AND... I'm visiting the 1000+ Sunday Baskets that just arrived this week. I have to go see all my basket babies! Thanks so much for following along on my journey and supporting the new Organize 365 Store!

 

You may have noticed that I’m not on Facebook as much these days. It’s become so complicated! While I still have a business page and a personal account, please know that everything that I record goes into the Organize 365 Facebook Group - it’s a great free resource. If you’re not in this group, why not?! Head on over and sign up.

What I really enjoy about the Facebook Group is the shared conversations you all have with each other.

It’s great when you post questions and success stories as the whole Organize 365 team LOVE's to see what you’re doing and share it with our wonderful community.

I really like Instagram and, in particular, I love Instastories! Click here to follow me on Instagram.

You’ll often see me posting quick snippets of my life and they’re only available for 24 hours.

If Instagram isn't your thing, you can also see my Instastories on Facebook Stories, as well.

Speaking of Sunday Basket®s, if you love the system and are looking for a way to make a little money on the side, or to drive clients to your existing professional organizing business, please consider coming alongside the already 50 strong team of Sunday Basket® Workshop Organizers! Why now?

You can join between now and April 1, 2018 for a $500 one time fee and a yearly renewal of $250.

Starting April 1, the one time fee goes up to $745, so get in now and save!

50% of the professional organizers on the Organize 365 Sunday Basket® Workshop Organizer Team say they have received a new professional organizing client at their FIRST WORKSHOP. You can learn more about becoming a Sunday Basket® Workshop Organizer and/or sign up here: https://organize365.com/become-licensed-sunday-basket-workshop-provider/

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Mar 16, 2018
157 - Declutter Madness Week 2 - The Family Room (Replay)
26:16
The first step in organizing the family room is to stop and think about what you really do in this space. 
 
Do you still watch DVDs or do you stream your entertainment?
 
If your youngest child is in 2nd grade it is OK to move all the toys out of the family room.
 
If your youngest child is in middle school all their toys can be in their room.
 
For the full show notes go to organize365.com/157

 

Mar 10, 2018
219 - HMR-Craft Organization
45:17

Does your home ever feel like a craft store?! This week on the podcast, I talk all about how to get your crafts in order so you can create space and have more time to enjoy doing the things you love.

One of the reasons I’ve not tackled the hot mess room on the podcast so far is precisely because it’s a hot mess room and it’s overwhelming!

When there’s so much in there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not really know where to begin, especially when you’re listening to my podcast episodes but then can’t physically see the things you should be sorting. Because of this, I’m here to try and teleport myself into your space and give us the chance to tackle this together in the most logical way possible.

Start With The End In Mind

Imagine for a moment that we could stop time and you could have seven full days to dedicate solely to working on your craft. Obviously, it’s not practical in the real world, but it’s a great starting point to look at all of your crafts and work out exactly what you could and would want to use in that time. This will form the basis for everything we do to organize your crafts.

It’s most likely that you’ll have enough crafts to keep you going for seven years rather than seven days. Therefore, it’s going to take you more than seven days just to organize it, let alone start enjoying it! You need to have this reality check. Otherwise, you’re setting up for unrealistic expectations – and we all know I’m the queen of those!

My Scrapbook Downsizing

I have always loved scrapbooking and making photo albums. As a result, I’ve accumulated LOTS of supplies over many years. I came the realize that I didn’t need all of those supplies anymore. I simply don’t scrapbook as much as I used to.

It this week’s podcast episode, I explain how I managed to reduce my craft supplies from taking up two very large closets in the basement to one armoire in the loft.

Why am I telling you this? It’s so you can clearly see how I went from having supplies for a full-time business to supplies that will support me making one or two albums a year.

Letting Go Of The Stamping & Counted Cross Stitch

Similar to my scrapbooking supplies, I used to have A LOT of stamping supplies which I have now condensed to hardly any at all (just a small shoe box versus the whole bookcase that I used to have).

My mother is an artist and makes wonderful rubber stamp cards. Because mom did it, I bought hundreds of rubber stamps and ALL the associated supplies. I was decluttering last summer when I realized that I hadn’t stamped in 15 years. I was only keeping them because:

  1. I’d spent a lot of money on them
  2. The looked super cute
  3. They sat on the gorgeous piece of furniture that my late grandfather had made

I did two things. First, I chose 20 stamps to keep for future projects and I sent the rest to my mom to use and give to others. Second, I took the stamp holder off the wall and offered it to my sister. She was delighted to accept it as she now got something that grandpa had made and she had a use for it.

I did the same with counted cross stitch. I used to LOVE counted cross stitch, but I came to realize that I haven’t done a project in 17 years. I can’t imagine a time when I’m going to do one again any time soon, but I CAN see a time in the distant future when I will pick this hobby back up. So I’ve kept a couple of hoops and all my flosses are in order for when this time comes, but it’s in a small box that’s easy to store.

Allow Yourself To Let Go

Scrapbooking , stamping, and counted cross stitch are examples of crafts that I used to be really into, but am less so now. Similar to what I did, ask yourself if you’re still really into something and if not, adjust the amount of supplies that you hold onto.

As you’re looking at your craft and reliving the memories of the interest in that craft, ask yourself:

  1. What is your current need, desire, and excitement for this craft?
  2. What is your future need, excitement, and desire for this craft?

Only keep the things you really need and give 90% away! It may not be exactly 90%, but I guarantee you it will be around that amount. You do not need to keep a lot.

Sometimes an advancement in technology makes your craft redundant. My stamps are a great example of this. They’re wooden, but modern ones are clear and much easier to use. If you want to revisit a hobby later, invest a bit of money in new things. Don’t be held back by the old things that you’re storing. Just because you’ve held onto them doesn’t mean you have to use them forever.

Speaking of projects...

OH MY GOODNESS! We have so many new products and opportunities coming out THIS WEEKEND I can't even stand it!!

If you are following me on Instagram or Facebook be ready for LOTS of videos. :)

I can't even decide what I am the most excited about!!

First, I am so happy to announce that the BINDERS ARE IN!

That's right! They are finally ready!

There are five binders currently available - Financial, Medical, Household Reference, Household Operations, and Kids School Memories.

You are going to LOVE THEM!

and... the Official Sunday Baskets® are IN!

I can't even believe my dream is coming true!

If you have already participated in the Sunday Basket® Workshop, you will want to get your Official Organize 365 Sunday Basket® to accompany your slash pockets!

If you haven't yet, we are now offering a special Sunday Basket® Kit for only $97 which includes the virtual Sunday Basket® Bundle 1.0 & 2.0 AND your very own Sunday Basket®!

SHOP HERE

As always, thank you for all you do as the heartbeat of Organize 365.

I love hearing from all of you and am always cheering you on from the sidelines as you take control of your life - one room, one pile of paper at a time.