The clutter in your home has you irritated and overwhelmed and you promise that this is the year to get it under control and FINALLY ORGANIZE YOUR HOME.  In episode 128 of The Intentional Edit Podcast you will find what the best place to start a big project is and the key to staying motivated to keep going and make this the year you change your habits to simplify and stay organized. 


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Where to Start When You Need to PURGE & ORGANIZE an Entire Home and How to STAY MOTIVATED





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So you wanna get organized this year. You’re tired of living among the clutter and you swear this year is going to be different. But how do you get there? How do you actually organize your home and change your habits? What about the part of the decluttering process where you quit and you find yourself in this same situation the following year? I promise it does not have to be this way. You really can reduce the clutter and get organized when you start in the right place and create the habits for long-term success. Hey moms, welcome to the Intentional Edit podcast. Do you wanna stop feeling overwhelmed and finally get your home organized? Do you find yourself up late at night worrying about how you are going to get everything done and not drop the ball? You are wondering where to start and what to do. There is never enough time in the day the piles of laundry are building up and it’s already time for after school activities, homework, snacks, and carpool.


Again, I’m Lauren. I too want an organized clean home where my family can make long-lasting memories and be present in the moment. Feeling like there is never enough time to complete all the daily tasks is exhausting. So simplicity all around a healthy meal on the table at dinnertime and a family that contributes to the chores really is attainable. Stop telling yourself that you have to do it all or it will never get done, or that picky eaters will never allow for a complain free dinner. And this podcast, you will learn exactly how to declutter, implement systems and maximize routines that remove the overwhelming, unorganized parts of life, bringing simplicity to your life and home. Come on, it’s time to create a life you love.


There is one question that I am asked all the time over and over again. I hear the same question. Come in, come in, and it’s like, where do I start? Organizing my entire house is a mess. I have too much clutter everywhere. I don’t want to feel like my house is not finished and I haven’t ever finished putting things away, but I don’t know where to start doing that. How can I get rid of this cluttered feeling in my home? Where do I begin? It’s the same thing over and over again. You want the answer to where to start. And I have recorded many episodes on this. If you are a longtime listener, then you’ve heard me talk about this over and over again, and I’m going to give you the same answer every single time. You have to start in the place that is causing you the most stress right now.


And that’s just the way it is. You’re not starting in the same place as your neighbor, as your best friend, as your sister, because you have different places of irritation, you have different problems. And the reason that we have those problems in our home in terms of the clutter is one, the lack of systems. When you don’t have systems in place that are working for your family in TER, in terms of routine and putting things away, putting things back, giving everything a home within your home, that storage location. So things are always returned to a designated spot. The lack of systems makes it so that the clutter is constantly there. Systems work hand in hand with habits. And if you wanna think about a habit as what it truly is, a habit in a way is a ritual. It’s something that you do without thinking about it.


It doesn’t take any mental energy. You just do these things the way you do these things because they’re a habit and they’re a ritual that you have. You probably didn’t even create it with intention because it’s not serving you. If your habits were good habits and good rituals that lead to these great systems in your home to keep it running efficiently, to keep the clutter from piling up, the habits would be serving you in a positive way. But when they weren’t created with intention, you’re just doing things the way that it was easy, the way that they’ve always been done. And we have to retrain our brains and come up with new habits and new systems that make it so we put things away rather than set them down. And let me say that to you again. If you can take the time to use something, take those added two or three set seconds to put it back where it goes rather than setting it down.


That’s a quick thing that you can do. But you have to shift your mindset. You have to retrain yourself and create new habits. I could get into habits and systems and many more episodes. I already have a ton of episodes about that that you can go listen to. But what about the physical clutter? These things work hand in hand. If you don’t want the clutter in your home, you have to take the time to purge. You have to get rid of all the things that are not serving your family, that don’t make sense to keep, that you no longer need, use or want. And then you have to come up with an organization system that makes sense for ease of retrieval, for putting things away. Because you want these things to be easy to get out, easy to use. You want them in an area close to where you will actually use them.


And you want it to be easy to put things back. It has to make sense. It has to be easy for you to put these systems in place and have these systems that will last you for the long term. You have to do the work of the decluttering and purging and get all that excess out of there and then organize. But the systems and the habits are what makes these things last long term. So if you wanna know where to start, take a good long look. Where do you feel, feel the most irritated in your home? Where do you find yourself irritable? Where do you feel overwhelmed? Where does it feel not good? Where does it like ick? Ugh, I don’t wanna be in here. I don’t want to be in this room. This room disgusts me. When you feel those things and those feelings coming up, there’s too much stuff.


There’s the lack of system. There’s a problem in this area, and the clutter is adding to the stress in your life. Is it clutter from piles of laundry that need to be folded and put away toys that are just scattered all over because they don’t have places where they can easily put be put back? Is it just excess that comes in papers, things that come home that we don’t know what to do with, so they just get piled up? Is it food left out, things stacked up on your kitchen, counters on your kitchen table? Do you not have blank space where you can breathe? Are there too many knickknacks, decor, picture frames, all kinds of stuff set out and about? Are you keeping things out of guilt because people have given them to you? All of these things add to the clutter. It adds to the stress, it adds to your irritability, and we have to get rid of it.


We have to reduce the clutter to feel better in our homes, to get rid of that ick feeling. So you have to identify where, where is this place where you feel the most overwhelmed? What is the area you don’t like the most? And you start there. And that’s a different spot for every person. A lot of people, if you have young kids, it has to do with the areas of your home that you’re in the most, like the kitchen, family room, dining room, kind of open space area because everything seems to pile in there. But just because I said that, that doesn’t mean that it’s that space. That is the space that you should start with. If you find yourself aggravated, agitated, annoyed, and depressed, every time you have to go near your washer and dryer and anything that has to do with laundry and there’s so much stuff on the floor, you can barely make your way to it to open the door, shove the laundry in and switch it to the dryer, then that might be the spot for you.


That might be the place. And we start small. We tackle individual projects within these big spaces in individual cabinets, individual drawers, individual shelves, and we break it down into small tasks. And then you move on. And if this sounds like I wanna do, I wanna do this, but where am I starting? I’m still feeling overwhelmed. You need to sign up for the Simplified Home Masterclass. You need to stop making excuses and do a proven solution that works, a proven system that works over and over and over again for different people. Make the commitment, sign up for the Simplified Home Masterclass, and it teaches you exactly how to purge and declutter with a process, a proven process that works so you can feel confident in the decisions of what you’re getting rid of. And then I walk you through step by step, exactly how to organize.


And not only do I teach you the ideas on home organization and how to get everything organized the way that professional home organizers would tackle organizing projects, I break it down for you room by room. So when you identify those pain points where you’re like, ah, I just can’t take it anymore. This is the spot where I need to start, then you go to that room, that specific module and get the tips and the tricks and the ideas from there and the product recommendations that are useful in those spaces. And that Simplified Home Masterclass walks you through exactly what to do and every single room inside your home. That’s the way to have the most success. But you have to put in the work. You have to spend your time putting these things in place. You have to remove the clutter and get it out of your home, donate it, toss it, trash it, remove it from your home so that you can put the systems in place to reduce the overwhelm, to get rid of that icky feeling to finally feel good in your home.


And how do you stay motivated? There’s a couple things. One, and I’m gonna give you a little tough love here. Sometimes we have to do things that we don’t want to do to get to a positive end result. Whether it is a goal for your home, a fitness goal, a health goal, a something that you are trying to accomplish at work, you have to put in the work, you have to put in the effort. And some of the things you have to do, you aren’t going to love doing. Every day isn’t a dream day, but you have to put in the work and the minutes you spend doing these things. If you’re listening to this podcast, you probably don’t love organization, you don’t love the idea and the process of decluttering it, or maybe you do, but it doesn’t come easy for you. You probably really enjoy the end results, but you struggle with how to get there.


That’s when you invest in yourself. You invest in a program, you invest in a coach, and you put in the effort, you follow the program, you complete the steps, you put in the effort, and then you get that end result that you’re looking for. But you have to put in the effort. And one thing that happens is when you do something and you have success with one room, one project, one problem area, even though you don’t love the process, because sitting around going through stuff is not your favorite thing to do, you’d rather be on vacation, you’d rather be at the beach. You’d rather be doing something fun with your family. But when you take the time and you spend the minutes doing that, there are a couple things that get you motivated. The first one is, as you keep going and as you do the process that works over and over again in the different rooms in your home, you get faster at it, your momentum picks up, and what took you 10 minutes now takes you five minutes.


You cut your time down significantly as you move on because you see the process. You see the benefits of the rooms and the areas that you have done that are already complete. And the other thing that helps you is when it feels good to be in a place. When you see the results, when you feel the results, when you’re living with the benefits of simplifying and reducing clutter and getting rid of the things that you are not using and your family is not using, the things that are just collecting dust and causing frustration. When you eliminate those, then you enjoy how you feel in these rooms where you’ve made the progress. So it motivates you to keep going. But I’m not gonna sugarcoat things and tell you that this is so easy and there’s some magic trick. You actually have to put in the work, and you have to make the decision to do this for yourself and for your family because it’s a priority for you to have more time, to feel better in your home, to not be surrounded by a clutter all the time, to not be grouchy and irritable.


You want to have a home and spaces within your home that feel good and that you want to be in. You want to make memories in. And I can promise you that you will regret the decision of not starting and not doing something and continuing to live among the clutter and continuing to live without the systems and without the intentional habits that are serving you and simplifying and making life easier. You’ll regret that not doing those things more than if you take a chance because the biggest risk is not taking the chance. It’s not making the change. Regret comes from the lack of action and the lack that’s always more painful than you regretting taking the action because you’re not going to, you’re going to celebrate the success. You’re gonna pat yourself on the back, you’re gonna be glad you did these things once they’re done.


You have to take the first leak. You have to make the investment in yourself and your family and make it a priority to feel good in your home, to simplify, to create these systems. And if you can’t do it on your own, which most people can’t sign up for a program, find a coach. And if that’s not with me, if that’s not with the Simplified Home Masterclass, do it somewhere. But stop making the excuses. Stop being stagnant and figure out, this is the program I wanna do. This is where I am going to make a change, because this year is going to be the last year that I say to myself, this is the year I’m going to get organized. Stop making the excuses and start taking action to the simplified home, to the home that’s not full of clutter. Let’s get rid of the clutter and simplify life and create these systems and routines so you can stop thinking about doing it and dreaming of this far-fetched idea.


Because it’s possible to do this year. It’s possible for you to have success this year, and I wanna help you with that. You can reach out to me on Instagram. I’m at intentional edit. Send me a message if you have questions or join our Facebook group. The link to the Instagram and the Facebook group are in the description right below the show. Wherever you’re listening to this, click on either one of those. Join our Facebook community, ask me questions, send me direct messages, ask a question in the group, and I will answer your questions so that this can be the year that you stay motivated, do the work, declutter your home, and simplify your life so that your home and your life can be organized. You can be efficient, and you can have more time for the things that matter most to you. Thank you for listening to the Intentional Edit Podcast. If you found today’s episode valuable, tell your friends about it by taking a screenshot, sharing it on social, and tagging me at intentional edit. I’ll be back soon with another episode. In the meantime, find and be sure to follow intentional edit on social platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. To ensure you catch future episodes, click the subscribe or follow button. Now. I’m grateful for a five star rating and review from you. Be sure to let me know what you liked about this episode and what you want me to cover in the future.



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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces.  Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life.  Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority.  While trends come and go organization is always in style!


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