What is the secret to simplifying everything at home and making the day to day tasks and chores easier?!?! Simple routines and intentional systems are a game changer in your home and beyond. Episode 130 of The Intentional Edit Podcast is going to give you plenty of ideas to help you stress less and have more time to spend doing things you want to be doing.
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routines, rhythms, systems, healthy habits, whatever you wanna call the systems in your home, they can either help you, they can make it so that you efficiently get things done so that you have more time to do the things that you actually want to be doing, or they can really be the thing that’s holding you back. It’s contributing to wasting time, feeling down, getting irritated, and feeling frustrated because you’re always in that Go, go, go mode surrounded by toys, surrounded by clutter, and just generally increasing your stress. Intentional routines and rhythms, decrease your stress and make life easier. 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 healthy mule 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 complete free dinner. In 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.
Hey there. Welcome to episode 130 of the Intentional Edit Podcast. I am happy to have you here So far this year. We’ve really talked about setting goals and good intentions and how to follow through with that and stick to those. And I’ve still getting a lot of questions about getting rid of the stuff in your home and how to get rid of it long term. So I have something exciting that I’m working on for probably the first week of February, and I will announce that later in the episode. But I wanna talk about the routines and the rhythms, the systems, all that good stuff that I like to talk about on here because it makes a huge difference. If you are telling me I’m so stressed out, I can’t take it anymore. I want to do things that make my life easier. I know my house is messy.
I want my kids to pick up their toys. What can I do? There’s three things that you have to do to have a simplified home, and those three things include getting rid of the excess. So that would be purging or decluttering, organizing in a way that works for your family, that makes sense for how you use the things in your home, and creating the systems and routines. We all do things out of habit. The majority of the things that we do throughout the day, those things happen because they’re just a habit. A habit or a routine is really something that doesn’t take our mental energy. We don’t have to concentrate on it. We just put one foot in front of the other and do things the way that we know how to do them. And a lot of times that’s the easiest way, the most simple way, and some of that can really come from laziness.
But we get in these habits and our habits either serve us or they are hindering to us. So think about what happens when you get home towards the end of the day when you know you’re not going out again, whether that’s after work or after the kids get home from school, picking up from activities, carpool, all that stuff. You get home. What do you do with the things that come in your house? Does your purse and your keys and your water bottle and the pile of mail that you’re holding and all of that stuff make its way into the kitchen and get set down on a table, a counter on the couch, just wherever you can drop it and dump it. Your kids’ backpacks, the bags from sports practice, the things coming out of their bags. Does all of that just get set anywhere or do you have an actual practice and a place designated for them to keep those things?
Whatever you are doing when you walk through the door with this stuff and what you do after that, do immediately go into the kitchen, start getting out food, preparing dinner, making lunches for the next day. Or do you sit down on the couch and start scrolling on your phone? Do you have another habit that goes along with this? Because whatever you’re doing, you’re most likely doing it out of habit. It’s just something that you do over and over and over again. It could be serving your family, helping you to make the night be as smooth as possible, or it could be setting you back. It depends on if this habit was created with intention and if it was created with intention. It’s not just a habit, it is a routine, and you developed this routine or this system to make life easier. So if you, if you, if you walk through the house and it looks like you coming in the door, your purse goes on a hook, your keys go in a bowl, you take your water bottle to the kitchen sink so it can be washed and refilled the next, for the next day.
Your kids have a place for their backpacks or they take their shoes off and put them in a basket or under a bench. Or if your routine looks more like that, you have a routine going. You have created the systems and the routines that make your evening easier, that make it so the stuff that comes and goes from the house doesn’t add to the clutter, and it makes it so that you don’t waste time in the morning looking for and gathering up all the things that you need to have when you leave the house. Those are quick examples. You might do something that looks a little different from both of those and that’s completely fine, but figure out where you are. Are you on the side of the, just doing it because it’s the habit, unhealthy habit, nothing was created with intention, or are you on the side with the, I created this routine and this system with intention to make life easier so that we know where things are so that we can save time so that we’re not irritated with each other and irritable when we can’t find things.
And adding to the stress of the day, you wanna replace those bad habits or those unhealthy habits with good ones that look like this. Now let’s for a second, talk about clutter and belongings and excess in our homes because the clutter makes it more difficult to implement these good routines, these routines that make things easier. And if you go back and you think about the example I just gave you, if you are coming in the house, even if you have the intention and you’ve set up and really thought out, what do I want to do when I walk through the door? What does this routine look like? And you put the hook on the wall and you put the basket next to the door for the shoes, and you have the things that you need set up. So the system and the routine can be successful.
You have a good shot if you stick with it and you give it practice and there is intention behind it. But if you are surrounded by clutter and piles of things, it is much, much, much less likely to happen and for you to stick to this for longer than a few days because you have all of these things around you, all of this stuff, all of the excess is surrounding you and it doesn’t make sense in a way that is a natural thing to do, to hang your purse up and to have this one designated spot for your bag to go and your keys to go, and the pattern for your water bottle to go someplace when there is a counter full of clutter, a sink full of dishes, bags, backpacks, papers, piles, junk, probably some trash all over the place, it’s not going to be as easy for you to follow through and to have success with the routine and the new system that you’ve created.
Of course, you have to start somewhere. And doing things with intention is going to help. And there are ways to make these routines stick by setting alarms and reminders and things like that so that you make sure that you are doing this each day until it does become a habit. But the clutter is really a hindrance, it’s a problem and it holds people back and it makes failure much more of a possibility when they are trying to implement these new routines and these new rhythms throughout the day. So when I created the Simplified Home Masterclass, there’s three components to it that are the most essential, and they are the decluttering, the purging part, the organization, and getting things organized and the systems and routines because all of those things are equally important and they really work well together. And if you want to be the most efficient and save the most time and have the most margin in your day, not be frustrated at home, know where things are when you need to get them and all of that good stuff, then you have to have this ideal situation where the environment that has now clutter free, you’ve cleared the clutter and you have done the organization piece, and then the systems and routines and all three of those things work together.
They work hand in hand so that you can have a home that stays picked up, it stays orderly. You don’t have to constantly look for things and it simplifies life. It makes life easier. If you want to go back and you need to do the purging first, you have too much stuff, then join me. I think it’s going to be February 1st. So Wednesday I’m going to bring the Purge like a pro bootcamp back and give you some tips and guidance on purging. It’s a free workshop. It’ll be a three day event where you will get a video to watch each day, and then I might even add in something fun like a V I P experience that you can sign up for, and we’ll do like a live q and a afterwards where you can get your questions answered if you want to spend a little more time and hop on that.
But if you want to get these systems in place in your home, and you have tried this and you want to have these good routines, and I’m talking about morning retreat, routine after school routine, evening routine, what are you doing before you go to bed? What happens every time you walk into the house? How does your laundry get done? How does your your kitchen counter stay clutter free? What about your sink? How do we keep the dishes from piling up? How does this house stay at this baseline that you determine is a good baseline? How you want your house to be so that it functions well and it feels good to you? If that means things picked up, toys put away at the end of the day or the end of the playtime, that’s all possible. The dishes don’t have to be in the sink, the laundry doesn’t have to be piled and 4, 5, 6 loads always ready to be folded.
It can be something that is part of a routine so that it gets folded and put away, and you designate a few minutes here, a few minutes there. When you have a solid routine that you fit in and customize for your day, it makes life so much easier. But you also have to do, to do the work of the decluttering and the purging and get rid of that excess, that stuff that’s holding you back in the description. Wherever you are listening to this podcast, or maybe you call it the show notes, scroll down wherever you’re listening to this episode and I put a sign up there so that you can get all the information for the Purpuro Bootcamp that will be starting on February 1st. It is completely free this time. You do not have to do anything but show up and then do the homework each day to have success and to kind of kickstart your purging, your decluttering.
If you wanna clear the clutter this year so that you can make space for all of the amazing systems and routines that will truly simplify your life, then sign up for the Purge like a pro bootcamp. I’d love to have you there on February 1st, second, and third, and I would love to answer your questions so that we can help you make this the year that everything is simplified, everything is streamlined, and you can get the excess and the clutter out of your home once and for all. So I hope you scroll down, click on that so that we can send you the information and you can be there for the first day of the Purge, like a pro bootcamp. Thank you so much for joining me for this episode. I am happy to have you here. I hope this was helpful to you. If you have questions for me, you can always go to intentional edits.com and click on that little record now button at the bottom of the page.
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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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