The desire for simplicity and an organized home is possible when you implement changes that lead to success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[00:00:00] The desire for simplicity and having your home organized. That is something that’s actually attainable when you implement changes. That lead to success. Making the changes. Isn’t something that comes easy for most people. It doesn’t matter if you were trying to make a significant change or just do something a little bit different. We go about our day, our normal day, the things that we do in a typical way of doing things, we do them by habit. We repeat the same patterns over and over.

So when we want a different outcome, we have to make a change and that’s not an easy thing. It takes time and it takes. A good amount of commitment. To change, whatever this thing is that we want to get a different result for. So you want to change something you have to put [00:02:00] in the time and you have to commit to doing this over and over again until this thing actually becomes a habit more than likely what you’re doing right now is something that you have been doing for years.

You’re set in the way of doing it because it’s a pattern. It’s the habit, it’s the pattern. It’s just a way that you do things. So the effort has to be intentional. You have to be conscious of what is this change that I want to make? What are the steps to get there? How can I get to this result?

Now, the desire for something better or something more than what we have right now, something different. And usually that is something that we’re thinking of as being better. We want to make a change. We w we want this, this thing that is better, and that doesn’t mean a material possession.

It just means maybe you want your house to be easier to clean. That would be better than the situation right now, where it there’s so much stuff it’s difficult to clean. Maybe you want things to stay picked up. That is a similar example where you want things to be picked up. You don’t want as much stuff out.

That’s a better than. The alternative of having stuff everywhere. The desire for something better or wanting to fix a problem. You’re looking for a solution. You’re wanting to improve things based on how they are right now. You want to make them better. You want to improve them in the future. That’s the first step.

That’s always going to be the first step. Okay. We identified. Something is not working. It’s causing us frustration. There’s something in our life that we want to make a change to. And that’s the first step, but what should we be doing to keep that momentum going once we know that there’s an issue, if we want to correct it.

And we probably know a few thing is. Or we’re taking a course or learning from someone online, or we’ve gotten information from a friend on how we can come up with this solution. What are the steps to take [00:04:00] to get to that solution? How do we keep that momentum going? So that you put in this effort and you can be sure to get the results that you want and that they’re going to stick and they’re going to keep going. How do we assure that you don’t go back to the way that you were doing things before? And go back to that bad habit or having the clutter or having the problem that was there before that you initially tried to fix and put the effort in to make better. A common issue that I’ve heard over and over again, when people are sharing with me is that they have done a really big closet, clean out. They’ve. God right. At a lot of stuff, they’ve cleaned out their closet in their drawers. It’s taken a few hours. Maybe it’s taken a couple days and they’ve organized whether it be their own closet or a linen closet or a co. Coat closet.

And they’ve done this clean out. Sometimes it’s the example would be with a car where the car is a constant catch. All. It’s really a mess with clutter of stuff. It’s not necessarily dirty. It just has a lot of stuff that’s left in the car and they take the time and they spend these hours. Removing the things from the car the word they’re using is organizing it.

They’ve gotten rid of everything. So, so they’re purging and they’re organizing it. I’m all for organizing, but what I have learned is, and really from working with different families in the sense of. Getting the organization dialed in and truly simplifying their homes. I’ve been doing this for long enough that I have seen this pattern happen over and over.

So I now know that an idea or a sudden urge to get organized or motivation that comes from being completely fed up because something is such a mess. This room is such a mess that closet doors won’t close anymore. So I have to do something about this. When you get that sudden urge or the [00:06:00]motivation comes from the frustration because you simply cannot handle it anymore.

And what I mean by that is. One closet, one cabinet, usually the space that really needs attention and it is messy. It is cluttered. There’s too much stuff. It needs that attention because of the amount of stuff, the amount of physical possessions and it’s lacking organization. That closet is not organized.

Things were not put away or stored properly. And there’s too much stuff. Whether it’s a closet, a cabinet, a drawer, or your vehicle, your car that we’re talking about. It has become overwhelming. So you’re finally to that breaking point where you’re fed up enough, you need to do something about it and that’s that you, you got to that point and it’s a big problem.

It’s a big frustration. You can’t take it anymore. The truth is. It might be a few months. It might even be a couple years. If it’s a space you don’t use very often. But more than likely it’s going to be a few weeks, weeks, or even sadly to say this, but just a few days, it’s sooner rather than later. That we’re going to be back in this situation of clutter, disarray and frustration.

Again. There will be too much stuff. The order will be. So orderly, I guess you could say. So with that lack of order, then the item is. Tend to pile up again. They will probably have made their way back into the empty space. The space that you cleared out. Because it might not have been organized properly, that space that you thought was organized. All of a sudden it becomes the clutter collector.

And the reason this happens is because. The steps weren’t taken the purging and the organizing may have happened, but the final step wasn’t taken to change the way that we do things and make sure that the effort lasts [00:08:00] longterm. We want the. The time you spend getting rid of things and organizing what is important enough to keep in your home. We want that to last. And that comes from making sure that you implement those routines. There are three critical components to organizing for longterm. And why would we ever organize for short-term?

Why would we want to spend hours doing something and making it functional for our families and putting in all of that time and effort? Not to have that last as long as we need it to whether that be weeks or months or years, we’re. We’re putting in the time and effort. So let’s make it last. Let’s make sure that we do all the steps of the process. And that means you combine these three things and that’s what keeps the momentum going without you thinking about it, because we’re replacing that pattern.

We’re replacing that habit that you’re currently doing and not getting the result you want. We’re replacing it now with this new routine. That’s going to solve the problem after it becomes a habit, it becomes effortless. It just the way that you do things. And that’s like what you’re doing right now.

It’s just simply the way that you do things, you’re not getting the result you want. So you change the way that you’re doing something. And then you get a different result. The reason I created the simplified home masterclass is because I wanted everyone. I wanted to be able to help as many people as possible.

And I wanted people just like you to be able to have success with the home organizing projects. And that means you have to do all three steps. You have to combine all three steps in the process. Of course you have to purge or declutter. The decluttering is the first and. And that means we are getting all the things out of our home, that we no longer need the things that we don’t actually use.

The things that we don’t really want any more than things [00:10:00] that we don’t like, the things that don’t make sense, the things that have just been collecting or we’re hanging on to, because one day we might need them, even though we haven’t needed them in years. And they’re causing our home to feel cluttered and not very organized and it’s making it so that we can’t use the space in our homes for things that we actually need. The purging that’s number one, it has to happen.

We have to remove those things. And after the purging, the organizing has to happen. The organizing is the part where we’re separating things in two piles by like items and we’re having. A big inventory of what do we actually have? How can we organize this? How could we put this away to maximize the space that we have in our homes where we’re living right now?

How can we easily put those away so we can get these things? Also easily. We can get them when we need them. We can retrieve them and use them and put them back with as little effort as possible. The or way that we organize is partially determined by the space that we have available to us. But we also have to think about how often are we using these things? When do we need to get them?

What members of the family needed to have access to them? And how easy is it going to be to put this away? Because one of the big benefits of being organized is that things get put back easily. So our entire house Steve’s picked up, so we don’t have items and clutter everywhere. So you have to do those two things, they work together.

And then finally you have to add in that missing piece, if you are one of those people, I talked about a couple of minutes ago where. You’ve been frustrated. So you spent the time where you think you’re organizing and you’re going through this one cabinet or this one closet or this one drawer or this one room that isn’t functioning anymore.

And how do you so frustrated that you did the project? And you think that you [00:12:00] organized it? But wait, now it’s been a couple months and now it’s messy again. You can’t. Keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. So finally, we have to put the last step into place and that’s the routines.

You have routines. You set them up, they’re intentional. And you can use also the word system. You put these systems into place. So that this space that you spent, the effort, this now clutter-free area there’s organized closet or the drawer or the car or the desk or whatever we’re talking about. It’s clutter-free it’s organized and the routine is what is going to make it so that after you intentionally do this and you put the effort in. Every few days. Or once a day or twice a day, depending on what it is like, for example, it could be, you put hooks by the back door where you come in every day and your new routine instead of walking in the backpacks and. The your purse and your diaper bag into the kitchen and setting it on the table, setting it on the floor, setting it on the counter. Now your new routine. Is. Hanging it on the hook. Putting it on the hook.

When you walk in the door. It’s going to take you less time to do that than to walk it all the way into the kitchen and set it down there and then deal with it and move it around and have it be a stressor because it’s a constant mess. All you did was put this new system in place where you have a hook on the wall.

The hook is now. Fastened to the wall. And you have a designated place for your purse, for your backpack, for your work bag, for your diaper bag. First, the sports bag for the gym bag for any of that stuff. That hook. Is a new system and the new routine is. All right, walk in the door, hang it up. Super quick.

Laundry. The laundry routine is one that we talk about a lot because it’s something that every single day we’re making more dirty laundry. [00:14:00] So let’s get a laundry routine dialed in so that the laundry doesn’t back up. Instead of waiting for the weekend and doing seven or eight loads all in one day or in two days, and never getting caught up with the laundry. Now we might make a change where every morning or when, as soon as you get home from work, you put a load in the washer, and then when it’s done, you immediately put it in the dryer and you spend 10 minutes folding and putting that load of laundry. Uh, way at the end of the day or first thing in the morning, this is going to vary depending on your schedule. But those are new routines. Something as simple as placing a little trash can in the garage, that could be the new system that’s going to make your routine work.

Because what that means is every time we get out of the car, we take any trash with us. If your kids had snacks, if you have a disposable drink or any type of trash, get out of the car, take the trash, drop it in that trashcan. You created a system and a routine that makes it easy for you to have success.

If you’re frustrated with your car, if you’re frustrated with all the things being left in the car and the constant mess and the clutter, and there. Maybe it’s a basket that sits outside of the door that you enter in. And if there’s a lot of stuff in the car, then it goes in the basket and you do this three days a week or. On a certain day or every time you guys get out, you have something that reminds you to take the things with you that you brought to the car.

So then the stuff, the clutter, the physical items in the vehicle that don’t really belong there, they don’t stay in the car. You set up this reminder, that’s your sister. That’s going to help you with this new routine. And this routine is going to get this stuff out of the car, back into the house or into the trashcan.

And you’re going to have success with this. Once you have done it over and over and over and over again, usually it takes about a [00:16:00] month to create a new habit, but when it stays organized, you get to live with the benefits you get to live with less frustration, less stress, more flexible time. Because you’re living with the benefits that come from a simplified home or her an organized home.

And that’s that missing piece? Why so many people are frustrated because they think. Well, I spent time. I got rid of stuff. I did the purging, or I think I organized that closet, but now it’s a mess again. The routines, keep everything going. And eventually those routines, they turn into habits. They turn into the way that you do things throughout the day. They turn into the pattern of what is happening, how you are going about your day, how things are getting done, or how things aren’t getting done when they are the habit. It’s simply the way that you’re doing something.

And it becomes easy. You’re not thinking about it. You’re not thinking that you have to do it this new way. You’re not trying to train yourself anymore. Because you put in the effort for a couple of weeks. That change is now the habit. It’s this new way. You’re doing something because of a change you made because you put in. The intention and you did with the work. And now you get to benefit from an organized home, a home with less clutter. You could do enjoy more because you’re not frustrated by all of the stuff that’s out in your house and the constant mess that is overstimulating. You get to go about your day and you get to get things done with significantly less effort in a less cluttered home.

And that is way, way, way easier to keep things organized and orderly. Because these routines and these systems. Are working with you and it becomes something that is happening almost effortlessly. [00:18:00]

 

 

 

 

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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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