All the buzz around home organization and popular posts and reels on social media, might be inspiring you to get organized or have a Pinterest worth pantry or under sink cabinet.  Don’t be fooled by the pretty pictures – organization is a process and following a strategic plan makes it possible to stay organized long term and allow you to have the many positive results of an organized home.   




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How to Know if You Are REALLY ORGANIZING or Just Transferring “STUFF” to a New Basket or Bin





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With all the buzz around home organization and popular posts and reels on social media, you might be feeling inspired to get organized or have a Pinterest worthy pantry or under the sink cabinet. Don’t be fooled by the pretty pictures. Organization is a process and following strategic plans makes it possible to stay organized long term. And it allows you have the many positive results of an organized home. Proper organization means that you aren’t just transferring belongings from one area to a new container or basket. On this episode of the intentional edit podcast, you are about to find out why, 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 in home where my family can make long lasting memories and be present in the moment feeling like there’s never enough time to complete all the daily tasks is exhausting simplicity all around a 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 will never allow for a complain 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.


This Podcast was so helpful and informative and helping me realize different life changes I can make to have more balance and time through just organization. I love the tips because they really applied to my family and allow me more time to spend with my kids and the things I want to do. I can’t wait to listen to more. And that was a review left on the apple podcast at, for the intentional edit podcast. And I’m sharing that with you today because it’s one of the last days to enter the contest by leaving a review, the review contest is wrapping up, but it’s not too late for you to still enter. If you leave a review for me for this podcast, the intentional edit podcast. By the end of the day on April 30th, you will be entered into this contest to win a free coaching session with me.


All you have to do is leave a review, just a sentence or two, and include your full name. The only reason you’re including your name is so that I have a way to identify the winner that will win a free coaching session with me, reviews, help podcast get discover, and it makes it easier for people to find what they’re looking for. When a podcast has plenty of reviews, it’s very easy to do. It’ll just take you a minute or two. It helps me, and it helps other people discover this podcast and it enters you into a contest to win a free coaching session with me. So if you have been wanting a coaching session, it’s not in your budget right now, or you haven’t found an opening to schedule with me, then it’s a great way to be entered into a contest to win. It’s a one-on-one coaching session that you can win with.


And I would love to work with you. And I appreciate all of the reviews head over to the apple podcast app and click on that rating and review, leave the review by the end of the day, April 30th. And you will be entered in, win the contest for the one-on-one coaching session. When you think about home organization or really organizing anything, there are a lot of move. Moving parts were moving, things, transferring things, deciding on containers and picking out storage. There are so many things that go into organizing, sorting, and decluttering and all of that. I was in a conversation with a mom recently, and she said to me that she feels like she isn’t sure if she’s just moving stuff from one container to another one, or if it actually is organizing, she’s like, am I really organizing? Or am I just transferring items to a different storage location?


My first reaction when thinking about this interaction than I add with her is if it doesn’t feel like you’re organizing then something isn’t a hundred percent it, right. Something isn’t where it should be. There is a piece to the puzzle that’s missing in this situation. And that probably goes back to the very beginning, the first steps in organizing, and that’s the purging purging is the part that you have to do before. You can get organized. You can’t pick the containers. You can’t move those below longings from one place to another, if you want to do it. So that organizing is the long term goal, because if you haven’t done the purging, then that is what you’re doing. You’re just moving things from one space to another. The other part of this that came up for me is that organization has to be intentional. It’s you want organizations to last long term.


It has to make sense. And if it does, it will work for many years to come and it will incorporate into systems and make life easier. Think about it like this. You wouldn’t keep dish soap in the bedroom. You would only keep dish soap by a sink or back stock to a soap in a location that makes sense to use it where you use dish soap. And that is by a sink or running water, or you wouldn’t put a raincoat and rain boots. If you live in a brainy climate, like the Pacific Northwest, you wouldn’t put those things that you use almost on a daily basis in an up to airs back corner, bedroom closet. That was really hard to get to and a big deal to get to that space. If the rain boots and the rain jacket are something you’re using almost every day, then you’re going to keep those on a hook next to the door on a coat rack, umbrella rack, some kind of stand somewhere near the door because you are using them all the time.


You want them to be easily accessible when you are exiting the house and you want it to be easy to put away when you’re coming home. Same thing with the dish soap example, either of those things are easy to underst stand. When you organize, if you want the organizing to make sense, if you want it to make the functionality easier for your family and make life simple, you want it to be incorporated into those systems that you have in those routines to make things easier. Then you have to do the purging. First. You have to do the due cluttering. You have to follow a purging plan and follow an organizing plan to get you through the steps so that both of those things are done with an intentional process to make the benefits of organizing be the maximum that they possibly can be. And last long, long, long term, if you find yourself in a similar situ where you are trying to get organized, you’re trying to simplify, you’re trying to incorporate routines or, you know, you need to do these things or you feel like there’s clutter, but you’re not sure how to tackle it.


You can use these podcasts. They’re great resources pick and choose what applies to you and follow the process. You can have success with that. If you need more guidance, go to intentional,, click on the coaching tab and you can book a coaching session with me. We can come up with a plan that is specific and customize just for you. And I am happy to help you. I love working with clients. If you just want a little bit more accountability, and you want someone to guide you to, with an independent plan that is specific to the individual needs of you and your family and your current living situation, then go to intentional,, click on the coaching tab, and you can book a coaching session with me. It’ll take you right to a calendar where you can see what is available. I have added coaching times.


They are so much more in demand. I’m trying to add as many as I can. Whenever there is a little opening in my schedule where I can squeeze in one or two more in a week, I’m doing that for you guys. I know you’re requesting them and you want them. And I’m trying to fit in as many as I can without totally overloading myself. But I really do enjoy working with you. So if that’s something that interests you book the coaching session, intentional,, coaching or scroll down in the podcast description. And you can click on that one-on-one coaching link, and then we can work together. If you are finding that you are in a similar situation to the mom that I mentioned at the beginning of the episode, and you’re not sure how to organize what you wanna get organized. How do we deal with this?


And how do we get off to the right start so that you can have success? Think about why do you wanna get organized? What are the benefits of organizing? There are so many benefits of being organized. I will just mention a couple that come to the top of my mind today. And the big one is that organizing saves you time. It saves you an extraordinary amount of time because being organized helps you have those systems and routines in your home that are easy to follow and make life simple. It makes the little things and the habits that are not helping you today. It turns those into healthy habits that are just routine things that you don’t even think about doing. That’s why we implement systems and routines in our home, but the organization of the physical belongings is incorporated on all of that. So one big thing is the organ being organized, saves you time.


You can find what you need when you need it. When you’re looking for something, you always know where to go, because when you’re organized, everything in your home has a home of its own. That also leads to increased productivity. When you know where things are, and you’re not parallel with the decision fatigue and constantly scrambling to figure out where things go, where belongings are. You’re not bogged down by the clutter everywhere. Your productivity is increased. Being organized helps you to focus on the task that you’re working on. It allows you to accomplish more in a short amount of time. You can more quickly. There’s tons of studies about this with students and people working. And when they work in a cluttered desk, they can’t stay focused as long and they lose their concentration. They don’t get as much done. It happens for both kids and adults.


If a clean clutter free intentional workspace or desk is helpful in productivity, then you have to think that that transfers to the home. And it does your home environment cluttered or not cluttered being organized or not organized affects how productive you are, how easily you can get things done or not get things done. Kind of a funny one is being organized actually helps you sleep better and it helps you with, well, it gives you that overall sense of peace. Like it kind of just brings the balance and simplicity into your home and brings you that peaceful, tranquil, overall feeling to make you feel better when you’re at home, because you’re in this organized place. And that transfers to your are sleeping. If you feel better in a clean, organized, orderly environment, it’s also easier to go to sleep and stay asleep. When your mind can relax, you can fall asleep easier.


It makes a big difference. Organizing also eliminates some of the decision fatigue and it decreases overwhelm. When you like those feelings of overwhelmed and being stressed out. When you have systems in place and you have an organized home, then you are the stress that you experience at home is reduced significantly. In addition to that, being organized, decreases the feelings of depression and anxiety because the benefits of feeling peaceful and having a clear mind and not feeling overwhelmed are a reduction in depression and anxiety. In addition to what I said earlier, where it gives you more time, it also helps you to feel you are energized, or you can do more, maybe even a feeling of empowered when you feel like you can get things done and you know exactly what you need to tackle in a day, you are more likely to do more. It motivates you to do more.


It kind of keeps the ball rolling, and it keeps you energized. When you’re getting things, you’re crossing the things off of your to-do list and you don’t feel like you’re constantly scrambling or behind. You have a boost in confidence. It increases your self confidence. You feel better about yourself. And that goes back to all those other things that I just mentioned, where reduces your anxiety and reduces those feelings of being stressed and overwhelmed. And you have, have a difference in your self confidence and you feel good about yourself. So many great things can happen because of that. Organization also can affect the communication within your household, within your relationships, and really improve those relationships. When your home is organized and orderly, and you feel good about the environment then your, and when someone announces that they’re stopping by unannounced or on a whim, you wanna have friends over, or your kids wanna get together with some people.


Then it’s easy to do. You don’t have to run around scrambling and be this crazy mom, trying to get everything picked up and yelling at your kids to put things away and clean their rooms and put everything back where it’s supposed to be. Because the organization keeps things in order. It keeps things in their homes, in a place where they go. And if they’re not, it only takes a few minutes to put those couple things that didn’t get put away back because they have a designated place to go. They have a home where they are stored. If it weren’t put away, it’s easy to find the time to put them away. Along those lines of having friends stop by unexpectedly, getting together with friends and family organization. When it saves you time, it also gives you more time to do things that you enjoy doing with your favorite people.


And that’s something that I talk about a lot, because one of my goal in helping you be clutter free and organized and find simplicity in your life and home is so that you do have the time to spend doing the things that you love with the people that matter most to you. All of these things that I just mentioned are things that happen when you create an organized environment. When you take the time to be intentional with your belongings and give them proper storage, a proper location, a home within your home, when everything has a place, it makes life easier. Some of those things you probably already knew were benefits of getting organized. And some of those you might not have known, but it all sounds good. It sounds great. Why would you not get organized? If you knew that all the things I just listed were benefits of organization.


Now that you heard those, you know, you are on board, you wanna get organized, but how do you get there? How do you get to that point where you are living in the organized homes that we’re always talking about? Well, you can’t start moving the physical things. Like the conversation I had with that mom, is she moving stuff from one container to another? Or is she actually organizing you? Can’t get to that point in the process with the physical belongings till you’ve purged, you can’t figure out what containers you get to buy or that you needed to buy or where you’re organizing these things, where the homes for these items will be. If you haven’t done the purging, you have to spend the bulk of your time in the process of getting organized on the purging part, purging and decluttering is the key a successful organization, because we don’t want to keep anything that is not necessary.


We have to eliminate the unnecessary things. And you, if you’ve listened to a lot of my podcast episodes, you know that I am always saying, do you need it? Do you use it? Do you want it? If it doesn’t fit into those three categories, it most likely is clutter. Now, why do we purge and declutter? Because the clutter is the main reason you can’t get organized. And it’s the reason that when I was talking to that mom, she was feeling like she might be just moving stuff from one spot to another. Instead of feeling like she was actually getting organized for those long term illusions to make her home function and flow better, to make things easier, to get that simplified life that we all desire. We all want to have that because we want things to be easier than they are right now. Don’t feel bad about the clutter.


Don’t feel bad that clutter has accumulated in your home because clutter is, is common. It’s probably a lot more common than you think clutter is really anything that is lying around and doesn’t have a designated place to go to. Clutter is common. Don’t forget that it’s taking up space in your home and it’s taking up your time. It’s increasing your stress. And it’s really preventing you from feeling that peacefulness when you’re in your home, because you always have these things on your mind. You’re aware that they’re there. When we spend time purging and doing these decluttering sessions in areas in our home, then we get many of the same benefits that I just listed off. When I was talking about what organizing does. Decluttering gives you more time. It reduces your stress and anxiety. It improves your relationships, increases your productivity. It allows you to be more creative because that creativity isn’t blocked with all the clutter.


It also improves your overall health. And if you have allergies, you definitely wanna declutter because you get rid of all that dust in your environment, living in an environment with less clutter improves your quality of sleep. And it reduces wasteful spending because you’re not purchasing things that you already have, but that you can’t bind. So the benefits of decluttering make the benefits of getting organized. When you put both of these things together and you do a thorough purge and decluttering, and then you move on to the organizing process, it is almost a foolproof way to get to that place where things are easier. Life is simpler because of the organization and because you, with the time decluttering so that you could actually do the organizing part the right way, go back to the original question and answer it. If the pursing is done and the stuff is gone, then everything that she is putting into the containers or basket is not just moving stuff from one place to another.


It’s something a value for your home. So you decided to keep it. So the stuff that you’re moving is actually at this point being organized, it’s not just something that goes from one spot to another, that would be organizing clutter. And that’s what we don’t want to do. It’s something that you need, something that you use or something that you want, then you’re going to organize it. You determined in your decluttering process that it was one of those three things. You determined that it is necessary to keep it or that you want to keep it. So you’re now putting it in a container or on a shelf or in a drawer or somewhere that makes sense for the storage available in your current home and for the ease of retrieval for way air in, when you will use it in the future. There are a lot of episodes of the intentional edit podcast that talk about how to declutter, how to go through the purging process.


I always am recommending you listen to episodes three and episodes eight, because I walk you through the purging process that I use with clients and give examples of things and how that works. And the actual questions that you ask yourself when you can’t decide if something should be kept or donated or tossed, go back and listen to episode three and eight. And then you will have all your questions answered about the purging process and exactly what to do to make sure you’re getting through. You’re doing a thorough purge and decluttering of all the things before you ever start organizing. If you have heard that expression, make it make sense. We have to make the organizing make sense. And the organizing will make sense when the purging is done. When the clutter is gone, it’s time to organize. Once that purging is done, how, how are you gonna organize?


What do those steps look like? Just like the purging is a process. I have a purging plan that you will follow organizing is a process too. And you’ll follow a plan for organization. You have to follow the process so that the organization makes sense long term in episode 41, just a couple weeks ago, I shared the process of exactly how professional organizers organize a home and tackle that home with clients, or even on their own. When you finish this episode today, I want you to go listen to that one. It’s epic episode 41, and then you’ll know each step. I walk you through every step of the process after the decluttering, because you listen to episode three and eight for all of the decluttering and purging. So once that has been done, the organizing process, you will find the answers to and episode 41. There are a few steps that make transferring of the it from one place to a new container successful.


And if you don’t follow those steps, you can end up in a situation where you’ll be organizing again in a year or down the road, because you didn’t follow the exact steps in the organizing process. If you want me to walk you through these things customized to your home and your individual situation, we can do that over a one-on-one coaching session. You can go to the show notes, the description of the podcast, click on one-on-one coaching session. Book that with me, I’m happy to help you. I’ll come up with a custom plan on that coaching call, where we work together. During that session, you will leave with homework actionable task that make it so that you can have success with this big struggle, with the areas where you need organization, where the organization is lacking in your home and the places where the clutter is building up those common clutter collection, places in your home.


We can come up with systems for that. I will help you just click on the link to book the session. We can do a one on one coaching session together and customize it for the needs of you and your family. Don’t forget about the contest that’s going on. If you are wanting a coaching session, leaving a review is an easy way that you could possibly win a free coaching session with me. It’s super easy. Click on the rating and review sex in the podcast and leave a quick sentence or two review with your full name. And you will be entered to win a free coaching session with me just because you left a review before the end of April, 2022, if you’re tired of living among the clutter, you know, that organization could be better in your home, or you feel like that mom, that I mentioned throughout this episode where you have tried organizing, and maybe you’re just moving stuff from one spot to the another, and you’re not really organizing.


Then go listen to episode three and eight to learn how to purge and declutter, because that is the first step you have to get rid of the things that you don’t need or want before you can tackle the organization, the parts of the organization plan, where you’re actually putting things away and figuring out where they go. So episodes three and eight for the decluttering. And then once that is completed, then you will follow the step by step process that I created for organization. It’s what home organizers do when they go into someone’s house. And they organize. It’s the plan that I give to my friends and family, and that I help people use when they need to get organized. But you can’t organize until a decluttering is done once you’re at that point. And you need to know what to do to actually get organized with the things that you determine were important enough to keep you will listen to episode 41 41 is going to solve your problems and teach you how to, to organize the physical belongings that you’re keeping.


So those three episodes are where you wanna go and head when this one is over. So you know what to do for decluttering, purging and organizing. You can book a coaching session with me a one-on-one session, if you want to, by clicking the link in the podcast description or going to intentional and clicking on the coaching tab at the top of the page. Thank you so much for listening to another episode of the edit podcast. I will meet you back here next week for another episode. 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 me 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 am 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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