In episode 62 of The Intentional Edit Podcast I answer all the common questions about organizing your home.  Do you wonder why you start organizing projects, but they never seem to stick.  You might feel like you aren’t an organized person, but dream about the simplicity and the ease that organization brings.  

You are about to find out the exact process that professional organizers and efficient mamas use to get organized and keep their homes that way.  Organizing physical belongings, creating systems and easy routines for your entire family is the key to simplify life, allowing you to stress less and have more time to enjoy with your favorite people.




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Top HOME ORGANIZING Hacks that Keep You on Track and Simplify Your Home, REDUCE CLUTTER and Finally Get Your Home Organized





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This episode is a good one. I answer all of the common questions that you are sending me about organizing how to organize, how to get your home organized. Do you wonder why you start organizing projects, but you never seem to be able to finish them. They never stick. You might even feel like you aren’t an organized person, but you dream about simplicity and the ease that organization brings to your home and your life and your family. You are about to find out the exact process that professional organizers and efficient mom is used to get organized and keep their homes that way. Organizing physical belongings, creating systems and easy routines for your entire family is the key to that simple life. It’s the key to simplify life, allowing you to stress less and have more time to enjoy with your favorite people.


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. Oh, 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’s 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 complaint-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 friends, welcome back to another episode of the intentional edit podcast. I am happy to have you here today. This episode is a good one. I’m talking about all things, organizing how to organize home organization. Anything that has to do with organizing and the process I’m gonna dive into today. I’m always getting questions and people are telling me their dreams and their longing for organized homes, the things in their homes to be organized life, to be simple and have smooth systems and just go through the day to day. Things that have to happen with ease, instead of always feel a struggle or the stress being pulled in so many different directions. If this sounds like you, you are going to love this episode. And if you just have questions about how to organize the physical belongings, then you’re gonna love this episode too. A lot of times moms feel overwhelmed and stressed out about the amount of work that they have to do in a day. Moms make thousands of decisions every single day. And there’s so much to juggle. I wanna share with you how you can move through the process that I use with my clients. It’s the same process that I would give to my friends and family. It’s actually step by step, how you can organize every single room in your house.


I am always talking about home organization, routines, simplicity, having quality systems, what to do to declutter encourage. And I have given you so many tools. I’m creating more resources all the time. When you send me questions and I work with one-on-one coaching clients, I am gathering so much good information about what you guys want, and I am creating so many resources for you that I’m gonna have out in the next couple of weeks. It’s about to be a really exciting time for intentional edit. And for me, where I can reach more people and help more of you to get to this point of simplicity, organization, decluttering, purging, getting to that point where you are removing the things in your life that are not serving. You takes time. It’s a process. You can’t just snap your fingers or go to a Facebook group and look at a meme that says how to organize your entire home in life in one week.


That’s not going to happen. That’s not realistic. It’s not possible. You have to move through the process. You have to follow the purging guide. I’ve talked about that in many other episodes. That is one thing that is key. You have to follow these step by step guides and the process that is work that is proven to work over and over again. And I am here to help you with that because I want you to have success. There’s nothing more aggravating than starting a project and not finishing it or feeling like you’re constantly decluttering only to have to do it again a few weeks later, or feeling like you just cleaned your house. And all of a sudden it’s a mess again. And to repeat this cycle over and over and over is draining. It’s exhausting. And I hear you when you’re telling me that this is happening and we have to fix this.


And that’s why I love coaching sessions. And I love what I can give you guys in these podcast episodes. And the feedback is tremendous. When you’re saying I did what you said in episodes, such and such, and it’s working in my house. And the same thing is happening with these coaching sessions. When I’m checking back in with you guys, everything I’m teaching you is working. I just feel so honored to have worked with so many people over the last couple of months and really the last few years that are bringing simplicity to their life and home, because that’s what I do. That’s what I want to do for you. I want to help you, the busy mom, simplify life to create routines, maximize systems and declutter your life and your home so that you have time to make memories and play games and be involved and be present in all of these moments with your kids and your family.


You guys can make memories doing your favorite things, but when life is crazy and you feel overwhelmed and stressed out, you’re surrounded by clutter. You don’t have systems happening and you feel pulled in all these different directions. It’s hard to do that, and you probably are not present in most of the moments you feel exhausted. You’re not making the memories that you want to, and you are putting in so much effort in trying so hard. So how do you get there? What do you need to do? There are so many things of course, purging and decluttering and removing the things that aren’t serving you in the life that you want to be living or moving you towards a better version of yourself. Those things we have to get rid of those things we have to declutter. We have to purge and you have to have good systems and routines in your home.


When you eliminate the clutter and you have a organized home in terms of physical belongings, the systems and routines are easy. They might be hard for you, and it’ll extremely common. So don’t feel bad about this. It’s very, very common to not know where to start to not. And that goes for everything to not know what system you need, what routine and rhythm you need to create to bring some of the simplicity, to make some things easier, but we have to start somewhere. So that’s why I love coaching sessions, cuz I really get in with you to what happens in your home and in your life with your family. And then we come up with that exact number one place that we need to develop a routine for you and your family. And that’s what we do on the coaching session. So you have a customized routine that works for your family, specifically, it’s individualized for you.


And then we move on from there. All of this works together, the routines in the systems and the home organization and having eliminated that clutter. Those are all keys to having this simple home that I always talk about. The, the simple home that you are dreaming of. I was on the phone with a friend the other day and she was talking about how she’d gone into a model home. And she said to the people she was with, she was like, I just wish my home could look like this. This is not attainable. My home will never look like this. The one of the people that she was with responded with, well, of course not people don’t live here. Like when you live in a house, there’s stuff all over and I’m here to help tell you, it doesn’t have to be that way. A hundred percent of the time, your house is not going to look like a model home.


But when you have purged, the things that don’t make sense for your home and your family, and you have followed the organization the step by step, how to organize process so that all of the areas in your home, all of your cabinets, all of your rooms, all of your closets are organized. And then you have implemented routines and systems to make everything function. It’s really easy to get your home back to that model home look or that model home feel because of all of those things working together, you don’t have the extra stuff. You don’t have the excess, you’re not maintaining all of that. It’s not burdening you and you have the organization. So everything has a spot. Everything you own has a home within your home. So it has a place to go back to the routines and the systems keep things orderly and keep things functioning.


All of those things really work together to keep your home organized and to make things simple. If you are wanting to book a one-on-one coaching session with me so we can dive in specifically and create one of these individualized plans for you, then go to intentional,, click on the coaching tab at the top of the page, there’s all kinds of information about the coaching sessions, but you can just click on that calendar link and book a session. You’ll see my availability and we can work together in the upcoming weeks to create a plan that is your starting point and where you can start on this home simplification journey. So head over to intentional If you’re interested in the coaching session, get that booked. I do book up quick. I’ve been able to add in some extra sessions over the summer. Sometimes I’m booking a couple months into the future.


If that’s on your mind, I’ve added time the next couple of weeks, and you can get a session with me in the upcoming weeks. Now let’s get into organizing. If you are craving this simple life and you want simplicity, if you want to simplify, you’re really identifying what is essential. And then you will eliminate the rest. The first step to getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don’t. So when we think about home organizing the first thing that you have to do, and this is in any space, I like you to start with a space that is challenging. You frustrating. You stressing you out, causing you the frustration on a daily basis or a couple times a week and tackle one of those spots. First don’t think of huge spots like you are not going to tackle your whole kitchen in a couple hours.


It’s going to take longer than that, or you’re not gonna do your entire closet in two hours. That’s just not going to happen. So think small think maybe just your dresser or one or two dresser drawers or one bookshelf or one shelf on the bookshelf, narrow it down, get real focused on smaller areas and tackle those things so that it’s manageable for you. And the first thing you have to do is take everything out. You have to get everything out of the space that you pick to organize and remove everything. So you are starting with a blank slate. It doesn’t matter if it’s a shelf, a drawer, whatever it is, get the stuff out of there, empty it out. Eliminate what is there so that you have this blank space to start with and clean it out, wipe it down, vacuum, whatever you have to do, because you don’t wanna put anything back and way in a dirty space.


And then you have to start sorting and categorizing every single thing that was in this space. Sometimes if you don’t have many organization systems going for you right now, sometimes when you are tackling a smaller space, like a cabinet in your kitchen, you are going to need to pull from a few places because the lack of organization means that you might have coffee cups in one main area, but then there’s also four or five other cabinets or a pantry shelf that also have a couple mugs or coffee cups in the sorting process. You do want to gather all of the things because you’re grouping like items together. You’re getting all of the things that are the same into one place because you have to make decisions about what stays and what goes. So you gather everything and you start to sort it out, categorize it, get all of the things that are the same group together.


And you have different piles of different things. If you were doing a dresser drawer, me, this would look like if it was mostly shirts t-shirts and one pile tank Thompsons in another pile, long sleeve shirts in another pile, something like that, or work shirts in one pile, casual shirts in another. It depends what you have. What have you accumulated? And you sort it, according to that, then once everything is sorted, it’s time to make decisions. You have to think about what are you keeping? And this is where you’re going to use the purging guide that I talk about in other episodes and follow the purging plan. You have to ask yourself the questions so you don’t get stuck with things that you no longer need use or want when you’re organizing. And you’re in this decision making space, you’re thinking, am I keeping this? Is this something that I actually use?


This is where the decluttering happens. You have to declutter, you have to purge. You have to get rid of all of the stuff that is burdening you because you’re maintaining it. You’re storing it. It’s in your space. It’s taking up your space and your time. This is what physical belongings do. So this is crucial to the success, the success of the home organization. You have to purge, be ruthless with your purging, get rid of all of that stuff. And remember when you’re doing this, you are holding onto these things every single day, they are burdening you every single day. But when you make that decision and you empower yourself to let go, you only have to let go one time. And then it’s done because you’re going to remove it from your house and donate it or throw it away. So those are your options in this section.


You’re either keeping it. So it’s staying in a category it’s sorted. It’s almost ready to be put away, but not yet that if that was something you were keeping, it’s gonna be eventually put away or it’s trash, it’s broken, something’s wrong with it. You’re tossing it. Or you are going to donate it. You’re gonna pass it on to someone else and donate it, get it out of the house. It doesn’t belong to you anymore. So you figured these things out and all of a sudden your categories that you sorted into got so much smaller. You had all of this stuff, but you, because of your ruthless, purging in your decluttering, you have less to put away than you started with. You’re gonna put the things away, keep them in their categories. The way that you sorted was very important. Stick to the categories. You put these things away.


You have to find the proper storage for them. Maybe you have the proper stores. You just need to reconfigure some things. You might need to purchase some new containers. But then at this point, that’s what you’re doing. You are figuring out how to store these things. How to physically come up with something that keeps these organized, that maybe that’s a drawer divider or a basket or a bin or something on a shelf. I have tons of ideas for products for organization. You can go to intentional, and click on the shop tab and see my favorite organizing project projects. See my favorite organizing products over there. All you have to do is click shop. I have it categorized by different rooms, or you can see like, what do I love it on Amazon? What do I love at the container store? And what do I recommend for long term storage solutions and basic home organizing in every room of your house.


It’s all unintentional, but find the proper containment, figure out what makes sense for the amount of items that you have in the space that you want to keep it in the space. That makes sense. And then finally, once you’re done putting it away, if it’s something that needs to be labeled, go ahead, put a label on that, mark your container so that everyone knows what’s in there and you are done. That is the process. That organizer is used to get every single space organized. A simple process is all that you need. You can take those steps that I just listed out for you and use those in any room of your house. If you want more details on how to do that, or you want me to zone in on where you should start for your specific needs and the most bang for your buck, then head over to my website, go to intentional,, click on the coaching tab and book a coaching session with me.


We can figure out what do you need to do first, our systems and routines lacking in your home. And you need to start there or is the clutter and the unorganized cabinets and cupboards and closets and all of that causing you the most stress. We will figure it out and come up with a plan. That makes sense. And I will help walk you through what you need to do to get to the place of simplicity. I’m not gonna lie. It takes time. It takes effort. You have to put in the work a few hours each week dedicated to getting your home on a track for simplicity gives you back hours and days of life. Once you accomplish these things, everything is easier. The simplicity comes and you will be so thankful because we are going to remove the things, the physical things. We’re removing those from your home.


And we’re making new systems that make sense because those things are removing you from the life you want to be living. And we’re gonna change all of that. And how you do that is by decluttering. Getting rid of all the stuff you don’t need, the stuff you don’t use, the stuff you don’t want. You’re going to organize, get organized by following the process that I gave you today and come up with routines and rhythms for every single portion of your day to make things easy. You’re gonna maximize the systems by creating these routines and all of this stuff works together to make your home function for your family. It simplifies daily tasks. I can help you come up with chores that are appropriate for your kids. That really just take a few minutes every single day, but it keeps your house running. It ke it’s like smooth sailing from here on out.


We wanna set up systems. We wanna implement those systems for almost every single thing. The systems make it possible for the organization to stay for everything, to stay organized. And the organization makes it possible for the systems to be really, really easy. I know that I just gave you a lot of information and that process, that how to organize process that I talked about those. If you follow that step by step, you can truly organize any area of your home. Remember that whatever you are not changing when you are stuck in the overwhelm burnout, feeling like you’re juggling a million things in one day, if you are not making changes to stop, that you are choosing to be stuck. You’re choosing the stuck and I wanna help you get out of that. You’re capable of doing all of these things. And when you’re writing to me and you’re sending me messages and we’re working together and coaching sessions, I’m seeing the progress and I love it.


I am so proud of all of you that are making these changes to purge your unwanted items, to declutter the things that you are not using. If you don’t need it, you don’t use it. You don’t want it. You’re getting rid of it for those of you that have already moved on and you’re organizing and you’re organizing the physical spaces. And you’re telling me about how you can actually work in your home office. Now you can see your desk, your kitchen counters, aren’t cluttered. This is amazing. I love the feedback I’m getting from you. And I’m so proud of you guys. What you’re doing is truly amazing and it makes a huge difference for you and your family. I am happy that you are able to be more intentional with the moments and be present for the little moments to make memories because we are on this journey to simplify.


That’s what exactly what you guys are doing. You’re simplifying life. You’re simplifying home by following these easy to follow systems and doing everything step by step is getting you there. So I am so proud of you. Thank you so much for listening to another episode of the intentional edit podcast. If you are interested in connecting with me, you can join us in our Facebook group. It is a community just for the listeners of the intentional edit podcast community. The link is in the show description, or you can go to Facebook and search declutter, organize and create systems to simplify your home in life. You can send me messages on Instagram. Tons of you are already doing that. I love connecting with you over there also, or go to the intentional edit website, click on that record now button and leave a message for me to answer on a future tip Tuesday episode. Or if you are ready to dive in and wanna talk with me one on one for a coaching session, you’re ready to get organized, go to intentional,, click on that coaching tab and book a session with me and we can work together in the next couple of weeks to really get you going on the journey to simplicity. I hope you guys have a great weekend and I will meet you back here next week for a tip Tuesday episode.


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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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