Starting can be the hardest part. In episode 71 of The Intentional Edit Podcast you will learn the best place to start organizing your home and why this is important to the success of your decluttering and organizing projects. It’s time to stop procrastinating and begin to organize your home and life!
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Starting can be the hardest part. In episode 71 of the intentional edit podcast, you will learn the best place to start organizing your home and why this is important to the success of your decluttering and organizing projects for the long term. It’s time to stop procrastinating and begin to organize your home and life.
Hey friends, quick tips that make a big impact in your daily life are my favorite ways to implement systems around the house. I’ve been sharing easy strategies and my go-to organizing products for tip Tuesday on the intentional at Instagram feed for a few years. Now I’m excited to bring it to the podcast with short episodes, answering your questions every Tuesday. If you want me to answer your questions, go to the podcast page on intentional, edit.com and submit your questions there. Let’s get started on this tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast.
Hey friends, thank you for joining me for another intentional edit podcast episode. I’m happy to have you here. And I can’t believe that summer is almost over with summer being almost over really like two weeks about is what we have around here. I’m so jealous of all of you that live in areas that don’t start until after labor day. That sounds fabulous. I am all for a longer summer vacation, even if you’re just at home and you don’t get to go anywhere. I love a long summer. I’ve been noticing a trend in the DMS that I’m getting. And some of you that are inquiring about working with me one on one in coaching sessions. I think that’s because summer is coming to an end. I know actually a couple people have are starting school this week, or just started yesterday. When summer is over, we start to think about our schedules and what our calendars look like in a different way.
Mama is out there that are struggling to keep up. You are waiting for some routine to happen again. And so you’re reaching out to me for coaching sessions. In two weeks, I have added lots of availability and I know that they were booking up right before I started recording this. I saw another one get scheduled. So I’m adding more time and availability so that I can work with you. And I know you are asking for these one-on-one sessions. I would love to help you. If you want to book them, go over to the link. You can go to the podcast description, click on a link that goes to the coaching page and you can book directly from there there’s buttons. It walks you through exactly how to book a coaching session, but the beginning of the school year, that is a great time to get things dialed in so that you can have a successful school year, right from the start.
So if this is something you are wanting, just know that week after next, I added probably I think five coaching sessions each week for the next couple of weeks. That is a lot. Those are in addition to what I was normally doing. So I am back with lots of coaching sessions available for you so that we can work one on one together. If you want to get your schedule under control, you want me to help you with your scheduling your routines systems in your home. I’m gonna come up with after school routines or morning, you are worried about getting out the door on time or to bed on time or how you’re gonna do it with dinner and meal planning and all of that. Just book a coaching session with me. I have other opportunities coming up in the next couple weeks. I’ll be sharing where I can help you in other ways, in addition to coaching.
So that’s super exciting. Stay tuned for that. But if you want a coaching session, click on that link, head over to intentional edit.com, click on the coaching page and book a session. So we can get these things that will help simplify your life and help you feel less stressed from the start of the school year. And then you can implement these when something happens like a school year starts, or it’s the beginning of a new year where all of these activities and schedules changes. It is a natural way to implement other changes and put new routines into place. It’s just kind of like a natural, easy time to do that. And I would be happy to help you if you want to work with me one on one and I can be a coaching partner with you. Now let’s get into this tip Tuesday episode.
The question that I am answering today is short and to the point, and I know you’ve heard me talk about this before, but this question is, I know I need help, but I never know where to begin. Everything gets put off and I’m left with the clutter and haven’t begun to start. Where is the right place to start organizing? If you guys have been listening to my podcast for a while now you probably know the answer to this. And the answer is there is not one right place to start. I can’t give you a magic potion and tell you that this is the solution that I have the answer for you. That if you start organizing in one, this one specific location, everything will fall into place and it will be magic and you will stay organized forever. The truth is good. Organization starts with decluttering.
You have to declutter, you have to purge. You have to get rid of every single thing in your home that you do not need, that you do not use. And you do not want you eliminate the things that are not necessary, that are not bringing you joy. That are not things that you use. So you have to start with purging and decluttering and get that stuff out of there before you can ever organize the physical belongings in your space. Once you do that, then you organize. So you get rid of all the stuff you don’t need. You do a thorough purge, a ruthless decluttering of all of these things. And you keep the things that you need. You keep the things that you used. You keep the things that you want and you eliminate the rest. And then you are left with the things that you want in your home.
So you can organize those things and the organization process. When you follow the process that I’ve created for how to organize, that’s when you will have success. And that’s that organization sticks long term. And it’s easy to keep because we make sure every single thing in your home has a home within your home. So you always know where to find things. And then you always know where to put things away. And everyone in the family gets on board because good organization is contagious and people know where to find things. And they know where to put things back. When you have done a lot, you’ve had a busy week, things are out and about in your home. Once you’re organized, then you can quickly say, okay, everybody pick up five things and put them away. And before you know it, everything is back to the base, which is an organized home where everything has a place to be stored and kept and put away.
So your house feels good. It doesn’t feel overwhelmed with clutter, but in terms of where to start that physical location, it’s individual for every family, it’s specific for you and where your neighbor or your best friend or your sister starts is going to be different. I like to have people zone in on places that are causing them stress. If you have a place in your home that is causing you stress or makes you feel irritable, or you feel overwhelmed because of all that stuff, if there is one or two or three places or many more than that, that are making you feel stressed out, you feel irritated when you’re in those places or it makes you feel anxious and uncomfortable. And just overall, it’s something that you don’t like zone in on those places, the places that frustrate you the most, the places that make you the most stressed out, and this might be an entire room, or it could be something simple, like one drawer in the kitchen that you are having trouble shutting, or the fact that you can’t walk in the hallway.
When you come in the garage without tripping over something zone in, focus in on the spot, that is the most stressful to you. And that’s your starting point. If it is a big space, like an entire room, you have to break it down because organizing an entire room at one time is probably not feasible and it’s not a good place to start. Small projects, spring momentum. They encourage you to do more and you feel the positive results from organizing from decluttering and organizing quickly, do a brainstorming session and think about what are these places in my house. You will be able to come up with the answer quickly. And if there’s more than one place, if there’s a few things that are really bothering you, then pick one of those. Once you get that place purged, and you eliminate the things that aren’t necessary, then you can go onto the organizing.
And once that happens, then you can move on to your next space. That is how you successfully organize your entire home. Your entire life. You move through one project at a time, you start with something simple and move through that, that space move through every area of your home by doing these little projects at a time, make sure decluttering is a big part of that before you move on and try to organize these things and know that information. I give you a lot of information and I hope it was helpful to you. I wanna wrap this up. Tip Tuesday. Episodes are supposed to be short and sweet. If you have questions, if you want to go more into detail for individualized solutions that will help you, that will help your home. That will help your family click onto the link for a coaching session to work with me individually, one on one, we can work together in a coaching session.
I would love to help you continue listening to the podcast. I have lots of tips coming up and I have some special announcements and things that I’m going to be sharing in the upcoming episodes of other ways that I will have available for you to get the help that you are wanting in terms of home organization, creating routines, maximizing systems, finally living in a clutter free home and having systems and routines that work to simplify your life and to simplify your home all kinds of solutions coming up for that will help you. Thank you so much for joining me for another tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast. I will meet you back here later in the week for another episode.
Thanks for listening to another tip Tuesday episode on the intentional edit podcast. Keep submitting your questions so that I can keep answering them on these episodes. They’re quick episodes and I love to share actionable solutions for you to implement at home. You can always send me an email or direct message on Instagram, but I have added a cool way to submit voice questions on the website. It’s honestly my favorite way to take questions. Now, head over to intentional edit.com, click on the podcast page and scroll down to where it says, submit your questions for the podcast. Ask me anything there. And you can even be featured on the show. Questions can be about creating systems in your house, decluttering, how to manage family schedules, getting kids on board with organizing, managing, and maintaining systems. Honestly, they can be personal questions of things you wanna know about how I do something in my house. I want to know what you want to know if you’re struggling with it. Other people are too ready set, go over right now to intentional edit.com and ask your questions.
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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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