Cleaning your home is necessary, but it’s not everyone’s favorite chore. To happily get into a cleaning mode in the spring, and all year, sometimes you need to become a big pretender. Here are 5 ways to trick yourself into having a cleaner and more organized home. Put Your House Up For Sale Pretend a real estate agent is coming over to assess your home to go on the market. Walk around your entire house with a notebook and jot down things that need to be fixed before the house
For the past several years, I've been been attending various national & international conferences on behalf of my professional organizing business. Sometimes I speak, sometimes I don't, but I always have fun, which is a nice bonus I didn't see coming. As a former teacher, I thought these organizing conferences would be an opportunity for live education outside of my local area in Austin. Taking a class online can be great, but meeting up with people in person is even better.
When you think about getting organized, clearing clutter, and creating a smooth schedule for yourself, the word creativity doesn’t always pop into your mind. But I’ve come to learn that creativity and organization can go hand in hand, especially when your life needs stress relief and a fresh perspective. There are plenty of Professional Organizers out there that have great systems for you to follow and they work wonderfully. However, I’ve found the happiest clients of mine ha
*Guest post courtesy of WOW 1 DAY PAINTING in Austin It’s no secret that living in a single place for long periods of time can produce mundane and drab feelings within a person. Suddenly, a home you once loved to wake up in becomes a sign of seeming stagnation in your life, and it can certainly affect your overall happiness and spirit from day to day. Unfortunately, most do not have the capital to relocate when they so desire, and then you may even feel that you’re trapped wi
You don't have time for a monster organizing project right now. But... you might be able to squeeze in a tiny one. Especially if it made your home more organized, pretty or allowed you to gain an extra five minutes of sleep. I'm not sure I can promise all three, but let's give it a try, shall we? Tiny Project #1: Switch your round pantry containers to square ones I don't know who started the round baking container craze but they simply don't fit well in pantries. In fact, thi
Would you like less stuff and more joy in your life? Want to rid yourself of 200 "I won't even notice these are gone" items from your home? I don't mean by the end of this year. You could do this by the end of January if you put your mind to it. Imagine one of your new years resolutions to clear clutter completed in less than 30 days! Every month in 2016 I posted a checklist of easily purgable items to remove from your home. I also posted a monthly video that showed examples
Halloween is finally here! Let's simplify the chaos and make room for more fun in our lives during this holiday, shall we? Here are 8 great tips for an organized Halloween: Make A Date Specific List You've still got time to plan out your last minute food/candy/costume shopping if it's not done yet. Plan out your tasks by date and time and divvy things up to each person in your home. Chunk your tasks by location so you don't make unnecessary extra trips out among the crowds.
Deciding to hire a Professional Organizer can be a scary thing. There are usually a lot of fears if you've never worked with one before. Some of the questions I've heard in the past: Will you judge me? Can you really help? What if I cry? What if I'm beyond help? How long will it take? How can I keep my home organized after you leave? What if you make me throw out things I love? What will it cost me? How will my spouse react? What will my friends say if they found out I hired
I created The Joyful Business Planner for three reasons: I couldn't find a small business planner that I wanted to use for my own business. I knew if it could help me (a Professional Organizer), it could certainly help others who needed better organization. I really enjoy writing my blog, so writing an entire book would be an amazing new challenge. The idea to write this book started while I was searching for an existing business planner to buy. I found printable PDFs and Exc
Seasonal changes bring out the best in me. Everything I've put away for a year comes back out again and somehow it seems fresh and new. That sweater I was so tired of last winter seems cozy now and I can't wait to break out my boots, too. I'm ready to put away the summer home decor and unearth the pumpkin stuff. Heck, pumpkin is everywhere already, whether you like it or not! In your personal and professional life, it's a great time to make some seasonal changes as well.
I love doing laundry. I like taking disgusting clothes (and I live with 3 boys so I know disgusting) and making them clean again. There's a sense of accomplishment when I'm finished that is truly needed on tough days when nothing else seems to get done. It's familiar, warm, and makes me think about my mom growing up, probably because she was always doing laundry just like all moms will for the rest of time. Laundry is one of those chores like the dishes that will never end
Everybody procrastinates, even Professional Organizers. This summer for me has been a long overdue vacation mixed with the completion of a lot of long over due tasks. Tasks that yes, I have procrastinated on. When you are juggling kids, bills, laundry, meals, school, and work, things that you have been meaning to do but aren't top priority tend to get shifted to the bottom of your To Do list over and over again. And then, in comes that person in your life. You know, the o
It seems to me you have 3 options for a successful summer home with your kids. Schedule everything. Schedule nothing. Or find a middle ground. I've done the schedule everything. For a while it was quite successful when the kids were younger. I got nap times to decompress. The activities weren't that intensive and their attention spans were mighty short so a lot going on every day was good. They didn't mind doing the same things over and over again either - the same pla
School is so close to being over I can almost taste it. I'm knee deep in teacher appreciation weeks (not days, weeks!) for 2 different schools, birthdays, holidays, and end of season sports events. Library books are being inventoried, anything in the lost and found has got to be found right now, and backpacks are extremely close to their inevitable demise. Work is ramping up, school is winding down, and the weather is wreaking havoc on all of my best laid plans. But once we h
The rule of three applies to many concepts in life. It states that things seem more funny, more appealing, and more easy to remember when you group them in threes. It creates a pattern that stems back to o