You want to get organized…

You have tried to get organized…

You are frustrated and discouraged because you can’t follow through and make organization work to simplify and reduce stress for yourself and your family.

TODAY, all of that changes!

Listen to Episode 41 of The Intentional Edit Podcast and learn exactly how professional home organizers attack every organizing project.  Find out the step-by-step plan that you can easily use in your home!

This episode has the tools you need and the steps to follow to get your home organized and keep it that way!



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The Intentional Edit Podcast for Busy Moms - Episode 41 – The Exact Steps Professional Organizers Use to Organize Every Home





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You want to get organized? You’ve tried to get organized, but you’re frustrated and discouraged because you can’t follow through and make organization work to simplify and reduce stress for yourself and your family and your home today. All of this changes, listen to this episode of the intentional edit podcast and learn exactly how professional home attack, every organizing project I will share with you step by step plans that you can actually use in your home. The same plans that I used when I was working in homes as a professional home organizer today, I’m gonna share the tools you need and the steps to follow, to get your home organized and keep it that way for the long term.


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 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 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 eaters 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 bringings city to your life and home. Come on. It’s time to create a life you love.


Thanks so much for joining me for another episode of the intentional edit podcast. Today is episode 41, and we are talking about all things home organization and what the process is to get organized so that you can see stay organized for the long term professional organizers use the things that I’m going to share today. I give you this exact template in coaching sessions and different courses. Any time I’m teaching about home organization. This is one of the things that I share because this process works. It’s worked for many, many people will over and over again. And if you follow these steps and do each one thoroughly, then you can bring organization to your home so that you feel less stressed and that you have the simplicity that you are really looking for. Before I dive into all the details, I wanna take a second to ask you if you are finding value in this podcast, if you’ve listened to a few episodes and you are enjoying them, could you please click on the button wherever you’re listening to podcast, where it says rate and review and leave a five star rating and write a simple review.


Even if it’s just a sentence or two, the way that podcast gets discovered and the way that I can reach more people and help more people is when you leave reviews, it’s easier for people to see, and it’s easier for the podcast to be discovered. So I would greatly appreciate if you could take a minute or two just on the button that says ratings and reviews on whatever app you are listening to this podcast on and leave a five star rating and review for the intentional edit podcast. Thank you so much for doing that for me and for the show, you have no idea how much that it means. Let’s get right to it and not waste any time today. What is the number? One reason that people don’t get organized? I can tell you what I see from my coaching clients and families that I have worked with in their homes.


When you don’t purge first, you can’t get organized because it’s a waste of time. It’s a waste of effort. It’s a waste of money and products to organize things that you can get rid of. If you can donate it or toss it, then it should not be in your home anymore. If you’re not using it, why are you keeping it? When you have to organize those things, it’s a waste of time. It’s a waste of money. It’s a waste of space. It’s a waste of maintenance. Why are you keeping these things that are adding stress to your life? Every single thing in your home is an investment because it’s, it takes up your time. It takes up your space. You have to take care of it and so on. And so on. There are so many things that we have in our homes that we have because we need them.


We use them and we want them. We actually enjoy them. We like having them, but there are tons of things that we don’t use. I heard a statistic one time that the average home in the United States has over 300,000 things in it. That seems like a lot. But when you really analyze what is in each room, I can see how it would be such a large number, but think about all of the host things that we don’t ever use. Maybe we use them at one time. Maybe we didn’t. You have to do a thorough purge. You have to be ruthless and declutter and get rid of all of that stuff that is taking up space. That is unnecessary. So the first thing that if you are desiring organization, if you Des desire, simplicity, if you feel heavy and burdened and stressed out in your home, there’s stuff on all of the flat surfaces, your kitchen counter is always cluttered.


You have piles of things in different rooms. Then you have too much stuff. You have more belongings than should be in your space. You have to purge and declutter to get that simplified feeling, to reduce the us, to feel better in your environment. So purging is first. That’s the big one. And that’s where the majority of the time is spent. When, when anyone is tackling, organizing, whether it’s a organizer, someone who is a professional or just a busy mom, like you, who wants an organized home and wants to feel better in her home, purging is where it’s at. That’s where you have to begin. That’s where you, you focus. If you need to purge, I have a lot of podcast episodes that talk about this, but specifically go listen to episode three and episode a eight of the intentional edit podcast. Listen to those all the way through.


They’re not too long, but listen to both of those, they lay out a purging guide for you, a purging plan that you can use and step by step, I walk you through in those episodes, what the purging plan is. And I give you questions to ask yourself to that. You know, if it’s the right decision to get rid of an item or keep something, if you should donate it, toss it or keep it in those episodes, episodes three and episodes eight, you will listen to those and know exactly what to do for the purging part of how to get organized. Before you start these organizing projects. I want you to make sure that you listen to both of those episodes because they will be beyond helpful to you. Once the purging is done, it’s time to organize the physical belongings. And there are a few steps that have to happen to organize.


I know you have seen on social media, you’ve pinned pictures to a Pinterest board of perfectly organized spaces with matching containers, baskets, every single thing that makes it aesthetically pleasing. If that is what you desire, that’s definitely something that is attainable, but that doesn’t equal organization with perfect systems all the time. It can, but it doesn’t have to. Sometimes those perfectly organized pictures that are magazine and worthy Pinterest pins that we love are not something that we can use in a space that needs to function for us. And that is used multiple times throughout the day. You have to think about that when you’re organizing, when you’re organizing, you are doing it so that you can always find something. Whenever you are looking for something, you know where it, and you can easily return those items to their place. You’re organizing to simplify. You’re organizing to make things easier.


That is a huge benefit of being organized. And that’s why we do it. You have to purge to get to that end result of having the benefits of having an organized home. When you eyes, you have to completely empty the space when you’re organizing on your own. I always recommend choosing spaces that are small, that are things that you go to and use frequently, but that are small spaces. It might just be one drawer or one dresser or one kitchen cabinet, because tackling an entire room. If you were to tackle the entire kitchen as a busy parent, you probably don’t have the time to do that in one setting. And if you get all of these things out and follow the organizing plan and the, the purging plan, follow these things so that you can have long-term success and long-term benefits. It’s not possible to do the entire process for an entire kitchen or an entire bedroom.


At one time, you can do these things cabinet by cabinet drawer, by drawer, closet, by closet, or even a shelf in a closet. If you have to have piles sitting out because you’re sorting things, that’s okay, but we want to get to the end result as quick as you can, as long as you are going through the entire purging plan and following the steps on how to organize. So the first thing that you will do is empty. If it’s a drawer, a shelf, a cabinet, a closet, it doesn’t matter what it is. You have to empty the space. You have to get down to the bare bones where there’s not anything left in that space, unless it stays there like a piece of furniture or the built-in shelves or the kitchen cabinets, you get everything out. Once it’s emptied, then you take a few minutes.


You clean, you wipe down the shelves. If there’s carpet vacuum quickly do a simple cleaning. And it’s really easy to clean. Cleaning is a quick process. Everything is out of the way. You’re not moving around anything. You’re not working around anything. You can clean really quick. You have to make decisions. And this is where the purging plan comes in. You have to make decisions about everything that you intend on keeping and really think about. Do you need this item? Do you want this item? Do you use this item? And if you answer those questions, it becomes clear on what to keep and what to donate. But if you go listen to a episodes three and eight, you will know exactly in more detail questions to ask yourself when you are stuck. And it’s difficult for you to make a decision on what to let go of what to donate, what to keep, what to tos the episode three and eight will guide you through that process.


So make sure that you listen to those first we’re emptying. Then you have to make these decisions. You need to touch every individual item and make decisions about what to keep, what to toss and what to donate while this is happening. There is also sorting, going on. Sorting is a key to organization. You have to sort things into like groups. You’re making cat categories and you’re grouping like items together so that we know what type of storage space you need. What type of containers you need to keep these things organized. When you have a professional organizer in your home, this is where they do a space assessment and they can see based on the category and the groups that are now easy to see, because the sorting has been done. They can see where things fit. Does it make sense for the items to be placed on a shelf?


Should they be in a drawer? Should they be folded? Should they be hung? Do they need a storage basket? Is it a requirement that some kind of a container needs to be purchased to keep them in? Those are all things that happen during this stage where you have sorted the items and categorized them by what they are and how they are used. After that happens, then it’s time to figure out where will these be stored? What is the proper storage location? And what containment do we need by containment? I mean, baskets, bins, plastic containers with lids. What type of containment do we need? If it’s a closet, is it a hanger? Do we need hooks for something? There are many options for storage. It’s not just limited to the basics. There’s a ton of different ways we can store things. And it, of course, it depends on what is your space?


What do you have available to you? And what is your budget? Are we using things that we we have in the house for containers? Are we purchasing new? There’s a variety of factors that go into this. And when you are working in your own home, only, you know, these things you are in charge, you get to make the decisions and you get to live with the success from purging properly, and following a good organization plan to get you from a, a to Z. Once these items are sorted and you are determining the storage, then it’s time to put them away. That’s when you, if something has to be folded, that’s when you think about what’s the best way to fold, to maximize the, the space, where do these things go, things that you don’t use very often would go high up on a shelf or in a more difficult to reach location, but things that you use daily or on a regular basis, you would want in the front or not on a high shelf, on a someplace that’s eye level or someplace.


That’s easy to get to. These are all things that we have to take into account when we wanna organize for long term, so that we in these situations where we’re constantly reorganizing and starting these projects over and over again, once you’ve determined the proper storage, how you’re going to contain the items and where you will put them away, you start putting them away. And then this is the time when you determine if you need labels. If you have a lot of people in your home and they will be using the things on a frequent basis, labels can be beneficial because then without having to be present, when something is being put away, or when someone is looking for something, the label tells everyone where to go. I like to mention this. If you have little kids that are accessing the items that you’re organizing, printing labels, or getting labels with pictures, if these are really young kids that don’t read yet, you can put pictures on things, picture of a coat, a picture of certain toys, and they will know what goes, where, and that helps kids put things away and find things. When they are really, really young,


Our piles of dirty dishes taking over your kitchen sink table is cluttered with homework, paper, school supplies, backpacks, and lunch boxes, and your family room. Who’s full of toys and blankets all over the place. If you’re going to bed every night, worrying about this busy mom life and stress out to the max, you’re wondering how you can make it all easier. And if it’s even possible, I know that you wish for a step by step process, that would help you remove the clutter from your home so that you can finally get organized and create long lasting systems to maintain a simplified home. I know what it feels like when it seems as though there’s never enough time in the day, you spend time scrolling on your phone, looking at social media and playing the comparison game. You’re trying to find solutions for everything in the house, how to be organized, how to get rid of things that you don’t want, how to get your kids to help with chores and the family to participate.


It’s exhausting. And once you’ve scrolled and scrolled so more, you feel like you’ve wasted even more time and haven’t come up with any solutions. Imagine if you had simple solutions that allow for more time spent together as a family, less nagging, you’re able to find out what you need when you need it. And your home has a system in place to keep it picked up and organized. A coaching session with me might be just what you need. I can teach you how to declutter organize, and most importantly, implement systems to keep your home and life running with less effort. I teach you how to purge, organize, and create systems to simplify every room in your home. We come up with a custom system and plan just for you. When we identify your biggest struggle, we go from there and this works. You might learn to manage daily tasks and create routines that make everything easier.


You’ll get my very own purging guide so you can get rid of the mess once and for all. And I’ll also teach you the organizing secrets that I use as a professional organizer. It’s time that you can spend less time stressed and more time making memories with your favorite people. Even as a busy mom. When you commit to the process that we come up with, that’s customized for you. On one of these coaching calls, you will walk away with a decluttered and organized home and systems specific to the individual needs of your family systems. That will work for the long term. If you’re ready for a clutter free home systems that work for your family and more time for things that you actually want to be doing, this is what you have been waiting for. I know it feels like there’s never enough time in the day, and the struggle is real.


I hear you mama, but it’s not too late to get your home and life in order. It’s super easy to sign up for a coaching session with me. We can work one time in a one-on-one session, or you can sign up for follow up sessions depending on what your specific needs are. And what you’re interested in doing now is the time to clear the clutter and exchange the exhaustion and overwhelm feelings for order and peace in your busy life. Let’s simplify your life and come up with a system that will work for you and your family. Go to intentional and click on the coaching tab. At the top of the page, these coaching sessions are available right now on a limited time basis and access to me and a one on one format is extremely limited. Now, oh, two coaching sessions are the same because they truly are customized to whatever your biggest pain point is.


Once we identify the struggles I go from there and help you create a system and a solution that will work for your family, I will give you a puring guide and organizing cheat sheet and walk you through the steps on how to use these so that you can be success full in every room of your home. I will also recommend products for you. If that is what you need or help you with identifying products in your home that you can use to optimize organization. We will come up with systems together and a plan that keeps these systems working so that we create systems and routines that eventually become habits that seem effortless for your family to implement on a daily basis. It’s time to make your life easier. If you feel like you need an accountability partner, or that you have struggled with starting projects before, but never quite getting them right. Book a coaching session with me, head over to intentional Click on that coaching button in the menu bar at the top of the, a page and book, a coaching session today, you don’t have to wait any longer. You can finally live the simplified and streamlined life you have been imagining. Today is your day.


I am more than happy to help you come up with a customized purging plan home organization, a and systems for your home. If you want to do that, then book a coaching session with me, but you can do this on your own. If you want to, I’ve given you everything that you need to simplify your life by purging and organizing in these podcast episodes. If you take the time to listen and follow along with the steps, step by step, don’t be tempted to skip ahead because it doesn’t work. You have to do every single step let’s recap, just so this is fresh in your mind. The first thing that you do when you’re organizing a space, you need to get everything out, empty the space, get everything out of there and do a brief cleaning so that you have a fresh, clean space for everything to go back into.


Once it has been purged and sorted and is ready to be put away after you’ve done that MD and cleaning, then it’s time to purge and sort your items. You’re going to head over to episode three and episode eight of the intentional edit podcast, and listen to both of those episodes where I give you a step by step guide on how to purge and the benefit of those episodes is that I have a list of questions in there. I give you examples in the episodes of questions to ask yourself, when you feel stuck, if you’re wavering back and forth and you really don’t know, should I get rid of this? Should I keep it? Should I throw it away? Is it really garbage? Do I donate it? What do I do with this item? And just a little hint right here. If you are contemplating getting rid of something, but you’re not a hundred percent sure you can get rid of it.


If you have any feeling at all that you can get rid of something you don’t need to hesitate. I’m giving you permission right now, get rid of that, put it in the donate basket and take it to a donation center near you where people that don’t have those things and that really need them and actually use them. Wouldn’t you rather the items that you are storing and not using be used by someone that needs them. I know I should or would. And I, I know that you feel the same way too. You don’t need to keep something. If you’re thinking about, should I get rid of this? Should I not? It’s safe to say you can get rid of it, but if you follow those purging plans in episode three and episode eight, you will see that these questions help you figure that out and help you get to the answer on your, your own so that you can feel good about if it’s something to get rid of, or if it’s something that you really need to keep with the purging comes the sorting the items that you’re keeping need to be sorted.


If you determined that something was valuable enough, it was something that you need, something that you use, something that you want, and you are touching every single item and making decisions on every single individual item. You’re touching these items, you’re picking them up and you are making decisions. Do I donate this? Do I toss it? Do I keep it? It goes into one of those three categories. And once you make the decision to keep it, then it needs to be sorted into a group with other like items you cannot organize until the puring is complete. And the sorting has taken place. Once everything that you removed has been either tossed into the trash. It you’ve determined its garbage, it’s gone in a pile to be donated. It was an item that was, or it’s in one of the piles to be kept. That means if you’re keeping it, it is now sorted into a group with like items.


So you should have an area where you have different piles of things that are all the same. All the like items are grouped together. And then you can make your decisions. Where do I wanna store this? How am I keeping it? What is the best place for it to be high shelf, low shelf in a drawer, in a cabinet hanging up. This is when you make the decisions and then you either shop your house for the proper containment for these things or decide what needs to be purchased. And if you’re purchasing new items, make sure that you are measuring the shelves. You’re measuring the link, width and depth. You need to know how high everything is. You need to have all the measurements. If there’s a weird space involved, you need to make sure that you have measurements. So whatever containers you are buying for the containment of the items that you determined to were things that you wanted to keep.


You wanna make sure that those things fit properly. After all of this has happened and you put everything away. That’s when you add the labels, you can use stickers. You can use slide on labels. You can make them yourself. You can just write with a chalk marker or a sharp B to pay on the containers that you’re using. There’s a ton of different way to make labels. You can even purchase them from an Etsy shop or some organizers offer custom labels on Instagram, but that’s when you decide am I labeling things or not? And once that is done and the labels are on, you are done. You congratulate yourself because you finished this organizing process. You followed the purging plan that professional organizers use, and you followed the steps on how to organize from start to finish efficiently. For the long term, we don’t wanna do projects that waste our time.


That will have to do over in six months or a year. These are long term organization plans that work and they have worked over and over again for many families. If you follow these plants and go back and listen to the episodes three and eight and follow the purging plants, I promise you will have success with home organization. I know you can do this, put your mind to it. Find the time to organize small spaces each week and go from there until your whole house is organized. You feel good in your home. Your stress is less. Your overwhelmed is less and you are living that simplified life that you desire. If you found this episode helpful today, please, wherever you are listening to this episode on wherever you’re listening to the intentional edit podcast, click on the rating and review button and leave a five star rating and take a minute to write a sentence or two about how these episodes have helped you.


How this podcast has helped you, what the benefits are, what you found helpful. I greatly appreciate all of these positive ratings and reviews. It helps me know what direction to go in with. And most importantly, it helps other people in similar situations. Other busy moms find podcasts that can bring value to their lives and a way to help them by leaving a review for me, you are helping other moms find simple solutions that they can use in their home and their life. And you’re helping me reach more people. Thank you so much as always. Thank you for listening and joining me for another episode of the intentional edit podcast. I will meet you back here next week for another episode. I hope you have a great weekend. 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, share it on social and tagging me at intentional edit. I’ll be back soon with another episode in the meantime, find 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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