On this Tip Tuesday episode Lauren dives in deep, sharing what is most important to keep your home organized for the long term.  A listener question is answered with the truth about organizing!  Beautiful baskets, sparkly containers and pretty labels might inspire you to start organizing physical belongings, but those things are not what keeps you organized.  Listen to this episode and learn the key to getting organized and staying that way!



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Episode 16 - When organizing doesn't work




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Do you want to get organized and stay that way on this two tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast, I’m answering a listener question and sharing why they think they pick up an organized, but it doesn’t stay that way. I’m going to tell you the secret and what you have to do to finally stay organized. 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 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 unintentional, edit.com and submit your questions there. Let’s get started on this tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast.


We’ll go into another tip. Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast. Today I am answering in listener question. This question came from Instagram, but you can ask me questions directly on the podcast. Page of intentional edit.com. I’d love to answer your questions. So go there now and click the record button on the podcast page to submit your questions for me and I can answer them on future episodes of the show. The question we’re answering today is we pick up and put most things away, but my house doesn’t stay organized no matter what we do, I can’t take it anymore. Hope the listener wants to know why her house doesn’t stay organized. I have a lot of thoughts on this, but I’m going to do my best to keep it short and simple because it’s a tip Tuesday episode. And that’s what it’s supposed to be.


When you think about organization, you’re thinking about where things go, the physical belonging, how they’re stored, what baskets or containers that they go in. When someone has a desire to be more organized or finally get organized for the first time, they are actually craving simplicity. I might be talking about you. If you are wanting to get organized and figure out how to do it, you are actually craving simplicity. You’re craving the systems and routines, the results of what you think the organizing brings. When you are organizing the physical items, it doesn’t work for the long-term unless you create a systems to return those things to their home, the systems maintain the organization systems as simple as hanging up a coat. When you come in the house or you have a hook designated for your coat and your purse, you have a bull or a drawer with a spot to drop your keys and your wallet.


Things like that. Those are systems. Once they’re in place. They’re not things that you think about, but you eliminate the looking for your coat or having it be messy on a chair, on a counter, on the floor. You eliminate the frantic feeling of when you can’t find your keys, because it becomes a habit for you to walk in and hang up your coat, hang up your bag, put your diaper bag on a shelf, put your shoes in a basket and your keys in a basket on the counter or in a drawer, doing the dishes and having a clean counter and a clean sink. Before you go to bed, putting laundry away. Once it’s, once a load is done, instead of letting seven or eight loads pile up and overwhelm you before you begin to fold them and put them away. Those are all systems. Once they become a system, you don’t even think about them.


They’re they become almost effortless. You still have to do the task. But the idea of getting to do the task is the effortless part. If you want to get organized and stay organized, you have to have the systems in place, your systems, our routines and habits that are ingrained in your daily life so that you aren’t even thinking about them when you’re doing them. Those are the examples that I just gave with the keys and the coat and all of those. It seems simple when I’m explaining it. But if you don’t have a system around that right now, then your creating a mess, those things don’t have a home and they can’t stay organized. It’s the same things with kids and backpacks and lunch bags, create systems around all of these things so that they don’t create clutter in your home. And once you have those systems in place, you can keep your house organized.


You don’t want to think about the systems and you don’t want to think about what you’re doing. You want them to become mindless, like they’re just happening as part of your day. Of course, the more frequently you do these things, the less you think about them and the more automatic they become, that’s when you know that your system is really a healthy habit. And it’s just something you’ve created that happens every day. Just like brushing your teeth. Something that simple. If you’re not seeing organized, it’s because the system is not in place. You can’t be responsible for all of the systems at all the organization in your home, getting your family on board with systems and creating small tasks for them to do, to be part of these solutions is going to help everyone. And it’s going to allow the systems to work and to keep working in your home, to keep that organization in place for the longterm.


Kids do this in school all the time. They are really good at following systems. A classroom cannot work without re systems in place, or it seems totally chaotic. If your kids go to school or participate in activities, or if you work outside of the home, you already follow systems that have been put in place by someone else. It’s just what happens in those physical spaces to be successful and to accomplish what you need to accomplish. Now, you are creating them in your home. The daunting task feels like creating them, but once they start going and they’re running smoothly, that’s when you breathe a sigh of relief. And you’re like, oh my gosh, this really works. This is amazing. When you organize and put things away and it doesn’t stay that way, you feel defeated and you get frustrated because it’s a mess over and over again.


And you have to start over. It’s exhausting. And I truly get why you feel like you just want to get, give up because it’s the same mess over and over. If you want to stay organized, you have to be fully committed to the process. It begins with purging all unwanted and unused items. And you have to remove those things from your home, your next step, your sorting and categorizing and putting things away. This is when you might be buying some containers or organizing products that will make your organization really top-notch, but buying the actual organization product, that can be the fun part to pick out the pretty baskets and bins. But that those things aren’t going to keep you organized. Once you have done the purging and you’ve removed the items from the home, you’ve got them out of there. You donated those items. You put the trash in the trash and you sorted like items and you’ve put them away.


Then you create the systems around keeping the spaces organized. The systems are key to say staying organized. I’m saying that over and over, because that’s the most important part. If you aren’t a naturally organized person, it can be difficult to decide where to put the physical belongings. What, where do these make sense? Where is it ease over retrieval and where do you actually use these things? For me, this comes naturally. This is probably one of my greatest gifts. I go into a place and I don’t see it for what it is. I see it for what it can become. That’s how we transform and organize spaces so that they work to their full potential. When you’re organizing the physical belongings, they need to make sense for the system to be smooth and run effortlessly. Once it’s in place, you can schedule a coaching call with me to get support, and I will give you the support that you need.


And we’ll come up with an action plan for a specific systems to work in your house for your family. If you’re struggling with this, I will be happy to help you and work alongside with you. I’ve been doing these coaching calls for a while now, and I absolutely love them. We make an individual plan for you to implement so that you can finally get organized and create systems to keep your home organized. You’re going to organize and keep it that way. If getting organized is a priority for you, make this a full commitment to yourself, your family, and your home, and finally bring the simplicity to your life. Getting organized and staying that way is all about purging the unwanted items and creating the systems that become routines and habits within your home. Let me know how I can hope you get organized and stay that way. I need to wrap this up because it’s a quick tip Tuesday episode. Don’t forget to submit your questions for me to answer on future episodes and check out my one-on-one coaching options. If you think that would be a good fit for you and benefit your family, I would love to help you bring simplicity to your life at home. You can find the information for leaving questions. The question box on the podcast page and the coaching information is all on the kojiPage@intentionaledit.com.


Did you love this episode 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 game changing products for tip Tuesday on the intentional edit Instagram feed for a few years and bringing that to the podcast. By answering your questions with actionable ideas and strategies for you to implement@homeemailordirectmessagemewithyourquestionsorsubmitthemontheintentionaledit.com pod cast page. What are you struggling with? Are you looking for product recommendations, home solutions? What is overwhelming you today? No questions are off limits. Seriously. I need to know what you are struggling with. So message me. Now. I’ll be answering one of your questions every week for tip Tuesday on the intentional edit podcast.



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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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