This Tip Tuesday Episode – Episode 22 of The Intentional Episode Podcast is full of motivation to keep you on track and remind to stick with your organizing, decluttering, and purging goals. The hardest part is often the first step – Lauren is here to encourage you and remind you that clearing the clutter and getting organized is a large project with HUGE rewards that last a lifetime.
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On this tip Tuesday episode, episode 22 of the intentional edit podcast, we are having a short and sweet conversation about why it is normal to feel overwhelmed when you have a whole house to tackle or big organizing projects to start. Yes, it’s normal. Al can you easily overcome that? Listen to this episode to find out, 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.
Hi friends. I’m so glad you’re back for another episode of the intentional edit podcast. This is episode 22. It is a tip Tuesday episode. That means it is quick and to wait, I’m normally answering listener questions on these episodes, but I was just going through my direct messages from Instagram, responding to those of you that have sent in questions or have comments for me and are looking for feedback. A reoccurring theme was coming up. So I’d wanted to record the podcast. This was a planned episode for the coming week, but I feel like this is important to touch on because we are at the beginning of the year, it’s the start of a brand new year. We’re in early January. Some of you have set daunting tasks for your new year’s resolutions and your goals and your intentions for 2022. If you have home organization and decluttering and creating systems on the brain, and these are things that you are desiring for the coming year, I think that is amazing.
And being intentional with what we allow into our homes and creating systems so that our home life and the balance that we can have within our homes, that is huge. That is so important. And it is a gift that you can give yourself that will last forever, but you have to be realistic with the expectations that you’re setting up. It doesn’t matter if you have a 600 square foot, tiny house or a mansion organizing in the first two weeks of the year and decluttering an entire home is impossible. Many professional organizers will tell you when they’ve they have taken on the journey of decluttering and organizing and creating systems for an entire house for their own house, where they do this for a living, it takes a good year. I’m not telling you that because I don’t think you can do it or that it will discourage you.
I’m telling you because I want you to have realistic expectations when people are already two, three weeks into the year, feeling discouraged because they’re not getting enough done, or they’re getting distracted. That is only normal. Set yourself up for success. By having these realistic expectations and knowing that purging an entire house is not a weekend project or something you can get done in January, give yourself the year to do it. If you have an overabundance of stuff, it might take you longer. If you have a lot of time and you’re extremely motivat, it might take you less than a year, but let’s be realistic. You don’t wanna burn out. The worst thing you can do is go gungho at the beginning and go crazy with all of this. And then after a couple weeks burn out, let me just get back to the basics, because this is a quick episode for a tip Tuesday, the messages that are coming in, you guys have big goals set for yourself and you have the right ideas.
But the idea of organizing an entire house is overwhelming. If you feel overwhelmed because you have clutter in every closet and every corner, you are perfectly normal. Don’t think about the entire project that you have to do. Break it down into small steps, start with one small space. It doesn’t even have to be an entire room. You could start with one shelf on a bookshelf, one drawer and a dresser, one small closet, and go from there, organize that. But remember, you cannot organize until you purge. You have to get at rid of unwanted items. You have to get rid of the things that you don’t use that are not necessary, that are taking up space, like things that are broken. If you are new to the podcast and you’ve just jumped on and started listening. I’m so glad that you are here, but if you’ve only listened to the last couple of episodes, go and start at episode two, I am giving tips and actionable things that you can do in every single episode.
So go back and listen to the episodes that you haven’t listened to already. I know that, um, episode eight, I give you my six step guide that I use with all of my clients, friends, family, even myself, if any of those people are stuck and don’t know how to make decisions on purging and decluttering. That is one that is a must listen to, but so many of them are just go back. Any podcast episodes that you have not listened to listen to those, the episode that I recorded for last week, the last episode that was out the most recent one, that was just one question that you can use that will change the way that you declutter and purge. Go back and listen to that one. If you are feeling motivated, if you have a weekend or a few days designated where you got a babysitter and you’re gonna tackle a lot, use that one question gets right to the point and you figure out what are the things that you wanna keep and what can you get rid of?
And you start getting rid of those things, put ’em in a pile to donate, put ’em in your car, get them out of your house and take them to the donation center. As soon as you can. The first step, when you feel like your home needs to organized is decluttering. And I want you to remember that the first step is usually the most difficult. Once you are on board working with a process, you can use that in every single room, every single space cabinet, whatever it is, repeat it over and over until you have purged and you have removed all of the unnecessary unwanted items from your home. You have to get them out of your home so that you can organize the things that matter. Once you take that first step, you are on the road to having success and to feeling the rewards that come from having a decluttered, simplified, organized home and lifestyle.
Thank you for listening to this episode of the intentional edit podcast. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, if you need encouragement or you have questions head over to Instagram, I am at intentional edit on all social platforms. You can find me there. Send me message. I will answer your question more specifically through direct message or head on over to my website. Intentional edit.com a little box that says record here will come up. You can record a question. I believe it’s up to 60 seconds. Record a question for me and I will answer it on a future episode of the intentional edit podcast. I’m here to help you always remember the first step to getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don’t think about that when you are decluttering your home and remove the items that are burdening you so that you can have an organized, simplified home that you are desiring. I’ll meet you back here later in the week for another episode of the intentional edit podcast. Thank you so much for joining me and good luck with your organizing and purging.
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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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