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Organize 365 supplies home organization tips, strategies and motivation with professional organizer Lisa Woodruff.
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  Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!   This week’s Transformational Podcast features Renee. She and her husband have 2 daughters, and a dog. She also works as a speech language pathologist. She shares how she has gotten her home and kids organized, and how the Mini Medical Binder helped her family during COVID (get yours at organize365.com/emergency)! I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do   I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday.
These weeks between October 1st and Thanksgiving are typically the most productive weeks of the year. I want to help you make October super productive by helping you declutter. I want to give you tasks you can complete in 15 minutes a day so you can declutter some different areas of your life. I am focusing on decluttering only, not on organizing or productivity. Today, I want to talk with you about decluttering your hot mess room. A hot mess room (HMR) is where we lovingly place (shove?) things we don’t know what to do with, can’t part with right now, are not sure about, or want to keep “just in case.” Depending on your home, a HMR can be a garage, shed, storage room, basement, attic, shed, or sometimes even a whole house. If you are working through the rest of your home (like with the 100 Day Home Organization Program or All Access Membership), you declutter your main living areas, and end up dumping your extra stuff into an area that becomes a HMR. This area becomes overwhelmed as you put things into the space “for now” while you delay making a decision to actually get rid of the stuff. This is perfectly normal - it’s a rest stop for your clutter on the way out the door. All Access members have a deep dive course to help clear out a HMR, but for today, I want to help you to make progress simply decluttering this space. Unlike a kitchen or a living room, HMR can be hard to clear out because they accumulate stuff from everywhere in the house. Today, I want to help you make progress decluttering this area so that it is more useful to you. First - be realistic about any item you are considering continuing to keep just in case you need it. Remember that you have just lived through the ultimate just in case scenario - you were safe at home (sometimes for months) during a global pandemic. If you didn’t use the item (food, clothing, or hobby) during that time, you probably never will. Let it go. If you do keep just in case items, you should know what you have and how to find it when you need it. Second - clear out the things you don’t need that will make the biggest difference in the space - empty boxes, broken items, orphan pieces of furniture, and household items you no longer want or do not use (vases & holiday decorations that do not fit your taste or style anymore). See if you can reduce the stuff by 25-30%. Send things to trash, recycling, or donation centers and reclaim your storage space for the things you do want to keep in storage. 
This week our #ThrowbackThursday episode is number 274: Stop Trying to Finish the To-Do List.   There was a time in my life when I lived for my to-do list. Or rather, I lived through my to-do list. I would list everything I needed to get done that day and, like most of you, ticked them off one by one as I completed each task. When you’re in the habit of checking things off a to-do list, there isn’t enough time to stop. You get so caught up in it that you can’t even see the progress you’re making. Not to mention, you’re always adding new tasks to the list. Or worse than that, you’re adding the same daily chores to the list each day.   But, wouldn’t it be more beneficial to spend your time doing things that have a lasting impact? As you go from living a reactive life to a proactive life, you start to develop new habits. You start spending your time differently. And, you start to look at time differently.   Listen in as I tell you how to ditch your to-do list and move to the Sunday Basket® system that will help you focus on your real life priorities, not just the random things that accumulate on your to-do list.
Welcome to the newest Wednesday Podcast! On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized! This week’s Transformational Podcast features Melissa F. She and her husband have 13 year old twins, a dog, and a business. She shares how she has organized her home and her paper - and we celebrate her progress!  I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! Melissa's kids Allie and Brady have an Etsy shop. Feel free to check it out! I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday. For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links: Organize 365 The Sunday Basket ®  100 Day Home Organization Program All Access Friday Workboxes Paper Organizing Retreats
In today’s podcast, I want to inspire you to take quick action to address the clutter hotspots in your home. A hotspot is anywhere that paper or physical stuff accumulates. As our lives change, we often use our homes in ways that are different from the organizational systems we have already set up. This leads to stuff sitting out and making hotspots. There are three major reasons a clutter hotspot develops: You have not made a decision about an item. You have a project you are deferring (not taking action on right now). You have brought new items into your living space that need to be given a home. In the podcast, I will walk you through several different hotspots that have popped up in my own home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how I was able to declutter them. I bought some food items but did not have a plan to actually prepare them for a specific meal, so they were left out. Some hotspots were from aspirational purchases where I purchased things I thought I wanted to do (breaking my own 24-hour rule), and left the items out in our living space. Another hotspot was from purchasing new kinds of supplies for the pandemic (gloves, masks, hand sanitizer) without a place to store them or a sense of how many we needed to store in our home. I want you to take some time and look around your home for your hotspots. Which of the reasons above are these items sitting out randomly around the house? What can you do with your items? What can you donate? What can you work on right away? What can you finish up? As you look for solutions, think about the Sunday Basket® has helped to eliminate your paper clutter hotspots from your kitchen counter. You know where to put items while you make a decision, you have a place to store your paper that is supporting deferred projects, and you have a home for every piece of paper that enters your home! Make your home function for the way you use it every day, the way your family lives right now in the present moment. I want you to know that if you need it, you have #permissiongranted to choose functional organizing for your actual daily life.
My #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week is episode # 271 - Decision Fatigue.   When you’re lost in decision fatigue, you usually lack time, money or motivation (or all three).   When you wake up in the morning and go about your day, you’ll have X amount of decisions to make.   Your decision-making ability only goes so far. If you’re faced with decision after decision, you’ll burn-out. That’s what decision fatigue is.   When you’re lost in decision fatigue, you usually lack time, money or motivation (or all three).   When you wake up in the morning and go about your day, you’ll have X amount of decisions to make.   Your decision-making ability only goes so far. If you’re faced with decision after decision, you’ll burn-out. That’s what decision fatigue is.   Listen in, and I'll share with you tips for making decisions easier, faster, and more effectively.
Listen to all of the transformational interviews at organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized! Today, I am sharing my conversation with Jill M. She lives in IL with her husband and 2 kids. She recently completed her Master's Degree and is now starting her own business. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday. For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links: Organize 365 The Sunday Basket® 100 Day Home Organization Program ALL ACCESS Workboxes Paper Organizing Retreats I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
These weeks between October 1st and Thanksgiving are typically the most productive weeks of the year. I want to help you make October super productive by helping you declutter. I want to give you tasks you can complete in 15 minutes a day so you can declutter some different areas of your life. I am focusing on decluttering only, not on organizing or productivity. When decluttering, the way to make it easier, faster, and more effective is to create rules for your items. Rules free us! With rules, you will make quicker decisions and reduce your decision fatigue. You don’t need to stop and consider each item’s value or importance, you will refer to your rule and rapidly decide to keep or toss.  This week, we are focusing on decluttering the file cabinet. The Paper Solution launched in August of 2020, and I am hearing from many of you how helpful that book is in getting your paper under control. For the fall, I want to help you declutter and reduce the amount of paper you are managing (and will later organize).  When it comes to paper, you need rules. There are different kinds of papers - I think of papers as being parts of different categories. First, all actionable paper belongs in your Sunday Basket®. For the podcast today, I am focusing on decluttering your archive (sometimes called reference) papers.  When you make your rules, you need to answer two questions: What will I save? (or what will I toss/not save)? How long will I keep this category of paper? In the podcast, I share examples of the rules I use in my own life for my own paper for several different categories: Manuals & warranties Phone books Kids’ school papers Pets Home decor paperwork Automobiles I do not always keep papers, and I’ll explain why I now discard many papers in these categories. If you sort through 3-5 folders from your file cabinet each day, it will typically take around 15 minutes. Focus on identifying what you want or need to keep, and toss the rest (of course, shred sensitive private information). Most people are able to reduce their saved paper by 50-80% when decluttering this way.
This week, our #ThrowbackThursday Podcast is Episode # 280 - You Need an Admin Day.   If you’re anything like me, you’ll discover a lot of administrative tasks when you go through your Sunday Basket. Things like forms that need to be scanned, scheduling doctor’s appointments, emails that need your attention, and so on.   The only problem is that a lot of these things can’t be done on a Sunday. The doctor’s office is closed, so you can’t call up to make an appointment. Before you know it, you’ve got a stack of administrative tasks or errands you need to do on a different day other than Sunday. This is why you need to assign an administrative or errand day (or both!).   An errand day is when you take a full day to do your errands. You’re probably in the car going from one place to the next. An administrative day is when you’re at home (probably in front of the computer) and you’re plowing through things that can’t be done on Sunday.   Listen in and I'll share how you can plan for and execute these super productive days!
Listen to all of the Transformational Podcasts at organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts This week, we are back to our traditional transformational podcast. On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized! Today, I am sharing my conversation with Audrey N. She just started her 2nd round of the 100 Day Program. She is married, works part time outside the home, and is a parent. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! Audrey recommends the meal planning app Plan to Eat (no affiliate).  I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday. For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links: Organize 365 The Sunday Basket® 100 Day Home Organization Program ALL ACCESS Workboxes Paper Organizing Retreats I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
These weeks between October 1st and Thanksgiving are typically the most productive weeks of the year. You will get to see your productivity skyrocket and your 2020 goals come to fruition. Once the holidays come, you will turn your focus to social events and making memories, so I want to talk with you about how COVID may be a Golden Window for you. Some of you have been barely surviving this pandemic. And, that’s perfectly reasonable. I am not asking you to do more, but I want to share some short, actionable podcasts that can help you cultivate a mindset so you are prepared for when you can deep dive into organization and productivity.  A Golden Window is a time in your life where you have an unusual period of energy, drive, and focus to take back your life and get organized. Are you in a period of your life where you are reevaluating your life? Have you stopped to think about how you use your time, where you live, your job situation, or your home? Everything has changed - for all of us. For a Golden Window, you are ready for the change. If you are merely reacting and surviving, you may not have the extra time, energy, and motivation that a Golden Window brings.  If you are not in a Golden Window, do not worry. Keep going and give yourself grace. Your turn will come. If you are in a Golden Window (Podcast 242), I want to help you analyze and plan for this opportunity.  If you are entering a Golden Window, I want to help you end 2020 strong, and to start thinking about how you can use this opportunity to look ahead 5-10 years and begin making the changes towards that future. Listen in as I help you figure out what you want to start and how to take the first step.
The #ThrowbackThursday Podcast Episode this week is number 269: Time, Money, Motivation: The Trifecta Necessary for Change.   Habits change slowly, consistently, over time as you will see from my story. Listen to the podcast to hear the 3 steps I took in each area to make improvements. It has been a 7 year journey from drowning in reactionary mode to the thriving productive woman you see today. And I wouldn’t change any of it!   Making major changes, one step at a time, is hard. Organize 365 is here to support you on your organizational journey through the trifecta necessary for change. What is your number one priority right now?
This week, we are back to our traditional transformational podcast. On Wednesdays, I get to talk with members of the Organize 365 community as they share the challenges, progress, missteps, and triumphs along their organizing journey. You can see and hear transformation in action. I look forward to helping YOU get Organized! Today, I am sharing my conversation with Kerstin H. She lives in Germany with her husband and foster daughter. She started with a Sunday Basket® and has found much more peace in life and control of her time. I hope you enjoy her story and find her as inspiring as I do! I am grateful that you are reaching out to share your stories and progress with me and with the Organize 365 community. If you are ready to share your story with us, please apply at https://organize365.com/wednesday. For more information about the programs and products mentioned in this podcast please check out these links: Organize 365 The Sunday Basket® 100 Day Home Organization Program ALL ACCESS Workboxes Paper Organizing Retreats I look forward to helping YOU get Organized!
As we continue to explore our interim normal from COVID-19, I want to share some insights on the economy and how we are changing the way we use our homes. I am not an economist or a real estate expert, but I am a questioner and I want to share my own personal thoughts about how we continue to adapt to these extraordinary (unprecedented) times we are in. We are in the middle of a transition in technology, working from home, social media, and how we are living in our current reality. As I have shared before, my study of different generations has shown that history is cyclical and we move from one end of a particular pendulum to the other, and then we come back again.  The Stuff We Keep In the 1980’s we were at the height of consumerism and stuff. Near 2020, many people were very minimalist. In the next few years, I expect that people are not going to declutter as much. We have now faced supply chain issues, shortages, and have learned we cannot always go shopping for (or even order delivery) of the things we want right now.  Our families are also changing. More people are living at home, indefinitely. While young adults used to go out and begin living independently, the health and economic issues are meaning more are living at home for longer periods. This also changes the amount and type of stuff we are keeping in our homes.  Economic Changes Retail stores are going bankrupt. The economy was shifting prior to the pandemic, but COVID creased a condensed timeline. While businesses usually change at a much slower pace than individuals or families, they are now being forced to adapt more quickly, and not all will be successful.  Supply chain issues are also a real thing, and will likely continue for a while. For people who traditionally stockpiled things, you may not have access to the same quantity as before. You may not have space to store extras while you are also housing additional people in your home. Your ability to afford to shop and plan ahead may also be altered.  Living at Home If you decluttered something and are regretting letting it go, because your “just in case” actually came true, give yourself grace. There is no benefit to blame or anger at this unpredictable global health crisis. If you have not used something in the last 6 months, I want you to really consider letting it go and allowing it to bless someone else. As we head into our first Fall and Winter seasons in this pandemic, I want you to think about what you will need to get through this season. What items do you want to be sure you have for this season? What do you need to change or adapt in how your physical home is functioning? What do you want to have at home? What can you afford? What do you have space to store? How will you adapt your holiday plans for social distancing and public health? How will you make your home feel like home for all who are living there? IDS At Organize 365, we use the Traction model for our business operating system. One component is that we IDS problems and issues. We identify, discuss, and solve challenges as a team. I share some fun examples in the podcast - so be sure to listen in for an insider peek at some recent decisions we made.
This week, our #ThrowbackThursday episode is # 190 - The Cost of Clutter and Disorganization. In this week’s podcast episode, I take a look at the cost of clutter and disorganization in our lives. I want you to consider the financial, mental, time, and emotional costs of the current way you are living. Continue to follow Organize 365 and I will show you how to be more productive, more proactive, and how to plan. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram or our website!
Listen in at organize365.com/wednesday-podcasts   This week, Monique Horb and I share our conversation about how the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected Sunday Basket® Workshops.   We start out by talking about the rapid growth we have seen in the Sunday Basket® community. As people continue to be safe at home and find a new interim normal during the pandemic, paper organization has become even more important.   More people than ever have taken advantage of the FREE Sunday Basket® Club membership included with the purchase of a Complete Sunday Basket® System. Having accountability and a virtual community has been a game changer for many people in making progress organizing their household paper.   Monique and I also talk about how Organize 365 has pivoted to allow Certified Sunday Basket® Workshop Organizers to host their own VIRTUAL Sunday Basket® trainings to grow their own businesses. The Certification Program is open WORLDWIDE now through October 12, 2020. There is a FREE webinar to learn more available October 3 at 11 am EST. (Replay available!)   Learn more at sundaybasketcertification.com and please learn more to see if this is the right time for you to join us in bringing The Paper Solution to the world. Feel free to contact Monique with any questions!
The COVID-19 Pandemic has taken away our ability to go with the flow. We are living in a snow globe where our city, job, government, and public health are continually shaken up and we are chasing around. So many people are sharing that life feels so hard right now. There is no flow. The pandemic has stopped our hustle, bustle, and flow.  Most of us have lived through hard times like this before, and humanity has definitely survived times of uncertainty and upheaval similar to what we are facing now. In the podcast, I share about how we have survived and have the lessons from other times in history when our lives were similarly out of control.  However, catastrophic events do not impact everyone equally. Depending on your location, family, job, and other factors, you may be experiencing a lot or a little bit of life disruption. Today, I want to talk with you about how to find your flow again - even though it will be different than it was before COVID-19. First, if you are not a natural flow generator, find and follow good leaders. Second, get started. Let go of perfection. Release the need to do it all. But, actually taking action and moving your body will produce much better results than thinking about what you want to do. Third, I really want you to work on your schedules and routines. These basic steps will get you moving in the morning and can keep you moving throughout the day. When you clean up - you know the drill - pick up trash, clothes, and food in that order. Start simple, and just get started. I also share how my morning, afternoon, and evening routines have helped me to continue to be engaged in my life and make progress during the pandemic. It is typical to be less productive than you were before the stay at home events, but using routines will help you to transition to the next part of the day and keep the momentum going. I share suggestions for setting up your routines and share my own inside the podcast.  For links to the items Lisa is using, please go to the show notes page on the website. 
Episode 128 is our #ThrowbackThursday Podcast this week - How to Hire Household Help.   In this podcast, I share my top 10 tips for hiring help in your life (home, work, or anywhere else)! I have hired help with cleaning, driving, a personal assistant, and all other kinds of extra help! There is no shame in hiring someone else to do the things that will free you up to do the things only YOU can do!
This week our Wednesday podcast is my conversation with my absolute, most favorite author - Laura Vanderkam! We discuss many things she writes about in her new book, The New Corner Office. We talk about all things working from home - how to manage time, organize your workday, still be productive, and get energized to get things done. Laura is also analytical so we talk about different ways to apply routines, rituals, transition time, separation, and habits so we can find success in this interim normal as many continue to stay safe at home.
Listen here: organize365.com/podcast/interim-normal   We are living in the middle of a global health pandemic during COVID-19. The middle of any kind of change or transition is messy!!! As we go through the middle, we can end up feel trapped - we cannot go back, but we are not yet to the place we want to be.    I want to help you make sense of this pandemic and disruption we are all facing. I want to share my analysis of what is going on in society, our homes, and our responses to this uncertainty we have all been living with since at least March of 2020. I am hearing from many of you that you are facing anxiety, depression, and feelings of loss. Every single person on Earth has had plans derailed this year.   So - what do we do about the messy middle? We are certainly not yet to the "new normal" that will come someday, but we do have to begin to function more effectively and make some progress in life. We are all struggling to make sense of our current reality and to figure out how to function in a new world. We cannot live our pajama day, Netflix, and quarantine cocktail life while we wait for the end. We must work our way through this messy middle.   I want to walk with you, provide inspiration, and help you to survive (and maybe thrive) in this unexpected life event. I cannot fix everything going on, but I can help you to find your bearings so you can get some traction while we all stumble through this middle place together.    Listen in as I talk to you about how to analyze and adapt for:   School (in person or from home) Vacations & Fun Work Adult Children Thinking Time Schedules & Routines Cash Flow & Money   Just as getting organized begins with your mindset, so does getting yourself and your loved ones through this time. I am here as your teacher, your coach, and your friend. You are not alone in this journey, and I will walk along side you and continue to share and inspire.   Furthermore, if you are struggling with mental health during this time, that is a true, real, and vital medical need. Please seek medical attention for your medical needs. Please reach out to your health care team and ask for help. If you want to hear more about the time I struggled with depression, you can listen to that podcast here. However, I am not a medical professional, and I cannot provide medical assistance. 
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Joy Lizbeth

ok I'll I'm mm hi j in an email to our home ere3in every morning👍😁👍😁

Jun 11th
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Wendy Wendt

Re Bonus Issue 10: Lisa!!! During this pandemic, people should NOT have the neighbor kids come over to babysit! NOT go over to the neighbors! NOT have neighbors over! That spreads disease whether you feel well or not. People can be carriers even if they feel well.

Mar 29th
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Naishe Kami

Bold of you to assume I have a laundry basket.

Mar 25th
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Emily Murphy

Instantpot is also a slow cooker.

Oct 2nd
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Natasha deVries

Organize 365 is my favourite podcast and I listen to several! Thank you for always inspiring me👌👌👌👌

Sep 27th
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Jana Miller

I have loved listening to your Podcast and am so excited to say that I ordered your book The Organization Mindset on Amazon and it will arrive tomorrow!

Jun 2nd
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Jennifer Dunn

Great episode! 100 days to build a habit is definitely more accurate than 21. I think research has found that it takes 6 weeks to develop a habit, but longer to keep it.

Mar 29th
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Danielle Leitner

this post was so relevant in my job as a personal assistant...so thank you much for bringing it to light.

Sep 14th
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Mylinda

"pack it up we'll deal with it at home" Omgosh!! it's like you were there! thanks so much for this podcast, you made me feel so much better... I'm not alone!

Nov 6th
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Mylinda

AWESOME! YOU are the BEST!!!!

Oct 25th
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