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Take a glimpse into my organized, but not-so-perfect world as a mom, author of the book HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized, and founder of Simply B Organized.

This Organized Life simply B organized — Laurie Palau

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Take a glimpse into my organized, but not-so-perfect world as a mom, author of the book HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized, and founder of Simply B Organized.

    ep 214: Know Yourself, Know Your Money with Rachel Cruze

    ep 214: Know Yourself, Know Your Money with Rachel Cruze

    I’d like to welcome our newest sponsor, 1Thrive.com.  Start the New Year off Organized with these stylish & customized command centers. Visit 1Thrive.com to check out the entire collection. Make sure to enter promo code SB10 at checkout to receive 10% off of your entire order!
    Hi Friends! Today we are talking all about Money Habits with money expert, Rachel Cruze.
    Since 2010, Rachel has served at Ramsey Solutions, where she teaches people to avoid debt, save money, budget and how to win with money at any stage in life. She’s authored three best-selling books, including Love Your Life, Not Theirs and Smart Money Smart Kids, which she co-wrote with her father, Dave Ramsey.  
    I invited Rachel to join me on TOL to talk about her latest book Know Yourself, Know Your Money: Discover WHY You Handle Money the Way You Do and WHAT to Do About It  that just released last week!  
    During our conversation we talked about 

    The motivation that led her to write this book
    The role that fear plays into how we use, save and spend money
    The 4 different types of “money classrooms” 
    The 7 money tendencies and how to identify them
    How & when to talk to your kids about money and finances
    Practical and tactical steps to take if you’re are feeling overwhelmed about debt or expenses

    ****Special bonus! At the top of the episode, I share a candid conversation with my good friend, Gail (who you might remember from episode 165: Preparing for Aging Parents).  We talk about Gail’s wake-up call about finances, I talk about my own relationship with money,  and why I believe in the value of having a financial roadmap like Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps.
    I always knew that there were similarities between people’s relation with money and their relationship with clutter, and Rachel’s book really gets you thinking about your WHY, (just like we teach here!)  If you are struggling with clutter, I encourage you to read Rachel’s book to see if you can understand your unconscious motivations for how you view and use money. This could be the first step in living a less cluttered and more organized life.
    xoxo - Laurie
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    Links Mentioned in this Episode
    THE RACHEL CRUZE SHOW (PODCAST) 
    KNOW YOURSELF KNOW YOUR MONEY BOOK
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    Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back.
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    • 53 min
    ep 213: Standing Strong with Alli Worthington

    ep 213: Standing Strong with Alli Worthington

    Hi Friends! Happy New Year everyone!  We are kicking off 2021 with a bang!  Joining me today is Author, Speaker, and Coach, Alli Worthington. 
    You may know Alli from her books The Year of Living Happy, Fierce Faith, and Breaking Busy, or from her popular podcast, The Alli Worthington Show.  I invited Alli onto TOL to talk about her most recent book, Standing Strong which was released in September 2020.
    Alli shares what she calls ”unlocking your superpower”  (she even has a short, fun quiz on her website which we have linked to below).
    During our conversation Alli talks about her relationship with her husband Mark, raising 5 boys, and her own journey of overcoming adversity and living with confidence. 
    Alli is also an Enneagram Junkie, so of course we spent a few minutes chatting about personality types (you’ll have to listen to hear what her Enneagram Type is!) 
    If you’re looking for some motivation to help start your New Year off on the right foot, this is the episode for you.
    xoxo - Laurie
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    Links Mentioned in this Episode
    THE ALLI WORTHINGTON SHOW | STANDING STRONG BOOK | TAKE THE QUIZ
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    Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back.
    Available on amazon, barnes & noble or wherever books are sold.
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    • 41 min
    ep 212: Intentional Living with Alexandria Maria

    ep 212: Intentional Living with Alexandria Maria

    Hi Friends! Today is the last day of 2020 and our final episode of the year. Congratulations for persevering through unforeseeable trials and tribulations–you made it!
    There’s no denying that 2020 was filled with loss and change-whether personal, professional, financial, or social; we each have a story, battle-scars, and experiences to pull from as we enter a new year.  We’ve had to redefine priorities, reinvent ourselves, our businesses, relationships, and how we “do life.”
    My guest day is no stranger to any of it.  Joining me on TOL is Alexandria Maria. Alexandria is an Empowerment Coach & Business Mentor for aspiring entrepreneurs. Her mission is to help women make their dream life a reality. She aims to help women move from feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and lost to feeling aligned, motivated, and driven by a clear vision. Having always followed the “rules of life”, Alexandria was thriving on the outside but on the inside, she was fighting a battle with anxiety which ultimately resulted in a breakdown. Her breakdown actually became her breakthrough, as she realized that her depression was a sign of how unhappy she was with the life she had created. She ripped up the rule book, left her corporate job, and decided to create her own path. One that would inspire and empower other women to do the same. Today she pulls back the curtain and shares her story with us.
    During our conversation we talked about:

    How COVID made us reassess what is important in life.
    How to uncover your life purpose.
    How to move through fear when it comes to quitting your 9-5 job.
    Lockdown has made you question your life- now what?
    Moving from depressed to thriving.
    How to manifest your dream life.
    Personal practices to help you thrive.

    Alexandria also shares her story of relocating from London to Mexico in the middle of a pandemic!  I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. I was inspired by her transparency, tenacity, and overall outlook on life.
    It’s my wish that as we leave 2020 behind us and look ahead to 2021 that you are able to take some nuggets of wisdom from my conversations with Alexandria and apply them to your life.
    God Bless and I will see you in 2021!
    xo - Laurie 

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    • 45 min
    ep 211: Best of 2020

    ep 211: Best of 2020

    Hi Friends! Today we are taking a walk down memory lane as we recap our most popular episodes of 2020.  We looked at which ones were the most popular from you based on downloads, and which were my personal favorites. One thing is for certain, we’ve had some incredible guests this year on TOL, and I’m not going to lie, it was hard for me to choose my top five.
    As I sat down and listened to hours of content, what I found super interesting was that the one common theme that kept recurring from our guests is something that I have been talking about for years: 
    clutter and disorganization isn’t limited to what you see on the outside, it’s how you feel on the inside.
    Whether you are riddled with guilt, overwhelmed with fear, or struggling with procrastination, getting to the root of your clutter gives you freedom. 
    This list runs the spectrum of topics, and includes guests from Boomers to Millennials. If you haven’t already listened to these, I encourage you to go back and check them out.  If you have already listened, I invite you to refresh your memory by re-listening. I know that I picked up some additional nuggets of wisdom the second time around!
    Top 5 episodes of 2020
         1. Ep 162: Decluttering Hacks for 2020
         2. Ep 163: How to Choose Your Ideal Wardrobe with Jeannie Stith-Mawhinney
         3. Ep 164: Creating a to-don’t list
         4. Ep 180: Clutter Clinic Quarantine!
         5. Ep 161: Financial Freedom with Rose Lounsbury
    My fav episodes of 2020
         1. Ep 198:  Dispelling Men Myths with Josh Levs
         2. Ep 182: Streamline your Inbox with Claire Giovino 
         3. Ep 176: Clutter, Covid & Mindfulness with Kristen Manieri
         4. Ep 167: Emergency Planning with Karen Purze 
         5. *Tie: Ep 204:  Enneagram 4’s with Ian Morgan Cron & Ep 209: Enneagram 9’s with Marissa Orr
    I am excited for 2021, and bringing you more great guests, content and inspiration so you feel empowered to live a less cluttered and more organized life. Thank you for showing up each week. I am grateful you choose to share your time with me.
    xo - Laurie
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    • 56 min
    ep 210: Holiday Gift Guide with Melynda Weiland

    ep 210: Holiday Gift Guide with Melynda Weiland

    Hi Friends! Every year we put together a holiday gift guide to make your shopping a little easier.  Despite 2020 turning the world upside down, we were determined to find some great clutter-free options for you and the family!  Joining me today is SBO Partner, Melynda Weiland. Melynda is the founder of Order to Everything in Austin, TX. Together we scoured the internet to find a variety of gifts that won’t add to the clutter or break the bank!  
    We broke our gift guide down into 8 categories: 

    Candles
    Bath and Body
    Games
    Food & Beverage
    Workout
    Experiences 
    Personalized Gifts
    and my personal favorite, Gifts that Give Back

    Although many of these items are physical in nature, they made the list because they are something to use, wear or play-without taking up much space.
    In years past, experiences like concerts, sporting events and theater tickets topped the list, however given our current climate, we opted to bring the fun experiences inside our homes.
    Every company on our list was hand selected by either Melynda or me. We were not compensated in any way, either with product or monetary to endorse any of these (although we personally use many of them!)
    I encourage you to listen to the entire episode to see why each of these made the list.(Links to each company are at the bottom of the show notes.) 
    Quick side note, I did my best to support small online businesses, local retailers, and artisans this year rather than big box stores. As you shop this list, please consider making your purchases from your local toy stores, boutiques, and family owned businesses who are struggling to stay afloat during our economic shut downs.
    xo - Laurie
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    Links Mentioned in this Episode By Category
    Gifts that Give Back:
    Heifer International: (helping third world farmers build businesses and a sustainable living)
    Charity Water : (bringing clean drinking water to third world countries)
    Compassion International: (sponsor a child in need across the world)
    Candles:
    Homesick: (state scented candles; home, self-care)
    Light & Bark Candle Co (formerly the Dog Candle Company)
    Bath & Body:
    Dermstore (him, her, self-care)
    Briogio hair : (woman owned, multi-racial self-care)
    Carols Daughter:  (Love the butter body balm) 
    Milk + Honey: (milk bath, body oils, aromatherapy, all organic and great packaging!) 
    Games:
     Bananagrams (my family’s personal favorite!)
     Relative Insanity (created by Jeff Foxworthy and played on Jimmy Fallon),
    Scratch art box of rainbow mini notes (melissa & doug)
    Food/Bev:
    Wine tasting set: Wine.com (him, her)
    Nakedwines.com: (good on budget, also has a fun quiz!)
    Truffle Hunter Gift Set: (great for the foodie!)
    Fire Dept Coffee: (supporting firefighters)
    Grounds & Hounds Coffee: (every cup helps a pup!)
    Mistobox.com: (Personalized coffee subscription box)
    Bluebottlecoffee.com (Coffee subscription box with fun packaging!)
    Goldbelly.com – (bring some comforts of home to wherever you are!)
    Williamsonoma.com (luxury charcuterie boards and more!)
    Workout:
    Lululemon Yoga Mat: (for all of your home workouts! I have one and love it!)
     Experiences/Subscriptions:
    Audible: (for the reader who likes to listen to books)
    Patreon: (support your favorite podcasters)
    Craftsy: (for the crafter in your life)
    Spafinder.com: spa services in your local area
    Peloton App Subscription:  (Choose from hundreds of classes-you don’t need the bike to get the workout app!)
    Personalized Gifts:
    Shutterfly.com: (custom photo books, calendars and keepsakes)
    Mixbook.com: (photo books, calendars, fun designs, fully customizable)
    Legacybox.com (photo and media transfer service-one of Melynda’s Favorites!)
    Create my Cookbook: Homemade Family Recipe book
    Zazzle: Homemade Custom Family Recipe book (I made one here!)
    Other Promo Codes Exclusive For The TOL Community!
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    ep 209: Enneagram Nines with Marissa Orr

    ep 209: Enneagram Nines with Marissa Orr

    Hi Friends! Today we are wrapping up our series on Clutter & The Enneagram with Enneagram 9, Marissa Orr.  You may remember Marissa from episode 191 where we talked about her book Lean Out, The Truth About Women, Power & The Workplace.
    A lot of what Marissa talks about in her book has to do with personality styles, so I invited her back on TOL to talk about the influence on her Enneagram type to her life both in the workplace, and as a mom.  
    Nines are known as The Peacemakers, and truth be told, some of my favorite people on this planet identify as an Enneagram 9.
    Below are a few things that we talked about during our conversation:

    The difference between merging and martyring
    Why 9s avoid controversy and despise conflict
    The importance of alone time for 9s
    Why procrastination is real.
    The role of decision fatigue

    Marissa shares how her “nine behavior” traces back to childhood. As someone who parents a nine, I would have paid a million dollars to have this wisdom when my daughter was small. 
    I cannot think of a better guest to wrap up this series. If you haven’t listened to the other episodes, I encourage you to head back and check them out.  It’s so fascinating to see how each of the different types relates to clutter.
    Make sure to check out the links below for all of the resources we discussed in the episode.
    If you’d like to learn more about the work I am doing with Enneagram & Clutter click HERE to connect!
    xo - Laurie
    Connect with Marissa
    WEBSITE | MEDIUM | INSTAGRA
    Links Mentioned in this Episode
    EP 191 | THE SIX PILLARS OF SELF ESTEEM | THE UNTETHERED SOUL
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    STREAMLINE YOUR INBOX WITH INBOXDONE | 10% OFF YOUR COLOR GURU WITH CODE “ORGANIZEDLIFE” 
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    Now is the time to reclaim time, find freedom, and feel empowered from the “stuff” that is holding you back.
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