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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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    • 4.5 • 199 Ratings

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 297: Creative Keepsakes with Denise Albright

    Ep 297: Creative Keepsakes with Denise Albright

    If you are a parent of school aged kids, you are going to want to lean into this episode!
    Joining me today is Denise Albright. Founder and Queen Bee for a collection of organizing products she designs and distributes through her website denisealbright.com. You may recognize her fun and functional line of organizing products when they were featured on Good Morning America and the View.
    As most parents know, the influx of school papers, especially artwork can be overwhelming, so I invited Denise to share with us how you can keep the memories, without drowning in paper clutter.
    Her products also include journals, pads and notebooks for:
    Budgeting
    Gratitude
    Weekly Calendars
    To-Do lists  


    If you are a digital memory maker, her Class Keeper App serves as a digital scrapbook where you can easily (and safely) store and share your memories.
    Denise is offering an exclusive promotion for TOL listeners that you won’t want to miss.
    Visit denisealbright.com and 40% off your entire purchase + free shipping over $75!
    Use code SIMPLYB at checkout-offer valid through September 15, 2022
    OTHER LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
    DENISE’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: SOUNDTRACKS | CHASING THE BRIGHTSIDE

    Ep 296: 5C's to Living an Organized Life

    Ep 296: 5C's to Living an Organized Life

    Hi Friends,
    This episode was originally scheduled to release last week, as a follow up to our Enneagram and Clutter series (side note: If you haven’t had a chance to listen, I highly recommend you do!)
    Over the past 9 weeks I had the opportunity to sit down with some incredible guests, each one representing a different type on the Enneagram (a personality typology that looks at motivation rather than behavior). In other words, “the why you do what you do.”
    During the first half of our show I talked about:
    Similarities & differences with how each type deals with clutter
    Thinking, Feeling & Doing and the value in recognizing which center you default to.
    The importance of having language to communicate how clutter and organization affect your life


    In the second half of the show, we get tactical about what I call the 5 C’s to Getting Organized. 5 simple steps to help you navigate a project from start to finish. The 5 C’s are:
    Clarity
    Categorize
    Contain
    Consistency
    Contentment


    As you think about the areas of your home that trigger stress, anxiety and overwhelm, just know that there is a clear path to help you navigate through it, and we are with you every step of the way.
    XOXO-
    Laurie
    P.S. We’d like to thank our sponsor for today’s episode The ClassKeeper and ClassKeeper App! Click this link and use Promo code SIMPLYB when you visit to receive 40% off your entire purchase-valid through Sept 15, 2022
    We're on YOUTUBE!

    • 36 min
    Ep 295: Do I Need This? with Kate Schermerhorn

    Ep 295: Do I Need This? with Kate Schermerhorn

    Hi Friends!
    Joining me today is Emmy-winning filmmaker and photographer, Kate Schermerhorn. Kate recently completed her third feature length documentary, 'Do I Need This?' about consumerism, excess, and the stuff from which happiness is truly made. The documentary is already getting critical acclaim. In the documentary, Kate turns the camera on her own family and chronicles how her parents, brother and kids each navigate the decluttering process.
    I invited Kate on the show to talk about what drew her to the topic of environmental consumption and how it’s impacted how she looks at “stuff”.
    During our conversation we talked about:
    The role of emotional clutter and how it often shows up as shame
    Finding the middle ground between hoarding and minimalism
    Defining the legacy you want to leave behind   


    Kate opened up about her own struggles with letting go, and shares how she wants folks to walk away thinking more consciously about what makes us happy-because often it’s not the “thing” rather the memories we make.
    Make sure to check out the links below for books and resources discussed during the episode. 
    P.S. We’d like to thank our sponsor for today’s episode The ClassKeeper and ClassKeeper App! Click this link and use Promo code SIMPLYB to receive 40% off your entire purchase-valid through Sept 15, 2022
    We're on YOUTUBE! 
    CONNECT WITH KATE:
    WEBSITE
    FACEBOOK 
    INSTAGRAM 

    • 50 min
    Ep 294: Procrastination and Priorities with Gail Waterman

    Ep 294: Procrastination and Priorities with Gail Waterman

    Hi Friends!
    Today we are wrapping up our Enneagram & Clutter summer series with my good friend, Gail Waterman. Gail is no stranger to TOL, you may remember her talking about her experience caring for aging parents, and most recently on episode 231, during our “behind the scenes” series. Today Gail graciously agreed to open up about her life as an Enneagram 9, otherwise known as the Peacemaker.
    During our conversation, we talked about:
    The role of self doubt in nines
    The importance of clear deadlines
    Why procrastination is a constant struggle


    Gail shares how she was first introduced to the Enneagram, how she figured out her type, and the clarity that has come from understanding why she responds to situations the way she does.
    In the second half of the show we talked about the relationship between fives and nines and how clutter shows up in her home. I always love chatting with my IRL friends, especially when they are in-studio with me!
    I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I have. If you want to learn more about my framework looking at the Enneagram and Clutter, visit
    XOXO-
    Laurie
    Links Mentioned in this Episode:
    Gail’s Book Recommendation The Last Thing he Told Me
    Enneagram & Clutter Courses https://simplyborganized.com/enneagram-and-clutter/
    SBO PARTNER PROGRAM https://simplyborganized.com/sbo-partner-program/

    • 49 min
    EP 293: Summer of Enneagram with Kimberly Hermann

    EP 293: Summer of Enneagram with Kimberly Hermann

    For the lashttps://www.instagram.com/themrshermann/t 2 episodes in this series we are bringing the guests in-house with 2 of my team members. Joining me today is Enneagram 8, Kimberly Hermann. Kimberly is a wife, mom of 3 girls and the backbone of all things related to SBO.
    As an Enneagram 8 myself, I love talking with other eights to see the similarities in how we deal with people, situations, and of course, clutter.
    During our conversation, Kimberly talks about
    Growing up with a mom who is a hoarder
    Taking Charge
    We also talked about the strong intuition of Eights and how emotional clutter really isn’t a thing for us.
    Make sure to check out the links below for all things mentioned during this episode.
    We will be back next week, wrapping up our Enneagram Types, with my good friend, Gail who is an Enneagram 9-you won’t want to miss it!
    Connect with Kimberly 

    • 54 min
    Ep 292: Finding Joy and Building in Margins with Jackie Brewster

    Ep 292: Finding Joy and Building in Margins with Jackie Brewster

    Join me next Wednesday for a FREE webinar! 5 Ways to Make Money as a Professional Organizer. This webinar is for anyone who is interested in starting or scaling a business in the professional organizing world. You can register here: https://simplyborganized.com/julywebinar/
    Today I am talking with Jackie Brewster. Jackie is a certified Enneagram coach and author who has been married for over 20 years and has 4 beautiful children. She graciously took time from her vacation to chat with me about life as an Enneagram 7, otherwise known as the Enthusiast.
    During our conversation we talked about:
    The importance of margin for Sevens
    Which type of clutter she struggles with most (physical, emotional or calendar)
    The role of the 5 clutter pitfalls in her life (procrastination, indecision, guilt, overwhelm & time)


    I loved learning from Jackie how clutter and organization show up in her life, both personally and professionally.
    Connect with Jackie:
    WEBSITE 
    INSTAGRAM

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
199 Ratings

199 Ratings

Ceddles ,

MUST-Listen Podcast for Busy Moms Who Crave Simplicity!

I LOVE this podcast! Laurie breaks down what it takes to live an organized life into doable action items. I have put into practice SO many tips from this show.

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I loved this show!! You’ve both given me lots of ideas for gifts this year and I love all of Laurie’s ideas because they’re personal and sustainable. It was cute to watch you and Josh on YouTube. Thanks for the entertainment!

Jamochagirl ,

She’s so inspiring!

Laurie has given me hope for bringing order from the chaos even in the messy and busy years of kids and work! I am in awe of her course, her free resources and podcast freebies and so glad I had her on my podcast to share with my listeners and I’m personally so thankful for her awesome Enneagram 8 gift of energy and logic that she brings to my world!

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