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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 Laurie Palau

    • Education
    • 4.5 • 207 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 312: 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

    Ep 312: 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

    Hi Friends!

    Today I am joined by my good friend, Martha-Carol Stewart, founder of Chaos Organizing in Baton Rouge and together we are bringing you our long awaited Holiday Gift Guide episode.

    Every year we look forward to sharing our ideas with you, while shining a spotlight on smaller brands who are doing great things.

    This year we have broken down our gift guide into the following categories:

    Food & Beverage

    -Fire Department Coffee: https://www.firedeptcoffee.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwteOaBhDuARIsADBqRejqbGZA_iSczoz3pHBUwlAKmosHvi8z_nPvUYzVXF7NXAc1RzRQFR4aAkhCEALw_wcB CODE: FIRSTTIME 20% off first order

    -Sahill Coffee: https://www.sahilcoffee.com/collections/tos CODE:TOL15 for 15% off entire purchase-PLUS!!! special selection just for TOL listeners

    -V Smiley Preserves: https://www.vsmileypreserves.com/?utm_source=simply_b_organized&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=special_offer CODE: SIMPLYBORGANIZED 15% $35 or more

    -Naked Chocolate: https://www.nkdchocolate.com/

    -Dot Winery: https://www.dotwinery.com/

    Home & Lifestyle

    -Blankets-Bearaby: https://bearaby.com/

    -Candles Waxed Candle Company: https://www.waxedcandlecompany.com/ CODE TOL20 for 20% off your entire order

    -Net Zero https://www.netzerocompany.com/collections/all CODE: GIFTING2022 20% off

    - Denise Albright: https://denisealbright.com/ CODE: SBGIFTS25% for 25% off your entire order

    -Aloha Bags: https://aloha-collection.com/?utm_source=thisorganizedlifepodcast%2F&utm_medium=influencer&utm_campaign=podcast&platform=grin&link_id=1184194&token=LRNH5PjKum65DSIqH3rcYnRaZrMCdJK7&contact_id=d15209b9-d4ba-4025-9270-8b4569ded242&attribution_window=90

    Body & Skincare

    -Vellum Street Soap Company: https://vellumstsoapcompany.com/

    -Dionis Goat Milk Skincare: https://dionisgmskincare.com/

    -Odele Beauty: https://odelebeauty.com/collections/all-hair-products
    CODE: SIMPLYBORGANIZED20 you’ll receive 20% off one-time order

    -The Spinster Sisters: https://spinstersistersco.com/
    CODE: TOL25 to receive 25% off your order

    Stocking Stuffers & Tidbits
    -Zkano Socks:
    CODE: organizedlife10 to receive 10% off your purchase

    -Coiley Cables: https://coilycables.com/ CODE:...

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ep 311: Giving Thanks with Tim Kenny

    Ep 311: Giving Thanks with Tim Kenny

    Hi Friends,

    Happy Thanksgiving! For this special episode we are focusing on gratitude, giving back, and using your superpowers to make a difference.

    Joining me is my friend, Tim Kenny, founder of The St. Baldrick’s Foundation-an organization that is near and dear to my heart.

    If you have been around our show for more than a hot minute, you have probably heard me talk about the work we do to raise awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research. My IRL community has been impacted by the loss of several kids to various types of cancers-and having a front row seat to how it impacts a family alters the way in which you see the world.

    At the time of this recording, The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has donated over 465 million dollars to pediatric cancer research, making them the leading non-profit organization dedicated to pediatric cancer research. They are “the behind the scenes” heroes responsible for funding grants to researchers in institutions including St. Jude’s, Dana Farber, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (to name a few).

    I invited Tim on the show to share his personal story of growing up on a farm in Ireland, the oldest of 6 kids, coming to the US with $200 in his pocket, and building a life here (the true American Dream).

    During our conversation, Tim shares:

    The origin story of St. Baldrick’s, and how a brainstorm with some buddies over a couple of beers changed his life
    How St. Baldrick’s got its name (spoiler alert: it’s not a real saint!)
    Stories about how kids and adults of all ages have been impacted by the work they do.

    In a season where many of us are stressed and overwhelmed, this episode focuses on hitting pause on your to-do list and pressing play on how small gestures can make a difference in someone’s life.

    After listening to this episode, my hope is that you feel inspired to share it with your friends, show gratitude for the people in your life who matter, and continue using your superpowers to make the world a better place.

    I am grateful for all of you.


    P.S. Special thanks to today’s sponsor, Denise Albright Studios https://denisealbright.pxf.io/c/2541003/1215985/15085

    Check out her entire catalog of products, including her gratitude journal and take advantage of a special offer exclusive for TOL listeners. Use code SBGIFTS and receive 25% off your entire order.

    Links Mentioned in This Episode:
    St. Baldrick’s Foundation:https://www.stbaldricks.org/

    Tim’s Book Recommendations:
    Chasing Daylight
    The Power of Positive Thinking
    The Bible

    Find more book Recommendations from all our previous episodes here: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/182327.This_Organized_Life_Podcast_2022_Book_Guide

    • 43 min
    Ep 310: Partner Spotlight with Leigh Genkinger

    Ep 310: Partner Spotlight with Leigh Genkinger

    Hi Friends,

    Before we get into today’s episode, my good friend Gail stopped by the show to recap our SBO Partner Retreat in Scottsdale. Huge shoutout to our incredible organizers who joined us from all across the country, our roster of speakers, and to our sponsors who gifted each attendee with some cool swag! (If you have FOMO, we’ve included links below for all the goodies!)

    Today we are back with another partner spotlight episode, talking with Leigh Genkinger, founder of Orderleigh Home in Little Silver, NJ. Like many of us, she is a busy working mom with 3 kiddos at home and juggled a corporate career with motherhood.

    She shares her story of how she turned her passion for organizing into a flourishing career that also affords her the opportunity to be present for gymnastic meets, school events, and soccer games.

    During our conversation Leigh talks about:
    Her “must-haves” products to keep her and her family organized
    Why she focuses on pre-planning before starting any project
    The importance of leaning on others
    How to edit with intention
    Tips to help you stay organized during the holiday season

    Of course this conversation wouldn’t be complete without Leigh sharing her must-have go-to products (hint-hint: we’ve included links in the show notes below).

    If you or someone you know is thinking about starting a career as a professional organizer, we’d love to chat! Click here to learn more about our SBO Partner Program, or if you are looking for a Professional Organizer, click here to find someone near you.

    Special thanks to today’s sponsor, Denise Albright Studios .Check out her entire catalog of products, including her gratitude journal and take advantage of a special offer exclusive for TOL listeners. Use code SBGIFTS and receive 25% off your entire order. Visit Denise here: https://denisealbright.pxf.io/c/2541003/1215985/15085



    Connect with Leigh:
    Website: https://orderleighhome.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/orderleighhome/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/orderleighhome/

    Other Links Mentioned in This Episode:
    Plastic White Handle Bins https://www.containerstore.com/s/plastic-storage-bins-with-handles/d?q=white%20bins%20with%20handles&productId=11019017
    Multi-Purpose Bins https://www.containerstore.com/s/THE-HOME-EDIT/the-home-edit-all_purpose-bin/od?q=home%20edit&productId=11010524

    Swag Bag Sponsors:
    Aloha Collection: https://aloha-collection.com/
    Carefree Spirits: https://carefree-spirits.com/
    Dionis Skincare: https://dionisgmskincare.com/
    Fire Dept Coffee: https://www.firedeptcoffee.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwpqCZBhAbEiwAa7pXeTJXSBs1-fQWXjD-AUA_aGMjEtTLeC2EJhj4XbLGy1PJEFCa2_H7sBoCV64QAvD_BwE
    Moonlily Apothecary: https://www.moonlilyherbs.com/#/

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 309: Chasing the Bright Side

    Ep 309: Chasing the Bright Side

    Joining me today is Bestselling author of Chasing the Bright Side, Jess Ekstrom. Jess has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, Vanity Fair, People Magazine, Business Insider, Huffington Post and Forbes.

    After starting and growing her multi-million-dollar company, Headbands of Hope, in her dorm room, her speaking and writing career took off. But Jess realized that her success wasn’t about how far she can reach—but how far she can help other women reach.
    She helps women uncover the value in their story through her popular Mic Drop Workshop®, so they can make a living and a difference at the same time. She, her husband and her 70lb fur baby reside in Raleigh, NC.

    During our conversation you’ll learn:
    Jess’ origin story-what prompted her to start a business while being a full time college student.
    Life living in an Airstream-how she paired down her things and how they stayed organized on the road.
    Entrepreneurship-how she manages her time while running multiple businesses.

    Text “HYPE” to 7042289495
    Website: https://jessekstrom.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/jessekstrom/
    Twitter: @jess_ekstrom
    Instagram: @jess_ekstrom
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jess-ekstrom-59160342
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jessekstrom/
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@jessekstrom

    Other Links Mentioned in This Episode:
    Jess’ Book Recommendation: Stop Living On Autopilot
    DeniseAlbright.com: Use code SBGIFTS and receive 25% off your order (offer valid through 12/15/22)

    • 49 min
    Ep 308: Time Blocking for the Holidays

    Ep 308: Time Blocking for the Holidays

    Hi Friends,
    Before we get started into today’s episode, we would like to thank our sponsor, Denise Albright for sponsoring this episode. Check out her entire catalog of products, including her gratitude journal and take advantage of a special offer exclusive for TOL listeners. Use code SBGIFTS and receive 25% off your order.
    We’d also love for you to check out the new look of our website. There you will find links to past episodes, tons of free resources and downloadable checklists, plus you can easily connect with our trusted SBO Professional Organizers in a variety of cities across the US and Mexico. Now more than ever we are here to help you in your decluttering journey!
    Now for today’s episode, I know that the time between Halloween and New Years can be stressful and overwhelming. Those 60 days seem to happen overnight, leaving you feeling like there is never enough time to get it all done.
    Today we are talking about all of it:
    The feeling of drinking from firehose
    Increased mental load
    Maxed out Budgets
    The rise in Calendar Clutter on top of Physical Clutter  

    Forget about your regular list of TO-DO items, and heaven forbid you throw a birthday in the mix to add to your already overflowing plate. (thanks Josh for being born on Dec 17th!)
    All of this can easily lead to a spectrum of emotions, spanning from snippiness to a complete mental shut down. So today we are here to give you some actionable steps, spread some grace, and share some words of encouragement during this time. I will walk you through exactly what I do on a daily basis to help prioritize the important from the urgent.
    By getting in the practice of doing this everyday, you will begin to:
    Make decisions based on intention rather than by default.
    Recognize that some tasks take longer than expected while others can be completed quickly.
    Set realistic expectations on what you can and cannot accomplish in a day
    Learn the natural rhythms of your personal peak productivity time and when you need to recharge
    Learn to say “no,” or “not now” based on the facts rather than feelings  

    I have been Time Blocking for years and last year I started my Top 3 List which has been a game changer. It forces me to prioritize what I need to do versus what I want to do.
    As you embark on this fun, yet stressful time of year, I hope you can take a moment to exhale and enjoy the ride. Show yourself grace, give yourself permission to pause, and recognize that Superwoman is a fictional character.
    You’ve got this, and I am here to help you every step of the way.
    Links Mentioned in This Episode:
    Top 3 Download
    Time Block Template
    If you are a professional organizer or thinking about turning your passion into a profession, click HERE to learn more about our partner offerings

    • 29 min
    Ep 307: Partner Spotlight with Angela O'Brien

    Ep 307: Partner Spotlight with Angela O'Brien

    Hi Friends,
    Joining me today is Angela O’Brien, founder of Your Space Reclaimed in Dallas, TX. Angela is one of our incredible SBO Partners and I invited her on the show to talk about motherhood, organizing and all things Enneagram!
    I specifically asked Angela to visit our show in October as we recognize Down Syndrome Awareness Month. As a mom of 2 grown-ish kids, Angela shares her story of finding out her daughter was born with Down Syndrome and what she wants people to know about the Down Syndrome community.
    During our conversation we talked about:
    Life transitions, knowing when to pull back and when to lean in.
    Her personal discovery into the Enneagram and how it led her to becoming a certified Enneagram coach and finding her passion as a professional organizer at the age of 51.
    The importance of teaching independence, providing support and building confidence for all kids, especially those with Intellectual Disabilities.
    How she gives back and supports the Down Syndrome community in Dallas 

    We also talked about her struggles as an Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker) and what strategies she has put in place to help her live an organized life.
    Make sure to check out the links below for everything we talked about including Angela’s fav organizing products, book recommendations and special promos for our TOL listeners.
    If you know someone who could benefit from this episode, please take a moment to share it with your friends.
    And finally, if you are a Professional Organizer, or thinking about becoming a Professional Organizer, we would love to talk with you about our Group and Individual Offerings. Click HERE to learn more!
    P.S. If you are curious about finding your enneagram type, here’s a link to a free assessment:
    ***(note: online assessments have a high rate of inaccuracy. Assessments can prove helpful in giving insight, but we believe that the best way to determine your Enneagram type is through self-discovery and learning about each of the 9 types. Learn more)
    Lazy Susans | Deep Acrylic Bins with Wheels
    You are a Badass | The Gift of an Ordinary Day

    • 50 min

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207 Ratings

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Love Laurie's podcast!

Laurie is always fun and listening to this podcast is like hanging out with a friend. She shares tons of info --on all kinds of subjects related to organizing your life -- and has introduced me to so many great people through her interviews. Love it!

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Connects the dots and the messes in between

Appreciate the topics. They inspire and guide me. Everything is connected and Laurie not only connects the dots , she addresses the messes in between!

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I look forward to this podcast every week!

I love this podcast! I’ve been a long time listener but I specifically loved the summer series episodes on Eneagram types. The episode on 5s was so helpful to learn more about my husband. I loved the juggling crystal and wood example. I’ll be sure to remember that one!! And it gave me all the feels when they said that 5s long for their needs to not feel like too much for others. It’s such a gift to know more about the people around us. The type 1 episode was spot on for me too! This podcast goes beyond just helping me improve the functionality of my spaces. It also helps me how better understand myself and those around me. And it’s FUN to listen to! I’d recommend it to anyone!

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