I Need Help!

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Getting Organized, Organized Home

Usually about a month before the holiday’s arrive, people switch into panic mode and start to stress about all the unfinished projects around the house: a garage filled with clutter, piles of paper on the kitchen counter, a playroom vomiting toys, and a closet busting at the seams.

woman-in-messy-living-roomIt’s no wonder you feel overwhelmed; each area is stressful in its own right. If you feel as though you are losing control by the minute, below are 3 steps to help get you off the ledge and lead you onto a path of organization…



 Write it down. People are notorious for starting multiple projects and completing few. Instead, choose one key “pain point” and work on solving that first. Writing down your mission helps remind you of your goals if you start veering off-track.







Be Specific.  We all want our space to be organized.   What does an organized space look like to you? How do you want/need your room to function? Asking yourself these questions before starting project will help you to maximize your space to the fullest potential while keeping you on task.






Define a budget. Are you looking to just de-clutter your garage or do you want to install a garage system?  Are you thinking about custom closets or do you merely want to streamline the volume of clothing you own?  There is no right or wrong answer, but it’s important to have these answers in mind before you start.



Clutter = Chaos. Start small and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you get stuck along the way. A client of mine once told me:

Just because you know how to cook doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a nice meal out once in a while.”


Happy Organizing!

Laurie Palau

Laurie Palau is the founder of simply B organized, author of the book HOT MESS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GETTING ORGANIZED, and host of the weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life. She is a go-to Organizing Expert whose advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine. Laurie can also be seen sharing tips on 6ABC,CBS Philadelphia’s Morning Show & WFMZ. She lives in Bucks County, PA with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs.

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