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Organizing 101 and Creating Calm Amongst Chaos

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As a mother of two boys, my life is CHAOTIC! No matter how hard I try to contain the chaos that surrounds those two, I have come to terms with the fact that there are some things in life that cannot be controlled.

A week ago Tuesday night, while my dear husband was away on business, I had some super chaos thrown my way.

My boys were 5 ft. from me as I was putting away the dishes. They were showing off their “untrained” ninja moves to each other. My youngest proceeded to show his older brother an amazing kick that had so much momentum it swept him off his own two feet and sent him falling backwards. As anyone would do, he put his arm behind him to catch his fall. The results were 5 hours in the ER, a big fat co-pay, and this:

So, while I cannot control my boys’ crazy antics, what I can control is the chaos that exists in my home in closets, in drawers, and even under the kitchen sink!

I took an organizing 101 workshop back in the spring, and it was a great exercise in motivation and follow through for me. Over the course of 7 weeks, I learned  how to tackle small projects first. I learned what tools to use while organizing, what my road blocks are and many more useful tips.

Here is just a sampling of the organizational projects I’ve completed since taking the workshop:

Linen Closet

Under the Kitchen Sink

Bathroom vanity

and our Family Command Center

Having a more organized home has allowed me to have a more organized life. Which in turn gives me more patience and time to deal with little surprises, like this:

What about you? Do you want less CHAOS in your home and life? Well, meet your teachers:

Aby & Jay are the geniuses behind simplify1o1.com. Their goal statement says it all:

Our goal is to teach you skills and techniques to get more organized, as well as to provide you with the products and tools that will make getting the job done more fun and efficient. We’ll help you become a more productive, more energized and happier version of yourself. You’ll have more time and more energy to do the things you love (plus, you’ll be able to find everything you use to do those things you love!)

They help people take control of their homes which transfers to better control of their lives. By organizing your home, you can save countless hours a year. By simplifying and organizing your home, you will also save money. Best of all, having a neat and organized home will help you reduce CHAOS!

What better way to start the school year? Get control, get organized, and simplify your life. Banish the chaos that you CAN control!

In Organizing 101, you’ll learn a simple approach for de-cluttering your home. Plus, you’ll find out how to organize and store all the things you keep, so they’re easy to use (and put away when you’re finished!)

If you’d like more tips on organizing your home or office top to bottom, sign up for Simplify 101’s organizing newsletter right here ! You can also follow the blog and get even more daily tips.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post paid for by simplify101. However, in all honesty, I can’t say enough good things about simplify101. I will end by telling you that I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops I have taken so far (Organizing 101 and Organizing with your Kids).

My 7 year old son and I worked together to take his room from this:

to this:

And the best part was that he enjoyed doing it and asked every night if we could work together on organizing his room. We worked in 15 minute segments over several days. You would not believe the things that were stuffed underneath his bed! I can’t even tell you because it was that bad. But, on the bright side, my oldest is learning to live in a less chaotic room. 😉


88 replies
  1. Kristen
    Kristen says:

    I would love to win this!! I try so hard to organize my home but always end up faltering. Maybe this would help! Four kids, 4 dogs and 2 cats + school + life=my house is a wreck 90% of the time!

  2. Cherie
    Cherie says:

    OMG… ow my elbow hurts now!!
    Poor thing. I hope all is going well.

    Well, lets see. 17 y/o daughter with little organization skills, a 7 y/o son whose room is a mESS all the time. and 3- 6 cats(kittens) at a time in my house! I think i need some help.

  3. Jenna, SAS Interiors
    Jenna, SAS Interiors says:

    I SOOOO want to win this Brittany! I feel like I’m a pretty organized person, but more tips would be great. Your closets, drawers, and cabinets look amazing. On the outside, everything in my house looks nice, but not when you open everything up, lol.

    Great Giveaway!

  4. Tanna
    Tanna says:

    Signed up a few days ago for the free mini guide and already have my binder up and running (yes improvements are needed but I have gone to it several times to find things in two days)!!

  5. Louise in NE OK
    Louise in NE OK says:

    I would love to win this workshop….I have 3 closets that could especially be helped with some guidance on my part!

    thanks for the chance!

  6. Raquel
    Raquel says:

    Ohhhhhh I so need this! My SO and I are both packrats and I am *trying* to clean things up. And teach my kids before it is too late 😉

  7. Miriam
    Miriam says:

    Just “liked” simplify101 on facebook and can’t wait to receive the command central mini-guide! I mentioned the giveaway on facebook, hopefully some of my FB friends will check out the giveaway too. The Organizing 101 workshop sounds awesome. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t benefit from it, although I hope I am the one to win it!

  8. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    I signed up for the free mini guide – I have been trying to put one of these together for years and have gotten no where. Hoping their tips will help me finish it up!

  9. Bonnie P
    Bonnie P says:

    I love 2 organize and re-organize and am thinking of helping others do the same.All tips are appreciated to pass along what works for others.Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Tina Larkin
    Tina Larkin says:

    Simplify me please!! I could really use this workshop, I have two teenagers and we currently refer to our home as Grand Central Station, chaos is a constant.

  11. Diane
    Diane says:

    I could sure use the help~ 2 college sons living at home & 3 businesses running from the house (without a dedicated office) equals chaos here~!

  12. Erin
    Erin says:

    We downsized to a smaller home 3 years ago (a 787 sqaure foot industrial loft!) and while I’m head-over-heels in love with this place, there’s Z-E-R-O room for clutter here compared to previous homes. Staying organized in such a small space takes a lot of creativity, which is both fun and challenging. But lately, I’m feeling a more than a little overwhelmed, so I’d love to take this course! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Gloria Treece
    Gloria Treece says:

    I really need this! My home is beginning to look like I’m trying to get a spot on one of those hoarding shows. I don’t hoard, I’m just so unorganized and I don’t have motivation like I used to.

  14. e. McCord
    e. McCord says:

    What a great display of before & afters!!
    Another great website find!!
    I scrolled through the online ecourses simply101 offered& I can honestly tell you I could benefit from any (probably all) of them. I plan on signing up for the “Simplify Your Life With Habits and Routines” – first. I was thrilled to see that I had an opportunity to win something from this website, & even have can use a discount from being a reader/fan of your website. Win!Win! to me!!
    I need to win because after Hurricane Ike slammed into my home in TX I moved to a small one bedroom apartment. I was starting over & lost almost everything that I didn’t take with me on evacuation. After a couple of years, the clutter from my other home is fast creeping up on me in my apartment. I’m shocked – I have WAY less room, one less bedroom – an artist by night…Let’s just say my apartment is a hot mess. I’ve moved in, but things are still lacking homes.
    I’m so grateful for the find of your website & the simplify 101!! I plan to connect & “like” you both on FB when I get home from my wifi use in B&N. **smiles**
    Thanks for all the great information!

  15. Amanda A
    Amanda A says:

    I need this so bad! My house is totally chaotic, and I want my kids (and me and my husband) to have a more peaceful & clean house. I just can’t ever seem to get it together.

  16. Amber E.
    Amber E. says:

    ohhhh sweet leaping jesus, PLEASE let me win this. i need all the help i can get. i have creativity dripping from my fingertips and i can do pretty much anything EXCEPT for organize! i feel like i’m swimming in the great big Cluttery Sea! lol oh yea and i “liked” Simplify101 on fb.

  17. DIY
    DIY says:

    They start off with their first tentative crawls, which then move into more energetic and confident shuffles across the carpet. Then, before you can even get over the amazement of these initial achievements, they start to stand. And then these wobbly steps turn into more confident strides and, once again – before even a blink of an eye – your little girl is walking and running around as though it’s something she has always done.


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