Finding Time to Organize

Finding Time to Organize & Lavender Lemon Martinis

Does finding time to organize your home seem like an impossible task?

Between the cooking and the cleaning and chauffeuring and occasional sleeping, where do we find time to fit it all in? That is exactly the question my guest was asking on today’s episode.

Jessi works full time as a nurse and is currently finishing up an additional nursing degree. AND she has an 8 year old daughter and a husband and a home and some cats and she’s a girl scout leader and…well, you get the picture. She’s a little overwhelmed. Since her schooling will be finished soon, she knows she would like to focus on getting her home in order. It is a priority since she will be spending more time there.

This discussion started when Jessi filled out my show survey. And I want to invite you to stop over and tell me about the struggles you are having in your home. Chances are if you are having an issue, another struggling mama is having that issue too! And maybe you can even come chat with me on a future episode. You can find the show survey below.


  • When you are behind on tasks…you aren’t the only solution to finish the project. Remember the 4 D’s when it comes to finishing a project: you can do it, delegate it, delete it or delay it based on other priorities.
  • Also consider the cost of your time. Is it worth your time to run all over to get a few bucks to sell something? Or should you just cut you losses and move on?
  • In any successful organizing project you are going to have 5 steps: sorting, purging, finding a location and containers, and maintaining the space. Rather than thinking of your project as one step, consider each of these steps a separate task.
  • Put each step in the organizing process on your calendar as a separate task. You are a busy mom. You are not going to get a full basement cleanout or toy room reorganization done in one day. So add the individual tasks to your calendar.
  • If you are still struggling with getting the parts of your project done, find some sort of accountability. It could be a person texting or calling you to follow up. Or just a reminder on your phone to take the donations and drop them off on a day you are near the drop off.
  • Before you get excited about tackling some new and fun and exciting, finish up those loose ends. We are really good at starting but not as good at finishing. That is part of the reason we get behind.
  • If you find clutter collecting in specific areas, ask yourself: 1) do I really need to keep this and 2) does it have a place to go. Make a specific, dedicated place for things you are keeping. Then when you go to tidy up, you can put it away rather than just moving it to another counter or box.
  • It’s very important to Jessi to teach her daughter organizing and decluttering skills. As she moves forward with her projects, she is going to look for ways to teach her about storage limits. And how to decide what is truly important and precious to her.
  • My final recommendation for Jessi is to focus her limited time on creating one dedicated space in her home that fits her vision of an organized home. She needs to really work to create and maintain this sanctuary for herself. And use her enjoyment of that space to propel her into the other projects in her home. Once she finishes school, of course.

Recommended Links

  • Hanging File Pockets…great for storing kid’s art and school work while creating a limited space
  • Show Survey….Click here to tell me about an organizing struggle you are having so I can help you out on a future episode.

Lavender Lemon Martinis

As delicious to drink as it is pretty to look at.


  • 1/2 oz Lavender Simple Syrup *see below
  • 1 oz Viniq
  • 1 1/2 oz Citrus Vodka
  • Ice
  • Lemon Twist for garnish
  • Sugar for rim

Lavender Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil Food Grade


  • Combine all liquid ingredients over ice in cocktail shaker. Shake well.
  • Strain into sugar rimmed martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist. Enjoy!

Lavender Simple Syrup

  • Combine water and sugar in sauce pan over medium heat. 
  • Simmer over medium heat until edges start to bubble and liquid looks clear-ish. Remove from heat.
  • Add drops of lavender essential oil and let cool. Once cool, store in glass jar.

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