If you have ever felt overwhelmed by clutter and chaos or simply wanted to learn how to organize your home, this post is for you. Laura is a blogger and author who chronicles the life of an organizing junkie and attempts to get others “hooked” along with her. She has graciously stopped by our blog today for a little Q&A with us.
1. Your blog (orgjunkie.com) is quite popular and seems to be the go-to place for organization tips. How did you get started with blogging and did you ever anticipate that you would have such a
I started my blog 5 years ago now, when my youngest was just six months old, for something to do and to connect with other moms. At the time I had no idea what a hot topic organizing was, I just knew how much I loved doing it and wanted to share that passion with others. My friends all thought my habit was a little strange so it was nice to find people out there that appreciated this love of mine and that I could help in some small way. I anticipated going back to work outside the home when my baby turned one but blogging turned out to be such a blessing in more ways than one when it became a part time job for me. This allowed me to stay home with my son, something I didn’t have the opportunity to do with my oldest two children. My blog has continued to grow over the years and I’m just so grateful for that. It’s really taken me by surprise to be honest.
2. Have you always been an "organizing junkie"?
Oh gosh no, just ask my mom! I was a very messy teenager. At the time it didn’t bother me though so it never occurred to me that there could be another way. It wasn’t until I lived in a 900 square foot rancher (no basement) with a husband, two kids and a dog that stuff really began to drive
me nuts. Stuff without “homes” turn into piles and piles turn into cluttered messes. I remember having to get very creative with space in that home. The day that I turned a coat closet into an office was a turning point for me. It was my a-ha moment when I realized that even though this wasn’t conventional it worked for me and that’s what mattered most. It wasn’t someone else’s idea of what an organized home should look like, it was how it worked for my family that counted. To see so much fit into such a tiny space was so rewarding and dare I say fun! It became quite the addiction for me, hence the name of my blog, I’m an Organizing Junkie.
3. You've recently wrote a book (congrats!) -- I remember reading a post where you said that writing a book wasn't something you had ever planned. How did your book deal come about?
No writing a book was never something I dreamed of doing. In fact I still have trouble calling myself an author! My publisher found me through my blog and contacted me to find out if I’d be interested. I turned him down. Yes I really did. My husband had just lost his job and was relocating to another province for work leaving me at home to hold down the fort with the kids until school finished for the year. I knew my hands would be full. However my publisher persisted and proposed instead a simple easy to read organizing tip book rather than a full on wordy book. I liked the sound of that as it’s something I knew I would read myself and so I agreed.
4. How did you find the book writing process? Easy, hard, fun? Or a combination of a bunch of different feelings?
To be honest it was a lot harder than I had anticipated. Writing doesn’t come easy for me and it would literally take me hours to write one tip. There were days I wanted to just give up. I hung in there though, with the support of many people, and completed it right on my deadline. I’m very proud of that and I think it was a wonderful lesson for my kids to see. Pushing through our fears and what’s comfortable is possible with some perseverance, determination, deadlines and prayer.
5. Do you have any advice or encouragement for people who claim that being organized just isn't in their blood?
Well I don’t really buy into the theory that it isn’t in our blood as I don’t think I have any special organizing gene or anything. Yes I have a passion for it that other’s may not but anyone can do it. They just have to learn the skills needed to do it and that’s what I teach in my book. The two key elements to organizing any space are knowing the process to follow and the ability to make decisions. This last one I think is where people get stuck most often but with practice it does get much easier.
6. Do you have a simple tip that you'd like to share with our readers?
Start small. It’s as simple as that. Feeling overwhelmed with all that needs to be done can be debilitating and lead to procrastination. Break your tasks down into bite size manageable steps. For instance, don’t keep reminding yourself that you need to organize your office. Instead make a list
of all the things that need to be done inside your office in order to reach your goal of an organized space. One drawer, closet, file and/or pile at a time.
7. What's next for you and orgjunkie.com?
This year I’ve introduced a new challenge on my blog that will help readers with their own organizational journeys over the course of the entire year. It’s called 52 Weeks of Organizing and it is designed to have you accomplish
one small organizing task per week. Bite size portions, one week at a time. However, from the feedback I’m already getting, what seems to be happening is that once people get started (and let’s face it that can be the hardest part sometimes) and experience that sense of order and calm that
comes with an organized space, they want to keep going and end up doing more! My goal is to get everyone “hooked” on organizing right along with me!
Laura, thank you for chatting with us about your new book: Clutter Rehab: 101 Tips and Tricks to Become an Organization Junkie and Love It! and for giving us a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at your blog.
Thanks so much for having me here today!
Laura is a wife and mother to three great kids, lives in Alberta, Canada and is an addict of all things organizing, especially containers. She is addicted to the “high” that comes with living a life of order and simplicity and is always looking for her next "fix". You can find her blogging regularly and sharing her passion over at I'm an Organizing Junkie, and her organizing book, Clutter Rehab: 101 Organizing Tips & Tricks to Become an Organization Junkie and Love It!