Your New Lifestyle – Organization

Hello, hello! My name is Jen and I have an organized life. No, really, I do. It is more than just a habit – it is a lifestyle. I wear many different hats – Mom, Employee, Entrepreneur, Dance Mom, Daughter – just to name a few. I keep these different aspects of my life organized so that I don’t go crazy. Or run around like a chicken with my head cut off. And it isn’t as hard as you think.

This blog will help you organize your life, step by step, habit by habit.

Organization is a series of habits you choose to practice. Some habits are easy to implement. Others, not so much. But if you work at it, I have confidence that you will succeed. Why else am I here?

Why should you adopt organization as a lifestyle? I have a philosophy that has worked so far for me. An organized household will teach a child to be responsible and organized. Which in turn creates less chaos and stress for the parent. Which allows that parent to have more time for fun with the family.

I’m not talking about being a tiger mom and creating robotic children. But, if a child learns from a young age to clean up their own toys and put them away in the proper bins, maybe that will translate into the teenager remembering where he or she last had their math homework. Or sports uniform.

There is so much I want to share. But first, a little about me.

I’m a single mom. I currently have a full time job in addition to 2 Etsy shops, Rae Organizing You and Jen’s Tangled Threads. I’m a dance mom – my teenage son is a competitive dancer.

I was raised by a single mom who was organized, to put it mildly. Trust me, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree on that one. My brothers got her insane cooking skills. I got her organization skills. This is a woman who can pack up an entire house in less than a week, have all the boxes labeled and ready for the movers. Then haul 3 young children and 2 dogs through major airline terminals across an ocean into a foreign country and meet those boxes in a new house with movers who don’t speak English and manage to convey to them where each box goes. Then unpack the boxes and have the house in working order in a few days.

I do not exaggerate. My Mom is amazing. She now manages to wrangle a dance studio’s worth of teenage girls, itty bitty 2 and 3 year olds and first time dance parents through 4 shows and 2 dress rehearsals in 3 days. It is an art form.

I am the oldest of 3 kids. I went to college, then not knowing what I wanted to do, joined the Army for 4 years. After my divorce, I moved back home and started working for law firms in the Twin Cities. I also picked up crocheting and knitting and started a small business selling my finished products and, later, my own designs. While yarning is a passion of mine, it isn’t what defines me. What defines me is my ability to organize my life and help others organize their lives with small habits. That’s when I realized what I was meant to do in this life.

Whew! That’s a lot for 1 post. Until next time!

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