special guest today is professional organizer and writer Laurie Palau. She’s talking with
me about her new non-fiction book, HOT
MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized.
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podcast, This ORGANIZED Life, and author of the book HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized available in
paperback and kindle on amazon or Barnes
New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table
Magazine. Laurie can also be seen
sharing tips on the CBS Philadelphia’s Morning Show & WFMZ in Allentown,
PA. Whether speaking or working with clients Laurie is authentic, relatable,
inspiring, and highly entertaining.
County, PA with her husband Josh, 2 girls (Zoe and Logan) and 2 dogs (Jeter and
Oliver). She loves coffee and Tito’s
Vodka (not together), and in her spare time she is actively involved with The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for Pediatric Cancer Research.
free organizing checklists, links to her podcast, blog and social media.
share a little bit about your current release.
a quick-read survival guide to helping you get to the root of your clutter
issues so you can focus on specific strategies to navigate through the chaos of
clutter. It’s peppered with real life stories and anecdotes, keeping it
lighthearted, humorous, and informative.
What inspired you to write this book?
the years I’ve read lots of books about organizing, and the common theme was
either get rid of everything, or that you had to do something a certain
way. I wanted to write something that
was practical and relatable so the reader could go, “now THAT I can do!”
Excerpt from HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized:
too far, I think it’s important that we all get on the same page. For most
people, the word clutter conjures up scenes from Hoarders, or Grey Gardens with
its mazes of magazines lining the hallways. You may even imagine feral cats,
rodent droppings, and indistinguishable mounds of who-knows-what.
three fingers to spare) how many times I’ve encountered a true hoarder. Yup,
twice—you guessed it! It was very early in my career as a professional
organizer, and it didn’t take me long to realize it wasn’t the right fit for
me. It’s not so much that I was in over my head (no pun intended); the reality
is that their struggles go deeper than piles of paper, overflowing loads of
laundry, and rooms filled with toys. I am not a licensed psychologist, although
I often like to think of myself as one, and the level of help they need is
beyond what I can offer.
me. Their days are spent running between work, school, PTA meetings, soccer
practice, dance lessons, grocery shopping, overseeing homework, making dinner,
looking after ailing parents, and whatever else we can fit into our days.
a cluttered home, and with that, I can help.
What exciting story are you working on
next book will more than likely focus on digital clutter, since we are all
inundated with emails, photos, and social media overload!
When did you first consider yourself a
suppose when I started writing a column in 2010, but as far as considering
myself an author, that’s still a little weird to say!
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
the day I run my professional organizing business, Simply B Organized and host
a weekly podcast called, This ORGANIZED Life.
I do a lot of my writing at night and on the weekends, which is why my
book took so long to finish!
What would you say is your interesting
I talk to myself while I am writing.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
wanted to work in a flower shop like Janet in Three’s Company
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
you want to get an idea of what my book is about, check out my podcast, This
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