Lately, I’ve been craving a digital detox. A break from all the notifications, distractions & clutter that work its way into my life through my computer & phone, preventing me from being able to focus & live mindfully. I feel the need to starve all the distractions so that I can restore some balance and begin to feed my focus again. It’s something that I feel the need to do at least once a year. However, as the boundaries blur more easily with the integration of technology into our lives, the more often I crave opportunities to disconnect from everything.
Several years ago I vacationed in California and drove down the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Along the way, I stayed a couple nights in a small cabin on the side of a mountain in Big Sur. There was a limited supply of electric each day, a wood stove and a telephone with a cord that plugged into the wall (that was probably the first time I used a phone like that in 10 years). There was no cell phone reception, no wi-fi, no internet whatsoever. It was rustic, charming, peaceful and restorative. While I always felt I had a reasonable relationship with technology, this trip reminded me of the true benefit of disconnecting. *SIGH* It would be amazing to be back in the place right now (however, to be honest, I could do without the spiders this time 🙈).
Since I’m far from having an opportunity to be in a location like that where I’m forced to disconnect, I’m going to make it happen for myself. I’m taking the next 7 days to do a summer digital detox and I’d love for you to join me. All you need to do is watch this week’s video where I’m sharing a little background on how I like to approach a digital detox, as well as some insight on multitasking, our enemy FOMO and our friend JOMO (inspired by one of my favorite podcasts, ‘Note to Self’). Then, simply follow me on Instagram (@JeffreyPhillipJP) and join the challenge by following my Instagram stories for the next week. It’s going to be easy, fun and restorative – promise! 😊
I hope that you find this week’s video to be inspiring, as well as empowering. If you do, please click the thumbs up button, share it with family and friends, and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so we can continue our discussions about organized living. Thanks so much and I hope to see you on Instagram!
I really love me some ice cream and since yesterday was National Ice Cream Day, I just had to have my favorite sweet treat. To join the celebration in a fun and special way, I decided to go LIVE on Instagram for the very first time while trying to make ice cream in a bag, which is also something I had never, ever done before! I mean, why not try two new things at once, right?
Growing up the only way we made homemade ice cream was with a machine, lots of ice and rock salt. However, I recently discovered some simpler methods that sounded right up my alley. One of the methods (which also seems super easy) requires a mixer, which, unfortunately, I don’t have at this time. However, the most basic method I found only requires some Ziploc bags! So, I dug around the internet a little more to read a few recipes and comments and put together a concoction of my own.
I was really excited to be trying out this easy-peasy recipe and was also looking forward to saving the video so I could share it with you. However, since it was the very first time I went LIVE on Instagram, I missed pressing the “save” link on the videos. 🙄 So, all I have to share with you is the photo above. Total bummer. Mi dispiace. 😕
Regardless of the technical snafu, it was a lot of fun to go LIVE and test out this super simple recipe. I highly recommend having some fun and making ice cream with this method… even if you have an ice cream maker. It’s an old-school change of pace, and, if you have kids, I bet they will have fun with it, too! Give it a whirl sometime this summer and enjoy!
Oh, and if you aren’t already doing so, follow me on Instagram so that you can say hi next time I go LIVE! 😁
Ice Cream Made in a Bag
Hey there, friends! 👋🏼 You may recall that in several of my recent videos I’ve been mentioning things like “organized living,” an “organized lifestyle” and how the work I do is not just about organization or design… that it is about a lifestyle. I even referenced this notion in a quote I shared yesterday on Instagram and Facebook, which stated: “Organizing is a journey, not a destination.”
For many of us, organizing isn’t something that we approach in this manner. We approach it as a task that has a finite end point and that there is a day in our future when it will all be done. We will receive a gold star and finally be able to feel settled and “caught up” on life. However, instead, we feel like we’re on a hamster wheel never… getting… to… the… end. 😩 Don’t worry… you’re not alone in this feeling… I know it quite well. 🙄
In fact, even though I know and believe that organizing is a journey… an evolving methodology… a lifestyle (which I have embodied for decades), I still need to remind myself that all the tasks won’t ever be done and how that’s not what it’s all about (that compulsion is just my anxiety talking). Living an organized life or having an organized lifestyle isn’t something you step into once all your to-do list items are complete. It’s actually much simpler than that. It just takes a little bit or awareness, which starts with 4 key words that constitute my definition of “organizing,” as well as an “organized lifestyle.” By being mindful of these 4 words I guarantee that organization will very easily creep its way into your life and begin to have a positive impact on your daily living.
Part of the organizing journey is being inspired, learning and evolving to continue to make life easier. All we need to do is be open to the changes and new ideas. Just remember, that like anything new it takes a little patience to try things out, adjust to the newness and have it feel second nature. However, as many of my clients have told me, once the benefits are felt they don’t know why they didn’t start thinking and living this way sooner.
There’s obviously so much more to talk about on this topic, but I hope that you find this video to be an inspiring step on your organizing journey. If you do, please click the thumbs up button, share it with family and friends, and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so we can continue our discussion about organizing & organized living!
Hey, Friends! 👋🏼 Happy 4th of July!🇺🇸 I hope that you’re all having a great holiday weekend and enjoying some celebratory time honoring the USA with the ones you love. This past weekend I spent some time with very dear friends at their annual 4th of July pool party, and boy was I glad to be by a pool! It was SO hot this year! Rain or shine, I always look forward to this party. It feels like the kick-off to summer, I get to spend time with some great people and indulge in some delicious food. The party is organized as a potluck so we all bring something yummy to add to the mix, and this year I brought one of my favorite snacks… a super easy tzatziki dip.
This is a great, healthy summer dip that I often snack on or serve with sliced raw veggies, pita, pretzels, even blue corn chips. It also makes a great spread for burgers, sandwiches, grilled pork…mmmm…. the pairing options are endless! It’s quick to throw together and is always a hit – it’s so popular among my friends and family that I actually now make it all year long (for them as well as myself 😉). However, it always seems to taste especially satisfying on a hot summer day, which is why I decided to bring it this past weekend, as well as why I’m hanging out in the kitchen today to show you how to make it!
Now, if you didn’t already know, I love to cook and I spend a fair amount of time playing in the kitchen (which could be why organizing a kitchen is always one of my favorite spaces to work on… who knows 🤔). Naturally, when I am in the kitchen I’m still thinking about my principles of organized living. I’m always on the lookout for easy ways to keep my diet healthy, create better eating routines, as well as discover new ways to save time and make cooking a little easier for all of us. This dip really hits all those markers for me because it’s healthy, easy and super quick to whip up.
Full disclosure… this is one of first recipe demos… EVER! 😳 While I did share two recipes last year during the 12 Days of Neatness (the JP. Ginger Firenog and the Holiday Hummus), the cocktail wasn’t a complicated demo and the hummus… well, I only talked through the recipe. So, this is kind of a big step. It may not be as smooth as I envisioned, but I hope that you still enjoy the video and are inspired to make some of your very own delicious tzatziki! 😋 If you do enjoy the video and your mouth starts to water, please do me a favor… click the thumbs up button, share it with family and friends, and be sure to subscribe to my channel so we can have some more fun together next week! Until then, happy birthday, America! 🇺🇸
Super Easy Tzatziki Recipe
P.S. – This is my base recipe, but I always play with the proportions when I make it depending on how my taste buds are feeling. There is no right or wrong equation since the flavors are all to taste… just have fun with it and enjoy! 😊
As you know, I recently went through some major life changes, which involved moving into my new apartment. Now, we all know that moving isn’t the most fun thing… although, I guess I shouldn’t say that so quickly… I mean, I love helping my clients, friends and family when they move. They are actually some of the most fun projects. I love setting up a new space, being creative, figuring out new solutions to make a space work better, as well as simply providing some helpful moving day tips. However, when you’re the person going through the move it can be incredibly overwhelming, stressful and anxiety inducing. Just the thought of it can be enough to make you want to pull out your hair! 😱 Moving is a complete upheaval of our lives, which can cause us to feel unstable for a period of time until our home is settled and feels, well, like home again. 🏡
Since I recently went through the process of moving myself (with all the feels), as well as having done this work with clients for nearly 10 years, I thought I would share 5 of my favorite moving day tips with you (along with a special bonus tip that is a little quirk of my own… but works very well in my life for making my space feel settled and complete 😊 ). No matter how big or small your move may be, and whether you are moving into your first apartment after college or across the country with your family… I think you will find these moving day tips super easy to do, as well as helpful in easing the chaos during your time of transition and making you feel at home a little faster.
I hope you enjoy this video & find it to be helpful as you plan for your next move. If you do, please do me a favor… click the thumbs up button, share it with family and friends, and be sure to subscribe to my channel so we can see each other again next week!
Hey there, friends! 👋🏼 Before I share this week’s update, I want to take a moment to thank you for watching the videos over the past couple weeks and for all your supportive and encouraging comments on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. They have meant so much to me and I really appreciate you taking the time from your day to hear more about my story and join me on my journey. 😊
As I mentioned several weeks ago, I wanted to kick off my new video series on YouTube by sharing 3 special videos about me, my life and my home. The reason I decided to begin things this way is because despite having successfully been doing this work for almost a decade with clients and various media/brand partners, I haven’t really shared my story with you. I felt that if I’m going to ask you to follow me – to be a friend – that you should know a little bit more about me, why this work is so special to me, as well as why I believe that the work I do and the things I discuss aren’t just about organization and design. They are about a lifestyle. This is all much bigger conversation that extends outside of the spaces where we live into who we are and how we live on a daily basis.
In the first video, I shared my love for home and how my career has really been a lifetime in the making. In the second, I gave an unexpected, but fun house tour and talked about the big changes in my life this year… the ending of my relationship with my partner and moving into my new apartment. Today, in this third video, I’m talking about how anxiety has been a part of my life since I was a child, how it has helped & hindered me throughout my life, as well as helped shape my career. I’m also talking about how my anxiety has affected me recently with the ending of my relationship & starting anew.
This is probably the most personal thing I have ever shared on social media so, as you might expect, it caused a great deal of anxiety to create and share. So, why did I feel the need to do it? Well, because it reinforces growth and because I think we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about things like this. I truly believe that the more we can talk about our humanity & things of this nature, the more we can relate to one another & help one another. There is no reason to be afraid of sharing our true selves and the things we struggle with… they do not equal weakness, and, in fact, can sometimes turn into great strengths. 🙌🏼
I hope you enjoy the video & will join me in the conversation. Also, please don’t forget to click the thumbs up button if you like the video & be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel! I have so many other great videos planned covering topics all around the home, as well as how to bring more balance into our lives and live more mindfully. I can’t wait to share them with you!