A decorating project can be a lot of fun! It’s a great opportunity to be creative, shop for some new things and make an old room feel brand new. It brings a sense of accomplishment and pride. We start out saying, “Yea, I can do that!” And, finish saying, “look at what I did!” 🙌🏼
DIY home decorating is not as simple (or boring) as it used to be. You have access to pretty much all the same resources and inspiration that I do, which is incredible! However, having so many options readily accessible online and in stores can cause some confusion about where to start decorating. Do you start with wallpaper? How about an area rug? Maybe upholstery fabric? A simple paint color?
Over the years, I have been asked this question quite a bit and I have also read about it in magazines and design blogs, as well as discussed it with colleagues (and clients). To be honest, there are a variety of answers out there, and I really don’t think any one of them is right or wrong.
I’m sure that leaves you thinking right now, “great… thanks for the help, Jeffrey.🙄 That didn’t clear up a thing.” Well, I promise that I explain more in the video above and give you specifics as to where to begin this creative process, where NOT to begin, and where I started with decorating my apartment. This video actually builds on what I talked about in a video I shared a couple weeks ago about starting a decorating project with lists and showing you how to draw a floor plan to scale. That video explained where to begin from the practical/technical side, where as this video talks about where to begin from the creative side. 🌈
I hope that this video helps guide you along on your decorating journey. If it does, please be sure to click that “thumbs up” button after watching, share it with someone else who you know is starting a decorating project and don’t’ forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel! Enjoy & happy decorating!
You guys! Did you know that it’s National Simplify Your Life Week? I am slightly embarrassed to say that, despite my passion for simplifying life, I had no idea this week existed! A friend of mine told me about it yesterday and I think I had a simultaneous reaction of my mouth dropping open in shock and bouncing in my seat with excitement! Who knew we could celebrate such a fabulous mission for a week?
I know, you’re probably rolling your eyes as you read this since there are national celebration weeks and days for nearly anything you can think of. 🙄 In fact, just several weeks ago I was posting about National Ice Cream Day (which I must say was a very delicious day 😋 )! Upon some further investigation today, I found a large list of national days we can celebrate or just………………. Some of the upcoming days that you may (or may not) like to know exist are Eat Outside Day, Pluto Demoted Day, World Photo Day, Be an Angel Day, Happiness Happens Day, Lazy Day, and Mail Order Catalog Day. I know… some of these days…. oy! You should see the whole list!
Okay, but seriously… given my love for simplifying life… I really can’t pass up the opportunity to give a shout out to this special week that observes such a positive mission. So in honor of my new favorite week of the year, I’m doing a #throwback on this Thursday to my #TossItTuesday playlist on my YouTube channel. 😁 If you aren’t familiar with what #TossItTuesday is, please take a few moments to watch my video above, which explains one of my favorite days of the week. Then, continue to watch the other videos from over the past year to inspire your mission to simplify your life, as well as give you a little chuckle!
Hey, friends! 👋🏼 Recently, I shared a video where I talked about living with anxiety and how that anxiety flared-up this year with the changes I have had going on in my life… from the ending of my relationship with my partner to moving into my new apartment. It’s been a lot, but I’m making it through 😊 and sincerely appreciate the messages of support and love that I received in response to that video. 🤗 Today, I want to share a little update on the anxiety situation and let you know some of the things that I’ve been doing lately to help manage my anxiety, as well as why I was inspired to discuss this publicly.
As I mentioned in my post several weeks ago, creating and sharing a video on this topic causes a great deal of anxiety (and, to be honest… many of the things I put out in the world do). However, I felt the need to share my original video on anxiety, as well as this one, because I believe it’s an important conversation to have and something that we shouldn’t hide in the dark. It’s nothing to be ashamed of and, as I said before, this thing that can be looked at as a weakness… has also been a strength for me. Now, that doesn’t mean living life with anxiety is easy-peasy. It’s actually quite the contrary because that strength can also be exhausting, scary, overwhelming, depressing, and… indescribable. I feel lucky to be able to say that throughout my life I’ve had a strong drive to fight against the darker parts of anxiety and push forward… toward the light… toward growth…. toward healing.
As you’ll hear more about in this video, I was inspired to open up about this in the spring (Mother’s Day to be exact) when I came across Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram post where she was talking about the Child Mind Institute. I immediately started looking into the organization, began following their #MyYoungerSelf campaign and knew I wanted to get involved. I ended up sending them my original anxiety video and was invited to be part of the expansion of the #MyYoungerSelf campaign, which will feature people from around the world sharing their stories and what they would tell their younger self. I’m incredibly honored to be a part of this campaign but really excited to help keep this conversation going.
Please take a moment to watch this week’s video, check out the Child Mind Institute and join me in this important conversation. Also, please don’t forget… click the thumbs up button if you find this video to be helpful… share it with someone who you think might also enjoy it… and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel! I’m currently working on a bunch of new organizing and decorating videos as I’m finally starting to work on my apartment some more. I can’t wait to share the transformation process with you!
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!
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 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 that 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!