Jeffrey Phillip

Living with Anxiety & Starting Over

Published June 20, 2017 JP Home,Philosophy 4 Comments

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!

xo 😘


 

Home Tour: Welcome to my New York City Apartment

Published June 13, 2017 JP Home,News 12 Comments

Hello, friends! 👋🏼 I hope that you’re having a happy Tuesday and that you enjoyed my video from last week. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to talk about why I love home so much, what home means to me & why my career has kind of been a lifetime in the making.

As promised, this week I’m opening the door to my New York City apartment and giving you a tour of my home! I want to pull back the curtains a bit more and share some more updates with you by showing you the current state of my home, as well as talking about the current state of my life. This year has brought on a lot of changes… starting with the ending of my relationship with my partner. It’s been a rough year that has been filled with a lot of transitions, changes and, well… just simply starting over. While it continues to get better every day, there’s still a lot of work to be done on me, as well as my home.

Now, before you watch, I have to say that I’m willing to bet that my home won’t be exactly what you would expect from a professional organizer and interior designer. It may actually shock you a bit… haha! I promise this isn’t the norm for me. However, I hope you enjoy seeing the space and that you can have a chuckle or two with me. I also hope that you will join me on the journey of starting over and rebuilding my life and my home. I’m really excited about what’s to come and all the fun things I’m going to be sharing with you in the coming months. If you enjoy the video, don’t forget to click the thumbs up button and subscribe to my channel!

xo 😘
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My Love for Home & What Homes Means to Me

Published June 6, 2017 News No Comments

Hello, friends! 👋🏼 How are you? It’s been SO long since I’ve posted an update that I actually locked myself out of my blog this morning when I went to login. 😕 It turns out that I totally forgot I had changed my login info… oops! 🙄 Haha! Nevertheless, I’m here now, successfully logged in and ready to start sharing more regularly. There’s been a lot of stuff happening over the past couple years and especially in the past several months. I’ll be sure to get you up-to-speed on some of these tidbits in the coming posts.

One of the exciting bits of news I have to share is that I’m finally taking the plunge with my YouTube channel! What does that mean? Well, it means that you’re going to see my smiling face more regularly. I’m going to be creating weekly videos so that I can share more ideas and tips (#JPtips) about design, organization and all the things I love about home. To kick off this whole new series/venture, I have 3 special videos that I’m going to be sharing with you over the next 3 weeks to tell you a little more about me, my home & my life. Today, I’m starting by talking a little more about why I love home so much, what home means to me & why my career has been a lifetime in the making 😊 I’m so happy to begin this new journey with you… I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe!

xo 😘
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The 12 Days of Neatness | Holiday Tips & Gift Ideas

Published December 1, 2015 Decorating,Gifts,Holiday,Seasonal,Uncategorized No Comments

Jeffrey Phillip's The 12 Days of Neatness - 2015

It is December first, which means the holiday season is officially here, and that it is the first day of the 12 Days of Neatness, my own little holiday gift guide.

Since beginning the 12 Days of Neatness in 2013, each year I’ve shared 12 of my favorite product finds from throughout the year that I felt made useful, thoughtful and neat gifts. I posted these neat finds here on my blog, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest (if you haven’t started following me, please do so immediately! What have you been waiting for? 😉 ). This year I decided to take the 12 Days of Neatness to the next level by creating short videos with some helpful holiday tips in addition to those neat gift ideas.

So join me over the next 12 days as I post all of this festive holiday goodness to my Facebook and YouTube channels. Let me know what you think, and feel free to share some of your favorite tips and gift ideas for the holidays, too! I would love to hear from you! Oh, and don’t forget to share all this goodness with everyone you know 😉  


 

Jeffrey Phillip + Lilla P. Command Brand Organizing Products Giveaway!

Published May 7, 2014 Events,Seasonal 1 Comment

Pauline Nakios + Jeffrey Phillip at Lilla P Get Organized Event

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure to co-host a special #SpringCleanse event in the apartment of Lilla P. founder and creative director Pauline Nakios. The lively evening was filled with closet cleansing conversation to welcome in the Spring season.  Take a look at some photos from the gorgeous event on Facebook (you may even spy some up close photos of my organizing mastery).

To help our guests kick start the organizing season we put together a gift bag filled with organizational wares.  In addition to some gifts from Lilla P., Command (a brand I use in almost every organizing project I do) was kind enough to donate some of my favorite products.  Thinking of YOU, I snagged an extra bag to give away to one lucky reader in the Jeffrey Phillip + Lilla P. Command Brand Organizing Products Giveaway!

To enter to win this gift bag full of wonderful goodies, please do the following:

Make sure you are following me on Twitter @jeffreyphillip. (You’ll get lots of #jptips, and I love hearing from you! Plus, I promise never to tweet about ridiculous nonsense like Kim and Kanye’s wedding.)

Then tweet the following message:

I want to get #neat w/@jeffreyphillip, @LillaPnyc & @CommandBrand! Give me that goodie bag to help me get organized. http://jptips.co/1kV2p9q

Not on Twitter?  Don’t fret.  Alternately you can enter by posting a photo to Instagram of a space in your home that could use some organizing help. Just be sure to follow and tag me @jeffrey_phillip.

We’ll notify one winner chosen at random Friday, May 16.  Good luck and may the most ambitious spring cleaner win!


 

6 Places To Organize More Easily

Published April 11, 2014 Bathroom,Children,Kitchen,Storage,Toys 3 Comments

Last week I was scrolling through my Facebook and I came across the Good Housekeeping article – “6 Places We’re NOT Organizing Anymore.”  Naturally, it caught my attention and I, of course, quietly gasped.  What areas could they be talking about? I asked myself.  I immediately clicked on the article to see what over 1,000 people “liked.”

As I read the article it all made sense and I knew where the author, Lauren Piro, was coming from.  The areas she confronted are a constant struggle for many of us so I completely understand sending up the white flag.  And, to Lauren’s credit, leaving these areas disorganized is not going to prevent you from reaching your ultimate goals in life.  However, as the person who comes in when these areas become overrun with clutter and cause daily frustration, I can attest to the fact that some level of organization is necessary.  After all, organization is about making your life easier by living lighter and more efficiently.

All of this got me thinking… maybe we need to address some of these areas in a more simplistic way and just get real about the level of organization needed to make life easier and not add more work to the to-do list.

So, here’s what I have for those who would still like to have a little order to their chaos…

  • Junk Drawer – It doesn’t have to be perfect, but a junk drawer still needs to be manageable so you can find a 9volt battery when you need it.  A junk drawer can easily and quickly be organized by dividing it into sections with drawer dividers and keeping similar items together (e.g. batteries, pens/pencils, office supplies, tools, etc.)

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Phillip


  • Photos – I completely agree with Lauren that many of us don’t have time to scrapbook (I know I personally don’t); however, printed photos in a box will never get looked at and they will only take up space.  Don’t even bother printing them.  Drop them into an online photo album that can easily be shared or printed into a beautiful book with the few clicks of a mouse.  The book will take up less space, look great as a decorative accessory and be easier to flip through.


Photo Credit: Moleskin Milkbooks


  • Laundry Room – While we don’t entertain in the laundry room, we do want to make it a pleasant place to be.  After all, many of us don’t enjoy the task of laundry so it’s important to keep the space looking good so that we can keep ourselves motivated and so that there is enough space to work in the room.  Using decorative bins for loose items is a simple way to remove the visual clutter from open shelves.  Tidying up the space on a regular basis will keep the piles of clothes at bay, the dust to a minimum (in what can be a very dusty room) and keep you on top of your detergent and pre-treater levels so you always have back-up supplies.


Photo Credit: Four Generations One Roof


  • Kids Play Area – Organizational skills can be taught at a very young age.  While it is not the end of the world if My Little Pony gets put with the animal figurines, the play space will always become a disaster if the munchkins are tearing about the whole area looking for something that isn’t in its proper home.  Keeping items in their home will make life easier and will teach kids the benefits of organization at a young age.  Keep them involved in clean-up time so they become responsible for being able to find things.  Staying on top of this type of work on a regular basis (even once a week) prevents things from getting out of control later and creating one of the most overwhelming and time consuming sorting and organizing projects you will ever encounter. (Check out my Springpad Notebook “Organize the Play Space” for tips on making over your child’s play space.)
  •  Nail Polish – Sorting through 10 or 15 colors every time you paint your nails can be annoying to say the least.  I’ve witnessed many of my friends’ and clients’ chaotic drawers/bins and the process they go through to find the color they want.  Keep the colors neat and tidy by taking a Q-tip and dabbing the color on top of the lid.  This way you won’t have to pull out every single nail polish to find what you want and you’ll easily be able to keep the colors in order.


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  •  Serving & Cooking Utensils – Purging is always helpful, but even after a purge you may still be rifling through things to find what you want.  Using drawer dividers, split the drawer into sections to easily organize the items you use on a regular basis (if you have more than one drawer, use one for baking utensils and one for cooking utensils).  Then, put the once or twice a year items in a canister that gets stored in the pantry.  After all, you don’t want to be without that turkey baster come Thanksgiving.

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