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!
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!
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 😉