6 Ways to Live a Functional Life

Just before I started my business, I began to realize that my reaction to stress as a child was to self-soothe through organizing. I knew that if it worked for me, it would work for others too.

Something I have discovered along the way is that when your living and working areas are organized and decluttered, your mind is quieter. You aren’t planning for your meeting at 3 pm, but also wondering when you’ll have time to go through your jam-packed closet. Or having a fight with your spouse, then sulking in a packed guest bedroom instead of a self-made sanctuary.

Being organized just makes life easier. And if you’re like me, you welcome easy. Life is tough, so why not take a load off anywhere we can.

So, here are a few things that have helped me along the way…

1. You need a schedule. And I mean for EVERYTHING. For cleaning, for chores, for tasks, for fun, or for self-care. Of course, mix and match as you see fit. The main point to take away is that people thrive when their life is in order.

2. Don’t try to tackle everything at once. Go closet by closet or room by room when organizing/purging your home. And it’s okay if you don’t get to finish what you started! Put it to the side until you find another bracket of time to continue the process. And pat yourself on the back that you were able to accomplish what you did!

3. Your mindset is everything. If you’re not ready to let things go, you’ll hold onto them until you are. So, ask yourself questions. When is the last time I used this? Will anyone want it if I die? (morbid, but real!) Do I have multiples of this item?

4. To-do lists are a gift from God. When you’ve got 1,500 things you need to accomplish before the end of the year and they’re all floating around in your head, write them down! You will be so proud of yourself when you start to see those things marked off one by one.

5. Use your calendar! Going to get your nails done on Friday at 2:00 pm? Write it down. Giving your time to specific things gives your mind room to rest. If you do it this way, you don’t have to worry about what you may be missing.

6. Give yourself grace and make time for YOU. Insert all of the “you can’t help others unless you help yourself” quotes.

Life isn’t about perfection – it’s about finding the best solutions to everyday problems. Start here and let the journey to an organized mind begin!


Hello! I'm the owner and one of the professional home organizer at Organizer With Lia LLC. Organizing and writing are what excites me and what I love to do for others. It’s my way of giving back that gives me something greater in return.

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Lia Brady

Professional Organizer

Hello! I’m the owner and one of the professional home organizers at Organize With Lia LLC serving Birmingham, Huntsville, AL


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