Hi, I’m Lauren! I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m a reformed hoarder who spent 5 years digging myself out of my mess. When I started decluttering, every horizontal space was covered with junk: the kitchen table was filled with bills and books, the kitchen counter was filled with dishes with caked on food, and our bedroom floor was covered with a giant pile of dirty clothes that we’d let grow for 3 or 4 weeks until we ran out of undies.
But worse than the state of my home was how I felt about it. I thought that my messy home meant I was lazy, unproductive or just plain stupid. I’d hear my friends talk about decluttering their entire home in a weekend and I’d wonder what was wrong with me.
You know what was wrong with me? Absolutely nothing. A messy home is just the result of your habits, which is great news, because habits can change.
I’m here to help you clean up your home and get rid of clutter by helping you break your emotional attachments to clutter. After all, you’re a smart cookie and can figure out the strategy for getting rid of things (you either need it or you don’t). The hard part is dealing with the emotional side of clutter, and that’s what I’m here to help you with.
If you have any questions, you can email me here: lauren (at) thissimplifiedhome (dot) com
Or you can send me a dm on Instagram (@thissimplifiedhome). I’d love to chat!
Fun facts about me:
- I lost my glasses while skydiving over a corn field.
- My husband and I fell in love while on a 4,000 mile road trip.
- We are completely debt-free (including our house).
- I love dancing and was doing mom dance moves long before I became a mom.
- I was the only solo act in my high school’s lip-sync competition.
- I’ve given birth to two babies at home.
- As a kid, I was so frugal I made my depression-era grandmother proud.
Why I started this blog
In 2015, I gave birth to my first son and almost immediately set on a journey to change my lifelong messiness. I read every book I could find (even started a book review channel), watched a ton of YouTube videos, and did a ton of experimentation.
I failed, A LOT.
I’d find something that worked, then life, babies, miscarriages, moving, and new jobs would get in the way and I’d be back at square one.
Except I wasn’t quite at square one.
My house might’ve looked as messy as it did when I started, but there was one key difference: my knowledge.
You see, as you go through this journey of decluttering and turning your home into a calm and peaceful space, you will have your ups and downs.
You will succeed…and you will fail. But with each failure comes knowledge. If you commit to picking yourself up and keep going with your newfound knowledge you will SUCCEED.
And success is sweet. Success is spending a relaxing, lazy afternoon with your kids without an inner monologue telling you all the things that have to be done. It’s knowing that you have food in the fridge and enough toilet paper to last the week.
Success means freeing up a lot of mental space that is currently devoted to negative thoughts. Success means using this newfound mental space to plan special activities with your kids, pick up an old hobby or start a new business.
You can do this! I’m here to help.