Getting Organized to Get Organized

Getting Organized to Get Organized & Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

Want to get organized in 2020? This episode is for you!

I’m kicking off 2020 with my January “Getting Organized to…” series. Over the next 4 weeks, I’ll be chatting with experts about how to organized yourself to get organized, meet your fitness goals, reduce debt, and eating healthier. Because organizing is about more than arranging your stuff. It’s about planning ahead and staying invested to reach your goals.

Here’s a little about today’s guests before you hear their tips. Lori Cela founded Time 4 Organizing as a way to combine my lifelong passion for organizing with the deep desire to help others. She’s a mom of 3 who enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and cooking. Kelly Beutler is the owner of The Joyful Sort, mother of boys, donut aficionado, occasional yogi, and of course, lover of all things organized. In fact, her 12th birthday gift was a closet organization system. Both Lori and Kelly are from around Columbus Ohio which makes it super fun because we can get together and discuss all things organizing and cocktails together. This is actually the second time I’ve kicked off the year talking with them. You can hear their goal setting tips from my Season 2 premiere by clicking the button below.


Kelly suggests a “brain dump” to get all the ideas out of your head and on a piece of paper. This helps you figure out all the things you would like to do, which tasks are a priority, and where to start. 

Lori suggests answering questions like “Will you be working alone” “Will you hire someone or asking family/friends for help?” “Where are your hot spots?” “How much time do you actually have to dedicate to working on this each week?” Answering these questions helps you formulate your plan of action.


Want to improve your chances of organizing success? Ease your way into any changes you are making. And here are tips from our experts… Lori suggests you become very clear why is it you want to get organized. Also, make the steps to reach this goal measurable. Put actions to move your organizing goal forward on the calendar to confirm your action move your toward your goal. Finally, work with the habits you already have rather than reinventing the wheel. If you’re not a morning person, don’t plan to change your morning routine to tackle your organizing projects first thing in the morning.

Kelly recommends starting with something simple that isn’t emotionally attached like a junk drawer or medicine cabinet. Starting small will help you feel accomplished and build confidence to move toward those tougher, more emotional projects.


Quitter’s Day is January 17th. Supposedly, up to 80% of ambitious goal setter with quit their resolutions by this day. But we have great tips to keep you motivated. Kelly suggests remembering your “why”. What prompted you to say this is the year you are going to get organized? Create a phrase or a vision board to remind you of your inspiration. Post it somewhere you can see it. Write your goal every day. Revisit it when you are feeling unmotivated.

Lori says to remember that you are not alone! Others are feeling the same way you are right now. Find a friend, coach, trainer, or some sort of support staff to give you a pep talk. They keep you going. They hold you accountable. And a bit of positivity and accountability can go a long way to keeping you motivated.

Finally, both Lori and Kelly agree that small rewards like a trip to Starbucks or new tennis shoes to replace the 12 you donated. Don’t just buy things to buy them. But if a new shirt that makes you feel beautiful motivates you to donate 12 that don’t, we all agree that works.


Kelly Beutler

Lori Cela



Adapted from Foodie Misadventures

  • 1/4-1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 shakes cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, plus more to garnish
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 10 oz whole milk
  • 2 oz tequila

In a medium saucepan, whisk together cocoa powder, cayenne, cinnamon and water over medium heat. Stir in agave and bring mixture to a low boil. Pour in milk and heat until warm.

Divide hot chocolate mixture into two mugs, add in 1 oz of tequila in each. If desired, top each mug with whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick.

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