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Hilda Rodgers, Professional Organizer & Blogger


Hi and thanks for visiting From Overwhelmed To Organized!

I'm Hilda and I blog from Mississauga, Ontario where I live with my husband and 2 children. I love my family and I love organizing our home and our lives!

I'm also a professional organizer and my mission is to help overwhelmed people feel organized.  I do that both in person with clients, and virtually through this blog.













If you're looking for organizing services in the Mississauga/Oakville area, you can check out my website www.FromOverwhelmedToOrganized.com.

If you'd like organizing tips, then you're in the right spot!  Here are a few ways you can find what you need on this site:

  • Search this blog using the search feature on the right hand side.  
  • Look through the Blog Archive on the right side.  
  • Click the menus at the top for lots of tips!




How I Went From Organized... To Overwhelmed... To Organized Again


We've lived in a small townhouse since 1999.  I always kept our house and our lives quite organized.  But then we had kids.

When our son was born in 2004 and our daughter was born in 2006, we moved our office and then our spare room down to the basement, which also functions as a storage area, exercise room, and playroom. It can get chaotic down there!

I worked full-time until 2011 and chose to spend most of my non-working hours with my hubby and kids.  My hubby was a fantastic stay-at-home dad and took great care of our kids.  But during those years, I didn't keep our house as organized as I would have liked it.




And as my family grew and changed, our needs kept changing so often we outgrew the systems I did set up.  We also accumulated a lot of stuff during those years too.

I got overwhelmed trying to stay on top of everything. And a cluttered house led to a cluttered mind and life.

In 2012 we made the decision that my hubby and I would reverse roles and he would be the main bread-winner in our family instead of me.  That meant I could really get our house organized again.

Since then, I've been on a journey to simplify our lives through purging and organizing.  It's an ongoing process (kind of like laundry, housecleaning, and cooking... it never ends!), but I love how the organizing systems I've put in place have improved our lives.



About This Blog


At the same time I was organizing our home, I was introduced to several amazing organizing blogs.  I decided to start a blog to share my organizing journey and give tips to help others too.  I knew I wasn't the only overwhelmed person :)

And so, From Overwhelmed To Organized was born!  Initially I had no idea if anyone else would read this blog, but I'm so delighted and honoured that you do.  Your organizing journeys motivate me to keep sharing tips and ideas.



More About Me?!


What else do you want to know about me?  Hmm... I love purple (as evidenced by the amount of purple on this blog!) and I adore chocolate... and ice cream... and brownies... oh and chocolate with ice cream and brownies!


Now What About You?


OK, enough about me!  I want to get to know YOU!  Please introduce yourself by leaving a comment on a blog post.  I read them all!

If you have any specific organizing challenges that are overwhelming you, check out the contact me page for details on how you can share those with me.  I'll do my best to help you out!

I encourage you to follow this blog so you can get ongoing organizing tips.  If you subscribe by email or RSS you'll get updates whenever I publish a new post.

Or you can connect with me via any of the other methods at the top right corner of this page.  I try to share different things on each social media platform so you won't see the same content over and over.

I'm so glad you've joined me on this journey from overwhelmed to organized!


Happy organizing!




12 comments:

  1. Please check out my blog I have left you an award there.... I post here since I find your email address..

    Thanks for linking up with the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY TOO... (smiles)
    Carri
    simplydonewright.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Carri! I've been thinking about adding a "Contact Me" tab... guess I should get on that :) Thanks for the Sunshine Award! I'm honoured that you find my blog inspiring. That's a big part of why I'm blogging so that really means a lot!

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  2. Hey there, just found you through the Let's Get Social linky party! Another Canadian, whoo! hoo! Love that! I also find the color in your header SO pretty! And, last but not least, I feel like I've just met my twin separated at birth, lol! I have started a series Decluttering 101, because, like you, I'm trying to get the clutter out of my life, and get my life back, for Heaven's sake! And, I just became your newest follower, yay! Would so appreciate if you would follow back! And, I'm really looking forward to getting to know you better, you fellow Canadian, you! Oops! Guess I've said the Canadian "thing" a time or two, lol!

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    1. Hey Sue. My initial reply was somehow deleted. I love your decluttering series! Canadian bloggers unite :)

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  3. I have started following you for a while now. I started my blog to share my everyday adventures of being a working mother. But one thing I just cant get done is STAYING organized! I do very well purging and organizing but to keep it there is the hardest part for me and my family. Im going to be reading through your blog to keep me going!
    Aloha and thank you for sharing!
    The Curly Haired Mama

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    1. Hi Curly Haired Mama. My initial comment was somehow deleted. I'm glad you're following and I hope you've found some tips to help you stay organized here!

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  4. Hi, I think someone among my family and friends thought I needed some super help IMMEDIATELY! I know I spend a lot of time on my Computer. Plus, I find something I like, want to keep, as well as charts pertaining to my health. I just moved into a Senior House unit, which means one huge bedroom, a living room/dining/office area, and a small kitchen.

    I also like to read novels. Soooo... I start out leaving all the papers I use constantly in one area...until I need to move it. I have pictures and mail and a fruit bowl on my small kitchen counter. My bedroom has a rather large bookshelf in it and it's become a nice, handy place to put a little bit of everything.

    Well, I think you get the idea.

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    1. Hi Renie! It's tough downsizing and making decisions about what to keep and what to give away. My 31 Days of Easy Decluttering series would be a great place to start for tips to help you out. It sounds like you have a habit of making piles on flat surfaces, which is very common! Once you put a few things on a flat surface, it's easy to keep adding to the pile and soon it becomes overwhelming. I'd recommend finding or creating places for those items to go instead and then try to avoid piles as much as possible. Feel free to email me with any specific questions you have. Good luck decluttering and organizing!

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  5. Hello,
    I really enjoyed your posts and your blog.Day by day I am getting into organizing things.Your posts really give me great ideas.Thanks for wonderful information about organizing.
    You can visit my blog on vaidehivaidehi.blogspot.com.au.
    I would love to hear something from you.

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    1. Thanks Vaidehi. Organizing really makes life simpler doesn't it? Good luck with your organizing and your blog!

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  6. I have an organizing vlog on YouTube! Its organizedclutterbug...formally Malitose79. I love seeing other people on their journeys from cluttered to clean

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    1. Hi Cas! It's great to meet a fellow Canadian organizer and blogger! I just checked out your youtube channel and I love it! I look forward to getting to know you better!

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I love hearing from my readers! This is a great place to ask questions, answer questions, and share your organizing tips. Thank you so much for commenting! I look forward to getting to know you better :)