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The Simplified Island is the product of my passion for simplification and ease.

I’m Caroline, and I know first-hand the responsibilities of a wife, mom, entrepreneur, friend, daughter (the list goes on). I also know that feeling when there are too many balls in the air and if you let just one drop the world may end.  Spoiler alert!  It won't.

When you go through the KonMari Method™ of organizing with me, we'll go through the objects in your home one-by-one.  We will find the best places for your items so that your family members can find things AND put them away!  Really! 

Your success roadmap:

step one

 We will envision what you want your life to look like, and more specifically how you want to feel. We'll then work backwards to think about the items and activities that make you feel that way.  If all of that seems like more than you can process in this season of overwhelm, then we’ll start small and your vision will slowly emerge through the process.  If you are visual we can even create a vision board.

Discover Your Vision

step two

We will go through every item in your home. You get to decide what brings you joy and gets to stay and also what has served its purpose and needs to find a new home.  You will hone your skill of determining exactly what sparks joy for you in all areas of your life. You will finish the festival with a different outlook on life and home.  Oh, and we’ll have some fun along the way.

Joy-Check by Category

step three

Congratulations!  Your home is full of only things you love, so we want to make sure all of those things are stored with love in places that make sense and where everyone in the family can find them!  We can even do some color-coding and rainbow bins if that floats your boat. The point is, your home is a place of rest, re-energizing and feeding the soul. It should work for you not create work for you.

Organize and Streamline

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”

— Marie Kondo, "The Life changing magic of tidying up"

I generally kept an organized home, and thought I had things under control...that is until my second child was born. I realized I was "surface-organized" meaning I had our things contained and in order, but there was so much stuff that it was very easy for everything to become a disaster.

To add to this, my storage bins were so full or difficult to reach that my dear family rarely took the time to put things away properly.

I was spending all of my free time picking up and moving stuff from one room to another that I wasn’t playing, I wasn’t doing much for myself, I wasn’t very nice to my family, and it honestly wasn’t how I wanted to live my life.
(Sound familiar?)  

I realized that my organization methods were surface and I needed to get rid of all the stuff that wasn't adding joy or value to my life.

That’s when I heard about the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.  While I was focused on all of the stuff I needed to get rid of, the KonMari Method™ taught me to focus on what I am keeping.  The items I no longer needed served their purpose, and it was time to let them go.

That small mindset shift made a world of difference.  When I was focused on keeping only things that really brought me joy, I realized that I didn't even want a house full of mediocre things.  The last thing I want to do is spend my money (or time) on things that I don't love.

Some random facts:

ClothesCreated by Martinfrom the Noun Project

I love stripes (especially white/navy) and wear them almost every day.

I believe a cloudy beach day is better than no beach day at all.

Created by Juraj Sedlákfrom the Noun Project

Walking outside with a friend is my favorite form of exercise (and therapy).

I also own Coastal Connections Marketing, a successful swag business.

Think we're a match? I'm ready when you are!

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