Meet A Mom: Cathy of Organized Ever After | South OC Moms

 

Some Moms just get it and this one gets organizing. Local Laguna Beach Mom of 2 loves creating spaces that are organized, functional, and beautiful, and that bring joy to her clients. Find out what her can’t live without organization product is and which room in the house is her favorite it organize.

 

Why is organizing your passion?
Organizing is something I discovered I had a gift for many years ago – way before organizing was cool – and I just loved being able to help bring joy to people simply by using my organizing skills. As much as organizing is my passion, I think the happiness that it brings to people and seeing their reactions, may be my true passion. It’s hard to explain without sounding cheesy but people get so excited when they see the finished product, and that’s the part of the process I look forward to the most.

 

Why did you decide to raise your family in Laguna Beach?
I’m originally from LA and didn’t know Orange County all that well when we moved here. After living in Irvine (which we also loved!) for a year and a half and driving all around South OC trying to figure out where we wanted to settle, we just really fell in love with the beauty, character and quaintness of Laguna Beach. In many ways it has a small-town feel, especially when you have young kids, in that you’re always running into people you know when you’re out and about. We just love that and the wonderful friends we have made here.

 

Where is your favorite room or place in the house that you like to organize the most?
Oh my gosh, that’s like asking me to choose my favorite child! I have three favorites – the pantry because it’s the heart of the kitchen and I’m a sucker for a good pantry transformation, toy closets / playrooms because as a mom to young kids, I absolutely I love creating systems for children, and finally closets because they’re often the place that I can make the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time (low effort / high reward)!

 

What advice can you give us moms to try and get a handle on the toys in our homes?
You really have to commit to cleaning things out regularly. As kids grow up, they often grow out of their toys so donate, pass on or pack up (for younger siblings) what they no longer need or play with. For the toys that stay, ensure that everything has a home – a dedicated spot / bin / basket – where it goes when it’s clean-up time. Giving everything is home is the key!

 

What organization product can you not live without in your pantry?
Hands down lazy Susan’s and divided lazy Susan’s.

 

Best piece of advice you got from another mom?
My Mom told me early on, “Take what you need and leave the rest.” There are so many people – from friends and family to countless podcasts, articles and books – offering recommendations on everything and anything when it comes to parenting. It was really overwhelming for me when I was a new mom, so my Mom’s words really helped me to have some perspective and not be overloaded by all the different – and often conflicting – advice out there.

 

If you had a whole day to yourself without kids, what would you do?
Shopping alone at Target or TJ Maxx sounds like a vacation these days.

 

What is your go-to healthy family meal, that everyone loves?
Our family favorite is a big salad with grilled chicken, strawberries, goat cheese, pine nuts and homemade vinaigrette. I would say 3 out of 4 family members love it because my 4-year-old is not a fan of anything green (help me!)

 

Favorite Date Night restaurant/activity in SouthOC? (pre or post COVID)
Our standard date night spot is Brussels Bistro in Laguna Beach because I feel like I’m in a quaint neighborhood café in Europe; I’ve never had a meal there that I didn’t love. Our special occasion date night spot is Marché Moderne in Crytstal Cove because the food and service are impeccable.

 

How can SouthOCMoms find you to get organized?
You can text/call me at 949.569.9440, email [email protected] or visit the contact page of my website at OCorganizing.com

 

Now lets see some amazing Before and After organizing shots!!!!

 

PANTRY

 

SHOE CLOSET

OFFICE CLOSET

And my favorite the toy closet…..

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