May 29, 2014 95 comments

The 30-day Creative Business Cleanse

by Regina

How about a 30-day creative cleanse for your business?
I know the title of this post is pretty vague and you’re out of guesses as to what it’s about. I’m nothing if not mysterious, but I’ll go ahead and clarify . . . this is a 30-day creative business cleanse in which you (cue suspenseful music: “dun dun dunnnnnn”) cleanse your creative business for 30 days.

You heard right friends; we are going to complete some decluttering and liberating tasks to cleanse your freelance business, coaching business, or blog. I’m doing these with you, starting June 1, but please feel free to do them any time. Shoooot, even create a Google+ community and do it with others if you want.

Who is this for?
Umm you. If you feel at all overwhelmed, disorganized, digitally cramped, or if you’ve simply never done a business cleanse, then it’s time for your semi-yearly #CreativeCleanse.

And . . . I got tools on tools on tools for you:
//1. Wallpaper for your computer, so you hopefully won’t forget to cleanse each day. //2. Printable (PDF) checklist. //3. An email reminder/support group. Once every three days (from the day after you sign up or starting June 1 if you sign up before then), I’ll email you your next steps, some encouragement, and outdated pop culture references. That’s 10 emails in 30 days; we’ll know each other well my friends. And you can always respond with questions/rants.

Creative Cleanse Wallpaper Creative Cleanse Checklist Creative Business Cleanse Email list

Day 1: Assess your sitch + make goals.

If a client order comes through right now, do you have a set system in place to process their project? How structured are the files on your computer? Do you have albums/galleries/folders for different types of images and notes in your phone? Do you have a way to categorize your emails? Set some goals for the next 30 days based on this 30-day list and what you know you want to accomplish. Then, add things to your calendar and find a partner. After just five days of working on separate goals with an accountability partner, I feel like my life is on track–seriously, try it.

Note: You may be wondering why someone as old as I am ever watched Kim Possible, and thus began abbreviating “situation” as “sitch” . . . I have no excuse for that. I’m obsessed with spy shows and it caught my attention one day. Please, please still think I’m cool.

Day 2: Clean your computer desktop.

In the same way most people find it hard to work from a physical desktop or work table that’s a hot mess, your computer’s cluttered desktop can mess with your creativity and efficiency. Clean it up and leave only the “in-process project” folders, along with anything you use frequently. An organized example desktop for you, dear creative business owner, might contain:

  • Your brand folder. With subfolders for your blog, social media, brand identity, business docs, and more.
  • Current project folders of high priority.
  • A folder for templates or blanks you use frequently (Pinterest layouts, images for Twitter, etc.)
  • Screenshots or other inspiration.

But, even this list contains folders that could easily go inside other folders. Use it only as a guide. If you have 15 folders and way too many loose items on your desktop, then assess:

  • Delete the screenshots you don’t need any more and make a folder for the rest. (If you’re like me, you take 73 screenshots each day and dump them on your desktop for later use.)
  • All those images you’re keeping for inspiration? Pin them on Pinterest, file them in their correct folder on your computer, delete them, or combine them into a collage of just one image.
  • If you haven’t used it in three months and don’t need to use it for another three months, file it away in the appropriate folder.

Day 3: Delete unnecessary files from your computer folders.

And/or back them up on an external hard drive, and, this is a big one: sign up for a cloud backup service (Carbonite, Backblaze, etc.) so that you never have to worry about your files in the event you lose or damage your computer.

Day 3 is a beast if you really do it, but think of the benefits >> It clears up space on your system, makes you feel like a magical genius because you only leave what’s necessary, forces you to delete some of the creative/emotional (pics and whatnot) baggage you carry on your computer, helps train your mind on what’s necessary and what’s not, and reminds you of any past ideas/projects/work you’ve done that can be incorporated into your current work.

P.S. Don’t cheat. If you use Google Docs, Dropbox, or some similar service, clean that up too.

Go through each folder and file and ask:

  • Am I keeping this as a business record? Is it in the appropriate place?
  • Does this have personal significance to me? Can it go on a hard drive or in Dropbox instead?
  • Do I even know what this is or remember why I have it?
  • Will I ever use this? Seriously [insert your full name here], do you need this?
  • Can any of these files/documents be combined into one?
  • Is this file/folder in the most logical place? Does it belong inside of another folder?

Day 4: Delete unused media from your website and blog folders.

If you’re using WordPress, you’ll head to your dashboard and then visit the “Media Library.” See Day 3 above for the questions you should ask yourself and mindset you should have as you clean.

Day 5: Refresh your about page.

I can’t wait for Day 5, because my About page needs le refresh, badly. If yours does too, I highly recommend the Use Your Voice Worksheet (in this post) if you’re looking for a way to drop in your personality.

Day 6: Clean and organize your email.

Figure out 5 – 10 main folders/categories you can file emails into (I use Gmail + Google Apps and love how easy it is to do this). Delete as much as you can, archive/sort the rest. Keep your inbox as only the most immediate items that need your attention. Bonus: keep your inbox at one page of emails (usually about 25 – 50 depending on your settings). I’ve done it for 1.5 months and it makes me feel in control of my life.

Day 7: Declutter your physical workspace.

Self-explanatory, yes, but I’ll explain. Get rid of stuff you don’t need. Give it away or throw it away. If you feel you need it, file it away or figure out an attractive way (bins, baskets, and the like) to keep it around.

Day 8: Organize your client/project process.

For each main service you provide (graphic design, sales of ad space, life coaching) write out the process. Then, make a checklist of all the tasks associated with that process. Now when John & Jane Smith contact you to shoot their wedding, you can check off each task as it’s completed (send initial survey, receive answers and provide feedback, send invoice, etc.) to make sure you stay on track. You should literally write out every step from first contact to the delivery of the product/service (and perhaps a 1-month follow up you do afterward).

Day 9: Analyze each pending project for the time + emotional commitment vs. the value it adds.

You may have some pending projects in your queue that aren’t healthy for you or a good use of your time as you grow your business into something you love. Weigh the potential value gain (for you or for society or someone you love) vs. how stressful the client will be to work with, how much time the project will take, how aligned with your vision the project is, etc.

Day 10: Excuse yourself gracefully from any pending projects/commitments that are going to drain you.

If you haven’t signed a contract or received dolla bills yet, apologize and inform your potential client that your business is headed in a new, exciting direction and that you want to actually refer them to (insert the names of some good providers in your niche) because SoAndSo will likely make a great fit for them. If you’re in a contract, and you know it’s truly draining you or limiting your growth potential, buy yourself out, or return any money to your client that is due them based on the cancellation clause in your contract–you have one of those right?.

Day 11: Create organized folders for each client/project.

Now that you’re down to your key clients and you’ve established a set process for each type of project, create a physical and/or digital folder for each client. This folder should contain your checklist (so you always know where you’re at in the process), contract, questionnaires, invoices, and any other docs related to that client.

Day 12: Clear out your blog of stuff that doesn’t really fit your brand anymore.

You are coaching business clients now, so perhaps you can unpublish that rant post about immaturity in relationships, or those 22 posts about dog grooming. I’m not saying to delete them, maybe just move them to another blog.

Also, and this is a tough one, unpublish or revamp posts that don’t reflect your current level of quality or concern for your clients/readers. You have to be brutally honest with yourself or get a trusted mentor/friend to be honest with you. Keep in mind that due to the nature of the Interwebs and social media, any post on your website is potentially the first post someone sees. Comb through your archives with that in mind.

Day 13: Audit your current services and products.

Eliminate any services that you hate completing (unless you absolutely need the money to stay afloat). These types of offerings can drain you creatively, stress you out, and make you less awesome at the services you actually enjoy providing. Analyze recent emails, comments, and the social media activity of your followers to figure out if there’s a recurring theme to the things people ask you or want more of. Maybe you need to add a new product or package.

Also, if there are any digital or physical goods that you deliver but that you dislike doing maintenance for (answering questions, providing support, fixing kinks), then stop offering the product or take the chance and sell it at a lower price “as is,” without a bunch of time-consuming maintenance. Another option would be to create a page on your website with help files and help videos and let people know that this support page is the only support the item comes with.

Day 14: Analyze your brand image for anything that needs to be refreshed/replaced.

Put a plan in motion to revamp your brand if necessary. I just hired someone awesome to do this for me (can’t wait to show y’all what he’s coming up with). You will feel more confident and you will be more likely to share your brand if you feel 100% about the way it looks.

Day 15: Set up an accounting system that works for you.

Record all expenses and income for the month. Set a reminder and find an accountability buddy to make sure you do this at least once per month. Save your receipts in and email folder, or on your phone, or use an app, or record them in a spreadsheet, etc. Just do something consistently. I use + love Wave for free.

Day 16: Clean up, analyze, and finalize your vision + mission statement.

Use the applicable sections of this blog business plan to guide you.

Day 17: Delete apps on your phone that you don’t use.

Day 18: Donate clothes and accessories that don’t fit your creative/professional image or that you don’t use.

Getting rid of all types of clutter will help you.

Day 19: Donate or recycle any old tech/tablets/phones/supplies/tools that you do not see yourself using.

Maybe it will help someone else build their dream business.

Day 20: Make a list of the business goals you want to accomplish by this time next year.

Day 21: Audit the people you follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, etc.

Unfollow anyone that is clearly spammy or that hasn’t updated their account in 230 days. My guess is they no longer use that account and are therefore unlikely to post cool things you should check out or pose questions you can help out with. In other words, it’s very unlikely that either of you will add value to the other if they’re inactive or spammy. Also consider unfollowing anyone who is saying offensive, immature, or questionable things constantly. You’d never want your “liking” them to be misconstrued as support of their outlandish views.

Day 22: Unsubscribe from email lists that you haven’t read in months and that never seem to say anything valuable/relevant to you.

Even if it’s mine. Don’t waste time viewing email notifications from brands/people you don’t want to interact with or support.

Day 23: Update the descriptions of all your social media profiles.

Check them for grammar, current accuracy, etc. Do they include old descriptions/vision?

Day 24: Audit your static website pages.

Read through each page carefully and make sure all wording is relevant to your current brand, uses proper grammar, etc. Click all links to make sure they work.

Day 25: Audit your boards on Pinterest.

Make sure all boards on your Pinterest account are useful, attractive, and in most cases relevant to your persona or brand. Make them private if they don’t have at least five pins yet. Then go find some quality pins. If you don’t use Pinterest, use this day to browse through your photos on Twitter or any of your other social media accounts.

Day 26: Audit your recent/prevalent social media links.

Make sure your pins all lead to the correct website and give credit where it’s due. Ditto Facebook, Google+, etc. Bonus: choose better cover photos for your Pinterest boards. Power tip: Don’t pin, tweet, or retweet anything that you haven’t personally checked out. Make sure the links go where they should. Make sure the content is actually valuable.

Day 27: Audit your Facebook and Google+ page.

Delete/hide “off-brand” posts with low engagement from the last 6 months or more. Update your cover photos to reflect your current brand. Update your profile photo if applicable.

Day 28: Clean out your work bags or briefcases.

Consolidate notebooks when applicable (I currently have three of them in my bag), throw out receipts after you scan/photograph ones you need for business. Get rid of those stale Mentos you bought before that one meeting seven months ago . . . wait. That one was for me actually.

Day 29: Develop a custom version of daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly tasks checklists for your business.

Use these as a starting point (they’re for bloggers). I “Skyped” with someone recently who showed me that she had gotten hers laminated and used them everyday. I totes magotes wanted to cry.

P.S. I love you if you totes magotes caught that reference without clicking that link, and, I love you if you clicked that link –> such a funny movie.

Day 30: Discover/develop a calendar system that you will actually use.

You’d need all your fingers and toes to count the number of abandoned planners I’ve “used” in my life . . . but I finally got down my perfect system . . . color coded dots, a monthly planner, and a pen. Who woulda thought? Actually, if you went to college with me and saw my 10-color highlighter set and my specific highlighting process, you might have guessed.

Whether you go digital or physical, find what works for you. Build a system that gives you a clear picture of what’s pending and what’s necessary to grow your business.


Photo: © Corbis

95 responses to “The 30-day Creative Business Cleanse”

  1. Lisa says:

    I just found this via Pinterest and this couldn’t come at a better time! It sounds fun and totally do-able! Looking forward to doing this! Thank you for sharing and creating this, Regina!

    • regina says:

      Lisa, I love that this comes at a great time for you. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and for helping my “supposed to be tech savvy” self find your email signup on your blog. Sometimes the Interwebs acts like it hates me.

      I love the spirit, heart, and content I’ve seen so far from your blog so I’m happy we connected. Thanks for reading.

      • Lisa says:

        I’m loving it so far! I am a little behind and am traveling for a couple of days but I am going to be tagging along in my own pace 😉

        The best so far: Cleaning and organizing my desktop and computer – everything is SO organized right now I am kind of surprised at how organized it all is and how much better it makes me feel!

        I am looking forward to the rest of this! Also my blog was undergoing a bit of a re-design so everything was a little out of whack and place but I am glad you found the signup form nonetheless 🙂

  2. KC Saling says:

    I need this in a big way. Right now, my stuff is so cluttered I can’t even think! Thanks for breaking it down – an organized checklist makes everything seem more doable!

    • regina says:

      KC, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one. I can literally be facing the hugest task ever, but if you give me a pretty checklist, it relaxes me. Thank you, as always, for being so supportive and taking the time to comment.

  3. Jana says:

    I so need this! What a fabulous idea. 🙂

    • regina says:

      Jana, I’m happy to hear it might be useful to you. Your blog is simply wonderful. I love looking at it and I enjoyed your post on your Warmer Weather outfit. I’m glad to know someone else shops at Target too. This weekend as I was running errands, I realized that I was wearing an outfit that was completely Target. Literally, everything on my body and feet. It wasn’t the first time I’d done that either.

      You’re welcome for all that pointless information, by the way. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting Jana.

  4. Tope Shonekan says:

    Hey Regina,

    You did it again! It’s like you have a “minority report” thing going on, anticipating my needs. As for Kim Possible, I used to watch that with my kids (or more like I made my kids watch it because I can’t stand fluffy girl cartoon a la power puff girls). So yeah, I think you’re very cool 🙂

    • regina says:

      Tope, okay, you’re “minority report” reference is hilarious, and I only wish I had the valid excuse of children to blame for my Kim Possible days. My kids (whenever I have them) are going to possibly grumble at the stuff I make them watch, and the stuff I don’t let them watch. My parents did it to us and I’m so grateful now. Yay for you to be purposeful with the content your kids consume. That makes me so happy.

      Thanks for thinking I’m still cool, and I really appreciate that you took some time to read the post and comment. Thank you for the support.

  5. I’d slooooowly been working my through some of these already this spring. (I think I finally got my social media up to date!) But the rest of it…ugh! I know it’s necessary, but seeing the list is just so daunting. I think I need to devote part of my June weekends to biz decluttering, or it’s never gonna happen. (And the blog archives! I know they need desperate attention, but why did you have to remind me!?!?) Great post about some of the most unpleasant things about owning your own creative business. Any tips for keeping on top of this stuff throughout the year so it doesn’t turn into such an explosive mess?

    • regina says:

      Ashley, I so feel you on this. The amount of cleanup I feel is still necessary for me is definitely daunting, but I was really encouraged to, as you said, devote June to decluttering. I’ve been working with this really great blogger, Think and Grow Chick, and when it comes to goals/planning she often asks the simple question: How bad do you really want it?

      It finally got through to me that I will never fix my About page or Archives unless I want it enough to do it . . . I thought a cleanse would be a great way for us creative business owners to work with each other and get it done.

      I think you bring up the best question of all–how do we keep on top of this stuff throughout the year so it doesn’t turn into this huge mess? For any items that I actually stay on top of (like my desktop for example, or keeping dishes out of the sink) I developed a habit of cleaning something up right after I use it, but it’s a hard habit to develop, so here’s my two recommended cheat:

      >> Develop a master calendar for your week, and assign one small maintenance task to each day. Remember to plug in these tasks from your master calendar to your phone or planner. Ex: Mondays–clean email inbox; Tuesdays–check unpaid invoices and re-send; Wednesdays–add new posts to archives or sidebar + check for posts to revamp or add links to; Thursdays–clean desktop and delete any unnecessary computer files; Fridays–clean work bags and desk. Optionally, you can develop a master calendar for your month (with tasks divided throughout) or for each day (with time slots to remind you to do small things).

      You can make it your habit (or set a reminder) to start/end each day with your maintenance tasks. So, even if you have a low-productivity type day work wise, you’ll still have gotten stuff done and you’ll always have a list to refer to of ways you can improve your business or creative space.

      Woo hoo for rambling on and on. Ha. What do you think? Thank you so much for taking some time out to read and leave such a great comment Ashley. I appreciate you.

  6. Rick Barlow says:

    Another extremely useful post! Thank you. Yours is now officially my favorite blog. I eagerly anticipate each new post and try to learn from everything you do. Can’t wait to see your new design, since I already love your current design. Thanks again.

    • regina says:

      Rick, wow, such a high compliment. Thank you thank you. I’m honored that you take time to read these posts and value them. Thanks for leaving a comment and I can’t wait to show you that new design. It may take just a while, but I love it.

  7. Chrissy says:

    This is exactly what I need as I am in the process of making some well needed changes to my business. Website, bank account, copy, accounting software, project management software, hosts, trying to establish a blogging schedule, time management – and it feels overwhelming because I want to get everything done right away! I think this is so cool that you are doing this because support and community is what we all need. I’m definitely signing up and I am looking forward to it.

    • regina says:

      Ha Chrissy, I have that feeling all the time too: “Gotta get this done all right now. Like, yesterday now.” I’m glad you signed up and can’t wait to get into this cleanse with you. Both of your brands are so on point with my interests; I’ll be excited to see how/what you do while we do this cleans . . . will likely be learning from you.

      • Chrissy says:

        Thanks Regina! I’m so looking forward to this – just spent my Saturday night entering all the daily check points into Asana( nerd alert!!), but I’m really excited. This creative cleanse is a part of my overall mantra for 2014 – Declutter, Simplify and Let Go. I think this will help me so much with both my personal and business blog to get some of the physical and virtual clutter out of the way so I can focus on the business and the personal blog without going crazy. I didn;t even think to apply this to my personal blog ( gosh you’re smart) but it’s totally applicable to both!

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  9. Rae Quigley says:

    I didn’t even read past Day 1 yet, I just had to come down and comment to let you know that you are instantly MORE COOL for watching Kim Possible. Ace!

    Rae @, xx

    • regina says:

      Hahaha Rae, yes! Okay, I’m so excited I didn’t lose people on that one, and to think I even scored some points in someone’s book . . . life is goooood.

      Thanks for your comment. By the way: I’m glad your site is, because I know nothing current pop and need to get updated.

  10. I am so happy I came across your blog via Create and Thrive via Pinterest via Facebook – phew!
    The Kim Possible reference is a classic, I am always asking my kids ‘What’s the sitch?’!
    I will be printing this off, sticking it on my wall and doing it. Thanks x

    • regina says:

      Yay Clare. Thank you. I’m happy to hear other adults say “sitch” . . . even though you have legitimate reasons as you have kids and all . . .

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read this + thanks for letting me know how you found me. Create and Thrive already seems like such a great resource in my few moments looking at the page. Thank you again for the comment.

  11. Yay, great timing for me as well! I have 3 sites / businesses that need SERIOUS housecleaning. And hopefully a week’s vacation the 2nd week in June so I can really focus. If not, I’ll just chip away a bit at a time. Thank you for the wonderful guidance. So glad I found you via Pinterest … will be a regular now. I love your humor 😀

    • regina says:

      Haha Erika. I’m with you. I need to pay SERIOUS attention to so much stuff during this June cleanse. I hope you take your vacation and truly enjoy it–drink lots of mojitos (if you even drink those) for me please, even if your vacation is in Wisconsin. I’m imagining it somewhere tropical though.

      Thanks for your sweet compliment and thank you very much for taking some time to read and to comment.

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  13. Hope says:

    This is exactly what I have been desperately looking for, definitely getting on board for the 30-day business cleanse!

    • regina says:

      Hope, I had a great time visiting your blog just now. You seem so approachable and I get the feeling you’d be fun + inspiring in person as well. I’m glad you’re joining the cleanse. Thank you for taking time to come read and comment Hope.

  14. Tess says:

    Hey Regina, 30 day Creative Business Cleanse sounds wonderful! Looking forward to getting on board and decluttering all the drafts/images etc I have for my blog. I will jump on board for sure 🙂

    • regina says:

      Tess, glad to hear it, and I’m probably your twin in terms of blog drafts and images. Are you on Twitter? I’m following along with most people there, but no worries if not. Thank you for the comment.

  15. Melissa says:

    I’m with Rick on this – yours is now officially my favorite blog. Another fantastic post! Great content, and your suggestions are both smart and accessible. You leave us no excuse!

    Thanks for the great jump-start, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next.

    • regina says:

      Melissa, you are wonderful to take the time to communicate such a sweet, epic compliment. Thank you. Also, your portable sculptures are the neatest thing I’ve seen in quite some time. How cool for people who travel a lot, among many others who I’m sure enjoy your art.

      Thank you again for your comment + for reading Melissa.

  16. Stacey says:

    What a fabulous idea! I have been meaning to do so many of these things but it just seemed too overwhelming especially with a new bub and a demanding toddler to look after. The way you have broken it down into smaller steps makes it much more manageable and I can’t wait to get started! 🙂

    • regina says:

      Stacey, congratulations on the new little one. It’s so hard to imagine how much you must have going on, and I’m glad the steps in the post make it more digestable. It’s honestly the only way I comprehend things sometimes–in steps. I’m glad you’ll be joining the cleanse. If you think of any feedback or questions, please let me know.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and to encourage me with a great comment. I appreciate that.

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  18. Jill McKeown says:

    I would love to join this 30 day challenge.

    Happy Day,


    • regina says:

      Jill, so glad to hear it. Did you already start? You can do it as a self-paced challenge or sign up for the email list at the top of the post. Good luck either way. P.S. The pictures on your photography site are lovely. The newborn in the basket? Oh my goodness. So wonderful.

      Thank you for stopping by and taking some time out to comment.

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  24. Lana says:

    Hi Regina, thanks for sharing this process with us, it’s just what I need! I wish I’d discovered it a bit sooner but I’ll get going this week regardless. I think #2 could take me a while! 😉

    • regina says:

      Lana, thank you for taking some time to read this and to comment. #2 is my constant struggle. I literally make a mess every single day on my desktop. I don’t actually know how I manage to do that.

      Wishing you continued success with your business and blog Lana. Thanks again for stopping by.

  25. Landen says:

    I am just now seeing this post, but I LOVE it! You have some fantastic content here on your blog! Very useful and super awesome! And, I kind of love that you are a fellow Austinite! Thanks for sharing!

    • regina says:

      Landen, thank you so much for your sweet comment! I apologize for my super delayed response. How cool you are in Austin. Know of any blogger groups?

      I’m enjoying your sweet blog, by the way. Wishing you continued good luck with it. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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  29. Carrie says:

    I just discovered this on Face Book. I love the info you’ve provided here! Thank you!

    Do you know if Waves allows checks and cash to be recorded in their tool?

    • regina says:


      Thank you for your comment. Sorry for my late reply. Yes, you can record checks and cash in Wave. Thanks for reading.

  30. Hello Regina!

    My name is Ashley Spearman!I am so happy and feel truly blessed that I was introduced to your blog by my boss and fellow style blogger Mattie James (

    I would like to share a little bit about myself so you can get familiar with me and comfortable with what will seem like stalker love crush tendencies but is just how show my eagerness to be a better creativepreneur.

    I am 26 years from Chicago, IL **south-side all day, whoop whoop** I currently live in Atlanta,GA and have been here for 1 year and 7 months. I have a BA in fashion merchandising from Howard University (HU! You know!) I’m a only child meaning I talk to myself out loud more than normal. My fav food is a sour pickle in a plastic baggy. Beyonce is my life. If I ever go to Vegas and don’t see Celine Dion in concert I will have a straight out B*%^$h fit. Ummm…. what else?…oh yeah, I can make anything and I consider myself a creative genius #kanyestyle. But my mom Venita is quick to humble my behind. Ok! so that’s about it! Back to Business!

    I am looking to revamp my business website and blog from fashion design to budget friendly and trend savvy DIY home decor. My current website, blog, desktop, and kitchen (i’m referring to the back of neck) are a HOT A*$ mess and I need help because I know I am way to creatively blessed to not be a success.I am looking forward to starting my creative cleanse next month and look forward to your support, the support of your followers and direction.


    Ashley Dolel Spearman

    • regina says:


      Wow. Okay, you are super. Thank you for your sweet comment. P.S. I love me some Mattieologie. How neat that you work with her.

      Okay hashtag: laugh out loud to your “talk to yourself” and “#kanyestyle” comments. You’re hilarious.

      Congrats on the decision to revamp your site + on your revelation that you are a super creative. It’s so valuable to acknowledge what you’re great at and embrace it.

      Please let me know if you have any questions or how I can help. Thank you for your time in reading and leaving some thoughts.

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  32. Amelie says:

    Sometimes, you just need someone to tell you what to do and kick your butt. Lovely and oh-so-useful content, as always. Thank you Regina !

  33. Darlene says:

    This is a great resource. Thank you for putting it all in one place. I shared, signed up to your newsletter, and I follow you based on the gems I found in this article. This is something I will be referencing often. A fresh start always puts things in perspective and really does streamline your work, plus clutter only breeds more clutter.

    Keep it up!

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  37. Megan Morsie says:

    I don’t know how I EVER have survived without seeing your blog before today. Thank you so much for all your support you provide! 🙂

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    This is exactly what I was looking for. I am so glad you gave me the guide to get my organization on. I love being organized and making lists but its hard when I have to take care of your baby, cook and clean all while maintaining a business. I do need to figure out how to balance all of my important things without sacrificing my dreams for my future creative business and I think this cleanse is what I need to do to be successful. Thank you!!!

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  44. Lindsey says:

    On each and every post, you provide SO many awesome tools and go out of your way to create custom templates. So appreciated! ! !

    Can’t wait to start this (instead of some New Years Resolution I won’t keep) on Jan. 1st!!

  45. Kandy says:

    Oh my goodness I so need this. Thank you. Also I love Kim Possible!!

  46. Perfect! and perfect timing! I’ve known I need to do this and just wasn’t sure where to begin. Everything has grown and evolved in the last year, I was thinking I needed to redo the business but I think its me that needs a redo! Time to look at things differently and put a plan in place to keep up with the changes!
    Thanks for a starting point and perspective- Happy New Year!

  47. Shanna says:

    Wow, this is perfect timing. Got the PDF, wallpaper, and signed up for the emails! I’ve been working on streamlining my processes, but this will give me a better starting point. Thanks so much for sharing this 🙂

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  49. Victoria London says:

    I currently do not have a web site set up yet. Actually I am still in the planning phase of my business, but I feel that this will help me get things up and running g smoother.

  50. Very timely. Simple straight forward steps. Quite do-able. Can’t wait to get started. The benifits seem clear. A million thanks!!

  51. ask says:

    Great post! We are linking to this particularly great article on our website.
    Keep up the good writing.

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  53. Jessie says:

    Regina, this is amazing!! I just found your site and have found so much inspiration and clarity from putting your how-to’s into action. I am literally obsessed with your content and love the generous spirit of your business.

  54. Lori says:

    I’m looking forward …with your help! I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and very inept (and mostly tech naive). This has weighed me down but keep pushing it back in my mind. Even if I procrastinate, at least I’ll still have a plan! Thanks!!

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  66. Deirdra says:

    Wow! Bootcamp this weekend and then to tackle this. Great way to start a slow February.

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