I’m Paige Shockley and I need to CONFESS a few things.
Because everything we do here is based on total (and compassionate) transparency.
My parents were (and still are) collectors of stuff and great humans.
As the daughter of two outrageously hard-working people, I saw firsthand what financial responsibility really looked like — and how to stretch a dollar to its upper limits & beyond.
My mom is the perfect, beautiful example of what real bargain hunting looks like.
As a lifelong science teacher, she’s a perpetual gatherer of Someday Things.
From empty butter containers to used popsicle sticks, my childhood was a wonderland of bits and bobbles that got squirreled away into every square inch of our house.
Even to this day, my parents have a Clutter Room — their words — where they stash everything they might “just in case”, and close the door behind them. It’s a joyful maze of THINGS.
Ultimately, they’re incredible people who happen to like collecting a lot of stuff. If you also collect a lot of stuff, please hear that I already deeply know how incredible you are, too. 💓
I was a rebellious young adult — but not in the ways you’d think.
Did I try to sneak out once or twice as a teen? Of course.
But once I left my parent’s house (and our tiny town in rural Michigan), I did a complete 180 in my financial habits and rebelled against the frugal lessons I’d been taught.
Since perceived scarcity was the way of life in my home, when I moved to NYC, I started to binge on THINGS to prove my worth to others — and myself.
Working at a luxury retail store, glitzy, overpriced fashion became my kryptonite. I spent all my time and money gorging on materialism and trying to fill the unnamable void that followed me around like a shadow.
But no matter how much I bought, I never felt any better.
And I couldn’t figure out why. After all, in American culture, shopping is patriotic! Having more is treating yourself! Spending is supporting the economy!
Everything was telling me that in order to be happy, I need more, and more, and more — until I had an apartment full of junk that drained me emotionally and financially.
That’s when my love affair with capitalism started to crumble. I may have been dressed well, but I was broke, depressed, and sick of spending my whole life managing crap I didn’t even want.
I only started simplifying from a place of pure need. Not want. Need.
Once I became a mom to my two incredible kiddos, time, space, and money were in shorter supply than I was used to.
It became very clear super fast that the way I was living wasn’t sustainable — plain and simple.
If I wanted to show up for my family, friends, job, volunteer work, and myself (← important), I had to strip back our stuff and create systems that make space.
Space for less stress and more joy.
Less overwhelm and more relaxation. Less chaos, and more comfort. So I committed to a 100 Bag Challenge, and donated 100 bags of items that didn’t add anything to our lives, other than extra things to dust — or feel guilty about not dusting.
I’m proud to say I did it, and that once the 100 bags were donated, I weirdly didn’t want to stop.
I was shocked to discover that I was living way more with much less.
Because during my organizational adventure, something miraculous happened. I started feeling happier.
Like, much happier.
The more I simplified, the more I was — and still am:
CONNECTING WITH NEWFOUND COMMUNITY
Through global clothing swaps and neighborhood boards, I discover so many people I now consider close friends.
When buying something stopped being my go-to fix, I routinely get to sharpen my problem-solving skills.
SAVING CASH FOR SUPER FUN PURCHASES
Getting more intentional with my shopping grants me way more wiggle room for satisfying spends.
ADDING ROOM FOR MORE PLAY
Implementing systems instantly meant less time cleaning, and more space for spontaneity.
GIVING BACK IN A BIG WAY
Donating to local charities and second-hand shops creates a ripple effect of positivity.
SUPPORTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Less consumerism means less production, and less negative impact on our glorious world as a whole.
Even though my life is orderly, I still have thousands of unopened emails in my inbox.
After all, a tidy inbox isn’t important to me, so I don’t prioritize it.
It’s not systematized because a little mess is normal, we get to choose what matters to us, and then we get to make decisions & take action accordingly.
Peace — both inner and outer is ours to revel and relax in, the second we start making more space for the things that truly matter to us.
One-size-fits-all is never the way forward, and together, we’ll create the custom systems that put your goals at the forefront of everything we do.
I KNOW we can change your life together.
Because I can’t do it without you — just like linking arms with me gives you a leg up on letting go of what no longer serves you.
How can you reach for bigger adventures if you’re constantly feeling bogged down? How can you uplevel if you’re tangled up in this one?
If it’s time to release the stagnation, frustration, and financial pressure, let’s talk.
No judgment ever (I’ve seen it all), just a new era of ushering in limitless joy and self-growth.
There’s so much ease and clarity waiting for you on the other side of simplification.
She is committed to shifting the mindset behind WHY we have so many things to contain, because she has seen that without the right habits, no system is self-sustainable.
let’s make space for YOU.
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