Crystal Nerpel, the owner of Cloud Nine Organizing, lives by the words “declutter, de-stress and simplify.” She lives in Corinth with her husband of 24 years, Rob, a business development executive and cattle rancher. Together they’re raising Barret, 11, and Tori, 18. On the weekends, the family relocates to their ranch in Loving, northwest of Fort Worth. During the pandemic, Nerpel’s days have been anything but typical.
7:30AM I wake up before the kids so that I can get my daily self-care routine done without interruption. I have started oil-pulling, and it’s hard to talk to your family while you are swishing coconut oil around in your mouth for 10–15 minutes. Apparently, it releases toxins. I make the bed while I’m oil-pulling. Then I brush my teeth, take my vitamins and meditate for 15 minutes.
8:15AM My husband is in his office on a conference call, so I peek my head in and say hi. I scoop up a small load of laundry to throw into the washing machine.
8:25AM I find my son Barret sitting at the kitchen table. He’s working on his fifth grade Google Classroom assignments. On Mondays, he gets a calendar from his teachers for the week. Math, fantasy writing, independent reading … the list goes on.
I give him an elderberry gummy, probiotic gummy and breakfast. He’s a picky eater, so I give him toast or Cheerios and hope he’ll eat. Sometimes he’ll want a corndog or soup instead! My daughter is still sleeping.
9AM After getting dressed and having a cup of coffee, I put the laundry in the dryer. Then I head to my office, log into Canvas and start working on this week’s lesson for my life–coaching course. I’m taking a couple life–coaching courses so I can better help my organizing clients.
Each week, I have one interactive discussion question about a coaching technique and respond to other students’ answers. I usually spend about 15–20 hours a week on these classes.
10:15AM I hop on Zoom with my Tuesday morning Organizing Mastermind group. As usual, I learn something new from these brilliant women. I have several of these group meetings each week through my company, Cloud Nine. I discuss organizing, decluttering and de–stressing.
11:30AM I am hungry! I’m trying out intermittent fasting … not sure if I love it. I eat breakfast-slash-lunch and check in with my son to make sure he’s not overloading on video games. The struggle is real.
11:45AM My teenage daughter Tori, a senior at Guyer High School, makes an appearance in the kitchen. Both kids eat and we chat.
12PM I have my son read a chapter in one of his I Survived books, a series that tells the stories of kids who survived historic disasters. He reads as fast as he can then runs off to play with his mini-basketball hoop in his bedroom. His hair now hangs in his face because there are no barber shops open. He’s trying out the “man bun” look. It’s interesting. Looks more like a small fountain on top of his head.
12:30PM I go back to my office to finish an assignment.
1:15PM I work on new content for my Love Your Home Club—Cloud Nine’s monthly subscription club full of decluttering and organizing tips—and prepare for my Wednesday Organizing Mastermind group.
3:45PM I finally check emails and see a request for a virtual organizing session. I follow up and set up a phone consultation for tomorrow afternoon. I check my Google Calendar for the day and make my “ta-da list” for tomorrow. I have a ta-da list, not a to-do list. I know it sounds silly, but it works for me.
4PM Time to close up shop for the day! I ask my daughter to join me for the Facebook Live Pure Barre class that I was supposed to take at 9:30 this morning. My daughter says, “That sounds terrible”—like I knew she would. I’ll still ask her again and again. I tell her to get the laundry out of the dryer and start folding it.
5PM Meditate for 15 minutes.
5:15PM Family time! We usually eat dinner pretty early. My husband has been cooking pulled pork on the smoker all day—my favorite! We all sit down at the table and eat. My kids and I do our best to clean up the kitchen. I love when my husband cooks, but the kitchen is usually a wreck afterwards.
6:30PM Blinded by the Light is on HBO, so we all sit down and watch the last half of the movie together.
7:30PM I grab the laundry that my daughter put in my bedroom for me and put my clothes away. I think it’s funny that she would rather do laundry than work out with me.
8PM The poor dog has been a bit neglected today, so we take a family walk around the block. The boys (my husband, my son and the dog) all run ahead. My daughter and I take our time enjoying ourselves. We talk about the fact that we get to pick up her cap and gown this Thursday. It’s a bright spot in our week. Denton ISD is still holding my daughter’s graduation ceremony at the scheduled time at Texas Motor Speedway but with social distancing guidelines in mind.
8:30PM Back home. I make sure all bright lights are turned off. I turn off the TV and put my phone on silent and on the docking station in the kitchen for the night.
9:30PM Right before bed, I take the time to journal. I try to write down at least three things I’m grateful for today. There is always something to be grateful for. This puts me into a good mind-space for sleep.
What she’s reading Marie Forleo’s Everything Is Figureoutable and Emily Fletcher’s Stress Less, Accomplish More
Favorite indulgence Sitting in my rocking chair on the front porch of our little ranch house, sipping my famous “ranch” margarita.
Guaranteed to make her laugh My sister
Guaranteed to make her cry When I drop my daughter off at college this fall
Favorite scent Peppermint oil in my diffuser
Best purchase ever My Toyota Sienna minivan. We sold it about five years ago, but it was perfect for a family with two small kids!
Title of her future autobiography Declutter. De–Stress. Simplify.
No. 1 item on her bucket list Become a New York Times bestselling author
Motherhood in five words So much love and uncertainty
Hobbies Reading, using my label maker (haha), simply being outside
She’d like more time to Do nothing. Sometimes, “nothing” is my favorite thing.
Celebrity mom she admires Beverly Goldberg on the show The Goldbergs. She cracks me up!
Hostess tip If you’re an introvert like me, it’s OK to not host parties.
Photo courtesy of Melissa Guy.