Jeanee’s Makeunder

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Today I’d like to hand the mic over to Jeanee of Dirty Laundry so she can share her experience making under her life over the past several months. I think it’s awesome to see how four steps can help someone so specifically with so many areas of her life. And I hope Jeanee’s story inspires others to try making under and see what they get out of the process as well.

Jeanee’s Makeunder

I’m so glad I found your blog and you sent me your Makeunder My March link. Since the holiday 2009 I’ve been making a plan of moving forward with my Dirty Laundry indie business. In January I released a new blog and a new on-line store. And I started with weekly features of too cute Tuesday and THE WASH, crafty girls come clean to share more of Dirty Laundry with others. I also started reading lots of books and ebooks on successful blogging, social networking and having a successful indie biz. So when I decided to makeunder my May it was the perfect point to reevaluate the 5-6 months of work that I had already done.

A few weeks prior to starting the process I had cleaned out my closest and went down in the number of Zumba fitness classes I teach. So I figured I was already well on my way to making-under my life and getting rid of things I didn’t need so I could be more productive in my Dirty Laundry biz. But I found that your steps would allow me to dig deeper.
I’d been working my tail off  with Dirty Laundry and I made some general goals for 2010, but I never wrote any accomplishments  down like my Etsy sales, new retailers, what I spent on supplies, etc. Also, since I didn’t write down my goals I cannot see my progress. Therefore, I was working in the dark. I couldn’t see anything (I’m a very visual person). I felt like I’d accomplished very little so far this year and was starting to feel like I did lots of work for nothing.
According to Jess first I need create a vision for what I want to accomplish for 2010. Part of that is writing a letter to myself of what I envision. This is very scary for me because I intended on making some very BIG changes moving into 2011. However I have no execution plan (oops!).


My vision was to spend more time on my indie biz, Dirty Laundry. I’d been keeping organized with my planners. So it took me little time to record my monthly accomplishments this year with Dirty Laundry. I was happy to see that I achieved lots more than I thought!

But where is my time going? Well… I decided to record my time in a little journal. It only takes a second to write down everything I do. So at the end of the month I’ll know how much time I spend on Google Reader, how much time I spend at my job actually working, how much time I spend crafting, with my husband, etc.

I REALLY wanted to use the makeunder exercise to see if I was heading in the right direction with my indie biz. Oprah talks a lot about living your best life and finding your purpose on this earth. I did the six exercises on how to uncover my purpose. Discovering your purpose is what helps you to be:

  • true to yourself
  • to remember what is real
  • to be creative
  • to be resilient and to live your best life.

A purpose-led life is a blessed life.

I also say The Prayer of Jabez every morning to help me achieve my bigger and better life. It’s amazing how many wonderful opportunities came to me during my makeunder May from saying that prayer.


I cleaned and reorganized my craft closet and created a shipping station for my Etsy sales.

I really didn’t think I was going to have the time to ACTUALLY clean. But as the week went on and I was thinking about my 2010 goals I felt a great desire to exfoliate my workspace! I felt like I couldn’t move on unless I cleaned my workspace and completed each makeunder step in order.

The BIG change to my closet is that my sewing machine now lives in the closet! I decided to makeunder my Dirty Laundry business and focus the rest of the year on my fizzie line.

The Dirty Laundry aprons that I’ve made this year have been special requests for people I know or for people that knows somebody that I know. (Whew… did that make sense?) Anywho, I haven’t had aprons available to sell on-line since July 2009. And I’ve been struggling all year to make an apron line. It takes five hours for me to make a reversible apron. And 1 hour to press three dozen cupcake bath fizzies. Time is money and the fizzies are doing so well that I’d like to focus on new fun scents, new Dirty Laundry fizzie products, and getting into more retail stores.

I feel so relieved! The big dark cloud of having to make aprons is no longer hanging over my head. I can breathe.

Yes, I’m a little sad not to be making aprons. I was very excited and inspired to get some going and I had the fabric already laid out for them. But I look at it as a turning point for me and nothing is etched in stone. I can make aprons or another product later on. That’s the fun of having your own business!


Increase Dirty Laundry profits and save money.

I don’t really have a wish list of things that I want. I really don’t need anything. But I really want to spend my money smarter.

However, I took a BIG risk and decided to go part time at my job as a graphic designer for Hallmark. As of June I’m working 32 hours a week. I have a four day work week with a day to focus on Dirty Laundry. I’m taking a 20% pay cut.

But out of the blue a friend told me about a house to rent near where my husband I already live. We’re SO not a house couple and the thought of moving to a cheaper place to save money NEVER entered my mind.

We looked at the house the next day after finding out about it and it’s super cute and manageable. We just signed the lease and we move in later this summer! Our apartment lease just happens to end when the house will be ready to move in. We’re going to be saving $400 per month which is around the amount of money that’ll be taken out of my monthly check. How perfect is that?!?

Now there won’t be so much pressure to make up the money that I’m loosing out of my check with Dirty Laundry sales. That way I can grow at a comfortable pace and my indie biz will stay fun.

These are some of the highlights that occurred during my makeunder May experience.

All of these positive things that happened during my makeunder process it let me know that I was focused and moving in the right direction.

I will continue to evolve and move forward. I think it’ll be good to review my 2010 goals, exfoliate and reflect once a quarter.

I’ve kept up my daily time keeping journal and I found that I work on Dirty Laundry three times more than my full time job (hence going part time at Hallmark). I even found an iPhone app to make it easier to keep track of my daily tasks. I can see a cute little pie chart instead of spending hours trying to add up my time (see, I’m continuing my exfoliation makeunder process already).

I’m going to be keeping my intentions of SAVING money mind as we move into the house. Do we really need hanging plants? Do we really need a new coffee table? We have to be smart on our purchases and try not to fall into the pressures of having the cutest decorated place ever.

I’m sure I’ll have a new vision to create at the beginning of 2011 and I’ll be doing the four makeunder steps all over again.

I think the makeunder steps was VERY helpful for me. It helped me organize and write everything down that I had already started to work on at the beginning of the year. I think that a person will get out of it what they put into it. For me the steps helped me refine and confirm I was moving in the right direction with the ultimate decision of going part-time with my job to focus on my indie biz. I personally felt that I couldn’t move forward with my plan/goals if I didn’t complete the four steps.

Thanks Jess!

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  1. Jill

    Great story! I love how when she took a pay cut she immediately found a way to save the money on housing… I love when we get little lamps on our path so we know it’s the right way!

  2. I recently discovered Jeanee’s shop and blog – I love her line, it’s so cute. I WISH my job would let me go part time so I could dedicate more time to my biz. I’ve already asked and they won’t allow it, so it’s all or nothing for me…

  3. LaToya

    I really enjoyed this story. Like the comment above it’s amazing to see how things fall into place when your moving in the right direction. I hope Jeanee will be able to give us an update later in the year on her progress. Good Luck and Congrats, Jeanee!

  4. Jeanee

    Thanks for the feature Jess! And thanks for all of the kind coments ^.^

  5. Anna

    What a great story! It’s amazing how things go our way once we create our vision and goals. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Niki

    I really enjoyed reading Jeanee’s posts on her blog and this was a great recap. Congrats on your success so far!

  7. Carolyn

    Wow – what an inspiring journey!! Thank you for sharing :)!!

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