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August 6, 2020
Are you tired of looking around your home and seeing piles of stuff, things to finish, and just clutter that you dread going through? I get it. I’ve been in your shoes and tried the most popular methods of clearing out the clutter from our home, but there was lots of information that just didn’t fit with our need for things to change fast. After all, we’re a busy family. As a mom, I have too much going on in a day to take out everything I own and sort through it, like the Konmari Method says I should. I can’t remove all of my furniture and put it back like an interior designer, a la the Cozy Minimalist method. And especially with COVID looming in the air, I do not want to think about dying, like I need to with Swedish Death Cleaning. So I combined the best tactics of these popular methods - and some fringe decluttering ideas - into the 5 simple steps of the QUICK Decluttering Method. These steps work for ANYONE and can be done at your own pace. Start small with just one drawer, one shelf, or one room. Or go big and tackle your entire home in a weekend. Either way, just follow the steps in order and you will banish clutter from your home quicker than you thought possible. :) I am loving the decluttered feeling of our home and so want that for you too. Give it a try and let me know how it goes! This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: - What QUICK Decluttering is and how it works - Why the QUICK Declutter Method is different from other methods - The exact steps to make decluttering quicker than ever - How to make sure clutter never returns - The best way to start decluttering and why this step is often missed
July 30, 2020
Is minimalism or intentional living only limited to your home furnishings and clothes closets? Of course not! The beauty of minimalism (and it’s not just a decorating style with stark white walls) is that it can spill into every area of your life if you allow it. Minimalism is living intentionally and being mindful of the things we let into our lives and homes and as today’s guest reminds us, what we put on our bodies. I was thrilled to get to chat with Jenny Brereton about clean beauty on the latest episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show because she has such a passion for how to incorporate healthier products into our routines and what clean beauty can do for all of us. She reminds us that the beauty industry has very little regulation and unlike a lot of the modern world, the USA has not banned many ingredients that are considered harmful in other countries. We need to be our own advocates and use our money to purchase healthier options for our families. The problem is that it can be difficult to know which products to buy. Thankfully this episode gives you a great place to start. Jenny has always had a passion for her health, the environment, and caring for animals. She loves working with women in helping them feel beautiful and confident. After learning about the dangers we put on our bodies through our beauty products, it became her mission to educate other women on recognizing the toxins in their products. If you have ever considered being more intentional with the beauty products you buy or thought about clean beauty, this show is for you. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: - What clean beauty means? - 10 ingredients you should avoid when purchasing beauty products - Better sun care alternatives that won’t harm the ocean but at just as effective against sun damage - The #1 Jenny suggests you do to get started when going through your beauty products - How to simplify your beauty routine to save time and money everyday
July 23, 2020
Would your family know what to do and have access to the necessary financial and insurance information if something happened to you? Imagine you were in a car accident or caught COVID-19 and ended up in the hospital for a month. Who would take care of your kids? Who would pay the bills? Who would communicate with the insurance companies? And would they know where to get the information they’d need? If you are unsure of the answers to these questions, you need an Emergency Binder for your household. With so much uncertainty these days, an Emergency Binder that could help another adult step in and temporarily take over duties of running your home for a short while is a must-have. But, what does one put in an Emergency Binder? Where do you keep it? How do you keep it safe? And who should you tell about it. All of these questions are answered and laid out in 8 specific sections of a binder. By the end of the show you will have an amazing blue print laid out and be able to DIY your very own Emergency Binder for your family. It’s a wonderful way to have peace of mind and know that your family will be okay should you find yourself in an emergency and not able to be there for them physically. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: - What an Emergency Binder is - Why an Emergency Binder is necessary for families - The 8 specific sections you need to have in your Emergency Binder - How to safeguard your sensitive information - Who to tell about your Emergency Binder
July 16, 2020
Tried decluttering before, but didn’t get the results you wanted? That was the exact spot today’s guest found herself in - even after she decluttered over 2000 items. But, don't despair! There’s good news. Instead of giving up, she learned she just had to declutter one more place in her home and then it all changed. She finally started feeling lighter and less stressed. Her home became her haven and she finished decluttering each room. So what made the difference? It all came down to one sentence. Honestly, just a few words made all the difference when it came to clearing out her home to pursue the life she wanted. And you can do it too! In this episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show, I chat with declutterer extraordinaire, Karen Burke, about discovering your purpose, positive mindsets, living a life of adventure, and how a challenge can give you the push you need to change your life. This episode is will help you get past your doubts and realize that the life you envision in your head, may be just around the corner. Karen is a wife, two time boy mom, and former middle school teacher who now works from home as a blogger and course creator. The heart of her work at Slow Motion Mama is to help overwhelmed moms simplify their spaces & style them on a budget. She is dedicated to helping others organize their spaces and find their own unique style so that they can love the home they’re in.   If you have struggled with seeing results with decluttering and are about to throw in the towel, or you just want more direction on how to clear out the clutter, this show is for you. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: - How to flip the script when it comes to decluttering. Is it really all about what we take out of our homes? - The ONE sentence Karen asks herself when decluttering anything that changed everything. - Why setting a goal and joining a challenge may be just the thing you need to finally declutter your home. - What Karen suggests you do with expensive items you no longer want that makes it so much easier to let them go.
July 9, 2020
Have you ever heard of a no-gift party and wondered if it was right for you or your family? It seems like no-gift parties are popping up all over the internet these days and the idea can be appealing. I get it. Your home is already overflowing with stuff. But, what is a no-gift party anyway. Well, it’s just as it sounds. It’s a party to celebrate, but you ask the guests to not bring gifts. They can be tempting. You know you already have enough stuff and your kids have enough toys they could outfit a former Toys-R-Us. But, is not getting gifts for your child really the answer to your clutter problem? That’s up to you to decide, but here’s what happened when I had a no-gifts party for my daughter and why I will absolutely never have a no-gifts party again, even as a minimalist mom. And if you are wondering what to do instead, I’ve got you covered with 4 gift giving options that’s sure to please everyone no matter where you are on your minimalism journey. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: - What a no-gifts party is actually like - What guests feel about no-gifts parties - How to decide what kinds of gifts to give your kids for their birthdays or other gift-giving holidays - 4 alternatives options instead of a no-gift party - What I actually gave my daughter for her 7th birthday
July 3, 2020
Has this year sent you into a tailspin when it comes to keeping up with housework, schoolwork, and actual work? Do you struggle with juggling all the things? If so, you’re not alone. This episode is all about the importance of finding a schedule that works for you and your family. Our guest today, shares how she keeps her home functioning and clean while raising a family, homeschooling, strengthening her marriage, and running a blog to help other mamas master the art of homemaking. If she can do it with 5 young kids, she can show us how to do it too. Katelynne Eid, AKA The Disguised Supermom, provides encouragement and practical ideas for homemakers, which includes taking care of the house, strengthening your marriage and raising young children. And even if you are not a stay at home mom or have any desire to homeschool, creating a schedule that is flexible and works for everyone might just be the thing you need to help your home run smoothly. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: - how to embrace chaos and learn to set better expectations (that make us feel good about our lives) - Katelynne’s #1 tip for keeping your sanity as a mother and why it works no matter how many children you have - how to instill independence in your child - the two major time blocks Katelynne uses in her day to keep things running smoothly - The best piece of advice Katelynne ever received about living an intentional life and why it’s can be a game changer for you too
June 25, 2020
Every once in a while a new trend comes along in the minimalism space that shakes things up and makes people re-examine their lives. One of the recent newcomers is the idea of Swedish Death Cleaning. Don’t worry. It’s not as morbid as it sounds. In fact, it could be one of the best ways for sentimental people to declutter their belongings. At the heart of the trend is the idea that you want to make life easier for your loved ones when you die instead of leaving them with a house filled with crap that you, yourself didn’t really care about. It’s also a lovely way to pass on things you love to people you love - as long as they are useful and wanted by the recipient. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: • the nuts and bolts of what Swedish Death Cleaning actually is • how to incorporate this new style of decluttering into your life • why this may be the best thing you can do for your family • how Swedish Death Cleaning differs from Functional Minimalism • simple ways I used death cleaning without even knowing it
June 4, 2020
Have you ever wondered how some families seem to have life figured out? Their kids follow routines and they have healthy habits established. But, no matter what you try, you just can’t stand the idea of a boring routine? It turns out, that it doesn’t have to be as complicated or boring as it seems. Today’s guest describes herself as “a naturally Type B person” who much prefers to fly be the seat of her pants. Once she became a mother, she figured out that wasn’t the best approach, but still struggled and resisted routines. That was until she discovered Keystone Habits. Hena is a millennial stay at home mom of two small kiddos and a military wife. On her blog, Mending with Gold, she shares fun, educational ideas plus resources for kids as well as smart parenting tips for raising children. And if you have struggled with not only creating but making habits stick for your kiddos, Henna has the most adorable calendars on her website - and she is giving you one for free! This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: - why we struggle with creating habits - the most important phase in habit creation and how to make this easier - the simple, yet effective, strategy Hena uses to track habits over time - why Hena refuses to track every habit - it’s genius! - the best advice Hena’s ever received about habits
May 28, 2020
What mindsets do you have around money? Most of us have a complicated relationship with money, but did you know these thoughts can also keep your home filled with clutter? Today, I am chatting with money management expert, Ashley Patrick about all things money mindset and how to live intentionally even in these uncertain times. This episode is will help you get past your negative thoughts and create a plan to start living the life you dream about. Our guest today, shares how she moved past her own money mindsets, started living intentionally, and even paid off $45,000 in just 17 months. Ashley helps busy moms save money and pay off debt using simple systems so they can reach their big dreams easier and faster. She is a Master Financial Coach and has been featured on sites like Fox Business, Yahoo! Finance, USA Today, CNBC, and many others.  If you have a complicated relationship with money or clutter, or just want to learn more about how you can live an intentional life with the resources you have then today’s show is for you. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: Discover how to take back control over your life and your spending - The genius way Ashley budgets. Honestly, it’s so simple and yet so brilliant that I’m implementing it too. - The top money mindsets that are holding you back and how they relate to the clutter in your home - Ashley’s #1 tip for living intentionally
May 26, 2020
Do you struggle with quiet time? Don't worry if you answered yes. This is an area I struggle too. But, that all changes today. This episode is all about the importance of quiet time, why it is essential to your child’s well-being, and how to implement quiet time in your home without a fight. Our guest today, shares how she keeps peace and quiet in her home while homeschooling her 5 kids and running a business with her sister. If she can have 2 hours of quiet time everyday in her home, she can show us how to do it too. Dani Goeppert is a wild and happy mama of five, and married to (as she says) the handsomest of German men. She is originally from Canada but hasn’t lived there in over a decade. After moving to Germany in her early 20s, learning German and having five babies, her family packed up and moved near Kyiv, Ukraine. There they serve together with an international non-profit, and are currently conquering their next language - Russian. She dreams of one day being able to read Dostoevsky in the original. She is passionate about growing wild happy families, inspiring mamas to step into their callings as co-creators and gives them tools to create more time, boost meaningful productivity and influence their communities with the power of relationships starting at the most important place - home. And if you struggle with making your home peaceful or being consistent with quiet time, Dani shares all of her tips in her popular Stupid Simple Quiet Time System. I promise, it’s a good one. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: - how to give your children toys that will not add junk to your home - this is a great way to satisfy grandparents too! - what open-ended toys have worked best for her family (even with a large age range of 5 kids) - where to start when you want to implement quiet time in your home - secrets to quiet time when your child will not play by themselves - Dani’s favorite simple pleasure this week and why it makes me want to implement her system right away
May 21, 2020
Are you feeling smothered, stuck, or like you’re suffocating in your home, but don't know why? The answer may be the stuff you own. Tired of the rat race and working so hard to buy ALL THE THINGS? See why the answer may be as simple as saying no to shopping. Our guest today, shares her journey from this exact spot. She was determined to live a better life and back at the beginning of 2017 she chose to define her year with simplicity. She never could have imagined how that goal would change her life. Hint: she started in her closet and it ended with her quitting her job (even though she was the breadwinner for her family!). Brooke is a simple-living blogger, wife, and mom to two daughters. Her motto to “simplify, find more joy, and be intentional with her time” changed her life for the better. She writes about her experience at HappySimpleMom.com where she helps busy moms reclaim all the joys of their motherhood. Brooke believes by simplifying your life you can experience a home that brings you joy and happiness and stop letting the mess weigh you down. And if you struggle with keeping your home free from clutter, Brooke shares her wildly popular Flat Surface Clutter Rule. I promise, it’s a good one. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: - how one simple goal can change your entire home and life - what to do (and not do) if you are a minimalist and your spouse is a maximalist - how to stop clutter creep with the Flat Surface Clutter Rule - ways to help your children keep their things organized - where Brooke would start if she was starting her simplifying journey again
May 19, 2020
Do you put off decluttering because it feels like a chore and something that will never end? That stops today! Today you become an action-taker and get control over your home and your stuff. The best part is that it will only take you an hour to change your life. Want gold stars and bonus points? Get your family in on the action and make it a competition to see who can find the most stuff or get done the fastest. It’s never been easier to clear out your stuff and live in a lighter and more peaceful home. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: - 10 areas you can declutter quickly and easily - The best place to start when you feel stuck - How to get your family interested in decluttering - A clever idea for what to do with your decluttered items when donation places are closed - How just 1 hour and 100 items will change your life
May 15, 2020
If you are a mom and have wanted to simplify or declutter your home, chances are there is someone in your household that has not been as excited about the process as you are. I hear all the time from readers and listeners who want to know…”How do I get my husband or kids to declutter their stuff?” This is a very common question and so I thought it best to bring in backup. Today’s guest has been there and she has some very interesting techniques that will work wonders for getting your kids to declutter. She also has some tips for when your spouse is less than thrilled with your decluttering ways. Julianna is a wife, mama, and professional declutterer. She is passionate about living a life full of purpose and intention and helping other moms do the same on her blog, The Simplicity Habit. And if you, or your loved ones, are very sentimental about your things, Julianna shares a wonderful secret she uses to help her daughter part with items she no longer needs or uses, but still loves dearly. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: - Where to start when getting your kids to declutter - The 3 options you have for decluttering kids stuff, but why it’s best to choose the 3rd option - How to live with a spouse who does not embrace minimalism - The secret Julianna uses to help her daughter part with sentimental items - The best simple living advice Julianna ever received
May 13, 2020
Looking to redecorate your home, but not able to get to a store? Maybe you just want to be resourceful or save money? Today’s show discusses several innovative ideas for how to redecorate your space with everyday items you already have on hand. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: - why setting your intention for a space before you decorate is key - how to look around your home with a new creative eye - interesting things you can decorate with that you never thought of before - creative ways to use cereal boxes and other food packaging - how to use sentimental items to decorate your walls
May 6, 2020
Have you been struggling to embrace minimalism or simple living because you’re waiting for your “ah-ha moment”? Today’s guest will help you realize that you don’t need to wait for a big life change or a crisis to start your journey to a more intentional life. You can start by giving everything you own a home. That’s exactly what Jenna did and she knows her stuff. As a mom who always thought she lived tiny (and compared to many of us she does), she realized that her home was still messy because as a self-proclaimed “messy person” she struggled with putting things away. Giving everything she owns a home changed the way Jenna viewed her stuff, let her declutter things that no longer had a place to go, and enables her, her husband, and 3 kids to live comfortably in about 800 square feet. Jenna Arvidson gives moms permission to live differently. She teaches how to simplify your home and your day so you have time and space for what matters most.
April 22, 2020
We’ve been sold this idea that we need a to do list in order to be productive. But, productivity can come at the cost of moving the needle forward in your life if you lose sight of your priorities. Think about your to do list…. Maybe it’s a list of things you want to get done today. Maybe it’s a list of things you need to do tomorrow. Or if you’re like many people, your to do list is a running list of things you think about and jot down so you don’t forget. The problem is that the items on a to do list are not prioritized. They keep you busy, but busy is not the same as productive. And worse yet, productive is not the same as meaningful. That’s why you NEED a Stop Doing List. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: • the truth about to do lists and why they are the end-all-be-all • how to set priorities for you and your family • ways to give yourself grace around being perfect • 5 things you can add to your stop doing list - like TODAY
April 16, 2020
Are you struggling to hold it all together with your family all home 24-hours a day, 7 days a week?  Do you have routines in place to help organize your days, activities, home, and life? If not, you may suffer from one of these most popular myths about routines. Your thoughts and beliefs might be holding you back from the well-run home you crave.  This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: • the 4 most common myths about routines • how routines can grant you more freedom • why routines are like a loving parent • the truth about using routines with unpredictable schedules  And if routines and getting things done now that everyone’s home is tough for you, I invite you to join my newest class - Automate Your Home: Put Your Routines on Autopilot.  Enrollment is now open and it will be a game changer for those of us who feel overwhelmed, constantly behind, and exhausted by the end of the day. I don't want that to be you anymore so come over to LittleGreenBow.com/automate and get in on our special beta launch pricing.
April 8, 2020
Welcome to another week of struggling to remember what day of the week it is. Luckily, we're all in this together and we will get through it. There was something that was weighing on my heart this week and I think it’s a topic that could be a game-changer for you. Today I want to let you in on a little secret. It’s the secret to how to be organized everyday. I’m not talking about perfect, but I am talking about how to feel like you’ve got it all together. As busy moms, we all know how unbelievably overwhelming it can be to create the right routines in order to sustain a calm, peaceful, and happy home that runs smoothly. And it’s now more important than ever!! This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: • how to be organized in less than an hour a day • the 6 simple things you must do on a daily basis • why progress is WAY BETTER than perfection And if you are struggling with routines and getting things done now that everyone’s home, I invite you to join the waitlist for my newest workshop - Automate Your Home: Put Your Routines on Autopilot. It’s launching in mid-April and will be a game changer for those of us who feel overwhelmed, constantly behind, and exhausted by the end of the day. I don't want that to be you anymore so come over to LittleGreenBow.com/automate and get on the waitlist.
April 2, 2020
How are you all holding up with sheltering-in-place and the coronavirus? To be honest, it’s getting tough on us, but we’re determined to stick it out. We’ve been home since the 12th of March and the newness has worn off. Oh well, we know many people have suffered through much, MUCH worse so we are happy to be getting through this together. One of the things that we struggled with early on was cooking and eating 3 meals a day. Okay, so I’m the only one who cooks, but having to come up with the meal plan and get it all together, threw me for a loop. So, when I read my good friend’s latest blog post, I knew it would be one that you’d find helpful too. It’s filled with 6 tips for how to stay sane and healthy when you’re cooking 3 meals a day. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: • secrets for saving time in the kitchen • how to store prepped veggies so that last longer • simple ways to incorporate more fresh veggies quickly and easily And if you are struggling with routines and getting things done now that everyone’s home, I invite you to join the waitlist for my newest workshop - Automate Your Home: Put Your Routines on Autopilot. It’s launching in mid-April and will be a game changer for those of us who feel overwhelmed, constantly behind, and exhausted by the end of the day. I don't want that to be you anymore so come over to LittleGreenBow.com/automate and get on the waitlist.
March 18, 2020
What an exhausting week it has been! It felt like everyday came with new discoveries about Coronavirus and what the world is going through. Now, a lot of us are being asked to work from home, teach our kids as schools are closed and we’re trying to do it all while keeping our sanity. And while we are by no means out of the woods yet, we will get through this global pandemic. Please just remember to be patient, stay positive, and be kind. As I was preparing my home and family to hunker down for a bit, I could not help but examine how minimalism has helped me get ready for the Coronavirus outbreak and I thought it could help all of you too. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: • how minimalism helped us prepare for the Coronavirus outbreak • 3 tips for navigating homeschooling for the 1st time • a mega-list of activities and ideas for teaching your kids from home
March 11, 2020
If you are tired of being overwhelmed with your everyday life and ready to try something new, these 10 ways to add simplicity to your life are the perfect place to start. As moms, we feel pressured to do it all, to be it all, and to look great doing it. But, trying to be Wonder Woman can take it’s toll on our health and relationships. Take back control of your life and let go of the stress you carry around on a daily basis by incorporating these 10 tips and ideas for adding a dose of simplicity to your routines. And if you want to dive deeper into simplicity and routines for making your life easier, I invite you to join the waitlist for my newest workshop - Automate: Put Your Routines on Autopilot. It’s a game changer for those of us who feel overwhelmed, constantly behind, and exhausted by the end of the day. I don't want that to be you anymore so come over to LittleGreenBow.com/automate and get on the waitlist. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: • why it’s vital we simplify our lives • what simplicity actually means • my favorite way to practice simplicity everyday • which of your own parenting advice to listen to • how one drawer in your kitchen can change your mornings
February 26, 2020
Before I became a mom, I would have told you routines were silly and unnecessary. Then, as my life began to spiral out of control and I discovered my daughter thrived on a daily routine, I decided to find what worked best for our family, no matter what. After polling my readers, you all said that keeping up with the basics was what you needed help with most…and when I look back on what made me finally feel like I had control over my life again, it was these 5 routines that made the difference. By implementing these routines you will be able to not only simplify your everyday mom life, but maybe, just maybe, be able to enjoy it more too. And if you want to dive deeper into these routines and learn how to put some of your biggest tasks on autopilot so not only will you no longer fall behind, but things will get done without disrupting your day, I invite you to join the waitlist for my newest workshop - Automate: Put Your Routines on Autopilot. It’s a game changer for those of us who feel overwhelmed, constantly behind, and exhausted by the end of the day. I don't want that to be you anymore so come over to LittleGreenBow.com/automate and get on the waitlist. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: • the 5 routines that have changed my life • why I think routines are a complete life-saver • how to start your morning with the right mindset • the best way to end your day to set yourself up for success tomorrow • why routines are the key to take back control of your life and stop feeling overwhelmed
February 13, 2020
One of the members in my Wannabe Minimalist Facebook group asked about how to store her stuff in her small home when she has little closet space and no basement. Instead of only replying to her, I thought it was advice we could all learn from. Here’s are some of my best ideas for creative ways to store your stuff when you have no closets. But, these ideas were not just pulled out of my head. No way! They were tied and tested when I was a property manager and worked closely with top-notch interior designers to model out several small apartments. I guarantee there are some ideas here that you have NEVER heard before. So jump on in. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: • what kind of furniture is best for small homes • why I think doors are some of the most underutilized space and what to do about it • creative storage ideas for the kitchen so you can clear off your counters • how paint can help with your storage dilemma • and the coolest idea the designers came up for storing extra chairs (hint: I don’t make you wait to the end to find out)
February 5, 2020
Have you ever wanted to try a minimalist capsule wardrobe, but are not sure where to start? If so, this episode is for you. Get ready to love opening your closet, enjoy the clothes you own, and feel comfortable in every thing you wear. Sure, it’s a tall order, but it’s totally possible. I have been living with a minimalist capsule wardrobe for a while now and tested it when we traveled throughout Europe for a year with just a suitcase. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover: • the most important piece of clothing you own • how to turn 12 articles of clothing into over 72 outfits • the secret to loving your capsule wardrobe
January 29, 2020
Sometimes life is too busy to take on a full challenge. I’m wrapping up a full 21-Day Decluttering Challenge this week and I know what a commitment it takes. While I am thrilled with the results from the challenge, there are some of you who have reached out to say, you just couldn’t commit this time around. I got you. This episode is for you. In just 20 minutes, you will be able to clear out 20 items from your home. These are things that you will not miss, but I promise will still make an impact. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show includes: • a roadmap for quickly decluttering things you do not need • a list of 20 things you can get rid of quickly • a free resource to help you continue on the journey If you missed out on the 21-Day Decluttering Challenge or wish you could’ve joined us, this episode’s for you. In less time than a PBS Kids show, you can have your home lighter and can build up some momentum so any future decluttering you want to take on will be easier. You got this! And I am here for you along the way.
January 29, 2020
Sometimes life is too busy to take on a full challenge. I’m wrapping up a full 21-Day Decluttering Challenge this week and I know what a commitment it takes. While I am thrilled with the results from the challenge, there are some of you who have reached out to say, you just couldn’t commit this time around. I got you. This episode is for you. In just 20 minutes, you will be able to clear out 20 items from your home. These are things that you will not miss, but I promise will still make an impact. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show includes: • a roadmap for quickly decluttering things you do not need • a list of 20 things you can get rid of quickly • a free resource to help you continue on the journey If you missed out on the 21-Day Decluttering Challenge or wish you could’ve joined us, this episode’s for you. In less time than a PBS Kids show, you can have your home lighter and can build up some momentum so any future decluttering you want to take on will be easier. You got this! And I am here for you along the way.
January 23, 2020
If you’ve ever struggled with clutter, you’re familiar with the suffocating feeling and chaos that comes with having too much stuff. But, you still might be surprised by the statistics of how stuff harms our daily lives. No matter where you are on your decluttering journey, today’s episode will open your eyes to the 3 top ways stuff takes away from your life. But, it’s not all bad news. We’ll also discuss 7 tips for clearing the clutter from your life and how to embrace a better life with less stuff. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show includes: • the 3 resources clutter steals from you • how to get your family on board with decluttering • if a slow or fast declutter works better • the #1 thing I do to ensure clutter does not return • how to celebrate the victories along the journey If you’ve ever wanted to waive a magic wand and clear the clutter from your home, this episode’s for you. Don’t forget to join my free Wannabe Minimalist Group on Facebook. We’re currently running a 21-Day Decluttering Challenge and I would love for you to join us.
January 16, 2020
Do you have some items you want to sell, but you’re not sure where to sell them or how to sell them online? You’ve decluttered like a champ, but you’d rather sell your items instead of just donating them. After all, you have some great stuff and feel like you can bring in some decent money - money you can use to to take your family on a trip, upgrade your wardrobe, pay off some credit cards, or just put in savings. No matter what you want the funds for, I can help you figure out the best place to sell your goods online and how to make an amazing ad so your items stand out online. A few years ago, my husband and I sold almost everything we owned so we could travel the world with our daughter. When all was said and done, we made over $28,000 in a matter of weeks. I’m taking the lessons I learned from selling online and giving you my best tips and tricks. This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show includes: • four great places to list your goods for sale online • my four favorite ways to sell your items offline • how to create an ad that saves you time • how to create an ad that draws customers in • the top tips for taking great photos of your items for sale
 Click on the episode below to listen and find out exactly how to sell your decluttered items quickly, easily, and for the best price. Don’t forget to join my free Wannabe Minimalist Group on Facebook. We’re currently running a 21-Day Decluttering Challenge and I would love for you to join us.
January 8, 2020
Are you constantly cleaning your home? Maybe you’re trying to declutter, but find something is holding you back? Like no matter what you try, your home ends up messy again almost immediately? On today’s show we’re talking about how our minds and the thoughts we hold keep our homes messy, even though we feel like we clean them endlessly. If that sounds like you, it’s probably one of the following 10 mindsets I’m going to talk about that keeps your home messy. That’s right! Your mind could be the thing stopping you. Decluttering is no easy task. And unfortunately it can be made even more difficult by our mindsets and the thoughts we tell ourselves. Join me on the latest episode of The Wannabe Minimalist Show where we look at the top mindsets keeping your home messy and cluttered so you can break free and get to the heart of the matter once and for all. If you are looking to declutter in 2020, don’t forget to join my private Wannabe Minimalist Group on Facebook. We’re starting a 21-Day Decluttering Challenge on January 11th, but sign up now to introduce yourself, get prepared for the challenge, and to find motivation. By the end of the month, you’ll have decluttered your whole home and will be ready to tackle the New Decade on your terms. What have you got to lose (other than all that extra stuff of course!)? Join the group now!
December 31, 2019
Ever wonder why we are so attached to the things we own? From a young age, even before we can talk and verbalize our feelings, humans show that they value their things over things that are not theirs. But, as a parent you probably already know this. You’ve experienced teaching (or trying to teach) your child to share. There are scientific reasons for why you and I feel attached to things, but they do not define who we are. However, as you embark on the path toward minimalism, it can be extremely helpful to learn about the reasons behind why we love our stuff, why we want more, and how to be happy with decluttering like a minimalist. So join me on the latest episode of The Wannabe Minimalist Show where we look at the science behind materialism and why we love our stuff so much. It’s the perfect way to end 2019 as we get ready for the New Year (and New DECADE). If you are looking to declutter in 2020, don’t forget to join my private Wannabe Minimalist Group on Facebook. We’re starting a 21-Day Decluttering Challenge on January 11th, but sign up now to introduce yourself, get prepared for the challenge, and to find motivation. By the end of the month, you’ll have decluttered your whole home and will be ready to tackle the New Decade on your terms. What have you got to lose (other than all that extra stuff of course!)?
December 24, 2019
Cold weather got you down? As the temperature drops it feels so amazing to cuddle up in a warm cozy home with family and friends. If your home is not feeling as warm and cozy as you’d like check out these 14 different ways you can add coziness to your living spaces. No matter if you’re living in freezing cold Chicago, the chilly deserts of Arizona, wet Munich, snowy Colorado, or by the cool oceans in California - I’ve lived in them all! - we all want to feel the warmth of a cozy home in the winter.
December 17, 2019
You’ve heard of decluttering. You’ve heard of the minimalist lifestyle. You’re tired off all of your stuff weighing you down and are ready to give it a try. But, there’s just one problem. You don’t know where to start… Perhaps there’s too much information out there. Maybe you just want to dip your toe in and not do your whole home at once. Most likely you are doing this alone - it’s okay, Mama! You be the trailblazer for your family. I know once they see how much happier you, are they rest of your family will join you. So, start here.
December 10, 2019
Tired of everyone telling you you have to DO IT ALL at Christmas? Feeling stressed out and overwhelmed this holiday season? Think you’re failing as a Mom because there’s too much on your plate in addition to the holiday stuff? Then, today’s show is for you. Learn how to take back Christmas with simplicity, discover how to still have fun without doing it all, and make this year special for your family. We look at 6 reasons why the holidays are stressful, 6 ways to cut down on stress with mindfulness, and finish with 8 ways to minimize holiday stress while maximizing family fun. Give it a listen and find out how you can enjoy this holiday season without all the stress.
December 4, 2019
Is your home overflowing with paper? Does it feel like you finally get it under control and then you blink and you’re buried again? I have an ugly truth to tell you…you will always have to deal with papers coming into your life. It’s true! Paper is one of the things in our lives that never stops. There will be mail, school papers, bills, invitations, owner manuals, and so on. But, the good news is that you can cut down on this paper significantly. Today’s podcast walks you through - How to handle the paper that comes in everyday via the mail and your child’s backpack - What to do with all of the paper clutter currently in your home - 10 items you can toss immediately so you feel lighter and more organized TODAY! I also have a cheatsheet for today’s episode. So if you want a checklist for how to get rid of paper clutter once and for all head over to www.LittleGreenBow.com/paperclutter. (The irony that this is a printable is not lost on me. But, this ONE piece of paper will help you get rid of hundreds so I think it’s a good trade off.) What are you waiting for? Give it a listen, grab your checklist, and conquer your paper clutter once and for all!
November 26, 2019
Looking to cut back on clutter this holiday season, but not sure what to do about giving gifts to your friends and loved ones? Recently go through a big decluttering and not sure what to get your kids this year? Looking for more meaning and less clutter? Then, today’s show is for you. We’ll look at 3 ways to lay the foundation to keep spending down and gifts meaningful. Then we’ll look at over 35 clutter-free gift ideas that you can give to all of the special people in your life including kids, parents, siblings, friends, co-workers and other friends and loved ones. I also have a free download listing over 50 gift ideas to keep the clutter down this holiday season. Discover how these clutter-free gift ideas cut the stuff, but not the generosity.
November 19, 2019
Trying to live a more minimalist life, but your kids’ stuff is just making it feel impossible? Look, I get it…kids come with a lot of things. From the moment they are born, we start buying clothes, furniture, gadgets and toys - my goodness, the TOYS! But, even though children do have lots of needs, a bunch of stuff is not really one of them. This episode walks you through three major issues when it comes to kids and too much stuff, plus action items for addressing each one. Before you know it, you will be decluttering your kids stuff, with their help, and without meltdowns, fights, or back talk. Then, today’s show is for you. We look at 5 quick and easy decluttering methods and how to start using them immediately. I’ve even experimented with getting my family on board with these methods. Not only did they join in the decluttering process, but we also had a lot of fun doing it. Promise. Click on the episode below to listen and find out how you can start decluttering your home quickly without stress.
November 12, 2019
Want to declutter your home, but feel stuck and like you just can’t get moving? Does the idea of Konmari make you cringe a bit? Are you just ready to cut through the chaos and get glimpse of a clean home without turning your life upside down? Then, today’s show is for you. We look at 5 quick and easy decluttering methods and how to start using them immediately. I’ve even experimented with getting my family on board with these methods. Not only did they join in the decluttering process, but we also had a lot of fun doing it. Promise. Click on the episode below to listen and find out how you can start decluttering your home quickly without stress.
November 5, 2019
When our daughter was only 6 weeks old, we decided to sell almost everything we owned and travel the world. Only 6 months after we started, we had failed and were back in the USA living a "normal" life with a houseful of stuff. We tried again a few years later and thanks to these three mind shifts, we were able to change how we view stuff and our relationship with things. It just goes to show you that minimalism is not a one size fits all solution. Join us on the journey so we can all free ourselves for the overabundance of things in our lives.
October 29, 2019
In this episode I discuss what the Wannabe Minimalist Show is all about, what I believe minimalism is, who can benefit, and how often new episodes will air.
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