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Clutter Free Academy

English, Social, 1 season, 527 episodes, 5 hours, 44 minutes
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With a whole lotta Hope, Humor and How-To's Kathi Lipp and Erin MacPherson are bringing you the most intriguing authors, hottest topics and on point-advice to get your through your day. You'll laugh and learn and maybe get a little inspired along the way. Take a break from the rest of your week and join us for the most fun you can have while unloading your dishwasher.
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621 - Unlocking the Secrets of Successful Gardening with AI

Have ever struggled to turn your dream garden into a reality? What if we told you that there's a new secret weapon that can help you achieve gardening success like never before? That's right, we're talking about the incredible power of AI! Join Kathi and her partner in life and gardening Roger Lipp on this episode as they dive into the world of AI-assisted gardening. They’ll share all the prompts and tips that transformed their gardening game, and you'll walk away feeling empowered and inspired to create your own oasis of abundance. Listen in as Kathi and Roger guide you through using AI to: Plan the spacing and layout of your garden Determine what plants are best for your growing zone Research companion plants for a healthy garden ecosystem As promised, here’s the Garden Prompt that Kathi and Roger use to direct AI to plan their dream garden: “I'm trying to create a planting/gardening activity calendar for our home in the 7b zone of 95684 for our 16x48 foot harden and our 8x8 greenhouse and various potted plants on our patios. Can you create a monthly calendar and make some suggestions about the best fruits and vegetables to grow - along with planting instructions?” Click here to be notified when the next episode of Clutter Free Academy is released. Also, stay up to date and sign up here to receive our newsletter. Meet Our Guest: Roger Lipp Links Mentioned: Claude AI Sign up here for Kathi's newsletter or here to receive her Clutter Free Basics Kit! Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Join our Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
6/11/202417 minutes, 31 seconds
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620 - Chris Morris Resilient and Redeemed

Hey friends, today's episode is a powerful and important one. But be advised, it’s also a sensitive subject. Kathi Lipp will be diving deep into the topic of depression and suicidality with her dear friend and author Chris Morris. You'll hear how Chris hit his lowest point and the transformative experiences that followed. He opens up about the pivotal moments that set him on a path of healing and the vital role his wife and community played in that journey. Whether you've personally battled depression or suicidal thoughts, or you've walked alongside a loved one facing these challenges, Chris' story and insights offer hope and practical wisdom, such as:  How to come alongside someone struggling with their mental health The importance of finding the right therapist, and it might not be the first one you find! The importance of communicating effectively and clearly that they are needed and loved This episode will move you, challenge you, and ultimately inspire you to show up for those you love who might be struggling in ways you can't fully understand. So grab a cozy spot, and let's dive into this powerful conversation together. Meet Our Guest: Chris Morris Interested in more of Chris Morris’s story? Click this link. Resilient and Redeemed: Lessons About Suicidality and Depression from the Psych Ward And sign up for his newsletter at chrismorriswrites.com Click here to be notified when the next episode of Clutter Free Academy is released. Also, stay up to date and sign up here to receive our newsletter. Links Mentioned: Click here to subscribe to our newsletter and access a copy of the Decision Tree for Letting Go of Emotional Items Kathi mentions in this episode. Sign up here for Kathi's newsletter or here to receive her Clutter Free Basics Kit! Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Join our Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
6/4/202429 minutes, 38 seconds
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619 - Decluttering Sentimental Items: Transforming Loved Items into Meaningful Displays

Welcome back, our sentimental decluttering friends! In part 2 of the Clutter Free Academy series on decluttering sentimental items, Kathi Lipp and Tonya Kubo explore the art of curating and displaying emotional items in a meaningful way. Throughout the episode, they emphasize the importance of being intentional and selective in your curation process, ensuring that each displayed item truly reflects your heart and brings joy to your space. Listen in as they share insights and inspiration about sentimental items, such as: How to transform your emotional clutter into beautiful, intentional keepsakes How gallery walls, shadowboxes, and themed displays can be used to honor your loved one How sharing the narratives behind sentimental items can enhance their value and significance. With their insights and inspiration, you'll be well-equipped to transform your sentimental clutter into beautiful, purposeful keepsakes. So, grab a tissue (just in case) and join us for this heartfelt conversation! Did you miss Part 1 of this series? Here it is for you. #618 Decluttering Sentimental Items: A Step-by-Step Guide Click here to be notified when the next episode of Clutter Free Academy is released. Also, stay up to date and sign up here to receive our newsletter. Meet Our Guest: Tonya Kubo Links Mentioned: Click here to subscribe to our newsletter and access a copy of the Decision Tree for Letting Go of Emotional Items Kathi mentions in this episode. Sign up here for Kathi's newsletter or here to receive her Clutter Free Basics Kit! Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Join our Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
5/28/202418 minutes, 26 seconds
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618 – Decluttering Sentimental Items: A Step-by-Step Guide

Do you have a box (or two, or three) filled with sentimental items that you just can't seem to let go of? In this episode of Clutter Free Academy, Kathi Lipp, and Tonya Kubo tackle the challenge of decluttering sentimental items. They discuss the various categories of emotional clutter, from childhood memorabilia to inherited items, and share their personal experiences with letting go. Together, they offer a step-by-step decision-making process to help listeners navigate the emotional decluttering journey with confidence and clarity. Listen in as they how to ask questions and set limits on sentimental items in the decluttering process using: Kathi’s "Five Item Rule" for curating sentimental objects, and Tonya’s “Decision Tree” process for making decluttering choices Click here to be notified when part 2 of this series, where Kathi and Tonya will dive even deeper into the art of curating and displaying sentimental items in a meaningful way, goes LIVE. Also, stay up to date and sign up here to receive our newsletter. Meet Our Guest: Tonya Kubo Links Mentioned: Click here to subscribe to our newsletter and access a copy of the Decision Tree for Letting Go of Emotional Items Kathi mentions in this episode. Sign up here for Kathi's newsletter or here to receive her Clutter Free Basics Kit! Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Join our Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
5/21/202417 minutes, 1 second
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617 - Making Your House Work For You

Kathi sits down with Tenneil Register to explore practical ways to make your home work for you, not the other way around. In this episode, they discuss:  Designing spaces around your natural habits and routines Examples of functional home solutions (such as paperwork organization) Why entryway, kitchen, and bedroom spaces are key areas in your home The power of taking photos to evaluate your spaces with fresh eyes  Kathi and Tenneil will be sharing their 3 challenges spaces (Entry, Eat, Rest) pictures! Take the challenge and you can post your pics over at Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy group. We have the most amazing corner of friends who cheer each other on! Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released, or here to receive Kathi's Clutter Free Kit! Meet Our Guest: Tenneil Register Links Mentioned: A House That Cleans Itself Sign up here for Kathi's newsletter or here to receive her Clutter Free Basics Kit! Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Join our Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
5/14/202419 minutes, 57 seconds
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616 – The Great Closet Cleanout with Lauren Horst

Hey there friends! Have you ever found yourself staring into an overflowing closet, feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of clothes you've accumulated? This is the episode for you! We’re so excited to share this conversation with the amazing Lauren Horst. Lauren has taken on the ultimate closet cleanse - wearing every single item she owns to assess what pieces spark joy and which ones need to go. It's a practical, eye-opening approach that just might be the closet cure we've all been looking for. Listen in as we discuss: How to come to your closet with curiosity How to curate what's best in your closet How to clean out your closet by wearing everything you own So grab a cozy seat and get ready to be inspired as we dive into Lauren's wear-it-all journey! Sign up here to receive Kathi's free Clutter Free Kit resource. Would you like to receive Kathi's Clutter Free Academy newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here. Favorite Links: Meet Our Guest: Lauren Horst on Tik Tok.  Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group  Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
5/7/202422 minutes, 53 seconds
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615 - Breaking Free from Decorating "Rules": Creating a Home You Love Part 2

Do you feel like some people are just born with a decorating gene? Our guest today says no one is! In today's episode, we have Myquillyn Smith, also known as the Nester, joining us to discuss her new book "House Rules: How to Decorate for Every Home Style and Budget." Kathi Lipp and Myquillyn dive into the challenges of decorating and the importance of embracing resourcefulness. They emphasize the value of breaking decorating rules and share practical advice for transforming your living space, such as: Start with something you hate Do your "someday project" right now! Don't wait! Resourcefulness is the ultimate resource. Tune in to learn more about Myquillyn's insightful perspective on home decor and how it can positively impact your life. Order a copy of Myquillyn Smith's newest book House Rules here.  Sign up here to be notified when 615 Myquillyn Smith House Rules Part 2 is released. Would you like to receive Kathi's Clutter Free Academy newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here. Meet Our Guest: Myquillyn Smith Favorite Links: Myquillyn Smith's website The Nester.com Myquillyn Smith on Instagram @thenester Order Myquillyn's newest book HOUSE RULES: How to Decorate for Every Home, Style, and Budget here Take Myquillyn's decorating quiz here Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group  Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
4/30/202422 minutes, 16 seconds
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614 - Breaking Free from Decorating "Rules": Creating a Home You Love Part 1

Do you feel like some people are just born with a decorating gene? Our guest today says no one is! In today's episode, we have Myquillyn Smith, also known as the Nester, joining us to discuss her new book "House Rules: How to Decorate for Every Home Style and Budget." Kathi Lipp and Myquillyn dive into the challenges of decorating and the importance of embracing resourcefulness. They emphasize the value of breaking decorating rules and share practical advice for transforming your living space, such as: Start with something you hate Do your "someday project" right now! Don't wait! Resourcefulness is the ultimate resource. Tune in to learn more about Myquillyn's insightful perspective on home decor and how it can positively impact your life. As promised, here's a look at the tile in Kathi's Monet-inspired kitchen! Order a copy of Myquillyn Smith's newest book House Rules here.  Sign up here to be notified when 615 Myquillyn Smith House Rules Part 2 is released. Would you like to receive Kathi's Clutter Free Academy newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here. Meet Our Guest: Myquillyn Smith Favorites:   Myquillyn Smith's website The Nester.com Myquillyn Smith on Instagram @thenester Order Myquillyn's newest book HOUSE RULES: How to Decorate for Every Home, Style, and Budget here Take Myquillyn's decorating quiz here Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group  Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
4/23/202418 minutes, 8 seconds
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613 - 5 Steps to Unstuff Your House

Are you feeling trapped in a home overstuffed with, well, STUFF? You’re not alone! In the latest episode of Clutter Free Academy, Kathi teams up with Tenneil Register, an incredible mom who mastered the art of living clutter free – even in the tight quarters of a fixer-upper with a blended family of seven! Tune in for their tips on: Making your house a home instead of a storage unit Using things you love as creative storage solutions Letting go of things that are no longer your vibe In this episode, Tenneil mentions using repurposed items to decorate her space. Here are the promised photos! Meet Our Guest: Tenneil Register Favorites: Sign up here for Kathi's newsletter or here to receive her Clutter Free Basics Kit! Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Join our Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
4/16/202426 minutes, 1 second
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612 - How to Deal with the Mental Load Part 2

Do you feel like you are the only person in your house who understands the amount of strategic planning it takes to do the grocery shopping? You are not alone, my friend! Join us for How to Deal with the Mental Load Part 2, as Tonya Kubo and Kathi Lipp explore the balance of insourcing and outsourcing daily tasks to manage burnout. Discover creative solutions for family involvement, the mental load battle, and how to negotiate for change without guilt. This episode offers insights into mental load management and gender roles, aimed at improving household dynamics. Kathi and Tonya offer helpful insights, such as: How insourcing allows people to “scratch an itch” they have How to make decisions based on resources How to achieve collective household downtime Did you miss How to Deal with the Mental Load Part 1? Listen here.  Tonya and Kathi mention continuing this conversation. Here are the details! Live workshop: April 11 at 4 p.m. PST in the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group (kathi.link/cfa) Looking for the best way to communicate ideas and questions with the Clutter-Free Team? Send an email to [email protected] Also, stay up to date and sign up here to receive our newsletter. Meet Our Guest: Tonya Kubo Links Mentioned: Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) by Eve Rodsky Sign up here for Kathi's newsletter or here to receive her Clutter Free Basics Kit! "The Help List" - Kathi's social media post about her kids/guests helping at the holidays that went VIRAL! Continue this conversation with Kathi & Tonya at the live workshop: April 11 at 4 p.m. PST in the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group (kathi.link/cfa) Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Join our Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
4/9/202428 minutes, 12 seconds
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611 - How to Deal with the Mental Load Part 1

Do you ever feel like you have to be the woman who does it all and are failing miserably? Join Kathi and her guest, Clutter Free Academy champion Tonya Kubo, as they discuss the concept of mental load and working that “third shift.” They’ll talk about: Why lack of available brain bandwidth is not the same as laziness The reason “I should” isn’t really helpful Dividing household responsibilities without resorting to outdated stereotypes Sign up here to be notified when the second part of this episode is released. Meet Our Guest: Tonya Kubo Links Mentioned: Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) by Eve Rodsky Sign up here for Kathi's newsletter or here to receive her Clutter Free Basics Kit! Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Join our Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
4/2/202423 minutes, 6 seconds
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610 - Why "I Work Better Under Pressure" Doesn't Really Work

In this continuation of last week’s episode, Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory dig into the process of procrastination and how it is hurting all of us. In addition to defining the procrastination responses of Freeze and Fawn, they discuss the difference between working under pressure and pre-deciding. Kathi and Cheri describe how they use the concept of pre-deciding to live a life that reflects their values instead of living a life of fear. That’s what they want for you too! Listen for the steps of pre-deciding as well as other ways to break the procrastination cycle, such as: How to permit yourself to not finish a decluttering project How to move the goalpost when it comes to decluttering How to be a good steward of your most precious resource Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. Would you like to receive Kathi's Clutter Free Academy newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here and receive the free download mentioned in this episode, The Four P Bullies at a Glance! Meet Our Guest: Cheri Gregory Favorite Links: CheriGregory.com SensitiveAndStrong.com Books by Kathi Lipp & Cheri Gregory: You Don’t Have to Try So Hard: Ditch Expectations and Live Your Own Best Life Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity An Abundant Place Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group  Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
3/26/202421 minutes, 13 seconds
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609 - The Myth of Productivity Under Pressure

Do you find yourself putting off uncomfortable tasks? Maybe you tell yourself that you work better under pressure...but does the work you produce under stress turn out better, or is it just done? In this episode, Kathi and her three-time co-author Cheri Gregory discuss the “pressure paradox.” Listen in as they rethink the myth of productivity under pressure, as well as discussing: Is procrastination based in fear? Priming your brain for your project How to avoid living in a state of constant triage Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. Would you like to receive Kathi's Clutter Free Academy newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here and receive the free download mentioned in this episode, The Four P Bullies at a Glance! Meet Our Guest: Cheri Gregory Favorite Links: CheriGregory.com SensitiveAndStrong.com Books by Kathi Lipp & Cheri Gregory: You Don’t Have to Try So Hard: Ditch Expectations and Live Your Own Best Life Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity An Abundant Place Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group  Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
3/19/202420 minutes, 26 seconds
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608 - Should You Declutter When Life is Just too Much?

A life-changing event happens like a new job, a new baby, a change in health, or any number of circumstances. You find yourself struggling with what to do with items in your space and wondering if this is a typical response. If you have ever felt like that, this episode has the encouragement and strategies you need. Join Kathi Lipp and her co-host and Clutter-Free Champion Tonya Kubo as they deep dive into decluttering when life feels overwhelming. Tonya recently lost two family members in a short period. She discusses how she helped her extended family deal with sentimental items while acknowledging that everyone has a different timeline when it comes to sorting through these items. Kathi and Tonya give helpful insights into decluttering when life feels like it is just too much with thoughts such as: Circumstances may change, but the clutter challenges are the same. Permitting yourself time to just sit with the items is okay. How the definition of clutter changes based on life transitions. Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. As Kathi mentioned in the episode, she has a free resource for you! Receive your Checklist for Decluttering When Moving or Downsizing by signing up for her newsletter here. Meet Our Guest: Tonya Kubo Links Mentioned:  Sign up here for Kathi's newsletter for that checklist or here to receive her Clutter Free Basics Kit! Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Join our Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
3/12/202423 minutes, 23 seconds
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607 - Super Practical Strategies for Decluttering

Are decluttering decisions breaking your brain? Are perfectionist tendencies keeping you from making progress? Tune in as Kathi and her guest, Clutter Free Academy cheerleader Tonya Kubo, discuss: Overcoming the overwhelm Making your minutes work for you Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. Meet Our Guest: Tonya Kubo Favorite Links: Sign up here for Kathi's newsletter or here to receive her Clutter Free Basics Kit! Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Join our Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
3/5/202412 minutes, 4 seconds
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606 - The Container Principle

We all have stuff we want to keep, whether for daily use or for posterity. The question is, do we have room for it? How much is too much? Don't let your abundance take over your abode. Tune in to hear Kathi and Roger as they discuss: How to contain t-shirts, tech goo, and other treasures What qualifies as a container, anyway? Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. Meet Our Guest: Roger Lipp Links Mentioned:  Sign up for our newsletter and receive the Container Principle check list! Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Join our Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
2/27/202421 minutes, 37 seconds
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605 - Why Your Perfectionism is Keeping You Stuck in Clutter (and What You Can do About it) Part 2 (Feb 20)

When you bring a new item into your space, do you struggle with where to put it? Have you ever uttered a sentence like this to yourself? “Why don’t I know where this goes?” Kathi Lipp and three-time co-author, friend, and frequent co-host Cheri Gregory are here to help. In this episode, they finish a two-part conversation about the straight line between perfectionism and clutter. Cheri speaks from an HSP (highly sensitive person) perspective and someone who struggles with perfectionism. She gives us some real-life advice from her recent kitchen and office remodel. Listen in as Kathi and Cheri discuss the connection between perfectionism and clutter, as well as: When is it time to let things go? What is valuable enough for you to store? What is anti-perfectionism and how to use it to make decisions Cheri Gregory mentioned using anti-perfectionism before purchasing a new office chair. Here’s the picture she promised us! Haven’t listened to episode 604 Why Your Perfectionism Is Keeping You Stuck in Clutter (And What You Can do About it) Part 1? Click here.  Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. Would you like to receive Kathi's Clutter Free Academy Newsletter in your inbox? Get it free here! Meet Our Guest: Cheri Gregory Links Mentioned: SensitiveAndStrong.com Books by Kathi Lipp & Cheri Gregory: You Don’t Have to Try So Hard: Ditch Expectations and Live Your Own Best Life Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity An Abundant Place Favorites: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Kathi Lipp's Clutter-free Academy Facebook Group  Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
2/20/202426 minutes, 15 seconds
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604 - Why Your Perfectionism Is Keeping You Stuck in Clutter (And What You Can do About it) Part 1

Do you hesitate to start a decluttering project because you feel like you don’t have the time or resources to finish it? You might be struggling with an underlying cause of clutter which is perfectionism. Kathi Lipp and three-time co-author and frequent co-host Cheri Gregory start a two-part conversation about the straight line between perfectionism and clutter. Cheri speaks from an HSP (highly sensitive person) perspective and someone who struggles with perfectionism. Listen in as Kathi and Cheri discuss the connection between perfectionism and clutter, as well as: How to get away from all-or-nothing thinking The myth of form over function What procrastination might be telling you  Sign up here to be notified when Why Your Perfectionism Is Keeping You Stuck in Clutter (and What You Can Do About it) Part 2 is released. Would you like to receive Kathi's Clutter Free Academy Newsletter in your in box? Get it free here! Meet Our Guest: Cheri Gregory Links Mentioned: SensitiveAndStrong.com Books by Kathi Lipp & Cheri Gregory You Don’t Have to Try So Hard: Ditch Expectations and Live Your Own Best Life Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity An Abundant Place Favorites: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Kathi Lipp's Clutter-free Academy Facebook Group  Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
2/13/202419 minutes, 47 seconds
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603 - The Great Freezer Cleanout

When it’s time to make dinner, do you fall prey to the game of “Freezer Roulette?” Do you find yourself pulling out a container of presumably edible, yet completely unidentifiable frozen food, wondering: What is that? How long has it been there? Do I really want to eat that? Join Kathi and Roger Lipp for tips and tricks to organize your freezer and save yourself time, money, and hassle. Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. Meet Our Guest: Roger Lipp Favorites: FoodSafety.gov Milwaukee gloves Upright freezer with drawer organization Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Join our Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
2/6/202425 minutes, 23 seconds
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602 - How to Sort Through a Loved One's Belongings After They're Gone Part 2

Have you ever had a loved one pass and had to navigate the delicate and nuanced situation of going through the items left behind? Sweet friend, you are not alone. Listen to How to Sort Through a Loved One’s Belongings After They’re Gone Part 1 and then join Kathi Lipp and her guest Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young, author of the book Breathing Through the Grief, A Devotional Journal for Seasons of Loss. Nine years ago, Dorina and her young daughters lost their 40-year-old husband and father to cancer. Listen in as Kathi and Dorina continue their conversation about love, honor, and preserving the memories of loved ones who have passed. They cover topics such as: Creative and honoring ways to use your loved one’s treasured belongings How to permit yourself to grieve Journaling to help with the processing of trauma Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young wanted all of you to have easy access to an article she wrote highlighting ideas she and Kathi did not have time to talk about. Check out 10 Creative Ways To Honor A Loved One’s Memory (And Clean Out The Garage) for this valuable information. Interested in Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young's newest book she and Kathi talked about in the past two episodes? Check out Breathing Through the Grief, A Devotional Journal for Seasons of Loss to take a closer look. Sign up here to be notified when the next Clutter Free Academy Podcast is released.  Meet Our Guest: Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young Links Mentioned: Kathi Lipp's Clutter-free Academy Facebook Group  Breathing Through the Grief, A Devotional Journal for Seasons of Loss by Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young Favorites: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
1/30/202417 minutes, 8 seconds
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601 - How to Sort Through a Loved One's Belongings After They're Gone Part 1

The loss of a loved one is a complicated road to travel. There are many layers to the grief. One of those layers is what to do with the belongings of that loved one once they are gone. In today’s episode, Kathi interviews the author of the book Breathing Through the Grief, A Devotional Journal for Seasons of Loss. Nine years ago, Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young and her young daughters lost their 40-year-old husband and father to cancer. In this part 1 episode, Kathi and Dorina talk about this delicate subject as well as: When and how to start the sorting process How to avoid decision-making fatigue in the grief process How to involve close family members Dorina also shares ideas for ways to remember and honor your loved one. Grab a copy of Breathing Through the Grief, A Devotional Journal for Seasons of Loss by Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young.  Sign up here to be notified when part 2 of this conversation about grief and clutter is released. Meet Our Guest: Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young Links Mentioned: Kathi Lipp's Clutter-free Academy Facebook Group  Breathing Through the Grief, A Devotional Journal for Seasons of Loss by Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young Favorites: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
1/23/202416 minutes, 14 seconds
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600 - Unpacking Money and Clutter: Exploring the Deep Connection Part 2 with Coach Stefania Mariaa

We all have a limited amount of our three greatest resources: time, energy, and money. Do you feel like you could be doing a better job making decisions about how to use those resources? Welcome to the conversation, friend! In Part 2 of Unpacking Money and Clutter: Exploring the Deep Connection, Kathi and Coach Stefania Mariaa continue the conversation about wanting to put every dollar, every bit of energy, and every bit of time into something that gives us a return. But what do those returns look like? Listen in as they talk about financial intimacy and other topics such as: How to get out of shame cycles How to change your mind set about mistakes. How “spending by proxy” affects your financial health Have you listened to 599 Unpacking Money and Clutter: Exploring the Deep Connection Part 1 with Coach Stefania Mariaa? Click here. Find information about Coach Stefania Mariaa’s financial Master Class here.  Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. Favorites: Meet Our Guest: Stefania Mariaa BANK: Financial Intimacy Curriculum Burn Book to Bank Book: Inner Teen Money Masterclass Clutter Free Resources: Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
1/16/202421 minutes, 6 seconds
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599 - Between Scarcity to Abundance: Understanding the Spectrum of Financial and Clutter Mindsets with Coach Stefania Mariaa Part 1

We all have a common struggle with clutter and how it makes us feel – but did you know those same emotions apply to our relationship with money? Kathi Lipp and her guest, multidisciplinary coach and TikTok star Stefania Mariaa, have innovative and imaginative answers to the questions, “What is financial intimacy and why do I need it?” In this episode, Kathi and Stefania discuss ways to manage your personal finances and spending habits more deliberately and thoughtfully. Tune in to learn: Where do I stand on the spending spectrum? How do I make my time, energy, and money count? How does my inner teen influence my decisions? Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released.  Favorites: Meet Our Guest: Stefania Mariaa BANK: Financial Intimacy Curriculum Burn Book to Bank Book: Inner Teen Money Masterclass Clutter Free Resources: Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
1/9/202424 minutes, 47 seconds
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598 - 7 Ways to Buy Less in 2024

Are you ready to start the year with less clutter? This is the episode for you, my friend. As you put away the holiday decorations and look around, you may feel like it’s time to start fresh with some decluttering for the new year. Kathi Lipp and her partner in life and decluttering Roger Lipp give us 7 perfectly practical ways to declutter by buying less in 2024. They’ve looked at their personal practices and come up with some fabulous ideas for you to implement to start 2024 a bit more clutter-free. Listen in as they discuss decluttering ideas such as: How to make online shopping inconvenient. How to use it up before you buy more. How to recognize your personal clutter traps.  Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. Favorites: Meet Our Guest: Roger Lipp Clutter Free Resources: Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
1/2/202426 minutes, 34 seconds
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597 - 5 Things I Do the Day After Christmas to Stay Clutter Free

You made it through the holiday…but your living room didn’t! Are you wondering how to deal with all that Christmas clutter? In this episode, Kathi and Roger Lipp share five timely tips for taming the mayhem left behind after all the merriment. Listen in for their hints and hacks on: Knowing whether to return, recycle, or donate stuff left over from the festivities. Sharing out of your abundance. Saving your after-Christmas sanity! Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. Favorites: Meet Our Guest: Roger Lipp An Abundant Place: Daily Retreats for the Woman Who Can't Get Away Clutter Free Resources: Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
12/26/202312 minutes, 32 seconds
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596 - Your Holiday Gameplan When You're Low on Money

Do you feel like Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year…until you look at your bank account? Kathi Lipp and her co-host Deanna Day Young have clever, creative, and clutter-free answers to the question, “How can I celebrate the holidays and not overspend?” In this episode, Kathi and Deanna gift us with ten tips to keep the cost of Christmas down and the enjoyment up. They have ideas to help enjoy the holidays such as: How to use experiences as gift ideas. How to involve those you love in your decisions. And Kathi and Deanna share a brilliant surprise when giving gift cards! Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. Did you miss the first three episodes of this series? You can find them here: Your Holiday Gameplan When You're Low on Space Your Holiday Gameplan When You're Low on Time Your Holiday Gameplan When You're Low on Energy Links Mentioned: Meet Our Guest: Deanna Day Young Deanna Day Young Clutter Free Resources: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
12/19/202325 minutes, 5 seconds
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595 - Your Holiday Gameplan When You're Low on Energy

Kathi and her guest Deanna Day Young are returning for part three of their discussion on how to design your holiday gameplan! This week they are helping us know what to do when we are low on energy. Listen in as they share ten ideas that will help us all to: Think through what is most important. Set realistic expectations. Divide responsibility among family members. Take care of ourselves. Use our resources wisely. Next week Kathi and Deanna will finish the series by talking about what to do when you’re low on money. Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. Did you miss the first two episodes of this series? You can find them here: Your Holiday Gameplan When You're Low on Space Your Holiday Gameplan When You're Low on Time Links Mentioned: Meet Our Guest: Deanna Day Young Deanna Day Young The Christmas Project Planner Apple Hill in Placerville, California Ace Hardware Costco Holiday Paper Plates Clutter Free Resources: Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
12/12/202322 minutes, 16 seconds
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594 - What I Learned About Clutter in 2023 that Will Change My Relationship with Stuff in 2024 Part 2

Do you struggle with trusting yourself when it comes to living clutter-free? Kathi Lipp and her cohost Tonya Kubo are here for you! In part 2 of "What I Learned About Clutter in 2023 that Will Change My Relationship with Stuff in 2024," Kathi and Tonya give us tips #2 and #3 for your clutter-free journey. Listen in and learn: The importance of community Kathi and Tonya’s personal challenges with clutter Kathi’s solution to the problem that plagues so many of us! Kathi mentions the virtual Abundant Home Conference that is a BONUS when you sign up for Clutter-Free for Life. You'll find that information here. Want to know tip #1 from Part 1 of today's episode? Click here. Be sure to sign up here and be notified when the next episode is released. Links Mentioned: Meet Our Guest: Tonya Kubo Clutter Free For Life Clutter Free books and resources Favorites: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life The Clutter Free for Life annual membership is on sale right now for $118 (regular price is $299 or $24.99 per month) from Nov. 28 to Dec. 8. It returns to its regular price on Dec. 9, so join here today! Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
12/5/202321 minutes, 38 seconds
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593 - What I Learned About Clutter in 2023 that Will Change My Relationship with Stuff in 2024 Part 1

Kathi Lipp and Tonya Kubo have been decluttering their own homes and teaching others to do the same for many years. But there are always new things to learn! In this two-part series, this decluttering duo discusses what they have been learning this year about their clutter and about themselves. Listen in and learn: What kind of language can we use to talk about clutter with those we live with? How can we focus on our own stuff without building up resentment toward others? Ways to discover if your stuff problem is really a relational or personal issue, and what to do about it. Come back next week for the rest of the conversation, when Kathi and Tonya talk about how to trust yourself and how to know yourself when it comes to your clutter. Be sure to sign up here and be notified when the next episode is released. Links Mentioned: Meet Our Guest: Tonya Kubo Clutter Free For Life Clutter Free books and resources Favorites: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life The Clutter Free for Life annual membership is on sale right now for $118 (regular price is $299 or $24.99 per month) from Nov. 28 to Dec. 8. It returns to its regular price on Dec. 9, so join here today! Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
11/28/202321 minutes, 22 seconds
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592 - Your Holiday Gameplan When You're Low on Time

Do you feel like there is too much to do and not enough time to do it during the holidays? You are not alone, friend! Kathi Lipp and her favorite elf Deanna Day Young talk about strategies to keep your holidays less stressful so you can take care of the future you. In Part 2 of a three-part series, they lay out ten time-saving and preplanning tips to keep you moving and merry during this season when time is a valuable commodity. Listen in as Kathi and Deanna each share five of their favorite holiday hacks such as: How do they plan their holiday outfits? Hint: It keeps things clutter-free! How to keep holiday gift-giving manageable. And they share their favorite holiday recipes with us! Check those out below. Have you listened to 591 Your Holiday Gameplan When You're Low on Space? Click here. Next week Kathi and Deanna will continue the holiday theme as they discuss what to do when you’re low on money. (And who isn’t?)  Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. Do you find the Clutter Free Academy podcast helpful? Would you consider reviewing the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify? Each review helps us share the word about this podcast and reach more listeners with the Clutter Free message. We would be so grateful for your recommendation. Baked Mac & CheeseIngredients:1 Box of Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese 1 cup milk ½ cup sour cream 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese Prepare Mac & Cheese as directed on package. Add milk and sour cream. Mix well. Spoon into 8"x8" baking dish. Top with cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese is completely melted and lightly browned. **This recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9"x13" baking dish. Increase bake time to 45 minutes. S'mores BarsIngredients: ½ c. butter, softened ½ c. sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¾ c. graham crackers, crushed or graham cracker crumbs ¾ c. all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 regular size Hershey bars 7 oz jar of marshmallow creme In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Add crushed graham crackers or graham cracker crumbs, flour, salt and baking powder; beat until well mixed, scraping the sides of the bowl. Put a layer of aluminum foil down in the 8"x8" pan and grease the foil. This will allow you to lift the dessert out of the baking pan to cool after baking and allow for easier cutting into bars. Spoon half of the dough into a greased 8"x8" baking pan and spread evenly. Break chocolate bars into pieces and arrange over the dough. Spread a layer of marshmallow creme over the chocolate. Flatten the remaining dough and lay over marshmallow creme. The remaining dough may not cover the entire layer of marshmallow creme but place sporadically over the marshmallow creme layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Lift foil out of baking pan and place on cooling rack. Allow dessert to cool and cut into squares. Honey Bun CakeMix together: 1 box yellow cake mix 8 oz. sour cream 2/3 cup vegetable oil 4 eggs Pour half of batter in greased 9x13 pan. In separate bowl, mix together: 2 Tablespoons cinnamon 1 cup of brown sugar Sprinkle cinnamon/brown sugar mixture over batter. Pour remaining batter on top. Bake 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes Poke holes in cake with a fork while hot and pour the following mixture over cake: 2 ½ cups powdered sugar ½ cup milk 1 tsp vanilla Artichoke DipServings 8 people Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 40 minutes Ingredients: 8 oz cream cheese 1 c. Parmesan cheese – shredded 1 c. mayonnaise low-fat or fat-free is acceptable (pantry) ½ t. dill weed 1 clove garlic crushed 1 can artichoke hearts drained and chopped (pantry) Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 Cream the cream cheese, add the Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, dill weed  and garlic. Mix well. Fold in the chopped artichoke hearts and then spoon mixture into a 9×9 pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Recipe Notes: Serve with crackers, toasted baguettes, or toasted pita points. Serves 8 as an appetizer Overnight Sausage, Egg, and Hashbrown Breakfast CasseroleIngredients:1 pound breakfast sausage, crumbled 6 cups frozen shredded hashbrowns, thawed 12 large eggs 2 cups whole milk or half-and-half 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1/2 cup diced onion 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon paprika Instructions: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the crumbled breakfast sausage until browned and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly. In a 9x13-inch baking dish, evenly spread the thawed shredded hashbrowns. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk or half-and-half, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika until well combined. Stir in the cooked sausage, diced onion, diced red bell pepper, chopped fresh parsley, and both shredded cheeses until well mixed. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the hashbrowns in the baking dish. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to gently press the mixture down, ensuring that the hashbrowns are well-covered. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 8 hours. The next morning, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Remove the casserole from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes before baking. Remove the cover and bake the casserole in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until the eggs are set and the top is golden brown. To check for doneness, insert a knife in the center of the casserole; it should come out clean. Allow the casserole to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Cut into squares and serve with your favorite hot sauce, salsa, or ketchup, if desired.  
11/21/202325 minutes, 27 seconds
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591 - Your Holiday Gameplan When You're Low on Space

Kathi and her guest Deanna Day Young love decorating for Christmas, but what do you do when you are low on space? Kathi and Deanna both have experienced living in small spaces, and in today’s podcast they share ten ideas for decorating for the holidays, no matter how much room you have to work with. Listen in and hear some helpful tips, including: What to consider when decorating for each season. Deanna’s trick for making cleanup extra easy! The best color choice for decorating a holiday table. How to keep your gifts clutter-free. Next week Kathi and Deanna will continue the holiday theme as they discuss what to do when you’re low on time. (And who isn’t?)  Sign up here to be notified when the next episode is released. Do you find the Clutter Free Academy podcast helpful? Would you consider reviewing the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify? Each review helps us share the word about this podcast and reach more listeners with the Clutter Free message. We would be so grateful for your recommendation. Links Mentioned: Meet Our Guest: Deanna Day Young Deanna Day Young Custom Stamp (Kathi is using for Christmas tags) Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog Barnes and Noble Clutter Free Resources: Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
11/14/202328 minutes, 14 seconds
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590 - Thrifting with Purpose: Tips and Strategies for Finding Gems and Reducing Clutter - Part 2

You might have heard of the Circle of Life but how about the Circle of Thrift? In this part 2 episode, Kathi interviews full-time Pinterest employee and thrifting enthusiast Erin Handley. Erin and Kathi both have a love for a great thrift find and share personal stories about how thrifting has been a real benefit to them and their families through the years. Listen in as she and Kathi laugh and discuss some tips and tricks they have learned about thrifting, such as: There are times of year when people donate certain items. Kathi and Erin share when those times are! How to develop your personal style while thrifting. What is the Circle of Thrift? Bonus: Erin shares her super secret thrifting tip of where, when, and how to find those special items you’re looking for! Haven’t listened to 589 Thrifting with Purpose: Tips and Strategies for Finding Gems and Reducing Clutter - Part 1? Click here. Join the free Clutter Free Academy group on Facebook!  Be sure to sign up here and be notified when the next episode is released. Links Mentioned: Meet Our Guest: Erin Handley Erin Handley on the Leading Bold Podcast Erin Handley on Instagram Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Kathi's Favorites: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
11/7/202322 minutes, 57 seconds
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589 - Thrifting with Purpose: Tips and Strategies for Finding Gems and Reducing Clutter - Part 1

Can thrifting and staying clutter-free go hand in hand? Kathi Lipp and our podcast guest today say YES YOU CAN! Meet Erin Handley: San Francisco Bay Area resident, full-time Pinterest employee, and long-time thrifting enthusiast. Kathi and Erin discuss how thrifting is not acquiring a bunch of items you don’t need. Thrifting gives us a chance to give something a new life or at least a second look. Join them as they dive into three questions to ask before you purchase that thrift store treasure that you have in your cart. Where will it go? Sucker for cool art? Even if it’s cheap or you have to store it long term, say no. What is it for? Need it for a project? Say yes, but is it going to happen in the next 60 days?  What does it improve? Found a vase you love? Okay, but is there a vase you can part with at home? Erin Handley’s house rule: if one thing comes in, one thing goes out. Join the free Clutter Free Academy group on Facebook!  Be sure to sign up here and be notified when the next episode is released. Links Mentioned: Meet Our Guest: Erin Handley Erin Handley on the Leading Bold Podcast Erin Handley on Instagram Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Kathi's Favorites: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
10/31/202322 minutes, 44 seconds
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588 - How to Eliminate 1000 Clutter Pieces in 30 Days: The Clutter Free Academy Method

What is Kathi’s favorite thing in Clutter Free Academy? The 30 Day 1K! What is the 30 Day 1K, you may ask? It is a challenge to eliminate 1000 pieces of clutter over 30 days. If this sounds daunting, listen in as Clutter Free Academy queen Tonya Kubo answers common objections to the 30 Day 1K.  Do any of these resonate with you? There’s no way I have 1000 things in my house to get rid of. I have so much clutter that 1000 things won’t even make a dent! I don’t have time to declutter 1000 things. November is so busy. I can’t possibly tackle this challenge then. Tonya also shares her secret to making the 30 Day 1K work in her home. How do you join the challenge? Easy - join the free Clutter Free Academy group in Facebook! In November, group members will receive a printed action plan for the month with simple tasks, weekly live coaching workshops, and the encouragement of nonjudgmental friends. This is going to be a life changing 30 days, and we hope you will join us as we get control of our stuff together! Be sure to sign up here and be notified when the next episode is released. Links Mentioned: Meet Our Guest:  Tonya Kubo Deanna Day Young Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Kathi's Favorites: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
10/24/202328 minutes, 6 seconds
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587 - Taking Organization to the Next Level: Advanced Tips for Accessibility and Aesthetics

Can our spaces be organized and look great at the same time? Yes, they can! Clutter Free Academy's own Deanna Day Young joins Kathi Lipp today in this continuation of last week's episode. (Haven't listened to Episode 586 Unlocking the Power of Organization: Expert Tips from Deanna Day Young yet? Click here! ) This week is all about the Double-A: accessibility and aesthetics. Meaning it is easy to access but looks pretty sitting. Deanna and Kathi chat and laugh their way through the Three Steps to Organization 101. Kitchen ideas? It's in here. Organizing with things you already have? It's in here. What do do with bathroom towels? It's in here, too. Listen in as Deanna  and Kathi share the Three Steps to Organization 101 plus so many real-life examples: Decluttering You don't need to buy a new item. Kathi uses books as a pedestal to elevate cherished items! Putting things where they make sense Deanna has drawer pulls for her silverware drawer that looks like silverware!  Labeling Laundry soap can be aesthetically pleasing Links Mentioned: Meet Our Guest: Deanna Day Young Deanna Day Young Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Kathi's Favorites: Cabinet Pulls Spoon Knife Fork Shape Door Handles Hole Center 3" Silver Quart Compact Stackable Plastic Storage Drawer 18 Gallon Holiday Storage Containers, Durable Latching Lids, Clear Bins, Red Lids/Green Handles Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
10/17/202324 minutes, 19 seconds
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586 - Unlocking the Power of Organization: Expert Tips from Deanna Day Young

Several years ago, Deanna Day Young joined Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy. Deanna felt pretty confident about her organizational skills, but she realized there is always more to learn and thought she could learn some good strategies for organization. However, what she actually realized is that she had previously been trying to organize a bunch of clutter! Since then, Deanna has strengthened her decluttering muscles, and on today’s podcast Kathi asks Deanna to share her best advice for someone who is starting out on their decluttering and organization journey.  Listen in as Deanna shares: What is the most important thing to do first? Three simple steps to organize any space. When to be creative, and when to keep it simple. Next week, Deanna and Kathi will return and dive deeper into aesthetics. How can we be organized and still make it look great at the same time?  Be sure to sign up here and be notified when the next episode is released. Links Mentioned: Meet Our Guest: Deanna Day Young Deanna Day Young Angela Sue Garvey Proverbs 31 Ministries Kathi's Favorites: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group The Clutter-Free Home Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
10/10/202331 minutes, 11 seconds
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585 - Designing for Decision Fatigue: Minimal Choices, Maximum Freedom

Welcome to Part 3 of the Abundant Home Conference series! In this segment, Kathi and her guest Amy Betters-Midtvedt talk about having a neurodiverse family and how having a brain that processes differently affects how people declutter. Together they discuss: The process of body doubling: helping someone complete a project like decluttering by completing pieces of that project for them while training them to take over the entire process eventually Why it's important to decide on systems like organization and decluttering as a team Chaotic creativity and why not everything needs to be special all the time If you missed Part 1 of their conversation, Why Just in Case Is a Trap or Part 2 Fear, Finances, and Finding Peace: Decluttering Your Mind and Home, click the link. Be sure to sign up here and be notified when the next podcast episode drops. This conversation is a small excerpt from the Abundant Home Conference - a half-day conference held exclusively for members of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free for Life membership community. Are you ready to take the next step in your decluttering journey? The step-by-step plan inside Clutter Free for Life can guide you, and the community you find there will encourage you to keep going. It’s time to change the way you think about your home and your stuff! Click here to learn more and join us today, for only $24.99 per month. Links Mentioned: Amy Betters-Midtvedt website Amy Betters-Midtvedt on Instagram Amy Betters-Midtvedt on Facebook Kathi's Favorites: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group The Clutter-Free Home Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
10/3/202315 minutes, 39 seconds
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584 - Fear, Finances, and Finding Peace: Decluttering Your Mind and Home

Welcome to Part 2 of the Abundant Home Conference series! In this segment Kathi and her guest Amy Betters-Midtvedt face the fears and hidden perfectionism that often sabotage our decluttering efforts. Together they discuss: How can you avoid a scarcity mindset and start to think differently about your stuff? How do you combat the feeling that the things you have are not enough? How can you challenge the idea that your stuff is protecting you and instead realize that it is limiting you? If you missed Part 1 of their conversation, you can find it here: Why Just in Case Is a Trap. Be sure to sign up here and be notified when the third part of this three-part conversation releases next week. This conversation is a small excerpt from the Abundant Home Conference - a half-day conference held exclusively for members of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free for Life membership community. Are you ready to take the next step in your decluttering journey? The step-by-step plan inside Clutter Free for Life can guide you, and the community you find there will encourage you to keep going. It’s time to change the way you think about your home and your stuff! Click here to learn more and join us today, for only $24.99 per month. Links Mentioned: Meet Our Guest: Amy Betters-Midtvedt Amy Betters-Midtvedt website Amy Betters-Midtvedt on Instagram Amy Betters-Midtvedt on Facebook Harry Styles Zipper Bag - Orange Kathi's Favorites: Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group The Clutter-Free Home Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
9/26/202319 minutes, 28 seconds
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367 - WCCW Promo with Susy Flory

9/25/202325 minutes, 28 seconds
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583 - Why "Just in Case" is a Trap: Your Guide to Living Clutter-Free

9/19/202316 minutes
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582 - Garden Or Grocery Store: Eating Like a Homesteader No Matter Where You Call Home - Part 2

Have you ever read the ingredients on the bread you buy from the grocery store and thought, “I can’t even pronounce these words! What are they?” Maybe you’d like to take control over what you put into your meals but don’t know where to start? Start here! In this episode, Kathi and Roger Lipp discuss what they have learned on their homestead journey about getting closer to the source of their food and what goes into the meals they prepare. As they continue to celebrate the release of Kathi’s new book “The Accidental Homesteader: What I’ve Learned About Chickens, Compost, and Creating Home”, Kathi and Roger share ways we can all eat like a homesteader even if we don’t have a garden. For example: Making your own bread (Keep scrolling for recipes!) Making your own cake & brownie mixes Making your own cheese (Kathi and Roger are in LOVE with her homemade mozzarella cheese.) Canning and preserving your abundance Batch cooking and creating Kathi’s favorite fast food swap out: individual serving cubes of soup Haven’t listened to Part 1 of Garden Or Grocery Store: Eating Like a Homesteader No Matter Where You Call Home? Don’t miss those tips! Click here to listen. As promised, here are Kathi’s favorite soup and sandwich bread recipes. Sandwich Bread 1 cups warm water ½ Tablespoon active dry yeast 2 T honey 2.5 cups all purpose flour, divided 1 teaspoon salt 2 T melted butter, divided Mix the water, yeast, and honey together. Add 2 cups flour, salt and 1 T melted butter together and mix. Put dough on a surface with ¼ cup of flour and knead it for about 5 minutes adding in the other half cup of flour to get a doughy texture. Take your dough ball and put it in a bowl. Cover it with a dishcloth and stick it in the oven with the light on for an hour (it should approximately double in size.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter loaf pan. Shape the dough into roughly the size of the loaf pan. Let it double again, covered. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool slightly on a wire rack before slicing. Soup BreadPrep time: 12-16 hours (rise time) Cook time: 45 minutes Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups water, room temperature to warm 1/2 teaspoon yeast 3 cups flour 1 1/2 teaspoons salt Instructions: Mix all ingredients together in an ovenproof bowl. You may use a stand mixer to combine and leave the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and place it in the oven with the oven light on. Let it sit undisturbed for 12-16 hours. Remove the bowl from the oven and preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a Dutch oven with parchment paper. You may find it helpful to crinkle the parchment in your hands so it stays in place. Flour a surface and place the dough on that surface. Stretch and fold the dough ball, then place it in the parchment-lined Dutch oven. Use kitchen shears to make three snips on the top of the bread, allowing the bread to expand. Cook the bread in the covered Dutch oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, uncover the Dutch oven and continue cooking for 15 more minutes. Serve warm, accompanied by salted butter or a mix of oil and balsamic vinegar. Yields: Dependent on serving size (typically 8-12 servings) Kathi also mentioned her favorite cheese making kit. It can be found on Amazon. Kathi is not an affiliate of this product. Mozzarella & Ricotta Cheese Making Kit | 5 Piece DIY Kit Includes Cheesecloth, Vegetable Rennet, Citric Acid, Cheese Salt, & Cooking Thermometer Click here for the Clutter Free Academy newsletter and be notified when future episodes are released. Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Roger Lipp Order Kathi's book The Accidental Homesteader here! Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
9/12/202316 minutes, 34 seconds
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581 - Garden Or Grocery Store: eating like a Homesteader No Matter Where you Call Home - Part 1

Is it possible to eat like a homesteader even if you live in an apartment? Yes, it is! Eating like a homesteader is really about being more purposeful and thoughtful about what you eat and where you source your food. In this episode, Kathi and Roger Lipp discuss what they have learned on their homestead journey about growing their own food in the garden as well as the non-gardening ways they source their food. For example: The satisfaction of growing your own food Start with a salsa garden/container garden. Don’t have a garden? Try: Shopping at a Farmers' Markets or Roadside Stands Joining a Food Swap or Bartering Group Be a part of a Community Garden And what to do if you have an abundance of produce For those of you wondering where Kathi and Roger’s chickens fit into the “Eating like a Homesteader” plan, don’t be worried. Kathi's philosophy is they don’t want to meet their meat. Looking for the Meal Planning Calendar Kathi mentioned in this episode? It's right here! Calendar_Meal_Planner Click here for the Clutter Free Academy newsletter and be notified when future episodes are released. Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Roger Lipp Order Kathi's book The Accidental Homesteader here! Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
9/5/202321 minutes, 49 seconds
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580 - Accidental Homesteader: How To Plan Like a Homesteader No Matter Where You Call Home Part 2

Would you like some tips and tools to help you move from last minute scrambler to organized planner? Welcome to Part 2 of How to Plan Like A Homesteader where Kathi and her co host in life and on the mic Roger Lipp discuss strategies for advanced planning. You might not need to worry about your snow blower not working like they do out in the wilderness they call home, but there are so many things you can plan in advance for to make your life run more smoothly. For example: Pet and animal care Regular medical appoints to avoid a medical crisis And the many joys of putting a vacation on the calendar If you haven’t listened to 579 How To Plan Like a Homesteader No Matter Where You Call Home, Part 1 yet, click here. Also…today is the day that Kathi Lipp’s new (and visually stunning) book The Accidental Homesteader: What I’ve Learned About Chickens, Compost, and Creating Home releases! You can still get in on all the preorder goodies but you MUST order it today. How? Listen at the end of the episode to get the details on how to procure your Accidental Homesteader extras! Click here for the Clutter Free Academy newsletter and be notified when future episodes are released. Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Roger Lipp Pre-order Kathi's book The Accidental Homesteader here! Notion app Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
8/29/202320 minutes, 18 seconds
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579 - Accidental Homesteader: How to Plan Ahead

Would you consider yourself a natural planner, or is it challenging for you to plan ahead? If you think planning doesn’t come easily, then you share that trait with Kathi and Roger Lipp, but moving to the Red House has forced them to plan ahead. In today’s podcast they share their hard-won wisdom with all of us. Even if you don’t live on acres in the wilderness, you can still apply these lessons to lessen the stress in your life. For example: Are you prepared for extreme weather events or other emergencies in your area? Have you been thinking longer term in your financial planning? What home maintenance issues are going to turn into big problems without attention? Are you taking the time to build practical skills? Kathi and Roger give us some helpful ideas in all these areas and more. Listen and find out how you can experience more peace in your home by planning ahead.   Sign up here to get an email when Part Two comes out next week, when we will learn seven more areas to think about in order to plan like a homesteader. Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Roger Lipp Pre-order Kathi's book The Accidental Homesteader here! The Six Types of Working Genius   Christmas Project Planner | Kathi Lipp Profit First The Automatic Millionaire Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Facebook Instagram iTunes tiktok Amazon
8/22/202337 minutes, 42 seconds
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578 - Accidental Homesteader: The Magic List

Have you ever been working on a project and had to run to the store to buy something you needed? How about run to the store multiple times to buy what you needed? You might be in need of what Kathi and Roger Lipp call the Magic List! Kathi and Roger are starting a series titled Accidental Homesteader, where they take some of the principles they’ve learned about homesteading and applied them to everyday life. In this episode it’s all about creating effective, precise, time and money saving lists! Listen in as Kathi and Roger laugh and lay out listing making tips, such as: How to create effective shopping lists How to organize your To Do lists so things actually get done Why it’s important to keep a master list (Kathi keeps hers on her phone!) Don't forget to give Clutter Free Academy a one sentence review on your favorite podcast platform! Sign up here for the Clutter Free Academy newsletter and be notified when future episodes are released. Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Roger Lipp Pre-order Kathi's book The Accidental Homesteader here! Sam's Club Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Facebook Instagram iTunes tiktok Amazon
8/15/202324 minutes, 37 seconds
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577 - How to Thrive When Your Life is Just too Overwhelming with Author Jennifer Cowart

What happens to your time when you have a rare moment, and nothing is scheduled on the calendar? Does it immediately get full of all the things that aren’t on your to-do list, but could be? Jen Cowart, a pastor, Bible teacher, and author, recently experienced a season with extra margin, and she chose to be intentional with her time instead of letting others fill up her calendar. (Can you even imagine?) In today’s episode, Kathi and Jen discuss how to thrive when your life is just too overwhelming. They talk about: How seasons play a role in our schedule What a “win” looks like Specific times that MUST be carved out What to prepare for in order to thrive The schedule considerations that matter most Want to dig deeper? If so, check out Jen’s new Thrive Women’s Bible Study. You can download a free discussion guide for the first two lessons in the Thrive Participant Workbook here. Jen has two copies of the Thrive Bible Study to give away to Kathi’s listeners. For your chance to win, answer this question in the comments: What area of your life would you really like to get practical about creating margin in? You are meant to thrive. You may need to get still before the Lord and do a little work, and that work may be to embrace who He created you to be. Sign up here for the Clutter Free Academy newsletter and be notified when future episodes are released. *This episode is sponsored by United Methodist Publishing House. Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Jennifer Cowart Thrive Bible Study Thrive Video Preview Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Facebook Instagram iTunes tiktok Amazon
8/8/202330 minutes, 34 seconds
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576 - Subscription Boxes, Clutter and Why We Buy

Do you love the excitement and intrigue of that the arrival of a subscription box brings? We do too! But are all subscription boxes equal? Can subscription boxes become just one more thing to declutter? Join Kathi and her Tik Tok famous guest Meredith Lynch as they discuss decluttering and the world of subscription boxes. Meredith started out as a beauty influencer but pushed back on the fast fashion/fast beauty culture. She is not afraid to speak her mind and has the cease and desist letters from beauty brands to prove it! Kathi and Meredith covered so much in this episode that Kathi has labeled it an XXLarge episode of information, such as: The origins of subscription boxes How some subscription boxes have become a scam The concept of White Labeling - mass producing a product and slapping a designer label on it But we love new beauty products! Are there any trusted voices out there? YES! Meredith Lynch gives us two people to follow for authentic beauty product insight. Don't forget to give Clutter Free Academy a one sentence review on your favorite podcast platform! Thanks! Sign up here for the Clutter Free Academy newsletter and be notified when future episodes are released. Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Meredith Lynch Pre-order Kathi's book The Accidental Homesteader here! Meredith Lynch at meredithmlynch on Tik Tok Meredith Lynch at meredithmlynch on Instagram Stefanie Fritz- Luxury Makeup Artist at stefaniefritzxo on Instagram Jamie Greenberg - Celebrity Makeup Artist at jamiemakeup on Instagram Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Facebook Instagram iTunes tiktok Amazon
8/1/202339 minutes, 1 second
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575 - Best of Series - Back to Basics: How to Declutter Your House Fast

Welcome back to the basics! Kathi Lipp is joined by Roger, her husband and fellow declutterer, and they are here to recap some of the best tips they have discovered about decluttering. How do you declutter quickly? Kathi has an easy to follow decluttering system for you and it only takes 15 minutes. Step 1 - Gather your tools. Kathi likes to use 3 tote bags. One bag is "give away," one bag is "put away," and one bag is "other rooms." The 2 additional bags Kathi adds to the mix are a garbage bag and a recycling bag. Step 2 - Pick a small area. This could be a desk, drawer, or shelf. Make sure it is something so small, you don't have to move your feet for the 15 minutes you are decluttering. This will also limit the number of decisions you have to make and avoid B.S.O. (Bright Shiny Object Syndrome). More decluttering tips from Kathi and Roger: Listen to something dedicated to your declutter time. Kathi listens to the Scientology: Fair Game podcast from Leah Remini. Body Doubling - Make yourself accountable by telling someone you will be decluttering. Or have someone in the room with you - this is also known as body doubling. It helps to have someone there to help you focus and accomplish your goals. Join Kathi’s Clutter Free Academy group on Facebook for some online accountability with a community who understands!   Break big projects into smaller goals. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed. Find doable steps such as spending 15 minutes a day to declutter. After each 15 minute decluttering session, set your timer for another 5 minutes to take care of the items you have sorted into different bags or boxes. Remember that when you declutter every day, it keeps you from wanting to bring things into your house in the first place. Don't forget to give Clutter Free Academy a one sentence review on your favorite podcast platform! Thanks! Sign up here for the Clutter Free Academy newsletter and be notified when future episodes are released. Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Roger Lipp Pre-order Kathi's book The Accidental Homesteader here! Scientology: Fair Game Podcast Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Kickstart to Clutter Free eCourse Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Facebook Instagram iTunes tiktok Amazon
7/25/202319 minutes, 30 seconds
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574 - Best of Series-Back to Basics: Asking Yourself the 3 Clarifying Questions as You Declutter

In this Best of Series episode, Kathi and her best friend, Roger Lipp, are taking the clutter free journey back to the basics. Do you need specific criteria to guide your decision making for what to keep and what to get rid of? Kathi and Roger are here to remind us of the three clarifying questions we should be asking ourselves as we declutter. Join in the conversation to learn the art of how to keep the best and get rid of the rest by knowing and practicing these three questions as you declutter: Do I love it? Do I use it? Would I buy it again? Listen in as Kathi and Roger explain how asking yourself these three questions can get you past the mental block of clearing out your clutter. Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Roger Lipp Pre-order Kathi's book The Accidental Homesteader here! The Clutter-Free Home Clutter Free Academy Learn more about Clutter Free for Life Let's stay connected! To share your thoughts: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Follow Kathi on Social Media: Facebook Instagram iTunes tiktok Amazon
7/18/202322 minutes, 11 seconds
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573 - Best of Series - 5 Reasons Your Home is MORE Cluttered

Do you ever look around your home wondering why it feels more cluttered, despite your decluttering efforts? In this "Best Of" episode, Kathi and her decluttering partner Roger are uncovering this mystery by clueing us into five reasons our homes may be more cluttered: You don’t know what you have, so you keep buying more. You have backups for your backups. (We’re looking at you, broken can-opener in the garage!)  You are storing things for other people, with no limit or deadline. You are holding onto things for “some day.” (Is that item something you would buy again today?) You are keeping tools that were useful in a past season of life. Your life has changed and moved on, so now those items have become clutter.  Clutter is a battle that has to be fought on every side. Together let’s learn how to break these habits that leave us with more clutter and less peace. Want some encouragement on the journey? Join us on Facebook in Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy. Sign up here for the Clutter Free Academy newsletter and be notified when future episodes are released. Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Roger Lipp Pre-order Kathi's book The Accidental Homesteader here! Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Pinterest Excel Let's stay connected! To share your thoughts: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Follow Kathi on Social Media:  Facebook Instagram iTunes tiktok Amazon  
7/11/202321 minutes, 18 seconds
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572 - Best of Series-Clutter and Creativity – How Decluttering Helps the Creative Process

In this Best of episode, Kathi Lipp is talking with Clutter Free community leader, friend, and screenwriter, Grace Church, about how decluttering and creativity can actually help one another. Have you ever struggled to balance decluttering time and creative time? You are not alone. In this episode, Kathi and Grace share how they have found that balance by: Shifting their mentality Doing a little bit every day Establishing routines If you’ve ever found your creativity blocked by the clutter around you, you won’t want to miss this episode. Meet Our Guest: Grace Church You can connect with Grace on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube at “Rise and Write with Grace & James” — or catch her movie “DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH” on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, and Tubi! Links Mentioned: Pre-order Kathi's book The Accidental Homesteader here! The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Grace Church Diamond in the Rough Clutter Free 21 Day Declutter Challenge Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
7/4/202318 minutes, 27 seconds
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571 - How to Succeed with No Buy July

On this very special podcast Kathi Lipp is joined by Clutter Free queen Tonya Kubo to get all of us excited about the month-long celebration we call No Buy July! Some may think that No Buy July sounds crazy, after all - it is fun to spend money. But this challenge is meant to be a kind of retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Let's put all our creative energy into doing something that is going to help our houses and our budgets breathe a little easier! Listen in for all the details, and answers to questions like these: What are the "rules" for No Buy July? (Hint - You don't have to be a minimalist to participate.) How can I convince my family to join in this challenge? What happens if there is an emergency, or if I have a special event coming up? What can we do for fun in July without spending money? What will I wear? What will we eat? How does this whole thing work? If you are as excited as we are about No Buy July, then be sure to join us! All you have to do is be part of Kathi Lipp's free Facebook group, Clutter Free Academy. Go here to join, and be sure to answer the questions, then one of our friendly group admins will be sure to get you in. Throughout the month of July there will be posts in the group with ideas and encouragement, and you can also ask your questions and cheer on one another in the kindest corner of the internet. If you are not on Facebook, email [email protected] and we will send you the activity guide to give you lots of ideas for making No Buy July a fun experience for you and your family. P.S. Looking for Tonya Kubo's bread pudding recipe? You can find it here! Links Mentioned: Clutter Free Academy Clutter Free for Life Tonya's Bread Pudding Recipe Stove Top Stuffing Amazon eGift Card   Cold Stone Creamery Gift Card   Fandango Gift Card Kathi's Favorites: Solo Stove Campfire Ecostix Fatwood Fire Starter Stewards of Eden by Sandra Richter Find more of Kathi's favorites here! Sign up here for Kathi's newsletter and get a free Clutter Free Kit with printables and videos. Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
6/27/202332 minutes, 38 seconds
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570 - Urge to Splurge? How to Manage Your Impulsive Shopping - Part 2

Did you know the “urge to splurge” is a brain chemistry response and can last from 7 - 12 MINUTES? No wonder it can be a difficult mindset to break! In this Part 2 episode, Kathi and spending coach Paige Pritchard talk about brain chemistry and the way it affects our behavior. Today they finish discussing Paige’s five tools to managing your impulsive shopping. The conversation is fascinating. Here are just a few of the many highlights: How to use an Urge Jar to change your behavior (and maybe save enough for a trip to Disneyland). Making a list of what you want to buy is actually a healthy choice. There is a big difference between an intentional buy and an impulse buy. Haven’t listened to #569 Urge to Splurge? How to Manage Your Impulsive Shopping - Part 1? Click here. As promised in the episode, here’s a link to Paige Pritchard’s Free Masterclass Why You Impulse Shop & How To Stop. Join Kathi and friends for No Buy July! Click here to join her free Facebook community Clutter Free Academy, and get ready to participate in this No Buy challenge that can change your home and your life. Sign up here for the Clutter Free Academy newsletter and be notified when future episodes are released. Links Mentioned: Paige's Free Masterclass Why You Impulse Shop & How To Stop What to work with Paige directly? Overcoming Overspending Group Program Guest Host: Paige Pritchard Organizational Website Notion Kathi's Favorites: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Clutter Free for Life Facebook Group Sundance Catalog - Women's Clothing Giveaway: Paige Pritchard has a FREE Masterclass for you! It's an hour long pre recorded class you can watch at your convenience. Once you sign up, you only have access for a limited time so carve out that hour and start on a path to curbing your urge to splurge. Here's the link: Why You Impulse Shop & How To Stop with Paige Pritchard Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
6/20/202328 minutes, 50 seconds
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569 - Urge to Splurge? How to Manage Your Impulsive Shopping - Part 1

Have you ever struggled with impulsive spending or another “urge to splurge” mind set? You are not alone, friend. Kathi and spending coach Paige Pritchard are digging into the root cause of our impulsive shopping and how to change those behaviors. Today they discuss the first of Paige’s five tips to managing your impulsive shopping, plus answer questions like: Why are you shopping? What is a de-influencer? What is an Urge Jar? As promised in the episode, here’s a link to Paige Pritchard’s Free Masterclass Why You Impulse Shop & How To Stop. Join Kathi and friends for No Buy July! Click here to join her free Facebook community Clutter Free Academy, and get ready to participate in this No Buy challenge that can change your home and your life. Sign up here for the Clutter Free Academy newsletter and be notified when future episodes are released. Links Mentioned: Paige's Free Masterclass Why You Impulse Shop & How To Stop What to work with Paige directly? Overcoming Overspending Group Program Guest Host: Paige Pritchard Kathi's Favorites: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Clutter Free for Life Facebook Group Giveaway: Paige Pritchard has a FREE Masterclass for you! It's an hour long pre recorded class you can watch at your convenience. Once you sign up, you only have access for a limited time so carve out that hour and start on a path to curbing your urge to splurge. Here's the link: Why You Impulse Shop & How To Stop with Paige Pritchard Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
6/13/202323 minutes, 43 seconds
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568 - Responding Responsibly to a “Waste Not, Want Not” Mentality - Part 2

How do you start a conversation with someone who says that absolutely everything is valuable and should be cherished? Especially when that means that you, not they, should be the person to make space for it?  Kathi and her friend Cheri Gregory are returning today for the second part of their discussion on how to respond responsibly to another person who has a “waste not, want not” mentality. Here are their tips for how to keep the peace without keeping all the stuff: For people living in your household, give each person their own space and they can keep what they want in that space. Have agreed upon standards for cleanliness, maintenance tasks, and decorating budgets. If someone says, “I can fix that,” set a time and have a plan for getting that item fixed. Consider whether or not fixing a particular item is enjoyable and worth the time. Realize that you may not agree or change the other person’s mind, and you can still keep boundaries around your own space and belongings. Did you miss the first part of this conversation? If so, you can listen to that here.  Sign up here for the Clutter Free Academy newsletter and be notified when future episodes are released. Links Mentioned: Cheri Gregory Books co-authored by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory: An Abundant Place Overwhelmed You Don’t Have to Try So Hard Kathi's Favorites: Subscribe to get your free Clutter Free Kit (handout + video interview with Kathi) and many other goodies. The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Kathi's author page on Amazon *As an Amazon Associate I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. Are you a tinkerer who enjoys repairing and restoring items? What is the last item you updated? Tell us in the comments! Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
6/6/202316 minutes, 49 seconds
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567 - Responding Responsibly to a “Waste Not, Want Not” Mentality - Part 1

Sometimes we hear sayings like “waste not, want not” and we assume they are true all the time and in every circumstance. Or we may want to get rid of something, but someone else in our life expects us to keep it. What to do then? Today Kathi is discussing this very issue with her friend and co-author, Cheri Gregory. Cheri tells the tale of some big items she has recently decluttered and shares how her mindset about those items has changed over time. Some of those shifts in her thinking include: Realizing that just because an item was nice several decades ago, doesn’t mean it is still nice. Learning to set a time limit on fixing things - just because something could be fixed someday by someone doesn’t mean I have to keep it (broken) forever. There is a cost to keeping things - time dealing with them, lost space to enjoy other things, and missed opportunities. Listen next week to hear Part 2 of the discussion, in which Cheri gives advice for how to start a conversation with someone else who is opposed to our decluttering efforts. Sign up here for the Clutter Free Academy newsletter to be notified when Part 2 is available.  Guest Host: Cheri Gregory Links Mentioned: Cheri Gregory Books co-authored by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory: An Abundant Place Overwhelmed You Don’t Have to Try So Hard Kathi's Favorites:Kathi's New Book: Highly practical, humorous, and inspirational, The Accidental Homesteader will encourage you to live with more peace, joy, and contentment. Order your copy of The Accidental Homesteader here. The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Kathi's author page on Amazon *As an Amazon Associate I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
5/30/202317 minutes, 4 seconds
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566 - How to Reclaim a Space In Your Home - Part 2

Have you ever dreamed of creating a space just for YOU? This is your episode! Today Kathi Lipp is joined by fellow book lover Amy Betters-Midtvedt. On the daily, Amy uses humor to share her expertise in all things home and parenting but today, they talk about decluttering to create a sacred space. For Amy, it’s for her beloved books. Listen in as Kathi and Amy discuss: Managing the push and pull of deciding what stays and what goes The benefit of having a reward at the end of your project Knowing when to call a trusted professional Have you listened to Part 1 of this series with Amy Betters-Midtvedt? Click here to listen to episode 565 How to Reclaim a Space In Your Home - Part 1. Also, if you haven't listened to  Kathi and Amy laugh through episode 547 Why I Don't Eat Green Bananas Anymore, put that one in your queue! Links Mentioned: Amy Betters-Midtvedt website Amy Betters-Midtvedt on Instagram Amy Betters-Midtvedt on Facebook 5-Shelf Narrow Bookcase Modern Velvet Single Sofa Chair Faux Fur Ottoman Stool Kathi's Favorites: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group 30 Qt/7.5 Gal, Pack of 6 Stackable Plastic Storage Containers In this episode, Kathi and Amy discuss creating a space does not have to be creating a whole room. It could be a shelf or a wall. Question: Look around your home. Is there a nook that could be repurposed? Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
5/23/202316 minutes, 18 seconds
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565 - How to Reclaim a Space In Your Home - Part 1

Have you ever longed for a space to call your own? Welcome to your tribe! Today Kathi Lipp is joined by fellow book lover and Abundant Home Conference speaker Amy Betters-Midtvedt. Amy is an expert in all things home and parenting stirred with a super sized spoon of humor but today they talk about Amy’s decluttering path to carve out a space for something she loves: books. Listen in as Kathi and Amy discuss: Creating small goals to decluttering bins of treasures from the past Knowing when to ask for help Giving yourself permission to change your plan Also, if you haven't listened to Kathi and Amy laugh through episode 547 Why I Don't Eat Green Bananas Anymore, put that one in your queue! Guest Host:  Amy Betters-Midtvedt Links Mentioned: Amy Betters-Midtvedt Website Amy Betters-Midtvedt on Instagram Amy Betters-Midtvedt on Facebook Sponsor Highlight: Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with BetterHelp anytime, anywhere. Special offer for our Clutter Free community – get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/clutterfree (code clutterfree will automatically be applied) Kathi's Favorites: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Kathi Lipp's Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group 30 Qt/7.5 Gal, Pack of 6 Stackable Plastic Storage Containers Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
5/16/202318 minutes, 59 seconds
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564 - How to Go from Full House to Living Light

Want to go from full house to living light? Today, we have a case study that will help you get there. Kathi is interviewing author Barb Raveling, who has a history of over-stuffing her closets and hiding things under the bed. The result? Feeling overwhelmed and stressed by clutter. (Can you relate?) She tried to get organized, made piles and sorted donations, and - nothing changed. “What if I need this in the future?” she cried. In the meantime, her present self was distracted by all the stuff. (Perhaps you have felt this way too?) About a year ago, Barb and her husband made a huge change. They started traveling every 13 weeks to live in a new place for work, and all they could bring was what fit in the car. Along the way, Barb discovered the freedom of leaving her things behind, and she wants to share what she has learned with you. Here are Barb’s top tips for downsizing and living with less: Bring as little as possible - after a short stay at home Barb packed even less for the next adventure. What you do bring, be sure to keep it neatly contained.  Think carefully before putting things in storage - is it really worth it? Letting go of things means letting go of stress. Would you like to join others on a decluttering journey and move toward more peace in your heart and home? Join us for free in Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy on Facebook (a.k.a. the kindest corner of the internet) and get the encouragement and helpful hints you need along the way. Can't wait to see you there! Bonus: Be sure to subscribe to the podcast here to be notified when the next episode is released. When you do you will also receive a free Clutter Free Kit with handouts and video interview with Kathi. Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Barb Raveling Say Goodbye to Emotional Eating eBags Packing Cubes Collapsible Storage Containers Moving Bags Kathi's Favorites: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
5/9/202317 minutes, 59 seconds
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563 - How to Declutter A Lot - FAST - Part 3

Do you feel life circumstances change so quickly that it’s a struggle to keep your spaces clutter free? Kathi and her husband, declutter buddy, and cohost Roger Lipp are with us today sharing the last three tips in their Top 10 Ways of Getting Clutter Free podcast series. If you haven’t listened to Parts 1 (listen here) and 2 (listen here) of this series, put those in your queue! In today’s Part 3 they discuss: How to curate your items ("Curate" is Kathi’s new favorite word! ) Organizing activity supplies into separate tubs Using a spreadsheet to keep an inventory Links Mentioned: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Good Cook Can Opener, Safe Cut Manual Can Opener Stackable Plastic Storage Containers with Durable Latching Clear Lids Bamboo Cheese Board and Knife Sets Sponsor Highlight: Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with BetterHelp anytime, anywhere. Special offer for our Clutter Free community – get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/clutterfree (code clutterfree will automatically be applied) Kathi's Favorites: Kathi Lipp's Clutter-Free Academy Facebook Group Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. A Faith That Will Not Fail: 10 Practices to Build Up Your Faith When Your World Is Falling Apart Kathi Lipp's Clutter-Free Academy Facebook Group Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. A Faith That Will Not Fail: 10 Practices to Build Up Your Faith When Your World Is Falling Apart Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. 
5/2/202323 minutes, 39 seconds
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562 - How to Declutter a Lot - FAST - Part 2

Last week Kathi and Roger Lipp shared the first three of their tips for how to declutter a lot - FAST! To recap: Participate in the 30-day 1k to get rid of 1,000 things in 30 days - join right now for free at Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy on Facebook! Have your garbage bags and boxes ready for trash, recycling, and donations. Find a declutter buddy. Today, after Moose stops licking the microphone, the decluttering duo will cover the next three tips on their list: Set a number goal. Let the date do the deciding. Use the "outfit trick." Come back next week to hear even more ideas for getting rid of your clutter fast! If you need to catch up on Part 1, you can do that here. And be sure to sign up for the Clutter Free Academy newsletter to be notified when Part 3 is available.  Links Mentioned: Little Free Library Large Black Trash Bags Tall White Trash Bags Airbnb Costco First Aid kit Sponsor Highlight: Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with BetterHelp anytime, anywhere. Special offer for our Clutter Free community – get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/clutterfree (code clutterfree will automatically be applied) Kathi's Favorites: Kathi Lipp's Clutter-Free Academy Facebook Group Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.      
4/25/202317 minutes, 21 seconds
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561 - How to Declutter A Lot - FAST- Part 1

Do you feel like there are not enough hours in your day to tackle a decluttering project? You are not alone, friend. Kathi and her snow bound cohost Roger Lipp are with us today discussing not only decluttering but decluttering when you are short on time. Listen in as they discuss the crazy amount of snow at the Red House as well the first two tips of their top ten ways they have found to get rid of clutter. Ideas such as:: Using different colored trash bags What size boxes to use The importance of a declutter buddy Bonus: As mentioned in the podcast break, here's a link for Michele Cushatt's newest book  A Faith That Will Not Fail. Double Bonus: As mentioned in the podcast, a picture of how much snow was surrounding the Red House at the time of the interview! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to be notified when the next episode is released. When you do you will also receive a free Clutter Free Kit with handouts and video interview with Kathi! Links Mentioned: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. ProGrade Contractor Trash Bags Large Black Drawstring Trash Bags Tall White Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags Blue Painter's Tape Sponsor Highlight: Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with BetterHelp anytime, anywhere. Special offer for our Clutter Free community – get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/clutterfree (code clutterfree will automatically be applied) Kathi's Favorites: Kathi Lipp's Clutter-Free Academy Facebook Group Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. A Faith That Will Not Fail: 10 Practices to Build Up Your Faith When Your World Is Falling Apart Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
4/18/202315 minutes, 52 seconds
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560 - Untangling Your Faith While Decluttering Your Home: An Honest Conversation

In today’s episode Kathi dives deep with author Amberly Neese, as they discuss how their clutter journeys and spiritual journeys collide. Feeling guilty about getting rid of things we no longer need, or being paralyzed by the fear of needing more in the future, reveals what we believe about the goodness of God and how much we can trust Him to provide for us. How do we untangle our faith while working through our cluttered closets? Recognize how God provides for our needs - often through the generosity of other people. Take the words “bad” and “good” out of the conversation in regards to buying. Recognize the patterns and make different choices in the future.  Think of the person who will receive the items you donate and pray for them. Keep what you use, and be okay without the excess. A house with less clutter allows for more peace and joy.  Amberly is giving away 2 copies of her new Bible study - Untangling Faith: Reclaiming Hope in the Questions Jesus Asked. To enter to win, leave a comment below telling Kathi and Amberly what is it that you are untangling in your life?  Pre-order your copy now in order to access the online study with Amberly. Simply send your purchase receipt to Amberly by email.  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to be notified when the next episode is released. When you do you will also receive a free Clutter Free Kit with handouts and video interview with Kathi! Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Amberly Neese Ready for Anything Christianbook Cokesbury 1980s Fun Stuff: Banana Clips The Best of Poison Bananarama The Bangles Kathi's Favorites: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. "These aren't the droids you're looking for" on YouTube Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. What is it that you are untangling in your life? Tell us in the comments below and enter to win a copy of Amberly Neese's new Bible study!  
4/11/202326 minutes, 29 seconds
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559 - Lessons Learned from Living Through a Renovation Part 2

Can there be guilt-free home organization? Oh sweet sister, there is! Kathi Lipp and her three-time coauthor Cheri Gregory are with us today discussing the lessons each learned during their recent home renovations. Cheri has three simple strategies for us regarding clutter, home organization and renovations. In Part 2 of Lessons Learned from Living Through a Renovation Part 2, Kathi and Cheri do a deep dive into strategies 2 & 3, as well as giving us gems of advice such as: There is satisfaction in waiting for the right item for a space Give yourself permission to “waste” some money Find places where returning items is easy Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to be notified when the next episode is released. When you do you will also receive a free Clutter Free Kit with handouts and video interview with Kathi! Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Cheri Gregory The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. An Abundant Place By Kathi Lipp & Cheri Gregory Sensitive and Strong By Denise J. Hughes and Cheri Gregory Sensitive and Strong Community Cafe Sponsor Highlight:  Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with BetterHelp anytime, anywhere. Special offer for our Clutter Free community – get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/clutterfree (code clutterfree will automatically be applied) Kathi's Favorites: Overwhelmed by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory 2 Pcs Wardrobe Clothes Organizer with Support Board Premium Acacia Wood Napkin Holder Ultra Fine Continuous Water Mister for Hairstyling, Cleaning, Plants, Misting & Skin Care Organizer Caddy Tote Divided Basket Bin with Handle KUT from the Kloth (Kathi’s favorite brand of jeans) Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
4/4/202323 minutes, 46 seconds
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558 - Lessons Learned from Living Through a Renovation Part 1

Have you ever second guessed a decision you’ve made, even after doing thoughtful and thorough research? Have you vacillated between decisions and then ended up doing... nothing? You are not alone, friend. It’s called thrashing and Kathi and her three-time coauthor Cheri Gregory are with us today discussing the concept of thrashing as well as some lessons each learned during their recent home renovations. Cheri has three lessons for us regarding clutter and renovations, the first of which she shares in this episode. Listen in to Part 1 of this two part episode to find out: Cheri’s #1 sanity saver during the renovation How a renovation can reveal clutter habits you didn’t know you had The importance of “putting a pin” in your decisions Remember, you can do anything for a short period of time. If you know you’ll be moving soon (or even if you aren’t), start with one area or one room and work from there a little bit each day. You can do it! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to be notified when the next episode is released. When you do, you will also receive a free Clutter Free Kit with handouts and video interview with Kathi! Links Mentioned: An Abundant Place by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory Overwhelmed by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory Sensitive and Strong by Cheri Gregory and Denise J. Hughes Sensitive and Strong Community Cafe Single Burner Portable Electric Stove Drawer Organizer for Clothes Guest Host: Cheri Gregory Kathi's Favorites: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Mars Robot on Tik Tok Crockpot Air Fryer Let's stay connected: To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Question: What is something you've gotten rid of that you never thought you could OR something that you are contemplating getting rid of that's hard? To enter, let us know in the comments what is one thing, figuratively or literally, that you want to declutter from your closet.
3/28/202317 minutes, 59 seconds
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557 - Decluttering to Sell - How to Make Your House the Best on the Block

Today Kathi is talking with her real estate agent, Kelli Simmerok, about tips and tricks to help us stay clutter free whether or not we are selling a house. Listen in and learn: The importance of removing personal items and some furniture before selling. How to pack away some of your stuff and create space for the potential buyer. Ways to make a great first impression, including front porch flowers and the smell of fresh baking. Ideas for saving time in daily routines to allow more time to keep the house ready to show. Remember, you can do anything for a short period of time. If you know you’ll be moving soon (or even if you aren’t), start with one area or one room and work from there a little bit each day. You can do it! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to be notified when the next episode is released. When you do you will also receive a free Clutter Free Kit with handouts and video interview with Kathi! Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Kelli Simmerok Kelli Simmerok's E-mail Household Moving Kit Sponsor Highlight:  Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with BetterHelp anytime, anywhere. Special offer for our Clutter Free community – get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/clutterfree (code clutterfree will automatically be applied) Kathi's Favorites: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
3/21/202325 minutes, 12 seconds
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556 - Michele Cushatt What to Do When Your World is Falling Apart

Have you struggled with grief this past year? Your life has fallen apart due to one big crisis or perhaps a series of crises that feel like death from a million paper cuts. Sweet friend, you are not alone. Join Kathi and her trusted friend and fellow trauma navigator Michele Cushatt as they discuss Michele’s newest book “A Faith That Will Not Fail: Ten Practices To Build Up Your Faith When Your World Is Falling Apart.” The practices in Michele’s newest book are not homework for you to complete. Not even close! They are less about doing and more about being. Kathi and Michele discuss these practices as they share very personal stories of grief and trauma. Listen in as they give a sneak peak into some of the practices that can be found in Michele Cushatt’s latest book, such as: When we’re overwhelmed, we need to make things smaller, not bigger. One of the best things we can do is get grounded in THIS moment. How these practices and more help us lead a clutter free life. Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Michele Cushatt Order your Pre Order Bonus today! Michele Cushatt on Facebook Michele Cushatt on Instagram Kathi's Favorites: A Faith That Will Not Fail: Ten Practices To Build Up Your Faith When Your World Is Falling Apart Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
3/14/202322 minutes, 11 seconds
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555 - The Time Saving Mom - How to Juggle A Lot, Enjoy Your Life and Accomplish what Matters Part 2

This week Kathi returns with Crystal Paine, author of The Time Saving Mom, for part 2 of their discussion on how to juggle a lot, enjoy your life, and accomplish what matters. Last week Crystal shared the six priorities that keep her from feeling distracted by a million little things. This week Kathi digs in and asks how Crystal makes that work in her day-to-day life. Crystal and Kathi share about these methods to manage time: Using a hybrid of digital and paper planning systems Time blocking and space blocking Leaving some hours each day unplanned Crystal lived through an extremely busy season while writing this book, so she claims to be living proof that this system works even when life is turned upside down! Saving time is about focusing on your priorities - it is not about cutting everything out, but living your life intentionally and living a life that matters. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to be notified when the next episode is released. When you do you will also receive a free Clutter Free Kit with handouts and video interview with Kathi! Links Mentioned: Crystal Paine Money Saving Mom The Time Saving Mom Google Calendar Microsoft Outlook Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with BetterHelp anytime, anywhere. Special offer for our Clutter Free community – get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/clutterfree (code clutterfree will automatically be applied) Kathi's Favorites: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.  
3/7/202315 minutes, 11 seconds
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554 - The Time Saving Mom - How to Juggle A Lot, Enjoy Your Life and Accomplish what Matters Part 1

Today Kathi is joined by Crystal Paine, also known as the Money Saving Mom, as they discuss how to juggle a lot, enjoy your life, and accomplish what matters! Crystal is a busy entrepreneur and mother of six who has been on a journey including secondary infertility, foster care, adoption, and caring for a child with special needs.  How does she decide what to take on and what to say no to at any given time? Crystal shares her six by two priority system - six priorities, focusing on two each day. These are her top priorities: Spiritual health Marriage Kids Home Business Friendships Rotating the focus of these priorities during the week gives her a little breathing room, while still making sure she accomplishes what matters. Next week Crystal Paine will continue her conversation with Kathi, as they chat about planning systems and how to turn these priorities into action steps. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to be notified when the next episode is released. When you do you will also receive a free Clutter Free Kit with handouts and video interview with Kathi! Links Mentioned: Crystal Paine Money Saving Mom The Time Saving Mom Undone by Michele Cushatt Renee Swope Weekend at Bernie’s Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Kathi's Favorites: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with BetterHelp anytime, anywhere. Special offer for our Clutter Free community – get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/clutterfree (code clutterfree will automatically be applied) Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.      
2/28/202314 minutes, 34 seconds
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553 - Cleaning Your Closet, Guilt, and Lent

Do you feel guilty that you’re not doing more? Keeping your house up to snuff? Taking care of yourself and others? If guilt seems to follow you around wherever you go, then this episode is for you! Kathi is talking with author and Bible teacher Barb Roose about her struggles with perfectionism and performance, and how that affects both her closet and her faith in God.  Here are Barb’s 3 rules for a better closet: Don’t wear it if it makes you sad. If it doesn’t fit your current body or style, get rid of it. Don’t let fear or shame make you keep clothing that doesn’t fit your current size. Barb says that our closets are full of memories, and our relationship with God is the same way. How can we move on from experiences in our past that bring up feelings of guilt today? Barb has been on a spiritual journey: moving from a place where guilt robbed her of feeling like she could connect with God, to a place of freedom and understanding of how big God’s love is. Her life has been changed by focusing more on the promises of God, and less on her performance for Him. Her favorite prayer in a time of need? “Save me O God.” That 4 word prayer is a whole prayer. Barb reminds us of God’s promise from Isaiah 43: “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.”  So take a deep breath, remember God’s promises to you, and then do the next right thing. Giveaway Barb is giving a copy of her book to one lucky Clutter Free Academy listener! To enter, let us know in the comments what is one thing, figuratively or literally, that you want to declutter from your closet. Links Mentioned: Guest Host: Barb Roose Finding Jesus in the Psalms Enough Already: Winning Your Ugly Struggle with Beauty Beautiful Already Bible Study (in)courage Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with BetterHelp anytime, anywhere. Special offer for our Clutter Free community – get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/clutterfree (code clutterfree will automatically be applied) Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Kathi's Favorites:  The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Click here for Kathi's Clutter Free kit (4 steps to a Clutter Free home). 
2/21/202325 minutes, 23 seconds
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552 - Helping Older Relatives Declutter Part 2

Sorting and shifting through a life time of memories and mementos can be emotionally and physically overwhelming for our parents and older relatives. But space is a finite resource. So how can we best start this process of helping our parents or older relatives declutter? In Part 2 of this two part series our host Kathi Lipp and her co-conspirator in decluttering Tonya Kubo discuss Korean food and simple, stress relieving strategies to help your parent or older relative declutter such as: Defining the three options for decluttering help Documenting the process to record their memories? What to do when they want you to take some mementos home with you. Be prepared, they WILL want you to take some mementos home with you! Kathi and Tonya provide a variety of tips and techniques in this episode. Listen in and discover hope and help for the parent, older relative, and you on this clutter free journey. Links Mentioned: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with BetterHelp anytime, anywhere. Special offer for our Clutter Free community – get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/clutterfree (code clutterfree will automatically be applied) Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Click here for Kathi's Clutter Free kit (4 steps to a Clutter Free home).  Guest Host: Tonya Kubo
2/14/202320 minutes, 6 seconds
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551 - Helping Older Relatives Declutter Part 1

Has this happened to you yet? A parent or older relative asks for help decluttering their space. Do they really want help? Are they telling you what they think you want to hear? Having a parent or older relative who needs to declutter is an acute pain point. Kathi Lipp and her guest know this pain far to well. Listen in as Kathi and Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group guru Tonya Kubo discuss those questions as well as: Why do they ask their children instead of a friend to help declutter? What are they actually asking for when they say declutter? Is it okay to let people live the way they want, baring a safety issue? Kathi and Tonya admit to opening a can of worms in Part 1 of this two part series but they do not leave us empty handed. They provide some practical tips to starting the decluttering process with older relatives and parents to tide us over until Part 2. Let's stay connected: To share your thoughts:  • Leave a note in the comment section below.  • Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Click here for Kathi's Clutter Free kit (4 steps to a Clutter Free home).  Guest Host: Tonya Kubo Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with Better Help anytime, anywhere and enjoy 10% off with code clutter free (will automatically be applied) betterhelp.com/clutterfree Links Mentioned: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life.    
2/7/202320 minutes, 51 seconds
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550 - Toss, Sell or Donate? How to Decide What to do with Your Stuff

When decluttering a space, what do you do when you come across something good, but you don’t love it, don’t use it, and wouldn’t buy it again? Some would never get rid of something that is potentially useful. It can be a struggle to know what to do with your stuff! In today’s episode, Kathi is joined by the ever-effervescent Tonya Kubo as they talk villain origin stories and the clutter quandaries of fancy photo backdrops and chicken diapers. Here are some helpful hints that will help you sort through what to sell, what to donate, and what to toss: Determine what the item is currently worth. Ask how much time you want to invest in getting rid of it. Would someone else enjoy and get use out of that item? Bottom line: Value your time, value your money, and value the process. You can do this! Need some encouragement? Join us on Facebook in Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy. Subscribe to the podcast here and get your free Clutter Free Kit with handouts and video interview with Kathi! Let’s stay connected: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Special Guest: Tonya Kubo Links Mentioned: Clutter Free Academy Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy | Facebook Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type by Isabel Briggs Myers Buy Nothing Project  
1/31/202317 minutes, 41 seconds
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549 - Should You try to Be Clutter Free in A Crisis (And How)?

Have you ever found yourself in a crisis? Sometimes we know a crisis is coming and other times, it takes us by surprise. Decluttering might not take top priority during a crisis but decluttering can help us feel that we can handle the crisis so much better. In this episode Kathi and her partner in decluttering and chicken wrangling Roger Lipp discuss their latest adventures homesteading through the latest California “bomb storms” and how decluttering can significantly impact the way you feel during a crisis. Listen in and discover: How to plan in advance for a crisis Three tips to staying decluttered during a crisis The saying, “Madder than a wet hen” is a real thing! Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Click here for Kathi's Clutter Free kit (4 steps to a Clutter Free home).  Guest Host: Roger Lipp Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with Better Help anytime, anywhere and enjoy 10% off with code clutter free (will automatically be applied) betterhelp.com/clutterfree Links Mentioned: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Windy weather app  
1/24/202322 minutes, 7 seconds
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548 - How to Define the Clutter You're Dealing with? House, Heart or Head

Have you wondered why some clutter is harder to make decisions about and why some clutter never seems to disappear? All clutter is not created equal and comes from different sources. So, to make the tough decisions about our clutter we need to determine what type of clutter we're dealing with. Thankfully, we have Kathi and Tonya, leader of all things clutter-free, here helping us figure it out. So, if you want to be clutter-free in 2023 and want to make this your year, tune in to learn how to go straight to the root and determine exactly what clutter you're dealing with:  House Clutter Heart Clutter   Head Clutter  Guest host: Tonya Kubo Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Kathi's book: The Clutter Free Home Click here for my Clutter Free kit (4 steps to a Clutter Free home).  Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.  
1/17/202316 minutes, 26 seconds
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547 - Why I don't Eat Green Bananas Anymore

What do eating green bananas and decluttering have in common? More than one would think! Join Kathi Lipp and writer, educator, and fellow recovering green banana eater Amy Betters-Midtvedt as they laugh and discuss their way through topics such as: How to figure out what we like and not settle all the time. How to not get stuck in a poverty mindset. Why it’s okay to order an ice cream sundae just for yourself! And as promised by Kathi in the episode, here’s a copy of Amy’s Green Banana Article for your enjoyment and edification. There was a time I just ate bananas. Like any banana. I’d buy them put them in my lunch and eat them. Green, light green, yellow, brown I didn’t pay much attention. Then one day I was driving to my awesome college job at Gap kids, and I took a bite of my greenish banana. I realized it wasn’t good. As a matter of fact every time I ate a greenish banana I didn’t really like it. Suddenly I realized I didn’t like green bananas. And I didn’t have to eat any banana I didn’t like. I was a legit grown up I could pick the color of bananas I would eat. I rolled down my window and SPIT OUT the gross banana in my mouth and to this day I’ve never eaten a banana with a grace of green. Life is too short for green bananas. This life lesson has served me well in a million areas of my life. With friendships, jobs, picking out jeans and how I spend my time on a Saturday. The applications are endless. Tonight I share this lesson with you. You don’t have to eat green bananas either my friends. Only eat bananas you really enjoy. Pass it on. Guest host: Amy Betters-Midtvedt  Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with Better Help anytime, anywhere and enjoy 10% off with code clutter free (will automatically be applied) betterhelp.com/clutterfree Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Click here for my Clutter Free kit (4 steps to a Clutter Free home).  Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
1/10/202326 minutes, 36 seconds
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546 - All the Tools You Need to Start Your Clutter Free Journey Today

Have you ever made a New Year's Resolution to start decluttering but then thought, “Where do I start?” You are not alone! Kathi and friend, author, and social media guru Tonya Kubo are with us today discussing tips and tools to decreasing stress and increasing peace though living a clutter free life, as well as a very unexpected and surprising career Tonya had in the past! Listen and discover: The three types of clutter Products to help you organize your time How using totes can help you in your clutter free journey Join Clutter Free for Life Today!   What if you were able to create a life where you not only got rid of the clutter in each room of your house but were able to stay on top of it? What if you learned to organize in a way that made sense to you so that once you decluttered, you could find the things that were important enough to keep? What if you could live in a house that was at peace? You’ve been thinking about how this will be the year to finally declutter your house and create the home you’ve always dreamed of. One that is filled with peace instead of stuff. Is changing your home something you’d like to start working on? Because, right now, I have a plan that will show you how: Clutter Free For Life Join Clutter Free For Life   Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now. Guest host: Tonya Kubo Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with Better Help anytime, anywhere and enjoy 10% off with code clutter free (will automatically be applied) betterhelp.com/clutterfree Links Mentioned: Dyson Vaccum Dual Trash Can  Timer  3 Tote System: Green, Purple, & Orange or 3 Different Colors  Tote Options We Love: Tote bag  Collapsable Tote Waterproof Tote Utility Tote
1/3/202318 minutes, 4 seconds
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598 - 10 Ways to Buy Less in 2024

1/2/202326 minutes, 34 seconds
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545 - 10 Ways to Prepare Yourself to be Clutter Free in 2023

As this year comes to a close, don't get stuck reflecting on what you didn't do. A brand new year is right around the corner. Being clutter free in 2023 can be your reality! First, we heard how Deanna determined to make 2022 her year. Last week Kathi and the clutter-free Queen, Tonya Kubo, started coaching us through the 10 ways to be clutter-free in 2023 so we can make this our year! Now they are continuing the conversation, so join in to learn how you can prepare to be Clutter Free in 2023 with ten mind shifts we can make now including:    Using the 3 Totes, 2 Bags System  Taking care of your future self   Set yourself up for success with the support you need. Join us over at Clutter Free For Life Links Mentioned: Featured Guest: Tonya Kubo Clutter Free For Life  Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
12/27/202217 minutes, 54 seconds
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544 - 10 Ways to Prepare Yourself to be Clutter Free in 2023 Part 1

Are you hoping to be Clutter Free in 2023? Not only is it a catchy rhyming phrase and a great goal, but it can also be our reality - especially if we prepare our hearts and minds now! Last week we heard how Deanna determined to make 2022 her year. This week Kathi and the clutter-free Queen, Tonya Kubo, are coaching us through the 10 ways to be clutter-free in 2023 so we can make this our year! Join in the conversation to learn how you can prepare to be Clutter Free in 2023 with ten mind shifts we can make now including:    Taking before pictures  Think about your life after clutter - what will it look like?   Have a plan for getting things out of the house  Scheduling donation days  Join Clutter Free For Life Today! So here is the real question – Is peace in your home worth it to check out this program?  Even if it does only half of what I’ve claimed today, it will pay for itself as soon as you start to see real results not only in your home, but in your mind.  So if you’re ready, just go ahead and click the ENROLL NOW button below and take advantage of this very special offer. ENROLL NOW Links Kathi mentioned: Guest: Tonya Kubo Clutter Free For Life Woobles Let's stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
12/20/202227 minutes, 18 seconds
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543 - Is 2023 Your Year to Declutter?

  Are you dreaming of a decluttered home this Christmas? Maybe you are wondering how to sustain your clutter-free journey in the midst of a busy life and hard circumstances. Give yourself the gift of deciding to be clutter free in 2023! That’s exactly what Deanna did last year. Then she set out to intentionally make 2022 her year to be clutter-free. Join Kathi and Deanna today as they share with us exactly how she did it and how we can too, including:    Asking ourselves honest questions Having a vision board  Setting our why  Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with Better Help anytime, anywhere and enjoy 10% off with code clutter free (will automatically be applied)  betterhelp.com/clutterfree Special Guest: Deanna Day Young: deannadayyoung.com Resources: ORDER THE CLUTTER-FREE HOME It’s time to kick clutter to the curb once and for all. 2023 is YOUR YEAR to start your journey to Clutter Free for Life. Join today! Let's stay connected! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.
12/13/202219 minutes, 20 seconds
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542 - How Using My Timer Keeps Me Decluttered and Organized

Are you using a lot of mental space to remember all the things? Sometimes even the things we easily remember most of the time can slip our present memory. Life is full of things to remember and routines and timers help us to manage them well. Kathi, and her decluttering and organizing partner Roger, have worked on building routines that work all throughout their clutter-free journey. Routines can be challenging because they don’t always come naturally, and life sometimes breaks them. This is why breaking down projects into smaller, doable sessions and using a timer is so effective. Listen in to learn how:   Timers can be used in many different ways Valuable the 15-minute sprint can be To really do the things you love
12/6/202221 minutes, 46 seconds
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541 - The Amish, ADHD and Being Clutter Free Suzanne Woods Fisher

Do you struggle with staying focused long enough to declutter? Is a lot of your clutter the result of struggling to stay focused on one thing at a time? You are definitely not alone.  Join Kathi and special guest Suzanne Woods Fisher as they talk about an Amish girl with ADHD who is Anything But Plain and offers hope to all of us. Her story helps us to see a different way of thinking is actually a gift and something to celebrate. Listen in to learn how you: Learn to reframe Recognize the gift of thinking differently Celebrate your gifts
11/29/202219 minutes, 14 seconds
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540 - Why I Go to the Dump Once a Month

Do you struggle with the idea of throwing things away? You’re not alone. In this episode, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo to unpack the complexities of this topic. Throwing things away is difficult for a number of reasons, but especially because it triggers a sense of wastefulness. In addition to explaining when it’s time to throw something away, Kathi shares with us four tips for how to get comfortable with getting stuff out of our houses, such as: Stop feeling guilty about throwing things away. Put it on your calendar to go to the dump. Give everything away that you can, but you don’t get to give away junk. Know how to dispose of things.  
11/22/202219 minutes, 32 seconds
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539 - How To Make Clutter Decisions With Counselor Michael Gembola

Do you struggle to make small daily decisions and it leaves you feeling stuck? You know the ones. The decisions that feel like they shouldn’t be this hard to make and they seem to come easy or naturally to “everyone else.” Join Kathi and guest Michael Gembola for this hopeful and healing conversation that cuts right to the heart of the why behind the "what" of our clutter. Small decisions don’t always seem small to the person making them. If we want to grow in our clutter free journey, learning to make these decisions is essential. Listen in to discover how to make decisions about getting rid of things including:    Learning to risk regret Why we need “the accelerator and the brakes to drive safely” - Michael Gembola Knowing “even if this is the wrong decision, most things are recoverable” - Kathi Lipp
11/15/202227 minutes, 17 seconds
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538 - 5 Reasons Your House is MORE Cluttered

Do you ever look around your home wondering why it feels more cluttered, despite your decluttering efforts? Kathi, and her decluttering partner Roger, are uncovering this mystery by cluing us into five reasons our homes may be more cluttered. Clutter is a battle that has to be fought on every side. Together let’s learn how to break these habits that leave us with more clutter and less peace. Sometimes we just need the next right step in front of us. Is your home more cluttered because:    You don’t know what you have?  You have Back-ups of Back-ups?  You are holding onto things for someday?
11/8/202220 minutes, 40 seconds
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537 - Come Sit With Me with Becky Keife

Do you dread having hard conversations? Or try to avoid them altogether? Hard conversations are a part of every relationship if we are in it for the long haul. It’s easy to fill in the gaps with our assumptions. What if we learned how to navigate these conversations in a way that makes every relationship stronger and better? Come and sit with Kathi and Becky Keife to learn how to have hard, but healthy conversations, and how to prepare your heart and mind for them by:   Coming to the table with curiosity  Asking for a heart of tenderness  Coming to an understanding 
11/1/202220 minutes, 20 seconds
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536 - How to Get Rid of 250 Items in One Day

Are you up for the challenge of decluttering 250 things in one day? Kathi and Tonya Kubo, the original decluttering queen and the fearless leader of Clutter Free, are laying the foundation for decluttering those 250 items in one day by answering some of the hows and whys of this project. So, whether you’re thinking: 250 things in one day is not doable, you're plotting a way you could do this challenge every day for a month until your house is just the way you want it, or somewhere in between, this conversation is for you. Kathi and Tonya will give you guidelines and creative ideas for accomplishing it by:   Knowing when a great time for a 250-item declutter day is Knowing how and why to plan for where the clutter will go Getting a jump start on the November challenge   If you're interested in tackling the 30 Day 1k Challenge, be sure to join us in the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group.
10/25/202218 minutes, 20 seconds
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535 - The 2022 30 Day 1k Challenge: Get Rid of 1000 Things in November

Can you imagine how much lighter your home, and your heart, would be if you got rid of 1000 things next month? If you can envision that accomplishment and its accompanying peace, we will take care of teaching you how to get it! And guess who is back on Clutter Free helping lay out this challenge? Kathi is here with her partner in crime, Tonya Kubo, discussing one of their favorite challenges of the whole year. This challenge encourages and supports us in decluttering 1000 items in the month of November! Listen in to find out details and how this can work for you, no matter how many times you’ve tried to get clutter free before, or even if you feel like you’re always asking:  Where do I begin?  How do I get a loved one on board? Am I too far gone?
10/18/202220 minutes, 54 seconds
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534 - Clean Out That Car

Do you struggle to keep your car clean? Have you tried certain techniques only to have them not work? Between errands, kids’ activities, and appointments, sometimes it seems like keeping clutter out of the car is impossible. Join Kathi as she talks with Mary Carver, author and podcaster, about how to keep your car clean. Today, they are sharing the top 10 tips that they use and love, including: Keeping a trash can in the car Tidying the car when they get gas Using a little box to contain important items Listen in and learn how you, too, can keep a clean and tidy car.
10/11/202225 minutes
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533 - Decluttering When You Don't Know Where to Start Part 2

Do you feel overwhelmed by your clutter, not knowing where to start? Kathi and Roger have both been there. Through experience and lots of decluttering, they have learned what works to launch them back into decluttering. In part one of this conversation, we learned the framework of the system they use to help tame the chaos and get their space back in order. Now, in part two, we take a deeper dive into the details of that system. Often, we can get hung up on making decisions about what to do next. Kathi and Roger are here to explain how this routine can help us make decisions and move on. Listen in to find out what it means to: Find the trash  Fill the containers  Feed the machines
10/4/202216 minutes, 9 seconds
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532 - Decluttering When You Don't Know Where to Start Part 1

Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the clutter, not knowing where to start? Kathi and Roger have both been there. Through experience and lots of decluttering, they have learned what works to launch us back into a productive space when we are feeling this way. Join in the conversation to learn a system that can help when you are feeling chaotic and like you need to get your space back into order. Many times we get hung up on making decisions about what to do next, and this system gives us a routine that can help us make decisions and move on including:  Find the trash  Fill the containers  Feed the machines
9/27/202216 minutes, 20 seconds
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531 - 5 Decorating Mistakes That Lead to Clutter

Do you ever look around your house only to discover that it doesn’t look as appealing as you envisioned it would? You might have unintentionally put cute on top of your clutter. Kathi is here today with her friend and decorating diva Deanna Day Young. Together they are transparently sharing how they have struggled with contributing to clutter through well intended decorating gone wrong. Don't worry though, Kathi and Deanna won’t leave us in our “cute, but not cute” clutter. Listen in to this candid conversation as they help us learn how to remedy five decorating mistakes they know from experience lead to more clutter: Too many Cute containers Buying something before you know where you will put it Form over function Adding cute before decluttering Not sticking to your style
9/20/202217 minutes, 27 seconds
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530 - How to Declutter Your Tech Part 2

Last week, Kathi and Roger Lipp started this discussion managing your technology and how to get rid of old computers. This week, the pair is back to help us continue decluttering our old tech. Are you intimidated by the prospect of getting rid of old technology? Do you have old VHS videos and cassette tapes of memories that you want to keep? Listen in as the duo give great advice on what to do with old tech including DVD players Cameras Remotes And as an added bonus in keeping your tech organized, Kathi and Roger also have some great suggestions for keeping your cords tidy.
9/13/202223 minutes, 5 seconds
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529 - How to Declutter Your Tech Pt 1

Are you unsure how to declutter and deal with different aspects of your tech? Does it get more complicated because you aren’t sure about the proper answer to questions like: what if there is personal information on there and what if I need it as a backup? Now you can safely lay those questions to rest because Kathi is here with Roger, her “chief tech get – a – ridder,” today. With such a fancy title, there is obviously much to learn from him! As an engineer with decades of tech experience, Roger has navigated many different tech scenarios, both in the corporate world and the work-from-home world. There is a lot of anxiety and fear of unknown things surrounding tech. How to declutter, repurpose, organize, and dispose of tech responsibly is challenging to most of us cluttery people. Listen in to find out how you can be proactive about tech starting with:  Knowing who the tech person of the house is Being able to find tech components when we need them Agreeing on space  Why everyone needs a “Tech Gu Box”  Let’s stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
9/6/202220 minutes, 33 seconds
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528 - 5 More Amazon Items to Help You Declutter Part 2

Do you spend way too much time looking for things? The more organized things are, the less time we have to spend looking for them. These days, there are so many options for keeping things contained and organized. Most of them are only a click away on Amazon. For those of us dealing with clutter, it’s super beneficial to have someone to help us sort through the enormous number of choices out there. Thankfully, in their wealth of experience, Kathi and Roger know what to look for and have done just that. Last week, they gave us a great list of Amazon items to help us declutter. This week the conversation and great list continue with some really helpful items to help us organize and reduce our daily friction and the time we spend looking for things, including:    Can Organizer  Label Maker  Pull-out Pantry Shelf  Sponsor Highlight: Get affordable, private therapy with BetterHelp anytime, anywhere. Special offer for our Clutter Free community – get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/clutterfree (code clutterfree will automatically be applied). Let’s stay connected To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
8/30/202219 minutes, 29 seconds
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527 - 5 Amazon Items to Help You Declutter

Are you on top of your container game? These days we have all sorts of new verbs: if we want to know something we "google” it, if we want to go somewhere we "uber” there, and if we need something in a few days we "amazon” it. Naturally the accidental homesteaders Kathi and Roger have things "amazon-ed" to their mountain home to make their clutter-free life easier and more functional. Join Kathi and Roger as they take us through their process of choosing containers for a clutter-free success story. The best part is these items are only a click away, including: Grocery Bag Holder Extending Drawer Spice Rack Matching Hangers Be sure to come back next week for part 2 when Kathi and Roger will equip us with even more Amazon favorites for decluttering.
8/23/202217 minutes, 37 seconds
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526 - Are You Worth Decluttering For?

Have you ever felt like you could only enjoy something after you’ve decluttered a certain space? This mentality is at the heart of Kathi’s discussion with Deanna Day Young and Grace Church. All of them have, at one point, felt unworthy of decluttering. Today, they are sharing some of their best advice for how to overcome these feelings of unworthiness, including: Why it’s so important to live with margin The benefits of being intentional How to find and invite beauty into your life You are worthy of living a joyful, adventurous life right now. Don’t wait to start embracing your worthiness or the beauty all around you; choose to invite it in and see what wonderful moments await you today.
8/16/202227 minutes, 48 seconds
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525 - Partner Power How to Get My Partner Help Me Declutter Part 2

Do you long for partner power in your decluttering? Do visions of decluttering productively together bounce in your head, but you can’t seem to make it a reality? Kathi and Kelly are continuing the conversation on decluttering with a partner. Kathi’s response to this dilemma may surprise you as she discusses: “how doing the Clutter-Free program while trying to declutter with your spouse can be a problem.”  In the first episode, Kathi brilliantly covered some of the C’s of decluttering with our spouse. Listen in as the conversation continues to cover more great aspects of decluttering together including: How our differences can strengthen us Allowing each other to make low-value mistakes How to be aware of controlling and codependent behavior
8/9/202217 minutes, 20 seconds
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524 - Partner Power: How to Get My Partner Help Me Declutter Part 1

Do you struggle to get your partner on the same decluttering page as you? It can be lonely and overwhelming to be only one in charge of getting stuff out of the house. In this episode, Kathi and friend Kelly Wilbanks have a candid discussion about some of the challenges often faced when decluttering with our partner. Kathi has some great tips to lend us from her own success in partner decluttering. Listen in to find out how to make decluttering more cooperative for you and your spouse with Kathi’s ‘C’s of decluttering together, including: Clearly Communicate Coach Cost Ceiling Make sure you come back next week to get Kathi’s insight for inviting your spouse into your clutter free process.
8/2/202219 minutes, 33 seconds
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523 - Remodel Decluttering without Divorcing - A Survivor Story with Roger and Kathi Part 2

Kathi and Roger are back to conclude their great remodel survivor story and give us the secrets to their survival. In part one they shared their first three major tips for decluttering, preparing, and navigating a remodel well. This week they are sharing their list of must-have supplies as well as their remaining tips including:  Take before pictures Use up your stuff  Have a five percent buffer Remodels are stressful, but with a little bit of patience and a good plan, it’s possible to survive with both your sanity and your relationship intact.
7/26/202225 minutes
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522 - Remodel Decluttering without Divorcing - A Survivor Story with Roger and Kathi

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to get through a remodel with your sanity AND your marriage still intact? Join Kathi and Roger as they take us through their remodel survivor adventure. For anyone going through a remodel, or even considering one, there are some things you need to know, including: Why you don’t want to store clutter  How to get rid of things well The importance of reducing and “life decisions” Be sure to come back next week for part 2 when Kathi and Roger will equip us with a checklist and guidelines for how to prepare for a remodel.
7/19/202220 minutes, 56 seconds
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521 - One Day Challenge: Creating a Master List

Do you struggle with keeping up with your decluttering efforts, despite the best of intentions? A Master List may be just the thing you need! Kathi and her favorite “clutter-buster,” Roger Lipp are preparing and equipping us for the One day Master List Challenge that will take place on July 20th over in Clutter Free Academy. Get ready for the challenge and join in the conversation to find out why Kathi says: “my lists give life” and:  How a master list is like jazz Why our list should meet in the middle of an Actual List and an Aspirational List How to break down and divide your list into doable goals  Then, make sure to join us live on Facebook for an even deeper dive into decluttering our storage on Wednesday, July 20th.
7/12/202220 minutes, 43 seconds
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520 - Clutter and Creativity - How Decluttering Helps the Creative Process

Kathi Lipp is talking with Clutter Free community leader, friend, and screenwriter, Grace Church, about how decluttering and creativity can actually help one another. Have you ever struggled to balance decluttering time and creative time? You are not alone. In this episode, Kathi and Grace share how they have found that balance by: Shifting their mentality Doing a little bit every day Establishing routines If you’ve ever found your creativity blocked by the clutter around you, you won’t want to miss this episode.
7/5/202217 minutes, 48 seconds
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519 - A Complete Guide to "No Buy July" Part 2

Kathi is back with Clutter Free Academy and Clutter Free for Life leaders, Grace Church and Deanna Day Young for part 2 of her guide to “No-Buy July”. Together, the trio are sharing some personal examples and helpful strategies for our upcoming "No-Buy July" Challenge! Listen in as Kathi, Grace, and Deanna help us build a No Buy July strategy of our own through the four key principles: Use it up Wear it out Make do Do without If you’re not already a member of Clutter Free Academy, be sure to join here so you can get in on the fun and community of “No-Buy July!”
6/28/202222 minutes, 47 seconds
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518 - A Complete Guide to "No Buy July" Part 1

Kathi is joined on the podcast today by two intrepid guides of Clutter Free Academy and Clutter Free for Life. Grace Church and Deanna Day Young are true long-time listeners and first-time guests here to offer inspiring and relatable insights from their own clutter free journey. Listen in as Kathi, Grace, and Deanna explain No Buy July through the four key principles:  Use it up  Wear it out Make do  Do without  Be sure to come back next week as we continue this discussion on how to strategically participate in the No Buy July.
6/21/202216 minutes, 21 seconds
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517 - 1 Day Declutter Sort Your Storage with Roger

Do you have a storage area, or two, that needs decluttering? The key, Kathi says, is to pick one of them and set a day for this challenge. Today on the podcast, Kathi and Roger are giving us an inside peek at their best tips for sorting and decluttering our storage including:  Plan a dump day Sort your storage into different categories Make categories for freecycle & donations  Make a goal to get rid of as many storage bins as possible Then, make sure to join us live on Facebook for an even deeper dive into decluttering our storage on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022.
6/14/202221 minutes, 5 seconds
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516 - What to Watch While Decluttering with Mary Carver Part 2

Kathi is back today for part 2 of “What to Watch While You Declutter” with author and host of “The Couch with Mary Carver” podcast, Mary Carver. Last week, in part 1, the pair gave us criteria for shows we should avoid trying to declutter to. Today, they bring us hope by telling us what we should look for in a show to decluttering to, as well as a ton of great shows they personally recommend. Listen in as Kathi and Mary explain the categories:   Competition Shows “60%” Shows Treadmill Shows   Once you have found your 22-minute declutter show, Kathi explains how to make that timeframe work with the Clutter Free Academy method of decluttering for 15 minutes; and you are going to love how she suggests spending the extra 7 minutes.   What show will be your new decluttering show? Tell us in the comments and be automatically entered to win a copy of Mary Carver’s new (in)Courage Bible Study book: “Create in Me a Heart of Hope.”
6/7/202219 minutes, 33 seconds
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515 - What to Watch While Decluttering with Mary Carver Part 1

Kathi Lipp is here today with one of her new favorite people, author Mary Carver, to talk about what to watch while decluttering. Are you the kind of person who needs more than a playlist of worship music to declutter to? Maybe you enjoy a good television show to keep you company while you declutter, but you’re not sure how to strategically choose a show that will allow you to stay on task. In part one of this two-part series, Kathi and Mary share their criteria for shows that you should avoid watching while you declutter including:   Shows you’re excited about Shows with complicated plotlines Subtitles   We’d love to know what shows you would add to their list. What shows do you avoid watching while you declutter?
5/31/202214 minutes, 18 seconds
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514 - The Automatic Home with Roger Lipp Part 2

Kathi and Roger are back for part 2 of The Automatic Home. Last week, the pair told us about all the automations they’ve put in place to make their home run more smoothly. Today they are here to talk about systems. We learned that the keys to an automated home are in the decisions and planning. We also learned there are so many ways to automate our home. Now, continuing the automatic home conversation, Kathi and Roger walk us through setting up routines for maintaining that smooth, peaceful life by thinking through:   Which regular items can be set up on autoship  Keeping running lists Scheduling things easily overlooked  Setting reminders Developing routines around things   Which of these routines can you see being valuable in automating your life? Let us know in the comments below!
5/24/202221 minutes, 10 seconds
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513 - The Automatic Home with Roger Lipp Part 1

Have you ever dreamed for an automated house like the Jetsons had? While Rosey may not be moving in, Kathi and Roger Lipp are here to help walk us through setting up a home that works for us and not against us. The keys to an automated home is in the decisions and the planning. There are so many ways to automate our home. Join in the conversation to hear about some of the key automations that serve Kathi and Roger well and how to: Think through the automations you need  Set your home up to make things smoother  Maintain the automations once they’re in place  Tell us - what automations serve you well in your home? Let us know in the comments below!
5/17/202222 minutes, 7 seconds
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512 - The Clean Desk Challenge

Kathi and the OG of Clutter Free, Tonya Kubo are here to help us declutter our desk with the clean desk challenge! Do you have trouble focusing or being efficient at your desk? Our work is so much more productive when we have only what we need on our desk. Listen in to learn how Kathi and Tonya get so much done at their decluttered desks, exactly what they keep on them, and how we can have a clean desk too by knowing: What are the desk essentials How to set up your desk  Why being specific and intentional matters  The Clean Desk Challenge is live on Declutter with Kathi in the Clutter Free Academy Facebook group on May 18, at 11:00am pacific. We can't wait to see your before and after clean desk pictures!
5/10/202214 minutes, 42 seconds
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511 - How Knowing Your Personality Can Help You Declutter Part 3

Do you sometimes burn out from so much decluttering at once or because you can't figure out the best system? We often feel the need to understand things like how we make decisions and where our need for control comes from to move forward. Kathi and enneagram coach Lori Young are helping us to build better strategies for tackling our clutter based on our personality. In the first episode, they discussed decluttering strategies for those of us who like to think through decisions. In the second episode, they offered help for those who decide from the heart. Now, in episode three, they are giving great suggestions for those who make decisions from the gut. Join in the conversation to learn more about how knowing the tendencies of your personality can help you declutter better by: Knowing how to plan and strategize better Recognizing our tendencies Understanding our motivators If you don’t know your enneagram number, you can find out here. Embrace your God-given personality while you tackle the clutter in a more efficient way. Don't forget to leave a review if you found this episode useful!
5/3/202218 minutes, 51 seconds
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510 - How Knowing Your Personality Can Help You Declutter Part 2

Kathi Lipp is back with good friend and Enneagram expert, Lori Young for part 2 of this series: “How Knowing Your Personality Type Can Help You Declutter. Have you ever heard someone talk about a clutter strategy that has been helpful for them and thought, “there is no way that would work for my personality?” You may be right! Different personality types have different challenges and solutions. Knowing your Enneagram number can help you identify your clutter roadblocks as well as provide insight for getting past them. This week, Kathi and Lori are talking specifically about the heart triad: Type 2: The Helper Type 3: The Achiever Type 4: The Inspirer If you missed part one of the series, be sure to go back and catch up here, and don’t miss next week’s episode when Kathi and Lori will wrap up the series with information about the head triad.
4/26/202215 minutes, 27 seconds
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509 - How Knowing Your Personality Can Help You Declutter Part 1

Do you struggle with making decisions and taking more action toward decluttering? Sometimes we need to recognize and understand things like how we make decisions and where our need for control comes from to move forward. Kathi is here with her friend and enneagram expert Lori Young, helping us to build better strategies for tackling our clutter based on our personality. Join in the conversation to learn more about how knowing the tendencies of your personality can help you declutter better by: Knowing how to plan and strategize better Recognizing our tendencies Understanding our motivators And don't forget to leave a review if you found this episode useful!
4/19/202224 minutes, 38 seconds
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508 - The Great Product Purge

Kathi Lipp and Clutter Free OG Tonya Kubo have a challenge for you this month. Do you have a makeup and skin care graveyard in your bathroom? You know the one; the drawer full of old eye makeup you haven’t used in 3 years, and – let’s be honest – looks good on no one? On April 20th, you are invited to join the Great Product Purge. The mission: to purge 50 beauty products of any kind – makeup, cleansers, lotions, shampoos, masks, and all those little hotel bathroom bottles from that pre-pandemic vacation.   Listen in as Kathi and Tonya break down the plan:   Dump it all out – the whole drawer Group similar products Look at the expiration dates – if there’s not one, and you can’t remember when you bought it, TOSS IT   Join us on April 20th at 11:00AM PST (2:00PM eastern) in the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group for a special Declutter with Kathi with special guest Dorothy Strouhal, makeup artist to the stars! If you can't be there for the live, the replay will be available. So, show up! Kathi doesn't want you to lose an eye.
4/12/202217 minutes, 20 seconds
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507 - How to Get Through the Crisis with Susy Flory Author of Sanctuary

Kathi Lipp is here today with her very good friend, Susy Flory for a special conversation about crisis. Have you ever found yourself surrounded by crises and it causes you to feel stuck? Join Kathi and Susy as they talk about Susy’s new book Sanctuary, a story about a man from a tiny village in Ireland who grew up on a donkey sanctuary. When Patrick Barrett left the donkey sanctuary to find his own path, he found himself living through one crisis after another. Listen in as Susy shares the lessons she learned from Patrick including: Reach out when you need to Get outside and into nature Adopt a meaningful morning ritual If you are feeling stressed out and stuck in crisis mode, you won’t want to miss this episode; and you can get your own copy of Sanctuary here.
4/5/202218 minutes, 59 seconds
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506 - My #1 Trick to Staying on Track

Kathi Lipp is flying solo today and is bringing you her very own #1 trick for staying on task. Do you have unfinished tasks during the day? Kathi wants to help you solve that problem with "The List." To make your own list, find a notebook that makes you happy and write down the things you need to do - ALL the things you need to do - even if that includes taking a shower. It's that easy! Keeping a list will: Help you get stuff done - You have a visual representation of your work Prioritize - Not all tasks are of equal importance or time sensitive Keep your mind clear - Writing it down means you don't have to keep thinking about it and can focus on the task at hand Things on your list should take you 5 minutes, so you can keep crossing things off all day long. Once you accomplish a task, you can cross it off the list. And doesn't crossing things off just feel great? If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a rating and a short review wherever you listen! This helps us get noticed and spread some more joy and helpful tips. Thank you!
3/29/202212 minutes, 10 seconds
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505 - Back to Basics: How to Create an Evening Routine

Kathi and her best back to basics buddy, Roger Lipp, are taking us back to the basics by helping us establish routines. After a super crazy 12 months, the Lipps are the perfect pair to talk about the importance of routines. Having a habit of good routines helped them to keep up with responsibilities during unexpected circumstances. There are a lot of misconceptions about routines, but the bottom line is when we have good routines, we can avoid decision fatigue and overwhelm. An evening routine takes care of our future self and sets us up for great success the following day. Listen in to learn how an evening routine can: Set the tone for your day  Impact your entire tomorrow Take care of your future self  Help avoid decision fatigue And just for fun - who steals the covers in your house? Let us know in the comments below!
3/22/202215 minutes, 23 seconds
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504 - Back to Basics

Kathi and Roger Lipp are here with helpful decluttering and downsizing tips based on personal experience. This power couple has gotten rid of HALF of their stuff TWICE. Now you may be thinking, "Kathi! That's crazy! I can't get rid of half of my stuff!" The great news is that you don't have to. Let Kathi and Roger break down their helpful strategies they learned when purging their living space. Let's talk about categories. Maybe you have a lot of jewelry. Make your goal to sort through that jewelry and get rid of the half you don't wear, like, or find uncomfortable. How do you make a decision when you have too much of a category? Kathi suggests picking up each item and consider how much you actually like it, and if you have something similar that you like better? Get rid of those repeat items that no longer serve you. Having too many choices day to day eliminates how much we value the things we have. And giving away your stuff could help bless people with the things they need. Keep what you love and get rid of the rest. You don't need the Tupperware you lost the lid to. Remember to give us a rating wherever you listen to podcasts, thank you!
3/15/202218 minutes, 50 seconds
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503 - The Great 50 Item Closet Cleanout

Kathi is here with the clutter-free OG and queen of the fresh start, Tonya Kubo, to introduce the next Clutter Free Challenge - The Great 50 Item Closet Clean-Out. Have you been looking for ways to declutter your closet, make it more functional, find your style and have more space to enjoy the clothes you love? On March 16, Kathi will be joined by style expert Kim Nowlin live in the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group at 11:00am (PT) to help you figure out how to make the most of this challenge. Listen in to this episode to find out: Why now is the perfect time to clean out your closet What you need to prepare for the challenge How to have a functional closet that helps you get dressed every day If the support of Kathi, Kim, and the entire Clutter Free Academy group isn’t enough, two lucky commentors on this post will win a copy of Clutter Free!
3/8/202217 minutes, 14 seconds
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502 - Back to Basics: How to Declutter Your House Fast

Kathi Lipp and Roger Lipp are back to continue their Back to Basics series. Are you new to the Clutter Free Academy and wondering what this program is all about? This week, Kathi revisits her clutter free system and explains how she manages to get the clutter out of her house by focusing on one room per day for 15 minutes at a time. To get started, you’ll need three bags designated for things to give away, put away, and move to other rooms. Once you have your bags ready, listen in for the Kathi and Roger’s tips for decluttering success including:   Avoid BSO (Bright Shiny Object) Syndrome by not moving your feet Listen to a podcast (Kathi likes Fair Game with Leah Remini) Tell someone what you’re doing for accountability   If you’re ready to get rid your clutter, but not sure where to start, you won’t want to miss a single episode of this Back to Basics series.  
3/1/202219 minutes, 7 seconds
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501 - Back to Basics: Asking Yourself the Clarifying Questions as You Declutter

Kathi and her best friend, Roger Lipp, are taking the clutter free journey back to the basics. Do you need specific criteria to guide your decision making for what to keep and what to get rid of? Kathi and Roger are here to remind us of the three clarifying questions we should be asking ourselves as we declutter. Join in the conversation to learn the art of how to keep the best and get rid of the rest by knowing and practicing these three questions as you declutter: Do I love it? Do I use it?  Would I buy it again? Listen in as Kathi and Roger explain how asking yourself these three questions can get you past the mental block of clearing out your clutter.
2/22/202221 minutes, 33 seconds
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500 - Tempted to Hire a Junk Removal Service?

Kathi and Roger Lipp are here, up before the sun, with some real talk about whether or not you need a junk removal service. Have you ever thought your clutter problems would all be solved if you could just point at the clutter and someone would take it away? That's a great solution in some situations, but most of the time, removing the clutter is not the real problem - it's making decisions about the clutter. Kathi and Roger have some great tips for getting through the clutter including: Give yourself a hard deadline - Designate a junk/recycling/charity dropoff day Double up your errands - If you know you're going out tomorrow, load up your car with items to donate today "Body-Doubling" - Have someone sit with you, even if it's just on the phone, as you declutter. If no one is available, join us every Wednesday at 11:00am (PT) in the Clutter Free Academy FaceBook group for a 15 min declutter. We'd love to be your body double!
2/15/202218 minutes, 30 seconds
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499 - 1 Day Declutter: The 50 Book Challenge

Kathi Lipp and guest Tonya Kubo are back with another 1 Day Declutter challege. Can you get rid of 50 books in one day? Join Kathi and special guest Trisha Goyer on February 16 at 11:00am PST in the Clutter Free Academy Facebook group for a special Declutter with Kathi. So many of us have complicated relationships with the books in our homes, and it can be so hard to know how or when to get rid of them. Listen in as Kathi and Tonya talk about how they know it's time to "break up" with a book, as well as what to do with them so that they actually leave your house. This challenge includes all things printed and bound including Kids books Cookbooks Magazines If you're a book collector running out of shelf space, you won't want to miss this episode.
2/8/202217 minutes, 43 seconds
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498 - When You Feel Guilty Getting Rid of Stuff Part 2

Kathi and Tonya are back for part two of how to get rid of your clutter without feeling guilty about it. In episode 1, the duo gave us the hierarchy of getting rid of stuff - give it away, sell it, pitch it. But what happens when you can't seem to let it go because it feels wasteful? Listen in as Kathi and Tonya give great advice on how to get past the mental blocks that cause us decluttering resistance such as:    Environmental impact Money spent Guilt   If you feel stuck in your decluttering journey, this series is one you'll want to put on repeat!
2/1/202213 minutes, 42 seconds
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497 - When You Feel Guilty Getting Rid of Stuff Part 1

Kathi and her Clutter Free OG, Tonya Kubo, are here to help us get rid of the clutter, and the guilt, at the same time. Kathi's number one goal for herself and us is to only have things in the house that we use, love, or would buy again. A functional home is a home you can be at peace in. We can all achieve this by: Getting intentional at giving stuff away Selling stuff - but only if you're good at it! If you can't give it away or sell it in 3 days... Donate it or Trash it! You won't want to miss these valuable tips, and be sure to listen next week for part 2!
1/25/202216 minutes, 18 seconds
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496 - 1 Day Declutter Your Pop Up Clutter Free Focus

Kathi and Tonya are here today with details on the upcoming "Great 100 Item Cupboard Clean-Out!" On Wednesday January 26th, Kathi Lipp and Tonya Kubo are hosting a friendly challenge in Clutter Free Academy. You mission, should you choose to accept it: get rid of 100 items in your kitchen. It's time to throw out those extra soy sauce packets, expired items, donate-able items, and takeout menus (you can find those menus on the Internet anyway). Listen in as the pair give all the details and guidelines for a successful kitchen clean-out. Now, gather your supplies - some of Kathi's go-to suggestions include: Garbage can/recycling can A box for food bank donations A black marker and labeling tape Plastic containers (Kathi's favorite are the OXO Containers) You got this!
1/18/202214 minutes, 47 seconds
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495 - Re-release! The Top 5 Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

Do you find yourself constantly overwhelmed by the clutter in your kitchen? The kitchen can be the hardest area of the house to keep decluttered because it is constantly being used. Kathi and Tonya are here in this re-released episode to break down their top 5 favorite tips to keep your kitchen free from clutter. Listen in as Kathi explains why she considers the kitchen countertops to be the most important real estate in your home (with the refrigerator running a close second), and many more tips including including: Law of proximity Do your dishes every night   Get rid of duplicate or excess dishes and appliances Note: Since this is a re-release of a previous episode, the mentioned giveaway has ended.
1/11/202226 minutes, 18 seconds
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494 - An Abundant Place Celebration and How to Have an At-Home Retreat

Kathi Lipp is here with friend and co-author, Cheri Gregory, to celebrate the release of their new book of devotionals: An Abundant Place. If you have found yourself overcommitted, overstressed, and in need of a mental getaway, Kathi and Cheri have written this book for you. In this special episode, the pair share their favorite ways to declutter their mental space and prepare for their time with God.   AND if you order your copy of An Abundant Place today, you are still eligible for pre-order bonuses including the An Abundant Place journal and the special podcast series “Devos for Dropouts.”   GIVE-A-WAY ALERT! Kathi and Cheri want you to have the key ingredients to a successful stay-at-home retreat! Leave a comment telling us what stay-at-home retreat item you would adore most, tag a friend, and you BOTH could win a copy of An Abundant Place, the (In)courage Devotional Bible, as well as all of Kathi’s must-have items for a cozy at-home retreat!
1/4/202219 minutes, 28 seconds
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493 - The Four Critical Strategies You Will Need to Stay Clutter Free For Life Part 2

Kathi and Tonya are back in part 2 of the four critical strategies we need for staying clutter free for life. Last week, in part 1, we unlocked the secret key of challenges and talked about the power of a calendar.  Fighting clutter is more about how we deal with it on a regular basis than about our circumstances and situations, yet for some reason, we allow our clutter to cause us to feel shame. One of the best ways we can combat that shame is with the motivation and encouragement that comes through the power of community. There are a million different cluttery circumstances. The Clutter Free For Life Community has people from all kinds of backgrounds, and they really get it. It is really a place to find your people and gain:   Great Community that really understands  Checklists that keep you on track  Interactive coaching sessions   Is a clutter free home on your Christmas wishlist? Clutter Free For Life is on sale until January 6th!
12/28/202120 minutes, 36 seconds
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492 - The Four Critical Strategies You Will Need to Stay Clutter Free for Life

Kathi Lipp and Clutter Free OG, Tonya Kubo, are here to share critical strategies guaranteed to help you live your best Clutter Free life. Listen in to learn how committing to challenges and being bossed around by the  calendar can help you:   Maintain mental energy while decluttering Manage decision fatigue Avoid BSOS (Bright Shiny Object Syndrome)   Don't miss this first episode in a 2-part series sure to help you end your year on a Clutter Free high note. And be sure to take advantage of the amazing offer to join the Clutter Free for Life program for the entire year of 2022 at a hugely discounted rate. Click here to find out more.
12/21/202118 minutes, 57 seconds
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491 - Your Holiday Game Plan

Kathi and her favorite holiday celebrant, Roger Lipp, are bringing all the best tips for our least stressful holiday season ever and equipping us with a game plan to carry it out. So much of preparing our house is about being comfortable in our own space. There are some key things we can do to declutter and make the holidays less stressful including   Determine the priority places & spaces to be decluttered Make a help list  Don’t leave room for unmet expectations  Get a membership to Clutter Free for Life
12/14/202114 minutes, 29 seconds
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490 - How to Make the Hard Decisions in Life with Author Nicki Koziarz - Flooded

Kathi is here with long awaited guest: three times best selling author, Nicki Koziarz to talk about how to make challenging decisions. So much of the clutter in our lives is caused by avoiding decision. As the clutter continues to build, we are flooded with choices, and that can leave us feeling overwhelmed. Even though many of the decisions we are faced with on a daily basis are small decisions, they can seem very daunting causing us to continue to avoid them. Listen in as Kathi and Nicki give us some hard truths that can help us develop our decision muscle, including:   None of us are exempt from hard things How to deal with the emotion attached to the clutter  How to make hard decisions when it seems contrary to what’s expected   For a chance to win a copy of Nick Koziarz' book, Flooded: The Five Best Decisions to Make When Life is Hard and Doubt is Rising, click here 
12/7/202120 minutes, 6 seconds
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489 - 10 Ways to Prep for a Clutter Free Holiday Part 2

Kathi Lipp and her partner in decluttering and everything else, Roger Lipp, are back to continue their great discussion on to how to celebrate the holiday season without sabotaging your Clutter Free journey.  Are you unsure of how to approach the holidays without adding to your or your loved ones' clutter? Kathi has 10 incredibly helpful tips just for that. She and Roger shared the first five suggestions in part 1. Listen in now as they share the last half of their insightful list of suggestions for celebrating the season clutter-free. Kathi explains the value in:   Do an inventory Ask for specifics Gift a membership to Clutter Free for Life And more!
11/30/202110 minutes, 30 seconds
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488 - 10 Ways to Prep for a Clutter Free Holiday Part 1

Kathi Lipp is here with her partner in decluttering and everything else, Roger Lipp, to talk about how to celebrate the holiday season without sabotaging your Clutter Free journey. Are you unsure of how to approach the holidays without adding to your or your loved ones' clutter? Kathi and Roger give five insightful suggestions to celebrating the season clutter-free, including: Go gift-less Give "clutter-less" gifts Gift a membership to Clutter Free for Life Be sure to catch next week's episode when Kathi and Roger will share the last half of their advice for a Clutter-Free holiday.
11/23/202114 minutes, 16 seconds
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487 - Get the First Peek at Kathi and Cheri's New Book

Have you been in need of a retreat, my friend, but can’t get away? Kathi and Cheri Gregory, her most frequent co-author, are giving us a sneak peek into their new devotional: An Abundant Place. If you are living in the real, everyday mess of life, then you will love learning about this devotional and how it takes us on a journey to that abundant place where Jesus redeems those messes and makes beauty out of them. The best part is that if you pre-order now you get some really fun bonuses including:  Devos For Dropouts Podcast Series Companion Journal  Invitation to a Private Devotional Group with Kathi and Cheri ORDER AN ABUNDANT PLACE
11/16/202115 minutes, 1 second
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486 - How to Get Rid of 250 Things in One Day Part 2

Hey friend! We are better together, and today we are going to join forces to declutter together! So grab your tools, set up your stations, and join Kathi on this episode to declutter together. First, if you haven’t already, go and listen to last week’s episode, How to Get Rid of 250 Things in One Day, Part 1 to set yourself up for success. Then jump on in and let’s get rid of some things together, make hard decisions, and learn about Envisioning your decluttered spaces & people using the things you don’t need  How to repurpose things  What storage is costing you
11/9/202117 minutes, 14 seconds
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485 - How to Get Rid of 250 Things in One Day Part 1

Kathi is talking about the exciting new 30 Day 1K challenge! Let’s crush it together and get rid of 1000 things this November. Tune in to this episode to find out how you can get rid of 250 things in just one day by following nine simple steps including: Set your goal Gather your tools Checklists Set up stations and a timer
11/2/202113 minutes, 32 seconds
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484 - The Top 5 Ways to have a Clean Desk

If you work outside of your home, or even if you have a home office, you know how hard it can be to keep a clean desk. Our desks often seem to be the catch-all for anything we aren't sure what to do with. If you're like the rest of it, you're desk quickly gets out of control with clutter. You can tame this clutter monster too! Join Kathi and Tonya today as they discuss how to have and keep a clean desk.
10/26/202113 minutes, 42 seconds
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483 - The 30 Day 1K Challenge: Get Rid of 1000 Things in Your Home This November

Kathi has Tonya Kubo, who really loves a good challenge, with her today. The excitement can’t be contained as they uncover all the details of the upcoming 30 Day 1K challenge that is happening in November! The most important thing in decluttering is decision. When we are overwhelmed with decisions, we really just need clarity. Join in the conversation to discover how you can wake up at the end of November with 1000 things gone from your house and a significant amount of space freed up by: Knowing the guidelines of the challenge Knowing these guidelines are here to serve you Gaining clarity about clutter and decisions
10/19/202120 minutes, 45 seconds
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482 - How to Store Everything You Need When You Just Don't Have the Space

Kathi and Tonya are back with us today discussing how to store everything with limited space. Listen in as they encourage us to find creative spaces using what we already have. Together let’s think about what kind of storage we have and how we are using it by: Designating each space for a purpose Making it work hard for us Making the spaces function for us Looking for hidden storage spots
10/12/202120 minutes, 50 seconds
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481 - My 4 Favorite Recipes to Use Up Everything in Your Fridge

Kathi and Tonya, the clutter free queen, are disclosing their favorite recipes to help us use up everything in our fridge. The possibilities are endless when we learn to think from the repurpose angle. Listen in as they encourage us to make creative combinations using what we already have. Get a few more recipes for your collection and learn to simplify your life and declutter your fridge with: • LOOP • Staples and go to meals • Clean out the fridge soup
10/5/202120 minutes, 36 seconds
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480 - Buried in Busyness?

Kathi is here today with Becky Keife, author of The Simple Difference. They are leaning more heavily on the live more life aspect of being clutter-free. Kathi and Becky explore how every small kindness makes a big impact and we can incorporate it into our everyday life. Many of our clutter problems are often rooted in living in the past or the future, causing us to neglect the present. Join Kathi and Becky’s conversation to learn things we can do right now that help with being clutter-free and making a difference through kindness, including: Being where your feet are Live eyes wide open Consider your STEM resources The Simple Difference: How Every Small Kindness Makes a Big Impact  We’ve all got a lot of questions these days: In a world marked by division, how do we create bridges of meaningful connection? When despair runs rampant, is real hope possible? When competition is elevated, is compassion still relevant? And at the end of the day, can one person really make any impact at all? When the world’s problems loom large and your ordinary life stretches you thin, it is still possible to be a difference-maker–one small, intentional, extravagant act of kindness at a time. Rather than telling you to do more, The Simple Difference shows you how to see more: more of the people in front of you, more of God’s lavish love for you, more of his power within you. The Simple Difference will help you – stop getting buried in busyness and distraction and discover countless opportunities for impact right where you are – remove your perceived limitations and learn to see that your “not-enough” is exactly what the world needs – discard expectations of what it takes to make a difference and delight in the life-changing power of simple kindness The Simple Difference isn’t about totally changing the course of your life; it’s about letting God change you and work through you in the midst of your ordinary days. To say, As I go on my way, Lord, have your way with me. Be a part of The Simple Difference movement–your life and the world will never be the same.
9/28/202128 minutes, 43 seconds
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479 - A Place For Everything

Coming in for the third round of teaching us all things organization are Kathi and Tonya, the organizational queen who gets things done. Really only 10 percent of organization has to do with the frou frou stuff. The other 90 percent can be split into thirds. In the first episode, Kathi and Tonya walked us through the first 30 percent: decluttering the nonsense so we don’t have to touch it again. The second episode covered the next 30 percent and was all about making decisions in advance and bossing our inner child around. Now, in the finale, they’re talking about how to put those decisions into action and showing us: • We underestimate the fatigue of many little decisions • How these decisions end up zapping our energy • What Mr. Rogers has to do with organization   THE CLUTTER-FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
9/21/202114 minutes, 41 seconds
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478 - A Place for Everything

Kathi is back with her buddy Tonya continuing the conversation on how to get organized for good. Last week they helped us discover that decluttering is the first 30 percent. Today the discussion moves into pre-deciding, the second 30 percent. Only a tiny 10 percent make up the part we typically think of when it comes to organization. Listen in to find out about Part 2 of the important 90 percent and how these three principles will help you actually get organized for good: 10 percent is choosing the systems that work for you 30 percent is decluttering 30 percent is pre-deciding Wondering about the last 30 percent? Be sure to join in next week to find out in Part 3 of How to Actually Get Organized for Good.   THE CLUTTER-FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
9/14/202116 minutes, 21 seconds
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477 - A Place for Everything

Kathi is talking with Tonya Kubo today, and they’re cracking the case on perhaps the most common topic in Clutter Free Academy: just how in the world do we get more organized? Organization is really about getting ahead and thinking about where things will be when we need them. Kathi simplifies this process by reminding us that everything has a cost of space, time, energy, or money. Then she helps us prioritize the systems and things we really need in this season, teaching us about the first 30% of organization: Don’t let it into the house Kick it back into play Lessen the amount of things we manage   THE CLUTTER-FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
9/7/202114 minutes, 25 seconds
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476 - Why Can't I Stay Clutter Free?

Kathi is here today with her ride or die decluttering partner Tonya Kubo. They’re bringing all the energy as they give us three strategies for overcoming the most common decluttering misconceptions. If you’ve ever thought decluttering should be easier than it is, then you won’t want to miss this conversation. Let’s stop rearranging our stuff or trying to reinvent the wheel each time and start decluttering. Together we can start applying these great strategies today and overcome these misconceptions: This should be easier You don’t know the people I live with Fifteen minutes just isn’t enough time   THE CLUTTER-FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
8/31/202121 minutes, 40 seconds
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475 - Meal Planning for Mere Mortals: Eat at Home Cooks

Join Kathi and one of her very favorite podcast co-hosts, Tonya Kubo, in this discussion of one of the most common struggles: meal planning. We all have to eat. So, why is meal planning so challenging sometimes? And doesn’t it just seem like it should be easier? For those of us who struggle with clutter, meal planning is often a companion struggle and compounds the decision fatigue. Something that has really helped me is having meal plans from Eat at Home Cooks. They come straight to my inbox, complete with a coordinating grocery list, and relieve me of so many decisions every month. One of the best parts is that Eat at Home Cooks has thought of everyone and has a variety of plans including: Instant Pot and Slow Cooker meal plans No Flour, No Sugar meal plans Plant-Based meal plans   EAT AT HOME and Save Money, Time, and Energy: If you struggle with making dinnertime happen, you’ll LOVE these easy meal plans that do all the hard work for you! Color-coded shopping lists and printable tried and true family recipes make dinnertime a breeze! Use EAT to claim yours here. Eat at Home meal plans takes care of all the “thinking” part of dinner by giving you the meals, recipes, grocery lists, and more! This is huge because it relieves us from decision fatigue in the area of meal planning. Say yes to making dinner easy (and save 30% through August 31 with code EAT!).
8/24/202118 minutes, 55 seconds
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474 - One Bathroom Wonders: Part 2

Kathi and Tonya are back in the bathroom today continuing the conversation of creating a one-bathroom wonder. In the first episode, they talked all about decluttering the bathroom. In this second episode, Kathi and Tonya are offering tips for organizing the bathroom and giving us the opportunity to think outside the bathroom box to create a space that works for our unique situation. Listen in to learn some of these simple bathroom organizing hacks including: Assigning different colors Adding shelving, hooks, and bars How we can do traditional things differently   THE CLUTTER-FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
8/17/202112 minutes, 47 seconds
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473 - One Bathroom Wonders Part 1

Kathi is here with Tonya Kubo, the queen of all decluttering, talking about going from bathroom sagas to one bathroom wonders. In this first episode, they give helpful tips for decluttering your bathroom and making it a space for essentials and necessities. Listen in to find out how you can design your essential one bathroom wonder by thinking through things like: Having designated spaces Containment and limits Having a schedule Being strategic with placement and utilizing other rooms   THE CLUTTER-FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
8/10/202116 minutes, 55 seconds
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472 - Growing Slow with Jennifer Dukes Lee

Join Kathi and her friend Jennifer Dukes Lee as they unpack the concept of growing slow. Do you ever feel the desire to un-hurry the pace of your life and your heart? Jennifer finally started asking a different question and learned to do just that by applying a few simple yet meaningful things to everyday life. Listen in to find out how you can grow slow and incorporate these simple things into your life: Setting the tone for your day Enjoying nature Growing and caring for things   We Long to Make a Break from the Fast Pace of Life … But if we’re honest, we’re afraid of what we’ll miss if we do. Yet when going big and hustling hard leaves us stressed, empty, and out of sorts, perhaps this can be our cue to step into a far more satisfying, sustainable pace. In this crafted, inspiring read, beloved author Jennifer Dukes Lee offers a path to unhurried living by returning to the rhythm of the land and learning the ancient art of Growing Slow. Jennifer was once at breaking point herself, and tells her story of rude awakening to the ways her chosen lifestyle of running hard, scaling fast, and the neverending chase for results was taking a toll on her body, heart, and soul. But when she finally gave herself permission to believe it takes time to grow good things, she found a new kind of freedom. With eloquent truths and vivid storytelling, Jennifer reflects on the lessons she learned from living on her fifth-generation family farm and the insights she gathered from the purposeful yet never rushed life of Christ. Growing Slow charts a path out of the pressures of bigger, harder, faster, and into a more rooted way of living where the growth of good things is deep and lasting. Following the rhythms of the natural growing season, Growing Slow will help you: Find the true relief that comes when you stop running and start resting in Jesus Learn practices for unhurrying your heart and mind every day Let go of the pressure and embrace the small, good things already bearing fruit in your life And engage slow growth through reflection prompts and simple application steps
8/3/202121 minutes, 57 seconds
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471 - Dawn Camp

Have you often wondered about all the amazing benefits of essential oils but found it overwhelming to understand all the different facets? Join Kathi and her new friend, Dawn Camp, as they simplify the whole thing and give us the essentials of essential oils. Dawn is the author of It All Began in the Garden and My Essential Oil Companion. As we declutter each room and give it a purpose, we can also give that room a signature scent. Listen in to learn more about “scent-sitising” our decluttered spaces and all things essential oils including: The essence of shrubs and plants The importance of scent associations Discover what the Swiss Army Knife of essential oils is Learn how to make the allergy bomb   My Essential Oil Companion Expand your knowledge and know-how of 50 different essential oils and go deeper with journaling questions, tips, tricks, and testimonials, plus plenty of space for recording notes. If you currently use essential oils or are curious about them and would like to learn more about their many benefits, oil expert Dawn Camp would love to share what she’s learned with you. Dawn has designed this unique journal to appeal to novices and seasoned oil users alike. Find new uses for popular favorites, including lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus, and encounter many lesser-known oils along the way. You will also learn how to safely and correctly use each oil. In addition to journaling, encounter dozens of new diffuser and roller blends, and DIYs for making lotions, balms, and scrubs. Let this book be your essential guide to getting the most out of the oils you enjoy. 
7/27/202123 minutes, 46 seconds
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470 - Hour of Power: Crushing It for the Week Ahead

Kathi and Roger are back in Part Three of this great series on creating your Hour of Power. This episode focuses on our morning and evening routines. Planning and prepping ahead help us take care of our future self. Our Hours of Power are making a huge difference in our lives and we want it to do the same for you. Join in to learn the elements of creating your own hour of planning power by: Taking a realistic look ahead Thinking through details Deciding on what you can prep ahead Keeping it simple   Ready For Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small Bad stuff happens all the time but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear. Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare their mind, heart and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips and lists, Kathi offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving in to fear and anxiety. Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help themselves. Kathi’s goal is to equip you to be the front line of helpers in any crisis from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss.
7/20/202119 minutes, 47 seconds
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469 - Create Your Hour of Power: Crushing it for the Week Ahead:

Kathi and Roger are back in Part Two of this great series on creating your Hour of Power. This episode focuses on planning. Most of us need to manage all the different things we have going on, and a realistic look at the week ahead makes it so much less stressful. This hour of planning power alleviates confusion and provides a rhythm that leads to huge progress. Join in to learn the elements of creating your own hour of planning power by: Taking a realistic look ahead Discussing clear expectations Deciding on projects Making lists   Ready For Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small Bad stuff happens all the time but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear. Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare their mind, heart and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips and lists, Kathi offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving in to fear and anxiety. Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help themselves. Kathi’s goal is to equip you to be the front line of helpers in any crisis from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss.
7/13/202116 minutes, 18 seconds
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468 - Create Your Hour of Power: Crushing it for the Week Ahead:

In this episode you will gain all the golden nuggets for your own “hour of power” from Kathi and her very favorite podcast guest, Roger Lipp. The hour of power is an hour of planning and preparing that helps you to get ahead on some things and make your week a little easier. Listen in to learn the top ten things on Kathi’s hour of power list including: Clean out the fridge Make a meal plan Prep the fruit and veggies Prep the grains   Ready For Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small  Bad stuff happens all the time, but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear.  Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare their mind, heart and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips and lists, Kathi offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving in to fear and anxiety.  Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help themselves. Kathi’s goal is to equip you to be the front line of helpers in any crisis from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss. 
7/6/202126 minutes, 24 seconds
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467 - No Buy July Part 2

Kathi is back with Tonya Kubo filling us in on the rest of the details for No Buy July! What do WWII and July 2021 have in common? Find out next month in Clutter Free Academy as we engage in a project called “No Buy July” together. Listen in to Part 2 to find out what the rules are and what kind of results may be possible for you, including: Getting rid of excess Being creative Finding out we are more capable than we think we are   THE CLUTTER-FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
6/29/202115 minutes, 27 seconds
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466 - No Buy July Part 1

Kathi is here with Tonya Kubo talking about bossing us around this July! What do WWII and July 2021 have in common? Find out next month in Clutter Free Academy as we engage in a project together called “No Buy July.” Listen in to Part 1 to find out how this project will go, including: Watching out for unconscious spending Thinking creatively Thinking and planning ahead Taking a look at unfinished projects   THE CLUTTER-FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
6/22/202119 minutes, 42 seconds
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465 - Can You be Crafty and Clutter Free at the Same Time?

Kathi is here with the admittedly not crafty Tonya Kubo talking about all things crafting. You do not need to consider yourself crafty to get something of value from this episode. Crafting, creating, and all hobbies that bring us joy have this in common: a need to keep all the supplies in one area where we can get a little and create something beautiful with it. Together, let’s think about how little we can use to create what we want, grow our supplies as we grow our skills, and ask ourselves these questions to get started on the journey: Do I have a designated spot? How can I change my thinking? How clever can I be with my supplies and space? What do I actually need to craft with joy?   THE CLUTTER-FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
6/15/202113 minutes, 25 seconds
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464 - HELP - My House is Going on the Market Next Week!

In the first recorded episode of Questions with Kathi and Kelly, Kathi and her friend Kelly Wilbanks give us a roadmap for putting our house on the market and moving. If the thought of moving and making your house marketable overwhelms you, don’t worry. This is the action plan you need for continued clutter free peace in your home. Listen in to hear Kathi’s seven steps to putting your house on the market, including: Don’t add anything Concentrate on the noticeable things Work front to back And more …   The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life  When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
6/8/202115 minutes, 27 seconds
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463 - The Checklist Challenge Part 2

Kathi is here with her friend Kelly Wilbanks, who takes your great questions and brings them to Kathi to come up with the answers about all things clutter free. Today, they are continuing the discussion about Kathi’s best hacks and how to get things done in a short amount of time. It’s common to get overwhelmed very quickly. Kathi’s solution is all about the Checklist Challenge. The problem with most checklists is that many items on them tend to be way too far-reaching and contribute to overwhelm. Take Kathi’s advice and don’t participate in abuse of the checklist. Instead, tune in to find out how you can thrive with a checklist by: Breaking it down Imagining the space before you start Pre-deciding Curating & not settling for second best   The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life  When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
6/1/202116 minutes, 22 seconds
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462 - The Checklist Challenge Part 1

Kathi is here with Kelly Wilbanks, the voice of Clutter Free, who takes your great questions and brings them to Kathi to come up with the answers about all things clutter free. Today’s question is about discovering Kathi’s best hacks and how to get things done in a short amount of time. It’s common to get overwhelmed very quickly. Kathi’s solution is all about the Checklist Challenge. The problem with most checklists is that many items on them tend to be way too far-reaching and contribute to overwhelm. Take Kathi’s advice and don’t participate in abuse of the checklist. Instead, tune in to find out how you can thrive with a checklist by: Breaking it down Making it time-constrained Making it specific Making it motivating   The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life  When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
5/25/202114 minutes, 50 seconds
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461 - HELP! I'm Not Making Any Progress on My Clutter

Are there times you feel like you’re not making the desired progress on your clutter? Sometimes we hit a plateau, especially as the decisions get harder. Join in this episode of Questions with Kathi and Kelly today to discover how to get over that plateau by:  Shaking it up   Jolting your system   Thinking outside the box Knowing when to work on each layer of decluttering   The Clutter Free Home: Making Room for Your Life  When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
5/18/202119 minutes, 6 seconds
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460 - How to Handle Your Paper Problem

Paper can truly be the bane of everyone’s existence. Have you ever wondered how to keep it from taking over the house? Join in this episode of Questions with Kathi and Kelly today to discover how to handle our paper problems by:  Reducing the paper that crosses the threshold   Establish an intake basket   Kicking the ball back into play     The Clutter Free Home: Making Room for Your Life  When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
5/11/202117 minutes, 14 seconds
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459 - Common Ground Loving Others Despite Our Differences with Amberly Neese

Clutter steals our peace and it also steals the peace of the ones we love. Join Kathi today in a great conversation with Amberly Neese, author of Common Ground, discussing how we can live at peace with other people. Clutter issues in our head, our heart, and our home often disrupt this peace and cause tension between loved ones. Join in the discussion to find out ways that we can clear out this clutter and live at peace with others by: Finding common ground Asking important why questions Fully embracing and loving God, ourselves, and then others   Common Ground: Loving Others Despite Our Differences Whether it is in politics, the professional world, a party, or a pew, we face conflict every day. As discussions get more heated and social media is deluged with opinion-spewing, hurt feelings, and broken relationships, we need hope and practical tools to navigate the tumultuous waters and live at peace with everyone. Fortunately, the Scriptures hold the key to living at peace despite our differences. In Common Ground, a four-week Bible study, Amberly Neese combines stories of sibling rivalries from the Bible with personal experience, humor, hope, and her love of God’s Word. Stories examined from the Old and New Testaments include: Joseph and His Brothers: How to Combat Jealousy Moses, Miriam, and Aaron: How to Work Together Despite Differences Mary, Martha, and Lazarus: How to Appreciate the Contributions of Others Rachel and Leah: Having Compassion for the Plight of Others These stories point us to peace and reconciliation in all our relationships, reassuring us that it is possible to find common ground with everyone—despite our differences.
5/4/202122 minutes, 1 second
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458 - Kickstart to Clutter Free Promo

Kathi is here with Tonya Kubo, the co-commander of all things clutter free, and they are super excited to talk about the upcoming challenge. This challenge, Kickstart to Clutter Free, is the foundation of where all things clutter free started. We’re going to engage in this challenge all together! So, listen in to find out how joining the challenge can help you: Get rid of 500 things Get the whole family involved Find out how easy it is to do a little bit and how a little bit is enough   Kickstart to Clutter Free 14 Days. 500 Things. No Mercy. Kickstart to Clutter Free (starts May 3) (Regularly $49; On Sale for $25) https://shop.kathilipp.com/product/kickstart-to-clutter-free/
4/27/20219 minutes, 22 seconds
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457 - Help! I Fell Off the Declutter Wagon. Now What?

What do you do when you feel like you’ve lost the momentum in your decluttering? Kathi and Kelly are here on the rescue wagon to help us get back on! Today they’re discussing living in the tension of not decluttering while taking a short break that provides space to refocus with fresh eyes. We become exhausted when we declutter out of shame. What happens when we’re able to switch to grace-based decluttering instead? Well, that, friends, is a beautiful thing. Listen in to discover how to make the switch and get back on the wagon by: Resting but not quitting Getting involved with the CFA FB group Never going back to the broken normal Jolting your system Finding a grace-filled buddy   The Clutter Free Home: Making Room for Your Life  When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
4/20/202119 minutes, 6 seconds
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456 - Jen Hatmaker and Kathi Talk Things, Money and How to Make a Difference in the World

Kathi and Jen Hatmaker, who needs no introduction, are talking about all the things and how to make a difference in the world. Too much of everything led Jen to a social experiment that she lays out in the book Simple and Free. Listen to Kathi and Jen candidly talk about how to get over some of those internal dialogues that lead to believing more stuff makes us happy and discover the truth about: How finances and clutter go together How lending each other courage and resolve has a contagious effect How fear, guilt and shame keep us trapped   Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering if it’s possible to move from “out of my mind” to “in control” when you’ve got too many projects on your plate and too much mess in your relationships? Kathi and Cheri want to show you five surprising reasons why you become stressed, why social media solutions don’t often work, and how you can finally create a plan that works for you. As you identify your underlying hurts, uncover hope, and embrace practical healing, you’ll become equipped to: trade the to-do list that controls you for a calendar that allows space in your life decide whose feedback to forget and whose input to invite replace fear of the future with peace in the present You can simplify and savor your life—guilt-free! Clutter, tasks, and relationships may overwhelm you now, but God can help you overcome with grace. Kathi and Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed, get together for this episode for a little discussion regarding the concepts of being overwhelmed and being clutter-free. So often we find that our clutter overwhelms us and that being overwhelmed contributes to our clutter. It can be a vicious cycle. Kathi and Cheri discuss five steps to keep from getting overwhelmed as you declutter your home, your heart, and your life. 
4/13/202118 minutes, 12 seconds
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455 - Jen Hatmaker and Kathi Talk Things, Money, and How to Make a Difference in the World

Kathi and Jen Hatmaker, who needs no introduction, are talking about all the things and how to make a difference in the world. Too much of everything led Jen to a social experiment that she lays out in the book Simple and Free. Listen to Kathi and Jen talk candidly about how to get over some of those internal dialogues that lead to believing more stuff makes us happy, and discover the truth about: How acquiring stuff always overpromises How acquiring stuff always underdelivers How lessoning acquisitions and possessions frees creativity   Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering if it’s possible to move from “out of my mind” to “in control” when you’ve got too many projects on your plate and too much mess in your relationships? Kathi and Cheri want to show you five surprising reasons why you become stressed, why social media solutions don’t often work, and how you can finally create a plan that works for you. As you identify your underlying hurts, uncover hope, and embrace practical healing, you’ll become equipped to: trade the to-do list that controls you for a calendar that allows space in your life decide whose feedback to forget and whose input to invite replace fear of the future with peace in the present You can simplify and savor your life—guilt-free! Clutter, tasks, and relationships may overwhelm you now, but God can help you overcome with grace. Kathi and Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed, get together for this episode for a little discussion regarding the concepts of being overwhelmed and being clutter-free. So often we find that our clutter overwhelms us and that being overwhelmed contributes to our clutter. It can be a vicious cycle. Kathi and Cheri discuss five steps to keep from getting overwhelmed as you declutter your home, your heart, and your life. Order your copy of Overwhelmed here.
4/6/202113 minutes, 30 seconds
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454 - How to Have a Clutter Free Move

Kathi has Angela Sue Garvey, author of Tiny Houses and Tummy Tucks, with her today, and they’re talking about how to have a clutter free move. Being prepared and ready for anything is a great place to be. It is especially great if you’re facing a move or any large project. Kathi and Angela offer some great tips for a clutter free move including: 3 Things to Downsize 3 Things to Keep 2 Essentials for Any Move The #1 Thing to Do if You Find out You Need to Move Ready For Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small Bad stuff happens all the time but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear.  Ready for Anything gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare their mind, heart and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips and lists, Kathi offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving in to fear and anxiety.  Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help themselves. Kathi’s goal is to equip you to be the front line of helpers in any crisis from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss. 
3/30/202127 minutes, 34 seconds
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453 - How Do I Even Know Where to Start With My Mess

Another great episode of questions with Kelly and Kathi is here. In this episode, they’re addressing one of the most common questions in clutter free. How do we know where to start with our mess? Decluttering in action is all about making decision after decision. After too many decisions, decision fatigue sets in. We have all tried to put systems around our clutter. Kathi leads us in a better way and teaches us how to start with these four principles: You can’t organize clutter The simpler the system the better Ask yourself where you would look for certain items when you need them Label everything like it belongs in a kindergarten room   The Clutter Free Home: Making Room for Your Life  When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
3/23/202117 minutes, 34 seconds
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452 - Should I Buy a Bigger House?

Kathi is loving this series with her friend Kelly Wilbanks. This week they answer the question many of us have asked ourselves: should we buy a bigger house? After this last year of living in close quarters and doing life in unconventional ways, most of us are looking at our spaces with a different perspective. Kathi’s answer may surprise you. Listen in as they discuss how to determine the answer for your family, including: How to know when a gutting of your house is in order How to determine the right size home How your thinking may indicate the need for this assessment   The Clutter Free Home: Making Room for Your Life  When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
3/16/202113 minutes, 37 seconds
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451 - When Someone You Live with (and Love) Thwarts All Your Decluttering Attempts

Kathi and her partner in crime, Tonya Kubo, are addressing a specific challenge that is common to many. Do you desire to have a peaceful home but have felt thwarted at every turn on your clutter free journey? There are a few things you can do that will make a big difference and raise the level in your home in so many ways. Listen in to gain great insight on compromising your way to a more peaceful home and … Come up with a common goal Don’t argue about stuff; agree on space If you can’t get cooperation, get containment   THE CLUTTER FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
3/9/202118 minutes, 52 seconds
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450 - How Do I Get My Kids to Help with Decluttering

Kathi is back with Kelly Wilbanks in another segment of Questions with Kelly and Kathi. Today’s question helps guide us in how to get our kids involved in decluttering with us. Join in the conversation as they teach us to develop our resourcefulness muscles and lead the way by learning how to:   Reset and let attitude lead  Anchor routines to rewards Create, post, and follow a schedule   The Clutter Free Home: Making Room for Your Life  When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
3/2/202120 minutes, 52 seconds
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449 - HELP! I'm Living in a Remodel. What Should I Do?

Kathi is back with Kelly Wilbanks in another segment of Questions with Kelly and Kathi. Today’s question helps us discover how to live well in an active remodel or another large project at home. There are so many factors that can prolong a remodel project. Thankfully, Kathi gives us six things that we can do to live peacefully while undergoing a project in our home: Consider the seasons Declutter everything you can Figure out how to eat; create a suite Create a sanctuary Create a punch list Learn a new skill   The Clutter Free Home: Making Room for Your Life  When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
2/23/202121 minutes, 7 seconds
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448 - What Does Jesus Have to Say About Your Stuff

Kathi and her favorite declutter bud, Tonya Kubo, are with us, talking about what Jesus has to say about our stuff. Have you ever wondered if there is a deeper reason why it’s hard to get rid of our stuff? We talk a lot in Clutter Free about the fear, guilt, and shame attached to our clutter. Looking at these deeper reasons brings realizations that will propel us forward and … Teach us about the spiritual aspect of clutter Answer questions about stewarding our stuff well Give vision for long-term change   Clutter Free Bible Study Online Course We all know that our clutter can keep us from doing the things we really want to do. But what does the Bible say about our stuff? In Clutter Free Bible Study: What Jesus Has to Say About Your Stuff, Kathi helps us go deeper into the will of God for our lives and tells us how clutter keeps us from living that life. The online version of the Bible study is set up as a six-week study and includes the downloadable version of the workbook. It also includes a weekly video session with Kathi to help you go deeper into what Jesus says about your stuff and tips to overcome clutter. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive immediate access to the online study materials.
2/16/202114 minutes, 2 seconds
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447 - Do I Sell It, Donate It or Give It Away

Kathi is back with Kelly Wilbanks in another segment of Questions with Kelly and Kathi. Today’s question helps us settle that endless debate between selling, donating, and giving things away. There are truly so many factors that go into this decision. Thankfully, Kathi lays out a guide for us to discover our best option by exploring these three questions: What is your urgency? What is your motivation? What is your main objective?   The Clutter Free Home: Making Room for Your Life  When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
2/9/202116 minutes, 57 seconds
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446 - How Do I Keep Things Clean With Everyone at Home?

Kathi is back with another one of her favorite segments: questions with Kelly and Kathi. This past year has left many of us wondering how to keep our house clean and clutter free with everyone at home. Thankfully, Kathi has some great ideas for doing just that: Establish what an acceptable space is. Don’t face the clutter alone. Teach our kids how to be zero sum kids and care for themselves and their things. The importance of routines and boundaries   The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life  When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home.  Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
2/2/202119 minutes, 36 seconds
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445 - Ugh! How Do I Keep My Car Clean?

Kathi is back for another one of her favorite segments, questions with Kelly and Kathi. This time they’re talking about how to keep our cars clean and clutter free. Thankfully, they aren’t talking about dedicating a Saturday to this task. Instead, they offer practical ways that can easily fit into our lifestyle. Listen in to learn about the four ways that helped Kathi keep her car clean even with kids and teens: Minimize things allowed in your car and have a system for getting things out of it Have trash bags in the car Use your gas station stops Kick it back into play   THE CLUTTER FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home.  Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
1/26/202117 minutes, 58 seconds
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444 - Can You Have Kids and Be CF at the Same Time w/Tonya Kubo

Kathi is here with Tonya Kubo, “the princess-in-training” of clutter free, talking about how to keep clutter to a minimum even when you have kids. As kids and families grow, so does the clutter situation. With things changing at the speed of life, how do we help our children appreciate and care for their things? Join in the conversation as we dive into one of our clutter free principles: anchoring our systems and routines. In anchoring our routines with children, we will learn to: Limit the number of items in our house Empower kids to care for themselves and their things Create simple routines, stability, and expectations   THE CLUTTER FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
1/19/202120 minutes, 6 seconds
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443 - Creating a Kitchen You Will Actually Cook In Part 2

Kathi and Tonya are back with part two of creating a kitchen you will actually cook in. In part one they discussed the first few principles of creating a kitchen you will want to cook in. They are continuing the conversation this week by helping us limit our decision making so we can get dinner on the table easier and enjoy doing it. Instead of allowing the thoughts and ideas of what we should do direct our decisions, let’s think about what we actually need and how we can:   Find and reach everything we need   Set up stations in our kitchen   Make our kitchen really work for us    THE CLUTTER FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
1/12/202123 minutes, 15 seconds
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442 - Creating a Kitchen You Will Actually Cook In Part 1

Kathi and her partner in crime in all things clutter free, Tonya Kubo, are kicking off the clutter free year by helping us create a kitchen we’ll actually cook in. We’re all probably cooking exponentially more in this current culture, and we’ll enjoy it more if our kitchen is set up for it. Join in the conversation to find out how to create a kitchen you want to cook in and …    How we can apply principles from professional kitchens to our own  Why everything in the kitchen should have a place  How to eliminate obstacles and minimize decisions in the kitchen    THE CLUTTER FREE HOME When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
1/5/202121 minutes, 8 seconds
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441 - The 6 Habits You Must Have to be Clutter Free for Life Part 2

Kathi and Tonya Kubo are here celebrating the end of this year, the final three habits on the list of six you must have to be clutter free for life … and the beginning of the rest of your clutter free for life journey. Last week they discussed the first three habits. Listen in as they teach and encourage us to take care of our future selves by: Developing habits that stick Not leaving trails of bad decisions behind us Developing daily routines for being clutter free for life   Clutter Free For Life The Clutter Free for Life annual membership program is on sale from now until January 2nd for less than half the regular price and also includes the great bonus, the Clutter Free Bible Study. Come join us in this amazing group as we encourage and cheer each other on in our clutter free journey. This upcoming year we will be going through the book The Clutter Free Home as a group, and together we will make more room for life!
12/29/202011 minutes, 36 seconds
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440 - The 6 Habits You Must Have to be Clutter Free for Life Part 1

Kathi and Tonya Kubo are in the house and the end of the year is finally here in this 12th anniversary of March! They’re here to dispel a myth and teach us how to build habits that help us be clutter free for the rest of our life. Join in this great conversation to hear about this system of progress over perfection and …   Why it’s so important to develop the muscle of decision making daily Three ways to be clutter free for life  Why there is no wrong way to get rid of our clutter     Clutter Free For Life The Clutter Free for Life annual membership program is on sale from now until January 2nd for less than half the regular price and also includes the great bonus, the Clutter Free Bible Study. Come join us in this amazing group as we encourage and cheer each other on in our clutter free journey. This upcoming year we will be going through the book The Clutter Free Home as a group, and together we will make more room for life!
12/22/202025 minutes, 8 seconds
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439 - How Do I Stay On Top of Email?

Our physical spaces aren’t the only ones that get cluttered in this digital world. Do you wonder how to stay on top of email and keep your inbox from remaining cluttered? Thankfully, there is help in this brand new series, Questions with Kelly and Kathi. Join in to hear how Kathi turns email into a game and learn about: Kathi’s three best tips for staying on top of email The zero inbox concept Kathi’s email game and point system   Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering if it’s possible to move from “out of my mind” to “in control” when you’ve got too many projects on your plate and too much mess in your relationships? Kathi and Cheri want to show you five surprising reasons why you become stressed, why social media solutions don’t often work, and how you can finally create a plan that works for you. As you identify your underlying hurts, uncover hope, and embrace practical healing, you’ll become equipped to: trade the to-do list that controls you for a calendar that allows space in your life decide whose feedback to forget and whose input to invite replace fear of the future with peace in the present You can simplify and savor your life—guilt-free! Clutter, tasks, and relationships may overwhelm you now, but God can help you overcome with grace. Kathi and Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed, get together for this episode for a little discussion regarding the concepts of being overwhelmed and being clutter-free. So often we find that our clutter overwhelms us and that being overwhelmed contributes to our clutter. It can be a vicious cycle. Kathi and Cheri discuss five steps to keep from getting overwhelmed as you declutter your home, your heart, and your life.
12/15/202017 minutes, 58 seconds
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438 - Help, My In-laws Are Coming

Kathi and Kelly Wilbanks share about decluttering fast when company is coming. This common question from the clutter-free community comes to a peak during the holiday season. When the in-laws or other company come to visit, how can we declutter fast and create an inviting atmosphere, focusing more on making connections than a good impression? Clear surfaces first Ask for help Decide your intent   The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room For Your Life When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home.  Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
12/8/202012 minutes, 20 seconds
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437 - How to Deal With Clutter From This Season of Your Life

Kathi is talking today with Elisa Morgan, former CEO of MOPS International, and Eryn Eddie, CEO of So Worth Loving, about how to deal with clutter from different life seasons. Clutter is the tangible of what our soul and mind are dealing with. Beautiful things happen when we allow God to make space in both the physical and in our heart. Join in the conversation to learn about: How to deal with circumstantial clutter How the definition of “space” is a beautiful thing Practical action for a life that looks different than expected The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room For Your Life When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home.  Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
12/1/202028 minutes, 43 seconds
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436 - How to Stop Resenting Household Chores

Kathi is back with co-host extraordinaire Tonya Kubo, the fearless leader of Clutter Free Academy Facebook group, discussing how to stop resenting those household chores. Regardless of our circumstances, most of us have some inescapable chores. If the world were fair, what are some of the chores you would choose to never do? Join in the conversation to hear Kathi and Tonya talk about the ones they would scratch off their lists and how to deal with the chores that seem to be unavoidable by: Re-framing Re-naming Re-claiming   The Clutter Free Home: Making Room For Your Life When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home.  Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
11/24/202022 minutes, 47 seconds
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435 - Roomba Ready and Creating Confidence

Today Kathi is talking with Alli Worthington, author of Standing Strong: A Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Adversity and Living with Confidence, about gaining confidence and roombas and clutter. In our clutter free journey, many times the lack of confidence in decision-making and self-doubt holds us back from moving forward. Join Kathi and Alli to hear how to: Grow in confidence to hear God’s voice Grow in confidence to trust ourselves Grow in confidence to tell yourself the right story Standing Strong: A Women’s Guide to Overcoming Adversity and Living With Confidence For the woman who longs to break free from what holds her back, bestselling author Alli Worthington offers a no-nonsense, guilt-free guide to take back your life from self-doubt. In Standing Strong, Alli comes alongside as your guide as you:  • Eliminate, once and for all, the lies that keep you from being who God made you to be.  • Become an unbreakable woman who finds her strength from God for any adversity. • Gain strategies for tackling the obstacles of self-doubt, fear, and insecurity. • Find the confidence to say yes and amen to God’s call on your life. You are stronger than you think, and you are worth more than you could ever imagine. So, let go of the guilt, shake off the shame, and fend off your fears as you fight with your faith.
11/17/202019 minutes, 39 seconds
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434 - Do I Need a Dumpster

Kathi is here with The Grand Poobah of Clutter Free Academy Facebook group, Tonya Kubo. They are discussing the one glaring difference between them. Have you been on this clutter free journey for a while and wondered whether or not you should rent a dumpster or why someone else would? Join in the conversation to determine: When a dumpster is needed Why a dumpster may be needed How it can help you focus on all those delayed decisions   The Clutter Free Home: Making Room For Your Life When it comes to your home, peace is possible… Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home.  Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
11/10/202018 minutes, 19 seconds
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433 - Fangirling and the Keys to Creating Consistency in Your Life with Chrystal Evans Hurst

Today Kathi Lipp is talking with Crystal Evans Hurst, author of The 28 Day Prayer Journey. Sometimes, on this clutter journey, it’s hard to establish the consistency we desire. Thankfully, Kathi and Crystal are here to show us how to create beautiful daily rhythms and routines. Listen in to learn about creating these rhythms and routines and: Why consistency requires us to start small Why, sometimes, we need to give ourselves grace and hit the reset button How we can create daily conversations with God   The 28 Day Prayer Journey: A Daily Guide to Conversations With God In her new book, The 28-Day Prayer Journey: A Daily Guide to Conversations with God (Zondervan, Aug. 11, 2020), Hurst leads readers on a journey to pray, bit by bit, day by day, to make regular, consistent, fervent prayer become less formidable and more integral to their daily lives. “The goal of this journey is for you to become addicted to your time with Jesus,” writes Hurst. “There are a lot of things you could be addicted to that will kill your spirit, harm your soul, or cripple your body, but talking to Jesus because you can’t imagine your life without Him—that will only give you life!” Each day on the 28-day journey, Hurst invites readers to pray, along with three short devotional readings—for the morning, afternoon, and evening—that cover the basic tenets of prayer. Readers are invited to journal their dialogue each day, and to reflect on their progress at the conclusion of each week. “Prayer is our conduit into relationship with God. Just like any relationship, our relationship with God requires time, intentionality, and consistent deposits of our hearts while listening to His. Don’t let distraction or forgetfulness throw you; just pick up where you left off with Him. He is ready and willing to listen and wants to talk to you, no matter how long it has been.”
11/3/202019 minutes, 9 seconds
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432 - How to Get Rid of Your Storage Unit

Do you have a storage unit or other large storage area filled with indecision? Kathi Lipp and Tonya Kubo are here to help us make those decisions, get rid of the storage clutter, and experience the freedom that comes with doing it. Friends, let’s decide together what is important and not pay rent for things that aren’t serving our current life. Listen in to discover five keys to getting rid of storage including: Why having a buddy helps with the process Decide where the money will be redistributed Find out what the 3-Bag System on Wheels is   Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering if it’s possible to move from “out of my mind” to “in control” when you’ve got too many projects on your plate and too much mess in your relationships? Kathi and Cheri want to show you five surprising reasons why you become stressed, why social media solutions don’t often work, and how you can finally create a plan that works for you. As you identify your underlying hurts, uncover hope, and embrace practical healing, you’ll become equipped to: trade the to-do list that controls you for a calendar that allows space in your life decide whose feedback to forget and whose input to invite replace fear of the future with peace in the present You can simplify and savor your life—guilt-free! Clutter, tasks, and relationships may overwhelm you now, but God can help you overcome with grace. Kathi and Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed, get together for this episode for a little discussion regarding the concepts of being overwhelmed and being clutter-free. So often we find that our clutter overwhelms us and that being overwhelmed contributes to our clutter. It can be a vicious cycle. Kathi and Cheri discuss five steps to keep from getting overwhelmed as you declutter your home, your heart, and your life. Order your copy of Overwhelmed here.
10/27/202015 minutes, 22 seconds
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431 - How to Have Real Joy in the Midst of All This Crazy with Author Suzie Eller

What a joy-filled message we have for you today, friends! Kathi and her guest, Suzie Eller, author of Joy Keeper, are with us today, discussing how to have real joy in the midst of all this crazy. I think we can all agree that 2020 has been filled with crazy and we would love to know some practical ways we can still experience joy in the middle of it all. Join in this uplifting conversation to hear how to do just that and learn: What the biggest misconception about joy is How joy is in the knowing About “Chalk Line Faith” and how it brings freedom   Joy Keeper: 6 Truths That Change Everything You Thought You Knew About Joy Joy can feel elusive when defined by how you feel in a given moment or what your circumstances are at the present. Sometimes joy feels like it can be taken away, even when things are good.
10/20/202022 minutes, 47 seconds
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430 - Getting Over Decision Fatigue

Kathi and Cheri Gregory are back with us today in Part 4 of this series, talking about decision fatigue, how it’s often a stumbling block to decluttering, and what we can do about it. Friends, in this series, we’re learning together how to get rid of this decision fatigue and keep going even when it’s hard. Join in to be encouraged and learn about: How to get rid of all this stuff in the middle of a crisis How to get past the all or nothing thinking What to do when you’re stuck in decluttering   Overwhelmed How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering if it’s possible to move from “out of my mind” to “in control” when you’ve got too many projects on your plate and too much mess in your relationships? Kathi and Cheri want to show you five surprising reasons why you become stressed, why social media solutions don’t often work, and how you can finally create a plan that works for you. As you identify your underlying hurts, uncover hope, and embrace practical healing, you’ll become equipped to: trade the to-do list that controls you for a calendar that allows space in your life decide whose feedback to forget and whose input to invite replace fear of the future with peace in the present You can simplify and savor your life—guilt-free! Clutter, tasks, and relationships may overwhelm you now, but God can help you overcome with grace. Kathi and Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed, get together for this episode for a little discussion regarding the concepts of being overwhelmed and being clutter-free. So often we find that our clutter overwhelms us and that being overwhelmed contributes to our clutter. It can be a vicious cycle. Kathi and Cheri discuss five steps to keep from getting overwhelmed as you declutter your home, your heart, and your life. Order your copy of Overwhelmed here.
10/13/202019 minutes
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429 - Getting Over the Shame of Getting Rid of it - Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis

Kathi and Cheri Gregory, are back with us today in Part 3 of this series talking about the shame associated with clutter and what we can do about it. Friends, in this series, we’re learning together how to get rid of the three common emotions attached to clutter and keep going even when it’s hard. Join in to be encouraged and learn about: Why shame is often tied to perfectionism How to get rid of the shame voices in your head What are you allowing to re-criminalize yourself?   Overwhelmed How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering if it’s possible to move from “out of my mind” to “in control” when you’ve got too many projects on your plate and too much mess in your relationships? Kathi and Cheri want to show you five surprising reasons why you become stressed, why social media solutions don’t often work, and how you can finally create a plan that works for you. As you identify your underlying hurts, uncover hope, and embrace practical healing, you’ll become equipped to: trade the to-do list that controls you for a calendar that allows space in your life decide whose feedback to forget and whose input to invite replace fear of the future with peace in the present You can simplify and savor your life—guilt-free! Clutter, tasks, and relationships may overwhelm you now, but God can help you overcome with grace. Kathi and Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed, get together for this episode for a little discussion regarding the concepts of being overwhelmed and being clutter-free. So often we find that our clutter overwhelms us and that being overwhelmed contributes to our clutter. It can be a vicious cycle. Kathi and Cheri discuss five steps to keep from getting overwhelmed as you declutter your home, your heart, and your life. Order your copy of Overwhelmed here.
10/6/202017 minutes, 33 seconds
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428 - Getting Over the Fear of Getting Rid of it

Kathi and her coauthor, Cheri Gregory, are back with us today in Part 2 of this series talking about the guilt those of us who deal with clutter know all too well. Friends, in this series, we’re learning together how to get rid of the fear and guilt and keep going even when it’s hard. Listen in to learn how we can preserve memories in other ways, rather than keeping all the clutter, and learn about: Unpacking these emotions  Normalizing things so the emotions don’t make the decisions for us Finding grace  Finding the familiar  Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering if it’s possible to move from “out of my mind” to “in control” when you’ve got too many projects on your plate and too much mess in your relationships? Kathi and Cheri want to show you five surprising reasons why you become stressed, why social media solutions don’t often work, and how you can finally create a plan that works for you. As you identify your underlying hurts, uncover hope, and embrace practical healing, you’ll become equipped to: trade the to-do list that controls you for a calendar that allows space in your life decide whose feedback to forget and whose input to invite replace fear of the future with peace in the present You can simplify and savor your life—guilt-free! Clutter, tasks, and relationships may overwhelm you now, but God can help you overcome with grace. Kathi and Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed, get together for this episode for a little discussion regarding the concepts of being overwhelmed and being clutter-free. So often we find that our clutter overwhelms us and that being overwhelmed contributes to our clutter. It can be a vicious cycle. Kathi and Cheri discuss five steps to keep from getting overwhelmed as you declutter your home, your heart, and your life. Order your copy of Overwhelmed here.
9/29/202017 minutes, 29 seconds
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427 - Getting Over the Guilt Of Getting Rid Of It

Have you struggled to keep decluttering right side up while the world turned upside down this year? You are not alone, friend. Kathi and coauthor Cheri Gregory are with us today discussing the common emotions when it comes to clutter, why it’s hard to declutter in a crisis, and how to keep going when it’s hard. Listen in to find out: What you can do practically How to respond in a healthy manner How to dispel the fear Overwhelmed How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering if it’s possible to move from “out of my mind” to “in control” when you’ve got too many projects on your plate and too much mess in your relationships? Kathi and Cheri want to show you five surprising reasons why you become stressed, why social media solutions don’t often work, and how you can finally create a plan that works for you. As you identify your underlying hurts, uncover hope, and embrace practical healing, you’ll become equipped to: trade the to-do list that controls you for a calendar that allows space in your life decide whose feedback to forget and whose input to invite replace fear of the future with peace in the present You can simplify and savor your life—guilt-free! Clutter, tasks, and relationships may overwhelm you now, but God can help you overcome with grace. Kathi and Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed, get together for this episode for a little discussion regarding the concepts of being overwhelmed and being clutter-free. So often we find that our clutter overwhelms us and that being overwhelmed contributes to our clutter. It can be a vicious cycle. Kathi and Cheri discuss five steps to keep from getting overwhelmed as you declutter your home, your heart, and your life. Order your copy of Overwhelmed here.
9/22/202021 minutes, 13 seconds
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426 - The Episode Where Kathi Says She Wanted to Punch Roger In The Face

Do you sometimes wish that someone else would do your meal planning? Kathi and Tiffany King are here to make your wish come true. We all know that successful meal planning lessens decisions and chaos in this busy life, but finding the time to consistently devote to it can be challenging. Tiffany King has developed Meals at Home to help relieve decision fatigue and help us save time and money. Join in the discussion to find out: Why it’s so helpful to have a consistent meal plan How meal planning will help you save time and money How meal planning will help to alleviate decision fatigue Ready For Anything Bad stuff happens all the time, but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear. Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare your mind, heart, and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips, and lists, Kathi’s book offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving into fear and anxiety. Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help. Kathi’s goal is to equip readers to be the frontline of helpers in any crisis, from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss.
9/15/202017 minutes, 52 seconds
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425 - How To Store Food For An Emergency

Kathi is back with Melissa Norris, author of The Family Garden Plan. Last week they talked about how to grow and store food for your family for an entire year. This week they are discussing the details of food preservation. Join in the conversation to learn more about the four types of food preservation and … How to make the food last all year long Which food preservation method is the most cost-efficient How and why to eat with the seasons How all this contributes to a clutter-free way of life  Ready For Anything Bad stuff happens all the time, but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear. Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare your mind, heart, and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips, and lists, Kathi’s book offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving into fear and anxiety. Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help. Kathi’s goal is to equip readers to be the frontline of helpers in any crisis, from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss. Order your copy of Ready For Anything today.
9/8/202022 minutes, 3 seconds
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424 - How to Grow A Year's Worth of Food For Your Family

If you have a homesteader complex in the least, this is the woman you want to be friends with! Kathi is here today with Melissa Norris, author of The Family Garden Plan, and they are talking about how to grow a whole year’s worth of food for your family. Listen in as they talk about how much space, time, energy, and money are really required. Find out why this really isn’t just a fool’s dream and how you can learn:  How to have a plan for growing and preserving food for your family How to figure out your climate and what crops will do best there How much should I plant for my individual family’s needs Why gardening zones and planting times are not the same  Ready For Anything Bad stuff happens all the time, but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear. Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare your mind, heart, and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips, and lists, Kathi’s book offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving into fear and anxiety. Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help. Kathi’s goal is to equip readers to be the frontline of helpers in any crisis, from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss. Order your copy of Ready For Anything today.
9/1/202020 minutes, 42 seconds
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423 - How To Kickstart Your Major Decluttering This Fall

Kathi’s back with Tonya Kubo, the queen of major decluttering and leader of Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, to continue the discussion on how to kickstart your major decluttering this fall. In the first episode, they talked about some of the how-to’s and why 500 things. Today, they’re walking us through how to reset our houses by getting the most out of the kick start to clutter free course and tell us: The 5 ways to get the most out of the 14 day kickstart course How to help children be a part of it How to keep the momentum going   Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality. Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today.
8/25/202016 minutes, 14 seconds
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422 - How to Kickstart Your Major Decluttering this Fall Part One

Have you been feeling like you need to go a little deeper in your clutter free journey? Well, Kathi is here and with her is the grand poobah of all things clutter free and Clutter Free Academy Facebook group, Tonya Kubo. They are here with exciting news to ramp up your second half of the year and help kick start your major decluttering this fall. Listen in to find out:  When you have to go deep and do the big thing  Why 500 things   How to kick things back into play  How we’re going to dive into Kick Start together  Use the code cfa_kickstart to get it at $25 Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but also create places of peace that reflect your personality. Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today.
8/18/202020 minutes, 34 seconds
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421 - Creating a Clutter-free Community of Sharing

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, the illustrious leader of the Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. Kathi and Tonya share about the value of creating a clutter-free community and how you can create a culture of generosity and reciprocity in your own community. On today’s show you’ll learn: How a “small give” can be a great way to start building a community of sharing Why it is a false economy to hold onto stuff “until I have time to sell it” The many benefits of a “semi-permanent” loan Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality. Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
8/11/202021 minutes, 1 second
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420 - Is It Hoarding Or Is It Clutter? Part 2

8/4/202024 minutes, 32 seconds
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419 - Is It Hoarding Or Is It Clutter?

Do you have a loved one who struggles with hoarding? On today’s episode, Tonya Kubo joins Kathi as they discuss what it’s like to live with and love a family member who struggles with hoarding. This is another great re-release in the Best Of Clutter Free Academy series. In this episode you will learn: The difference between hoarding and clutter Why hoarding is really a symptom of anxiety How to practice empathy with loved ones while understanding that only hoarders can help themselves Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality. Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today.
7/28/202021 minutes, 59 seconds
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418 - Clutter Free Meal Planning and Summer Entertaining

Hey Friends, you are in for a real treat with this Best of Clutter Free Academy series! You won't want to miss any of these episodes, as we have picked the top four all-time favorites to re-release for you. This week Kathi and her guest, Erin Macpherson, share quick and easy ideas for clutter-free meal planning and summer entertaining. Friend, if you can answer yes to any of these questions, you will not want to miss this episode: Tired of always wondering, "What should I make for dinner?" Overwhelmed by planning meals week after week? Want to have good friends over this summer, but it all seems like too much to plan?   Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality. Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today.
7/21/202020 minutes, 56 seconds
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417 - How To Get Over a Poverty Mentality with Tonya Kubo

Join Kathi and Tonya Kubo, the fearless leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group and Clutter Free for Life, where they have all the fun, for today’s interesting topic of getting over a poverty mindset. Kathi and Tonya discuss the difference between poverty circumstances and poverty mindset. In understanding the difference, we can take an honest look and realize what is pushing us into our place of pain and discomfort. With this understanding, we can ask the three important questions: Do you love it? Do you use it? Would you buy it again?   Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today.
7/14/202013 minutes, 41 seconds
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416 - Declutter to Stress Less & Lower Anxiety

Kathi and her dear friend Bonnie Gray, author of Whispers of Rest, are here to help lift us out of stress and anxiety, especially through the tough times we have recently been facing in close quarters. If you are in a place where you know that getting rid of some clutter would really help you but are overwhelmed by depression or anxiety, these actionable steps will really help you. Join in, friend, and learn how to invest in yourself and take care of the you that God created you to be! In this episode you will learn about: Three actionable steps Bonnie Gray took to get rid of the clutter during depression and anxiety Why soul care is so important in overcoming clutter and anxiety Bite-size decluttering The power of today   Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Pre-order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today.
7/7/202015 minutes, 7 seconds
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415 - How To Unhustle Your Life with Milena Regos

If you can relate to living a chaotic, overstuffed, and overscheduled life, then you definitely won’t want to miss this conversation. Join Kathi and her kindred friend Milena Regos as they help us discover how to unhustle our life and find courage, simplicity, joy, wellbeing, and a sense of purpose. In this episode you will learn: The Importance of a Reset How to Re-evaluate Your Life How to Build in Reset Five Actionable Steps to Unhustle your life Ready For Anything Bad stuff happens all the time, but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear. Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare your mind, heart, and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips, and lists, Kathi’s book offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving in to fear and anxiety. Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help. Kathi’s goal is to equip readers to be the frontline of helpers in any crisis, from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss. Order your copy of Ready For Anything today.
6/30/202016 minutes, 52 seconds
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414 - Big Living in Small Space

We are all trying to get more life into the four walls we are seeking to stay safe within. Adjusting to this new normal has been a challenge for many of us. Today, Kathi and Jen Pepito, of Peaceful Press, who has been doing this for a while, are discussing big living in a small space. Whether you are running a business, newly homeschooling, or doing a combination of all the things inside your home, you will definitely want to learn about these great principles for managing life in a small space, including: How to keep it all together in a small space How to stay productive in a small space Classic principles that are great to use right now Jen’s #1 tip for suddenly homeschooling Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality. Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
6/23/202016 minutes, 50 seconds
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413 - Do Without: How to Best Manage Your Home During a Time of Crisis

Back for our final session of use it up, wear it out, make do, do without are Kathi and her very own Roger Lipp. In the first two episodes with Tonya Kubo, leader of Clutter Free Academy, we learned to use it up and wear it out. In the third episode, Kathi and Roger talk about how to make do, and now they are back talking about the concept of do without. With all of us going through the current covid crisis together, we have all learned something about ourselves. Listen in to find out about some of the things Kathi and Roger have learned about themselves during this time and their answers to: What can we do without? What can we substitute? How can we make another experience better? Has this earned a space in my house? Ready For Anything Bad stuff happens all the time, but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear. Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare your mind, heart, and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips, and lists, Kathi’s book offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving into fear and anxiety. Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help. Kathi’s goal is to equip readers to be the frontline of helpers in any crisis, from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss.
6/16/202019 minutes, 17 seconds
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412 - Make Do: How to Best Manage Your Home During a Time of Crisis

Kathi is continuing this four-part series with her very special guest, who she had to use all of her powers of persuasion to convince to join her, her betrothed, Roger Lipp. Tonya Kubo, leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, helped us with the first two parts of Kathi’s favorite WWII quote in Use It Up and Wear It Out, and now Roger is here to help with the third part, Make Do. So, how do we make do in an era of being so heavily advertised to, one in which we get held hostage by our own wants and desires? Listen in as we discover practical tips on how to answer these questions on making do: Lower Our Expectations? How Can I Not Spend Money on This? What Do We Already Have? Ready For Anything Bad stuff happens all the time, but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear. Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare your mind, heart, and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips, and lists, Kathi’s book offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving in to fear and anxiety. Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help. Kathi’s goal is to equip readers to be the frontline of helpers in any crisis, from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss.
6/9/202019 minutes, 20 seconds
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411 - Wear It Out

Kathi and her friend Tonya Kubo, leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group and Clutter Free for Life, are here for Part 2 of the How to Best Manage Your Home During a Time of Crisis series. Last week we talked about the principle of use it up. To continue the conversation, Kathi and Tonya are talking about the principle of “wear it out,” all while nerding out on philosophical things. Friend, we have all justified purchasing wants over needs. Together, let’s explore some questions that we can ask ourselves to help discover a better way: How can I make my purchases last longer? Are there things I can delay or do less often? How can I extend the life of or repurpose things?   Ready For Anything Bad stuff happens all the time, but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear. Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare your mind, heart, and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips, and lists, Kathi’s book offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving in to fear and anxiety. Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help. Kathi’s goal is to equip readers to be the frontline of helpers in any crisis, from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss.
6/2/202014 minutes, 56 seconds
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410 - Use It Up

Join in the fun as Kathi and Tonya Kubo, our very own fearless leader of Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group and Clutter Free for Life, get to nerd out on one of Kathi’s favorite topics and challenge our thinking about what we really need to be happy, healthy, and content. Together we will discover that there are a million different little things we can do every single day that make a huge difference and add up. Friend, we are creative human beings who can make a beautiful life out of our abundance. So, let’s start this journey today by learning about: Backwards Planning Embracing the Power of And Reevaluating our Space, Time, and Money Delightfully Using our Abundance Ready For Anything Bad stuff happens all the time, but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear. Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping readers prepare their mind, heart, and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips, and lists, Kathi’s book offers a down-to-earth guide that will show readers how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving in to fear and anxiety. Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help themselves. Kathi’s goal is to equip you to be the frontline of helpers in any crisis from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss.
5/26/202027 minutes, 14 seconds
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409 - How Do I Set Manageable Goals?

Kathi and Tonya Kubo, leader of Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group and Clutter Free for Life are here for Part 4 of the How Do I? Series. In this series, we have learned how to get unstuck from our clutter rut, how to get rid of the good stuff, and how to know where stuff goes. Now, in the perfect finale of this fab four series, we are learning how to set realistic and manageable goals. Friend, you do not have to feel like you’re the only one, and working towards your clutter goals doesn’t have to feel like such a burden. Let’s do this together! Listen in to gain perspective, better decision-making ability, and focus on: Working the Program Energy Management Gentle Accountability Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality. Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Get your copy of The Clutter-Free Home at kathilipp.com or on Amazon today. Links Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
5/19/202014 minutes, 45 seconds
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408 - How Do I Know Where Stuff Goes?

This week, Kathi and fearless leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group and Clutter Free for life,Tonya Kubo, are continuing the conversation in the How Do I? Series. Last week Kathi and Tonya talked about how to get rid of the good stuff. Today Tonya brings to the table the most frequently asked question: where do I put all the stuff? Join in the conversation as they teach us how to create the solutions that make the most sense and change our lives. In this episode you will learn: How to make life more simple Reduce design fatigue Make things work for you Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality. Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today. Links Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Learn more about Writing at the Red House  Order your squeeze bottles on Amazon Order your copy of The Get Yourself Organized Project on Amazon. Or answer this question in the comments below for a chance to win The Get Yourself Organized Project: What is your biggest struggle in figuring out where to put things? We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
5/12/202017 minutes, 44 seconds
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407 - How Do I Get Rid of the Good Stuff?

Do you want to enjoy decluttered spaces but aren’t sure just how to get rid of the good stuff? Well, friends Kathi and our very own Tonya Kubo, leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, are here to help! Last week, we learned about getting unstuck from your clutter rut. Tonya is asking all the hard questions in this series, and Kathi is bringing the wisdom from her experience and her new book The Clutter-Free Home. In this episode, you will discover: What’s the objective What’s the priority Understanding the focus Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality. Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today. Links Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Next Door https://nextdoor.com/ We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
5/5/202016 minutes, 34 seconds
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406 - How Do I Get Unstuck From My Clutter Rut

Join in the excitement as Kathi Lipp and Tonya Kubo, leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, teach us how to get unstuck from a clutter rut in the brand new How Do I? Series. Let’s learn how to do these things together, friends! We want to give you some tools to use right now, teach you how to be kind to yourself and just start where you are. So many times we get stuck in a rut because we are living in the past or the future. But we can discover together: Why are we stuck in a clutter rut? How do we actually get unstuck? What is our freedom reason? Links Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Signs of Depression: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/5-warning-signs-of-depression/108535.htm Bible Verses for depression: https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/depression-bible-verses/ We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
4/28/202014 minutes, 35 seconds
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405 - Ready for Anything Week 4: Three Months of Expenses

This week Kathi and her partner in crime and leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, Tonya Kubo, are back in part four of this Ready for Anything series. Join in the discussion as they help us prepare our hearts for any crisis big or small by giving us three important goals and some creative ways to meet them. It’s a whole new world right now so let’s talk about how we can think ahead and take care of our future self. Let’s build up our resource library and get some “Grandma skills,” because we need those right now. This episode will help you to: Be prepared for anything Discover creative ways to save money Learn ways to help make emergency situations not be so stressful   Ready For Anything Bad stuff happens all the time but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear. Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare their mind, heart and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips and lists, Kathi offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving in to fear and anxiety. Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help themselves. Kathi’s goal is to equip you to be the front line of helpers in any crisis from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss. Pre-order your copy of Ready For Anything here. Pre-Order Bonuses Include      A two-week meal plan, including shopping lists, freezer inventory and pantry inventory. Five-day Homeschool Curriculum. Our two-week course “Kickstart to Clutter Free.” AND a curated set of sample chapters from the book, so that you can get started right now. Links Learn more about Ready For Anything and all of the fun pre-order bonuses! Want to know what’s included in her bug out bag? Click here to download the list. Check out Dave Ramsey financial information here https://www.daveramsey.com/   We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
4/21/202020 minutes, 15 seconds
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404 - Ready for Anything Week 3

This week, Kathi continues her four-part conversation with Tonya Kubo, leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group and all things, as they talk about being ready for anything. Today, Kathi and Tonya talk about preparing your pantry with two weeks of food, how to start with what you have on hand and create options. Let’s be honest; real food helps keep things normal when the rest of life is hard. Listen in as they help us figure out our new normal during these unpredictable times of sheltering in place for weeks on end. Today you will learn about: Thinking ahead and having an inventory plan A working pantry and what to have on hand to stay in place for two weeks The difference between being ready for anything and hard-core prepping Ready For Anything Bad stuff happens all the time but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear. Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare their mind, heart and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips and lists, Kathi offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving in to fear and anxiety. Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help themselves. Kathi’s goal is to equip you to be the front line of helpers in any crisis from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss. Pre-order your copy of Ready For Anything here. Pre-Order Bonuses Include: A two-week meal plan, including shopping lists, freezer inventory and pantry inventory. Five-day Homeschool Curriculum. Our two-week course “Kickstart to Clutter Free.” AND a curated set of sample chapters from the book, so that you can get started right now. Pre-order your copy of Ready For Anything today. Links Learn more about Ready for Anything. Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group Tonya Kubo We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
4/14/202023 minutes, 26 seconds
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403 - Ready for Anything Week 2

Kathi helps her friend and brand new prepper, Tonya Kubo, plan for any crisis. Kathi pulls wise advice from her new book, Ready For Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home For Any Crisis Big or Small, to help Tonya and you prepare for any emergency that may come your way. Friend, we want you to be prepared, not scared. Today you will learn: The purpose of having a three day “bug out bag” and how to put it together. What the “five minute plan” is and why you want to include your whole family in it. Ready For Anything Bad stuff happens all the time but this doesn’t mean we have to live in constant fear. Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small gives finite simple steps for being proactive rather than reactive—helping you prepare their mind, heart and home for any unfortunate circumstance. Full of stories and humor along with facts, tips and lists, Kathi offers a down-to-earth guide that will show you how to face the unexpected with confidence, relying on God’s strength and plan rather than giving in to fear and anxiety. Her step-by-step plan is easy to implement and will help anyone become a better steward of their resources as well as be the neighbor who can help in a crisis rather than needing help themselves. Kathi’s goal is to equip you to be the front line of helpers in any crisis from a natural disaster to a friend’s job loss. Pre-order your copy of Ready For Anything here. Pre-Order Bonuses Include      A two-week meal plan, including shopping lists, freezer inventory and pantry inventory. Five-day Homeschool Curriculum. Our two-week course “Kickstart to Clutter Free.” AND a curated set of sample chapters from the book, so that you can get started right now. Links Learn more about Ready For Anything and all of the fun pre-order bonuses! We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
4/7/202023 minutes, 38 seconds
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402 - Ready for Anything Week 1

Friend and new prepper, Tonya Kubo and Kathi Lipp talk about her new book releasing soon, Ready For Anything, Preparing Your Heart and Home for Crisis Big and Small. There’s no shame in not being prepared. Kathi and Tonya are here to help you be prepared for any crisis, even a shortage at the grocery store. Dear friend, don’t panic! Today you will learn what you need to do today to get prepared for the current circumstances. How do you get started in the middle of the crisis? There’s still things we can do. Today you’ll learn the basics of being prepared, Kathi calls them the 3-2-3. 3 day “bug out bag,” when crisis hits and you have to leave your home. 2 weeks staying prepared with home, food, water, power. 3 months of expenses, an emergency fund. Ready For Anything Pre-order Ready For Anything today here. Links Learn more about Ready For Anything here. We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
3/31/202021 minutes, 42 seconds
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400 - Gutting Your Office with Cheri Gregory

Kathi chats with Cheri Gregory, coauthor of Overwhelmed, and co-partner on every good caper, about how gutting your office space clears the way for your important work. Cheri shares her motivations and methods for clearing out the old and making way for the new. In this episode, you’ll learn tips and tricks to create a clutter free office. Don't panic, friend, we break it down in easy, actionable steps. You've got this! The primary reason to dig in and get it done. How to overcome the overwhelm when you are deciding what to keep and what to toss. The process for removing or recycling. A couple of handy tools to help keep you motivated. Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today. Links Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Writing at the Red House Atomic Habits by James Clear Home Depot, hardboard for a flat writing surface. We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
3/17/202017 minutes, 43 seconds
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399 - Gutting Your Office Part 1 with Cheri Gregory

Kathi chats with her friend and co-author for Overwhelmed and You Don’t Have to Try So Hard, Cheri Gregory. Today they venture into the office where the hidden shrines reside and keep us from progressing in our work. Today you will learn: About the items we keep that become the shrines that define us. How to overcome the shame that traps those items in our office. How to release the fear of letting go and claim the woman you are today. Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Pre-order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today. Links and Resources Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Writing At The Red House Overwhelmed You Don’t Have to Try So Hard Cure for the Perfect Life Exhale Sensitive & Strong Michele Cushatt We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
3/10/202018 minutes, 28 seconds
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398 - Simple Meal Prep from Hope's Table by Hope Helmuth

Do you love to cook, but getting dinner on the table every night can be overwhelming? Today Kathi dishes with Hope Helmuth, author of Hope’s Table: Everyday Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen. Hope’s cookbook is filled with beautiful, simple and delicious recipes for everyday meals. Kathi and Hope share scoop up their best kitchen tricks to keep you and your family happy at mealtime. In this episode, you’ll learn: Tips and tricks for staying organized in the kitchen. How to keep your kitchen clean and ready to cook anytime. PLUS: How to clean your cast iron skillet quickly and easily.
3/3/202015 minutes, 57 seconds
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397 - How to Stay Focused (When Everything is Trying to Distract You)

Kathi is chatting with her co-author and partner in crime Cheri Gregory about an amazing new find that has helped her stay focused when she’s tempted to get distracted. If you need a tool to keep you on task, friend, you are in luck!  Focus Mate is an online system that pairs you up with an online work buddy. Does this sound like something you’d love? Kathi and Cheri are going to tell you all about it. Plus, if you love the idea of Focus Mate, Kathi has come up with a very special idea. In this episode, you will learn: The magic of collaboration to get stuff done. How to access your own online collaborator to help you declutter. The perfect amount of time to stay focused on a project. Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Pre-order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today. Links Learn more about Focus Mate. Are you a writer? Would you love to take your writing to the next level? Check out the week-long retreats offered at Writing at the Red House this year. We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read each one.
2/25/202015 minutes, 30 seconds
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396 - Clutter Free Kids - Secrets From a Preschool Director

Kathi is joined by early childhood educator (and bonus-daughter) Amanda Thivierge. How can you teach kids to be clutter-free? Well, Amanda shares her top three tips to fight clutter and get your kids in on it. Clutter-free is a journey, and we don’t all come by it naturally. Modeling for kids is key. (AND how to do that well.) Get brutal and say goodbye to the stuff you will not use. (BYE-BYE DOILIES!) and more… Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today. Links Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
2/18/202020 minutes, 57 seconds
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395 - How to (Finally) Create Your Clutter Free Home Step #4 with KariAnne Wood

Kathi concludes her four-part conversation about creating your Clutter-free home with style-expert KariAnne Wood. A few weeks ago, we learned about dedicating your space for its purpose. Then we focused on how to decide the way you want the room to feel. Last week we learned about the easy-to-do actionable steps it takes to cut the clutter. In this episode, you’ll learn more about creating style in a room. How to put zazz into any room. Can your style change? The role your home plays in interior design style. Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today. Links Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Take your Style Guide Quiz   We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
2/11/202017 minutes, 31 seconds
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394 - How to (Finally) Create Your Clutter Free Home Step #3 Declutter Your Space

This week, Kathi continues her four-part conversation with Tonya Kubo, founder and fearless leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group about how to (finally) create the clutter-free home you’ve always wanted. A few weeks ago, we learned about dedicating your space for its purpose. Last week we focused on how to decide the way you want the room to feel. In this episode, you’ll learn tips and tricks to create a clutter-free home. Don’t panic, friend, we break it down in easy, actionable steps. You’ve got this!  How to effectively use a timer to time-box your way to clean.  Why a strategy is paramount! No, you cannot pick the easiest room.  What spaces in your home are basically a storage closet and what you can do about it.  Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Pre-order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today. Links Learn more about Clutter Free for Life.   We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
2/4/202013 minutes, 36 seconds
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393 - How to (Finally) Create Your Clutter Free Home Step #2Decide How You Want Your Room to Feel

This week, Kathi continues her four-part conversation with Tonya Kubo, founder and fearless leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group about how to (finally) create the clutter-free home you’ve always wanted. Last week, we learned about dedicating your space for its purpose. This week, Tonya and Kathi discuss how to decide the way you want the room to feel.   In this episode, you’ll learn how to decide using the question, “How do I want this room to feel and look?” to help you cultivate a clutter-free home. You’ll also hear how: You can use each of your senses to create a space you love Deciding puts you in control of your space, no matter what space you have The link between self-care and clutter-free Clutter-Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Pre-order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today. Links Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
1/28/202017 minutes, 42 seconds
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392 - How to (Finally) Create Your Clutter Free Home: Step #1 Dedicate Your Room for Its Purpose

If you’ve ever decluttered only to have stuff creep back in, this episode is for you! This week, Kathi begins her four-part conversation with Tonya Kubo, founder and fearless leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, about how to create a clutter-free home. Kathi and Tonya chat about the power of dedicating each space in your home because you don’t want to live in a house by accident; you want each room to have and serve its purpose. In this episode, you’ll learn how a little planning goes a long way to creating a clutter-free home. You’ll also learn how to: Reshape each room into what you actually use it for, not what it “should” be for Use anchoring objects as reminders of a room’s purpose Shift from “just surviving” to living with intention in your home   Clutter Free Home Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be. Pre-order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today. For the Clutter Free Home Book Club, head over to the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group and join the conversation! If you want a great leftover tri-tip recipe, check out these ideas. We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
1/21/202013 minutes, 33 seconds
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391 - Redesign Your Life

We are all living a life we didn’t design. In this episode, Kathi chats with Tracy Steel, author of A Redesigned Life: Uncovering God’s Purpose When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned, about how to apply a designer’s eye to see the work God is doing in your life, when things don’t go according to plan.   This week, Tracy shares some of the things she learned as an interior designer that help her understand God’s work in her life. You’ll also learn: What to do when you wonder whether God is working How to notice and understand patterns in your life Practical ways to weave truth into your physical space and interior thoughts If you’d like to hear more, you can order your copy of Tracy’s book, A Redesigned Life from Amazon today!   Learn more about the shows Kathi and Tracy talked about today: Grand Designs and Designing Women. If you missed Kathi’s episode with Ron Deal, listen here. Check out The Blue Letter Bible and Bible Gateway to search the Bible and other encouraging tools. Kathi’s newest book, Clutter Free Home, is available for preorder on Amazon now! We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
1/14/202016 minutes, 35 seconds
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390 - Getting Organized with Mother of Mayhem

Are you putting off getting organized until the mayhem dies down in your home? What if you could make changes that make a big difference right now, in the midst of chaos? In this episode, Kathi talks with Kristi Clover, author of M.O.M.—Master Organizer of Mayhem, about ways to get organized, no matter what life season you are in. This week, you’ll hear how decluttering is something you’ll have to continually come back to, even when things are going smoothly. The more you have the foundational basics in place, the more you’ll be able to manage chaos no matter what happens. You’ll also learn how to: Control the things you can to adjust for chaos you can’t control Create systems to keep you on track Save yourself chaos down the road by planning ahead To learn more, order your own copy of Kristi’s book, M.O.M.—Master Organizer of Mayhem on Amazon today. If you’d like Kristi’s free eBook Sanity Savers for Moms, full of fun hacks that bring you more sanity, click here to sign up for her newsletter. We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
1/7/202021 minutes, 24 seconds
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389 - Clutter Free for Life: Accountability

This week, Kathi concludes her conversation with Tonya Kubo, founder and fearless leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, about three key ingredients to forming lasting clutter free habits. Previously, they talked about the importance of routine and realistic expectations in becoming clutter free. In this episode, you’ll hear about how accountability will help you live the clutter free life you’ve always wanted. Maybe accountability seems like a scary or negative thing. Kathi and Tonya tell us this week that accountability is far from the harsh scolding you may anticipate. Instead, it means having friends who lovingly remind us of the commitment we made to ourselves. You’ll also hear how accountability: Brings us out of isolation Offers a different perspective Gives us people to cheer us on every step of the way If you’re looking for practical ideas and encouragement with managing day-to-day clutter, check out the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, the kindest corner of the internet. If you’re looking for something a little deeper, Clutter Free for Life is for you! Clutter Free For Life Hey Friends, are you excited about tackling clutter in 2020? Maybe you’ve thought about a routine that works for you and set realistic expectations, but do you have a team cheering you on? That’s where Clutter Free for Life can change your life! Clutter Free for Life is full of personalized, hand-on help and accountability! As a member, you’ll receive tons of valuable exclusive content: monthly action plans, coaching twice a month from Kathi herself, access to a private, VIP Facebook group, and tons of gentle encouragement and guidance on how to move forward on your clutter free journey. If you sign up for Clutter Free for Life today, you’ll save 60% off of the monthly price. You’ll get a full year of support on your clutter free journey for the unbelievable price of $118. Don’t wait! This offer expires TONIGHT and will disappear. Make the commitment to yourself today and make 2020 the year you become Clutter Free for Life!   We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
12/31/201915 minutes, 2 seconds
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388 - Clutter Free for Life: Realistic Expectations

This week, Kathi continues her conversation with Tonya Kubo, founder and fearless leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, about some of the key ingredients to forming lasting clutter free habits. Last week, they talked about the importance of routine. This week, you’ll hear about how realistic expectations will help you live the clutter free life you’ve always wanted. In this episode, you’ll hear three realistic expectations that are critical for your clutter-free journey. You’ll learn how: Clutter is never one and done. We live with humans. It takes time and resources to make a lasting difference. Clutter Free For Life If you’re ready to invest the time and resources into making 2020 a turning point in your clutter free journey, now is the time to check out Clutter Free for Life. Clutter Free for Life is full of personalized, hand-on help to have realistic expectations! As a member, you’ll receive tons of valuable exclusive content: monthly action plans, coaching twice a month from Kathi herself, access to a private, VIP Facebook group, and tons of gentle encouragement and guidance on how to move forward on your clutter free journey. If you sign up for Clutter Free for Life today, you’ll save 60% off of the monthly price. You’ll get a full year of support on your clutter free journey for the unbelievable price of $118. Don’t wait! This offer expires on December 31, 2019. Sign up today and make 2020 the year you become Clutter Free for Life! We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
12/24/201918 minutes, 3 seconds
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387 - Clutter Free for Life: Creating Your Routine

This week, Kathi chats with founder and fearless leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, Tonya Kubo, about some of the key ingredients to forming lasting clutter free habits. Once upon a time, Kathi was in a perpetual panic, just surviving and trying (but not succeeding) at managing her clutter.  Years into her clutter free journey, she knows the importance of a routine in staying clutter free. In this episode, you’ll learn three secret ingredients to help you create a routine to lose the clutter. You’ll hear: How to put your house on a schedule and keep moving forward in spite of setbacks The one key to any lasting clutter free system What you need to get started today (hint: you already have it!) Clutter Free For Life If you want more personalized, hands-on help Clutter Free For Life is for you! As a member, you’ll receive tons of valuable exclusive content: monthly action plans, coaching from Kathi herself, access to a private, VIP Facebook group, and tons of gentle encouragement and guidance on how to move forward on your clutter free journey. If you sign up for Clutter Free For Life today, you’ll save 60% off of the monthly price. You’ll get a full year of support on your clutter free journey for the unbelievable price of $118. Don’t wait! This offer expires on December 31, 2019. Sign up today and make 2020 the year you become Clutter Free For Life! To learn more about a decluttering routine, check out Kathi’s upcoming book, The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life, available for pre-order on Amazon today. If you’re looking for a magic sauce recipe similar to the ranch/honey mustard/barbecue one Kathi described, click here. We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
12/17/201921 minutes, 59 seconds
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386 - Dealing with Clutter in the Hardest Time of Your Life

Have you ever made progress on your decluttering journey only to stop when something unexpected and unwelcome happens? Maybe you have a loved one going through hard times and you want to help, but don't know where to begin. This week, Kathi chats with Niki Hardy, author of Breathe Again: How to Live Well When Life Falls Apart, about what to do in difficult seasons. In this episode, you'll learn tons of practical wisdom about what you can do in hard times, whether you or someone you love is directly affected. You'll hear about how to: Ask for and accept help from others when you need it. Offer help in a way that blesses those in hard times. How taking care of your future self is crucial in tough seasons. If you're curious about the Enneagram after hearing Niki mention it, click here. You can order your own copy of Niki's book Breathe Again: How to Live Well When Life Falls Apart on Amazon today. We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
12/10/201920 minutes, 15 seconds
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385 - How to Love Being Home

Do you long for a cozy home that feels like your happy place? This week, Kathi chats with Liz Marie Galvan, designer and author of the best-selling book, Cozy White Cottage: 100 Ways to Love the Feeling of Being Home. Kathi and Liz discuss how to begin creating the cozy, beautiful home you’ve always wanted. In this episode, you’ll learn the connection between decluttering and creating a home you love. You’ll also hear how: Decluttering allows the “cute” and “cozy” to shine in your home You can appreciate decor ideas, yet leave them at the store To get a better sense of your personal style If you want to learn more about cultivating a home you love, you can order a copy of Liz’s book Cozy White Cottage on Amazon.   Kathi’s purple chair   We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
12/3/201913 minutes, 6 seconds
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384 - Can Less Clutter Lead to Less Family Grumbling?

This week, Kathi chats with special guest prolific author Tricia Goyer about Tricia’s new book, The Grumble-Free Year. We’ll learn how her family’s year-long experiment giving up grumbling had an impact on the whole family and the way they interacted with one another. In this episode, you’ll also discover how our physical space can have an impact on our emotions. Clutter free really can work, even for a family of 11! You’ll find tips to help you: reduce your tendency to grumble, even when times are hard set a grumble-free tone for your whole family and get your kids on board with less grumbling cultivate a greater sense of peace in your home Click here to download Chapter One of Tricia’s book The Grumble-Free Year. If you like what you read, you can order your copy of The Grumble-Free Year on Amazon. If you’re inspired to write a book of your own, check out Tricia’s Write That Book group for tips and coaching to make your dream a reality. We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
11/26/201918 minutes, 52 seconds
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383 - Hot Mess to Totally Blessed with Comedian Kerri Pomarolli

If you are overwhelmed trying to make life Pinterest-perfect, you are in good company! This week, Kathi chats with comedian and self-proclaimed Hot Mess for Jesus, Kerri Pomarolli. Kathi and Kerri discuss what it means to find grace right where you are today, in the midst of a messy, busy life. In this episode, you’ll laugh along with Kathi and Kerri as you learn: What it means to be a Proverbs 32 woman, AKA a Hot Mess for Jesus. How to figure out what level of decluttering works for you Who are the people you need to have around you in your life For Kathi’s family stuffing recipe, click here. To hear Sebastian Maniscalco’s bit about company coming over, click here (warning: some language is inappropriate for children). Order your copy of Kerri’s book, Confessions of a Proverbs 32 Woman: How I Went From Messed Up to Blessed Up Without Changing a Single Thing from Amazon today.     We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
11/19/201915 minutes, 14 seconds
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382 - How to Hold Onto Hope

When you hear the word “relentless,” does it have a positive or negative connotation for you? Some of us hear it and think of persevering, continuing no matter what is in our way. Others of us think of wave after wave of challenges in our lives. In this week’s episode, Kathi sits down with Michele Cushatt, one of her besties and author of Relentless: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves, to discuss how to hold onto hope when life feels relentless in its difficulties. Kathi and Michele give real-life examples of ways life can feel relentless and how we try to cope with that chaos. In this episode, you’ll also hear: Two unhelpful extremes that we try to “fix” chaos in our lives and two helpful ways to cope. How we can find an anchor outside ourselves and our circumstances to keep us from being tossed about. How relentless challenges and God’s relentless presence can coexist. If you want to go deeper in learning about how to hold on to hope, check out Michele Cushatt’s book Relentless: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves, available on Amazon.     We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
11/12/201915 minutes, 5 seconds
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381 - Clutter Free Basics: 3 Totes and 2 Bags

This week, Kathi finishes her three-part series of Clutter Free Basics with Tonya Kubo, fearless leader of Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group. Kathi and Tonya discuss the three totes and two bags system. When combined with space boxing and time boxing, this system leads to a sustainable clutter free home. In this episode, you’ll learn how: each technique discussed in Clutter Free Basics harmonizes to help you get and stay clutter free. the three totes and two bags system makes decluttering easy and fun for the whole family. you have what you need at your home to get moving towards a clutter free home today. If you’re ready to use what you’re learning in this Clutter Free Basics podcast series, be sure to head over to the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group. There, you’ll find more tips and a community of friends to encourage you on your journey. Join us today! We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
11/5/201914 minutes, 44 seconds
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380 - Clutter Free Basics: What is Time Boxing?

Have you ever noticed how time-consuming decluttering can be? Perhaps you’re caught in an endless cycle of decision fatigue and shame about clutter. You need time boxing! This week, Kathi and Tonya Kubo, fearless leader of Clutter Free Academy on Facebook, continue their series on Clutter Free basics. In this episode, they discuss time boxing, a technique that leads to a decluttered home over time in just 15 minutes a day. Using time boxing will help you live a sustainable, clutter free life. No more long days of decluttering and exhaustion, no kidding. You’ll also learn how time boxing helps you: Avoid distractions that derail you Involve your whole family in decluttering Stay motivated and moving forward in your clutter free journey. If you want to hear part 1 of Clutter Free Basics, click here. Don’t miss next week’s third and final episode of Clutter Free Basics! Subscribe to have Kathi’s podcasts delivered to you every week. If you want more support on your clutter free journey, check out Clutter Free for Life. Kathi’s book, Clutter Free Home: Making Room for Your Life will be released next February. You can learn more and pre-order your copy on Amazon today.   We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
10/29/201914 minutes, 28 seconds
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379 - Clutter Free Basics: What is Space Boxing?

If you get overwhelmed at the thought of decluttering an entire room, this week’s episode is just what you need! Kathi and Tonya Kubo, founder of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, discuss the first of three Clutter Free basics: space boxing. This technique makes decluttering go faster, feel more doable and more satisfying. In this episode, you’ll learn what space boxing is and hear real-life examples of how to use this tool in your home. You’ll also hear how space boxing: Helps you to stay focused when decluttering Empowers your kids to declutter their space Leads to greater function and a sense of peace in your home. Kathi’s book, Clutter Free Home: Making Room for Your Life will be released next February. You can learn more and pre-order your copy on Amazon today. To learn more about MOMcon, click here.   We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
10/22/201916 minutes, 42 seconds
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378 - Clutter and Money with Ron Deal of Family Life Today

Have you ever noticed that money is a tender spot in a lot of relationships? Maybe it even causes tension for you. In this week’s podcast, Kathi chats with very special guest Ron Deal of Family Life Today about ways to successfully resolve some of the conflicts related to spending and have a stronger, more unified family. In this episode, you’ll learn: Some key questions to ask when strong emotions come up related to money Contributing factors that make merging finances particularly difficult for blended families How a togetherness agreement can help you build a strong foundation financially and relationally If you would like more information about how to merge finances well, check out Ron’s book, The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning. You can order it on AMAZON now. In case you missed the verse reference, Ron quoted Hebrews 13:5: “Keep your life free from the love of money and be content with what you have for He has said ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” Giveaway As a special treat we are giving away some copies of Ron’s book, The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning: Money Management Before and After You Blend a Family! Enter below by commenting and letting us know: What would it look like to start spending money with intention instead of emotion in your family? What impact would that have on your relationships     We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
10/15/201920 minutes, 8 seconds
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377 - Tradition vs. Truth: How to Grow in Wisdom Every Single Day

In this week’s episode, Kathi sits down to chat with Amanda Hope Haley, author of Mary Magdalene Never Wore Blue Eye Shadow, about how to grow in wisdom every day. They invite us to take a journey of rediscovering who God is as we strip off mistaken ideas that can clutter our understanding and read the Bible with fresh eyes. You’ll learn from Amanda’s journey of unlearning some of her preconceived notions about the Bible. You’ll also learn how we can grow in wisdom through: Approaching the Bible boldly, with fresh eyes Pressing into uncomfortable and confusing passages Allowing the Living Word to teach us something new To start your own journey of rediscovery, get your copy of Mary Magdalene Never Wore Blue Eye Shadow on Amazon today. We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
10/8/201916 minutes, 47 seconds
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376 - Three Decisions to Make Today to Have the Best Christmas Ever

Ready or not, Christmas is on its way! The holidays come every year and yet we always seem caught off guard by their arrival. What if we could make some important decisions today to make our lives easier in December? What if we could plan ahead and have the best Christmas ever this year? This week, Kathi and Tonya Kubo, fearless leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, discuss three decisions you can make today to have the best Christmas ever. Their insights will help you move from dreading the holidays to actually enjoying them. In this episode, you’ll learn how taking care of your future self by making decisions early will help you to have the best Christmas ever. You’ll also learn how to: Get started on your Christmas cards today Arrange your calendar early to include all the things (even Christmas cheer!) Avoid the January sticker shock from your holiday spending Get a handle on the holidays by ordering your own gorgeous copy of The Christmas Project Planner. Click here to order on Amazon. If you’re looking for more ideas, support, and awesome .gifs, join the Christmas Project Planner Facebook Group.   We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
10/1/201915 minutes, 9 seconds
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375 - A Christmas Plan for those Who are Overwhelmed by Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner! Do you have a Christmas plan in place or are you overwhelmed thinking about it already? Have no fear! In this episode, Kathi and Tonya Kubo, illustrious leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, will help you create a Christmas plan to have your most joyful, meaningful, merry holiday season yet. Kathi and Tonya will give you a glimpse into some of their favorite Christmas traditions and others that didn’t work for them. Their experiences will help you discover: Three things that can make Christmas feel overwhelming and how to address them. Important questions to ask when crafting a Christmas plan. How to share the giving season and get others involved in your Christmas plan. Kathi and Tonya are right. You really can get anything on Amazon! Most importantly, you can pre-order your copy of The Christmas Project Planner and get your Christmas plan rolling today. Join the Christmas planning fun in the Christmas Project Planner Facebook Group. If you’re interested in trying raclette, click here to learn more. We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
9/24/201917 minutes, 5 seconds
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374 - Creating Beauty with Order

If you long to have a life with more beauty and order in it, today’s podcast will help you on your journey. Kathi sits down with artist and author Ruth Chou Simons this week to discuss ways of creating beauty with order.   Kathi and Ruth recognize that cluttery people often are the most creative and generous people, yet they are also plagued by perfectionism and self-doubt. Today’s episode offers powerful strategies for moving past those emotions that keep us stuck and towards beautiful order. This episode will also introduce you to a tool that moves us towards creating beauty with order by providing space to: Think about what matters most in your daily schedule. Make small, doable steps towards your goals (no giant lists of panic-inducing check boxes here!) Keep a record of past victories and/or future hope. Take steps towards growing If you would like to purchase the GraceLaced 2020 12-Month Planner you can order it on AMAZON now.   We would love to stay connected.  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
9/17/201920 minutes, 17 seconds
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373 - Declutter Your To-Do List

If you need to declutter your to-do list, you are in good company! In this week’s podcast, Kathi continues her conversation with Tonya Kubo, grand poohbah of all things Clutter Free Academy online, about how to declutter your to-do list. In Part One of this episode, Kathi and Tonya shared their own proven tips for managing an overwhelming to-do list and resetting when things feel out-of-hand. Today, they discuss how to use your calendar instead of a to-do list to bring wisdom and peace into your days. Psalm 90:12 (KJV) says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” This powerful shift helps us to follow those words. You’ll discover how using a calendar to declutter your to-do list: Helps you prioritize Teaches you to guard your time Can bring peace to others around you Allows for relaxation in the midst of busy seasons Check out Tonya's new Facebook group, The Secret to Thriving Online Communities.   We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
9/10/201917 minutes, 35 seconds
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372 - Declutter Your To-Do List

This week, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, fearless leader of the Clutter Free Academy Facebook group, to discuss strategies for dealing with an overwhelming to-do list. They share their own proven tips for making an overwhelming to-do list manageable and resetting when things feel out-of-hand. In this episode, you'll learn how to declutter an overwhelming to-do list through: Developing realistic expectations for what you can accomplish in the time you have Prioritizing the most important tasks Breaking larger items down into doable steps Make sure you listen in next week to hear Part Two of "Declutter Your To-Do List", where Kathi shares how to use your calendar as your to-do list and find some sanity in your schedule. Better yet, subscribe below and have each Clutter Free Academy episode delivered to you! Check out Kathi's book with Cheri Gregory, Overwhelmed, to learn more about how to quiet the chaos and restore your sanity. To stay connected with others like Kathi and Tonya do, check out the Voxer app. We would love to stay connected! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
9/3/201915 minutes, 48 seconds
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371 - When His Stuff Drives You Crazy, Absolutely Crazy

Kathi sits down this week with bestselling author, Proverbs 31 speaker, and boomerang friend, Karen Ehman, to discuss how to cope when someone else’s stuff drives you crazy. Clutter is a major source of conflict in relationships, especially since clutter-prone people often live with people who are not. If you have someone in your life whose stuff drives you crazy, this episode is for you!  In this episode, you’ll learn: Three common reasons behind all relational conflicts and how to successfully address them. How to navigate getting your spouse on board with your decluttering goal. A powerful one-sentence sermon you can tell yourself when someone’s stuff drives you crazy. You can get your own copy of Karen’s book here: Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy in Love When Your Love Drives You Crazy. We would love to stay connected.  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
8/27/201921 minutes, 4 seconds
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370 - Practical Steps to Take Care of Your Future Self

Join Kathi as she chats with friend and frequent guest Tonya Kubo on this week's podcast. They will discuss everyday, practical ways to take care of your future self like unloading the dishwasher, doing laundry, and planning ahead with your calendar. These simple tasks take care of your mental and emotional health while also empowering you to take care of those around you. In this episode, we'll also learn that when you take care of your future self you also: Save yourself the stress of scrambling last minute Help yourself save money Give yourself more options to choose what works best for you Would love to stay connected.  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
8/20/201916 minutes, 25 seconds
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369 - Decluttering Your way to a Better Marriage (really!)

This week, Kathi returns to her first love: helping you have a happier, better marriage. Kathi is joined by frequent guest and host of Clutter Free Academy online, Tonya Kubo, to discuss several ways that decluttering can help you build a better marriage.  One of the most frequent questions Kathi is asked is, "What do I do about my husband's stuff?" in this episode, you'll learn more about her top three answers for that question: Deal with your own stuff before you deal with your spouse's stuff. Don't argue about stuff. Agree on space. Discuss the reasons behind wanting to live a more clutter free life. You'll also learn how decluttering makes a better marriage by: Reducing conflict Giving you the opportunity to focus on ways to bless your spouse Helping you see your spouse's strengths Even upping the level of romance in your relationship (really)! To read more practical ways to build a better marriage, check out Kathi's book, The Husband Project. Learn more about Kathi and Roger's favorite show to binge watch at the Red House, American Pickers. We would love to stay connected.  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
8/13/201919 minutes, 29 seconds
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368 - Feeling Like a Decluttering Drop-out?

Feeling like a decluttering dropout when you struggle to reach your Clutter Free goal? Kathi Lipp and special guest Tonya Kubo, fearless leader in the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, know exactly what that's like. They also know how to move you from zero to hero in your Clutter Free journey and help you reach your decluttering goals. Have you read the books, listened to the podcasts, participated in Clutter Free Academy, and yet you still feel like you're falling short of the Clutter Free life you want to make for yourself? Listen to this week's episode to find out the one thing you might be missing in the pursuit of your Clutter Free goals. In this week's episode, you'll learn... What discourages Tonya on her journey The one thing that's made all the difference for both Tonya and Kathi Hear real-life stories of people who have taken steps to reach their Clutter Free goal How you, too, could kick clutter to the curb once and for all Links: Join us in the Clutter Free Academy Facebook Group, the kindest corner of the internet. To learn more and to sign up for Clutter Free for Life, click here. We would love to stay connected.  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
8/6/201926 minutes, 38 seconds
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367 - How to Live Small for Your Biggest and Best Life

Kathi interviews mother of four Ashley Auerbach, our new favorite adventurer on the podcast this week. Ashley and her husband made the decision to move out of a house and into an RV and travel. Talk about the adventure of a lifetime! Ashley discusses how God led them to live small while giving them the most unexpected time of their life. In this episode you will hear: Inspiration to live small in God's big plan for you How following His lead can be the most intense and amazing journey you'll ever want to have Ideas on how to create a curated life within your 3000 or 300 square feet.   We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
7/30/201923 minutes, 22 seconds
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366 - The DIY Style Finder: Discover Your Unique Style and Decorate It Yourself

We’re back with KariAnne Woods in part 2 of our conversation on finding and cultivating your own unique decorating style. We lead off with Kathi’s “boring” bedroom and transitional decorating ideas. KariAnne literally gives us an easy and awesome tip we can use right off the bat! So fun. KariAnne and Kathi’s conversation gives us permission to: Have our own style without pressure to be Joanna Gaines (although we love and adore her!) Decorate without spending a ton of money Use the things we have around the house to make our home the place we love PLUS, Kathi gives KariAnne a pop quiz where she asks what is one simple thing each style of decorator can do to make something pop and feel new in your house today! We had so much fun in our time with KariAnne. You will too! Kathi’s “boring” bedroom: All these amazing ideas are talked about in KariAnne’s newest book, The DIY Style Finder: Discover Your Unique Style and Decorate It Yourself so check it out as well. Make sure to sign up for KariAnne’s blog, Thistlewood Farms, here. If you would like to purchase this book now you can order it on AMAZON now.   We would love to stay connected.  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
7/23/201925 minutes, 6 seconds
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365 - The DIY Style Finder: Discover Your Unique Style and Decorate It Yourself

In this episode Kathi chats with guest and long time friend, KariAnne Wood about the fun and freedom in cultivating your own decorating style. In her latest release, The DIY Style Finder: Discover Your Unique Style and Decorate It Yourself , KariAnne encourages listeners with some simple DIY mantras: Don’t give up on your dreams. Learn from your mistakes. Embrace your imperfections. Release any stifling rules that limit your creativity. Through the book’s easy style quiz, readers can identify their personal décor tastes. These include the Traditional, Farmhouse, Transitional, Contemporary and Coastal styles. If you feel stuck, when it comes to style, it's worth mentioning that clutter often stifles creativity. Make sure to sign up for KariAnne’s blog, Thistlewood Farms, here. Check out KariAnne's book on AMAZON now. Just for fun: In this episode Kathi also mentions taking the Enneagram test. Click here to take it now. We would love to stay connected.  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.
7/16/201917 minutes, 33 seconds
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364 - How to Take Control When Life is Full of Change

Join Kathi as she talks with special guest, Jen Babakhan, whose book Detoured is a huge blessing to women who are juggling the transition many working moms face. In this episode Jen will share how she made it through this very difficult time in her life and gives others encouragement along the way. Plus she shares simple tips to help moms emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, as they navigate motherhood. Listen in to learn these things: Acknowledge this is a difficult decision and give yourself grace. Understand that our value is more than our career. Find a new community of moms. If you would like to go ahead and order a copy for yourself or perhaps another mom you know is struggling in this of transition, click here and get ready to be inspired.   We would love to stay connected. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
7/9/201920 minutes, 8 seconds
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363 - Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty and Peace

On today’s episode, Kathi is joined by Christie Purifoy, to share thoughtful and encouraging insights from her new book Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty and Peace. When we care for places, we are caring for the people who live in those places. In this episode we will be talking about :  What it means to be a placemaker Creating sacred places in our everyday surroundings  The difference between placemaking and hospitality Thanks for listening!  We are giving away 2 books~ To be entered just share in the comment section below,  "What do you do to recognize God in your space?" We would love to stay connected.  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
7/2/201919 minutes, 8 seconds
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362 - Organization vs. Decluttering

Have you ever tried organizing clutter? Let’s be honest..it is never going to happen because it is not sustainable. Today Kathi Lipp and frequent guest Tonya Kubo talk about the reality of getting organized not just for a season, but getting organized for life. Tonya shares with Kathi on how hiring a professional organizer helped her realize two valuable lessons.  “One, I had been asking the wrong questions and two, I was  trying to solve the wrong problems.” What does it look to pare down so that you can store and organize everything you have? Check out this easy strategy to get you started. *Minimize before you organize. *Get rid of stuff before you start to organize. *You have to learn to organize yourself and develop a system for the stuff you need. Thanks so much Tonya for joining us today and helping our listeners live the clutter free life they were meant to live. To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
6/25/201916 minutes, 25 seconds
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361 – How to Create A Decluttered Mind

Have you ever considered that clutter can extend the boundary of our home, it can also fill up our minds? If so, you will enjoy today’s interview with author and adventure enthusiast, Laurie Kehler. In her newly released book, This Outside Life, Laurie shares with us the value, emotionally as well as physically, of getting outside. Laurie shares with us some valuable insights such as: Why being like a chipmunk creates a “Sense of Lack” that ends up filling our minds, our lives, and even our closets with things we think we might need in the future, but in reality is holding us back from living the peace filled life we crave. How to create a sanctuary right outside your own front door. What research studies are finding about the need to spend at least 20 – 30 minutes out of the house or office. I am thrilled to have Laurie on today’s show-so lace up those walking shoes and let's jump in. Thanks for Listening!     You can purchase a copy of the book here  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
6/18/201918 minutes, 34 seconds
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360 - Learning to Love the Right Now You

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is back with authors Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory, for part 2 of the conversation on their new book Exhale. Kathi, Amy and Cheri discuss how to love who you are and live your one life well.   On today’s show you’ll learn: Why we can’t love who we are without losing who we are not How to tell the difference between comparing ourselves to someone else vs. being inspired by them Why living our one life well can mean not just getting rid of the things that are easy but also getting rid of the things that are hard Thanks for Listening!   Purchase a copy of the book here.  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
6/11/201919 minutes, 33 seconds
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359 - How to Stop Getting in Your Own Way

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by authors Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory, to discuss their new book Exhale. Kathi, Amy and Cheri discuss the first topic of the book, how to “lose who you’re not." On today’s show you’ll learn: How to confront what you are not How plans and expectations can be clutter Why sometimes plans have to be let go of in order to keep moving forward Thanks for Listening! Enter to Win!   Purchase a copy of the book here.  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
6/4/201914 minutes, 49 seconds
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358 - What I Learned About Being Clutter Free by Living with Kathi for a Week

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, the fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. In part 2, Tonya and Kathi conclude the conversation about the things Tonya learned about living clutter free after spending a week living with Kathi. On today’s show you’ll learn: The tools that help keep Kathi focused The value of knowing your routines The key to going from frantic to focused Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
5/28/201919 minutes, 59 seconds
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357 - What I Learned About Being Clutter Free by Living with Kathi for a Week Part 1

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, the fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. Tonya and Kathi chat today about some of the things Tonya learned after spending a week living with Kathi. On today’s show you’ll learn: Why often more is caught than taught The value of things being half-full How living clutter-free can help you go from frantic to focused Thanks for Listening!  The Clutter-Free book here To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Thanks for Listening! To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
5/21/201915 minutes, 41 seconds
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356 BONUS - An Interview with Ty Pennington Part 2

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is back with Ty Pennington author Life to the Extreme: How a Chaotic Kid Became America’s Favorite Carpenter. On part 2 of this discussion, Kathi and Ty wrap up their conversation on clutter, creativity, and finishing. On today’s show you’ll learn: Three keys to finishing a project The benefits of deadlines and why we need them in order to produce How overthinking can actually be slowing us down Thanks for Listening! Find Life to the Extreme: How a Chaotic Kid Became America’s Favorite Carpenter here.  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
5/16/201918 minutes, 19 seconds
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356 - An Interview with Ty Pennington

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Ty Pennington author of Life to the Extreme: How a Chaotic Kid Became America’s Favorite Carpenter. Kathi and Ty discuss clutter, creativity, Ty’s experience growing up with ADHD and the lessons he’s learned through the years. On today’s show you’ll learn: Why creativity actually thrives when thinking small How limitations might seem like obstacles but are actually gifts Why we often create our best stuff when the pressure’s on Thanks for Listening! Check out his book here.  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
5/14/201917 minutes, 43 seconds
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355 - Dealing with the Most Difficult Relationships

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi tackles “the mother of all topics”, mother-daughter relationships. Kathi is joined by Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh, authors of Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters. Kathi, Blythe and Helen discuss the heart clutter that can build up from unhealthy patterns of communication between mothers and daughters. On today’s show you’ll learn: Why clutter is just a physical manifestation of the fear, guilt and shame that we have in our lives Why asking before giving advice can help strengthen mother-daughter relationships How healing between mothers and daughters can sometimes comes from doing hard things together To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Thanks for Listening! To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
5/7/201920 minutes, 7 seconds
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354 - Decluttering the Sentimental

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, the illustrious leader of the Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. Kathi and Tonya talk about a pretty big issue- how to get rid of sentimental treasures without getting rid of the memories. On today’s show you’ll learn the three questions to ask when it comes to decluttering the sentimental items: Is this the best representation of my relationship? Does this bring back good memory? How can I remember the person without the possession? Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
4/30/201920 minutes, 52 seconds
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353 - Creating Declutter Routines that Actually Work

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, the illustrious leader of the Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. Kathi and Tonya talk about how to create and keep decluttering routines that actually work. On today’s show you’ll learn: How “anchoring” one habit to another can help create successful routines Why our decluttering routines are necessary in order to take care of our future self How to stay organized once the space is decluttered Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
4/23/201918 minutes
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352 – How to Be a Focused Mom in a Distracted World

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Anne-Renee Gumley and Amanda Bacon, authors of the new book Shiny Things: Mothering on Purpose in a World of Distraction. Kathi, Anne-Renee and Amanda discuss the challenges of living and parenting with purpose in a time when we are inundated by distractions as well as offer some help for how to stay focused on your most important priorities. On today’s show you’ll learn: • Why distraction and clutter are “kissing-cousins” • The biggest distractions for women • When distractions are harmless and when they are hurtful Enter to win! Giveaway! The generous people over at Harvest House want to give our readers Amanda Bacon and Anne-Renee Gumley’s book, Shiny Things. 5 people will win a copy and 1 grand prize winner will receive: • A copy of Shiny Things • Rustic Felt Letter Board 10×10 • A Notebook Journal • 18 Colored Felt Pens Enter to win by commenting over on yesterday’s blog post Don’t wait to win! Get a copy of the book here.   Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
4/16/201922 minutes, 47 seconds
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351 - Dealing with Family Clutter Part 2

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, the illustrious leader of the Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. Kathi and Tonya wrap up the conversation on clutter in the family in part two of this discussion. On today’s show you’ll learn: Why the principle of negotiating space works regardless of who your family member is or how old they are The secret to getting your family on board with de-cluttering Why we as parents need to be OK with what they choose to let go of Thanks for Listening! Bonus- Download Tonya's guide to making de-cluttering fun so the whole family wins! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
4/9/201917 minutes, 55 seconds
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350 - Dealing with Family Clutter Pt 1

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, the illustrious leader of the Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. Kathi and Tonya chat about dealing with family clutter. On today’s show you’ll learn: Why we need to deal with our own clutter first How to agree on space even if we don’t agree about stuff Why we need a process for breaking up with our clutter Thanks for Listening!  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
4/2/201916 minutes, 17 seconds
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349 - The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life.

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined again by Joshua Becker, author of The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own. Kathi and Joshua continue their conversation about his new book The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life. On today’s show you’ll learn: • Whether it is possible to be a minimalist when you have small children  • How minimalism helps spur on the values we want for our children  • Why there is an abundance of life in owning few possessions Get a copy of the book here To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
3/26/201919 minutes, 1 second
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348 - The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Joshua Becker, author of The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own. Kathi and Joshua talk about his journey into a minimalist lifestyle and discuss his new book The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life. On today’s show you’ll learn: • Why our belongings can keep us from living the life we wish we were living • How clutter-free living and minimalism are similar and where they differ • How minimalism is about intentionally promoting our values by removing anything that distracts us from them     Get a copy of the book here  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
3/19/201918 minutes, 38 seconds
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347 – Finding Freedom from Fear, Guilt, and Shame

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Melissa Maimone, author of The Radiant Midnight: Depression, Grace, and the Gifts of a Dark Place. Kathi and Melissa have an open and honest discussion around a topic that is more common to clutter than we’d like to talk about- depression.   On today’s show you’ll learn: Why clutter is more of a symptom than the problem How there are deep gifts to be found in the hard places Why we don’t need fixing but we need His presence   Get a copy of the book here  Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.   Special thanks for Harvest House for sponsoring today’s episode!
3/12/201919 minutes, 49 seconds
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346 - How to Stay Motivated When It's All Too Much

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, the illustrious leader of the Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. Kathi and Tonya share four tips for staying motivated when you feel like it’s all too much. On today’s show you’ll learn: Why living clutter-free is not “one and done” Where to start when you’re feeling overwhelmed How de-cluttering, cleaning and organizing are all different things Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
3/5/201917 minutes, 13 seconds
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345 - When Emotional Clutter is Buried by Physical Clutter

On today’s episode Kathi welcomes friend and author Lyneta Smith, to talk about her new book Curtain Call: A Memoir. Kathi chats with Lyneta about her journey of dealing with emotional clutter from a traumatic childhood and how physical clutter can often be used to hide our emotional wounds. On today’s show you’ll learn: Why physical clutter can often be a sign that all is not well How clutter can serve as self-protection Why de-cluttering can be the first step of healing Enter to win!  Win a copy of Curtain Call: A Memoir by sharing in the comments if you need this book or if this is a book you need to give to a friend. *US residents only Order the ebook by Wednesday, March 13th and pay only $2.99. (50% off the list price.) Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
2/26/201915 minutes, 17 seconds
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344 - Better Than Perfect - How to be Real with Each other and with God

On today’s episode Kathi welcomes Gretta Kennedy and Suzanne Gosselin, authors Grit and Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms. Kathi, Gretta and Suzanne talk about what moms can do when we’re feeling overwhelmed with spiritual clutter during our quiet time with God. On today’s show you’ll learn: How to stay connected to God during the “while also” season of life Why moms in this busy stage of life need a lifeline that is just a very short snippet of truth that they can digest very quickly How you can encourage the overwhelmed mom in your life   Pick up your copy here Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now. Special thanks to our sponsor Harvest House!
2/19/201922 minutes, 47 seconds
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343 - An Un-Overwhelming Approach to Quiet Time

On today’s episode Kathi is joined by Susie Crosby, author of Just One Word: 90 Devotions to Invite Jesus In. Kathi and Susie talk about what to do when we’re feeling overwhelmed with the spiritual clutter we can sometimes bring to our time with God. On today’s show you’ll learn: How to keep your spiritual life more simple Why “one word” can be enough to turn your day around Why we tend to make God’s message more complicated than it really is Enter to Win! Enter to win a copy of Susie”s book! Five lucky winners will win a copy of Just One Word: 90 Devotions to Invite Jesus In One lucky winner will win our Grand Prize which includes: A copy of the book, Just one Word A journal A pack of 18 Fine Tip Felt Pens A Rustic 10x10 Letterboard Enter by sharing in the comments over on yesterday’s post by clicking here. *US residents only Or buy the book here Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now. Special thanks to our sponsor Harvest House!
2/12/201916 minutes, 31 seconds
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342 - Creating a Clutter Free Community

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, the illustrious leader of the Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. Kathi and Tonya share about the value of creating a clutter-free community and how you can create a culture of generosity and reciprocity in your own community. On today’s show you’ll learn: How a “small give” can be a great way to start building a community of sharing Why it is a false economy to hold on to stuff “until I have time to sell it” The many benefits of a “semi-permanent” loan Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
2/5/201921 minutes, 1 second
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341 - The Difference Between Minimalism and Clutter Free

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Clutter Free Academy Facebook group leader Tonya Kubo. Kathi and Tonya talk about the similarities and differences between minimalism and living clutter-free and they each share what they love about minimalism. On today’s show you’ll learn: How something being necessary for survival is different from being necessary for joy and peace of mind Why the clutter free mentality is really about living so that your stuff doesn’t happen on accident The benefits of a minimalist lifestyle  Thanks for Listening!  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
1/29/201917 minutes, 39 seconds
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340 - Clutter in the Midst of a Crisis - Part 2

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi and Tonya Kubo are back to continue their conversation on decluttering when you’re in crisis mode. Kathi and Tonya share the last four of their seven tips to help you declutter in the midst of a crisis. On today’s show you’ll learn: Why storage isn’t just paying for storage but also the emotional time and energy The value of considering “is this what I want the next version of my house to look like?” Why even in a crisis we still need an hour to plan Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
1/22/201917 minutes, 49 seconds
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339 - Clutter in the Midst of a Crisis - Part 1

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi and Tonya Kubo chat about their recent experiences with “crisis moves” when they had to pack up and be ready to move in a very short amount of time. In part one of this series, Kathi and Tonya share the first three of seven tips to help you declutter in the midst of a crisis.  On today’s show you’ll learn: Why you should only have three places for your stuff to go Why you need to have phases when taking on a big declutter The value of asking “is it coming back?” Why storage really is just delayed decisions Thanks for Listening! Join us next week for Part Two.  To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
1/15/201917 minutes, 29 seconds
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338 - How to Stay Focused on What you Really Want

On today’s episode, Kathi welcomes Valorie Burton to talk about her new book, the Successful Woman Planner. Kathi and Valorie talk about the planner and Valorie shares practical tips for clearing the emotional clutter so we can be successful in what God has called us to do and take action.  On today’s show you’ll learn: Why you have to let go of the things that don't matter as much if you're going to succeed in the things that really matter How authenticity is a hallmark of resilience Why we should not downsize our dreams.   Enter to win a copy of Valorie’s planner and a $50 gift card to Office Max! Simply head over to yesterday's blog post here to find out the one thing every successful women I've ever met does and to enter the giveaway! Buy the book here Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: • Leave a note in the comment section below. • Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: • Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
1/8/201918 minutes, 8 seconds
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337 - Creating Places of Sacred Rest

On today’s episode, Kathi welcomes Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith to talk about one of Kathi’s favorite topics- rest. Dr. Saundra shares insight from her book Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity. Kathi and Dr. Saundra talk about the physical and spiritual side of rest and the importance of restorative rest. On today’s show you’ll learn: Why medical solutions for rest might not be enough What rest looks like in the Bible The seven different areas that need to be restored Take the Rest Quiz
1/1/201916 minutes, 45 seconds
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336 - The 2 Disciplines You Need to be Clutter-Free for Life

On today’s episode, Kathi and Tonya Kubo are back to share more details about the Clutter Free for Life subscription group and why you need it if you want to be clutter free FOR LIFE. Tonya and Kathi talk about the second essential ingredient needed if you want a clutter free lifestyle.  On today’s encouraging show you’ll learn: When you start to de-clutter it’s easier to say “no” to the things that don’t really belong in your life. Why accountability is essential to the clutter free practice. How this program can help you stay clutter free in your heart and home for life. When you sign up for Clutter Free for Life you’ll receive STRUCTURE and ACCOUNTABILITY to help you live clutter free along with: A Binder Cover Letter from Kathi Feature Teaching Monthly Decluttering Plan 1st of the month Planning Sheet Last of the Month Celebration Sheet Private Facebook Group Monthly Group Coaching Accountability Check ins Weekly Goals, and Prizes Clutter Free for Life starts on January 1, 2019 As a special offer for those in the Clutter Free Academy community you can sign up for the monthly subscription for $18.99 or pay $99 for the whole year. AND if you subscribe before January 1st you’ll get the special intro price of $79! You’ll also receive:  Free e-course Kick-Start to Clutter Free Clutter Free Bible Study with downloadable book And the first 100 subscribers will get a free signed copy of Kathi’s book Overwhelmed.  Join Clutter Free For Life Here!  Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: • Leave a note in the comment section below. • Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: • Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
12/23/201813 minutes, 37 seconds
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335 - The 2 Disciplines You Need to be Clutter-Free for Life

On today’s episode, Kathi welcomes back Tonya Kubo to share the biggest Clutter Free announcement we’ve ever had. They introduce the Clutter Free for Life subscription group.   On today’s encouraging show you’ll learn: What to do if you need help with the day to day clutter. How this program can help you implement the daily practices required to keep clutter free for life. Why clutter is never a one and done. When you sign up for Clutter Free for Life you’ll receive STRUCTURE to help you live clutter free along with: A Binder Cover Letter from Kathi Feature Teaching Monthly Decluttering Plan 1st of the month Planning Sheet Last of the Month Celebration Sheet *PLUS support and accountability through a private Facebook group. Clutter Free for Life starts on January 1, 2019 As a special offer for those in the Clutter Free Academy community you can sign up for the monthly subscription for $18.99 or pay $99 for the whole year. AND if you subscribe before January 1st you’ll get the special intro price of $79! You’ll also receive:  Free e-course Kick-Start to Clutter Free Clutter Free Bible Study with downloadable book And the first 100 subscribers will get a free signed copy of Kathi’s book Overwhelmed.  Join Clutter Free For Life!   Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: • Leave a note in the comment section below. • Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: • Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.    
12/18/201822 minutes, 17 seconds
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334 - You've Got This: Finding Strength When You Feel Less Than

On today’s episode, Kathi welcomes friend and author KariAnne Wood to talk about her devotional; You’ve Got This! (Because God’s Got You). Kathi and KariAnne chat about how to find joy and stay encouraged even in the middle of tough places. On today’s encouraging show you’ll learn: What to do on the days when you just don’t feel like “you’ve got this” Why sometimes we need to just press pause How to give away “extra joy” and why it’s a blessing for all when we do Enter to Win! Enter to win a copy of KariAnne’s book!   Two lucky winners will win a copy of You've Got This (Because God's Got You) Enter by answering in the comments:  “Brag on yourself. Comment about a place where you KNOW you've got this.”    *US residents only Or buy the book here   Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: • Leave a note in the comment section below. • Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: • Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
12/11/201817 minutes, 43 seconds
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333 - Find Your Money and Lose Your Clutter

On today’s episode, Kathi chats with Deborah Smith Pegues, author of The One-Minute Money Mentor for Women. Kathi and Deborah discuss the importance of women being financially literate. And Deborah shares practical tips for women who might feel overwhelmed by money issues. On today’s informative show you’ll learn: Why people who struggle with clutter often also struggle with money What to do if you’ve been ignoring money and find yourself in a tough place Deborah’s biggest money tip for the Christmas holiday Enter to Win! Grand prize- Win $50 in cash to go towards an outstanding bill, plus Deborah's book The One-Minute Money Mentor for Women!   Plus, FIVE lucky runner-ups will win a copy of The One-Minute Money Mentor for Women!   Enter by answering in the comments:  “Share your best tip for getting out of debt?”  *US residents only Buy the book here. Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: • Leave a note in the comment section below. • Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: • Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
12/4/201817 minutes, 31 seconds
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332 - Restoring Order to Your Family and Home

On today’s episode, Kathi welcomes friend and author Arlene Pellicane to talk about her new book; Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What’s Right. Kathi and Arlene discuss the challenges of raising kids to respect authority and Arlene shares tips for parents who want to raise children to love the Lord and have a healthy respect for authority. On today’s encouraging show you’ll learn: The importance of parents having the right mindset to raise respectful kids Why respect in marriage is so essential in raising respectful kids How chores offer a valuable opportunity to teach our kids responsibility Bonus Free download of Arlene’s Parents Rising Manifesto Enter to Win! Enter to win a copy of Arlene’s book!   Two lucky winners will win a copy of Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What’s Right Enter by answering in the comments:  “What is your biggest authority challenge OR biggest authority win?”      *US residents only Or buy the book here   Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: • Leave a note in the comment section below. • Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: • Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.   Special thanks to our sponsor DaySpring.com This episode was sponsored by DaySpring.com where you can find the beautiful new (in)courage Devotional Bible featuring devotions from over 100 of our favorite writer friends, including our very own Michele Cushatt, Kathi’s co-host of Communicator Academy Podcast. Find out more here
11/27/201821 minutes, 55 seconds
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331 - Choosing the Best and Leaving the Rest

On today’s podcast, Kathi sits down with Wendy Pope to talk about her book, Yes, No and Maybe. Wendy and Kathi share about the times we need to say “yes to God, no to self, and maybe to others."  In today's insightful episode you will learn: the 13 words that changed Wendy’s life why God’s Word is either positive or polishing how to find “320” moments in our daily lives  DOWNLOAD Chapter 1 of Yes, No and Maybe   Enter to Win! Enter to win a copy of Wendy’s book! Two lucky winners will win a copy of Yes, No and Maybe Enter by answering in the comments, what is one thing you are saying "yes", "no" or "maybe" to in your life?   *US residents only Buy the book here.  
11/20/201820 minutes, 21 seconds
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330 - Stretched Too Thin

On today’s episode, Kathi welcomes Jessica Turner, author of Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter and Thrive. Kathi and Jessica chat about de-cluttering particularly as it relates to working moms. Jessica share tips for moms working both in and out-side of the home. On today’s info-filled show you’ll learn: Why boundaries are essential in our work and home life How to make self-care a priority even in the middle of a busy schedule The benefits of kids seeing both parents work  Stretched Too Thin is available now.  Get free access to Jessica’s Thrive video series! Order a copy of the book here. Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: • Leave a note in the comment section below. • Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: • Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
11/13/201818 minutes, 17 seconds
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329 - When You Feel Like Screaming

On today’s show, Kathi chats with author, Sue Heimer to talk about her book, When you Feel like Screaming: Practical Help for Frustrated Moms. Drawing from personal experiences, Sue and Kathi share practical tips for frustrated moms as well as encouragement for why you are the best imperfect mom for your child. In this encouraging episode you will learn: why it’s important to identify the root cause of our frustration how to start looking for patterns to avoid blowups practical tools to reduce the overall anxiety level in the home Download Sue's 7 Questions to Ask Before Adding anything to your Schedule   Enter to Win! Enter to win a copy of Sue’s book! Two lucky winners will win a copy of When you Feel like Screaming: Practical Help for Frustrated Moms Enter by answering in the comments:  “What do you do when you're caught in that moment when you feel like your about to lose it?” Or tell us a recent moment when you "lost it" with your kids.  *US residents only Or buy the book here.     Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: • Leave a note in the comment section below. • Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: • Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
11/6/201818 minutes, 24 seconds
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328B - Is it Hoarding or is it Clutter? Part 2

Tonya Kubo is back and on today’s podcast she and Kathi continue the conversation on the differences between clutter and hoarding. Drawing from personal experiences they share practical tips for what to do if you or a loved one struggle with hoarding. In this episode you will learn: why the mess is not always the actual problem when it comes to hoarding when it might be time to seek professional help what resources are available to help Find out more about Aftermath Cleanup Services  Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: Leave a note in the comment section below. • Share this show on Twitter, Facebook,or Pinterest. To help out the show: • Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now. Special thanks to Tonya for joining me again this week!
10/31/201824 minutes, 32 seconds
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328 - Is it Hoarding or is it Clutter?

Do you have a loved one that struggles with hoarding? On today’s episode Tonya Kubo joins Kathi as they discuss what it’s like to live with and love a family member who struggles with hoarding. In this episode you will learn: the difference between hoarding and clutter why hoarding is really a symptom of anxiety how to practice empathy with loved ones while understanding that only hoarders can help themselves Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: • Leave a note in the comment section below. • Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: • Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now. Special thanks to Tonya for joining me again this week!
10/30/201821 minutes, 59 seconds
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327B - From Cluttered to Cozy

On today’s bonus episode, Kathi welcomes back Myquillyn Smith, author of Cozy Minimalist Home.Myquillyn shares her best tips for shifting your mind, house and habits for going from cluttered to cozy. On today’s info-filled show you’ll learn: Why you need designated empty surfaces and décor surfaces in your home How to properly use storage spaces Myquillyn’s favorite storage items Why having some white space on your walls is essential Plus Myquillyn shares some great tips for renters. Cozy Minimalist Home releases on October 23, 2018! Enter to Win! Head over to Tuesday’s post to enter to win a copy of Myquillyn’s book! *US residents only Or buy the book here. Thanks for Listening! To share your thoughts: • Leave a note in the comment section below. • Share this show on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. To help out the show: • Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one. • Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe now.
10/24/201812 minutes, 35 seconds
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327A - Is Cozy Minimalism Possible?

Do you struggle with wanting to live clutter free but also wanting to create a warm and inviting feel to your home? On today’s show, Kathi sits down with Myquillyn Smith to talk about her book, Cozy Minimalist Home. Myquillyn shares her insights into what it means to be a “cozy minimalist,” one who wants th