Maximized Minimalist Podcast

Katy Wells

  • 35 minutes 46 seconds
    259: Creating Wellness: From Body to Home with Dr. Joel Warsh

    We've got a super special guest on the show today – Dr. Joel, an amazing integrative pediatrician I met through Katie Kimball's Life Skills Summit. He’s here to shake up the way we think about kids’ health!

    Dr. Joel’s journey is fascinating. After going through the usual pediatric training, he realized the system’s focus on quick visits and medication wasn’t cutting it. So, he dived into integrative and natural medicine, combining the best of both worlds to truly help kids thrive. And trust me, this is not the "woo-woo" stuff you might be thinking about.

    • We dive into some really eye-opening topics: Dr. Joel’s journey to integrative pediatrics Why combining Western medicine with holistic practices works Creating emotionally nurturing spaces for our kids The "Dr. Gator Smoothie" – no, it’s not a real smoothie, but a recipe for balanced, healthy living! Fun and practical ways to keep our kids active and healthy Tackling screen time and building stress resilience

    We also chat about his new book, "Parenting at Your Child’s Pace," which is packed with insights for navigating the first three years of your child’s life. It’s like having a friendly guide by your side, helping you make informed choices without all the stress.

    Tune in and get ready to rethink how you approach your family's health. Whether you're a parent, grandparent, or just curious about holistic health, there’s something in this episode for you.

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    19 June 2024, 5:30 am
  • 15 minutes 44 seconds
    258: Beyond Souvenirs: The Real Treasures of Our European Trip

    I'm beyond excited to share this episode with you because I just returned from an incredible 17-day road trip through Southern France and Spain with my family. 🚗✨

    We traveled through 20-25 towns and villages, soaking up the charm of quaint villages, indulging in delicious local foods, and creating priceless memories. From the vibrant streets of Barcelona to the picturesque cliffs in French national parks, our journey was a beautiful reminder of the power of choosing experiences over material possessions.

    In this episode, you’ll hear about:

    • Why we chose experiences over stuff and how it transformed our trip
    • The magical local festival we stumbled upon in a small French town
    • Boating through a stunning gorge with turquoise-green water
    • Attending the epic Monaco Formula One qualifying race
    • Exploring ancient caves and medieval fortresses
    • Simplifying our packing: How we managed with just three carry-ons
    • Tips for embracing experiences over stuff in your daily life

    Join me as I recount our adventures and share insights on living a simplified, intentional life. Whether you’re planning a big trip or looking for ways to add more meaningful experiences to your everyday routine, this episode is for you.

    Ready, set, simplify! 

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    12 June 2024, 5:30 am
  • 32 minutes 11 seconds
    257: Simplified Exercise for Busy Women (And Myths Keeping You Stuck)

    Are you struggling to find time for exercise amidst the chaos of motherhood? 🤯 In this episode of The Maximized Minimalist, I’m thrilled to welcome Amy and Krystle from Expecting and Empowered! These amazing sisters and fitness experts share their top strategies for fitting in workouts, debunking common fitness myths, and adapting exercise routines to fit your busy lifestyle.

    We dive deep into the importance of physical health for mental well-being and how even a single workout can set you up for success in multiple areas of life. Whether you're a morning person like Krystle or prefer afternoon workouts like Amy, they’ve got tips to help you find what works best for you.

    Tune in to learn:

    • How to tailor your workouts to fit your unique schedule 🗓️
    • The benefits of weekend workouts for busy moms 🌟
    • Why 30-minute workouts are the sweet spot for consistency and effectiveness ⏱️
    • How to shift your mindset to embrace flexibility and overcome limiting beliefs 🧠

    Don’t miss out on this engaging conversation packed with practical advice and inspiring stories that will motivate you to prioritize your health and fitness, no matter how hectic life gets.

    Episode Highlights:

    • Finding the best time to work out that suits your lifestyle
    • The power of weekend workouts and how they benefit the whole family
    • Overcoming limiting beliefs about exercise and creating sustainable fitness habits
    • Fun and innovative ways to keep workouts exciting and motivating

    Join us and discover how to make fitness an achievable part of your daily routine. 💪

    Connect with Amy & Krystle:

    Expecting & Empowered Website

    Expecting & Empowered Instagram



    5 June 2024, 5:30 am
  • 17 minutes 18 seconds
    256: How to Troubleshoot Clutter [Part 2]

    Are you ready to finally tackle those clutter hotspots in your home? You know the ones I'm talking about – the entryway, kitchen counter, or that one corner of the living room that just seems to attract clutter like a magnet. Today, I'm sharing some super practical tips to keep these spots clutter-free, not just during the summer, but all year round!

    In this episode, we'll walk through a step-by-step process to identify and conquer your clutter hotspots. We'll chat about the difference between expected mess and clutter, the magic of daily resets, and how to respect your home's physical boundaries. Plus, I'll let you in on my favorite decluttering trick – the clutter audit. Trust me, it’s a game-changer!

    Here’s what we’ll cover:
    • How to spot your clutter hotspots and figure out why they gather clutter.
    • The power of consistent decluttering and how to do a quick clutter audit.
    • Why setting up a permanent donation bin can make your life so much easier.
    • How to combine daily resets with clutter audits for double the impact.
    • Honoring your home’s physical boundaries to keep clutter at bay.
    • Changing your mindset to tackle procrastination and clutter effectively.

    By the end of this episode, you'll have a bunch of easy strategies to keep your home neat and organized. Imagine how much more time, energy, and peace of mind you'll have!

    Ready to dive deeper and get more personalized help? I’d love to welcome you to the Clutter Cure Club. Inside, you'll get my Clutter Freedom Roadmap and join a community of like-minded folks all working towards a clutter-free home. We’re kicking off our Summer Simplicity Sprints soon, so now's the perfect time to join!

    Head over to and let's transform your home together in just 10 minutes a week.


    29 May 2024, 5:30 am
  • 22 minutes 38 seconds
    255: How to Troubleshoot Expected Mess [Part 1]

    As summer unfolds, our routines shift, and our homes often bear the brunt of it. With kids home more and the influx of outdoor activities, managing the inevitable mess can feel overwhelming. But fear not! Today, I'm sharing four practical strategies to help you stay on top of the summer mess and keep your home a sanctuary of calm and order.

    Whether it's the never-ending piles of laundry, toys scattered everywhere, or the extra clutter that summer brings, I’ve got you covered with actionable tips and mindset shifts to make your summer both enjoyable and manageable.

    In this episode, you'll learn:

    • The truth about expected mess vs. clutter and why it's crucial to differentiate between the two.
    • How to implement quick cleanup rituals, or "resets," to keep your home tidy and stress-free.
    • The benefits of rotating indoor activities to keep things fresh and reduce clutter.
    • How to simplify and organize your outdoor gear for maximum efficiency and minimal stress.
    • The importance of setting realistic expectations and embracing the natural mess that comes with an active, fun-filled summer.

    These insights and practical tips will help you reduce overwhelm, improve your home's functionality, and enhance your overall well-being. Plus, discover how embracing a bit of mess can actually lead to a happier, more fulfilling home life.

    Listen in and transform your approach to managing summer mess. Your home can be both a lively, fun space and a well-organized haven!

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    22 May 2024, 5:30 am
  • 40 minutes 17 seconds
    254: Real Talk on Family, Clutter, and Compromise with My Husband Andrew

    Join my husband Andrew and I as we dive deep into decluttering together! From his early days of hesitance to now being all-in, we explore how clearing out the clutter has reshaped our home and our relationship.

    In this episode:

    • Hear how Andrew went from skeptical to a decluttering devotee and what sparked that change.
    • We get real about the ups and downs of deciding what stays and what goes—yes, it gets emotional, but it’s all about growing together!
    • Andrew shares his journey with those sentimental items that are tough to tackle.
    • Discover the unexpected joys and benefits decluttering has brought to our family life.
    • Grab some tips from our own experiences on how you and your partner can start your decluttering adventure on the right foot.

    Join us for a fun, honest, and super relatable chat that’s packed with stories and tips to help you and your partner tackle decluttering head-on. Tune in now to see how a little less clutter could mean a lot more joy for you both!

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    15 May 2024, 5:30 am
  • 37 minutes 57 seconds
    253: Raising Capable Kids with Katie Kimball

    I'm super excited to have Katie Kimball with us again. You might know Katie as the genius behind the Kids Cook Real Food e-course, which even the Wall Street Journal called the best online cooking class for kids out there. We’re diving into something all parents think about: how to raise kids who are ready to take on the world.

    Katie, a former teacher and mom of four, is here to chat about why it’s crucial (and totally doable) to teach your kids practical life skills. We’re talking about everything from cooking to cleaning, and why these aren’t just chores, but opportunities to build confidence and reduce anxiety in your kids.

    In this episode, you’ll hear:

    • Why letting kids help around the house is a good thing (and not something to feel guilty about).
    • The big wins your family can score when your kids learn to handle tasks on their own.
    • Tips on how to get past the common hurdles parents face, like guilt and a crazy schedule.
    • Heartwarming stories from Katie’s own life that show the magic of teaching kids to be more independent.

    Katie's got some fantastic stories to share about her own journey and the surprising ways these skills have brought her family closer. Whether you’re dealing with mom guilt or just trying to figure out where to start, this episode is packed with insights and laughter to guide you.

    Ready to dive even deeper into building life skills with your kids? Join us for the #LifeSkillsNow Summer Camp! It’s the perfect place for your kids to learn, grow, and have fun, all while gaining those crucial skills they’ll use for life. Whether it’s cooking, managing chores, or handling their first debit card, we’ve got it covered. Don’t miss out on the fun and learning—spots are filling fast! Sign up today and let’s make this summer one to remember!

    8 May 2024, 5:30 am
  • 41 minutes 12 seconds
    252: Beyond Fashion Trends How to Discover & Embrace Your Unique Style with Jennine Jacob

    We're getting personal about fashion guest Jennine Jacob, a style guru who turned her passion for threads into a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. From overcoming a shopping addiction to rocking the fashion blogging world, Jennine has seen it all and has some eye-opening insights to share.

    In today’s episode, she spills the beans on how our wardrobes are more than just a collection of clothes—they're a reflection of who we are inside. Ever feel like you’re stuck on a fashion treadmill, always chasing trends but never finding pieces that feel “right”? Jennine’s here to help you break that cycle with stories and strategies that are all about finding and owning your unique style.

    What we’re unpacking today:

    • Why our fashion choices really matter and how they're linked to our emotions.
    • Jennine’s wild ride from shopping addict to influential fashion blogger.
    • Thrift shopping like a pro—tips for scoring finds that scream ‘you’.
    • Crafting a capsule wardrobe that’s all killer, no filler.
    • The dark side of fast fashion—what it’s doing to our planet and our psyche.
    • Simple ways to ditch the trend-trap and create a sustainable, stylish look that lasts.

    Jennine’s got the lowdown on making your style as unique as you are. Tune in, get inspired, and let’s start wearing what we love in a way that tells our story.

    1 May 2024, 5:30 am
  • 34 minutes 27 seconds
    251: DIY Design Tips for Peaceful Living Spaces with Tasha Agruso

    Ever walk into a home decor store or scroll through Pinterest and feel totally overwhelmed by all the choices? You're definitely not alone. In today's chat, we sit down with Tasha Agruso, the brain behind "Designer in a Binder," to get real about making design choices that feel right and make your space feel like *you*.

    Tasha breaks down how to focus on what you love rather than what’s trending to turn your space into a true sanctuary. Forget impressing the neighbors or copying those picture-perfect homes on Instagram. It's all about creating a space that welcomes you with a big, warm "I am home."

    In this episode, you'll discover:

    • How listening to your gut can lead to the best design decisions
    • Tips for finding inspiration without just copying someone else’s style
    • Why the colors in your home matter more than you think and how they affect your mood
    • Simple steps to stop overthinking and start loving your home decor choices
    • Tasha’s personal experiences with home renovation and how she avoids common pitfalls

    Join us as Tasha walks us through her approach to making design personal and meaningful. Whether you're looking to spruce up a corner or overhaul an entire room, these insights will help you confidently create a space that truly reflects who you are.

    Grab your FREE ticket to the "Beautiful Home Beautiful Life" summit and join us as we delve deeper into creating spaces that inspire and energize.

    24 April 2024, 5:30 am
  • 14 minutes 43 seconds
    250: Decluttering Beliefs-Buying Isn't "Bad"

    Ready to tackle the clutter that's been cramping your style—and your wallet? This episode is all about breaking free from the mess and the stress. We're diving deep into decluttering, but it's not just about tossing things in a trash bag. It’s about understanding why we end up with so much stuff in the first place and how that links to our spending habits.

    Join me as I chat about:

    • How to tackle credit card debt with strategies that last: Featuring insights from Bree Sedano’s course, "Drop the Debt Once and for All".
    • The real reasons behind our shopping splurges: Understanding why we buy and how to overcome the guilt associated with purchases.
    • Practical steps to prevent falling back into old habits: Building a sustainable, clutter-free lifestyle.

    This isn’t about minimalism or denying yourself joys—it’s about making smarter choices that truly add value to your life.

    So, plug in, and let’s get this declutter party started! It's time to simplify our spaces and our spending.

    And don’t forget to check out Bree Sedano’s incredible course, "Drop the Debt Once and for All." If you’re ready to stop the debt cycle for good, Bree’s got your back with practical advice that really works.

    17 April 2024, 5:30 am
  • 11 minutes 1 second
    249: Decluttering Beliefs-Rewriting the Narrative of Aging

    It's time to get cozy and dive into something we all think about but don't always chat about - aging. Yep, you heard me. This week, I'm spilling the tea on getting older, all sparked by a laugh-out-loud moment with my kiddo, Levi, and my unexpected journey into the world of silver strands.

    This conversation isn't just about gray hairs and laugh lines; it's a candid look at how the anti-aging narrative influences our self-perception, spending habits, and the clutter – both physical and emotional – that accumulates as a result. We'll dive into the roots of our clutter and how it's intertwined with our fears of aging.

    Here's what you'll learn:

    • How social media and the $93 billion anti-aging industry shape our views on aging.
    • The emotional and financial clutter tied to our fear of aging.
    • Strategies for embracing aging with grace, from shifting mindsets to practical steps for decluttering our lives and finances.

    Tune in as we laugh, reflect, and maybe even change the way we think about those sneaky silver hairs and laugh lines. Because, let’s face it, aging is inevitable, but how we feel about it? That's totally up to us.

    Links Mentioned in the Episode

    Ready to declutter your finances? Grab Drop the Debt

    10 April 2024, 5:30 am
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