Wannabe Clutter Free | Declutter, Organize, Calm the Chaos

Deanna Yates | Professional Organizer, Decluttering Coach, Wannabe Minimalist

Ready to stop the overwhelm and start enjoying your life more? This podcast will help you declutter the piles of stuff, organize the things you want to keep, and learn to let go of the rest with positive mindsets and encouragement. As a busy mom who's been there, done that, I share stories of the crazy - like selling 80% of what we owned to travel with our toddler to the mundane - like having to run a home now that our kiddo's in school. Living with less is not about deprivation - just the opposite! Decluttering can open you up for a life of freedom you never knew was possible. And you won’t hear it just from me - there are amazing guests too! It’s practical, doable, and simple for those of us that wannabe clutter free.

  • 47 minutes 8 seconds
    Ep 206: The Keys to Digital Organization with Tech Expert Amanda Jefferson

    Discover how to tackle digital clutter with Amanda Jefferson and Deanna Yates in Episode 206 of the Wannabe Clutter Free Podcast. Learn effective strategies for managing emails, photos, and tech overwhelm to reclaim productivity and enjoy a decluttered digital space. Tune in now to start your journey towards a clutter-free digital life.

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    Do you struggle with digital clutter? If your desktop is a mess, your phone’s running out of space, and you’re not storing your passwords safely, this episode is for you!

    In episode 206 of the 'Wannabe Clutter Free' podcast, host Deanna Yates interviews Amanda Jefferson, a professional digital organizer, about tackling digital clutter.

    Amanda discusses the significant impact digital clutter can have on our lives and offers practical tools and strategies for managing emails, passwords, files, and more.

    The episode also covers Amanda's journey from a corporate career to becoming a KonMari consultant and starting her own organizing business, Indigo Organizing. Listeners gain insights into reducing digital friction and maintaining a clutter-free digital space. Deanna also shares her personal experience with accidentally deleting her email archive and finding freedom from clutter.

    This episode of the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast will help you discover:

    • What digital decluttering is and what it isn’t
    • Where to start decluttering your digital life if you are overwhelmed
    • The most common forms of digital clutter and how to overcome them
    • Strategies for maintaining a decluttered digital space


    About Amanda Jefferson

    After 20 years of trying to keep up with the “shoulds,” Amanda left it all behind to help others let go of what’s not serving them. She's the owner of Indigo Organizing, the creator of the Done-With-You Digital Organizing coaching program, and one of the world's first KonMari consultants. A TEDx speaker and co-host of the Good Enough-Ish podcast, Amanda has been featured in Real Simple, Harpers Bazaar, the Wall Street Journal, and Better Homes & Garden, among others.

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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media or via email. Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.

    Thank you for joining us, and remember, it’s about progress, not perfection. Here’s to a more organized and less stressful life!

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    22 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 37 minutes 18 seconds
    Ep 205: Simplify Your Style: The Busy Mom's Guide to a Capsule Wardrobe

    Deanna Yates announces her free summit: Chaos to Calm: Capsule Wardrobe Edition and shares her journey into capsule wardrobes, discussing the benefits of a curated wardrobe, and the 5 steps to create a capsule wardrobe that works for you. 

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    The Chaos to Calm Summit: Capsule Wardrobe Edition

    Join the Chaos to Calm Pop up Facebook Group

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    Join the Wannabe Minimalist Community on Facebook

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    Have you ever tried to create a capsule wardrobe? Maybe you’ve heard of them and been curious, but too afraid of pairing down.

    In this episode Deanna Yates dives into the world of capsule wardrobes. She announces a free summit she is hosting, featuring experts from professional stylists to minimalists, aimed at helping listeners build their own capsule wardrobes.

    Deanna walks through how and why she started dressing with a capsule wardrobe, highlighting the holistic benefits setting up your closet this way, from dressing better and feeling more confident to simplifying decision-making and decluttering one's life.

    She shares her personal journey towards adopting a capsule wardrobe, including an embarrassing moment that sparked her interest in dressing more intentionally.

    The episode provides a comprehensive guide on creating a capsule wardrobe, covering steps such as assessing one's lifestyle, decluttering the current wardrobe, choosing a color palette, selecting core pieces, and making seasonal adjustments.

    Additionally, the episode explores the benefits of capsule wardrobes, including time and cost savings, space efficiency, and environmental impact. Deanna also shares details of her own upcoming travel capsule wardrobe, emphasizing quality, sustainability, and the mix-and-match philosophy.

    Listeners are invited to join the upcoming summit for deeper discussions and to share their capsule wardrobe experiences.

    This episode will also help you discover:

    • The 5 steps of creating a personalized capsule wardrobe
    • Where decluttering fits in your capsule wardrobe journey
    • How a capsule wardrobe benefits busy moms
    • Ways dressing better makes you feel better
    • Why more choice in our closets actually makes us less happy


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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media (@wannabeclutterfree). Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.

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    15 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    Ep 204: Finding Your Unique Spark: Quiet the Mean Girl & Rediscover You with Onnie Michalsky

    In episode 204, Deanna discusses the transformative journey of Empowering Mothers: Overcoming 'Supermom' Ideals, Rediscovering Personal Passions, and Balancing Family Life. Through a fun conversation with licensed therapist and life coach Onnie Michalsky, they delve into the complexities of silencing our inner critics and navigating the pressures of modern motherhood.

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    In this episode of the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast, the host, Deanna Yates, interviews Onnie Michalsky. They delve into themes such as silencing one's inner critic, rediscovering personal passions beyond motherhood, and fostering children's interests.

    Onnie Michalsky is a licensed therapist, life coach, and devoted mother of six. Her passion lies in inspiring high-performance women who have lost their sense of self amidst the demands of motherhood. As the founder of Moms Without Capes, Onnie's mission is to help moms get themselves on their own to-do list so that they can get back in touch with who they are beyond a mom.

    On this episode Onnie shares her journey of overcoming the 'Supermom' identity and founding 'Moms Without Capes' to encourage mothers to prioritize themselves.

    They explore practical tips on simplifying life, setting achievable goals, and the importance of self-awareness and reflection for personal growth. The episode provides insights into balancing familial responsibilities with personal aspirations, encouraging mothers to reclaim their identity and live a fulfilling life.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Strategies for silencing your inner critic and overcoming the 'Supermom' identity.
    • Ways to rediscover personal passions and interests beyond the role of motherhood.
    • Practical tips for simplifying life and setting achievable goals amidst familial responsibilities.
    • The importance of self-awareness and reflection in fostering personal growth and fulfillment.
    • Insights on balancing family commitments with pursuing individual aspirations and reclaiming your identity.


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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media or via email. Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.

    Thank you for joining us, and remember, it’s about progress, not perfection. Here’s to a more organized and less stressful life!

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    8 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 31 minutes 27 seconds
    Ep 203: Embrace the Emotional Cycle of Change to Finally Beat Decluttering Despair

    Discover how to navigate the Emotional Cycle of Change in decluttering your home. Learn practical tips for each stage to effectively organize your home and manage stress. Join Deanna Yates for transformative insights!

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    Kelly & Conner’s Emotional Cycle of Change

    The 12 Week Year Book

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    Have you ever set a goal with lots of excitement only to quickly lose that momentum once you started to work on that goal?

    You are not alone!

    And the Emotional Cycle of Change is a big reason we quit on our goals before we complete them.

    We’re diving into the Emotional Cycle of Change, a powerful model developed in the mid-1970s by Don Kelley and Daryl Conner on episode 203. We'll explore how this model can guide busy moms through the emotional ups and downs of decluttering and organizing their homes.

    Whether you’re just starting or are stuck in the middle, understanding these emotional stages can help you manage your space—and your stress—more effectively.

    This episode will also help you discover:

    • The 5 stages of the Emotional Cycle of Change
    • Why change is so difficult
    • How to stop quitting your goals
    • Ways to make decluttering easier
    • Tips for moving through the hardest part of change


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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media (@wannabeclutterfree). Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.

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    1 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 49 minutes 9 seconds
    Ep 202: How Decluttering Helped This Dad Overcome His Hardest Moments

    In this episode, Deanna Yates and guest Stephen Johnston discuss the transformative power of decluttering during adversity. Explore how Stephen turned challenges into a positive by founding Race Against Blindness, and the role of decluttering in creating meaningful memories.

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    Resources Mentioned (some may be affiliate links - thanks for supporting the show at no extra cost to you):


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    Join the Wannabe Minimalist Community on Facebook


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    Key Takeaways:

    • The transformative power of turning adversity into positive action
    • Practical strategies for overcoming challenges through decluttering
    • Insights into managing priorities and setting boundaries amidst adversity
    • The significance of creating lasting memories and finding joy in the face of adversity


    Episode Highlights:

    • 00:00 Welcome to the Clutter-Free Journey
    • 00:10 Facing Adversity with Stephen Johnston
    • 00:10 The Power of Community Support
    • 01:47 Stephen's Mission: A Race Against Blindness
    • 10:47 The Adventure Van: Embracing Life's Journey
    • 16:45 Minimalism on the Road: The Van Life Experience
    • 19:10 Reentry: Adjusting Back to 'Normal' Life
    • 21:04 Mental Decluttering: Prioritizing What Matters
    • 23:40 Mastering Prioritization and Saying No
    • 26:13 The Power of Modeling Behavior for Children
    • 27:12 Balancing Strength and Vulnerability as a Parent
    • 30:15 The Mission of A Race Against Blindness
    • 39:15 The Challenges and Triumphs of Fundraising
    • 42:58 Rapid Fire Questions: Insights and Aspirations


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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media or via email. Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.

    Thank you for joining us, and remember, it’s about progress, not perfection. Here’s to a more organized and less stressful life!

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    24 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 50 minutes 39 seconds
    Ep 201: From Kindergarten Classroom to Clutter-Free: The Power of Play with Elizabeth Manley

    Discover how play shapes child development in our podcast, where we explore balancing fun and organizing toys to minimize clutter. Learn about the benefits of play for skills growth, the downsides of too much screen time, and effective strategies for creating a learning-friendly environment at home. We also discuss tips for playful learning, the benefits of minimalism, decluttering strategies, and the principles of intentional parenting. Tune in to transform your approach and enhance your child's potential.

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    Key Takeaways:

    • The Power of Play: Discover how essential play is to a child's development, and how reducing toy clutter can significantly enhance their growth and creativity.
    • Screen Time Concerns: Learn about the negative effects of excessive screen time on children, such as weakened fine motor skills and diminished focus, and hear expert screen time management strategies.
    • Engaging Children in Developmental Play: Get practical tips for engaging children in play that promotes development using minimal toys, focusing on outdoor activities and creative play with simple items like sticks.
    • Minimizing Toys: Understand the benefits of keeping toys to a minimum to enhance a child's focus and creativity, with suggestions for implementing a minimalist approach to your child’s play environment.
    • Promoting Imaginative Play: Gain insights on fostering more engaged and imaginative play, which can help counteract the drawbacks of digital distractions.


    Episode Highlights:

    • 00:00 Welcome to Wannabe Clutter Free: Episode 201 Overview
    • 00:38 Supporting the Show: How You Can Help
    • 02:20 Meet Elizabeth Manley: The Importance of Play
    • 03:25 The Critical Role of Play in Development
    • 10:14 Screen Time and Its Impact on Kids
    • 13:54 Managing Screen Time: Family Strategies
    • 20:49 Encouraging Play Over Screen Time
    • 24:00 The Journey to Change and the Power of Persistence
    • 24:32 Decoding the Toy Dilemma: How Much is Too Much?
    • 24:43 The Magic of Minimal Toys and Outdoor Play
    • 26:34 Embracing Play and Imagination Over Material Abundance
    • 30:45 The Educational Value of Play and Preparing for Kindergarten
    • 38:35 The Joyful Mama, Joyful Kiddos Bundle: A Treasure Trove for Parents
    • 42:02 Reflections on Clutter-Free Living and Family Time
    • 45:47 Closing Thoughts and Invitations for Engagement


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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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    Are you subscribed to the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those.

    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media or via email. Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.

    Thank you for joining us, and remember, it’s about progress, not perfection. Here’s to a more organized and less stressful life!

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    17 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 51 minutes 29 seconds
    Ep 200: Reflecting on the Past Decade of Our Decluttering and Minimalism Living Journey

    Join Deanna Yates as she explores a decade-long journey of decluttering and embracing minimalism. Discover valuable insights on living with less, the impact of mindset shifts, and how adapting to life's changes—like traveling and raising a family—can enhance and enrich a minimalist lifestyle.

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    Check out my favorite resources

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    Do you ever take time to reflect back on your progress over the years?

    I know it’s super important to build in moments of reflection so you can cherish how far you’ve come even when you feel there is still further to go. So, that’s what I’m doing today as part of our 200th episode celebration!!

    I’m reflecting not only on the journey of the podcast, but diving into several lessons I’ve learned on my personal decluttering adventure over the last decade. I look back on each year and share the biggest lesson from each milestone - whether that’s because of where we were living at the time or what was happening in our life at that moment.

    This episode dives deep into our adventures since 2014, detailing her travels, learnings, and experiences in minimalism, decluttering, and living with less. Each year brings unique lessons, from the importance of letting go and the cycle of stuff, to capsule wardrobes and understanding your personal values.

    These lessons are shared in hopes that they will help you understand the journey toward a life with less may not always be easy, but it is definitely worth the effort.

    This episode will also help you discover:

    • The impact of decluttering on your mindsets
    • Why decluttering should be seen as a journey, not a destination
    • How your life circumstances affect your decluttering efforts
    • Ways letting go can free you up for more
    • Tips for creating your own personal minimalism journey


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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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    Subscribe & Review

    Are you subscribed to the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those.

    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media (@wannabeclutterfree). Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.

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    10 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 44 minutes 29 seconds
    Ep 199: The Amazing Scientific Benefits of Decluttering and Minimalism with Emily McDermott

    Join Deanna Yates and Emily McDermott as they reveal the transformative power of minimalism and decluttering. Discover practical tips and scientific insights to help you see your clutter in new light, tackle the mental hurdles of letting go, and begin your journey with easy decluttering steps. Uncover the simplicity and power of a minimalist lifestyle to see if it might be a fit for your family.

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    Key Takeaways:

    • Embrace the Minimalist Lifestyle: Learn how minimalism isn't just about having fewer things but about leading a richer life.
    • Understand the Psychological Effects of Clutter: Discover the science behind how clutter can increase stress and affect your daily life.
    • Practical Decluttering Tips: Get actionable tips to kickstart your decluttering efforts, focusing on non-sentimental areas like your car.
    • Organizing Strategies: Find out how to make time in your busy schedule for organizing and how it can lead to greater creativity and personal growth.


    Episode Highlights:

    • 00:00 - Introduction to the clutter-free journey with Deanna Yates.
    • 01:00 - How to support the show and keep the decluttering tips coming.
    • 02:26 - Meet Emily McDermott and hear about her minimalism journey.
    • 03:41 - Dive into decluttering with Emily’s personal story and tips for starting small.
    • 09:37 - Explore family dynamics and minimalism, and how to navigate them.
    • 12:55 - Discuss potential decluttering regrets and how to move past them.
    • 17:48 - Uncover the science behind decluttering and its benefits.
    • 22:25 - Learn about clutter's impact on stress and eating habits.
    • 23:32 - A personal story on preparing for a party and decluttering success.
    • 25:26 - Discover the benefits of a decluttered space for children.
    • 27:00 - Practical advice on where to start your decluttering journey.
    • 30:13 - Tips for finding time to declutter in a busy schedule.
    • 32:57 - How creating a motivating decluttering playlist can help.
    • 34:53 - Rapid fire questions with Emily for a deeper insight into a clutter-free life.
    • 38:56 - Conclusion and what to look forward to in future episodes.


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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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    Are you subscribed to the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those.

    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media or via email. Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.

    Thank you for joining us, and remember, it’s about progress, not perfection. Here’s to a more organized and less stressful life!

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    3 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 38 minutes 12 seconds
    Ep 198: Overcoming Decision Fatigue and Clutter as a Busy Mom in Minutes a Day

    Do you find yourself more tired and overwhelmed as day wears on? Decision fatigue may be the reason why.

    In this episode, host, Deanna Yates delves into the topics of decision fatigue and the impact of clutter on our daily lives, offering practical advice and strategies to help you regain control and reduce stress. She emphasizes the importance of tackling one thing at a time, like decluttering for ten minutes daily and setting boundaries on new acquisitions to prevent decision overload.

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    Links in this episode (some may be affiliate links - thanks for supporting the show at no extra cost to you):

    Check out my favorite resources

    Podcast Feed for Supporters

    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Baumeister et al., 1998: A foundational study on decision fatigue and its effects.

    Princeton University Neuroscience Institute: Research on how clutter affects the brain and decision-making.

    Favorite Books about Habits and More

    Join the Wannabe Minimalist Community on Facebook

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    Key Takeaways:

    • Decision Fatigue: Understand how making numerous decisions throughout the day can wear down your ability to make good choices, leading to stress and overwhelm.
    • The Impact of Clutter: Learn about the science behind how clutter can exacerbate decision fatigue and what you can do to combat it.
    • Practical Strategies: Get actionable tips on simplifying decision-making, decluttering your home, and developing habits that support a more organized and less stressful life.


    Episode Highlights:

    • [00:00] Introduction to the episode’s theme and its relevance for busy moms.
    • [02:08] Understanding Decision Fatigue: What It Is and Why It Matters
    • [06:11] The Link Between Clutter and Decision Fatigue
    • [10:26] Practical Tips to Combat Decision Fatigue and Declutter Your Life
    • [31:09] Long-Term Solutions for Maintaining a Clutter-Free Home
    • [33:22] Wrapping Up and Next Steps


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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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    Subscribe & Review

    Are you subscribed to the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those.

    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media or via email. Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.

    Thank you for joining us, and remember, it’s about progress, not perfection. Here’s to a more organized and less stressful life!

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    27 March 2024, 7:00 am
  • 40 minutes 35 seconds
    Ep 197: From Clutter to Clarity: The Path to Minimalist Parenting with Author Christine Koh

    Join host Deanna Yates in this enlightening episode of the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast as she chats with Dr. Christine Koh, a former music and brain scientist turned minimalist parenting advocate. They dive deep into the transformative world of minimalism, discussing the journey of decluttering, the power of micro decluttering, and how minimalism impacts parenting.

    Links in this episode (some may be affiliate links - thanks for supporting the show at no extra cost to you):

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    What You'll Learn

    • Christine Koh's Journey: From a decade-long career in academia to embracing minimalism in parenting and life.
    • A Minimalist Approach to Parenting: How decluttering extends beyond the physical to emotional and digital aspects.
    • Micro Decluttering: Breaking down decluttering into manageable steps to make the process less overwhelming.
    • The Joy of Letting Go: Christine shares personal stories highlighting the fulfillment that comes from donating items and simplifying life.
    • Beyond Physical Decluttering: Discussion on decluttering our schedules and commitments for a more meaningful life.
    • Practical Tips: Christine offers practical advice for families looking to embark on their decluttering journey.


    Episode Highlights

    • [00:03:45] Christine's Transition to Minimalism: A look into Christine's decision to shift towards a minimalist lifestyle and its impact on her family.
    • [00:10:22] Micro Decluttering Explained: Christine introduces the concept of micro decluttering and shares how it can be applied in everyday life.
    • [00:18:39] Letting Go with Love: Christine recounts the touching story of decluttering her daughter's stuffed animals and the lessons learned.
    • [00:27:50] Current State of Minimalism: Christine reflects on how her minimalist practices have evolved over the years.
    • [00:35:00] Biggest Surprises in Decluttering: Christine discusses the unexpected outcomes and surprises encountered during her decluttering journey.


    Closing Thoughts

    This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to introduce minimalism into their parenting and daily life. Christine Koh's insights and personal stories provide a practical roadmap for decluttering and finding joy in simplicity.

    Remember, the journey to a clutter-free life is filled with small, manageable steps. Let's embrace the minimalist path together.

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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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    Ep 196: The Magic of Tiny Habits: Decluttering Your Way to a Peaceful Home

    In this episode of the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast, host Deanna Yates discusses the transformative power of small actions and the importance of incorporating tiny habits into daily routines to declutter your home, clear your mind, and change your life.

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    For busy moms, the quest for a clutter-free home can seem like a never-ending battle. But what if small, simple actions could lead to big changes in your living space and mental well-being? In our latest podcast episode, we unlock the secrets to integrating decluttering into your hectic life, proving that you don't need to overhaul your entire home to see a difference.

    As Spring ushers in a season of renewal, we invite you to use this time of fresh starts as a catalyst for your decluttering journey. With practical tips and motivational insights, we show how dedicating just a few minutes each day to tidying up can not only transform your space but also bring peace and order to your busy world. Join us to discover how tiny, consistent steps can lead to a serene, organized home, offering a fresh start for you and your family.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Decluttering isn’t just about creating a tidier space; it’s about creating a more peaceful, stress-free environment for you and your family.
    • Small, consistent actions can lead to significant changes. You don’t need to overhaul your home in one day; start small and build from there.
    • The Spring season is a perfect time for fresh starts and decluttering. Use this time of renewal to motivate your cleaning efforts.
    • Even the busiest moms can find a few minutes a day for decluttering. It’s about prioritizing and making the most of the time you have.
    • Tiny habits and habit stacking are your best friends when it comes to integrating decluttering into your daily life seamlessly.


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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!

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    13 March 2024, 7:00 am
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