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Listen Now 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. Links Mentioned: The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Suzie Eller Giveaway: For a chance to win a copy of Joy Keeper, answer this question in the comments below: Who in your life do you need to draw some chalk lines with so that you can maintain your joy and you can be a part of someone else’s joy?    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. Meet Our Guest    Suzie Eller Suzanne (Suzie) Eller is a bestselling author, cohost of More Than Small Talk podcast, and has been featured on programs such as Focus on the Family, KLOVE, Aspiring Women, and many others. Connect with her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuzanneEllerInstagram: https://www.instagram/Suzanne.Eller  Transcript More Posts  430 Getting Over Decision Fatigue Of Getting Rid of It Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis (And 4 Ways to Keep Going when It’s Hard) 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... 429 Getting Over the Shame Of Getting Rid of It Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis (And 4 Ways to Keep Going when It’s Hard) 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... 428 Getting Over the Fear of Getting Rid of It: Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis (And 4 Ways to Keep Going When It’s Hard) 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... « Older Entries #431 How to Have Real Joy in the Midst of All This Crazy with Author Suzie Eller
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.     Links The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Cheri Gregory Sensitive and Strong Overwhelmed     Giveaway: For a chance to win a copy of both Overwhelmed and The Clutter-Free Home, answer this question in the comments below: Tell us about what type of decision fatigue you are dealing with.        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. Meet Our Guest Cheri Gregory Cheri Gregory delights in helping women draw closer to Jesus, the Strength of every tender heart. Cheri is the co-author of four books, co-host of Grit ‘n’ Grace The Podcast, co-leader of the Sensitive and Strong Community Café, and founder of Write Beside You communicator coaching. Cheri and her college sweetheart, Daniel, have been married for 32 years and live in California near their two adult children. You can connect with Cheri at CheriGregory.com, SensitiveAndStrong.com, GritNGraceThePodcast.com, and WriteBesideYou.com 430 Getting Over Decision Fatigue Of Getting Rid of It Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis (And 4 Ways to Keep Going when It’s Hard)
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.     Links The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Cheri Gregory Sensitive and Strong Overwhelmed     Giveaway: For a chance to win a copy of both Overwhelmed and The Clutter-Free Home, answer this question in the comments below: Tell us about something you’ve been wrestling with that you are contemplating getting rid of and the money spent on it is the issue.        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. Meet Our Guest Cheri Gregory Cheri Gregory delights in helping women draw closer to Jesus: the Strength of every tender heart. Cheri is the co-author of four books, co-host of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast, co-leader of the Sensitive and Strong Community Café, and founder of Write Beside You communicator coaching. Cheri and her college sweetheart, Daniel, have been married for 32 years and live in California near their two adult children. You can connect with Cheri at CheriGregory.com, SensitiveAndStrong.com, GritNGraceThePodcast.com, and WriteBesideYou.com Transcript     429 Getting Over the Shame Of Getting Rid of It Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis (And 4 Ways to Keep Going when It’s Hard)
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.     Links The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Cheri Gregory Sensitive and Strong Overwhelmed     Giveaway: For a chance to win a copy of both Overwhelmed and The Clutter-Free Home, answer this question in the comments below: What is something you’ve gotten rid of OR something that you are contemplating getting rid of that produces a lot of guilt?        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. Meet Our Guest Cheri Gregory Cheri Gregory delights in helping women draw closer to Jesus: the Strength of every tender heart. Cheri is the co-author of four books, co-host of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast, co-leader of the Sensitive and Strong Community Café, and founder of Write Beside You communicator coaching. Cheri and her college sweetheart, Daniel, have been married for 32 years and live in California near their two adult children. You can connect with Cheri at CheriGregory.com, SensitiveAndStrong.com, GritNGraceThePodcast.com, and WriteBesideYou.com Transcript     428 Getting Over the Fear of Getting Rid of It: Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis (And 4 Ways to Keep Going When It’s Hard)
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.     Links The Clutter-Free Home Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Cheri Gregory Sensitive and Strong Overwhelmed Catan Board Game     Giveaway: For a chance to win a copy of both Overwhelmed and The Clutter-Free Home, answer this question in the comments below: 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?        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. Meet Our Guest Cheri Gregory Cheri Gregory delights in helping women draw closer to Jesus: the Strength of every tender heart. Cheri is the co-author of four books, co-host of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast, co-leader of the Sensitive and Strong Community Café, and founder of Write Beside You communicator coaching. Cheri and her college sweetheart, Daniel, have been married for 32 years and live in California near their two adult children. You can connect with Cheri at CheriGregory.com, SensitiveAndStrong.com, GritNGraceThePodcast.com, and WriteBesideYou.com Transcript     427 Getting Over the Guilt of Getting Rid of It: Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis (And 4 Ways to Keep Going When It’s Hard)
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                           Get your meal plans here for 30% off with code EASY. Links Eat at Home Cooks: 30% Discount with Code: EASY TIffany King   Eat At Home Tonight Cookbook         Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Order your copy of Ready For Anything 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. Meet Our Guest Tiffany King Tiffany King has cooked more than ten thousand meals for her husband and four kids. Over the years, Tiffany has learned what works and what doesn’t work for getting dinner on the table fast. Her recipes have been developed in a real kitchen for her busy family and tested by the millions of readers of Eat at Home. Connect with Tiffany at Eat at Home. Facebook Transcript Read along with the podcast!       # 426 The Episode Where Kathi Says She Wanted to Punch Roger in the Face – PLUS Getting Dinner on the Table with Eat at Home Cooks’ Tiffany King
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.   Links Melissa’s free pressure canning series Melissa K. Norris The Family Garden Plan: Grow a Year’s Worth of Sustainable and Healthy Food Learn more about the book and get your free downloadable worksheets here. Giveaway: For a chance to win a copy of Melissa’s book The Family Garden Plan, answer this question in the comments below: Which food preservation would you like to learn more about?                  sixchicks-download 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. Meet Our Guest Melissa K. Norris Melissa K. Norris is a fifth-generation homesteader who helps hundreds of thousands of people live a homegrown and homemade life. You can connect with her on her website or Instagram.      Facebook 425 How to Store Food for an Emergency and Everyday Life Melissa Norris
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.     Links           Get Kick Start to Clutter Free Here   Use coupon cfa_kickstart to get the discount! Tonya Kubo Clutter Free Academy FB group 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. Meet Our Guest Tonya Kubo Tonya Kubo is the illustrious, fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.tonyakubo.com or www.GreatMoms.org. Tonya Kubo is the Online Engagement Director at the University of California Merced, as well as the illustrious, fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. 423 How to Kickstart Your Major Decluttering This Fall Part 2
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    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.     Links           Get Kick Start to Clutter Free Here   Use coupon cfa_kickstart to get the discount! Tonya Kubo Clutter Free Academy FB group Learn more about Clutter Free for Life You can find Kathi’s pizza fondue recipe 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. Meet Our Guest Tonya Kubo Tonya Kubo is the illustrious, fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.tonyakubo.com or www.GreatMoms.org. Tonya Kubo is the Online Engagement Director at the University of California Merced, as well as the illustrious, fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group. 422 How to Kickstart Your Major Decluttering This Fall Part 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 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.       You can find Kathi’s pizza fondue recipe here! And the Tightwad Gazette Kathi referenced is available 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.   Meet Our Guest Tonya Kubo Tonya Kubo is the illustrious and fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group and the Clutter Free for Life membership program. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters, and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.tonyakubo.com. #421 Best of CFA Series: Creating a Clutter-Free Community of Sharing (Re-Release)
Tonya Kubo is back, and on today’s re-released podcast in this summer’s Best Of series, 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 struggles 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  Clutter Free Book    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.     Meet Our Guest Tonya Kubo Tonya Kubo is the illustrious and fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group and the Clutter Free for Life membership program. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters, and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.tonyakubo.com. #420 Best of CFA Series: Is it Hoarding or is it Clutter? Part 2 (Re-Release!)
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.   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.   Meet Our Guest Tonya Kubo   Tonya Kubo is the illustrious and fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group and the Clutter Free for Life membership program. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters, and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.tonyakubo.com. #419 Best of CFA Series: Is it Hoarding or is it Clutter? (Re-Release!)
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.   Since this is a re-release of a favorite episode, the book giveaway has already taken place, but you can find books by Susan May Warren here. If you’re looking for summer recipes, here are the Whole Roasted Chicken and Chicken Salad recipes mentioned in this episode.   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. Meet Our Guest Erin MacPherson Erin MacPherson lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Cameron, her sons, Joey and Will, and her daughter, Kate. She is the author of “The Christian Mama’s Guide Series,” is a staff writer for Dun & Bradstreet and a freelancer for publications like Thriving Family Magazine, MOPS MomSense, FamilyLife Magazine, Daily Guideposts and BEMag. She blogs about her life, her kids, and her faith at ChristianMamasGuide.com. #418 Clutter Free Meal Planning and Summer Entertaining Re-release
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. 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. Meet Our Guest Tonya Kubo   Tonya Kubo is the illustrious and fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group and the Clutter Free for Life membership program. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters, and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.tonyakubo.com. Transcript #417 How to Get Over a Poverty Mentality
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.   Links   Whispers of Rest Giveaway Win a copy of Whispers of Rest by answering this question in the comments: What is a specific way you would like to invest in yourself and take care of the you that God has created you to be? Finding Spiritual Whitespace Bonnie Gray Declutter Anxiety Devotional Bonnie’s Hoarding Story 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. Meet Our Guest Bonnie Gray BONNIE GRAY is an inspiring speaker, soul care mentor and author of Whispers of Rest, empowering women to stress less and lead a more peaceful, beautiful life as God’s beloved. Bonnie writes for (in)courage and hosts her popular podcast Coffee Break For Your Soul, encouraging women to take practical steps to restore God’s peace in daily life. Connect with Bonnie on Instagram and her website thebonniegray.com FacebookTwitter Transcript     #416 DeClutter to Stress Less & Lower Anxiety: The Power of Today
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. Links www.unhustle.com 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. Meet Our Guest Milena Regos Milena is an ex award-winning digital marketer turned mindful entrepreneur. www.unhustle.com https://www.instagram.com/unhustle https://www.pinterest.com/unhustle/podcast/ Facebook Transcript Read along with the podcast!   Clutter Free Academy Podcast #394   Clutter Free Home – Declutter   <>   Kathi – Well, hey friends! Welcome to Clutter Free Academy, where our goal is to help you take small, doable steps to live every day with less clutter and more life. My name is Kathi Lipp. I’m the author of Clutter Free and here with me is the founder of Clutter Free Academy on Facebook, it is Tonya Kubo. Hey, Tonya!   Tonya – Hey, Kathi!   Kathi – I am so excited. We are in a series right now, because we are talking about my book that is coming out. It is The Clutter Free Home. I really do know the title of it. It’s coming out a week from today.    Tonya – What?!   Kathi – I know. I’m super excited. So, we’ve got our launch team. If you haven’t gone over there, let’s make sure you’ve got all the information for that. Today, we’re talking about the third step in the book. It’s been really fun to test this out with our Clutter Free for Life. I call them Guinea Pigs, you called them Early Adopters. So they’ve been doing this for over a year and making such huge progress. It’s been super fun to watch. We want to talk about our decluttering system for The Clutter Free Home.    Tonya – Sigh. It’s so fitting for Clutter Free Academy to talk about decluttering.   Kathi – Yes! Finally! We’ve talked about dedicating your space; really understanding what your space is about and how you’re using it. Decide. How do you want that space to feel/look/smell/all the things? Now, we’re going to declutter. The new decluttering system has two parts. It’s always had two parts, but we want to talk about daily decluttering and then deep decluttering. Daily decluttering? Fifteen minutes. Get ‘er done.    Tonya – Yep!   Kathi – So, that’s the basis of everything we’ve ever done in Clutter Free. Would you talk through what you do in those fifteen minutes? ‘Cause you’ve been doing this for five years.   Tonya – Yeah, so I think the first thing I do is decide what I’m going to do. Because it’s fifteen minutes – I’ll use my bedroom as an example ‘cause I love to use my bedroom as an example – fifteen minutes is enough time to tackle one drawer in my dresser or my closet.   Kathi – One drawer in your closet. Or one area in your closet.   Tonya – What I was going to say is, if I have a very specific purpose in my closet. So, I’ll do a fifteen minute session and say, “I’m going to get rid of everything that is worn or I no longer love.”  Right? I’ll have my trash bag already there, and I’ll get everything situated to give away or to toss. I set my timer for fifteen minutes, and I just go through. It’s no mercy, because I’ve already pre-decided “This is what I’m doing. This is why I’m going to do it. This is how long I’m doing it.” Then, at the end of the fifteen minutes, I set another timer for 5 minutes, and it’s a mad dash to get those bags out to the car and get back in. Then, I’m done. I’m not the person who’s going to do the marathon. I’m not going to set my timer for another 15 minutes.   Kathi – ‘Cause we’ve done that before.    Tonya – And it never ended well.   Kathi – No. It was always a bad thing. So, that’s our daily decluttering. But we, now, want to assign you a room. We want you to know that, when you’re doing your daily decluttering, there’s a schedule. So, we’re not just letting you go willy nilly, and you’re like, “I’ll do the laundry room, because that’s easy.” No no no. We’re going to assign you. Monday is your kitchen. I love this, because it starts out the week on a fresh note. So, for 15 minutes, I want you to get in there and declutter your kitchen. Make it all the things you want it to be. Tuesday is your living room. You’re getting in there. It’s just one shelf. One drawer. One something in your living room. Wednesday is your bedroom. This could be your bedroom or a kid’s bedroom or maybe a guest bedroom. How much time do you spend in your bedroom versus your girls’ bedroom?   Tonya – I spend more time in my bedroom. We only have a two bedroom house, so the bedrooms get a lot of use.  But more time in mine, because I need to sleep well. I don’t sleep well when I’m overwhelmed with stuff in my room.   Kathi – Yeah. If you’re afraid you’re going to trip and die in the middle of the night, it’s not a good way to live. It just isn’t. Okay, so you’re going to pick one bedroom. It’s not like you’re doing fifteen minutes in each bedroom. You’re just trying to declutter and get the stuff out of there. Okay, Thursday is bathrooms. So, it depends. Is it your master bathroom? Your half bathroom downstairs? The kids’ bathroom? Whatever it is. This is not cleaning time. This is decluttering time. This is getting stuff out of your space. Then, Friday is office area. Even if your office area is your kitchen. Wherever you do your office. Wherever you do your paperwork. That needs to be decluttered on the regular. In San Jose, our office area is, really, the third bedroom, where Roger works. I have an office too, but for our household, bills and mail and things like that, that’s the third bedroom. Here at The Red House, Roger has an office upstairs, but we have a closet that has all of our paperwork. All that kind of stuff. So, that’s where I spend my fifteen minutes. It’s just more detailed. It’s more detailed to do it in there. Okay, and Saturday is extra. So this could be your garage, your basement, your attic. If you have a storage unit, I would suggest you go over there and spend your fifteen minutes cleaning it out, doing what you need to do. Sundays you get off. Now, if your work schedule is such that Tuesday is your day of rest? Figure it out. You guys are all adults. You can figure this out. What’s going to work? Nobody’s going to come to your house and make sure you’re decluttering on Tuesday in the living room.    Tonya – Right.   Kathi – We want you to be able to do all the things. So, that’s the first part. That’s the daily decluttering. Then, once a week, I want you to do a deep declutter. This is where you can get your hands dirty. We’re going to say sixty minutes. Here’s what I mean by that: You are going to deep declutter for 60 minutes. This is 60 minutes of getting stuff out of your house. I feel like once a week, I could do sixty minutes without analysis paralysis.    Tonya – Right.   Kathi – ‘Cause you’re picking the spot in your house. My recommendation is: If your garage is driving you crazy, every week you do your sixty minutes in there, until you’re about 60% decluttered. Then, if you need to, move on to another space. Do it until you see a difference in there.   Tonya – Right. And can I dig into that a little tiny bit? I know that in Clutter Free for Life this has been a challenge. First of all, we’ve talked about realistic expectations before, people think “All I need is an hour and I’m supposed to get the whole room situated.” Then they get a little bit discourage when that doesn’t happen. I liked what you said, and I want to dig into that a little. You’re decluttering for an hour. That whole goal of that hour is to get stuff out. The goal is not to color code your drawers. The goal is not to sit there and match socks. The goal is to get the single socks into a bag and out of the house. The goal is to get, if you’re in my house, and you’ve got underwear from size four all the way to size eight. It’s to get the underwear out that the youngest one is not going to wear, because there’s nobody else.   Kathi – There’s nobody else coming along to claim that underwear.   Tonya – And I’m never going to fit in size four toddler underwear. That’s just not going to happen.   Kathi – Nope. It’s not going to happen. So, at some point, when you’ve got your place decluttered enough, you can start to do the organization that will help you out. But here’s what people do: They try to organize their clutter. They go in and say, “We’re going to go in and put a system in place in this closet.” But, here’s the thing. You’re organizing things that are junk. Anytime you try to organize junk, it just explodes on you.   Tonya – Can I share a personal example?   Kathi – Of course.   Tonya – Okay, so most of our listeners know that we moved into a house that was built in 1952. What I don’t think listeners know is that they sold us everything in the house. As somebody who grew up in a studio apartment with my kind of background, I didn’t really believe that the house was ours, for a while. It’s taken me awhile, right? So, I have not touched anything they left.   Kathi – What do you mean?   Tonya – So, we have two closets in the house. We have one in the bathroom and we have one in the hallway. So, if you open the hallway closet, the shelves are stuffed with their linens.   Kathi – Whoa.   Tonya – So, they left their curtains and their sheets and everything. I’ve never touched them. I haven’t even pulled them out and folded them to see if they would fit my bed. It’s been this shrine. So, I’ve been losing very precious space in my hallway, because I’m just like, “I just don’t believe they’re not going to come back and want their stuff.” Which, by the way, they don’t. I actually did ask. But as I’m sitting here, thinking, that would be the perfect use of an hour. I would get four shelves back.   Kathi – Yes. I’m going to hold you accountable for this.   Tonya – I wish our listeners could see your face. Kathi is very concerned for me, right now.   Kathi – Can I just tell you? The house is yours.    Tonya – But, I think our listeners will appreciate the fact that there is a lot of ‘pinch ourselves’, right, in our decluttering journey? I just want to give hope to the listener who feels like they just can’t let stuff go.    Kathi – Can I just tell you, no judgement? There’s no judgement.   Tonya – Oh, no. I don’t feel judgement. But, I laugh because I’ve been in this journey a long time. It wasn’t until you were talking about that just now. You were talking about the storage unit, and I was like, “That’s basically a storage unit inside my house.”   Kathi – It totally is.   Tonya – I open the cabinet and I go, “Yeah, no, I’m just going to close that.”   Kathi – So, here’s my question for you. This is one of the things I don’t think we talk enough about in Clutter Free Academy, but I think it would be super helpful. What is your vision for that closet? What could that become for you?    Tonya – I want that to be, it sounds silly, but I want my paper towels and my cleaning stuff to go there, because it’s so centrally located for the home. I’ve thought, over time, “Oh, that’s where blankets should go. Oh, that’s where towels should go.” That’s not actually where I want those things. I don’t want to trip over the Costco package of paper towels that are left on the floor because I don’t have any other shelves that are tall enough. But I do in there. It’s just funny to me how, again, I’ve lived there over a year, and it’s never occurred to me.    Kathi – But isn’t that how we are? We have shrines in our own house.    Tonya – Right. We talked about this before, right? We let the house happen to us. I love that this is a way to take ownership.   Kathi – Okay, so in the next two months, could you declutter that closet?   Tonya – Well, I could probably do it in the next weekend. None of the stuff is mine. I can’t even imagine wanting to keep any of it because it doesn’t belong to me.   Kathi – It’s just a big old Goodwill run.   Tonya – Yeah. I really think so. How funny is this? I’m tickled by myself right now.   Kathi – Yeah! No! I totally get it, though. I really do. There are things, even in this Red House. We have a barn. Okay, that’s weird. We have a barn. But, I don’t know exactly what’s out there.    Tonya – Right, ‘cause you’re in the same situation, where they sold a lot of the stuff to you.   Kathi – Yeah, it’s a very unusual circumstance. You’re like, “Should I keep this? I don’t even know what it’s for.” But, it’s like, “Is that the key for keeping the whole house together?” So, part of it is research to find out, “What is this doohickey?” I’ve gone through everything in our garage. I’ve touched everything in the garage. I know what’s in there. The barn is still a bit of a mystery to me. We will uncover these things together, Tonya.    Tonya – That’s what I like about Clutter Free Academy, though, right? We do this together.   Kathi – Yes. Okay, so I’m super excited about this, guys. We want you to join the journey with us. So, if you have ordered a copy of the book, go ahead and preorder. That is super helpful to us as authors.   Tonya – Yes it is.   Kathi – But, also, I would love for you to be on this journey with us. We will be telling your more about that. So, Tonya, thanks for being here.   Tonya – Thanks for having me.   Kathi – And friend, thank you for being here. You’ve been listening to Clutter Free Academy. I’m Kathi Lipp. Now, go create the clutter free life you were always intended to live.   <>   *see show notes in podcast post above for any mentioned items   #415 How to Unhustle Your Life with Milena Regos
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.   Links Discover more about Jennifer Pepito and find free samples at The Playful Pioneers and The Kind Kingdom here:https://jenniferpepito.com/https://www.thepeacefulpreschool.com/ coupon code for 15% off for listeners: CLUTTERFREE fv-free (2) Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Cheaper By the Dozen 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. Meet Our Guest Jennifer Pepito Jennifer Pepito is the founder of The Peaceful Press (http://thepeacefulpress.com), a company committed to providing young families with learning resources that promote connection between parents and children. Her resources have been used by thousands of families and earn rave reviews from mothers of young children. Jennifer’s writing has been featured in several online and print journals, including Wild and Free, The M.O.B. Society, and Home Educating Family. She also speaks at conferences and retreats, including the Wild and Free conference, Christian Home Educators Association, and Arise. FacebookTwitter Transcript     #414 Big Living in Small Space – Running your Business (and now homeschool) from the Space that You Have
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. Order your copy of Ready For Anything today. Links Air Fryer America’s Test Kitchen Homestead Seasoning from Savory Spices The Deva Cut 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. Meet Our Guest Roger Lipp Roger is a productivity and quality engineer for a Fortune 50 company. Roger helps teams reach their full productivity potential by teaching them practical and simple steps to reach their goals. Roger and his wife, author Kathi Lipp, teach communicators how to share their message through social media and email marketing. He and Kathi coauthored Happy Habits for Every Couple with Harvest House Publishers. . Transcript #413 Do Without – 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. Order your copy of Ready For Anything today. Links Tonya Kubo The Good Neighbors The Tightwad Gazette 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. Meet Our Guest Roger Lipp Roger is a productivity and quality engineer for a Fortune 50 company. Roger helps teams reach their full productivity potential by teaching them practical and simple steps to reach their goals. Roger and his wife, author Kathi Lipp, teach communicators how to share their message through social media and email marketing. He and Kathi coauthored Happy Habits for Every Couple with Harvest House Publishers. Facebook Transcript Read along with the podcast!       #412 Make Do: How to Best Manage Your Home During a Time of Crisis
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. Order your copy of Ready For Anything today. GIVEAWAY: For a chance to win Kathi Lipp’s book Ready For Anything, answer the question “what is something you are going to make last 10 percent longer?” in the comments below. 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. Meet Our Guest Tonya Kubo Tonya Kubo is the illustrious and fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group and the Clutter Free for Life membership program. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters, and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.tonyakubo.com. Transcript     #411 Wear it Out – How to Best Manage Your Home During a Time of Crisis
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. Order your copy of Ready for Anything on HERE today. Recipes: Dutch Apple Bread Recipe: from “More With Less” by Doris Janzen Longacre(makes 1 loaf) Ingredients: 1/2 cup margarine (or butter)1 cup sugar2 eggs1 tsp vanilla essence2 cups flour1 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp salt1/3 cup sour milk or orange juice1 cup chopped apples (or grated with box grater)1/3 cup chopped walnuts1/3 cup chopped cranberries (optional)—I didn’t use them Method:1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.3. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well, scraping down sides after each egg.4. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt.5. Alternating with the dry ingredients, add the sour milk or orange juice.6. Fold in the chopped apples and nuts (and cranberries, if using).7. Bake in greased 9×5” loaf pan for 55 minutes or until loaf tests done. Tonya uses this recipe and makes it into muffins: https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chocolate_zucchini_bread/ and for gluten-free or paleo friends (Tonya makes it this way for her daughter’s limitations): https://detoxinsta.com/healthy-flourless-chocolate-zucchini-muffins/ Links Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn Check out Imperfect Foods 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. Meet Our Guest Tonya Kubo Tonya Kubo is the illustrious and fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group and the Clutter Free for Life membership program. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters, and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.tonyakubo.com. Transcript #410 Use It Up – How to Best Manage Your Home During a Time of Crisis
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. Meet Our Guest Tonya Kubo Tonya Kubo is the illustrious and fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group and the Clutter Free for Life membership program. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters, and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.tonyakubo.com. Transcript     #409 How Do I Set Manageable Goals?
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 GIVEAWAY TIME: 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? (Or you can order your copy of The Get Yourself Organized Project 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. Meet Our Guest Tonya Kubo Tonya Kubo is the illustrious and fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group and the Clutter Free for Life membership program. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters, and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.tonyakubo.com Transcript Kathi – Well, hey friends. Welcome to Clutter Free Academy, where our goal is to help you take small, doable steps to live everyday with less clutter and more life. We’re in the midst of a series. It’s basically, “How do I?” I’ve got Tonya Kubo here, who’s our fearless leader over at Clutter Free Academy and Clutter Free for Life. Hey, Tonya! Tonya – Hey, Kathi! Kathi – So, she’s asking me the most frequently asked questions over at Clutter Free Academy. So, this is number three in the series, so let’s do it. Tonya – So, this one is, “How do I know where stuff goes?” Kathi – So, this isn’t the most frequently asked question at Clutter Free Academy. This is the most frequently asked question from Tonya Kubo. Tonya – Maybe? Kathi – So, go into this. Where’s the struggle? Tonya – Other people ask it too. So, for me, I’m pretty honest with our listeners in that, I grew up in a studio apartment, with a mother who was a hoarder. So, when you live in 500 square feet, there’s not a lot of places for things. Then, when you live with a hoarder, there is stuff everywhere. I have lived in homes, since then, of varying sizes, but I really struggle with figuring out where things should go. What makes sense? So, I have a tendency to move things around a lot. Nothing ever seems quite right. Yet, when I go to other people’s houses, I don’t seem to have this problem. Kathi – Okay, but you’re not trying to accomplish things in other people’s houses, for the most part. Tonya – For the most part, but I can stay with somebody for a couple of days and go, “Oh, this is where the cups go. This makes sense.” Kathi – And you’ve stayed here at The Red House quite a bit. You’re able to find your way around here. So, have you ever worked in a restaurant? Tonya – Just in the front of the house. Kathi – So I align a well-organized house with a well-organized kitchen. The flour always goes in the same place, but it’s figuring out where that goes. Here’s what I know about cluttery people. We are creative, so we’re always trying… Tonya – To recreate the wheel. Kathi – Yes. We always want to do something new. We always want to be innovators. We want to come up with the solution that makes the most sense and is going to change our lives. We’re the people who buy the air fryers, even though we don’t really know what they do. We do all those things. So, we tend to not want to stick with a system, ‘cause we’re always trying to find the short cut; the easy way. That kind of thing. So, I want to talk a little bit about ‘how do we do this?’ So, when you were struggling with “Where does something go?” my first question is, “Where will it be used?” We just talked about oil, so explain that. Tonya – So, I lived in an older home, so I have some cabinets, but I don’t have a pantry, so we bought a pantry. But the only place for the pantry is clear across the kitchen. Almost not in the kitchen any more. In my brain, all the food belongs in the pantry. That’s where food goes. But that’s 20 steps, 30 steps away from where I cook. Kathi – Let’s also say, you are on DEFCON 3 right now, when it comes to cooking. Explain that. Tonya – So, I have a daughter with food allergies, so we have to cook 90% from scratch. Kathi – Roger would starve. I’m just going to let you know. If I had to cook 95% of my stuff from scratch, it would be bad around here. Tonya – We’ve all lost a little bit of weight. Not going to lie. We’re working on it. Part of it is a space thing. If I buy oils at Costco, they’re too tall to fit in the cabinet that’s by the stove. So, I’m doing a lot of back and forth. I’m grabbing a lot of specialty flours, a lot of specialty oils. I do have a lot more stuff in my kitchen than I’m used to. Kathi – I’m on a new eating plan, too. First of all, the stuff is expensive, and there’s a lot of it. Tonya – Amen. Kathi – A couple of things. One of the questions I like to ask is, “Where will it be used?” Yes, it’s in your kitchen, but it’s not convenient. I’ll tell you, I’ve had my own issues with oils. Because we have a lot of people here at The Red House, we buy the Costco olive oil. First of all, there’s no place for it in my kitchen. Also, the Costco one costs as much as the Safeway one, but it’s ten times as big. So, one of the things I’ve done is, I’ve got a little place. I’ve got a few oils in my kitchen, but what I’ve done is, I’ve got a squeeze bottle for that oil. First of all, I love using a squeeze bottle for my oil. That makes all the difference in the world. I’m putting it in a smaller container that works for me. Now, I don’t care that I store my oil out in the garage. Why are you laughing hysterically? Tonya – Kathi, this is the perfect illustration of the challenge of most of us with clutter. It has never occurred to me that I could put something in a container different than the container I bought it in. Kathi – Fascinating. Tonya – It’s like, if I buy the oil at Costco, it has to stay in the Costco container. So, frequently, I will spend the money to buy the tiny little Safeway one, because that fits in my cabinet. The idea that there’s someplace that sell squeeze bottles never crossed my mind. Kathi – Amazon. I’ll put the link in here. Tonya – I’m not trying to be ridiculous. I promise I’m not overplaying this. This is not rehearsed. This is the truth. Kathi – No today, when you were saying “What’s in your see through container?” I’m like, “Oh, that’s the shake you gave me.” You were like, “Oh. I’ve never taken it out of its container.” Tonya – Do you know how annoyed I get with all those resealable zipper bags that have to sit on the top and they’re ugly and they fall over and they spill powder on your head? It has never occurred to me that I can put them in a different container. Kathi – That’s so interesting. The oil thing has been new for me within the past five years. Tonya – You’ve changed my life. I want to type this out, but I’m trying to be focused on the conversation. Kathi – So I need the right size, right where I am, doing the thing. So, I have oil, salt, and pepper right where I need it to be, but the refills are in an inconvenient location, but they’re not as inconvenient as Costco. So, that’s how I like to think about it. I don’t have to keep all those giant containers within reach, but I will have everything I need within reach. Tonya – Okay. Kathi – Yay! I’m glad I could change your life. Tonya – I’m stupefied. Kathi – Here’s the other thing. When you are in the middle of cooking, and you’re like, “The thing that I need is not here.” Think about, “Is there somewhere I could put this so it would be right here?” I love a little tray that I can put my oil, my salt, my pepper, that kind of thing on, so it looks cute in my kitchen, but it’s not the giant thing.  So, I think about it that way. The dog collar. Where do you keep the dog collar? We have a special dog collar because Moose is a runner and we have 32 acres. Tonya – That’s a lot of running. Kathi – Please do not call the SPCA. We have a buzz collar. We have never buzzed her once, but it makes a little beeping sound when we say, “We want you to come back.” So, we have a little bowl where we keep our keys and our buzz collar, so we know where it’s at all the time. I also have little jars of treats around the house, because we’re trying to train her. So, it’s like, “Where do you keep the treats?” Well, I have a treat bucket that’s put away, but I have little containers of treats throughout the house in cute little containers, so things are where we use them. That’s my most important criteria. Tonya – Right. So, we’re here at The Red House together, and I’m just looking around your kitchen as we’re talking. You have dishtowels. Now, I remember, this was one of those life-changing things for me, the first time I came here. You have a basket, to the left of your stove that has all your dishtowels. Often times, you’re at the stove and you get your hands dirty and you need to wipe them off. Now, you could keep those in a drawer across the way, but then what mess would you make? Kathi – Most times, I keep a dishtowel on the oven, so it’s right there. I also keep all of our hot pads and that. Tonya – Yeah. Potholders. Everything is right there, where you would typically need to use it. Kathi – Right. So, I try to keep things right where I’ll use them, then, the backups are in the inconvenient locations. Either our pantry, which is in our laundry room, or we have a bigger pantry in the garage. Like we said, we have retreats here and if we get snowed in? We always have to have two weeks’ worth of food here. It’s not even an option. Tonya – That’s just your reality. Kathi – Okay, so the first question is: Where will it be used? With the asterisk of, “You can put it in a smaller container.” That’s okay. The second question is: Where is my first impulse to find it? So, where would I go looking for the salt? Where would I go looking for my blue jacket? Where would I go looking for the extra garbage bags? So, the garbage bags, for a long time, I kept them in a pull out drawer underneath our stairs. But I realized I used them in the sink, so I have now moved them over to the sink. It takes me about a year to really figure out a house. I haven’t spent a year here, yet. We’ve only spent portions of a year. You are allowed to make the house work for you. I think some people find it surprising that we have all of our glasses over on a different wall in our kitchen than right by the sink, or right by the fridge. Here’s the thing: I keep two mugs and two glasses right conveniently located for me and Roger. That’s all that lives here 90% of the time. Then, I keep the bulk of them someplace else. It seems a little weird, but the first place I would look is in the cupboard by the sink. That’s where we keep a lot of our short term things. So think about, “Where would be my first impulse to look for scissors?”, “Where would be my first impulse to look for my glasses?” those kind of things. Then, my third point, and I think that this really important: Label everything. So, make it a giant kindergarten room. I’ve got labels on the insides of all my cupboards, so that people know where things are. Now, there will be some people in your family, (you know I love him, Roger) who it doesn’t matter that I’ve had the scissors in the same place in this house since we bought it. I’ve had a label there that says, “Scissors”. Every day I get asked where the scissors are. I love him deeply. So, you label things. Here’s the thing: If you don’t want to label it, ‘cause “I’m not 100% sure this is where it’s going to go until Jesus comes back.” I want you to label it anyway. Labels are cheap. You can pull it off and you can move that label someplace else, if you decide that you need to do it. Tonya – So, really, what you’re saying is, I could make the wrong choice. Kathi – I want you to make the wrong choice. About 25% of your choices are going to be wrong and I want you to have the freedom to say, “This didn’t work. I’m going to go try something else.” Tonya – I’m just going to believe you on that one. Kathi – One hundred percent. This is how I did it the entire time the kids were growing up. “I’m going to try something here. I’m going to commit to it for a month…two months.” But if I’m like, “Oh, no. It shouldn’t be here, it should be over here.” I can only make that decision after I’ve committed to that one spot. You don’t believe me. Tonya – No. What you don’t realize is that my whole life is playing like a movie in my brain right now. So, I’m going, “Oh, Abby, who’s five, would love that, because that fits with how her classroom is organized at school.” Kathi – Right. Exactly. Tonya – Abby is a systems person. It’s very hard for her when things are different, in different locations. It’s hard to have different rules at home than there are at school. It’s hard to have different organization systems at home than there is at school. So, I think of how much she would appreciate having a label, even if she can’t read. I can put a picture, right? Kathi – You can put a picture. Tonya – And she would know where things went. Kathi – Right. I think that is so important for kids to have a sense of stability in their house. It’s important for adults, too. One of things we just did: On top of our fridge we have this bowl. It’s got tomatoes on it, and peppers and everything. It’s a big bowl. For a long time, what was making me lose my Jesus on a regular basis is, we’d go to Costco. We’d buy the thin pretzels. Roger would take some thin pretzels, then I had the backup bag, ‘cause we were having people over, so we had the backup bag. He would open the fresh bag while the other one still had 3/4ths of the content in it. Nothing makes Jesus weep more than two open bags. So now, when a bag gets opened, it goes on top of the fridge. Tonya – So now you know where the open bag is. Kathi – I know where the open bag is. Roger knows where the open bag is. Now the world knows where the open bag is. Tonya – It’s on top of the fridge, guys. Kathi – Right, so you better check the top of the fridge before you go opening a brand new bag. It’s just simpler to have those systems in place so it reduces our decision fatigue. If I know the scissors go in the same place in the drawer, I don’t have to decide every day “Where is the best place for the scissors?” The best place for the scissors is the place where we’ve designated. We can do that every single time. I don’t have to reinvent the wheel every single day. Tonya – Alright. This is good. Kathi – So, guys, to recap. One, figure out where it will be used. You can do smaller containers. You can do whatever is going to make it work for you. Number two: Where’s my first impulse to find the thing? Number three: Put it in the wrong place. You get to make the decisions, even if they are bad decisions. If you don’t decide, you can’t change the decision. If you make a decision, you can change a decision. Tonya – I like that. Kathi – Okay, so I want to know what our listeners’ biggest struggles is where to put things. Is it kitchen items? Is it office supplies? For two of you, we’re going to send you a copy. We’re going to randomly choose from those comments and we’re going to send you a copy of the Get Yourself Organized Project. That’ll be fun. Some people do not have that book. We want them to have that book, because it helps you with all those systems. Tonya, thank you for asking the good questions. Tonya – Well, thank you for answering the good questions. Kathi – I can change your life. I love that. Tonya – Is it rude to just pull up Amazon right now? Kathi – No, I think you can do that. We will put that in the comments, and we’ll put it with an affiliate code, so a little bit of that money goes to support this podcast. People have asked how they can support the podcast. Clicking on the affiliate links really helps. Guys, thanks for joining us. You’ve been listening to Clutter Free Academy. I’m Kathi Lipp. Now, go create the clutter free life you were always intended to live. #408: How Do I Know Where Stuff Goes?
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. Pre-order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today.   Book Giveaway     For a chance to win Kathi Lipp’s book The Clutter-Free Home, answer the question, “Which is more important: the money or the space?” in the comments below.         Links Learn more about Clutter Free for Life. Next Doorhttps://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. Meet Our Guest Tonya Kubo Tonya Kubo is the illustrious and fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group and the Clutter Free for Life membership program. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters, and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.tonyakubo.com Transcript Read along with the podcast!   Read along with the Podcast!   Clutter Free Academy Podcast # 407   How Do I Get Rid of Good Stuff?     <>   Kathi – Well, hey friends. Welcome to Clutter Free Academy, where our goal is to help you take small, doable steps to live everyday with less clutter and more life. We’re in the midst of a really fun series right now. In order to put me on the spot, put me in the hot seat, we have our very own Tonya Kubo. Hey, Tonya.   Tonya – Hey, Kathi.   Kathi – So, you’re asking me all the hard questions.   Tonya – Yes, and it’s so much fun.   Kathi – Okay, good. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. So, this is our second in the series. What is the hard question you get from all of our friends over at Clutter Free Academy?   Tonya – How Do I Get Rid of the Good Stuff?   Kathi – Okay, so what does that mean? Because, if you want to get rid of it, how good can it be?   Tonya – Well, you know us cluttery people, right?   Kathi – I do. I’m one of you.   Tonya – You know, we see these things, and it’s like, “It’s too nice to give away. It’s too nice to throw away. I could make money off of this.” Right? Let me give you a few real life examples from our Clutter Free Academy community. So, there’s homeschooling curriculum.   Kathi – Oh my, goodness. Yes.   Tonya – That stuff’s expensive.   Kathi – It is expensive.   Tonya – Then there is art supplies, craft supplies. That stuff isn’t cheap, either.   Kathi – No, it’s not.   Tonya – The Cricut? That is a pricy piece of equipment   Kathi – I just bought that for my daughter for Christmas this past year.   Tonya – So, you can appreciate that money does not grow on trees. That things is a little bit of a chunk of somebody’s wallet. Then there’s the stuff for the kids. You know? There is the sugar cube machine kits. Those are not cheap.   Kathi – Right! But haven’t you used that?   Tonya – There’s always the buy one get one free. You’ve got little kids, and you’re like, “Should I hold on to that for five years?” Should you sell it on a Facebook group? Should you eBay it? Do you put it in a yard sale? There’s so many things that are just too good. The dishes that aren’t practical, and let’s just be honest, this is a personal example. I had really nice, really expensive dishes I got for my wedding. It never occurred to me to pay attention to the dinner plate measurements and my cupboard measurements.   Kathi – Well, who would?   Tonya – Yeah, so there was this two inch overhang, so my cupboards never closed. But they were expensive!   Kathi – Also, were they everyday dishes, or were they just when the Queen came to visit?   Tonya – No, they were everyday dishes.   Kathi – Oh, okay, good.   Tonya – But you need to keep them to remind myself how dumb I was to not check the dimensions.   Kathi – Who does that even occur to? Who makes dishes that can’t fit into cupboards? I don’t even understand.   Tonya – So those are some real life examples.   Kathi – So this is going to be the most unhelpful statement ever, but let me expound upon it. It’s up to each person. Here’s what I mean by that. There are some people who are great at garage sales. There are some people who are great at selling stuff online. If you have tried to do that and you know you’re not good at it. Like, you forget to mail the things after people paid you? That’s not good. You set up for a garage sale and you make $92. $92 isn’t bad, but is it worth a whole day to you? For some people, it is. When I was a sales rep, I worked for a candle company. I would go put candles in all these drug stores and everything like that. Sometimes they would start to get faded or something like that. So, I would take those back, and I was allowed to sell them. I had to mark them so they couldn’t be taken back to the store, but I had a garage sale where I made a thousand dollars. So, would I tell anybody, “No, you shouldn’t have a garage sale.”? No, absolutely not. We really needed that thousand dollars. But, is a garage sale the right solution for everybody? So, if you’re super broke and you have some good stuff that is garage sale appropriate? So, kids’ clothes that are in good condition. Kids’ toys. Things like that. Maybe some furniture. I think garage sales are great for changes in life. You’ve moved someplace, or you’re going to move some place and you need to get rid of a bunch of stuff. Or, your kids have outgrown all the stuff. I did a garage sale when I went through a divorce because I needed money then. I think garage sales are great for changes in life. Now, if you have enough stuff for a good garage sale every year, I think you have a problem. I think you are buying too much stuff, probably. At a garage sale, you’re going to recoup, maybe, 10% of what you bought.   Tonya – If you’re lucky.   Kathi – If you’re lucky. So, I think you have to know what you’re good at. There are people who are great at finding things at a thrift store and selling them on Facebook, but let me ask you. What is your objective? Is your objective to start a business, or is your objective to get clutter free? If your objective is to get clutter free, let me gently help you consider that most of your stuff should be given away. I really think that, for most of us, depending on the financial situation we’re in, we need to get rid of stuff so that, one: we have more room in our houses. We know that clutter equals depression and we don’t want that for our members here. Also, I just think that there’s a lot of time and energy that goes into selling. There are people who do it really well, but then there’s the rest of us. So, we do a lot of things on Freecycle. Here is the thing. The good stuff we’ve given away, we’ve given away to people in need. People who are on Freecycle aren’t just looking for bargains. They’re looking for furniture for their kids. These are single moms, oftentimes. We’ve given away some really good stuff. Even if it’d recouped 25% of that cost, I’d rather give it to the person who absolutely needs it. So, to think about it that way helps me. You look skeptical.   Tonya – I’m just thinking of my own personal experiences. Since we’ve been on this clutter free journey, we did not have much disposable income when we started. Life is very different for us now, but even back then, Brian and I had a really long conversation. What is the priority? The priority, at that time, was space in our home. This wasn’t from me. I was still stuck in fear, guilt and shame related to clutter that I couldn’t see it, but he was the one who had the wisdom to say, “We just have to trust God. We have to have the faith that if we release this stuff, somehow, somewhere it’s all going to come back. When we need it, we’re going to have it.” We have released so much stuff out into the world in the last five or six years. There’s never been a time where I was like, “Oh, I should have kept that third Crockpot.”   Kathi – Right. Exactly.   Tonya – “Oh, that blender!” Even at the beginning. We got rid of a lot of baby stuff that was still in the packaging. It was something we really needed and then the age just never worked out. We looked at the brand and we couldn’t really remember what store it came from to see if it’s still returnable. I’m part of a MOPS group so I was like, “Does anyone need this one thing? It’s still in the boxes.” I remember somebody from our church reached out to me and said, “Hey. Do you still have that stuff?” They were looking for the booster seat. They were looking for the swing. They were looking for a high chair. I was like, “I still have that stuff and one thing’s been out of the box, blah blah blah.” Met them in a parking lot. It was like, their sister whose daughter just had a baby and it was all this stuff. They were like, “What do you want for it?” And I’m like, “This is the thing: I don’t clean it. I don’t take money for it.”   Kathi – Right. Exactly.   Tonya – She was like, “Yeah, but you saved me a trip to the store.” And she gave me cash. It wasn’t expected, but you know what? It was the exact number that I needed right then and there. It always works out for me. So, I always appreciate when people say, “I need the money.”   Kathi – Absolutely. If you need the money and you’re good at it? Here’s what I think a lot of times happens. We spend the money, then we feel guilty about the money we spent on the new thing, so we try to recoup it with the old thing. That economy just doesn’t work out. Yes, a car. You know what? I want you to get money for a car. A house? I want you to get money for your house. There are certain baby items that are very expensive, but if you’re trying to recoup on an Old Navy t-shirt for your three year old? I just think your time is worth more than that. Again, if you are financially strapped (and I have been that person at times) I don’t know that selling your stuff is the best use of your time. Could you be doing something else? Could you be cutting back on other expenses? The time it takes to sell something, unless you have a knack for that, I don’t think you’re ever going to recoup. I would rather, instead of you ordering out a pizza, you make one from scratch; you learn how to do that. ‘Cause once you learn to make a pizza from scratch, you know how to do it for the rest of your life. That saves you $15-20 every Friday night as a treat for your kids. It’s a different perspective. Again, maybe you have a friend who’s a whiz at selling stuff online. Find that person. If your child has just grown out of all their 2T-4T things and you have one of those baby resale things? They’re very picky, so make sure things are in excellent condition, but don’t keep stuff around forever thinking that someday you’ll be able to resell it. Resell it as soon as you’re done with it, but understand your focus. Are you trying to reclaim space or are you trying to reclaim money?   Tonya – I think that’s huge. I think for most of us, we want the space and I’m going to take us briefly off track. We want the space, but we feel guilty about that. We feel like it’s decadent to choose space over cash.   Kathi – So let me ask you this: Can you, and I’m not asking Tonya this, I’m asking the listener. Can you trust God that that thing was in your hand for you to use in that time and space, and that somebody else needs it, and that God can get it into the right hands? That’s how I have to look at it. The other question is: If you’re objective is to get rid of stuff, I want you to do it in the fastest way possible. I think us cluttery people come up with a million reasons why we can’t get rid of the thing. “I don’t want to give it to Good Will because x amount of money goes to their CEO and I’d rather give it to charity.” So, it sits in your car until the charity that’s open from 2-3 on Tuesdays lines up on your schedule. I want you to get that out of your house. You know what? A lot of good has been done through Good Will, so I would love for you to be able to get rid of something. The main objective is to get it out of your house so you can reclaim that space. Now, if your objective is to make money, find out what other people have done with similar items. If you’re part of MOPS, find out what other people have done with their baby stuff. If you are getting rid of books, what have other people done? Go to the experts. I’ve got rid of a lot of things on Nextdoor which is an app. A lot of people charge for that stuff. We tend to just give things away for free, because we’re like, “We’ve got a deadline. We want to get this out of our house.” But I have to tell you, except for one encounter, we’ve always had delightful encounters from people Nextdoor who were so appreciative. So, I love that. Figure out what your objective is. If it’s to make money, find somebody who’s doing it well and learn from them. I think that is what’s going to help you be able to focus in a way that’s going to help you. If you need to bring money in right now? Know that, but know that you can’t have that be your goal and decluttering at the same time.   Tonya – I think that’s fair. It’s fair. It’s reasonable. I get, for our listeners, it makes a lot of sense. It’s a competing priority.   Kathi – It is, and that’s okay to understand that. Maybe there’s a room in your house. If you’ve got extra space, you can do this. That’s wonderful. My garage was 90% candles at one point. You know what? At the time, my priority, even though I was super cluttery, was “We need to make money. We need to make our mortgage.” ‘Cause my husband was unemployed. So, huzzah! We were able to do that. So, no judgement, but if you’re part of Clutter Free Academy, my guess is, you want to get rid of clutter. You guys have all heard my tennis shoes story, where we went to Good Will looking for tennis shoes for Justin, and there was a brand new pair there. They just happened to fit him, and I just think, “I’m just so grateful to the person who says, ‘I can get rid of these, even with the tags on them, because I know somebody else can use them.’” What a gift that was to me. So, I may be a little prejudice here, but that’s my goal.   Tonya – I think that’s great. Well, thank you for addressing this question because I think that it’s tough. It’s tough to feel like you have the right to free space to the point where it’s okay to get rid of nice things.   Kathi – Yeah. Just having been the recipient of nice things, when I had no money to buy nice things? I’m so grateful for people who are in that position. I’ve been the person who, somebody lent me shoes for a bridesmaid’s dress. They happened to be the same size and style. It was a miracle. I’ve been that recipient, so I’m really grateful for those people. But there’s no shame in saying, “I need the money right now and I have to wait on the decluttering.” Declutter other stuff, then. Stuff that you don’t need that won’t bring in money. Well, friends, we are so grateful that you’ve been with us today. I would love for you to tell me in the comments, right now, what is more important? The money or the space? I think that would be very interesting. Also, for two of you, we’re going to pick from those comments, and we’re going to give you a copy of my new book, The Clutter Free Home. So, I’ll be anxious to hear, where our people land on all of that.   Tonya – I love this.   Kathi – You guys, you’ve been listening to Clutter Free Academy. I’m Kathi Lipp. I’ve been here with Tonya Kubo. Now, go create the clutter free life you were always intended to live.   <>   *see show notes in podcast post above for any mentioned items     #407: How Do I Get Rid of the Good Stuff?
Join in the excitement as Kathi 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. Meet Our Guest Tonya Kubo Tonya Kubo is the illustrious and fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group and the Clutter Free for Life membership program. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters, and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.tonyakubo.com. Transcript Read along with the Podcast!   Clutter Free Academy Podcast # 406   How Do I Get Unstuck?       <>   Kathi – Well, hey friends. Welcome to Clutter Free Academy, where our goal is to help you take small, doable steps to live every day with less clutter but more life. I am here today with Tonya Kubo, leader at Clutter Free Academy. Hey, Tonya. How you doing today?   Tonya – Hey, Kathi. I’m doing great. How about you?   Kathi – I am excited.   Tonya – Oooh. Tell me more.   Kathi – Well, because I love this series that we’re doing. I love this series, talking about “How do I…?” We get these questions all the time. “How do I do this?” “How do we do that?”  So, the question for today is, and I love this question. “How do I get unstuck from my clutter rut?”   Tonya – Oooh.   Kathi – Yeah, right? We get a lot of people who ask that. Here’s what I want to do. I want to talk about, “How do we actually get unstuck?”, but first I want to talk about, “Why are we in a clutter rut?” Tonya, you and I have both been in a clutter rut.   Tonya – Oh yes.   Kathi – What would you say was your biggest clutter rut? Do you remember?   Tonya – Are we talking circumstances?   Kathi – Yeah.   Tonya – Well, I’d say my biggest clutter rut has typically been when I’ve been sick. Something has happened and my routines have fallen by the wayside and I just can’t see my way back to start.   Kathi – Yeah. That makes total sense. I think for me, it’s been during really hard periods of my life. As you know, tough first marriage. When I was getting to the end of that, the clutter was just huge. I was having to make so many personal decisions that one more clutter decision was just too much. It was just too much. I think that was really tough for me. So, I want to talk about three ways where I feel like it’s very easy for us to become overwhelmed; why we get into these clutter ruts. The first thing is, overwhelmed personally. So what I mean by that is, maybe the clutter has built up for a long time and you’re just in a place where you can’t make more decisions. Decision fatigue is a real thing.   Tonya – It is.   Kathi – I don’t think people give that the weight that it deserves. Especially, if you’ve been making decisions for little people all day? Or maybe you’ve been making decisions at work all day and now I’m telling you to come home and declutter, which is more decisions? It feels completely overwhelming. So, maybe those personal circumstances are just, it’s every room in your house, or it’s not just yours, it’s your parents, or your kids, or something like that. That can be one of the reasons where you just feel like, “Yep. I am overwhelmed.” Another one is overwhelmed by life’s circumstances. This is where I remember, I just shut down. When I was going through my divorce, and we were also selling our house. I had this long list of things I had to declutter in order to sell the house. I just ended up wearing black yoga pants and watching Friends all day. I just couldn’t do it. I could not do one more thing. So, maybe you’re going through some life circumstances. The third thing I want to talk about is, potentially, you’re depressed. When I talk about those life circumstances, I really do think that’s what was going on with me, a case of situational depression. If you are suffering from depression, whether it’s situational, clinical, whatever it is, decluttering is going to be very hard, if you’re not also getting treatment for your depression.   Tonya – Definitely.   Kathi – I know that we get this question all the time, and we had one person come on recently, who said, “For six days, I haven’t done any decluttering.” I can understand that can be stuck. So, that’s probably more, “I’m overwhelmed personally.” Overwhelmed by life circumstances? Just look at what’s going on in your life. If that is really tough for you, maybe now is not the time to declutter. Or, if you have to declutter, ‘cause there are other pressures coming on, we’re going to give you some tools that you can do right now. Tonya, what would be the first thing you’d say to somebody if they’re overwhelmed personally, or by life decisions? What would you say is the first step they should take?   Tonya – Well, this is going to sound counterintuitive, but the number one step is, you have to be kind. You’ve got to be kind to yourself. I think we do ourselves no favors when we start spinning out of control in our heads about how lazy we are. We go into judgement and it just feeds that cycle. I used to tell people, “Just start. Open a drawer and just start with your drawer. Just get into action, ‘cause the sooner you’re into action, the better it is to maintain that momentum.” That is still true, but I think you have to start off with kindness. Don’t expect to finish the whole kitchen in a day. You have to set out with that loving expectation that that drawer is enough.   Kathi – It’s very punishing to say, “I made this mess over the past several years, but now I have to clean it all up today.”   Tonya – Right! Talking about situational depression and circumstances. As you know, due to some health concerns with one of my girls, we had to completely redo our pantry situation. We had to get all the food out of the house and we had to bring in totally new food. I remember, it took me a couple of weeks to think about planning to do it. I’d look at the pantry, and initially, this made me feel like a heartless mom, but I’d look and all I would see would be the money that had been spent to stock the pantry to where it was. Then I felt bad. “I’m a terrible mom. I care about money more than I care about my child’s health, blah blah blah.” Then, I’d be so exhausted over that mental exercise that I’d want to go take a nap.   Kathi – Right! I, one hundred percent, get that. I do.   Tonya – So, I had to emotionally overcome all of that guilt and go, “You know what? This isn’t about the past. This isn’t about the future.” ‘cause that’s the other place I went. “What if things change in a month and she can eat this food again?” Well, you know what? I’ve got right now. Then I started to get into action. I remember, I said, “I’m just going to tackle the top shelf.” I set a timer and in fifteen minutes, Kathi, because I’ve been living a clutter free life, I got through three shelves.   Kathi – Oh my, goodness. That’s amazing.   Tonya – My pantry is only four shelves and a drawer, so in fifteen minutes, I got the three shelves. I may as well finish it.   Kathi – Absolutely.   Tonya – Then I was so excited. Food is kept in about three places in my kitchen, so I’m like, “Well, let me just tackle the other two cabinets.” It was done in under an hour, and I felt so good.   Kathi – I love that. Don’t you feel that, when we get stuck in a rut, so often, we’re living in the past or the future?   Tonya – Yes.   Kathi – “I spent so much money on it.” Or “What if I could use this someday?” So there’s past thinking, there’s future thinking, and we’re completely ignoring the present. That’s why we keep things like the weird Japanese crackers that nobody is going to eat, but we spent money on them and it’s like, “Well, maybe, someday I’ll have a Japanese themed dinner.” Right? We do these mental aerobics to try to get to a place where we could say, “I could use this.” I don’t think many of us were raised by depression era parents, but we are living their lives over again. So, I love your first step. Be kind. Second of all, I’m going to be very self-serving here. Go join Clutter Free Academy on Facebook.   Tonya – Yes!   Kathi – One, you will start to get brainwashed, in the very best way.   Tonya – You know why else, Kathi, I will say to join Clutter Free Academy? If you can’t be kind to yourself, we’ll be kind to you, for you.   Kathi – It’s true. We will teach you to be kind to yourself. Lots of people don’t have any practice in that. It’s just so true. Here’s the other question I have. We’ve got Be Kind, Clutter Free Academy, Accountability. How has accountability been what you needed in your life, when it comes to getting unstuck?   Tonya – So, you know this, I’m a stunt person. That’s why I love your books. They’re short term challenges. They tell me what to do. They boss me around. I need that in my life. So, for me, there’s just something to be said for being able to, and I do this in our group, I love that our members do it, but take a picture. I took a picture of our kitchen table the other day. I work from my kitchen table now, and I’ve noticed that over the course of the day, I tend to pile up stuff to the right hand side. I’m a lefty.   Kathi – Oh, interesting.   Tonya – It looks horrible by the end of the day. What’ll happen is, I’ll tell myself, right, that I can do it later. By Friday, it’s a scary sight. But, I can post a picture and can say, “This is my mission for today.” Even if I get side tracked, in our community of ten thousand people, somebody over the course of the day is going to be, “Hey Tonya. How’s that going?   Kathi – Yes!   Tonya – And I go, “Oh, yeah! I was really passionate about that at four o’clock this morning. It’s 2pm. I forgot.” Then, what am I supposed to say? Am I supposed to pretend I’m not there? No. I’m like, “Oh, let me tidy this up really quick.” Snap another picture. “Hey, look what I did!”   Kathi – I love it so much. Yeah, accountability. There are two ways to use accountability. Motivation or shame. So, I don’t want you using it for shame. “If you see me on Facebook, throw tomatoes at me.” No! I don’t want that. Only have accountability with people who celebrate with you. Those are the people you want holding you accountable.   Tonya – Exactly.   Kathi – Yes. By the way, when you’re going through this and you realize, “I cannot declutter because I see the signs of depression.” And we’re going to put a link in the notes. “These are the signs of depression.” We want you to get help. I feel like so many people, the first time they realize that maybe they’re suffering from depression is when they look around their house and they see so much stuff piling up. If depression is the reason you are not able to take care of your clutter, one, know that you’re not alone. This is very common and it’s a very common telltale sign. Two, there are people who want to help and there are places that want to help, so we’ll link to some of those resources in there. If it’s because you’re just overwhelmed. I shouldn’t say ‘just’ because overwhelmed is overwhelmed, but there are steps. So, we want you to be kind to yourself. If you don’t know how to be kind to yourself, come join Clutter Free Academy. We’ll teach you how to be kind to yourself. Accountability. The last thing is, I want you to give yourself a reason to declutter. Do you want to have a peaceful home? Do you want to have a place where you can dance in your kitchen? Somebody was talking about that today. I love that. Do you want to be able to have friends over and be in community without having to overhaul your entire house? Give yourself a reason. Put a Post-it note up there. Keep yourself focused. Not a shaming reason, but a freedom reason. I love this, Tonya.   Tonya – Really quickly, do you know what I love about what you just said?   Kathi – What’s that?   Tonya – Well, you talk about giving yourself a reason. What it really comes down to is, you need to remind yourself, if you’ve forgotten, or inform yourself, if you don’t truly know, but: You deserve a clutter free life! I think when we get in that rut, we start to feel like we don’t deserve nice things. We don’t deserve a nice space. We don’t deserve peace in our home. That’s not true.   Kathi – That’s not true. Everybody deserves a place of peace, where they can lay their head at night. Absolutely. Tonya, thank you for coming on and sharing with me. I’m so excited about the rest of this month.   Tonya – Me too. I love the ‘how to’ series.   Kathi – Friends, thank you for joining us. I think you’re really going to love everything we’re talking about this month.  You’ve been listening to Clutter Free Academy. I’m Kathi Lipp with Tonya Kubo. Now, go create the clutter free life you were always intended to live.     <>   *see show notes in podcast post above for any mentioned items         #406: How do I Get Unstuck from My Clutter Rut?
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