Episodes
Published 12/07/22
The holidays are a super busy time of year. Not only is another year winding down, there are additional expectations of holiday festivities, decorations, school functions, travel, parties to attend, gifts to purchase, and everything else we put on ourselves from November through December. One of the best ways to deal with the extra pressure of the holiday season is to have good time management. This ensures you can properly plan and follow through with your plans instead of pressing out,...
Published 12/07/22
Decluttering is important for a lot of reasons, not just because of the effect it has on our mental well-being. More and more research is coming out about how clutter also has a significant impact on our wallets and our relationships. We know clutter can lead to wasted money because it's usually one of the first reactions I hear when I help people go through their stuff. They look at all the money that was wasted on the items now in storage, heading to the donation center, or worse, headed...
Published 11/30/22
Decluttering is an emotional minefield. Some things are easy to declutter and we can move through the process quickly at times. Then there are other items that we just cannot bring ourselves to let go of even if that item is: brokennot functionalugly according to everyone elsenot monetarily valuable There’s an emotional reason we’re holding onto it and it takes much longer for us to sort through these things and purge. My guests on the podcast today are skilled in this area because they’ve...
Published 11/23/22
We live in a fast-paced, stuff-driven society. Even if you're not a minimalist, it's impossible to miss. The truth is though that it's easy to get caught up in keeping up with everyone around us, buy into the marketing messages, let life get away from us and forget what's truly important. When we get overwhelmed by it all minimalism can be a lifesaver - especially for busy parents.  By decluttering your life and your home, you can not only let go of the stuff, but you'll let go of the stress...
Published 11/16/22
Let’s talk about self care. How good are you at it? If you’re like the majority of moms, the answer is clear. We’re not good at it! In fact, a joint survey done by HealthyWomen and Working Mother, reports that 78% of moms say they put off taking care of their own health because they’re too busy looking after the needs of their loved ones. I’d like to say I’m shocked, but I too have been in that 78% (although I am actively working on creating a better balance). And that very large number is...
Published 11/09/22
Are you looking forward to the holiday season? The song tells us that it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but I think most families - especially busy moms - would tell you that’s a bunch of baloney. In fact according to a 2019 study, 88% of Americans feel the holidays are the most stressful time of the year. From all of the obligations we feel like we need to attend to, the decorations to put up, the traveling to family, the gifts to buy, and all the clutter we tend to accumulate, it’s...
Published 11/02/22
Would you love to minimize the product in your bathroom - specifically the products in you makeup bag? Turns out you can apply a lot of the same aspects of a capsule wardrobe to you makeup bag and skin care products. The reality is that once you understand what colors look best on you and you embrace your lifestyle, it’s much easier to curate the products that work best and declutter those that are not right for you. Just like with your clothes. But, since makeup is not my area of expertise,...
Published 10/26/22
You’ve probably noticed that, when your home is filled with clutter, things are not the best - you have a difficult time concentrating, you don't feel at peace in your space, or even enjoy spending time in your home. And that’s sad because your home should be your sanctuary. The best remedy for a messy home is decluttering the items you no longer want, need, or use. But, I can already hear the rebuttals…”I already have a thousand things on my plate. I am so overwhelmed and busy that there is...
Published 10/19/22
We’ve all been there… A long day that wore our patience down, the house was a mess again, and then suddenly something our family member does triggers us and sends us spinning. Before we know it, anger has gotten the best of us, we’ve yelled, lashed out, and probably said something we didn't mean. It’s not our finest moment as a parent and although we cannot go back in time, we can apologize and work on being more mindful so we react better in the future. My guest this week is well versed in...
Published 10/12/22
Minimalism has many benefits. I have found that to be true in my life and my home. Some of these benefits (that get a lot of attention) include: a home that’s easier to cleanan aesthetically beautiful homethe ease of living in a home with lessbeing able to have people over and not worry about a mess But, there are also other benefits. Perhaps even more important benefits like the impact buying less has on the environment. And these benefits are encapsulated in the topic of sustainable...
Published 10/05/22
Who says Halloween has to be filled with plastic trinkets, decorations, and disposable costumes to be fun? Not me! The sad fact is that on average, Americans buy $3.4 billion worth of costumes every year and most of those will be thrown out after just one use. In the UK, an estimated 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated from throwaway Halloween costumes. The decor that we collectively put up in our homes isn’t much better. Between Halloween and New Year’s, Americans throw away 25% more...
Published 09/29/22
For a long time women have been fed messages that they can (and need to) “bounce back” after pregnancy. It’s as if growing a human is a temporary inconvenience and your body should snap back into place like a rubber band that has been stretched out and is now allowed to recoil freely. At most, we’re told that things should be “back to normal” at 6 weeks after birth, but for many women that is not the case. In fact, the frightening statistic is that “in 2018, there were 17 maternal deaths for...
Published 09/22/22
When I talk with people about living with less and decluttering, a lot of the conversations end up coming back to money - whether it’s spending it or saving it. And it’s not surprising. There are a lot of similarities when it comes to the stuff in our home. Savers might have less items or choose to DIY more. Spenders often have more decor or seasonal items, trendier pieces or just more in general. Often feeling overwhelmed by our stuff goes hand in hand with feeling stressed about the number...
Published 09/15/22
Are you the parent to a strong-willed child? Guess what…that’s actually a good thing. Hear me out...even though strong-willed kids are spirited and courageous, they strive to learn things for themselves instead of just accepting what others say. While we know deep down that these are great qualities as they grow up and become more self-sufficient young adults, it can be extremely challenging for parents to be continually challenged. It’s hard to be patient and parents of strong-willed...
Published 09/08/22
How many times have you wanted to declutter a space, but have given up before it even starts because it just seemed like such a big task that it felt too overwhelming. Yeah, I think we’ve all been there. But, I am here to tell you the days of a giant, all-day declutter sesh are over!! I mean sure…if you're a glutton for punishment and you want to spend your whole weekend digging through dusty boxes, who am I to stop you. However, your future self (not to mention your family) will love you for...
Published 09/01/22
Wanna hear something crazy? The fashion industry is accountable for 8%–10% of overall greenhouse gas emissions. Wow! That’s a big impact our closets and shopping habits are making. The good news is that we can do something about it. That’s one of the reasons I am so passionate about capsule wardrobes. They are a total win-win. They help you: make it easier to get dressed everydayfind your personal stylelove what you ownlive with lesssuffer less decision fatigue and analysis paralysisAnd on...
Published 08/25/22
Kids…they make life amazing and I, for one, am thrilled that I get to be a parent. But, that doesn't always mean it’s easy. Especially because most of us go into it without any idea of what we are in for. There is no manual or game plan that you’re handed when you become a parent. Sure, there are books to read and parent groups you can join, and while those things make it easier, we can still be left wondering if we are doing the right things for our kids. That’s why I am excited to be...
Published 08/18/22
With conversations about mental health on the rise, it’s incredibly important that we start helping our children learn how to recognize their emotions early in life. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder. That number is just staggering, and the trend has been on the rise for a while, so it’s up to us parents to give our children - and ourselves the tools to help us cope. That’s why I am...
Published 08/11/22
Links mentioned in this episode (some may be affiliate links): Get more show notes and ALL THE LINKS at wannabeclutterfree.com/112 Back-to-School Checklist - Make sure you’re well prepared for the year ahead (and organize your home a bit too!) Tidy Home Academy - If you’re seriously ready to take your home & life to the next level, Tidy Home Academy can help you get there. In this on-demand video course, you will learn how to let go of everything holding you back, organize what you love...
Published 08/04/22
Links mentioned in this episode (some may be affiliate links): Get all the show notes and all of the links at wannabeclutterfree.com/111 Wannabe Clutter Free Summer Sale Dr. Hank’s Website Books: The Burnout Cure & The Assertiveness Guide for Women Follow Dr. Julie Hanks on Instagram Wannabe Minimalist Facebook Group - come join the community filled with amazing people just like you who are on their journey toward a better life with less stuff. Follow Deanna on Pinterest Follow Deanna on...
Published 07/28/22
Links mentioned in this episode (some may be affiliate links): Get all the show notes and all of the links at wannabeclutterfree.com/110 Wannabe Clutter Free Summer Sale Jenn’s Website Follow Jenn Trepeck on Instagram Salad with a Side of Fries Podcast Salad with a Side of Fries Facebook Group Salad with a Side of Fries Instagram Jenn's Calendly to book a FREEBIE wellness discovery call Wannabe Minimalist Facebook Group - come join the community filled with amazing people just like you who...
Published 07/21/22
Did you know that 70% of girls believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way? That’s a pretty tough statistic to swallow as a mom to a daughter myself. But, what if I told you that we can help increase our daughter’s self esteem and confidence with empowering conversations. It’s true and it’s why I reached out to our guest for this week’s podcast episode. Dr. Michelle Deering is a Mother Daughter Relationship Personal Trainer who believes that every mother and...
Published 07/14/22
What if I told you that you can declutter this summer and it doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking? It’s true! We all hear about spring cleaning, but summer is a great time to declutter. The weather is nice so you feel more productive. The days are longer so you don't have to be so rushed. And you can get your kids to help without having so many demands on your time like you do throughout the school year. But there are easier ways to clear clutter and it all starts with knowing the best...
Published 07/07/22
If you’ve wanted your home to run smoother, make lasting changes in your life, or just get more done - finding the right routine might be the little thing that’s missing. Routines and habits are one of the things I resisted in my life for way too long and I am almost embarrassed by how long it took me to figure out that routines are the things that make life easier - not harder or boring. However, routines can be tricky to set up and we don't always get it right the first time. But, once...
Published 06/30/22