Have you ever wished you could think your way to a tidy home? After all, you know the vision of the way you want your home to be, so why is it so difficult to get it.
The reality is, even if you declutter, without the right mindsets around stuff and a few simple habits to help you create better systems and routines, your home will more than likely become messy again.
That's because our mindsets not only control our thoughts, but our actions.
The good news is that you can create better...
If you've struggled to declutter in the past, it's likely you had some negative mindsets holding you back. Your mindset and how you think about decluttering or letting things go can make or break your decluttering success.
Shining a light on what's holding you back is important because you cannot change something unless you know what you want to change. But, once you've uncovered the problem you need the solution.
That's where these strategies come in. From not knowing where to start to...
You want to declutter. You know it will make a positive difference in your home or life. So, why is it so hard and why do you resist it so much?
The answer is that you are running up against a decluttering roadblock. These are mental blocks that keep us from decluttering and detaching from our things. Some of them you may already understand you're facing, but some may be trickier; lurking in the recess of your mind without you really knowing they are in your way.
The first step to making...
Is it possible to declutter and live a more simple life without being wasteful?
This was a question asked to me by Wendy recently in my private Wannabe Minimalist Family Community (click here if you want to join). And it’s a common question that a lot of us face on our journey to better lives with less stuff.
After we get over the urge to buy, spend, and add more to our lives and in our homes, the guilt of having spent so much over the years and the idea of just tossing it all can get...
Have you struggled to declutter and organize your home and life in the past? Perhaps you were just using the wrong techniques. Just like we all have different innate personalities, there are ways to tidy up that come more naturally to each person.
Along my journey to living a better life with less stuff, I have discovered two main ways people declutter and organize the stuff the own, the spaces they live in, and their social lives.
The first is editing the stuff you have by removing the...
Do you watch those Tiny Living shows on HGTV or browse tiny homes on Instagram and dream of living small yourself? The homes look so quaint and relaxing and the people living in them swear they are like a secret to finding happiness.
I have always been curious about the movement myself and wanted to see what it was really like.
The best way to see what it’s like is to try it on for size and that’s exactly what we did!This summer I embarked on a tiny living experiment with my husband, our...
If clutter is causing stress in your home - and let’s face it, the science shows us that clutter makes it more difficult to relax, unwind and enjoy our time together - then it’s time to deal with it. But, with our already busy schedules, finding time to declutter and organize our homes is difficult to say the least.
Time is our most precious asset. And it’s important to everyone. No matter where you are from, or how much money you have, or how big your family is, or what you want out of...
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Clutter makes us a bit crazy. When we look around our homes and there is stuff everywhere it’s impossible to relax. There’s a pile in the living room to deal with, laundry to fold and put away, the kitchen counter is loaded up with stuff, and the toys…don’t even get me started on the toys. Somehow they end up EVERYWHERE!
All of this exterior clutter adds to a whole lot of mental clutter too.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to why...
Imagine this…you’re decluttering your home and pick up an object that you’re not really attached to. You haven’t used recently and it doesn’t really spark joy so you’re planning to donate it. But then, your mind suddenly stops you and you hear a voice asking, “but, what if I need it?”
In that moment you find yourself running through all kinds of scenarios when this object will be the one thing you need on a very specific day (that to be honest probably won’t happen), but now you are second...
How would you feel if someone popped over to your home for a visit right this minute? Did you break out in a panicky sweat. No worries if you did because today’s episode is walking you through 5 simple steps to get your home under control super fast.
Of course at the time this is released, we’re just coming out of a crazy year. I, like a lot of people, have not hosted guests or visitors to my home in over a year so to say my home is in a state of comfort is an understatement. There are more...
I have a confession to make…I’m a challenge junkie. Not sure what it is about them, but having a goal and a group to cheer me on, gives me the motivation I need to make the changes that I deep down want to make, but struggle to complete on my own.
It’s probably one of the biggest reasons I created my blog, LittleGreenBow.com and the Wannabe Minimalist podcast - so I would have accountability to see my commitments through.
And after a VERY long year, it’s time to get over the Fatigue (yes,...
It’s no secret that this last year has been a doozy. Almost everyone’s world has been turned upside down. Some have definitely been more affected than others and we’re all dealing with Covid and the current fatigue in different ways.
But, even without a global pandemic, it’s easy for life to get out of control and to feel overwhelmed by all of the stuff we’ve accumulated over the years, calendars that feel over-scheduled, and a never ending to-do list.
And no judgement here because I was...
Have you struggled to keep your home tidy, but seem to have stuff spilling out and overwhelming you and your family? Maybe you want to declutter, but it just seems like to much. You’ve let stuff pile up too long and now you’re not sure what to do.
If that sounds familiar, you’re probably suffering from procrastination clutter.
You’ve been putting it off and avoiding it because you really just don’t want to do it or the idea of facing your clutter leaves you stressed out.
But the truth...
Have you ever wondered how some people keep their homes neat and tidy while you struggle with putting things away? A lot of it has to do with the mindsets you carry with you.
When I first started out on my minimalism journey, I wondered how some people seemed to be just naturally neat and organized. You see, if you have just met me, you might think that I am one of those people…but I’ll let you in on a little secret…I used to be messy. And there are still times in my life - like when work...
Did you catch THE interview with Meghan, Harry, and Oprah this week? With over 28 million viewers on Sunday night between the UK and US, I am sure you have at least heard rumblings of it by now.
The thing that stuck out to me was how Meghan said she felt trapped. It struck a cord because I understood how she felt. I felt like that too at one point.
Listening to the interview was a reminder that none of us ever knows what’s really going on in someone’s life. They could seem like they have...
With the upcoming launch my newest course, Vibrant Home Academy, I realized there was one aspect of the course I had not talked about much on this podcast.
And I think that’s because it’s not a topic that is generally thought of as minimalist.
It’s that of meal planning.
Maybe we’re not going to cut down on the number of meals we eat each day, but we can be more intentional about how we plan what we eat without it taking forever and costing a fortune.
So, how does one meal plan like a...
This time of year I hear so many questions about decorating and gift giving. And of course I totally get it! I look at these beautiful homes on Instagram and Pinterest and wonder just how they do it too. So I thought why not act like a detective and figure out how to make our homes look great for the holidays, keep them neat, and not feel like we’re being miserly like Scrooge.
And even though this episode focuses on decorating like a minimalist for the holidays, don’t think I forgot about...
The holiday season means so many things to each of us. It’s a chance to connect with loved ones, eat delicious food, and give and receive presents. It’s also a great time to unwind and reflect on the past year. I am sure you are as ready as I am for 2020 to be DONE.
However, in most years, the holiday season can be super hectic and I am sure I’m not the only one who has spent a small fortune on gifts in the past between family, friends, kids, co-workers, teachers, neighbors…and on and on....
With COVID cases rising all over the county and world, you may have decided to change your plans for Halloween last minute. Or perhaps you hadn’t planned to do anything special, but now that it’s just around the corner, you decided you wanted to be festive, but need easy ideas you can whip up without much effort.
No worries! I’ve got your back.
I’ve made a list of things you can put together with an easy grocery store run or just by looking around your home. We’ll look at decor, costumes,...
It’s no secret that the world feels pretty crazy these days. In fact, I was pretty down in the dumps a few weeks ago. It was just getting to be too much.
As busy moms, we’ve already got so much on our plates in the best of times and now with EVERYTHING else that is 2020, it’s hard to stay sane.
Not only do we have the coronavirus, it feels like the whole world is falling apart. In the U.S. we have the politicalization of mask wearing, a no-holds-barred election (even local races are...
Are you a parent wanting to declutter your kids’ things, but not sure the right way to do it? Maybe you have sentimental children who don’t want to let anything go. Or maybe you’re sentimental and have a hard time decluttering too. Or perhaps your home is bursting at the seams and it’s just time for a change and less stuff.
No matter what you are facing, you are not alone.
While I was on my minimalist journey before having a child, like most parenting advice…it completely changed one I...
There’s been so much talk of home organization recently with the new Get Organized with The Home Edit show on Netflix, but there are some critical steps that you don’t get to see behind the scenes.
Most of us have used decluttering and organizing interchangeably in the past. We think we declutter when we just organize all of our stuff. Or we say we’re getting organized when we are really sorting though our belongings, but not grouping or categorizing them. But, as I have continued to dive...
One of the struggles many people face is finding happiness on our journey in life. I’m no different and that is why I was so excited to have a real conversation with Shannon Wolfe about what led her to minimalism and how she is finding happiness while throwing out perfection.
Think about it this way…have you ever struggled with imposter syndrome or feeling like a fraud? I have.
I tell people I am a minimalist, but then fear being judged because my house might have less stuff in it than a...
It’s day 16 of a month-long Home Revolution Decluttering and Cleaning Challenge.
A group of us are decluttering our homes for 14 days and following it up with 14 days of deep cleaning. It’s all in an effort to start loving our homes again.
This has been quite the year and with so much out of our control it’s time we took back our homes to show them who’s boss.
So, what were the takeaways from the first half of the challenge where we decluttered our spaces. Well, there are 6 major lessons...
You’ve heard about capsule wardrobes, but have you ever tried one yourself? Maybe you love clothes and think a capsule wardrobe is too restrictive. Or maybe your life is filled with so many different activities you’d make a super hero’s head spin with all the outfit changes and you have no idea where to start.
But, the good news is that capsule wardrobes are the opposite of restrictive and in fact give you the freedom to really enjoy everything in your closet. They also help corral the...