The Simple Home

By Jenna Arvidson

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On The Simple Home Podcast, Jenna Arvidson from athomewithkids.com, provides practical solutions for busy families looking to live a simple life. Simple-living is more than just getting rid of the clutter in your home. It's about letting go of expectations, creating routines and systems that work for your family, living intentionally, and using your time and money for what matters most. Jenna talks about minimalism, simple parenting, money and time management, along with other relevant content for busy moms looking for a better way. She shares her conversations with others who are on their own journey to a lighter, more joyful life. If you've ever felt like you don't have time to enjoy motherhood because of the constant to-do's and overwhelm that comes with, then this podcast was created just for you.

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128: SHR Workshop Day 4
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Jul 08, 2022
127-SHR Workshop Day 3
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Jul 01, 2022
126: SHR Workshop Day 2
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Jun 24, 2022
125: Simple Home Reset Workshop Day 1
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Jun 17, 2022
124: How to Stay Organized as Your Seasons Change (Encore)
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Trying to stay organized as the seasons of life change is challenging, especially if you have kids.

 

The amount of stuff that comes into our lives on a daily basis is almost mind blowing sometimes. 

 

One of my biggest struggles in motherhood is being able to manage the different kinds of clutter as my family grows and changes. On top of the clutter, our routines are always changing as well. If you can relate to this, you’re going to love this episode of The Simple Home Podcast. 

 

Laurie Palau, the owner of Simply B Organized, is a professional organizer who helps families all over the nation with her clutter clinics as well as helps other professional organizers build and grow their businesses. 

 

She talks with us today about how to manage clutter and stay organized as your life seasons change. 

 

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  • Where to start if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the whole process of decluttering. 
  • Why organization is very dependent on processes. 
  • How to stay organized as your family grows.

 

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Jun 10, 2022
123: Groupthink and Following the Crowd
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May 20, 2022
122: Organized, Curated, and Clutter Free Toy Space Your Whole Family Will Love (Encore)
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May 13, 2022
121: Creating Zones and Boundaries
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May 07, 2022
120: Sustainability and Living YOUR Dreams (Interview with Michael from In Over My Head Podcast)
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Apr 29, 2022
119: Make Your Own Decisions
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Apr 22, 2022
118: Micro Changes = Big Changes
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In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we talk about the theory of Kaizn and how making micro changes can change your life. 

Kaizn, is a theory that originated in the 1940’s. During a time when many factories in America needed to make improvements in order to be successful. Factory owners were encouraged to make small changes for continuous improvement rather than a complete overhaul of the factory. This proved to be incredibly successful and was then taught to the Japanese in order to help their economy bounce back after World War 2. The Japanese named the theory Kaizn, meaning continuous improvement. 

This theory can be applied to our lives as well. It’s not just a powerful strategy for large corporations. 

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Apr 15, 2022
117: Creating Consistency in Your Life and Motherhood (Interview with Cason from Her Pursuit Podcast)
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In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I talk with Cason from Her Pursuit Podcast.  We discuss motherhood, simplicity, and finding consistency.

Cason is a mom of three who has a heart for helping moms get unstuck. We all struggle in motherhood. It's the nature of raising humans. But we don't have to do it alone. Cason has a gift for sharing insightful tips for simplicity, routines, time management, but most of all, she's genuine on sharing her struggles in order to help mom's feel connected

As you listen to this episode, choose one tip to focus on this week and gradually add more as you are able. 

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More about Cason:
Cason is a wife, girl mom of 3, Jesus follower, speaker, and mentor.

Cason helps moms simplify routines to create more time for themselves. She is the host of a top ranked podcast for moms, Her Pursuit.

Cason wants moms to create an intentional life they're proud of so that they can live with purpose and confidence. She believes when we partner with God and take tiny steps of action, our lives will be transformed and reflect the abundant life God promises us, regardless of our season in motherhood.


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Apr 08, 2022
116: Parenting Without Yelling, Bribing, and Threatening (Interview with Lindsay from the Parenting with Lindsay Podcast)
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In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I talk with Lindsay about positive parenting and how to implement strategies that benefit both the parent and the child.

Having effective strategies to help ease the hardest moments of parenting are invaluable. Lindsay shares her wisdom with us on connecting with our children through discipline that builds relationship. Positive parenting has become somewhat of a buzz word, but before I really started talking with experts in the field, I had a misconception of what it meant. Positive parenting is not passive parenting (which may be the biggest misconception) and it's not a parenting "easy button".  Lindsay provides us with practical strategies to use throughout our parenting journey. Strategies that work and create a positive relationship with our kids while holding firm limits. You are going to love this episode!

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Apr 01, 2022
115: Seasonal Minimalism
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In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we'll chat about the idea of seasonal minimalism and how it can help us live more intentionally.

I recently read an article that was talking about the idea of living seasonally. I had never really heard this concept before so it got me thinking. The article was talking about how our lives might be simpler if we allowed ourselves to live in the present season. I started thinking about how I can apply this to my life and I came up with this idea of seasonal minimalism or having a minimalist approach to each season that I wanted to share with you. When I talk about seasons here, I mean both the actual season as in time of year and the season of life you're in, such as newly married, raising young kids, raising teenagers, empty nesters, ect. 

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Mar 28, 2022
114: Detox Your Whole House With Megan Mikkelsen (Enchore)
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In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we'll learn all about toxin free living and how to make simple swaps in our homes. 

This is an area I've been interested in for a long time, but it's always felt too hard to make the switch to living toxin free. Then I met Megan and she showed me just how easy it can be to detox your house. She is an expert in this realm and gives you so much of her wisdom in this episode!

As you listen to this episode, choose one tip to focus on this week and gradually add more as you are able. 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast Megan will walk you through each major space in your home and help you make easy, healthy, and toxin free changes. 

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Mar 18, 2022
Episode 113- Life Hacks for Busy Moms (Enchore)
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"Busy isn't a lifestyle, it's a choice." The Minimalists

 

Do you ever find yourself repeating the same thing over and over when someone asks how you're doing? "It's been busy." "We've just been busy." "It's been a busy few weeks."

It's become a badge of honor to be busy and still act like we've got it altogether. I want to give you permission to choose a different way. To trade busy for intentional. Take things off your plate and organize the things that remain. 

This week on The Simple Home Podcast I talk to Laura from The Mama System to help us do just that. As a mother of 10, she's had to systematize her daily routines and set her priorities. She teaches us how to create the right systems and routines that fit our lifestyles and our families right now. 

You're going to love her life hacks for moms that will get you on the road to feeling less busy! 

 

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Other episodes you might enjoy 

 

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Mar 11, 2022
Episode 112: 30 Habits of Organized People
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In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we'll discuss the habits and routines of highly organized people.

I've spent years trying to simplify every aspect of my life and each season brings new challenges. Learning to organize in a way that works for me and my life has made all the difference when it comes to feeling lighter. 

As you listen to this episode, choose one tip to focus on this week and gradually add more as you are able. 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast I go through 30 habits of organized people I've learned from those who are naturally organized, unlike myself.

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Mar 04, 2022
Episode 111- How Simpler Living Makes Impacts Kids, Family Life, And Ourselves (Interview with Denaye from Simple Families- Encore)
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In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we'll discuss simplicity in parenting and how living with less impacts our whole family.

Denaye Barahona, author and podcaster, shares her wisdom with us around simple parenting. We discuss many important topics and shed light on letting go of what is expected and just slowing down. 

As you listen to this episode, choose one tip to focus on this week and gradually add more as you are able. 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast Denaye will teach you how and why it's so important to let go and live with less.

  • You'll learn why kids need less stuff and less stuff on their schedules.
  • You'll learn how to parent with less fear.
  • You'll learn how to get kids involved in day to day household chores and when to get started.
  • We'll talk about the importance of unstructured play and how to make it happen.
  • Plus lots more!

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Feb 24, 2022
110: Productivity Tips That Create More Time In Your Day
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In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, you'll learn how to be productive without adding to your schedule.

Cara Harvey, quthor of The 15 Minute Formula and host of The Purpose Driven Mom Podcast, will walk you through her productivity process and teach you how to let go of the "busy badge". Being more productive doesn't have to mean doing more. Cara's approach to productivity is different than most and provides much needed relief to overwhelmed moms. 

As you listen to this episode, choose one tip to focus on this week and gradually add more as you are able. 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast Cara Harvey will teach you how to create more time in your day through intentional time blocking.

  • You'll learn about Monday Mentality 
  • We'll dive into time blocking - what is it and how it is more helpful than hourly scheduling. 
  • The 3 types of time blocks you suggest moms make? 
  • How and why we should theme our time blocks? 
  • 3 blocks moms need to add in.
  • What a Microwave Minute is and how can it help us maximize our time.

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Feb 17, 2022
109: Declutter Your House Series- Garage and Storage Areas
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In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we'll get the clutter out of your garage!

The garage or any other storage space are usually home to lots of stuff! That's what makes it such a large project to tackle. In the US, 82% of homes have a garage, but only 15% of people park in them. In the UK, 53% of homes have garages, and only 23% of people park in them. (according to an article published by BBC) I'm guessing this is a trend in many other parts of the world as well and might have something to do with all the stuff we house in our garages. 

Over the next week or so, I want you to use these tips to declutter and organize your closet and bedroom so you have a relaxing space to start and end each day.

Each week of this series, we'll take on a new space in your home. By the end of this series you'll feel lighter and more peaceful in your home. Plus you'll have the skills you need to work through other spaces as well as maintain the clutter free home you've created.  Take a deep breath and take one step at a time. You'll never regret the time it takes to simplify and you'll get the time back tenfold once you're done!

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast we'll talk about strategies to declutter and organize your kitchen!

  • You'll learn how to get started with clearing out the clutter in your garage.
  • I'll give you tips for going through the stuff in a way that works for you.
  • How to organize the garage so things are easy to find.
  • What to think about when decluttering and organizing your garage.
  • How to manage the active and storage spaces in your garage.
  • We'll declutter our garages and storage spaces  together!

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Feb 10, 2022
108-Declutter Your House- Closet and Bedroom
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In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we'll tackle a challenging and rewarding space in your house; your closet and bedroom!

If this is your first episode of the "Declutter Your House" series, please go back and listen to a few of the previous episodes to get started. The closet tends to be a very challenging area to declutter and should not be the first place you tackle (unless you're super confident!)

Over the next week or so, I want you to use these tips to declutter and organize your closet and bedroom so you have a relaxing space to start and end each day.

Each week of this series, we'll take on a new space in your home. By the end of this series you'll feel lighter and more peaceful in your home. Plus you'll have the skills you need to work through other spaces as well as maintain the clutter free home you've created.  Take a deep breath and take one step at a time. You'll never regret the time it takes to simplify and you'll get the time back tenfold once you're done!

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast we'll talk about strategies to declutter and organize your kitchen!

  • You'll learn how to get started with clearing out the excess clothes in your closet.
  • I'll give you tips for determining the best size wardrobe for you.
  • We'll discuss how to keep your bedroom a peaceful space.
  • We'll declutter our bedrooms and closets together!

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Feb 03, 2022
107- Declutter Your House- Bathroom Episode
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In this episode you're going to put your decluttering skills to work in your bathroom! 

The bathroom gets a bad rap. It's often our least favorite place to clean due to obvious grossness and we keep a lot of little things that can be difficult to organize in this space. However, we also spend a lot of time in the bathroom. 

Over the next week or so, I want you to use these tips to declutter and organize your bathroom so you can enjoy all the daily activities that go on in there. 

Each week of this series, we'll take on a new space in your home. By the end of this series you'll feel lighter and more peaceful in your home. Plus you'll have the skills you need to work through other spaces as well as maintain the clutter free home you've created.  Take a deep breath and take one step at a time. You'll never regret the time it takes to simplify and you'll get the time back tenfold once you're done!

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast we'll talk about strategies to declutter and organize your kitchen!

  • We'll talk about why the bathroom is one of the easiest rooms to declutter.  
  • Easy organization tips that will make your bathroom feel more spacious and easier to clean.
  • I'll share my thoughts on "how many ______ do you actually need."
  • We'll declutter our bathrooms together!

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Jan 27, 2022
106: Declutter Your House- Kitchen Episode
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Today's the day to tackle the clutter in your kitchen! 

You spend most of your time in or around your kitchen. This is a very active space in your house. As you start to declutter and organize this space remember it has many uses and each one is probably very important to you. You cook, you pay the bills, you help kids with homework, maybe you even get a little dancing in!

Over the next week or so, I want you to use these tips to declutter and organize your kitchen so you can enjoy all the daily activities that go on in there. 

Each week of this series, we'll take on a new space in your home. By the end of this series you'll feel lighter and more peaceful in your home. Plus you'll have the skills you need to work through other spaces as well as maintain the clutter free home you've created.  Take a deep breath and take one step at a time. You'll never regret the time it takes to simplify and you'll get the time back tenfold once you're done!

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast we'll talk about strategies to declutter and organize your kitchen!

  • I'll tell you how I organize my groceries without a pantry.
  • We'll talk about counter space and where to put your stuff.
  • I'll share my thoughts on "how many ______ do you actually need."
  • We'll declutter our kitchens together!

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Jan 20, 2022
105: Introduction to the Declutter Your House Series
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Do you ever look around your house and think, "Where should I start?"

You're not alone! Sometimes that's what keeps us from starting. The friction of not knowing where to begin can keep you from making any stride at all. Well, let's go ahead and take away that friction. 

Over the next few weeks we'll work our way through your house, room by room, decluttering and organizing each space. 

By the end of this series you'll feel lighter and more peaceful in your home. Plus you'll have the skills you need to work through other spaces as well as maintain the clutter free home you've created.  Take a deep breath and take one step at a time. You'll never regret the time it takes to simplify and you'll get the time back tenfold once you're done!

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast we'll talk about strategies to help you be successful as your declutter your house room by room with me over the next few weeks!

  • I'll introduce you to the Declutter Your House series.
  • I'll give you my favorite strategies to ensure you're successful.
  • We'll discuss the hows and whys of decluttering and how to get started.

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Jan 13, 2022
104: Make Room For Your Goals In 2022 (or anytime!)
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It's that time of year again where we set new goals and reflect on our past goals. 

The fresh start of a new year can be both encouraging and paralyzing. Thinking about all the things you wanted to do the past year, but never even started. Or maybe it's something you've had on your goal list for the past several years and still haven't made any headway.  According to a recent study, out of those that make New Year's Resolutions, only 9% feel successful at the end of the year.

According to a recent study, out of those that make New Year's Resolutions, only 9% feel successful at the end of the year.

What do you think? Have you been one of those 9% or do you usually fall in with other 91% of people? Just like everything else, it takes a plan and the time/energy to put the plan into action to reach a goal.

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast we discuss the idea of pruning and making room in our lives to be able to achieve our goals for 2022.

  • I'll walk you through why and how pruning can work to give you more space and time. 
  • Areas of your life you may need to consider when you begin to prune.
  • What to do if you prune out something you later miss.
  • How pruning will help you align your actions and your goals so you can start living a life you enjoy.

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Jan 06, 2022
Detox Your Home One Room at a Time (Interview with Megan Mikkelsen)
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In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we'll learn all about toxin free living and how to make simple swaps in our homes. 

This is an area I've been interested in for a long time, but it's always felt too hard to make the switch to living toxin free. Then I met Megan and she showed me just how easy it can be to detox your house. She is an expert in this realm and gives you so much of her wisdom in this episode!

As you listen to this episode, choose one tip to focus on this week and gradually add more as you are able. 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast Megan will walk you through each major space in your home and help you make easy, healthy, and toxin free changes. 

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Jun 24, 2021
102: Active Spaces, Drop Zones, and Paper Clutter (Encore)
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Jun 17, 2021
101: Ditching the Guilt to be Everything for Everyone (Interview with Toni-Ann)
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Jun 10, 2021
100: Change, Decision Making, and Allowing for the Unexpected in Life
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We make an average of 35,000 decisions everyday. It's no wonder, when it comes to making big or important decisions we can feel almost paralyzed at times. Even the small decisions can feel heavy.

Indecision can hold you back from so many things. What I've found from working with hundreds of moms is that the biggest hurdle to simplify is just making decisions. 

Do I want to get rid of this? Will I need it in the future? Will my kids suffer if I take them out of some activities? Should I homeschool or send my kids to public school?

On top of the daily decisions we make, everything is constantly changing. Our kids keep growing. Jobs change. Stages of life change. The discipline that worked one day, no longer works the next. 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast we'll talk about change, making decisions, and allowing for the unexpected. I'll tell you about some big changes coming up over the next couple months in my life, how I've landed on the decisions I've made, and what it means for this podcast.

I believe that true simplicity can only be achieved through decisiveness. The understanding of what you want and allowing yourself to go after it. If you want a clutter free home, make decisions quickly on what to keep and what to let go of. If you want to save money, be decisive about what you are willing to spend money on and what you are willing to give up. And so on and so on. 

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Jun 03, 2021
099: What I've Learned From Simpler Living With a Family
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May 27, 2021
098: Spruce Up Your Home, Body, and Mind (Interview with Hillary Zama)
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If you're anything like me, you've gotten stuck on the hampster wheel of decluttering, organizing, decluttering, and organizing again.

I spent years wondering why I couldn't seem to get a handle on my clutter. Why I couldn't fnd a way to stay organized. And why my house kept filling up with different size storage containers. It wasn't until I finally figured out the underlying cause of all that clutter (over buying!) and a system for dealing with it, that I was able to find a life I loved under all that stuff.

Are you covered in clutter? Can't seem to stay organized?

What do you think? Have you tried a million different times to organize and haven’t quite landed on what works best for you? Just like everything else, it takes time, systems, and some motivation!

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, Hillary Zama from Spruce Up LLC teaches us how to Spruce up our space.

Hillary has simple steps she walks through with her clients as a professional organizer and she shares her secrets with us! Her heart is in helping woman get a handle on their space so they can simplify their homes, bodies, and minds. She works with each individual person, knowing that everyone has a unique home and lifestyle. You're going to love this interview!

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May 20, 2021
097: Organized, Curated, and Clutter Free Toy Space Your Whole Family Will Love
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Can I tell you a secret?

I’ve bought way too many toys for my kids. Creating a clutter free toy space has been a challenge for me at times. I’ve purchased toys for them that have never been played with. I’ve had a hard time getting rid of things because I wanted so badly for my kids to love and play with, but never really did.

If toy clutter is taking over your house, you’ve probably done the same thing.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed quickly with toy clutter, even at the earliest stages of your child’s life. As your child grows, has new interests, receives gifts, and so on, your toy clutter will grow exponentially. However, much of this toy clutter is meaningless to your child and can actually be a detriment to enjoyable, purposeful play.

In this episode you’ll learn how to create a clutter free toy space and set up a system to make it more manageable in the future. 

Key takeaways

  • The essential first step when tackling toy clutter.
  • How to get started with determining your beliefs about toys and play.
  • How to declutter, organize, and create systems around the toys in your house.
  • The negative affect toy clutter has on your kids.
  • What this process will teach your children and stay with them throughout their life.
  • Mom guilt and toy clutter- why they go together.

You and your kids are likely feeling stress from your toy clutter, whether you realize it or not. Creating a space with the right toys will encourage creativity, communication, innovation, and emotional growth. Getting rid of toy clutter is time well spent.  

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May 13, 2021
096: The 6 Phases Of Successful Decluttering And Organization (Encore)
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Have you ever been in the never ending cycle of organizing and reorganizing and putting things in new containers, and moving things to a new room and organizing again? It feels like it never stops, doesn’t it? I know this all too well from my own experience.

Decluttering and organization can be never ending.

The terms, organization and decluttering, often get confused. Or the decluttering phase gets overlooked completely. 

Organization looks different for everyone. Being organized is about creating spaces and systems that make your life easier, not just prettier. There are a few steps to put into place to ensure your organization systems work so you can get out of that never ending cycle we talked about above. 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we’ll talk about the difference between organization and decluttering and help you set up a system that works for you.

Key Takeaways

  • What happens when you organize and what doesn’t happen.
  • The 1st step you must take for successful organization (that often gets skipped).
  • How to start with small, attainable steps. 
  • My 6 phase approach to make decluttering possible and much simpler.

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May 06, 2021
095: Simple Recipes and Meal Planning with Christine from Cook the Story
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Do you ever get to 5:00 and have no idea what to make for dinner? I do this all the time! I imagine it's similar to how someone feels when they're writing a book and staring at a blank white screen. I look in the refrigerator and whether I've just been to the grocery store or not, it looks empty.

The only way I've found to mitigate this is to have some sort of a plan. However, meal planning can feel complicated and stressful. What do you think? Have you tried a million different methods and haven't quite landed on what works best for you? Just like everything else, simple is best when it comes to getting meals on the table. Simple recipes, simple meal planning, and less time wondering what to cook!

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, Christine from Cook This Story, teaches us her method for meal planning. I love what she says about getting started because it'll take zero effort and give you so much time back!
 
You're going to love this episode and all of Christine's tips on meal planning. She also shares with us some of her favorite simple recipes to make getting started that much easier.

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Cookthestory.com- Loads of great tips and recipes!
Cookthestory.com/newsetter- Get weekly meal plans and recipes sent to your inbox!
TMI with Christine- Podcast about food, time management, and more.
@cookthestory all over social media
Thecookful.com- Recipes and more with other contributors.

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Apr 29, 2021
094: Life Hacks for Moms to Keep Your Family Running And Organized From a Mom of 10 (Interview with Laura from Mama Systems)
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"Busy isn't a lifestyle, it's a choice." The Minimalists

 

Do you ever find yourself repeating the same thing over and over when someone asks how you're doing? "It's been busy." "We've just been busy." "It's been a busy few weeks."

It's become a badge of honor to be busy and still act like we've got it altogether. I want to give you permission to choose a different way. To trade busy for intentional. Take things off your plate and organize the things that remain. 

This week on The Simple Home Podcast I talk to Laura from The Mama System to help us do just that. As a mother of 10, she's had to systematize her daily routines and set her priorities. She teaches us how to create the right systems and routines that fit our lifestyles and our families right now. 

You're going to love her life hacks for moms that will get you on the road to feeling less busy! 

 

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Apr 22, 2021
Simple Fitness and Health Routines For Busy Moms
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Simplifying your fitness and health routines can make a huge impact on your well being.

Not only will it have profound benefits for your physical health, but also your mental health, stress level, and overall capacity for motherhood. 

I know I've struggled to make health a priority since having kids. I know how important it is, but finding time for one more thing feels impossible at times. 

That's why I brought on Lauren Jones from The Simple Life Project Podcast to talk about fitness and health routines.

She breaks it down for us so fitness and health feels doable again. She gives you small steps you can put into action today, no matter how much time you have to your current fitness level.

I'm sure you hear about making time for 'self-care' a lot. In my opinion, the best self care you can do for yourself is adding one thing into your life that will make health and fitness a habit. Lauren teaches us how to do this in the little open time slots we have and then build on the momentum. 

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Apr 15, 2021
Master Your Productivity Without the Overwhelm (Interview with Cara Harvey)
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“We all have 24 hours in a day, but we don’t all have the same 24 hours.”

-Cara Harvey, A Purpose Driven Mom

 

One of the greatest challenges we face is how we will spend our time.

How we can get it all done and still have time for the things that are important to us. How we can slow it down and enjoy the time as it passes. Time may be our most valuable asset, yet we often don’t ‘choose’ how we spend it, but rather wish we had more of it. 

 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, Cara Harvey from a Purpose driven mom teaches us that mastering your productivity does not mean doing everything. 

Learning how to manage your time in a way that honors you and your season of motherhood is the only way to start living without the overwhelm. 

 

Takeaways from this episode

  • The how and why of time blocking and how you can use it to create space and purpose in your day.
  • How to use routines to build habits and rhythms in your day.
  • How to help your kids develop routines and buy into the process.
  • Figure out where your trouble spots are, what your vision is, and how to bridge the gap.

 

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Apr 08, 2021
Practical, Real Life, Decluttering and Organization (Interview with Rose Lounsbury)
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If you’ve been listening to The Simple Home Podcast for a while now, then you know that organization is not my strong suit. In fact, I’ve always struggled to stay organized. My idea of good organization was buying new tubs of varying sizes to house all my junk (by category). I had tubs everywhere and so much junk stuffed inside, there wasn’t any way to get anything out. Can you relate?

It wasn’t until I figured out that my lack of organization was really caused by the amount of stuff I had in my house. The clutter couldn’t be organized because there was too much of it.

If you’ve struggled with decluttering and organization in the past, this episode of The Simple Home Podcast is for you. 

I chat with Rose Lounsbury about the trick to organizing your home for good. She tells us how she became a clutter expert, why she doesn’t focus on the organization, and what you can do to create your own organized home.

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Apr 01, 2021
090: 20 Things I No Longer Buy (Interview with Bridget from Simple, Clean, Bridget)
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Simplicity is more about what we decide to edit from our lives than anything else.  

We live in a world that encourages us to do more, be more, buy more, think bigger, etc. But what if instead, you did less, bought less, and ultimately pruned down your life to only the essentials? Finding simplicity takes intention, patience, and a little trial and error. Because everybody's "simple" is different, it will take some time to create the right balance for yourself. That's why I know you're going to love this list of things I no longer buy.

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I talk with Bridget from Simple, Clean, Bridget. She tells us why and how she first embarked in this journey with Simple, Clean, Bridget and how it has lead her down a path of simplifying, even with 3 young kids. She also gives us a list of 20 things she no longer buys, which saves her time, money, and sanity as she leans into the challenges and joys of motherhood. 

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Mar 25, 2021
Create a Simpler Kitchen
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Who else spends the majority of their life in their kitchen? I know I do. Whether it’s cooking, cleaning, homework, art projects, or just congregating, the kitchen has to be the most used place in our home.

That’s why it’s so important to create a simpler kitchen. 

A place you enjoy spending all that time and a place that makes your life simpler, not more stressful.

This week on The Simple Home Podcast, I’m sharing a training I did in Megan Dague’s membership, Family Bake Dates. I love her heart for getting families in the kitchen together, but I also know how hard that sounds to someone already struggling in the kitchen.

In this training, you’ll learn how to organize your kitchen and other tricks to create a simpler kitchen. 

Megan and I both agree that many family memories will be made in the kitchen and this time together is precious. So let’s make this space one you want to make memories in!

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Mar 18, 2021
Time Management, Slow Living, and Motherhood with Nancy Ray
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One of the best ways I find to get through hard seasons of motherhood is to find moms who are in a similar season and are positive, encouraging, and honest. This doesn’t have to be a close friend (of course that’s great too), it can be a mentor that you don’t actually know in person. For me, there are a few podcasters and authors who I find to be incredibly helpful, especially during more challenging seasons. 

Even though there are millions of us in the thick of motherhood, it can be isolating and lonely. It can feel as though every one else has it all figured out and is sailing right through, when in reality, we all face many of the same challenges. Never enough time, house always a mess, tantrums at the grocery store, meltdowns at dinner time, etc., etc.. 

That’s why I was so excited to bring Nancy Ray to The Simple Home Podcast this week! She is on of those moms who I find encouragement in. She’s a mama to 3, soon to be 4, young kids, puts God at the center of everything she does, and tries to remain positive even in the harder seasons. 

On this episode, Nancy talks with us about daily rhythms, creating an ideal week, and figuring out how to live with intention, even when we’re busy. She talks about the different seasons of motherhood and what simplicity means to her.

You guys are in for such a treat this week! This episode of The Simple Home Podcast is one of my favorites! 

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Mar 11, 2021
Gentle Parenting with Rachel Rainbolt
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You know that quote, “I was the perfect parent before I had kids”?

Well...this may be my favorite parenting quote. 

Before having kids, I thought I had it all figured out. 

  • I was going to be gentle with my kids, yet make sure they listened.
  • I was going to empower them with my words and never quilt or shame them.
  • I was going to teach and not punish.
  • And, I was going to do it with a smile on my face.

Then I had kids and they became toddlers and my words weren’t always kind, my temper wasn’t always managed, and there were a lot of tears and frustrations (from my kids and me)! 

I no longer felt like the perfect parent. And some days, not even an adequate one.

When you first become a parent, you parent from your own experiences and what you think is best and then you realize you’re parenting real human beings, with real feelings, independence, and perspectives. And stuff starts to get hard. 

Before I go into our topic on Gentle Parenting,

I want you to know (something that has taken me a long time to take to heart), that you are enough right now. The only thing we can do is parent the best we know how right now and let God fill in the gaps.

So when you listen to this week’s episode of The Simple Home Podcast, listen with an open mind, but have grace for yourself! Rachel from Sage Family teaches us how to use gentle parenting as a way to connect with our kids, discipline with compassion, and raise happy, healthy, families. This is one parenting strategy that I’ve found great success with and I hope it gives you some new strategies and encouragement as well.

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Mar 04, 2021
086: Minimalist Motherhood (Interview with Diane Boden)
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Minimalist Motherhood?

It may seem like minimalism and motherhood don't work together! I used to feel that way too. I thought minimalism was just for young couples who lived in modern apartments in the city.

But when I became a mom and my kids started growing, I realized all I did was clean up after them. All day long, I picked up toys, did dishes and laundry, and moved paperwork from one flat surface to another.

This is not how I pictured motherhood or how I wanted to spend the rest of it.

Minimalism and motherhood may seem like complete opposites, but learning what minimalism really means will give you the space you want and desperately need.

On this episode of The Simple Home Podcast I talk with Diane Boden from The Minimalist Moms Podcast. Diane is the author of the brand new book, "Minimalist Moms" (which will be released in early March 2021). She teaches us what minimalism looks like in motherhood, realistic tips for decluttering, and how having less and doing less will benefit your whole family.

Minimalism isn't just about have fewer possessions, although that does help. It's also about creating space for what's important to you and being grateful for what you already do have. Learning that you are enough and what you have is enough will go along way in you finding joy in motherhood.

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Feb 25, 2021
085: Real Motherhood, Saving Money, and Living Intentionally with Amber of The Unhurried Homestead
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There's so much information out there about living intentionally and enjoying motherhood, but what I want to hear is:

how real moms are making simple changes in their life to find space and balance and actually make the intentional living thing possible. 

That's why I enjoyed this talk with Amber from The Unhurried Homestead SO much. 

She is  a mom of 4 who's found ways to make motherhood flow. And while she agrees that motherhood is busy, she's focused on her priorities and raising kids in a slow, intentional manor. 

On this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, Amber shares a few of her routines that keep her life running smoothly, even with a farm, 4 kids, and homeschooling. She also shares her budgeting trick that has changed the way I spend money and will likely do the same for you!

The conversation flowed so naturally and I know you're going to be just as inspired by Amber as I am. 

Motherhood doesn't look the same for everyone (no matter what we're lead to believe on Instagram), but you can find joy in your motherhood and your family with a little intention, slower days, and a few good routines! 

Take some of Amber's advice and make it your own as you work towards simplifying your home and your life. 

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Feb 18, 2021
The 2-2-2 Meal Planning Method For Busy Moms (Interview with Andrea from Adventures in Feeding My Fam)
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Do you ever feel like all you do is feed your family and then clean up the mess from cooking and eating. 

 

I hear you! Some days I'm not sure I did anything else. 

 

Motherhood and life are full of different seasons. 

  • Your kids are constantly growing and changing, 
  • your schedules are growing and changing, 
  • and you are hopefully growing and changing as well. 

Learning how to meal plan in each season and choosing the right meal planning method can make your life feel so much lighter. 

 

2-2-2 Meal Planning Method

 

Today on The Simple Home Podcast, I talk through Andrea from Adventures in Feeding My Fam all about her simple approach to meal planning, which she calls the 2-2-2 Meal Planning Method. 

 

It took me a long time to embrace meal planning. If you've been listening to the podcast for a while, you know I like to keep things simple and to me, meal planning just sounded like more work. One more thing I had to do each week. I tried so many meal planning methods and failed at most of them. What I learned was I just needed the right one. The one that made my life simpler in the season I was in. 

 

I'm hoping that even if you've written off meal planning, that you'll listen to this episode and learn about Andrea's Meal Planning Method. She's made an entire career of empowering busy  moms to get healthy through meal planning and prep while being a great role model for their kids.

 

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Feb 11, 2021
083: Make It Easy To Put Things Away
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The key to organization is to make it easy to put things away. 

Have you tried to buy all the pretty tubs, label everything, and still find yourself creating piles around your house, just steps from where the item is supposed to go? The problem is, the resistance that’s been created.

In physics, resistance is defined as a measure of the opposition to current flow in an electrical circuit. If you take off the part about the electrical circuit, and define resistance as the measure of the opposition to current flow, it explains why we often can’t put our stuff back where it goes. 

I’m chronically disorganized.

 

If it’s not super simple, I don’t put stuff away. I’ve wondered why I won’t just open a lid to put something away and instead I lay the item on top of the lid. Do you ever do this? Is there a pile of paper sitting right next to your files that hasn’t made its way into the filing box? 

I’m not a scientist or a psychologist, so take this advice for what it’s worth, but, for me, this idea of resistance has changed the way I organize my stuff and my life. 

I believe every person has the ability to overcome different levels of resistance. Meaning, that some people see a lid on a tub as resistance to putting something away, while others will open the lid without thinking and just put the item inside. My husband is one of those people. He puts things back where they go without much thought at all, no matter what. Me, on the other hand, see the lid as resistance and make a stack next to the tub. 

The key to organization is to minimize the amount of resistance to a level that you no longer feel the resistance. 

For example, if it isn’t easy for you to put your clothes away after washing them and you find you always leave your clean clothes in a pile on the couch, there is some kind of resistance that you are dealing with. 

  • It may be that your drawers and closet are so full it’s difficult to put things away. 
  • It may be that you are doing your laundry late at night and the resistance is that you feel too tired to fold and put it away. 
  • You may have some mental resistance you’re dealing with. In your head, folding and putting away the laundry feels like a huge task, when in reality it only takes about 5 minutes. 

On this week’s episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I talk about this idea of resistance and how important it is to make it easy to put things away. This has been the key for me to simplify and organize and I hope it’s helpful for you as well. Figuring out what our resistance is and then learning how to remove that resistance can make all the difference!

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Feb 04, 2021
082: Decluttering Your Motherhood (Interview with Rachel from 3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms))
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The act of letting go of your physical items can allow simplicity in so many aspects of your life. While I talk a lot about decluttering your belongings on The Simple Home Podcast, the purpose is not just to have a tidier home. My hope for you is that letting go of clutter affords you more space in your mind to simplify other areas of your life. 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I Interview Rachel from 3 in 30 Takeaways for moms, which is a podcast and community I love! Rachel is an expert when it comes to simplifying and decluttering motherhood, not just our spaces. She talks about how to stay present and what that realistically looks like with kids, how to get out of the negative self talk habit many of us have found ourselves in, and what a decluttered motherhood can look like and feel like. If you’ve ever felt heavy, stuck, or just overwhelmed in mothering your kids, you’re going to love this episode.

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Jan 28, 2021
081: Parenting with Connection and Kindness (Interview with Wendy from Fresh Start Families)
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Parenting is hard! Right? We’ve all heard this a million times and felt it just as many, but it’s just the truth.

Raising little human beings who have been so beautifully and uniquely created isn’t easy.

Learning to understand their personalities, hold firm boundaries, and parent with love and kindness, can feel like an impossible task.

But with positive parenting, we see a new way of viewing the parent and child relationship. 

It’s not about giving into our children’s every desire or permissive parenting, but instead positive parenting allows us to focus on the relationship and connection with our child(ren) while enforcing limits for behavior. 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I had the honor of interviewing Wendy Snyder from Fresh Start Families. Wendy is a Positive Parenting Teacher & Family Coach, helping families parent with great purpose and intention by creating healthy, respectful & cooperative relationships. She has been dedicated to the application of Positive Parenting in her home since 2009. 

Wendy tells us her story of being at the end of her rope with her newborn baby and very strong willed toddler and having nowhere to turn. The parenting tactics she had learned; rewards and punishment, timeouts, threats to take things away, weren’t working and she desperately wanted to enjoy her little girl, but she couldn’t.

 Whether you already implement positive parenting strategies in your home, have never heard of it, or don’t think it will work for your family, this episode will encourage and inspire you.

Wendy’s honesty and passion will make you feel like you have an ally in parenting. No matter the age of your children, if you want more connection, you’ll love this episode.

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Jan 21, 2021
080: Small Steps to Lasting Change- Organize Your Day
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If you’ve ever woke up feeling motivated and ready to take on your day and then by 8:30 you’ve lost track of everything you needed to do and lost all motivation, I think you’re going to love this episode!

A few weeks ago, we talked about how to simplify your daily or recurring tasks and today we’re going to talk about small steps you can take to organize your day. 

As you learn to organize your day you’ll find time you didn’t know you had. You’ll figure out how to set priorities and live more intentionally. Most importantly, you won’t start the day feeling drained.

I want you to really put these small steps into place and do them consistently until they become a habit. This takes time and practice, but trust me, when you have a more organized day, your whole life changes. 

When I say organize your day, I don’t mean you have to have a rigid structure and can’t be flexible. We all know that’s not realistic, especially if you have young kids at home. Life is unpredictable and our days are often unpredictable, but putting these steps into place will change the way your day flows, which ultimately makes everything simpler.

Small steps to organizing your day:

  • Small step one- set yourself up for success the night before. 
  • Small step two- time block 
  • Small step three- batch what you can. 
  • Small step four- most important things first

Listen to this episode of The Simple Home Podcast to get the deep dive into each of the above steps. Then choose one of these small steps and take action. What’s going to make the biggest impact for you? Start there and get your days organized!

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Jan 14, 2021
Simplified Goal Setting for the New Year- Edit and Delete
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Setting Goals for The New Year

 

It’s that time of year again where you start to reflect on the previous year. The things you accomplished and the things you wished you’d accomplished. You may have set a few goals for the new year or chosen one big new year’s resolution. 

Or, if you’re like most of us, you have a list of a million things you want to do, accomplish, get better at. “This year I’m going to finally lose the baby weight, organize my house, learn to xyz, be a better mom, sister, wife, cousin, etc, and the list goes on and on.” Sound familiar? 

The idea of adding more to your already busy life can be overwhelming, which is why many people fail to follow through with the resolutions they set on January 1. 

 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we’’ll talk about a new way to look at setting goals for the new year.

 

Rather than going about the goal setting process as adding on new things, I want you to look at your capacity, and edit things out so you have the capacity to accomplish the things you want to accomplish. 

 

Using this method of setting goals for the new year you will take out or delete things that no longer serve you and hold you back from reaching them. 

 

You only have so much capacity.

 

You have a given amount of time, energy, mental space, and even physical space each day. If you’re already maxed out, there’s no way you can add more to your plate and still feel like you’re staying afloat. 

 

With every area of your life, I hope this year, you’ll learn to take away the items that don’t add to your life, the things that are weighing you down and holding you back, so you can purposely pursue the things that are meaningful to you.

 

Give yourself some grace as you set goals for the new year and look at deleting things from your schedule, your diet, and your home instead of piling more stuff on.

 

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Jan 07, 2021
078: Saving and Investing Simplified (Interview with Laurie from Her Wealth Coach)
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I know you have a lot on your plate. I know the topic of saving and investing tips might not be top on your priority list. It may even bring some feelings of fear, shame, or uncertainty.

But just like our physical clutter, mental clutter hinders us from being our best selves and money is often a primary source of mental clutter. 

No matter what your circumstance is right now, you have the power and authority to change it. Whether you're struggling with debt, trying to make ends meet on a month to month basis, or feeling confident with your financial situation, you can take steps to make your money situation better for the future. 

Today on The Simple Home Podcast, I talk with my friend Laurie from Her Wealth Coach. It's her passion to teach woman how to handle their money, make smart saving and investing decisions, and create a better future for themselves and their families. 

I brought her on the show because I knew she could give us saving and investing tips that we would understand and be able to implement into our lives.

She gives practical advice and reminds us that it's never too late to start. 

I hope you listen in this week, no matter where you are with your finances, because gaining an understanding of your money and getting it to work in your favor will lighten your load and give you more mental space to live with intention. 

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Dec 31, 2020
077: Small Steps to Lasting Change- Simplify Your Family Budget and Spending
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This episode is the 4th in a series I’m calling, small steps to lasting change and today we’ll talk about small steps you can make when it comes to your family budget that will have a lasting impact and hopefully simplify some things for you too.

Alright, let’s get right to it! These steps are not in order so take what works for you and start wherever will have the biggest impact on your family budget right now. 

I want you to know a few things about me and my relationship with money before we get started. I used to be a spender. Like a major spender. 

As a teenager, I worked at Walmart and every time I was at work, I’d make a mental list of all the things I wanted to purchase. Then, as soon as I got my paycheck, I’d cash it at the service counter and buy the things I wanted.

I went into my marriage with a large chunk of student debt and a car loan. My husband on the other hand didn’t have any debt. This motivated me to pay everything off quickly. We rented a tiny house, shared a car, and lived on one income even though we both worked. During this time, I realized just how little we could live on and still be completely fulfilled. I found that knowing exactly how much money we were bringing and where we were spending it was empowering. We set goals and continually tried to beat our savings. 

Throughout the years, we’ve had moments where we got more relaxed, like right now, which is part of the reason I’m doing this episode. I know I need to re-evaluate our habits and focus on our financial goals for a bit and I’m hoping what I’ve learned over the past decade or so of us becoming debt free will empower you to meet your financial goals too! 

You may not be able to change the amount of money you’re currently bringing in, at least not immediately, but you can take control of what you spend and be in charge of your money rather than letting your money be in charge of you. 

Here’s a few small steps you can put in place for your family budget.

  • Small step one- know your numbers- where do you spend your money?
  • Small step two- check in with yourself every day.
  • Small step three- set goals.
  • Small step four- make it a competition with yourself.
  • Small step five- only shop with a list.

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we’ll talk through each of the above steps so you can make lasting change in the way you spend and budget your money.

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Money is a hard topic to talk about because we’re all in different positions financially and many of us have “money baggage” or negative emotions associated with money. I don’t want this episode to make you feel bad in any way, or cause you to freeze up and not do anything to change your current position. I want you to remember that most people are living paycheck to paycheck (like 80% of people), and most of the people who look like they have their finances in order are drowning in debt. If you want to live differently, no matter where you're starting from, you have to make changes and live within your means. Choose one small step you can do for your family budget and take action.

Dec 17, 2020
Small Steps to Lasting Change- Living Clutter Free
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Welcome to the third episode of the series, small steps to lasting change. This has been such a fun series so far and I’m so honored you’re listening in this week. If you haven’t listened to the first two episodes in this series, make sure to check them out after you listen to this one about making small steps towards living clutter free. 

In the first episode we talked about mindset and shopping. Then we talked about small steps in your daily tasks.

Today we’re talking about making small steps that will have a lasting impact on your clutter so you can live clutter free.

Have you ever spent weeks, months, or even longer decluttering and then looked around and felt like you haven’t made any progress? This is so common, especially in the beginning of your clutter free journey. And even if you’re a seasoned declutterer (I know that's not a real word!), you probably still have these moments. 

What I want is for you to get to a place where you declutter just to maintain and not to find your sanity!

Small steps you can start today to live clutter free. 

These are not in order so you can do whatever works for you. 

  • Stop getting distracted
  • Put it on your calendar
  • Stop bringing stuff in
  • Make decisions

We go into detail about each one of these steps in this episode of The Simple Home Podcast. Putting these small steps into practice will keep you from decluttering every couple months so you can live in your house and not just manage your stuff. 

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Dec 03, 2020
075- Small Steps to Lasting Change Series- Simplify Your Daily Tasks
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This episode is the second in a series I’m doing called small steps to lasting change. Hopefully each of the topics we talk about will help you cement these small steps into your life so you feel the changes you’re making. 

If you didn’t listen to the first episode, they don’t necessarily go in order so listen to this one first, but make sure to go back to episode 74 because we talk about mindset and shopping. With the holidays coming, this is an important one to think about!

Today we’re talking about simplify daily tasks which can have a huge impact on how you feel each day.

These are the things that have to be done continuously or you quickly feel like you’re drowning. Things like cleaning, cooking, laundry, paying bills, and getting yourself and your kids ready for the day. I know there’s more, but these are the ones I hear about most. The steps we talk about today can be applied to any other task you’re struggling with.

Sometimes I look around the house and just thinking about all the things I need to do just to keep my family alive and keep the house running, makes me feel tired and it’s not even 7am. 

The only way I’ve found to minimize this overwhelming feeling is to set up systems and make daily tasks more automatic. Rather than being in reactive mode, running around at 5:30, trying to figure out what to cook for dinner. Or looking for your favorite pair of jeans only to realize they’re in the mound of laundry on the washer, I want you to live in proactive mode. 

That’s exactly what we’re going to change today as we talk about small steps you can take to go from reactive to proactive.

  • Step 1- write down the tasks that cause you stress and how much time they take. 
  • Step 2- write down how often you need to do them, daily, weekly, etc.
  • Step 3- decide when you’ll do the task and be specific. 
  • Step 4- stay consistent until it becomes automatic. 

There were several things I talked about in this episode that I could have kept talking about for hours. 

If you’d like to hear more about my systems or more detail on how to set them up, I have several other episodes you may want to listen to. 

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Nov 19, 2020
074: Small Steps to Lasting Change Series- 3 Small Mindset Shifts
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This podcast and my mission with sharing tips with you each week is not about your stuff. Although I talk about stuff a lot, my real hope is that you find a way to let go of the excess things in your life (both physical and mental) so you can live your life. I don’t want you to spend all your time managing your belongings and rushing from place to place. Instead I want you to create space for actually living life. 


I also want you to hear me when I say, I am not perfect at any of this. This has been a journey of mine and my family’s for a while now and my hope is I can share what has worked for us along the way, but that you also understand I’m still on the journey with you.


This episode is the beginning of a series I’m calling, small steps to lasting change. Each episode will give you 3 small steps you can implement that will hopefully help you make lasting change in your home and your life. This week we’ll talk about mindset changes. Next episode in the series we’ll talk about day to day tasks, and then we’ll continue over the coming weeks.


Three mindset changes we talk about in this episode that you can make today :

1. Intentional shopping and list making

2. What do I want in my life- everything that comes in has to be managed (both physical stuff and the things you add to your calendar)

3. Self denial- the practice of self denial is, in my opinion, one of the best practices you can add to your adult life. Learning how to live with less, and not giving into every temptation will serve you mentally, physically, and financially. 

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Nov 05, 2020
073: Living Clutter Free with Kids (Interview with Joshua Becker)
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This is one of my favorite interviews and one of the most popular episodes to date. I decided to bring it back to life so it wasn't buried deep in early episodes and could reach more people.

If you’ve ever felt like living clutter free with kids is impossible, this episode of The Simple Home Podcast is for you.

Minimalism with a family is possible and as we learn during this interview with Joshua Becker, it may even make the other parts of parenting a bit more enjoyable. 

Being a minimalist isn’t about owning a certain amount of items or living in a perfectly clean house.

Minimalism is about owning the possessions that bring you life and getting rid of the excess. It’s about letting go of the things on your schedule that don’t fulfill you. Decluttering and living simpler with your family allows you to make room for what matters most. 

In this episode of the simple home podcast, I interview Joshua Becker from becoming minimalist. He and his wife have been on this journey with their two kids for several years and his advice is invaluable. I left this conversation ready to continue simplifying and feeling more at peace with where I am right now. 

For me, letting go of the excess stuff in our lives has opened up a new level of calm.

I’m not a perfect mom,

  • I still get frustrated and have days when being a mom feels REALLY hard.
  • My house is still messy most of the time.
  • I still end up bringing extra items into my house I wish I wouldn’t have.
  • I still feel guilty when I say no to my kids about a toy they think they can’t live without. 

 This has been my favorite podcast episode yet. You don’t want to miss it!

 What we talk about in this episode

  • Joshua tells us how he got started with minimalism. His story really hit home with me and I think it will you too.
  • Why minimalism might be even more important for families than anyone else.
  • How you can handle the ‘envy’ your kids may experience when they see all the things other kids have. And how to say no without feeling bad about it.
  • Joshua’s best advice for moms looking for a simpler life. The one thing he tells us to do will literally change the way you start everyday.
  • So many nuggets of wisdom I can’t list them all here!

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Oct 22, 2020
072: SHR Workshop Day 4 How to Maintain Your Clutter Free Home
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Creating a simpler life is one thing, but learning how to maintain your clutter free home is where the real magic happens.


Have you ever wondered how you got so much stuff in the first place? Then you purge and organize, only to feel like you're drowning in your stuff again just a few months later.


So many of us struggle with this. 


It's because getting rid of stuff doesn't solve the root cause of why you've accumulated the stuff you have.


Maintaining a Clutter Free Home Takes a Mindset Shift


  • It takes a shift in the way you consume goods,
  • the way you look at your possessions,
  • and the way you talk to friends and family about your choice to have a clutter free house.

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I'll help you understand how to shift your thinking so you can maintain your clutter free home once and for all.

Stop purging, organizing, and re-accumulating and start living in a clutter free home. 

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Oct 08, 2020
[Bonus Episode] Teach Your Young Kids to Play Independently
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If you have young kids, you know how hard it can be to encourage them to play independently.

Some kids might enjoy being by themselves, but some crave your constant attention. This can deplete your energy, your patience, and fill you with guilt.

In today's bonus episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I'll give you 4 actionable tis you can try today to get your kids to play independently.

Being able to be by yourself, learning to self motivate, and finding valuable ways to spend your own time, are life skills, I think we would all agree, would benefit our children in the long run.

You can use all of these tips to teach your children the joys of being by themselves, so you can have time for yourself as well. (Which is equally as important to your child's well-being!)

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Sep 29, 2020
071: SHR Workshop Day 3- Make Your Life Easier, One Routine at a Time
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If you’ve listened to my podcast before or spent any time around my website, you know I love routines and systems!


The bulk of what we do everyday can be automated, creating more time and mental energy for the things you really enjoy.


When I say automated, I don’t mean you’ll be living a life that feels robotic. When you start to implement routines into your day, you’ll realize that you’re getting many things done without much thought. This saves those precious decision making calories for more important tasks, like make believe play with your kids or planning your next adventure. 


This week on The Simple Home Podcast, I talk about how to create routines that make everyday tasks flow seamlessly within your day. Rather than living in a reactive state, you’ll learn to take care of things proactively and enjoy the extra time you save as a result.


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Sep 24, 2020
070: SHR Workshop Day 2- An Organized Home
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Having an organized home can change everything!

If you come home from the grocery store and don’t know where to put the items, it feels stressful. You may just shove things in where they’ll fit. Then you go to make dinner or create a meal plan and finding what you want or cooking in a crowded kitchen feels overwhelming. You continue to move things around, try different meal plans, but the whole process continues to be successful. 


If you have a place for each item and room to spare in case you bring home extras and a system for putting it away, everything will be easier, including grocery shopping, meal planning, and cooking meals. We often think the problem is getting dinner on the table each day, when in reality it’s all the stuff leading up to dinner that adds friction to planning and cooking the meals.


So as we talk about organization I want you to think of it as more than just creating pretty, organized space in your home and more about finding a home for everything  and creating systems that work for you.


In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I’ll walk you through a few tips that will have a lasting impact on creating an organized home moving forward. 


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Sep 17, 2020
069: SHR Workshop Day 1 - Conquer Your Stuff, Decluttering For Busy Moms
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What’s your why for simplifying? 

  • More time? 
  • Money freedom? 
  • Less stress? 
  • All of the above?


I don’t believe that just getting rid of stuff will make your life simpler and more peaceful, but I do believe it’s the best place to start. Our belongings cover up the life we want. It takes up our time, our mental capacity, our finances. Stuff causes us stress and keeps us from thinking clearly and taking action on the things we want. 


If you feel overwhelmed in your home, if you look around and don’t know where to start, you’re not alone!


Your stuff might be holding you back. There’s not an ideal number of belongings, like 5 pairs of socks, and 6 cups. It’s about finding the right amount for you. 


How do you know what that amount is? 


Ask yourself these questions:

  • How do you want your house to feel? 
  • How much clutter can you have before you feel anxious or overwhelmed? 
  • How much stuff can you and do you want to manage? 
  • How big is your space? 


Don’t think as much about how your home looks as you do about how it feels. 


We live in a world where more is often seen as better. 

  • We don’t just buy one Lego set, we buy tubs of legos on Craigslist.
  • We don’t buy a box of 24 crayons, we buy the mega box with 24 shades of blue.
  • We’re conditioned to buy 3 or something because the tag says 3 for 5.
  • We buy things because they’re on sale without giving any thought to why we need it.


On top of our consumption, we keep it all “just in case” we need it in the future. And it all just keeps piling up. 


In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I talk through 3 things you can do today to make a big impact on your clutter situation. 



Today, choose 1 of the three action steps to tackle, take a snap shot of you listening to this episode, tag me on IG (@jennaarvidson), and tell me which one you chose!


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Sep 11, 2020
Get More Done in Less Time With This Time Saving Strategy
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You know those tasks you have to do every day or every week to keep your house running and keep your family alive?


Sometimes it feels like that’s all there’s time for. 


A couple years ago, I learned a strategy in business that has helped me tremendously. Without it, I’d never be able to run this podcast, my photography business, and be mom to my kids.


This strategy has been equally beneficial in my personal life. Finding any extra time in the day or week is almost essential to slowing down and living intentionally. 


In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast I’ll share this strategy with you and how you can use it to manage your home and take care of your family so you can find those extra hours each week.


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Sep 03, 2020
067: Simplifying Your Life During Busy Times
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Do you wish you could simplify your home and simplify your life, but just can’t figure out how you can make time for it? 


You are not alone. Not having enough time is the number one obstacle I hear from people who want to simplify.


With everything else you have on your plate, I understand how this can feel impossible. However, if time is what you need more of, if life feels too overwhelming, then simplifying is what you need most. It’s the only way to get more time in your day. 


Decluttering and organizing is a big time commitment upfront, but you’ll get so much time back when you have less stuff to manage and systems and rhythms in place to automate your routine tasks.


In today’s episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I walk you through my 5 step approach to simplifying for good. I don’t want you to live on the hamster wheel of busyness, organizing and reorganizing, and feeling burnt out at the end of every day. 


Use the 5 steps in this episode to get your home and life in order once and for all.


If you’re committed to simplifying your home and your days then I want you to join The Simple Home Reset Mentorship Program. Together we’ll transform your home and the way you think about stuff. We’ll set up routines that make everyday feel lighter and give you back your time. If this sounds good to you, click here to sign up now!


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Aug 27, 2020
066: How to Find Your Identity in Motherhood (Interview with Amanda Bennett)
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The transition into motherhood is a life changing event. We all go into it with expectations that have likely been building based on what we've observed from other mothers our whole lives. Expectations that may not be realistic, but are very real.

Somewhere along the journey of becoming a mom, taking care of a house, working or staying home, you may have found yourself feeling overwhelmed, underwhelmed, elated, frustrated, sad, lost...and possibly like you're the only mother who doesn't have this thing called motherhood figured out. You may have lost your identity in motherhood.

Well, that's a lie that Instagram has been feeding into us. The reality is, every parent I've met has the same goal. To raise awesome kids and hope that their love trumps any mistakes they make along the way.

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I chat with Amanda Bennett from the Gotcha Mama Podcast about finding your identity in motherhood, letting go of your pre-baby self and gracefully allowing yourself to be a new version of you. She gives us 3 practical steps to finding ourselves and stepping into our purpose in motherhood.

This episode was incredibly encouraging to me and I know you'll feel the same way!

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Aug 20, 2020
What to Do When You Just Don't Want to Get Rid of Something + Fun Things Happening
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Whether you're just starting to declutter your home or you've been doing it for a while, you'll definitely come across items you don't want to get rid of. These can be items that are sentimental, items you think you might need in the future, or items you just love having.

I'm sure you can think of items right now. Is it your craft supplies? Your cd collection? There's something in your house that you don't want to let go of.

I get this question all the time, "What do you tell people if they just don't want to get rid of something?"

I think my answer will surprise you!

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we're going to be talking about items you just love having and don't want to purge. Your collection of books, your hobby supplies, or something else you enjoy having around your house.

We'll discuss how to handle these items and questions to ask yourself to make the tough decisions. So if you ever find yourself stuck, this may be the episode for you.

You may also want to listen to:
Episode 47: How to Declutter Sentimental Items (Interview with Diane Boden)
Episode 38: What to do When You Get Stuck Decluttering

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Aug 06, 2020
064: Simplify Your Days by Opening and Closing Your House Like a Business
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I used to work at a recreation center as a closing manager. Occasionally I would open as well. The person who trained me was a master of efficiency. She had it down to a science. She walked me through exactly what needed to be done each night in order to make it easier for the opening staff. She kept it simple and gave each department their own list. We could close down the entire rec center in under 20 minutes.

Think of your house in this way. How can you begin and end each day to make things run smoother? Imagine waking up to a clean, organized, welcoming space, instead of a messy kitchen, laundry piles, or misplaced items.

Putting simple routines into place each evening and morning will change your whole day. If your house was a business, what would you do to 'close' for the day? What would you do to 'open' for the day?

If you think about your routines in this way, you'll be able to create morning and evening routines that simplify your life rather than making it more complicated. You'll also be more likely to stick to your routines and enjoy the benefits of doing the same thing consistently.

In this episode of the simple home podcast, I'll talk to you about how we made this happen in the recreation center and how I've brought those same concepts into my home. I'll give you ideas to open and close your day and how to implement tasks throughout the day to make things easier.

Links from this episode
10 Things in 20 Minutes- 10 Things you can do each evening for easier mornings.
What Minimalism with a Family Really Looks Like
How to Create a Simple Home (Even if You're Busy)
Jumpstart Guide to Simple Living

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Jul 30, 2020
How to Help Your Kids Declutter (Interview with Deanna Yates)
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I know I’m not alone when I say that helping kids declutter is hard. Toys accumulate and collections start to build without much effort. This can be a major stressor if you’re trying to declutter your home. 


I saw this quote on Instagram from Zoe Kim from raising simple that said, “I’m not raising minimalist kids. I’m raising kids in a minimalist home.” 


This has really helped me put my kids clutter in its place. It’s also helped me communicate with my kids the value in living with less clutter, but not force my habits on them. My goal in living a simpler lifestyle is to show the value of relationships and people over managing and accumulating stuff. 


With that said, I also know the importance of my kids having less stuff for their sanity and mine. So, having a few tools to help kids declutter is valuable as they grow.


In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I chat with Deanna Yates from The Wannabe Minimalist Podcast. She gives us tips for how to help kids declutter that are doable and easy to implement. If you’ve ever wished you could get your kids on board with simplifying, this is the episode for you.


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Jul 23, 2020
What Minimalism is and Why it's About More Than Stuff
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The word minimalism used to hold me back from pursuing a life with less stuff. I felt the pressure to get rid of everything and if I didn’t want to I felt a bit of guilt.

What I’ve come to realize is that Minimalism is about more than just getting rid of stuff and it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach.

You can still own things you love. You can keep your books, your over stuffed couch and your stand mixer.

It’s about being intentional about what you own and what you bring in. I find it best explained with this quote from Stephan Wright, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

Many people equate minimalism to sacrifice, not abundance. But, if there’s anything I’ve learned from letting go of physical belongs, it’s that have less clutter opens up a life of abundance.

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I talk about what minimalism is, what it’s not, and how you can get started on designing the ‘minimalist’ lifestyle that suits you best.

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Jul 16, 2020
061- How to Handle Your Photo Clutter
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Most of us have hundreds, if not thousands of photos in our phones and on other devices creating overwhelming photo clutter.

Gone are the days when you had to be intentional about how many photos you took with film cameras. With the invention of digital cameras and the unbelievable tiny cameras we carry in our pockets, the number of photos you can take is basically limitless.

But photo clutter, both physical and digital, can take a toll on us. It's just like any other clutter in our lives, plus, it holds our most precious memories.

  • You may worry you'll lose the images if they're not stored properly.
  • You may have trouble finding photos when you need one.
  • You may have boxes and boxes of photos lying around that you haven't looked at in years. 
  • You may feel overwhelmed and guilty for having these memories stored away on your devices and in your basement. 

You're not the only one feeling the burden of your photo clutter. In fact, it's a very common problem and one I want to inspire you to tackle right now.

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I'll walk you through my process for curating and organizing both digital and printed photos so you can enjoy them rather than store them away.

Say goodbye to your photo clutter, once and for all!

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Make prints, photo books, and more:

Hard Drive's I Recommend

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Jul 09, 2020
060: Living with Less Stuff- Making Permanent Change
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Living with less stuff, living within our means, and staying intentional.

 

 

When my first baby was 6 months old we moved to a town with lots of young families. I quickly realized that these moms had their kids signed up for all the activities and had since birth. I was already behind. So I jumped in with two feet and got him in mommy and me swimming, mommy and me art class, mommy and me music class, and allt eh other mommy and me classes I could find. 

 

I also quickly noticed that our house was starting to fill up with stuff. We now lived near a Target and a children's consignment store and I was making weekly trips to see what new deals I could find. My intent to live with less stuff in our house and on our schedule had gone out the window. I was keeping up with everyone else without giving any thought to what was best for our family. 

 

I hated living with clutter so I continuously purged and organized. I was on a never ending cycle of shopping, purging, organizing, and my days were filled with activities. I was tired and felt like something had to change. But I didn't think my exhaustion came from my child, I thought it came from my house. 

 

 

So I made lots of changes to my mindset and my home and found peace with finally, living with less. 

 

 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I share my interview from The Wannabe Minimalist Podcast where I talked about my journey to simpler living and give lots of tips to help you find the right balance for you and your family and finally get your house and schedule in order. 

 

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A special thank you to Deanna Yates of The Wannabe Minimalist Podcast for allowing me to share this interview on The Simple Home Podcast. 

 

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Jul 02, 2020
059: Modern Day Homesteading and Cooking From Scratch for Busy Families (Interview with Stephanie)
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I want to be a 'Martha Stewart' mom. You know the moms who make everything look easy. The ones who make homemade meals each night, sew their own clothes, always look put together, and get enough sleep every day.

Before having kids, I actually thought that was possible. Haha! Now I know just how unrealistic that was.

I've let go of being the perfect mom who can do it all. I've found simplicity in all things gives me more freedom and joy in motherhood. With that said, simplifying has allowed me to focus on things that are really important to me and given me more time to be intentional. One of these areas is food. I want my family to eat simple, healthy meals of real food as often as possible.

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I talk to Stephanie from Wingin It On The Homestead.

Key Takeaways From the Episode:

  • She teaches busy moms about modern homesteading, cooking from scratch, and slowing down. 
  • She gives us practical steps to add cooking from scratch into our daily lives without feeling overwhelmed. 
  • She talks about her 'modern homestead' and how she implements these 'lost pastimes' into her household while raising 3 young kids. 

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Jun 25, 2020
058: Making Early Learning Simple (Interview with Alison and Lisa from Learning Begins at Home)
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Early learning is wildly important when it comes to setting your kids up for academic success. But who has time to search Google and Pinterest and create elaborate learning activities for their young kids?

The good news is, early learning doesn't have to be complicated. With a few clever ideas and the things you already have around your house, you and your child can build a solid foundation. 

On this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I chat with Alison and Lisa from Learning Begins at Home. They teach us simple ways to include learning into our everyday without extra work or hassle and how to have fun doing it. 

Alison and Lisa are sisters, mums and teachers with a cumulative experience of over 20 years! They are passionate about learning and development of kids aged 2-6 in being ready for school and life, as this period of time is so crucial!

Their mission is to support as many families as possible to build enriching, family time into their lives. They do this in their membership by supporting you, the parent, to feel empowered in providing inexpensive, creative, and fun screen-free play options that support key developmental skills, using everyday items from your own home. No glitter and unicorn tears needed, just good old grassroots learning!

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Jun 18, 2020
056- How to Use Essential Oils for a Healthier Home and Life (Interview with Amy Wadlington)
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Living simply is about more than just getting rid of stuff. It's about finding ways to improve your life. It's about creating space in your life for what matters most. It's about learning to live with intention.

Part of this journey for me has been about taking care of myself, my family, and our planet with more intention.

Honestly, I had no idea the true power of essential oils just a year ago. The more I've learned, the more I want to learn.

I've learned that these powerful, natural oils can help our minds, bodies, health, emotions, and our homes. The benefits seem endless.

On today's episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I chat with Amy Wadlington from The Lavender Movement. Amy is a single mom to two teenage daughters who loves inspiring busy moms to claim their joy, freedom, & health. After many years of struggling with emotional and physical health, Amy took her family’s health into her own hands, empowered herself with knowledge, and found simple ways to live non-toxic, natural living on a budget.

Amy's insight in this episode is inspiring and filled with applicable takeaways so you can start or continue your journey with essential oils. She even tells us about her favorite oil, which she refers to as her gateway oil.

Links from this episode
Thelavendandermovement.com
The Lavender Movement on Facebook
Simply Earth- Use this link and the coupon code, THESIMPLEHOMEFREE, to get a free bonus box and $40 gift card for your next purchase.

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Jun 11, 2020
057: How to Talk to Kids About Racism with Special Guest Inez Bayardo
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My name is Inez. I am a mom, children’s pastor, digital creator and advocate for anti-racism. I run a podcast called Mocha Mamas where we lead conversations about race, culture, justice and social change. 

I am super excited to be taking over today for Jenna. Jenna, I love your heart in muting yourself today and sharing your platform to address this important topic. 

Jenna asked me if I would share with you some tips on how to talk to your kids about racism. 

This is not an easy topic to talk about. Adults have a hard time discussing it but I wholeheartedly believe that if we start early, our kids can be the ones that bring about the change. 

I’ve heard people say that racism starts in the home. I get the sentiment here but, really, it starts in the heart. As moms we are molding the hearts of our children but we cannot mold a heart to value something that we do not value ourselves. 

So, my first tip is this: check your own heart. Root out the biases that you hold. We all have biases but we must challenge them. And this is a daily action. Do not assume that simply not being racist is enough. It’s not. You have to be anti-racist and in order to be anti-racist, you must challenge the mindsets that systems that keep racism alive and well. Educate yourself, listen and learn. 

The next thing I encourage you to do as a mom is expose your children to people that do not look like them. This can be done in a variety of ways: buy books with a brown main character, buy your white child brown dolls, watch shows and movies with Black/brown centered main characters. Participate in multicultural events in your community. Attend a church that is ethnically diverse. Consider racial demographics when choosing your home, school, dance studio, etc. If you are not a person of color these may not be things that you naturally think about. Be intentional about seeking this out. Diversify your circle of friends and the influences your child has. We fear what we do not know. You may be unintentionally causing your child to fear people of color by not having them around. And so much of what we see going on in the world is a result of that. People fearing others because of the color of their skin. 

Show love and compassion. This goes back to the heart issue, if it’s not in your own heart it’s heard to teach but we must model love and compassion to our children. We must show them that we need to love everyone. 

Get involved in social causes. This doesn’t mean you have to take your kids out to a protest but maybe you will! It was not a protest but I took my son to a MLK march back in January. It was important to me, as he is Black but I saw a dad there with two little white boys and it almost moved me to tears. What a beautiful way to show your children that we are all equal and we should all care about equality and justice. There are so many ways that you can do this - watch documentaries, study civil rights and civil right leaders. Talk about current issues and ways that people are still not treated fairly. Always emphasizing that it is wrong.  Talk to your children about loving all people. Educate them on Black History. Black History is American History. Teach them about people of all colors that have made important contributions to our nation. 

Guard your family against racist people. Mama, it may be time to clean up your friends list or to have a heart to heart with your racist parents. If you want to raise anti-racist children you cannot raise them in an environment that tolerates racism. 

The most important thing is honesty and a conscious decision to raise children that are anti-racist. 

Follow me @inezbayardo. Also, if you want to further this conversation with me, join my Mocha Mamas Facebook group! 

Jun 04, 2020
055: Practical Holistic Health and Wellness for Busy Moms (Interview with Ali Damron)
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Do you have trouble sleeping, feel tired when you wake up in the morning, have difficult periods, feel stressed or anxious, or just not feel your best?

Did you know all of these symptoms and more can be related to your hormones?

Ali Damron has been a licensed acupuncturist and a certified personal trainer for over 11 years. She specializes in women’s health including everything from painful periods, fertility, hormonal balancing, weight loss, pregnancy and postpartum all the way to menopausal symptoms.

On this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, she gives us practical advice for finding balance and focusing on our health with a holistic approach.

Key Takeaways

  • How our hormones play a role in our overall physical and mental health
  • The Hormonal Pyramid and how it impacts you.
  • 3 practical things you can do for optimal health.
  • The signs and symptoms you may experience if you have a hormonal imbalance. 


Links From This Episode

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May 28, 2020
054: How to Take Beautiful Pictures of Your Kids
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This episode is going to be a little different. If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know that I’m a photographer and I teach moms how to use their cameras so they can capture the sweet moments of motherhood. 

 

You can hire a professional photography to get good family photos, but you're the one with your kids during the in between moments, The silly, messy, precious moments that you don't want to forget. 

 

I want you to be able to take beautiful pictures of your family that you and your kids can cherish forever. 

 

This episode is specifically about taking beautiful pictures of your family.

I know for most moms, even if you don’t have a fancy camera and you're using your phone, want to have photos you love as your kids grow. 

 

These six tips are easy to implement and you’ll love giving them a try.

Rather than taking hundreds of so-so photos, start taking photos you can hang up and share. 

 

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May 21, 2020
Practical Budgeting for Busy Families
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The American dream has long been buying a home and a car and maxing out our financing to have the best one we can afford. As we earn more money, it’s often encouraged to upgrade to a newer, nicer version. 

 

But I think we’re starting to see a shift. More and more people are yearning to be financially free so they have time, not stress. 

 

However, it can be a hard shift to make when most of the messaging we see and hear entices us to spend without regret.

 

Learning how to budget as a busy family can feel hard and a little scary. 

 

On today’s episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I chat with Kelly Bowman from Cozy and Comfortable. She’s been on the side of living above her means and understands the stress that comes with. 

 

Over the last few years, her and her husband have worked to streamline their budget and are on their way to their financial goals. She gives practical advice on starting a budget and being able to stay on track and get ahead, even if you’re feeling strapped. 

 

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  • What budgeting looks like for her family.
  • How to start and stay on track with a budget.
  • Simple money saving ideas for families.
  • Why intention spending and creating margins in your finances is so important.
  • Baby steps to getting started if you feel like you’re maxed out.

 

Links from this episode

 

May 14, 2020
052: What Minimalism Really Looks Like with a Family (Interview with Rachelle Crawford)
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Minimalism with a family seems idealistic, at best.


Especially if you’re looking around your house with kids running all around. 


But the idea of living a bit simpler also sounds freeing. 


Is it possible to live with less clutter and less to do when you have a family? Or is it only possible to live this way if you live in a modern city apartment by yourself. 


I asked myself these questions when I first started to feel overwhelmed with all the stuff that entered my life when I had kids. I thought there must be a simpler way to live, but wasn’t sure it could happen until I was done raising my family.


On this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I talked to Rachelle Crawford from Abundant Life With Less. She has such an honest approach to Minimalism and what it really looks like with a family. 


Key Takeaways from this Episode

  • Why Rachelle was drawn to minimalism and how she started.
  • The biggest benefits of minimalism for her and her family. 
  • Changes she’s seen in herself and her family through minimalism.
  • Where to start if you want to get a big impact.
  • Why and how minimalism with a family is possible.


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May 07, 2020
051: 10 Things You Can Do Every Night for Easier Mornings
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Have you ever felt like mornings are too rushed?

This has been a struggle for mine for years, but more so since I've had kids. It feels like we're just rushing around, I'm nagging everyone, and our day starts off on the wrong foot.

I've done a lot of thinking on why this happens and what changes we can make for a more peaceful home in the morning and I've found a system that works for our family.

There are a lot of small tasks that need to be done in the morning. Add the stress of dirty dishes from the night before, things left out of place in a rush to bed, and the stress can be felt and scene.

I started to look at my house like a business. I asked myself, if this was a restaurant, what would I do at night to set myself up for success for the next day? When a business closes, they take certain steps each night to ensure they are good and ready.

So, I thought through our household and what needed to be done to feel successful (and to have less nagging) . That's how I created this list of 10 things. This system has made our lives so much easier and it only takes 20 minutes!

Listen to today's episode of The Simple Home Podcast to learn 10 things you can do every night for easier mornings. You can download a PDF checklist to help you implement this into your life right now.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Learn what 10 things you can do every night for an easier morning. 
  • Use the checklist in your everyday life. 
  • Add or change any item to make it a perfect fit for you and your family. 


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Apr 30, 2020
050: How to Create a Simple Home (Even if You're Busy)
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I want you to stop living from mess to mess and meal to meal. 

From figuring out breakfast, doing laundry, putting the dishes away from the day before, picking up breakfast as your kids make another mess in the living room, you pick up that mess, throw the laundry in the dryer, clean up the accident that just happened in the bathroom, think about what you’re going to have for lunch, all while your kids are asking if you’ll play with them. And on and on it goes until bedtime. 

Yes, life is busy, messes are going to happen, and your family needs to be fed, but this stuff doesn’t have to consume your day.

 

So much of this chaos could be mitigated with a few consistent routines and habits. By getting rid of excess stuff, not the stuff you love, but the stuff you don’t love, you just haven’t gotten around to getting rid of. By finding an organization system that works for you, even if you’ve always struggled with organization (like I have).

 

Right now you’re probably thinking, I know, but I don’t know where to start! It’s all so constant and there’s never a moment to declutter or organize or even just sit down.

 

But we can either find a little time right now or wait until our kids are 20 and we’ve missed it all. 

 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, you’ll learn how to create a simple home (even if you're busy) and why that’s so important. 

 

Key Takeaways

  • Where we’ve come with 50 episodes of The Simple Home Podcast
  • My hopes for you moving forward
  • 5 Steps to create a simple home
  • How we can partner together to simplify your home

 

Links From This Episode

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Apr 23, 2020
049: How to Stay Organized as Your Seasons Change (Interview with Laurie Palau)
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Trying to stay organized as the seasons of life change is challenging, especially if you have kids.

 

The amount of stuff that comes into our lives on a daily basis is almost mind blowing sometimes. 

 

One of my biggest struggles in motherhood is being able to manage the different kinds of clutter as my family grows and changes. On top of the clutter, our routines are always changing as well. If you can relate to this, you’re going to love this episode of The Simple Home Podcast. 

 

Laurie Palau, the owner of Simply B Organized, is a professional organizer who helps families all over the nation with her clutter clinics as well as helps other professional organizers build and grow their businesses. 

 

She talks with us today about how to manage clutter and stay organized as your life seasons change. 

 

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  • Where to start if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the whole process of decluttering. 
  • Why organization is very dependent on processes. 
  • How to stay organized as your family grows.

 

Links From This Episode

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Apr 16, 2020
[Bonus Episode] 2 Quick Tips for Stress Free Meal Planning
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Getting meals on the table can be one of the biggest challenges of raising a family, but it doesn't have to be. 

Like many things, we overcomplicate the whole process of cooking for our family. 

These 2 tips will help you simplify your family meals and the thought that goes into them. 

Apr 14, 2020
048: Get Kids in the Kitchen (Interview with Megan Dague)
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Sometimes the thought of having my kids in the kitchen, cooking with me, makes my heart pump at an almost explosive rate. My mind starts thinking about all the prep work and the mess and the amount of extra time it will take if they help. Not to mention, the sibling bickering and my lack of patience at this time of day. 

 

But Megan has a different view on cooking with kids

Megan Dague runs The Kennett Kitchen in Pennsylvania and has an online membership opportunity for those who aren’t in her local area. She knows the many benefits of getting kids in the kitchen and more importantly the value in getting families together.

 

Through fun baking experiences and challenges, she helps families enjoy quality time together while learning something new and rewarding. 

 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, Megan gives us practical advice on cooking with kids and how we can get kids in the kitchen with less "heart pounding" and more joy.

 

Key Takeaways

  • The benefits of cooking with kids.
  • How to get started if you’re feeling overwhelmed or nervous.
  • What age(s) to start cooking with kids.
  • Unique activities and challenges that are easy and fun for the whole family.
  • How to make it feel like less of a chore and more of a planned activity.

 

Links From This Episode

Apr 09, 2020
[Bonus Episode] Minimalism is the Art of Editing
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I've been obsessed with this idea of editing lately. Maybe it's because we have an opportunity right now to focus on what really matters. Maybe it's because many things I used to take for granted have been 'edited' out of my life, at least for a while. 

Whatever the reason, I think it's incredibly valuable to spend time editing every aspect of your life. Take out the things that don't add value or serve you in a positive way so you have the time and capacity for what God has called you to. 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast i talk about what editing is and how it relates to minimalism, your home, your finances, your schedule, and more. 

Apr 03, 2020
047: How to Declutter Sentimental Items (Interview with Diane Boden
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“Clutter is just postponed decisions” Hemphill

 

This quote is true of all clutter, but especially accurate when talking about sentimental clutter. It’s hard to make decisions about items we feel connected to at a deeper level, but not making the decision just prolongs the amount of time the clutter will stick around. 

 

Getting Stuck When Decluttering Sentimental Items

 

No matter where you are in your steps to declutter your home, I’m sure you’ve run into a snag when it comes to sentimental items. Even the most seasoned organizers and those who are living a seemingly minimal lifestyle have had trouble (and likely still do) with possessions that hold emotional attachment. 

 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I talk with fellow podcaster, Diane Biden. 

 

She gives us practical advice for letting go of the clutter that’s holding us down. Some of us deal with emotional ties to our physical belongings more than others, but none of us are immune. Diane shares how, even though she’s been decluttering and editing her life for several years, she still finds herself stuck with some sentimental items.

 

There’s no one way to go about decluttering sentimental items. 

 

Just like there’s no one way to go about editing all your possessions, there isn’t one right way to go through items that feel hard to let go of. Going one step at a time, however that looks for you, is the best way to make any change. Diane’s tips will help you take the first step in conquering your sentimental clutter.

 

Key Takeaways 

  • Diane’s journey to Minimalism and the benefits she’s seen.
  • What sentimental clutter might be holding you back the most.
  • Why we’re attached to some items more than others.
  • Tips for going through sentimental clutter and deciding what to keep and what to let go of.
  • What area you should start in if you’re at the beginning of your simplifying journey. Before dealing with sentimental items.

 

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Apr 02, 2020
[Bonus Episode] Simple Organizing Tasks you Can Do Today
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If you've been wanting to get rid of clutter and organize your house, but the timing hasn't worked, I encourage you to use some of your time at home right now to get a few things done. Once you have small wins from decluttering, you'll start to feel the impact it can have on your life and you may never find yourself with this amount of time at home again. 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast i give you a few easy areas you can get started with that won't take long, but will have a big impact. 

Apr 01, 2020
[Bonus Episode] Keep It Simple- Not Just A Catchy Phrase
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I'm wired to be productive. I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and get more done in less time, but that's not always the best thing. I often have to remind myself to keep it simple. 

While many of us are stuck at home, I see moms trying to do all the things and 'make the most' of this time. I want you to enjoy the extra time you have at home with your family, but slow down. Don't try to play every game, bake every cookie, hike every trail, organize your whole house, paint the furniture, redo the bathroom. Breathe. Keep it simple. I don't want us all to get to the end of this, back to our regular, busy lives, and miss the opportunity we have to breathe. 

I'm speaking from a place of humility here. I am one who has to remind myself of this every single day. 

It's okay to want to be productive, but not at the cost of what really matters. Keep it simple!


Mar 31, 2020
[Bonus Episode] Listener Question: How do I keep my kids occupied all day?
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This is a question I get often from parents, but especially right now as families are finding themselves at home all day, trying to work, and school they’re kids. 

Although this may feel like a overwhelming task, my answer may surprise you. You don’t actually have to keep your kids busy or entertained all day. 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast I talk about the freedom and benefits that come from not occupying your kids all day and how to make this a reality at your house.

Mar 27, 2020
046: My Favorite Decluttering Advice From Experts I Admire
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Decluttering Advice I Live By

There are so many different ways to go about decluttering and what I've found is it's not a one size fits all thing. It's about finding the decluttering advice that resonates with you and continuing to put tips into practice until you feel good about where you are. 

That's why I've collected my favorite decluttering advice into this episode of The Simple Home Podcast. Over the last several years I have been seeking a simpler home. It's like peeling an onion, but the more layers that come off, the lighter I feel. 

I've read numerous books, taken classes, watched You Tube videos, and learned from many experts. Along the way, some of the best decluttering advice has really changed my life. Getting to a place where your whole life feels lighter will drastically change your perspective and the way you go about your day-to-day. 

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  • My favorite advice on paper clutter.
  • What I learned from Joshua Becker that changed my whole house.
  • The best question to ask when you feel stuck decluttering.
  • How to keep your pantry clutter free and organized.
  • Two of my favorite quotes for keeping a clutter free home you love.

Links From This Episode

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Mar 26, 2020
[Bonus Episode] The 2 Minute Rule + Time Blocking for Homeschool
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One of the best pieces of advice I've ever received is to commit to the 2 minute rule.

This simple switch has changed the way I look at daily chores and helped me create consistent habits and routines that simplify day to day life.

On this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, you'll learn how to implement the 2 minute rule in your life so you can get things done with less effort and enjoy more time to do the things you really want to do.

I also discuss my method for keeping my schedule on track throughout the week and how I'm using that method as I homeschool my kids as we stay home during the coronavirus outbreak. You can download your FREE time blocking workbook with homeschooling bonus pages with this link. 

Mar 25, 2020
[Bonus Episode] Creating Intentional Routines While You're Stuck at Home
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Finding the time to make intentional choices about your day is nearly impossible when you're trying to get to work, get kids to school, manage your house, get food on the table, and run from one place to another.

Being stranded at home because of Covid-19 may not be ideal (and I pray that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy right now), it does provide us with time. Time that we usually only dream of having.

In this short bonus episode I talk to you about using that time with intention to set up new routines that could serve you better when life gets back to normal. Rather than fighting the busy, use this slower time to put good routines in place.

I also talk about one of my favorite resources for engaging my kids in reading during this time, Epic!.This online reading library is filled with tens of thousands of popular books and all 3 of my kids LOVE it! If this sounds like something your kids would like, especially without access to the public library right now, you can get 30 days free by visiting athomewithkids.com/epic.

I am an affiliate for Epic and may receive a small compensation if you sign up under my link. I will never recommend a product or service I do not use and love myself. 

Mar 24, 2020
045: 12 Things You Can Do to Lighten Your Load in Motherhood
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I bet you’ve heard the quote, “The days are long, but the years are short.” from a well meaning person reminding you just how fast your kids will grow up.

 

There are days when I can’t wait to lay my kids down to bed so I have some “me” time, but as soon as I do, all I can think about are the precious moments of the day and just how quickly they’re flying by. 

 

No matter what season you’re in, taking care of your family, there’s no doubt that life is busy. But running from one mess to the next and living in survival mode is not how it’s meant to be.

 

Motherhood is not easy. The day-to-day can feel mundane and unimportant. The routines consist of cleaning, folding, cooking, and serving others. 

 

But the true beauty of motherhood lies just underneath all of this. 

 

You have to uncover it. 

 

You have to lighten your load and make room for what really matters. 

 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I tell you 12 things you can do to lighten your load in motherhood.

 

Key Takeaway 

  • 12 simple things you can do to lighten your load. Take action with one or more of these things today!

 

Links From This Episode

 

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Mar 19, 2020
3 Steps to Get Out of Survival Mode in Motherhood
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Motherhood is too short a season to be living in survival mode. How to make Simple Parenting a reality.

  • If you find yourself running through the days on autopilot, 
  • going from one cleaning task to the next, 
  • and exhausted at the end of every day, 

then this episode is for you. 

 

Learning how to slow down and be intentional with your days will get you out of survival mode and back to a place where you can enjoy the little moments with your kids. 

 

I used to feel a big burden with all the many tasks of being a mom. The cooking and cleaning and managing my house. I was missing out on the sweetest parts. Rather than focusing on what really mattered to me, I was rushing around getting ‘all the things’ done. 

 

I know I’m not the only one who’s felt this way because everywhere I go, I hear the same thing from moms;

 

Me: How are you?

Other mom: Good...busy...tired.

 

Do the conversations you have with your mom friends start this same way? Or are you answering this way?

 

It’s no secret that motherhood is challenging and takes a LOT of mental and physical energy. But it can also be full of joy. And I don’t want you to miss that part!

 

On this episode of The SImple Home Podcast, I give you 3 steps to get you out of survival mode so you can start focusing on the better stuff...the people!

 

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  • How to stay present more often, even if this has been a major struggle for you.
  • How and what to plan ahead for simpler days.
  • Why I use time blocking and how to get started.
  • Why it's important to enjoy the process.
  • How to allow yourself to let things go.

 

Links From This Episode

 

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Mar 12, 2020
043: Where to Start with Toxin Free Living with a Family (Interview with Megan Mikkelsen from Detox by Design)
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Toxin Free Living- Where to start with a family

There’s so much information out there about the toxins that are in our everyday products. 

  • The products we use to clean our house, 
  • our personal products, 
  • our beauty products. 

But like everything, it’s hard to know what information to listen to and where to start if you want to make some changes and live a toxin free (or less toxin) life.

On this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I talk to an expert on the topic of creating a toxin free, healthier home for your family.

Megan Mikkelsen from Detox by Design teaches women how to make changes in their daily life that will lead them to a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle.

She breaks it down into super simple, digestible, chunks so making healthier choices for you and your family won’t feel overwhelming or stressful. 

She provides insightful information about marketing of big companies and how to read labels and make the best choice.

I left this interview with so much applicable wisdom and the confidence to create a healthier home for my family. 

Whether you want to make small changes, do a major overall, or just want more information on living toxin free, this episode is for you. 

Key Takeaways

  • What is Greenwashing and why is it bad?
  • Where to start if you’re brand new to toxin free living and want to make one change.
  • How living toxin free can minimize the amount of products you own and simplify your daily routines.
  • Advice for moms feeling like this is just one more thing to worry about in an already busy life.
  • The cleaning products and beauty products Megan uses and why.

Links from this episode

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Mar 05, 2020
Traveling Light with Kids
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Does the thought of traveling with kids feel overwhelming?

The first time we flew with all three of our kids, we had a 3 year old, a 1 year old, and an infant. We thought we needed car seats, diapers, a pack in play, snacks, clothes, strollers, a baby carrier, and all the other things. I remember thinking, are we sure about this? Traveling with kids might just be too hard. Maybe we should just wait until they get bigger. 

But we knew this would be the only time we’d be able to take our family of 5 somewhere and only pay for 3 tickets (kids 2 and under were considered lap children and didn’t require a ticket), so we went for it.

We’ve always tried to travel light and didn’t want that to change just because we had kids, so we had to make a few changes. 

Here’s a few things we did to travel light with young kids:

  • Checked with hotels and vacation rentals to see who had cribs available so we didn’t have to bring one.
  • Chose locations where we could walk to the things we wanted to see so we didn’t have to rent a car. This saved us money and allowed us to leave car seats at home. 
  • Planned on doing laundry so we could pack fewer clothes.
  • Packed one bag per person that would fit under the seat so we didn’t have to check bags or haul large suitcases through the airport. 
  • Checked our strollers at the gate to help us get through the airport. 

As our kids have grown, some things have gotten easier, but we still need to keep things simple in order to enjoy our vacation. 

That’s why on this episode of The Simple Home Podcast we talk all about traveling with kids. 

Key Takeaways from this episode of The Simple Home:

  • How to pack light so you don’t have so much to carry.
  • How to plan what you see and do on your trip to keep things more enjoyable.
  • How to set and stay on a budget when you travel with your family.
  • Why you don’t have to worry about doing the ‘big things’ on your trip.
  • How to get started no matter what age your kids are.

Links from this episode

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  1. Subscribe to The Simple Home Podcast
  2.  Leave a Rating and Review (just scroll down to “add a review” and click the stars for the rating)
  3. Take a screenshot listening to the podcast and tag @jennaarvidson on Instagram and write “I subscribed”. (This contest is in no way sponsored by Instagram.)
  4. I’ll choose a random winner on February 27, 2020. (If it’s past that date then this contest has ended.) 

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Feb 27, 2020
041: Organization Comes Down to This One Thing
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Having an organized home isn’t as hard as you think.

I know there are people out there who put things back right where they go, every single time. My husband is one of these amazing people. I wish I had this super power, but I don’t. I struggle to get things back in their place and used to think it was because I was lazy or chronically unorganized. 
 
Are you anything like me? Before you label yourself as a messy or lazy person, listen to this episode of The Simple Home Podcast. It’s not your fault that you have trouble staying organized. You just haven’t made this one change in your home. 
 
What I’ve learned is that having an organized home comes down to this one thing and if you can master this, your whole life will feel lighter. 
 Key Takeaways from this episode of The Simple Home:
  • The one change to make to your home so you can finally stay organized.
  • 4 steps to be successful with organizing.
  • Types of organizers so you can figure out your organizational style.
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I’m Giving away one of my favorite things that has helped me tremendously in my simplifying journey andI’l send it to you through the mail! Who doesn’t love a little surprise in their mailbox? Enter by following the steps below!
  1. Subscribe to The Simple Home Podcast
  2.  Leave a Rating and Review (just scroll down to “add a review” and click the stars for the rating)
  3. Take a screenshot listening to the podcast and tag @jennaarvidson on Instagram and write “I subscribed”. (This contest is in no way sponsored by Instagram.)
  4. I’ll choose a random winner on February 27, 2020. (If it’s past that date then this contest has ended.)


Feb 20, 2020
040: Chores for Kids- Age Appropriate Chores and How to Get Started
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Kids chores don’t have to be as complicated as we make it. 

  

Kids don’t need a super long list of things to do. Instead, think of kids chores as a way to help teach kids routines and consistency, as well as self discipline and time management. 

 

I like to include daily and weekly chores into our regular routines to build good habits in each of us. I'll teach you how to do exactly that in this episode. 

  

Key Takeaways from this episode of The Simple Home Podcast:

 

  • I walk you through how chores look in our house.
  • How it’s changed over the years.
  • What we do about allowance.
  • How to get started no matter what age your kids are.
  • Ideas for how to keep them on track.

 

The topic of kids chores comes up often with moms that I work with. It can feel like one more thing to add to your already impossible to-do list, but adding chores into your daily rhythms and creating easy routines for your kids will make everything else easier. Plus the sooner you get started, the sooner you can delegate some of your tasks, making your to-do list lighter.

 

Links from this episode

 

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I'm Giving away one of my favorite things that has helped me tremendously in my simplifying journey andI'l send it to you through the mail! Who doesn't love a little surprise in their mailbox? Enter by following the steps below!

  1. Subscribe to The Simple Home Podcast
  2.  Leave a Rating and Review (just scroll down to "add a review" and click the stars for the rating)
  3. Take a screenshot listening to the podcast and tag @jennaarvidson on Instagram and write "I subscribed". (This contest is in no way sponsored by Instagram.)
  4. I'll choose a random winner on February 27, 2020. (If it's past that date then this contest has ended.)


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Feb 13, 2020
039: Becoming an Intentional Mom: Gracefilled Days, Contentment, and Having Less Stuff (Interview with Desirae Endres)
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Being an intentional mom doesn’t mean you have to be present every moment. 

 

It’s not about perfection. It’s about finding ways to make the most of each season so you can enjoy your kids as they grow. It’s easy to feel like you’re the only one in a daily struggle, trying to keep your house managed, raise your kids, and keep it all together, but most moms are feeling the same stresses. 

 

Today I talked to Desirae Endres from The Minimalish Podcast about what minimalism means to her and why she was so drawn to the concept. She talks about her overwhelm as a new mom and the mental shifts and physical shifts she’s made to allow herself the space to be a more intentional mom. 

 

What I love about Desirae and this conversation is her honest look at motherhood and focusing on what really matters while giving yourself grace in each different season.

 

Learning to live intentionally, finding contentment with what you have, and focusing on what matters, will change how you handle motherhood stress and daily to-do’s. 

 

You’re going to love this episode!

 

Key takeaways

  • How to use a morning routine to set yourself up for a better day.
  • Desirae’s journey to decluttering and simplicity.
  • Why she went down the path of simplifying.
  • Her number one tip for moms. 
  • What a day in Desirae’s life looks like with a toddler and her own business.
  • What she thinks about routines and some she uses right now.
  • Why it’s not just about getting rid of your possessions.
  • Why does minimalism even matter...or does it?

 

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Feb 06, 2020
38: What to do When You Get Stuck Decluttering
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There’s no doubt that you’ll get stuck when you’re decluttering your possessions. You might start out super excited and realize that the task feels massive and you don’t have enough time or the stuff is just too hard to part with. 

 

So, what do you do when you get stuck decluttering and how can you push through the tough spots to get to the finish line?

 

First, you have to identify the reasons you get stuck. Once you understand what’s hard for you, you’ll be more likely to get through it.

 

Then you can encourage yourself with several easy tactics that will keep you moving forward, one step at a time.

 

Decluttering is hard and getting through all the stuff you’ve accumulated is overwhelming and exhausting.

 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we’ll go over 11 ways to break through this barrier and get to the end of your decluttering goals. 

 

Key Takeaways

  • Identify the reasons you get stuck when decluttering your things.
  • Know your purpose and get yourself motivated again to get rid of the clutter.
  • I’ll give you 11 ideas to get you moving again so you don’t stay stuck.

 

Links From This Episode

 

You can live clutter free. I’m rooting for you friend and I know you’re going to love living with less stuff. So don’t give up yet!

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Jan 30, 2020
37: Create Daily Habits that will Transform Your Day
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We often go about our day on autopilot.

 

We want to make changes, work towards goals, and become a better version of ourselves, but we do the same things everyday without giving much thought to how we’re spending our time.

 

Let’s talk about how you can create daily habits that will simplify your day and give you more time for the things that are important to you.

 

If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t get out the door on time in the morning, or why the bedtime routine takes forever, or why you can’t find 15 minutes to read your bible each day, it likely comes down to the habits you’ve created. 

 

I’m a big believer in the power of routines for parents and kids. 

Routines are made up of small habits you do regularly, in a specific order, that maintain a good flow. The beauty of habits is, once you have a habit developed, you no longer have to think through each step, allowing you more time to focus on other things. 

 

This week on The Simple Home Podcast, we talk about the importance of habits and how to use them to transform your day. 

 

Key takeaways

  • Why habits can be both beneficial and harmful.
  • How habits can help you think less throughout the day, and get more done.
  • What habit stacking is and how it can help you manage your daily routine.
  • How to start building good habits.
  • How to use this method to help your kids develop kids too.

 

Links from this episode

 

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Jan 23, 2020
36: Active Spaces, Drop Zones, and Paper Clutter
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There are problem areas in every house.

Areas where you constantly drop items instead of putting them away. Areas where you and your family are coming in and out of frequently. Areas that collect items quickly and haphazardly.

 

I like to refer to these areas as active areas and drop zones. 

 

Active areas and drop zones can be the hardest to declutter because the clutter just keeps building up.

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast we’re going to tackle these difficult areas so you can create systems that take away the frustration of active areas and drop zones. 

 

There is also nothing more stressful than a pile of unsorted papers. Paper often ends up on our counters and is the biggest problem in drop zones or active areas in your home. For this reason, we’ll also discuss how you can manage the paper that comes into your house. It’s easier than you think.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Learn how to identify active areas and drop zones in your house.
  • Create systems to keep clutter out of your most used areas.
  • Relocate homeless clutter so it no longer clutters your counters and other busy areas in your home. 
  • Learn how to manage the never ending paper that comes into your home and takes up valuable space.

 

Links From This Episode


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Jan 16, 2020
9 Ways to Make Time for Decluttering Your Home
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Learning how to make time to declutter is the first step to gaining the momentum you need to declutter your house. 


Getting started with decluttering can be very difficult.Decluttering takes time and time is something most people are lacking. 

No matter how excited you might be to declutter your house, you will likely get stuck, not knowing when to get it done. 

 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we’ll talk about 9 different ways to find time to declutter. Making time for decluttering may seem daunting, but one of the main benefits of living in a clutter free space is getting more time back. Investing the time needed in the early stages will pay you back greatly in the future. 

 

I know it feels hard. It’s no easy task to decide to simplify, but you can do it and you’re going to love having less stuff, so don’t give up!

 

Use these tips to find a few extra minutes to declutter your house. As soon as you do, you’ll have more time to do the things you really want to do. 

 

Key Takeaways

  • Why you need to get started sooner than later with decluttering your house.
  • How to find the time you don't think you have.
  • 9 ways to make time for decluttering your house.

 

Links from this episode

 

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Jan 09, 2020
Setting Goals for the New Year- Designing a Home and Life You Love
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As you look to the new year, you’re likely setting goals and dreaming of what the new year will bring. 

 

It’s always fun to have a fresh start and the excitement can help you accomplish a lot. But setting goals for the new year is more than just coming up with the ideas.

 

How do you create a life you love and set goals that help you get closer to that life? It all starts with getting clear on what that life looks like for you. The 6 different things we talk about in this episode of The Simple Home Podcast will help you find clarity and set goals for the new year that move you closer to a home and life you love. 

 

Key Takeaways

  • We dive into 6 areas that will help you design a home and life you love in the new year. 
  • You’ll learn how to set goals that keep you motivated rather than leave you feeling hopeless. 
  • We’ll talk about the mindsets that will get in your way so you can move past them and do amazing things. 

 

Links From This Episode

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Dec 26, 2019
033: 15 Things I Simplified This Year to Move Towards Simple Living
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Simplifying your house and your life is a journey that takes time.

It’s like peeling an onion. You can do it layer by layer. As you get rid of the first layer, you get more confident and are able to try the next layer. 

 

Over the past few years we’ve been working hard to simplify our house and make our lives feel lighter and more intentional. We’ve decluttered a lot of our stuff, down sized our home, created routines and rhythms that make for a smoother day and more. I’ve learned so much along the way and realize that each step has created a snowball effect that makes every other area feel more manageable. 

 

In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I walk you through 15 areas I simplified this year, and how you can streamline the same areas in your house. 

 

Key Takeaways

  • 15 things I’ve simplified that you can simplify as well.
  • How simplifying these areas has helped the rest of my life feel lighter.
  • I talk through each thing and the process I went through.
  • Some of the areas we talk about: Cleaning, laundry, toys, paper clutter, wardrobes, gifts, and so much more. 

 

Links in this episode

Dec 18, 2019
032: Overcoming Perfectionism and Finding Yourself as a Mom
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Perfectionism and comparison in motherhood is a common struggle.

 

Mom guilt can rob you of the true joy of being a mom and paralyze you from growing into the mom and woman you're made to be.

 

Jamie Weisler, from Divinely Equipped, shares her story with this struggle and how she got to the other side on The Simple Home Podcast today. She shares how she found herself to be frustrated, overwhelmed, yelling and nagging, and this became her normal. 

 

Now Jamie supports other moms as they find their identity in motherhood and learn to live without the guilt, perfectionism, and comparison that motherhood often brings. 

 

If you’ve ever felt like everyone else has it all together and you’re the only one who can’t keep up, this episode is for you. This conversation with Jamie will encourage you in your journey. You are enough and the perfect mom for your kids!

 

She also reminds us how important it is to take care of ourselves so we’re more capable of taking care of others without feeling completely defeated. 

 

Key Takeaways

  • How to get passed the feeling of not measuring up
  • How to be present in each area of your day.
  • How to find your own identity in motherhood. 
  • Why you are the perfect mom for your kids.

 

Links from this episode

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Dec 11, 2019
031: Create A Lighter, More Enjoyable Holiday Season
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Do you ever get to the end of the holiday season and feel like you missed it all?

 

  • You spent too much money,
  • said yes to too many obligations,
  • packed in too many activities,
  • brought mounds of new items into your home and can't find a place for them,
  • and you feel exhausted.

 

Rather than a simple holiday season with family and friends, you ended up running the rat race with everyone else. 

 

This year, let's change that. 

Let's create a lighter holiday season that leaves us feeling refreshed and rejuvenated heading into the new year

Let's make space for the things we want to do and say no to everything else. 

 

Much of the stress of the holidays comes from gift giving and shopping. The traditional view of Christmas is a tree over flowing with toys on Christmas morning. But what usually happens is these gifts are enjoyed in the moment of opening and then discarded for the next thing and everyone's left feeling a bit deflated. 

 

If you wish you could make gift giving (especially to your kids) easier, more enjoyable, and more meaningful as well as keep your holiday season filled with joy, not stress, this episode is for you.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Get through the season without debt.
  • Create the season you want and will most enjoy.
  • Learn how to slow down and say no.
  • Buy and give gifts in a way that works for you.
  • Let go of traditions that don't serve you and create traditions that do.
  • Most importantly, don't miss the good stuff and start the new year exhausted and in debt.

 

Links From This Episode

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Dec 05, 2019
030: Find balance and simplicity in the chaos of motherhood- Interview With Shanna From Hello Beautiful Chaos
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We’ve all heard the saying, “I was a really good mom before I had kids.”

 

Balancing motherhood and life is hard and can often feel overwhelming.

 

You’re trying to take care of your kids, manage a house, get meals on the table, take care of yourself, be present, be a good wife, be a good friend, be a good mom, and on and on. It’s no wonder that many of us feel like we’re failing and can’t keep up. 

 

It’s easy to feel defeated when you look at the highlight reel on social media.

You wonder why everyone else seems to have it all together and you can’t seem to balance motherhood and life. You’re not alone. I promise, if you talk to any mom, you’ll find we all feel the same way. 

 

But you were made for this job. You were made to be a mom to the kids you have and you are equipped to do so. 

 

Key Takeaways From This Episode

  • You’re own personal ‘stuff’ doesn’t go away just because you have kids.
  • How to put non-negotiables in your life to give you a sense of control.
  • It’s okay to ask for help.
  • The only time managing tip you’ll ever need
  • How to “be where your feet are”

 

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Links Mentioned In This Episode:

 

Other Episodes You’ll Love:

 

More about Shanna from Hello Beautiful Chaos

I help overwhelmed moms remember their worth and find hope amidst the chaos through faith, mindset and community!

I’m an expert encourager & busy mama with a mild coffee obsession. I’m also the survivor of a broken past, lost identity, misplaced trust and forgotten self-worth.

Its my passion to help busy mamas journey through the beautiful chaos and become who you are called to be!

Instagram: @Shannaalonge

Join the community on Facebook Community: Hello Beautiful Chaos Group

Website: www.hellobeautifulchaos.com

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Nov 28, 2019
029: Theresa Haddow On Family Time, The Importance Of Art, And An Amazing Non-Toy Gift For Kids
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I think we would all agree that the reason we want to simplify our lives is to enjoy more quality time with the people we love, doing the things we want to do. But we look at Pinterest and Facebook and see all the activities we’re supposed to be doing, that even family time feels overwhelming. It’s impossible to keep up and do it all. 

 

With that said, you probably do want to enjoy a few crafts or other activities with your children from time to time.

 

  • You just don’t know how to fit it in.
  • You don’t know how to come up with a meaningful craft,
  • get it all set up,
  • collect the materials,
  • and still enjoy the process with your child.

 

I get it. I’ve had that experience where I find the perfect craft online, I spend hours getting it all ready, I think I’m going to have a blast with my kids, but instead we’re all frustrated by the end and the whole experience is a mess. 

 

This week on The Simple Home Podcast, my guest Theresa Haddow, the founder of The Create Kit, talks about her monthly subscription box that makes crafting with kids easy and fun. She had these same struggles, but knew she wanted to craft with her kids as they grew. She knows the value in arts and crafts from an early age and wanted to simplify the whole process for herself and other parents struggling with the same thing. 

 

One of my favorite parts of her subscription is what an amazing non-toy gift this would make for any child or mother in your life.

 

 

I love finding gifts that are meaningful and that don’t add one more toy to our house, and this one is perfect. It comes in the mail, is incredibly reasonably priced, and there are many different packages available to suit your needs. If you also love to give (or get) non-toy gifts for your kids, you’ve got to check these out. 

 

If you’ve ever wished you could include arts and crafts in your child’s life, more regularly, but can’t seem to find the time, this episode is a must. 

 

Key Takeaways 

 

  • Theresa shares the developmental benefits of her craft boxes for your children
  • She tells how you can easily use them to fill gaps of open time rather than spending hours getting things set up.
  • She talks about why she started this business and how she was able to pursue this passion while raising a young child.
  • She gives you all the details about what comes in each box and what you can expect.
  • As a thank you, she gives a special bonus for those who sign up for a membership

 

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Nov 20, 2019
028: Paper Clutter And Kids- What To Do With Schoolwork, Artwork, And Other Kid Papers
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I know I'm not the only parent who gets piles of papers from my kid's school every week. From notes to fliers, to artwork, and school work. It is a constant source of paper clutter that I'm battling daily. 

 

 

 

Even if you don't have school age kids yet, I bet you get paper from the library, the dentist or doctor, artwork your child does, stuff from daycare, and more. The paper clutter that comes into our homes from our weekly mail is a lot, but add on the paper that comes from our kids and it can quickly get overwhelming.

 

 

 

On this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we're going to conquer the paper clutter.

 

 

 

You'll learn how to manage the endless stream of clutter and curate a few special pieces for your children as they grow. 

 

Instead of keeping boxes of schoolwork, you'll learn an easy system for keeping the memories in a simple way that will allow you and your kids to enjoy them.  

 

 

 

No more piles of papers on your counter and your desk top, begging for your attention.

 

 

 

Instead, put systems in place that make piles unnecessary and easy to handle. 

 

 

 

Key Takeaways

 

  • How to store the paperwork and what to keep.
  • What to do each time papers enter your home.
  • An easy way to display the drawings and other creations your kids make daily.
  • My exact process for dealing with paper and keeping mementos for my kids.

 

 

 

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Nov 14, 2019
027: The Secret To Getting Your Time Back As A Busy Mom
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If you're anything like me, you struggle to get everything done in a day and often feel like you can't fit in the important things.

 

You need a way to find more time in your week!

 

This week on the Simple Home Podcast I interviewed Jamie Dadant. She's an expert when it comes to finding extra time in your day and setting your priorities so you can feel good about what you've accomplished by the end of each week. She breaks down 5 simple steps you can take each week to find 5 or more extra hours of time.

I learned so much from this episode and was easily able to take her tips and apply them to my life right away. These are my favorite kinds of episodes. (Practical and easy to implement!)

The best part is, Jamie gives you a free PDF worksheet to walk you through the process she outlines in the episode. Make sure to download the worksheet before you listen.

 

Key Takeaways

 

  • Why ‘busy’ can feel like a badge of honor.
  • The mom guilt that comes along with doing less.
  • How to get clear about your priorities.
  • 5 simple steps you can follow to find 5 or more hours in your week.
  • The mindset shift that's essential to living a more intentional life.

Learning how to find more time and use your time with intention will change your life. No longer will you constantly say, "I'm busy", or feel drained at the end of every day.

 

Learn how to use this 5 step process to plan your week.

 

Links For This Episode

 

 

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Nov 07, 2019
026: The 6 Phases Of Successful Decluttering And Organization
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Have you ever been in the never ending cycle of organizing and reorganizing and putting things in new containers, and moving things to a new room and organizing again? It feels like it never stops, doesn’t it? I know this all too well from my own experience. 




Decluttering and organization can be never ending.


 


The terms, organization and decluttering, often get confused. Or the decluttering phase gets overlooked completely. 


 


Organization looks different for everyone. Being organized is about creating spaces and systems that make your life easier, not just prettier. There are a few steps to put into place to ensure your organization systems work so you can get out of that never ending cycle we talked about above. 


 


In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast, we’ll talk about the difference between organization and decluttering and help you set up a system that works for you.


 


Key Takeaways


  • What happens when you organize and what doesn’t happen.
  • The 1st step you must take for successful organization (that often gets skipped).
  • How to start with small, attainable steps. 
  • My 6 phase approach to make decluttering possible and much simpler.


 


Links From This Episode



Oct 31, 2019
025: Create And Maintain A Clutter Free Toy Space
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Can I tell you a secret?

 

I’ve bought way too many toys for my kids. Creating a clutter free toy space has been a challenge for me at times. I’ve purchased toys for them that have never been played with. I’ve had a hard time getting rid of things because I wanted so badly for my kids to love and play with, but never really did. 

 

If toy clutter is taking over your house, you’ve probably done the same thing.

 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed quickly with toy clutter, even at the earliest stages of your child’s life. As your child grows, has new interests, receives gifts, and so on, your toy clutter will grow exponentially. However, much of this toy clutter is meaningless to your child and can actually be a detriment to enjoyable, purposeful play.

 

In this episode you’ll learn how to create a clutter free toy space and set up a system to make it more manageable in the future. 

 

Key takeaways

  • The essential first step when tackling toy clutter.
  • How to get started with determining your beliefs about toys and play.
  • How to declutter, organize, and create systems around the toys in your house.
  • The negative affect toy clutter has on your kids.
  • What this process will teach your children and stay with them throughout their life.
  • Mom guilt and toy clutter- why they go together.

 

You and your kids are likely feeling stress from your toy clutter, whether you realize it or not. Creating a space with the right toys will encourage creativity, communication, innovation, and emotional growth. Getting rid of toy clutter is time well spent. 

 

Links from this episode

 

 

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Oct 24, 2019
024 How To Break Your 'Busy' Habit- 20 Smart tips For Becoming Less Busy
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Ever feel like you can't possibly do everything you need to do in one day and still have time for the things that really matter? 

 

We're all busy and it's becoming more and more common for parents to constantly be rushing from one thing to the next. In this episode of the Simple Home Podcast, you'll learn how to break your busy habit so you can live with intention. 

 

Being chronically busy has a negative impact on your whole family. You're less likely to eat meals together which means less opportunity to foster healthy eating habits and conversation. Busy families have less time for unstructured play which encourages creativity, conflict resolution, and so much more, I could go on and on, but I'm sure you've felt the impact busyness can have on your family. 

 

In this episode you'll learn:

  • How busyness can be avoided
  • 10 things to start doing today
  • 10 things to stop doing today
  • The 2 phases you need to take out of your vocabulary

 

Learning to slow down and create downtime in your schedule will enhance your life in so many ways. When you learn to break your ‘busy’ habit, you'll feel less stressed and have more patience with your kids. And, beyond all that, you'll have the time you need to do the things that really matter to you.

Links From This Episode

 

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Oct 17, 2019
023 Our Debt Free Story- Becoming Financially Free
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Living with debt is stressful and exhausting. According to CNBC, the average American has $38,000 in personal debt. Not including a mortgage. Getting out of debt takes intention and hard work. No matter where you're starting, living debt free is possible. 

 

In this episode of The Simple Home podcast  I'm going to tell you our debt free story.

 

I'll start at the beginning, tell you how we had to change our mindset around spending and where we are now. 

 

Here's a peek at what we'll talk about:

  • How I used to think about money
  • Our struggle with stuff
  • What happened when we had kids
  • How we started our journey to debt free living
  • Why we sold our house
  • The 3 small changes that made the biggest impact on our savings.

 

This episode is meant to inspire you to start your own debt free journey so you can live with less financial stress. You don't need to follow our steps exactly to be successful. In fact, everyone's story will look much different than ours. But if you make the commitment to start now you'll be on your way to debt free living. Small changes will create a big impact and a year from now you'll be so glad you started today.


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Oct 10, 2019
022: How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe For Motherhood
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Creating a capsule wardrobe

Clothes can add an unnecessary stress to your life. They take up a lot of your time, a lot of your space, and a lot of your money. Your wardrobe plays a big part in your life. Maybe a larger part than you realize. Learning how to minimize your wardrobe, create a capsule wardrobe, and simplify your closet can save you time, money, and energy.

 

There are a lot of reasons we buy clothes and why we hold onto them. In this episode we dive deep into several of these reasons so you can start making mindset shifts around buying clothes and understand why you keep the clothes you have. 

 

Once you understand this, we will talk about what clothes you need and want in your closet right now. We'll go through questions you can ask yourself to find your perfect wardrobe. 

 

By the end of this episode of the Simple Home Podcast, you'll know how to shift your mindset around clothes, how to minimize your wardrobe, and how to create a capsule wardrobe that's perfect for you and your life right now. 

 

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How To Get Started With Decluttering

Oct 03, 2019
021: How To Feed Your Picky Eater
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Getting healthy meals on the table is hard enough.


But getting your children to actually eat it is even tougher. Some nights it feels impossible. I’ve had my share of frustration around how to feed my picky eater. 

  • There’s been nights when my kids didn’t eat anything, 
  • nights when we battled over every bite, 
  • tears and outbursts (from adults and kids!). 

 

Over the past few years I’ve learned to let go of the struggle and found simpler ways to feed my family and instill good eating habits in my kids. Much was learned through trial and error, but I owe much of my mealtime sanity to a few experts I’ve learned from. In everything with parenting, I’m constantly learning. And I hope you are too. It’s okay to seek out answers for what you don’t already know. 

 

In today’s episode of The Simple Home Podcast, I share applicable tips from a few of my favorite experts on the topic of feeding your picky eater. 


I talk about everything from 

  • setting the right foundation to 
  • developing healthy habits to 
  • setting up your kitchen for success. 

 

If you’ve ever felt that mealtimes are a struggle and you dream of family mealtimes with less fuss and more laughs than this episode is for you. Know that you aren’t the only mom who gets reluctance when you feed your kids anything other than mac and cheese. 

 

But it’s possible to change the way your family eats together and the eating preferences your child has established. 

 

Links From This Episode

Sep 26, 2019
020: Morning Routines, Nightly Routines, And Daily Resets For Families
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Do you ever feel like motherhood is just one big ground hog day experience? There are so many tasks you have to complete day in and day out, sometimes multiple times, just to keep the house running and the kids (and husband) alive. 

In order to thrive in motherhood, rather than feel buried or burdened by it, you need to set up morning routines, night routines, and daily resets.

 

Starting your day off right and keeping the flow running smoothly is only possible if you have routines and rhythms in place to help you manage all the to-dos.

 

Imagine if you woke up to a clean kitchen, had space to breathe, and went to sleep feeling recharged for the next day. It wouldn't be realistic to promise you a perfect day everyday, (especially if you have little running around), but I can promise that having routines in place will simplify your life and lighten your load. 

 

This week on the Simple Home Podcast I teach you:

  • what a daily reset is, 
  • how to set them up to make your day run smoother, 
  • and how you can use them to keep your house feeling tiny and clean. 

We also talk about starting and ending your days with simple routines so you feel ready and relaxed. 

  • I'll tell you what I do during these times 
  • and what I recommend as you develop your own routines. 

 

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Sep 19, 2019
019: Clutter Free With Kids- Why Family Minimalism Is So Important (Interview with Joshua Becker)
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If you've ever felt like living clutter free with kids is impossible, this episode of The Simple Home Podcast is for you. 

Minimalism with a family is possible and as we learn during this interview with Joshua Becker, it may even make the other parts of parenting a bit more enjoyable. 

 

Being a minimalist isn't about owning a certain amount of items or living in a perfectly clean house. 

Minimalism is about owning the possessions that bring you life and getting rid of the excess. It's about letting go of the things on your schedule that don't fulfill you. Decluttering and living simpler with your family allows you to make room for what matters most. 

 

In this episode of the simple home podcast, I interview Joshua Becker from becoming minimalist. He and his wife have been on this journey with their two kids for several years and his advice is invaluable. I left this conversation ready to continue simplifying and feeling more at peace with where I am right now. 

 

For me, letting go of the excess stuff in our lives has opened up a new level of calm. 

I'm not a perfect mom, 

  • I still get frustrated and have days when being a mom feels REALLY hard. 
  • My house is still messy most of the time. 
  • I still end up bringing extra items into my house I wish I wouldn't have. 
  • I still feel guilty when I say no to my kids about a toy they think they can't live without. 

 

This has been my favorite podcast episode yet. You don't want to miss it!

 

What we talk about in this episode

  • Joshua tells us how he got started with minimalism. His story really hit home with me and I think it will you too.
  • Why minimalism might be even more important for families than anyone else.
  • How you can handle the ‘envy’ your kids may experience when they see all the things other kids have. And how to say no without feeling bad about it.
  • Joshua’s best advice for moms looking for a simpler life. The one thing he tells us to do will literally change the way you start everyday.
  • So many nuggets of wisdom I can't list them all here!

 

Links for this episode

 

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Sep 12, 2019
018: How To Get Your Child To Sleep Better So You Can Too (Interview with Lindsey from Sleep Little Lamb)
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Where did the phrase, "sleep like a baby” come from? 

 

I'm not sure I've ever met a parent who looked or felt well rested. 

It can feel exhausting to try and figure out how to get your child to sleep better so you can get the sleep you need too.

Baby's don't just come out of the womb sleeping on our schedule and they seem to grow and change so rapidly it's hard to get a good rhythm and routine for family sleep. 

 

Just like all parenting topics, theres so much information out there about child sleep needs, it can be overwhelming to figure out what works best for your child at each stage. That's why I invited Lindsey from Sleep Little Lamb on the Simple Home Podcast podcast this week. 

 

Lindsey's a professional sleep consultant and has so much wisdom for parents at every stage, from prenatal to preschool, on how to get your child to sleep better. 

 

I have three kids, 7, 5, and 3, and I thought I was past needing advice from a sleep consultant. But I've got to tell you, Lindsey has nuggets of wisdom for all of us. In this episode she gives us practical advice that we can put into practice today and see results. 

 

I'm a huge advocate for getting good sleep (although I have to be honest, I struggle to make sure I do much of the time). 

 

Adequate sleep is just as important for us as it is for our children and getting your child to sleep well will allow for you to get the rest that you need as well. When you don't have enough sleep your fuse is shorter, just like that of a toddler running on little sleep and we all know what kind of behavior erupts when we're in this cycle. 

 

If you've ever felt frustrated with your child's sleep patterns or just completely exhausted, wishing you could get your family on a better sleep schedule, you've got to listen to this episode. Make sure to also check out Sleep Little Lamb where you can get lots of resources for every stage of your child's sleep and find out how Lindsey might be able to help you.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Practical tips for each sleeping stage
  • How to know when your child is ready for a new schedule.
  • What to do if you have more than one child who’s struggling to sleep well.
  • How to know when it's time to go from two naps to one or one nap to no naps.
  • What a sleep consultant can do for you and your family.

 

Links from this episode

Sep 05, 2019
017: How to FINALLY get organized
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I used to organize and then reorganize and then organize some more. I can't tell you how many countless hours of my life I've spent organizing stuff.


Even when I was little, I remember trying to organize my room. I used to collect everything. I was very attached to the things I had and never got rid of anything. I would get new tubs to put my things in and stack them up in a new way. I'd reorganize my bookshelf to include my new things. I'd fill every inch with stuff. I considered it organized if similar stuff was in the same bucket. It didn't matter if the stuff was hard to get to or stacked on top of each other or even if I used it. I thought I was organized, but I couldn't figure out how to get organized for good!

 

After years of doing this, I finally realized what was keeping me from actually staying organized.


In this episode of The Simple Home Podcast I tell you what I was missing in the process and why I kept failing even though I owned a million tubs.


We'll discuss 3 steps you can take if you find yourself on the same organization roller coaster.


Key Takeaways


  • The 3 steps that need to be followed in order to get and stay organized.
  • Why clutter is keeping you from creating organization that lasts.
  • The step most people forget to take after organizing that's essential for lasting success.

 

Links from the episode

 

 

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Aug 29, 2019
016: How To Set A Budget, Stick To It, And Avoid Common Mistakes
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Do you know how much money you make each month or how much you spend? If not, you’re not alone. Setting a budget and sticking to it might be one of the hardest tasks we have as adults, especially if we’re raising a family. 

 

In this week’s episode of The Simple Home Podcast we talk about how to set a budget and stick to it so you can be in charge of your money. Now if you’re running away screaming at the idea of budgeting, stick with me. If you’re serious about living a simpler life, being free of money stress is an integral part of the journey. It may seem painful at first, especially if you’ve been living beyond your means for a while now. But it gets easier. As soon as you know how much money you have coming in and your current spending habits, it’ll be easier to create a budget that works for you.

 

There are several different ways to set a budget, but I want you to keep things simple. That’s why, in this episode, I give you 4 easy steps to follow to get started with a budget so you see the success right away. 

 

Key Takeaways


  • We discuss how budgeting can help set you up for financial freedom.
  • I give you 4 simple steps I follow each month to create and stick to a budget.
  • We go through several mistakes most people make when it comes to budgeting so you can avoid them.


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Aug 22, 2019
015: 8 Difficult Areas To Declutter And How To Get Started
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Have you ever started decluttering your home and found yourself completely stuck right away? You may be trying to declutter an area that is just too hard in the beginning stages of the process. In this episode we talk about 8 difficult areas to declutter and I give you some tips on how you can get started so you no longer feel stuck. 


Give yourself some grace as you listen to this episode, but also challenge yourself to get rid of things you’re having a hard time with. Allow yourself to let go of these things so you no longer have the stress of having excess stuff around you. 


I also want you to remember that you don’t have to get rid of everything. The purpose of decluttering should be for you to get to a place where you love being in your home and you’re able to enjoy and use the things you have. If you have a hobby that takes up a lot of space, but love everything about that hobby, then feel free to keep the items necessary for that hobby. 


The goal is not to own nothing. The goal is to put less importance on the physical items you own and more importance on the life you’re living. 


Key Takeaways

  • We talk about 8 difficult areas to declutter.
  • I give you several tips for each area that will help you declutter the hardest areas of your house.
  • I talk about examples from my own life and how I’ve overcome areas that were difficult for me. 


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Aug 15, 2019
014: Easy Ways to Save Money Every Month
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Having kids means you're probably spending more money and it can be hard to find ways to save money every month. But having some left over money each month can ease your stress greatly.

 

If you've made the decision to live a simpler life, then saving money should go hand and hand with getting rid of excess stuff. Getting your finances in order is about giving yourself freedom and the peace that comes with it. As you declutter your things and your time, your money will naturally get easier to handle, but having ways to save money every month will only boost your progress towards financial freedom. 

 

In this episode I'm going to give you 44 easy ways you can save money. Just choosing a couple of the ideas could add hundreds in your pocket each year. Not all of them will resonate with you, but it's my hope that many of them will. Don't forget to download your checklist with the ideas I talk about in the episode, plus a few extras!

 

Key Takeaways 


  • 44 money saving ideas you can try today.
  • Resources that will help you get started with many of the ideas.
  • Recommendations that work for anyone, even large families.


Some of these links are affiliate links. If you purchase something through one of these links I may receive a small commission. I will never recommend a product or service I don't use and love myself. 

 

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Aug 08, 2019
013: How To Keep Your House Clean Using Anchors And Routines
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Do you struggle to keep your house clean, but just haven't found the right system yet?

 

I've tried every cleaning schedule I could find on Pinterest and have failed at 99% of them. Something happens to me when I put restraints on myself. If I mess up once, I can't get myself back on track. 

 

You may have unreasonable expectations on yourself when it comes to keeping your house clean, especially if you're trying to raise a family at the same time. 

 

This episode is not about maintaining a perfecting clean home. It's about finding ways to implement your main cleaning tasks into your day with little thought. 

 

In my opinion, cleaning should be a family activity. If everyone enjoys the comforts of the home, then everyone should participate in keeping it nice. Of course this will look different in different stages of your children's lives, but starting them early will help you tremendously later. 

 

In this episode I'll tell you how I finally found a system that worked for keeping my house clean. I'll teach you how to use anchors to make these tasks a part of your day rather than an extra task you have to complete.

 

Key Takeaways

  • The big thing that's making cleaning your house much harder.
  • How to create anchors that will help you get your daily cleaning tasks done with little thought.
  • Why it's important to involve your kids at every age.
  • How to cut down the amount of time you spend on each task tremendously.

 

Links from this episode

 

Email me (jenna@athomewithkids.com) to set up a quick consultation- We'll set up a plan to get you decluttered and organized for good. 

 

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Aug 01, 2019
010: How To Get More Time In Your Week
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Not having enough time in a day is probably the biggest complaint I hear from moms and parents in general. 

How are you supposed to get everything done and still have time to be present with your kids?

Why are your kids growing so fast and why does it feel like you’re missing it all?

 

I’m going to give you some tough love here. What it often comes down to is how we spend the time we have. The only way to take a good look at how your time is spent is to get really honest with yourself about where that time is going. We all get exactly the same amount of time in a week. Yet some people seem so at peace with their time and others are constantly rushing through life. 

 

In this episode we’ll talk about how you can get time back every week and use it intentionally. Stop frantically trying to finish your to-do lists and start being in control of how you spend your time. 

 

Key Takeaways

  • The way you spend your time comes down to 2 things.
  • I’ll give you strategies to change the way you spend your time.
  • I’ll take you through a process for analyzing your time and allocating your flexible time to your true priorities.
  • We’ll talk about the importance of white space on your calendar every day.

 

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Jul 25, 2019
012: How To Parent With Less Stuff And Less Stress With Denaye Barahona
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Motherhood can feel a wee bit exhausting at times. With all there is to do and manage, finding the space to enjoy our kids can be nearly impossible. 

That's why I find such value in today's conversation with Denaye Barahona. She gives amazing insight into how to parent with less stuff and less stress. Her practical advice is both easy to listen to and easy to implement into your day to day life. 

Just like many things in life we often overcomplicate parenting. But when you're deep in the clutter that often comes with kids, the never ending activities and obligations, and the tantrums and boogers, it's hard to see a way out. 

This episode of The Simple Home Podcast will give you a new perspective and a little more compassion for yourself. 

 

Key Takeaways

  • Denaye shares her journey to helping families live simpler and parent with more joy. 
  • We talk about how busyness and clutter can have a negative impact on us and our kids.
  • We discuss the benefits of boredom and getting kids involved in the day to day tasks.
  • Denaye shares her wisdom for us about handling sibling rivalries and so much more. 

 

Links from this episode

 

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Jul 18, 2019
009: The Mental Load Of Having Too Much Stuff
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Clutter can have a negative impact on your brain and the way you are living your life. This is one of the most important reasons to take a look at the excess in your life and decide if it’s time to make a change. 


There are so many reasons why we have a tendency to accumulate ‘stuff’. It’s different for everyone and so is our tolerance level of how much stuff we can have around before being impacted. 


Science is pretty conclusive that the amount of physical items we have and the amount of mental clutter we have is taking a toll on our well-being. 


If you’ve ever felt anxious or stressed when you walk in your door or you feel like you can’t keep up, your clutter may be the cause. You may also notice these same things in your kids. Perhaps they get irritable towards the end of the day or can’t seem to focus on one thing. Your home should be your place of rest and calm at the end of a busy work day. 


In this episode we dive into the impact too much stuff has on our mind and how getting rid of the clutter in our homes can decrease our mental load.


Key Takeaways

We talk about how we get attached to physical things and what marketers do to make this happen at the store. 

I go through different kinds of clutter that creeps up on us and impacts our mental load.

We discuss some science behind this.

I give you easy steps you can decrease the clutter in three different areas of your life so you can find more peace in your day to day life. 



Links

Research https://unclutterer.com/2011/03/29/scientists-find-physical-clutter-negatively-affects-your-ability-to-focus-process-information/


Jul 10, 2019
011: How To Manage Stress And Anxiety In Motherhood
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Do you ever feel like you’ve been “on” all day with your children and just don’t have anything left? You feel exhausted, irritable, and overwhelmed. 

 

You’re not alone. Stress and anxiety can sneak up on you and affect the way you feel and the way you parent. 

 

Learning how to manage the stress that naturally builds up throughout the day and weeks is crucial to living your best life and thriving in motherhood. 

 

In this episode we’re going to talk about how to manage stress and anxiety in motherhood. There are many different levels of anxiety and you may be struggling with anxiety periodically as you parent, or you may be completely overtaken with anxiety. If you’re experiencing the latter, I encourage you to seek professional help. (Please note that neither myself nor my guest are experts or doctors ad want you to get the help that you need should it be necessary).

 

There is so much on your plate as a mom. So many worries, so many to-do’s, so many questions to answer and messes to clean up. It’s easy to fall into a dark place. Either for a moment, a day, or longer. 

 

Inez Bayardo from For The Love Of Mom, talks with us today about her struggle with anxiety, why she feels it’s so important for moms to deal with their own anxiety and stress, and what you can do to recognize your anxiety as well as ways to manage it .

 

Her insight is so inspiring and you are going to love this episode!

 

Key Takeaways

 

  • Inez shares with us her personal struggle with anxiety.

 

  • We talk about why the presence of stress and anxiety can be detrimental in motherhood.

 

  • Inez shares some signs we should look for to let us know if we may be anxious or overly stressed.

 

  • We learn easy ways to help reduce the anxiety we may be feeling. 

 

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Helpful articles we talked about today:

 

 

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Jul 04, 2019
008: How To Change Your Mindset About Money And Your Spending Habits
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Money is a sensitive topic and I know it may be one you don't love to talk about.

 

However, I don’t think you can ever fully live the life you want if you don’t have a handle over this part of your life. 

 

As you begin to simplify your possessions, money is an aspect of your life you should give attention to. One of the great things about having and wanting less material stuff is the positive aspect it will have on your spending habits. 

 

However, we live in a society (especially if you live in the US) that urges constant consumerism. Because of this we often spend more than we make and make mindless purchases. 

 

This episode will get you thinking about how you view money and what you want your money picture to look like. I am not a financial expert and in no way want you to make all your financial decisions off this one episode. What I want is for you to find peace with your money so you can start to use it purposely, in a way that gets you closer to the life you want to live. 

 

Key Takeaways

 

  • We’ll talk about mindset and 4 different uses of money.
  • I tell you how you can start to change your spending habits by asking yourself 4 questions before you buy anything.
  • I give you several action steps you can start today to get your spending and saving on the right track.
Jun 26, 2019
007: How To Curate Your Toys And Create The Perfect Play Space
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This episode is all about toys.

 

If you have kids you can probably relate with the toy overload that creeps into your house. Whether you purchase the toys or they come home from another well meaning individual, they seem to just keep coming.

 

In this episode I’ll tell you how to choose the very best toys for your kids and how to keep the toys to a manageable level. It can feel nearly impossible to know which toys to allow into your house and what to try and keep out so we’ll also discuss a few questions you can ask yourself when choosing these toys.

 

Your child(ren) will benefit from having fewer things to play with as they grow.

 

Play is super important in development and by no means do I want you to disregard this, but curating your toy space can help your children get the most out of their playtime and keep you from losing your mind every time you go into that space.

 

Key takeaways

  • I give you questions to think about as you start to design your playspace (it doesn’t have to be a whole room devoted to toys. I’m talking about any area you decide to keep toys, including just a simple toy box or shelf.)
  • I talk you through how to decide what toys to include in your new space.
  • I tell you what I keep in my house for our kids to play with. (All 3 of my kids play with the same toys and have for several years).
  • We talk briefly about mindset so you can keep it up and stay intentional about your toy space.
  • I tell you how I handle the little trinkets that come home from birthday parties, the dentist or doctor’s office, and everywhere else we go.

 

Jun 20, 2019
006: Take The Stress Out Of Getting Meals On The Table For Your Family
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Getting meals on the table can consume your thoughts and your time. 


In this episode I simplify the meal planning process and help you gain control over meal times without feeling stressed or frantic.


Forget the Pinterest meals and make meals that take less time and meals your family will actually eat. 


I've tried and failed at numerous meal planning guides. It felt harder to make a plan than just to get something on the table, but then I realized it wasn't because of the planning part. It was because of my expectations and all that goes into planning and making meals that I was failing at.


In this episode we're going to talk about six tips to simplifying the whole process so you can get meals on the table with less effort and more enjoyment. One of the tips is to plan, but  I'll walk you through the planning process I finally succeeded with and trust me, it's super simple. Make sure to download the meal planning bundle that goes along with this episode. It's free, so grab it now. 


Key Takeaways

  • Six tips that will help you get meals on the table easier.
  • My complete planning process that makes meal planning easy and less time consuming.
  • I'll tell you the breakfast and lunch options I rotate for my family.
  • I encourage you to let go of the expectations you have set for yourself.


Links for this episode

Free Meal planning bundle

Declutter challenge



Jun 12, 2019
005: Daily Routines to Simplify Motherhood
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As a mom there are many daily tasks that, if given no attention, quickly become unmanageable. In order to keep the overwhelm at bay we need to attend to them daily and be consistent. But that's sometimes what the hardest part is, being consistent. 


Creating routines and systems around these repetitive tasks and moments of the day can lighten your load tremendously.


In this episode, I go through 8 different monotonous aspects of motherhood and the routines I've put into place to make our days run smoothly.


Routines I go over in this episode:

  • Laundry routine
  • Too small clothes
  • Making meals
  • Packing lunches for school age or younger kids
  • Morning routine
  • After school/after nap routine
  • Sunday basket
  • Cleaning routine


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May 30, 2019
004: How To Get Started With Decluttering Without The Overwhelm
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Do you look around and feel completely overwhelmed by the clutter in our house?


That's how most people feel and it's the reason many people opt to just keep living the way they're living.

But not you. You're going to make a change.


You're going to make your life simpler and your home a more relaxing place to be. In today's episode I give you 10 tips to get you started with decluttering. Well also talk about different methods of decluttering so you can choose what works best for you and take action today. I don't want the overwhelm to keep you from starting. 

If this is resonating with you, listen to today's episode so I can help you get started.

 

Key Takeaways

  • I take you through 10 steps to decluttering your home.
  • You’ll learn several different methods for decluttering so you can choose the one that fits best with your lifestyle.
  • I will give you applicable tips to declutter with kids.

 

Links from this episode of The Simple Home Podcast


May 21, 2019
003: Why Minimalism is so Important for Kids
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Clutter has major impacts on your child

Clutter can negatively impact your child's behavior, focus, creativity, development, and more. As you start to minimize the clutter in your life, you will see the benefits it's having on you as well as the many benefits for your kids.

In this episode, we'll talk about 10 important benefits minimalism provides for kids. Allowing your children to do less and have less will make for happier and healthier kids. 

Key Takeaways

  • We discuss 10 benefits of minimalism for kids.
  • I give you 3 questions you can ask your kids periodically to find out what's important to them and how they view their lives right now. 
  • You get a few action steps to do today so you and your kids start to feel the benefits of living simpler.

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May 21, 2019
002: Benefits of Minimalism for Parents and Why It's So Important
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Does your home feel more like a zoo than a sanctuary? There are so many benefits of minimalism for parents, especially moms. Living a simpler life starts with making changes to your home, your schedule, and your mindset. 

It takes time and patience to minimize the clutter in your life, but the benefits are immediate. In this episode I talk about 10 benefits you'll start to feel right away as you declutter your space and your mind. There are countless others, and as soon as you start seeing the positive impact minimalism has in your life you'll be inspired to keep going. 

 

Key Takeaways


  • We'll talk about 10 benefits you'll feel from simplifying your life and clutter. 
  • I'll tell you the number one reason I don't think you can wait to start living a simpler life. 
  •  You'll learn the thing I learned this year that has changed the way I handle my kids disagreements and other stressful situations. 


Links from this episode of The Simple Home Podcast


  • Sign up for The Simple Home Declutter Challenge. If you've been meaning to get started or you just don't know where to start, I created this challenge just for you. 
  • For more resources, tips, and tricks, for simplifying and enjoying motherhood, visit athomewithkids.com
May 21, 2019
001: Welcome + 3 Easy Steps to Simple-Living
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Simple living has been a journey for me. A journey I'm still on. What I've learned so far is that every time I make something simpler, get rid of clutter, or remove excess from my life in some way, I feel lighter and happier. 

Being a minimalist and living simply are both possible with a family. Just because you're a mom doesn't mean you have to feel overwhelmed, crazy, exhausted, or run down. You can enjoy motherhood and the time with your kids.

I'm not saying every single moment will be pure bliss, but once you begin to simplify your life, you'll have more time to breathe, slow down, and enjoy. 

If you're feeling like you can't keep up and you have no time to do the things that really matter to you, then The Simple Home Podcast is for you. 

In this week's episode I give you 3 easy things you can do right now to get started on your journey to simpler living. 

 

Key Takeaways

  • I tell you my pre-baby picture of motherhood and why it was unrealistic.
  • I talk about why I don't consider myself a minimalist.
  • I give you 3 actionable tips you can use today to make life simpler.
  • We'll talk about how to keep your counters clear.
  • I tell you where to start with getting rid of clutter.
  • We discuss a strategy I call experimental decluttering.

 

Links from this episode of The Simple Home Podcast


May 21, 2019