Episode #248: Clutter Free Travel

Episode #248: Clutter Free Travel

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Kathi and Co-host Erin MacPherson discuss their summer travel plans and how to travel clutter free.  Both are taking big trips and need to pack lightly.

Kathi is taking a month sabbatical in celebration of her 50th birthday.  She plans to spend 10 days at home and 20 days traveling with lots of R & R (Rest and Roger).

Erin is heading on a road trip with her husband, children, and parents in one SUV.  They will be traveling to Florida and then up the eastern coast through Georgia, South Carolina, then across to the Great Smokey Mountains and then to Nashville and back home.

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ebags - Clutter Free Travel

Kathi’s Suitcase!

They discuss packing tips, using ebags (packing cubes), and how to find great places to stay that feel like home.

If just one or two people are traveling, Kathi recommends AirBnB.

If you have a family and need more room, Erin recommends VRBO.   Both places give you the comforts of home (kitchen, laundry, mores space, etc.).

Listen in to learn how to plan your own clutter free travel.

Episode #247: 7 Tips for Decluttering Sentimental Stuff

Episode #247: 7 Tips for Decluttering Sentimental Stuff

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Kathi and cohost, Erin MacPherson discuss the 7 Tips for Decluttering Sentimenal Stuff. Kathi has been dealing with her own decluttering project and shows before and after pictures of her pantry.

The Clutter Free Bible Study group has done the top layer of decluttering but is now dealing with the things that have sentimental value or promote guilt. Together they came up with some tips for dealing with the next level of clearing out the clutter.

7 Tips for Decluttering Sentimental Stuff

  1. Start in the Kitchen  There are fewer sentimental items there.
  2. Put motto on the wall.  Keep it visible in a place where you can see it.
  3. Give it a final goodbye.  Take a picture and write a memory about it and then get rid of it.
  4. Remember when everything is precious, nothing is!  You can’t keep everything.  Some things you need to enjoy and let it go.
  5. Keep 3 things per person.  Three items that represent each person.  Curate what is important and pass the rest on to someone else.
  6. Don’t guilt others into keeping things.  
  7. Don’t value the past or the future and ignore the present.  The clutter of the past or saving things for the future can just crowd out your present life.

Just do little things and start small.  Let your house serve your present, not your past or your future.

 

Kathi’s Pantry Before and After

 

Episode #246: Tips on Keeping Romance Alive

Episode #246: Tips on Keeping Romance Alive

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“If you don’t invest in your marriage now, you will have to invest in the recovery of your marriage later.” – Kathi Lipp

Kathi and co-host, Erin MacPherson discuss a reader question about how to keep the romance alive in a marriage. This all too familiar struggle in a life that often feels like survival of the fittest– kids, extracurricular schedules, houses, groceries, sickness, work— is one so many of us can relate to. Kathi and Erin discuss simple ideas to get some romance back in the mix of your marriage without making you feel like you have more check off the to-do list at the end of the day.

Listen in for great ideas, a good dose of humor and a talk that feels like coffee with friends.

 

Episode #245: Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears

Episode #245: Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears

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“To be in the Presence of God requires you to be present with God.” ~ Kelly Belarie

Does fear ever consume you? Do your fears dictate how you make decisions? Do you wake up wondering what life is going to throw at you today?

Kathi talks with a new friend, Kelley Belarie, author of Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears. They discuss the experiences and fears Kelley lived through over the years and how she chose to fear “less” when trusting in God. Kelley developed a  program to jumpstart your fearlessness. It teaches us how to take baby steps to overcome fear because this is not an overnight journey.

Sign up today for the 4 Days to Fearless Challenge.

Book Giveaway

Comment on “What area are you fearful and need to turn to God for help?”  Leave you comment within the next 7 days and you will be entered into a random drawing for a copy of Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears.

This giveaway open to US readers only.

Eps #144: Simple Ways to Celebrate Life Even When We Don’t Feel Like it

Eps #144: Simple Ways to Celebrate Life Even When We Don’t Feel Like it

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Kathi talks with guest, Bekah Pogue about her book, Choosing Real, An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned. When life isn’t really following the plan, there are beautiful things still happening all around us. These two energetic authors and speakers discuss how to use the 5 senses to discover joy in the simplest of things and celebrate life on a daily basis.

Bekah explains one of the important questions she asks herself when considering an activity or obligation:  “Am I sacrificing my sanity or my family to make this happen?” Maybe you can relate. Join in this refreshing conversation and find some beauty in your everyday.

Choosing Real Giveaway

Bekah and Kathi are joining forces to give away two “Choosing Real” Kits.  Each kit will contain a copy of the book, Choosing Real, An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned and a $5.00 Starbucks Gift Card.

To win, leave a comment in the show notes about what brings your 5 senses alive.

This giveaway is only available to our U.S. listeners.

Eps #243: Clutter Free Kitchen: Tips to Loving Creating in Your Own Home

Eps #243: Clutter Free Kitchen: Tips to Loving Creating in Your Own Home

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Kathi and co-host Erin MacPherson discuss Clutter Free Kitchens.  When your kitchen is clutter free you can cook more and find everything. They also share the tools they use that they can’t live without.  From the instant pot to the ninja coffee maker they each share their favorite kitchen tools.

This post isn’t about things you should run out and buy.  You don’t need more stuff, but this about you having things that make you happy and your life more enjoyable.  Kathi talks about purchasing tools, not trinkets to make your home a better place to be.

Share with us your kitchen tool that you can’t live without in the comments.

The List of Kitchen Tools:

Below is a list of the kitchen items Kathi and Erin can’t live without.

Victorinox Swiss Classic 3 1/4″ Paring Knife, Spear Tip, Serrated, Red

Instant Pot $99

Aerolatte Original Electric Hand Held Milk Frother, Satin 19.99

Ninja Coffee Maker $138

The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2017: Every Recipe from the Hit TV Show with Product Ratings and a Look Behind the Scenes Hardcover – October 4, 2016

Spicy shelf stack Organizer

Episode #242: The Kindness Challenge with Shaunti Feldhahn

Episode #242: The Kindness Challenge with Shaunti Feldhahn

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Shaunti Feldhahn, author of the Kindness Challenge: Thirty Days to Improve Any Relationship, joins us on the podcast this week to talk about how nice we think we are. We think of ourselves as being kind, but when we learn what is involved in kindness, we realize we have work to do. Plus, their is a HUGE difference between kindness and being nice.

Kathi and Shaunti apply the concept of being clutter free in every area of our lives, to the condition of our hearts. We get exasperated with our family, we get irritated with people that don’t think like we do, we think it’s all them, not us. The Kindness Challenge helps us uncover the things about ourselves that we can change to make the world a kinder place. At the very least, there is one relationship we can improve upon.

Listen in and gather some key tools to use to build that relationship, find out how kind you are and start changing the world one relationship at a time.

You Are Invited, plus a Giveaway!

We’d love to have you participate in the 30-Day Kindness Challenge and let us know what you learned!

Shaunti is giving away two free books.  To enter, leave the name of the person God is bringing to mind that you will be kind to.   Two random winners will be selected. Plus check out the online assessment and all the tools available at www.jointhekindnesschallenge.com.

Episode #241: Join Us For Lent and Clutter Free:  The Bible Study

Episode #241: Join Us For Lent and Clutter Free: The Bible Study

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Kathi and co-host Erin MacPherson discuss how they are planning on observing Lent this year. Kathi has been observing Lent for a few years and has some super creative ideas for challenging ourselves this year. They also discuss The Clutter Free Bible Study Lenten Challenge Kathi is hosting on Facebook and how you can be a part of it.

Listen in as they talk about these questions:

  • What is lent?
  • How does it apply to us?
  • Why do we have the clutter we do?
  • What causes us to collect instead of giving to others?
  • How to have a new level of freedom as we go deeper.

Check out the episode and even if you don’t start on March 1, join us for the Bible Study. Our first live Facebook meeting is March 6! Learn more below.


How Clutter Free: The Bible Study Works

Clutter Free: The Bible Study and Challenge will help you “Give Up, Get Rid, and Go Deep.”  The challenge is to give up buying of unnecessary items, get rid of 10 things a day or 400 things total, and go deep by participating in the Clutter Free Bible Study.

More details are available at Clutter Free: The Bible Study

Episode #240 – Zip It! We Don’t have to Say Everything We Think!

Episode #240 – Zip It! We Don’t have to Say Everything We Think!

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We don’t need to say everything we think!  Oh but it’s so hard not to sometimes!

Kathi talks with NY Times bestselling author, Karen Ehman, about her latest book, Zip It. They discuss why it is important to use less words and yet still be able to tell the truth. Karen discusses her struggles to “Zip It” and how she has learned to replace words that are negative and tear down with fruitful words to build, bless and encourage others.

You Are Invited

She also invites the audience to her Zip It: 40 Day Challenge starting on March 1 throughout Lent. Kathi will be participating in #doinglenttogether and will be sharing several great ideas on the blog in the coming days so be on the lookout for that or subscribe to the blog.

Win A Book

Two Zip It books will be given away.  To win, share your biggest tongue challenge in the comments below.  Two winners will be selected from the comments.

Episode #239 – Live Full, Walk Free

Episode #239 – Live Full, Walk Free

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Kathi and Guest, Cindy Bultema discuss Cindy’s book, Live Full, Walk Free: Set Apart in a Sin-Soaked World.

Cindy discusses how she hit rock bottom and almost lost her life. All her life she just wanted to fit in and be special to someone. She just wanted someone to “pick me!” She was told by friends that a snort of cocaine would help her drop the pregnancy weight and she ended up almost dying.

Listen in as Cindy talks about living happily and successfully in a world that screams “You are not enough.”

WIN!
Cindy has provided 3 copies of her book, Live Full, Walk Free: Set Apart in a Sin-Soaked World for our listeners. In the comments below please share a lie you believed and a scripture that tells you the truth about the lie. Three winners will be selected.