587: Taking Organization to the Next Level: Advanced Tips for Accessibility and Aesthetics

Can our spaces be organized and look great at the same time?

Yes, they can! Clutter Free Academy’s own Deanna Day Young joins Kathi Lipp today in this continuation of last week’s episode. (Haven’t listened to Episode 586 Unlocking the Power of Organization: Expert Tips from Deanna Day Young yet? Click here! ) This week is all about the Double-A: accessibility and aesthetics. Meaning it is easy to access but looks pretty sitting. Deanna and Kathi chat and laugh their way through the Three Steps to Organization 101. Kitchen ideas? It’s in here. Organizing with things you already have? It’s in here. What do do with bathroom towels? It’s in here, too.

Listen in as Deanna  and Kathi share the Three Steps to Organization 101 plus so many real-life examples:

  1. Decluttering
    • You don’t need to buy a new item. Kathi uses books as a pedestal to elevate cherished items!
  2. Putting things where they make sense
    • Deanna has drawer pulls for her silverware drawer that looks like silverware!
  3.  Labeling
    • Laundry soap can be aesthetically pleasing!

Check out the photographic evidence in the show notes.


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The Accidental Homesteader: What I’ve Learned About Chickens, Compost, and Creating Home

Homesteading [hohm-sted-ing]
1. an act or instance of establishing a homestead.
2. the act of loving where you live so much that you actively ignore the fact that your house is trying to kill you on a regular basis.

For Kathi Lipp and her husband, Roger, buying a house in one of the most remote parts of Northern California was never part of the plan; many of life’s biggest, most rewarding adventures rarely are.

Kathi shares the hard-won wisdom she’s gained on her homestead journey to help you accomplish more at home, gain fresh perspective, and give yourself grace in the process. Here’s a handful of the lessons Kathi shares:

  • Prepare before the need arises
  • Everything is always in process, including us
  • Your best household solution is time and patience
  • You don’t have to do everything the hard way
  • Be open to new and better ways of doing things
  • A lot of small changes make a huge difference.
    Highly practical, humorous, and inspirational, The Accidental Homesteader will encourage you to live with more peace, joy, and contentment.

Order your copy of The Accidental Homesteader: What I’ve Learned About Chickens, Compost, and Creating Home here.

Kathi’s Favorites:

Cabinet Pulls Spoon Knife Fork Shape Door Handles Hole Center 3″ Silver

Quart Compact Stackable Plastic Storage Drawer

18 Gallon Holiday Storage Containers, Durable Latching Lids, Clear Bins, Red Lids/Green Handles



Kathi and Deanna both store things where they make sense to them. Kathi stores bath towels in the bathroom. Deanna stores swimsuits with beach towels.

Question: Do you have a similar storage hack you could share? Let’s chat in the comments.


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Meet Our Guest 


Deanna Day Young

Deanna lives in southeast Indiana on the Young family farm with her husband of 35 years. She and Roger have two grown daughters.

Deanna is the Director of Operations for Iron Timbers, a family-owned custom furniture business featured currently, and for several years, on HGTV’s Good Bones show. Prior to this position, she was a paralegal and managed the international trademark portfolio for 34 years for the Hill-Rom division of Baxter International. Deanna has a degree in Journalism and Speech Communications from Ball State University and a Paralegal Certification from Saint Mary of the Woods College.

Fun Fact – Deanna and her daughter are also Chi Omega sorority sisters!! Hoot Hoot.

You can connect with Deanna at deannadayyoung.com

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