#360 Learning to Love the Right Now You

#360 Learning to Love the Right Now You

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is back with authors Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory, for part 2 of the conversation on their new book Exhale. Kathi, Amy and Cheri discuss how to love who you are and live your one life well.  

On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • Why we can’t love who we are without losing who we are not
  • How to tell the difference between comparing ourselves to someone else vs. being inspired by them
  • Why Iiving our one life well can mean not just getting rid of the things that are easy but also getting rid of the things that are hard

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Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory

Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory

Amy Carroll is a speaker and writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries; the author of Breaking Up with Perfect; and a co-host for the podcast Grit ‘n’ Grace. Amy and her husband live in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Find out more at www.amycarroll.org.

Cheri Gregory is a teacher, speaker, author, and Certified Personality Trainer. Her passion is helping women break free from destructive expectations. She writes and speaks from the conviction that “how to” works best in partnership with “heart, too.” Cheri is the co-author, with Kathi Lipp, of The Cure for the “Perfect” Life and the upcoming Overwhelmed. Cheri has been “wife of my youth” to Daniel, her opposite personality, for twenty-eight years and is “Mom” to Annemarie (25) and Jonathon (23), also opposite personalities. Cheri blogs about perfectionism, people-pleasing, highly sensitive people, and hope at www.cherigregory.com.

Learn more about Exhale here

#359 How to Stop Getting in Your Own Way with Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory

#359 How to Stop Getting in Your Own Way with Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by authors Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory, to discuss their new book Exhale. Kathi, Amy and Cheri discuss the first topic of the book, how to “lose who you’re not.”

On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • How to confront what you are not
  • How plans and expectations can be clutter
  • Why sometimes plans have to be let go of in order to keep moving forward

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Meet Our Guest

Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory

Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory

Amy Carroll is a speaker and writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries; the author of Breaking Up with Perfect; and a co-host for the podcast Grit ‘n’ Grace. Amy and her husband live in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Find out more at www.amycarroll.org.

Cheri Gregory is a teacher, speaker, author, and Certified Personality Trainer. Her passion is helping women break free from destructive expectations. She writes and speaks from the conviction that “how to” works best in partnership with “heart, too.” Cheri is the co-author, with Kathi Lipp, of The Cure for the “Perfect” Life and the upcoming Overwhelmed. Cheri has been “wife of my youth” to Daniel, her opposite personality, for twenty-eight years and is “Mom” to Annemarie (25) and Jonathon (23), also opposite personalities. Cheri blogs about perfectionism, people-pleasing, highly sensitive people, and hope at www.cherigregory.com.

Learn more about Exhale here

#358 What I learned about being Clutter Free by Living with Kathi for a Week Part 2 with Tonya Kubo

#358 What I learned about being Clutter Free by Living with Kathi for a Week Part 2 with Tonya Kubo

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, the fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. In part 2, Tonya and Kathi conclude the conversation about the things Tonya learned about living clutter free after spending a week living with Kathi.

On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • The tools that help keep Kathi focused
  • The value of knowing your routines
  • The key to going from frantic to focused

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Tonya Kubo

Tonya Kubo

Tonya Kubo is the illustrious, fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.GreatMoms.org.

#357 What I Learned About Being Clutter Free by Living with Kathi for a Week Part 1 with Tonya Kubo

#357 What I Learned About Being Clutter Free by Living with Kathi for a Week Part 1 with Tonya Kubo

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, the fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. Tonya and Kathi chat today about some of the things Tonya learned after spending a week living with Kathi.

On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • Why often more is caught than taught
  • The value of things being half-full
  • How living clutter-free can help you go from frantic to focused

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Tonya Kubo

Tonya Kubo

Tonya Kubo is the illustrious, fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.GreatMoms.org.

#356 BONUS An Interview with Ty Pennington on Creativity and How to Get Your Most Important Work Done Part 2

#356 BONUS An Interview with Ty Pennington on Creativity and How to Get Your Most Important Work Done Part 2

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is back with Ty Pennington author Life to the Extreme: How a Chaotic Kid Became America’s Favorite Carpenter. On part 2 of this discussion, Kathi and Ty wrap up their conversation on clutter, creativity, and finishing.

On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • Three keys to finishing a project
  • The benefits of deadlines and why we need them in order to produce
  • How overthinking can actually be slowing us down

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Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington has been recognized as a leader in the field of volunteerism for his work on Extreme Makeover and Ty’s Great British Adventure. He is back on the small screen in the new Trading Spaces, Small Business Revolution and While You Were Out. He served as ambassador for the Sears American Dream campaign. In line with his passion for creative and practical housing, he frequently volunteers time with Abod Shelters Foundation, a charitable organization whose mission is to provide sustainable, quality housing to areas in need around the world. Learn more

#356 An Interview with Ty Pennington on Creativity and How to Get Your Most Important Work Done

#356 An Interview with Ty Pennington on Creativity and How to Get Your Most Important Work Done

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Ty Pennington author of Life to the Extreme: How a Chaotic Kid Became America’s Favorite Carpenter. Kathi and Ty discuss clutter, creativity, Ty’s experience growing up with ADHD and the lessons he’s learned through the years.

On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • Why creativity actually thrives when thinking small
  • How limitations might seem like obstacles but are actually gifts
  • Why we often create our best stuff when the pressure’s on

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Giveaway! Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of Life to the Extreme: How a Chaotic Kid Became America’s Favorite Carpenter. 

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Meet Our Guest

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington has been recognized as a leader in the field of volunteerism for his work on Extreme Makeover and Ty’s Great British Adventure. He is back on the small screen in the new Trading Spaces, Small Business Revolution and While You Were Out. He served as ambassador for the Sears American Dream campaign. In line with his passion for creative and practical housing, he frequently volunteers time with Abod Shelters Foundation, a charitable organization whose mission is to provide sustainable, quality housing to areas in need around the world. Learn more

#355 Dealing with the Most Difficult Relationships with Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh

#355 Dealing with the Most Difficult Relationships with Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi tackles “the mother of all topics”, mother-daughter relationships. Kathi is joined by Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh, authors of Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters. Kathi, Blythe and Helen discuss the heart clutter that can build up from unhealthy patterns of communication between mothers and daughters.

On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • Why clutter is just a physical manifestation of the fear, guilt and shame that we have in our lives
  • Why asking before giving advice can help strengthen mother-daughter relationships
  • How healing between mothers and daughters can sometimes comes from doing hard things together

 

Giveaway!

Don’t miss our fantastic giveaway sponsored by Harvest House! One grand prize winner will receive a copy of the book Mended, a gorgeous wood frame, fruit infuser water bottle, and assorted note cards.

To enter, visit the blog post from yesterday at https://www.kathilipp.com/2019/05/kids-and-how-to-handle-their-clutter.

 

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Blythe Daniel & Helen McIntosh

Blythe Daniel & Helen McIntosh

Blythe Daniel is a literary agent and marketer with 20 plus years of experience in publishing. She is a speaker at writer’s conferences and is interviewed for podcasts and webinars. She has written for Christian Retailing and Focus on the Family publications, and she links hundreds of bloggers with millions of readers through BlogAbout. Her passion is helping authors share their unique stories. The daughter of Dr. Helen McIntosh, she lives in Colorado with her husband and three children. www.theblythedanielagency.com

Dr. Helen McIntosh (EdD, Counseling Psychology) is a counselor, speaker, educator, and author of Messages to Myself and Eric, Jose & The Peace Rug®. Her work has appeared in Guideposts, ParentLife, and HomeLife magazines. She resides in Georgia with her husband Jim. They have two children and five grandchildren. Learn more. 

Kids, their Stuff, and How to Handle all of that Clutter

Kids, their Stuff, and How to Handle all of that Clutter

One of the most frequent questions we get at Clutter Free Academy is “What about my kids’ clutter?”

Conflict over clutter can damage any relationship over time, but it’s especially crucial to navigate this issue carefully with your kids, because what you teach them right now will impact their lifestyles as adults.

As parents, we want to empower our children to have the life skills they need to succeed. Here are four ways we can help our children learn how to live a clutter-free life.

Schedule short decluttering times.

Time-boxing makes decluttering bearable for anyone, young or old. As adults, we’re more likely to focus better if we only have to do it for 15 minutes. Depending on your kids’ age, set a timer and make a game of it. For example, challenge your 5-year-old to clean out one drawer in 5 minutes.

Here at Clutter Free Academy, we don’t expect anyone to spend hours at a time decluttering, much less a child. Decluttering works best in small, manageable sessions.

By the way, we need to differentiate between cleaning and decluttering. Cleaning means putting things away, mopping, vacuuming, and dusting. Decluttering means getting rid of stuff you don’t use, love, or would buy again. Both are important, but in this post, we’re focusing on decluttering.

Teach by example.

It’s been said that in raising kids, more is caught than taught. They tend to learn more from what we do than what we say.

They aren’t born knowing how to declutter. The best way to teach them is to work side-by-side with them to show them the same decluttering systems we’ve learned as adults. Make sure they have the tools they need—3 boxes, 2 bags—so that they have a system in place to declutter. Go through the steps one by one: what to give away, what to throw away, and what to put away. Any trash or recycle goes into the bags.

Have a fun celebration when you empty the contents of the boxes and bags into their rightful places. (It doesn’t have to be a big deal—a sticker, a high five, or a “Yay! You did it!” works great.

Focus on one tiny space at a time.

Trying to declutter a large space is even more overwhelming for kids than it is for adults. Choose the smallest area possible and set the timer. Even better, let them choose which area is the most problematic for them. If they already see the value of decluttering, then you’ve won half the battle.

Divide up the closet into small sections, sort one drawer at a time, go through one toy box at a time. Decluttering is a gradual process. Their space didn’t get cluttery in a day, but a consistent habit of setting a timer to declutter a small space will result in big changes.

Help them maintain their space.

To help keep things organized and tidy, teach your child routines; set times during the day when they put away toys, backpacks, clothes, and anything else out of place. Even five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening will work wonders.

To help with motivation, make a timed game out of it, for fun. They’ll be motivated even more by getting consistent rewards each week for working through their routines. Before they know it, picking up their things becomes a habit.

Lifelong Connections

When it comes to clutter, our relationship with our kids is so important. When we come alongside them and give them the tools and skills they need to create a clutter-free home, we free them up to be who God made them to be.

Parent-child dynamics are already challenging enough, especially between mothers and daughters. Reducing clutter conflict can go a long way to improve the relationship.

In their book, Mended, Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh talk about how to rebuild, restore, and reconcile the connections between mothers and daughters. One of their chapters deals with generational patterns and how hard they are to break. It takes intentionality and determination to change long-term habits and break learned clutter cycles.

                    

Giveaway!

The generous people over at Harvest House want to give some of our readers Daniel’s and McIntosh’s Mended. 5 people will win a copy and 1 grand prize winner will receive:

-1 Copy of Mended

-Assorted Note Cards

-Distressed Wood Frame

-Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

Enter to win by commenting below. What sorts of rewards motivate your kids the most? Which of these tips do you plan on implementing first?

#354 Decluttering the Sentimental – How to get Rid of Family Treasures without Getting Rid of the Memories

#354 Decluttering the Sentimental – How to get Rid of Family Treasures without Getting Rid of the Memories

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, the illustrious leader of the Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. Kathi and Tonya talk about a pretty big issue- how to get rid of sentimental treasures without getting rid of the memories.

On today’s show you’ll learn the three questions to ask when it comes to decluttering the sentimental items:

  • Is this the best representation of my relationship?
  • Does this bring back good memories?
  • How can I remember the person without the possession?

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Tonya Kubo

Tonya Kubo

Tonya Kubo is the illustrious, fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.GreatMoms.org.

#353 Creating Declutter Routines that Actually Work with Tonya Kubo

#353 Creating Declutter Routines that Actually Work with Tonya Kubo

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Tonya Kubo, the illustrious leader of the Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. Kathi and Tonya talk about how to create and keep decluttering routines that actually work.

On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • How “anchoring” one habit to another can help create successful routines
  • Why our decluttering routines are necessary in order to take care of our future self
  • How to stay organized once the space is decluttered

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Meet Our Guest

Tonya Kubo

Tonya Kubo

Tonya Kubo is the illustrious, fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.GreatMoms.org.