#350 Dealing with Family Clutter Part 1 with Tonya Kubo

#350 Dealing with Family Clutter Part 1 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 chat about dealing with family clutter.

On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • Why we need to deal with our own clutter first
  • How to agree on space even if we don’t agree about stuff
  • Why we need a process for breaking up with our clutter

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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.

#349 The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life Part 2 with Joshua Becker

#349 The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life Part 2 with Joshua Becker

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined again by Joshua Becker, author of The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own. Kathi and Joshua continue their conversation about his new book The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life.

On today’s show you’ll learn:
• Whether it is possible to be a minimalist when you have small children
• How minimalism helps spur on the values we want for our children
• Why there is an abundance of life in owning few possessions

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Joshua Becker

Joshua Becker

Joshua Becker is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to inspiring others to find more life by owning less. The website welcomes over one million readers each month and has inspired millions around the world to consider the practical benefits of owning fewer possessions and given them the practical help to get started. He is the bestselling author of THE MORE OF LESS: FINDING THE LIFE YOU WANT UNDER EVERYTHING YOU OWN. His latest bestseller is THE MINIMALIST HOME: A ROOM-BY-ROOM GUIDE TO A DECLUTTERED, REFOCUSED LIFE. Joshua is also the Founder of two family-focused magazines: Simplify Magazine and Simple Money Magazine and the nonprofit organization The Hope Effect, which is changing how the world cares for orphans by focusing on family-based solutions.

Joshua is a contributing writer for FORBES and has made appearances in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post Live, and CBS Evening News. Joshua and his family live in Peoria, AZ. Learn more. 

#348 The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life with Joshua Becker Part 1

#348 The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life with Joshua Becker Part 1

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Joshua Becker, author of The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own. Kathi and Joshua talk about his journey into a minimalist lifestyle and discuss his new book The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life.

On today’s show you’ll learn:
• Why our belongings can keep us from living the life we wish we were living
• How clutter-free living and minimalism are similar and where they differ
• How minimalism is about intentionally promoting our values by removing anything that distracts us from them

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Joshua Becker

Joshua Becker

Joshua Becker is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to inspiring others to find more life by owning less. The website welcomes over one million readers each month and has inspired millions around the world to consider the practical benefits of owning fewer possessions and given them the practical help to get started. He is the bestselling author of THE MORE OF LESS: FINDING THE LIFE YOU WANT UNDER EVERYTHING YOU OWN. His latest bestseller is THE MINIMALIST HOME: A ROOM-BY-ROOM GUIDE TO A DECLUTTERED, REFOCUSED LIFE. Joshua is also the Founder of two family-focused magazines: Simplify Magazine and Simple Money Magazine and the nonprofit organization The Hope Effect, which is changing how the world cares for orphans by focusing on family-based solutions.

Joshua is a contributing writer for FORBES and has made appearances in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post Live, and CBS Evening News. Joshua and his family live in Peoria, AZ. Learn more. 

#347 Finding Freedom from the Fear, Guilt and Shame with Melissa Maimone

#347 Finding Freedom from the Fear, Guilt and Shame with Melissa Maimone

On today’s episode of the podcast, Kathi is joined by Melissa Maimone, author of The Radiant Midnight: Depression, Grace, and the Gifts of a Dark Place. Kathi and Melissa have an open and honest discussion around a topic that is more common to clutter than we’d like to talk about- depression.  

On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • Why clutter is more of a symptom than the problem
  • How there are deep gifts to be found in the hard places
  • Why we don’t need fixing but we need His presence

 

Free Download from Melissa

Thank you to Melissa for offering a free download for our listeners. Download Ten Things to Remember When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed by clicking here.

 

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Enter to win a copy of The Radiant Midnight: Depression, Grace, and the Gifts of a Dark Place. Visit the blog post from yesterday to enter to win. We’re giving 5 people a copy of the book and a grand prize winner will get:

  • A copy of the book, The Radiant Midnight
  • A Wood Grain Folding Book Lamp, Night Light
  • Weighted Silk Sleep Mask Eye Pillow Filled with Organic Lavender and Flax Seeds

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Melissa Maimone

Melissa Maimone

Melissa Maimone is a speaker and writer who communicates with transparency, humor, and grace about the magnificence and mess of an authentic faith in Jesus Christ. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two children. Learn more

When “Getting Over It” Just Doesn’t Work – Trusting God with Your Biggest Problem

When “Getting Over It” Just Doesn’t Work – Trusting God with Your Biggest Problem

Trusting God with your biggest problem

One of the most common comments I get about my life with clutter is, “Oh, you wrote a book about clutter? Is your house perfect now?

Or people will say, “I could never have you over to my house. You’re the clutter free person. I’d be too embarrassed!

These two statements highlight two different misconceptions:

1. Because I’ve found something that works for me, I will never struggle again.
2. I can’t remember what it’s like to be in the hardest part of the struggle.

So let me share the reality of my clutter free life:

I still struggle.

My natural tendency is towards clutter. To put things down, leave them for later.

My garage can still be an embarrassment.

My relationship with stuff has changed dramatically. I still keep stuff I shouldn’t, but it’s not households of stuff. I still have too many clothes, but it’s not closets full of them. I’m so much better, because I’ve learned some of the reasons for my struggle along the way, and I realize that even when I’m at the hardest part of my struggle, God is not a disappointed and disapproving relative waiting to love me when I (literally) clean up my act. In my struggle, God pulls me tighter, loves me hard, and doesn’t let me go.

So much of this paradigm reminds me of my struggle with depression about a dozen years ago. I felt that if I just tried harder, worked more, and wasn’t so lazy, God would be pleased with me and would make my depression go away.

I know. I know.

What crazy, faulty, thinking.

But that’s the kind of thinking that so many of us do when we are dealing with a struggle.

If only I tried harder…

I should be able to get myself out of this mess.

If God was pleased with me, He would get me out of this mess.

Recently, I had a conversation with Melissa Maimone author of The Radiant Midnight: Depression, Grace, and the Gifts of a Dark Place. (Holy cow, what a title!) What I love most about this book is that Melissa believes not only will God lead you out of darkness, He will be fully and beautifully present within it. Instead of trying to give anyone three simple steps to deal with a hard situation, she takes the radical notion that God sits with us in our pain and suffering. Instead of always looking to get out of the circumstance, she urges us to recognize that God is guiding us on a journey of surrender, suffering, rest, and restoration in the midst of what we are going through.

There is value in knowing that we don’t just have to try harder to get out of the circumstances we are in. There is value in recognizing that there is good in the hard places, whether it’s outside of ourselves (clutter) or inside ourselves. God is there, and He is good, even when our challenges are hard.

Giveaway!

The generous people over at Harvest House want to give our readers Melissa’s book, The Radiant Midnight: Depression, Grace, and the Gifts of a Dark Place! 5 people will win a copy and 1 grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of the book, The Radiant Midnight
  • A Wood Grain Folding Book Lamp, Night Light
  • Weighted Silk Sleep Mask Eye Pillow Filled with Organic Lavender and Flax Seeds

Giveaway- book eye mask and lamp

Enter to win by commenting below- have you ever had a situation where you believed you had to just try harder to get out of the hard place and then you would find God rather than knowing He was right there in it with you?

#346 How to Stay Motivated When It’s All Too Much with Tonya Kubo

#346 How to Stay Motivated When It’s All Too Much 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 share four tips for staying motivated when you feel like it’s all too much.

On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • Why living clutter-free is not “one and done”
  • Where to start when you’re feeling overwhelmed
  • How de-cluttering, cleaning and organizing are all different things

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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.

#345 When Emotional Clutter is Buried by Physical Clutter with Lyneta Smith

#345 When Emotional Clutter is Buried by Physical Clutter with Lyneta Smith

On today’s episode Kathi welcomes friend and author Lyneta Smith, to talk about her new book Curtain Call: A Memoir. Kathi chats with Lyneta about her journey of dealing with emotional clutter from a traumatic childhood and how physical clutter can often be used to hide our emotional wounds.

On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • Why physical clutter can often be a sign that all is not well
  • How clutter can serve as self-protection
  • Why de-cluttering can be the first step of healing

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Win a copy of Curtain Call: A Memoir by sharing in the comments if you need this book or if this is a book you need to give to a friend.

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Order the ebook by Wednesday, March 13th and pay only $2.99. (50% off the list price.)

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Lyneta Smith

Lyneta Smith

Lyneta Smith is a writer and speaker whose life mission is to point people to the goodness of God. She is the author of Curtain Call, recipient of the 2017 Best Nonfiction Foundation Award. She and her husband live near Nashville, TN. Learn more

#344 Better Than Perfect – How to be Real with Each other and with God with Gretta Kennedy and Suzanne Gosselin

#344 Better Than Perfect – How to be Real with Each other and with God with Gretta Kennedy and Suzanne Gosselin

On today’s episode Kathi welcomes Gretta Kennedy and Suzanne Gosselin, authors of Grit and Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms. Kathi, Gretta and Suzanne talk about what moms can do when we’re feeling overwhelmed with spiritual clutter during our quiet time with God.

On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • How to stay connected to God during the “while also” season of life
  • Why moms in this busy stage of life need a lifeline that is just a very short snippet of truth that they can digest very quickly
  • How you can encourage the overwhelmed mom in your life

 

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Enter to win a copy of their book! Head over to yesterday’s blog post and enter to win by sharing in the comments if you need this book or if this is a book you need to give to a friend.

Five lucky winners will win a copy of Grit and Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms and one winner get a copy of the book AND a $50 Starbucks card to take out all the mom warriors in her life!

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Meet Our Guest

Gretta Kennedy & Suzanne Hadley Gosselin

Gretta Kennedy is a speaker, mentor and writer with a degree in women’s ministry from Multnomah University and over 20 years of ministry experience. She is the co-author of the newly released devotional “Grit and Grace: Devotions For Warrior Moms”.

 


Suzanne Hadley Gosselin lives in California with her husband, Kevin, and four young children. Formerly an editor for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines, she has written for Zondervan, David C. Cook, and Focus on the Family. Suzanne enjoys sharing a good cup of coffee and conversation with a friend, serving with her husband in family ministry, and escaping to the Pacific coast. Learn more

#343 An Un-Overwhelming Approach to Quiet Time: Just One Word with Susie Crosby

#343 An Un-Overwhelming Approach to Quiet Time: Just One Word with Susie Crosby

On today’s episode Kathi is joined by Susie Crosby, author of Just One Word: 90 Devotions to Invite Jesus In. Kathi and Susie talk about what to do when we’re feeling overwhelmed with the spiritual clutter we can sometimes bring to our time with God. On today’s show you’ll learn:

  • How to keep your spiritual life more simple
  • Why “one word” can be enough to turn your day around
  • Why we tend to make God’s message more complicated than it really is

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Enter to win a copy of Susie”s book!

Five lucky winners will win a copy of Just One Word: 90 Devotions to Invite Jesus In

One lucky winner will win our Grand Prize which includes:

A copy of the book, Just one Word
A journal
A pack of 18 Fine Tip Felt Pens
A Rustic 10x10 Letterboard

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Meet Our Guest

Susie Crosby

Susie Crosby

Susie Crosby is an author, a blogger, and a kindergarten teacher. She loves the beach, cozy coffee shops, and discovering the creative and meaningful ways that Jesus works through people and words. Susie is a wife and mom, and she resides in Seattle, Washington. Connect with her at SusieCrosby.com.

When Your Quiet Time Feels Like a Chore, Focusing on One Word Changes Everything

When Your Quiet Time Feels Like a Chore, Focusing on One Word Changes Everything

THINK ON THESE THINGS

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

How does the most important person in your life go from being your focus to your “Well, if there’s enough time…,”?

If I treated my marriage that way, I would be in a world of hurt. But if I’m honest, that’s how I’ve treated Jesus at many points in my life. I can hang out with you when I have more time.

It’s funny – I never have a problem finding time to hang out with my husband or my best friend, even when it’s a crazy busy day. It may just be a quick dinner or even a quick chat on the phone, but I can always make time for those I love.

Plus, I’m thinking about them throughout the day. When I see a video Cheri would like or read an article I know my husband Roger would appreciate , I send it to them because I’m thinking about them.

So why was I so bad about hanging out with God?

After some analysis of what was holding me back, I realized it wasn’t Jesus I was resisting, it was the long list of rules I had set up for myself to make sure that my time with him “counted.”

You see, my time only counted when:

• I spent time in gratitude
• I spent time in prayer for other people
• I spent time in adoration
• I spent time listening
• I spent time in confession
• I spent time reading God’s word
• I spent time meditating on God’s word
• I spent time in silence
• I spent time in worship

Thinking on all the requirements I made for myself, it is no wonder I was skipping my time with God. If my husband had a list of demands like that, I would want to spend less and less time with him.

But here’s the thing – God did not come up with that list of demands. God has issued me a series of invitations.

To spend time with Him.

To talk with Him throughout my day.

To lay my burdens at His feet.

To ask Him to advocate for those I love.

Where did I ever get the idea that all of that was a requirement, every single time we met?

I’ve realized that my time with God isn’t an appointment to be kept – it’s a relationship to be developed.

That is why I’ve decided to keep my expectations small when it comes to my morning quite time. I’m “touching base” in the morning and inviting God into the rest of my day, into relationship.
One of the ways I am currently spending my morning time is by reflecting on one passage of scripture. The book Just One Word by Susie Crosby is a devotional that has one, focused word and verse for each day. It is so easy to carry that one word through my day, and like Philippians 4:8 says, “think on such things.”

I love that it is just one word, and one verse, to focus on throughout the day. And it’s amazing (or a God-thing, more likely) that each word somehow finds its way weaved throughout my day.
Are you overwhelmed by your to-do list when it comes to your relationship with God? Wipe out the requirements and lean into relationship.

One Word Can Inspire Unending Gratitude

There is power in words–the words we read and the words we speak. Power to build and power to destroy. One word—just one—is all it takes to turn a day around. Just one word is all it takes to set your mind on the never-ending power of God’s work in your life.

In these delightful meditations, Susie Crosby draws out one unexpected word from a daily Scripture verse—words like “steep,” “roomy,” and “multiply.” As she explores each theme, she shows you a mighty God who is there for you, who calls you to live, and who you can invite into your day with just one word.

Here you will find a simple and heartfelt recipe for keeping your eyes on Jesus throughout your week. Uncover a wealth of spiritual insight in just one word!

CONNECT & WIN

Stop by susiecrosby.com and get to know Susie and her heart for women who long to know God.

WIN a copy of Just One Word. To celebrate this new book, Harvest House is giving away 5 copies plus we are giving away a grand prize package including:

  • A copy of Just One Word
  • Rustic Felt Letter Board 10×10
  • A Notebook Journal
  • 18 Colored Felt Pens

Enter to win by answering this question in our comments section below: What is one expectation of your quiet time that has been holding you back from having time with the Lord? {We’ll randomly select 3 winners and notify them in the comments section by February 27th.}

*Giveaway open to US residents only.

REFLECT AND RESPOND

Today, be gentle with yourself and your list of requirements to get it “right” in your relationship with God. Focus on one word, one verse, and one act of worship. Ask God to keep the conversation going during the day and be open to hearing His voice.

Kathi Lipp and Clutter Free thank Harvest House for their sponsorship of today’s devotion.