Eps #296: How to have a cute, cozy home and be Clutter Free at the Same Time with KariAnne Wood

Eps #296: How to have a cute, cozy home and be Clutter Free at the Same Time with KariAnne Wood

Can you actually have a cute and cozy home without having clutter pile up on shelves, furniture and countertops? We wanted to know- can you decorate and be clutter free?

Kathi invited KariAnne Wood, author of DIY Home Planner to the podcast this week because she is a woman that gets it. She’s an expert on making a cozy home without causing us clutter gals to go into complete overwhelmed mode. From helpful tips on where to start, to the best places in your home to make the greatest impact, all without the clutter, KariAnne brings her best ideas to our listeners.

This is one of the most fun podcasts we have ever done and it is rich of great ideas on how we can decorate our homes to make it the place we want to be without adding stress to our lives.


WIN a copy of DIY Home!

Comment below and tell us what your biggest decorating challenge is because of clutter? Comment and three people will win a copy DIY Home Planner by our guest KariAnne Woods. Join us on Facebook Live on March 28 and your question could be featured! Can’t wait for it? Buy it today!




Quizzes to take from KariAnne:

Are you a pattern pro?

What kind of window treatment does your room desperately need?

Are you a design expert?

What type of flooring fits best?


30-Day Challenge with KariAnne

Are you ready to take the 30-Day challenge with KariAnne? We’ll be joining together over at the Clutter Free Academy Group to start the challenge on April 1. Join us for FB Live on March 28 (check out Facebook for announcements on time) to go through more details. Sign up now at https://thistlewoodfarms.com/30-days-of-free/

Meet Our Guest

KariAnne Wood

KariAnne Wood

KariAnne Wood writes the award-winning lifestyle blog Thistlewood Farms, a tiny corner of the internet where all her stories and DIYs hang out and drink sweet tea. She also writes, photographs, and styles for several national magazines including Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas, Country Women, and Flea Market Décor.

Find out more at KariAnne’s’s website: www.thistlewoodfarms.com

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas Project 13: Decor Day

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas Project 13: Decor Day

Christmas Project 13

“It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go.”

Today is the day to start making your home look like Christmas. It is time to get our all of your Christmas decor. You don’t have to do all your decorating today but time to get a start on things, especially outdoor decorating. If you live in a climate that has a cold winter season, you need to get those lights and decorations out before the snow starts if it hasn’t already.

This also gives you some time to take inventory and go and purchase items you still need.

Today is a fun day and if you haven’t starting feeling the Christmas Spirit yet, today should get you in the mood. Amp up the Christmas spirit by turning on some holiday music, or your favorite Christmas movie, and inviting your family to help you decorate. Decorating can become something fun for everyone, and you will not feel like it is entirely your responsibility.

Assignment: Get some of your decorating done.

  • Decorate outside as soon as possible.
  • As you are unpacking your holiday trimmings, be sure to set aside anything you no longer use or love and give those items to charity.
  • Make use of the boxes you are emptying and pack away some of your regular decor to make space for your holiday decor.
  • Make a list of decorative items you need to purchase. (Remind yourself to make a list of items needed for next year when you are putting this year’s décor away.)

For More Details: Get Yourself Organized For Christmas – Page 77

Supplies: 1) Your Christmas décor boxes from last year. 2) A Christmas tree removal bag. 3) Ornament hooks

Share Your Thoughts:

Any tips for decorating?  Were your decorations organized neatly from last year? If not, any tips for improving how they are stored for next year? How does it feel to have some of your decorating done?   Did you throw away anything or donate to charity?

Love to decorate and be creative? Try your hand at making a candy wreath with these steps from our friends at Evite!

The Christmas Project #13: Decorating Day

The Christmas Project #13: Decorating Day

For some reason Project #12 did not go out. It was a ketchup day, so you’re ahead of the game!

Thanks for all your feedback about how the Project is going!

“Loving this challenge, it has made such a difference! I feel like things are under control and I am way ahead of the game this year.  Thanks so much Kathi!”  Kyla

I have to tell you that selfishly I have loved this entire project. I’m ahead of the game on shopping, I just got my Christmas cards in the mail,  and I don’t feel nearly as scattered as I do when I don’t have a plan.

Today’s Project: Get some of your decorating done.

Here are some of the things you may want to consider working on:

Get and decorating your tree

Put away some of your everyday “stuff” so you’ll have room for your Christmas decor

Swap out your dishes for your Christmas dishes

Decorate outside

I have to admit that the majority of the decorating around our house is done by Roger (there is a reason that he is a lighting designer. He likes bright shiny things…)

But the hanging of the Christmas cards in up to me. So every year I take a plain door in our house (this year it’s the plain looking door that houses our furnace,) and wrap it like a big presents. Then, as Christmas card come into the house, they go directly up onto the door.

One of the other big helps for Christmas decor is to get rid of anything that you are no longer decorating with – those pink snowmen your bought during your Miami Vice Christmas phase, or that stack of Christmas cards from people you no longer talk with (and maybe, don’t really like). The less you have to sort through, the easier the decorating process will be.

Happy decorating friends!