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307: Project Brain is a Gift ? Planning a Move

Treating my house like a project doesn’t work, but that doesn’t mean my Project Brain isn’t a gift. I’m getting to use it now as I plan a move. I talk about details and how to use this strength/weakness for good. Mentioned: My Writing Journey (Live Q&A on October 19) My books Want to be […]

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2021-10-14
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306: When the Size of Your House/Container Changes Podcast

In this episode, we discuss: when the container changes sizes, the rule doesn’t change. how to more routinely go through an area and declutter. ways you can be hospitable even with a small space.   Mentioned: My books My writing journey session.  Sponsors: Go to thirdlove.com/clean and get 20% off your first purchase! Betterhelp.com/clean. A […]

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2021-10-07
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305: Celebrate Success EVEN if you Aren?t Finished

In this episode, Heather and I discuss: issues with visual clutter. how to avoid stuff shifting. identifying and celebrating success and letting yourself enjoy it even if you aren?t ?done.?  My books Join us over on Patreon to support the show.  Join me live (in a Zoom webinar) on October 5th for the behind the […]

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2021-09-30
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304: Saving Stuff for the Future and Overthinking Plans

In this episode, we discuss: how to feel prepared for the future with the things you may need without keeping excess just in case. practical organization tips. the difference between being efficient with your planning vs over planning to the point where you’re procrastinating getting started. Sponsors: Go to thirdlove.com/clean and get 20% off your […]

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2021-09-23
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303: Cars and Paper and Other Overwhelmingly Messy Things Podcast

In today’s strategy session, we discuss: how to get your home office under control. keeping the inside of your car clean. how to figure out a system to help with massive paperwork and emails. Mentioned: My Writing Journey (Live on October 5th) My books Want to be a patron of the show? Find out how […]

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2021-09-16
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302: Monica Closets, Estate decluttering, Fridge Organization and More

Some of the topics we covered: Storage solutions for stuffed animals Dealing with a Monica closet What to do when the majority of items to declutter are sentimental You’re not broken, you just organize differently Decluttering an estate Parenting teenagers Finding motivation when reward systems don’t work Fridge & freezer organization How to encourage adult daughter to keep things tidy What have you done in your own home that […]

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2021-09-09
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301: Rewarding Myself in a Way that Actually Works Podcast

Do your attempts to reward yourself seem to backfire? Or just not work? I’ve tried motivating myself to get stuff done by promising that I can do something fun after, but I end up renegotiating with  myself. I’ve found that natural rewards for doing what I need to do are more effective. They are harder […]

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2021-09-02
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300: Getting Family to Help (With Thoughts from My Husband) Podcast

My husband is joining me for the third time! I guess it’s now a tradition for episodes that end in 00!! He answers questions about our house, what convinced him to get involved, and more. I love when he joins me!   My books Want to be a patron of the show? Find out how […]

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2021-08-26
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299: I Solved My Paper Clutter Problem!

I finally found a paper organization system that actually works for me! I’m sharing it today. I learned this system from my co-instructors in the Take Your House Back course, which just so happens to be open! Go check out the course here: TakeYourHouseBack.com.  My books Want to be a patron of the show? Find […]

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2021-08-19
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298: Decluttering Deeper Without Getting Overwhelmed Podcast

I’m talking with Jessica to come up with strategies for: getting into a decluttering habit and keeping momentum. not getting stuck on visible spaces only. how to not make decluttering a bigger project than it needs to be. Get the Make Dinner Happen course for $16. (Also see the list of recipes and ingredient list.) […]

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2021-05-27
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297: Finding Focus Podcast

  Anyone else having trouble with focus these days? No? Oh. Well, in case you ever do end up struggling to focus, here are some ways I fight this battle. My books Patreon   Sponsors: Betterhelp.com/clean. A Slob Comes Clean listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code CLEAN. Get a free two […]

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2021-05-20
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Antimicrobials: How to Read a Product Label (A Sponsored Podcast)

  This is the third and final episode in the three part series of sponsored podcast interviews I’m doing with  Good Chemistry Lives Here. I really loved my conversation with Dave Jones, a chemist who has worked on antimicrobial products for years. We talked about product labels, how to read them and what to look […]

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2021-05-18
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296: Putting Away and Putting Away Again Podcast

In today’s episode, Cindy and I talk about: We talk about overcoming the roadblock in your brain when it comes to having empty organizational cabinets and drawers but having piles of junk in front of them. We address where to begin when you?re downsizing from a large home to a smaller one. We also talk […]

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2021-05-13
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295: Getting Started is NOT a Team Effort Podcast

  When you feel inspired to start getting your home under control or tackle a big decluttering project, it’s tempting to think that the first step needs to be rallying the other people in your home to help you get started. That’s not the first step. And thinking it’s the first step can cause a […]

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2021-05-06
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294: Enjoying Your Progress Even When You?re Not Finished Podcast

I’m talking with Becki to come up with strategies for: allowing time for your hobbies, without the guilt, when you know there?s still decluttering that needs to be done. when the answer to ?where would I look for it first? Is ?right here on top of this dresser which is piled with junk…? finding motivation […]

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2021-04-29
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293: Decluttering for a Move Podcast

People are constantly asking about applying my 5 step decluttering process to a move, but I haven’t moved since I started all this! Thankfully, today I’m talking to someone who did just that! She shared her amazing before and after photos (which I’m sharing in another post a little later today) and tells how using […]

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2021-04-22
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292: The Dumping Ground Room Podcast

In today’s episode, Danyel and I talk about: tackling the dumping ground room after the visible spaces are so much better than they were getting stuff out of your house (imperfect stuff, whether to donate or trash or put in a Buy Nothing group) how to figure out a system to keep a project easily […]

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2021-04-15
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291: When Big Plans Equal Little Progress Podcast

  Today I’m talking about how big plans end up backfiring sometimes, and how to not let the feeling that you need to figure everything out ahead of time (in your home) keep you from actually making progress. My books Patreon   Sponsors: Betterhelp.com/clean. A Slob Comes Clean listeners get 10% off your first month […]

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2021-04-08
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290: Making Things Easier For (and on) Yourself Podcast

I’m talking with Janine to come up with strategies for: How to overcome a particular task that you hate, particularly keeping the floors clean. Helping to balance her art practice with the need for a functional house. Practical ideas on how to manage overwhelming yardwork. Mentioned: How do Antimicrobial Products Get Approval from the EPA? […]

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2021-04-01
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How Do Antimicrobial Products Get Approval from the EPA? (Sponsored Podcast)

This is the second episode in the three part series of sponsored podcast interviews I’m doing with  Good Chemistry Lives Here. I am enjoying these conversations and learning so much! I’ve definitely been much more adamant about reading and following directions lately. There is a long and complicated process for an antimicrobial product to be […]

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2021-03-29
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289: Life After Your Clutter Threshold

I’m answering the question: “What?s the next step? When you get the win on decluttering and life is so much easier what do you do next?” Whether you’re there or not, I think this will help. It’s really all about remembering or redefining your goal for why you wanted a decluttered home. Mentioned: My interview […]

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2021-03-25
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288: Q&A Overwhelm in Different Forms and Situations

So many photos on your phone? So many different things going on with working full time from home with no childcare for little ones? So many papers for your business? So many souvenirs? So many emails? I’m talking about breaking through overwhelm in all these situations. Mentioned: Deleting A Lot of Email at One Time […]

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2021-03-18
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287: When the Very Best Way is Too Overwhelming Podcast

In today’s strategy session, we talk about how to get over the feeling of being overwhelmed by not knowing how to do things in the very best way. How to properly clean knowing that you?re getting the most out of your effort. Helping to get over your germaphobia enough to let a professional and/or your […]

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2021-03-11
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286: When You Don?t Have the Energy to Declutter

The world changed a year ago, and whether you realize it or not, you’re likely emotionally exhausted. Some have experienced unimaginable loss, some have worked more hours than they ever thought possible, and for all of us, small, everyday decisions turned into big, potentially life-altering ones. The thought of making more decisions, ones we don’t […]

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2021-03-04
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285: My 5 Step Decluttering Process Podcast

I?m going over the basics of my 5 step Decluttering process that guarantees progress (and only progress) and never a bigger mess. Sign up for my newsletter. Become a patron. Sponsor: Betterhelp.com/clean. A Slob Comes Clean listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code CLEAN. --Nony

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2021-02-25
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284: ?What If Scenario? Reality Checks Podcast

  Reality checks are hard, but good, especially when they help me know what to declutter. I’m talking about embracing the unwanted reality checks, but also about how my decluttering process is set up to be its own reality check. My books Want to be a patron of the show? Find out how at Patreon.  […]

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2021-02-18
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283: Setting You (and your Family) Up for Success Podcast

In this episode with Robin, we discuss: How to get laundry under control. Helping to be less of a slob in the future.  How to get my little people to realize it is small and easy steps that will get us where we want to be My books Join us on Patreon   Sponsors: Betterhelp.com/clean. […]

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2021-02-11
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Demystifying Antimicrobials (Sponsored Podcast)

  This is the first in a special series of interviews I’m doing with real life scientists called Humanizing the Science of Antimicrobials. (And some other professionals who deal with antimicrobials!) This series is sponsored by Good Chemistry Lives Here. I’m talking with Dr. Elaine Black, a PhD in microbiology food science, and Brian Burden […]

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2021-02-08
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282: Making Plans or Making Excuses?

There’s a fine line between trying to think through a process and trying to come up with reasons why it won’t work. There’s a fine line between planning and coming up with excuses. Action is key, and it’s through action that we end up figuring what works, what doesn’t, and how. And it’s ONLY through […]

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2021-02-04
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281: Other People?s Stuff and Other People?s Opinions Podcast

In this episode, we talk about: How to be motivated when you feel like you?re drowning in other people?s stuff How get ready to move  How to not let comments from family get to you when you’re trying to stay under your clutter threshold    My books Want to be a patron of the show? […]

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2021-01-28
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280: Legitimately Challenging Decluttering Challenges Podcast

In this episode, we discuss: How to get family members on board for decluttering. How to help with a young son who has major clutter blindness.  Practical ideas on how to deal with food clutter. And unique (legitimate) challenges about the need to have more kitchen supplies.    Check out my new course with Cas […]

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2021-01-21
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279: Why Your House Looks Messy Podcast

Ever wonder why your house always looks messy even though you feel like you’re working on it a lot? I used to, too. I know now that usually, the problem is procrasticlutter. Sorry. Specifically, I’m bemoaning that getting behind on even just the last step of laundry can make my house look like I’ve eliminated […]

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2021-01-14
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278: Decluttering Trash AND Treasures

Clutter attracts clutter. Piles grow. Knowing that a pile most likely contains valuable stuff can make getting started difficult. I’m talking with someone who has lots of interests and hobbies and has collected the stuff for them. I think most of us can relate! We talk about: where to start when you?re feeling overwhelmed. letting […]

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2021-01-07
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277: Next Level Decluttering Podcast

If you’re feeling stuck, feeling like you’re decluttering in circles, or just feeling blech, maybe you need to go to the next level of decluttering. I’m talking about what I mean by that in this episode. Check out my new course with Cas from Clutterbug and Dawn from The Minimal Mom – Take Your House […]

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2020-12-31
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276: The Container Concept with Cas and Dawn

I’m talking about The Container Concept. It’s a game changer concept, and that’s because it’s fact. I’m talking with Cas from Clutterbug and Dawn from The Minimal Mom and they share their own realizations about this reality and how they have come to think of it. Check out my new course with Cas from Clutterbug […]

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2020-12-24
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275: What and How Much Can I Handle?

How much can I handle? That’s the real question. Sometimes, it’s about stuff, sometimes it’s about time and sometimes it’s about energy (mental and physical). Check out my new course with Cas from Clutterbug and Dawn from The Minimal Mom – Take Your House Back!  My books Join us on Patreon   Sponsors: Betterhelp.com/clean. A […]

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2020-12-17
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274: Working and Working and Having Something to Show for It Podcast

    We talk about: How to be motivated by something other than panic cleaning because someone is coming over. How to deal with well-meaning family members who, out of love, give more stuff than I can handle. Working and working but seeming to not get anything done. Sign up for my newsletter. Become a […]

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2020-12-10
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273: What?s the Point of Storage Space? Podcast

Storage spaces can be overwhelming, whether they’re too small or too big. I’m talking about how to work through them, and how to make them do the job they were meant to do. My books Want to be a patron of the show? Find out how at Patreon.  Shop on Amazon.  Find out when I […]

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2020-12-03
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272: Making the Best of It Podcast

Here we go into the holiday season of a year that’s totally bananas. Things are far from normal, but I’m determined to make the best of it, and am sharing what I’m doing. My books Join us on Patreon   Sponsor: Betterhelp.com/clean. A Slob Comes Clean listeners get 10% off your first month with discount […]

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2020-11-26
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271: Figuring Out Laundry Day

We discuss: what are appropriate expectations for kids ages and their participation. how to accomplish laundry so that it doesn?t feel impossible. Successfully completed the first laundry day. how to determine what is a good place where something should be kept and how to transition to putting things in a new place. My books Join […]

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2020-11-19
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270: Reclaiming Your Space for Good Podcast

In this episode, we discuss: where to start with a huge pile of papers that have been in the office for far too long. where to start in a double garage that holds many sentimental objects as well as clutter. ideas on how to finish jobs well. My books Want to be a patron of […]

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2020-11-12
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269: The Problem with Miscellaneous Podcast

In this podcast, we discuss: ways to think about kid toys and getting them under control. how to incrementally clean up something an overwhelming space where there are lots of different categories that should be stored together and you don?t know how it will all fit until it?s done. where to start when you have […]

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2020-11-05
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268: Decluttering Paralysis and Moving Podcast

Decluttering paralysis is real, and it’s tough enough on a normal day. It’s especially daunting, though, when you are on a deadline. Especially the biggest deadline of all: moving! I’m talking through this overwhelming situation in a strategy session today. My books Want to be a patron of the show? Find out how at Patreon.  […]

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2020-10-27
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267: Getting Unstuck Podcast

In this episode, we discuss: how to avoid getting stuck on the daily tasks (dishes, 5 minute pick up, etc), but finding time to do a major decluttering also. how to move past the visible spaces, so the other rooms that aren’t visible from the front door don?t get pushed to the backburner. how to […]

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2020-10-22
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266: Be Willing to Experiment Podcast

Those of us who are bewildered by keeping the house under control can, sometimes, be scared of experimenting. Sometimes it’s because we have failed so many times before. We might feel the need to be TOTALLY and completely sure something is going to work so we don’t “waste time” on another strategy. Also, though, we […]

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2020-10-15
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265: Keyword: Start Podcast

When there’s a big and daunting decluttering project in front of you, the key is to start. Knowing what to do is good, but actually doing it is even better. I’m talking through some decluttering challenges and how to get started on them. Sign up for my newsletter. Become a patron. Sponsor: Get a free […]

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2020-10-08
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264: The Answer is The 5 Minute Pickup Podcast

I asked for questions over in the patron-only Facebook group, and the answers to about half of them started with, “Well, the 5 minute pickup . . . ” So I put all those questions together and am answering them today. This little habit really is magic, and helps with things like maintaining decluttering progress, […]

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2020-10-01
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263: Decorating Without Clutter with The Nester

I’m talking to Myquillyn Smith, whom you may know as “The Nester.” I met Myquillyn a few years ago when she invited me to be an author at her Nest Fest event. She’s as nice as she seems online. We talk about decorating and organizing and decluttering and my fears of cute displays turning into […]

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2020-09-24
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262: Blending Organizing Styles (and more) Podcast

In today’s podcast, I discuss: Finding the balance between how the members of the household like things to be. Finding motivation when you don’t like your house. Overcoming Project Brain and making progress when there isn’t time to do it all. My books Patreon   Sponsors: Go to thirdlove.com/clean and get 10% off your first […]

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2020-09-17
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261: Measuring Progress, Measuring Success Podcast

Schoolwork gets a grade. Losing weight causes a measurable change in the number on the scale. But sometimes it’s hard to measure decluttering success. Or to measure how much your home has improved due to daily habits. Today, I’m talking about ways to measure your success in your home so you can inspire yourself to […]

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2020-09-10
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