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The Wannabe Minimalist Show is for people who are tired of the chaos in their life, but not sure this whole “minimalism thing” will work for them and their busy family. Through personal stories and guest appearances, this podcast will help you discover how to live with a minimalist mindset without having to throw EVERYTHING away. It’s practical, doable, and simple for those of us that wannabe minimalist.

Wannabe Minimalist Show Deanna Yates of LittleGreenBow.com

    • Education
    • 4.6 • 38 Ratings

The Wannabe Minimalist Show is for people who are tired of the chaos in their life, but not sure this whole “minimalism thing” will work for them and their busy family. Through personal stories and guest appearances, this podcast will help you discover how to live with a minimalist mindset without having to throw EVERYTHING away. It’s practical, doable, and simple for those of us that wannabe minimalist.

    Ep 62: Lessons From Living Tiny That'll Surprise You

    Ep 62: Lessons From Living Tiny That'll Surprise You

    Do you watch those Tiny Living shows on HGTV or browse tiny homes on Instagram and dream of living small yourself? The homes look so quaint and relaxing and the people living in them swear they are like a secret to finding happiness.

    I have always been curious about the movement myself and wanted to see what it was really like.

    The best way to see what it’s like is to try it on for size and that’s exactly what we did!This summer I embarked on a tiny living experiment with my husband, our daughter, and my parents. While we did not live in the RV long term - and I do not live with my parents in regular life - we did live in it long enough to get a good idea of what full time living would be like.

    These are the top 10 lessons I learned from living tiny that I am taking into my everyday life of living as a wannabe minimalist. Some you are probably expecting, but some may come as a surprise.

    This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover:

    - What it’s really like to live tiny as a family

    - The most important thing to remember when living tiny

    - Why living tiny may not be for everyone

    - How to see through what others are saying to find what you really want

    - A simple hack that works for every home - not just tiny ones.

    • 26 min
    Ep 61: Want more time to declutter? Try this.

    Ep 61: Want more time to declutter? Try this.

    If clutter is causing stress in your home - and let’s face it, the science shows us that clutter makes it more difficult to relax, unwind and enjoy our time together - then it’s time to deal with it. But, with our already busy schedules, finding time to declutter and organize our homes is difficult to say the least.

    Time is our most precious asset. And it’s important to everyone. No matter where you are from, or how much money you have, or how big your family is, or what you want out of life.

    We never seem to have enough of it and we can’t stockpile it. The only thing we can do is make the most of it. Today’s episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show explores 13 tips, ideas, hacks, and techniques to find more time in your super busy schedules so you can declutter and get your home in order. And I promise, that once your home has less stuff in it, and you have the space to breathe, you will have more time…it’s almost like magic. But, as with anything it requires that we put in some effort.

    This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover:

    - How busy families find time to declutter

    - 13 strategies you can use to get your home decluttered and organize your home

    - Why decluttering will help increase your free time in your home

    - How to take some shortcuts and why they are the key to decluttering quickly

    - A simple game to play with your whole family so you can declutter faster than you thought possible

    • 25 min
    Ep 60: 14 Benefits That Will Make You Want to Declutter NOW

    Ep 60: 14 Benefits That Will Make You Want to Declutter NOW

    Let’s be honest with ourselves. Clutter makes us a bit crazy. When we look around our homes and there is stuff everywhere it’s impossible to relax. There’s a pile in the living room to deal with, laundry to fold and put away, the kitchen counter is loaded up with stuff, and the toys…don’t even get me started on the toys. Somehow they end up EVERYWHERE!

    All of this exterior clutter adds to a whole lot of mental clutter too.

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to why decluttering is a must for busy families - moms especially.

    This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show explores 7 physical and 7 mental benefits of decluttering and they might surprise you. In fact, I would go so far as to say they are game-changing reasons to finally cut the clutter so you can live the life you really want to be living.

    Time and time again I hear from overwhelmed parents, who tell me that they are exhausted, burnt out, and stretched too thin. My first piece of advice is always to get your home and life decluttered. So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, burnt out, and stretched too thin, then listen to this episode to find out why decluttering is the first step and discover the 14 benefits that will make you want to declutter now.

    This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover:

    - 7 physical benefits of living a life with less stuff
    - The connection between decluttering and weight loss - yes, clearing out clutter can help you lose weight!
    - 7 mental benefits of letting go of things that do not contribute to your best life
    - How decluttering helps you find your personal style and why that is so important for keeping clutter at bay.
    - A simple 3-step process to start decluttering TODAY so you can realize these amazing benefits

    • 29 min
    Ep 59: Ditch Asking What if I Need This when Decluttering

    Ep 59: Ditch Asking What if I Need This when Decluttering

    Imagine this…you’re decluttering your home and pick up an object that you’re not really attached to. You haven’t used recently and it doesn’t really spark joy so you’re planning to donate it. But then, your mind suddenly stops you and you hear a voice asking, “but, what if I need it?”

    In that moment you find yourself running through all kinds of scenarios when this object will be the one thing you need on a very specific day (that to be honest probably won’t happen), but now you are second guessing giving that item away.

    If that sounds familiar, it’s okay. We’ve all had our minds race to find situations when we can use the items we are decluttering. However, it’s time we ditched the age-old question of, “but, what if I need this?” and ask one of these 10 different questions instead.

    These 10 questions, or different angles, will help you see your item in it’s true light so you can better evaluate if it deserves to take up the precious space in your home and in your mind.

    This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover:

    - 10 new questions to ask to help you declutter your items
    - How to distinguish between needs and wants
    - Why people are pushing back on minimalism and how to find a happy balance
    - A hack that helps anyone having a hard time with the decision fatigue that comes with decluttering
    - A revolutionary truth that may be the key to unlocking your ability to fully declutter your space

    • 32 min
    Ep 58: Get Your Home Under Control Quickly with These 5 Simple Steps

    Ep 58: Get Your Home Under Control Quickly with These 5 Simple Steps

    How would you feel if someone popped over to your home for a visit right this minute? Did you break out in a panicky sweat. No worries if you did because today’s episode is walking you through 5 simple steps to get your home under control super fast.

    Of course at the time this is released, we’re just coming out of a crazy year. I, like a lot of people, have not hosted guests or visitors to my home in over a year so to say my home is in a state of comfort is an understatement. There are more piles than I like and we’ve kept more things around than normal because for so long there was no normal.

    And that means it’s time to deal with the clutter blindness so many of us have found ourselves suffering from recently - I’m not the only one, am I?

    These 5 steps are the best ways I have found to get your home in shape as quickly as possible so that you can confidently open your home back up and invite friends over. They are not perfect forever solutions - we talk about that too - but they make the biggest impact in the shortest time so you can get on with living your life to the fullest.

    This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover:

    - The 5 exact steps I use when I need to get my home in order quickly
    - Why progress is better than perfection
    - How to make the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time
    - What clutter-blindness is and how to overcome it
    - A bonus tip to help you sustain your progress and make sure you don’t go back to a messy home.

    • 26 min
    Ep 57: Declutter Challenge - Snowball vs. Avalanche. Which are you?

    Ep 57: Declutter Challenge - Snowball vs. Avalanche. Which are you?

    I have a confession to make…I’m a challenge junkie. Not sure what it is about them, but having a goal and a group to cheer me on, gives me the motivation I need to make the changes that I deep down want to make, but struggle to complete on my own.

    It’s probably one of the biggest reasons I created my blog, LittleGreenBow.com and the Wannabe Minimalist podcast - so I would have accountability to see my commitments through.

    And after a VERY long year, it’s time to get over the Fatigue (yes, I capitalized it on purpose) and clear out the stuff and clutter that’s been piling up. With this challenge, you can choose your own path based on what works best for your situation and personality, but no matter which you choose, by the end of 30 days you will have decluttered over 450 items from your home.

    You just have to decide if you are a snowball or an avalanche…

    This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will help you discover:

    - The difference between the snowball and avalanche declutter challenge methods

    - Why I think The Minimalists do not have the best approach for busy women

    - How you can actually declutter over 450 items in one month

    - Ideas for getting your family on board and joining the challenge

    - Where to join in the decluttering challenge

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

@toad.and.cake ,

Gets better and better!

I’ve been listening for a while and it’s been good but the guest interviews have really elevated the podcast! They’re great! I also love that she always leaves you with a little challenge to tackle. Keep up the great work!

AnonMinimalist ,

Narration

Very awkward narration. It seems like there’s a seven year pause betweeen each sentence.

Justice777890 ,

Great voice - easy listening

I enjoy the episodes.

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