41 episodes

Tips and tactics to declutter and simplify your house quickly!

The Minimal Mom Dawn Madsen

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    • 4.9 • 658 Ratings

Tips and tactics to declutter and simplify your house quickly!

    Clutter-Free Organization Tips for Neurodivergent Families

    Clutter-Free Organization Tips for Neurodivergent Families

    “How do I help my kids declutter when they are attached to EVERYTHING?  I don’t want the pressure of minimizing our stuff to lead my kids into hoarding!”Listen in as Dawn speaks with Laurie, a professional organizer, about her personal experience raising a neurodivergent child, helping kids declutter, and her learnings along the way. 
     
    IN THIS EPISODE: 0:00 Intro
    4:35 - Personal experience of Laurie 
    7:26 setting healthy boundaries with kids and treasures 
    18:42 - (GEM) “But will I turn them into hoarders?” 
    24:49 - When your kids are ready to move on, and you’re not  
    26:36 - setting up your kids for success
    37:42 - reach out to Laurie
    ABOUT LAURIE: 
    Laurie is the founder of Simply B Organized (SBO) where she writes, teaches, and works with people of all ages helping them to declutter and work smarter. She also hosts This ORGANIZED Life, a weekly podcast where she chats with awesome guests about life, work, parenting, and the role that organization has in their lives.
    LINKS: Laurie’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/simplyborganized/
    Podcast episode with Logan: https://simplyborganized.com/2019/08/01/ep-138-podcast-on-parenting-with-special-guest-logan-palau/
    Logans followup episode: https://simplyborganized.com/2023/06/22/ep-341-navigating-college-with-adhd-tips-and-insights-from-logan-palau/
    Lauries podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-organized-life-organizing-tips-for-busy-moms-to/id1193014252
    My jewelry is from Trades of Hope (Shop to help women out of poverty!): https://tradesofhope.com/minimalmom
     
    Mother's Necklace on Etsy: https://cli.re/mom-necklace
    (I have the gold in 18")
    Welcome to The Official Minimal Mom Podcast. Thank you so much for listening and could I ask a favor? Would you mind following? It helps podcast apps recommend this podcast to more friends. Thank you! Dawn

    • 40 min
    Growing up with very little, what we learned

    Growing up with very little, what we learned

    What do two polar opposite, yet identical twins unanimously praise as the most impactful elements of their upbringing by their incredible mom (and dad, too!)?
    Listen in as Dawn and Dianna share about the benefits of growing up with little and the wonderful way it has shaped them.
     
    0:00 Catching Up 
    8:50 Dawns new mothers necklace and wanting more kids? 
    11:05 Parenting tips that we learned from our mom
    11:58 Tip #1 - Be realistic about what the family can handle and afford 
    22:33 Tip #2 Celebrate well 
    23:22 Tip #3 Don’t draw attention to the difference in families 
    27:28 - Tip #4 Love unconditionally 

    LINKS:
    Pink Sweater I'm wearing on repeat: https://amzn.to/3UVdW15
    Color block shirt I love: https://amzn.to/4drUYWW
    My jewelry is from Trades of Hope (Shop to help women out of poverty!): https://tradesofhope.com/minimalmom
    Mother's Necklace on Etsy: https://cli.re/mom-necklace (I have the gold in 18")Welcome to The Official Minimal Mom Podcast. Thank you so much for listening and could I ask a favor? Would you mind following? It helps podcast apps recommend this podcast to more friends. Thank you! Dawn

    • 31 min
    Q+A: "HELP! My 'fantasy self,' 'Just-in Case,' and 'Some Day' keep talking to me all at once!"

    Q+A: "HELP! My 'fantasy self,' 'Just-in Case,' and 'Some Day' keep talking to me all at once!"

    My kids want to keep everything - how do I help them declutter? I want clear counters, but where do I put the stuff? My “fantasy self,” “Justin Case,” and “Some Day” keep talking to me all at once - HELP!Listen in as Dawn answers from listeners on these topics and more!
    Want to record a decluttering question? You can do so here: https://sayhi.chat/MinimalMom
    1:05 - How do I navigate kids with an age gap sharing room? 4:13 - I want clear counters, but where do I put the food? 7:26 - How do I get rid of my kids sentimental items? 13:49 - My “fantasy self,” “Justin Case,” and “Some Day” keep talking to me all at once! 19:19 - Do I include my kinds in decluttering? 24:28 - How do I handle a partner who wants to keep piles of stuff? 
    Welcome to The Official Minimal Mom Podcast. Thank you so much for listening and could I ask a favor? Would you mind following? It helps podcast apps recommend this podcast to more friends. Thank you! Dawn

    • 27 min
    Clever Home Design Hacks (for any space & budget)

    Clever Home Design Hacks (for any space & budget)

    Does your home still feel cluttered even after ruthlessly decluttering? Have you ever wondered why your home doesn’t look like the Pinterest rooms you love? 
    Today, Dawn is joined by Myquillyn Smith. Myquillyn shares several tips, from “house hushing” to designing on a budget, and more! 
    ABOUT MYQUILLYN: 
    For the past ten years, Myquillyn Smith, also known as “The Nester,” has been encouraging women to embrace their homes—imperfections and all. Her lived-in, loved-on home has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal and Cottages & Bungalows. Myquillyn is the author of The Nesting Place and Cozy Minimalist Home and was chosen by Christianity Today as one of the top twenty creatives in 2016. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three boys.Website: www.thenester.com
    Instagram: @thenester
     
    IN THIS EPISODE:
    1:30 Let’s talk house hushing. 
    7:55 What is cozy minimalism?
    12:35 - How can we test out design changes on a budget?
    15:53 Navigating home changes with others
    21:19 - Myquillin’s new book, House Rules32:20 - Myquillin’s opinion on color 
     
    BOOKS MENTIONED: NEW: House Rules https://amzn.to/49Pjwq1
    Welcome Home https://amzn.to/3WhmOiz
    The Nesting Place https://amzn.to/3wa4YmU
    Cozy Minimalist home https://amzn.to/3UfHg0K 
    Welcome to The Official Minimal Mom Podcast. Thank you so much for listening and could I ask a favor? Would you mind following? It helps podcast apps recommend this podcast to more friends. Thank you! Dawn

    • 38 min
    Screen Time SOS: Simple Steps to Rescue Your Child from Digital Overload

    Screen Time SOS: Simple Steps to Rescue Your Child from Digital Overload

    Are your kids suffering from digital overload? Do you wonder if it’s too late for your already addicted kids? Listen as Dawn speaks with Melanie Hempe on screen addiction and how to help our kids thrive in a digital age. ABOUT MELANIE: 
     
    Melanie Hempe helps parents prevent screen addiction, rescue their kids, and enjoy family life again. After her oldest son dropped out of college due to his video game addiction, Melanie Hempe, BSN, utilized her nursing degree from Emory University to warn families about the dangers of screen overuse and founded ScreenStrong. Melanie simplifies medical science for parents, empowering them with the reasons to skip not all screen use but the most harmful screen use—social media, violent video games, and pornography—through adolescence. 

    IN THIS EPISODE: 
     
    2:39 - How Melanie became interested in screen safety 
    15:45 -  Kids 0-5
    23:02- How long will it take to detox? 
    29:40 - The science behind screens
    33:07 - Kids 6-12 year olds 
    42:40 - “I want to reduce screen-time, where do I begin?” 
    44:44 - “What if it’s my spouse who is addicted?” 
    48:40 - Kids Brains and Screens book 
     
    LINKS MENTIONED: 
     
    Kids Brains and Screens book - https://amzn.to/3U4p1uX
    The Screen Strong Solution book - https://amzn.to/3xFckPD
    Be Screen Strong IG - https://www.instagram.com/bescreenstrong/
    Canopy - https://canopy.us/
    Melanie’s son’s perspective on growing up without screens - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/live-teen-q-a-on-growing-up-without-addictive-screens-179/id1474681355?i=1000641960104
    How to teach young kids to play on their own - https://youtu.be/6BlKIluXMcE?feature=shared 
    Welcome to The Official Minimal Mom Podcast. Thank you so much for listening and could I ask a favor? Would you mind following? It helps podcast apps recommend this podcast to more friends. Thank you! Dawn
     

    • 59 min
    We have no money, I can't risk needing to replace these things! (Q+A)

    We have no money, I can't risk needing to replace these things! (Q+A)

    Take Your House Back (Just $94): https://cli.re/Take-Your-House-Back-Dawn The Next ALL DAY DECLUTTER is Saturday, April 27
    The Take Your House Back Course is a powerful way that I can come along side you and make sure you get your home simplified in the new year! (And it's only $94 right now - normally $597!)
    *Replays available if you can't join us live (Payment plan available, too!)
    Does the fear of getting rid of something you might need later paralyze you from decluttering? Are you holding on to items so that you can sell them for top-dollar? How many baby clothes should you keep for future kids? Listen in as Dawn answers all this and more! 
     
    IN THIS EPISODE: 
     
    1:50 - How do I downsize my craft projects? 
    7:18 - How can I declutter confidently when I know I can’t afford to replace anything?13:11 - How do I find the best top-dollar buyer for my mothers old collectables? 
    16:04 - Have you found that decluttering helps your family value what you have more? 
    18:34 - How many baby clothes do I keep?
    22:20 - I don’t want my baby to be bored! How do I have enough toys without it being chaotic? 
     
    LINKS MENTIONED: 
    Minimalism Masterclass: https://www.theminimalmom.com/minimalism-masterclass
    How to Get Kids to Play Independently Video: https://youtu.be/6BlKIluXMcE?si=om0XITGkPn-4-nyb
    Keep the Memories, Lose the Stuff Book: https://amzn.to/3TPotJo

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
658 Ratings

658 Ratings

Phoenixgrl ,

So practical and encouraging

Dawn gives awesome advice about declutterring and living simply. She seems to understand how a typical family lives and how to minimize with a busy life. I’ve watched many of her videos but surprised how great her podcast is too! Goes deeper and has outstanding guests. Thank you!

Enter Nickname34 ,

New life!

Dawn is so caring and only wants the best for us too!! You can feel that come through. She knows this will make our lives better. I started decluttering because she convinced me to do so. Picking up my house is a snap and so much less stress!!
Thank you, friend. I do feel like we are friends. I invite you into my home and headspace and I’m so glad we met! 🤣🤣🥰

Couponlj ,

Obsessed!

I could listen to Dawn literally every day. I feel like we could be best friends!!! I recently discovered minimalism, and I’m starting my own journey. So grateful for her guidance and practical tips!

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