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Ready to stop the overwhelm and start enjoying your life more? This podcast will help you declutter the piles of stuff, organize the things you want to keep, and learn to let go of the rest with positive mindsets and encouragement.
As a busy mom who's been there, done that, I share stories of the crazy - like selling 80% of what we owned to travel with our toddler to the mundane - like having to run a home now that our kiddo's in school. Living with less is not about deprivation - just the opposite! Decluttering can open you up for a life of freedom you never knew was possible.
And you won’t hear it just from me - there are amazing guests too! It’s practical, doable, and simple for those of us that wannabe clutter free.

Wannabe Clutter Free | Declutter, Organize, Calm the Chaos Deanna Yates | Professional Organizer, Decluttering Coach, Wannabe Minimalist

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    • 4.6 • 297 Ratings

Ready to stop the overwhelm and start enjoying your life more? This podcast will help you declutter the piles of stuff, organize the things you want to keep, and learn to let go of the rest with positive mindsets and encouragement.
As a busy mom who's been there, done that, I share stories of the crazy - like selling 80% of what we owned to travel with our toddler to the mundane - like having to run a home now that our kiddo's in school. Living with less is not about deprivation - just the opposite! Decluttering can open you up for a life of freedom you never knew was possible.
And you won’t hear it just from me - there are amazing guests too! It’s practical, doable, and simple for those of us that wannabe clutter free.

    Clearing Clutter, Finding Clarity: Insights for a Tidier Home as We Age

    Clearing Clutter, Finding Clarity: Insights for a Tidier Home as We Age

    In this episode, Deanna explores a rich discussion with insights and practical strategies to declutter your home and mind as we move through different life stages with Grace Rehman. Discover how to unlock joy and serenity as you embark on a journey towards a happier, more organized life, filled with newfound clarity and inner peace.
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    In this episode of the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast, the host, Deanna Yates, interviews Grace Rehman, a seasoned professional declutterer from Stockton, California. Grace brings her insightful journey and expertise to the forefront, offering practical guidance and heartfelt reflections on simplifying life's chapters.
    This episode provides practical tips for starting the decluttering process and reducing possessions. They discuss strategies for tackling common decluttering challenges such as sentimental attachments and dealing with paper clutter. The conversation also emphasizes how decluttering can lead to personal growth and open doors to new opportunities. Letting go of physical clutter creates mental space, allowing individuals to gain clarity and purpose, which in turn fosters personal development and self-discovery.
    This episode of the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast will help you discover:

    Find practical tips to start decluttering and simplify your stuff.

    Learn strategies to overcome cluttering challenges, like sentimental attachments and paper clutter.

    Discover how decluttering can lead to personal growth and new opportunities.

    Get guidance on managing family dynamics and helping older relatives declutter.

    Embrace mindset shifts for successful decluttering and welcome change for a fresh start.


    About Grace Rehman
    Grace Rehman is a professional declutterer and organizer based in Stockton, CA. She specializes in helping people clear away decades of accumulation so that they can have a more simplified and peaceful home environment. She believes that letting go of things you no longer need, use or love makes room for more possibilities. When she is not helping clients, she is hanging out with her husband and almost 6-year-old son, Zayn.
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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
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    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!
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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media or via email. Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.
    Thank you for joining us, and remember, it’s about progress, not perfection. Here’s to a more organized and less stressful life!
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    • 40 min
    The Keys to Digital Organization with Tech Expert Amanda Jefferson

    The Keys to Digital Organization with Tech Expert Amanda Jefferson

    Discover how to tackle digital clutter with Amanda Jefferson and Deanna Yates in Episode 206 of the Wannabe Clutter Free Podcast. Learn effective strategies for managing emails, photos, and tech overwhelm to reclaim productivity and enjoy a decluttered digital space. Tune in now to start your journey towards a clutter-free digital life.
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    Resources Mentioned (some may be affiliate links - thanks for supporting the show at no extra cost to you):
    Check out my favorite tools & resources

    Connect with Amanda Jefferson

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    Do you struggle with digital clutter? If your desktop is a mess, your phone’s running out of space, and you’re not storing your passwords safely, this episode is for you!
    In episode 206 of the 'Wannabe Clutter Free' podcast, host Deanna Yates interviews Amanda Jefferson, a professional digital organizer, about tackling digital clutter.
    Amanda discusses the significant impact digital clutter can have on our lives and offers practical tools and strategies for managing emails, passwords, files, and more.
    The episode also covers Amanda's journey from a corporate career to becoming a KonMari consultant and starting her own organizing business, Indigo Organizing. Listeners gain insights into reducing digital friction and maintaining a clutter-free digital space. Deanna also shares her personal experience with accidentally deleting her email archive and finding freedom from clutter.
    This episode of the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast will help you discover:

    What digital decluttering is and what it isn’t

    Where to start decluttering your digital life if you are overwhelmed

    The most common forms of digital clutter and how to overcome them

    Strategies for maintaining a decluttered digital space


    About Amanda Jefferson
    After 20 years of trying to keep up with the “shoulds,” Amanda left it all behind to help others let go of what’s not serving them. She's the owner of Indigo Organizing, the creator of the Done-With-You Digital Organizing coaching program, and one of the world's first KonMari consultants. A TEDx speaker and co-host of the Good Enough-Ish podcast, Amanda has been featured in Real Simple, Harpers Bazaar, the Wall Street Journal, and Better Homes & Garden, among others.
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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
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    Subscribe & Review
    Are you subscribed to the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those.
    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!
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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media or via email. Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.
    Thank you for joining us, and remember, it’s about progress, not perfection. Here’s to a more organized and less stressful life!
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    • 47 min
    Simplify Your Style: The Busy Mom's Guide to a Capsule Wardrobe

    Simplify Your Style: The Busy Mom's Guide to a Capsule Wardrobe

    Deanna Yates announces her free summit: Chaos to Calm: Capsule Wardrobe Edition and shares her journey into capsule wardrobes, discussing the benefits of a curated wardrobe, and the 5 steps to create a capsule wardrobe that works for you. 
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    Links in this episode (some may be affiliate links - thanks for supporting the show at no extra cost to you):
    The Chaos to Calm Summit: Capsule Wardrobe Edition
    Join the Chaos to Calm Pop up Facebook Group
    Check out my favorite resources
    Join the Wannabe Minimalist Community on Facebook
    Follow Deanna Yates, the host of Wannabe Clutter Free on:

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    Have you ever tried to create a capsule wardrobe? Maybe you’ve heard of them and been curious, but too afraid of pairing down.
    In this episode Deanna Yates dives into the world of capsule wardrobes. She announces a free summit she is hosting, featuring experts from professional stylists to minimalists, aimed at helping listeners build their own capsule wardrobes.
    Deanna walks through how and why she started dressing with a capsule wardrobe, highlighting the holistic benefits setting up your closet this way, from dressing better and feeling more confident to simplifying decision-making and decluttering one's life.
    She shares her personal journey towards adopting a capsule wardrobe, including an embarrassing moment that sparked her interest in dressing more intentionally.
    The episode provides a comprehensive guide on creating a capsule wardrobe, covering steps such as assessing one's lifestyle, decluttering the current wardrobe, choosing a color palette, selecting core pieces, and making seasonal adjustments.
    Additionally, the episode explores the benefits of capsule wardrobes, including time and cost savings, space efficiency, and environmental impact. Deanna also shares details of her own upcoming travel capsule wardrobe, emphasizing quality, sustainability, and the mix-and-match philosophy.
    Listeners are invited to join the upcoming summit for deeper discussions and to share their capsule wardrobe experiences.
    This episode will also help you discover:

    The 5 steps of creating a personalized capsule wardrobe

    Where decluttering fits in your capsule wardrobe journey

    How a capsule wardrobe benefits busy moms

    Ways dressing better makes you feel better

    Why more choice in our closets actually makes us less happy


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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
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    Subscribe & Review
    Are you subscribed to the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those.
    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!
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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media (@wannabeclutterfree). Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.
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    • 37 min
    Finding Your Unique Spark: Quiet the Mean Girl & Rediscover You with Onnie Michalsky

    Finding Your Unique Spark: Quiet the Mean Girl & Rediscover You with Onnie Michalsky

    In episode 204, Deanna discusses the transformative journey of Empowering Mothers: Overcoming 'Supermom' Ideals, Rediscovering Personal Passions, and Balancing Family Life. Through a fun conversation with licensed therapist and life coach Onnie Michalsky, they delve into the complexities of silencing our inner critics and navigating the pressures of modern motherhood.
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    In this episode of the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast, the host, Deanna Yates, interviews Onnie Michalsky. They delve into themes such as silencing one's inner critic, rediscovering personal passions beyond motherhood, and fostering children's interests.
    Onnie Michalsky is a licensed therapist, life coach, and devoted mother of six. Her passion lies in inspiring high-performance women who have lost their sense of self amidst the demands of motherhood. As the founder of Moms Without Capes, Onnie's mission is to help moms get themselves on their own to-do list so that they can get back in touch with who they are beyond a mom.
    On this episode Onnie shares her journey of overcoming the 'Supermom' identity and founding 'Moms Without Capes' to encourage mothers to prioritize themselves.
    They explore practical tips on simplifying life, setting achievable goals, and the importance of self-awareness and reflection for personal growth. The episode provides insights into balancing familial responsibilities with personal aspirations, encouraging mothers to reclaim their identity and live a fulfilling life.
    Key Takeaways:

    Strategies for silencing your inner critic and overcoming the 'Supermom' identity.

    Ways to rediscover personal passions and interests beyond the role of motherhood.

    Practical tips for simplifying life and setting achievable goals amidst familial responsibilities.

    The importance of self-awareness and reflection in fostering personal growth and fulfillment.

    Insights on balancing family commitments with pursuing individual aspirations and reclaiming your identity.


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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
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    Subscribe & Review
    Are you subscribed to the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those.
    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!
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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media or via email. Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.
    Thank you for joining us, and remember, it’s about progress, not perfection. Here’s to a more organized and less stressful life!
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Embrace the Emotional Cycle of Change to Finally Beat Decluttering Despair

    Embrace the Emotional Cycle of Change to Finally Beat Decluttering Despair

    Discover how to navigate the Emotional Cycle of Change in decluttering your home. Learn practical tips for each stage to effectively organize your home and manage stress. Join Deanna Yates for transformative insights!
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    Links in this episode (some may be affiliate links - thanks for supporting the show at no extra cost to you):
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    Kelly & Conner’s Emotional Cycle of Change
    The 12 Week Year Book
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    Have you ever set a goal with lots of excitement only to quickly lose that momentum once you started to work on that goal?
    You are not alone!
    And the Emotional Cycle of Change is a big reason we quit on our goals before we complete them.
    We’re diving into the Emotional Cycle of Change, a powerful model developed in the mid-1970s by Don Kelley and Daryl Conner on episode 203. We'll explore how this model can guide busy moms through the emotional ups and downs of decluttering and organizing their homes.
    Whether you’re just starting or are stuck in the middle, understanding these emotional stages can help you manage your space—and your stress—more effectively.
    This episode will also help you discover:

    The 5 stages of the Emotional Cycle of Change

    Why change is so difficult

    How to stop quitting your goals

    Ways to make decluttering easier

    Tips for moving through the hardest part of change


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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
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    Subscribe & Review
    Are you subscribed to the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those.
    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!
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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media (@wannabeclutterfree). Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.
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    • 31 min
    How Decluttering Helped This Dad Overcome His Hardest Moments

    How Decluttering Helped This Dad Overcome His Hardest Moments

    In this episode, Deanna Yates and guest Stephen Johnston discuss the transformative power of decluttering during adversity. Explore how Stephen turned challenges into a positive by founding Race Against Blindness, and the role of decluttering in creating meaningful memories.
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    Resources Mentioned (some may be affiliate links - thanks for supporting the show at no extra cost to you):

    A Race Against Blindness

    Enter the Race Against Blindness Giveaways

    Check out my favorite tools & resources

    Podcast Feed for Supporters


    Connect with Stephen Johnston

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    Key Takeaways:

    The transformative power of turning adversity into positive action

    Practical strategies for overcoming challenges through decluttering

    Insights into managing priorities and setting boundaries amidst adversity

    The significance of creating lasting memories and finding joy in the face of adversity


    Episode Highlights:

    00:00 Welcome to the Clutter-Free Journey

    00:10 Facing Adversity with Stephen Johnston

    00:10 The Power of Community Support

    01:47 Stephen's Mission: A Race Against Blindness

    10:47 The Adventure Van: Embracing Life's Journey

    16:45 Minimalism on the Road: The Van Life Experience

    19:10 Reentry: Adjusting Back to 'Normal' Life

    21:04 Mental Decluttering: Prioritizing What Matters

    23:40 Mastering Prioritization and Saying No

    26:13 The Power of Modeling Behavior for Children

    27:12 Balancing Strength and Vulnerability as a Parent

    30:15 The Mission of A Race Against Blindness

    39:15 The Challenges and Triumphs of Fundraising

    42:58 Rapid Fire Questions: Insights and Aspirations


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    Music: Fresh Lift by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com
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    Subscribe & Review
    Are you subscribed to the Wannabe Clutter Free podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those.
    And if you enjoyed today’s episode, it would make my day if you left me a rating and review. You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts, a comment on Spotify Podcasts or Goodpods, or connect on guest video interviews on YouTube. Your review helps other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to read. Let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!
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    We’d love to hear how you’re applying the strategies discussed in this episode. Share your stories and tips with us on social media or via email. Don’t forget to subscribe for more insightful episodes designed to make your busy life a bit easier.
    Thank you for joining us, and remember, it’s about progress, not perfection. Here’s to a more organized and less stressful life!
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
297 Ratings

297 Ratings

Elizabeth Manly ,

Must-listen!

This podcast is amazing! Deanna is so relatable and genuine. She gives practical tips and advice that are easy to implement. I am on a mission to clear out clutter in my home and mentally, and Deanna has helped me live with purpose.

Moms Overcoming Overwhelm ,

A Must-Listen for Busy Moms Who Want to Declutter and Simplify

I have had the pleasure getting to know Deanna as a guest on her amazing podcast, as well as a speaker in her Chaos to Calm Summit. Deanna combines her wealth of knowledge about the tactical side of decluttering and organizing with her heart for helping busy moms simplify and streamline so they can make time for what matters most. One of the things I love about the podcast is that Deanna wants you to take what you’ve learned and implement it - so she and her guests provide practical tips and guidance that you can fit into your busy life today! So grateful for Deanna’s passion for helping women reclaim their lives so they can fully step into their purpose. Sincerely, Emily

RuthNathans ,

Podcast is so helpful!

Thank you so much for your podcast. It’s helping me question myself on why I’m holding onto things instead of just me feeling guilty for having to throw everything away. Decluttering helps relieve so much stress once you can do it on a regular basis. You’re a blessing!

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