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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
    • 4.5 • 53 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 74: Staying Organized at Christmas Q&A

    Ep 74: Staying Organized at Christmas Q&A

    It's the most wonderful time of the year. At least that's what the songs and marketers tell us anyway. We're constantly told that the holiday season is supposed to feel special and magical. Christmas is a time filled with love, laughter, coziness, and connection. But, can I be honest with you? The holidays are stressful. Or at least they can be if you try to do all the things, be at all the places, and close your eyes as you repeatedly swipe your credit card and buy more stuff than you need.

    That's why as a family we said enough was enough and gradually over the past few years have honed in on what we really want to focus on for the holiday season. And I am not alone. Throughout the years I have continued to get questions about how to simplify decorations and gift giving, how to find more meaning and connection, and how to keep a home organized in spite of the hustle and bustle.

    So, I thought it was time to do a Q & A session to tackle your big questions for the season. I chat a bit about what we do for the holidays to keep it meaningful yet simple and stress-free as well as what you can do to prepare for the season in your own home.

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

    - Determine what the holidays mean for you
    - How to recreate the magic you felt as a child
    - Why more stuff is not the answer
    - Ways to cut back on toys and gifts but not feel like Scrooge
    - Simple decoration ideas to cut down on clutter but not the festive feel

    • 29 min
    Ep 73: How to Edit Your Closet to Find Your Signature Style with Jennifer from Your Everyday Style

    Ep 73: How to Edit Your Closet to Find Your Signature Style with Jennifer from Your Everyday Style

    Are you tired of looking in your closet and feeling like you have nothing to wear? Have you tried decluttering, but still aren't in love with the clothes you have left? Maybe you love clothes, but you feel like clothes are not loving you back.

    A closet edit might be just the thing you need to help you find your signature style, clothes that fit you well, and give you confidence to tackle life with gusto.

    And the guest on this episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show is just the person to help.

    Jennifer Mackey-Mary is a wardrobe stylist who gives everyday style advice to everyday women.

    Over the last two decades, she’s helped thousands of women cut through the clutter in their closets, discover their style, and build wardrobes that make getting dressed fun and easy.

    She’s also the host of the popular podcast, The Everyday Style School, that teaches you everything your mom never did about getting dressed.

    Jennifer is passionate about raising confident daughters, female entrepreneurship, and getting every woman in a better bra!

    We have a great conversation about style, what it means, how to improve it, and what in the heck a closet edit even is.

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

    - The easiest way to start to define your signature style
    - How to improve your style if you feel like you're in a rut
    - Why finding your style is so important
    - What you can do right now if you are feeling overwhelmed by your closet
    - The wisdom Jennifer's daughter shared when it came to clothes and how it can help you on your journey

    • 43 min
    Ep 72: Overwhelmed at Home? These 5 Steps Will Help.

    Ep 72: Overwhelmed at Home? These 5 Steps Will Help.

    Are you currently dealing with overwhelm and stress in your life, but you don't know how to fix it or where to start?

    If things feels chaotic, you're stressed out, and it's hard to stop and take a breath, then this episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show is for you. After you listen to this episode, you will have a plan so you can know where to start and what you need to do first to make your stressful situation better.

    Because even if you've simplified your life, decluttered your home, organized your things, and even have systems in place to make your day-to-day life easier...life is going to throw you some curveballs sometimes. That's just what life does.

    Maybe life gets more stressful for you at the holidays (which can you believe it are right around the corner?!?!). Maybe you have some deadlines coming up. Maybe someone in your family got a job offer and there's a big change heading your way. Or maybe you found a new home and a move is on the horizon.

    No matter what it is, stress, change, and new opportunities are a part of life. It's okay to be overwhelmed by life every now and again. However, it's not okay to get stuck there. So that's why the this episode covers what to do when life get's a bit out of hand so you can get back on track quickly and not stayed in that stressed-out place.

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

    - The #1 thing to do when you are overwhelmed by life
    - A quick way to prioritize the tasks you need to do
    - 3 simple questions you need to ask yourself before tackling your to-do list
    - Easy ways to remove distractions so you can get more done
    - The recent epiphany I had regarding to-do lists that just may change your life

    • 24 min
    Ep 71: Do These 5 Things for a Better week with Toni-Ann from Real Happy Mom

    Ep 71: Do These 5 Things for a Better week with Toni-Ann from Real Happy Mom

    Do you wish you could get more done each week? Or just not feel totally drained when the weekend comes around?
    Yeah, I hear ya! As busy parents there is so much on our plates these days and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down any time soon. So, why is it that some moms seem to thrive while others go through our days exhausted and overwhelmed.

    Well, our guest has some simple advice to help us all out. Not only will following these 5 tried and true steps help you have a better and more productive week - they can also give you the time you need to reconnect with who you are and what you are passionate about.

    It’s a tall order, but our guest, Toni-Ann Maybe is proof that it works.

    Toni-Ann Mayembe is a full-time dentist, a reservist in the Navy, and the blogger and podcaster at Real Happy Mom. She is a wife and a boy mom that understands the struggle of juggling work and home. When she is not working, she enjoys watching WWE and stand-up comedy.

    I hope you enjoy our conversation about how to be more productive and intentional in your life so you can get more done and enjoy the journey along the way.

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

    - The 5 simple steps Toni-Ann swears by and why they are so important
    - Why prepping for your week is a must and what happened when Toni-Ann skipped a week (on purpose)
    - Ideas for self-care, how to keep it easy and why it is essential
    - Which step I implemented already and the difference it had on my life
    - The best piece of advice Toni-Ann has ever received about life and what she would do differently if she was starting her intentional living journey again

    • 40 min
    Ep 70: Organize Your Kitchen in Just 7 Steps

    Ep 70: Organize Your Kitchen in Just 7 Steps

    Are you dreaming of having an Insta-worthy organized kitchen, but have no idea where to start? The good news is that having a kitchen that is Pinterest-Perfect is just a simple matter of organization. Yes, of course it takes effort, but with these 7 simple steps you can get your kitchen organized once and for all.

    But, where do you start?

    Well, it all starts with a plan, knowing what kitchen zones you need, decluttering the items you don't use, and creating an organized space to keep it all in order.

    No matter if you have a tiny kitchen, or one with cabinets for everything, we are looking at tips, tricks, hacks, and the best tried and true advice out there to get your cooking space in order.

    After all, if your home is anything like mine, the kitchen is the central hub and how it functions is crucial to how your home functions.

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

    - The 8 different kitchen zones to organize for
    - Why starting with a plan is so important and how to make it work for your space
    - The best way to create a clean slate before you organize your kitchen
    - How to replace items in your kitchen and upgrade these items over time
    - What organization tools and products come highly recommended so you can eliminate the search and get organized more quickly.

    • 38 min
    Ep 69: 5 Decluttering Challenges that are Actually Fun

    Ep 69: 5 Decluttering Challenges that are Actually Fun

    Have you been trying to declutter your home, but you lack the motivation or energy to make it actually happen? Well, my friend, a decluttering challenge may be just the thing you need!

    A decluttering challenge helps you let go of the stuff cluttering up your home or life. It can be very specific and focus on only one area of your life like your wardrobe or very broad and address your home, mindset, habits and more.

    A decluttering challenge can be short and last a few days or extend for a full year (as one of the options I discuss in today's podcast episode does).

    However, challenges give you a fun way to switch things up which makes decluttering feel more like a game. It’s been shown that your information and skill retention increase by as much as 40% when what you are working on is gamified.

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

    - My favorite things about declutter challenges
    - Why decluttering challenges are so powerful
    - The best way to start a decluttering challenge
    - How to fit a decluttering challenge into your life
    - What I don't like about each challenge so you know what to look out for

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

mmpeach ,

Thought-provoking content. Needs to use a de-esser on the audio

I really like the content of the podcast and I frequently find myself applying the idea to my daily life. I would listen to more episodes, however I listen on headphones while walking outdoors. The recording would be vastly improved by using a de-esser. The S sounds in the recording hurt my ears when listening on headphones, in order to avoid discomfort from every third word , I need to put the volume down low, but then I can’t hear every time a car drives by. The podcast is probably losing a large percentage of listeners who primarily listen on headphones.
I hope this is rectified in the future because I would really like to include this podcast in my weekly lineup.

happy brit in the usa ,

Saliva mouth

Want to listen but all I hear is the up close microphone and the saliva sound in her mouth.

Cee D Bell ,

Outstanding!

I just started listening and love this podcast. I was looking for concrete tips, and Deanna delivered. In my quest to find a decluttering podcast today, I listened to three prior, and Wannabe Minimalist Show towers over everything else by miles. I’m so grateful!

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