71. Simplify, Declutter, and Create Space for the New Year with Diana and Debbie!

Happy New Year! Do you have a resolution to simplify your life and clear the clutter? Are you tired of being stressed out by too much stuff? In this episode, co-hosts Debbie and Diana explore:

  • How simplifying and slowing down can help you create a more meaningful life
  • Thoughts and emotions that may arise when you finally tackle that closet you’ve been avoiding
  • Why buying the next little gift shop trinket won’t provide you with lasting happiness
  • Helpful strategies from behavioral psychology that can help you declutter your home and simplify your life!

So take a listen if you could use some practical strategies and inspiration in your quest to simplify. We wish you a peaceful and meaningful 2019!

Resources for More Inspiration:

Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World by Brooke McAlary

The Slow Home Podcast

We have mixed feelings about the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. See if the KonMari method works for you!

New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici

Atomic Habits by James Clear

On Clutter and Stress:

The Clutter Culture (about a UCLA study of 32 families in LA documenting the clutter problem and a link between high cortisol (a stress response) and clutter among the women), and the book that came out of the study, Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors.

How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It) in Life Hacker

Why Mess Causes Stress: 8 Reasons, 8 Remedies: The Mental Cost of Clutter in Psychology Today


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