Motherhood Simplified

Krista Lockwood

Welcome to Motherhood Simplified, a podcast for moms who want to declutter but don't want to become a full blown minimalist! read less
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Episodes

Simplifying dishes & dish routines - listener question!
Feb 27 2024
Simplifying dishes & dish routines - listener question!
Don't forget to submit your voice note here to get your question answered!Or submit a written question here!Join the Motherhood Simplified Group HereFollow me on IG and give us your best advice!Decluttering SimplifiedListen in as I share my ever-evolving journey with daily household chores, specifically the dishwashing routine that has shifted to accommodate my family's current work-from-home and schooling dynamic. I explore how life's different seasons demand flexibility in our routines, and I'll walk you through our current dish cycle which includes a nightly reset by my diligent 12-year-old son, a strategic midday run, and my morning unloading ritual. I also stress the importance of having a manageable number of dishes to keep the kitchen chaos at bay and how sustainable practices can be achieved through self-correcting habits, such as avoiding disposable paper plates.Moving from the kitchen to the entryway, I offer insights on organizing shoes and beauty products, especially for those with large families. You'll get a glimpse into my personal approach to managing footwear for my family of six, where each person is allocated a daily pair and a seasonal pair to minimize clutter. I also talk about how we handle the allure of adorable, non-essential shoes for the little ones, balancing indulgences with spatial and financial realities. For more tailored solutions, I highlight the creative ideas from the Motherhood Simplified group, underlining the benefits of intentional purchases and storage solutions. Tune in for these practical tips that could revolutionize the way you manage your household's daily grind.
Messy people, digital clutter and getting rid of gifts - Listener question!
Jan 30 2024
Messy people, digital clutter and getting rid of gifts - Listener question!
Submit a voice note questionSubmit a written questionManaging Everyday Messes and Digital Clutter00:01Clutter threshold, behavior patterns, digital clutter, and managing email and photo collections are discussed.Chapter 2Streamlining Email and Photo Organization08:06Declutter email and digital photos, use folders, unsubscribe, organize storage, and a fun twist at the end.Chapter 3Upcoming Episode19:27Teasing the story of an orange picker and a disliked gift from Sarah in next week's episode.Listen in as I tackle the ever-so-common battle against everyday messes and digital clutter. We all know that even the tidiest homes aren't immune to the occasional socks on the floor or misplaced keys, and that's perfectly human. But what if you could reset your living space in just 20 to 30 minutes? I share insights into maintaining a 'clutter threshold' and the behaviors that contribute to our daily disarray. And, in a relatable confession, I discuss my own habit of leaving socks scattered and how my family deals with this quirk with humor and understanding. Plus, a listener named Jenny sparks an engaging conversation on the daunting task of managing a bursting email inbox and chaotic digital photo collections.Dive into practical tips for streamlining your email and organizing your digital memories. The secret? Recognizing that most emails can hit the trash bin and creating folders for the essentials, while also being ruthless with deleting unnecessary digital photos to preserve those precious moments worth reminiscing over. Discover tools like unroll.me that simplify the unsubscribing process and hear about my ongoing quest to keep digital storage tidy. And stay tuned for a light-hearted conclusion where I tease an intriguing story about an orange picker, a nod to a forthcoming episode, and a humorous gift-related tale from Sarah, an admin with a fun twist, sure to leave you anticipating our next weekly chat.
The ever-flowing, ever-present toy clutter - Listener question!
Jan 25 2024
The ever-flowing, ever-present toy clutter - Listener question!
Thank you so much for being a part of Motherhood Simplified!Submit a voice note questionSubmit a written not questionListen to past toy podcast episodesGet the Toy Decluttering courseGet the Stop Re-cluttering courseEver felt like the toys and clutter in your home multiply overnight, especially with energetic kids in the mix? Join us as we navigate the turbulent waters of decluttering with precision and a touch of humor, sharing insights that will transform your space into a tranquil haven. Witness firsthand as Courtney combats the chaos of ADHD and toy sprawl with weekly donations, and listen as I weigh in with strategies culled from personal trials and the wisdom of the Motherhood Simplified hive mind. Prepare to be astonished by the sheer volume of stuff we accumulate without noticing and learn why a significant purge is the life raft your cluttered home needs.Gifts: they're a sign of love, yet for the minimalist parent, they can be a double-edged sword. In this episode, we unravel the complexities of managing incoming presents without turning our homes into storage units. Hear from Allison, who's crafted a clever method for dealing with the gift influx, and gain sage advice from Makita Newton on steering clear of clutter. I'll also share my family's approach to establishing boundaries and creating organized systems that keep our lively household from descending into mayhem. If you're tiptoeing the line between appreciating generosity and craving simplicity, let this discussion be your guidepost.Finally, as a special twist, I confront my husband's heartfelt plea for clarity amidst our own family's delightful disarray. Offering a sneak peek at my response to his concerns, we set the stage for an upcoming episode that promises to delve deeper into decluttering dynamics. Your curiosity will be piqued, and your appetite for clutter-busting know-how will be whetted, so make sure to tune in and join the conversation. We're not just tidying up; we're redefining the relationship we have with our possessions and the space we call home.
Things that make decluttering as a mom hard
Jan 16 2024
Things that make decluttering as a mom hard
An honest conversation about GoodwillFree training: How To Create Your Mom-Proof Decluttering PlanEver felt like your home is a battleground against clutter, with toys staging a never-ending invasion? You're not alone. As a mom, I've struggled with the relentless march of 'stuff' that threatens to overtake every nook and cranny. That's why this episode is a must-listen for moms who find themselves in the trenches, looking for a strategy to reclaim their space. We address the elephant in the room—our kids and the chaos they bring—alongside the scarcity of time and energy that makes decluttering seem like an insurmountable task. But guess what? There's hope, and I'm here to share it with you, along with heartwarming stories and tips from the Motherhood Simplified community that prove it's possible to conquer the clutter.The fear of letting go often has us clinging to items like life rafts in an ocean of what-ifs, but do we really need that third set of popsicle molds? Through touching anecdotes, like Olga's ingenious use of mega blocks in a pinch, we celebrate the resourcefulness that blossoms in a decluttered home. This episode isn't about preaching minimalism; it's about empowering you to make room for what truly matters. We're unwrapping the guilt tied to unused possessions and challenging the notion of waste with practical, family-inclusive strategies. If you're ready to transform your home into a serene haven that reflects your family's needs and values, let's embark on this journey together. Tune in and equip yourself with a decluttering plan crafted with a mom's touch, promising simplicity and a dash of joy in every step.
Why decluttering challenges work so well
Jan 2 2024
Why decluttering challenges work so well
Get the free training to create your own mom-proof decluttering plan now!Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the mountains of clutter in your home, but found the thought of organizing a decluttering marathon as daunting as the mess itself? You're not alone, and the secret weapon you might be missing is a solid, actionable plan. Today, I'm peeling back the curtain on the transformative power of decluttering challenges tailored specifically for busy moms. I'm sharing the inside scoop on why these challenges aren't just another item on your to-do list, but a gateway to reclaiming your space and peace of mind. Forget about syncing your schedule with the next big online event—discover how you can spearhead your very own clutter-free revolution, no matter the season or reason.As we navigate the roadmap to a tidier home, I'll unveil the three critical components that make decluttering challenges so effective: a ready-made plan, built-in accountability, and the magic of community support. Together, we'll explore how to harness these elements to create a decluttering strategy that works on your terms. Whether you're gearing up for summer with the kids underfoot or prepping for the joy and chaos of the holiday season, this episode is brimming with practical advice to help you embark on your decluttering journey. So, grab a notebook and let's turn that cluttered chaos into organized serenity—one joyful step at a time!Mentioned in this episode:How To Create Your Mom Proof Decluttering PlanGo to MotherhoodSimplified.com/DIYHow To Create Your Mom Proof Decluttering Plan