I recorded my very first podcast!
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In this episode I share:
- Part One of my Slob Story
- How I’m getting back on track after summer, how to work yourself into a routine, and the importance of doing the dishes!!
- One decluttering tip anyone can apply immediately.
Things mentioned in the podcast:
My “Connect” page with all my social media links.
28 Days to Hope for Your Home (this e-book is now retired – for detailed guides, check out my books:How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind and Decluttering at the Speed of Life.
How to Prioritize Decluttering Projects (YouTube video and written post)
So. This is what I need. My only munchkin started school (half-days) and of course I’ll have time to clean my house right? It’s been two weeks and it’s still messier than it should be… Sigh. Off to go do my dishes.
I’m loving your podcast! Can’t wait until it’s on iTunes, I’ll definetly be a subscriber.
Dana White says
Oh, thank you Miranda!
OMG, you have nailed it on the head! I started listening today while I’m filing at work to stay on task. What can it hurt right? Well, I have figured out, after listening, that in short, I am the same way. I think this is the beginning of a great friendship & for me, a cleaner, less cluttered house!
Thank you for putting it all out there to help others!
Hi. I just discovered your blog, and I’m loving it! I listen to your podcasts for motivation while I clean and declutter during my toddler’s nap. Notice I said declutter instead of organize? 😉
I laughed my head off about the Tiffany song–you and I are close in age 🙂 I can totally relate to the way you think about a lot of things.
I plan to check out your e-books!
Dana White says
Welcome! (And oh how I loved that song!!)
thank you so much for sharing your story. i can really relate to everything. also you helped me wake up and realize that i need to work on myself and that just b/c i have the time to clean doesn’t mean that it will be easy for me to clean.
melissa call says
Loved the first podcast! (ok, I already loved you from your blog, lets get real). I baked cookies AND cleaned up the kitchen while listening. Except for the flour on the garbage can….I’ll go do that now.
Thank you for this. I’m a stay at home mom and our house is usually always messy. I constantly argue with my husband because he constantly says he will replace me if I don’t start moving. but im glad to know im not the only one who sucks at keeping things clean
Katie K. says
I started listening to your Podcasts a bit late to the party, but I have started from the beginning because they absolutely speak to me. I was (am?) a blogger myself, I absolutely loved keeping up my blog…then we moved. We moved because our small 1,200 sq. ft. house was exploding at the seams and I just knew we needed a bigger house so I could get everything in it’s place and keep it under control. Low and behold, with even triple the space, everything is not in it’s place. I’ve been drowning since we moved because I kept bringing in more stuff instead of decluttering. Buying toys and clothes for my kids made me happy and I could ignore what was happening around us. Listening to your Podcasts has help me have several light bulb moments that I might not have had for years if I hadn’t found your them. I already have hope for my house because the struggles you speak of are exactly what I am going through. Thank you so much for sharing your story, it’s invaluable! I do hope you keep posting Podcasts, it’s the easiest way for me to get your content!
Dana White says
Thank you for this comment, Katie! I’m trying to get back to podcasting this week!
Ginger Nikirk says
I thought I was the only one. My house has been so messy at times I have to literally wade through the mess. So Saturday I decide to clean my kitchen. Much like you dishes everywhere , not even a clean place to prepare food, washing enough dishes to “get through the night” I got tired of it. I was embarrassed because I am an adult my house shouldn’t look like this!!!! I have done the dishes every day since. I don’t empty the dishwasher in the morning because my day starts and 3:00 a.m. I don’t want to wake anyone up. So now it is Tuesday I have one bowl, a saucer , and a few utensils in the sink ( and some dirty rags). I am going to go smoke map out my goals for the night and get to work. I love the thought of it being work. Call me crazy but I always like to have a job or a project to do. One of my biggest fears is that once my house to decluttered I won’t have a job to do or a project. Well of to start my chores. Thank you Thank you Thank you. I can’t wait to listen to podcast #2 tomorrow!!!
Hi! I am so glad I found your podcast- we are practically sisters & I seriously need some help!
I’ve listened to the first 8 podcasts & am re-listening to your first episode.
So many things you describe are exactly like me! For years I’ve been trying really hard to keep my house clean & was failing at it and could not understand why I was struggling so much.
I was hoping you’d clarify something for me- when you talk about running your dishwasher every night & emptying it the next morning your kitchen magically (or not so magically) stays clean. What do you mean by “my kitchen is clean?” Do you mean your dishes are put away? Do you mean counters are wiped down & no little crumbs? Do you mean you find the energy to sweep & mop too? Could you define what a clean kitchen is, please.
Thank you! I’m stalking your podcast archives 🙂
Dana White says
Do you have 28 Days to Hope for Your Home (my e-book)? It really talks about how all that works together. “Clean” means counters cleared and wiped down. Floors cleared, though not necessarily mopped.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I love how real and realistic you are about being a slob. I have long fought this label, and struggle incessantly with it. As a chronic procrastinator, my house is always a mess, and as for clean, well…
thank you for making me feel like I am not alone and that there is hope for me yet. I’m glad in a way I’ve found you this late – it means that you have more experience to send my way! Now, my bed is made, the dishwasher unpacked, the washing is on, and I really should go and hang out the previous load…
Will be listening through your journey.
Dana White says
Amazing! You and I must be related. Messy me, slob vision, decluttering junk drawers (and linens closet) first…. That’s all me too!!!
Jessica Hoffman says
Dana, I go to BSF with you. I just found your podcast and listened to the first podcast. I can so relate to you. I am a pilemaker and my surfaces are always covered with piles. I’m off to do my dishes and work for a few minutes on cleaning off some of my kitchen counters.
Dana White says
Oh cool! Be sure to say hi next week!
Hi, I recently found your blog and it’s so me!! I’ve been reading post after post trying to catch up. I started listening to your podcasts today, and in the very first one, you mention that you would always start decluttering a junk drawer or closet or somewhere behind closed doors but you didn’t know why. I do the same and I know why! It’s because I always felt that I needed to make room to store things before I got to the rest of the house. But I never seemed to make it to the rest of the house. Anyway, I see you created this podcast about 3.5 years ago, so you probably figured that out by now. ?
I am almost done reading your book and am amazed at the condition of my house. I didn’t think it was possible to always have a decently clean, company ready, house. I am so motivated to continue on because of the progress I am seeing daily. It was the insight into how I think that made the biggest difference.
I just had a girlfriend tell me about your podcast. Up until you got to having kids, I thought you were me! Hahaha, messy as a kid, theatre, late marriage, the works. Love to entertain, just not at my house. Thanks for helping me get myself in order.
I by chance heard about your podcast and, although I never really listen to podcasts, I am hooked! So Many things you say in your first podcast I have said to myself COUNTLESS times! “I’m just a messy kid, I’ll grow out of it” “I’m a busy teenager…” “When I have kids surely my house will be spic and span for them!!” Then when I had my second daughter I looked around her room, and a familiar pattern started “Well, we’re moving soon!” “This room Really is to small for anything, even a nursery” I even started blaming my 4 year old in my mind for the mess! And then I stopped and finally said “Nope this is Me, all me” and truly, for the first time Meant It!! My husband and I are in the process of buying our first home and it struck me how terrified I was that it was going to end up the way our home does now, just a mess with clutter Everywhere!! Some serious changes are in store for us and your podcast is already helping. I don’t feel like this is my own personal struggle, that somehow I am the only one in the world who missed the cleaning gene! Thanks for being real!!
Hi! I’m a 33 year old slob and I HATE CLEANING!!! But I wish I liked it. I want to be clean like the other mothers, I really do but it is so boring.
So pleased to find you, knowing I’m not alone and that there is help for me yet feels so good!
Sarah, I hate cleaning too! But I’ve been cleaning while listening to these podcasts!!
And I’ve found a couple other podcasts recently (not related to cleaning – just things I’m interested in), and it makes the mundane seem less mundane. 😉
This is my first interaction with your blog and podcasts and I have to say how helpful it has already been! When you describe your experience with crisis cleaning and lack of cleaning intuition I know EXACTLY what you mean.
My recently developed non-negotiable has been emptying my vehicle as soon as I get home. I am notorious for having messy everything, but my vehicle was by far the most visible and embarrassing. I was constantly having to move items (and trash) to the back seat just to make room for my husband and two daughters. When I cleaned my vehicle this fall I gave myself the rule, if it doesn’t belong in the vehicle it doesn’t stay in the vehicle. I am happy to say that with only one relapse this past weekend of early Christmas shopping, my vehicle has been clean ever since!
I have shared and can’t wait to listen to Podcast 002 tomorrow.
I just found your podcast. I can’t even begin to describe how much I can relate to you. My mom is coming to visit at the end of April and I am already dreading the amount of cleaning I am going to have to do, “Crisis cleaning”.
I too have always thought that in the next stage of my life I would change. We live in a very old farm house. When I say old, I mean it was built in the 1820s old. I have just been using the excuse that I hate this house and when we build a new one I will change. I want to change and with this podcast I think that I can work toward that goal, and that makes me so happy.
Anonymous Too! says
Just found you in 2019. Just listened to your first 2 podcasts and I am you 100%. Down to the thinking the next stage of life would change you and yet it only ended up making the mess worse. Also the eBay thing, I don’t do EBay big I have another small online business I run that clutters my home a bit and I enjoy doing it more then taking care of my house. And it financially it makes sense. Also we just moved many states away and I had similar issues to you when moving. My brain thinks the same way as yours yet I yearn to be more organized and less cluttered. I’m going to keep listening and am interested to hear how you got everything under control. I just feel like I’m listening to myself talk 🤣 thank you!
Wow! You get me! It’s like you are describing my home and housekeeping abilities. I can’t wait to see the changes I can make by following your advice! I wish that I would have found you years ago.
Lacy Thomas says
Just listened to the first podcast for the first time this morning after seeing it posted about in a Charlotte Mason fb group. You sang my song. Like, line for line, verse for verse. Nearly every word is MY story. All the books. Imagine how skeptical I was to even listen. I will be purchasing your book today. I’m truly excited about getting our home and lives in order. Thank you. Truly. – Lacy from Texas
I’ve been reading your stuff for more than a year and I just realized I wasn’t following the visibility rule and oh my goodness is that a helpful rule! (I too struggle with the ‘oh I want to clean! I should start with a hidden spot!’ impulse) I’ve been recommending your stuff to basically everyone and decided today was the day to start listening to your podcast, and now half an hour later my kitchen is much tidier and my day feels off to a magnificent start. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!
Sariah Hayford says
I’ve watched your YouTube videos for over a year, I’m finally getting around to listening to the podcast. Your description about your experience with dishes felt like you were describing me! The nearly empty sink isn’t enough to wash, and then the next time I think to look, it’s overflowing onto the countertops in both directions. Yikes. So I’m going to try setting a daily time to wash them. I hope it works.