I LOVE before and after decluttering photos! I especially love the “three months later” photo. I know y’all know I know what a big deal that is.
Included in this post are some of my favorite photos sent in to share about the Take Your House Back course. Honestly, I cried tears of joy when I saw them. SO much progress! I am so proud of this course and of the people who are going through it and taking their houses back!
Here are some testimonials course members sent in:
“I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to invest in the course, and I am making progress all the time, thanks to their wisdom and instruction. The course is also full of like-minded and same-challenged individuals who are just trying to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their families. It has been my best investment of 2021- by far!”
“I’ve been following Dana for a couple of years but this course has given me the boost I didn’t know I needed. The girls bounce off and compliment each other so well. I feel like I know how to declutter thanks to Dana, but Cass and Dawn have filled in the gaps in my skills and mindset to complete what I started. I’m the type of person who enjoys organising, but could never succeed because I was missing the skills I needed to make it last and work for my whole family. Best money I ever spent!!”
“If you’re considering doing Dana’s “Take Your House Back” course, it is REALLY good (and I’m not getting paid to say that). I’ve only been following Dana since January, and I’ve made SO much progress (and have read her books and I’m catching up on her podcast), so I thought it might be repetitive. But I was curious (and I love supporting Dana), so I figured “why not?” and I just jumped in. It’s really, really good and I’m getting so many new ideas/mindset shifts out of it. I’m about 1/3rd of the way through (in the first part – “how to have less”, next is “how to do less,” then “how to want less), but I love the interplay between her and Dawn and Cas, who I don’t really know, but they add a lot of great perspective on decluttering and organizing. And it’s funny! There’s so much wisdom and understanding of human nature in these videos and podcasts–it’s not just about your stuff. I find it very comforting.”
“First of all, I just want to go hang out with Dana, Cas and Dawn! They are so sweet and supportive and fun! I’ve always struggled with clutter, then add a husband and two kids and it was like a bomb had gone off in my house. It gave me anxiety and I would constantly have meltdowns about it. My sister recommended Dana’s podcast and I started listening about mid January and was able to join TYHB that round. Life changing for sure!! I already feel less stressed and more relaxed at home. I still have stuff to do but the main living areas are under👏🏻control👏🏻👏🏻”
Here are some more comments left on an FB Live video that Dawn, Cas and I did together talking about Take Your House Back:
“The amount of $ saved with this new mindset more than makes up for the cost of this course.”
“This course is amazing and makes such practical sense! Small slots of time can make a big difference in every area of your home. Don’t wait for the “perfect time”. It has made such a huge difference in our home!”
“I never would have paid for this course but after Dawn had already helped me so much with YouTube the trust was there and I am so satisfied with this purchase! It streamlined all the best advice!”
“The course has meant I’ve made progress I never thought I could make! and the Facebook group is so supportive -we really cheer each other on.”
“Hands down the best money we’ve spent this year! It is SO worth it.”
“I can vouch that it’s a great course for those with chronic illness as well! Self paced and working with these wonderful ladies is awesome and life changing!”
About Take Your House Back:
Take Your House Back is a course created by Dawn from The Minimal Mom (youtube), Cas from Clutterbug (Youtube, and upcoming HGTV show), and me. There are lots of instructional videos, podcasts, and printables. If you like the cheerleading and accountability of a Facebook group, there’s that too, though you won’t miss anything if you don’t join the Facebook group because all of the course content lives on the site.
Once you join, you get a login and then have access to all the content so you can work through it at your own pace.
Go check out the course at TakeYourHouseBack.com. You can see the titles of the modules if you scroll about halfway down the page.
I really love the 3 months later. That’s when you know you really got it!
I especially liked the last before and after where I had no idea there was a door hidden by all that stuff and the after with the little girl sitting at the keyboard and the door open with sunlight coming in. I guess I should have done some before photos of my kitchen and of my bathroom, but I have been too busy trying to get things done while I’m inspired. Thanks for adding to the inspiration with your blogs and photos. I really enjoy them. Sorry, but I just don’t have the time for taking a “course” but I am reading when I need a break and getting inspired that way. Plus, I don’t get good internet access or cable access here in rural VA. But I do read as often as possible.
I absolutely love that last picture with the little girl sitting at the piano! The door is open, and the sun is shining through that beautiful storm door. That door was blocked in the first photo, and it kind of scares me that they would not have been able to get out of that door quickly in the event of an emergency. Great job on decluttering and providing a beautiful place to make music and provide a safe passage out of the house!
Thank you so much! I’m the mom of that little girl and I can’t recommend this course highly enough. It has truly been life changing for our family!
That was my thought too–the whole point is to enjoy your house and use it the way it was intended. The little girl playing the piano got me choked up a bit–it’s definitely an example of that! I’m still enjoying it as I go through the bonus modules. It was well worth the investment to me. The person who said “what I’ve saved from doing it made it pay for itself” is true! Buying stuff because you can’t find it, buying things because you don’t understand the container concept, buying Starbucks because you’re stressed from your house (ha!)–all of those things add up to paying for the course itself. Loved every minute of it.
The most beautiful thing in these photos is what will go in these newly cleared spaces. The woman quietly reading in the window seat, the family around the table. The little girl playing the piano. Just makes you happy for them.
I’m the one who was playing the piano ty dana white for posting that :))))))))))))))))))
Oh my! I just noticed the darling kitty asleep on the red cushion next to the plaid sofa! I’m sure the sweet thing will find another comfy spot on which to lounge, and the little girl will be able to find her furry friend a lot easier! So adorable!
The most beautiful thing in these photos is knowing what will go in these newly cleared spaces. The woman quietly reading in the window seat, the family around the table. The little girl playing the piano. Just makes you happy for them.
Mary Eavey says
Those photos are awesome!!!! I am on day 3 of the 28 days to Hope for your home and so far, so good! I work at home now and I listen to podcasts while I work. So far, I am up to episode 240 something. There are only a couple that I skipped.
I am starting to find myself doing some of the chores and not realizing it until I am almost ready to walk away, so that is a huge improvement. Every time I heat up my food or coffee I find something to do besides look at the microwave. I didnt grow up being neat. AT ALL. One time I complimented my Mom how nice the house looked when I came home one weekend from college and she looked sweetly at me and said “Thats because YOU dont live here anymore”
Ouch!! my Mom didnt have a mean bone in her body. Except that one comment. Just one comment!!
Yes, that last photo of the little girl at the piano says it all. It’s not just taking your house back, it’s taking your life back. Giving fresh air and light and music to your family. Oh, my— it is a picture of going from chaos to serenity. They are all so inspiring, but the little girl as a representation of family just really makes it click. Perfect!
Thank you for sharing these!! 💕
I signed up the other day and am really looking forward to the day-long start tomorrow. I’ve been at my house for two years and am so ready to complete what I call the big purge. I hope I can keep at it for twelve hours. 😉 I’m 65 and have gotten rid of the easiest stuff .. so it’s tedious and the difficult stuff now.