Welcome to Cohesive Home podcast Episode 12. In this episode Kate and Melissa chat about how to begin the journey toward a simpler home, and share some of their favorite tips for decluttering and creating a home that supports your values. If you're a newbie to decluttering or need some fresh encouragement if you’ve been on that journey for awhile, this podcast episode is for you.
5 Top Tips to Start Decluttering
>Ignore the guides/books and start where feels right
>Setting a goal (hosting a yard sale, making a big donation on a certain date, raising money for a family vacation) will help motivate.
>Remember your values (and WHY you’re doing it.)
>Fill out the Cohesive Home Guide to Creating Your Family’s Philosophy
>Include your kids 100%, but get rid of YOUR things first (be the example.)
>Remember it’s an ongoing process not something that happens overnight. Be flexible and give yourself grace.
Kate and Melissa’s Favorite Books
>Zero Waste Home (for the hardcore minimalist)
Favorite Blogs of REAL People Living Simply
>Sew the Land by Lorraine and Gilbert
>Birch and Pine by Kate Oliver
>5 Kids 1 Condo by Adrian Crook
>What if We Fly? by Rachael
Encouragement for your Minimalist Journey
>Don’t be afraid to be different. Live by your values and you will attract others who believe the same as you.
>Do what makes your family happy and allows you to achieve your goals.
>The longer you live simply, the more confident you will become in it, and inspire others with the way you live intentionally.
>Share your journey on Instagram on the Episode 12 podcast post.