Feb 16, 2022 | Podcast, The Living Room

079: Organizing for the Rest of Us with Dana K. White


“A message of hope for the hopelessly messy

In this episode, blogger, author, speaker, and decluttering expert, Dana K. White, shares from her newest book, Organizing for the Rest of Us. Keeping up with our homes can feel like an uphill battle through cleaning, organizing, and decluttering. Dana, who was overwhelmed by her own home discovered a realistic approach to the de-slobification process that has helped thousands of others do the same.

In her lighthearted approach, Dana shares the truth about cleaning, organizing, and decluttering with tips that work for real life and real people. In her reality-based strategies, anyone can go from slob to decluttering expert in no time. Though the journey can seem overwhelming, we can take one step at a time, celebrating the small victories as we go. It is the little wins that grow the desire for an uncluttered life and one that is better for our environments, spiritual lives, and relationships.

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Important Takeaways from Show

  • If we wait for perfection before doing God’s will, we will never begin
  • Let go of the need for perfection and enjoy the journey of having a more organized life
  • The way we are created is not failure, embrace the unique way God created us
  • There is a great difference between organization and decluttering
  • Organizing is problem-solving
  • Decluttering is removing things from the home
  • When we pull everything out of a space or area, that can leave us feeling more overwhelmed
  • Start decluttering a visible place in your home by throwing out trash
  • Put items back into the established home
  • The three layers of a clean house are, Declutter, Daily Stuff, and Deep-Cleaning
  • It is freeing to let loose of the excess! We don’t need it all
  • God helps us to realize that life is maintenance
  • When you don’t have a lot of time, pick a smaller cleaning task, such as dishes
  • Our homes really begin to change when we start with decluttering
  • Treating our homes like a project can do more harm than good
  • Little wins grow the desire for an uncluttered life
  • Time the task that overwhelms you – it never takes as long as we think
  • Containers serve as a limit, they aren’t just for putting things in
  • Our home itself is a container – embrace the limits
  • To help sustain an organized home, follow the rule: one item in requires one item out
  • Gaining space in our home gives us freedom
  • Give yourself grace for the process and celebrate the small victories

"Start by decluttering a visible space...little wins grow a desire for an uncluttered life." Dana K. White - The Living Room Podcast - Episode 079


“But all things should be done decently and in order

-1 Corinthians 14:33

Links from Show

NEW BOOK: Organizing for the Rest of Us: 100 Realistic Strategies to Keep Any House Under Control

Workbook and Journal for Organizing for the Rest of Us

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind

   Decluttering at the Speed of Life


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