The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast

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072: Why We Keep Clothes We Don’t Wear (+ How to Let Them Go)
27:47

  When it comes to our closets, the most sustainable practice is to wear what we already own. Donating clothes contributes to textile pollution; as such, it’s prudent to wear + re-wear our garments until they’re thoroughly worn out. But what if we have a closetful of items we simply aren’t wearing? If we’re being honest, what if we have a wardrobe comprised of outfits we’ll never wear again? Amanda Warfield is a capsule wardrobe expert who argues that the...

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May 14, 2019
071: Conscious Consumerism for Real People
19:06

Conscious consumers are so much more than review-checkers. They don’t have their credit card information saved on Amazon. They’re not swayed by “deals” or “sales”, either. Conscious consumers don’t walk the shopping mall for fun + they certainly don’t follow marketplace trends. You’ve heard the term but – still! – its definition remains ambiguous. What is a conscious consumer, exactly? This week, I’m thrilled to identify key traits of intentional shoppers. I show you exactly how you can be one,...

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May 07, 2019
070: The Basics of Minimalist Kitchens + Minimalist Cooking
22:07

    Did you know? The average American kitchen holds a whopping 1,019 items. Yet professional chefs argue that fully functioning kitchens demand *just* 16 items. No need to spend an arm + a leg on top of the line models, either: you, too, can whip up delectable meals with just 16 items that cost under $300 total. This week, I’m dabbling in the concepts of minimalists kitchens + minimalist cooking with simplicity wellness coach Mirley Guerra Graf. Mirley believes that...

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Apr 30, 2019
069: For Dumpster Diving Skeptics
27:21

Freshly baked artisanal breads, still warm from the oven. Imported cheeses in original packaging. Untouched organic berries. Did you know? You can find all this + more in your local dumpster. Cameron Macleish first learned about the food waste epidemic as a broke college student. These days, he dumpster dives and – with his mom’s help – cooks delectable meals with his finds to push back against both food waste + food insecurity. While Cameron neither wants nor expects us to dumpster...

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Apr 23, 2019
068: Self-care for Busy People
16:22

Have you scheduled self-care into your days lately? I get it: We’re all busy. When we must cut something, we almost always cut the tasks that rejuvenate ourselves from our schedules first. I believe that self-care is less about time-intensive, expensive spa treatments (although if they light you up, go for ’em!).  Instead, self-care is a collection of little habits that promote healthy + peaceful existences. On today’s episode, we get some serious self-care bang out of *just* 5 minutes. Liann Hughes is...

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Apr 16, 2019
067: 10 Handbag Essentials for On-the-Go Sustainability
15:04

  So you’ve slashed into the trash your household produces. (That’s great!) But what about when you’re out + about? Are you conscious of garbage when you’re on-the-go? The truth is this: Strategic handbags go a *long way* toward low-waste or zero-waste living. It’s easier than it sounds, too: I carry everything I need for eating out, doing errands + stopping anywhere spontaneous in my medium-sized shoulder bag. On today’s episode I divulge the ten items I keep with me at...

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Apr 09, 2019
066: How a Dry Month Complements Mental Minimalism
23:33

Have you ever embarked on a dry month? Would you consider one? This week we explore the space where minimalism, intentional living + sobriety collide. My guest this week is blogger Kim Miller. Through the lenses of #winemom + motherhood drinking culture, Kim + I examine the idea that clutter isn’t *just* physical stuff. Clutter is old ideas + habits that don’t serve us. Clutter is anything that takes us out of the moment + away from our best selves, too. Kim...

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Apr 02, 2019
065: Your Guide to a Total Home Detox
17:43

Ever find yourself questioning the air quality in your home?  How about your water? Many of us have completed personal detoxes to eliminate internal toxins from our bodies. But how many of us tackle the toxins that reside in our homes? Toxins are everywhere, even in the cleanest of living spaces. As such, indoor air quality is typically 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Worst of all? Abundant toxins can + do lead to health problems. There is good news, +...

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Mar 26, 2019
064: How to Shop Secondhand the 21st Century Way
25:49

Let me guess: You like the *idea* of thrifting as a means of preserving both your hard-earned money + the planet. But in practice, things get muddled. Who has the time, energy or desire to sift through mounds of less-than-ideal garments in search of a genuine find? Here’s the good news: These days, it’s easier than ever to shop secondhand. My guest this week is Lauren Spraggins. She’s a fashion reseller who searches for, cleans, mends + presses secondhand items....

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Mar 19, 2019
063: Why We’re Sick + How to get Healthy (Hint: It Has to do with the Planet)
32:57

Humans are sick + are getting sicker. So is planet Earth.  Our health as a species is intricately linked to the health of our planet. Indeed, perhaps the most concerning aspect of greenhouse gases, polluted oceans + shrinking ecosystems is that – ultimately – we have manufactured an environment unfit for human life. My guest this week is Dr. Stephen Hussey. He’s a chiropractor, health coach + author who’s on the podcast to outline concrete action steps for reclaiming our...

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Mar 12, 2019
062: 5 Ways to Take Home Less Plastic from the Supermarket
17:37

Zero-waste living is easier than you think. The secret? It all starts at the supermarket. Take home less plastic. On today’s episode I’m divulging my 5 tricks that can be implemented by absolutely anyone on his or her next shopping trip. ** This episode offers a tiny taste of what I’m teaching in 14 Days to a Zero-Waste Kitchen. Registration officially opens today! I hope you’ll join me for guided, one-on-one instruction + more content just like this. ** * Access this...

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Mar 05, 2019
061: 5 Steps to Staying Motivated when Decluttering Gets Hard
22:28

  It happens to all of us. We embark on a decluttering endeavor – a whole house purge, even – only to lose steam halfway through. Indeed, it’s as if the motivation to finish vanishes into thin air. We’re enticed by benefits of a minimalist home, including less stress, more free time + fewer items to clean. The problem is, though, that the act of decluttering induces stress, sucks up free time + requires hours of work. On this week’s...

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Feb 26, 2019
060: Is it ever OK to Buy Fast Fashion?
28:01

So you know fast fashion is bad. (Really bad, in fact.) But you’ve got a closet full of cheap, trendy items + you have no idea how to create a more ethical wardrobe. How can you avoid eco-burnout + cultivate sustainability in your closet? That’s the question Cait Bagby is answering today. Cait is a fellow blogger, ethical influencer + self-described fashion maximalist who’s offering her two cents on creating a wardrobe to feel good about. Enjoy! * Access this week’s...

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Feb 19, 2019
059: 5 Decluttering Roadblocks (+ How to Get Over Them)
16:49

“But I might need it someday.” “But shouldn’t I save it for my kids?” “But it was a gift from my great-aunt Bertha!” Over the past 2 years, I’ve been fortunate to chat with *many* minimalists. In these chats + interviews, I’ve learned one thing: In the throes of tidying, we all push through the Exact. Same. Concerns. Today I’m bringing 5 decluttering roadblocks into the light + addressing them one by one. Then I’m following them up with practical tips...

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Feb 12, 2019
058: How to Organize a Disorganized Family
22:46

Have yourself a disorganized household? No judgement here. I’ve got one, too. June Doran is a blogger, homeschooler + mom of 5 who argues that, if you want to get tidy, the answer *isn’t* to purchase additional bins + baskets. Indeed, the best way to organize a disorganized family is simple, painless + free. * Get early bird access (+ a 20% discount!) on ’14-Days to a Zero-Waste Kitchen’ here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest!

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Feb 05, 2019
057: Replace Bad Habits with Better Ones (3 ideas!)
24:08

Changing well-ingrained habits is tough. Why is that? When it comes to sustainability, many of us hit an eco-plateau. We successfully accomplish the easiest swaps (reusable coffee mug; cloth tote bags) but quickly find ourselves stuck as we attempt to conquer more intermediate tasks. Chloe Lepeltier has graciously offered 3 incremental tweaks we can all tackle to crank up our eco-friendly efforts. Even better? You can decide to accomplish them right now. Enjoy!  * Access this week’s Show Notes here. * Get...

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Jan 29, 2019
056: Why You Should Use the Fine China on a Wednesday
20:57

If I asked you what’s most important in life, I’m willing to bet you wouldn’t hesitate. Family, of course! But are you in the habit of regularly showing them that they are, in fact, your VIPs? It happens more than we’d like to admit. Even though we’re conscious that our families are our Number Ones – and even though we know we should be prioritizing them over the dishes, the vacuuming + whatever else – it’s often really hard to...

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Jan 22, 2019
055: Eating as Resistance
28:54

For many, eating is easy.  Supermarkets abound with everything our stomachs desire; as such, we’re forever just a few dollars away from food that’s prepped, packaged + ready to eat.  But what if we had to actually *work* for sustenance? This week’s guest argues that, when it comes to our meals, a little difficulty would benefit both our bodies + our planet.  Today I’m chatting with Rob Greenfield. He’s an adventurer, activist + humanitarian who embarks on extreme adventures to...

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Jan 15, 2019
054: The Beauty in the (Eco-Friendly) Journey
22:40

Love to travel? Me too. Before kids I proudly globetrotted. By air, of course! But these days, I know better. On this week’s episode I’m getting personal with Evelina Utterdahl. She describes herself as a ‘happily homeless’ professional traveller. Eve’s special because she vows to never travel by airplane again; this week, Eve tells us why. Not ready to give up flying forever? Eve also divulges her best tips for eco-friendly wandering in both the air + abroad, too. Enjoy! *...

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Jan 08, 2019
053: Eco-Friendly New Years Resolutions (+ How You Can Join Me!)
6:59

Have you chosen your New Years Resolution yet? I’m here to help! If you’re looking for an eco-friendly New Years Resolution, I’ve got you covered. On this week’s mini-episode I’m offering up my 2019 Resolution; I’m making it easy as pie for you to join me, too. Enjoy! * Access this week’s Show Notes here. * Get ready for a financial reset! Sign up for our (obviously free!) No-Spend Challenge here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest!

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Dec 31, 2018
052: The Case for a Smaller Wardrobe
26:06

Have you ever stood in front of your closet, hands on hips, furrowed brow, wondering How. On. Earth. you have a closet full of stuff yet nothing to wear? Me too.  The answer to this all-to-common conundrum doesn’t lie in purchasing more clothes. In fact, this week’s guest advocates for owning a *smaller* wardrobe.   My guest this week is Julia Mooney. She has garnered national attention for wearing the same gray dress for 69 consecutive work days (+ counting!)....

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Dec 23, 2018
051: How to Handle Holiday Clutter with Joshua Becker
31:08

Did you know? Americans have ridiculous amounts of stuff (about 300,000 items, on average!). Yet when people cite the important things in life, it’s family + relationships they mention, not their stuff.  So why is it the holidays are often about gifts, decorations + clutter, clutter, clutter? On this week’s episode, Joshua Becker encourages us to re-center ourselves around the true meaning of the holidays. He offers his best tips for decluttering during the most wonderful time of the year, too....

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Dec 18, 2018
050: Celebrating Major Milestones with Familiar Faces
31:36

Today’s perfect for celebrating. That’s because in just one year, this podcast has grown to 50 episodes + a staggering 100 THOUSAND downloads.  First, we look back at where we’ve been as  I offer a behind-the-scenes tour, so to speak, of the podcast. Next, we look ahead to what’s next for our sustainable minimalists community.  To help celebrate, 13 previous podcast guests have generously offered to come back on the show. They’re here to share their best eco-friendly + minimalist tricks...

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Dec 10, 2018
049: The Why, How + When of a No-Spend Challenge
30:56

The holidays are all about overabundance. We buy too much, consume too much and – despite our best efforts – spend far too much money. There’s a solution, + it’s this: A No-Spend Challenge, together with fellow sustainable minimalists. January is the perfect month to hibernate, so to speak. It’s just the right time to tackle that project you’ve been meaning to get to in your home, explore the wonder of recreational activities that don’t cost a cent + recenter yourself with gratitude for...

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Dec 04, 2018
048: The Zero-Waste Swaps that Save Serious Cash
29:24

Companies have most consumers hooked on pre-packaged disposables. But sustainable minimalists? We know better: – We know that disposable items (Think: paper napkins, menstrual products, etc) boast hefty price tags. – We know, too, that companies selling disposables are secretly doing the Happy Dance for creating REPEAT CUSTOMERS out of regular consumers. There’s a better way! On today’s episode my guest + I boldly claim that a life without disposables saves *serious* cash. My guest this week is Natassja Cassinerio. She...

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Nov 26, 2018
047: 5 (Unexpected!) Benefits of Minimalism
28:45

Clean home. Mental clarity. Free time. These are the 3 often-discussed, forever-touted side effects of minimalism. I’m certain you’ve heard them a dozen times (or more!). Minimalism’s magic transcends your tidy home. Indeed, small decluttering successes translate into BIG changes everywhere else but, sadly, such oversized benefits aren’t always discussed. We’re bringing 5 such benefits to the surface today. My guest this week is Rebecca David of Lunamina Fox. She’s on the podcast to explain *exactly why* minimalism is so magical in frank,...

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Nov 20, 2018
046: Sweet Simplicity during the Holidays
25:46

They’re here. The holidays!  It’s the season of overabundance. It’s the season of joy, sure, but it can also very easily become the season of over-the-moon stress + anxiety.  On this week’s episode, we discuss action-oriented steps to infuse our holidays with simplicity. We get into minimalism as it applies to:  gift giving  traditions, + that enormous, extended family dinner. My guest this week is Laura Brassie of Ivory + Pine. Laura’s a therapist + blogger who proves that minimalism...

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Nov 13, 2018
045: Self-Care + Successful Mornings
24:49

What do mornings look like in your home? Is it a rushed affair overflowing with stressors, like getting breakfast on the table, dressing the kids + pushing everyone out the door on time? If so, chances are good you’re fried by 8:00 am. Here’s the good news: There’s a better way. On this week’s episode we’re outlining an utterly hedonistic, just-for-you morning routine that has nothing to do with kids, spouses or household management. We’re divulging the 4 pillars of...

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Nov 06, 2018
044: Meat-Free Motivation
15:27

Been listening to this podcast for awhile?  If so, you probably: Rely on reusable shopping bags like a pro. Brew your morning coffee at home. Turn off lights in rooms you’re not physically in. You’re doing everything you can to preserve our planet. That’s wonderful. (Really!) But are you vegan? I know eating habits are a touchy subject. This week, I’m going there anyway.  It’s as simple as this: We aren’t doing all we can in the name of sustainability if we...

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Oct 30, 2018
043: Slow Fashion in a Fast Fashion World
34:15

Since when did our wardrobes become disposable?  Think about it. These days, we buy new outfits for new occasions, wearing them just a few times before donating or discarding.  We also add inexpensive, trendy items to our closets without a second’s thought; because these items cost almost nothing, we aren’t surprised when they last for just a few wears. Let’s face it: Clothing is cheap. So cheap, in fact, that puny price tags contribute to the notion that clothes are...

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Oct 23, 2018
042: Green Cleaning Made Easy
20:31

“It’s a common misconception that the government is very carefully regulating everything that’s out there. They really aren’t.” It’s high-time we safeguard our families from harmful products assumed to be safe. As a bonus? Doing so declutters the spaces under our sinks + rids our homes of excess plastic, too. My guest this week is Micaela Preston. She’s a concerned mom + author who has spent the last 12 years researching the risks associated with common household items. When it comes...

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Oct 16, 2018
041: Secrets of a Professional Organizer
28:01

  A. Curious about what a Professional Organizer does, exactly? B. Want to hire a Professional Organizer but concerned about the financial investment? C. Ready to declutter on your own, but don’t know where/how/when to start? If any of the above statements are true, then this episode’s for you. This week, I’m chatting with Janine Adams. She’s a certified Professional Organizer with over a decade of experience helping overwhelmed clients find peace of mind within their living spaces.  An organized...

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Oct 09, 2018
040: Mindfulness for Modern Families
36:45

“As I began meditating + getting more grounded, I wasn’t reacting as much to the kids’ upsets. I was being a bit more present for their questions + concerns, too.” If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times:  When it comes to intentional living, adopting a mindfulness practice is the singlemost powerful habit we can foster. This week, I’m thrilled to offer two unique perspectives on the link between intention + mindfulness: – First, Buddhist + meditation...

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Oct 02, 2018
039: Finding Time for your ‘Why’
23:35

“I was tired. Often I felt like I was barely getting by. I kept thinking to myself, ‘Why am I spending my precious time + remaining energy doing things that don’t add value to my life?” For most of us, life is busy. Too busy, in fact, to do the things we love with the people who matter most.  This week, we’re adding by subtracting. We identify 5 specific time-suckers in modern life, then we outline strategies to mindfully let go...

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Sep 25, 2018
038: What’s for Dinner?
25:32

“So, what’s for dinner?” I *hate* this question; maybe you do, too.Another thing I hate? Food waste. I find myself composting past-its-prime produce more often than I’d like to admit. While these dueling conundrums may seem mutually exclusive, they actually have an easy, common solution. That easy solution is meal planning. This week’s guest – Staci Ducharme – started meal planning + failed. Miserably. But she tried again + got it right: * Meal planning got her family out of...

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Sep 18, 2018
037: When Sustainability + Imagination Collide
30:16

Design shimmering mosaics from old CDs. Create rag rugs from used clothes. Got yourself an abundance of plastic bags? Get weaving. *Creative Reuse a THING!* If you’ve been to a contemporary art museum lately, chances are good you’ve viewed at least one exhibit that boasts garbage as its sole medium. While critics argue that trash creations look … well, … trashy, today’s guest swiftly debunks this assumption by offering truly beautiful reuse ideas for our trash + recyclables. Carla Brown...

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Sep 11, 2018
036: Minimalism for Home, Head + Heart
27:37

Like clean countertops? Me too.  While many associate minimalism with clean homes, it’s a little-known secret that the practice is easily applicable to our heads + hearts, too.  That’s because minimalism grants breathing room in *all areas* of our lives. My guest this week is Ashley Logsdon. She’s a blogger + fellow podcaster who’s here to help us clear the clutter so that we may have the mental + emotional “space” for whatever comes our ways. Enjoy! * Access this...

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Sep 04, 2018
035: How To Preserve Food Like a Pro
26:36

If you’re serious about sustainability, I’m willing to bet you’re also serious about reducing food waste.  Preserving food at home is the epitome of sustainability. That’s because canning eliminates the need for pesky supermarket packaging or plastic + relies instead on (reusable + awesome) mason jars.  A little-known secret? Preserving food at home also saves serious cash. That’s where today’s guest comes in. She’s a homesteader + canning expert who has gotten quite creative in the kitchen as a means...

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Aug 29, 2018
034: 9 Things You’re Recycling Wrong
17:34

  Are you an Aspirational Recycler? You know you’re an Aspirational Recycler if: – You wish EVERYTHING was recyclable. – You place nearly every item in the recycling bin, cross your fingers  + hope for the best. But there are *big* problems with Aspirational Recycling. Nonrecyclable items contaminate the recycling stream + cause clog the facility’s equipment. Aspirational Recycling raises the overall cost of recycling + demands additional manpower, too. On today’s episode I take you from Aspirational Recycler to...

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Aug 21, 2018
033: Thrifting 101
32:13

Modern thrift stores AREN’T overflowing with Grandma’s mothball-y hand-me-downs. That’s because 21st Century thrifting has become *quite* sophisticated. Consumerism tells us need the newest + the shiniest. Today’s episode invites you to challenge that assumption by shopping secondhand, instead. My guest this week is Amanda Lindner. She furnished her ENTIRE Brooklyn apartment with items purchased secondhand (+ for under $500 total!). She asserts that thrifting isn’t just frugal + eco-friendly; it’s fun, too. Amanda’s here to offer her best thrifting...

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Aug 14, 2018
032: How to Recreate the ‘Vacation Sensation’
15:56

On vacation, time slows + senses heighten. Slowly but surely, we find ourselves utterly relaxed. I call this the Vacation Sensation.  But there’s a major glitch, + it’s this: Upon returning home, the stresses we ran from inevitably catch us yet again.  Is it possible to keep vacation mode alive well after returning home? If so, how? I’ve done the research for you. This week, I’m thrilled to offer 13 empirically-based strategies to bring the Vacation Sensation into our daily...

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Aug 07, 2018
031: The Art of Saying ‘No’
27:15

“Live less out of habit + more out of intent.” If you follow me on social media, you already know this is my personal mantra. I recite it over + over when choices are hard; it’s this mantra we’re discussing today. My guest today is Jen Panaro. She’s the founder of Honestly Modern, an online brand that focuses on sustainable living for modern families. She’s a mom with a full-time 9 to 5 who has gotten quite skilled at rethinking...

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Jul 31, 2018
030: Pet Parenting Done Right
33:05

  Is your home overrun with hardly-used dog + cat toys, like mine? Do you find yourself wondering whether there’s an eco-friendly alternative to those plastic poo bags? When it comes to pet parenting, it’s easy to buy All. The. Toys. It’s easy to forget about sustainability, too. That’s where today’s episode comes in. My guest is Kim Almon. She’s a blogger, animal-lover + expert on sustainability + minimalism as they apply to our furry friends. On today’s episode, we:  –...

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Jul 24, 2018
029: Is Sustainability Unmanly?
31:45

Men are less likely to buy eco-friendly products. They’re hesitant to carry reusable bags + drive hybrid cars, too.  That’s because environmentalism is for women + crossing gender boundaries makes men uncomfortable. Sustainability has long been associated with femininity. On today’s episode we examine why this stereotype exists; we offer research-based methods to engage reluctant men in the eco-friendly movement, too. My guest today is Dr. James Wilkie. He’s a consumer psychologist, professor + researcher who examines how social norms...

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Jul 17, 2018
028: The Low-Waste Parenting Rulebook
14:03

Cloth diaper. Breastfeed. Minimize plastic. …… Duh. It’s sad but true: Most low-waste parenting strategies read like obvious platitudes. Worse, such practices are recycled ad nauseam on the eco-friendly inter web. Did you know? There are HEAPS of zero-waste parenting tips that aren’t QUITE so apparent: It’s THESE 10 strategies we’re discussing today. On this week’s episode, I’m thrilled to divulge the not-so-obvious, often overlooked sustainable parenting rules. They’re Kid-Tested, Parent-Approved + are guaranteed to slash into the waste your household (+...

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Jul 10, 2018
027: 5 Super Easy Clothing Repairs (No Sewing Machine Required!)
15:14

Ever scrutinize old photos + pick apart your outfits of decades past? I do.  My first thought: “Ugh what was I thinking wearing THAT?”  My second thought: “Where’s that outfit now?” *Spoiler Alert* : ALL your outfits of decades-past are SOMEwhere. (The landfill, probably.) These days, we’re in the habit of tossing clothes at the first sign of wear + tear. That’s because timeless skills like mending + darning are thrown to the wayside in favor of convenience. This episode changes...

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Jul 04, 2018
026: The (Inconvenient) Relationship between Clutter + Anxiety
31:59

  You’ve purged, donated, decluttered + organized your heart out, but – STILL! – you find yourself stressed + anxious? You’re not alone. Minimalism is good for kids; it’s good for parents, too. But minimalism is a Band-Aid for a much larger problem, and that problem is stress + anxiety. My guest this week is Anna Seewald. She’s a parent educator, speaker, author + podcaster with backgrounds in psychology + education. She’s here to legitimize the connection between clutter +...

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Jun 26, 2018
025: NOT Keeping Up with the Joneses
27:36

Ever feel like life is one gigantic competition? (I do, sometimes!) This week’s guest ISN’T keeping up with the Joneses. She’s happily living the life she WANTS to lead; today, she shows you how to do it, too. This week, we: – outline concrete strategies to remove financial obstacles standing in the way of living our best lives, – discuss the nitty-gritty behind consciously exiting the rat race, and – offer 3 questions to ask yourself BEFORE veering from life’s...

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Jun 19, 2018
024: Wedding Season Done Right
20:10

  Paper invitations + lined envelopes? Meh. Table arrangements with beautiful but foreign booms? Eeek! Heaps of uneaten food, discarded food? Yuck! Here’s a secret: Weddings don’t have to be wasteful! Luxury + sustainability can coexist at ceremonies, receptions +beyond. This week, I offer my best tips for planning a wedding that’s both eco-friendly + elegant; I show how sustainable choices save SERIOUS CASH, too. Not getting married anytime soon? I’ve got you covered, because I’m also divulging 6 tips...

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Jun 12, 2018
023: Minimalism + The Mental Load
36:48

Everyone’s talking about the mental load these days. On today’s episode, we analyze the ways in which this endless To-Do List + minimalism collide. My guest this week is Leslie Forde. She divulges takeaways she’s gained from her data-driven approach to studying the mental load; she gets deeply personal, too. This week, we: – Describe EXACTLY HOW the mental load erodes well-being, – Prioritize the needs of busy women, and – Reveal the real reason why I started this podcast...

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Jun 05, 2018
022: Debunking KonMari Myths
39:17

“Tiidying [the KonMari way] … is meant to be an exercise of self-expression, self-discovery, self-care + self-love. It’s the hard work that creates the change.” MARIE. KONDO. Ever heard of her? On today’s episode, we’re diving deep into her groundbreaking decluttering method with two *certified* KonMari consultants. My guests have dedicated their lives to the KonMari way. On today’s episode, they: – Explain why Marie Kondo ISN’T a minimalist, – Address the Number One criticism of the KonMari method, and...

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May 29, 2018
021: Low-Waste on a Low Budget
25:00

“There are people who are on the hustle; (they’re) worried about making rent. They’re not thinking about their trash.” It’s sad but true: Sustainable living is exponentially harder for low-income individuals. That’s because eco-consciousness can be expensive; it’s a drain on mental energy + time, too. My guest this week is Ghoncheh Azadeh: she’s a sustainability warrior who comes to our conversation armed with challenges specific to eco-minimalism on a budget. First, our conversation is theoretical: – Is environmental consciousness...

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May 22, 2018
020: Zero-Waste Baby Steps
42:35

“The term ‘zero-waste’ sounds really daunting, especially for normal people (with) busy lives … but if you take it slow it’s really not that overwhelming.” To celebrate our 20th episode, I’m thrilled to offer Part One of a Two-Part series on the zero-waste lifestyle! This week, I present two mini-interviews with women on different stages of their shared journey toward sustainability: First there’s Julie: A mission trip to Nicaragua contrasted sharply with the throw-away culture of life back home. The...

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May 15, 2018
019: Tiny Home, Gigantic Life with Emily Gerde
38:58

“Before knowing anything about tiny houses, I walked around my 2,200 square-foot home and was like, ‘Wow, this room is completely empty besides, like, a chair. I have this space that I’m heating and cooling and I’m not even using it.” Is it time to rethink the ‘bigger is better’ mentality? This week’s guest says yes. Emily Gerde is an author, tiny home dweller + advocate of the tiny home movement. HGTV featured her tiny home search; today; she and...

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May 08, 2018
018: 10-Minute Tidying Tricks
18:39

There’s a big problem with minimalism. Worse, no one’s talking about it.  The problem is this: While minimalism’s benefits include more mental space, extra free time + decreased anxiety, the process of actually becoming a minimalist requires EXTRA mental space, a TON of free time + OVER-THE-MOON anxiety. That’s because completing a whole-house purge the way the gurus suggest is really, really hard. Today we’re praising the power of 10 minutes. I suggest little tasks with big impacts to take...

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May 01, 2018
017: Financial Freedom + Minimalism
40:24

“I used to be … a Sport Shopper. I loved to shop for fun. I would just go shopping and there was never really a plan, I would just go shopping and I would buy what was on sale even though I didn’t need it, and I would fill my closet and home with things I didn’t need.” Sound familiar? This week, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Rose Lounsbury, a minimalism coach, author + self-described former Sport Shopper. We dive...

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Apr 24, 2018
016: Earth Day, Every Day
20:01

On April 22, 193 countries celebrate Earth Day. The premise of the holiday is great, right? It’s a day dedicated to planting trees. Picking up trash. Recycling. But there’s a big problem with Earth Day, and it’s this: It’s just one day out of 365, then it’s over. When it comes to the state of our planet, there’s not much to celebrate; that’s why I suggest we honor Mother Nature differently. This Earth Day, let’s NOT pick up trash. Let’s...

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Apr 17, 2018
015: The Sustainable Entertaining Checklist
26:45

There’s nothing more cringe-worthy than an overflowing trashcan full of disposable plates + silverware following a party. Uneaten, discarded food is wasteful, depressing. And mounds of wine + beer bottles headed for the landfill instead of the recycling center? Ouch. Painful. It’s possible to host affordably + sustainably. This week, I’m delighted to show you how! * Access this week’s Show Notes (+ grab the free Low Waste Party Checklist!) here. * Like what you hear? Please leave the podcast a...

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Apr 10, 2018
014: Get Supermarket Savvy
20:19

On this episode: – We confront the massive problem that is food waste. – We address the relationship between spending habits + food. – We slash into the plastic waste our homes create. It all starts (+ stops!) at the supermarket. This week, I’m thrilled to offer 4 tips to get eco-savvy at the supermarket and 4 more tips to slash into waste at home. * Access this week’s Show Notes here. * Want the Show Notes sent straight to your...

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Apr 03, 2018
013: The How + Why of Turning off ‘The Noise’
22:50

Want to reduce junk mail and spam without added stress? Want to tune out commercials and robo calls so that you can live a quieter, simpler life? Me too. Marketers + advertisers are pros at making us feel as though we need items we don’t already have. Their Noise shows up in our mailboxes and inboxes and on our television sets and cell phones. The Noise is catchy slogans. Promotions. Pretty people. Glitz; faux Glamour. The Noise is junk ads and...

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Mar 27, 2018
012: The Naked Truth about Kids + Clutter
24:05

A listener wrote in with this common query: Is it possible to be a minimalist with kids? The short answer: Yes. The long answer: Yes, and here’s how. This week, I’m delighted to propose 11 action steps to ensure that – when it comes to minimalism + families – both survive. * Access this week’s show notes (+ take the 60-second programming survey!) here. * Let’s be friends! Get daily eco-friendly, minimalist tips from yours truly on Facebook and Instagram.

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Mar 20, 2018
011: Declutter (+ Donate!) the Tough Stuff
26:38

Back by popular demand! This week, we declutter the tough stuff. We tackle 10 items in our homes that are sentimental, oversized and just plain obscure; best of all, we keep it out of the landfills. Accompanying this episode is a FREE PRINTABLE (with clickable links!) to help you responsibly minimize nearly every item in your home. * Access this week’s show notes (+ grab the free printable!) here. * Want more episodes like this one? Be sure to listen to...

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Mar 13, 2018
SM #010: The complete beauty products template
21:37

We don’t need half the name brand products the beauty industry tells us we need. We don’t need their plastic packaging, toxic ingredients and hefty price tags, either. When it comes to sustainability, frugality and holistic health, making DIY personal care products at home is the only choice. It’s quick and easy, too. On this week’s episode, I give you everything you need to replace 6 commercial beauty products with all-natural, homemade ones. We’re making Lip Balm, Deodorant, Non-Petroleum Jelly, Hand...

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Mar 06, 2018
SM #009: How to create a minimal, sustainable bathroom
20:37

Did you know? Most expired medications shouldn’t be flushed. And nail polish? It’s considered a hazardous household waste and should never be tossed in the trash. Bathrooms are havens for clutter. They’re hideaways for pesky plastic, too. If you’ve been wanting to declutter and make more sustainable your bathrooms, this episode is for you. Because first we responsibly minimize the clutter. Then we organize smart and – finally – we get serious about creating eco-friendly sanctuaries out of our bathrooms....

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Feb 27, 2018
SM #008: How to Host a No-Presents Birthday
20:47

When it comes to toys, less is more. Researchers agree: time and time again, studies find that children are more imaginative and focused when surrounded by fewer toys. This year, I’m throwing my daughter a party that’s heavy on fun and light on gifts. It’s a No-Presents Birthday. As parents, it’s our job to fight back against the culture of consumerism that surrounds us. It’s on us to say enough is enough, because our kids have neither the wisdom nor...

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Feb 19, 2018
SM #007: Declutter your Decor in under 10 Minutes
18:00

Knickknacks. Tchotchkes. Doohickeys. I removed them all from my home, and three things happened.  This week, I’m excited to divulge the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ behind my decor decluttering. I also reveal three big lessons this experiment taught me (some may surprise you!). Access this week’s show notes (+ see actual photos of my decluttered decor!) here.  

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Feb 12, 2018
SM #006: The Ultimate Kid's Capsule Blueprint
19:09

Owning less clothes means there’s less to wash. There’s also less to take care of, less to manage and less to fold. There’s less to put away, too. That’s why your kids need capsule wardrobes. This week, I’m thrilled to divulge my (foolproof!) blueprint to minimize your kids’ closets in ways that are practical, sustainable and incremental. I also offer capsule MASTER LISTS for each season so you know exactly what to keep and what to donate. No kids? Don’t...

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Feb 05, 2018
SM #005: 10 NEW questions to ask before buying clothes
18:48

If your closet’s overflowing with last season’s trends – and if your wardrobe generally leaves you feeling   “meh” – this episode’s for you. Because we’re confronting the fashion industry, then we’re jumping off the fast fashion train. This week, I’m excited to help you simplify and minimize your wardrobe by offering 10 NEW questions to ask before purchasing clothes. Be sure to stick around to the end of the episode, because I’m also giving tips (that actually work!) to extend...

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Jan 29, 2018
SM #004: Declutter in an hour
19:58

Sustainable minimalists declutter the eco-friendly way. We never ship our stuff to the landfill. On today’s episode I’m giving you ten items to purge guilt-free ( – and in under an hour! –) because I’m also divulging the perfect places to donate them. * Access this week’s show notes here.

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Jan 22, 2018
SM #003: Inside an Eco-Minimalist's Kitchen
20:45

Minimalists boast all they’ve discarded, zero-wasters brag about what they’ve repurposed, and sustainable minimalists covet only a few items which are (of course!) incredibly useful. This week, I’m outlining 5 essential kitchen items for BOTH the minimalist AND the aspiring zero-waster. * Access this week’s Show Notes here.

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Jan 16, 2018
002: 10 Eco-Friendly Brands We Love
18:11

The oft-forgotten R’s of living green?  Repair. Repurpose. Reinvent. But if you can’t repair, repurpose or reinvent (+ if you simply must buy!), consider supporting brands dedicated to sustainability. This week, I’m excited to highlight 10 (well-known!) companies committed to sustainability. These companies walk the walk by selling quality products AND upholding eco-friendly practices. * Want more info on the brands highlighted for sustainability? Access this week’s Show Notes here.

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Jan 10, 2018
001: 5 Ways to (Sustainably!) Energize your Village
17:37

You’ve heard the saying, “It takes a village”. This week I’m offering 5 strategies to use your community’s resources in ways that support your existing efforts toward sustainability. * Access this week’s Show Notes here.

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Jan 01, 2018