Episode 53: Clearing Out Clutter, Part 2

Sucky Moment of the Week (4/5) Angela’s Friday morning consisted of a FULL 30 minutes of just getting the kids to put their coats on. They are at that stage where they listen to nothing. Inspired Action Prep as much as you can the night before so that by the time you wake up, everything is out and ready to go.

How do you get your kids to cooperate in the morning? Email your suggestions to angela@angelawagnercoaching.com and we may just share your words of wisdom on the show!

Send in your brilliant and sucky moments to podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com with any questions or inspired actions – you might be featured on the podcast!

Simplicity Tip (New Segment!) Horizontal spaces – flats spaces like countertops, desks, and tables – are a common trigger for stress when they get messy. This week, go through your house or office and notice where you see piles of clutter that consistently stress you out. Start your declutter journey there. Designate a home for each of your items – a place where it will live from here on out.

Major Topic: Decluttering Your Spaces, Part 2 Angela and Nicole dive even deeper into how we can add more joy and freedom to our lives by keeping only what we love and need. They share specific ideas for how to stop the clutter creep and save money.

Try This: Clean off your kitchen counters! De-own whatever you don’t use (give it away or trash it) and find a home for everything else (in a drawer, on a hook, etc). Take before and after pictures and tag us on social media: @coachawags, #sparkcleanout2018

Ask Coach AWags Send in your questions on anything from life to love to diet and exercise (like yoga!) and beyond at podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com to be featured on the podcast.

Angela SHOUT out to her essential oil diffusers (all 6 of them). They are part of her daily ritual of relaxation, intentional living and creating a space.

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AWC Goodies:

  • Sign up for the AWC Newsletter for a free weekly dose of awesomeness from Angela. Just go to the home page and scroll down to enter your email and get connected!
  • Check out the 7 Days to Make Your Life Sparkle Challenge! Every day, Angela will send you a super quick and easy challenge that, over the next week, will help you clear out the physical and digital clutter that is weighing you down. Go to https://angelawagnercoaching.com/ to sign up!
  • Like what you hear on the podcast? Then check out Angela’s online program, Spark. Through simple and fun exercises (and on your time), Spark will help you gain 8 hours back in your week so you can stress less and do YOU.

Connect with us:

If this episode sparked something in you, please be sure to subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, leave us a rating and review on iTunes (how to do that here!), and tell your friends about us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or good old-fashioned word of mouth! Thanks for visiting.

Nicole helped her sister, Brandi, declutter. Here is BEFORE…
…and AFTER!
Coat rack BEFORE…
…AFTER – so fresh and so clean!

 

Episode 52: Clearing Out Clutter, Part 1

Sucky Moment of the Week (5/5) Nicole discovered that cholic is NO JOKE after Fiona spent days crying non-stop. Inspired Action Parent or not, we can all relate to feeling helpless when we’re in an unfixable situation. Be patient and know that you’re doing your best. Try a mantra: “Be patient. It will get better,” or  “This is just a moment in time.”

Send in your brilliant and sucky moments to podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com with any questions or inspired actions – you might be featured on the podcast!

Major Topic: Decluttering Your Spaces Nicole and Angela offer up advice on how to simplify your 

spaces by getting rid of items that don’t give you joy or purpose.

Try This: Go through a room or closet in your house and find a few items that you’ve held onto that you don’t really use or love. Ask yourself the question: What do I expect to achieve by keeping this item? Let us know how it goes!

Spark Program New Year Special The Spark Program will give you the tools to get started on your goals, stay motivated, tackle obstacles, and feel more positive and energetic. Register now for a super discounted rate at: https://angelawagnercoaching.com/spark/

Ask Coach AWags Send in your questions on anything from life to love to diet and exercise (like yoga!) and beyond at podcast@angelawagnercoaching.com to be featured on the podcast.

Nicole SHOUT out to her mom, aka “Mimi”, who was there for support during the entire cholic episode.

From the Episode:

Other related episodes and blog posts:

AWC Goodies:

  • Sign up for the AWC Newsletter for a free weekly dose of awesomeness from Angela. Just go to the home page and scroll down to enter your email and get connected!
  • Check out the 7 Days to Make Your Life Sparkle Challenge! Every day, Angela will send you a super quick and easy challenge that, over the next week, will help you clear out the physical and digital clutter that is weighing you down. Go to https://angelawagnercoaching.com/ to sign up!
  • Like what you hear on the podcast? Then check out Angela’s online program, Spark. Through simple and fun exercises (and on your time), Spark will help you gain 8 hours back in your week so you can stress less and do YOU.

Connect with us:

If this episode sparked something in you, please be sure to subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher, leave us a rating and review on iTunes (how to do that here!), and tell your friends about us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or good old-fashioned word of mouth! Thanks for visiting

Minimalism is Just Whatever

When you think of “Minimalism,” is this pretty close to what comes to mind?

On this week’s episode of the podcast, we had freedom-based luxury lifestyle designer and business coach Erica Duran on to discuss her globe-trotting, minimalist lifestyle and her tips on how to integrate more simplicity into our lives. The concepts of minimalism and decluttering have been huge in our world lately. Clean, simplistic aesthetics have taken over our Instagram feeds and HGTV might as well be called “The Tiny House Channel.”

But despite the ever-growing popularity of downsizing and living with less, most people would still say that “Minimalism” isn’t for them. Which is totally understandable. As a concept, capital-M Minimalism is pretty intimidating! I’m sorry, you want me to purge all of my belongings and live out of a backpack? No, thank you.

But here’s the thing: You don’t have to purge all of your belongings and live out of a backpack! Actually, you don’t have to do ANYTHING (duh, live your life). Sure, in the ~true~ sense of the ideology of Minimalism, one aims to live with as little as possible. But let’s think about it in a more utilitarian sense. If minimalism appeals to you, but you aren’t sure you can “go all the way,” take a step back and ask yourself what aspect of minimalism appeals to you. Why are you attracted to it? Is it the freedom from material things? The extra space? The stress that will be lifted once you don’t have to deal with so much stuff and clutter?

If “Minimalism” had an official color, I think we can all agree it would be white.

The secret of little-M minimalism, is that there is no secret. Minimalism is just whatever. You want to sell all your books, move into a tiny house, and only own 5 items of clothing? Sweet! I bet that’ll be awesome! But we have to be real and recognize that, for most people, that lifestyle is pretty extreme. So you like having 3 different sets of fine china and a shelf full of books and 32 pairs of shoes? GREAT! Being a minimalist is not about having very little. It is about ensuring that the things you do have are things that serve a purpose, bring you joy, and add value to your life. Simple as that!

Making moves toward a more minimalist lifestyle does not have to be drastic. It’s just whatever you need it to be. If you want to move in that direction, start looking at your belongings and asking yourself “Does this material item add value to my life? Does it make me happy?” If not, consider getting rid of it. But if the answer is “yes”, no dogma or lifestyle is worth letting that go.