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Nov 21 2017

CTL Podcast Ep 43- Keeping Home During the Holidays with Dana K. White

Dana K White

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Show Notes-

This week, MacKenzie talks with Dana K. White, who blogs at A Slob Comes Clean. There Dana writes about learning to manage and maintain a tidy house when it doesn’t come naturally.

In this episode, Dana and MacKenzie discuss several aspects of managing housekeeping during the holidays, including:

Using having company over as a motivation and deadline to get your house in order:

  • Focus on what is going to be visible to your guests
  • Break it down into manageable tasks
  • Start with throwing away trash
  • Get rid of clutter and put things away where they belong
  • Then take care of the actual cleaning

It doesn’t have to be perfect. The goal is to make people feel comfortable and not get hung up on the details.


Dana’s daily habits and routines that help keep her house manageable:

  1. Do the dishes.
  2. Sweep the kitchen.
  3. Check the bathrooms for clutter.
  4. Five-minute pick up.

The main thing is, whatever makes you crazy, solve that problem today…and tomorrow…and the next day…until it becomes a habit.

Dealing with decorating and gift clutter around the holidays.

  • Use the “one in, one out” rule for decorations and gifts.
  • Request gifts that are for the whole family or are clutter-free instead of toys and trinkets.

Simplifying the holiday schedule by focussing on spending time with people you love instead of going and doing all the activities possible.


Current Lovelies-

Dana: Keeping up with her reading on her Kindle during breaks in her busy publishing schedule.

MacKenzie: coloring in her new journalling Bible while the kids are doing monotonous homeschool tasks.

Resources Mentioned-



The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

This American Life (not always family-friendly)

Reply All (not family-friendly)


Find Dana-

You can find Dana on her website, You can find her across social media on Facebook, Pinterest,  TwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

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2 thoughts on “CTL Podcast Ep 43- Keeping Home During the Holidays with Dana K. White

  1. Shanda Niles

    Hi MacKenzie! I love and value your podcast so much and I was excited to learn while listening to your episode with Dana White that you live in the Pacific Northwest! You mentioned Hoopfest and I live in Spokane Valley! 🙂 That was a sweet surprise! Thank you so much for all your encouragement and authenticity!


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