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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.

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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.

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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-

Books:


Podcasts:

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

This American Life (not always family-friendly)

Reply All (not family-friendly)

Movies:

Find Dana-

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

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