Best Laid Plans
Best Laid Plans
Oct 26, 2020
Q&A - Planning Through Hectic Work Days, Pandemic Uncertainty and More EP: 14
23 min

It's another Q&A episode!  Today, Sarah addresses questions on planning through hectic work days when a lot of unpredictable tasks come up.  She also answers questions about planning uncertainty in this era of the pandemic, whether to keep or toss old planners, and where she keeps her planner sidekick.  She follows up with some brief planners news on new releases.

How to be a Minimalist
How to be a Minimalist
Katie Coughran
How to be a Minimalist Q&A — Ep. 54
In this episode, I do my best to answer some of your questions. I hope you enjoy and that they’re helpful! I made a goal to publish 52 YouTube videos in 2020 and only published 6 by November 1st. Want to see if I can reach my goal of publishing 52 YouTube videos from November 2nd to December 31st, 2020? Click one of my YouTube videos below and be sure to subscribe. How to be a Minimalist YouTube Videos: 20. Minimalist Tips for Beginners 19. 5 Chores that Keep Your House Tidy 18. Vegan Sour Cream and Salsa Dip 17. Meals for Maximum Weight Loss 16. Minimalist Nightly Routine 15. Goddess Dressing Recipe + Minimalist Weekly Food Prep 14. Vegetable Orzo Pasta Recipe 13. VLOG: Beacon Rock State Park—RV Minimalists Edition 12. 5 Things I Don’t Buy Anymore as a Minimalist 11. Homemade Hummus Recipe 10. Five Daily Habits that can Improve Your Life 9. Creamy Butternut Squash Soup (Plant-Based/Dairy-Free) 8. Soft and Fluffy Dinner Rolls (Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Dairy-Free) 7. Chocolate Cream Pie (Plant-Based with Oil-Free Crust) 6. Simple Crunchy Granola Recipe 5. Vegan Cheesy Fry Sauce 4. How to Make Cashew Yogurt 3. Sushi Bowl Salad 2. Cashew Milk Recipe 1. WeColor Silicone Straw Review The Darwin Awards Podcast — My husband and his brothers’ podcast Something Interesting: Embrace Intentions YouTube Channel & Instagram You can now purchase my book, How to be a Minimalist — A Beginner’s Guide! Click HERE to see the details. Your support of the show is so very appreciated! Ratings, reviews, and Patreon patronage all sustain this show. Don’t forget that Patrons now get bonus episodes! Thanks so much! Want to leave a tip in my virtual tip jar? You can Venmo me @HowtobeaMinimalist Thank you so much for your support! Instagram @howtobeaminimalist Support the show (
28 min
Spark Joy
Spark Joy
Kristyn Ivey and Karin Socci
Ep 160 | Organizing Your Legacy and End of Life Plan with Karen Purze
Karen Purze of Life in Motion Guide joins us to discuss a sensitive, but very relevant aspect of home organization - managing your legacy including vital information and end of life planning. Our guest helps families make end of life plans and decisions so they can focus on what truly matters in the end - people not paperwork. She is creator of When Karen’s parents both got sick suddenly and simultaneously, she helped them make difficult choices about health, housing, finances, and everything else as they gradually lost their independence. She is on a mission to make it easier for others to get their personal information organized. We want to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at and click “Ask Spark Joy” to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. While you’re there, sign-up to join our Spark Joy podcast community and get notified when each episode airs. You can also join the Spark Joy podcast community on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the handle @sparkjoypodcast. Book a custom Virtual Tidying Experience with For the Love of Tidy ( Join The Spark Joy Club today! ( In this episode, you’ll enjoy: - Karen's personal experience with helping her family make end of life decisions during an emergency inspired her brand, Life in Motion, which helps others who don't know where to start or what to do first - Reasons why it's important organize vital information and plan the end of your life - The KonMari clutter category that intersects with legacy management - Kristyn's quest to reach the end of her personal to do list ( - Where to start: planning for an emergency (medical and household) - A review of Karen's Life in Motion Guide ( - the binder Kristyn is actively using to manage her important information (see exclusive discount code below) - The inspiration behind Karen's guide and how it differs from other resources that help you make plans - The importance of recognizing the process of life planning is in motion, with information that evolves over time - How to securely protect your email password and other important codes - The most essential things to focus on first when organizing your legacy - Reasons people resist pulling this information together and common myths and mistakes. Karen's decision matrix ( to the rescue - How to help loved ones organize their legacy and end of life plans - Maintenance: how often you need to revisit the information you've gathered and shared Karen’s favorite legacy organizing tip: Don't think of this as something you're doing yourself. Do it for the people you love and trust the most What's sparking the most joy for Karen: Moving back to her apartment in Chicago after a four month long construction project Connect with Karen at ( Exclusively for Spark Joy listeners, pick up a copy of Karen's Life in Motion Guide binder ( using code SPARK15 for a 15% discount. Gems: "It's our responsibility as adults to not leave a mess for other people to clean up." "The average person in the US and Canada is likely to live over nine years in poor health." "Being organized facilitates prolonged independence by making it easier for others to help us." "It's not enough to just gather this information or store also need to share it." "We can't predict, but we can prepare." "I created [Life in Motion Guide] for the feeling I had when I was done." *The Spark Joy Anniversary Give-A-Way contest prizes!* Win one of three bundles consisting of _Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up_, signed by Marie Kondo, a fifty dollar gift certificate to the KonMari Shop ( to select your own Joy Sparking gift, and a two-hour Virtual Tidying Session from _For the Love of Tidy_! Three lucky winners will receive a bundle of all these prizes! To be eligible for all of the prizes above, all you need to do is head over to: for detailed instructions on how to leave a review via iTunes. Once there, follow the Apple Podcast instructions to leave us a rating and review in iTunes to help us reach more ears, minds, and hearts. *Most important step:* Send an email to: letting us know you left us a review and what screen name you left it under. This will act as your official entry. Don’t forget this step! It is the only way we can officially log you as entered into the contest. Submit your star rating and review by *November 24, 2020*. We’ll announce the winners during our season finale “Best of” show that will air on December 1st. ***Contest runs from September 1 to November 24, 2020.* Winners will be announced during our Best of 2020 show on December 1, 2020**** You can find Karin Socci at The Serene Home ( You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy ( Special Guest: Karen Purze.
35 min
Frugal Friends Podcast
Frugal Friends Podcast
Jen Smith & Jill Sirianni
135: Frugal Tech | What to Buy, When to Buy New & Tips for Saving on Electronics
Tis the season for purchasing new TV's, phones, tablets, and more but buying new and impulsively can cost a lot of money! On this episode we're talking about what to buy, when to buy new, and tips for saving on electronics. Sponsors:  Debt Free Christmas Planner- If you have the best intentions about controlling your holiday spending but every year it feels like you forget something Jen has made a FREE Christmas planner to help you record every cost and stay on budget this holiday season. This planner will help you keep track of your spending on family traditions, recipes, dinners and parties, gifts and more to make sure you don’t miss anything. Then use the 2021 planning chart to make sure you’re on track to saving the right amount next year! If this sounds like something you need head to get your free planner. Craigslist Posts: Before Facebook marketplace and eBay, there was Craigslist. Remember the free section, missed connections, buying and selling in sketchy places just to make or save a quick buck. Craigslist posts want you to remember where you came from. And yeah you may be able to rate buyers and sellers and stalk their Facebook profiles before you meet them now but where’s the adventure in that? Craigslist posts they’re still around, if you’re ever desperate. Check out more info about Black Friday deals with our episode about whether Black Friday actually save you money Ep 30 ( Notable Notes: What the Internet has to say: This article from Take It Personel-ly ( lists out 7 ways to save money on electronics What Jen + Jill have to say: “The best deals come when you have the time to do your homework” 1. Consider the time of year; best time to purchase electronics is the end of year and January 2. Purchase older versions 3. Shop around! 4. Consider what you really need 5. Trade in or sell old electronics Link to episode on selling electronics 6. Go middle of the road Check out ( for middle of the road items 7. Ask for pricing discounts More from the Internet: This article from The Balance Everyday ( provides us with helpful tips on what we need to look for when purchasing used electronics More from Jen + Jill: Research the model Look for external damage When possible, buy certified  Perform a test Test with your accessories Bonus: contact manufacturer to see if the serial number has been reported as stolen BILL OF THE WEEK - Thank you Johanna from Miami for sharing your bill about your $75 co-pay for ultrasound! What an incredible gift to 'meet' your unborn child! If you want to submit your bill of the week visit leave us a bill Lightning Round Extensions to download to save you time and money Honey ( - you can track price history for up to 6 months and add an item to your Droplist and get a notification when the price drops to a certain price. It also tries coupons from all over the internet. On top of that, when you use honey you get gold points that you can redeem for gift cards and if you sign up through you’ll get 500 bonus gold points which equals $5 toward a gift card! Paribus ( - tracks delivery and price drops at over a dozen stores but I use it for Amazon, Target, and Best Buy. and if it finds a price drop at the store you purchased or is delivered outside the delivery window the item at Paribus will contact the seller to file a claim and get you a price match or whatever money it can get you. Many retailers are extending their price match policies for the holidays and we all know how inconsistent package delivery can be so this is a great one to have. Rakuten ( - get cash back on you online purchases and if you’re not using it already you’ll get $10 bonus cash back after your first $25 purchase at a store that offers cash back when you sign up at ( - it rolls up all your promotion emails into one daily email that you can get in the morning, afternoon, or evening, your choice. I’ve used it for years, love it. It keeps my inbox cleaner so I can still be part of newsletters I want to be part of but I don’t have to look at them if I don’t want to and there will be a lot of promo emails going out through the end of the year. Don’t forget to visit to get your free Debt Free Christmas Planner so you can keep your holiday shopping on budget. Wrap-Up: Thanks so much for listening! Keep leaving us reviews on iTunes or Stitcher, and sending the screenshot to ( . AND share our most recent episode on social for a chance to win a copy of the Frugal Friends Workbook! Thanks for listening! See you next week!
47 min
Organize 365 Podcast
Organize 365 Podcast
Lisa Woodruff
362 - The 4 Kinds of Work Part 2
This week, we are continuing to look at the different kinds of work. Having labels for things like types of work allows us to see things differently and sometimes leads to better communication. Prior to founding Organize 365, my entire life was reactive. Everyone else got to tell me what to do - the economy, my family, my stuff. I just kept reacting to what was happening in my environment. In 2011, I drew a line in the sand. Sink or swim, I am in charge of my life from here on out. I started by taking care of my home and began proactively attacking my life. Unless you actively decide to do planned work and work to create a life where the majority of your work is planned, you will remain in firefighting mode and continue to be reactive. Until I read The Phoenix Project, I did not even have a mindset for types of work like this. I did not realize the two other kinds of work we are talking about today were a thing that existed. Last week, we explored proactive and reactive types of work. Today, we add in maintenance and change orders. Work: Maintenance - maintenance is the repeating tasks that result in the care and upkeep of your home and life. Many people ask Organize 365 for a cleaning checklist or a home maintenance checklist. There are tons of them on Pinterest. However, if you are using the internet for a list consider how often you need to do the tasks. Are you sure everything you are doing on your checklist needs to be done (at all) or needs to be done as often as you are doing it? Your standard and comfort level is unique to you. Maintain at the level at which you want to maintain your home. Make a list of the tasks you want to be done - daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly timeline. Make sure that the frequency you assign each task matches with the home you want to have. Work: Change Orders - anytime things change, it creates work. When a person, assignment, or locations changes, you need to think through the new situation, and you need to do the work to make the change happen. Change is part of life - try not to add a lot of drama. Pivot, adjust, and keep making progress. Often, these kinds of change orders are reactive. Tip! With meetings, book 5-30 minutes after them for your change order work meeting. Follow up as immediately as possible - adjust the agenda (maintenance), and then get your to do items into your Sunday Basket or Friday Box, make decisions, give approvals, or adjust deadlines. At home, you may need to adjust to new dietary requirements or adjust for your energy level or adjust to someone else (sick kid, spouse stuck late at work, etc.). I have learned to proactively adjust my plans based on my energy levels. As I analyze my own patterns, I have learned that I need to have a certain kind of energy in order to be effective at content creation - writing books or recording podcasts. Other kinds of work I can do no matter what my energy level is at a given moment. I adjust my schedule each evening for the next day based on my energy level. I am giving you permission to make your own maintenance checklists and your own change orders. Just because we have work to do in our own homes, does not mean that we need to do it at a certain time or in a certain order or on a certain day. I give you permission to loosen the standards you have set for yourself that are so high. They may be robbing you of your joy. Do what is right for you. Try it without worrying. There is no failure, it is just an experiment.
31 min
Minimalist Moms Podcast
Minimalist Moms Podcast
Diane Boden
EP147: Have Yourself a Minimalist Christmas with Meg Nordmann
Today I’m talking Christmas minimalism with author, Meg Nordman. Her recent release, Have Yourself a Minimalist Christmas, is a great resource as you navigate the holiday season. We live in a society where we’re bombarded with advertisements and, let’s be honest, our children’s irrational input; it’s hard to be decisive and intentional when it comes to the holiday season. I hope this episode assists you as you simplify your homes, schedules and gift giving this year. Disclaimer: Maybe don't listen to this one with the kiddos - we discuss Santa around the halfway point! Show Notes for EP147: Have Yourself a Minimalist Christmas ( ) --------------------- *Enjoy this Podcast?* --------------------- Learning how you can get rid of clutter and live an intentional and purposeful life has never been this simple. If you enjoyed today’s episode of the Minimalist Moms Podcast, then hit subscribe and share it with your friends! *Post a review and share it!* If you enjoyed tuning into this podcast, then do not hesitate to write a review. You can also share this with your fellow mothers so that they can be inspired to think more and do with less. *Questions?* You can contact me through my website ( ) , find me on Instagram ( ) , or like The Minimalist Moms Page on Facebook ( ). *Thanks for listening!* For more updates and episodes, visit the website ( ). You may also tune in on Apple Podcasts ( ) , Spotify ( ) , Google Podcasts ( ) , or Stitcher ( ). *Episode Sponsored By:* Betterhelp ( ) Advertising Inquiries:
50 min
Skimm This
Skimm This
theSkimm, Inc.
You Can’t Sit With Us: COVID and Thanksgiving
A dangerous collision between a pandemic and America’s biggest family gettogether is just around the corner. Before we get to the main course, we’ve got an update on the presidential transition between President Trump and President-Elect Joe Biden (1:08). Quick Skimm: nothing’s really happened so far. We’ll also tell you about Amazon’s big move this week into the world of prescription drugs (7:50).  Then, we’re coming up on the last exit before Thanksgiving. It’s our final chance to rethink our plans as COVID cases in the U-S set new records every day. We’ll give you an update on where things stand and what’s contributing to this latest surge in cases (12:19).  Finally, if you find yourself having to be Top Chef at your holiday dinner this year, we’ve got you covered (22:06). Cue: a smaller feast… but the same well-deserved nap.  BTW: here’s a one-pan, one-pot Thanksgiving dinner that takes three hours or less to put together.  On this episode, you’ll hear from:  Kristine Simmons, VP of government affairs, Partnership for Public Service Dr. Fadia Shaya, director of the Center on Drugs and Public Policy, University of Maryland's School of Pharmacy Vanessa Kerry, CEO, Seed Global Health Zack Bruell, Cleveland-based chef and restaurateur  Let us know what questions you have about what’s going on in the news right now. Email us at or call and leave us a voicemail at: 646-461-6370. You might hear your message on the show.  If you want to add theSkimm to your daily routine, sign-up for our free newsletter the Daily Skimm. It’s everything you need to know to start your day, right in your inbox.  Skimm'd by Alex Carr, Justine Davie, and Luke Vargas. With additional support from Peter Bonaventure and Ciara Long.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26 min
Decorating Tips and Tricks
Decorating Tips and Tricks
Bespoke FM
How to buy a SOFA on line
Buying a sofa online can be tricky, so be sure to listen to our tips, so you have no regrets. The bottom line is that you really need to do your research, and be sure you know exactly what dimensions will work in your home, and what the fabric will look like. You'll also want to check reviews and look at home owner photos. We are participants in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees. Kelly loves her new sofa she bought online recently. She shared it as her crush in the episode HERE ( Two other sofa brands that look good to us: Sabai Designs HERE ( Ballard Designs Baldwin sofa HERE ( The hot topic is HERE (,Street%20in%20the%20city%20centre.) Anita's crush is a set of electrical wall outlet plates with LED night lights. HERE ( Kelly's crush are a set of 12 tea lights. Get a box HERE ( Sign up for our insider emails here on our site. Click HERE ( and enter your address. If you have a moment we would so appreciate it if you left a review for DTT on iTunes. Just go HERE ( and click listen in apple podcasts. Thanks in advance! XX, Anita & Kelly
55 min
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