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Let's Purify! Holistic Decluttering
19 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
88: Podcast Completion & Celebration
After 2 1/2 years, 88 episodes, and almost 24,000 downloads, it is time for me to call the podcast complete. It has been a joy and honor to share the energy and message of Purification with you! Tune in to the episode for more details. Until we meet again, keep on Purifying! Top 5 Downloaded Episodes of The Let’s Purify! Podcast Three Steps to Reclaim Your Decluttering Motivation (episode 83) Podcast Pause: September & October 2020 (episode 84) The Essence of Home Energy Purification (episode 1) Overcoming Overwhelm & Confusion As You Declutter (episode 40) Mindful Organizing in 7 Steps with Pam Holland (episode 19) Be sure to check out my decluttering and organizing colleague, Pam Holland of Mindful Decluttering & Organizing. She is doing great work in the world and may have just the energy you need to jump start your process!
27 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
87: From Resistance to Acceptance: Mary Jane's Story
If you're planning a big downsizing process or supporting someone who is, be sure check out this episode! I talk with my mom, Mary Jane Spencer, about her journey from resistance to acceptance of her downsizing experience. You'll hear insights about her challenges and successes, and what she loves about her new (much) smaller space. You may recall that I interviewed Mary Jane way back in episode #6 The Power of Starting Small: Mary Jane's Story. The lessons from that episode helped to pave the way to the completion of her downsizing process. Enjoy!
14 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
86: On Racist Memorabilia
Here are the links I referred to in this episode: CONTENT WARNING: Could contain images and concepts that are upsetting or triggering related to racism and racial violence. Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia WEBSITE Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia Wikipedia ARTICLE The New Jim Crow Museum VIDEO Dr. David Pilgrim TEDx TALK Dr. David Pilgrim ARTICLE - The Garbage Man: Why I Collect Racist Objects Jim Crow Museum VIRTUAL TOURS May the information in this episode serve the mission of the Jim Crow Museum: To use objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice.
9 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
85: Checking In: Let's Receive a Breath Together
Hi! It’s been a while and I wanted to check in with a reminder to breathe. In times of uncertainty (like what we’re experiencing with the US Presidential election, for instance…), it is vital that we remember to tune in with the breath. In this short episode, I share 2 upcoming episode topics and also give some specific tips on breathing. Until next time, keep on breathing and keep on Purifying!
7 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
84: Podcast Pause: September & October 2020
As I shared in episode 83 on reclaiming motivation for Purifying and decluttering, I’ve been struggling with my podcasting inspiration. I thought I had it back, and I’m realizing now that I don’t. In order to honor you as the listener, myself as the podcast host, and the energy of Purification itself, I’m pausing the podcast for September and October 2020. The pause may extend until the end of the year. We’ll see! I’m excited to see what this time may bring. I will be continuing to see individual coaching clients during this pause, so if this autumn feels like the right time to ignite your Purification process and you’d like my support, schedule a 20-minute free consultation call. To learn more about my current offerings visit my Work With Me page. Let’s keep in touch during this pause! Join the Let’s Purify! email newsletter for updates, offerings, and Purification musings.
18 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
83: Three Steps to Reclaim Your Decluttering Motivation
We all lose our motivation sometimes… including me. As I was preparing to record this episode, I had to face my own lack of motivation and inspiration for podcasting. Fortunately, by following the steps I outline in this episode I was able to reclaim my motivation! It is very common to start the decluttering and Purification process with gusto just to feel deflated a few hours, days, or weeks later. These 3 steps will help you understand what’s at the root of your lacking motivation – and take your next steps. Three Steps to Reclaim Your Decluttering Motivation (and even get inspired & excited!) Acknowledge without Judgment – Name what has occurred. Be compassionate and open with yourself. This way you can take responsibility for where you are, without condemning yourself for it. Explore – Think back to what was happening in your life and your Purification process when you got derailed. See if you can identify what happened that caused you to stop. It could be external circumstances or internal experiences. Simply be curious – explore and notice. Prioritize – Without judgment, determine if Purifying is a true priority right now. Check in with your why: Why did you want to Purify and declutter in the first place? It may be that you need to intentionally pause your process so you can attend to other things right now. Or, after exploring the reasons you really want to do this, you may realize you want to get started again right away! 3a. Pause with Purpose – If you need to take a pause from Purifying, pause with purpose. See if you can bring your current process to an intentional close – pack things back up and seal off the energy of your process so you can move onto other priorities without guilt. 3b. Stoke the Fire – If you decide you want to re-start your process, deepen your inspiration. Journal about your why, visualize your Purified home, get excited! Talk with your bestie about your why and what will be different in your life after you’ve Purified away the excess. Create a plan to address the things you discovered when you were exploring in step 2. May these steps help you to clarify your priorities and determine which next steps are right for you. If you need some help getting motivated… I’d love to help! Let’s see how we can work together to get you re-inspired and motivated. TAP HERE to schedule a free 20-minute consultation now. You’ll answer a few questions and we’ll connect for your consultation over the phone or video conference (your preference!).
9 minutes | Aug 29, 2020
Part 10: Inner Art of Decluttering "Staying Curious & Having Fun"
In the final part of The Inner Art of Decluttering, professional organizer Pam Holland and I talk about staying curious and having fun as you declutter and Purify. Thank you for joining us for The Inner Art of Decluttering! If you're ready to take your decluttering and Purifying to the next level, consider a free 20-minute consultation with Pam at Mindful Decluttering & Organizing or Michael at Let's Purify! Holistic Declutter Coaching. Get the support you need to move forward with your process today. See full show notes for the series at letspurify.energy/innerart.
7 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Part 9: Inner Art of Decluttering "Inherited Items" & "Grief"
In part 9 of The Inner Art of Decluttering, professional organizer Pam Holland and I talk about facing inherited items and grief (and paperwork too!) as you declutter. LINKS: Blog Post: Create A Filing System That Actually Works! Blog Post: How to Transform and Organize Your Office (If you want to!) Join us next time for the final part of this series as we talk about staying curious and having fun as you declutter and Purify! See full show notes for the series at letspurify.energy/innerart.
7 minutes | Aug 22, 2020
Part 8: Inner Art of Decluttering "Sentimental Items" & "Attachment"
In part 8 of The Inner Art of Decluttering, professional organizer Pam Holland and I answer questions about letting go of (or holding on to) sentimental items and working through attachment to belongings. LINKS: Episode 77: Using Your Intuition to Declutter & Purify Episode 78: Honing Your Intuitive Sorting Skill Join us next time as we talk about inherited items and grief. See full show notes for the series at letspurify.energy/innerart.
9 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
Part 7: Inner Art of Decluttering "Where to Begin" & "Self-Talk"
In part 7 of The Inner Art of Decluttering, professional organizer Pam Holland and I answer questions about where to begin your decluttering process and self-talk and beliefs that can derail decluttering. Join us next time as we address questions on sentimental items and attachment. See full show notes for the series at letspurify.energy/innerart.
10 minutes | Aug 15, 2020
Part 6: Inner Art of Decluttering "Overwhelm" & "Where to Begin"
In part 6 of The Inner Art of Decluttering, professional organizer Pam Holland and I answer questions about addressing overwhelm while decluttering and where to begin your process. LINKS: Blog Post: Do You Suffer from Acute IICP? (aka Clutter Paralysis!) Blog Post: Where to Start Organizing: Begin at the Very Beginning! CARD Acronym for determining value of items: C – Condition, A – Appeal, R – Rarity, D – Demand Join us next time for more on where to begin, as well as self-talk and beliefs. See full show notes for the series at letspurify.energy/innerart.
8 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Part 5: Inner Art of Decluttering "Overwhelm"
In part 5 of The Inner Art of Decluttering, professional organizer Pam Holland and I share general suggestions about addressing overwhelm while decluttering and answer a question on overwhelm. Join us next time for more on overwhelm, as well as addressing where to begin your process. See full show notes for the series at letspurify.energy/innerart.
9 minutes | Aug 8, 2020
Part 4: Inner Art of Decluttering - Final "Stuckness" Questions
In part 4 of The Inner Art of Decluttering, professional organizer Pam Holland and I address two final questions about feeling stuck in the decluttering process. LINK: Episode 35: When A ‘Micro Area’ Of Your Home Is Massively Aggravating! (And How To Shift It) Join us next time for questions about feeling overwhelmed while decluttering. See full show notes at letspurify.energy.innerart
7 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Part 3: Inner Art of Decluttering - More "Stuckness" Questions
In part 3 of The Inner Art of Decluttering, professional organizer Pam Holland and I address two more questions about feeling stuck in the decluttering process. One relates to preparing for a move. Join us next time for 2 final questions on stuckness in the decluttering process. See full show notes at letspurify.energy/innerart
10 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
Part 2: Inner Art of Decluttering "Stuckness"
In part 2 of The Inner Art of Decluttering, professional organizer Pam Holland and I address two questions about feeling stuck in the decluttering process. LINKS: Episode 69: Pros and Cons of Decluttering and Purifying While Homebound Episode 35: When a Micro Area of Your Home is Massively Aggravating! (And How to Shift It) Join us next time for more questions on stuckness and preparing for a move!
11 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Part 1: The Inner Art of Decluttering BONUS SERIES
Professional Organizer Pam Holland of Mindful Decluttering & Organizing invited me to co-host her Ask the Organizer Q&A event in June 2020. The topic was The Inner Art of Decluttering – and we received some amazing, deep, and soulful questions! During this August’s Podcast Pause, I’m releasing the audio from that event in a series of 10 parts. While I won’t be sharing any full-length regular episodes this month, you’ll still have plenty to listen to. We answer questions about the inner aspects of decluttering such as: stuckness, overwhelm, where to begin, self-talk and beliefs, sentimental items and attachment, grief, and more! Part 1 Links: Episode 19: Mindful Organizing in 7 Steps with Pam Holland Episode 74: Decluttering& The Chakras with Professional Organizer Pam Holland Pam's Mindful Decluttering & Organizing Blog
23 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
82: My Session With A Professional Organizer
You may recall that back in June, I joined Pam Holland (professional organizer of Mindful Decluttering & Organizing) for her live Q&A event on The Inner Art of Decluttering. In preparation for that event, Pam and I decided to exchange sessions so we could directly experience each other’s work. In this episode, you get a behind the scenes look at my session with Pam! I share some background on the linen closet I was addressing, as well as the three most helpful things I received from Pam’s work (there were many, and for time’s sake, I narrowed it down to three). Visit letspurify.energy/82 to see the before and after photos. I also share three big takeaways that I received from having a session with a professional organizer: Commitment: Committing to the session helped me commit to actually doing the work. Acceptance: Being held in non-judgment by Pam helped me accept myself – and my closet! Action: Knowing I was being held accountable helped me take action and fully complete my Purification process. This episode is full of details about the journey: my inner resistance, my aha moments, and my new perspective. I hope it inspires you to get started on your process. And if you find yourself wishing you had some support, I hope it encourages you to reach out and get it! Set up a call with a friend, reach out to Pam, or set up a free consultation with me. We’re here to help. For more of Pam's wisdom on the podcast, tune in to episode 19: Mindful Organizing in 7 Steps with Pam Holland and episode 74: Decluttering & The Chakras with Professional Organizer Pam Holland. August Podcast Pause Bonus Episodes! In case you weren’t able to register for The Inner Art of Decluttering or you haven’t listened to the Part 1 and Part 2 recordings on Pam's YouTube channel, we’re sharing the replay on the podcast, too! During the August Podcast Pause, you’ll get access to segments of the Q&A recording every Wednesday and Saturday. You’ll get to hear the questions (and they were good questions…) and Pam’s and my answers. We dive deep into the topics like facing stuckness and overwhelm, grief, family heirlooms and so much more. Visit THIS PAGE or your favorite podcast app to listen! Need Help Getting Started (…or Following Through…) With Your Purifying? I’d love to help! Let’s see how we can work together to serve you and your home. Schedule a free 20-minute consultation now. You’ll answer a few questions and we’ll connect over the phone or video conference (your preference!).
30 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
81: Understanding Hoarding with Hoarding Cleanup Expert Jen Hanzlick
Hoarding is an often misunderstood condition. Societal judgment and fear can lead to deep shame for people who hoard. In episode 33: Is All This Excess Stuff A Sign Of Hoarding, I shared some background information about hoarding. This week we dive deeper into hoarding in a conversation with hoarding expert, Jen Hanzlick. Jen is the owner and founder of Clutter Trucker, a Colorado-based hoarding clean out company. Along with her hoarding expertise, she brings compassion, understanding, and respect to the conversation. Jen shares: Why she started her hoarding clean out business, Clutter Trucker The 4 criteria of Hoarding Disorder How Jen brings compassion and understanding to her clients The process Clutter Trucker uses to support its clients Recommendations for listeners who think they may be hoarding Recommendations for listeners who have a friend, neighbor or family member who may be hoarding Jen’s recommendations for friends, neighbors, and family members of people who may be hoarding were so powerful and practical I want to share them here: Drop your expectations Focus on the person – the being of who they are, not how their home looks Educate yourself on hoarding (Clutter Trucker's blog is a great place to start!) Treat the person who is hoarding like a person, not somebody you ‘have to fix’ Be a true source of support For a truly inspiring talk about humanizing hoarding, check out Jen’s TEDx Boulder talk HERE. About Jen Jennifer Hanzlick is the founder and owner of Clutter Trucker, a hoarding clean out company based in Denver. She provides education and awareness on the topic of hoarding disorder and compassion to the community, non-profit organizations and local government agencies. In 2015 she started the Colorado Hoarding Task Force. She was a featured speaker at TEDx Boulder. Connect with Jen Clutter Trucker Jen Hanzlick: Speaker & Hoarding Expert Colorado Hoarding Task Force Hope For Hoarding Online Coaching Program Follow Clutter Trucker on Facebook Getting Support If you suspect you may be hoarding and you’re ready to take a step toward change, consider reaching out to Jen. For those in the Colorado area, contact Clutter Trucker. For those outside of the Colorado area, visit Hope for Hoarding to learn more and apply for virtual coaching. Until next time, keep on Purifying!
14 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
80: Purifying In Your Car, Truck, or SUV
Your vehicle is a magical creation! It allows you to travel rapidly through time and space. It takes you where you want to go. Purifying in your car, truck, or SUV gives your vehicle some much-deserved attention. By Purifying and cleaning your vehicle, you can also establish stronger, more clear energy for your travels. Read on for some holistic decluttering and Purification tips! Tips For Purifying In Your Vehicle As always, begin with the breath. Before you even open your vehicle’s door, plant your feet on the ground. Receive a few deep, centering breaths. Offer appreciation and gratitude. From this grounded space, give thanks for your vehicle. Notice what it allows you to do and where it takes you. Purify. Sort through all of the objects in your vehicle. Recycle and toss things as appropriate. Return other items to their proper places in the garage, basement, or other areas of the home. Make a pile of items that will return to your vehicle. Clean. Wipe down the surfaces, vacuum the seats and floors. (Tune in with episode 18: Celebrating the Energetic & Practical Importance of House Cleaning for inspiration to clean!) Consider washing the exterior of your vehicle, too. Organize. Re-place objects that belong in the vehicle so they are organized and accessible. Set an Intention. Consider setting an intention for your vehicle such as safe travels or joyful adventures. Select an intention that is meaningful and resonates with you. Select Some Traveling Companions. Consider inviting some companions to join you. These could be figurines, crystals, or anything else that brings a strong positive energy to your vehicle. Create a Ritual. Establish a consistent ritual for Purifying in your vehicle. This will remind you to shower your vehicle with appreciation. You’ll also begin to clear out the accumulated clutter on a more regular basis. I hope these tips will lead you to creating a more harmonious relationship with your vehicle. Until next time, keep on Purifying! Need some virtual support for your Purifying? Schedule a free 20-minute consultation to learn how we can work together to meet your decluttering and Purifying goals.
28 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
79: Mindfulness Practices for Decluttering & Purifying with Martha Rouleau
Martha Rouleau is a mindfulness educator, collaborator, and speaker. She joins me on the podcast to share mindfulness practices to help us stay centered as we Purify and declutter. Martha first discovered mindfulness as an effective way to address her anxiety and perfectionism. She later trained as a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher. Martha is the founder and owner of Mindful Navigation. In this episode, Martha shares about: Her background in mindfulness Befriending whatever arises Being in ‘right relationship’ with what is Being curious about what comes up as we Purify and declutter Checking in with ourselves using ‘purposeful pauses’ Two mindfulness practices to help decrease overwhelm during the decluttering process Martha’s Free Offering The first 10 people who contact Martha before August 1, 2020 will receive a free 30-minute mindfulness coaching session with her! Email Martha at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free session with her. If it is anything like getting to chat with her for the interview, you’ll be feeling more calm and centered right away! As we remain steady and present with what is going on in our inner landscape, the deepest truth emerges about how we want to be and live even amidst the complexity of our immediate life. Martha Rouleau May this episode bring you closer to your present experience. May you remain calm and centered as you Purify. About Martha Website: mindfulnavigation.com Instagram: @mindfulnavigation Facebook: @mindfulnavigation Martha Rouleau is founder and owner of Mindful Navigation which is is dedicated to providing individuals and groups with skilled and compassionate mindfulness training that enhances focus, clarity and presence on the path to well-being. Currently, Martha takes great pride in being an Adjunct Lecturer at The College of William and Mary teaching Mindfulness Meditation supporting young adults and college staff with finding clarity, focus, presence, and ease in their lives. She feels inspired by the earnestness of the hearts of those seeking well- being not only in their personal lives but also as a member of the global community. Additionally, as a yoga practitioner and instructor at the University of Virginia, 2 local yoga studios, and fitness center, Martha finds valuable relevance that mindfulness brings to yoga as together, the unite mind the with movement, deepen one’s connection to the present. Her certification in Chair Yoga provides the benefits of yoga to all. Martha’s passion is to support others, through mind/body awareness, as they cultivate skills and tools to live a more authentic life with enhanced well-being, compassion and connection to self, others, and life. Until next time, keep on Purifying!
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