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The Impact of Clutter on Our Mindset and Emotional State w/Krista Lockwood

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When we’re surrounded by cluttered countertops and messy living spaces, it can take a toll on our emotions and our minds. Often, we end up feeling overwhelmed by the mammoth task of clearing it all, unsure of where to even begin. 

That being said, the process of decluttering a home is about more than a cleaner house. When we don’t have the option of hiding behind hours of tidying, we’re forced to deal with what’s really going on in our lives.

Cleaning the house and organizing gives us an opportunity to decide what truly makes us happy. Why hold onto things that make us feel anything less than amazing? What does clutter tell us about how we feel? How do we decide what to keep and what needs to go? 

In this episode, Founder of Motherhood Simplified, Krista Lockwood shares how to declutter our homes and our lives.

Strip away the unnecessary objects you’re holding onto, so you can spend more time with the things you love.
-Dana Malstaff 


3 Things We Learned From This Episode


  1. Why tidying is about clearing both internal and external baggage
    What’s going on around us physically is almost always a reflection of what we’re dealing with internally. Be mindful that decluttering is an emotional experience. When we free up space in our homes, we also free up space in our minds.
  2. How fear of letting go holds us back from a decluttered space
    When we hold onto items due to fear of not being able to afford them in future, we’re tapping into a scarcity mindset. Change the narrative by asking “what is this taking from me?” rather than “what if I can’t get this later on?” If we’re sacrificing joy by keeping something, it’s simply not worth it.
  3. What we should be removing from our space today
    When we start our mornings feeling like nothing in our closets fits us or makes us feel good about ourselves, that sets a negative tone for the rest of the day. We have to stop holding onto things that don’t make us feel our best.


Guest Bio- 

Krista Lockwood is the Founder of Motherhood Simplified, where she teaches decluttering for moms who don’t want to be full blown minimalists. In 2013, she and her husband moved from Alaska to Florida with only one suitcase each. While she doesn’t believe you need to go that extreme, she has been able to master the balance of having enough, but not too much. Krista strongly believes we all have what it takes to create the lives and homes we want, no matter what that looks like. On top of her courses offered on decluttering, Krista is the host of the Motherhood Simplified Podcast.

To find out more about Krista, head to:

And if you’re looking to declutter your home start to finish, the easiest way possible, visit: http://motherhoodsimplified.com/ds

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Dana Malstaff

Dana Malstaff

Dana Malstaff is the Founder of Boss Mom and creator Nurture to Convert.
She is a mother, author, speaker, messaging strategist, podcaster, blind spot reducer, and movement maker. She believes that too many brilliant moms are struggling to figure out how to grow their business while balancing all that is required to be a good mom, partner, and woman. So many moms are trying to grow their business using trends that feel inauthentic and aren't realistic for their inconsistent schedules. She has helped thousands of women become known for their brain and not their dance moves

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