21. Decluttering is a Journey not an Event - Conny Graf

Decluttering is a jounrey not an event. 

This is a special episode, I celebrate a milestone on my podcast journey and I share with you how I got started, what mental clutter I had to let go of and how I've overcome some of the obstacle. 

You'll discover

  • What my podcast journey has to do with your goals and dreams
  • How to start on any goal or dream you have
  • and specifically how to start with decluttering

The only way anything gets done and any goal gets achieved is by starting, committing, and doing. It can be overwhelming but with the right kind of help and determination we can do it. Listen in to this inspirational and celebrational episode. 

Also, if you have a message that you would love to share with the world, starting a podcast is a great way to do it by the way. Buzzsprout is the host of my podcast. With their help it was easy to launch, promote and track my podcast.

My show was online and listed in all the major podcast directories (like Apple Podcast, Spotifiy, Google Podcast etc) without any hassle. And the team at Buzzsprout is passionate about helping you succeed, they provide you with everything you need and you can start for free and with some gear that you already have just like me. 

Follow this link to get started, it let's Buzzsprout know I sent you and you will receive a $20 Amazon gift card if you sign up for a paid plan even after you tried it for free. By the way, this also helps support my show at no extra cost to you, how amazing is that?

Resources

Subscribe & ​Download

Reading instead of Listening

Today I'd like to thank you, yes you, for listening to my podcast. It has been a wild ride. Today is a special day, it's Summer Solstice, June 21st, 2020 the decision to finally start a podcast in 2020 I had made on the night of the Winter Solstice, December 21st.

I had thought about it for several months, had attended already 3 webinars on how to start a podcast, as well as I went through Pat Flynn's free 'how to start a podcast' program twice already and still did not have the courage to do it.

Do you have a dream or goal that you would want to achieve but mental clutter keeps you stuck? Have you wanted to declutter your home or office, read blog posts how to start, listened to podcasts on what to do but still didn't do anything?

Well, on December 21st, that winter solstice, I promised myself I would launch my podcast in 2020 even if I made a fool out of myself. More specifically, by March 3rd, my birthday the latest.  I needed a set date not too far out, so I would actually do it.

To get to that point I had to get rid of quite some mental clutter, mainly limiting beliefs that sounded like - who am I to have a podcast- who would even listen to what I have to say- there are so many podcasts out there, nobody will know of mineand so on

I reached my goal and published my very first episode February 17, and by my Birthday on March 3rd I had 4 published episodes and a 5th one schedule.
Now 4 months later, I have listeners in 131 cities in 23 countries, how cool is that? Did I make a fool out of myself? Maybe, possibly, probably, but now, 20 episodes in it did get easier. And I don't care as much anymore. 

I don't care as much anymore, if I make a fool out of myself. What I care about is you, and to help you get started and to succeed with decluttering. My focus went away from me and my insecurities to you and how I can help you.

The episode with the most downloads are episode

Why am I telling you all this? Well starting anything, having a goal and working on achieving it, can be overwhelming if you don't know how to get started or you have no help. Pat Flynn, who has a very successful podcast, as well as Buzzsprout, my podcast host, helped me move from chaos to peace and to get to my goal.

I started with their free resources (webinars and online courses) which got me launched. The goal of my podcast is to help you get started with decluttering and creating a home and office space that supports your daily life and your business so you can focus on what matters most to you.

Anything new that we haven't done before, or that we tried and didn't succeed at can feel overwhelming and that overwhelm can cause us to stay stock and frustrated. What helps is to allow ourselves to be a beginner, do make mistakes and to not 'deliver' perfect.

Decluttering is not a one time big event, it is a journey, a journey or mostly small, maybe sometimes bigger, steps.  It's not that you can do it once and then you are done for the rest of your life. Clutter is like dishes, or laundry, or bathing, it's an ongoing process, of rinse and repeat, you are never fully decluttered but you can get to a place where it becomes your lifestyle, living a clutter free life is what you do, you are in control of your stuff, the stuff doesn't control you anymore.

All you have to do is getting started. If you are a regular listener to this show you know I say "a few minutes a day keep the chaos away". What helped me get started with my podcast is to allow myself to start as small as I had to. My first few episodes I recorded with the headphones that came with my cell phone, even though I had a fancier microphone. I tried that microphone but right away had technical issues, instead of letting myself get held up with these, I decided to go scrappier and just record on my headphones. I was several episodes in when I pulled out that microphone again and tackled the tech issues and since then I record my episodes with it.

Another obstacle that I moved out of the way in the beginning was to have guests. I always knew I wanted guests but I still felt so uncomfortable on the microphone that I didn't want to show up like this with a guest. So the first 12 episodes were solo episodes and only then I started to invite guests to my show. In hindsight it turns out that it's actually easier with a guest, because you don't talk to yourself but to another person when recording which makes it much easier, but that was not my perception when I started.

What believes or objections do you have around decluttering that keep you from starting? What way out could you give yourself, how could you start anyway, without doing those right of the bat?

The objection I hear a lot is 'i have no time' to what I always say, you can start with as little as 5 minutes. That's what I did when I started to meditate, I said I meditate a minimum of 5 minutes a day, if I can longer, but a minimum of 5 minutes. Just like 5 minutes of daily meditating is better than no meditating, 5 minutes of decluttering is better than no decluttering.

Another objection I hear is you don't know where to start. For that I recommend you listen to episode #4 my 3 key principles and #5 the love tours, that gives you a good starting point.

All it takes is for you to decide, commit and then to start small and scrappy, just like I did with this podcast.

My podcast episodes help you get started on your own, my solo episodes are short enough that you can declutter a small area while listening to them. With the interview episodes I will inspire you and keep you motivated. My guests share their experience with decluttering, or their expertise, how they started, their journey, and all the good that came out of it. All it takes for you is to start this journey.

How would it be, how would you feel if your home and office didn't stress you out anymore but supported you and the things you need to do? How would it be if you felt in control of your own life, especially now that the world out there seems to have changed so much and now more than ever we don't know how the future will look? How would it be to wake up in a serene calm bedroom, shower in a spa like bathroom, get your coffee from a dirty-dish free kitchen, start your day in an organized office and on a clutter free desk?

All it takes for you is to start, just as James Clear in his New York Bestselling Book Atomic Habits says:

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.

I will continue publishing podcast episodes, the next one will be an interview with Sue Maisano, born in a poor Chinese village she defied all odds and transformed her own life to become an American scientist and subsequently hypnotist, spiritual life coach, and online business and mindset coach.

Her story and the obstacles she had to overcome to get to her goal make our obstacles look like mole hills, make sure you don't miss this inspirational story. 

You have to start to reach your goal, therefore give yourself permission to start small and scrappy. 

Also, if you have a message that you would love to share with the world, starting a podcast is a great way to do it by the way. As I said, I did this with the help of Pat Flynn and his free webinars and online course as well as Buzzsprout, the host of my podcast.

With Buzzsprout it was easy to launch, promote and track my podcast. My show was online and listed in all the major podcast directories (like Apple Podcast, Spotifiy, Google Podcast etc) without any hassle. And the team at Buzzsprout is passionate about helping you succeed, they provide you with everything you need and you can start for free and with some gear that you already have just like me.

Follow the link to get started, it let's Buzzsprout know I sent you and you will receive a $20 Amazon gift card if you sign up for a paid plan even after you tried it for free. By the way, this also helps support my show at no extra cost to you, how amazing is that? 

Ok my friends, that's it for this week, and as always, don't just listen to me (or read) or anyone else talking, do take action, start decluttering and keep organizing a few minutes a day keeps the chaos away.

If you don't know where to start, listen to episode #4 and #5, especially episode 4 is a hands-on how to start episode.

If you struggle with decluttering certain items or certain areas in your home, send me a message and tell me about it, I might create a future podcast episode talking about it.

Thank you for joining me on the podcast and listening all the way to the end, or obviously reading all the way to the end 🙂

If you found value in what I was talking about, please share it with your family and friends, if you found value in it, they will too. Sharing is caring <3

Thank you, have a beautiful and amazing week and please subscribe so you never miss an episode. See you next time, take good care and be safe. 

If you have any questions

If you have a question about decluttering, organizing or something you heard me talk about on the podcast I'd like to invite you to a free public call "ask Conny". You can ask me a question anonymously or just listen in what others ask.

Register here, I look forward to seeing you there. 

Sharing is Caring
>