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Edit Your Life

Overwhelmed by the crap that's getting in the way of the things you actually want to do? Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Winner of the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year. Hosted by Christine Koh (+ Asha Dornfest from 2015 to 2021).

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Episode 148: Decluttering Priorities + Tactics

Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series has kicked off a decluttering frenzy. Which is FANTASTIC...if her method works for you. Asha & Christine find whole-life decluttering to be overwhelming, so they’re focused on smaller decluttering projects that have a big impact. In Episode 148, Asha & Christine share what they’re decluttering right now and how they’re making it happen.+ + + + +Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Kohi and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: edityourlifeshow.comFacebook: facebook.com/edityourlifeshowEmail: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

25mins

24 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 165: Non-Spa Self-Care

Self-care is more than pedicures and herbal tea. It includes the stuff that may not be relaxing (or even pleasant) in the moment but is foundational to your health and well-being, and therefore your happiness. In Episode 165, Christine and Asha get real about their own self-care track records, and offer gentle encouragement to prioritize the self-care tasks that rarely make it onto the “treat yourself” lists.+ + + + +Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Kohi and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: http://www.edityourlifeshow.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edityourlifeshowInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/edityourlifeshow/Email: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

39mins

23 May 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 22: Questioning The KonMari Decluttering Method

Marie Kondo’s “Japanese decluttering book” has taken the world by storm. The book details the author’s philosophy about organizing and decluttering, and gives step-by-step instructions for decluttering one’s home. She calls her specific steps the “KonMari Method,” and promises that it will change the lives of those who follow it. Thousands of people say it has, but plenty have voiced skepticism. In Episode 22 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha touch on different aspects of Marie Kondo’s approach, and share their reactions -- both positive and negative -- to the KonMari Method. Do you have a question, comment, or show topic idea for us? Would you like to sponsor an upcoming episode? We’d love to hear from you via facebook.com/edityourlifeshow, by tagging your Instagram or Twitter posts with #edityourlifeshow, or via edityourlifeshow@gmail.com. You’ll find show notes for this episode, including links to resources we’ve mentioned, at edityourlifeshow.com.

33mins

21 Jan 2016

Rank #3

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Episode 180: Mental + Physical Load Management

Jobs, travel, home management, babies, complicated relationships...the stress of these things can have a major impact on our physical selves. How do we manage the mental and physical load of modern life? In Episode 180, Christine welcomes back Edit Your Life’s most requested guest: therapist Jonathan Baxter. In response to a listener letter, Christine and Jonathan talk about the physical manifestation of stress, gender roles, the “having it all” myth, how to let go of how things “should” be done, doing vs. owning tasks, and family systems.+ + + + +Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Kohi and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: http://www.edityourlifeshow.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edityourlifeshowInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/edityourlifeshow/Email: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

56mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 131: How To Be a Happier Parent

The word happiness gets thrown around a lot, especially when it comes to family life. But what does “being a happy parent” mean? Does it mean we’re having fun? We’re on top of things? We’re sure of ourselves? None of us feels those things all the time, but most of us would like to feel those things more. In Episode 131 of the Edit Your Life podcast, Asha interviews KJ Dell’Antonia, author of the new book "How To Be A Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute." Asha and KJ talk about analysis paralysis and its impact on happiness, kids’ “independence continuum,” handling sibling dynamics, and making decisions about screen time. Through it all, KJ shares real-world stories about how we can all be more happy, however that looks for us.+ + + + +Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Kohi and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: edityourlifeshow.comFacebook: facebook.com/edityourlifeshowEmail: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

45mins

23 Aug 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 156: How To Talk To Kids About Race

Imagine a diverse community in which people embrace their commonalities while respecting and celebrating each others’ differences. This vision is possible once we can talk openly about race with our family and friends. In Episode 156 of the Edit Your Life podcast, Christine interviews Amber Coleman-Mortley, Director of Social Engagement at iCivics, Inc., about how to talk about race with kids. In this engaging, practical conversation, Amber shares two helpful analogies that illuminate the concepts of privilege and cultural differences, demonstrates how to ask questions based in empathy and respect, and shares how simple it can be to nurture cross-cultural curiosity… the foundation of a more equitable school, neighborhood, and country.+ + + + +Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Kohi and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: edityourlifeshow.comFacebook: facebook.com/edityourlifeshowEmail: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

38mins

21 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 72: Minimalist Parenting

Many of you have gotten to know Christine and Asha as podcasters, but what you might not realize is that the inspiration for the Edit Your Life podcast came from the book they wrote together in 2013 called Minimalist Parenting. In Episode 72, Christine and Asha talk about what minimalist parenting is (and isn’t) and cover key thoughts related to time management, clutter, money, playtime, school, extracurriculars, mealtime, travel, celebrations, and self-care.+ + + + +Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest are the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and the award-winning bloggers behind BostonMamas.com (CK) and ParentHacks.com (AD). You’ll find the show notes for this episode, including links to resources we’ve mentioned, at http://edityourlifeshow.com.Do you have a question, comment, or show topic idea for us? Would you like to sponsor an upcoming episode? We’d love to hear from you. Send an email to edityourlifeshow@gmail.com, or leave a comment at facebook.com/edityourlifeshow.

45mins

2 Mar 2017

Rank #7

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Episode 128: Prioritizing Joy + Optimism

The news cycle has been relentless and painful, which is all the more reason that it’s important to do give yourself a little space to settle into something good. In Episode 128 of Edit Your Life, Christine interviews novelist Katherine Center. Christine and Katherine talk about Katherine’s latest New York Times bestselling book, How To Walk Away, the human condition, positive vs. negative valence theory as it relates to fiction, why prioritizing happiness and joy matters, women writers, how Katherine found her love of storytelling through her teen tribe, and more.+ + + + +Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: edityourlifeshow.comFacebook: facebook.com/edityourlifeshowEmail: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

56mins

12 Jul 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 138: Everyday Stress Management

Between Fall transitions, triggering news headlines, and the general pace of work and life, many folks are battling debilitating levels of stress. And while a relaxing day at the spa sounds nice in theory, it’s not something everyone can carve out time or money for, and it doesn’t address the reality that daily stress management is crucial. In Episode 138 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha share 8 practical, totally doable everyday stress management tactics that are working for them.+ + + + +This week’s episode is sponsored by personalized vitamin and supplement subscription service Care/of. For 25% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, visit TakeCareOf.com and enter promo code EYL. This episode is also sponsored by clean beauty retailer Follain. To get Follain’s Clean Essentials Kit for 50% off, visit follain.com/eyl and use code eyl at checkout.+ + + + +Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Kohi and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: edityourlifeshow.comFacebook: facebook.com/edityourlifeshowEmail: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

32mins

18 Oct 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 49: At-Home Date Night Ideas

Everyone (including us) talks about the importance of making time for your adult relationships when you have kids. And it is so very important. But what do you do when you don’t have a babysitter? Or the sitter cancels? Or you need to save a few bucks? In Episode 49, Christine and Asha share eight ideas to help you carve out time with your partner at home. Added bonus: these tips apply to all adult relationships in your life and also offer a great opportunity to practice boundary setting and giving kids the chance to figure things out.+ + + + + Do you have a question, comment, or show topic idea for us? Would you like to sponsor an upcoming episode? We’d love to hear from you via facebook.com/edityourlifeshow, by tagging your Instagram or Twitter posts with #edityourlifeshow, or via edityourlifeshow@gmail.com. You’ll find show notes for this episode, including links to resources we’ve mentioned, at edityourlifeshow.com.

29mins

1 Sep 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 129: How to Teach Kids Life Skills

Summer is the ideal time for your kids to learn real-world life skills no matter how old they are. And judging by the viral popularity of our recent “100 Life Skills You Can Teach Your Kids in 5 Minutes or Less” list, people want to get started. In Episode 129 of the Edit Your Life podcast, Christine and Asha follow up on their list with practical tips for how to teach kids life skills. They talk about the importance of frustration tolerance, how to nudge to reluctant kids to learn, the reality that kids sometimes learn more readily from other adults, and the welcome reminder that it’s never too late to start.+ + + + +Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: edityourlifeshow.comFacebook: facebook.com/edityourlifeshowEmail: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

24mins

26 Jul 2018

Rank #11

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Episode 179: Dumpster Fire Survival 101

When life is a dumpster fire, sometimes the best medicine is to...jump further into the fire? Perhaps not for everyone, but in Episode 179, Christine flies solo as host and flips her recent experiences dealing with some very painful things to a positive space, sharing 9 ways that have proven helpful in managing dumpster fire life.+ + + + +Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Kohi and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: http://www.edityourlifeshow.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edityourlifeshowInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/edityourlifeshow/Email: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

24mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 124: How To Create Your Village

When you’re swamped by the demands of work and early parenting, it can feel like finding your community is just another chore on an endless to-do list. And yet it’s during those early years when you most need support! In Episode 124 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha respond to a listener who isn’t sure how to begin building community around her family. They offer big picture + practical recommendations for how to create your village, starting with activities that are already part of your everyday life.+ + + + +Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: edityourlifeshow.comFacebook: facebook.com/edityourlifeshowEmail: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

29mins

17 May 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 89: Raising Independent Kids

Independent kids. It’s what we’re all striving to raise, right? In Episode 89 of Edit Your Life, Christine talks to educator Amy Mascott about the summer juggle, the power of everyday learning (and how easy it actually is), and key tips for raising independent kids (including how to handle resistant kids).+ + + + +Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: edityourlifeshow.comFacebook: facebook.com/edityourlifeshowEmail: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

41mins

27 Jul 2017

Rank #14

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Episode 98: The Four Tendencies

Before you can improve yourself, you must know and accept yourself. But how? According to Gretchen Rubin (author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, and co-host of the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin) the key lies in knowing your tendency, or how you respond to inner and outer expectations. Once you do, keeping your New Year’s resolutions, sticking to an exercise routine, and even communicating with your partner or kids gets a whole lot easier.In Episode 98 of Edit Your Life, Asha and Gretchen talk about her new book, The Four Tendencies, in which she lays out a simple framework for understanding our internal motivations (Obligers, Upholders, Questioners, or Rebels). They share the quirks and challenges of their own tendencies, discuss the inherent tension between improving and accepting ourselves, and talk about how the Four Tendencies play out in relationships.+ + + + + Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: edityourlifeshow.comFacebook: facebook.com/edityourlifeshowEmail: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

48mins

19 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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Episode 116: Tackling Challenges + Insecurities

Facing challenges makes us stronger, but that doesn’t mean it feels great in the moment. Hard things are...hard. No matter how many successes we’ve had in the past, many of us still struggle with self-doubt. How do we respond? In Episode 116 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha talk about their own battles with insecurity and imposter syndrome. They share 7 practical tips for tackling life’s challenges with confidence, or, at least, with self-compassion.+ + + + +Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: edityourlifeshow.comFacebook: facebook.com/edityourlifeshowEmail: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

26mins

8 Mar 2018

Rank #16

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Episode 3: Why Edit Your Life?

Wondering why it’s worth editing your life, or whether doing less = being lazy? Christine and Asha address why it can be hard to edit your life, how the journey is different for everyone, and why editing your life is necessary, doable, and totally awesome. Do you have a question, comment, or show topic idea for us? We’d love to hear from you via facebook.com/edityourlifeshow, by tagging your Instagram or Twitter posts with #edityourlifeshow, or via edityourlifeshow@gmail.com. You’ll find show notes for this episode, including links to resources we’ve mentioned, at bostonmamas.com + parenthacks.com.

19mins

20 Aug 2015

Rank #17

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Episode 96: Downgrading Your Life

We upgrade tools and gadgets to improve or simplify our lives. But in an eye-opening New York Times Magazine piece, editor Pamela Paul pointed out that constant newness and “feature clutter” can actually increase overwhelm. She went on to talk about how her intentional “downgrading” helped lend balance to her already sped-up life. In Episode 96 of Edit Your Life, Asha and Christine discuss Pamela’s piece and talk about what mindful downgrading looks like in their lives. They go on to share 6 tips for how to push back against upgrade pressure, how (or whether) to spend your upgrade budget, and how to advocate for your choices at work and at home.+ + + + +Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: edityourlifeshow.comFacebook: facebook.com/edityourlifeshowEmail: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

37mins

5 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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Episode 58: Improving Relationship Communication

Relationship communication can be really hard. In Episode 58, Christine and Asha respond to a listener letter by joint interviewing licensed mental health counselor Jonathan Baxter. Their conversation covers big picture issues and practical strategies related to gender issues, correcting power imbalances, family systems, differing priorities, the challenge of asserting oneself, compassion, coping with resentment, and the easiest tweak to start conversations off on the right foot.+ + + + +Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest are the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and the award-winning bloggers behind BostonMamas.com (CK) and ParentHacks.com (AD). You’ll find the show notes for this episode, including links to resources we’ve mentioned, at http://edityourlifeshow.com.Do you have a question, comment, or show topic idea for us? Would you like to sponsor an upcoming episode? We’d love to hear from you. Send an email to edityourlifeshow@gmail.com, or leave a comment at facebook.com/edityourlifeshow.

45mins

3 Nov 2016

Rank #19

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Episode 99: Favorite Productivity Apps

With the right apps on board, you can offset your smartphone’s tendency to distract by turning it into a powerhouse productivity tool. In Episode 99 of Edit Your Life, Christine and Asha share 19 apps that will help you work, live, and even grocery shop more efficiently. They crowdsourced this app collection with the help of their most productive Internet friends, all of whom are busy enough that they’ll only make time (and room on their phones) for apps that really do their jobs well. The biggest surprise? Some of the most productive people use the simplest apps.+ + + + +Every week, Edit Your Life shares practical ideas for decluttering your home, schedule, and mental space without getting bogged down by perfection. Hosts Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest are award-winning bloggers and the co-authors of MINIMALIST PARENTING and won the 2017 Iris Award for Podcast Of The Year.Share: #edityourlifeshowShow notes: edityourlifeshow.comFacebook: facebook.com/edityourlifeshowEmail: edityourlifeshow@gmail.com

33mins

26 Oct 2017

Rank #20