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There’s a decent chance that while you love the feeling of the holidays in your home, you’re also a little overwhelmed by it. There’s the regular upkeep of one’s home - the general cleaning and tidying, but there’s also a lot of extra stuff around the house this time of year. And because our tendency is to be fairly extreme in our response to challenges - either try hard or give up - we stay overwhelmed. Let’s create a small solution to the normal challenges of a holiday home so we can enjoy it while the holidays are here.Helpful Companion LinksCheck out my books The Lazy Genius Kitchen and The Lazy Genius WayDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
This Thursday is American Thanksgiving, and we’re coming up on a season of lots of holidays, and with those holidays come many many expectations. You have them, your kids have them, your parents have them, your boss has them, the Internet has them… it’s a whole vibe. So today, we’re going to talk about how to be a Lazy Genius about the holiday expectations you will encounter from others and from within yourself.Helpful Companion LinksEpisode #40: The Lazy Genius Navigates Family TensionEpisode #224: When Things Don’t Go According to PlanEpisode #87: The Lazy Genius Guide to FlexibilityEpisode #235: When You Disagree On What MattersCheck out my books The Lazy Genius Kitchen and The Lazy Genius WayDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
We’re in the middle of November. American Thanksgiving is next week which means that Christmas is in five minutes, and it’s easy to feel like we’re losing our minds a little bit with all the things. Today, we’re going to make the rest of 2022 easier with five fairly simple steps that will give you really practical help in making the next six or seven weeks feel good and enjoyable rather than rushed and stressful.Helpful Companion LinksThe 2022 Holiday Gift GuideEpisode #131: The Perfect Thanksgiving TurkeyEpisode #206: The Lazy Genius Guide to Buying Great GiftsEpisode #287: How I’m Making Dinner Easier for the Rest of the YearThe Holiday DocketCheck out my books The Lazy Genius Kitchen (includes my turkey recipe and How to Host Thanksgiving like a Lazy Genius) and The Lazy Genius WayDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Today, I’m so excited to welcome Myquillyn Smith, aka The Nester, to the show to talk to us about decorating our homes! She is so good at helping people have the greatest amount of style with the least amount of stuff based on what matters. This conversation is a fantastic reminder of how to see the next few weeks in such a way that your home feels cozy and wintery and you.Helpful Companion LinksFind Myquillyn on Instagram and onlineCozy Minimalist HomeWelcome HomeThe Cozy Community (open just for Lazy Geniuses through Monday, November 14th!)My Winter Sun playlistCheck out my books The Lazy Genius Kitchen and The Lazy Genius WayNo transcript for this episode as it’s an interview, thanks for understanding. Love you, mean it.The links above are commissionable, meaning that if you click through and make a purchase I may make a small percentage at no extra cost to you. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
It’s early November, and we’re about to hit the gauntlet if we’re not already in it. Dinner is one of those things that just keeps happening no matter who you are and how you live, so today I’m going to share what I’m personally doing to make dinner easier from now until after the holidays are over, and hopefully it’ll give you some ideas on how to make yours easier, too.Helpful Companion LinksThe Lazy Genius KitchenEpisodes you may find helpful: #121 - How to Build a Fall Dinner Queue, #279 - How to Fix Dinner When You’re Never HomeDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Today is one of my favorite episodes we do every quarter or so on what’s saving my life. Y’all like it too because it always has above average downloads. I think we’re always looking for language around what’s making life easier and better for other people so that we can experience that for ourselves. So I hope today’s list will do just that.Helpful Companion LinksThe next edition of the Latest Lazy Letter hits inboxes on Wednesday. Get on the list here.Episode #258: The Seven Kinds of Rest and How To Know Which One You NeedMassage toolThrone of Glass series by Sarah J. MaasBonus episode of The Lazy Sisters where we talk about relationship rhythmsDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Being with and loving and helping guide kids is a privilege, a challenge, and can be exhausting. What works today won’t work tomorrow. What works for this kid won’t work for that kid. What works for you when you have energy doesn’t work for you when you don’t. Today I want to offer some words about that shift and then offer two simple “start small” steps to begin connecting more with your kids.Helpful Companion Links2022 Holiday Gift GuideDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Today, I'm joined by my sister, Hannah, to talk about how to get our relationship back on track. We're in a season of not talking or seeing each other as much as we used to, and we want that to change. So in this episode, we try and Lazy Genius our relationship in real-time. If you are out of rhythm in any of your relationships and wish you were more connected, this episode is for you.Helpful Companion LinksBabyliss Travel Flat Iron (affiliate link) Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Oh, man, have we been waiting a long time for this one! This is a highly requested topic, and I’m excited for us to walk through how to make email inboxes more manageable and less stressful. Helpful Companion LinksThe Lazy Genius Kitchen (affiliate link)Episode #91: The Lazy Genius Organizes PaperThe Holiday Docket Santa’s Bag app (iOS) Download a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
This is one of the best conversations I've ever had. Shannan Martin is the author of Start with Hello, a beautiful book about being a neighbor. She is a true Lazy Genius in this area and offers so many ways to start small in our relationships, for example with saying hello. This book transcends neighborhoods, lifestyles, and family structures. We also share places we've been awkward as neighbors and how one interaction, even if it's the last one, has a significant impact. You will eat this up, you guys. What a gift this conversation was to me and will be to you, too.Helpful Companion LinksStart with Hello by Shannan Martin (out October 11th!)Shannan on InstagramShannan’s Pickle Recipe Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Feeding people at my house is one of my favorite things in the entire world, and I hope that my enthusiasm for it and the permission you’ll hear in this episode will help you be excited about it, too. But I also know that we all have a lot of speed bumps when it comes to hospitality and entertaining and having people over, so I want to speak to a few of those today and maybe sand them down a little bit so they’re less bumpy.Helpful Companion LinksEpisode #278: How to Manage Your Time this FallDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Today is a quick little bonus episode - How to Lazy Genius the Start of a New Month. We’re a whisper away from October, and anytime the calendar turns to a new month, we feel some things. There’s a sense of potential, maybe of dread, of wondering if we got everything done last month that we meant, of making sure we’re not forgetting anything that’s coming up so we can prepare for it.That’s great, but let’s make sure we’re approaching it like Lazy Geniuses. Helpful Companion LinksEpisode #258: The Seven Kinds of Rest and How to Know Which One You NeedEpisode #255: How to Name What MattersDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Last week, we had a longer-than-usual episode about how to find your personal style. So much of it is about how you want to feel, but there are also some great reminders and practical tips to help you get there. So if you not yet listened to that episode, I would encourage you to do so and then come back and listen to this one.But you do you. Be a rogue listener with my greatest compliments.Helpful Companion LinksIn this episode, I mention ABLE’s try before you buy program. That was discontinued before this episode aired. Check out their Size Swap and Lifetime Guarantee instead.Episode #280: How to Find Your Personal StyleEpisode #267: Find Your Summer Reading RhythmThe Lazy Genius Way (affiliate link)My Favorite ABLE Items (use code LAZYGENIUS15 for 15% off!)Hang out on Instagram with me @thelazygenius Download a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
A couple of weeks ago, I put up a very unofficial poll on Instagram asking what clothing-related problem was your biggest challenge, and finding your own personal style won out. This might feel like a problem no one else has, but let me assure it is not. It is not a singular problem that you struggle with that most people already have figured out. In fact, I think that it’s bigger than even I realized, so that’s what we’re going to talk about today - how to find your personal style. Helpful Companion LinksEpisode #217: Let’s Talk About Your Body, Part OneEpisode #218: Let’s Talk About Your Body, Part TwoErin Stoll of @stylethieffashionMy personal style Pinterest BoardFollow me on Instagram @thelazygenius for 30 Days of Closet Permission.Download a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
We have a lot of things we’re managing right now, and the one thing that never goes anywhere, no matter our season or stage of life, is food. We have to eat, you guys. So in light of all of the things that take up our time in the evenings this season, how do we cook dinner? How do we make sure everybody eats when we never seem to be home at actual dinner time or even at the same time? Let’s Lazy Genius it.Helpful Companion LinksThe Holiday Docket: The Lazy Genius Guide to Celebrating WellLast week’s episode on fall time - episode #278: How to Manage Your Time this FallEpisode #121: How to Build a Fall Dinner QueueEpisode #276: How to Pack Lunch for WorkMy pal Anna Sale’s podcast Death, Sex, and MoneyEpisode #225: The Shoe EpisodeDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
It’s Labor Day here in the US, and fall is decidedly about to start. We’re eager and excited, going up the hill of the first drop of the fall roller coaster and super pumped. But, once we crest that first peak, it’s over. All we’re doing is screaming and hoping we don’t die. So before we start screaming, let’s get some stuff in place so we can manage our time this season.Helpful Companion LinksThe Lazy Genius Way (where the Lazy Genius principles live) and The Lazy Genius KitchenMildliner highlightersGet the Latest Lazy LetterDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Today, I want to give us a bigger picture of what we expect from our friendships, and then after the break, I’ll share a couple of friendship principles along with your ideas on how to connect more regularly.Helpful Companion LinksEpisode 275: What’s Saving My LifeLaura Tremaine’s Instagram accountMy friendship post on InstagramEpisode 276: How to Pack Lunch for WorkDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
I’m excited about this episode because when I went looking for grownup lunch help, I found very little that would work for a variety of people. Most solutions start from the wrong place, so today we’re going to Lazy Genius this. We’re going to go in the right order, which is a Lazy Genius principle, and we’re going to figure out how to pack lunch for work in a way that supports each person individually and what matters to them. Helpful Companion LinksEpisode #238: How to Get Stuff Done When You Don’t Feel Like ItThe Lazy Genius KitchenThe Chickpea BowlDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
I love doing these episodes because they are a reminder for me as I create them and you as you listen to them that we can always pay attention to what’s saving our lives. What’s giving us joy and hope and rest and fun? It’s easy to survive every day or focus on what’s productive, but we also want to notice, maybe even way more so so, the things that make life really really good. So today, I’ll share mine.Helpful Companion LinksPrevious What’s Saving My Life Right Now episodes: #251 (February 2022), #236 (November 2021), #203 (March 2021)Stranger ThingsThe Trespasser by Tana FrenchEufy Robot VacuumSherry from Young House LoveGet the Latest Lazy LetterDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Remember back in episode 200 where we did the Lazy Genius starter pack and listed 20 of the best episodes that will impact your life right away? This is that but for going back to school. If you don’t have kids or aren’t in education, you might not be super into this episode, but there might be a few helpful things in the realm of seasonal transitions so there you go. Let’s do this.Helpful Companion LinksEpisode #200: The Lazy Genius Starter KitEpisode #221: Get Your Back-to-School Life TogetherEpisode #168: How to Go Back to SchoolEpisode #223: The Lazy Genius Gets Out the DoorEpisode #225: The Shoe EpisodeEpisode #226: How Batching and Bags Can Get You Out the DoorEpisode #123: The Lazy Genius After School RoutineEpisode #246: 5 Essential Mindsets for Time ManagementEpisode #177: The Lazy Genius Plans a DayEpisode #124: The Lazy Genius Weekly PlanEpisode #173: What is Your List-Making Personality?Episode #121: How to Build a Fall Dinner QueueEpisode #174: Try a Meal Formula this FallEpisode #54: The Lazy Genius Makes SoupThe Lazy Genius KitchenDownload a transcript of this episode. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Comments (30)

Emilie Lancour

I love to have a zero inbox and so one of my things is delete what needs to be deleted, or respond to the things that can be responded and then delete that or I move it to a "to-do" folder which are messages that need to be handled or have been put on the other person to respond but do not need to be in my inbox any longer. I then review that folder a couple times a week for what needs attention or be deleted if it's been done.

Oct 17th

Duncan Dee

THIS was the piece I needed, after (mind blown) reading The Lazy Genius Way. Thank you. Is there anywhere you post the full process of Lazy Genius-ing people's problems, to help us layfolks out here get a better idea of the scope and how the principles are applied?

Sep 14th


New listener, 6 years late! At 14:58, you said Nick Flora was the first person you’re interviewing for the podcast - I’m just curious if this was recorded before the first episode that you had your best friend on? Or is it a matter of format, or that she was a close friend and Nick isn’t? (I can’t help noticing the discrepancy.)

May 4th


So happy about hearing Hannah!! Yay!!!

Apr 1st

Beth Sabat

I've had a similar experience picking up a car internationally, so my genius husband bought me a charging block that I always travel with to prevent not being able to charge my phone, so calamity averted. also when traveling internationally you need to know how to change the settings on the car's GPS (if you are fortunate to get) so you can understand the language. lastly, for international travel, Google translate is your best friend! love your ideas and tips! BTW my daughter lives in Winston-Salem as well.

Feb 12th
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Emilie Lancour

once a year I take out all of the clothes that are to the left of a yellow neon hanger. I move the hanger then to the right of all of my clothes that are still in my closet As I wash and wear things throughout the year they end up on the right side of the hanger. I know at the end of that year I have gone through holidays celebrations seasons and everything and if I have not worn something in a year it gets donated to a friend. if something is worn but not dirty enough to put in the laundry basket I hang it on a hanger and then put the hanger in my closet backwards so I know the next time I take it out that it needs to go in the laundry.

Jan 31st

Death Doula ☠

I'm a stacker of books. 💯

Nov 5th

Death Doula ☠

Self-care defined as things that make you feel like yourself. ❣️

Nov 5th

Shal Loftin


Jun 2nd

K. Smith

I disagree about no foods being negative.

Mar 6th

Jasmine Underland

first of all, I love you! Your book is "saving my life right now". I just need to tell you that Thai food does not in fact involve peanuts. Americanized Thai food does, but not authentic Thai food. My husband is 1/2 Thai and this is how I know. 😁

Jan 14th


so helpful, thank you Kendra! completely new way of thinking about goal setting, I love this!!

Nov 29th

Timilyn Renee-Towers Downey

Well said, Kendra. Thanks for being willing to talk about what matters and for reminding us all to be human.

Nov 2nd

Genevieve S

The first episode I checked out was Routines. I am now going to binge listen. As I do the insane work of motherhood in this insane time, this is really going to help.

Aug 30th

Jennie Kaderabek

when a new episode comes out, it's on top of my listen list. make your life easier, your way.

Jul 24th

heidi miller

I'm kinda laughing here... welcome to the homeschool Mama's world.

Apr 27th

Sam Yeagle

What about the bugs??

Apr 3rd

Whitney Ivanoff

Be specific! I love this, y'all 💕 ☺

Mar 25th

Whitney Ivanoff

Badly needed this today. Thank you! 💕

Mar 23rd

Kalaila O'Neill

Routine is not about what you are doing but where you are heading 😊

Sep 16th
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