I would like to know how it goes for you. Have you started your simplicity journey, are you on track or have you not started? Anyway, no matter what, this episode is a check up for you, so that you can see how to continue this year in simplicity. It’s not easy at all to get started, so if you´re just in the thinking fase, don’t worry. It’s a day tomorrow too.

Now we’re almost in the middle of 2021 and it’s time to check the status for our goal settings. If you interested in how I set up my goals for a new year go and listen to episode no 24 and you’ll get new ideas on how to do that. 

If you already have set your goals for this year, take a look and see if you have accomplished them or if you have to readjust something to achieve what you want this year. Don’t worry, you have plenty of time to readjust. We’re just half-ways in 2021 so far and much can happens yet. 

For your help I have some questions for you to work on. If you would like you can pause this episode and then go on with the next question. These questions are so valuable for you when you continue the rest of this year, so go and get a piece of paper and a pen.


Download my FREE Calendar pdf for June-December 2021 here!

Have a nice week and see you soon!


Why is it so difficult to trust on ourselves and listen to our intuition. Everything happens for a reason and I’m glad you’re here.


If we talk about life from the beginning and newborns. I think they are not afraid at all. Maybe just the sight of the bright light and that's why they're screaming. So why are we afraid as adults? I think there are many reasons for that, but I think we often listen to others too much and too little for ourselves. You know, when a brilliant idea pops into your head and you feel so happy when you think about it. You really think it's a good idea and that it's something you really want to do. But suddenly you start thinking about what others would say and then comes your fear of it, right?


We tend to listen to others more than ourselves and in my opinion that is not positive for us. It's great to have inputs from others, but they do not know about your thoughts and your good feelings you had when you got the brilliant idea. Maybe your friends think it's not a good idea at all, and then you listen and forget about it. If this is you, you need to stand up for yourself a little more. Trust your intuition and your gut feelings. They always say the best for you. Nothing else.


After I have been studied feng shui a long time and also helped other women with feng shui I have found the nice and harmonious life that I like. I know what I like and want in my life and I always follow my heart. I mean EVERY TIME. Back then when I didn’t follow my inner voice I felt so badly afterwards. In my opinion one of the most important thing in life is to listen to yourself.  I just follow what I feel in my life and that’s works well for me and I suggest you too to try.

Have a lovely day!

/Ylva ❤️



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So, what is feng shui? The old visdom from east about The art of placement. It’s very interesting to know that people in China, Hong kong and so on are using feng shui when they build their houses. They place them in the right direction and also to protect themselfs from danger.

We use the element from the nature, the compass, yin & yang and some more great tools. I can for example tell you your best direction when you’re sitting at your work desk, so that the energy works for you and not against you. Sometimes it could help to just move the table a little bit and you will feel a difference and also could get more success in your work.


It’s also works very well together with the law of attraction. Your thoughts are very important. If you want something and you always think about what you don´t have you’re working against the law of attraction.

It’s always better to think positive and remove the negative words as I don’t or I can’t and instead think about how you say things positively. That has helped me a lot in my life. Always when I smile and feel happy people smiles back at me. Also your posture is very important. If you think about your posture and straighten up your back I know many things will change. You can’t be happy if you sink with your back and head.


Book a feng shui consultation with me, just send me a message and tell me what kind of help you want: Email: info@ylvamariadesign.se

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All my best,

Ylva 💙

I’m going to start a 14 days wardrobe declutter challenge very soon. If you are the one who has too much clothes and always postpone the decluttering for your clothes, this is something I would like to offer to you.

Why not challenge a friend and let’s do this. It’s so much easier to do something together. I’m going to do this very easy for you and I know you’re going to feel a big relief afterwards when you have downsized the amount of clothes. I can’t wait to help you and see your wardrobe transform into something wonderful.

Sign up: https://www.ylvamariadesign.se/14-days-wardrobe-challenge/

Our home is very important and affect us so much. A home you like and feel comfortable is to prefer and I know you can create the amazing home you like. Start to declutter all things you don’t like, use or need. Then try to find your style and then go for it. Let´s take your time and don’t rush anything. Before you know it you have designed your wonderful home. And if you like some help I really suggest you to contact Sally. She is one of the best I have ever met. 

Guest today: Sally Soricelli, who is a residential interior designer in San Diego California. 

Link to Sally Soricelli: https://nestorations.com

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What happens when you have decluttered your home? That's what I'm talking about in this episode.

It could be a little bit hard to get started, because of different kind of things like your mindset. It’s very easy to think: Well I do that tomorrow. When tomorrow comes, well, I will start on Monday. Can you recognize yourself? I can, in many situations, but for my home I have done a big downsizing of my things. I think I have get rid of 70 % of my stuff. I haven’t count, but at least I think so, and it feel so good.

Ones yo have started it will be easier and easier to start each time, because you will remember the good feeling afterwards and that might help you. If you would like some tips on how to get started, go and listen to the previous episode number 35.


Free Audio Training "How to get stress-free and amazing mornings" https://www.ylvamariadesign.se/amazing-mornings/

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Have you ever thought about why you do things in your life? Sometimes we just do things without thinking, but when we are more aware of the why, everything will change and it’s easier to stay focused and continue what we’re doing. It could be anything in your life. When I started to be more aware of my why of everything I do and the purpose my life changed in so many ways. 

As I said in the last episode we have so much fear about letting things go and it was the same thing for me. I´m not a superwoman and I’m just an ordinary woman like you and I have also fear about different kind of things. The thing is how we tackle them.

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/Ylva 🎧



In this episode I'm talking about the most common thought I hear about to make your life easier. We're going to talk about fear, overwhelm and when you get stuck in the decluttering process.

The enrollment for my course Wardrobe Code 101 is open for enrollment. That course I will help you declutter your wardrobe and find your personal style. I also have a module packed with knowledge on how to organize and store your clothes in a simple and beautiful way and so much more. Head on over to my website www.ylvamariadesign.se to read more about the course.

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In the FREE audio training you'll learn 3 strategies to make your mornings work and set the foundation for the day. The audio also include an amazing meditation, which will help you change your morning habits into something new and positive.

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Ylva ❤️

We have so much to do on our daily basis and I’m always working on to simplify my life more and more.

A good idea could be to take a look at the morning habits and routines. Simplify and add just the good things that feels good. I know there are many ways and for me it has been my wardrobe. I have minimized the amount of my clothes and the results of that is stress-free mornings. I know what’s in my wardrobe and I also know what to wear. I don´t have to stay there too long and choose anymore, because I know my outfits very well. I have also implemented to write in my note book every mornings and listen to some nice meditation to set the foundation for the day.

So, this is something I have done for myself and I know there are many who have struggles in the mornings to make time enough for everything, so I have made an audio training:

How to get amazing mornings 

It’s free and it also includes an amazing meditation. I hope you will like it and please send me your thoughts about it in a private message on instagram. 

The audio includes my 3 proven strategies to get calm and nice mornings.


Amazing morning Audio training

Wardrobe Code 101 - 3 weeks online course

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Guest speaker in this episode: 

Zuzana Novotna - We deliver well-being

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Ylva ❤️

Let´s talk about health and a healthy lifestyle. What is it actually? Is it just the food we eat or what is it? If you would like to know how to start to create a balanced healthy lifestyle this episode is for you.

Years ago I started to minimize my home and my belongings and I have learned a lot during this time. When you minimize your belongings you´ll be aware of the things that really mean something for you and I think that’s interesting to know that all the clutter could hold you back for years.

What I also learned is that when people starts to get rid of things they don’t need, like or use anymore they often starts to declutter the wardrobe, and that’s my favourite space. As I always have worked with clothes in different kind of ways in my life I wanted to dive into it a little bit more. I created a course:

Wardrobe Code 101 which includes:


  • How to find you personal style
  • How to get rid of the clothes you don’t need, like and use
  • How to organize and take care of your clothes 


Wardrobe Code 101 is now open for enrollment. For now I have an early bird price, so if you feel this is exactly what you need, go to my website www.ylvamariadesign.se/wardrobecode101.se and sign up.

The early bird price will disappear on Sunday the 4th of April 12 pm CET.

The course will take you from overwhelm to stress-free mornings and you will feel relieved over that your wardrobe isn’t over full anymore. There are so many benefits of having a smaller wardrobe. Read more at my website. You can also find the link in the description for this episode. I can’t wait to see you inside of my course.

In this episode I have a conversation with Jennifer Lynn who is holistic health coach. She has very interesting thought on how to create a balanced life. You can find her at Instagram:


Big announcement!!!

WARDROBE CODE 101 Online course is open for enrollment!

I´m so happy to announce this today and I hope that you're going to like it. 

Wardrobe code 101 is a 3 weeks course about create your wardrobe you love and also get calmer mornings, because after this course you know what to wear every single day. I think that's amazing.

Go to my website www.ylvamariadesign.se and sign up today and get the EARLY BIRD price. 

Today I have a wall paper designer guest. Her name is Julie Campbell and she gives so many great tips and also talk about the interesting design process to create a wall paper.

Link to Julies website: https://pastedpaper.com

Last week I was guest speaker in Kicki Westerbergs Cirkeln podcast talking about simple living. That was very fun. Go and listen and get inspired HERE! OBS! In Swedish.


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