3 Tips to Jumpstart Your Day When You Only Want to Hit Snooze

When the alarm rings and all you want to do is sleep for four more hours, the idea of hopping out of bed all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed seems like a nightmare compared to the dream you were just jolted from. Hitting snooze once or twice is no big deal, but wouldn’t it be far better if you were up and at ‘em without hesitation? The start of a brand new day has unlimited potential, and lying in bed doesn’t quite get the ball rolling effectively. I am a big fan of waking up early and getting a head-start on the day’s tasks and to-dos. I get adequate sleep so I’m not groggy, and the thrill of seeing the sunrise and the sky turn to baby blue is reason enough for me to tap into my energy and get excited for what’s to come. Do you need a jumpstart to make the most of your morning? It is totally understandable, as we are all booked to capacity and have a lot on our plates. But when you wake up with a sense of wonder and a will to make every moment count, it makes awakening on time less annoying and more appealing. Here are some tips to get yourself in gear for a great day ahead. You won’t slap the snooze button when you’re ready to rock and roll.   An Attitude of Gratitude We are all lucky to see a new day each morning. It is something we often take for granted, but the beauty in each breath is a gift that we should never take lightly. The moment you wake up, take a few seconds to give thanks for the life you have and your many blessings. When you put things into perspective, you’ll start off with a positive vibe that will set the tone for your day.   Prep Breakfast the Night Before Knowing you have a wholesome breakfast ready to go will give you the incentive to get right up so you can dig in. Set the coffeemaker on a timer so the scent permeates the air. Before bedtime, prepare overnight oats, a yogurt parfait, or an omelet mixture you can toss into a pan or the microwave in a snap. You’ll not only save time and tame your hunger pangs, but you will be more likely to eat something nutritious rather than grabbing a donut or a greasy fast food meal on the way to work. While you’re at it, if you have to go to work the next morning, another time-saver is to set out your clothing the night before.  That way you can skip the dreaded morning “fashion show” that always leaves you flustered.   Pump Up the Volume Create a playlist of upbeat songs to get your spirits soaring as the sun comes up. When your favorite songs are playing as you go about your morning routine, you’ll feel instantly happier and get that pep in your step [...]

2020-12-17T14:40:52-08:00By |

New Year, New You – Make 2021 Your Best Year Yet

Who’s ready for 2020 to conclude? While there were surely some high points, the year was certainly one for the books. We were all affected by the many twists and turns the year brought upon us, but as we look on the bright side, we can declare 2021 as a fresh start with lots to look forward to. With the New Year fast approaching, how about uncovering a “new you” to symbolize the hopes for what’s to come, and a commitment to better days and bigger dreams? While you don’t have to erase your past, there is always room for improvement and advancement. I am perfectly content with the woman I am, but each year, I think about how I can be a better mother, partner, friend, and woman. As the New Year rings in, I reflect on what’s going well and what could be changed for the greater good. The “new me” for the New Year is filled with tons of excitement and a fresh energy to get the year started on a high note. I stay positive and promise that I’ll go easy on myself, yet commit to the self-care I’m ready to reward myself with. Here are three tips to make your “new you” as fabulous as you deserve it to be. Remember, you’re already awesome, but you can step it up and shine even brighter.   Be Healthier Eat well, exercise, and be mindful. When you take care of your body and soul, your physical wellbeing will benefit, and your spirits will soar. Commit to consuming wholesome foods, work out regularly, get plenty of rest, and engage in meditation or prayer when you have some quiet “me time.” These practices will keep you healthier – both physically and mentally. You need balance, so don’t go overboard, as moderation is key. Feel free to indulge every so often, stay up late sometimes, and be a comfy couch potato when you’re sore from an intense workout. The next day, get back at it and achieve your goals.   Let Go of Negativity Part of your “new you” would benefit from brushing off negative vibes that can hinder your progress. Steer clear of social media threads that promote bashing and bad-mouthing. Remove yourself from toxic situations and pessimistic people. Don’t sweat the small stuff and see the bigger picture. When you choose happiness, the hard times aren’t as difficult to deal with. Smile when you’re sad, and pick up the pieces when you’re falling apart. It’s easier said than done, but you can make it a habit to be positive when there’s pain or pressure pulling you down. Your fun-loving attitude will attract others and hopefully give them the motivation to “let it go” too.   Look the Part As gorgeous as you are already, a “new you” would look even more alive with a little spruce-up or a new style. Try a new hairstyle, revamp your wardrobe, or simply get a relaxing “mani/pedi” [...]

2020-12-10T17:57:51-08:00By |

New Year’s Resolutions – Stick with Your Plans and Stay Positive

As 2020 comes to a close, it’s time to think about a New Year filled with hope, health, and happiness to come. 2020 was certainly an unprecedented year, from the pandemic to politics, riots to revolutions. Hopefully, 2021 will see less chaos and confusion and more peace and prosperity. While we can’t control the world around us, we can look inward and do what it takes to make our personal lives better. One common way to get the ball rolling is by planning New Year’s resolutions and committing to following through with the promises we’ll make to ourselves. Every year, I make New Year’s resolutions as a way to work positivity into my life. I don’t pressure myself to be perfect, but I resolve to better myself in ways that benefit my life, my family, and my overall wellbeing. I think about what I want to improve and find time to take it step by step to ensure I can reach my goals. It’s not a race towards an instant transformation, but a paced journey I embark upon to steadily succeed. You can do it too. Follow these tips below and make New Year’s resolutions you can achieve.   A Little Goes A Long Way Set doable goals. If you resolve to take drastic measures, chances are you won’t accomplish it all. This can leave you feeling frustrated or like a failure. Resolutions don’t have to cause stress. Rather than aiming too ambitiously, commit to attainable steps that you’ll actually get done. As you progress, you’ll feel proud and pleased. It will give you the energy to keep at it, succeeding as you meet each endeavor with enthusiasm. These small wins add up to a year full of victories that will make you feel good about yourself.   Reward Yourself As you follow through with your resolutions, give yourself a pat on the back. It’s not always easy to carry out your plans when there’s so much else going on day to day. Share your success with those who care about you, and encourage them to follow in your footsteps. Perhaps you want to post your progress on social media or simply reward yourself with a small gift or treat. When you give yourself kudos for a job well done, you’ll be inclined to keep the momentum going. Congratulate yourself on the hard work and push yourself to continue the progress.   Accept Setbacks but Start Up Again With 365 days in a year, you’re bound to have a few bad ones. That’s OK and totally acceptable. Don’t let a minor slip-up stop you from picking up the pieces and getting back to your resolutions. Perhaps your resolution was to give up sweets. You may have indulged in a piece of cake on a friend’s birthday. Don’t stress over a little sugar. Tomorrow, have a fresh salad and do some sit-ups. It’ll be fine, even if you’ve “fallen off the wagon.” Each day is a [...]

2020-12-10T17:54:30-08:00By |

3 Great Ways to Get into The Holiday Spirit This Year

2020 has been a year like none other. From the pandemic to politics, stress has been swirling, and finding happiness has been hard for many. That said, as the year comes to a close, there’s a lot to be said about looking towards a future that’s filled with hope and harmony. If you are having trouble getting into the holiday spirit this year, know you are not alone. But do not let the worst of 2020 drag you down. See the glass half-full (hopefully with champagne), and close out the year with an optimistic outlook for opportunity. These three tips will bring out your festive side, with all the love and light you deserve. No matter how your year has been, embrace the attitude that there is always a new day to dive into.   Get Decked Out…But Stay In Financial issues have burned many people over the past months. And even if you are doing OK money-wise, it does not mean you have to blow big bucks over the holidays. Do away with big events and over-priced restaurants and clubs. Stay home, make a nice supper, and sit back stress-free. However, put on your party outfit. Give those sweats and PJs a break. Look like a million bucks while spending far less. Take those pics for Instagram and show the world you can do casual and classy simultaneously. Get into the party spirit by playing lively music and decorate your home with traditional touches. “Deck the halls” with a holiday vibe that’s perfect for a homebody. You won’t have “FOMO” when you’re creating your own fun.   Resolve to Reconnect Social distancing has kept us from friends and family for a while now. The holidays are the perfect excuse to call (or FaceTime/Zoom) friends and family members you haven’t seen in ages. There is plenty to catch up on, so expect to be occupied for hours. After all these weeks binge-watching TV and far too much solo time, these connections will be more than welcome. Promise you won’t let as much time go by without checking in on one another. Relationships are precious, and you are lucky to have these people in your life. Keep in touch to stay up to date in 2021 and beyond.   Give Back and Do Good The holidays remind us of our blessings, and no matter how much or how little we have, there is always something to be thankful for. Those who are less fortunate could use a helping hand, no matter the size or effort of the contribution. Take time this season to volunteer your time or donate money to a charitable cause that’s close to your heart. Think outside the box to help those who don’t often get the care or consideration they so desperately need. Not only will you change someone’s life, but you will feel proud of yourself for participating in something so positive. It’s far better than anything you’ll ever find under [...]

2020-12-10T16:25:26-08:00By |

How to Make Your Home Cozy for The Fall/Winter Season

As the nip in the air has us pulling out our sweaters, scarves, and socks, we gear up for the Fall and Winter, and put those steamy summer days behind us. While frolicking at the beach and rocking our bikinis is always a blast, there is something so special about the comfort of the cooler months when we can snuggle up and settle in. There’s nothing like sitting by the crackling fireplace and getting toasty as the stars light up the evening sky. I enjoy embracing every moment as the leaves turn colors and coat weather kicks in. Part of my pleasure is making my home seasonally appropriate, super cozy, and extra inviting. When my home feels comfortable and comforting, I can fully soak in the season and do so with a smile. Here are some tips to make your home cozy for the Fall and Winter season. I am a big fan of these three ideas, and encourage you to take a little time out to give your place a seasonal pick-me-up. You will feel the vibe of the season as you get into the spirit.   Seasonal Scents Certain aromas capture the Fall and Winter just right. I go for warm scents like cinnamon spice, vanilla, and pine. You can pick up some beautiful candles or burn incense in these fragrances or ones that you love best. Even a room spray does the trick, and the good ones last for hours. Think about baking too. As you whip up something wonderful in the kitchen, the treats will give off a scent that will have you salivating. I enjoy baking a hearty pumpkin loaf, banana nut bread, and a variety of cookies this time of year.   Different Décor Swapping out a few items here and there can make a subtle seasonal difference in the ambiance of your living space. You don’t have to go overboard or spend a lot of money to make the switch. Consider changing up your throw pillows and blankets when Fall and Winter come around by replacing whites and pastels with earthy colors and heaver fabrics for Fall/Winter. I bring out some of my favorite holiday items to get a head start on the season and display different photos on my shelves for sentimental value. If you want to do a little more, consider investing in new curtains or a richer-looking throw rug. You’ll be happier with your home when you give it a mini overhaul.   Merry Music I could play holiday music year-round, but then the Fall and Winter wouldn’t seem as special. Once there’s a chill in the air, it’s time for me to pipe some merry music throughout the house, providing a beautiful background seasonal soundtrack. I always feel more cheerful when the music is on, and I’m not as tempted to watch TV, which can be a waste of time. When the music is playing, I’m always more productive. When it’s time to settle [...]

2020-11-30T18:43:08-08:00By |

3 Ways to Have Delicious Holiday Meals…If You Don’t Cook

The holiday season is upon us, and that means less worry about our waistlines and more focus on all things tasty. Meals with friends and family or just at home with your partner are especially exciting this time of year with traditional dishes, new culinary finds, and all the comfort food we can fit on our plates. But what if you’re a self-confessed klutz in the kitchen or your cooking skills…well…suck? You still deserve holiday meals that make your mouth water. After all, the goodness of the season is best served savory and sweet. Getting hungry? Here’s how to have holiday meals you can be sure will be scrumptious. You will spend less time preparing and more time enjoying every bite.   Potluck Party Host a potluck brunch or dinner at your place and invite your friends/family to each bring their own signature dish. They say variety is the spice of life, and with a potluck party, you’ll get quite the arrangement. It’s fun to mix and mingle while munching. Encourage your guests to bring something unexpected so you won’t wind up with four string bean casseroles. You can provide the easy extras like dinner rolls, drinks, a simple salad, and perhaps a cheese board for pre-meal nibbling as your guests arrive. If you have food left over, provide Tupperware so your guests can pack up food to take home. They will be happy to have something already made for the next day’s lunch.   Deli Counter Delights Nearly any grocery store deli counter has far more than lunchmeat and cheese. You can get an entire meal in one stop; all pre-prepped and ready to go. With ready-to-eat salads, a world of sides, potatoes, pastas, and more, you can create a meal that’s tasty and trustworthy. Pick up a fresh and juicy rotisserie chicken, some sliced ham, and roast beef, and you’re set. Some supermarket deli counters even feature store-made desserts like cinnamon rice pudding, bread pudding, and chocolate mousse. Jazz things up at home with your own touch using flavorful condiments and herbs, and be sure to serve everything with style.   Rely on Restaurant Take-Out During the holiday season, many restaurants create a special menu for take-out orders. With prices usually set per person, this idea is convenient and quick, and you know the food will be fabulous. You do not have to go the traditional route when it comes to which restaurant you choose. Want sushi for Thanksgiving or quesadillas for Christmas? Go for it! Look online for nice packages and interesting offerings. They are sure to give you plenty for what you’ll pay, so make room in the fridge for leftovers. The next day will be just as joyful as the one before when you are ready for another bite or two.   Of course, the easiest way to have a delicious holiday meal without cooking is by accepting an invitation to someone else’s home. Bring a bottle of wine and [...]

2020-11-09T16:05:24-08:00By |

How to Have Fun with Halloween At Home

This year, Halloween has a bit of a different vibe, so you may not be attending any costume parties or go trick-or-treating around town with the kids. Safety always comes first, but that doesn’t mean the spirit of the October holiday gets shut down. You can have a fun time with your family this Halloween with a celebration at home. You will still get to dress up in costume, indulge in candy, and make memories that will last a lifetime. I am all about making the most of Halloween, and love to go all out when it comes to costumes and creative decorating. I ditch my usual healthy diet for the day and give in to all the goodies I can get my hands on. Here are some ways to do a hands-on Halloween at home, perfect for kids and adults alike. We could all use a break from reality, so get festive and have fun.   Set the Mood Turn your home into something of a haunted house with some spooky decorations and Halloween-themed music to keep things moving. Dim all the lights and use lots of candles to create an eerie element. There are plenty of decorating items you can purchase online, like fake creepy cobwebs and ghost cutouts. If you happen to be crafty, make your own Halloween decorations and hang them all over the house – outside too, so your neighbors know you are serious when it comes to spook.   Sweets Scavenger Hunt If you are staying home, that means you won’t be going door-to-door to collect your candy. But we can’t have Halloween without the mouthwatering mini chocolate bars and chewy candy corn. Create a candy scavenger hunt, and hide Halloween candy all throughout the house. Everyone gets a sack for collection, and can follow the clues to snatch up their sweets. It will be a sweet surprise when you stumble upon a Snickers bar stuffed between the couch cushions mid-November!   Zoom Costume Party One of the best parts about getting dressed up for Halloween is showing off your costume to your friends. If you can’t have a large Halloween gathering in person, do so remotely. Everyone can log in to Zoom at the same time and give a twirl. Add some friendly competition and hold a contest for the best costume. It will encourage everyone to put some extra “oomph” into their outfit. Be sure to take lots of pics to post online to share with your friends and followers. It’s always a hoot to see how people react to your costume.   Jack-O-Lantern Joy Pumpkins are aplenty this time of year, so head to the patch and pick up a few. Carve some creative Jack-O-Lanterns for display, and use the “guts” to make a pumpkin pie. If you’re not into carving, decorate your pumpkins with paint and glitter instead. Get some tiny ones too to line your shelves and side tables. Whether you’re a witch, a [...]

2020-10-27T17:56:26-07:00By |

7 Healthy Travel Tips That Benefit Everyone

Exploring places is something that soothes your mind and instills a sense of gratification. It enables you to learn about different cultures, meet various people, and create lifelong relationships. However, unveiling the secrets of mother nature might take a toll on your health. Owing to drastic climatic changes and harsh weather, you are likely to undergo health issues on your way. You might face acclimatization issues and fall sick while exploring the destination. To keep the illness at bay, you must adhere to certain healthy habits.   Here are the top healthy travel tips that will transform your trip into a healthy and refreshing one. 1. Stay Hydrated While exploring the popular attractions and trying out mouth-watering delicacies, you might forget to drink your water. One of the best ways to curb travel illness is to stay hydrated always. On your travel spree, you are likely to be on the move most of the time. It induces lethargy and uses up the water reservoir of your body. Hence, you might need to drink two times more water than usual. Dehydration might lead to some daunting symptoms like headaches, malaise, weakness, and dry mouth. You might misinterpret the thirst signals to be hunger pangs and eat way more than you should. Make sure to drink at least 3 to 4 liters of water on your travel days. Not only will it keep you refreshed, but it also curbs the build-up of extra fat.   2. Get Enough Sleep Whether it’s a normal day or one of your travel days, you must stick to at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep. To maintain the proper functioning of the vital organs and recover from previous trauma, sleep is quite essential. It recharges your body for the following day and enhances the metabolic process. That way, you might be able to explore the destination way better than usual. Don’t forget to keep the stargazing for limited hours and sleep for an adequate duration   3. Pack Nutritious Snacks Traveling is the right time to forget all the pending work and lose yourself in the mesmerizing beauty of nature. It is also the time when you might put on a few extra pounds due to binge-eating on the go. You can minimize the intake of preservative-laden food without any hassles. All you need to do is pack some extra nutrient-rich snacks in your travel bag. Sit back, grab the protein bars, dry fruits, and orange juice cans that you have available. Pack all of them in a durable bag and carry it along with the other luggage. Not only will it minimize the consumption of pastries and artificial sugars, but it also keeps you satiated for a longer duration.   4. Never Skip Breakfast Most of the time, you might skip the first meal of the day to experience the breath-taking sunrise at your favorite destination. Not eating your breakfast is probably the worst thing you can do to [...]

2020-10-06T18:53:06-07:00By |

My 4 Favorite Ways to Create a Vacation Vibe at Home

Travel restrictions as well as financial circumstances may have turned your travel plans upside-down, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo your vacation. With a little creativity and some imagination, you can get the vacation vibe at home, allowing you to relax and recharge without going anywhere. Some call it a “staycation,” but no matter what you name it, your at-home, no-travel “getaway” will be a much-needed break from the pandemic, as well as remote work, school, etc. After all, your home is your sanctuary, so embrace the essence of your humble abode with an atmosphere of peace and pleasure…plus some play time! Sure, I’ve traveled plenty, but some of my favorite experiences while I’ve had some time off took place right at home. I can switch into vacation mode by making some quick changes and clearing my schedule. It’s convenient and far cheaper than booking a flight and staying at a hotel! You’ll love it too, especially if you remember to put work on hold and have some fun.   Decorate and Design Think of your ideal vacation spot and jazz up your home with décor that reminds you of your dream destination. Perhaps you’re into an island vibe, so get some palm tree cutouts, floral arrangements, and coconut shells. You can light candles that smell like pineapples and sea breeze. Pour colored sand into glasses and hang leis over the railings. You get the idea. Do this for any place you fancy, even the North Pole! You can fill your shelves with snow globes, cut out snowflakes from poster board, and toss tinsel onto your tabletops. It’s fun and festive.   Eat, Drink, And Be Merry Stock up on your favorite foods from the places you’d love to visit. No matter the cuisine, you can find items at your local grocer, pull up some recipes online, and get cooking. The aromas will waft through the air and you’ll crave the flavors as you fill your plate. Of course, refreshing cocktails (or mocktails) make mealtime extra-special, so find your inner mixologist and get to it. Tropical drinks are best served with paper umbrellas, don’t forget. You can also buy some nice wines from your favorite region, as you sit back in the comfort of your own home and toast to holding down the fort.   Music Makes It Better Turn off the TV and tune into some music instead. Choose songs that remind you of vacation, or international tunes from your must-visit locale. With the background music giving you reason to let loose; your mood will be all about enjoyment. Sing along, dance like nobody’s watching, and keep the soundtrack running strong. Try some karaoke for an evening of entertainment.   Dress the Part You’ve surely got some clothing in your closet that you save for special occasions, trips, and the like. Even though you’re at home, it doesn’t mean you can’t dress up. You can even put on your swimsuit if you [...]

2020-10-20T20:38:36-07:00By |

My 3 Secrets to Decluttering Your Life

For most of us, our lives are like a non-stop rollercoaster, full of to-dos that never seem to settle down. For the most part, it’s nice to know that we’re busy rather than bored, but there is definitely a happy medium that comes with finding clarity. With some focus and fine-tuning, you can declutter your life, leading to less chaos and more contentment. Even if your schedule is packed and you never have time to pause, you can find ways to cut down and carve out more “me time.” I’ve learned to take charge of my daily routine rather than allowing it to be run by outside forces. This is the key to decluttering, among some other secrets I’m happy to share. I’ve found harmony and happiness with a clearer picture and a positive outlook.   Stick To A Schedule I’m a planner, which makes decluttering doable. I keep a calendar, make appointments, and wake up and go to bed pretty much the same time every day. This structure allows me to forecast my own obligations, and unless there’s an emergency, I don’t run off course. One major reason people feel their lives are cluttered is because they attempt to jam in too much when there’s only 24 hours in a day. They may even set aside their own needs to accommodate others, leading to stress and feeling overwhelmed. Not everything has to happen now. Find a free slot in your schedule in the upcoming days or weeks. Not only will this lighten your load, but you’ll have more time and patience to devote to the matter. You’ll be able to concentrate about something you genuinely care about.   Slim Down On Social Media It’s enjoyable to scroll through Instagram and check in to see what your friends are up to on Facebook, but too much social media can be a huge waste of time. Some say it’s addictive, but I consider it a modern habit that’s hard to break. You clutter your life with mostly nonsense as you spend hours glued to the screen, comparing and contrasting life stories with some people who are virtual strangers. Your mind gets filled with self-doubt or perhaps a false sense of security, depending upon what you happen to see that day, comments you can’t help but obsess over, and so on. Imagine if you spent even a fraction of the time now lost on social media doing something productive. You’d get through your chores, work, and self-care, find more time for friends and family (in real life), and even have time to spare to relax and recharge. Not to say social media is a bad thing, but moderation makes a big difference.   Let It Go! Fans of Frozen know the song, and the sentiment rings true. Find ways to forgive, forget, and focus on the future. When we can’t get over the past, we’re stuck in a rut and ruin our chances for calm and clarity. [...]

2020-10-02T18:05:38-07:00By |

The 3 Best Ways to Revamp Your Pantry

Whether you’re a real gourmet or a regular “down-home” girl who makes the most of mac and cheese, a clutter-free kitchen is always an asset. Of course, the countertops and cooking areas need to be clean, but overall organization is essential, especially if you’re always looking for the oregano. Keeping a tidy pantry makes your kitchen a better place to be. Not only will you be able to readily find your ingredients, but you’ll know what you need when it’s time to shop for groceries, and you’ll simply feel less overwhelmed. Revamping your pantry will save you time and give you more space for your items, and it doesn’t take much to get it under control. I’ve been there. I start out with a pantry that would make Marie Kondo proud. But before long, and with kids around, all the stuff I once had well-coordinated and catalogued becomes something more like chaos. I can’t find items I know I just bought, and I become stressed out as I prep dinner. I promised myself that I’d never again allow my pantry to become a pigsty. It only took a short time to revamp it to reflect the organized person I knew I had inside me. You can do it too. Stop stuffing yours with odds and ends without any classification or consideration. Your pantry deserves better, and so do you.   Group Your Goods The best way to maintain some sort of pantry decorum is to group your items by category. You can choose how to determine what goes with what, as long as it makes sense to you. For instance, I group my goods by mealtime. All the breakfast stuff is together, same with lunch and dinner. Snacks get their own space. As for items that fall into more than one category, I give those their own area. Things like spices, sauces, seasonings, and sweeteners “live” together, while there’s little chance that my Golden Grahams would have anything to do with dinner. The groupings never get physically close to one another, otherwise they start to merge, leaving me with a pantry that becomes one big “blob” of everything. When I have something that seems uncategorizable, it goes on my “miscellaneous” shelf. My chia seeds never seem to find a home base!     Take Inventory Every month or so, I stick my face in there and get the lowdown on what I’ve got and what I need. I also check on expiration dates and unused/unopened items. This helps me clear out the clutter, realize what I no longer need to buy, and what belongs on the week’s grocery list. I can also check if anything has been put back in the wrong section (blame the kids, naturally), or should be repositioned. I tidy things up and turn all the labels face-forward. It’s somewhat relaxing to go through this process, knowing that I’m making my life easier in the long run. While you’re doing your run-through, [...]

2020-10-01T11:53:24-07:00By |

My 4 Favorite Ways to Declutter My Home

Organization is huge for me, so keeping my home clutter-free is essential. Not only do I love a tidy atmosphere, but the harmonious nature of having things in place allows for a sanctuary-like space that keeps me from stressing out. If you love shopping like I do, it is far too easy to quickly accumulate lots of knick-knacks, souvenirs, and mementos, and before long, a once-empty area becomes overloaded. It is nice to have items around the house that have personal meaning, but too much of a good thing turns a well-meaning pastime into a problem. You can still have the stuff you want without the clutter. Not to mention, there are other smart ways you can clear out your living space and create a calmer, more coordinated home. Below are my four favorite ways to declutter, and you can do it too.   Donate/Re-gift Take inventory of your belongings and do a monthly “purge.” Hold onto what you just can’t part with and give the rest away to charity or as a thoughtful re-gift. If it’s not something you use, wear, or marvel at regularly, it is time to let it go. You won’t miss something that is barely, if ever, on your radar. As they say, one woman’s “trash” is another’s treasure. Let your belongings live with someone who’ll actually appreciate them. If you want to make some side money while still re-homing your unwanted items, check out consignment stores and online resellers, including The RealReal (clothing),  Etsy, eBay, and even Craigslist. Hold a yard sale and meet some new neighbors while you’re at it.   Store You do not have to keep everything you own out in the open. If you have seasonal items you display year-round, now’s the time to store them away to make room for timelier décor. As for your clothing, box up your winter clothing when the weather warms up and vice versa. Same goes for accessories, handbags, and shoes. You will have a much more productive time in the closet when you can actually find what you’re looking for. Fishing through sweaters in summertime makes no sense.   Organize When my things are kept in a strategic fashion, it is so much easier to maintain a mess-free home. I apply this coordination concept to my kitchen and pantry items especially (like spices and cereal), but it can be done for anything, including accessories/jewelry, clothing, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. When everything is categorized in a useful and understandable way, I can keep my things neat and put them back right where they belong. This is a great idea for kids’ toys too; hopefully, the little ones will follow suit.   Ask Yourself…Do I Really Need This? When you are out shopping or perusing online, before you make the purchase, take a pause. Will another picture frame or candlestick make a difference in your décor, or are you simply filling your time with a tempting habit? It is no [...]

2020-10-16T15:35:45-07:00By |