Make Your Home a Healthy and Inspirational Oasis

If there is a perfect home design, then it must be a world-famous wellness design. Besides being simply gorgeous, this design is created to make you feel better and live healthier. Your home shouldn't be just the walls, doors, and furniture. It should be so much more – a space where you can relax and breathe freely. It shouldn't be a cluttered, anxiety-inducing mess. Instead, it should be your piece of paradise. Such a home is good for your mental and physical health and it's fostering your emotional well-being as well. You can do a lot of simple things to create a joyous and comfortable home. Here are some of the ideas to get you started!   Use healthy materials If you're moving into a new home or if you're renovating, it's time you've thought about the materials in your home. To invoke a sense of calmness and connectivity with nature, you should always go for some healthy materials. Some materials can be harmful to your health. For instance, they might pollute the air in your home. This is the case with flooring, carpets, or cleaning products full of chemicals. On the other hand, bamboo can be a great option for your home. It’s natural, durable, and, most importantly, free of chemicals. Any material free of toxins will immediately make your home a brighter and fresher space. These materials are especially important if you or someone in your household suffers from allergies.   Clean the air Cleaning the air is always important for your home. You should make sure that there are no pollutants in your home. Viruses and bacteria are rather dangerous, and your family shouldn’t be exposed to them. For this reason, clean air should be your priority. Energy and heat recovery ventilators are great for these purposes. Thanks to them, filtered air can fill your rooms and refresh the whole house. Along with natural materials, air purification systems will create a perfectly healthy ambience in your home!   Sleep well Everyone needs time to recharge their batteries. Sleep is essential for you to function properly. Not only that, quality sleep will boost your immune system, improve both your mental and physical health, and reduce the risk of some chronic conditions.  That is why you should create a sleep sanctuary – not a bedroom. Start by getting a high-quality mattress with some sheets made of natural materials. Then, you could invest in light-blocking shades and non-reflective surfaces. This will prevent the light from interrupting your sleep. You should also work on conformity. Get some throw pillows, a weighted blanket and some scented candles to make a heavenly experience in your bedroom.   Don’t forget about circadian lighting Making a healthy home means adjusting it to your body and its needs. There are some things about our bodies that we aren’t even aware of. For instance, circadian rhythm is an important part of our daily lives. Namely, people are in sync with the light [...]

2022-02-28T17:28:36-08:00By |

Doing Backyard Gardening? Be Sure Not to Skip a Thing or Two

Backyard gardening is healthy for both body and mind; it’s fun, but it’s not the easiest thing in the world. Even seasoned gardeners learn something new every day, and those who’ve only picked up on it are certainly in for a challenge or two. Today we’ll walk you through the basics of backyard gardening and provide a few helpful tips so that you can avoid some of the most common gardening mistakes. Without any further ado, let’s dive straight into it.   Revisit your watering technique The very core of gardening lies in the water. Plants depend on it for sustenance, but it can also ‘drown’ them should you use too much of it. If presented to the plants in insufficient quantity, they will become frail and are most likely to get plagued by garden pests. Inquire about how much water each plant in your garden needs, but you should also take into account the quality of dirt surrounding each plant. Frail, brittle plants are best watered with cups for extra precision, while robust plants can be watered with a regular hose. Avoid the most potent power levels unless you are trying to scrape insects from the plants’ leaves. The importance of a proper watering technique is in the fact that you may end your gardening journey pretty quickly should you neglect it. Once refined and polished, a good watering technique will even help your plants become more resistant to various pest types.   Pest control One of the daily chores of all gardeners is pest inspection and pest elimination when needed. Gardeners who think pest inspection once a week is often enough can end up facing infestations of garden mice, aphids, and beetles. Aphids are widely considered to be the biggest annoyance for backyard gardeners. Their tiny bodies are camouflaged when they latch onto the leaves, and the fact that they tend to hide on their undersides doesn’t help either. Handpick them if there are only a few. Otherwise, use organic sprays (water mixed with essential oil, for example). Larger infestations of aphids can be culled by introducing ladybugs and birds, given that they are the natural predators of most insect-type pests. Wasps are pretty dangerous, as they feed on plants and can be aggressive to humans. However, some gardeners don’t mind a few wasps buzzing in their backyard, as they also tend to eat caterpillars, aphids, and beetles. Out of all insect ‘companions,’ wasps are ranked pretty low. You can quickly get rid of them by scattering bits of peppermint oil near your plants. Strong scents repulse them, so using citronella candles is more than likely to keep them away. Should you face an infestation of dozens of wasps, your best bet is to hire professional wasp exterminators. Rodents, such as rats and mice, are prone to playing mind games with gardeners, as they are both stealthy and incredibly patient. Keep your garden tidy and clean of debris to dissuade them from nesting. [...]

2021-12-24T15:29:16-08:00By |

3 Health Benefits of Deep Cleaning Your Home

Have you ever sat in your living room, looked around, and thought, "This place is a screaming mess! It could use a deep cleaning?" If so, you are not alone. Every day, millions of folks wonder the same thing and choose to call a cleaning service they know and trust. Seems that it's just human nature to prefer a clean living space, and cleanliness in general. Heck, even that Penny Lane fireman, the one who kept a portrait of the queen in his pocket, liked to keep his fire engine clean (it was a clean machine). It's an established fact: people want to live amid cleanliness, not dirt, grime, and clutter. But, deep cleaning the place by yourself is a major task, and is not a job for the faint of heart. Not only does it take many hours, but you'd better be in excellent physical shape to do all the sub-tasks like upholstery cleaning, vacuuming, window cleaning, removing clutter, floor cleaning, disinfecting bathrooms, carpet cleaning, and much (much) more. Fortunately, an experienced cleaning service can save you time and help preserve your physical health for a reasonable cost. Most homeowners view the expense as an investment, and it is. But, on a more serious note, having a clean home comes with several important health benefits, including the following:   One: Fewer Germs and Allergies The most obvious benefit of deep cleaning is elimination of yucky germs, bacteria, and viruses that love to hide in filth, clutter, grime, dirt, and dust. When you hire a professional cleaning service to get rid of all that unwanted awfulness, you'll soon notice that seasonal allergies are less intense, or completely absent. And when the germ, dust, and bacterial level is near zero, you'll suffer fewer bouts of all those annoying illnesses like colds, flu, and recurring sinus infections. It's no coincidence that doctors pronounce healthy patients as having a "clean bill of health." Two: Sound Sleep and Better Mental Health It's easier to sleep soundly in a clean room. It seems like the human brain is better able to relax in a neat, tidy, and generally clean space. Maybe that's one reason people often sleep more deeply, and longer, when they stay in luxury hotels rather than in messy, cluttered bedrooms. That guy with the pointy beard who once said, "To sleep, perchance to dream... " understood something about the overall goodness of getting a good night's shut-eye. They didn't have deep-cleaning services in his day, but even then, people appreciated the healthful, rejuvenating feeling of high-quality sleep.   Three: A More Nutritious Diet What? How can a clean living space make you eat better? That seems like a totally illogical disconnect, but it's not. When kitchens are clean, clutter-free, and hygienic, you'll naturally want to spend more time using them to prepare meals. Sadly, folks whose kitchens are in a state of messy disarray eat out more often. That's not only costlier but usually means eating lots [...]

2021-12-04T21:11:29-08:00By |

How to Clean the Air in Your House

Many of us have been living at home more than ever for the past few months. As a result, we’ve been more worried about airborne diseases, smoke, gas, and other contaminants. Even if a virus isn’t your main concern, you may be more cognizant now of keeping the air in your home clean, if for no other reason than you and your family’s comfort. However, many air cleaning methods require chemicals that do more harm than good. This list of 8 suggestions should help you learn how to clean the air in your house without these products. I’ve included high-end machines as well as cheap DIY solutions to air purification so that you can make yourself and your family safer (and more comfortable) on any budget.   1.   Air Purifier Air purifiers may be the most expensive suggestion on this list, but they’re a must for people who have family members with compromised immune systems, breathing problems, or a desire for the highest level of cleanliness possible. Air purifiers reduce smoke and particulate contamination in your air at the same time that they refresh the air in your home so that it never tastes stale. Since airborne contaminants can cause infections, asthma, allergies, or even neurological problems, machines such as the affordable and efficient PARTU HEPA Air Purifier can make your home healthier and cleaner without a hassle.   2.   Carbon Monoxide Awareness Carbon monoxide is poisonous despite being odorless. Those who have been exposed may have flu symptoms (this includes your pets) and may not even know they need medical attention. Houses with fuel-burning appliances and indoor garages are particularly susceptible. Install carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping rooms to ensure that this isn’t a problem with the air in your home. Use common sense when parking in your indoor garage and don’t leave the car idling for too long. This is an easy way to build up carbon monoxide pollution in your house.   3.   Ventilate Ventilation can improve the air in your home at little or no cost. Simply opening a window or installing exhaust fans in bathrooms and other problem areas can improve the air in your home. Water vapor from cooking, showering, and other activities can lead to mold growth if your home isn’t properly ventilated. And mold affects the air in your home, triggering allergies and causing coughs. Promoting adequate ventilation can prevent these issues and improve the air quality in your home.   4.   Buy Plants Some potted plants can improve air quality in your home with little effort on your part. Peace lilies, philodendrons, and devil’s ivy are three plants that are known to remove toxins like formaldehyde from your home, just by growing and looking beautiful. They grow well in pots and hanging baskets while they keep your family safe.   5.   Essential Oils Essential oils have stress-relieving properties, but they can also fight bacteria in the air when used with a diffuser. In addition, they can [...]

2021-01-07T15:15:39-08:00By |

How Does Your Garden Grow? (Hint: Hard Work and Planning!)

If you’re ready to start your own garden, you might be a little intimidated by the process. Afterall, it can take an entire summer to reap the rewards, and that’s a lot of caretaking. Luckily, it’s not as challenging as it seems, and with planning, planting, and perseverance, you can enjoy a bountiful, nutritious harvest (while also reaping the mental health benefits of gardening) by the end of the season!   Start here. It might seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning that your first step is to decide what you want to grow. This might be flowers, vegetables, herbs or a combination. Before you start selecting plants or seeds, however, do some soul-searching to make sure to choose things that you will actually consume or use. You don’t want to take up valuable space in your garden on produce that will go to waste. Next, decide on your location. As a general rule, edibles need at least five hours of direct sunlight every day. Lettuce, potatoes, and some herbs can tolerate partial shade. Now that you know what you want to plant and where that’s going to take place, it’s time to start planning the layout of your garden bed. It’s usually best for your first garden to start small, but if you want to go big and you have the budget to do so, it can help to hire a landscaping expert to help you get started. If you use sites like, you can match up with top-reviewed professionals who have the experience needed to build a proper foundation for your garden. Finally, consult the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map to know when seeds, seedlings, and immature plants can go into the ground.   Gather your tools. Before you can plant the first seed, you’ll have to amass a basic inventory of gardening tools. This should include, at minimum, a hoe, dirt rake, leaf rate, shovel, and spade. You may also need to rent a garden tiller to prepare the soil for planting. Gardening Know How cautions that you’ll need to wait until the soil is at least 60°F and dry enough to run a tilling machine, otherwise you may damage the soil or clog your tiller.   Test the soil. As a general rule, you want your soil to be neutral, which means it has a pH of seven. Your local garden co-op can provide you with a test kit to determine if your soil is ready to plant or not. Keep in mind that you can always improve your soil naturally with composted waste. Another step before you actually put anything into the ground is to ensure that the dirt can drain appropriately.   Choose seeds or transplants carefully. Since you already know what you plan to put into your garden, you can keep a narrow focus. But, you will still want to be cautious when choosing plants. If you are buying from a local shop that understands regional conditions and [...]

2021-07-12T15:52:04-07:00By |

6 Great Tips on Buying Your First Home

Buying a home for the first time is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. You’ve saved up money, found a place you see yourself living in for years to come, and you’ve made an important investment and commitment to your future. However, buying a home can be a stressful experience – there is so much paperwork, so many things to consider, and, to make a return on your investment, you must commit to living in a single location for a long time. Even in these uncertain times, homeownership is still steady, and if you have the credit and resources to do so, now is a great time to purchase your new home. We want to share 6 tips to make buying your first home as easy as possible.   Know How Much You Need Up Front             Your price range will affect your down payment and loan from the lender (like a bank). You may be looking for a “starter home” for something more affordable and to build up a great line of credit, or you may be looking for a “forever home” that you’ll want to stay at for as long as you can. Knowing what you want out of the house will help you determine how much you’re willing to pay for a home. A down payment is how much money you pay upfront for your house. You can put down as much as you want, but loans will usually require a certain % (based on the price of the house) to be paid as part of the loan. If you have great credit, you may only have to put down 3 – 5% on a home. For example… The house you want is $190,000 3% of $190,000 = $5,7000 You’ll also need closing costs – fees that cover all the paperwork and administration needed to finalize your purchase. These costs are usually around 4% of the loan.   Know Your Options for Assistance             It helps a community when homeownership is increasing, so there are financial assistance programs at the city, state, and national levels to help first-time home buyers. Tax credits and low/no-interest rates are available, so find out what’s available to you.   Stick to the Plan             Before you start working with lenders on applying for loans, you need to understand your budget (which should have been done in #1 above). Once you start working with banks, you may find out that you’re able to afford more than you thought (or be loaned a larger amount). While tempting, this should not change your budget. Remember, you aren’t just buying a house – you are buying a “home.” A “home” includes furniture, paint, and the other little things that turn a shell of a house into a place you are proud to live in. Don’t get greedy and get a larger loan [...]

2021-05-24T13:50:30-07:00By |

4 Ways to Rid Your Homes of Toxins

We’re familiar with the kinds of toxins that can contaminate our food or the air we breathe. That’s a literal mental picture we can easily conjure up and just as easily try to avoid. Unfortunately, in our modern age, many toxic chemicals enter our lives in other ways, through common household products that are a part of normal daily living in the 21st century. A brief encounter with toxins isn’t life-threatening, but consistent, low-grade exposure to these chemicals can cause problems. Toxic buildup is one of the reasons many nutritionists recommend “detoxing.” In order to make sure you don’t get to that point, here are 4 ways to rid toxins from your home before they build up in your system and cause health problems.   1.   DIY Cleaning Supplies             Toxic buildup in our bodies can contribute to inflammation, cause allergic reactions, and over time even lead to cancer. One of the leading sources of artificial chemicals in our homes is cleaning supplies that are chock full of chemicals. They get on your hands and into your skin, poison your kitchen counter and sink, and cake your bathtub. Since making your home clean and safe is the goal, why would you make it more toxic in the process? Instead, use natural cleaning supplies made of common household ingredients that are perfectly safe and just as effective at cleaning surfaces as the corporate chemical cocktails you currently have under your sink. Simple ingredients for an effective all-natural cleaner should include vinegar, baking soda, and a little water. That’s a fine basic cleaner with no aftereffects at all. One of my favorite base ingredients is lemon juice: it smells good, contains no chemicals, and the acids do the job right when you’re scrubbing the counters or floors. Replacing chemical products with natural alternatives becomes even more of an imperative if you have very young or very old people in your house. However, even if it’s just you, DIY products save your health at the same time they save you money.   2.   Keep the Toxins Outside             There are a lot of toxins out in the world that we can’t control. These include synthetic herbicides and pesticides for starters, the kind that I advocate avoiding consuming in your produce by buying from organic farms. However, there are other ways toxins get into the house. Did you know that lead dust out in the world, on street surfaces and in the ground, has only one reliable way to get into your house? It sticks to your shoes and follows you home. This is why taking your shoes off at the door has the surprising added benefit of leaving the toxins outside.   3.   Open Your Windows             Just because you can track toxins into the house doesn’t mean that the outside is all bad. One of the ways that toxins enter your body [...]

2021-05-03T17:19:43-07:00By |

4 Great Reasons Why You Should Try a Humidifier

Dry skin, breathing troubles, sniffles, coughing, clogged noses – these are just some of the pleasures that await us in the heart of the winter flu season. If you’re like me, your busy workweek can hardly handle a sniffle, much less a full-blown throat virus! There are a lot of ways you can boost your immunity and stay healthier this winter, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about humidifiers, and the way they make the symptoms of winter cold, dry air, and sickness so much more bearable. Humidifiers are machines that add moisture to the air in your house, or even just to your own body while you’re traveling. They come in different sizes and models; many models are small enough to put right next to your bed so you can use while you are sleeping. Read on to learn these 4 reasons why you should try a humidifier. They’re an apex of sinus comfort, moisturization, and sleep improvement in our techy wonderland and you won’t remember how you ever lived without one.   1.   Moisturization             A loss of moisture can cause all kinds of discomfort. The cold winter air does this, but so does sickness. With a drop in humidity, you may start finding yourself reaching for hand moisturizer more often, or reapplying Chapstick. These quick fixes can temporarily control the symptoms of cracked, dry skin and lips. But they can’t help you manage it for the long haul during the winter season. A humidifier can change the humidity in your house to encourage natural skin hydration. Instead of fighting with dry skin, use a humidifier to beat it.   2.   Sinus Protection             If you’re like me, you’re always on the go. But my energy depends largely on my health – few things can slow down my busy week like dry and irritated sinuses. Low humidity means a breeding ground for crusty dryness in your passages, which leads to sinus pressure and headaches. Some of us out there are even unlucky enough to suffer from bloody noses when the conditions are dry enough. If you find yourself stuffed up and dry, a humidifier can really help. By maintaining normal humidity levels during the winter months, your mucous has a chance to get moving and clear up your passages.   3.   Cold and Flu Protection             Humidifiers offer two-pronged protection against cold and flu viruses. In the first place, they can help control the spread of the germs themselves. This is due to the simple fact that flu viruses hate humidity, which is one of the big reasons the winter months are also called the flu season. If you use a humidifier to keep humidity levels normal, the flu and influenza viruses have a much harder time surviving long enough to infect you and your family. Additionally, if you already have a cold, maintaining [...]

2021-05-28T16:41:44-07:00By |

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 [...]

2021-05-03T17:31:27-07:00By |

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 [...]

2021-05-27T18:34:56-07:00By |

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 Join Zoom Meeting             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 [...]

2021-05-04T10:14:39-07:00By |

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 [...]

2021-05-04T10:43:08-07:00By |