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How to Declutter Your Personal Space

By on March 30, 2017

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One thing that I struggle with is the clutter on our counter tops. They end up being a drop zone for anything and everything whether it belongs there or not. It can be rather frustrating dealing with it each day.

Clutter can be overwhelming. Especially, when you don’t have the time or motivation to take care of it. With this in mind, how do you begin to declutter your personal space? There are several things that you can do to start tackling the clutter in some of the most frequent problem areas.

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1 | Mail –

Mail needs to be sorted as soon as you get it. Taking a few minutes when the mail comes in saves hours of sorting through it again later.

  • Bills should be organized by the date they need to be paid so you can access them when that time comes.
  • Items that need immediate attention should be placed in a high visual area, so they don’t get lost in a sea of paperwork.
  • Items that include important dates need to be written in your planner or added to the calendar on your digital device.
  • Garbage needs to be placed in the trash can or shredded immediately. Hanging onto these items just adds to the clutter.

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2 | Clothing –

As tempting as it is to drop your clothes somewhere to take care of them later, it isn’t optimum when trying to declutter your personal space.

  • Clothing that can be worn again should be folded and put away or hung up.
  • Laundry should be immediately placed in your laundry basket or hamper.
  • Outerwear should be placed in your hall closet, on a hook, or in a bin.

3 | Counters –

Counters are one of the first places that clutter ends up. Whether in your kitchen or laundry room, counters need to remain aclutter-freee zone. As easy as it is to think about taking care of something later, it often doesn’t happen.

  • Take care of items immediately and put them away in their appropriate spot.
  • Keep only the items on your counter that you use on a daily basis.
  • Avoid piling paperwork on your counter. It just creates an organizing headache later.

declutter, personal spaceSave yourself the stress and time of taking care of clutter, so it doesn’t become overwhelming. Tackling just a few problem areas can help you begin to get rid of the clutter for good.

Until next time,

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How to Balance Your Work and Home Life

By on March 27, 2017

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As a former teacher, I often brought my work home with me. It was tricky to juggle the things going on at home with the school work that I needed to complete. As a result, things at home would be put off until the school work was completed. It was important to find a balance between my work life and my home life.

Life can be tricky to balance. How do you effectively accomplish what needs to be done each day? Taking some time, daily, to complete a few items can help with the overwhelm that the day can bring.

1 | Create a morning routine

Starting out your day with a routine can help to get your day off to a good start. Whether this includes a good breakfast, your morning cup of coffee, or checking your email, a routine can begin your day in a positive way.

2 | Create a nightly routine

Get ready for the next day by preparing for it. Make sure that your items for the next day are ready to go. Choose what you are going to wear, make your lunch, and make sure that you have all the items you need in one place can help with preventing a rough start the next morning.

3 | Utilize your planner daily for both home and work activities

Although using a different planner for both home and work may seem like the best option, it makes it very difficult to see the overall picture of what each day is going to look like. Utilize a planner that has multiple sections for each day. There are several planners that come formatted this way. Erin Condren and The Happy Planner are two such examples. One section can be for your home activities, one for your work appointments and meetings, and one for things that you need to complete each day.

4 | Clear the clutter

Before you end your work day, straighten up your desk and clear off items that don’t have a home there.  At home, take a few minutes to clean up the clutter each evening. Taking time to do this each day will help to start the next day with a fresh perspective.

5 | Take time for yourself

This is the most important item on the list. Take some time for yourself to relax and mentally prepare for the next day. You don’t have to do anything in particular. Sometimes, taking five to ten minutes just to sit and relax is helpful.

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Taking time to complete the above items can help to create some balance in your work and home life. They help to get your day off to a great start and end on a positive note.

Until next time,

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How to Incorporate Hygge In Your Home

By on March 16, 2017

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I am all about making our home a warm, comfortable, and cozy place to live in. This is especially true during inclement weather or when winter has the ground filled with snow. One way that I help to incorporate the cozy feeling that our home embodies is by utilizing hygge.

What is hygge? Perhaps, you’ve already heard of it. If you haven’t, hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word, and one of its interpretations means cozy. It is an atmosphere that can be created by getting away from our busy life and enjoying the simple things. Whether there is snow on the ground or a thunderstorm raging outside, you can add hygge to your life year-round.

Adding Hygge to Your Home

  1. A Cozy Chair or Space – One of the main things you need is a cozy space to relax. Make it a comfortable chair or a small corner of a room.  It should be something that is warm and comfortable. If you have a fireplace in your home, light a fire and snuggle in to relax.
  2. Candle Light – Candlelight is an important feature. Lit candles immediately add light and warmth to the surroundings. Even during the warmer months, candles create a relaxing atmosphere.hygge

    3. A Hot Drink – Drinking a cup of hot tea or cocoa can be very relaxing. Make a cup of your favorite, hot beverage and enjoy.

    4. A Warm Blanket or Sweater – A warm blanket or sweater can help you stay comfortable. Even during the warmer months, it is nice to snuggle into one when the nights get cooler.

    5. A Good Book – Grab your favorite book or start a new one and enjoy some quiet time to snuggle in and read.

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Taking time to unplug and relax can often be put off because life itself demands so much of our constant attention. Take an hour, or an afternoon to enjoy the simple things in your life.

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How to Live a Simplified Life

By on March 10, 2017

Life can be busy sometimes. Today’s fast-paced lifestyle creates so much to do, and it seems that there is never enough time to do everything. The constant communication with digital devices can make it hard to unplug and relax, much less get everything done. So, how can we live a simplified life, so it’s not so overwhelming?

It’s important to re-evaluate our life and look at what’s essential. Listed below are a few ideas that you could start implementing today.

1 | Take a digital device break.

With today’s digital devices, we are always plugged in.  It’s tempting to check the latest text, email, or social media post. It isn’t easy to take a break from our digital lives, but it’s essential to unplug so we can focus on what’s important.

2 | Learn to say “no.”

It isn’t always easy to say “no” to someone when they ask you for something. Even though it might seem self-indulgent, it’s okay to say “no” if doing what has been requested means that you’re adding stress to your already busy life.

3 | Spend quality time with family and friends.

In wanting to get things done, we often don’t have or take the time to spend quality time with family and friends. Take the time to sit and talk with your loved ones each day. Make time for some face to face time even if you just have a family dinner around the table or plan time for a get-together with friends.

4 | Spend some time outside.

Nature can be the best medicine sometimes. Spending time outside and feeling the sun on your face, the smell of the flowers, and the sounds of nature that surround you. A beautiful day can change your mood for the better.

5 | Light a candle.

Lighting a candle benefits us not only with the warm glow that it gives off but also with the scent that it has. Soy candles are clean burning and give off a great scent. Choose a scent that helps you to relax. Of course, we all know, never leave a burning candle unattended.

6 | Just breathe.

If life becomes overwhelming, sometimes it helps to take a moment to breathe. Breathing slowly and deeply contributes to relaxing you when you’re in the midst of a stressful moment.

What other things could you add to your list to simplify your life, so it’s not so overwhelming? Take the time to implement one of the ideas or one of your own each day. With as busy as life can be, it’s important to take the time to create a simplified life.

Until next time,

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