Decluttering Your Morning

Mornings can be extremely stressful. You are going through the plan for the day while blow drying your hair, checking the contents of your purse, or picking out clothes for the day. When you change up several things in your morning routine, you can completely transform the way you start your day for the better, which can increase productivity,

Supplements

Supplements have a long term impact on your body. With programs such as ritual.com, you can order appropriate supplements, be reminded to take them, and have them delivered before you run out on a monthly basis. Reducing to only one comprehensive supplement will reduce looking for multiple items.

A more efficient closet

When you open your closet, do you find an optimal wardrobe? When you have a streamlined closet, choosing an outfit in the morning becomes easy and stress free.

Schedule

Google Calendar has become a must have. You can schedule your workouts, your events, appointments, and everything you need to remember to optimize your week.

 A pre-packed gym bag

The less you have to do in the morning, the better. So, pick out your workout clothes, pack your cosmetics, and any other necessities you need depending on when you have scheduled your workout.

Noise-canceling headphones

With big city noises, sometimes we start our day off with a headache, or just too much brain clutter from all of the noise. Using noise-canceling headphones, or even listening to classical music or relaxation techniques can keep your brain clear of the clutter.

The Very Best Decluttering Plan

Other than the obvious benefits, a good declutter also has restorative benefits. Getting closets and shelves in order can feel as if the rest of your life is falling into place as well. Decluttering can be difficult, however, so following the advice below can help to get you on the right path.

Cut yourself some slack.

Do your best and, in the end, remind yourself that you are doing your best. Every little bit helps!

Start small.

Having lofty aspirations is fine, but remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Take small steps and just keep moving forward.

Divide your home into sections.

The psychological benefits from transforming one space at a time tend to boost people’s momentum, so chunk the projects by room, then area within the room. When you find things that belong in other areas, it is easier for relocation.

Ask the hard questions first.

Not everything is supposed to be kept. Many times we use the “real estate” within our homes to keep items that are best evicted. So, ask yourself honestly if you need it before you take the time to find it a new home!

Let go of the guilt…

Gifts from loved ones are the number one guilt-laced items taking up space in our homes. If you do not use it, hate it, or hide it in the closet- get rid of it!

For every item that comes in, throw something out.

The “one in, one out” rule helps avoid future clutter. New shirt, toss an old one. New shoes, toss the scuffed ones. You can throw out, give to a friend, or give the items to charity.

Top off your declutter with good vibes and plenty of plants.

Live plants and flowers can increase the harmony and positive energy within your home. It also brings oxygen into the environment. Once you fill your home with plants, open the shades and let the sun shine in.

Creating a Home You WANT to live in

Take a moment to think about how your environment supports your physical being. Taking a holistic approach in your personal space is the ultimate form of self-care.

What is an “energetically balanced” home?

The first step in creating an energetically balanced home is asking questions, such as are you cheating yourself out of the best environment possible? Once you know your home isn’t how you want it, you need to analyze how you want it to feel.

Where do crystals come in?

Crystals aren’t for everyone,  and there are subtle ways that you can incorporate them so that your home doesn’t feel like a rock shop.

Step 1: Clear.

Declutter.

Clear the air in your space, reduce other people’s energies.

  • Family Heirlooms: Even with sentimental value, their energy may not resonate with yours.
  • Electronics: Consider cutting down on the sheer quantity of your electronics.

Cleanse what’s left.

Many things are out of our control, but create the “clearest” space possible with some of the following:

Sage: Sage can be used to move out old energy.

Selenite: This stone removes energy blockages

Salt baths: Take salt baths during a period of clearing.

Step 2: Replenish.

This step varies depending on what you are trying to create in your space.

If you want to promote work.

Stones like hematite filter distracting outside energy, and citrine helps boost creativity.

If you want to promote romance.

Consider layering in stones for self-love and abundance like rose quartz and aventurine.

If you want to promote physical change.

Incorporate some energy-promoting stones like orange or yellow calcite, tiger’s eye, and pyrite.

Step 3: Harmonize.

The last step is using daily rituals:

  • Have a designated place to put your items when you walk in as you shed the day.
  • Create a bath or shower ritual to wash the day’s energy off the body.
  • Select your clothes for the next day so that you feel confident and present your best self.
  • Start a morning or evening meditation practice
  • Think about the senses. What does your home smell like? Add candles, or essential oils.
  • Try “no tech time” at least an hour before you go to sleep

So the next time you look at your home, think about how you can make your interactions with your home as peaceful as possible.

Decorating Rules to Toss Out the Window

Decorating your home can be one of the most pleasant parts about moving or remodeling. You get to change all your stuff around, decide on a theme or color scheme for each room, get new stuff, paint… the list goes on and on! And for those of us who don’t have an instinct about this kind of thing, there are a ton of fun guidelines and tools online to help us out! However, along the way we may have picked up some bad habits, some design tips that were once trendy but have since gone the way of the dodo. Are you guilty of any of the following?

  1. “You have to match things exactly.” You can’t have light and dark wood in the same room, or some silver accents and some gold, etc… This is flat out wrong. Not only can a design scheme work with several different colors and textures, but this idea definitely limits your options if you follow it to the letter, and that means you’ll probably end up with furniture and decor that you’re not wild about.
  2. “Your color palette is God.” Not only is this not true, but if you feel like you have to stick to your color palette exactly, your room might come out looking very heavily decorated and unlivable. No one wants to come into a room and be assaulted by a main color and two accents, it’s unnerving. Use your palette for pillows and statement pieces (like painting a piece of furniture navy, for instance), but don’t be afraid to break it up a little with fun artwork in other shades, or your grandmother’s quilt (that’s never going to match anything anyways).
  3. “You have to decorate every wall.” Untrue. There’s a lot to be said for a bare wall (especially if it’s painted), not the least of which is that it makes the room feel more open and refreshing. If art is your thing and you can’t bare not to put all your pieces up, more power to you, but if you’re struggling to fill every space, just don’t. Strategically leave some open and rejoice in your freedom!
  4. “Every room needs X!” There is no hard and fast rule for anything. Some people prefer barstools to a dining room table, and some hate the idea of nightstands. You don’t need a couch in your living room and you don’t need a plant in your kitchen. Fit the decor to your lifestyle; find a style you love, and don’t let anyone tell you it’s wrong!

Dead-Weight Items At Home

 

Guys, the future is coming… right to your living room. And your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and beyond. Take a look around your house, because a number of your everyday items are on the endangered list, meaning that in a new short months or years, they could be rendered completely obsolete – or they already are. For instance, many of us have hung onto VCRs and VHS tapes, but they are, for all intents and purposes, already dead. The quality is low, the tape degrades, and they just take up so much room! Also things like alarm clocks, printed maps, calculators, fax and answering machines – all of these have been replaced by one simple item: our phones. Any of them that you have lying around are just dead weight.

 

As for items that are very clearly on their way out, let’s talk about personal desktop computers. If you’re older than 25, you remember a time BEFORE this was a common item, and yet now it is very clearly dying, and being replaced by laptops and tablets. Or what about stereos and CDs? While these can still be found in a lot of households, we’d wager that just as many bluetooth speakers are out there too, and CDs are definitely not making a comeback. And landline phones are literally only good in a rare emergency. For that fact alone we think they may hang on for a little while longer, but we predict their disappearance in a decade.

However, there are some items that are hanging on against all odds, and have found new life among younger generations with a nostalgic streak. We all know hipsters love record players and vinyl, but what about the growing appreciation young people have for board games? Or the way that new coffee culture has embraced the french press and pour-over system? People love seasoning their own cast iron skillets and woks because it connects them to their food and to a tradition of cooking that has literally been going for centuries, and in that sense, maybe some things will never change!