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Tidying Up

Tidying Up

I’m a big fan of tidying. I love clean white space, especially when I work. There is no doubt that Fall has a certain energy for fresh starts and newness, but I like to get a little head start right before summer is about to end. That way I won’t feel overwhelmed in the coming weeks.

I want to share some tips that help me ease into a cleaner space that doesn’t feel like I’m doing that much work. A little bit at a time over a week is how I usually work but find the right balance for you.

 

Have A Clear Idea - Having a vision for how you want your space to look is important, so you have something to work towards. Be specific, create the perfect scene in your head.

 

 

 

 

Categorize - Breaking up the job into themes or categories is really helpful. Looking at the whole picture can feel like a lot, but breaking it down into chunks will feel really doable in short amounts of time.

 

 

 

Empty First - I have tried to do this both ways and I’m telling you, you have to empty out the clutter first. It’s very tempting to try to organize things in the drawer, or cabinet, or closet, but the job never really gets done until you empty it out and get a good look at everything.

 

 

Fill Empty Spaces with Joy - I got this tip from Marie Kondo (the queen of tidying) and she talks about adding things that bring you joy. Not just adding junk. I love adding framed pictures, potted plants, art that has a meaning to me, etc. 

 

 

 

I hope this helps and possibly gives you a little motivation while you’re enjoying these last few weeks of summer.

 

Till next week,

 

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My Favorite Self-Care Routines

My Favorite Self-Care Routines

There has been a lot of talk around self-care routines. In the past they have gotten a bad rap because taking care of ourselves seems to be last on the priority list. Which seems a little backward doesn’t it?

 

 

 

Why is putting ourselves first a crime? I want to be apart of the conversation that puts our health and well being first. As the saying goes, you can’t give from a dry well. 

 

This week I decided to take you through some of my favorite self-care practices. They aren’t radical but I think just talking about how we take care of ourselves opens up a new way of thinking. It takes the shame out of it. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

Morning Mindfulness

I take anywhere from 5-20 minutes every morning to be present. The days get away from us so quickly that if I don’t make this a priority first thing in the am I will never get to it. Sometimes this looks like yoga, other times it could be a quick meditation, but it can also be just sitting outside in the beautiful sunshine, listening to the birds and drinking some coffee. 

 

 

 

Afternoon Break

If I don’t schedule an afternoon break than my entire day feels like one huge work meeting. I make a point to spend an hour truly enjoying something other than work. This might mean a beautifully prepared meal, or flipping through some magazines or Pinterest for inspiration. Whatever it is the only rule is that I truly love it and want to do it. This is one of my favorite times of the day.

 

 

 

Nighttime Relaxing

I love baths. In my opinion it’s the best way to end the day and transition from work mode to home mode. I love my work and It’s hard to stop thinking about it but my bath time ritual dissolves the stress and helps me prepare for a night of rest and rejuvenation. 

 

 

 

 

Till week,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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