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Creating a Relaxing Space Just for You

giving attention to the things in our (2)When my husband and I moved three months ago to our 2 bedroom in the city it meant I was losing my home office aka place to do yoga, blog, relax and read. I felt grateful to have that space carved out just for myself. I filled it up with quotes I loved, my beloved book collection and could sit in there for hours getting work done or just unwinding. Once we got settled in our new place I set out on a mission to create a corner nook in our bedroom just for me. I wasn't upset that the space went from an entire room to only a carved out corner. It's all about how you fill the space, not how large it is. I have my books, a comfy chair, great lighting and can sit for hours in the space. Mission accomplished.

We all need a place to get away, even if only for a moment.

Whether you have a room, a corner you can make all your own or even a chair you can claim, creating a space in your home just for you is so important. We all need a place to get away, even if only for a moment. You don't need a complete room makeover, just keep it simple! Here are some tips to finding that perfect place in your home and creating your own little sanctuary.

Keep it Simple and Clutter Free

This space is meant to be space that you can relax in, as we all know how important that is for our well being. Think in terms of curling up with your favorite book, sipping a hot cup of tea and being present in the moment. Distractions and interruptions can also act as clutter, it's not always just about the physical clutter. Once you have found that space, claim it as your own personal sanctuary and add in your favorite colors, books, some candles and remember to keep it simple. Focus on the way this space feels to you, and how well it will function as your in home getaway. Cozy pillows, a comfy chair, soothing colors. These are all elements that will allow you to relax, unwind and feel refreshed.

Visit the Space at Least Once a Day

This space is your own. You can visit it as many times as you'd like, but always make the time to pay it a visit. Maybe it's just for a moment to reflect on the day, or a minute in the morning to gain your focus on the day ahead. The idea is to fall in love with this space you can call your own, and look forward to spending time there.

My wish for you is that you can find this space within your home and fall in love!

 

 

What's With All the Stuff? 3 Fun Ways to Declutter

Our stuff is everywhere. It's packed in our garages, our basements and our closets. We have it sometimes hidden under our beds and stashed away in kitchen cabinets. Sometimes it's just sitting there collecting dust, other times it might make it's way to the trash when an unexpected sighting occurs. How does it all end up there? Years of living in our homes sometimes create these mountains of unused, unworn items. As time goes on we're busy living our lives. We're watching our children grow and doing what we can to keep them active. We're heading to work so that we can maintain a good life, take vacations and occasionally relax. We are also accumulating more stuff as time passes. Our inability to purge what we do have suddenly creates crowded garages, basements and at times just closing the door and ignoring it. So where do we begin letting it go? Enjoying life is #1 on our lists. Yes the cleaning can wait if it's a beautiful day. Sitting down on a rainy afternoon to dive into a book or watch a movie is also so important for our well being. Our ability to stay busy is just as important as the act of taking it slow. So sometimes when we think about the purging process we say to ourselves, I will get to it another time. Have you ever considered the idea that another time could be today, and that it could actually be fun? Starting today and going through the process will free up time in your future calendar. Having fun with the process might make de-cluttering a frequent occurrence. Those days when you're relaxing will be even more amazing because you will never say to yourself, I shouldn't be doing this when there is so much to get done. Here's 3 fun ways to de-clutter and a list of a few of my favorite organizations that make giving back not only rewarding but very inspiring.

1. One day a week create a challenge. Have everyone choose 5 things- 5 to donate, 5 to toss and 5 to bring back to where they belong in the house. Even if the kids aren't interested, you still just got rid of 10 things and 5 are back where they belong!

2. Take pictures of the rooms in your home that are cluttered then visualize how you would love for them to look. Visualizing in our minds how we want to transform our spaces is a powerful tool in starting the process. Decide what can stay and what needs to go, even take the photo with you to work and ask some trusted co-workers or friends. Before you know it you will have purged the space and now that room is your favorite spot in the house. An improvement in one room will spread throughout the house.

3.  When you shop have a one in one out challenge. If it's clothing head over to the closet and donate or toss an article of clothing, a pair of shoes or even a piece of jewelry. Maybe you purchased a video game? Head to your child's video game collection or even your basement where items are hiding. Donate or toss one item and that new item will replace it. This rule can be the same for magazines, kitchen gadgets and even books.

Here are links to some of my favorite organizations that give back.  Read their inspiring stories, share them with friends and thank yourself for a job well done throughout your de-cluttering journey.  Also look within your local communities for more ways to donate.

Shoe donations http://www.soles4souls.org/

Bra donations http://freethegirls.org/about/

Greeting card donations http://www.stjudesranch.org/shop/recycled-card-program/

Professional attire donations http://www.dressforsuccess.org/whatwedo.aspx

Toys http://www.secondchancetoys.org/why-toys-children

All items http://www.bbbs.org/site/c.9iILI3NGKhK6F/b.5962335/k.BE16/Home.htm