and "things" from last year (and maybe longer) are scattering
around in our brains keeping us from starting 2014 off on the right foot.
Clutter, be it physical or mental can be a huge damper when it comes to feeling motivated
to do things in the middle of winter(we are in Ohio here) but there are a
few easy things you can do to clear your head, your home, and your heart...
First of all, a little pep talk never hurt anyone.
get excited about the head on our shoulders and the gifts we've been given.
Take a little time each day to acknowledge what you LOVE about yourself
and that you're HERE to start this year fresh!
The next area to tackle is where you spend your time.
Your home is your refuge and you shouldn't have a single thing in it that
you don't just adore! Things should serve a purpose, be beautiful, and
MAKE YOU HAPPY!
Sometimes things can accumulate fast. This is a huge cause of stress
and keeps you from bringing the things you'd like into your space.
So it's never a bad idea to start your Spring Cleaning a little bit early.
"Do I really need this????"
Anything you haven't worn in the last month that
doesn't include dress clothes should technically go.
Donate used clothing to Goodwill or a local shelter. If you can't stand the thought of
getting rid of your huge collection of
(enter any band name that you have way too many shirts from here)
concert tees, box them up or have them made into a quilt by a local artist.
-Books, Magazines, and Catalogs-
Everyone has a pile or two or three lying around somewhere. If you can
part with them, throw them in the nearest recycle bin. If you love certain pages or
ideas, cut them out and keep them in an inspiration book or on a vision board.
Books and educational magazines can often be donated to schools as well,
so try that before you throw them in the thrift shop pile.
You can also share them with family members as to avoid having to deal
with the disposal yourself! ;)
Haven't used a particular pot, pan, kitchen gadget, vase, or
knick knack in the last three months???
Okay, we're all guilty at one point in our lives of having
You know it...the fridge with tons of expired condiments,
old pickles, ketchup packets from 1988...
Soup cans in the cupboard from
"OH! WAIT! THREE YEARS AGO!"
(i swear i just bought this?!?!?!)
Cleaning out your kitchen is a great motivator when it comes
to cleaning up your DIET as well, so it's a win-win!
As dear a memory as they are, the toys your children played with when they
were small are not collectibles. They are a wonderful piece of fun
for another smaller child. Think of the joy you'll be giving
another family and donate them to church, preschool, daycare, or thrift shop!
Think you may be forgetting something???
Here's a handy printable checklist from
to keep you on track and motivated...
maybe even informed! Lol!
There are even some things on here that are new to me!
to help you envision how you could make your own CLEAN SPACE!
Check it out
Sometimes if you can find creative storage solutions to HIDE your
clutter, it can make a huge impact on your feelings about a particular space. :)
What can you do to make this year better than your last?
Everyone has ideas of what they need to do to be happier, healthier, more productive...
but how do you get there???
More often than not we make mountains out of mole hills and
all it takes is approaching things with a bit of ease and telling yourself that
nothing changes overnight, so no stress, no worry...NO PROBLEM!
Remind yourself that you're human...we all have "STUFF".
Cellulite, anger issues, depression, a crooked nose, cigarette addictions,
wanting to be more outgoing, stress from finances, crazy families, insecurities, job issues...
We are all in this together and are MUCH MORE SIMILAR than we feel at times!
Ask a friend out for a coffee chat to get things off your chest.
Make an appointment with a counselor to help you work through your problems.
Take up yoga or meditation to relieve stress or to give you a bit of peace.
Be conscious of what you eat and maybe try having "Meatless Monday" or "Walking Wednesday".
There are solutions to almost every problem if you want it fixed badly enough.
If you slip up, just start fresh the next day, don't call it quits!!
Life is a process of learning and the more we do our best on a daily basis,
the better chance we have to enjoy each and every wonderful second of it!
This is an awesome TED TALKS video by someone who I think had the BEST IDEAS
on how to live happily and not take life TOO seriously...
in our quaint little shop! LOTS of changes and fun times ahead...
we hope you'll join us!!!
(with or without your baggage!)
Tara - Jess S. - Lesley -
Amy - DeDe - and Jess K.