Category: Kristine George

Are you ready to declutter your home?

By the time are reading this, we will be thinking about warmer temperatures and long-awaited warm temperatures. Whenever the mercury on the thermometer rises and beckons in a new season, I am always inclined to change out my home decor to match that particular season. The rich colors of the fall and winter need to give way to lighter, airier shades for the spring and summer seasons. As much as I look forward to a spring spruce-up, I inevitably get a little stressed out each season — namely because so much is always going on with the warmer temperatures. Work is busy, kids’ activities are ramping up, there is more to do outside. Sound familiar? If you are like me — and enjoy the fun of sprucing up your home for the warm weather — here are a few ways to keep it simple, make it fun, all the while ushering in a beautiful new season: Clear off the coffee tables Each season as I lovingly pack away items from the past season, I am always a bit taken aback by how much dust and dirt has accumulated under my decor. I finally found a way to prevent this from happening — and keep my house looking much cleaner and less cluttered in the meantime. Repeat after me: “You don’t have to have anything on the coffee table.” For...

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What’s Marie Kondo decluttering all about?

Over the past few years, I have heard lots of buzz about Marie Kondo, the famed Japanese organizational consultant whose decluttering tips has women throwing away bags and bags of belongings. Her minimalist approach is about as disciplined as they come and Kondo’s book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” has earned a cult following since its publication in the United States in 2014, with millions adopting her suggestions for a neater, happier existence. While I read her book last summer — and found her decluttering techniques to be a little stricter than I was prepared to be with my own minimalist goals — I have seen a lot of increased chatter on my social media feeds in the New Year, with lots of friends converting to the “KonMari” method. Whether you have read any of her books or have seen her Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” or not, I wanted to share a few of my favorite “KonMari” methods that seem to have the most functional utility in my own decluttering journey. Just in case you have not delved into any of her books or shows, the basic premise is this: Decluttering should be something you give your full attention to — so plan to set aside an uninterrupted day to make this your focus. Her method has a specific order for when to attack...

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Can you plug in to unplugging yourself?

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I limped into the final month or so of December without a lot of energy left for the busy holiday season. I am not sure if I overestimate my time or just need to budget my time a bit better but the past few months have reiterated my need to simplify my schedule. While simple living is different for each person, for me and for most folks in general, a simplified life means that you are getting rid of any extra mental and physical clutter, so that you can have more time for the things that actually matter to you. In 2019, my challenge to myself and to you — is to identify those things that bring you joy and purge those things that do not. Get Organized: I don’t know about you, but I waste a lot of my time looking for things. Statistics indicate that the average person spends 12 days a year looking for things. Can you imagine what you could get accomplished if you had that dozen or so days back? Use the New Year as an excuse to hit the reset button on your life and get you and your family organized! Buy an organizer, subscribe to one of the many organizational apps and purchase storage cubes or other organizers to help consolidate your physical...

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Stay within your means this season

We are fully immersed into another holiday season, and frankly, I have been feeling a little festive since the first chilly mornings made me think of holiday decorating. But as we prepare for the final countdown, I begin to enjoy the season less and less. No matter how early I begin my preparations, December comes swiftly and flies by, seemingly faster and faster every year. This year, I promised myself that I would enjoy the season by simplifying it. Am I going to give up any of the fun things that make me enjoy the season or forgo traditions that make me happy? Nope, not at all! I am just letting myself off the hook from having a holiday rivaling anything I see on my beloved Hallmark channel. Try a few of these simple ideas to enhance your enjoyment of this season — and have yourself a merry little everything this year! Strategize your gift list: We do this to ourselves each year when we insist we will cut back on our spending and shopping but somehow, we get caught up in the seasonal inertia (I blame all those Christmas carols) and open our wallets to the point of assured debt. Sound familiar? This year, I kept my gift giving simple — I made my holiday list and came up with three things for each person on my list....

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Keep magic while minding budget

By the time you read this, we will be in full holiday mode, with storefronts and houses adorned in all their holiday glory for the upcoming season. As much as I look forward to this season, I often find myself getting anxious about how to get everything done, how we will afford everything we want to do, all with the added pressure of making sure everything is magical for my two kids, the youngest of whom is likely in his final “believe in the magic” years. This is a dance that I am still mastering — how to simplify the busy holiday season without giving up too much of that aforementioned magic — and still maintain my sanity. I have found that moving my heart into a space of very mindful thankfulness has been a great source of sanity for me and I share with you some of my favorite things to be thankful for — with the hopes it will help you search your own heart for thankful comforts and simplicity this season! There is always something to be thankful for, isn’t there? Even in the darkest seasons of illness and misfortune, I have always found that there are silver linings adorning even the stormiest of clouds. My challenge to you is this: Make a list — mental or physical — of your five most prized possessions. It...

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