Category: Sweet Simplicity

Warm up to cleaning up

May is finally here and after what seemed like an endless winter — don’t they all? — we have finally entered into lovely spring weather and more chances to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. For most of our homes, after a long winter, many of our outdoor spaces have fallen into their own hibernation and need a little spruce up! For me, sitting outside and enjoying a cool crisp evening while watching my kids play outside is about as good as it gets — until I start noticing lots of cobwebs, clutter and weeds around me. Sound familiar? Now is an ideal time to take time to tackle the outdoor spaces in your life so that you can turn your backyard or front yard into a wonderful place of outdoor solace. Here are a few tips to get you started so that your outdoor spaces can help you live a sweeter, simpler life this spring! Marie Kondo wasn’t just talking about the indoors: OK, I confess, I have not actually Marie Kondo-ed anything in my house. Yet. That being said, her notion of eliminating anything that does not bring my family or myself joy is very appealing and I am very excited about having the summer months off to tackle this very goal. While most of her strategies involve closets and drawers, the concept of simplifying and decluttering...

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Spring to it and clean with a plan

Ahh, spring is in the air! It has been a long and dreary winter and like you, I am enjoying the warmer temperatures and the greening of the landscapes around me. As much as I love the longer hours of daylight and the boost to my daily Vitamin D intake, the spring season brings a lot of extra work and worry. Spring sports combined with the added chore of outdoor landscaping and lawn care add a lot more to my to do list. While I will gladly swap the extra chores for those cold winter days stuck inside, it does make getting all of my chores completed a little trickier. The key to being able to enjoy the warmer temperatures is streamlining your spring cleaning routine including both your overall strategy as well as your daily to-do’s. Get Organized: Last year, I turned a corner in my own love-hate relationship with cleaning my house. It happened after I stocked up on cleaning supplies from a friend who sells Norwex, an all-natural cleaning supply company. I was so excited about all my new goodies that I bought a fun caddy to house all of them and voila, everything changed. While I am sure that having the right cleaning supplies on hand to help me with this dreaded chore was a major player in my catharsis about cleaning, actually taking the...

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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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