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Decluttering? Ask Yourself these Important Questions!

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We all struggle from time to time when it comes to pairing down our belongings. People keep and accumulate things for different reasons whether it be sentimental reasons, fear of being without, ‘needing’ the thing one day, or there’s simply a great sale deal that might not come around again. The truth of the matter is that everyone needs to declutter sometimes. Making those decisions when getting organized can be really difficult. What can you do?

 

 

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As you evaluate the things in your home ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do I love this item? It is more than ok to keep things that you love. If you love it then it will make you happy to look at it, use it, and own it.
  2. Do you use it regularly? A lot of times we purchase things because we think that they will be useful. It is important to consider how many times you may actually use the item. It may not even be worth your time and money to own it. Also if you haven’t touched it in the last 6 months (unless it’s a seasonal item) ask yourself if you really need to keep it.
  3. Am I saving this just in case? Perhaps you are keeping multiple items ‘in case’ one breaks. It is a legit fear that people have – to get rid of something that they may end up needing one day. Ask yourself if having a clutter free space is worth more than the what- ifs. I am guessing it will be.
  4. Is this item worth the time that I spend cleaning it? I have come to realize that there is a price that comes with owning collections and knick-knacks. That precious commodity is my time. My time is worth so much more than the time it takes to move, clean, and store these things. (Unless I really love it! Another thing is to evaluate how much time you have spent going through a storage room time and time again just to remember what is in there? Why do you store these things? Are all of the items necessary for your life?
  5. What could I use this space for? Shawna and I always tell people to think of their space as prime real estate…because that is exactly what it is! Every item that goes into your home is taking up room and we all know that square footage is not cheap. Let’s say you have a small 10×10 room that you use for storage at $175/sq ft. that room suddenly becomes a $17,500 storage unit. Yikes!! So if you weren’t holding on to this clutter what could you do with this space?
  6. Am I going to fix it one day? We all have good intentions but do we have the time, the patience and the know how to actually make it functional again? Be realistic and set a time limit – if it is not fixed within two weeks then recycle it or give it to someone that will repair it.
  7. Do I have multiples? Do you have more than one of the same thing? How many plastic food tubs, shopping totes, purses, and kitchen utensils do I have to have? Keep in mind that if the multiple items are making you more efficient on a regular basis then by all means keep it.
  8. Am I keeping this because I feel that I have to? Yuck – keeping things out of obligation never feels good. Ever. We have all received something at some point from someone that we really don’t need or like. Do we have to keep it? The answer is no. The thought was lovely but it wasn’t something that you asked for and it is your home – you are in charge of what stays and what goes. Again if you don’t love it or use it then why hang on to it?
  9. Are you hanging on to it because you don’t want to be wasteful? We have bought things at one point or another that we really thought we would love, brought it home and not touched it. It sucks but it happens. Sometimes we get caught up in the hype of the latest trends and the popularity of things that we don’t stop and think if it is right for us individually. It’s fine though – return it, sell it or give it to someone that will appreciate it and move on. We all make mistakes.
  10. Do you have things that have multiple uses? Some of our specialty tools especially in the kitchen may not be needed as another basic tool will suffice. The same can go for hair products, accessories and even furniture.

Also here is a neat little list (oh how I love lists!) before you buy something consider obtaining the item in one of these ways. Only if you really need it or love it tho. 😉

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Don’t forget to reward yourself with a little self care after you have spent some time decluttering. You are important. You are worth it! May you create a beautiful space to just BE.

Hugs,

Krystal

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3 Tips for Keeping your Bedroom Organized

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The bedroom is a space that can VERY easily get messy. It is also an area that is often the last to get organized.
Any of this sound familiar?…
Do you have clean and dirty clothes laying around?… Piles of laundry that haven’t quite made it to their drawers. How about those Christmas presents that you don’t want the kiddos to see or the stuff you shoved in your room because company is coming? Then there are those dresser tops that are a catch all for clutter. Oh dear, there is always something isn’t there?

It happens to all of us! What we want is a lovely, quiet, calming place to lay our head at the end of the day not a space where we quickly clear off the bed to make room to sleep and close our eyes before the mess gets to us.

Here are three quick tips for clutter control:

1) Laundry! This one is a biggie. Put dirty clothes in your clothes hamper as soon as you take them off. Anything that you want to wear again before washing hang up and place on a hook behind your door or have a pretty basket in your room to fold it neatly until you wear it again.
Personally I have this issue with putting away clean laundry. I am not sure why as the task is almost done. Try and put away laundry after you fold it. This also prevents others from asking where their clothes are!
1 Load a Day. To try and keep the mountain-o-laundry from catching up with you. Throw in one load a day. There is always something that can be put in the machine to be cleaned.
2) Storage. If you have a tiny room, a small closet or just not a lot of storage in your home then this can cause clutter because everything does not have it’s place. The first thought I have is not to buy a bigger house but to purge. Take an inventory of what you need and don’t need. Donate clothes or anything that no longer serves a purpose with you.
Also remove anything that does not belong in your bedroom. Designate a certain spot in your home for storage items.
Rotate your seasonal clothing. Use clear bins and label winter clothing/summer clothing and pack up what you won’t be using for that particular season. This will free up some room in your closet/dresser.
3) Dresser and night stand tops. These easily become a catch-all. Take two minutes before bed to clear these off. Keep a small basket where you can put these things and when it is full empty it by putting things back in their spot.
A good Feng Shui bedroom is a calm and peaceful room that invites you in. It promotes a flow of nourishing and sensual flow. Sounds good to me! We all deserve to have a beautiful, comfortable space at the end of the day to retreat to.

I wish you sweet dreams, a restful sleep and whatever else may arise from your beautiful space. Xxxx

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“Day is over, night has come. Today is gone, what’s done is done. Embrace your dream, through the night, Tomorrow comes with a whole new light.”

~Unkown

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One Day, One Step, One Moment at a Time

It has been a bit of a whirl wind of a week. In fact since school has been back in things have gotten a bit crazier. Do you feel it too?

We all know that getting back into a routine can be difficult. Just remember that it can be tough on us as well as the kiddos. By day 3 of school last week Facebook seemed to be a buzz with parents discussing how tired their children were; we felt that here as well. It seems one minute we are basking in the sunshine of summer, kids are playing outside, and meals are whatever, whenever. The next moment kids and us are having to get up early and we are back to work/routines as per regular hours. Add to that a bombardment of school papers coming home, fundraisers (already!), volunteer work, as well as extracurricular activities (for us and the children) starting up.

I used to get very overwhelmed by it all. Yes I do enjoy a bit of structure but boy how I miss my bare feet on the grass. I enjoy being able to jump in the car with the kids to go exploring, sleeping in that little bit longer – well you get the point. But alas seasons change, times change, schedules change and we are back at it.

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I just want to let you know dear souls that you do not have to do it all. Do only what speaks to your heart. I know, I know easier said than done. Simplifying our lives means that we need to take a step back and re-evaluate. I encourage each of you to think about what brings you joy and fulfills what you need at this time. For me it is to feel connected and nourish those relationships close to me. If you are involved with several committees and having trouble having any energy left to bring back to your home (the place that should be the most comfortable, stable, loving place) then step away from the ones that you can no longer give your time to. If you are running out the door every evening, all evening and every person is out of sorts despite your best efforts of taxiing them there and funding their activity then realize that maybe someone or some activity needs to give.

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It is perfectly fine to not do it all. You do not have to feel guilty (I know – easier said than done). But really you don’t. Unless an activity brings you happiness; why are you doing it? I recently read this (Adapted from Michael Hyatt – Intrinsic Motivation). “Author and researcher Marcus Buckingham was surprised with research he did at Gallup that showed that women’s happiness had plummeted over the last forty years—the exact opposite of men” (See Find Your Strongest Life).He devoted himself to figuring out what made the happiest women happy. He found that the happiest women tended to focus on the few areas where they excelled. If a woman loved marathons, she didn’t waste her time on home decorating. If she enjoyed studying rocket-science, she didn’t focus on entertaining friends. You get the idea.”

Yesterday I had this great plan to work my day, go to book club, have the kiddos try out a class with a friend, work out put kiddos to bed. There was also the school BBQ and Meet the Teacher Night which I had already decided would not work for us (not a big deal) as I have already met the teacher as my other two kids also had her for a teacher and I am more than familiar with the school. Fairly standard day right? Yeah…so work went late, which meant I missed book club, a buddy stopped over which meant  we missed workout. Kids to bed on time? Well…not quite. But I didn’t stress about it because by taking each moment and realizing that I can only do what I can do I was able to roll with it and do the things that I could do to the best of my abilities.

Quite simply even if you were 100% organized, life has a funny way of throwing curve balls at you. Just roll with it sistah! Do the best that you can. With the time that you have. Every day.

I just wanted to send you a virtual hug; or if you aren’t so much a hugger let’s pound it. If you are feeling overwhelmed right now with decisions, papers, work, classes, tired kids, you are not alone. Hang in there. Words of advice from the SLC Gals Simplify Life’s Celebrations, Celebrate the Simple Life. In other words don’t make your life so complicated that you cannot enjoy life’s every day pleasures – the simple things. 🙂

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Enjoy your day and all of the simple things that go with it!

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Save Time – Be Prepared for Meals!

There are a few things to do before you begin to meal plan. You have to be prepared. Now that is bad ass!!

Take a few moments before your busy week to take inventory of what you have in your freezer and fridge. This is also a good time to give the fridge a quick clean. 😉

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Other things to take into consideration when meal planning:

  • what needs used up? Are there items in your fridge that will soon perish? How can you incorporate those into your plan?
  • everyone is over inundated with grocery store flyers. Take your favorite shopping place(s) weekly flyer and go get some deals! Why pay extra if you don’t have to?! Plan your meal around that sale item. Don’t forget about shopping on special savings days like 10% Tuesday. Also try to shop locally and experience our farmers markets to get the freshest and tastiest foods.
  • look ahead at your week. Chances are you have some nights that are busier than others. For those busy days incorporate recipes that don’t require much cook time. Ie. Slow cooker, freezer meals or foods that you can prep. easily the night before.
  • consider a big cook with a friend(s). Once a month I get together to make freezer meals. There are usually four of us that take turns hosting. We make about 8 meals in 3 hours! It’s a fun way to prep. meals for the upcoming month. (That’s 2 meals available per week if you need them.) It saves from the last minute panic on a busy evening and keeps us away from fast food!
  • nutrition. Making a well rounded, nutritious meal  plan with a variety of foods throughout the week keeps meal time interesting .
  • leave space. Leave a day or two open for leftovers or nights that you have other plans or just want to be spontaneous. Over planning can set you up to waste food.
  • take into account what produce is in season and catch some sweet deals

Baby steps my friend. We want you to be successful and know you can do it with a little know how and determination.

Good-luck!

Krystal

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Want to join in on the Meal Planning Fun? Check it out here: Bad Ass Meal Planning.

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SLC’s Top 5 Tips for Things to NOT do when Decluttering

We have given boatloads of tips on what to do when decluttering but we have not given you tips on what you should NOT do when decluttering.

None of the following will be earth shattering news. It all makes sense but when we are up to our eyeballs in clutter it is easy to get caught up in the piles of stuff! Shawna and I have been decluttering for ourselves and for other people for a few years now and both agree that it is an ongoing process. What makes us different from other organizers is that we don’t just try and ‘hide’ your clutter to make it organized. We also encourage people to part with their belongings that no longer serve a purpose, or as The Minimalists would say “no longer add value to your life”. We know that things do not make people happy in the long run. Buying stuff is only a band aid that fills you up temporarily and covers up what is really important.

Here are Simple Life Celebrations top 5 things to NOT do when decluttering.

 

  1. Purge and Then Containerize.

Please, please, please do not think that the first step to becoming organized is to head to your closest box store and purchase a stack of bins with the snap top lids. Although those colorful storage devices may look appealing, do not waste your money. (Even I have been known to have a thang for that eye candy!) Once you begin to go through your belongings you should find that there are items that you no longer want. As mentioned above these are things that do not add value to your life. You may even find that you have empty boxes and bins when you have gone through your space – BONUS!

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  1. Decide and Then Donate.

Once you have made the decision to get rid of something, decide where it is going. Are you donating it? Giving it to a friend? Recycling it? Getting it Fixed? Selling it? Whatever your decision get it outta there right away because clutter is still clutter if it is hanging around in your home.

 

  1. Do Not Bite off More Than You Can Chew.

One day is not under any circumstance enough time to declutter your entire home. (Unless you are an extreme minimalist or live in one of those adorable tiny cabins… OR if you are lucky enough to be on one of those TV shows where an entire crew comes in and over hauls your home). All mentioned are unlikely though so please take my advice and do one room, one area, one closet, one cupboard or even one drawer at a time. It is difficult physical and mental work to declutter, organize and haul things around for several hours at a time. Also spending a couple of hours will prevent burnout and you will feel more rested and encouraged to keep going.

 

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  1. Perfection Does Not Exist.

Very few of us have homes that look like those in a magazine. Why? Because we actually LIVE. We eat, play, sleep, work and come and go from our homes. Please do not expect perfection because you will more than likely end up disappointed. You need to enjoy the things that remain – those are the items that you have chosen to love, use and (here’s that word again) VALUE.

 

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  1. This is not the End.

Like anything else in our lives decluttering and organizing are ongoing processes that take upkeep and maintenance. It is not a one-time deal so don’t feel like a failure if in a few weeks things are a bit out of control. It will be a-okay. Remember that you have a new more efficient space but you will still need to continue to tweak, clean and make it even better. No problem!

 

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Oh and before I forget one of the most important Simple Life Rules for Decluttering  is to reward your gorgeous self for a job well done. So boil up the kettle for a soothing cuppa, run a hot bath with bubbles, go for a nice walk or do whatever your peaceful thing is.

Cheers and goodluck,

Krystal

 

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Chores for Children of Different Ages

I always say to my children that you have chores because you are part of this family. As a family everyone should share in the workload. I truly believe that it is imperative to give children regular chores. This gives them responsibility and teaches them the life skills that they will one day need to live responsibly and run a household, wherever that may be. 

Why Do Children Need to Have Chores?

Children need to have chores delegated to them so that they can learn to contribute to your family and so that they can learn skills to take care of themselves. Contributing in this way will teach your children self-discipline, give them pride in what they have accomplished, and build their confidence and self-esteem. It is easy for us to use chores as a form of discipline however the more that we do this the more they will view chores as punishment and look upon them negatively.

Should I Wait Until My Child is Older?

Children can begin doing simple chores at an early age. Most little ones love to help out in one way or another. Don’t discourage this. It is easier to have a little one set the table than wait until your child is a teen and ask them to start doing such tasks.

What Kind of Tasks Should I Give Them?

Your child(ren) should have daily chores or tasks that are expected everyday of them. That may be things like making their bed, putting together their lunch, tidying their room.  Then there are the extra things that they may be able to help out with; larger tasks that help the family household out in one way or another.  Make sure that when you begin assigning chores that they are things that help them to become more independent. Once they are independent with their own needs then they can assist in helping others.

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Here are some ideas for age appropriate tasks. (Keeping in mind that you know what your child is capable of best!)

PreschoolersGet dressedWash face and hands

Brush hair and teeth (may need assistance)

Make bed

Pick up toys

Put clothes in clothes hamper

Help clean up messes

Set table (may need assistance with sharp objects and heavy plates)

Help dust (with duster not spray)

Grade Two – Three (in addition)Take out garbage

Wipe surfaces

Sort recycling

Help put away groceries

Start washing dishes

Exercise pets

Brush pets

 

Kindergarten – Grade One (in addition)Hang up coats and put shoes away

Put away their things

Dust

Feed pets

Begin to make lunches with assistance

Help unload groceries out of bags

Grade Three – Five (in addition)Vacuum rugs/carpets

Help with meals (gathering ingredients, stirring, adding, planning)

Help with grocery list making

 

Grade One – Grade 2 (7ish) (in addition)Dry dishes

Help clean up after pets

Make own school lunch

Sweep

Begin to put away own laundry

Grade Five – Six (in addition)Learn how to do laundry

Wash mirrors, windows

Help clean the bathroom

Prepare simple meals and assist with more complex meals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get Pocket!

I love to read blog posts. It’s a big chunk of my day. They inspire me, teach me and/or make me laugh. Sometimes I share them with you. Most of them come to me in my email which is cool. However, I also don’t like to have a crazy full inbox – I’m a professional organizer! LOL! I’ve been a mostly-zero inbox person for a very long time. Discovering this tool has made this even easier!

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The tool is called Pocket (it used to be called Read it Later or something like that). Basically, it allows me to skim through my email for the posts that I simply MUST read. I click to open the post. If I have time to read it then, I will. Most of the time, I don’t have time to read then(FOCUS!), but I want to be sure to really read it later. I go to the post and then click the little “Pocket” icon to stash the post for reading when I have time.

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The reason this works is that it allows me to stay out of my email until the few times a day when I go through and do my focused email maintenance time (batching, peeps, STOP going into your email every 10 minutes! and definitely don’t have it running while you’re trying to WORK! Focus people!)

 

During this focused time, I’m creating a focused READING time because all of the MUST reads are together (and are visually appealing!) I don’t have these cluttering up my inbox. Then when I’m waiting for kids or just sitting down to read for a few minutes, I flip over to my Pocket app and do some quiet reading! Again, focused on only reading, not being disturbed by emails coming in because I’m not in my email!

Let’s face it: we really can’t do multiple things at once. It’s EXTREMELY inefficient to be constantly jumping around between things. I know. I’ve tried it. It simply doesn’t work. You have to STOP pretending it does.

This doesn’t mean that I now have another app full of junk that I’ll just get overwhelmed with. I’m keeping it to around 5-10 things each day that I read (or use the link in a post or something; whatever I was going to do with the post) and then purge from Pocket (yep, DELETE). I’m RUTHLESS and fricking honest with what I’m actually going to read. If it doesn’t light me up at first glance (like, OMG I HAVE to read this!) then it doesn’t get “pocketed”.  If I’m glancing through email and kinda go, “well, this would be cool, don’t know when I’ll get to it” then it gets deleted. I just don’t have time for wishy washy shit. It has to light me up or make me go, “Wow”!
 
I’ve got about 10 “other” things sitting in there that are project based that I’ll be moving elsewhere in the next week or two. There will always be some that need a bit more “work” to deal with before they are purged too. This number will not get higher than 10, because again, I need to keep a realistic expectation on what I’m actually going to do.
 
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Keeping up on the reading in this is easy to do because there’s an app on my phone (and I’m putting it on my Kobo – just haven’t done it yet) and it will even work offline. It’s visually easy to read (no distractions from other website stuff that you normally see when you’re in the post reading on the site) and feeling like I’m reading a magazine.

Get Pocket and move one step closer to getting more reading done (that you want to do!) and less distracted! Get Pocket

I’m a techie and have worked in IT (and been a full time working mom) for over 20 years, so I’ve got lots of tricks on how to make your email work for you. This tool is just one of them! (I’ll share more tools with you in the coming weeks. I’m creating an in depth course that will include deeper insight and how to use these kinds of things. Sign up to be the first to know about it: Goals Goddess Registration)

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36 Things that I have Learned Over 36 Years …(About Myself and Life)

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It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and it got me thinking. What have I learned over the past 36 years? What makes me, me? What is important to me? I have learned so much on this journey called life. I am shaped by my friends and family but mostly from my own thoughts and decisions. I have a long way to go but I also know that I have come a long way over the years. I have to say that the 30’s are pretty cool!

This is what I came up with.

 

 Life

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~Every now and then it is good to stop and look at how children see the world. Remember how it was to be a child and look at life with a sense of wonder and adventure without any jaded opinions?

~I am not perfect nor am I vain enough to think that I am even close to perfect. I make mistakes. I stumble. I fall. Some days I am a big bundle of mess. I am darkness and I am light. We are beautiful souls despite our faults. We are as unique as the snowflakes that fall from the sky.

~We cannot buy happiness. We’ve heard it a million times. It is not found in a box, on a shelf, online or in a store. Stuff will never fill that void. In fact it will make us feel more empty. True story.

~I have a low tolerance for excuses, for myself and for others. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Figure out what is a priority to you and what makes you happy. We can make time for the things that we really want. (AND we do not need to do everything all at once.)

~Appreciate life with all its quirks and blessings. It all happens for a reason. If you don’t stop and enjoy it then at the end what was the point? Just when you think that you are getting the hang of it those damn gray hairs start poking up in your head. With all stages there are positive and negative. No point focusing on the bad.

~Practice gratitude. It is one of the best ways to find contentment. Humans are often discontent. We want what we don’t have. When we stop and remember all that we do have then suddenly our way of thinking turns around. Things like health and relationships all mean so much more than material things.

~We are taught to conform. Media is prevalent in our world. It is everywhere that we turn and we follow what we are ‘supposed to’. Go ahead and question people. Research all that you can. You may just be surprised at what you find out.

~You can’t keep up with everything and that is ok. We get caught up with trying to stay up to date with everything, experience everything, and not miss out that we forget that we cannot do or have it all. Enjoy the part of life that you can savor; that slice that is meant just for you!

~Sometimes you just have to lighten up. Throw caution to the wind. Be silly. Dance in your living room. Sing at the top of your lungs. Laugh really loud. I can’t imagine that anyone has regretted any of these things.

 

Relationships

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~Marriage/relationships are work. So if you are not ready to work at it don’t bother.

~Love YOU. The most important thing that you can do is love yourself. If you are always searching for a better this or that then you miss out on your great self as it is. COME ON women we all are beautiful in some way. Embrace that and teach your girls that it is ok to love yourself as you are, right now!

~To me the most important qualities of a mate are honesty, trust, and a sense of humor; without those things it will be a long road ahead.

~Always date your partner. Never stop. Dates are so very important to keep the fun, the love and the fire burning. Remember why you fell in love in the first place. I love to try new things with the hubs. Take some time daily, weekly, or at least monthly to enjoy each other’s company. You won’t regret it!

~Stop and take the time to show others that you care. Love isn’t always enough – actions are another way to show and say thanks or proclaim love.

~Learn what your love language is. Seriously. Once you know these things you and your partner can become more fulfilled. You will have that ah-ha moment. www.5lovelanguages.com

 

Friendships

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~Life is short. Don’t waste time worrying about what other people think. I am not sure at what age this happens but there is a time in your life when your don’t give a damn switch is turned on and you really start living your life how YOU want to.

~I used to be the sheep. I would follow what everyone else was doing because I thought that was what I was supposed to do not to mention I was a people pleaser. All that did was make me overwhelmed and unhappy. Now I am ok to create my own unique path.

~Not everything is intentional. I used to get so disappointed with people thinking that they would intentionally hurt me. Now I know that we just all think and do things differently. Their actions were not always for the purpose of intentionally being hurtful. It is ok to let people go. Everyone comes into our life for a reason. Remember the good times and as Shawna says send light and love.

~Stop with the comparison game. This can be a toughie. I have some very inspirational friends that I look up to and admire. I also know that we all have our shit to contend with. Lift each other up instead of cutting each other down.

 

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Self-Care

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~Be yourself. Always. Seriously. Though you may want to fit in with everyone it is much more fun to be you. The people that are right for you will stick around.

~Many people think that loving you and putting yourself first is selfish. WE cannot give fully to someone else if we cannot give to ourselves first. This quote from Mastin Kipp says it all, “Self-love is not all about “me, me, me”; but it starts with “me” so that we can build a strong “we”.”

~My Mom always said do everything in moderation. I still use that rule today. I think if you want to be lazy for an afternoon – do it. If you feel like watching that crazy reality show – go for it. If you want a cookie – have one. But don’t waste your entire week. Don’t watch hours of TV every day. And don’t eat the whole batch of cookies. Don’t deprive yourself from the things that you enjoy just do it all in moderation.

~Slow down. Life is most enjoyed when we can stop and savour it at a leisurely pace.

~Your past is not your future. You cannot change your past so focus on the present. We all do stupid things at one time or another. What is important is that we learn from it and move on.

~We all are so different in personality. I think it is important to learn about yourself so that you know why you are the way you are. Learn about what things make you happy, make you feel better, and fill your ‘love tank’. Once you learn these things you are better prepared to face the world. I sometimes literally want to hide away from the world – I enjoy social situations in moderation and I am very shy around people that I don’t know well.

~Weird is the new cool. It is better to be different and happy than to conform to society’s norm and be bored and uncomfortable.

~Love life’s simple pleasures. Is it nature you connect to? Music? A good book? Do whatever brings you clarity and joy!

~When you are tired it is your body’s way of saying it is time to rest and take a break. The world won’t tumble down around you if you commit to less and take a day for you. Swallow your pride and repeat after me, “I cannot do it ALL.”

 

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Health & Nutrition

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~I challenge myself every week. I like to push my body and see what I can do. It is the best natural high ever.

~Slow and steady wins the race. There are very few weeks that I do not work out at all (I can count them on one hand). I take a break only when my body is hurting and needs some recovery time. I workout at least twice per week, every week. If I were to try and go hard working out every single day I know that I would not stick to it and be disappointed in myself.

~I am addicted to events. It all started with the Walk to End Breast Cancer in 2006 and since then I have participated in The Underwear Affair, the MS Bike Tour, the Relay For Life, 3 Mud Runs, a Colour Run, Zombie Run and have even created an event with my best bud. These events keep me training all the time.

~Eating healthy is important. Meal planning has saved my ass many times even if I plan it the night before. I do not always eat what I am ‘supposed to’ and I don’t care. I make a point to intentionally enjoy whatever I eat no matter what the nutritional value is. I hate it when people eat something and then say I shouldn’t have eaten that. What good does that do? They obviously wanted it in the first place.

~I will never give up cheese, chips or bacon. That is all.

~I can honestly say that I have never, ever been on a diet. I don’t believe in any of them. Making proper food choices and educating yourself is one of the best things that you can do. Proper nourishment can reverse the effects of disease, decrease body fat, improve your mood, keep you energized, and leave you feeling fulfilled.

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Work

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~I think that there are pros and cons to all jobs. I am not saying that you have to settle. I just think PERFECT jobs are fictional. We should not hate our jobs but there is a big part of us that chooses how our experience will be. Keep learning and make yourself better through your connections and interactions. You never know who you might inspire.

~If you want to learn something make a mistake. Not on purpose but when we make a mistake it sticks with us, we learn from it and we move on. It betters us as people.

There are certainly things that I want to work on. I want to specifically work on forgiveness and giving my children more undivided attention. There is ALWAYS room for improvement. Just goes to show how much we grow and change and even mature. (Yes even me!) I really enjoyed making this list and finding some wonderful quotes and pictures to share. (kinda a nerdy passion of mine!)

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Thanks for joining me!

Blessings,

Krystal

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My daughter's new bedroom.

How I Transformed My Daughter’s Room

My daughter's new bedroom.

This is my daughter’s bedroom. We recently renovated it into this pretty, more grown up room. What once was a room with bubble gum pink walls and a garden mural, is now a room that she can once again enjoy as a tween and continue to grow into. I REALLY wish that I would have taken before and after pictures for you to see as it was a really big transformation!

My husband was laughing at me because when I get an idea and know what I want to do, there is no stopping me. The kids had a week off of school and I had some extra time off due to the Family Day holiday. I am always so gung-ho beginning these type of projects and then when I am smack dab in the middle of a huge mess I go, “what the heck possessed me to start this?!” Anyone else do this? 🙂

I want to give you the deets of what I did here as well as the pros and cons to doing a project like this yourselves. First off we had to do the usual prep work when painting. I pretty much always let the kids choose their colours with a wee bit of guidance of course. But really it is just paint, it is not like it can’t be changed again if you don’t like it or outgrow it. It is nice for them to have a comfortable place to enjoy. We toned down the bubble gum walls with this more neutral colour. The theme wall is a vibrant and gorgeous turquoise. I was advised to do two coats of primer and then two coats of paint. This was a total of 16 hours of painting alone for this project! I wouldn’t want to cut corners with painting though as then you will not be happy with the coverage and end up with an uneven colour on the walls.  I have to say that I may have been slightly high from the fumes over the course of two days!

Here are different views of the room with a little description of what went on.

Cute Little Corner

This corner used to have a clothes hanger stand, a huge teddy bear and this shelf. The shelf was full of knick knack type things plus papers and posters. Now we have all of her nail art/make-up stuff off of her vanity desk and she uses this shelf to organize all of that. This shelf was in her room already and was bought for $5 from a garage sale! The branch wall decal was $17 and tied in the colours nicely. It was easy to apply and can be removed just as easily.

Theme Wall with Vanity

Her vanity was a present from us a few years ago and is her most expensive piece of furniture in her room. She uses it ALL the time for homework, getting ready in the morning and doing her nail art. Together we decluttered the desk drawers and the surface as well as the shelf on top. The shelf and mirror were purchased from her school garage sale a few years ago for $5 each. We repainted and distressed them with paint that we already had. Score! Less is more when it comes to surfaces. She is able to let the things she loves shine whereas before she just had too much stuff out; it was very cluttered and she didn’t have room to be the creative gal that she is!

No Wasted Space Here! Behind the Door.

Here is the area behind the door. I wanted to make use of all spaces and leave these things accessible but not in the forefront. So I purchased the little over the door hanging storage to hold her purses, robe, scarves and hats. It really works well and was just $10.  The bulletin board I kept in the room so that she can keep her calendar up and display her awards and fave. pictures. My handy Mom and I made this a while back; it has pockets and ribbons to hold her papers/pictures.

A Zen Corner

This corner houses her tall dresser. We were able to get her canvas crayon picture up that she just made. (I think that it is important for them to be able to display their creative art!) Over here she has her special Himalayan salt lamp and alarm clock. She bought this over-sized pillow for $13; it will be nice when her and her friends hang out. There are two new curtain panels and rod in her room that cost $60. The curtains are supposed to help keep the cold and light out – bonus!

 Pretty Little ExtraTouches

With a new coat of paint the window box that my hubby made went back up. She applied some of her cute stickers to dress it up. It is mostly empty right now; we used it for stuffies before. It works nicely from hanging all of her headbands neatly. The chandelier is one of her favorite things in this room. She now has adequate light and thinks that it is so pretty. It was the most expensive purchase at $50 plus the cost of the bulbs. It was so worth it as she says the light makes her happy! We wanted some of her photos displayed that remind her of things and people that she loves. The frame was $20. She used to have several homemade frames (from Popsicle sticks and such that she had outgrown.)

There are always pros and cons to projects and I wanted to share them with you!

Pros

Cons

  • Vibrant clean walls, lots of time with my daughter, a skill that my daughter learned (the steps to painting properly)
  • A decluttered room with only the things that she loves and uses
  • A room that she can enjoy and grow in to
  • Several hours of painting

 

  • Taking the time to recycle, sell and donate her old things
  • $ spent to update the room

All in all this project cost about $400. This includes all of the paint (I have lots left), drop cloths, brushes (which I can re-use), rod, curtains, over-the-door hanger, wall decal, chandelier, bulbs, duvet cover/sham, pillow, register and picture frame. It was well worth it and I saved money by putting in the labor ourselves. Not to mention we are getting money back from the old décor and toys that we have sold. We were able to get rid of one bag of garbage, one bag of recycling and we donated three bags of stuff. Decluttering creates a canvas for us to be creative.

Yay us!! I am so proud of my daughter for staying with me the whole time to get the job done. I didn’t have to ask her once to help out. Plus she made us lunches every day! She now has this skill to take with her when she gets her own home. She loves her room especially the new, happy lighting. 😉

Thanks for following our ‘little’ project!

Krystal

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