Sunday, May 21, 2017

Organize Your Entire Home into Three Simple Categories

Clutter can take over in no time at all. The trick is to clean it up and then stay on top of the stuff that enters your house. De-cluttering can appear to be an overwhelming task, but if you sort your things into three easy to manage categories, tidying up will be quick and painless. The following are the three main categories and what you should place in each one. 


This is the pile you will be putting back into your drawer, cupboard, or closet. It should include anything with sentimental value or that you use on a day to day basis. For example, your current clothing, household items, and family photos would go in the keep pile. If you have larger items that you want to keep but don’t have room to store them, you can take advantage of storage units Boston has available such as those at On Demand Storage. 


One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Clothing you have grown tired of, furniture you just don’t use anymore, and household items that are collecting dust can be put in a donation bin. Once you’re done cleaning, this bin can be taken to your local collection site such as Good Will or the Salvation Army. There are people who will enjoy these items and appreciate finding them at a bargain price.


You will be surprised at how much trash you’ve been hanging on to. Throw these items away. Worn out shoes and clothing, broken appliances, and busted furniture are all examples of things that are simply taking up space in your storage areas. Some of your stuff will have you stumped. Think about when you last used it. If it has been over a year, you probably don’t need to keep it. Once you have sorted through all of your belongings and placed them into three distinct piles, you can easily organize every cupboard, drawer, and closet in your home. Keep the systems going by placing a bin in the garage labeled “donation.” Every time a new item comes into the house decide where it goes. Put it away, toss it in the bin, or pitch it before it adds to your in-house clutter.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Creating "Pauses" In Our Lives

We all lead busy hectic lives that often lead us to burn out if we don't take the time to rest and regroup.  This rest, or pause, is a necessary part of creating peace and order in our lives.  It is also an essential part of self-care that has the innate ability to create restoration and energy needed for the next moment or day.  Learning how to schedule pause within our day is something that we all must do so that we avoid losing clarity and becoming overwhelmed.

You Can't Press Stop

Unfortunately, life is not like a conveyor belt that can be stopped when things start to move too fast.  Instead, we must learn to step away from the conveyor belt of life at strategic times in order to regroup and reserve energy for the next push or hurdle in our lives.  The next push may be something as simple as getting your children to all their different events on time or managing the demands of your customer service job for wood utility poles suppliers.  Whatever your stress or struggle is it is imperative that you learn to manage it and control it as much as possible.

Self-awareness is Key

More than anything, you have to understand how all the unique events and obligations in your life come together in your life in particular to create stress and overwhelm.  It is not until you understand these pieces to the puzzle that you will be able to address these factors effectively.  When we approach a problem without self-awareness, it's like trying to clean up a mess in the dark.  You don't know where to start or what to do because you can't see anything.  Find out what the issues are and then determine why the issues are a problem for you.  Once you've solved those two pieces of the mystery, finding a solution will not be nearly as difficult.

Doing Something About it

Once you have determined what the problem is, a solution always looms on the horizon.  The solution can be as unique as you are.  It may require that you reduce the time you spend doing certain things to create more space in your life for relaxation and pause.  Conversely, the solution could even consist of doing particular things more.  Whatever the answer to the problems is, become committed to doing what needs to be done once you see the truth.  Many people can see what needs to be done but lack the commitment and strength necessary to make practical changes.

Creating effective pause and quiet in our lives requires self-examination, a commitment to change, and understanding that we can't control many things in life but we can control how we react to them. Working within the confines of our unique situations allows us to create personalized ways to create pause and rest in our lives. 

Bike As a Wall Deco?

My husband is a hobby - triathlete. He started three years ago and I admire his discipline and passion for the sport. He trains regularly at the sports club where he is member in and also goes to the fitness studio to do his strength training. He finds the sport challenging as it tests his endurance.

Of course, this sport requires equipment and gear. The swimming and running gear are just small ones that you could easily store in a box, but for the biking gears, that's another story. He has at least 3 bikes, one he uses for his triathlon races, one for off-road and the other for longer distance bike marathons. One that he keeps inside the house is his Argon. So I have been looking for solutions on how to integrate it into the home without making it look out of place and at the same, very easy to access once he needs to use it. And also, I want it off the floor!

And here are some ideas that I found:

Perfect for those who love white!
There's a storage for the helmet too!
There's a shelf for other stuff where he can put it other bike stuff.
This one is available on Etsy!
Very minimalist style... Also a good idea.
So which one design you like best?

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