Two-Tip Tuesday: Summer Organization



Container store storage bins

Although it snowed in my part of the world a few days ago, summer is right around the corner, or so I’m told. Here are a few tips to get your home in order before the onslaught of “bored” kids take over your space, creating chaos and disaster.

Seasonal Gear Swap

This may seem like a no-brainer, and with winter taking it’s sweet time lingering around, but it’s time for the seasonal swap (if you haven’t done so already).

Take stock of those winter hats, scarves, gloves, and boots, etc. and purge what will no longer fit or be worn the next year, before storing. I have finally given into the fact that my kids know their own style and won’t wear something they don’t like. So, before purging, they sit with me to make a keep or donate pile. It clears the clutter and saves aggravation for the next year.

When you bring out the summer gear, try storing it in attractive containers that can close. This will eliminate the feeling of clutter just by containing those towels, water guns and goggles with a closed-off lid.

My favorites are still the Container Store, Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, but there are plenty more out there.

chore chart

Summer Chore List

Once school is out, your kids will have a lot more free time on their hands. Now is the perfect time to sit down as a family and divvy up jobs and chores. If you don’t have kids, there’s no better time like the present to re-evaluate with your partner.

For me, new seasons bring new beginnings and changes. So, regardless of your home situation, it’s always a good time to re-asses. I know summer doesn’t technically begin for another month, but around here, it’s the day the kids get out of school and the pool is open, thus bringing new chaos to the house.

Instead of ordering everyone around and assigning jobs, let the whole family participate and take ownership. This can be a great way to bond and will more than likely help things get done without nagging or 1,000 reminders. Oh wait, guess that’s nagging too.

Click here or on the image above for a free chore chart download.

As always, I love hearing feedback. Please let me know what you think, or feel free to share any ideas of your own

Feng Shui for Break-Ups



Chocolate Therapy For Break-Ups
The end of a relationship, whether it was a short romantic fling, a long deeper connection, or even a close friendship, can feel like a divorce of some sort.

It doesn’t need to be a legal battle or an actual end of a marriage to carry the energy of divorce. Albeit, adding a legal aspect can bring much more dragged out misery and despair, all ending relationships carry grief and loss to some degree.

If you’re sensitive like me, then you not only carry your own sorry and loss, but that of your friend and/or partner’s as well. Even many years after the end of a relationship, we may still feel the loss now and again.

So, when you are in the rut of emotional despair and nothing makes you feel better, try adding a little feng shui to your space to get the positive energy moving again. Energizing your space can aid the healing process not only on a physical, but an emotional level as well.

Here are some of my favorite feng shui tips to get you started.

Fresh Bedding

If the relationship was romantic, and you lived together, getting a new bed or mattress is most ideal. This is especially helpful if you were married or in a long term relationship. If this isn’t financially possibly, a new bedding set is a great alternative; at the very least new sheets.

Think about how much time you spend in bed and as a couple.

This is a great place to remove old stale energy and invite in new energy that is yours alone.

Get rid of pictures

Is it really necessary to keep all the old photos of your ex or old friend out on display?

Holding onto pictures (even if buried in your basement) can still keep the energy of the relationship lingering. Think for a moment about the symbolism of buried in the basement.

Your basement represents the foundation of your home; YOUR foundation.

Do you need that energy lingering there?

Whether it is in your desk, in a picture frame, or in your basement, it’s time to let go. It will be challenging to attract a new relationship when you are holding onto the old one.

Get rid of gifts or items purchased togetherJewelry

This can be as simple as getting rid of some touristy junk you bought together on a trip, or as complex as the jewelry gifts, or furniture purchased together.

When I went through my divorce, I wanted all-new everything. I wanted items that fit my style and were my own. It was my dream to be able to have a gift registry, just to start over.

Again, it’s not always feasible to re-furnish your entire home, but you can attack in baby steps, adding small items here and there; a set of dishes, new art work, etc.

Jewelry is one of those hard to let go of gifts, but every time you wear something given to you from a friend or ex, you will be thinking of that person, either consciously or subconsciously. You don’t need that extra energy lingering, I promise.

So, donate to someone who would love it, or sell it on craigslist, and treat yourself to something new.

Unfriend on social media

Yes, yes, I know, it is quite the ego blow to let your Facebook friends drop down by one.

But really, what is the purpose of keeping that person on your radar?

Trust me, I completely understand the need to cyber-stalk and see what that person is “up to,” but this usually leads to feelings of resentment and more heartbreak. You may see a picture you don’t like (i.e. that person has found someone else), or it can just rehash old feelings of loss and grief, setting your healing process back even further.

The truth is, even if that person has given the illusion of moving on or he/she actually has, YOU can’t move on until you truly let go. I understand the complexity of having children and wanting to spy, but that just opens up a whole new can of worms and there are much more deeper issues to work through (maybe a future blog).

Spruce up your love and relationship corner in your home and/or bedroom

Feng Shui BedroomThis is the area that is in the far back, right corner of your home or any room as you are standing in the doorway, looking into the room. Take a peak at this area.

Is it cluttered?

Is there a bathroom?

Are there missing areas in the architecture?

Is there some amazing art, but when you look at it, you feel a little sad an lonely?

These are all major issues, some of which can be addressed quite simply, and some may that require specific feng shui cures, or remedies. For some quick fixes to the area, check out last year’s blog on Feng Shui for Love and Romance.

 

While these are just a few suggestions to get the energy moving, there are so many more little things you can do energetically and physically in your space.

We feel pain from all types of loss, no matter the size. Using feng shui in your space can help create shifts, ranging from lifting your vibration slightly, to moving out of depression.

Only you know how you feel, and it’s ok if it seems irrational at times. I want to remind you to be gentle on yourself, and make time your friend. Even with the slightest energy shift, you can start to heal and move on from any form of grief, large or small.

Please share your stories or comment on other ideas you have tried. I would love to hear from you!

Warmest blessings!

Feng Shui for Spring



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Spring Tulips

Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation. The trees are showing their tiniest first buds, the sunlight lingers a little longer each day, and in general, the weather is much more cooperative. Taking a cue from Mother Nature, this is a perfect opportunity to clear out the depths of winter and invite fresh spring energy into your space. Here are a few of my favorite feng shui ideas to freshen the energy in my home and life.

Declutter

  • Do an overall scan of your house and take it one room at a time. What are you ready to let go of? Perhaps it is just as simple as a candle that invokes a negative memory. Perhaps it’s a painting that you are just tired of. Forget the fact that you spent a lot of money framing it. If it’s time to go, let it go. Clean out your pantry, medicine cabinets. Throw away anything expired or ignored. Clean out the literal and figurative cobwebs, no matter their location.

Open your windows

  • If the weather is nice, open all of the windows in your house. Open the front door and any other doors to the outside for a bit, and take a minute to envision your home or office filling up with fresh spring air, clearing out all of the winter stagnation. If you can leave the windows open all day, do it!

Re-evaluate your clothes

  • If you have a spring bucket of clothes stored somewhere, bring it out. As you add springier clothes to your closet and remove the heavy winter gear, I challenge you to get rid of 5 items of clothing. Maybe it’s something you haven’t worn in a while. It could be something you love, but need to face up to the fact that it has lost it’s shape and just doesn’t look nice anymore. I like to use this time to evaluate both warm and cold weather clothes to see if they still works for me. If it doesn’t, toss it!

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    My favorite flip-flop bucket emerges from the basement

Move things around

  • Sometimes a small shift in decor, or maybe furniture can make a huge difference in space renewal. I spent a weekend re-hanging paintings in different areas of my house and was amazed at how much better I felt. Not only that, but I realized how they could serve better in another area of the feng shui bagua. And wow, what a difference! A friend came into my house the next day and said my home felt different. She recognized that it didn’t look like anything new was added; it just felt different, better.

Bring in fresh flowers or plants

  • This sounds cliché, but spring is truly about growth and renewal. What better way to honor this by adding live foliage. If you have a brown thumb, never fear, try something small and fairly easy like bamboo (I say fairly easy because it is possible to kill bamboo, yes, I’m speaking from personal experience).

Re-connect with nature

  • Go outside and be in nature. Even if this means just walking in your back yard with bare feet, so you can feel the first green blades of grass emerging. Go hug a tree. Yeah I said it, hug a tree; don’t be afraid to be the crazy person in the park. You’ll be surprised how good it actually feels. Winter is fabulous for cocooning yourself inside, but now it is time to get out and breathe the fresh air. If you have a windowless office, it’s even more crucial to get outside when you can. Even if you don’t smoke, take a “smoke break” and soak in a little vitamin D.

Whatever your spring rituals may be, now is the time to invite in new energy. Please share a comment and let me know some of your favorite ways to invite spring energy into your home and life.

Happy Spring Equinox!

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