5 Tips to Organize and De-Clutter your House

When I first got married I remember talking to my dad and saying, “I had no idea how much work it took to keep a clean house!” The ironic part is that we lived in a tiny apartment with no kids and I still struggled to learn how to keep it clean.

Five years and three kids later I have finally learned a few tricks to help maintain an orderly household.

#1 Trash it.

There is nothing more counter productive to a clean house than extra stuff. It wasn’t until I started trashing the extra that I was able to maintain a clean house. If you haven’t used it within the last few months then reconsider if it belongs in our house.

#2 Stop buying stuff.

You won’t be able to keep it clean if you keep bringing in more!

#3 Pick a project a day.

I learned this one from one of the cleanest people I know. She recommended to accomplish one deep clean project every day. It becomes too overwhelming to try and do it all at once. Instead, clean out your junk drawer today and wipe down your baseboards tomorrow. Each are very effective and can take less than a half hour.

#4 Invest in organizational bins.

It doesn’t matter what kind of storage bin you choose, but invest and have bins for all of your rooms, storage, cupboards, closets. You will find it is so much easier to organize when you have a specific spot for each of your items.

#5 One thing at a time.

“Mess” accumulates when you go from one project to another without cleaning your previous task. If you just cooked a meal, clean it before you move onto laundry.

Pro Tip: Put your phone down! If you spend less time on your phone you will get so much more done with your day and feel more accomplished at the end of the day.

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5 Tricks to Avoid Gaining Weight This Holiday Season

Avoid gaining holiday pounds this season with these simple, easy tips.

#1 Incorporate a morning run. Before all of the hustle and bustle of the day, take time for yourself and get out on a run. This will help you start your day, and holidays, off with a healthy boost. Burn extra calories, boost your mood, and get your day off to a healthy start.


#2 Eat slowly. This way when you try a fun treat or roll you will only need the one. So savor your food and really enjoy it! This trick will help you feel like you aren’t constantly watching your weight while still feeling included with the festivities.

Note: I learned this trick from my aunt. Someone had made homemade caramels and the whole family was snacking on them. I remember looking over and seeing that my aunt still had half of her very first caramel sitting next to her and I had already eaten four! She chose to savor each bite and it paid off! We each had the flavor in our mouth, but who had four times more calories? I did.


#3 Put your food down with each bite. You will eat less if you are slowing yourself down by putting your food down each time.


#4 Maintain a positive attitude. Instead of getting discouraged when you eat, try thinking positively. Note the differences in these thought processes:

“Ugh, I ate another piece of pie. I have eaten too many calories today! I am definitely over my limit.”

versus…

“That was such a delicious and perfect piece of pie. I enjoyed it so much and am so satisfied.”

Which thought is likely to lead you to giving up on your healthy eating goals? Which thought will help you stay with your diet in the long run? Either way, you ate the piece of pie. But with the second you train your brain to feel satisfied. You are then less likely to over eat because you messed up anyway.


#5 Get involved. Instead of sitting at the counter in front of a smorgasbord of appetizers, go for a walk with relatives, start a fun game with cousins, or offer your help setting the table!

If you follow these tips you will be less likely to over eat, but more importantly more likely to have a good time this holiday season. Enjoy!!

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