Ways to Declutter Your Home and Get Organized for Good

If you’re like most people, your home has been growing messier and messier over the last few months or years, and it’s about time you did something about it. Don’t worry – by using the tips below, you can conquer clutter and get organized in no time! All you need to do is follow these simple steps to declutter your home and get organized once and for all.

The benefits of decluttering Clutter can make our minds feel like they are running in circles. The research is clear: a cluttered home can lead to headaches, depression, and poor mental health. A study by Dr. Karen Pine found that decluttering has been shown to improve mental health, including less stress, anxiety and depression. Whether it’s your desk or your bedroom, decluttering will help you live with less distractions. And the good news is that this process will actually get easier the more often you do it! Here are five ways to declutter your house and organize it for good.

  1. Have an actual garage sale so that other people can pick up any items left over from the first round of organization.
  2. Remember when we were kids? You could put everything away because there was only one place where everything went? Do that again now! If something doesn’t have a designated spot, create one. For example, don’t just throw your kitchen utensils into a drawer; set them up on the counter as if you’re using them. Items that go on top of cabinets should be stored on top of cabinets; those on bottom shelves should be stored underneath shelves etc. As for drawers, store similar things together (like silverware next to cooking tools).
  3. Make three piles–keep, donate/recycle, trash–and start throwing out what you don’t need! Donate clothes and household items to charity. Donate usable food to shelters and pantries, such as canned goods, packaged snacks, cereal boxes and jars of peanut butter. Recycle plastics, glass jars, metal cans, newspapers and cardboard boxes. When recycling these materials be sure not to mix different types together–they’ll have different places in the manufacturing process later on!

A step-by-step guide to decluttering decide what you want to do with the items that you are decluttering. Will they be donated, thrown away, or given to a friend? Once you have made this decision, follow through by taking the appropriate action. Set a time limit. Give yourself two hours, or two days; whatever is reasonable for your schedule and lifestyle. The point is not to do it all at once but slowly work through it over time. This will give you the chance to think about where each item is going before tossing it in a pile or moving it out of sight. At the end of the allotted time, take stock. Does anything need to be cleaned up? Do any more clothes need sorting into piles? Are any important papers mixed in with other ones you don’t care as much about? Is there anything else that needs to be done before cleaning up and starting fresh again? If so, tackle them now!

Now enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when you look around and realize how much better everything looks! If you are having trouble getting started, go ahead and toss out old food and drink containers like coffee cups and water bottles. These may seem harmless enough, but they can really start to add up after a while.

Tips for staying organized Organizing your home is a great way to save money and reduce stress. There are many ways you can get started decluttering or organizing your home. Some methods are easier than others, but they all have the same goal in mind–to help you find what you need without overloading yourself with too much work!

If you’re overwhelmed with figuring out where to start, here are some ideas for getting organized: -Create a week at-a-glance calendar so you know what needs to be done when.

  • Throw away old clothes that don’t fit or haven’t been worn recently.
  • Put together an emergency kit with supplies such as flashlights, matches, water, nonperishable food items, medication, etc. A good place to store this kit is in a backpack that can be easily grabbed if needed.
  • If you love having books around but don’t want them cluttering up space, stack them vertically on shelves or use decorative bookends to keep them from tipping over.
  • Purge everything not needed, like expired foods from pantries and outdated clothing from closets. Remember, one person’s trash may be another person’s treasure! -Check expiration dates on medicines (or anything else) before using it again. If something isn’t useful anymore, there’s no point in keeping it around.
  • Purchase packing materials such as boxes, moving blankets, bubble wrap, packing tape and marker so you’ll have everything ready to go when time comes to move.
  • Sort through mail every day or two instead of letting it pile up until finally sorting through it once a month or more. You’ll feel better about tackling tasks each day rather than waiting for the big event. And by being prepared ahead of time, you won’t run into any unnecessary obstacles during your move!

The best ways to get rid of clutter We’ve all seen the TV shows about those people who have a house full of junk. They’re typically hoarding items that they never use, their home is cluttered with trash, and their floors are covered in clutter. Hoarding is a mental illness that can be quite harmful for both the person doing it as well as their loved ones. If you think you might be struggling with hoarding or just want some tips on how to get rid of clutter, then keep reading!

 

The first step to decluttering your home is by sorting through everything you own. Gather everything in one room and start going through it by category (clothes, toys, dishes). Make three piles: things you need to keep; things you need to donate; and things that need repair or recycling. Once you’ve sorted out what needs keeping from what doesn’t, take care of the piles accordingly. Make sure anything that needs fixing gets fixed before donating it (to ensure there isn’t anything wrong with it). Donate anything appropriate for donation and recycle any other electronics or hazardous materials like old paint cans etc. You’ll find this will leave you with less space in your home, so if necessary put away anything that isn’t needed at the moment. You may also need to clear off surfaces by moving furniture around and making more space where possible.

Now comes the hard part: deciding what stays versus what goes. There are lots of apps these days designed to help organize homes; try using an app like Clutterbug or Konmari Method-Applying Shinto Principles To Tidying Up which helps make decisions based on whether an item sparks joy or not. Regardless of which system you choose, once you go through every item and decide whether it stays or goes, make sure to thank yourself for taking time out to do this much needed cleaning!

One way to maintain this process after your initial clean up is to limit yourself in buying new items. Put aside money specifically for future purchases instead of spending it impulsively. Another way is to set aside time each week to go through closets and drawers, choosing whether something should stay or go again. And finally, always remember to let go of guilt when you donate items that don’t spark joy!

Cleaning your Essential Oil Diffuser

Anyone one who has an essential oil diffuser knows they should clean the diffuser at lest monthly. No? That’s okay because I didn’t either, it wasnt untill one day I went to add oils into the one in our bedroom and notice it was very dirty inside and thought, hmm I should clean this. But I didn’t know how to. So I did some research (meaning Pinterest and google) and found a very easy way to clean my diffusers.

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In order to keep you diffuser to run well you should wipe it out after each use and letting it air dry. You can run some lemon oil in your diffuser for a bit and it will make wiping out the inside much easier. Some diffusers don’t use water and you can still clean it by rinsing the nozzle and wiping it clean.

But first before you start cleaning make sure of what kind diffuser you have since there are so many different kinds out there.

Deep Cleaning

  1. Turn off your diffuser.
  2. Fill the water reservoir halfway to the line with clean water.
  3. Add 10 drops of white vinegar to the water reservoir.
  4. Turn it on and let run for 3-5 minutes, allowing the vinegar to run through.
  5. Drain the water reservoir completely.
  6. Wipe down the edges of the reservoir and the ultrasonic mist chip at the bottom.
  7. Rinse the water reservoir with clean water.

This method of cleaning works well with the diffuser’s that I own. I hope this helps anyone with a diffuser who was unsure how to clean one or didnt know they should!

Makeup Brush Cleaning with Dr Bronners Soap

I try to wash my brushes and sponges every week, because who wants to use the same brush or sponge on your face. I have tried different ways and so far this is the easiest way that works for me. I made my own makeup brush mat for cleaning and it works pretty good. It was kinda fun to make and super easy.

What I use:

Dr Bronners Organinc Sugar Soaps-I like the Tree Tea soap.

Homemade brush mat-  random Tupperware lid with hot glue patterns.

Step One-

I get all of my brushes  and sponges wet, some weeks it depends on if i put any eye shadow on or not, I mostly use makeup sponges. Then I pump some soap on my fancy homemade brush mat.

Step Two-

After getting the brushes/sponges wet and I then start swirling them on to the brush mat with the soap to clean them. Rinse and repeat untill the water from the  brush/sponge is clear. You want to make sure the water doesn’t go on to the metal/handle since the glue can weaken.

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Step Three-

Once all of the brushes/sponges are rinsed and cleaned I take a towel and squeeze ay extra water out and  set them out to dry on a towel. A drying rack for brushes would speed up the drying time but,  I don’t have one and I think my cats would think its a toy for them.

So there you go, thats how I clean my brushes/sponges. Nothing fancy.

7 Ways To Cleanse And Energize Your Crystals

Why it’s important to clear your crystals?

When you first receive your crystal, it has been passed around and holds the energy of where ever and who ever  it came from. Unless you took it from the earth yourself. If the previous owner of the crystal has any negative energies or vibrations, it  will be stored in there, and passed to you.

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Frequency of cleansing. 

If you’ve already cleansed them when you acquired them and have used them for a long time, it’s a good idea to regularly give them a good cleaning. Who doesn’t like a good cleaning? This is important if you do a lot of healing or energy work, or if you are you’re using them all of the time. Especially  if you’re using negativity-deflecting stones like Hematite, who is constantly working to turn  negative energies into positive. If it’s jewelry you wear regularly, make sure to clean them once a week.

If you use them for healing work, clear them after each session or treatment.

If you’re using them for deep soul work, cleanse them often.  Sometimes you can tell by the way the crystal’s appearance has changed, the feel in your hand, or how the vibrations feels.

Clearing your stone.

Cleansing and clearing your crystals is very important. There can be several people handling the crystal until it has reached you, good or bad energies. Here are a few ways to do this:

1. Sea salt and water

Sea salt and water is a great way to rid your stone of unwanted  energies. If the stone is not brittle, using sea salt will not harm the stone. When using this method  leave the stone in the water overnight. You can add other herbs like sage or lavender to the water to enhance the cleansing effect. Caution:Crystals that contain iron, such as Hematite, Magnetite, and Lodestone may oxidize when submerged in water.

2. Running water

Using running water is also a very effective way of cleansing your stone. Put  the intention out  by asking the Universe to remove all negativity. One way to try is to imagine white light around the stone cleaning and filling it. Caution: Some crystals should NEVER be submerged in water. Some crystal can  be damaged, or dissolve.  The following Crystals should not be placed in water are: Selenite, Malachite, Lapis Lazuli, Fluorite, Calcite, Desert Rose, Labradorite, or Halite.

3. Other Stones

Stones like Selenite,  Carnelian and Clear Quartz clean other stones. It’s really simple. All you have to do is add them to where you store your stones and it does all the work for you.

4. Smudging

You can also use sage to clear your healing stones. While smudging your stones, it’s important to put intention in to them. Smudging by taking a sacred herb, white sage , sweetgrass or  incense.  Lighting it and  letting it smoke, and then holding the crystal in the smoke for a few seconds.

5. The Earth

Mother Earth will  recharge the crystals  with her vibrational energy. Make sure you have a marker in the ground so you know where to find them after cleansing for 24 hours! You can also place them in earth in a container to more easily find them. Caution: Make sure your crystals are on the  hardness rating of at least 6 or higher.  Any  moisture in the earth may  damage your crystals. Also dirt may get trapped in any cracks.

6. Moonlight

Many stones love the moonbeams! To get the most of the moonbeams  lay them out during the Full Moon.  A strong Full Moon will last for 3 days. Your crystals will still get the love it even if it’s cloudy. Caution: Make sure that any crystals  that are low in hardness  are brought back inside before any rain.

7. Sunlight

Sunlight is another  great way to bathe your crystals, especially any that are red, yellow, or orange. Carnelian and Sunstone love to sunbathe! Set them out in the sun for a few hours, to help them recharge. Caution : Sunlight can make some crystals fade or change color. These crystals should not be placed under sunlight: Amethyst, Celestite, Citrine, Fluorite, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Topaz, and Turquoise are just a few.

Personally I love using Selenite to cleanse and energize my crystals. All I have to do is place it by what ever crystal I went cleansed and go about my day. I find this is the easiest for me. My other favorites are Moonlight and Sunlight. You do have to be more careful and make sure that the crystal and withstand both cleansing elements.