Morning Habits That Keep My Home Tidy

Morning Habits That Keep My Home Tidy

I want to start off by saying that I'm not perfect. My home isn't perfect. I don't' shop at West Elm, it probably won't ever be featured in a magazine or even on Instagram, and I'm cool with it. Because this home makes me happy, it makes my boyfriend happy, and we are living a cozy and happy life together, and there's nothing better than that.

Our 720 square foot one bedroom apartment is the right size, and the layout is phenomenal. BUT because our apartment is on the smaller end, it has a tendency to look like the apocalypse in a matter of minutes.

To be honest, messy and I don't really jive. When things are dirty, I notice that I lose all energy, like a fly that has fallen trap to a bug zapper. At the sight of the mess, ZAP, I melt into the couch with the inability to focus on anything except rewatching the Orange Is The New Black for the third time.

To top it off, I fidget. One minute I'm laughing at Tasty on the OITNB next thing you know I'm reorganizing my closet drawers. Mid-way between that, I've decided to clean out the fridge, and before I finish, I think this is a perfect time to go for a swim. It's a smorgasbord of unfinished tasks.

The Wonderful Truth About Simplifying Your Life, That You’ll Love

The Wonderful Truth About Simplifying Your Life, That You’ll Love

What does it mean to simplify your life? Most websites portray a simple life as serene, gentle, nature-driven, and mystical. Filled with quiet moments and hidden treasures, which is lovely and accurate, but it doesn't paint the whole picture.

Simplifying my life has been exciting, full of travel, road trips, laughs, and possibilities. It's bright, vivid, and adventurous and entirely untethered to daunting tasks or mundane to-do lists. 

Quite frankly, it's the stepping stone to your life. It brings clarity, vision, and self-worth. It shifts our heart and soul back into balance and pushes our true selves to be seen. It's the voice in our head that says, it's okay to live life off the beaten path and not have a corporate job or not live in a big house with a brand new car or knowing my clothes do not define who I am and what I'm worth.  And most importantly it brings a real understanding of "enough." 

 I think that's why I don't call myself a minimalist. Although there are many benefits of minimalism, every minimalist page I follow magnifies the slowness and nature. And there's also this underlying message that perpetuates a race to owning nothing. Although I enjoy solitude and forests, I'm a modern girl, in a contemporary world. We are allowed to lead a simple life while owning more than 20 items and using a cell phone or watching TV. 

Whether your goal is minimalism or just some basic decluttering, here are some wonderful truths that happen when you Simplifying your life.

How to Encourage Your Husband to Declutter

How to Encourage Your Husband to Declutter

I think every person who is on the clutter-free journey wants everyone in their life to join the club, right? Once our clutter goggles are on, all we want to do is locate and destroy stuff that is no longer loved. And because we know that clutter is the source of chaos, stress, and unhappiness. 

Quite frankly do you have time for being miserable? I sure as hell don't! I want to spend my life doing things I enjoy! 

Am I right?

As much as we want our husbands, our kids, our parents, and anyone to join in the less is more revolution it’s not going to happen overnight, and it absolutely won't happen if you try to force them. Look what happened to Anakin Skywalker! That ship went down real quick! 

Trust me, forcing someone to do something you want is awful! So here's a little story:

A few years ago, when I came home from Australia, I had a mission: Remove all clutter from my sight and my life. With my trusted clutter goggles on, I went through my stuff, and purged like crazy. But after going through my stuff this clutter monster wasn't satisfied. So like a Zombie Walker looking for a human I attacked any clutter in arms reach. 

But the problem was I moved back into my mom's house and I thought she had too much stuff. I'm talking fake plants, every single framed photo since 1973, a wide range of trinkets and a mishmash of decor. Not to mention, she has our bed sets from childhood and our toys to boot. Needless to say, my monster was salivating at the opportunity to purge. 

How To Fall In Love With Your Home

How To Fall In Love With Your Home

To me, my home is a sacred place. It's a place for love, rest, and growth. It brings me peace and allows me to be my truest self without fear or judgment

It's also the window to my mental or emotional state. If it's messy or disorganized I know, I'm stressed. If it's tidy and in order, it allows my mind to create, my heart to sing and my body to dance. 

Just this weekend, I was able to share my home with my mother and in my in-laws. It was so nice having them here, laughing, and creating memories. It wasn't about the decor on the walls, the amount of space, but it was the warm inviting energy that allowed them to relax and enjoy.

If you're home doesn't bring you comfort, try these tips to love your home today!

A Simple Start To A Self-Care Routine

A Simple Start To A Self-Care Routine

As I was making breakfast this morning, I dropped a freshly peeled avocado half on the floor. 

As I tried to catch the avocado, I yelled: "God, you are so stupid!"

It's hard to believe how hard I am on myself. If it were anyone else, like the BF, I would be like "oh, no worries babe, let me just wash it off quick." Squeeze lemon juice for extra sanitation and let the day move on because dropping an avo on the floor isn't a big deal. 

Then there are the more significant mistakes. Like when I misplaced the title of our car and wrecked our apartment trying to find it. With every paper and file opened and yelled and cursed for the world to hear how I was incompetent and utterly dumb for losing this sheet of paper. 

I can't forget about the time when I fumbled through a presentation. Every word was coming out like Morse code dictation. You. Sound. Like. A. Kid. You. Have. Zero. Confidence. Just. Faint. Already. So. You. Can. Go. Home. Sick. You. Dumb. B!

It's no wonder whenever I read any articles on self-love that I immediately roll my eyes. How can I show myself that I care when I can't even talk to myself with an ounce of Tender Love & Care?

So before you create a hygge corner in your home or draw a relaxing bath, start your self-care routine with these simple tips!

How to Get Rid of Mental Clutter And Become Energized

How to Get Rid of Mental Clutter And Become Energized

I've been going nutty sitting in front of my computer trying to write this blog post. Between not getting all of my thoughts down and my mind taking me on 1,000 different tangents, I am in need of a mental detox to get rid of the mental clutter.

As it's the start of the new year, the internet is buzzing with excitement, hopes, and motivation. For this reason, I have been resisting a detox for fear of falling behind the pack. 

But just steamrolling myself to write isn't' going to get me anywhere.  I need to reboot, let go, and get clear on my intentions. 

If you're feeling stuck like me, and don't want to waste your time staring at a computer or staring at the stuff you need to declutter, here are some ways you can clear mental clutter and become energized.

How To Master The Art Of A Clean Home

How To Master The Art Of A Clean Home

We just arrived home a few days ago, and I was so relieved when we walked in the door, and the apartment was was clean. Sheets washed, laundry done, counters empty. It was like stepping into a spa, all that was missing was the smell of eucalyptus. 

But, my apartment wasn't always like this. 

About all of the thousands of times before this, I would come home to a mess so terrible, and I would want to cry. A cry so desperate that I could feel my tear ducts drying up. 

You see, I couldn't understand how people kept a clean home. Between work, feeding myself, showering, hanging out with my boyfriend, and also hanging out with friends, there wasn't any time. I was always in a rush or tired. The concept of trying to clean in between all of those tasks was unfathomable. 

When I did have a minute, my butt turned into cement, and I was incapable of leaving the couch. So, I'd turn on HGTV, and admire every single woman, especially Joanna Gains. As I was girl crushing, I judged myself for being lazy and messy. 

How To Have A Clutter Free Holiday

How To Have A Clutter Free Holiday

25 days from now, we will be huddled around the Tree, waiting to open presents.

But if you’re anything like me, your anxiety is building! Why?

Because you may receive gifts that fall into the "Don’t need this,” "Don’t want this,” or “Don’t like this” categories. I'm not ungrateful, I am eternally thankful, but I just don’t know what to do with stuff that brings overwhelm and guilt for not liking it. 

I know it's not just me. 

The other day, I was talking to my girlfriend about gifts she receives from family. First off, she flys to Cali for the holidays, so whatever she gets as a gift, must fit in her luggage.

But year after year, her family members gift her bottles of wine she can't take on a plane,  a necklace that is not her style, or other knick-knacks doomed to a drawer. A classic example of money wasted.

So what’ do you do!?

Gifts To Give When You are Stressed

Gifts To Give When You are Stressed

Fantasy me, wants to buy gifts three months ahead of time for the people I love. Leaving me with plenty of time to wrap, write the most epic cards, and deliver them. I would bask in the joy of my sister crying as she read my sincere card and relished in the perfect present. 

Reality? I have been busy and working late nights. It’s now a week before the holiday/birthday/wedding, and I have yet to complete a single minute of shopping. 

Work is stressful, and now I’m adding another layer of tension because I need to find the perfect gift.

After three days of shopping in the store, I'm overwhelmed and head home defeated. 

Next, comes the embarrassment and shame as I deliver the dreaded gift card to my loved one. 

The 7 Best Tips to Start Your Decluttering Journey Today!

The 7 Best Tips to Start Your Decluttering Journey Today!

Have you ever looked at your home and felt stuck? Walls are caving in, every surface and corner filled with papers and objects stacked on top of each other. The desk is so utterly disorganized that a keyboard and mouse are barely peaking through the debris. 

When did it all get so messy? 

To be honest, when I see my home in disarray, it fills me with anxiety. I get so anxious that I want to scream, cry, and fall to the ground. 

I think I ended up in the fetal position.

Reacting in that way made me feel like I was losing. Incapable of keeping a clean home or deserving enough to have any order in my life. But I didn’t want to fail. 

I wanted to enjoy my apartment. 

After a long adventure away, I wanted to be excited about coming home again! Who doesn’t want that?

That’s why I wrote about How To Create A Plan To Beat Clutter For Good!! But sometimes we just need tips to start decluttering Right Now! 

Decluttering: How To Create A Plan To Beat Clutter For Good!!

Decluttering: How To Create A Plan To Beat Clutter For Good!!

Everything starts with a plan. And a plan isn’t a plan unless you’re organized! Organized planning is essential when you begin decluttering.

I know planning isn’t easy for everyone. I struggled too. But I promise you this guide will provide a clear plan of attack to start decluttering your house.

When you look at your clutter (no matter the size) do you ask yourself:

  • Where do I even freaking start?

  • How long will this even take?

  • What do I do with stuff I don’t want? 

  • Can I open my door and hope people take everything? JK!

Well, you’re in the right place. I’m here to help you create a decluttering plan so you can stop feeling overwhelmed as you tackle life with less! Let’s begin!

Summer Travel Guide: Montréal

Summer Travel Guide: Montréal

Summer is almost over, and we’ve been in upstate NY for a few months now. Although I love the greenery and thunderstorms here, I’ve been feeling a bit restless. So when we found out my boyfriend’s younger brother got his passport, we figured it was time for a trip!

Montréal is only a 3.5-hour drive from Albany, New York. Highway 87 will take you straight to the border. Along 87 you’ll see the Hudson River, pass Lake George, go through the lush Adirondack mountains, and drive besides Lake Champlain. 

Montréal is an old city with tons of history and beauty. Like New York City, it’s a hub for immigrants and has been since 1642!! Insane, right?
Its history makes Montréal a vibrant city for all things culture, food, music and more! (I’ve only just left, but I already want to go back!) It has many building old and new, and it's continuing to grow year after year. 

So how do how do you plan a trip in an epic city like Montréal? Well here’s my travel guide to Montréal!

18 Easy Zero Waste Swaps To Declutter Your Life

18 Easy Zero Waste Swaps To Declutter Your Life

We hear it every day global warming is real! And it seems like we’re a long way away from leaving gas behind, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do anything!  

Americans produce 4.4lbs of trash every day! Multiply that by 365 days, and that’s 1,606 pounds a year! To be honest, when I look at my day, I’m continually using paper, plastic, cardboard and other non-usable items. Don’t forget all the boxes and bubble wrap I get delivered to my door from online shopping!  

But, there are simple changes we can make that will not only contribute to saving earth’s resources, but will also help you declutter your home, save your hard earned money, and create space in your home and life!! 

Start eliminating unnecessary trash and make these 10 Easy Zero Waste Swaps to Declutter Your Life!

How To Create Habits and Keep Them!

How To Create Habits and Keep Them!

Many say that September is the new January. We all know what happens in January, resolutions, new beginnings, and setting goals. But we also need to recognize our habits, good and bad.

I’m a firm believer that good habits simplify your life and increase productivity. When you create good practices, like eating healthy, getting enough rest, your body and mind function improve. 

It goes without saying, but bad habits, keep you stagnant and uneasy. Lame!

Like all good things, creating healthy habits requires time, patience, focus, and absolute dedication. So keep that in mind while you read the tips on how to create habits and keep them!

Things To Do Before Traveling Abroad

Things To Do Before Traveling Abroad

No matter how many times I travel, I am always thankful that I've prepped before the trip. It puts my mind at ease and also ensures everything is in order while I'm overseas.

So if you’re on your way abroad make sure you don’t forget these essential things before you head out.

The Moving Abroad Packing List

The Moving Abroad Packing List

As you all know, I moved to Australia in 2012 on the work & holiday visa. The visa allows you to move to Australia for one year, and packing for a year can be difficult. 

After many attempts at packing, I realized it wouldn’t be possible to stuff everything I owned into two pieces of luggage. I had to weed out the unnecessary from the necessary. Somehow, I managed to meet the weight requirements of a 50 lb Backpackto check and 25 lb carry-on.

It was clear, after the first few months down under, I packed a lot of things I didn’t need or use. Here is the moving abroad packing list essential dos and don’ts  for a year abroad.

A Complete Guide to The Australian Working Holiday Visa

A Complete Guide to The Australian Working Holiday Visa

As a young professional, in my mid-20s, long-term travel was out of the question. I was so busy trying to get the next promotion; I left no time to explore the world. Instead, I explored the world of different cubicles in Santa Monica. Sad but true.  Womp Womp!

After a few years of working my butt off, I thought, “What's the point? I am young, and I have yet to do something amazing.” I wanted adventure, I wanted to test the boundaries, but instead, I kept to the 9 to 5 grind. 

When my boyfriend told me about the Working Holiday Visa in Australia, I knew deep in my gut; I had to live there. I overcame whatever BS was keeping me in Santa Monica and ventured out of my comfort zone. 

The visa was an opportunity to move abroad and have work-life balance! A chance to feel excited about walking around every new corner! As a young professional that’s precisely the motivation, I needed to break free from my cubicle.

Here’s everything you need to know about applying for the Working Holiday Visa so you can live in Australia and break free from the walls of your office!

How to Get the Best Food Without Leaving the House

How to Get the Best Food Without Leaving the House

When I’m having a busy month, the last thing I want to do is plan my meals or shop for groceries.

I want to avoid thinking at all cost and never step foot into a grocery store. 

When life is hectic, I avoid my local store like the plague. Stores nowadays are too stressful. Why should I waste my time bumping carts or fighting for fresh kale?

So I stopped buying most meals from the grocery store. Insane I know, but between dinner dates with friends or not being hungry some nights, all the anxiety I get from shopping at a store, it's just not worth it.

How do I get the best foods without leaving the house?

How to Simplify Your Morning for a Better Day

How to Simplify Your Morning for a Better Day

There’s nothing more frustrating than starting your day off wrong. Am I right?

Here's a list of my not so favorite ways to start a day. Can you relate?

  • Wake up late. 

  • Forgot to wash the conditioner from my hair. I wouldn't lie about this!

  • Spend 45 minutes looking for something clean to wear.

  • I've made breakfast and forgotten it.

  • I've missed the train and have spent hours in traffic.

  • I also locked my keys in my apartment and my car. 

These are unnecessary and unwanted obstacles that I have endured.

Because mornings have a life of their own, I want to share my routine to simplify your morning. 

But the truth is a good morning routine starts off the night before.