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Decluttering Tips and Tricks – Simple Guide!

Today I will be talking you through decluttering tips and tricks.

Modern life is busy. Or at least it has been until the last few weeks. Does your diary typically brim with appointments? Does your smartphone ping every few minutes with app notifications? Are your cupboards overflowing with stuff?

As the world slows down as a result of the Coronavirus, now is the ideal opportunity to take stock of what really matters.

Most of us are guilty of owning too many unnecessary belongings. As our homes creak under the weight of more inessential objects, clothes and clutter, it’s easy to see how the bustle of modern living has creeped into our home life. What many of us don’t realise is too much chaos and clutter can take a toll on both your physical and mental health. In fact, studies have found a link between people who live with clutter and higher levels of stress. Those who live with clutter are at greater risk of suffering depression.

If you want to improve your quality of life, have more energy and worry less, then the best way to start is by decluttering. And there’s never been a better time.

 

 

The benefits of decluttering

If you’re overwhelmed by the clutter and/or constantly looking after your stuff (picking it up, moving and cleaning it) then your home is probably feeling more of a burden than a joy.

There are so many benefits to decluttering your home. Clearing you clutter will lighten your heart and mind and create more time and space for you to do other things.

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Decluttering your home is just the first step to being able to simplify your life!

Here are just a few of the benefits you could start to enjoy:

  • More focus on what’s important: If you declutter your home, you’ll be removing all the stuff that you and your family don’t use, no longer need and get no enjoyment from.
  • More space: When you declutter your home, you end up with less stuff generally. It’s easier to look after what you’ve got left.
  • Easier to maintain: As it’s easier, it’s also quicker! Tidying the home and keeping it clean takes less time.
  • More freedom: Less time spent doing chores and looking after your home and the stuff in it, means you’ve got more time for other things which you WANT to do.
  • More time for what’s important: More time for being with your kids, your family, by yourself.
  • More energy: You’ll also have more energy to do other things because you won’t be worn out from playing catch-up with the housework, that constant battle against the toys or the dirty dishes and laundry piles that you’re sorting every evening.

 

Decluttering Tips and Tricks

Decluttering your home not only makes it easier to organise your possessions, the space feels calmer and more of a sanctuary, plus it is easier to clean. You also save time and money by knowing exactly what you own and where to find it. Once clutter is cleared, it leaves room for creativity so you could feel motivated to start new projects and achieve goals.

If you’re struggling and need guidance on how to declutter, you’ll need to get creative with your plans. Here are several interesting decluttering tips and tricks to get you started on decluttering your home:

 

Think about your overall goal

Decluttering is often associated with minimalism – owning as few things as possible. While minimalism can be a great lifestyle choice, others enjoy owning more items and derive pleasure and joy from their possessions.

Before you start decluttering your house, decide what you want the end product to look like, so you don’t get rid of too much or too little.

 

Have a plan of attack

Don’t try to declutter your whole home in a week – you’ll exhaust and overwhelm yourself. Declutter in bite-size chunks of between 30 minutes and a couple of hours.

Divide a room into quadrants or focus on contained spaces such as a drawer, cupboard or shelf. Arm yourself with paper and a pen to make notes of ‘actions’ and designate rubbish, recycling and donation bags.

 

Start with ‘storage’ areas

Lofts, basements and garages are prime locations to stash something quickly to avoid dealing with it. If you’re serious about having a clear out, start with these areas first and then you’ll have enough space to store things that you actually need.

 

Break up the work

Decluttering is a big job, and setting out to tackle your entire house can leave you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or confused about where to start. Instead, break your goal into smaller goals that will help you achieve a sense of accomplishment along the way.

A great way to tackle the decluttering process is by making a list of your rooms and the order you want to work on them (for instance, your closet, your medicine cabinet, or your basement).

You can also list items by group and sort through them based on their grouping (for instance, your books, clothes, or knick-knacks).

Choose the first room or group of items you want to declutter and start small (think a shelf or a drawer).

 

Don’t over attach

Remember that memories aren’t in ‘things‘, they are inside us instead. Of course, it is important to keep possessions which remind you of a loved one or a particular experience, but you don’t need 50 of such things?

Taking a photo can help you hold on to the special memories or meanings attached to objects without taking up much space at all – you’d be surprised at how much satisfaction you can get from a two-dimensional reproduction.

 

Separate donations and rubbish

Before you start going through your things, set up a system where you have a clear place for items that you’re going to give away to a second-hand store and a rubbish bag for items you’re going to throw away.

Using this method allows you to organize as you go. It’s also a good idea to set up bins for current projects you’re working on, or for items you need to return to someone else.

 

Don’t worry about the price

You may find yourself looking at a lightly-used piece of furniture and thinking about how much you paid for it.

The price you paid for the item is a “sunk cost”- you’ve already paid the price for it, and keeping it around (or paying to repair it if it’s showing wear) won’t necessarily add more value to your life.

When deciding whether to keep something or get rid of it, release yourself from thinking about previous costs and encourage yourself to think only about the present and future – consider if keeping the item will positively impact your life.

If it doesn’t, it’s time to let it go, whether you want to sell it or donate it.

 

Get rid of duplicates

If you discover that you own multiples of the same item – for example, four different can openers- ask yourself if you need all of these items.

Did you buy a second one because you couldn’t find the first one?

If so, resolve to keep one in a convenient place and donate or sell the rest.

 

Pay special attention to surfaces

Flat open surfaces like coffee tables, countertops, home office desks, nightstands, laundry room counters, and even the tops of kitchen cabinets can be magnets for junk piling up – it’s easy to use them as storage spaces for everything from keys to rubbish to coins to old appliances.

If you’re noticing a lot of clutter on your flat surfaces, think of a way to organize your habits – for instance, placing a small, attractive “junk box” on your kitchen counter where you can throw your keys, wallet, and other smaller items when you come into the house.

 

Make your storage spaces beautiful

If you spend a ton of time meticulously reorganizing and decluttering your home only to store everything in unsightly cardboard boxes or shoe boxes, you may end up feeling like your house doesn’t look any neater.

When you start a decluttering project, get creative about your space and think of storage solutions to organise the items you’ll have left.

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Are there more attractive storage bins you can use for your items? Can you add shower rods or a clothes rack and hangers near the entryway to hang coats?

Can you add a bookshelf or cubby set up for shoes, kitchen items, books, or papers? Install DIY shelving on the wall to keep things from piling up on the counter? Add hooks to your closet wall to store items like purses and jewellery.

 

 

Set up natural declutterers

If you notice a “problem area” where more clutter than average accumulates, think of ways to avoid that build-up in the future.

Do you have a bad habit of letting junk mail pile up on the coffee table or kitchen counter? Set up a recycling bin right next to where you look at your mail, so you’ll naturally toss the junk before it has a chance to pile up.

 

Declutter regularly

Clutter will start to accumulate, even for vigilant homeowners who are consistently tidying up.

Rather than letting the clutter frustrate you, accept that it’s normal – and commit to occasional “mini-declutterings” and clean-ups (whether that’s once a month or once a year) to keep a mess-free home.

 

Less is more

Take a good look at the furniture in your home. Does it fit properly or would you be better off with more space?

It’s easy to acquire excess furniture and then procrastinate over the decision to let it go. The British Heart Foundation offer a free collection service for your unwanted furniture.

 

Ask for help

Sometimes the task of tackling decluttering on your own can feel overwhelming. Get family and friends involved to make it more enjoyable or enlist the help of a professional – they have the experience and ideas to help you make the most out of the space you have, the expertise to advise you on what to do with unwanted possessions and they can teach you to maintain the changes for good.

You can find an accredited professional in your area through APDO (Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers).

 

Decluttering Tips and Tricks – Final thought

So, what do you think? Are you ready to give your home the decluttering it deserves? Trust me when I say this will change your life! Less belongings mean less things to clean, organize, and put away all of the time.

I don’t know about you, but that is a huge win in my book! There’s so much less stress in a clutter free home.

Keeping a small home decluttered is absolutely essential. Clutter adds up so quickly! And by keeping your home decluttered is how you keep your home looking nice and sanity intact.

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12 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes

Do you find yourself feigning excuses for why your friend can’t pop up to your place to use the loo before a film?

Ever turn beetroot red with embarrassment when unexpected guests enter your home? It sounds like you have a messy house.

Imagine how much more enjoyable life would be if you were one of those perpetually tidy people whose homes could be company-ready with 15 minutes’ notice.

We wanted to turn our clean fantasies into a reality, so we researched the daily habits of people with clean houses — note the word “habits.”

What we learned is that it takes more than a few deep cleanings to achieve this status of cleaning goddess/god.

It takes daily work and preparation to keep your house in a constant state of near perfection.

 

 

Why should you form daily habits for a clean home?

You want to make it a habit because decluttering only once in a while will not keep your home tidy.

Keeping your home tidy should be an ongoing daily process.

Making it a daily habit works, because we want our homes to always look tidy, not once in a month when you do the purging.

Implement daily habits saves you time and effort in the long run.

What are the benefits of having a clutter-free home?

  • Living in a clean home reduces stress for you and your family
  • More focus and concentration for all (proven by research)
  • Reduces workload because you don’t have to do it all at once “later
  • Saves time because you no longer have to look for lost items
  • Saves money by not buying unnecessary items because you start to become aware of the clutter it can cause

I hope I have convinced you that daily decluttering is not hard and in fact really beneficial

Read on to discover the 12 habits of people who always have clean homes, and how you can adopt them to get out of the disaster zone you’ve been living in.

 

12 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes

Start by making the bed

I know some people think that making the bed is a waste of time, but it really makes a big difference in how tidy the room looks and only takes a couple of minutes.

Plus, I think it starts off the day well, and I love climbing into a made bed at the end of the day.

To make things easier, simplify your bedding as much as possible. We ended up cutting out our top sheets (as they always just ended up in a big puddle at the end of the bed anyways) and just use a duvet and washable cover.

If you love your top sheets though, you can look at minimising the number of pillows on your bed or using a large enough comforter or duvet that you don’t need to tuck in your sheets.

 

They’re constantly offloading clutter

Clutter is like a magnet, clutter attracts clutter,” says Amy Revell and Kirsty Farrugia, hosts of The Art of Decluttering podcast, and founder of the professional home organisation service of the same name.

A home that has less stuff is so much easier to keep tidy,” says Amy and Kirsty. “Each day consider what items you no longer need that could leave your home.”

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There are plenty decluttering methods out there – from the quasi-spiritual KonMari method to the everyday, practical approach taken by Amy and Kirsty.

Listen to their podcast on Acast to discover solutions to real-world sources of clutter including sentimental papers, sports equipment, Tupperware and more.

 

They don’t shove things into a junk drawer of cupboard

So, you’ve done a quick clean-up, only to blink your eyes and find that your home is again in a state of ruin.

Jo Carmichael, professional organiser and founder of All Sorted Out says hurried, ad hoc tidy-ups just don’t work.

What often happens with the ‘fast clean” scenario is that the items strewn around on furniture and the floor are simply shoved into a wardrobe or drawer, she says. “It quickly tumbles back into an unrecognisable pile of clutter once the family returns home and starts living.”

 

They store like with ‘like’

The solution is to seek out spaces where clutter hides and start storing like with like.

Keeping like with like, means it’s easier to put things away and find them, because t-shirts are together – not mixed up with jeans or socks.

This will allow you to get ready quicker, and put your hands on the item you need without having to look twice.

 

Clean the shower while you’re in it

One handy tip is to give the shower a little scrub while you’re already showering.

It can be a huge pain to scrub down all of the soap scum at once, so why not do a quick once-over of the shower walls and floor while you’re rinsing your hair?

Top Tip:

One of the best products for keeping the shower clean is natural dish soap because it is designed to fight grease—which is mostly what’s in the soap scum lining your shower walls!

 

 

Clean as you cook

This is the best way to avoid a massive headache at the end of a meal, which you know you’re going to want to walk away and leave until tomorrow.

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Even if you need to keep both eyes on the burners, at least wash any easy dishes and utensils, and fill up your sink to help soak those greasy pots and pans.

Before you go to bed, start the dishwasher (if you have one that is), so you can empty it first thing in the morning, freeing up dishwasher space for when you cook again next! It’s all about the habit!

 

Keep surfaces clear

Flat surfaces collect clutter like none other. Flat surfaces are also what you see as you scan the room, so when you have clutter on flat surfaces, it seems like every space in your home is cluttered.

The more you can keep tables, floors, beds, and countertops clear, the cleaner and more spacious these areas feel.

The biggest clutter culprit is paper, so don’t let it pile up. Recycle unnecessary mail the minute it comes in and create a filing system for the rest of your important documents and to-do reminders.

 

Keep cleaning supplies handy where you use them

Keep small batches of needed cleaning supplies in key places around the home (kitchen, bathrooms, and cleaning closets) to give yourself more opportunities to find what you need.

A spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner and a stack of cleaning cloths under all of your sinks could be the difference between quickly wiping up a little spot or spill, and forgetting about it until the next time you have to deep-clean the house. This will save you lots of time in the end.

 

Wipe it down before you walk away

A quick wipe down can do wonders. If you wipe down the surface you’ve used after each use, you’ll keep counters and glass surfaces clean and ready to be used each time.

From wiping down your glass shower door to swiping your sink after washing the dishes, a quick clean can prevent grime build up and keep your surfaces spotless.

 

Tackle a load of laundry/washing each day

Avoid overflowing hampers by giving your washer a work out each day. It’s an unavoidable task (keeping your family clothed is kind of necessary), so if you do it on a consistent basis, it won’t pile up and take over your entire Sunday.

 

Clean your fridge on a weekly basis

Seeing some scary goop under your groceries in the corner of your fridge? You’re not doing it right.

Give your refrigerator a weekly refresh. Not only will cleaning your fridge help you keep things spick-and-span, but it will also help you create an accurate list of what you need on your next run to the store.

 

Finish the day with a 10-minute tidying session

For all of those things that got left behind, make a nightly pick-up part of your routine.

Set aside just 10 to 15 minutes every night—put on music if it makes the process more fun—and return everything to its “home, or designated spot”, from toys to magazines.

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If you have a few minutes left over, run a cleaning cloth over counters, or do a quick sweep, devoting five minutes to a different area every night.

One of the best things to wake up to in the morning is a clean home.

 

12 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes – Final thought

Most of these habits are super quick actions that take less than a minute or two.

When you master these habits, your home will become tidy and clutter-free.

But don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember, habit change takes time. So, give yourself time to adopt these habits one or two at a time.

Go make your habit reminder notes right away and get started today!

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115 Frugal Fun Family Summer Activities

Summertime is just a few months away, meaning parents will be looking for some simple ideas for engaging family fun.

With so much of our time spent looking at screens without fully interacting with others in meaningful ways, it’s important to make family time a priority.

Statistics show that children benefit emotionally, academically, and even physically from the simple act of routine family dinners.

Creating space for fun family activities not only silences the “mom I’m bored” whines but helps your family bond and become closer.

Here is a list of 115 indoor and outdoor family activities you can try this summer:

 

 

115 Frugal Fun Family Summer Activities

This frugal summer activity list is divided up into outdoor and indoor activities. So, no matter the weather, you’ll find something fun to do!

 

Outdoor summer activities

  1. Water balloon or water gun fight – A great way to cool off on a really hot day.
  2. Zoo or petting zoo – Petting zoos tend to be less expensive than big zoos. Check to see if your zoo has a season or yearly pass. It will pay for itself after only a couple of visits.
  3. Stargaze – Head out to your backyard or other open outdoor space and see what constellations you can see.
  4. Bonfire – Don’t forget some tasty snacks to go with it!
  5. Climb trees – I used to love doing this as a kid!
  6. Fly a kite – When’s the last time you flew a kite? It’s a fun challenge. Just watch out for those trees!
  7. Chalk art – You’re never too old to create a design with sidewalk chalk.
  8. Visit a farmers’ market – Growers’ markets are the ideal place to get very fresh and affordable produce and other goodies.
  9. Attend fireworks – Many local communities host fireworks during the summer. Bring a blanket or some chairs. The dollar store sells glow bracelets that can add to the experience.
  10. Have a picnic – There’s something about the timeless act of having a picnic. You can make it as casual or fancy as you like. This picnic set has everything you need for a great time!
  11. Camp in your back garden – If you have a tent, camping in the backyard is an easy way to have a memorable experience. Kids in particular get a big kick out of it.
  12. Play frisbee or disc golf – Grab your family or some friends and enjoy a pick-up game of Frisbee.
  13. Go swimming – This is a summer must-do. If you don’t have a pool, find a friend or neighbour who does. Or check out open-swim hours at your local park or school.
  14. Go for a bike ride – Don’t forget your helmet!
  15. Outdoor concert – Many communities offer free outdoor concert series in the summer.
  16. Movie in the park – Many parks show projection movies for free during the warm weather months.
  17. Play tennis – Almost every high school has tennis courts that anyone can use.
  18. Yoga in the park – Check out your local parks to see if they offer free or cheap drop-in workout classes. I’ve seen yoga, tai chi, and cardio drumming offered.
  19. Go explore – It doesn’t have to be a 20 mile strenuous workout. Look for a way to walk through the woods somewhere in your area. It’s just so peaceful.
  20. Flashlight tag – Playing tag is kind of fun, but flashlight tag at night is an especially fun treat.
  21. Scavenger hunt – This could be done inside or out, and can be made appropriate for all ages. Here are some tips on creating a scavenger hunt.
  22. Geocaching – Geocaching is the ultimate treasure hunt. And it’s free!
  23. Host a BBQ – Invite some family or friends over for some tasty grilled food.
  24. Visit a county park – Many parks are completely free or have an affordable yearly pass.
  25. Try inter tubing – Tubing down in a lake is a relaxing and fun way to stay cool when it’s hot.
  26. Canoe or kayak – If you don’t have your own, it doesn’t cost very much to rent one for the day. Or see if any local kayak shops offer trial days where you can try one out for free.
  27. Local festivals – There’s probably a variety of street fairs, art fairs, or food festivals in your area. It can be a completely free outing f you don’t get suckered into buying anything.
  28. Work on your tan – Not a popular option with the dermatologists, but I think most people enjoy sporting a summer tan.
  29. Take your dog to a dog park – Your dog would probably love to meet some new dog friends!
  30. Host at card boot sale – Whether you’re drowning in clutter, or just want to make some extra cash, having a car boot sale can be a good way to streamline your belongings. Try getting a few families together and host a big one to draw bigger crowds.
  31. Go fishing – It’s so relaxing to be near water. If you catch something, you can have a free meal, or just throw them back like we do.
  32. Go to a lake – Visit a lake or river in your area. Swim, have a picnic, or just relax.
  33. Play football, tennis, capture the flag, etc. – Playing a game is a fabulous way to get some exercise whilst having fun.
  34. Visit a fruit farm – I loved going strawberry picking as a child. Depending on what fruit grows in your area, there are probably some fruit farms that let you pick your own.
  35. Walk or play in the rain – You’re never too old to splash in a puddle!
  36. Photo shoot – Hone your photography skills by taking photos of people or the beauty of nature.
  37. Wash the car – This is both productive and fun!
  38. Watch the sunrise – There’s something magical about being awake before everyone else and watching the sun come up.
  39. Watch the sunset – If you’re not an early riser, enjoy a lovely sunset instead.
  40. Breakfast on the grill – Shake up your grilling routing by cooking a weekend breakfast.
  41. Watermelon spitting contest – Or if that sounds nasty, try carving a watermelon into fun shapes.
  42. Make some tea – There’s just something extra special about sun tea.
  43. Look for shapes in clouds – Lay on a blanket and see what shapes you see in the clouds.
  44. Noodle war – Kids would love having a noodle fight with noodles (these are foam swords for us UK people!).
  45. Play with sparklers – The dollar store sells sparklers that are a festive way to spend a summer evening.
  46. Plant an herb garden – Herbs are an easy and rewarding way to start gardening.
  47. Visit botanical farm or arboretum – Many flower farms and arboretum are free to visit.
  48. Drive-in movie – If you can find a drive-in movie theatre, give it a try!
  49. Act tourist-y in your own town – Visit the local landmarks that you thought were just for tourists. You may find something you really enjoy.
  50. Watch a parade – There are probably quite a few parades going on in your area throughout the summer (more for US people).
  51. One day road trip – Pick somewhere fun that’s a couple hours away (or less) to go visit. You’ll have the road trip feel without the cost of a hotel stay.
  52. Feed the ducks – Any park with a pond most likely has some ducks swimming around. Bring them some bread or food. They love it!
  53. Tie-dye – Tie-dyeing your white shirts or socks (or whatever else you can think of) is a fun project. This tie-dye kit has everything you need.
  54. Skip stones – If you’re near a pond, river, or lake, find a smooth stone and work on your stone-skipping skills.
  55. Go camping – Camping is one of the most affordable ways to have a getaway!
  56. Night swim – Swimming at night is especially fun for all ages.
  57. Make a tire swing – Nothing says summer quite like a tire swing.
  58. Build a sandcastle – If you go to the bunch, you simply must build a sandcastle. You can make one in the sandbox as well.
  59. Pick wildflowers – Make a lovely bouquet for your home from wildflowers.
  60. Go rollerblading – Got some old roller blades lying around? Consider taking them out for a spin.
  61. Visit a car show – There are tons of free car shows throughout the summer.
  62. Flea market – Visit a flea market and see what treasures you come across.
  63. Train for a 5k – A 5k race is a great way to challenge yourself.
  64. Visit a splash pad – Many parks have a free splash pad area. Perfect on a hot day!
  65. Play lawn games – From darts to bean bag toss to croquet, lawn games have a wonderful nostalgic feel.
  66. State or county fair – As long as you don’t eat too many funnel cakes, a state fair should be a relatively affordable outing.
  67. Blow bubbles – Blowing bubbles is so relaxing!
  68. Clean out your garage – This might not be the most fun thing on the list, but boy will it be nice when it’s done.
  69. Cook over an open fire – Have that campout feel in your own backyard by cooking your dinner over a fire.
  70. Jump rope or play hopscotch – Get some exercise and feel like a kid again.
  71. If it’s raining, or you’re sick of being outside in the heat, try some of these cheap summer fun activities you can do inside.

 

Indoor summer fun activities

  1. Visit library – Libraries usually have a variety of activities for kids, plus books, magazines, newspapers, and movies for everyone. If you want a particular one, ask at the desk. They will probably order it for you.
  2. Window shop – Enjoy the cool air conditioning at the mall!
  3. Cheap matinee movie – Most theatres/cinema have special summer matinee pricing on certain days during the summer. Bring your own snacks to keep it affordable.
  4. Volunteer at an animal shelter – Places like animal shelters and ‘soup-kitchens’ are in need of help year-round.
  5. Visit local nature centre – Check to see if there’s a nature centre in your community.
  6. Make homemade popsicles/ice lolly’s – Make popsicles out of your favourite drink.
  7. Start a side hustle business – Summer is a great time to think of a way to earn extra money. Options range from babysitting, gardening, house-sitting, dog-walking, tutoring, and many more.
  8. Visit local free museum – Many communities have local history museums that are free to visit. Some major museums have free days as well.
  9. Have a dance party – Crank up your favourite playlist and dance around your living room.
  10. Spa night – Alone or with friends, a spa night at home is a relaxing way to spend a summer evening.
  11. Game night – Bust out those board games or a deck of cards and enjoy some friendly competition.
  12. Thrift shop – Look for some summer or fall clothing at your local thrift store. Check to see if they have sale days with extra discounts.
  13. Take a free workshop – Lowe’s and Home Depot offer free workshops where you can learn a new skill.
  14. Build an indoor fort – Kids love making a fort with blankets in their bedroom or the living room.
  15. Make homemade ice cream – Try making your own ice cream for an extra special treat. This ice cream maker  does all the work for you.
  16. Christmas in July – Have a Christmas in July evening or party. Put on some festive music or movies, and make some Christmas-y food.
  17. Movie night – A movie night at home is a very fun and relaxing way to spend a rainy evening. Don’t forget the snacks!
  18. Try out a new hobby – Summer is the perfect time to start a hobby you’ve been meaning to try.
  19. Clothing swap – Consider hosting a clothing swap. You can trade clothes or accessories with friends or family members, and all get ‘new’ stuff for free!
  20. Bake cookies – Or brownies, or cupcakes, or anything that sounds delicious.
  21. Try a new recipe – You don’t need an excuse to try a new recipe. But if you add it to your summer bucket list, you’ll be sure to do it.
  22. Go bowling – Many of us tend to forget how fun it is to go bowling. And some bowling alleys offer deep discounts to kids on summer afternoons.
  23. Make root beer floats – Grab a 2-liter of root beer and some vanilla ice cream, and enjoy a delicious root beer float.
  24. Paint your nails or toes – Preferably a bright summer colour.
  25. Turn a pair of jeans into jean shorts – It’s easier than it sounds!
  26. Read a summer-y book – Beach reads are an excellent way to get that summer-y feeling. You could create a summer reading challenge for yourself, and try to read as many books as possible.
  27. Colour or sketch – The dollar store sells a huge variety of colouring books and sketching notepads. You’ll feel like a kid again!
  28. Take a nap – Preferably in a hammock.
  29. Listen to a podcast – It’s the perfect way to learn more about something that you’re interested in.
  30. Organize your closet – This is more fun than it sounds. You’ll discover clothes you forgot you had, and enjoy knowing where everything is for a change.
  31. Lighthouse caretaker – Did you know that many lighthouses will let you stay there for free for a few days if you volunteer to take care of it? You can learn more about lighthouse accommodations here.
  32. Host a brunch – Brunch is an especially affordable way to entertain.
  33. Screen-free day – Don’t throw rocks at me for suggesting this, but I think we could all use a day without our technology screens. It might be the most memorable day we’ve had in a while.
  34. Play dress up or have a fashion show – If you’re organizing your closet, you’ll want to try on a bunch of outfits. Or let your kids play dress up and put on a fashion show.
  35. Puppet show – Your children would love to watch a puppet show, or put one on for you.
  36. Paint a room – You can completely change the look of a room with just a can or two of paint. And it’s totally a one-day project.
  37. Make potpourri – It’s a fun, easy project. Here are some simple instructions.
  38. Tea party – Ladies of all ages would enjoy a tea party. Whether or not to wear the fancy hat is up to you.
  39. Make jam – Here’s a super easy way to make homemade jam.
  40. Put together a puzzle – Kick it old school with a jigsaw puzzle.
  41. Make snow cones – Snow cones or Hawaiian ice is the perfect summer treat.
  42. Visit a friend or relative – If you’ve only seen each other on Facebook lately, go and visit your loved one in person.
  43. Look through photo albums – Looking through old photo albums is a great way to relive your fun memories.
  44. Binge watch a new show – Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime make it so simple to watch an entire season of your new favourite show.

 

115 Frugal and Fun Family Summer Activities – Final thought

Family time is always fun and never a chore. The important part is to look at it as family inspiration and not a to-do list.

Even if we don’t get to all of our wish list this summer, I hope this list reminds you to spend quality time together and try new things, whether you’re out adventuring or at home.

I’ve shared mine; I’d love to see yours! What will your family be up to this summer?

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Daily affirmations for success!

Imagine this: You wake up in the morning, pour yourself a cup of coffee (or tea/orange juice), and write out some success affirmations in your journal.

How do you feel? Calm? Relaxed? Ready to smash your goals!

Let’s face it, success tastes so SWEET!

I bet whenever you crush your goals, you’re on a high! It’s especially powerful when there were obstacles in the way that should have prevented you from achieving your goals, and you reached them anyway.

But before you get to that place of success, you might be feeling impatient and inadequate. It’s easy to get sucked down the drain of self-doubt if it’s taking longer than expected.

And self-doubt can have an effect on our health and life vitality in a way we don’t want.

 

 

What’s an affirmation?

A positive affirmation is a statement used to challenge a negative and unhelpful thought.

By repeating a positive affirmation, you begin to challenge your unhelpful subconscious thinking patterns and replace them with more realistic and helpful ones.

They can be used to boost your self-esteem, help you achieve your goals, or help you push through fear.

Affirmations have been incredibly useful to me. They’ve helped me, time and time again, to break out of negative thinking patterns and to build healthier ones.

In the past, I’ve used them to boost my confidence, push through fear, build boundaries in life, and to find greater joy in life.

Today though, I’m looking for some to achieve success. If you’ve been going through something similar, I hope these affirmations will remind and empower you to be your authentically incredible selves!

Choose one affirmation that speaks most to you (or write your own version!) and repeat it to yourself each morning.

 

Using Affirmations for Achievement

Affirmations are a great way to counter any soul-crushing doubt and keep your motivation high. The morning is the perfect time to use them to set yourself up for success all day.

If you use these success affirmations and feel deep emotion as you are reciting your affirmations, they help to put you into the right mindset and stay focused on your goals.

That doubt will begin to disappear and you’ll stay motivated to meet your goals and live the life of your dreams!

Practicing your motivational affirmations in the morning can help forge those neural pathways in the brain that will help lead you to making better choices, staying focused, and staying motivated all day long.

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Remember, affirmations that work are positive, powerful, and present tense.

Negative words can distract you and detract from your goals. So, you’ll find none here!

Find the affirmations that resonate most with you, write them down, recite them, and view them every day.

Here are 100 affirmations for success.

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Remember, these are daily affirmations for success, not one-time affirmations.

Repetition is key.  Feeling that these things are out there and are already yours is key.  Life externalises from your thoughts and beliefs.

  1. I am successful.
  2. I am a magnet for success.
  3. Love, health and success are attracted to me.
  4. I have unstoppable confidence within me.
  5. Life just feels great all of the time.
  6. There is always a way if I am committed.
  7. I am so excited because all of my dreams are coming true.
  8. Great things always seem to come my way.
  9. I am a naturally happy person.
  10. I am a naturally confident person.
  11. Opportunities just seem to fall right into my lap.
  12. I am full of energy and life.
  13. I am a good person who deserves success and happiness.
  14. I love myself for who I am.
  15. Everything always works out for me.
  16. I am highly motivated and productive.
  17. It doesn’t matter what others think of me, for I know who I am.
  18. I am a centre for positivity, joy and love.
  19. I am incredibly grateful for all of my success.
  20. I use positive thinking to manifest a positive life.
  21. I choose to think positive and create a wonderful life for myself.
  22. I find it easy to succeed at everything I do.
  23. People look at me and wonder how I so naturally attract success.
  24. I think BIG.
  25. I act fearlessly.
  26. The universe always provides for me.
  27. I am so happy and grateful for my life.
  28. Things have a way of working themselves out.
  29. I have such an amazing life.
  30. I am so lucky.  Life is rigged in my favor.
  31. I love who I am and I love my life.
  32. My goals and dreams always come true.
  33. I am passionate about constantly being better and more successful.
  34. Somehow the universe just always helps me achieve my goals.
  35. My dreams are materializing before my very eyes.
  36. The wealth of the universe is circulating in my life and flowing to me in avalanches of prosperity.
  37. Money wants me.
  38. I am very motivated, driven and ambitious.
  39. I can easily pick myself up and lift my spirits when needed.
  40. I find it easy to be optimistic.
  41. I only permit positive thoughts to remain in my mind.
  42. Wealth is all around me.
  43. I am surrounded by abundance.
  44. When I go after what I want, it comes to me.
  45. My mind is a magnet for all good things.
  46. I have success in all areas of my life.
  47. I am grateful that I am so healthy, happy and successful.
  48. Success comes naturally to me.
  49. Everything I do always results in great success.
  50. I can never fail, for everything that happens contributes to me being better.
  51. The seeds of my greatness lie in my mind.
  52. I am love, health and wealth.
  53. My affirmations for success always bear fruit.
  54. Others are inspired by my success.
  55. I am incredibly successful.
  56. I am decisive, confident and take action.
  57. It is so easy to achieve my goals.
  58. The universe is friendly and helps me to achieve my dreams.
  59. Right now, I am exactly what and where I want to be.
  60. Others are attracted to me because I am always successful.
  61. I continuously enhance all areas of my life.
  62. Life just keeps getting better and better.
  63. Every day I move closer to my goals and dreams.
  64. I am resilient, persistent and dedicated.
  65. I have the will and desire to reach unlimited heights of success.
  66. I can and will achieve whatever I set my mind to.
  67. I deserve success.
  68. I give of myself and the universe showers me in rewards.
  69. Wealth and success are normal for me.
  70. I am happy, healthy and wealthy.
  71. Life is an incredibly exciting and beautiful journey.
  72. The vision within me is creating the world around me.
  73. I am full of boundless positive energy.
  74. I see happiness and success wherever I go.
  75. Everywhere I go I create joy, love and success.
  76. Success comes from my mind.
  77. My beliefs determine my reality and I am the master of my beliefs.
  78. There is nothing I cannot do.
  79. I am a force for positive change.
  80. Happiness and success are automatic for me.
  81. My positive affirmations for love and success always work.
  82. I have the power to create my life the way I want it.
  83. I can move mountains with my mind.
  84. I believe deeply that I can achieve anything.
  85. Every day I am more and more successful.
  86. Success comes effortlessly to me.
  87. My life is filled with abundance and prosperity.
  88. It is so easy for me to succeed, even in the face of criticism.
  89. I know what I want and I achieve it.
  90. I can motivate myself with the snap of my fingers.
  91. I am strong, powerful and confident.
  92. I am destined for greatness.
  93. Life is a great adventure.
  94. Today I will take steps towards realizing my dreams.
  95. Everything I could every want or need is already out there, waiting to come to me.
  96. I feel refreshed, excited and determined to excel today.
  97. I can get myself in the right state of mind easily and in an instant.
  98. My thoughts create my reality and I am the master of my thoughts.
  99. I am in charge of my life.
  100. My thoughts and ideas are the seedlings of my success.

 

 

Daily affirmations for success – Final thought

You now have an idea of everything about affirmations for success. It’s now your turn to pick the affirmation that are relevant to you and say them to yourself on a daily basis.

Affirmations are not something that you simply say once off and expect to see massive improvements.

The secret is repetition (do it regularly) and feel each word as you say them, experience what you’re saying.

Wait and see how affirmations will change and improve your life for the better.

Which of these affirmations for self-esteem resonates the most with you today?

Comment below, feel free to ask me questions. I am more than happy to answer anytime.

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Panic Attack Tips – 7 Techniques That Helped Me!

Today I will be discussing panic attack tips and 7 techniques that helped me when I would suffer with them.

Panic attacks are truly terrifying, something anyone who has suffered having one will agree with.

Your heart beats out of your chest, breathing becomes more difficult, and everything you feel is impending death. Luckily there are ways to keep attacks from happening, or even riding one out while remaining relatively calm.

I was 36 when I had my first one, and I needed an ambulance, as at the time I truly believed I was going to die, it was horrible.

The paramedic talked me through calming myself down and I felt a bit silly afterwards as I thought I was having a stroke or heart attack!

I used to suffer with regular panic attacks for a period of about 2 years. Over time I learned how to control them and calm down myself down, and eventually eradicate them completely.

Panic attacks can be unpredictable. And I think it’s important to know how to deal with them when they happen because you’re not always in a place where you can just lie down and ride it out.

These techniques are designed to take the mind off the state of panic that you’re in and respond to something else instead. It can help you calm down faster, or avoid the panic attack altogether. They don’t work for everyone, but here are some of my favourites.

Disclaimer: I am not in any way a certified therapist so all the advice is given from my own experience and should not be taken as medical advice. 

 

 

How You Know You Are Having a Panic Attack

Before you learn how to control panic it is important to first understand what the signs and symptoms are for a panic attack. Not only does this tell you if that is exactly what you are experiencing, but it helps you to recognise the signs early so you can start implementing some of these strategies quickly. This lets you put a stop to the panic attack before it progresses, since they do tend to worsen over time. Here are some different symptoms you might experience:

  • Tunnel vision
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Fight or flight
  • Fear of losing control
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Flushes or chills
  • Sweating
  • Tingling in the extremities
  • Twitching or trembling muscles
  • Feeling like you aren’t real
  • Flushed face
  • Fear of dying

Many people mistaken the symptoms of a panic attack with a heart attack since they are very similar, right up to the chest pains and dizziness. The problem with this is that even if you know you are having a panic attack, you have an intense worry that your worrying could lead to a heart attack, which then worsens the symptoms of the panic attack, making you feel like it is leading to a heart attack. The circle can continue unless you are able to put a stop to it.

 

Panic Attack Tips

Practice deep breathing

If you’re searching for tips to help you learn how to stop a panic attack fast, you’ve probably read about deep breathing. It’s one of the most common breathing techniques for anxiety and panic attacks, but it’s not always easy for everyone. It does take practice, but when you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to do it with ease.

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To get started, find a chair to sit down in and put your arms on the armrests. Take a deep breath in through your nose, lasting for about 5 seconds, hold your breath for 3 seconds, and then breathe out through your mouth for 7 seconds. Repeat 10 times, and as you get more comfortable, you can repeat up to 20 times

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The below channels on YouTube are great for guided meditations;

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If you’re interested in learning more in-depth about meditation, then the below books are excellent:

 

 

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is our innate ability to be fully present in the moment – to focus on where we are and what we’re doing without allowing other, intrusive thoughts, worries, or fears to permeate our minds. When we’re practicing mindfulness, we’re impartial and non-judgmental to what’s happening around us, and when our minds wander, we redirect our thoughts back to the present moment.

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Mindfulness sounds pretty simple in theory, but we live in a day and age where we are encouraged to overschedule our time as much as possible, and it can be surprisingly difficult to focus on the here and now without letting all of the things that are vying for our attention to take hold and send us into a stress-induced state.

If you’re looking for tips on how to stop a panic attack fast, mindfulness is an excellent strategy to learn. There are tons of great mindfulness resources and classes available online, and you may be able to find mindfulness instructors and classes within your area.

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Some great channels that I use for mindfulness videos, are the following:

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Muscle relaxation techniques

Help with calming your body. Focus on one body part at a time and release any tension then move on to the next area.  Practice doing this at night when you’re chilling in bed.

I like to start with my feet and work my way up the body.  Take deep breaths and release any tension in that body part before moving on to the next. You may drift off to sleep from the relaxation.  During a panic attack focus on this until you’re through the other side of the panic attack.

Close your eyes while doing deep breathing or muscle relaxation.  If you’re feeling lightheaded this is not the best alternative. Instead, focus on an object while breathing.  You may find one way works better for you than another.

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Ground yourself

First, notice five things around you, then four things that can be touched, then three that can be heard, two that can be smelled, and one thing that can be tasted.

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That way your mind is not focused on fear and doesn’t run around bouncing from one to another worry.

This is a common exercise often recommended by physicians to people that suffer from frequent panic attacks.

 

Focus on an object

During a panic attack, find one object and focus all your attention on it. Note everything you can about it (patterns, colours, size, etc.) to yourself.

This technique has the potential to take your mind off your panic attack and help your symptoms subside.

 

Pick a colour

Take a look around you, are there a particular colour you can see? Blue, green, pink?

Now, search the area around you and find as many objects as you can in that colour. Once you run out of things, you can move on to the next colour. And repeat, until you start to feel better.

This one is quite fun, and if you are a visual person it may be a better option than the two above as you are focusing on things that are actually in front of you.

 

Educate yourself

Learn as much as you can about panic attacks.  This could be the key to your handling of them.  Make sure you learn as much as you can about the possible causes and how to deal with them.  The more information you have, the better able you will deal with a panic attack when you have one.

 

Panic attack tips – Final thought

Each of these ways have been helpful to me when I was suffering from panic attacks. If you can apply some of them, your panic attacks won’t be so severe and extreme.

Once the severity of the symptoms starts to wear out, you will know that you are on the right track. It is not a fast process, but if you are persistent in your attempts to prevent and stop panic attacks, at one point they will go away.

What are your coping techniques for panic attacks? I would to hear them below.

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