Nesting & Investing in the New Year

It’s true what they say about pregnancy and nesting, but the New Year actually brings an even better excuse to clear out the old and make room for the new. Just like we cleanse our bodies of toxins, we can all benefit from cleansing our living space, workspace, and head space of clutter. We’re already spending the majority of the winter months inside, we might as well clean up a little, right?! Nesting is about simplifying and making space for what’s to come, investing in a new year of new possibilities. Whether you’re welcoming a baby into your household, just having house guests, or you have the desire to declutter your life, these tips are for you!

Let go of extra “stuff.” Sometimes we hold on to stuff that we may not even use because we have this fear of not having enough. Having “stuff” can make us feel secure in a way, but do you know what feels so, so much better? Getting rid of the extra stuff and making space – clarifying and simplifying things. That “stuff” can actually weigh us down and hold us back; after all, you know what they say: less is more. Once you clean out the stuff you don’t need, you’ll get it.

Where to start? Choose one small space at a time to make it manageable – your desk, the kitchen pantry, or a closet. Clean out everything you no longer need and organize the rest. Complete each space before moving on to the next.

When we declutter the space around us, we make space both mentally and physically for clarity and new opportunities. Use this open head space to visualize your goals for the New Year. Replace your resolutions with concrete goals and inspiration. Center your focus around inspiring words, mantras, and measurable tasks to ensure that you make progress. You may be inclined to change the decor of a room for a fresh start as well; try painting the walls, rearranging the furniture, or getting a new tool to help organize (anything from a file cabinet to a new mug for your pens.) This physical change may help instigate psychological change as well.

One Healthy Breakdown: get nesting, get focused, and get happy. Do it!

Spring Cleaning. It’s Happening.

Spring has sprung! Now it’s time to clean out the winter left-overs and lighten the load!

household cleaner with rubber gloves bucket and sponge..I’m just going to be totally candid with you here: one of the main motivations of this post is totally selfish. I practice what I preach and I need to practice spring cleaning…in a big way…immediately. So, here are my top cleaning tips/note-to-self:

1. Don’t go crazy. You don’t have to get it all done at once. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was a good spring cleaning. Make a list of priorities and a plan of attack. Personally, I’m dedicating a whole day just to my closet. Sadly, it needs it and I’m not going at this task half-assed. It’s go big or go home. And we’re going big.

2. Go au natural. Slowly but surely, replace things as you need them with more natural products. This has been huge for me. One by one, when I’m out of something, (from household cleaning products to makeup, food to face-wash, sheets to shampoo to shower curtain, etc.) instead of just replacing it, I evaluate, read some labels, and do a natural upgrade. Eventually, you’ll have a natural collection of products you can really feel good about using.

3. “Springify” your closet. First, take out the winter stuff. Those chunky sweaters will clear up lots of room to replace with your spring and summer wardrobe. Then, it’s out with the old and in with the new. This goes for both winter and spring. As you put your winter wear away and take out your spring clothing, (in an organized fashion) go thru it one-by-one. If you haven’t worn it in a year, put it in the donation pile and don’t look back (note to self: don’t go thru donation pile with last-minute re-considerations. Begone. Good riddance. Ciao.) Once you’ve weeded through the closet and lightened things up, think about a way to best organize and get to it. This involves a little bit of careful consideration and individuality. Do what makes sense to you, establish a system you’ll keep up with, whether it’s by category, color, how you get dressed, or your own creative system. Then, keep it up.

4. Possibly most important to living a cleaner, neater, free-er life: De-clutter. The kitchen, the desk, the night-table. Everything is better when it’s simple, when you can find it. As soon as you get the mail, throw the crap (excuse my french) out. Go thru these spaces weekly to do a small clean-out before it builds and builds to justify a large, time-consuming, clean-out (due to losing something really important on the bottom of the pile…)

5. Lastly, enjoy it! Make your home feel like-new and embrace all of your hard work with a little reward. Fresh-cut flowers, a new pillow or accessory, fresh cleaning products, and open windows will fill your home with spring goodness and can make you feel reborn and rejuvenated.

One Healthy Breakdown: Ah, the magic of a clean house after a LONG winter hibernation!