Decluttering your life for a decluttered mind.

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It’s not easy to let go of things that we are used to keeping.

What it comes down to is changing the habit to hold onto things. I’m not perfect – I like to keep things. Just in case… I’ve learned to ask myself more frequently, why am I keeping this item in my space. Is it because I actually NEED it? Most often the answer is – I might need it someday.

Well, someday is not today. Today seems dramatic but I’ve learned to ask myself – have I used this item in the last 2 weeks and if not will I use it in the next 1 week. If the answer is no to both, get rid of it!

That might seem a bit abstract so let me make a little list of things to help get you started. For each of the following, ask yourself if you have it, if you’ve used it recently if you’ll use it very soon from now.

  1. Half used or unused perfume (or perfume that isn’t your favorite)
  2. Half used or unused makeup (same as above)
  3. Cooking ingredients and spices that sit around
  4. Tea bags that you don’t like
  5. Travel sized cosmetics, throw away toothbrushes, combs, creams
  6. ‘Nice’ shopping bags from luxury stores
  7. Empty jars / too much tupperware
  8. Mismatched or worn-down costume jewelry
  9. Costumes or ‘novelty’ clothing of any kind
  10. Books that you don’t plan to read again

This is just a basic list that could be helpful in triggering your ability to clean and clear your space and soon your mind. It might seem over-dramatic but I’ve truly found cleaning my items and minimizing my belongings to be incredibly therapeutic in the long run. Give it a try and good luck!

Silver Surfers

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Personally I’m a golden girl so it breaks my heart to admit that this spring and summer delicate gold jewelry has given way to bold silver pieces. To work the trend, wear simple minimal clothing like jeans and a solid color tee shirt in a neutral color and make a statement with stacks of thick silver cuff-like bracelets and chain necklaces.

Pros: Silver is cheaper than gold, silver flatters more skin tones than gold

Cons: Chunky jewelry can be uncomfortable in the summer heat, real silver will tarnish over time

Lifehack: Stretch out Tight Shoes

In my opinion there is literally nothing worse than paying for something that you can’t use. I’ve found myself in this position one too many times with buying shoes that are too tight. I try them on in-store and they fit perfectly. When I take them home and walk around with them for the first time (making them un-returnable once worn) somehow it’s like they’ve shrunk two sizes overnight!

For this reason I’ve become the master at stretching out shoes that are too small. Here’s how to do it.

BEST METHOD: SHOE TREE + BLOW DRYER 

  • take a shoe tree (in picture) – wooden works better than plastic
  • shove them into your shoes as far as they will go
  • proceed to heat the shoes with a blowdryer on maximum heat (focus on the areas of the shoe that felt tight when walking around)
  • heat the shoes for 30 seconds at a time and then try to push the shoe tree in further
  • do this 10 – 15 times
  • let the shoes sit overnight with the shoe tree inside

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