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8.29.2010

What Does Your Space Say About You?


It's time to cut all the excuses people. Here are some soul-searching questions that might help.

1. Why does your environment remain cluttered?
It is not a priority.
I can never get around to tidying it.
I don't know where to start.
I fear I will never finish.
Other

2. How does the clutter make you feel?
Confused
Anxious
Hopeless
Embarrassed
Indifferent
Other

3. What is holding you back from releasing old things?
I am not sure what to keep.
I'm insecure about making decisions.
I fear I will need something the minute after I toss it out.
I am afraid to let go.
Other

4. What would make it easier for you to declutter?
Knowing I am making the right decisions
Not regretting losing something
Knowing that it won't be time consuming
Knowing that it will really work
Other

5. How much time will I commit to change?
One month
Six months
One year
As long as it takes
Other

6. What does an uncluttered environment represent to you?
Fear
Excitement
Work
Freedom
Other

After identifying the obstacles that stand in your way, you can begin to tackle those obstacles. Choose a space to declutter. Not sure which space to start with? Ask yourself the following questions about the spaces you're considering: Are there overwhelming quantities of one or two types of items {such as paperwork or clothing} in this space? Has cleaning in this space become an impossible chore due to too much stuff? Is the floor covered with objects and items you need to put away? Are the tops of the desk, tables, chairs, and other furniture hidden beneath piles? Is this space lacking a proper filing and/or storage system? Has it been more than a month since you've sorted and purged your unneeded items in this space?

If you've answered yes to most or all of these questions, then you know where you need to start. Now it's time to start sorting. Choose one area of that space-start small if you're worried that you won't finish-and ask yourself the following questions as you go through each item in that area:

When was the last time you used the item?
Is it a collectible that could be displayed and enjoyed?
Is the item outdated, or is it usable?
Are you able to find this item when you need it?
Is the item beyond repair?
What is your treasure?

You've heard the notion that one man's treasure is another man's junk, but what does it mean to truly cherish something? This next exercise will help you identify the real treasures in your life, and let them tell their story.

List your prized possessions.
Describe how you acquired them.
What story or emotion do you associate with each of these objects?
What are your reasons for keeping these items?
How do you honor these items?

Don't let the sentimental journey inhibit you.

Problem: You assign an emotion or a feeling to an item, and you feel that if you were to throw it out you would lose some part of you.

Solution: Remind yourself that throwing something out does not mean that you are throwing out the memory of that thing or that person.



 

8.17.2010

Clogs-aliscious Time

It is almost fall, WooHOO! My favorite season EVER!!! Which means, lots of fun fall fashion!! In my opinion, fall is the best time to show off your fashionista side even if you don’t think it’s in you. And so, with a look toward fall, here is a peek into the future of this fall’s fashion:



Yep! You guessed correct. Fashion forecasters predict Clogs will be HUGE this fall. Clogs-aliscious time!




I used to wear them back in the day, and boy, am I glad they’re back! If you’re like me always looking for a style that’s not only fashionable, but is also quick to put on, well, there you have it. Clogs do just that. Not only are they an easy wear, they're stylish, and fashionably sexy hot! And what better way to stay bang on trend than with a gorgeous pair of leather clogs. The options are endless and are appropriate for almost any age group. Choose from platform styles, wooden heels or clog sandals.

These pebbled leather platform sandals feature studs at the bands and at the T strap Buckled ankle strap will be added to my collection of shoes for SURE!.





I hope to have inspired you by this update to up your style this fall. Happy fall shopping ya'll.

8.02.2010

{The Rug}...That's Where It's At

Isn’t it true, after the hassle of moving, and you are finally all moved in, all of a sudden it hits you; what now? Where do I begin? What color should I paint? Those thoughts are a start, but the big question now is, HOW do you start?


Well, here’s the easiest way to get started:

Most of you would never guess it. It’s the rug! The rug is the most important piece in any room. Think about it. When you don yourself with an outfit, do you put on first the clothes, jewelry, shoes and then the undergarments? Most of you would have to disagree right? Well, just like you always start with your undergarments before getting dressed, you start with a great rug of your choice and you build off of it; it’s the foundation.

With the rug in place, your next step is to make your decisions about what type of furniture should be placed in your home. The rug gives you the colors for the room, the colors for the pillows and draperies. For me without the rug {especially, if you’re not a professional designer} you can't make those kinds of decisions, or I should say, it’s harder to get a full clear vision and see it through. And YES, you can put area rugs on carpeting – it helps define spaces. Trust me, once you found the rug, everything else will fall into place—the color palette, the mix of furniture and accessories.

And don’t forget pillows. They help bring color and pattern into a room. A sofa would feel/look naked without pillows. They can be simple, the pillows don't have to be frilly or anything. They can be very understated and still be cozy. Remember, less is more.