Getting Organised and Decluttering Your Home Before the Festive Season Starts

With the holidays fast approaching, it can be a great time to enjoy parties with friends, good food, drinks, and plenty of family time too. It also makes it a great time for gift giving, as it is the season of goodwill and all of that. But when it comes to Christmas, there can be a lot of excess, including things like the gifts or things that you get given. Which is why it can be a good idea to have a declutter before the festive season starts. With decorations in the home too, too much excess can be messy and leave the home looking cluttered overall. And this isn’t talking about throwing everything out and going all minimal. But it is more about making things simpler, making the home less full, and making the whole time a lot less stressful.

If a declutter before the holidays sounds just like the thing that you need, then here are some of the ways to go about it. It doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming, and it can mean that your home has a good clean, organise, and sort through of the things that you no longer need (and at this time of year, can be great for donations to charity or thrift stores).

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Make a Plan

To get on with your decluttering plan, it is a good idea to know who you want to go about decluttering. Is it going to be an all at once type of thing where you might need to hire a skip? Or more of a small amounts everyday kind of thing? From there, you can decide what you will do and when. When schedule it in (like a Saturday to clear your wardrobe, for example), then it is way more likely to happen. So schedule it in and it will make a big difference to how much (and how soon) it all gets done.

Deep Clean

To start off the decluttering process, it can be a really good idea to start off with a deep clean of the home. When was the last time you pulled the fridge out to clean under there, or moved the beds to vacuum? There can be all sorts of little things under these kinds of spaces, and it can be a great place to start your declutter. Often, if something has been under the bed or sofa for a while, you won’t need it. So you can start your throwing out right away. This goes for all rooms in the house; what needs a deep clean to start off your decluttering?

Sell Online

Clearing things out before Christmas comes around can be beneficial to you in a number of ways. It can clear your home, help you to clean it, as well as help you get some extra cash for the holidays. If you have things in your home that you no longer need, but are still in a good condition, then they could be sold online on sites like eBay. Certain things, like baby items that are in good condition, or designer label items, can all be good for getting a good amount of money for. So before you simply throw away, could it be sold? If you’ve got a little time on your hands, you can definitely get a little extra for it, to put towards your Christmas gifts for others.

Good Enough To Donate?

Giving to items is a very worthy cause and does make a difference to those charities. However, it only makes a difference if the items are of good quality. It can be a good idea to ask yourself if you would buy this again in the state that it is in? If the answer is no, then you probably know the answer to if you should pass it onto goodwill or not. If it isn’t worthy of selling and you still donate, then it puts more pressure on the charity as they then have to dispose of it. So don’t just presume everything that you can’t sell can be give away. Some things will just have to be thrown out.

Are you looking forward to the holidays? It would be great to hear what you think and if you have a plan to declutter before the house gets filled with all things festive. It could be a good idea to think about experiences to give to others this year too, rather than just ‘stuff’ that is going to fill their house.

Remember to keep on slaying,

See you next time xoxo

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How To Stop Relying On Your Parents As An Adult

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We all like to think we are independent by the age of 18 but the truth is that logic is nonsense. Whether we’re teenagers or in our twenties, grown men and women can’t help but pick up the phone and ask the folks for help. And, there is nothing wrong with it because it is their job. It’s one of the reason pregnancy scares young people straight!

Adulthood does come with rules though, and one of them is to be self-sustaining. That’s difficult when mum and dad are so eager to help. Relying on them only causes us problems in the long-term, so it’s time to stop. Here are the ways how.

Think Before You Phone

As soon as a problem raises its ugly head, it’s tempting to contact mum and dad. In fact, some of us do it automatically without attempting to fix the issue. The comfort blanket is so warm that it’s tough to resist. The trick is to think first and call later. By going through the options in our head, we can come up with the solutions. When we have them, the world doesn’t seem as challenging and there is no need for parental words of wisdom. Well, there is but not in this particular scenario.

Hustle

One of the main reasons to call ma and pa is money. Without it, the Earth stops spinning and life gets tricky. Thankfully, mum and dad have lots of spare cash (yes, even if they say they don’t) and are always willing to help. Sure, there are occasions when we don’t have any other alternatives and a loan is necessary. However, usually, the funds are available elsewhere if we are willing to hustle by working overtime or starting a new business venture. Debt consolidation loans from Buddy loans can help in the darkest times, too. Plus, there is always haggling.

Surround Yourself With Likeminded People

On the whole, it’s better to have a range of personalities by our side so we can learn more. In this case, it’s savvy if they have one thing in common: independence. Surrounding ourselves with friends who don’t rely on their parents will encourage us to follow their lead. Not only is it a lesson but no one wants to admit their mum lends them money and pays their rent when everyone else works their arses off. When it happens, it’s mortifying.

And Bounce Off Them

The difference between asking friends for help and parents is advice. Mates will offer their point of view whereas mums and dads will tell us what to do and give us what we need to do it. Bouncing off pals is an excellent way to be confident in our next steps because they can offer encouragement as well as tips. Crucially, they don’t tend to give us the answers (money, for example). And, it’s not cheating because we all need a strong support group in our life.

What we don’t need is a nanny who will wipe our bottoms when things get tough.

Remember to keep on slaying,

See you next time xoxo

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Start Believing In Financial Healing

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In many ways, money defines our lives. It’s what we spend our days trying to get, and it’s the grease that enables us to move through life with less effort. Without money, life quickly grinds to a halt, you have to rely on other people, you lose your sense of freedom, and you begin to fear the future.

Enlightened people like to think that money is a nice thing to have, but not the be all and end all of our existence. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not extremely important. Alongside love, connection, spirituality, and health, money gives us the stuff in life that we want.

This is why when things go wrong with money, it can be especially painful. People make mistakes with their money all the time. They give it to the wrong people, they invest in the wrong businesses, and they buy the wrong things. Our relationship with money is usually kept on the low: people don’t like talking about it. But when things go awry, it can leave us feeling weak, ashamed, and often depressed.

Healing from money problems is a challenge that many of us will face during our lives. We need to deal with the regret and missed opportunities, and face the fact that sometimes life just isn’t fair.

Money problems can emerge from all sorts of underlying issues. A demanding spouse can put substantial financial pressures on us. A need to buy things just to feel happy can result in huge debts run up on credit cards. Even buying the wrong house in the wrong area can lead to negative equity, killing wealth and leading to terrible regrets in the process.

What is needed is a way to overcome money problems and to heal. Here are some of the steps that you can take to do just that. Continue reading

Yes, Fitness Can Be Fun (Really)

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It can sometimes be a challenge to find your motivation, especially when it comes to exercise, fitness, and overall wellbeing. Therefore, it’s worth thinking about you can make fitness and a new routine, something fun. Happy things and fun stuff will always keep you motivated, and your momentum will increase week by week, building up your stamina, health, and wellbeing. If you can discover ways to enjoy exercising and fitness, you’ll be well on the road to a healthier and happier new you, and your new habits will ensure that you feel and look great. There will always be backup excuses in your mind as to why you need to skip or miss out on exercising during a day or week. However, if you push through the first few challenges; you’ll be able to continue getting into shape and feeling great on the inside.

There’s no time like the present to think about how you can make your fitness regime a fun one, so get out your notebook and pen, and start writing a list of the things you might like to do. Don’t be fearful of trying more than one thing; some things are more suited to some than others, and you might surprise yourself at how much you enjoy and activity you’ve never done before. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and tips, for those who want to get back into the swing of a healthy body and lifestyle, and enjoy a fit and active life ahead.

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A Fresh Girl Gang

Whether it’s at the gym or in your local community centre; fitness and exercise classes are the perfect, fun way to start enjoying getting active. A class full of people all learning together is a great way to meet new friends, and you’ll be able to encourage each other and push one another forward. It might be something like Zumba or keep fit that spurs you on, or perhaps your new team will be collecting that football trophy before you know it; doing achieving things together is the best way to encourage your fitness journey.

Dancing to music is the ideal way to release those endorphins and let loose after a busy week. Picking up the skills in a dance and exercise class will allow you to do your own sessions at home in between going to see your classmates and teacher. You can meet up with fellow members of the sessions and enjoy your yoga or pilates together; make it social so that it’s always a fun activity and you’ll never get bored.

Plenty Of Fresh Air

If you’d rather blow away the cobwebs and get outside more; a running group is a great way to exercise with company, and you can all work together to get faster and build up your stamina. Jogging, hiking, and running groups are another way to ensure that you can continue the sessions outside of the set days and times so that you can increase the amount you do.

Calling a friend or running partner to utilise your local park together can end up in a well-deserved coffee and a catch up afterwards. Have a look online, or in your local paper to see what’s happening in and around your area. You can contact a group through email or social media, and begin talking to members before you meet up for your first session, which will help alleviate any nerves.

Remember to keep on slaying,

See you next time xoxo

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Why Hobbies are an Essential Part of Your Life

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Everybody is interested in something, and it is important for us to have things in our lives that we enjoy. When you are looking at ways of improving your life and bringing enjoyment to your daily routine, hobbies are something you need to consider. There are a lot of things that play a massive role in the process of enriching your life, and hobbies are definitely up there.

If you don’t have any hobbies currently, you need to make sure you change this. Think about things you are interested in and have a passion for. These are the places you will find hobbies lying dormant and waiting to be unleashed. We are so lucky that we have so much choice these days when it comes to hobbies and interests, and here are some of the great reasons why they play such an important part in your life. Continue reading

3 Challenges to Overcome When Moving to a New City

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Leaving behind a place where you have built up a home over the years can feel like an enormous challenge. And it can feel very daunting to uproot yourself and head over to a new city – especially one which you are not familiar with. It helps to know what sort of challenges you have in front of you, and it is these that we are going to be discussing in more detail in this blog post. By thinking about these obstacles early, you can also determine the best ways in which you can overcome them. Continue reading