Create More Space By De-Cluttering Your Home

1. Creating space starts with decluttering

For the last few months I have re-evaluated each room and its furnishings as I packed up everything for the new floor.  This week I want to talk about our “stuff.” I have found that I love being in a room with less furniture and decorations. I have given away and thrown away lots of  “stuff”.  If you feel like your home is cluttered, disorganized, or has too many unwanted items, then it’s time to clean it out. A home that feels spacious and minimal makes for a more comfortable, less stressful environment.  Decluttering can also be a somewhat therapeutic process, helping you eliminate things you no longer need from your life and start again. You should aim to declutter regularly to help keep your living spaces clear and your drawers and  closets organized. Use a checklist to help you declutter every room of your home and be prepared to get ruthless with your decisions over what to throw out and what to keep. I’ve made a basic De-Clutter Checklist by room – fill free to update with other rooms and types of items. It is available as a PDF for you to download and print.

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7 Eco-Friendly DIY Yard Projects

Previously we’ve discussed making your garden organic and eco friendly. If you’re still stuck at home like me, let’s look at a few eco friendly garden projects. There are several cool ways you can update your yard this summer, without compromising on cost, or your carbon footprint. These DIY projects all rely on recycled materials, so you’ll even be able to reduce waste. Here are seven eco-friendly ideas to improve your outside space.

 

 

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Eco Friendly Home Decorating

Is there anything more satisfying than walking into a clean and welcoming home after working  hard all day? Your home is your refuge from the world and all its ills. It’s the place where you can kick off your shoes, let down your hair and relax. A space that allows you to be yourself without concession or compromise. As such, your home should reflect your tastes, personality and preferences. Still, for the eco-conscious, it may seem that this involves more than a little compromise. Is it really more expensive? Can it really be done on a budget? Read More

How to Live More Naturally

We live in a very unnatural world. We wake up, we jump on social media, we put on clothes made of artificial fibers, drive to work, sit in front of a computer all day, eat processed foods, come home, and watch TV all night.  How much time do you spend looking at a device? Phones, tablets, computers, TV, ….now many household appliances have computers in them too. Smart homes can talk to you and keep your home running. Nature and the environment have been stripped, cut, and polluted. Many of our fellow creatures that reside on this planet are gone or on the brink of extinction. Read More

Tips to Save Water on Your Yard’s Irrigation

I can never believe my utilities bill when it arrives in June, chronicling all the extra water I used in May to bring my post-winter lawn back to life and feed my garden’s little seedlings. I know that water isn’t, overall, one of the most significant expenses in someone’s life, but all the same, an extra $50 in one month can pack a punch. And saving water can be especially important if you’re in a drought-prone state (like I am.) I don’t want to sacrifice the lush, green, liveliness of my yard and garden. So I often start finding creative ways to get the same amount of water to my plants without running the sprinklers or hose quite as often.

 

 

 

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My Recycled Christmas Tree

Two years ago I bought a tiny decorated live tree at Walgreens for $4.99. It had several tiny ornaments, and the pot was wrapped in colorful Christmas foil.  I put it on a shelf with a few ornaments around it and enjoyed my tiny tree. After Christmas I re-potted him in a larger white planter and put him on the porch. (Yes the little tree is a he.)  The Florida sun burned a few places until he adjusted.  Last Christmas I wrapped a burlap and lace ribbon around the planter and made the tree a part of a vignette on a shelf.

 

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