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It may still feel like winter, but spring will soon be here. A good spring clean can be great therapy, as well as be the perfect excuse for getting your home sparkling for the new season.

Why not focus this year’s spring cleaning on de-cluttering? Mine is clothes that don’t fit, things I haven’t worn, purses I haven’t used, and statement necklaces that are missing gems.

Clearing out the clutter can transform your home in many ways, and is a great way to start off the year. Take a look at these top tips to make tackling your clutter a breeze.

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Get ready to be ruthless

One of the key factors for de-cluttering success is ruthlessness. It can be difficult to part with some household items, but if you held onto everything, then you’d soon run out of space in your home. When assessing which items should stay and which should go, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I used this item in the past year?
  • Will I use it in the next year?
  • Is it broken (and can it be repaired?)?
  • Would I buy this again if I saw it in a store?

If you’ve answered no to any of these, it’s time for it to go. Let go of the fear that you might need something again in the future. If it’s been sat there gathering dust for years, chances are you aren’t going to miss it.

Toss, recycle, donate or sell

When dividing up the items that you want to get rid of, split them into different categories. Toss items that are beyond repair and can’t be recycled. Recycle items that are made from recyclable materials. Donate items that are still in good condition that could be useful to those in need and sell items that could earn you money. Anything broken, ripped, etc. is getting donated to Give Back Box, and anything in good condition is being sent straight to thredUP. I’m kind of over Poshmark at the moment because I hate being haggled with when my prices are already low. I won’t make as much back with ThredUP, but it’s SO much easier and they donate what they don’t by from you.

If you do decide to go down the ‘sell’ route, find a courier service that will collect and deliver your items. You’ll find it much easier to sell your unwanted goods and save yourself the hassle of trying to ship large or bulky items.

Invest in new storage solutions

Even after clearing a large portion of your clutter, you might find that you’re still battling with unsightly messes in your home that stop it from looking neat and tidy. Making use of clever storage solutions that hide your clutter is a great idea, and could add some stylish new pieces to your home. Coffee tables, footstools and decorative boxes/trunks are great items that will keep your clutter out of the way so that you can enjoy walking into a clutter-free and beautiful home.

Tackling your unwanted clutter is a great way to start off the year. A regular de-cluttering is good for the soul and will stop the need for another major session this time next year. If you’re looking for further ways to de-clutter your home, why not move onto your wardrobe next? Tackling your overflowing wardrobe would help you save some space, and could even help you rediscover old favorites! Make plans to de-clutter your home and start embracing more organized living.

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My 2018 Personal Planner was given to me free of charge for a review. As always, opinions are my own.

If you’ve been following my blog or listening to me speak for the past couple of years, you’ll know that I had a total love affair with my Posypaper planner. This year, I got an itch to make my planner even more custom and went on a search for a company that could incorporate one of my designs from my Etsy shop into a planner, specifically, my Like A Boss design.

With Personal Planner, not only do you get to customize the cover, but this is your planner from soup to nuts. Let me walk you through it:


Size:I chose classic, because I wanted it to fit comfortably in most of my purses. I could see the Big being a perfect size for teachers!


Cover Picture:

This was obviously what I was the most excited about. I was able to upload my Like A Boss design to the front, and use one of their pretty marble designs for the back. I opted to not have my name on this one, but the year is on my back cover. I also chose the gold elastic enclosure, but I honestly after a couple of weeks of schlepping the thing to work, that is long gone- probably in one of my black hole purses. You can also choose your start month and year- either to order ahead or catch up if you’re tardy to the party!


From there it’s mostly functional- the layout of the pages (the combination of options is virtually limitless), picking out what you want your “extra” pages to look like (I opted for just extra note space), and even adding a note for daily workouts, if you desire. There’s even an option to start your planner with a little note with your contact info should you lose it.

And, guys, there is pocket.

I’m obviously just into the new year using my Personal Planner, but so far so good! I love the way it’s organized (because I designed it!) and it’s a great size. Because the planners are made in Sweden, definitely allow some time for it to come it, but shipping is included with the price! My only suggestion to Personal Planner (and all planner manufacturers) would be to create a planner that’s not wire bound as my wires tend to bend while bouncing around my work bag. I would love love love if all planners were more like hardcover books. I’m not even sure if this is possible, so until then, I am quite content with and proud of my new planner.

Design your own planner with Personal Planner here and don’t forget to like them on Facebook!

 

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Moving home is often associated with lots of packaging, planning and also arguing. However, if you live on your own then it can actually be even more difficult because all of the responsibility is placed on you.

If you live an independent lifestyle then you’re probably accustomed to making all of your own important decisions, but there are so many components when it comes to moving home that you’re bound to forget one thing or another. In order to make the entire process easier for you, here are a couple of ways to make moving home on your own a breeze.

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Declutter your home

Packing up your belongings can take a while if you have a lot of clutter. The first thing to do is clear out all the clutter. Anything that you don’t need needs to be thrown out or else it will follow you like a stray cat to your new home. Don’t carry waste with you because not only does it increase the overall weight of your packed bags and boxes, but it also forces you to use up more space in your new home. Clean out your house, empty all the drawers and get rid of things that you don’t need. This will make it a hundred times easier to move in the future because you won’t need to carry around so many boxes, and it helps to keep your belongings organized so you don’t lose anything in your boxes.

Carry a separate bag for daily essentials

If you’ve got a complicated skincare routine or just love being organized (who doesn’t?) then make sure you pack a separate bag full of your daily essentials. Skincare creams, make-up, medication, toothbrush and paste… the list can go on! Anything that you need on a daily basis should be packed in this bag alongside a spare change of clothes and toiletries. This is especially important if you’ve spent the whole day moving and carrying boxes. The last thing you want to do is unpack all of your belongings, so kick up your feet, relax and pretend you’re on holiday by just relying on your daypack.

Have you shopped around for moving quotes?

Unless you have a vehicle that’s capable of carrying all of your belongings, you’ll want to shop around for the best quote from movers. Prices can vary drastically so it’s important to look at various sites to determine what will be the cheapest and most efficient. You can click here if you want to find out more about movers and to calculate a sample quote. You also have the option of asking friends and family to help, but only if they’re willing to lend you a vehicle of theirs.

Don’t forget your emotions

Moving can be an emotional time especially if you’re living on your own. Make sure you spend plenty of time with close friends and family members that you’ll be leaving behind because you might not be able to see them for a while. Even if you’re just moving across town or a few streets down, you’ll be experiencing some drastic changes that could ultimately change your entire life. In times like this, it’s nice to have someone to talk to.

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After months, or possibly even years, or planning your magical wedding, the big day is nearly here. Unfortunately, you’ve probably realized that you weren’t nearly as organized as you though. Don’t panic just yet; you can salvage those plans with a few very simple finishing touches.

Here are six simple suggestions that will guide you down the final stretch with far greater success. Some people might not think they’ll make much of an impact at this stage, but ‘aisle’ be the first to say “I do.” Your magical wedding awaits.

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#1. Become The Image Of Perfection

There’s never been a day where your appearance will seem as crucial as it does on the big day. The wedding dress and groom’s suit may have been perfect when you bought them, but your bodies may have changed. Finding a local suit tailor that can make the necessary adjustments on both outfits can save the day. As well as making you look great, it will leave you feeling comfortable and confident.

All eyes are going to be on you throughout the big day. With this in mind, it may also be worth doing a test run of bridal makeup and groom’s grooming routines. Realizing that you’ve made a bad decision on the day itself simply isn’t an option.

#2. Settle Bills

There’s no escaping the fact that the wedding day is one of the most expensive in your entire life. As such, you may not settle some of the bills until the very last minute. However, clearing those costs will give you a clearer mind. Just make sure that you gain payment confirmations. No newlywed couple wants to face claims from dishonest vendors.

It is possible that some costs won’t be finalized until after the big day. These could include bar tabs and similar items that are influenced by the usage. Still, knowing that you’re on top of those financial commitments will allow you to start the new chapter on the strongest foot.

#3. Know Timings

In truth, you’ll probably deviate slightly from the schedule. Nonetheless, timings are important for your big day, especially if you want it to run smoothly. Therefore, making a few phone calls to confirm those plans is advised.

If staying in a hotel overnight, you may wish to confirm the check-in and check-out times. Meanwhile, confirming the wedding entertainment times will put your mind at greater ease. When you’re not worrying about the external influences, you can start to place greater focus on yourselves. If that doesn’t improve the final preparations, and the day itself, what will?

#4. Perfect Your Pose

Once it arrives, your wedding day will fly by. Frankly, the only thing that will make those months of planning seem worthwhile is if you can look back on it and smile. That will become far more likely when you have captured those magical moments in the form of great wedding photos. However, it’s not all about choosing the right photographer.

A photographer can only work with what’s in front of the camera. This guide to looking your best in those snaps will ensure that the final product is far greater. Turn those images into canvas art and photo books to brighten up your home. When you can reminisce on the big day in a positive manner, the time and money invested will seem worthwhile.

#5. Run Through Important Moments

The wedding day is a ceremonious day filled with many iconic moments. You’ve probably gone through them on many occasions over the weeks and months leading up to the big event. However, final rehearsals are always a good thing.

If you’ve written your own vows, you’ll want to do this separately. Meanwhile, you should practice the first dance, speeches, and other key moments. You’ll only get one shot at the big day and won’t want to make any mistakes. The more you practice, the less likely that outcome will be. If nothing else, it should help you mentally prepare.

#6. Confirm Seating Plans

The wedding should be about the happy couple, and you don’t want family frictions to get in the way. Sadly, it’s very rare to have two families where everyone gets along. Therefore, going through your seating plans to avoid potential animosity is key. Otherwise, the dream day could soon turn into a nightmare.

The best man/men and other key guests should be drilled on how to handle potentially difficult guests too. In the very worst cases, you may have to take the drastic measures of banning people from the big day. After all, your happiness is paramount. As long as you have that, everything else is just a bonus.

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Your wedding is one of the biggest, most memorable days of your life. And while that is obviously exciting, it means there’s an enormous amount of stress and pressure to get it right. Even the calmest and laid back woman can turn into bridezilla with a wedding on the horizon, and so it’s important to do what you can to keep stress to a minimum. Here are a few ways you can do exactly that!

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Start Early

Once you’re engaged, chances are you will be keen to get the wedding set up. However, trying to get everything done within a short space of time will make it all much more difficult. If you want to enjoy the process and get things done with as little stress as possible, give yourself more time. Book the wedding for a year away instead of six months, or eighteen months away instead of a year. In the grand scheme of things, those six months won’t make a difference when you’ve been happily married for years. But in the here and now, you have more chance to save, plan and get the details right. Your first step would be to set the date, that way you know exactly how much time you’re working with. And then start making arrangements right away, even if it’s just research to begin with. You will want to view portfolios and read reviews from your vendors. You will want to start researching different styles of wedding dresses, or maybe start a health and fitness regime, so you feel your very best on the big day. Starting early gives you more opportunities to decide exactly what you want, to get things booked up and change your mind on different ideas if necessary.

Go All Inclusive

You already have a million things to do when it comes to planning your wedding. Buying rings, the dress, practicing your first dance, working out seating arrangements and everything else. So instead of giving yourself more things to do, why not look into all-inclusive wedding packages? That way your venue, the food, DJ and music, cake, centerpieces and all of the personnel are taken care off. It can be a huge weight off your mind, and you know that everything will be beautifully executed with no additional hassle to you. On the day of your wedding, you can focus on getting yourself ready and enjoying the experience without worrying about arranging additional things.

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Go Online

Wedding stationery is expensive. Writing out and posting hundreds of invitations (along with all of the other pieces of stationery you need to send for a wedding) can be a big use of time and money. In this modern day in age, everything is done online so why not take advantage of this? If you set up a wedding website you can provide guests with everything they need, without having to send out multiple pieces of paper. You could include your wedding venue details and the time of each event. A map and directions to get there, your gift list, table plans and anything else you’d like to include. There are free wedding website templates you can use online which make the process so much quicker and easier for you.

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