I am a smart shopper. In my family, it's actually kind of a joke. I've been called cheap, but I feel that there is such a negative connotation to that word, that I prefer "thrifty". You can find some amazing bargains at thrift stores, dollar stores, in clearance bins, at yard sales, on Ebay... the list goes on and on. There are some things that I refuse to buy "cheaply", like food, organic beauty products that I can't make myself, and certain paper products. But other than that, I'm generally not picky and love a good bargain! I wanted to check out the Dollar Tree because I had seen numerous videos on items that are good to get there (cleaning supplies, organizing bins, vases, wrapping paper, greeting cards, etc.), and there is one fairly close to where I live. So this morning, I ventured out, and decided to do a haul video on what I picked up. I spent $19 (plus tax) on 19 items. Not too shabby! Watch the video below to see what I got, and happy bargain shopping!!
There is nothing more gratifying than checking something off of a to-do list. I like making daily, monthly, and weekly goals to keep myself on track with what I need to be doing, and to celebrate what I was able to accomplish. Unfortunately, I tend to weave in and out of this routine, so this is habit #8 in my 15 habits for the new year.
To encourage you to make goal setting a priority, I have created a weekly goal chart for you to print off, for FREE! The download is a PDF at the bottom of this post. This printable would be great for weekly chores, tasks for your children, cleaning routines, as an exercise chart or practice log, or anything else that you can dream up! So, my dear readers, print, and customize however you see fit!
“We can’t hate ourselves into a version of ourselves we can love.” ~Lori Deschene
This past week, I caught a cold. A pretty BAD cold. One that I am STILL getting over, 6 days later. As I do whenever I'm sick, once I had the energy, I had a strong urge to clean and get rid of clutter in the house. For some reason, donating items has become easier and easier for me to do. There's a great Ted Talk about possessions, and how you should only keep those items that you really love, because everything else is just clutter keeping you from having a fulfilling life. Stuff is just that. Stuff. Clutter. Stress. Things you trip over. If you're hanging on to something that no longer serves you, donate it. Stuff weighs you down. Think of it like packing for vacation. Do you REALLY need to check that huge suitcase at the airport, or can you make-do on your trip with hand carry? Chances are, hand carry is all you need.
Mentally, if you're hanging on to a memory or experience that no longer serves you, say "thank you" and move on. Push your grudges, fears, anger, and regrets aside, and make room for new experiences. You have learned from these hardships, and now it's time to stop mulling them over and over in your mind. Open up, step out of your comfort zone, and go on. I have 2 experiences coming up this year that are WAY out of my comfort zone (stay tuned for these, t-minus 2 months and t-minus 5 months and counting...), but there is no way I would be even remotely willing to do either of them without having cleared out my mental clutter first.
So there you have it- habit 7 is let go. Let go of physical and emotional baggage. You don't need it, it doesn't serve you, so carry on and make room for the new and wonderful things waiting for you to let in.
Hello everyone! Habit 6 is bulk cooking! It's so nice to get into the habit of making more food than you are going to eat for that particular meal to eat at a later time. There's minimal additional prep, virtually no need to dirty any additional pots or pans, and you cut down on future cooking time, which is especially nice on those busy days!! The above video shows me making a big batch of meatballs to keep in the freezer, but the idea spans to anything that you would be cooking- chicken, meatloaf, hamburgers, bacon, oatmeal, pancakes, veggie patties, mashed potatoes, lasagna.... you name it. Be creative, and cook (a lot of) what works for your family!
There are few things that bug me more than people who boast about their multi-tasking skills.
I'm not talking about throwing in a load of laundry, and while that's running, putting dinner in the crock pot, and while the laundry and crock pot are doing their things, you're working on your TPS reports. That, in my opinion, is great. I'm talking about those people who are working on multiple projects at once, attention all over the place, and ultimately not putting their full attention on one task and being present in the moment. I mean really.... if you're ACTIVELY doing more than one thing at a time, you're doing all of them poorly. And, without being present, you're missing out on a lot of things! If you're at the sink peeling potatoes, for example, you can't pay the electric bill or walk the dog at the same time, so just peel! Feel the floor supporting you beneath your feet, listen to the sound of water running over the potato, and focus on the task at hand. When that's done, move on to the next task. Let yourself do one thing at a time, and your stress levels will come way down. ....and bonus, you'll make less mistakes.
::Steps off soapbox::
So speaking of projects, how about the grand finale of my closet organization series?! Roll camera, aaaandd... ACTION!