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“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” —Dale Carnegie
The idea of living a simple life with less stuff sounds attractive to many.
But often, they begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated around the idea of owning less. That’s too bad.
Learning how to declutter your home and (and as a result, decluttering your life) doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. And the benefits are numerous.
The Benefits of Decluttering Your Life
There are many benefits to owning fewer possessions. Even then, it’s tough to move into action. That is… until the many benefits of getting rid of clutter reveal themselves:
Less to clean. Cleaning is already enough of a chore, but having to clean around things you have zero emotional attachment to (or worse, actively dislike) makes cleaning the house much more stressful.
Less to organize. Finding things suddenly become easier. Things don’t just “disappear” anymore. You can actually move around your home and enjoy the space, instead of moving around things that are in the way.
Less stress. Looking around at the clutter is a nausea-inducing sight once your home becomes cluttered enough. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to look around and see a home you love?
Less debt. Spending less time shopping for material possessions and adding to the clutter means your wallet and bank accounts remain fuller, your credit cards’ statements are lower, and your home doesn’t get filled with costly things you don’t need.
More financial freedom. Most American households live paycheck to paycheck (59% according to a recent survey done by Charles Schwab back in May 2019.) Nearly half of those surveyed carry credit card debt. Decluttering, paired with minimalism, will help you build up savings to keep you protected in case of unexpected emergencies.
More energy for your greatest passions. With less debt, more financial freedom, and a clean home, you can now focus your energy on the things you enjoy instead of worrying about “Keeping up with the Joneses.” This will ultimately make you happier.
Ok, so now you know the benefits of decluttering your life, but you may be getting tripped up by the very next question… where in the world do you begin?
10 Creative Decluttering Tips
If you’re struggling and need guidance on how to declutter, you’ll need to get creative with your plans. Here are several interesting decluttering tips to get you started on decluttering your home:
There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding behind that clutter. Deciding how to declutter your home is up to you. - Josh Becker
It can happen to anyone. It happened to me. COVID-19 came to my front door and pushed its way through without any type of warning and infected us all.
It began with my son fending off a 103.5 fever early morning on a Tuesday. I began the coconut oil routine. Within an hour he had collapsed on my bathroom floor unresponsive. From there the ambulance was called, and we made headway to the hospital in minutes. With fluids from the hospital, his fever quickly reduced, and he was discharged.
My other son and I quickly began our coconut oil routine taking a rounded house teaspoon every 2-3 hours. We had seen how quickly it had dropped the fever of my first son, so we quickly followed. I had been aware of the health benefits of coconut oil for 10 years now and use it faithfully daily. Now the COVID test was at hand, and we prayed it would have the same benefit. All three of us tested positive for COVID-19 in two days.
We felt awful for about two weeks. But neither my son or I had fevers the entire time. But, we started the regime the minute we felt like crap. Neither did we have coughs. I had no sore throat, but both of my boys did. Coconut oil regime was mandatory for two weeks to get us out of this dilemma.
At 61, and with chronic health issues, I was saying my prayers. I had friends who ended up on ventilators around the same time.
I am no doctor, nor do I harbor any medical knowledge, so please do not take me at face value. I only share what I know can help. You need to be seen by a professional if you test positive.
From there the following was implemented daily first thing in the morning:
Coconut oil every 2-3 hours, one teaspoon
yogurt with walnuts, coconut flakes, and probiotic powder
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Both sons were good in less than a week. Me, on the other hand, took an additional 7 days.
Other professional advice to follow:
If you have coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and you're caring for yourself at home or you're caring for a loved one with COVID-19 at home, you might have questions. How do you know when emergency care is needed? How long is isolation necessary? What can you do to prevent the spread of germs? How can you support a sick loved one and manage your stress? Here's what you need to know.
Most people who become sick with COVID-19 will only experience mild illness and can recover at home. Symptoms might last a few days, and people who have the virus might feel better in about a week. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms and includes rest, fluid intake and pain relievers.
Follow the doctor's recommendations about care and home isolation for yourself or your loved one. Talk to the doctor if you have any questions about treatments. Help the sick person get groceries and any medications and, if needed, take care of his or her pet.
It's also important to consider how caring for a sick person might affect your health. If you are older or have an existing chronic medical condition, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, you may be at higher risk of serious illness with COVID-19. You might consider isolating yourself from the sick person and finding another person to provide care.
Emergency warning signs
Carefully monitor yourself or your loved one for worsening symptoms. If symptoms appear to be getting worse, call the doctor.
If you or the person with COVID-19 experiences emergency warning signs, medical attention is needed immediately. Call 911 or your local emergency number if the sick person can't be woken up or you notice any emergency signs, including:
Protecting others if you're ill
If you're ill with COVID-19, you can help prevent the spread of infection with the COVID-19 virus.
Protecting yourself while caring for someone with COVID-19
To protect yourself while caring for someone with COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend:
Talk to the doctor about when to end home isolation, especially if you have a weakened immune system. The CDC recommends the following guidelines for ending home isolation after you think or know you had COVID-19.
The CDC also recommends that, as the sick person's caregiver, you stay home for 14 days and watch for common signs and symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Coping with caregiving stress
As you or your loved one recover, seek emotional support. Stay connected to others through texts, phone calls or videoconferences. Share your concerns. Avoid too much COVID-19 news. Rest and focus on enjoyable activities, such as reading, watching movies or playing online games.
As you take care of a loved one who is ill with COVID-19, you might feel stressed too. You might worry about your health and the health of the sick person. This can affect your ability to eat, sleep and concentrate, as well as worsen chronic health problems. It may also increase your use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.
If you have a mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression, continue with your treatment. Contact your doctor or mental health professional if your condition worsens.
To care for yourself, follow these steps:
Caring for yourself can help you cope with stress. It will also help you be able to support your loved one's recovery.
Although most of my diet is 80% paleo, I still crave a bit more sustenance from time to time. I have been making this bread for two years now. When I do, I cut thin slices and place them in the freezer for easy retrieval.
This bread is dynamic and will tantalize your taste buds. It is unlike traditional bread that is light and fluffy. This sucker will taste like a bowl of oatmeal. Yum!
3 medium ripe bananas, plus more for garnish
2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
2 large eggs
1/2 c. pure maple syrup or honey
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts, toasted
Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 8"-x-5” pan.
Combine bananas, oats, eggs, maple syrup, baking soda, vanilla, and salt in a blender. Blend until you have a smooth batter, about 1 minute. Fold walnuts into the mixture.
Pour batter into prepared pan and arrange banana slices on top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the bread comes out clean, about 50 minutes.
A healthy version of chicken strips that are baked instead of fried, and coated in ground almonds in place of breadcrumbs. This almond crusted chicken came out fantastic – crunchy on the outside, moist inside and full of flavor. Not to mention that each piece is more filling than traditional version thanks to healthy fats in almonds. If you want leftovers, double the recipe. One batch served 4 people and a few pieces were left.
2 lb. chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
1 cup almonds, ground (almond meal works too)
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Place almonds in food processor and final chop.
Completely slice chicken breasts in half and again lengthwise.
In one small bowl, mix mustard and mayo. Completely coat chicken.
Lay each strip in almonds and completely coat.
Set Air Fryer to 350 degrees. Cook for 25 minutes and flip half way through.
Just looking at the picture evokes feelings of calmness. Why is it every time we go to hotel we come back feeling a sense of uplifting? Most likely because there are very few items in its space. Oh sure, you can rationalize it as the whole "vacation" experience, but have you noticed once you walk through your own front door clutter immediately reaches out?
I have been on my own journey for two years with minimalism. Am I there yet? No, not by any means. But can I walk into several rooms and feel at peace? Yes, at this point. These are rooms that need little time to spruce up because there is very little in them. Having less invites a sense of calmness. On the other hand, clutter can only wreck havoc with our overstimulated nervous system.
What does your house look like right now? Go on, take a walk out in your living room. When you walk in there is your mind jumbled with thoughts of how can I get to all this? Did you know that unused stuff lying around causes more frustration and depression in our lives which is something we definitely don't need. Peace is what we need. Peace is found through calmness. Calmness if found in less mess.
What is Minimalism?
“Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art.” --Richard Holloway
I am often asked the question, “So what is minimalism anyway?” It is a question I receive from people I have just met and from people I have known for many years.
I typically answer them with a short, simple explanation:
MINIMALISM IS OWNING FEWER POSSESSIONS.Like I mentioned before, minimalism is intentionally living with only the things I really need—those items that support my purpose. I am removing the distraction of excess possessions so I can focus more on those things that matter most.
That is my short, elevator-pitch answer.
But oftentimes I desire to answer more in-depth. When people ask follow-up questions that allow me to explain simple living further, I like to add:
IT IS INTENTIONALITY.It is marked by clarity, purpose, and intentionality. At its core, being a minimalist means intentionally promoting the things we most value and removing everything that distracts us from it.
It is a life that forces intentionality upon us. As a result, it forces improvements in almost all aspects of your life.
Intentionality looks different for everybody, as no two individuals are the same, but it requires each of us to dive deeper and become more introspective about our values and passions.
IT IS FREEDOM FROM THE PASSION TO POSSESS.Modern culture has bought into the lie that the good life is found in accumulating things—in possessing as much as possible. They believe that more is better and have inadvertently subscribed to the idea that happiness can be purchased at a department store.
But they are wrong. Embracing minimalism brings freedom from the all-consuming passion to possess. It steps off the treadmill of consumerism and dares to seek happiness elsewhere. It values relationships, experiences, and soul-care. It lets us see all that we already have and reminds us to be grateful.
In doing so, we find a more abundant life.
IT IS FREEDOM FROM MODERN MANIA.Our world runs at a feverish pace. We are too hurried, too rushed, and too stressed. We work long, passionate hours to pay the bills, but fall deeper into debt every day. We rush from one activity to another—even multitasking along the way—but never seem to get anything done. We remain in constant connection with others through our cell phones, but true life-changing relationships continue to elude us.
Becoming a minimalist slows down life and frees us from this modern hysteria to live faster. It offers freedom to disengage. It seeks to keep only the essentials. It aims to remove the frivolous and keep the significant. It values the intentional endeavors that add value to life.
IT IS FREEDOM FROM DUPLICITY.Although nobody intentionally chooses it, most people live in duplicity. They live one life around their family, one life around their co-workers, and another life around their neighbors. The lifestyle they have chosen requires them to portray a certain external image dependent upon their circumstances. They are tossed and turned by the most recent advertising campaign or the demands of their employer.
On the other hand, a simple life is united and consistent. It has learned a lifestyle that is completely transferable no matter the situation. It is the same life on Friday evening as it is on Sunday morning… as it is on Monday morning. It is reliable, dependable and unfluctuating. It works in all circumstances. It is honest and transparent.
IT IS COUNTER-CULTURAL.We live in a world that idolizes celebrities. They are photographed for magazines, interviewed on the radio, and recorded for television. Their lives are held up as the golden standard and are envied by many. People who live simple lives are not championed by the media in the same way. They don‘t fit into the consumerist culture that is promoted by corporations and politicians. Yet, they live a life that is attractive and inviting.
While most people are chasing after success, glamour, and fame, minimalism calls out to us with a smaller, quieter, calmer voice. It invites us to slow down, consume less, but enjoy more. And when we meet someone living a simplified life, we often recognize that we have been chasing after the wrong things all along.
IT IS NOT EXTERNAL, BUT INTERNAL.In my first book, Simplify, I outline 7 guiding principles to help anyone declutter their home and life. The principles outlined in the book have helped hundreds of thousands find freedom by removing much of the physical clutter in their homes. The book concentrates almost exclusively on the externals of life. And while it helps people find freedom from external clutter, it does not take the next step of helping people find freedom and unity in their heart and soul.
I have learned embracing this lifestyle is always a matter of the heart. After the external clutter has been removed, we create the space to address the deepest heart issues that impact our relationships and life.
IT IS COMPLETELY ACHIEVABLE.Becoming a minimalist is completely achievable. My family stands as living proof. We were just your typical family of four living in the suburbs accumulating as much stuff as our income and credit cards would allow. Then, we found minimalism. We have embraced minimalist living and will never go back to the way life was before. We stand as living proof that simple living is completely achievable (and unique) to anyone who seeks it.
Typically, I find that those who are generally interested in knowing more and take the time to ask the follow-up questions are drawn to the principles of a minimalist lifestyle. After all, it offers almost everything our heart has been asking for all along.
What is a minimalist lifestyle?
It means living with things you really need. It means removing anything that distracts us from living with intentionality and freedom.
Is minimalist living boring?
Minimalist living is the opposite of boring. It removes mundane activities that take away from spending time with our loved ones. Once we rid ourselves of the unnecessary, we’re able to decide what will define our lives.
Some travel the world full-time. Others will find themselves more involved in their families’ lives than ever before. Becoming minimalist frees us to live a bigger life with a more passionate pursuit of our greatest purpose and goals.
Does this mean I can’t be sentimental?
Remember, less is not the same as “none.” There are no specific rules to simple living and nobody is required to get rid of things that bring value to their life. Most minimalists keep some sentimental items in their life… they just keep less than others. And instead of stuffing our sentimental belongings in a storage unit or a garage, we proudly display them in our own home.
For more reasons why you should switch to minimalist living, consider these stats:
There are numerous articles on toxicity and such build up affecting fibromyalgia. I have been careful these last few years buying products that are natural and eliminate many of my symptoms. I also notice that when I've introduced these products back into my normal routine, so have my symptoms flared.
But where do you start? Pain throughout the day makes us not the best candidates to find and implement new products. There are good days that make research easy, and bad days where we just want to get through till bedtime. But what if there was a manufacturer that could send you a product every month? Something new to try for just an $11 subscription? Wouldn't that make it easy to start at square one?
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I can tell you personally I enjoy receiving my monthly subscription. It comes with one card offering easily read information on the front and back. This allows me to make one easy change a month. So far, I have ousted dryer sheets, got rid of paper towels, and utilized bees wax paper; and for most of these, alleviated excess toxins from my life.
Keeping the toxic load in your body very low can make a big difference in how you feel. Here are some ways you can decrease the toxic load to your body.
There are many sources of toxins and damaging chemicals that can get into your body through the air you breathe, water and foods you ingest, through your skin from soaps, lotions, cosmetics, cleaning products, etc. A lot of it you just don’t even realize but these toxins can build up to toxic levels in your body. Here are some of the most common ways that you can let toxins into your body:
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Everyone needs a delicious treat once in awhile. Today I offer you the marvelous brownie treat that harbors no gluten! Once these are made, pop them in your freezer to stay fresh.
1⁄/2 cup unsalted butter
1⁄/2 cup chocolate chips
3 large eggs
1⁄/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Generously grease a 7-inch square baking pan with vegetable oil.
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir very well. (You want the heat from the butter and chocolate to melt the remaining clumps. If you microwave until everything melts, the chocolate will be overcooked. If necessary, microwave for an additional 10 seconds—but stir well before you try that).
In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until light and frothy. While whisking continuously, slowly pour in the melted chocolate in a thin stream and whisk until everything is incorporated.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Set the pan in the air-fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 350°F for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes before cutting into squares.
These are wonderful sides or delectable stand alone snacks.
If you prefer a softer cheese, American and Provolone both melt easily and go great with garlic. For something fancier, try a deep, rich bleu cheese such as Stilton. Even Fontina or Gouda would be delicious in this cheesy keto biscuits recipe.
Keep in mind, however, that garlic does not pair very well with sweet cheeses like mascarpone and Havarti.
1/4 cup butter melted
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/3 cup coconut flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup sharp cheese shredded
1 scallion, sliced
Whisk together egg, butter, and garlic powder.
In separate bowl, mix coconut flour with baking powder.
Whisk dry ingredients into egg mixture. Stir in cheese and scallions.
Place mixture in a 6" round baking pan.
Bake at 320 degrees F for 12 minutes.
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • A popular minimalist blogger and author of The More of Less shows you how to methodically turn your home into a place of peace, contentment, and purposeful living.
Valerie utilizes an extensive amount of research producing this blog. Categories are purposely set up in stages, rather than topics, so you can easily implement one step at a time.