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Guest Blogger Suzie Wilson: Four Easy Habits to Keep Your Home Tidy

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It is not an overstatement to say that a clean home is a happy one. Unfortunately, life can get in the way of having a tidy house. Keeping your residence free of clutter and mess doesn’t have to be time-consuming, however. Maintaining a routine of easy tidiness habits can really add up to create a relaxing home environment.

 

Simplify Cleaning

Cleaning your home can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Try to make cleaning your home a regular habit, such as daily quick sweeping and taking out the trash. Make vacuuming and mopping a weekly task. Choose specific rooms to focus on each day. This process of elimination can make cleaning your home more manageable. It will be important to give particular attention to areas that are easily overlooked. Get in those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, including behind appliances, and clean baseboards and the inside of cabinets. If you have a large family, do laundry daily, or a couple of days a week if you live alone. This might sound intensive, but it can keep your dirty clothes pile from accumulating and give you a healthy supply of clean clothes. Not seeing clothing piles or dust and debris everywhere can go a long way to helping you relax.

 

Tidy As You Go

Little things accumulate: dishes to be washed, garments piled high, toys to be put away. It adds up and can make cleaning feel onerous. One way to reduce the list of stuff to do is by addressing issues in the moment. Tidy your bed after you get up, load the dishwasher after you have eaten, and put clothes in a basket when you get home. If you are wearing a coat, put it in the closet. Ensure that spills are immediately dealt with, and wipe down surfaces with an antibacterial wipe after using sinks or counters. Even filing important documents once they have been read can go a long way to keeping a house tidy. It’s a simple approach that can quickly become instinctual. The less you have to deal with, the more you will be able to relax and not have to worry about growing cleaning duties.

 

Utilize Specific Storage

If tidying as you go is to be fully effective, you will need ample storage. Fortunately, anything can act as storage, be it cupboards, hangers, baskets, and even mason jars. Storage is the perfect way to declutter and keep your home organized and less oppressive. Designate areas for specific groups, such as mason jars for pens and pencils, baskets for laundry, and a drawer for miscellaneous items or things that are candidates to be discarded or given away. Make it a habit to use specified storage daily by taking ten minutes or so to look for out-of-place items. This approach will ensure items do not accumulate, leaving your home feeling more spacious and clean, as well as making the process of decluttering smoother and less stressful.

 

Organize Chores

One of the best ways to keep on top of chores is a schedule. Fill it in with tasks you would like to see done, perhaps in specific areas. This easy habit can help cleaning appear less daunting and give incentive to get things done. You could use a schedule to aid in the delegation of chores to family members. Convincing children to get involved might sound like a thankless task, but it can have rewards. Start off small, such as reminding your kids to put their toys and plates away after they are finished with them. A schedule can really help your little habits add up, minimize the stress of cleaning, and keep your home ticking smoothly.

 

A clean home is a great place to be after a long day. Use storage effectively, tidy as you go, and organize the process of cleaning so that it doesn’t become overwhelming or stressful. With these simple tidiness habits, you can ensure your home is a place where you can relax without chores hanging over your head.

 

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Guest Blogger: Jackie Waters: 3 Tips to Claim Your Life Back from Career Burnout

Have you noticed yourself becoming less productive, pessimistic, or irritable at work? Are you physically, mentally, and emotionally drained, and becoming increasingly detached from your coworkers? You are probably experiencing career burnout.

 

When burnout is left unaddressed, it can lead to severe anxiety and depression, and it will eventually affect other areas of your life. Finding a work-life balance is critical for anyone who wants to live a fulfilling and successful life. If you’re on the brink of burnout or are already in the middle of it, here are some tips to help you claim your life back:

 

Assess Your Career

 

Before you do anything else, it can help to step back for a moment and think about your career. This can be difficult to do when you’re relentlessly working because there’s always a task to complete or deadline to meet. If necessary, take a few days vacation (a week is optimal), and evaluate your career path. Ask yourself questions like:

 

  • Are you fulfilled at your job?
  • Have you lost passion for your work?
  • Is there another career path you would be willing to try?

 

When you have a demanding job, passion is imperative, because you will be spending most of each day working. And without passion, your days will eventually become dreadful and ultimately feel meaningless — hence, burnout.

 

Although it may be hard at first, changing your career could be the best decision you ever make for you and your family, as your fulfillment will carry over to other aspects of your life. And there are many career paths to choose from. For instance, if you like helping people, you might consider becoming a social worker. One advantage of switching to a career in social work is that you don’t even need a bachelor’s degree to pursue your master’s. There are many online programs offered that allow you to take classes while still working at your current job. That way, you can maintain your income while building your new career path.

 

Get Outside

 

Along with evaluating your career choice, spending time outdoors can do wonders for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Nature is one of the best stress relievers out there, and it has a way of restoring balance to your life when you have a brutal schedule. Even a walk during your lunch break can be beneficial, but if you want to take full advantage of the outdoors, pick up a hobby. It can be anything that keeps you active and brings you joy. Surfing, for example, comes with a plethora of health benefits, including:

 

  • Better cardiovascular health
  • Stronger muscles and bones
  • Improved balance and flexibility
  • Exposure to vitamin D
  • Reduced stress
  • Opportunities for self-reflection

 

Also, if surfing sounds like something you would like to start doing, do your research when picking out a surfboard. Running, hiking, swimming, cycling and mountain climbing are other options you might consider. If you’re not sure of your interests, don’t be afraid to try new activities until you find one that sticks.

 

With that in mind, think about taking a vacation that encourages you to expand your adventurous horizons and get a little more exercise. Heading out to Los Angeles, for example, will provide you with a plethora of different options, from hitting the beach, visiting the city’s many iconic destinations, or heading into the hills for a stroll along a nature trail. According to Turnkey, Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory are great for those who enjoy hiking.

 

Consider CBD Oil

 

CBD oil is another thing to consider when you’re experiencing career burnout. Increasing evidence is showing that CBD oil can relieve anxiety, reduce inflammation, promote deeper sleep, and help the body regulate itself. If you’re wanting to explore this natural remedy, it’s important to research reputable manufacturers and ensure you are getting a high-quality oil. Also, you can get CBD in other forms like vape oils and juices. Of course, it’s essential to consult your doctor before trying CBD in any form.

 

If you’re experiencing any or all symptoms of career burnout, take action now. Take a careful look at your career path, and be open to making a change. Try to spend more time outdoors, and find a hobby that provides physical activity and joy. Finally, explore CBD oil to see if it’s something that could help. Overcoming burnout is essential to living a happy and fulfilling life.

 

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Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Life Coaching

 

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Guest Blogger: Suzie Wilson: 3 Smart Options For Your Home!!

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If you want your home to stand out in a market full of so-so properties, a great way to do so is with smart home automation. Smart home features make life more convenient and add a futuristic touch to your house. Many of the best features on the market help make your home more environmentally-friendly, which can also save you big bucks on utility bills. Whether you’re getting ready to put your home on the market soon or you just want to add some appeal with the possibility of selling in the future, these smart home automation features make your house stand out from the pack.

Note that while many smart home features are easy to install yourself, you’ll want to hire help for anything that involves electrical or plumbing work. Fortunately, hiring a professional shouldn’t set you back too much. For instance, the average cost to hire an electrician in Los Angeles should only cost you about $189 to $602.

Smart Lighting

Lighting is a huge part of staging a home for sale. Smart lighting systems give homeowners more control over their lighting while allowing them to customize it in cool new ways. Smart lighting uses LED bulbs and strips that are more expensive than your average lights, but they are also more energy efficient and long-lasting, so they end up saving money in the long run. The light bulbs connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network so you can use your smart hub or assistant to control lights with voice commands. Many systems can also be controlled by a mobile app you access on your smartphone or tablet.

 

Smart Refrigerator

A smart refrigerator may seem excessive at first glance, but once you’ve lived with one, you’ll never want to go back to an analog fridge again. Smart refrigerators connect to your home’s Wi-Fi and feature internal cameras so you have access to what’s inside at all times. Simply check your feed via the refrigerator’s mobile app on your smartphone or tablet. Furthermore, they have a touchscreen interface, so you have the convenience of the internet right in the kitchen. Take inventory of what you have in the kitchen, and program it to your refrigerator’s system to come up with a list of possible recipes you can make for dinner. Never worry about forgetting your grocery list at home again– with a smart refrigerator, you can access your to-buy list anywhere and everywhere.

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Smart Thermostat

While old-fashioned thermostats can be fickle, smart thermostats are intuitive. These innovative heat and AC devices learn your family’s behaviors and preferences while monitoring the weather so it can automatically adjust to your liking. Not having to fiddle with your thermostat to make your home feel just right saves more than just your sanity– it will also save you money. Your home’s AC and heating system doesn’t have to struggle to change rapidly. Rather, it gradually adjusts itself without overexerting your HVAC system. Like a lot of other smart home features, smart thermostats connect to your home’s Wi-Fi so you can control it via a mobile app or your smart hub if you integrate the two.

Smart home features may not add much to your home’s asking price, but they do help your house stand out in a market full of the same old stuff. Not only do smart home features make your home more convenient, but they can also help save you money on utility bills. Smart lighting is incredibly customizable and adds appeal when staging your home to sell. A smart refrigerator helps your family stay on top of their food consumption and meal planning, and smart thermostats keep your home comfortable without putting too much strain on your energy consumption.

 

Suzie Wilson ⎸info@happierhome.net  ⎸Happier Home

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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