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Stop Wasting Gas and Time. Ship Your Charitable Donations for Free.

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You did it! You finally got sick of the clutter and chaos in your home. You got rid of the clothes that were too big and too small. You gathered a bunch of toys when your children weren’t looking. You purged a ton of books. You can’t wait to get this stuff out of your house!

Should you sell it or give it away?

You have no time to create an ad on Craigslist, list your item on eBay, or create a post in your local online sales group. Besides, you know the blessings (and tax write off) you can receive from seeking out ways to be charitable. You decide you’re going to pack up your things in boxes and bags and donate them to your local charity. But then this happens…

We are not accepting donations at this time.

Argh! This sign on the door! You should’ve called ahead! Now you have these boxes and bags sitting in your back seat or trunk. You drive across town to the next place and…same thing. They aren’t accepting donations for three weeks.

It’s time! Time for you to STOP WASTING GAS & SHIP YOUR CHARITABLE DONATIONS FOR FREE! Sign up for the Give Back Box today! Send your items to the nearest participating Goodwill. It’s so easy!

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Here’s what you will need:

  1.  Find a sturdy box.

If you did any online shopping over the holidays, an Amazon or Target box is perfect. Take out the new and fill with the old.

2.  Go to www.givebackbox.com and sign-up (first time users) or log-in.

3.  Select the yellow box at the top of the screen that says, “PRINT FREE SHIPPING LABEL”. This will take you to the following screen:

4.  Fill in your personal information. Make sure you include your e-mail address if you want to use this shipment as a tax deductible donation. The hardest part of this step was deciding if I wanted the box to be picked up at my house, stand in line at the Post Office, or have my husband bring it to work where the Post Office picks up shipments daily. We had my husband bring it to work. If you want to schedule a pick up, make sure to select this now.

5.  It’s time to actually print your label. You will need a printer, and printer paper or self-adhesive shipping labels to do this. If you use printer paper, you can fold the paper in half and tape it to the box. Or, cut out the shipping label and apply using packing tape.

When my printing prompt came up, it said I needed two sheets of paper.

If this happens to you, change this option under “Pages”. Put “1 – 1” in dialog box and the issue is fixed.

6.  Decide if you want to use this for a tax deduction or simply slap on the label, tape up the box, and send it! If you decide that you could use the tax deduction this year, go to “PACKAGES” at the top of the screen and click on the tracking number.

You have three choices on this screen:

  • If you haven’t printed your shipping label yet, you can do so now.
  • Track your shipment.
  • Create your itemized tax deduction receipt

Once Goodwill receives your shipment, they will e-mail you a receipt for your donation.

Here is a sample of itemizing your donation:

You determine the fair market value of each product.

Make sure you save this when you are finished!

7.  Seal up your box and ship it!

You’re finished. Your home feels lighter. You are helping someone in need. You are saving gas and time. You’re practicing TWO important foundations for successful transformation: Go on a #ClutterDiet and Seek out Ways to be Charitable. 

I can tell you from personal experience that this was very refreshing and I can’t wait to get the next box ready to ship. Please let me know if you have any questions, or tell me how you like this program, in the comments below.

Tips and Tricks:

If you have breakable items (like photo frames), use your donated clothing to wrap the items securely.

If you have items that have sharp edges or an unusual shape, wrap the items securely in your donated clothing.

For size and weight restrictions, click here.

For a list of acceptable items and more, click here.

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PAIN

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This unexpected text message is making my stomach ache. The bones in my arms hurt the most. I have a heavy, tender ball near my heart. The pain is real. My eyes water uncontrollably. I’m sobbing. I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. These are the BIG things in life that I’ve talked about in my past posts. Sometimes they’re expected. Sometimes they’re unexpected. But I can guarantee you, they will show up. I wondered yesterday if I really had the strength, confidence, and courage to handle this.

I do.

The pain, shame, guilt, and sadness are making me question myself as a mom. I wonder if I have PTSD. I have to grieve because I’m experiencing a loss that I wasn’t ready for (for the second time). I know something good will come of this, but I can’t see it today. Today, I’m better than yesterday. Tomorrow, I will feel better than today. Eventually, I will be able to talk about it with my family and friends and shed some tears that I thought were done falling.

I am human.

I can take a few days and do whatever I need to do to get past this. I have the right to cry, be mad, not take a shower, take a shower, not eat (or eat only chocolate), not talk to anyone, let the dishes go, don’t make the bed, don’t wash the laundry, watch movies, read books, color, take naps, stay up all night, or just sit on the couch or recliner and do nothing…as long as I don’t stay here for too long. It’s good to grieve but there comes a time when I need to move forward and start living again.

I will get back on track.

I had so much planned for this week in preparation of the new year. I’m glad I’ve been #unplugged so far this week. Soon I will be back to doing my daily routine. I will write in my journal, pray, and be grateful. I will continue to write my book, plan my future, and create new posts. I will catch up on social media. I will make my bed and get the dishes done before my husband gets home from work. I will focus on The Twelve Foundations for Successful Transformation that I created for myself and, now that I know that they work, will continue to share them with you through my posts, books, and blogs.

I’m going to live my life well from the inside out.

I’m not going to run and hide. I’m not going to move away (because of this). I’m going to stay right here where God has planted me and be strong, confident, and courageous. I’m going to rely on my faith and pray. I’m going to get quiet so I can hear His answers. I’m going to help other women be strong, confident, and courageous. We can help each other. That’s what women do.

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A Christmas Storm

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It’s hard to believe looking out the window today that a Winter Storm Watch is in effect from 6 a.m. CST Sunday, December 25th (Christmas Day) until 12 p.m. CST Monday, December 26th. It has the potential to bring us snow (2 to 8 inches), sleet, and freezing rain. Ice could accumulate to 2/10 of an inch. I’m not a weather forecaster but I do get alerts from The Weather Channel.

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I have been looking so forward to making memories with my children and granddaughter Christmas Day. We pre-ordered a prime rib to go with our mashed potatoes, homemade buns, and veggies. We have a gift wrapped and ready for the winner of our annual hiding of the pickle ornament. We have games to play, a hot tub to sit in, and snowmobiling and fishing for the brave ones. I know there will be a movie and maybe an afternoon nap before we break out the appetizers for round two.

What happens if this watch becomes a warning?

What if the ice makes it too dangerous for my children to come home?

What is this storm trying to teach me?

Enjoy each other ALL YEAR LONG, not just the holidays. Play games and be silly together whenever you get the opportunity. If you live far away from each other, take advantage of social media to talk often and “see” each other. Make time for that phone call (if you’re not an introvert like me). Send snail mail. I feel like holidays should be recognized but they shouldn’t be stressful. I read a quote somewhere and I don’t know who to credit. It simply said, “Give presence, not presents.” That’s what life is all about!

Celebrate often! Celebrate the BIG things and the SMALL things. Celebrations don’t have to be elaborate and they don’t always have to take place on holidays. It’s a new year all year long, not just on New Year’s Day! Find a reason, any reason, to throw a little party. You can celebrate alone, with your spouse, or with your family and friends. I’m going to celebrate when I finish this post with some baking and a mani-pedi! Later this afternoon, I get to party 80’s style at my sister’s home with family! Follow me on Instagram if you want to check that out.

Appreciate the good days! Even in Northern Minnesota we have beautiful days like today. I don’t love winters or snow but I do appreciate the beauty of it through my cabin windows. I love watching the squirrels filling their cheeks for the winter. It’s exciting seeing the deer come in to eat most evenings. When I write in my journal, I always list several things that I am thankful for that day (check out my free One Hundred Blessings template). Today is a good day. The sun is shining and the storm isn’t here…yet. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Pray always – not just in bad weather. I’ve been guilty of falling in the rut of only praying if I feel like there is something I need, or someone else needs. God wants to hear our prayers daily, not only when the bad things happen. Will I pray for my family and friends safety before, during, and after this potential storm? You bet I will. But, I really do try do pray every single day. We have so much to be grateful for. Tell Him! We have so many questions that we can’t answer ourselves. Ask Him! We have so many people and things that we worry about. Cry out to Him! We have illness and injuries that we want hope, healing, and relief from. Let Him know!

Be proactive! Be prepared for life’s storms. Go to the grocery store and stock up on food, water, and personal items. Some of us need to make sure we have our prescription medications filled in advance. Don’t forget that your pets need food and water too. Do you have an emergency survival kit in your vehicle?

What about other kinds of storms? The unpredictable things that show up in our personal lives? Are you doing everything you can to handle those BIG expected and unexpected things that show up in your life? The new baby, job, divorce, marriage, loss, illness, etc.? I created The Twelve Foundations for Successful Transformation to help women live their lives well from the inside out. I want to help you every step of the way! Please sign up for my newsletter (top) or blog posts (side bar).


I’m am grateful for all the time that I have spent with my family and friends this past year. If the Christmas storm truly takes place, and I think it will, I have no regrets. I will still enjoy the prime rib, mashed potatoes, homemade buns, and veggies with my husband and youngest daughter. We will find ways of staying in touch with the rest of the kids. We have celebrated together many times this past year and we will continue to do so in 2017.

I’m excited to get #unplugged starting Christmas day so I can reflect, plan, and be “present” with my family before the new year. I look forward to 2017 and all the goodness it will hold. I will continue to try and find the beauty in Northern Minnesota this winter, but know in my heart we will be moving to a warmer climate soon where there are no winter storms. I look forward to seeing our California family more often.

HAVE A SAFE AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

 

 

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UNPLUGGED

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Can you imagine a full week with no “noise”? No notification bells, chirps, and chimes? How long could you go without checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.? Do you have what it takes to UNPLUG?

I’ve done this several times now. I’ve only unplugged at home once. When we travel to Mexico, I always unplug for the full seven days.

I’m going to admit something to you that’s not easy for me to do: My name is Wendy Kay and I’m a social media addict. Partly because of my side hustle as a writer. I have to promote my own blogs and books. I also just plain love seeing what everyone else is doing, reading, cooking, and buying.

I get so excited when I get new likes on my Facebook page. I want more followers on Instagram and Twitter. Please, please, please sign up for my newsletter! Definitely “like” and leave comments on my posts.

The thing is, with every new follower, like, and comment it leads to more people I want to please. I like people to like me. I want to make sure I respond to everyone in a timely manner. This is causing me to check my cell phone for notifications way too many times every single day.

Checking all your social media accounts frequently also takes away from being present with your family and friends. If my husband or children talk to me while I’m leaving a comment or reading a post, I don’t hear a word they’ve said. It’s very frustrating for them to have to repeat everything to me until I’m done doing what I’m doing.

What does unplugging mean for me?

It means turning off my Periscope notifications. No more chirping. I can see my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram notifications on my phone, but I don’t check them. I will get a YouTube e-mail and cell phone notification when someone I’ve subscribed to posts a new video, but I won’t watch it.

Sometimes I unplug for a few days. Sometimes it’s for a full week. This time it’s going to be from December 25th – January 1st. I’m turning off the “noise” so I can be present with my family. I’m going to spend time reflecting, planning, reading, crocheting, cooking, baking, decluttering, and writing.

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I will still have my cell phone available to check texts, voicemails, and e-mails. I will only respond to what’s urgent. I will use my PC to write my book. I’m going to resist using the internet except for accessing a course I purchased so I can be better prepared for next year. I love to learn so this course should be fun, not stressful. If it becomes stressful, it will have to wait until January 2nd.

I am healthier when I unplug. My body is begging for me to do this again. I’m putting my home, mind, and heart on a #ClutterDiet so I can have more peace, clarity, focus, and patience going into the new year. My blood pressure loves me when I’m unplugged. My family loves me when I’m unplugged.

What would you do with your extra time?

Would you dare to unplug with me?

Have you ever unplugged before? If so, how often and for how long?

Please remember to comment below (because I love comments and I will check them when I come back).

I always make sure I let my family, friends, and followers know that I’m unplugging. I’ll share this post everywhere using the hashtag #unplugged. There is no better time to get unplugged than the week before the new year.

You can do this with me! Save the featured image at the beginning of this post and, when you’re ready to unplug, let your people know. Tell them how long you’re disappearing from the social media world and use the hashtag #unplugged in your posts. Better yet…share this post with them so they can see the benefits of getting unplugged with us!

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year!

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2016 #ClutterDiet Stocking Stuffer Wish List

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What is a #ClutterDiet Stocking Stuffer Wish List?

First, let me explain what a #ClutterDiet is…

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Going on a #ClutterDiet is simply eliminating what we don’t want or need to make room for what’s important. It’s our path towards minimalism and that means something different for everyone. We want less “things” and more experiences.

As minimalists in the making, my husband and I decided we don’t need to give each other gift wrapped presents under the tree this year. We consider the vacation(s) we take as our ultimate gift to each other because vacations are experiences.

We’re very appreciate of all gifts given to us from our family and friends. We know that most of them put true thought and heart into it. If asked, we will tell them that we are on a #ClutterDiet. We love experiences, consumables, and gift cards!

That doesn’t mean our home is empty. We still surround ourselves with things that truly make us happy. We still like to cook and entertain. I read and write in my journal every single day. I enjoy adult coloring. My husband hunts, creates in his shop, and loves to “putz”. We are just more intentional about what comes into our home now.

Santa…here’s my wish list! I don’t need it all, but I’ve been a very good girl this year. Thank you in advance for respecting my #ClutterDiet over the holidays.


On my quest to purge, minimize, and organize our family photos, I could really use some memory cards and storage:

If you can fit a rolled up magazine in my stocking, you can fit a document scanner in my stocking!

You can never go wrong with a gift certificate (as long as I purchase something that serves me and my family, brings us joy, or is consumable):

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It’s almost 2017 and I’m ready for a new journal…from my favorite company (helps me purge the mind clutter):

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I love e-books but when a book from the library touches your soul and changes your life, I want to own that book:

 

Let’s talk about the consumable things I love. A special treat for me (I’ll share) Christmas day:

Wine Legacy

 

I LOVE CHOCOLATE

 

 

You can print out a gift letter for me and give me a gift that keeps on giving all year long (and it’s consumable):


The Coffee Taster's Club

Santa…I’m very fortunate and very blessed already. I’m grateful for all that I have. Please remember the people in my area that don’t have a place to stay warm this winter. Bless them with some comfort, too, this holiday season:

 

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Ten Things You Should Know Before You Start Your #ClutterDiet

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A #ClutterDiet is eliminating the clutter from your home, heart, and mind for a happier, healthier you. We have so many things we can and should purge, especially in our homes.  Once our homes are simplified, clean, and organized, we can move on to tackle the heart and mind clutter. There’s plenty of that, too. How do you know where and when to start? I’m giving you a list of ten things you should know before you start your #ClutterDiet.

Purging the physical items in our homes, garages, storage sheds, shops, and yards is not something to take lightly. Especially if you want to get it done within a reasonable amount of time (I will let you decide what that is). It’s hard work. It takes time. It can get emotional when dealing with sentimental items. It’s especially difficult if you have young children at home or a husband who is not supportive.

Here’s a list of ten things you should do BEFORE you start your #ClutterDiet:

  1.  Have a vision! Picture what your home will look like when you are done. Walk around room by room and look at each room in its present state. Now, while you are in that room, close your eyes and picture what you want it to look like when you are done purging, cleaning, and organizing. Do this in your yard, garage, shop, and shed too.

2.  Save your energy! Remind yourself that there will be less to clean and organize when you are done purging (selling, throwing, giving, or donating your things). Don’t buy any storage containers or do any deep cleaning until after this process is done.3.  Get some rest! Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep so you have the energy and clarity to make some big decisions. I know many of you mommies have young children and babies at home. This really does make the process take longer. Be patient. Give yourself grace. This is not always your season (see #6). Take advantage of the good days.

4.  Eat your food! Start looking at easy, fast, nutritional recipes right now and be prepared for the day you begin. Your body needs this fuel. Your body, home, and family will thank you. If you have kids, they will be pretty happy you remembered to feed them during this time.


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5.  Drink plenty of water! I’ve seen different organizations say different things about how much water we should consume each day. I’ve heard drink half your body weight in ounces. I’ve heard 8 – 8 oz. glasses is plenty. I’ve even heard that 9 – 8 oz. glasses would be even better. I think it depends on so many things. You’re going to be very busy and your body needs to stay hydrated while on this #ClutterDiet.6.  Don’t compare your home to others! We are all living in a different size/style of home. It’s okay to watch others who are on the same mission, but please don’t get house envy. Love exactly where you are at today. We’re all in different seasons. Some work full-time and have young children. Some are stay-at-home moms. Some are retired with no children at home. Some have foster children. Maybe you are the one working two jobs and going to school full-time.  This story is your own story and you will have a successful #ClutterDiet eventually.

VRBO7.  Get some support! Tell your family and friends what you are doing. It’s okay if they don’t agree with it, just as long as they know what your ultimate goal is.  Let your co-workers know too. Invite them to go on a #ClutterDiet with you. Hopefully, they will check in with you once in awhile and ask how it’s going.


8.  Join our Facebook group for women! We love encouraging, sharing, supporting and motivating each other in this group. We’re starting a game on Friday, November 25th that will last for 30 days! Invite other women you know who may be interested. We have lots of “before” and “after” pics. We have many women with great ideas posting in the group.


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9.  Get started! Pick a day and one thing you can do to get started. Focus on one thing or area at a time. Some people like to tackle the biggest problem area first (mine is paperwork). Others prefer starting small like clearing all the surfaces in their homes, cleaning out their purse, or tackling the junk drawer(s). Set a timer if that helps. Watch television and declutter during each commercial.

10.  Finish! Make sure you completely finish what you’ve started. You worked hard. Bring the garbage to the dump. Bring the recycling to the recycling center. Bring your donations to the charity or consignment store of your choice. Give away the rest to your family and friends (as long as it’s not adding unnecessary clutter to their homes).

This is going to feel amazing! It’s going to take very little time to clean now. Every object will have a “home”. Treat yourself to some pretty baskets to organize and store what remains.

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You are going to love this new lifestyle so much, you will never go back to the way it was before. You will have more time and energy to focus and be present with the people you love. You will also have more time for YOU.

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Twenty Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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I love Thanksgiving because it’s usually centered around family, friends, food, God, and being grateful…no gifts! It’s my favorite holiday. Christmas is a different story. No matter how many times my family says, “Let’s NOT do gifts for Christmas this year”…we still end up doing gifts. I know the meaning behind the tradition of giving gifts and I don’t mind giving gifts, however, because I’m on a #ClutterDiet (and I know many people who are) I decided to create a list of twenty clutter-free gifts for the holidays:

  1.  Gift Cards – Let them decide! But only if the recipient isn’t one of those people who feel like gift cards are very impersonal and a “lazy” way to shop.
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One of my favorite online specialty stores (because people still have to cook):  Shop Gift Cards at Food52

2.  Wine – because it’s consumable and the bottle is recyclable.

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Click on image above for a fabulous selection of wine!

3.  Food – It’s consumable. Doesn’t matter if it’s homemade or from the grocery store. It only takes up space until they eat it.

4.  Chocolate – Because who doesn’t like chocolate? Okay, some people don’t like chocolate. But, if they love it, it won’t stick around for long! Goes great with wine, too.


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5.  Homemade Coupons or Vouchers – What’s better than the gift of time? Fill it with nice gestures you can do throughout the year: Breakfast in bed, back rub, hand rub, babysitting, lunch date, movie night, homemade chocolate chip cookies, day off of chores, breakfast for supper, favorite dessert before supper, play their favorite game, etc.

6.  Gift Certificate to the local movie theater – experiences, not things!

7.  Monthly Gift Clubs – as long as it’s consumable and/or recyclable. This gift lasts all year long!

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8.  Spa, massage, manicure, or pedicure gift certificates – Pamper your peeps.

9.  Monthly Magazine Subscription – I hesitate putting this one in because I did recycle over 160 magazines this year (all at once). Hopefully, they will throw the first one away as soon as they receive the next one. Or, what about an electronic subscription?

10.  A donation to their favorite charity (or a charity of their choice) in their name.

11.  A weekend getaway! I would love this as a gift! Book a room at a nearby hotel, resort, cabin, or bed and breakfast. If you have the money, send them to a different city, state, or country.



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12.  Baskets – Fill them with consumable gifts like wine, crackers, cheese, fruit, candy, and more. You can also make a theme basket: A night at the movies, spa day, Playdough, or family game night. The basket can be used to organize their home or office later. Or, they can refill the basket with their own gift idea and pass it on.

13.  Gift Certificate to the local bowling alley – a gift that combines fun and moving their body.

14.  Gift Certificate to their favorite hair salon – make sure you select the right one! If they love their stylist, they won’t want someone new.

15.  Cards that you can plant later – Another gift that keeps on giving.

16.  Tickets to an event – Is there a concert, play, or sports event coming up? This would make a great gift for the whole family!

17.  Pay their utility bill – Wouldn’t you love to have a month or more of your electricity or gas bill paid for?

18.  Socks – everyone wears socks (I think). You just have to know their size.

19.  Gift certificate for a local restaurant – Very consumable! No dirty dishes!

20.  Fresh flowers – They brighten the day and then you throw them away.

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The Twelve Foundations for Successful Transformation

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What are The Twelve Foundations for Successful Transformation?

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    • Go on a #ClutterDiet
    • Create a Vision Board and Bucket List
    • Love Yourself Unconditionally
    • Develop and Grow in your Faith
    • Seek Out Ways to Get Intentionally Quiet
    • Move Your Body. Be Active.

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  • Find and Have Fun with your Passions
  • Live Your Life on Purpose
  • Pamper Yourself Without Guilt
  • Treat Your Body Like A Temple
  • Practice Gratitude Daily
  • Seek Out Ways to be Charitable

Go on a #ClutterDiet will be the first book in my twelve book series. Please “follow” me on my Amazon Author Page for book release dates!

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What Is A #ClutterDiet?

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What is a #ClutterDiet?

Going on a #ClutterDiet is simply eliminating what we don’t want or need to make room for what’s important. We will be happier and healthier when we find the courage, strength, and confidence to release the clutter from our homes, minds, and hearts. I want to help you:

  • Spend more time with your loved ones (and be mentally present).
  • Have time to do the things you love.
  • Feel greater peace, joy, and contentment.
  • Welcome unannounced visitors to your home.
  • Stop psycho cleaning just minutes or hours before company shows up.
  • Remain clutter-free for life.
  • Have more time for self-care.
  • Feel healthier physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.

There are many benefits to reducing clutter and having less to clean and organize. I know from experience how damaging clutter can be. It’s never too late to go on a #ClutterDiet!

I decided to write a series of books based on my Twelve Foundations for Successful Transformation. The big question was:

Which foundation do I start with? 

I learned that there is one foundation that trumps (I’ll never look at this word the same way again) all foundations:  Go on a #ClutterDiet.

My first book in my twelve book series (and first Foundation for Successful Transformation) is “Go on a #ClutterDiet – Eliminate the clutter from your home, heart, and mind for a happier, healthier, you”.

Go on a #ClutterDiet - Eliminate the clutter from your home, heart, and mind for a happier, healthier you.I started my #ClutterDiet before I wrote my first book in 2015.  My book isn’t finished yet, so please “follow” me on my Amazon Author Page and “like” me on Facebook so you are notified of the release date.

If you can’t wait for the book and want to get started, please consider joining our closed Facebook group for women. This is where I take you on my real life journey with my own clutter. We help motivate and inspire each other. We share our ideas. We talk about what works and what doesn’t. It’s a safe place to ask questions and get support. This group will be a valuable resource. You will be the first to know of the official release date of my new book and I will also post special offers that you won’t find anywhere else.

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The foundations I mentioned above were life changers for me. I put them into practice after my ex-husband’s affair (my personal rock bottom moment). They helped me build strength, confidence, and courage for the journey that was ahead of me. It was important for me to be strong enough to take on new challenges and NEVER have another rock bottom moment EVER again.

While I was writing my last book (based on the infidelity that took place in my last marriage – my BIG unexpected thing), I knew that the twelve foundations would serve all women, not just women who have been cheated on.

What are some expected and unexpected BIG things that show up in our lives:

  • Going to college
  • Daughter or Son leaving for college
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Infidelity (extra-marital affair)
  • Death of a loved one
  • Physical, sexual, mental, and/or emotional abuse
  • Rape
  • Illness
  • Chronic Illness
  • Autoimmune disorder
  • Addiction
  • Cancer
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth of a child
  • Birth defect(s)
  • New job
  • Job transfer or promotion
  • Loss of a job (unemployment)
  • Serving a mission
  • Presidential election (it’s 2016 – had to throw this one in there)
  • Injury
  • New home
  • Loss of home

I used to be a tad envious of the women in the world that get to skip over this important and necessary foundation (Go On A #ClutterDiet) because they grew up uncluttered and organized. Then I remembered the commandment Thou shalt not covet and decided to look in the mirror and transform the woman responsible for her own mess (and her children’s, too)…me.

I can’t fully focus on the other eleven foundations with all the chaos in my home, heart, and mind. I seldom finish a prayer, get clear on my future, or move my body daily (maybe I used clutter as an excuse for this one intentionally).

I used to despise unannounced visitors. Years ago, I remember hiding dishes in my oven when someone came to visit. Clutter was practically paralyzing me. I was overwhelmed, tired, and maybe a bit depressed. I didn’t want to hit rock bottom again, so I read three life changing books and got motivated!

 

 

 

My #ClutterDiet began! I’m not as fast as some people, but starting was the hardest part.

Are you ready to go on a #ClutterDiet?

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A Basket Makes A Great Gift

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A basket makes a great gift, if you get the right basket. Looking for the perfect basket can be overwhelming. You can also have too many baskets in your home that don’t have a purpose, and that creates clutter that we don’t need.

When I look for a basket, I like it when the bottom of the basket is the same size as the opening of the basket. This helps more than one basket to sit nicely next to each other in a a drawer, cabinet, or on a shelf. If you purchase a basket to give as a gift, keep this in mind so the recipient can actually use it. If a basket isn’t exactly what they need, fill it with something they can use (see ideas below) and they can re-gift the basket at a later date.

These are good:

These are beautiful, but not practical for most storage solutions:

If you decide to give a basket as a gift, why not fill it with consumable goods? I’m all about less stuff to clean and organize. If I don’t want more things to clean and organize for you, I sure don’t want it for the people you’re buying gifts for either. Do them a favor this year!

Need some basket filling inspiration? Here you go!

Let them decide what they need and give them a gift card. Just be careful NOT to give this to the person that thinks gift cards are not personal:

If they have a Keurig:

There’s always something to celebrate! Why not with a six-pack of bubbly?

Snacks for your college student:

Cheese always pairs well with wine:A variety pack of meat and cheeses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cards that keep on giving (plant them later):


And remember…free shipping and returns at Target right now (I’m not sure how long this is going to last)!

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You get the idea, right? A basket is a “home” for what is left after your #ClutterDiet. If you give a basket as a gift, fill it with consumable goods that aren’t going to add more clutter to their homes.

What other kinds of consumable goods could we add to a basket and make it a gift?

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