10 Easy Changes To Make For A Stress-Free Home

10 Easy Changes For A Stress-Free Home - Original Caroline

After the seemingly endless vacations, late night pool parties, and shop-til-you-drop shopping, it's always a relief to come home and finally rest up. But as soon as you walk in the door, you're greeted with dirty dishes in the sink, clothes sprawled out all over the floor, and and endless pile of mail and bills. Instead of calming relaxation, you're sent into a complete panic!

By setting up your space with care and establishing a few simple routines, you can turn your home into a stress-free home.

Take these ten tips to heart to easily turn your home into a totally zen environment.

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Monthly Goals: June

Happy June, beautiful people! I do hope you’re first week of June really kicked off the Summer season with a bang!

In case this is your first time here, I decided to set myself a new goal at the beginning of each month for 2017 with the intention to uplift my body, mind and soul in some way or another. But instead of setting multiple goals, I only set one main goal with a list of action steps.

I feel like with one main goal, there’s more focus. They’re easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh new start (especially if the previous month didn’t go quite like I planned . . . ). But just because a new month is starting, doesn’t mean I forget about my goals from the months before.

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I set one new goal or intention for myself at the beginning of each month while continuing the goals I set from the previous months.

June Resolution | Original Caroline

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How To: Spring Clean All Areas Of Your Life

Hey there, friend. How has your first week of Spring been?! After the harshness and bitterness of Winter, it’s nice to see the earth come back to life, signaling a fresh, new beginning. It reminds me that, regardless of what happened last season, the next one is an invitation for a clean slate — a fresh start. A new season is a time of pruning and renewal — where you get rid of the meaningless and make space for the fresh and purposeful. That’s why I love Spring Cleaning. It allows you the freedom and space to do just that — clear any clutter that’s in your life.

Clutter can take on many forms — physical, mental, spiritual, relational and social are the main categories. And it’s super important to assess each area of your life, to see where you can clear the clutter, simplify and start anew.

For example, when I was at a place where I was trying to decide how the universe wanted me to pursue my goals and purpose, I was very overwhelmed and confused. To the point where I couldn’t choose which action to take! And it was during this time that I had to get really clear. Clear on my purpose, my goals and how the universe wanted me to go about pursuing them. All while developing myself further into who I wanted to be.

There was so much mental and spiritual clutter that was preventing me from seeing the signs and listening intuitively. So, in order to make sure that I was going in the right direction, I had to clear the clutter!

I share this story to encourage you that Spring Cleaning doesn’t have to be just a time to purge and refresh your physical space. But that you can (and should!) clean any area of your life that you feel like you need to purge, tend to and cultivate into a more balanced space. How are you supposed to have a clean start with all the old dirt still hanging around, right?

As we delve further into the new season, here are five areas to clear the clutter to help Spring Clean your body, mind and soul.

How To Spring Clean All Areas Of Your Life | Original Caroline

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How To Prepare Yourself For Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year again . . . Time to declutter, reorganize and finally stop hoarding all those magazines. 🙂 I love a good Spring Cleaning and relish in the opportunity to organize, cleanse and ultimately come back to my priorities (that have wavered during the colder months). But as so many of us have probably experienced, Spring Cleaning is a slow and often tedious process that can easily become overwhelming.

If I allowed myself, I could easily stand in the middle of my house and feel completely overwhelmed by the tasks ahead. I often have this desire to get everything organized and clean in one day. But, if past cleaning experiences are anything to go by, I know that leaping right in and going a million miles a minute only leads to exhaustion and, subsequently, disinterest.

That’s why I’ve decided to approach this year’s Spring Cleaning realistically and a little methodically. Plan it out, take it slow and apply complete mindfulness to the task at hand.

The concept of clutter is somewhat intriguing, and in preparation for my own Spring Cleaning scutwork, I’ve been reading up on the subject. Basically, clutter harbors dull, lifeless, draining energy which, once cleared, gives you more inspiration, motivation, and optimism. 

So then why does clearing clutter seem so overwhelming to many of us? Because the simple act of looking at it is draining in itself! Dealing with clutter and clearing it out takes a little self-motivation. But once you start, you quickly realize how satisfying the process can be! Hence, you gain more energy to keep going. It’s also a fantastic way to deal with stress and anxiety — getting rid of the stuff that’s weighing you down.

To give you the motivation you need, here are seven key steps to successful Spring Cleaning.

How To Prepare Yourself For Spring Cleaning | Original Caroline

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