Keeping this post short and sweet, so you can take the number one organization tip from today and reflect on it for a little bit.
First let me ask you- Is your home organized? What makes a space organized or unorganized for you? Does your definition of being organized come from trends or from your own personal ability to function well within your space?
The greatest tip for organizing your home is this...
Know what organization looks like for YOUR LIFESTYLE.
Every single one of us has a slightly different definition and purpose for our home. For some it may be a place of calm and serenity, for others it may be a space filled with laughter and hope, and still for others it may be a spot to gather and bring people together in conversation. With all of these various definitions for "home", it only makes sense that the organization within them may look a bit different as well.
Here are a few examples:
+ All dishes washed and put away vs. mixing bowls at the ready.
+ Books organized by color and size vs. by subject.
+ Collection of coffee mugs neatly organized vs. the shoe collection displayed as art.
+ Everything having a place for time and efficiency vs. a space well-lived in.
+ Weekly cleaning schedule vs. bimonthly cleaning schedule.
+ The list goes on...
The point is being organized is really important, because it allows you to cherish the moments, activities, and people that are truly meaningful to you. However, do not get stuck on the latest organizational trends, but rather ask yourself- What do you want to feel when you walk into your home? What makes a space appealing and how can you organize your items to create that look for your home? What lifestyle habits make you feel organized when it comes to your physical items? What does not matter to you when it comes to being organized? etc.
Organize your home by creating a system for your physical items that will allow you to show up for the lifestyle you want to see flourish within your space.
Bonus tip- Organization and designing a space go hand-in-hand in my book. If you are ready to define your space to match your lifestyle, you know where to find me lovely lady! (You may also find a few more posts showing up about the design/organization connection soon.)
Finally, I would love to hear what you would like to discover more about when it comes to home organization + design, so please leave me a comment below. :)
Last week I hosted the first official BP Spring Cleaning Lifestyle Challenge! It was an opportunity for women to come together via social media and support each other in making small lifestyle changes whether they were near or far. I absolutely LOVE that we have the ability to connect on a global level don't you?
The women who participated had so many creative swaps from artificial light vs. natural light, toxic care products vs. natural, and artificially sweetened ice cream vs. homemade cashew dessert! I was so impressed with the women who chose to show up and participate! (Hats off to you!)
Today, I want to share the three basic concepts I look at when it comes to spring cleaning my lifestyle... just in case you could use a little spring cleaning too!
1. Declutter/Detox- What is one aspect of my life I would like to declutter or detox? When I think about decluttering the lifestyle, I pinpoint what keeps me from growing or simply being content. Just like environmental and food toxins dive into our cells in our physical body; toxic relationships, environments, or time commitments integrate into our lifestyles and start breaking down our potential to be content.
Here are a few areas to look at when detoxing your lifestyle:
+ Toxic Friendship/Relationship- Is someone constantly being negative, dramatic, rude, or inconsiderate? Perhaps you have a person in your life who simply doesn't contribute positively to the relationship.
+ Items that No Longer Serve a Purpose or Foster Joy- Are there items in your space simply accumulating dust, adding to your visual and mental clutter, and no longer contributing to the lifestyle you want to live?
+ Tasks and Commitments Weighing Down the Schedule- Do you have tasks on your plate that you are holding on to simply because you committed to them two years ago? What activities are you doing simply to please others at the sacrifice of your own peace of mind?
+ Environmental Chemicals and Food Toxic to Your Body- Are you putting anything in or on your body that is doing more harm than good?
+ Negative Thoughts
2. Organize/Restructure- Are there places in my lifestyle that if I simply restructure the tasks/items or organize them a bit, they will cohesively build off of each other rather than fight against one another?
Here are a few examples of organizing areas of your lifestyle:
+ Making Your One-Hour Weekly Work Meeting a Two-Hour Monthly Meeting- You will use the meeting time for efficiently if you know you are only meeting once a month versus weekly.
+ Establish Carpool For Your Kids- You share the responsibility of getting them to school with other parents which opens up a couple hours for you each day.
+ Moving Items Around In a Space- The space better serves its purpose for you.
+ Bringing Like Friends Together- You can all meet together rather than always scheduling separate commitments for each. (Of course, 1:1 dates are still lovely sometimes too.)
+ Creating a Plan For Meals- Using how busy your schedule is for the week and selecting wholesome foodie options that will help fuel your busier days.
+ Plan Complimenting Plans with Your Spouse to See Friends- You have more time together alone.
3. Flourish/Nurture- What areas of my lifestyle do I truly enjoy and how can I continue to grow/highlight these areas? Which aspects of my life make me feel whole, make my heart flutter, and cultivate joy?
Here are a few examples of nurturing areas of your lifestyle:
+ Faith- Do you place your foundation on faith in God? Do you show up to meet with Him daily? How can you make Him more of a priority in your life? How can you cultivate a deeper relationship with Him?
+ A Person- Is there someone who truly and completely accepts and loves you? Do they help your grow in a positive direction? How can you spend more time with them? How can you show them you appreciate them and how they make you feel?
+ A Hobby- Is there something you enjoy doing so much you lose track of time when you do it? Perhaps make time in your schedule to do this activity daily.
+ Traditions- Are there certain traditions that foster the woman you aspire to be? Perhaps it is getting a fresh bouquet of flowers for your space, shopping the local farmer's market, or cooking a family recipe.
+ Quiet Reflection or Creativity- Do you find clarity when you take time to reflect? How can you create more time and space for such things?
+ Whatever fosters feminine lightness... focus on and cultivate such things.
Spring is the perfect time to embrace a little detoxing, organizing, and flourishing. Just as a space loves to be spruced up, a lifestyle does too. How will you spring clean your lifestyle this season? I would love to hear your plans! Please comment below or send me a message!
Happy spring cleaning my friends!
Your Lifestyle Consultant
Bonjour ladies and gents!
I am so, so, so excited to be sharing my first blog entry with you! I hope you will find this blog, and my site, a resource for your lifestyle, your schedule, your spaces, and your precious moments shared with others! I think sometimes we forget about what is truly important to us and to our lives, so I have dedicated my career to making sure you embrace yours. How does that sound?
Just a Few Highlights:
Lifestyle One-on-One Sessions & Workshops- As women, I believe it is crucial to have open communication in a one-on-one setting. During our time together we foster your priorities and how they reflect in your life as a whole. We look at what is consuming too much of your time and energy, and what you could use more of. Our time may be spent at a local cafe, in your space, at my humble abode, or any other place that brings you closer to connecting to your lifestyle.
In order to connect as women and share our lifestyle journeys with one another (or simply just to embrace a little time together), I offer workshops and events throughout the year. The topics range and I am always up for suggestions! (I also love hearing about local events and sharing them with the ladies I work with, so please share any and all ideas with me and I will pass them along.)
Curate Your Space & BP Home Decor Collection- It is absolutely amazing how much your space impacts who you are and how you FEEL. With my simple obsession for decluttering and organization, and my certification in design psychology, I wanted to offer something exciting for both you and I! The "Curate Your Space" Package is an opportunity for you and I to look at your space, evaluate how it FEELS to you, how everything flows together, and how it is meant to function for you. We declutter, we organize, and we make color, spacial, and decor adjustments to the space in order to bring about the feeling that this is your space and it reflects YOU!
The BP Home Decor Collection is my carefully curated collection of decor items that complements the work I do. I create items such as abstract paintings, macrame pieces, woven tapestries, etc. You will learn more about my creative process and the collection in upcoming posts. The online store will be open the end of April and custom orders are always welcome!
There you have it. What I offer in a nice "little" package wrapped up with a bow. Let me know if you have any questions about the services I offer or if you would like to begin our work together! I know what a gift it is to be able to share in your growth, to be a part of your life, and for you to CHOOSE to spend your time and energy with me.
I look forward to connecting lovely lady!
P.S. Are there any lifestyle topics you would like to learn more about?
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