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How I Create My To-Do List in 3 Easy Steps

Feb 20, 2020

I’m obsessed with creating lists. I make them for groceries, things I need to buy and most importantly, for tasks I want to complete. The following is the step-by-step process that I follow in order to tackle all of these tasks.

Step 1: Brain Dump

I already have a million things on my mind, so I don’t want to also have to remember things like we need more milk or my daughters dentist appointment etc. So what I do is, I have a space to dump all of these reminders and tasks. I won’t be getting into the exact details of where and how I organize all of this in this post, but it will be clearly explained in my Clear the Clutter program.

By doing this you will feel less stressed and have a clearer mind because you no longer have to remember all of these details. Anytime you need a reminder, you simply look wherever you created your brain dump.

Step 2: Prioritize

It’s very easy for us to gravitate towards the easier tasks first and avoid the difficult ones. And...

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5 Reasons Why It’s So Important to Declutter

Feb 13, 2020

I felt the need to write this post because on numerous occasions people have told me that they have a lot of space in their homes, so they don’t need to declutter. I, on the other hand, live in a small condo, therefore it’s essential that I minimize.

It is true that there’s more of a need for me to declutter than someone with a larger home, but the benefits of decluttering apply to everyone. Whether you live in a mansion or an apartment, here are 5 reasons you should consider decluttering:

1. Your home will look better

Once you remove all of the junk cluttering up your home, it’ll look so much better. Your home will be cleaner, the air will circulate better and it won’t feel as stuffy. You can also display your most beautiful pieces of artwork, furniture and decor, making the space look a lot nicer. Even when it comes to closets, if you have more space, you can space out your hangers, display your shoes and handbags and make your closet look like a...

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My Nighttime Skincare Routine

Feb 06, 2020

Last week I shared my morning skincare routine and today I'll be sharing my nighttime regimen. I have combination skin, but a little more on the dryer side and it isn't very sensitive. I can go to sleep with a face full of makeup and won't breakout. But that's not a good idea and I do try to follow a morning and nighttime skincare routine to try to maintain healthy-looking skin.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, when it comes to products, I like to switch it up. I usually just go to Sephora, tell them what my concerns are and let them recommend products for me to try. Some of the brands I've liked using include Fresh, Clinique, Caudalie, Kiehl's, Algenist, Origins, Philosophy and AmorePacific. If you click on any of these links, it'll bring you to the specific product I liked using from these brands.

Step 1: Face Wash

If you read my morning skincare routine post, you'll notice that it's very similar to my nighttime routine. The first thing I do after brushing my teeth is wash...

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My Morning Skincare Routine

Jan 30, 2020

I have combination skin, but a little more on the dryer side and it isn't very sensitive. I can go to sleep with a face full of makeup and won't breakout. But that's not a good idea and I do try to follow a morning and nighttime skincare routine to try to maintain healthy-looking skin.

This week I'll be sharing my morning skincare routine and next week I'll share my nighttime routine. When it comes to products, I like to switch it up. I usually just go to Sephora, tell them what my concerns are and let them recommend a product. Some of the brands I've liked using include Clinique, Caudalie, Kiehl's,  Philosophy and AmorePacific.

Step 1: Face Wash

The first thing I do after brushing my teeth is wash my face with face wash. 

  • Makeup Wipes: Neutorgena are my favourite makeup wipes and I like to use them whenever I have a lot of makeup on before I use face wash.
  • Scrub: I like to use a face scrub 3 times a week.
  • Mask: I'll do a mask twice a month and use Indian Clay...
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How to Clean Shower Grout Stains

Jan 23, 2020

Keeping the grout between your shower tiles clean can be difficult, especially if you don't do it regularly. Here's what you can do to remove the stains depending on how stubborn they are. 

Step 1: Vinegar

Spray the tiles and grout with white vinegar and scrub the area using a grout brush or a toothbrush.

Step 2: Baking Soda

Make a paste with some baking soda and water. Apply this paste to the grout and scrub again.

Step 3: More Vinegar

Spray the area with more vinegar and allow it to bubble. Then continue to scrub with a grout brush or toothbrush. 

Step 4: Hydrogen Peroxide

If the grout is still stained, spray it with hydrogen peroxide

Step 5: Toilet Bowl Cleaner

I learned this tip from the YouTube channel Do It On A Dime. This will only be necessary if you have very stubborn stains. Apply a toilet bowl cleaner with bleach to the grout and allow it to sit for a few hours. You can also spray the grout with chlorine bleach. Make sure your bathroom fan is on and try...

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Decluttering 101: How to know whether to keep it or toss it

Jan 16, 2020

In order to have an organized home, decluttering is an essential step. But it can be a difficult process because there are many reasons why we feel we need to hold on to stuff. We might feel guilty because of the money that we spent on the item. Or perhaps it was given to us as a gift and therefore we feel like we have to keep it. We'll tell ourselves that we may be able to use it one day or that we'll eventually sell it. Unfortunately, this is why most attempts to get organized end up failing, you simply cannot organize clutter. Here's what you can do to help you with the decluttering process.

Remove everything

When decluttering, it's important to remove everything from the closets, drawers and cupboards so that you can see everything that you have. You also want to be able to hold every piece when deciding what to do with it.  If you're planning to declutter your clothing, then make a big pile of all of your clothes on your bed or on the floor. If you're decluttering books,...

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3 Furniture Pieces that Weren't Ideal for My Small Space

Jan 09, 2020

I've been living in a small space for almost two decades now, so I've learned which furniture pieces work well in a small space and which ones aren't the greatest. Whenever I chose furniture I did try to choose pieces that were space-saving or had some kind of storage element, but it still didn't always work out as planned. Today I wanted to share which pieces weren't the best so that you don't make the same mistakes I did.

1. Folding table

This table could work in some small spaces, but it's not ideal for all small spaces. This table is from Ikea and it's great because it doesn't have a large footprint, yet when it's open, it provides a large tabletop. There are also small drawers that provide extra storage. The problem with this table is that it's very heavy, so you can't move it around. When you live in a small space, it's nice to have furniture that can easily be moved. So what we ended up doing was we put the table on casters so that we could roll it around. The issue with this...

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5 Tips to Help You Maintain an Organized Living Room in a Small Space

Jan 02, 2020

If you have a small living room, it can be challenging to keep it organized. Our living room is also used as our playroom, home office and dining area, so we really had to be creative when planning it out. The following are some tips that will help you maintain an organized living room, especially in a small space.

1. The Coffee Table

We currently don’t have a coffee table in our living room because we have young children and it was proving to be more of a hazard than a useful piece of furniture. Instead, we have an open floor space with an extra-large yoga mat which is perfect for the kids to play on. The coffee table we had has been moved to our storage locker and we will bring it back once the kids are older. I love our coffee table because it’s dual purpose. It can open up and be used to store items. Also, the tabletop can be used as a coffee table or it can be brought up and works great as a desk or place to eat dinner while sitting on the couch. So when choosing a...

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How to Organize Any Space in 7 Easy Steps

Dec 27, 2019

Whenever you organize a space, it’s essential to follow certain steps in order for it to be effective. If you don’t follow these steps, it’ll be harder to maintain and it’s doubtful that the space will remain organized. I will use a junk drawer as an example when explaining the steps.

Step 1: Remove Everything

Take everything out of the drawer and place it somewhere where you can sort through it. You can use a tabletop, counter, the floor or your bed. You will need some space to spread it all out. You must take everything out of the drawer, there’s no point trying to organize with things still in the drawer.

Step 2: Clean

Wipe down the drawer so that you have a clean space to store the items.

Step 3: Sort and Purge

You must now hold every item that you removed from your drawer and decide if it’s worth keeping. Only keep what you value. If you don’t love it or don’t use it often, it needs to go. You don’t want to keep everything...

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Tips on Starting a YouTube Channel

Dec 19, 2019

I decided to stray a bit from my usual posts about organization and minimalism today because I’ve received quite a few messages asking for tips on starting a YouTube channel. Since I’m not a YouTube expert, I won’t be going into great detail about the technical aspects, but I will give you a few pointers to help you get started. I figured the best way to do this is by simply answering the questions that I’ve been asked.

1. How do you start a YouTube channel?

  • YouTube is owned by Google, so if you have a Google account (Gmail), you have a YouTube channel.
  • I suggest googling, “how to start YouTube” and you will find a ton of videos and blog posts that will explain it a lot better than I can.
  • Just start! Your first video won’t be great, but just keep at it and they will get better.

2. What do you use to edit your videos?

  • I use iMovie, which is video editing software that came on my MacBook Air.
  • I should mention that I have an...
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