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Transitioning from Dirty to Clean Products

Sep 23, 2020

When using products to clean my home or choosing cosmetics, I’ve never been overly concerned about the chemicals that I was using. As long as it was effective, that’s all that mattered to me. Well recently, things have changed and I have started to become aware of the need to transition to cleaner products and I am now learning more about it.

One of the first things I started with was essential oils. I had purchased oils on Amazon and after posting about it on my Instagram stories, some of my followers messaged me saying that I should be careful with the types of essential oils that I am using. A lot of them are not pure and could be harmful. A former work colleague of mine also contacted me and provided me with a wealth of information about DoTERRA. I did some more research and decided to return the oils I had purchased from Amazon and switched over to DoTERRA. I must admit that there is definitely a difference between the essential oils, I’m so glad I switched...

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5 Things You Can Do Without when Living in a Small Space

Aug 12, 2020

Over the years our family grew but our space didn’t. Though we’re now a family of 5, we continue to live in a small space and as result, we’ve had to remove certain things in order for the space to function better for our family. The following are 5 things that we’ve managed to live without.

1. A coffee table

Since we have young children, a coffee table actually acts as a hazard in our small space. We removed ours years ago and just left the space open so that our kids have space to play. My husband Kiran also uses the open space in the living room for his at-home workouts. That's why we have an extra-large yoga mat instead of a rug. It's perfect for working out, to use as a playmat and it's a neutral colour that's easy to clean!

2. A dining table

Our condo doesn’t have space for a dining area, so we also got rid of our table and chairs when we moved in. We did have stools so that we could sit at our island, but our youngest child would always climb...

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Top 4 Things I Wish I Did Before I Had Kids

Jul 29, 2020

If you don't have any children yet, then this blog post is for you! I know that when my kids are in their 20's, I'll be sharing this advice with them. I don't know if they'll take my advice, but I'll give it a shot.

When I was in my 20's I thought I was the busiest person in the world. I was in school full-time, working part-time and participated in extra-curricular activities. But now that I'm a working mother of 3, I realize that I wasn't as busy then as I thought I was. There was so much more I could have done and really wish I had because it would have greatly benefited me today.

1. Read

I was never fond of reading and only recently did I start to get into audiobooks. I rarely have time to actually read physical books, but I can listen to books when doing mundane tasks like commuting, cooking or cleaning. So my first tip would be to set aside time to read more books. Personally I like non-fiction, self-help books. I love to learn tips and strategies to improve myself and I...

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How to Deep Clean Your Dishwasher

Jul 15, 2020

A few years ago my dishwasher wasn't working properly and we asked our plumber to come take a look at it. Turns out that the drain was clogged because we weren't maintaining our dishwasher properly. He explained what we needed to do and since then, we haven't had any issues. In today's post, I'll be explaining the steps that I follow when deep cleaning our dishwasher. However, I recommend that you consult your manual and follow the maintenance instructions included.

I deep clean our dishwasher once a month. If you want to know my entire cleaning and home maintenance schedule and also learn how I keep track of everything that needs to be done around the house, sign up for my Clear the Clutter Membership. Not only will I teach you my home maintenance and cleaning schedule, but I'll also help you declutter and organize your home, step-by-step, room by room.

As I mentioned earlier, the best way to maintain your dishwasher is to follow the owner's manual. If for some reason you can't...

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How I Wash My Pillows

Jul 01, 2020

A little while back I posted an Instagram story where I was washing my pillows and got quite a few messages about it, so I figured I'd do a short blog post on how I wash my pillows.

It's important to wash your pillows a couple of times a year because over time they will accumulate things like dirt, oil, dust mites, saliva, sweat and bacteria. I wash our pillows every 4 months. In my Clear the Clutter Membership I share my entire cleaning and home maintenance schedule and explain how I keep track of everything that needs to get done around the house. If you're interested in learning more about that and how to declutter and organize your entire home step-by-step, make sure to sign up for my membership.

These are the pillows that I have and I've found that they're very easy to maintain. All I do is place two pillows at a time in the washer. I recently transitioned to cleaner products and use one scoop of Nellie's Laundry Soda to wash my pillows. I also like to fill the fabric softener...

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How I Deal with My Anxiety

Jun 17, 2020

Anxiety is something that I have struggled with on several occasions. The worst episode was when I was in University and the doctor that I had at the time recommended that I start taking medication to help treat it. The medication didn’t really work and I just felt extremely drowsy whenever I’d take it. Over time I did finally get out of that rut and started to feel better. Since then I’ve always been very cautious whenever I start to feel anxious and will do whatever I can to fix it so that it won’t escalate.

I’ll talk about how I’m feeling with close friends and family because I find that it always helps to talk about it. I’ll also try to reduce my stress level by doing things like yoga, taking on less (it's so hard for me to do this), delegating, using essential oils and getting massages.

After I had my first baby I started to feel very anxious and immediately contacted my doctor because I didn’t want things to get out of control....

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Top 5 Kitchen Organization Tips

May 28, 2020

We have a fairly small kitchen in our condo, so I have to be quite organized to make sure that it functions effectively for our family of 5.  The following are 5 tips that will help you keep your kitchen perfectly organized.

1.  Declutter

My number one tip would be to declutter. Over time we accumulate so many things in our kitchens that we never use. It’s so important that you discard food from your fridge, freezer and pantry that’s taking up valuable space but will never be consumed. Once you’ve gone through all of your food, you then need to start getting rid of all the pots, pans, utensils, dishes, gadgets dishcloths, mugs etc. that you don’t love or use regularly. I promise you, you will never miss that egg cracker. Yes, I actually bought a gadget years ago to help me crack eggs.

Now I only keep what I value in my kitchen. I did feel guilty when I started to declutter my kitchen and realized how much money I wasted on things I never use. But...

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3 Things I Don't Buy Now That I Have a Capsule Wardrobe

May 21, 2020

A few years ago I came across the documentary Minimalism and that got me interested in learning more about capsule wardrobes. I started to research the topic and absolutely fell in love with the idea. I did a massive purge and greatly reduced the number of items in my wardrobe and over the past 3 years, I’ve continued to refine my capsule wardrobe. I’m extremely happy that I made this change and I’ve explained why in blog posts and on my YouTube channel. Today, I wanted to share 3 things I no longer buy now that I have a capsule wardrobe.

1.  Buy sale or clearance items

Before learning about minimalism and capsule wardrobes, I would always buy things simply because they were on sale. I didn’t need them or even really want them. They were just such a great price, that I didn’t want to pass on the opportunity of getting a good deal. Now I’ve realized that there will always be sales and there’s no need to buy things I don’t need or...

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5 Benefits of Building a Capsule Wardrobe for Kids

May 14, 2020

I love having a capsule wardrobe for myself and truly believe that kids should have one too. There are many benefits of having a capsule wardrobe and today I’ll be sharing why I think children should have one. First off, let me explain what a capsule wardrobe is. It’s basically a wardrobe that consists of a limited number of pieces. There is no set number, you would just choose what works for you and your family. The pieces in the wardrobe are usually neutral colours and classic styles that can easily be mixed and matched.

My husband and I started creating our capsule wardrobes in 2017 and when I saw how great it was, I slowly started to create one for my kids as well. They have a lot of clothes and often get gifts, so it is more difficult to create one for them, but I’m constantly working at it because the positives outweigh the negatives.

1. Save Time

The greatest benefit of having a capsule wardrobe is that you will save a ton of time. Since your...

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What to Do with a Baby at Home All Day

May 07, 2020

To anyone that has been on maternity leave, I don’t know about you, but I’m finding that having to stay home during this Covid-19 pandemic to be quite similar to my first maternity leave. When I had my first baby, maternity leave wasn’t what I expected it to be. I spent so many days at home with the baby and the days felt very long. It wasn’t until I got comfortable with this new lifestyle that I was able to venture out more and start to enjoy being on leave.

I now have 3 children and actually enjoy maternity leave a lot more. For the first time, I decided to extend my leave. With my first two kids, I went back after one year and now with my third, I plan on returning to work when he’ll be almost 2 years old. Throughout these maternity leaves, I’ve figured out what to do with a baby so that the days don’t feel as long. I found that on the days where we went out for playdates, trips to the mall or to baby groups, the days would fly by. But...

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