Hi All! One of my best friends (both online and in real life) Alexandra from My Urban Family has an awesome guest post for us today that I know you will all find fascinating. As someone who has moments where I want to downsize from our current home to live more simply with kids, this post really struck home for me. Enjoy! XO Christina [Read more…]
It’s no secret that I struggle with this myself, and is something that I shared when I talked about 6 Reasons You Need to Unplug from Technology.
This past weekend I stumbled upon an awesome infographic that confirms a lot of points I made in that post, and I wanted to share it with you all. It’s been a great reminder for me to focus on making sure I limit my technology use as much as I can. [Read more…]
This obsession I have with technology actually makes me feel pretty angry with myself at times. Like when my urge to always check my phone comes up when I’m playing with my daughter. I have a tough time setting boundaries with myself and technology, especially since I work from home and am always trying to find that balance between making sure I pay enough attention to my family, but also get everything done that I need to.
While I do need to check my email to a certain extent throughout the day, I’ve noticed that I have a strong compulsion and almost physical craving to need to check it even when it’s really not necessary. I’m the same way with Facebook, especially if I have it on my phone. It sometimes can feel almost like an itch that needs to be scratched, and that I can’t relax until I’ve “plugged” back into technology for a little bit. It all sounds terribly unhealthy to me, especially as these thoughts are showing up on my screen and I’m reading them back to myself.
I decided to create a list of great reasons you need to unplug, thinking this would be a good list for me to come back to when I need a little extra motivation to put the technology away and just soak up life more. I thought I would share with you all too, because I know that I can’t be the only person addicted to technology 😉 . [Read more…]
Lately I’ve been on a mission to streamline my life as much as possible. I just feel so much more peaceful and in control when I’m not running around in a million different directions like a chicken with my head cut off.
I’ve discovered some productivity habits that really help me to streamline my time and my life in general. I find that by cutting out a lot of the unnecessary, or decreasing how much time I need to spend on my to-dos, I’m left with a lot more time and energy to devote to what I truly love and enjoy doing. [Read more…]
We all have excuses as to why we keep certain items in our home long after they have served their purpose. Whether it’s out of shame from spending too much money on it, or the guilt of receiving it as a gift, there is always going to be a reason to not get rid of something. Because of this, it’s important to be a bit ruthless when you are in the process of decluttering.
I know from experience that this can be a tough process to go through if you aren’t armed with the tools you need to help you get to your end goal – a clutter-free and simplified home!
I’ve complied a list of 12 questions to help you declutter that I’ve found to be extremely useful in my own decluttering missions. This is a no-nonsense approach to decluttering and will really help you to determine what you should keep and what you should toss. [Read more…]
As long as I can remember, I have always been an avid quote lover. There’s something really uplifting to me about finding the perfect quote that resonates with me and provides some inspiration, happiness, or an increased sense of mindfulness. [Read more…]
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of being able to connect with a tiny home owner through a comment she left on one of my blog posts – the internet is amazing, friends! I have been so fascinated by the concept of tiny living lately and how people are able to take that leap to live such a simplified life.
I had the awesome opportunity to interview the fabulous Lora at The Tiny House Teacher, who lives in an absolutely adorable 234 square foot tiny home (pictured above) with her dog Rocket. She is truly an inspiration to me, and I think that you will really love the wisdom and experience from tiny living and downsizing her life that she has to share. I hope you enjoy her passion and advice as much as I did! [Read more…]
Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner! Even in Chicago we’ve been enjoying some
warm above freezing temperatures the past few days, and it’s been absolutely wonderful. Seeing as most of you are probably starting to get into spring cleaning mode, I thought this would be the perfect time to share some tips I use for simplifying the process of cleaning my own home. I’ll be breaking this Simplified Cleaning Series down into 4 parts throughout the course of the next 4 weeks.
The first and most essential part that we’ll be discussing today is decluttering. Why is this the most essential part? Well, the less clutter and stuff you have in your home, the less there is to clean. Who doesn’t want less to clean? I’ve talked about the mindset behind simplifying and downsizing, but now it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of how to actually go about decluttering your home and simplifying your possessions. [Read more…]
I’m really excited to share some fun, non-clutter Easter basket ideas I’ve rounded up. I truly had a blast putting this together! [Read more…]