Friday, June 19, 2015

A Year Of Gratitude May 2015

"No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks"
My challenge to you this month is to send a note of gratitude to someone that has had a positive impact on your life.

June Gratitude:

My niece has a darling 4 year old and has not been able to have anymore children.  A few months ago she found out about a beautiful 2 year old boy that was in foster care that needed a family.  She met him a fell in love with him.  A few weeks later the rest of the family met him and we all fell in love with him.  He is a happy, loving, sweet boy!  In May we found out that my niece will be able to adopt him because his parents gave up their rights.  It hard for me to express the joy, happiness, gratitude and love I felt when I found out his life is going to be so blessed to have a loving mom, dad, brother and extended family.  And how blessed we are to have him as a part of our family.  Just last week my niece also has a chance to adopt his baby sister.  All I can say is I have have felt so blessed to be apart of this and will be forever grateful that my niece is able to adopt these beautiful children.

A loving, caring, hard working father:
I come from a family of 10 children.  My dad was a school teacher and my mom stayed at home, as you can imagine money was tight at our house.  My dad worked so hard each day and was always able to provide us with clothing, food and shelter.

Family gatherings:
I LOVE my family.  It is always so fun when we get together, I love all chaos, love, bonding and memories.

Early morning walks:
Christopher and I get up almost every morning and go on a walk, I love being out in my neighborhood when it is so quiet and peaceful.  I love seeing the sunrise, the setting moon and blooming flowers.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

9 Great ways to tidy up your home

1. Sort by category, not location: Don't do the bedrooms first, then the living room, then the rest of the house. Do all your clothes, then all your books, etc.
2. Tidy in one go. Don't draw it out. If you tidy a bit each day, you'll find that you're tidying forever. Do it all at once and you'll have the system in place to stay tidy.
3. Pick up each item one at a time and ask yourself, "Does it spark joy?"
4. Fold your clothes so that they stand up vertically. This way, you can put all your t-shirts (or other items) in a drawer and see every item at once, rather than digging through piles of fabric to find the shirt you want.
5. Don't repurpose clothes to loungewear. Don't justify keeping a torn, ratty T-shirt just because you think you can repurpose it as a pajama top.
6. Recycle your papers. For important legal documents, scan them! Everything else you should get rid of.
7. Don't keep gifts out of guilt. After the joy of the gift-giving moment is through, you can donate the gift without guilt. It has served its purpose.
8. Storage experts are hoarders. A "clever" storage solution never really solves anything. A new box or organizer won't make you tidy. Pursue ultimate simplicity.
9. Start with what you know will be easy to get rid of. If you start with mementos or items you attach a functional value, it will be harder to know if they spark joy. Start with items that are easier to make decisions about, and then you will be in the right mindset to tackle mementos later.
Shauna Quick
Exit Realty Success
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