Dry Skin Gift Set

Dry Skin Relief Gift Set

Dry Skin Relief Gift Set

Here is a gift set for the holidays that is especially good for dry and extra dry skin.

Dry skin is lacking both water and oil. The hyaluronic acid serum can fill the skin cells back up with water. This can reduce some of the visible signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. So, the hyaluronic acid serum is one product everyone needs, regardless of age or skin type.

Dry skin also needs oil. The drier the skin, the oilier the cream! Often times you will find companies that promote thick, heavy creams for dry skin, but they don’t actually moisturize the skin as well as you would wish. This is because they stay on the surface where they seal in moisture and repair and protect the skin. But if the skin doesn’t have enough moisture in the skin cells to begin with, you’ll just end up with dry skin under the cream!

This is where layering is valuable. First add the water, then seal in the moisture with a thick, protective cream.

So, in this gift set, you get a 1/2oz glass bottle of hyaluronic acid serum that should be applied first.

You also get a 1/2oz glass bottle of face oil blend to seal in the moisture with. If you have normal skin, the face oil works great. If your skin still feels a bit dry, try the Chamomile Face Cream instead.

You get a 1oz plastic container with thick, rich, chamomile cream. A little bit goes a very long way. You only need a pea sized amount for both cheeks. This cream will keep your skin lusciously soft throughout the day, without any oiliness.

If your skin is still a bit dry, try the mature skin cream instead. This is the richest of all the creams. You get a 1/2oz container of mature skin cream, and again, a little bit goes a long way.

The mature skin cream is more like a balm. It leaves an oily feel on the skin, so you can either enjoy the glow, or just use it as a night cream, on top of the hyaluronic acid serum. If you have dry skin, you won’t believe the difference these creams will make…

I’m offering this set too for just under $50.00, and these bottles are also perfect for travel. The set comes in a cute hand printed muslin bag and a discount coupon for future purchases will be added to the bag.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in these sets, please share this post with them! I have made it easy for you to order:

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Antiaging Gift Set

Antiaging Face Essentials Gift Set

Antiaging Face Essentials Gift Set

This is the first year I have managed to create a gift set before the holidays!!! I’m so proud of myself! These gift sets are so cute! There are many different options, and they are perfect as gifts, both for yourself and others, or for travel if you need to go somewhere.

In the antiaging gift set, you get a 1oz plastic container of the soap free cleansing cream. Perfect for anyone with dry skin! You also get a sample of the peptide cream, specially made to tighten, tone and stimulate the under eye area.

Next, you get a 1/2oz baby sized glass bottle of the hyaluronic acid serum, the number one product that nobody should be without! This serum keeps up the water levels in your skin cells.

And, there is also a 1/2oz glass bottle of the rejuvenating face oil blend, so you can seal in the moisture and keep your skin super soft.

The gift sets are an awesome way to introduce a friend or family member to the experience of green beauty products without spending a fortune.

The gift sets come in beautiful little hand printed muslin bags that are absolutely adorable, and they will also be shipped out with a discount coupon in the bag!

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What Makes Green Beauty Different

Green Beauty Products

Green Beauty Products

Toxic Skin Care, Anyone?

People are starting to become aware of how harmful, toxic and hormone altering chemicals are to the body. They can make your liver more toxic, which causes weight gain and disease, they can create hormone imbalance, and even cause cancer. This is because everything you put on your skin, can potentially enter your blood stream and affect your inner organs.

But knowing that you have to find a greener company doesn’t make it easy to find a good one. Many companies claim to be green and natural, but when you read the labels, you find all kinds of artificial and toxic things hiding there.

Did you know that a company can call their product organic, and still put parabens and other nasties into it? When I discovered this, I decided it would be better to make my own line of products without those kinds of chemicals in the formulas because I wanted to create a line of products people could trust…

Green Beauty Ingredients

So, I searched for the best natural ingredients I could find. Some of my favorite ingredients are:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Bio-fermented sea kelp
  • Abyssinian oil
  • Peptides

These are ingredients that you normally only find in high end toxic brands. In Green Beauty Cosmetics, you can get the same benefits without the toxic addition!

These 4 ingredients alone can increase the water levels in your skin, tighten and tone, flood your skin with nourishing minerals and vitamins, stimulate the collagen production and repair and regenerate the lipid barrier. But, even with all those great ingredients, I knew that the products could work even better if you layer them.

So, the concept of layering the products became my unique Green Beauty signature!

What is the Point of Layering Products?

Let me explain it with an example first. In the winter time, you wear layers. Most likely, you wear underwear to protect your delicate parts. Then pants to stay warm, a long sleeved shirt that covers your skin, perhaps a wolly jacket to help you stay warm, and if you go out, a thick coat on top, and perhaps a scarf or a hat to keep your neck and head warm.

Each one of these pieces of clothing has its own purpose in the process of keeping you warm and comfortable. It is the same with skin care products. Again, each product has a specific purpose. Some penetrate the skin deeply, while others stay on the surface. Some moisturize, while others protect from cold, wind, rain and sun, etc.

Knowing what the products do, will help you understand how to layer them to get the best possible benefit. As good as each product is on its own, they work even better together. This is the same principle that you’ll find in the super popular Korean skin care brands.

Check out my Green Beauty Quiz to learn more…

How to Layer the Products

Step 1 – Cleansing and exfoliation
Here I recommend using an exfoliating mask/scrub or soap free cleanser to clean the skin. A clean canvas always gives the best result.

Step 2 – Tone and refresh
I love using a spritz of toner after I clean the skin. It gives a refreshing feeling as it tightens the skin and adds extra moisture.

Green Beauty offers 2 toners, a calming apple cider toner that regulates the pH and gently exfoliates dead skin cells, and a rosewater toner that uplifts your spirit and adds 5 different antioxidants to your skin.

Antioxidants are known for their ability to keep the skin looking younger by preventing and repairing free radical damage from too much sun exposure. So, never underestimate the purpose of a good, alcohol free toner!

Step 3 – Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
This is the most important step, regardless of what your age is. All skin needs moisture, and hyaluronic acid is the best way to add moisture to the skin cells. This product is a must for everyone because it penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin and plumps up the skin cells. As a result, it reduces lines and wrinkles.

The peptide moisturizer is a specialty product for the under eye area. It is full of ingredients that tighten the skin and stimulate the collagen production. I recommend using the peptide cream if you have mature skin or dryness around the eyes. Younger people don’t really need this product.

Step 4 – Seal and protect
The older we get, the more damage happens to the lipid barrier that holds in moisture. Lipid is another name for fat. As we get older and produce less oil, we need to add oily products so the skin can repair itself and maintain more moisture.

Many people seem to think that oil is a moisturizer, but that is not correct. The skin needs moisture, which is basically water! Oil is also needed, but for a different purpose!

Oily products are important because they seal in moisture and protect the skin from evaporation. They also provide oils that the skin is missing so it can repair and regenerate itself. Therefore, oily products, such as Face Oil, Chamomile Face Cream or Mature Skin Cream should ideally be layered on top of water based moisturizers!

Which one you choose is up to you. The drier the skin, the heavier the cream…

Step 5 – Apply makeup
Makeup, such as tinted moisturizer and cream foundation, will look better on the skin if you moisturize and protect the skin first. Because each product has a specific purpose, they always work better together, especially if you layer them correctly.

Individual Skin Needs

The secret to keeping your skin looking its best at any age, is to layer the products in a way that works for your individual skin type. This is the reason why Green Beauty is not offering different products lines for different skin types. If you layer the products correctly, there is no need for different product lines.

If you want to learn more about what products will work best for your skin, you might want to try my super simple Green Beauty Quiz. All you have to do is just answer one question to get a list of products that will benefit your specific skin type.

I would love to hear about your experience with layering products, so please leave your comments below.

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10 Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

10 Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

10 Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

Are you concerned about the use of toxic chemicals in cosmetics? Most of us are. Health conscious women are often seen reading the labels on skin care products before they buy. But, reading the labels doesn’t mean that you understand what you are reading. It can be very confusing to navigate the seas of toxic chemicals in cosmetics and skin care. So, in this blog post, I’ll try to clarify what those undesirable ingredients are. That way, you can recognize what to stay away from.

These preservatives can prevent growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetics products. You’ll find parabens in almost every product out there, especially if you buy a water based cream in a jar. The jars look so cute, but if you stick your fingers in the jar every day, it will get contaminated in a very short time, unless you use parabens as the preservative.
Parabens have estrogen mimicking properties that can increase your risk of breast cancer. Is it worth the risk, just to be able to buy your cream in a jar, instead of finger free packaging? I don’t think so, so watch out for parabens!

Synthetic Colors
If you see FD&C, you are talking synthetic colors. F stands for food, D&C stands for drugs and colors. These colors are made from petroleum and coal, and linked to cancer, skin irritations and ADHD in children.

Fragrance is often a mix of up to hundreds of chemicals that don’t even have to be listed on the label because it is considered a “trade secret.” Fragrance is associated with allergy, dermatitis and respiratory symptoms, so it is better to stick with essential oils for fragrance.

A chemical that is put into plastics to create softness and flexibility in the plastics. You’ll find this in nail polish, some lotions, hair spray and perfume. These chemicals are known to change your hormones and increase risk of breast cancer.

This is an antimicrobial chemical that disrupts your hormones, irritates your skin and makes bacteria antibiotic resistant. You can find this nasty stuff in hand sanitizers, anti-bacterial soaps and even in toothpaste. Yikes!!!

Lauryl sulfate and laureth sulfate (SLS)
You’ll find these in 90% of personal care and cleaning products, especially shampoos. These are skin, lung and eye irritants, they can damage your kidneys and cause cancer. So, buy natural, sulfate free shampoos instead. Some shampoos are listed as sulfate free, but if you read the labels, you’ll see that they lie about that…

Formaldehyde releasers
These are preservatives that create formaldehyde over time. They are carcinogens that can cause allergic reactions and harm the immune system. One such chemical is hiding under the innocent letters DMDM. Be aware next time you look to buy shampoos and body washes…

This petroleum product is found in nail polish and hair bleaching products. It can cause damage in the fetus, as well as immune system toxicity.

Propylene Glycol
This chemical is similar to antifreeze. It is a skin irritant and can cause dermatitis and hives. You can find this in moisturizers, sunscreens, shampoos and conditioners.

Sunscreen chemicals
These break down into unknown compounds in sunlight!!!! This is why you keep having to re-apply your sunscreen every few hours. And, unfortunately, some of these chemicals are carcinogens that can also change your hormone balance. So, stick with zinc and titanium based sunscreens.

Luckily, Green Beauty doesn’t use any of these chemicals in the products you can buy on this website. These products are made for women who are not willing to compromise their health just to have beautiful skin!!!

Soon, Green Beauty will offer handy travel or intro sizes in cute little baby sized bottles, perfect for gifts, or for trying a product when you want something bigger than a sample.

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How to Lose Cellulite

How to lose cellulite

How to lose cellulite

Wondering how to lose cellulite? I think most women would love to find an answer to that! Cellulite is that jiggly, bumpy stuff you find on your butt, hips, thighs and belly.

Even skinny people can have cellulite, so dieting is not necessarily going to lose cellulite by starving yourself. It is actually more complicated than that. To lose cellulite, you may need to flush your lymph system by drinking more water upping your potassium intake. You may have to cut down on stress so your adrenals produce less cortisol (stress hormones that puts fat on your belly). You may have to sleep more, walk more, or exercise more.

To get more details on how to lose cellulite, I have found an interesting video you can watch to learn more. The doctor in this video is a chiropractic doctor with a passion for nutrition, so he has an interesting perspective that I think you might find helpful.

And if you want to shape up your butt and hips a bit, here is a quick video to show you some exercises that can help you lose cellulite in this area. Check it out:

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How to Use the Pumpkin Peel Mask

Pumpkin Enzyme Mak

Pumpkin Enzyme Face Mask

If you want the skin to feel like silk, the pumpkin peel mask is what you need. It smells like chocolate, and it works amazingly well.

Why you need to exfoliate

Let me first explain why the skin needs exfoliation. The skin is in a constant state of renewal. It produces new skin cells all the time. That is how it repairs itself, and keeps looking young year after year, regardless of how drying or cold the environment is.

However, as we age, the cell turnover happens at a slower speed. And, because it happens slower, the dead skin cells will sit on the surface of the skin longer and give your face a bit of a dull appearance. This is why we lose the “glow” with age. First the glow goes, and eventually, the skin can even turn paper thin and almost translucent.

Hopefully, we can prevent, or at least slow down this process by exfoliating on a regular basis.

The advantage of exfoliating

There are two advantages to exfoliating. The first is obvious; when you remove old skin cells the skin looks fresher and you get your “glow” back.

The second reason is that it stops the skin from getting too thin over time. When you exfoliate, it gives the body the message that more skin cells has to be made to protect the underlying layers. So, it increases cell production, and this prevents thinning of the skin.

Pumpkin peel masks and other types of exfoliants

You have different choices when it comes to exfoliation. You can use a scrub, such as the oatmeal scrub to scrub away the layer of dead skin cells, or you can use an enzyme peel instead.

The oatmeal scrub can quickly and easily whisk away dead skin cells, but for some people, the skin may be too sensitive for scrubbing. If you want to avoid scrubbing, you may want to try an pumpkin peel mask with enzymes instead.

How does the pumpkin peel mask work?

The pumpkin peel mask can remove dead skin cells by using enzymes to dissolve the “glue” that holds the skin cells together. This is a very gentle way of dealing with exfoliation, with no scrubbing necessary. The mask also contains honey, chocolate and fermented sea kelp which nurtures the skin with vitamins and minerals.

I have made a short video to show you how to use the pumpkin peel mask. If you have a few minutes, you might want to check it out…

And, if you want to try it, I put a buy now button below, just to make it easy for you.

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What to Wear for Different Body Types

Woman confused about what to wear

Woman confused about what to wear

Do you ever stand in front of your bursting closet and wonder what to wear? I know I do. One of the reasons why women often feel like we have nothing to wear, is because we buy things that don’t look good on us.

It may look good on the hanger, or on the mannequin, or even on your friend, but not necessarily on you. The color could be wrong, or the shape may be unflattering for your figure. If can all be very confusing. So, things just keep piling up in your closet, and the truth of the matter is that most of us don’t even know what to keep and what to throw away.

I believe that most women have an inner sense of their own natural beauty, but it often gets swayed by fashion, insecurity and other people’s opinions, plus a general lack of understanding what your particular body type needs to look good.

So, I did some research on google and came up with brief guidelines for the main body types, Apple, Pear, Rectangle, Hourglass and Inverse Triangle.

These descriptions are exactly as they sound like.

Different Body Shapes

If you have Apple shape, legs and arms often look slim, while most of the weight is in the upper torso and around the waist.

Pear shape has more weight around the hips and thighs, and a smaller upper torso.

Rectangle is mostly slim, straight up and down, with no defined waist line, and very little curves.

Hourglass is very curvy, with big breasts and hips and a tiny waist

Inverse triangle has slim hips and waist and larger shoulders.

Each one of these figure types have different needs when it comes to clothing choices. Everyone have some assets that you would want to play up, and some that need to be balanced with the right shape of clothing.

A small summary for each type of figure

When you have decided which one of these shapes that most accurately reflect your personal beauty the most, print it out and take it to your closet. It will help you decide what to throw out, and what to keep.

Once you know what to wear, chances are that you can make space in your closet by throwing out all the stuff you’ll never wear, and keep the stuff that is right for you! Hopefully, the guidelines will make the confusion go away, and you’ll feel confident when it comes to what you should keep. So, here it is:

What to wear for different body types

Rectangle (slim, straight, no waist line, or slightly fuller mid-section)
Objective: create curves, show off arms and legs
Styles: skinny jeans, cropped jeans, boyfriend jeans or boot cut, short fitted skirts with side slit or ruching, slightly flared maxi skirts, tops with collars, ruffles and boat-necks, blouses, drapey a-line tops, fitted jackets, oversized sweaters and blouses, hi-low style, belts, layers, off shoulder tops, cowl necks, wrap sweaters, asymmetric garments
Avoid: empire waist tops, regardless of what people say, they don’t look good on you! Trust me…

Inverse Triangle (shoulders are bigger than hips)
Objective: create curves on the bottom, accentuate waist line
Styles: boot cut, flared pants or boyfriend jeans, flared or full skirts, tight tops, lighter colors on the bottom, darker on top, belts, fitted jackets, wrap sweaters, shawl collars
Avoid: oversized tops, skinny jeans and shoulder pads, boat-necks

Apple (top heavy)
Objective: show off legs, elongate torso, make bottom heavier to balance the top, minimize mid section with clothing that doesn’t cling
Styles: v-neck, a-line dresses and skirts, empire styles, boyfriend jeans, boot cut or wide leg pants, full skirts, lighter colors on bottom, darker on top, horizontal patterns on bottoms, high-waisted bottoms
Avoid: skinny pants (they’ll make you look like an upside-down pyramid) leggings and shoulder pads, belts and oversized tops

Pear (bottom heavy)
Objective: minimize bottom, maximize top
Styles: boat-neck, stripes or ruffles on top, oversized tops that fit around the hips, boot cuts or wide leg pants that fit around the hips, flared skirts that fit the hips, shoulder pads are ok, dark colors on bottom, light on top, crop tops
Avoid: skinny pants, leggings or crop pants, oversized sweaters that are too bulky

Hourglass (voluptuous curves with tiny waist)
Objective: accentuate waist and curves
Styles: v-necks, tailored tops and blouses, tucked in with belt, pencil skirts, flared skirts, straight, boot cut or flared pants, wrap sweater, shawl collars, blazers, fitted jackets, belts
Avoid: oversized, baggy clothing that hide curves and waist, and possibly skinny pants…

To me, this was a big eye opener. I used to wear a lot of skirts in the past, and flared skirts look good with tight tops and belts. Now I wear skinny jeans more, and I have to wear them with a belt, since I don’t have much hips. But, the clingy tops that look fine with skirts, don’t work with my skinny pants. They just look stupid. Because my body type is rectangular, I need baggy tops with my skinny pants. They can hang lose, or be partially tucked in. Both look good.

So, when I organized my closet based on what tops work with my skirts, and what tops work with my jeans, I discovered that I had way too many tight tops, and not enough baggy tops! So, now I know what to look for when I go shopping, and I also know what I can throw out!

Next week, I’m taking 3 large bags to the local thrift store! By the time spring comes around, I’ll have enough credit that I can really enjoy a big, free shopping spree. What a joy that is going to be!

So, I hope this helps you find some clarity so you can keep all the clothes that reflect who you really are. I hope you’ll have fun with this, and go for it!!!

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How to Use Soap Free Cleanser

Soap Free Cleanser in two sizes

Soap Free Cleanser in two sizes

Did you know that using soapy cleanser is one of the worst things you can do to your face? Yes, I’m talking about even mild, natural soap! There are two reasons for this:

  • The soap strips the natural oils from the skin, which makes it drier and drier, and
  • it changes the pH from slightly acid to alkaline, which can cause more breakouts.

Why does this damage the skin?

I’ll try to explain… You may know that each skin cell is covered with a cell membrane. This cell membrane is there to keep the water inside the cell from evaporating, and it also keeps outside influences out (like dirt and dust).

The cell membrane consists of mostly oils, that is why it is called the lipid barrier. Lipid is another word for fat/oil.

If the lipid barrier gets damaged, the water in the skin cells will start evaporating, and as a result, the skin begins to dry up and show wrinkles, pretty much the same way you see a peach wrinkle up if it sits on your counter too long.

How your skin care routine can age you

Anything that has the ability to dissolve the fat in your lipid barrier, will actually damage your skin and dry it out more.

I can instantly mention two such things that many people use every day – soapy cleanser, and toner that contains drying alcohol! And to top that off, most commercial products also contain silicon.

Silicon clogs the pores and makes your skin look smoother and younger, but it doesn’t create lasting results! You have probably seen the commercials on Facebook about creams that instantly smooth out lines and wrinkles. If you look them up on Google, they all contain massive amounts of silicon.

Even though silicon is not toxic to the human body, the main problem with silicon is that it is not water soluble. So you can’t just wash your face, and make it come off. No, unless you use proper soap, your face won’t be clean, and when you use soap, it damages your skin even more…

So your skin care routine can actually contribute to making your skin age faster!!! Now, there is a scary thought…

Can we reverse the damage?

Absolutely. But, only if you stop doing the things that destroy your skin. Doesn’t that make sense? So, here is what you need to do:

Once you stay away from drying alcohols and suffocating silicons, you no longer need a soapy cleanser to get your face clean. (silicon is any word that ends with -con, like dimethicon…)

The Green Beauty face cleanser will not strip your oils away. It will not change the pH, and it will not make your skin feel dry and irritated.

Here is what one customer said about the soap free cleanser:
“Perfect! I will not use any other cleanser, now. My face feels soft & clean; also, great natural scent. Great/prompt shipping & beautiful packaging.! By far THE best face cleanser money can buy! I have tried nearly every mainstream brand on the market, natural products, just water… nothing seemed to work and my face was always between breakouts. Since I’ve started using this regularly I haven’t turned back! My skin never feels dry and tight like it did when I used harsher cleansers. I finally have “normal” and SO soft skin!”

If you want to know how to use this cleanser, you might want to check out my new video…

I’ll post a copy of it on the product page as well. And, remember, I’m now offering a travel sized container of the face cleanser, so if you want to try a smaller size, I have made it very easy for you…

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What Shoes to Wear – style tips

What Shoes to Wear

What Shoes to Wear

Are you ever wondering what shoes to wear? I know I do. It feels like you can never have enough shoes, but if you narrow down what types of shoes you need, it is really not that hard to choose.

For me it has to do with two things – they have to look good and they have to feel good on the feet. If they don’t look good or feel good, I just won’t wear them.

But, here is my problem: Because I live in the middle of nowhere and there are no shoe stores in the area, I often buy shoes on ebay, and if they don’t feel good or look good, I end up with a pile of shoes in the back of my closet. So, every time the seasons change, I go through my shoes and take the ones that I don’t wear to the nearest thrift store.

If I’m lucky, I’ll find a pair of shoes that fit perfectly in the thrift store! Recently, I have found 3 pairs of handmade, European leather shoes. (If you go to enough thrift stores, you develop a special eye for quality or designer items. It is a bit like a treasure hunt, lol…) So, now my shoe closet is overflowing again, and it is time to get rid of any dysfunctional shoes that I’ll never wear for whatever reason.

I am totally allergic to any shoes that dig in, create blisters, re-arrange my toes, take chunks out of my feet, or give me foot pain. I don’t want to end up with sad bunion feet, so yes, I’m picky, and very few shoes meet my high standards.

But before we start, let’s look at what kind of shoes you actually need…

What Shoes to Wear

A pair of flip flops are great for beach, pool or hot springs.

Sneakers or comfort shoes for walking or zumba.

Sandals for summer. Maybe even a pair of strappy sandals for special occasions. If you ever wear skirts, dresses or skinny pants, you can’t go wrong with sandals. And, best of all, sandals eliminate stinky summer feet!

Pumps or mary janes, flat or with heels, for work, fall or spring. Sandals don’t look good if you wear a heavy jacket or a sweater, so choose a closed toe shoe when the seasons change.

Boots – either ankle boots with a bit of heel, or knee high leather boots, flat or heeled. Boots can dress up any outfit, especially if they have a bit of a heel. Boots look great with skirts or pants, and they are perfect for fall or spring.

Winter boots that keep your feet warm. In the winter, function is more important than style, so don’t bother buying winter boots with heels. You’ll be sorry when you shovel snow…

You Need at Least One Pair in Each Category!

(Unless you live in a very warm place…)

Take all the shoes out of your closet and put them into these categories. Then try them on and decide which ones feel good, and which ones don’t. Do you really need 3 pairs of sneakers? Or 5 pairs of sandals? You decide. The main thing is to make sure you have at least one pair in each category.

Also, look at the soles to see if they are getting worn. This is especially important for winter boots, because if your boots are losing the tracks on the soles, chances are you can easily fall when the snow comes.

Next, get rid of the ones that don’t feel good, or that are too worn. If you run out of something in any of the categories, write yourself a list of what you need to buy next. Also, keep in mind that the colors of the shoes that you keep should be neutral enough to work with most of your wardrobe.

Have fun going through your shoes. Once you are left with only shoes that feel good and look good, you won’t be ripping your hair out the next time you have to go somewhere and you are wondering what shoes to wear. At least your feet will be happy, and that makes a huge difference to your well being. Happy feet is one of the best things you can give yourself.

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How to Declutter and Get Organized

How to get declutter and get organized

How to declutter and get organized

My daughter has a super power – she is incredible at organizing things! You should see her closet! Everything is nicely folded, organized according to use (undershirts, short sleeves, long sleeves, shirts and sweaters), and of course, color coordinated. She makes everyone else in the house look and feel like slobs!

So, she attracts organizing jobs from other messy people in the community. However, she is learning that organizing can only happen after you reduce some of the mess. Otherwise, you’ll never be able to find enough space to put everything.

Clutter piles up…

It is so easy for things to just pile up. The longer we stay in a place, the more stuff we collect, and after all the closet and shelves are full, the clutter starts to spread all over your kitchen counters, dining tables and work desks.

We all know the feeling….. chaos out of control. If you don’t get a handle on it, the mess spreads like a disease. It fills in the corners of your house, it creeps under couches and beds, and eventually, it starts covering your floors. That’s when you know you are in serious trouble!

Misconception about getting organized…

The trick is to get to it way before it gets that out of hand. But here is the thing: Most people believe that when the chaos is out of hand, you need someone who can organize it for you. This is a huge misconception!

The truth is, you don’t need an organizer at this stage, you need a very big trash bag! Or perhaps, many different trash bags. Different bags for different types of stuff.

If you don’t want to be wasteful, you should organize your junk. (Calling it junk may hurt your feelings, but you’ll feel better once you can admit that to yourself.) Once you organize it, you can give it to someone who can use it better than you. That is how you declutter your space.

Start organizing and decluttering with meditation

This may sound strange to you, but meditation helps you expand your consciousness to a place where clutter is no longer compatible with who you really are. Meditation can also help you detach, which is a good thing, since getting rid of stuff can be painful if you are too attached.

You may be attached to the sentimental value of things because your past was better than your now. Or, you may want to keep it just in case you may ever need it. Or you may feel too overwhelmed to even start on such a big task. But, don’t let that stop you. Overwhelm is not an excuse to give up. Overwhelm is just an indication that you are looking at too many tasks at once.

So the first thing is to just sit down and close your eyes and take a few deep breaths before you start getting organized. In your meditation, start cutting loose all the things that no longer has to be part of your reality. Just see yourself letting it go and pay attention to how that feels.

Remember that if you are too attached to the past, you won’t appreciate here and now. And, keeping things just because you might possibly need it some day, is simply poverty consciousness. It is much better to give it to someone who can use it, and if you ever need it in the future, just have faith that it will be available if or when you need it. As you can see from your own house, there is no shortage of stuff in this world so there is no need to feed your poverty consciousness.

Realize that the outside is a reflection of the inside

As you sit in meditation, you might also realize that the outside chaos is actually affecting your inner state. It is very difficult to be peaceful and tranquil in a state of total chaos. It is difficult to cook when the counter top is covered with supplement bottles and bags of seeds and nuts. And, it is difficult to get productive at your desk when there are piles of stuff everywhere. So, the outside chaos affects how you feel in your space, but your inner chaos and stress is what created your outside chaos in the first place. It is often a reflection of how you feel on the inside. So, it actually goes both ways…

Once you realize the need to declutter and get organized, you are actually halfway there already! Why? Because organizing and decluttering is going to take a lot of effort! So you need to be in the right frame of mind before you can find the energy and motivation to actually do it!

Declutter comes first, then getting organized…

Once you admit to yourself that there is a need to declutter and get organized, where do you start? My best advice is to start in your favorite room, whatever room that is. Once your favorite room has been organized and decluttered, you’ll feel so encouraged that chances are you’ll start on the next room.

All you need to begin with is trash bags. The organizing part comes later. Bring your trash bags in with you, and start going through everything in that room. Ask yourself, do I need this, right here and now? Unless it is something you have to keep for whatever reason, throw it into a bag.

You may have one bag for trash, another bag for usable shoes and clothes that can go to a thrift store, and perhaps one bag for miscellaneous dust catchers or electronics. Sort everything into bags and get it out of the house.

Whatever you are left with can easily be organized later. The key to organizing and decluttering is to first get rid of absolutely everything you don’t really need right here and now. This is because organizing requires space! Think about that for a second!!!

Make space for something new!

I love creating space in my house, because space always attracts something new. For example, if you are trying to attract a new mate into your life, do you have any space for him? Do you have an empty closet that he can put his stuff in? Do you have empty shelves in your garage for his tools? Or empty space on the walls for his pictures? If you don’t, it simply means you are not ready for somebody new to enter, because space is what attracts the new!

So, if you want something to change in your life, you have to create space for it first. Learning how to declutter and get organized is therefore way more important than you think. It has to do with letting go of the past, letting go of attachment, letting go of poverty consciousness, and creating space for something new to come into your life.

Once you actually create some space in your life, the organizing part of whatever you have kept is very easy to do. It is the actual process of letting go that is the real challenge, and that is something you have to do for yourself…

The change of seasons is the perfect excuse to go through things, so in my next post, I’ll talk about shoes and clothes specifically…

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