Clear the Clutter…and Lose the Weight

No, it isn’t a joke and it isn’t fake news. Organizing, tidying up, and getting rid of the junk CAN help you lose weight.

It isn’t the fact that the junk equates fat. Or that too much stuff equates too many calories. It’s more an attitude and a sense of mind.

So…clearing the clutter is clearing the mind.

It’s not that you cleaning the sink, putting the legos in the bucket, and making sure the dog toys are off the floor before you vacuum has a direct correlation to donuts being on the shelf or soda being in the fridge. It’s more like: lazy around the house means lazy in food planning. It means lazy choices when picking out food at the grocery store: like fast food instead of QUALITY meals.

According to the study reported on by The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, people with messy or cluttered homes are 77 percent more likely to be overweight or obese.

Start making better choices with you ‘STUFF’ and you’ll start to make better choices about your lifestyle.

Start with the cobwebs in the corners, and you’ll start to clear the cobwebs in your mind. You’ll free up the space in your brain to dedicate more time to ‘focusing’ on making healthy choices. AND, bonus, cleaning and organizing the house (not to mention throwing some of the junk out) means less time cleaning and straightening and tidying and more time you can dedicate to cooking great tasting meals and exercising and heading out to get fit!

Not to mention…there is an emotional reason that you might be holding onto things, which not only affects your home, but it can ALSO affect your finances!

It seems that there have been several studies that not only do cleaner and more organized and structured people have LESS rates of obesity and related disease…but they also have less debt. Seems there is a direct relationship about decision making!

Maybe it’s that organized folks tend to keep a neater desk which means that have better management over their bills? Or maybe (and more likely) it is the fact that they have more focus and control and less mental clutter to make sure they are not spending needlessly…or they are not spending to ‘fill the emotional and mental’ overwhelment.

Whatever the reasons…it is definitely worth a try. Get to it.

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5 Things to Impress Your Guests this Holiday Seasons

The biggest favor your can do your guests this holiday season?


When you are arriving at someone’s home, the worst and most uncomfortable part is wondering: where to put your coat, your hat, your gloves, your keys, eating gracefully while holding a conversation, and wondering what towels are okay to use in the bathroom!

How many times were you left wondering: can we use that sea shell soap or is that ‘pretty’ soap only? OMG where is the extra toilet paper? And I’m totally vegan and don’t drink…is there any tea available?

Make things EASY and SIMPLE for your guests!

Here are some extra tips!

5-things-for-the-holidays from Christina M on Vimeo.

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The Ultimate College Care Package

Are you wondering what to get your college student while they are studying hard? We’ve talked to several to find out what THEY want every month (surprise!) and their #1 pick was coffee! Send your college student (or any loved one) the ultimate care package every month!

Want to know how? I can help you set it up!

all-i-want-for-christmas-keepitsimple from Christina M on Vimeo.

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Better Financial Health

Do you know the difference between a WANT or a NEED?

Defining the difference is very important. You shouldn’t bring anything home you don’t ‘NEED’.

For example, you say you need a new pair of shoes. Why? Are you barefoot? Is it snowing and you only own flip flops? Oh my goodness, your feet are getting tore up because you have no shoes!

The answer is you don’t NEED a pair of shoes.

You want a pair. You would like a pair that does a ‘better job’ at perhaps keeping your feet warmer, making your back hurt less, or being more appropriate for a certain situation.

This isn’t to stop you from buying things, but it is to keep yourself in check. Next time someone says ‘I need’, really ask yourself out loud and anyone else to clarify their word usage. This isn’t to be a nag, but it really is to put perspective. Don’t just buy things because they are a ‘deal’.

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Essential Oils Require Extreme Care

As someone who LOVES essential oils, after a wonderful weekend explaining oils to ‘pet parents’ it’s important to remind ourselves the danger of using essentail oils without adequate knowledge and research.

Using oils requires a lot of caution and care, and there are many oils that can cause burns, illness, and for out pets, sometimes extreme situations.

It’s important that you seek professional guidance with oils.

A great example is this story here, where a woman applied essential oils and suffered burns. The moral of the story?   It’s important to understand just how incredibly beneficial and yet dangerous something can be!

Clove oil and lemon oil can be wonderful to clean with, but can be extremely damaging to the skin if used improperly. In fact, citrus oils are extremely potent, 1 drop of lemon oil is the equivalent of 1 POUND OF LEMONS, and if you read this article here, you can see what 1 lime can do…can you imagine what 1 drop of lime oil would do?


Essential oils are amazing, but remember what oils can do, and also remember that there are companies that hire professional scientists that already do the measuring for you! Love to clean with thyme and lemon? Consider a cleaner that is already mixed for you. Love tea tree oil for your pet? Consider a shampoo that is already measured out.

With pets use caution as well. After a lengthy talk with a woman at a pet expo, she was talking about using lavender as an ingestible, which caught me off guard. It occurred to me suddenly, that what is okay for a human (is not always okay for pets) but at the same time, what is okay for 150 pounds, is not the same for 40 pounds, or even a 10 pound dog. In fact, I had to remind her and several others that oils are great for pets, but dilution is tricky and just like children, puppies who chew on baseboards are at risk if you use ‘clove and peppermint’ as an ant spray but could be deadly to a puppy who licks and chews, and for toddlers and babies who crawl and touch the floor and walls, could cause burns.

In fact, ingesting oils is a far more tricky business that I caution people to never try. When pushed I tell others to seek outside council, seek research, and to find a professional in oils. Lavender oil is wonderful, but all oils are distilled differently, contain chemicals that can be harmful depending on what type of brand you use, and lavender is one of the more ‘safer’ oils on the list but can still cause death with a pet. 1 drop used aromatically can cause death if ingested. Tea tree oil can be wonderful in a pet shampoo, but the dilution rate needs to be less than half a percent!


What does that all mean? We love sharing with you the benefits of alternative cleaning methods and healthy living and healing, but always, always use caution and care and do your research first!
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Stop Buying Things You Don’t Need

Believe it or not, rules, order, and structure makes living a little easier.

If you went into your living room and lined up every item on the shelf, what do you have? Disorganized clutter? Organized clutter? The more mess…the more stress.

When there is a lot of visual clutter, your brain can’t let go. If your living room has stacks and piles in corners, messages thrown across the coffee table, and a box of something or another on the shelf, your brain is constantly in overdrive wondering if it missed anything.

Out of site does not mean out of mind. In fact, it just means out of your sight. Your brain cannot let go of what is sees, you just shift it around in your thought process and it never goes away.

Make sure what you keep it tightly organized.

Keep what you NEED and make sure the box on the shelf only holds important items. Magazine stacks should be ‘favorites only’ and that piles are taken care of. The less your brain has to manage, the more relaxed you’ll be and the more you can enjoy being in the moment.

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