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The Beginner Minimalist

Every journey starts with one step in the right direction.  Minimalism is a journey.  It can start anywhere in your life.

Sit down in your comfy chair with a pad of paper and a pen.  Think about your life.  What do you like about it?  Write those things down.  Think about the things that stress you. Write those down.  Pick one thing each from the like and dislike lists. Focus on these for a few weeks.  How do I increase that thing that makes me happy and decrease what makes me cranky?  Work equally on increasing what makes you happy and decreasing what makes you cranky.  When the thing that makes you cranky is no longer making you cranky and you are doing more of the thing that makes you happy start again with two more things.

The thing that makes me happy is sewing. I love creating useful things. I love the feel of fabric. I like the sense of peace I get when I sew.  But I didn’t get to sew as often as I wanted.  I began to set aside time daily to sew. Some days it was 10 minutes. Some days it was hours.  I made things for my family that they could use. I sewed things to sell. I sewed for myself.  The more I sewed that happier I got.  But I also made equal time to work on what made me cranky. If I hadn’t I would just have been avoiding that thing that made me cranky.

Clutter was the thing that made me cranky.  I was brought up to believe that if someone gave you something you had to keep it forever.  If you inherited something you had to keep their stuff forever.  The older I got and the more deaths in the family, the more stuff I accumulated.  The more stuff I accumulated the more I hated my home.  I hated that I was obligated to keep stuff I didn’t like, wasn’t my style, or just took up room.  It has taken me 10 years but I have sold, given away, or donated at least one full U Haul truck  of things I didn’t love. I had kept the stuff because I felt obligated. Now I feel free and my home fits my personality.  It is also easier to keep clean and is not a fire hazard.  The stuff I sold helped pay bills when it was rough.  It paid for vacations when it wasn’t rough.  I “blessed” other people with the things I donated and gave away. Those people were able to use or love the stuff that stressed me out. Now if I don’t love it, if it doesn’t serve a purpose, and it takes up space, I no longer keep it.

Once you start on this journey life gets so much better.  You deserve to be happy.


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Organizing your Makeup and Cosmetics for minimum daily stress.

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There are mass quantities of ideas out there to organize your makeup.  I practice minimalism when it comes to my makeup.  I only use the one of each type of product.  I don’t need those really cool brush organizers because I only have 2. One for my powder and one for my blush.  My daughter on the other hand is one of those young people that needs 20 different brushes and 100 different makeup items.  Usually these are spread out all over the bathroom counter.  She sees the counter about once a week when she cleans her bathroom.  She is the type that needs those super cool DIY organizers.  She still probably wouldn’t use them therefore I don’t make them for her.

What I do make for her and myself are these padded cosmetic bags. These can be found in my blog shop.


My morning makeup routine is not always done at home.  I go to the gym in the morning. I travel a lot for work.  By keeping all of the items I use in this bag I don’t have to think about what to pack. I grab and go.

When it is time to do my face I dump it all out on the counter and use each item in order: Anti aging moisturizer, concealer, BB cream, powder, blush, eye shadow, mascara, and sometimes lipstick.  I put each item back in the bag after I use it. This way not only does everything end up in the bag I know I used it.

Each bag is padded so that the makeup in the bag does not get broke when it gets bounced around from place to place.

My entire makeup routine takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and I still look fabulous.

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11 ways to Organize your Health

That makes no sense you say?  Actually it does. Your health can be very organized.  If you don’t think about your health and assess your health regularly illness and injury can sneak right up on you. I am not saying become a hypochondriac. That would just make you more unorganized.

  1. Annual physicals and the tests the doctor wants you to have. That mammogram, prostrate exam, blood work, colonoscopy are all important in keeping you at your peak.
  2. Food diary.  This is the best way to manage your nutrition intake. Are you getting enough vitamins and minerals? Are you eating to much fat?  How is your caffeine intake?
  3. Scheduled exercise.  “Oh I will exercise later”  Later easily becomes never.
  4. Scheduled breaks. Get up from the desk and take a walk around the office.  Stop the manual labor and sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Scheduled vacations. Even if it is just one day. Vacations help rejuvenate the mind and the body.
  6. Scheduled fun/socialization time with friends. Make time to socialize. This increases the endorphins that help your mental health.
  7. Get a pet and take care of that pet. People with a pet statistically are calmer and have lower blood pressure.
  8. Prep your meals ahead of time. I know this sounds boring but it will prevent the fast food drive through route.
  9. Have a hobby that gives you satisfaction. Keeping your mind busy on doing something you like prevents stress accumulation.
  10. Scheduled sleep. Get the right amount of sleep for your body. Create a sleep area that is conducive to how you sleep the best.
  11. Scheduled pampering.  Schedule some kind of pampering of yourself monthly.  This is the reward for taking care of yourself.

Without your health everything else falls apart. Protect your health. Organize your health so that it becomes a habit instead of an after thought.

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Leave Chaos Behind Organization Leads to Peace of Mind. What does that even mean?  For me it means that all of the basics in my life are organized so when things go sideways I don’t have to worry about the day-to-day basics.

I have a daily routine. I have a financial routine. I have a creative routine. I have a health routine. I have an emotional development routine.  Everything in my home has a place. My home is not cluttered. I manage my time wisely. I have quality time with my friends and family. I have a career plan.

In my fantasies my life is like that. I have lots of tools and routines to be organized that I don’t use or use well. My life does not have balance or consistent organization and that Chaos creates a lack of Peace of Mind.

I am on a journey to discover and implement consistency and organization.  I will teach and share with you how to leave the Chaos by learning how to implement tools that will work for you to gain your physical, emotional, financial. time, career, family, friends, social, and creative Peace of Mind.