clutter

5 Steps to Emotional Spring Cleaning

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | April 13th, 2014 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, behavior, change, cleansing, clutter, emotional, emotions, intention, letting go, mental detox, negative patterns, negative thinking, negative thoughts, negativity, personal development, reactions, spring clean, spring cleaning, transformation

emotional spring cleaning

It’s the beginning of spring, when many of us become obsessed with cleaning out closets, drawers, books and clutter. I find it interesting that we are not as excited to embark on a road to “emotional cleansing.” Why not take some time this week to inventory old behaviors and patterns that keep us in a constant state of drama — and clean them out along with the dust bunnies?

Home for the Holidays: How to Make Your Guests Feel Welcome

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Healthy Home, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: candles, clutter, comfort, company, decor, entertaining, family, friends, guests, holiday season, home, hospitality, house, hugs, music, party, winter

Holiday candles and holly on the mantle

The holidays are a festive — and often frantic — time of year, with family and friends gathering together. The setting for all these celebrations takes place in our homes, where creating comfort for our guests is the primary focus.

Spring Clean, Spring Green

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | May 31st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: apartment, baking soda, chemicals, cleaning supplies, clutter, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, environment, green, green cleaners, home, house, lemon juice, planet, spring cleaning, vinegar

Spring Cleaning

The “official” first day of spring may have been March 20, but with the cold weather, it certainly didn’t feel like it then. Now it seems like spring has finally sprung!

I may have “reached that age” when I appreciate each spring just a little more (or maybe it’s just my recent memory of the brutally cold winter), but the colorful spring buds are making me extremely happy this year. Another thing that makes me happy is the feel of a de-cluttered, freshly cleaned home, so spring cleaning is on my mind. Some of you may not have gotten around to this annual rite of passage yet, while others may feel ready for a second pass at it after all the recent rain (and the inevitable mud it invites in). Either way, before you start cleaning your home, consider doing a clean sweep of your chemical cleaning products first.

The Art of Healing

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | April 28th, 2011 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: abundance, affirmation, anxiety, bad habits, beauty, behavior, beliefs, change, clutter, damage, doubt, emotion, energy, evolution, fear, friends, friendship, growth, healer, healing, health, inner peace, inspiration, intentions, joy, mental, mind, negativity, pain, perfection, Personal Growth, positive thinking, power, psychology, rebirth, renewal, self help, spirituality, support, thought patterns, thoughts, transformation, victim, well-being

The Art of HealingOftentimes people come to me and state that their intention is to heal. The definition of healing is to restore to health and soundness; to set right; restoration of that which is damaged to its normal function; regeneration (spiritual, revival, rebirth); and renewal of any lost part.

“The renewal of any lost part” caught my attention. During challenging times people are often seeking parts of themselves that they think have been lost, stolen or damaged. I believe that we are, inherently, whole, and that at the core of our being, beauty and peace exist. When my clients speak about wanting to heal, we explore the deep desire to remember that they are not broken or damaged goods. We talk about the fact that in every situation there is good and it is leading us back to a state of wholeness. When the Japanese mend broken objects, they fill the cracks with gold. They believe that when something is damaged and has a history, it is more beautiful. What if that were true of us? What if each and every aspect of our life stories was an essential ingredient that made us stronger and more beautiful?

9 Easy Ways to Detox Your Home

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | April 5th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: air quality, beauty products, bedding, carpet, chemicals, cleaners, clutter, Cosmetics, decor, detox, dirt, dry cleaning, family, flooring, food containers, furniture, green, home, house, indoor pollution, natural, organic, paint, personal care, plants, resolutions, spring cleaning, take off shoes, toxic, toxins, VOCs, window, winter

Woman cleaning the kitchen

You’ve had “spring cleaning” on your to-do list for weeks now, but it hasn’t happened yet. Don’t despair; as with meditation and yoga, now is the perfect time to begin again (and again … ).

It is also a perfect time to detox your home environment. We spend much of our time indoors with our windows closed, so it is even more important to be mindful of healthy air quality. Consider this: The average home contains 500-1,000 chemicals resulting in indoor air quality that is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Yikes!

Here are nine easy ways that you can detox your home, so you and your family and enjoy a healthier spring:

Links That Lift You: Happy Hooping, Princess of Garbage and an Aah-vacado Salad Recipe

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | March 25th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Giving Back, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth | tags: avocado salad, cheap, clutter, dining, Earth Hour, EarthHour.org, eating out, eco restoration, Elephant Journal, energy, exercise, Fitness, HistoricGreen.org, hula hooping, Hurricane Katrina, LearnVest, letting go, MizFitOnline, money, New-Orleans, Paddle Surfing, power, restaurants, self confidence, self-love, Stand Up Paddle, SUP, The FindMeFit blog, treehugger

From time to time, we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live fit, live healthy, live green and live happy. Here are this week’s finds.

Health & Wellness

Hula Hooping and Self-Love

It’s a … Home!

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | February 23rd, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Decorating, Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home | tags: baking soda, carpet, chemical cleaning supplies, clutter, crafting, crafts, curb, DIY projects, eco-friendly, enviornmental, family, flooring, free, FSC-certified hardwood floors, green cleaners, healthy home, house, linoleum, mental-health, pets, possessions, remodeling, renovation, retreat, rugs, sanctuary, spiritual, street, stuff, sustainable lumber, things, toxins, vinegar, vinyl, wood

It's a Home blog

My home is undergoing a rebirth. It’s painful, long and decidedly unpredictable.

Most people might call it a renovation. But it’s more than that. It’s a new incarnation of what was formerly four walls and a roof into a home.

The rebirth is born of necessity — a leaky roof, drafty windows and stained broadloom carpet that harbored more than I wanted to consider within its fibers…

How Much Space Do You Really Need?

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | February 22nd, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: apartment, clutter, declutter, downsizing, family, home, home size, homeowners, live simpler, living larger, living space, nontoxic paint, possessions, real estate market, size, smaller house, square feet, square footage, stuff, things

Happy family playing at home with boxesWhen my husband and I bought our first place, my answer to that question would have been 440 square feet per person.

We had everything we needed in that space, including a spare bedroom for guests and enough “party space” for gatherings with friends. But it didn’t take long before the lure of our first house — an 1800s Victorian — made us feel as if we needed to double our living area to 925 square feet per person. (Sound familiar?)

Year of the Rabbit: A Good Time to Zen Your Den

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | February 22nd, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Fitness, Green Living, Healthy Home, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: 2011, Aquarius, calendar, change, Chinese New Year, clutter, decor, decorating, equinox, family, home, house, Imbolic, interior design, mantra, moon, move, moving, rebirth, recuperate, renewal, renovations, rest, Spring, tiger, Year of the Rabbit, Yoga, zodiac

Woman holding a rabbitHappy Chinese New Year, new moon in Aquarius, Candlemas (which is the midway point between winter solstice and spring equinox), Imbolic (which honors Brigid, the goddess of creative inspiration and fertility) … and all New Beginnings!

I love mythology and ritual, especially when they honor and align us with the natural world. With spring approaching, it makes sense that many traditions consider this time the true beginning of the year, a time of rebirth and renewal.

Pencils, Promises and an “R”

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | September 30th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: back to school, children, clean water, clutter, conservation, consumption, deforestation, education, environment, Forest Stewardship Council, kids, pencils, pollution, recycled paper, school supplies, students, trees

No. 2 pencils

My kids started school a few weeks ago. Along with new binders and some recycled paper, they took with them pencils. Despite technology’s steady advance into our lives, we still need pencils. Albeit my children’s pencils were Forest Stewardship Council–certified, meaning the wood for them came from sustainably managed forests.