Take it easy this summer

Take it easy this summer

Enjoy the slower pace

Have you ever heard of “Freizeitstress”? What?! This beautiful German word means recreational stress. Your leisure time is actually more stressful than giving you and relaxing. I’ve found many friends rushing from appointment to appointment and worse, they were so proud of being busy. How lovely was it to talk to this very interesting lady who said: “We’re taking it easy this summer!”

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Give an experience as a birthday gift

Give an experience as a birthday gift

An experience as a gift?

Can’t decide what birthday present to give to your mom, husband, child or friend? Try something new this year. Give them an experience!

One of my closest friends has just done that. She surprised her mom with a trip to Rome and the Vatican. A lover of historic sites, my friend knew her mom would have an unforgettable time in this ancient city.

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Feng Shui and clutter

Feng Shui and Clutter

Fighting clutter the Feng Shui way

Have you ever been to a Feng Shui course? I was very excited when I arrived at one organised by Expat Woman last week. Mostly women (go figure) attended what provided to be an insightful session. Dr. Padmaja Yadav from Vaastu for Art of Living not only gave practical tips of how to decorate your home. She also spent time talking about clutter. Who knew that philosophy which started around 3500 BC would also focus on clutter?

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Saturday is “Clear Your Clutter” Day!

Clear your clutter

Get ready! This Saturday, 11 March, is “Clear Your Clutter” Day. It’s your day to get rid of some of the stuff you no longer want or need. Whether you take this day and start with a shelf, focus on a room or continue on your decluttering journey, it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you start.

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40 bags in 40 days

40 bags in 40 days

The ultimate Spring challenge

Ash Wednesday (1 March) is the beginning of lent and Christians are giving up something. Lent lasts for 40 days until Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter) and is generally seen as a period reflection, self-examination but also improvement. Some Christians are thus giving up an indulgence like chocolate, while others give up a bad habit like smoking. Why not use lent 2017 to participate 40 bags in 40 days, regardless of your religious beliefs?

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Benefits of a garage sale

Benefits of a garage sale

Get on a high note decluttering

It’s the second week of 2017 and you know what that means. Exactly, most people are still on their high to make their resolutions stick this time! “This is the year I’ll change – no more excuses!” This is one of my clients who’s preparing for his first garage sale already!

For him, a garage sale is a deadline. A deadline to start the letting go of all the stuff he doesn’t use or need. But it’s also an opportunity, well, actually 4 opportunities:

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Christmas presents

Christmas presents

What presents are you giving?

My loved ones nonchalantly mentioned that they haven’t brought any Christmas presents yet. It’s the 12th of December! Christmas is just around the corner! For a lot of people, this could raise the pre-Christmas stress levels. Luckily, we have a rule in this family: No presents above EUR 30 (around 116 dirhams).

Are you also fed up with going in debt to give toys which, after only 3 days, are just laying around? Looking a disappointed expression on your loved one’s face when they don’t get the gift they wanted? It’s time to change your approach to gifting at Christmas! If you can’t or don’t want to give up presents just yet, present clutter-free, memorable gifts to your loved one!

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Organise your photos

Organise your photos

Enjoy your photos!

Did you know that in 2015, Americans took 105 billion photos? That’s almost 200,000 photos per minute! How many photos did you take this week? And more importantly, what do you do with them?

Since we’ve moved away from printing pictures, we take gazillion photos. But what’s an easy way to store and organise them?

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Clean for just a day

Clean for just a day

Find your cleaning angel and control the dirt devil in your home

2017 is only 49 days away from today and like many, I’m making the remainder of 2016 count. Unfortunately, little trivial things do get in the way. Cleaning tops that list for me!

I was laughing so hard when I then watch Modern Family this weekend. Claire, one of the characters, was getting ready to start a new job and enlisted her entire family of 5 to clean their house. It was funny to watch them struggle like so many other families, mine included.

Some folks find cleaning relaxing. Not me, until I set up a cleaning routine. Here are some tips for setting up your own cleaning schedule:

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