Practical Tip of the Week

In this video clip, The Practical Sort shares some home weight loss tips as part of a spring clean diet plan with Tre'Renee Chambers on KATU's Afternoon Live.

 Fall in love with your home again.  Click on the image to learn a few simple ways to rid the excess in your home.

Fall in love with your home again.  Click on the image to learn a few simple ways to rid the excess in your home.

 

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Before you begin organizing take a deep breath and keep in mind the 5 Rules of Feng Shui for a useful foundation.  Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art and science that governs the flow of energy.


 
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Achieve that Finished Look:  From Rumpled to Neat as a Button in Under a Minute

Try not to view this week’s tip as naggy mom syndrome.  Instead I invite you to consider it as a super practical and simple trick.  Have you ever apologized to visitors for the state of your home?  Face it, we all have at one time or another.  In fact, my kids got a huge kick out of this Facebook video because yes, that was (and possibly still could be) me.  I confess way too much in my blogs and tips.  But hey, we are all human with our own unique and not so unique foibles.

When Good Enough is...Good Enough

I don’t get nearly as frantic as I used to when company is expected.  I know that my home is usually in a presentable state, just not at the moment.  As we are undergoing a remodeling project, my furniture is buried under sheets, my floors are covered by Ram Board, and my stairs are encased under plastic.  Fortunately, the photographers from Architectural Digest are not scheduled for the next few weeks.  Seriously though, I have been making peace with my perfectionist tendencies because good enough is good enough most of the time.


 An unmade bed creates a cluttered, rumpled appearance no matter how tidy the rest of the room is

An unmade bed creates a cluttered, rumpled appearance no matter how tidy the rest of the room is

 

One Minute Difference

The smallest touches make a substantial difference in how my home looks and the way I feel about it.  Want to make a noticeable impact in your home in one minute?  Make your bed. That’s it.  In less than one minute the room went from rumpled to neat as a button.  If you have to wake up 1-2 minutes earlier to make your bed, it’s really no big deal, but when you return to your room later in the day or if expected guests should wander by an open bedroom door, you will have the gratification of knowing that your room looks put together.  Consider what it feels like when you stay at a hotel and the maid has performed her magic.  You open the door and the room looks fresh and inviting.  Surprisingly, even if the rest of the room is less than tidy, with a made bed, the room will still appear relatively neat.  Try it and see.

 Make your bed daily to create a finished look

Make your bed daily to create a finished look