4 Simple Steps to Declutter Your Home

Do you ever look around your home and feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you’ve accumulated?

Don’t worry, you aren’t alone.

More than half of the American population— 51.8% according to ebates— engage in retail therapy.

The unfortunate side effect is more things hanging around your home.

I am no different, so I will be using these tips as well.

These are taken from Mind Over Clutter by Nicola Lewis. Grab a copy of the book here.

First, remove everything from the room with the exception of your furniture.

The reason for this is that smaller items can escape this process.

Second, sort through your items and create four separate piles.

Keep the things that you use at least once a month and sort everything else into the three other piles; donate, sell, or throw away.

If you find something in it’s original packaging, you aren’t using it, so get rid of it.

Next, clean the whole room from top to bottom.

Since all the items have been removed from the room, it’ll be easier to clean the insides of drawers and high shelves.

Finally, carefully put everything you’re keeping back into the room.

The whole purpose is bring peace of mind, so take extra care on this step.

Remember, a place for everything and everything in its place.

Until next time.

Classically,

Angela

5 Do’s and Don’t’s for Hydration

Most people would agree that staying hydrated is important.

Staying hydrated keeps everything in working order.

For lack of a better way to put it being hydrated keeps everything lubricated.

It helps keep many bodily functions running in working order, especially in helping your kidneys eliminate toxins.

In this post I am not going to shy away from how hydration helps the body and what bodily functions are affected by it.

You have been warned.

The topic of hydration has fostered a debate on how much is enough and how much is too much.

I am going to give you 5 do’s and don’t’s around staying hydrated.

This first one, I’m just going to dive right in.

Do check the color of your urine.

This is a sure fire way to check your level of hydration and sometimes your health in general.

If it is a dark yellow color you’re probably dehydrated.

If it’s really dark, seek medical attention.

If it’s clear, like the same color as water clear, you’re over hydrated.

If there’s blood in your urine, seek medical help.

Do keep track of how much water you are drinking throughout your day.

I believe that the best way to do this is to get a decent sized water bottle to take with you.

Related: My top 5 favorite water bottles.

I recommend one where the place you put your mouth to drink from is protected.

This is important especially if you’re going to leave it on a surface at work or outside of your home.

Don’t drink water based solely on an arbitrary number.

We have all heard the recommendation to drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Some of us have heard that you have to do some algebra to determine the amount of water you should drink based on your weight.

The problem with both of these is that it doesn’t account for the amount of liquid you are getting from your food.

If you are eating a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables you should be getting some hydration from your food.

This one actually relates back to the first two do’s.

Track the amount of water you’re drinking, and if you find your urine is a decent yellow color you’re good.

Again, if it’s clear you drank too much.

Don’t drink water directly from the faucet.

I know that people survive drinking water from the tap.

However, unless you are checking your city’s water processing I don’t recommend it.

There are many affordable ways to get filtered water at home.

I recommend getting a pitcher with a filter or get one that attaches to your sink.

They even make ones that filter inside the water bottle directly.

Also, more public places are getting filtered water bottle fountains.

It’s for the environment, but also to make sure you’re getting clean water.

Do consume water rich foods.

Usually whole foods are very water rich because, well they were grown using water.

I’m talking about your fruits and vegetables.

Not only will this help keep you hydrated, but you are also providing your body with nutrient rich food.

If you want to read more on the topic of hydration, check out the following links:

Keys to Staying HydratedPolyclinic
Staying Hydrated Staying HealthyAmerican Heart Association
Keys and Benefits of Consistent Hydration– Crisp Regional Hospital

Want to know what I like to use to help support my kidneys? Check out this caffeine-free tea.

If this was valuable to you or might be valuable to someone you know, definitely share this post.

Until next time.

Classically,

Angela

My Top 5 Favorite Water Bottles

A good water bottle is an essential part of maintaining hydration.

There are so many different types out there, and I can honestly say that I have used a fair amount of them.

As far as I’m concerned, getting a great water bottle is a good investment.

In this post, I’m going to cover my top 5 favorite water bottles out of all of the ones I have ever tried.

Pro tip: most lids to water bottles are not dishwasher friendly.

This is due to the fact that the plastic ring that creates a seal can melt off.

When this happens the liquid leaks from the container.

The water bottle from this lunch box set.

This was the closest kit I could find to the one I got my water bottle from.

Believe me, I spent a lot of time looking for the one I have.

Mine is chevron, but this is the exact same type of water bottle.

The water bottle like this one is currently sitting on my night stand which is why it’s first on the list.

The Arbonne Water Bottle

This is another one I use a lot.

I have dropped it so many times, and it’s still good.

What’s nice about this one is that it has the ounces written on the side so you can track your water intake.

This is important because it helps determine how much water you need.

It’s also the perfect size for the Arbonne Essentials Body Cleanse.

Unfortunately it appears to be out of stock, but the Phytosport bottle is a good substitute.

Brita Premium Filtering Water Bottle

This one is great because there is a filter inside the bottle itself.

That’s fantastic because you can get filtered water anywhere.

One problem is tracking when you need to replace the filter as there is no indicator for when it needs to be replaced.

The second is that the filter can become water logged, and so it makes it difficult to drink sometimes.

There are ways to fix it.

Check out this video for tips to help with this problem.

Blender/Shaker Cups

These are great for several reasons.

First, it’s a quick and easy way to take a shake with you on the go.

When you finish your shake, rinse the bottle and fill it with water.

Or simply just use it for water.

Contigo AUTOSPOUT Straw Ashland Water Bottle

This one is great because it comes with a straw.

One of the nice things also is that some versions of this protect the spout when closed so the straw is not exposed.

I love these, but I also went through a lot of them.

That’s partially because in college and in my first couple of years teaching I was REALLY rough with these.

The bottle itself is tough.

The lid is tough.

The straw in the lid though is the problem.

Once you put a hole in that it’s basically done for.

I personally thought they were worth repurchasing because they are convenient and again the ounces are written on the side.

I hope this was helpful to you on your journey of staying hydrated.

Until next time.

Classically,

Angela

What is the meaning of self-discipline?

Have you ever tried to start doing something new, but find yourself in a cycle of excitement and then disappointment?

If you ever feel you lack self-discipline, hold on for this series on self-discipline.

Today I’m going to cover the meaning of self-discipline.

Let me first define self-discipline by explaining what self-discipline is not.

  • It’s not punitive.

When we think of the word discipline, more often than not it has a negative connotation.

Sometimes we feel like in order to be disciplined we have to punish ourselves or make ourselves suffer in some way.

This brings me to my next point.

  • Self-discipline is not linked to your morality (or it shouldn’t be).

If you mess up and fall of the wagon you are not a bad person.

This type of thinking is actually self-sabotaging.

Whether or not you choose to eat celery doesn’t determine the type of person you are.

The amount of time you spend in the gym versus sitting on the couch is not directly linked to whether or not you are a good or bad person.

  • Self-discipline is not shaming.

This is related to the morality point because those negative thoughts you have come from a place of shame.

While negative reinforcement can work, it will only work for a short period of time.

  • It’s not just sheer will power alone.

If you hate what you are trying to be disciplined about, when the going gets tough that’s when it stops.

If you are trying to do something out of self-loathing or because you want to be like someone else, that won’t work long term either.

One of our main motivations in life is to avoid pain.

So cultivating self-discipline cannot come from a place of punishment, self-hate, shame, envy or will power.

So what IS self-discipline?

Well, I am going to start with definitions from a couple of dictionaries.

I like using official text in my analyses so bear with me here.

The Mariam-Webster dictionary defines self-discipline as correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement.

The Oxford Dictionary states that self-discipline is the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it.

In order to accomplish either definition of self-discipline effectively is to start from a place of self-acceptance.

Self-acceptance isn’t just accepting the sunny side of yourself, but the dark side of the moon as well.

Then a continuation from a place of self-awareness.

What do you really want?

If it’s not running, forcing yourself to be a runner isn’t going to work long term.

Especially if you don’t just dislike running, but you hate it.

It’s okay, I’ve been there. I wanted to run a marathon at one point, but I came to the realization that I can’t stand running.

I found that I don’t really care to understand pace and all of the things that go into running effectively and with intention.

When I let go of running and just started dancing (setting up the PS4 camera again), I had more fun.

The one thing I consistently did growing up was play Dance Dance Revolution with my friends or doing a belly dancing class.

Because I am aware of this, I found a sustainable way for me to do cardio and enjoy doing cardio.

For some people it’s the opposite.

The point is you have to know where you stand with what you are trying to accomplish.

I am aware that I am a dancer, not a runner and I accept that.

If the weakness you want to improve requires an action you love doing you’ll stick to it a lot better.

There is a lot more I want to cover on this topic, so catch my next point on why self-discipline is important.

Until next time.

Classically,
Angela

What I learned about consistency (video)

In this Facebook Live, I cover what I have been learning and kind of talking about with consistency in my last two blog posts.

I did this because I know that sometimes people like to consume content in video format.

Personally, I like to engage in both, it really depends on the day.

I hope that you enjoy this video as much as I actually enjoyed making it, and I’ll see you next time.

Classically,

Angela