Beat Anxiety and De-Stress with Spring Cleaning

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Get ready to de-stress to beat anxiety!

Some say that the common trait of successful people is they usually have smaller wardrobes. Maybe because they don’t spend much time fussing about what to wear because their wardrobe keeps everything simple. Applying the same theory to your homes and lifestyles, you could de-clutter and de-stress to avoid anxiety.

If you have many things in your house that you don’t really use or need, the following are the best ways to de-clutter to de-stress and avoid anxiety:

Donate Clothes, Toys and Unwanted Household Items

Having a garage sale is too much work for the amount of money it brings in, so just donate everything you don’t need to those who are in need instead. You can also forgo the stress of planning a garage sale. You get to de-stress, avoid anxiety, and help people in need.

Post Rarely Used Electronics or More Expensive Items Online

If you want to make some extra money, post items online. Take someone with you and meet in a public place. One of the good apps out there is Varage Sale. You get rid of unwanted clutter, de-stress, avoid anxiety and earn extra money. That will definitely put you up to a good mood.

Get Down To The Basics

Go through the kitchen, bathrooms, closets, and get rid of the things that you never or rarely use. Only keep the items that you need and get rid of anything extra. Just like going back to the small wardrobe theory, do you really need 20 coffee cups or 10 bottles of lotion? By giving away some to those in need, you get to de-clutter, de-stress, avoid anxiety, get more space for other things, and help others.

Eliminate Clutter

Less is definitely more. Having too many decorations or pictures throughout your home will just add stress because it makes more of a process to clean all of them. Eliminate clutter to de-stress and avoid anxiety.

Build It Into Your Schedule

Take a day off from work and hire a sitter so you can get everything done. It may not be easy but in the end it will definitely be worth it. You’re setting up your life for a more de-cluttered and easier to maintain home. So, you get to de-stress and avoid anxiety even after several months to come or until you pile up more new clutter in your life.

De-stress and avoid anxiety by de-cluttering your home. It will be a lot of work but you’ll reap the rewards soon enough. You’ll have less junk, more space, less pieces to clean, your house will feel like it’s almost brand new, and you get to de-stress and avoid anxiety in the long run.

The best part of it is having less cleaning time will give you more time to spend with your family. So, you also get to be happier, which will make you healthier mentally. There will be less need to de-stress in order to avoid anxiety. Start living the simple life.

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Spring Cleaning Checklist 

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Clean your home one room at a time with this helpful checklist.

Kitchen

  • Clean pantry, toss old and expired food
  • Clean refrigerator, wipe down drawers
  • Clean oven and microwave
  • Wipe down appliances
  • Reorganize drawers for easy access

Bedrooms

  • Wash sheets and comforter
  • Clean out closets, donate old clothes to charity
  • Put away winter bedding
  • Vacuum carpets and rugs

Bathrooms

  • Clean out medicine cabinet
  • Dispose of expired medicine
  • Scrub toilet, bath and shower
  • Wash mirrors and inside of windows
  • Clean out drawers, throw away old makeup
  • Wipe down countertops and fixtures

Whole Home

  • Vacuum carpets and rugs
  • Wash windows
  • Wipe down light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • Dust furniture, electronics and ceiling corners
  • Change smoke alarm batteries
  • Dust bookshelves, donate books

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April Lane’s Daily Cleaning Checklist: Quick & Simple Tips For A Clean Home 

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Most of us strive for clean home more often than not. But what’s the secret to having a clean home all the time? We’ve found that the easiest and best cleaning tips for constant cleanliness are small, consistent maintenance actions each day. Daily cleaning may sound like it will take a lot of time. However, we’ve come up with a quick, daily cleaning checklist for your Kirkland home to keep it clean while spending as little time as possible doing so.

Kitchen

Clear the Dishwasher:

Remove any clean dishes from the dishwasher to make room for dirty ones.

Clear Out and Wipe the Sink:

Move all the dirty dishes from the sink into the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher and wipe down the sink with a sponge.

Wipe Countertops and Stovetop:

Stoves and counters usually take daily abuse. Use a damp sponge and some all-purpose cleaner to wipe up any spills, crumbs or splatters.

Keep an Eye For Problem Spots on the Floor:

For daily cleanup, skip the mop and save it for the weekends. Use the same sponge and all-purpose cleaner that you used for the counter and quickly scrub and wipe any obvious spots or stickiness on the floor.

Disinfect the Kitchen Sponge:

Get your sponge wet and put it in the microwave on high for 2 minutes zapping any living inside.

Bathroom

Bathroom Mirror:

Grab some glass cleaner and give the mirror a quick wipe. You don’t need to get its entirety, just focus on any foamy toothpaste splatters or other obvious spots.

Wipe Out The Sink:

Use that same glass cleaner for the mirror and spray down your sink. Wipe down the chrome and the porcelain with the same cloth or towel that you used for the mirror. Glass cleaner works great on chrome and won’t leave any streaks.

Clean the Shower Door or Curtain:

If your shower has doors,, use a squeegee or a dry towel to wipe down the water on the glass that can leave spots. If your shower doesn’t have a door, spray the curtain and liner with a disinfecting shower mist to reduce any mildew buildup or soap scum.

Toilet:

Give the seat and the rim a quick wipe using a disinfectant cloth. Take a brush and give the inside bowl a quick scrub to remove any visible ring if there is one.

Bedroom

Put Clothes Away:

If there’s any clothes on the bed, floor or chairs, quickly fold them and either put them away or in a dirty clothes hamper. Do your best to make a habit out of putting them away as soon as you take them off in the first place to make this part easier.

Make Your Bed:

You can straighten all the sheets or for an even faster job, just pull the comforter square on the bed and fluff the pillows, covering the messy sheets underneath.

Open the Curtains:

Open the curtains just to give some natural light to your bedroom during the day.

Tidy Up the Bedside Table:

Put away any items left on the nightstand such as books or water glasses.

Living Room

Clear the Clutter:

Take anything on the floor or the couch that isn’t supposed to be there and put it in its place. Toys, video games, or any other obvious items.

Spruce Up the Couch:

The sofa is usually the focal point of the room, so make sure it gets some attention. Fluff the pillows and fold any throws resting on it.

Scoop up Particles:

Take a quick tour of your living room and pick up any crumbs, dust bunnies or other particles with a handheld vacuum. If you don’t have one, you can use your hands or the suction tube on your regular vacuum cleaner. Check the couch, coffee table, and any visible sights on the rug.

Wipe Surfaces:

Use a microfiber cloth to dust any surfaces including the coffee table, shelves, and cabinets. If there’s any stickiness, moisten your cloth to remove the gunk.

Straighten the Coffee Table:

Take all the magazines, books and remote control and put them in one place on the coffee table, underneath, or in a drawer if possible.

Use this daily cleaning checklist to hit all the quick and easy spots in your home, saving you lots of time while helping to maintain a clean home. Sometimes you don’t even have the time or patience for quick daily cleaning duties, and we can understand. If that’s the case, April lane’s is a professional maid service serving Kirkland and the surrounding areas. If you need help cleaning your home, contact us, today, and see how we can keep your home sparkling while saving you time and energy.

SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST – BEDROOMS 

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How’s spring cleaning going, guys? I’m sure with all the warmer weather and spring showers you’re likely to feel put-upon by your chores, and I get it! I’m hopeful these checklists are still helpful to you as you tidy up everything around your house so you can really dig in and enjoy the warmer months ahead. This list is all about a place a lot of us love: our bedrooms. This isn’t an easy place to purge and organize, but it’s easily the most important, so let’s get to it!

  • Strip your bedding and wash / dry clean thoroughly
  • Remove everything from under your bed, organize, purge, and replace as appropriate
  • Remove everything from your nightstands, clean thoroughly, and replace
  • Remove everything from your dresser, clean thoroughly, and replace what is necessary
  • Remove everything from your jewelry armoire / desk / sitting area / wardrobe, clean thoroughly, and replace
  • Vaccuum the floors and blinds
  • Clean the windows and windowsills
  • Wash your curtains and replace them
  • Dust all fans, lamps, and decor items
  • Replace any lightbulbs and stock up on new ones
  • Clean any rugs and replace as necessary
  • Thoroughly clean your baseboards and crown molding
  • Spritz linen spray on your bedding and light a few candles to keep the room fresh
  • Swap out outdated pictures with new ones
  • Purchase a few plants and place them strategically in your bedroom (I love orchids and succulents!)

Keep your head up and your gloves on – we’re almost done with our spring cleaning extravaganza!

XXOO
-KSL

9 simple steps to avoid looking like a melting fiasco this summer (3 min read)

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Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Ayesha Farooq

Founder & Owner of: Ayesha’s Beauty Rant

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Beauty and Writing Writer


With each day passing by, we are being hit by more and more heat. And for all my UAE readers, I know the recent post going about regarding the increase in humidity next week is already scaring everyone on how we are going to survive this! We can’t let the heat beat us down, we gotta fight back.

Best solution – just stay indoors with the A/C blowing on your face. Just kidding (maybe not..) but when you do have to step out, I’ve got your back. You no longer have to leave the house flawless and end up looking, well, liquefied!

Just follow these simple steps and keep your makeup game strong:

#1  A flawless canvas is the key to a flawless face

Whether you have oily, dry or combination skin, using a moisturizer is mandatory. Keeping the skin well hydrated is essential and it makes for a good start creating a smooth canvas for your makeup routine. These are the moisturizers that work wonders for me (super dry skin) – Chanel Hydra beauty CrèmeShiseido Pureness moisturizing gel-creamBody Shop Vitamin E moisture cream. Even better is to use an SPF infused moisturizer!

#2  Keep your base strong – A primer is a must!

Priming your face is vital, specially in the summer. It prevents your face from getting shiny and locks in your makeup for long hours. Some of my fav primers are Makeup Forever Step 1 skin equalizersMakeup Forever UV PrimeYSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer. The same goes for the eyes – you want to lock in and prevent creasing.

#3  Toss your foundation for a tinted moisturizer

Less is more. This is the mantra you all want to chant all summer long. More makeup products and layers + blazing heat = cake face. The heat will make you sweat off any heavy foundation you use, switch that for a tinted moisturizer or a light foundation. My top most recommended light-weight foundations is the Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation.

#4  Keep it light

We all love a good contour and highlight. But like I said earlier, less is more. You don’t want to go for a full face of makeup and cake up. Instead of using heavy and deep colors on your face, use a bronzer on the high points of your face – forehead, cheekbones, nose and chin. Lightly brush it on these areas and let it do its magic. Check out Nyx matte bronzer and Benefit hoola matte bronzer.

#5  Goodbye shine

As much as we are all obsessed with highlighters and a dewy skin look, this is the last thing you want to do in the summer. The humidity will make you look sweaty-looking rather than a glowing queen. Instead, opt for a translucent talc free powder (this won’t absorb the moisture from your skin). Gently dust over the T-zone. Don’t pack on a lot (read #6), the aim is not to bake, but to keep the shine out and prevent the makeup from budging. Check out the Makeup Forever HD micro finish powder, it’s one of my favs and leaves your skin silky smooth.

#6  Switch the powders to creams

When powder based products meet with sweat, it is the worst disaster. The ultimate cake-face. Shadows, foundation even blush. Use cream sheer shadows over your primed lids and a cheek tint/stain to give you the flushed look. Take a look at Sephora velvet eyeshadow and L.A Girl velvet contour stick.

#7  Waterproof your lashes

Unless you want to end up with black tear lines, ’cause the sweat is capable of making you look like that, a waterproof mascara is your savior. Not only does it prevent the most-feared, but it also keeps the lashes curled up, specially if you have stubborn flat lashes like mine! Two of my most liked mascaras are the Maybelline lash sensational waterproof mascara and Too Faced Better than sex waterproof mascara.

#8  Tinted balm will be your new BFF

A heavy mattifying lip is not something you want to pick up this summer. Yup, it’s all the rage now but what you need to select is a tinted balm or a sheer version of your fav lipstick. This way you can add your balm to moisturize without the risk of color travel. Another product you’d want to try out is an invisible liner to keep the lipstick from feathering. It’s a waxy formula and the one I like using is Makeup Forever Lip line perfecter.

#9  A setting spray to prevent your face from melting

Just in-case the humidity and sweat battles through the primers and lightweight foundation, finish the face by setting it with a spray. This will ward off a melt-face. Mac prep & prime fix+ and Urban Decay all nighter setting spray will definitely do the trick.

Was this helpful? Leave your comments below and let me know!

Happy Summer!


Article Credits: Ayesha Farooq

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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Affordable Spring Date Ideas

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If you’ve ever been in a relationship, then you probably know how costly it can be. Being in love is definitely not cheap. But that’s okay!—because you can’t put a price on love. However, just because you’d like to spend romantic, quality time together doesn’t mean you need to break the bank in doing so.

Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time of year to take advantage of fun, affordable activities. “How?” you ask? Well, let us count the ways…

  1. Berry Picking: The absolute perfect springtime activity. Wear a tank top, soak up the sun, and go pluck some strawberries and blueberries off of their vines! There is something strangely satisfying about filling up your basket with fresh, hand-picked berries. If you live in my town, then check out Underwood Family Farms. The only charge is for the berries that you take home at the end of the day! If you live elsewhere, then do your research to find farms in your area that offer this activity to the community. What to do with the berries? Do a little baking w/ bae! Fresh strawberry pies are a great way to celebrate your hard work, and indulge in a sweet spring dessert (if you don’t mess up baking a pie from scratch—like I did…oops!).
  2. Picnic Somewhere Beautiful: Okay, here’s a good one. Who doesn’t love a fun picnic? Find a pretty place (a park, a hiking spot, the beach, etc.) and bring along a blanket. Pack the picnic essentials: sparkling flavored water or flavored iced tea, sandwiches, fruit, cheese, crackers, trail mix, and of course a dessert! Trust me, your date will be blown away by your thoughtful planning and preparation. Super romantic date.
  3. Hiking: Leave your phones behind and get out in nature! Take in the sunshine, lather with sunscreen, and get your fitness on w/ your boyfriend or girlfriend. This is a great way to spend quality time together, with no distractions. Plus, it’s totally free!
  4. Discount Movie Days/Nights: No matter where you live, if you have a movie theater near you, chances are they offer value days. Even when I lived in Ireland, we had a movie theater that promoted weekly “cheap” days. If you love the movie experience, but are tired of paying $12-$14 per ticket…I don’t blame you. Plan to go on the days that are $6! Literally for half-price, you get the exact same experience. Now you don’t even have to feel bad for buying snacks! I mean really…why would you go any other day???
  5. Community Movies in the ParkLots of communities plan movie nights, where you can bring a blanket and your loved one, and enjoy a nice movie in the park. These are either super cheap, or free! Enjoy an evening outdoors, and a glass of wine as you watch a flick. It’s something different to do, and totally seasonal. Enjoy it while you can!
  6. Carnivals: It’s that time of year. From Spring to Summer, you’re likely to find some carnivals. Go buy some tickets, play some games, ride the ferris wheel, and purchase a dang funnel cake! These nights are exciting, romantic, and reasonably affordable! Stroll around and people-watch, or go pet some piggies and sheep. It’s sure to be a great night.
  7. S’mores and Wine by the Fire: If you’re able to find a fire pit (or be creative), then you are lucky enough to indulge in some hand-made s’mores. Roast some marshmellows over the fire, tell stories or listen to music, gaze up at the stars, and watch the ooey gooey mess commence! Uncork a bottle of wine..and voila! An intimate, and quiet night together. One thing’s for sure…sparks will be flying.
  8. Volunteer: It’s a totally free, and memorable experience. Find ways in your community to help. Doing good things with someone you care about is extremely fulfilling!

 Enjoying time with one another is simpleGet a little creative and remember what is important: that you and your partner enjoy each other’s company, no matter what you’re doing! Sometimes, it’s the thoughtful and inventive activities that mean the most.

xx allie

 

 

Plan With Us- Easter Ideas 

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So the Easter school break is coming up and I thought I would share with you some ideas of things to do in the holidays, We will be doing some of these as well. I have also made up a little printable you could print off and use to plan your activities, I do this because my girls like to know the plans for each week.

 

Easter Fun Ideas

  • Decorate your home with Easter/Spring decorations or handmade arts & crafts.
  • Go on a forest walk
  • Bake some Easter cupcakes or Easter inspired treats
  • Easter Arts & Crafts (ideas below)
  • Messy surprise egg bath (explained below)
  • Egg Hunt
  • Guess the riddle (explained below)
  • Make your own flower arrangements (explained below)
  • Decorate an egg
  • Go to the park and feed the ducks
  • Have an at home Easter parade (explained below)
  • Buy some eggs and donate them
  • On Easter Sunday go to church for the Sunday service

Easter Arts & Craft Ideas

  • Make a Spring/Easter bunting
  • Make Masks
  • Make an Easter bonnet
  • Make an Easter wreath
  • Make bunny finger puppets

(Google has loads of ideas so just search away, this is some we have done in the past)

Messy Bath Egg Surprise

You will need bath slime which you can find here. You will also need to buy plastic eggs and small gifts that you can buy from the poundshop. Put the small gifts inside the eggs and make the slime bath and put the eggs in them, the kids enjoy a messy slime bath while finding lucky egg surprises too. This is great fun.

Guess The Riddle

So this is pretty simple you make up cards with little clues (riddles) on them and hide each card and then each card the clue leads to the next card in a different place, at the end of this there should be a little surprise maybe a sweet treat.

Make Your Own Flower Arrangements

Why not get a few bouquets of flowers, some Spring and Easter tubs, glasses, vases etc and all each make a little flower arrangement of your own to then display in your home.

At Home Easter Parade

Make costumes, Easter bonnets and nice food and play music and have a little Easter parade in your home with some fun games and yummy food together.

 

This is just some ideas that we have done in the past or are doing this year. School holidays can be expensive so most of these are pretty cheap as the supplies can be found at the poundshop and others you may already have in the house.

 

Plan

I made a little printable, you can download it here. My girls like seeing what is on the agenda so I made this up and will fill it out and pop it on the fridge for them to see. I didn’t add dates because we have things in between but if they know what is on the agenda for each week it is easier when plans change etc to move things around.

 

I hope this helps and if anyone has any ideas for me please comment down below as I am always looking for new inspiration.

 

Thanks for reading.

Take care & talk soon.

 

Love, Kimmy xoxo

 

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