Declutter Garage Storage Area

Declutter Garage Storage Area

When you only have a small storage area, for vehicles and boxes and stuff etc, there comes a time when you just have to bite the bullet and clean things up.

So I tackled the garage, to practise what I’m preaching, which is to declutter and take before and after photos, which tell the story of what I used to clean and restore the area to a nice clean look.

Pretty Messy, not functional for Me to Find Things!

So when I started, I had some extra furniture waiting to go to our Son’s unit, boxes of cardboard boxes, and the elusive shoe boxes, which I always tell myself, ‘That will be handy one day!’  One day never comes, so out they go.  It was with great pleasure that we stomped on them to flatten them down so they would fit in the recycle bin.

I cleaned the walls and skirting boards with ‘The Healthy Home Solutions product’ - Spray Away, what a magnificent product Spray Away is.  To look into this one more click on this link:  We use it for everything.  I also diffused Easy Air (Breathe), On Guard Blend and Siberian Fir essential oil, around the garage.  I let the sunshine in, which was so special to warm up the environment and dry it out.  Then I went through the process of working out what I no longer wanted to house or store in that area. What could be given away, discarded or kept and of course what could go to the bin.

When I started this project you can see from the photos it was a full landscape, now I have a fresh garage and an adequate storage area, which makes me happy to visit, and I do.  I estimated that I would go to this part of the house, several times a day.  If there is a room or storage area that you visit several times a day and it displeases you, get on to moving the energy around.  Make the changes, clean it up, and declutter your little hearts out, the emotional rewards are exceptional, and ‘mental health’ is always the winner.

Stay tuned for more updates on our decluttering projects and services.

Go to www.healthyhomesolutions.com.au for more insights on keeping your home in good condition and riding out the changing weather e.g. dampness, mould and cluttered environments.

 

Finished job, repurposed carpet, cabinets moved!

Cabinets clutter up the storage area!

Complete clean and wash of walls with Spray Away

Best Supporting Role…The Pancreas

Best Supporting Role…The Pancreas

If we were handing out ‘Oscars’ to the best supporting organ in the body, I’d have to say if I was one of the judges I would give it to the Pancreas.  The best supporting body part .. da dah .. ‘The Pancreas.  The Pancreas would not want all the fuss, but let me tell you, it’s an organ that deserves all the fuss because of what it as an aide to the digestive process has to put up with, day in and day out!  It’s nothing short of remarkable, and here’s why….. (more…)

What Causes Arthritis?

What Causes Arthritis?

A drunken man who smelled like beer sat down on a subway next to a priest.

The man’s tie was stained; his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket.  He opened his newspaper and began reading.  After a few minutes, the man turned to the priest and asked, “Say Father, what causes arthritis?”

The priest looks at the man and replies, “My Son, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, contempt for your fellow man, sleeping around with prostitutes and lack of a bath.”

What Causes Arthritis asked the Drunk to the Priest?

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Unhinged…

Unhinged…

It may come as no surprise how easy it is to lose it these days, fly off the handle for no apparent reason, or just become Unhinged.  This chemical reaction didn’t just appear out of nowhere, it was building.  Here’s why.

Recently I was visiting my father in Victoria, which required me to run several errands to various stores and locations, which I had no problem with. Most of our trip went so well, with only a minor delay in our flight down to Melbourne airport, which wasn’t an issue, however, this did mean that we were significantly late to my father’s home, and I later found out he was waiting on us for some dinner too, all he ended up having was a little toast.  He never complained!

I mention this because he was good-natured and balanced about it, not even ruffled, and we were also calm and not upset, just in a good frame of mind. * I’ll share with you later why we were in a good frame of mind.

On another occasion, I booked ahead for some nail work, and even though I had made an appointment, which I arrived on time for, I found myself waiting for attention.  Waiting!  I was told to go away for half an hour, which I did, and then come back.  When I came back, I waited for another half an hour, while seemingly other people rocked up, without an appointment and were attended to.  I was beginning to feel quite frustrated, even angry.  I began to breathe deeply, which helped, and I applied my balance essential oil blend, which also helped.  Fortunately, I struck up a conversation with the girl next to me, which also calmed me down, but I still felt frustrated.

I was frustrated because I left home earlier from important tasks to get to this appointment on time, not to mention it was the day before we were due to fly down to Victoria.  I am not a time waster, so I questioned this time-wasting exercise, of having my nails done, because frankly getting my nails done is not a natural thing, but I know how much my dad likes nails looking feminine, unlike my usual ‘garden-damaged nails’, so I persevered.

After sitting there for an hour, I got up and went over to the gentleman who was working on someone else and politely tapped him on the shoulder, then said, ‘Tell me is it worth making an appointment ahead, because I’m still waiting here?  He responded in broken English, another real bugbear for me when I go to these ‘nail salons’, that he would attend to me in a minute.  I have to say I was on the edge.  I waited another 10 minutes, and he came over and began my nail treatment, (without an apology) then I waited some more as he handed me over to another staff member who finally gave me the service I expected an hour and 20 minutes before. Oh, and she did apologise!

I endured this delay because my nails were in a terrible state, and there was nowhere else I could go in that time slot.

Now I mention this because I was low in blood sugar, I estimated that if I had my nails done at the time I was booked in, I would be able to go and get some lunch and get on with some other errands all before 1 pm. By the time I was out of that salon, it was nearly 2 pm.

Because I was nutritionally low, the whole thing felt worse than it was. It’s what I refer to as, ‘a first world problem’, so it’s not super serious, but like I mentioned it’s a time waster, and I can’t handle that!

Two nutrients that are affected when you are low in blood sugar are your B Vitamins and Chromium.  Most people know about the logic of B Vitamins, especially B12, but when I check in with my clients, very few know about the benefits or the reasoning behind Chromium.  Quite frankly Chromium is left out of the conversation all the time because people underestimate its value.

One of my favourite nutritional helpers to counter this is MAX ATP, here’s the link. These are handy little sachets, which I use before a workout or a big ‘thinking day’. You can purchase my trial pack, and see how you feel with adequate Chromium running through your bloodstream!

Chromium is an essential mineral that plays a role in how insulin helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone your body uses to change sugar, starches, and other food into the energy you need for daily activities.  You use this mineral up in nanoseconds, especially when under stress, and if you have skipped a meal or two.

During fasting, this is not so dangerous, because in theory you wouldn’t be having your nails done or putting yourself under pressure, you would be resting.  Be aware that one of the main reasons why most people become unhinged is because they are Chromium deficient and have run out of their B Vitamins.  As B Vitamins are water-soluble, meaning you have to get them from outside of your body because you use them up, you must top up those water solubles to keep an even head, or to keep your cool!

I’ll be talking about these more in a presentation I’m doing on Sunday 3rd March at the Conscious Life Festival at Venue 114 Kawana.  Here is the link.

  • Okay, so the reason why we handled the several hours delay in flight better than I handled the appointment delay, is because both Darryl and I were fueled up with B Vitamins, nourished with a Miso Soup and our blood sugar level was even.  This makes me think of all the important decisions made in the world where the decision maker was lacking in not only basic good nutrition but also and especially Chromium.

See you at the next talk about this. x Annie

no B Vitamins left in this one!

Clutter Cost

Clutter Cost

Note: Clean lines No Clutter

Less is more.

Clutter is an issue, whether you like it or not!  At some point, you are going to have to face up to it.  What if I told you that the extra clutter around you is costing you time, money, emotional energy, and of course ‘SPACE’?

The real cost of clutter is the seemingly unending expanse of visual trauma, that reduces your productivity and creativity.  This has been my experience all my life, dealing with clutter as a result of other people, knowing that too much stuff around me, crowded my creativity. Now that costs money because if I can’t create, I can’t bring prosperity to me!

Up until the age of 10, I shared my first bedroom with two of my four brothers, then we moved to the other side of Montmorency, and I got my room.   I always had this urge to keep things tidy, but I was living in an expanding household with extra people.  I’m sure that’s where my anxiety about too many people living in confined spaces began.

So fast forward to now, 2024, working as a Lifestyle Health Consultant, one of the many issues I see and hear from my clients is around their stuff.  The emotional baggage that goes with the physical baggage is fascinating to me, as I have seen great shifts in these people when they through the decluttering part of their healing.

What needs to be decluttered?

  • Digital landscape (computer files)
  • Photos on phone
  • Contacts on phone
  • Garden decluttering,
  • Room-by-room decluttering,
  • Book releasing,
  • Old DVDs,
  • Clothing
  • Bench space - just to name a few

One particular program I have been watching - is Space Invaders.  This is a Nine Network production.  Four amazing people, all specialists in their field hook up with various people that have reached out in ‘pain’ about their clutter situation.  One thing I notice with all of the episodes that I’ve watched is the emotional connection and ‘story’ that’s attached to the crowded hallway, or the bedroom that is no longer the bedroom instead it has become a dumping ground for stuff.

Peter Walsh (one of the four presenters on the Space Invaders Show) shares these insights with us.  Peter’s insights.

How to begin the decluttering process:  

  1. Decide whether you are going to start with a room, cupboard, or garage.
  2. Make a space for sorting, as you take items from one area to clear a room.
  3. Look through all the items and ask yourself how each item makes you feel.  Is the item worth keeping etc?
  4. When you have selected items you can’t part with, set them aside.  You will be visiting them again for more analysis.
  5. Have a charity box, and place items there, ready to go.
  6. Have an area for items you would like to sell.
  7. Bin what you can, or put aside for recycling.
  8. Photograph your progress, this is very rewarding.
  9. Select a support person for emotional guidance.
  10. Take breaks, keep your nutrition up - make a green drink.

For more information about Clutter check out Annie’s book ‘Lifestyle Reset The Essential Guide To Healing You And The Planet’.

What no longer serves!

In the Bin or Recycle?

Watch This Space Change

Stay tuned for some more before and after photos of our clutter project, as we work through the spaces in our home offices and living areas, transforming the space and uplifting the vibe.

Here’s a link to a previous article on Decluttering.  As you read this, you will absorb the concept of changing around rooms for new energy.  It can be fun. Send me photos of your progress.  Cheers Annie

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