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Decluttering: The Alternative to Minimalism

Decluttering: The Alternative to Minimalism

I am amazed at people who own very little. I’ve heard stories of people who live with the bare essential, with a wardrobe of 2 dresses, 3 skirts, 3 sweaters, a few t-shirts, 2 jeans, and 2 trousers (Luhrs, 2016).

While I cannot live with a minimalist wardrobe, stories like these make me realize I own too much. My closets are filled with items, some that I use, others that I barely use, and still others that rarely see the light of day. At a time of year when people generally acquire, I have decided to discard.

Whether we realize it or not, the things we own have an effect on. They clutter our space, they create dense energy, and they encourage us to remain attached to things that no longer serves us. It is quite likely that the more we own, the more baggage we carry- literally.

I know I cannot be a true minimalist, but I used that as inspiration to declutter.

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DIY Cleaning Products: Why & How to Make Them

DIY Cleaning Products: Why & How to Make Them

My friend Amy Rojas Kantorczyk has used DIY or do-it-yourself cleaning products for her home for many years.  I buy eco-friendly cleaning products, which is what Amy uses, but I buy them and Amy makes her own.

I was curious about this and talked to her about it.  It was an eye-opening conversation.  She shared with me some of what she does and how easy and cost effective it is.

Amy worked for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts for many years and was most recently the Director of Operations at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn in Sonoma, California.  She interacted closely with the Housekeeping team and one particular housekeeper inspired her to make her own cleaning products.  All it took was white vinegar, baking soda, isopropyl alcohol, and essential oils.

I asked Amy about this and much more.  Here is how our conversation went.

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