By Julie Leonard
The leaves are turning beautiful shades of yellow and red, the temperature is dropping and it’s time to prepare for the coming winter months.
Now is the time to sort, organise and declutter in preparation for those cosy nights in.
Here are my top tips to a warm and happy winter:
Say Goodbye to Summer
Pack up your summer stuff – your clothes, toys, and sports equipment, and make way for your winter wardrobe and hobbies. Swap your flip flops, shorts and paddling pool for thermals, coats and ski equipment. It will make it easier to find what you need when you need it.
Take up the challenge!
Join our de-cluttering challenge and get motivation and support from other women who are discovering the benefits of decluttering. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need and help charities in the process. Feel lighter, fresher, happier and less stressed. Clear space and get organised. Join now, it’s not too late. We are following The http://www.theminimalists.com/game/
Christmas is Coming!
There is only 10 weeks until Christmas! Think about all the new stuff that will soon be unwrapped. There will be plenty of presents and loads more stuff coming in to your house, especially for the kids. So what can you clear out now to make room for the new things?
Embrace the Joy, Konmari Style
Marie Kondo (nicknamed “Konmari”) in her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, encourages us to de-clutter and to only keep the things that bring us joy. We all have stuff that we don’t like but feel we need to keep- that candleholder from a friend, a cardigan from your mother-in-law, the wedding presents that aren’t your style. Now is the time, guilt free, to say thank you to those items for being in your life, and pass them to someone else. Keep only the things that fit in with your vision of who you are and the lifestyle you want to have. Most of all, surround yourself with the things that bring you joy.
Embrace the Danish art of Hygge
Danes do ‘cosy’ like no other nation (although German “Gemütlichkeit” comes close). Your average home will look like something out of an ideal home supplement: lots of natural materials like wood and leather, lamps artfully positioned to create soothing pools of light. Helen Russell’s book, A Year of Living Danishly<, is a great introduction to this.
Even though they are submerged in long dark winters the Danes have been voted the happiest people for the past 30 years. Hygge doesn’t really translate as one word in English but rather, like the German “Gemütlichkeit”, is a way of life. It is a lot about creating a warm and cosy atmosphere with real fires, lots and lots of candles and time together as a family or with friends. So whether it is snuggling up with your partner and some Glühwein after the kids are in bed or having a family day on the sofa watching a movie, or inviting friends to dinner, make your house warm and cosy and inviting and embrace the hygge!
Julie Leonard is a Life Coach, De-Cluttering Expert and Aromatherapist who is passionate about Happiness and supporting women to transform their lives and live to their potential. Über Moms enjoy a discount on all life coaching sessions. More info at http://www.potentiacentre.com