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Get the Environment that Creates Results with January’s Book Recommendation

Hello Love,

Happy New Year! It’s already the first OFFICIAL week of January! Can you believe it’s already the 7th? 51 weeks left to make things happen! Since January is the month of preparation to cement those beautiful plans you have for an amazing 2019, add reading this book onto the list. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has already turned the energy around in my house.

Netflix has done Ah-mazingness by creating a show out of it called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. She is so CUTE and you “real live” don’t mind having her tell you how to clean and organize your house. So she comes in and introduces herself to your home and consults you on how to go about tidying up! An art that for most people hasn’t been taught and is learned through trial and error.

So, I of course got the book, and went to reading. I thought I was organized with all of my beautiful containers and in her pages this woman called me a hoarder…and I had to stop and take inventory of that….like maybe I am.

So after 100 pages of reading…. I got the family involved. We ended up getting rid of 10 trash bags full of clothes that were ONCE sitting in our drawers and closets. This is stuff that we just had, sitting, that we had to sift through, and make due, and try to piece together the things we liked. But after, getting rid of the clothing items that “didn’t bring us joy” it was easy to see so many outfits that I had available to wear. I got the honeybun to join me and it turned out to be energizing for him too.

Here we were thinking if we get rid of everything, what will we have left. But once we were confronted with everything we had it was easy to let some of it go. The closets are now cleaned out, our room and desks are orderly. I was so ready to sit down and get to work at my desk because finally it was inviting and organized and not full of things.

So we did the clothes, we started on the kids clothes, got rid of some books that we didn’t really care for, made out of some papers and now we have to move to the other parts of the house.

This is the process.

  1. Clothing
  2. Books
  3. Paper
  4. Komono (miscellaneous items)
  5. Sentimental items

 

 

 

 

 

In getting the space organized, we then started looking at our goals. Mapped them out together and got to work immediately. We did this one thing and all of a sudden we wanted to jump onto everything else right now, We haven’t made it quite through the whole list yet but the 3 things we noticed immediately was 1) we felt renewed by how organized everything was once we got rid of the excess. 2) We created an actual space for our items so that we can maintain our tidyiness and since we did it together we both knew what the system was and 3) we came to understand and appreciate each other a bit more because I understood what he was sentimental over including which style he liked more than others which after 4 years of being together and 20 years of knowing him, I am still learning (we met in elementary) and he learned what clothes more about my personality and what clothes me feel beautiful rather than just the ones I have in my closet.

So, in doing that we feel energized, orderly, and lighter going into the coming days of 2019. Marie Kondo has sold over 6 million copies of her New York times Best seller and having an amazing organized space it creates this harmony in your home that all the reviews seem to be raving about. We feel it and I’m thinking you should try it too. Make January your set up month and be sure to grab your copy of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.

I highly recommend it. It’s an easy read and really practical. You house may look a bit of a mess for a bit. We loaded up the car immediately with all the clothes we planned on donating but for you it may be different. So start the year off with a clean slate and feel renewed. Let your environment and your organization push you to do better in all the other aspects of life. It starts with home.

Let me know your thoughts on the book, and the wardrobe of clothes you ending up keeping. My new favorite is this yellow maxi dress, with this pretty flower print. I love yellow, dresses, and just recently lost weight because of this paleo-keto diet that we’re on. So I am starting 2019 off right! Let me know how it works for you

Talk To You Soon,

Sheamonique Ellis

 

 

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Make Dinner 1 Less Thing to Worry About With This…

Hey Love,

I hope this finds you well. So how dinner prep USED to go was that I would be sitting at work around lunch time trying to figure out what I was going to feed my kids once I got home. I would try to  remember what was in the fridge what we had recently and whether or not I needed to go to the store. We both know being at the grocery store, with kids, close to dinner time is a HOT ASS MESS. They’re grabbing things because they’re hungry. You’re grabbing things because it sounds good in the moment and you sometimes forget the thing you needed most to make dinner happen for the night.

So NOW….

how it goes (most of the time let’s be honest, open and transparent) Is I write it down. I go to the grocery store 1 time during the week. And I grab what we needed AFTER, I made the menu for the week. Now I pack me and Sean’s lunch and Anthony has his own regimented lunch schedule so REALLY MY MAIN CONCERN IS DINNER.

Here’s what our week looks like.

My taste buds change and sometimes what I wrote down for Thursday I want on Tuesday and vice versa, so I switch up what we ALREADY HAVE and put it together that evening.

I avoid meals that TAKE FOREVER if I can help it but sometimes after work I really want some brine roasted chicken that takes 2 hours to make but its well worth it on those days. BUT everyday doesn’t have to be like this. You worked hard, you want your kids to eat something good, you want to make it yourself then make the meals that don’t take up your whole night. Because let’s be honest, you don’t have all night.

Cooking at home

  • saves you money
  • is more intimate (bonding with the babies)
  • helps you control ingredients (i.e salt, sugar, and chemicals used)
  • AND IT TASTE BETTER!

So here’s this planner with  over 45 meal ideas for you to use this week! Let me know how it goes. I’m thinking time and money saved because YOU’RE NOT eating taking every night!

Talk To You Soon,

Sheamonique Ellis

 

 

 

 

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