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Oh hi!

Welcome to my blog.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I’ll be honest with you, Its no War & Peace, but who has the time to read that!

Matthew

Tidy home Tidy mind..

Tidy home Tidy mind..

So, here I am sat at my laptop, excited as I'm about to write my first ever blog and I'm thinking to myself, ok so what do I want to write about? Two hours, two coffees and half a packet of biscuits later and my hands are starting to shake and I'm still none the wiser!

It also doesn't help that every time I go to sit at my laptop to write something, I notice things that need to be done around the house, for example, the laundry bin is about to explode all over the landing and bury us all in pants and socks, then as I walk downstairs carrying the over filled laundry bag, I try not to trip over the dog who loves to play the game "let's stop half way down the stairs and kill my owner", not the catchiest of titles I grant you, but nevertheless, it usually ends up in me dropping half the washing over the hall and calling the dog a few choice names (unless of course the girls are around, then its just "fudging dog"),

After I've picked up the escaped items, I then notice how much the hard floors are now starting to look more like carpet and think... "ok, maybe it's time to get the hoover out" (although louis does his best to lick the floors clean - one of the joys of owning a dog!).

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DON'T LET THE CUTENESS FOOL YOU !

 

Anyway, after all that I finally get to sit down! I get that little voice pop into my head saying "lets have a quick look on facebook" and before you know it its ten to three and I need to pick the girls up from school (would just like to point out that sitting for hours on FB isn't a daily thing just in case the husband reads this!). So, inspired by my morning cleaning activity, I thought "ok this could make a good first blog"... 

so here are my five top tips for a tidy home and a tidy mind...

 

 

1,  As its still technically the start of the New Year I thought "okay, I'm not making any resolutions, because lets be honest, you never stick to them, instead I'm going to set myself five goals, and this isn't  just for January, this is something that you can do for each month. So trusty pad and pen in hand, I make a list of goals, and these can be anything, from clean out the guttering (definitely one for my list), to painting the downstairs bathroom, but they have to be achievable to you and your lifestyle, because we all have busy lives, and if you don't get them all done in that month, don't beat yourself up over it, you can just add it to next months list...or the one after that...

 

2, Declutter. ok ok I know this is something a lot of people have already said many times before me but is so true. decluttering your home will literally do wonders for you mind. just take it one room at a time and get ruthless with it,  if there's something stuck at the back of a draw chuck it! that old hat box on top of a wardrobe collecting dust. bin it ! or that dodgy vase  your brother bought you five year ago for Christmas (ahh thank you, really you shouldn't have!) give it to the charity shop! before you know it your home will be feeling light and airy and so will your mind, win win ... 

 

3, I don't know about you but I love nothing more than rearranging all the furniture, (or having a shivs round as I like to call it ). don't get me wrong I'm not saying put your bed in the kitchen although it would make a midnight fest a lot easier, it can be as simple as moving your lamps and side tables or take down everything off your shelves and putting them back in a different order or you can really go to town and move the sofa and chairs and rugs around. you will be amazed at how simply moving a few things around can completely change the look of your room and the best part is, if you don't like it, you just move it back!  

 

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4, fresh flowers, now this one is definitely going to give you and your home an instant boost. having fresh flowers in the home can instantly bring the mood of the room up.in fact a study in America has shown that having flowers in the home can actually have such a positive affect on your mood that it can carryover impact on your mood at work too. the study found that people were more likely to feel happier and have more enthusiasm and energy at work when flowers were in their home. and the best part is this is probably the easiest and cheapest way to change your room.  if you would like to know more about having flowers in the home click on the link below.. http://www.floristchronicles.com/2011/flower-power-emotional-benefits-of-fresh-flowers  

 

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5, get your welly's on and get out in the garden. ok I know what you are thinking, its January matthew! but hear me out, spending as little as an hour in the garden tidying up will do wonders for the little grey cells, even if you just give the patio a good sweep or planting up a few pansies in a pot I promise you'll feel so much better for it afterwards.

 

for those of you that don't garden why not go for a walk. just a ten minuet walk will reduce your stress levels get your heart pumping and will clear your mind. you cant lose ...

 

Thanks for reading...  

 

 

Charity Shops... Friend Or Foe?

Charity Shops... Friend Or Foe?