It's that time of year again when the house if filled with weekend guests... Running all over your house. Leaving water all around the sink. Touching everything that isn't nailed down. Moving the thing from over there to over here. Dropping Big Foot sized crumbs on the floor and in the sofa cushions. Marking the walls with their little grubby hands. But we love for them to visit, right? It seems so much easier in the summertime when everyone spends time outside. During the cozy winter months, when we're in "sociable confinement", you've got to set some boundaries for your guests - just to keep your own sanity and good will.
During this holiday season, toss the permanent rubber gloves and try these 5 subtle tips:
Let' me clarify things first....(pun intended). I'm clearly a creature of habit and am overwhelmed by the thousands of choices on the beauty shelves today for hair care. Why can't I just use the same ole hydrating shampoo for the rest of my life?
I'm never really sure which potion to pick for my relaxed hair, colored hair, short hair, prone-to-humidity hair.....well, you get the picture. Now that summer has smacked me in the face, I'll be complicating the whole "hair" dilemma by trying to figure out how to care for my locks after a chlorinated or salt water dip.
I'll admit, I didn't know a lot about clarifying shampoos and I certainly didn't know anything about chelating shampoos. My first though was...."What the #!@ is a chelating shampoo?" Well, here's what I found:
CHELATING SHAMPOOS - Made to get rid of minerals, salts, copper, magnesium & other chemical deposits left on hair . You get this build up from hard water sources, chlorine pools and even chemical hair relaxer products. It's a step above clarifying shampoos as it doesn't just remover build up, but harsh minerals as well. Recommendation: Use during the summer months (after swimming) at least once a week. During the rest of the year - perhaps every other month.
CLARIFYING SHAMPOOS- Think about all the products you use to attract Mr. Right or just turn a few heads on the street -(shampoos, conditioners, gels, sprays, gloss & serums, etc.). Regular shampooing isn't going to come close to removing all those products that have saturated your strands, girlfriend. At least once a month, you should be using a gentle clarifying shampoo that removes all that styling build-up. It deeply cleanses hair and you're likely to finally get that "squeaky clean" feel. And you don't have to spend a lot to get good results.
I so subscribe to the unwritten rule about unworn clothes and personal items when it comes to Spring cleaning. The deal is…if the item wasn’t worn during the past 2 seasons, get rid of it, right?
Seems that every year I go through a rationalization process that overtakes my ability to think clearly and “cleanly”. It’s the broken record of excuses that sings; “It didn’t fit quite right last year, maybe I lost a pound or two since then.” or ”Maybe it’s come back in style now” or “It’s a classic! I can’t possibly part with this piece.”
Whatever the excuse, we find ways to overload our clothing storage sanctuaries with apparel we know we aren’t really going to grace the public with…that cute dress that’s way too short for your age…the pants that make your butt look like Secretariat’s from the Kentucky Derby or even that glitter top someone gave you as a gift that reminds you of the disco ball scene from Saturday Night Fever. And don’t forget the handbags, scarves and sandals!
The thing is, starting fresh is a good thing. That’s why they call it Cleaning! Here’s why Spring Cleaning is important:
1. Makes Room for the New You! You free up space to buy new stuff (ooh, sounds like a shopping spree)
2. Empowerment- You clear out the mental clutter too when you take control. This sacred exercise helps you to clear out unwanted, unproductive cloth memories –apparel purchased purely out of emotions. You’re better than whatever drove you to make that spontaneous purchase.
3. Cleaning that space means you’re proactively adopting a fresh, wholesome quality. You’re removing the crab grass and preparing your soil for growth and new goals. Out with the old and in with the new, baby!
4. Dress someone else. There are women in your neighborhood or the next town over, struggling financially, professionally and spiritually. Donate gently worn or new clothing to an organization like Dress for Success or the Salvation Army. There are thousands of men, women and children who need what you don’t want.
5. Treasure Chest – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve actually uncovered a treasure in my closet….something I thought I’d lost or simply forgot about, that had real value. It could have been in that small corner pocket of a jacket with huge shoulder pads or buried at the bottom of the front flap of a pocketbook. I knew I was meant to find it again.
6. Jumpstart your new body image by visualizing how you want to look vs. how you look today.
This is a “me time” project you’ll be proud to have completed.
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