How streamlining your wardrobe can save you time and money

Have you ever heard of a capsule wardrobe or a mom uniform? These “trends” suggest streamlining your wardrobe for either your job, seasons or even everyday life. Imagine walking into your closet and feel like you know exactly what to wear for every occasion. No wasting 30 min. looking for clothes, accessories or things that match. How much time would you save each morning?

Let’s examine the capsule wardrobe: Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called "Wardrobe" in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.

Last year I have tried a 10x10 challenge where I only wore 10 pieces for 10 days interchangeable .

What I loved about it:

I always felt like had something beautiful to wear that day

It shortened my morning routine by 20 min.

It challenged me to wear my “nicer” pieces

Now the Mommy uniform is designed with similar intent in mind for feeling and looking good, but the most important aspect of this fashion practice is comfort and durability. Caring for a baby or multiple small children comes with challenges of its own; spills, food stains, burbs that turn into throw up, as well as potty training accidents on mom.

The Mommy Uniform allows you to play and have fun, get dirty and not feel guilty about having ruined a delicate fashion piece. Most Mommy Uniforms include, leggings or soft jeans, yoga or sweat pants soft shirts or maxi dresses that are not easily ruined by daily washing.

Another helpful tip is to streamline your undergarments; for example use all the same black socks and black undies, so you never have to spend another minute finding the socks mate, they are all the same.

Whatever your wardrobe needs are, Capsule or Uniform will make your daily routine a breeze and save you time and money by not buying more items you already have and love. Why not give it a try?

need inspiration? Check out Style Bee’s 10x10 fall challenge

Copyright © 2019 by Janine Morales, Certified KonMari™ Consultant, El Cajon, CA

Notes: If you are in need of motivation or guidance in your KonMari™ journey you can find a Certified KonMari™ Consultant in your area on the official KMI webpage

How to Organize your Finances

Do you have credit card debt, a car loan or live paycheck to paycheck? Do you feel overwhelmed by how little money you have left over, at the end of the month after working so hard? You don’t have any savings and put things you want on your credit card? Are you tired of living in constant fear of not being able to pay for an emergency situation like a car accident or a loss of job? If you answered yes to any of these scenarios it might be time to organize your finances and get back on track for financial freedom.

When we were kids, no one thought it would be this hard to adult, right?!

8 out of 10 Americans are in debt. Broke is the new norm. If you are sick and tired of being broke I have some tips that helped me become debt free and take charge of my finances. Books like Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover” and Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” have changed the way many Americans view and handle their finances and helped them get out of debt.

Here are my personal favorite 5 Tips to get your finances organized:

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  1. Make a vision Board: What are your long term financial goals? Ask yourself WHY do you want to become financially independent. What will your do when you are?

  2. Take a step back. Reevaluate your spending habits. Print out the past 3 months of your bank statements and determine where you spend most of your money. Create broad categories such as housing, groceries, loans, etc.

  3. Create a 0 based Budget and stick to it. (These are your short term goals, so you can reach your long term goals)

  4. Have an emergency plan in place. Have 1000$ in your savings account for emergencies, so you do not have to use your credit cards.

  5. Pay off your debt and cut up your credit cards. You will not be able to create wealth without paying your debt first. I suggest trying Dave Ramsey’s debt snowball method, where you make minimum payments on your biggest debts and pay off the smallest debt as fast as you can. You go from paying off your smallest debt to biggest, for a fast success experiences and to learn to change your behavior.

Copyright © 2019 by Janine Morales, Certified KonMari™ Consultant, San Diego, CA

Notes: If you are in need of motivation or guidance in your KonMari™ journey you can find a Certified KonMari™ Consultant on the official KMI webpage https://konmari.com/pages/consultants

What will a tidy home enable you to do?

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One of Konmari’s most important philosophies is to envision your perfect lifestyle. What are your plans after you are done with your tidy festival?

For me personally it was starting a business. Some of my clients visions were; more time with family, travel or going back to school to get that degree. Whatever your reason is for tidying, figure it out before you start and when the organizing gets exhausting, (believe me it will) remember WHY you are doing it.

The KonMari Method™ should only be done once and you should never again have to repeat it. Of course editing is allowed, but through this process you will learn to make decisions based on your values. “Does it spark joy?” is such a simple question that you can use it for all aspects of life. For example you might have heard the saying “surround yourself with people that lift you higher”. The same should be said for your belongings. They should reflect who you are now and who you are striving to be in the future and only support that vision of yourself.

So before you tidy, ask the WHY, then start organizing your home. Many of my most disorganized clients say after even the first organizing session “this method is life-changing”, and I agree. When you remove the negative mindset and change your thinking to surrounding yourself with (things you) love, everything will fall into place.

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Copyright © 2019 by Janine Morales, Certified KonMari™ Consultant, San Diego, CA

Notes: If you are in need of motivation or guidance in your KonMari™ journey you can find a Certified KonMari™ Consultant on the official KMI webpage https://konmari.com/pages/consultants

5 Spring Cleaning Tips

San DIego Konmari Consultant Janine Morales

Spring time is here, which means the days are getting longer, the sun is coming out more often and flowers are blooming. Get done cleaning big maintenance items now, so you come home to and effortlessly tidy home and not worry about the things that still have to be cleaned for the season.

1.Clear your counters

The less stuff you have on your counter tops, the less you have to clean in the first place. When counters are clear, it’s quick to wipe them off with soap and water for a sparkle clean feeling.

2. Deep clean the fridge

Take out every single item and assess if it is still going to be used. Check expiration dates. Take out shelving and drawers. Wash them with soap and water. If they are made of glass, use glass cleaner or disinfectant.

3. Kids toys

Wash plush animals. Lego’s and other plastic toys can be put in a Mesh bag and cleaned in the dishwasher. Have your child choose what their favorite toys are and donate the rest to make room for new toys (Birthdays/Christmas etc).

4.Sinks and faucets

Sinks and faucets tend to get calcium stains and build up. Lime Away will help break down the gunk and hard to reach corners can be scrubbed with the help of a toothbrush.

5. Ceiling Fans

Clean your ceiling fans and other light fixtures with a damp microfiber cloth or a Microfiber Ceiling fan duster with expandable arm to get all the dust off.

Copyright © 2019 by Janine Morales, Certified KonMari™ Consultant, San Diego, CA

Notes: If you are in need of motivation or guidance in your KonMari™ journey you can find a Certified KonMari™ Consultant on the official KMI webpage https://konmari.com/pages/consultants

Why gratitude is so important when organizing

Letting go of things can be hard. Gifts from a friend, outgrown clothes, sentimentals that remind you of a special time or an inheritance.

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Giving yourself permission to let go is essential to being able to move forward. Especially if the items are linked to negative feelings or guilt. Clients often say, but this was a birthday card, wouldn’t it be unethical to throw it away? No, because the minute you received your card or gift, it has fulfilled its purpose. If your clothes don’t fit you anymore but give you wonderful memories, say thank you and remember all the good things about them. They will be happier where they are actually used. Do you need 15 pictures of the same pose in your picture pile? No, pick one that you really love and let the other ones go. I have many clients that also digitize their loved prints to save space.

Remember the “why”!

Why are you tidying right now? What do you want to do when you are done? What’s the ideal lifestyle you are working toward? It is ok to let go of old ideas and unhealthy relationships to make room for changes and create habits that will help you reach your goal. Keeping a gratitude journal can be very helpful, when you feel stuck. Be grateful for your journey and how far you have come.

What’s one thing you can commit to doing today to make a step toward your goal?

Copyright © 2019 by Janine Morales, Certified KonMari™ Consultant, San Diego, CA

Notes: If you are in need of motivation or guidance in your KonMari™ journey you can find a Certified KonMari™ Consultant on the official KMI webpage https://konmari.com/pages/consultants

Pet organization Tips

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if you’re a Pet owner, you already know that pets are good for your health. They help reduce stress and risk factors for heart disease. Pets bring love and companionship to our life. Animals also come with accessories to be taken care of. Leashes, toys, blankets, medication etc.

Best storage solutions for Pet things are bins or boxes. Group things into categories (toys, Foods, Medication, Grooming) and put them in separate containers. Make sure to put them all in the same place like a drawer dresser or built in closet. The idea is to have all things that belong together in one place, so you don’t have to spend time looking for them. For toys, open bins are great, if you want your dog to have access to toys

Leashes, Collars and Sanitary bags can be hung up nicely close to the front door, next to where you hang your coats.

Give everything a home and put things back where they belong and you will not have to search for them anymore.

Copyright © 2019 by Janine Morales, Certified KonMari™ Consultant, San Diego, CA

Notes: If you are in need of motivation or guidance in your KonMari™ journey you can find a Certified KonMari™ Consultant on the official KMI webpage https://konmari.com/pages/consultants

Why the KonMari Method™ is right for you

by Janine Morales, certified KonMari™ Consultant San Diego, CA

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Today many of us are so busy and distracted all the time. We are always multitasking and trying to keep up with all the new trends and deals. We have become so trained to never be satisfied with what we have. Things need to be bigger, better and more expensive. To keep up, we burden ourselves with student loans so we can get better jobs and work extra hours to make more money. We get credit cards to use money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like or don’t know (on social media).

Studies show that our generation (Millennial’s) has more anxiety, depression and feelings of loneliness than any other generation before (despite the vast technology and information access).

I truly believe that our relationships with our stuff reflect the relationships with people around us and ourselves. For example when your watch breaks, will you fix it or will you replace it? What about your Phone? How about your friendships ?

When we learn to cherish our belongings, we also pay more attention to people we care about and learn to take better care of ourselves.

The KonMari™ philosophy is a basic concept of rediscovering who you really want to be and what kind of life you want to live. Marie Kondo said “Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order”. (Book: “The Life changing Magic of Tidying up” by Marie Kondo)

One of the first steps of the Method is to visualize your perfect lifestyle. This is what you are really working toward. Once you have a Goal, you set a plan. The plan is to follow the steps. Go by category and systematically train your brain to choose joy.

The KonMari Method™ is actually about behavior change.

If you are longing for a less distracted, more peaceful life that sparks joy the KonMari Method™ is right for you. You will be surprised how well your decision making process improves, by dealing with your past and focusing on the future.Give it a try and see not only your home, but your life become more organized, calm and joyful.

Copyright © 2019 by Janine Morales, Certified KonMari™ Consultant, San Diego, CA

Notes: If you are in need of motivation or guidance in your KonMari™ journey you can find a Certified KonMari™ Consultant on the official KMI webpage https://konmari.com/pages/consultants

Sources:

Depression Millennials: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2018/05/12/depression-diagnoses-up-33-up-47-among-millennials-why-there-is-an-upside/#3a6998315061

“The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo

KMI Consultants website https://konmari.com/pages/consultants