We are finding our groove this week. I have deep gratitude for my children’s school @waldorfschoolmoraine and all the fantastic efforts by the faculty. They keep bundling up ideas for the kids and also checking in via zoom. We have exciting projects all over the house from plants growing 🌿to wool get carded to quirky math problems, violins lying around 🎻 and now sewing PJs. 🧵
Thankfully they are coaching us parents along the way offering warm words of encouragement. I’m feeling more like I can handle this makeshift homeschooling thing! And my favorite part...the baking!
We took an early morning walk in the light drizzle surrounded by no one. The mood and the sky offer the same lonely vibe. A bit sad and grey all 6 feet away.
The post office is still open so you can still order and receive enough fire cider to keep you going through the extended social isolation time. What are YOU doing to boost your immune system? We drink a shot of this powerhouse daily. Snag yours today at the Dakota Natural Goods store in my profile link.
Baking allllllll the things while on lockdown. But I’m almost out of flour and there’s none on my store shelves! Baking reduces my stress level. The smells that fill the house, the calming nature of kneading bread and the delight of seeing how it turns out. 🥖🥖🥖Eating the fruits of our labor adds on a whole other level of happiness. What do you do to reduce stress in your house?
Day 1 homeschooling started with math:
1) built a chart wheel (thank you IKEA) and each kid has to spin 3 times and do those tasks.
2)stuck on the 8,000 monopoly prices we got from shopping at Shaw’s.
3) fighting and arguing began and it was recess the rest of the day.
is it 5 o’clock somewhere?
I’ve given a zillion speeches and workshops and I still get nervous. Practicing for my workshop tomorrow I’ll be giving to Lactation Consultants. The title of my talk is Chiropractic, Cranials and Tightened Tongues: a myofascial approach to nursing struggles. I always record myself and then watch it back without the sound on. You really can learn a lot about your body movements, mannerisms, talking with your hands and dumb facial expressions you make. I love it though. ❤️
are you an LC or IBCLC in the Boston area? Come say hi and introduce yourself tomorrow at the conference!
Spot anyone ya know?? I’ll be speaking at the nursing mom’s council annual conference chatting up one of my favorite topics. Babies and chiro care! I spend most of my workday helping infants struggling to nurse. If they can’t open their jaw, turn their head, suck, swallow and breathe all at the same time then that’s a problem. In swoops your favorite pediatric trained chiropractor and saves the day. How you ask?? Extremely gentle chiropractic care, craniosacral therapy and myofascial release to the jaw and neck muscles and stimulation of the lazy tongue. Boom. #bestjobintheworld
#uncluttered2020 challenge continues in the dining room.
My dining room is rarely used for actual dining!! It it used for collecting mail, junk, coats and random scraps of paper. Basically useless clutter that is never ending. Such a terrible eyesore. 💩💩
I will have to break patterns of placing our stuff here. It is cleaned up now BUT it’s the actual pattern of walking in the house and dumping junk here that needs to be addressed. 🤯
Let’s talk about breaking bad habits for a sec. The area of the brain where many habits are formed, called the basal ganglia, remembers pathways that nerves fire on. This is one reason why habits can be so difficult to break: even after years, a trigger will set a broken habit pattern into motion.
So......create new pathways in the brain and make a new healthier habit by using your oils. When you are trying to break a bad habit sniff your fav oil for 30 seconds while you visualize setting a new pattern of activity in motion. It will help!!🌈🌈🌈
By the way...how’s the decluttering going in YOUR house?!
Before and after. My house is a loft open floor plan so with everything in one big room I have one corner as a dining area. The trick will be keeping this clean and not just falling into old habits of walking in the door and dropping the junk here in the table. If it is clean we might actually eat there!
#uncluttered2020 continues with the KITCHEN!!
Ok this is going to be a HUGE project. The kitchen is the hub of activity in most homes.
💩Clutter accumulates, junk drawers overflow, mismatched Tupperware and coffee mugs abound.
This room will require 4 days to work on. Remember, 30 minutes at a time so you don’t burn out!!
Do one section of cabinets at a time. Don’t remove everything from every cabinet or you will have a horrible mess! Stick to a section so you can tidy and declutter it and be done for the day. 🧹🧹🧹
And remember ask for hints or suggestions if you want some ideas For your own space
✅Diffuser on 💧
✅Music blaring 🎵
✅Getting down to business 🧼
My cabinet I put my pots and pans and probably drives me the most crazy. Mostly because we use it every day but also there is never space for everything. But when I took it all out and wiped the cabinet out I only put back what we actually use.
I do cook a lot so I felt like I needed five skillets. But two of them everything sticks on no matter how much butter or coconut oil I use and I hate it. It makes me grumpy every time I use them! #byefelicia
The other area we use multiple times a day is the silverware drawer. Mine is huge so I had to buy individual wooden boxes from bed Bath and beyond to keep it all organized visually. I probably could get rid of more but for now it’s at least contained.
Ugh, another annoying area is where we store our Tupperware glass bowls and odds and ends. It’s always a mess and somehow I end up with 10 lids and NO bowls that match! By the time I weeded through it here’s a pics of the before and after. You can see the significant reduction in the quantity once I matched everything up. This makes me smile. We’ll see how functional it is for our family. I imagine you have a cabinet similar to this so tackle it, slay it, own it!!
As people of been following along with my #Uncluttered2020 Challenge to myself they keep asking me when I find time to do this. Here I am making dinner and my kids are doing their homework. While things are simmering I am cleaning out just one cabinet!.
By the time I remove everything, discard expired stuff, wipe it all out with my favorite thieves all purpose cleaner and put back what’s truly important, dinner is done, I have accomplished one task that needed to be done and it’s left clean.
That’s about 30 minutes and that’s all I’m going to do in that section today. I don’t say I’m going to clean my kitchen today and get it all done in one hour. It will take me multiple days to truly Declutter, get rid of and make more efficient. I’m trying to do this as a permanent solution not just shuffle clutter from one room to the next!
So yes, it will take you time and this is not a fast project but it is meant to be a permanent solution to clear out the cluttered and live a #Uncluttered life!
Day 3 of #uncluttered2020 continues with the laundry room!
🧺 laundry rooms are often dusty Catch-alls. Stuff goes in but it doesn’t come out. Mine is a mix of miss matched towels and half empty bottles of laundry stuff.
My units are an eye sore BUT we just got a new washer this past year so when the dryer finally dies at least then we can make them match.
Our laundry area is also a small pantry/storage so I’m spending time today throwing out expired food and deciding What dishes I truely love.
Most laundry rooms will only take one day (40 minutes!) but mine might take me longer since I’m doing a pretty big overhaul project that will make it far more functional for my family once and for all￼￼￼
Need solutions/suggestions?? Ask!
BEFORE and AFTER
BEFORE and AFTER
It took me WAY too long to get around to tossing expired food and finally cleaning up the pantry part of my laundry area. I switched cabinets and only kept what we need to use or eat. The real problem is buying in bulk. I don’t NEED 1,000 paper plates all at once! So I’m not going to buy anything at Costco and stick to grocery store supply amounts instead.
Hi, I'm Dr. Heidi!
A mom of 3, pediatric chiropractor, natural remedy guru and wellness educator.