Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Buffalo New York Premier Surfaces. Though I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.
The only thing that can make coming home from a stressful day at work a little bit better is when the house is already spotless with tons of cozy touches. I try to front load the hardest parts of my day – making it to the gym, handling work-related responsibilities and running any other errands, so that after work I can head home and decompress. If I come home to a mess, instead of relaxing I’ll spend the rest of my night cleaning, organizing and re-organizing everything, which can be both cathartic and more exhausting than a hot shower and meditation session. Instead, the past few months I’ve focused on cleaning up my lifestyle and de-cluttering my life. I have no idea how many bags of donation clothes, beauty products and other assorted items I’ve put together and given away – but it feels really good.
Giving away some of my older items or clothes still new with tags still attached has created so much more space in my house – both physical and mental. Getting rid of the meaningless clutter leaves room for more open space and for bringing in new things that serve a true purpose or simply make me happy. It’s amazing to see how much of a difference downsizing and conscious purchasing can have on a person’s happiness.
Though we spend the majority of our time at work – and commuting there – the place at which we seek refuge and solace is our home. The perfect recharge weekend for me is snuggling up with a big mug of herbal tea, blankets and a fantastic book (or a Hallmark movie, depending on the season). These moments of calm are necessary for filing away the weekday stress and responsibilities. Of course, as much as I wish all of the weekend could be spent on the couch, it’s also just as vital to participate in weekend responsibilities – gym, laundry, grocery shopping… but the few moments of rest at home make it all count.
For the upcoming year, one of my resolutions is that each night before going to sleep I’ll either put away, throw away or set aside to give away five things. Doing it the past few months has been game changing – and especially as someone who receives a lot of unsolicited things as a blogger and a Jersey girl who likes to shop, I’ve become more conscious about what I’m purchasing and keeping, which has helped me decide if it’s something that I actually need, or just something that will take up space for the next three years.
Here are a few of my favorite things that brighten my day when I get home:
1. Fresh Flowers and a Clean, Clutter-Free Countertop – Prices May Vary, Buffalo New York Premier Surfaces
2. A Trinket Bowl To Remind You Of Past Adventures– $16, Anthropologie
3. A Candle To Brighten The Mood – $35, Henri Bendel
4. A Shelf For All Of Your Future Reading Material – $16, Urban Outfitters
5. Picture Frames To Accentuate Your Favorite Memories – $24, Anthropologie
These are just a few of my favorite things that help me stay organized and keep me sane throughout the week. I’ve learned that selecting just a few things that brighten the ambiance of your home and your mood is definitely worth it and this conscious living practice doesn’t have to cost more than you want it to. I’ve also learned that when you have a high-quality baseline for your furniture and countertops that it helps the structure of your home stay top-of-the-line as well. Buffalo New York Premier Surfaces offers these high quality pieces that are the perfect upgrade to any home. They’re so gorgeous – especially the marble countertops – that they might even turn into motivation to keep your home free of clutter, because you want to show them off. You can find more about Buffalo New York Premier Surfaces here.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Is there anything you want to work on this upcoming year?
Let me know in the comments or on social!
Stay Classy! xx