How long should you keep your make up ?

Why should I sort through my beauty products today ?

Just like the products you have in your fridge, make up has an expiration date. Why? Because chemicals deteriorate, with a risk of irritation or inefficiency . So sort the products you have in your bathroom and makeup bag !

Here is a list of the average storage time for the beauty products you have at home:

Moisturizers and creams : from 6 to 12 months

Anti-aging creams and sunscreens : from 6 to 12 months

Mascara : 3 months

Lipstick : 2 years

Gloss : 1 year

Powders, eyeshadow and blush : 2 years

Foundation : 1 year

Nail polish : from 1 to 2 years

Perfume : from 8 to 10 years

Buying all this is expensive! How can you make sure none of it will be wasted?

The first thing to look at is this small pictogram. organise creams

If it says 12 M, it means you can use it for 12 months after having opened it.  And if you are up for it, use a marker to note when each product was opened. Personally I believe an anti-aging cream that has lost some of its effect is no big deal. But not knowing when you first used your sunscreen, on the other hand, would be more detrimental to your health!

In your fridge, keep unopened or less often used products . Because heat activates bacteria proliferation, putting make up in the fridge will protect active substances and preservatives.
Clean and dry your hands before use. Conscientiously put lids back on to protect from air and dampness.

sort fridgeMake sure you finish a tube before opening another one, this is especially true for mascara, that oxidizes quickly! To avoid infection, do not share mascara! If you have very sensitive eyes, you can use an additional brush that you wash after each use, to keep the original brush “bacteria free”.

My advice when buying cosmetics: look for a tube of cream, ideally with pump, to avoid putting your fingers in a jar of cream (some of you might use a spatula). A product that doesn’t often come into contact with air, needs less preservatives, which means less on your skin, and a longer lasting item!home organizer
Finally, for those of you who, like me with my foundation, use a product beyond the recommended limit, immediately and mercilessly throw away any mascara causing you an infection, or any cream that has changed color, texture or fragrance!

What chores for your children ?

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Here is a list of what your children can do at every age, how they can learn new skills, lighten your load, and contribute to a more relaxing home.

With little ones it’s best to do the work together, they’re keen on sharing activities with their parents. It will take more time, but their taking part in the coming years will be precious! Older children may complain, but they will be proud they can do “grown up jobs”, and can manage certain things all by themselves !

two- three year olds

  • collect toys.
  • help feed pets.
  • put napkins on the table , spoons and tableware that does not break.
  • take dirty clothes to the laundry basket.
  • Wipe the ground or a low piece of furniture with a small cloth.

four-five year olds

  • help make beds
  • set the table
  • water the plants
  • help do the shopping and store groceries away .

six to eight year olds

  • declutter toys, and keep their room or their playroom tidy.
  • make their bed.
  • sort the laundry.
  • put clothes away.
  • Fold trousers, socks and shirts.
  • do simple cooking chores .
  • help wash the car.

nine-ten year olds

  • wash the bathtub and sink.
  • help prepare meals.
  • wash the dishes.
  • load the dishwasher.
  • declutter their closet.
  • clean the floor with a broom and a mop.

11 and older

  • plan meals and prepare certain meals.
  • wash the laundry by using the washing machine and the tumble-dryer.
  • wash the car and vacuum the inside of the car.
  • do the grocery shopping.

Don’t aim for perfection! Your child’s skills will improve over time.

Need some ideas to make it more fun? Go read this !

 

How to make tidying up fun !

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  • Start small! a 10 minute project done is better than a 3 hour project never started.
  • Turn on the music, choose soothing music if you’re anxious, or upbeat music if you need to be energised to organize!
  • Use accessories, like an alarm clock that sets you free after 20 minutes of sorting !
  • Treat yourself to something to enjoy once the job is done; drink a cup of tea, call your best friend, slip under the covers for a little nap.
  • Create your ideal home on a vision board, bring your vision board to the place you’re decluttering right now, to help you work towards what you want. Or tape a piece of paper , with your goal, on your closet for example : simplify getting dressed in the morning.
  • Take before and after pictures. Keep them at hand, so you don’t fall back to your bad habits. You want to keep your home as it is in your after photos !
  • Put on the pressure: invite friends over. You don’t want them to see your mess, right? So you know this will motivate you to organize and tidy up! Do not cheat by stuffing everything in a closet. To make this work, plan ahead of time, and only take care of the places your friends will see. Keep all other room doors closed for now.
  • Show the world how well you’ve done! Send like-minded friends your (before and) after photos!

If this has helped you, or if you have other home organizing tips and tricks to share with us,  please leave a comment below !

How bullet journaling will help you fulfil your dreams :

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For me, writing a Bullet Journal / Bujo is what made the difference:

  • I’m always reminded of what my goaIs are; because I like my notebook, it’s so cute, I have positive memories attached to it, it’s a bit like my comforter, I want to have it around, and so I often use it. Therefore I see my goals every day, I talk to people about them, I organise my time so I can act on them, and I achieve what I wanted to achieve!
  • It’s good for my mind and my body. Being creative with my Bullet Journal brings me back to those happy times when, as a little girl, I had all the time in the world for drawing. And as Picasso said “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”. I stop for several creative moments in the day.
  • Bullet journaling, is custom made to tailor my needs. With my wishlist I take the time to find out what makes me happy – starting with simple things. We all have different needs, and if I consciously make a list of what nourishes me(ex a list of my favourite hikes in and around Paris (I live in Paris), or of the books I want to read this year), I can organise them and treat myself to them more often, instead of going for a more common but less meaningful activity to me, like watching TV for hours. Consequently I live a balanced, and meaningful life. A life full of joy.

How to feel confident giving a speech:

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  1. Dress the part! Choose in advance the outfit you will wear, adapted to the venue.
  2. Train, and if you can, get feedback from someone you trust can help you.
  3. Stress isn’t always visible. Even if it’s to varying degrees, most people are stressing out, and we don’t notice it. It’s the same for you. Even if people did notice, they wouldn’t blame you!!
  4. You don’t need to look straight into people’s eyes. Look at their eyebrows , their nose, their hair, or shoulders, you’ll see, no one will notice. And it will allow you to focus your energy on your emotions and what you have to say.
  5. And precisely, talking about the content, keep a sheet of paper, with your main ideas, in case you forget what you wanted to say.
  6. One more thing: you might have liked the experience, and want to start again soon!

If you are looking for more help towards success, read this!

 

How I became a Home Organizer :

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Before becoming a home organizer, I wasn’t a very tidy person, I couldn’t care less about organizing the space I was living in, all I loved doing was travelling.

With the birth of our dear son, and all the havoc that came with it, I had an aha moment: something just had to change (I couldn’t stand all the toys and leftover mashed potatoes on the floor!), I wanted to upgrade our “chaotic and sad looking appartment ” to a “5 star hotel”!

But how could I get positive results without it taking up all my time? What new habits could I take to optimize my organisation, without it becoming overwhelming?

After training as a home organizer, testing solutions in my home, at my friends’ and my neighbors’ homes, I wanted to become a professional home organizer.

I really like helping my clients see how they can better their living space, according to their needs and with long-term solutions, for a more efficient and relaxing home!

If you need the help of a home organizer, contact me !

How to stop procastrinating and finally take action :

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Call your best friend, ask him or her to tell you exactly what you need to hear to finally motivate you to work on your project/ your studies/ your dreams for the next 3 hours, months, or year.

I just called my best friend and she told me to go to a nice comfortable café where I’d like to work. Maybe buy a nice magazine for inspiration. And she said she knew I liked writing, that I had always written, and that I write well, that I had a crazy side to me, and so it’s such a pleasure reading what I write. She added she knew blogging was really great for me, and that it’s something I like doing. I laughed – approving her message 100%!

But I left out the idea of reading a magazine – I would have spent my afternoon looking through it, and nothing else! Instead, I read a few articles about how to write blog posts, and I got going! This is my third article yet !

So my advice is to call your best friend; It’s the person who knows you the best and who knows your dreams – listen carefully – it is a gift that life gives you!

My new room !!!

From baby boy to toddler
First we sorted toys. This enabled us to put a lot of baby items (rattles, teething ring, activity mat) into boxes, to be sold or given away.. So the ground was finally rid of stuff, and we put a desk and chair for the little two and a half year old going to school soon!

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How to keep the kitchen organised when there are 4 children in the family ?

We  first got rid of the plates, bowls, etc. the family never used. And by sorting everything by category, and labelling the shelves, everyone, including the cleaning woman when she unloads the washing machine, knows where each item must be put away. This will help keep the cupboard organized in the long run!

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Now the stock of dry foods is easily visible, and divided into sweet, and salty foods.

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Earlier, all of these spices and bottles were cluttering the kitchen counters. So there was no room to prepare meals! By sorting, we made room for them on these two shelves , and freed the counters, too!

clear and clean countertops

One last thing, little Suzanne , who is two , now has a full cupboard for her, down, where can she, like in the Montessori method, reach for her bowl and her spoon, just like the other members of the family!

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My miracle morning !

This week I was inspired to achieve my goals by Hal Elrod’s book:

Miracle Morning

To lead the life of your dreams, he recommends you wake up an hour earlier and spend that hour using what he calls the Life S.A.V.E.R.S;

  • Silence ( or meditation to help you get centered)
  • Affirmations( to inspire you that day)
  • Visualisations ( to help make a visual image of what you want to achieve)
  • Exercise ( to care for your body by peacefully starting the day with yoga, and/or energizing your day with more dynamic exercise)
  • Reading ( personal development)
  • Scribing ( : writing your thoughts and/or goals)

What has all this inspired me to do?

  1. My husband and I have decided to get up 15 minutes earlier every morning to do yoga, a few abs and push ups. Because we don’t want to feel sleep deprived, we are going to bed 15 minutes earlier, too.
  2. I do my scribing/ writing each time I feel inspired, on my phone, that I always have with me, unlike scraps of papers, I won’t lose track of it.
  3. I enjoy some me time’ for personal development every day.
  4. So I can wake up to a relaxing and welcoming home, before going to bed, I spend 5 minutes of sorting, clearing our dining room table, and our entrance table. It feels great!

Was this article inspiring?  If it was, please note below what changes you want to make in your life !