Four Fresh Tips for Summer!

July is here and with it the RUSH of summer. Typically summer is jam packed with weekends on the lake, vacations, BBQ’s and More.  I mean it is the middle of summer complete with 4th of July.  July is also my 18th Anniversary in Tupperware ((I know, I know, time really does FLY!)) so to celebrate is are Four Fresh Summer Tips.

  1. PAUSE FOR A DIGITAL DETOX!

    Turning off your smart phone is an easy way to take a digital vacation and honestly great for YOU and YOUR SOUL. How many times have you heard someone say they don’t have time for themselves?  Yet, they spend hours on Social Media just scrolling and watching videos.   Studies show the constant blue light is NOT good for you. Check Tip 2 for why.   So put on Do Not Disturb, Purposefully put the phone away and take time to pay attention to what is happening around you and in your environment.

  2. Let GO and Breathe in the SUN.

    When’s the last time you took a real break and sat in the sun?  I mean laid back like in a hammock or reclining in a chair?  Studies show that your retina’s exposure to sunlight increases the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. (Yes, close your eye – PLEASE)  Serotonin is a HAPPY chemical, boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. We all need time to unwind, relax, and daydream.  Let go of the stresses you may be feeling and take 15 mins in the morning or afternoon outside in the sun.  I am serious – STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES  – or listen to the birds chirp. 🙂

  3. KEEP UP WORK PRODUCTIVITY . . .

    by organizing your space.  Whether you work from home, or work in an office, summer is a great time to give your eyes a rest and clean up the clutter.  Yep –  just like how we eat with our eyes and plating our food is essential –  so is where you work.    I know physical clutter only makes the clutter in my head worse and the only way to fix the sea of sticky notes, invoices, unwritten cards, to do lists, etc etc is to remove it.  Personally I use an IN BOX/OUT BOX where I literally but it ALL into the inbox so I can start FRESH.  Then, I take a few mins each day before walking away to go through what’s in the box and give it a home.  If you have more time when organize your space do it then.  I personally have found I am more productive in finding the best homes for the clutter after I feel accomplished with my work tasks.

  4. CLEAN UP BEFORE VACATION and EASE BACK IN AFTER.

    Never leave for a trip without cleaning up.  Coming home from a vacation to a sink full of dishes, full trash cans and piles of laundry  is the last thing you want or need.  You already will have the laundry from the trip that needs to be done as well as unpacking.  As a parent I personally know the feeling of needing a vacation after your vacation. I also know how it feels when I do not unpack right away and the chaos of living out of my suitcase and my home collide.    Give yourself a day, if possible, to retain order by unpacking and resetting so that the calm you felt while you were away (hopefully lol) translates as you get back into the swing of things.  Also, try not to schedule a packed day full of meeting the first day you are back at work.   Give yourself time blocks to answer those emails and voicemails.

Okay that’s it. 🙂  Four Fresh Tips for Summer.  Let me know if you would like to see more Fresh Tips this summer by messaging me at corinne@thefreshexpert.com/.

 

XOXOX,

Corinne Brown

5 Fresh Tips to getting Organized!

It is the start to a new year and that means New Years Resolutions!

Did you know the Top 3 Resolutions are the Eat Healthy, Save Money and Get Organized?

 

Here are my 5 Fresh Tips to starting out the new year on the right foot:

1) Develop Centers for your Food.

Group your foods together in the pantry — keeping like items together — for easy access and inventory assessment.  Getting organized with the many available products from Tupperware will keep your produce fresh for over a month, your staples fresh for over a year (yes, even cereal)  –  when you organize your life, you save, time, money, space and sanity !

*** Don’t forget the fridge!  Being Fridge Fresh makes a huge different too!

2) Give everything a Home.

Have a place to put your keys, purse, briefcase, and cell phone. Having a designated area will help you  and your family always know where they are and develop good habits for later in life.  If you have kids this is true for their play rooms as well.

For example, if you take it out, put it back; if you open it, close it; if you throw it down, pick it up; if you make a mess, clean it up; and so on.

3) Work at Home or Have a Home Office? Declutter your desk.

An clutter-free desk erases unnecessary distractions and helps keep your mind on tasks that need immediate attention. Keep only the items on your desk that relate to your current projects.

For me, I find if I take everything that has piled on my desk and place in a box, I am able to start my new day (and year) FRESH.  Then each day I take 5-10 Minutes to give what is in the box a home until it is empty.

4) Use one calendar.

There is  saying, ‘the man who wears two watches, never knows the correct time.’ The biggest mistake people make when using planning calendars is to have one for personal, another for the office, and yet another for the family. Keep personal, professional and family items on one calendar. It will help to eliminate scheduling conflicts.  Google Calendars are great for everyone to have their own calendar on a master calendar and it updates all at the same time.

5) Put things away each day and end it on a good note

Take time to put things back where they belong. Put things back immediately after you’re finished with them or set up a 15-minute appointment with yourself to put things back at the end of each day. Save your easiest tasks for the end of each day. You’ll be able to complete them, and end each day on a positive, rewarding note!   This includes organizing the thoughts in your head –  a Gratitude Journal you jot in every night can make a huge impact on your start each day.