Decluttering for Smiles: Tips on Organizing Your Home & Mind

You may have heard me talk about “Decluttering for Smiles” whether on Instagram, Facebook, or my newsletters. What I mean by this is when we are intentional about decluttering certain areas of our lives, not only are we more organized, but our minds are more at ease, our anxiety is relieved…we smile more.

One area of your home that may need some decluttering TLC at the moment is your bathroom, specifically your countertops and drawers. That is why I’m sharing this with you, and you’ll understand more as you read this post. The item I’m sharing for your bathroom organization is truly a huge overall roll for so many of your needs.

It’s easy to throw all the things in the drawer and close it shut, items getting lost in the depths, maybe never to be seen again. Then, when it does come time to get ready, we open the drawer and are completely overwhelmed and that negative energy can carryover into our day. Not to mention, the time that’s wasted hunting and rummaging to find what you’re looking for. Does this sound familiar?

A few months back, I did a deep clean of my bathroom and I was introduced to these drawer organizers. They’ve helped simplify things so much! Again, you’ll see why I use these throughout my home now.

Let’s take action! Are you ready to start organizing?

1. Checking expiration dates is huge! Skincare and sunscreens don’t have a huge life span so using what we have and knowing expiration dates is important. Instead of buying a ton of different kinds, you can use me as a resource to help narrow products down. You can find a lot of my favs on my Current Hair Care & Sunscreen Guide blog posts (click the titles to be taken to each post).

2. Having a place for everything and everything in its place is huge. If there is no space for it, it does not belong. The organizers I shared above are crazy helpful in creating that space. I also have great deeper drawer ones if you’re needing more.

3. Create specific spaces for each category. If you don’t, you will forget that product even exists. Use a label maker, if needed, to help keep track of the areas.

4. Ditch the makeup bag in the drawer and go for more shallow organized container like the link I shared to organize in this newsletter. Those organizers make it so grabbing things doesn’t waste your time and you know exactly what you have, freeing your mind and space.

5. Bathroom hooks and a cabinet above the toilet are great ways to get things to have a space that makes sense. Have a robe? Hang it. Toilet items around the toilet? Put them in a cute case and on a shelf above the toilet.

Let's dive a little deeper.

Your makeup bag. Be honest – how is that thing looking? Is everything bursting at the seams or are you looking to expand? As some of you may already know, I’m a huge fan of Seint makeup because everything from your foundation, contour, and bronzer to your blush and eyeshadows get effortlessly organized and stored in one easy to use compact. Your makeup bag will be transformed!

Here are some of the ways Seint can help organize your makeup – they are ideas and items that truly step it up a NOTCH.

Magnetic Compacts

Seint has a variety of sizes and styles to best meet your needs. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, clicks right into place. These can easily be stored or travel with you anywhere. Having your foundations, contour, blush shades, and eyeshadows all in one place is a gamechanger. It will get you excited about doing your makeup and you can easily swap out shades for the season, keeping them fully customized. I also love that they have mirrors within them. The Demi palette and hard Isle palette have especially big mirrors making it easy to apply your makeup in other places than just the bathroom. These compacts are a great way to get organized with your makeup!

makeup case and travel bag

The makeup case is larger than you think and can hold everything from your compact, brushes, skincare, hair care, and more. It keeps it all in one easy to use space and since it has a firmer exterior, it holds up well in suitcases and carry on bags.

The travel bag is another great way to stay organized with your makeup. It can hold your IIID palettes, brushes, and some other essentials. It fits nicely into your bathroom drawer so you can just grab, put it on the counter, do what you need to do, then put it all away in one organized spot.

Simplify your makeup brushes.

There are a lot of benefits to using Seint, one being their brushes. These are hands down the BEST for applying cream foundation. And what makes them extra special and helps organize your makeup bag is the fact that they are DOUBLE ENDED. Two brushes in one with well thought out purposes to make your makeup game easier.

I needed to provide you with helpful information when it comes to brushes. So many people say to me that they already have brushes; usually the people who tell me this are the same people who have issues when working with a CREAM. When before, they were using a liquid or powder. It makes that big of a difference; they are completely different products even if they’re still known as “foundation.” It truly makes a difference in how and what the brush was made for. Here’s some tips to get to know your brushes and some of my favorite Seint brushes as well if you want some recommendations.

I hope you find this post helpful in beginning to organize and declutter any areas of your life you feel it’s needed. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Remember that every failure is an opportunity to learn and grow, and every obstacle is a chance to become stronger. Embrace the journey and trust that everything will work out in the end. You are capable of greatness, and the world is waiting for you to shine. So go out there and make your dreams a reality!

Balance

Balance is Key

I want you to envision the things in your life & all the aspects you want to hit or do every single day; is there a balance? How heavy does it feel? Now, I want you to envision a scale – the one where you can put a weight on one side and one on the other – and see how much balance there is. Balance is key! 

Balance is Key

What if you took all those things you just envisioned & tried to spread them onto the scale evenly – could you do it? First, I want you to pick 3 things you NEED to make a priority out of all the things you said needed to be done in a day; make those 3 things a priority over the others and put them on one side of that scale.

Next, I want you to pick 3 things that make you feel better, breathe better, emotionally stabilize better, or something we talked about last week. Make those a priority in your life!(Something like, a bath, deep breathing for 5 min, or something you feel you’d like for yourself in that moment.)

Now put those all on the scale – the needs on one side, the things that make you feel better on the other. What happens? Is there balance? Did everything just get easier? Balance is key in making it all work out & it looks like you just made it all make sense. Congrats! You succeeded and should be proud of yourself – but what happens when a new day comes and we let life back in, forgetting all about the balance we created?

See, we like to take all those things and put so much pressure on ourselves for them. We try so hard to load up our worries, our must-haves, even all the technology. Let’s talk about the 3 things on each side of the scale that we chose; both sides have the same importance. Did any of those that scale include technology as a must? Did surfing the web come before anything else?

It didn’t. Did anxiety make it on that list? Self hate?

It didn’t.

Do you put so much pressure on yourself that you try to force other things into the top 3 things you want sitting on that scale? If you’re trying to overfill the scale again and again, what happens over and over?

The balance becomes LOST.

Remember to tell yourself this every day when you’re trying to throw something back onto the scale that doesn’t belong there:

“Does this matter more than my top 3?”  (think of the things that outweigh your mind)

“Does this bring value to my life today? Does this thought serve me? Does what I’m thinking about truly matter? Is this important right now?”

If the answer is no, it’s time to balance the scale. More than likely the answer is “it’s not” and you need to keep it away from your much needed balance. Whether it’s negative energy or something that isn’t as important that day, if it doesn’t need to happen, don’t force it to! Have you ever tried anything like this? Ever thought of this type of balance? If so, please share with me in the comments – did this help you?

I can’t wait for this to help focus your life and bring you the balance that’s key. If you were working on these habits but sidetracked from summer, now is the perfect time to step back up to the plate and balance your scale!

Balance is Key graphic

Balance truly IS KEY! It starts with a B and ends with an E – once you put it together and find your balance, you can just BE.

You got this! xoxo

Joce

Coping With Anxiety

Cover Photo for Anxiety Blog Post

Anxiety has been near the top of my list of topics to talk about – how I cope with it, what I feel, and how others can handle theirs. I’m no medical professional, but I cannot stress how important it is to take care of yourself! I learned the hard way that you can’t pour from an empty cup. I want to share my tips and tricks to coping healthily with anxiety and stress so that others can remember to put themselves and their health first! For more tips and tricks in your life, follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube channel!

4.7.8. Rule - Breathe Baby!

Breathing to Cope with Anxiety

If you feel a panic attack, anxiety, or stress hitting you, you might get a tight feeling in your chest. One of the best ways to calm down is using breathing techniques. Here’s one that works great! Begin by exhaling completely through your mouth, making a whooshing sound. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose for 4 seconds. Hold your breath for about 7 seconds, then exhale through your mouth slowly for 8 seconds. Repeat the process as needed, until the tightness in your chest subsides or until you feel calmed!

Humor - Laugh Off the Anxiety Sista!

Using Humor to Cope with Anxiety

Sometimes it can be hard to find the good in the bad but I promise it’s so worth it once you do! Laughing and smiling can relieve the stress response and in the long term, laughter can help improve your immune system and mood. When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, distract yourself by simply reading a few jokes, laughing with friends or watching a funny movie! Laughter helps the body release serotonin, leaving you happier and less stressed.

Exercise - Get That Anxiety Out!

Exercise to cope with anxiety

Y’all know how I love my fitness! It has made a world of a difference for my anxiety because there are so many benefits all around. Not only is physical exercise going to keep you in shape, but it’s amazing for your mental health as well. Something as simple as walking can help your body on a daily basis and it’ll leaving you thinking and feeling positive! Walking outside for 20-30 minutes can alleviate and reduce stress as well as give your mind a boost. Exercising boosts the body’s endorphin release and can leave you feeling accomplished and happy!

I’m no medical professional but these are amazing tips that can help you daily and my hope is that it can help someone else. We so often get so caught up making sure everyone around us is okay and we forget to ask ourselves how our own mental/emotional health is. Take care of yourself first sista, and things will fall into place afterwards! Above is my YouTube video telling my story of what changed once I began to put myself first again. If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I teach others to love themselves first, as much as their own true love would. I pray that this message finds you if you’re someone who needs to hear this! You are amazing, you are capable, and you are beautiful inside and out! 

10 Books Recommended by You!

10 Books Recommended by You
10 Books Recommended by You

You asked and so I am delivering! I’ve had so many people reach out for book recommendations and so I asked you all for some of your favorites to share with each other. Here’s a list of some of those awesome recommendations you gave – take a look and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to leave a comment and share some of your favorites too not included! 

#1 Fail Until You Don't: Fight, Grind, Repeat by Bobby Bones

This one is solid gold and my personal recommendation for all! Bobby is a best selling author (if you haven’t read any of his works, look them up!) and this book was actually #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. In this specific Book, he tells some of his own personal experiences of failure, success, and what drove him along the way and he also includes stories of his own close friends as well as their successes.

#2 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

This book is everything in the title: the light and happiness that comes with living in the now and what it means to do so. This book is great for anyone on a path of self discovery or someone with anxiety. Seriously – it’s great for teaching you to let go off the stresses around you and live in the moment!

#3 The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

This is a must read for those who love the heart-wrenching true stories of the Holocaust. Recounted by Corrie ten Boom, a member of the ten Boom family, she tells of the families who were hidden during Nazi invasions and the role she played. Due to their help, all of the ten Boom’s Dutch family faced death in a concentration camp – all but Corrie who lived to tell their legacy.

#4 The Shack by William Paul Young

This book has been recommended by so many and is a must read for those who enjoy spiritual journeys and self awakening. After his daughter is kidnapped and evidence comes to light that she may have been brutally murdered in the Oregon wilderness, a father experiences meeting God in a few different forms and is taught hard lessons like forgiveness, love, and believing that you are not alone. It was recently developed into a motion picture however many readers will tell you that it just cannot compare to the book! The book truly tackles the question: Where is God when there’s so much pain in this world? Get ready to laugh, cry, and learn!

#5 Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Dr. Eggerichs and his wife give couples all the help they need to maintain a happy marriage throughout this book. They ask all the important questions and cover important issues that are common and can arise while showing the possibility of still giving love and respect to each other. The give the answers to all the questions you might have about why your spouse may be reacting negatively to different situations and how to respond and be there for each other in a healthy way!

#6 The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

This is a series full of historical fiction with adventure, romance, and more. Set in the 1940s, this tale is about a British ex-combat nurse named Claire Randall who, while on her honeymoon, discovers a portal that takes her back in time to the 1700s where she is forced to marry a Scots warrior in order to survive. From there, the adventures soar and the story has become an award winning series with seven books telling of Claire’s travels.

#7 Atomic Habits by James Clear

A self help book that changes your perspective and includes true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award winning artists, business leaders, and more. This book teaches you how to create new habits, motivate yourself, create an environment for success, and to get back on the path of getting down to business. Great for anyone from business owners and entrepreneurs to the stay at home parent.

#8 The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabille

If you’re into Enneagrams, this book is for you! Enneagrams are an ancient personality typing system that helps to describe how humans are wired in every way, both negatively and positively. In this book, authors Stabile and Morgan Cron take a different approach to explore Enneagrams and Christian spirituality to find a deeper knowledge of ourselves and our relationship with God. Not only does this book help you see yourself differently but it also brings perspective of how others see the world around you. 

#9 The Chimp Paradox by Prof. Steve Peters

If you know me, you know I talk about mindset a lot! This book has been recommended by so many for just that – mind management! If you need to find that motivation and that drive that you’re lacking, it could all be about changing that mindset first and foremost. Dr. Peters goes into depth to explain this, how to increase your happiness, build confidence, and bring about success.

#10 Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

 Another great self help book and the Washington Post quotes “memoir, motivational tips, Bible quotations and common-sense girl talk” all rolled into one. Rachel Hollis has created a novel that is funny, honest, and to the point helping women all over to remember their worth and who they are. She talks lies that she believed about herself for so long and how she overcame them and how you too can overcome the challenges you face and believe about yourself.