Guilt Over Gifts

It’s the season of gift giving and this could either be stressful or joyful - both for the giver and receiver. 

For the giver, we put a lot of thought and effort into finding the best gift to our friends and loved ones because we wanted them to be pleased and happy. Then for the receiver, the most stressful part is receiving a gift that we don’t like and not knowing what to do with it.

Guilt is always the prevailing feeling whenever we want to discard an unwanted gift. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Gift giving is a joyful act that both the giver and receiver deserve to experience.

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A Closet for a Mother’s New Journey

Recently, I’ve met several moms who are trying to get back on their careers after choosing to focus on their families as a stay-at-home mother. Being a mother is a full time job in itself. It never ceases to amaze me on their resilience, courage, and determination to do something more, not just for their families, but also for their selves.

In this decluttering project, I had the privilege to work with a mom who decided to jump start a new career after 15 years of being a stay at home mother.

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Easy Labeling Project - Personal Paper Records

In my previous post, I’ve shared how we’ve achieved a paper clutter-free home for 6 months and counting! To celebrate this milestone, I went ahead to put labels on my personal paper records using my favorite organizing tool, a label maker!

Before we start with my labeling project, here's a short review of the label maker I’m using in case you’re also considering to invest on one. 

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Finding Courage to Start Anew

It's nearly three months now, and at times, I still can’t believe that I’ve found the courage to leave the corporate workforce. Leaving my career of 11 years was a tough decision, especially that I haven’t established anything yet outside of my corporate career. It took me almost a year to convince myself that as much as I love my career, my priorities have changed and it’s time to move on to a new adventure.

So let me dedicate this blog entry to commemorate this special milestone, and hopefully impart some insights to those who might be going through a similar crossroad.

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How to Achieve a Paper Clutter-Free Home

Early this year, I've tackled all our paper and document clutter at home. From personal records, bank statements, warranties, manuals, receipts, brochures, training materials and many more. I've already done this 2 years ago when I did my KonMari journey, but paper clutter just accumulates way too fast! 

It has been 6 months now, and I could say that I've finally mastered having a paper clutter-free home. Here's a walk through of how you can achieve one in just five steps!

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A Fresh Start

The past few months have been emotional for me. First, my sister gave birth to her first baby, after waiting or 6 long years! I'm now an official auntie!

Second, I've finally decided to leave my job of 11 years in the IT industry to have a fresh start.

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The Toll of Emotional Clutter

Do you ever feel like stuck in your comfort zone, not being able to get out no matter how hard you try?

Well, that's how I've been feeling for some time in few aspects of my life. A few months ago, I've finally discovered why.  I have tons of emotional clutter (some I didn't even know existed) and haven't de-cluttered, so to speak.

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Clean Couch Happiness

Now that our home is free from clutter, my husband and I have finally took the courage to have our beloved couch deep cleaned last December! We availed the services of Mr. Mike Gamez and I was very impressed with their service so I decided to share it here!

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