A bedroom that is clean and clutter-free is often something that leads to other areas of your life becoming just as clean and free of clutter. As someone who often struggles with this myself, this is a list of ways to keep your bedroom looking like it was just cleaned.
Make your bed as soon as you get out of it.
I know this seems pretty stupid, but making your bed is a fast and simple way to make your entire room look cleaner. Wake up five minutes earlier if you have to, but making your bed sets a productive tone for the day and let’s be real, getting into a freshly made bed is so satisfying.
Take care of dust as soon as you see it.
This is one that seems obvious, but you know you’re guilty of looking at collecting dust and thinking, Wow, I should take care of that soon. The next time you see some starting to arrive just take a sock and wipe it up. You can throw the sock right in the laundry and be through with it.
Make sure ‘the chair’ is cleared off.
You know the chair. I know you know the chair, because I know the chair. Everyone knows the chair. Piled up laundry and crumpled up homework litter it, and you might not eve remember the way it looks under all of it. Clean the chair off, do the laundry, throw out the homework, and put a cute lil pillow on it.
Clean the windowsill.
This one seems trivial, I know. But bare with me. Take down the curtains and wash them. While they’re on the spin cycle, vacuum the blinds and clean your windows. Then de-clutter the windowsill itself. Now it won’t look so gross when you try to open up for a little natural light.
Stop stockpiling dishes.
This one might just be me, but I often find my room littered with empty tea mugs and bowls. Usually I’m collecting them on my bedside table. Instead of holding onto it, bring them to the kitchen as soon as you’re finished and you’ll find that it looks a lot neater. Also, don’t just leave them in the sink. Wash them now and get it over and done with.
Lastly, you have to be proactive. Instead of looking at the candy wrapper on your desk and thinking, Oh I’ll get it later, get it now. Don’t put it off. Personally, I clean my room every Sunday after any friends have gone home and I’m about to start a new week. Nothing in your routine will change unless you keep on top of it.
Cleaning candle holders is probably one of my least favorite things to do, but recently I’ve started collecting left over wax to use in other projects (a post for a much later day) and I was entrusted with a few extra candle holders to clean so what better use of chore than to make a blog post about how I get it done.
There are A LOT of ways to clean candles. This is just the way that I like doing it and I prefer to do things in batches anyways because I’m all about saving some time.
candle holders that need cleaning
a large pot or bowl
a knife (or something you can poke wax out with)
paper towel/something to wipe the candle holders down with
hot water (I boiled my water in my tea kettle and poured it into my bowl)
Use a knife to cut slashes into the wax still in the candle holder
Place candle holders in a large pot and pour hot water into candle holders and around them. Leave sitting for about 15 minutes.
Leftover wax will either float to the top or be soft and cool enough to pull out with a knife
You can either soak them in a fresh batch of warm water or you can wipe off the excess wax with a paper towel (I used the paper bags we save from last minute store runs)
You can set aside the wax for a future project or toss it!
My face hates the winter. I’m one of those odd people that actually break out more when its cold.So, every so often I try different masks to pull out any toxins and hydrate my skin. Also, If you click on each photo you can see the steps/ what I was adding at that time.
To make my wicked concoction I used the following products:
- Aztec Healing Clay (2 Tbl Sp)
-Apple Cider Vinegar
-Yogurt (6 Tbl Sp)
-Honey (2 Tbl Sp)
-EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 Tbl Sp)
-Coffee (4 Tbl Sp)
The above “measurements” are super rough. I honestly threw everything into a bowl until it reached a creamy consistency and looked a lot like melted cookies n cream ice cream.
-Aztec Healing Clay is an all natural calcium bentonite powder that creates a polarized charge on your face, lifting toxins out of the skin and replacing them with healing minerals. It works against pimples, acne scars, large pores… and that’s just for your face. This clay is $11 for 1lb on amazon :)
-Apple Cider Vinegar is a cure all for acne. According to google it removes dirt, oil, makeup, dead skin; contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E- AND MUCH MORE.
-Yogurt works as a hydrant in this mask. The healing clay by itself (with water) is very drying and flakes a lot. So, yogurt was used to give the mask a smoother texture. Also, yogurt naturally hydrates the skin and has anti-bacterial properties that will work to destroy pimples. I used some old yogurt that I found in the back of the fridge.
-Honey & EVOO have the same basic properties of yogurt. Honey locks in moisture and has anti-bacterial properties. While EVOO is a super moisturizer.
-Coffee reduces under eye inflammation and redness. It’s also an excellent exfoliating agent and brightens up your complexion!
-Apply this mask before you get in the shower so you will be able to soften the mask enough to gently massage it off with your fingertips. DO NOT use a face rag or your face will be sad and red like a tomato. Learn from my mistakes :)
-Test the product on your hand before applying, just in case you’re allergic to any of the ingredients!
As the title of this post suggests, today I am going to tell you how to make a pore cleansing mask with an ingredient I discovered a few months ago that I have fallen completely in love with. You may be wondering, what is this magical ingredient? It is Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay!
I bought this 1 lb jar on amazon for like $8 and let me tell you it is one of the best purchases I’ve made (as far as skin care goes that is.) This stuff dries up and holds onto all the gunk in my pores, so when I take it off, the impurities leave with the mask. Now, I’m not promising that this clay is going to work for you exactly like it does for me, because of course all of our skin is different. But, I would recommend it for an awesome clay pore cleansing mask!
One of my favorite things about this clay is that it is so versatile. You can add almost any ingredient you can think of! This is great because you can cater the mask to your skin type. The ingredients I use are mostly to aid in the pore cleansing, along with combating acne. Feel free to use different ingredients than I am if you have different skin concerns!
Alrighty, let’s get on to making the mask!
First I added two heaping spoonfuls of the clay to my bowl.
Then I added the liquid ingredients. I used two spoonfuls of water, two spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar, and one spoonful of witch hazel.
Next I added one spoonful of honey.
And finally I added a few drops of tea tree oil.
Then mix it all together to get a lovely, goopy, clay mask.
Finally, it’s time to smother this wonderful creation all over my face. I like to apply a pretty thick layer.
Get ready for the hottest selfie you’ve ever seen ;)
Now just wait for the mask to dry. I usually wait around 20-30 minutes.
This mask will constrict a bit as it dries. It may become a little uncomfortable, but hey, beauty comes at a price right? If it bothers you too much, go ahead and rinse the mask off before its all the way dry. I find that there is less discomfort if I apply a thicker layer on my face.
As you can see, the dried mask is very flattering.
I like to wash this mask off with a warm washcloth. But let me warn you, this mask can be difficult and messy to get off when you let it completely dry. Pieces like to flake off and other pieces don’t want to let go. It’s all great fun. But I believe its worth it for the amazing pore cleansing results. This mask may leave your skin looking red and/or feeling dry. Don’t worry. Just apply a gentle moisturizer or facial oil to lock in the benefits of the mask and keep your skin hydrated.
I don’t recommend using this mask more than once a week as it could irritate the skin. I do this every week or two to keep my skin fresh and clean. I do recommend using other gentler cleansing masks on the weeks when you don’t need such a a deep clean!
Alright, so I hope this post was helpful/informative/educational or something along those lines. As always, feel free to send me a message if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!
I hope you all had a lovely day, and I hope your weekend is fantastic!