A Transformational Leap

Renew Your SpaceHello my friend – I wanted to share some important updates with you.  Renew Your Space is getting a sweet makeover…  And because you have been one of my favorite girlfriends, I want to let you know that I’m making it easier than ever to receive brand new, valuable time-renewing presentations and downloads.  You will now have the opportunity to become an exclusive group of like-minded women, take classes, participate in new challenges, and even test out some of my new products.

The makeover will include a renovation of articles, which will make it faster for you to find the content you want in each area of Renewal Space, Time, Body, Mind, Spirit…  You will have the opportunity to participate in my creative workshops, meditations and so much more!

Photo Apr 15, 8 12 30 PMI want to make sure that this website is the right fit for you, so this is what I’m not doing anymore…. Blogging.   I am quitting my blog.  Yes, you’ve read that right – I will no longer be a “Blogger”.   The information side of Renew Your Space will be slowing way down and the production side will speed up, which means I will no longer have time to participate in blog hops.

Although I still offer virtual organizing, I have moved out of writing about organization and am now placing my focus on productivity and self improvement.  I want to crack this wide open and let in the light, good vibes, go-getters and transformational motivation.   The Blog was a caterpillar which will soon be transformed, allowing me to produce Videos, Podcasts, Creative Tutorials, Group Challenges, Feature awe-inspiring Femmepreneurs who will knock your socks off, and…

It will all come to you in the form of an eZine.

How is this different than a blog?  It will come straight to your in-box every other Friday, and you will get special insider treatment with shorter but higher quality articles that will be transformational!  I am very excited to be taking this leap and I really hope that you will be jumping with me.

How will we stay connected?  Simply fill out the little form to your right, and as a special thank you, I’m giving you a Time-Renewing Tool Kit full of goodies.   Hold my hand, sister – it’s time to fly…

 

 

Renee Weatherford

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Home Organizing Challenge {Week 16} – Get That Junk Out Of Your Trunk!

Photo Nov 30, 11 03 04 AM (1)This is the final installment of my Whole Home Organizing Challenge, featuring one area a week to organize in your home.  Although the long stretch was 16 weeks, it allowed us to tackle each section in a reasonable amount of time, taking the overwhelm out of the organizational process, and I have gotten so much wonderful feedback on your renewed spaces.  Some of our group members shared their photos in our private group, and some shared their progress - Thank you all for joining me on this journey.  I participated right along with you on the spaces I needed to work on in our new home, and it was like having my sisters working right along-side of me.

This week, we are nailing down an area that quite often gets abused by all members of the family.  Our cars are a necessity – we use them to get to work, to school, chauffer the kids around town, haul goods, make deliveries, travel (sometimes extensively) and sometimes work in.  With so much use in one small space, it can become a dumping ground if we’re not careful, and who has time to haul out wrappers and cheerios every week?

What You Will Need

  • Cleaning Rags
  • Cleaning Spray
  • Toothbrush
  • Garbage Bag
  • Vacuum or Shop Vac
  • Spot Cleaner
  • Sorting Boxes
  • Air Freshener

 

Renew Your Space

  • Begin by removing any garbage – look under & between the seats
  • Remove everything from the glove compartment, console, pockets and trunk – place in a box for sorting
  • Wipe down your dash, doors, windows, mirrors, console and steering wheel
  • Use a toothbrush to loosen up anything that may have gotten stuck in the cracks or crevices
  • Vacuum the carpet and spot clean any areas that are stained
  • Shampoo the rugs if you’re feeling adventurous
  • Hang a nice smelling air freshener (I keep a coconut scented stick under the seat and it keeps the car from getting that musty smell in the winter time)

 

Replace and Reflect

  • Replace the items that you only absolutely need in your vehicle;  Registration / Manual in the glove-box – The less you keep in here, the easier it is to find it when you need it.
  • Misc. necessities in the center console;  Music collection, spare change, gym card, sunglasses, garage door opener, chargers, etc.
  • Do you really need THAT in there?  Assess the box of items you removed and decide if it is a necessity or if you are keeping “just in case” clutter.  A good way to judge the item is to tune into how you feel when you are putting it back into the space.  Does it make you feel good, or do you get that ache in the pit of your stomach?  {Hint – this is the key to keeping your entire home organized – your intuition will tell you if you are holding onto things you really should let go of.}

 

Some things you should keep in your trunk or on hand:

  • A small emergency kit
  • Water Bottle
  • Travel-size Fire Extinguisher
  • If you are in cold weather:  A blanket / Chains / Snow Shoes
  • If you are by the beach:  A towel / Extra Flip Flops
  • With kids:  Coloring books / Books / Extra Diapers
  • With Dogs:  Leash / Collapsible Water-bowl
  • Supplies:  Wet Wipes, Kleenex, Re-usable Garbage Container, Frequent Directions…

 

Tips & Ideas

Be sure to browse through the Pinterest Board for this Challenge - I’ve been pinning all the way through the 16 weeks to give you unique ideas to accompany the space you’re renewing.  For this week, I have found some great ideas to house all of those little things you travel with.  Some of my favorites:

An Organized Insert For the Cup Holder

Store the Kid’s Media & Play Items On the Back Seat

A Trunk Organizer That Separates Activities

An Easy To Access Trash Stash

Netting To Contain Sports Equipment or Groceries

Keep the Kids Entertained on a Long Roadtrip

What tools do you use to keep that junk out of your trunk?  Any clever ideas?   How did you do with the Challenge?  Was it useful to you?  Please let me know in the comments, and if you have requests you’d like me to expand on in the future, I’m always open to fresh ideas!

 

Did you just find this challenge & want to join in with our private group?  We are starting back at week 1 of this 16 week process very soon.  You don’t have to participate in every area, but going at a weekly pace gives you ample time to clear every space of your home.  Our group is very helpful and new members are joining in at all times of the year.  You might be an organizing junkie, or you may need extra help in this area.  No matter your organizing level, we are here to help.  Ask your questions in the group – add your before & after photos to encourage others.  I want to see you there!   {Click Here to see the entire schedule}

 

Renee Weatherford

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Schedule in a Spa Day – {Filofax Friday}

Spa DayThere seems to be one thing us business women need to fit into our schedule even more than carving out time for more work…  it’s simply scheduling in time to relax.  There is so much going on in our lives, that we often push our own needs to the side for tomorrow, or next week, or next month.

Sound Familiar?

It’s one of those things, we really want this, but time swallows it up before we know it.  It’s a bit like exercise – when we say we don’t have time, it’s really just an excuse.  There’s always some time we can dedicate to it.  And who ever said, “Gee – I wish I didn’t exercise today, what a waste of time”.  No!  You feel great afterward and wonder why you haven’t been doing it everyday – and the same goes for time to yourself.

 

Take Action Challenge

Pull out your planner and move some things around to include time for some ongoing R&R.  I lovingly refer to this time as Spa Day in my Filofax.  That’s right – you deserve nothing less.  If it can’t be done during the weekend, adjust your schedule so that you can get it in before or after work.  Plan it every single week and you’ll have less stress, a clearer mind and self-respect.

 

By honoring this sacred time, you give your soul a little re-boot.

 

Here are some Spa Day ideas to get you sparked

  • Light Candles
  • Bring in your favorite music
  • A glass of purified water infused with lemon and mint
  • Salt soaks, oils or bubbles to spice up your bath
  • A skin clarifying face mask
  • Use this time to focus on your breathing, meditation, mantras and to quiet the mind

 

How will you honor your next Spa Day?  When will it be?

 

 

Renee Weatherford

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Home Organizing Challenge {Week 15} – The Backyard/Patio

poolDepending on your living situation, you may thrive in your backyard space, or you may not even notice there is an outside to your home.  I have worked with many clients who didn’t have a patio at all but we were able to create the feel by bringing the outside in.

Today, I am going to touch on a couple of tips on how to do just that…

 

  1. If you have a large space but prefer a cozy little nook, tying together a few key pieces such as a comfortable chair, lounge or outdoor couch is key.  Arranging a seating arrangement to face each other gives your guests an intimate setting and also creates comfort to curl up with a book or lounge in the sun.
  2. Chopping down large spaces into smaller outdoor rooms gives more purpose to the space.  A separate area for the BBQ / outdoor kitchen, bar, fire pit, sunbathing, spa and visiting area can create interest in the overall space, but you can also add special touches of décor to tie your personal tastes from the inside out.  If you have a color or pattern theme, make it flow throughout the home with plants, flowers, vases, pots, outdoor drapery and cushions.
  3. If you have a small patio or balcony, you can still achieve comfort and relaxation by adding potted plants, outdoor candles or tiki torches (which is very popular here – they also sell flameless torches at the hardware store if you are not allowed fire at your dwelling), a small water feature and tighter, comfy furniture  such as a papasan  chair or swing.  Don’t be afraid of using fabrics outdoors – there are many hip patterns available in the sunbrella material, made to withstand the sun and rain.
  4. Some of you may not have an outside space to work with at all.  In this case, you can likewise bring the outside in by placing a chair near the window or slider, surrounded by indoor potted plants and a scented candle of eucalyptus, fall leaves, the ocean or anything that reminds you of the great outdoors.  You can really create the feel of the outdoors with a little imagination and rearranging.

Now, you may have your significant other to work on this area, but for those clients who are taking the challenge and need to address the space themselves, here are your promts:

 

Renew The Space

 

  • How does this space make you feel?  Is it peaceful and serene, or does it need some work?
  • What is the space missing?  Do you need an umbrella, new BBQ, do you want to plant a garden?
  • Assess your seat cushions and either send them for repair or replace them if needed.
  • Add new potting soil to your decorative pots.
  • Refill tiki oil (for those who live in warmer climates – I know we sometimes forget to check the levels until right before a party when we need it).
  • Clean out the gutters, or hire a handy-man to do this before winter.
  • Is there something bothering you like a dead tree or fence posts that need to be touched up?  Add this to your handyman list.
  • Cobweb around outdoor lights and overhangs.
  • Switch out seasonal lawn décor.
  • Put away the summer lawn furniture/toys, etc.
  • Weather-proof your doors & windows if needed.
  • Change out your door mat.
  • Add a shoe tray for those sloshy, wet shoes to go.

 

What is your favorite part of your patio or backyard area?  Are there any tips you could add to this list?

Haven’t started the challenge yet? You can find the weekly list {Here}

 

 

Renee Weatherford

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Home Organizing Challenge {Week 14} – The Pets

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My Boutique in 2008

As many of you know, we have not yet had the pleasure of raising children, but instead we have a Weimaraner fur-baby who is quite like a two year old.  She has been with us for eleven years now and her love and affection have surpassed the sting of not having kids.  I opened a Dog Boutique in 2007 and Roxy was the poster child, model and greeter for my store.  She’s been with us for five moves to Oregon, back to California and now she is retiring in a warm coastal town near Southern California.

 

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She is quite the poser, don’t you think?

Yes, I am smitten with this big girl.  She is an indoor only dog with special needs as any Weim owner knows all too well.  I have given her countless “babies” to play with from my shop and I needed a way to keep her things just as organized as we are.  I have a lot of friends who can appreciate this post as well who have fur-babies – here are a few tips we’ve implemented along the way:

 

  • Identify a special area where you can store all of your pet supplies.  If you have a hall closet, you can assign specific shelves for things like food, liter, baggies, etc.  Use the back of the door for hooks to store leashes and collars.  If you only have a cabinet, shelf or a corner of the room, you can still keep items tucked neatly together and out of the way.
  • Designate a space to contain their toys so that they can play and you can conceal them when you have company.  I use this long basket that slides out of site – she knows where it is and visits her “toy box” often.

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    Basket a-la Toys

  • Use a storage bin for bath and grooming tools  - We still have shampoo and soap products we used to sell {Dirty Hairy} which neatly stores away in a locking container with a brush, loofah, and other grooming supplies.
  • Create an emergency kit for those “just in case” moments.  We have had two incidents with our baby – being extremely short-haired, she can cut easily so we were lucky to have had this kit close at hand.  Some key items to keep in your kit are QuikClot, Tick Removal Tools, Telfa Pads, Ear Wash & other Pet Meds.
  • Add hooks close to the front door for leashes and collars.  We keep her walking supplies and baggies in a hall closet so that it’s all ready to go for our morning walks.
  • Keep pet food together – I kept some of the canned food racks from our store and use them just for her.  They are so convenient, keeping it waist high for convenience.  You can find these at some hardware and home stores.
  • Keep dry food in a large air-tight container so that pests can’t get in and the food stays fresh.
  • Remember to bathe your pets regularly & wash all of their bedding and plush toys.
  • Just like the laundry room, the gym or any space that has common items, keeping items such as cat sand, scoopers and other common pet staples together makes them easier to find, easier to put away and easier to note when you may need replacements.
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This gets the cans up and off the floor

Head on over to the collective Whole Home Organizing Pinterest Board for more great ideas.  Have you found a great product or way to organize your pet supplies? 

Haven’t started the challenge yet? You can find the weekly list {Here}

 

Renee Weatherford

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