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Ellie's Belly “Arggh! Who put the baby fat back on my body?” I exclaim as I peel off another shirt and toss it on top of the “No-Longer-Looks-Good” pile of clothing. I hate cleaning out my closet. Standing in the middle of my closet with my midriff showing, while in the midst of spring cleaning, I think it would be fair to say that I’m experiencing a midlife crisis. I know exactly who put the baby fat back on my body. Chastising myself for allowing it to happen, I vow to get on the treadmill and lift weights today and I might even do it again tomorrow.

#1 – Get the Hang of It
Closet Organization Cleaning out a clothes closet is a task for the decisive. Don’t assume that things fit. Try on everything, because, not only do styles change, bodies do, too. As you come across clothes that haven’t been worn for a while or items that “kinda” fit, you need to make decisions. If you haven’t worn an item of clothing for a year or more, there must be a reason for that: too small, too large, wrong color, bad style, poor condition, needs to be altered, sentimental attachment, or whatever. Honestly, just get rid of the item. Yes, get rid of it even if it still sports a price tag. It’s taking up valuable real estate in your closet!

If you don’t have a clue which clothes you wear regularly, load all your hangers in one direction on the rod – the necks of the hangers either all facing the front or all facing the back. When you wear something, turn the hanger around and put the item back on it. In a year’s time, after all the seasons have passed, take a look at which hangers haven’t been turned around. Eliminate those clothes from your closet.

The items of clothing that “kinda” fit, ones you would definitely wear if you lost 5 pounds, get a six-month reprieve. Put them on specific-colored hangers. Place a sticky note on the backside of your closet door indicating the date for the final judgment. When that day arrives, try on everything on those hangers and make an honest decision whether they go or they stay.

#2 – Simplify Your World
Clever Tip Looking for ways to organize or simplify your world? Read 40 Clever Life Hacks to Simplify Your World and decide which ones you want to try. Being skeptical about some of them, I did a little online sleuthing and found these amusing “Life Hacks Debunked” videos from Mental Floss.

#3 – Swapping Clothes
Spring-Autumn by Qozop Would you be willing to swap clothes with one of your elders? In his photo series Spring-Autumn, photographer Qozop asked his models, pairs of young and old, to swap clothes. Scroll through the intriguing before and after photos and ponder Shakespeare’s paraphrased line “clothes makes the man.”

#4 – Wall Art From Upcycled Magazines
Upcycling Old Magazines Three words describe wall art made from rolled-up magazine pages: clever, colorful, and customizable. Imagine all the design variations you can make using this technique. I knew I saved old magazines for a reason!

#5 – Clean Your House
“We are used to cleaning the outside house, but the most important house to clean is yourself – your own house – which we never do.”
Marina Abramovic

Now go and spread joy!

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pink camellia

Photo by Linnell Chang

The sun, like a shot of whiskey, warms my face and soothes my bones. My old dog Romeo sits on the deck and squints his eyes to block out the bright light of morning. A choir of birds provides background music, while a red-bellied worm snake slithers slowly across the pavement. And providing color to an otherwise monochromatic canvas, camellia blossoms command attention. With the spring equinox only a few weeks away, spring’s potential is poised to reveal its splendor. I appreciate this lovely first day of March and hope that the month brings many more joyful moments.

#1 – Life’s Detours
“A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.” This anonymous quote opens an essay titled, “Circumnavigating Life’s Detours,” written by Alina Williams, M.SC. Everyone faces detours in life, but some people seem to navigate around them more skillfully. What characteristics and skills are needed to help us navigate challenging moments? Read the article and find out.

#2 – Re-Purpose Those CD Cases!
CD case wall art I love this DIY CD Jewel Case Frame project I found on the site Photojojo. Who doesn’t have a stash of CD cases taking up space somewhere in his home? I think the key to this wall art is to have a cohesive element in the CD cases, whether it be color or subject.

#3 – Beautifully Imperfect
This three-minute promotional film, made for Think Family, reminds us to appreciate the small imperfect things that exist in a relationship. The message is told through a humorous and touching eulogy a wife gives for her husband.

#4 – Go Fly A Kite!

kite festivals

Semaphore Kite Festival

It’s almost spring, so get your kites ready! To get in the mood, check out these 23 Huge Kite Festivals Around The World.

#5 – Open Your Mind
“The mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”
Frank Zappa

Enjoy your first March weekend of the year!

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