I love this chat with the lovely Suzanne aka ‘The Batch Lady’ about keeping the mojo in check at home. Perhaps you have a drawer or a breakfast bar or table that becomes a dumping ground. We can all get into a muddle when life speeds up, but lockdown has given many of us the chance to declutter and plan out our meals. I know that personally, I have really enjoyed being able to batch cook a little more and shop more mindfully. I do sometimes get sucked into clever marketing and pick up things we don’t need.
I got to see the Batch Lady’s dumping ground room, I think I could do with a little den like that myself.
Here are some ways I try to create a little calm at home:
Books – I’m always reading and often give my finished books away to friends and family I think will enjoy them. I like to keep my favourites though, afterall, who wants to read a book covered in highlighted lines or notes in the margin. To prevent these lying around and gathering dust, I put up some extra floating shelves in the bedroom so I can grab as I want.
Emotional hoarders – If you are like me and find it very hard to throw out art from the kids, cards and letters etc then having a couple of boxes you can fill is useful. I have one of them at the top of my wardrobe, one in the attic and also some drawers allocated. As Baz Luhrmann once wisely said:
Keep your old love letters and throw away your old bank statements.
This may not be so hard these days if your love letters are digital :)
Notebooks – I have lots of notebooks and journals lying around, I am always writing. Why not have a drawer somewhere dedicated to notebooks and lists?
Wardrobe space – I try to arrange my clothes that hang up into dresses, tops, shirts, jumpers, jackets, jeans, scarves and skirts. I can also be an emotional hoarder with clothes but find it best to pass them on to friends or charity if they are not being worn. This involves me doing a clear out every 3 months and being ruthless. I keep what brings me joy and give away what doesn’t.
Makeup Holders – I recently got a makeup organiser for my dressing table and it’s a great way of keeping everything in its place as opposed to having lipsticks in some bags and the rest of my makeup spead across others. There are drawers for all different sizes of eye shadows, tubes and bronzing powder etc.
Slice up your lemons – If you notice your lemons or limes are looking a bit old then slice them up and put them into freezer bags rather than throwing them out. They will be great in water, a gin and tonic etc.
Struggling to find peace and balance at home? Why not head out to a loch or the sea to get a mojo injection? Jump into the video below to hear more.
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Jojo Fraser is an award-winning author, podcaster and keynote speaker, dubbed as ‘the Queen of positivity and a kindness advocate. She is a Tedx speaker and a regular speaker on BBC Radio. Jojo is known for normalising discussions around our mental health, making it accessible and relatable to all. She has quickly grown a reputation for having a huge impact even on the most sceptical of people. She has a huge passion for helping people to get their mojo back.
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