8 clutter free Christmas gifts to buy now

1. Label Maker
We know plenty of women - and men who love their label makers.
It's so fun to use, no one realizes they're actually organizing while labeling.

2. Movie Tickets
Choose a dine-in theatre to give a VIP experience.

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3. Yoga classes or fitness membership
Who doesn't love a little "me time"?

4. Wine & Cheese
The perfect way to say thank you to a host without leaving clutter behind.

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5. Charging Station
This is a great gift to tidy up someone's bedside table or office desk.

6. A night out.
Who wouldn't love a little one on one time with you?
Dinner reservations? Maybe a concert afterwards?

7. A trip to the spa. 
Hello massage table.

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8. Haven gift card.
Okay, we're biased but give someone the gift that keeps on giving this year!
Our gift cards are available in custom amounts too. Buy one here.

Do you have any clutter free gift ideas? We'd love to hear them. Comment below. 
And Happy Holidays!

5 things you need to throw out now

Making discarding a regular habit really helps cut down on accumulation. It's also builds your decision making skills; you're in control and saying no (sometimes) is very necessary. 
Check out our top 5 things you need to throw out now below.
 

1.  If you come across any duplicates, pick your favorite one (or two max) and donate or toss the others. Repeat for every multiple you find of clothing, products, tools etc.

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2. If you're getting dressed in the morning and change a few times because you don't like that shirt or pair of pants, donate them. Same goes for that piece of clothing hanging in the back of your closet that you're only hoping to fit into again. No negativity allowed because you're beautiful. 

3. If you come across a hidden kitchen tool in your pantry that you've never used; give it to someone who will. Same goes for your "as seen on tv" products that you rarely ever use.

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4. As soon as you come home from the store, empty your new goodies and throw out all of that bulky-space-consuming packaging. You can use containers, baskets, ziplock bags or simply store them in your cabinets. And most of the packaging can be recycled so you're helping the environment out too.

5. Expired beauty products are harmful to your skin and applying them certainly shouldn't be part of your beauty routine. One study showed 70% of women are using exired beauty products daily. Click here to see elle's makeup shelf life guide; throw them away now.

How did you do? We'd love to hear what you got rid of. Leave us a comment below!

5 steps to get a free new wardrobe through organizing!

1. Come up with 3 words that describe your style.
I suggest sitting down with paper and a pen and writing down every word that comes to mind when you think of your clothes and your style. Wild, edgy, sexy, girly, sporty, casual, fun etc. Begin narrowing them down to 3 depending on how you want to appear 90% of the time. The other 10% is for lounge wear - sweats and yoga clothes included. 


2. Pull every clothing item out of your closet and drawers.
The goal here is you want to look at your clothes with a new perspective and in order to achieve that you need to take your clothes out of their normal environment.


3. Sort each item and place them into matching piles - and be specific.
For example: take all of your tops and separate them into these piles such as: skinny tanks, sleeveless shirts, t-shirts, long sleeve, blouses

4. Touch everything individually. Ask yourself how it makes you feel. If there’s joy and utter happiness it stays. Anything that gives you neutral or negative feelings goes. The idea here to be surrounded by only the things you love and that make you really really happy. Can you imagine what that’s like?


5. After you decide what you’re going to keep take a look at those 3 style words from step 1 that you decided on. Does every clothing item match at least one of those 3 words?
If not, pass it on. 


I hope your newly organized closet gives you inspiration every time you open the door. And ideas for new outfits and the courage to wear them out.
Please share your experiences below!

Decluttering Your Way To Feng Shui

I have always been curious about Feng Shui. I recently had the pleasure of meeting and sitting down with Mary Rose Villanova for a crash course. She explained that de-cluttering is often the first step when designing a space in Feng Shui. Coincidence? I don't think so. I asked her to share some of her wisdom with all of you. Please enjoy this introduction to Feng Shui written by Mary Rose Villanova. Oh, and email me if you'd like a free 15 minute consultation with her.
e: morgan@havenhome.la
Enjoy :)


Feng Shui is a powerful tool used today to bring positive change into our lives and to attract what we most desire. We are profoundly influenced by our environment on both a conscious and subconscious level. “When you look at your home, you are looking at an expression of your inner self". Feng Shui gives you the awareness of the quality of energy in your living spaces and how it is affecting your life in both a positive or negative way. You will be empowered with these ancient proven methods to transform your life dramatically by shifting the energy in your home or workplace. "Just by moving your desk into the commanding position, according to Feng Shui, your business and finances can improve immensely!" By using Feng Shui principles you can achieve harmony in your environment and your life that will support you to improve your health, relationships, career, finances and to achieve your highest potential. 

 

According to Black Hat Sect Feng Shui, the Bagua, is used to detect the power spots that correspond to specific areas of your life. A Feng Shui consultation, based on your intention, be- gins with an energetic space clearing to release the negative vibes or stress that is attracting negative circumstances to you. Then any clutter is eliminated which represents the emotional, mental or physical baggage that keeps you stuck in the past which is blocking you from what you want. The space now holds a higher vibration, based on “The Universal Law of Attraction” (like energy attracts like energy), and will attract positive experiences to flow into your life. Suggestions are made for furniture placement, color selection, artwork, nature, using mostly what you have, as well as traditional Feng Shui remedies. These adjustments will hold your intention in place acting as a positive magnetic force to attract the opportunities for you to achieve your goals and attract what you truly desire. 

 

 

 

5 steps to make your home guest ready in 1 hour

Summer is here! BBQ season is here. And July 4th is quickly approaching. I wanted to create a step by step guide for you to have your home entertainment ready in 60 minutes or less. Then, when your Mother in Law leaves after her "surprise visit', you can call us and we can do it for you next time instead.  But until then, I hope this helps xoxo, Sims.

 

1. Set a timer

Your space will likely become a tornado before it transforms into a quiet lovely space. Know this is normal. Let me introduce the 40/20 rule. I allow 40 minutes to take a space apart: group like things together, take stacks off of table tops and set aside pretty pieces to display. Then, 20 minutes to display, throw away, hide and clean up.

 

2. Organize as you go

As you empty shelves, drawers and de-clutter, it helps to have a few known piles to set things into. I use recycled paper bags for easy grouping. Add or subtract as you like but I use the following piles as guides:
1 - Throw away. 2 - Recycle. 3 - Donate. 4 - To deal with later. 5- Keep/display.

 

3. Breathe and Buff

Now you have emptied your space and are sitting in wreckage piles.  Stay calm.  Take a cleaning spray you love or light a candle that brings you joy.  Decluttering is hard work and can be surprisingly overwhelming. Associate the practice with feel good scents or associations. Wipe down each crisp, clean empty shelf or space and appreciate the space now available to house your newly decluttered and sorted items. 

 

4. Cut it out

Take your throw away pile and toss it immediately, get it out of sight.  Throw your recycling into the bin.  Take your donations out to the car.  Put your "to be dealt with later" pile into a bin you'll deal with after your guests leave. 

 

5. Stage it

Now, you likely have 15-20 minutes left to reassemble your space.  Place items on shelves or in cupboards, stack things in groups of the same size, shape or color,  and leave surfaces clear to use as places to display art or important pieces.  Add a pop of life with a white potted succulent or an herb in terra cotta and viola!  You have a clean, decluttered, guest ready space in sixty minutes or less. Have fun!

 

 

 

5 ways to keep your pet organized

 

1. Store all leashes and collars by the door you use most with your pet.
-this gives you quick and easy access to the things you need when you're ready to take your pet outside, for a walk or for a ride in the car.  

2. Use different colored containers for treats instead of individual labels.
-since you're most likely buying different kinds of treats all the time, colors are the best way to identify the treats without wasting labels. 

3. Keep a toy box in your living room for easy clean up.
-and if you can teach your pet to put their toys back in the basket when they're done playing with them, all the power to you!

4. Keep a pet blanket in your living room.
-if your pet is allowed on furniture keep a blanket close by to help keep excess fur off your couch or chair. 

5. Keep your vet records in the console of your car.
-the time you'll need your pet records most is when you're going to the vet or when you're traveling and this way they will be easily accessible to you when you need them most and not forgotten at home. 
 

 

 

Mother's Day Offer

For me, inspiration for living an organized lifestyle came from my Mother. She taught me to always put things back where they belong and how to leave a place better than I found it.
In honor of her, this Mother's Day, Haven has a special offer:
schedule your Mom and receive her first hour FREE. 
She deserves it!

-Morgan
founder of Haven

5 ways to instantly freshen up your home.

  1. Display citrus. 
    The color and the smell will instantly brighten up your room and surface. A bowl of lemons are my staple. But try mixing fruits and colors like yellow and orange to explore different results.
  2. Light a candle.
    Change the energy in any room with a new flame.
  3. Buy or pick fresh flowers.
    Orchids are my favorite. They’re available in every color; each one having a unique meaning.
  4. Make easy, luxurious linen spray.
    Mix 10 drops of essential oil (my favorite is lavender) with 3 ounces of water and 1 ounce of vodka or rubbing alcohol. Pour mixture in a pretty spray bottle.
  5. Open up your windows.
    There’s no better feeling than getting fresh air. And the wind will carry your linen spray from room to room.