Category Archives for "Freedom Fridays"

Share kind thoughts or appreciation
Mar 23

Share Kind Thoughts or Appreciation with Others

By Noreen Music | Freedom Fridays

Share Kind Thoughts or Appreciation with Others

The Power of Kindness and Appreciation

The power of sharing kindness and appreciation with others cannot be disputed. There is a "happiness high" generated as serotonin is released into the body of the giver of a kind act. It just feels good to give kindness and appreciation.

Think about a time when someone told you how special you are to them. How did it feel when they expressed how much they care and appreciate you? When they told you how loved you are, how hard you work or they appreciate you going the extra mile? It lights us up to hear kind words and expressions of gratitude.

Kindness and appreciation are really simple concepts. Yet they have the power to magically open our hearts leading to strength in relationships that is hard to break.

Not only does treating people kindly boost the recipient, it does wonders for the giver. It reduces your stress, helps with depression and improves your mood. The gift of kindness and showing appreciation to others is a win-win.

What a beautiful practice we can share with the ones we love and care about. Sharing kind thoughts and appreciating others truly makes the world a better place.

"Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” ​- Harold S. Kushner

Selflessness vs. Selfies

Our modern society has drifted from valuing and taking time to express kindness and appreciation with others. We tend to view these acts as weak or exposing ourselves as vulnerable.

In many ways, we have lost this natural act of a healthy community in favour of the perfect selfie for our Instagram feed. We rush around so preoccupied with ourselves that we have lost the connection between our hearts and all other hearts that beat on this planet.

The inverse logic of God says that outward kindness is strength, not weakness. Being kind and expressing gratitude requires great courage and can transform your life.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” - Aesop

Be Kinder and More Appreciative with Others

The qualities of kindness can be said as being friendly, warm, considerate and generous. We also think of kindness and appreciation in terms of care and concern of others. 

  • Do you need to show more consideration to your spouse after they've had a stressful day? 
  • The next time you see your neighbour can you spend 5 minutes chatting with them and ask how things are going?
  • Or could you be more understanding of the co-worker who is going thru a tough divorce and she's not focused on the big project you are working on together?
  • What about the guy who just cut you off in traffic....perhaps he was up all night worrying about his teenage daughter whose been doing drugs and getting in trouble at school?

Think about how you express kindness and appreciation to the people in your family, your neighbours, people at your workplace or the strangers you encounter every day.

We all carry unseen burdens and scars. By being kind, understanding and appreciating people whenever we get the chance, we lift each other up.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” - Desmond Tutu

Adjust Your Automatic Responses

Try adjusting your automatic responses. Slow down and look for opportunities to share a kind word, a compliment or generous praise with others.

Seek first to understand if someone is frustrating or angering you. Why are they doing what they're doing? And then choose to be kind. Focus on appreciating the good in people not on the negative.

Be present in the moment. When you are in a meeting, talking on the phone or having a coffee with a friend, be there with them. Don't think about your to-do list, look at your phone or script in your head what you want to say next.

Do try this at home. We are generally nicer to complete strangers than our own loved ones. Be the hero and act with kindness and appreciation to your family. This could be the one thing that improves your relationships at home.

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act." - Proverbs 3:27

Put Your Hand on Your Heart

Sharing kind thoughts and appreciation is a daily practice and a powerful way of choosing to show up in your life. It is not a one and done project.

Kindness and appreciation are wonderful ways of being with others but it is also important how you treat yourself. If you catch yourself thinking unkind thoughts or undervaluing yourself, do this one thing....

Put your hand on your heart.

Really. Put your hand on your heart. This technique is scientifically proven to bring you back to yourself and connect with your inner compassion and gentleness.

Be kind and appreciate yourself for the amazing, unique and deserving person you are. Not because of what you do or your job title or how much cash you have.

Just for being beautiful you.

“Be kind to yourself as you proceed along this journey. This kindness, in itself, is a means of awakening the spark of love within you and helping others to discover that spark within themselves." - Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Share the Kindness Message!

If you enjoyed this post, please share it on Facebook and LinkedIn to inspire your circle to be kinder and more appreciative in their daily lives!

In the spirit of this post, thank you for being the incredible person you are. I deeply appreciate each of you....my clients, my family and my friends. My heart is full of gratitude for you.

If you need me, if you have a question or if you are interested in starting an organizing project, kindly comment below and I will respond to you within 24-48 hours.

Take good care of yourself.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Takes less time to clean an organized home
Mar 20

Save Time Cleaning an Organized Home

By Noreen Music | Freedom Fridays

Save Time Cleaning an Organized Home

Reducing clutter and getting organized saves a ton of time when you need to clean your home.

Did you know that for every 1 hour you organize, you save 2 hours of time?  WOW.

What if I told you that an organized home takes 40% less time to clean?

You're in right?!?

Get a handle on the clutter in your home to save time cleaning

The fastest way to save time on cleaning your home is to get rid of all of the obvious trash and recycling. Go thru every room with a trash bag in hand and start picking up what you know belongs in the garbage or recycle bin.

The next step is to pick up all of the dirty dishes laying around and put them in the dishwasher or wash them by hand and put them away.

Do you have soiled laundry lying around on the chair in your bedroom or on the bathroom floor? Pick it all up and put it in the hamper or better yet put a load in the washing machine.

Now go room by room picking up what you know doesn't belong in that space like the kids toys or books. Tidy up as you go, fluff pillows, fold blankets.

You are ready to save time cleaning!

Minimize Dust

  • Now that you have reduced clutter, you can dust your home properly.
  • Clean light fixtures, windows, blinds and shelves first and then work downwards.
  • Allow time for the dust to settle before vacuuming.

Keep Your Kitchen & Bathrooms Clean

  • Wash and disinfect your kitchen sink as e-coli is commonly found lurking there.
  • Clean and disinfect kitchen counter tops to keep germs and crumbs at bay.
  • Wipe down bathroom mirrors, sinks and countertops daily.
  • Clean and disinfect bathroom shower stalls, bathtubs, sinks and toilets weekly.

Clean From the Top Down

  • When cleaning, mop the floor or vacuum the carpet last. 

Clean as you go


  • Make your bed every morning.
  • Deal with paperwork and mail on a daily basis.
  • Clean up as you cook.
  • Tidy up at the end of the day - fold the living room blankets, do the dinner dishes, have the kids put their toys away.
  • Fold and put laundry away immediately after it comes out of the dryer.
  • Hang clothes up or put them in the laundry hamper as soon as you change your clothes.

A clean house is important for the health and well-being of your entire family. A clean home is a healthy home. 

Living in a clean and organized home makes you feel happy, but more importantly, it eliminates the stress that's caused by a chaotic environment.

And of course by living without clutter, you will save time cleaning.

More resources for you

Here is a link to an article posted in our Freedom Living blog about All-Natural Homemade Cleaning Products to help keep your home chemical free.

If you have any questions or need help with decluttering and getting organized, leave us a comment below and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

We are always here for you.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Clearing Clutter Makes Space
Mar 20

Clearing Clutter Makes Space

By Noreen Music | Freedom Fridays

Clearing Clutter Makes Space for What Freedom Means to You

What does being free from clutter mean?

Freedom is a powerful word. It means you have choices and space to breathe.

It also stands for your right to live your true purpose and not be burdened by what doesn't serve you.

Freedom allows you to choose how you live your life and what brings you happiness without feeling constrained by clutter and disorganization.

Freedom means your life flows easily and you are not prevented from doing what gives you joy.

What are the impacts of living in a cluttered space?

Being surrounded by clutter can literally choke the air from your space.

It takes away your ability to develop and progress. It limits your ability to move forward and achieve your dreams.

Clutter takes a toll on your mental health & well being. You experience feelings of guilt, shame and embarrassment and these negative emotions can become the only way you live in your home.

Clearing clutter to make space for freedom

Clearing clutter allows you to decide how you spend your time, your money and your energy.

Organizing and clearing clutter does more than just make your home look clean. It lowers your stress levels, helps you sleep and take better care of yourself. It gives you energy to get more accomplished.

You are not a slave to your stuff - physically, physiologically, financially.

Your life is worth so much more than the piles of paper or mountains of clothes that surround you.

“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” – Moshe Dayan

How can we help you clear clutter and find what freedom means to you?

When your clutter is gone you can accomplish daily tasks more easily and with fewer obstacles.

Living with this kind of liberating freedom is within your reach.

What clutter do you need to clear to make space for what freedom means to you?

Maybe one idea is all you need? Check out our  DIY resources we have gathered to make it easier for you.

You can always let us know how we can help - we are always here for you.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Take 15 minutes a day
Mar 20

Take 15 Minutes A Day

By Noreen Music | Freedom Fridays

Take 15 Minutes a Day

What changes do you need to make in your life to find just 15 minutes a day to spend time in nature? 

Spending time in nature has a magical way of making you happier and isn't this what you want more of?

Benefits of spending time outdoors

Spending time in nature benefits your brain and your physical health. Short term memory improves, your attention span increases and stress/anxiety are reduced.

Being exposed to the wonder and beauty of creation stimulates your brain allowing you to be more creative and productive once you go back inside.

You experience a greater sense of vitality and have more energy for the things you want to do. 

You are also more resilient to physical illnesses.

What amazing benefits for simply taking 15 minutes a day to enjoy nature!

Ways to spend time outdoors

Try going for a bike ride or a walk, have coffee with a friend in the park, watch the sunrise or sunset.

Do a yoga practice in your backyard or pack a picnic to enjoy with the kids at the park.

Go sledding or snow shoeing in your neighbourhood.

Lay out a blanket on the grass and star gaze before bed instead of watching TV.

Organize a garden party with your friends and family.

How can we help you find more freedom in your life to take 15 minutes a day to enjoy nature?

If you need to find more freedom in your life by reducing and organizing your clutter, we are always here to help.

For more information on working with one of our professional organizers, check out our organizing services here. 

We love to hear from you!

Let us know how you love to spend time in nature by commenting below.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen