Wednesday, August 20, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

How to turn your home into a romantic retreat

By
From page C5 | February 15, 2013 |

Subscription Required

Thank you for reading the MtDemocrat.com digital edition. In order to continue reading this story please choose one of the following options.

Current Subscribers
If you are a current subscriber and wish to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com, please select the Subscriber Verification option below. If you already have a login, please select "Login" at the lower right corner of this box.

Subscriber Verification

Special Introductory Offer
For a short time we will be offering a discount to those who call us in order to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com and start your print subscription. Our customer support team will be standing by Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm to assist you.

Call and Save! (530) 344-5000

If you are not a current subscriber and wish not to take advantage of our special introductory offer, please select the $12 monthly option below to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com and start your online subscription

Help?

Clutter be gone

Clutter is a national epidemic, and chances are you’re living with the disease. Well-meaning plans to organize and store it all (by purchasing more stuff, such as shelving units and containers) are essentially rotten at the core.

As Gretchen Rubin, author of the book Happier at Home, says, “If you plan to store something in an inaccessible place, why are you keeping it?”

Whatever form your personal excess takes — magazines, clothing, holiday decorations, or general bric-a-brac (flea-market addicts, we’re looking at you) — don’t underestimate the havoc clutter can wreak on physical and mental health.

Dust, mold, and mildew thrive in a cluttered house, seriously affecting air quality. Research shows that people who live with a high level of clutter are more likely to have headaches, asthma, allergies, and sleeping issues, not to mention feelings of low self-worth, fatigue, and depression.

As for your love life, Peter Walsh, an L.A-based organizational consultant, puts it bluntly: “It’s tough to make love in a pigsty.”

Don’t love it, need it, or use it? Get rid of it: to charity organizations, via online or yard sales, or right into the trash. Get rid of your rationalizations, too: “Maybe someday this will come in handy …” It’s your space and your life; live it now and live it freely, not bursting at the seams with useless objects.

Un-drecking the East/West Way

The queen of clutter-clearing is Karen Kingston, whose book, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, explores the psychological underpinnings of hoarding. Kingston provides a step-by-step, room-by-room walk-through of common clutter danger zones, from kitchen junk drawers to garages full of rusting tools.

A few of Kingston’s tips:

  • Don’t allow things hanging from hooks and doorknobs or standing on the floor to prevent doors from opening fully, or clutter to accumulate in halls and passageways. That’s a surefire way to “obstruct the flow of life-giving energy.”
  • Remove junk stashed under the bed; it affects your quality of sleep.
  • Let go of old books. Kingston calls them a “relationship substitute,” and says holding on to too many old books can keep you from absorbing new knowledge and ideas. Don’t want that to happen!
  • Be especially vigilant about “sentimental archives” of cards and letters, and clutter of the obsolete technology kind.

Sweeten the air

Once you’ve got a handle on the objects, consider the air around them. On a warm day, throw open windows and turn on ceiling fans to maximize fresh air circulating through the house.

Other sweet tips:

  • Banish musty odors and smells from cooking and pets by lighting soy-based candles that don’t have a cloying artificial scent.
  • Some green cleaning products add lovely aromas, such as lemon verbena and honeysuckle, and are good for the environment. Or, kick it old-school by adding the juice of a fresh lemon to your mop water.
  • If you have a wood-burning fireplace, be sure to use dry, seasoned firewood that burns with less ash and soot. Make sure the fireplace is damped properly so smoke doesn’t enter your rooms, and have the chimney cleaned at least once a season.
  • Did you know that you can scent the air by burning fragrant things you can probably find in your kitchen cupboard or backyard? Try dried orange or lemon peels, dried pine cones, cinnamon sticks, and sprigs of rosemary or other aromatic herbs.

Comments

comments

.

News

Body found by Hwy 50

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

 
Georgianne Knight joins county ed board

By El Dorado County Office of Education | From Page: B1

 
Plane crash victim ID’d

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

Priest Mine open Labor Day weekend

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1

 
Marilyn Ferguson — a city jewel

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Heard over the back fence: Sand Fire benefit Friday

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

 
Missing man found drowned

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

Sacto board OKs Mather’s 20-year plan

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A1

 
Maury Erickson of Atwood Insurance dies

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A3

Tea Party meeting on Common Core

By Tea Party Patriots Of El Dorado Hills | From Page: A3

 
Job fair Aug. 22

By Health and Human Services Agency | From Page: A10

.

Opinion

Dave Pratt for District 2

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
The Democratic-Chronicles: Democracy denied

By Gene Altshuler | From Page: A4

My turn: Course and program offerings at the El Dorado Center

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

Attention EID ratepayers

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
You decide

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

High crimes and misdemeanors

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Traffic troubles

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Immigration

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
.

Sports

Cougars’ hopes high for second consecutive winning season

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
City harriers trade concrete for foothills

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Smashing good times

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Outside with Charlie: Grab your tents

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A6

2014 El Dorado football roster

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
.

Prospecting

7 hours of music at Peace Festival

By News Release | From Page: B2

 
At a glance: Aug. 20, 2014

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

 
Master gardener: Roll out the pollinator welcome mat

By Uc Cooperative | From Page: B3

Welcome Home El Dorado Slow Ride planned

Press Release | From Page: B4

 
.

Essentials

Crime Log: Aug. 1

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
Weather stats

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

.

Obituaries

Frank Bridges Jr.

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Darlene Knowles

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Amber Sakura (Azalove) Wheeler

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Louise Ann “Tyke” Cody

By Contributor | From Page: A2

James John Hutchinson

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Long Story Short

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Thursday, August 21, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Wednesday, August 20, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8