morning routines

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Morning routines have become our mantra to start the day; whether it's getting some extra zZz's or waking up to hit the gym, we all have our own routines and ways to jump start our days. If you are looking for a new way to start your day, we've rounded up a few easy to maintain ideas to get you started!

1. Set an alarm to go to bed and an alarm to wake up - Our bodies have their very own clocks. A great way to learn how much sleep you need is to start listening to that body clock. When setting a time to go to bed, you are also able to see how much sleep you will get that night! It's a great way to wake up, knowing you got your full 6-8 hours of sleep the night before.

2. Make your bed - This simple task gets you out of bed and gives you the feeling of accomplishment first thing in the morning! 

3. Drink water - Yes, coffee... but first, a glass of water. Drinking water first thing helps flush out toxins and starts your metabolism.

4. Take time for yourself - Chances are, your day is already full from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed. Allowing yourself some time alone in the morning can help set your mood and intention for the day ahead. Some things you can do in the time are: read, exercise, sip your coffee, walk your pup, or even tidy your space.

5. Include the weekends - Creating a habit takes time. In fact, it takes 21 days to create a new habit. Continuing your morning routine through the weekends will help you maintain your new rhythym and you'll still be able to find time for yourself. 

Do you already have a morning routine you follow? We would love to know how you start your day!


When shopping becomes a hobby...

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As organizers, we spend a lot of time thinking about stuff. What to do with it, why we keep it, how we got it, why we continue to buy it... and the list goes on. We live in a culture of fast fashion, gimmicky marketing, and consumerism. If we are being honest, it's incredibly hard for anyone to not feel the the tug of "keeping up with the Joneses" from time to time. Goods are cheaply made and cheaply sold now a days, which makes it that much easier to purchase items that we don't need, won't last, and clutter up our homes.

Because so many goods are made in a foreign country, made cheaply, and mass produced, for the first time in history, prices are affordable enough to make shopping a hobby for people in America. Have you ever hopped in the car for a Target fix when you are bored? Have you ever had a long stressful day at work and then gone home to spend your evening online shopping and sipping a glass of wine? Over at HYD we are not above it--- we've totally been there. Shopping in America IS AN ADDICTION. It's fun, it takes your mind off of other things for the moment, it feels good, and there are endless options--especially if your finances allow you to shop without thinking about it!

We are trying hard to hold ourselves accountable and walking with clients who are trying to do the same. One HYD'er is taking a year off of shopping (inspired by this article), another is taking a new approach to keeping better tabs on spending and sticking to a budget, and others are simply trying to be more mindful about purchases.

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Whether you need to do something extreme or just be a bit more intentional, we encourage you to take the time to think through your vision for your home, your style, etc. When you get the urge to shop out of boredom or stress, hit pause and remind yourself of what you want for your home and your life. Over the last few years, a small shift has occurred where people have started to value quality a bit more than in the last few decades. The maker movement is making a come back and we couldn't be more excited! Working towards smarter, more quality purchases is a great goal!

We would love to hear what ways you are working to curb your shopping habits.

If you'd like to support a new local business geared toward selling high quality menswear, check out Felding Co's grand opening on May 4th!

tools and tips.

Do you have ideas and big ambitions about how to stay on top of your to-do list, calendar and schedule? If you're like us, we find our brain space full of swirling tasks and goals. We wanted to share some helpful downloads, printables, tips and tools we're loving recently. 

Get those things out of your mind... onto paper... into action! 

  1. The Inspired Room - Resources 

We love these sheets for so many reasons. You can use them as you're thinking through your design taste, creating new habits and writing out goals. And the font and colors are pretty too! 



      2. My Love for Words - Printable Labels

Looking for a set of labels that are ready to print today? These are perfect for a pantry, closet, garage or shelves. Tape them on today & feel accomplished. 



     3. House Full of Sunshine - Vision Board Printables

Does your office, home office or kitchen calendar need some inspiration? These are beautiful, encouraging and inspiring. Print them today and your workspace will be instantly brighter. 



     4. Kennary - Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

We are quickly approaching Fall... How functional is this pre-made maintenance list for the coming season?! Print it off and make a plan with your roommates or family before summer slips away. 




We hope these tools and tips are fun for you to look into today. Feel free to share with a friend who might love these resources!