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Gay Pride NYC

This year was going to be the 50th anniversary of the NYC Gay Pride, but due to the covid-19 crisis, it had to be cancelled :( A good moment to take a trip down memory lane to share with you my experience of gay pride in 2012, to make up for this cancellation. I hope we will have a wonderful gay pride in 2021!

Summer 2012, NYC Gay Pride

New York City was full of gay men and lesbians who were partying like their life depended on it. for good reason: It was the annual Gay Pride Parade! I love to be in NYC when this parade is happening. Everybody is so happy and smiling! The streets are a big mess (but the City cleans up perfectly at night).

Gay Pride NYC 2012
Gay Pride NYC 2012

For me growing up in a liberal country like the Netherlands, I do not even see the difference between straight people and gay people as a human being. They are all equal and I don't even think twice. Unfortunately in some places in the world they still think gay people are not equal which I think is insane.  Nobody should tell you who you can or cannot love.

 

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American Apparel understands it! "Legalize Gay"

I even have 2 older men in my life who I call my "Gay Dads": George & David. Since my real dad passed away 10 years ago, they are my adopted surrogate parents. They are always there for me. whether it is to talk about my love life, or important decisions I should make, or just to hang out. I love them! And I have to say, the best remedy to get over a heartache as a girl is to hang out with gay men! They cheer you up right away!

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George, David and I.

Creativity is rampant during NYC Gay Pride

Many people come out and wear the most creative outfits during this day! And some wear almost nothing... This day is all about fun, music, dance and people enjoying themselves. For years I have been going with my friends and enjoying it a lot, also because usually it is a wonderful Sunny Summer day.

 

Dress up at Gay Pride 2012
A lot of people did dress up at Gay Pride NYC 2012!

Lots of nakedness

It is a very fun time for many people in NYC, although I want to add that for some young children in NYC they are exposed to very naked men and women, which maybe is not great for them. Hopefully the people taking part in Gay Pride will be thoughtful around children, and the parents of these children avoid the route of the gay pride. Problem solved!

A car at Gay Pride 2012
Always safe sex of course!

If you want to read a touching story about what it is like to be gay and trying to be accepted, read Joey Holthaus' story: Proud to be Gay.

Love, Lonneke

First published in 2012, updated to today's reality in 2020

 


Save the Bees!

It is not something new that bees are having a difficult time and the population has gone done about 85% in the past years! Bees pollinating plants is vital for human foods and this decline could cause a threat to food supplies in years to come.

 

"Achim Steiner, head of UNEP, said in a statement:

"Human beings have fabricated the illusion that in the 21st century they have the technological prowess to be independent of nature. Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less, dependent on nature's services in a world of close to seven billion people."

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My memories with bees

At my high school, my biology teacher (and neighbor coincidentally) was a beekeeper in his off-time. He would incorporate this into his every day teaching, and during biology, or after school activities we would be reaping honey, or care  for the bees that were on the school's property. We would also make beewax candles. At that moment I didn't think about it twice, but years later I heard vandals burnt down the beehives, and I was quite sad! Now especially as I hear more and more about bees and how they are collapsing worldwide.

What can you do to save the bees

There are actually many things:

  • don't use chemical fertilizer in your home, or bug spray for your lawn (even the ones legally sold in garden stores can be harmful) there are great organic ones!
  • Let different plants, trees and flowers grow wild in your garden or balcony, so if there are bees in the neighborhood, they have something to eat!
  • You can actively get people involved in your neighborhood to become beekeepers, or have the environment suitable for bees to live in...
  • But there is more!

Many companies and buildings are giving up space to get beehives installed. You can now buy local honey from bees even from busy places like Soho or Brooklyn. Check out Andrew's Honey, they have beehives all over New York City!

My friend Johan Koeman of Wicked Tulips Flower Farm (formerly Ecotulips) is offering organic flowers to help the bees, together with his wife Keriann!

RELATED: Organic tulips that are edible

LEARN MORE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqA42M4RtxE

There are many ways to save the bees, just start now!

Love, Lonneke

First published on August 2nd 2013, Updated in 2020


What is vegetarian cheese?

When you order something vegetarian at a lunch room, you probably get a sandwich or salad with cheese in it. But did you know cheese is actually not vegetarian usually? So all those restaurants are wrong when they serve dishes with cheese in it and say it is vegetarian. Unless they can prove that the cheese is actually vegetarian. Cheese might be the nr 1 food product in the Netherlands, every Dutchie loves it, and many Americans love their "Gouda" too!

What does vegetarian mean

First of all, What does "vegetarian" mean? Most people consider food vegetarian if  no animal has been killed to produce that food product. So with that explanation foods derived from animals, like eggs, milk and butter can be used as the animal has not been killed for it. But some people argue that the production of milk and eggs is also not that humane for the animals and they also refuse to eat that too. So there are many different kinds of vegetarians, that the exact meaning of being vegetarian means something different to each person. On the most extreme end is veganism, and vegan food which means the food has no animal derived ingredients whatsoever. There are vegan cheeses on the market. But I personally don't like "fake" vegan cheese.  A lot of times vegan products are too processed, or are full of fats and/or sugars to make it taste good.

Is cheese vegetarian

Cheese is only vegetarian if vegetarian rennet is used to produce the cheese. Most cheeses use animal rennet. Rennet is a complex of enzymes found in an animals stomach, to digest the mother's milk. These enzymes coagulate the milk. (separate into a solid curds and liquid whey) To get this rennet you have to extract substances from animal stomachs.... (yuck!) They are a byproduct of veal production. So there goes your idea you save an animal by not eating meat...

Vegetable rennet

Vegetable rennet is made from either fungal/bacterial sources or genetically modified micro-organisms. (different plants like figs, nettles, thistles, mallow, and ground ivy (Creeping Charlie) to name a few) Sometimes it is even made from the mold Mucor miehei or soybeans. These plants  also have coagulating properties.

GMO rennet

I was taught that there are even cheeses that are made with GMO (vegetarian)rennet, so besides checking what rennet is used, you should also find out if the cheese is made with GMO ingredients or not. In the Netherlands, organic cheeses and cheeses for export do not have GMO. The cheeses made in the Netherlands and sold in the Netherlands usually do.

READ MORE: The Story behind GMO

READ MORE: About rennet and vegetarian cheese

READ MORE: About vegetarian cheeses

Love, Lonneke
p.s. for the Dutchies: Vegatopia has a list of cheeses sold in the Netherlands and you can read about vegetarian cheeses ( in Dutch).
First published on  July 30th 2013, updated in 2020

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay


Eco stapler

Staple Free Stapler

Ok this is so cool, a staple free stapler!

A real solution to eliminate staples

This is a real solution: a stapler, that does not use staples, but cuts out a tiny strip of paper and uses it to stitch up to 4 pages together. And it creates no paper waste, plus it is safe for children. so orgaNICE!

Eco stapler

It comes in different colors, I chose the green one.

Made by Humans has the registered design and on their website, you can find a few other fun designs on their website, as they are a design firm for home and office products.

"We design and create imaginative and playful contemporary accessories and gifts for the modern home and office" - Made By Humans

Where to buy the staple free stapler

The Square version (Like I have)

or the round version of the staple free stapler

This smart office product saves a lot of staples. I like using it, it is so cool!

Love, Lonneke


the soup the next day

Leftover Vegetables Soup

I love soups.... And I am going really wild with it! The other day I made a delicious leftover vegetables soup with anything I can find in my fridge.

Don't throw away food

At one point during the week you look in the fridge and see some vegetables starting to go bad. Don't throw them away! Just peel and cut them and use any leftover vegetables and herbs to make a delicious soup!

When do vegetables go bad?

I always check every vegetable thoroughly. If I see mold I throw it away, but if I just see a patch I just cut it and use the rest of the vegetable.

This is a nice recipe that anybody who doesn't know how to cook can make:

Leftover Vegetables Soup
a delicious soup using any leftover vegetables you have in the fridge.

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Cuisine: homestyle
Recipe type: soup
Serves: 4

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Ingredients
  • 8 cups of water.
  • 1 (or more) Onion
  • Any vegetables you have in the fridge including carrots, celery, zucchini, tomatoes etc.
  • You can even add chopped potatoes
  • Can of beans, drained and rinsed thoroughly
  • One vegetarian bouillon cube or fresh herbs
  • Little bit of olive oil or any other kind of oil or butter
  • Pepper & Salt

Instructions
  1. Sauté the onion in the (olive) oil (or butter) on medium heat
  2. Add the vegetables and a bit of salt
  3. Stir for a bit until they brown too
  4. Add the water, beans and the herbs or bouillon powder/cube.
  5. Cook for 45 mins (or until all vegetables are soft
  6. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking
  7. Enjoy!

More things to add to your leftover vegetables soup

  • You can even add things to your soup like (leftover) cooked pasta, cooked rice or cooked potatoes.
  • As a nice (non-dairy free) addition you can add some kind of (hard or soft) cheese for flavor. I like blue cheese, or parmesan cheese!
  • Or a bit of vegan cheese
  • fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro on top
  • pesto or harissa
  • Gomasio (sesame salt) or roasted pine nuts are delicious too!
  • A piece of toasted bread ( with cheese)

The beans and or carbs like potatoes give the soup a thicker texture.

READ MORE: Indian Pumpkin soup recipe

 Eat the leftover vegetable soup on another day

You can keep reheating the soup (I think it tastes even better!). I  have soup like this for 3 days in a row, as vegetable soup does not go bad as fast as when you use animal based stock or ingredients.

Enjoy! Love, Lonneke

 


New York City outdoor workout with friends!

When it's Summer in NYC, for me there is n better combination than meeting with friends and doing a New York City outdoor workout! One time, our dear friends Ricardo Baldin and Jeanette Linderberg, joined my love Fabio Nunes and I for a nice week of training and eating good food.  I get to see them only once in a while, so it was another reason to really enjoy our time together.

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Fabio and Ricardo at the Elevated Acre in the financial district NYC.

Ways to work out outdoors in New York City

There are a LOT of ways to do a New York City outdoor workout:  biking, playing ball, skating, running. And there are a lot of places to do it so too!

After a great smoothie in the morning, we all went for a cardio training that takes only 15 minutes of your time! The goal is to keep your heart rate a bit at a certain level that helps you sweat and burn fat. After all is a great way to raise your energy levels for the rest of the day.

We also had a little fun doing Yoga poses ( Asanas ) and helping each other to improve our technique. We went to the Elevated Acre in the Financial District to do this workout.

 

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Eating healthy after a workout

I am proud to say that our post New York City outdoor workout meal was amazing! : Chicken legs, sweet potatoes, spinach egg whites omelet with avocado topping and arugula salad. Every single ingredient was organic and chicken was free range grade 2. All made with love and care by Fabio's talented chef hands. He is a Model Chef after all, who has cooked many delicious dinners for foodlovers around New York City :)

 

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Riding a bike in New York City

The other day, we rode city bikes and took the East River cycling route with destination: Central Park. The ride was just so enjoyable, the temperature during the day was perfect and it really got into my senses the whole experience exercising, and enjoying the view, good weather and company. We even bumped into few Brasilian friends that were doing exactly same thing as we were: two girls on their skates while the third one was running alongside them. The bike ride was about 7 miles , Uptown to Central Park, and back home with a few stops to enjoy our favorites places in the city. Like the Italian meca Eataly on 5th av and 23rd st - were we went to recharge our fuel with great food.

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When at the park it was easy to have a good time!

 

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At Central park - inspired by kids playing around - soft strenght training.

 

Outdoor work outs with friends are fun

Gather a few friends, get inspired by the good weather and push each other to reach your goals! Share your knowledge and experiences - all that, and relieving stress at the same time! Above all Summertime is here to raise our spirits in a positive vibe !! I strongly advice to stay active,  moving your body every chance you get! That's the way I'm gonna spend my next days, what about you guys ?? ;))

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Follow me and Fabio on instagram for more workouts and healthy foods:

@CarolFontaneti & @1FabioNunes

Stay focused,

XoCarol ;)

First published in 2015, updated in 2020

 


Shop for a good cause

A trip down memory lane! Founder Lonneke Engel and the other girls that supported Organice Your Life organized many events in New York City over the past decade to bring awareness to different causes. Let's check out this one shop for a cause event!

Shop for a good cause party

April 26th 2011 Fabiola Beracasa, Lonneke Engel and Valentina Zelyaeva hosted a charity event in one of the most beautiful vintage boutiques in New York called“Use Your Head”.  (a great name if you want to become more aware of your choices in life!) The owner of the shop, Henry Buhl (Founder of ACE), was kind enough to let us make this event happen. And of course, charming Brazilian manager of the shop – Carlos Barbosa- was a shining star of the night!

Organizing for the party

Lonneke, Carlos and Valentina spent hours during the week before the party organizing the store. The result? A very beautiful high-end looking boutique with clothes displayed beautifully! We were very proud of it. Lonneke said she is going to volunteer more often to help the store stay in good shape! During the party, we all got together with our friends to shop and/or donate our unwanted and gently used clothes.

Profits going to ACE New York

All the profits made a the store, go 100% to  “ACE” , which is a New York organization that helps homeless off the street and back to work, as well as improve communities and clean the streets of Downtown NYC.

Sponsors

It was a fun night where “Organic Avenue” (unfortunately out of business these days) provided us with fresh alkaline water and samples of freshly made juices for everyone. People could ask questions about the cleanses we were doing together with the other OYL contributors and even sign up for it. People got 20% discount on the LOVEdeep 3-day cleanse by using the code "OYLDEEP" at checkout when buying the 3-day LOVEDEEP cleanse at Organic Avenue , they would get 20% discount!

Also a big Thank you for the girls from Organic Avenue who had a wonderful display at our party! And for those who weren’t doing a juice cleanse, we were serving organic sparkling wine. (provided by Valentina! )

La Perla had donated a few amazing dresses! And top-model Doutzen Kroes donated beautiful high-end designer clothing worth thousands of dollars.

A special Thank You goes out to “NAGO” capoeira academy for their donations and presence.

Win- Win

It feels great to have a party and in the meantime raise money for a good cause!

Here some of the photos from the event! Images made by Josh Wong Photography

From Left to Right: OYL's Kate Dillon, Munemi Imai, Lonneke Engel, Valentina Zelyaeva.
Use Your Head shop manager Carlos Barbosa and friend.
Valentina and friends shopping for a good cause!
Lonneke talking to 2 people from New York Magazine.
Fabiola Beracasa and her crew.
Organic Avenue supplied their signature alkaline water and juice samples.
Valentina & friend.

Models love to shop vintage!

Lonneke & Valentina with The Organic Avenue team!
Fabiola & Lonneke checking out the store for great designer must-haves!

All profits went 100 % to charity and the shop was run by volunteers. Use Your Head was located at 262 Mott street in NYC. They went out of business a few years ago unfortunately :(  But you can still support the homeless people of Soho and beyond by going to ACE New York.

Love, 

Team OYL

First published on April 28th 2011, updated in 2020

 

 


chopped pieces of rhubarb

Rhubarb compote

I always thought working with rhubarb was a difficult task. the pieces are big and you don't know what to do with it at first. But then if you actually take time to get to know more about this vegetable  (like with most things in life) you find out it is not difficult to make amazing recipes with it! Some consider it a fruit, but it is really a vegetable with supposedly a lot of vitamin C.

What to do with rhubarb

So what can you do with rhubarb? First of all: DO NOT eat the leaves, they are highly toxic, even more after cooking. But you can cook the stalks, and it can become a yummy dish. Scientists seem to be not sure what the exact health benefits are of rhubarb, if any, but I like to eat it!

Rhubarb compote

What is mostly done is wash the rhubarb, then chop it in pieces, and cook it for 10 minutes with a small spoon of sugar to sweeten it a bit, until the rhubarb pieces becomes soft. You can also add cinnamon and/or lemon juice. Then you take a blender and make a smooth blend of it. You can then let it cool off and use it over your yoghurt in the morning. Or you can make a rhubarb cobbler, pie or any other dish with it. Served hot it is also nice as a condiment with your dinner instead of apple sauce. So many options!

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chopped rhubarb
chopped pieces of rhubarb
chopped pieces of rhubarb
Cooking rhubarb
Cooking rhubarb
Blended cooked rhubarb
Blended cooked rhubarb
Rhubarb compote and oatmeal
Rhubarb compote and oatmeal

 

I eat it in the morning as breakfast with my oatmeal and some cinnamon. Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke


Daily NYC Lockdown update

The coronavirus has finally made it to New York City. I am here to tell you daily what is going on. 

I am a homebody by heart, so I have been preparing for this NYC lockdown all my life it feels like! It feels NYC has finally adjusted to my lifestyle. I am going to keep you posted on what is really going on in NYC and what I have to deal with as a resident of this amazing city. So subscribe to my channel  and chat with me daily at 3.30pm!

READ MORE: Be prepared for the Coronavirus

And see all the other daily videos HERE: LONNEKE ENGEL YOUTUBE NYC LOCKDOWN UPDATE.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvxmpRJh0Sc

 

Love, Lonneke


Eliminate Plastic Waste

 Riding the waves and spouting full force, a pod of slender black and white orca whales are in pursuit of the season’s salmon:

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My work as a whale researcher

These were my days spent as a whale researcher in Puget Sound back in 2002. Our research topic: killer whale behavior.

During my first months as a researcher I soon came to realize that the animal I had come to adore, a totemic species in the Pacific Northwest, was deeply threatened by a silent, stealthier killer. A killer that disintegrates and seeps under your skin, accumulates on micro levels and is just simply impossible to get rid of: PLASTIC.

READ MORE: How quickly plastic nanoparticles can get into marine life

To us Westerners living in a consumerist society plastic has become a commodity, a necessity, a way of living, perhaps saving lives in the form of plastic syringes but also bringing luxury in the form of stylized computers. For marine animals and the ocean, however, plastic has turned into a nightmare. Turtles ingest plastic bags mistaking them for jellyfish, dolphins get entangled in fishing nets and birds swallow pellets formed by plastic debris floating in the ocean.

READ MORE: How sea turtles are dying because of plastic

It's a big World with a lot of plastic waste

One may ask where all this plastic goes. Surely my plastic bottle must be recycled and transformed into a new one. If not, the world is big enough to handle a few extra billion tons of plastic waste each year.

This could not be further from the truth. Tragically, in the U.S., only 20% of plastic bottles that are thrown away get recycled. The other 80% gets dumped into landfills or reaches the ocean. Most of our waste today is made up of plastic. Plastic, which is made from petroleum, takes centuries to degrade. In fact, “every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists, except for a small amount that has been incinerated, is releasing toxic chemicals”.

The Pacific Ocean is now famous for its infamous “Pacific Garbage Patch”, a swirling vortex of plastic debris and trash twice the size of Texas – the biggest landfill in the world.

The Atlantic Ocean is forming a patch of its own, as is the Indian Ocean. What is even more alarming is that plastic disintegrates, breaking down into smaller particles (polymers) yet never fully biodegrading, the process by which material decays and is absorbed back into the environment. What this means, literally, is that our oceans are turning into plastic.

It's a small World with plastic waste after all

What will happen to the whale called Killer? Orca whales are now regarded as some of the most toxic animals on Earth due to the rapid accumulation of harmful chemicals into their bodies. The pods in the Pacific Northwest have been put on the endangered species list, but to what avail?

In November 2009, Lonneke Engel, Eyal Amir and myself held a party–Pura Vida– in honor of the oceans and how to lessen our impact on our planet by promoting the use of sustainable, eco-friendly, reusable bottles. Although the subject of plastic, its toxic by-products and how this affects our planet is an extremely complex one to which there are no easy solutions, every action counts and every step is a step in the right direction.

At Organice Your Life we believe change starts at the individual level. It is with this in mind that OYL hopes to inspire you and provide you with the tips and knowledge on how to live a sounder and eco-friendlier life, a life that is better for body and planet.

We hope you enjoy this issue and as Margaret Mead once said:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Kick The Plastic Habit - What can YOU do to eliminate plastic waste

Refuse & Reduce

  • Use an eco-friendly, BPA free, reusable bottle. This is better for your health and friendlier for the environment.
  • Ditch the plastic bag: carry an eco-friendly canvas tote with you at all times.
    Select fresh, local fruits and vegetables as opposed to pre-packed.
  • Prepare your lunch at home with fresh ingredients (not packaged in plastic) and carry it with you in a glass container.
  • Stop using plastic cutlery. Use real silverware whenever you can. Keep a few real knives and forks at the office or, when ordering-in, specifically ask not to include paper napkins and plastic silverware.

 

Re-use & Recycle

  • By shopping at eco-friendly stores you support the reuse of plastic and the recycling of waste materials.
 Examples like Freitag.
  • If you have leftover plastic bags bring them to a grocery store that recycles them, or use them instead of regular garbage bags.

 

Be Inspired

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyBENefmcH4

Above all, encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same!

By Anne-Marie van Dijk, Model & founder of CLEANSE, One Body One Planet.
First published on OYL in 2011, updated in 2019

Lonneke chilling in the park

Picnic!

What is a fun activity to do, when the weather is nice, that doesn't cost a lot of money? Something that is active as well, and a great time with friends?

A Picnic in the park!

Invite your best friends, and together go to a nice park/forest or field. Take a bike or walk, instead of a car, it is better for the environment and for your fitness too!

What do you need?

  • A sturdy large blanket, for everyone to sit on.
  • Good food( like baguettes, cheeses, fresh fruits, pasta salads, homemade hummus, veggies to grill etc)
  • Water and Drinks
  • Cool Box to put the drinks in.
  •  BBQ to grill food
  • Plates/cups/napkins/cutlery for everyone. Preferably made from recycled materials, or good to reuse.
  • Frisbee, (American) Football or any other fun sports to play outside( good for a workout!)
  • A board game, or a book
  • Some music ( not too loud!)
  • Umbrella against the sun, or (hopefully not) against the rain.

Where I go for a picnic

I love picnics!  for instance in Central Park, or at the Hudson River in NYC. I like biking there with some good stuff in my back pack. My friends are joining me, so fun!

Lonneke chilling in the park
Lonneke chilling in the park

Important tips when picnicing in the USA

  • Make sure you leave everything clean when you leave.
  • Don't show any opened or unopened alcohol bottles or cans. Put beer and wine in a brown bag. I know because I got a ticket once for a bottle of wine that was unopened (we were drinking only kombucha tea at that time) but since it rolled out of our shopping bag and was a bit visible, the park's officer thought it was appropriate to ticket everyone one of us, while our neighbor was actually drinking a beer, but in a brown bag. Oh well, those are the rules I guess, we did not see the wine fell out of the shopping bag. So good tip for you when having a picnic!

Love, Lonneke

p.s. if your area still has social distancing implemented, please take that into account!


Organice Your Home

Organize Your Life: Make Your House Your Home

The first step in the Organice Your Life circle of 5 is : Organice Your Home. Let me give you a short introduction to how you make your house your home!

Organice Your Life - Circle of FiveTo start “organizing your life in an organic and nice way", also known as "Organice Your Life", you should start with your home base, and do a complete inventory and organization of it. You can’t see clearly what part of your life needs improvement, when the place you live or staying at, is not organized. A cluttered home equals a cluttered mind. Whether it is your home or a temporary stay, you need to know what your foundation is made of. See your life as a house. You can’t build a solid house from the ground up, if the foundation is weak. Your place of residence is your foundation. So, how does it look? Start first by cleaning up, organizing and fixing things. Maybe adding some TLC . After "organicing" your home, you know exactly what you have, what you don’t have, what you need or don’t need. Getting rid of things feels like eliminating toxic waste. Plus, next time you go shopping you only buy what you truly need. By making the place you live comfy and nice, will make everybody present feel good.

The Five steps to Organice your Home

1. Organice Your Living Spaces

Settling the different areas of your house. 

The layout of your home is very important to create a good "flow". Are all the rooms and spaces used the right way? Is all the furniture in the best place? Maybe reorganize and make it flow better!

READ MORE: Organize your Bathroom

2. Organice Your Household

Managing the cleaning & organizing of your house.

Hygiene is important. Find a routine in cleaning your home. The more of a routine you have, the more clean and organized your space will look most of the time, and you won't create a big mess that takes even longer to clean up! This way you will also know where everything is. When you need those items, they are easier to find.

READ MORE: Oven cleaning

3.  Organice Your Home Design

Making your house feel like home.

This is all about renovation and interior design of your home!  Paint and the right furniture, pictures, you name it. A little bit of updating here and there, painting and maybe a new piece of furniture? Add those special ornaments that mean so much to you, or those pictures that bring back memories.

READ MORE: Renovating my Bathroom

4. Organice Your Home Ambiance

Bringing some nice atmosphere to your home.

You can create a nice "vibe" by adding the right lights and candles, heat, scents and a good air flow. Anything that makes you "feel" great inside your home! I love salt lamps, essential oils, little candles and an air purifier to help the environment of my space.

READ MORE: salt lamps

5. Organice Your Home: Flora & Fauna

Taking care of your plants and pets, indoors and outdoors.

Plants can be beneficial for the air quality and bring joy to a home. They need care and attention just like your children, pets, relationships and of course, yourself.

READ MORE: Vertical Garden

Many households have pets. These loving animals also need their space in your home. When you have given them a spot that they love too, you will see the whole home is coming together just right.

READ MORE: A Dog is part of the family

Get a schedule together for the care of your plants. Get a schedule for the care of your pets. Make it a routine and they will do really well.

Start organizing your home by following these steps and think about how you can make your house your home!

Love, Lonneke