April 2, 2014

4 Words for 2014: Clean

It is April and we are officially through the first 1/4 of the year.  At the beginning of 2014, I wrote this post about my 4 words for 2014.  It's my version of a resolution this year.  My first word was clean.  You can see the different posts I've written about "clean" by clicking here, but today I'm going to do a little recap.

Let's look at the different areas in life that I wanted to clean up:

Think twice about what I'm eating.  I'm going to call this a win.  I have weekends that don't go well in the clean eating department, but I have made some serious changes in what I consume.  The 2 best things we've made part of our routines are juicing and meal planning.

Keep our apartment clean.  I still have some work to do on this one.  I did stick with my initial resolution of not leaving clothes in the washer or the dryer for more than 15 minutes.  I haven't finished my closet reorganization, but it's on the schedule and I'm determined.

Mail.  We have gone officially paperless for all bills.  Happy mailboxes are filled with packages and letters from grandma, not bills.

Yoga.  Fail.  I have a 30 day yoga challenge on my 30 before 30 list, so I will for sure be diving in this year at some point, just not yet.

Declutter.  This is my favorite part about living in an apartment.  We don't have much room, so we don't buy as much stuff.  Clothes are constantly being donated as well as books.  If we don't need it, we don't keep it.  It's amazing.  I keep Steph's 10 tips on Decluttering handy all the time so we are forced to keep things simple and clean.

Take good care of my skin.  This is where I learned the most in the last 3 months.  I read a book called No More Dirty Looks and learned a ton about the cosmetics industry.  I highly recommend it, especially if you're trying to "clean" out your life.  The US does not have strict regulations on cosmetics which leads to a whole lot of crappy stuff in your lotion, soaps and make up.

There is still a ton for me to learn about this, but I have made some immediate changes.  I've switched my deodorant, my shampoo/conditioner, my shower gel/soap, my toothpaste and my nail polish.  In the future, I'll be shopping for a new brand of sunscreen and lotion.


I could probably write a whole post on this and my new favorite products and maybe I will when I find a good sunscreen and lotion.  I recommend checking out the book or their blog here.

My internet space.  This was my favorite.  I cleaned out old college pictures that never should have made it to the internet, I cleared out people from my Facebook list, I cleared out blogs that I don't read anymore for one reason or another.  I'm still working on my email - it's terrifying out out of control that has gotten.

So that's my first word of the year and I think I've successfully made some lifestyle changes.  It's a constant learning experience and I've grown to really enjoy it.  Thank you to everyone that has given me suggestions, tips and recipes.  Keep them coming.


  1. girllllll! i love this post. i'm a HUGE fan of natural skin care and makeup and since i made the switch years ago, my skin has never been better.

    my fav sunscreen for face: consonant body The Perfect Sunscreen
    my fav skin care line for moisturizers etc: Pure + simple
    my fav makeup: la bella donna
    my fav skin oil: organic argan oil (by Now Solutions)
    my fav sunscreen for the body (beaver or badget sunscreen). i also use this for my daughter. sunscreen has THE MOST chemicals so we go for physical blocks and stay out of the sun

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

  2. Love, love, love this post. You are killing it with the goals! I need to start doing something like this.

  3. You've done a fabulous job! I'm glad my decluttering tips are helping.

    Yes to Cucumber wipes are crucial to my arsenal.

  4. I have anxiety about the time it will take to clean out my internet space, but it's a MUCH need something to do.

  5. I've never heard of that book but I am going to look into the website and book! I've been trying to use cleaner products, but it's harder than I realized. I need to work on better clean eating, and basically everything else you listed up there! It sounds like you did an awesome job with the past three months!

  6. Wow, I can't believe the year is a quarter over. Yipes. Anywho, you are kicking some "clean" ass! You still have 3/4's of the year to kick more ass! LOVE the Yes To line.

  7. I almost miss living in an apartment because it was so much easier to clean. One story, a few rooms, and done.

  8. Yikes, I think you just pointed out that the year was 1/4 over. Can't believe it! And that means I'm getting married in like 4 months? OMG!

  9. Way to go! These are some great changes. I've been super obsessed with all the crap in cosmetics, etc. I'm checking that book out ASAP!

  10. Ooo... I want to read that book about makeup now! It sounds interesting! I love learning about stuff like that.

  11. Laundry is the worst! I don't even count it as "cleaning." It gets it's own category. Good job on your resolutions! I have some that have been really up and down - I'd probably be a little embarrassed to post my "progress" but I really like the idea of quarter of the year check ins.

    Jenn | Business, Life, & Design

  12. Love this! I'm trying to clean out for a move, so I know how hard it is, even when you're in a small apartment, to have lots of "stuff." Good luck with the rest of your words!


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