I have been working super hard on my room these past few months. I think that my room is always going to be a work in progress. I think everything in our lives including us is a work in progress. But I have always been switching things up and never really been completely happy about my room. But I would like to change that and really figure out what I really like (not saying this is how it is forever) so I thought I would give some tips and tricks to you who wants to do the same. And I must say it has been so much fun to do!

I have been really into decluttering the past six months and I have enjoyed getting rid of any clutter there might be and I am still throwing things away. Things that aren't ruined go to the thrift store and things that are just goes out. There is no need to keep old and ruined things anymore. You could go all out and do everything all at once, like I did one evening which took 5 hours or you can do it little by little, day by day which is a lot easier and doesn't take too much energy - here is a 10 day decluttering plan:

Want more decluttering? Here is 10 things to get rid of right now.

Check out these tips on how to keep your room tidy + get a good energy in your space.

Day 1:
Email subscriptions
Go through your email subscriptions and unsubscribe from any you don't really read and lost interest in. This will definitely declutter your email inbox and now when you are already there go through your emails and delete old emails, not important emails and what else there might be there that you won't really need.

Day 2:
Throw away any books you haven't picked up and have been sitting on your shelf for a long time. You will not get to it if you always reach for other books. Throw away any books you don't really like because well.. why have books you don't like when you can have more books you love? And throw away any books you won't read again.
Also go through your To Be Read list and remove any books you have lost interest in and books that has been there forever but you never pick up. If you haven't picked it up before why would you now?

Day 3:
Toiletries can quickly pile up with tons of products you didn't even know you had. Today you get rid of everything you don't use, everything you still have that's empty and everything you don't really like. If you want to take it a step further, try to minimize your products, of course use what you have left and don't repurchase the same or similar product if you didn't absolutely love it.

Day 4:
Unfollow, unfriend, unsubscribe on social media
Go through Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest whatever social media you might have and unfollow any accounts that doesn't inspire you, make you happy or give something to your life. Go through your Facebook page and unfriend unnecessary 'friendships' on Facebook that you don't really care about. And go through Youtube and unsubscribe to any channel that you don't feel like watching any more. 

Day 5:
Declutter your wallet and bags
Get rid of old receipts that just clutter your wallet and anything in your wallet that may be there but you don't use. If you have receipts for a big purchase that you would like to save in case it gets ruined or something then put them somewhere else, maybe a folder or a box so you don't have to carry it around everywhere. 

Day 6:
Go through your stationary and declutter anything that might not work anymore or anything you just don't use because what is the point of keeping that? Go through all your pens and see if they still work or if they have dried out. Sharpen all your pencils so they are ready for use. 

Day 7:
If you are like me you most likely have a lot of mugs. Who doesn't love a good mug? It is time to go through all them and get rid of any mugs that are chipped, old or mugs you don't reach for anymore. And if you have a lot of tea, go through all of them and see if there are some you don't really drink anymore and get rid of those too. 

Day 8:
Old nail polishes
I don't have any nail polish and I don't intent on getting any because well, I just don't care about nail polish but back in the days I used to have a few and even though they were all thick and dry I still kept them and don't even ask me why. Because to be honest I don't know. Get rid of any nail polish that is too old to use or any nail polishes you don't love the color of. 

Day 9:
Unfinished projects
Have a lot of projects everywhere that needs your attention? I most certainly do and it is time to let go of those who has been on my list for a long time. Maybe there is a reason I haven't gotten around to doing them. I don't prioritize them so why bother. If you find projects you would like to finish, now is the time to do so.

Day 10:
Go through your clothes and throw out (to the thrift store) anything you don't like, anything that's ill filling, anything that's ruined or stained, anything you don't like, anything that doesn't fit (No. Do not keep that small dress you one day hope to fit into. Get rid of it now!) or anything that's time to let go of. It is absolutely great to declutter your wardrobe because you almost always find something you forgot and fall in love with it again (but if you find something you forgot you owned and it goes back to that forgotten place in your brain then get rid of it).

Love from Cami

This is kind of a 'turning this into that' where I turn thrifted finds into something they weren't necessarily made for and make it into something new. I hope that that sentence made sense. But I have really enjoyed doing that since doing  makeover in my room and it just makes you think outside the box. These are some of the ideas that has popped up whenever I was looking around in thrift stores: 

Use a jug as vases
This is probably nothing new but I just fell in love with this beautiful blue jug and sat it on top of books with some flowers in it. They just give an extra effect because they have the handle and their shape can be so elegant. It would look super cool with a lot of different shapes and sizes of vases together with beautiful flowers. 

Turn scarves or blankets into pillowcases
I was looking for something brown/gold fabric to make some pillowcases out of and I looked at the fabric section every time I went thrift shopping yet nothing catched my eye. So one day I was looking in the scarves section, which I don't do often, and here was a big piece of beautiful fabric perfect for my room. And it was so much cheaper than fabric. 

Big pot plant as table
I do not know where this idea came from but it just appeared out of no where. I really wanted a new nightstand put couldn't really find anything fitting at the thrift stores and I did not want to pay waaay to much money for something I wasn't in love with at a regular store. So what then? Well, into my mind came the idea of using a big plant pot with a tray on top. Absolutely obsessed with it! 
You can also use it as a table for beautiful plants in a corner of the room. 

Books for plant tables 
This is another 'table' idea. Originally I was going to use big books stacked on each other as a night stand but that was a bit too unsteady. But I still loved the idea of using books as stands so why not stack a bunch and use them for beautiful plants, or as seen on the picture above, for jugs turned into a vase and my Buddha statue. Love it! 
It would look super cool to have a whole wall only with many stacks of books with a plant on top. I am definitely doing that when I move out. How cool would it be to have a bunchof old books stacked in different heights with plants on top? I think very cool. (can you stop saying cool now please?) 

Frames into trays 
This is a DIY that I have already showed before but I just wanted to mention it again because it looks super good. You don't even have to glue on some pearls or beads, you could just, well use the frame as it is. I just thought it was an extra cool element and I really like how it looks. I use mine for crystals and stones but you can also use it for jewellery and laying your notebooks on it. 

Love from Cami

Last year I published my first ebook 'Raw Sweet Adventures' with 21 (now 22) sweet and absolutely delicious snack and cake recipes. Raw, vegan and filled with amazing flavors. Easy to make with ingredients you can find at a supermarket or in a health food store. 

If you are only interested in the cakes for a delicious dessert which is also absolutely delicious for breakfast the next day if there is anything left (yup, I've done that a couple times.. or maybe a hundred times..). Or if you are only interested in the small bombs perfect for a snack or to snuggle up with a movie with. Then here they are: 

Raw Sweet Cakes filled with only the most amazing raw cake recipes. 

Raw Sweet Snacks filled with the perfect sweet snack recipes to fill your sweet cravings. 

Love from Cami

Do you have a special card or picture you would like to display? This is a super easy way to display inspirational pictures because they are easy to change. I needed something to display my oracle cards and after wrapping my brain for an easy to change method this is what I came up with at it is amazing and works so well and it looks super cool. You can use any frame you want. This I found at the thrift store. If you want something similar that is where you should let your eyes wonder. 

You will need: a frame, two small clothes pins, thin yarn or string and a glue gun 

Take out the glass and backing of the frame and cut off any pieces that 'holds' the backing in place

You can also just fold them down

Use any kind of thin yarn or string 

Put the thread throught the hole in the clothes pin

Then with the pins on to the string, glue it on to the frame and cut off any excess string

Love from Cami

'I don't have time to just sit and do nothing' Well, then it's exactly the time to do just that. Meditating is key to a peaceful mind. I don't exactly know who it was but someone once said that 'The time to relax is when you don't have time for it' which is so true. You decide how busy you are. And the thing is, meditation is not 'doing nothing', meditation is the most giving thing you can give to your soul. These are just some of my tips to getting started with meditating. 

I was in the need of a new lamp shade and my mother had an idea to use a piece of lace fabric to make a lamp shade for our living room which turned out pretty well (the one used to show the DIY). I wanted to make one for myself but with a regular piece of thin lace. I absolutely love it and it is so easy to do.
As said, with the lamp I used to show the DIY we used a wider piece of lace around 15-20 cm wide which makes it more compact and textured. And then the other lamp I used a regular piece of lace round 4 cm which gives a 'tighter' look and you are able to see the pattern of the lace even more when the lamp isn't on. But let's just get into it shall we:

Being quite a messy person wanting to have a cleaned and tidied up room is quite hard actually. Constantly trying to remind myself to tidy up my room can be quite exhausting. But with a few tips, which I am going to share here, I am actually doing really well! Well.. except for the clothes that is currently on my floor from when I came home from work yesterday evening. I was just so tired and want to get out of my work clothes and under my blanket as quickly as possible. But I promise as soon as I am finished here the clothes will be gone! But before that let's get into this:

Everything should have a place
If something doesn't have a place it tends to just lie around and be in the way. Moving it to wherever has the space now. With everything having a space you know where everything is and where it needs to be. It's easier to find things and it's easier to clean up any mess that may occur.

Everything should have a purpose
When I say purpose I don't mean that everything has to be useful in the sense of scissors and pencils are useful. Yeah, they are definitely needed so they are keepers. But, I also mean useful in the way the item makes you feel. A purpose like, inspiring you, bring you joy or making you happy. Your decor should also have a purpose. A framed quote that inspires you. A picture that makes you happy. Plants that brings you joy and life. Those kinds of purposes.

Take 5-10 min out of your day to declutter your place/room
Either before you go to sleep or when you wake up so you have a clean room to start the day. 5-10 minutes is nothing compared to the hours you'll have to clean when everything is piled up and there is no way out than to get to work. By doing it every day it only takes a couple of minutes (unless you are really, really, really messy) and you'll have a calmer mind.

One day a week to clean surfaces and vacuum the floor
I don't think it's necessary to clean surfaces and vacuum your floor every day. Have one day a week, the same day, preferably, and stick to it. I am so much more motivated to get things done if there isn't dust everywhere. Vacuuming is also a really good workout, just saying, haha.

Have a treat
If you find it very very hard to tidy up your room have a treat. It could be an episode of a series. You cannot watch that episode before your room is decluttered. This can be really, really hard to follow but if you stick to it, it's the trick to get it done. No 'How to Get Away with Murder' before you have washed the dishes and cleared your room, Cami!

Having a good energy is essential. Obviously, having a clean room is key but here are a few things I have found also bring a good vibe to your room. Some of them are feng shui inspired and some are just tips I have found along the way that works really well:

Good energy in your room:

Make sure there is nothing under your bed
The absolute worst place to store things, most likely a pile of 'don't really care' is under your bed. Your bed needs to be cleared for you to have a good sleep.

Have a few flowers/plants
Living greens bring life to your room and your place. They do not have to be everywhere but just a few here and there really helps the energy in the room.

Only have things you LOVE
I have said it before but here it comes again. If you don't love it why do you have it? If you don't use it why do you have it? Getting rid of things you don't love gives the absolute best energy in your room!

Empty your bin every day or every second day
Now hear me out. Emptying your bin every day may seem extreme. But this is cluttered energy too. So by getting rid of it you have a clear energy and that will always feel best. You can just do it every other day. Take notice as what you throw out and see if you can minimize your waste. 

Fresh air at least once a day
Fresh air is essential to a good room environment! Open your window 10 - 20 minutes when you wake up will give you clear air for the day. If you want to doing it before you go to bed is amazing too.

5 minutes to clear your room from clutter
If you are a person, like me, who throws things everywhere, not really putting it at its place but instead just at the floor, then this is a good idea. Take five minutes, either before you go to bed or when you wake up to just tidy up what you have left around. This helps a lot with a clear space. And it's only five minutes. Your space will never look like a (complete) mess.

Love from Cami

My parents asked for something to decorate a bare wall we had in our living room and I went on Pinterest for some inspiration. I didn't find something but after a walk where I found some branches I got this idea. I knew that I wanted to use some of the many pearls we had and I think this looks so good. It does take a long time but I really like the result and my parents did too and that's the important thing. A little tip: Instead of hanging it with some thread you can also hammer in some nails under the branch to hold it up. Let's get into it:

Exciting news! A couple of weeks ago I shared a new ebook 'Te-Tid' on my Facebook page. But that was only available in Danish. Well, until now! You are now able to get the free ebook 'Tea Time' with amazing and healing tea recipes + tips, tricks and how to dry your own herbs and flowers. Click right here to get it, or send me an email thecolorfulreflection@gmail.com with the subject TeaTime.

Love from Cami

Welcome to 'Thrifted Treasure'! This is a new series where I show, you guessed it, thrifted treasures to inspire you to go thrifting. This is just to show how easy it is to upcycle and to give some inspiration as to what to use these thrifted treasures for. Some of them will be DIYs and some of the treasures I will use for something other that what they were made for.. if that makes any sense.

Well I can just show you, because today I am going to show you what you can use a chair for. Other than to sit on it. My mother and I found this at a thrift store and thought it was perfect for the corner of our dining room to use as display. There are so many possibilities, for now we just use it for plants and candles. You can also wrap some twinkle lights around the back-rest or you can even decorate the chair itself with some mod podge and any kind of paper.

What do you think? 

Love from Cami

A good morning is essential. A morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. For me a bad morning means a cranky day. I am still working on my morning, finding out what I like and what works for me. These are some of the tips I have found along the way that definitely better my morning which also better the rest of my day and made me so much more productive. I have already made a post about how to get shit done and how to stop procrastinating.

Have a routine
Having a routine is probably the best advice I can give. The days I wake up without doing a routine are chaotic and confusing. And I find myself not doing the things I prepared for that day. Having a routine helps you focus yet calms you mind. Humans are very routine based. But the key is to find the routine that works for you. 

Stop scrolling
A clear what not to do is reaching for your phone when you wake up. Leave your phone at your desk or on your dresser, just away from your bed. That way you won't lie in bed scrolling and scrolling when you go to bed and you won't end up reaching for it when you wake up. Instead you should: 

Do something you like
Mornings are for you. They are for waking up your inner sun and what better way to do that than doing something you love? I like something so simple as drinking a nice hot cup of tea or going for a walk in the early light. Find something that makes you happy. Something that makes you heart dance. 

A good breakfast
Food is fuel. Simple as that. Therefore a good breakfast is essential in a good morning. I will forever recommend a smoothie. With fruits and veggies and amazing seeds. Fruit is easy carbohydrates for your brain and that means easy energy. And what's not good about veggies?? And no, it does not have to taste bad. The key is dates. Dates make everything taste sweet and don't be afraid to use a lot of them. They are the balm for your body.

Recipe on the smoothie above: 
1 banana
250g thawed strawberries
1-2 handfuls of fresh spinach
A couple of slices of cucumber
7-10 dates
A handful of hemp seeds
Optional: the juice of 1 orange
Water to desired thickness

To do list
The best way to kick off your day is to have a to do list. You can choose to do this the night before or you can do it in the morning, that's really up to you and what fits your routine. A to do list is just great to get you ready for the day and you have a clear plan of what the day is going to bring. 

Off with the PJs
Now, when you are ready to get to work make sure you change out of your PJ's. I used to just keep on my PJ's and then I don't really get out of bed and I don't get anything done. But by switching out of the clothes you sleep in you let your mind and body know that it's time to get to work. 

Love from Cami

As some of you can probably tell I love me some stars. I love looking at stars outside but I also like bringing them into my decor. A couple of weeks ago I made stars our of branches which you can check out right here. Super easy and so cool! This idea came to me when I was making myself a lovely cup of tea (said in a british accent) and I wondered if you could make kind of a starry heaven with star anise. This is what I came up with and I kind of really love it!