What to do after decluttering your closet | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

So you’re done with decluttering and sorting out your clothes. Is shopping the next step!?!?! HOLD YOUR HORSES! Before going shopping, it’s important to assess how much of your current, sorted out wardrobe can still serve your needs. And then you list down what things you lack, based on your current lifestyle, activities and season in life. ENJOY THE VID!

DECLUTTERING VS. HOARDING CLOTHES | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

Here are some of my wardrobe decluttering tips that I’ve used through the years. It’s important that you do an assessment of where you currently are in life, what you do and what your activities are. You may be holding on to a lot of things that no longer serve you and your lifestyle.

Wedding Things We Spent On | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

After making a list of our essentials and nice-to-haves, it was easier for us to assess which ones we’d allot more money for in our budget. When you’re planning your wedding, it’s important to remember that:

1) advice from experienced wedding professionals is valuable but be discerning as well. There are some that I have worked with who put the welfare of their clients and fellow suppliers above all, and then there are those who have a different agenda.

2) seeking inspiration is good but ultimately, it’s still YOUR WEDDING, so your rules and preferences will take precedence. Don’t allow popular trends and peer/family pressure to dictate how you’re supposed to wed.

Hope this video helps you out. By the way, I didn’t discuss wedding coordination just yet. That’s coming up in another video.

How We Meal Plan

Aside from saving us lots of time and money, we are able to choose our ingredients well so we can create healthy and tasty meals. Our staples include tofu, sweet potato, veggie meat and grains. We season them with spices, herbs and broth.

BUILDING A PRACTICAL WARDROBE

Having a practical wardrobe doesn’t mean that you compromise your style. While it may seem like a tough thing to do at first, you will realize that dressing will become easy and you won’t have to spend excess money on things that are not right for your body and lifestyle. When I started working and earning my own keep, I was often tempted to splurge on clothes and shoes because I somewhat felt empowered that I was making my own money and I could decide where to spend it. Of course, that didn’t last for long. I made purchasing mistakes, learned to manage my money better and here I am after a decade from then, talking about these lessons so you don’t commit the same mistakes I made.

I don’t talk about #KonMari in the video, although I admire Marie Kondo’s method of decluttering and letting go of things that no longer spark joy in a person’s life. Still, there may be things in your closet that may appear to spark joy in you but is no longer functional for your current lifestyle and season. Check out the 5 Steps I talk about in the video and tell me how it goes for you in the comment section below.

Gawa, Hindi Salita

These words are a familiar sight to those who pass by huge community billboards scattered across Mandaluyong City. Whenever I take the Boni Avenue underpass, I am welcomed by the big bold letters of the city’s motto, which in English translates to “Deeds, not words.” It’s a good guiding principle that we can all incorporate into our lives–better to act in silence than make a lot of noise and not accomplish anything.

This made me think about how easy it is to impress people with the spoken word. More so, in the age of social media, lofty declarations and “action plans” can be posted online without really acting on them offline. For a moment you may impress an audience with your words but you can’t fool them for long once they see that you can’t follow through with the words you speak.

In my field of work, I come across a lot of practitioners who are so excellent with the way they communicate but fail in the implementation and application part. When it’s showtime, expect a display of knowledge, pomp and charm but when the lights go out and an audience isn’t listening or watching, you would see how they barely even work on the things they were saying earlier.

Allow me to be honest with you—a few years after graduating from college, I was also more of a SPEAKER than a DOER. Back then I thought that that behavior was acceptable, that people would learn to accept that about me but I realized that NOT DOING what I SPOKE ABOUT OR PROMISED put a dent on my integrity. If I were to get ready for leadership, I had to make sure that I acted on the words I spoke.

Two friends called my attention about that kind of behavior and I realized that when my ACTIONS DO NOT MATCH MY LOFTY WORDS, I am in a way deceiving people—making promises but not fulfilling them. I have then committed to change my ways and I’m grateful because the Lord continues to help me in the process.

Below are some tips on how you can be more of a DOER than just a mere SPEAKER:

1. Don’t make lofty declarations (both spoken and online) unless you have the actions to back it up. Are you saying/posting these things just to garner people’s approval? Are you doing it so that more people would press the LIKE button? Better not to post anything unless you are committed to following through.

2. Just do it! Yes, it’s an overused phrase. When you plan to do something, unless you’re seeking counsel and direction, you don’t have to make a “press release” of what you plan to do. Say for instance, you’re always late and it’s already affecting your work. Your attention has been called about it. Saying “I plan to come earlier” would just be an empty declaration unless you really do it!

3. Discipline yourself. Adapting the habits of a DOER won’t happen overnight but if you are committed to changing yourself, you have to learn discipline.
Borrowing these words from a Chinese proverb:

Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.


4. Ask God for help. We have to admit that we cannot fully change ourselves but in our weakness, the Lord will be our strength. He can transform lives, so He can definitely help us change habits that need to be done away with.