Mindful Water Use on #WorldWaterDay

It’s World Water Day! So, what’s the big deal?

Well, access to clean water is something that many of us take for granted. Unfortunately, for so many others that simply isn’t the reality. You may be surprised to know that even in Canada, a country filled with lakes and fresh waterways, there are still communities who live with long-term boil advisories for drinking or bathing or brushing their teeth.

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So, what can we do?

Well, like with any issue of this size and scope, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the daunting task of solving the problem alone. Fortunately, we can share the burden together.

5 Mindful Ways for Water Consumption

  1. Shower shorter.
  2. A reusable water bottle is your new best friend.
  3. Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge and ice cubes in the freezer. It will save you from running the tap to get it to the right temperature.
  4. Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full.
  5. Share! Rather than dumping that extra gulp left in the pitcher, pour it into a pet’s dish or onto a houseplant.

Bonus: Never, ever, EVER buy bottled water. If you live in a community where clean drinking water is available, then you really shouldn’t be supporting water privatization by purchasing water from a company. It’s unsustainable, expensive, wasteful, and, in extreme cases, entirely stolen away from non-western communities.

Thirsty for more?

One of the best ways to embrace and enforce change is to stay informed. Here’s some reading to get you started.

Statistics Canada’s water study should spark federal action to protect water

36 eye-opening facts about water

Take back our water: How Trump’s appetite for privatization threatens your drinking water

How are you saving water this #WorldWaterDay?

A Clean Home is a Clear Mind with Maritime Cleaners + A Giveaway!

I’m not what you would call a minimalist. I love maximalist decor and I always have way too many projects on the go. Try as I might to keep things organized, my life always seems to pile up around me. I like to tell myself that my creativity emerges from chaos but, realistically, the cleaner my home is, the more I can focus on creative tasks.

I do try to stay on top of a semi-regular cleaning schedule. I vacuum the pet fur, scrub the bathroom, that sort of thing. Still, I definitely welcome some relief from those tedious tasks.

The time I could save if I didn’t have to clean adds up fast! It’s precious time that can be used for actually tackling all those half-started projects. When my space is clean, my head is clear. Cleaning is a distraction from what I really love and want to do.

I partnered with local Halifax cleaning company Maritime Cleaners and, in addition to having a great team take cleaning off my hands, I was also given the gift of a clear mind and a weekend free from worrying about the mop and bucket.

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Raise your hand if your first instinct when people are coming over is to CLEAN! Well, that’s me! Thankfully I was reassured that all I needed to do was a basic tidy so that Maritime Cleaners could tackle the deep cleaning.

Maria and Khaled arrived armed with all the supplies they needed and wonderful friendly attitudes that assuaged my guilt for how long I had let some of my chores go. (Yeah, I’ll show you…)

The Results

I cannot describe the sparkle that was left in my home by Maria and Kahled. Not only did they successfully tackle the really grimy stuff, but they were so thorough.

One of the downsides of having 2 cats and a dog is that fur is EVERYWHERE. Somehow it even ends up on ledges behind rarely-opened curtains. Tucked behind my bed this spot is, truthfully, very easy to overlook. Well, Maritime Cleaners found and de-furrified those pesky fur traps.

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If you still need some convincing, here’s where I really bare my sins. Okay. Please don’t judge me.

Promise?

Cross your heart and hope to cry?

Okay, here’s what my tub was in all its scummy glory. (Sorry, Mom.)

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Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m a monster.

Enter Maritime Cleaners.

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SPARKLING CLEAN. Jones will not get out of it. He’s a picky fella and, apparently, is revelling in the new cleanliness of the bathroom.

Seriously. It’s his new favourite hangout.

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Not only did they conquer all the worst cleaning chores, but Maria and Kahled also did a very thorough sweep and mop on the floors before they wrapped up.

Talk about commitment to a job well done!

There is something so serene about putting your feet up at the end of a long week and knowing that your weekend chores are already taken care off. Total clear mind.

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Think you could benefit from a clean home and a clear mind? Do it. Maritime Cleaners has generously offered a great deal for Halitrax readers. Just follow this link and use the discount code HALITRAX to get 15% off a clean!

Readers can also ENTER HERE to win a FREE standard clean and a luxury box from Made By Collection. The contest for a Maritime Cleaners clean runs until March 27th, 2017 and includes multiple chances to win. I’m crossing my fingers for you!

 

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International Women’s Day 2017

It’s International Women’s Day and the Twitterverse is filled with positive and constructive conversations about change. I just wanted to leave a little reminder about the importance of equity, which takes into account that not everyone starts life with the same opportunities, and also that not everyone faces the same barriers.

So here’s to a great International Women’s Day. I hope you spend it thinking about ways to empower others and empower yourself so that we can all move towards equality together.

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~Krista @halitrax