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Video: Weekend makeover: De-clutter in 48 hours

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updated 3/25/2013 8:17:44 AM ET 2013-03-25T12:17:44

Ready to part with the excuses and tackle the task of commandeering your life? Jill Martin and Dana Ravich's "The Weekend Makeover" will guide you through the steps of redefining your closet, your look, your life and more. Here's an excerpt.


I don't have time. I don't have energy.

I have a family to take care of. I'm too busy with work.

It's too overwhelming. I'm going to start on Monday.

Sound familiar? We've heard all those excuses before. (Truth be told, we've used a few ourselves from time to time.) No more excuses! It's time for a new program--one that will get you motivated, organized, and on the road to a fabulous and confident new you!

Facing an overhaul in any area of your life can be daunting, and we want you to be successful. So for each chapter of this book, we ask for one weekend. One weekend--just 48 hours--to make a significant change in your diet, your closet, your relationships, even your vacation plans. Can you give us that? Can you give yourself that?

The reason we designed this book as a series of "weekend makeovers" is simple. First, a weekend is a block of time that, with a little planning, can be set aside for a single purpose. It is rare that you ever get a moment during the week, let alone a decent chunk of time, to focus on anything other than work, family, and, well, life. Things are usually calmer and quieter over the weekend, allowing you to focus on realistically putting new goals in motion. Weekends are also less disruptive to the rest of the people in your life. This makes it much easier to set aside your regular responsibilities without feeling guilt! Remember: A weekend makeover is not time "off"; it's time well spent to improve your life.

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If you are single or living on your own, it may be fairly easy to block out an entire weekend. If you are married with kids, guess what? You still need to take care of you. Sure, it requires a little planning to arrange for your husband to schedule his own activities or to organize extra playdates for the kids or a weekend at Grandma and Grandpa's--but clearing your house will give you the necessary space to focus on the task at hand. (We're guessing your husband probably won't mind being asked to spend the day out golfing!) Start getting into the mind-set that you deserve this solo time--we have a feeling that most often you're taking care of everyone else, right?

So, single or married, kids or no kids, whatever your situation, the first step is allowing yourself to allot a weekend (guilt free!) for self-improvement. And believe us, if you have a partner and kids, they will thank you for it. You'll be amazed at how a happier, healthier you makes for a happier, healthier household. You know how when you're listening to safety instructions on an airplane, the flight attendants tell you to put your oxygen mask on first? Same thing here.

In each chapter, we teach you how to make over a different area of your life. You'll learn how to jump-start each makeover with projects that you can complete over the course of one weekend. You'll also learn how to incorporate useful, practical tools that will keep you on the road to success throughout the week and for the rest of your life!

You deserve to have a healthy and fit body, a clear and calm mind, a clutter-free and relaxing home, and a fulfilling social, family, and romantic life. And you can get there, one weekend at a time! You can read the chapters in order if you'd like, or pick the most important or urgent area for change and tackle that topic first. You will see, though, as you finish the makeovers (especially if you follow the chapters in order), that there is overlap in the practice and time commitment. This makes it easier to build on previous makeovers and supports your efforts by giving you confidence and motivation as you go. By the time you've completed all 12 chapters, you will have given yourself a completely new start to a life where you can grow, flourish, and enjoy every moment!

Are you ready? Ready to commit? Ready to change? Ready to be the happiest, healthiest, best you possible? We thought so. Let's get started!

Excerpted from THE WEEKEND MAKEOVER by Jill Martin and Dana Ravich Copyright © 2013 by Jill Martin and Dana Ravich. Excerpted by permission of Rodale. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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