Declutter for the New Year

A new year is here and you’re ready to take control of your life. It’s a widely known fact that an organized home leads to an organized life, or at least that’s what our mothers have always told us. But in reality, it’s possible that that actually is a fact. Humans are sensory beings; we continue to take in information whether it’s relevant or not, as a necessary survival tactic. Whether that information is a lion ready to spring from the grasses or the overflowing stack of books in your home in Suffolk or Portsmouth, your brain takes in information from your surroundings. It follows, then, that de-cluttering gives your brain less information to process because there’s less stuff to process and allows you to better focus on more important things. In this article, we’re going to help you figure out how to de-clutter for the New Year. There are many ways to de-clutter, so we’re going to dip into ways to de-clutter your house, your schedule, and your mind.

De-clutter your House

It’s great to not be wasteful and hang on to things you might need in the future. But it’s not great to be so bogged down by all of the stuff you might need and have to waste your time going through all of that stuff to get to something you actually do need. For example, garages are meant to house cars and other means of active transportation. Garages are not meant to hold ten boxes of Christmas decorations you will only pull out once a year, five boxes of baby clothes you keep meaning to take to your niece, and eight boxes of stuff you haven’t had time to go through. Get rid of it. If you haven’t needed it in the past year, you don’t need it now. Donate it to the closest place you can in Suffolk or Portsmouth. All of it. Make sure there isn’t anything you really, truly need to keep and then get rid of the rest. Seriously, you don’t need all of those mementos, and neither do your kids, grandkids, cousins, or anyone else.

De-clutter your Schedule

Is there something you really want to do, to be, to learn? The only way you’re going to get there is to take the time to take out all of the extras that you really don’t need. Do you spend a chunk of time every day doing something that doesn’t contribute to your happiness? These aren’t necessities like walking the dog or getting done your housework, but extras like having a Netflix marathon or playing video games for hours. Unless you’re planning to be a movie, TV, or video game critic, these things are not contributing to your happiness. Stop wasting your time with diversions and start spending your time investing in your dreams. Your life is not just going to show up and be what you want it to be. You have to go out there and make it happen. Take control so you can be proud of all that you’ve accomplished.

How to Declutter for the New Year

De-clutter your Mind

When you take control of your life, you earn the supreme reward of spending your life the way you want. Keeping all of those things you don’t really need and spending your time on things that aren’t contributing to your lifelong happiness, isn’t contributing to living the life you want to live. Take the time to invest in yourself, invest in the life you want to live, and invest in a clear mind so you can truly focus on your future. De-cluttering doesn’t happen in a day, it’s not supposed to. But if you take the time to do it little-by-little in the places that mean the most, you’ll start to see the big changes it can make. Each thing that you own, each activity that owns your schedule, each person in your life is an attachment to something other than yourself. With so many attachments, you can feel as though you’re being pulled by strings and there’s no way to break free. You just have to decide to let the strings go, one by one, and before you know it, you’ll be free as a bird to do and be who and what you want to be. Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square would like to wish you and your family a happy new year. If you’d like to start the New Year off right with a new 2015 Ford model, stop by today and we will schedule you for a test drive.

Polar Plunge Virginia Beach, VA

Your ultimate guide to the 2015 Polar Plunge in Virginia Beach is here!

Polar plunges across the country raise funds for a variety of charitable organizations ranging from police departments to public school recreational programming. The Polar Plunge Winter Festival in Virginia Beach raises money for one of the best causes. In the United States, it is estimated that 4.6 million people have a developmental or intellectual disability. The Virginia Beach Polar Plunge raises funds to provide free programming for both children and adults with intellectual disability.

The theme for this year’s Polar Plunge Winter Fest is “The (Bow) Ties that Bind Us,” and takes place in Virginia Beach from February 6th through the 7th. The 2015 festival will include four great challenges with a variety of prizes and raffles. Prizes include t-shirts, beach towels, bow ties, and a chance to win some great prices including a $100 Walmart gift card, Water Country fun cards, Busch Gardens fun cards, two-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge, a $500 Walmart gift card, an Over the Edge Spot with helmet cam, hotel vouchers, and more.

On February 6th a Cool School Challenge will be held for students and teachers. Together, they’ll take a plunge into the ocean wearing bowties and sharing their pride. On February 7th three more events will take place. The Plunge 5K is a great 5K race for stroller pushers, walkers, and runners of any age. Online registration ends on February 1st but you can register on event day for $40. The Pee Wee Plunge will be held for plungers aged 10 and under. These tiny humans will plunge in to a cold (cool) kiddie pool and be entered to earn prizes. And the Polar Plunge will follow with over 3,500 plungers braving the Atlantic Ocean. The average water temperature of the Atlantic in early February is in the mid 30s. Plungers of all ages must raise at least $100 to participate in the plunge. Other events during this festive weekend include costume contests and a costume parade.

This event is a fundraiser above all, and a fun event second. Remember that you have to raise $100 to plunge, so getting those donations is huge. Make it a fun event and go door to door in your neighborhood with a group of other plungers, ask friends and family, or save up to donate on your own. Don’t be afraid to ask coworkers, teachers, and strangers for a donation. You never know who will be willing to contribute to the cause.

This year’s plunge is sponsored by FM99 WNOR, News Channel 3, 106.9 The Fox, WGNT, Virginia Natural Gas, Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia, Knights of Columbus, Booz/Allen/Hamilton, Walmart, Hardees, Free Agents Marketing, United, Health Journal, Yelp. TJ Max, and more.

The event will take place on the oceanfront between 9th and 6th streets in Virginia Beach. In Richmond, Southwest Virginia, and Northern Virginia smaller plunges will take place for those who want to do more or who can’t attend the plunge in Virginia Beach. Local hotels will have special rates for those plunging, and local vendors will sell sandwiches and hot drinks in the heated Plunge tent.

Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square would like to wish you and your family a happy New Year. If buying a new 2015 Ford model is on your bucket list of things to do for 2015, stop by and see us to test drive 2015 Ford models.

Winter Activities Around Virginia Beach

When you’re looking for great winter festivals around Virginia Beach, you’ll find a whole list of fun events. But we’ve narrowed it down to what we think are the top three events in the area.

The Bacchus Wine & Food Festival at the Virginia Living Museum will take place this year on February 6th. The food and wine festival will feature samples of fine wines and delicious foods from local restaurants and wineries. Live music, silent auctions and great company with friends, neighbors, and colleagues make this an event you’ll remember.

Bacchus Wine and Food Festival From 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. guests will enjoy highly rated wines with priority access to tastings from all restaurants. The main event takes place from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. and includes wines and fare from local restaurants including Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant, The Point at Phoebus, Tucano’s Brazillian Grill, Montero’s Restaurant Bar and Catering, Schlesinger’s/Opus 9 and more. The event is sponsored by Old Point National Bank, Thomas Nelson Community College, Virginia Health Services, and more. Proceeds from this event will support the Virginia Living Museum’s community science education programs. Virginia Living Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News, VA, just a 45 minute drive from central Virginia Beach.

The Winter Wildlife Festival takes place at Great Neck Recreation Center from February 5th through the 8th. Registration for the festival is free, but you’ll want to check out the registration form to sign up for some of the great events going on. There are so many things to learn, people to hear speak, and fun things to do including a rain barrel workshop, Cape Henry tour, and a Pleasure House Point birding event. Workshops, exhibits, and activities for children and adults are just a few of the wonders offered at this winter festival. Great Neck Recreation Center is located at 2521 Shorehaven Drive in Virginia Beach. Register online or at the registration center front desk during regular hours. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M., on Friday from 6:00 A.M. to 8:30 P.M., on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., and on Sunday from 11:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Visit the event website for more information or to sign up to be an exhibitor.
The Polar Plunge Winter Festival will be held in Virginia Beach from February 6th through the 7th. The event includes a Cool School Challenge plunge, Plunge 5K, Pee Wee Plunge, and Polar Plunge as well as a great festival of events. The festival will include a fun costumer contest and costume parade, as well as delicious offerings from local food vendors. Each plunger raises a minimum of $100 to go toward hosting free community events for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. All plungers will be entered to win some great prizes all according to their level of fundraising including t-shirts, beach towels, hotel vouchers, Busch Garden fun cards, Water Country fun cards, and even gift cards. The event will take place on the oceanfront between 6th and 9th streets in Virginia Beach.

No matter where you choose to spend your time this winter, Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square hopes you have a wonderful time with friends, family, great food, and great fun! Stop by and see us if you are in the market for a new 2015 Ford and we will schedule you for a test drive