Downsizing, how to do it well.

Throughout our lives, we find ourselves in different stages of life. Usually, when we are older we find ourselves in the downsizing stage. This is when the kids are grown and have kids of their own and the family home is just too big to maintain for 2 people. When downsizing here are things to consider: What is the measurements…

Ten 10-Minute Decluttering Tips.

 When we look around our house and see clutter here and there, probably we can feel overwhelmed. "Where do I start?", "This will take me days to declutter!", "I don't have time to organize." All of this may feel true, but it isn't.  Here are ten ways to start with your decluttering and it will only take you 10-minutes at…

Toys, how to get rid of them and be okay with it.

It is a tough thing, to get rid of toys, but it is possible. We all fear we will get rid of a toy that our child then wants back and we fear to upset our children. There are ways around this, and we can help them to make positive choices on what toys to keep and which ones to…

Emotional Attachment

When it comes to our stuff we all have a degree of emotional attachment, hence we have stuff. When it becomes a problem is when we have a story  or a history for every item we own. From our high school jacket to a dried flower; we have a "good" reason to hold onto this item. If we hold onto…

The never ending world of laundry.

I get asked many questions about clutter and pile ups of items but the most popular one is laundry. "How can I keep on top of laundry, there are always piles of clean and dirty clothes throughout the house?" I have a couple of reasons for this; The most important thing is to ask why the folded clean clothes have…

Why I still use a paper day planner.

In an age of technology a lot of people look at me in a weird way as I take out my paper day planner to make a meeting time. Many folks use an electronic form planner on their phones. I will let you know I tried it and found it was not for me. I like to see my week…

Minimalism…my thoughts.

I just watched the documentary Minimalism that starred "the Minimalists" book tour. I found it to be well made and interesting. The premise is we are all consuming way too much as a means to try to fill the void, "the hole". We are trying to buy happiness but never will find it in stuff. The film connects with many…

Why get organized?

Many folks have said to me, "I would never pay someone to help get me organized." I can understand that, but to them I say they are missing out on many amazing outcomes from getting organized. They can continue to live in their cluttered disorganized lives, but wow they will be wasting a lot of their time. 8 reasons to…

What’s all the shame about?

Clutter is seen as a bad word for most people, therefore; if I have clutter I must be a bad person. This could not be further from the truth! Clutter usually occurs due to 3 reasons: 1. We got distracted and did not put item back where it belongs, 2. we have too much stuff or 3. we do not…

Why to let go of items.

Many people have many items in their homes, office and cottages; this is ok as long as it is not causing you any undue stress. As a professional organizer I want people to love their space and if that means having stuff then that is ok. I have one condition though, do the items make one happy? and is there…