Expectations for the Upcoming Holidays

December’s almost upon us.  Shopping, decorating and entertaining!  We knock ourselves out every holiday season trying to make it perfect, and then often feel empty and unfulfilled when it’s all over. What’s that all about?  Well before it all starts again this year, ask yourself, “What is it that I want from this time of … Read more

A Quality Experience

A trip to the world’s largest furniture market sure can change your perspective on things. In April and October every year a hundred thousand buyers make the trek to Highpoint, North Carolina to see the latest trends, meet with suppliers and manufacturers, and if they own a store, order furniture, lighting, fabric and accessories for … Read more

Art: Original vs Mass Produced

I recently attended an excellent presentation with Andrea Smith, Executive Director of Teichert Gallery in Halifax.  Andrea spoke to members of the Nova Scotia Interior Decorators Association as part of our Annual General Meeting and Professional Development Day. Andrea shared her knowledge of how we can introduce original art into our lives, general rules for … Read more

The Importance of Focus

For the last few weeks I have been working with four siblings who are downsizing their parent’s possessions in the family home they lived in for 50 years. One parent has passed and the other is no longer able to live alone. In the next few months, the family home will be listed for sale … Read more

Furnishing Tiny Spaces

Although I absolutely love working with small spaces to maximize storage and function, finding the right furniture pieces to fit are often a challenge. I’ve been on the hunt for several weeks for a 12-inch-wide bedside table with a drawer and shelf on the bottom.  It’s amazing how much time a person can spend looking for … Read more

Too Messy to be a Minimalist?

A friend sent me a Facebook message a week or so ago with a video of a girl who “Tried Minimalism for a Week”. If you want to check it out, it’s on my Facebook business page (dated June 18).  She interviewed Ryan and Josh, The Minimalists, to better understand what a minimalist lifestyle means, … Read more

Collections We Can’t Part With

I’m still inspired by a client I worked a couple of years ago and want to share with you some of the things that we absolutely love and can’t part with no matter how much we understand that one of the foundational principles of getting organized is having less.  Sometimes you have a collection of … Read more

The Satisfaction of Small Organizing Projects

Of all the big organizing jobs I’ve worked on over the years, and of all the more significant spaces I’ve designed and renovated, sometimes the smallest project can be the most satisfying, especially when you have a client who is super excited about her new closet. Who would have thought that a six foot closet … Read more

Finding the Right Motivation

Yeh, yeh, I know you know that getting enough exercise and enough sleep are good for you. Why on earth do I need to bring it up again? Well, what if you’ve been struggling with getting things done, checking things off your list, moving projects forward at home and at work, and generally being productive? … Read more

Key Areas of Your Business

While in Toronto in early November at the Professional Organizers in Canada annual conference I attended a workshop delivered by Deanne Kelleher from Kaos Group called “Essential and Powerful Business Tools”.  The session made me realize how many systems all of us small business owners should have in place and perhaps don’t, myself included.  If only I could find the time!

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Are Your Books Excess Clutter or Beautiful Possessions?

Aaah, books, let me count the ways I love books.  I love to read books, I love to touch books, I love to look at books and I really love to organize books.  There is nothing more satisfying than spending a few hours pulling all the books of a bookshelf with a client, sorting them, giving away the ones no longer useful or beautiful,

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To Take Vacation or Not To Take Vacation? – Jane Veldhoven

You guessed it, my struggle during this time of year is what to do about vacation.  Somehow, in the old days, when I worked for someone else it was so much easier – I had no choice.  However, now that I own my own business I do have a choice.  One would think that the freedom of being able to take time off whenever you want would be an amazing thing.  However, as many of you small business owners out there know, taking vacation is filled with feelings of guilt instead. 

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