Could you walk away?

A few weeks ago, The Minimalists posted an essay on their blog entitled “Prepared to Walk Away”.  I have been reading their work for a few years but for some reason this piece really struck a cord and got me thinking and asking myself the same question.  Could I walk away from everything in my life?  Well, no, … Read more

Clutter Blindness

“Look at old problems in a new light.”  –unknown Do you suffer from “clutter blindness”? When you put something down to remind you to do something, do you eventually start to walk past it and not notice it anymore? Do you have piles of magazines in your office that are reminding you that you have reading to … Read more

Turns out . . . it’s not just about the stuff!

“You can never get enough of what you don’t really need . . .” ~ Eric Hoffer A few years ago, I travelled to California where I spent 3 days in Palm Springs fueling my obsession with mid-century modern design, and the following 3 days attending my first National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) conference … Read more

How Much Room Does One Person Really Need?

“Less house, more home.”  –Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist In 1950 the average size of a family home was 1,000 square feet.  That increased to 1,500 square feet by 1970 and to 2,200 square feet by the year 2000.  If I do a calculation based on the average family with 2 adults and 2 children, for some reason we … Read more

It’s So Much More Than Just a Move

“It’s so much more than just a move… Making a move at any age can be difficult and stressful.  After 30, 40, or even 50 years in your current home, the process of rightsizing and relocating to a new home is overwhelming.” ~ NASMM I used to assume that people who have downsized to a smaller home, … Read more

Tidying Up and The Big Downsize

If you haven’t watched it, I’m sure you’ve heard people talking about it.  “Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo is a Netflix series that has been viewed by millions, millions of her books have been sold and she has even introduced her own line of storage boxes.  Hmmm….isn’t that adding stuff back into your life? And now there’s … Read more

Shifting the Weight and Feeling Lighter

Do you find that some days your stuff weighs you down? You’re not alone. When I have the chance to work with a client for a significant amount of time, whether that’s several days in a row or spread out over a number of months, it actually feels as though their home gets lighter as … Read more

Creative Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

All the talk about the necessity for creative storage solutions in tiny houses is totally true. I have had to use some creative thinking for a challenging storage project I’m working on with a friend.  She has a small house of about 700 square feet.  Her house has tiny rooms and the only storage is a four-foot-wide closet … Read more

The Tangled Mess Beneath Your Desk

I can organize pretty much anything. The exception are cords and cables for electronic and computer devices. It’s as though I have some sort of mental block when it comes to turning that tangled mess into neat and tidy.  Usually, when I see a mess, I can’t wait to dig in and sort, purge and set up … Read more

Clutter + Stuck = Letting Go

I believe that all of the physical objects in your life have an energy, either positive or negative. Therefore the energy of the objects in your surroundings affects how you feel and how you live your life.  As you release objects with negative energy, the energy in your space shifts and you are able to change … Read more

Book Resolutions

I was chatting with a client last week about resolutions for the New Year… or lack thereof.  She also doesn’t make resolutions, but she does identify a couple of things she would like to do more or less of in the current year. One of the things she wants to do more of is read books. … Read more

Minimizing Holiday Clutter

As you gingerly open all your trunks, boxes and storage bins of holiday décor this month, why not look at this yearly task as an opportunity to take stock of your inventory with the aim of minimizing it to a manageable amount.  And perhaps a chance to finally get rid of the things that are … 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

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

Too much ‘stuff’

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks to say the least.  I have helped two clients move in a two-week period and I have to say that I feel like I have been run over by a very large truck!

Moving, as we all know, is one of those major life events.  Major life events are coupled with stress – lots of stress.  I seem to have successfully absorbed at least 50 per cent of the stress of both of these moves on behalf of my clients. Whew!  Remind me to never move.  Ever!

Now that the moves are both complete, and I have the time to sit back, nurse a hundred sore muscles, and take a breath, I am increasingly fascinated by life and stuff and how they are connected. 

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