Downsizing and Dealing with Your Adult Kids’ Stuff

Are you dealing with the ongoing chaos with the coming and going of your adult children and their stuff? It’s not just you. Unfortunately, many adult children treat the family home as a storage facility and dealing with your adult kids’ stuff can be a concern if it creates a cluttered environment for you. Downsizing … Read more

Who’s Responsible for the Stuff?

Most of us are faced with dealing with other people’s stuff at some point in our lifetime.  It could be our parents’ stuff if they have to move to a senior care residence.  It could be other family member’s stuff if they sadly pass away. I have had discussions with many of my clients over … Read more

Lessons from Combining Households

It’s done. The move is behind us.  Moving is one of the top three most stressful events in your life.  I don’t know how some people move over and over and over.  We are absolutely exhausted and don’t want to do it again any time soon, that’s for sure. There are so many moves in … Read more

You Kept Whaaaa..t for the Last 30 Years?

I am quite sure, like me, you know someone or many people who have kept everything that has come into their life for years and years and years.  The cycle of collecting and discarding “stuff” has always fascinated me. We humans seem to be wired to collect things. All sorts of things. Things like: Those … Read more

Positive Thinking Can Help You Downsize

As you begin your decluttering and downsizing journey, setting yourself up for success is very important. Positive thinking can help. Downsizing can be a challenging process at times because there is a lot of mental and physical work. You’ll also deal with various emotions – yours and those of your family members. Focus on making … Read more

Don’t Miss Season 2 of “The Big Downsize”

As we enter our third month of dealing with COVID-19 and we try to process  the horrific events of the April 19th weekend in Nova Scotia, I am sure, like me, you are all struggling with staying positive and feeling hopeful for a better future. Now, more than ever, perhaps you need to escape from … Read more

What To Do When Everything Feels Out of Control – DeClutter!

I hope this post finds you all safe and healthy during this challenging time. I know that many of you are home following the guidelines set by our government and health experts as we all work to overcome this virus together.  I am willing to guess that some of you may be feeling stressed and … Read more

Clutter and Your Brain

I recently came across an article I saved from 2013 about clutter and how it affects your brain.  I have most certainly written about this topic before but some of the research cited by the author of the piece, Mikael Cho, is quite fascinating. He discovered, as I and many of my clients have, that reducing … Read more

The Weight of Stuff

Do you find that some days your stuff weighs you down? When I have the chance to work with clients for a significant amount of time, whether that’s several days in a row or spread out over a number of months, it does feel as though their home gets lighter.  During these decluttering projects we may … Read more

Could you walk away from everything?

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 struck a cord. I started thinking and asking myself the same question. Could I walk away from everything in my life? Well, no, I can’t. Could you? I could … 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 downsized to a smaller home, condo, … 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 work with a client for a significant amount of time, whether several days in a row or spread out over several months, it seems like we’re shifting the weight and feeling lighter as we declutter and organize. During these … Read more

Creative Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

All the talk about the necessity for creative storage solutions in tiny houses is true. I have had to use some innovative thinking for a challenging storage project I’m working on. A friend has a small home (about 700 square feet) with tiny rooms. The only storage areas are a four-foot-wide closet in her bedroom and a … 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 Resolution

I was chatting with a client about New Year’s resolutions – or lack thereof. She doesn’t make resolutions either, but she identified a couple of things she would like to change for the upcoming year. One of the things she wants to do is read more. She could make a book resolution. Apparently, during the … Read more

The Importance of Focus

Over a few weeks, I worked with a family on a downsizing project. It made me reflect on the importance of focus. In this situation, four siblings cleared out the family home their parents lived in for 50 years. Recently, one parent passed away, and the other can no longer live alone. The family home … Read more