Magical Organizing

I read the first of two books written by Japanese organizer Marie Kondo. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  A few of my clients have read it, and many of their friends have been talking about it. People everywhere are asking themselves if their clothes “spark joy” as she suggests. I think it must be the … Read more

Tuning into to Your Zen Brain

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ~ Marcus Aurelius Have you ever wished for a more Zen brain? Is your brain constantly thinking about what you should be doing next or what you haven’t done?  Do you find yourself making a mental list only to forget it later in the day?  The … Read more

Organizing Disagreements

Have you ever had disagreements with your partner about the level of organization (or lack thereof) in your household?  I’m guessing you have.  We all have different expectations for how tidy our home should be. These expectations can be a result of the environment in which we were raised – was it cluttered or tidy? And a result … Read more

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

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

Gift Giving Tips

Alright people, we’ve got a week left before the magic season is upon us. So, time to gather your holiday mojo and make it happen. For all of those super-organized people out there who have everything done and ready to go, could you please share some of your favorite tips with me and I’ll pass … 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

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

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

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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