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

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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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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Can You Live a Good Enough Life?

I am fascinated by how the concept of ‘good enough’ relates to being organized and our many attempts to be what we perceive as ‘well organized’.  What does being organized mean to you?  Most likely not the same as it does to your spouse, your best friend or your children.  What if, instead of constantly striving to be more organized, better organized or even, heaven forbid, perfectly organized we strove for

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