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

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

A Place for Everything

I think there is life changing magic in the most basic of organizing principles.  It’s known as “a place for everything”.  Since I started working as a professional organizer back in 2003 I have been sharing this as one of the keys to successfully organizing our homes, our offices and our lives.   We “professionals” tend to glibly … Read more

Why is stuff on the floor?

I’m wondering…if I was to take a peek in your garage, basement, storage room, or even your closets, would I see stuff strewn all over the floor?  I’m willing to bet in many cases I would.  It’s like the stuff exploded and then grew as it lay there seemingly without you doing anything.  I know, it’s kinda freaky. Well, … Read more

New Year . . . Same You . . . New Habits

As we look forward to everything that a new year will bring into our lives, I think of the saying, “new year, new you”. Don’t diet and exercise companies use the phrase at this time of the year?  I’m not sure there is any such thing as a “new you”.  I wonder if the saying should be … Read more

Are You Wasting Time on the Latest Tool?

I don’t know about you, but the more I learn about technology and tools for organizing and productivity, the more confused I become. Sometimes I feel like I’m wasting time on the latest tool. Do you have a tendency to download the newest one, try it for a few days, and then give up? I’m sure I … Read more

Can You Take a Break from Holiday Traditions?

In the last newsletter we wrote about getting back into routines.  This month, as I think ahead to the Holiday season, I am going to ask you to consider breaking from routines or traditions. Don’t get me wrong, if you have traditions that you truly enjoy, please stick to them. What I want you to ask … 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

Simplifying Thanksgiving

It seems like suddenly it’s October and time to tackle Thanksgiving.  I know, the expression “time flies” is such a cliché, but sometimes it seems like to really does fly.  For some of us holidays can be quite overwhelming, especially when we’re already so busy with everyday life events and a busy job or home schedule.  One … Read more

To Garage Sale or Not

To garage sale or not. That is the question.  Many professional organizers, myself included, are not big fans of hosting a garage sale.  The reason is the HUGE amount of preparation work involved for often with very little financial gain.  However, if you have the time, go for it!  If nothing else, it’s a fun way to spend the … Read more

Home Organizing with Universal Design

You may have heard of Universal Design. This method employs barrier free design principles for intergenerational use of any space.  Universal Design evolved from Accessible Design, which is a process that addresses the needs of people with disabilities.   Universal Design addresses the needs of all people.   There are some great ideas for employing Universal Design when organizing your home. Some … Read more

A Shift in Seasonal Routines

Summer is all about relaxing your regular routine just a little. Later bedtimes and easy mornings.  BBQing, camping, swimming, boating.  Just being outdoors.  While some welcome the routines of the late summer with the return to work and school, others find the end of summer daunting at best.  As summer draws to a close, the following tips may ease … Read more

I Can’t Get Organized!

I came across an article I’ve been saving that really has nothing to do with organizing, “I won’t I won’t I won’t – you can’t make me” by Carl Duivenvorden.  However, the point he makes about the difference between “can’t” and “won’t” has everything to do with organizing. So many times clients have said to me, … Read more

Doing More with Less

As I spend more of my time talking to clients about letting go of excess and taking control of their life and their stuff, I become more fascinated by what we can do if we have less.  I think we can actually do more.  Here are a few examples: Healthy Eating I helped a client get rid … Read more

Out of Your Mind

“If you think unruly and unfocused committees in your company or your community can be a frustrating waste of time, try the one in your head.” ~ David Allen According to statistics, busy professionals have an average of 200 hours of uncompleted work at any one time.  Wow. Add to that all of the commitments we … Read more

Influencing Your Happiness

I came across a blog post recently that was all about how we sabotage our own happiness.  For instance, something that makes me happy right now is that it’s summer. Yippee!  I know one thing right off the bat that might sabotage that happiness – a complaint that it’s too hot.  I implore you, don’t do it. Enjoy the … Read more

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