The ”Pursuit” of Minimalism

During the month of April, I was very fortunate to have been interviewed by several news outlets as a result of promotion for “The Big Downsize” documentary series.  A few of them asked me about minimalism and how to live a more minimalist life. I believe that owning less brings you a sense of freedom … 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

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

Life with Less

I’ve written about bringing less into your house, how you can do more with your life when you have less, and about simplicity and its connection to minimalism.  And now, a few thoughts to share on the concept of “less”.   In a podcast by The Minimalists, this important fact is shared, “The easiest way to organize … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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