Home Edit Reality Check

Last week I was at Tim Horton’s for a quick washroom break and I happened to overhear a conversation. A lady said to her friend, “You have to read this book and watch the series on Netflix.” Then, she passes a copy of The Home Edit to her friend. I immediately thought to myself, “Geesh, … 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

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

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

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

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

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 discussing “magical organizing.” People everywhere are asking themselves if their clothes “spark joy,” as she suggests. Organizing Magic I think people … 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

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