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Get and Stay Organized Using These 6 Simple Techniques

As we spend more time at home (here in Toronto, we just went into a minimum 28-day lockdown), many of us are anticipating using the time to get, and stay, more organized. Sounds simple enough – more time at home, more time to organize, right? As much as we want to get organized, there are …

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Decluttering & Downsizing During COVID

As we continue to face the challenges and uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be considering how you truly feel about your home – the place you are likely spending A LOT of time.   Do you feel like it’s time for a major change in how your home functions?  Are you considering downsizing …

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Empathy through Organizing – My COVID-19 Response

Like many of you, I have been thinking a lot about the impact this pandemic has had and will continue to have, on us all.  How are we doing?  How are we feeling collectively? How is our planet feeling? Some people are thriving, some are struggling, and many are vacillating daily in-between. It seems there are …

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3 Simple Ways To Increase Your Happiness: The Swedish Art of Lagom

Do you ever feel like you have too much of some things and not enough of others? Perhaps too much clutter and not enough open space? Too much to do and not enough time to do it? Too much stress and not enough calm?  If these challenges seem overwhelming, consider adopting lagom, a Swedish lifestyle that translates to “having …

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Is De-cluttering a Practical Necessity or Emotional Need?

A friend recently asked me if downsizing and decluttering was more of an emotional or practical process, which really made me think about possible responses. Which is it?  When you look at the actualprocess of downsizing and de-cluttering – unpacking, sorting, deciding, organizing and maintaining, it seems practicality could win out. Just follow the steps right? …

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Use Design Theory to Create a Harmonious & Happy Home

When you think about how you want your home to look and feel, what comes to mind?  Organized, functional, inspiring, stress-free? Perhaps all of the above?! As organizers, we work hard to meet these needs for our clients, which is truly satisfying.  However, we must not forget a crucial element – creating more harmony.   Harmony, “the quality …

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Telling My Parents They Have Too Much Stuff

Telling my parents they have too much stuff wasn’t easy. The words were easy to get out, but I couldn’t help but feel disapproving and critical – who am I to judge? I’m an organizer, that’s who! Being committed to supporting everyone in their efforts to organize, de-clutter and minimize, it was becoming increasingly apparent …

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Spark Joy or Leave Sh*t Everywhere – Which Are You?

After listening to a recent discussion on CBC radio about two very different approaches to organizing, I felt it would be fun to explore this topic further. Based on two books, Marie Kondo’s mega bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and Jennifer McCartney’s backlash book, The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All …

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