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Spring is here and with that there are bound to be birthdays and weddings and showers. AND…never ending gifts and wrapping paper!

If you’re not lucky enough to have a permanent “wrapping station” in your home then these tips might be just what you’re looking for to manage your gift giving season!

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Have you ever really thought about what it would be like to be alone, and have to make some pretty big life changing decisions?

We are so lucky to have the opportunity to help people when they need it most. There comes a time in everyones’ lives where our living arrangements must change. Whether it be from being single to married, or the kids have moved out and it’s time to downsize.

Any and all of these changes cause stress and anxiety. If you disagree, I’m calling your bluff. Being in the organizing business for 18 years I have organized peoples major and minor moves several times over. One thing that stands out is that in the month before the move date everyone involved starts to get a little more nervous, a little more “scattered”. How can you not?! Moving is one of the 4 top stressful things you can go through in your life. We’re not here to tell you we can make it all better, but I do have some “don’t do it!” tips!

DONT’ DO IT!

#1 Throw stuff in a box, just to get it done. This will cause some serious grief at the other end. Purge People!!!

#2 Use Liqour Store boxes to pack your whole house. That’s just down right painful for those packing the moving van!

#3 Think that you will get it all done in a day. Rome wasn’t built in a day. No matter how many people you have helping, you are going to have to call it a day after 24 hrs.

#4 Try to do it alone. This is a big thing. We know that, you need to accept that. Now ask for help, from friends, family or professionals if need be.

There are many people out there who have no family and their social circle is not large enough or able bodied enough to help.So ask. Ask at your church, Ask your neighbours or Google! Don’t try this alone, it will cause heart ache and negativity to a move that should be as positive as possible.

I’ve never met a person yet who regrets asking the team at Just In Time Solutions to help them prior, during and after a move. Call us, we’ll help you learn from all our mistakes!

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If you have several areas in your home you want to get under control, start with just one.

You decide which one to start with — is it the area that gives you the biggest headache, or the area that guests to your home most easily see? Whatever your priorities, select one area and stick to it.

Many attempts at organization fail when the task of cleaning up the entire house seems daunting and folks give up. When you complete one area, celebrate and then move on to the next.

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You Only FAIL if you FAIL to try.

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Life seems to be going by on “fastforward” mode. It’s like every time I get a chance to catch-up on one thing there are 10 other things that fall by the way side. It’s never been easy to do anything alone. Really, there’s probably not much out there that you can say is better when you’re alone. Having someone “there” I truly believe makes the battle and the struggle less. Sometimes they don’t even have to say anything. Sometimes it’s the knowledge that there is a person standing along side you, a human being who refuses to judge and only support. Someone who lets you face your battle head on, but quietly lets you know “I’m here. I’m right here”.

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a little or a lot of support. You, by allowing others to help you, are the courageous. You are the one who is willing to take this on and by saying “I can’t do it alone” you are, your very own hero. You may have a war to win, an issue to address or a mountain to climb…but asking someone to be your “wing man”, your sounding board or your anchor…that’s where you’ve already won.

#40days – A challenge, someone to help you stay accountable. Stay on task and never give up. You only fail if you FAIL to try.

#40days – We commit to being there for you. #40days we WILL be your anchor, your wingman, your sounding board.

#40days – Day 1 Remove 40 unnecessary items from your space. Walk into the most overwhelming room in your home ( with a bag) and put 40 things in it that do not bring you joy. Now here’s the hard part. Take the bag – right now!- and put it in your car. Now! Donate this bag to a charity of your choice tomorrow.

#40days – Day 2 Remove 39 items from your space that do NOT bring you joy.

Repeat.Repeat.Repeat

Now here’s the EASY part. My Contact number is 519-227-2241 My email is pauline@justintimesolutions

Call me anytime. I’m here. I’m right here.

 

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When you get up in the morning and start your day, it’s important that you understand that the space you are living in reflects what’s going on in your life. There is a link to your surroundings that is like an umbilical cord.

We have years of experience working with families and individuals and we’re here to tell you if you feel “out of control”
, if there’s a heavy weight resting on your shoulders there may be a very simple solution.
Try one thing….
That’s it – just one thing.
Make your bed.
Tuck the sheets in, straighten the duvet and put the decorative pillows up.
Now, tonight when you walk into your bedroom after a long day, whether it was productive or not you have some sanctuary to end the day in.
But when you walk into your room, you need to acknowledge how you feel when you look at that bed. You need to be aware of that moment when you see that “comfort”, that space that is simple and welcoming. If you don’t take the time to appreciate that moment it will be lost and the work  ( however limited) you put into it was for nothing.
Once you’ve tried this, once you’ve accepted that this “one thing” made a difference in how you felt when you ended your day, you can continue the journey into simplifying the rest of your space.

Don’t think WOW! I’m going to tackle the basement tomorrow! ( well ok if you want to!) But We’re here to tell you, don’t bite off more then you can chew. Stick to your bedroom and it’s sanctuary. It’s a great first step. And a peaceful rest is what we are trying to get you to understand. You must start with yourself, you must make sure you’re rested and strong to begin the journey of bringing chaos to calm.
Now….
Make your bed and then clean off your bedside table.
I mean leave nothing but the lamp and your alarm clock if you have one. When you reach out to turn off that light I want to you see a clear bedside table. I want you to rest.

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Fighting Change

Sixteen years of Professionally Organizing families has lead me to a few bits of knowledge I’d like to pass along to you.
Some great advice from minimalist, Leo Babauta.
You really can’t push your family to change unless they want to. So what I do is change myself, and be a living example that there’s a different way, and that it might be interesting and maybe better. I talk to them about the change so they know why I’m doing it, what made me consider it, what steps I’m taking, whether it’s hard or not, whether I like the change. In seeing my change, they might consider trying the change, or they might just think dad’s crazy, but either way they see a different possibility. So for example I might start decluttering my closet and drawers, or scanning all my paperwork so I can go digital, or clear out a storage shed. This is a great thing for them to see, but at the same time I’m letting them be themselves with no expectations that they’ll join me.

As a Certified Professional Organizer I am not a minimalist. I believe we all have minimalism at heart, and accepting this at varying degrees helps others.
You can live with less and if you start now, your children will strive to enjoy experiences rather then fill any voids with stuff.

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We are lucky to have the support of a large national company, Bell Canada who is investing in Mental Health Awareness across our country.

I would be surprised if there was one person among us who has NOT been touched by a mental health issue.

Many discussions have started in my days working with clients as to why mental health issues seem to be more “out there”.

Why there seems to be more mental health problems with young adults and teens.

And how can people live and function with so many road blocks and stigmas attached to mental health issues.

I don’t have all the answers, I probably don’t have any! But from personal experience in my own life as well as those clients who were brave and confident enough to reach out, I believe that as a society we are trying to grow and become more compassionate. We are teaching our children to become more understanding and open to discussions.

But, we have a very long way to go. The #BellLetsTalk initiative is a step in the right direction, but we must continue this support year long and in every aspect of our lives.

When you hear a friend, co-worker or family member degrade ,knowingly or not, someone who is struggling – STAND UP! STOP the behaviour. Yes, It’s sometimes not so easy, sometimes you must be brave yourself. But I have to say, I doubt you will feel “bad” after asking the behaviour to stop. I doubt you will feel belittled and ashamed. You might actually feel empowered, strong and full of life and all it took was a few words to re-direct someone’s unkind thoughts and words in a way that gets THEM thinking.

75% of our Organizing clients are dealing with some kind of mental health issues. Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Grief and Shame are all very common feelings when working with someone in their living space.

Asking for help is the first step towards living a calm and peaceful existence. We are so very proud of our clients that do reach out. And we understand the concerns when it is a family member who contacts us initially. Number #1 rule in Professional Organizing? It never works if the client isn’t truly ready.

If you’re thinking of a family member who you feel may need some help, the best bet is to ask first, never assume they’re ready.

I love this clip – please take the time to watch to the end.

It’s a Good Day

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