As I work away in my office doing everything that needs to be done to run a small business of my own, it’s been a challenging day to stay on task.

The recent election in the USA has most people in a daze today, I’m finding. I went to bed last night feeling anxious and woke up feeling depressed. I’m happy for those that are happy with the outcome. We are all entitled to our political views. And although I’m Canadian and happy to be one, there is no doubt in my mind that there will be fall out and changes from this very, very stressful election and campaign.

I only wish our neighbours to the south peace and security. I wish those in the world who are living in a state of limbo, a sense of calm.

Remember you cannot control anyone else actions or how they react to a situation. You can only control your own. So, be the person you are proud of. Strive to make your time here as fulfilling and worthwhile as possible.

Look to the future, your future as an adventure where sometimes challenges will arrive and certainly set you back…maybe even knock you down for the count. But that same adventure could very well lead you to the edge of the most beautiful and enriching state of being you would never had noticed.

Project to your family and friends that you believe in them, provide that safe and comforting environment that you, yourself wish for.

There have been many, many difficult things that have occurred in our lifespan, we concurred them all. We grew and learned from our mistakes and we will continue on this journey.

Trust in who you are. Be strong. Hold your face to the sun and breathe deep.

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We Empower You.

So many people approach us in every manner you can imagine. Email, Phone, FB, LinkedIn or walking up to us in a parking lot after we get out of our company vehicle. And the question they ask?

“What do you do?”

Our Answer…We Empower you. It’s not just about organizing. We take that overwhelming feeling and self doubt and, right beside you,we battle against it.

Do you walk into your home and ever feel like turning around and walking out again because there is so much “stuff” in your space?

We take the time to understand why you’re feeling this way and use our 15 years experience to bring your space back to you.

Is there a place in your home that is not being used the way you want it? A spare room that’s the “dumping ground” for everyone in the family?

To be honest…we make things right in your world. That’s what we do. We streamline, organize and bring back that smile.

Is the tsunami of paper coming into your home about to cause a major disaster?

Setting up systems in every part of your space so that you can maintain an organized and stress-free home. That’s what we do.

Can you do this yourself? Yes, quite possibly you can. Can you stay on task, not get distracted by everyday life and get the space “cleared” in a matter of hours instead of weeks? Maybe not.

Can we? Yes! Because we love our jobs and we’re good at what we do.We Empower You

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Monster Guard to a great game for kids age 7 to 11. It’s designed by the American Red Cross to teach what to expect and how to prepare for an emergency.

Not all my kids have cel phone…YET.

Because they are young, I need to make sure the little ones first know Mom and Dad’s Cel phone number and then they must know where to go in an emergency. The kids could be at a play date, or in the library with a friend. They need to understand to stay with an adult, if at all possible contact us.

If they are alone or with friends head to the “safe meeting” place we’ve already discussed.

I’m hoping this never actually happens, but if it does, the peace of mind you will get from knowing your family is safe and prepared is worth the hour you put into your emergency kit/plan.

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After this spring’s forest fires in Fort McMurray I’ve given a lot of thought to being prepared. I know there are times when I think, Really is it really going to happen?

But, the truth of the matter is, it does happen and if you are prepared for an emergency you will be better off then most.

Think short term and long term.

So here’s a question…someone knocks on your door and says you have ten minutes to get out of your home. What do you take and is it accessible without climbing up to the attic?

Erin ( the voice of reason) responded with – My passport.

That’s it. That’s what she would grab. Why? Because it’s her lifeline to her identity, her finances and all the important info that authorities need to see.

Pauline’s response – My fire safe. Again important documents and necessary emergency id. Is it accessible? She’ll never tell 🙂

Rebecca’s response – Wallet and Phone. It’s always about ID. Then it’s about being able to contact my kids/family.

These three responses are great, but in the event that there is no power, you have no transportation and there is a lack of communication. Where are you going to go now?

The banks are not going to be able to hand over cash and if by some miracle they do have a limited supply you are not going to get all you want. Credit cards and ATM are not going to be working. The local drug store will not be handing out medications on a whim.

And then you’ve got to remember there will be people everywhere. So do you have a “plan” with your family? Make sure they all know where a meet up point is.

On a good note if you stopped into your local dentist, I’m thinking they’d give you a toothbrush and toothpaste!

So….Create a plan. Write it down, step by step because the hardest thing in an emergency is not panicking.

Get a “Grab and go” bag ready

Medications, over the counter/prescriptions. Copies of Birth Cert. Cash. Toiletries. Pre-packaged food. Small first-aid kit. List of Phone Numbers. Change of clothes.

Now put this bag in the front hall closet and tell your family where it is.

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Yes, it’s here and you’re lovin it!

But with summer comes schedules, play dates, holidays and camps. It can be very overwhelming and it can start to bring your summer experience down.

As Professional Organizers number #1 rule – stay on top of activites with a large printable calendar that can be posted two weeks out on your fridge or command centre.

We use google calendars and they do work really well, but sometimes SEEING the on-slot of events right in front of you for a two week period will help you stress to your family

” It’s just too busy” and you might actually be able to book some “DOWN TIME”.

We’re all about digital calendars, but we also find that grandparents and babysitters cannot always access family calendars, so having a large printable one helps everyone.

Another hint: Highlight each activity with a different colour and correspond that colour with the person doing the activity. Annie ( Red) going for a play date on Thursday gets highlighted RED, so that even youngsters can look at a calendar and know that if they see their “colour” coming up that they have something going on.

 

Enjoy your summer days. It will be gone in a blink of the eye. Slow it down. Pay attention to those around you. They are growing up and soon those summer days will be gone.

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May the sunshine send your kids outdoors….so that you can go through their rooms on your own???

No way! Don’t do it!

Teaching our kids from a small age about purging and de-cluttering will be a life skill that they will thank you for later in life.

Number #1 Keep those “Stuffies” under control. Rebecca’s rule – One comes in – Two go out! I know she’s harsh but her kids know that they really , really need to love something if they’re going to bring it home and into their rooms.

A pet net or animal clip are great organizing products to use that will still allow the kids to access their furry friends.
Number #2 Clothes, those darn kids never seem to stop growing! So every change of season this is an opportune time to go through their drawers and closets for clothes that can be donated to those less fortunate.

Remember if they barely fit them now, there’s no way they’ll fit next winter.

Tote and store off season clothes to make room for the present day outfits.

Number #3 Toys – Well let’s be honest it’s all the grandparent’s fault , isn’t it?!

Have your little one go through their toys with you. Anything broken or missing pieces? – Out it goes!

Contain all those precious small bits in small plastic containers so that it’s easier to label and clean.

Now….you’ve worked hard so go out and play!stuffies

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Why Hire a Certified Professional Organizer BEFORE Listing!

“Purging, packing and assisting with the house before listing

 and the move will save your client time and money.” 

“Give your home the competitive edge!”

“Show well, sell quicker”

Difference between a Home Stager and a Professional Organizer

Professional home stagers are practiced in the art of preparing a home for resale. They work with the “flow” of a home, eliminate clutter, edit and arrange furniture, and even assist in enhancing curb-appeal.  With the aid of a professional home stager, your house can make a notable first impression on potential homebuyers.

Professional organizers aim to help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper, and their systems for life.  When we come in a home we add to the service of a stager, by assisting in clearing the storage areas, clearing the clutter, boxing items that will not be needed until after the move, getting rid of items they not longer need and making the storage areas look larger and more useful. Organizing your home before you list will make it easier for you to tidy up before a showing and make your move less stressful.

– “ From Chaos to Calm!”