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!”

Yes! There’s no doubt about it now….Spring is here!

And I don’t know one person that doesn’t love it! As Canadians it amazing how much that beautiful sunshine makes everything feel that much better.

You’ve opened the windows and thrown up the sashes and…..Wow there are some serious dust bunnies under those chairs, beds and behind the doors. Trust us we know, that sunshine we love suddenly lets us see all our winter secrets!

It’s ok! We got this covered. With Spring, comes the desire to get out from under the stuff and the confining feeling you’ve had for 5 months. It’s wonderful! The “honey-do” list gets started and it rolls on and on and on!

We’ve got our own honeys and they have their own ” to do” lists.

BUT…..there’s something to be said for getting it all done in a shorted span of time. Yes, we all go “clean up” crazy and everyone feeds off everyone else’s energy, but it soon peters out and then you’re left with a half finished list and a bunch of half finished jobs.

So, step one. Take it easy! ONE thing at a time

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Decide on a plan of action. Garage sale days are coming up in Lucan and Ilderton – May 7th. So this weekend encourage the kids and your partner to grab a box or bag and fill it with things that have been hiding out of site for months maybe years! Get the kids excited about sending those clothes and toys off to someone who really needs it! A garage sale is a great family event and it helps the kids understand the value of things. They must be fully aware that if it goes out to the garage sale it DOES NOT come back in if it doesn’t sell.

So 25 cents in their pocket is better then nothing!

Be hard cord on this rule. When the sale is over, pack up the remaining items into your car and send them off. Don’t linger! Don’t say “what if” –

trust us, if you were willing to part with it at 7am by Labour Day you’ll have forgotten it even existed!

That’s step one! Next time we’ll chat about that “honey do” list that has now created a rift the size of the Grand Canyon.

Sunday Night “happiness project”.

I’m still stuck on this “fun” thing. I’m pretty much always about FUN. I love hanging with people that are fun, I like seeing others having fun because it usually makes me smile and I often encourage everyone to let their guards down and “go for it”.

Gretchen Rubin states that there are three categories of fun.

Challenging Fun – the kind that takes a fair bit of effort and organization. This kind of commitment can bring on frustration, anxiety and a bit of strain. But research shows it’s the absolute BEST when it comes to satisfaction.

Come to think of it, I guess that pretty much is life in a nut shell. Most often the things you put the most effort into are the things that pay off the most and give you the most “inner joy”.

Moderate Fun – This is kind of the “garden” variety. You know the kind of fun that requires minimal effort. Play in the park, walk on the beach, baking cookies. 🙂

This kind of fun gives you joy and often makes you smile, but let’s face it there’s no bells ringing and nobody is popping out of a cake.

And then there’s Relaxing Fun – This is easy. No effort. It happens without a second thought. Watching a movie, reading a great book…relaxing fun. I’m thinking this one is what gets us through the day to day stuff that drags us down.

My thoughts. It’s important to have all three “funs” in your life. Make the effort and pull out all the stops for some challenging fun. Moderate fun I’m going to say is for that “all in the family” kind of day and then there’s the “me time” – Aka – Relaxing fun.

For me as a Professional Organizer, the challenging fun is almost every BIG job that we encounter. Rebecca and Erin are ALWAYS good for some serious laughing bouts. And it’s these moments that get our clients through some pretty tough stuff. Our team is always planning, scheduling and organizing for our jobs. We put a great amount of effort into our relationships with our clients. They are never far from our thoughts and we can usually find something that keeps them laughing in the months and years to come.

One thing about Rebecca and Erin is that they never truly let a client go. Example: one client has a “thing” for flying pigs! So Erin is always on the look out for the perfect “flying pig”.

Challenging? Yes….worth every minute?

Absolutely!

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Happiness Project Sunday night edition.

Go off the path. It’s the next step in Rubin’s “Happiness Project”. And it’s so absolutely true for myself, my co-workers and my clients. I have always been someone who believes in constant learning, someone who refuses to stop looking at things in a different light.

And that is such a huge part when coming into a home of a friend, family member or client! As a Certified Professional Organizer I am always telling my co-workers and clients that there could be a different way to look at this problem.

1st get to the route of the cause. Dig deep and learn from others and yourself. The path less taken is not always so bad and sometimes it’s that path of hardship and conquest that leads to us to an ex-ordinary and heartfelt discovery.

Fuel the fire! Knowledge will never be lost on others that are willing to learn. Continue to strive for something “off the path”, something that even if it seems frivolous will or could end up being the missing link three weeks from now.

Helping someone bring chaos to calm, means learning from them. Asking the questions, listening and putting your knowledge in their hands. We learn from every client and we hope that every client learns from us.

No matter what your career or stage in life, knowledge is a gift. Use it well.

“A good belly laugh will keep you young.” This is something I heard time and time again from my grandmother.

Man could we laugh. Even now thinking back I’ve got a huge grin on my face and I can’t stop the flow of memories.

I’m into Chapter 5 of my book ” The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen is asking me something that I doubt I can link to being organized or bringing “chaos to calm”.

But then again….If you’ve ever met my “TEAM” then YES! There is a direct link.

Chapter 5 – “Take Time To Be Silly”

Oh yeah, that’s Rebecca and Erin.

You see when our friends and fans call on us to help them with certain areas of their homes, offices and lives, their mood is often overwhelming, tired and anxious.

And then the LADIES arrive! Rebecca and Erin are an amazing team that can set a client into their comfort zone. Reassure them that there are no judgements passed and they are only there to help. And help they WILL!!

So many times a client will open that dreaded door to show off that room that lives in their nightmares and then, they turn and look at Rebecca’s face….pure JOY! Excitement and awe.

Erin laughs because she knows Rebecca can’t be held back. Where to start? Never mind that! Erin’s concern is how do we slow her down!

Yes, Rebecca loves to dive right in and thankfully Erin is there to pull back the reigns and listen to the client for a few minutes to hear their vision of this space.

But the laughs that they have and the crazy moments on the job are what makes the client and my “team” enjoy their time and treasure their experiences.

So yes, “Take Time To Be Silly” is a must for all, because in a blink of an eye the “team” will be gone and you’re space will be your own again.

You will be the ones sitting back with a grin

and a shake of your head when you remember

the belly laughs the ladies brought in.

Erin:Rebecca

I’m half way into “The Happiness Project” and again, it’s like Gretchen Rubin was writing about me!

6 months in and Gretchen is writing about how she needs to “have more fun in her life”

Well, I’m not sure that I feel I need more fun, but I think it can never hurt anyone’s life to have as much FUN as possible!

The crazy thing that has me thinking of my clients and my co-workers is the following quote:

All this thinking about fun made me realize that I had to make time for it. Too often, I’d give up fun in order to work. I often felt so overwhelmed by tasks that I’d think, “The most fun would be to cross some items off my to-do list. I’d feel so much better if I could get something accomplished.”

Now here’s my thoughts and question for the week. Do you feel that if you could organize your time better and actually get a couple of things off your “to-do” list that you would enjoy the “fun” things even more?

Or do we follow Gretchen’s thoughts, that by taking time to do something that truly was “fun” for us, that in turn we would feel energized and ready to tackle “the List”?

But then again, does it even matter which way we lean? If we are taking the time to do something that is truly fun for us…before or after a task are we not accomplishing “more happiness”?

I also think the thing I need to truly address is what is actually FUN for me. There are many times during my life that I’ve done something or gone somewhere that I would have answered, Yeah it was fun.

But now more then ever I’m searching for those moments, activities and adventures that are truly “ME”. Something that brings me JOY. Makes me feel happy. These things aren’t necessarily what I would have thought of 10-5 or even 1 year ago. But I do think it’s important to re-evaluate your precious time and find something that is yours, something that may help bring the rest of your life into focus.

FUN