Donate for good!

What is cluttering up YOUR home? The things that clutter your home could continue to serve a good purpose in your community if you donate. Donations can; become treasures for someone else, provide employment, support community programmes, be diverted from landfill, AND get the clutter out of your home! More and more Canadians are both downsizing on the one hand,…

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Professional Organizer Tools of the Trade

Professional Organizer tools of the trade I’m a Professional Organizer, but sometimes I think I should be called The Decluttering Ninja! Because before you can organize, you need to declutter so that you don’t waste your time organizing things that aren’t needed, used or wanted. I spend a LOT of time helping people declutter… So… what does a Decluttering Ninja do?…

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10 Organizer tips for a stress-free move

Being better prepared is the best way to make your move as stress-free as possible. A move means uprooting your things, and therefore temporarily losing your points of reference. Whether or not you’re hiring movers, the following points can help. Create Safe Zones for things that really matter during your move to keep more control. Moving File (binder if you…

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Hello, My Name Is Doris Sheds Light on Hoarding

I’m so glad I read this blog! I find that hoarding disorder is a powerful and mysterious phenomenon. I work with many clients who are “keepers” (what a wonderful phrase!), and they generally are attached to their possessions with a very strong psychological superglue. Practically impossible to separate them. Thank you for voicing the view that patience and understanding is…

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Our new normal

6 years ago, our home was truly overcrowded. I did not yet have the skills to manage the ebb and flow of things we lived with. I am very happy to say that things are very different now! The following are my favorite strategies that have gradually made this transformation possible. I have learned to bring home less. I am much…

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#1 Building block for a more organized life

Came home from work today feeling sluggish. It’s only 4pm. Hours of potentially productive time ahead of me. What to do? Scrolling down the mental list- “I could do that… or that… or maybe that. Even enough time to take on that.” Looking around our little home: Clutter. Disorder. Piles. I feel myself sinking…more and more sluggish. I remember a gold nugget of…

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Surprising experiment in authenticity

  For the first time, I had no desire this year to decorate, think of gifts, or cook traditional fare. Rather than forcing myself out of a sense of obligation, I respected my instincts and did almost nothing. Putting up the tree was very important for my daughter, and she could have decorated it had she wanted to. I got…

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Communication in 2015

I remember that image from my childhood. And today I’m working on configuring my WordPress blog so it will play nicely with MailChimp. Makes the head spin. I’ve got the invaluable help of Alexander Westcott in my corner. Wish us luck!

Five years and counting

Best friend to the rescue again. Five years ago I told my best friend my criteria for a new career, and she suggested “Professional Organizer”. I replied “What’s that?” With just a little internet research I learned that there are associations of professional organizers, and education available. I signed up on the spot and started taking classes. I was eager…

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