Full House Deep Cleaning Guide

Many people are currently home Try cleaning a different area each day of the week and perhaps give yourself a break on the weekend! Kitchen. The kitchen is one of the areas we use the most, thus it is a great place to start. Microwave. Vinegar and water is a great way to remove any build up of food debris in your microwave. Spray both the outside and inside of the microwave then wipe away the remains. Toaster Oven. The toaster oven is another place that often gets covered in crumbs and food debris. Remove the food debris from the toaster tray lining by dumping it out. Spray some ...

Eliminate Cable and Cord Clutter

Changing Technology Trends We all have that pile of mismatched cables and cords that has been sitting idle in a drawer for years. With technology trends constantly changing we are acquiring new devices at an ever increasing pace to add to our collection, thus abandoning our outdated gadgets. With that pile of useless cords growing bigger every year, wouldn’t it be nice to quickly eliminate cable and cord clutter within your home once and for all? Read on to learn our simple five step method for decluttering and organizing your cords. Sorting and Recycling The first step is to take note of which ...

Set Goals

Everyone needs to set goals to achieve our dreams. Setting goals is also important in order to achieve our ideal living space. This blog discusses the importance of determining goals for each room. This helps to direct the decluttering and organizing process. What? If you want to be organized, you need to determine what you want to use your space for. By doing so, decluttering and organizing that space will become much easier. You can then ask yourself, does this item belong in this space? For example, maybe you have stored your workout equipment in the living room. However, this is not ...

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

Within your home everything should have a place. If this is not the case, then this should be the ultimate goal for your home. This will take time and it is a learning process so be mindful that change will not happen overnight. When everything has a designated place, you will not struggle to find something or think twice about where to put an item when you have finished using it. This blog is action packed! The first section discusses the importance of having a place for everything in your home. The following section focuses on how to translate this ...

Dealing With Digital Clutter

An organized and clutter-free digital space can increase efficiency and productivity.  It can be quite stressful searching for important work documents or your favourite vacation photo amidst a disorganized digital space. Digital clutter is quite common especially if an organizational system has not been used to prevent disorder from occuring. Similar to your home, working in a clean space (in this case, a digital one) can lead to a more efficient use of time when completing tasks using your digital devices.  Give yourself the productive work space that you deserve with the following tips for organizing your digital devices. Label Your Files Be ...

Declutter Your Cookbooks

Don’t get me wrong, I love cookbooks! Growing up we always made great meals and desserts using my family’s cookbooks. I used to page carefully through our cookbooks looking for the perfect recipe for my Mom to cook for us. One of my current favourite’s is Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals cookbook, although I must admit it usually takes me longer than fifteen minutes to prepare his recipes! My family had one cookbook for every type of food from cookies to seasonal home cooking. As I grew up, I noticed that an increasing number of cookbooks would find their way ...

Three Ways to Celebrate Christmas More Sustainably

Having trouble getting everything done before Christmas next week? Feeling guilty that all the wrapping paper will just get thrown away and end up in a landfill after all the gifts are unwrapped? Well guess what? It isn’t as hard as you think to celebrate Christmas and even give presents in a way that has a lower impact on the environment. This post is all about putting an eco-friendly spin on Christmas 2018. Wrapping Presents Wrap your presents differently this year! Choose alternative materials such as: Old newspapers – Keep some of your newspapers leading up to the holidays and try wrapping gifts ...

Kick-Start Your Clutter Free Journey!

I recently read an article in the Princeton Alumni Weekly from 2015 which discusses the research of psychology professor Sabine Kastner. Her 20 years of research on attention found that visual clutter contends with our brain’s ability to stay focused. It also causes a decline in our cognitive function over time. This study also found that our brain really isn’t very good at ignoring clutter. We tend to use all of the available space within our home to ‘temporarily’ store clutter until we find a permanent home for it. Unfortunately, the rate at which stuff comes in is faster than ...

Organizing Your Spices!

Storing spices can be difficult. With no organizational system, it is so easy to lose the many plastic bags containing spices among the many other pantry items in your kitchen. It is even harder to keep track of these bags if they are left unlabeled. How can one possibly go from complete disorganization to a beautiful and fully functional, even Instagram worthy spice cupboard? Don’t worry it’s easier than you might think! This post outlines some simple ways to properly store and organize your spices. A few months ago I organized all my spices so here is a step by ...

Reducing Mental Clutter with Mental Dumping

Every day is filled with tasks, projects, assignments, and endless chores. Unfortunately we tend to allow this never ending list of ‘to do’ items to swirl around aimlessly in our minds throughout the day. I wanted to find a strategy to manage my mental clutter that was quick and also very simple. This week’s post focuses on reducing mental clutter by completing a daily ‘mental dump’. I first read about mentally dumping in a book called Behind the Clutter written by June Saruwatari, a professional life coach and professional organizer. This was a fabulous book with so many great mechanisms ...

Why work with an Organizer?

I frequently get asked “why is it beneficial to work with a professional organizer?” There are many reasons to work with an expert organizer especially when you consider how hard it can be to tackle the task of decluttering and organizing your home alone. This post focuses on a few of the most significant reasons why it is beneficial to ask for help from a professional organizing consultant. Organizing systems Professional organizers can help identify your biggest organizing challenges. Home organizers will collaborate with you to create organizational systems that are specific to your household needs and personal preferences. Eliminate Clutter An organizer can ...

Home Organizing – Managing Unfinished Projects

Starting a new project should be a great feeling! Initially we tend to feel excited as we begin new projects, but too often other responsibilities and activities get in the way of completing said projects. This results in a constantly growing pile of incomplete projects sitting in the hallway, living room, kitchen, garage, etc. causing unnecessary physical and mental clutter. Don’t fret! This kind of clutter can be managed and even prevented. This post discusses the importance of prioritizing, planning realistically, and considering your current values as you decide which projects truly fit into your life. Strategies for Managing Incomplete Projects ...

Decluttering & Organizing - Where to begin?

I’m so overwhelmed! Feeling overwhelmed by clutter? Maybe you have tried to begin organizing your home, but between all of your chores and all the emotions that flood your mind as you even consider getting started, you decide to leave the clutter for another day when you have less to do. Unfortunately, this cycle repeats itself over and over.  So, how do you break the cycle and start your decluttering journey? First off, let me start by saying that becoming organized takes time – it doesn’t happen overnight. By embracing this idea, you can help reduce the overwhelming feelings that arise when ...

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