Simplifying

When your home is disorganized, your life is disorganized. There, I said it! Doesn’t it always feel good to walk into your home when its clean and tidy and everything is exactly the way it should be? And doesn’t it feel stressful when you come home to a messy home, filled with clutter? Did you know, studies show that clutter around your house raises your stress level?

All that stuff you throw into a closet or drawer, that stuff you don’t use and don’t really want but don’t have the energy or patience to go through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All that STUFF is what is contributing to a stressful unbalanced life. Clutter doesn’t just mean the things that build up in your home, its the toxic relationships  and the exhausting schedules, they are all clutter, and you should rid yourself of it all.

 

Simplifying your home

When you picture your dream home, I bet its not filled with clutter. Imagine your house to be a sanctuary you come home to, a place you can kick off your shoes (and put away neatly) and relax. When you have less stuff in your home, you have less to manage, less to tidy and less to worry about. If you haven’t used something for over a year, chances are you’re not going to, and it should be passed on to someone else. Regularly (a few times a year) going through your house is essential to keeping a simple, tidy home. Be ruthless in the editing process, keeping in mind what you want your home to represent to you. For me, there is no set schedule, when I notice the pantry is looking too full or the shoe shelves look full and cluttered, I edit and pair down. I don’t keep anything I don’t use or don’t want, everything in my home serves a purpose.

 

Simplifying your schedule & making time for yourself

Today, being busy seems to come with a badge of honour. There’s a myth out there that the busier you are, or the faster you work the more quickly you will progress in your personal and work life.

Theres many articles and science based facts that tell us all to slow down and rest, to take time to breathe and calm your mind and body but rarely do we do this, especially in North America. Everyone has to be somewhere at some point and keep up with the rat race that is life in 2018.

In a world of over-scheduling, why not schedule in some nothing time. Time for you to sit and mediate, or go for a run, or paint a picture, anything that calms your mind and slows your pace. For me, I try and take a bath every-night, I dim the lights, grab a book and sit in the bath and read. I love diffusing essential oils in my room at night to set the stage for a peaceful nights sleep. For me, just the smells of oils in a diffuser or a aromatic bubble bath helps helps to relax me after a long day. One of my favourite and go-to wellness brand is Saje.

Just walking in any one of their stores does good for your soul. With a range of wellness products, from essential oils and natural cleaning products to baby wash and body lotion you’re sure to find something in here to treat yourself to. My favourite product is the sleep well restful sleep remedy…. simply roll onto your jaw, wrist throat or temples and sleep the night away… zzzzz

 

As mentioned above, its so important to take time for yourself. That time can be doing anything you want, anything that brings you happiness. It can be a once a week coffee with a friend, a pedicure every month or dinner alone (one of my favourite things to do is go to the movies alone). You know that saying “you cant fill from an empty bucket,” well its true, when you’re exhausted and over run, over-scheduled and overwhelmed it’s helping no one around you, especially yourself.

Removing the Clutter

Clutter is one of those things that you have to stay on top of, or it will consume you. To say you have “de-cluttered” isn’t something you will do once and never do again, you have to continually manage it, as it will never end. From the clothes in your closet to the paperwork piles around your home, setting time to go through these things is essential to keeping your home tidy. You wouldn’t hire a cleaning lady to clean your home once and then expect it to stay clean forever right? The same goes with decluttering and organizing. As seasons change, so does life and so does your homes function. Kids grow out of clothes, grow out of toys, you may change your wardrobe, or develop a new love of thriller novels. What this means is that for those new novels you are bringing into the house, the ones you have already read and experienced need to be passed along to someone else. The toys your kids don’t play with anymore? They have served their purpose in your home, and now they can serve a purpose in someone else’s.

 

Simplifying your home and your schedule, I believe, is crucial especially in todays world where life is on fast forward. Removing the clutter from your home, your mind and your schedule is so important to really enjoy life. Being busy is overrated, slow down, relax and simplify.


My trip to ‘Type A Home’

I love Victoria. I love pretty much everything about living on this part of the island. What I don’t love? the limited amount of boutique style shops that specialize in certain items. I would love it if we could see less of the big box stores and more ‘mom & pop’ shops set up. Finding good, well made organizing products is difficult in Victoria, and too often I am forced to order online and even from the U.S. which can get pretty pricey. So I was so excited when I saw that the owners of Parc Modern had opened up a sister store specifically for all things Organizing, called Type A Home.

This husband and wife team didn’t disappoint. The main level Uptown store location was filled with items for travel and car, to kitchen and bathroom. I circled the store a few times, each loop finding something else both practical and functional. There were one too many items to list as favourites, so I selected my top 5 below.

If you haven’t made it in to Type A Home yet, make sure to pop in and see how these well selected, thought out- organizing products can help you organize and simplify your home.


Why fewer toys will benefit your kids

Toys… they seem to be never ending these days. If you have children you understand! I am constantly telling clients, less! less! less! So for this post I complied a few reasons why fewer toys will actually benefit your kids.

Toys are not JUST playthings, they actually form the building blocks for our children’s future. While an abundance of these building blocks seems like a logical idea, kids thrive on much less toys than you would expect; and here’s why:

1. Kids experience more of nature. Children who are not bombarded with toys filing up their rooms, family rooms and basements, are more likely to explore the great outdoors, running, hiding, and involving themselves in physical exercise which leads to healthy bodies and healthy minds.

2. Kids learn to be more creative. So many toys prevent kids from letting their imagination run wild. With less toys, kids are forced to make believe, be creative and think outside the box.

3. Kids establish better social skills. Children with fewer toys, learn how to develop relationships with their peers and even with other adults. Instead of busying themselves with an abundance of toys, they learn how to converse back and forth with others.

4. Kids learn to take greater care of things. When children are overwhelmed with the amount of toys in their possession, they are naturally less likely to want to take care of them all. They do not learn to value them if there is always a replacement ready at hand.

5.Kids live in a cleaner, tidier home. If you have children, you know that toy clutter can quickly take over your entire home. Having fewer toys results in a less cluttered and more organized home.


5 Reasons to hire a professional Organizer!

So often I hear from clients, “I know I could do this myself but I didn’t know where to start,” or “I’ve tried organizing our home so many times but it doesn’t seem to work.” Some people feel shame or embarrassment with “having” to hire a professional organizer and that definitely doesn’t need to be the case! Plenty of people hire professional house cleaners or personal trainers, tutors for your children or dog walkers for your pups, so why the need to shy away from hiring someone to help you create a more functional home? Nothing to be ashamed of about that!
Hiring a professional organizer can be quite liberating . There is so much freedom in de-cluttering and becoming organized. What I love most about my job is working with families and seeing the huge changes that take place once we work together and create a beautiful space that they never thought possible.

 

So, below you will find 5 reasons why you might need to hire a professional organizer!

 

1.YOU NEED ACCOUNTABILITY

For the same reasons people will hire a personal trainer to help motivate and hold them accountable for reaching their fitness goals, you may need a organizer to help hold you accountable for your organizational goals. When your trying to organize yourself, it’s easy to talk yourself out of things like what items to hold onto or what items to purge. Its also easy to give up and go eat a bag of chips instead! What a professional organizer can do is encourage you along the way and keep you motivated to complete the task. When you’ve booked an organizer to come into your home, theres no excuses!

2. YOU NEED HELP MAKING DECISIONS

Organizing your home can be very overwhelming and you can easily get stuck in the process of de-cluttering because of the challenges your faced with when it comes to keeping or tossing household items. Professional organizers can coach you through every decision so that you are able to move forward and get through the challenges with a little more ease.

3. THE DAYS ARE TOO SHORT

There are only so many hours in the day, and with work, kids, school, groceries, cleaning, errands, and sports just to name a few who has time to sit down and organize a room? Hiring a professional organizer, can keep you focused on the task at hand and spending your time organizing more efficiently!

4. YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START

Oftentimes when a job seems too large we become paralyzed and put off starting for “another day.” An organizer can wok alongside you and break down that huge job into smaller more achieveable tasks.

5. YOU FIND IT HARD TO FINISH A PROJECT

As I mentioned, I hear this all the time. Usually when people have decided to hire me, it has come after multiple unsuccessful attempts to organize their home. You see these amazing homes and DIY organizing tips on Pinterest and think you can do it all in one quick go, but unfortunately it just doesn’t happen like that. Where a professional organizer can help is keep you focused and realistic about the process and motivated to achieve the look and functionality of the room until its complete.

 

These are just a few of the reasons you might find it necessary to hire an organizer. Personally, I love working alongside people in their homes. The messy, disorganized and chaotic homes are what I love to work with, so there is never any pretending or shaming. I am always so thankful when families welcome me into their homes, it’s a job i thoroughly enjoy and take pride in!

So, what are you waiting for?