Articles About Downsizing

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Downsize the New Year’s Goal Setting

It’s that time of year again when all the Facebook status updates, Tweets, magazine articles, blog posts, and so on, are talking about New Year’s Resolutions. I say it’s time to downsize these, or perhaps more correctly, right-size them. How many years have we made a list of changes we wanted in … [Read More...]

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Downsizing the Christmas Wrap

If you grew up in a family like mine, you were taught to recycle all possible gift wrap to use for the next appropriate event. The concept of downsizing it was as foreign as it could possibly be back then! Anything disposed of was well beyond another use, under any circumstances. My aunt even ironed … [Read More...]

Plaster And Heart

How to Prepare to Downsize?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? It’s actually a bigger question than the words indicate. Preparing to downsize includes four dimensions: Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. Assuming the downsizing is to move to a smaller home, whatever shape that may take, here are the steps I … [Read More...]

Downsizing vs Minimalism

I'm honored to be over at Helena Kalivoda's blog today talking about Downsizing and Minimalism. Is there a difference between downsizing and minimalism? With so much published lately about minimalism, I'm beginning to wonder if the two are regarded as the same. What do you think? Why not drop … [Read More...]

Make a Mental Move to Downsize

While we talk about downsizing our possessions and home, many times it’s out of fear of doing just that. If such a situation were in the near future, the idea of going through all our belongings and selecting only a fraction of them to come with us to our smaller home, is daunting to say the … [Read More...]

Articles About Organizing

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I was surprised recently to learn that I’d been honoured with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award (VIB) for my writing about organizing. This recognizes bloggers “who work hard to keep the blogosphere a beautiful place”. I can only say I wasn’t expecting anything like this, ever! The email came from … [Read More...]

costs of disorganization

10 Costs of Disorganization

When we talk about organization and disorganization, the perception is usually whether we can find something tangible or not. Today we’re going to address the intangible losses that come with disorganization and how to alleviate them. In no particular order: Issue: strained relationships when … [Read More...]

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Home Organizing as Vision Board

What does organizing have to do with vision boards? Let’s start with what vision boards are for those who aren’t familiar with the concept. Vision boards are like a wish list of activities, travel destinations, life experiences etc. that we create on a poster board or in a notebook with images of … [Read More...]

JOY and organizing

A New Way to Look at Organizing

In the organizing process, organizers frequently ask our clients whether they love and/or use an item or if it brings them joy when deciding whether to let it go. Now, there are plenty of other criteria as well, such as: when did you last use or wear it; does it fit well; do the colours flatter you; … [Read More...]

Earth Day

Earth Day 2015 and Organizing

Have you ever wondered how Earth Day began? I did, so went to Mr. Google to ask. Here’s what he told me. Back in 1970 two forward thinking American men (John McConnell and Gaylord Nelson) invited folks to support environmental issues and millions showed up and participated. Hard to believe that’s … [Read More...]