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Home Show Oct 15 -18th

October 6, 2009

The Professional Organizers in Canada will be the Vancouver Home Show this year. Come and visit our booth. We’ll have a before/after display. Also, come by and stump an professional organizer.

Do you have an organizing challenge in your home/office?


Observe the dog

September 7, 2009

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

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  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
  • Take naps.
  • Stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp, and play daily.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
  • When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you’re not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

The Artist’s Way

September 7, 2009

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I’m currently in a weekly study group with a bunch of great, like-minded individuals. We are studying the book ” The Artist’s Way” by Julie Cameron. It’s a 12 week program to discover or rediscover  your creative self.

I have to say it’s been life changing. Not to give out too much detail, but you have to write three pages every morning. Aside from carpal tunnel syndrome,  it’s been an amazing experience.

Heather Jassy, Life coach/ counselor has been facilitating the process along the way, which has been very helpful. Yah, you can do it yourself -but having a life coach and a woman that has supported people through it in the past – is quite helpful.

She’s offering the 12-week program again in the new year. To sign up email

I’m going to finish my painting now.

Productivity is an Art

September 2, 2009

UnknownDo you fear that you’ll stop being creative if you start being organized? Are you a writer who never finds the time to finish that article? Are you a  musician with no time to practice with the band?

It doesn’t have to be that way.Let’s get the projects done and ideas implemented.  Let’s reFRAMe. reframe is a  productivity system for creative people. This summer myself Jodi Carter, Professional Organizer and Heather Jassy, Life coach/counselor created a program to help creative people get productive.

reframe is a simple productivity system built specifically for creative people, especially people for whom past productivity systems have not worked. Creative people thrive when they have reminders, deadlines, routines, color, and a unique combination of structure and open space.


  • a system for keeping your desk organized
  • a visual to-do system that utilizes writing, color, and cool gadgetry
  • a system for keeping your email inbox clear and organized
  • systems for bringing new energy and focus to your current projects
  • time blocks set aside to generate and cultivate new ideas and feed your imagination
  • a flexible system of time management with alarms and reminders to keep you on track

To purchase or for more information go to

What is a Professional Organizer?

August 12, 2009



Yes, organizers have an Association. I’ve been a member of POC (Professional Organizers In Canada) since 2006. We meet monthly for education and support. I love hanging with a room full of like-minded organizers.  We share ideas and talk about the industry so that we can best represent our clients.

What is POC all about?


“A professional organizer supports and empowers clients through the creative and ethical application of organizing systems and processes, and the transfer of organizing skills, to develop appropriate and lasting solutions for their individual needs.”

Visit the POC website to find out more.

China dishes

July 28, 2009


China Cups

China Cups

China, China Everywhere!
I often find that people have beautiful china collections that they rarely use.  If you have a set of China from a dear aunt or from your grandmother, use it!  Here are some ideas.

Keep one piece on display
It’s a shame to keep those beautiful colours and patterns stored in a drawer.  Select a safe place, like a mantle, and take daily pleasure in your heirloom.

Consider buying a bit of hardware to better support your dish.  A trip to the hardware store or a frame shop will leave you with endless options about how to best display your dish.

Sell at a consignment store.
If you don’t feel like you’ll ever use your china, why not sell it?  Use the money to buy a set of dishes that you normally couldn’t afford.  At least someone will take pleasure in your set, and you will create some ‘breathing space’ in your home.

Use it daily
Most people worry about breaking china so they don’t use their sets very often.  Although this may seem like a good idea in theory, it’s a bit crazy when you break it down.  Why do we own things that we rarely use?  Celebrate your china and get connected with the relatives that gave you the dishes by incorporating your heirlooms into your routine.  I’m sure your relatives will look on fondly from above perhaps wishing they had done the same.

Kitchen from the past

July 8, 2009


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It’s rad to see appliances from the 50s that are still in great shape.  I had to take a photo of this oven to illustrate that craftsmanship and care make a difference.  I love the glass doors and the side-by-side ovens.  I bet this cost a pretty penny back in the day!

“Coffee” Before and After

July 8, 2009
Ahhhh….a great cup of coffee.  Lovely to look at and lovely to sip! Especially when my lovely husband prepares one for me.


Oh.  NO!  My elbow hit the cup and I almost ruined my laptop and Blackberry.  Great.  Looks like I’m going to have to create a bit more “breathing space” on my desk.  My current solution:  clear off any papers and put the cup as far away as possible from the laptop.



Collecting dolphin figurines

July 6, 2009

An Ex-Collector Comes Clean

I once loved collecting anything that had to do with dolphins. My house was full of figurines, posters, spoons, pens or T-shirts that were all adorned with dolphins. My friends and family always knew what to get me for my birthday, and my love for dolphins played out every time I reached for something to wear or glanced at my wall!

Hitting the Wall
But then a weird thing happened: I realized that my love for dolphins wasn’t tied to a bunch of stuff that I didn’t really use.  I’d graduated to a level where I could appreciate the little critters without accumulating clutter (I am a professional organizer, after all).

Dolphin Intervention
But while I was over my addiction to dolphins, my family and friends weren’t.  The dolphin gifts kept pouring in and my shelves kept filling up. I realized that I’d have to inform my loved ones that I’d ended my collection phase – and that I’d “left the pod” behind me.  The problem was that I felt bad telling my friends not to give me gifts.

Taking Charge of the Process
In the end I didn’t have to worry. I approached my family and friends and told them that I really wasn’t interested in collecting “themed” items anymore.  I informed them that I really just wanted to spend time with them, instead of receiving gifts.  The news went over well and now I have more quality time with the people that I love – and I have less clutter.  A win-win situation!

The Moral
It’s OK to stop collecting things even if your identity is wrapped up in your memorabilia.  Your family and friends aren’t going to think you’re a weirdo because you’ve outgrown a collection – they’ll probably like spending more time with you in lieu of gifts – or shopping for a different, unique gift for you.  Most of all, you’ll be thankful for more breathing space.

The story of stuff

June 19, 2009

Check out this informative story on “STUFF” We all have it, we all need less of it.

With today’s prosperity, we have everything – and what we really want is less stuff. Breathing Space Consulting helps you make space for what matters most