Posts Tagged ‘organizing’

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


Give it the ONE hour test

June 18, 2009

If there was an emergency situation, and you had no choice but to gather up everything that was important to you in one hour or less. What would you take? What would you leave behind? This should give you an excellent indication of the items that are truly important to you, and those items that aren’t very important to you at all.

21 Kitchens 21 Days

June 16, 2009

Exciting summer promotion starting June 21st!

What: Organize 21 Kitchens in 21 Days – by donation with 50% of profits going to the Food Bank of Greater Vancouver!

Who: The Duchesses of Declutter (launching our new business – the combined power of Clockwork Professional Organizing and Breathing Space Consulting). Call 604.805.4902 or 604.617.5042.

Where: 2 hours in your kitchen with 2 Professional Organizers doing hands on work

Myself, Jodi Carter and Tara McDougall, have come together to create a new venture to help people get organized – The Duchesses of Declutter. The broader business we are creating is an entity to support women – Tangerine Duchess – with off-shoot businesses, such as (but not limited to) “The Duchesses of Declutter,” “The Duchesses of Coaching,” and “ The Duchesses of Money.” We are beginning with our area of strength which is the world of decluttering – website and email addresses will be along shortly.

To create some excitement around our business we are running a summer promotion – 21 Kitchens in 21 Days. We will be organizing a total of 21 kitchens starting June 21st and ending July 11th. Everything is by donation! And we will be giving 50% of our profits to the Food Bank of Greater Vancouver. The Food Bank always needs help during the summer months. We all think about the hungry during the Christmas season, but there are people who need help throughout the year. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help the hungry – 1 kitchen at a time!

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Closets – How to..

June 1, 2009

Front entrance closets can be quite a challenge. Thinking vertical is a good start.

1. Empty out of the contents. 2. Sort & purge. 3. Contain items (buy what you need) 4. Re-organize contents back into the closet. 5. Keep items off the floor. 6. Make sure you have plenty of light.

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Paper toss – No brainers

June 1, 2009

Sifting through piles of papers can be very time consuming. Starting with the “no brainer” papers are the easiest. Okay, you have to have brains. Here’s a place to get started.

And remember …………..Recycle!

  • Junk Mail
  • Old Investment forms (maybe new ones too 🙂 )
  • Cancelled cheques
  • Old Catalogs
  • Old Magazines
  • Old Schedules
  • Business Cards – once entered into you contact list – or get rid of them if you don’t remember the person.
  • Recipe Clippings – you can always find them on the internet.
  • Expired Coupons
  • Manuals and instruction booklets – you can find any information on the internet. Check to see if you still have the product.
  • Expired Insurance Docs – IF not needed for your taxes.
  • Old maps
  • Extra photos -or the bad ones too. You don’t have to keep them.

When is the right time to hire an ORGANIZER?

May 26, 2009

When is the right time to hire a Professional Organizer? Everyone’s pain thresholds are different. It’s time when the pain way exceeds the pleasures in life. There are some predictable times when life sends you changes and transitions. For example: Consider hiring a Professional Organizer when the following life changes happen:

Birth – maybe some room re-organizing.
Moving – packing and decluttering.
Death – when you’re the one in the family that must deal with the logistics.
Divorce – Setting up new residence.
Illness – Too tired to organize or unable.
Emergency ( flood or fire) We can help with packing and decluttering.

Spring has Sprung

April 3, 2009

Springtime is the perfect time to lighten up your home.

Your home is a expression of you. You don’t need to be perfect either does your home. Every home doesn’t need to look like an Ikea showroom.

1. If you’re a morning person organize in the morning – If youre a night owl – do it at night. Monitor when you have most energy and your organizing will benefit.

2. Do you have a memory box? If not, get one. There are many beautiful boxes and baskets on the market. Store greeting cards, pictures, awards and small souvenirs etc. Just make a rule – One in the box- take one out.
Remember – too many kept tangible memories creates mental clutter.

3. Think Veritical – Use back of doors, cupboards or coat closets. Ikea has great hanging organizational products.

4. Choose your furniture to be functional. Example:
An antique trunk can store blankets and extra pillows.A storage bench can offer space for shoes and sporting good items. Along with a place to sit and put on your shoes.

Spring is around the corner

March 10, 2009

Start this SPRING organizing the Office. Improve your paper flow by building a RAFT system. This simple system will make your office more efficient and productive. Create the following files and file the appropriate papers for each title. The destination decision of each piece of paper should only be 15 seconds.

1. Read – Everyday we receive papers that need to be read – if you don’t have time right away -create a file that you can go through each day or week.

2. Action- Create a file that is easily accessible for the tasks that need to be done in the immediate future.

3. File – Make sure you label each file and review them once a year. Before you file ask yourself – “Do I REALLY need to hang on to this?” (If you are worried about important tax documents, ask your accountant.)

4. Toss – Have your waste,recycling and/or shredder basket close to your sorting section of your office. Open your mail over the shredder for instant recycling.