Excitement!

me looking very happy

I did a thing. A fabulous impulsive thing I'm so glad about! I didn't set out to do the thing, but it was meant to be. I gave them my money - threw all sorts of money at them - and got an email saying thanks, things fill up quickly so we'll get back to…

No Need to Keep Notes

blue box for recycling

I’m giving a presentation soon to a new group, who aren’t familiar with my radical decluttering methods, but they are professional organizers, so … I’m tempted to ask them: What will you do with the handout after the session is done? I love Marie Kondo's approach: “My basic principle for sorting papers is to throw…

The Sky’s the Limit

I'm so excited to be doing a workshop at the Professional Organizers in Canada Annual Conference in Toronto this November! The theme is "Unlimited Potential: The Sky's the Limit" and I'm hoping to take that literally with a trip up the CN Tower when my kids join me on the weekend there 😄. See the…

Let’s Get Sentimental

kids' painted welcome sign

We may not yet have paperless offices, but times have definitely changed when it comes to keeping mementoes. Most of my kids’ schoolwork is done through google classroom, my ticket stubs and boarding passes are QR codes on my phone, and I don’t get many airmail letters with exotic stamps from pen pals anymore. Cleaning…

Short and Sweet

screenshot of short email

Want to get your message across better? You don’t need specialized editing or grammar software, you can tighten up your written work with any word processing program.  I’m getting lots of editing work these days (could be because my answer to those requests is always YES PLEASE! MORE! MORE!) and thought I would share my simple…

Facing Illness With Grace

colourful sunrise

How To Be Sick Well I’m a bit unwell, and writing what I need to hear today. Awhile ago I had a (congested) laugh when I was coming down with a cold and googled ways to think about minor illness. I’ll talk about the helpful advice below, but the funny one was an article about…

Expect the Unexpected

notebook page with "new plan" crossed out and "new new plan" written

I love to plan – LOVE setting out all my upcoming adventures in my calendar, dreaming about what I’ll do on that weekend in Manhattan or what chores to tackle before a gaggle of teenagers fills my basement for a sleepover. A lesson I have to learn repeatedly though, is that whatever story I tell…

Letting “Sunk Costs” Go

library room

I sometimes keep things or stay in situations that I know are a mistake, just because I spent a lot of time, energy, and money making that mistake. It's hard to let go of my "investment", but as soon as I do I wonder why I didn't move on much sooner - the freedom and…

Freedom from The Scary Pile

blossoming tree on a peaceful street

When I was young and in a new job, one of my responsibilities was approving (or not) requests for government funding in an area I didn’t know much (okay, nothing) about clinically. There were rules and politics and personalities involved in each decision and I didn’t like doing it. The requests came in by mail,…

A few words about things taking the time they need, and yoga

me and my daughter in downward dog pose

My first yoga class echoed with laughter as a friend and I twisted our bodies into awkward knots. We were young, at a gym to get a workout, and paid no attention to the meditative or relaxation parts of the class. A bit older, I lay on my mat in a library basement, no longer…