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We have hired Adele Lapointe, owner and operator of Chaos to Clarity, to work alongside many of our clients as they prepare themselves for their move. There are many qualified organizers willing to step into this role, yet we have found Adele’s temperament a perfect fit, especially for our senior clients. Most often time is a factor, and Adele has always responded to our sense of urgency. She listens actively, offers non-judgmental assessments, utilizes the creative skills necessary in this role, makes no assumptions as to what our clients keep vs. items no longer needed, and once decided she has stayed with the process until items have been donated or discarded. We would not hesitate to recommend Adele Lapointe and her team!

Robert Christopher Team

Keller Williams Edge Realty

Burlington, ON

 

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REFRESH YOUR OFFICE FOR SPRING

Posted 4/8/2019

 

Some of us spend hours in our office and others have a job that takes them outside of their office for most of the day.  Whether your office is in your home or in an office building we do have to spend time there.  As a Professional Organizer, I have helped many clients organize their offices and I have had people confess that they would spend more time in their office but they just don’t like being in it.  You want your office to be a place that you can feel comfortable and productive.   There are many good tips on how to organize your stuff but one thing people forget to spend time on is how important the environment of our space is.

Here are 5 tips to help you get your office space refreshed for spring:

1)      Remove unrelated clutter:  When I enter a client’s office for the first time I notice things that do not relate to their business;  toys, magazines, clothing, food, tools, cleaning supplies and I could go on.  A lot of time this happens when we have something that does not have a home we say “Just put it in the office for now and I will deal with it later”.   My advice is to take a basket or bin and go around your office removing anything that does not pertain to what you want your office function to be.  Find homes for them so they do not end up back in your office.

2)      Let the light in:  If you are lucky enough to have windows in your office give them a good cleaning. If you have piles of items or paper in front of your windows, find a home for them and let the natural light in.  If you don’t have windows to let natural light in, how is the lighting in your office?  Are you able to change your lighting?  If not add lamps with lighting that replicates natural light.

3)      Space planning: How is your furniture placement? Do you feel things flow in your office?  Do you like where your desk is placed? I have had clients, not like their office but not sure why.  When discussing it they start to verbalize reasons like, having their back to their door bothers them, or they wish they were able to look outside the window, but some find looking out the window is a distraction. Tell yourself what it is you like and what makes you comfortable in your office and what it is that you need to change to have it that way.

4)      Add something new:  Is there a picture, painting or decorative item that makes you smile, brings you a good feeling.  Sometimes adding a plant or flowers can make a difference.  Whatever it is, find something to place in your office that when you enter your office it makes you feel you want to be there. 

5)      Motivated for a big change? How about a new paint colour or some new office furniture?  Different colours can bring different feelings, memories etc.  What is your colour(s) that makes you feel good?  If you are in a space that you do not have control of the colour of your walls, blend in product or pictures that can bring that colour(s) into your space.  Desks are like any other piece of furniture.  You should like it, be comfortable and be functional.

 

Whatever work you do in your office, take a few minutes to look at your space and decide if doing one or more of these tips will make a difference.  If so, you will find when you enjoy your environment it will help your productivity and creativity. 

Feel refreshed by refreshing your space.

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Yes! One More Opinion on Sparking Joy.

Posted 1/31/2019

 

  

Yes! One More Opinion on Sparking Joy.

Seeing all the posts, memes, jokes and praise for Marie Kondo and people asking my opinion I have decided, as a Professional Organizer for over 13 years, to share my thoughts on this.  A few years back a client handed me Marie’s book Sparking Joy and asked me if I had read it.  I shared that hadn’t read it but I had heard of it, and he asked if I wanted to borrow it as he felt he could relate to it so I did read it, having a feeling it would not "Spark Joy” with me.  As I predicted, it had some ideas and techniques that radiated with me and some that did not.  Now with the Netflix episodes, again, I felt that I had to watch just to say I did.  As I watched I tried to see it through some of my client's eyes that I have worked with and realized that most probably wouldn’t connect with her and some of her methods. Let’s take folding tee-shirts vertically.  Using vertical space is my favourite thing to do when organizing, but I have had clients say they like the look of it but they wouldn’t keep it up, and me, I like to hang my tees.  

           

As I watched I tried to understand how I was feeling, as some things made me uncomfortable and some things I could relate to, but it wasn’t till I read an article in the Huffington Post about her and her culture that it hit me.  She is approaching organizing that works for her and that fits into her culture and beliefs and that is not a bad thing but it does not work for everyone

Most Professional Organizers, when we first go in to a client’s home for the initial consultation, not only find out what their organizing challenges are but we are sensitive to their culture, we listen to what it is that has made them make that first call and it usually is not about the “stuff”.  The client needs to feel that you understand them and that they feel trust with you and that you are non-judgmental.  Some people are letting us into their homes that not even family and friends have been in for years.   I could go on and on but what I am saying is that we organize for the client, not to say that we are not constantly suggesting different ways to organize but we give them options that we feel might fit their way of thinking and it is ultimately their choice. 

The biggest positive about the Marie Kondo hype and movies with POs as main characters is that our industry is being talked about. I have been doing this for years and still meet people that do not know this industry exists or asks “so what do you really do?”  The wonderful thing about our industry is that there are many of us that have different specialities and support each other.  We are in many different areas across the world and have Associations in many countries, so if you are thinking that you have an organizing challenge you would like to talk to someone in your area look up the organization in your country.  Here in Canada, you can search for an organizer in your area at www.organizersincanada.com  and in the states, you could visit www.napo.net. 

There is one more positive thing that has come out of this and that is this has forced me out of my comfort zone to write my first blog.  So now that this first one is over I hope to share many more with you in the future.

May you find peace and clarity.

Adele

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5 Tips to Help with Holiday Decorations

Posted 11/26/2018

5  Tips to Help with Holiday Decorations   

 

Are your holiday decorations up yet?  I know for some it may be a little early, but I have noticed that a lot of people I know are putting up their decorations early this year, me included. I just wanted to share a few tips to think about when bringing out your holiday decorations or when putting them away this year.  

1)      Consider what your decorations are stored in.  Try to avoid cardboard boxes.  They wear with time and loose their strength so they don’t store as well.  Use bins to keep them clean, dry and undamaged.  Using clear bins or same colour bins helps to easily identify them in your storage area.  Red or green bins are great colours for the holiday decorations.  You can usually find them on sale around this time.

2)      Don’t forget to declutter and give away. When making room for your Christmas decorations consider decluttering and giving away now, so when the season is over and your decorations are put away it is done and looks great.

3)      Do you like to decorate different rooms?  As an organizer I always suggest to keep like items together but if you have multiple rooms to decorate consider packing up your decorations according to rooms.  This will save time next year.

4)      Having guests for the holiday?  Make up guest baskets ahead of time with clean towels, face clothes, bathroom accessories and even throw in a pair of slippers.  One less thing to worry about.

5)      Are extra pillows and blankets taking up linen closet space? Use a large canvas hanging wardrobe in one of your spare room closets or laundry room to store them.  This keeps them clean, and gives you a lot more storage space.

 

Enjoy the Holidays!

 

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