We're Pinning Out of Control

We’re Pinning Out of Control

Pinterest is one of my favourite social media platforms. I get inspired by the work and words of others, and it’s so convenient and fun to organize content I find online so I can retrieve it later for a project, hairstyle reference, or book recommendation. Full disclosure here, though. I’ve
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Disorganization & Self-Judgment: Why this Toxic Duo should Unfriend Each Other

Disorganization & Self-Judgment: Why this Toxic Duo should Unfriend Each Other

How does it make you feel to walk into a disorganized space in your home or office — to think about trying to find something in there, or having to work in there? Overwhelmed? Anxious? Angry? Those are answers that we hear a lot as professional organizers. Now, what about
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Organizing Reduces Stress & Boosts Mental Health

Organizing Reduces Stress & Boosts Mental Health

As the “holiday season” unfolds all around us, are you feeling joyful?  Or perhaps it’s more like anxious? This time of year can be stressful for many reasons, one being the disorganization of your house and belongings. How do you feel when: you try to find something in your room/house/space
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Telling My Parents They Have Too Much Stuff

Telling my parents they have too much stuff wasn’t easy. The words were easy to get out, but I couldn’t help but feel judgmental and critical – who am I to judge? I’m an organizer, that’s who! Being committed to supporting everyone in their efforts to organize, de-clutter and minimize,
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How Döstädning or Swedish Death Cleaning Can Work For You

Recently, I have worked with two clients who, due to a death of a parent, have had to deal with the aftermath of de-cluttering and organizing the family home. This involves decisions about what to keep, what to let go of, how to decide, who to involve in the decision-making,
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Who is the Master of Our Objects – US or THEM?

A long time ago, objects were tools that were required for day-to-day survival – one needed an axe to chop wood, a knife to cut up meat, and shovels to dig holes. However, as time progressed, the world became more plentiful, and objects started to play a different role. They
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Fall in LOVE with Fall Organizing!

Fall is here and with that comes many opportunities for Ease Up Organizing fall organizing, events and activities! Please click here to read our latest e-news.
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Here’s What Happened When I Hired a Professional Organizer

As someone surrounded by her share of “do it yourself” attitudes, asking for professional help came hard to me. At work, I was organized and could easily knock off a to-do list like nobody’s business. But that same level of organization didn’t translate over to my home space, and it
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Summer Fun in Latest Ease Up e-news

Click below for our latest Ease Up summer e-news!
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Organization & Aging – What You Need To Know

As we learned recently in the news, for the first time in Canadian history seniors outnumber children in Canada (5.9 million Canadians over 65 compared to 5.8 million Canadians 14 and under), I can’t help but wonder what impact this will have on the way we live, how much we
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How to Hygge for Optimal Organization & Happiness

You may have noticed a lot of talk about hygge lately (pronounced “hoo-gah”), which, in a nutshell, is a Danish approach to living simply and intentionally. According to Luisa Thomsen Brits, author of, ‘The Book of Hygge - The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection’, hygge is a way
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What If We Were All Minimalists?

As a Professional Organizer, I frequently get asked, and consequently think about, what it means to be a minimalist. Clients will often wonder, “If I were a minimalist, my life would be easier, right?” to which I say, “maybe.” The reason for the “maybe”? Years of conditioning and the implication
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Fling into Spring with these Five (+1) Organizing Tips

Spring is here and that means time to get organized - below are 5 ways to do just that! 1. Entryway Excavating Your entrance is the first thing you see when you get home so it's time to give it some much-deserved love and attention. Time to put away the
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Spark Joy or Leave Sh*t Everywhere – Where Are You On The Organizing Spectrum?

After listening to a recent discussion on CBC radio about two very different approaches to organizing,  I felt it would be a fun to explore this topic further. Based on two books, Marie Kondo’s mega bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and
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Ease Up Winter E-News Is Here!

For our full colour winter e-news please CLICK HERE and let us know how we can help you live with more ease in 2017!
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The Rule of Three

Groupings of three are more satisfying, powerful and effective than other numbered things. Examples include: The Three Stooges, primary colours, The Musketeers, triple plays, the tenors, and movie trilogies. The Organizing Experts are adding another group to this list: The Owners of Ease Up - Pauline, Jeff & Lindsay. We are thrilled to announce that Jeff
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Why We Love Winter & You Can Too!

We love winter, we really do. With colder days and more time spent inside, winter is a great time to tackle our most pressing organizational and decluttering goals. Perhaps your new years resolutions included gaining more control over your belongings? Spending less time searching for items and getting frustrated by
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Streamlining, Organizing & Digitizing Your Photos For Full Enjoyment

In the spirit of Mari Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I recently decided to organize my photos so they are more readily accessible, all in one place, and easier to enjoy. Good plan right? But how to incorporate all my pre-digital prints? I knew to do this
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The Most Sentimental Way to Decorate for Your Kid’s Birthday

Love creating things that are meaningful, beautiful and fun to make? Do you like to avoid mass-produced items that end up in the recycling or garbage after just one use? Want to include a unique and personalized decoration at your kid's birthday celebrations?   Look no further than birthday bunting using
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Coach, Confidant & Other Roles of the Professional Organizer

Oh what fun it is to work in a job where one take-on so many different roles to accomplish the task. “Professional Organizer” is the term we use at the onset of a new organizing project, but in reality, there are many more we could include. Here is my shortlist
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Less Stuff = More Life, 10 Questions To Help Get Us There

Inherent in “less stuff” is often a desire to declutter, release what is no longer useful and make order in our spaces. Makes sense. The interesting part is the link between less stuff and more life – is what we might be after more freedom? Sanity? Ease? Happiness? Intentionality? All
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4 Simple Ways to Feel at Ease this Fall

I admit it – I love fall. The back-to-school and 'start of something new' energy makes me feel excited and optimistic. It also makes me want to organize like crazy! After the laidback-ness of summer, fall is prime-time to reassess, reorganize and reboot. Here are 4 simple ways to do
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Organizing for Connection and Ease – an Introduction

When I was asked to write for the Ease Up blog, I immediately felt optimistic and hopeful, and a bit nervous as well. There is so much to discuss when it comes to organizing and living with more ease, but will people find what I have to say useful? Interesting?
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Why I am not sentimental about my kid’s art work

In nearly every residential organizing project where there have been children living in the home, there comes the moment when the pile of children’s art work is unearthed.
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Q&A with the CEO – Chief Ease Up Organizer

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? For me, it was less of being “inspired to become an entrepreneur” and more of “discovering that I have always been an entrepreneur”.
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A Necessity for the 21st Century?

Most of us have been there at one time or another – suffering, in some area, from disorganization-associated stress.
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Tame Your Reusable Bag Disorganization

Here is an organizational system that helps you manage the use of your reusable shopping bags in a way that ultimately conserves your mental and physical energy.
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Hitting the Open Road

Getting something down on the page for this introductory blog has not been easy. This is how it has been going: I start the process, hit the speed bump, get all jostled, stop, reverse and pause.
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