5 Strategies on Parting With “Sentimental” Clutter

declutter - personal concierge York regionAsk yourself – do I really need all these memories from my childhood to now or am I just keeping it for the sake of keeping it? Do you think, oh, I will look at it sometime? Realistically, when was the last time you looked at this stuff? Perhaps it’s time to let it go….Here are 5 strategies to help you part with that ‘sentimental’ clutter.

1. Set a Limit

  • Decide before you begin to keep between 5-10 items
  • Choose only those items from your past that really mean something special
  • Set a time limit and start small but start NOW!

2. Store Memorabilia Correctly

  • Memorabilia does not belong in your clothes closet
  • Create a proper space for the items in a damp-free environment
  • Newspapers, old photos, etc., should be stored safely with archival quality storage supplies (acid free, lignin free & PVC free products)

3. Keep Track

  • If you have a basement or storage spot filled with boxes of sentimental items and you don’t know what’s in them, it’s time to open them
  • Sort, label and place items in a proper container (please see a previous post on keeping your storage place orderly
  • Keep them all in one spot and not all over the house (i.e.; drawers, zip-locks, books, file folders)

4. Display

  • Display important items in your living-room, bedroom (if appropriate) or in a glass cabinet
  • If you are crafty, put your skills to work and make an album or display box for them
  • Consider taking pictures of bulky items – display or keep the picture and discard the item

5. Legacy

  • What do you want to leave behind for loved ones?
  • Boxes and boxes of memorabilia will likely not be meaningful to anyone else but you
  • Purge and leave a few things with a story that makes it more memorable

Remember, you don’t have to keep every item from your past unless it has a special place in your heart; otherwise, it just becomes clutter. Keep a few key pieces that you have a strong emotional attachment to and let the rest go.

Start small but start the process now. Trust me, the more you continue to collect, the more overwhelming the process will become. if you are already there, consider asking for help. One of my biggest ‘let it go’ items, was my wedding dress. After being in the basement in a special box for twenty-five years, I donated to www.thebridesproject.com.

How about you? Are you ready to start the New Year by purging some of the past? I welcome your feedback. You can connect with me by phone or email, leave a comment right here on the site, or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

Until next time,

Kathy

10 New Year’s Resolutions that are Realistic and Attainable!

personal concierge York RegionPeople make New Year’s resolutions with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, many of them go by the wayside early into the year. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions that are realistic and easy to implement throughout the whole year! The best part is that you will feel good knowing you are successful in making these simple but positive changes in your life!

1. Clear the Clutter Continue reading

3 Tips on Organizing your Living-room for the Holidays

personal concierge York RegionThe festive season is soon upon us; which for most of us, means entertaining family and friends. So let’s make your space welcoming and festive! Here are 3 essential tips to organizing your living room ahead of time, so you will be able to relax and enjoy your friends and family when they arrive. You will want to start with a clean room. This way, each week leading up visitors, you only have to do a light dusting and quick vacuum. The simpler you keep it, the easier it is to manage and makes your life a whole lot easier too! Continue reading

Tips on Tipping in the Service Industry

how much to tipWe are often faced with the dilemma about tipping. What should I tip for and what shouldn’t I tip for? For most people, the few obvious ones are waiters, waitresses, taxis and hairstylists. However, listed below are some recommendations for people in the service industry, where tipping should be considered……

Home Related

  • Cleaning Service 15%
  • Movers $25.00 per mover
  • Furniture/Appliance Delivery $10.00 per person
  • Flower Delivery $5.00
  • Food Delivery $5-10.00

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5 Tips to Protect your Home from Burglars

how to safeproof a houseDid you know that every three minutes a house in Canada gets robbed?! Although, Canada is a relatively safe county, let’s decrease your chance of a break-in. Below are 5 tips to help you protect your home from burglars.

1. Doors/Windows

  • You can never have enough locks
  • Deadbolts on every exterior door
  • Patio doors should have a pin, key lock or a piece of dowel on back track
  • Garage doors should have bolt locks
  • Double paned windows

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10 Easy Tips to Help you Organize your Storage Room

concierge services TorontoStorage rooms are notorious for clutter! It’s also the easiest space to ignore, until you can’t find anything. Here are 10 easy tips to help you organize and maintain your storage space and make it easier to locate items when you need them:

1. Make a time commitment

  • Mark time in your calendar
  • Do it in small manageable chunks

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What is the Traditional Role of a Maid of Honour?

role of maid of honorWhat sparked me to write this particular blog is the number of bridal parties that really don’t know what their role is. Yes, it’s a great honour to be chosen, but it comes with a responsibility and you should accept with an understanding of what your duties are. Since the Maid of Honour has the most demanding and important role next to the bride and groom, below you will find the Maid of Honour’s traditional duties before and during the wedding. Continue reading

5 Easy Tips to Improve your Time Management

personal concierge York RegionHow often do you find yourself running out of time? Not enough hours in the day to get everything done? Too much to do? Here are 5 easy tips to help you improve your time management. Continue reading

3 Easy Tips to Keep your Kitchen Organized

uncluttered kitchenThe kitchen is the heaviest traffic area in most homes. For many, it is the dumping zone for lunch bags, mail, purses, wallets, newspaper, electronics etc. Since this is the most used room in your home, it makes sense to make it as functional as possible. By using these 3 easy tips to organize your kitchen space appropriately, you will feel less stressed and be able to locate and find things quickly.

1. Store items by use
• Everyday dishes and glasses, should be near the dishwasher
• Special occasion, seasonal dishes, bowls and platters, should be up high or in a storage area
• Essential tools, scissors, spatula, tongs, wooden spoons, should be handy in a caddy
• Items used every day, should be on lower shelves
• Pots, pans should be near the stove Continue reading

5 Ways Wait Staff/Servers Make Events Stress Free

licensed wait staffDo you have an upcoming event, BBQ, dinner party or celebration of some kind? Have you ever considered taking the pressure off yourself and hiring wait staff/servers? Consider being a guest at your own event! Here are 5 ways that wait staff/servers can make your special occasion/event/party stress-free…Tip – Make sure you hire staff that are trained, come in uniform, wear name badges, are SMART Serve licensed and are insured.

1. Set-up
• Tables and chairs
• Set place settings, dishes, napkins, glasses
• Centrepieces, flowers
• Ensure bathroom supplies are replenished
• Table accessories (Water, Salt, Pepper, Sauces etc.)

2. Entrance Area
• Receive guests
• Hang Coats
• Remove shoes & boots from door area
• Receive gifts

3. Food
• Heat up appetizers
• Garnish foods
• Set-up buffet style
• Replenish food trays
• Prepare desserts, cut cakes & pies
• Prepare Tea, Coffee/Espresso etc.
• Serve appetizers

4. Bar Area
• Set-up self-serve or beverage station
• Prepare garnishes (Lemons, Limes, Olives)
• Glasses, drink mixes, ice, napkins
• Ensure wines are opened and breathing
• Serve beverages

5. Clean-up
• Ensure garbage/recycle bins are emptied
• Remove plates, glasses, plates, utensils
• Wrap left over food
• Clean up kitchen and bar area

Utilizing this kind of service gives you peace of mind knowing your guests are continually taken care of, and you can enjoy your event. What’s the point of hosting if you can’t enjoy and spend time with your guests? The best part of our work is when clients say “we’re part of the family”, because we cover all their special occasions.

We look forward to connecting with you!  You can reach us by phone or email, leave a message right here on the site or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

Until next time,

Kathy