The Ultimate Summer Checklist!

Welcome Summer! A world of possibilities.

As a kid, is there any better feeling than the last day of school?

As a parent, is there any feeling more overwhelming than end of the school year burnout?

We all know Summer goes by fast. There’s no better time to make your “Summer to Remember” plans.

So how do you make the most of the hot Summer days, long warm nights and keep organized in between?

Bucket List

Create a Summer Bucket list. Places to see and things to do on your free days.

Sit down with your family and agree on activities that will make Summer 2018 incredible!

Include ideas like…

Visits with family & friends
One on one time
Nostalgic Summer activities
Time outside in nature
Time to disconnect
Rest ~ Enjoy some well earned down time

Be Prepared

Wherever you go ~ be prepared.

Pack “Summer Essentials” at the ready.

Pack a bag with anything needed for your journeys.

Water, Sunscreen, healthy snacks. A small cooler is valuable for outings.

Create a swimming bag or tote with suits & towels.

Proper footwear ~ sometimes flip flops are not enough.

PJ’s! Late Summer nights sometimes just happen. It’s ok ~ that’s what memories are made of!

Packing the kids pjs, (just in case) is a veteran move.

Transition your sleeping babes into bed easily if they fall asleep on the car ride home, exhausted from a full day.

Make Something Together

Food, art, crafts, photos, a keepsake.

Create something together. Bake the cookies you loved as a kid. Teach your kids to cook.

Create an arts & crafts closet or cupboard to make art an everyday option.

Take Photos ~ and do something with them, … an album, a scrapbook, a keepsake.

Find an online photo scavenger hunt for you to create together over the Summer.

Make memories with you in the photos together!

Down Time

Not every day has to be go, go, go.

Take time to enjoy the lazy days of Summer too.

Create a cozy, comfy place that inspires reading…a big chair in the corner beside the bookshelf or a backyard hammock or lounge chair.

Join a book club or create a new book shelf, to easily access your Summer reads.

Read a book or series together or just quietly share the space.

Encourage kids to read.

Remind yourself that reading under a tree in the Summertime is a rewarding way to spend the day.

Keep a Routine

Try not to let your routine get too far off track… Wake up times, lunch times, bed times.

Keeping a routine is good, even if it is a loose routine.

Make time for daily rituals, like making your bed in the morning or bedtime routines.

Assign kids daily chores appropriate to their age, to help around the house.

As a part of the family, kids should contribute to the household responsibilities.

Not only will they gain a sense of achievement, but they will also be learning skills to help them as they become adults.

Teamwork makes the dream work.

The quicker the household jobs are accomplished, the faster you will get out the door for Summer adventures.

Enjoy your Summer!

Testimonial

Read what our past client, Angela had to say about Neat Spaces services & please don’t hesitate to contact us if you think we can help you too!

“I am extremely pleased with the whole process and all work done. There can be no price for peace of mind and a restored independence. I was able to enjoy my home this past weekend, and to do several things (including baking!!) I haven’t done in months. I also had the energy to continue the sorting and re-arranging with Jo- Anne’s advice and suggestions echoing in my subconscious. Now that’s a very relieved client! So, with many thanks, I will certainly be back to you, and have already sung your company’s praises to several people”.

Angela Collett

How are YOU?

Have you ever had someone ask, “How are you?” and the answer that comes to mind is … “Busy”

If the answer is yes, it may be time to stop and reflect for a moment.

Is busy really even an answer? Is it a defence? A mindset?

Socrates once said, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

These are busy times, no doubt ~ but perhaps it’s time to change the mantra.

A simple mantra can help remind you what is really important ~ in an instant.

Find Inspiration

Replace the word Busy with Blessed.

What makes you happy? What do you wish was more of a priority in your life?

Less busy and more…

  • Time with loved ones
  • Me time
  • Time outside in nature  
  • Family time
  • Time to disconnect
  • Purpose
  • Rest

How do you wish to spend this life?

Write down your intentions and turn those good intentions into actions habits.

Make it happen.

Set Some Goals

Spring to Summer can be a busy transition time. Long days, short nights.

Moving. Schools Out. Holidays.

It’s a great opportunity for change. A time to set some goals.

Recognise what eats up your schedule to create this busy feeling.

Identify little things that agitate you. Perhaps a few small changes would ease the stress.

Create new habits. Embrace the positives and don’t aim for perfection.

Can We Help?

Our motto is ~ Simplify Your Life ~ Get organized with Neat Spaces.

If there is any way we can be of service to help you to be less busy and make this a Summer to remember ~ Contact Us.

What is on your Wish List?

More time with friends & family at mealtimes.  A tidy pantry & kitchen ready for new recipes.

An organized closet with wardrobe to get you out the door efficiently, in the morning.

A clean garage with sports equipment & leisure toys at the ready for family fun.

You may be surprise at what you can accomplish with a few changes.

Less Stress. More Time.

Let us help you change the narrative.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new”. ~Socrates

Now, ask yourself the question “How are you?” And know what you would like the answer to be.

 

Read what Angela had to say about our services.

Testimonial

There can be no price for peace of mind

I am extremely pleased with the whole process and all work done. There can be no price for peace of mind and a restored independence. I was able to enjoy my home this past weekend, and to do several things (including baking!!) I haven’t done in months. I also had the energy to continue the sorting and re-arranging with Jo- Anne’s advice and suggestions echoing in my subconscious. Now that’s a very relieved client! So, with many thanks, I will certainly be back to you, and have already sung your company’s praises to several people.

Angela Collett

Finally! Feels like Spring 🌷

 

Spring 2018 has been a long time coming.

Hooray! Finally had some warmer temperatures.

This unpredictable weather, can be hard to dress for.

While it may not be time for flip flops and sundresses quite yet, there is plenty to do now to transition from your Winter wardrobe to Spring ready.

Winter Coats & Heavy Knits

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready to be done with heavy sweaters and winter coats.

This year, it’s been hard to know when to be done with the snow tires and Winter wear.

Winter coats, hats & mitts, time to move ~ you’re taking up a lot of valuable real estate.

Access your entry storage closet and clean out pockets, as you go.

If you have a storage area they can be moved to, it is well worth the effort ~ Even if it takes a small spend on a rolling rack to store them properly in an out of the way storage space, consider it.  

Free your entry closet for lighter outerwear to grab and go.

Try It On

As you go through your wardrobe, try it on – If it is too-short, too-tight, too-I’ll never wear this again – get it gone.

Keep, Swap, Sell, Gift, Donate. Decide which route to choose for unwanted items.

If it’s unwanted and still in “Excellent Used Condition” EUC or Brand New with tags (*sigh) “BNWT” ~ Consider a swap with friends. If you’d like to try a swap but you’re not sure how to start; lead with accessories that are one size fits all.

A Pop of Colour

Bring out a few of your more colourful pieces to have at the ready.

Flats and scarves are great for unpredictable temperatures.

While it may be a little early to go all in for Spring, why not add just one item with a pop of Spring to your favourite outfit? A floral scarf to add to your black basics.  Colourful flats or a brightly coloured purse that revives your neutral look. Fun, multicoloured tank tops and T-shirts are great layering pieces.

Take the Time

Put together new combinations. Figure out your sizing and discard items that don’t work and are hanging around for no good reason. Many clients find the hanger trick useful when trying to pare down an overwhelming wardrobe. The idea, is to turn around your hangers in the same direction and reverse the hanger as you wear the items. Identify favourites from seldom worn pieces.

Go through your Spring clothes and Summer pieces too, the steady warmer weather will be here soon.

Take the time now to clean out your closet and look for new pieces to freshen up your wardrobe.

Welcome Spring.

A clean, organized closet makes getting dressed a whole lot easier & you deserve it!

 

Testimonial

See what past clients have to say about our services. We can help you with reclaimed space too!

“Just wanted to thank you so much for your help with our front hall closet and back hall closet near the kitchen.  They look amazing and are going to make such a huge difference in our everyday lives. The closet by the kitchen was such a great way to reclaim some well needed storage. I’m looking forward to working with you again”.

S and W Vella, Burlington

The Sandwich Generation

In our profession, we see many people of the “Sandwich Generation” wishing to lighten their load.

Just what is the “Sandwich Generation”?

The term Sandwich Generation was coined in 1981 by social worker Dorothy Miller, to describe caregivers that found themselves “sandwiched” by the responsibilities of caring for aging parents while supporting their own young children.

It can be stressful, busy, and often very demanding to balance this role.

Sometimes we help to downsize or move. Other times, our purpose is to help get a handle on a home’s overwhelming contents.

It may be something as simple as putting new systems in place to make the paperwork or chores more manageable, that creates a big impact.

There’s Help

The Canadian Government recognizes with our aging population, more and more Canadians are encountering this role. A webpage dedicated to aiding caregivers can be found through here. With resources and tips for balancing work and responsibilities, as well as links to supports and services.

This information can aid in developing a plan that works for you and your family.

Click here for more information.

Schedules & Planning Ahead

It is an incredible challenge to balance commitments as the caregiver to elderly parents and children.  

Schedules are key in keeping appointments and commitments straight.

It may be helpful to create a Home Command Centre to keep track of dates and obligations.

A family Calendar is key ~ electronic, paper or both – it should be the easily shared.

The managing of paperwork can be overwhelming too so there is value in a processing system that works!

By customizing your systems to your own organizing style, you can achieve success.  An effective filing system and organized storage solutions for documents is invaluable. Documents should be filed correctly and be easily accessible. In the case of emergencies, it is crucial to have important documents and information close at hand.

Contact Us

We are happy to help busy families and individuals create organizing systems within their home.

Do you have a home office that just needs to be organized to be functional? A storage catch all space that needs to be converted to living space?

If it’s a specific problem area that can be addressed, we can work together creating a path for you to move forward and continue to stay organized. It can be difficult to find enough time in the day to fulfill the work and home demands. We’d be happy to assist with moving, downsizing & an estate sale or a household clear out.

See how we’ve made a difference with past clients …

Thanks for making the move so easy for my mom. I appreciate it. She is very comfortable with you and it made a huge difference for her. With you and your team showing up, my mom told me that she felt safe and totally prepared to move. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, as it truly means a lot me.  E. Welsh, Oakville

Holiday House Guests

The Holiday Season is upon us. 

Christmas carols, festive décor, visiting family, holiday parties and …house guests. 

It’s the perfect time to review guest and host etiquette, should your plans include overnight visits.

Guest Etiquette

Arrive on time. 

Arrange to have clear arrival and departure times and dates and stick to it.

Come bearing gifts – dessert, wine, flowers. Be creative & personalize it.

Make your stay effortless – Clean up after yourself!

Donate to the household. Whether it’s conversation or jobs. Offering to chauffeur the kids to sports or walking the dog. Bonus points. It’s nice to feel like a part of the household and helpful to your hosts.

Offer to cook or take them out for dinner. For an extended stay, why not do both?

Always abide house rules- shoes off, no smoking etc. Follow their lead.

Respect their schedules. Bedtimes, work schedules or homework time. 

Life does not stop just because you are a guest. Let them have time to themselves. Don’t expect to be entertained or catered to. Entertain yourself and give them some time to themselves too.

A well-mannered guest brings their own toiletries. Remember to pack the essentials.

Don’t be critical, be grateful for their invitation. Enjoy their home, company and hospitality.

Bring a thank you card and a gift of appreciation to leave for your hosts, at your departure.

It’s wise to be a gracious house guest, especially if you want to be invited back.

 

Reminders for a Courteous Host

Preparing for a visit – Of course, there will be house cleaning to do! Clean & declutter and clean again.

While you are sprucing up the place have a look for items that may need to be fixed ahead of a visit. 

Fix that leaky faucet or that handle you have to jiggle, rather than having to explain it – or worse… avoid awkward situations.

Try to make the space neutral by removing photos and personal objects. Put away sensitive or important items. Child proof and/or pet proof, if necessary.

Style a clean, comfortable space. New fresh bedding & towels. 

Create closet space with extra hangers or a few drawers.

Make useful items handy, like an umbrella, a waste basket, a clock, a mirror.

Revisit the thermostat temperature and provide extra blankets. 

Anticipate your guests needs and provide thoughtful touches.

Place nightlights in bedrooms.

Clear a plug for guest charging items. Include a card with the wifi info. Expert level… print it & frame it, so it won’t get lost or misplaced.

Stock up on extra toiletry essentials too, just in case.

Snacks and caffeine are vital! 

Set up a coffee, tea and snack station so they don’t have to wait for you in the mornings.

Communicate well ahead of the visit- know your guest’s favourites and allergies.

Be sure to confirm travel arrangement details, especially the meeting time and place. 

Do they need to be picked up? Provide directions. 

It would be considerate to accommodate a parking spot upon arrival.

Let your guest know your schedule.

Consider drawing up an itinerary. Especially if it is an extended stay. 

It will avoid confusion – especially if they wake up wondering where you are!

Your guest will appreciate some alone time too.  

Try to reconnect by the end of the day. 

 

Have Fun

Plan as much as possible, but also remember to look forward to the visit. 

Don’t aim for perfection. Your guests are not there to be critical. 

Keep in mind the goal is to enjoy the time spent together!

Welcome your guests into your home. Give them the tour upon arrival.

Have fun and be proud of your home and the accommodation you are providing. 

Help them to feel at home.

I hope you have a memorable visit filled with love and laughter.

Need Help?

Take the stress out of preparing for your guests arrival by enlisting our help.

Should you want help getting ready for your Christmas guests, our experienced, trustworthy team is available!

You will be surprised at how quickly NEAT SPACES can turn your cluttered spaces in neat spaces.

Happy Holidays!

 

Testimonial

Read what satisfied customers like Carolyn from Burlington have to say about NEAT SPACES:

“I couldn’t be more pleased. Thanks to NEAT SPACES I now have my basement reclaimed. I was able to have Christmas gatherings in our old recreation room with my family. They remembered it from their own childhood, which was awesome. So, I now have my entire house completely reorganized and purged. Finally, it’s livable and entirely my own, rather than me living in my parent’s home. Of course, there are plenty of reminders of my childhood left on purpose, but it’s MY home now. They did an awesome job, I was fortunate to have their guidance. Thank you”.

Saving Time in the Kitchen!

Autumn can be an overwhelming time and it can leave you feeling drained. 

It’s never easy to juggle a jam packed extra-curricular schedule, homework help, making lunches and the stress putting a healthy dinner on the table at a reasonable hour. 

It’s a challenge, no doubt, but we can try. 

Here’s some simple tactics to tame the kitchen chaos and find more time in your day.

 

Your Pantry

Be Prepared.  Keep your pantry well stocked. 

Pro Tip: Use quality storage containers to preserve bulk or unpackaged food items.

Buy frequently used items on sale & in quantity. 

Organize & rotate regularly to avoid waste and to keep inventory.

Label, Label, Label. You will be more efficient and it looks fabulous!

Bigger fridge? A Lazy Susan will work well in there.

 

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Grocery Shopping & Meal Planning

An organized shopping list has many benefits. Less store visits will save time & money.

Buy extra staple items like eggs, milk and bread to avoid extra trips.

Try to organize your grocery list according to the store layout to save time and avoid missing items.

Shop the flyers, especially big money savers like meat & produce items. 

Give yourself extra points for a budget friendly list and in season fruit and vegetables!

Plan your meals. Start by making a list of your family’s favorite meals. Ask the kids as the answer may not be what you think it is.

Next, break down ingredients required to prepare each meal. 

Craft your grocery list based on several weekly choices. 

Change it up each week and try to add a new family approved recipe each month. 

Bonus points if it’s a good crock pot or one pot recipe! Less dishes? Yes, please! 

 

Veggies First

Busy days, means growing kids are working up an appetite. 

How often are you prepping for dinner and they sneak past to raid the fridge or pantry because they just can’t wait!? They stare, fridge open for something they can grab quick. 

Beat them to it. Why not put out a veggie plate with dip ahead of dinner. 

When they reach for the fridge door let them know it’s the only appetizer option. Help yourself.

They may just be soooo hungry they dust it. Leftovers? Pack them up for tomorrow’s lunch box.

Kids eating healthy, without your familiar dinner time plea to “finish your vegetables” is a win, win.

 

Testimonial

We enjoy working closely with our clients to help with their specific needs.

See what Kathy had to say about her experience with Neat Spaces.

“Wendy was just the right person to help me get out from under boxes and bags that filled my basement. I knew I needed to purge but… She listened when I whined and pleaded to keep things, but then showed me how every single item had a place. She took things to donation centers and women’s items to a shelter, art materials to a non- profit school. Then she separated the recycle into every category imaginable; there was next to no ‘throwing away’. It was great! Thank you, Wendy!!”

Kathy Brownlow

 

Back to School ~ Ask Wendy!

Summer is zipping by! Time to get your household ready for September and back to school.

Why not involve your children a little more in the process this year? 

It’s good to encourage independence and including your kids will help them to be more prepared and accountable.

Here are a few ideas to help you successfully navigate back to school, together.

School Supplies & New Stuff

The allure of new stuff is hard to resist. Go through their school items together and decide what is still useful. Make a list of items they already have. Just get the basics, instead of just buying all new items. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Most teachers will send home a list of what they will need for the school year. Avoid purchasing unnecessary or duplicate school supplies. They may not require a math set this year. 

Do a closet clean out and remove items your child has outgrown ~ Donate ~ make room for new items.  It’s hard to resist back to school fashion, but before you shop ~ Ask them what they would like to wear for the first day of school? They may have ideas of their own and it may already be in their closet. Perhaps all that’s required are a few finishing pieces, like new shoes or accessories to update the look. 

Packing lunches

School mornings can be hectic. Packing school lunches is a daunting task. Enlist the kids help.

If they help pack their lunch, they may be more likely to eat it. 

Consider working towards this job being their responsibility. Setting goals are good, but be realistic. 

Perhaps every Wednesday, they could make their own lunch or each night they could pack any non-refrigerated items themselves? 

Explain the school’s allergy policies. It’s important to understand how to read ingredients on food labels.

Use reusable containers. Have the kids match up storage containers lids and discard items that have lost their mates. Invest in a reusable water bottle, most schools have hydration stations for easy refills.

Ask your kids what they like in their lunches and create a grocery list together. 

Designate a place in your kitchen cupboard for lunch boxes and a spot in the freezer for ice packs.

It should be their job to clean out their lunch box and put everything back in its place after school. 

Yes, even a kindergartener can master this task.

Transportation 

How will your child be getting to school? 

Discuss transportation with your kids so they know what to expect and what time they will need to be ready to leave, to be on time. Aim to be 10 minutes early, since bus times are approximate.

If your child is biking to school, it’s a good idea to revisit helmets, locks, bike safety and signals.

Routines

The key to a stress-free 1st day, an early bedtime. 

Decide on a reasonable bed time goal for you both. 

Work on improving your sleep routines well ahead of the first day to be at your best come September. 

Enjoy this Special Day

Don’t wait until the last minute. Prep as much as you can ahead of time, so you can enjoy the excitement of the first day of school. Don’t stress too much about it. Breathe. Take a step back. Let your kids help. You may be pleasantly surprised by how capable they are. 

Don’t forget to take an annual back to school photo… It’s a great keepsake and so nice to look back on how much they’ve grown each year.

 

Making Memories

Ask us at NEAT SPACES about our easy and guilt free way to organize school and sport/hobby photos (I know they are all over the house where you would least expect to find them LOL)

We have set this up for many families, you don’t have to be a Martha Stewart to have your children’s memory books all together and organized. Trust me! There’s nothing better than seeing your children enjoying their class and individual photos with friends when they come over and laughing together. I have a budget and time friendly solution. Ask Wendy!

 

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Testimonial

It’s always nice to hear from satisfied clients.

Read what Jeff from Milton had to say about NEAT SPACES Professional Organizing Service.

WOW! What can I say, I am absolutely thrilled with the final outcome of the basement, it has brought tears to my eyes as the basement has been a huge sore spot with me for many years!  I always hated going down there to get something….Please thank all those involved with this project, it’s so greatly appreciated! Thank you once again for “clearing up my life”.

Cottage and RV Organization!

Sweet Summer. Time to enjoy the vacation time you’ve worked so hard for.

It’s great to get away from the city, daily routines and chores. Long summer days and warm weather inspire gatherings with family and friends. If you are lucky enough to have some holiday time at the cottage or RV, here’s a few tips and tricks to keep your space organized and ready for guests.

Take Stock

When you opened up your cottage or RV for the season, you likely tossed and replenished older items.

If not, take the time now to check the expiry dates on any allergy pills or other medications, bug spray and sunscreen and restock.

The Pantry. Give it a good clean out and rotate. Group together similar food items and discard any expired items. Then make a list of everything you need.

The List! 

Keep your list in the same place always ~ where it’s easy to add items or grab on your way out the door. I’m running into town, …what do we need?! The list is crucial, it will save you time and sanity.

(Also, Ice is ALWAYS on the list! Everything is better “ice cold” in the summer).

Consider designating a laundry basket or tote at home for items that need to make it back to the cottage or RV. Tuck it in the bottom of the linen or coat closet and add to it as items are gathered.

The beach towel you brought home by accident, the new mad libs, a fresh pack of pencil crayons, celery salt or a new wine opener. As you acquire any new useful items or repurpose gently used,  place them in the basket to grab and go on your next trip up. 

Must Haves

Stock up on the key “must have” toiletry items. 

Instead of transporting your necessities back and forth, keep a supply in both places – you’ll spend less time packing, require less room in your vehicle, and are less likely to leave something behind. 

Keep extras on hand, both for guests and to ensure you don’t run out when you are miles away from the nearest store. We’ve all had that moment of realization, where we discover we forgot to pack something important ~ toothbrushes, shampoo or hygiene products. 

Leave a note to invite guests to help themselves to anything they may need.

Cottage Rules & Safety 

Be prepared. Post a list of phone numbers for emergency and neighbouring cottages, the RV Park Office phone number or directions to the nearest hospital. 

Include useful information like codes, user instructions, instructions for locking up when you leave, what gets turned off and what is left on, and so on. The number for a reliable local plumber or RV service tech may come in handy.

Replenish the First Aid kit with vital items you may need in a pinch. 

Be sure to have everything from Band-aids to Benadryl on hand, just in case.

Access Safety Items – PFD’s, smoke detectors, batteries, flashlights and make sure they are in good working order. Be sure fire extinguishers are fully charged.

Essentials Caddy 

Consider a caddy for items to travel easily ~ especially if the dock is far from the cabin or RV. Create a caddy with a handle, that can hold important items. You don’t want to have to double back for…sunscreen, bug spray, beach reads & drinks!

Labels

Labeling is key to an organized experience. Cottages and RV’s generally have many users, sometimes without the owners being present, so labeling the inside of cupboards, light switches, pump switches, slide outs etc. keeps things in order and avoids mistakes of turning off equipment that should be left off.

Identify keys too and make sure key chains float.

Waste Disposal

Post instructions for waste disposal. 

Include important info like “the Dump” hours, directions or what days are garbage pick up. 

Rules may differ from municipalities or RV parks regarding recycling/ green bin, so offer up local strategies.

Leave plenty of garbage bags and cleaning products plus tips on where to store garbage to keep away from critters.

Local Information & a Guest Book

Create guest book for friends and family to sign, date and log the fun they had!

Keep important local information in the front of the book. 

Make the first entry yours. Include favourite local destinations, like places you love to visit on a rainy day or where/when to find the best farmer’s market.  Directions to that little out of the way bakery with homemade sausage rolls and cinnamon buns!

It’s also great for tracking information that may be important to you – weather, water levels or communicating jobs that may need attention and tasks completed. 

Ask guests to leave an entry prior to departure about what things they enjoyed, wildlife seen or local gems they found to explore. They may find a new little gem you never knew existed. This book will help guests feel like locals. Encourage the kids to make entries too. 

It’s a great way to preserve memories. After all, making memories is what it’s all about. 

Happy Summer ~ Enjoy your getaway wherever it may take you!

 

We strive to bring value in all that we do.

See what our customer’s are saying about Neat Spaces.

“Wendy and her crew are indispensable. Not only did they manage to sift through the mess that had become our office, she was able to organize us in a workable and realistic way that is easily maintained. I can’t recommend NEAT SPACES enough”.

~Allison Goertzen

Let this be the Summer you get organized.

We can help you get more out of your space, send an inquiry email to [email protected]

Do you have too much stuff?

Many clients come to us searching for ways to transform their cluttered lives.

They have become overwhelmed by possessions and are seeking strategies to simplify their life.

If your possessions are draining you or adding stress to your everyday, it’s time to access your systems and belongings.  Once you are ready to make some changes, here are some basic steps to help you with the process.  

 

Getting Started

Do you have too much stuff? 

It can be challenging to know where to start, but tackling one room at a time can help you to simplify your life and breathe easier.  If the item is no longer purposeful in your current lifestyle, let it go. Don’t be guilted into keeping an item because it was a gift. A gift does not come with a commitment to keep forever.

Whose memory is it? Are you keeping all the items from a family estate because they meant so much to the person who owned them? These items were their memories, and not yours. It is ok to let it go.

Taking a photo of an items allows you to recall that item for years to come, without physically holding on to it.

 

Gifting to others (but only if they are wanted by them). 

Selling

Should you decide to sell items of value, there are different ways to go about it: Auction, Kjijii – if you are comfortable with online selling or consignment.

Donate 

Any items that is in reusable condition can be donated.  Unless it is obsolete – for example tube tv’s, encyclopedias, large bulky computer monitors – obsolete electronics can be donated for e-waste value (see more info below).

It’s easy to donate to Salvation Army or other community centres that are in need.  Did you know that The Salavation Army is the second largest contributor to social services in Canada next to the Federal Government? Pretty awesome!

Non Donation Items

Now that you have determined the items that may be the most useful to others, what do you do about the rest?  Responsible waste management. Here are some examples of materials that do not go into the garbage and will need to be taken to your local waste management centre for proper disposal.

E-waste 

These are used electronics that no longer work. Due to the nature of the materials in these components, electronics should be disposed of properly. In Ontario, you can drop off items to an OES approved collection site. 

Visit  www.ontarioelectronicstewardship.ca and enter your postal code for the nearest location accepting drop offs.

Some municipalities offer curbside pick up, you can contact your municipality or view their website for more information. Their webpage may also have a calendar with limited collection events. You may find local fire stations also accept items.

Recycle 

Whenever possible use your Blue Bin to recycle. Thanks to free curbside pick up on your designated day, recycling couldn’t be easier. Create a designated recycle bin for paper recycling and another for containers. Be mindful of what goes where ~ bonus points for helping the planet!

Toxins/chemicals

Remember toxic items like batteries, light bulbs, toiletries, medications, paints, potions and lotions need special consideration. Hazardous waste can be harmful to our health and the environment and are not accepted in curbside garbage or recycling. Some municipalities offer special waste drop-off days throughout the year, so check their calendar for this information too.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot, allows the drop off of materials that are in their original containers and the contents are clearly marked on the outside. Please ensure all containers are closed securely prior to transport.

Metal

Community Recycling Centre’s accept scrap metal like pots and pans, baking sheets, rusty nails etc. ~ items that are made from metal, but are in unusable condition.

Finish Strong

Now that you’ve made this progress, don’t go back to your old habits.

Shift the way you think about shopping and over shopping. It’s too easy to just keep buying more stuff. 

Instead, try to make thoughtful purchases and cut back. Waste less, reuse more. Enjoy what you have. Create the physical environment you wish for and attain the life you desire.

 

Testimonial

Read what our recent clients had to say about NEAT SPACES. 

We’re proud of our amazing reviews! Check out what Nancy from Grimsby wrote:

We appreciate the speedy response from you and your team…we definitely could not have done it without all the support and assistance from you and your team, Steve Pritchard and his team, and Joanne, our real estate agent.

Much thanks,

Nancy, Linda & Ross

Estate Clear Out – Grimsby Ontario