We all have clutter to deal with – and other people’s clutter too! Some of us are on top of our situation – this takes a daily commitment to maintaining the established order in your home (ie the salt and pepper always go in “this ” spot, and the bread gets put away in “that” spot, and so on…). It also means that you are managing the in-coming into your home most days: do I need this piece of mail or can it go directly into the recycling, does this shopping bag get recycled or is it re-useable, and back in my purse or put by the back door so that I can grab it on my way out, etc. It sounds tedious, but if it becomes a habit, you do it with out thinking and it becomes part of the process.

Some of us find this daily effort too much, and some people just have a higher threshold for clutter, so you are left with bigger jobs. Try committing to once a week, when the task of de-cluttering is not too burdensome. The kitchen/familyroom is usually the drop zone for most of the in-coming “stuff”, so start there with the recycling bin handy, and “just do it”, as they say. If you don’t, the job gets bigger, and less likely to achieve…. and then what?

Tips that help:

-containers for things are really helpful (pencils, cotton pads, mail, etc…)

-group like things together (magazines, make-up, belts, spices, etc)

-be realistic (not everything in your home will be behind a closed door or in a drawer)

-be flexible (if no one in your family puts their coats in the hall cupboard, consider putting up some hooks…)

Good luck!

Silver linings

While there are so many strange, stressful, and sad things going on for people all over the world, I can’t help but feel I have fallen into the “lucky bucket”. I have experienced so many silver linings during this time of COVID. One of them has been the time I have had to spend in my garden. I have always had a long list of “things I’d love to do” in my garden given the time, and guess what? I got what I asked for…the time to do these things, and along with the time, came unseasonably warm weather, so it has been a productive and rewarding time.

And I am not the only one who has had this experience. From week to week, I see garden’s growing: beds extended, new veggie plots added, garden paths created. There is so much beauty in gardens all over Vancouver. Take a walk, and see for yourself….

Hanging Art

Hanging art work can seem daunting. Apart from the traditional “57” rule”, there are so many different ways to display your art collection. For those of you who are not familiar with this standard, let me briefly explain. The rule of thumb for hanging art is to have the centre of your image, whether it be a large canvas, or a collection of images 57″ from the floor. This generally works, but not always. Nowadays, there are so many other creative options to show off your art: collages in both grid and free-form, leaning and layered, as well as picture rails…. In fact, there seems to be no wrong way…..just make sure you love what you are putting up on your walls!

wall art in a horizontal series layout