Finally… the first official day of Spring has arrived. Days are longer and the sun is chasing away those chilly days of winter. Many of us approach spring with the urge to do some serious spring cleaning and bring more lightness into our home!
Blog: A Diva's Point of View
Check out these TWELVE things you can do to begin simplifying your home and your life... RIGHT NOW!
1. Clean out under your bathroom sink(s).
2. Make sure all lights are in working order. Change to energy-efficient bulbs.
Are you a caregiver for someone living with dementia?
Once our clients settle into their new, smaller homes, they find they have more time to do things and tell us..."I should have downsized ages ago!"
Take a minute and look out your window.
See the building with the gigantic door?
Does that building hold ... your car?
Or, is that structure full of all kinds of extra stuff you can’t fit in your house? Could this be stuff you no longer want, use or need?
- At Downsizing Diva, we use the term, "safe passage", to describe the joy we experience when we connect surplus items with people who can and will use them.Recently, a Realtor called and he had a client with a supply of fabulous yarn that she wanted to donate with "sa
- These days seems everyone we talk to is either going on a trip or returning from one!
Watch people at airports and bus depots struggle with multiple suitcases and packages and you can begin to see how important it is to...LIGHTEN UP before you travel!
- Half-way through the 1970's the "More-with-Less Cookbook" found its way into my family's home, a project hatched in the world-wide Mennonite community as it wrestled with issues of personal responsibility in a world plagued by food shortages.
Often, the most difficult decisions are those that must be made during a time of crisis. Downsizing, clearing clutter, getting organized, simplifying, whatever you call it, it's easier to do when broken down into manageable tasks.
You only have one chance to make a good first impression and this is especially true when selling your house!
So you've decided to move and you're ready to take steps to simplify your stuff!
- Never in my life had I seen a basement work so hard for a home-owner. It sported a pool table, a wall unit, comfy sofa and chairs, half a dozen garment racks filled with half a dozen decades of favoured garments, a wine cellar, a tool room, an office, a pantry, overflow storage for shoes, grandmother's dishes, paper files, office supplies, photo albums, family archives, supplies to do with entertaining, gardening, gift-wrapping, flower-arranging, photo-framing, and of course, seasonal decorations.
- The house I used to live in had a modest basement fireplace, complete with electrical outlet, to power some kind of small electric heater, long gone. The wood mantel was designed in the 1920's, one of my favourite design eras, and was easily detached from the wall, painted and re-purposed in an upstairs bedroom, as a headboard.
English textile designer and writer, William Morris had it right… “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.
Guest blog by Dan Kershaw, Executive Director, Furniture Bank
Navigating major life changes can be exciting, but more often than not, stressful also.