Archive for October, 2011

Step Into Our Keepsakes

For many months Beth has been struggling with the thought of parting with an antique quilt passed down from her grandmother.   


There simply isn’t room to store it. And the pattern, as stunning as it is, doesn’t suit her décor.

Keepsakes are tough. We always tell customers to take pictures of their sentiment charged items but we understand the process of attaching meaning to objects (and wanting to keep them for the feelings and memories they evoke).


The trick, we believe, is to find balance. Take the time to assess which keepsakes have the most meaning and are truly worth preserving. It’s unnecessary (and clutter inducing) to hold on to every greeting card, love letter, piece of jewelry and concert ticket.     

Frame concerts tickets worth keeping!

As a short term solution Beth decided to vacuum seal the quilt and store it with her linens (a fantastic idea for emotionally charged and seasonal clothing). She’s committed to revisiting the quilt when she moves to see if it’s worth holding onto at that point her life.       

Our challenge this week is to take some to time to root through the “I’ll never let this go” items we all own. Ask yourself why you’re holding on and be honest.


For the items worth keeping, give them proper homes. We love wooden chests, stylish storage boxes and vacuum sealing (within reason).


October 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Step Into Our Olive Oil

Pulling out your fall/winter leather boots, handbags, gloves, satchels and belts? Use olive oil to moisturize and clean them!


Cheryl owns a pair of vintage Roots boots (her shoe guy estimates they were made in the early 1970s – in Canada of course).


Nothing keeps the leather as soft as olive oil. It’s the perfect all natural, environmentally sustainable and affordable leather cleaner solution.


We love it for olive our leather accessories!

October 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm 2 comments

Step Into Our Ritual

Last week we assisted a customer in burning her old journals. Watching the pages of documented teenage angst go up in flames was a fantastically liberating experience. It made the energy of the room significantly lighter (and not just because the carpet caught fire – ahem).    

Sound a little too New Age Voodoo Juju? We swear on the Professional Organizers in Canada Handbook, it wasn’t.  

Sure recycling is great (and easy) but there’s something so grounding about participating in a formal ritual, especially when it comes to good-byes. Followers of earth based religious/spiritual movements describe burning rituals as “ancient methods of transforming energy”. We definitely experienced a shift.

We smudged sage too.

Burning old journals definitely freed up our customer’s space (physically and metaphorically). She had been working with a therapist for a few years (to overcome some of the challenges she faced in her teenage years) and had begun revisiting the journals as both records and measuring tools of her growth. Setting fire to those records signified the death of the pieces of herslef she no longer wished to own.

It’s a ritual we highly, highly recommend performing. Love letters, cards and pictures are burn-worthy candidates as well.

Just remember to be safe and to never start a fire in your living room – ahem.

October 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm 2 comments

Step Into Our Paper Plates

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re thankful for stylish, compostable plates. They’re perfect for hosting large, messy, Tofurky dinner parties.

We love WASARA’s modern, elegant design (made of reed, bamboo and sugarcane pulp). 

Most grocery and health food stores carry one or two lines of completely renewable, biodegradable and affordable plates and cutlery.

They’re also perfect for seasonal crafts!

Enjoy the holiday (and not washing dishes!).

October 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm 2 comments

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