Fall Garden Clean Up

Get a jump on spring by tidying up outside while the weather is still fairly warm. Before everything wilts, take photos of your garden and make notes about what worked and what didn't. Are there shrubs that need to be divided? Dig up annuals and rake or mulch leaves for composter or yard waste pick up.

Decide which perennials should be split and find a friend to trade with in the spring.Prune shrubs according to directions for each species. Flush out hose lines and turn off external taps.

The best thing to do is to plant bulbs so you'll have a lovely garden of annuals to enjoy next spring.

Fall Wardrobe Update

The leaves are turning and Indian Summer is over so it's time to switch the closets over from summer to fall wardrobes. Pack away summer sandals, shorts and bathing suits (but not too far away if you plan a southern get away this winter.

Schedule some time to review what fits, what is reusable and what can be donated. Start a family shopping list of the basics you'll need to stock up on i.e. hats. Dig out rain wear and winter boots and if you need replacements buy them while there is still a good selection. We tend to wear more accessories in winter so create a bin for each person to containerize their hats, gloves, scarves etc.

Organizing and Prioritizing During the G-20 Summit

From June 25 to 27th many businesses in the downtown Toronto area will be closed due to the stringent security procedures in place during the G-20 Summit.

Some businesses will close altogether, others will assign a skeleton staff to "man the fort" while other workers will be assigned to work at home. The key to successfully navigating this inconvenience is to plan for maximum flexibility.

In the articles section I have posted a press release with my Top Ten Tips to harness employee productivity during the upheaval.

To read the full press release check the Articles page.



Post Vacation Organizing

My family has recently returned from a vacation in Florida. Naturally there were piles of laundry to deal with, but once that is out of the way it's worth taking some time to organize the unpacking process. Begin by examining the expiry dates on medication, cosmetics and sunscreen. These items should be cycled back into use unless you plan to travel again before they expire.

I use a travel checklist to pack before a trip. When I return, I make notes about what products or wardrobe pieces I need to stock up on before the next trip, while the details are still fresh in my mind. I also record which outfits and accessories worked especially well together for various climates. The most important item to pack if you plan to sight see is comfortable footwear. Comfy slip on shoes are so much more convenient when removing shoes going through airport security.

Finally, I note down any travel tips to remember for the next trip. My best tip from this trip is the can of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscrenn I picked up. I hate the feel of most sunscreen lotions, but this was light and refreshing and non-greasy.

Be organized for happy travelling this summer!

Spring Closet Clear Out

It's that time of year again when it's time to turn over your closets. Bundle up all of your winter gear and  determine what needs to be laundered or sent out to the cleaners before being put away for storage until next year.

A fast way to motivate yourself to tackle this seasonal chore is to do a little advance planning. As you sort through clothes you'll be looking to discard anything that doesn't fit, is stained or out of fashion. Keep a running list of your family's wardrobe inventory and note down staples that need to be replaced in their spring/summer wardrobe. Keep the master list of sizes handy in your purse or in the car so that you can take advantage of sales to stock up on items before the selection is picked over later in the season. You'll save money in the long run by purchasing what you actually need instead of making impulse purchases for items you only thing you need. Happy shopping!

Tackle it Now Day

Tackle it Now Day


Do you feel overwhelmed by obligations and priorities that never seem to end?

Are you bogged down by clutter and piles of paper?

Don't worry, everyone occasionally needs a push in the right direction.

Semi-annually, on the Sunday designated for the change to Daylight Savings Time, Havoc to Harmony will provide simple shortcuts to inspire you to tackle whatever action items that you've been procrastinating about.

Listen to the message that was featured on Wave 94.7 FM.


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Hints for Handling Your Gift List

How do you handle your holiday wish lists? Sometimes the simplest hints are the best. For years I have been using the same easy to implement method.

  • I purchase the tiniest address book I can find and assign one page for each person on my guest list.
  • I record their sizes, colour and style preferences.
  • I include family members, friends, hairdresser and all service providers.
  • I keep the list inside my wallet so it can quickly and easily be updated.
  • Information for stocking gifts is also recorded.
  • I can frequently review what I have purchased to keep my budget on track.
  • As I wrap gifts I check them off!
  • If certain gifts need to be hidden I record where they were put.
  • I also list ideas and purchases of hostess gifts to keep on hand.

There are many benefits to this system. It is lightweight and portable, but most importantly since I keep the lists year after year, it helps me to prevent repeating gift ideas. Who wants to get a sweater or tie year after year?


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