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Set Boundaries by Decluttering

Set Boundaries by Decluttering

Have you ever tried to let go of something that you knew deep down you didn't want anymore, but before you even get the chance to put it into a donation pile, a little voice inside your head convinces you to put it back?

I can't get rid of that...

I know the feeling, and many other women do too.

Maybe it's a gift from a loved one. Perhaps it's something you've been storing for a friend or family member until they get a bigger place. Or, it could even be the belongings of a relative who has passed away.

What do all of these situations have in common? They all involve other people's stuff.

You Are the Queen of Your Home

You Are the Queen of Your Home

Recently I had the experience of parting ways with a housekeeper.

We were on our second cleaning with her, and it appeared that she missed something that I thought was to be included in our service. Hoping to clarify our understanding and negotiate what would be covered by our service, I asked her if she had time for a phone call.

At the end of our phone conversation, it seemed that we had agreed on what specific tasks would be included with the service. When I returned to my email on Monday morning, I was surprised to have received a message from her, expressing that she found my phone call to be "off-putting" and that she felt that I had accused her of not doing her job. Because of this, she stated that she would not be coming back.

This wasn't the first time I had to voice my concerns with this her. During our consultation, I expressed my need for green cleaning products and she assured me that was what she used in her work. The first time she cleaned, I smelled bleach.

At that moment, I realized I had to make an important choice. Let it go and accept the bleach even though I feel strongly about it not being used, or speak up and ask her not to use it again.

How to Deal with Too Many Toys

How to Deal with Too Many Toys

Whether parents struggle to keep up with weeding their wardrobes (they are growing so fast!) or their toys seem to keep multiplying, keeping a tidy space when you have kids presents extra challenges.

The gift giving part of the holiday season can put even more stress on family homes.

I get a lot of questions from parents who are overwhelmed about their kids’ stuff, so I figured I would take this time to answer them! Are you in this boat? Read on!