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I love this idea to re-purpose an old skirt hanger and use it to organize and store your ribbons! 
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Many of our clients have treasured memories that they have difficultly parting with. The problem is that most of these "treasures" are hidden away in a box in the basement or garage, rarely to be seen and often end up damaged or destroyed. That's not a very good way of honoring those memories is it?

Here's 5 pretty neat ideas so that you can not only save those mementos, but also display them in a meaningful way that can be seen and enjoyed for years to come.

Old letters

Excerpts from old letters can be framed behind glass and hung up. I love this for it's simplicity.
 
Old toys

Toys that you or your children loved can be displayed under glass as well. Better displayed than stuffed in a box somewhere.

Vintage Hankies

Do you have any vintage hankies from previous generations hiding away somewhere? You can frame them as well and use them as wall art!
 
Sentimental family artifacts

You can also keep sentimental family artifacts under glass to view, enjoy and remember. Also a great conversation piece.

Ticket Stubs

Last but not least, you can save those ticket stubs and everything related to that specific night in a shadow box frame.
Of course before you do any of this you need to really determine what items are truly treasures and keep and display only those items that truly mean something very special.

That requires making some tough decisions if you are faced with a few Rubbermaid bins full of memories and sentimental momentos. De-cluttering will help you to determine exactly what is truly meaningful.

And once you figure that out, you can then display and honour those treasures!
 
 
 
 
 
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We all enjoy our pets so here's some tips for pet ownership in smaller places.

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Are These 4 Things Stopping You From De-Cluttering?

De-cluttering your house is daunting when you don’t know where to start. Your home is overflowing with things that you don’t use, but you just can’t seem to bring yourself to do something about it. The weeks, months and years go by and those “things” are still there, haunting you. We all have subconscious reasons why we choose to hang on to things. Here are four things you should consider when you want to start to de-clutter:

Did you inherit it?

If you are hanging onto something because it has “sentimental value” you should re-examine whether this is actually true. More often, we feel compelled to hang on to some items out of respect. If you inherited a 10 foot antique sofa from Auntie Irene you may feel that you have to live with it. It is an expensive heirloom and you loved her a lot.

In actuality, your aunt would never have bequeathed that sofa to you if she thought it would cause you grief. She likely wanted you to have it so that you would treasure and love it as she did. Even if the piece is beautiful, valuable and from a beloved relative, it makes no sense to cram it into a downtown modern condo where space is at a premium.

If you cannot part with the item, storing it elsewhere would at least give you space. However, you will then be paying to store something that you really don’t want. Consider passing the piece on to someone who would appreciate it. Another family member or a collector could treasure it as your aunt intended.

Did you receive it as a gift?

Gifts are an issue when you want to de-clutter because of respect too. Someone went to the trouble to pick out something that they thought you would like and you don’t have the heart to get rid of it.
When you receive a gift, try to keep in mind that it is just that – a gift.

Take it as a sign that the person is generous and has your best interests at heart, but do not have any qualms about taking things to a charity if they do not suit you or your household. Most people only notice if you use a gift, not when tucked away.

Are you planning for a rainy day?

This is usually the reason most of us have too many things. When we think about getting rid of it we reconsider as we may need it again someday. This applies to things, even when we don’t know what they are for. If we come across an item that looks like it “belongs” to something else, we stash it away hoping we discover the secret. The problem is that if we don’t know what this mystery thing is for the first time around, why would we know what it is for months or years later?

In reality, if you have something in a box or bag in the closet or garage that you haven’t used in a few years, you will not miss it. Just ask people who move a lot. You think you will miss it, but you don’t.

Are you keeping it because it was expensive?

Keeping things because you paid a lot for them really doesn’t make a lot of sense. If you use them – great, but if they are sitting there doing nothing – what is the point? Wouldn’t it be better to sell it and recoup some money? If that isn’t possible, wouldn’t it make you feel better to give it away to someone who could use it? If that expensive thing is sitting there staring you in the face, all it does it make you realize that perhaps it wasn’t the best buy.

De-cluttering is a process that does free you. Once space starts to open up and you can find the things that you actually need and use, life becomes easier. Less clutter means less stress and more time to do the things you love. Start small and get rid of just one thing this week and see how you feel. You won’t regret it.
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Clever idea for an office space in a smaller area! It's a shared workspace too! Great for kids.
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The first thing to do when de-cluttering your home is coming up with a strategy to keep yourself focused and on task while you’re de-cluttering. The idea of de-cluttering your entire home can seem intimidating which is why many people prefer to focus on one room at a time. It can be helpful to take a moment to visualize how you want the room to look when you’re finished, giving yourself a measurable goal to work towards.

Other people choose to focus on a particular issue, rather than a whole room. You could start by going through the pile of papers in your office, your overflowing medicine cabinet, or your messy closets. There are probably one or two unorganized areas of your home that frustrate you every time you look at them, and these can be some of the best places to begin.

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Wouldn't it be nice to have your closet look like this? Awesome!
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Set Aside De-cluttering Time

Plan a few short de-cluttering sessions throughout the week, and clear your schedule for them. The right amount of de-cluttering time is different for everyone: Some people prefer to work in short bursts of 15 minutes every day, while others choose to set aside a few hours once or twice a week. Keep in mind that de-cluttering tasks may often take longer than you initially expected so don’t get discouraged.

Not only do these small de-cluttering sessions help to prevent you from becoming tired and overwhelmed, but they lay the foundation for more permanent organizational habits. De-cluttering isn’t a single event; it’s a movement towards a more organized lifestyle. The time that you initially set aside for de-cluttering can eventually evolve into time you put towards maintaining your newly de-cluttered space.
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