How to stay organized when living with others

Living with someone isn’t always easy. This year’s pandemic has forced many of us to spend more time at home. For some couples and families this has been very hard on relationships, and we are often seeing more friction and even higher rates of domestic violence in Calgary and around the world (see CTV article of April 20, 2020). So anything we can do to ensure harmony at home is…

Decluttering and Organizing Your Paper – advice from a Professional Organizer

The amount of paper we all collect and end up storing can really take up a lot of physical and emotional space in our lives. Fortunately, there are many traditional and digital solutions that can help us streamline and simplify our paper interactions. The process of eliminating and reducing paper to help keep your home more organized begins with purging the papers you don’t need. Start by getting three large…

Storage containers to help you get and stay organized

Your efforts to declutter and organize your home will be greatly enhanced by choosing the right storage solutions to keep your possessions well organized and easy to find. Before you run out and buy a bunch of storage containers We find that it’s best not to introduce storage containers too early in the decluttering process because people often to try to determine how much stuff they can keep based on…

Helping seniors declutter, organize, downsize and transition to a new home

Renaissance provides support to seniors and their children in Calgary in making the transition to a new home – whether this be from a larger home to a smaller one, such as going from a house to a condo or apartment, or moving into a nursing home, senior care home or assisted care residence. The need to move can become more urgent when a person is suddenly confronted with a…

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Organizer

Sometimes people only hire a professional organizer during the big life events … “like marriage or divorce, the birth of a baby or transition to an empty nest, or starting a new job, especially if it’s a home-based business … but even in the absence of a specific life change, if you find yourself stuck, it’s time to consider hiring a professional organizer.” (New York Times 2019) Renaissance Lifestyles wants…

The Konmari Method for Organizing and Decluttering – Is it for Everyone?

What is the KonMari Method? It is a method created by Marie Kondo, a Japanese woman who has become famous for helping us tidying up and organizing your home that will reduce clutter and, she says, “spark joy” in your life. To achieve this, she asks that you pick up each item you own and as you hold it, decide if it “sparks joy”. If it does, you should keep…

Decluttering and Organizing can be good for your mental health

What qualifies as clutter? Can reducing your clutter and having a more organized home help improve your mental health? Some people say there are two kinds of clutter – that which is associated with the past and that which is associated with the future. “”Memory” clutter is things that reminds us of important things from the past, like old school programs or newspaper clippings. “Someday” clutter refers to items you…

Growing Together: Transformation from loved one to Caregiver

Stories For Caregivers – Published on Jan 13, 2019 Accompanied by narration that offers lessons and encouragement to new caregivers, a raccoon and eaglet form an unlikely bond as they both evolve through their caregiving journey. In this series, we hope to connect with caregivers who are finding themselves on similar paths, and generate awareness about caregiving through heart-warming short stories. Special thanks to Donna Thomson and Zachary White for…

Emotional Stress

Emotional stress is a challenge faced by many family caregivers. As a caregiver, it is important to give yourself time to reset when starting to feel burnt out. When symptoms of stress start to feel overwhelming, it may be time to see your physician. Here are some guidelines to help you decide. Apathy, lack of energy Difficulty making decisions Difficulty “keeping track” of things Feeling on edge A change in…

Caregivers and Connection

Nora is a retired librarian who was asked to take on the power of attorney for her friend and neighbour. Through her story we understand how important it is for all members of society to care for the people around them. If this story impacts you, please share it with others who care for someone. Connection and support is what keeps caregivers strong. Being There: Nora’s Story Season 1, Episode…