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Spring Painting

I paint on a regular basis, during the Spring or Fall season. With all the rain recently I decided to paint so I can enjoy the Sunshine when it comes. I KNOW it is coming!
I enjoy painting, it relaxes me and gardening does the same. It is best to know what you are doing before you paint-you want a professional look. Here are some tips to help you organize your painting session.


Before you decide on a colour, bring the chip sample home to test in your home with your regular lighting.

Start with dry clean walls, free of dirt, dust and mould. (If you have a few spots of mould, clean it completely with bleach and allow it to dry completely).

Purchase good quality paint and brushes. You will need a good brush designed for corners. I buy a straight line roller design for the area between the ceiling and the wall. I find them easier to use.

If you need to prime the walls, prime them, this is a step you definitely cannot skip.

Keep damp rags ready to use for minor spills or mistakes. You can wipe it clean if you use a damp rag right away.


Paint electrical and light switch plates

Forget to cover the floors and furniture before painting.

Try to save money and buy cheap paint. It will be more difficult to use and you will not be happy with the final result.

Lurlene Anderson
Professional Organizer, Writer, Speaker


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Spring Cleaning Tips

It’s springtime, or is it? With the temperatures fluctuating day to day, it’s hard to believe it is actually Spring. This is the time of year to roll up your sleeves and “Spring Clean”, or as I prefer to say “Spring Clear”. Everyone could use a few time saving tips to speed up the process, preferring to “get it done” during the rainy season to be able to enjoy the sunny weather.

Create your own to-do list with the following tips. If you choose to hire someone, be prepared with the list of things to do.

1. Main Closet
 Be prepared with bins to separate recycling, re purpose and donated items
 Move winter outerwear to an alternate closet, if available. If not, move winter items to the back.
 Donate items that are too small
 Do not keep damaged or mismatched items
 If necessary, install a shoe shelf. You will more than double the space for shoes

2. Refrigerator

 Wipe down shelves and walls with a solution of water & vinegar. For stains, try water & baking soda. Be sure to clean between the door
 Check expiry dates on all containers. Remove all expired and old food

3. Flooring

 Steam clean the carpets
 Clean baseboards

4. Walls

 Wipe down walls, start with a sponge and rinse with a cloth

5. Windows

 Clean the inside (hey, it’s rainy season) with water, vinegar, and squeegee. Dry with a cloth
 Wash curtains or clean blinds

When you’re done, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

Lurlene Anderson
Professional Organizer, Speaker, Writer

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A Walk That Motivates!

One of my favourite times to walk is during the spring, especially on a sunny day with a cool, light breeze. Today was just one of those days. Everyone always appears to be in a good mood and will nod their head or give a quick smile and hello as they pass you by.
I just love to hear the different songs of birds in the trees and see plants in bloom. It is a wonderful season to witness new life and rejuvenation.
Today, I discovered I was smiling and really taking in the beauty of spring. It made me think of how I feel after I clear clutter. You know, those times when you clear space and you put everything in order. It always feels good to look at the renewed space and you keep sneaking a peak to enjoy it again and again.
The walk inspired me to tackle the pile of papers I need to shred and put in the recycling bin. I know when I finish I will have immense joy looking at the newly cleared space…

Lurlene Anderson
Professional Organizer

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What is a Professional Organizer?

When I am asked what I do I often hear “I need you to come to my house” or I am asked what is a Professional Organizer? What do you do?

It is not an easy question to answer. I offer many services. I help busy people who are overwhelmed or just don’t know where to start with their clutter and I help create a retreat in YOUR home or office.

Here’s a list of my services:

o Home or office organization and setting up personalized systems to help maintain clutter. I organize based on my client’s needs, not my own.
o Personal assistant. I help busy entrepreneurs keep their office organized and appointments scheduled.
o Public Speaking to help deal with clutter or time management challenges.
o Published writer to provide tips to clear your clutter.
o Prepare homes for sale by painting, de-cluttering, staging and packing.

I love what I do and I am finding it difficult to choose my special niche. I’ll keep working on that!

Lurlene Anderson
Professional Organizer

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Clear the Clutter in Your Closet

I was watching the Oprah show when I heard the topic, a subject near and dear to my heart-clearing the clutter in your closet. I immediately grabbed a pen and paper to take notes. I am always on the lookout for tips that I can pass on to my clients. Sometimes, it’s the “same ole, same ole”, other times, I strike gold. Adam Glassman brought home the gold! His tips are practical and very easy to apply.

• Anything you do not wear, even if you paid a lot for it
• Doesn’t fit now, don’t wait until you have lost weight, it may be out of style by then
• Brings you bad memories
• Duplicates

Everything in your closet should bring you joy, feel comfortable and be useful.

When clothes shopping, have a list so that you shop for what you need.

Lurlene Anderson
Professional Organizer

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Is There a Hoarder in Your Life

Thanks to the A&E series “Hoarders”, there is a growing awareness regarding “Hoarding”. I for one am happy to see this situation addressed. A family experiences many challenges if there is a hoarder in their life. I truly feel the more it is talked about, the greater the understanding and less judgement. Many of us have a hoarder in our lives and we don’t know how to help.

Hoarding, excessive clutter or chronic disorganization has varying degrees or levels.

Excessive clutter can be temporary. It could be caused by a recent move, death of a loved one, divorce, birth or a toxic environment in your home or work.

A problem with excessive clutter could also be neurological, such as ADD or MS, emotional issues or addiction-there are several causes.

For more severe cases, it is highly recommended to receive therapy before you attempt to de-clutter.

What I do know is outside clutter is an indication or reflection of something going on inside you.

If you have a family member, loved one or friend with excessive clutter you should never nag, criticize, ridicule, judge or clear clutter without consent.

People with clutter issues are everywhere, on your street, co-worker, or boss. They come from all walks of life.

If you have a severe problem with clutter, it is best to seek professional therapy during the de-clutter process. And when you are ready to deal with your clutter, choose a Professional Organizer that you feel comfortable with who respects your boundaries and can trust with your purge and has experience and education that meets your needs.

Lurlene Anderson
Professional Organizer, Public Speaker and Writer

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Great Organizing Giveaway Event

January 25 is the first day of the Great Organizing Giveaway!

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