Professional Organizer & semi-minimalist, blogger & solopreneur, lover of DIY and all things crafty, wife and mother.
Allison Weigensberg is a Professional Organizer, owner of Everything In Place and a proud member of the Professional Organizers in Canada.
She has a passion for a minimalistic approach to organization and decluttering.
She believes that the rooms we spend our lives in should work for us, and not the other way around and that we shouldn't have to waste time looking for our things.
Allison resides in Montreal and is the mother of two young children. She loves to share the tips and tricks that she has implemented in her own life and in her clients' lives.
We all have inherently lazy tendencies. Well, at least everyone I've ever met does. It's not necessarily a bad thing or something to be ashamed of. It just is what it is We all want to do less work with better results. And I think that's a really good thing. It is actually what drives my whole business: the philosophy of working smarter and not harder.
I absolutely love organizing toys, I find it one of the most satisfying projects. I also absolutely hate organizing toys, because it can be soooo frustrating. I feel like if you're a parent and reading this you know exactly what I'm talking about.
One of my bigger struggles as a professional organizer is how to translate my routines and processes into sharable tips and advice. So much of how I live my life in terms of my daily routines have become so automated that it can be hard for me to realize its efficiency until I step back and look at it.
January is GO Month, as in "Get Organized". Every year the goal of getting organized makes it's way onto the top of resolution lists, so it makes sense that GO Month is the first month of the year. But as the novelty and enthusiasm of everyone's New Year's resolutions slowly begin to fade I wanted to share some simple habits that you can introduce now, that will help you to stay organized all year long.
I love, love, love the holiday season, but I do not enjoy all the additional stuff it brings into my home. If you're looking to spread the holiday cheer without adding clutter, you're going to need a strategy to deal with all of those things without your home looking like a department store.
While snow, mistletoe and all things holly and jolly may put a smile on other people's faces, it triggers a twinge of anxiety in me. I really don't like clutter. Obviously. And with all of the great f...
The coats, snowsuits, boots and hats of an entire family can take up a lot of space, especially if you have an entryway that is on the small side. I recently had a reader send in some pictures if her organizing dilemma. She has a small vestibule, the closet feels messy and disorganized and the bench she designated as a place for people to sit and put on their shoes always has stuff piled on top and below. Here are the organizing tricks she gave me to get through the winter.
Declutter. Even if you think that you only have what you absolutely need in the space, do it again. Try to minimize the excess... When you have a small space it is especially important to save room for only what you really need, really love and really use.
Our homes should be for the pieces that we really love or really need. Why have things if not to enjoy them. And on that note, if you're holding onto things that don't' "spark joy" (as Marie Kondo would say), then maybe it is time to just let it go.
I often say that there is no magic wand to get you organized. And there isn't. But there are a few tricks you can use to maximize the space that you already have that can seem like magic (kind of). I recently reorganized a client's kitchen and we cleared out no less than eight junk drawers.
While organizing a space isn't rocket science, it's not always intuitive either. There are so many things beyond our control that can contribute to a lack of organization. Both major and minor life events can cause our plans to shift and our routines to go out of whack. School ending, a change in jobs, the birth of a new baby, adding a family pet, the death of a loved one. It's not always easy to adapt to these changes without feeling overwhelmed.
I'm definitely one of those people that is way more relaxed when my space is clean and organized. In fact, it's the only way I can actually keep my sanity when things get super busy. Here are some of my favourite summer organizing tips that will help keep you feeling like you can conquer this summer, too.
Lets face it. Moving sucks. What person in their right mind enjoys spending hours upon hours of carefully packing up all of their belongings only to undo the whole thing a few hours later in a totally new and unfamiliar environment?
My garage is a perfect example of the benefits of labeling. I organized the shelving units so that it would fit all our excess pantry items, paper towels, toilet paper, soaps, you get the idea. But I...
As a nursing mom to a ravenous newborn I am constantly hungry, so I spent many frustrating hours searching through the fridge looking for food. One day I just couldn't take it anymore and I pulled EVERYTHING out. There are few things more satisfying to me than emptying a space thoroughly cleaning it out and putting everything back in an organized way.
Being organized about meals doesn't necessarily mean you need to be super structured about it. One of the most common push backs to meal planning I hear is that people don't want to be stuck eating a specific meal on a specific day. I totally get that.
Don't get me wrong, I love to do things for and with them, but I also want them to be independent and give them the confidence to know they have the capability to do these things on their own. It's not just their toys that need to be organized, other areas of your home can contribute to their autonomy as well.