Houses & Homes

From real estate to home organization, design and more, you'll find everything you need to know about houses and homes from our expert bloggers.

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It is no secret that the real estate market showed no signs of slowing down, as we have seen record breaking sales and continuous growth over the past few months. Vendors took in consideration the current market conditions and have opted to put their homes for sale as the sellers’ market con…

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I recently started taking a closer look at the time we spend looking for things. The studies I looked up which evaluate time spent looking for misplaced items vary between 10 and 55 minutes a day. This means that even if we are extremely conservative, 10 minutes per day times an average of 6…

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This year, the October Collection from IKEA Canada is inspired by dark moody hues, celebrates more sustainable products and welcomes in seasonal change, according to a recent press release. They’re spotlighting an earthy colour palette that includes neutral hues, rustic reds, muted greys and…

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With every change of season comes certain home to-do's, and this is especially true of fall - it's the one time we can prepare our houses and properties for the brutal winter conditions ahead. These 5 fall renovation projects you can do right now will help preserve the integrity of your home…

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Keeping the family organized is no easy feat, and as summer starts to wind down, you'll want to have organizational systems in place to stay on top of things from the get-go. There's social engagements to keep, sports activities and other extracurriculars, work obligations, birthdays, and more.

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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. It’s the same feeling that you get right af…

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Ahhhh, the tiny closet. I feel like it must be some kind of inside joke between home builders and architects. ‘Hey man, I finished the hallway. Crap, I forgot to build a closet! I’ll just carve out this miniscule one foot space in the corner... they won’t notice that the door doesn't fully o…

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2020 was predicted to be a great year for the Montreal real estate market, but once the provincial ordered shut-downs came into effect, many would-be buyers began to speculate that numerous homeowners would be financially-strained and have to sell their homes, easing prices and pressure on b…

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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 …

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My garage is a perfect example of the benefits of labelling. 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 didn’t label any of it. And now it’s a disaster. And worse yet, it’s my fault.

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Organizing our kids keepsakes is generally quite a challenge, one that sinks its teeth into our own emotions. I work primarily with families with young children, and I find that the same questions surface over and over. What should we keep and how much of each category should be kept?

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Are we cleaning our homes, or are we poisoning them? Cleaning the home with conventional store-bought products like Windex, Mr. Clean, Glade and Lysol seem normal to most people. Afterall, they are cleaning products, right? Well, they may do the job well, but they also fill up the home with …

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Wayfair Inc. recently announced through a media release that singer, songwriter, trusted voice coach and TV host Kelly Clarkson will serve as the retailer’s first official brand ambassador in the U.S. The all-new, integrated partnership with Clarkson, which spans TV, digital and retail, aims…

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In case you aren’t aware, Marie Kondo is a “tidying expert” from Japan. She wrote a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up in 2012 and excited the world when her Netflix show Tidying up with Marie Kondo premiered on January 1st.

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A massive wall space is like a blank piece of paper: such a daunting thing! What should you hang above your bed or over the living room couch? Or what should be placed down that long hallway?

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The holidays quite often means hosting guests at your home, and keeping up with your own household plus extras can be draining. So here are some ways of preparing your home for guests so you can enjoy the holiday season as much as your visitors.

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The winter is starting to drag on a bit and cabin fever is setting in. But don’t worry: our interior design experts have tons of great tips on how to make your home feel warmer and cosier from now until spring. Here’s a quick checklist of things you can do now to get you through the rest of …

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Call me crazy but the thought of losing my paper agenda has literally woken me up in the middle of the night. The fact that I had so much valuable information in one irreplaceable place had to stop. I couldn’t take it anymore, I had to go digital.

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I don’t know about your home, but in mine the kitchen is one of the places we spend the most time in.  Which means it gets messy the quickest (and when I say messy, please know I actually mean downright dirty) and also needs the most upkeep to maintain.  Even with a busy family of five (plus…

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If you are anything like me chances are you’re getting in the car to drive somewhere for Christmas.  Whether that trip takes 30 minutes or 3 days, the last thing you need is to be fumbling around the car for a snack for hangry passengers or a toy to placate a whining child (or adult).  

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January was a busy month here in residential organizing land. This has meant having many chances to assess what similarities I can observe at my clients’ houses and what sort of lessons can I extract from my time spent with them to benefit you who reads this blog.  By far, the biggest theme …

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Do you feel that? The warmth of the sun (albeit just a hint)? The days are getting a tad longer. The snow is slowly disappearing. Spring is definitely on the horizon, and it's the perfect time to get the house tidied and cleaned up in time for summer.

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We recently ran an article on organizing small spaces in our print edition, featuring tips from our amazing professional organizers Allison Weigensberg of Everything In Place and Mylène Houle Morency of FLO Organisation. Here are their suggestions for organizing bedroom closets and entryways…

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My son was obsessed with Wall-E when he was younger. We watched that movie almost daily. It scared me on so many levels! I mean, a dystopian future in which we humans have destroyed the earth with waste and become so lazy, obese and disconnected from other humans that even handholding feels …