Thursday, September 29, 2011

KW Humane Society Education Room - Finally Done!!

BTSH is proud to have the opportunity to sponsor the KW Humane Society with the donation of a fresh new education room - check out the before and after pictures!!

Book this room for your next birthday party by contacting the Humane Society

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Great Moving Checklist - check it out!

This list not only plans your move, but tells you when you should be checking these tasks off the list! A month before the move, two weeks before, and of course, the day of.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall Planters

That's right, believe it or not fall is just around the corner and fall weather seems to have already arrived. Just because there is a little chill in the air doesn't mean all the blooms are done. In fact, some plants actually thrive well in this weather, with hardy mums topping the list. Other colourful plants include marigolds, colour grasses, and coleus.

Fall is my favourite season, and I love to get into the spirit of all that it brings with hay stacks, pumpkins, and fall blooms.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Organization Week Day 5 - The Coat Closet

Install hooks inside the coat closet and use for hanging things such as umbrellas, flashlights, scarves, etc.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Organization Week Day 4 - Electronics Cords

Media centre out of control? Now one of the units is on the fritz and you're tugging on cords to figure out which one to unplug. Save yourself future headaches and wrap labels (I simply use file folder labels) around the ends of cords plugged into a power bar, and label the item they’re attached to. Electronics and office supply stores sell cord wrappers designed for this as well. Obviously it is best to label during the installation process, but if it's too late for that, be sure to get to it before you're caught off-guard.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Organization Week Day 3 - Sorting Mail

Put a basket near the entrance for bills that need to be paid, and use another basket for bills that have been paid – be sure to mark a date on the calendar at least once a month to organize and file paid bills. Sort into labelled file folders, and store in a file cabinet or bankers box.

Organization Week Day 2 - Storage Bins

There are countless uses for storage bins - whether to house scarves and accessories, kids toys, sort mail, or keep your remote controls from getting lost, storage bins help to hide the clutter, and keep your home looking clean and organized.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Organization Week Day 1 - Making Lists

Lists keep you organized, whether a daily to do, or a shopping list, or a special event planning list, writing things down not only helps to ensure that you remember everything, but also helps to clear your mind, allowing you to concentrate on whatever it is that you're doing. This will make you more productive, and efficient. Smartphones provide helpful apps that can be used to create to-do or shopping lists so that you're never caught at a store forgetting what you need, and realizing that the shopping list is sitting on the counter at home. Some examples of lists on my smartphone:

1. Grocery list
2. Home Improvement/Repair purchases
3. House projects "to-do"
4. Office supplies
5. Personal - cloths, cosmetics, etc.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Time for fall decorating

I'm starting with my fall wreath on the front door, and some mums for my planters - how do you begin decorating for fall?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Home Staging is an investment

Investing in Home Staging helps you to sell your home for more money, and is always less than a price reduction. Key to selling a home:

1. Stage first! Always stage prior to listing the house - you only get one chance to make a first impression

2. Price appropriately for the market, neighbourhood, etc - this is what Realtors are trained to do, so be sure to enlist the help of a Realtor as soon as you decide to sell, to help you with the process of preparing your home for sale.

3. Keep your home "showing ready" at all times - you never know when your buyer will walk through your home - as I always tell my clients, the better your home shows each and every day, the faster you will sell your house, and the sooner you can return to life as normal.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Beautiful Fall Weather! Time to get outside...

Kids are going back to school, and life is returning to normal. While Fall is not here yet, it is just around the corner, and now is a good time to start planning out what needs to be done before the winter hits - this will allow you to set an action without being overwhelmed and caught off-guard, such as how you plan to store items for the winter (BBQ, lawnmower, patio set, etc). By planning ahead, you can enjoy the season.

Friday, September 2, 2011

How to build confidence

Did you know that people that struggle with a low self-esteem find it difficult to give compliments? If you are not comfortable with who you are, you'll struggle to recognize and acknowledge the good in others, whether it's as simple as a nice new hair-style that your co-worker is sporting, or praising a friend for a nice gesture. One of the best ways to build confidence, and just genuinely feel good, is to give someone a compliment - that's your task for this holiday weekend - make others feel good, and in turn boost your own self-esteem. Happy Labour Day Weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Summer Projects aka Fall Projects

Feel like the summer "just flew by" and you didn't get everything done? Often we have high expectations of ourselves in the summertime and plan for more projects than time really allows for. While summer is meant to be our vacation, it still seems to be our busiest time of the year, visiting with friends, out-of-town trips, and just soaking up the rays. Don't be discouraged!! Fall weather makes many of our projects much more feasible - start with outdoor projects that you didn't get done in the summer. Many of these are often simply evening or weekend projects that can be completed in a day or two. Anything that can be done indoor can be saved for later in the season as the weather turns cold and we're seeking shelter indoors. So make a list, sort by indoor vs outdoor, and start checking items off!