Ikea has just launched a new line of space-saving products – the Ikea PS 2014 Collection – ‘On The Move’.  The products were designed primarily for the needs of young urban generations who are frequently moving and require mobile designs that make the best use of small spaces.  Another consideration was for products that were free-standing, due to many rental contracts which prohibit permanent attachments.  This is a very affordable line of products and many are well suited to post-secondary students or young children but, as you will see, these products have a broad range of uses that span most demographics, including commercial and institutional applications.  Available April 1st.

To see the the Press Kit with all the products – http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/pressroom/press_materials/IKEA_PS_2014_press_kit_fin.pdf

To see the launch video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q8aDej6Q0Q

Ikea PS 2014 line




Organizing Dilemma – Scrapbooking Workshop

This client was passionate about scrapbooking and she shared her talents with others by providing workshops.  Unfortunately her workshop had become so overcrowded and disorganized that not only had it become difficult to conduct workshops, but it was limiting her productivity and creativity.  Unable to find things, she was often double-buying as well.  The situation had become overwhelming and she finally reached out to Holistic Interiors for organizing help.

Organizing Solution

Eager to achieve an organized space where she could conduct workshops again and get back to creating her scrapbooks, this client worked diligently making some critical and difficult decisions, and together we were able to achieve these results in only 2 days!

  • Two stationery cabinets were purchased
  • Storage baskets were purchased for wall shelving and for inside stationery cabinets
  • All items in the room were separated into categories
  • Items that were obsolete or unused were either donated or recycled, and anything that didn’t belong in the workshop was returned to its appropriate place in the home
  • Remaining items were now placed in designated storage areas and labeled
  • Systems were put in place to assist the client with removing items as soon as they became obsolete

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This Code of Conduct and Ethics is a set of principles and guidelines that each member of Professional Organizers in Canada agrees to adopt for the exercise of judgment, self-restraint and conscience.

  • I will provide to all people truthful and accurate information with respect to professional performance of duties and completion of contracts. When unable or unqualified to fulfill requests for services, I will make every effort to recommend the service of other qualified organizers and/or other qualified professionals.
  • I will have empathy for the client and the assignment by practicing positive interpersonal and communication skills.
  • I will respect the confidential nature of the client’s information, and will use proprietary client information only with the client’s permission.
  • I will maintain an objective manner to promote and encourage the highest level of conduct and ethics within the organizing profession.
  • I will seek to deal with other POC members, professional colleagues, suppliers and employees in a fair and equitable manner, and maintain the highest standards of personal conduct to bring credit to the organizing profession.
  • I will deal openly with those areas that may be deemed a conflict of interest.
  • I will protect the public against fraud and unfair practices, and attempt to eliminate from POC all practices that bring discredit to the organizing profession.
  • I will make a commitment to possess and increase the required knowledge, skills and training to be proficient and relevant in the provision of services.
  • I will extend these same professional commitments to all those persons supervised or employed.
  • I will strive for excellence in all aspects of the organizing profession.


Dilemma – Master Bedroom EnSuite & Closet

The EnSuite in this residence had slowly become a dumping ground, to the point where it was impossible to access the room and the closet contained within.

Organizing Solution

  • Floor items were sorted, categorized, and some items were purged.  Everything remaining was returned to its appropriate location.
  • Clothing was sorted, categorized, and some items were donated.  The homeowner was left with only what she knew she would wear, leaving room for new purchases.

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When you look around your home, do you see a collection of things that represent your past and a lifestyle long gone, or do you see a home that represents your current self?  Maintaining the past and all the possessions that went with it can be very time consuming and can keep us in a holding pattern, making transition difficult.

You have probably worked very hard giving to your family and/or to the community.  It’s time now to give back to yourself – reinvent your home to reflect your present pursuits and make room for new ambitions.  Letting go of sentimental attachments is not easy and can be a very emotional experience, but purging can also be extremely exhilarating and liberating.

  • Start by placing a large bin in your garage and/or your laundry room.
  • Then, room by room, collect all the items that you no longer use and place them in the bins.  This could be – outdated clothing, books that you have read or don’t intend to read, art pieces that you are tired of looking at, or gifts that you never really identified with.
  • Eliminate dust-collecting ornaments and keep only a few functional ones, like vases, clocks, and candles.
  • Keep just a few recent photos on display – the rest go into an album to be brought out as you wish.
  • You may have projects that you started but never had the time or inclination to complete.  Most likely you feel guilty and anxious every time you come across them.  Give them away to a crafter’s group or the women’s centre and you can feel good about your donation instead.
  • Have you been saving items to pass down to your children some day?  Find out if they even want them – then, if they do, pass them on, and if they don’t, add them to your give away bins.
  • Once you’ve decluttered, give your home a fresh new look to further awaken your space.  If new furnishings or paint aren’t in the budget, consider Redesign – this popular concept uses your existing furnishings in creative ways to transform your rooms.  Sometimes just reconfiguring your furnishings and accessories can give you a much needed change without making any purchases.
  • To give yourself and a friend a fun change of scene – try exchanging some furnishings, art, or accessories for a few months.
  • Last, but most important, deliver the bins to your favourite consignment store or charity so these items don’t mysteriously make their way back into your home.  There are some charities that will come and collect them if you would prefer not to do it yourself.

If this process is simply overwhelming, a Professional Organizer or ReDesigner has the training and creativity to make dramatic improvements in your home.  Whatever you decide – a little planning and persistence can produce a more personalized space that supports and reflects the real you.  Enjoy the freedom that letting go will bring!

Written by Neila Morrison & Published in Beyond 50 Magazine

Organizing – Retail Store

Organizing Dilemma – Storage Area (Retail Store)

In a busy work environment there is limited time to devote to organization, and it doesn’t take long before things can get out of control.  Disorganization is often a direct result of not having systems in place and/or not dealing with issues as they arise.  The back work area in this retail store had become very disorganized.  This creates stress, because customers may be kept waiting longer than necessary while you search for a product or sales aid.  When staff must devote time to redundant tasks, their productivity is compromised, and when items can’t be found, it can also cause double buying which is not cost effective.

Organizing Solution (note: only the client’s existing storage supplies were used)

  • All items in the store were gathered together and grouped into categories.
  • Within each category, all outdated or unnecessary duplicate items were discarded/recycled.
  • Each category was organized according to the way staff accessed the items – some alphabetically, some by subject, and some by date.
  • All categories were assessed to determine which items were most often accessed, and those items were placed in an area with the easiest access.

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  • The process does not end when you have put an organized system in place.  Regular maintenance plays a very significant role in keeping the system organized – that is, you and your staff must commit to learning the systems and returning items to their proper place as soon as they are finished with them.
  • If there is no incentive for individuals to do this on their own, consider having staff place used items in a designated area such as a shelf/box, and rotating the responsibility of putting those items away to a different staff member each week/month.
  • Most importantly, acknowledge how much more efficient an organized work environment is, and that maintenance of these systems is a valuable use of your time, in order to maintain excellent customer service and to reduce staff frustration and increase their morale.

Note: To further improve on the appearance of this space, the client could purchase matching baskets or boxes to hold product brochures on the shelves.

Organizing – Laundry Room


This busy mother of three had lots of laundry to do & without any systems in place it was chaos!


  • We utilized a side cupboard to store all the cleaning products and get them off the counter.
  • We then created labelled baskets for each of the children to keep in their rooms until laundry time.  Now they could help Mom by placing their dirty laundry in the baskets – when the laundry was done, they were responsible for folding it and putting it away.  Mom also got two large baskets for sorting – one for darks and one for whites.
  • We added a folding table to the side, and since this Mom was on a strict budget, we repurposed an existing shelving unit and covered a piece of wood she had in her garage with some vinyl – voila! – space to fold for no additional cost.  I also made some simple curtains to add some freshness to the room.

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