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The Pared Down Together Instagram Challenge wrapped up on Monday and it was a whirlwind of photo taking, sharing and inspiration! I am so grateful to those who joined in and received a ton of positive feedback on how much this challenge helped spur action. I also got to know several of you which I am so thankful for.

Now if you missed out on the challenge, don’t be sad. Here’s a recap of all the TIPS I shared!

I know this may seem a little overwhelming to do all at once (or even over the span of 14 days) so go ahead and take your time or use what you need right now and come back again down the road. Here’s a few things that participants of the challenge had to say:

Hey! I’ve been following you for less than a week and you’ve already inspired me to start cleaning out drawers!!! Thanks.

Hey! I just wanted to say thanks for your challenge! I was quite bad at posting daily, but it was a great way to connect with others on IG in a simple way.

You totally inspired me today to clean up my jewelry space on my dresser. I wish I took a before picture.

I’ve been guilty of letting some artwork live a lonely existence. Great advice!

Let’s Begin!

14 TIPS To Help you Pare Down with Pare & Edit+


01 | Something that you love seeing everyday in your space

What do you love seeing everyday in your space? What speaks to you and offers a little joy in the face of your busy day? By taking some time to really figure out the answer to these questions, it will simplify the process of paring down your possessions.

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02 | Unmentionables

The underwear drawer is not a graveyard for the itchy, ill fitting or worst of all frumpy. If it doesn’t make you feel good, get rid of it.

What? No picture! It was bad enough posting it on Instagram, I just couldn’t do it here!

TIPS
1. Dump it all out
2. Pick each piece up one at a time and if you immediately think “woohoo, I love this,” then put it in the keep pile.
3. Indecisiveness, guilt, and “just in case my washer breaks” have no place here. Purge with abandon.
4. If you’re guilty of rummaging through in the mornings to find your favourite bra, you won’t miss any of the other options.
5. If there’s a hole in it, it’s long past its expiration date
6. If you don’t feel great in it, get rid of it.
7. Organize: take the keep pile and make it work for you. Since you’ll be left with the good stuff it should be easier to figure out a system – whether it’s by category or most worn. I love using small open boxes as separators.


03 | Collection

I never considered myself a collector until I actually thought about the things I buy repeatedly. Yarn was the natural thought but then my husband declared “nail polish”! He’s right…. I do have a thing for polish 💅🏻😉.  

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I store mine in one open box in the bathroom vanity and I toss any that are bubbly, older than a year, or too difficult to open. Dealing with collections can be challenging because we collect the things we love (don’t we)! Try to keep your collection to your absolute favourites and consider photographing items you don’t love and then parting with them. Think accessible and enjoyable – if your collection doesn’t fit in with those two words then let it go.


04 | Something that you love but is currently hidden

What’s relegated to a life of loneliness in your home? Is there something you love but have long forgotten about? TODAY is the day to go and find it, dust if off and find it a better home!

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1. Displaying what you love will act as a reminder of the things that are important to you
2. It will make you happier
3. Deciding what you love makes it easier to part with what you don’t. While you’re digging out the gem, take a few minutes to make decisions about other items that were put away and forgotten about.
4. Consider selling no longer loved items online or donating them locally.


05 | Dream space

Emily Henderson ‘s space just does it for me and was also something that pushed me to pursue weaving. When I laid eyes on the fibre creation by @nikeschroeder I knew yarn had to be in my future.  Do you have a dream space or are you already living in it? (📷 by@brittanyambridge for @dominomag )

Dream Space | Emily Henderson | www.pareandedit.com+

(📷 by@brittanyambridge for @dominomag )

Taking a few minutes to think about your dream space will help shed light on your style and the decisions you make when you chose to bring an item into your home.


06 | Books

Opening a book gives me a thrill. Yes I’m a slave to the kindle at night (one-click page turning is way easier in bed) but I rarely leave @chaptersindigo empty handed . I love books more then many things in life and paring them down can be a challenge. This is why #books are in every room of our home. Not only are they great for decorating a space, they also act as a reminder of things read and new possibilities to be found.

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TIPS
1. Do the book huddle – locate all of your books and corral them into one room (you’re welcome for the workout).
2. Weed out the uninspiring
3. Be honest with yourself – if you didn’t love it don’t keep it
4. Bookshelves are happier when they can breath so work in some empty space when you re-introduce the books to the shelves.
5. Storing some books spines-in can give the eyes a break and adds visual interest.
6. Consider putting some aside to display throughout your home but remember less is more (and you need room for that coffee cup, wine glass or beer stein)
7. Donate your used books (please do not throw them away, you’d break my heart)


07 | PJs

Alright let’s be honest for a second. When it comes to pyjamas and Canadian winters it’s hard to keep pretty – never mind sexy – in the equation. So my personal pj faves from @nordstromottawa and @eberjey get pushed aside and instead I’m in nightshirts. 14 TIPS To Help you Pare Down with Pare & Edit+TIPS
1. Dump all of your pjs onto the couch/bed/nearest available surface
2. Pick each one out and quickly decide if it makes you feel good when you wear it (or if you absolutely need it to avoid teeth chatter in the frigid nights of your harsh climate)
3. Consider the vertical fold where you make a small rectangle and store it on its edge – it’s a game changer – trust me
4. Donate the ones that don’t make the keep cut
5. Reward yourself since you are paring down while watching the golden globes and that, friends, is something to be proud of.


08 | Tech

When it comes to tech, I go with the trifecta: iPhone, iPad, MacBook. TECH clutter is a real thing and I know it’s pretty low on the excitement scale but paring down in the technical department can give you some much needed stress relief. I’m not suggesting you toss out your iPad (I might cry actually) – what I am suggesting is joining us for some simple streamlining.14 TIPS To Help you Pare Down with Pare & Edit+TIPS
1. Do you have an old phone just in case – or a laptop that takes an hour to start? How about a tube tv? Consider donating it to your local habitat for humanity reStore.
2. Corral your cords. No one wants to stare at your electronic cords so either purchase tubing to group it together or relocate it to a less obvious spot.
3. Pare down your email. DO IT. It feels so good to know that your virtual life is under control. Personally I subscribe to the file system in gmail. Keep what you need but get it out of sight. Reserve your inbox for new and important stuff!
4. Get rid of old apps and you’ll have space for new ones! Check out Create & Cultivate ‘s blog for 5 game changing apps that will make you look like an all-star this year.
5. Keep the phone out of the bedroom at night. Your phone may be your best friend during the day but banish it at night. It’s a sleep disturber and giving it the boot from your bedroom will help you catch more zzs.


09 | Bags

Hands and Feet Handmade has an incredible way with bags. So keeping my bag collection small has been easy now that I’ve found one that’s versatile and the perfect size in my opinion. For#pareddowntogether, I focused on clearing out what’s in my small collection of bags because life is so much easier when your handbag isn’t a vortex of chaos.

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TIPS
1. Go on a home wide hunt and grab all of your bags – I’m talking backpacks, purses, briefcases, gym bags and the dreaded plastic bags. Put them on the floor.
2. Pick each one up and quickly decide if you love it and feel good wearing it. All no’s get put into the sell or donate pile (Try to sell any designer bags so you have actual cash to put in your favourite bag *empty them first)
3. Of the keepers – dump out the contents and sort what should stay and go. This will greatly improve your morning routine trust me.
4. Find a good spot to store the bags you choose to keep. I keep my five bags in a wire basket on the floor in our bedroom where I can see my options and easily change it up.
5. Be ruthless with doing away with the plastic (some grocery stores will take them back) and then consider purchasing reusable bags. I love The Jones Market YES tote!

 


10 | If you’re home could talk

Calm Chaos: 2 words my house would use to describe itself.  If your home could talk, what would it say? Think about it – then decide whether you like it or whether it’s time for a change. Simple yet significant changes can change the story of your home.

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11 | Fussed Up!

How many dresses are hanging in your closet? I’m talking the fancy dress variety? This past summer I decided to sell the ones hanging in my closet and to use Rent Frock Repeat 🇨🇦 or Rent The Runway from now on. Now just a little fussed up is a different story. I believe a few versatile pieces can take you many fun places. Today why not take a look through your closet and see which no-longer-hot numbers you can sell or donate?

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1. Take all formal wear out and put it on your bed (I’m talking all seasons)
2. Pick each piece up one by one and decide whether it makes you feel fabulous, whether it fits you perfectly, and whether you will definitely wear it again this year
3. If there’s is any hesitation, get rid of it
4. Consider donating any dresses you don’t feel are worth selling to women’s shelters or local companies that give to youth for proms.


12 | Junk Drawer

It’s not MESSY when it has a place, am I right? Today why not tackle your junkdrawer (or in my case letter holder)? Let’s start simplify your life and end the morning dig for your keys, security pass, you know what I’m taking about.

14 TIPS To Help you Pare Down with Pare & Edit+TIPS
1. Dump out the drawer.
2. Find homes for things that need to be kept but don’t belong in the drawer.
3. Section off the drawer using small open boxes.
4. Discard anything you don’t need or love.
5. Smile tomorrow morning because you just trimmed down your morning routine!


13 | Mags

A perfect Saturday would be spent perusing my latest DominoStyle at home, and Chatelaine magazine only that rarely happens. On my list of life realities there’s scarcely time for getting myself dressed. This causes a beautiful accumulation of magazines that I admire in neat little piles until a rare moment in which I tear through them, yank out the good stuff and then recycle the leftovers. So there you have it – it’s not indulgent and maybe one day I’ll have time to change that but what I’m left with is inspiring pages that I come back to over and over again!

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14 | Empties

Empties don’t always have to be of the liquor store variety (although that’s generally the fun kind 😉). In my case they’re often of the product type. You know when you buy a new (and hopefully better) skin care product and you immediately abandon the old one – I’m guilty of that, so for #pareddowntogether, I will finished up these bottles so I could officially banish them from the bathroom. 

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That’s it! 14 Things to think about to get your home organized, de-cluttered and to get at the root of what you love (and don’t) about your space.

This was a great way to kick off the year and even do some paring down myself!

 


 

A challenge wouldn’t be complete without a prize and @cheerfullymade was drawn as our winner (and has the choice of our 3 Hour De-Clutter or our Final Edit sessions)!!!

 


 

Let us know if you have any tips to add to these categories or share them with hashtag #pareddowntogether and @pareandedit on Instagram!

Related: Ready to go one step further with your space? Now that it’s pared down, why not make it civilized?

Wondering what to do with all of the things you’ve pared down? Click here to get my free guide to selling furniture online and make some $$$ !!

 


 

Author: Ashley Izsak

Ashley Izsak | Owner Pare & Edit+Blogging since 2010, I adore the online community. Working out of my home studio in Osgoode, Ontario, allows me to travel to clients throughout the Ottawa area. I value interacting with each new client and believe that with some simple yet significant changes you can have that space you dream about, you can tame your chaos, and I can help you do it.

Get in touch to collaborate on a project or to have a conversation because these days interacting with adults is always refreshing.

→ Send me an email

→ Check out my services

→ Get my free guide and start selling your old stuff online for $$$

 


 

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Pared Down Together Instagram Challenge | A blog post by Pare & Edit | Clever ideas. Thoughtful design. Civilized spaces.+

The #Pareddowntogether instagram challenge starts MONDAY (the 4th of January) and I am thrilled at the response this challenge has received since I posted about it yesterday! It’s the beginning of 2016 and while I don’t do resolutions, I love taking small steps to create a better space to start the year off right.

I also want this to be fun.

And I want to do this with you – because creating a sense of community is so important in this madness we call life.

So let’s start slow. Let’s ease into the new year and pare down our stuff. My hope is that you come away with a better sense of the things in life that speak to the life you want to live and also that you learn to recognize the things that are just taking up physical and mental space.

 


 

How to Make the Most of #PAREDDOWNTOGETHER

  1. Make the #Pareddowntogether image your phone’s lock screen wallpaper! This will keep the daily prompts on hand so that you can share all of your photo magic with the challenge.
  2. Invite a friend (or three) to do it with you. Sharing is caring and it’s also more fun. Plus, you can remind each other during your post holiday fog!
  3. Put the prompts in your planner (Do you have a planner?). I just bought this one and it will be my first since um high-school. As organized as my home is – I’ve always been an iPhone notes taker and random paper scribbler. Whatever your tracking method – add this in there!
  4. Check out the other posts in the #pareddowntogether hashtag and leave comments! Let’s make new friends and grow this community! You’ll get to find other readers who are your kind of people. So, embrace the “comments are the new hug” mantra, give them a follow, and strike up a conversation.
  5. Do it for the gram & the prize! Do I have your attention? I hope so. I debated about whether to include a prize but it’s a new year and I want this community to be filled with our kind of people and I mean that in the best possible way. Jump on over to The Experience page and take a look at the The Local (Ottawa) 3 hour de-clutter & The Final Edit (Virtual or Local). The winner will have a choice of either package.To qualify you need to do 3 things:
    1. participate in the challenge on instagram by tagging your photos with #pareddowntogether and @pareandedit
    2. follow @pareandedit on instagram
    3. subscribe to our newsletter here and be sure to include your instagram username

 


 

Will you be joining us?

Did you notice in the #Pareddowntogether image that everyday has a different theme? They’re designed to help you work towards creating a space for the life you want.

The challenge runs for two weeks, which I think is the perfect length of time to really kickstart some simple yet significant changes.  

Monday’s theme is “Something that you love seeing everyday in your space.” Let’s kick off this challenge with some good vibes! To join, just tag your Instagram photos with #Pareddowntogether and @pareandedit. I can’t wait to see what you share!

 


 

* Additional Details to qualify for the prize: Once you’ve completed the 3 steps, you have completed your entry! All entries must be submitted by 1/18 6am EST. We ask that PRIVATE accounts are made PUBLIC during the challenge in order to be entered. The winner will be announced on 1/20, we appreciate your patience while we verify all the entries. Good luck!

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

 


Author: Ashley Izsak

Ashley Izsak | Owner Pare & Edit+

Blogging since 2010, I adore the online community. Working out of my home studio in Osgoode, Ontario, allows me to travel to clients throughout the Ottawa area. I value interacting with each new client and believe that with some simple yet significant changes you can have that space you dream about, you can tame your chaos, and I can help you do it.

Get in touch to collaborate on a project or to have a conversation because these days interacting with adults is always refreshing.

→ Send me an email

→ Check out my services

→ Get my free guide and start selling your old stuff online for $$$

 


 

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Most people say that life stands in their way of having a space they love, but when you really get down to it, the choices you make predict what you bring into your home and how it all fits together (or doesn’t) into the elaborate puzzle that is your physical space.

How do you expect to love your space when you wait for perfection but really need far less? I am a perfectionist in many things but when it comes to my home, I’ll take a civilized space any day.

So WTF is a civilized space?

 

WTF-is-a-civilized-space-and-the-before-and-afters-that-will-make-you-want-one | A blog post by Pare & Edit | Clever ideas. Thoughtful design. Civilized spaces.+It’s a space for the life you want. I’m not talking the life where you win the lottery and have your own island (sign me up for that!) – I’m talking reality.

Whether you work twelve hour days, have two busy children or run your own empire from your garage – that is your life and there is no point trying to hide it.

A civilized space makes your life easier. It blurs the lines between the things you love and the things you need to have. It also embraces the negative space which can do wonders for your home and your mind.

So why should you want one?

Because when you step through your door you should feel relief.

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Getting a civilized space may take work (and at times, some convincing – here’s 5 tips on how to get your other half to de-clutter) and since life is already pushing your limits this might not even be on your radar. I know firsthand how easy it is to put off putting in the work to change your home. We have twin four year olds, 1/2 an acre of land and two felines that demand our attention.

When we decided to uproot to the country, I had one stipulation: The country must be removed from our dwelling.

So here it is, in all its (former) glory. The basement. Before. (How uncivilized!)

Basement Before Reno Pare & Edit+

Our home is a raised bungalow so the basement is huge and had an aggressive wood meets evergreen theme going on. There’s also that ceiling but we won’t talk about that right now.

We knew our girls would love the open space but it definitely needed a severe facelift before I’d be willing to spend my afternoons down there.

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This is our basement. After. Civilized.

We did major renovations on our main level so the budget for the basement hovered around zero. We brightened it up with Kiltz and two coats of Ralph Lauren Chalk White. This is a place the girls love so when it comes to art – we use washi tape to showcase some of their creations.

Tip: When you want wood panelling to just go away, paint it the same colour as the wall. Also, when your father volunteers to take on the wood panelling, get him a ventilator mask like this one (thanks Dad!) so you don’t find him passed out from the fumes.

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Most of the furniture is from Ikea and came from our playroom in our former home. After a good play session down here the toy to floor ratio can get skewered but ultimately everything does have a place (even if the two littles need a reminder now and then).

Tip: Call dibs on the top of a storage unit. Contain the mess within the unit and reserve the top for decorative items.

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Two tall bookshelves hide the worst of the panelling and stand in as desks for the girls when they want to turn our basement into a store for the afternoon.

Tip: Balance the bulk of a book-filled shelf with open space on the shelf above it + don’t underestimate the impact of small lamp inside a bookshelf.

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Tip: Make use of an awkward space. We tucked the Ikea play kitchen around a corner so that we don’t have to see it. The girls love it here because it’s their own little space.

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If you don’t have children you will probably think I made a mistake by including the above photo. For our life – this counts as civilized. We are lucky to have a dedicated craft room off the main living space in our basement.

Tip: Those yellow trays on top of the storage unit will save your sanity when your children ask you if they can paint.

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Although we love our large open basement – the only hidden storage space is right next to the well so that caused a cat litter conundrum. For months the litter moved from corner to corner in the basement but it was always in my face (or so it seemed). Finally I saw Dana’s post and it hit me. The litter should be in the closet! So we put it in there and left a door open until last weekend. We were hosting a Christmas party and there’s nothing as motivating as a house full of guests to spur action.

Tip: Try to keep your cats weight to a decent size so as to not require the XXL Cat door which not only looks like it came from space, but also costs a whopping $20 more than the regular size.

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So that’s our basement. It’s not perfect but it’s perfect for us right now.

Do you have an uncivilized space that’s bringing you down? Tag a picture of your uncivilized space to @pareandedit on instagram (you can also email me a photo at hello@pareandedit.com if instagram’s not your thing).


 

Author: Ashley Izsak

Ashley Izsak | Owner Pare & Edit+Blogging since 2010, I adore the online community. Working out of my home studio in Osgoode, Ontario, allows me to travel to clients throughout the Ottawa area. I value interacting with each new client and believe that with some simple yet significant changes you can have that space you dream about, you can tame your chaos, and I can help you do it.

Get in touch to collaborate on a project or to have a conversation because these days interacting with adults is always refreshing.

→ Send me an email

→ Check out my services

→ Get my free guide and start selling your old stuff online for $$$

 


 

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  • December 30, 2015 - 6:59 PM

    Susan Ryan - Hey Ash, looks amazing. Great job. I am in the middle of doing our basement too. It’s a dungeon. What colour of green is that I see? I think it’s green, however, could be the lighting.

    Love the site, it’s so you!

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    • December 31, 2015 - 2:00 AM

      Ashley Izsak - Thanks Susan! The green in the art room? It’s Theresa’s Green by Farrow and Ball. Is the basement finished already or are you tackling that too? Lunch in the new year!!ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2016 - 2:19 PM

    Liz - Beautiful site! As a mom of 3 in a modest townhouse, it’s always a struggle to keep the clutter from taking over :/ Also, we’ve been looking to buy our first home, and we always get turned off by really nasty, outdated basements, assuming they’d be way too expensive to update. But to see your basement transformation, just the difference with the coat of paint alone, has me rethinking it can be done! Look forward to more posts and best of luck Ashley!ReplyCancel

    • January 23, 2016 - 5:04 PM

      Ashley Izsak - Thanks so much Liz! It’s so nice to meet (virtually) another Ottawa mom! Nasty, outdated basements can be fun and as long as the bones are good – fairly inexpensive to update. Buying a home is so exciting! Keep me posted on where you end up.ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2016 - 4:17 PM

    #ParedDownTogether: 14 TIPS to Help You Live With Less » Pare & Edit - […] Ready to go one step further with your space? Now that it’s pared down, why not make it civilized? […]ReplyCancel

What if I told you that living in squalor is the key to a happy relationship?

Trust me, I’d be a liar.

10 years ago I had the unfortunate experience of attending a marriage prep course (I wouldn’t recommend it). There was one moment however, where I was braced on the edge of the cold plastic seat waiting for the answer to all of my prayers – how to deal with dividing up household work so we could stop arguing on the regular about everything from laundry to lack of storage in our one bedroom condo.

I’m happy to share with you that I was severely underwhelmed at their answer. “Hire a cleaning service!”

Really? I was 23, living with my boyfriend who was working out of our living room and I spent most of my paycheque at Holt Renfrew.

The problem was not that either of us was doing it wrong. It’s that our views on the subject of de-cluttering clashed – mainly I was a purger and couldn’t fathom how he was not.

How to kill it at getting your significant other to get rid of things | A blog post by Pare & Edit | Clever ideas. Thoughtful design. Civilized spaces.+

 

10 years later, I’m happy to share with you a few ideas and revelations I have had about how to get your other half to get rid of things and do it willingly.


1. Back away from their possessions.

There are plenty of ways that you could go stealth and reduce their belongings quietly (you may be plotting right now). DON’T – and here’s why: you would be stealing and breaking their trust and most importantly you would be taking on more work (and don’t you do enough already?).


2. Sell your own stuff.

Start smart and sell some of your own things because money talks. You know that dress hanging in your closet with tags intact. Take a picture of it hanging on a hanger – preferably with a blank wall behind it, and list it online.  Next, sell that watch you never liked. Finally ask if you can sell something that you share but no longer use. Money is a big relationship stressor so the selling strategy may be enough to kickstart their own purging.


3. Go for the non-sentimental.

Next pick one area of the house and go at it for 2 – 3 hours. Do not go for the trophies, photos or anything remotely sentimental. Think entryway closet or bathroom cupboard. Start with your own things in that area. Put all the things that belong to your other half aside. Decide what to keep, sell, donate or trash of your own things.


4. Make it as fun as possible.

Bring them the things you put aside.  (I’m talking a box worth. Put down the 2nd set of golfclubs (we’ll get to that later)). Instead of dragging your significant other to your project, you will be showing them that you’ve done a ton of work and now it’s their turn to finish up in the easiest way possible. Try to make this part fun. Grab some coffee (or beer), radiate satisfaction for what you’ve already accomplished and ask them if they want your help going through the stuff. Once that part is complete, casually mention you have a couple more big things that need a quick decision (“I bet you could get $50 for those golfclubs online”) might just be the push they need.

 

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5. Roadblock strategizing

Scenario: Your significant other claims that all the items are essential to his or her continued survival.

Strategy: Appeal to their generosity. Some of these items could be used by someone in need? (Tis the season to be generous…)

Strategy: Bargain. Work out a reasonable number of items to put on hold and ask that they are stored somewhere else for a certain period of time. When the time is up logic will kick in and the items can leave the house.


6. Don’t push your luck.

Unless you worked some magic and they want to tackle the next part of the house. Day 1 was a success. Now wait. It’s better to complete each task fully and see the benefits of your work before moving to the next area of the house.

Let me know below if you have any tips of your own or if you’ve tried any of these!


Author: Ashley Izsak

Ashley Izsak | Owner Pare & Edit+Blogging since 2010, I adore the online community. Working out of my home studio in Osgoode, Ontario, allows me to travel to clients throughout the Ottawa area. I value interacting with each new client and believe that with some simple yet significant changes you can have that space you dream about, you can tame your chaos, and I can help you do it.

Get in touch to collaborate on a project or to have a conversation because these days interacting with adults is always refreshing.

→ Send me an email

→ Check out my services

→ Get my free guide and start selling your old stuff online for $$$

 


 

bda

When it comes to taking a risk, it’s fair to say that this is a big one. But let’s face it, launching a brand and website is an even mix of excitement and terror. You can’t expect it to happen overnight but at some point you need to unleash it to the world. So brace yourself – because I just hit the public button.

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I could tell you about the process – from deciding on a platform (hello prophoto!!), purchasing a slew of supportive applications (photoshop, a template by the creative team at Northfolk & Co., mockups by the girls at golivehq), the morning I spent with Amy Zambonin, a talented Ottawa based photographer (have you seen my photos!), and then the hours spent customizing every single one of those elements. But I won’t!

Instead I’m thrilled to hand over the reigns to you – so I can get back to the meat of this business – helping clients take back their space! Please browse the beautiful pages of my new brand and website and let me know what you think.

Branding Board for www.pareandedit.com | Civilized Space Organization and Design+

Screen shots of www.pareandedit.com | Take back your space | Civilized Space Organization & Design in Ottawa and Everywhere+

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