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Owner of Organize My Space Calgary. A Trained Professional Organizer passionate about helping you become free from clutter and disorganization both at work and at home.

Share kind thoughts or appreciation
Mar 23

Share Kind Thoughts or Appreciation with Others

By Noreen Music | Freedom Fridays

Share Kind Thoughts or Appreciation with Others

The Power of Kindness and Appreciation

The power of sharing kindness and appreciation with others cannot be disputed. There is a "happiness high" generated as serotonin is released into the body of the giver of a kind act. It just feels good to give kindness and appreciation.

Think about a time when someone told you how special you are to them. How did it feel when they expressed how much they care and appreciate you? When they told you how loved you are, how hard you work or they appreciate you going the extra mile? It lights us up to hear kind words and expressions of gratitude.

Kindness and appreciation are really simple concepts. Yet they have the power to magically open our hearts leading to strength in relationships that is hard to break.

Not only does treating people kindly boost the recipient, it does wonders for the giver. It reduces your stress, helps with depression and improves your mood. The gift of kindness and showing appreciation to others is a win-win.

What a beautiful practice we can share with the ones we love and care about. Sharing kind thoughts and appreciating others truly makes the world a better place.

"Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” ​- Harold S. Kushner

Selflessness vs. Selfies

Our modern society has drifted from valuing and taking time to express kindness and appreciation with others. We tend to view these acts as weak or exposing ourselves as vulnerable.

In many ways, we have lost this natural act of a healthy community in favour of the perfect selfie for our Instagram feed. We rush around so preoccupied with ourselves that we have lost the connection between our hearts and all other hearts that beat on this planet.

The inverse logic of God says that outward kindness is strength, not weakness. Being kind and expressing gratitude requires great courage and can transform your life.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” - Aesop

Be Kinder and More Appreciative with Others

The qualities of kindness can be said as being friendly, warm, considerate and generous. We also think of kindness and appreciation in terms of care and concern of others. 

  • Do you need to show more consideration to your spouse after they've had a stressful day? 
  • The next time you see your neighbour can you spend 5 minutes chatting with them and ask how things are going?
  • Or could you be more understanding of the co-worker who is going thru a tough divorce and she's not focused on the big project you are working on together?
  • What about the guy who just cut you off in traffic....perhaps he was up all night worrying about his teenage daughter whose been doing drugs and getting in trouble at school?

Think about how you express kindness and appreciation to the people in your family, your neighbours, people at your workplace or the strangers you encounter every day.

We all carry unseen burdens and scars. By being kind, understanding and appreciating people whenever we get the chance, we lift each other up.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” - Desmond Tutu

Adjust Your Automatic Responses

Try adjusting your automatic responses. Slow down and look for opportunities to share a kind word, a compliment or generous praise with others.

Seek first to understand if someone is frustrating or angering you. Why are they doing what they're doing? And then choose to be kind. Focus on appreciating the good in people not on the negative.

Be present in the moment. When you are in a meeting, talking on the phone or having a coffee with a friend, be there with them. Don't think about your to-do list, look at your phone or script in your head what you want to say next.

Do try this at home. We are generally nicer to complete strangers than our own loved ones. Be the hero and act with kindness and appreciation to your family. This could be the one thing that improves your relationships at home.

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act." - Proverbs 3:27

Put Your Hand on Your Heart

Sharing kind thoughts and appreciation is a daily practice and a powerful way of choosing to show up in your life. It is not a one and done project.

Kindness and appreciation are wonderful ways of being with others but it is also important how you treat yourself. If you catch yourself thinking unkind thoughts or undervaluing yourself, do this one thing....

Put your hand on your heart.

Really. Put your hand on your heart. This technique is scientifically proven to bring you back to yourself and connect with your inner compassion and gentleness.

Be kind and appreciate yourself for the amazing, unique and deserving person you are. Not because of what you do or your job title or how much cash you have.

Just for being beautiful you.

“Be kind to yourself as you proceed along this journey. This kindness, in itself, is a means of awakening the spark of love within you and helping others to discover that spark within themselves." - Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Share the Kindness Message!

If you enjoyed this post, please share it on Facebook and LinkedIn to inspire your circle to be kinder and more appreciative in their daily lives!

In the spirit of this post, thank you for being the incredible person you are. I deeply appreciate each of you....my clients, my family and my friends. My heart is full of gratitude for you.

If you need me, if you have a question or if you are interested in starting an organizing project, kindly comment below and I will respond to you within 24-48 hours.

Take good care of yourself.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Time to Rise
Mar 22

Part Three: Time to Rise

By Noreen Music | About Me

Time to Rise

Climbing My Second Mountain

2020 is the year I will rise up to scale my second mountain. I can say with 100% certainty that I won’t be climbing it the same way as the first. 

I will climb this mountain slower, taking time to really see the beauty and wonder of it all. Listening for the bird songs. Seeing the purple crocus rise up out of the freshly thawed ground. Touching the rough bark and sensing the life in the trees that reflects mine.

I have learned in the dark valley that there is a deeper and more meaningful journey that I can choose to take up my second mountain.

My Intentions

I intend to put relationships first.

I intend to be open, vulnerable and allow more intimacy into my day to day life.

I will relentlessly pursue what is good, right and true by aligning with what will leave a positive and permanent mark on the people around me.

My North Star

God will always be my true North Star. He is my beginning and end. The lamp that lights my path. My friend and encourager.

I desire that the work of my hands will have purpose and be thick with service and kindness. His purpose for my life is now my will for my life. I surrender to the one who made me.

I want to live my life as a gift to others and not one lived for just myself.

I will make every effort to move my thinking and actions from independence to interdependence.

I cannot live this life well, full and whole without help from others. It is only thru a rock-solid and connected community that I can bear the burdens on my back and truly thrive in service.

I have a deep yearning to care for others. To go beyond myself and my worldly pursuits and simply care for people right where they are. Sacrificial love is the best kind of love of all.

I'm All In

I am all in. No second thoughts. No keeping my options open.

I am committed and planted and will grow deep roots. I have planted this flag deep into the ground.

My second mountain is bigger and better than the first. It is richer and more generous. I don’t discount the journey or reject the things I achieved on the first mountain.

My second mountain is simply the more generous and satisfying journey after it.

And the view is spectacular.

Blessings to you

Thank you for being here with me. I hope my sharing my heart has given you something good.

I am never far away my friend. If you need me, I am here to support you on your journey.

God bless you, no matter where you are on the map.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Lessons from the Valley
Mar 22

Part Two: Lessons From the Valley

By Noreen Music | About Me

Lessons From the Valley

Seasons of Suffering

Seasons of suffering and pain in life cannot be avoided. As people living on this earth, we experience many highs and lows, fear and freedom, love and hate, pain and pleasure.

My time in the valley exposed the deepest parts of me, and I saw who I really am. Strangely, this season of pain and sorrow has made me bigger and braver.

Suffering well and seeking out the lessons hidden in the dark folds is the key I needed to open the gate at the trailhead at the base of my second mountain.

Lesson 1 - God is an Anchor

There really is a God and He never left me. Not once. He was my lifeline and anchor when the storm buffeted me with fierce winds and driving rain on all sides.

There were even a few times I faintly heard Him singing over me to give me His comfort and peace as I cried rivers of tears in the dark.

My faith knows that my entire life has passed thru His hands with His blessing and mighty wisdom. So this season of suffering was meant for my good not to harm me.

He uses it all as His love story to me as his precious daughter. The ugly. The beautiful. The hard things.

If life was always smooth sailing, I would never experience the refining of my soul and the absolute need every minute of every day of my Father in heaven.

These lessons and seasons have all sharpened my faith in Him and I am grateful.

Lesson 2 - Courage

Vulnerability will not kill you. Suffering with not kill you. Fear will not kill you. 

It felt like I was dying while I was walking on the dark path down in the valley. But it didn't kill me because fear is a liar. Fear is no match for my hope and faith in the creator of earth and heaven.

Courage and bravery are the decision to walk thru these doors anyway knowing I am never alone.

Lesson 3 - Letting go

Ego, selfish desire, prominence, prestige, pleasure is no longer where my focus and interests lie.

The things I strived for on my first mountain were thin, fleeting and held no real substance. What matters most to me now is living my true purpose and reaching out beyond myself to love and help others.

I want to make a difference and deeply contribute to those in need. To do this I must practice letting go of my own selfish desires and live in service of others.

Letting go is the ultimate in freedom and liberty.

Lesson 3 - Real Truth

True love and friendship are tested when the people who love you choose to join you in the valley, so you don’t walk alone. 

To those of you who walked in the darkness with me, my soul thanks you more than you know. I promise to do the same if you ever find yourself in the wilderness.

When you rest your identity on your job title, the money in your bank account, the social events you are invited too, you are constantly and solely preoccupied by the notion of only yourself.

Power, position and prestige do not fill your heart and soul. They are not where real truth lies.

My Second Mountain

Happiness is fleeting and self-centered. Pure joy transcends any current circumstance and is the light that radiates from my brokenness and deep cracks. 

This is a treasure, a gift from the Holy Spirit. I am clay and He is the master potter. I am dust and His power lasts for eternity.

The sustenance I need to fill the dark hole that caved in under my feet is not the little bag of trail mix I packed to eat on my first mountain.

The food needed to sustain me on my second mountain is rich with meaning and purpose.

It multiples when given away to feed others. It is deeply satisfying and is best eaten slowly with others who I love.

You are not alone

Thank you for allowing me to share the lessons I have learned spending time in the valley. It is my privilege and honour to open my heart to you.

If you are in a dark valley of suffering, you are not alone. There is always a silver lining, lessons to learn and a God who will hold your hand. There is always a light at the end of every tunnel of hardship. There is always hope.

If you want to keep walking with me on this journey, you can read the last part of my story called "Time to Rise".

Please let me know if you need me. I am always here for you.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

My Year in the Valley
Mar 22

Part One: My Year in the Valley

By Noreen Music | About Me

My Year in the Valley

In 2019 I cried many painful tears of loss, shame and injustice. It was the hardest time in my life but also a season I now look back on with gratitude. My year in the valley held many profound lessons.

More tears fell from my eyes and down my cheeks in those 12 months than in my entire 49 years before. I never realized I had so many sobs inside of me to express. They were hot tears. Cleansing tears. Renewing tears.

Early in childhood, I was taught to believe that emotions were to be held in and not expressed. Well I certainly made up for all of my suppressed feelings. 

This was my year of pain and suffering in the dark valley and I deeply thank you for coming with me on this journey.

Climbing My First Mountain

Life before entering the valley of suffering was spent climbing my first mountain.  

Finding love, raising children, building a career and hopefully finding brief moments of happiness along the way.

This was the journey I embarked on all in the pursuit of self.

I didn’t want to be lonely. I desired to be a mother. Climbing the corporate ladder in thin places was just what you did to get ahead right?

And so, for 30 years I climbed my first mountain.

At the Top of the Mountain

Somewhere along the trail, the rocks under my feet started to get slippery.

I was married but still felt lonely. My children grew and needed me less and less. My career was no longer my passion but a drudgery to be endured. 

Fleeting moments of sunshine seemed to forever be behind thick, dark clouds. Deep down I knew there was a piece of me that wasn’t getting fed and this piece was getting hungrier and hungrier.

I asked myself questions at the top of the mountain. Did I take a wrong turn somewhere along the path? Where were the rewards I thought materialized at the highest peaks? Why was climbing down the backside of this flipping mountain so much harder than the climb up?

The disappointment and despair at the top of the mountain was surprising to me and not at all what I expected.

The Valley of Suffering

Then suddenly the rocks under my feet started to crumble. I fell hard from the mountain into the wild, dark valley below with a shocking and painful thud. 

My memory fades a bit here. I do remember it was dark and I was terrified. My entire life was turned upside down. It shattered into a thousand broken pieces at the bottom of my mountain.

Eventually, slowly I got up. I was badly battered. Some of my gaping and jagged wounds were bleeding openly…” these will scar for sure…” I thought to myself.

I sustained other injuries that only showed up later as big, ugly blue and purple bruises. I was injured but still alive. I honestly didn’t know if I was relieved or not.

My life on my first mountain fell away and the dark valley of suffering welcomed me in.

There was no going back to my first mountain.

Thank you for sharing a piece of my heart

Thank you for reading this post and allowing me to share a small piece of my heart with you.

As a human living on this earth, you will have experienced pain and suffering in different ways and degrees and I honour those broken places in you. 

I see you. I feel you. I want to draw closer to you. Your cracks are beautiful as they let the golden white light that powers our universe shine through your broken places.

Our pain and suffering becomes a masterpiece like a beautiful stained glass window or Kintsugi the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending it with gold.

My prayer for you and for me is that we learn and expand in positive ways from these painful times with a deep knowing that our story is not over and that the best is yet to come.

Part Two - Lessons From the Valley

I invite you to read part two in my personal journey called "Lessons From the Valley" on our Freedom Living page.

Take good care my friends and if you need me I am already there.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Takes less time to clean an organized home
Mar 20

Save Time Cleaning an Organized Home

By Noreen Music | Freedom Fridays

Save Time Cleaning an Organized Home

Reducing clutter and getting organized saves a ton of time when you need to clean your home.

Did you know that for every 1 hour you organize, you save 2 hours of time?  WOW.

What if I told you that an organized home takes 40% less time to clean?

You're in right?!?

Get a handle on the clutter in your home to save time cleaning

The fastest way to save time on cleaning your home is to get rid of all of the obvious trash and recycling. Go thru every room with a trash bag in hand and start picking up what you know belongs in the garbage or recycle bin.

The next step is to pick up all of the dirty dishes laying around and put them in the dishwasher or wash them by hand and put them away.

Do you have soiled laundry lying around on the chair in your bedroom or on the bathroom floor? Pick it all up and put it in the hamper or better yet put a load in the washing machine.

Now go room by room picking up what you know doesn't belong in that space like the kids toys or books. Tidy up as you go, fluff pillows, fold blankets.

You are ready to save time cleaning!

Minimize Dust

  • Now that you have reduced clutter, you can dust your home properly.
  • Clean light fixtures, windows, blinds and shelves first and then work downwards.
  • Allow time for the dust to settle before vacuuming.

Keep Your Kitchen & Bathrooms Clean

  • Wash and disinfect your kitchen sink as e-coli is commonly found lurking there.
  • Clean and disinfect kitchen counter tops to keep germs and crumbs at bay.
  • Wipe down bathroom mirrors, sinks and countertops daily.
  • Clean and disinfect bathroom shower stalls, bathtubs, sinks and toilets weekly.

Clean From the Top Down

  • When cleaning, mop the floor or vacuum the carpet last. 

Clean as you go


  • Make your bed every morning.
  • Deal with paperwork and mail on a daily basis.
  • Clean up as you cook.
  • Tidy up at the end of the day - fold the living room blankets, do the dinner dishes, have the kids put their toys away.
  • Fold and put laundry away immediately after it comes out of the dryer.
  • Hang clothes up or put them in the laundry hamper as soon as you change your clothes.

A clean house is important for the health and well-being of your entire family. A clean home is a healthy home. 

Living in a clean and organized home makes you feel happy, but more importantly, it eliminates the stress that's caused by a chaotic environment.

And of course by living without clutter, you will save time cleaning.

More resources for you

Here is a link to an article posted in our Freedom Living blog about All-Natural Homemade Cleaning Products to help keep your home chemical free.

If you have any questions or need help with decluttering and getting organized, leave us a comment below and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

We are always here for you.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Clearing Clutter Makes Space
Mar 20

Clearing Clutter Makes Space

By Noreen Music | Freedom Fridays

Clearing Clutter Makes Space for What Freedom Means to You

What does being free from clutter mean?

Freedom is a powerful word. It means you have choices and space to breathe.

It also stands for your right to live your true purpose and not be burdened by what doesn't serve you.

Freedom allows you to choose how you live your life and what brings you happiness without feeling constrained by clutter and disorganization.

Freedom means your life flows easily and you are not prevented from doing what gives you joy.

What are the impacts of living in a cluttered space?

Being surrounded by clutter can literally choke the air from your space.

It takes away your ability to develop and progress. It limits your ability to move forward and achieve your dreams.

Clutter takes a toll on your mental health & well being. You experience feelings of guilt, shame and embarrassment and these negative emotions can become the only way you live in your home.

Clearing clutter to make space for freedom

Clearing clutter allows you to decide how you spend your time, your money and your energy.

Organizing and clearing clutter does more than just make your home look clean. It lowers your stress levels, helps you sleep and take better care of yourself. It gives you energy to get more accomplished.

You are not a slave to your stuff - physically, physiologically, financially.

Your life is worth so much more than the piles of paper or mountains of clothes that surround you.

“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” – Moshe Dayan

How can we help you clear clutter and find what freedom means to you?

When your clutter is gone you can accomplish daily tasks more easily and with fewer obstacles.

Living with this kind of liberating freedom is within your reach.

What clutter do you need to clear to make space for what freedom means to you?

Maybe one idea is all you need? Check out our  DIY resources we have gathered to make it easier for you.

You can always let us know how we can help - we are always here for you.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Take 15 minutes a day
Mar 20

Take 15 Minutes A Day

By Noreen Music | Freedom Fridays

Take 15 Minutes a Day

What changes do you need to make in your life to find just 15 minutes a day to spend time in nature? 

Spending time in nature has a magical way of making you happier and isn't this what you want more of?

Benefits of spending time outdoors

Spending time in nature benefits your brain and your physical health. Short term memory improves, your attention span increases and stress/anxiety are reduced.

Being exposed to the wonder and beauty of creation stimulates your brain allowing you to be more creative and productive once you go back inside.

You experience a greater sense of vitality and have more energy for the things you want to do. 

You are also more resilient to physical illnesses.

What amazing benefits for simply taking 15 minutes a day to enjoy nature!

Ways to spend time outdoors

Try going for a bike ride or a walk, have coffee with a friend in the park, watch the sunrise or sunset.

Do a yoga practice in your backyard or pack a picnic to enjoy with the kids at the park.

Go sledding or snow shoeing in your neighbourhood.

Lay out a blanket on the grass and star gaze before bed instead of watching TV.

Organize a garden party with your friends and family.

How can we help you find more freedom in your life to take 15 minutes a day to enjoy nature?

If you need to find more freedom in your life by reducing and organizing your clutter, we are always here to help.

For more information on working with one of our professional organizers, check out our organizing services here. 

We love to hear from you!

Let us know how you love to spend time in nature by commenting below.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Being Productive Working From Home
Mar 15

It’s True: You Can Be Productive While Working at Home And Here’s How…

By Noreen Music | Productivity

It's True: You Can Be Productive While Working at Home and Here's How...

You may already work from home or in light of current world events, you may be asked (or required) to work from home for a certain period of time. 

Whatever your reason is, it is important to set yourself up well and use your time wisely to be productive while working at home.

There are many advantages to working at home. Here's how.

Being productive is a huge advantage of working at home...I am willing to bet that you are way more productive at home than at the office, as long as you have set yourself up properly.

Spending less time commuting, reducing stress and improving work-life balance are even more benefits of working from home whether it's on a full time basis, one day a week or just when you need to get focused project work done.

Managing distractions.

Having greater control over reducing distractions in your home environment is a serious advantage to working from home.

There's no one asking you "just one quick question" or telling you about the fantastic movie they saw on the weekend and your phone isn't ringing off the hook.

Managing distractions allows you to focus on one task at a time and gain serious traction on completing your important projects and tasks.

Saving time.

Saving time is another great reason you are more productive when working from home.

Think of all the time it takes you to commute to work, grab your morning coffee at the coffee shop, say good morning and catch up with co-workers, etc. before finally firing up your computer and getting settled in to work.

Flexibility.

You have much more flexibility on when you decide to work based on your energy levels and brain power.

Your calendar is clearer as you generally don't have 4-6 time sucking meetings to attend when working from home so you are able to accomplish so much more.

If you need to do a load of laundry, take something out for dinner, walk the dog, go to the doctor/dentist or grab some groceries you have the flexibility to do these errands during the day. Then you can get back to work after your home to-do's are handled with a more settled and focused mind.

This way of working is truly a more balanced work-life integration.

Here's how to set yourself up to be more productive while working at home.

Keep your same morning and evening routines.

We are creatures of habit so it is important to maintain your weekday routines as close to your normal work schedule as possible while working at home. 

Keep your same bedtime routine and go to sleep at the same time. 

Get up early and get ready for the day. You don't necessarily need to wear a suit, nylons or your best jewels, but do your hair, put on a bit of make up and wear clothes you wouldn't mind answering the door or going outside for a walk in. 

The exception is if you have a video/virtual meeting - keep it professional by always looking the part even when working at home.

Maintaining your normal morning and evening routines while working at home will keep you from feeling you are on holidays and you will be super productive by getting a ton of work done!

Set up your physical work space properly.

If you don't have a home office already set up, select a location in your home that is optimal for you to work in. 

Preferably it should be where you can have peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the household, kids, TV, etc. and distractions can be kept to a minimum.

It also needs to be a space that you will be physically comfortable working in for the long haul. Organize your office or workspace with proper ergonomics and furniture in mind so you don't end up experiencing back, wrist or neck issues.

Having a clear desk or table surface to place your computer or laptop on plus a notepad, project files and a few basic supplies close at hand is key.

Set yourself up with all of the technology you will need to attend virtual meetings/training sessions, etc. from home.

Proper lighting is also critical. Natural lighting is ideal during the day but if you are working where there are no windows or at night, overhead lighting with a task light for your work surface is a must.

Keep distractions to a minimum.

Distractions will knock you off your productivity track every, single time. Attention management is a powerful tool and is the secret sauce of people who are productivity ninjas.

When you are sitting down to focus on work, turn off your phone and TV. Minimize your email inbox and turn off all notifications. You get to decide when it is convenient for you to return phone calls and process your emails.

Resist the urge to check your social media accounts, the stock market or Google as these things are all designed to keep you going down as many rabbit holes as possible for as long as possible.

Use the Pomodoro technique by setting a timer for 25 minute blocks with a 5 minute break or 50 minute blocks with a 10 minute break.

Block time in your calendar to complete work and stick to it.

Focus on what's important.

Keep a to-do list and write everything down. When your brain knows you have all of your important tasks written down in one place, you relax. Yes you still need to do the work, but your calendar is now set up with blocks of time to be productive with limited distractions.

Use tasks in Outlook, OneNote, Evernote, a paper planner/notebook or any other system that works for you. Your to-do list is the place where your tasks from various sources are captured.

Your to-do list helps you know exactly what you need to do and how much time you need to block in your calendar to get things done. There is also a real rush in crossing off tasks and seeing how much you accomplish!

Tackle your most unpleasant or least favourite task first and get it over with right away.

Stay accountable.

Having an accountability partner is critical for some people to stay on track. Is there someone on your team you can be accountable to and visa versa?

Talk about when and how you check in with each other - is it daily, weekly? For instance, you could connect every morning and go over your plans for the day and then again at the end of the day to report on what you accomplished.

Be accountable to your boss and your team with regular project updates as well. Set up a regular virtual team huddles, use a team project tracking and communication software such as Microsoft Teams.

Stay connected.

Working from home can be isolating so it is important to keep ties with people both at work and socially.

Establish with your boss and/or your team how you will stay connected. Determine what makes the most sense for your work and the communication levels required to keep your company goals, projects and bottom line in mind.

Keep connected socially in person (if safe) or virtually. Go for a walk in a park. Have a Skype coffee date with a friend. Set up a Facebook group for your book club or women's group to regularly converse and stay connected.

Log off at the end of the day.

Once your work is done for the day, tidy up, shut down and walk away.

Working from home makes it even more important to log off and set good boundaries.

We all need time with family, time in nature, time to exercise, time for self care, time for fun, time for creativity, time for our souls. 

It's True: You can be productive while working at home.

It's true: You can be productive while working at home. 

For more tips, read our post on top 10 productivity secrets on how to reduce stress and be more productive. Read the post here.

Now it's time to enjoy your freedom and live your best life.

We love to hear from you!

Let us know how you stay productive while working at home by leaving a comment. We love to hear from you!

If you have a question, need help getting organized or becoming more productive at work or at home, comment below and we will get back to you.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen

Spring Special 10% Off Residential Packages
Mar 14

Spring Special Discount

By Noreen Music | Offers & Discounts

Spring Special Discount

Take 10% Off All Residential Organizing Packages

This is your time to declutter!

Have you decided this is your year to declutter the garage, the pantry and all of your closets?

Good for you!  

Getting your home to an organizational level that works for you and your family is well worth the time and energy it takes to get it there.

Create an organizing plan for spring!

Decluttering and organizing does takes planning, determination and commitment to see your home transformed.

By creating a simple organizing plan, the likelihood of completing your vision for your spaces improves.

The first key to organizing is minimizing!

The first and most important step when organizing any area is to minimize.  

Ask yourself what adds value to your life compared to what you don’t want, need or use.

Once items are reduced, it is much easier to organize and arrange what’s left.

The second key to organizing is like with like!

The second key to ultra-functional spaces is to keep like with like and knowing where everything is.

Keep your daily essential items close at hand.

Store away items you don’t need or use every day.

The benefits of getting rid of clutter!

The benefits of getting rid of your clutter are numerous and life changing.

You will have more time, find things fasters and spend less time lost looking for stuff.

You will save money by not buying duplicates of items you can’t find.

You might even make some money by selling or consigning your no longer useful items.

The peace of mind and reduced stress that decluttering and organizing brings is a game changer for your life.

Spring is great time to start getting organized!

You can start your home organizing journey any time of the year.

We suggest starting in the spring as this is typically the time of year you are more energized for a fresh start.

The months of March, April and May are when we begin thinking of clearing out the dust and dreariness from the long, cold winter months.

There is excitement that winter is over and for the promise of summer ahead.

So, take advantage of the burst of get-up-and-go that spring brings to kick start your organizing projects.

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All Natural Homemade Cleaning Products
Mar 08

All-Natural Homemade Cleaning Products

By Noreen Music | Organizing Tips

All-Natural Homemade Cleaning Products


Toxic chemicals are all around us from toiletries and cosmetics, pesticides on our food and the store bought household cleaners we use in our homes every day.

The average home contains an average of 62 toxic substances - many of which have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.

The good news is there is a lot we can do to limit our exposure to these chemicals. One great idea is to make your own all-natural homemade cleaning products.

Not only will your home be safer but you will spend a lot less money on your day to day cleaning products.

It takes a bit of time and effort to make these all natural homemade cleaning products but the results are well worth it!

Some of the Toxic Ingredients in Cleaning Chemicals



Chlorine Bleach

Bleach fumes can contain chlorine and chloroform, which have been linked to respiratory and neurological effects and cancer. Bleach is very reactive and can form other dangerous gases when it comes in contact with ammonia or acids such as vinegar.

Formaldehyde

Used as a preservative, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.

Ammonia

Ammonia is a respiratory and skin irritant.

Fragrance

This commonly found ingredient listed as “fragrance” may contain hundreds of various chemical compounds, including phthalates, an endocrine disruptor. Fragrances may also trigger asthma and allergies.

Safe All-Natural Cleaning Ingredients

Many of the cleaning tasks in your home can be handled with these safe, all-natural and easy to find ingredients - many of them you have in your home right now!

We have listed the most popular all-natural and non-toxic ingredients you can use alone or in combination together.

Baking Soda

Baking soda cleans, deodorizes, softens water and gently scours.

Lemons

One of the strongest food acids, lemon juice works great against most household bacteria.

Salt

Use salt to clean cast iron or combined with lime to remove rust.

White Vinegar

White vinegar can be used to not only cut grease but remove mildew, odours and some stains.

When to Skip Vinegar: Never use vinegar solutions on stone surfaces such as granite or marble, cast iron, aluminum, or waxed surfaces. The acid in the vinegar can etch, pit, and strip finishes or otherwise damage these surfaces.

Cornstarch

Use cornstarch to clean windows and deep clean carpets.

Castile Soap

It is available in liquid or bar form and helps rinse dirt away. It's made with olive oil or a vegetable base and is available unscented or scented.

Hydrogen Peroxide

A disinfectant normally used for cuts, hydrogen peroxide can also be used for disinfecting in the kitchen or bathroom. It has a mild bleaching effect which helps to remove stains on fabrics and grout.

Hint: You can also use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect your toothbrush.

Easy Recipes for All-Natural Homemade Cleaning Products



General All-Purpose Cleaner

Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tbsp baking soda and 10 drops of your favourite essential oil into 1 litre warm water in a clean, glass spray bottle. Use for removal of hard water stains and disinfecting showers, chrome fixtures, kitchen surfaces.

Dish Soap

Mix 3 tbsp liquid Castile soap, 2 cups warm water, 2 tsp glycerine, 2 tbsp white vinegar and 10 drops of your favourite essential oil.

Bathroom Mold Deterrent

Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts water in a clean, glass spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using the shower.

Ceramic or Glass Stovetop Cleaner

For stuck on food, wet the area with hot soapy water and sprinkle with baking soda. Cover with a damp towel and allow to stand for half an hour before wiping with a clean damp cloth.

Chopping Block Cleaner

Rub a 1/2 lemon across a chopping block to disinfect the surface.

Marks on Walls and Painted Surfaces

Fingerprints, crayon or marker spots can be cleaned from painted surfaces with baking soda applied to a damp sponge. Rub gently, before wiping clean.

Mold and Mildew

Use white vinegar or lemon juice full strength.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Mix 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 cup white vinegar and 10 drops of your favourite essential oil, pour into toilet bowl and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub with a toilet brush and rinse.

Tub and Tile Cleaner

Rub in baking soda with a damp sponge and rinse with fresh water.

Window Cleaner

For a streak free and easy to use window cleaner, mix 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tbsp cornstarch, 2 cups of warm water in a clean, glass spray bottle.

NOTE: All homemade cleaning products should be labelled with the full list of ingredients, how to use and what to do if swallowed, skin becomes irritated after contact or accidentally splashed in the eyes.


Healthy Home Cleaning Routines


Minimize Dust

  • Declutter as clutter makes it more difficult to dust your home properly. 
  • Keep your shoes at the door on a washable mat.
  • Keep humidity low and vacuum regularly.
  • Wash bedding weekly in hot water.

Keep Your Kitchen & Bathrooms Clean

  • Wash and disinfect your kitchen sink daily as e-coli is commonly found lurking there.
  • Clean and disinfect kitchen counter tops daily to keep germs and crumbs at bay.
  • Wipe down bathroom mirrors, sinks and countertops daily.
  • Clean and disinfect bathroom shower stalls, bathtubs, sinks and toilets weekly.

Clean From the Top Down

  • When cleaning, do the floor or carpet last. 
  • Clean light fixtures, windows, blinds and shelves first and then work downwards.
  • Allow time for the dust to settle before vacuuming.

Clean As You Go

  • Make your bed every morning.
  • Deal with paperwork and mail on a daily basis.
  • Clean up as you cook.
  • Tidy up at the end of the day - fold the living room blankets, do the dinner dishes, have the kids put their toys away.
  • Fold and put laundry away immediately after it comes out of the dryer.
  • Hang clothes up or put them in the laundry hamper as soon as you change your clothes.

Clean Up After Pets

  • Keep your pet brushed to cut down on fur balls and vacuum often.
  • Train them to go on only certain pieces of furniture.
  • A blanket on the sofa for them to lie on is easier to clean regularly than a sofa cushion.


These are the all-natural homemade cleaning products and basic cleaning routines we recommend to keep your home beautifully clean and your family safe from the toxins in over the counter cleaning chemicals.


Leave us a comment below with your favourite homemade cleaning products!

For more helpful DIY suggestions and resources, check out our Do it Yourself page.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.

Noreen