Guest Blog by Monique!

May 15th, 2016

Hello Couple Wellness Peeps!

So we have our Environmental Wellness workshop coming June 5th!  (The day after my birthday, I may add!).  We have two amazing experts coming- a Feng Shui expert and a Professional Organizer.

Monique Steele, our Professional Organizer, sent me some amazing tips in anticipation of our workshop, and I thought I’d share them as a guest blog post here.

Here’s what Monique has to say about organizing your space!


Categorize. Organize your office into categories, placing like items together. By doing this, your office will become more functional. For example, look in your mail drawer next time you need stamps.

Common Categories:

Stickies (sticky notes, tabs, stickers, etc.)
Tools (straight cutter, staple, staple remover, hole puncher)
Budget (checkbook, calculator, bill calendar)
Writing Tools (markers, pens, pencils)
Mail (envelopes, stamps, address labels)
Labeling (labeler and label tape)
Purge Paper. It’s easy to let papers pile up in your home office. Get control of the clutter before it takes over your space. Go through every piece of paper in your office by using the System of Three: shred/toss it, file it or take action from it. File your important paperwork in a color-coded filing system.

Utilize Wall Space. This is often the one step people miss when organizing their office. Use your wall space to hang filing systems, calendars, whiteboards, shelving and more. There is so much more space available when you go vertical.


Never lose (or sort!) socks again.
Get each family member a mesh lingerie bag and ask them to fill it with their dirty socks. Run the bag through washer and dryer then place each family member’s lingerie bag in their clothing pile to put away. With this trick, you can forget sorting, folding, or leaving a stray sock in the dryer.

Simplify linen storage.
Store folded sheet sets inside a pillowcase and you’ll never have to guess if that fitted sheet works on the queen- or king-sized bed again.

When in doubt, try a tray.
Sometimes it only takes the power of suggestion to make you a bit neater. A well-placed tray might be just the hint you need to keep things in order, and appears tidy even if its contents are in disarray. Keep a serving tray in your home office to collect papers and keep supplies organized. It’s perfect for clearing extra space quickly and adds a pretty touch to what can be a dull spot.

Assign specific living quarters to everything you own. Put things where they work for you: vitamins by the juice glasses, coat hooks in the garage next to the car.
Whenever you run across anything empty, ripped, the wrong size or never used, immediately toss it in the trash or a charity box.


Thanks for your amazing tips Monique!!

Readers, enjoy and have fun organizing your space!

Be Well,

Melissa  :)

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Happy Mother’s Day!!

May 8th, 2016

It’s Mother’s Day today!


A day charged with expectations and obligations. A day meant to honour our mothers and show her our appreciation for her carrying us in her womb for nine months. A day for brunch, manis and pedis and afternoon tea. A day for flowers and balloons and mushy cards.

Not every person can celebrate Mother’s Day in this way. What if your mother would rather you help out in their backyard than go for brunch (like mine!!). What if your relationship with your mother is complicated and you haven’t spoken to her in years? What if you were adopted and you never met your birth mother?

Mother’s day is not just for birth mothers. It is for foster mothers, adoptive mothers, furry mommy mothers. It could even be for that neighbour or close family friend who you always got good advise from.

Mother’s day, much like Valentine’s day, should be celebrated every day. Showing our appreciation for that person throughout the year. It is to celebrate that one person, whoever it was, who was there for you through thick and thin. That person who wiped your snotty nose when you were sick, who listened to you when you had a bad day at school, who nagged at you to clean up your room.

So whoever that special person was to you, show them you care today and that you’re thinking of them.

Happy Mother’s Day!!

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