Posts Tagged ‘yard sale’

“Check Out” the Checklists!

Posted on: July 28th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Get Checking...
If you’re planning to have a yard sale during the summer, check out our Yard Sale Checklist.

If you’re looking for some fun things to do this summer, check out these ideas from CAA.

Do you need some summer reading suggestions? To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, CBC compiled a list of The 150 bestselling Canadian books in the past 10 years.

It’s Yard Sale Season!

Posted on: June 2nd, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments


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Whether you’re putting your home up for sale or are clearing out some clutter, check out our Yard Sale Checklist.

Spring Cleaning

Posted on: April 28th, 2017 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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Check out this past Spring Cleaning blog post.


Let’s Get Started to Turn Over a New Leaf!

Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Cathy Mendler

It’s been more than a few months since my last
newsletter. Life threw me another curve ball. This
time, however, it was expected–for the most part.

In a span of five months, three family members had joint replacements and another major surgery. Countless hours were spent at the hospital, on the highway and caring for my mother. There are times in life when family and friends need to be first on the priority list. I am grateful for clients and business associates who are so understanding. I did, however, complete a very large client move which required me to be out of town for six weeks.

During times like this, I had to remind myself that there’s only one of me. As my business coach said recently, “I wish I could clone you!” If only it were that simple!

It’s important to take care of yourself when life gets to be overwhelming. Here are 106 Tips from Caregivers which may be helpful if you find yourself in that situation.

The past month has been busy, but it hasn’t all been work-related. We celebrated my niece’s wedding several weeks ago. I’d like to officially welcome Patrice to our family–as well as all of his family who travelled from France. It’s been the summer for weddings, as we’ve had the honour of attending two others as well–at beautiful locations.

I also managed to squeeze in six days of rest and relaxation at a friend’s cottage on beautiful Lake Temagami.

Have you been promising yourself that you’ll clean out the garage or have a yard sale this summer? Here are links to a couple of past blog posts–for our new readers and for those who asked for a repeat.

Organizing Your Garage

Organizing Your Yard Sale

Get started and turn over another leaf!

Organizing a Decorating/Renovating Project

Posted on: June 7th, 2013 by Cathy Mendler No Comments


Cathy MendlerSpring has finally sprung!

Spring is the time of year when we like to clear out the cobwebs, splash on a fresh coat of paint, and spruce up tired areas of our homes.

So let’s get started and turn over another leaf!  


“Among these several kinds of beauty the eye takes most delight in colours.”

Joseph Addison (English Poet, 1672-1719)


If you’re planning to redecorate or renovate, start your plan on paper. Determine your budget.

Renovating can be stressful. However long you think the project will take, add some extra time to your estimate. Unexpected delays are often a reality of renovation projects.


Create a list of everything you will need in order to avoid numerous trips to the store.

Professional Help

Hiring a decorating professional for a 1-2 hour consultation may seem expensive, but one large mistake may prove more costly.

Choose a contractor if you’re not doing the work yourself. Get family and friends to recommend someone. Check out the contractor’s references, and contact the Better Business Bureau.

Outside Projects

If you are planning to build a new deck or outside structure, don’t forget to contact your local utilities in advance.  “Call before you dig” is always sound advice.  You don’t want to cut hydro/power, telephone or TV/internet cables, and/or water or gas lines.  Always think safety first!


Which styles do you like–traditional, contemporary, country, cottage or eclectic? What colours do you like?

A piece of fabric or artwork can be the inspiration for a whole room/area. If you plan to redecorate more than one room/area, think about the colour flow.

Watch a decorating show. Take a walk through a furniture store or fabric store. Peruse some decorating magazines. Canadian House & Home and Style at Home are good ones; they provide the Canadian sources for many of the featured items.


How can you decide what to build for storage if you don’t know what items will be stored in that location? Purge as you pack your belongings, so that you can determine your storage needs. Reassembling your room will be easier also.

Furniture and Placement

Will you be rearranging your current furniture, switching pieces from another room in your home or adding new pieces?

Decorators often recommend neutral colours for investment pieces. It is much easier to replace your accessories than to replace your sofa.

Remember that large pieces of furniture look smaller in the showroom than they will in your home. It is extremely important to take the measurements home beforehand and check to see if the new pieces will fit. You can tape an outline of the furniture on the floor, so that you don’t have to move heavy furniture.

Choose furniture that performs double duty—an ottoman with a tray and storage inside, a sofa with a bed, etc.


Changing the colour of a room is the easiest change you can make, and it will give you the biggest bang for your buck.

Keep in mind that it is easier to mix a paint colour to co-ordinate with your fabric and/or furniture than the other way around. Take fabric samples to the paint store. We can recognize over 7,000,000 colours, but we can’t remember an exact colour for more than 30 seconds.

Choose an environmentally friendly paint if your budget allows. Large paint chips and test pots are available at some paint stores. If you don’t want to test the paint on the wall, paint a small piece of bristol board. You will be able to move the board around to different locations to see what the colour looks like at different times of the day and night. Light is an important issue when choosing a paint colour.

Did you know that if you paint a cool colour in a north-facing room, it feels even cooler? Did you know that if you paint a warm colour in a south-facing room, it feels even warmer?

If you choose a neutral colour, a variety of textures in the room will make it work well.


Here is where you can use this year’s trendy colours. Take paint chips and fabric samples when you look for accessories. Remember that items don’t need to match exactly—as long as the colours blend.


Plan ahead for easy meals. When cooking, double a recipe and freeze one batch. This is especially important if you are renovating your kitchen. What will you be able to access? Can you cook outside? Consider using paper plates if you won’t have a kitchen sink to wash dishes or use your dishwasher.

If you’ll be ordering take-out, don’t forget to include those costs in your budget.


If you take the time to plan well, your decorating/renovating project should go more smoothly, and your money will likely be spent more wisely.


Yard Sale and Packing Checklists!

Posted on: August 1st, 2012 by Cathy Mendler No Comments


Check out our CHECKLISTS!




Is there a particular checklist that you’d like to see?Please send us a note with your request.

We’ll get to work so that you can get checking!

Packing and Yard Sale Checklists!

Posted on: June 27th, 2012 by Cathy Mendler No Comments


Introducing our first checklist—PACKING CHECKLIST–just in time for vacation!

Our second checklist will help you get organized for a YARD SALE.


Watch for the introduction of more handy checklists in upcoming editions!

Organizing Your Yard Sale!

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Welcome to our second edition The Monthly Organizer! I apologize that it’s been so long since the first edition. Recovering from an operation took more time than expected, but I’m back.

I invite you to share our newsletter with your friends and family. As well, I welcome your feedback and suggestions.

How is your ideal life coming along? If it’s not progressing as quickly as you would like, that’s OK. Even small steps keep you moving forward.

Let’s get started and turn over another leaf!

Organizing Your Yard Sale

“Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.” Napoleon Bonaparte

It’s that time of year. Congratulations if you have decluttered and decided to have a yard sale. The next step is to plan it and get organized. If you’ve never had a yard sale before, check out a few beforehand. It may help you determine appropriate prices for your items. Maybe you’ll decide that a yard sale is not worth your time and effort.


Determine the date and time. Choose an alternate date in case of poor weather.

Decide whether you will advertise in the paper or put up signs in your neighbourhood. Post a store-bought sign, or let your children put their creative talents to work.

Ask friends, neighbours and family to join your sale. Larger sales tend to attract more people.

Make sure you have sufficient help on the day of your sale.


Sort items into categories—toys, books, household items, furniture, clothing, etc. Display similar or complementary items together.

Ensure that all items are clean and in good, working condition.

Determine whether items will be priced individually or have a price sign for each different section–$1, $2, $5, $10, $25.

If other people are joining your sale, each person should mark his/her items differently, or you can keep track of each person’s sales in a notebook.

If you decide to donate a portion of your sale profits to charity, put up a sign to tell your customers.


  • Cash box and change–coin and small bills
  • Newspaper or tissue paper to wrap breakable items
  • Bags or boxes
  • Extension cords, batteries or bulbs
  • Tables
  • Plastic cloths—in case of rain

Note:  Remember to get a good night’s sleep the night before your sale!

Sale Day

Allow yourself sufficient time to get everything set up before your scheduled start time. Set up as much as possible the day or night before your sale.

Delegate one person to be in charge of the cash box. Never leave it unguarded.

Be prepared to negotiate the price. Remember that you want to sell as much as possible!

Have fun! Let your kids sell coffee or cold drinks.

After the Yard Sale

Drop off any unsold items which you are donating as soon as possible once your yard sale is finished. You don’t want your left-over items collecting dust!

Be as kind to the environment as possible. Good, usable items should not be thrown in the garbage.

Talk to your friends, neighbours and family to see if there are items which they can use. Remember–you don’t want to add to someone else’s clutter!

The list of charitable organizations accepting donations or businesses accepting items for sale is almost unlimited. You should call ahead of time to ensure that your items will be accepted.


Sell items online at,, or Kijiji. There are businesses who will sell items online for you if you don’t want to do it yourself. The cost is a percentage of the sale price.


Reduce what you send to the landfill by recycling as much as possible. Old cell phones can be donated to e-waste programs. Ink cartridges can be refilled or donated for school programs.

Junk Removal Companies

Contact a junk removal company ahead of time if you have a large quantity for disposal.

And last but not least–don’t forget to reward yourself for all your hard work!!