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Celine Dion “Mix”


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Zamajobe “Come with Me”


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Cassandra Wilson “Time after Time”


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Aretha Franklin & Annie Lennox “Sisters are Doin’ it for Themselves”


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Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with the Best in Indigenous Cinema


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In Tasha Hubbard’s deeply moving documentary Birth of a Family, four siblings separated as infants during the Sixties Scoop reunite to explore the challenges, anxieties, and joys of forming their new family. Watch now for free on our Indigenous Cinema channel.
 
WATCH NOWHoly Angels
Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s short documentary Holy Angels retrace Canada’s colonial history through impressionistic images and the fragmented childhood memories of Lena Wandering Spirit.WATCH NOWTo Wake Up the Nakota Language
Uncover the important relationship between language and culture with this short profile on one of the last fluent Nakota speakers in Pheasant Rump First Nation, Treaty 4 territory, in southern Saskatchewan.
WATCH NOWThree thousand in this short, Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—14 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the present, past, and future of her people in a radiant new light.
WATCH NOWUrban.Indigenous.Proud
In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, the OFIFC and the NFB are thrilled to present
Urban.Indigenous.Proud:
5 urban indigenous communities. 5 Friendship Centres. 5 short films.
WATCH NOWIndigenous Cinema
Celebrate Indigenous History Month with our Indigenous Cinema collection! Over 50 years of cinematic storytelling by First Nations, Metis, and Inuit filmmakers for you to discover and enjoy.WATCH NOWNFB events near you see EVENTS CONNECT WITH US

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IRCC – World Refugee Day


Ministers Hussen, Freeland and Monsef mark World Refugee DayOttawa, June 20, 2019—The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, today issued the following statement:“Canada’s support for refugees is a longstanding, unwavering commitment supported by communities across the country. Canadians have continually supported Canada’s international humanitarian response to refugee crises around the world.”Read more  Les ministres Hussen, Freeland et Monsef soulignent la Journée mondiale des réfugiésOttawa, le 20 juin 2019 – Aujourd’hui, l’honorable Ahmed Hussen, ministre de l’Immigration, des Réfugiés et de la Citoyenneté, l’honorable Chrystia Freeland, ministre des Affaires étrangères, et l’honorable Maryam Monsef, ministre du Développement international et ministre des Femmes et de l’Égalité des genres, ont publié la déclaration suivante :« L’aide du Canada aux réfugiés est un engagement indéfectible de longue date appuyé par nos communautés partout au pays. Les Canadiens ont toujours soutenu les interventions humanitaires internationales du Canada en réponse aux crises liées aux réfugiés sur la planète. »Lisez plus
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Bobby McFerrin “Blackbird”


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The Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling”


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Angie Stone “It’s that time of the month”


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Avril Lavigne “Complicated”


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Bette Midler “Wind Beneath My Wings”


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Biblioboard, Toronto Public Library, and Donna Kakonge’s Books


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Aretha Franklin “Natural Woman”


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Anthony Hamilton “Mix”


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Gear up for Madonna at WorldPride 2019


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Annie Lennox “Mix”


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Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion “The Prayer”


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Amy Sky “I Believe in Us”


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Wildfire Preparation


Protect your property from wildfires preparation using DIY!

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Wildfires can be a nightmare for anyone’s property, destroying everything that they own, and everything that they have worked so hard to achieve in life, in order to put a roof over their head for their family, for their loved ones, and if they use the property as rental property, for their source income. Protecting your home from wildfires is vitally important for not just the safety of where you live and live being, but also for the protection of your financial well-being. Understanding this is part and parcel of being a homeowner which is why most people ensure that they have home insurance.

With all of this understood, this article focuses on how you can, with do-it-yourself (DIY) methods, help you and your family to protect your home from the dangers of wildfires.

You can do this yourself – DIY! Here’s how:

1. Safeguarding Flammable Materials

You would be surprised, even having a barbecue out in your backyard with the wind blowing too strong can be the start of destroying your property with a wildfire. The wisest choice really is to the only barbecue on days where you have taken the time to check the weather conditions in order to ensure that it is not too windy outside – and this takes preparation, organization, and maturity.

Other things that are flammable that need to be safeguarded include anything that is legal because that is all you should be doing, plus flammable such as cigarette smoking. Key ways of ensuring that piles of leftover cigarette butts outside on your property do not turn into a raging wildfire where you need to exist from your basement window in order to escape the potential disaster of your fire-destroyed home, is to fill containers, they could be reusable containers that you have collected just from purchasing groceries, it needs to be something that is not of a substance that is flammable itself such as plastic or tin or metal, and you fill it with water and ensure that any stale cigarette butts that have been used are in an element that is completely contrary to the fire that it once burned – such as water.

If the cigarette butts pile up too fast, you can either choose to add more water to ensure that there is not one single possibility that idle cigarette butts could create a fire, plus just simply use your clean spit and spit on them.

2. Keeping Fire Extinguishers on Your Property

Keeping fire extinguishers on your property is a must. You can even find one at the least expensive department store; this is how readily available fire extinguishers are. You can purchase one that is of a good size for your home or outside property, this means that the size of the fire extinguisher would depend on the size of your property, as well as the size of your home.

3. Keeping Water Hoses and Buckets on Your Property

Your home should be equipped with an outside water hose vent. The vent is always good to have, but making sure that you have a hose attached to the water hose vent is vital to ensure that if there were a wildfire on your property or inside your home, you have the ammunition to ensure that the wildfire can be extinguished. The longer the hose is the better hose. Having buckets around or buckets that are close to where you live and on your property will also ensure that if there are areas of fire that you cannot reach with the hose that you can fill a bucket with just enough water in order to take the wildfire out.

4. Ensuring that Your Property is intricately and Targeted with Key Fire Alarms Placements

Fire alarms are a wonderful thing and most people understand their necessity for the inside of your home, but, what about outside your home? There could be a fire that begins with your vehicle that is stationed outside your home, or, at a neighbor’s home, and you are unaware and it is a dangerous wildfire that could destroy your home.

Experts recommend that having security cameras, as well as security alarms are just as important as fire alarms, not just to protect your property from criminal theft, but also to protect your property from property damage from your neighbor’s property, and it could even end up being from a house that is far enough away that you had not thought of it.

5. Consistently Checking Your Fire Alarms

Although yes, security cameras are important as well, regular tests of your fire alarm are also important to ensure the protection of your home and your property from wildfire and to always be prepared to fight the worst case scenario.

6. Designated No Smoking Signs on Your Property

Additional advice that experts recommend for wildfire protection includes making a safe visit to a home store that is not far from where you live and purchasing “No Smoking” signs, even if you smoke. If there are people who tend to trespass on your property who do smoke and something that they are smoking could cause a fire to your property, or, you have visitors over or guests who smoke who do the same thing, the “No Smoking” sign will release you from any legal liabilities that may be caused by a wildfire that occurs on your property.

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Mosquito Repelling Plants


Keeping a mosquito repellant garden to protect yourself – DIY!

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Building a garden that has a mix of the plants you love, plus mosquito repellant plants, or a garden that is completely mosquito repellant can prove to surround your property with the protection you would love to have as you enjoy your property without being bitten by sometimes pesky mosquitos. If you are the kind of person that is always telling people something along these lines: “mosquitos really love my blood,” you will appreciate this article for the protection that a mosquito repellant garden can provide to you while you are relaxing on your property, as well as the avoidance of mosquitos entering the interior your home from outside of your property.

You can do this yourself – DIY! Here’s how:

1. Some Great Mosquito Repellant Plants

Many of the mosquito repellant plants have a wonderful aroma that is pungent, which is the exact reason why mosquitos are repelled by these plants. The lemon plant, for example, has a citrusy scent that can fill the air, with even such a strong scent for those people who can smell, that you cannot mistake a lemon plant for even an orange plant. Catnip is something that smells so strong that it can even put a cat into a relaxed enough mood that an agitated one will sleep a longer period of time after playing. Marigolds are a bright color that has a true flower scent that again repels mosquitos. Basil again is a strong smelling plant, that is also used in the food and some people also have essential oils with the scent of basil as well. Lavender is commonly known to be a relaxing scent; however, the scent is strong and tends to repel the skin biting mosquitoes. Peppermint is also a calming scent; however, the strength of its smell is something that drives mosquitos away from humans and other animals. The stories of garlic warding off the biting threats of Dracula in stories not just work for Dracula, it also works for the biting threats of mosquitos as well.

There are a number of beautiful mosquito repellant plants that you can add to your garden in order to remain bitten-free all throughout the mosquito seasons. Lemon balm plants, catnip plants, marigold plants, basil plants, lavender plants, peppermint plants or mint plants, and garlic plants are all wonderful choices for ensuring that everything from a garden in a park, to a community garden, to a small garden in your front yard or back yard, to a lavish huge private garden remains mosquito-free.

2. Great Places on Your Property to Grow these Gardens

The number one thing to think of with mosquitos is that they are smart. Many people who have been bitten by mosquitos know that always do tend to be bitten on their shins, as well as in areas were the bites of mosquitos have been so sneaky that while you were bitten, you could not swat at them towards their death which would bring you to not need to scratch your skin for a good week after the bite. Making sure that you plant mosquito repellant plants low to the ground is extremely important because this is the primary intuition of a mosquito, bite where they cannot receive swats of death.

Great target areas to plant mosquito-free gardens will tend to be those areas where people tend to either congregate, or pass by, or relax and enjoy the good weather. This would then mean entryways, front and back areas of homes, plus along border lines of a property in order to have a more inviting essence to the environment that will help people to not be bitten by mosquitos.     

3. How to Grow a Mosquito Repellant Garden

Finding the plant seeds for lemon balm plants, catnip plants, marigold plants, basil plants, lavender plants, peppermint plants or mint plants, and garlic plants, is relatively inexpensive and can be widely purchased at flower shops, grocery shops, garden centres, plus even at some hardware stores and home stores.

Once you have taken time to also purchase really any grade of medium quality soil to plant these essential mosquito-fighting plants, watering the plants, making sure they have sufficient sunlight, plus keeping a constant watch and care of the plants is essential to help them grow.

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How to Repair a Screen Door


Repair any damages to your screen door with do-it-yourself!

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Have you been in and out of your house so much, or pushing at your screen door, or closing it too hard that it has worn away and the springs are not working, plus it may be falling off of its hinges? Please read on because this article will help to give you do-it-yourself (DIY) tips on how to fix your screen door yourself, at a low-cost with the tools guide that will help you to repair your screen door quick and easy.

You can do this yourself – DIY! Here’s how:

1. Having the Right Tools to Fix Your Screen Door

Having a screen spline will help to tear away the broken mesh, or spline, of a screen door, as well as to seal in the new and fresh mesh that you have to replace any torn mesh. You will also require measuring tape to ensure that you cut a piece of mesh that is approximate to the size of your screen door to replace it with the fresh screen door mesh. If the new mesh is larger than the size that needs to be covered for your screen door, please do not worry about this. A pair of scissors will help to cut away any excess screen door mesh around your screen door.

When it comes to the hinges or the actual screen door, you will need to have a screwdriver that is adjustable. If your screen door has a convex roller, the aspect of the screen door that gauges how the door opens and closes, you may also need to purchase a new convex roller if you cannot fix the new one. A screwdriver, as well as a hammer, will help you to replace the convex roller, as well as to fix the convex roller.

2. Different Problems that You May Be Having with Your Screen Door

Your screen door may be experiencing different problems and targeting or identifying the exact problem that your screen door is having will be the key to fixing it just right.

The problem could be that the spline or mesh is torn or broken. The problem could also be that the door itself is literally off its hinges. The problem could also be with the convex roller that adjusts the opening and the closing of the door. You could also have a problem with broken plexiglass on your door that would need to be replaced and you would require safety gloves, as well as heavy goggles to fix this problem. You will need to extremely carefully remove the broken glass. With a screwdriver from your adjustable screwdriver that has a flathead, take away the glazing compound and the glazing points on the screen door. You will also need waterproof paint because you should use this along with the sealer of the glass portion of your screen door. Purchase some plexiglass and make sure you measure your screen door before you purchase and get it cut to size and replace the glass using an X-Acto knife.

3. Tips on How to Repair the Screen Door

Some key tips on how to repair a screen door include making sure that you are wearing the right safety gear. Make sure that there are not any children or animals around, the area is clear and unobstructed, including any vehicles, bikes, lawn chairs, tables, etc. removed from the surrounding area in order to provide you with enough room to do this do-it-yourself project (DIY).  Have all of your tools ready at hand to use, plus ensure that you are protecting your eyes, your hands, and your feet, and not wearing any fancy clothing, but rather comfortable and protective clothing while you fix your screen door.

4. Tips on Improving Your Usage of Your Screen Door to prevent it From Needing to Be Fixed Often

Screen doors really do need to be treated with care. This means that if the screen door has a convex roller, you should really not be forcing the door either open or forcing the door closed. If the screen door has a spline or mesh, you need to make sure that your screen door is fully open and not in any contact with either furniture entering the home, bikes entering the home, or anything that could tear the mesh or spline. The same is true when it comes to the plexiglass. You need to really protect the plexiglass and also gently wipe it clean at least once a month, depending on the weather conditions in your area.

5. When the Problem with Your Screen Door is Unsolvable and it’s Time to Buy a New One

Sometimes, the problem with your screen door may go beyond a basic do-it-yourself repair job and you may need to purchase one. When this happens, go to your local hardware or home shop and discuss with the knowledgeable staff on hand about some good prices and good deals that you can receive for purchasing a brand new screen door. Screen doors can cost approximately $250 so please do shop around because if you can fix the damage to your screen door, you will be saving yourself a lot of money.

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How to Keep Your Rose Bushes Blooming Every Year


Revive your glorious rose bushes on your property with DIY!

If you have rose bushes around your home, or anywhere on your property, first of all, consider yourself lucky, consider yourself fortunate. Nothing is like the beautiful bloom of roses, in any color from white to yellow, to pink, to red, with their beautiful green stems and thorns to always remind you that true love or friendship is something that must be treated with care and requires caring people to participate.  So, when your rose bushes do not bloom in one year, bloom in another year, or go through continuous seasons of not blooming, this article to help you to find a do-it-yourself (DIY) solution to bring the beauty of your rose bushes back to your home.

You can do this yourself – DIY! Here’s how:

1. Why Do Rose Bushes Bloom in Some Years and Not in Others?

There could be a number of reasons why your rose bushes are not blooming. The fertilizer that is not applied to the rose bushes or the fertilizer that you are using for the rose bushes may not be agreeing with changing climate conditions for the rose bushes. The solution to this would then be to use a combination of well-balanced plant food, plus fertilizer in order to revive your rose bushes.

Pests can also be one of the reasons why your rose bushes are not blooming as well. Insects can literally nibble away at the buds of the rose bushes which will cause the rose bushes not to bloom. The best way to treat this would be to use an environmentally-friendly pesticide such as mint or peppermint.

Environmental stresses can also be another reason why your rose bushes are not blooming. Excessively harsh winter conditions can produce rose bushes in spring that does not bloom. The rose bushes may also not be receiving enough light to bloom. It’s possible that again due to environmental stresses, there are not enough ultraviolet rays (UV) rays in order to fully revive the bloom of the rose bushes. On the contrary end of all this, the rose bushes could also not be receiving enough water from rainfall.

2. Could Your Rose Bushes Have ‘Blind Shoots?’

Rose bushes that come out like blind shoots can be like the sensation of a great home that does not have a stitch of furniture in it. The rose bushes will come out as though they are going to form blooming buds, and they will also even have buds on the stems of the rose bushes, however, the rose bushes will not bloom. The reasons behind blind shoots are really not known to garden care experts; however, many experts highly suspect that environmental conditions could be the main reason why blind shoots occur for rose bushes.

3. How Do I Solve the Basic Problems First?

When it comes to the fertilizer of the rose bushes, please take the time to test the soil’s PH balance. Finding a neutralizing soil complement to the current soil, that you will purchase to use with the existing soil, will help to provide a more grounding essence for the rose bushes. Also, making sure that you add a well-balanced plant food that is also PH balanced is essential to ensure that the fertilizer and the plant food will revive your rose bushes if the fertilizer is the sole problem at hand.

As mentioned before, using mint or peppermint is a wonderful solution for ensuring that you keep pests and insects away from your rose bushes if it is insects and pests which are the essential problem at-hand when it comes to your rose bushes. When it comes to the environmental stresses and the UV rays, some of the ways you could counteract some of the challenges of the environment yourself is perhaps purchasing some kind of protective layers, such as a tarp, to put over your rose bushes when the weather conditions are not in favor of your rose bushes keeping healthy. Plus added some specially treated water that contains nutrients that you can find a specialty garden shop can help to solve your water problems if that is the target issue for why your rose bushes have not been blooming.

4. What to Do About Blind Shoots?

Sometimes, the best solution, if you have no solution, could be to simply start again. What you may want to do in the case of blind shoots is to replant a whole new rose bush, no different than you would if you had a diseased tree that required digging up and being replanted with a tree planting.

5. Finding Cost-Effective Ways to Revive Your Rose Bushes

Asking friendly and trusted neighbors who also have rose bushes to borrow some of their supplies, or to pay them a little something for their trouble, can be resourceful ways for finding all of the supplies that you would need, in a cost-effective method, in order to revive your rose bushes.

When it comes to replanting rose bushes, try to see if you can work with your state’s department of parks and recreation to see if they can recommend places that sell discounted rose bushes in order to get a good price for top-quality rose bushes plants to plant.

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How to Make and Hang a Rope Swing


Flying made easy by making and hanging a rope swing with DIY!

Usually, when children are young, they come to an age where all their biggest worries are to fight over who gets to swing on the swings in the playground with other children. As you grow older, you may have children or desire to have a hanging rope swing right on your own property, even if just for the sake of allowing your child or children to have their own swing to play with instead of fighting over swing time at the park with other children.

This article will show you how to make a rope swing, as well as how to hang it right in your front yard or back yard depending on how your home is constructed. This article will also provide tips for those people who do not have the luxury of a back yard or front yard to make or hang a rope swing. It is possible to make and to hang a rope swing right inside any interior of a home from the doorways that are within. This article will provide tips on that as well.

You can do this yourself – DIY! Here’s how:

1. How to Make a Rope Swing for the Outdoors

Making a rope swing for the outdoors is a lot of fun! What you can first is either go to your local hardware or home shop and purchase long pieces of rope string, plus pre-cut pieces of wood or pieces of plastic that can be used as a seat. You want to make sure that as you make the swing that it will hold your weight. Tying and intertwining about 25 pieces of rope swing together will ensure that is a thick enough support not just for a child, but also for an adult as well. When it comes to applying a plastic seat, you can use crazy glue that you can purchase at a dollar store in order to support your seat on the swing. If you are using a pre-cut wood seat, the same rule applies with the crazy glue to glue to the pieces of rope in order to ensure that you are creating a swing for the outdoors that you can have tons of fun with!

2. How to Hang the Rope Swing

When it comes to hanging the rope swing outdoors, you want to make sure that you are doing it in a safe environment. The best bet is to make sure that there is natural grass underneath your feet, just in case you were to swing too hard and fall. Even astroturf is something that can be rough to fall on depending on what you are wearing while you swing on the swing, but if you do have astroturf on your property, please just make sure that your arms and legs are covered while you swing on your swing.

Choosing a tree to hang the swing and tying the knot and again supporting the knot with crazy glue is a good idea. You may worry: “well, what if I want to take down the swing?” All you would need to do if you want to take down the swing is to cut away at it with something sharp enough to get the job done to unhook the swing from the tree it is tied on.

3. How to Make a Swing for the Indoors

Making a swing for the indoors can be a lot of fun as well! The difference is that you have some options here, which you also have for the outdoors as well. Some people even for the outdoors will simply choose to purchase a pre-made swing and to put it up in a safe place with natural grass underneath. With the indoors, you can purchase pre-made swings, if you were to dig long enough on sites such as Craigslist or Kijiji, or shop online in general, you can find some great pre-made swings either for the indoors or outdoors where if they come plain, you can customize them and personalize them by painting them or putting stickers on them yourself or with your family, friends, and children.

4. How to Hang a Rope Swing for the Indoors

Choosing a door frame is one of the best ways to hang a swing that would be indoors in your home. You would need the right safety hooks because these safety hooks need to stick into the actual door and door frame so that the indoor swing is safely harnessed. Many of these pre-made indoor swings come with instructions, so please make sure that you read the instructions carefully and that you also have home insurance as a backup.

5. Safety Precautions for Both Inside and Outside of Your Home with Rope Swings

Swinging on a swing is a lot of fun, but you need to make sure that you are wearing protective shoes, protective clothing, as well as have your arms and your legs covered just to prevent from everlasting damages from any falls that may occur if you are the kind of person that gets really excited about swinging on a swing and you enjoy really flying through the air. Nothing is wrong with having fun, please just protect yourself so that you do not get hurt.

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Green Roof Construction Mistakes to Avoid


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Avoid making mistakes constructing your green roof with DIY!

A green roof is a radical uptake of an improvement on your home. This is a DIY project that is really going to help to keep the longevity of your shelter, your home, your paradise. What does a green roof do? By not walking out your house with dribbles or even heavy droplets of acid rain ruining your new suit to go to an interview or your job, or your suede shoes for a job where you really need to look perfect, a green roof will stymy the amount of water runoff from rain and/or storm in order to also to reduce noise from traffic, plus conserve the overall energy of your home ultimately getting down to the bottom dollars by saving you dollars.

When you are planning your green roof construction, it is important to know what mistakes to avoid. A green roof can be a satisfying project, in that it helps the environment and makes your house look good. As always, there is a right way and a wrong way to accomplish a project, as well as variants in-between. The point is to get the DIY project completed, so make sure that you adapt these instructions to your collective or individual needs. Learn from the mistakes that other people have made in the past and enjoy listening and reading this.

You can do this yourself – DIY! Here’s how:

1. Do Not Go in Blind

Get all the facts before you begin the green roof construction. You should find out everything you can about maintenance, the types of plants for your area, and the success stories of others. This is not something that you should jump into without some guidance. This is why you’re reading this. You need to navigate your dead load and a slow load of the roof. If you look carefully, just above the pitch, which means that you must be wearing safety glasses, safety gloves, safety boots, and any other safety gear that you know will protect you as well when you are high on your rooftop, make sure that you are also harnessed to something stable so that just in case you fall – you will survive. This is exactly what is meant by not going in blind. It is important that you realize it is actually a pretty intricate system that requires planning. Know the basics of waterproofing, cleaning, and monitoring your green roof. There are many resources on the Internet to help you learn all you need to know. You can consult an expert about the process. Contact the Department of Agriculture and ask them what information they can provide about green roof construction if you have any further preliminary questions the Department of Agriculture will help you further. This is a starter article, but please do read on, because it will help to prepare you for the best questions to ask the Department.

2. Skimping on a Drainage System

It is important for your green roof to have a very good drainage system. If you do not have a good drainage system, several things can go wrong. With green roof construction, drainage prevents your plants from becoming over saturated. These plants will be in danger of perishing if the water does not drain properly. It is also important that it not drain too quickly. Plants that do not receive enough water will also perish. Another potential danger of a bad drainage system in a green roof is weight control. If the water is not draining properly, the weight of the excess water could become too much for your roof to sustain. You will have a huge mess on your hands if this happens. Think in terms of preventing the extra cost. You spend a little more on the drainage system to make it efficient, but it saves you money in the long run.

3. Mistakes in Construction

When building your green roof, it is important to know how much weight the roof will be able to support. A common mistake made when constructing a green roof is not accounting for the weight of the desired plant life. You cannot build a roof made for light grass and plant a tree that will grow ten feet tall. Use your head and once again consult the experts and people who have built these roofs before. You need to also take into account how much the plant life will weigh when it is fully saturated, to make sure it can stand up to days of rain.

Understanding the shape of your roof can help you prevent another common mistake. Depending on the location of your house and the slope of your land, the shape of your roof may or may not sustain greenery. A flat roof will hold water longer, without a really good irrigation system, and a slanted roof may not be able to sustain the foliage, depending on how much of a slant it has. All these are mistakes that a little research can help you avoid. Being prepared and knowledgeable will ensure you get the best results with your green roof construction.

4. Money Matters

Make sure that you lay down the tarp on top of your roof in order to get the best drainage that you are aiming to achieve. Mistakes to avoid include purchasing low-quality materials in order to save on the expenses of this DIY project. Talk to the people at the supply stores where you are receiving these materials in order to receive recommendations on the highest quality of materials. This is home, it is best not to do this DIY project if you cannot afford it. The costs of building a green roof will vary dependent on the size of your roof. The cost of installation can be about $10.00 per square foot. The average single-detached home is 2,436 square feet which means that this project is something where you would need to save approximately $25,000 plus the taxes in order to DIY. However, if you DIY it, it is at a fraction of the cost of a roofer doing it who would charge an average $450 to $700 per square foot to do it.

5. Waterproofing the Roof

You will need to put primer down in order to ensure that your green roof will do what it is supposed to do after you have completed the project. Please do not forget, avoid this mistake, do not forget how important the primer is because the waterproofing is the most important thing you need to do for this DIY to avoid water leaks not only inside your home but also while you come outside of your home. The rim around the exterior will help as well after you lay down the primer. The second layer of asphalt roll roofing will also help to ensure that other outside elements from the environment will protect your home with the roof. It also protects from ultraviolet (UV) rays. A 15-millilitre polyethylene acts as a secondary layer of waterproofing.  Delta floraxx is a heavy plastic layer that will protect your roof from water, however, will also allow enough to seep to the layer underneath it. Making sure that you are harnessing enough water in order to keep plants on your roof is an important element of this process as well and all of this will help for this to be done. There will be cups added to the delta floraxx already installed that will help to ensure that you can lively have your plant haven on your roof. You just keep adding layers and this is what will help to protect your roof. This a project that is best to do at the right time of year in your area. It will take time, and get a partner to help you.

6. The Soil for the Plants

A mineral-based soil with 25 percent compost is a good recommendation in order to keep the plants on the green roof thriving. Once you implement these methods, this is a long-term solution for maximizing the beauty of your home. A green roof really has eye-catching appeal for anyone who sees your home from near or far.

7. Why Choose a Green Roof?

If you do not live in a rural area, but you love the look and the feel of true green, real green, green from nature and splash and decadence more brilliant than a diamond from a beautiful plant, you will love your green roof. It does last as long as a diamond.  

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Create great garden borders surrounding your home with DIY!


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Surrounding your home with fences in order to mark your property can sometimes not be the most beautiful choice visually to display your pride, your home, your property. Even when you have some creative choice in a home that you are renting, creating garden barriers may prove to be a visual improvement for a DIY project to fences. Garden barriers can also be far more inviting if you are someone who wants great vibrations and positive energy to flow around your home, in comparison to fences. Fences can block energy, be too much of a guard, whereas, garden barriers show that you will be constantly growing, blossoming, and eternal to the spirits of nature as long as the world turns.

Bringing down the fences and staking out your territory with something uplifting as garden barriers may be just the way to also spruce up the energy on your street, in your neighborhood, and throughout your community, but let’s start with your home.

You can do this yourself – DIY! Here’s how:

1. Dig out those Fences

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If you do not have the tools to bring down the fences around your home, one of the first things you can do is just check on Google and/or Yelp in order to find places in your neighborhood where you can rent the tools to raze down your fences. Make sure that you are wearing protective gloves, protective eyeglasses, and wearing protective clothing, plus protective shoes. Remember to keep your hair back, or anything that could create a problem and if it’s your first time doing this, just take your time, remember – Rome was not built in a day.

2. Purchasing Mulch, Dirt, and Bushes, and Flowers

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You can do the shopping for this before you raze down your fences or after the fences are down. The most important thing in many ways is to ensure that you purchase the mulch, the dirt, and bushes, and flowers at a reasonable price, which means often targeting the best time to purchase which is at the height of the planting season when these items will not be as expensive for this DIY project. We’ll continue to go through what you do with all of this great stuff that is going to make your property look gorgeous.

3. The Dirt Goes First, and then the Mulch, Plant the Bushes and the Flowers Last

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The dirt will remarkably help to ensure that any residue from digging up your fences instantly disappears when the dirt covers it. The mulch will help as well to create a beautiful appearance that is prettier in most people’s view of just dirt. You can also make sure that you purchase glistening mulch in a variety of colors from black, to brown, to light brown, to reddish brown, etc., in order to complement the colors of your home. The same goes with the shades of the bushes and the flowers that you choose. Some people decide that will not go with the flowers, and this is absolutely fine. It’s up to you. It’s your home. At the end of the day adding the flowers can depend heavily on the climate conditions of where you live. If the flowers will last throughout the year because you live in warmer weather, I would recommend them. If you live in colder climates, such as really cold climates, you may even want to choose evergreens and/or perineal bushes.

4. Maintain that Border

Yes, many people like fences because they’re easy to maintain and garden barriers are more challenging to maintain. Please take this project on as a continuous DIY project if you are willing to put in the long-term effort in order to ensure that the garden barrier around your property, your home, is beautiful for decades to come.

5. You can even Choose to Add Decorative Lights Year-round, or Seasonally

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You can make your garden border around your home is more eye-catching by adding lights year-round, or just on special occasions throughout the year. Expect people to stare when they pass by your home. Don’t forget to congratulate yourself on what you’ve done and share it with those you care about.

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Cost Effective Ways to Repaint Your Fence


Freshen up the paint on your fence at a low-cost using DIY!

The fence around your home is usually one of the first things that passers-by or anyone visiting your home will see. When you have guests, your fence should look remarkable in order to show them that you put in the special touches in order to show that you are proud of your home, plus happy to be in it, and happy that people who live there and your guests are there. This do-it-yourself (DIY) project will help you to do an easy renovation of the fences that are on your home, or on your property. You will also find out how to paint your fence for beginners.

You can do this yourself – DIY! Here’s how:

1. Shop Online for Used Paint

There are tons of people out there right in the neighborhood where you live, or throughout your city, or country, or all over the world depending on if you can get free shipping or how urgently you would need the paint, where you can find used paint that someone else has used that they could even be giving away for free. Such sites as Craigslist and Kijiji are fantastic for people that are just trying to get rid of some what they would call “junk paint” that would be your sheer pleasure because you could turn it into a wonderful project to basically renovate your fences around your home.

2. Finding the Least Expensive Paint for Fences if You Do Pay

Checking out a hardware store or home store in order to receive suggestions from staff on what is the least expensive paint to use for your fences is the best option to start with if you do want to pay for paint fence. Other options include also purchasing spray paint for fences and you can also use this paint your fences as well, where rust-proof spray paint would cost approximately $45 if you purchase the best cans of paint this would cost approximately $209 just for one can. You can also purchase used paint as mentioned before online.

3. Instead of Hiring Painters, Get Your Friends and Family to Help You

You could choose to hire a painter to paint your fence; however, the costs of just the painter, not including the paint can cost $2,000! This must be the reason why you’re reading this article! You see, if you are reminded that you could purchase a $20.00 super-size pizza and have even three other people of family and friends help you, you are only spending 1% of the cost that you would have in order to hire a painter, or to DIY.

4. Tips on Making the Fence Look Great

You will need an exterior acrylic wood primer first before you put on the coat of paint. Remember, it is up to you what color you choose to paint your fence, basically meaning that the fence does not need to be white. Some people choose to stain a fence to the color of the wood if it is a wooden fence. Just as much as a fence does not need to be painted white, nor does it need to be a wooden fence either. The choice of whether to stain or paint the fence is up to you. We will discuss briefly staining a fence in this article.

It really does not need to take a long time to paint or stain a fence. Depending on its length and size, it could even take just one day out of your time. This is an extremely easy DIY project to do. Unpainted fences just end up making the entire exterior of your home look undone, unless that is the way that you want your home to look. Since you are reading this article, it can be imagined that you aiming to achieve a finished look to your home that will be representative of the kind of person that you are.

Before you begin painting the fence, you will need to move away from anything from the fence that would get in the way of you painting the fence. Also, make sure that you sweep away any debris that would be surrounding the fencing area of your home. Please also do not forget to lay down any sheets that you have, any sheets or even newspaper that you either do not need anymore or can be washed in order to protect any concrete that is underneath the fence. Usually, the grass is cut so you don’t need to worry about grass too much, in particular, if you are really strapped for something to protect basically the ground where you will be painting.

What is important though is that you use something like a newspaper in order to protect any poles, etc. that you do not want to get painted, and you do not want any paint stains or spray paint stains, or staining stains.  Make sure you basically have a good roller brush, plus a smaller hand-held brush in order to do the painting of the fence. The hand-held brush is more important for the staining of the fence.

If the fence has been unattended for a while, please remember to take a soft cloth to the wood, if the fence is wooden, in order to wipe away any dirt and/or grime that would be on the fence before you begin to paint and/or stain the fence.

The philosophy of working on the hardest part of the fence first works when you paint the fence. This means that starting with the bottom boards of the fence and painting up, vertically, or horizontally depending on how the boards of your fence are laid and its construction, will help to ensure that you have a beautiful job with your fence once you have completed the DIY project.

5. How Often Should You Be Painting Your Fence?

You are the best person ideally to determine how often to repaint your fence. Ideally, experts recommend that you should repaint your fence about every two to three years. This also depends heavily on the climate conditions within the area where you live, and a number of other reasons such as the basic wear and tear of your fence. Your fence may be something that could be protected by an overhang, such as a balcony or verandah as an example, which would mean that you can go a longer period of time in order to repaint your fence.

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Common Laws about Fences and Barriers


Know the law and keep yourself and your property protected!

When property has fences up, such as single-detached homes, semi-detached homes, or even row townhouses, even apartment buildings, or areas are encased by fences, and private pathways and laneways are clearly only to be entered by its inhabitants of the area ideally, there are laws that are enforced in your state and in your region in order to protect you and what you own from intruders who may cause trouble.

For example, when a single-detached home has a fence surrounding its area, however, there is a public sidewalk right in front of the home, for most people who do not own the home, they must understand that by law they are only allowed to be on the property to view it from the sidewalk, rather than to trespass onto the property inside of the fence. Even the small part of the sidewalk that will be closest to the single-detached home that stretches out to a wider sidewalk for people to use publicly, the smaller side of the sidewalk is an indication and a clear visible legal marker that even if an uninvited guest were to step onto that smaller sidewalk in front of the single-detached home, just to use that as an example, the person or individuals, or even a dog passing by with their owner is breaking the law.

You can do this yourself – DIY! Here’s how:

1. Laws Shared Homes Such as Semi-Detached Homes

Sometimes semi-detached homeowners can on both sides have quarrels concerning property barriers and the common laws concerning fencing. Clearly, the fence that would divide the home, or even barriers such as sidewalks that are shared, plus even the manicuring of the grass that would divide the homes is a clear indication of where the property barriers are between the semi-detached homes. When there is a fence, this is clear. On one side is one owner’s part, and on the other side is the other owner’s part. Sometimes fencing and barriers can also create conflicts with shared property such as trees and bushes. If a tree is on shared property, the other owner would not have the right to cut anything on the tree, even to trim it without the other home owner’s permission if there are questionable barrier markings between the semi-detached homes.

2. Private Laneways and Alleyways

In private laneways that are the sole property of one or more homeowners, it must be kept in mind that the state and/or region that preside over the governance of the area really should ensure that there is a “Do Not Enter” or “No Trespassing” signs on the property. Immediately when such signs are visible it is clear to anyone who can see that they are not supposed to be on the property without the permission of the homeowner(s).

3. Shared Private Laneways and Alleys

In shared private laneways and alleys, again, it is even more important that the government level responsible ensures that there is “Do Not Enter” and “No Trespassing” signs within the area so there are not any intruders that enter. The government in question is truly putting themselves at risk of legal liabilities if there were to be any break-ins within that area because there were not such signs placed visibly for basically bad criminals to see.

4. Fencing and Barriers and Parking

Barriers are also a concern when it comes to parked cars. People need to understand that if at the back of someone’s home they have a fence in which they park on their own property and there could be natural grass underneath this property, that by no means, without the permission of the homeowner(s) can they park on that property, or place any kind of vehicle such as an e-bike, bike, motorcycle, etc. The same rules apply to not being stationed in front of any public territory in a region where there are “No Parking” signs. There are many private homeowners who would put these signs up, however, it is a great violation and a great intrusion for anyone to park anything that moves that are using for transportation purposes on any kind of private property without the permission of the homeowner(s). It is against the law.

5. More Public Areas Close to Private Property

Regarding fencing and barriers that are closer to a collective grouping of private property, it is important that anyone that either invited and/or uninvited is consistently mindful to ensure that they are doing such things as walking their dog in legally legislated areas of even a park, plus not smoking in areas of a park that they are not supposed to be smoking in, plus not entering private community garden gardens that are unlocked without the permission collectively of even one community garden owner. All of these actions if done – are against the law.

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Ali Farka Touré “In the Heart of the Moon”


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Alannah Myles “Black Velvet”


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Alanis Morisette “You Learn”


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African Guitar Summit


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Tracy Chapman “Greatest Hits”


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George Michael “I Can’t Make You Love Me”


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Bonnie Raitt “I Can’t Make You Love Me”


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Bran Van 3000 “Astounded” Mix with Curtis Mayfield


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Spice Girls “Forever”


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Grenique “Black Butterfly”


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Dubmatique “Un étè à Montréal”


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Isabelle Boulay “Je t’oublierai”


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Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”


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Cool and the Gang “Celebration”


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The future of home building (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


While driving a rented car on his way to get his two boys their first movie ever, Antonio Gomez-Palacio, the chair of the Toronto Society for Architects, discussed his work and vision for the future of home building in the Greater Toronto Area.

“My experience is much more around urban planning and a broader city-building perspective,” said Gomez-Palacio. “I’m immersed in the debate of residential as it pertains to the broad city vision.”

His work involves such things as growth management strategies and heritage preservation. One of the projects he is currently working on is looking at Mississauga and how it should grow in the next 100 years.

“I think the more important question to ask is what does the city look like and what should it look like into the future? There are two futures for residential. One based on the trend, the other on the imperative. A trend is a form of residential that is based on sprawl and single land use. That only includes residential, a very uniform type. Single-family detached over vast areas.”

Gomez-Palacio said that when you look at the city it is a recent phenomenon – widely established over the last 30 to 20 years.

“We started to see some of the social consequences of developing in this sort of way. Taking Mississauga as an example. A lot of the current growth pattern of residential was presented by the opportunities of the automobile. They are designed for people to drive everywhere. There is a trend that the mast majority gets built under a very similar format. The pendulum is coming back. The number of condos downtown outnumbered the number of single-family detached units.”

Gomez-Palacio says this trend started on the west coast that is a complete community. People could meet all the needs of their everyday life within walking distance. The shift is towards relying on walking rather than driving.

“You can start to see it’s going to transform the vast majority of neighbourhoods over the next couple of decades,” Gomez-Palacio says. “Some small detached houses. Apartment buildings. Everything that happens in a complete city all within walking distance rather than driving distance. There is a huge push over the past decade to get kids to walk to school. There is a huge problem that people don’t walk to buy a gallon of milk.”

He says the notion of mixed-use and mixed type of residential homes is also a critical notion.

“If you have the ability to work from home and if you have a coffee shop your ease of staying home is much easier. I have two little kids and I walk them to daycare every day no matter the weather. We live in a part of the city that allows us to do that. We can design a city that allows you to do that. What’s more important is that we need to design a city in that way. We can no longer afford the type of lifestyle and the type of sprawling cities that consumes such vast amounts of land and depends on cars in that sort of way.

“When you ask people what are their favourite cities in the world, they talk about compact cities. They can’t imagine building it for themselves.”

This includes a residential building that promotes a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. An environment that is more compact is healthier for us and healthier for the environment.

“I think generally the majority of the Greater Toronto area is pretty much built out and there isn’t a lot of green-fill lefts,” says Bindya Lad, a master’s student of architecture at the University of Toronto. “I see a lot of developers taking sites that can accommodate greater densities that are maybe underdeveloped.”

Lad also works for the Toronto Society of Architects. She has a previous background in urban planning and lives in Mississauga.

“So I know some things about development. I’m in my third year at university. By the end of 2008, I would have graduated. I’m hoping to get onto licensing and acquire more experience and knowledge in the field. What I’m really interested in is multi-family housing.”

What Lad is talking about is similar to the kind of “Who’s the Boss?” type of living, if you remember the former television program.

“With a lot of immigrants coming in they can’t afford any houses and they share the house with their relatives,” Lad says. “Then you have elderly families living with their sons and daughters. People who cannot afford a house and they live in many houses. In my point of view, it’s kind of a better way of living it promotes greater living in single-family homes. It’s better utilization of space. Multi-families can form a support for one another.”

Lad plans to do her master’s research on this topic.

The Toronto Society of Architects has 1,000 members. They include historians, environmentalists and anyone who is generally interested in architecture and urban planning.

As the chair of the society, Gomez-Palacio also does work in Halifax, Regina, and Moncton. As he was driving his rented car, his sons were looking for a documentary on squirrels. At the ages of 2 and 4, Gomez-Palacio said they do not even know what a documentary is. With a future in home building that is more sustainable as both Lad and Gomez-Palacio suggest, the boys will have the chance to watch real-life squirrels as they are walking from their homes to buy milk when they are older.

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Let it go or organize it (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


Getting a new dream home or condo is a great thing to come into your life. It’s getting and keeping it organized that is the key. 

Feng shui the Sharon Hay way includes less clutter so the energy flow is better in the home and condo. That is not an event but a lifestyle.

“The more you de-clutter the more comes in and opportunities and other things fall into place,” Hay says.

Hay says there are nine stations of life and different elements enhance aspects of life. Each element has a colour and a shape. 

“I get their [clients’] year of birth which gives me which directions are best for success,” Hay says. “I find out how many bedrooms, how long they’ve been living there how old the building is…what’s been going on in their life, if they just got married, if they just changed careers? We go forward to remove any blockages and enhance with the elements.”

Landscaping inside and outside the home is important in organizing the feng shui way. Artificial trees, pictures, and plants help to avoid negative environmental influences. Even with a condo you would need more pictures of flowers and vibrant colours of plants and trees.

“Too much red is too stimulating, too much fire energy,” says Hay. “If someone has a lot of kids they have to keep it fairly grounded. Oranges, beiges, taupes, yellows, and things in square patterns. You can have square pillows on the couch. It gives a lot more of a feeling of security. [The parents] have to try and keep the toys under control and if things are out in the hallway and picking the rubber ducky off your kitchen counter – things become chaotic, hard to think, hard to focus, the relationship gets stressed.”

Hay says a lot about organizing is going with your gut feelings. Holding onto things you do not need can make you lose money or lose out on opportunities.

“The more you let go, the more new fresh vibrant energy comes in. It’s been handed down through generations – give it away.”

As Nada Thomson, a professional organizer with Artful Organizers was preparing to set her parking time on her cellphone over breakfast she added her experience to organizing a new dream home or condo.

“It was a beautiful home in Oakville…a beautiful new community there and the home was just sprawling and lovely and architecturally interesting and there was a lot of storage available in the kitchen,” Thomson said. “They put a lot of thought into how they were going to organize the kitchen – what cabinets they were going to order. So I helped them with the unpacking of their move. I wasn’t around for the packing – they were coming from another city. They brought me in to help them unpack all of their stuff.”

Thomson was at work with her clients to help them to use the space. She had to ask them many questions.

“Are they bakers, do they love to cook, what age group are the guests, do they have sleep-over guests, do they need a home office? All of these things I needed to know about in order to plan the storage use for them.”

Thomson mentions there are two ends of the scale when it comes to storage space that is so important in organizing your new home. There are some places that do not have enough storage and others that have more than enough. The home she worked with in Oakville had more than enough.

“I’ve seen in other homes that have had an excess amount of storage space that there’s really very little thought that goes into unpacking things. So there’ll be baking material all over the kitchen, they’ll be food all over the kitchen and in every cupboard. There’s no flow. It takes time to find things and then things get cluttered up because people don’t know where to put things back and then the next person can’t find what they’re looking for, and the process goes on.”

Thomson found baskets at Canadian Tire that come in three different sizes to use for storage space.

“They were about three inches deep and they come in three sizes and they’re actually perfect for deeper shelves,” Thomson said. “We could put all the snacks into one and all of the dogs treats into another one and canned goods so it becomes this drawer that they could pull out so they have the freedom of using the drawers without having to have custom drawers made on each shelf.”

Rose Cerullo is a professional home organizer with Inspiring Spaces.

“That’s the key thing about organizing,” says Cerullo. “By making organizing a process so you develop a system. That makes it fun. Organizing is constant change. For example, just putting 15 minutes a day over a month is hours which is a movement towards your project which makes you feel good. People think it’s going to take so long but taking a baby step [you can] have enough energy to do other things. Do a little bit more, do a little more, like creating a memory that organizing is ok.”

Cerullo encourages her clients to organize things in 10 to 15-minute spurts. This way it becomes a regular practice that is like a journey similar to Sharon Hay’s approach that does it through feng shui.

“I’ve been doing this for four years and when I started, I started helping clients who were pack rats,” says Cerullo. “They were collectors and didn’t necessarily tune into the energy of how it doesn’t feel good having all that stuff in their place. People who are organized, who are busy and are sensitive to how their environment feels there’s a common denominator with all of them want a better system. They have other things that are a priority who ask for your services. ‘I’m spending too much time doing this over and over and over again, how can I make it more efficient.’”

Cerullo describes a client of hers that was magazine perfect when it came to her décor but needed help with a dozen work projects she was doing from home. Her file folders were flowing.

“I asked her do you use it

regularly, occasionally rarely, or never. Then I asked her to get post-its in front of the drawers that she never uses. I had her sit at her computer and identify all the broad categories of her project for the next 12 months. And all the broad categories I had her type them in caps – creating an index. Then the sub-categories were determined in small letters.”

Cerullo left her client with 15 minutes of homework and organizing an appointment with herself. Going to one of those drawers that she rarely uses and get a banker’s box and put the files in the box the order she had them in her drawer. Then they were to be labeled on the outside and relocate it to another area in her room like her furnace room because that is where she has the extra space. The client would e-mail Cerullo and this establishes the habit.

“The key is to schedule time and to follow through with the organizing. Then you feel the energy to do something else. You can apply it to any area of your life. In bite-size chunks and feel energetic after you do it – that’s the key thing you want to feel good about it.”

Cerullo says she is attracting more people who see the value of being organized. They don’t feel overwhelmed anymore. If you’re looking for someone who could help you organize your dream home or condo, please look up the Professional Organizers in Canada for contact information to find someone right for you.

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Hot home office for resale (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


The second-floor office had books everywhere floor to ceiling and a little laptop. It was part of a house going on the market for resale.

Nada Thomson with Artful Organizers went through the books and boxed the ones that weren’t really attractive.

“We staged the bookshelves with about a quarter of the books, rather than it being like a library, it was more of a decorative bookshelf arrangement – more than a functional library,” Thomson says.

The lowest shelf had books from side-to-side; the other shelf had some books to the left, then some ornaments. The shelf above had a picture with some books so they would be loosely stacked. Thomson also removed some book spaces as well, to make it a more comfortable space.

“I don’t remember how quickly it sold, but I know they had more than asking,” said Thomson.

Thomson had to clean up this office – this is her job and it took a number of sessions to complete. She is Founder and Chief Consultant of Artful Organizers. Among the many tasks she does, she helps people who want to sell their homes to organize places like their offices.

“People buy up, they don’t want to buy parallel they don’t want to buy down,” Thomson says.

This is why it’s important to help potential buyers imagine living there.

“If you invite people into your home you would have them in the most welcoming fashion,” Thomson says. “Because you have special guests coming over, you pack those things away. It’s not that much different when you have buyers coming into your home.”

If your office is polluted with paper and the bookshelves are crammed full, it’s exhausting to be around.

The number one rule for Thomson is zoning.  Everything of one kind must be stored together for ease of use. Thomson also needs to know a bit about who she is working with; specifically, are they right-brained or left-brained or somewhere in the middle. 

“With right-brained people, I endeavour to keep their zoned categories in highly visible places and with left-brained people; I endeavour to tuck their zoned categories well out of sight,” she says. “You see, the ‘righties’ need to see it for it to ‘exist,’ so, I will do things so they can separate categories without taking up copious amounts of space, on bookshelves –  taxes; bills; medical; hobby – and the like.” 

This way, Thomson says there are no drawers to open to fully grasp what you must deal with. 

“‘Lefties’ have the visual filing system in their brains, so it is OK to put their stuff into drawers; they actually prefer things to be completely out of sight.

“Then there are people like me who fall into the middle – I like some things to be visible and some things to be tucked out of sight; anyway it is set up, I can find it.” 

These things will help in figuring out how to organize your home office for re-sale.

Thomson advises that small spaces shouldn’t have clunky computers. The office space area should show the computer, the chair, the printer and the basic things you need. You need to be realistic in making the teeny, tiny little room show organization. Sometimes it’s just a table that tucks in.

She says black plastic cabinet boxes for organizing are recommended. When planning a move, box as much stuff as possible ahead of time. Try to gain space – pack up and store. For things you need to have on hand, it needs to be containerized in an attractive way.

When it comes to larger spaces there is the luxury of more space. You may use a bedroom for an office. People coming in will wonder if it’s big enough for a bed. When advertising a place and showing a place, you should show the number of listed bedrooms.

“If there’s any question on size, we need to relocate that office to a transition area like a basement if that’s a possibility or transition the idea as a guest bedroom/office. Pack up one of the angles on the desk. It’s not going to be ideal to live like that, but you would have to live like that.”

Most people can use any room as an office. Louise Edwards is a Sales Associate with Re/Max and helps people to move up. She says so many people work from home and questions the advantages in one for resale when it comes to taxes.

“Is it advantageous in resale?” Edwards asks. “When it’s time to re-sale on a home office you must pay taxes on it upon the profits from the income.”

She also says many people will still work from home – simply without claiming the income and the space on their taxes. Then it doesn’t become an issue for being a hot property.

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