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I have listed a new property at 415 HAMBROOK STREET in LADYSMITH.
Looking for an affordable rancher in one of the quietest neighbourhoods in Ladysmith? Here we have a 1300 sq ft, level entry home on an oversized level lot. Nicely updated, large eat-in kitchen, great appliances, bright spacious living room and 3 bedrooms. There is a good sized laundry room with extra storage and a wood stove for those cool winter days. The easy care yard includes fruit trees, a grape arbour, a lovely patio area and the bonus is the 20' X 16'4" detached shop. You can walk to beautiful downtown Ladysmith in minutes and area also within walking distance to all schools, rec centre, beach and all shopping. This is an excellent starter, retirement or investment property.
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I have listed a new property at 9 25 MAKI ROAD in NANAIMO.
This is an immaculate home located in a quiet mobile home park in Chase River. The living is a generous size and opens onto the dining room and kitchen which has an abundance of oak cabinetry, an island and a large pantry. The open concept layout makes it so bright and spacious. The master bedroom and 2nd bedroom are also bright and spacious and the 4 piece bathroom is modern. There is also a laundry room that opens onto the back yard that is fully fenced and has a garden shed. This home is close to all the amenities that Chase River has to offer and is close to the Parkway as well as downtown Nanaimo. All you need to do is move in and enjoy.
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I have listed a new property at 326 WHITE STREET in LADYSMITH.
Here's a lovely home right in the heart of Ladysmith. So much potential in t.his little gem. A welcoming front porch, 11 foot ceilings, large lot with alley access, detached shop with new roof, and an ocean view! An excellent option for getting into the market or as an investment property.
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Second Annual Ladysmith Loggers Sports Exhibition – Ladysmith

Sunday, September 18, 2016 – 3pm
This by donation only event is at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre in Ladysmith. A great outdoor venue for the entire family overlooking the ocean. Watch CanLog professional loggers perform and entertain: axe throwing, log burning, 120′ pole climbing, saw bucking and many other loggers sports including a high pole act!  It starts at 3pm at the amphitheatre. There will also be chainsaw carver, fire department will have equipment there and fun for the kids. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and relax. Hot dogs and drinks by donation!

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We are very fortunate to have the services of a fantasic professional organizer right in our own town! We  recently interviewed our local professional organizer Diana Laflamme with Refresh Your Space Organizing to learn more about how she helps clients and what the process can look like.

 

Helping a parent downsize for a move can be complicated. Where you see a houseful of stuff to sort and toss, your parent is apt to see treasures, essentials, and a lifetime of memories. Moving an older relative from their family home to a new – and usually smaller - residence is labor intensive for you and emotionally disruptive for them. Tempting though it may be, it’s not a good idea to surprise a family member by sorting through their stuff when they’re not around. If you try to make an executive decision about their belongings, chances are, you’re headed for a run-in with them or others in your family. This is where hiring a professional organizer can be helpful.

 

Diana Laflamme is Ladysmith’s local Professional Organizer. A newcomer to the area, she and her husband retired to the island 3 years ago. Organizing is in her nature, and she’s always been one to help family and friends turn messy clutter into an organized space. After a few years of retirement, Diana found she was wanting more to do with her time, and through a suggestion of her husband, she joined the Professional Organizers in Canada and turned her passion into a new career.

 

The Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) is the national association that represents professional organizers across the country. The POC provides supportive environment for members to share ideas, network and exchange referrals. The website also offers an online directory to help you research and connect with professional organizer and the FAQ section answers common questions people have about getting organized and professional organizers. In addition, the POC provides training programs for their members, hosts an annual conference and provides media releases to educate the public. You can rest assured that when you select a POC member to help yourself or your loved one, you know that this person is committed to professional excellence and adheres to a strict code of ethics.

 

Diana works with all types of people in various stages of needing help with organization. She has a special place in her heart for working with seniors, and takes the time to help them let go of belongings they may have held on to for years, and are needing to let go of in order to downsize. She says her favorite part of working with her senior client’s is learning their history and hearing their stories. Her compassion balanced with a firmness to the task at hand ensures her senior client’s will be heard, respected and still be able to move towards their organizational goal.

 

Bringing in a third party such as Diana can relieve the stress off the family. Often when trying to assist aging parent’s to downsize, a family member may be unable to help due to various reasons such as work schedule, location or family dynamics. Diana finds that every organizing situation is unique, but one thing they all have in common is the most challenging part and that is getting started. She will first come, meet the client, assess their situation and then determine a plan from there and what the service will cost. Diana likes to make it a fun and collaborative process. She will also assist clients in honoring their emotional attachment to belongings and help them come up with a way of letting go of the objects. She says seeing her client’s demeanor change through the process is very rewarding, from feeling burdened by all the ‘stuff’ that has gotten out of control to feeling free and at peace in their space. She finds it very rewarding seeing her client’s living in a healthier place.

 

If your loved one simply has too much stuff for a smaller space, broaching the topic of downsizing can be a scary thought. You might be wondering, how can I ask Mom and Dad to give up so many mementos they obviously cherish, and risk upsetting them? Indeed, the conversation – and the culling process itself – can be quite distressing. Enlisting trusted friends and family to help your loved one clear their clutter can be an enormous help. Having others around to share memories with can make the process less painful, for one thing. It can also make it less overwhelming and time-consuming – sometimes seniors are daunted by the size of the task, or feel physically incapable. Sometimes, though, the situation is so dire that professional help is warranted. Consider the services of a professional organizer such as Diana to help with the process and ease everyone’s stress.

 

Thank you again Diana for meeting with us and we look forward to learning more organization tips from you! 

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