Personal Concierge or concierge apps?

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With increased work loads seen by many professionals along with an increasing desire for more play time, many are looking for faster ways to get their everyday personal tasks done. This means “outsourcing” everything from grocery shopping to resolving insurance claim issues, to planning a baby shower. A lot of services and apps have sprung up to provide concierge type services, but how do they compare to hiring a personal concierge?

Let’s go back to the original concept of a concierge. In the Middle Ages, concierges were the “keepers of the keys” at castles. The comte des cierges was the person in charge of catering to every whim and desire of a palace’s visiting nobility. Noted government buildings also employed comte des cierges during this time.

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When decluttering doesn’t necessarily mean getting rid of.

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Original dining room table

English Gathering table in its previous location.

Traditionally when we think of organizing or reorganizing our living space we think about discarding things that don’t work and purchasing new things that work better for our current situation. However depending on why you are decluttering or re-organizing, you may have the option of re-purposing some of your belongings.

Last year I downsized from an 1100 sq ft apartment to an apartment that was only 768 sq feet. When I moved into my former apartment my dining room table was a tad to big for the width of my dining area, and then to long after I inherited by mother’s china cabinet. The table was a pine English gathering table that seated 8 people, and filled most of the allotted dining space in the apartment. When I knew I was moving I tried to sell the table but had no takers. It pained me to put it out as trash, and as I didn’t have a replacement for it yet, I moved it to my new apartment where it was a tight fit.

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The hidden cost of moving without decluttering

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Cluttered LivingroomIts April, and here in Boston we’re coming into the start of prime moving season. Moving is something most people dread, and with good reason. If you’ve lived in your current home for a few years, chances are you’ve collected things that you no longer use or need. They could be in your basement, garage or attic, or they could be in closets, under beds, or out in the open taking up floor space. You may even be renting external storage. Continue reading

Mother’s Day Memories

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Mother & DaughterSadly I no longer get to celebrate Mother’s Day. I have no children of my own and my mother passed away a few years ago. Having said that, I have fond memories of the Mother’s Days we celebrated in the past. I can remember as a child picking out cards with raised sachets set in the cover (all the vogue in those days), and going with my father to purchase her favorite perfume Evening in Paris. Later on as a young adult, I remember celebrating by going out to dinner; my mother, father, sister and me.

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