Monday, January 23, 2017

an organized car

Whether you're driving kids from school to the soccer field, or using your car as a home office on the fly, keeping these items in your car will make the road a lot smoother!


  • Car Registration
  • Insurance Card
  • Copy of your Driver's License
  • Pen and Notebook
  • Flashlight
  • Window Hammer
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Organizer for Car Maintenance


  • Container for Change and Small Bills
  • Cell Phone Charger x2 and iPad Charger
  • GPS
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Matches
  • Tissues/Napkins
  • Hand Sanitizer and Hand Lotion
  • Wipes (hands or dashboard)
  • Tide-To-Go Stain Remover Pen
  • Tylenol/Advil/Tums
  • Deodorant
  • Lipstick and Perfume/Cologne
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste, Breath Mints
  • Mini Sewing Kit



  • Emergency Kit - adding extra items specific to your family/your needs
  • Emergency Car Kit, including Crank Style Radio and Flashlight
  • Screwdriver with various bits
  • Ice Scraper and Window Washer
  • Carpet Cleaner and Car Vacuum (plugs into car outlet)
  • Compostable Bags for Trash
  • Reusable Grocery Bags
  • Water for Emergency
  • Snacks (cheese and crackers, raisins, fruit bites, granola bars)
  • Extra Diapers, Wipes and Changing Pad
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm
  • Blanket (perfect for an impromptu picnic or to stay warm)
  • Picnic Basket/Tote with utensils, plates, glasses, napkins
  • Hair Spray, Brush
  • Scissors, Paper clips, Binders, Note Pads, Pens in an Organizer
  • Gift Bags, Ribbon and Generic Gift Tags 
  • Board Games, Crayons and Coloring Book/Pages
  • Dog Food/Treats, Collapsable Water Bowl and Leash

Until next time,

la chasse au bonheur

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

putting your home office to work

Residential real estate is one of those 24/7 careers, so being able to 'get the job done' at any time and place is critical to my clients' success. That's why I have three work areas - my office cubicle, my car, and my home office.

Each space is set up with the necessary forms, documents and templates needed, but my home office is where I do most of my work. It took me awhile to carve out the right spot for an office. Eeking out a home office can be a challenge, especially in a small house like mine. 

Once my youngest was old enough to move into her sister's bedroom, I converted the nursery (previously an attic space) into my office. I painted it a neutral off-white, added wainscoting for character, laid down carpet tiles, installed some shelving and tucked in a desk given to me by a client. It's the perfect cosy spot to work. 

With the foundation in place (desk and shelving), I added a computer, two printers - one with scan/fax capabilities, and a postage meter. I stocked up on heavy weight and copier paper, three sizes of envelopes, note cards and binders for all my forms and templates. Every year I take everything out, dust off what works and say good-bye to that which doesn't! It's a good process and helps me start fresh for the new year!

Have you been thinking about creating a home office? Whether it's to catch up on bill paying, write the next great novel, or summit the corporate ladder, having an organized work space at home is a wonderful tool and adds value to your home!

Some things to keep in mind when creating an office at home:

You don't need much square footage.
Any unused nook works well.

Convert an under utilized closet or that 'Harry Potter'
space under the stairs into a functioning office.
Think about taking over a corner (or an entire room) in your home.
A lot of people use their dining room - just remember to style it pretty
as you (and everyone else) will see it every time you walk by.

Add a punch of color with your desk lamp.
If desk space is at a minimum consider wall sconces.
These just plug into a wall outlet - no electrician needed!

Use a rug to define the space, and add warmth and style.
Think of a rug like a tray - it grounds the collection above. 


Round out the room with a thoughtfully curated and oh-so comfortable chair. 

Use vintage items or things you collect to corral everyday tools like pens/pencils. 
And never underestimate the power of a small tray on the desktop!

Small space means small desks. If you have limited
space to dedicate to a home office try going up. 
Maximize your desktop space by going vertical
- try stacked trays, a hanging shelf, or a mini ladder.

Bring personal expression to your space by adding art.

Etsy is a great source for personalized and instant downloadable prints.

Add fresh flowers and a candle for beauty and movement!
Tuck a living plant in a corner (or a statute's head)!

Whether it's a collection of framed family photos,
or a quirky collection of buttons,

or a sweet little something that makes you happy -
whatever it is, surround yourself with things you love. 
Next week I'll be writing about how to put your car to work! Whether for work, play, carting kids around or just the simple pleasure of knowing - 'you got this'!

Until next time,

la chasse au bonheur
translated this means - 'the hunt for happiness'