Articles written in the category : Organization

Declutter Your Home Office in Next 5 Steps

Piles of papers, office accessories, notebooks, stickers, cables, file folders, etc. It’s just stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis and it’s driving us crazy! How can we function properly with all those things laid all over our work space?! And it’s not just the mess – you have wasted God knows how much time trying to find that one piece of paper you had needed, yet you couldn’t find it as it was buried at the bottom of the pile.

Compact fit desk

It’s better to spend some time de-cluttering your office than waste hours trying to find what you’d needed. Cluttered workspace may distract you while you’re trying to get your job done properly.

Still, there’s no reason to worry about anything. We are giving you a de-clutter tutorial that will instantly help!

1. Do you really need all that stuff?  

Step away from your desk and try to get a bigger picture of your home office.  Discern every single thing that is placed on your desk and think whether you actually need it. You may even take a picture and print it, sit back in a comfortable chair and make a mental sorting out of (un)necessary items to have in your office.

4 tips for moving your South Shore furniture

You’re planning to move soon, but you can’t afford to hire professionals on your budget? Saving money by doing the work yourself is a good idea, but you mustn’t let the move jeopardize your goods or endanger your health. If you’re concerned about the prospect of having to transport furniture on your own, here are 4 tips that could spare you worries… and backaches.





1.       Take a strategic approach:

First evaluate the route you will have to take and make sure all the furniture to be moved will pass freely through the hallways and door frames. Don’t forget that it’s sometimes easier to move furniture when it’s vertical instead of horizontal! If you choose to drag your furniture along the floor, place a cover underneath first to protect your floor. You can also use Magic Sliders, which do the job very well.

2.       Lighten and secure the load:

Empty the furniture completely and remove the parts that come out easily, such as the drawers and removable shelves. For cabinet doors, strap the unit to prevent it from opening during moves. It would also be a good idea to use zip bags to store hardware. To avoid having to search for the zip bag, simply tape it to the part concerned (on the unexposed surfaces to avoid damaging the finish).

Perfect salads to mark the arrival of spring

With the arrival of spring, we want to eat lightly, and especially more healthily. For a long time, I thought I didn’t like salads, because I believed they were nothing but tomatoes, cucumber and spicy Italian dressing. But one day, when I dared to change dressings and added a little of everything I had in the fridge, I understood the full potential of salads! Here are the favourite salads of 5 of my South Shore colleagues:

  • Apples and walnuts: The mixture of apples, ideally caramelized in advance in maple syrup, and walnuts is an excellent inspiration. When it’s served on arugula with avocado and a light balsamic dressing, you’ll be delighted!
  • Brussels sprouts and raisins: A recipe from my colleague Cindy: mix cooked Brussels sprouts, raisins and goat cheese. A real treat!
  • Avocado, mango and macadamia nuts: Adding fruit to a salad gives a surprising result, as my colleague Pier-Ann has understood. Spread freshly cut mango and avocado pieces on a bed of spinach. Mix in some macadamia nuts. Add a Dijon, maple and wine vinegar dressing, and enjoy!
  • Strawberries, basil and pecans: What could be better to enjoy in summer than a good strawberry salad!
  • Tricks for your spring cleaning


    Spring is upon us, and we all suddenly feel like having a clean and tidy house. However, it is important not to spend all of our weekends scrubbing if we want to enjoy the great weather! In this blog post, we provide you with some tricks that will make your task easier.

    Walls : To clean pencil marks, scrub gently with a bit of toothpaste. For greasy stains, scrub gently with a wet sponge on which you put some baking soda.

    Blinds : Put on a pair of old cotton gloves, spray your blinds with some window cleaner and clean the slats one by one. Once the blinds are clean, pass a fabric softener sheet on. This way, it will be much harder for dust to stay on.

    Ceramic joints : Make a paste blending baking soda and a bit of hot water Use a recycled toothbrush to apply and scrub the joints in between the tiles.

    Windows : Add 15 ml (1 tbsp) of dish soap in a bucket filled with hot water. Clean the windows with a rag that will not leave any dust. Then to make them shine, wipe them with sheets of newspaper rolled into a ball.

    Children and courage

    At the beginning of this year, I read what I thought was a business book (Courage Goes To Work). It made me think, and I realized there are a lot of similarities between raising children and developing an organization’s courage. The more I look at growing South Shore, the more I see a connection between raising children and developing our people.

    I remember that when we were raising our 4 kids, I wasn’t always around to help, since I was on the road and developing South Shore to the best of my ability.  Sylvie, my wife, was often left with the kids, but we always managed to get in touch daily to talk about whatever was happening in our days.

    As you can imagine, with four kids there was always something going on, some good days and some not so good. But as parents, there is always a time where you are confronted with a situation where one of your children can get hurt or be disappointed: situations where you could get involved and tell them, based on your experience, that this is what’s going to happen and why it’s not a good idea to pursue it.

    Sylvie and I took a different path, and we would ask ourselves 2 questions: 1) Is there a possibility that the child is going to get hurt physically?