Lifetime of memories
Tina Urbenz putting her organizing skills to work as she clears out her parents’ Corner Brook home
Sitting in the living room of her parents’ home, Tina Urbenz is surrounded by the remaining items of furniture, pictures and knickknacks she has left to find a new home for. Her penchant for organizing and, decluttering goes back to when she was a teenager and would help her mom go through closets every season.
Sitting in the living room of her parents’ home, Tina Urbenz is surrounded by the remaining items of furniture, pictures and knickknacks she has left to find a new home for.
Her penchant for organizing and, decluttering goes back to when she was a teenager and would help her mom go through closets every season.
As she moved around in later life — from the U.S. to Europe and back to Canada — she got used to either downsizing or upsizing. When it came to furniture, she said the question was always about what was needed.
Now living in Ontario she’s been offering her skills to others through her Urbenz Personal Organizing. She can be found on Facebook through Urbenz Organizing.
She helps people organize and declutter their homes, stages homes that are being sold and assists with estate sales.
In her work Urbenz will get to know her clients to help them set up an action plan centred around their goals.
“It helps to have that person who is not attached to things,” said Urbenz of the process that is extremely personal.
“They really have treasured these items for years.”
Now she’s home and getting an added perspective
to her work.
Urbenz’s dad, Mike Urbenz,
died in June and her mom, Ramona, is now living in longterm
With the support of her siblings, Urbenz has taken the lead in cleaning out their home.
While it’s been an emotional experience — lots of tears and lots of laughs — Urbenz is sure it will help her connect more with clients. She feels it given her greater empathy
In a way she understands more of what it’s like to part with those cherished items.
“It’s the memories that you keep with you,” she said.
As she’s sorted through her parents and the life of her family she’s been surprised at some of the things her mom has kept.
“There was a reason behind it,” she said. “And I think that’s what happens with items, they all matter to someone through the years.”
She’s brought some of the things she’s found, particularly pictures, to share with and reminisce with her mom.
She held a garage sale last weekend and said knowing that a lot of the things have gone to new families to enjoy brings her mom pleasure.
“It’s a different stage, too, for everyone’s life,” said Urbenz.
Over the next week she’s hoping to find new homes for the remaining items and has advertised on some online classified sites. If someone is looking for something they can email her at tinau[email protected] to find out if she has it.
Tina Urbenz is seen in the kitchen of her parents’ Corner Brook home. Urbenz has been helping clients in Ontario with organizing and decluttering their homes and with estate and moving sales. She’s using her skills here as she clears out her parents’...