Life­time of mem­o­ries

Tina Ur­benz putting her or­ga­niz­ing skills to work as she clears out her par­ents’ Cor­ner Brook home

The Western Star - - Front Page - BY DIANE CROCKER THE WEST­ERN STAR [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrock­er

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

care.

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.

DIANE CROCKER/THE WEST­ERN STAR

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’...

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