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Hello, my name is Ines Shanks, and I would love to be your personal assistant for your project. I specialize in staging, decluttering and downsizing.

After growing up and living nearly 40 years in Austria (Europe), I moved in 2018 with my husband, Phil, who is originally from Victoria, and our daughter, Elena, to the beautiful and vibrant community of Sooke. I fell deeply in love with the harbourside village and was fascinated by the strength of the community and how much people care and help each other.

Helping people with their living situation and contributing a positive service to our community, inspired me to open my business, Simplify Interior. My background and education in interior design enhances my ability to see the potential in all spaces. 

I look forward to meeting you!



Ines Shans your personal assistant for staging, decluttering and downsizing

Ines Shanks

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Tara Shanks

Hello, my name is Tara Shanks and I specialize in caregiver issues, navigating senior’s systems and family caregiving.

Born in the Prairies, I have been an island girl most of my life, with some time spent living in Jasper, Alberta and Ireland.  This past year I returned to my childhood community on the Saanich Peninsula when my husband Steve and I moved from Oak Bay with our 3 daughters Jill, Kendryk and Julieann.  I love living in these communities where there is such a sense of community caring.

My background in senior’s advocacy and retirement living drew me to join my sister-in-law Ines at Simplify Interiors. Having been a long-term family caregiver myself I understand the challenges that can come up and can help others navigate their way through.

I look forward to helping you!



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Ines was wonderful to work with! She took the time to listen to what I needed and provided different approaches to reach my goal.


There is nothing this woman can't accomplish. When Ines puts her mind to something, goals are met with exceeded expectations. She is incredibly solution orientated with a determination I have seen in no other. You want a job done, call Shanks.


RE/MAX Sooke

Almost anyone can use Ines's service, anyone needing to get organized, wanting to downsize or just getting ready to list and sell your home. It can be an overwhelming and challenging task. Having Ines there to walk you through the process makes it easier and less stressful. 

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