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The Truth about Professional Organizing and Home Staging

Professional organizing and home staging are two terms that are not interchangeable, so understanding what the difference between them is will help you choose the right service for you. Here’s how professional organizing and home staging differ.

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Professional Organizing

Professional Organizing services are for individuals or business owners wanting to have organization and ease brought to their lives. Professional organizers will assess organizing styles and preferences, guiding homeowners through the difficult decisions they will undoubtedly face. They have both the skill and proper training to provide clarity and guidance when needed. It can be difficult to part with something that may seem important, but you will be relieved when you do. Professional organizers are meticulous and hold the necessary expertise to sort out all the essential items you need to keep, as well as which ones you can get rid of.

Professional organizers do all of the physical labor, so you don’t have to. They will coordinate pick-ups with donation centers and junk removal services. They will also use the services of consignment shops, shredding companies, cleaning companies, auction houses, and charities. Homes are generally packed in just a few days, meaning you will not have to be surrounded by boxes for weeks on end. A home can look and function well within just a few days – leaving the individual(s) feeling more relaxed, calm and stress-free in their own space.

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Home Staging

Home Stagers are skilled in setting scenes within a home, so you get as much as you can when you sell your home. Home stagers are also usually interior decorators. This is a service you would use when you don’t have the patience to go through every item you own to figure out whether to get rid of it or keep it. Home staging de-personalizes a home, while highlighting its most impressive features. The home is made to appear brighter, warmer, and more inviting. As on a stage, home staging is all about creating the illusion of a home looking in a way it normally does not. It is meant to be done in order to sell a home.

For Our Realtors

At ClutterBGone, we work collaboratively with Home Stagers. We help home-owners wanting to sell, declutter and organize their space before staging – if staging is needed.

We partner with realtors to get their listings on the market quickly and add value to their client’s experience to ensure a smooth transition. Check out our Realtor Program here.

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How to Organize Your Professional Life

Our homes are not the only place where organization can be of value. As workers and professionals, we have deadlines, projects and work during the week. It is challenging to organize your professional life with so many priorities, meetings and commitments. It is a reality that if your professional life is disorganized, it might be suffering. We’d like to introduce you to various tools that can put the spark back in your professional work life. These are some useful tools that have helped us to stay organized both in personal and professional life.

 

Evernote

This program allows you to keep track of one to one notes and to keep ideas you want to research and pursue. The best part, is the ability to search the topics and the keywords in the notes. The search function in this application alone sets a standard of the organization tool. Another feature of importance is the ability to organize the notes and tag them with useful keywords for search reference.

 

ColorNote

We have enjoyed making to-do-lists to satisfy our tasks. With the use of smartphones on the increase, we use the ColorNote app to organize our notes and create perfect to-do-lists on the go. With the app, it is easy to set up alerts, and reminders for each task – otherwise we may forget.

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Calendar

You may use Gmail or outlook for your calendar needs. Digital calendars are great ways to help you stay organized. The time blocking tool on the schedule is a valuable tool to perform specific tasks. Research has shown that your are more likely to complete a task when it has been scheduled on your calendar.

 

Unrol.me

If you’re like me, you have an enormous email inbox full of subscriptions. It’s super stressful to open up your computer each morning to find an overwhelming amount of emails to tend to – most of which are not important. Unrol.me scans your inbox to provide a list of all your subscriptions. From this list you can then decide which to unsubscribe from and which to keep.

 

LastPass

Gone are the days of needing to create and remember all your passwords. Who uses the same password for everything? To give yourself more password variation with added security consider using a password manager such as Lastpass. Now you can relax in the knowing that the app is remembering all your passwords.

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Exercise + Self Care

This may seem like an odd item to list – but exercise is a great way to clear your mind and get focused. Step away from your desk and go for a quick walk – grab a glass of water while you’re at it. Taking a few minutes away from the task can prepare you mentally and physically to come back more energized and overall more organized. You will be refreshed, renewed and ready to get on top of the to-do-lists.

 

In our professional lives we are painfully aware that time is of the essence. Unfortunately, we cannot add hours to our days but by implementing some tools and applications today, we can become more organized and save ourselves time tomorrow. Give us a call if you need some extra support or advice on how to stay more organized in your professional life!

 

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Who Would Hire a Professional Organizer?

When it comes to organizing your home or space, it can be hard and overwhelming for anyone to know where to begin. How do you make your space work for you and your family? Many every day stresses get in the way of making your home-organizing a priority, and so the overwhelm continues.

Professional Organizers do more than just organize your spaces and put items into labelled bins for you. They are trained specialists who help people create order where it is lacking in their lives. They can help you make long-term improvements and keep disorder at bay.

Here are just a few reasons why someone might hire a Professional Organizer, and some various ways in which they can help.

When Time Is Lacking

You know that a well-organized environment is important for your overall well-being, but you’re stretched much too thin. Whether it be with driving your kids to sports events or your work schedule – hiring a professional organizer might just be the solution for you. Maybe you commute to work and by the time you get home, there’s just little time to do the things that warrant your attention such as making dinner and helping the kids with their homework. You don’t want to be spending those few hours at home with your family organizing your home.

Work From Home Office

You work from a home office, putting in long hours and the last thing you want to do at the end of your day is organize your paperwork and files. Hiring a professional organizer can take a mound of stress off your shoulders and tackle the office organizing for you.

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You Don’t Know Where To Start

Decluttering and organizing is one of the most challenging and time-consuming things a homeowner has to do from time to time. If you feel you need to declutter and you have no idea where to begin, a quick consultation with a professional organizer may help a lot. The organizer will provide ideas and processes that will kick start your decluttering journey. And, of course they are also available to take on the task of decluttering and organizing for you all together if you find you just want to have someone else manage it for you.

New Baby On The Way

It goes unnoticed sometimes just how much time, effort and not to mention expense goes into planning for a new baby’s arrival. Oftentimes people over-spend on items they may never need, causing overwhelm and clutter in an area that requires peace and tranquility. A professional organizer can suggest items for the baby’s room, layouts that work and are functional and even help set up the room to ensure a peaceful transition for everyone involved, including the baby!

As we mentioned above, Professional Organizers do so much more than just put your items into categorized piles. We all lead very busy lives – we need to give ourselves a space that we can come home to and feel a little less stressed, and a whole lot more relaxed. We have professionals help us with so many other areas of our lives like our taxes, tutors for our kids, barbers… why not consider the help of a professional organizer to help you get your home organized. Contact ClutterBGone for a no-obligation, complimentary consultation.

How To Organize Your Car

An organized car, like an organized office, makes spending time there a lot nicer.

We spend a lot of time in our cars. From driving to work in the morning in rush hour to shopping, visiting friends or family, running kids to events or even just for the pleasure of driving, there is hardly a day that goes by that you don’t get into your car.

For many people their car shows off their personality and tells the world a little bit about themselves. A fast sports car, a large family car, a working truck all say something about their drivers. How we look after our cars tells people something as well.

We never want to come across as disorganized. An organized car shows people that you are an organized person. Sometimes, though, we don’t have the time to pay enough attention to these things.

If you’re constantly losing and searching for items in your car, suffering constant breakdowns and embarrassed about anyone seeing the inside of your vehicle, it might be time to organize your car.

So, how do I organize my car?

An organized car is one that is clean, tidy, well-maintained and provisioned. It’s easy to do and is well worth the pay off.

To start with, completely empty out your car including the trunk. It’s best to start with a clean slate. To this we can add, rather than take away. It’s also a great chance to clean your car and find lost items. Grab a garbage bag and throw away any rubbish, hoover it out, and clean any surfaces and windows. The first time might take a while, but it will be quicker and easier the next time.

Organizing your documents is the most important thing to do. Insurance and registration should always be with you. But maintenance records, owner’s manual, and receipts are useful to carry around as well. I like to put mine in a folder with separate pockets. You can put this underneath the driver’s seat if your glove box isn’t big enough.

Keep a page with a note of the last time your car had an oil change, new tires or brakes, and an engine service among other things in the folder as well. This will focus your mind on getting those things done before something breaks down. A well maintained and organized car won’t let you down and will be cheaper to run in the long term.

The trunk is a great place to keep bulkier items. If your car does breakdown, or you get stuck somewhere in bad weather, being well organized and prepared will make a world of difference. Besides the obligatory spare tire, keep a fully stocked first aid kit, blanket, bottled water, jumper cables and a fresh pair of socks. Trust me on the socks.

Finally, a roll of garbage bags, a pack of wipes and some emergency cash in your glove box will come in handy. You can hide the cash in an envelope if you are worried about it.

A car is a tool. The better we treat it, the more useful it will become. A car helps you get places. An organized car just makes the journey more enjoyable! Call us if you need some help!

Who Needs A Professional Organizer?

Who Needs A Professional Organizer?

Do you want to tidy up your home but just don’t know where to start? Discover the slew of benefits of hiring a professional organizer. Continue reading to find out more!

It’s More Than Just Cleaning

Many people believe that a professional organizer is simply someone who’ll help arrange your home. However, an organizer is so much more than that. A trained organizer enables their clients to take control over their home and life. It could be anything from re-organizing an empty nest or moving out a deceased loved one’s possessions. Home is where the heart is and an organizer is the first step towards creating a space that is perfect for your lifestyle and needs.

Do I Need An Organizer?

This is a personal question that only you can truly answer. The best way to work out whether you need a professional organizer is to ask Who Needs A Professional Organizer? yourself the following questions. Do you feel overwhelmed with your possessions? Do you believe your space represents your personality? Is there anything you want to change in your home to make life easier? If you answered yes to any of these questions it’s time to consider whether a professional organizer could be the perfect fit for you.

Is An Organizer Just For Hoarders?

There’s a popular myth circulating that a professional organizer is only for people with hoarding tendencies. In fact, an organizer can assist with a diverse number of needs! For instance, if you feel your place is cluttered and you just can’t get on top of the mess, an organizer can be invaluable. At the end of the day, an organizer will help you only as much as you want to help yourself!

What Can A Professional Organizer Do For Me?

There are so many different things that a professional organizer can assist you with. Below, is a brief list of just some of the amazing work they can do.

 

An organizer can:

  • Arrange your space effectively. This can help you to enjoy your home and cut down your cleaning time.
  • Instill strong organization principles in the client: A professional organizer will help to improve your everyday life. Being organized is a lifestyle, not just a cleaning method!
  • Help you to downsize: Many people hire an organizer when they are downsizing to a new home. This could be for retirees, empty- nesters, or even just a family moving to a new area. Downsizing is difficult, but with an organizer on your side, they can make the process seamless and painless.
  • Take control: Many people feel totally overwhelmed by their homes, and can’t even enjoy the space they have.

 

At the end of the day, an organizer helps to empower and encourage their client to take control of their space and improve their quality of life. Let us help you with your professional organizing needs – We here at ClutterBGone specialize in ensuring your peace of mind.

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How Much Does A Professional Organizer Cost?

Are you interested in hiring a professional organizer but concerned about the expense? Let us help clarify the costs associated with hiring a professional organizer!

First off, there is no specific answer to this question. Each organizer or agency will most likely charge different rates. This can be dependent on a range of different factors. Some of these can include the experience of the organizer or the specific needs of each project.

The good news is that most organizers provide an initial thorough consultation with their client. From our experience,  the cost of a consultation assessment can cost clients anywhere from $75-$250 and can take anywhere from one hour to an hour and half and upwards (depending on the number of spaces being assessed and how much detail clients which to provide). The consultations  will help the organizer get a rough idea of the volume and scope of the project but also an in depth understanding of their client. Each person and home are unique, so this initial consultation is essential for the client to understand how much and how long a project will be. Let us outline some of the factors taken into consideration that can influence the cost of this service below:

Project timeline

This can depend on many different things such as the involvement of the client and the size of the home. cost of hiring a professional organizer

Personal client goals

Not everyone wants a total makeover. Some people may just want to regain control of their living spaces. Each specific need and request need to be taken into account to provide an accurate quote.

Space issues

If a home is difficult to move around freely in this can have a significant impact on the time it will take to de-clutter and organize each room.

The availability of storage space

This is an important aspect that many people don’t consider. A large part of organizing is reordering storage space. This entails finding easy and clear places for the client to locate important items. If there isn’t much storage space to work with, this can impact the time frame of the project. The organizer and client may need to get creative with innovative storage solutions!

Any foreseeable psychological challenges

This can include any number of things and will be ascertained during the consultation interview. An example of a psychological challenge may be a client clearing out their home while grieving the loss of a partner. This is a significantly different project with specific needs. It may require a longer time frame than an average organizing session. The sensitive and emotional nature of each project must be taken into account.

Physical constraints

This could entail a variety of physical situations that could be important when providing a price estimate. For example, the home could be on a top-story with no elevator!

A consultant will take stock of all of these features and provide a thorough estimate at the future cost of hiring a professional organizer. For an estimate, feel free to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you begin your journey to a more organized lifestyle!

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A Professional Organizer’s Opinion on Marie Kondo

A deeper industry insider look at the organizing craze that’s taking over the world!

Marie Kondo is quickly becoming a worldwide sensation due to her popular KonMarie organizational method, as well as her book, and Netflix show.

In the show, viewers are able to take a peek into Marie’s work, as she visits several households. Each episode involves Marie teaching people how they can make the most out of their space, as well as treasuring the items in their lives as something more than things, but pieces of memory, experiences, and more.

Many people have been inspired by Marie’s attitude, and show, but what do professional organizers think about her and her work?

It’s not just a matter of emotion: practicality also comes into play

In the show, Marie is often seen telling people to consider what items will spark joy, and therefore, are worth Professional Organizer's helpkeeping. On the other hand, sorting through personal objects can be a bit more of an involved project for a professional organizer. While an emotional connection with an item is always worth considering, sorting through things is more about understanding a person’s activities, needs, and lifestyle.

In order to understand exactly why a person is experiencing issues, there are many things that a professional organizer needs to consider. All of these things are interrelated to one another. For instance, it’s never just about items to get rid of. It’s about the person itself, and the individual needs. It’s about the space (rooms, layout, storage availability) and many other factors.

Every single thing needs to fall into place, like following a single thread to form a broader picture. Professional organizers are able to use their experience and knowledge to guide people, as well as suggesting better set-ups for their needs.

Sharing skills

Marie Kondo is keen on teaching her followers how to tidy up and truly realize the value of their items based on their emotional reaction and significance. Professional organizers are just like that, but they also care about practical organizing skills, which they make sure to share with their customers. These can be general tips, as well as custom-tailored strategies that will enable people to improve the quality of their specific spaces and lifestyle.

In conclusion, it’s really amazing to see that Marie Kondo is inspiring so many people to take charge and get organized. However, it’s also important to understand that there is a bit more to it than dealing with the emotional side of tidying up!

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Working with a Professional Organizer

Seeing a messy space turned into a tidy environment is really satisfying to watch! It’s not surprising that Marie Kondo’s new show on Netflix, ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’, is actually becoming one of the most inspiring offerings on the streaming service.

With her revolutionary method, she has become a celebrity of sorts in the de-cluttering world, and viewers love to see her in action as she transforms many spaces, and lives.

In the same spirit, ClutterBGone is all about changing lives and tidying up spaces, allowing people and businesses to maximize their full potential!

What We Do Professional Organizer standing in front of organized closet

For the past eight years, ClutterBGone has gained a lot of experience working with clients from all walks of life. From downsizing businesses, to homes and office spaces, anything goes. While working with people from different backgrounds, we have learned a very important thing. Organization is not just about tidying up a room. It’s about clearing the mind!

Clean, organized spaces help people regain some peace and calm in their lives, not to mention, enhance their productivity and focus.

Our Services

We can provide a broad range of services and accommodate almost every de-cluttering need – from clearing severe clutter, to helping people arrange their closets, homes, or office spaces. Do you simply need to purge some of your stuff and need help figuring out what you need, or don’t need? We can also assist you with that! In most cases, we can provide a custom service that’s tailored to your space, needs, and lifestyle. The best approach is to talk to us in advance and make sure we are on the same page with your needs!

Will You Force Me To Get Rid Of Stuff?

Not at all – they’re your belongings, and you are the only one who should decide what stays, and what goes. We’d be happy to give you suggestions and guidance, as well as a little encouragement and motivation. However, it’s your decision at the end of the day! We understand that things have a value, especially personal things, that might be attached to memories and life events.

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The length of the process might depend on the scale of the project itself. Full home re-organizations will take longer than smaller projects such as closet de-cluttering, for instance. We’ll be sure to let you know our estimates as early as possible in the process, so you can get a good idea of how long we think it will take for us to complete the task (or tasks).

Your Privacy Matters To Us

At ClutterBGone, we strictly adhere to the code of ethics of the Professional Organizers of Canada.

We completely understand that your privacy is very important to you. For this reason, we will never give out any information about you or your business for any reason, at any time. We take pride in our reputation, and the fact that we have earned the trust of so many customers. This is why you won’t ever be hassled with ads or any other content without your explicit consent.

ClutterBGone serves customers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Get in touch and let’s discuss how we can turn your space from mess to best!

And in the meantime, feel free to download our free organizing checklist at www.clutterbgone.ca