Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the questions we are often asked:

Q - How did I get so disorganized?

A - Chances are you didn't get that way overnight. Disorganization often creeps up on us after we've experienced a life transition such as a birth or death in the family. Perhaps you've moved or have new responsibilities at work?

Q - Why do clients need an organizer?

A - We live in a society where we now have the disposable income to hire expert help when we need it i.e. cleaning services and personal trainers.  An organizing expert can boost your personal productivity and show you the short cuts that have successfully worked for others.

Q - Why do we have so much stuff?

A - We live in a consumer driven society where we are tempted to upgrade to the latest model while our present possessions still have use. It isn't considered environmentally friendly to dump useable items yet we may not have the time or resources to sell unwanted items. Also, the younger generation doesn't want hand-me-downs or antiques.

Q - Why donít books on organizing and time management help?

A - There is no one-size-fits-all answer to organizing. Clients need a custom approach to assess their individual needs. Also, there is a strong motivational element involved to encourage maintaining strong organizing habits once established.

Q - Where do I start to get organized?

A - Set priorities in terms of time, space and energy. Determine which items are relevant to your current lifestyle? Sort items into categories:

  • Used daily? Deserves easy access, store close at hand
  • Use infrequently? Pack items to store in short term storage
  • Seldom or never used? Give away, donate or throw away

Q - How long will it take to get organized?

A - Our detailed assessment will determine each client's needs and timeline preference. There is an organizing program to suit every budget depending on whether the organizer acts alone or brings in a team or if a do-it-yourself, tip related consultation is all that is required.

Q - How do I deal with the disorganized people in my life?

A - Havoc to Harmony can recommend strategies to harness the energy of your family or co-workers to get them on board. We are familiar with methods to engage the various preferences from each personality type.

Q - Why did you become a professional organizer?

A - I've had a passion to organize others for as long as I can remember. In school others thought I was bossy. I prefer to think I was focused. I've always recognized that the proper communication and motivation goes a long way to achieving the desired results. These skills certainly come in handy now that I am a parent.

Q - What makes you an organizing expert?

A - In 1999, before organizing companies became commonplace, I was asked to join the Founding Board of Directors of Professional Organizers in Canada. In the various committee roles I have undertaken in the organizing industry I have helped mold the organizer's role as a consultant and prepared numerous training courses for new organizers through www.organizersincanada.com as well as Sheridan College and Humber College.

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Why Get Organized?

  • Reduce clutter related stress
  • Save time looking for misplaced items
  • Avoid storing duplicate items
  • Space for lifestyle related items
  • Bills paid on time
  • Increased personal effectiveness
  • Enjoy a less hazardous environment
  • Reduce demands on time, space and energy


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