I have been organizer from an early age. As the oldest of seven children, the household had to be organized to get everything done from shopping to cooking to homework and housework. Later in life, as a stay-at-home mom for ten years, I volunteered and helped set up many school activities such as school parent-councils and was very active in minor hockey at both the local and provincial levels, managing teams and planning tournaments for boys and girls.
Going back to work, I found myself working with several start-up companies, organizing their offices, bookkeeping, setting up business processes, and helping to manage the day-to-day functions of some of these companies. This led to project management for both rental and condo conversion projects, involved with all aspects of the renovations from moving the renters out to overseeing the construction, and then selling the units.
My favorite project was taking over the marketing of an existing seniors assisted living project in south Edmonton which led to the marketing of a new assisted living project in Spruce Grove. I found working with seniors and their families to be an enjoyable experience and helping them move into new housing as their needs changed proved to be very rewarding.
In 2013, I turned my organization skills from business-oriented to residential, helping family and friends in cleaning out closets and rooms, and packing up and moving their families. The catalyst behind starting my own business as a professional organizer was the death of one of my older neighbors. I saw first-hand how difficult and stressful it can be for the family to have to cope with packing up and clearing out the home of their loved one. I knew that I could provide a caring, respectful, and efficient approach to this task.
I now divide my time between two types of organizing: creating better order in existing rooms and homes, and moving people or households, especially for seniors and their families.
I am a member of the Professional Organizers in Canada. My husband and I have recently moved to west Edmonton after living in Spruce Grove for over thirty years. We have personally experienced the concept of downsizing.
One of my hobbies over the past several years has been residential interior design. I have taken several seminars and courses towards a Residential Interior Design certificate. This includes: Basic Residential Design, Arranging Furniture, Small Spaces, The Art of Display, Lighting, Kitchen Planning, Window Coverings, Colour, and Staging. All of these courses have been helpful with organizing.
I am also a member of SAGE: Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton.