Five Benefits of Getting Professionally Organized

Written by Jessica Greaves February 15, 2019 HomeStars

Getting organized is often easier said than done. Many of us can feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff we have and finding enough time to get through it all is often enough of a hassle for us to give up before we’ve even started. If you’ve had the best intentions but haven’t been able to actually get it done, it’s time to call in a pro. Luckily, there are professional organizers out there who love nothing more than sorting out our homes. Read on to learn the benefits of getting professionally organized.

What is a Professional Organizer?

Much like the name suggests, a professional organizer is someone who has special skills, knowledge and tools to turn any home, no matter how messy and out of order, into a perfectly organized masterpiece. Professional organizers can help with a variety of tasks all throughout the home. From smaller tasks like rearranging your kitchen cupboards to bigger projects like clearing out and reorganizing your basement, a professional organizer can help you make the best use of your space.

Aside from their organizational skills, a professional organizer’s job is to help keep you on track and make the entire process easier for you. We spoke to Lindsay Whisen, owner of Ease Up — The Organizing Experts, to learn more about the benefits of hiring a team of professional organizers.

Benefits:

1. It’s Their Job to Make it Easier for You

Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part. When you attempt to organize on your own, you can easily feel overwhelmed and abandon the project before you even get started. Hiring a pro helps you stay on track. After an initial consultation, your team of pros will have a game plan in place to help you achieve your goals, no matter how big or small they are.

In addition to guiding you through the process, your team is there to support you, both emotionally and physically. Going through personal possessions can take us down memory lane which can sidetrack us from the task at hand. Having an outsider who isn’t emotionally attached to your items will make sorting through them easier. Instead of getting caught up in the past, your team will be able to guide you through the process and keep you moving forward.

2. They Will Accomplish More Faster

In addition to the emotional support and keeping you on track, having an entire team behind you will help you accomplish more in a shorter amount of time. This means that you will save a significant amount of time as compared to doing it by yourself. When it comes to how much time you can save, Lindsay estimates that a 6 person team can complete around 45 hours of progress in just one day! These 45 hours would take the average person working alone at least 90 hours to complete. Just think of all the time you will be saving by getting the pros involved.

3. They Have a Passion for Organizing

It should come as no surprise that we often avoid the tasks we do not want to do. If organizing is last on your list of household chores, it’s safe to assume you’re not going to enjoy the process if you attempt it on your own. That’s why having a team of people who genuinely love organizing makes it so much easier to get into it. You’ll feel supported by a team of people who have a passion for what they are doing.

Working with a team will make the process easier for you as you’ll be surrounded by people who not only enjoy what they’re doing, they’re experts at it. Lindsay says her clients are continually surprised by how much they enjoy the process overall. Who knows, you may find a new love for organizing once all is said and done.

4. They Provide Lasting Results

How many times have you cleaned off a shelf or sorted through a junk drawer only to have it back to the way it was in less than a week? This is because when the average person organizes, we’re not thinking about functionality. Often times we’re too focused on achieving the “after” and don’t think about how we’re going to actually live with our newly organized space.

A team of pros will not only help you organize, but they will also figure out the best way to keep things organized once they leave. By making your space as easy as possible to maintain, your pros will make it nearly impossible for you to mess it up again.

Another benefit is that when organizing is done fast, the results have more of an impact on the client. Lindsay has noticed that when clients experience a drastic “before and after” they are more protective of the new space and they feel more inspired and determined to maintain it.

5. You Will Feel So Much Better

The biggest benefit of hiring a team of professional organizers is how great you will feel once it is done. Your day to day life will be easier as you will know exactly where everything is. Your pros will ensure that they set up systems that are easy for you to follow so that you will not slip back into your disorganized ways. They will also provide you with tips such as Lindsay’s golden rule of staying organized — always put things away.

In addition to living in a more functional home, you will feel better emotionally and mentally. Our environments have a big impact on how we feel. Living in a disorganized and cluttered home can contribute to feeling overwhelmed and anxious. It’s been shown that living in a well-maintained home can actually help support mental wellness. From Lindsay’s experience, clients have reported feeling significantly less anxious and depressed as a result of having their homes organized.

When it comes to hiring professionals to get organized the only downside is not having done it sooner. While you could spend all of your precious free time trying to tackle your mess, having a team of trained professionals will make things so much easier for you. Save your time, energy and sanity by bringing in the pros to do it with you. You will feel so much better and wonder why it took you didn’t do it sooner. When you’re ready to get started, find a team of professional organizers on HomeStars. Your happiness at the end of the project will be well worth the money.

Lindsay Whisen selected as finalist for the 2019 Mompreneur Award of Excellence

One of Canada’s most distinguished and coveted recognition awards for women entrepreneurs, the Mompreneur Awards is globally-recognized and introduces some of the fastest-growing and most innovative Canadian businesses and non-profits to the world.

Local Mompreneur Lindsay Whisen of Ease Up – The Organizing Experts has been named a finalist by her peers and the business community.

This year over 1,250 women were nominated and 152 entrants advanced for consideration for the awards. After accumulating points based on support from over 20,000 public voters within a week, as well as impression ratings from a selection committee, 28 finalists were selected in 5 categories.

The winner will be chosen based on a select set of criteria for each award including: track record of success; product innovation of business idea; growth potential and scalability; revenue; inspiration to others; and impact on the community.

The 2019 Mompreneur Awards will be handed out at The 2019 National Mompreneurs Conference taking place over 2 days ahead of International Women’s Day Week, Friday, March 1 and Saturday March 2, 2019. The conference will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre.

InspiHER – In celebration of International Women’s Day


In celebration of International Women’s Day the Brampton Board of Trade is hosting their second annual InspiHER event on March 6, 2019. Lindsay Whisen, CEO of Ease Up – The Organizing Experts, will be a guest speaker on a panel of women leaders in our community.

The event brings together businesswomen and all members of the community to hear personal stories of success and triumph.

To learn more or register for the event, click here.

Houzz 2019 Award Winners: Ease Up Named Best of Customer Service

Houzz, Inc., the home renovation and design platform, recently announced its community’s picks for Best of Houzz 2019.

For the second year in a row, Ease Up – The Organizing Experts won Best of Customer Service by collecting 5 star reviews from clients on projects.

“Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” says Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz.

“We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”

The badge is awarded in three categories: design, customer service and photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users of Houzz.

Service awards are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. The winners’ profiles will feature the 2019 badge to help homeowners identify top-rated professionals on Houzz. Learn more.

Kondo-mania and the inconvenient truth of spatial restrictions

Published on January 19, 2019 in the National Post by Sabrina Maddeaux

I am not a ‘tidy’ person. The art of organizing, folding and generally putting things where they belong doesn’t come naturally to me. My current partner and ex-boyfriend have even bonded over legendary tales of my refusal to conform to domestic norms. And yet even I am swept up in the recent decluttering craze started by Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo.

In Kondo’s wildly popular new Netflix series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” she teaches helplessly messy people her signature KonMari method. The gist is that we should tidy by category (clothes, books, sentimental items, etc.) rather than by room, and only keep items that “spark joy” in our lives. She also shares a downright game-changing folding system and some revolutionary ideas about how to store purses and use tiny boxes.

As the internet floods with proud pictures of newly-folded drawers and tributes to Kondo as some sort of tidying deity, I have to wonder why so many of us have so much trouble keeping things neat. Sure, there are some psychological factors at play and the dim realities of modern-day work and parenting schedules, but the fundamental problem of ‘where to keep our stuff’ has also been inconveniently ignored by the people who build our homes.

It’s not that surprising, really. Storage isn’t the sexiest topic when it comes to selling homes. Particularly when it comes to condos, towers compete on flashy items like smart appliances, rooftop pools and pet spas. Ironically, some of the trendiest features designed to make condos feel more spacious, like high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, don’t functionally add any space at all. We try to trick our minds into thinking we have more room than we really do, all while cramming more and more belongings into undersized closets. Enter: clutter.

Slowly, however, things may be changing as many Canadians come to terms that living in small spaces are no longer a stepping stone, but a new way of life. Smart House, Toronto’s first micro condo, boasts an “an ultra-smart collaboration of location, space and good design.”

THE DOWNTOWN CONUNDRUM

To help residents fit all their stuff into the downtown units that start at 289 square feet, Smart House kitchens offer extra-deep counter space, fully-retractable countertops, integrated space-saving appliances. In bathrooms, there are mirror/medicine cabinets with integrated lighting and niche shelf spaces in what is usually empty pipe space. For the truly committed declutterers, there’s even a ‘furniture package’ that offers multi-functional, built-in furniture to perfectly fit the units (with extra ample storage space, of course!)

Units in Chaz Yorkville feature a new way to store items in often over-crowded kitchens: rather than use traditional tile backsplashes, the designers chose to install glass shelving with sliding doors to protect items from any wayward oil sprays. The innovate shelf space is perfect for storing small items like spices, cooking oils, tea containers and washcloths that tend to end up in cluttered drawers and cupboards.

While most condos with in-unit laundry have stacked washers and dryers that take up an entire closet, Urban Capital installed laundry units that double as a washer and dryer in their River City development in the city’s Corktown.

Most condo buildings still offer storage units for an additional fee, however their security is questionable at best in light of frequent, often unsolved thefts. These storage units are usually in remote areas of buildings, or garages with no surveillance equipment and little more than standard gym locks to keep out thieves. They’re a remarkably insecure solution for the cost of hundreds of dollars per month.

While owners and renters wait for more developers to prioritize space-saving measures, there are outside alternatives to consider. Second Closet is a Toronto-based company that will pick up and store your stuff in a facility that’s monitored 24/7, and re-deliver it at the click of a button on your phone. They even provide free, eco-friendly storage bins and the ability to keep track of what you’ve stored with notes and photos via an online “personal portal.” Toronto’s Stashbox offers similar on-demand storage services in lieu of a storage unit or, as they say, “an overpriced garage you constantly worry about.”

THE SMALL-SPACE GAME

Furniture companies are also ready to step in and help. Ikea’s wardrobe series has been popular for years, but the Swedish retailer recently upped its small-space game with the announcement of a micro-living collection inspired by life in space and designed in collaboration with NASA. Items include a redesign of the traditional air purifier, small indoor gardens, a modular tubing system that can build basically anything including beds, sofas and tables, and an entirely new super-lightweight material. The collection is expected to hit stores in 2020.

The Container Store is another hotspot, and one that’s anecdotally seen a business surge since the release of Kondo’s Netflix special, for small-space solutions. It offers everything from basic storage carts and modular makeup systems to design-your-own reach-in closets and wall racks.

Looking to the future, the answer may be robotic furniture. Ori Systems, a start-up company out of Boston’s MIT, creates “robo-furniture” that aims to morph from a bedroom to a living room to a gym or walk-in closet with the touch of a button or voice activation. In 2017, through a partnership with Bosa Properties, Ori took its “furniture with superpowers” on a 10-day test-driving tour through Vancouver. There are several condo buildings equipped with Ori robotic systems in the U.S., but so far none north of the border. You can, however, purchase an Ori “pocket closet” that expands into a spacious walk-in closet and contracts again at the push of a button for a cool US$2,650. Dropping soon, a robotic bed that conceals itself along the ceiling and reveals a couch when you’re not sleeping.

For those with larger spaces looking to downsize or even just tidy up, the prospect of decluttering may seem especially daunting. There’s help for that, too.

Setter is a quickly-growing service and app available in Toronto that pairs downsizers with an experienced “home manager” who can coordinate everything from planning to packing, backed up by a team of home inspectors, professional movers, property stagers and other experts. Ease Up is a Toronto-based team of professional organizers who will help sort through your space, set up organizational systems and “provide emotional and physical support” when it comes to downsizing and estate clearing. Basically, the closest thing to a real-life Kondo experience most of us are ever going to get.

Whatever your personal clutter situation is, it seems you’re not alone. The comfort of that realization is perhaps why, in addition to some nifty folding tricks, so many people have connected with Kondo’s show.

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