It has been a tough few weeks here in Ottawa. On September 21st, multiple tornadoes ripped through the valley which caused an enormous amount of devastation. I live in one of the neighbourhoods where a tornado touched down. I have seen the damage first hand and it is incredibley scary.
When I was finally able to get back into my neighbourhood the evening of the storm, I went straight in my front door and grabbed candles to create light so we could see. We did not have power for over 60 hours. In the days that followed, I have asked myself, “How can we all be better prepared for an emergency or crisis?”. Mother nature does not send out a memo warning everyone when she is about to strike but we can all make sure we have the necessities we need on hand to help ourselves and our families during an emergency.
I encourage you to take an hour in the near future and assemble your own home emergency kit. Here are my suggestions of what to include:
*This list is a guideline. You know your family best so pack what you feel is appropriate. Always double check labels and storing instructions before packing items away.
New clients often contact me and ask if we can skip the In-Home Assessment. I strongly discourage this. While the client is truly the only one that knows the ins and outs of their own home, an assessment is the best way for us to begin working together as a team. This first meeting is crucial for painting a clear picture of your needs so that I as the organizer can customize a plan and provide you with the best results.
The assessment is as much for me as it is for you. Before moving forward, it is important for me to make sure you are comfortable working with me. Part of my job involves going through your belongings and listening to stories from your life. These are often very private and intimate details that you wouldn't share with just anybody. In order for our future sessions to yield the best result, it is important that there is an underlying layer of trust between you and I. Change is never easy; that fact informs my compassionate, non-judgment approach.
Organizing issues are very rarely limited to one room or area of the home. Quite often during the assessment, we will end up looking at the entire home even if I am just called in to help with one closet. All the different areas of your home and life are connected and can be affected by disorganization.
Assessments start with a tour of your home while you tell me what you identify the problems. I also like to hear about what IS working so we can build on the progress you have already made. I will suggest specific techniques that will work in your situation and also recommend useful supplies and products if I feel they are needed. You can then choose to execute the project yourself, book virtual coaching sessions with me to help keep you accountable, or hire me to complete the project with you in hands-on sessions. No matter what method you choose, I can help you achieve the best result!
Ready to book your In-Home Assessment? Contact me here.
When I first started my business a few people wondered what I was even doing.
Friends and clients alike asked me,
“What is a professional organizer?”
“Isn’t that what cleaners do?”
“Why would I hire someone to organize when I can just do it myself?”
The realm of professional organizing is not well known despite popular TV shows like Hoarders and Extreme Clutter. While some of those shows are amazing and give people motivation and ideas to get started on their organizing journey, unfortunately that kind of motivation often goes away when people realize decluttering is hard work and can’t be done by one person in one hour. Projects end up taking longer than expected and people get overwhelmed to the point of quitting. So let's break it down!
When should you call on the help of a professional organizer?
If you are feeling overwhelmed by clutter, try reaching out to a professional organizer. I promise we will not bite! :)
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“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
In order to make tomorrow run smoothly, it’s important to build good habits today. Being organized is about more than keeping your space tidy; it’s also about optimizing your time and energy so that you never have to feel rushed. Here are 3 easy habits you can start practicing tonight to help you be prepared and organized for tomorrow!
Nobody is perfect and sometimes it’s hard to follow or make new habits. Try implementing the above habits one at a time. What habits do you have that help you get prepared for the following day?
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Hello! My name is Clare and I am the 25-year-old Queen Bee at Busy Bee Organizing. I am here to help you get organized and to teach you the skills you’ll need to stay organized. I focus on customizing solutions that fit not only your budget, but also your lifestyle.
I fell into this profession after years of frustration in a job I disliked. I bring experience in administration, marketing, event planning, and social media management. Bring it in, come a little closer, and let me tell you how I got here…
I spent 6 years in post-secondary school and landed a job straight after graduation. The job wasn’t in a field I had studied, but I decided to go for it anyway. What could go wrong, right? At first, it was a dream come true: I was 22 years old and could afford a mortgage, all my bills, and still have enough cash at the end of the month to go to a movie or two with my boyfriend. As time passed, what I thought was a dream job turned out to be more like sleepwalking. I began to feel like I had put my real dreams aside and that I spent all my time working towards someone else’s dream. I was working insane hours, but not actually enjoying my life or the work I was doing. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach about my job, and then I had some health issues come up that I couldn’t ignore.
After 2 seemingly endless years of feeling like I was a zombie and spending long nights thinking hard about what I wanted my future to look like, I came across Professional Organizers in Canada. Cue the angels singing! I felt like I had found my people and my niche. I had always been an organized person; showing up 5 minutes early, colour coding notes and folders, and living without a lot of clutter. I started taking classes through their Trained Professional Organizers program. I was absorbing so much information I felt like a sponge that was about to burst. It was amazing! I had never felt this much energy or passion for anything before.
I had a tough decision to make. Would I stay in a steady job that I hated going to or would I take the leap and start my own business? At the end of the day, it was obvious what I should choose. Now here we are!
I have been honing my skills over the past few years and I will continue to expand my knowledge and skill set in order to serve you. It’s incredible to help others in a way that lets me see my work come to life right before my eyes. But the best part of working with any client is seeing the smile on their face as we make progress and they see their space come together. I feel so lucky to work with individuals who feel empowered to make a change in their homes similar to the change I made in my life when I decided to make my passion my work.
I encourage all of you to take a step back and think about what makes you happy and how you can do more of it. I promise you, you won’t regret it!
How did you find your passion? Please feel free to share your stories in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
I am the Owner and Queen Bee at Busy Bee Organizing. Join me on my journey of helping other declutter and refocus their lives by organizing the space they call home.