is an overview of opions when decluttering your (or
a home for sale (or reclaiming space):
Reduce the pressure by focusing on getting the home
ready to view, photograph and list versus needing
to decide on every little thing. This means getting
non essential items out of the viewing spaces which
inhibit a sale. Less is more; family photos may be
packed, décor items to reduce visible clutter
etc. Create clean sight lines, open presentation walls
and a sense of space and possibility. Pack up can't
decide items now in 'don't know' boxes. Deal with
them later pre-move but post sale in the closing period
to give yourself more time and reduce pressure now.
Sorting and deciding on possessions: Decluttering.ca,
IE: Stephen Ilott offers the essential service of
guided help to sort and review all items, room by
room, area by area with the client (doing all physical
work) to pull out items to discuss, then to maintain
focus to decide quickly on what to do with items and
how to proceed. Work
with owners to methodically identify, clean, remove,
relocate or organize for better access use.
Sell: Consignment store options such as
Millionaire's daughter in Oakville or 'It's a Steal'
or FOC in Toronto furniture and décor offer
50% percentage sales. Estate sales firms and individuals
are both in house and on line available and offer
options. Antique, décor stores are also an
avenue to sell but are particular on what they sell
and buy. Stephen can source them for the client. Classified
listings are a good but time consuming option: Kijiji
and Craigslist being the most noted. I manage the
postings and field all inquiries to find the best
ans safest one for clients. A fee of 15% of final
sale is asked to make up for time spent arranging
the sale, including photography, writing the listing,
posting on line, fielding inquiries and finding an
appropriate buyer or $50.00 (one hour's time) whichever
is the greater. Stephen Ilott can also tell you of
the sales potential of items given the existing market
or give you a name of a further expert in the field
to offer information.
Donate: Stephen Ilott works with numerous
charities to channel useful items to those in need
including clothes, household items, décor,
furniture, toys, books etc. A list of various charitites
and contact may be found on the web site.
Give to family: Create a timeline to actually
have family pick up items and make good on taking
them. Stephen can pack up items for easier transport
or shipping to family out of province. Shipping options
abound from specialized shippers to Greyhound to Fed-Ex.
Keep & Pack Items for new home:
Stephen can pack up many items for moving to new location.
Boxes, bubble, paper, tape, pens etc. are supplied
at cost. Can also arrange bin rental such as Frogbox
if a distant move is in order.
Estate RE: Legal situations: Photograph,
catalog for detail reference, pack: Decluttering.ca
works with Real Estate lawyers (executors), divorce
lawyers etc. to clear properties and ensure clear
indication of what possessions are on site and what
is designated for whom; photograph, catalog and pack
up from the viewing spaces to sell the home effectively.
Coordinate storage and any needed service.
Trash disposal: Coordinates trash disposal
via junk removal companies such as Just Junk 1-800-got-junk.
If needed arranges a dumpster for larger clearout.
Often metal items can be offered up free to individuals
who profit from metal as their living and pick up
for free. Metal in old bar-b-q's, appliances, pots,
pans, anything metal. This can be a money saving for
the home owner.
(Self) off site or in PODS (Portables): Arrange storage
options at a facility near to new home location for
items to be removed and for later consideration or
disposal by family. Another storage option are trailers
delivered to the home and packed up, then taken away
for storage, then later delivered to new location
for unpacking. Price varies depending on length of
storage. This may require extra help to move and pack.
Staging homes: Stage the home for better
viewing potential using what already exist on site.
For more advanced Staging an associate can be referred
Relocation Services: Facilitate moves from
a residence to a new location. Movers names offered,
packing, unpacking at the new location and removal
of materials. Organize homes to best effect to maximize
storage spaces. Decluttering.ca can buy shelving and
install them as well as other Organizational Solutions.
Materials delivery: Packing materials needed
by client may be purchased such as quantities of boxes
of various sizes and task shapes such as picture boxes,
bubble wrap, paper wrap, tape, markers, tape guns
etc. Materials at cost plus a delivery time charge
of $50.00 plus hst.
Coordinate trades on behalf of client as well as storage
companies and movers.
Speaking engagements for your groups; entertaining
and very informative. The subjects range from organization
to the psychology of clutter. Inquire as to lecture
fees as situations, budgets and locales vary.
I DO NOT DO:
1) I do not arrive with a large truck and haul
away large furniture or appliance donations as a free
service. I do not haul trash or metal for disposal.
I arrange those services. Costs vary by contractor
and service required.
I do not, as a rule, make special delivery pick ups
of client donation items. I am not a community living,
non profit service. Rather I donate to those types
of organizations the items resulting from booked sessions
with clients. On occasion as a courtesy I pickup bags
of clothes and donatables left on doorsteps as a special
favor to my local clients and those of my preferred
I do not arrive in a truck and "Buy up"
a house full of items and take them away.
$50.00 per hour plus hst. A special preferred realtor,
frequent client or senior rate may be offered. Material
at cost. Only time and materials used are charged
for. Session lengths are discussed in advance. Payment
is requested at end of each day's work, upon receipt
of invoice. Payable to registered company "Decluttering.ca".
No extras are added without prior approval of client.
to you: I am an affordable back up life
service to call upon any time you feel overwhelmed.
You don't have to be moving to use me. I am a one
stop shop to coordinate your needs or your client
work with Home Owners and realtors to declutter homes
and de-stress, and show you how to let go of the past
to move ahead.
help find better organizational and storage solutions
for your space and stuff.
coordinate needed services such as: Movers, Dumpsters,
Trash Services, Organizers with specialties such as
Office or Children, Stagers if needed to upgrade the
home staging and presentation on a larger scale, coordinate
finding companies who specialize in moving pool tables,
pianos, exercise equipment etc.
stage homes using what owners already have on hand
for fast solutions and better use of spaces.
ensure precious memories and items of value are not
tossed away with the trash.
coordinate the removal of unwanted possessions such
coordinate PODS and pack them up to carefully remove
and relocate household items.
supply packing materials and pack home owners - often
in tandem with movers.
is method to how I approach each individual. It works
to move you ahead.
am a permanent ally who you may write to and get . I
offer a human voice of understanding & perspective
when you feel overwhelmed and help calm your world.
don't have to be moving to use my services. I am a one
stop shop to coordinate your needs.
- I help declutter your home. I work with you to methodically
choose better solutions for stuff you no longer need
and find better organizational and storage solutions
for the stuff you want to keep.I call it 'Domestic Archaeology'.
I help you find the things long hidden away in the piles
of trash, boxes, old furniture, etc. I keep you from
being overwhelmed and stressed.
donate vast amounts of stuff to charities for you at
no charge if it is a result of our sessions together.
- If you have large amounts of trash that needs to go
I coordinate bringing in Dumpsters
and do the physical work to remove it from your life
for a healthier home.
If you have crawl spaces or attics you haven't accessed
in decades don't you think it's time you did? Think
of the air you breath each day. Go
you have furniture that needs to be sold I can recommend
estate sales companies or consignment locations. If
you simply want furniture and old appliances gone I
coordiante takers who can use them. If it is junk I
bring in the junk companies to give you options.
you are selling your home:
I work with your realtor, decorator, contractor, stager
to coordinate making the process far more accessible
and fluid to sell faster and for more money. If you
need a POD to get things out of the home for later delivery
to next location I can help as well as pack and bring
helpers as needed.
& Organizing of Home Spaces:
& storage areas) Decluttering years of emotionally
charged possessions can be draining and hard to face.
Suddenly we are faced with the guilt of letting go of
things: gifts we don't want but were given to us, items
owned by a family member no longer with us, things we
paid good money for but need to let go because they
have outlived their use, objects we'd like others to
use and not just toss to landfill. I Work with home
owners and small business owners to methodically identify,
clean and remove clutter and 'out of use' possessions
from their lives so they may enjoy clear spaces once
more, downsize with ease or sell their home faster.
I will remove these items myself to trash or donate
to local charities, arrange pickup of trash by a disposal
contractor or larger items such as furniture by persons
in need at minimal cost. This may involve photographing
items and postings to charities etc. so reasonable time
must be allowed.
free backup advice offered via email to help client
maintain as a permanent service. I can call in backup
such as other organizers and hands as needed but prefer
to keep costs to a minimum. I am acutely aware of the
need to keep costs low.
Establish what is being kept and where and offer proper
design storage solutions. To install shelving etc. as
needed. Should larger or more detailed installations
be required I will recommend a suitable designer even
extra Organizers with specific specialties for the work.
Home Owners Moving and now on the other end of a move.
Who's there to help unpack and set up?
special care for clients, especially seniors, for both
this side of the move, to help unpack, relocate furniture,
mount mirrors, paintings etc.
owner walk throughs:
to delineate needful change to enhance sales potential.
Suggestions include painting, repairs, color ideas reducing
clutter, cleaning, odors etc.
using items already in the home, changing ambiance by
relocating lamps, furniture, artwork, decor items, etc.
to show rooms to best effect. I can refer highly qualified
stagers and decorators as well. (See
more Professional Stagers here)
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facilitate move to help clients both pack and unpack
boxes, bins and even trailers. I can coordinate with
long term storage companies and pack trailers.
for your clients, friends or family available. (Click
for your newsletters, Real Estate listings, speeches
or promotional needs.
engagements for your groups; entertaining and informative.
The subjects range from Organization to the psychology
of clutter. Some lectures require a fee or accept honorarium.
line - Get the work done.
Decluttering.ca gets the work done, big or small. Superior
people skills, affordable, timely. Use only what you
need. Make decluttering.ca part of your presentation
to your clients, potential or listed. Fourth great year
and over 600 home sessions done. Member Professional
Organizers in Canada, Oakville Chamber of Commerce and
proud active networker to bring you a ring of contacts
to ramp up your profile.
one on one care to reclaim home spaces and move forward
in life. Real Estate agents may purchase time as a gift
for their clients to grease the wheels of movement or
simply refer to me as part of their value added services.
I welcome the opportunity to work with you.
ilott - Professional Organizer (POC)
905.469.0908 / Cell: 416.460.8098
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