- I'll ask about your challenges and your goals
- You'll learn how my Virtual Sessions work, and how they contribute to your progress toward your goals
- We decide if we'll partner up on your project!
Get a Certified Professional Organizer in your home - VIRTUALLY
People come to me when they feel stuck and they want to move forward. The most common challenge is someone living with clutter that is negatively impacting their daily functioning and morale
We partner up to get you unstuck and moving forward.
I have over 10 years' experience working hands on in clients' homes, decluttering and organizing. In April 2020, I took my industry's gold-standard training program to learn how to effectively deliver my services virtually.
How we begin...
Let's have a complementary phone call! I'll ask about your challenges and goals, answer all your questions about how I work, and we will decide mutually if we are going to partner up.
Virtual Sessions with Alison (that's me!) on your team
An hour can go by quickly: I use a framework that has a start, a middle and a conclusion. It keeps us on track, and moving forward. My session goal is to launch you back into your project, with more clarity, focus, motivation, and a clear plan for the coming week. I take notes during each session and share them with you afterward, highlighting the valuable concepts we reviewed, and listing the clear action steps you have chosen to take.
You are the expert in your life – All the decisions are yours. I bring my experience, education and energy to the partnership, working with you toward YOUR goals.
11 years ago, I was struggling with my own stuff. Buying too much, bringing too much home, lacking the skills to make decisions to let things go. It was crowded, it was cluttered... and I did NOT want people dropping by!
I have always had talent and ability for organizing, but there is so much more involved in managing our belongings than organizing! There were a number of other skills I needed to develop to better manage my home and be comfortable.
I had a very successful 20-year career in catering, and wanted a change. In 2010, my best friend recommended I go into organizing. I spent the first 5 years studying, developing my business, working with clients, and most importantly, working on my own life. Today our home is entirely different.
I've learned to live intentionally. I no longer shop as a hobby. I have worked hard to create space in our home, and I protect it.
What I bring to your team...
Since 2010, I've been studying everything related to how we manage our belongings: ideas about what we need, acquisition, ownership, organization, lifestyle, habits, decision-making, emotional attachment, and letting go.
Throughout these years, I worked with clients who came to me with a variety of challenges, but they all had one thing in common: They felt stuck.
Through my formal professional education and certification in chronic disorganization, I've developed a powerful skillset and a practical toolkit.
I've used the pause during the pandemic to add another layer to my skills: Coaching. My starting point is my belief that each of us is unique and the best strategies will be personalized. YOU are the expert in your life. I am an expert in decluttering and organizing, and together we can
My place in the organizing industry
VOLUNTEERING • The first thing I did in 2010 was to join the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC), and soon after, I joined the Institute for Challenging Disorganization®(ICD®) to access the depth and breadth of knowledge available there. I've been an engaged volunteer in our industry since 2010, and here are some highlights:
2020-2021 ICD® Past-President • 2018-2020 ICD® President • 2016-2017 POC Ethics Chair • 2011-2012 POC Director of Education
CREDENTIALS • Coming myself from a background of chronic disorganization, I have always been keenly motivated to learn best practices in our industry. I am the first Certified Professional Organizer in Quebec, and one of only a handful in Canada. Some highlights of my credentials:
ICD® Master Trainer (2018) • ICD® Communication Mentor (2016) • Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization® (2015) • Certified Professional Organizer (2016) • Certified Virtual Professional Organizer™ (2020)
PRESENTING • I've been speaking publicly about decluttering and organizing since 2015. Professional education has made a huge contribution to my own career, and I welcome opportunities to share my own learning and thinking with others. Here are some highlights:
In person : JALO, Tokyo, Dec 2019 • POC, Toronto, Nov 2019 • NAPO, Texas, Apr 2019 • APDO, UK, Mar 2019 • POC, various Chapter events over the years.
Online: FFPO, Feb 2021 • ICD and POC, numerous presentations over the years • APDO, Dec 2019 •
CONTINUING EDUCATION • Currently enrolled in the Concordia University Personal and Professional Coach Certification program • Ongoing engagement to earn continuing education units since 2010, both to support my clients, and to maintain my dual certifications.
TRAINING NEW ORGANIZERS IN FRENCH • Ministère de l’education du Québec • Developed and continue teaching 9 hrs. of professional training for organizers (in French).
WORKSHOPS FOR THE PUBLIC • Developed and taught an 18-hour workshop on decluttering and organizing.
I GET IT!
These are some of the photos I took during my own decluttering process.