Organizing and Decluttering Services


At Daisy Thirteen, we're all about stories. The stories we tell ourselves about our homes and the way our homes make us look can be negative. But it doesn't have to be that way.  

You can read more about my organizing story at the bottom of this page. 

As a Certified Organizational Specialist™, I can help you to find a system that works for you.

My goal is to empower you to make lasting changes that work for you. 

What I will NOT do:

  • judge you
  • make you get rid of anything you don't want to
  • create a mess and then leave
  • make things pretty without any regard for how you live your life
  • ask you to buy a bunch of expensive containers

What I WILL do:

  • develop a system that works for you and your budget
  • work alongside you with compassion and empathy
  • provide encouragement and celebrate your wins, both big and small
  • keep you on task so that you get the most bang for your buck
  • drop off your donations for you (if you would like me to)

I realize that decluttering can be an emotional experience, so while I'm not qualified to help you work through the feelings that can accompany this, I can provide you with a safe, judgment free space to sort through your things and come up with a system that works for you. 

 

My process looks like this:

  • You send me an email HERE to let me know that you're interested. 
  • I'll contact you to set up a 15 minute phone appointment so that we can see what you'd like to work on, and how I can best help you. 
  • You'll receive a list of available days so that you can pick one that works for you, and I'll send along any other instructions. 
  • We work together to get you organized! 

FAQ

Q: Do I need to buy a bunch of containers?
A: Nope! You don't have to spend any extra money of you don't want to. I've used all kinds of things to contain smaller items, from ice cream containers to random boxes. If you would like to have everything matchy-matchy, you can definitely do that, but it's not necessary. I will bring a label-maker, and some larger labels that we can stick to containers.

Q: How long will it take? 
A: It depends... this is something we can discuss during the phone appointment. Each space will take a different amount of time, and it's hard to predict ahead of time. If you can provide me with some photos of the space beforehand, I will do my best to give you an estimated time, as well as check in with you during the session to see where we're at. I want you to get the best value for your money, so I'll do my best to keep us focused and on task. 

Q: Should I tidy up before you come? 
A: Please don't! I am not here to judge, and seeing your house the way it usually is allows me to see where you are struggling. 

Q: Will you just come into my house and organize, without me there? 
A: At this time, this isn't something that I offer. I believe that an organizing system is much more effective when the homeowner is there to witness the process, so that they understand the reasoning behind it. 

Q: Will you clean my house? 
I don't offer house cleaning services, but if we're emptying the entire pantry, it just makes sense to run a rag over everything, so you might want to have that handy. 

Have a question? You can email me HERE

 

My organizing story... 

One of the stories that I've always told myself is that I'm just a chaotic person. Those piles are necessary, because I don't know where else to put those things. And I always know what's in the piles. "Organized chaos" is what I called it. 

As a child, my room was a hot mess. I liked to keep all the things, because they all had meaning for me. That ugly candle I made at camp. Priceless. No, you can't burn that! I generally knew which pile to look to find things, but it always took me too long. 

Fast forward to my 20s and 30s; it turns out that moving to a whole new country every 6 years means that you just don't keep a lot of stuff. But once I did settle down for a bit longer, the stuff accumulated. And when your house is perpetually dusty because you have 2 long haired cats and a woodworking shop attached to the house... it means you have to dust all the things. And then you start to resent all the things. 

If someone said they were coming over, it was a mad dash to get things hidden away and then clean the house. I've been known to lock the bedroom door, so that nobody accidentally walked in there. And, if someone stopped by unexpectedly, I'd mumble vague excuses about being so busy with work... and then I'd sit there, feeling so incredibly ashamed that my house was a disaster. 

I'm not saying that ANYONE should feel ashamed of their home or the way they live. That shame was all mine, and completely unnecessary. I never judge someone else by the state of their home, whether it's tidy or messy, because I may or may not know what they're going through.  

I tried watching those organizing shows; the ones that make everything look instagram-worthy, and I felt like I was failing. Pulling everything out of a closet caused me to shut down with overwhelm, and then that pile sat there, mocking me for weeks, until I felt motivated enough to finally deal with it. I'm not a minimalist, and organizing my extensive book collection by rainbow colours hurts my brain. I wanted these methods to work, but they just didn't.  

So around the start of 2023, I started looking for other ways. I watched countless YouTube videos, listened to So. Many. Podcasts. Read books. And little by little, I started chipping away at  my home. I learned that being organized doesn't have to be pretty. It has to be functional FOR ME. And for my family of course. But I started with the spaces that I use the most. The kitchen. My office. My closet (which admittedly is still a little full). The bathroom. I used old plastic containers that I had lying around to organize kitchen and bathroom drawers. 

And I noticed that as I chipped away, I suddenly noticed that I had more time. I realized that it wasn't cleaning my house that I hated, it was that I had to FIRST tidy up before I could clean, and by the time I was done tidying, I didn't feel like cleaning anymore. 

But I also noticed changes that had nothing to do with my house. I felt more relaxed. I actually had all of my bookkeeping done by mid January (I ALWAYS procrastinate until at least March). The creative energy was flowing more freely. I felt like I could breathe. 

If you have been telling yourself the same stories that I told myself, I want you to know that you're not chaotic, messy, or lazy. You just haven't found a system that works for you. 

And I can help you with that.