Testimonials

Margaret is a true professional who is both warm and caring, as well as hard-working and efficient.  She tactfully advised my elderly mother and I on a downsizing plan and timelines, then patiently led us through sorting and removing items during stages of moving, auction and disposal.  She works well alongside clients and is also trustworthy to get things done on her own, within agreed-upon timelines.  Margaret reasonably requested to bring additional helpers when required, with transparency and pre-approval of any additional fees.  She always responded to our questions via text or phone call within a business day (usually much sooner), and even went above and beyond to communicate on last-minute details over a long weekend. Margaret is dependable, resourceful and has great connections for other quality services (movers, disposal, cleaners) and destinations for downsized items (auction, charities, ads on her social media).  Her affordable fees are well worth the benefit of her expertise, and the reduced stress and peace of mind needed during this type of big life transition.  We were completely satisfied and would highly recommend the services of Living Organized.  Thank you, Margaret! 
– Bonnie and Lydia T., Barrie, ON

Bonnie & Lydia T
Bonnie & Lydia T

Margaret, Thanks for being a great help and support to me when cleaning out my mother’s condominium. The substantial amount of clutter she accumulated over the years was overwhelming. The stress related to emotions attached to clearing out a loved one’s belongings requires support from someone detached (like you) and with a critical eye.

Lynn Hamilton
Lynn Hamilton
Etobicoke, Ontario

With only two weeks’ notice my 96 year old Aunt was going to be moving from her condo to a retirement home in Barrie. The upcoming move was extremely stressful for my Aunt and she would really be able to do very little to get ready for the move. The planning and execution was falling to my husband and me during the two busiest weeks of the year – Christmas and New Years read more…

Anne Dorsey
Anne Dorsey
, Barrie Public Library Business Librarian

“After my father-in-law passed away we hired Margaret to help us deal with the overwhelming contents of his house. Margaret sorted them beautifully so that we could decide what memories to keep and lifted a big weight off our shoulders. She also took care of recycling and donating the appropriate items. Margaret was instrumental in making a difficult time easier and was very sensitive to our needs. I would highly recommend Margaret to anyone in need of organization”.

Cathy Keys
Cathy Keys
Barrie, Ontario

I must tell you what an incredible help you were to me during the most stressful move I have experienced in my life-history of buying and selling eight separate homes. Not only was I leaving a home that my late wife Angela and I had established over our 20 years together, but I was going to a new, smaller, and for the first time in my life, a rented property. This meant that decisions about what to take, and what to leave behind were paramount. You’re detached, but at the same time, compassionate opinions during that process were invaluable, and most welcome. Not only were you able to help with the decision making process, you also did a great deal of the labour involved in packing for the move.

Thank you very much for your professional approach to this massive task. I have no hesitation about recommending your services to anyone planning a large move.

Cliff Cassidy
Cliff Cassidy
Cornwall, Ontario

I’ve written these testimonials for Margaret who I have worked personally and referred her to my clients for the past 5 years. I can HONESTLY say that I would entrust her help with anyone.

As for myself, I moved a couple of years ago from a large matrimonial house to a smaller house for me and my children. I was overwhelmed by the task at hand, especially as my ex had already moved out. That, along with the regular stuff of raising kids and working full time. So, I really left everything up to Margaret. I was impressed by her ability to just schedule things that I would need, for example telling me one week, “there are movers coming Friday to give you a quote” or “I’ve ordered a small dumpster to get rid of garbage,” (yes, we filled the darned thing).

In terms of my current home, I moved things that shouldn’t have come with us. I’ve hired Margaret to help me purge further, so that everything has a “spot”, including my vehicle in my garage.

As far as clients go, Margaret has great care, and concern for my clients and their individual situations. Whether they just need a bit of help deciding what colours to paint, or move furniture, or whether they are hoarders who need to dramatically get rid of belongings, Margaret has had wonderful reviews.

I can’t give Margaret enough thanks for all of her help, dedication, and friendship over the years. I always look forward to the times we can work together.

Jamie Dann, M.S.W
Jamie Dann, M.S.W
Century 21 B.J. Roth Realty Ltd., Brokerage

Thank you for helping me and Amanda come to grips with the reality of selling our house. Your advice to us is a testimonial to your work with the quick sale of our home. We sold house with Igor in about a week’s time. We painted and got rid of a lot of stuff that had accumulated over the years and made the house a lot more attractive to sell. What a difference it makes when all that stuff you think you need is no longer here. Fixing the little things also really helped too.

Ron & Amanda Gaston Innisfil
Ron & Amanda Gaston Innisfil
, Ontario

A big thank you to Margaret Harlos of Living Organized for all the help she provided us during the course of the last year. We were able to accomplish so much with her help.

When we decided to move to Barrie, I knew right away that Margaret’s services would a big help to us once again. Margaret packed us up prior to the move, assisted during the day of the move and unpacked us after our move. I don’t know what we would have done without Margaret! She brought the moving supplies of boxes, tape and paper. Needless to say, our move went smoothly.

Aileen & James Reyes
Aileen & James Reyes
Picknell, Barrie

My basement was a somewhat organized mess that quite simply over-whelmed me. It was organized and sorted within three hours thanks to Margaret. Now I know where my garage sale items, family heirlooms and the “keeper” stuff is. I should have asked Margaret a year ago for her help. I’m so glad we had coffee!!! Thanks Margaret.

Nadine Park
Nadine Park
Barrie, Ontario

Over a 3 day weekend, my office became more efficient, my personal environment organized; even the garage was de-cluttered, the dumping ground where two households were being downsized into one. All of it experienced an enormous make over. Then came a spur of the moment garage sale with the rest of the recyclable items donated to the appropriate places – the not for profit recipients … Voila! Margaret did her magic. With her natural skills of weeding out and organizing, I was liberated! I had fun with Margaret and her gift in multitasking throughout the adventure sped up the process. I immediately relaxed inside and began to catch up and move forward within my busy life.

I truly appreciate Margaret and her extraordinary skills in focusing on the task at hand and sensing ‘just the right thing’ to do for me. It’s been seven months – I am still smiling!

Cherie Carpenter
Cherie Carpenter
, CBP BodyTalk Central Barrie,Ontario

I can’t tell you how thrilled my friends and I were when they were able to stay over last weekend. I’m so relieved that the basement is now in order. When I get some more money I will definitely be calling you to help me out in other areas of my home.
Take care and thanks again.

Angela DiGiovanni
Angela DiGiovanni
, Barrie,Ontario

I am so thrilled that I took advantage of your services. With your assistance, in just 4 short hours we managed to remove, sort and dispose of years of accumulation. My goal that day was to tackle just one large closet-l could hardly believe it when we also went on to clean out a cupboard and the storage room in the basement.

Without a doubt, the best feature of your services was that you removed the clutter from my home, and took it somewhere where someone else will be able to make use of it. Thanks for your amazing de-cluttering assistance.

Sharon Ball
Sharon Ball
Innisfil, Ontario

Thanks for all that you did in helping me recover important items and documents from my flood in the spring. I really appreciate how you arrived on time and got right to it. I was so overwhelmed and frustrated with the mess and felt a sigh of relief once we got started. I would be thrilled to refer people to you. Thanks again!

Michelle Main
Michelle Main
, SendOutCards “Changing Lives, One Card at a Time”.

A big thank you to Margaret Harlos of Living Organized for all the help she has provided us during the course of the last year. We were able to accomplish so much with her help. Margaret continuously clears the way so that we are able to live our lives and run our businesses effectively.

We brought in Margaret to help me keep my office clutter free and to keep the paper management and filing up to date. Margaret has become an important part of our team. Not only does she help with the maintenance in the filing, she is always coming up with ways to improve office organization. Margaret is well connected in this community and can help you find just about anything you need very quickly. There has been many a time I needed a creative solution to something that seemingly did not exist. With Margaret, we always found a way. She is personable, warm, supportive and friendly.

Aileen & James Reyes's conference room
Aileen & James Reyes
Picknell Conscious Management,, Barrie

Margaret organized an office move with me. With the transition planning and regular workload I wanted to get the backlog of filing and organization cleaned up and then pack for the move. With her high energy level and organizational skills the task was accomplished in less than a day! I felt a weight off my shoulders and was able to look forward to the move knowing I had my office organized and ready to go. Her sense of humour made the day go by in a hurry and the sense of accomplishment at the end of the day was fantastic.

Now I would like to have her assist me at home so I can get the basement into the same great shape!

Ann's Office After organizing
Ann Harvey
, Barrie Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation

Margaret was hired to organize and de-clutter my workspace and it was definitely a revelation.

She came in and proceeded to discuss my needs and goals, and then we started to organize. What a difference in the first few hours. We had piles of things divided into groups – keep, toss, donate and sell.

Working alongside Margaret was a great experience. She was straight forward and to the point. This is very important as she gets to the root of the matter quickly and efficiently. We made room in my business space to add the much-needed equipment necessary for business growth.

I would recommend Margaret to anyone whom needs that extra little bit of help to de-clutter and organize. An added bonus was her input as a stager helping me to create a more appealing visual business environment.

Thank you Margaret, you have made room in my life.

Dianne Beaudry
Dianne Beaudry,
, Wear Your Brand

Margaret Harlos has come into my store several times and has helped me organize my shelves so they would be appealing to the eye.

She has also helped me many time organize my computer and files. Margaret knows that I am not the best on computers however has never made me feel inadequate, only offered her expertise.

She is a lady that works with integrity and compassion. I would, without hesitation recommend Margaret to help you through your clutter. You will not be disappointed you made the call.

Dora Kiernan
Dora Kiernan,
Candyland Express Barrie,, Ontario

Margaret, I have worked with you, since 2006, on many projects: de cluttering my office and downsizing my home. Every time I am amazed at your depth of knowledge in cleaning up my mess.

You are always looking for new and clearer ways for folks to be more efficient. Your new “7 Action Tips to Rescue the Cluttered Entrepreneur” is a great example of how you go way and above other organizing companies. Great job on the content.

Margaret, you have always supported charitable organizations like; 12 ladies in a Tent, Rainbows, and the Barrie Food Bank. Your recycling of goods that home owners don’t want is a testament to your innovative thinking.

It is always nice to see your dedicated and over the top energy. Always looking for ways to help others with your energy, knowledge and selflessness. Thank you for being you.

Bob Cassels
Bob Cassels,
The Cassels Corporation Barrie,, Ontario

Testimonials of what Seminar Participants are saying

As the Director of Development for Rainbows Canada, a not-for-profit organization, we strive to spend our money wisely. The Wednesday, June 24th’s Living Organized workshop was invaluable to me.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to learn about being organized at this workshop. I like to think of myself as organized, and efficient, however, I was wrong. Through your ‘step by step’ process everyone there benefited, both as a group and individually. I was very impressed.

Your presentation was a learning tool that will last me a lifetime!

Not only did you provide this full day session, but also gave the client an additional 30 minutes of your time at a later date. I can hardly wait for this time.

Thank you Margaret, for sharing all your organizational knowledge and expertise to help me become more efficient in our office.

Nancy Newton
Nancy Newton,
Director of Development,, Rainbows Canada

You have a raving fan in me, and I wish you all the best in all your endeavours. You have exceptional customer service, attention to detail and it’s very apparent you have a passion for what you do- Organization.

Without a system and organizational structure, I have found it to be very overwhelming. Living Organized has given me a solution to organize my work area and maintain a system to stay organized. This has resulted in a greater time efficiency and ease of stress to locate all my papers and notes that I need for today or tomorrow.

Thank you Margaret, your organization courses have given me more time and less stress to focus on the important tasks needed to help me in my quest for improving and lasting success.

Kristin Larsen
Kristin Larsen
, Gone Outside- Canadian Outdoor Tourism Network

Your seminars were very well presented. You demonstrated an excellent rapport with your audience, highly informative and knowledgeable. It’s an easy way to get a “leg up” with tips from an expert!

Greg Sarjeant
Greg Sarjeant
, Sarjeant Management Services Inc.

I have taken your last seminar “Office overhaul.” The three separate sessions were truly invaluable.

You covered all aspects of managing one’s office from filing to understanding numerous different business expenses and how they apply to one’s bookkeeping and how some relate to allowable “Income Tax” claims.

How to make one’s office more efficient and how to organize one’s personal environment.

Margaret, your “Office Overhaul” seminar has been great for my business.

I strongly recommend to all entrepreneurs to take your “Office Overhaul” seminar. It will certainly help make their operation more efficient by saving them time and money.

Noel St. Laurent
Noel St. Laurent
, Huronia/Muskoka DEFOOGERS