Professional Home Organizer

Living Organized provides senior move management services, downsizing, home staging, property clearings, home organization and business solutions in Barrie, Innisfil, Orillia, Alliston, Bradford and area.

About Margaret Harlos

My Specialty Is Working With Seniors.

Anyone can throw out things out of their home (eventually). So what makes me different as a Professional Organizer? When it comes to getting and keeping your home organized, I understand the difference between “getting rid of clutter and feeling “ready” to let go of clutter. And that is a very important difference. With a background in Gerontology and as a Senior Move Management Specialist, I am used to dealing with families and emotions. I have the innate ability to know when to be firm and when to be gentle. I work with you to get and stay organized by:


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Preparing to Downsize

Thank you Margaret, and your team for all your help getting us through a very challenging time in preparing to downsize. So amazing how you were able to quickly and efficiently separate the good stuff from the dumpage. Without you, it would have taken us years.           

Russell & Linda S.
Barrie, Ontario

I have taken your last seminar “Office overhaul”.

office organizing

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… Read more “I have taken your last seminar “Office overhaul”.”

Office Organizing Seminars for Business
Huronia/Muskoka DEFOOGERS

Your seminars were very well presented

business seminars

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 Sarjeant Management Services

Business Seminars – Leg Up From an Expert
Sarjeant Management Services Inc.

You have a raving fan in me


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… Read more “You have a raving fan in me”

I’m Living Organized – A Raving Fan
Gone Outside- Canadian Outdoor Tourism Network

Testimonials of what Seminar Participants are saying

living organized workshop

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… Read more “Testimonials of what Seminar Participants are saying”

The Living Organized Workshop Was Invaluable
Director of Development,, Rainbows Canada

Margaret, I have worked with you,

De-cluttering - downsizing

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… Read more “Margaret, I have worked with you,”

De-Cluttering – Downsizing – Thank You
The Cassels Corporation Barrie,, Ontario

Margaret Harlos has come into my store


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 times to organize my computer and files. Margaret knows that I am not the best on computers however has never made me feel inadequate, only… Read more “Margaret Harlos has come into my store”

Let’s Organize your Shelves and Your Life!
Candyland Express Barrie,, Ontario

Margaret was hired to organize

organize, de-clutter

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… Read more “Margaret was hired to organize”

Organize, De-clutter – a Revelation
Wear Your Brand

Margaret organized an office

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… Read more “Margaret organized an office”

Organizational Skills and High Energy
Barrie Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation

Office Organization

office organization

Office Organization 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… Read more “Office Organization”

Office Organization and Clutter Free
Barrie, Ontario

Thanks for all


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… Read more “Thanks for all”

Overwhelmed and Frustrated…Not Now
Innisfil, Ontario

Closet Organizing Done!

closet organizing

Closet Organizing Done! 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… Read more “Closet Organizing Done!”

Closet Organizing Plus More Complete
Innisfil, Ontario

Home Organization

home organization

Home Organization 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 organization.… Read more “Home Organization”

Basement – Home Organization
Barrie, Ontario

Over a 3 day weekend


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… Read more “Over a 3 day weekend”

Voila! I’m Liberated and Living Organized
Barrie, Ontario

I should have asked Margaret

home organizing

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!!!… Read more “I should have asked Margaret”

An Organized Mess-No Longer!
Barrie, Ontario



Moving 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… Read more “Moving”

Another Smooth Moving Experience
Barrie, Ontario

Thank you for helping me

home staging

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. With your home staging techniques we sold house with Igor in about a week’s time. We painted and got rid of… Read more “Thank you for helping me”

Home Staging for a Quick Home Sale
Innisfil, Ontario



Move-Downsize 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… Read more “Move-Downsize”

Move-Downsize-Real Estate Testimonial
Century 21 B.J. Roth Realty Ltd., Brokerage

A Successful Move


A Successful Move 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… Read more “A Successful Move”

Planning a Stress Free Large Move
Cornwall, Ontario

Margaret sorted them beautifully


“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… Read more “Margaret sorted them beautifully”

Organization-Downsizing-all the Details
Barrie, Ontario

I have the pleasure of knowing Margaret Harlos


I have the pleasure of knowing Margaret Harlos for nearly six years. I would meet and connect with Margaret regularly at business and networking events. Until a few months ago I had never had any need to hire Margaret but I was confident that she would do a terrific job should the need ever arise.… Read more “I have the pleasure of knowing Margaret Harlos”

Organized a Lifetime of Memories
Barrie, Ontario

Margaret, Thanks for being a great help and support


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… Read more “Margaret, Thanks for being a great help and support”

Clutter Control – Successful Downsizing
Etobicoke, Ontario

Margaret is a true professional


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… Read more “Margaret is a true professional”

A Seniors’ Downsizing Plan
Barrie, Ontario

Margaret has been a huge support to my husband


Margaret has been a huge support to my husband and I as we have been in the process of downsizing and were feeling so overwhelmed and unsure of how to navigate through the transition. She is the most non-judgmental, caring person and I feel blessed to have been able to work with her. If you’ve… Read more “Margaret has been a huge support to my husband”

Downsizing and Home Organization
Newmarket, Ontario

My Interior Redesign

interior redesign

My Interior Redesign Thank you SOOO much for the advice for the you gave when I was considering the various options available to me when planning to replace all the floors in my home as well as relocating my electrolysis business in my home. You gave many suggestions that I would not have considered, picked… Read more “My Interior Redesign”

Interior Redesign
Holland Landing, Ontario

Organizing and Moving


Organizing and Moving Just a quick note to thank you for your help in organizing my recent move. Moving day was a breeze since everything was well packed and clearly labelled. Everything went to the right location in my new home, and due to your excellent packing, not a thing was broken. Thank you once… Read more “Organizing and Moving”

Organizing – Moving
Orangeville, Ontario

I want to thank you for your professional and thorough home organization services.

I want to thank you for your professional and thorough home organization services. Your answered all my questions, showed me how to set a goal and worked with me to meet that goal with out disruption of my business. I had two objectives. 1. Categorize and clear out unnecessary material. 2. Make my area look… Read more “I want to thank you for your professional and thorough home organization services.”

Barrie, Ontario
Home Organization for Re-Mortgage Assessment

This past year Rainbows Canada has undergone many changes

This past year Rainbows Canada has undergone many changes, one of those was moving to a new location. You provided professional advice about how to make this transition as easy as possible, including how to cull the files before moving. Margaret, the colour selections you made for our new office space are amazing, we have… Read more “This past year Rainbows Canada has undergone many changes”

Barrie, Ontario
Organize Office Moving

This letter is in support off Margaret Harlos

This letter is in support off Margaret Harlos owner/operator of living organized, a company that helps people and business put systems into place that will support their lives by getting them organized. I met Margaret at a grow Vantage training night some 5 years ago. Margaret’s excitable energy when talking about helping people get organized… Read more “This letter is in support off Margaret Harlos”

Barrie, Ontario
Organized Filing System

Thank you for your home intervention.

home intervention

Mission complete! The 3.5 hours you spent with me were enough to get the momentum going. I haven’t stopped since you left yesterday. I really needed your energy (and the kids out of the house for a weekend). The scary room that used to belong to the exchange student is now a gym, the office… Read more “Thank you for your home intervention.”

Jessy Morrison - BODY WHISPERER
A Home Intervention – Completed



As a senior living on my own, there was no way I could handle all the packing and sorting for a move to New Brunswick by myself. Margaret made it easy. Not only did she do most of the packing for me, she found homes for all the things I didn’t want to keep that… Read more “Moving-Downsizing”

Meighen Russell
Moving-Downsizing Testimonial

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  Declutter-one of my favourite words. And, it...

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  Reusable straws are something that I want you...

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  Organizing the kids can be a lot of work. The...

Home Staging on a Low Cost Budget

  Home Staging is more important than ever with...

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  There is help for organizing those awkward...

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  Closet organization and reorganization as we...

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  Home Staging means Minimalism I know that we...

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  Back to school shopping can be a daunting...

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  Downsizing is a no longer a term used just by...

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  Downsizing! There is so much work to do and so...

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  Shoe Organizing Solutions for all those Shoes...

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  An electronics docking station can help keep...

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  In Home Organization put items away now,...

At-Home Storage…Label, Label, Label

  Storage - Label, Label, Label For all at-home...

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Purging and Decluttering is a process.  In this...

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  This 2-minute How To Video was shot prior to...

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When Organizing choose a personal colour and...

Nifty New Peg Board Organizing Solution

  This past week a client showed me this great...

Eliminate Duplicates to Reduce Clutter

  To seriously reduce clutter you might need to...

One a Day Clutter Clearing Method

If decluttering feels overwhelming keep it...

Keep Your Front Hall Clear of Clutter

Sort out the hall closet of all the clutter. Now...

Getting Garage Organization Done!

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Living Outdoors – Creating an Oasis

  Living Outdoors has been fashionable for a...

Garage Organization – 3 Easy Steps

  The garage often becomes the dumping ground or...

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Downsizing to a Minimalist Lifestyle  So, what...

Home Staging for Your Biggest Investment

  I spoke about home staging not long ago and I...

Downsizing, Moving and Merging Households

Downsizing makes sense for any move and for...

Home Organization TV Show Interview

Watch my home organization TV show...

Home Staging Makes Your Home Stand Out

  Why use Home Staging to make your home stand...

Moving to a new Home…anywhere

Last spring, I coordinated moving a client from...

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  Yes, your taxes are due again.    If you are...

Downsizing & Moving to Your New Home

  Downsizing & Moving to your home. The...

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Christmas is coming and Santa will be bringing...

Moving Company Nightmares-Who to Trust

It doesn’t take moving across the country to...

Downsizing to Condominium Living

Downsizing to a Condo Lifestyle. Condo living is...

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  The thought of closet organizing for most...

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  When organizing - small space living there are...

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  When organizing small spaces there are many...

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Food Waste: Solutions to a $31B Problem

Food Waste is a 31 Billion Dollar Problem....

Life – Changing Organizing Tips

  Kudos to Marie Kondo for writing her book 10...

Back to School Time – Again!

Back to school again. Wow! Time really does...

How Your Clutter Is Harming Your Health

One of my favourite people sent me this clutter...

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  DIY Projects are created by many. Some people...

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A few months ago, I was contacted by a past...

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  Earth Day is officially April 22 in Canada....

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  Condo Organizing Solutions I was organizing a...

Easy Home Organization Solutions

  Here are 4 more Simple Home Organization...

Home Organization – Spring into with 4 Easy Steps

  Home Organization to manage the changing...

Shoe Organizing Solutions

  Organizing all those Shoes 3 Shoe Organizing...

Moving Seniors into Smaller Homes

The moving process is well underway once the...

Facts About Hoarding – 7 Types

  I’ve come across a great article “Facts About...

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  Home Staging and Painting – One of the Best...

Re-Purpose Items in your Home Organization

  Home Organization Tip of the Week During your...

Home Staging Reflects Your Pride of Ownership

  When I started my business 11 years ago I...

Ready for Spring Organization?

Spring into Organization   Already the spring...

Tax Organization – Steps to Remedy Tax Time Stress

  Whether you hire someone to prepare your tax...

Downsizing – Three Simple Steps

  The Title says Downsizing   and at this time...

Moving – Feeling Anxious & Overwhelmed?

  Moving and just don’t know where to start....

Just Three Christmas Shopping Days Left!

With just 3 shopping days left, the countdown to...

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  Gift ideas for the person who has too much of...

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why choose us

We keep it Simple!

We keep it simple. We bring all the packing materials and do all the hard work including delivery of all charitable items to a local charity of your choice.

In-Home No Obligation Consultation

We provide an in-home no obligation consultation for those larger projects providing you with a comprehensive project rate.

Respect & Dignity

We treat our clients, their families and their possessions and treasures with dignity and respect.

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