|Posted by catherine hawley on March 7, 2011 at 9:05 PM|
She loves a chaotic, disorganized, jumbled, cluttered house. Who is this mad woman? Meet Catherine Hawley of Downsizing Solutions.
"I love what I do! Helping people improve their living space enhances other parts of their lives too. It can be challenging, but for me it's also deeply rewarding. What better work could there be?" she asks,
Why hire a professional organizer? Because there's never enough time and energy! Singles and couples have huge demands on their time. Job requirements, driving kids, managing house chores and protecting family time is all-consuming.
"Living with chaos and confusion creates stress and thwarts harmony. It undermines enjoyment of life. As I get a home completely organized, I create a maintenance system, too. Clients start living better immediately, with a clean slate," Hawley says.
"Transforming a home into a peaceful, orderly environment is exciting. Seeing people emerge more confident, relaxed and happier is a powerful experience."
Hawley's been organizing since the 1990s when her mother moved from house to apartment. "Choosing what to keep, sorting lifetime treasures, contents sales, discarding, packing and hiring movers -- all had to be done. I loved the process," Hawley says. Soon friends were hiring her for moving or re-organizing.
For many seniors, downsizing to smaller homes or retirement centres, preparing a home for sale, is a huge undertaking, especially without family to help. Physical limitations and vulnerability may add to the obstacles and concerns. They can be comfortable with, and trust, Hawley to do it efficiently and at a fair price.
She creates the best first impression for a house, giving it that extra edge. "Streamlined, organized and inviting, inside and out: that's essential to attract buyers. Vital. Properly prepared homes command better prices and faster sales," she says.
She's worked for law firms and estate executors to facilitate house sales. "From sorting and clearing out personal items, meticulous pre-listing cleaning, and pre-sale set-up, indoors and outdoors, I love rolling up my sleeves and working hard," Hawley says. "There's little I don't do, but for those tasks I have excellent, reliable trades people to call in for repairs, painting and maintenance projects. It's fun, rewarding, and I love the great reviews!"
For years she commuted to her business in Toronto from Quinte. "And then life changed. Fate led me off the highway two years ago. It drew me to a new home and a new life in Port Hope. I love this area, although it's challenging to reestablish, both in business and socially," she says. "It's a slow process and hard work to connect with people. Writing this column, and meeting the "Women Without Offices" has been a gift, she says.
"My dream now is to transition Downsizing Solutions to Northumberland completely and stay forever."
Catherine Hawley, freelance writer, operates Downsizing Solutions from her home in Northumberland.
For a complimentary consultation to discuss your unique organizing needs, call 905-375-6542 or e-mail [email protected]