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Katherine Greenwood

Trained Professional Organizer and Educator

If you follow my personal account on Instagram, you may have seen my username as thirtyfirstwave; the wave part comes from a combination of my love of first wave music (I was an 80s kid), but also the gigantic metaphorical wave that crashed over me the year I turned thirty-one. Within a month of my 31st birthday I was diagnosed with an advanced stage of cervical cancer, which was treated aggressively. It was a difficult time; I had to make immediate decisions about my future, my health, I lost my ability to have biological children, and I struggled with the side effects of treatment, but in other ways, the care I received during treatment and the love and support I was shown from family, friends, and my community was so positive. It taught me about humility, about compassion, and about what is most important, and because of it, I have celebrated many birthdays since.

I knew I had to pay the kindness I was shown forward, so I started making ‘Cancer Information Folders’. You see, when you are in the oncology examination room, there is a revolving door of specialists placing pamphlets, requisitions, and forms on your lap, and you feel so lost you don’t really hear anything or know what to do with it all, so me, being the organized person that I am, went home and made a folder to store all of the paperwork. Now I make folders for other cancer survivors, free of charge, out of my own pocket, and I have since handed out as many as 50 (if you or a family member need one, please contact me!) Since then, I have received a lot of positive feedback about these folders and the impact they have had on patients and their families. This was the trigger for me realizing this skill within myself and how it can be applied to helping others in a potential career.

Fast forward 4 years later, I was travelling with our foster child to family visits and spending a lot of free time at a library (an organizers dream spot). With some research, I found Professional Organizers in Canada and over the last two years I have become a member, have taken the required courses and wrote and passed the exam to become a Trained Professional Organizer, and have started my own Professional Organizing business.  (Just think of all the paperwork I managed through cancer, teaching, fostering, adopting, and becoming an entrepreneur!)

Ten Four Organizing is named after the date that my husband and I adopted our daughter, but also references ‘ten-four’ as in, ‘I understand’ or “I’ve got it’ or ‘I hear you’ and I recently realized my birthday is 4/10, so it was meant to be.  My mission is to create space and time for you (with less stuff), so you can enjoy your space and more time (with the important stuff) because I know my little girl is the most important thing in my life, our home is my favourite place in the world, and I want to enjoy it with her everyday.

Wherever you are on your organizing journey, I would love to be apart of it with you.

 

What is a Professional Organizer?

Professional Organizers in Canada defines a Professional Organizer as:

"Someone who provides information, products and assistance to help individuals and businesses achieve their specific organizing needs.

Here is what you can expect when you hire a professional organizer:

1.      Guidance, encouragement and education to help reduce your stress and gain control.

2.      A supportive approach where the professional organizer actively listens to your needs.

3.      Focus and direction to address your organizational challenges.

4.      A non-judgemental mindset that is focused on helping to reduce your stress.

5.      Extreme dedication with the goal of helping you do more in less time, with more energy.

6.      A commitment to professional excellence and adherence to POC's strict code of ethics.

A professional organizer offers both consulting as well as hands-on organizing services, giving you the skills and tools you need to banish that awful feeling of being overwhelmed."

As a member of POC and the owner of Ten Four Organizing, my mission is to assist you with creating more space in your home and more time for yourself (with less stuff), so you can enjoy your space and time (with the important stuff).

 

Professional Organizing Services

Loft Apartment

Organizing Homes and Offices

I can assist you with;

  • decluttering and downsizing your belongings

  • organizing and storing your belongings efficiently

  • organizing all rooms in your home (garage too)

  • setting up a small office for yourself

  • tidying your garage

  • optimizing placement of your furniture

  • unpacking your boxes after a move

  • defining the spaces within your home or office

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Organizing Medical Information

​I can assist you with:

  • Getting a filing folder for you

  • Creating your personalized filing folder

  • Sorting out your current medical documents

  • Managing your incoming and future medical paperwork

  • Filing your important medical documents

  • Teaching you what documents are important to keep

  • Indexing your information for easy use by your family or doctor 

  • Getting peace of mind your files are in order

Stack of Envelopes

Organizing Paperwork

I can assist you with:

  • Teaching you what is important to keep and what can go

  • Strategies to stay on top of your paperwork

  • Creating a filing system that works for you

  • Filing your current paperwork

  • Creating a system to deal with your incoming paperwork

  • Labelling your files

  • Sorting your computer files

  • Creating checklists and reminders for your tasks and bills

Teacher Resources

Organizing for Educators

I can assist you with:


  • Organizing your storage bins of classroom materials

  • Labelling your storage bins

  • Organizing your classroom cupboards

  • Setting up your classroom library

  • Creating an individualized day book template for your schedule

  • Organizing your classroom supplies

  • Setting up a filing system for your paperwork

  • Setting up your classroom in the fall

  • Helping clean up your classroom for the summer

Kid's Drawing

Organizing Your Treasures

I can assist you with:


  • creating a personalized booklet of memories for you

  • providing a pre-made booklet to you

  • creating a binder for your children’s school work

  • providing you with a pre-made binder

  • hosting a workshop with your friends to create a booklet

  • deciding what items you would like to keep

  • treasuring your children’s work

  • teaching your child about using their school work binder

Holding Plant

Organizing the Adoption Process

I can assist you with:

  • creating a binder/folder for storing and accessing information

  • sorting e-mails into folders 

  • filing all paperwork in binder/folder

  • prioritizing steps in the process

  • designing an adoption photo book

  • making checklists of steps to take

  • generating a spreadsheet to layout costs and fees of the process

  • managing contacts

open books

Other Organizing Possibilities

I can assist you with:


  • downsizing from your current home to a smaller home

  • staging your house to sell or rent

  • displaying your collections and memorabilia

  • placing photos in an album

  • indexing your photographs on your computer

  • setting up a calendar or day planner

  • getting started

  • other organizing projects you have been wanting to do

 
 
 

"It was like there was moss on the rocks and they were stuck, and you took away the moss
and now they're on a roll - rock and roll!"

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can hire a Professional Organizer?

Anyone!  If you have something you want organized, are feeling overwhelmed, need a little boost to get started, message me and we can schedule a consultation.

What are your qualifications?

I have been an educator for 14 years, with a Bachelor of Arts and a  Bachelor of Education degree.  Plus, I have taken the required courses and wrote and passed the POC exam to become a Trained Professional Organizer.  I am also a member of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC).

Some of the courses I have taken are:

  • Basic Residential Organizing

  • Basic Office Organizing

  • Working with the Chronically Disorganized

  • Working with Seniors

  • Working with Children

  • Room by Room Organization

  • Code of Ethics

What is a consultation?

A consultation is our first meeting, face to face, in your home or office, to talk about what you would like assistance with.  At this time, we get to know each other, share ideas, and make a plan to achieve your organizing goals.  The consultation lasts between 30 minutes to an hour.

Are your services confidential?

Yes!  I will never share information about a client or share photos on social media without your consent.  Our work together is confidential and I respect your privacy.

What do you organize?

Under 'Services' you will see 7 lists of examples of what I can organize.  The lists provided on the website are not extensive, contact me and we can definitely schedule a consultation to see if I can be of assistance.

What are your fees?

Ten Four Organizing has a rate of $40/hour with an initial in-home consultation of $25.

This rate includes an insured, trained Professional Organizer, with 14 years of education experience, use of all supplies (eg. filing folders, labeller, shredder, etc.), and the cost of behind the scenes research of products and solutions that will work for you.  Most importantly, I am someone who is understanding, patient, kind, and honoured to work alongside you.  Organizing is what I love to do!

How and when do I pay?

Payment can be by cash, cheque or e-transfer to tenfourorganizing@outlook.com.  Payment is required after the consultation and after each appointment thereafter.

What are your hours?

As a stay at home parent, evenings and weekends work best, but I am able to accommodate other schedules.

 

Schedule a Consultation

Have any questions?  Want to hear more about how I can assist you?  Want to set up a consultation? 

Please send me a message, call, e-mail or text.


I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely, Katherine 

807-728-0959

 

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