Featured Media and Personal Appearances
CTS Television - REAL LIFE - self-produced segments
- Clothing Drive Fundraiser (May 2009)
- Medicine Chest Makeover (January 2009)
- Closet Organizing (Fall 2007)
- Under sink Organizing (Fall 2007)
- Creating a Family Management Centre (Fall 2007)
- Setting up a New office (Fall 2007)
Rogers Television - Daytime Show Organizing Expert appearing bi-monthly in Peel Region as well as appearances in Collingwood.
CHEX TV- November 2005 call in on First Take Live
September 2004 - Featured total reorganization of teenager's room
May 2002 - In studio demonstrating organizing personal articles
December 2005 - Holiday Tips with Erin Davis
September 2005 - Back to School Tips with Erin Davis
EZ Rock 97.3 FM
2005 - 8 week contest promotion
October 2004 - Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips
on air interview about organizing - September 2004
The Toronto Star
December 2006 - You don't have to be Martha
October 2006 - Seeking help with Clutter
August 2006 - Kids need to be mentally prepped before school
November 2003 - Before you make merry, delegate and prioritize
December 2003 - Dressing up gifts is a wrap
The Brampton Guardian
2007 - Getting Priorities in Order
December 2001 - Have a Holiday Without Hassles
The Mississauga News
March 2003 - Authors Put Safety in a Book
Spring 2004 -Free Publicity a Huge Opportunity
Women with Vision Magazine
Regular organizing columnist for national woman's magazine
Canadian House and Home
October 2007 - The Gift of Order
February 2008 - Turning the Tables
February 2007 - Arsenic Hour
May 2006 - Time Saving Tips
Home Business Report
February 2005 - Entrepreneurs Working from Home
Living Spree magazine
September 2004 - Back to School article
November 2003 - Mail-order
National Baby Time Show - "Creating a Family Management Centre" sponsored by Yellow Pages.ca
2005 Metro Home Show - Main stage speaker on behalf of Learning Docks
IKEA - Series of in-store promotional appearances - February 2005
Home Outfitters - 2002 - In store appearances launching new stores in Toronto and Vancouver. Produced a series of three customer brochures.
September 2007 - Back to School Strategies
www.bramptonnews.com - Organizing Expert columnist
December- Holidays Without Hassles
October 2007 - Wardrobe Weeding
August 2007 - Life Lessons for Back to School
July 2007 - Organize Your Family Car Trip
June 2007 - Marketing Tips for Garage Sales
May 2007 - Spring Clear Out and Clean Up
"Karen is the universal remote to your life!"
98.1 CHFI morning radio host
"Sencich, who has two kids and a flourishing business as a Professional Organizer, distinguishes herself by being grounded in reality rather than perfectionism when it comes to dispensing advice. In other words, she thinks like a mom." August 21, 2006
Toronto Star Life Reporter
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Tackle it Now Tip
Pack and Go
Now that winter is winding down, many families are planning a spring get away. The key to a relaxing get away is to pack effectively. A personal packing list simplifies the packing process.
- Buy sturdy, lightweight suitcases on wheels, ones that nest together for easy storage.
- Invest in luggage straps to securely strap smaller luggage onto bigger rolling pieces.
- Pack only what you can comfortably carry and lift by yourself.
- There is lots of walking through airports, so wear your most comfortable shoes (remember that you'll have to take them off to go through security).
- Dress in layers for comfort on the plane.
- Plastic compression bags are the best new invention for compact packing. Vacuum pack or roll wrinkle-proof items like underwear, bathing suits, bulky sweaters or socks. Coming home, use the bags to compress dirty laundry to make room to pack souvenirs.
- Pack a roomy, waterproof tote or backpack for necessary carry on items, ID, tickets and mini sized cosmetics. You can use it again as a beach bag or when sightseeing.
- Carry personal prescriptions with you at all times. Include motion sickness remedies available in pills, patch or a magnetic bracelet.
- Remember that you can only carry on a total of 100 ml. of liquids, stored in a see through zip lock baggie. Obtain current international luggage restrictions regarding carrying fluids at www.tc.gc.ca . Also check with your airline for their specific baggage weight regulations and charges since the rules frequently change.
- Have a friend or family member drive you to the airport so you can leave winter wear in the car until you return from the sun. No sense lugging the extra weight of bulky coats.
SAFETY & SECURITY
- Label identification tags using a work address and cell phone number in case luggage is misplaced. (For security reasons never use your home address.)
- On bus tours and cruises luggage is often left unsupervised, so invest in good quality locks.
- Will a safe be available in your room? This may determine whether you travel with real or costume jewellery.
- Don't take a bulky wallet, instead pare down to the essentials: license, health card, ATM and charge cards.
- Code your cell phone with an ICE number (In Case of Emergency contact)
- Pack a flashlight or nightlight to navigate in dark, unfamiliar places
- Check if your destination or cruise ship has a dress code in effect requiring dress jackets and ties for men. When sightseeing find out if there are clothing restrictions, i.e. shorts may not be appropriate in some locations and women may have to cover their heads to enter a church. Be prepared with a pashmina that can double as a scarf or evening shawl.
- Begin with the "Classic Packing Rule of Nine"
- 3 bottoms (skirts, slacks or shorts)
- 4 tops (shirt, blouse, T-shirt, shell or tank top)
- 2 jackets (one weatherproof windbreaker and a jacket, blazer or cardigan)
- Mix and match outfits starting with coordinating classic colours: black, navy, white, and then add bright contrasts. Accessorize to glamorize using belts, scarves, or shawls for a burst of colour. A dressy cardigan with a bit of glitter can dress up any outfit for evening.
- Plan double duty items - an oversize shirt can double as a bathing suit cover or a housecoat.
- Pack one pair of dressy, low heeled sandals
- Pack flip flops instead of slippers and tuck them into your backpack for comfortable sightseeing when your feet tire of walking shoes.
Professional Organizer Karen Sencich is owner of Havoc to Harmony. www.havoctoharmony.com