People say that Certified Professional Organizer® Karen Sencich has been motivating and organizing others since the day she was born!
A corporate background in Human Resource Management provided skills in procedure writing, goal setting, training, public speaking and newsletter writing. For over 10 years Karen facilitated a seven week marriage preparation class designed to help the newly engaged organize their life expectations, finances and conflict management.
Recognizing an urgent need in our fast paced society for training in essential life management skills, Karen became a Professional Organizer and created Sencich Solutions in 1999.The company was later renamed Havoc to Harmony specializing in family management, motivation and hands on residential and office organizing.
Homeowners, small businesses and corporate clients call Karen "the universal remote to life" as she assists them click through various life transitions with humour and practical, easy-to-implement organizing processes.
In February 2007 Havoc to Harmony launched Tackle It Now Programs. In conjunction with publisher Permacharts Inc. Karen authored a series of laminated reference guides link to products page to condense and simplify the organizing process.
A dynamic and entertaining speaker and trainer, Karen tells it like it is to her enthusiastic corporate and public audiences. She has been an active member of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) since its inception and has been a featured speaker at many of their annual conferences. In addition, she facilitates national teleclasses each month through the POC education committee. Karen is also a member of the US based National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.
In 2002 Karen was the co-recipient, along with Laurene Livesey Park, of the prestigious Harold Taylor Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of Professional Organizing. She believes that organizing is an essential life skill and it's never too late to learn. Her organizing seminars for the public and new professional organizers have been offered at Sheridan College and Humber College.
Karen has authored many solution-oriented articles and publications including Havoc to Harmony at Home, Holidays Without Hassles and Steps to Success for Professional Organizers.
Her work is well known through features in the Toronto Star, Chatelaine, Today's Parent magazines, on CHFI and EZ Rock radio, on Canada AM, Rogers cable and REAL LIFE on CTS television. She writes for Women with Vision, a national magazine for entrepreneurs. Articles also appear at www.bramptonnews.com.
Co-recipient of the 2003 Harold Taylor Award -
"For outstanding contribution to the field of Professional Organizing and to Professional Organizers in Canada."
Silver Leaf POC Member
Silver Leaf member of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC), the Canadian association dedicated to increasing public awareness to the field of Professional Organization and providing nation-wide training and development for organizers.
The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) is the premier resource for solutions, methods and techniques for dealing with chronic disorganization.
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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