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Declutter, Organize & Prepare for Market

Decluttering & Organizing Services

Sometimes houses manage to fill themselves with odds and ends that quickly take over your space, despite your best efforts to keep the clutter at bay. We all have that pesky junk drawer filled with old takeout flyers, pencil stubs, and knickknacks tucked away in our homes.

What is decluttering?

Decluttering is the act of removing unnecessary items from a place. The goal is to organize and reprioritize one’s space.

Studies have shown that clutter can actually increase feelings of stress, depression and anxiety, and it’s common to feel overwhelmed when considering how to tackle the mess.

When your clutter feels out of control, you can trust Darling Solutions’ decluttering services to sort through the unnecessary items and take back your space!

How is it helpful?

Decluttering can help reduce stress, depression and anxiety, as well as increase feelings of control (along with many other benefits).

When you take the time to declutter and organize your space, it’s a form of self-care.  It’s also easier to stay organized – everything has an assigned place and purpose.  

Being aware of what you have can increase feelings of gratitude and well-being, but it can also make you more conscientious of what new things you are bringing into your home, and how they will serve you.

Our Solution:

When your clutter feels out of control, you can trust our decluttering services to sort through the unnecessary items, and take back your space! We won’t be frightened away by mess or clutter.

We will work with you to understand your goals, help guide you in making choices on what you can part with, and organize your space so that it is functional and practical for your everyday life. 

If you want to keep everything, but have it neatly organized and arranged, we can help with that too – we offer home decluttering services to help bring order from chaos! 

Allow Darling Solutions to help you – we can’t keep your house tidy after we’ve left, but we can reorganize your home and give you a clutter-free, organized space.

Consultation

Customized estimate and service proposal
Our consulting team will:
  • Provide an in-person consultation, or a phone/ email consultation (pictures welcomed!).
  • Establish dates and timelines for your service.
  • After the consultation, we’ll present you with our service proposal and estimate.
  • Contact us if you wish to move forward with our proposal, and we'll take it from there!

Communication

Planning and clear communications
Our office team will:
  • Confirm dates and timelines for your service, and book confirmed dates in our calendar.
  • Plan and orchestrate the entire service, including reserving elevators and referring or coordinating outside services as required.
  • Email you a detailed service plan, including dates and times, so that you have all the information you need written down in one place.
  • Respond to your calls and emails, and answer any questions you may have.
  • Provide an invoice by email, after your service is complete.

Service

Provided by our own trucks and team
Our field team will:
  • Bring required supplies to complete your service.
  • Sort and organize your home anywhere you choose – no kitchen, bathroom, or storage room will scare us away!
  • Tidy common areas to create more space and organization
  • Reorganize closet and cupboard space to maximize utility and practicality.
  • Suggest or purchase organizational aids to help keep you organized long after we’ve left.
  • Pack and remove unnecessary articles to be stored, donated, disposed of, or recycled.
  • Store and label items clearly for easy retrieval.

Prepare for Market Services

Selling your house? We can help to bring up the perceived value and ensure you get the most value possible from the sale of your house, regardless of how hot the real estate market is!

First impressions matter!

The goal of preparing for market is to help potential buyers visualize living in the house, which is achieved by depersonalizing the current living arrangements.

Because many buyers begin their housing search on the internet, the effects can be quite dramatic – the photos listed online are the first impression a potential buyer has. Let Darling Solutions enhance your home’s indoor charm and outdoor appeal!

When should I prepare for market?

Preparing for Market is typically best employed when you have already moved out of your house, so that day-to-day life doesn’t create mess or clutter that could impact showings.

Sometimes that isn’t possible — we will work with your individual requirements to create an organized and decluttered space that is showing-friendly, but still maintains a balance of style and functionality for you to live comfortably in the meantime.

Our Solution:

We use as much of the existing house contents as possible to “stage” the house for sale; by organizing, rearranging and removing obvious personal items and photos from the space, we help to ensure maximum appeal for prospective homebuyers. 

Our team may also make suggestions about fixtures and paint colours to enhance the existing décor, or help neutralize your house in the eyes of potential buyers. 

If required, Darling Solutions can remove excess furniture and boxes for storage or dispersal. We can also arrange for the house to be cleaned, exterior landscaping and cleaning, and more! No Ottawa moving company can match our superior service and attention to detail.

When we’re finished preparing for market, the space is clutter-free, neutral, and clean to best showcase the property.

Have you seen our blog?

Twice monthly blog posts, with articles offering tips, tricks, and helpful information. Let us answer all your questions (and maybe some you didn't know you had!)

Not seeing what you want to know? Ask us - we might even write a post about it!

Consultation

Customized estimate and service proposal
Our consulting team will:
  • Provide an in-person consultation, or a phone/ email consultation (pictures welcomed!).
  • Establish dates and timelines for your service.
  • After the consultation, we’ll present you with our service proposal and estimate.
  • Contact us if you wish to move forward with our proposal, and we'll take it from there!

Communication

Planning and clear communications
Our office team will:
  • Confirm dates and timelines for your service, and book confirmed dates in our calendar.
  • Plan and orchestrate the entire service, including reserving elevators and referring or coordinating outside services as required.
  • Email you a detailed service plan, including dates and times, so that you have all the information you need written down in one place.
  • Respond to your calls and emails, and answer any questions you may have.
  • Provide an invoice by email, after your service is complete.

Service

Provided by our own trucks and team
Our field team will:
  • Optimize furniture placement, lighting and décor using YOUR house contents - no furniture rental fees!
  • Declutter and organize your house contents, hiding personal photos and items away neatly
  • Highlight the home’s focal points
  • Pack and remove home contents as needed, for storage or dispersal (family/ friends, donation, disposal, etc.)
  • Make suggestions on interior and exterior fixtures, painting or repairs, as well as landscaping, to minimize your costs while maximizing curb appeal
  • Provide a light cleaning of your house
  • Provide referrals to deep cleaning, contractor, and/or landscaping services as required

Frequently Asked Questions

To use our FAQ, click on a question and it will open to reveal the answer. More questions? Click here to go to our comprehensive FAQ!

Does Darling Solutions provide staging materials?

No, Darling Solutions does our best to stage homes with existing furniture, and we do not stock staging materials or furniture. Our expert team can make suggestions on purchases, or look into rental furniture for staging if absolutely required. Some realtors have staging materials for their clients to use during photography and showings – it may be worth asking them, just in case!

Can I leave boxes in my home while it's on the market?

Good question –  yes, you can leave packed boxes in your home, but we don’t usually recommend it. Our team will make reasonable suggestions based on your situation.

Consider it from your buyer’s perspective – this is their first time seeing the house. Our goal is for them to imagine what it would be like to live there; if they can’t see half the room because it’s full of boxes, they’ll probably have trouble picturing their furniture placements. 

That said, it’s not always possible (or practical) to remove packed boxes, especially before a move!  In a pinch, the most important things to remember are to make the boxes look organized, and to block as little visual space as possible in each room. Try to use uniform size and colour boxes and stack them neatly against the wall, labels facing out, no more than 3-4 boxes high.

(Bonus – using similar sizes and shapes of boxes is actually faster, as they stack neatly – not just in your house, but also in the moving truck and on our moving dollies! Non-standardized boxes can take longer to load and transport, as each one needs a bit more TLC to ensure they travel safely)

What your friends Say

Testimonials

Dave Tod
Positive: Professionalism
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We used Darling to move my parents into the Redwoods September 1, 2020. The pre move consultation went smoothly as did the prepacking and on moving day the guys showed up on time and finished on time. I was greeted by name so that was a nice bonus. The team wore uniforms – a nice touch of professionalism.

The team knew where to park and the layout of both buildings – again good research. And although I was not present for the off loading it went smoothly as well. All of the team showed expertise and an understanding of the complexities of dealing with elderly people and their families.

We would definitely recommend them!
Pierre Sabourin
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
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What a fantastic group of Professionals I have nothing but amazing things to say. They helped keep my parents positive in this huge transition into their new home.

This in my opinion is service the way it’s supposed to be. I love you all thank you so so much
Janet Smith
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
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I have dealt with Darling Solutions to move my Dad from his home to a retirement residence twice and now as an estate move. All the staff are very helpful and professional. The first move I decided to do the unpacking myself but the second time I had them do the unpacking and placing of everything. They did a phenomenal job at placing the furniture, hanging pictures etc. The last move they delivered furniture donations to Mathew House for me also took things to Value Village and disposed of anything of no value and delivered what was coming to my home. They even moved a piece of furniture from my den to my basement as it was being replaced by a desk from my Dad.

I would definitely recommend Darling Solutions for your moving needs.
G Green
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
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We are deeply appreciative of the work done by the Darling team, during a stressful time. Prospective clients can have full confidence in their services, from first contact, to final billing. We especially enjoyed working with the packers (who also set up and help to stage at the destination) and the movers. They were fast, friendly, and very good at their jobs. Big thanks to Julie, Kelly H, Dan, and Yan.
John O'Halloran
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
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After 37 years military service and countless moves my recent move with Darling Solutions was the most professional, efficient, cost effective, caring and competent moving company I encountered. Darling handled my furniture and effects as if it were their own. Paul and Aimee were most efficient and careful packers. The entire team, under Paul as Team Leader, were so proficient, friendly and professional that my son gave them all a tip. I had a fantastic downsizing move. Customer service was top drawer. My move with Darling was painless. Darling looked after all my moving requirements in the most professional and caring manner. I was not disappointed when I selected Darling Solutions as my mover. John F. O'Halloran
Sarah Boyd
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
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I appreciate the overall care and attention Darling Solutions gave to my mother's move from her house to a retirement home. They provided their services for the initial move to the retirement home, staging when her house went up for sale and removal and dispersement services when her house sold. Communication with staff was always polite and courteous.In addition, Darling Solutions pricing is very reasonable. I am so thankful we had the good fortune of finding them. I can't recommend them more highly!
Ellen Garmaise
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
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Darling Solutions handled our large move faultlessly, from decluttering to packing to moving to unpacking. Everything that was promised was delivered. Over six days we got to know many of the staff members, and appreciated their support and suggestions. They were always good humoured with us and with each other. The office staff was unfailingly available, reliable and helpful. We were delighted with the service and would recommend them without hesitation to anyone.
Margot Laporte
Positive: Professionalism, Responsiveness
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We used Darling Solutions to pack up and move my elderly parents from their home of 35 years to live with family 3 hours away. They customized their services to meet our particular needs. Every aspect of the service provided was fantastic. All the involved staff were so professional and efficient. They made what was expected to be a stressful time so much easier. Highly recommend this company.
Flora Knight
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
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I used Darling Solutions for my move which required downsizing from a house to an apartment. They did a fantastic job and relieved me of all the stress involved in such a move. They also moved and setup my personal belongings and other items into my new apartment. I highly recommend Darling Solutions for your next move.
Shawn Ladd
Positive: Professionalism, Responsiveness
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Kelly Darling and her crew have moved my aging parents twice now. They are discreet, considerate, careful, and do complete work.
Andre Cousineau
Positive: Professionalism, Value
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Best movers we ever had. Ian, Colton, Tim, and Yan, did a great job. Every piece of furniture was carefully wrapped and unwrapped when we reached our destination. First time we move and not a stick of furniture was damaged. Great job guys!
Clarissa Brocklehurst
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
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We were so, so pleased with the services of the Darling moving team. Liam and Jon were efficient, kind, polite and caring. They were a pleasure to have in the house and quickly put our minds at rest about the move – they got everything done and were unfailingly cheerful and positive.
Kimberly Irwin
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Darling Solutions made a very difficult life transition for our family as smooth as could be hoped for. With 3 siblings, a dad with severe dementia and a mother not wanting to leave the home we grew up in and all the memories that were so hard to let go - it took a special person to navigate this.

Kelly's team displayed the same mindfulness, caring and compassion on the job as she did during the initial consult. We are grateful to your company for helping us through this. Thank you
Chris Jackson
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The best moving company I have ever dealt with, all their crew is very professional, friendly and very hard working.

I highly recommend Darling Solutions to anyone.
Robert Cope
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My wife and I have moved more than a dozen times over the years – this was the very best! Very professional, efficient and capable. Despite some challenges at move-in including a torrential downpour, the crew (Kelly (the boss herself), Ian, Rob, Julie, Susan and David were upbeat, considerate and responsive. Special mention to Susan – a human dynamo – involved from beginning to end including making up our bed! Charges were in line with the estimate
Bill Tomes
Positive: Responsiveness
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I recently moved my mother to an assisted living facility and was recommended Darling Solutions for the move. Their name should be Guardian Angels. They took care of all needs and made my life so much easier. I live in Toronto and was managing this move in Ottawa. I had to rely on trust and reputation. Boy did they come through for me. Every service I needed they provided. The entire process from start to finish was done with accuracy and professionalism not to mention with heart when dealing with someone with dementia. I will definitely recommend Darling Solutions for any move involving an elderly person if you want a team that gets the job done with compassion!
Brendan Gleeson
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
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Darling Solutions ensured that our whole move process was completed thoughtfully, professionally and at a very reasonable price. From the assessor to the movers themselves, it was obvious that this whole company believed in excellent customer service. I would refer them to anyone who needed good and reliable moving services.
Marjorie Harvey
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
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Ten years ago, Kelly, Founder and Director of Darling Solutions, helped us move from our house to a condo with the help of a very small team. We could not have done it without them. We are delighted to see how Kelly’s business and team have grown into a sizable organization. We did not hesitate to ask her to help us with our recent move, from condo to retirement residence.

Again, we could not have done it without them! From decluttering and packing our condo to moving and setting us up in our new home, every member of the team was hardworking, helpful, warm and extremely competent. Their attention to detail in setting up our new place was remarkable. Honourable mention to the whole team: Kelly, Shawn, Ian, Phyllis, Barb M., Barb Y. Jack, Susan, Glen and Paul. Barb M., our team leader, and Ruth, in the office, were particularly good at calming a nervous client.

We recommend Darling Solutions without reservation. We can’t thank them enough.

Marj and Weldon
Susanne Cork
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
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We recently engaged Darling Movers to move my Mother from one Senior's residence to another. This move also required a secondary stop to pick up some additional items and then move everything into her new home. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the Darling team. Right from the first phone call, we knew we were in good hands. The team was so gracious handling my Mother's questions and anxiety about making a move at 93! The quotation we received was very reasonable with no surprises or hidden charges along the way, and everything was accomplished with great efficiency and care. I will be recommending Darling Movers without reservation, to my family, friends and colleagues - this was by far the most worry free move we have made, and we will certainly be engaging them again.
Paul Saker
Recommend? Yes
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My in laws were recently given an opprtunity to move into a retirement facility. This was very much smaller than the home they had been living in for the past 40 years.
Adding COVID into the mix it was almost paralysing to think about. After a recommendation to Contact Darling most of that fear went away.
Professional, competent and most importantly Caring.
They made this move so smooth for my wife and her parents.
On moving day they left their old home and at the end of the day arrived in a new home with all their belongings unpacked and arranged. Completely stress and back pain free. The next day Darling took care of removing items targeted for donation and all remaining items for waste.
I cannot recommend this service enough.
Thank you so much.
Jennifer Perry
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I wanted to thank you so much for all of your help with my parents move.

Frankly thank-you does not even cover it. Your team, led by Julie, was absolutely incredible from the first moment we met down to the beautiful new plant for my mom and our goodbyes at the door.

They were so organized, thoughtful, friendly and polite. It was a sincere pleasure to work with all of them. I enjoyed the experience so much I am almost sad that the move is finished but happy that we will meet again when my parents are ready to hang their many pictures.

Again, I am in awe and am telling anyone with ears about Darling Solutions so they will hopefully in turn tell their friends and family.

Very best regards and please send our thanks once again to your team.
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