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Say ‘hello’ to Darlene!

I was inspired to create this business from the desire to help others become organized and to assist seniors where services were lacking.

Hello Darlene was born shortly after I retired from a 34-year career in the financial industry and in the middle of a pandemic. I finally had some time to organize and declutter my home after years of living a busy career-&-two-kids lifestyle. Being a Professional Organizer is my dream job!

As part of the sandwich generation, my husband and I have been caring for a parent while raising two active daughters. Add on being a co-founder of a not-for-profit organization and an active volunteer in my community – time was a rare commodity. These personal experiences allowed me to identify gaps in services in the community. I knew I could help in these areas with the knowledge and skills I already had.

 

 

We’re here to help

Professional Organizing

Hello Darlene organizes and declutters your spaces to provide a calmer & more efficient environment.

Life can be busy and keeping a home in order can be challenging at times. Strategic organization makes day-to-day life easier, reduces stress, and helps to save time and money. 

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Decluttering

Do you set things aside, intending to sort them later…and now the piles are overwhelming?  Are you feeling stuck and don’t know where to start?

Maybe you have a busy family, are recovering from a setback, or find yourself in transition. Life gets busy and you sometimes feel like you’re drowning. Have you been working from home and your work area has become cluttered with papers, files, and office supplies?

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Downsizing

As we age, we often need to make changes in order to live independently and safely for longer in the place we love and call home. A recent change in h

Downsizing is a life-changing decision, and as with any other essential decision in life, start with a plan. By creating a plan, you simplify the downsizing process and prepare yourself and your family emotionally.

It can be difficult to let go of a household full of possessions and memories. We help to simplify the process.

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Legacy Planning

A high percentage of Canadians do not have critical documents or a plan in place in case of an emergency. There can be serious consequences as a result. 

With advance planning and document organization, your family, Power of Attorney, and Executors will be able to execute your wishes efficiently and without stress.

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Legacy Organizer

The Legacy Plan Organizer is a practical guide developed through Darlene’s many life and work experiences. The Organizer is easy to use, flexible to change to your individual circumstances, and easily adaptable to future changes.

We have created the workbook so you or someone else can step in and manage a person’s life in case of an emergency, health event, or death.

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Aging in Place

Are you or a loved one among the large number of Canadians who want to age at home safely, and for longer, in the place you love?

At Hello Darlene, we help you make this happen with guidance and support. We create a personalized roadmap of services specific to your needs to be able to age at home independently and to help support families during life transitions. We leave no stone unturned.

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Talks & Tea

Whether we are stopping by for a chat to ensure you are safe and well, or engaging in meaningful activities to create positive and enjoyable experiences, it is comforting to know that a friendly, professional companion can simply spend time with you or check on a loved one.

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Retirement Living

Hello Darlene helps older adults and families select the perfect Retirement living home and develop roadmaps to provide peace of mind for their potential relocation or transition to a retirement home or long-term care home.

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Speaking Engagements

Darlene has a passion for sharing knowledge with others.  As an experienced speaker within her community and virtually on a wide variety of topics. Sharing her enthusiasm for all things Legacy Planning, Life Transitions, and Home Organization.  

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“She became ‘family’ in a few short weeks.”

 

“Darlene walked us through everything, did not hurry us or decide what should go or stay but was very patient, kind, and supportive. We could never have managed as well without her. I still hear her voice in my head sometimes and it helps me still to make decisions…

Darlene also organized and had a garage sale, took many trips with donations, and was a source of invaluable information. We appreciated her input so much. She became ‘family’ in a few short weeks. Darlene also sold much of our furniture and other items online. We would highly recommend her for anything you would want her to do. She is professional, excellent at whatever she does and can be trusted completely.”

Betty and James Culham

“I realized I had found a jewel...”

 

“From organizing my kitchen, to helping sell off clothes that mysteriously shrank since I had them on last, Darlene was superb. There are not sufficient expletives (the good ones) that I could use to describe her service – attentive, polite, organized, considerate, and helpful with disposing of older clothes that had a warm spot in my heart. Darlene is also tied into a network that is as professional as she is so all of my needs were covered by her service. Pictures hung, minor repairs completed, meal service, laundry, and groceries, you name it, she’s got someone.”

 Dan McWhirter

“Compassionate, warm and engaging therapeutic rapport...”

 

Darlene is a strong advocate and has the gift to follow the individual’s lead while gently offering new and wonderful opportunities for meaningful engagement. My patient looks forward to her visits with Darlene, and is often waiting at the entrance door as she knows she will have a splendid time creating cherished memories with her Companion.

Darlene is reliable, organized, shows initiative, and demonstrates a ‘can do’ attitude. Darlene is conscientious and cares deeply for the well-being of her client. I highly recommend Darlene in supporting seniors and their families in our community.”

Fernanda Fresco, M.Sc., RP, Behaviour Therapist. Senior Talks & Tea – Companionship

 

“Very helpful, informative and respectful...”

“As seniors, my wife and I started thinking about all of our legal documents when we pass such as our Will, POA etc. We thought that everything was good, until we used the services of “Hello Darlene”. With Darlene’s wealth of knowledge and organizational skills, we were able to cross all our “T’s”, and dot the “I’s”. We now have peace of mind knowing that those individuals responsible for taking care of our Estate will have an easy passage with “no hurdles to overcome,” thanks to ”Hello Darlene”. Darlene was very helpful and informative and respectful of our personal information. Would highly recommend her services.” 

Larry and Betty Crytes

“Most important binder in our home...”

 

The Legacy Organizer has become the most important binder of information in our home – the table of contents “Estate Planning Tips and Considerations” covers every question you may have.

Pat Madill

 

You had me at Hello.

“I would never have believed it if someone had told me that we could do this online and have it be so successful!”

Anonymous, Thunder Bay, Ontario

“She is worth her weight in gold.”

Through Darlene’s never-ending patience and guidance we have a beautiful, functional and organized space that inspires creativity. She not only walked us through letting go of unnecessary ‘stuff’ that was cluttering our office and our minds, but she also gave us new ways of organizing things that are important to us. Darlene has assisted us in creating new systems that will keep things running smoothly.

Darlene fully recognizes that purging is an emotional journey and was very sensitive in helping us go through the process at our own pace.

If you are looking at taking this journey for yourself and feel that you need a helping hand, I highly recommend Darlene at Hello Darlene. She is worth her weight in gold!

Miriam & Danny Colomby

 

“After meeting with Darlene...I feel ready to meet the challenges ahead.”

Recently, I have been thrown into the role of caregiver when I was not prepared for it. Darlene put together a comprehensive Senior Transition Organizer with all the information I needed in one place to be able to reach out to the many community organizations and businesses that are able to support me in this role – from meal preparation to housing options. The resources even included a section on bringing together important financial and non-financial records. After meeting with Darlene and reviewing the information she provided, I feel ready to meet the challenges ahead. Thank you Darlene.

Nancy Birtch

 

“I learned so much during our conversation.”

There is nothing better, I believe, than to have the feeling of being organized, everything in place, a job well done, big job completed and completed well. A feeling of WOW…that is finally done. This feeling was exactly how I felt after my Legacy Plan consultation with Darlene. The conversation during the two hours we spent together was so enriching and valuable and I learned so much during our conversation.We think we are fully prepared and when it comes down to chatting with someone ‘in the know’, you always learn something new. Yes, the binder is absolutely the way to go and I now have everything in place but the conversation that takes place is sort of the icing on the cake.

Lucinda Desmarais

 

“No judgement, just kind, caring, compassion”

“This has been a huge learning experience for me and I am most grateful for Darlene’s wisdom and professionalism in this field…and especially how she does it with no judgement, combined with a firm resolve to get the job done with such kind, caring compassion.”

Anonymous, Thunder Bay, Ontario

 

“Affordable, friendly, and non-judgmental”

“I highly recommend a consultation with Darlene. Let her walk you through her tried and true process of organizing, decluttering, and analyzing your habits in an affordable, friendly, and non-judgmental manner.”

Tim F, North Bay, Ontario

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Eldercare Planners Canada logo

Darlene represents Northern Ontario as a Member of Eldercare Planning. Our members are experts in senior living navigation and placement, and also assist families with downsizing, estate planning, eldercare planning, transitions, home safety, and much more.

Professional Organizers of Canada logo

Darlene is a registered member of the Professional Organizers of Canada. As a Trained Professional Organizer, I abide by the POC code of ethics. 

Click to read the POC Code of Ethics.

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Darlene is a Senior Home Safety Specialist. This certificate empowers professionals with actionable ways to better help educate clients, older adults and their family members on the serious issues of home safety, fall prevention, financial exploitation and personal safety.

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