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Professional Organizers in Canada shares what’s in and what’s out for organizing in 2018

December 21, 2017

It’s one of the most commonly made New Year’s resolutions – getting organized for the year ahead. To help kick start 2018, a survey by Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) reveals the top three organizing trends for the coming year, plus the one trend these pros would like to kiss goodbye.

“As professional organizers, we like to stay ahead of what is trending in the world of organizing,” says Marie Potter, Director of Marketing for Professional Organizers in Canada. “Our clients look to us to provide them with the latest tools and strategies so they can get their lives organized. The purpose of this survey was to get into the minds of our top organizing professionals and share their invaluable knowledge.”

Here are the top three organizing trends for 2018 from the nation’s most trusted and reliable source for all things organizing – Professional Organizers in Canada.

Let’s get digital

Photos, to-do lists, contact information, bills and even kids artwork – these are all items that take up space at home and in the office. But according to the POC survey findings, they don’t have to. Technology has made it easy to keep on top of these clutter-inducing items. In fact, POC members say this is the one trend they will likely use more and more in the coming year. There is no longer a need to keep a physical copy of everything. Some POC members recommend a variety of apps to help their clients stay digitally organized. Top apps include:

  • Google Calendar – Keeps all appointments and meetings in one place
  • Anylist – Keeps grocery lists handy so you never forget an item while shopping
  • Evernote – Great for random pieces of paper, business cards etc. The app syncs with mobile and desktop
  • Time Timer – Helps to manage one's time effectively
  • KeyRing –  Digitally store all your loyalty cards and free up space in your wallet
  • – Organizes and saves kids artwork, schoolwork and mementos freeing up your fridge and counter space.


Minimalism in fine art dates back to the 1960’s, but minimalism as an organizing trend is more recent phenomenon. This trend continued to gain momentum in 2017, and POC says, it’s here to stay, for at least another year. Minimalism is a way of life. It’s more than just clearing your space and only keeping the items you need and use. This trend gives followers the freedom to make decisions more consciously and deliberately. POC members are already helping clients move to a more minimalistic lifestyle and they are excited to see this trend continue.


What do baby boomers and millennials have in common? According to POC, the answer can be found in ‘downsizing.’ Baby Boomers represent the largest generation within the Canadian population. As they get older, retire and become empty nesters, they seek the comfort and convenience of a smaller living space. Baby boomers are looking to move from their larger homes, are getting rid of unnecessary items and are looking to move to smaller homes or condos in an effort to downsize. On the flip side, millennials, too, are looking at smaller spaces to call home. With soaring real estate prices, especially in urban centres, millennials are realizing that dreams of large, fully detached homes are simply not realistic when they are starting out in life. Instead, they look to smaller homes or condos as a different option. Less space translates to less stuff, or in the case of newcomers to the real estate game, they simply live within their means and space, not acquiring items they don’t need.

KonMari Method

The KonMari method became very popular in recent years with the release of Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. The KonMari method encourages users to only keep items that “spark joy” in one’s life. Everything else can be purged, thus leading to a clutter free home and mind. Approximately 30% of Canadian professional organizers voted against this organizing trend as they enter 2018. “They see it as a one size fits all solution, which simply doesn’t work for everyone”, says Marie. “For some people, the KonMari Method can induce stress and frustration because it’s simply not the method for them.”

For 2018, Professional Organizers in Canada forecasts that there will be an increase in the want for minimalism, downsizing and digitizing everything. If you need additional help find a professional organizer near you by visiting

About POC

Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) is a national registered non-profit association that provides education, business development tools and a code of ethics for all types of organizers across Canada. Currently representing over 500 Professional Organizers in more than 14 chapters nation-wide, POC’s mandate is to provide a supportive environment for members to learn, share ideas, network and exchange resources. POC also works to educate the public about the organizing industry and the benefits of working with a POC member.

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