Kathleen O’Brien

The Principal Organizer & Home Stager

Life is busy, so we buy items to make it easier. But unchecked consumption creates clutter. The average U.S. household has 300,000 things in it (LA Times, 2014). How it Stacks Up Professional Organizing operates on the philosophy that only belongings we truly cherish and use, give us a life of order, simplicity, and happiness.

How It Stacks Up helps you transform your chaotic, stressful environment more peaceful one — unencumbered and intentional. We create a home where happiness and calm live. We transform a workspace into a centre of productivity. With our help, functional space becomes a place you want to spend time.

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Creating Ideal Environments

Home Organizing

Home should be your soft place to land, but clutter and disorganization create stress. Let us organize your spaces for peace of mind. Learn more.

Office Organizing

Piled papers and scattered supplies are counterproductive in a workspace. Our organizational systems give you back the time, focus, and energy necessary for creativity and success. Learn more.

Digital Organizing

Finding files, documents and email is critical to your job, research, or business. We organize your email system or create a custom digital filing structure — and we can do so in person or remotely. Learn more.

Decluttering & Home Staging

Since homebuyers start their search online, it’s crucial that your home is free of clutter and has the right furniture to attract motivated buyers when it goes on the market. We prepare your home for sale. Learn more.

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.”

— Benjamin Franklin

What People Are Saying


The company’s founder, Kathleen O’Brien, is a Trained Professional Organizer and Certified Home Stager who helps people and businesses drill down to identify what your valued possessions are, leaving only what you need. With 15 years’ experience in organizing and decluttering homes and offices and a knack for staging homes to sell, Kathleen, an Antigonish native, brought her skillset from Toronto back home to Nova Scotia in 2022.

Serving Antigonish, Guysborough, Port Hawkesbury, Pictou, Stellarton, Trenton, and New Glasgow, as well as offices and businesses based in Halifax. To book a consultation, please Contact us.

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