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Altered Spaces - Altered Lives openned its doors in Winnipeg, 2002.  New doors openned with a transfer to Ottawa in 2005. Starting out as a decorating business specializing in organized solutions the interest in chronic disorganization and hoarding lead Gisele to more challenging projects.

As the senior population increases so does the demand for special services. With ongoing education and training in the many areas of expertise, the staff at Altered Spaces-Altered Lives offer our clients a one-stop-shop services model. Downsizing, Senior Relocations and Aging-in-Place services are available to assist both the senior and their caring families by a Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist and Trained Professional Organizer.

In 2017 Gisele became and Accredited Personal Property Appriaser. Working as a team Altered Spaces - Altered Lives have successfully managed in-home, on-line auction and content sales for over 5 years and can now provide clients with appraisal and probate services.

Gisele and her staff have worked with people from all walks of life ranging from youth to CEOs to grandmothers.  Altered Spaces - Altered Lives' team work at keeping up with trends, products, new techniques and services in order to meet their clients' needs.

Through compassion and understanding about the overwhelming challenge it can be to just get started, Gisele and her staff use creativity, sense of humor and “out of the box” thinking to bring the pieces together so that your project meets your vision.

Altered Spaces-Altered Lives provides quality service to you. We abide by the Code of Ethics set out by NASMM and ICD. Gisele Grenier Miller participates in training and education through the organizations listed below.

 

About Gisele Grenier Miller

Accredited Decorator - Redesigner -Stager

Accredited Personal Property Appriaser (CPPA)

Certified Relocation & Transition Specialist - Senior Move Manager (CRTS)

Trained Professional Organizer - Professional Organizers in Canada

Level II - Chronic Disorganization Specialist - Institute for Challenging Disorganization

Certificate of Study - in Basic ADD

Certificate of Study in Basic Mental Health Conditions and Challenges Affecting the CD Client

Certificate of Achievement - "Old Like Me" Aging Sensitivity Intensive Training

 

Associations

CRTS – Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist

NASMM - Nastional Association of Senior Move Managers

CPPAG - Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group

POC -Professional Organizers in Canada

Professional Organizers, Ottawa Organizers

ICD – Institute for Challenging Disorganization

 
 
Successful organizing is based on the
recognition that people get
organized because they, too, have a vision.
 
Paul Wellstone     

Testimonial

Unfortunately, as you know, mum was unable to recover from her illness and she passed away in July. In mid stride, you quickly and effectively switched gears, providing advice to the family on how best to proceed from a relocation to a disposal of assets exercise, including the work needed to prepare the condo for sale. 
We were particularly impressed with your support and empathy in the stressful time leading up to mum's passing and during the dark days following her death. You gave us the space we needed, but you never left us alone to look after all this by ourselves.  You kept things on track at the condo, quietly and effectively behind the scene, organizing the sale of mum's assets and putting the condo in great shape and ready for sale. 
You took great care with mum's special keepsakes (little trinkets, jewelry, religious items, family photos, etc.) and we are grateful for your extra efforts in this regard. Because of your attention to what is most important to families, we each (my sisters, brother and I) have precious treasures with which to remember our mum. We are most grateful to you.
Unless someone has experienced a relocation or disposal of assets for a person living in the same place for 35 years, it is impossible to imagine the work involved.  We know you put in long, physically demanding hours and we were impressed with the work you did organizing and sorting all of the effects in the apartment as well as the sale days you handled personally. We are also grateful to you for arranging the donation to charity of the items which could not be sold, and mum would be so happy to know that she was able to help others even after her passing. 
Without a doubt, you have the experience as well as the planning and organizing skills necessary to do very well in your chosen field. More importantly though, in my view, you show great compassion and empathy during very difficult times in people's lives. Your advice is thoughtful and caring, never pushy or condescending. You listen very well and it is clear you understand what is important to your clients.  
You helped us tremendously at a time of our greatest need and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Best regards and thanks again for all your hard work on our behalf. We will never forget you.
The Andersons

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