Providing compassionate downsizing and estate clearing services

About Us

Compassionate help with creating healthier spaces to live and work!

Partnering with you to create a healthier, stress free environment

Hello!  Thank you for visiting! My name is Clare and I am the founder of The Next Step Forward. 

I started this business because I knew that there are times in people's  lives when they just need an extra pair of hands, an extra set of eyes or even a fresh perspective. I felt that I could make a difference by helping people navigate through challenging moves, clearing estates or just decluttering to make themselves feel better and ease their stress.

I left the corporate world after many years to start on this journey and have learned so much since the beginning; and I have enjoyed working with so many  wonderful people.  I am excited to continue to provide this great service and  also to add to my repertoire, the NanoSeptic self-cleaning products. 

We endeavour to keep items out of landfill by selling client's items or donating where possible; the NanoSeptic products use green technology to clean without harsh chemicals.  These are just a few of the ways that we, at The Next Step Forward are doing our part to help the environment.   

I am also happy to let you know that The Next Step Forward supports at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth at Covenant House Toronto by making monthly donations! 647-963-0131


  • Clare’s business motto is “We’ll figure it out!”, and she does. She became my problem-solver, getting me packing materials well in advance so I could start my end of the packing, an electrician to remove a fixture, and a moving company which came in advance to see the set up in my condo’s garage with Clare there to make sure it all worked out. And then Clare and her associates came and packed up my precious china, crystal and art. They were a delight and worked very efficiently. I highly recommend their services.

    Lori R.

  • My husband and I had decided to move from our house to a condo, but, after 40 years of living in the same home – we had no idea where to begin! The Next Step Forward was able to declutter our home so we could put it on the market. Once sold, Clare helped us decide what to keep/donate/dispose/sell – and as a huge bonus, she sold items we did not want on maxsold. We made more money than we thought. Clare helped us pack, hired movers and managed our move! It made for a stress-free, enjoyable experience. I highly recommend using her services for all stages of your downsizing and moving. It was worth every penny! Thanks Clare!

    Betty M.

  • The thought of helping my elderly mother move in less than 30 days with Christmas only 3 weeks away seemed overwhelming! With Clare’s amazing help and calm compassionate ‘get things done’ approach, everything came together so very nicely. I was able to enjoy the Holidays and then we packed, moved, and set up her new home in 2 days at the end of the month. It was seamless and stress-free. I can’t thank you enough Clare, and my mom is very happy!

    Kay P.

  • I had my condo decluttered by the terrific Next Step Forward team. Clare visited my home to see how much help I needed (a lot) and then two team members came to help me. They worked consistently for each of the three days I required and were very helpful when I had to make tough decisions about what should go. They packed up so many items quickly and efficiently and then removed them and delivered everything to suitable sites at the end of each day. The whole experience was professional, I would highly recommend TNSF!

    Steve K.

  • When I was in need of an organizational and decluttering crew to prepare a home I was about to list, I was thrilled to have found Clare and her team. They were always prompt, efficient, organized and tidy. They were also very sensitive to the needs of my seller, which was important as it can often be difficult to part with items that have been in your home for decades…My seller and I were thrilled with every aspect of their services. I had complete confidence and peace of mind and look forward to working with Clare and her team again in the future. They are an absolute pleasure!

    Debi Stone, Forest Hill Real Estate

  • Kitchen, Closet and Den Re-organization: Since the start of the pandemic, my small apartment has become over-run with too much stuff! I have wanted to organize it all myself, but could not find the time. I literally handed the keys to Clare and Hazel and asked them to work their magic. Not only did they declutter, dispose of all the items in my home I no longer needed, they even assembled all the awesome storage suggestions they sourced for our space. They helped create more room than even know what to do with. This has really improved my wellbeing and mental health - even my relationship! I can breathe and am still discovering all the little touches they so thoughtfully put together for us. Thank you so much for all your hard work and support. Hope to work together again!

    Munira from Mississauga

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