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Three Ways to Organize the Clothes in Your Closet

clothes-2150834_960_720When hanging clothing in the closet, many people simply place items on hangers and throw them haphazardly onto the closet rod. They do this because organizing their hanging clothes seems like a task that will take too long. What they don’t realize is that organizing hanging garments need only take minutes to perhaps an hour, and that it won’t take long for you to see returns on that effort in the form of time saved desperately hunting for that shirt or pair of pants you wanted to wear on a given day.

The point of a system is to simplify your life by saving you time and making it easy to find what you’re looking for. If you’re not sure how best to find a good system, we have three of the most popular ideas for you as suggested by professional organizers. Organize clothing:

1) By item type. Split up your rod into sections or “zones.” (You don’t literally have to separate the sections if you don’t want to, but some people find it helpful to do so. One easy way to do this is to put a colored hanger or piece of duct tape between each section.) Put like garments in their own sections. You may have one section for shirts, one for pants, one for skirts, one for suits, etc. You can break it down even further if you want (like having one section for short-sleeved shirts and one section for long-sleeved shirts).

seasons-158601_960_7202) By season. Hang Autumn clothes in one section, Spring in another, and so on. You can have a fifth section for clothing that transcends all seasons, like the short-sleeved shirt that you wear by itself in the spring and summer and under a heavy blazer in the Fall and Winter.

colorful-620520_960_7203) By color. This is a great system for people who are highly-visual and color-conscious when it comes to their wardrobes. Each color goes into its own section. If you like, you can break it down further by putting like garments together within their corresponding sections. For instance, your “blue” section could be divided into pants, shirts, jackets, etc. in blue, and so on.

There’s no “right” or “wrong” way. The point is to find a system that makes sense and works with your lifestyle so that you aren’t wasting time (especially those elusive and fleeting early morning hours) trying to find that one blouse or your favorite pair of pants.

Here are a few more closet organization tips that are helpful no matter what system you use:

clothes-hangers-582212_960_720* Use the same type of hangers for everything in your closet. This may sound trivial, but it can be very frustrating to have three or four (or more) different kinds of hangers in one’s closet. The problem is that different hangers mean your clothing is hanging at different heights, making it harder to condense the clothing in your closet to maximize space. Additionally, some types of hangers are not made for certain rods. If the crook is too big, hangers (and clothes) may fall to the floor. If the crook is too small, you may end up having to jam the hanger onto the rod to get it to fit.

* Avoid wire hangers. You probably have tons of them; most people do. Wire hangers, like the ones that the drycleaner sends your clothes home with, are abundant because they are cheap. However, they aren’t the greatest when it comes to everyday performance. They are too flimsy for heavier garments and often end up on the floor. They also tend to make the shape of your clothes look weird, leaving little points and creases in your clothing (especially conspicuous places like the shoulders of your shirts). Wire hangers (even coated ones) rust and may leave permanent stains on your garments. Opt instead for wood, durable plastic or cloth padded hangers. You can even find “low profile” hangers in a variety of sturdy materials than not only treat your clothes more gently, but also help to maximize the space in your closet and on your rod.

FullyFunctional-1* Employ a two-tiered rod system. We’ve never, ever heard a home owner say, “I have more than enough room in my closet to hang my clothes.” Almost everyone could use more hanging space, but few have the luxury of making a bigger closet. However, with some clever manipulating and efficient hanging techniques, you can create a two-tiered rod system that essentially doubles the space that you have to hang clothing.

* Perform regular surgery on the clothes in your closet. In other words, remove items that you no longer wear. If you haven’t worn it in a long time, but you’re not sure you want to get rid of it entirely, create a section or zone in your closet for those “maybe” items. If it hangs there untouched for months, it’s probably safe to get rid of it. Regularly paring back and removing clothes you don’t wear will keep your system of organization running smoothly and save you loads of frustration as well as some of those precious morning minutes.

Still need closet help? Tailored Living has solutions for every closet problem. We can help you come up with a customized closet system that is affordable and works with your unique lifestyle and limited space.


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Closet Dreams: Top Seven Closet Mods Moms Must Have

TL walk_in_closet2_organization_by_tailored_livingWe hope all you Moms had a beautiful Mother’s Day this past Sunday and that you got spoiled by your kids and grandchildren. There’s no one else on earth who can fill your shoes, but if you’re a Mom whose shoes fill most of your closet, we have the right solution for you. After all, doesn’t every girl dream of having a walk-in closet with a mirror, dressing room lighting, room for a hundred pairs of shoes (or more), and a section for every season of clothing?

For a lot of women, the ultimate walk-in closet is but a dream. However, no matter what size her closet is, it CAN be tailored to meet some of those personal dreams. In honor of Mother’s Day, we have decided to dedicate this post to all of those Moms out there who tirelessly give of themselves to make sure that their children and grandchildren are cared for and loved unconditionally. However, these mods are really for ladies of any age, with or without children. Check out the top seven closet mods that Tailored Living installs in women’s closets:

1) Shoe shelves: Shoes are an obsession that most guys will just never understand. Just because she already has ten pairs of black shoes doesn’t mean she doesn’t need another black pair because they’re all different and they all have very different purposes, right girls? However, accumulating shoes can eventually become a problem because you only have so much floor space in your closet, and even over-the-door shoe holders fill up fast. That’s why Mom will love Tailored Living’s shoe shelves. Individual shelves tiltshoe fence downward so that you can easily see what’s on it, even if it’s up high. A built-in fence keeps shoes from sliding off. Each shelf typically holds two to four pairs of shoes, but the design can be adjusted to accommodate more or less, depending on how much space you have to work with in your closet.

spiral-shoe-rack2) Spiral shoe rack: An alternative to the shoe shelf, the spiral shoe rack can hold up to 25 pairs of shoes. Shoes hang from specialized hooks on a spinning carousel device so they’re not only easy to access, they retain their shape better.

3) Pull-out mirror: A full-length mirror is mounted on a sliding rack. This allows her to pull out the mirror when she needs it. It slides back against the wall or inside a cabinet, depending on how it’s mounted, so that it doesn’t take up space when it’s not in use.

4) Spiral clothing rack: It’s kind of like having her own personal shopping boutique right in her closet! The spiral clothing rack allows for hanging up of typical clothing items, like dresses, and is ideal for funky closet corners where space might otherwise simply be wasted.

5) Custom drawer dividers: These are really simple and inexpensive to install, yet they ACC0 make a big difference when it comes to maximizing space and efficiency. Drawer dividers ensure that small items like socks, undergarments and accessories don’t get all mixed up in her drawers.

accessory hook6) Accessory hooks: This is another simple mod that can make Mom’s closet SO much more organized. Tailored Living’s accessory hooks come in a variety of shapes and configurations, and they are ideal for things like necklaces, scarves, hats, belts, purses and many other small to medium-size items.

7) Valet rod: Yet another simple and relatively inexpensive closet mod that is perfect for the working professional. It’s a clothing rod that’s housed in a track mounted on the side valet rodof cabinet or shelf. It takes up virtually no space when not in use. To use, she simply pulls the rod out. There’s just enough room to hang up tomorrow’s outfit so she doesn’t have to waste time hunting for it in the morning.

These seven closet mods are only a very small sampling of the incredibly-useful ones that Tailored Living installs in closets every single week. And don’t worry, Tailored Living can transform the guy’s closet, too. You can view some of the closets we’ve transformed and check out the accessories that can make your closet fabulous on our closet customization page.


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Got Moths?

clothes-moth-1492608Ever get a kick out of those cartoons you watched as a kid where a character would open up a closet door or storage trunk and a hundred moths would fly out? We laughed then, but it’s not that funny in real life. If you’ve ever pulled your favorite sweater out of storage, only to find it ridden with holes, and felt like crying, this advice is for you.

It might already be too late for those woollens and cashmeres you boxed up for storage last spring. But these de-mothing tips will help you avoid getting your most expensive suit chewed up over the winter and will be in you mind next spring when you de-winterize your closet once again.

What the Heck is the Deal with Moths Anyway?

There are hundreds of different kinds of moths, but clothes moths are the only kind that eat holes in your clothes. Some people have the misconception that they will eat any kind of fabric. In reality, they only like fabric that is made from animal fur, such as wool and cashmere. So don’t blame clothes moths for the holes your favorite cotton or synthetic fabric shirt.

Another misconception is that adult moths eat fabric. It is actually only clothes moth larvae that eat your woollens and cashmere. What happens is that the moth looks for a woolsdark, cool, secretive place with lots of access to animal material to lay its eggs. That’s why closets are popular, but they will also lay eggs in places where there might be lots of animal hair (like inside your doghouse) or in enclosed spaces in your barn. There, the larvae can eat to their heart’s content and probably not bother anyone. But chances are good that you don’t want to sacrifice your expensive wool suits to raise baby moths.

However, a lot of people have a strong aversion to mothballs, and we don’t blame you. Our advice is not to put mothballs in your closet. There are a few good reasons for this. First, mothball fumes are unpleasant at best and noxious at worst. Plus, they smell awful, and the scent is very difficult to get rid of, even after washing. Mothballs contain toxic chemicals, the main one being naphthalene, which is what gives mothballs their distinctive smell. They kill moths by giving off toxic fumes. Not only that, but they’re dangerous for children, especially little ones who might mistake them for candy or playthings.

Besides, mothballs are not doing any good in your closet anyway. In order for the vapors to effectively kill moth larvae, they have to be in a controlled and tightly enclosed space where they can’t evaporate. As confining as your closet is, it’s not enclosed enough to contain the fumes of mothballs.

Get Rid of Moths and Moth Larvae This Way Instead

Since you’re not wearing your wool and cashmere over the summer anyway, the best thing to do is store them in an airtight container, like a Rubbermaid tote bin. Instead of tossing mothballs inside, add some cedar. Cedar fumes have a similar effect on moths as mothballs, but without the toxic chemicals. Not only that, but the scent is much more pleasant, and it is easier to wash out after summer is over if smelling like cedar isn’t your thing. Plus, they aren’t noxious to humans AND they’re 100 percent natural.

That being said, cedar balls can be pricey, especially if you need quite a few. However, you may be able to get cedar waste if you happen to live near a cedar mill, such as board ends or shavings. If not, you can probably get cedar shavings at your local pet store in the form of animal bedding. It is often marketed as bedding and habitat liner for small rodents like hamsters and guinea pigs as well as for rabbits. Ounce for ounce, it is much cheaper than cedar wood planks or cedar balls and a big bag will go a long way.

For now, if your clothes from last winter smell like mothballs, it might take two or three washings to get rid of the scent completely. Adding an oxygen-booster like Borax to your regular laundry detergent may help. For those wardrobe items that are not machine-safe, a trip to the dry cleaners is probably your best bet. Make sure you mention the mothball smell. Dry cleaners have great tricks for getting out unwanted scents.

Need more closet storage space for those bins of off-season wardrobe items? Tailored Living offers free closet upgrade consultations, and you can even see your plans in virtual reality 3D before any demolition or construction begins.

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This could be your new closet, with plenty of room for storage bins.

 

 


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How to Get the Most for Your Money on Your 2016 Remodeling Project

 

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Custom Reach-in Closet in Chocolate Apple Finish by Tailored Living

 

Out with the old, in with the new… as we head in to 2016, it’s a time when some people make resolutions to do something new, different or better or to lose, quit or get rid of something that’s been a hang-up in their lives. Still others have given up on making resolutions altogether.

If you are thinking of making remodeling your home, or parts of your home, a part of your New Year, we’d like to share some advice. It’s based on our experience as contractors as well as the experience of other experts in the industry. So, whether you call it a resolution or not, here are a few of our favourite tips on how to get the most for your money on your remodeling project:

1) Spend your money where it will make the most difference. A remodeling project may or may not increase your home’s value. If it doesn’t, don’t get discouraged. Instead, focus on how the project is going to make your life better. Will it help you live a more organized life? Will it help you spend less time doing household chores? Will it create a more efficient living space? Those are the best reasons to spend your money on remodeling. Just remember, too, that even if the remodel doesn’t increase your home’s value, it will probably increase its appeal to future buyers, should selling your home be on your horizon.

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A Custom Pantry Renovation by Tailored Living

 

 

2) When trying to save money on your project, look at the end goal. For example, if your overall goal in having a custom closet built in your bedroom is to make more efficient use of space, then the kinds of materials that you use are less consequential. Opt for cheaper finishes, hardware and accessories. This way you will still get a functional renovation and you satisfy your ultimate goal.

3) Do as much as you can yourself. We don’t advise people to take on a remodeling project that is out of the scope of their expertise. It can be very expensive to fix mistakes. Rather, focus on the smaller parts of the project that you feel like you are capable of handling yourself. For example, if you’re having a contractor come in to renovate your garage, perhaps you can do some of the pre-work yourself in order to save money. Painting, removing old hardware, even demolishing walls are just a few things that you might be able to do yourself. Less work for your contractor may yield some savings in the overall cost of the project.

4) Work with what you have. Moving doors and windows, for example, can add significantly more to your total bill. Rather, work with your contractor to get around things like that to keep costs down.

In our next December blog we’ll be exploring some of the options available for financing your remodeling project and offer some tips for deciding the best one for you.


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New Eyes for Your Closet

Light almond-coloured reach-in closet reno by Tailored Living as seen on Property Brothers

August is a busy month for all three of the greater Vancouver Tailored Living dealerships. Of course, summer time always brings holidays, and many of us have already traveled this summer or have plans to do so before the summer is over. Juggling vacation plans and busy workloads is keeping us on our toes this summer, with closet and garage renovations topping the list as the most requested jobs these days.

Since we’ll be rolling into fall sooner than you probably want to think about, we wanted to take this opportunity to talk about closets. Closets are always on people’s minds during that transition from summer to fall, probably because along with it comes the transition from tank tops and short sleeves to bulky sweaters and overcoats. Somehow the space in the closet seems to shrink in the fall, and home owners start to get frustrated with their closets all over again.

Instead of going through closet angst every fall, now is a good time to start thinking about a little bit of closet rehab. That summer-to-fall transition is always a great time to do a comprehensive clean-out, getting rid of things that are outgrown or out-of-style and pass them on to a local charity organization.

We’ve addressed the issue of cutting down on clutter before, getting your closet ready for fall and other closet-related tips. We highly recommend you take a few minutes to revisit these old blogs for inspiration and ideas.

Getting organized isn’t easy, and, no matter how you try to look at it, not very fun either. But in the end if you can stay on top of closet clutter your life at home will be a little easier. Don’t let lack of inspiration be the thing that stops you, either. TailoredLiving.com is full of ideas and custom solutions that can help you make the most of the space in your closet, even if your closets are small. Check out some of our closet solutions, or browse our online brochure, which is filled with real-life stories that will probably resonate with you on some level.

We also know that sometimes it just takes a fresh pair of eyes to come in to your home and see the possibilities that you can’t. When you’ve lived in your home for a while and looked at your closet several times a day for weeks, months or years, it can be very hard to envision the potential it actually has. Bringing in one of Tailored Living’s home organization experts can be an eye-opening experience. They’ll have all kinds of ideas you probably never even thought of, and access to products that can be completely customized to accommodate the things that you want to store in your closet. Consultations are always free and come with no obligation to purchase anything. Once our customers really understand what is available to them, though, they are almost always eager to get us to come back.


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Make Tailored Living a Part of Your Weekend

With spring now fully underway, all three Lower Mainland Tailored Living dealerships are bustling with spring projects. There is just something about spring that makes people want to tackle those areas of their home that they have given up on or long been frustrated with. These days, we’re finding ourselves working on a lot of closet projects as well as garage reboots. If you’ve been sitting on the fence about tackling your own spring reno projects, just remember that spring is one of the best times of year for such projects. The weather is nice, not too hot, and conditions are optimal for tasks like painting (and drying paint afterward) and dry walling.

We wanted to be sure to make mention of the fact that Mike and Laura Pachal of Tailored Living, Coquitlam, will be at the Ridge Meadows Home Show this weekend. It takes place at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge, and it is the largest home show in greater Vancouver. It runs May 1 – 3 and hours are listed on the Ridge Meadows Home Show website. Admission is $4 per person or $7 per family, making it a really inexpensive outing with lots of things to see, sample and taste.

In light of the upcoming Ridge Meadows Home Show, we thought it would be a good time to highlight one of our popular flooring products, which you can view samples of at the show. Our PremierTrax garage flooring tiles really must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. These extremely tough tiles are ideal for the garage, where so much heavy-duty activity takes place. In fact, they’re actually tough enough to park an airplane on, if anyone happens to keep one in their garage. They are an excellent alternative to more traditional and permanent types of flooring for a few reasons. First, they’re quick and easy to install, no epoxy required: just snap together and place. No glue or paint means zero drying time. You can park on your PremierTrax tiles as soon as they are installed.

PremierFlex garage floor tiles in black, red and gray, arranged in pattern

PremierFlex tiles can be arranged in an endless number of patterns

Best of all, they come in several different colors and styles. To top it off, different colors can be mixed together to form an endless number of unique patterns and designs so no two garage floors ever have to look alike. You can check out some samples at the home show, so be sure to stop by and visit Mike and Laura at the Tailored Living/Premier Garage booth this weekend. Check out the Ridge Meadows Home Show website for more info about exhibitors, events and show times. For more info on PremierTrax and Tailored Living’s other great garage flooring products, visit our garage flooring page.


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A Recent Closet Installation Transforms a Maple Ridge Bedroom

By Mike Pachal, Tailored Living Coquitlam

Believe it or not, this gorgeous cabinet with solid maple wood and dark chocolate pear stain is a fully- functioning closet.  I recently had the opportunity to install this particular piece in a detached home on a rural property in Maple Ridge.

Full Wall Custom Closet in Dark Chocolate Pear Stain

Behind the full length wood doors on the left and right is space for hanging clothes and shelves for folded clothes.  This space includes built in tie and belt racks.

A pull out tie rack keeps ties organized and wrinkle-free

A pull out tie rack keeps ties organized and wrinkle-free

Tie racks like the one shown here are perfect for the working professional.  Rather than rolling ties and putting them in a drawer, the rack keeps them from wrinkling while at the same time allowing the home owner to see all of his ties at once, with a single glance.  The same is true for the belt rack.  This system helps save a little time in the morning, and every second is precious when you have a long commute ahead of you.

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Keep belts handy with this pull-out belt rack

Behind the cool looking frosted glass are custom shoe shelves and spaces for accessories, jewellery, hand bags and other items.

One of several styles of shelving for shoes available from Tailored Living

One of several styles of shelving for shoes available from Tailored Living

It also includes 9 full depth drawers and a dual bag laundry hamper, ideal for “his” and “hers” laundry, or for separating lights from darks.

One style of dual laundry hampers available from Tailored Living

One style of dual laundry hampers available from Tailored Living

This particular system was created for a couple and customized to fit their lifestyle.  It’s just one example of how Tailored Living can create a closet that’s as unique as the person or people who live in the home.  Tailored Living can mix and match different design elements like these and many others (visit the Tailored Living closet designs page for more examples) to create the perfect, individualized system.  We offer several different finish options, from the rich dark chocolate colour of this closet to deep warm browns to crisp, clean whites.  Tailored Living’s exclusive D’ Vinci 3-D design program allows you to get a three-dimensional picture of what your new closet renovation can look like before it’s installed, saving you from any surprises.  Tailored Living offers free, no-obligation in-home consultations throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.