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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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Five Home Organizing Mistakes NOT to Make in 2017

sign-1732791_960_720We’ve blogged about home organization and eliminating clutter before, but January is always a good time to revisit the topic. Did you know that every year, “get organized” falls somewhere on the top ten New Year’s resolutions list? We’re not just making this up, either. According to Nielsen, one of North America’s most well-known and reliable consumer statistics and information gatherers, “get organized” was #6 on the top ten list for 2015 (the most recent year for which such stats are available).

This tells us two things. One: there are a LOT of disorganized people out there, and TWO: most of them wish that they could be more organized, and some of them want it so badly they are willing to go to great lengths to make a real change.

So that’s why we decided to explore this topic again, because there is a good chance that YOU are one of those people! By the way, we get it. The struggle is real. Even the most organized people wish they could be more organized. In fact, many professional home organizers admit that they are not very organized in their own homes. So don’t sweat it, just check out this list of home organizing mistakes that we hope you’ll avoid in 2017, compiled from a variety of sources and home organization professionals:

1) Biting off more than you can chew. In other words, don’t set organization goals that are too big. In other words, instead of saying “this year I’m going to clean up the garage,” start with something more manageable, like “this year I’m going to get rid of all of the old paint cans in the garage and organize my tool box.” Not only is this more manageable, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment afterward that will make you actually want to move on to set a new goal.

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Break big jobs down into smaller parts.

2) Setting goals that are too broad. “Get more organized” is too broad a goal. Instead, think about what “get more organized” means to you. Would you like to spend less time hunting for lost papers on your desk? Maybe you wish your children’s closets didn’t have clothing in them from every size they’ve worn over the last five years. Maybe you just want to get into the habit of making your bed every morning. Setting several specific goals (keeping the previous tip in mind) instead of one broad one will help ensure success.

3) Buying more storage bins. The solution to clutter is not acquiring more things inside which to store that clutter. It might create the illusion of organization, but it’s really only compounding the problem, at best. At worst, it’s a sign of your denial that you may simply have too much stuff. (Hint: if you’re paying rent on a storage unit to house your extra stuff, you have too much.)

The first and most important step toward getting (and staying) organized is eliminating stuff that you really shouldn’t be keeping. Examples of such things include: books you’ll never read again, DVDs you’ll never watch again (it’s probably available for streaming or digital download anyway), clothes you and your family members haven’t worn in more than one year, toys your children no longer play with, old Christmas cards, items that you spent a lot of money on but have only used once or not at all (doesn’t matter what it is or how much it cost to purchase), things that you keep because someone you love gave it to you but you really don’t like it and/or never use it….. we could go on and on about this. But you get the picture. (If you have trouble parting with stuff, consider hiring a professional organizer for moral support.) Whatever you do, though, for the love of all things sane, DON’T BUY MORE STORAGE!

4) Going it alone. Maybe you are zealous about making a real change in 2017 when it comes to getting organized, but if your family/spouse isn’t on board, your plans are destined for failure. This doesn’t mean that everyone has to help you spend a whole Saturday going through boxes in the basement (although it would be extra nice if they did). What it does mean is that everyone who lives within the same walls as you needs to buy into the vision. If they don’t, they won’t follow your system because they just don’t care about it the way you do. Laying down the law might get you quick results in the short run, but your efforts will be lost after the passage of a few weeks.

Getting that family “buy-in” might mean sitting down together and you sharing your vision with them. Talk with them about some of the many benefits of getting organized (having things to give away to a charitable cause, having more space to play, being able to buy new things without worrying about where to put them, etc.). Ask them for their own thoughts on the subject as well as their organization ideas. Implementing some of their suggestions will also increase the chances that they will get on board with your vision.

5) Confusing “rearranging” with “reorganizing.” Sometimes, in an effort to get organized, home owners start moving things around. They rearrange the furniture, move a filing cabinet to another room, move the dishes from one cupboard to another, stack up all of the boxes in the garage, but at the end of the day, the house isn’t really any more organized. It’s just different.

PantryStorage-1Getting organized takes a lot of thought and pre-planning. Resist the urge to start shuffling furniture and boxes from one location to another. Instead, think about what your goal is, what means you have at your disposal to achieve that goal, and what kind of space you have to work with in order to be successful. Then act accordingly.

 

If you do have spaces in your home that just aren’t working for your lifestyle, consider getting some help from Tailored Living. This is a great time of year to think about getting a closet makeover. It will help you meet your organization goals, AND you’ll get a beautiful new closet. We can transform any size or style of closet into a pillar of organization and storage for your home.

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January is a great time of year for a new custom closet.


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Entryway Efficiency Tips – Part 2

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wardrobe-1137937_640In our previous blog, we talked about ways to make the home entryway more efficient. Many of those tips were applicable to a broad range of living situations, like whether your home is detached or not, or whether you have two or twenty household members.

However, clearly some homes in the Lower Mainland have advantages over others when it comes to this part of the home. In fact, a vast majority of homes in Greater Vancouver, especially in the city of Vancouver itself, have significant space challenges in every part of the house, including the entryway. Not only that, but when space is very limited, it is usually non-living spaces (like the entryway, the bathroom, closets and the like) that are sacrificed in the floor plan. In many homes, especially apartments/condos, townhouses and basement suites, they are non-existent. No, they aren’t figments of your imagination. It’s just that when you open the front door, you’re right smack in the living area.

Though this scenario presents some interesting and unique challenges, you don’t have to give up on your efforts to keep clutter out of your entryway. Not only can you keep traffic moving smoothly through your non-existent entryway, you can employ some creative methods of storage as well as disguising entryway clutter as furniture, décor or both. We’ve discussed a few of these tips already in our previous post, and they can easily be adapted to homes with no real hallway or chamber around the main entrance of the home.

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Make the most of all the space between floor and ceiling

* Take advantage of vertical space. Vertical space is your best friend. We simply cannot say this too often. The smaller your home, the truer this is. In fact, it might be the only choice you have. Shelving and cubbies can be installed to run from the floor to the ceiling (or any place in between) for storing footwear, outdoor playthings, umbrellas or anything else that you need to keep handy for use outdoors. Don’t want all that stuff to be visible? Choose storage with doors so that you can hide everything from plain sight.  Hooks are also practical: big hooks for coats, small hooks for things like keys. Even corners can be utilized by installing corner shelving.

* Choose furniture that is dual-purposed. A desk is one such thing. Place one close to the front door and designate one drawer (the top one is usually the best) for items like car keys and the daily mail. A bench is another useful piece of furniture that can be used to sit on as well as to hold things like boots, shoes, toys and sporting equipment. You can also find smaller storage pieces that look so decorative, your guests will never guess there’s stuff hidden inside.

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A dual-purpose bench with storage inside

* Use hooks as liberally as possible. Hooks and pegs can be installed on walls around or near the door for hanging small items like keys or bigger things like coats and backpacks.

* Use a coat tree. If you don’t have an entryway closet at all, get a coat tree for hanging up jackets. They don’t take up much floor space, and it will discourage household members from dropping their coats on the floor or throwing them on a desk or chair when they come in.

* Store excess items in other parts of the house. As mentioned in our previous post, out-of-season coats can be stored in other closets or in storage bins until they are needed again.

* Avoid getting in the habit of accumulating stuff. It’s easier to avoid clutter problems by simply not bringing home more stuff than you absolutely need. Make it a rule that for every new item you bring into the home, one item must be eliminated to make space for it. This will cause you to really stop and think about how badly you need that jacket that’s on sale or that new pair of shoes.

* Get rid of things you don’t use. To keep your entryway problems at a minimum, donate old coats, boots and other items to your favorite local thrift store. Not only will it help streamline your life, it will benefit a group in need.

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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.

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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.