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Eleven Closet Crimes You Might Be Guilty of Committing

mug shotIt’s almost the end of summer, and that means a wardrobe transition will be happening in the next month or two (depending on how long the hot weather holds out). If you find yourself looking at your closet and dreading that transition every single season, perhaps it’s because you are guilty of one of these ten closet crimes:

1) Disorderly conduct: You can’t complain it’s too hard to find stuff in your closet if you’re not taking the time to properly store items therein. If your closet always looks like a Tasmanian devil just passed through it, you need tohandcuffs work on creating, and then maintaining, order.

2) Forcible entry: Is your closet so jam-packed that you have to bodily wrestle with your closet doors to open them? Does your closet rival Fibber McGee’s, with its contents spilling out and onto the floor like an avalanche when you DO manage to get the door open? Is it like putting together a very complicated and precise three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle to return said items to the closet in just the right configuration so that you can fully close the closet door again?

3) Mayhem: Has your closet mate ever been injured by said items falling out of the closet? (May also fall under “Assault and Battery.”)

4) Criminal negligence: Do you continue in your dangerous closet storage habits in spite of the ongoing risk it poses to your closet mate?

couple fighting5) Terrorism: Do you regularly harass and/or threaten your spouse, partner or roommate with retaliation because his or her half of the closet continually encroaches on yours? Do you constantly nag him or her to pare down their wardrobe, stop collecting and storing “junk” (parenthesized because one man’s junk is another’s treasure) and generally to quit being a total slob?

6) Invasion of privacy: Do you go through your closet-mate’s possessions behind his or her back and arbitrarily decide what your closet mate should or shouldn’t keep in  their half of the closet? Do you ever get rid of those items without telling him or her (see Theft, next)?

7) Theft: Do you surreptitiously remove and give away, donate, sell or otherwise discard said items to try to make more room in the closet?

8) Fraud: Do you then lie and say “Honestly honey, I have no idea where your oil-stained, holey, ugly green flannel shirt went.”

9) Seditious libel: Do you complain to your friends and family about how slovenly, disheveled or chaotic your partner’s half of the closet is?

10) Disturbing the peace: Have you ever pitched a tantrum over the state of your closet? Have you ever slammed your closet door out of utter frustration, cursed or thrown things out of sheer indignation?messy closet

11) Corruption of a minor: Have you ever looked inside your children’s closets and realized with dismay that they have picked up on your closet crimes and are destined for a life of self-imposed storage imprisonment if some serious intervention doesn’t occur, and fast?

While this blog has been written tongue-in-cheek, living with a closet that you hate is no laughing matter. The good news is that, while you probably can’t change the size of your closet and make it bigger, there are certain things  you do have control over. Taking back that control is the first step toward rehabilitation and release from the prison that has become your closet.

The first step is to purge, even if you have to take everything out of your closet and start from scratch. (No one ever said that the road to living a crime-free life was easy!) We’ve written a number of articles and blogs previously that offer some excellent advice and tips on how to purge, how to decide what to keep and what to discard, and where to take both usable and unusable items you’re getting rid of. Again, and not to sugar-coat it: this could end up being an onerous task, depending on how serious and cumulative your closet crimes have been over the years. However, the results will be well-worth the effort that it requires.

The next step will be to take stock of what is left after your purge and begin planning on how to put it back, and whether some of it needs to be kept in your closet at all, or could be better stored elsewhere in your home. (This would free up even more space in your closet.) Again, we’ve published a number of different articles on how to arrange things in your closet in a way that maximizes available space.

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If it’s within your budget to do a complete closet overhaul (and it’s probably not as expensive as you might think), Tailored Living has hundreds of products and accessories (which can be mixed, matched and configured into an almost unlimited number of customized designs) to make all the space in your closet into useable space. In fact, we can actually increase the storage capacity of this space by 30 percent or more. With many of our clients we have been  able to double it. Even just adding a few strategically-placed shelves, cubbies or drawers and a few clever accessories can make a significant difference, and cost under $1000.

If a custom closet remodel isn’t in your budget, there are still inexpensive things that you can do that will make better use of your closet space. Check out Mike’s web article, Seven of the Most Common Closet Problems That Are Super Easy to Fix for some very practical, easy-to-implement ideas that are also cheap.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Five Most Common Objections to Getting a Free In-Home Consultation (And Why You Shouldn’t Listen to That Nagging Voice In Your Head)

tailored-living-design-processMaybe you’ve been thinking about getting your closet, garage, home office or laundry room made-over. Perhaps you are one who has been sitting on the fence for awhile, trying to decide whether to move forward on such a project. Or maybe you only just recently stumbled on Tailored Living at a local Home Show or on the Internet, or encountered an acquaintance who raved to you about her ultra-organized, super-efficient new closet and thought maybe you’d benefit from one too.

If you relate to any of these scenarios, you are the type of homeowner that Tailored Living had in mind when it designed its Free In-Home Consultation.

1) I don’t have time to sit down and listen to a long presentation. Don’t you hate it when you’re contacted by a salesman who talks you into a “short” in-home presentation, only to show up at the appointed time with a display board, an iPad with a 100-question survey, a product catalog and a giant box filled with samples (and “you simply MUST see them all,” he insists)? And suddenly you realize that by “short” he meant at least an hour, probably more, and you’re desperately grasping for excuses to get him to leave.

Tailored Living’s expert representatives know that your time is valuable, and they are committed to respecting that. After all, it’s a privilege to be invited into someone’s home as a guest, and our reps make gracious guests. We don’t come with a three-dimensional display board, a questionnaire or dozens of samples. It’s really just a congenial visit. No props, just ideas and suggestions. It only takes 15 minutes or less of your time (unless you get so excited about the possibilities that you invite us in for coffee). Not only that, but your representative is also your contractor, so he or she really knows what they are talking about when it comes to potential products, design and installation questions. There is no second-guessing, no empty promises, and no communication gap between rep and contractor.

2) There’s no such thing as “free.” There MUST be strings attached, or fine print or a hidden clause or something….. Tricking potential customers is NEVER good for business, no matter what that business is. There’s no fine print anywhere on our website, catalog or other marketing materials. “Free” really means free. No strings. You don’t have to do anything or buy anything if you don’t want to. We authentically appreciate the opportunity to see and talk about your home with you and we want to earn your trust.

3) I don’t want to be hassled by a high-pressure salesperson. Tailored Living’ reps are not salesmen (see point #1). They are owners and contractors whose genuine interest is to help you make living easier by getting better organized with custom solutions and systems for every individual or family. You will probably receive a follow-up phone call after your in-home consultation, especially if you’ve indicated an interest in a renovation. However, we won’t call if you ask us not to, and we won’t spam your email inbox. Remember, we want to build trust, so we’ll respect any contact requests that you make.

4) I can’t afford a renovation right now. We know that doing any kind of a home reno, even small ones, can be costly. However, many homeowners don’t realize that they can achieve a desired set of results at a lower cost simply by choosing more economical (but equally-functional) materials or accessories, or slightly altering a particular design feature. The only way to find out this information is through an in-home consultation. Additionally, Tailored Living doesn’t outsource the actual renovation work to a third-party, which also helps to keep costs lower than other companies in the market.befunky-collage-2

5) My closet/garage/house is so small there is nothing anyone can do to improve its storage capacity. There is no space too small that Tailored Living cannot transform into a fully-functional and highly efficient storage space. In fact, Tailored Living was founded on the philosophy of improving small spaces because they are usually the ones that need the most organizational help. (If you had ample space you probably wouldn’t have thought of us in the first place.) Because everything is custom-cut, shaped and designed to fit your space, size doesn’t matter at all.


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Never Let These Four Awkward Spaces Get the Best of You and Your Home Ever Again

Custom Walk-In Closet by Tailored Living

Custom Walk-In Closet by Tailored Living

Tailored Living was founded on the idea of making the most efficient use of available space in the home. Buying a bigger home or expanding one’s current home is not a viable option for most people, most of the time, and here in Greater Vancouver, expanding is often not possible due to small lot sizes and strict community by-laws. This is where Tailored Living shines. You don’t have to move or expand to get more space. You just need the space that you do have to work harder and better for you, and that includes “awkward spaces” just like these four:

Alcoves: This design feature was popular in new home builds in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. These voids or recesses in walls were usually used merely for showcasing artwork, photos or decorative pieces. However, with urban and even suburban lots getting smaller and tighter, the focus of many new builds has shifted to maximizing space, and alcoves are waning in popularity. Maybe you live in one of those older homes with an alcove and it’s starting to feel like nothing more than wasted space that needs constant dusting. Tailored Living can work with alcoves and wall recesses of all sizes and transform them into functional spaces like shelves, drawers or cupboards. Larger recesses can even be outfitted with a Murphy bed that can be used for overnight guests.

Sloped ceilings and non-square walls: These are common with homes built up to the 1980’s, especially in Vancouver. Even some modern homes have them. While there is something nostalgic about them, they also present some very frustrating design and space challenges.

Don’t resign yourself to wasted space when it comes to these design and space challenges. There are lots of ways to make use of these areas in the home and create more storage space and even multi-functional spaces (like storage plus home office space).

Closet corners: Tailored Living built its reputation on efficient closets that make maximum use of minimal space, which includes those funky but unavoidable corners. Closet corners in a standard-build closet are wasted space. Tailored Living uses insider tricks of the trade and uncommonly-clever accessories and gadgets to make those corners usable, practical and able to store more than you probably imagined. This goes for any and all closets in your home, whether it’s a bedroom, hallway or utility closet.

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Photo: Nicola Betts

Under-the-stairs and other non-standard room shapes and sizes: You understand this struggle if you have stairs in your home. Many people just give up on these areas. Others use them as storage for random items that, hopefully, they won’t need to use very often because once stuff has been placed underneath they’ll be next to impossible to access again. Tailored Living has put some very unique and creative ideas to work with under-the-stairs spaces, even turning one client’s awkward space into a charming display area for some family heirlooms.

Floating shelves by Tailored Living with tea pots on display

One client’s creative use for space under the stairs.

So what’s the moral of this story? Don’t give up! You might be pleasantly surprised how hard we can get these awkward areas to work for you. All we need is about 20 minutes of your time. We can drop by for a free consultation and we can create plans based on your specific needs that show your awkward space in three-dimensions so you’ll be able to see exactly what your frustrating spaces can become with a bit of know-how.