Great Organizing Tips

Nearly 43% of people consider themselves disorganized.* Whether you’re naturally organized or you’re part of the 43%, here are some tips to help you get and stay organized.

1. Sort by type and colour. Whether you’re organizing your books, clothing or other items, putting items of similar function and colour family together creates a clean and orderly appearance.

2. Invest in the right tools. If you want your items to last, make sure you store them right. For example, to help ensure that your business or special occasion clothing stays in wearable condition, buy nice hangers. Wood and fabric-covered hangers drape your clothes well, and help your clothing maintain their shape. Us wooden hangers to hang your suits, jackets or business clothes and padded fabric hangers for delicate dresses and blouses.

3. Store your seasonal clothing on a metal rolling rack, and keep it in your attic, basement or garage. Cover it to help ensure that your clothing stays dust-free until you need them again.

4. Commit to organization. It’s easy to fall back into old habits from time to time. However, to ensure that your storage spaces remain organized, commit to keeping them that way. When you put away your laundry, make sure everything goes in its designated location. And, to keep down the clutter, when you buy a new item, get rid of something you don’t
use anymore.

5. Display collectibles, such as designer handbags, in storage cubes or on shelves. That way you can enjoy looking at them every tim you open your closet.

* Source: IKEA Life at Home Survey, July 2012

Get the Closet of Your Dream

Perhaps inspired by the closets seen on popular home design television shows and websites, homeowners are beginning to look at their closets in a new light. Whether your closets are the size of a small bedroom or the size of a locker, here are a few tips to help you get the storage spaces you’ve always wanted.

  1. Clear everything out of the closet, and organize it into three piles: keep, donate or toss. By clearing the clutter and getting rid of items that are broken or underused, you’ll have more room for items that you use and love.
  2. Assess the space you have, and decide how you want to organize and store your items. Discount department stores and specialty shops have a variety of baskets, shelves, hanging rods, drawer units, etc. to store your stuff.
  3. Install lighting. Great lighting will help you see everything that you have, from clothing to craft supplies. However, it’s important to have a licensed electrician install your lighting so that you can be sure that it’s up to code.
  4. Don’t be afraid to experiment with bold colour and patterns. Since your items will fill most of the space, pops of bright colour or bold patterns will give the space some character. If your closet has a door, spruce it up with paint or change the hardware.
  5. Take off the doors, and put up curtains. Closets in older homes tend to be smaller than ones in newer homes. However, you can create the illusion of space by removing the door and putting up a curtain. Tie back the curtain when you want to see your items at once or close it when you don’t. This idea is perfect for bedrooms, hobby rooms and playrooms.
  6. Install built-in custom cabinets. Cabinets aren’t just for kitchens anymore. In homes with small closets, floor-to-ceiling cabinets may give you the space you need, and they come in sizes that are perfect for the items you intend to store.
  7. Turn a wall into a closet. Who says a closet has to be built into a room? Line up a dresser, hutch, cabinet, shelving, bookcase, etc. along a wall of the room. Mix and match the furniture to fit your needs. Paint it all the same colour to create the look of uniformity.
  8. Look for furniture with storage space, such as an ottoman or bedframe with drawers under the bed, to keep the closet clutter in check

*image is California Closet

Homes of the Future: Kevo Deadbolt

No more digging for keys?? Yes please!

I am a big fan of my new Ford Focus with keyless entry and push start.  My hands are always filled with a huge Samsung phone, my bottomless purse and tons of paperwork, all of which makes finding my keys a daunting task to say the least 😉 So this new technology for home security seems awesome for me!

The Kevo turns any Bluetooth 4.0-enabled device into a key that recognizes you are in proximity and unlocks your deadbolt at the touch of your finger. Another cool feature is you can send temporary or permanent eKeys to family, friends and neighbors.

You can buy them at many retailers… one example is Home Depot for $249.99.  Here is what they say:

With Kevo, your Smartphone is now your key. No more fumbling for your keys. Keep your phone in your pocket or purse and just touch the lock to open. No Smartphone? No Problem. Enjoy the same touch to open convenience with the fob. You can send an electronic key (eKey) to family, friends, or visitors who have a compatible Smartphone so they can use their phone as a key too. Receive notifications of lock activity and manage the lock and eKeys with the Kevo Mobile App. In addition to the convenience, Kevo is incredibly secure. You can add, delete or disable eKeys from the mobile app or utilize the Lost Phone Reset should the unthinkable happen. The SmartKey® deadbolt cylinder provides peace of mind for a backup traditional key and offers superior security against lock picking and bumping.

Your Smartphone is now your key!

– Touch to open convenience

– Share eKeys via your Smartphone

– Kevo fob included for touch to open convenience without a SmartPhone

– Receive notifications and manage lock & eKeys through Kevo Mobile App

– Easy to install, no power or internet required