Tailored Living’s Home Organization Tips

Seasonal Wardrobe Solutions from Tailored Living

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Survive Seasonal Wardrobe Changes with Tailored Living’s Custom Closet Solutions 

The changing seasons conjure up emotional responses and memories in all of us. Thinking ahead to fall and winter, you can almost smell pumpkin pies baking and apple cider simmering. The cooling temperatures may bring memories of cozy sweaters and favorite bulky scarves and you almost can’t wait for that first frosty morning! Winter Clothes

But along with the changing seasons comes changing wardrobes and the challenge of maintaining the family closets with the necessary clothes and accessories. When it’s pouring rain and time to leave for work and school, is not the time to begin the search for rain coats, boots and umbrellas that were stashed away. Somewhere. Last year.

A little organization and planning can help smooth the transition from season to season so you don’t ever have to experience seasonal shock.

The Seasonal Wardrobe Swap

If you are lucky enough to have huge closets in each bedroom, you can accommodate seasonal wardrobe changes by merely moving the out-of-season items to the back of the closet and bringing current season clothing to the front.  Any size closet, reach-in or walk-in, can benefit from a custom closet design organizational system that maximizes space with tiered hanging rods, vertical shelves, pull-out bins or drawers, shoe racks and more.

When winter rolls around, summer wear like shorts, bathing suits, sun dresses and sandals can be placed in boxes and stored in the top of the closet, leaving room for winter clothes and accessories close at hand. This is especially helpful in children’s closets as it limits their wardrobe choices and prevents them from trying to wear their favorite shorts in below freezing temperatures.

Custom Closet SeasonalWhen the seasons change again, it’s quick and easy to swap out the summer garb, and the winter clothes go into the boxes to the top of the closet (or out to the garage). A turn in the dryer with your favorite scented dryer sheet will eliminate wrinkles and leave clothes ready to wear after the time in storage.

To eliminate bedroom closet overload, a closet dedicated to seasonal items for the whole family is useful. Heavy coats, boots, hats, scarves, gloves and other protective wear that doesn’t need to be readily available year-round can be consolidated in one place. Use garment bags to provide additional protection for stored items while not in use.

One caveat: be sure all clothing is clean and dry before you store it away or it may not be usable when you retrieve it. Moisture results in mildew and dirty clothes are an irresistible draw for bugs. Placing scented dryer sheets or whole cloves in the boxes and garment bags will help deter bugs.

This wardrobe swapping solution also works for special holiday decorations. Put away the everyday items by swapping out the existing with the new things you want to display or use. For example, if you have a spring/summer comforter set and a fall/winter comforter set, an under-bed storage bag holds whichever set is not in use. You don’t need storage for both sets.

Tailored Living’s organizational specialists are available to help with any home organization/storage needs you many have. From maximizing your garage to customizing closets, pantries or laundry rooms to capture valuable space we can offer solutions custom tailored to your space and budget. Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you.



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Back to School Organizational Tips to Help You and Your Kids Get an “A”

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Back to School Organizational Tips to Help You and Your Kids Get an “A”

The term “back to school” conjures up all sorts of thoughts and emotions. For kids, it means seeing old friends, breaking in new teachers and lots of homework. Parents think about school clothes shopping, packing lunches, carpooling, bus schedules and trying to get everyone out the door on time in the morning.

Juggling work, school, and multiple schedules can create stress and conflict for parents and kids alike. Bringing some organization into the “back to school” equation specifically for your kids, will benefit the whole family and help your kids start each day on time and ready for anything.

Mastering the Closet

Does your morning start with, “Mom, I can’t find my ____!”

Tailored-Living-Kids-Closet-AccessoriesAn organized closet is the best way to avoid losing clothes, uniforms, socks and shoes. A closet that is stuffed from floor to ceiling in a hopeless jumble makes getting ready a difficult and frustrating task for any age child. Getting the closet under control is crucial to hassle-free dressing in the morning. The first step is to clear out the closet. Get rid of clothes, shoes and uniforms that don’t fit or are no longer needed. Relocate books, toys, games or anything else that doesn’t belong in the closet. Make a realistic assessment of what needs to be in the closet and begin from that point. If it’s a shared closet, you’ll want to incorporate design features that allow each child to have their own space.

Here are some tips for organizing a kid’s closet to make it easy to get ready for school:

  • Install hanging rods at easy-reach level for your child
  • Multiple-tier rods provide more hanging space
  • Color coded hangers can separate school clothes/uniforms
  • Let each child have their own hanger colors if they share a closet
  • Folded tee shirts, jeans, shoes or purses can stack on open shelves
  • Smaller items like underwear, pajamas and socks can go into labeled bins
  • Maximize space with vertical shelves and store seldom used/seasonal items up high
  • Move seasonal clothing out of the closet until needed
  • Vertical shelves down the middle of a shared closet gives each child their own side for hanging
  • A laundry bin in the closet or nearby corrals dirty clothes
  • Use hooks for “quick grab” items like jackets or pajamas
  • Over-the-door shoe hangers can provide pockets for shoes, jewelry or hair accessories


Picking out the next day’s outfit the night before is a great help to speed up the morning. No one is too young to start using a valet rod to help get organized!

Maximizing the Bedroom

For a kid, the bedroom is about more than just sleeping. It’s their own personal space in the house. Signs on bedroom doors like NO GIRLS ALLOWED and NO ONE UNDER 21 PERMITTED show the importance of room ownership. As with the closet, an organized room will reduce stress and facilitate getting ready for school in the morning. Finding the perfect balance between what’s in the room and what’s in the closet will create a more comfortable and functional living space for your child.

Some of the basic needs of a school-aged child’s room include:

  • Additional dresser or chest of drawers for clothes
  • Storage for toys, games, treasures, and sports equipment
  • Designated space for backpacks, books and school supplies
  • A place to do homework and read
  • Space for a pet cage or aquarium


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Incorporating creative storage ideas like tall, vertical shelves, enclosed cabinets with drawers, under-bed storage, stacking bins and trunks will maximize room space and lessen the demands on the closet. This makes it easier for your child to stay neat and organized with allotted space for everything.

If you need help getting your family organized for back to school success, Tailored Living’s organization specialists are experts at maximizing space and streamlining organizational processes. For everything from custom closet design to whole home and garage organization, our talented designers can work with you to meet the individual needs of your family. Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you.

Less is More: Creative Closet Design for Small Spaces

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Less is More: Creative Closet Design for Small Spaces

As society begins shifting towards a philosophy of ‘less is more,’ we have seen the rise of smaller homes, the shortening of ingredient labels, and the celebration of slowing down. But as these welcome changes take place in our environments and in our minds, the truth remains that minimalism must be supremely designed. If a smaller microchip doesn’t always entail a reduction of storage capacity, then a smaller closet space doesn’t need to either. With the proper closet organizers and closet accessories, Tailored Living can make your little closet feel like a trip into Narnia.

Before taking on a closet organization project, there are many points of consideration. One of the first closet areas we are all guilty of neglecting is the overhead space. While most people have some kind of shelving installed, only a few forward-thinkers take advantage of pull-down racks and pull-down rods. Faster than pulling out a wobbly stepping chair, and with more space efficiency than your current baskets or shoe boxes, these closet organizers give you an entirely new hanging rod, right above the one you already have.

After displacing all those shoes that used to rest hidden atop your singular rack, you’ll need a place to put them. With a custom shoe rack made with our professional consultants, you can use this closet accessory outside your closet so that it can be as tall as you can safely reach, and as wide as will appease your insatiable appetite for great shoes. Alternatively, to return to the ‘less is more’ approach, we can strategize and install a shoe rack that fits snugly and discreetly within your small closet.

Tailored Living can also help you select pullout drawers complete with custom dividers, or jewelry drawers made for your accessory storing needs. Our home organization specialists can provide a vast array of cutting-edge closet organization tools, with the knowledge of how best to utilize them. Each of our team members knows exactly what questions to ask to get the job done easily, efficiently, and expertly the first time.

To inquire about our services or to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation, simply visit www.tailoredliving.com. We look forward to helping you maximize the function of your small closet space.

 

Thinking Outside the (Shoe) Box on Storage

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Thinking Outside the (Shoe) Box on Storage

Even if you think you already have too many shoes, there's a good chance you're still plotting to buy more. While we'd all like to have the shoe collection of your average Hollywood A-lister, most of us are saddled with more down-to-earth budgets, and worse yet, nowhere to put them all.
So what do you do to keep your shoes accessible, out-of-sight, and still leave room for the inevitable additions? Here are a few tips to get you started:

Off-the-shelf solutions
  • Shoe trees. Whether you want to hide your shoes in a closet or a spare room, or if you plan on proudly displaying them by the front door, a rotating shoe tree is a great solution to not only keep your shoes organized but makes for easy browsing when you're trying to find just the right pair. 
  • Closet hangers. If you've got more room on the clothes bar than you do on the floor of the closet, then you should consider a shoe holder that hangs in the closet, or on the back of the door. If you have the room, use more than one so you can group types or colors of shoes together. 
  • Under-bed boxes. Closets fill up fast, but often there's room to be made under your bed. If you've got a floor-length bed skirt on your bed, then you've got plenty of space to store your kicks. Shoe boxes come in a range of sizes, and some even have wheels for easier access, but even with that, this probably won't be the most accessible storage place, so consider using the under-bed area for the seldom-used and/or out of season shoes. 
  • Shoe cabinet. That's right, there is actual dedicated shoe-specific furniture out there waiting for your favorite pumps and heels. You can find these in a variety of shapes and sizes with finishes to match your other furniture. It's not the cheapest solution, but if you're out of room in the usual places, it can be a great and attractive solution. 
A fresh look at an old place
If you've maxed out the conventional hiding spaces for your shoes and you're still not done tucking them away, it's time to take a fresh look at your closet and shelving options that you may not have considered.
  • Look up. Most closets are the same height inside as the ceiling of the room they occupy, but most closet shelves are within easy reach. There's a good chance that there are at least a couple feet of unused space in the top of your closet just screaming for shoe storage. Adding one closet-length shelf several inches above whatever you have in there now will provide room for possibly dozens of pairs of shoes to be stored in their boxes (or if only six inches-or-so are available, just the shoes). Of course, you won't want to put shoes you need very often up there, as you'll probably need a step stool to retrieve them, but it's perfect for the ones that you almost never wear but can't bear to part with. 
  • Look down. There is probably some room underneath your clothes as well. Take a look at the space where your shorter hanging items are and see if there's room to add some shelves in that space. Even if there's just a little bit of space there, it may be the perfect spot to keep your more frequent selections where you won't have to crawl on the floor to retrieve them. 
Anywhere else?
There's always more room, but once you move beyond the bedroom and closets, you'll probably have to make some trade-offs in accessibility and temperature/humidity control. The attic and outside storage rooms or garages are probably not the best solutions, but if you take the proper preparations, you might be able to use those spaces in a pinch. For a serious collection that includes seasonal options, a climate-controlled storage unit may even be your best option, keeping your seasonal clothing, shoes, holiday decorations and other belongings safe and out of your way until it's time to actually use them.

If you keep an open mind and a creative eye, you are sure to find plenty of options above and beyond anything I've mentioned here. And be sure to think outside the box and browse the Internet for ideas – your perfect solution might be an old piece of furniture or unused pegboard just gathering dust in the garage.

And remember, there is no wrong answer as long as it works for you and gets that disheveled pile of old kicks off the floor.

Jessica Johnson directs social media programs and looks after the branding of Extra Space Storage, found on the web at www.extraspace.com. Shoes, boots and more can always be stored offsite, like in this Hialeah storage units facility, where you could even make a closet for shoes and accessories right in the storage unit.

 

7 Ways to Organize a Walk in Closet and Create More Space

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7 Ways to Organize a Walk in Closet and Create More Space

Closet organizers are note solely for gaining square footage back– they’re also savers of time and money. Nothing is more disruptive to an otherwise routine morning than a missing left shoe or a hiding cufflink, and no one wants to spend money replacing seasonal items that have simply been forgotten about. Such problems as these are simply organizational, and can be easily solved with utilization of closet accessories. Following are a few tips to get started on improving your closet space.

  1. All small items from belts to undergarments can be stored and sorted within custom drawer dividers. Tailored Living can offer personalized divider services to fit your current drawers and specific needs. 
  2. Pullout drawers are perhaps the most popularly discussed, but most overlooked, of the closet organizers. Simple solutions to wrinkled wardrobe and buried items, they can be built thinly for ease of viewing your items, or with depth for maximal storage. They are also customizable by size, color, and materials to match your taste and budget. 
  3. An easy solution to commonly tangled or lost accessories is the jewelry drawer. A shallow pullout with custom jewelry dividers, you can use as few or as many as you need. It’s an ideal way to protect your valuable pieces, as well as to keep track of them all. 
  4. Though often thought of as outside the family of closet accessories, safes are excellent tools for keeping track of your most precious valuables. Whether you’re storing emergency cash or a beloved inheritance, we’re happy to help you find a strategic space for a safe within your custom closet. 
  5. An alternate solution to the pullout or mounted mirror is one that hosts your reflection on one side, and your toiletries on the other. A multi-purpose accessory, it frees up space in both your bathroom and your closet. 
  6. Those with high ceilings or those who won’t risk balancing on chairs may take advantage of vertical space with pull-down racks and valet rods. Pictures of these practical innovations can be found here (link to http://www.tailoredliving.com/closet-organization/closet-accessories/). 
  7. Consulting to a closet organization professional will ensure your home improvement efforts save maximal time, money, and space. At Tailored Living, we pride ourselves in taking the time to ask the right questions about your needs and lifestyle so that the investment in your service is one hundred percent personalized. To speak to a local expert or to schedule a free in-home consultation, simply visit www.tailoredliving.com. 

 

Put a Spring in Your Step with New Closet Accessories

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Put a Spring in Your Step with New Closet Accessories

Spring is in the air for most people who reside in the continental US.  With this new season, comes a refreshed feeling and zest for getting organized.
Organization specialists from Tailored Living know this feeling all too well; it’s part of their livelihood!
Melt away the winter blues with some spring cleaning and consider tackling your closet first.  The change in seasons often requires a new wardrobe.  The experts at Tailored Living recommend first, separating out your heavier winter clothes, outerwear, and boots.  These items can be stored away easily in pull-out bins or on overhead shelving units. Sturdy slide-out baskets are ideal for stowing bulky sweaters and other seasonal items that take up too much hanging space.  Built-in cabinetry and integrated shoe racks are the perfect solution for keeping the shoes that you will no longer need, out of sight and organized.
Next, move your lighter hanging garments to the front of your closet to ensure that they’re easy to access.  Custom closets from Tailored Living incorporate areas for long and short hanging items so that everything in your wardrobe has a place.  Consider moving your shorts, t-shirts, and other casual items to the drawers in your main wardrobe unit or fold them neatly and place on lower shelves.
Lastly, you’ll want to display your brightest spring accessories! Overhead shelves enclosed by glass front doors are ideal for storing purses and hats to ensure they’re close at hand for the next special occasion or spring outing. Integrated valet rods work great for securely hanging scarves and ties and keep your custom closet organized.
By incorporating these storage tips into your closet space, you will feel more organized, spend less time searching through a cluttered closet, and get out the door faster to enjoy the weather now that spring has sprung!
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How to Plan for a Custom Closet Organization System

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How to Plan for a Custom Closet Organization System

Tired of sifting through the never-ending amount of garments you have hanging in your closet just to put together the single outfit that you had in mind? Can’t find the pants to match the shirt you finally decided to wear? Closet organization shouldn't have to be a frustrating and tedious task; it should be simple and leave you feeling great about your new and easily accessible layout. With that in mind, how would you feel about a customized closet that is organized based on what makes sense to you?

Tailored Living can help you design the perfect system with 
closet organizers based on your specific needs. Setting up a plan of how you want your completed closet layout to look is the first thing that needs to happen before you can start enjoying your personalized clothing storage system. Here are some factors to take into consideration when designing your personalized closet:   


 

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How much space do you have to work with?
This is the main design aspect to factor into your closet planning. Knowing how much space you have to work with will help a Tailored Living professional incorporate the ideal organizational system. Don’t forget to consider height when you take inventory of the space in your closet. Making use of every inch can be important if you aren't working with a large space.   

What types of clothing are you storing?
Some people only want to hang shirts or blouses in their closet and leave other items such as pants and underwear stored in an outside bedroom dresser when they tackle closet organization. Think about what types of clothing and accessories you need to store in your closet and it will help you put together a picture of what you need in terms of organization.      

What do you want to put on display?
Tailored Living offers different options for specialty items that you want to show off or display. For instance, you can put your favorite watches or jewelry behind beautiful glass doors that will really catch the eye of anyone that takes a look at your immaculate closet.  

Safety precautions?
Your clothing and accessories are an investment that you have likely put years into collecting. If you have valuable clothing or jewelry in your closet, look into locking cabinet doors for added security. You can also install cedar-lined backings to repel pests.  

Which accessories and organizers would you like to use?
Accessories like tilt-out hampers, drawer organizers, and pull out mirrors are among the many options you can choose from to enhance your customized closet.