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Archive for the ‘Residential’ Category

When to Choose a Consignment Shop

June 27th, 2015

One of my most common organizing projects with clients is the closet clean-up. As we separate clothing into piles and make tough decisions about what to let go, the most common excuse I hear in defence of keeping an item is “but it was so expensive!”

Often they know this because the price tags are still dangling off the sleeves of the unworn and unloved items.

After years of experience, when I hear those words, I know they don’t actually love the clothing item and would let it go if they didn’t feel guilty about that wasted money.

My go-to solution? Consider consignment!

turnabout consignment shop

(img via turnabout.ca)

Stores like Turnabout provide a wonderful service by taking your pricey unwanted clothing and selling it for you.

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Plan a Clothing Swap Party!

June 13th, 2015

As a professional organizer, I love to use the four seasons to help initiate some fun organizing projects. With the impending arrival of a new season comes the unearthing of the corresponding wardrobe. Inevitably there are a few pieces that I no longer love or feel amazing wearing out.

We all have those pieces kicking around our closets, right? My favourite solution is a clothing swap party! When you host your friends and their respective closet cast-offs, your cherished old clothes become someone else’s new favourites.

clothing swap professional organizer kyla rozman

This idea is amazing in so many ways. It’s much easier to let go of things when you know they’re going to someone who will love them. It’s a chance to add colour and style to your wardrobe for free.

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How to Digitize Your Music Collection

February 21st, 2015

Remember the golden age of music where we all ran out to buy CD’s? Most of us never forget because we stare at a dusty shelf of CD’s in our home every day.

You know you should digitize this collection of music. Once complete, you’ll have all those excellent tunes available on your phone and computer, plus all that extra shelf space.

It can be a daunting task to initiate though.

If you’re stuck and need some inspiration to get started, here is how I managed the “impossible” a couple of years ago.

how to digitize your cd collection

First off, to complete this project you’re going to need to commit to getting it done. You can set aside a week straight to be a data transfer junkie, or you can dedicate one hour an evening to the project.

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How to Organize Your Crawlspace

February 7th, 2015

Today I want to talk about the least romantic space in your home. The cob-webbed dusty disaster that is your crawl space.

I know you hate going in there. It’s uncomfortable, cramped, cold, and everything that is difficult to organize or store inevitably sits there. I completely understand how organizing this area would be the very last item on your To-Do list.

However, you can make a drastic improvement on your crawl space with just a couple organizing tools. Arm yourself with the following supplies for a productive afternoon of crawl space organization.

  • Garbage bags
  • Recycling bags
  • Clear containers: start with 2 large (70 L), 6 medium (40 – 50 L) and 4 small (6 L).
    (Do not get the ones with wheels or clips – they will inevitably break off)
  • Shelving: start with two of these from Canadian Tire
    (Avoid adjustable shelves as the clips often break off over time)

Start by simply combining like items.

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Material World

October 25th, 2014

We have all had that experience of being in a store when a lovely container catches our eye and makes us think “that would look amazing in my (insert room)!” But before you take that container to the till, here are a few things to consider.

storage for clutter get organized

(img via Ikea)

The materials that make up that container do matter. If you want to use it in an area that has consistent moisture, like a kitchen or bathroom, avoid paper containers. You can imagine how quickly they will get soiled and fall apart. Instead, you want durable plastic for those rooms. If possible, look for ones that have been made using recycled materials or that can be recycled in the future.

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