Archive for March, 2011

Step Into Our Basement

We have two opening lines for this blog. Choose whichever applies to you.

1) Your basement doesn’t have to look like your love life: dark and crammed with memories.

2) Spring is here!! Time to de-clutter overwhelmed and unused rooms and spaces.  Even unfinished basements deserve attention. Smiley face.

Either way, take time to sort through whatever’s being stored in your basement (for those lucky enough to have one). Spend an afternoon or two de-cluttering (and remember the process always makes a space look worse before better). 

Essential Item Storage Tips:

 Basements are damp – place things on shelves and racks to avoid moisture damage and centipede/silverfish infestation.

  

Use rubber storage bins for the same reasons, but be careful! We’re more likely to hold onto to things/not use them when they’re crammed into storage bins. Labels and pictures can alleviate this issue.  

Use bins with wheels if you don’t have shelves!

We love the idea of designating zones or areas (i.e. children’s play zone, game zone, storage zone, work zone, bar zone etc…).

The ever popular drinking zone ...

Always utilize under-stair storage (where available)

Ahem!

Label pipes, fuse boxes, etc… for easy access (like at 3:00am when your house guest decides to vacuum and make a smoothie and blows your breaker switch. You know who you are).   

And use our garage tips – they often apply to basement storage.

Toss with confidence and trust, trust, trust you’ll always be in a position to buy or find the item if ever needed.

The only thing scary about basements is the stuff.  Add colour, mirrors and decorate with stored-items!!

Happy Spring!!

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March 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm 1 comment

Step Into Our Garage

 

Garages are homes to cars, bicycles and an array of seasonal items. And they often act as additional storage space to one’s home.

(In suburbia they often act as clubhouses for men. That’s an entirely different blog though.)

 

As a result garages (and sheds) often attract items that just don’t fit anywhere else. De-clutter these dumping grounds to better organize tools, sports equipment, outdoor accessories, gardening paraphilia and other miscellanea, as spring approaches.

Proceed This Way!

Designate zones (i.e. gardening, sports, tools etc…)

Keep Like With Like

 Use adjustable shelving or customized shelves and don’t be afraid to add colour!

Incorporate a mixture of closed and open storage and utilize vertical wall space around the garage perimeter

Hang out!

Check out Making It Lovely (for those who own garages that don’t act as clubhouses)!

March 18, 2011 at 8:19 pm 2 comments

Step Into Our Candle Collection

 
We find candle clutter (and candle paraphernalia) everywhere. I guess you could say they’ve become a bit of a “hot” topic at Edit My Closet. And we’re just “burning” to talk about the best ways to toss (or simply use!) them.

Snuff out candle clutter!

Stop saving candles for special occasions! They’re not “too pretty” to use – that’s what they’re made for. Nothing irks us more (well that’s not entirely true) than unlit candles on display as decorations (especially with dust on them). We see them predominately in bathrooms and on coffee tables. Light them, use them and buy more.

Saving candles for emergencies? Like power outages and romance? Find a proper home for them in accessible cabinets or drawers. Store them with reusable birthday cake candles (and avoid purchasing new ones with every cake).  

 

Toss candle accessories such as holders, plates and containers if they’re not being used. And we know there’s a process to revive candles too melted to be lit (or that have their wicks submerged in wax) but honestly will that ever happen? Say goodbye and buy more.

Beeswax candles don’t leave nasty black smoke stains on walls and appliances. They also act as natural air purifiers. (How? None of your beeswax!)

 
 
Candle Alternatives

Flameless Luminaries

Diffuse Scented Oil

 

They're Electric!

March 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm 4 comments

Step Into Our Winter Accessories

At dinner the other night some friends of ours graciously pointed out the fact one of us has been wearing the same winter hat for five plus years. Smirks quickly spread around the dinner table and we immediately knew the soft, practical, Made In Canada, doesn’t-itch hat has been a topic of discussion outside of our presence.

 

One of our more direct friends piped up: “It’s awful! It’s shabby looking and balling (the pre-2002 meaning) and I can’t understand how you of all people still own and wear it!”

Cheryl went home and chucked the hat. 

We hang on to “practical accessories” why?

  • Convenience
  • They serve a purpose (no matter how unattractive the item may be)
  • We think people don’t notice (they do)
  • We think people don’t care (apparently they do as well)
  • We get into a routine of just putting it on
  • We don’t want to shop for/spend money on new pieces

 

Spring is almost here and thus this is the perfect time to edit one’s winter accessories. Especially since said accessories have experienced wear and tear throughout the past six months (from harsh winter weather to salt galore).

 

Appearance matters. The four year old down-filled coat with the feathers hanging out, rips and salt stains needs to go. Nicer wool coats should be dry cleaned at least once every three months.  

And if you didn’t invest in proper winter boots (like you swore you would last year) start thinking about how to dispose of or clean up whatever your wet feet have been slopping around in.

Olive oil is a great all natural salt stain remover/polisher for leather and synthetics

Tips for storage:

Over the door storage, with clear/see through pockets, works well. Their purpose is to house shoes but we think they’re a great way to organize gloves, scarves, ear muffs etc… 

Not keen on the visual? Find hanging storage with closed pockets or over the door baskets. Containers/baskets in the door way or main entrance closet work as well. Or, if space is available, use a piece of furniture with drawers.   

 

Don’t let your scarf collection bottleneck streamlined storage.  Use hooks or fold nicely in your closet.

Invest in an electric fabric shaver to keep scarves and sweaters looking brand new!

Spring is almost here! Don’t flake out – start editing.

March 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm 3 comments


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