Archive for September, 2011

Step Into Our Ottoman

Remember our shoe storage post? We’d like to add another storage solution worthy of mention: the shoe ottoman. 

 

Ottomans (that open up) make perfect small-space storage solutions. (And we love them for shoes!)

Lilly Pulitzer’s Rousseau Home ottoman has been blogged about to death but we couldn’t resist sharing.

Our friend Stacey recently moved into a tiny New York apartment, sans closet space, and splurged on several faux Roussseaux. 

When they’re not being used as ottomans, she places a stylish tray on top and voila! The multifunctional furniture piece is immediately transformed into a table.

Make your own using a hat box!

We can’t wait to visit Stacey!  

Beth will sleep in an ottoman.

September 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm 1 comment

Step Into Our Essay

 

We both recently tossed many of our academic (paper) essays – essays we’d been keeping since graduation 2003. We scanned and electronically filed a few worthy copies and recycled the rest.

We were holding on for the same reasons our customer’s hold on. Marked essays are tokens of accomplishment; especially those adorned with a big A+ and complimentary commentary. And oftentimes marked essays are the closest one will ever come to having another soul read their work (even work whipped up at the crack of dawn after a night of partying).   

There’s also the intention to revisit our work (like text books) for reference. Along with our essays, we kept the many incoherent scribbled “notes” we’d taken during lectures and tutorials (notes we barely looked at while in school let alone a decade later).

 

Carve out the time. Most of our customers have been keeping piles of academic work, along with text books and notes, in a pile in their basements (and parent’s basements).

 

Organize the work worth keeping in paper folders. Or scan and store electronically.

Cheryl purchased these neat vintage library desk drawers to file in style.

 

Sell the textbooks (the sooner the better as the editions are updated every two to three years).

They may look great on the shelf ...

And finally let go of the past. Trust all the academic material you’ll ever need is available through that cute librarian Matt with the adorable dimples and the Triple Nine Society membership.

September 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm 2 comments

Step Into Our Hangers

Organizing a clothes closet or entrance way closet is so much easier with proper hangers and hanger clips.

And using one type of hanger makes any closet look more orderly.

 

We love wooden hangers with metal hooks for their sturdy aesthetic. They’re available with grooves and material to hold straps in place. We say invest! 

 

Hangers with clips ensures pants are never wrinkled (or have that annoying crease down the middle of the leg).  We love them for scarves, skirts, belts and purses.  

 

Real Simple magazine recommends Slimline Hangers. They’re pretty neat too.

Recycling flimsy wire hangers is as easy as donating them to your local dry cleaner shop.

Or make a lamp!

Make the switch – stepping into your closet will feel like stepping into a boutique.

September 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm 2 comments

Step Into “Consumed”

HGTV’s newest reality drama, appropriately titled “Consumed”, premiered earlier this week. The premise is moderately aligned with the ragingly popular show Hoarders in that it attempts to expose, and assist, families and individuals struggling with acute disposophobia.

We must ask:

Are these shows exploitive and pathologizing? Perhaps. Do they raise consciousness around the sheer magnitude of consumption and emotional spending (and storing) this culture struggles with? Absolutely.  

 

We must state:

We will never reveal the names of the people who access our services (and not just because we ensure every customer signs a confidentially agreement). We will never post their pictures or a story board narrative of their de-cluttering process on our Facebook Wall. And forget about “before and after” shot postings, especially in a blog forum.  

 

De-cluttering is a lot like therapy.

It’s an emotionally charged experience whereby behaviour patterns are brought into awareness. And the feelings of shame, guilt, embarrassment and vulnerability people experience when they allow strangers into their home (to essentially evaluate their habits while rooting through their belongings) are endless.

Edit My Closet honours the inviolability of this experience in a confidential and safe way. We will never force our customers to “survive for 30 days with only the bare essentials”. We will not shame them into selling things on eBay. And we will certainly not record and air their piles of unused soap on national forums.  

Unless, of course, they want us to.

September 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm 5 comments


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