Home Organizing

Phase 3: Finding the right organizing products

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Moving is a multiple-step process that requires a lot of work and planning. On the blog, we’ve been going through each step in the moving journey of one of our clients. The move was prepared in their current home, a walk-through was conducted of the new space, and their belongings were unpacked and carefully sorted. Now, it is time to plan how their belongings will fit into the new space with the right organizing products.

It isn’t as simple as going to the nearest department store and buying some bins – there are a lot of products available that are created to assist people in maintaining an organized space. In a way, there are almost too many different products, to the point that people can run into the problem of accumulating too many baskets or specialty organizers for their items that they don’t really need.  

Before we even started shopping, we carefully examined the client’s new space to see what kind of products would work and where, keeping in mind the actual items and belongings we had to work with. For example, the master bedroom had a large walk in closet that was empty except for a rod for hangers. However, the client had a wide variety of clothing and accessories that wouldn’t work with hangers. This necessitated the purchase of a closet organizer that provided hanging room for dress clothes and coats, as well as shelves and racks for shirts, pants, shoes, ties and bags. 

The new kitchen had large cupboards and drawers, some with deep angles that made the spaces difficult to store items. Although the space was large enough for pots, pans, and mixing bowls, they were almost impossible to reach and would require the clients to take out items to reach other items. The drawers had plenty of space for a large number of utensils, but they would easily become cluttered and lost if they were left loose in the drawer. For the cupboards, the team was able to find innovative cupboard organizers with moveable shelves, so the clients could pull them out to reach the items they needed without emptying the cupboard. As for the utensils, an organizer that fit the dimensions of the drawer were added to keep the cutlery and utensils in their place. The organizer had a mix of large and small spaces so a variety of different-sized utensils could be placed in the drawer, making the space adaptable and customizable.    

In the client’s new home, we were able to find organizing products that worked with their items and would actually provide a benefit to their home. Instead of buying unnecessary products that would only add to their clutter, the Calm Order team focused only on adding pieces that would contribute to the organization of the new space. In some cases, it may not be beneficial to add in an organizer – the space and function of your home or room may not require any specialty products. You might also already own an organizer or a cabinet that can be used to store items that you may not have thought of previously using.

When it comes to finding the right products, remember that while there are a lot of different organizing products on the market, finding the right product – if you need them – requires you to consider the space you are working with, the items you own, and how you use them.

Keep an eye on the blog for our next post, where we will take a look at some of our favourite organizing products and storage solutions!

Phase 2.5: Sorting Items

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Sorting items can be more complex than one might think – it is more than just sorting similar items. For example, people often think they should sort all their cables together, but the often serve different purposes and so they should be stored differently.

When you’re sorting items, look at how they are used instead of just what “kind” of item they are. Continuing with the example of sorting cables, there are generally three different types of cables: electrical, electronic, and personal technology cables.

Electrical cables include everything from extension cords, add-ons, extenders, and timers. These cables all plug into the wall or an outlet, or they are used to add extra cords to extend the length or number of wall outlets.

Electronic cables are mainly used for audio and visual equipment, like HDMI cables, computer cables, TV cables, and stereo systems. These cables are used for specific set-ups and are usually not plugged and unplugged regularly.

Finally, personal technology cables are more everyday use cables, like phone chargers, iPod chargers, tablet chargers, and other USB chargers. These cables are usually in constant use and are often moving between rooms and people around a home.

Cables can be then sorted into how they are used, not just based on the fact that they are cables.  All electrical cables should be stored together but separate from electronic cables and personal technology cables. In this way, the cables will be easier to find and use when they are needed. Instead of sorting through a large bin to find an iPhone charger, people can easily look in a smaller storage container that contains only their personal technology chargers, which they will need to access more often than their extension cords.

When it comes to sorting, try thinking more about how items are used instead of focusing on just what they are. This way, organization will last because the items will be stored in a way that works with people’s lifestyles and routines.

Moving? A professional organizer can help!

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Moving requires a lot of work. From decluttering your home, to organizing your new home, and all the other countless tasks in between, moving can be a complicated and stressful process. However, professional organizers can be there to help you from the beginning to the end so you don’t have to navigate the difficult process on your own. Even before the actual move starts, professional organizers can offer advice on what to look for in terms of storage solutions and functionality.

Focus on space function and design

While a home may look beautiful, it may have a poor layout and design that affects how well it functions. Professional organizers can help you evaluate key areas of your home, like the kitchen, to see if it can afford you the organization and storage you need. For example, having built-ins and extra storage may not be on the top of your must-have list, but they can be important components to a home that can ensure your belongings stay organized long after you’ve moved in.

Sort and pack your belongings the right way

Once you’ve decided on the right home, a professional organizer can help you sort through your belongings and determine what you are going to take with you to your new home, what can be donated, and what needs to be tossed out. From here, they can ensure that the belongings you’ve decided to keep are packed properly, with everything labelled correctly and stored in appropriate containers. With everything sorted properly, you can ensure everything is unpacked in the right spot in your new home. Essentials like your overnight box and important documents can also be put together with the help of a professional organizer, and they can also arrange for moving services, cleaners, and any other assistance you may need on the day of the move.

Use easy and cost-effective staging strategies

While professional organizers are helping you organize packing, they can also work with you to stage your home by using the items and furniture you already have. Professional organizers at Calm Order utilize the space and items you already have by decluttering your home and repurposing the furniture you already own to make your home feel clean, open and refreshed. This way, you can focus your attention on packing and other moving preparations like changing your address, updating subscriptions, and completing paperwork.

Experience a seamless transition

Professional organizers can also help you transition from your old home to your new home to make sure everything is unpacked in an organized way. By planning ahead of time on what boxes go in which room, and how items should be placed in each room, moving and unpacking can be a quick and efficient process. The organizers can also work with you to determine where the best place to store your belongings in your new home would be, so that it fits with your routine and lifestyle.

Professional organizers are here to help

Most often, a move to a new home comes in addition to the demands of everyday life, like work, school, family, and friends. Instead of trying to do everything on your own, consider how a professional organizer can help make sure your move doesn’t add any unnecessary stress to your life. Professional organizers can support you during your move by doing much more than just organizing your belongings. They can be with you during the entire process to make sure each task and step along the way is organized, coordinated, and stress-free. If you are preparing for a move, don’t shoulder everything on your own – ask for help instead!