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Minimalism: Read more about it!

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Need some inspiration on changing your mindset? Before you start your next big organizing project, we recommend taking a look at these minimalist bloggers. Browse through their posts to learn more about how you can live a more simple and organized life.  

Change doesn’t happen overnight, but you can start changing the way you live by learning from these minimalists: 

Becoming Minimalist by Joshua Becker 

One of the more famous minimalist bloggers, Joshua Becker's blog offers insights into living with less – from how it can positively impact your life, to how-to guides for decluttering and minimalizing your wardrobe. For those who are new to minimalism, his post on Minimalist Living provides a great break down of what it actually means to live a minimalist lifestyle. 

The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus 

Inspired by their own experience of changing to a minimalist lifestyle, Joshua and Ryan’s blog provides great advice on how you can apply minimalist principles to the different aspects of your life. For people who need some help getting started, or want to encourage friends and family to try, check out the 30-Day Minimalism Game post and see how well you do! 

 

Be More with Less by Courtney Carver 

Courtney’s lifestyle blog is focused on living with less stuff to make more time and space for the things and people you love. A popular topic on her blog is how to minimalize your wardrobe, especially for people who may have a difficult time parting with their clothing or saying no to another purchase. You can read more about Project 333, her fashion minimalist challenge, here

 

The Tiny Life by Ryan Mitchell 

At the Tiny Life, Ryan talks about more than just living minimally – he also covers topics related to living in tiny homes and homesteading. All of his posts touch on how you can live a simpler lifestyle whether it is through the size of home you live in, the items you buy, and how you consume them. The extensive blog is updated regularly and contains a wealth of knowledge on how you can change your mindset and lifestyle. 

 

Miss Minimalist by Francine Jay  

Francine’s Miss Minimalist blog covers topics related to living a simple life – everything from your wardrobe, home spaces, office and more. On Monday’s Francine highlights real minimalists in her segment “Real Life Minimalists” where readers can learn about the journey of others who have changed their living habits to live simply.  

 

Makeup room makeover: The right use for the right space

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When you’re moving into a new home that has a completely different layout than your previous home, it can be challenging to create a plan for how you will use one space. Where will your items fit. How should they be organized? What will I need to create function of my belongings? These are important questions to answer before you move into a new home or plan a renovation in a current home.

Space and storage planning is an important step to make sure your transition into a new space is organized and functional. At Calm Order, our team of professionals conducts onsite measurements and creates an organizing plan. This way, we can come up with a design for your space and items and to make sure your space is set-up and organized right from the start.

Calm Order recently worked with a client that moved into a home that has an elevator shaft all set for aging in place. The elevator shaft was just an empty space. We came up with the idea to use the room as a make up room for her teenage daughter! Lets just say BIG hit! It’s one of her daughters favourite spaces!

The space was a perfect fit for a vanity set the client had purchased for their daughter. The Calm Order team set to work to transform the former elevator shaft into an fun makeup room that was organized and designed with creativity and vision in mind.

To make this makeup room a reality, the team didn’t need to purchase much to make this space functional and fashionable. The vanity, chair, and mirror take up most of the space, but Calm Order added in some floating shelving on either side of the mirror for extra storage and display space. Clear makeup organizers were purchased for lip stick, brushes, powders, and other supplies, and placed on some of the lower shelves and the top of the vanity so they were in easy reach. The top shelves were decorated with pictures and decor pieces. A few printables were printed and placed in frames for the walls. We used drawer organizers for hair accessories and other makeup items organized and uncluttered.

If you have a space in your new home or current home that you aren’t sure what to do with or think is under-utilized, contact Calm Order to find out how you could transform the function and design of your space. Our organizational design specialist can work with you to create the best storage solutions for all your belongings. We believe your space can be organized, functional and stylish, and will work with you, your builder and designer to make it possible!

Learn more about our Space and Function Planning services here.

Phase 6: Start implementing the move!

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It’s time to unpack to organize! We’re following a moving and unpacking story of one of our clients through its many stages. So far, we’ve made a plan, starting unpacking boxes and sorting items, purchased the right organizing products and implemented them, and most recently, looked at how our clients were able to use some of their previously owned items instead of purchasing new ones. Now it’s time to take the items we’ve sorted and place them in their new homes!

First, we discussed with the clients what their priority areas were in their new home. In this case, our clients identified their priority areas as the master bedroom, en-suite, and kitchen. At Calm Order, we like to work with our clients to figure out what areas are the most important to them in their new home. Organized unpacking can take time, and we want to make sure that the rooms you need are the first ones that are ready for you and your family to use when you move. The clients, who were moving from outside the city, were unable to assist us with the project so it was important for Calm Order to make sure that everything was set up in the right way for when the clients arrived.

During the initial planning phase, Calm Order was able to get a sense of how our clients used their home and space, so we could come up with a plan to know where to put what items. We were also in regular contact with the clients to determine what their ideas and thoughts were for their new home. As a result, we had a good idea of their needs and wants so we could set up their home for maximum function and flow that fit their lifestyle.

The kitchen, master bedroom, and en-suite were the priorities for our clients, so we made sure all their kitchen supplies were unpacked, sorted, and put in the appropriate place. We had dividers and tray inserts ready to put utensils into drawers. A few of the cupboards required organizing units to hold other dishes, spices, and small appliances, so we utilized those to make sure all the items fit nicely in their space. For the bedroom, we made sure all the furniture was set-up and placed in the most intuitive way. Calm Order also made sure that everything from knick-knacks to lamps and extra blankets were all unpacked in the bedroom based on the client’s specifications. We even made sure the bed was made up with fresh sheets! Lastly, we unpacked the client’s toiletries in their en-suite bathroom and included all the essential items like toilet paper, towels, soap, tooth brushes, and more.

The clients had packed an overnight box packed with all the essential items they would need, like chargers, important documents, change of clothes, and supplies for their morning coffee. This way, other areas of their home like the living room, laundry room and spare bedrooms did not need to be completed immediately – Calm Order could take the time to make sure the entire house was unpacked and organized properly. We want everyone to be able to live in their homes right away, in a space where everything has a place and no items or boxes are left unpacked – this case was no exception! 

Our team isn’t done yet though – we always want to make sure that the job is done right, and sometimes that goes beyond the move-in date. Stay tuned for the final phase in our organizing journey.