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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 5: To buy or not to buy?

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 During any organizing project, it is sometimes necessary to buy new products to help organize people’s personal items in the new space. As we discussed in our previous two posts, there are some circumstances where buying new organizers may be necessary, and certain organizing products work better than others. However, sometimes people have items they already own that can be repurposed and used in their new home. Buying more items isn’t always the right answer – sometimes it is more efficient, clutter-friendly, and financially beneficial to use what people already own.

When the Calm Order team does our initial walk through and determines that items the client already has, we start to plan for what can be reused in the new home, and what needs to be purchased. Sometimes these items are used in the new home for a completely different purpose than what they were initially used for in the previous home. Finding a new purpose for an item or giving it a simple update can completely change its functionality and usefulness. For example, our clients had a small cabinet that was just collecting unnecessary clutter in the living room of their previous home. However, in their new space, Calm Order was able to find a new use for the cabinet. The new home came with a dedicated play room/bonus area, so the team was able to designate the cabinet for toy and game storage without having to buy a new unit. Other smaller items like bins, hangars, drawer organizers and shelving units are easy to customize and adapt for a new space and are regularly repurposed by Calm Order when unpacking in a new home.

There can be a downside to reusing items – in some cases, people can hold on to more items than they need or try to use objects for a purpose that does not work or does not contribute to the organization of the space. Similar to purchasing new organizers that aren’t needed, some people may try to find a use for items when there is none. In circumstances like this, Calm Order can work with clients to find a place to donate or sell their items to people who might need it more than they do. A list of some of these organizations is available on our website here.

Whenever possible, Calm Order will work with clients to use what they already own. Sometimes all it takes is a new space or a new idea to completely reinvent and repurpose and object that may have previously been creating clutter and contributing to a disorganized space.

Stay tuned for our next post where we continue our journey through the unpacking process!

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!