Last Wednesday we loaded up the car and drove 5 hours to get to Toronto for the 15th annual Professional Organizers in Canada Conference. It was held at the Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto and started Thursday morning and ended with a formal diner on Saturday.
We were very busy with the conference and didn’t get to explore Toronto all that much. However, we made the most of it and went to a few landmarks (Well, they’re landmarks according to us!): the CN tower, Holt Renfrew, J.Crew & Club Monaco. If you’ve ever been to the Club Monaco on Bloor than you know were not exaggerating when we say: Can we move in please? The store is absolutely beautiful. It even has a little market outside it where you can buy flowers or plants.
We learnt a lot from all the speakers and panelists and made new connections with organizers across North America. Our favorite part of any conference is always the networking. We met some great people and can’t wait to see them again next year in Vancouver for POC Conference 2016! If you’re looking for a professional organizer in your area make sure you check the POC website (Canada) or the NAPO website (USA).
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. We decided to hop on the bandwagon and see what all the fuss was about.
Marie Kondo is a girl after our own heart. She has been organizing since she was a little girl and shares stories from her childhood tidying mistakes all the way to stories about her clients. The main premise of the KonMari Method is to ask yourself: Does this (insert item here) spark joy? If the answer is a definite yes you keep the item, otherwise you toss it. This might seem a little extreme, but any organizer knows, the most important thing to do is purge. No matter how organized you are, your organizer can’t work their magic if you have too much stuff!
The KonMari method has proven to be quite effective and Marie Kondo proudly states that none of her clients have relapsed to their unorganized ways. She says that it is easy to stay organized once you downsize your collection of items and everything has a place and a purpose. Another important tool Marie covers in her book is folding. You might think folding has been the same for ever, but Marie explains that in order to get more use out of your items you need to store them properly and be able to see them. She likes to fold her shirts and file them vertically (see our post on this here) and the same goes for socks, underwear and stockings. We already do this with shirts, but we thought we would give it a try with our undergarments. At first it seemed a little weird to not ball up our socks, but in the end it gives a much nicer result. Lets see if we can keep it up!
The KonMari Method might not be for everyone, but the book was definitely an interesting read. Have you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow us on all our social media channels to see what we’re up to on a daily basis.
When you love your clothes, you want to take care of them and The Laundress will do just that. We’ve already shared our love of The Laundress products here and here, but we thought we would explain how to use them.
Now pour yourself a glass of wine, light your favorite candle & put on some music, it’s time to hand wash your garments.
Step 1: Always pre-treat any stains, with the stain solution. Apply directly to the stain and then let soak in hot water for 15-30 mins.
Step 2: Pour 1-2 capfuls of wool and cashmere shampoo in a tub with warm water. Hand wash your sweaters and let sit for 30 mins.
Step 3: Rinse your sweaters with warm water.
Step 4: Do not wring dry. instead, place your sweater between 2 towels and roll it like you would a sleeping bag.
Step 5: Lay flat to dry.
Now your sweaters are ready to wear again! Make sure to use the fabric spray to keep your garments smelling fresh.
For delicates, follow the same steps and replace wool and cashmere shampoo with the delicate wash.
How cute is our little laundry helper? He loves to sleep on top of laundry piles and he frequently takes naps in laundry baskets around the house.
Let us know if you have any other questions about hand washing! And be sure to visit The Laundress’ website to find even more tips on laundering specific items.
Wow, September just flew by! Here are some of our can’t live without September favourites:
1. The Simplified Planner: This planner is everything! We love the simple layout for each day and the Happy Stripe pattern just adds a dash of fun to our daily routine.
2. & 3. Wool & Cashmere spray and shampoo: With fall just beginning, we like to wash all our sweaters and spray them so they all have that fresh cedar scent. These products really help cut dry-cleaning cost and keep your sweaters in better condition.
4. Huggable Hangers: Where would we be without these? We can’t imagine not using this product everyday. They help keep clothes on the hanger and off the floor!
5. Stuart Weitzman Lowland Boots: Is it even fall if you are not wearing over-the-knee boots? We believe in investing in quality pieces that will last season after season and these boots are exactly that.
6. J.Crew flannel excursion vest: We love us some J.Crew and we might have a small collection of excursion vests in our closets, but how could you say no to a flannel one?
7. Ça Va De Soi turtleneck: #sweaterweather. Nobody does a good sweater like Ça Va de Soi.
What were your go to items this September?
This month we’re getting ready for thanksgiving, making pumpkin pie and writing down what we’re thankful for.
Happy fall, y’all!