5 Tips for storing shoes

All my shoe girls raise your hand 🙋🙋🙋

Ever wonder how to efficiently organize all your shoes? Well, I rounded up my top 5 tips for storing shoes below.

1. Place your heels heel to toe. This is the most efficient way of storing your heels.  Or if your shelves are deep place one behind the other. You only need to see one shoe to know which ones you are looking for.

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2. Be realistic about how many pairs of shoes you actually have and what type they are. If you only wear wedges, you don’t need a whole section of angled shoe shelves. Heels should be stored on angled shelves, wedges and flats on flat shelves.

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3. Use boot trees for your boots. Boot trees help your boots to keep their shape and prevent creasing. It also makes them easier to store. You can place your boots on the bottom shelf or you can hang a low rod and use the boot trees to hang your boots.

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4. Make sure your shoes are clean. Always wipe down your shoes before you put them away, This will help prevent any stains from ruining them

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5. If you can, do not store your shoes in their box. Probably not what you expected me to say right? Well here’s my reasoning. In theory, I love the idea of a stack of neat boxes with pictures of the content. But I can already see myself looking for a specific pair of heels. Finding them in the bottom box of of pile of boxes. Pulling that box out and everything topples. I need everything in sight and I need to be able to grab and go.

“But what am I supposed to do with all my shoe boxes??”

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Just because I don’t like to store my shoes in their boxes doesn’t mean I think you should toss them! If you have some good quality boxes you can use them to store hats, gloves, scarves, dust bags or if they are really beautiful you can use them as decor. My favourite boxes to keep are the blue Lanvin boxes and of course Hermès boxes.

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What is your favourite way of storing your shoes? Any tips that should be included in the list?

LGR Gift Guide: Home Edition

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to stock up on hostess gifts and gifts for your besties. I put together a quick gift guide that would be perfect for any hostess, friend or anyone who loves a good bar cart or some good coffee table styling. The Diptyque candle is my favorite gift to give and receive!

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How to organize your closet in 5 steps

Is it taking you longer than you want to get ready in the morning? Is it impossible to find what you’re looking for in your closet? Have an abundance of “stuff”? As a closet designer and professional organizer I’ve seen it all, but I can honestly tell you that cleaning out your closet and having less stuff in general will improve your everyday life. It is so important to create an inspiring space where you want to get dressed every morning and that makes you feel good. Let’s clean out your closet together!

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Step 1: Create a vision board of your style. You can create a physical one and hang it in your closet or room or create one on Pinterest. It’s important to figure out what your style is before you start the process of cleaning out your closet to know what you should keep and what you should toss. Pin outfits that inspire you and that you would feel confortable wearing.

How to organize your closet in 5 steps.

Step 2: Take everything out of your closet and try everything on. This is critical. You need to try everything on and ask yourself does this item fit with the style I am trying to achieve? At the same time make sure the items you are going to keep are clean and have no damage. Now is a good time to bring stuff to the tailor or dry cleaner. Make sure everything in your closet is in ready to wear condition.

How to organize your closet in 5 steps. Step 2: Empty everything out of your closet and try everything on to determine what you should keep and what you should get rid of.

Step 3: Everything that does not fit with the style you are trying to achieve needs to go into one of the following piles: Donate, Sell or Toss. Now what should you do with the items in the donate and sell piles?

How to organize your closet in 5 steps.

Donate: You can take your clothes to the local goodwill, salvation army or whatever charity you choose. Another fantastic idea is to take it to your local chapter of Dress for Success.

Sell:  Having a hard time getting rid of that designer dress you spent a fortune on and never wore? Sell it! Depending on what you are trying to sell, many options are available to you. Recently, I went through the whole process of cleaning out my closet and split my items between Thread Up and The Real Real. Thread up sends you a great cleanup bag that you fill up with all your clothes and accessories and mail back to them. The Real Real will mail you a consignment kit which includes prepaid postage to their office. I recently sent a Michael Kors collection bag in for consignment. I will post a review once my bag has sold. Thread Up works a little different. You send in the bag full of your stuff and then they go through it and decide what they want to keep and will pay you for it. Any items they don’t want you can decide to have them returned to you or simply have them donated. I will review Thread Up at a later date as well.

How to organize your closet in 5 steps.

Step 4: Take the time to clean your closet, wipe down all the surfaces, drawers and vacuum/sweep the floor. Make sure you have a set of matching hangers ready and start putting your clothes away. Matching hangers will help streamline the look of your closet and make it look more like a boutique. Everyone organizes their clothes differently, but here’s how I organize mine. I have a section for dresses, for pants, for skirts, for shirts and for sweaters. Everything else goes in the drawers. In each section, I organize from lightest to darkest and within each colour from the shortest sleeve to the longest sleeve. Example: In my shirt section, my shirts are organized from white all the way to black. In the white section, it goes from tank tops all the way to long-sleeved blouses. This is a tip I learnt while merchandising for a luxury brand.

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Step 5: Maintain, Maintain, Maintain! The number one tip I have is to always put things back where they belong. At the end of the day put your clothes in a hamper or hang them back up and put them in their spot if they’re still clean.

When you decide to clean out your closet, make sure you plan to have adequate time. I suggest taking some time on a weekend. Once you go through the process and really take the time to figure out your personal style, it will be easy to keep your closet organized.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any other tips for organizing your closet or if you tried my 5 step process!

By: Lerica

Top 10 Travel tips!

We just landed in the Sunshine State and thought we should take the time to share our 10 favorite travel tips!

1. Roll never fold. Rolling takes up less room and if done properly can help reduce wrinkles and creases.

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2. Invest in packing cubes. We love these packing cubes from Eagle Creek. They are actually compression cubes, so if you put your sweaters in there and then compress, you will save a ton of space. Packing cubes also help keep items separated and organized.

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3. Edit, Edit, Edit. You do not need 6 pairs of shoes for a weekend trip! Make sure to pack only items in a similar colour palette and items that can be worn multiple times in different ways. Try to pack one pair of flats, one pair of walking shoes and one pair of heels for your trip only.

4. Keep a travel toiletries case ready. We transfer our favorite products to smaller containers to make sure they are under the 100ml limit. We like to keep everything we need for travel in a separate case from our day-to-day, that way when we leave we just grab it and go.

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5. Pack your smaller purse inside a larger tote bag to make better use of your personal item.

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6.  If you’re checking a bag, make sure you keep an outfit or two in your carry-on in case your luggage is lost.

7. Use jewelry travel cases to keep everything organized. Depending on how much jewelry you plan on bringing the jewelry cases will vary. If you just plan on bringing a few earnings and a necklace some pill cases could do the trick. But if you plan on bringing multiple necklaces, rings and bracelets you need this! It is our favorite and can’t imagine life without it.

8. Pack a travel steamer, lint brush and stain remover. Lerica mentioned the steamer in the last post, but we can’t forget a lint brush and stain remover as well. Our favorite steamer is this one, and we always bring some of The Laundress Stain Remover with us.

9. If you have delicate items, place them in your dry-cleaners plastic bag and lay them flat on top of everything else. The clear dry-cleaners bags have a chemical in them to keep your clothes from wrinkling. If you place your delicate dresses or blouses in them, just remember to take them out upon arrival as the chemicals can harm the fabric with prolonged use.

10. Pack an extra bag incase your bag is to full to bring back your new purchases. We like to pack a travel Longchamp. These bags are great, because they fold up into tiny squares and take up hardly any room.

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Do you have any travel tips? Leave them in the comments below!

Travel Inspired October Faves!

Can you believe October is already over? The days have just been flying by over here. You will find lots of travel favorites this month with trips to Toronto and Ottawa and week-end adventures in the Laurentians.

October favorites

1. Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandoulière 60: A can’t travel without must. This bag fits so much in it and I highly recommend the bandoulière as it it much easier to travel with. Check out this video for tricks on how to pack a Keepall.

2. Halogen pleat front a-line skirt: I got this from Nordstrom before I left for the POC conference in Toronto and this skirt was a big hit. Extremely comfortable, doesn’t wrinkle and best of all it has pockets!

3. Stainless steel 3-in-1 ECOlunchbox: The worst part about packing a lunch is finding a container with a matching lid. Even organizers have difficulty keeping tupperware in order in their own homes. With this bento box style container it is easy to pack your lunch keep everything separated. Highly recommended!

4. Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect: It might just be the name of this particular shade, but this is my new favorite lipstick. It is the perfect go with everything day-to-night nude.

5. Hermès scarf: I have a love affair for all things Hermès and hope to one day have an insane Hermès scarf collection. I just scored this one on sale on The Real Real. Check them out. You can find luxury pieces for a fraction of a price!

6. Sweater stone: With the cooler temperatures, I am definitely reaching for more and more sweaters. To keep them in tip-top shape, I use this handy little sweater stone to get all the little pills off and always hand wash with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo.

7. Command Strip Decorating Clips: My number one pet peeve is walking into a room and seing the cords from the table lambs. I use these little decorating clips to hide the cords behind the side tables.

8. My Little Steamer Go Mini Hand Steamer: This is my holy-grail, will not travel without, hands down favorite item. I bring this everywhere! It takes up very little room in your suitcase and is perfect for getting out all the wrinkles that come with packing.

What are your travel favorites? Do you have any packing secrets? Share in the comments below!

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By: Lerica

POC Conference 2015 Recap

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.

CN Tower. Toronto Ontario

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).

 

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LGR Book Club: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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.

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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.

Hand washing with The Laundress

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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For delicates, follow the same steps and replace wool and cashmere shampoo with the delicate wash.hand washing with the laundress. Pug and laundry

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.

September Faves!

Wow, September just flew by! Here are some of our can’t live without September favourites:

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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!

LGR Wants: The LG Styler

Dry-cleaning is expensive and uses harmful chemicals that are not only bad for the garment, but for you as well. LG developed a new product that will revolutionize the way we clean our clothes. The company unveiled the LG Styler during New York Fashion Week. It is a high-tech closet that will steam, remove wrinkles, eliminate odours and kill bacteria without using harsh chemicals. The LG Styler uses TrueSteam Technology and LG’s Clothes Care system to care for the garments.

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It is simple to use. All you do is hang your clothes on the hanger and place in the closet. Once it is started, the hangers will begin to shake and steam will be released to remove the wrinkles. At the end of the process, an aroma of the user’s choice will be released to give a pleasant scent to the garment. Another great feature of this product is the built in pant press to give your trousers a crisp pleat.

What we love about this product is that it is not only useful for clothing. You can use it to clean duvets, scarves and your child’s teddy bear. The product is set to retail at $2,000.00 USD and will be available soon.

We can’t wait to see more of this product and hopefully we will be able to get our hands on one! What do you think of the LG Styler? Would you try one?

Watch the video below to see how it works:

 

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