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Marie Kondo’s Best Tips & Tricks!

As a company that consistently strives to create the most Envious spaces, we are always looking for new ways to do so! Right now, we are, like the rest of the country, enthralled by Marie Kondo and her methods!

Kondo has already been an icon for years due to her book “The life-changing magic of tidying up,” but has gained millions of new fans thanks to her new Netflix series “Tidying Up.”

The series has eight episodes, each featuring a different family that Kondo helps to declutter their lives. Each one has a theme, such as empty nesters who need to downsize or a family struggling to keep their home tidy with two toddlers.

Kondo’s calming presence gradually transforms the homes from chaotic to organized, with some on the show crying tears of gratitude for the peace and sense of ease she has brought to their homes.

Here is a rundown of some of Kondo’s best tips:

1. The best way to fold your clothes

Even if your house is perfectly organised, you should give Kondo’s folding system a try, it’s a gamechanger.

The idea is to fold your clothes into one long strip, fold this in half and then into thirds to create a small square that you can sit upright in your drawer. You can do this with everything including underwear and socks. It uses up less space and it’s easier to find what you want. Instead of rifling through your drawer and pulling out everything to find a particular shirt or dress, you can easily check to see if it’s there and then grab it without disturbing any of the other clothes. It’s also very addictive once you start.

2. Take an inventory of what you have

One of the first things that Kondo asks people to do is to dump all of their clothes in one spot so they can see everything they have. There’s nothing more motivating than seeing a huge pile of clothes, books or electronic cords to give you perspective on how much you really own. Putting everything together also makes you realize you don’t really need five extra extension chords or three whisks.

3. Declutter in a specific order

Kondo’s method suggests going through things such as clothes and books first because it’s easier to make a decision on these types of items. You can then move on to paper and a category she calls “komono,” which includes the bathroom, kitchen, garage and miscellaneous items. Sentimental items are left until last. This is because by the time you get to these items you will have refined your sense of what really “sparks joy.”

4. Does it ‘spark joy’?

Modal TriggerMarie Kondo
AP

Kondo believes the best way to chose whether or not to keep something is to hold each item in your hand and decide whether it sparks joy. This is an uplifting feeling that you get when you hold the item, and has nothing to do with whether the item is practical or you “should keep it.” Choosing items this way means that after you finish decluttering you will only be surrounded with items that make you happy, which is a great feeling.

5. Everything has a place

Kondo working at a client's home in Tokyo, Japan.
Kondo working at a client’s home in Tokyo, Japan.AP

Another great tip is to make sure there is a specific place for every item in your home. This means when something is out of place you can easily put it back where it should be. It also means that when you need to find something, you’ll know where to look. One benefit of decluttering is that you uncover things you thought were lost or forgot you had. And you actually start to use these things.

6. Respect your belongings

Taking the time to “greet your house” sounds pretty crazy but in every episode Kondo sits quietly and silently pays her respect to the house for what it has given the owner. She is also taking a moment to acknowledge the role that possessions play in people’s lives. As people declutter she also encourages them to thank each item for their service, which makes it easier to let go of once-cherished things. It also makes you appreciate what you have and to treat each item with respect.

7. Stay focused on your own stuff

When you live with others it can become frustrating to deal with other people’s clutter but Kondo doesn’t recommend interfering or taking control of other people’s belongings. She encourages people to concentrate on going through their own stuff and instead act like a role model for others in their lives. This will naturally inspire others to do the same. Instead of the tidying falling on one parent, for example, she encourages getting children involved in decluttering and tidying including things like folding clothes so everyone takes responsibility for their own possessions.

Once you’ve Decluttered your home, and you’d love a true showcase to respect all of your items, head to www.theclosetenvy.com and schedule your free consultation!

How to create an enviable Home Library

Where are you currently stashing your book collection? Are your books scattered around the house or maybe stowed away in the attic where they’re just sitting and collecting dust?

Not. Any. More.

Read on to learn 5 simple steps to getting the home library you deserve!

Step One: 

Go to www.theclosetenvy.com and book (pun intended) a free consultation so we can install beautiful built-ins in whichever room of your home you’d like to display your collection!

Step Two: 

Sorting. Now that you have your gorgeous new Closet Envy system, it’s time to go through your collection & start sorting! (Or we could do this for you… we include 4 hours of Professional Organizing with every purchase of $4,000+… just a thought!) 😉 You can sort your books by topic or color, depending on how you would like your library to function/ look aesthetically!

If you sort your books by topic:

  • Next you’ll want to sort them by weight & how often you will be pulling this book to read it!
  • Place the heavier books on the bottom shelves
  • Place the books you’ll be grabbing most often towards the ends of the rows (so you’re not grabbing books from the center too often).
  • Alternatively, you can sort them by topic & then by alphabetical order if that makes you happy! (Remember, we’re designing YOUR happy place!!)

If you sorted your books by color:

  • Create your rainbow! Done!

Step Three:

Fill in the gaps. If you have space for books that you intend to get in the future, you can fill the gaps with decorative items, get creative!

Step Four:

Look after your library, and keep it clean. Dust is the most common problem, but it can also be books not put back, leftover drinking cups, etc.

Step Five:

Enjoy! Find a cozy reading area where you can still occasionally gaze at your stunning new library, and get to reading!

How to Style Built-Ins – 10 Tips

At Closet Envy, we build more than just closets. Built-Ins are becoming increasingly popular as an addition to any room: from Offices to living rooms, they are a versatile addition to your home! With us smack-dab in the middle of the Holiday’s, it’s a good reminder that you can alternate decor in your Built-In to create a theme for each season! Try these tips below today before guests arrive & make your Built-In an Enviable statement piece:

1. Start with a blank slate.

As with any decorating, it’s always best to start with a clean slate.

Place all of your accessory potentials in one spot so that they’re easily accessible and you can “shop” from them while you’re filling the bookshelves.

2. Add books.

If you have plenty of books (or even just a few) that’s a great place to start.

They can be upright, laid down, leaned, stacked, grouped, placed backward or forward, bundled, sorted by color, and with or without covers – so think outside the box (or book, in this case).

When styling bookshelves, vary the heights of accessories for a more interesting look
Urban Gold Bookcase from Schneidermans

{We love the way Steph from Schneidermans used accessories as “book ends” on the bottom shelf above, too. Creative!}

3. Layer, stack, and hang.

Layering and stacking items creates depth, dimension, and visual interest.

Hanging accessories, such as mirrors or art, can add even more depth and yet another layer.

Accessorizing bookshelves
Meagan Rae Interiors

4. Vary heights.

There are times when you’ll intentionally group “like” items on a shelf to make a statement (case in point, the bookshelf at the beginning of this post).

But, other than that scenario, you’ll always want to make sure you vary the heights of your accessories to keep the eye moving and keep things interesting.

5. Consider contrast.

Dark items can sometimes get lost against a dark background, as well as white against white, so keep that in mind when choosing your accessories.

Accessories can get lost against a dark background, so keep that in mind when styling bookshelves.

6. Make it meaningful.

Displaying collections, momentos, and photographs in your bookshelves is a great way to keep the things that mean the most to you visible on a daily basis.

7. Come up for air.

Really full shelves can be a “look” if done right, but don’t be afraid to leave breathing space between accessories and allow them to shine.

8. Rotate.

The image below is from BHG and I liked what they have to say on this topic:

… resist the urge to add “just one more” item. If you have a large collection, rotate objects in and out from time to time, rather than displaying everything all at once, to ensure the vignette strays from cluttered territory.”

"Look for objects that have commonalities, such as white finishes, to create a more unified display. And resist the urge to add "just one more" item. If you have a large collection, rotate objects in and out from time to time, rather than displaying everything all at once, to ensure the vignette strays from cluttered territory."

9. Think outside the shelf.

Do the unexpected by hanging art or a mirror on the outside of bookshelves.  This can be a great idea in rooms where wall space is limited, too.

"I like to put the pattern on the floor and solids on the furniture," Phoebe Howard says. Family room rug by Tai Ping.
House Beautiful

10. Smaller isn’t always better.

Resist the temptation to fill small shelves with tiny accessories. Use fewer, larger, well-placed items for a really great look.

Use fewer, larger items on small shelves to make a statement when styling bookshelves
SHOPbookcase/room divider

Styling shelves in your built-in  is a process, so continually step back and assess as you’re placing items.

Pro Tip: snap a photo or two on your phone to see things from a completely different perspective, and to quickly spot changes that need to be made.  This same idea can work when you’re styling bookshelves.

How to: Create a greener closet

In order to truly attain an enviable closet, the items that go into it are an important factor to consider! How many of us think of our clothing as being part of a global issue? A lot of us have clothing that we acquire over the years from various stores… some “cheap” & “disposable” and some more expensive, classic pieces. But do you think about how these practices impact our environment?

The idea of “sustainable fashion” can be a bit of an oxymoron. The fashion industry is hugely based on trends that change season to season, leading to massive amounts of cheap and poorly made clothing, which can have major impacts on the workers who produce them and the environment. When it comes to shopping, it can be hard to find clothing companies that both honor human rights and have a low environmental impact. But our purchasing decisions have the power to challenge the norm. Check out our tips for creating a sustainable, conscious closet below.

This short video from One Minute MBA briefly explains the fast fashion industry. Fast fashion refers to an industry that produces cheap, disposable clothing and relies on quickly changing trends.

1. Don’t buy anything at all.

Shop your own closet! Are you sure you don’t have enough of what you need already? I mean, really, really need? Extending the life of clothing already in circulation does more for the environment than changing the way we make clothes ever could. Research by WRAP in the UK shows extending the average life of clothes (2.2 years) by just three months of active use per item would lead to a 5 to 10 percent reduction in each of the carbon, water and waste footprints.

2. Buy Pre-Loved clothing. 

This is the best option if you do shop. Buying used clothing significantly reduces the impact of the items on the environment because we are diverting waste and reducing the environmental toll of manufacturing. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, it takes 700 to 2,000 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make your average cotton T-shirt. Buying used is one way to opt out of that process. We can’t know for sure the conditions under which the clothing was produced, but we can know for sure our money isn’t going directly to a company that profits from exploitative labor practices.

When you do buy used, make sure you look for clothes that you’ll hold onto for the long run. Look for durable, quality fabrics and manufacturing (and avoid trend pieces) so you won’t have to toss them when they fall apart or you get bored with them. According to the EPA, Americans discard approximately 13.1 million tons of textiles a year, and only about 15 percent of that is reclaimed for recycling. The rest goes straight to the landfill, where it releases methane and harmful chemicals.

3. Be really, really picky when you do buy something new.

There are a number of companies that promote ethical and sustainable manufacturing practices. We really love EverlaneKrochet Kids, and PACT, but there are plenty of others out there if you do some searching. Consider these tips when buying something new:

  • Consider the number of uses. Can you wear the item to work AND a date? Can you wear the item multiple seasons, or better yet, all year? Function matters! Buy clothes that you can use for multiple occasions in more than one season. You’ll get more use and keep them longer.
  • Go for quality, not quantity. Some great fabrics include: hemp, organic cotton, tencel, lyocell, recycled poly (or any fiber), wool, modal, cupro, and peace silk.
  • Do you know the labor practices of the company? Opt for brands that value transparency so you can purchase with confidence.
  • Ask yourself the following questions when you’re about to buy something new:
    • Do I have anything that can substitute what I need?
    • Can I borrow what I need from someone else? What about a swap?
    • Can I make what I need?
    • Can I buy it used?
    • If the answer to all of the above is “no,” ask yourself: Why do I need this? You should be able to answer that before you buy.
  • A lot of people avoid buying sustainable clothing because they think it’s expensive. At first look, that can seem true. But if you buy one quality shirt that will last for years instead of a new, cheap shirt every two months, you’ll end up saving money in the long run. Think of your closet as an investment. The payoff is that you’ll have items that you can love for years to come. (Note: We know that for many people, low-cost, sweatshop-sourced clothing is the best financial option, and investing in quality clothing just isn’t an option. Do the best you can. For others, I suspect it’s possible for you to change your spending habits without breaking the bank.).
  • Do without until you find a decent option. When we shop with urgency, we buy things we don’t actually need and maybe won’t even want in a matter of weeks or months. Know what you’re looking for, and buy only that. Patience pays off.

As designer Vivienne Westwood said: “Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.” 

Source: Bust.com 

Weekend Project

Do you have plans for the weekend? If not: why not consider cleaning out your closet?

Cheryl Richardson said it best:

“If you want to improve your life immediately, clean out a closet. Often it’s what we hold on to that holds us back.”

So! Where to start?? We love this handy chart by Passions for Fashion, it provides a way to go through your closet and decide what to keep and what to donate, sell, get rid of, or store. No cheating! Send us your before & after photos for a chance to get featured on our blog! Good luck!

Pocket Closets… how to maximize your space!

Even the smaller closets in your home deserve to be functional and worthy of envy.  Often referred to as “reach-in” or “pocket” closets, these smaller spaces can be quite versatile if you let them!Usually anywhere from 3 to 8 feet wide with a limited depth of 24 to 30 inches, reach-in closets are commonly found in hallways, kids’ rooms and bedrooms of older homes. These closets were originally designed with a single rod for hanging clothes under a shelf, with return walls that can limit access inside. But these days a wide variety of products allow you to create a more efficient space with numerous storage opportunities.

We offer numerous accessory options to add to these pocket closets to transform them into usable spaces that will save you time & energy each day. Adding drawers to this space is one way to immediately allow for a much greater efficiency in your closet. These drawers can allow you to have your socks and undergarments right there, making getting ready in the morning infinitely faster. It also can reduce or even eliminate the need for a large dresser, which can choke an already small room.
We also recommend that our clients add pull-down wardrobes for a more efficient hanging system for folded pants, skirts, jackets and other like items to gain space in this kind of closet.
Lastly, for reach-in closets with traditional hinged doors, you can increase storage by adding hooks or over door racks and pockets to the back of the door for things like keys and shoes. In some of our projects, we actually replace the hinged door with sliding doors (like barn doors) in order to conserve even more space!

Winter White Sale

Exciting news for a lucky few: we are having a sale on six of our most exclusive colors of closet finishes from the Azure Collection.

Due to a high demand, we only have a limited quantity of these amazing finishes left- so make sure to book your complimentary consultation as soon as possible in order to reserve the perfect color finish for your custom closet.

Here are our six sale colors: 

Click here to see a full list of our closet finishes. 

Space for Entertaining

Our envy of the day is the liquor display in the featured image above.  A simply stunning functional, unisex statement piece.

Have you ever dreamt of having your own wine room or bar at home?

Many of our clients that we see store their wines & liquor in their Pantry, in some random cabinet, or worst of all on top of their fridge!! Wouldn’t it be great to be able to proudly display your collection the next time you entertain guests?

Dream no more- because our experienced Senior Designers WILL find the solution that suits your needs.  We will first consult with you and determine how extensive your collection may become, and what spaces you may have that would best suit these needs. (Our designers are experts at finding the space.

We have endless materials to choose from (with a new exclusive line coming soon) to build your dream into a reality. Customizing your space will ensure maximum utility and will be a pleasure to use and to see on a daily basis. Using custom uplighting or ribbon lights, we ensure that your labels are easy to read while also providing a dramatic appearance.  Your wine room or liquor cabinet  will become a statement piece.

 

Do you also have beautiful stem-ware (maybe from your wedding years ago) that has been hiding away in a cabinet somewhere? Hide no more! We can install custom hanging stemware racks with lights shining from above to truly illuminate your glass collection.

 

It all starts with a free consultation, so give us a call or schedule your consultation today before the holiday entertainment season officially begins!

 

Closet Envy featured on Good Morning Texas

We are SO excited that our very own Senior Designer Rhonda Ray based in Dallas, Texas was featured on Good Morning Texas yesterday morning! She showcased our gorgeous closets in the Booth Brothers Homes model at Montgomery Farm in Allen, Texas!

If you missed it live, watch it below:

In it she emphasizes how important closets are to your daily life. They are where you start & end your day. If they are cluttered & not functional, they can really effect your life in a major way!

She also pointed out that we include 4 free hours of on-site Professional Organization with every project of $4,000 or more! We only partner with the best, licensed professional organizers to make sure that our clients get the very best!

Some of our clients enjoy utilizing the Professional Organizing services both before & after we install their new closet. First to declutter their closets & ensure that only the correct items stay, and then to organize their newly installed closet by putting away all of their items! How much would this impact your life to have a master closet that is both gorgeous and fully functional?

She also mentioned that we will SOON have 20… that’s right… TWENTY new colors to choose from exclusively at The Closet Envy to completely customize your dream closet! We are so excited to show you all the new line of product! More on that soon… stay tuned to our blog to learn more!

I Just had a Brand New Closet Envy System Installed… Now what?

So you’ve decided to make an incredible investment in your home by having The Closet Envy install a custom closet system! Congratulations! Now that you have the perfect functional and beautiful blank canvas to work with, you can start to fill it with your own items!  

If you’re wanting your closet to look absolutely Pinterest-worthy, it’s important to keep your new space as streamlined as possible by arranging each item of clothing appropriately. In order to utilize your brand new closet in the most efficient way possible, remember to keep unnecessary items (aka clutter) far away!

Utilize these 8 Pro-Tips:

 

  1. Group like with like: Since your clothing & accessories have already been removed before your Closet Envy System was installed, now is the perfect opportunity to group your items! Start by sorting your hanging clothes by type. Divide your clothing by person (should you be sharing a closet with your significant other). Then, divide the clothing by work, casual, and dressy attire. (*NOTE: leave your sweaters in a separate pile, you’ll see why soon!) Next, you should sort these items further by type… pants, skirts, dresses, shirts, blouses, etc. Now that you have these groups sorted out, sort them further by length… short sleeved shirts to long sleeved, short dresses to long dresses, tight fitting pants to looser ones, etc. Now it’s time to hang! Make sure you keep a little bit of space in between each section to save time searching!
  2. Organize shoes by type: Did you get a jaw-dropping highly illuminated Closet Envy shoe wall like this one? Make sure to do it justice by sorting your shoes by type, color, and “prettiness.” Pro-tip: When organizing heels, make sure to have one pointing towards the wall, and one facing outward as shown in this photo! 
  3. Hang your pants on top: Wait… what? It may seem more than a bit odd to have your pants on top when their worn… on bottom… if you follow this tip you will get the illusion of more space because your pants will inevitably take up less space than your shirts. So: start by folding your pants in half, and then hanging them on the top rod! If you’d rather not have your pants hung, they can also be folded and placed on your shelves instead.
  4. Add baskets to cubby spaces: There are endless designs of baskets to match with any decor. These baskets are the perfect place to keep socks, bathing suits, and other smaller items. Storing these items in baskets will create greater visibility, allowing you to easily find exactly what you need, unlike if you were to keep them in drawers. 
  5. Stack (don’t hang!!) sweaters systematically: Pro-Tip: sweaters should not be hung because hangers can pull the threads at the shoulders which would cause major damage over time! EEK! So, to avoid the unraveling of your gorgeous sweaters, fold them and keep them on your custom shelving! How to sort them? First by weight, then by color, and stack them no more than five high. When you create short stacks of sweaters, they will naturally break up your pieces by season which will save precious time when you need to find that exact sweater to wear on a given day. Another good reason for shorter sweater stacks: these piles will fit perfectly between your
    brand new shelves! 
  6. Organizing belts: Sort them first by purpose, and then separate these belts by color.  Next, hang them (or roll them into a basket) and place them in a low-traffic location to keep them out of the way but still accessible!
  7. Divide your scarves by knitted or cloth: Did your custom closet come with diamond-shaped nooks? These are the perfect spot to roll thick scarves and easily see what you’re working with! If you didn’t get these custom nooks, you can also fold your thicker scarves & store them on a shelf or in a basket & then hang your lightweight scarves by length so they’re easier to locate as needed!
  8. Don’t allow unworthy items: Do you have random promotional T-shirts, clothes you haven’t worn in years, wire dry-cleaner hangers, or orphan socks still in your possession? These items will just clutter your beautiful new space! Take stock of any undesirable items and consider donating old items, and store pieces you just can’t part with elsewhere!