• Spring Cleaning: Top Things to Purge from Your Closet

    Apr 16, 2019

    For some of us, getting rid of the things we've accumulated in our closets over the years is not a problem. But for most of us, it’s no easy task. If you’re looking for ways to clean out your closet, Timbercreek Communities has tips on how to build the courage to give things the boot and how to choose what to purge from your closet that will make your space feel more organized.

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    Purge things you rarely touch

    It’s time to ditch items you no longer wear or haven’t worn in a while. If it’s been sitting undisturbed in your closet for more than a year, it’s time to let it go.

    Choosing what to purge

    Create three piles and separate things by what you absolutely love, items you’re not sure what to do with and items you are 100% ready to get rid of. People tend to hold on to expensive purchases and sentimental items. The truth is, if you wore it only once since you bought it, chances are you’re never going to wear it again. And if something has sentimental value, don’t worry. The memories will always be there. If it helps, take a picture of it.

    Consider ditching your uncomfortable shoes and any costume jewellery you’ve been collecting for years.

    What to save

    When purging your closet, think about if your more questionable items work well in combination with others. The more you can match an item with, the better and the more worth saving it is.

    Don't just throw it all away

    Once you've chosen your items, one of the best ways to dispose of them is to donate them to places like Value Village or the Salvation Army.

    Clean

    Once you've purged, the next step is to clean. Empty your closet completely and do a deep cleaning -- something we all hesitate do. Try using Seventh Generation non-toxic products which are a healthier and more sustainable choice.

    Shop

    This is the fun part – well, sort of. Instead of shopping for unnecessary items, this is your chance to purchase items that will help you organize your space. Velvet or open hangers are great because they are thin, and allow you to neatly hang everything without slipping off. Wicker baskets are a nice way to store many items and they actually look stylish on open shelves. Another useful trick is to use shower hooks to hang your purses and scarves. They are cheap and available everywhere.

    Organize

    Organize your closet in a way that makes sense. Arrange things by colour or in groups (skirts, pants, sweaters), which will make your life easier when you’re in a rush. Keep the items that you use often within reach and reserve the top shelves for seasonal items. And finally, label everything - purses, swimwear, accessories! This will save you time and prevent you from making a mess.

    Light
    By decluttering your closet, you’ll naturally let in more light into the space. But if that’s not enough, it might be worth investing in brighter light fixtures for greater visibility. The other option is to get battery-powered lights and hang them inh dark areas of your closet. A well-lit space will encourage you to keep things tidy and clean.

    Plan to purge

    Don't let your refreshed closet fall into disarray. You can keep tabs on the items you're using and what you're not with a clever hanger system. Add an event on your calendar to clean up the closet again one year from the day you cleaned it. Place all clothing items on hangers facing the back of the closet. When you wear something, turn the hanger around when you return the item to the closet. When the year rolls by, you will be able to tell what you wore and what you didn't wear with ease and be able to ditch things with a clear conscience.

    Organizing your closet will save you time and money. You’ll be less stressed when searching for clothes in the morning and less tempted to shop for new items. Timbercreek Communities hopes these suggestions get you ready and excited for Spring cleaning.

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  • Freshen Up Your Apartment For Spring

    Mar 14, 2019

    Winter is almost behind us and with spring just around the corner, it’s time to think about giving your space a new look and feel. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you fall in love with your home all over again.  Here are a few quick and easy ways to freshen up your apartment.

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    Greenery

    Adding lush green plants is one of the easiest ways to get your space ready for spring. It will not only brighten up your apartment, but your mood as well. Ikea sells a good selection of indoor plants -- including the majesty palm, aloe vera and the snake plant -- at affordable prices. In addition to their visual appeal, plants have health benefits too such as purifying the air and reducing stress.

    Coral

    Coral is a great and refreshing colour for Spring.  Adding it to your home is a simple way to add warmth and comfort, while keeping it stylish and modern. Think about adding a coral accent rug or throw to brighten up a room, or incorporate a corap coloured piece of furniture for a statement piece. Another option is to add coral artwork to your home. Check out Wayfair for some beautiful prints and paintings.

    Sunbaked Colours

    Adding warm, summer colours is a great idea for the spring season. Think pinks, oranges and reds -- colours that remind you of sunsets and the desert. Terracotta is one way to make your space feel cozy and warm. Whether you decide to add a few terracotta plant pots or terracotta-toned accent furniture or home accessories, terracotta shades will always look modern and elegant. Try incorporating items that are blue, grey and muted pink as they'll complement terracotta well.

    Art Deco

    With subtle hints of Mediterranean and African culture, mixed with geometric patterns and bright colours, it’s no wonder why Art Deco has never gone out of style. To get this look, think of African prints, ornate furniture and geometric shapes. You can also incorporate high contrast colours and interesting wall art to really get that Art Deco appeal.

    Monochrome

    The black-and-white trend never gets old. It’s classic and sophisticated. While back and white always looks right, it can get a little overwhelming. If your space is filled with it, you can make it look more interesting by incorporating tones and shades of the same colour, plus different textures and metallics. Add some accent colours, like yellow or green to really make everything pop. Throw in some wooden elements or antique furniture to add warmth.

    Timbercreek hopes these spring home decor suggestions will help you freshen up your home for the coming season.

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  • How To Bring Spring Into Your Apartment

    Mar 19, 2018

    For most Canadians, spring inspires hope. It wakes us up after months of near hibernation with bright aromas and colors, and warm breezes. Timbercreek wants to help you bring spring into your home with these tips.

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    Color

    While monochrome is very in at the moment, the winter palette gets old. Spring means color, flowers, leaves, buds, and blue skies. It's easy to bring these elements into your space. Get a floral rug, buy a colored lamp, put up a yellow shower curtain, paint a bright accent wall. The options are endless. And they’ll help speed the coming of spring.

    Flowers + Plants

    Bring a pop of colour and a delicate fragrance into your home with fresh flowers and spring plants. Grab some fresh cut flowers and/or a few potted plants to place strategically around the house for a hit of Spring. Read more.

    Clean

    Nothing says spring like freshness. It’s like nature herself cleans away the snow, dirt, and sorrow of winter with budding trees, blooming flowers, and sunny skies. Give your place a once over (it’s called Spring cleaning for a reason), and it’ll put a spring back in your step. Check it out.

    Incense + essential oils

    Incense and essential oil diffusion are two great ways to add the scent of spring to your home. While it can take some searching, there are brands that don’t smell like your Grandmother’s closet. Give it a chance. Look for pinon, cedar, pine, or other aromas that actually occur in nature. See more here.

    Accents

    From throw rugs to accent pillows, small details make a huge difference. Bring spring into your space with some new detail items around your home. Head to Winners or HomeSense and dig through the housewares section. They offer a small miracle of decoration goodness on a budget. Check our more.

    Timbercreek hopes our tips help you bring a touch of Spring into your home this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • How to Declutter Your Apartment this Spring

    Apr 25, 2017

    The weather is getting warmer, the birds are singing and your apartment is probably cluttered from hibernation. It’s time for spring cleaning! Timbercreek Communities has some great tips for how to declutter your apartment this spring.

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    If you don’t have a place for all of your things, it’s possible that you don’t need to hang on to all those things. Life is more simple and less stressful when things are out of the way and organized. It’s also great when you know where everything is and where everything goes. If you can’t find a place for it in your home, perhaps it doesn’t need a place in your heart.

    Don’t Take on Too Much

    Most of us don’t have the time, energy or focus to spend an entire day cleaning and organizing. You need to organize your efforts. Break the job down, room by room or task by task, it’s up to you. Be efficient and plan to spend 2 or 3 hours per room or task. Be sure to take a well deserved break if you need it.

    Use it or Lose It

    How many times have you gone through your closets and cupboards and decided to hold onto something because you may need it one day? If you haven’t used that ice cream maker you got for a wedding gift years ago, you probably won’t and that’s okay. Let it go. Sell some things, donate some things, recycle some things and yes, throw away some things that are unusable.

    Routine Maintenance

    Congratulations! You’ve cleaned-out, decluttered and re-organized. The next step is to realize that you are not done. If you think it’s over, you may feel bad about yourself when you have to clean it up again in month or two. Staying organized requires routine maintenance and regular upkeep. The good news is that your new organizing system will be easier to maintain, with less clutter, than before.

    Being organized can be easy! We hope that with a little time and effort, these tips for how to declutter your apartment this spring will help you will feel lighter and less stressed!

    To learn more about Timbercreek Communities across a Canada, please visit our website.

  • How to Keep Your Stainless Steel Clean

    Apr 18, 2017

    Stainless steel is beautiful, but it smudges easily. It can even, strangely, become stained. Don’t despair! It’s easy and inexpensive to keep your steel stainless and smudge-free. Timbercreek Communities has some great tips for how to keep your stainless steel clean.

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    Vinegar and oil is not only great for salad dressing, it also leaves your stainless steel gleaming! Don’t mix them together though, you need to apply the two ingredients separately. You can use mineral oil, olive oil or other vegetable oil. The first step is to determine to determine the direction of the grain, it will either be vertical or horizontal. Go with the grain.  Pour a small amount of oil on a microfiber cloth and polish in the direction of the grain. Next, pour a small amount of white vinegar on the other side of the cloth (or use a new cloth) and wipe off any remaining smudges, again, in the direction of the grain. You’ll be left with shiny steel!

    Dish Soap and Baby Oil

    For this 2 step process you’ll need a couple of soft, non-abrasive cloths, and a little dish soap and baby oil. Dampen your first cloth and apply a little dish soap. Clean the steel along the direction of the grains. Going against the grain will not damage the steel, but you won’t get the clean, gleaming shine that you’re looking for. When you’re done cleaning the steel, wipe up any water streaks before polishing (with the grain) with a couple of drops of baby or mineral oil on a cloth.

    Club Soda

    Is there anything club soda can’t clean? Put a little club soda in a spray bottle and spray directly onto the steel, then wipe it away with a cloth in the direction of the grain. This will remove fingerprints and residue, and give your stainless steel a nice shine.

    Glass Cleaner

    A big complaint with stainless steel is all the fingerprints. You can quickly remove them by using glass cleaner, such as Windex. It’s not recommended that you spray it directly onto the appliance, as you may end up with drip marks and residue. Spray a small amount onto a cloth and apply it in a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly with water and another cloth and dry with a clean towel.

    Your stainless steel just wants to shine! Timbercreek Communities hopes these tips help you keep your stainless steel clean and bright.

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