Teddy Bear Toss 2014

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This past Sunday was the 20th annual Petro-Canada Teddy Bear Toss game.

The Calgary Hitmen were showered with Teddy Bears from thousands of Calgarians showing their holiday spirit.

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Not only is this a fun event for the whole family, but it’s for a good cause – all of the bears are donated to children who need them most.

Jay Pilon, our long time Senior Glass Installer represented our team at the Teddy Bear Toss.

He and his wife Stacey, along with their three kids, Sara, Austin and Ryley had a great time throwing Teddies!

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If you havent seen the great video of all the teddy’s hitting the ice, watch it here

We’re so proud of how many Calgarians came out to donate to kids in need. Just one more reason our city is so great!

Happy Holidays!

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Boots, Coats and Hats, Oh My!

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We’ve been holding off as long as possible, but now there’s no denying that winter has come to Calgary.

Many of us have spent the last few weeks digging out winter coats, boots, hats, scarves and mitts from storage, and maybe picking up a few new winter accessories in the process.

Living in a climate such as ours, any family can have a ton of winter gear – it keeps us cozy, but it can also cause a lot of clutterin the home.

We’ve put together our top tips and products for storing and organizing all of your winter gear. Hopefully these tips willhelp keep your home tidy, and give you more time to decorate for the holidays!

 

  1. Shoe Organizer For Mitts and Hats

This is an affordable and simple solution to cut the clutter – use a shoe holder in your hall closet to organize mitts, hats and other cozy gear.

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Photo via The Happy Housewife

  1. Lockers

Whether you choose to install lockers by your front door or in your garage, they are and ideal solution for keeping outdoor gear organized. They have individual cubbies for each family member to keep their coats, hats, boots and more in their place. Plus, they have a clean, stylish look.

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  1. Benches and Baskets

Another great front door solution is a nice bench with baskets underneath. The bench is great for sitting to put on boots, and you can use the baskets to store mitts, hats and other items.

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  1. Garage Shelving

We all know that winter gear consists of more than just mitts, hats and scarves. Things like skis, snowboards, toboggans and hockey equipment come out of storage for regular winter use. Garage shelving is a great way to keep all of your gear organized during the colder seasons, and tucked away for the rest of the year.

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  1. Go for a Custom Hall Closet

Last year, we did a segment on Breakfast Television with one of our clients, Kristina. Her family had some specific struggles when it came to their hall closet, so they opted for a custom solution to help with coat storage and shoe storage, while having a special space designated for their little ones. Check out the BT segment here:

5 Laundry Room Organization Tips

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 11_Fotor For many of us, the laundry room seems to be in a constant state of chaos. It often gets neglected when we think about organizing our homes, even though its one of the areas where organization makes a huge difference. Imagine, not having to sort through piles of clothes, or deal with bulky ironing boards and drying racks – laundry would be a piece of cake!

 

We have some great tips on how to take some of the work out of “laundry day,” by making your laundry room tidy, organized and simple.

 

  1. Sort Clothes In Advance

Sorting out the whites, the delicates and the dry-cleaning can be one of the most time consuming and messy aspects of doing the laundry. Instead of throwing all of your dirty laundry into one big basket, use multiple baskets to help pre-sort clothes – one each for dark, whites, his, hers, etc.

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  1. Make it your own

Personalizing your laundry room and giving it an attractive look goes a long way. Throw away those eyesore detergent bottles, and use a glass dispenser instead, like this one. Also, get a few nice baskets to store odds and ends, to keep them organized and out of the way.

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  1. Hang to Dry out of the way

Try this simple project: mount shower curtain rods behind your door for out of the way drip dry hanging. It’s a great use of space and gets your drying rack off your floor.

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  1. Consider Adding Custom Shelving

Adding a bit more storage space in your laundry room can make a huge impact on organization and cleanliness. Custom solutions allow you to create storage that work perfectly for your family, and can suit any problems you need to address. With a little more shelving, you can organize all of your laundry supplies, and add space for other miscellaneous items like mops and cleaning supplies.

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  1. Actually DO your laundry

For some of us, this might be the most difficult tip to master – but if you just let your dirty laundry build up, your laundry room will never be as organized as it could be.

– Once your baskets get full, throw them in the wash as soon as possible – don’t just move the dirty laundry to the laundry room and leave it there.

– Having a movie night? Throw in a load while you watch.

-If you have pre-teens or teenagers at home, teach them how to do their own laundry – not only will it help with the volume of washing you need         to do, but it will also teach them a valuable life skill early on.

Don’t forget, our custom solutions are for more than just closets. We’ve helped many families with their laundry room woes!

Visit our display centre or give one of our designers a call, and we’ll be happy to give you a hand.

 

 

Simple Spaces on Jayman Home Experts

We are so happy to have been featured on Jayman Home Experts!

Check out the video below, where we go over the basics of wood and wire shelving, and some of the awesome benefits and space saving solutions they provide.

Watch the video here:

See more Home Experts videos by Jayman Homes here.