The Top 7 Ways Disorganized Closets Negatively Affect Your Life

You cringe every time your closet doors are opened, bracing for the catastrophe that awaits within and the inevitable spike in your stress level.

Is this a scenario that sounds all-too-familiar to you? If so, you’re one of many people who have to contend with their disorganized closets every day. And disorganized closets can have more negative effects on your life then you might imagine.

Naturally, there are the obvious ways disorganized closets impact your daily life, such as wasting your time and the stress they cause. Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll realize that the many drawbacks of having messy closets should provide plenty of incentive for you to fix the situation.

Identifying the problem is the first step on your pathway to doing that. Do any or all of these seven negative effects of having disorganized closets resonate with you?

disorganized closets

Keeping your closets organized can eliminate some of your daily stress.

1. Disorganized closets stress you out

The universal response to being asked “What’s the biggest negative effect of having disorganized closets?” will likely be that it’s a major cause of stress. Clutter and disorganization is just not conducive to keeping your headspace in a relaxed state.

Some of that stress develops because clutter and disorganization disrupts our focus and concentration. Our brain processes the mess as one more thing on our to-do list that needs to be dealt with.

And the longer we fail to deal with the problem, the more overwhelmed our brain feels. Feelings of guilt and shame manifest themselves in the form of health-threatening stress.

That means you’re adding to your stress level every time you need to go into your messy closets. For most people, that’s an average of three or four times a day. And disorganized closets and home clutter also add to the already-high anxiety levels North Americans have.

2. Disorganized closets waste your time

Another popular answer in response to how disorganized closets affect out lives would be that it causes us to waste a lot of time. Some of that stress and anxiety disorganized closets contribute to stems from the fact that too much time is wasted looking for specific items.

Consider these statistics from a OnePoll survey of 1,000 American women:

  • 47% of women struggle when it comes to deciding on which outfit they should wear to work
  • 1 in 4 women admitted to having disorganized closets
  • 57% of women believe that having organized closets saves them time when picking out something to wear

Another home organization study conducted by Alpha Phi Quarterly magazine shows that more than two thirds of those surveyed believe they could save up to 30 minutes a day if they were more organized. This is in all areas of their life, not just when it comes to their closets.

But disorganized closets are one of the biggest contributors to the hundreds of hours wasted by the average person yearly. So why are your closets so disorganized? Do you not declutter frequently enough? Is your closet space not being used properly or do you lack an efficient closet organizer?

3. You never have enough closet storage space

Look at any list of the most coveted features for homebuyers and ample closet space is sure to be near the top. And when we don’t have enough of it, we’re not happy. More than two thirds of homeowners polled by HSH.com named a lack of storage space as their biggest pet peeve.

Contrary to popular belief, however, the cause of disorganized closets isn’t necessarily due to your closets being too small. A Soap and Detergent Association study reveals that 80% of household clutter is a result of disorganization, not lack of space.

Yes, small closets make it more a challenge to keep your closets tidy, but there are ways to maximize the available space you do have. This can be done by using a few different solutions:

  • making better use of your vertical space
  • keeping your shoes more organized with a shoe rack
  • having extra hanging rods added
  • adding space-saving closet accessories to enhance your closet’s functionality

Your disorganized closets may also be making you think twice about buying a new clothing item you’d really like, just because you’re worried about adding it to the mess.

Sure, a certain amount of self-discipline when it comes to clothes shopping is a good thing. It is nice, however, to treat yourself to a new dress or pair of pants once in awhile, too (and especially if it’s on sale at a great price).

disorganized closets pant rack

Make better use of your closet’s space by adding smart storage solutions like this pullout pant rack.

4. Disorganized closets are an eyesore

When your closets are a mess, you definitely want to keep them hidden from view. Other than when you need something out of your closet, it’s a good bet that your closet doors will be closed around the clock.

This will certainly be the case if you have houseguests over, but disorganized closets are also an embarrassment to show to the rest of your family. And, most importantly, you’ll be in a constant state of guilt over how out of hand you’ve let the situation get.

With the stylish and attractive looks that closets can be designed with nowadays by a skilled designer, your closets should be a space that you look forward to entering, not dreading.

There are an abundance of appealing finishing options and features available with a custom closet design. You can have a closet space created that actually adds to your home décor, instead of it being an area of your home that’s hidden as much as possible.

5. You frequently misplace and lose items

An overstuffed closet makes it far more difficult to locate specific items. And it’s no wonder our closets have too many things  – the number of household items we buy has skyrocketed in the past several decades.

The Daily Mail newspaper reports that in the past 30 years, Britons’ homes have had a 133% increase in the average value of their contents. And the average closet of an American woman has 103 items in it.

Because we have more clothes and shoes than we need, items in the closet get misplaced or even lost. Often when they are found much later, they’ve become fashion relics or no longer fit.

Consider these additional statistics that illustrate the impact of having disorganized closets:

  • women have an average of $550 worth of unworn clothing sitting in their closet (10 Yetis survey)
  • at least once a month, 44% of women polled say they’re unable to find an item in their closet (OnePoll survey)
  • 61% of women who struggle with picking an outfit from their closet buy new clothes instead of organizing (OnePoll survey)

It’s also estimated that 80% of your clothing is worn a mere 20% of the time. That’s mostly due to owning more than we need, as well as us being too disorganized to find items. As a result, this prevents us from getting our money’s worth out of the clothing by wearing things regularly.

6. Disorganized closets aren’t good for your clothing

A full, poorly maintained closet doesn’t provide a friendly storage environment for your clothing and shoes. Clothing that’s crammed together while hung up is more likely to get wrinkled. It also makes it harder to find items.

Clothing stored on open shelving or in closet drawers that are just thrown there instead of getting folded will also become a wrinkled mess. And shoes left in a disorganized pile on your closet floor will get scuffed and damaged.

Disorganized closets also cause you to take other storage shortcuts, simply because you have fewer storage options. For example, if your shelving or drawers are full, sweaters might be put on a hanger, which leaves hanger marks.

7. Dealing with disorganized closets gets your day off to a bad start

There’s rarely enough time in the morning to adequately take care of all your responsibilities before heading out to work. Being slowed down by hunting for a shoe or belt to match your outfit, or plain old indecisiveness when choosing an outfit, adds to the time we waste every morning.

When you leave the house late, your day gets off to a bad start. You also don’t want to have to just “settle” on an outfit due to time constraints. This doesn’t put you in the most confident, relaxed state of mind you’d prefer to have to begin your day.

3 in 10 women from that OnePoll survey believe that having an organized closet would make their mornings less stressful.

Don’t put up with your disorganized closets any longer

If you’ve been dealing with the headaches disorganized closets for too long, take some action. Disorganized closets cause needless stress and with the help of a closet professional, you can fix your closet problems.

Transforming disorganized closets is what Organized Interiors specializes in. Whether it’s adding a custom closet organizer or suggesting other bedroom storage solutions like a bed surround or wardrobe, we’ve been improving the organization and storage capabilities of our clients’ homes for more than 40 years.

Schedule your free in-home design consultation with us to find out what we can do to transform the disorganized closets in your home.

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Pickering College 2017 Holiday Home Tour

Pickering College Holiday Home Tour ad

As we head into the busy holiday season, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from many holiday events and attractions to attend.

Organized Interiors would like to invite you to participate in the 2017 Holiday Home Tour, which is being put on by Newmarket’s Pickering College. Get in the holiday spirit by visiting five homes decorated in holiday splendour in the Aurora, Newmarket, and Sharon areas.

About the Pickering College Holiday Home Tour

Since its inception in 2005, the Pickering College Holiday Home Tour has grown substantially, attracting over 13,000 guests from across the province. Proceeds from this unique fundraiser, which is presented by Buckley Insurance, go towards supporting local charities and the school’s programs.

This self-directed tour will be open to 1,000 ticket holders on Friday, November 17th (5 pm-9:30 pm) and Saturday, November 18th (10 am-4 pm). Each of the five homes on the tour will be decorated with a unique holiday theme by a collaborative team of the finest decorators, designers, and florists in York Region.

The Holiday Home Tour will also include a Seasonal Boutique at Pickering College on the 18th from 10 am-5 pm. The Seasonal Boutique will feature over 40 vendors with unique gift ideas for holiday shoppers and is open to the public free of charge. An addition to this year’s Holiday Home Tour is a concert series at the historic Sharon Temple.

Charities and organizations supported by the Holiday Home Tour

Here are some of the charities and organizations that have been supported by the Holiday Home Tour over the years:

The 2017 Pickering College Holiday Home Tour will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Doane House Hospice. This non-profit organization is “dedicated to enhancing quality of life through the provision of non-medical support for those affected by or caring for an individual with a life-threatening illness, as well as bereavement support”.

Over 150 businesses support the Holiday Home Tour

Organized Interiors is proud to be one of more than 150 businesses and organizations supporting the Pickering College Holiday Home Tour through sponsorship, advertising, or donation. Here are some of this year’s other sponsors:

Over 200 volunteers also take part in the tour each year. In past years, this collaborative effort has resulted in unique and memorable experiences for guests of the tour and the 2017 Holiday Home Tour promises to be even more exciting.

About Pickering College

Pickering College is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. It was founded in 1842 as a Quaker school and has been at its current location in Newmarket since 1909.

All aspects of the school celebrate diversity, which is reflected in both the school’s Global Leadership Program and their commitment to a co-educational environment. The school states that their “unique approach includes educating and developing the ‘whole child’ through a focus on academic excellence, co-curricular distinction, character, and leadership development”.

Get your Pickering College Holiday Home Tour Tickets now

There are only 1,000 tickets available for the Pickering College Holiday Home Tour available, so don’t hesitate to reserve yours right now.

Support some worthy causes by soaking up the holiday spirit at the tour’s magnificently decorated homes and Seasonal Boutique. See you there!

Top 13 Common Sense Reasons for Choosing an Electric Fireplace

As the winter approaches, you’ve decided it’s time to choose a fireplace for your home. The heating benefits and ambiance boost a fireplace provides will surely look even more attractive as the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall.

Anyone looking to add a fireplace will ultimately find themselves having to choose between one of three options:

  • an electric fireplace
  • a traditional wood-burning fireplace (or wood stove)
  • a natural gas fireplace

An electric fireplace simply makes more sense

Each choice has their undeniable benefits. For example, an electric fireplace is much more cost-effective and low-maintenance. On the other hand, today’s impressive electric fireplace technology hasn’t yet managed to replicate the delightful smell that only a burning log can produce. And a natural gas fireplace offers the convenience of starting a fire at the touch of a button.

Weigh the individual pros and cons of wood-burning, natural gas, and electric fireplaces, however, and the latter emerges as the clear choice. And here are the top 13 reasons why.

electric fireplace feature wall

1. Electric fireplaces are more affordable

The costs of adding a wood-burning stove or fireplace to your home can quickly start piling up. There will be major wall construction and masonry work required, including the building of a chimney.

For natural gas fireplaces, venting and gas lines will need to be set up. That’s a lot of expenses before we even factor in the cost of the fireplace itself.

Electric fireplaces are a more affordable way to add the comforts of a fireplace to your home. Even higher-end electric fireplace models will prove to be a more cost-effective solution than a wood-burning or natural gas fireplace setup.

There are two main types of electric fireplaces available:

2. An electric fireplace installs easily

The logistics of installing a natural gas or wood-burning fireplace can get quite complicated. Here’s what can be involved:

  • building a chimney
  • having a fireplace pit and hearth built
  • accommodating gas lines
  • getting building permits
  • contending with messy, disruptive construction in your home

Installation of an electric fireplace, however, is significantly easier and much less restrictive. Many electric fireboxes just plug into an electrical outlet – it doesn’t get much simpler than that! Other fireboxes and all linear wall-mount electric fireplaces will need to be hardwired using either 120V or 240V.

Even if you’re creating a larger-scale feature wall with a linear wall-mount fireplace, the work that’s required is simply no comparison to what’s involved with the installation of a wood-burning or natural gas fireplace.

Rooms that traditionally haven’t been able to accommodate a wood-burning fireplace (like a bedroom or home office) now can with an electric fireplace. Those in apartments and condos can also enjoy the benefits that fireplaces provide.

3. Electric fireplaces don’t take up much space

Compared to a wood-burning fireplace or stove, an electric fireplace creates a far smaller footprint within your room. A hung electric fireplace only protrudes 6″ to 8″ into a room. If it’s recessed into your wall, it’ll also only require about that much depth space.

The ease of installation with electric fireplaces also gives you a lot more flexibility in terms of where it can be located. With wood-burning and natural gas fireplaces, their location will be tied to the limited areas available to install a chimney or wherever the gas lines can fit.

Underutilized corners in a room can become more useful with the addition of an electric firebox. And an electric firebox mounted within your entertainment unit or bookshelf also saves you space.

4. An electric fireplace is safer

The potential safety risks of having firewood burning inside your home go without saying. Owners of wood-burning fireplaces also have the hazards of smoke and ash inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning, and chimney fires to worry about. Anything that uses natural gas also carries an inherent risk with it.

Electric fireplaces are a much safer option and give you greater control over how your fireplace operates. You’ll have zero worries about the harmful gasses and fires raging out of control that can potentially occur with conventional fireplaces.

Many models come with an automatic shut-off feature for a higher degree of safety. And an electric fireplace won’t pose a risk of anyone getting burnt because the front glass stays cool when it’s running. That’s an especially important safety feature if you have young children or pets.

5. There’s plenty of customization options

Both electric fireboxes and wall-mount electric fireplaces offer a wide range of customization options to accommodate your needs and design tastes.

An electric firebox comes with a range of door and trim kits to choose from. They can also be combined with a fireplace mantel that comes in a variety of finishes. You also have the option to sit an electric firebox within an entertainment unit below your television.

A linear wall-mount electric fireplace adds an even more sophisticated fireplace look to your home. They also offer some different operating features and custom options (like the ability to embed a fireplace within a feature wall).

Here are some of the other features that most linear wall-mount fireplaces and electric fireboxes include:

  • remote control
  • on-screen LED display to view temperature settings and functions
  • thermostat controlled heater
  • inner glow logs and/or ember bed options
  • authentic-looking flame to create the illusion of real fire
  • variable colour themes

6. Electric fireplaces enhance and complement your home’s décor

Because electric fireplaces and fireboxes allow for so much customization, you’ll find that complementing your home’s décor becomes even easier. The design possibilities are almost limitless and you’ll appreciate the freedom that comes with matching your electric fireplace to your home’s architectural and design style.

An electric fireplace in any room creates a dynamic focal point that unquestionably makes the space more inviting and comfortable. And one way to take that concept to the next level is to create a fireplace feature wall.

A beautiful fireplace feature wall can be created by setting a wall-mount electric fireplace within either your drywall or stylish melamine panels. Organized Interiors has hundreds of melamine panels of varying styles, textures, and patterns to choose from.

electric fireplace feature wall

Create a beautiful home showpiece with a fireplace feature wall.

7. An electric fireplace is a cost-effective heating solution

By using supplemental heating (also known as zone heating), you can lower your thermostat and heat specific areas of your home that you’ll be occupying more frequently. That reduces your energy costs. You’ll find that electric fireplaces are a great supplemental heating solution.

If the house is feeling chilly and you and the family are planning on a movie night in a living room outfitted with an electric fireplace, leave your home’s thermostat where it is. After all, why heat up the whole house when everyone is gathered in one room for several hours?

Just set the fireplace’s thermostat at a comfortable level and enjoy your evening. Organized Interiors carries electric fireplaces and fireboxes from industry leader Dimplex which can heat rooms up to 1,000 square feet.

Wood-burning and natural gas fireplaces lose anywhere from 50-70% of their heat, depending on various factors. An electric fireplace, however, wastes little of its energy. And with the heat on, electric fireplaces only cost around 14 to 18 cents an hour to operate.

8. They require virtually no maintenance

The work required to operate and maintain a wood-burning fireplace is significant. You’ll need to make sure you’re either buying firewood or cutting it yourself. Then you need to keep it stored in a dry area and lug it inside when it’s needed.

And, of course, there’s the messy cleaning up of ashes and soot, as well as the requirement of getting your chimney cleaned every few years. All of this extra expense and maintenance time should be factored into your fireplace-buying decision.

Compare all of that to the virtually no-maintenance nature of an electric fireplace. The only cleaning required is to simply wipe down the front glass occasionally, just as you would any other surface in your home.

Replacement of a fireplace light bulb may also be needed occasionally. Other than that, your electric fireplace shouldn’t require any other maintenance, as they’re built to be reliable and long-lasting.

9. Electric fireplaces are eco-friendly

Wood-burning fireplaces use up precious natural resources, aren’t energy-efficient, and pollute the air.  Natural gas does burn cleaner, but also uses up natural resources.

Electric heating, on the other hand, only uses a small amount of electricity to operate, has zero emissions, and is highly energy-efficient. When it comes to a home fireplace, you can’t get much more eco-friendly than that.

10. The flames look just like the real thing

One concern with buying an electric fireplace is that the flames they produce don’t quite look like the real thing. Electric fireplace technology has come a long way in recent years and today’s models now produce amazingly realistic flames.

Dimplex’s patented flame technology is the best in the industry. You’ll barely be able to distinguish the difference between a real flame and the flame produced by a Dimplex model. Visit our showroom to see for yourself!

electric fireplace flames

The flames an electric fireplace produces look amazingly realistic.

11. An electric fireplace is convenient

Starting a wood fire involves a whole process that can sometimes result in a smoke-filled home. And maintaining your home temperature at a comfortable level with a wood fire is an inexact science.

Too cold? Throw on another log or two and then wait for it to warm up. And if it’s too hot, you’ll probably end up just opening a window to cool off until the temperature in the room lowers. It’s not exactly the most convenient of heating methods.

Conversely, an electric fireplace or firebox starts up with the simple press of a button and produces a consistent room temperature via its thermostat control. The temperature is displayed on the fireplace’s floating LED display.

Temperatures can even be adjusted from your couch by using the convenient multi-function remote control the electric fireplace comes with. Electric fireplaces also come with features like an automatic shut-off timer and a range of colour themes to suit your mood.

12. You can use an electric fireplace year-round

Even when it gets warmer, your electric fireplace will serve a valuable function. To enjoy the ambiance boost that a fireplace provides without the heat production, simply turn off your electric fireplace’s heat function.

The flames will continue to display and you’ll be able to achieve that cozy, inviting feel in your room during the late spring or summer. And with the heat off, an electric fireplace will cost you barely anything to run. Depending on your fireplace model and hydro rates, the maximum expense you should be looking at is a mere 3 cents per hour using this setting.

13. The movability factor

If you decide to sell your home, a wood-burning or natural gas fireplace is difficult (if not impossible) to remove. And even if you can bring it with you, you’ll need to once again go through the aforementioned installation headaches at your new home.

Because electric fireplaces and fireboxes are so easy to install, they’re also easier to move if needed. Whether you’re moving to another home or want to move the electric fireplace or firebox to another room in your home, you’ll have a lot more freedom to do so.

The best home fireplace choice should be obvious

When you compare the benefits and shortcomings of the various types of home fireplaces available, the best choice should be obvious – an electric fireplace.

With the holidays coming up, there’s no better time to make your home more warm and inviting with an electric fireplace. Schedule your free in-home consultation with an Organized Interiors designer to get started.

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Organized Interiors Sponsors the Pickering College Holiday Home Tour

Pickering College Holiday Home Tour ad

As we head into the busy holiday season, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from many holiday events and attractions to attend.

Organized Interiors would like to invite you to participate in the 2017 Holiday Home Tour, which is being put on by Newmarket’s Pickering College. Get in the holiday spirit by visiting five homes decorated in holiday splendour in the Aurora, Newmarket, and Sharon areas.

About the Pickering College Holiday Home Tour

Since its inception in 2005, the Pickering College Holiday Home Tour has grown substantially, attracting over 13,000 guests from across the province. Proceeds from this unique fundraiser, which is presented by Buckley Insurance, go towards supporting local charities and the school’s programs.

This self-directed tour will be open to 1,000 ticket holders on Friday, November 17th (5 pm-9:30 pm) and Saturday, November 18th (10 am-4 pm). Each of the five homes on the tour will be decorated with a unique holiday theme by a collaborative team of the finest decorators, designers, and florists in York Region.

The Holiday Home Tour will also include a Seasonal Boutique at Pickering College on the 18th from 10 am-5 pm. The Seasonal Boutique will feature over 40 vendors with unique gift ideas for holiday shoppers and is open to the public free of charge. An addition to this year’s Holiday Home Tour is a concert series at the historic Sharon Temple.

Charities and organizations supported by the Holiday Home Tour

Here are some of the charities and organizations that have been supported by the Holiday Home Tour over the years:

The 2017 Pickering College Holiday Home Tour will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Doane House Hospice. This non-profit organization is “dedicated to enhancing quality of life through the provision of non-medical support for those affected by or caring for an individual with a life-threatening illness, as well as bereavement support”.

Over 150 businesses support the Holiday Home Tour

Organized Interiors is proud to be one of more than 150 businesses and organizations that support the Pickering College Holiday Home Tour through sponsorship, advertising, or donation. More than 200 volunteers also take part in the tour each year.

In past years, this collaborative effort has resulted in unique and memorable experiences for guests of the tour and the 2017 Holiday Home Tour promises to be even more exciting.

Organized Interiors is pleased to be sponsoring the Rabito home on this year’s Holiday Home Tour. Caroline Mason, one of our Design Consultants, will be on hand at the Rabito home in Aurora to speak with guests.

Additional sponsors for the Rabito home include:

And here are some of the other sponsors for this year’s tour:

About Pickering College

Pickering College is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. It was founded in 1842 as a Quaker school and has been at its current location in Newmarket since 1909.

All aspects of the school celebrate diversity, which is reflected in both the school’s Global Leadership Program and their commitment to a co-educational environment. The school states that their “unique approach includes educating and developing the ‘whole child’ through a focus on academic excellence, co-curricular distinction, character, and leadership development”.

Get your Pickering College Holiday Home Tour Tickets now

There are only 1,000 tickets available for the Pickering College Holiday Home Tour available, so don’t hesitate to reserve yours right now.

Support some worthy causes by soaking up the holiday spirit at the tour’s magnificently decorated homes and Seasonal Boutique. See you there!

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Organized Interiors Participating in the 2017 Winter Coat Drive

winter coat drive

Having enough warm winter clothing becomes especially concerning around this time of year and into the winter. We’ve had some especially frigid winters in Ontario in recent years, which places extra emphasis on the need for warm winter clothing for children.

The Children’s Breakfast Club began their Winter Coat Drive in 2014 to address the need of getting warm winter clothing to those who need it. Organized Interiors is proud to once again be participating with them in their 2017 Winter Coat Drive.

About The Children’s Breakfast Club

The Children’s Breakfast Club is a non-profit charitable organization that began in 1984. They believe every child is entitled to a nutritious breakfast and currently have more than 20 clubs in the Greater Toronto Area that serve an estimated 4,000 meals per week.

The Children’s Breakfast Club’s other main objectives are to:

  • encourage children to develop healthy nutritional, behavioural, and personal hygiene habits
  • provide children with emotional support and social and intellectual stimulation
  • encourage and develop the skills of staff, volunteers, and other community members

What is the Winter Coat Drive?

The Winter Coat Drive collects and distributes new and gently-used winter clothing to children and their families in need of proper winter attire. Specifically, the organization states that “Our overall vision for the 2017 Winter Coat Drive is to ensure no child in Ontario is cold this winter season.”

2015’s Winter Coat Drive collected more than 30,000 items of winter clothing and last year that number grew to more than 40,000 pieces collected. This year’s goal is to collect 50,000 clean, good quality, gently-used coats and items of winter clothing in child and adult sizes.

All donations end up at The Children’s Breakfast Club’s Coat Warehouse in North York, which operates throughout the winter season. Toronto Police will hand out vouchers to families they encounter who are most in need of this winter clothing. The vouchers can then be redeemed by the family members for a winter coat or item of clothing they’re most in need of.

Organized Interiors’ involvement in the Winter Coat Drive

The 2017 Winter Coat Drive will be Organized Interiors’ second year of participation in this worthy cause. Our participation in the 2016 Winter Coat Drive was inspired by Toronto’s very own NBA All-Star, Toronto Raptor Alumni, and Assistant Coach and Community Ambassador Jamaal Magloire. Jamaal challenged all of Toronto to “Donate a Coat” and “Warm a Heart”.

More than four truckloads of coats and winter clothing were collected at Vaughan’s first drop-off centre in the Organized Interiors showroom. The donated items were promptly delivered to the Coat Warehouse to ensure those that needed the items got them as soon as possible.

Organized Interiors wishes to thank the following people for helping to make the 2016 Coat Drive such a great success:

  • our valued new and repeat customers
  • our trade partners The Neat Freak for their generous donation of 160 linear feet of coat racks and coat hangers that will help Coat Warehouse volunteers sort and store donations
  • Gloria DiLecce and the staff from Michael Luisi Couture for their support and donations
  • our corporate neighbours at Garage Living and Better Living Products for their participation and support
  • Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua for visiting the Organized Interiors showroom and bringing attention to the Winter Coat Drive
  • Organized Interiors’ Design Consultants and enthusiastic staff for spreading the word to raise awareness about the Coat Drive
  • the Jamaal Magloire Foundation, which improves the lives of at-risk youth through the power of sport
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The drop-off centre in Organized Interiors’ showroom for 2016’s Winter Coat Drive.

How you can help

You can get involved by making donations for the 2017 Winter Coat Drive at the Coat Drive drop-off centre in the Organized Interiors showroom at 201 Chrislea Road in Vaughan.

Along with new and gently-used winter coats, we’ll also be gratefully accepting donations of any of the following (in all sizes) between November and March:

  • hoodies
  • sweaters
  • hats
  • mitts and gloves
  • scarves

Donations can also be made directly at The Children’s Breakfast Club’s Coat Warehouse, which is located at The Peanut Plaza at 3030 Don Mills Road. Call (437) 836-6222 to make coat drop-off arrangements. Monetary donations can also be made at breakfastclubs.ca (a tax receipt will be issued for donations of $20 or more).

You can also help by spreading the word to your family, friends, and co-workers about the 2017 Winter Coat Drive. Be sure to share this blog post on your social media pages!

Donate a coat and warm a heart

Warm winter clothing is something most of us take for granted. But consider the ways in which inadequate winter clothing can impact a child’s daily life.

Inadequate winter clothing can cause kids to get sick more often, which may affect their school attendance. Unsuitable winter clothing also limits the ability of children to participate in outdoor winter activities.

Your generous donation can help make this winter a little more comfortable for someone in need. We look forward to seeing you at our 2017 Winter Coat Drive drop-off centre in our showroom!