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How to Declutter and Support Local Shops


Our friends in retail are taking a beating. We want to help

By Gregory Furgala

Like everyone, we’re socially isolating. It’s challenging, but Covid-19 has ushered in an extraordinary time, and we’re doing our part and staying inside. For designophiles like us, though, two problems have emerged: the unaddressed clutter in our homes – so easily ignored when we were out most of the day – is getting more irksome by the hour (especially for those of us living in small spaces). Two – and more importantly – our friends in retail are suffering because we can’t be there to support them. But while so many have closed their doors, many are still going strong online.

Below, we’ve rounded up the shops – small and large – with online sales, free shipping or both that can help tidy up our spaces, because they need help, and so do we.



Few shops in TO are better equipped for tidying up than Neat. Several sales are on now, but our eye is on the Perch wall-mounted storage system (pictured above, and currently 15 per cent off). Free shipping on orders over $50 and free next business day delivery in the GTA for in-store and in-stock items.


We’re fans of Umbra’s bevy of stylized organizational basics, including the Hoop magazine rack, Subway wall hook, and Prisma jewelry tray. Free shipping on all orders over $35.

iQliving Toronto


If you’ve stocked your fridge and pantry a bit more than usual, then pick-ups like Now Designs’ re-usable cotton and jute produce sacks and Fox Run’s milk bad organizer are strongly advised. Free same-day Toronto delivery and Canada-wide shipping on regular-priced orders over $50.



If, like us, you’re working from home and finding your setup lacking, then you’d probably be interested in getting 30 per cent off select office and organization furniture. Plus, there’s free delivery on furniture over $1500.

Crate and Barrel

The furniture and housewares standby is offering multiple sales, including 20 per cent off organizational staples like bookshelves, baskets and cabinets. Our fave: the Oxford Black Lateral filing cabinet. Free shipping on orders over $49; free furniture delivery on orders of $1000 or more.

West Elm

A huge selection of West Elm’s condo-friendly storage, cabinets and coffee tables – like the Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage Coffee Table pictured above – is on sale. Expect up to 40 per cent off on furniture and up to 20 per cent off on office essentials.


EQ3 is offering free shipping on Herman Miller office furniture and accessories, including the timeless Swag Leg Desk and Formworks’ concrete desk accessories, including paper trays, pencil cups and small boxes.

Keep an eye on this page. Sales will change, and we’re going to do our best to keep up. Send us a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let us know who else is open out there.

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