Tips to Organize Your Photos

By csc-admin - April 21st, 2015

memories-407021_1280Although we live in a digital world, many of us are still attached to physical mementos that bring to mind cherished memories. Photos are just one of the common items that this is true for. Whether you’ve put off organizing your photos, or have recently uncovered some from relatives, we hope this post will help you out! An organized life can increase productivity and reduce stress.

Identify Goals

First let’s identify the main goals that you have. For example, you will need to decide if you just want to sort through the hardcopies, or if you also intend to digitize them so they can be saved and shared online. The quantity of photos that you have will also impact your decision, and should help in time management expectations. A couple hundred photos might easily be done in a weekend, while a couple of thousand might take quite a few of your weekends.

Set a Game Plan

Once you’ve set your goals, it’s time to start developing a game plan. This strategy will be personalized and may develop as you dive into it. However, many plans will feature similar processes, such as the three-‘S’ plan: Sort, Scan, and Share. The order will probably change as you see fit, but it’s a good way to dive in.

Sort

This can be applied when dealing with both hardcopies and digital images. You’ll want to create a filing system that makes it easy to find images you are looking for, rather than simply having them all dumped in various places.

The most common sorting techniques are by year, by category (food, people, nature, etc.), or by person. If you sort by person, you can create folders for who is in each image then create sub-categories such as dates, events, and so on.

When sorting through your photos, don’t be afraid to toss out photos that are blurry or that conjure unpleasant memories. It’s okay to say goodbye to them and make room for new memories.

Once they are sorted be sure to have a space for them to stay nice and neat. Custom solutions are a great idea, and you can add creative custom photo displays to any room in your house.

Scan

Scanning will help to create a digital inventory of your photos. In addition, it will make the sharing aspect easier if you are planning to share the photos electronically. Don’t forget to backup your photos, just in case something might happen to them. It would be heart breaking to lose all of your work! Choose photo sharing websites to store them, a cloud service such as Dropbox or Google Drive, or an external hard drive. Some photo scanning apps also include the ability to tag people or create tags to help you keep the photos organized. You can use the sorting tips above to help keep them organized.

Share

Another problem that many people face is finding out the best ways to share their images. There are various photo sharing sites and methods. Flickr is one great photo-sharing platform. A basic membership is free, but you also have the option to pay for an ad-free version with double the storage space. With 1TB of space available (500,000 photos), this should be enough for even the most avid photographer! Facebook is another great way to share your photos, especially since you can notify people in the images by tagging them. You can also email links to the photos you post, and allow those in the photo to download them to their own computers or devices. Then there’s the old fashioned ways of sharing hard copies through the mail or in person. This is especially useful if you’re trying to clear out the collections in your home.

Photos are a great way to keep cherished memories. Keep them organized to easily find the ones you’re looking for. Closet and Storage Concepts hopes that with these tips you’ll be able to make the most of your memories!

Photo by Life of Pix, under Public Domain by Creative Commons License Zero (CCO 1.0).

Storage Solutions for the Shoe Obsessed

By csc-admin - April 14th, 2015

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For the shoe lovers among us, sometimes it seems like there’s simply never enough room to house our whole collections. From stilettos to sneakers, pumps to Pumas, finding places to store your shoes is no mean feat when you’re a passionate shoe lover. Fortunately, Closet and Storage Concepts has your back! Try any one of these options for a unique and clever way to store your shoes. It might even allow you to add a few more pairs to the collection without driving your significant other crazy, and that’s a win-win in our books!

Chair Rail

Using a chair rail is a clever way to store your stilettos, plus they’ll always be within reach. You can put chair rails at different levels for even more shoe storage. Unfortunately, this method only works for high-heeled shoes, sorry flat lovers. Another note about this storage method is that while it might be creative, it can also scuff your walls. To combat this, try a semi-gloss paint. The shine and finish can make cleaning a bit easier. Of course, the most passionate shoe lovers among us won’t have any problems in this regard, since of course we treat our shoes with the utmost care!

Shelving

Shelving is useful in just about every area of your home, and your closet should be no exception. Shelving should be customized for your shoes, so if you have more flats, you can get the most of your space with shorter shelving units than the friend who is all about her heels, and who’ll require taller shelves. This means that no vertical space is lost.

Alternate the shoes so you fit more into your space. You can even try open shelving for a more minimal and modern look. Open shelving can help you see the full picture of your shoe story. Maybe with all that extra room you can even start a bag collection!

Pedestal

Try this option for that Holy Grail pair of designer shoes that are just begging to be shown off. This can help to make your closet look like a boutique and offers a chic focal point, which will work especially well in walk-in closets. You can try short pedestals on top of a dresser in order to be more space conscious as well.

Hidden

You can try clever storage units for your shoes particularly if you’re short on space. Try treasure trunks or ottomans with hidden shoe pockets, or create your own in a DIY project! These are particularly great for flats, depending on how large the trunk or ottoman is. Use this option if you want shoe storage that protects your shoes, while also allowing them be concealed if you’re not one to flaunt your collection. Look for containers with interesting patterns and textures to really jazz up your space.

All of these options can help to customize your shoes and your home. For a truly customized closet, you’ll want to work with experts like those at Closet and Storage Concepts, so give us a call today!

Photo by beart-presets, under Public Domain through Creative Commons License Zero (CC0 1.0).

Strike a Cord

By csc-admin - March 30th, 2015

 

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In today’s modern age, cables are a daily part of life. Whether it’s for your ear buds, your charger, or other electronics cables, most chances are that you’ve been frustrated by the tangle of cords. This can impact your productivity and mood. Trying to tackle the cord situation can be difficult, but it can make a big difference in your productivity, but how do you get a personalized solution for your needs? Here are some tips from Closet and Storage Concepts.

Label

Cords can often get tangled because they get entangled with other cords. When you’re searching for a specific cord, you want to get it the first time, without yanking out another cord. The first step to controlling this would be to label. You can either create your own, or buy them. There are a variety of options, whether they’re stickers with an image or words, or snap versions that go around your cord and you can change out the labels and reuse them. For a DIY and budget friendly option, try bread clips. Just use a marker to write what the cord is for or use a label maker. You can choose to label on both ends of the cord or, just one. We usually recommend both ends to make it easy no matter where you are plugging your cord, but use whatever system is best for you.

Bulk

The next step would be to bulk the cords. This can help them in the next step when you start to hide them. While not necessary if you only have a few cords that won’t really show or clutter up your workspace, it can be useful to group like cables together. Try grouping cables that won’t need to be unplugged often. So printers, phones (not cells), and lamps or lights are good options. Keeping laptop, tablet, or phone chargers out of the bundle will mean they can go mobile with you. If you have multiple chargers you can probably keep all of the cables bundled together.

Hide

This might be the trickiest part when getting your cords under control, as you have to get the most creative. There are organizational systems that go behind a desk that can act as a pocket to catch and hide the unsightly cords, and even systems that guide your cords and create organized loops under your desk. Making the cords a focal point by creating loops and patterns along the wall allow you to find the cord you need without disruption to the entire system. Plus they create a pretty unique look.

Custom storage units, whether it’s an entertainment center, office unit, or cupboard charging stations, can provide a seamless look that meets your charging needs while being aesthetically pleasing.

Try hiding cords behind frames that may sit on top of a desk. There are wooden boxes that cover a power strip, but sometimes these look just as much out of place.

Get Creative

No worthwhile storage project is without the benefit of creating a solution that works for you. This can involve any amount of creativity, as the system will be just for you. In an office, this could mean having cords that are completely hidden and ready to be unplugged at a moment’s notice. Or it could mean featuring the cords so that they become a part of the design of your space.

If you crave a photo like the one above that has a minimal amount of cords, look for keyboards, mice, and other gadgets that can connect wirelessly to reduce the amount of cords you have. It can create a minimalist approach that makes your desk and space look larger.

You will also probably get creative with what you group together. You’ll probably have to group your cords around an outlet. If you can, you can get wall outlets behind monitors, or even on the floors. This can help to lessen the visual impact of clutter.

Create a place of productivity and peace by reducing the visual impact of the cords in your life. Need some help creating a cord solution? Give Closet and Storage Concepts a call today for a free consultation!

Photo by SplitShire, under Public Domain by Creative Commons License Zero (CC0 1.0).

Spring Forward & Other Spring Organization Projects

By csc-admin - March 12th, 2015

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With the start of daylight savings time this past Sunday, we hope you feel refreshed after losing an hour of sleep, we thought it would be a perfect time to bring you some spring organization projects for areas throughout your home along with some helpful tips. We know we’re not quite into spring, and many places around the country don’t feel like it either, but it doesn’t hurt to start getting ahead. On with the list!

  1. Garden Shed

Spring often brings to mind flower blooms and increased sunshine. To prep for increased gardening time, it’s a great time to clean out and organize your shed. Hooks and a place for tools along a bead or peg board is a classic option so clippers, dandelion pullers, and hand trowels are all within easy reach. Try some new pots to really spruce things up in your home as well.

  1. Hallway Closet

If you will have guests for upcoming spring breaks, the hall closet is an ideal place to start within your home. If this is also your go-to place for overflow storage, it might be time to give it a look and do a purge. Start with the top shelf as it is often forgotten about. Don’t forget to give it a clean wipe down to knock out some spring cleaning too!

  1. Closet Storage

Once you’ve reclaimed the hallway closet start working on the other closets in your home. To make the task seem more manageable, consider doing them one by one. The linen closet is one place that is often overlooked. If you’re busy changing out the sheets on your beds,  be sure to go through this closet to see if there are any outdated bed spreads that you are okay to part with.

Clearing out the winter gear will also be occurring. Try natural products to protect your clothes from moths with items like lavender or cedar blocks. Utilize under the bed storage to rotate items through the seasons. Space saving bags can also come in handy for thick knit sweaters and jackets that you’re ready to store until next winter. These help to keep your clothes fresh while making room for other goodies in your closet; a win-win!

  1. Junk Drawer

The dreaded junk drawer is often avoided for as long as possible, which makes it one of the best places to sort out and get organized as you head into a new season. As always, be sure to give the drawer (or drawers) a good clean out. Dividers will be the best option here, especially for all the bits and bobs. If you have any old mint tins, these can help keep sewing needles, safety pins, eraser caps, etcetera contained. Try magnets along the inside to pick up and securely hold paper clips or tacks. Your home will feel a lot freer once you tackle this area.

  1. Filing Cabinet

Prepare for the upcoming tax season by starting with your filing cabinet! Clear out or, for an even better option, shred paperwork especially if your cabinet is having difficulties opening or closing. Most tax professionals recommend keeping records for up to seven years.

Labeling will be a huge help here so you will be able to spot the account or year you need when you are going about your taxes and into the future. This tip can even be applied if you’re using online tax software or storing documents electronically.

While adjusting to losing an hour less of sleep can be less than pleasant, cleaning and organizing can help put your home, and you, into a spring spirit. Share your go-to spring organization tips in the comments below!

The Transitional Closet & Wardrobe

By CSC - February 24th, 2015

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This time of year becomes difficult in many places around the country as it is not warm enough to tuck away the thick knits, and it’s definitely not warm enough to go sans sleeves. As your wardrobe transitions, your closet should too. An organized closet will save you time and sanity, as it will seamlessly fit into your lifestyle. Here are some tips on how your wardrobe, and closet, can play nice with the seasons.

Layer Up

Layering is crucial when between two seasons as you’ll have to be prepared for varied weather reports. Lightweight jackets and coats are good when transitioning from winter to spring, and even from summer to fall. They’ll offer a bit of protection and warmth and can easily be shed if it gets too warm. Scarves are also ideal transition pieces as they come in a variety of materials, styles, and prints that can fit into any season or personal style.

Your closet’s design can follow suit. Lots of layers will be the key to having an organized closet system. Different layers for pants, shirts, dresses, boots, shoes, and everything in between will make sure you have easy access to your whole wardrobe.

Easy Reach

To be prepared for anything you need options. You’ll need access to even more options than when you’re settled into a season, so don’t condemn your chunky knits to the basement or under the bed storage just yet.

With your closet system, you can utilize pull out storage and racks. Try a retractable valet rod, which is a great way to plan ahead for tomorrow. Pull out shoe racks are also quite common as they allow you to make the most of your space, while neatly concealing them away when needed. When using up every inch of your closet, keep the essentials at eye level with the less significant pieces farther up or down from your line of sight. Blouses, t-shirts, pants, or skirts (items you wear most often regardless of the season), should be closer at hand. Items that will be used in the upcoming season should also be closer at hand.

Phase Out

Transitioning your wardrobe will often mean phasing out pieces that won’t be needed and bringing in pieces that will see more wear in the upcoming season. As you are doing this, it will be an optimal time to start cleaning out your closet so you’re ready for the next year. Be prepared to donate pieces that haven’t seen the light of day for longer than you can remember. Say goodbye to pieces that don’t fit. Think of this as a way to make room for new pieces rather than a complete toss out, especially if you’re tight on space.

Make transitioning a breeze as your closet changes with you. Custom closet systems can help you achieve the look and organization you need in your home. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us so we can help you achieve your dream home today!

4 Incredibly Cool Themed Kid’s Closets and Storage

By CSC - February 12th, 2015

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At Closet and Storage Concepts, we love crafting custom solutions for our clients’ homes. Often, this centers around spatial and storage needs, but we also get to tackle some incredibly creative design projects. Some of our favorite projects of this type center on the kid’s room, where designers are often able to really let their imaginations run wild in concocting something unique and whimsical. For this post, we’ve collected four of or favorite kid’s room closets and storage solutions, all of which focus on innovative and imaginative design. Read on to find some inspiration for your child’s bedroom, and contact Closet and Storage Concepts for all of your home storage needs!

A Closet For The Perfect Princess Room

For many young girls, the princess room is a true dream come true. In the example linked above, you can see a few incredible touches, including a gorgeous carriage turned into a bed; however, we’re mainly intrigued by the beautiful castle-themed closet rising up in the background. Although on the inside you’ll find a standard home closet, the stunning façade demonstrates just how imaginative you can get with your closet design. In this case, not only are you turning a traditional closet into a highlight of the room, you’re able to do so while really tying the room’s themed together.

A Telephone Booth Closet For A Superhero Room

For as many young girls that want a princess room, there are surely just as many boys hoping for a superhero hideaway. This incredible DIY room gets everything right, from the uber cool framed comic book covers to the Bat Signal painted on the wall. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that our favorite touch is the telephone booth closet. Perfect for changing from your Clark Kent getup to your Superman duds, this custom closet is a great example of just how creative you can get with your child’s closet.

Storage For A Video Game Fanatic

This entry may not be a closet, but it’s still an example of an inspired storage solution for a kid’s room. For any video game fanatic out there, it doesn’t get much more classic than the original Super Mario Bros. This shelving system has been made to mimic the iconic look from that first game. Showcasing the brick blocks and item power-ups found throughout the Mario series, this shelving system would be a great way to declutter your child’s messy video game trove. Perfect for tying a game themed room together, this Mario shelving is sure to make a big statement in your home.

Sports Lockers For Your Budding Athlete

For every young sports fanatic, nothing quite signals an oncoming game like opening up your locker and pulling out your jersey. This cool locker themed closet is ideal for your little Michael Jordan, and is sure to keep his or her interest piqued in their favorite sport. For an easy way to add a bit of flair to your little athlete’s bedroom, consider something personal like this fun locker closet!

No matter your spatial and design needs, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have what you’re looking for. Call us today and get started on the road to an organized home!

 

 

Four Incredibly Cool One-Of-A-Kind Murphy Beds

By CSC - January 30th, 2015

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At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re experts in all forms of home storage and organization, from custom closet systems to garage storage systems. Some of our favorite projects involve installing Murphy beds, the coolest way to add some extra space to your home. Because we’re so crazy about the brilliant way that Murphy beds add extra space to our customers’ homes, we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of some of the most unique Murphy bed designs out there. All four of these Murphy beds are homemade, so although we may not be able to deliver a Tardis wall bed to your home, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have a Murphy bed that will fit in with your home’s unique décor. Read on to find out a bit more about these incredible custom wall beds.

The Vintage Sports Locker Murphy Bed

One father, when attempting to craft the perfect sports-themed bedroom for his young son, went above and beyond in crafting this incredibly cool sports locker Murphy bed. If you click on the link above, you’ll find some great images that sum up everything we love about wall beds. Not only are Murphy beds a great solution for a cramped space; they also allow you to show of your individual style with incredible customizable looks. You’ve got to imagine the boy with this super cool locker wall bed is the toast of the neighborhood, demonstrating the kind of personal touch you can get with a customized Murphy bed.

Old Barn Door Murphy Bed

At the Blue Moon Rising educational center in Maryland, one of the employees has built a beautiful, one-of-a-kind wall bed out of a distressed barn door. If you click on the link above, you’ll find Brian Oxford’s ingenious design. This Murphy bed again showcases the ability of a wall bed to not only solve a space issue, but to do so while elevating the entire décor of a room. All of the Murphy beds at Closet and Storage Concepts are designed with this goal in mind, so we love what Oxford has done with this vintage beauty.

Tardis Murphy Bed

This Murphy bed goes out to all of the Science Fiction fans out there. If you’re a Dr. Who fan, it’s hard to imagine a better bed for your home than this awesome Tardis wall bed. Built by a fan in New Zealand, this Murphy bed comes equipped with working lights and a talking telephone. What better way to pretend you’re traveling the cosmos with the Doctor than with this completely original design? Here we have just another example of the way that a Murphy bed can truly elevate your entire living space.

Upright Piano Wall Bed

We end with an incredible design that was produced in 1885. Currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum, this upright piano Murphy bed is one of the coolest designs we’ve ever seen, combining the practicality of a wall bed with the aesthetic beauty of a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture. Although the piano itself isn’t playable, this fantastic Murphy bed must have been the perfect place to sleep for the music fanatic. Best of all, the piano Murphy bed showcases the combination of craft and purpose that is at the heart of every great wall bed.

If you’re looking for an easy way to add style and space to your home, contact Closet and Storage Concepts today to get an idea of the beautiful Murphy beds we have in our line. Sleeping in a piano might not be for you, but we’re sure to have something that will add that extra touch for your home!

Closet & Storage Concepts Receives “Best Of Houzz” 2015 Award

By closetsc - January 23rd, 2015

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We are truly honored to receive a “Best Of Houzz” award in the Design category for the third year in a row.  Each year Houzz chooses their award recipients by the total number of consumer ideabooks a professional’s photos have been added to.  Take a look at some of our award winning projects here then contact us for your free in home estimate!

 

Re-Energize: New Year, Better Office

By CSC - January 16th, 2015

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With the New Year often comes a reset after spending some quality time with family and friends to allow for an even more productive year ahead. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’ve already shared some general tips for getting the new year off to a great start, so today we’re diving into organizing an essential space in your home: the office. Here are some ways to get the year off to a great start by re-energizing your home office!

Go Bold

Bold colors can help to energize your space and positively affect your productivity. If you have created an office out of a closet, this is even better as the boldness will be a bit unexpected. Try bright teals, oranges, even fuchsias, or lime greens.

You can feature a bold color in small amounts, if you’d prefer a more neutral desk surface color, such as on your chair fabric, or on the frames of art work.

All Systems Go

A productive office is often an organized office. This doesn’t necessarily have to mean that every surface is pristine; you need a customized solution that fits your unique needs.

For example, some people are naturally pilers not filers. However, this does not mean that their offices are a dump. They have their own system that makes them the most productive. Pilers often create piles to sort out various paperwork and receipts to return to them later. If you are a piler, try out desk trays that can easily stack until you are ready for them. For the filers, there are also a number of stylish options in the forms of portable file cabinets, and dividers for your desk for more urgent documents.

For smaller items, or even crafts, try drawer separators or tins to house them in before setting them into a drawer.

Get Comfy

Well not too comfortable especially if it limits your productivity. However, your office can still be inviting and a good chair can make you comfortable and productive. Pick a chair that provides enough support when you will be writing or typing so as not to cause discomfort or joint problems.

You can also create cool-down zones that offer a relaxing space to take a break after you’ve accomplished a major task. This can come in the form of a sitting area, a nook to read a book, a beanbag, or even a yoga mat. Whatever works best for you, this should be an area that when you come back to your desk you feel refreshed and ready to accomplish even more!

A home office is a great place to start to accomplish your home resolutions this year. If you need some professional advice to gear up your organization, be sure to give Closet and Storage Concepts a call today!

 

De-Cluttering Your Home for the New Year

By CSC - January 9th, 2015

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Happy New Year! Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, the New Year is always a busy time for us. Because so many homeowners make organization a major resolution moving into January, we tend to find ourselves working with clients to get their homes’ in tip-top shape for the year to come. In the spirit of this, we’ve put together a few tips for getting your home better organized this month, so that you can start the New Year off right. Read on to find out more, and remember to contact Closet and Storage Concepts to find out how we can upgrade all of your home storage needs!

Consider Downsizing

Everyone may say they love the holiday season for the intimate family gatherings, or the quiet reflection time it tends to afford. But if we’re being honest, the presents sure do help. As nice as it is to receive a gift from a loved one, you have to keep in mind that you’re adding even more clutter to your home or apartment. To start the New Year, consider downsizing some of your collections. If you picked up a new winter jacket, it’s likely the right time to donate the old one you seldom use any longer. The same goes for media collections or sports items. Although it’s always hard to part with your things, remember that an organized home always leads to a better-organized life!

Banishing The Christmas Decorations

It happens every year: now that Christmas is passed and you’re back to work, there’s a scramble to box up and put away all of your seasonal decorations. Whereas last year you threw everything in a box and shoved it wherever you could find space in your closet, this year consider taking some time to organize, label, and properly store your holiday decorations. Not only will it make next year’s decorating that much easier, but buy starting the year off with an organizational purpose you’ll have a better chance of carrying that spirit over to the rest of 2015.

Tackle The Kid’s Room

If you’re a parent, there’s a very good chance your children received a number of new toys, clothes, and other presents. Now that they’ve had some time to play with their new items, make sure you take the time to reorganize their rooms. With an influx of new toys, you can likely find a number of items ready for the donation pile. Even if your child isn’t ready to part with last year’s goodies, make sure to start 2015 right by organizing their closet from top to bottom. By doing this, you’ll be able to get a handle on the mess that can be a child’s room while also teaching important organization and life lessons.

Upgrade Your Storage System

Sometimes, simply reorganizing your home isn’t enough. For a New Year’s resolution, why not commit to finally updating your outdated storage system? Whether it’s a new master closet, a better-designed pantry system, or garage shelving that actually works for you, Closet and Storage Concepts is here to help you find a solution for your home. We’ve worked with countless clients looking to start the new year with a more organized life, so we have the experience necessary to craft the perfect storage system for your individual needs. If you’re in the market for a new home storage solution, make sure to contact Closet and Storage Concepts today!

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