Complete List of Spring Decluttering and Organizing Project

By CSC - March 20th, 2017

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Spring is here! This is a time when many people begin decluttering, organizing, and cleaning. To help you make the most of your time, we’ve compiled a list of project ideas to complete to get your home in tip-top order. Find tips organized by area below.

In the Kitchen

Scrub off grime and dirt and get organized in your pantry. Get more information on each project by clicking the link.

Fridge and Freezer Declutter and Organizing: Say goodbye to freezer burns and make room for spring crops. Get tips to declutter and organize your fridge and freezer.

10 Tips for a Better-Organized Kitchen: In ten easy steps and you’ll have a kitchen that makes cooking easy.

3 Projects to Get Your Kitchen Organized: Tackle these three pantry projects to make it easy to find spices, ingredients, and tools.

Organized custom closet in white

In Bedrooms

Bedroom closets are often another source of frustration. It’s a great time to switch out seasonal clothes, mend items, and declutter unworn clothing and accessories!

Organizing a Kid’s Closet: Get your whole family organized this spring. Start in your child’s closet with these tips.

Shoe Storage Tips: Shoes, shoes, and more shoes. If you love shoes, you’ll want to see how to make the most of your space.

Linen Clear Out: Pay attention to your linen closet. Spend a few minutes sorting things out and check it off your to-do list.

Lighting: Being able to see your space is key to staying organized. Find out how to light your closet.

In the Office

Get a Clutter-Free Home Office: Stay focused and re-evaluate your home office. Find tips to get a clutter-free office.

7 Tasks to an Organized Office: Start making a habit out of staying organized. Find seven projects to organize your home office.

Quick Office Organization: Short on time? You still have plenty of time to get organized. Find quick tasks here.

Entryway & Outdoor Areas

Spring is an ideal time to clean your entryway and prepare your yard for get-togethers.

Entryway Spruce Up: Doing a quick spruce up could be all you need to fix up your entryway.

Organizing Your Shed: Simple steps to take to a more organized shed.

customized garage cabinet organizer

Miscellaneous Areas & Tips

The Medicine Cabinet: This area can often become neglected over time. Luckily, this easy decluttering project can get you organized fast.

Easy Purge: Don’t know where to start decluttering? This article is for you!

Visual Decluttering Project: Clutter can be more than physical stuff. Cut down on the visual clutter with this how-to.

Closet & Storage Concepts is proud to offer quality custom closet, pantry, office, and Murphy bed products. Find a location near you to get started.

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Fridge/ Freezer Decluttering and Organizing

By CSC - February 28th, 2017

Woman reaching into fridge

At Closet & Storage Concepts, we’re always looking for ways to help our customers declutter and get organized. That includes all aspects of their lives such as in their fridge and freezer. Read on for ways to make room in your fridge. Cooking and entertaining will be a whole lot easier with an organized fridge!

Step 1: Devote Time to Decluttering

Like many decluttering projects, it all starts with timing and a schedule. Block off a couple of hours to go through your fridge to declutter, clean, and get organized. And don’t forget to schedule in a couple of breaks. After all, getting organized can be hard work!

Step 2: Take Everything Out

Sure it may seem unnecessary to take everything out, but by going through this process you will have the opportunity to see everything that is currently taking room up in your freezer and fridge. That jar of jam you forgot about from two years ago? Who knew it was living in the back corner of your fridge! Taking everything out ensures that you have taken a complete inventory of what you own.

For any items that are clearly past their expiration dates (use your sense of smell and sight to help with this), just toss them out. For any items that you’re unsure of, set them aside in one pile. Put everything else in a keep pile.

Step 3: Clean!

We mean it. Freezer burns and stains on shelves can be dissolved. Take bins out and give them a good wipe with disinfectant. This is a great time to start with a clean slate. A sparkling clean fridge will make it easier to see and find items.

Step 4: Toss Out and Organize

It’s time to do any final toss outs before you start placing items back into your fridge. For any items that you’re unsure about, toss them, unless you already have a recipe in mind to use them.

Once you’ve cleared out the necessary items, it’s time to begin placing items back into your fridge. Consider rearranging shelves and bins to make the most of the space you have. Stackable plastic or metal shelves can be used to help double shelving space. Place fragile items on top shelves and heavier items on the bottom.

When it comes to the meat and vegetable drawers, don’t neglect them! Set them at desired temperatures to make foods stay fresher for longer. Separating veggies and meats is beneficial to keep germs or bacteria from spreading to other foods.

Once everything is squared away, you’ll have the perfect organized fridge. Be sure to reorganize and recalibrate every month or so to keep it looking fresh and clean. A clean fridge and freezer is a great starting place for an organized kitchen.

Apply similar organizing goals to your kitchen pantry to make cooking and baking easier. When it comes to custom pantry solutions such as shelving or pullout drawers, or even a place for cookbooks, Closet & Storage Concepts is your premier choice! Find a location near you to get started.

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Easy Decluttering Project: Medicine Cabinet

By CSC - February 24th, 2017

We may be known for custom closets, but at Closet & Storage Concepts, we’re here to help our clients make the most of their homes. This means helping them declutter and get organized in all areas of their lives!

Decluttering can be difficult. Wrap your head around the task at hand by decluttering in manageable chunks. If you’re struggling to declutter your home, consider starting with a simple task: try decluttering your medicine cabinet!

Find our top tips and items you can toss out today below.

Look for Expiration Dates

One of the best guides when decluttering a medicine cabinet is to look for expiration dates. This applies to makeup, skincare products, and medicine. If a product is expired or smells funky it is probably a sign that the product is past it’s prime. For expired prescription medication, set them aside so you can dispose of them safely.

If you don’t see any expiration dates, use your senses to help guide you. Nail polishes that are separating or dried up mascara can probably be tossed. Makeup and skincare products that use fresh or natural ingredients could be more susceptible to going bad.

Give Aways and Promotional Products

If you have a collection of makeup bags that you’ve received as a free gift, consider adding these to the giveaway pile. Many charity organizations and women’s shelters will often take untouched products. It’s a great way to declutter while doing some good!

Place unwanted items into giveaway bags to make it easy to transport. You could even consider giving away items to friends or family.

Don’t Forget Your Handbag

Don’t forget to look inside your handbag as you declutter as tubes of lip balm may be lurking inside. Toss any expired medication and makeup that you find.

Check In Your Shower and Around Your Sink

While you’re at it, check your shower and around your sink for other items that can be tossed. Look at your razor and if you don’t know the last time you replaced the blades, give it a toss. A dull razor can cause knicks, scratches, or an infection. Look around your sink and throw out your old toothbrush. This is crucial for maintaining good oral health as toothbrush bristles can become worn down and hold onto bacteria over time. Talk about a health hazard!

Consider Decanting

Sometimes items can benefit from being decanted. This helps make room in cabinets and on shelves. Moving products into smaller containers lets you ditch large and bulky containers without having to part with any remaining product. Using bottles and containers that look similar can help give the appearance of a more streamlined and luxurious bathroom.

You did it! You took the first step to decluttering your home. For customized home storage products or more organization ideas, give your local Closet & Storage Concepts location a call. Our design experts are ready to help you make the most of your home.

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Tips to Create a Wardrobe You Love

By - January 31st, 2017

The New Year is often a time many people create resolutions to improve their lives. One resolution could be to find your personal style and develop a wardrobe that you love. Here are some ways that you can make this resolution stick!

Woman shopping and deciding on purchase

Think (and Buy) Slowly

Refine your wardrobe and your style by cutting out impulse purchases. Take a step back from the world of fast-fashion and look for items you can love for longer than a season. Be thoughtful with your purchases by evaluating every piece that you bring into your home. This will ensure that items will be worn once you purchase it!

Tip: Remove impulse purchases from your closet by decluttering. Try this: start by putting sticky notes on hangers or items. Write the date of your next purge session and if the item isn’t worn by then, donate or toss the item.

Renew Pieces

Sometimes a little attention is all that is needed to keep clothes that you love. For example, getting items altered or patching up a small hole can help you make the most of the items you already love and own. This can prevent impulse purchases. Untidy pile of clothes on the ground

Sort What You Already Have

Some studies say that we only use 20% of our wardrobes 80% of the time, so there’s bound to be pieces that you already wear and love. Sorting through what you have is a good way to identify the items you love wearing. Be sure to go through every single item – even ones that fell off of their hanger.

Use the items that you love as a guide for what you add to your wardrobe. Look for trends such as the styles you tend to go for. This can help you see what is lacking from your wardrobe and what you want to try. Sorting your items will help you find what works for your body type, personality, and style.

Tip: If you have hampers built-into your closet system, use these to help you sort through items. Line the bin with a large trash bag. When you’re ready, haul the bag to the thrift store rather than the laundry machine. Items you’re keeping can be placed back into your closet.

Artful arrangement of woman's outfit

Document Outfits

Having some kind of documentation of all of the clothes you own will help refine your style. It’s also a great reminder that your wardrobe is filled with great things. Documenting outfits will help you record your favorite options and allow you to try new combinations. Don’t forget to include accessories. Using an app is a popular and easy way to catalog your items.

Tip: Use a valet rod to combine separates and create outfits. This is a great accessory for any closet system.

Closet & Storage Concepts is your #1 choice for custom closets and home storage products. Visit your local store today to find a storage solution to store your newly curated wardrobe and make room for life!

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Organizing a Closet For the Child In Your Life

By - January 24th, 2017

Keeping kids’ rooms tidy and organized can feel like a full-time job. To them, cleaning their rooms seems like a never-ending task because of how hard it is to make sure everything is in the right place. If you’re ready to find a solution to this problem, contact your organizational experts at Closet & Storage Concepts to create a custom closet that works for you and your kids! Here are some tips to think about when you start planning their new closet.

Organized Closets for Children

Keep things within reach!

Young children need to be able to get what they need out of their closet without your help each time. Install lower shelves and racks for the things they use every day. Display their favorite toys and outfits within reach to them so they can always access it. Use the higher shelves to store off-season clothes or things they haven’t grown into yet.

 

Adjustable racks and shelves

If this closet is going to stick with them until they move out, you should definitely plan on making the interior pieces adjustable. As they grow, and as their wardrobes get larger, it is essential that their closet can adapt to fit what they use. Installing clothing racks and shelves that can adjust in height will ensure they aren’t out of reach when they are young or inconvenient to use when they are older.

 

Cubbies & open storage

There is a reason their first introduction to organizational skills is through cubbies at school. These provide a great way to store their items so when they do have to find something, it is not an infinite abyss of toys and clothes like a chest or dresser might be. Visibility is key with kids and open storage spaces will help them know where things go at the end of the day. They can sort toys and clothes into cubbies, while extra hooks on the backs of doors for jackets or wet towels will keep the clutter off the floor.

Closet Organization tips for kids

Label, label, label

By labeling bins and drawers with the appropriate title, it will be a breeze for them to put away whatever has collected on the ground. Teach them that everything has a home and be consistent and clear about where it all goes. Bins and baskets that they can take out of the closet will make clean up easier and with a simple label on the outside, they’ll know which to use.

 

Personalize it!

If you make an organizational space appeal to their interests, your kids will be more likely to get involved in maintaining it. With the right colors, bin designs, and layout, you can transform a plain closet into an interactive space that they’ll actually enjoy organizing. Try colorful trims that highlight the space and bins that fit into the color scheme. Using compatible colors will also make the space visually cleaner.

 

An organized closet system will teach them invaluable skills about how to clean and tidy a space. Cleaning their room won’t be an impossible chore, but something they do every day. The most important takeaway is that finding a solution to organize your child’s closet is not impossible. Contact us for a free in-home consultation and let us find the solution for you.

 

Organizing Resolutions to Work Towards in 2017

By - December 31st, 2016

Getting in shape or eating better are common resolutions for the New Year, but have you considered making a resolution to get organized? Doing so can help you make the most of your time and your home. Here are a few resolutions that could be worth your while.

Paper files and clutter

Stop Paper Clutter

Choosing paperless statements helps cut down on paper clutter. Personal finance apps like Mint can help you get a handle on your money this year. Save time writing checks and balancing your checkbook each week by streamlining your paperwork and bills. Enroll in automatic bill payments to cut down on the check writing (and having to buy checks!).

Get the Whole Family Involved

Getting organized throughout your home doesn’t have to be a single-person task. Work towards involving the family in your organization and storage goals. Not only will it help keep your home neater, it can give everyone a chance to spend time with each other. Give kids small tasks around the home or help them to develop an organizing plan that works for their room. You can even help them organize their school papers to help them finish out the year strong and hit their goals!

Men's closet with hanging organizer

Make Better Organizing Habits

Make a resolution to develop new organizing habits that save you time and keep your home clean. Making a habit to follow through with projects and chores can make sure that you actually get organized and aren’t stuck with a bunch of half-completed projects. For example, after washing and folding your laundry, make sure to follow through and put items away properly. This will stop mountains of clothes piling up and make getting ready in the morning less stressful.

Keep Your Car Clean

Getting organized doesn’t have to just be about your home. Try to organize all aspects of your life such as your car. Do weekly spot checks and vacuum at least once a month. You can find more car organizing tips on our blog.

Waste Less Food

Many Americans tend to buy more than they can eat and let food expire. Resolve to waste less food and save money by getting organized. Using a meal planner and making a grocery list are proven ways to stick to a diet and only buy the food you know you will cook and consume. To store all of your items it may be necessary to purge and re-organize. Make sure your pantry is up to the task with a custom storage solution from Closet & Storage Concepts.

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Declutter the Entire Home

Decluttering can help you maximize your time and make the most of your life. It doesn’t have to be done in one day or even one week. Try working in small steps to accomplish a more organized home throughout the year. Try focusing on certain areas in your home. For example, in January you can focus on the entryway, February the pantry, March your closet, and so on. We have a great guide where you can find ideas.

Achieve your New Year resolutions by visiting your local Closet & Storage Concepts! Find a location near you today.

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4 Essential Features in a Custom Office

By - December 22nd, 2016

Customized office desk and storage

If you’re looking for a home office that serves as a headquarters for personal and professional affairs, you should consider custom cabinets, storage fixtures, and furniture. You also need a design that maximizes the efficiency of the space you’re in and improves the organization of paper and digital records. Consider these four essential features of any organized custom home office.

Storage Cabinets

Storage cabinets, used in a group or as a standalone unit, are key for creating an efficient, clean, and well-organized office. Cabinets crafted from high-quality solid wood with glass inserts add distinction to any space and make an office appear sophisticated. Upper cabinets give you additional short and long-term storage options.  Add lighting to your cabinets to make it easy to find items and complete tasks.

Desks & Work Surfaces

Having a desk that has enough space for your computer or laptop and additional paperwork is essential for any office. If your office will host potential customers or clients, a desk must be elegant and sturdy, while leaving enough room to move around comfortably. L-shaped and U-shaped desks are highly effective because they give you flexibility when storing items like printers, boxes, and supplies. These types of desks also give you a bigger work surface.

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A Comfortable Chair

Being able to sit at your desk comfortably, without experiencing any backaches or strain, is often because of the chair you select. Consider a padded chair with adjustable features and stability control. Some chairs even use memory foam to contour to your body. A chair that offers proper back support and helps enforce proper posture will allow you to stay focused and comfortable for hours on end.

Bookcases

No home office would be complete without bookcases and shelves. This is true even if you enjoy e-books more than print editions. Printed books and periodicals specific to your trade or professional interests add class, personalization, and distinction to offices. Shelving also gives you an opportunity to show off certifications, degrees, and awards. Choose solid wood to yet another layer sophistication and luxury.

A custom home office can serve as more than just a quiet place to pay your bills or respond to work emails. When properly designed, it can be the headquarters of your home or business that offers efficient storage as well as a place to handle delicate affairs. Get started today by scheduling your complimentary in-home design estimate!

4 Organization Tips for Hosting Holiday Meals

By CSC - November 18th, 2016

Holiday meal dining table

Hosting big family meals at the holidays can be very fun – or very stressful. The key to a successful gathering is organization and planning. So, whether you’re hosting twenty people for Thanksgiving or five people for New Year’s Eve, here are a few tips from Closet & Storage Concepts to make the process easier:

1. Plan the menu ahead of time.

If you’ll be doing all the cooking yourself, plan your menu far in advance. For example, print the recipes you plan to make and paperclip them together as a reminder. However, if your guests will also be bringing dishes to share, be sure to communicate clearly ahead of time. You can assign each person a specific menu item or simply a course (appetizer, dessert, side dish, etc.), but be sure to make a note of who is bringing what.

2. Take stock and make a grocery list.

Once you have your menu, write out a list of all the ingredients you need. Then check your fridge and pantry to see what you already have and what you need to buy. Having a clean, organized pantry makes this step a lot easier, but if yours isn’t up to par, give Closet & Storage Concepts a call! Our experts will work with you to design a custom storage system for your pantry.

3. Schedule your prep.

Start your prep a few days before the event. Do your grocery shopping and make sure you have decorations and place settings. As you get closer, plan out tasks you can do ahead of time – chopping vegetables, baking desserts, etc. And when the big day arrives, write out all your tasks based on priority so that everything gets done on time.

4. Don’t forget leftovers!

If the meal is a success, then chances are that your guests will want to take leftovers home with them. Be a gracious host by thinking ahead and buying cheap plastic or disposable containers for your guests’ use. That way, you won’t have to worry about loaning out precious containers that you may never get back.

If you plan ahead and follow these tips, your holiday meal is sure to be a success! But if you want some extra help, contact the experts at your local Closet & Storage Concepts – they can design the perfect pantry or storage system to streamline the holiday hosting experience.

Photo by James DeMers, licensed under Creative Commons CCO 1.0.

10 Tips for a Better-Organized Kitchen

By CSC - November 11th, 2016

kitchen organization storage closet

Are you tired of spending your valuable time searching for the right measuring cup or mixing spoon? At Closet & Storage Concepts, we tell our customers that they can have the kind of kitchen seen in magazines—simple, efficient, and free from clutter—by taking small steps. Here are 10 simple tips for a better-organized kitchen:

1. Organize your kitchenware by frequency of use.

The things you use most often—your favorite saucepan, spices, utensils—should be in easy-to-reach cabinets. High shelves should be reserved for less commonly used items, like seasonal dinnerware.

2. Hang your potholders, dishtowels, and aprons from pegs on your wall.

If your kitchen allows it, pots can also be hung to free up space underneath your stove.

3. Keep your tupperware organized by size.

There are few things more frustrating than finding the perfect sized Pyrex for your leftover goulash and having to endlessly hunt for its lid. If you keep your containers and lids separate, consider organizing lids by size or color.

4. Pull-out shelf organizers can transform your cabinets.

They make it easy to find that egg skillet hiding behind your spaghetti pot.

5. Master dishwasher loading by grouping like items.

Keep your forks, knives, and spoons in their own groups, so they can be unloaded quickly.

6. Harness the mysterious power of magnets.

They can be used to mount your knives on the wall, freeing up valuable drawer and counter space. You can also mount just about anything to the side of your refrigerator, including tin foil, plastic wrap, and small spice jars.

7. Make a list of kitchen essentials, hang that list from your fridge, and mark ingredients that you deplete.

You’ve just made a handy shopping list!

8. Hang tools on the backs of cabinet doors.

This is a great solution for oft-used tools, such as measuring cups, spatulas, and whisks. Adding a corkboard gives you a place to display your favorite recipes.

9. Use bins to consolidate small items.

This works especially well for your junk drawer, where loose paper clips and rubber bands abound. In your pantry, group ingredients by function. A “baking” basket could include flour, sugar, baking soda, and yeast.

10. Maintain your kitchen as a space for cooking.

Kitchen counters often become the first place that we set down papers, bills, and keys. Consider reorganizing your entryway with shelves and cabinets to keep your kitchen clutter-free.

A well organized home gives you more time to enjoy the most important things in life: friends and family. Give us a call today for more information!

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Creative Kid Costume Storage Ideas

By - October 31st, 2016

Halloween trick-or-treating

From fairy tales to space odysseys, costumes can help bring the stories from your kids’ imagination to life. Halloween costumes can be used multiple times for playtime, but if you’re worried about where and how to store them, don’t fret! Closet and Storage Concepts is here to help.

Use Hooks

If floor space is it a premium where your kids play, one solution would be to use your wall space. Hooks can be very effective with this and can help store costumes that have multiple pieces. Hooks can also be re-installed at different heights as kids age. Choose from a wide range of finishes and colors to fit any space.

Try a Pegboard

Another way to use your wall space would be to try a pegboard or slatted wall system. While we usually use these in a craft room or in a garage, there’s no reason why we couldn’t adapt it for a playroom! Notch baskets and hooks into your pegboard to hold capes, fairy wings, or shoes and other accessories. The hooks and baskets can be moved around as costumes change.

Try a Trunk

A storage chest can double as a bench for reading stories. Just toss some blankets and some thick pillows on top! Using a trunk keeps costumes out of sight. This is particularly helpful if a playroom is also a main entertaining area for guests. When using a storage trunk, be sure that little ones will help to put away costumes when playtime is over, or those costumes may end up scattered on the floor. Storage bins that divide the trunk into sections can help sort costumes.

Girls reach-in closet with dress up clothes

Use Their Closet

Dedicate a section for costumes. This can help minimize the number of costumes you store around your home. You can do this in a few different ways.

Fabric cubbies that sit can be installed in a hanging area can be used to create vertical space. And when they outgrow the costumes, they can be used to store clothing items like jeans and sweaters.

You could also try dedicating a hanging area specifically for costumes. We recommend using a double hanging area. This is great for very small children as their clothes are generally shorter. You can use one hanging area for regular everyday clothes and the other hanging area for costumes. As they grow, the double hanging area can be used for separates like blouses, button-ups, and pants.

Adjustable wood or infused melamine shelves also give your home extra value. They are sturdier and are visually more appealing than the typical wire systems found in many homes.

No matter how many costumes and characters you need to store, you can get organized with Closet and Storage Concepts. Contact your local team of storage experts to see how we can help your whole family make room for life.

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