Archive for August, 2015

Elements of a Functional Closet

By - August 31st, 2015

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At Closet and Storage Concepts, we love to help clients sort out their closets and help them get organized. Functional closets often have certain elements in common. We’ve compiled them so you know what to expect when you create your personalized closet space. It is so important to have a closet system in place that is functional for your unique needs, or you risk not using your closet system and accumulating clutter.

A Place for Everything

Having a place for everything is key for a functional closet space. In order to create this space you’ll need to take into account your items and what your closet will be used for. For example, reach-in and walk-in closets will likely need rods at varying heights for items such as dresses, pants, and sweaters. In a laundry or linen closet, you will want to address shelf heights for cleaning products and linens.

Details

This piggybacks off the first point, but to create the most functional closet storage space, the details matter. You need to make sure you have enough room to walk around, or even allow for a sitting area if you desire one in your walk-in closet. You may even need to make sure the closet layout makes the most sense for who will use it. A child’s closet and organization area will need to be closer to the ground so they can be used. Even garage closet systems or entryway closets can benefit by paying attention to the details to really maximize the efficiency of your closet. Carefully paying attention to all of the details can even help to carve out a bit more storage space in your home.

Pretty Pairings and Time

Putting in the time and effort, especially when planning, will be necessary as you create a functional closet system. It is best to allocate plenty of time to do a clean out and to properly plan the most efficient layout. Giving yourself plenty of time to plan will help you hone in on key areas of your closet and create a place for everything. In addition, it will make sure that details don’t fall through. Need professional assistance? Don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Closet and Storage Concepts designer. They’ll help you through the entire process of creating a functional closet system, from properly measuring your space to the design of your closet system.

Many professional closet designers will also say to factor in decorative items when budgeting and planning to allocate for finishing touches such as paint, hardware, or other storage accessories. Functional closets also tend to incorporate unique design elements. These pretty pairings will help to give your closet a design you’re looking for, making you more likely to use it.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we know how to help our clients create beautiful, stylish, and functional closets. Call us today to schedule your free, in-home estimate.

5 Items to Re-Purpose for Increased Organization

By - August 18th, 2015

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Re-purposing items can eliminate a trip to the thrift store, while also making your home more organized. While we still encourage you to clear out unneeded and unnecessary items, you might want to consider re-purposing items to increase your storage space and create a more organized home. These five items are a great start.

Paper Towel Holders

Not only do they keep your paper towels from rolling everywhere, they can even be used to corral accessories such as bracelets and watches, or even belts! Simply stack up your jewelry, or wind your belt around the holder. Keep pieces you wear often towards the top. Re-purposing a towel holder can help clear out space in your closet or jewelry box by going vertical. 

Shower Hooks

Before you throw away shower curtain hooks during a bathroom remodel, use them in your closet to hang purses, bags, or even umbrellas. Simply hang the hook on the rod of your closet, and then hang your purse on the decorative element of your hook. You can also use them to store umbrellas in your hallway closet if you don’t have an umbrella stand.

Utensil Organizer

Utensil organizers work great when they are hung on the wall as a jewelry holder or to create a small entryway organization area. Use wood styled organizers for a more upscale look on your wall, and highlight the area with a mirror and dramatic lighting to create a unique area in your closet.

Wire organizers tend to work the best when creating an organizational zone in the entryway. Simply nail or screw the organizer into the wall. The dividing slots are perfect for sunglasses, keys, and other bobbles. They can even hold a couple of letters, to encourage sorting right when you walk through the door. Hanging a utensil organizer is great if you’re short on space, but don’t want to limit your organization.

Handles and Pulls

Fence handles make particularly great tie and scarf hangers. Even old doorknockers that are drilled into a wall can free up closet space. Using handles or doorknockers also helps you to see exactly what you have to help you keep everything in order. Use cup pulls, often seen on drawers, and flip them for more bauble storage. In your office you can use them as storage areas to hold paper clips, sticky notes, and pens. This helps to separate items and keep them off your desk!

Old Lunch Boxes and Containers

Before you throw out your kids’ old lunch boxes and containers as you prep for the new school year, consider using them for storage. Old lunch boxes, especially tin, make fun storage containers for cords and other electronic charging items. They keep your cords stowed away, and usually are easier to store and stack than if you put them in a Ziploc bag.

Old plastic containers that have seen better days are right at home in a craft room or in the junk drawer to keep pens, crayons, or rubber bands together as seen in the photo above. Getting your junk drawer and home in order will lead to an easier start to the school year!

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we want to help you achieve your organizational goals. We know a life well organized can increase productivity and happiness in your home. Give us a call to schedule your in-home consultation with one of our local designers to get your home organized, whether it’s in your closet, kitchen pantry, or office. We can’t wait to work with you!

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