Archive for November, 2015

Halloween Clean Up: Candy

By - November 30th, 2015

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Do you still have left over candy from Halloween? Or maybe even from last year? Or maybe you simply want to make sure your child doesn’t eat all of it in one sitting? At Closet and Storage Concepts we’re here to help with tips on when to throw it out, reuse it, or give it away.

  1. Expiration dates

Expiration dates are always a good place to start to determine if it’s time to say goodbye to packaged candy, but sometimes even those can be misleading. Many experts say that food, including candy, is still good past the sell date. With chocolate for examples, chocolate chips that are frozen can last two to three years, while plain milk chocolate is only usually good for 12 to 18 months. With gummy candies, the true expiration date is usually only for about 12 months although Skittles are known to have a shelf life of two to three years. In most cases, it will be safe to re-purpose candy for your holiday stocking stuffers, just be aware that your other senses like smell and sight can help to determine if it’s time to say goodbye to the candy.

  1. Freeze it

Freezing your candy can help extend it’s life. Chocolate in particular can benefit by increasing the sell by date an additional 12 months. Even the different temperatures between a fridge and a freezer can impact (and increase) the amount of time you can keep candy around. If you do want to save your candy, freezing it may be the best option. Keep in mind that certain candies will lose some of their taste and consistency if you freeze them.

  1. Bake it

Chocolate chips, M&Ms, and other candy products might be able to be used in another dish if you don’t want to eat them plain. Baking them into other goods can be a good gift, or you can save them for your ginger bread houses. Simply look for a recipe online and voila! You’ll have new baked goods to share so you don’t waste anything and your kids don’t eat everything in one sitting.

  1. Just say goodbye

If you’re on a health kick, it may be best to just say goodbye to the candy. If so, don’t feel guilty. You’re stopping any cravings and temptation while clearing out the clutter in your home. If you don’t want to completely toss it, try reaching out to a local organization to see if you can donate the candy. Local children hospitals or non-profits that work with the armed forces frequently accept donations.

No matter what you choose to do with your leftover candy Closet and Storage Concepts is here to help you make more room for a well-organized life. For more food storage tips for your pantry or other tips for throughout your home, check out our other blog posts or visit our showroom!

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Craft Room Organization Tips

By - November 17th, 2015

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It’s time to get the craft room organized before you need the wrapping paper for all of those gifts. The team at Closet and Storage Concepts is here to help you find the best solutions for your crafts no matter if you have a dedicated room or a simple closet area.

Baskets

Keeping all of your supplies and baubles in one spot is a go-to solution for organizers and designers. Baskets can keep like items grouped together all while keeping them concealed when guests are over. They also make moving items a breeze. Simply store your items in the basket and move them between shelves, or even different rooms if you need to. Choose from a variety of options including the standard wicker basket, modern metal crates, and anything in between.

See Me If You Can

You should be able to see through your baskets, bins, or other units. This makes finding your crafts easy and efficient. If you want to conceal things a bit more, try a frosted glass insert on your cabinets or drawers. A sheer window panel can help save space if you have a crafts closet while giving you the option to keep things hidden once company comes through. While baskets can be used to completely conceal your items, having a set of transparent drawer units, especially for items you frequently use may be more efficient.

Pegboard, Always

When organizing your craft room, or even your garage, pegboards almost always should be used. They help to free up valuable working areas by keeping your tools and materials off of the table. Using your walls, by installing a pegboard insures that you’re maximizing your space. Pegboards are very handy in a craft room as hooks and baskets can be moved around very easily, so they can flex to whatever project you’re working on. Plus they can be decorated and painted to fit your room’s décor so it’s not an eyesore.

Group Like Items

Baskets and containers are great for housing items. To make the best use of them, take some time to group items together. Keeping all of your buttons, thread, scissors, or wrapping paper grouped together can help when creating storage space. Once you’ve made piles, putting them away in designated containers will be a breeze. Taking time to organize all of your craft supplies can be a lot of work, but the outcome is worth it!

Still need help implementing these tips in your craft room? Bring in the experts at Closet and Storage Concepts. Our designers will work with you to find a solution, giving you room for more craft projects, and more importantly a space to wrap all of those presents!

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