Archive for March, 2016

Spring Cleaning & Organization

By CSC - March 29th, 2016

Spring organization - custom garage storage.

It’s officially spring, and that means it’s time to clean! But spring cleaning isn’t just about getting rid of dirt. You’ve let things pile up all winter and your house is likely a bit chaotic right now. It’s time to de-clutter and get organized. Here are some recommendations for getting your home back in order for the warm season.

Kitchen

Get things going with a fresh start in the kitchen. Some cleaning may be required, and this is a great time to tackle those big jobs. You probably used the oven more frequently during the winter. Put the oven on cleaning mode before you start on the rest of your tasks, and then get your hands in that fridge. Dig deep enough in there and you’re sure to find old food and long forgotten condiments that need to be discarded. Your pantry should get some attention as well. If you have unopened nonperishables that haven’t been touched since you bought them last spring, consider donating them to a food bank. To keep your kitchen in tiptop shape all year round, consider going custom with a kitchen pantry or cabinets designed for your life. We’ll make the wasted space in your corner units a thing of the past.

Bedrooms

Your closets are going to be the place to focus on in the bedroom. We suggest moving your cold weather clothes into a designated storage area during warmer weather. If you’ve implemented this strategy already, this is the time to gather up your sweaters, wool socks, and coats, and store them away. It will be much easier to find your swimwear without all the extra bulk blocking your view.

Living Room

There’s generally less clutter in the living room, but the carpeting may need some love. We recommend giving them a good steam cleaning once a year, and this is a great time to do that. Fresh carpeting will compliment the fresh air you’ll be bringing into your home when you start opening the windows. Plus, all it requires is you scheduling an appointment; no hard labor on your part!

Garage

Your garage is one of those out of sight, out of mind places where it’s easy to let the clutter build up. The clutter has probably been doing just that all winter long. We recommend going through your things and downsizing as much as possible. For the items that remain, the best course of action is to have sensible storage solutions. Heavy-duty shelving and cabinetry are ideal for garages. And, of course, Closet & Storage Concepts offers these options as well as custom storage systems for sports equipment, bikes, tools, and more. Don’t just clean your garage this spring. Turn it into a storage and workspace that will help you be more organized and get more done all year long.

If you’ve made it this far, your house is no doubt in better shape already. And your oven is probably just about done with its self-cleaning process. Sweep up that black soot and you’re all done!

At Closet & Storage Concepts our goal is to help you organize your spaces and keep them organized. Periodic cleaning is a part of that process, but cleaning alone won’t do the job if you don’t have intelligent storage solutions for your things. If you are lacking at all in that area, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our design experts will be happy to work with you to find a personalized storage solution.

Image courtesy of our sister brand, More Space Place.

Tips to Organize Your Linen Closet

By CSC - March 18th, 2016

Linen Closet, Closet and Storage Concepts

Chances are it’s been a while since you reorganized your linen closet. And chances are it needs it. This often neglected storage space in your home is actually pretty important. At Closet and Storage Concepts we believe in organized living. Here are some tips on how to give your linen closet the attention it deserves.

Inventory

An important first step in reorganizing your linen closet is to pull everything out of it and assess what you have. It’s easy to keep shoving that next load of clean laundry in there and pushing things to the back. Now’s the time to decide whether you are really going to be using those super hero sheets any time soon. If not, it’s probably time to let them go. And that frayed towel you never use can join the reject pile as well. As a rule of thumb, try to get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last year.

Arrange

After you’ve thinned the herd, now would be a good time to think about where different types of items should go in your closet. We suggest that you put the most commonly used items at eye level on the middle shelves for easiest access. This will likely be your towels. Sheets and pillowcases can go on the next closest shelves, and seasonal items like heavy blankets are probably best stored out of the way on the top shelf.

Label

After you’ve rearranged, you should consider labeling your newly created bastion of linen organization. This way, neither you nor your other laundry helpers will undo all of your hard work. It will also be easier to find particular items when you need them. Your guests will appreciate this also. Consider getting some shelf dividers as well. These will help with your labeling system, and they also make it easier to stack folded items to keep items in their place.

Revisit

Once you have your system in place it should be fairly self-sustaining. Still, over the long haul it is possible that some disorder creeps back into your closet. Do a little bit of damage control every month or so to avoid any major setbacks. With a little bit of maintenance, you can keep your linens neat and your closet tidy.

Check back in with us for more storage and organization tips. And be sure to get in touch if you decide that a custom storage solution may be a good option for you. We’ll have a member of our design team come to you free of charge and plan a personalized storage system that meets your specific needs. If other closets in your home are in need of some attention, do not hesitate to call us or learn more about our closet systems. We work in all types of homes and spaces!

Photo Credit: DSAused under Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0 1.0).

How to Visually Declutter a Room

By - March 1st, 2016

Modern living room by Emily Go Haus Go.

Although we usually bring you tips to declutter your home and create more storage space, visual clutter can negatively impact your home, too. That’s why our team has compiled some of the best tips to help you visually declutter your space! Read on for more information.

Take One Item Out

One of the easiest ways to make a room appear less busy is to remove one item. Even if you’ve pared down, thinking if there’s one more item you can take away can give a lighter look. This can be as easy as simply finding a new place to keep the item or by putting it into the donation pile. Finding a new place for the item can help you save money on unwanted purchases all while giving your space a new look!

Upgrade Storage

If you do decide to keep the item in storage, make sure it’s properly stored. If you’re no longer able to store all of your items and it’s causing visual clutter, consider this a sign to upgrade. Go with a built-in storage solution. You’ll be able to solve your storage problems in a practical and stylish way. Call in your local organizing professional today! From custom closets, kitchen pantries, or murphy beds – our team is ready to assist you.

Group Items

Narrow down groupings either by completing the steps above or simply by grouping items closer together. By making it obvious that you are grouping like-items, you may find that vignettes look better to the eye. If you haven’t grouped your items, consider doing so to give a streamlined look. Keeping similar items next to each other will make things look less hectic in your space.

Groupings can be done in a variety of ways, but the most common are by type and by color. With types you’ll want to keep books with books, plants with plants, and so on.

Clean!

Clutter comes in all shapes and sizes and dust is one of those culprits. Give your home a good clean. You may find that this simple solution is all that you need to give your space a refresh. Don’t be afraid to get into the tough nooks and crannies. Give your carpets a good shake and vacuum. For more time consuming cleaning projects, clear away countertops of clutter both the visual and physical. This includes small kitchen appliances, mountains of miscellaneous items on your nightstand, and of course, the junk mail.

Consider Colors and Patterns

While adding in different elements and patterns can help to make a room more lived-in, there’s a fine line before you go overboard. If you feel suffocated by the amount of patterns and textures in a room, take it down a notch by removing one of the patterns or colors. When thinking about colors, keeping the color count to three can be a good way to bring things to more tolerable viewing levels. Same goes with patterns; start off small and add things back in if you feel like it’s needed.

Give our designers a call today to seamlessly blend your storage systems with your existing décor for a clutter free space both physically and visually!

Photo by Emily May of Go Haus Go, used under Creative Commons Attributions License (CC BY 2.0).

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