Archive for April, 2016

Tips When Storing Out-of-Season Clothes

By - April 29th, 2016

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Spring is often a time for cleaning, adjusting your clock an hour ahead, and organizing. This is also a great time to bring in your warmer-weather clothing and pack away your winter items. At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re experts at all things storage and want to help you create a life well organized. Keep your clothes fresh and make the most of your space by using these tips when storing your out of season clothes.

Clean Carefully

Before clothes or shoes are put away, make sure to give them a clean. This is also a perfect time to assess your wardrobe. If there are items that you bought that you intended to wear last fall or winter but never actually used for whatever reason, consider donating it.

With clothes, give them a wash or bring them to the cleaner before stowing them away for the season. You’ll be able to wear them right away once they’re pulled out of storage. When storing dry cleaned items, take them out of the bag and let them breathe as some chemicals can continue to emit from them and cause build up on your clothes. For shoes, make sure caked on dirt or scratches are buffed and cleaned before they’re put away to prevent staining and a future headache.

Determine Storage Areas

Once you’ve determined the items that need to be stored, it’s time to figure out how and where they will be housed.

If winter blouses, tops, and suits or skirts need to be hung, we suggest putting them towards the back of a reach-in or in a less-used area of your walk-in. If your closet space has a lot of vertical space, try a wardrobe lift. These are great custom closet accessories. The lift makes it easy to store out-of-season items out of reach, with easy access when you need it. This can be a perfect solution when storing heavy wool coats as you transition in lighter pieces.

Boxes or drawers keep long-sleeve shirts and sweaters, which are impractical during the summer, perfectly neat in your closet. Store them out of the way as you make the transition. Clear boxes or bins are perfect so you can easily see items without the hassle of digging around in them. For extra security and something more permanent, try a glass front insert on your drawers. This can give a nice modern touch to any built-in closet system.

Have a small closet? Consider storage areas outside of your closet or wardrobe. Under-bed storage is one popular option. Utilizing multipurpose furniture pieces are also great choices for those tight on space.

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Keep your clothes and accessories fresh even after they’ve been stored. Having the right storage areas will help to keep your clothes wrinkle and damage free. Be sure to use other tools to keep your clothes in top shape.

Using proper hangers will help to keep slippery silks off the ground and wrinkle free, while keeping suits on sturdier wooden hangers will help to keep the shape of the garment. Also consider using cedar wood or mothballs to prevent damage from insects. Bins and tubs that have a lid are especially helpful in preventing dust and dirt from wreaking havoc on your clothes while they’re tucked away. For leather purses and shoes, be sure to place them in their dust bag.

If you’re running out of closet space in your home, it’s time to get organized! Start with a free design consultation from your local Closet and Storage Concepts designer.

Easy Ways to Get a Clutter-Free Home Office

By - April 18th, 2016

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Is spring cleaning wearing down on you? Organize your home office in a flash by trying these easy tasks.

Create Work Zones

Take a cue from the kitchen, and apply it to your home office. As the kitchen has different stations for washing, prep work, cooking, and food storage, create a similar system in your office. A clear workspace for paying bills or running your home business, storage for supplies and tools, a notice board to keep your to-do list, and an area for reference guides or paperwork will help to create a space that maximizes functionality.

Control the Cords

In today’s modern age, cords have become an eyesore and a nuisance. Get them under control with proper storage. Lower cabinet units can help with this as they can conceal cords while creating shelving for the printer or computer tower. Affixing extension cords underneath your desk and bundling cords together are other popular options to keep cords under wraps. Alternatively, try Bluetooth or wireless keyboards and mouses to cut down on the number of cords in your home office. You’ll be able to stop the visual clutter to help foster productivity and creativity.

Paper Processes

Just one piece of paper can lead to havoc that can’t be tamed. Fix it by creating a system that streamlines the process and minimizes the paper. A letter sorter, or alternative method, to separate what needs immediate attention from other correspondence, can make catching up on bills and paperwork easier. Having a process to deal with paperwork will limit the haphazard piles and keep your office looking streamlined. To stop paper at the source, go green and enroll in paperless statements where possible.

Storage That Works

As experts in home storage and organization, we know what that proper office storage can make a huge difference in the functionality of a home. When analyzing your storage, you will also need to analyze your stuff. It’s a prime time to decide what supplies you actually need and use in your office from the junk that’s lying around. After you’ve narrowed down, or if you’ve already done this, consider your storage needs.

Determine how many file cabinets you’ll need as well as work space. If you need a place where you need to collaborate, you’ll likely want a larger desk space with clear areas for tools and paperwork. When putting supplies in your cabinets, shelves, or drawers, be sure to break up the space to prevent intermingling for a more organized space. Longing for office furniture that actually fits your space and gives a trustworthy image to your clients? Consider a custom home office from Closet and Storage Concepts. Our designers are prepared to find a design that fits all of your things, within your budget.

Create a home office that you love that encourages productivity while looking stylish at the same time! Take advantage of our free, no-obligation estimates today!

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