Archive for August, 2016

3 Reasons Why You Should Wear the Same Outfit Everyday

By CSC - August 30th, 2016

organize and dress efficientlyFor some, a childhood spent wearing a school uniform was a traumatizing experience, one that embodied the suffocation of individual expression and creativity. For others wearing a uniform meant more time for sleep and watching cartoons during breakfast. What do school uniforms have to do with organization? We’d like to suggest that wearing a similar outfit to work everyday may increase your productivity, because you’ll spend more time making important decisions at work and less time contemplating what to wear. Here are three reasons why wearing the same thing can be a good thing.

1. Wearing the same outfit everyday saves time.

Just like wearing a school uniform makes getting dressed in the morning easier, creating a uniform for yourself allows you to get ready in the morning faster. When you already know what you’re going to wear each day you have one less thing to do. This will leave more time for other morning tasks, such as walking the dog, getting the kids ready, or packing lunch.

2. Wearing the same outfit allows you to save energy for more important tasks.

Behavioral economics researchers have found that our ability to make good decisions decreases overtime when we’re forced to make many choices throughout the day. As it turns out a lot of successful individuals have taken to the idea of wearing the same outfit everyday to save on this decision-making energy. President Obama has said he only wears gray or blue suits in order to save energy for more important decisions, and Steve Jobs was known for his minimalist wardrobe of black turtlenecks, blue jeans, and sneakers.

3. Wearing the same outfit everyday ensures confidence.

Some could argue that wearing the same outfit everyday is unstylish and limits self-expression in the same way a school uniform does. We’d like to argue the opposite. If you choose an outfit that you look and feel great in you’ll no longer have to deal with the dreaded bad-outfit-feeling. The confidence that a signature outfit can yield can translate into your work.

In the same way that wearing the same outfit each day can save time and energy, organizing your home can save you time and energy in the long-term. Proper organization can ensure that you don’t spend valuable time looking for your misplaced belongings, and is just one way to reduce stress. Contact your local Closet and Storage Concepts design associate to help you create the organized home of your dreams, we’re happy to help!

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Dorm Room Storage Tips

By - August 17th, 2016

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All across the country, kids are heading back to campus! If it’s your first year at college, a soon-to-be graduate, or the proud parent of a college student, we’re here to help you make the most of your (or your child’s) dorm room. Dorm rooms are often known for being stuffy, small, and cramped. Don’t worry, it’s all a part of that quintessential college experience! Get tips below to help you make the most of your space, giving you time to enjoy college and study.

Under-Bed Storage

Utilize valuable floor space starting with your bed. Risers are perfect to help you sneak in a few extra inches of storage space. Cloth bins can store bulky and seasonal items like sweatshirts, games and puzzles, and smaller sporting equipment (think swim goggles or biking gloves). Shoes can also be stored underneath a bed. Keep booties, sneakers, and flats in a covered storage box to keep them dust free. Under-the-bed storage can also be used to store extra bedding and linens.

Cabinet Solutions

Make existing cabinets and armoires in your dorm room more efficient. Consider attaching magnetic strips along the inside of the door to keep stray bobby bins or even some tools like nail clippers and tweezers. Little cubbies and holders attached to the door can also free up shelving space in your cabinet. Be sure to use damage-free strips to hang them.

You can also use magazine racks and paper filing racks in your cabinets to keep baking sheets, pans, and plastic containers. This keeps items neatly stacked in your cabinets. Using expandable and stackable racks doubles your cabinet space in a cost-effective way – perfect for students on a shoestring budget.

Sharing is Caring

If you’re sharing a room with someone, this tip is especially important. Sharing certain belongings (like a TV, toaster, or kettle) can help cut down on costs. Communicating with your roommate ahead of time will also prevent duplicate purchases and items being brought into the dorm room, which means less clutter to deal with. Sharing organization tips or even bins or organizers can help you meet new people – which is just one part of the college experience!

Keep it Personal

This will be your home for at least nine months of the year! Make sure it speaks to you and feels personal. A few personal photos sprinkled in with other mementos can help make the transition away from home (for first timers) smoother and more relaxed. Finding bedding to brighten up a drab dorm room, or other décor items can help turn your space into a place you love coming back to.

Check out our other posts to get even more organizing tips for your entire room. Have other tips or want to know more? Let us know!

Closet and Storage Concepts are experts in custom closets, built-in office furniture, Murphy beds, and other custom home storage products. We have over 10 locally owned and operated locations nationwide.

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Maintaining Privacy in a Shared Home Office

By - August 2nd, 2016

Shared custom home office

A home office is often where you can browse the news or your Facebook feed, a place to shop online, or even to run your business. Unfortunately, privacy and productivity can dip if you share your work area with a spouse or your kids. To make the most of your space and remain productive, your local home storage experts at Closet and Storage Concepts can help you explore desk and storage options. See some of our top tips to maintain privacy below.

You can have customized shelves installed under, over, or between your work areas. This allows for ample storage space while giving the separate workspace you and your partner may need. A filled bookshelf can act as a sound barrier, while creating a sense of separateness. Plus, it’s a great way to store materials or books that you and your spouse share. Try a double-sided, custom designed shelf that goes between your desks or divide side-by-side desks with a shared wall. If one or both of you is on the phone a lot, try a custom L-shaped work area built into a corner so you’re not facing each other.

For those with a designated home office, you’ll have room for separate work areas that allow for more privacy. If you tend to get in each other’s way, install shelving and cabinetry on separate walls. Work with a reputable custom home storage company like Closet and Storage Concepts to determine the best storage solutions to hide unsightly cords, shelving for items you may need to access frequently, or space to file confidential material. The possibilities are unlimited if you have an entire room you can use as office space.

In smaller homes, you and your spouse may end up sharing a room that also serves as the family room, gym, or master bedroom. This means having to be extra clever with your storage and design plans. Have your furniture pull double duty. For example, if your office is in the living room, use your ottoman for supply storage.

To maximize your productivity and privacy, keep any distractions at bay. Separate your entertainment system from your workspace as much as possible with cabinets that hide the TV. This allows boundaries to be made when you’re working; when the TV is concealed it’s time to work, when opened it’s time for a break. Add lighting to create a pleasant work environment. Lighting can also designate separate work areas.

Sharing a home office can – and does – work for many couples. The trick is to design the right kind of desk and storage space that provides the kind of privacy you need. Get started with your free in-home consultation from Closet and Storage Concepts today!

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