Archive for September, 2016

7 Tasks for a More Organized Office

By - September 30th, 2016

Charlotte Closet & Storage Concepts custom home office

If your desk (or your child’s) already seems to be filled to the brim with paperwork and other clutter, it’s time to get organized for increased functionality and storage space. Get started with these seven tips!

  1. Hit Reset

Use the weekend to get organized and do a little purging. Clean up stray papers and trash any supplies that no longer work. In your children’s workspaces, see if you can catalog or say goodbye to any artwork from the last month. A little purging can go a long way towards an organized office. Work in 20 to 30-minute sessions to make it easy to stay focused, especially if you anticipate purging for multiple hours.

  1. Consider Layout

Your home office could be in need of a more functional layout. This can be especially true if you share your office with a significant other or use it for multiple purposes. To test new layouts, you can use painter’s tape along the floor to see how it would feel. If you work with one of our Closet and Storage Concepts designers, they’ll show you how everything would look with our proprietary 3D computer software. They can even do re-designs to help you get a feel for your options.

Clean office with cactus plant

  1. Keep it Fresh

Before you start bringing in storage solutions, freshen up your space. Whether you need some new paint on the wall or a simple dust down, a cleaner space can help you stay focused and organized. For a touch of color, add in fresh cut flowers or change up your artwork. Fragrant flowers help your space smell just as good as it looks!

Photo by donterasedonterase, under public domain (CC0 1.0).

  1. Get Organized

It’s finally time to start making improvements to your office by getting organized. Use file drawers and folders to keep paperwork organized or use this time to organize your computer files and back things up. Sort like items together and use dainty containers for small items like paper clips. Keep stationary and paper products together and have a designated printer area. Built-ins are great especially if you have a small or uniquely shaped space with multiple needs. Your units will be custom cut and installed just for your space so you know it will meet all of your storage and design needs.

  1. Consider Comfort

A home office needs to be comfortable to foster productivity. Evaluate your keyboard, mouse, and chair to start. If you frequently have cramps or aches after sitting for a prolonged period, a more ergonomic chair to support your spine could help. The same thinking goes for your keyboard and mouse setup.

Also, consider any guest seating! Maybe you need to add cushions to your existing chairs, or maybe you want to add a couple of plush chairs. Any new seating can also double as a place for you to curl up with a book.

Built in desk and workspace

  1. Do a Test Run

Once your new office setup is complete, make sure to do a test run to see if anything can be improved. Our shelving can be adjusted in some instances, which means it can adapt very easily to your needs. We can even come in to help you reassess any issues and help you find the right solution.

  1. Make Adjustments & Celebrate

You made it through all seven tasks! Take a moment to celebrate in your newly remodeled home office! After you test out your new space, it’s time to make any adjustments. Maybe it’s as simple as moving your lamp to the other side of your desk to reduce glare or adding in curtains to help filter out harsh light. It could even be time to cave in and admit you need professional help.

When you finally want to tackle getting organized, give our designers a call! They have experience making the trickiest office situations more functional.

Styling Your Shelves to be Decorative and Functional

By CSC - September 15th, 2016

custom shelf, closet and storage conceptsOften times a bookshelf goes one of two ways: Either it’s filled to the brim with books, trinkets, and miscellaneous items and looks rather messy, or it’s adorned with decorations, figurines, and artwork but doesn’t seem to be fulfilling much of a storage purpose. The latter example leaves us scratching our heads, because although the bookshelf might look nice it appears to be an inefficient use of space. The former example is visible storage that’s gone over the top. Although the bookshelf is providing a great deal of storage space it offers little to no visual appeal. Below we’ve outlined some tips to help you avoid both situations. Your goal should be to create a shelf that’s both decorative and functional. To accomplish it you’ll need two things: A storage system customized to your needs and some creativity when assigning items a home.

1. Utilize visible and nonvisible storage

A problem with many ready-to-install shelves is that they usually offer either visible storage or nonvisible storage, but rarely both. To achieve a balance between the storage and aesthetic functions your bookshelf needs to fulfill, having a bookshelf that offers both types of storage is extremely helpful. This way you can hide items that are less visually appealing, like a plain book, or a set of dishes that don’t match the color scheme you’re looking to create. Visible shelves on the other hand, provide an opportunity to showcase items that are beautiful. Perhaps you have a book with a quirky cover or a small houseplant in a unique-looking vase. You can arrange these on the visible storage sections of your shelf. Closet and Storage Concepts offers custom storage systems, cabinets, and shelving. One of our experts can work with you to design a bookshelf based on the items you’d like to showcase and those that you’d like to store.

2. Get creative

There are a few rules when it comes to arranging items on a bookshelf; our number one tip is to be creative. You can stack visually appealing books both vertically and horizontally to break up the monotonous appearance of books on a shelf. You can also place art in the visible areas of your custom shelving units, which will help personalize your space. What is art is up to you. Maybe it’s a sculpture or a framed picture, or your child’s latest project. Our designers can even include shelves of different shapes, sizes, and depths depending on your needs.

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts we’d love to help you create storage that is not only pleasing to look at, but also serves a purpose. Feel free to contact us today!

Photo by Jay Mantri, licensed under Creative Commons CCO 1.0

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