Archive for December, 2016

Organizing Resolutions to Work Towards in 2017

By - December 31st, 2016

Getting in shape or eating better are common resolutions for the New Year, but have you considered making a resolution to get organized? Doing so can help you make the most of your time and your home. Here are a few resolutions that could be worth your while.

Paper files and clutter

Stop Paper Clutter

Choosing paperless statements helps cut down on paper clutter. Personal finance apps like Mint can help you get a handle on your money this year. Save time writing checks and balancing your checkbook each week by streamlining your paperwork and bills. Enroll in automatic bill payments to cut down on the check writing (and having to buy checks!).

Get the Whole Family Involved

Getting organized throughout your home doesn’t have to be a single-person task. Work towards involving the family in your organization and storage goals. Not only will it help keep your home neater, it can give everyone a chance to spend time with each other. Give kids small tasks around the home or help them to develop an organizing plan that works for their room. You can even help them organize their school papers to help them finish out the year strong and hit their goals!

Men's closet with hanging organizer

Make Better Organizing Habits

Make a resolution to develop new organizing habits that save you time and keep your home clean. Making a habit to follow through with projects and chores can make sure that you actually get organized and aren’t stuck with a bunch of half-completed projects. For example, after washing and folding your laundry, make sure to follow through and put items away properly. This will stop mountains of clothes piling up and make getting ready in the morning less stressful.

Keep Your Car Clean

Getting organized doesn’t have to just be about your home. Try to organize all aspects of your life such as your car. Do weekly spot checks and vacuum at least once a month. You can find more car organizing tips on our blog.

Waste Less Food

Many Americans tend to buy more than they can eat and let food expire. Resolve to waste less food and save money by getting organized. Using a meal planner and making a grocery list are proven ways to stick to a diet and only buy the food you know you will cook and consume. To store all of your items it may be necessary to purge and re-organize. Make sure your pantry is up to the task with a custom storage solution from Closet & Storage Concepts.

Metal garbage bin

Declutter the Entire Home

Decluttering can help you maximize your time and make the most of your life. It doesn’t have to be done in one day or even one week. Try working in small steps to accomplish a more organized home throughout the year. Try focusing on certain areas in your home. For example, in January you can focus on the entryway, February the pantry, March your closet, and so on. We have a great guide where you can find ideas.

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4 Essential Features in a Custom Office

By - December 22nd, 2016

Customized office desk and storage

If you’re looking for a home office that serves as a headquarters for personal and professional affairs, you should consider custom cabinets, storage fixtures, and furniture. You also need a design that maximizes the efficiency of the space you’re in and improves the organization of paper and digital records. Consider these four essential features of any organized custom home office.

Storage Cabinets

Storage cabinets, used in a group or as a standalone unit, are key for creating an efficient, clean, and well-organized office. Cabinets crafted from high-quality solid wood with glass inserts add distinction to any space and make an office appear sophisticated. Upper cabinets give you additional short and long-term storage options.  Add lighting to your cabinets to make it easy to find items and complete tasks.

Desks & Work Surfaces

Having a desk that has enough space for your computer or laptop and additional paperwork is essential for any office. If your office will host potential customers or clients, a desk must be elegant and sturdy, while leaving enough room to move around comfortably. L-shaped and U-shaped desks are highly effective because they give you flexibility when storing items like printers, boxes, and supplies. These types of desks also give you a bigger work surface.

Home office cabinets with wall bed

A Comfortable Chair

Being able to sit at your desk comfortably, without experiencing any backaches or strain, is often because of the chair you select. Consider a padded chair with adjustable features and stability control. Some chairs even use memory foam to contour to your body. A chair that offers proper back support and helps enforce proper posture will allow you to stay focused and comfortable for hours on end.

Bookcases

No home office would be complete without bookcases and shelves. This is true even if you enjoy e-books more than print editions. Printed books and periodicals specific to your trade or professional interests add class, personalization, and distinction to offices. Shelving also gives you an opportunity to show off certifications, degrees, and awards. Choose solid wood to yet another layer sophistication and luxury.

A custom home office can serve as more than just a quiet place to pay your bills or respond to work emails. When properly designed, it can be the headquarters of your home or business that offers efficient storage as well as a place to handle delicate affairs. Get started today by scheduling your complimentary in-home design estimate!

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