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Complete List of Spring Decluttering and Organizing Project

By CSC - March 20th, 2017

Wiping surface down with cleaner

Spring is here! This is a time when many people begin decluttering, organizing, and cleaning. To help you make the most of your time, we’ve compiled a list of project ideas to complete to get your home in tip-top order. Find tips organized by area below.

In the Kitchen

Scrub off grime and dirt and get organized in your pantry. Get more information on each project by clicking the link.

Fridge and Freezer Declutter and Organizing: Say goodbye to freezer burns and make room for spring crops. Get tips to declutter and organize your fridge and freezer.

10 Tips for a Better-Organized Kitchen: In ten easy steps and you’ll have a kitchen that makes cooking easy.

3 Projects to Get Your Kitchen Organized: Tackle these three pantry projects to make it easy to find spices, ingredients, and tools.

Organized custom closet in white

In Bedrooms

Bedroom closets are often another source of frustration. It’s a great time to switch out seasonal clothes, mend items, and declutter unworn clothing and accessories!

Organizing a Kid’s Closet: Get your whole family organized this spring. Start in your child’s closet with these tips.

Shoe Storage Tips: Shoes, shoes, and more shoes. If you love shoes, you’ll want to see how to make the most of your space.

Linen Clear Out: Pay attention to your linen closet. Spend a few minutes sorting things out and check it off your to-do list.

Lighting: Being able to see your space is key to staying organized. Find out how to light your closet.

In the Office

Get a Clutter-Free Home Office: Stay focused and re-evaluate your home office. Find tips to get a clutter-free office.

7 Tasks to an Organized Office: Start making a habit out of staying organized. Find seven projects to organize your home office.

Quick Office Organization: Short on time? You still have plenty of time to get organized. Find quick tasks here.

Entryway & Outdoor Areas

Spring is an ideal time to clean your entryway and prepare your yard for get-togethers.

Entryway Spruce Up: Doing a quick spruce up could be all you need to fix up your entryway.

Organizing Your Shed: Simple steps to take to a more organized shed.

customized garage cabinet organizer

Miscellaneous Areas & Tips

The Medicine Cabinet: This area can often become neglected over time. Luckily, this easy decluttering project can get you organized fast.

Easy Purge: Don’t know where to start decluttering? This article is for you!

Visual Decluttering Project: Clutter can be more than physical stuff. Cut down on the visual clutter with this how-to.

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Fridge/ Freezer Decluttering and Organizing

By CSC - February 28th, 2017

Woman reaching into fridge

At Closet & Storage Concepts, we’re always looking for ways to help our customers declutter and get organized. That includes all aspects of their lives such as in their fridge and freezer. Read on for ways to make room in your fridge. Cooking and entertaining will be a whole lot easier with an organized fridge!

Step 1: Devote Time to Decluttering

Like many decluttering projects, it all starts with timing and a schedule. Block off a couple of hours to go through your fridge to declutter, clean, and get organized. And don’t forget to schedule in a couple of breaks. After all, getting organized can be hard work!

Step 2: Take Everything Out

Sure it may seem unnecessary to take everything out, but by going through this process you will have the opportunity to see everything that is currently taking room up in your freezer and fridge. That jar of jam you forgot about from two years ago? Who knew it was living in the back corner of your fridge! Taking everything out ensures that you have taken a complete inventory of what you own.

For any items that are clearly past their expiration dates (use your sense of smell and sight to help with this), just toss them out. For any items that you’re unsure of, set them aside in one pile. Put everything else in a keep pile.

Step 3: Clean!

We mean it. Freezer burns and stains on shelves can be dissolved. Take bins out and give them a good wipe with disinfectant. This is a great time to start with a clean slate. A sparkling clean fridge will make it easier to see and find items.

Step 4: Toss Out and Organize

It’s time to do any final toss outs before you start placing items back into your fridge. For any items that you’re unsure about, toss them, unless you already have a recipe in mind to use them.

Once you’ve cleared out the necessary items, it’s time to begin placing items back into your fridge. Consider rearranging shelves and bins to make the most of the space you have. Stackable plastic or metal shelves can be used to help double shelving space. Place fragile items on top shelves and heavier items on the bottom.

When it comes to the meat and vegetable drawers, don’t neglect them! Set them at desired temperatures to make foods stay fresher for longer. Separating veggies and meats is beneficial to keep germs or bacteria from spreading to other foods.

Once everything is squared away, you’ll have the perfect organized fridge. Be sure to reorganize and recalibrate every month or so to keep it looking fresh and clean. A clean fridge and freezer is a great starting place for an organized kitchen.

Apply similar organizing goals to your kitchen pantry to make cooking and baking easier. When it comes to custom pantry solutions such as shelving or pullout drawers, or even a place for cookbooks, Closet & Storage Concepts is your premier choice! Find a location near you to get started.

Photo by Michelle Tribe, used under Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 2.0).

The Easy, No-Brainer Purge

By - July 22nd, 2016

Clean organized apartment

Do you feel like you’re buried under a pile of clothes, junk mail, or expired foods? Maybe you have overflowing drawers filled with makeup, medicine, or tools. Or maybe you’re looking to de-clutter. Purging is easy with this list; simply toss these items out!

  1. Expired Coupons. Put these into the recycling bin and start looking for other deals! There’s no reason to be keep unnecessary papers in your kitchen or home office. To tame the paper, be sure to go through your coupon piles at least every two weeks.
  2. Expired Food. Moldy milk and food can say hello to the trashcan or compost bin! Free up fridge space to make space for your favorite summer harvests and treats.
  3. Expired Medicine. Expired medicine can be harmful to your body. Be sure to pay attention to the expiration dates on medicine bottles and toss them should they be past their expiry date. For certain products, you may need to properly dispose of them at your local pharmacy.
  4. Expired makeup and skincare products. Notice a trend on this list? Using some expired makeup products can cause irritation or scarring to your skin. Be sure to note when you opened your products and toss items that have been opened past the recommended lifespan. Many cosmetic and skincare items will have a stamp with a jar icon and a number in it where you can find the expiration information. If the number says “12M”, the recommended lifespan of the product is 12 months (roughly a year).
  5. Take-out menus. Let’s be honest. You probably already know the menu backwards and forward for your favorite places. It’s time to clear out part of your kitchen drawer. Plus, many restaurants will have their menus online for you to browse.
  6. Broken items. Chipped mugs, plates, and glasses can be tossed. Or repurpose some of them as a water saucer for plants. For items that you’ve been meaning to replace or repair, but haven’t gotten around to for over 6 months, it may be time to say sayonara.
  7. Clothes that don’t fit. For items that no longer fit, or never quite fit right, just say goodbye to them and don’t think twice about it! These items don’t make you feel good, so you shouldn’t keep them around. Think about the space you could create for items that you love by getting rid of these pieces.
  8. Excessive cords. Have extra extension cords? Or maybe cords for your computer or entertainment center that you don’t need? Consider donating them and saying hello to a neater looking and more streamlined space. This also goes for electronics you no longer need.
  9. Coins. We know that many households can accumulate change and coins over the years. Clear up some space and get some money in your pocket. While we don’t recommend throwing them out, we do recommend converting them to bills and depositing them into your bank account.
  10. Procrastination. Throw procrastination out the door! It’s time to get focused and start checking off chores and home projects. Make a schedule to complete projects and set a timeline you can stick to. 

It’s time to get organized today! Get customized home storage ideas from the experts at Closet & Storage Concepts. Find a local designer here.

Pre-Summer Organizing To-Do List

By - June 7th, 2016

Summer is just around the corner! If you’re looking for ways to get organized and clean up before going away on vacation or the summer lull hits, here are a few ideas.

Plan For Summer Getaways

US passport in holder for summer trips

If you’re going on a trip this summer, get a jumpstart. Start with your packing list. Take inventory of what you already have and want to take and make a list of things you need. When packing, take photos of outfits you can make with your items to reduce the number of pieces you bring, and don’t forget to leave room for souvenirs!

Begin making arrangements with friends and family especially if someone will be dropping you off or picking you up from a train station or airport. Gather travel documents and make sure your passport is not expiring well in advance. Make a copy of your travel plans, passport, and credit cards and leave it in a safe or with someone you trust should you lose anything while on vacation. Get the kids organized early by helping them draft a list of items they want to bring along.

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Clean the Grill

If you haven’t already, it’s time to get cleaning and ready for barbeques.

If your grates simply can’t be cleaned with a little scraping power, try pre-soaking them in a large bucket of soapy water. Clean along the hood and walls for a deep clean. Don’t forget to disconnect the propane tank before hand to avoid any disasters. Should your grill be built-in to a cabinet or island, make sure the cabinets surrounding it are clean too! It will be better to get everything cleaned and ready to go in one go before guests arrive. Wash the grill tools and sweep out any debris that could have made it’s way into the cabinets during winter and spring.

Patio Cleaning

Speaking of barbeques, is your patio up to the task? If your patio has been buried by snow, it’s time for a spruce up. Simply dusting items off and adding a new table runner could do the trick. Also consider adding more storage like a bench that creates additional seating space and also stores pillows and outdoor supplies when not in use.

Tend to the Shed

Organized shed with flowers

Summer is often a time to complete outdoor home projects like painting or landscaping. If you pushed off organizing your shed earlier this spring, it’s time to tackle it now to make completing any summertime projects that much easier. Refresh your stockpile with items you need such as fertilizer or simply sharpen the shears. If everything is in disarray and you’re tripping over the lawn equipment, or stubbing your toes, it may be time to organize your shed. Clean everything up by utilizing proper hanging and shelving areas. Create separate zones for different items to keep the shed organized for multiple uses and projects. If your lawn equipment is at home in the garage, get a custom solution to fit your unique situation. This will help you fully utilize your space.

Start your summer off on the right foot by getting organized and cleaning beforehand. When you’re in need of more organization help call in the experts at Closet & Storage Concepts. Our local designers can’t wait to work with you.

Photo by Tino Rossini, used under Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY2.0).

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.

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