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A Look At Some Classic “Monster In The Closet” Films

By csc-admin - October 30th, 2014

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When it comes to childhood fears and legends, there’s one story that seems to stand out above the rest: the monster in the closet. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re of the opinion that there’s nothing better than a wonderful, custom built closet; regardless, the tradition continues, with each new generation spending countless nights staring at their closed closet doors wondering what evil might be lurking behind them. Although it’s impossible to nail down the exact origin of this pervasive urban legend, there have certainly been a number of movies that utilize the monster-in-the-closet trope to terrifying effect, and we’ve put together a list of some of the more enduring examples. Read on to find out which classic horror films made our list, and here’s wishing you a Happy Halloween from everyone at Closet and Storage Concepts!

Boogeyman (2005)

When it comes to monsters in the closet, there’s none more famous than the Boogeyman. There are a number of different riffs on this bone-chattering tale, but the main Boogeyman myth tends to center around a mythical creature that hides in the closet waiting for a child to sleep. Many of the Boogeyman myths describe a creature that scares children that have been naughty, but Boogeyman the movie takes that to a whole other level. The protagonist Tim must return to his childhood home, where over the course of the movie he battles the Boogeyman living in his closet. We can’t say whether a better closet system would have kept the Boogeyman at bay, but we do know that a custom storage system never hurts!

They (2002)

Wes Craven is a master of the horror genre, and with 2002’s They he finally asks, “Just what is hiding in your closet?” The film follows around Julia and a number of her peers, all of who experienced fear of the closet as children. Whereas most adults only fear the mess inside their closet caused by outdated and inefficient storage solutions, Julia and her cohorts are tormented by mysterious creatures that emerge from the closet at night. Throughout the film, we find out that not only are these monsters real, but they reside in another dimension that can only be accessed through human closets. We’ve spent a lot of time in more closets than you can count, and although we’ve never discovered any monsters, we can recommend this movie for a great Halloween night fright.

Monster In The Closet (1986)

The title says it all. Monster in the Closet is a slightly silly take on the classic story, which is likely what you’ll need after watching the two other teeth-clenchers on this list. Produced by the same studio responsible for The Toxic Avenger, Monster In The Closet starts off with a number of grisly murders having taken place inside San Francisco closets. A reporter and a scientist then descend upon the scene in an attempt to find out what monsters really are taking up residence in your closet. Featuring a young Paul Walker, this flick takes the monster in the closet story and flips it on its head, showing just how silly it is to be afraid of something as benign as a wardrobe. Although there are still some scary scenes, Monster in the Closet is more about fun than fright.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, you won’t find anything scary about your experience. Call us today to find out how a new closet system can change your life!

The Biggest Benefits of a Well Organized Home

By csc-admin - October 20th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re experts when it comes to home storage solutions. Whether you’re in need of a new kitchen pantry or a better-organized garage, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have exactly what you’re looking for. Before you spring for a new home organizing system, you may be asking yourself, “Just what are the benefits of a well organized home?” Aside from the general aesthetics of a clean and organized space, there are a number of reasons why getting your home’s storage system in order will have a big effect on your life. We’ve put together a few of the biggest benefits of a well organized home, so read on to find out what a new storage system from Closet and Storage Concepts can do for you and your family!
Makes You Far More Productive
Most of us are so busy with the day-to-day activities family life requires that the rest of our time is at a premium. If your home is a disorganized mess, it can make that extra time you have that much less productive. If you work from the home, this point is even more salient: imagine the time you’ll save not having to look for that one item you need for twenty minutes. When your home is well organized, you’ll save tons of time completing tasks and projects because you won’t have to waste any time looking for this or that. Productivity tends to skyrocket in a well-organized space, and your home is no different from the office in that regard. If you can create a great storage system in your home, you’ll likely see your general productivity begin to climb.
Cuts Down On Stress
When you’re forced to spend forty five minutes trying to find your spare hair dryer, not only are you cutting into time you could be spending on other projects, you’re also creating a lot of unnecessary stress for yourself. There’s nothing more infuriating than looking for a single item for a long period of time, and it’s in these situations that we can often see stress levels start to shoot up. Not only does stress have a negative impact on your relationships with others, it can also be a detriment to your health. Imagine this scenario: rather than digging through your junk drawer to find your spare key, you know exactly where it is every time you need to use it. That’s a whole lot of stress suddenly caught from your day-to-day.
Great Effects On Your Family Life
This last point is tied to the prior two in some ways, but it’s still worth mentioning: a well organized home can have myriad positive effects on your family life. Not only will you be less stressed out and far more productive, but also those improvements will lead to better quality time with your family. If you don’t have to spend every morning digging through your son’s closet to find his rain gear, you’ll buy some extra time to sit together and have breakfast. Not only does an organized home get you more time to spend with your family, but it is also a great influence on your growing children, helping them to build habits that will benefit them for the rest of their life. If there’s a better reason to get your storage system in order than that, we sure can’t think of it.
Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re always proud to help our customers get their home in tip-top organizational shape. Contact us today to start exploring the options available for your home!

Classic Closet Scenes In Cinema

By csc-admin - August 29th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re pretty big film buffs, as you can tell by this post we wrote on Murphy beds in great films. Similar in many ways to the classic Murphy bed trope in cinema is the equally ubiquitous use of closets as a plot device. Seeing as though we’re in the business of outfitting homes with incredible custom closets and storage solutions, it’s probably not a big surprise that we love scenes that prominently rely on the use of closets. Whether someone’s hiding out and listening to other characters spill their secrets, or getting locked in a closet only to have to someone find their way out, closets have featured prominently in a number of our favorite movies. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite scenes largely revolving closets and storage spaces, so read on to find out which famous moments we love the most, and don’t forget to contact Closet and Storage Concepts the next time you’re in need of a custom storage solution!

Groucho Marx in Monkey Business

One of the earliest examples of the now famous “hiding in the closet” trope, Groucho Marx delivers an excellent example of utilizing the confines of a closet to hide from the eyes of other characters. Trapped on a boat with the other Marx brothers, Groucho realizes a woman he’s been seeing is also on board with a notorious gangster. Wanting to see the woman while also trying to stay out of the eyes of her dangerous paramour, Groucho sneaks into their bedroom pretending to be the maid. While the other two characters are arguing back and forth, Groucho steps into the closet to listen and wait. Lo and behold, the gangster eventually storms out, leaving Groucho to emerge from the stuffy closet and be with his beloved. It’s an early example of closets in film, and one of the best.

Blue Velvet’s Eerie Take

With a slightly more sinister take, we find David Lynch’s nightmarish classic Blue Velvet. With a nearly identical setup, we find Kyle McLaughlin’s character entangled in a love triangle with a gorgeous lounge singer and her murderous boyfriend, Dennis Hopper. Having stolen a moment with the incredible Isabella Rossellini, McLaughlin is forced to hide in the closet when an enraged Dennis Hopper suddenly drops by. In this scene we see a perfect illustration of the closet film trope, as McLaughlin listens in while peering through the blinds on the front of the closet. All of the suspense and intrigue found in the best “hidden in the closet” scenes is found here, and it’s a perfect example of the way closets function in thrilling fashion throughout movie history.

A Twist In The Breakfast Club

Now that we’ve looked at two “hide in the closet” scenes, lets turn to The Breakfast Club for another famous version of this set up. Rather than hiding himself away in a closet, here we find Judd Nelson’s Bender character being locked in a closet by the jaded Principal Richard Vernon. Not only is this an example of the common “locked in the closet” cliché, we also see Bender utilize in the classic ‘crawl through the air ducts” move. Similar to the movie Airheads, Bender makes his way back and forth from the janitor’s closet to various areas in the school via the ventilation shafts, cementing one of the best know versions of the closet plot device.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we have the expertise to design and install the closet of your dreams, whether you’ll spend time hiding in them or not. Contact us today to make one more step towards the home of your dreams!

The Best Websites For Home Organization Tips

By csc-admin - June 25th, 2014

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we understand that there’s more to getting your life organized than a new storage system. As much as an improved closet system in your home is a great start, it’s really only the beginning in setting in place a strong organization routine. When your home is well organized, the rest of your life tends to follow suit, which is why we love creating unique closet and storage systems for our clients. We’ve put together a list of some excellent closet and storage blogs in order to help you in the organizing process after you’ve had Closet and Storage Concepts in your home. Read on to find some great sites for finally getting your home organized!

Pinterest – Closet Organization 

You’re certainly aware of Pinterest, the great social media site that hosts thousands of different image and link collections, but did you know that there’s a board specifically made for closet organization tips and techniques? Clicking the link above will take you to Pinterest’s Closet Organization page, which features images of meticulously manicured closets as well as articles on DIY storage ideas. If you’re just getting started reorganizing your home, this Pinterest page is a great place to start.

I Heart Organizing

Started by a mother of three in Western Wisconsin, I Heart Organizing is a personal blog that spans numerous different areas of home organization. Interested in crafting projects, but having a hard time finding the space for all your materials? I Heart Organizing has all kinds of tips for turning a spare closet into a craft supplies room. I Heart Organizing is also great for mothers, and is a lifesaver when it comes to keeping your kid’s organized and at their best.

Houzz 

Much like Pinterest, Houzz is a great resource when it comes to planning your new closet and storage layout. Houzz is focused on home design contractors and renovation experts, so you’re sure to find some truly top-notch closet systems throughout the site. If you click the above link, you’ll be taken to Closet and Storage Concepts Houzz page, where we’ve made sure to include images of many of our incredible projects. Whether you’re looking to redo your pantry or install a space-saving Murphy bed, Houzz is sure to have ideas to get you started on your way.

A Bowl Full Of Lemons 

On the DIY side of things, we come to A Bowl Full Of Lemons. Similar in many ways to I Heart Organizing, the site is focused on offering budget friendly organization tips and tricks. This can be ideal for clients who have just had Closet and Storage Concepts install a new storage system for them, as they’re often looking for ways to really dive in to a newly organized life. Whether you need advice on shoe storage or how to get your garage in order, A Bowl Full Of Lemons likely has an easy, affordable solution to your dilemma.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we know that a new closet isn’t always enough for getting your life organized, and we’re with you every step of the way in getting your home under control. If you need a bit more sanity in your storage situation, contact us today to begin the journey!

 

Make a Resolution to Get Organized!

By csc-admin - December 21st, 2012

This year make a resolution to Get Organized and keep it with the help of Closet & Storage Concepts.  Our durable, adjustable and fully custom systems are the perfect organizing solution for any area of the house be it a closet, pantry, home office, entertainment center or garage.  Unfortunately, a functional storage system is only half the battle.  These quick tips will help you to organize a few key areas of the home.

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    • Try to purge your closet of unused clothing once a year.  Have trouble keeping track of what you do and do not wear?  When hanging your clothes after washing them put the hanger on the pole backwards.  After a season you will be able to quickly see what you did and did not wear.
    • If the clothing is in good shape donate it to Goodwill or schedule a pickup with the VVA “Vietnam Veterans of America”.
  • Pantry
    • Now is a great time to go through your pantry to get rid of expired goods and take inventory of what dried and canned goods you have for the winter.   When re-stocking be sure to keep items close to their expiration date towards the front of the pantry.
    • Bulky items should be stored on the ground or on lower shelves for safety and to keep them out of your way.
    • Small, gourmet, impulse buy foods tend to be among the first things forgotten and expire as a result.  Keep these at eye level so you don’t forget about them.

Ready to get started?   Contact us today for your free in-home consultation  with one of our design professionals.

Hassle Free Ironing At Your Fingertips

By csc-admin - October 31st, 2012

For those who need to get the most out of their walk in closet a built in ironing board could be just what you are looking for.  Our pullout ironing boards come in two attractive styles allowing them to be mounted either behind a drawer front or on the side of a Closet & Storage Concepts storage system.  Both models are ideal for quick touch ups as they eliminate the hassle of setting up and breaking down your ironing board on a daily basis.  Contact us today to schedule a free in home estimate.

Utility & Laundry Room Design: Hanging Rods for Clothing is the New Dryer

By csc-admin - August 16th, 2012

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the cost of everything seems to be going up.

Shocking, I know.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and fancy-schmansy barista-made coffee was the first on my hit-list of things I could live without in order to economize. The next was the gym membership, which was easy because pretending to exercise in the presence of strangers was getting old anyway. In its place I’ve substituted riding my bike to complete chores locally. This is a two-fer, because I’m now getting the exercise that I pretended to get before, and am saving on gas and wear-and-tear on my car in the process.

The skyrocketing costs of clothes and utilities seem to be the cruelest to overcome however, because it’s tough to imagine life without one or the other of these (insert nudist colony joke here).

Thanks to the closet organization systems specialists at Closet & Storage Concepts, there is a solution that will save on Laundry Room Storage-Utility Room Solutionsboth clothing and energy bills, and help preserve that little place we’ve grown attached to—that being Mother Earth. Installing hanging roads for clothes drying is an economical way to save money and has many other benefits as well:

  1. Line drying conserves energy and protects the environment by saving fossil fuels.
  2. Did you ever wonder where the lint you find in the dryer trap came from? Lint is the remnants of clothing fibers that have been beat-up and pulled off clothing during the tumble dry process. There is a little less of your clothing investment every time you use the dryer. Line-dried clothing on average lasts twice as long as tumble-dried clothing.
  3. Dryer heat is a death wish for elastic. Expensive undergarments, leggings, tights, sports apparel, (or anything made of wool) should always be lined dried.
  4. Air-drying can reduce wrinkles, saving the time and energy associated with ironing.
  5. Indoor line drying in the winter adds much needed humidity to the living space.
  6. Line-drying eliminates static cling, which is caused from the static electricity produced as a result of the clothes repeatedly rubbing together as they tumble.
  7. Line-drying can save property, and even lives—it is estimated that clothes dryer fires account for 15,600 structure fires, 15 deaths and 400 injuries annually. The yearly costs in the United States for loss due to clothes dryer fires are estimated at $99 million.

Let the inventive closet designers of Closet & Storage Concepts create a custom utility or laundry room storage solutions with hanging rods for clothing drying– which will actually save you money in the long run. Your electric bills and Mother (Earth) will thank you for it.

Closet & Storage Concepts Named 2012 Military Friendly Franchise by G.I. Jobs Magazine

By csc-admin - May 18th, 2012

Closet & Storage Concepts is delighted to be named among the recipients of the 2012 Military Friendly Franchises® list, which represents the top 10 percent of the nation’s franchises that are doing the most to recruit military veterans.

The full list of Military Friendly Franchises® will be published in the June issue of G.I. Jobs, the July/August issue of Vetrepreneur Magazine, and on www.militaryfranchising.com, a web tool that helps veterans decide which franchise to choose.

Closet & Storage Concepts honors military veterans all year round by offering service members a 10% discount on franchise fees, special military veteran financing of 50% of the initial fee for a period of 12 months at zero interest, and a team dedicated to supporting the veteran franchisee program, thus allowing veterans to use their training and operational skills in a new civilian career.

The Military Friendly Franchises® list was created three years ago out of demand from military veterans, many of whom want to start or own their own business but are unclear where to begin,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs. “Being selected as a Military Friendly Franchise places Closet & Storage Concepts in this elite group, and is testimony to Closet & Storage Concept’s world class programs and policies that support military veterans interested franchise opportunities”

Using a Professional Closet Designer to Create Custom Storage Solutions vs. Using a Handyman or Honey-do

By csc-admin - April 17th, 2012

You are a spring-cleaning warrior.

Checking sentimentality at the door, you rolled-up your sleeves and filled more lawn and leaf bags with the contents stuffed into your closets than Custom Closet Organizersyou could have thought possible.

Congratulations! You have fulfilled the first step in organizing your life by first ridding yourself of what has become useless to you. The second step is to create a closet organization system that uses this space efficiently, and for the specific use you intend.

BUT, before you call a handyman (or worse still, include closet design on your “honey-do list”), consider the benefits and cost-efficiency of having a closet storage professional design your closet space. The professionals at Closet and Storage Concepts are expert in creating practical, yet chic, closet space that is custom designed for your maximum closet space usage.

Benefits of using a closet designer with Closet and Storage Concepts over a handyman or honey-do:

  1. A professional closet designer knows the questions to ask about your unique storage needs and has intimate knowledge of the most innovative closet solutions available. This IS NOT the “one-size-fits-all approach your handyman, or honey-do (gasp!) utilizes.
  2. Using custom measurements, your professional closet designer will create a closet organization system that actually GIVES you new space, by adding adjustable shelving, double hung devises and drawers. What has your handyman GIVEN you lately?
  3. You can choose from a wide-variety of melamine and laminate finishes, manufactured using ¾” “furniture grade” melamine laminate in our local facilities. Your honey-do gives you one option: whatever is on sale at the home-mart store.
  4. Closet and Storage Concepts can make the most of your space by using: adjustable closet shelving, long, medium and double hang areas to maximize space, belt, tie and shoe racks, drawers, wall safes, valet rods, jewelry drawers, hosiery drawers, etc.

Your handyman or honey-do: they don’t have the expertise to include any of these closet storage innovations.

So, given the choice, who will you choose to design and create your custom closet design? The professionals at Closet and Storage Concepts, of course!  Call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567).

Children’s Closet Organization Systems

By csc-admin - April 16th, 2012

As any elementary school teacher will attest, teaching children how to get, and stay, organized is as important today as learning one’s A, B, C’s. The small “cubbie” of the yesteryear has transformed into a highly functional space which provides sanctuary for the child to enjoy quiet down time to Children Closet Designs read, study and relax.

Add a splash of color to personalize and anchor the area, and this modern closet becomes less of a “catch-all” and more a focal and versatile living space for your child to enjoy. Utilizing the latest in closet shelving systems by Closet and Storage Concepts, toys, clothes, audio, video and sporting equipment, etc., can now be neatly stored, and still provide space your child can “live in”.

Our custom features include:

  • Adjustable closet shelving to accommodate a small child’s reach.
  • Long, medium and double hang areas to maximize closet space.
  • Desk and bookcases to create a study environment that a child looks forward to using.

Our closet designer can create a completely custom designed closet system tailored for your child’s needs – custom built and custom installed by company trained and employed installers.

Contact us for a No Obligation in Home Custom Closet Design Consultation or call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567)

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