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Easy Entryway Spruce Up Tips

By - February 19th, 2016

White custom entryway mudroom cabinetry.

At Closet and Storage Concepts we love helping our customers create more space so they can enjoy their homes even more. If you’re tired of tripping over shoes, mail piling up on the table, or of dirty coats, we’re here to help. Use these tips to get an entryway that’s neat and tidy. The best part is that many of these tasks can be done easily!

Quick Wipe Down

In the last few weeks of winter, many see boot and shoe prints in their entryway from the extra dirt and mud caused by the rain and snow. Be sure to give your entryway a good wipe down. This will help protect your floors and get your mudroom or entryway back in tidy order. Your space will look larger from less mess and you may even jumpstart an organizing session.

In addition to your floors, don’t forget to clean the boot trays and liners and rugs. While you’re at it, taking a few minutes to clear away scuff marks along your baseboards or to quickly dust along the tops of your storage units, is a relatively easy task that can help you keep your entryway clean and organized.

Mail Time Purge

Complete a quick purge and get your entryway cleared for the coming weeks. Say goodbye to items that are taking over your entryway organizer – whether it’s old receipts, wrappers, or trash. By removing these items you’ll be on your way to a cleaner and more efficient space. To help you get in the habit of clearing items right away, consider putting the recycle bin or shredder in your entryway.

File or Store Away

Properly file or store items. File documents and statements away to your home office file cabinets. For immediate items that need to be dealt with, make sure you have a sorting system in place. You’ll be less likely to let things fall through the cracks.

Move and store out of season items. Some examples include the swim goggles and beach toys unless you’re in a warmer state. Put coats on their proper hangers and make sure everything is put back in place. Draft family members to help you – you’ll all be able to spend more time doing something you love by spending less time cleaning and organizing.

Make the Most of Your Storage Space

The entryway or mudroom is often a multipurpose room. Make sure it is able to produce the best results by evaluating your storage. If you’re running out of space for sports equipment or guests’ coats, it may be time to find a better solution. Consider built-in units that can help you store your kids’ school supplies, cleats, swim bag, your guests’ coats, and even laundry supplies. If your home doesn’t have the luxury of a mudroom, simple solutions that double your space can help. A small bench with shoe storage or even mounting a few more hooks for backpacks and coats can be easy alternatives. These solutions keep your entryway streamlined and help you stay organized.

Make It Pretty

If your entryway is already organized and clean, but is still looking a little bit worse for wear, consider aesthetic upgrades. A fresh coat of paint to refresh your entryway can give a little bit of extra life. Spruce up your storage units with a fresh coat of paint to cover up scuffs and scratches.

Simply adding new cushion covers to your bench or new hangers can give your mudroom some extra utility and beauty. If your entryway tends to look a little dark, adding in another light source or some bright flowers can help you stay positive in the last throws of winter.

Upgrade your entryway or utility room storage. Give your local Closet and Storage Concepts designer a call today. We’ll help you transform your space to make room for life!

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

By - 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.

Laundry Room Renovation Project

By - July 25th, 2011

Builders surveyed at the end of 2010 by the National Association of Home Builders revealed the average home size by 2015 will be down 10% vs. 2010 and is likely to feature walk-in utility-room1closets and a laundry room.

Remodeling a laundry room can add a surprising amount of appeal and value to a home. A high quality Laundry Room Renovation project can return as much as 67% – 78% of its initial cost

Here are some tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Laundry Room Renovation project plan.

  • For best resale value select a neutral design for your Laundry Room Renovation
  • For best home resale value follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • Use bright lighting to make a small room appear larger
  • Have all circuits protected by GFCI
  • Select finish treatments that harmonize with furniture and accessories

Closet & Storage Concepts
can take your design ideas to create a custom laundry room. Contact us for a free, no obligation, in-home design consultation.
We will help create just what you need to conquer the clutter in every area of the home including laundry rooms, mud rooms, utility rooms, and playrooms.

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