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How to Prepare for Holiday Guests? Start With The Entryway

By CSC - October 19th, 2016

custom entryway organization system closet and storage conceptsThe holiday season is quickly approaching. With it comes valuable time spent with family and friends, delicious food, and possibly a bit of anxiety when it comes to preparing your home for guests.

There are usually a few places within every home that experience reoccurring clutter. For many families those places are the entryway, kitchen counters, and perhaps a living room coffee table. Inconveniently, these are also parts of the home that holiday guests are almost guaranteed to see.

As you prepare for the holidays don’t hide your clutter simply because it’s an easy solution. Now is as good a time as any to implement lasting storage and organization solutions. Here we’ll be focusing on the entryway, a part of the home notorious for accumulating weekly clutter. We encourage you to read on!

Why Is My Entryway Messy All The Time?

As its name suggests, the entryway is the entrance into a home. For many people this space signifies the formal start and end to their day. When you think about it, it’s not such a surprise that entryways are often messy. This place by the door is where we empty our hands after a long day. The home is a place of relaxation, and therefore dumping everything at the door as you walk inside can be a form of triumph. In most entryways one can find shoes, jackets, backpacks, keys, mail, and other knickknacks.

Organizing Your Entryway

Part of organizing your entryway successfully is thinking realistically. It’s reasonable that after a long day you’d prefer to leave everything at the door rather than put it carefully away in closets and cupboards. The key to entryway organization is capitalizing on the moment you enter your home. If you’re going to leave your jacket, shoes, bags, and mail at the door they need a place to go, and that place needs to be easy to access.

This is where a custom organization system from Closet and Storage Concepts can come in. Although some items left at an entryway are the same for everyone, we all have different preferences and eccentricities, which influence what we carry with us each day. Thus, a custom organization system that fits your habits can be extremely beneficial.

We recommend a combination of visible and hidden storage, as well as designated shelves and drawers for specific items. One of our designers can work with you to create an entryway storage system that is reflective of your needs. For instance, say you’d like to have a space for ingoing and outgoing mail, a hanger for your keys, or a drawer for cold weather gear. These are all elements that our designers can incorporate. We’ll also create a three-dimensional model of your custom storage system before we start building anything.

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts we look forward to helping you get organized for the holidays. We would love to create a built-in storage system for your family that will stay clean long after your holiday guests have departed. Call us today, we’re happy to help!

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

Simple Steps for Organizing Your Garden Shed

By CSC - June 30th, 2016

Garden Shed Organization
This is a favorite time of year for green thumbs. The garden is in bloom and fresh veggies are sprouting from the earth, fresh and ready for your summer salad or a quick char on the grill. Nature’s abundance in the summer is something to look forward to, but managing a garden can quickly become a tedious chore if you don’t have the right tools for the job and storage space to help you stay organized.

If you are ready to create the garden shed of your dreams, read on for some inspiration.

Start with a Sturdy Surface

The most important and heavily used space in your shed will be the potting bench. Gardening will be a joy with a level and sturdy surface and tools within reach. Consider using a mesh hardware cloth as a tabletop in place of, or in addition to, a solid surface. This will allow excess dirt and water to filter through to the floor and keep your potting bench mess free. Attaching a magnetic strip to the work surface is also a great way to keep your small shovels, spades and shears close at hand.

Add Ample Storage

No garden shed would be complete without hooks and shelving for tools and supplies. A pegboard can be a great option if you have a lot of items to hang. You won’t have to hammer nails in the wall, and it’s easy to move items around if necessary. When you have everything hung just where you want it, consider outlining the tools on the wall so you will always be able to put things back in their proper spot.

Shelving is also essential in a garden shed. If low to the ground, consider sliding shelves to avoid bending and reaching for hard to see items. Having closed lid storage containers is also important for toxic chemicals like pesticides. Installing an exhaust fan in the shed can help keep the air clear and prevent mold and mildew from growing inside.

Don’t Forget the Little Details

Once you have the essential work surface and storage you need for a functional garden shed, think about the details that will really help you become a master gardener. Keep a large calendar or blackboard on the wall to remind you of important planting and harvesting dates. Hang small rods on the wall for your spools of twine and wire. And, if possible, consider installing a little sink to fill your watering can and wash up when you’re done.

Getting organized and creating the shed you’ve always wanted will inspire you to get outside this summer and get a little dirty in the garden. Whether you plant flowers, herbs, or vegetables, use these tips to have some fun in the garden this summer.

For more garage and work space organizing solutions, give your local Closet & Storage Concepts team a call.

Photo by PublicDomainPictures, under Public Domain (CC0 1.0)

How to Pack Light For a Vacation Getaway

By csc-admin - June 17th, 2016

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With summer just around the corner, we know that many of our readers and fans are heading out on a summer getaway. To stay organized and meet those pesky airplane luggage weight limits, we know that many of you may be looking for ways that you can pack light while still having enough options for all of the adventures you’ll be going on this summer.

Prep, Prep, Prep

While it’s great to pack light, you also wouldn’t want to forget any essential items. Travel disasters can be averted in the planning stages. For example, if you’re going outside of the continental US you’re likely going to need travel adapters and your passport, plus your wallet.

Making a list of your items can help prevent over packing, by giving you an overview and visualization of how many items you’re planning on bringing. If you see a list of half your whole wardrobe, you’re likely packing too much.

Make Combinations

Choosing clothing is often the most difficult part of packing for any trip. You’ll want to tailor your clothes to the activities and weather of your destination. Going to a beach in Mexico? You’ll likely want cover-ups and lots of bathing suits. Hiking through southern China? Don’t forget the socks and hiking boots.

In addition, to pack light (and smart!) it’s best to make combinations of outfits you actually want to wear rather than thinking about items individually. Think how different tops can be made into new outfits with a different skirt or pair of jeans. In addition, adding jewelry or other accessories can help to make any outfit new again. To see how many combinations you can create, take a picture of each outfit you create. This way you always have a reference for an outfit at your fingertips.

Go for the Smaller Bag

One of the easiest ways to not over pack is by going with a smaller bag. It’s also a great way to challenge yourself to see how much you can actually under pack. Be sure to pick a suitcase that is durable and light. Before leaving for your trip try to weigh your bags to be sure you meet the weight requirements for your airline.

Prevent Duplicate Items

Have you ever brought along your hair dryer only to discover that your hotel, hostel, or Airbnb had provided one? Think of what you could have packed or brought back instead of the hairdryer you barely used! Plan for this by checking ahead to see what types of amenities the place you’re staying at has and prevent bringing unnecessary items along. You’ll thank yourself when you can bring home more souvenirs.

Toiletry Pare Down

A weekend trip down to the beach likely won’t require a full-sized bottle of conditioner, even if you’re packing for a family of four. Be sure to decant your favorite products into travel-friendly containers. In addition, especially to our female readers, look for skincare and makeup items that can do double duty. This helps to limit the items you bring and the space they take up! Should you feel the absolute need to bring or buy travel sized mascaras or other beauty products, just remember that you’ll have to store them in your home after you return.

If you’re having trouble finding clothes you want to pack in your wardrobe, be sure to bring organization to your closet! Call in the experts at Closet & Storage Concepts today to help you make the most of your summer and your home. Our local designers can’t wait to work with you.

How to Create an Inviting Space For Summer Guests

By CSC - May 18th, 2016

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Summer is primetime for houseguests, and that travel season is almost upon us. Whether you’re expecting intimate friends or distant acquaintances, preparing a special place for guests in your home will help everyone enjoy the visit.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we believe it isn’t the size of your space that matters. It’s how you utilize that space that will really count when guests come to call.

Put Away Your Clutter

The most important thing you can offer guests is hospitality. But a well-organized space doesn’t hurt either. If you have a dedicated guest room this can be as simple as making sure the closet is clear of any winter clothes or craft projects you may have stored there. Multi-purpose closet space is a breeze when you have the right storage solutions, such as adjustable shelving, built in drawers, or even bins from your local home goods store to clear away the clutter.

If guests will be staying in a shared space, there are creative solutions to help make them feel at home. A murphy bed can be an excellent way to make a room do double duty. Providing a luggage rack for suitcases will allow your guests to access their things off the floor. This can be easily folded up and stored in a closet when not in use. Clearing a shelf on a bookcase can be useful, or providing bins that can be stored in a closet or under the bed. Even if you can’t clear a whole closet, giving your guests some space and plenty of hangers will be much appreciated.

Pay Attention to Detail

Once your guests have unpacked their bags, it’s the small details that will take their stay from good to great. Make sure there is a nightstand near their bed and stock it with all the essentials for a restful night, such as a water carafe, new earplugs and an eye shade, a clock, and some reading material.

Give guests a tour of your home and make sure they know where all the essentials are located. Set out travel size toiletries, extra towels, blankets, and pillows. Thoughtful details such as nightlights to brighten dark corners and a power strip to charge all their devices will ensure everyone has a peaceful night and a great start to the day. And nothing says welcome home like fresh cut flowers. Keep a vase of some simple blooms or greenery near the bed to bring a fresh and natural air to the room.

Thoughtfulness and hospitality go a long way when hosting houseguests. Of course, a clean and organized space will help guests settle right in. Give your local Closet and Storage Concepts a call for a free design consultation. Our intelligent storage solutions will ensure your guests feel at home.

Photo by Erika Wittlieb, under Public Domain (CC0 1.0).

How to Visually Declutter a Room

By csc-admin - March 1st, 2016

Modern living room by Emily Go Haus Go.

Although we usually bring you tips to declutter your home and create more storage space, visual clutter can negatively impact your home, too. That’s why our team has compiled some of the best tips to help you visually declutter your space! Read on for more information.

Take One Item Out

One of the easiest ways to make a room appear less busy is to remove one item. Even if you’ve pared down, thinking if there’s one more item you can take away can give a lighter look. This can be as easy as simply finding a new place to keep the item or by putting it into the donation pile. Finding a new place for the item can help you save money on unwanted purchases all while giving your space a new look!

Upgrade Storage

If you do decide to keep the item in storage, make sure it’s properly stored. If you’re no longer able to store all of your items and it’s causing visual clutter, consider this a sign to upgrade. Go with a built-in storage solution. You’ll be able to solve your storage problems in a practical and stylish way. Call in your local organizing professional today! From custom closets, kitchen pantries, or murphy beds – our team is ready to assist you.

Group Items

Narrow down groupings either by completing the steps above or simply by grouping items closer together. By making it obvious that you are grouping like-items, you may find that vignettes look better to the eye. If you haven’t grouped your items, consider doing so to give a streamlined look. Keeping similar items next to each other will make things look less hectic in your space.

Groupings can be done in a variety of ways, but the most common are by type and by color. With types you’ll want to keep books with books, plants with plants, and so on.


Clutter comes in all shapes and sizes and dust is one of those culprits. Give your home a good clean. You may find that this simple solution is all that you need to give your space a refresh. Don’t be afraid to get into the tough nooks and crannies. Give your carpets a good shake and vacuum. For more time consuming cleaning projects, clear away countertops of clutter both the visual and physical. This includes small kitchen appliances, mountains of miscellaneous items on your nightstand, and of course, the junk mail.

Consider Colors and Patterns

While adding in different elements and patterns can help to make a room more lived-in, there’s a fine line before you go overboard. If you feel suffocated by the amount of patterns and textures in a room, take it down a notch by removing one of the patterns or colors. When thinking about colors, keeping the color count to three can be a good way to bring things to more tolerable viewing levels. Same goes with patterns; start off small and add things back in if you feel like it’s needed.

Give our designers a call today to seamlessly blend your storage systems with your existing décor for a clutter free space both physically and visually!

Photo by Emily May of Go Haus Go, used under Creative Commons Attributions License (CC BY 2.0).

Tasks to Do Today For A Stress Free Holiday Season

By csc-admin - December 17th, 2015


With the holidays almost here (did it sneak up on you, too?), here are some tasks we encourage you to complete today for a stress-free day of festivities. And don’t forget to call your local Closet and Storage Concepts when you’re ready to make your home more storage efficient.

  1. Get the Gift Wrap In Order

Take inventory of your wrapping supplies. If you’re running low on ribbons, gift tags, or simply want a new wrapping paper design, make a note of what colors you need, and how much you need. For wrapping paper, if you’re replenishing your stash, be sure you have extra for those gifts that you may have forgotten. Getting the gift wrapping supplies today makes it one less thing to purchase a day before Christmas.

Clear out or set aside space in your spare bedroom or office for a gift wrapping station. Having a pre-designated area will make wrapping everything a breeze. Plus you can be sure that you have all the room you need ahead of time.

  1. Clean The House

Cleaning generally falls down the list of priorities during the holidays, but cleaning up now can make things easier for you, especially if you’re hosting a gathering. Even if you’re not hosting this year, getting the cleaning done before you go on vacation or before the major swing of holiday parties can help you feel more relaxed when things die down. You’ll definitely be ready to ring in the New Year with a clean home!

Even taking only 15 minutes here or there everyday can help to reduce the stress rather than completing one major cleanup while you’re multitasking on the day of your gathering.

  1. Get Enough Rest

Before you have to pull an all-nighter for last minute presents or baking the cookies for Santa’s trip down the chimney, be sure to get in your sleep. A proper night’s rest can keep you and your body feeling it’s best. You’ll say goodbye to any wintertime blue’s in time for the festivities.

  1. Make Your List and Check it Twice

If it’s time to do one last push for gifts or to stock up on snacks and ingredients for that roast, make like Santa and check it twice. Check in the pantry, fridge, and freezer to make sure you don’t have the items on your list already and cross-reference ingredients to your recipes. If you’re worried about gifts, get some gender-neutral gifts or general gifts on the off chance that you did in fact miss a gift. Flowers for hosts, or a good bottle of wine with a certificate to a restaurant can be a good option.

Create a stress-free holiday by staying organized with proper planning. Then get your home storage nightmares resolved by giving Closet and Storage Concepts a call today for your free in-home consultation!

Photo by Jill Wellington, under Public Domain (CC0 1.0).

Craft Room Organization Tips

By csc-admin - November 17th, 2015

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It’s time to get the craft room organized before you need the wrapping paper for all of those gifts. The team at Closet and Storage Concepts is here to help you find the best solutions for your crafts no matter if you have a dedicated room or a simple closet area.


Keeping all of your supplies and baubles in one spot is a go-to solution for organizers and designers. Baskets can keep like items grouped together all while keeping them concealed when guests are over. They also make moving items a breeze. Simply store your items in the basket and move them between shelves, or even different rooms if you need to. Choose from a variety of options including the standard wicker basket, modern metal crates, and anything in between.

See Me If You Can

You should be able to see through your baskets, bins, or other units. This makes finding your crafts easy and efficient. If you want to conceal things a bit more, try a frosted glass insert on your cabinets or drawers. A sheer window panel can help save space if you have a crafts closet while giving you the option to keep things hidden once company comes through. While baskets can be used to completely conceal your items, having a set of transparent drawer units, especially for items you frequently use may be more efficient.

Pegboard, Always

When organizing your craft room, or even your garage, pegboards almost always should be used. They help to free up valuable working areas by keeping your tools and materials off of the table. Using your walls, by installing a pegboard insures that you’re maximizing your space. Pegboards are very handy in a craft room as hooks and baskets can be moved around very easily, so they can flex to whatever project you’re working on. Plus they can be decorated and painted to fit your room’s décor so it’s not an eyesore.

Group Like Items

Baskets and containers are great for housing items. To make the best use of them, take some time to group items together. Keeping all of your buttons, thread, scissors, or wrapping paper grouped together can help when creating storage space. Once you’ve made piles, putting them away in designated containers will be a breeze. Taking time to organize all of your craft supplies can be a lot of work, but the outcome is worth it!

Still need help implementing these tips in your craft room? Bring in the experts at Closet and Storage Concepts. Our designers will work with you to find a solution, giving you room for more craft projects, and more importantly a space to wrap all of those presents!

The Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn Purge

By csc-admin - September 30th, 2015


Autumn can feel like the start of a new year as it coincides with schools heading back in session. Use the momentum of heading back to school to purge throughout your home. Here are some top picks from the team at Closet and Storage Concepts as you welcome in fall.

  • Makeup and Medicine

Start in the bathroom and clear out old makeup and medicine. A new season often brings new looks, so clear out the old to prepare for the new. Work with your local pharmacist or health specialist to properly dispose of expired medicines. Pro Tip: If you have a lot of lipsticks, try decanting them into travel storage pots. Simply use a small scoop to get all of the color into the storage containers. This allows you to convert your lipsticks into a uniform container (freeing up space), while using up the entire lipstick.

  • Food Containers

Assess your food storage containers and dispose of any limp or yellowed ones. Try Pyrex containers for any older kids or your significant other to save money in the long run. Glass containers tend to be easier to clean and look great in your cabinets.

  • Spices and Food

New seasons often bring seasonal delicacies. Be sure to purge through any expired spices or foods in your kitchen pantry to make room for new treats. Utilize proper storage organizers or try custom built-ins to maximize your space with clever organizers.

  • Plastic Bags

Store a stash of them neatly in a container to take when you walk the dog and recycle extras. Many stores take back used plastic bags, which are then reused and repurposed. If you have a lot of them, try weaving them together to make a super sturdy grocery tote.

  • Air Conditioning and HVAC Filters

While it’s not necessarily an item to purge, it’s a great time to think about changing your air filters. Changing your air filter can help to reduce allergens in your home and keep your home cleaner. A clean home can make a home feel larger and more organized.

  • Clothes and Shoes

Sorry shoe divas, your items don’t get to escape either. New fall fashions likely mean that your closet will see an influx of new items. Purge now before you shop for new items. If you use the post-it trick (where you stick a note on any item that you’re unsure of purging), and haven’t worn the item since two summers ago it’s time to say goodbye. If you haven’t worn the item it’s likely that you don’t need the item. Clear out your closet to create more space for things you will use.

  • Kid’s Stuff Too

Kid’s stuff shouldn’t be excluded either. Give away or donate clothes that no longer fit your kids. Be sure to include them in the process so they can learn how to declutter too. If you’re swimming in toys it may be a good time to purge them. Say goodbye to broken beach pails and try on sports gear to see if they need to be replaced after the summer growth spurts.

  • Gift Stations

The holiday season will be here soon enough. Get ready by clearing out the wedding wrapping paper and any old scraps that can’t be salvaged in favor of new holiday paper.

Autumn is great for cider donuts, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course a shift in weather. Be sure to embrace and prepare for the autumn by purging through items. Call your local Closet and Storage Concepts designer for help to get your closet and other organization systems into gear.

Photo by tpsdave, under Public Domain through Creative Commons License Zero (CC0 1.0).

How to Create Maintainable Storage Systems

By csc-admin - September 18th, 2015


At Closet and Storage Concepts we love helping our customers create storage systems and units that work for them that will serve them well over time. This can be tougher than you think, but our designers carefully assess and try to plan for future purchases and behavior. Combined with systems that are created in our own factories, we can provide a storage solution for even the toughest of areas. Here’s how you can create a storage unit that works for you long-term whether you’re looking to create a new closet, kitchen pantry, laundry room storage, or home office system.

Invest the Time

First, you should give yourself ample amount of time. Creating a storage system when you’re rushed probably won’t help your organization problems in the long run. You will want to put in the appropriate amount of time to deliver a good payoff. The time doesn’t have to be put in one group either. Feel free to split up the time and invest in chunks – we know that life can be busy and get in the way.

Purge Before you Plan

Before you start ripping out your old system, or planning a new elaborate storage system, do yourself a favor and purge. Remove items that are expired, damaged, no longer appeal to you, and so on. You want to create an organizer that helps you keep things you love in order, not your junk too. Marie Kondo’s way of discarding items can be helpful in this situation.

Plan and Hire Pros

Once you’ve purged you can start to assess and plan what you need to store. Be sure to hire the professionals, like the team at Closet and Storage Concepts, if you need to. Our designers will carefully measure your space, and listen to your needs and requirements to translate your dream into a viable solution that maximizes your space. Customizing your storage system is a dependable way to make sure that your storage system will be used for years to come.


Be sure to follow through once you’ve determined an organization system that works for you. Whether it’s completing your new storage units, or getting all the labels onto your shoeboxes, don’t leave your project incomplete. Leaving your project incomplete will decrease the odds that you will use your storage system and thus increase the chances of you accumulating clutter once again.

Complete the Cycle

With your new storage and organization system in place you’ll want to get in the habit of completing the cycle. For example, each time you do laundry, be sure to put your clothes away completely, or make sure that you put food items into the right container or on the right shelf. This takes time to build as a habit, especially if you’re not used to it, but with the proper planning and follow-through you’ll have better odds of maintaining your home storage system.

Long-term storage systems are manageable with the right people to help you, as well as the desire to maintain your home. Be sure to give your local team at Closet and Storage Concepts a call today to schedule a complimentary consultation when you’re ready to create an organized home!

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