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10 Tips for a Better-Organized Kitchen

By CSC - November 11th, 2016

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Are you tired of spending your valuable time searching for the right measuring cup or mixing spoon? At Closet & Storage Concepts, we tell our customers that they can have the kind of kitchen seen in magazines—simple, efficient, and free from clutter—by taking small steps. Here are 10 simple tips for a better-organized kitchen:

1. Organize your kitchenware by frequency of use.

The things you use most often—your favorite saucepan, spices, utensils—should be in easy-to-reach cabinets. High shelves should be reserved for less commonly used items, like seasonal dinnerware.

2. Hang your potholders, dishtowels, and aprons from pegs on your wall.

If your kitchen allows it, pots can also be hung to free up space underneath your stove.

3. Keep your tupperware organized by size.

There are few things more frustrating than finding the perfect sized Pyrex for your leftover goulash and having to endlessly hunt for its lid. If you keep your containers and lids separate, consider organizing lids by size or color.

4. Pull-out shelf organizers can transform your cabinets.

They make it easy to find that egg skillet hiding behind your spaghetti pot.

5. Master dishwasher loading by grouping like items.

Keep your forks, knives, and spoons in their own groups, so they can be unloaded quickly.

6. Harness the mysterious power of magnets.

They can be used to mount your knives on the wall, freeing up valuable drawer and counter space. You can also mount just about anything to the side of your refrigerator, including tin foil, plastic wrap, and small spice jars.

7. Make a list of kitchen essentials, hang that list from your fridge, and mark ingredients that you deplete.

You’ve just made a handy shopping list!

8. Hang tools on the backs of cabinet doors.

This is a great solution for oft-used tools, such as measuring cups, spatulas, and whisks. Adding a corkboard gives you a place to display your favorite recipes.

9. Use bins to consolidate small items.

This works especially well for your junk drawer, where loose paper clips and rubber bands abound. In your pantry, group ingredients by function. A “baking” basket could include flour, sugar, baking soda, and yeast.

10. Maintain your kitchen as a space for cooking.

Kitchen counters often become the first place that we set down papers, bills, and keys. Consider reorganizing your entryway with shelves and cabinets to keep your kitchen clutter-free.

A well organized home gives you more time to enjoy the most important things in life: friends and family. Give us a call today for more information!

Photo by shadowfirearts, licensed through Creative Commons Zero (CC0 1.0).

Creative Kid Costume Storage Ideas

By csc-admin - October 31st, 2016

Halloween trick-or-treating

From fairy tales to space odysseys, costumes can help bring the stories from your kids’ imagination to life. Halloween costumes can be used multiple times for playtime, but if you’re worried about where and how to store them, don’t fret! Closet and Storage Concepts is here to help.

Use Hooks

If floor space is it a premium where your kids play, one solution would be to use your wall space. Hooks can be very effective with this and can help store costumes that have multiple pieces. Hooks can also be re-installed at different heights as kids age. Choose from a wide range of finishes and colors to fit any space.

Try a Pegboard

Another way to use your wall space would be to try a pegboard or slatted wall system. While we usually use these in a craft room or in a garage, there’s no reason why we couldn’t adapt it for a playroom! Notch baskets and hooks into your pegboard to hold capes, fairy wings, or shoes and other accessories. The hooks and baskets can be moved around as costumes change.

Try a Trunk

A storage chest can double as a bench for reading stories. Just toss some blankets and some thick pillows on top! Using a trunk keeps costumes out of sight. This is particularly helpful if a playroom is also a main entertaining area for guests. When using a storage trunk, be sure that little ones will help to put away costumes when playtime is over, or those costumes may end up scattered on the floor. Storage bins that divide the trunk into sections can help sort costumes.

Girls reach-in closet with dress up clothes

Use Their Closet

Dedicate a section for costumes. This can help minimize the number of costumes you store around your home. You can do this in a few different ways.

Fabric cubbies that sit can be installed in a hanging area can be used to create vertical space. And when they outgrow the costumes, they can be used to store clothing items like jeans and sweaters.

You could also try dedicating a hanging area specifically for costumes. We recommend using a double hanging area. This is great for very small children as their clothes are generally shorter. You can use one hanging area for regular everyday clothes and the other hanging area for costumes. As they grow, the double hanging area can be used for separates like blouses, button-ups, and pants.

Adjustable wood or infused melamine shelves also give your home extra value. They are sturdier and are visually more appealing than the typical wire systems found in many homes.

No matter how many costumes and characters you need to store, you can get organized with Closet and Storage Concepts. Contact your local team of storage experts to see how we can help your whole family make room for life.

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.

Clean!

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

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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.

Baskets

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!

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