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The Biggest Benefits of a Well Organized Home

By Rebecca Wilson - 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!

A Few DIY Closet Organization Tips

By csc-admin - August 15th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage concepts, we’re in the business of helping get your life organized. Whether you’re in the market for a new closet system or looking to upgrade your pantry, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have everything you’ll need. One of the things that really sets our company apart is that our incredible team of professionals not only help you select and install the closet of your dreams, they’re also full of tips for getting your home organized. We’ve had our expert team put together a list of some ingenious DIY organizing tips for the home, so read on for some clever ways to get more out of your closets and cupboards, and make sure to contact Closet and Storage Concepts today if you’re in the market for a new storage system!

A Photogenic Way To Organize Your Shoe Collection

Even with a beautiful, newly installed closet system, your closet can still become cramped and crowded if you don’t handle organizing well. Jessica Amento shows off her brilliant organizing idea for her shoe collection, where she takes a photo of each and every pair of shoes she owns and tapes it onto the box in which she keeps that particular pair. Whereas many of us simply stream our shoes about wherever we can find the space, this method allows you to neatly stack all of your shoes in your closet while still being able to find what you’re looking for. This is a perfect example of a way you can easily manage your home organization system without spending much money.

A Better Way To Organize Your Scarves

A scarf can often be the perfect accessory for an outfit, but keeping them organized in your closet can be a bit of a headache. Here’s a great idea for getting your scarf collection in order without spending much out of pocket. The great minds at bedifferectactnormal.com outline how you can utilize shower curtain rings in order to turn a normal hanger into a perfect scarf organizer. The best part about this project is that it takes as little time as it does money, but it’s sure to make your closet a more hospitable environment.

A Towel Rod Can Add That Extra Bit Of Space

If you’re looking to completely redo your closet or storage system, Closet and Storage Concepts is right there to help you every step of the way. Often times, though, homeowners are just looking to eke out a bit more storage room rather than completely updating their closet system. If this is the case in your home, check out this idea for using a simple towel rack to create another hanging surface in your closet. If you install a towel rack on the underside of a shelf in your closet, you’ll instantly have another surface to hang things from, immediately expanding your storage ability. And the best part? You can do it all with a few extra dollars and half an hour of free time.

If these DIY tips just aren’t enough to get your home organized, make sure to contact Closet and Storage Concepts for guidance on creating a storage system that can really make a difference in your home!

Three Projects For Getting Your Kitchen Organized

By csc-admin - July 15th, 2014

 

When it comes to home storage and organization, there’s one room that typically tends to fall into chaos more often than others: the kitchen. Most homeowners are painfully aware of the common problems found in the kitchen organized, whether it’s an overflowing utensil drawer or a pantry that looks like a grenade has gone off inside of it. At Closet and Storage Concepts, we specialize in providing solutions for these storage needs, so we’ve put together a list of some of the most effective techniques and strategies for keeping your kitchen in tip top shape. Read on to find out what you can do to get your kitchen organized and under control.

Install Some Corner Drawers

One thing we’ve noticed over the years when it comes to kitchen organization is that space is always at a premium. Due to the value of real estate in the kitchen, why is that most kitchen cabinet systems ignore the possibility of utilizing corner space? In the past, many homeowners had Lazy Susans installed in corner spots, but those systems tend to lead to more disorganization than they add. Luckily, some incredible cabinet companies are starting to introduce beautifully crafted corner shelving systems. Click here to get an idea of the way in which one company is changing how we view that extra space between walls.

Custom Pantries By Closet and Storage Concepts

Every homeowner dreams of their own uniquely designed pantry, as every family has their own habits in the kitchen. At Closet and Storage Concepts, we custom craft incredible solutions catered to your home’s needs. Is your pantry tight on space, and you’re just not able to stock up on everything your family needs? Closet and Storage Concepts has a storage design sure to get more bang for your buck. Trying to switch over to using more dried goods throughout the week? We’re sure to have a system that will make organizing as easy as one, two, three. Remember, we don’t offer one-size-fits-all solutions for your home; we craft unique shelves and closets that form fit with your home. Click here to see some incredible pictures, and find out more about how our custom pantries can transform your kitchen from a disorganized mess into a space Martha Stewart would compliment.

Install a Rolling Cabinet

When it comes to getting the most of your kitchen’s space, it’s all about maximization. One thing that can really help in this department is getting multiple uses out of a single item. In the same way Closet and Storage Concepts can set up a master closet for storing both clothing and general wares, so too can you install fixtures that offer multiple solutions. One such strategy is creating a roll out cabinet. As you can see in the above post, companies are now creating kitchen cabinets that roll out to become cutting boards and usable surfaces. If you’re looking for some extra surface space, this might be the solution for your kitchen.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re full of ideas on getting the most out of your space. If you’re looking to expand your storage capabilities, or need some advice on getting your home better organized, contact us today!

 

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!

 

Ingenious Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

By csc-admin - June 17th, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we love a good challenge. One of the most common needs with our clientele is crafting storage solutions for smaller homes and apartments. Whether that means installing a gorgeous new murphy bed or renovating an out of date closet, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have the answer your home is looking for. We’ve put together a few ingenious and creative storage solutions designed with small spaces in mind. Read on to find a few ideas for getting the most out of your home’s floor plan!

Turn Your French Doors Into Shelving

When working with a small space, it can pay dividends to find storage solutions where you wouldn’t normally consider them. For instance, many one bedrooms typically have French doors separating the bedroom from the main living area. Anyone who’s tried to cram all of their belongings into a small apartment knows that any and every space needs to be utilized in order to get the most out of the arrangement. If you have French doors and need more storage room, consider attaching bookshelves to them. We’ve seen this strategy implemented many times, and not only does it create a great look, it also provides a storage solution if you’re low on closet space.

Make More Out of Your Staircase

When you’re stuck needing more storage in your home, every unused space starts to look like a viable solution. If you just don’t have the closet storage that you need in your home, but you have a fairly large staircase leading to your second floor, consider converting the space beneath the staircase into a shelving area. This post on Houzz showcases some truly inventive ways to create storage space in an area that would typically remain unused. If you’re willing to get creative with your staircase, the options are endless. Whether you install an entertainment center, some quality bookshelves, or simply a small storage nook, your staircase offers you the ability to be so much more than a way to get to the second floor.

Look Above You!

One of the dictates of getting more out of small spaces is to think up. Often times, this implies tall, narrow bookshelves and closets rather than stout spread out ones. Similarly, it always pays to consider the ways in which overhead storage systems can alleviate some of your need for space. If it’s the garage that you’re hoping to overhaul, many people have turned to ceiling racks to store some of their excess belongings. This post outlines a brilliant way to install tracks on your ceiling that can then easily hold multiple storage bins. This strategy isn’t just limited to your garage; there are all kinds of ways to apply the same solution inside your home, be it overhead cabinets in the bathroom or a headboard that features modest shelving at the top. Here’s a great collection of indoor overhead storage systems to give you an idea of just how much can be done with that ceiling space you’re not currently using.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re constantly discovering smarter and better ways to solve your storage needs, whether that involves remodeling a tiny closet to offer more space or working with a small apartment that needs a more creative solution. If you’re in need of a better storage system, contact us today to discover the possibilities made possible by Closet and Storage Concepts!

World Libraries With Incredible Storage Solutions

By csc-admin - March 31st, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, North America’s premier custom closet and storage system outfitter, we’re always on the hunt for the coolest and most creative in storage concepts. From the pantries in large restaurants to the way film societies organize their archives, we love seeing impressive storage systems in action. Perhaps the most beloved and frequently impressive organization systems in the world belong to some of our greatest libraries, such as the endlessly awe-inspiring Library of Congress. In honor of this great storage system tradition, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite libraries from around the world, each one demonstrating the heights of organization we strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts. Read on for a global tour in magnificent storage concepts!

Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum

Named after the great Japanese post-war author, the Shiba Ryotaro is a marvel in melding design with organizational needs. The building, designed by Tadao Ando, is meant to mirror the inner working of an author’s mind, hence the incredible walls and walls of books. There’s something incredibly immersive about the book storage system at the library, a feat reflected in the sheer number of books housed in a small space. This is perhaps what‘s most impressive about the storage concept at the Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum: storage has been effectively married to concept, making for a truly unique experience.

Mafra National Palace Library

The National Palace Library is a treasure held within the city of Mafra, Portugal. Portugal is home to a number of well-known libraries, but the Mafra National Palace Library is the most interesting to everyone at Closet and Storage Concepts due to its particularly ingenious storage system.  When built, not only did the architect responsible make sure to create a book shelving system that accommodated a major collection, he also made sure to leave room behind the books for a colony of bats. The bats were used to keep the library vermin and insect free, and would be released every night from their space behind the books. Our closet systems don’t typically house flying animals, but we still have to applaud this remarkable system.

The George Peabody Library

Housed in the world-renown Peabody Institute of Music at John Hopkins University, the George Peabody Library is one of the finest in America. Containing over 300,000 volumes, the Peabody Library  is a perfect example of marrying form and function in the world of storage systems. Featuring six tiers of cast iron columns, decorative railings, and gold-leaf embellishments, the Peabody Library demonstrates that there is certainly a way to make organization beautiful, which is something we always strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts.

Liyuan Library

Designed by famed Chinese Architect Li Xiaodong Atelier, the Liyuan Library is truly a sight to behold. Located in the small village of Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing, the Liyuan Library was meant to be an example of how to make a storage system blend in seamlessly with its environment. In the same way that Closet and Storage Concepts makes sure to design and implement closet systems that work holistically within its environment, the Liyuan Library is composed of panels of twigs in order to reflect the natural surroundings of the village. Beautiful in its simplicity and elegance, the Liyuan Library is a case study in working your surroundings into the design of a storage system.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we keep in mind all of the great storage and design ideas reflected in this list in order to craft personalized closets and organization systems for our customers. We may not build bat caves behind your bookshelves, but we’ll make sure to create effective and  visually stunning closet and storage systems for all your needs.

 

Tips for Organizing Your Gear, Play Room, and Craft Closets

By csc-admin - February 14th, 2014

Every home has a different need when it comes to storage, making a one-size-fits-all approach to organization ineffective for most homes. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we always work with our customers to find a unique solution to their particular storage problem based on our years of experience. We’ve put together a few tips for organizing a few different closets dedicated to specific types of families and homeowners, from the outdoorsy to the craft-inclined. Whatever your storage situation may be, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have a system perfect for keeping your home organized and accessible.

The Gear Closet

Exercise is a must for everyone, and who doesn’t love camping trips and weekend hikes? One of the problems that can arise for these invigorating hobbies is just what to do with all of your camping and sports gear when you’re not able to find the time? We’ve found that having a dedicated gear closet for all of your outdoor equipment can go a long way in keeping your home manageable. An essential item for any gear closet is an over-the-door rack, since balls, bats, and other sports equipment tend to like to move around a lot when placed on a shelf or the floor. Also, look into bins or baskets dedicated to different activities, so that when its time to take the kids to the lake, you’ll know exactly where the tent and camping stove are stored. We’ve also found that a hanging shoe organizer can work great in a gear closet, as it’s perfect for holding mitts, helmets, and hiking boots. Dedicating a closet in your home just for these kinds of activities is sure to make motivating yourself when spring time comes around that much easier.

The Play Room Closet

As any parent is quick to tell you, keeping a play room in order can be a serious headache. A bit of organization can go a long way to keeping things manageable, and a dedicated closet space is the first place to start. The first thing parents should make sure they’re doing is placing those messy items that require supervision (markers that can be used to write on walls, board games with small pieces, etc.) on the top shelf of the closet. If a child can get to a toy they love to play with, they’ll find a way, so it’s important to organize with this in mind. We also recommend getting a label maker for organizing the toy closet, so that when you assign different types of items to different bins or boxes, you’ll be able to find them with ease. We’ve also found that storing books lower, which many people don’t often do, can be encouraging for a child, as they’re more likely to utilize the toys that are within easy reach.

The Craft Closet

Keeping your crafting gear in order can be especially problematic, as a lot of the items can be small and hard to keep track of. One of the best lessons we’ve learned in craft organization is to use ice cube trays to keep your smaller items, such as thimbles, safety pins, and the like, in ice cube trays stored in drawers or boxes. This is sure to keep them easy to find and separated from your other tiny craft needs. Also, like any closet, it’s best to store heavier items, like your sewing machine, at waist level to avoid unnecessarily difficult lifting. Finally, make sure to utilize the back of the door, either with a peg board to hang scissors or current projects on, our a kitchen rack to store paints and glue. It’s always easier to start a project well-organized, so make sure to dedicate a well-kept space to your favorite hobby!

A Look into the Home of the Future

By csc-admin - December 26th, 2013

As we come upon the end of another postmillennial year and prepare for the futuristic-sounding 2014, it’s hard not to be at least a little disappointed in the lack of science-fiction-predicted technology pushing its way into our world. Sure, you can fit a computer in your pocket and store mountains of information in something called “the cloud,” but we’re yet to see a single flying car careening through the streets. The future imagined by pop culture artifacts like The Jetsons or 2001: A Space Odyssey just never seemed to arrive, and with it our dreams of floating cities and sentient machines. When you consider that Back to the Future 2 was set in the quickly-approaching year of 2015, it becomes difficult not to look around and ask yourself, “Where’s my hover board?”

There are, however, a few designers working with new technologies in line with both the aesthetics of “The Year 2000” as well as the underlying philosophy of most classic futurists. Since Closet and Storage Concepts is in the business of providing home solutions for our customers, we’ve found a few innovations that apply directly to the idea of “the Modern house,” or at least a 1960’s pulp novelist’s version of it. From robotic closet systems to fold up ovens, here’s a collection of a few different visions of a better, and far more cutting edge, modern home.

The Freedge – The Inside-Out Fridge

Designed by Matthew McNaughton, the Freedge imagines a revolutionary take on an appliance that has seen very little change over the years. The Freedge takes all of the compartments in a traditional fridge and separates them out, placing each bin behind an exterior wall to maximize space. Rather than having a bulky traditional fridge taking up a large chunk of your kitchen, each compartment of the Freedge is pulled out of the wall when you’d like to access it. A further perk of McNaughton’s system is that it utilizes external cold during winter months in the refrigeration process, meaning that not only will homeowners be saving space, they’ll also be saving on electricity. Best of all, the Freedge is incredibly cool looking, leaving your standard fridge looking like the relic that it is.

The Clean Closet – All in One Laundry Concept

Since we’re in the business of offering affordable, well-designed closet and storage systems for our customers, we’re particularly impressed by Michael Edenius’ Clean Closet design. Essentially taking the laundry process out of the consumer’s life completely, the Clean Closet is exactly what it sounds like: a closet that cleans your clothes while they hang. All of your items are scanned for dirt and impurities by the machine, which then cleans items where imperfections are detected. In one fell swoop, the Clean Closet replaces the laundry basket, washer, and dryer, freeing up much-needed space for the homeowner of the future. Best of all, the Clean Closet does its work without the use of water, making it far more environmentally-friendly than traditional methods. That’s what we call a Closet and Storage Concept!

Qumi – The Portable, Flexible All Purpose Oven

Dreamt up by the Russian engineer Ilia Vostrov, the Qumi is described as a flexible cooking unit, which is an understatement if we’ve ever heard one. Qumi is a fold out universal kitchen appliance that is capable of heating, steaming, or frying liquids and solids, basically making it the only tool the chef of the future will need.   The Qumi is about the size of a plate when folded down for storage, and it is designed to be hung on an induction charging hook, making it completely portable and wireless. Furthermore, the Qumi is run exclusively from your mobile phone or similar device, making display panels and instructions obsolete. With the Qumi, that clunky microwave and oven taking up a majority of your kitchen are a thing of the past, providing much more space than traditional options. For the homeowner of the future, who will surely find space at a premium, the Qumi is the perfect option for any and all home cooking needs.

Although these designs may be a ways off from becoming readily available for the average consumer, it’s exciting to know that great minds are continuing to come up with innovative and, quite frankly, space age solutions for traditional domestic needs. Here’s hoping that sometime in the near future, Closet and Storage Concepts will be installing a Clean Closet in your home!

Back To School Blues

By csc-admin - September 30th, 2013

custom bench systemAs of September 22nd fall is officially upon us.  The weather has cooled, your décor has changed, and the kids are all settled into the new school year.  Unfortunately, with the changing of the season and the turning of the leaves comes the clutter associated with your children returning to school.  I bet you are picturing a corner of your home piled high with backpacks and binders at this very moment.  It’s time to reclaim that space with a custom system from Closet and Storage Concepts.  A simple bench system placed in an entryway or mudroom is just the thing to tame that mess by storing shoes, jackets and those bulky backpacks.  Ready to get started?  Contact us today for your Free In-Home Estimate!

Spring Into Organization

By csc-admin - April 17th, 2013

Spring is here and there is no time like the present to get organized.  Spring cleaning can be a daunting task so we have compiled a few of our favorite tips to get you started and keep you moving in the right direction.

Don’t Rush.  There is no rule that says you have to finish everything in a day!

Start Small.  More than likely your home isn’t really dirty it’s just a little bit cluttered.  Start off by going room to room and focusing on getting everything off of the floors, coffee table and end tables that doesn’t belong there.

Purge.  Don’t be afraid to get rid of things.  If you can’t remember the last time you used it then you probably don’t need it.  If what you are getting rid of is in good condition consider donating it as opposed to throwing it away.

So Good To Be Green.  In most cases, harsh chemicals aren’t required to get the job done.  Whether you’re washing windows or cleaning floors there are plenty of tough yet earth friendly products available.

Change Your Filters.  Now that the heater is off and the windows are open there is no better time to replace or clean out your air filter.  While you are at it, clean out your dryer vent or hire a professional to come in and do it for you.

Don’t Forget the Garage.  The garage is by far one of the toughest spaces to organize.  It’s not that you can’t it’s just that you don’t have the means to do so.  With adjustable shelving and some customized slat wall we can provide you with the tools to organize your garage once and for all.  Contact us today for your free in home estimate!

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