Archive for the ‘Storage Solutions’ Category

Back-to-School Preparation is Easy, ONLY if you have the Proper Storage Solution Plan in Place!

By csc-admin - July 27th, 2012

Being a “theater person” (or at the very least, being a person prone to drama), I will break the forth wall and admit that I am writing this post on the hottest July day during the hottest summer on record in the Mid-Atlantic section of these United States.

Despite the increasingly alarming trend that allows one to bake cookies on a car dashboard, I bore witness to another alarming trend this morning during the commercial break of my favorite morning talk show that left me equally as prone to perspiration. That is, the advent of the back-to-school advertisement. I won’t name retail names, however, if you guessed, you might hit a bull’s eye.

I understand that the retail calendar differs from the Gregorian calendar, but less than three weeks ago I ooh’ed and aah’ed over 4th of July fireworks, for cryin’ out loud!!

I must admit though, the well-dressed, dancing pre-teens that seemed to be Stepford-like happy to be leaving the care-free days of summer to head back to the disciple of proper-learnin’ got me to thinking. Maybe the retail calendar is not so off after all and now is the perfect time to prepare for the inevitable onslaught of clothes, shoes, books, paper, backpacks and all the other trappings of modern education.

The closet designers at Closet and Storage Concepts have the skills and know-how to design an organizational solution to accommodate the needs of a dancing, well-dressed student, or your child, in advance of the coming school year. Like anything in life, when one feels in control and on top of tasks, everything flows much easier and there is time to enjoy other activities of your choosing.

Below are a few tips that you and your family can take advantage of to help get the organizational juices flowing:

  • Get rid of junk—first on the list for a reason! Nothing drains the brain more than clutter. If you haven’t used an item in several months, you probably don’t need it. Be honest, no cheating…Closet Organizers
  • Devise a paper plan – back-to-school means permission slips, medical forms, sports releases, etc, etc. Some of these forms come in the mail before the first day. Create a space for this rush of paper. Have a plan to separate these forms outs so that they can be filled-out immediately and safely stored for prompt return. Perhaps “to be signed” and “return to school” bins would fit the bill.
  • Establish the homework space – ideally this place is located away from the television and other distracters or young minds, and has the space to store paper, pens, crayons, an abacus or whatever is needed to assist the youthful scholar achieve greatness.
  • Create a routine checklist—consider what your morning routine typically consists of and brainstorm ways in which tasks can be streamlined to be made faster and more efficient in anticipation of the first day of school.

The closet designers at Closet and Storage Concepts are experts at customizing an organizational system to suit your family’s unique needs. Take advantage of the “retail calendar” and schedule a free in-home consultation today!  Contact the Closet Organizers at Closet & Storage Concepts, to help your create your dream custom closet or Call 1-888-THE-CLOSET.

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer and have some fresh-baked dashboard cookies.

Viva la Vino! Raise a Glass to This Memorable Walk-in Closet Design Idea

By csc-admin - July 11th, 2012

Every spring for the past 20+ years my mom and I have participated an annual fundraising event hosted by the local community hospital called “The Designer House”. Each year a different home in the community is selected to receive a complete floor-to-ceiling makeover by a number of local interior designers. Commissioned for the home’s historic or aesthetic significance (and is often on the market to sell), the event coordinators unleash dozens of local interior designers on the home, who are given free rein to appoint their assigned space with a design statement of their choice. In exchange for their pro bono creation, the designer and their work is showcased to the thousands of visitors who tour the home each year.

Inevitably we leave the tour with one or two “must have” ideas for our own homes. As you can well imagine however, setting free the minds of creative people, such is an interior designers, can often result in… eclectic results.

And oh boy, have the designers beget some doosies through the years.

We’ve endured a turtle-themed master bedroom, a kitchen adorned with statues but devoid of a sink, and a family room carpet made of sod.

Our all-time favorite creation continues to be the inexplicable prehistoric theme bathroom; resplendent with moss dripping from the shower rod (personally, I work hard to avoid this in my house) and even more inexplicable — 10”spikes adorning the toilet seat lid which rendered the lid incapable of opening all the way.

Apparently, things were tougher during prehistoric times than I even imaged.

This year we were treated to closet organizers the likes of we had never seen before, which left my mom and I with a serious case of “gotta-have-that!” syndrome. An approximately 12’ x 12’ section Closet Organizers - Closet Designs - Closet & Storage Conceptsof basement was converted into an elegant Tuscany-themed walk-in wine closet. Although a relatively small piece of real estate compared to the rest of the house, this refuge was the highlight of the tour. The compact custom wine rack must have easily stored 200 bottles of the grape. A small wine refrigerator fit perfectly under a granite counter top. Custom cabinetry was lit from within, showing off the gleaming stemware and small earth tone dishes. Matching drawers slid out easily and were roomy enough to hold all the essentials of proper wine enjoyment; cheese serving accessories, corkscrews, bottle stoppers and aerators. There was even room-to-spare for a small bistro table and chairs, which of course my mom and I took advantage of, sitting a few minutes just to take the beauty of this custom closet design before the next group of visitors anxious to see the space for themselves moved us along.

In all my years of visiting the Designer House, no other creation has impressed me more than this custom closet design and made me more desirous of having one of my very own.

Until then, at least I have the moss.

Contact the Closet Organizers at Closet & Storage Concepts, to help your create your dream custom closet or Call 1-888-THE-CLOSET.

Closet Solutions and the Coordinated Crafter

By csc-admin - June 12th, 2012

It’s surely no coincidence that mega-retail giants devoted to the supply needs of crafters have braved the recent economic downturn successfully and emerged victorious, whereas so many other mega-retailers met their demise (I’m looking at you, electronics). Crafters are a passionate, devoted lot who, when faced with adversity, will cut, paper, paste and paint themselves into better times.

Crafting, by nature, requires supplies.

Lots of ‘em.

And nothing can slow down a crafter-on-a-roll faster than disorganization. Having to drag out scrapbooking supplies every time the opportunity (and inspiration) presents itself can surely damper the memory-lane mood. Stacks of gift wrap and tissue stashed in each corner of the dining room is a meal time eyesore. Markers, scissors, rulers, yarn, glitter, not to mention the countless other embellishments crafters use in pursuit of their chosen art form, strewn across every available flat surface, has undoubtedly been the source of many a domestic squabble.Storage Solutions - Carfters

There is another way, my organizationally-impaired craft enthusiast!

Let Closet & Storage Concepts design a custom craft closet to meet your creative needs! Imagine all of your supplies stored neatly and accessibly in a closet dedicated to your craft. Benefits of having a custom closet storage system such as this include:

  1. Saves Money: You will know at a glance where all your supplies are. Never spend good money to replace a missing pair of scissors, only to find the old pair three weeks later jammed in a junk drawer. Also, by seeing your inventory at a glance, you will not be tempted to buy that extra felt “just in case”.
  2. Saves Time: No more wasting the first precious ½ hour of crafting time hunting for and gathering the necessary supplies. Everything you need will be stored in the same place every time. Now take a moment and let this possibility soak in…
  3. Saves Sanity: Be honest–how many times have you torn your place apart looking for that one thing that would make a good project great, only to say to yourself, “I must be going crazy, I know I saw a (insert missing item here) somewhere just last week”. With a closet organization system by Closet & Storage concepts, you’ll know exactly where (insert never-lost-in-the-first-place item here) is immediately.

With a custom closet solution by Closet & Storage Concepts you will (rarely) question your sanity again and always put your best sequined sneakers forward!  Contact a Closet & Storage Concepts Specialist today and schedule a free in-home consultation or Call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567).

Cubbies Aren’t Just For Preschoolers Anymore

By csc-admin - May 22nd, 2012

The word cubby makes me smile.

Maybe it’s because it reminds me of simpler days when my now (late teens) teenagers went to preschool and everything revolved around “the cubby”.  At the end of a long work day, I knew that I had something special waiting for me in the cubby—a finger painting or a drawing of me with a huge head and tiny feet, macaroni sculptures, paper plate hats and yarn crafts — all lovingly created by my little sweeties. Correspondence to and from the teachers were left in the cubby, as were pictures of my darlings in various stages of their day — playing, eating or sleeping– all left in the cubby for me to savor and cherish forever.

Or maybe it’s because cubby is a funny word.

Either way, a cubby is a place of distinction as far as I am concerned. And now that one of those aforementioned sweeties just came home for the summer from her first year of college and the other sweetie can grow a mustache, the cubby has a new and more practical definition that has matured along with me—that of a closet storage system to store and organize the (literally) hundreds of pairs of shoes I have amassed over the yeCloset Designs: Shoe Rackars.
I’m no Imelda Marcos and I think many, if not most, women have accumulated a recalcitrant collection of shoes by their late forties. Shoe cubbies restrain the unrestrainable and add order to chaos.

Cubbies, for those who don’t know (e.g. men) are rows of box-like compartments stacked in layers as high as one wishes. Shoe storage cubbies come in different configurations and can be customized by a closet designer in accordance to ones individual storage needs.

The benefits of cubby shoe storage system are:

  1. Space Saving: If one were to line up 20 pairs of shoes, each pair taking up 9” of space, one would need 15 feet of shelf space. The same 20 pairs of shoes can fit in a 24” x 24” cubby shoe storage system.
  2. Money Savings: Shoes piled on the floor get kicked around and stepped on and thus need replacing more frequently. Cubby storage also keeps the shoes safe from damage by pets and free of dust.
  3. Time Savings: Unlike storage in shoe boxes, cubby shoe storage allows you to see your shoe collection at a glance and enables you to pair shoes with an outfit in a snap. Shoes are kept clean, dust free and ready to wear every time.
  4. Face Savings: Mishandled stacks of shoes tend to become aromatic over time and your living space can begin to smell like a dirty thrift shop.

Contact Closet & Storage Concepts about a closet organizational system that meets your shoe storage and overall closet solution needs so that you too can have something special waiting for you in your cubby, everyday.

No Room for a Home Office? No Problem! Create a Closet Office Work Space

By csc-admin - April 17th, 2012

With shifts in how American’s are making a living as we enter a post-recession economy, more emphasis is placed on entrepreneurship and working out Storage Solutions: Closet Office Work Spaceof the home. While this may be a boon for the economy, many homeowners fear they lack the space for a home office. Fear no more, as Closet and Storage Concepts has a solution—a custom office built into an existing closet.

Because our office storage products are built in our own factories, even the most difficult of spaces can be easily designed. From desks to filing cabinets, shelving units to bookcases, a productive home office environment can be yours, with guidance from one of our closet designers. Our closet designers understand that the key to your business success is proper office space organization and a home office work environment that meets your personal style and needs.

Our closet designers can help you transform your existing closet design into an organized home office solution. Our closet systems are designed to fit the way you live.

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

Small Closet Storage Solutions

By csc-admin - March 16th, 2012

If you have a closet that you just cannot seem to put everything in, here are some suggestions for organizing smartly.

  1. Closet Storage Get rid of clutter. Do not waste precious small closet space on clutter. Eliminate any clothing or accessories that you no longer want or use. If you find items you want to keep for sentimental reason, you need to find another location to store them.
  2. Eliminate Wasted Shelf Space. Many closet shelves are far apart, deep, or non-existent. One large shelf does not allow you to separate items in your closet. Using shelf dividers help to keep your space organized.
  3. Double Hanging Rods. By hanging clothes like shirts, folded pants, blouses and jackets on two rows – one on top of the other – allows you to actually hang twice the amount of clothing in the area
  4. Add Drawers. Add drawers towards the bottom of the closet or a small dresser for sweaters, socks, scarves, etc.
  5. Add Organizational Accessories. Adding baskets, shoes racks, and belt and tie racks will help insure you have a place for everything.
  6. Space Saving Hangers. Flat style ‘friction’ hangers with non-slip rubber padding insure your garments stay in place and hold more in less space.

Custom closets do not require any extensive remodeling. Our closet experts can maximize your storage by utilizing even the smallest of spaces.  Contact us for a Free In-Home Closet Storage Consultation or Call 1-888-843-2567 (THE-CLOSET).

  • Our closet designer will come to your home and measure the area in need of organization
  • Show you photographs of available products
  • Perform a wardrobe analysis
  • Create a plan for a closet storage solution that will best serve you

 

The Importance of Custom Closets for Homeowners

By csc-admin - January 18th, 2012

Custom closets can provide benefits to you as a homeowner.

Here are a few ways adding a custom closet to your home can be a valuable investment:
Custom Closet Design Accessories

  • Space Management – By providing efficient space management, custom closet designs can utilize existing space in your home. By creating a custom closet design in accordance to existing requirements of your home, you can accomplish space management.
  • Creating More Space – Adding a new closet in an unused area of the home will create extra space. Whether a bedroom, bathroom or even in the kitchen, you can benefit from custom storage space that a custom closet can provide.
  • Increase the beauty of your home - Installing custom closets can complement your home’s interior by matching colors, styles and themes to accompany the existing design of your home.
  • Get Organized - A custom closet design professional can introduce you to products that can help you get organized and will show you organizational accessories for your closets. Getting organized is more efficient when you customize it to your design and requirements. Allowing you to position your things and improving the whole look of your home.

 

Contact Closet & Storage Concepts for a No Obligation in Home Custom Closet Design Consultation.

  • Our designer will come to your home and measure the closet or area in need of organization
  • Show you photographs of available products
  • Perform a wardrobe analysis
  • Create a plan for a custom closet or storage system that will best serve you

 

Call 1-888-THE-CLOSET or complete our on line form for a free custom closet Consultation.

Improve Your Life with Home Organization

By csc-admin - September 28th, 2011

craft-room

Craft Room

Ever wonder why it is so difficult to get organized or to do away with things? Try taking one day to conquer the clutter in your life and see what these changes do to how you feel. You can start by having containers and marking them for storage, donations or recycle.

As you begin to do away with the clutter and get things out of the way, you will want to clean up every unorganized area in your home.

Closet & Storage Concepts can help you get organized and get things ‘off of the floor’. We have options available to make use of every space. From junk drawers to closets, from craft rooms to garages we can create a system to organize any area needing help. All of our units are completely custom designed and built.

closet-design-charlotte

Custom Closet Design

We offer a free in-home, no obligation design consultation. The designer will create a plan for a closet or storage system that best serves your needs and budget. All of our products are custom manufactured in our company owned local factories and installed by company trained and employed installers. All of our personnel are company employees, not sub-contractors, and all of our work is backed by a full warranty.

So, if you are ready to Conquer the Clutter, call 1-888-THE-CLOSET today for a free in-home design consultation,  or complete our online form.

You will find that becoming organized makes you feel focused and clean. When eliminating the mess, you will feel as if a burden has been lifted. You will be amazed at how much lighter you will feel.

Get Your Home Organized

By csc-admin - September 28th, 2011

Closet & Storage Concepts has recently been featured on a segment of local talk show ‘Charlotte Today‘. The segment toured Closet and Storage Concepts’ Charlotte showroom and provided tips for getting organized in different areas of your home. They featured great solutions for kitchens, craft rooms, and garages.

The video is available for viewing at: WCNC Charlotte Today .

 

Garage Organizers Can Pay Off

By csc-admin - August 26th, 2011

garage-storageWhich Home Improvements Pay Off?

According to SmarMoney*, improvements that increase the functional space of a home hold their value longer than ones that just make a house look better.

So what do garage organizers have to do with selling your home? In a rough home sales market, anything you can do to make your home more appealing can make a difference.

There are many options available to help organize your garage. Shelves, wall units, cabinets, slat walls for tools, are all ways to make maximum use of your garage – and put your car in as well!

Contact us for a FREE in home consultation. We’ll take your garage organizer ideas to design and build the perfect garage storage system for your home.

* http://www.smartmoney.com/spend/real-estate/which-home-improvements-pay-off/ –
Real Estate July 2, 2010

Click here for a free estimate