As 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!
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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!
We are pleased to introduce a new line of contemporary shoe fences to our ever expanding catalog. These new shoe fences are attractive, durable and are custom cut to accommodate any size shelving section. Not only are they the perfect upgrade for any closet, but they also work nicely in pantries and other Closet & Storage Concepts custom organizing systems.
We are pleased to introduce a new line of contemporary accessories to our catalog. These new hooks are attractive, durable and suitable for hanging a variety of items such as garments, hats, belts, ties and handled items such as mops and brooms. These versatile new accessories can be mounted to either a wall or a Closet & Storage Concepts system and are available in matte nickel, oil rubbed bronze, polished chrome and polished brass finishes.
This year make a resolution to Get Organized and keep it with the help of Closet & Storage Concepts. Our durable, adjustable and fully custom systems are the perfect organizing solution for any area of the house be it a closet, pantry, home office, entertainment center or garage. Unfortunately, a functional storage system is only half the battle. These quick tips will help you to organize a few key areas of the home.
- Try to purge your closet of unused clothing once a year. Have trouble keeping track of what you do and do not wear? When hanging your clothes after washing them put the hanger on the pole backwards. After a season you will be able to quickly see what you did and did not wear.
- If the clothing is in good shape donate it to Goodwill or schedule a pickup with the VVA “Vietnam Veterans of America”.
- Now is a great time to go through your pantry to get rid of expired goods and take inventory of what dried and canned goods you have for the winter. When re-stocking be sure to keep items close to their expiration date towards the front of the pantry.
- Bulky items should be stored on the ground or on lower shelves for safety and to keep them out of your way.
- Small, gourmet, impulse buy foods tend to be among the first things forgotten and expire as a result. Keep these at eye level so you don’t forget about them.
Ready to get started? Contact us today for your free in-home consultation with one of our design professionals.
The holidays are a time where space is truly at a premium and organization is key. For anyone out there with children you know exactly what that playroom will look like come the end of the holiday season. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an adjustable, durable yet attractive playroom storage system designed specifically for your unique needs? Well our Closet & Storage Concepts design professionals are prepared to help with a few tips to get you started:
- Adjustable shelving is key. These shelves can be moved up and down to accommodate bulky items.
- Smaller items can be stored away in a container and placed on the shelves as well.
- Sliding baskets with removable/ washable canvas bags are great for small toys and art supplies.
- Rounded corners should be used on lower bench areas to create a “child friendly” experience.
Ready to get started? Contact us today for your free in-home consultation with one of our design professionals.
For those who need to get the most out of their walk in closet a built in ironing board could be just what you are looking for. Our pullout ironing boards come in two attractive styles allowing them to be mounted either behind a drawer front or on the side of a Closet & Storage Concepts storage system. Both models are ideal for quick touch ups as they eliminate the hassle of setting up and breaking down your ironing board on a daily basis. Contact us today to schedule a free in home estimate.
The Number One closet organizational tip on our Closet & Storage Concepts website reads as much like a primer for living as it does as it does a briefing on proper closet organization: Decide what is truly important to you and make sure your *fill in the blank (i.e. closet, life, friends, hobby, job) provides the solution.
In closets, as in life, less is more.
The changing of the season from “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer” to “September Song” is the perfect time to assess what you truly love and need, and letting go of the rest. It’s this “rest” that trips up most people, accounting for the majority of our closet-stuffing clutter. According to the Pareto Principle (often referred to as the 80-20 rule or the “law of the vital few”), approximately 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. In closet-speak this means that, on average, only 20% of our wardrobe is in active rotation. The other 80% is consistently overlooked, purposely unselected or too far away in the recesses of the closet to be bothered with.
Like any break-up, emotions can circumvent logic and de-rail the best intentions. The following are a few suggestions to help make your swan song encounter just a little less anxiety provoking:
- Resolve that the dissolution of the clothing /clothing-wearer relationship is in the best interest of both parties. The 80% that is being ignored by you can be donated to others who need them more than you and will give the clothes the love and attention that has been denied.
- Acknowledge that a portion of that 80% were gold-diggers and free-loaders to begin with. Many pieces stuffing our closets are as the result of impulse or someday-promise purchases (“Someday I’ll fit into this. Promise”). These pieces didn’t make your 20% because they were a poor choice from the start. Hanging on doesn’t transform a bad decision into a better decision. Cut your losses and let them go.
- Recognize that you’ve outgrown the 80%. What may have been a good match at some point became less satisfying as your needs and style changed. It’s nothing personal. Keep only that which fits, flatters and is current. Just because it was your favorite sweater when you wore it to the premier of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon doesn’t give it a free pass to occupy your closet rent-free for eternity.
- Be honest when deciding if fixing an item is worth the time or investment. Sure, once you’ve found just the right outfit, it’s hard to imagine life without it. Quality is expensive, but so is repairing clothing and shoes that are tattered or worn. But are you REALLY going to take the suit to be tailored or the shoes to be re-heeled? Really? And if you did arrange for the repair or tailoring, will the suit or shoes be in style long enough to warrant the additional financial and time investment. Some relationships are not ultimately worth the investment in time and energy (not to mention cost) it will require to repair it.
Contact your (closet and storage) relationship consultants at Closet and Storage Concepts to discuss your unique closet organization problems, and help you work though the toughest clothing break-up scenarios. We are expert in helping you prioritize your belongings and can custom design an closet organizing system that addresses your needs. Let us help you fall in love again… with your closets. Call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567).
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the cost of everything seems to be going up.
Shocking, I know.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and fancy-schmansy barista-made coffee was the first on my hit-list of things I could live without in order to economize. The next was the gym membership, which was easy because pretending to exercise in the presence of strangers was getting old anyway. In its place I’ve substituted riding my bike to complete chores locally. This is a two-fer, because I’m now getting the exercise that I pretended to get before, and am saving on gas and wear-and-tear on my car in the process.
The skyrocketing costs of clothes and utilities seem to be the cruelest to overcome however, because it’s tough to imagine life without one or the other of these (insert nudist colony joke here).
Thanks to the closet organization systems specialists at Closet & Storage Concepts, there is a solution that will save on both clothing and energy bills, and help preserve that little place we’ve grown attached to—that being Mother Earth. Installing hanging roads for clothes drying is an economical way to save money and has many other benefits as well:
- Line drying conserves energy and protects the environment by saving fossil fuels.
- Did you ever wonder where the lint you find in the dryer trap came from? Lint is the remnants of clothing fibers that have been beat-up and pulled off clothing during the tumble dry process. There is a little less of your clothing investment every time you use the dryer. Line-dried clothing on average lasts twice as long as tumble-dried clothing.
- Dryer heat is a death wish for elastic. Expensive undergarments, leggings, tights, sports apparel, (or anything made of wool) should always be lined dried.
- Air-drying can reduce wrinkles, saving the time and energy associated with ironing.
- Indoor line drying in the winter adds much needed humidity to the living space.
- Line-drying eliminates static cling, which is caused from the static electricity produced as a result of the clothes repeatedly rubbing together as they tumble.
- Line-drying can save property, and even lives—it is estimated that clothes dryer fires account for 15,600 structure fires, 15 deaths and 400 injuries annually. The yearly costs in the United States for loss due to clothes dryer fires are estimated at $99 million.
Let the inventive closet designers of Closet & Storage Concepts create a custom utility or laundry room storage solutions with hanging rods for clothing drying– which will actually save you money in the long run. Your electric bills and Mother (Earth) will thank you for it.
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…
- 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.