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5 Items to Re-Purpose for Increased Organization

By csc-admin - August 18th, 2015

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Re-purposing items can eliminate a trip to the thrift store, while also making your home more organized. While we still encourage you to clear out unneeded and unnecessary items, you might want to consider re-purposing items to increase your storage space and create a more organized home. These five items are a great start.

Paper Towel Holders

Not only do they keep your paper towels from rolling everywhere, they can even be used to corral accessories such as bracelets and watches, or even belts! Simply stack up your jewelry, or wind your belt around the holder. Keep pieces you wear often towards the top. Re-purposing a towel holder can help clear out space in your closet or jewelry box by going vertical. 

Shower Hooks

Before you throw away shower curtain hooks during a bathroom remodel, use them in your closet to hang purses, bags, or even umbrellas. Simply hang the hook on the rod of your closet, and then hang your purse on the decorative element of your hook. You can also use them to store umbrellas in your hallway closet if you don’t have an umbrella stand.

Utensil Organizer

Utensil organizers work great when they are hung on the wall as a jewelry holder or to create a small entryway organization area. Use wood styled organizers for a more upscale look on your wall, and highlight the area with a mirror and dramatic lighting to create a unique area in your closet.

Wire organizers tend to work the best when creating an organizational zone in the entryway. Simply nail or screw the organizer into the wall. The dividing slots are perfect for sunglasses, keys, and other bobbles. They can even hold a couple of letters, to encourage sorting right when you walk through the door. Hanging a utensil organizer is great if you’re short on space, but don’t want to limit your organization.

Handles and Pulls

Fence handles make particularly great tie and scarf hangers. Even old doorknockers that are drilled into a wall can free up closet space. Using handles or doorknockers also helps you to see exactly what you have to help you keep everything in order. Use cup pulls, often seen on drawers, and flip them for more bauble storage. In your office you can use them as storage areas to hold paper clips, sticky notes, and pens. This helps to separate items and keep them off your desk!

Old Lunch Boxes and Containers

Before you throw out your kids’ old lunch boxes and containers as you prep for the new school year, consider using them for storage. Old lunch boxes, especially tin, make fun storage containers for cords and other electronic charging items. They keep your cords stowed away, and usually are easier to store and stack than if you put them in a Ziploc bag.

Old plastic containers that have seen better days are right at home in a craft room or in the junk drawer to keep pens, crayons, or rubber bands together as seen in the photo above. Getting your junk drawer and home in order will lead to an easier start to the school year!

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we want to help you achieve your organizational goals. We know a life well organized can increase productivity and happiness in your home. Give us a call to schedule your in-home consultation with one of our local designers to get your home organized, whether it’s in your closet, kitchen pantry, or office. We can’t wait to work with you!

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

Tips to Organize Your Car

By csc-admin - May 29th, 2015

With summer on the horizon, we know that your car may be seeing a lot more action, whether it’s for summer activities, parties, or even a road trip. To make the most of your summer, and to minimize any problems that might occur with a long car trip, Closet and Storage Concepts is here with some useful tips on how you can get your car into tip-top shape.

The first step will be to give your car a clean out. Remove all of the unnecessary items, but particularly trash. Sort the remaining items in a way that allows you to see them all at a glance. This will help you assess what you have, and what will need to make it’s way back into your car. Make a list of items you need to keep, what you can relocate to the proper area of your home, and what items can be donated or thrown away. This list will help you evaluate what you have, in addition to keeping you honest about what you end up keeping in your home and car. Having too many things you don’t need is the clearest cause of clutter, so summer is a great time to streamline!

Vacuum your car’s nooks and crannies, and don’t forget to remove car mats so you can reach the base carpets for a good clean as well. You’ll be more organized with less dirt and allergens causing havoc in your car. It’s a win-win scenario!

Once your car is all cleaned up, it’s time evaluate what you have, and determine the best solution to put back what you need. Keep items that will be used more frequently in the front of the car, and less frequently used ones in the rear. A good example of this would be your phone charger, vs. jumper cables. While jumper cables are very useful to keep, you won’t need them as often as the phone charger, so you can keep the jumper cables farther from hand, like in your trunk or back seat.

To keep your car organized you will want to develop a storage solution much like you would for your pantry or closet. Key strategies include having storage catch-alls, a car clean out schedule, and an organized garage.

Reuse and repurpose items that are normally found in your home to help with organizing your car. Use remote TV holders, make-up bags, and empty Kleenex boxes to create a place for everything. Remote TV holders offer areas for drinks if your car is short on cup holders, or even for crayons and markers if your kids like to color while on the go. Make-up bags can help to keep documents or a health kit together without Band Aid strips flying around. Use Kleenex boxes to contain plastic bags for trash. Bins are particularly useful in the trunk to keep groceries and other items from rolling around. Choose ones that are sturdy and easy to remove when you need to take them out for a wash.

Another strategy is to create a schedule to clean your car out. A little effort can yield some great results! As you fill up on gas, clear out any trash and take the opportunity to re-arrange items that might be in the wrong area. Depending on your schedule, you should make time to clean your car out about once a month (although more frequently wouldn’t hurt either).

A clean garage can help you keep your car clean as well, since many items for your car are found here. Use a custom storage solution to make grabbing your kid’s sports gear or any tools needed as easy as possible. This will help to reduce any stress you may have when loading and unloading your car, while helping to keep your car free of any unneeded items.

At Closet and Storage Concepts we know that an organized home (and car) can help you have a less stressful day and help you enjoy life more! Need more organization tips? Give our experts a call. We can help you create a custom solution for your needs from the comfort of your couch!

Tips to Throw a Successful Summer BBQ

By csc-admin - May 19th, 2015

grill-398587_1280With summer and Memorial Day just around the corner, we know we can’t wait for BBQ season to officially begin. Here are some tips from Closet and Storage Concepts that will help you have the best BBQ ever.

Create Your Space

A place to gather is one key element for any successful BBQ! While summer parties are often associated with backyards and outdoor areas, don’t forget to tidy up inside as well. Key areas to consider are the bathroom, entryway, and living areas, in case the party heads inside due to weather or at the close of the night. Getting your bathroom and entryway cleaned and organized will help you feel good about your home throughout the year.

Now we’re ready to head outdoors. Consider sprucing up your patio, as many times this area becomes the center of any party, especially during grilling season! Be sure you have enough gas or charcoal, depending on the type of grill you have, and make sure to give it a good clean. Consider organizing the area around your grill by creating a designated station for all your tools, and a separate place for all the finished food. This will help to keep your food clean, and allow you to enjoy the party even if you’re busy manning the grill.

Food Prep

A BBQ is not a party without the food! To help ensure that your party goes off without a hitch, make sure your pantry is up to the task. Dust off your signature rub, and purge any old or expired ingredients. While you’re cleaning out your pantry, be sure to organize your items so you’ll be ready to go for the rest of the year, rather than simply stuffing everything you decide to keep back into your pantry. Your home will be cleaner and you’ll be ready for your BBQ with all the right spices. Consider re-arranging your kitchen’s pots, pans, and other tools to increase your productivity levels in the kitchen, or call Closet and Storage Concepts to help you create a custom storage solution!

Music Vibes

Summer is all about relaxation and fun. Let your music show that, whether it’s a fun throwback of 90s hits or a nostalgic disco playlist! Music is a great way to create the ambience you want and will help you feel at ease. It’s the perfect way to settle into your perfect summer BBQ!

At Closet and Storage Concepts we love to help our clients create a home that’s neat and organized. This will help you to have more room for parties like the perfect BBQ or summer gathering. Give us a call and we’ll have your home ready for a summer BBQ in no time!

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

Tips to Organize Your Photos

By csc-admin - April 21st, 2015

memories-407021_1280Although we live in a digital world, many of us are still attached to physical mementos that bring to mind cherished memories. Photos are just one of the common items that this is true for. Whether you’ve put off organizing your photos, or have recently uncovered some from relatives, we hope this post will help you out! An organized life can increase productivity and reduce stress.

Identify Goals

First let’s identify the main goals that you have. For example, you will need to decide if you just want to sort through the hardcopies, or if you also intend to digitize them so they can be saved and shared online. The quantity of photos that you have will also impact your decision, and should help in time management expectations. A couple hundred photos might easily be done in a weekend, while a couple of thousand might take quite a few of your weekends.

Set a Game Plan

Once you’ve set your goals, it’s time to start developing a game plan. This strategy will be personalized and may develop as you dive into it. However, many plans will feature similar processes, such as the three-‘S’ plan: Sort, Scan, and Share. The order will probably change as you see fit, but it’s a good way to dive in.

Sort

This can be applied when dealing with both hardcopies and digital images. You’ll want to create a filing system that makes it easy to find images you are looking for, rather than simply having them all dumped in various places.

The most common sorting techniques are by year, by category (food, people, nature, etc.), or by person. If you sort by person, you can create folders for who is in each image then create sub-categories such as dates, events, and so on.

When sorting through your photos, don’t be afraid to toss out photos that are blurry or that conjure unpleasant memories. It’s okay to say goodbye to them and make room for new memories.

Once they are sorted be sure to have a space for them to stay nice and neat. Custom solutions are a great idea, and you can add creative custom photo displays to any room in your house.

Scan

Scanning will help to create a digital inventory of your photos. In addition, it will make the sharing aspect easier if you are planning to share the photos electronically. Don’t forget to backup your photos, just in case something might happen to them. It would be heart breaking to lose all of your work! Choose photo sharing websites to store them, a cloud service such as Dropbox or Google Drive, or an external hard drive. Some photo scanning apps also include the ability to tag people or create tags to help you keep the photos organized. You can use the sorting tips above to help keep them organized.

Share

Another problem that many people face is finding out the best ways to share their images. There are various photo sharing sites and methods. Flickr is one great photo-sharing platform. A basic membership is free, but you also have the option to pay for an ad-free version with double the storage space. With 1TB of space available (500,000 photos), this should be enough for even the most avid photographer! Facebook is another great way to share your photos, especially since you can notify people in the images by tagging them. You can also email links to the photos you post, and allow those in the photo to download them to their own computers or devices. Then there’s the old fashioned ways of sharing hard copies through the mail or in person. This is especially useful if you’re trying to clear out the collections in your home.

Photos are a great way to keep cherished memories. Keep them organized to easily find the ones you’re looking for. Closet and Storage Concepts hopes that with these tips you’ll be able to make the most of your memories!

Photo by Life of Pix, under Public Domain by Creative Commons License Zero (CCO 1.0).

4 Incredibly Cool Themed Kid’s Closets and Storage

By CSC - February 12th, 2015

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At Closet and Storage Concepts, we love crafting custom solutions for our clients’ homes. Often, this centers around spatial and storage needs, but we also get to tackle some incredibly creative design projects. Some of our favorite projects of this type center on the kid’s room, where designers are often able to really let their imaginations run wild in concocting something unique and whimsical. For this post, we’ve collected four of or favorite kid’s room closets and storage solutions, all of which focus on innovative and imaginative design. Read on to find some inspiration for your child’s bedroom, and contact Closet and Storage Concepts for all of your home storage needs!

A Closet For The Perfect Princess Room

For many young girls, the princess room is a true dream come true. In the example linked above, you can see a few incredible touches, including a gorgeous carriage turned into a bed; however, we’re mainly intrigued by the beautiful castle-themed closet rising up in the background. Although on the inside you’ll find a standard home closet, the stunning façade demonstrates just how imaginative you can get with your closet design. In this case, not only are you turning a traditional closet into a highlight of the room, you’re able to do so while really tying the room’s themed together.

A Telephone Booth Closet For A Superhero Room

For as many young girls that want a princess room, there are surely just as many boys hoping for a superhero hideaway. This incredible DIY room gets everything right, from the uber cool framed comic book covers to the Bat Signal painted on the wall. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that our favorite touch is the telephone booth closet. Perfect for changing from your Clark Kent getup to your Superman duds, this custom closet is a great example of just how creative you can get with your child’s closet.

Storage For A Video Game Fanatic

This entry may not be a closet, but it’s still an example of an inspired storage solution for a kid’s room. For any video game fanatic out there, it doesn’t get much more classic than the original Super Mario Bros. This shelving system has been made to mimic the iconic look from that first game. Showcasing the brick blocks and item power-ups found throughout the Mario series, this shelving system would be a great way to declutter your child’s messy video game trove. Perfect for tying a game themed room together, this Mario shelving is sure to make a big statement in your home.

Sports Lockers For Your Budding Athlete

For every young sports fanatic, nothing quite signals an oncoming game like opening up your locker and pulling out your jersey. This cool locker themed closet is ideal for your little Michael Jordan, and is sure to keep his or her interest piqued in their favorite sport. For an easy way to add a bit of flair to your little athlete’s bedroom, consider something personal like this fun locker closet!

No matter your spatial and design needs, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have what you’re looking for. Call us today and get started on the road to an organized home!

 

 

A Look At Some Classic “Monster In The Closet” Films

By csc-admin - October 30th, 2014

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When it comes to childhood fears and legends, there’s one story that seems to stand out above the rest: the monster in the closet. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re of the opinion that there’s nothing better than a wonderful, custom built closet; regardless, the tradition continues, with each new generation spending countless nights staring at their closed closet doors wondering what evil might be lurking behind them. Although it’s impossible to nail down the exact origin of this pervasive urban legend, there have certainly been a number of movies that utilize the monster-in-the-closet trope to terrifying effect, and we’ve put together a list of some of the more enduring examples. Read on to find out which classic horror films made our list, and here’s wishing you a Happy Halloween from everyone at Closet and Storage Concepts!

Boogeyman (2005)

When it comes to monsters in the closet, there’s none more famous than the Boogeyman. There are a number of different riffs on this bone-chattering tale, but the main Boogeyman myth tends to center around a mythical creature that hides in the closet waiting for a child to sleep. Many of the Boogeyman myths describe a creature that scares children that have been naughty, but Boogeyman the movie takes that to a whole other level. The protagonist Tim must return to his childhood home, where over the course of the movie he battles the Boogeyman living in his closet. We can’t say whether a better closet system would have kept the Boogeyman at bay, but we do know that a custom storage system never hurts!

They (2002)

Wes Craven is a master of the horror genre, and with 2002’s They he finally asks, “Just what is hiding in your closet?” The film follows around Julia and a number of her peers, all of who experienced fear of the closet as children. Whereas most adults only fear the mess inside their closet caused by outdated and inefficient storage solutions, Julia and her cohorts are tormented by mysterious creatures that emerge from the closet at night. Throughout the film, we find out that not only are these monsters real, but they reside in another dimension that can only be accessed through human closets. We’ve spent a lot of time in more closets than you can count, and although we’ve never discovered any monsters, we can recommend this movie for a great Halloween night fright.

Monster In The Closet (1986)

The title says it all. Monster in the Closet is a slightly silly take on the classic story, which is likely what you’ll need after watching the two other teeth-clenchers on this list. Produced by the same studio responsible for The Toxic Avenger, Monster In The Closet starts off with a number of grisly murders having taken place inside San Francisco closets. A reporter and a scientist then descend upon the scene in an attempt to find out what monsters really are taking up residence in your closet. Featuring a young Paul Walker, this flick takes the monster in the closet story and flips it on its head, showing just how silly it is to be afraid of something as benign as a wardrobe. Although there are still some scary scenes, Monster in the Closet is more about fun than fright.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, you won’t find anything scary about your experience. Call us today to find out how a new closet system can change your life!

Closet Organization Tips for Fall

By csc-admin - September 11th, 2014

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Now that summer is quickly becoming little more than a memory, it’s likely time to start prepping your home for the colder months. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we know that fall can be the perfect time to reorganize your closet, moving away from the short and summery clothing of July and August and into the down coats and ear muffs of November and December. While you’re going through the motions of winterizing your home, consider doing the same to your closet and storage spaces. We’ve put together a list of a few tips for organizing your closet for fall and winter, so read on if you’d like to get your wardrobe perfectly prepped for the dark days ahead.

Storing Out of Season Clothing

The first step whenever you’re rearranging your closet for a new season is to handle all of the clothing you won’t be wearing in the months ahead. Depending on the time of year, this might mean packing up your winter boots or stashing away the flip-flops. Going into fall, you’ll want to store your away all of your summer clothing and accessories, and in a manner that doesn’t interfere with your new organization system. A great idea is to pack up all of your out of season clothing into a suitcase you’re storing; this way, not only will your unused items be packed away, but they won’t take up extra storage space. Some families even keep closets specifically for out of season clothing. Be creative, but make sure you’re making space for the clothing you’ll actually wear in the colder months.

Know When To Hang Them, Know When To Fold Them

Fall and winter clothing includes some of the bulkier items in your closet, so making smart decisions about storage is paramount. Once you’ve switched out your summer clothing, start deciding which items you’ll be hanging up and which items are perfectly acceptable to keep folded. Coats and jackets will certainly require hanging, as will some of your work clothing, but items such as sweaters and jeans can easily be folded and stored on a closet shelf. Like everything else in your fall and winter closet, you’ll want to keep an organized system. We recommend keeping similar items together for ease of use, i.e. stacking all of your sweaters in one pile and your snow pants in another. Depending on the size of your closet and the amount of clothing you’re looking to store, decide which items should be hung and quickly accessible and which articles can be placed a bit more out of reach. By making these kinds of smart decisions with your closet, you’ll avoid a messy and unmanageable situation down the road.

Organizing By Function

When it comes to the colder months, it’s especially important to organize your closet by function. Due to the increased use of layering depending on that day’s weather, you’ll want to be able to quickly make up your outfit without having to dig around for long underwear or a rain jacket. Keep all of your daily use clothing together (shirts, skirts, etc.) and then arrange your outer layers by extremity. For instance, store all of your lighter jackets together, followed by winter coats and skiwear. If you organize your closet by function, you’ll have a much easier time finding the items you need as temperatures and events change daily. Its important to have a thoughtful organization system all year round, but especially so during the fall and winter when weather can be its most unpredictable.

If all else fails, it may be time to call Closet and Storage Concepts and begin the process of installing an affordable, easy to use new storage system. We won’t fold your summer clothes for you, but we’ll make sure to design a system that’s perfectly suited for your lifestyle and needs.

Incredible Secret Rooms Hidden Behind Bookshelves

By csc-admin - May 16th, 2014

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we get to be a part of incredible home renovation projects daily. In all of our years installing quality shelving and closets, though, there’s one project we’ve always wanted to be a part of: helping to create a hidden room or passageway behind a bookshelf or closet. Although this may not fall directly into the realm of storage solutions, it’s undeniable that a seamless shelving system is integral to a hidden passageway. In honor of this, we’ve put together a list of a few of the coolest secret rooms and passageways hiding behind shelves and false closets; read on to see just how imaginative people get when combining storage systems with the mystery of hidden rooms.

Steelhead Partners Secret Pub 

Located in Bellevue, WA, Steelhead Partners is a fairly typical investing firm. Their office also leans towards the traditional, and appears similar to 99% of the other office buildings throughout the country. Steelhead Partners, however, is hiding something incredibly cool behind the stunning bookshelves located in their boardroom: a fully functional pub. Anyone who’s experienced a long day at the office can certainly recognize the allure of having a hidden bar in the meeting room, but it’s incredible to see how effortlessly Steelhead Partners’ storage system has been utilized to keep their pub hidden. Click on the link above to see just how good the employees of Steelhead Partners have it.

The Perfect Playroom

We’ve installed numerous toy shelves, whether it’s in the closet of a playroom or nestled beside the family’s main living room. Witt Construction, based in Saratoga Lake, NY, was able to take the concept of a toy shelf and make it into something truly special. The link above will take you to a description of this incredible project, in which Witt Construction turned a toy shelf into a secret entrance for the children’s main playroom. An ingenious combination of a storage solution and an extra room, this secret entrance is everything we love about hidden rooms and passageways.

Your Own Private Narnia

This is one of our favorite secret room projects, as it combines a simple stand up closet with one of the greatest children’s books ever written. Drawing inspiration from C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, a loving parent has created a literal Narnia for their little ones. If you scroll through the images above you’ll get a detailed look at this amazing project, where the back of a wardrobe closet has been removed to allow entry into a secret room. At Closet and Storage Concepts, we approach every project hoping to create not only effective storage solutions, but also to produce a seamlessly integrated and aesthetically beautiful experience in our clients’ homes. This incredible Narnia project is a perfect example of what can happen when you mix a bit of creativity with the fundamental need to store your things in an efficient way.

Whether you’re looking for a murphy bed, a new kitchen pantry system, or some expanded closets in your guest bedroom, Closet and Storage Concepts has the experience and expertise to craft the perfect solution. And you never know: you may just pull your favorite book back one day to reveal your own private getaway.

Great Murphy Bed Moments In Film History

By csc-admin - March 13th, 2014

Anyone living in a metropolis has surely noticed a rising trend in recent years: more and more families are moving back into the city. From San Francisco to Washington D.C., we’re seeing huge numbers of people making the trek back into urban centers, driven by everything from employment to culture. As a result of this suburban exodus, space has become a premium in most megacities, with entire architectural movements built around the idea of micro-housing. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’ve got our own solution for the city dweller looking to squeeze some extra space out of their home or apartment: the Murphy bed. Most folks tend to be familiar with the Murphy bed due to its illustrious and storied career in film and television, showing up in everything from The Three Stooges’ short films to The Pink Panther Strikes Again.  In celebration of this collapsible masterpiece and its cinematic history, we’ve put together a list of three of our favorite Murphy bed starring roles. Read on to find out just how wide-ranging the Murphy bed’s acting chops truly are.

Subub Surprises the Burglar – 1903

 

Probably the earliest, and easily the most bizarre, cameo made by a Murphy bed comes in the 1903 silent film Subub Surprises the Burglar. It’s easy to think you’re in the midst of a Kenneth Angers picture when watching this surreal early short, which features a black-clad thief attempting to burgle the home of our titular hero, Subub. Things go awry for the dastardly intruder when Subub’s Murphy bed folds up with him inside it, only to reveal that his furniture is equipped with what looks to be six mini-cannons. Needless to say, Subub’s fully-stocked Murphy bed makes short work of the story’s villain, and all is right in this strange corner of the world. Although we can’t recommend building heavy artillery into your wardrobe, we couldn’t help but share this very early, and very odd, look at the Murphy bed’s cinematic debut.

One A.M – 1916

Moving in a slightly less unnerving direction, we come to the master of physical comedy, Charlie Chaplin. This incredible comedic short likely gave rise to the great cinematic trope that is the unruly Murphy bed, and Charlie goes to great lengths to showcase all of the ways you can be squished, smashed, hobbled and prodded by an ill-behaved wall bed. We would like to point out that not all Murphy beds are created equal, and we’ve yet to see a Closet and Storage Concepts’ Murphy bed cruelly toy with its owner the way Charlie’s seems to here. Although this short clearly exaggerates many characteristics of the wall bed, it does get one thing right: when you walk into a room with a Murphy bed, you’ll definitely ask yourself, “Where’s the bed?” And that’s a good thing.

The Haunted House – 1929

 Tons of cartoons over the years have featured erratic Murphy beds, and Walt Disney employed the conceit numerous times over the years. This short cartoon, called “The Haunted House,” is easily one of the best examples, and features not only a terrified Mickey Mouse running throughout a dilapidated mansion, but also a full-on ghost and ghoul populated orchestra. As much as the entire cartoon is great, we’re obviously most drawn to the skeleton hiding in the Murphy bed. You probably won’t find a full set of bones stashed away in your wall bed anytime soon, but you’re sure to have as much fun transforming your space with a Closet and Storage Concepts Murphy bed as the phantoms in this carton have serenading Mickey with their eerie sounds.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we install incredibly cool Murphy beds and storage solutions for all kinds of spaces and needs. Our wall beds may not come fortified with anti-burglar systems, and you probably won’t find the undead in any of our stores, but we always offer the best in home organization systems. Contact us today to find the perfect fix for all your storage needs!

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