Utility & Laundry Room Design: Hanging Rods for Clothing is the New Dryer

By csc-admin - August 16th, 2012

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 Laundry Room Storage-Utility Room Solutionsboth 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:

  1. Line drying conserves energy and protects the environment by saving fossil fuels.
  2. 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.
  3. Dryer heat is a death wish for elastic. Expensive undergarments, leggings, tights, sports apparel, (or anything made of wool) should always be lined dried.
  4. Air-drying can reduce wrinkles, saving the time and energy associated with ironing.
  5. Indoor line drying in the winter adds much needed humidity to the living space.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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 Organizers and the Most Interesting Man in the World

By csc-admin - June 22nd, 2012

Much has been made over the past few years about the existence of the “man cave”.

Originally coined in a tongue-in-cheek manner, the concept of a separate space in the home (often relegated to the darkest, dankest least desirable hovel within the residence), has gained wide acceptance as a legitimate use of square footage. The idea of partitioning off the males of the tribe by providing them an area to be, well… male, has become common place. In its purest definition of the word, the man cave is a no-frills arena in which eating, drinking, relaxation and/or entertainment, without the interference of décor or civility (i.e. women) is king. No further demands or expectations are to be made of this sacred space.

Not every male however is satisfied with such an adornment-free environment. There are a great many males who prefer the finer things. There are those who recognize and appreciate quality, and demand that life be shaken, not stirred. These males aspire to an environment that comprises both form AND function. These are the men who appreciate the closet organization systems provided by Closet & Storage Concepts.

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Closet Organizers and the Most Interesting Man in the World

Men and women often have different requirements where it comes to the design of a custom closet. For example:

  1. Men carry many hand-held devices on their person, such as a smart phone, ipod, e-reader, etc, which require a designated place to be stored and charged. A flat area near a power source is an excellent addition to a gentleman closet. Wireless chargers make it possible to have a charging station, even when an outlet is not available.
  2. Organization of ties and belts is a uniquely male necessity. Closet & Storage Concepts uses specialty tie and belt racks, as well as drawers in which ties can be neatly rolled and stored.
  3. Men love quality lighting that allows them to distinguish between subtle shades of color, enabling them to make perfect color-coordinated clothing choices every time, thus putting an end to embarrassing different-colored-socks-syndrome. Unlike their female counterparts, men desire simple lighting fixtures, (as opposed to chandeliers dripping with crystals favored by females) such as in-cabinetry lighting recessed into shelves and integrated into hanging rods.

A closet storage system by Closet & Storage Concepts may not transform a man-cave dweller into a gentleman of style and refinement, but it can transform your closets into the solution for all your challenging storage needs.

Stay organized my friends.

Contact Closet & Storage Concepts – Closet Organizers – for a Free In-Home closet design consultation – 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.

And The Winner Is…

By csc-admin - May 21st, 2012

It seems that America has caught a case of lottery fever. Lately it seems that every week, headlines of a new mega-millions drawing is splashed over the newspapers and internet. Remote news broadcasts from convenience stores, showcasing the long lines of would-be winners, have become common. Photographs of smiling millionaires holding a press conference ending in the presentation of the ceremonial “big check” has become familiar to the point of ordinary.

Today a study by the English National Lottery Operator Camelot was released which outlined buying trends among lottery winners. Some of the results were expected. For example, half of the mega-winners moved into a new house within three months of the award, and a quarter of the winners put up fencing, secured by a gate, around their house.
Some results were somewhat unexpected, such as; 20% of winners purchasing a dog in the months immediately following the win.

The trend that struck me however, is that 1/3 of winners installed a walk-in closet in their home immediately following the big win. Like the Custom Closet Storage Solutions - Closet & Storage Conceptsdog-trend, one can only guess the psychology of such a purchase. My guess is that people yearn to benefit from something that they perceive as a luxury, but in practicality, like dog ownership, can be enjoyed within most people’s budget.

Much like one chooses a breed that matches the owner’s means, desires and lifestyle, closet organization solutions from Closet & Storage Concepts are designed to fit the way it’s owner lives. Closet organization systems are designed to match the needs and décor of the homeowner and then custom built in our own factories. Even the most challenging space requirements can be easily conquered by a Closet & Storage Concepts custom closet designer.

One need not wait to receive a “big check” to enjoy the closet organization system of your dreams. 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).  Our closet designer can set you on a path to achieve your walk-in closet design dreams, including a space to store Fido’s squeaky toys and bacon treats.

Closet & Storage Concepts Named 2012 Military Friendly Franchise by G.I. Jobs Magazine

By csc-admin - May 18th, 2012

Closet & Storage Concepts is delighted to be named among the recipients of the 2012 Military Friendly Franchises® list, which represents the top 10 percent of the nation’s franchises that are doing the most to recruit military veterans.

The full list of Military Friendly Franchises® will be published in the June issue of G.I. Jobs, the July/August issue of Vetrepreneur Magazine, and on www.militaryfranchising.com, a web tool that helps veterans decide which franchise to choose.

Closet & Storage Concepts honors military veterans all year round by offering service members a 10% discount on franchise fees, special military veteran financing of 50% of the initial fee for a period of 12 months at zero interest, and a team dedicated to supporting the veteran franchisee program, thus allowing veterans to use their training and operational skills in a new civilian career.

The Military Friendly Franchises® list was created three years ago out of demand from military veterans, many of whom want to start or own their own business but are unclear where to begin,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs. “Being selected as a Military Friendly Franchise places Closet & Storage Concepts in this elite group, and is testimony to Closet & Storage Concept’s world class programs and policies that support military veterans interested franchise opportunities”

Using a Professional Closet Designer to Create Custom Storage Solutions vs. Using a Handyman or Honey-do

By csc-admin - April 17th, 2012

You are a spring-cleaning warrior.

Checking sentimentality at the door, you rolled-up your sleeves and filled more lawn and leaf bags with the contents stuffed into your closets than Custom Closet Organizersyou could have thought possible.

Congratulations! You have fulfilled the first step in organizing your life by first ridding yourself of what has become useless to you. The second step is to create a closet organization system that uses this space efficiently, and for the specific use you intend.

BUT, before you call a handyman (or worse still, include closet design on your “honey-do list”), consider the benefits and cost-efficiency of having a closet storage professional design your closet space. The professionals at Closet and Storage Concepts are expert in creating practical, yet chic, closet space that is custom designed for your maximum closet space usage.

Benefits of using a closet designer with Closet and Storage Concepts over a handyman or honey-do:

  1. A professional closet designer knows the questions to ask about your unique storage needs and has intimate knowledge of the most innovative closet solutions available. This IS NOT the “one-size-fits-all approach your handyman, or honey-do (gasp!) utilizes.
  2. Using custom measurements, your professional closet designer will create a closet organization system that actually GIVES you new space, by adding adjustable shelving, double hung devises and drawers. What has your handyman GIVEN you lately?
  3. You can choose from a wide-variety of melamine and laminate finishes, manufactured using ¾” “furniture grade” melamine laminate in our local facilities. Your honey-do gives you one option: whatever is on sale at the home-mart store.
  4. Closet and Storage Concepts can make the most of your space by using: adjustable closet shelving, long, medium and double hang areas to maximize space, belt, tie and shoe racks, drawers, wall safes, valet rods, jewelry drawers, hosiery drawers, etc.

Your handyman or honey-do: they don’t have the expertise to include any of these closet storage innovations.

So, given the choice, who will you choose to design and create your custom closet design? The professionals at Closet and Storage Concepts, of course!  Call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567).

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)

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