|CAMBRIDGE, MA – All signs point to a strong rebound for home improvement activity in 2013, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Robust spending in the second half of 2012 suggests the remodeling recovery is already underway, and the LIRA projects annual homeowner improvement spending will see accelerating double-digit growth through the third quarter of 2013. This news comes just ahead of the release of the Joint Center’s biennial remodeling report. [Read The Full Article]|
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.
Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals
[Philadelphia, PA] — January 23, 2013 – Closet & Storage Concepts has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The 26 year old custom closet company was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.
The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal idea books via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.
“Closet Design & Organization is ALWAYS in Style!”
“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Closet & Storage Concepts among our “Best Of” professionals for design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Closet & Storage Concepts, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.
About Closet & Storage Concepts
For more than 25 years, Closet & Storage Concepts has been creating custom closet designs, manufacturing, and installing custom closet solutions for closet storage, mudroom, pantry, laundry room, garage, home office and more. We pride ourselves on the ability to listen to the client and determine their specific needs. During the complimentary consultation we will measure your space, assess your wardrobe, and develop custom closet designs that give the client efficient and attractive solutions. From reach-in closet organization to a walk-in closet, our solutions are for all your closet and other storage area needs.
Houzz is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality.
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).
Fall is the Perfect Time for Closet and Storage Concepts to Design Your Custom Entertainment Center or Home Theater Room
The little signs of the approach of fall are everywhere. The cool, crisp evenings, a slight color change on the tips of the leaves, the endurance of some really awful new television shows before natural selection sends them to the great sitcom repository in the sky. It’s a magical time.
One of the best parts of fall for me, besides doing “the kids are back in school” happiness samba, is preparing for the long cold nights of winter. Much like the legendary “nesting” instinct mothers-to-be experience in the time preceding the baby’s arrival, I look forward to the annual ritual of preparing my home for “the long winter’s nap”. And by nap, I mean enjoying lots of comfort food and taking in some serious screen time.
What better way to enjoy watching a movie with the family, having the benefit of some exercise via an electronic fitness game or cheering on the Eagles (I mean, your football team of choice) than on a custom home theater center designed by Closet and Storage Concepts. Custom home theater systems are built with the needs of your family, and the unique consideration of your space, in mind. The large screen television is front and center within a custom built media space, while the less attractive cords, wires and other accessories are concealed.
In addition to television display, Closet and Storage Concepts can craft a custom entertainment center to include CD / DVD storage and shelving units so that your custom piece is a complete media storage solution for all your audio equipment, movies, music, vinyl albums (which are roaring back in vogue in a big way!), gaming systems, controllers, etc.
Do your own happiness samba and call Closet and Storage Concepts – 1-888-THE-CLOSET – today about customizing a home theater system room or custom entertainment center, in anticipation of those long winter nights. Before you know it, it will be dark by 5:00 PM. Do you want to be caught without your entertainment in place?
I didn’t think so.
A “slide rule”, by its ordinary definition, is hardly much to get worked-up over. Unless one is a collector of antiquated computing devises, or enjoys the “geek-chic” look of a mini slide rule provocatively peeking out from the protective lining of a breast pocket (also known as a “nerd shirt”), there really isn’t much ado about the common definition of such a device.
Ah, but there is another “slide” rule that is deceptively simple, yet extravagant, cool yet practical, and so chic that even Carrie Bradshaw would gasp and demand of Mr. Big that she have one for herself. This “slide” rules the custom closet, yet fits in a space just over 3” wide. This “slide” is a pull-out mirror accessory from the custom closet design accessories available at Closet & Storage Concepts.
This sliding pull-out mirror is one of the best selling accessories available at Closet & Storage Concepts — for good reason. The pullout mirror is cleverly mounted so that it is tucked away, leaving full access to hanging clothes and other stored items. When a mirror is needed, it slides out well beyond the clothes and stored items and rotates open to reveal a full-length swivel mirror. Once you are done assembling a perfect NYC out-on-the-town ensemble or, if you’re like me, toss on a modern take on classic bohemian, the mirror then slides back into place and seemingly disappears from view.
This is a perfect solution for those who need regular use of a full length mirror, but do not want to have a mirror permanently installed on the wall or as a part of a free-standing wardrobe—both of which stare back at you ceaselessly, even when you don’t necessary desire that reflection.
In addition to adjustability and ease of use, the design of the pullout mirror eliminates the safety concerns that come with full-length mirror installation, especially in a youth bedroom. The youngster can enjoy the use of a full-length view that they are often denied with bureau-top mirrors, without the safety concerns of a mirror flimsily secured to a wall. Young muscles can be flexed and hairbrushes can be sung into, without the concern of a mirror mishap.
Jewelry drawers, wall safes, wall-mounted ironing boards, valet rods and shoe racks are just a few examples of the many closet design accessories available to the designers at Closet & Storage Concepts. Let our closet designers help you decide what is important to you, and then provide the solutions necessary to create the closet design or your dreams!
Carrie Bradshaw would be envious.
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.