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Reasons To Be Thankful For An Organized Home Over The Holidays

By CSC - November 26th, 2014

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We’re just a day away from Thanksgiving, and everyone at Closet and Storage Concepts couldn’t be happier. We’re thankful for many things, but we’re most thankful for the amazing customers we get to craft incredible custom storage solutions for. With the number of holidays just around the corner, now is a better time than ever to consider upgrading your home’s storage system in order to finally get your family good and organized. For this special Thanksgiving post, we’ve put together a list of reasons why you’ll be thankful for your incredible new closet system. Read on to find out more, and here’s wishing you and yours a happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Closet and Storage concepts!

When Your Home Is Organized, You’re Able To Find What You Need

Let’s say you’re a few days away from Christmas, and Aunt Jeanie is just about to get into town. You know that if she doesn’t see the kids wearing those oversized Christmas sweaters she gave them last year, she’s sure to have her feelings hurt. In most households, in can take hours trying to track down the things you’ve shoved into the back of a closet, out of sight and out of mind. In a well-organized home featuring innovative closet systems by Closet and Storage Concepts, you’ll have those sweaters out and on the kids before she even gets off the plane. The same goes for holiday decorations and home décor; the better designed your storage system is, the easier it will be to pull everything out when the holiday season rolls around.

You’ve Got to Hide Those Toys Somewhere

If your family is anything like ours, as soon as December comes around the kids are already poking around the house trying to find their hidden presents. It’s been a childhood tradition for as long as any of us can remember, and there’s nothing more disappointing than knowing your little one already knows that new bike is coming before the big day. One of the many benefits of a robust closet system is the sheer amount of space you have to tuck things away. We always extoll the virtues of being able to find everything as easily as possible, but there are also those times when having a developed storage system gives you even more options to keep things out of sight. Trying to keep Junior from discovering that new train set? With a custom Closet and Storage Concepts storage system, we bet you’ll be able to find plenty of places to stash away all your family’s gifts.

Holiday Dinners Just Got Easier

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we not only build custom closets and entertainment centers; we’re also skilled in crafting incredible kitchen pantry solutions. What better time to be thankful for a well-organized pantry than Thanksgiving? With the huge influx of pantry items that tends to happen prior to whipping up your Thanksgiving fixings, you don’t want to be cramming even more items into your already over-stuffed pantry. A perfectly designed pantry will not only allow you to handle all of your Thanksgiving foodstuffs, it also makes it easier to buy early and in bulk in order to be better prepared for the holiday season. If that’s not something to be thankful for, we don’t know what is!

This holiday season, don’t let a disorganized home get in your way. Call Closet and Storage Concepts today to find out what a new storage system can do for your family!

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!

Easy Halloween Closets Pulled From Your Disorganized Closet

By csc-admin - October 29th, 2014

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If you’re the kind of person with a closet or two stacked to the brim with out of season junk, you likely spend most of the year trying to decide how to get your life reorganized. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re in the business of helping people just like you with new beautiful, custom storage solutions. There is, however, one time a year when our friends with cartoonish, overstuffed closets may have the last laugh – Halloween. For a slight change of pace this month, we’ve put together a list of a few quick and easy Halloween costumes you can pull off with things located in your disorganized closet. Read on to find out more, and as soon as the holiday has passed, contact Closet and Storage Concepts to start getting back on track with a well-organized life!

Joel (Tom Cruise) From Risky Business

If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t mind spending a few hours at a party in a pair of briefs, Tom Cruise’s character Joel from Risky Business is a great last minute costume you can likely pull straight from your overstuffed closet. The most famous scene from the movie features Tom Cruise is a men’s dress shirt, a pair of sunglasses, some tube socks, and your finest pair of tighty whities. This costume can work for either a man or a woman (ladies, feel free to pillage your husband’s underwear drawer), and anyone with a closet storage problem is sure to have at least a few of these items on hand.

Rosie the Riveter

Another classic costume that can be easily culled from your closet, Rosie the Riveter is almost as easy to put together as the Risky Business costume outlined above. First, dig through your disorganized closet for a pair of old jeans and a denim or dark blue work shirt. You’re already halfway there! Next, dive into your accessories drawer and pull out either a bandana or, even better, a polka dot scarf. Tie that bad boy around your head, put on some white Converse, and there you have it: a quick and easy Rosie the Riveter costume made up of only excess items in your closet!

Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz

This costume is perfect for the dog lovers out there that don’t want to leave Fido at home on Halloween night. If you’ve got an overflowing craft closet in your home, this costume will be a breeze to put together. Start by finding a simple blue dress, preferably gingham if you have it in your closet, as well as the brightest pair of red heels you have. Next, layer it over a white blouse. Dive into your craft closet and find that basket you’ve been hoarding since last Thanksgiving to carry your very own Toto around in, and voila: you’ve got a simple Dorothy costume pulled directly from your closet.

If All Else Fails, Grab a Sheet!

If you have a disorganized closet but still can’t find what you need for the costumes listed above, there’s always the ever-trusty white bed sheet. With a bed sheet at your disposal, there are all kinds of costumes you can make work. Have a pair of scissors? Cut out some eye holes and go as a ghost. If that sounds a bit bulky for you, simply tie the sheet around you like a toga and off you go. Happen to have a red sheet available? Tie it around your neck and suddenly you’re the most powerful super hero in the world. With a bed sheet and a bit of imagination, you’ll be on your way in no time.

When Halloween is over and you’re ready to start getting your home organized, contact Closet and Storage Concepts for any number of home storage solutions. Happy Halloween to everyone, and contact Closet and Storage Concepts today to get on the path to a more organized life!

The Biggest Benefits of a Well Organized Home

By csc-admin - October 20th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re experts when it comes to home storage solutions. Whether you’re in need of a new kitchen pantry or a better-organized garage, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have exactly what you’re looking for. Before you spring for a new home organizing system, you may be asking yourself, “Just what are the benefits of a well organized home?” Aside from the general aesthetics of a clean and organized space, there are a number of reasons why getting your home’s storage system in order will have a big effect on your life. We’ve put together a few of the biggest benefits of a well organized home, so read on to find out what a new storage system from Closet and Storage Concepts can do for you and your family!
Makes You Far More Productive
Most of us are so busy with the day-to-day activities family life requires that the rest of our time is at a premium. If your home is a disorganized mess, it can make that extra time you have that much less productive. If you work from the home, this point is even more salient: imagine the time you’ll save not having to look for that one item you need for twenty minutes. When your home is well organized, you’ll save tons of time completing tasks and projects because you won’t have to waste any time looking for this or that. Productivity tends to skyrocket in a well-organized space, and your home is no different from the office in that regard. If you can create a great storage system in your home, you’ll likely see your general productivity begin to climb.
Cuts Down On Stress
When you’re forced to spend forty five minutes trying to find your spare hair dryer, not only are you cutting into time you could be spending on other projects, you’re also creating a lot of unnecessary stress for yourself. There’s nothing more infuriating than looking for a single item for a long period of time, and it’s in these situations that we can often see stress levels start to shoot up. Not only does stress have a negative impact on your relationships with others, it can also be a detriment to your health. Imagine this scenario: rather than digging through your junk drawer to find your spare key, you know exactly where it is every time you need to use it. That’s a whole lot of stress suddenly caught from your day-to-day.
Great Effects On Your Family Life
This last point is tied to the prior two in some ways, but it’s still worth mentioning: a well organized home can have myriad positive effects on your family life. Not only will you be less stressed out and far more productive, but also those improvements will lead to better quality time with your family. If you don’t have to spend every morning digging through your son’s closet to find his rain gear, you’ll buy some extra time to sit together and have breakfast. Not only does an organized home get you more time to spend with your family, but it is also a great influence on your growing children, helping them to build habits that will benefit them for the rest of their life. If there’s a better reason to get your storage system in order than that, we sure can’t think of it.
Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re always proud to help our customers get their home in tip-top organizational shape. Contact us today to start exploring the options available for your home!

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.

A Look At Some Incredible Celebrity Closets

By csc-admin - April 30th, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re in the business of offering the most creative and effective storage solutions out there. Whether you’re looking for a smarter way to organize your closet or a better kitchen pantry, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have exactly what you’re looking for. When it comes to inspiration, there are some closets out there that really stand above the rest, and it’s no surprise that they tend to belong to celebrities and fashion experts. We’ve put together a few of the most impressive celebrity closets out there to demonstrate just how much you can do with an effective storage system. Read on to find out how the rich and famous store their shoes and socks, and contact Closet and Storage Concepts if you’re looking for a similar solution.

Mariah Carey’s New York Shoe Compound

 Mariah Carey’s palatial closet is a thing of legend. Featured in an early edition of MTV’s Cribs, Carey’s closet is a master class in opulence and storage. Featuring bleachwood floors adorned with her monogram, Carey’s closet is perhaps best known for her shoe storage system, which houses close to 1,000 different pairs. The closet was designed by Mario Buatta, and resembles an Italian palace more than it looks like a standard closet. From gold-leaf gilding to marble columns, Mariah Carey’s incredible closet may not be the most reasonable option out there, but its sure to inspire your inner diva.

Ralph Lauren’s Incredible Man Cave

 It’s only fair that one of the world’s most recognized fashion designers has a closet to match his formidable reputation. Nestled in New York State’s Westchester County, Lauren’s closet mirrors the overall masculine rustic look of his country home. Featuring mahogany millwork and lots of aged leather, Lauren’s closet is as close to Ron Burgundy’s presumed aesthetic as you’re going to find. Not only is Lauren’s oversized closet outfitted with all kinds of manly touches, the clothing held within consists of riding boots, jean jackets, and torn vintage t-shirts. For anyone looking to highlight his brawny side, Lauren’s closet is a great place to start.

Nanette Lepore’s Shabby Chic Dressing Room

Nannette Lepore, a fashion designer whose clothes are championed by the likes of Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria, has turned her New York City loft’s closet into an extension of the rest of her home. Featuring a combination of flea-market décor and more glamorous touches, Lepore’s closet feels more like a respite than simply a storage system. Although the cascading glass chandelier may be the highlight of the room, there are also Victorian mirrors and Deco décor showcased throughout. If you’re interested in making your closet into your own special hideaway, Lepore’s closet is a great place to look for inspiration.

If you’re hoping to turn your closet into the kind of luxurious, well-organized space you can be proud of, contact Closet and Storage Concepts to find out just how incredible your dream closet can be. You may not have the cache of someone like Mariah Carey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a closet that makes it feel like you do.

World Libraries With Incredible Storage Solutions

By csc-admin - March 31st, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, North America’s premier custom closet and storage system outfitter, we’re always on the hunt for the coolest and most creative in storage concepts. From the pantries in large restaurants to the way film societies organize their archives, we love seeing impressive storage systems in action. Perhaps the most beloved and frequently impressive organization systems in the world belong to some of our greatest libraries, such as the endlessly awe-inspiring Library of Congress. In honor of this great storage system tradition, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite libraries from around the world, each one demonstrating the heights of organization we strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts. Read on for a global tour in magnificent storage concepts!

Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum

Named after the great Japanese post-war author, the Shiba Ryotaro is a marvel in melding design with organizational needs. The building, designed by Tadao Ando, is meant to mirror the inner working of an author’s mind, hence the incredible walls and walls of books. There’s something incredibly immersive about the book storage system at the library, a feat reflected in the sheer number of books housed in a small space. This is perhaps what‘s most impressive about the storage concept at the Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum: storage has been effectively married to concept, making for a truly unique experience.

Mafra National Palace Library

The National Palace Library is a treasure held within the city of Mafra, Portugal. Portugal is home to a number of well-known libraries, but the Mafra National Palace Library is the most interesting to everyone at Closet and Storage Concepts due to its particularly ingenious storage system.  When built, not only did the architect responsible make sure to create a book shelving system that accommodated a major collection, he also made sure to leave room behind the books for a colony of bats. The bats were used to keep the library vermin and insect free, and would be released every night from their space behind the books. Our closet systems don’t typically house flying animals, but we still have to applaud this remarkable system.

The George Peabody Library

Housed in the world-renown Peabody Institute of Music at John Hopkins University, the George Peabody Library is one of the finest in America. Containing over 300,000 volumes, the Peabody Library  is a perfect example of marrying form and function in the world of storage systems. Featuring six tiers of cast iron columns, decorative railings, and gold-leaf embellishments, the Peabody Library demonstrates that there is certainly a way to make organization beautiful, which is something we always strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts.

Liyuan Library

Designed by famed Chinese Architect Li Xiaodong Atelier, the Liyuan Library is truly a sight to behold. Located in the small village of Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing, the Liyuan Library was meant to be an example of how to make a storage system blend in seamlessly with its environment. In the same way that Closet and Storage Concepts makes sure to design and implement closet systems that work holistically within its environment, the Liyuan Library is composed of panels of twigs in order to reflect the natural surroundings of the village. Beautiful in its simplicity and elegance, the Liyuan Library is a case study in working your surroundings into the design of a storage system.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we keep in mind all of the great storage and design ideas reflected in this list in order to craft personalized closets and organization systems for our customers. We may not build bat caves behind your bookshelves, but we’ll make sure to create effective and  visually stunning closet and storage systems for all your needs.

 

A Look into the Home of the Future

By csc-admin - December 26th, 2013

As we come upon the end of another postmillennial year and prepare for the futuristic-sounding 2014, it’s hard not to be at least a little disappointed in the lack of science-fiction-predicted technology pushing its way into our world. Sure, you can fit a computer in your pocket and store mountains of information in something called “the cloud,” but we’re yet to see a single flying car careening through the streets. The future imagined by pop culture artifacts like The Jetsons or 2001: A Space Odyssey just never seemed to arrive, and with it our dreams of floating cities and sentient machines. When you consider that Back to the Future 2 was set in the quickly-approaching year of 2015, it becomes difficult not to look around and ask yourself, “Where’s my hover board?”

There are, however, a few designers working with new technologies in line with both the aesthetics of “The Year 2000” as well as the underlying philosophy of most classic futurists. Since Closet and Storage Concepts is in the business of providing home solutions for our customers, we’ve found a few innovations that apply directly to the idea of “the Modern house,” or at least a 1960’s pulp novelist’s version of it. From robotic closet systems to fold up ovens, here’s a collection of a few different visions of a better, and far more cutting edge, modern home.

The Freedge – The Inside-Out Fridge

Designed by Matthew McNaughton, the Freedge imagines a revolutionary take on an appliance that has seen very little change over the years. The Freedge takes all of the compartments in a traditional fridge and separates them out, placing each bin behind an exterior wall to maximize space. Rather than having a bulky traditional fridge taking up a large chunk of your kitchen, each compartment of the Freedge is pulled out of the wall when you’d like to access it. A further perk of McNaughton’s system is that it utilizes external cold during winter months in the refrigeration process, meaning that not only will homeowners be saving space, they’ll also be saving on electricity. Best of all, the Freedge is incredibly cool looking, leaving your standard fridge looking like the relic that it is.

The Clean Closet – All in One Laundry Concept

Since we’re in the business of offering affordable, well-designed closet and storage systems for our customers, we’re particularly impressed by Michael Edenius’ Clean Closet design. Essentially taking the laundry process out of the consumer’s life completely, the Clean Closet is exactly what it sounds like: a closet that cleans your clothes while they hang. All of your items are scanned for dirt and impurities by the machine, which then cleans items where imperfections are detected. In one fell swoop, the Clean Closet replaces the laundry basket, washer, and dryer, freeing up much-needed space for the homeowner of the future. Best of all, the Clean Closet does its work without the use of water, making it far more environmentally-friendly than traditional methods. That’s what we call a Closet and Storage Concept!

Qumi – The Portable, Flexible All Purpose Oven

Dreamt up by the Russian engineer Ilia Vostrov, the Qumi is described as a flexible cooking unit, which is an understatement if we’ve ever heard one. Qumi is a fold out universal kitchen appliance that is capable of heating, steaming, or frying liquids and solids, basically making it the only tool the chef of the future will need.   The Qumi is about the size of a plate when folded down for storage, and it is designed to be hung on an induction charging hook, making it completely portable and wireless. Furthermore, the Qumi is run exclusively from your mobile phone or similar device, making display panels and instructions obsolete. With the Qumi, that clunky microwave and oven taking up a majority of your kitchen are a thing of the past, providing much more space than traditional options. For the homeowner of the future, who will surely find space at a premium, the Qumi is the perfect option for any and all home cooking needs.

Although these designs may be a ways off from becoming readily available for the average consumer, it’s exciting to know that great minds are continuing to come up with innovative and, quite frankly, space age solutions for traditional domestic needs. Here’s hoping that sometime in the near future, Closet and Storage Concepts will be installing a Clean Closet in your home!

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