Posts Tagged ‘conquer clutter’

The Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn Purge

By csc-admin - September 30th, 2015


Autumn can feel like the start a new year as it coincides with schools heading back in session. Use the momentum of heading back to school to purge throughout your home. Here are some top picks from the team at Closet and Storage Concepts as you welcome in fall.

  • Makeup and Medicine

Start in the bathroom and clear out old makeup and medicine. A new season often brings new looks, so clear out the old to prepare for the new. Work with your local pharmacist or health specialist to properly dispose of expired medicines. Pro Tip: If you have a lot of lipsticks, try decanting them into travel storage pots. Simply use a small scoop to get all of the color into the storage containers. This allows you to convert your lipsticks into a uniform container (freeing up space), while using up the entire lipstick.

  • Food Containers

Assess your food storage containers and dispose of any limp or yellowed ones. Try Pyrex containers for any older kids or your significant other to save money in the long run. Glass containers tend to be easier to clean and look great in your cabinets.

  • Spices and Food

New seasons often bring seasonal delicacies. Be sure to purge through any expired spices or foods in your kitchen pantry to make room for new treats. Utilize proper storage organizers or try custom built-ins to maximize your space with clever organizers.

  • Plastic Bags

Store a stash of them neatly in a container to take when you walk the dog and recycle extras. Many stores take back used plastic bags, which are then reused and repurposed. If you have a lot of them, try weaving them together to make a super sturdy grocery tote.

  • Air Conditioning and HVAC Filters

While it’s not necessarily an item to purge, it’s a great time to think about changing your air filters. Changing your air filter can help to reduce allergens in your home and keep your home cleaner. A clean home can make a home feel larger and more organized.

  • Clothes and Shoes

Sorry shoe divas, your items don’t get to escape either. New fall fashions likely mean that your closet will see an influx of new items. Purge now before you shop for new items. If you use the post-it trick (where you stick a note on any item that you’re unsure of purging), and haven’t worn the item since two summers ago it’s time to say goodbye. If you haven’t worn the item it’s likely that you don’t need the item. Clear out your closet to create more space for things you will use.

  • Kid’s Stuff Too

Kid’s stuff shouldn’t be excluded either. Give away or donate clothes that no longer fit your kids. Be sure to include them in the process so they can learn how to declutter too. If you’re swimming in toys it may be a good time to purge them. Say goodbye to broken beach pails and try on sports gear to see if they need to be replaced after the summer growth spurts.

  • Gift Stations

The holiday season will be here soon enough. Get ready by clearing out the wedding wrapping paper and any old scraps that can’t be salvaged in favor of new holiday paper.

Autumn is great for cider donuts, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course a shift in weather. Be sure to embrace and prepare for the autumn by purging through items. Call your local Closet and Storage Concepts designer for help to get your closet and other organization systems into gear.

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To Toss or Not to Toss

By csc-admin - June 12th, 2015


Cleaning out our homes is a normal activity to keep our homes maintained and to make the most of our space. At Closet and Storage Concepts, we are committed to helping you create a home that you love, with custom organization solutions. Periodically purging through your items is a great way to maintain the function of your organizers. Here are five questions to ask as you are deciding if you should toss or keep an item.

  • Who are you saving an item for?

We understand that sometimes we save items for others, whether they are heirlooms or other sentimental belongings. Before you keep items for another person, be sure to verify that the person does in fact want the item, and will cherish it just as much. If you are unsure whom you are saving an item for, don’t feel bad for saying goodbye to it.

  • Do I own something similar?

It is amazing what we amass in our homes, and how many of these items are similar or serve an identical purpose. The degree of similarity will be subject to each person, but items that perform the same job should be considered for a toss, especially if you’re having problems closing storage units. Obviously you wouldn’t consider giving away everything that performs similar tasks, but carefully considering if one item can do the job of many can help you cut down on the clutter.

  • Does it fit?

This can be applied to any item in your home, but is mostly related to clothing. Don’t feel bad about giving items away that no longer fit, unless you are saving the item for a sentimental reason (e.g. a wedding or prom dress). Clothes that do not fit can often make you feel worse about yourself. Make a clean cut from those negative feelings and start new in your home and life.

If an item, like a furniture piece, doesn’t fit into your home no matter where you put it, and you can’t use it to create a piece that fits, it may be time to toss the item. Try a garage sale or donating to thrift stores in order to cut down on waste.

  • Does it make me happy?

This is the main question posed by Marie Kondo in her New York Times bestselling book on organizing. If an item does not make you happy and bring you joy, it may be time to say goodbye to it. Every item in your home should bring you joy, in order to increase your productivity and love of your home.

  • How often will it be used?

This question is a great one to ask yourself, especially if you’ve unearthed something you haven’t used in a while, but aren’t sure whether or not to keep it. If you plan to keep the item, it should fulfill a role in your home and life. If an item is not going to be used very often, consider tossing the item, particularly if it doesn’t fit with the questions above.

Once you’ve cleared items from your home and need a custom storage and organization makeover throughout your home, give Closet and Storage Concepts a call today.

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Spring Forward & Other Spring Organization Projects

By csc-admin - March 12th, 2015


Image by obpia30, available under Public Domain through Creative Commons License Zero 1.0 (CC0 1.0).

With the start of daylight savings time this past Sunday, we hope you feel refreshed after losing an hour of sleep, we thought it would be a perfect time to bring you some spring organization projects for areas throughout your home along with some helpful tips. We know we’re not quite into spring, and many places around the country don’t feel like it either, but it doesn’t hurt to start getting ahead. On with the list!

  1. Garden Shed

Spring often brings to mind flower blooms and increased sunshine. To prep for increased gardening time, it’s a great time to clean out and organize your shed. Hooks and a place for tools along a bead or peg board is a classic option so clippers, dandelion pullers, and hand trowels are all within easy reach. Try some new pots to really spruce things up in your home as well.

  1. Hallway Closet

If you will have guests for upcoming spring breaks, the hall closet is an ideal place to start within your home. If this is also your go-to place for overflow storage, it might be time to give it a look and do a purge. Start with the top shelf as it is often forgotten about. Don’t forget to give it a clean wipe down to knock out some spring cleaning too!

  1. Closet Storage

Once you’ve reclaimed the hallway closet start working on the other closets in your home. To make the task seem more manageable, consider doing them one by one. The linen closet is one place that is often overlooked. If you’re busy changing out the sheets on your beds,  be sure to go through this closet to see if there are any outdated bed spreads that you are okay to part with.

Clearing out the winter gear will also be occurring. Try natural products to protect your clothes from moths with items like lavender or cedar blocks. Utilize under the bed storage to rotate items through the seasons. Space saving bags can also come in handy for thick knit sweaters and jackets that you’re ready to store until next winter. These help to keep your clothes fresh while making room for other goodies in your closet; a win-win!

  1. Junk Drawer

The dreaded junk drawer is often avoided for as long as possible, which makes it one of the best places to sort out and get organized as you head into a new season. As always, be sure to give the drawer (or drawers) a good clean out. Dividers will be the best option here, especially for all the bits and bobs. If you have any old mint tins, these can help keep sewing needles, safety pins, eraser caps, etcetera contained. Try magnets along the inside to pick up and securely hold paper clips or tacks. Your home will feel a lot freer once you tackle this area.

  1. Filing Cabinet

Prepare for the upcoming tax season by starting with your filing cabinet! Clear out or, for an even better option, shred paperwork especially if your cabinet is having difficulties opening or closing. Most tax professionals recommend keeping records for up to seven years.

Labeling will be a huge help here so you will be able to spot the account or year you need when you are going about your taxes and into the future. This tip can even be applied if you’re using online tax software or storing documents electronically.

While adjusting to losing an hour less of sleep can be less than pleasant, cleaning and organizing can help put your home, and you, into a spring spirit. Share your go-to spring organization tips in the comments below!

Back To School Blues

By csc-admin - September 30th, 2013

custom bench systemAs of September 22nd fall is officially upon us.  The weather has cooled, your décor has changed, and the kids are all settled into the new school year.  Unfortunately, with the changing of the season and the turning of the leaves comes the clutter associated with your children returning to school.  I bet you are picturing a corner of your home piled high with backpacks and binders at this very moment.  It’s time to reclaim that space with a custom system from Closet and Storage Concepts.  A simple bench system placed in an entryway or mudroom is just the thing to tame that mess by storing shoes, jackets and those bulky backpacks.  Ready to get started?  Contact us today for your Free In-Home Estimate!

Stop “Toying” Around and Get Organized!

By csc-admin - November 30th, 2012

Playroom Storage UnitThe 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.

Wallbeds: Murphy Beds

By csc-admin - January 20th, 2012

Murphy Beds - Closet & Storage ConceptsDo you have a room that needs to serve a dual function? Do you want a playroom for the kids, but the room is too small to accommodate a bed and still have space for them to play?  What if you could have a playroom that could double as a guest room?  Having a room that serves a dual purpose can be a great space saver.

Murphy Wall Bed AwayA Murphy Bed may be the perfect solution for a family that will not be using the bed on a regular basis and would love the extra space.

What is a Murphy Bed, you may ask.  A Murphy Bed is a bed that sits in the wall and is pulled down when needed. They are nothing new. Actually, the concept was design in 1900 by William Murphy. Today Murphy Beds have advanced into sleek and creative units.

Closet & Storage Concepts has all types of furniture options that include Murphy Beds. A full-size bed disappearing behind cabinet doors or a folding wall bed with contemporary wall units. The result is an elegant-looking room while the bed is up and away.

Murphy Wall Bed - DownThe Murphy Bed is as comfortable as any bed in your home and can be stored with the bed fully made-up with sheets, blankets and pillows. The Murphy Bed is available in sizes from Twin to California King.

Contact Closet & Storage Concepts for more information on the Murphy Bed and to schedule a Free In-Home Design Consultation.

Call 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567).

Improve Your Life with Home Organization

By csc-admin - September 28th, 2011


Craft Room

Ever wonder why it is so difficult to get organized or to do away with things? Try taking one day to conquer the clutter in your life and see what these changes do to how you feel. You can start by having containers and marking them for storage, donations or recycle.

As you begin to do away with the clutter and get things out of the way, you will want to clean up every unorganized area in your home.

Closet & Storage Concepts can help you get organized and get things ‘off of the floor’. We have options available to make use of every space. From junk drawers to closets, from craft rooms to garages we can create a system to organize any area needing help. All of our units are completely custom designed and built.


Custom Closet Design

We offer a free in-home, no obligation design consultation. The designer will create a plan for a closet or storage system that best serves your needs and budget. All of our products are custom manufactured in our company owned local factories and installed by company trained and employed installers. All of our personnel are company employees, not sub-contractors, and all of our work is backed by a full warranty.

So, if you are ready to Conquer the Clutter, call 1-888-THE-CLOSET today for a free in-home design consultation,  or complete our online form.

You will find that becoming organized makes you feel focused and clean. When eliminating the mess, you will feel as if a burden has been lifted. You will be amazed at how much lighter you will feel.

Get Your Home Organized

By csc-admin - September 28th, 2011

Closet & Storage Concepts has recently been featured on a segment of local talk show ‘Charlotte Today‘. The segment toured Closet and Storage Concepts’ Charlotte showroom and provided tips for getting organized in different areas of your home. They featured great solutions for kitchens, craft rooms, and garages.

The video is available for viewing at: WCNC Charlotte Today .


Efficient and Functional Closet Systems

By csc-admin - August 25th, 2011

Every household needs efficient and functional closet-design-charlottecloset systems. Closet systems bring enormous benefits wherever they are installed – bedrooms, pantry, laundry room, garage, home office.

It does not matter if your closet is a complete mess or you simply do not have enough room for all your belongings, closet organizers can help keep your belongings in order by giving them a ‘designated’ area. Conquer closet clutter and learn how to utilize a closet system to your benefit.

So do your Dog Days of Summer task and get your closets beautified. Spend less time looking and more time wearing.

Contact us for a Free In-Home Closet Design Consultation.  Our designers will create a plan for a closet or storage system which best serves your needs and budget.

Custom Kitchen Pantry: Add Home Value

By csc-admin - June 30th, 2011

Custom Kitchen Pantry DesignAdding a custom kitchen pantry to your home is a great idea. By incorporating a pantry into your existing kitchen area, you can increase your property value. Kitchen pantries are noted by real estate agents as one of the typically least expensive kitchen renovations that can add value to your home when it comes to resale.

Not only will the addition of a kitchen pantry add re-sale value to your property it will add comfort to your kitchen work area. A kitchen pantry can add storage and function.

Adding a series of shelves and bins for vegetables also can accommodate storage of seldom used small appliances like juicers or bread makers. Some homeowners use the kitchen pantry to store mops and brooms.

The designers at Closet & Storage Concepts will measure your area, discuss your needs and perform an analysis to create your custom kitchen pantry design. Contact us now to schedule a Free In-Home Consultation for your Custom Kitchen Pantry Design.

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