Posts Tagged ‘home organization’

How to Prepare for Holiday Guests? Start With The Entryway

By CSC - October 19th, 2016

custom entryway organization system closet and storage conceptsThe holiday season is quickly approaching. With it comes valuable time spent with family and friends, delicious food, and possibly a bit of anxiety when it comes to preparing your home for guests.

There are usually a few places within every home that experience reoccurring clutter. For many families those places are the entryway, kitchen counters, and perhaps a living room coffee table. Inconveniently, these are also parts of the home that holiday guests are almost guaranteed to see.

As you prepare for the holidays don’t hide your clutter simply because it’s an easy solution. Now is as good a time as any to implement lasting storage and organization solutions. Here we’ll be focusing on the entryway, a part of the home notorious for accumulating weekly clutter. We encourage you to read on!

Why Is My Entryway Messy All The Time?

As its name suggests, the entryway is the entrance into a home. For many people this space signifies the formal start and end to their day. When you think about it, it’s not such a surprise that entryways are often messy. This place by the door is where we empty our hands after a long day. The home is a place of relaxation, and therefore dumping everything at the door as you walk inside can be a form of triumph. In most entryways one can find shoes, jackets, backpacks, keys, mail, and other knickknacks.

Organizing Your Entryway

Part of organizing your entryway successfully is thinking realistically. It’s reasonable that after a long day you’d prefer to leave everything at the door rather than put it carefully away in closets and cupboards. The key to entryway organization is capitalizing on the moment you enter your home. If you’re going to leave your jacket, shoes, bags, and mail at the door they need a place to go, and that place needs to be easy to access.

This is where a custom organization system from Closet and Storage Concepts can come in. Although some items left at an entryway are the same for everyone, we all have different preferences and eccentricities, which influence what we carry with us each day. Thus, a custom organization system that fits your habits can be extremely beneficial.

We recommend a combination of visible and hidden storage, as well as designated shelves and drawers for specific items. One of our designers can work with you to create an entryway storage system that is reflective of your needs. For instance, say you’d like to have a space for ingoing and outgoing mail, a hanger for your keys, or a drawer for cold weather gear. These are all elements that our designers can incorporate. We’ll also create a three-dimensional model of your custom storage system before we start building anything.

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts we look forward to helping you get organized for the holidays. We would love to create a built-in storage system for your family that will stay clean long after your holiday guests have departed. Call us today, we’re happy to help!

Styling Your Shelves to be Decorative and Functional

By CSC - September 15th, 2016

custom shelf, closet and storage conceptsOften times a bookshelf goes one of two ways: Either it’s filled to the brim with books, trinkets, and miscellaneous items and looks rather messy, or it’s adorned with decorations, figurines, and artwork but doesn’t seem to be fulfilling much of a storage purpose. The latter example leaves us scratching our heads, because although the bookshelf might look nice it appears to be an inefficient use of space. The former example is visible storage that’s gone over the top. Although the bookshelf is providing a great deal of storage space it offers little to no visual appeal. Below we’ve outlined some tips to help you avoid both situations. Your goal should be to create a shelf that’s both decorative and functional. To accomplish it you’ll need two things: A storage system customized to your needs and some creativity when assigning items a home.

1. Utilize visible and nonvisible storage

A problem with many ready-to-install shelves is that they usually offer either visible storage or nonvisible storage, but rarely both. To achieve a balance between the storage and aesthetic functions your bookshelf needs to fulfill, having a bookshelf that offers both types of storage is extremely helpful. This way you can hide items that are less visually appealing, like a plain book, or a set of dishes that don’t match the color scheme you’re looking to create. Visible shelves on the other hand, provide an opportunity to showcase items that are beautiful. Perhaps you have a book with a quirky cover or a small houseplant in a unique-looking vase. You can arrange these on the visible storage sections of your shelf. Closet and Storage Concepts offers custom storage systems, cabinets, and shelving. One of our experts can work with you to design a bookshelf based on the items you’d like to showcase and those that you’d like to store.

2. Get creative

There are a few rules when it comes to arranging items on a bookshelf; our number one tip is to be creative. You can stack visually appealing books both vertically and horizontally to break up the monotonous appearance of books on a shelf. You can also place art in the visible areas of your custom shelving units, which will help personalize your space. What is art is up to you. Maybe it’s a sculpture or a framed picture, or your child’s latest project. Our designers can even include shelves of different shapes, sizes, and depths depending on your needs.

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts we’d love to help you create storage that is not only pleasing to look at, but also serves a purpose. Feel free to contact us today!

Photo by Jay Mantri, licensed under Creative Commons CCO 1.0

How to Create an Inviting Space For Summer Guests

By CSC - May 18th, 2016

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Summer is primetime for houseguests, and that travel season is almost upon us. Whether you’re expecting intimate friends or distant acquaintances, preparing a special place for guests in your home will help everyone enjoy the visit.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we believe it isn’t the size of your space that matters. It’s how you utilize that space that will really count when guests come to call.

Put Away Your Clutter

The most important thing you can offer guests is hospitality. But a well-organized space doesn’t hurt either. If you have a dedicated guest room this can be as simple as making sure the closet is clear of any winter clothes or craft projects you may have stored there. Multi-purpose closet space is a breeze when you have the right storage solutions, such as adjustable shelving, built in drawers, or even bins from your local home goods store to clear away the clutter.

If guests will be staying in a shared space, there are creative solutions to help make them feel at home. A murphy bed can be an excellent way to make a room do double duty. Providing a luggage rack for suitcases will allow your guests to access their things off the floor. This can be easily folded up and stored in a closet when not in use. Clearing a shelf on a bookcase can be useful, or providing bins that can be stored in a closet or under the bed. Even if you can’t clear a whole closet, giving your guests some space and plenty of hangers will be much appreciated.

Pay Attention to Detail

Once your guests have unpacked their bags, it’s the small details that will take their stay from good to great. Make sure there is a nightstand near their bed and stock it with all the essentials for a restful night, such as a water carafe, new earplugs and an eye shade, a clock, and some reading material.

Give guests a tour of your home and make sure they know where all the essentials are located. Set out travel size toiletries, extra towels, blankets, and pillows. Thoughtful details such as nightlights to brighten dark corners and a power strip to charge all their devices will ensure everyone has a peaceful night and a great start to the day. And nothing says welcome home like fresh cut flowers. Keep a vase of some simple blooms or greenery near the bed to bring a fresh and natural air to the room.

Thoughtfulness and hospitality go a long way when hosting houseguests. Of course, a clean and organized space will help guests settle right in. Give your local Closet and Storage Concepts a call for a free design consultation. Our intelligent storage solutions will ensure your guests feel at home.

Photo by Erika Wittlieb, under Public Domain (CC0 1.0).

Tips When Storing Out-of-Season Clothes

By csc-admin - April 29th, 2016

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Spring is often a time for cleaning, adjusting your clock an hour ahead, and organizing. This is also a great time to bring in your warmer-weather clothing and pack away your winter items. At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re experts at all things storage and want to help you create a life well organized. Keep your clothes fresh and make the most of your space by using these tips when storing your out of season clothes.

Clean Carefully

Before clothes or shoes are put away, make sure to give them a clean. This is also a perfect time to assess your wardrobe. If there are items that you bought that you intended to wear last fall or winter but never actually used for whatever reason, consider donating it.

With clothes, give them a wash or bring them to the cleaner before stowing them away for the season. You’ll be able to wear them right away once they’re pulled out of storage. When storing dry cleaned items, take them out of the bag and let them breathe as some chemicals can continue to emit from them and cause build up on your clothes. For shoes, make sure caked on dirt or scratches are buffed and cleaned before they’re put away to prevent staining and a future headache.

Determine Storage Areas

Once you’ve determined the items that need to be stored, it’s time to figure out how and where they will be housed.

If winter blouses, tops, and suits or skirts need to be hung, we suggest putting them towards the back of a reach-in or in a less-used area of your walk-in. If your closet space has a lot of vertical space, try a wardrobe lift. These are great custom closet accessories. The lift makes it easy to store out-of-season items out of reach, with easy access when you need it. This can be a perfect solution when storing heavy wool coats as you transition in lighter pieces.

Boxes or drawers keep long-sleeve shirts and sweaters, which are impractical during the summer, perfectly neat in your closet. Store them out of the way as you make the transition. Clear boxes or bins are perfect so you can easily see items without the hassle of digging around in them. For extra security and something more permanent, try a glass front insert on your drawers. This can give a nice modern touch to any built-in closet system.

Have a small closet? Consider storage areas outside of your closet or wardrobe. Under-bed storage is one popular option. Utilizing multipurpose furniture pieces are also great choices for those tight on space.

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Keep your clothes and accessories fresh even after they’ve been stored. Having the right storage areas will help to keep your clothes wrinkle and damage free. Be sure to use other tools to keep your clothes in top shape.

Using proper hangers will help to keep slippery silks off the ground and wrinkle free, while keeping suits on sturdier wooden hangers will help to keep the shape of the garment. Also consider using cedar wood or mothballs to prevent damage from insects. Bins and tubs that have a lid are especially helpful in preventing dust and dirt from wreaking havoc on your clothes while they’re tucked away. For leather purses and shoes, be sure to place them in their dust bag.

If you’re running out of closet space in your home, it’s time to get organized! Start with a free design consultation from your local Closet and Storage Concepts designer.

Want to Be Healthier? Start With Your Home

By csc-admin - January 30th, 2016

Tips for a Healthier You and Happier Home

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If you’re looking to be healthier, one way to encourage change is by changing your environment. Start in your home. Here are some top tips from the team at Closet and Storage Concepts.

Pare Down

Take some time to declutter. Having an excess of belongings, especially unnecessary items, can be a both a visual and mental stressor. Pare down in key areas throughout your home to start implementing new habits for a healthier you. Think about it as creating a clean slate.

Start with a pantry purge. If you’re looking to lose weight and become more toned say goodbye to the junk food – stop temptation in the bud. While you’re at it, you can toss out your expired products. You’ll be one step closer to a healthier body and your kitchen pantry will be slimmer too.

Declutter throughout your home such as in the bathroom, in your wardrobe, or even your email! Taking the time to pare down can help relieve stress. With fewer items in your wardrobe it will be easier to make outfit decisions and cutting out the spam email means less time spent deleting them and more time with your kids.

Add Color

Give yourself added motivation each day with a jolt of color. Not only can a bright color impact our moods for the better, it can be a great way to revamp your home. It’s also an easy DIY weekend project. If you’re averse to incorporating color, try small batches of it such as with your office supplies. You can always push for more color later depending on your needs.

Add Plants

Much like adding color can boost our moods, adding a few plants can give some added energy. Plus, it’s a great natural way to help purify the air in your home. If you’re a bit scared that you’ll kill a plant, a cactus or succulent can be a great starter plant. Using hanging planters is a great way to try adding a plant without it taking up too much counter space.

Relaxation Destination

Sleep can be a big factor in reducing stress, lowering high blood pressure, and being more energized. Be sure to foster it in your home. Consider saying goodbye to the smartphone scrolling or browsing before bed and try reading a physical book or relaxing bath instead. Also ditch the caffeine at least 2 hours before bed. Be sure to use comforting linens and comforters to make staying asleep just as easy.

No matter what you’re looking to accomplish in the coming year, changing and improving your home can help you be happier and healthier. To stop the stress from your lack of storage, call your local Closet and Storage Concepts designer today. They’ll help you find a storage solution that works for your life.

Photo by Erika Wittlieb, under Public Domain (CC0 1.0).

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!

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To Toss or Not to Toss

By csc-admin - June 12th, 2015

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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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Storage Solutions for the Shoe Obsessed

By csc-admin - April 14th, 2015

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For the shoe lovers among us, sometimes it seems like there’s simply never enough room to house our whole collections. From stilettos to sneakers, pumps to Pumas, finding places to store your shoes is no mean feat when you’re a passionate shoe lover. Fortunately, Closet and Storage Concepts has your back! Try any one of these options for a unique and clever way to store your shoes. It might even allow you to add a few more pairs to the collection without driving your significant other crazy, and that’s a win-win in our books!

Chair Rail

Using a chair rail is a clever way to store your stilettos, plus they’ll always be within reach. You can put chair rails at different levels for even more shoe storage. Unfortunately, this method only works for high-heeled shoes, sorry flat lovers. Another note about this storage method is that while it might be creative, it can also scuff your walls. To combat this, try a semi-gloss paint. The shine and finish can make cleaning a bit easier. Of course, the most passionate shoe lovers among us won’t have any problems in this regard, since of course we treat our shoes with the utmost care!

Shelving

Shelving is useful in just about every area of your home, and your closet should be no exception. Shelving should be customized for your shoes, so if you have more flats, you can get the most of your space with shorter shelving units than the friend who is all about her heels, and who’ll require taller shelves. This means that no vertical space is lost.

Alternate the shoes so you fit more into your space. You can even try open shelving for a more minimal and modern look. Open shelving can help you see the full picture of your shoe story. Maybe with all that extra room you can even start a bag collection!

Pedestal

Try this option for that Holy Grail pair of designer shoes that are just begging to be shown off. This can help to make your closet look like a boutique and offers a chic focal point, which will work especially well in walk-in closets. You can try short pedestals on top of a dresser in order to be more space conscious as well.

Hidden

You can try clever storage units for your shoes particularly if you’re short on space. Try treasure trunks or ottomans with hidden shoe pockets, or create your own in a DIY project! These are particularly great for flats, depending on how large the trunk or ottoman is. Use this option if you want shoe storage that protects your shoes, while also allowing them be concealed if you’re not one to flaunt your collection. Look for containers with interesting patterns and textures to really jazz up your space.

All of these options can help to customize your shoes and your home. For a truly customized closet, you’ll want to work with experts like those at Closet and Storage Concepts, so give us a call today!

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Spring Forward & Other Spring Organization Projects

By csc-admin - March 12th, 2015

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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!

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.

 

 

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