Posts Tagged ‘home storage’

Pre-Summer Organizing To-Do List

By - June 7th, 2016

Summer is just around the corner! If you’re looking for ways to get organized and clean up before going away on vacation or the summer lull hits, here are a few ideas.

Plan For Summer Getaways

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If you’re going on a trip this summer, get a jumpstart. Start with your packing list. Take inventory of what you already have and want to take and make a list of things you need. When packing, take photos of outfits you can make with your items to reduce the number of pieces you bring, and don’t forget to leave room for souvenirs!

Begin making arrangements with friends and family especially if someone will be dropping you off or picking you up from a train station or airport. Gather travel documents and make sure your passport is not expiring well in advance. Make a copy of your travel plans, passport, and credit cards and leave it in a safe or with someone you trust should you lose anything while on vacation. Get the kids organized early by helping them draft a list of items they want to bring along.

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Clean the Grill

If you haven’t already, it’s time to get cleaning and ready for barbeques.

If your grates simply can’t be cleaned with a little scraping power, try pre-soaking them in a large bucket of soapy water. Clean along the hood and walls for a deep clean. Don’t forget to disconnect the propane tank before hand to avoid any disasters. Should your grill be built-in to a cabinet or island, make sure the cabinets surrounding it are clean too! It will be better to get everything cleaned and ready to go in one go before guests arrive. Wash the grill tools and sweep out any debris that could have made it’s way into the cabinets during winter and spring.

Patio Cleaning

Speaking of barbeques, is your patio up to the task? If your patio has been buried by snow, it’s time for a spruce up. Simply dusting items off and adding a new table runner could do the trick. Also consider adding more storage like a bench that creates additional seating space and also stores pillows and outdoor supplies when not in use.

Tend to the Shed

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Summer is often a time to complete outdoor home projects like painting or landscaping. If you pushed off organizing your shed earlier this spring, it’s time to tackle it now to make completing any summertime projects that much easier. Refresh your stockpile with items you need such as fertilizer or simply sharpen the shears. If everything is in disarray and you’re tripping over the lawn equipment, or stubbing your toes, it may be time to organize your shed. Clean everything up by utilizing proper hanging and shelving areas. Create separate zones for different items to keep the shed organized for multiple uses and projects. If your lawn equipment is at home in the garage, get a custom solution to fit your unique situation. This will help you fully utilize your space.

Start your summer off on the right foot by getting organized and cleaning beforehand. When you’re in need of more organization help call in the experts at Closet & Storage Concepts. Our local designers can’t wait to work with you.

Photo by Tino Rossini, used under Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY2.0).

Tips When Storing Out-of-Season Clothes

By - 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.

How to Visually Declutter a Room

By - March 1st, 2016

Modern living room by Emily Go Haus Go.

Although we usually bring you tips to declutter your home and create more storage space, visual clutter can negatively impact your home, too. That’s why our team has compiled some of the best tips to help you visually declutter your space! Read on for more information.

Take One Item Out

One of the easiest ways to make a room appear less busy is to remove one item. Even if you’ve pared down, thinking if there’s one more item you can take away can give a lighter look. This can be as easy as simply finding a new place to keep the item or by putting it into the donation pile. Finding a new place for the item can help you save money on unwanted purchases all while giving your space a new look!

Upgrade Storage

If you do decide to keep the item in storage, make sure it’s properly stored. If you’re no longer able to store all of your items and it’s causing visual clutter, consider this a sign to upgrade. Go with a built-in storage solution. You’ll be able to solve your storage problems in a practical and stylish way. Call in your local organizing professional today! From custom closets, kitchen pantries, or murphy beds – our team is ready to assist you.

Group Items

Narrow down groupings either by completing the steps above or simply by grouping items closer together. By making it obvious that you are grouping like-items, you may find that vignettes look better to the eye. If you haven’t grouped your items, consider doing so to give a streamlined look. Keeping similar items next to each other will make things look less hectic in your space.

Groupings can be done in a variety of ways, but the most common are by type and by color. With types you’ll want to keep books with books, plants with plants, and so on.

Clean!

Clutter comes in all shapes and sizes and dust is one of those culprits. Give your home a good clean. You may find that this simple solution is all that you need to give your space a refresh. Don’t be afraid to get into the tough nooks and crannies. Give your carpets a good shake and vacuum. For more time consuming cleaning projects, clear away countertops of clutter both the visual and physical. This includes small kitchen appliances, mountains of miscellaneous items on your nightstand, and of course, the junk mail.

Consider Colors and Patterns

While adding in different elements and patterns can help to make a room more lived-in, there’s a fine line before you go overboard. If you feel suffocated by the amount of patterns and textures in a room, take it down a notch by removing one of the patterns or colors. When thinking about colors, keeping the color count to three can be a good way to bring things to more tolerable viewing levels. Same goes with patterns; start off small and add things back in if you feel like it’s needed.

Give our designers a call today to seamlessly blend your storage systems with your existing décor for a clutter free space both physically and visually!

Photo by Emily May of Go Haus Go, used under Creative Commons Attributions License (CC BY 2.0).

Halloween Planning: Guests (and Ghosts)

By - October 27th, 2015

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The holidays are coming whether you like it or not and that means that guests will soon be at your front door! With Halloween in sight, you may also be seeing more guests (and maybe even a few ghosts)! No matter if you’re preparing guests or ghosts this season, your local Closet and Storage Concepts team is ready to help you prepare for any that might be coming your way.

Impressions First: The Doorstep

Create a ghoulish display from the very first step. There are so many options to choose from especially when considering the direction you want to go in. From the haunting to the sparkly, there’s no shortage of design options. For a subtle look try spray-painting your pumpkins with chalkboard paint to write a scary message. Or you can go all out with “cobwebs”, lights, and other décor. With enough luck you might even come across a ghost or two on Halloween.

Beds & Bedding

No more squeaky and scary sounding mattresses – upgrade! Don’t forget to tend to any murphy or wall beds. If you’re in need of a wall bed update be sure to call us today! We may even be able to offer you with some solutions for the springs or other mechanisms.

Bedding is a great easy way to incorporate the holidays from Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. You can change the color scheme to match the holiday, incorporate thematic pillows, or choose any combination of other options to create a space as festive as you’d like.

Sensory Details

Greet guests and create a Halloween atmosphere by using sound devices triggered by motion. For a fun gift, try a small sound machine that releases horror screams, creaky doors and floors, or fantastical beasts at the touch of a button. 

Use fluffy spider webs on mirrors to give a spooky vibe, and welcome guests with fluffy towels. Towels and bedding can be a great point of comfort for traveling and weary guests.

Bring on the scents! Try making your own and storing them in a fun cauldron shaped container. You’ll be sure to find seasonal options in almost any home or furniture store. Candles and diffusers can help give your guests a sense of a retreat or being a home away from home.

No matter if you’re planning on welcoming ghosts or guests, you’ll be ready with these tips. Use them in your home today to get a head start on the holidays! Need more tips on how to create room for guests or maybe cleaning out a spare room? Call in the organizational experts at Closet and Storage Concepts today! We may even give you more scary good storage tips!

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How to Create Maintainable Storage Systems

By - September 18th, 2015

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At Closet and Storage Concepts we love helping our customers create storage systems and units that work for them that will serve them well over time. This can be tougher than you think, but our designers carefully assess and try to plan for future purchases and behavior. Combined with systems that are created in our own factories, we can provide a storage solution for even the toughest of areas. Here’s how you can create a storage unit that works for you long-term whether you’re looking to create a new closet, kitchen pantry, laundry room storage, or home office system.

Invest the Time

First, you should give yourself ample amount of time. Creating a storage system when you’re rushed probably won’t help your organization problems in the long run. You will want to put in the appropriate amount of time to deliver a good payoff. The time doesn’t have to be put in one group either. Feel free to split up the time and invest in chunks – we know that life can be busy and get in the way.

Purge Before you Plan

Before you start ripping out your old system, or planning a new elaborate storage system, do yourself a favor and purge. Remove items that are expired, damaged, no longer appeal to you, and so on. You want to create an organizer that helps you keep things you love in order, not your junk too. Marie Kondo’s way of discarding items can be helpful in this situation.

Plan and Hire Pros

Once you’ve purged you can start to assess and plan what you need to store. Be sure to hire the professionals, like the team at Closet and Storage Concepts, if you need to. Our designers will carefully measure your space, and listen to your needs and requirements to translate your dream into a viable solution that maximizes your space. Customizing your storage system is a dependable way to make sure that your storage system will be used for years to come.

Follow-Through

Be sure to follow through once you’ve determined an organization system that works for you. Whether it’s completing your new storage units, or getting all the labels onto your shoeboxes, don’t leave your project incomplete. Leaving your project incomplete will decrease the odds that you will use your storage system and thus increase the chances of you accumulating clutter once again.

Complete the Cycle

With your new storage and organization system in place you’ll want to get in the habit of completing the cycle. For example, each time you do laundry, be sure to put your clothes away completely, or make sure that you put food items into the right container or on the right shelf. This takes time to build as a habit, especially if you’re not used to it, but with the proper planning and follow-through you’ll have better odds of maintaining your home storage system.

Long-term storage systems are manageable with the right people to help you, as well as the desire to maintain your home. Be sure to give your local team at Closet and Storage Concepts a call today to schedule a complimentary consultation when you’re ready to create an organized home!

5 Items to Re-Purpose for Increased Organization

By - 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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