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Tips to Organize Your Car

By csc-admin - May 29th, 2015

With summer on the horizon, we know that your car may be seeing a lot more action, whether it’s for summer activities, parties, or even a road trip. To make the most of your summer, and to minimize any problems that might occur with a long car trip, Closet and Storage Concepts is here with some useful tips on how you can get your car into tip-top shape.

The first step will be to give your car a clean out. Remove all of the unnecessary items, but particularly trash. Sort the remaining items in a way that allows you to see them all at a glance. This will help you assess what you have, and what will need to make it’s way back into your car. Make a list of items you need to keep, what you can relocate to the proper area of your home, and what items can be donated or thrown away. This list will help you evaluate what you have, in addition to keeping you honest about what you end up keeping in your home and car. Having too many things you don’t need is the clearest cause of clutter, so summer is a great time to streamline!

Vacuum your car’s nooks and crannies, and don’t forget to remove car mats so you can reach the base carpets for a good clean as well. You’ll be more organized with less dirt and allergens causing havoc in your car. It’s a win-win scenario!

Once your car is all cleaned up, it’s time evaluate what you have, and determine the best solution to put back what you need. Keep items that will be used more frequently in the front of the car, and less frequently used ones in the rear. A good example of this would be your phone charger, vs. jumper cables. While jumper cables are very useful to keep, you won’t need them as often as the phone charger, so you can keep the jumper cables farther from hand, like in your trunk or back seat.

To keep your car organized you will want to develop a storage solution much like you would for your pantry or closet. Key strategies include having storage catch-alls, a car clean out schedule, and an organized garage.

Reuse and repurpose items that are normally found in your home to help with organizing your car. Use remote TV holders, make-up bags, and empty Kleenex boxes to create a place for everything. Remote TV holders offer areas for drinks if your car is short on cup holders, or even for crayons and markers if your kids like to color while on the go. Make-up bags can help to keep documents or a health kit together without Band Aid strips flying around. Use Kleenex boxes to contain plastic bags for trash. Bins are particularly useful in the trunk to keep groceries and other items from rolling around. Choose ones that are sturdy and easy to remove when you need to take them out for a wash.

Another strategy is to create a schedule to clean your car out. A little effort can yield some great results! As you fill up on gas, clear out any trash and take the opportunity to re-arrange items that might be in the wrong area. Depending on your schedule, you should make time to clean your car out about once a month (although more frequently wouldn’t hurt either).

A clean garage can help you keep your car clean as well, since many items for your car are found here. Use a custom storage solution to make grabbing your kid’s sports gear or any tools needed as easy as possible. This will help to reduce any stress you may have when loading and unloading your car, while helping to keep your car free of any unneeded items.

At Closet and Storage Concepts we know that an organized home (and car) can help you have a less stressful day and help you enjoy life more! Need more organization tips? Give our experts a call. We can help you create a custom solution for your needs from the comfort of your couch!

Tips for Organizing Your Gear, Play Room, and Craft Closets

By csc-admin - February 14th, 2014

Every home has a different need when it comes to storage, making a one-size-fits-all approach to organization ineffective for most homes. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we always work with our customers to find a unique solution to their particular storage problem based on our years of experience. We’ve put together a few tips for organizing a few different closets dedicated to specific types of families and homeowners, from the outdoorsy to the craft-inclined. Whatever your storage situation may be, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have a system perfect for keeping your home organized and accessible.

The Gear Closet

Exercise is a must for everyone, and who doesn’t love camping trips and weekend hikes? One of the problems that can arise for these invigorating hobbies is just what to do with all of your camping and sports gear when you’re not able to find the time? We’ve found that having a dedicated gear closet for all of your outdoor equipment can go a long way in keeping your home manageable. An essential item for any gear closet is an over-the-door rack, since balls, bats, and other sports equipment tend to like to move around a lot when placed on a shelf or the floor. Also, look into bins or baskets dedicated to different activities, so that when its time to take the kids to the lake, you’ll know exactly where the tent and camping stove are stored. We’ve also found that a hanging shoe organizer can work great in a gear closet, as it’s perfect for holding mitts, helmets, and hiking boots. Dedicating a closet in your home just for these kinds of activities is sure to make motivating yourself when spring time comes around that much easier.

The Play Room Closet

As any parent is quick to tell you, keeping a play room in order can be a serious headache. A bit of organization can go a long way to keeping things manageable, and a dedicated closet space is the first place to start. The first thing parents should make sure they’re doing is placing those messy items that require supervision (markers that can be used to write on walls, board games with small pieces, etc.) on the top shelf of the closet. If a child can get to a toy they love to play with, they’ll find a way, so it’s important to organize with this in mind. We also recommend getting a label maker for organizing the toy closet, so that when you assign different types of items to different bins or boxes, you’ll be able to find them with ease. We’ve also found that storing books lower, which many people don’t often do, can be encouraging for a child, as they’re more likely to utilize the toys that are within easy reach.

The Craft Closet

Keeping your crafting gear in order can be especially problematic, as a lot of the items can be small and hard to keep track of. One of the best lessons we’ve learned in craft organization is to use ice cube trays to keep your smaller items, such as thimbles, safety pins, and the like, in ice cube trays stored in drawers or boxes. This is sure to keep them easy to find and separated from your other tiny craft needs. Also, like any closet, it’s best to store heavier items, like your sewing machine, at waist level to avoid unnecessarily difficult lifting. Finally, make sure to utilize the back of the door, either with a peg board to hang scissors or current projects on, our a kitchen rack to store paints and glue. It’s always easier to start a project well-organized, so make sure to dedicate a well-kept space to your favorite hobby!

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