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Complete List of Spring Decluttering and Organizing Project

By CSC - March 20th, 2017

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Spring is here! This is a time when many people begin decluttering, organizing, and cleaning. To help you make the most of your time, we’ve compiled a list of project ideas to complete to get your home in tip-top order. Find tips organized by area below.

In the Kitchen

Scrub off grime and dirt and get organized in your pantry. Get more information on each project by clicking the link.

Fridge and Freezer Declutter and Organizing: Say goodbye to freezer burns and make room for spring crops. Get tips to declutter and organize your fridge and freezer.

10 Tips for a Better-Organized Kitchen: In ten easy steps and you’ll have a kitchen that makes cooking easy.

3 Projects to Get Your Kitchen Organized: Tackle these three pantry projects to make it easy to find spices, ingredients, and tools.

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In Bedrooms

Bedroom closets are often another source of frustration. It’s a great time to switch out seasonal clothes, mend items, and declutter unworn clothing and accessories!

Organizing a Kid’s Closet: Get your whole family organized this spring. Start in your child’s closet with these tips.

Shoe Storage Tips: Shoes, shoes, and more shoes. If you love shoes, you’ll want to see how to make the most of your space.

Linen Clear Out: Pay attention to your linen closet. Spend a few minutes sorting things out and check it off your to-do list.

Lighting: Being able to see your space is key to staying organized. Find out how to light your closet.

In the Office

Get a Clutter-Free Home Office: Stay focused and re-evaluate your home office. Find tips to get a clutter-free office.

7 Tasks to an Organized Office: Start making a habit out of staying organized. Find seven projects to organize your home office.

Quick Office Organization: Short on time? You still have plenty of time to get organized. Find quick tasks here.

Entryway & Outdoor Areas

Spring is an ideal time to clean your entryway and prepare your yard for get-togethers.

Entryway Spruce Up: Doing a quick spruce up could be all you need to fix up your entryway.

Organizing Your Shed: Simple steps to take to a more organized shed.

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Miscellaneous Areas & Tips

The Medicine Cabinet: This area can often become neglected over time. Luckily, this easy decluttering project can get you organized fast.

Easy Purge: Don’t know where to start decluttering? This article is for you!

Visual Decluttering Project: Clutter can be more than physical stuff. Cut down on the visual clutter with this how-to.

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Simple Steps for Organizing Your Garden Shed

By CSC - June 30th, 2016

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This is a favorite time of year for green thumbs. The garden is in bloom and fresh veggies are sprouting from the earth, fresh and ready for your summer salad or a quick char on the grill. Nature’s abundance in the summer is something to look forward to, but managing a garden can quickly become a tedious chore if you don’t have the right tools for the job and storage space to help you stay organized.

If you are ready to create the garden shed of your dreams, read on for some inspiration.

Start with a Sturdy Surface

The most important and heavily used space in your shed will be the potting bench. Gardening will be a joy with a level and sturdy surface and tools within reach. Consider using a mesh hardware cloth as a tabletop in place of, or in addition to, a solid surface. This will allow excess dirt and water to filter through to the floor and keep your potting bench mess free. Attaching a magnetic strip to the work surface is also a great way to keep your small shovels, spades and shears close at hand.

Add Ample Storage

No garden shed would be complete without hooks and shelving for tools and supplies. A pegboard can be a great option if you have a lot of items to hang. You won’t have to hammer nails in the wall, and it’s easy to move items around if necessary. When you have everything hung just where you want it, consider outlining the tools on the wall so you will always be able to put things back in their proper spot.

Shelving is also essential in a garden shed. If low to the ground, consider sliding shelves to avoid bending and reaching for hard to see items. Having closed lid storage containers is also important for toxic chemicals like pesticides. Installing an exhaust fan in the shed can help keep the air clear and prevent mold and mildew from growing inside.

Don’t Forget the Little Details

Once you have the essential work surface and storage you need for a functional garden shed, think about the details that will really help you become a master gardener. Keep a large calendar or blackboard on the wall to remind you of important planting and harvesting dates. Hang small rods on the wall for your spools of twine and wire. And, if possible, consider installing a little sink to fill your watering can and wash up when you’re done.

Getting organized and creating the shed you’ve always wanted will inspire you to get outside this summer and get a little dirty in the garden. Whether you plant flowers, herbs, or vegetables, use these tips to have some fun in the garden this summer.

For more garage and work space organizing solutions, give your local Closet & Storage Concepts team a call.

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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.

Spring Cleaning & Organization

By CSC - March 29th, 2016

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It’s officially spring, and that means it’s time to clean! But spring cleaning isn’t just about getting rid of dirt. You’ve let things pile up all winter and your house is likely a bit chaotic right now. It’s time to de-clutter and get organized. Here are some recommendations for getting your home back in order for the warm season.

Kitchen

Get things going with a fresh start in the kitchen. Some cleaning may be required, and this is a great time to tackle those big jobs. You probably used the oven more frequently during the winter. Put the oven on cleaning mode before you start on the rest of your tasks, and then get your hands in that fridge. Dig deep enough in there and you’re sure to find old food and long forgotten condiments that need to be discarded. Your pantry should get some attention as well. If you have unopened nonperishables that haven’t been touched since you bought them last spring, consider donating them to a food bank. To keep your kitchen in tiptop shape all year round, consider going custom with a kitchen pantry or cabinets designed for your life. We’ll make the wasted space in your corner units a thing of the past.

Bedrooms

Your closets are going to be the place to focus on in the bedroom. We suggest moving your cold weather clothes into a designated storage area during warmer weather. If you’ve implemented this strategy already, this is the time to gather up your sweaters, wool socks, and coats, and store them away. It will be much easier to find your swimwear without all the extra bulk blocking your view.

Living Room

There’s generally less clutter in the living room, but the carpeting may need some love. We recommend giving them a good steam cleaning once a year, and this is a great time to do that. Fresh carpeting will compliment the fresh air you’ll be bringing into your home when you start opening the windows. Plus, all it requires is you scheduling an appointment; no hard labor on your part!

Garage

Your garage is one of those out of sight, out of mind places where it’s easy to let the clutter build up. The clutter has probably been doing just that all winter long. We recommend going through your things and downsizing as much as possible. For the items that remain, the best course of action is to have sensible storage solutions. Heavy-duty shelving and cabinetry are ideal for garages. And, of course, Closet & Storage Concepts offers these options as well as custom storage systems for sports equipment, bikes, tools, and more. Don’t just clean your garage this spring. Turn it into a storage and workspace that will help you be more organized and get more done all year long.

If you’ve made it this far, your house is no doubt in better shape already. And your oven is probably just about done with its self-cleaning process. Sweep up that black soot and you’re all done!

At Closet & Storage Concepts our goal is to help you organize your spaces and keep them organized. Periodic cleaning is a part of that process, but cleaning alone won’t do the job if you don’t have intelligent storage solutions for your things. If you are lacking at all in that area, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our design experts will be happy to work with you to find a personalized storage solution.

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