Posts Tagged ‘storage solutions’

How to Create Maintainable Storage Systems

By csc-admin - September 18th, 2015


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.


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!

Tips to Organize Your Photos

By csc-admin - April 21st, 2015

memories-407021_1280Although we live in a digital world, many of us are still attached to physical mementos that bring to mind cherished memories. Photos are just one of the common items that this is true for. Whether you’ve put off organizing your photos, or have recently uncovered some from relatives, we hope this post will help you out! An organized life can increase productivity and reduce stress.

Identify Goals

First let’s identify the main goals that you have. For example, you will need to decide if you just want to sort through the hardcopies, or if you also intend to digitize them so they can be saved and shared online. The quantity of photos that you have will also impact your decision, and should help in time management expectations. A couple hundred photos might easily be done in a weekend, while a couple of thousand might take quite a few of your weekends.

Set a Game Plan

Once you’ve set your goals, it’s time to start developing a game plan. This strategy will be personalized and may develop as you dive into it. However, many plans will feature similar processes, such as the three-‘S’ plan: Sort, Scan, and Share. The order will probably change as you see fit, but it’s a good way to dive in.


This can be applied when dealing with both hardcopies and digital images. You’ll want to create a filing system that makes it easy to find images you are looking for, rather than simply having them all dumped in various places.

The most common sorting techniques are by year, by category (food, people, nature, etc.), or by person. If you sort by person, you can create folders for who is in each image then create sub-categories such as dates, events, and so on.

When sorting through your photos, don’t be afraid to toss out photos that are blurry or that conjure unpleasant memories. It’s okay to say goodbye to them and make room for new memories.

Once they are sorted be sure to have a space for them to stay nice and neat. Custom solutions are a great idea, and you can add creative custom photo displays to any room in your house.


Scanning will help to create a digital inventory of your photos. In addition, it will make the sharing aspect easier if you are planning to share the photos electronically. Don’t forget to backup your photos, just in case something might happen to them. It would be heart breaking to lose all of your work! Choose photo sharing websites to store them, a cloud service such as Dropbox or Google Drive, or an external hard drive. Some photo scanning apps also include the ability to tag people or create tags to help you keep the photos organized. You can use the sorting tips above to help keep them organized.


Another problem that many people face is finding out the best ways to share their images. There are various photo sharing sites and methods. Flickr is one great photo-sharing platform. A basic membership is free, but you also have the option to pay for an ad-free version with double the storage space. With 1TB of space available (500,000 photos), this should be enough for even the most avid photographer! Facebook is another great way to share your photos, especially since you can notify people in the images by tagging them. You can also email links to the photos you post, and allow those in the photo to download them to their own computers or devices. Then there’s the old fashioned ways of sharing hard copies through the mail or in person. This is especially useful if you’re trying to clear out the collections in your home.

Photos are a great way to keep cherished memories. Keep them organized to easily find the ones you’re looking for. Closet and Storage Concepts hopes that with these tips you’ll be able to make the most of your memories!

Photo by Life of Pix, under Public Domain by Creative Commons License Zero (CCO 1.0).

Storage Solutions for the Shoe Obsessed

By csc-admin - April 14th, 2015


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 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!


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.


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!

Photo by beart-presets, under Public Domain through Creative Commons License Zero (CC0 1.0).

De-Cluttering Your Home for the New Year

By CSC - January 9th, 2015

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Happy New Year! Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, the New Year is always a busy time for us. Because so many homeowners make organization a major resolution moving into January, we tend to find ourselves working with clients to get their homes’ in tip-top shape for the year to come. In the spirit of this, we’ve put together a few tips for getting your home better organized this month, so that you can start the New Year off right. Read on to find out more, and remember to contact Closet and Storage Concepts to find out how we can upgrade all of your home storage needs!

Consider Downsizing

Everyone may say they love the holiday season for the intimate family gatherings, or the quiet reflection time it tends to afford. But if we’re being honest, the presents sure do help. As nice as it is to receive a gift from a loved one, you have to keep in mind that you’re adding even more clutter to your home or apartment. To start the New Year, consider downsizing some of your collections. If you picked up a new winter jacket, it’s likely the right time to donate the old one you seldom use any longer. The same goes for media collections or sports items. Although it’s always hard to part with your things, remember that an organized home always leads to a better-organized life!

Banishing The Christmas Decorations

It happens every year: now that Christmas is passed and you’re back to work, there’s a scramble to box up and put away all of your seasonal decorations. Whereas last year you threw everything in a box and shoved it wherever you could find space in your closet, this year consider taking some time to organize, label, and properly store your holiday decorations. Not only will it make next year’s decorating that much easier, but buy starting the year off with an organizational purpose you’ll have a better chance of carrying that spirit over to the rest of 2015.

Tackle The Kid’s Room

If you’re a parent, there’s a very good chance your children received a number of new toys, clothes, and other presents. Now that they’ve had some time to play with their new items, make sure you take the time to reorganize their rooms. With an influx of new toys, you can likely find a number of items ready for the donation pile. Even if your child isn’t ready to part with last year’s goodies, make sure to start 2015 right by organizing their closet from top to bottom. By doing this, you’ll be able to get a handle on the mess that can be a child’s room while also teaching important organization and life lessons.

Upgrade Your Storage System

Sometimes, simply reorganizing your home isn’t enough. For a New Year’s resolution, why not commit to finally updating your outdated storage system? Whether it’s a new master closet, a better-designed pantry system, or garage shelving that actually works for you, Closet and Storage Concepts is here to help you find a solution for your home. We’ve worked with countless clients looking to start the new year with a more organized life, so we have the experience necessary to craft the perfect storage system for your individual needs. If you’re in the market for a new home storage solution, make sure to contact Closet and Storage Concepts today!

3 Incredibly Cool Celebrity Offices

By CSC - December 15th, 2014

Slider Office-4 JHere at Closet and Storage Concepts of Massachusetts, we love creating beautifully functional spaces. This includes home offices. We create custom solutions to help generate style through organization. Home offices pull double duty as they add personality, but must also be extremely functional for an optimal amount of productivity to occur. Today, we’re showing three interesting celebrity offices to get your juices flowing on how you can achieve similar results, with the help of Closet and Storage Concepts!

Tory Burch’s New York Office

First up is Tory Burch. The fashion designer and CEO of her brand is no stranger to wearing many hats, much like an office does. As can be seen here, in her New York Office she shows off her attention to detail.

As advocates of craftsmanship and detail, we like the grommets in the chair cushions, the finish on the book shelves, and the use of a pin board. Pin boards are great as they allow snippets to be re-shuffled without actually damaging your walls. Adapt a pin board in the closet to hang your jewelry.

This seems very appropriate for her field and is classic Burch: simple, yet elegant and luxurious.

Jessica Alba at The Honest Company

Pictured when Elle stopped by The Honest Company (check out some images here), Jessica Alba has one of the most unique desk colors that we’ve seen here at Closet and Storage Concepts, and we like it. We love being unique given that we create unique storage solutions. Alba’s use of color is great and really perks up a space. With ample drawers, it seems like a great storage solution too! We know that the key to a productive and organized space is having the proper amount of office storage.

Casey Neistat’s Customized NYC Studio

If you’ve heard about or seen any of the director’s videos you’ve also probably heard about his studio. It is probably the most customized office space that we have seen. If you thought customization was just a bunch of malarkey, Neistat’s space is here to prove you wrong. Shown here in this issue of Milk Made, you can see one area of how customized Neistat’s studio is. All of those shelving units were specifically created to fit this space in a way that makes sense for the director to allow optimal time creating movies, not digging for a piece of material. Having a permanent location for each item in his studio reduces messiness and increases productivity; a great mix for a work space. The tangible Facebook wall is a unique element that adds to the space and reflects Neistat’s personality.

If you’re looking to create a unique space that is just as functional and unique, give Closet and Storage Concepts a call. We can show you just how easy and incredible a customized home office can be.

Four Incredible Design Touches For Luxury Closets

By csc-admin - July 31st, 2014

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At Closet and Storage Concepts, we help make your dream home a reality. From custom closet systems to incredibly detailed kitchen pantries, we take great pride in helping our clients craft affordable, elegant solutions to their home storage needs. Although most homeowners stick to classic closet configurations and storage systems, there are some people that prove to be a bit more adventurous when it comes to designing their ideal closet. We’ve shown you some incredible celebrity closets before, so in this post we’ve decided to showcase some incredible luxury touches that different homeowners have added to their master closets. Read on for a look into the world of designer closets, and hopefully you’ll find a bit of inspiration in these incredible closet ideas.

Go Classy With A Vintage Rolling Library Ladder

When it comes to combining luxury with nostalgia, few sights get it better than rolling library ladders. There’s just something about this classic design touch that resonates with people in a way few other furniture accents do. Although rolling ladders have traditionally been reserved for home libraries in luxurious mansions, we’re now seeing them pop up more and more in home closets. Giving homeowners a way to reach their high storage while adding a note of grace and class, outfitting your walk in closet with a rolling library ladder is sure to produce a glamorous and calming effect. Better yet, spring for a vintage library ladder to really cement that classic look in your closet. If you’re looking for a unique touch in your newly remodeled closet, a library ladder may be the perfect choice.

Try Motorized Rotating Storage Shelves

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re all about embracing new technology in the storage realm. Although we’ve all seen motorized tie racks and the like, it’s only been recently that we’ve seen some highly developed electronic rotating closet shelves. If you click on the link above, you’ll see just what some of these systems are starting to look like. Not only can a rotating shelving system increase your storage capacity, you can also start every morning pretending to be James Bond choosing his suit for the day! Innovative closet design is all about getting the most out of the space you have, making motorized shelving units a no brainer.

Open Up Your Space With See Through Shelving Or Walls

One luxury closet trend we’ve fallen in love with is see through shelving. Often crafted from Lucite, having shelving and drawers you can see through not only creates an added element of space and also allows you to easily find everything you’re looking for. Better yet, invisible shelving will give your closet a cool, futuristic look, which will surely impress all of your visitors. Many homeowners are also springing for glass doors and walls surrounding their master closet, as can be seen in the image linked to above. Like see through closet shelving, this design touch adds a luxurious feel while opening up the look in your bedroom.

When All Else Fails, Add A Chandelier 

If you’re really going for a luxury closet look, there are fewer instant fixes than installing a chandelier. Featured in many a celebrity closet, adding an elegant light fixture makes your closet feel less like storage space and more like its very own room. Although this kind of elegance isn’t for everyone, those shooting for an incredibly high-end feel can do a lot worse than a stunning chandelier. While the other ideas in the post also have a dimension of storage consideration, this one’s all about that elegant feel.

Whether you’re looking for a closet like Mariah Carey or a simply installing a better functioning pantry, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have what you’re looking for. Contact us today to get on the fast lane towards your dream home!

Ingenious Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

By csc-admin - June 17th, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we love a good challenge. One of the most common needs with our clientele is crafting storage solutions for smaller homes and apartments. Whether that means installing a gorgeous new murphy bed or renovating an out of date closet, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have the answer your home is looking for. We’ve put together a few ingenious and creative storage solutions designed with small spaces in mind. Read on to find a few ideas for getting the most out of your home’s floor plan!

Turn Your French Doors Into Shelving

When working with a small space, it can pay dividends to find storage solutions where you wouldn’t normally consider them. For instance, many one bedrooms typically have French doors separating the bedroom from the main living area. Anyone who’s tried to cram all of their belongings into a small apartment knows that any and every space needs to be utilized in order to get the most out of the arrangement. If you have French doors and need more storage room, consider attaching bookshelves to them. We’ve seen this strategy implemented many times, and not only does it create a great look, it also provides a storage solution if you’re low on closet space.

Make More Out of Your Staircase

When you’re stuck needing more storage in your home, every unused space starts to look like a viable solution. If you just don’t have the closet storage that you need in your home, but you have a fairly large staircase leading to your second floor, consider converting the space beneath the staircase into a shelving area. This post on Houzz showcases some truly inventive ways to create storage space in an area that would typically remain unused. If you’re willing to get creative with your staircase, the options are endless. Whether you install an entertainment center, some quality bookshelves, or simply a small storage nook, your staircase offers you the ability to be so much more than a way to get to the second floor.

Look Above You!

One of the dictates of getting more out of small spaces is to think up. Often times, this implies tall, narrow bookshelves and closets rather than stout spread out ones. Similarly, it always pays to consider the ways in which overhead storage systems can alleviate some of your need for space. If it’s the garage that you’re hoping to overhaul, many people have turned to ceiling racks to store some of their excess belongings. This post outlines a brilliant way to install tracks on your ceiling that can then easily hold multiple storage bins. This strategy isn’t just limited to your garage; there are all kinds of ways to apply the same solution inside your home, be it overhead cabinets in the bathroom or a headboard that features modest shelving at the top. Here’s a great collection of indoor overhead storage systems to give you an idea of just how much can be done with that ceiling space you’re not currently using.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re constantly discovering smarter and better ways to solve your storage needs, whether that involves remodeling a tiny closet to offer more space or working with a small apartment that needs a more creative solution. If you’re in need of a better storage system, contact us today to discover the possibilities made possible by Closet and Storage Concepts!

A Look At Some Incredible Celebrity Closets

By csc-admin - April 30th, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re in the business of offering the most creative and effective storage solutions out there. Whether you’re looking for a smarter way to organize your closet or a better kitchen pantry, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have exactly what you’re looking for. When it comes to inspiration, there are some closets out there that really stand above the rest, and it’s no surprise that they tend to belong to celebrities and fashion experts. We’ve put together a few of the most impressive celebrity closets out there to demonstrate just how much you can do with an effective storage system. Read on to find out how the rich and famous store their shoes and socks, and contact Closet and Storage Concepts if you’re looking for a similar solution.

Mariah Carey’s New York Shoe Compound

 Mariah Carey’s palatial closet is a thing of legend. Featured in an early edition of MTV’s Cribs, Carey’s closet is a master class in opulence and storage. Featuring bleachwood floors adorned with her monogram, Carey’s closet is perhaps best known for her shoe storage system, which houses close to 1,000 different pairs. The closet was designed by Mario Buatta, and resembles an Italian palace more than it looks like a standard closet. From gold-leaf gilding to marble columns, Mariah Carey’s incredible closet may not be the most reasonable option out there, but its sure to inspire your inner diva.

Ralph Lauren’s Incredible Man Cave

 It’s only fair that one of the world’s most recognized fashion designers has a closet to match his formidable reputation. Nestled in New York State’s Westchester County, Lauren’s closet mirrors the overall masculine rustic look of his country home. Featuring mahogany millwork and lots of aged leather, Lauren’s closet is as close to Ron Burgundy’s presumed aesthetic as you’re going to find. Not only is Lauren’s oversized closet outfitted with all kinds of manly touches, the clothing held within consists of riding boots, jean jackets, and torn vintage t-shirts. For anyone looking to highlight his brawny side, Lauren’s closet is a great place to start.

Nanette Lepore’s Shabby Chic Dressing Room

Nannette Lepore, a fashion designer whose clothes are championed by the likes of Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria, has turned her New York City loft’s closet into an extension of the rest of her home. Featuring a combination of flea-market décor and more glamorous touches, Lepore’s closet feels more like a respite than simply a storage system. Although the cascading glass chandelier may be the highlight of the room, there are also Victorian mirrors and Deco décor showcased throughout. If you’re interested in making your closet into your own special hideaway, Lepore’s closet is a great place to look for inspiration.

If you’re hoping to turn your closet into the kind of luxurious, well-organized space you can be proud of, contact Closet and Storage Concepts to find out just how incredible your dream closet can be. You may not have the cache of someone like Mariah Carey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a closet that makes it feel like you do.

Five 90’s Fashions You Should Wait to Throw out of Your Closet

By csc-admin - January 27th, 2014

Now that we’ve come to a New Year, it’s likely that you’re considering reorganizing your closet and getting your home in tip-top shape. Whether that includes a trip to the Goodwill or installing a new closet storage system, it’s always refreshing to start the year off with a clean slate and an even cleaner closet. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we definitely understand the value of an organized home, and we love working with customers on setting up the perfect home storage system. When you’re going through all of the boxes and piles pushed towards the back of your closet, it’s worth remembering that not everything deserves to end up in the donation bin, even those old clothes you thought were never coming back in style. Here’s a list of a few 90’s fashions making their way back, so that when you’re doing your New Year’s reorganizing, you’ll know that it just might be worth holding onto those Tommy Hilfiger overalls for a few more years.

Combat Boots

Having become popular with punk rockers trawling the Army Surplus store for cheap finds, combat boots officially entered the public consciousness in the early 90’s. Featured in movies like Clueless and TV shows like My So Called Life, combat boots were everywhere, from the rock club to the fashion runway. Dr. Martens were a huge part of this trend, and the British companies sales skyrocketed throughout the 90’s. Although the combat boot trend seemed to die by the end of the decade, they’ve recently seen a comeback in a big way, with stars from Jessica Alba to Brad Pitt showing off the classic look. So, before you decide to chuck those old Timberland boots, it may be worth seeing if there’s a few contemporary looks you might be able to incorporate them into.


By the late 90’s it seemed like we’d seen the last of classic snapback baseball caps. For most of the new millennium, fitted caps were about the only thing you could find if you were looking to support your local sports team. Recently, however, snapback hats are starting to make a comeback, much in the same way that trucker hats had a resurgence early in the 2000’s. Currently being popularized by stars like Chris Brown and Drake, snapback hats have a classic look that is certainly coming back into style. If you’ve got an early 90’s Milwaukee Brewers hat hiding away in the back of your closet, it may just be time to place it back into your regular repertoire.

Round Sunglasses

Round sunglasses seem to be coming back in style for the third time in the past fifty years. Originally associated with musicians like John Lennon and Janis Joplin in the 1960’s, round sunglasses had their first reappearance in the 90’s, with celebrities like Johnny Depp doing their best to invoke the classic look of the Summer of Love. It seems as though round sunglasses are poised to break back into the mainstream once again, popularized by the rap group A$AP Mob . Recent Google numbers suggest that queries about round sunglasses have increased by over 100% in the last year, demonstrating just how quickly the trend appears to be rising. So, even though summer is still months away, it’s probably a good idea to keep those round sunglasses in your closet just in case you want to make a splash on the beach when the sun starts peeking out again.

Flannel Shirts
One of the hallmarks of 90’s fashion, flannel shirts immediately call to mind Seattle and the glory days of grunge. From Kurt Cobain to the Al Borlan, flannel shirts we’re everywhere during the pre-millennial decade. Like combat boots, flannel showed up in 90’s fashion due to various young musicians and artists proclivity for finding their clothes at the local thrift store. By the middle of the decade, upscale fashion houses began incorporating flannel into their designs, demonstrating just how far the style grew during the period. In recent years, flannel has been making a major comeback for many of the same reasons it thrived in the 1990’s, and stars such as Kim Kardashian and Justin Timberlake have been known to rock a 90’s inspired flannel from time to time.

When organizing a closet, it’s essential to determine just what’s worth keeping around and what should go the way of polyester pants and platform shoes. We hope this list has inspired you to look into a few of the older pieces you have stuck in a box somewhere before placing them by the curb, and if you end up wanting to keep more than you were originally planning, remember that Closet and Storage Concepts is always ready to help you design and install a closet organizing system that suits your particular wants and needs.

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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