Holiday Décor Storage Tips

By CSC - January 2nd, 2015

Now that the holidays are coming to a close, you are probably thinking about taking down your decorations and packing them back up until next year. A good storage system is crucial to keeping your holiday decorations organized. There’s nothing worse than opening up boxes from last year and facing a tangle of lights or a mess of tree ornaments! To help you out, we’ve put together some tips for storing your holiday decorations.

  1. Invest in proper storage

Don’t try to cram wrapping paper rolls in a too-small box, or store round wreaths in a square container. Investing in storage bins suited to your items will not only preserve their condition, but it will also save you space. There are many great products out there, including ornament boxes with individual compartments for each ornament, round wreath boxes, and long wrapping paper bins

  1. Make space

Putting away holiday decorations each year is much easier when you have room to store your boxes! While shoving them into a corner in your garage or attic may work in the short run, you’ll use your space more efficiently if you have a system in place. At Closet & Storage Concepts, we design and install custom storage systems for your garage and home. We can design the perfect system for keeping your garage organized and your holiday decorations stored neatly away!

  1. Label

One of our biggest tips for keeping your holiday decorations organized is to label everything! Without labels, you won’t remember which box has what, and you’ll waste precious time digging around looking for what you want. Your labeling system can be as simple as writing on a cardboard box with a sharpie! Be detailed – instead of just writing ‘wreaths’, write ‘front door wreath’ or ‘wreath with red bows’. You’ll thank yourself next year! Try to group items together, so you won’t need to open up four different boxes to find all the pieces to your mantelpiece display.

Contact Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado today for a free in-home consultation!

Getting a Jump Start on Spring Cleaning

By CSC - December 31st, 2014

Even though we still have a few months of winter left, it’s time to start thinking about your spring cleaning plans this year. If you have any big projects planned, now is the time to get a head start on planning. Check out some of our tips for preparing for a successful spring clean!

Do your research

If you have a big project planned, use this time to research. If you need to hire a company or contractor to help with your project, ask for recommendations from trusted friends and family. Research any company you are considering doing business with online and read reviews from past customers. Pick paint colors, narrow down flooring choices, and plan your spring garden ahead of time so that when spring rolls around, you’ll be ready to go!

Prioritize

You may have a bunch of different projects you’d like to get done this spring. While it’s certainly not impossible to accomplish everything, you should take some time to prioritize your list. What are the most important tasks you’d like to get done? Move those to the top of the list, and focus your planning efforts around those. Similarly, it’s a good idea to move any big projects to the top of the list. Small tasks like replacing light bulbs and cleaning windows don’t require much planning, so you won’t need as much prepping time for those.

Budget

This is also a great time to plan your spring cleaning budget. You can either start with a fixed budget and work your projects into that, or build a budget around your “must-do’s”. You may be able to DIY many projects, but there are some that will require professional help, such as building a custom garage storage system. Using a budget will also help you prioritize your list. You may want to completely re-landscape your yard this spring, but if it’s not in the budget, you shouldn’t waste any time researching or planning it.

If your spring cleaning plans involve re-doing your home’s organization and storage systems, give Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado a call! We offer free, in-home consultations.

Keeping Your Closet Organized this Winter

By CSC - December 2nd, 2014

Dropping temperatures means it’s time to break out the coats, boots, scarves, hats and gloves. While snowy days can be fun, many homeowners find they have a hard time finding a place for all the winter gear that comes along with the winter months. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite tips for keeping your closets and home organized this winter.

Cycle clothes by season

One of the most space-saving things you can do is cycle your clothes by season. You don’t need shorts and flip-flops when it’s below freezing outside, so they shouldn’t be taking up space in your closet. Keep off-season clothes stored away in containers while not in use. This will free up extra space in your closet for some of your more bulky winter items. Then when temperatures begin to rise again, you simply swap in your summer clothes, and pack away your winter gear until next year.

Utilize all your closets

Your winter gear doesn’t all need to fit in your bedroom closet. Front hall closets and mudrooms are great alternatives for storing winter coats and boots. You may need to do some rearranging, but keeping your family’s jackets in one place like a front hall closet or the coat hooks in your laundry room will save you time and space! If you have a guest room in your home, but aren’t expecting guests anytime soon, a guest room closet is also a great option for storing winter gear.

Stay organized

It’s easy to just toss your coat onto the nearest chair and leave your boots in a pile in the front hallway when you arrive home each day, but keeping up with your system is crucial for keeping your home organized this winter. It takes just a few seconds to hang your jacket up and put your shoes away, so don’t let yourself fall into a habit of leaving these items laying around. For smaller items like hats, gloves and scarves, consider keeping some decorative baskets by each doorway into your home. Family members and visitors can toss their hats or gloves into the basket when they come inside and simply take their items out of the basket on their way out the door. Choose holiday-themed baskets for some festive flair that also helps keep your home tidy.

If your home is in need of a more serious organization makeover, contact Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado today. We create closets and home organization systems custom designed to fit your space and lifestyle!

 

Guest Room Design Tips

By CSC - December 2nd, 2014

The holidays are officially here, which means many people are expecting houseguests in the near future. If you have family or friends visiting, it’s time to get your guest room ready for their arrival! Read on for our tips on creating a welcoming, well-organized guest room.

First, take some time to clean up your guest room. Guest rooms often act as extra storage and can collect clutter between visitors. You don’t want your guests to have to climb over old storage boxes or piles of paperwork to get to the bed, so make sure you put away everything that doesn’t belong. This is also a good time to evaluate the storage situation in your guest room. Guest rooms should have ample closet space, as well as drawers or shelving and a side table. This is especially important if you frequently have guests stay for more than a few days. If there’s not enough closet space in your guest room, your visitors won’t have anywhere to put their clothes and will have to keep everything piled in their suitcase. This doesn’t create the most welcoming, comfortable atmosphere, so be sure to provide adequate space for your guests to store their belongings.

If your guest room closet isn’t doing the job anymore, contact us to learn more about our custom closet storage systems. Also consider installing a Murphy bed, which allows you to store the bed away when not in use. Many Murphy bed frames also provide storage space, which is great for multi-purpose rooms.

This is also a good time to evaluate whether or not you need to make any upgrades. A new rug, some updated lighting fixtures, and a comfy chair will all go a long way to make your guest room a more welcoming space. Also consider purchasing a new mattress if you haven’t replaced the one in your guest room in a while. Nothing makes for a terrible night’s sleep like a bad mattress, so it may be time to invest in a replacement.

Once your guest room is clean and organized, it’s time to focus on the details. Fresh towels and linens, toiletries, an alarm clock and extra blankets are all items that make a guest room feel like home. Since your guests will be visiting during the holidays, consider putting up some holiday decorations to add a festive touch. If your guest room has a desk in it, stock up on paper, pens, stamps and any other items your guest may need. It’s also a nice touch to leave your Wi-Fi network name and password on a little card in the room.

We hope you found these tips helpful for getting your guest room ready for the holidays! Contact Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado today for all your home organization needs.

Designing a Multi-Use Room

By csc-admin - November 26th, 2014

Many homeowners would love to have unlimited space in their home. Having enough rooms to accommodate a separate office, game room, media room, play room, guest room, and any other room you can think of would be an ideal situation. However, this usually isn’t reality for most people. When space is limited, making smart use of your spare room or rooms is crucial. Read on for Closet & Storage Concepts’ tips on designing a multi-use room!

Use

Before you even begin the design process, it’s important to consider what you will be using the room for. A home office/guest room will typically work well, as will a media room/play room combination. However, you may run into some issues if you try to combine a home office with a kid’s playroom! It’s also important to consider the structure of the room itself. Is there enough space to accommodate a guest bed and a full desk? Be sure to measure everything out so you don’t end up with any surprises. To get a good sense of how the space will flow, use painter’s tape on the floor to outline where all the furniture will go.

Storage

Storage is key to a well-designed room. For your room to be functional as a multi-use space, there must be enough storage to hold all the items that aren’t in use so that the room can be used in other ways. For example, if your room is a guest room/play room, you should invest in a storage system that will keep your kids’ toys organized and stored away when a guest is visiting. Custom storage closets with shelves, hangers and drawers can serve as both a place to store games and toys, and a place for guests to put their clothes. Make use of wall space with bookcases and floating shelves, which can be used for storage and décor purposes.

Furniture

It’s also important to consider what furniture will be in your multi-use room. For guest room combinations, Murphy beds are a great option because they fold up when not in use, freeing up space. Many Murphy beds also have built-in storage, which is great if the storage space in the room is limited. If your room doubles as a game room and media room, consider investing in a storage ottoman with a lift-off lid and room to store games and toys inside.

Organization and storage is our specialty! If you need help turning your space into a functional multi-use room, give us a call today! We offer free, in-home estimates.

Tips for Mudroom Design

By csc-admin - November 24th, 2014

A mudroom can be an incredibly useful space in your home. Serving as a connection between the indoors and the outdoors, this area often sees a lot of use and, if managed well, can serve as a great and functional storage area. Here are some considerations to make sure you’re getting the most out of your mudroom.

Design based on who will use it

An important thing to keep focus of is who will be using the space. If you have children who will be going in and out often, make sure that the space is open enough to easily pass through but also has a set-aside area to clean off and remove dirty shoes and coats. Similarly, if you have pets, consider setting aside a separate area for them to settle before or after going outside.

Create a flow

Your mudroom functions as a breezeway, a connection between the indoors and the outdoors. As such, your design for the space should incorporate elements of exterior and interior design. Generally, earth-tones and more natural themes work well for this type of space.

Find multiple uses for the space

Although a mudroom can be very useful, it’s usually a relatively smaller place. In order to really get the most mileage, look for multiple ways to use the area. If you do your laundry in the mudroom, put storage above or beneath the machines to maximize use of the vertical space.

Use plenty of storage

Again, it’s important to take advantage of your space by using storage. Adding cabinets for coats will provide easy storage, and adding doors can keep messes out of view. A bench is another good addition to the space – not only does it provide quick comfortable seating, but you can also store boots or add drawers underneath.

Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado can help you with great custom storage designs. Give us a call today!

Great Tips for Organizing your Home Office

By csc-admin - November 21st, 2014

With the advent of the internet and other technologies, the workplace has shifted. Many workplaces now offer work-from-home opportunities, and entrepreneurship or self-employment has become much more feasible.

However, the home office is very different from the average office building. Although you have much more freedom in how you design the office, the relative lack of structure can make it much harder to stay organized. Here are a few tips to help you keep on top of your home office space.

Zone areas into different sections

A typical office has different areas, like copy rooms or meeting rooms, set aside to take care of different tasks. Although your office space is probably much smaller, try copying this method to get the most out of your space. Different tasks like printing, filing and storage, or using the computer should be placed in different ‘zones’ in the room or on the desk. Keeping areas separate will help you keep track of where things should go, as well as limiting where clutter builds up.

Organize your desk space

Although you may have a lot of things going on, you shouldn’t let that translate into having a lot of things taking up space on the desk. Tools like a filing cabinet or inbox/outbox system will help you keep papers from building up all over the place.
You should also keep your desk clear from tangles of wires. Keep all your computer parts in one place, and tuck the wires behind your desk. Tuck your computer tower beneath your desk, rather than on top. Set aside a small docking station for gadgets or phones, rather than stretching out cables all over the desktop. Go cordless when possible, like with your mouse or keyboard.

Use furniture effectively

Don’t limit yourself to just one desk – multiple furniture pieces will allow you to get the most out of your space. An additional, smaller desk for printing supplies will help you clear off your main desk and designate a space for that work. A bookshelf or filing cabinet will effectively and efficiently store many items.

Organize with tools

Finally, consider using specialized design tools to really get the most out of your space. Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado has a great deal of organization solutions for you: shelving units for vertical space, cabinets, drawers, and more. Because each of our office storage products are custom-made, we’ll always have the perfect fit for you.

How to Sort your Movie Collection

By csc-admin - November 19th, 2014

Lights, camera, action! Watching movies is great fun, and it’s quite enjoyable to build a collection of movies you love seeing again and again. However, over time your collection can grow into an unmanageable size, making it hard to keep track of the movies you’d like to see. Today we’ll look at a method to get your movies under control so you can get back to watching them!

De-Clutter

The first thing you should do is go through your collection. Look over each movie – ask yourself when you last watched it, how much you enjoy it, and most importantly if you’d watch it again. Seriously consider getting rid of a movie that you can’t come up with a good answer to all three. Additionally, try to clear out VHS tapes whenever possible. They’re bulkier and wear down more easily than modern digital media, and DVD or Blu-Ray versions of older movies are generally lower-priced. Replacing old tapes that you watch often is an inexpensive and wise investment.

Streamline cases

Once you’ve thinned out your collection, it’s time to slim down your cases. DVD cases have a lot of extra, unneeded space – they’re twice as tall as the disks and much thicker than the disk and guide. By using plastic sleeves or slim cases, you can more than halve the space that your DVDs take up. You can decide whether to keep the paper inserts or take up even less space by only keeping the disks themselves. Of course, this may not always be feasible – it’s all right to leave a few in their fancier cases or keep boxed sets together. The important thing is to make sure that that the majority of the movies have been taken care of.

Sort it out

Now it’s time to sort all your movies. The most obvious way is to alphabetize them from A to Z. You can also use a few other methods to sort them more efficiently – divide movies by genres, or split the kids’ videos from your movies. As long as movies are grouped together in ways that makes them easy to find, you’ve done a good job.

Solution

Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado is ready to help you store your movies. With custom shelving units, cabinets, and entertainment centers, we can find the perfect storage solution for your collection and your space. Contact us for a free estimate today!

Mud Room Storage Tips

By csc-admin - November 14th, 2014

Mud rooms are a great feature to have in any home, and often function as both an entryway and laundry room. When organized properly, mud rooms also offer great storage potential. Read on for some tips on keeping your mud room clutter free!

Labeled Laundry Baskets

If your mud room doubles as a laundry room, it’s crucial to have storage systems in place to keep your laundry organized. Keep a multi-section laundry hamper next to your laundry machines and label each section accordingly. Sorting the laundry like this ahead of time will save you time and energy when the hamper is full, so you’re not left sorting through a big pile of clothes.

Shelving and Hooks

Adding some simple hooks to your mud room will provide a place for people to hang coats, purses and bags, and extra shelves are great for storing folded laundry, towels, and cleaning supplies. Install some shelves above your laundry machine for easy access to items you use regularly, like laundry detergent and dryer sheets. You can even purchase some baskets or storage bins to keep the items in if you don’t like the look of them sitting on the shelf out in the open.

Shoe racks

A mud room is often the first barrier between the outdoors and the inside of your home, and will see plenty of water, dirt, dust and of course, mud tracked in. Unless you want to regularly have a pile of muddy shoes lying on the floor, a good quality shoe and boot rack is a necessity. Having an accessible place for friends and family to store their shoes will encourage them to remove their shoes before entering your home, which will help protect your floors, and it will also help keep your mud room neat and tidy.

If your mud room needs an organizational makeover, give Closet & Storage Concepts a call today! We offer free, in-home estimates and serve all of Colorado!

Prepping Your Home for the Holidays

By CSC - November 10th, 2014

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With the holidays just around the corner, we know many homeowners in Colorado are expecting houseguests in the near future. It’s important to take some time to prepare your home for the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Read on for tips on getting organized for the holidays!

Before you break out all your decorations, do a deep clean of your home. Not only will this start you off with a clean slate, but it will also save you time when you’re cleaning up before guests arrive. With a deep clean out of the way, you’ll just need to spot clean to keep your home looking great throughout the holiday season. Plan to do this deep clean a couple weeks before your first big holiday event. This will give you plenty of time to get everything done and will keep you from having to stay up until midnight scrubbing your kitchen floors the night before your guests arrive!

Consider upgrading your storage as you head into the winter months. Are your holiday decorations stored in old cardboard boxes in the corner of your garage? Custom garage cabinetry will keep your decorations in good condition and out of the way once the holidays are over. Are your existing shelves overflowing with decorations? A new shelving unit in your home office or living room will provide additional space for you to display all your holiday decorations. And of course, cold weather brings oversized coats, boots and hats that may not fit in your closet. A custom closet system will help keep all your winter gear organized and accessible.

Food and cooking are a big part of the holiday season. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving or the annual cookie exchange, it’s important that your kitchen is ready. Inventory your pantry and get rid of any old or expired items, and make note of any staples you need to stock up on. There’s a good chance there will be “too many cooks in the kitchen” at some point in the next two months, so make sure your pantry is organized and easy for anyone to navigate. If you’ve been considering investing in a custom pantry storage system, now is a great time.

Organization is our specialty at Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado! As you get your home ready for the holidays, give us a call for all your home storage and organization needs.