3 Common Organization Problem Areas

By CSC - February 28th, 2015


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There are certain areas of the home that many homeowners have trouble keeping organized. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of some of the common organization problem areas and some tips on how to keep them clutter-free!

Junk drawers

Yes, we know – it’s called a junk drawer for a reason. However, what many people don’t realize is that a junk drawer can be a valuable organization tool if used properly. Think about what ends up in your junk drawer. Usually it’s things like spare change, pens and pencils, chewing gum, tape, and paper clips – all items you use on a regular basis and need on hand. However, if your junk drawer is so full and messy that you can’t find what you need, it’s time to do a little de-cluttering. Once you’ve gone through and removed any broken, used up or duplicate items, put everything back. To keep everything organized, you can use drawer organizers and containers. Use plastic bags to contain loose items like paperclips.


The entryway into you home, whether through the front door or the garage, is a common problem area for homeowners when it comes to organization and storage. Often limited in space, entryways tend to collect shoes, keys, jackets, purses and backpacks – often left strewn across the floor. The key to an organized entryway is making sure there is a specific place for the items that commonly get left there. Hooks are inexpensive and don’t take up any floor space, but provide a place to hang jackets, purses and backpacks. Add a small side table or floating shelf with a basket for people to leave their keys and wallets when they enter. A shoe rack is a must-have in an entryway. Depending on available space and the size of your shoe collection, opt for a shoe rack that will hold one to two pairs for each member of your household.

Spare rooms

While having a spare room in your home is great for many reasons, it can be a place where clutter tends to accumulate over time. Sort through all the items in your spare room and group them into ‘donate’, ‘keep’ and ‘throw away’ piles. For the items you plan to keep, it’s important you have an adequate storage system in place. Evaluate your spare room and decide whether or not you need additional shelves, storage boxes, hangers or drawers. At Closet & Storage Concepts, we can create a storage system custom designed for your spare room. Having a storage system in place is key to keeping your spare room organized and clutter-free in the future.

Tips for an Organized Morning

By CSC - February 27th, 2015

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We know mornings are hectic! With school buses to catch, meetings to be at, and pets to be fed, it can feel like you’ve run a marathon by the time mid-morning comes around. In this blog post, we’re going to share a few easy tips for streamlining and organizing your morning routine.

Be strategic with your storage

If you find yourself running back upstairs or back into the house multiple times each morning, you may need to evaluate where you’re storing things. Keep keys, wallets and purses on hooks or in a basket right next to the door you use each morning. This will help eliminate wasted time while you try and remember where you last let your keys. Pack bags and backpacks the night before and store them all in one place. Coats and jackets should be kept on a coat near the front door rather than in individual family member’s rooms – that way, you can easily see if one of your children has forgotten their coat.

Have a routine in place

Establish a routine that you follow each morning. Not only will this streamline the time it takes to get out the door, but it will also help eliminate the chance of you forgetting something. For example, if you always put your lunch in your bag before eating breakfast, you’ll be less likely to leave it at home. This is especially important for families with children, where there are things like homework, projects, and permission slips to remember.

Choose your outfit the night before

One of the biggest time-wasters in the morning is digging through your closet looking for a certain shirt or a matching sock, or trying on three different outfits before choosing one. Choose your outfit the night before to save time in the morning. Lay everything out, including socks, accessories and shoes so it’s all ready for you the next morning. Go a step further and spend a day sorting through your wardrobe. Donate or throw away items that you don’t wear anymore, so that the only clothes left in your wardrobe are ones that you will wear. Organize your closet by color or type of clothing to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. For example, hang all of your work shirts together and put all of your sweaters on one shelf.

If you need help creating a storage system for a streamlined morning, give us a call today! Serving all of Colorado, we offer free in-home consultations!

Where to Find Home Organization Inspiration

By CSC - February 3rd, 2015

Get inspired with some of our favorite home organization resources from around the web!


Pinterest is a goldmine for inspiration of all types – not just home organization! But if you need some motivation to get your home organized, Pinterest should be your first stop. This website, which simulates a pin-board, has an extremely large and active user base and has a “pin” for every home organization and storage dilemma you can think of! Do a custom search to find exactly what you’re looking for, or browse the Home Décor category for some general home inspiration. Create your own boards to keep your ideas organized – consider one for kitchen organization, one for laundry room organization, etc. You can visit Closet & Storage Concepts’ Pinterest account here: https://www.pinterest.com/ClosetStorage/.


 Houzz is very similar to Pinterest, except it focuses solely on home design, including remodeling, renovation, interior design, and decorating. Focus your inspiration search on different rooms of the house and browse through hundreds of pictures of real storage solutions. If you’re searching for a professional to help you with a project, you can view profiles and reviews on Houzz as well. Closet & Storage Concepts has won the Best of Houzz award three years in a row! Our Houzz profile can be found here: http://www.houzz.com/pro/elccsc/closet-and-storage-concepts-colorado.


It may seem like everything has gone digital these days, but you can still get lots of great inspiration from traditional home décor magazines. These magazines feature the latest trends and new products and may inspire you to think about home organization and storage in a different way. With magazines, you’re also able to cut out pictures that inspire you or rip out entire pages for easy reference.

To get started on your next home storage and organization project, contact us today!



Common Kitchen Storage Problems

By CSC - January 29th, 2015


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We know keeping your kitchen organized can be an ongoing challenge. To help you out, we’ve put together some of the most common kitchen storage dilemmas and our tips on how to solve them!

Pots and pans

Pots and pans are some of the toughest things to find room for in your kitchen. They vary in size and shape, don’t always stack neatly, and take up a lot of room. And that’s not even taking into account the lids! Needless to say, many homeowners struggle with how to store their cookware collection. If you’re considering a major kitchen renovation in the near future, the ideal solution would be custom pantry drawers specifically built to store cookware and lids. At Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado, we can custom design a pantry that fits all your storage needs! If you are looking for a smaller scale solution, consider a hanging pot rack that attaches to the ceiling or walls in your kitchen. There are also special racks and pantry inserts you can purchase that are designed to keep lids organized.


Keeping your spice collection organized can also be a challenge. Over time, it’s easy to accumulate a large collection of spices that take up valuable pantry space. Not only that, but if your spice shelf isn’t well organized, you’ll end up wasting a lot of time searching for what you need. Invest in a rotating spice rack or shelf (similar to a Lazy Susan) to make accessing your spices easy. A door rack is also a great way to store spices because it frees up shelf space and makes your spice collection super-accessible.

Food storage containers

Similar to pots and pans, food storage containers like Tupperware can be a storage and organization nightmare. Different brands come in different sizes and shapes, some nest together, some don’t. And we’ve all been there: you open the top shelf where you store your containers and they all come tumbling out on top of you. If it’s time to replace some of your containers anyway, consider investing in a matching set that fit together. For your existing containers, pull everything out and spend some time organizing them by shape and size. Store smaller containers in larger, similarly shaped ones to save space. Dedicate one container to holding all the lids, so they’re organized and easily accessible.

For all your kitchen storage and organization needs, contact Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado. We offer free in-home estimates!

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!


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.


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!


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 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.


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!