Strategies to Save Your Memories and Some Stuff

By csc-admin - September 30th, 2015


We know. It’s a bit shocking to see in a title that you don’t have to purge every item in your home. And it’s true! Memorabilia and nostalgia will probably make it impossible to completely purge items that have been passed down to you or are significant to you. At Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver, Colorado, we’re certain that you can find the right balance to save your memories while still clearing out items to give you more space. Below are some strategies to help you achieve a more organized space for all of your mementos.

  • Repurpose

An item that may have a minor flaw shouldn’t have to be thrown out. If you can still use and find a purpose for an item, even if it isn’t in the way it was originally intended for, it’s fair to keep an item. One example is to use a teapot that may have a crack on the lid. The teapot from grandma can still be used to store short flowers. It’s a great way to keep the spirit of the person alive and give the item a new purpose.

  • Keep a Small Amount

Limit yourself to keeping a small amount of things. Create a “Never Toss” box or bin. In it, as the name implies, would be items that you would never toss. This will make you rank your items. To help you determine which items to keep, consider the memories they conjure up. If any of the items don’t produce particularly strong pleasant memories, you can probably toss or donate the item.

Choose specific items to represent a large chunk of time, such as a set of baby clothes or a clip of their hair, rather than your child’s entire clothes collection. Keeping items contained in a box will help to prevent items from taking over your home and limit what you do keep.

  • Know You’ll Have More Memories

Leave room in your box or bin in order to save any future items. By filling your keepsake box to the top today, you’ll miss out on opportunities to store items in the future. Use this point as reassurance that it’s okay to purge additional items today in order to be proactive in the future.

  • Sort and Share

Before donating items, be sure to sort and share them especially if you know of a sibling, cousin, or other family member that would cherish an item more than you. This is a great way to keep items in the family without you having to store all of them. Your home shouldn’t be the designated storage unit for your entire family.

Sorting and cleaning out all of your nostalgic items doesn’t have to be stressful. You’ll be on your way to creating storage space and a more organized home. Need help creating organizers for all of your pieces? Then it’s time to call in the professionals at Closet and Storage Concepts in Longmont, Colorado to help you out! You’ll be glad you did.

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Why Your Closet Will Never Be Clutter Free

By csc-admin - September 18th, 2015

If you’re like many of our previous clients, you think you may have tried everything to de-clutter your closet, yet you never seem to get your closet the way you’d like. Here are some common reasons from the team at Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver, Colorado why you can expect to never have a clutter free closet. Use these tips and hire our professional staff to create the organized closet you’ve always dreamed of.

  • You don’t ask yourself why you’re de-cluttering

It’s easy to say how to de-clutter your closet, or any area in your home, but getting to the root of why you want and need to de-clutter your space will help you to actually complete the task. Creating the why will motivate you to complete the task, especially if you have to take a break or complete your project in stages. Regularly cleaning and de-cluttering are important to maintaining your closet system, so determining the why will help you over time.

  • You don’t have a plan

Going into a decluttering project or closet organization project without a plan is like flying a plane into a thunderstorm on purpose – very dangerous. Your closet will never be clean and clutter free if you don’t have a game plan of how you intend to de-clutter or how you’ll keep your closet organized in the future. No matter if you choose custom storage or other closet accessories, make sure you have a closet organization plan. Contact one of our local Denver designers to help jumpstart your closet organization.

  • You don’t have storage

One of the number one reasons your closet becomes disheveled is because you don’t have storage space for all of your items. Having a space for everything is paramount to help you have an organized closet. By creating a closet system that has a space for everything you own, you’ll be able to prevent the buildup of clutter and ensure that items won’t stray and be stuffed haphazardly away. This is why a closet often appears cluttered. Planning your closet system can also create space between your items to help you create a stylish boutique look in your closet.

  • You’re not committed to editing and continuing to keep it clean

A cluttered closet doesn’t happen overnight, and neither will an organized one. If you’re not committed to maintaining your closet with regular cleaning and purge sessions, no amount of storage systems, closet dividers, or other closet accessories will be able to keep your closet looking pristine.

If you’re ready to take a hold of your closet system and create a closet that works for you and is organized, be sure to call the organizing experts at Closet and Storage Concepts today! We serve Denver and the surrounding area including Aurora, Boulder, and Longmont, Colorado.

Photo courtesy of our sister brand More Space Place.

Entertainment Center Organization Tips

By csc-admin - August 31st, 2015


If you feel overwhelmed in your living room because of cords and overall disorderliness, we’re here to help you. Closet and Storage Concepts of Colorado, serving the greater Longmont and Denver areas, helps customers get their homes organized with custom solutions for their closets, entertainment centers, and everything in between. Here are some ways to get your entertainment center organized for a more efficient home today.

Cord Control

Take a note from Disney’s Frozen and conceal, don’t feel. Entertainment centers are responsible for housing your TV and often other electronic gadgets, which means that cords can go a bit crazy. Keep them under control with cord management techniques such as labeling the ends of your cords and bundling them together. You can also get fancy with your electrical work by installing a power outlet behind your TV to keep all power outlets and cords hidden.

Shelf Space

Having enough space for all of your speakers, equipment, and media items will be crucial to creating an organized and functional setup. Evaluate the shelf height for your items to maximize your space. CDs will need less vertical space than DVDs, while vinyl records will tend to need more than both of those. You need an entertainment center that can house all of your needs.

Dial Down

Assess what really needs to be stored in your entertainment center by purging or selling items that are unnecessary for you. For example, if you still have VHS tapes but are on a strictly digital diet of entertainment including Netflix and Hulu, consider selling or donating them. For home movies, there are programs and services to convert them into a digital format. Converting them will preserve your special memories and give you more storage space.

Remote Central

Multiple devices used to mean that you needed multiple remotes to control all of them. Remotes can clutter your living area and negatively impact your home’s organization. Either use an app to control all your systems on your tablet or smartphone or use a remote with multiple settings. Make sure you have a designated area to corral all of your remotes. Keeping them in a central area will help to reduce the look of clutter.


Home entertainment centers that are customized for your life will be the best way to achieve an organized home. Like a fingerprint, each home’s needs and layout will be unique. Don’t tackle your unique problem with a common storage system. Customized systems that are built with the help of an experienced designer like ours, take into account your unique storage and design needs. Our designers help you create the perfect solution for your home. No matter if you need to conceal your TV, or need more storage in your living room for toys and books, we’ll help you find the best entertainment center storage design.

Your living area can benefit from an organized entertainment center. Get, and stay, organized with these tips from Closet and Storage Concepts Colorado.

Photo courtesy of our sister company, More Space Place. 

4 Projects to Complete Before School Starts

By csc-admin - August 13th, 2015


A new school year is just around the corner! Get your kids and home in order for maximum efficiency and less stress by getting a jumpstart on a few projects. Here are some of the best projects to complete before school starts from Closet and Storage Concepts Denver.

Paper Toss

Get ready for the new school year by cutting and shredding any unneeded paper. Whether it’s old school reports, homework, or tests, help your kids decide what should be kept or tossed. Involving your kids is a great way to encourage them to complete the project next year. As your kid’s rooms get in order be sure to tend to your own bills and paperwork. Consider enrolling in automatic and paperless billing to help eliminate paperwork all together. This will cut down on time you spend sorting the mail and increase time with your family.

Replace and Reuse

New school supplies are a big part of beginning a new school year. Take inventory of last year’s supplies and compare it to your current school list. Buy only what is needed so you don’t store unnecessary items. Before you throw out old or worn out items, consider saving them to see if you can reuse them. Metal tin lunch boxes look great and work well to corral cords and other electronic items. Plastic food containers work well to hold erasers, clips, and crayons in drawers or storage cubbies.

Create a Command Center

Having a “command center” in a central area in your home will help to keep you and your family on the same page. You can easily create a wall hanging system in your entryway to keep keys, sunglasses, and important notes. Your command center should be able to act as a physical storage system while also allowing space to keep track of important dates and activities, or even the dinner menu. We see most of these organization systems incorporated in the kitchen pantry, entryway, or mudroom.

Prepare the Desks

Foster a productive study area by preparing your child’s desk or study area. Much like you would for your own office, make sure there is enough storage for pencils, crayons, markers, or even electronic items if your child’s curriculum will require computer access. For younger kids, you can keep the permanent markers and messy glue in an area that is harder to reach. Choose a desk that will work well for them at their height. Choose custom storage options to increase storage space. Wall mounted storage systems and shelves tend to work well in a child’s room. Custom office and storage solutions will insure that you have enough space for all of your child’s items.

Going back to school is an exciting time for families. Make sure your storage system and home are in tip-top shape with the help of Closet and Storage Concepts. We serve Denver, Longmont, and all of Colorado. We can’t wait to create a solution for your organizational needs.

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Best Ways to Sell Your Closet

By csc-admin - July 28th, 2015


At Closet and Storage Concepts, serving Denver and all of Colorado, we create storage solutions to help keep your home and life organized. Closets are just one of our specialties and we want to help you get the most of them. Did you know you could make money from the clothes that you want to give away? Here are some great ways you can purge your items and make some money from them!

Garage Sale

A good old-fashioned garage sale is an easy way to sell unwanted clothes before they head off to a thrift store or donation center. This is also a great way if you have plenty of items to give away in addition to clothes and accessories. If you need tips for a successful garage sale, be sure to check out this blog post.

Consignment Shops

Plato’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange, and other more specialized stores are other popular methods for selling your clothes and accessories. Some shops may be more specific in what they are looking for and certain items will give you a bigger payout, so some research ahead of time might be good to increase the size of your earnings.


It may have been designed to connect family and friends, but it’s also a great way to help you sell your closet. With many different groups that are created to list garage sales or to specifically sell certain items, harness your social network. With friend discounts you may not get the best deal, but it’s still a great way to clear out the clutter.


Arguably one of the easiest ways to sell your closet is with apps and websites including Vinted, Threadflip, ThredUP, and Poshmark. All you need is a tablet or smartphone. There are a number of selling points to each app but all of them can help you clear out room in your closet while also making a little cash. Some of the apps allow you to take pictures of your items and create your own price and the company usually takes a percentage of the cut, or you can send in all of your gently worn items and let the company do all the work – you just take the payout. You should also be aware that a few of the apps are more selective in terms of the quality and brands that they take or allow you to list. For even more options, simply search on the App Store or the Google Play Store.

While these options may not guarantee that every item that you are purging will get sold, it will help you earn a little cash for your items. Donate any unsold items to a local charity shop for a clean new closet. You can even put your earnings towards customized storage solutions to keep your closet organized. Trust Closet and Storage Concepts of Colorado to help you create the home of your dreams today, starting with your organization systems! Call today for your free in-home consultation.

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Easiest Closet Upgrades

By csc-admin - July 9th, 2015


At Closet and Storage Concepts, serving Denver and all of Colorado, we know how busy our clients are and we want to help them make the most of their time. If you’re looking to upgrade your closet, but are short on time, we’ve assembled some easy closet upgrades that can make a big impact in both design and functionality. Pick and choose from these great tips to get a better-looking closet today!


Lighting is one of the easiest ways to improve the look and feel of your closet. Whether you just need to replace a light bulb or want to upgrade to a chandelier, lighting makes a difference not only when helping you pick items to wear, but it can also affect your mood. Consider having lighting built into your closet cabinets and shelves as spotlights to show off some of your pieces and create an upscale, luxurious look in your closet.


Hangers, baskets, bins, and hardware are all easy pieces to upgrade and are usually perfect if you’re on a budget. These small pieces can pay big dividends in the look of your closet. Plus, if you like the look of your closet down to every last detail, you’ll be more likely to use and maintain your closet.


The most budget friendly of them all, the simple act of rearranging your closet can make it feel like a whole new closet. It can also give you a chance to remove outdated pieces. You can change the order of your clothes by color, season – anyway you choose, as long as you’re happier with the new order than before. You can also choose to move seasonal items up and away to stay organized for the current season.

Add Storage

Add storage to create space in your closet and a whole new layout. A new layout can make your closet much more functional and in-line with your current needs. It can also be a way to maintain asnd prepare to grow your closet as your needs change. Whether you’re adding shoe cubbies, a pants rail, or even a simple valet rod, your closet will look better and function better – the perfect combo for a successful closet upgrade. When you’re ready to commit, don’t forget to fully invest in customized closet solutions for the biggest impact to your closet and your life.

If you need help adding storage in your home, be sure to call Closet and Storage Concepts of Colorado! We provide free consultations right in the comfort of your Denver, Colorado home.

Photo courtesy of our sister brand, More Space Place

Best Organizing Projects for the Summer

By csc-admin - June 29th, 2015


In the heat and relaxing afternoons of summer it is difficult to imagine that anyone would want to be organizing and cleaning their home. However, at Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver, Colorado we think almost any time is a great time to start an organization project. Here are three options to consider this summer.

  1. Clean Out Your Fridge And Freezer.

Cleaning out your fridge and freezer may seem like a chore, but it’s actually a great excuse to stay cool in the summer heat, while cleaning out your home at the same time!

As you clean out your fridge, be sure to look into drawers and along the door cubbies. Clear out any items that you may have forgotten about which are now less than edible. Be sure to toss expired items, particularly dairy and meat products to reduce foodborne illness. Give your fridge and freezer a good scrub and make adjustments so you can fit more items in, and use your space more efficiently. Always remember, a good organization strategy is one that is customized to your lifestyle.

Once you’ve cleaned, organized, and re-arranged your fridge and freezer don’t forget to treat yourself. Ice cream is a great post-organization treat on a warm day!

  1. Update Your Pantry.

Continue the kitchen theme by updating and organizing your pantry. Cleaning and organizing the areas where you store your food and drinks is a great way to stay cool indoors and prepare for summer entertaining. The pantry is just like any area of your home that may be neglected and needs to undergo some seasonal love. Be sure to donate or discard items that you are not able to use, whether it is food or food storage containers.

As with your fridge and freezer, be sure to use and create an organizational system that works for you. Utilize bins, racks, and shelves to fit the contents of your pantry. If you need a bit of help to find the best solution, don’t hesitate to call Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver. We work with you to create custom organization solutions.

  1. Kid’s Room.

As kids start summer break, you are probably looking for ways to keep them busy. You can keep them out of trouble by letting them help you get your home organized! No matter if you’re looking to clean up closets and rooms full of clothes, books, or crafts, a little effort can go a long way. Go through the left over school supplies to see what you can salvage and what should be thrown out. By doing this when it’s fresh on everyone’s minds, it will make things easier and faster. When September rolls around, you’ll be more prepared and won’t overbuy when it’s time to go back-to-school shopping.

While these three organization projects may not seem like much, completing them can help you and your family have a more enjoyable summer and can even prepare you for fall! Give Closet and Storage Concepts a call if you need help with an organization solution for any part of your home. Serving Denver, Longmont, and Boulder, we provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate for every room!

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Items to Throw Away Now

By csc-admin - June 22nd, 2015


While many homes have junk drawers that serve as a catch-all for items that don’t have permanent storage spots, you want to avoid making turning your entire house into a junk drawer, by regularly clearing out useless clutter. Even if we don’t want to admit it, we probably have some item from this list hanging around our homes, taking up valuable storage and living space. Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver, Colorado is here to help you take advantage of every square inch of your home, with this list of common items that you should throw away now.

Old Paperwork

Tax statements, old bills, even magazines are in almost every home. These items often take up space in your office, entertainment centers, and on coffee tables. Unless you have collectable magazines, do a purge to clear up some needed space in your life. With many items going digital, many bills can either be found online or stored on a hard disk that takes up significantly less space than your stack of old bills.

The IRS and tax professionals recommend keeping records from the last 7 years, so any paperwork older than this should be considered fair game to be removed from your home. Shred these documents to prevent identity theft.

Old Manuals and Electronic Cords

If you’ve found the manuals for old appliances you gave away years ago after cleaning out your junk drawer, it’s time to say goodbye to them. Create a folder for any electronic items you currently own, such as household appliances and entertainment systems. This keeps your manuals in one place so that they won’t get lost, and you’ll be able to find them when you need them.

Electronic cords that you have no use for should also be given away. If you are struggling to connect the cords to their source, it’s time to send them off to someone who would put them to better use. Try Craigslist, a garage sale, or donating them before you throw them in the trash. There are plenty of hobbyist electricians and tinkerers who would love the opportunity to make use of your old electronics.

Toiletries Gone Wrong

As with food, toiletries also expire. Take a gander through your medicine cabinets, under your sink, maybe even in your linen closet, to go through products that are past their prime. Sunscreen is especially important to dispose of, as expired sunscreen could be doing your skin more harm than good. Toss out products that you do not find usable, or donate them to someone who could, as long as they’re not expired. You’ll have a countertop as pristine as the photo above in no time!

As you clear out old and unneeded items throughout your home, this is a great time to get organized, whether it’s in your closets, home office, or bathroom. You’ll be able to see areas that you can improve on, and find better homes for the things you use regularly. Utilize storage solutions that fit you and your lifestyle. Call Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver, Colorado to help you create a home that you love, which will work better (not harder) for you!

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How To Move With Less Stress

By csc-admin - June 12th, 2015


Moving season is just around the corner. Whether you’re making a move cross-country or down the hall, moving can be stressful. Luckily, Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver, Colorado is here to help. Here are three key tips to keep you sane as you embark on your next move.

  1. Plan Early

By plan early, we mean to start planning your move as soon as you find out your move date. While there are some things that you simply won’t be able to do until the day of your move, being prepared well in advance for any potential hiccups will keep you on track. Planning is a great way to relieve stress before, during, and after your move. You also may be surprised by how a little bit of planning can reduce a whole lot of stress.

Create a timeline for you to complete moving tasks in addition to the tasks themselves. Creating a list of the activities to do will help you to stay on task during your move and prevent any task from slipping through the crack. It is up to you to decide how detailed you want to plan.

  1. Packing

Packing and unpacking are arguably the most stressful parts of moving for many people. Use these tips to make the process a bit easier for you.

Purge Before You Pack

If you don’t want to bother bringing items with you, purge them. You’ll reduce the amount of stuff you take with you, making you less stressed during and even after the move. You will have fewer items to unpack as well!

Label, Label, Label

Label the boxes in a clear way so you know the exact contents in each box. Label the top corner of the box with the room the items should be unloaded into to make unloading and unpacking even easier. Moving lists can also be helpful to keep an inventory of all of your items and see what comes on and off the truck. It’s a helpful way to see items at a glance. Use a digital method if that works best for you.

  1. Hire Professionals

While moving can incur significant costs, and you may be reluctant to add to it, hiring professionals can be worth the reduction in stress. They’ll be able to help you pack and unpack items, load and unload. This may be extremely useful so you’re not physically drained at the end of your day. If you want to combat the costs, consider taking as many small items as you can and leaving the bulkier and heavy items to the movers.

Moving day can be stressful, but it’s also a great time to consider the items you’re bringing with you. You’ll be able to bring items you truly treasure and need into your new home. Want to get a jump start in your new home? Use personalized organization solutions that fit your space. This will help to create a space for everything in a stylish way. For help organizing your current or new digs, give Closet and Storage Concepts a call today. We proudly serve the Denver, Boulder, and Aurora, Colorado locations.

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy (or Store) An Item

By csc-admin - May 29th, 2015


Clutter is one of the key reasons why it is difficult to maintain a pristine home. After all of your hard work to clear out unnecessary items from your home, it’s smart to develop a plan to maintain your space. To stop clutter in it’s tracks, here are a few questions to consider asking yourself before you buy or store an item, from the experts at Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver, Colorado.

  1. Do I need it?

When we make purchases we are often in the rush of the moment and we don’t always stop to think if we actually need the item. While this questioning can’t occur for every single thing you buy, simply pausing to ask ourselves if we truly need an item in the majority of cases can help to lower the amount of “stuff” in our homes, leaving more room for items that we really love.

If you’ve already purchased an item and know you don’t need it, don’t feel bad about removing it from your home. Donating can help give items you don’t need a new life!

  1. Will I use it?

This question piggybacks off of the first one. It’s just not worth it to buy or store an item if you know you won’t use it or if it is unusable! Be discerning when it comes to new purchases. If you already have a functioning toaster oven, do you really need that fancy new toaster with the special slots for bagels? Or is it just shopping lust that will pass as soon as you’ve left the store? Think about whether you’ll actually use the item you’re considering buying, or whether that money could be better spent elsewhere. Most of the time, you won’t regret passing up an impulse buy, and if you really decide that you need it, it’ll still be on the shelf tomorrow!

  1. Will someone else find this valuable?

While you may not need or use an item, in some instances it makes sense to buy or store an item for someone else. If you are storing an item, such as an heirloom, be sure you have someone in mind that you know will find the piece useful and valuable. Your home should not become a storage unit for someone else.

  1. Is that the right storage bin?

Using the right storage bin or other container can help to cut down on the clutter. Having the right sized storage bins helps to eliminate filling them with unnecessary items, while ensuring that you have enough room for everything you want to keep. Storage bins are best left to purchase at the end of your organization project, that way you’ll know exactly how many items you need to store.

  1. Will I be able to find it?

Storing your items will not be useful if you cannot find them. Be sure you have an organizational system in place that fits your needs and helps you find things when you need them. Labeling is also recommended, as it will save you time; you won’t have to pull down and search through each box to find something in particular. Closet and Storage Concepts of Colorado can help you create the perfect solution for your needs to not only help you get organized, but stay organized.

While clutter inevitably happens, we hope these tips can help you on your way to minimizing it. An organized home can help to relieve stress and provide more space for you and your family. If you need help, don’t forget to give us a call and we’ll have your home organized for all your needs in no time.

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