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.

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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.

Getting the Most from Your Home Office

By CSC - November 10th, 2014

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A home office can be a great asset to any home. It provides a place to complete work, homework, craft projects and more. However, home offices can easily become cluttered and messy. We’ve put together some of our favorite tips on getting the most from your home office space.

De-clutter

De-cluttering is one of the best ways to ensure that your home office is a productive space. Still have a pile of receipts from 2003? Is your drawer full of pens that are out of ink? Take some time to throw away, file, or put away any items sitting out. Not only will this make your office more aesthetically attractive, but you’ll save time and energy not having to dig through stacks of paper or an overstuffed junk drawer looking for what you need.

Invest in storage

Even the most organized homeowner is going to end up with a cluttered office if there’s not enough storage. Consider what items you keep in your home office (paperwork, supplies, etc) and evaluate whether or not you have adequate storage for each item. In particular, paperwork can pile up and create a real mess, so it’s important to keep to a filing system and have at least one filing cabinet. Shelves and drawers are also great for storing supplies, books, pictures and more. At Closet & Storage Concepts, we can create a home office storage system custom designed to fit all your needs.

Add personal touches

Your home office doesn’t need to be completely devoid of personality. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time there, you should make it a space you enjoy. Pictures, awards, plants or flowers, or a bright accent wall can all add interest to your home office without being overbearing or adding to the clutter.

If your home office needs an organization makeover, give us a call today for a free in-home estimate!

Organizing Your Spare Closets

By csc-admin - November 10th, 2014

Whether it’s in the front hallway or in an extra bedroom, most houses have at least one or two spare closets. Oftentimes, these closets become a catch-all for things that don’t have any other place to go. While closets are great for keeping these items hidden away and out of sight, they usually become cluttered and messy. Read on for some great tips on keeping your spare closets organized!

De-clutter

Take some time to really sort through the contents of your spare closet. Many of the things in there can probably be thrown away or donated. Eliminating the items you don’t need will free up space for the things you do want to keep. After you pull all the items out of your spare closet, do a deep clean. If your closet is carpeted, vacuum the floor and use the nozzle attachments to get into the corners. If your closet has hardwood, tile or some other hard floor, do a quick mop to get rid of any dirt or grime.  Also make sure to wipe down any shelving or flat surfaces that easily accumulate dust.

Use storage bins

After you de-clutter, you may find that you still have some loose items you want to keep. Plastic storage bins are a great solution when you have odds and ends that need to be stored. Storage bins look tidy, keep loose items all together, and can be reused in a multitude of ways down the road.

 Add more storage

If your spare closet doesn’t have a lot of built in storage, consider purchasing some racks, shelving or hangers. For shoes, over-the-door shoe racks are a great way to free up floor space.   Installing a few additional coat hangers in a front hall closet will keep coats and jackets from being tossed on the ground. You can even use plastic stick-on hooks to hang cleaning supplies or other household items.

 

At Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado, we offer custom storage and organization systems for any room in your home! Contact us today for a free, in-home consultation.

Five Classic Organization Mistakes

By csc-admin - November 6th, 2014

Here at Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado we are all about organization. Whether it’s a closet, garage, or a pantry, we love to help our customers get organized and stay that way. Over the years we’ve found that there are many common organization mistakes with simple fixes that you can use to make your home look incredible.

Avoid Fridge Clutter (Inside And Out)

A crowded fridge is a sure-fire way to make your home look messy in a hurry. Try to limit the condiments to the door and organize things in a way that will make sense visually to someone opening your fridge for the first time. Keeping leftovers together in one place will help you cut down on food waste and also keep you from losing things to the back of the fridge. The clutter-downsizing shouldn’t stop when you close the door though, keep in mind that the outside of your fridge can be just as messy as the inside. We all love to have family photos and other things on the fridge, but take a monthly survey and get rid of things that don’t need to be there. Holiday cards in July? Take em down. Expired coupons and old receipts are also common examples of unnecessary fridge clutter.

“Clean” Doesn’t Mean “Organized”

This may seem like a semantic argument, but there is a distinct difference between “clean” and “organized.” A set of piles on the kitchen counter may seem organized, but if you are just using them to put off going through bills or junk mail, you will see those piles turn into clutter in no time. Taking the time to organize things as you clean will allow your clean house to stay that way in the future!

An Entryway Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

The area around your front door is the literal gateway to your home and as such it is important that it looks great and stays organized. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make sure that your entryway looks great and is well organized. Provide a place for guests to hang jackets and store shoes, so that they aren’t blocking the door for anyone arriving later. A table near the front door, if possible, is also a nice touch because it allows you to leave keys or notes for family members in a can’t-miss location!

Don’t Skip Labels!

If you live alone, you may not see the need for this tip but anyone living with roommates or family members will understand just how important this can be. Labeling things is the only way to ensure that all of your well-laid organizational plans actually come to fruition!

Control Your Cords

In our wired world, cords are unavoidable. The ugliness of them, on the other hand, is something you can definitely combat. Try using Velcro loops to bunch cords together and keep them from developing a mind of their own. Simply consolidating your cords in this manner will help make your house look incredible!

 Once you’ve implemented these tips, you might be thinking about making some bigger organizational changes in your home. If you’re in the market for a custom closet solution, an update to your garage or much more, give us a call at Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado today!

Five Tricks To Having a Successful Garage Sale

By csc-admin - November 4th, 2014

Here at Closet  & Storage Concepts of Colorado, we believe in a holistic approach to organization! Even after we help you with custom solutions for the closet, garage, pantry, and more, you still need to keep your stuff to a minimum in order to be truly organized. In order to keep your “stuff levels” low, a garage sale might be just what you need. Here is a list of our five favorite tips to keep in mind as you host a garage sale of your own.

 

  1. Advertise Boldly

A potentially great garage sale can completely fail without solid advertising. Place big, colorful signs on busy roadways where you know they won’t be missed. Another advertising tip: Always include the garage sale date on the sign! Many experienced garage sale hunters may not bother visiting a garage sale if they aren’t sure the sign is actually current.

 

  1. Plan With A Purpose

The garage sale spectrum varies widely from “I just need to get rid of all this stuff” to “I am trying to make some money here.” If you find yourself on the former end of the spectrum, you are going to price things and approach prospective sales with the purpose of getting as much out the door as possible. You may even want to establish a bulk purchase discount on things like books/DVDs/CDs. If you are primarily hoping to make money off of your garage sale, you will likely want to approach the sales process with a little more planning and a firm negotiation style. Deciding on an approach will help you when the day of the sale finally arrives.

 

  1. Change Is Important

This may seem obvious, but it is very important that you start the weekend with a good amount of money to make change for your customers. A successful garage sale is likely happening on the weekend, and finding a bank last-minute may prove to be impossible. You may not end up needing every single type of change from pennies to quarters, but better safe than sorry.

 

  1. Take The Time To Set Prices

This is likely to be the most time-consuming part of holding a garage sale, but it is also likely the most important. If you don’t label items, you are severely undercutting the “browsability” of your garage sale. People will feel like they have to talk to you every single time they have a modicum of interest in an item. Also, setting prices ahead of time allows you to start the negotiations on items rather than having an garage sale hunter throw you a lowball offer! Keep in mind you don’t have to individually label every item in your garage sale, but you should at least make the prices clear to your customers. For example, all books can be priced using a sign, rather than individual tags.

 

  1. Electricity is Key

If you plan to sell even a single electronic item at your garage sale, make sure you have an extension cord handy so customers can test things out. No one is ever going to buy a DVD player or a TV without seeing it in action. Also, if you have the extension cord ready, you might as well put the electronics to use so that people can see them in action. If you’re selling a stereo, plug it in and play music out of it until you sell it! Your customers will appreciate seeing items in action and will definitely be more likely to purchase electronics from you.

 

Garage sales can be a great time and a perfect way to keep your home tidy and organized. We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips! And don’t forget when you’re done with your garage sale; give us a call at Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado so we can help you organize the things you decided not to sell!

Tips For Getting Your Small Closet Under Control

By csc-admin - October 31st, 2014

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Colorado, we know that every home isn’t blessed with a walk-in closet larger than a studio apartment. With that in mind, here are some tips for getting your small closet under control:

Change It Up Every 3 Months

With every season there is a new wardrobe to be embraced and there is no reason to let winter clothing take space in your closet during the summer (and vice versa). This is why it is a great idea to swap out your wardrobe every three months to make sure that only the most pertinent clothing is taking space in your small closet.

Don’t Lie to Yourself

When you’re excising items from your closet, be honest with yourself. If you haven’t worn a certain item in the last six months or a year, let it go. There is no reason to hang onto things that you don’t wear or don’t care about, especially when your space is limited. One great way to do this is to have a box in your closet where you put things that you want to donate or sell. Once you place things in this box, wait a season and see if you’ve missed them at all over the last three months. If the answer is no, go ahead and get rid of them. It’s a nice buffer period to make sure you aren’t purging your closet too impulsively, but it also keeps you on a schedule so you’re sure not to hold onto things too long.

Don’t Hesitate To Donate

One great way to motivate yourself to regularly purge your closet is to keep in mind that your discarded clothing will be going to a worthy cause. Sometimes if your old clothing is just going to go in a dumpster, you may be inclined to hang onto it longer than you should, but if you know that people less fortunate will be benefitting you may fill up that donation box in your closet a lot quicker. When you donate your clothing, you’ll feel better because your closet is clean, but also because you’re doing something nice for your community in the process!

Use Vertical Space

The best way to maximize space in a closet is to simply look up. Many closets don’t take full advantage of their vertical space. This is where Closet & Storage Concepts can come in to help you. No matter the size of your closet, we create a vast array of custom closet storage solutions that will help you get the most of out of every inch of your closet space! Give us a call today to get started on crafting your perfect closet!

Tips for Decorating On a Budget

By csc-admin - October 30th, 2014

Here at Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado we know that budgets can sometimes be tight. Even if you aren’t short on cash at the moment, there’s no reason not to spend money smartly. That’s why we assembled some of our favorite tips for decorating your home on a budget.

Craig and His List Are Your New Best Friends

If you have to work with a budget, go ahead and skip the stores. Yes they may have shiny, new furniture and other things you want to put in your home but they also have price tags that will be hard to ignore when it comes time balance your checking account at the end of the month. On Craigslist you can often find great deals on high-quality furniture right in your city. Always be smart about meeting up with people you buy from on Craigslist, but if you play it smart you can get some great deals on incredible furniture and home goods. One other great aspect of decorating with items you find on Craigslist? You will have to pay in cash, which removes the potentially dangerous credit card element from the equation and forces you to spend within your means!

Rearrange Before You Redecorate

Sometimes a room may start to feel a little stale or tired and your first impulse may be to go out and buy a new piece of furniture to liven it up. While this is not always a terrible idea, when you’re trying to work within your modest decorating budget it may not be the most ideal solution. When the feeling strikes and you feel like you need a big change, try rearranging the pieces of your room without buying anything new. Sometimes swapping furniture between two rooms or shifting things around can make a world of difference. And best of all, it doesn’t cost you a single dime.

Do Your Research

When you do decide to buy something instead of simply rearranging items, try to be patient and do your research. If a couch looks great in the store, don’t impulse buy it. You may be able to save hundreds by buying it online or at a different store. Look into deals like financing and free delivery, and factor that into the overall cost as well. Even if you’re buying on Craigslist, a little research can help you decide whether something is a good deal or a rip-off, or it can even help you if you need to negotiate a little bit on the price.

Give Upcycling A Try

Upcycling furniture is the concept of repurposing household items from somewhere in your home and using them elsewhere. From converting mason jars into old outdoor lanterns or metal trashcans into planters, upcycling can help you get your creative juices flowing and enable you to look at your belongings in a whole new light. Best of all, it’s even cheaper than Craigslist because you’re often just “shopping” in your own home.  Find something in the garage, clean it and paint it, and voila! – You’ve got a brand new piece for your living room!

 

Here at Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado, we want to help you make your home the best it can be. Give us a call today to talk to an expert who can help you revitalize the storage in your home and give you a whole new outlook!