Closet Organization for the Handbag Lover

By csc-admin - April 14th, 2015

If you have a slight obsession with handbags, you’re not alone. Sometimes it’s difficult to just say no. You might struggle to find solutions for your beautiful collection, even at the expense of a significant other. Rather than having them strewn about the house, there are plenty of corralling options in your closet. Your closet, and maybe even your significant other, will thank you.

Hooks & Pegs

Hooks can be a closet’s best friends. You can use simple ‘S’ hooks or shower hooks to hang your bags from a closet rod. Strong and sturdy pegs can be customized so bags have a place to call home. If you’d rather keep your purse in a dust bag, you can use still hang the dust bag from the peg with your handbag inside. It might not look as nice, but you’ll be certain your prized possessions are protected. Attach a photo of the handbag on the outside of the dust bag so you can know you’re grabbing the right bag if you’re in a rush.

On Display

If you can’t hide it, display it! If you’ve spent the cash on such beautiful pieces, why not show them off? Your handbags can be displayed on a wall with hooks, or on the top of a dressing table. If you’re blessed with a walk-in, try to make the bags the focal point of the closet with open shelving, or behind armoire styled glass doors. Anyone who sees your bags will be sure to be jealous at your collection.

Any purse lover wants to see their collection front and center. You’ll more than likely want to have your favorites at eye level, with the lesser-used ones a bit out of reach.

You can use magazine bins and racks to cleverly hold your wallets and clutches. Strong dividers built into your closet’s design can keep bags from falling down, while creating cubbies for every piece you own.

Step It Up
Units that create multiple levels can help you make the most of your space. Adopt spice tiers for small clutches or wallets, and tiered racks meant for under your sink for your small to medium sized handbags. These are great so you can see what your options are at a glance.

Use the space all the way to the top of your closet. Keep the daily bags within reach, with ones you use less often out of the way. Sports bags and less fragile bags could benefit from being closer to the ground.

Watch the Door

Like many other objects, your bags can benefit from a sneaky behind-the-door option. There are a number of systems where you can use over the door hangers or hooks to store your bags. One of the best parts is that they’ll be kept off the floor.

We hope this helped for all you bag lovers. If you’re the lucky significant other to a passionate purse-owner, hopefully you can help to implement some of these ideas. Just be careful of creating too much extra storage space – they might fill it!

7 Easy Tips for an Organized Pantry

By CSC - March 31st, 2015

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  1. Toss expired items: That box of cereal that expired three months ago? Time to throw it out! Free up valuable pantry space by spending five minutes every month clearing out any expired or old food.

 

  1. Eliminate duplicates: There’s no need to have four partially used bags of flour in your pantry! Consolidate duplicate items into one container or bag. Avoid buying multiples of a product by keeping your pantry staples visible – that way you can quickly see what you already have before going to the grocery store.

 

  1. Use storage containers: Food packaging can be unnecessarily bulky. Ever open a bag of potato chips and find that it’s half air? Cut down on wasted space by investing in food storage containers. You can purchase them in a variety of sizes and materials, but we recommend clear containers so you can easily see what’s inside.

 

  1. Spice racks: Storing your spice collection can be a challenge. Spices take up a lot of space, and it can be frustrating to dig through twenty canisters that all look the same. A hanging or rotating spice rack will help keep your collection organized and accessible.

 

  1. Label: We recommend keeping a marker or pen handy to label items in your pantry. This is especially important if you purchase items in bulk – note down what the item is and the date that you purchased it. This is also useful if you have multiple items that look the same, such as all-purpose flour and pastry flour.

 

  1. Stock up on staples: This may seem counterintuitive, but keeping your pantry stocked with staples such as rice, flour, pasta, and canned goods will help eliminate impulse purchases or last minute trips to the store.

 

  1. Keep it clean: Every so often, pull everything out of your pantry. Clean up any spills and wipe down your food storage containers with a damp cloth. This is important for sanitation purposes, but it also lets you evaluate the contents of your pantry.

Living Room Organization Tips

By CSC - March 25th, 2015

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The living room is the gathering place in many homes. Keeping it organized can be a challenge because it often serves many different functions, from a sitting room when guests come over to a TV/entertainment room. At Closet & Storage Concepts, our specialty is helping you keep your home organized, so we’ve put together a few of our favorite tips for living room storage!

DVD Storage
If you have a sizeable DVD collection, it’s important to have a dedicated place to store it. Not only will this save space, but it will also make it easier for you to find the movie you’re looking for. Invest in a DVD tower (you can even get ones that rotate) and organize your moves alphabetically. If you don’t love the look of a DVD tower, consider an entertainment center that has built-in storage for all your movies, games and CD’s. Here at Closet & Storage Concepts, we can custom design a storage solution that meets your organization needs. This keeps your movie collection easily accessible but allows you to hide it away when not in use.

Storage Ottomans
An easy way to add more storage to your living room is with a storage ottoman. An ottoman provides you with a place to put your feet up and store miscellaneous items. Use one to store spare blankets and throw pillows, or even use it as extra storage for your shoe collection!

Wall Space
Using empty wall space effectively is crucial for an organized living room. Aside from hanging decorations, you should be using your wall space for extra storage. Use floating shelves or even custom built-in shelves to store books, photographs and awards. Use decorative baskets and bins to hold miscellaneous items like office or crafting supplies. The great thing about using empty wall space for storage is that it doesn’t take up any floor space, which is ideal for smaller rooms.

If your living room is in need of a storage makeover, give us a call today! We offer free in-home estimates!

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.

Entryways

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

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

 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.

Magazines

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.

Spices

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!

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!