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!

Staying Productive In Your Home Office

By csc-admin - October 9th, 2014

Home Office

With the advent of new technologies, more and more companies have begun allowing employees to work from home occasionally or even full-time over the last decade. Working from home can be a rewarding and productive endeavor, but only if you manage to stay focused and on task. If you work from home regularly (or would like to start), here are some handy tips to keep in mind that will help lead you to a more productive work day!

Establish a Schedule

When you work from home regularly, it’s important to establish a daily routine that you can adhere to. It doesn’t have to mimic the daily work schedule of the shirt and tie crowd (after all, you left that behind for a reason), but it’s still important to self-regulate. If you like to work six hours in the morning/early afternoon, and squeeze in two hours before bed then be sure to stick to it. The biggest problem facing full-time telecommuters is that they don’t understand the importance of beginning the day promptly and calling it a day when work time is done. If your home is your office, then it can be easy to let your workdays bleed into your evening personal time, and before long all work-life balance is gone.

Pass on Pajamas

It’s seems like the dream of any 9-to-5’er: wake up in your pajamas, lumber over to your desk and start working. A 15-second commute! Working in your underwear! The ultimate freedom! Unfortunately it’s not that simple, and you will be infinitely more productive if you take time to establish a morning routine. Taking a shower and getting clean will get your mind moving so you can hit the ground running when you do finally sit down at your desk. Consider your lack of a commute as a time to eat the breakfast you always used to skip or a time to go on a run to make up for the fact that you don’t have to walk anywhere all day! Working from home can be a blessing, but only if you take advantage of the time that used to make up your commute and put it to good use.

Carve Out a Dedicated Workspace

Much like establishing a daily routine, it is also important to establish a workspace in your home that is uniquely your own. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to turn an entire room into a home office, but you can always take a corner of a room and reserve it for work. By establishing this space as a “work zone” you will be able to compartmentalize and walk away from work at the end of the day to enjoy the rest of your home. This is where Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado can help. Whether you need custom shelves or new drawers, we are your custom storage solution experts. Give us a call today; we would love to help you conquer your workspace clutter!

Organizational Tips For Your Garage

By csc-admin - September 9th, 2014

Garage storage

The garage can be an organizational nightmare for some people and it is easy to see why. The garage is a place where your things go when you don’t want them in the house or can’t find a proper place. If your garage is made up of random collections of unwanted things, it is highly unlikely you will take the time to get things organized. If you know it’s time to get that garage clutter under control, here are some handy tips that will help you get started!

Let Things “Hang” Out

The garage is a dreamland for people who love to organize, because the same rules don’t apply in garages as they do elsewhere in your home. In the kitchen, for example, people crave organization schemes that fall within the accepted boundaries of kitchen decorating. Your organization skills must be as beautiful as they are functional. In the garage, the primary concern is maximizing space above all else. This is why hanging things is a key aspect of garage organization. Bikes can be hung on wall racks or from ceiling hooks. Mesh bags can be filled with soccer balls, basketballs, and other spherical sports equipment and hung from hooks on the wall. Mesh is great for this type of organization because you can still see what is in the bag without taking it down off the wall. Hanging things throughout the garage frees up space on the ground for shelving units and other harder-to-manage items.

Organize by Season

When organizing your garage it is important to organize with the seasons in mind. If all of your holiday decorations are spread out in boxes across the garage, every time you have to find a string of outdoor lights you’ll be tearing the garage apart looking for it. If you keep holiday decorations near boxes of winter clothes and the summertime sports equipment over near the lawnmower, you can locate what you need much more easily. This seasonality also allows you to compartmentalize your mess. In the summer, it’s a given that your baseball mitts and basketballs will be less organized than they are in the dead of winter, but if they are all in the same place you are much more likely to avoid a garage-consuming mess year-round!

Don’t Be Afraid To Skip the Garage and Donate

Many people think of the garage as the last stop for clothing, not-so-memorable keepsakes, and other various household objects without a home. Don’t fall into the trap of moving unwanted items from the living room to the garage and leaving them there. If something is never going back into the house and it has no sentimental value, just let it go. Especially if someone else could use it, you are better off donating it or selling it at a yard sale. Don’t let your garage become a dump for things you are afraid to remove entirely from the house. Take control of that clutter!

Give Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado a Call

Some of these organizational tips are things you can implement on your own, without our help. Not all messy garages are created equal though, and when you are in need of a custom storage solution for your garage give us a call. We would love to help you cut through the clutter in your life and get started on the road to a more organized life!