Best Organizing Projects for the Summer

By csc-admin - June 29th, 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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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How to Get Organized for Summer Parties

By csc-admin - May 26th, 2015

tea-556777_1280Summer is just around the corner and that means it’s almost party season! Whether it’s for a garden wedding or a casual cook out, summer parties are a great way to catch up with friends and family. Before you throw a party, it may be helpful to plan and organize. Luckily, Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver is here with some tips to help you have your most enjoyable summer soiree ever! To do that, we’ve decided to focus on three key areas in your home and life.

Calendar

Before you throw a party, make sure you have all your affairs in order! While some prefer to throw more impromptu and casual gatherings, getting organized for your get together can be beneficial to help relieve stress during the actual event. You can choose a combination of digital and paper calendars; whichever method you like best. Many find mobile calendars quite helpful, as you can share them and carry them anywhere you go. A calendar will also help you plan out your summer, as you can mark days when you’ll be attending an event.

Pantry

Pantries can cause stress before and during a summer party, as you might find yourself searching for one particular item or ingredient, but can’t seem to find it because of the mess that is your pantry. With a new season, it’s a great time to give your pantry a good clean out. Don’t forget to check with your local food bank to see what items they take before you relegate items to the trash. There might be someone who needs it more than you do!

Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver, Colorado can help you sort out your kitchen pantry with a customized storage solution! You’ll never misplace a spice, as you’ll have a designated space for everything! This will help to prevent duplicate and unneeded items from gathering in your pantry, saving you money as well as space.

Closets

While your guests might not have many coats to fill your entryway closet during the summer months, it doesn’t hurt to get your closet in order anyways. This way you won’t have to stress over the age-old struggle of deciding what to wear! You’ll be able to enjoy your party knowing that you look great and your closet does too! An organized closet will make attending events a whole lot less stressful as well. Consider having a garage sale to get rid of all of your clothes before giving them to a thrift store if you have some time to spare. You can view our blog post on tips to throw a successful garage sale here.

The only thing left to do now is to throw the party and enjoy it! Don’t forget that Closet and Storage Concepts Colorado is here to help if you ever feel overwhelmed with the state of your closet or pantry. We’ll help you to create a home that you love!

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Kid Storage & Clean Up Tips

By csc-admin - May 19th, 2015

6873223944_86d3457ae2_kIf you have kids, you probably know how difficult it is to keep your home clean and organized. Luckily, Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver, Colorado is here to help! Use these tips on some best practices for kid storage, and how you can help your kids get organized too! It’s a great time to re-do their rooms or play areas if summer vacation has already started!

Keep It Low

Storage solutions that work for you and your significant other may not work for your child. However, you can adapt solutions and storage to fit your kids’ needs. You’ll want to keep your child’s perspective in mind as you go about creating a solution that works for them. Customized storage solutions can offer the best opportunity to help keep your kids and their stuff organized as they age. One way to adapt your storage solutions is to keep things on a lower level. Kids aren’t as tall as you, so their rails and bins shouldn’t be either.

Keep more beloved toys closer to the ground, and more valuable items and lesser-used toys up high. They can always ask for help if they want to play with things that are above their reach.

Bins

Bins are a great way to corral your kids’ mess. Incorporate different types of bins, from sturdy metal catch-alls to textured wicker baskets. There are also cloth options that have cardboard or plastic sides for support. You can opt for transparent bins, so that your child can easily find the items they’re looking for, or opaque ones that will hide their mess! This will help keep the clutter at bay. Decorative baskets serve double duty as a decorative element, while also being extremely functional.

Strategize

This can be the most stressful part when trying to contain your kids’ areas, but it’s often the most rewarding. Strategizing now will help you to keep your sanity, even as your kids grow. Developing habits such as establishing a designated time to clean their room and playrooms, ideally once a week, will help you to keep your home clean while teaching them basic skills. You can try many different tactics in order to find the options that will fit your family and lifestyle.

Try creating a “mess allowed zone” that gives them a small area for to go a bit crazy in, without it spreading to the rest of your home. Keep the area hidden by creating a custom solution such as hanging a curtain, or using an area of your home that is not frequently visited by guests. Your children may even surprise you by keeping it clean once they are used to the habits you’ve instilled in them.

Kids are a great joy, but they often cause our homes to become disorganized. Let Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver help you to create a home that your whole family will love! Give us a call today for your free, in-home consultation!

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Creating a Peaceful Night’s Rest

By csc-admin - April 28th, 2015

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If you ever feel like you need a better night’s sleep, but can’t seem to get it, Closet and Storage Concepts Colorado is here to help with some tips! A good night of sleep will help you to recharge and be productive the next morning.

De-clutter & Cut Out

Clutter is often thought as invading your physical space, but it can also cut into your emotional one. Getting organized will help to sooth chaos and increase productivity levels. Consider tackling one room at a time, or even one drawer at a time if that seems less daunting. Don’t feel rushed to get your whole home done at once.

If you feel emotionally cluttered, consider cutting out the negatives in your life. Focus on the positives and jot them down; it’s a great way to practice thoughtfulness and thankfulness. Positive energy will help to keep your mind calm and give you a more restful night of sleep.

De-cluttering your life, both physically and emotionally, is a great way to keep your mind at ease to allow you to drift into an effortless sleep.

Create a Sanctuary

Sleep better by creating a space that fosters it. No matter the space you have to work with, a spot with comfortable fabrics, good airflow, and a good atmosphere can be beneficial to your sleep patterns.

Many recommend choosing bed linens with a high thread count, as this generally means that it will be softer. A good rule of thumb is to find sheets that have a 300 thread count or higher. However, some people tend to sleep better with different fabrics. If you are drawn to flannel sheets, by all means, go for it. Do throw out, donate, or reuse your old sheets.

Airflow and temperature can also help. Pick a comfortable temperature. There are even beds and other products that can help to maintain different temperatures, if you and your significant other prefer different settings.

Atmosphere in terms of design is also worthwhile to consider. Once you’ve created the perfect room you won’t have much to worry about. Be sure you have ample amount of storage and that your color palette and layout are soothing to keep your mind at ease.

Mood Swing

By de-cluttering, and eliminating the negatives in your life you’ll be ready for some mood swings towards happiness. You can achieve further peace by doing activities such as taking a bath or indulging in some aromatherapy. Warming your body can help to create a sense of calm that will lead to a good night of rest. Scent can also play a role; choose one that calms rather than energizes. Your home will get to benefit too!

We hope you found these useful and that you can get a better night’s rest! Need more help with the bit about de-cluttering? Closet and Storage Concepts Colorado has you covered. Call us to schedule your free, in-home estimate!

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Tips from Small Spaces for Those with Bigger Homes

By csc-admin - April 21st, 2015

3640110011_d7b3f6d69b_bEven though some cannot imagine living in a space that is essentially as big as their closets, there is a definite trend, or mocking (see Portlandia’s “Microhouse” segment, although it may not be suitable for younger viewers) of tiny home living. While it is not for everyone, there are some definite tips and tricks that can be used in homes large and small.

Double Duty

With limited space, many are forced to look for furnishings that can pull double duty. Many examples include furniture items, such as coffee tables with storage for books or even shoes.

When organizing, it is also helpful to look for items that can double up your space. In cabinets look for risers that create layers. This can even be done with bookshelves. Creating layers with different heights helps to give a clear overview of items, no matter where you use them.

If nothing suits the space, don’t be afraid of a little DIY project. This is a great way to customize your home and make the most of your space.

Minimize

Those who live in small spaces have to know how to downgrade to the necessities. This is not to say that small spaces can’t pack a punch design wise, but those who live in smaller homes and apartments know how to curate their homes. Those in bigger living spaces can take a cue from them. Minimalism doesn’t have to be about just stark walls, although it could be if that’s your aesthetic, but rather about streamlining your belongings. By doing this, you are able to translate your personality into your home.

Minimalizing your possessions will really allow you to hone into the details of your life, and will bring a greater sense of appreciations for what you have. While you still might lust over certain items, you can be more objective in knowing what you can and cannot cram into your space. Use this thinking no matter the size of your home in order to increase your happiness level.

Keep it Clean

This ties into the pervious tip, but when you are forced to live small, you know how much of an impact clutter and cleanliness can have on a space. Having scheduled clean outs and de-cluttering sessions can help to keep your space clean and running at optimal levels.

Keeping it all clean and organized will make activities easier in your home. If you dream about the day where you can use the room you’ve been avoiding, or watch a movie without tripping on kid’s toys, it may be time for an organization overhaul. You’ll be able to relax and squeeze in time for the things you enjoy.

No matter the amount of space you have, the important thing is how you use it in order to create the perfect home environment and create great memories. Small space living may not be for everyone, but the benefits can be. Use these tips to create the home of your dreams and call Closet and Storage Concepts of Denver, Colorado to make life easier for you today!

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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.