Fun Storage Ideas for Kids Rooms

By CSC - August 31st, 2015

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Kids have a way of making a bunch of little items into one huge mess. Whether it’s toys, games, books, or other random objects, it can feel overwhelming to find a place for all of it in your child’s room. Luckily, there are some fun ways you can make space for their stuff and still leave room for them to grow. Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada is bringing you some fun ways to declutter your child’s room.

Using Unexpected Spaces

If your child loves story time, transforming their door into a hanging library is an amazing way to free up shelf space for other toys. Another great space is under the bed, where there’s plenty of room to store less frequently used items to cut down on clutter. You can also go above and beyond and install wall ledges, but be careful to place them high enough out of reach to prevent injuries. If your child is older, a loft-style bed can open up a large amount of space as well.

Everything Has Its Place

Having a designated place for every toy makes it easier to get everything organized, because if there isn’t a certain spot to put them, kids won’t bother putting them away at all. Bins, baskets, tubs – the storage possibilities are endless. Clear containers can make it easier to see what’s inside, but room decor inspired designs can add a unique and fun touch to any child’s room. It also helps to remind kids where everything belongs, which keeps their space looking neat.

Make It Fun!

Parents know that even a perfectly organizable room doesn’t always end up tidy when there are kids involved. Kids on the other hand just want to play and don’t see why a messy room is such a big problem. Until you see eye-to-eye, making clean-up time fun is the best way to get your kids excited about organizing, and the easiest! See who can put away the highest number of items, or who can do it in the shortest amount of time.

 

If you are interested in storing solutions for your child’s room, contact Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada today!

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Small Closet Organization

By CSC - August 20th, 2015

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So you have a smaller closet than you’d like. Let’s be honest, we’d all love more closet space, right? Well, there’s probably more space in your closet than you think, you might just not be using it! Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada is bringing you some helpful hints on how you can have the closet of your dreams, no matter the square footage!

Get Rid of Unused Items

We’re all guilty of holding on to clothing that we haven’t worn in ages because we swear we will find a use for it again. Unfortunately, that usually doesn’t end up happening. Take this reorganization time to slim down your wardrobe. If you need more motivation, you can even earn some money by selling your clothing to secondhand shops. Once you get rid of all of the items you rarely use, you find that your closet might not seem so small anymore.

Don’t Neglect Open Space

When dealing with a smaller closet space, it’s important to utilize all areas to the fullest. Rather than just putting pairs of shoes on the ground, place shoe organizers that can double or even triple the amount of shoes able to be stored. To be more space savvy, even if your clothing rack and above shelves are completely full, the area between the ground and the end of your clothing is an overlooked area that can be a game changer. Storage bins or rack-to-ground hanging organizers help you store more with less.

Taking Your Closet Outside of Your Closet

Maybe you’ve gotten rid of most of your clothes, used every inch possible in your closet, but still are struggling to find space. There’s no need to worry, there is a slightly unconventional solution available, and that is using other areas of your bedroom to store your closet items. A popular option is a dresser, but if that isn’t enough, under your bed is a perfect place to store off-season clothing without taking up additional space in your room.

Interested in learning more about organizing your closet? Contact Closet and Storage Solutions of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada today!

 

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Living Room Re-Organization Ideas

By CSC - August 16th, 2015

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You likely spend the majority of your time at home lounging in the living room – don’t you want it to be the epitome of coziness and comfort? As summer begins to come to a close, many homeowners are looking to revamp their homes to prepare for the holiday season. At Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, we love helping our clients create their perfect room. We’re bringing you some living room organization ideas so you can make it the most popular room of your house!

Set a Room Design

Whether you’re looking for a minimalist look or something that appears a bit more lived in, it’s important to set a clear picture of what you want your living room to look like. With this in mind, it’s easier to decide on which objects you should leave be and which are best packed away. So if you’re hoping to have your living room be more modern and sleek, it’s best to put away your shabby chic throw pillows and your mid-century modern lamp, for now.

All Ages or Adults Only?

If you’ve recently added a little one to your household, or your little one isn’t so little anymore, a living room re-organization is a great way to make this space comfortable for all those who are using it. Many homeowners double this space as a playroom, but don’t want to dissuade company from coming over because there are a bunch of toys lying around. For many, a great solution is to utilize nearby closets or place large and stylish bins in the living room to hide messes quickly and easily.

Consolidate

Finding you have too much stuff and not enough space? One word: consolidate! For instance, if your shelves are covered in picture frames taking up too much room, consider investing in an electronic photo frame that will display all your photos in the area of one. If your living room is filled with books or cds, a helpful solution is to place these items in your coffee table’s storage compartments, or even hang wall shelves to utilize all available space.

If you’re looking to give your living room a re-do, contact Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada today!

 

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Build the Best Cleaning Caddy

By CSC - July 30th, 2015

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The time for serious spring cleaning might have passed, but here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, we know that the business of tidying up and keeping clean is an important priority year round. For those of you that are hoping to streamline the cleaning and upkeep process of you home, we’ve found that taking the time to set up a proper cleaning caddy will save you time and hassle in the long run, but my making clean up time simple and straightforward.

What to Keep In Your Cleaning Caddy

Having a general-use cleaning caddy that can work for every room in your house is a great idea. But knowing what to store in this valuable tool box can be difficult, since certain rooms require certain products and tools, and you can’t put the entire contents of you’re your broom closet into a caddy after all! Here are some ideas for basic cleaning products that would be valuable in any common-use cleaning caddy:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Garbage bags
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Glass cleaner
  • Wash cloths
  • Duster
  • Polish
  • Multi-Surface cleaning solution

Task-Specific Cleaning Caddies

If you’re a real neat freak, then you might even consider creating cleaning caddies for specific tasks. You could have a kitchen and bath caddy that includes things like tile grout cleaner, drain cleaners, and grease cutters for food waste and soap scum. Or you could have a caddy that’s specifically for hardwood floor projects, including items like floor polish and a damp mop.

Choosing Your Caddy

When it comes to actually picking out the cleaning caddy that you’ll want to use, there are plenty more things to consider. The material is important. Cloth caddies can look more attractive and be placed and stored in the open, but plastic or rubber caddies will be more durable and long lasting. You can order your caddy online, such as from amazon, where the most popular item is a budget friendly, inexpensive plastic option, or you can make a bigger investment in an item such as the wheeled IRobot standing caddy from Bed Bath and Beyond.

However you choose to set up your cleaning caddy system, we here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada hope that it will help you make all your cleaning projects easier and less stressful, so that you have more time for the important things in life, like spending time admiring your new custom closet!

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How to Get Organized for Back to School

By CSC - July 27th, 2015

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We like to be prepared well in advance for any important event here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. While Back to School time doesn’t come until September, it’s just around the corner now that it’s almost August. Being prepared well in advance will help you face the stresses of back to school in a way that won’t cause stress or strain. Here are our tips to help you stay organized when the summer draws to a close.

Plan Before You Shop

One of the most stressful parts of preparing for back to school is back to school shopping. It’s exciting for the kids, who finally get new clothes that fit now that they’ve outgrown last year’s pants, which are getting a little too short. But as necessary as it is to break out the wallet for new clothes, it can be easy to break the bank if you’re not prepared. In order to stay on track, have a plan before you hit the shops. The mall is designed to make it easy for you to buy things, so having a strict plan is important. Assess your needs, first of all. You don’t have to replace your child’s entire wardrobe, just get new items for the old ones that no longer fit. Since those clothes will only be lightly used, you can also sell them in order to lessen the financial burden of all these new items.

Ease Into the New Schedule

The slow mornings and long, lazy days of summer are a big contrast with the strict and early schedules of the school year. If you want the first day of school to go smoothly, don’t make it the first day that you switch from waking up at noon to trying to pry the kids up at six. Start incrementally waking them up earlier day-by-day, so that when that first day of school comes, they’ll be prepared for the new morning routine.

Create A Calendar

Having a calendar of milestones and events leading up to the new school year will help you stay on schedule. Plan the days that you’ll go shopping, the days you’ll wake the kids a little earlier, the days you’ll brave the mall for sales all well in advance, and you won’t be pulling out your hair in a disorganized frenzy at the last minute.

For more tips and tricks on staying organized, visit Closet and Storage Concepts today!

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The Dos And Don’ts of Home Office Organization

By CSC - July 22nd, 2015

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Your home office is an incredibly important part of your living space. If you ever work remotely, or if you are self-employed, then you’ll know that having a dedicated workspace in your home is a key part of your productivity. Making sure that your home office is organized can be an important way to eliminate distractions and make the most of your time working. Use these tips from Closet and Storage Concepts of Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada to help keep your home office organized and up to date!

DO: Go Paperless

Eliminating paper is a great way to ensure that you have little clutter and plenty of space that is properly organized. One of the biggest causes of desk and office clutter are things like junk mail, unneeded receipts, old magazines, brochures, and more. Go through all your papers and determine what are things you actually need, and what can be recycled and gotten rid up. Sign up for automatic online bill pay and cut out junk mail to keep your office space organized.

DON’T: Be A Packrat

It can be hard to let go of our possessions and belongings, and we understand that here at Closet and Storage Concepts. All the same, letting go of the things that we don’t need is one of the key ways to cut down on clutter. Donate or sell the things you don’t need, and don’t be afraid to let go of what you don’t use.

DO: Eliminate Distractions

Make sure that your workspace is dedicated solely to working and you’ll be able to get more done in less time. Don’t browse the internet or casually read in your home office. Instead, make sure that the only times you are using the space is when you are working, and you’ll be psychologically prepared for productivity as soon as you enter your office.

DON’T: Get Overwhelmed

Getting organized can seem like a big and intimidating project if you have a lot of things that need to get done. Tackle the challenge in bite-sized chunks of simple and easy to accomplish tasks, and soon enough you’ll be closer than ever to your organizational goals.

For more help on making the most of your home office space, visit Closet & Storage Concepts today!

 

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How to Store Food Long Term

By CSC - June 28th, 2015

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We’re hardly conspiracy nuts here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, but sometimes on these hot days we feel a little more secure knowing that there are a couple extra cases of clean drinking water in the garage. Long term food storage doesn’t mean stocking up a backyard bunker though, simply buying things in bulk and hanging on to them is a great way to save money and time. But to make the most of your forward thinking spending habits, you need to be able to safely store your food long term. Here’s how to get the most mileage out of your food’s shelf life.

Know Which Foods to Store

The first step is to know which foods will last the longest when stored long term. Some things will hold up better than others, and some items have a nearly indefinite shelf life if properly protected. Some items that can be kept indefinitely if properly stored include white sugar, salt, molasses, and pure honey. Other foods can last for 5 to 10 years if properly stored, including dry beans, dry corn, rice, cereals like oats, and whole spices. Many canned foods can also last for long times, but if it is prepackaged, make sure to check the expiration date all the same.

Storage Conditions

Another important consideration is the room that your foods will be stored in. Extreme temperatures are obviously less than ideal for food storage, so if you’re garage isn’t climate controlled, avoid keeping food in there with the heat of the Las Vegas summer. The perfect temperature for long term food storage is about 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Ensure that the area your are keeping your food in is moisture free and dry, and keep the food containers from resting on the floor, because air circulation is important. Definitely keep food out of places that might have insect or rodent exposure. This means the ideal place for long term food storage is on shelves in a pantry, rather than in a basement or garage.

Freezing Food

Freezing food is a great way to make sure that you have prepared meals ready to go on nights that you just can’t bring yourself to cook. While the above tips referred to food storage that could last years, the most you’ll want to keep things in your freezer for is about a year max, and generally less long than that. Freezing is a great way to make things like soups last longer and you can also ensure that you always have fresh meat with freezer storing as well.

For more storage and organization solutions, visit Closet and Storage Concepts today!

 

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3 Summer Organization Projects for Your Home

By CSC - June 24th, 2015

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Now that summer is finally in full swing and the kids are out of school, you’re probably looking for good ways to keep them busy and away from the tempting potential to sit around all day playing video games or getting into trouble. Get the whole family involved in some summer cleaning and updating in order to keep everyone busy, and spruce up your home in the mean time. These ideas from Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas are a great place to start!

Wardrobe Overhaul

When the end of summer comes and it’s time for back-to-school shopping, you’ll want to have room for all of those new clothes that you’re going to have to buy with the kids growing like weeds. Use the lazy summer months to take an inventory and overhaul of your wardrobes and closets. Go through all your clothes and sort them into three piles: things to keep, things to store, and things to get rid of. Things to keep include the clothing that gets worn every day and is still in good condition and fits well. Things to store include items like winter clothes and parkas that you might not need now, but probably will at some point. Things to get rid of include old clothes that no longer fit, aren’t stylish, or are damaged and moth eaten. These can be thrown out or donated to make way for the new clothes that will come with the new school year.

Playroom Make-Over

This project is a fun way to encourage your kids to get creative this summer, by sprucing up and organizing a room that’s all about them. The playroom can easily get out of control once summer hits and the kids are around all day. Establishing a new organizational system and layout will help keep tiny hands busy and give you a chance to get rid of old and outgrown toys. Set up an area that’s specifically for arts and crafts, where there are cubbies organized by art supply so you never mix up the markers with the water colors or the crayons with the clay. Create storage solutions at low levels so that the kids can easily reach their toys, and solicit their input on the layout. When they’re involved in the decision-making, they’ll be more likely to put things back their rightful place.

Pantry Touch Up

Summer is a great time to go through your pantry and clean out all the old food items that have expired or that you no longer need. Throw away anything that’s gone bad, but canned and packaged foods which you simply don’t think you’ll get around to eating are perfect for summer food drives and donating. Get the kid’s involved and it will be no time before they realize the benefits of going through the pantry is lot’s of snacks! Create a new organizational scheme that puts the things you use regularly at the forefront and use organizational solutions like spice racks or lazy susans to make the most of your pantry space.

For more storage and organization tips, visit Closet and Storage Concepts of Nevada today!

 

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Organize Your Entryway

By CSC - June 23rd, 2015

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, we know that one of the most important parts of your home is your entry way. This is the first thing you see when you come home, and the last room you view as you leave. It is the first impression that people have when they enter your home and leaves an indelible mark on how you think about your house and home. This means that it is critical to have a clean and orderly entryway, which will save you time and space, while improving the overall look and feel of your home.

Shoe Storage

Make sure to keep shoes out of sight and out from underfoot by implementing proper shoe storage. Making sure that you have a good shoe rack or set of cubbies for your family’s shoes will help to keep things clean. Implement a no-shoes-in-the-house rule and have a spot to the side of the door where all the shoes can be stored. This will keep your house clean and germ-free, since people won’t be bringing in dirt and muck on the soles of their shoes, which can get tracked through the rest of the house.

Coat Racks

Having a good place to immediately hang up coats and jackets will help prevent pile-ups in the entryway. If you’re lucky enough to have a closet on hand, that’s a great way to keep things off the floors, but if not, simply invest in a coat rack, or even a simple set of wall hooks, which will provide easy and convenient storage for everyone’s outer layers, without them ending up on the floor or in the laundry.

Carpet Runners

Even with a no-shoes-in-the-house policy, it’s inevitable that some dirt and grime will get tracked in to the house. Prevent damage to your floors and cut down on clean-up time by investing in a sturdy doormat and carpet runner. The doormat will be your first line of defense when it comes to preventing dirt from being brought inside, but a carpet runner will also help for anyone who happens to forget the cardinal no-shoes rule.

With these simple solutions you can drastically improve the quality, experience, and appearance of your entryway. For more home organization and storage solutions, visit Closet & Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada, today!

How to Stay Organized On Business Trips

By CSC - May 21st, 2015

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Today, in our increasingly connected world, more and more of us find that we have to travel for our jobs. With businesses crossing borders and expanding and connecting internationally, there are often opportunities to visit new places, meet new people, and learn new cultures, all as part of your job! But it can sometimes be hard to stay organized and on top of everything under the demanding strains of traveling for work. That’s why Closet and Storage Concepts of Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada have these tips to help you stay organized on your next business trip!

Preparation Is Key

The best way to stay on top of everything, when it comes to travel or really anything to do with staying organized, is to prepare well and in advance. Having proper preparation will mean that you’re never caught off guard by slip ups or nasty surprises, and that you’ve always got a plan b. Being prepared to have alternate travel arrangements, knowing exactly how you’ll get to your hotel and having back up plans, are all ways that you can be sure to get the most out of your travel experience. Make sure that you have made a detailed itinerary and stick to it. Pack well in advance and be early to the airport so that you don’t miss your flight. By having a plan and sticking to it, you’ll already be setting yourself up for success!

Think of the Financials

One of the more complex aspects of business trips is figuring out funding. It’s important that you have an open dialogue with your employer before you begin your travels, in order to ensure that you know exactly what they’ll be covering and how, and what expenses you might have to cover yourself, such as recreational tourism. Review your company’s reimbursement and travel expense policies to make sure you’re familiar with them before you leave, and determine whether things like food expenses or client dinners will be covered by a per diem. Being aware in advance ensures that you won’t be caught off guard when you get there.

Culture and Customs

If you’re travelling to someplace you’ve never been before, it will be important for you to familiarize yourself with the culture and customs of your destination. The stereotype of the “Ugly American” tourist isn’t one that you want to be putting forward in a business setting! Make an attempt to learn the basic phrases you’ll need in the local language, enough so that you can order in a restaurant or ask for a restroom, and so that you’ll be able to introduce yourself to the locals. Also think about customs such as styles of dress and appearance, which can change drastically from place to place. Don’t forget to take into account the more practical differences as well, such as climate, money, and time differences. By preparing for these differences you can ensure that your trip goes smoothly, and you might even get in some time for sightseeing!

For more organizational tips, visit Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada today!

 

 

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