5 Things That You Shouldn’t Store in Your Garage

By CSC - February 26th, 2015

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, we love to help people make the most of their storage space, particularly in their garages. Your garage is one of the most useful parts of your home, with the potential to be storage space, workspace, craft space, and so on. But while we’re all for getting the most out of our garages, there are some things that they aren’t suited for. While garages are excellent places to store things from bikes and tools to gardening materials and cars, these are some of the items that you shouldn’t store in your garage.

  1. Propane and Other Flammable Materials

Flammable gases like propane should always be stored someplace away from your car. The potential for them to ignite when you rev up your motor in the morning is a serious and dangerous risk. While you might want that propane tank on hand come summer for your backyard barbeques, it’s not worth the risk of burning down your house, or risking the lives of your family.

  1. Paint

While the garage might seem like the logical place to keep that old paint that you redecorated your walls with, it’s actually a poor spot for it. Garages are subject to extreme temperature and humidity fluctuations, even if they are well insulated, and this can cause the paint to react poorly and go bad, particularly in the Las Vegas heat. Furthermore, if you leave paint cans lying around on concrete garage floors, they’re liable to rust through.

  1. Food Products

Food products, even canned goods, should never be stored in your garage. As tempting as it is to save money by buying in bulk, if you don’t have a pantry to keep your food safe, avoid the garage altogether. Canned food, despite its reputation, can cook or spoil in high temperatures, and the Las Vegas heat is certainly a likely culprit in that regard. Keep your canned food indoors and try not to store it anywhere that the temperature regularly goes higher than 70 degrees.

  1. Paper Products

Paper products such as photo albums, paper plates and cups, cardboard boxes, old books, and files are all things that should not be stored in your garage, but are better suited for indoor storage. These sorts of items are tempting treats for vermin and pests, who like both snacking on and living in paper products. To avoid infestations of mice or flies, keep your paper products that need storing in a well insulated attic instead of your garage.

  1. Linens and Fabrics

For the same reasons that you should avoid keeping paper products in your garage, you should also avoid keeping linen and fabric products in your garage as well. Things like old bedding and sheets, blankets, towels, or table cloths all serve as tempting homes for vermin.

To learn more about garage storage, or to find your own storage solution, visit Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada today!

The 4 Keys to a Well-Organized Kitchen

By CSC - February 20th, 2015

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Any food lover or culinary whiz will tell you that the kitchen is the heart of the home. So a messy, dirty, disorganized, and cluttered kitchen does not make for a happy household! We promise you that if you take the time to get your kitchen clutter under control, not only will your kitchen look better, but your food will taste better, your family will be happier, and you’ll be less stressed come meal times! Organizing your kitchen can feel like a daunting task, but with these key tips from Closet and Storage Concepts of Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, you’ll have your kitchen sparkling and organized in not time!

Get Creative with Your Storage Solutions

One of the easiest ways to conquer kitchen clutter is to make use of clever storage solutions, which will keep things organized and within easy access. Try a Lazy Susan in your cupboard so that you aren’t always digging around in the back of your shelves searching for that can of cream of mushroom you’re sure you have! Use hanging storage to keep things like pots and pans out to the way and you’ll never find yourself storing cookie sheets in the oven again! There are plenty of fridge storage solution such as specialized Tupperware that will help keep your foods fresh and your ingredients organized. As long as you aren’t afraid to get creative, there are endless storage options out there to suit any kitchen storage need.

Store Equipment Near Its Work Station

This seems like a bit of a no brainer, but plenty of people end up running around the kitchen because they’ve stored their pots and pans on the other side of the room from the stove. Keep things close to the area you’ll use them and you’ll save time and space. Store cleaning supplies under the sink and by the dishwasher. Keep plates, bowls and silverware close to the dining room, and store rarely used items up high and out of the way.

Group Objects and Items by Use

Similar to the last tip, this will enable you to keep everything you need for a certain task in one spot for easy access and organization. Keep all your baking items together, for instance, but have them separate from the things you’d use for a stir fry. Smart storage like this will make it so that your entire kitchen isn’t destroyed by one simple cooking project, and you’ll contain any temporary clutter to a specific area.

Designate a Cooking Space

Finding extra space in the kitchen isn’t easy, but one smart option to have is a cooking zone where you do all of your prep and cooking work. As long as you’ve designated this one spot as your cooking area, you can be sure not to store things there and it will enable you to keep it extra clean. This is where you can chop veggies, prepare your meats, or roll your dough without clutter or distraction.

With these tips in your toolbox, your kitchen will be clean and organized in no time! For more organization and storage tips, contact Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada today!

Keep the Romance Alive Through Organization: 3 Ways Clutter Affects Your Relationships

By CSC - February 11th, 2015

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With Valentine’s Day upon us, it’s a great time to reevaluate our relationships and think of our significant others. But you don’t have to be Don Juan with chocolate and roses to make your valentine feel special. Even small things like cleaning the house or organizing a messy area can have a big impact. It’s the little things that matter after all! But it turns out that clutter actually has a big impact on our relationships, both romantic and otherwise. So this Valentine’s Day, conquer the clutter and heal the hurts with organization tips from Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. Here are the 3 ways in which clutter might be affecting your relationship.

Stress

The first and most obvious way that clutter might be hurting your love life is by adding unnecessary stress. We already have busy and stressful lives. Between work, family, housework, cleaning, cooking, and the occasional recreation, anything that takes extra time or adds strain to your life can hurt your relationship. When it takes forever for your partner to find something because of your mess, their already stressful day is made more hectic. Reduce your stress levels by reducing your clutter, and maximizing your home’s storage and organization potential.

Incompatible Organization

Another way that clutter might negatively affect your relationship with your spouse or significant other comes down to incompatible lifestyles. Having a clean freak nit picking at a pack rat is a recipe for disaster. Everyone has different levels of clutter and cleanliness that they are comfortable with, and if you and your partner aren’t on the same page then it could be causing strain on your relationship. Come to compromises about how much needs to be done, how often, and by whom. Separate chores based on your strengths and weaknesses. For example, if he really likes to work in the yard, he takes care of the shed, if she spends more time in the living room, she shoulders that room’s organization. Work together to be an organizational team rather than being at odds with each other.

Physical Separation

One of the keys to a successful love life is undeniably physical connection. One way that clutter can come between you and your loved one is in the literal sense, physically separating your from your valentine. Whether its books and laundry on the bed, or mail and keys on the kitchen table, clutter can form a real, physical barrier that can exacerbate existing romantic strains.

This Valentine’s Day, take back your relationship and don’t let clutter dictate your love life. For more help with storage and organization, call Closet and Storage Concepts of Nevada today!

How to Make the Most of a Small Garage

By CSC - January 27th, 2015

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One of the most useful space savers is a large garage. Garages are storage facilities, workspaces, and the home of your car and most of your outdoor gear. But not all of us are lucky enough to have a spacious three-car garage. If your garage is small and compact, you need to be extra mindful of how you use and organize that precious storage space. But with these tips from Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, even the smallest garages can pack a big organizational punch.

Make Use of Ceiling Space

One of the most underappreciated storage spaces available in your garage is overhead storage. Making use of ceiling space will ensure that there is no corner left unused. Ceiling storage is perfect for items that you don’t use regularly and need to be stored somewhere out of the way. Things like ladders or snow gear are well suited to this spot. You only need skis for one season out of the year, so keep them out of the way overhead!

Vertical Storage is Your Friend

Just like overhead space, the storage potential of garage walls is often over looked as well. Vertical storage is an excellent way to keep things off the floor but readily available all the same. Store more frequently used tools here. Things like rakes, shovels, shear, and other gardening tools are well suited to wall storage. For smaller items, pegboard is an ideal way to store things safely without taking up valuable surface area. You can hand small hand tools like trowels and hammers from pegboard and keep them easy to reach without using up your shelves.

Keep it Mobile

Mobile storage is a great way to make a workspace out of a small garage. Wheeled work benches can be stored out of site, but make for great workstations when needed. In small spaces you often have to move things around to find items or make room for things, so ensuring that everything in your small garage is mobile will make this task much easier.

For more information on garage storage and organization, visit Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, NV today!

Reusing Holiday Wrapping for Storage

By CSC - January 5th, 2015

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Make your New Year’s resolution be to go green this year! Before you pack up the decorations and start prepping for the New Year, be sure to check these tips from Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas for how you can reuse some of that holiday waste for storage and organization purposes!

Gift Wrap and Tissue Paper

Before you recycle the wrapping or tissue paper you may have accumulated from receiving gifts this year, think about all of the ways that you can reuse these items for your holiday storage! One of the first ways is as protection for your delicate ornaments or tree topper, especially if you don’t have the original packaging for these items. Ornaments can be wrapped before they’re put into boxes with dividers.

Gift bags are also great storage tools. Use the bags to remove items especially if you follow a one-in-one-out policy. If you received a nice sweater, maybe it’s time to say good bye to an old moth eaten one. Using them as you make your way to your local thrift shop will also help to reduce the clutter build up. If the bag is still in nice condition, you could always reuse it for another gift, or if it’s big enough, for garlands or other decorations around your home.

Try using empty wrapping paper rolls to protect candles. Simply insert one or a few, depending on the diameter of the tube, after wrapping them in tissue paper. They can then safely be put into a storage container.

Popcorn Tins and Chocolate Boxes

Use old chocolate boxes to house ornament hooks and tops, or even spare ribbon pieces. Be sure to label it to make it easy to find what you need the next time.

Those popcorn tins can have an extended life even once the popcorn is gone. They can hold ornaments, especially the sturdier ones, or act as a spool for your Christmas lights. Put extension cords and spare bulbs inside the tin, and wrap the lights around the outside of the tin before it’s put into a bigger box. You could always sort and store ribbons in the tin as well.

You could also try repurposing and DIYing old cookie tins to create portable wrapping stations. Wrapping paper will go into the bucket. Just attach a handle and pouches along the outside for scissors, tape, ribbons, and markers and where the bucket goes, the wrapping goes with it!

Garment Bags

If you bought a special dress or suit for a holiday party, then you can use the garment bag for your holiday decorations as well. You can use them to store your wrapping paper and ribbons, or try fabrics like a tree skirt or table runners. Since they hang, they do not take up a lot of space compared to if they were in a box. They also slide easily underneath a bed, if you want to use this trick for your other more general wrapping papers that you use throughout the year. Before you put your tree skirt or any other holiday fabrics you may have used into storage, be sure to give them a good clean and then maybe put them into a vacuum sealable bag to add extra protection against moths and mold.

Whether you need a holiday storage solution, or just one for every day life, Closet and Storage Concepts is your local organization expert! Give us a call today, or drop by our showroom for more storage tips!

New Year’s Resolutions that Will Keep You Organized

By CSC - December 29th, 2014

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With 2015 just around the corner, we’re coming up on that hopeful time of year when people make commitments to themselves about how they’re going to change their lives for the better. Whether that means losing weight by eating better or working out, ditching a detrimental habit, or recommitting to your career or family, most people have some aspect of their life that they want to improve upon, and what better time to start that January 1st? While New Year’s resolutions are notoriously unreliable, that doesn’t mean that yours has to be. Your resolution is only as strong as your will, and if you follow through on any of these life-improving organizational resolutions, you’ll find that 2015 will be your most organized and stress-free year ever!

“I will set up and follow a weekly cleaning schedule.”

Let’s get the least fun resolutions out of the way first. No one likes cleaning, and it’s that chore that no one notices unless you don’t do it. But having a clean home can drastically improve your quality of life. And by setting a weekly cleaning plan to follow, you’ll establish habits which will become hard to break, and ensure that you’re home is always in the best possible condition. Establish when you’ll do certain chores and how often they need to be done, from the daily activities of wiping down counters and sweeping the kitchen, to the weekly tasks like laundry and cleaning the bathroom. Set up chore lists for each family member and you’ll cut down on your own workload as well.

“I will streamline my stuff to cut down on clutter”

in 2015, resolve to ditch your packrat ways by taking some time to go through all your old possessions and determine how many of them you really need. For the things that you don’t use or like, donate them to people who would actually appreciate them. Get rid of those tacky bell-bottoms that are never coming back into style, and finally recycle all those magazines you’ve already read. Streamlining your stuff will make cutting through the clutter an easy task, and it will make your first resolution, keeping clean, that much easier.

“I will be mindful of my time”

This resolution will help all aspects of your life, because one of the areas in which organization matters most, is in your time. If you take the time to plan ahead and carefully follow the schedules that you set for yourself, you’ll find that you’re a perfectly punctual person in nearly no time. Try and think about what is worthy of your time, and prioritize in order to make sure that everything you need to do gets done. And try and give yourself some free time as well. Being diligent about your commitments and your schedule means that when you do have time off, there’s nothing hanging over your head.

Stick to these resolutions going forward into 2015, and you’ll find your quality of life will rise, along with your peace of mind. For more organizing goodness, visit Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada today!

The Dos and Don’ts of Shed Organization

By csc-admin - December 17th, 2014

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Any homeowner will know that the storage shed is one of the most undervalued but incredibly useful parts of your property. But it’s easy to let your shed get out of control, since its only purpose is to hold the things that you rarely use. Having a well-organized shed will make a world of difference in the ease with which you can accomplish home improvements. So with that in mind, here are the Dos and Don’ts of shed organization, from the experts at Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada!

Don’ts

When it comes to shed organization, the don’ts are incredibly important, because sheds often hold dangerous chemicals and substances. So keeping everything not only organized, but safely stored, is of the utmost importance. Firstly, don’t store paint in your shed. The fluctuations in temperature over time will leave it unusable. Paint is better stored in dry places with low temperatures, like basements or closets indoors. Not only should paint be properly stored, it should be properly disposed of. For old paint, contact a recycling agency for advice on how to properly and safely dispose of it. Another thing that you should store indoors is pet food. Otherwise having bags of Fido’s chow hanging around will be likely to attract critters that are less cute. Unless you want raccoons thinking of your shed as a snack bar, keep the pet food inside. There is a similar problem attached to keeping paper products such as napkins or paper plates for barbecues outside. These will attract bugs the way that pet food will attract rodents.

Dos

Now that you’ve ensured that everything in your shed will be safe and stored properly, you can move on to the dos of shed organization, which are much more fun anyways! Do go for pegboard on the walls. This will enable you to hang all of your tools, keeping them easily accessible and close at hand, saving space on shelves and in bins, and making for easy visual organization. You can hang everything from power tools to hand tools, hoses to sprinklers, and paintbrushes to gardening shears on pegboard. You can paint the pegboards to make the fun and bright, while organizing zones for tools based on color. Do make use of other wall storage as well. Upright wall storage of rakes, shovels, hoes, and brooms will keep them out of the way and make room for things that need more floor space. Long-handled tools being stored vertically simply makes sense! Do make use of overhead space. You can add racks above to keep infrequently used items out of the way. This is a good spot for items such as ladders, or seasonal sports equipment. Do have places to store small items. Repurpose mason jars in order to keep track of small metal items such as screws, bolts, nails, and other bits of hardware. Try storing seed packets in an over the door shoe organizer. Do take advantage of shelving. The more the merrier! Surface area will always be at a premium in storage areas. Do have a workspace, even if it’s just a simple potting bench. It will make it easier to work even when the weather’s bad.  And overall, do get creative! Organization doesn’t have to be onerous. Have fun with this project. Storage spaces should be welcoming.

 

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

3 Vital Tips for Staying Organized During the Holidays

By CSC - December 16th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, we love the holidays. This is the time of year where everyone comes together and celebrates family and community with good friends, good food, gifts, and glee. But from decorating the tree, to putting up twinkle lights, from cooking the holiday ham to accommodating holiday guests, while this may be the happiest time of the year, it’s also the most hectic. And it can be hard, even for organizational pros like us, to stay on track and organized with all the Christmas chaos. So we’ve got these necessary tips to help you stay sane and happy during this holiday season.

Plan Ahead

Checklists and itineraries are a great way to stay on top of your holiday to-do’s. If you’ve got a list of everyone you need to get gifts and cards for, created in advance, you’ll make sure to avoid forgetting anyone and dealing with hurt feelings and resentment. Plan your holiday feast so that you aren’t burning things as you scramble to cook five dishes at once, but rather are staggering meals so that your home is constantly warm and smelling delicious during your holiday party. If you’re traveling, make sure that every ticket is ready in advance, passports are taken care of, and luggage is by the door the night before, and keep your itinerary in hand so that you save time and money by avoiding delays.

Don’t Leave it Till the Last Minute

Falling in line with our last tip, don’t scramble around at the last minute trying to do everything at once. By preparing in advance, you’ll be able to avoid many of the traditional holiday headaches. Don’t leave buying gifts until the night before, when there’s nothing good left in the store and you’re holding up the poor clerks who just want to get home and celebrate with their own families. Don’t get stuck making frozen food on Christmas Eve because you couldn’t get to the grocery store ahead of time. Simply preparing ahead of time will help you to avoid all of these hassles.

Don’t Over-Commit

One of the biggest mistakes you can make, as far as we’re concerned, is to not enjoy the holidays. This is a time of year that’s supposed to be about joy after all! While you may want to be the perfect host, and the most prolific gift giver, and have the best holiday feast, and the perfect Christmas card, and flawless decorations, sometimes it’s simply too much. If you commit to too much during the holidays, you might spend what’s supposed to be the happiest time of year in a state of constant stress and worry. Make sure that your commitments are manageable, and your expectations reasonable, and you’ll have an organized and enjoyable season.

6 Ways to Repurpose Old Hangers

By csc-admin - December 12th, 2014

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Maybe you’ve done a massive clean out and have too many hangers, or you’ve upgraded to felt space-savings hangers after remodeling your closet. For whatever reason you might have extra hangers lying around, we’ve got you covered at Closet and Storage Concepts of Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ll help you to put those hangers to use in a unique and fun way!

 

  1. Jewelry Hangers

Simply add tiny cup hooks to the bottom of an old wood hanger and you’ve got a great way to store your earrings. They can be hooked with other hangers to accommodate your space and needs, no matter how many pairs of earrings you may have.

  1. Scarf Storage

 

Simply add plastic shower rings along the bottom of your hanger, loop scarves through, and you’ve created a scarf storage solution. The hanger means you can stick it back in your closet or hang it on a hook behind your door, or anywhere really.

 

  1. Towel Bar

 

Turn that hanger upside down. Then screw it into the wall and your old hanger just turned into one of the coolest towel bars. It perfectly pulls double duty, as the top bar can house hand towels and washcloths while the hook is great for large bath towels.

 

  1. Ribbon Holder

 

For all you craft fans, this one’s for you. Create an easy dispenser system with wire hangers. Just untwist the hanger to slip on the spools of ribbon along the pant rod, and then re-twist your hanger. You can have separate hangers organized by color to make finding the ribbon you need a breeze. This is a great resource to use to eliminate fumbling with ends of ribbons that lead to nowhere.

  1. Hang Shoes

This one is mainly for flip-flops or sandals. While we’ve seen a few different ways for you to accomplish this, the easiest is finding your plastic hangers with grooves on the sides meant to keep straps in place. Simply put the straps that go between your toes into this groove, one shoe on each side. Alternatively, you can use wire hangers although you might have to cut part of the wire and turn it to get a grooved shape.

  1. Holder/Rack

Hook an old hanger by the toilet in the bathroom and pull some reading materials (like magazines or newspapers) through the pant rod in order to create a budget friendly, space-saving magazine holder. This also makes a great alternative as a magazine rack. Just connect a few hangers together and hang and from the wall or ceiling to create an interesting shelf idea.

 

The pant rod would also be great to hold other items like sunglasses or ties. Who knew a hanger could be so versatile?

 

So before you throw out the hangers consider using them to help around your home. Organization is always in style, and it’s never too late to let us help you!

3 Reasons Everyone Should Keep a Menu Planner

By csc-admin - December 9th, 2014

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We’ve all been there: you get off work, pick up the kids, get home, and realize you haven’t even had a chance to think about dinner. This leads to unhealthy quick and easy options like fast food or pizza, as well as unnecessary spending. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, we believe that a well-organized life can lead to nothing but less stress and more time. That’s why we brought you this post with all of the reasons that you should build your own meal planner today!

Save Money

It may seem more convenient to grab a quick take out than to prepare a whole meal, but you’ll still take a hit to your wallet. Chicken costs as little as $1.50 per lb, Rice about $0.70 per lb, and broccoli about $1.70 per lb. Throw the chicken in the oven and the rice in the pot when you get home, steam or grill your broccoli, and you have a super cheap, easy, and healthy meal. Think that sounds a little boring? Spice it up with srirarcha or cook the rice in chicken broth for extra flavor. Grill your broccoli and dust it with olive oil and Parmesan rather than steaming it. Compare that to a medium pepperoni pizza at about $20.00 and it’s easy to see which one is the winner. By planning your meals in advance, you’ll have a plan when you hit the super market, and you won’t be swayed by unnecessary purchases.

Planning is Healthy

The reason that people go for fast food is right there in the name. It’s fast! In our go-go-go culture today, we do everything in a hurry. This can make it tempting to hit the drive through rather than actually making a meal, but those choices have consequences. The more we race, the wider our waistlines are getting, since it’s easy to ignore what and how much we’re eating when we’re in a hurry. But when was the last time you checked the nutritional information on that fast food? A Big Mac with medium fries and soda is 1070 calories. That’s more than half the daily amount recommended for the average woman in one meal! By planning your meals in advance you can be sure you’ll know exactly what you’re eating and putting into your body. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard as long as you have a plan! Try substitutions like sweet potato for fries and mashed potatoes, greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and healthy salsa instead of heavy dip. Most items have a light or healthy version if you take the time to make the right choices in the super market, rather than putting your trust in unknown ingredients. Try recipes like this one for creamy fettuccine with brussels sprouts and mushrooms. It takes 30 minutes tops and only has 385 calories a serving, meaning you can go back for seconds guilt free!

Dietary Variety

Do you ever get bored of eating the same thing day after day? We sure do. If you find yourself making spaghetti every night because it’s a low effort option that requires little time, it might be time to change it up. By planning in advance, you can prepare yourself to try new things, without the trouble of rushing to the grocery store at the last minute because you didn’t realize that recipe called for cumin. By preparing your recipes the week before, and making a shopping list based on what you’ll be making, as well as choosing low effort recipes, you’ll be able to bring a little spice back into your diet. Dining and cooking should be fun! Try making a meal from a different country once a week. A couple of options that you could start with are this 20-minute homemade ramen recipe, half-hour chicken Milano, 5 ingredient enchiladas, slow cooker pork tacos, or super simple shrimp scampi.

 

With a well organized meal planner you’ll be happier, healthier, and ready to focus on more important things, than what topping you’ll get on your pizza. For more organizational goodness, visit Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada today!