How to Make the Most of Your Custom Closet Space

By csc-admin - November 20th, 2014

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Closet and Storage Concepts of Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada can give you the completely custom dream closet you’ve always wanted; but no closet ever seems to have enough space. The bigger your closet gets, the more space it seems you need! Sure it’s nice to have that new shoe rack, but wouldn’t you be happier with a shoe wall? After all, this is Las Vegas, and oodles of stilettos are a necessity! We sympathize, so we gathered some tips to help you to make the most of the space in your new custom closet from Closet and Storage Concepts of Nevada.

Double Up

One quick way to maximize your custom closet space is to have two parallel closet rods at different heights in your closet. This will give you twice as much hanger space to work with. While not ideal for long dresses, this is a perfect idea for a man’s closet, where you can hang shirts and jackets along the top rod, and fold your pants over the hangers on the lower rod, ensuring wrinkle-free, hassle-free, enhanced closet storage. The lower closet rod should be about a meter off the ground, while the higher one can be well above eye level, just in case you do have to hang longer garments.

 Have a Home for Small Items

When designing custom closets, people love to think big. While this is certainly fun, and we would never neglect the big picture, the devil is in the details after all. Sometimes the designated spots for small items get overlooked, so be sure to keep them in mind. Have a home in your closet for the small, frequently used items. A catchall bowl for things like loose change, earring studs, cuff links, and keys will help keep your surfaces from getting cluttered and prevent you from losing the little items that are so prone to going missing.

 Light it Up

The key factor for any custom closet is good lighting. Closet and Storage Concepts can help you light up your closet so that you’re never caught fumbling in the dark again. Recessed lights are an excellent option for custom closets, as they don’t take up any unnecessary space while looking sleek and contemporary, while providing warm illumination for your clothes. Don’t leave any dark corners; we’ll help you to make sure that every part of your closet has enough light.

 

With these tips, and the expert help of Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada, you’ll be able to make the most of the space offered by your custom closet.

8 Fascinating Statistics about How Clutter Affects Your Life

By csc-admin - November 17th, 2014

Clutter seems like it’s only a minor issue for some people, but clutter, in fact, can have a huge negative impact on your life. Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Nevada believes that organizing your life improves your life, so here are 8 illuminating facts about how clutter can affect your life in unexpected ways.

  • Getting rid of clutter eliminates 40% of housework in an average home. 80% of clutter in most homes is a result of disorganization, not lack of space.
  • In a study of 138 business people – 73% said their impression of colleagues was influenced by the way their desks were organized. Nearly 70% believed that workers with messy desks were perceived as less career-driven than their fastidious counterparts.
  • 23% of adults say they pay bills late (and thus incur fees) because they lose them.
  • Executives waste six weeks per year searching for lost documents.
  • Britons have £5.7billion worth of unused household items stashed away, and one in three has enough to fill a bedroom.
  • The average American wastes 55 minutes a day – roughly 12 weeks a year – looking for things they know they own but can’t find.
  • It costs an average of $10 per sq. ft. to store items in your house.
  • Two thirds of English people say the amount of junk in their home makes them feel ‘disorganized’ and ‘stressed.’

 

We hope that these statistics have helped to inspire you to de-clutter your life. Whether you’re customizing your closet, organizing your office, or prettying up your pantry, let Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Nevada help you along the way!

 

Sources:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2295537/Do-1-000-clutter-home-Study-finds-average-household-sitting-unused-items-worth-small-fortune.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/29/stress-survey-sleep_n_3156991.html
https://www.napo.net/press_room/organizing_statistics.pdf
https://bitly.com/bundles/o_6rd80pjhoj/3

11 Inspiring Quotes about Staying Organized

By csc-admin - November 14th, 2014

Closets and storage are our business here, and that means that we see organizational success as a way of life. All the same, Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Nevada understands that sometimes it can be difficult to motivate yourself to stay organized. It’s so easy to let clutter and disarray sneak up on you if you aren’t vigilant about keeping your life positively structured. With that in mind, we decided to collect some quotes about organization that will inspire and motivate you to stay on track towards your own organizational success!

 

  • “Better three hours too soon, than one minute too late.” ~William Shakespeare
  • “Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.” ~Christina Scalise
  • “An idea can only become a reality once it is broken down into organized, actionable elements.” ~Scott Belsky
  • “Clutter isn’t just in your home, attic, garage or office. Clutter’s also in your mind and distracts you from doing the amazing things you’re meant to do. So, clearing out clutter, both internally and externally, opens you up to the wonders that await. And who knows what you’ll discover in the process? Maybe it’s a new job, more money, a new relationship and definitely peace of mind. Try it! You’ve got nothing to lose except some clutter! ~Katrina Mayer
  • “Have a time and a place for everything, and do everything in its time and place, and you will not only accomplish more, but have far more leisure than those who are always hurrying.” ~Tryon Edwards
  • “Being organized isn’t about getting rid of everything you own or trying to become a different person; it’s about living the way you want to live, but better. ~Andrew Mellen
  • “In a sense, clutter is the end result of procrastination.” ~Jeff Campbell
  • “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~William Morris
  • “A place for everything and everything in its place.” ~Benjamin Franklin
  • “First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” ~Napoleon Hill
  • “Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.” ~Pearl S. Buck

 

Now that you’re feeling inspired to organize and de-clutter your life, give us a call here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Nevada, and we’ll help you on your way to organizational success!

Five Tips For Finding Great Deals on Craigslist

By csc-admin - November 12th, 2014

Craigslist is an incredible place to find great deals for decorating your home, but unlike going to Ikea or Restoration Hardware, there is no quality control on Craigslist. This means that in exchange for your big savings, there is a little more work that needs to be done on your end to ensure you get those great deals and avoid having a bad Craigslist experience. Here are our five best tips for finding great deals on Craigslist, and how you can implement them when you’re bargain hunting online.

Know Exactly What You Need

Unlike the aforementioned retail chains, Craigslist is not a place you want to blindly browse in search of the items you’re looking for. You could spend all day and never find a thing, or you could end up buying things you don’t need. Craigslist has a search bar for a reason, put it to use! The filtering process on Craigslist is incredibly helpful for setting price limitations, keyword searches, etc. Also, if you’re buying furniture (or anything, really) make sure there are pictures so you don’t waste time tracking down something ugly or defective.

Do Your Research

One of the most important things about Craigslist hunting is doing your research. It is supremely important that before you even begin searching for what you want, you already have in mind the market value of the item, the price to buy something similar from a retail store, and of course – your budget. Armed with all of this knowledge, you can feel great entering a discussion with a seller about their item and ensure that you leave with the best possible value

Put Tech To Work For You

Craigslist is a website, but if you’ve ever used it before you probably know that it is about as basic as basic gets. The user interface gets the job done, but it still looks like a website that was built in the mid-90s. If you want to amp up your Craigslist experience, the Craigslist app is a great place to start. The interface is more visually appealing and it also makes searching much more user-friendly. Another great online tool for the Craigslist power user is IFTT, which allows you to set up alerts for certain phrases and parameters on listings as they’re posted so you can always be the first to respond for the item you want!

Always Inspect the Item

You never want to approach a Craigslist purchase as a done deal until the item is in front of you, because you never know exactly what kind of shape it will be in when you finally see it. If a couch that you thought was worth $200 based on the pictures turns out to have cat scratches all down the back or tears on the cushions, the price will need to be adjusted. Be sure to take your time with the inspection and don’t let the seller rush you, if they’re being pushy they could have something to hide. Most sellers will understand the need for inspection and allow you the time to look something over before money changes hands.

Be Safe!

Above all else, this is the most important tip of all. If you decide to meet a Craigslist seller, be sure to pick a public place and avoid traveling to their home if possible. If you must visit the home of a Craigslist seller (to pick up furniture, for example), be sure to leave his or her name, phone number, and address with a friend and/or bring someone along. It is also important that you never send money ahead of time for something before you actually receive the item. These warnings are not meant to alarm anyone, because millions of problem-free transactions take place around the world every day between people who found each other on Craigslist, but it can never hurt to take small precautions! If you’re shopping on Craigslist, happy hunting and be safe! And once you’ve found all the decorative pieces for your home, be sure to call us at Closet & Storage Concepts of Las Vegas to help you get organized!

The Do’s and Don’ts of Closet Organization

By csc-admin - November 8th, 2014

Here at Closet & Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, we consider closet organization to be very serious business. Helping our clients craft clean, organized closets is a passion of ours, and over the year we’ve built some pretty surefire “do’s” and “don’ts” that you can use when it comes to closet organization

DON’T: Freak Out

Tackling a messy closet can often feel like a monumental task, and this is why it is so often put off far longer than it should be. The truth is, closet reorganization will eventually save you more time than you could have ever imagined if you just put your mind to it. Just don’t freak out. You aren’t the first person to tackle a messy closet and you certainly won’t be the last. Everyone has seen that show Hoarders – at least you’re not dealing with something on that level. You just have a lot of ill-fitting sweaters that you are afraid to part with, that’s all. You’ve got this.

DO: Track Your Progress

A big closet reorganization will often have multiple steps that go into it. First you’ll have to pull everything out and decide what to keep. Then you’ll want to establish a more intuitive organizational system and start putting things back in the closet. Throughout this, from start-to-finish, you’ll want to track your progress. Take a “before” picture, it will help you remind yourself how bad it was and how great it is going to be when it is all said and done. You’ve got this. Power through!

Don’t: Get Sentimental

This one is tough, and we are not advocating that anyone start throwing away priceless heirlooms or donating family keepsakes to save a little space in the closet, but we do think it is important to avoid being overly sentimental in the process. If you really had a lot of fun on your college intramural soccer team, that’s great. But if you’re never going to wear the jersey again (not even to the gym!) and it has basically become a dust receptacle, it may be time to let it go.

Do: Call Closet & Storage Concepts For Help

This is the easy part. If you’re feeling like your closet reorganization is just too much to handle, a custom closet solution from Closet & Storage Concepts of Las Vegas may be exactly what you need. We can help you customize your closet to fit your needs so that every single item will have a place. This will make it a million times easier to get organized and more importantly, stay organized! Give us a call today to talk to an expert and get going with your custom closet solution!

Garage Storage Tips

By csc-admin - October 31st, 2014

It seems inevitable that between your workbench and finding a place to park a car, garage space is always at a premium and never easy to come by. In the summer, when the garage becomes a place to work AND play, there is even more pressure to find creative ways to store things to ensure your family has all the space it needs. If this sounds familiar, here are a few tips that will help you as you try to get the most out of your garage.

Hang Things on the Wall!

In your garage, the thing that is going to take up the most space is likely your car. With that in mind, floor space is going to be limited, so the goal here is to get creative and figure out ways to store things while taking up minimal space. This is why hanging things on the walls can be such a lifesaver in the garage. First of all, hanging things on garage walls is less of a concern than elsewhere because preserving your garage walls is typically a lower priority, aesthetically speaking. Bikes can be hung very easily from walls or the ceiling, keeping them out of the way but still accessible whenever needed.

Use Folding or Rolling Tables

Not every garage has a built-in workbench and not every homeowner has a need for a workbench in the garage. One great solution when you don’t have (or don’t need) a permanent workbench in the garage is to utilize folding or rolling tables in the garage. These allow you to have a workspace for projects when needed, but then clear the area and fold the table up when you don’t. Roll away folding tables can be rolled up against a wall when not in use, and standard folding tables can be stored flush against a wall for easy access. While this solution isn’t for everyone, it can certainly save a ton of space for people who only occasionally work in the garage!

Tools Don’t Need To Go In Toolboxes

There is the common misconception that tools must go in toolboxes, and those toolboxes generally spend time sitting on the floor of the garage. The reality is that most people who only use tools for chores around the house don’t need a portable carrying case for all of their tools all the time. A much more space-efficient solution for tools is to use drawers and shelves to keep things neatly stowed away. If you do use drawers, be sure to clearly label things from the outside. Whether you forget where something is or someone else needs to use your workspace, you will be glad down the road that you took the time to label things clearly. For larger tools, hanging them on the wall using pegboard or hooks is a great solution that saves valuable floor and tabletop space while allowing you to display your toys for all to see.

Shelves and Cabinets Are a Must

We have talked about a lot of small tips to help keep your garage in order, but the most important thing for any garage is a good shelving and cabinet system. This is where Closet & Storage Concepts of Nevada can come in to save the day. Our experts can help you find the perfect custom storage solution that will look great in your garage, so give us a call today!

How to De-Clutter Your Closet

By csc-admin - September 9th, 2014

Stop thinking of your closet simply as a door you shut and a mess you can easily forget about – a messy closet can be just as stressful and off-putting as a messy bedroom or messy office. Here are some tips that will help you get your cluttered closet in order.
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Proper Lighting is Key

Whether you have a large walk-in or a small reach-in, your closet needs a little light. When you can see everything clearly, you are more likely to take the time to keep the closet looking nice. A walk-in can feel like a cave if it isn’t well-lit, and a reach-in closet can feel like a hole you throw clothes into without good lighting. If your closet doesn’t have a built-in overhead light, you can affix lights to the walls for quick lighting in a pinch.

Don’t be Afraid to Part with Things

One of the biggest reasons for clutter is keeping things around too long. If you go a few months without even thinking about wearing something, give it some good hard thought. If you wouldn’t put it on and wear it tomorrow (weather permitting), it’s probably not worth keeping around. Sell it or donate it, just be sure to clear it out. Go through and purge your closet 3-4 times per year to be sure that you aren’t just taking up space storing things that will never come out of the closet and spend any time in the real world. Another great tip for clearing out the clutter of old clothing is every time you buy something new for yourself, get rid of something old that you don’t wear anymore. This will keep your closet from bursting at the seams with each successive shopping spree. One last tip is to keep a basket/bin/box in your closet as a designated space for things you intend to give away. As you realize that you never wear a certain item, add it to the giveaway basket. Every 3-6 months (or whenever the basket starts getting full), take the items and sell/donate them. The time that elapses with the items sitting in the giveaway basket and not hanging in your closet will give you a good chance to decide if you made a mistake. These closet clutter tips are winners and will definitely help you eliminate the mess in your closet.

Get a System (This Is Where Closet & Storage Concepts Can Help)

You can add lighting and establish habits of eliminating old clothing from your closet, but without a proper organizational system in place your closet is always likely to revert back into a state of disarray. Not all closets are created equal, and at Closet & Storage Concepts of Nevada we specialize in going above and beyond to create custom solutions for your space. Give us a call today and find out how we can help improve the state of your closets!

Tips for Budget-Conscious Living

By csc-admin - May 1st, 2014

While the economy has been generally recovering from the recession over the last few years, most of us could stand to be a little more budget-conscious in our everyday lives. This doesn’t mean you have to abandon all of your earthly pleasures, but it does mean that you can find places to change your routine that will lead to a more plentiful bank account at the end of the month! Here are a few of our tips that will help you save money and stay on top of your budget:

Embrace Cooking In

From romantic dinners to brown bag lunches, making food at home is a huge way to save money daily. When working a 9-to-5 job, it is easy to get into the rut of eating out at your favorite spots each day, but not only is this a potentially unhealthy habit (depending on where you eat), but it’s an expensive one as well! If you’re an eat-out-every-meal kind of person, try starting small and working your way up to a more balanced diet of restaurant food and homemade meals. As you start to bring more lunches and cook more dinners in, you’ll be surprised at how your cooking skills will increase as your bank account grows.

Rearrange Before You Redecorate

Sometimes a room starts to feel stale and you get the urge to redecorate. Unfortunately, if you’re living on a tight budget, a drastic bout of redecorating may not always be in the cards. One great way to refresh a room and get a new perspective is to simply rearrange things. From furniture to art, shaking up your decorating can really cast a room in a whole new light and will help eliminate the urge to buy new things for your home.

Take Advantage Of the Outdoors

Especially as the weather heats up for the summer, taking advantage of the outdoors is an incredible way to save money and have fun (in the sun) while you’re at it! Continuing our theme of brown bag lunches and homemade meals, a picnic is a great way to shake up the standard meal while saving money as well. You can also consider canceling your gym membership and getting your workout by running or biking instead. Speaking of canceling things, summer is also a great time to give up cable or Netflix. Save the indoor activities for the cooler winters and save some money in the process!

 

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Nevada, we want to help you get organized and save money in the process. Give us a call today to chat with a storage expert who can transform your closets, garage and pantry!