The Dos and Don’ts of Shed Organization

By csc-admin - December 17th, 2014

Wood shed with small window

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

Plain wood hanger

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

Beans, Steak, Potatos, and Strawberry and Creme dessert

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!

How to Organize Your Garage

By csc-admin - December 6th, 2014

Organized garage with bikes and sports equipment

If you’ve ever come home from a long day at work, only to realize that you’re garage is too cluttered for you to pull in, it might be time to consider giving yourself a garage makeover. Don’t be intimidated at the prospect though! You have Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada on your side in the fight against the clutter. With these expert tips, you can make sure that your garage is clean and organized, as well as likely to stay that way.

Don’t Need it? Get Rid of It

One of the first, and best ways to get an organized garage is to cut out the clutter. Getting rid of items you don’t need is never fun, and we’ve all been in the packrat mindset that one day this item will be useful, so we should hang onto it. But it’s important to be discerning with your stuff, and occasionally take a tip from the minimalists. The first items to go should be things that are broken, outdated, or unusable. If you have tools you never use but can’t bear to part with, store them out of sight so that only the most frequently used items are immediately available on hand. If you’re up to it, take a whole weekend and go through every item in your garage, sorting things into piles labeled Keep, Donate, Sell, and Toss. This one-time project will help you to eliminate space hogs like old toys that are no longer used, expired chemicals, and other useless items, while giving you the potential to uncover things you thought you might have lost. For the items that can’t be sold or donated, use a hauler or trash service to cart it out.

Cabinets, Shelves, and Stackables

The key to a well-organized garage is proper storage solutions. Good shelves are the skeletons of proper storage. Wall shelves or rolling shelves can hold all the items that could create clutter. Open wire shelving is a great and inexpensive option for garages. They’ll provide easy access for the things that you use regularly and provide a good way to visually scan your items. Cabinets are an excellent option for more delicate or less frequently used items on the other hand. Having doors that can be closed is a great benefit when storing things that can be toxic, like paint or chemicals. Always make sure to organize your shelves and cabinets, so that everything has a dedicated home. Keep one shelf devoted to car parts, for instance, while another can hold more household items like light bulbs and batteries. The perfect accompaniment to your open shelving is clear plastic stackable containers. These make excellent storage containers for everything from holiday supplies to tools, and going with the see-through variety will make it easy to know where everything is.

Love Your Labels

Labeling your items is a true no brainer when it comes to having a neat and tidy garage. Invest in a label maker so that you won’t have to decipher sloppy and faded handwriting on peeling tape when you go to dig out your beach clothes next summer. Having a way to visually scan all those stackables and shelves we mentioned, and then instantly know where to find what you’re looking for, is a huge relief for those in a hurry. When you actually do have a fiasco that requires tools, you want to know exactly where they are.

With these tips in hand you’ll be well on your way to having the garage of your dreams. For more storage and organization information, contact Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada today!

How to Mothproof Your Closet (Without Mothballs)

By csc-admin - December 4th, 2014

Moths eat knit sweater

Have you ever gone to pick up a clothing item, maybe a favorite sweater that you haven’t worn all summer, only to find pesky little holes in your treasured garment? If so, you’ve experienced the bane of closets everywhere: moths. Moths are particularly attracted to clothing made from animal hair such as wool or fur, so if you’re hoping to keep your cashmere free from damage, Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada is here with these awesome tips on how to mothproof your closet! But don’t worry, you won’t end up smelling like you’re grandma’s mothballs. There are plenty of ways to combat the moth plague without resorting to them.

Cleanliness

The first and most basic step is simply to keep your closet, and clothing, clean. This will be your best and most natural defense against moths. Moths are attracted to dirty clothes, so regularly washing clothing, even what you don’t wear frequently, will be a sure way to prevent moths from nestling in and doing damage. Furthermore, the hot water cycle on your washing machine will be certain to exterminate any moth eggs or larvae that might get left behind by any moths that do get in.  If you want to be extra thorough, have your clothes cleaned professionally at the dry cleaners. It’s not just your clothes though; try to keep your whole closet clean by dusting and vacuuming often. Do a deep clean at least once or twice a year, where you get into the nitty-gritty of scrubbing and rubbing, in order to be absolutely sure that your closet is pest free.

Proper Storage

If you have a piece of clothing that you do not wear every day or frequently, the best way to prevent moth damage is to properly store it. Again, this is especially true for expensive, vintage pieces made from natural materials, which are like a buffet for moths. Get clothing bags or storage containers that are dry and airtight.  This means that moths will be unable to get in and lay eggs, which is important because moth larvae are, in fact, the main culprits behind the holes in your clothes. Adult moths do not eat fabric, only their babies do. For the super vigilant storage whiz, you can vacuum seal your clothing storage containers with packing tape, or buy specialty vacuum-sealed garment bags.

Natural Repellants

If you want to try a natural replacement for mothballs, we can’t blame you. Traditional mothballs are technically pesticides, such as naphthalene. As a carcinogen, it can cause headaches and other negative health effects. Furthermore, they will only work if they are put with clothes into an airtight container. For a much more natural and pleasant option, try cedar. Cedar can be toxic to moths, so having a cedar lined chest for clothing storage, or using cedar wood in your closet, are great natural ways to keep the pests at bay without resorting to chemicals that will emit toxic fumes.

For more information on custom closets and storage, visit Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada today!

5 Breathtaking Celebrity Closets

By csc-admin - November 29th, 2014

It’s no secret that celebrities live very different lives than the rest of us, with much more extensive funds and greater access to luxury. So the team here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada decided to take a look at the fabulous closets of the rich and famous.

Nanette Lepore Channels Versaille 

Nanette Lepore is a New York City based fashion designer who brings her feminine and gypsy-like style to this luxury closet located in her Manhattan townhome. Channeling the decadent opulence of Versaille’s Hall of Mirrors, Lepore’s closet wouldn’t look out of place in the lavish and historical French palace. Dripping with glamour, the dressing room features velvet upholstery, mirrored furniture, and chandeliers dripping with crystals, not to mentions lush paintings in ornate golden frames, a Chinese-inspired Art Deco area rug, and, of course, oodles of designer clothes.

Mariah Carey’s Fabulous Shoe Wall

Mariah Carey may have multiple Grammys, but the true gold can be found not in her trophy case, but in her breathtaking shoe closet. Claiming that she has over 1000 pairs, Mariah’s walls are lined with golden, designer stilettos. This glorious closet also features crystal draped chandeliers and upholstered pink furniture, as well as bleached wood and gold-leaf floors that would put most mansion entry ways to shame. In fact, Mariah’s closet is bigger than most people’s living rooms!

Christina Aguilera’s Pink Palace

Many little girls dream of having a perfect pink closet, and if they could get a glimpse at Xtina’s luscious shoe storage, they would probably spend more time planning their future closet than future wedding. Keeping consistent with the other fabulous closets on this list, Christina’s closet features a glittering chandelier, although this one is done in crimson hues. Christina’s closet does double duty as a boudoir, with leopard print carpet and red velvet curtains, as well as a ladder simply to reach the upper levels of her shoe wall. Grouped by designer, Christina’s shoe collection could easily give Mariah’s a run for its money. Time for a diva closet-off!

Ralph Lauren Embraces Classical Masculinity

For a change of pace from the rampant femininity of the previous closets on this list, Ralph Lauren’s custom closet is a testament to the opulent aesthetic of masculine interiors. Featuring, rich dark wood, forest green walls, and beautiful brown leather, you won’t find a crystal-dripping chandelier in this closet. The mirrors and mood lighting give this closet the feel of a classic men’s club. You only need a smoking jacket, a pipe, and a snifter of brandy to complete the look.

Elton John’s Sunglasses Closet 

To close this list we give you a closet so specialized, we’d lay money that it’s the only one of its kind in the world. Elton John (who else?) happens to have his very own closet devoted solely to his sunglasses. With the most dazzling array of designer sunglasses you can imagine, Elton’s closet is more filled with sunglasses than most sunglass stores. But as someone who’s persona revolves around this one pivotal accessory, who’s to blame him?

 

For more luxury closet goodness, or to get a consultation for your own custom closet, contact Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada today!

3 Luxurious Custom Closet Design Ideas

By csc-admin - November 24th, 2014

Luxurious custom closet

Deciding you want to have your new custom closet designed and installed by Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada is a great first step on your journey to closet and storage satisfaction, but the next step, of deciding what it is you actually want out of your closet, is always a fun challenge. We put together a list of some great potential design ideas that will make your custom closet into more than just a storage space, but instead a sanctuary.

 

Install a Closet Island

You see them all the time in kitchens, so why not in your new closet? Closet islands are the ultimate in luxury. They will give you more storage space, where you can keep shoes or use it as a dresser. Try going for something grand, like a marble countertop, or keep it useful and interesting by making the top clear glass, covering your jewelry for easy access, display, and storage. You can turn your custom closet’s island into a center piece, making it pop as the visual focal point of the room. Because we design everything in your new custom closet, we can ensure that you won’t have to worry about your dresser not matching the rest of your furniture. Your closet island will be made perfectly to fit with the rest of your closet.

Get Creative with Lighting

Any custom closet worth its salt will certainly have lighting, but a truly exceptional closet designed by Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas will have lighting that acts as a statement as well as being functional. Try something dramatic like a chandelier, which can hang over your closet island and enhances the sense of luxury and glamour your custom closet will exude. Recessed lighting is great for places where you’re trying to make the most of your closet space, as it takes up very little room while still looking sleek and modern. Track lighting in your closet is a great way to turn a shoe wall into a gallery wall, show casing your Manolos as the art pieces that they are.

Have a Sitting Area

If you can make it work with the space at hand, try adding a small sitting area to your custom closet. Coming home from work and changing out of your business clothes and into comfortable, at-home wear is one of life’s simple pleasures, and this relaxing, end of the day experience will be enhanced by having a place to sit down immediately after donning your soft, clean, sweat pants. Keep a book or magazine on hand and you can turn it into your own personal hideaway. You don’t need a full arm-chair if you don’t have the space for it. Even a simple bench is a great way to incorporate seating into your custom closet.

 

For more custom closet design ideas, or to schedule a free, in-home consultation with Closet and Storage Concepts of Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, call us today!

How to Make the Most of Your Custom Closet Space

By csc-admin - November 20th, 2014

Organized custom closet

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!

 

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