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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4 Tips for Freezer Storage

By CSC - May 18th, 2015

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Freezing food is a great way to get the most bang for your buck at the grocery store, but when freezer space is limited, sometimes you have to get creative. Use these tips from Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada in order to help you make the most of your freezer storage space!

  1. Know What You Can Freeze

One of the most important aspects of storing things in your freezer, is actually knowing what is freezable! Not everything is going to keep well in cold storage, and while some things can last months in the freezer, other items shouldn’t be frozen at all. Having a good idea of what can be stored in your freezer and for how long will set you up for success from the start!. As a general guide, try to avoid storing things with a lot of moisture, like non-berry fruits, veggies, and dairy products in your freezer. Fried items are also not suited to freezer storage. Things that can last in your freezer are items like nuts, bread, stew, and fish.

  1. Pick Your Portions

Freezing items in usable portion sizes will make it easier to use what you need without exposing additional portions to things like freezer burn through hasty repackaging. By storing things like chicken or rice in single use portion sizes, you’ll have exactly what you need on hand, no more and no less. Things won’t get stuck into a frozen mountain of food, and you’ll no that nothing is going to waste.

  1. Be Container Conscious

Being careful about what containers you use for your freezer storage will ensure that your frozen foods last for as long as possible. Try to use containers and organizers that don’t allow for airflow, which can cause freezer burn and ruin your foods. Use plastic bags that are designed for freezers and mason jars that can be sealed shut in order to preserve everything for storage. Tin foil and plastic wrap should be high quality and heavy duty in order to keep out the burn.

  1. Label Everything

We’re big label lovers here at Closet and Storage Concepts, and we think that using labels is a great way to help keep your freezer organizes as well. Write what it is you’ve frozen and when you froze it. This means that you’ll never have to guess at what a container contains, and whether it’s safe to eat. It will help you cut down on food waste and make your life easier.

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

 

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The Top 4 Apps for Organization

By CSC - May 12th, 2015

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These days we live our lives not only in the real world, but in the digital world as well. In fact, increasingly the digital world is becoming a more important part of the real world. We spend so much of our lives online and plugged in, so why not utilize the power of modern technology to help you on the way to organizational success! There are tons of great apps on the market that will help you to organize every aspect of your life. Here are our picks for the best apps to help you get organized, from Closet and Storage Concepts of Nevada.

Mint

One of the most beneficial things you can organize is your finances. Mint is a money tracking app that helps you to stay on the ball when it comes to your bank account. Mint is free and works on both iphones and androids. It’s intuitive interface allows you to get an aggregate idea of your spending and saving and helps you to track everything from rent and mortgage to loans and, budgets, and financial goals. Consistently ranked as one of the best apps on the market, with Mint you’ll get your money under control and your finances on track for success.

Key Ring

Another great app for saving you money, Key Ring helps you to organize all your rewards and loyalty cards in one place, so that you can take advantage of every possible discount and deal. Simply scan your phone rather than fumbling around for that Safeway card in the sea of other rewards cards in your wallet. You can even add membership cards to places like the gym and bookstores for a healthy body and healthy mind!

Grocery IQ

Grocery IQ is an app that allows you to build grocery lists that will blow your old fridge notepad out of the water. With options and features like barcode scanners, list sharing, coupon integration, and favorites list, Grocery IQ will make your shopping trips easier and more productive than ever. The app will even tally your total bill before you get to the register, and it is constantly updating its database of coupons.

Evernote

If you’re a true organizational expert, evernote is perfect for you. Evernote helps you to consolidate all aspects of your life for easy organization. From to-do lists to document scanning, note syncing and picture sharing, evernote helps you to stay organized across devices with one simple workspace.

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

 

 

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How to Save Water this Summer

By CSC - April 28th, 2015

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We’ve all heard about the drought that’s clutched California this year, and the scarcity of water that has had many people thinking more seriously about climate change for the first time. Here in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, we may not be too far behind California, out in the desert as we are. Instead of waiting for the situation to get dire, think ahead and start preparing early. Conservation is key when it comes to good water usage practices. This summer, use these tips from Closet and Storage Concepts to save water, and help the environment.

Don’t Overwater the Lawn

Many of us here in Nevada have foregone grassy lawns in favor of more environment-appropriate yards, but some of us just can’t seem to give up the green, grass that is! One of the ways in which people waste gallons of water each year is by overwatering their outdoor spaces. In fact, depending on the region, homeowners use 30-60% of their water outside, and of that water, 50% is wasted on overwatering! To know whether or not your grass is parched, simply step on it and if it springs back, then it doesn’t need to be watered. Don’t run your sprinkler unless you really have to, and let your grass grow longer in order to build up resistance to drought. It’s ok to sacrifice a slightly more manicured lawn in order to preserve the lawn itself!

Water at the Right Times

When you do water your lawn, make sure to do it in the morning or in the evening, rather than during the high heat of midday. Water will evaporate in the Las Vegas sun, so by choosing your watering times carefully and sprinkling strategically, you can make sure that the water actually stays in the soil. Instead of that sprinkler, try installing a dripping irrigation system that will give you the most bang for your liquid buck, and you might even be able to qualify for a rebate on your efficient irrigation system!

Don’t Wash By Hand

This tip is actually one that should be welcome. Statistics show that when people wash their dishes or their cars by hand, they actually waste much more water than if they had used the dishwasher or a carwash. So now you can justify what some might call laziness with the excuse that you’re only saving the environment! Energy-star rated dishwashers and commercial car washes are made with water conservation in mind, and can save gallons of water as opposed to washing by hand.

To learn more about home improvement and organization, visit Closet and Storage Concepts of Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada today!

 

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Spring Cleaning Tips

By CSC - April 23rd, 2015

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Spring is in the air here in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, and while it’s many peoples’ least favorite aspect of this season, there’s no denying the importance of your yearly spring-cleaning ritual. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we think that spring-cleaning should be as painless as possible, and while it may be a necessary evil, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done quickly and effectively! If you’re dreading spring-cleaning this year, use these tips in order to help you make the most of your space and start the season off on the right foot!

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Down and Dirty

Over the course of the year, dirt, grime, dust, mildew, and every other imaginable irritant can build up in all of the nooks and crannies in your home. This accumulation of ickiness can be disguised and masked by regular cursory cleans, but at least once a year you should really get down to the foundations and battle the nitty-gritty build ups that would otherwise go unnoticed. This means doing things like moving furniture that you wouldn’t normally move, or cleaning out areas that normally go neglected. Clean your oven or give your fridge an overhaul. Scrub the baseboards and clean your exterior windows. Rent a power-sprayer and give your driveway a cathartic clean-up. While this may not be the most appealing prospect, we promise that doing one really thorough clean once a year will make it that much easier to keep your home in the best shape possible with less effort for the rest of the time.

Invest in Good Cleaning Materials

If you want to make the most of your spring overhaul, with the least amount of headache and effort, then be sure to come to battle the dirt well-armed. Having a properly stocked arsenal of cleaning supplies will make it easier and faster to get the job done. Don’t waste time shaking out the final bits of floor cleaner from that bottle you’ve had for a decade. If you’re old cleaners contain harsh chemicals and irritants, then invest in some newer, greener, eco-friendly products, and ditch the dirty mops and sponges for clean new ones, since the old ones have likely begun to mold in the interim.

Don’t Forget Your Storage Spaces

It can be easy, when you’re facing a large project like spring cleaning your entire home, to want to cut corners. One of the areas of many peoples’ houses that often is neglected during this period is the storage areas. Places like basements, attics, garages, pantries, and storage cupboards don’t see a lot of action or use, so it can be easy to assume that they don’t need the same cosmetic treatment that the other rooms in the house do. Don’t fall into this trap though, as neglecting these areas can lead to pest infestations and the growth of mold and mildew. Take this opportunity to air out your storage spaces, and to go through everything you’ve been storing in order to get rid of the things you no longer need.

For more spring cleaning tips, come into Closet and Storage Concepts today!

 

 

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