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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The Basics of Capsule Wardrobes

By CSC - April 21st, 2015

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, closets are our business. This means that anything that has to do with closets or what you store in them is a trend that we’re on top of. One phenomenon that we’ve seen growing in popularity these days amongst the chicest of our clients is the idea of the capsule wardrobe. The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is that you take a small number of basic and versatile pieces of clothing that are high quality and can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits, without owning excessive amounts of clothes. Inspired in part by Parisian fashion, capsule wardrobes celebrate minimalism, and emphasize quality over quantity. Luckily, here in the states we don’t have to deal with Parisian sized closets, so a capsule wardrobe isn’t a necessity, but building your own capsule wardrobe is still a great exercise in deciding what’s important and what you don’t need, just in time for spring-cleaning. Furthermore, capsule wardrobes are great options for traveling, so that you can pack light while still looking chic. With that in mind, here are the basics you need to start building your own capsule wardrobe for your next summer trip.

Stick With the Basics

While following the trends might be fun, and wearing vibrant and eye-catching statement pieces can make you feel like the star of the show, capsule wardrobes embrace the opposite end of the spectrum. The staples of a capsule wardrobe should be pieces that go with anything, that transition easily from daywear to nightwear, and which are understated and elegant. Basic pieces that would go well in the capsule wardrobes of both men and women include things like a simple black t-shirt, a plain white button up, a neutral colored cardigan, and a good pair of well-fitting jeans. For those who want to include slightly more flashy items, things like denim or leather jackets, muted flannels, and basic sandals are all good elements to a capsule wardrobe, where you can still include some subtle personal style.

Buck the Trends

One of the key adjectives that you should keep in mind when building your capsule wardrobe is Classic. Items that could look good in nearly any decade are items which you would include in a capsule wardrobe. Staples like a little black dress are key here, or high quality pieces that look like they could easily worn by you today, or by Audrey Hepburn and Marlon Brando sixty years ago. Items that are trendy right now, like tribal prints, a-line skirts, crop tops, and graphic tees are great and have their place, but it’s not in a capsule wardrobe.

Keep it Neutral

With a capsule wardrobe, you have so few pieces that you’ll need to make sure that every item in the collection matches with every other item, in order to create the greatest possible number of potential outfits. Because of this though, you have to be especially discerning in your color schemes. Including flashy pieces in highlighter colors is obviously a no-no, but even muted bold colors like reds or blues can be problematic. The easiest thing to do is to stick only to mellow neutrals like white, black, gray, and beige, with the chicest choice being to go all black. But if you want to incorporate color into your capsule wardrobe, your best bet is to choose an accent color like a muted rose or an earthy green, and make sure that all of your neutral pieces work with your colored items.

To learn more about everything to do with closets, wardrobes, and organization, visit Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada today!

 

 

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3 Quick Tips to Save You Time

By CSC - March 29th, 2015

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Being organized doesn’t just apply to your home, living, and work space. Being organized is incredibly important when it comes to your time as well. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, we believe that time management is just as important as space management, and that holistic organization throughout every aspect of your life is the surest way to find happiness. But it can be hard to make the best use of your time when you’ve got work, and family, and home life, and social life to consider. Sometimes it feels impossible to fit everything in. That’s why these quick and easy tips from Closet and Storage Concepts will help you snatch a few minutes here and there to make time management easier, and give you a little more breathing room throughout your day.

Plan Your Meals in Advance

Meal planning is a surefire way to get a leg up on the week. Taking a Sunday to go shopping for everything you need and prepare all your food in advance will result in easy grab and go lunches, quick heat-and-eat breakfasts, and no-muss, no-fuss, heat and serve dinners. By planning your meals in advance you can know exactly what you need when you go to the grocery store, so that you don’t waste money on unnecessary items or unhealthy snacks. Furthermore, prepackaging your meals to freeze or stick in the fridge in advance will ensure that your portions are correct and your food is prepped and healthy so you never hit the drive through when you’re out of time. In this way, meal planning will not only be good for your time, but also for your health!

Make Lists

Lists are an excellent way to organize your time in your life. To-do lists, schedules, priority lists, lists of chores, grocery lists, lists of important events, we can’t extoll the virtues of list-building enough! It’s easy to forget little things and let them fall by the wayside when you have to deal with all of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. By keeping lists and writing things down as soon as you think of them, you’ll never have a chance to forget things.

Accept Your Imperfections

One way you can save time is by simply accepting that you can’t be perfect. As much as you’d like to have a full day at work, and make a home cooked dinner, and clean the house, and attend that yoga class, and do activities with your family, there are only so many hours in the day. Sometimes you have to sacrifice certain activities in order to save yourself some stress and put the proper amount of effort into the activities that do need doing. Accept your imperfections, and you’ll be more up to realistic time management.

For more tips and tricks about organization and time management, visit Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada today!

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Make Up Storage Solutions

By CSC - March 26th, 2015

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For many women, make up is more than just a part of their morning routine. Rather it’s a hobby, a past time, or even an art form! But like any craft, it requires materials and supplies, and these can quickly add up, both in terms of money, and in terms of space. From endless make up brushes, to every eye shadow palatte, to all those perfect red lipsticks, things can easily get out of hand. And who wants to have to sort through disorganized piles of eye shadow while getting ready for a night on the town? That’s why Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, NV is here with these tips on how to build an organizational foundation, for your foundation!

Drawer Organization

Utilizing drawer space efficiently is a great way to get the most out of your make up storage space. Try to create drawers for specific items, so you’ll always know where to find what your looking for. For example, keep all your nail polish in one drawer, all your eye shadows in another drawer, and all your lipsticks in another drawer. Use drawer dividers to separate items by color or shade, so you’re not hunting down a nude in a see of pinks. If you’re on a budget, try using silverware separators to keep things separate from each other.

Brush Organization

Store your brushed upright in standing containers in order to easily find the ones you’re looking for and prevent damage to the bristles. Organize your brushes into different containers based on what they are for, so that you won’t accidently use an eye make up brush on your cheeks. You can upcycle old cans or mason jars for a fun DIY project, and use beads or pebbles as anchors to keep your brushes standing straight and tall.

Hanging Storage

If you’ve run out of shelf or drawer space, try and make use of your walls with hanging storage. You can store make up items that you don’t use very often in hanging jewelry bags or over the door shoe holders. Use wall shelves to make visually interesting displays of your extra make up and keep it off of your vanity and work space.

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

 

Laundry Room Organization Ideas

By CSC - March 24th, 2015

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Laundry is one of life’s dull and necessary evils. No one wants to do laundry, and if you’ve got a larger household it can take up plenty of time. But there are ways to make the lackluster task of laundry easier on yourself! We here at Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada believe the proper storage and organization can make anyone’s life easier, and that applies to your laundry room more than nearly anywhere else in your house! That’s why we have these awesome organizational ideas to help make your life easier and lessen your laundry burden.

Sorting Station

One of the least fun aspects of doing laundry is sorting clothes. Organizing darks, lights, and mediums, delicates and things that need to be washed cold and so on, can all be a time consuming hassle. Unfortunately, this necessary evil saves us money in the long term by keeping our clothes in the best possible condition and extending their lifespan. Make things easier on yourself by creating a designated sorting station where you can quickly and easily organize your laundry for efficient and effective cleaning. Have separate hampers for each set of clothing and order them by how you want them to go in the wash. To be extra thorough, color code and label things so that you never end up with a red sock falling into your temperamental white load.

Lost and Found

Laundry baskets, laundry rooms, and washers and dryers seem to exist in a nebulous third dimension where small items like socks go missing and never return. Try to cut down on these mysterious run aways by creating a laundry room lost and found, designated for items whose partners have gotten lost or whose owners are a mystery. Periodically have the whole family go through what’s been collected there and you’ll shocked to find how many of those disappearing socks and pocket items end up making their way back home!

Hang Drying

Have a portion of your laundry room that is dedicated to hang drying clothes. Now at first this might seem like a way to add more trouble to your laundry routine, we promise that it will pay off in the long run. First of all, nearly all own at least one nice clothing item that shouldn’t go through the dryer, or have had shrunken dryer casualties at some point in our lives. Having a hanging dry area will prevent you from ever losing another expensive sweater. Shirts like cotton button-downs hold their shape and size best when they are hung to dry, and after ironing you’ll have a place where you can immediately hang your newly pressed clothes as you work. Plus, hang drying will save you money on energy costs in the long run.

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

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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!