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Easy Halloween Costumes Pulled From Your Disorganized Closet

By Closet & Storage Concepts - October 14th, 2014

If you’re the kind of person with a closet or two stacked to the brim with out of season junk, you likely spend most of the year trying to decide how to get your life reorganized. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re in the business of helping people just like you with new beautiful, custom storage solutions. There is, however, one time a year when our friends with cartoonish, overstuffed closets may have the last laugh – Halloween. For a slight change of pace this month, we’ve put together a list of a few quick and easy Halloween costumes you can pull off with things located in your disorganized closet. Read on to find out more, and as soon as the holiday has passed, contact Closet and Storage Concepts to start getting back on track with a well-organized life!

Joel (Tom Cruise) From Risky Business

If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t mind spending a few hours at a party in a pair of briefs, Tom Cruise’s character Joel from Risky Business is a great last minute costume you can likely pull straight from your overstuffed closet. The most famous scene from the movie features Tom Cruise is a men’s dress shirt, a pair of sunglasses, some tube socks, and your finest pair of tighty whities. This costume can work for either a man or a woman (ladies, feel free to pillage your husband’s underwear drawer), and anyone with a closet storage problem is sure to have at least a few of these items on hand.

Rosie the Riveter

Another classic costume that can be easily culled from your closet, Rosie the Riveter is almost as easy to put together as the Risky Business costume outlined above. First, dig through your disorganized closet for a pair of old jeans and a denim or dark blue work shirt. You’re already halfway there! Next, dive into your accessories drawer and pull out either a bandana or, even better, a polka dot scarf. Tie that bad boy around your head, put on some white Converse, and there you have it: a quick and easy Rosie the Riveter costume made up of only excess items in your closet!

Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz

This costume is perfect for the dog lovers out there that don’t want to leave Fido at home on Halloween night. If you’ve got an overflowing craft closet in your home, this costume will be a breeze to put together. Start by finding a simple blue dress, preferably gingham if you have it in your closet, as well as the brightest pair of red heels you have. Next, layer it over a white blouse. Dive into your craft closet and find that basket you’ve been hoarding since last Thanksgiving to carry your very own Toto around in, and voila: you’ve got a simple Dorothy costume pulled directly from your closet.

If All Else Fails, Grab a Sheet!

If you have a disorganized closet but still can’t find what you need for the costumes listed above, there’s always the ever-trusty white bed sheet. With a bed sheet at your disposal, there are all kinds of costumes you can make work. Have a pair of scissors? Cut out some eye holes and go as a ghost. If that sounds a bit bulky for you, simply tie the sheet around you like a toga and off you go. Happen to have a red sheet available? Tie it around your neck and suddenly you’re the most powerful super hero in the world. With a bed sheet and a bit of imagination, you’ll be on your way in no time.

When Halloween is over and you’re ready to start getting your home organized, contact Closet and Storage Concepts for any number of home storage solutions. Happy Halloween to everyone, and contact Closet and Storage Concepts today to get on the path to a more organized life!

 

Closet Organization Tips For Fall

By Closet & Storage Concepts - September 10th, 2014

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Now that summer is quickly becoming little more than a memory, it’s likely time to start prepping your home for the colder months. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we know that fall can be the perfect time to reorganize your closet, moving away from the short and summery clothing of July and August and into the down coats and ear muffs of November and December. While you’re going through the motions of winterizing your home, consider doing the same to your closet and storage spaces. We’ve put together a list of a few tips for organizing your closet for fall and winter, so read on if you’d like to get your wardrobe perfectly prepped for the dark days ahead.

Storing Out of Season Clothing

The first step whenever you’re rearranging your closet for a new season is to handle all of the clothing you won’t be wearing in the months ahead. Depending on the time of year, this might mean packing up your winter boots or stashing away the flip-flops. Going into fall, you’ll want to store your away all of your summer clothing and accessories, and in a manner that doesn’t interfere with your new organization system. A great idea is to pack up all of your out of season clothing into a suitcase you’re storing; this way, not only will your unused items be packed away, but they won’t take up extra storage space. Some families even keep closets specifically for out of season clothing. Be creative, but make sure you’re making space for the clothing you’ll actually wear in the colder months.

Know When To Hang Them, Know When To Fold Them

Fall and winter clothing includes some of the bulkier items in your closet, so making smart decisions about storage is paramount. Once you’ve switched out your summer clothing, start deciding which items you’ll be hanging up and which items are perfectly acceptable to keep folded. Coats and jackets will certainly require hanging, as will some of your work clothing, but items such as sweaters and jeans can easily be folded and stored on a closet shelf. Like everything else in your fall and winter closet, you’ll want to keep an organized system. We recommend keeping similar items together for ease of use, i.e. stacking all of your sweaters in one pile and your snow pants in another. Depending on the size of your closet and the amount of clothing you’re looking to store, decide which items should be hung and quickly accessible and which articles can be placed a bit more out of reach. By making these kinds of smart decisions with your closet, you’ll avoid a messy and unmanageable situation down the road.

Organizing By Function

When it comes to the colder months, it’s especially important to organize your closet by function. Due to the increased use of layering depending on that day’s weather, you’ll want to be able to quickly make up your outfit without having to dig around for long underwear or a rain jacket. Keep all of your daily use clothing together (shirts, skirts, etc.) and then arrange your outer layers by extremity. For instance, store all of your lighter jackets together, followed by winter coats and skiwear. If you organize your closet by function, you’ll have a much easier time finding the items you need as temperatures and events change daily. Its important to have a thoughtful organization system all year round, but especially so during the fall and winter when weather can be its most unpredictable.

If all else fails, it may be time to call Closet and Storage Concepts and begin the process of installing an affordable, easy to use new storage system. We won’t fold your summer clothes for you, but we’ll make sure to design a system that’s perfectly suited for your lifestyle and needs.

 

Classic Closet Scenes In Cinema

By Closet & Storage Concepts - August 29th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re pretty big film buffs, as you can tell by this post we wrote on Murphy beds in great films. Similar in many ways to the classic Murphy bed trope in cinema is the equally ubiquitous use of closets as a plot device. Seeing as though we’re in the business of outfitting homes with incredible custom closets and storage solutions, it’s probably not a big surprise that we love scenes that prominently rely on the use of closets. Whether someone’s hiding out and listening to other characters spill their secrets, or getting locked in a closet only to have to someone find their way out, closets have featured prominently in a number of our favorite movies. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite scenes largely revolving closets and storage spaces, so read on to find out which famous moments we love the most, and don’t forget to contact Closet and Storage Concepts the next time you’re in need of a custom storage solution!

Groucho Marx in Monkey Business

One of the earliest examples of the now famous “hiding in the closet” trope, Groucho Marx delivers an excellent example of utilizing the confines of a closet to hide from the eyes of other characters. Trapped on a boat with the other Marx brothers, Groucho realizes a woman he’s been seeing is also on board with a notorious gangster. Wanting to see the woman while also trying to stay out of the eyes of her dangerous paramour, Groucho sneaks into their bedroom pretending to be the maid. While the other two characters are arguing back and forth, Groucho steps into the closet to listen and wait. Lo and behold, the gangster eventually storms out, leaving Groucho to emerge from the stuffy closet and be with his beloved. It’s an early example of closets in film, and one of the best.

Blue Velvet’s Eerie Take

With a slightly more sinister take, we find David Lynch’s nightmarish classic Blue Velvet. With a nearly identical setup, we find Kyle McLaughlin’s character entangled in a love triangle with a gorgeous lounge singer and her murderous boyfriend, Dennis Hopper. Having stolen a moment with the incredible Isabella Rossellini, McLaughlin is forced to hide in the closet when an enraged Dennis Hopper suddenly drops by. In this scene we see a perfect illustration of the closet film trope, as McLaughlin listens in while peering through the blinds on the front of the closet. All of the suspense and intrigue found in the best “hidden in the closet” scenes is found here, and it’s a perfect example of the way closets function in thrilling fashion throughout movie history.

A Twist In The Breakfast Club

Now that we’ve looked at two “hide in the closet” scenes, lets turn to The Breakfast Club for another famous version of this set up. Rather than hiding himself away in a closet, here we find Judd Nelson’s Bender character being locked in a closet by the jaded Principal Richard Vernon. Not only is this an example of the common “locked in the closet” cliché, we also see Bender utilize in the classic ‘crawl through the air ducts” move. Similar to the movie Airheads, Bender makes his way back and forth from the janitor’s closet to various areas in the school via the ventilation shafts, cementing one of the best know versions of the closet plot device.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we have the expertise to design and install the closet of your dreams, whether you’ll spend time hiding in them or not. Call us today to make one more step towards the home of your dreams!

The Best Websites For Home Organization Tips

By Closet & Storage Concepts - June 25th, 2014

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we understand that there’s more to getting your life organized than a new storage system. As much as an improved closet system in your home is a great start, it’s really only the beginning in setting in place a strong organization routine. When your home is well organized, the rest of your life tends to follow suit, which is why we love creating unique closet and storage systems for our clients. We’ve put together a list of some excellent closet and storage blogs in order to help you in the organizing process after you’ve had Closet and Storage Concepts in your home. Read on to find some great sites for finally getting your home organized!

Pinterest – Closet Organization 

You’re certainly aware of Pinterest, the great social media site that hosts thousands of different image and link collections, but did you know that there’s a board specifically made for closet organization tips and techniques? Clicking the link above will take you to Pinterest’s Closet Organization page, which features images of meticulously manicured closets as well as articles on DIY storage ideas. If you’re just getting started reorganizing your home, this Pinterest page is a great place to start.

I Heart Organizing

Started by a mother of three in Western Wisconsin, I Heart Organizing is a personal blog that spans numerous different areas of home organization. Interested in crafting projects, but having a hard time finding the space for all your materials? I Heart Organizing has all kinds of tips for turning a spare closet into a craft supplies room. I Heart Organizing is also great for mothers, and is a lifesaver when it comes to keeping your kid’s organized and at their best.

Houzz 

Much like Pinterest, Houzz is a great resource when it comes to planning your new closet and storage layout. Houzz is focused on home design contractors and renovation experts, so you’re sure to find some truly top-notch closet systems throughout the site. If you click the above link, you’ll be taken to Closet and Storage Concepts Houzz page, where we’ve made sure to include images of many of our incredible projects. Whether you’re looking to redo your pantry or install a space-saving Murphy bed, Houzz is sure to have ideas to get you started on your way.

A Bowl Full Of Lemons 

On the DIY side of things, we come to A Bowl Full Of Lemons. Similar in many ways to I Heart Organizing, the site is focused on offering budget friendly organization tips and tricks. This can be ideal for clients who have just had Closet and Storage Concepts install a new storage system for them, as they’re often looking for ways to really dive in to a newly organized life. Whether you need advice on shoe storage or how to get your garage in order, A Bowl Full Of Lemons likely has an easy, affordable solution to your dilemma.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we know that a new closet isn’t always enough for getting your life organized, and we’re with you every step of the way in getting your home under control. If you need a bit more sanity in your storage situation, contact us today to begin the journey!

 

Make a Resolution to Get Organized!

By jasonberlin - December 21st, 2012

This year make a resolution to Get Organized and keep it with the help of Closet & Storage Concepts.  Our durable, adjustable and fully custom systems are the perfect organizing solution for any area of the house be it a closet, pantry, home office, entertainment center or garage.  Unfortunately, a functional storage system is only half the battle.  These quick tips will help you to organize a few key areas of the home.

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    • Try to purge your closet of unused clothing once a year.  Have trouble keeping track of what you do and do not wear?  When hanging your clothes after washing them put the hanger on the pole backwards.  After a season you will be able to quickly see what you did and did not wear.
    • If the clothing is in good shape donate it to Goodwill or schedule a pickup with the VVA “Vietnam Veterans of America”.
  • Pantry
    • Now is a great time to go through your pantry to get rid of expired goods and take inventory of what dried and canned goods you have for the winter.   When re-stocking be sure to keep items close to their expiration date towards the front of the pantry.
    • Bulky items should be stored on the ground or on lower shelves for safety and to keep them out of your way.
    • Small, gourmet, impulse buy foods tend to be among the first things forgotten and expire as a result.  Keep these at eye level so you don’t forget about them.

Ready to get started?   Contact us today for your free in-home consultation  with one of our design professionals.

Hassle Free Ironing At Your Fingertips

By jasonberlin - October 31st, 2012

For those who need to get the most out of their walk in closet a built in ironing board could be just what you are looking for.  Our pullout ironing boards come in two attractive styles allowing them to be mounted either behind a drawer front or on the side of a Closet & Storage Concepts storage system.  Both models are ideal for quick touch ups as they eliminate the hassle of setting up and breaking down your ironing board on a daily basis.  Contact us today to schedule a free in home estimate.

Utility & Laundry Room Design: Hanging Rods for Clothing is the New Dryer

By iqnection - August 16th, 2012

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the cost of everything seems to be going up.

Shocking, I know.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and fancy-schmansy barista-made coffee was the first on my hit-list of things I could live without in order to economize. The next was the gym membership, which was easy because pretending to exercise in the presence of strangers was getting old anyway. In its place I’ve substituted riding my bike to complete chores locally. This is a two-fer, because I’m now getting the exercise that I pretended to get before, and am saving on gas and wear-and-tear on my car in the process.

The skyrocketing costs of clothes and utilities seem to be the cruelest to overcome however, because it’s tough to imagine life without one or the other of these (insert nudist colony joke here).

Thanks to the closet organization systems specialists at Closet & Storage Concepts, there is a solution that will save on Laundry Room Storage-Utility Room Solutionsboth clothing and energy bills, and help preserve that little place we’ve grown attached to—that being Mother Earth. Installing hanging roads for clothes drying is an economical way to save money and has many other benefits as well:

  1. Line drying conserves energy and protects the environment by saving fossil fuels.
  2. Did you ever wonder where the lint you find in the dryer trap came from? Lint is the remnants of clothing fibers that have been beat-up and pulled off clothing during the tumble dry process. There is a little less of your clothing investment every time you use the dryer. Line-dried clothing on average lasts twice as long as tumble-dried clothing.
  3. Dryer heat is a death wish for elastic. Expensive undergarments, leggings, tights, sports apparel, (or anything made of wool) should always be lined dried.
  4. Air-drying can reduce wrinkles, saving the time and energy associated with ironing.
  5. Indoor line drying in the winter adds much needed humidity to the living space.
  6. Line-drying eliminates static cling, which is caused from the static electricity produced as a result of the clothes repeatedly rubbing together as they tumble.
  7. Line-drying can save property, and even lives—it is estimated that clothes dryer fires account for 15,600 structure fires, 15 deaths and 400 injuries annually. The yearly costs in the United States for loss due to clothes dryer fires are estimated at $99 million.

Let the inventive closet designers of Closet & Storage Concepts create a custom utility or laundry room storage solutions with hanging rods for clothing drying– which will actually save you money in the long run. Your electric bills and Mother (Earth) will thank you for it.

Closet & Storage Concepts Named 2012 Military Friendly Franchise by G.I. Jobs Magazine

By iqnection - May 18th, 2012

Closet & Storage Concepts is delighted to be named among the recipients of the 2012 Military Friendly Franchises® list, which represents the top 10 percent of the nation’s franchises that are doing the most to recruit military veterans.

The full list of Military Friendly Franchises® will be published in the June issue of G.I. Jobs, the July/August issue of Vetrepreneur Magazine, and on www.militaryfranchising.com, a web tool that helps veterans decide which franchise to choose.

Closet & Storage Concepts honors military veterans all year round by offering service members a 10% discount on franchise fees, special military veteran financing of 50% of the initial fee for a period of 12 months at zero interest, and a team dedicated to supporting the veteran franchisee program, thus allowing veterans to use their training and operational skills in a new civilian career.

The Military Friendly Franchises® list was created three years ago out of demand from military veterans, many of whom want to start or own their own business but are unclear where to begin,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs. “Being selected as a Military Friendly Franchise places Closet & Storage Concepts in this elite group, and is testimony to Closet & Storage Concept’s world class programs and policies that support military veterans interested franchise opportunities”

Using a Professional Closet Designer to Create Custom Storage Solutions vs. Using a Handyman or Honey-do

By iqnection - April 17th, 2012

You are a spring-cleaning warrior.

Checking sentimentality at the door, you rolled-up your sleeves and filled more lawn and leaf bags with the contents stuffed into your closets than Custom Closet Organizersyou could have thought possible.

Congratulations! You have fulfilled the first step in organizing your life by first ridding yourself of what has become useless to you. The second step is to create a closet organization system that uses this space efficiently, and for the specific use you intend.

BUT, before you call a handyman (or worse still, include closet design on your “honey-do list”), consider the benefits and cost-efficiency of having a closet storage professional design your closet space. The professionals at Closet and Storage Concepts are expert in creating practical, yet chic, closet space that is custom designed for your maximum closet space usage.

Benefits of using a closet designer with Closet and Storage Concepts over a handyman or honey-do:

  1. A professional closet designer knows the questions to ask about your unique storage needs and has intimate knowledge of the most innovative closet solutions available. This IS NOT the “one-size-fits-all approach your handyman, or honey-do (gasp!) utilizes.
  2. Using custom measurements, your professional closet designer will create a closet organization system that actually GIVES you new space, by adding adjustable shelving, double hung devises and drawers. What has your handyman GIVEN you lately?
  3. You can choose from a wide-variety of melamine and laminate finishes, manufactured using ¾” “furniture grade” melamine laminate in our local facilities. Your honey-do gives you one option: whatever is on sale at the home-mart store.
  4. Closet and Storage Concepts can make the most of your space by using: adjustable closet shelving, long, medium and double hang areas to maximize space, belt, tie and shoe racks, drawers, wall safes, valet rods, jewelry drawers, hosiery drawers, etc.

Your handyman or honey-do: they don’t have the expertise to include any of these closet storage innovations.

So, given the choice, who will you choose to design and create your custom closet design? The professionals at Closet and Storage Concepts, of course!!!  Call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567).

Children’s Closet Organization Systems

By iqnection - April 16th, 2012

As any elementary school teacher will attest, teaching children how to get, and stay, organized is as important today as learning one’s A, B, C’s. The small “cubbie” of the yesteryear has transformed into a highly functional space which provides sanctuary for the child to enjoy quiet down time to Children Closet Designs read, study and relax.

Add a splash of color to personalize and anchor the area, and this modern closet becomes less of a “catch-all” and more a focal and versatile living space for your child to enjoy. Utilizing the latest in closet shelving systems by Closet and Storage Concepts, toys, clothes, audio, video and sporting equipment, etc., can now be neatly stored, and still provide space your child can “live in”.

Our custom features include:

  • Adjustable closet shelving to accommodate a small child’s reach.
  • Long, medium and double hang areas to maximize closet space.
  • Desk and bookcases to create a study environment that a child looks forward to using.

Our closet designer can create a completely custom designed closet system tailored for your child’s needs – custom built and custom installed by company trained and employed installers.

Contact us for a No Obligation in Home Custom Closet Design Consultation or call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567)

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