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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!

 

Three Incredible Garage Man Caves

By Closet & Storage Concepts - May 30th, 2014

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’ve gotten to work on some pretty amazing garage spaces over the years. Whether we’re installing a brand new storage system for a major gearhead or a set of extra closets for the fashionista that’s run out of shoe room, we’ve gotten to create some incredible solutions for homeowners looking to add some extra organization to their lives. It comes as no surprise that we’re always in awe of people that really take their garages to the next level, and we love getting to be a part of projects that challenge conventional notions of what a garage can be. In light of this, we’ve put together a list of a few truly exceptional man caves and garage getaways. Read on to find some inspiration for your dream garage!

Joe Pyle’s Climbing Garage 

It’s not uncommon for men to treat the garage as their own personal hideaway. We’ve had a hand in installing the closet system that finally gets a garage space right, but we’ve never been involved in a project quite like Joe Pyle’s garage. Located in Estes Park, Colorado, Joe’s an avid rock climber. As you can imagine, Colorado doesn’t have the best conditions for climbing all year round, especially during the often-brutal winters. Joe wasn’t prepared to spend the offseason just waiting for better weather, though, so he took it upon himself to craft a giant rock climbing wall inside of his garage. Click through the images above to see just how epic Joe’s project was. Though we’re not sure if he included closets to store his climbing gear, his indoor rock wall is still mighty impressive.

The Mechanic’s Dream

Any credible list of exceptional garages has to include one dedicated to that great garage tradition – the auto shop. We’ve installed plenty of storage systems for car enthusiasts to store their tools, but the garage linked to above is one of the finest we’ve ever seen. Built by architect Scott Hommas for a Seattle-area client, this behemoth of a carport comes in at 3,981 square feet. The homeowner, a professional Porsche racer, was looking to build a shrine to his love of everything automotive, and Hommas has certainly kept up his end of the bargain. Housing everything from restored vintage cars to a full-size helicopter, this man cave should have all of the grease monkeys out there salivating.

A Sports Fan’s Dream

We’ve installed plenty of closet solutions in order for mega-fans to store their collections, but this Florida garage is on another level entirely. Designed by Acoustic Innovations out of Boca Raton, this shrine to everything great about University of Florida football is a what fandom is all about. Showcasing memorabilia such as Emmitt Smith’s game-worn cleats and Jevon Kearse’s gloves, this garage also includes a big screen TV for watching everything Gators-related. Most of us may think of our garages as places for storing everything we don’t keep inside the home, but this U of F fan demonstrates that a little creativity can turn a typical space into something special.

Whether you’re a die-hard rock climber or an obsessive sports fan, Closet and Storage Concepts has everything you need to finally get your garage organized. Contact us today to find out just what solutions we have for getting your home where you want it to be.

A Look At Some Incredible Celebrity Closets

By Closet & Storage Concepts - April 30th, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re in the business of offering the most creative and effective storage solutions out there. Whether you’re looking for a smarter way to organize your closet or a better kitchen pantry, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have exactly what you’re looking for. When it comes to inspiration, there are some closets out there that really stand above the rest, and it’s no surprise that they tend to belong to celebrities and fashion experts. We’ve put together a few of the most impressive celebrity closets out there to demonstrate just how much you can do with an effective storage system. Read on to find out how the rich and famous store their shoes and socks, and contact Closet and Storage Concepts if you’re looking for a similar solution.

Mariah Carey’s New York Shoe Compound

 Mariah Carey’s palatial closet is a thing of legend. Featured in an early edition of MTV’s Cribs, Carey’s closet is a master class in opulence and storage. Featuring bleachwood floors adorned with her monogram, Carey’s closet is perhaps best known for her shoe storage system, which houses close to 1,000 different pairs. The closet was designed by Mario Buatta, and resembles an Italian palace more than it looks like a standard closet. From gold-leaf gilding to marble columns, Mariah Carey’s incredible closet may not be the most reasonable option out there, but its sure to inspire your inner diva.

Ralph Lauren’s Incredible Man Cave

 It’s only fair that one of the world’s most recognized fashion designers has a closet to match his formidable reputation. Nestled in New York State’s Westchester County, Lauren’s closet mirrors the overall masculine rustic look of his country home. Featuring mahogany millwork and lots of aged leather, Lauren’s closet is as close to Ron Burgundy’s presumed aesthetic as you’re going to find. Not only is Lauren’s oversized closet outfitted with all kinds of manly touches, the clothing held within consists of riding boots, jean jackets, and torn vintage t-shirts. For anyone looking to highlight his brawny side, Lauren’s closet is a great place to start.

Nanette Lepore’s Shabby Chic Dressing Room

Nannette Lepore, a fashion designer whose clothes are championed by the likes of Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria, has turned her New York City loft’s closet into an extension of the rest of her home. Featuring a combination of flea-market décor and more glamorous touches, Lepore’s closet feels more like a respite than simply a storage system. Although the cascading glass chandelier may be the highlight of the room, there are also Victorian mirrors and Deco décor showcased throughout. If you’re interested in making your closet into your own special hideaway, Lepore’s closet is a great place to look for inspiration.

If you’re hoping to turn your closet into the kind of luxurious, well-organized space you can be proud of, contact Closet and Storage Concepts to find out just how incredible your dream closet can be. You may not have the cache of someone like Mariah Carey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a closet that makes it feel like you do.

Open in Case of Zombie Apocalypse: Organizing Your Survival Closet

By Closet & Storage Concepts - April 15th, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re in the business of crafting all kinds of custom solutions for our customers’ storage needs. Be it a more versatile kitchen pantry or a well-defined entertainment system, we make sure to keep your individual concerns in mind when creating the perfect closet set up for your home. With the rise of television shows like The Walking Dead, we’ve noticed a heightened, if somewhat silly, interest in planning for a hypothetical zombie apocalypse. In the spirit of good fun, we’ve put together a few guidelines for setting up a survival closet in the small chance that a zombie apocalypse does find its way to our shores. Read on for a few tips on what you’ll need in case the undead show up at your door.

Food and Water Are an Obvious Must

In the off chance that the walking dead someday make a house call, you’ll want to have plenty of fresh water and non-perishable foods. Lucky for us zombies are more concerned with finding brains than canned beans, but you’ll still want to have as much canned goods on hand as possible. The same thing goes for bottled water, which will surely be in short supply once the undead are among us. Like any survival kit, make sure to focus on items high in nutritional value, including vegetables and canned fruit, so that after you’ve boarded up the windows to keep the hoard out you’ll be able to comfortably wait out the ensuing insanity.

If You Have to Leave The House, You’ll Need a Few Things

 In the off chance that you’re unable to keep the crowd of zombies out of your home, you’ll need to have a few other items in your survival closet or storage system. First off, charcoal tablets or water purification tables are a must for any apocalypse-wanderer, so you’ll want to have those on hand. Also, if you’re unable to bring much of your food supply with you, make sure to have seeds for easy to grow crops, like corn and zucchini. Your closet will also want to hold a fishing pole for finding nutrition on the road, as well as a small pan for cooking up the vittles you come across on your travels.

Rebuilding Civilization Takes The Right Tools

 Your survival closet is going to need to house not only tools for immediate survival, but also the right items for slowly rebuilding human civilization. This not only includes standard survival tools like an axe, flint and tinder, and a crowbar, you’ll also want to hang on to cultural relics. When you’re trying to get the human species up and running again, having a copy of Shakespeare will remind you of the world as it used to be. Furthermore, make sure to store a journal and pen, so that in the off chance you do end up subsumed by the undead horde, some future person will be able to find proof that you did everything you could to maintain your humanity.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we always craft incredible solutions for your storage needs, be they apocalyptically-focused or not. Contact us today to learn about the storage system of your dreams, be it zombie-centric or not.

World Libraries With Incredible Storage Solutions

By Closet & Storage Concepts - March 31st, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, North America’s premier custom closet and storage system outfitter, we’re always on the hunt for the coolest and most creative in storage concepts. From the pantries in large restaurants to the way film societies organize their archives, we love seeing impressive storage systems in action. Perhaps the most beloved and frequently impressive organization systems in the world belong to some of our greatest libraries, such as the endlessly awe-inspiring Library of Congress. In honor of this great storage system tradition, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite libraries from around the world, each one demonstrating the heights of organization we strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts. Read on for a global tour in magnificent storage concepts!

Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum

Named after the great Japanese post-war author, the Shiba Ryotaro is a marvel in melding design with organizational needs. The building, designed by Tadao Ando, is meant to mirror the inner working of an author’s mind, hence the incredible walls and walls of books. There’s something incredibly immersive about the book storage system at the library, a feat reflected in the sheer number of books housed in a small space. This is perhaps what‘s most impressive about the storage concept at the Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum: storage has been effectively married to concept, making for a truly unique experience.

Mafra National Palace Library

The National Palace Library is a treasure held within the city of Mafra, Portugal. Portugal is home to a number of well-known libraries, but the Mafra National Palace Library is the most interesting to everyone at Closet and Storage Concepts due to its particularly ingenious storage system.  When built, not only did the architect responsible make sure to create a book shelving system that accommodated a major collection, he also made sure to leave room behind the books for a colony of bats. The bats were used to keep the library vermin and insect free, and would be released every night from their space behind the books. Our closet systems don’t typically house flying animals, but we still have to applaud this remarkable system.

The George Peabody Library

Housed in the world-renown Peabody Institute of Music at John Hopkins University, the George Peabody Library is one of the finest in America. Containing over 300,000 volumes, the Peabody Library  is a perfect example of marrying form and function in the world of storage systems. Featuring six tiers of cast iron columns, decorative railings, and gold-leaf embellishments, the Peabody Library demonstrates that there is certainly a way to make organization beautiful, which is something we always strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts.

Liyuan Library

Designed by famed Chinese Architect Li Xiaodong Atelier, the Liyuan Library is truly a sight to behold. Located in the small village of Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing, the Liyuan Library was meant to be an example of how to make a storage system blend in seamlessly with its environment. In the same way that Closet and Storage Concepts makes sure to design and implement closet systems that work holistically within its environment, the Liyuan Library is composed of panels of twigs in order to reflect the natural surroundings of the village. Beautiful in its simplicity and elegance, the Liyuan Library is a case study in working your surroundings into the design of a storage system.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we keep in mind all of the great storage and design ideas reflected in this list in order to craft personalized closets and organization systems for our customers. We may not build bat caves behind your bookshelves, but we’ll make sure to create effective and  visually stunning closet and storage systems for all your needs.

 

Three Incredible Treasures Found During A Remodel

By Closet & Storage Concepts - February 28th, 2014

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we do work on a wide variety of homes and offices, from early 20th Century apartments to brand new condominiums. Throughout our time working on some of the older properties we’ve had the pleasure of updating, we’re constantly surprised by the amount of objects often hidden within the closet walls of these old homes. From long lost family photos to early porcelain dolls, there are often tiny treasures stuffed away in the long forgotten areas of an antique house. In the spirit of these discoveries, we’ve put together a list of some of the coolest items found during remodels of old homes. Read on to see what kind of treasures may be lurking behind your walls.

That’s Some Expensive Insulation

David Gonzalez, a general contractor in Hoffman, Minnesota, decided that it was time to update his master bedroom, including taking out a wall to expand his closet. As a contractor in an area with older homes, Gonzalez was used to seeing old newspaper used as insulation in homes. When he found an original copy of Action Comics #1 stuffed into the walls, to say he was surprised would be quite the understatement. The issue in which Superman makes his debut, Gonzalez’s copy of Action Comics recently sold at auction for $175,000. Considering he bought the home for around $10,000, it’s safe to say Gonzalez came out on top in this one.

A Head Above The Rest

When spring comes along, most of us find ourselves doing some deep cleaning, be it giving the kitchen a good once over or reorganizing our closets. When Stephane Gabet, a French journalist, went to clean out the attic of his newly purchased home, he found something slightly stranger than most: a 400-year-old skull. Gabet, unsure of what exactly to do with this ancient head, took it to a prominent university in Paris to get to the bottom of just how old his new find was. Turns out, not only was the skull over 400-years-old, it was also determined to have belonged to none other than King Henry IV, who ruled France until 1610. Although we don’t recommend storing the remains of famous monarchs in your attic, it must be at least a little fun for Gabet to bring his discovery out every Halloween.

Bottom’s Up

Patricia Hill purchased a turn-of-the-century mansion outside of Pittsburgh with the intention of turning it into a five star bed and breakfast. While doing some extensive renovations on the property, she uncovered some proof that the former inhabitants had been fond of a drink or two: nine cases of revered Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey buried in the basement. A pre-Prohibition distillery, Old Farm produced some of the most beloved American Whiskey in history, and Hill’s trove was estimated to be worth nearly $800,000 dollars. Things didn’t turn out perfectly for Hill, though: after spending the winter vacationing someplace warm, she returned to find that her caretaker had imbibed nearly 52 bottles of the historic hooch, putting the homeowner out nearly $200,000 dollars.

Although we can’t promise we’ll unearth any buried treasure in your home, we can assure you that we’ll put in a closet or storage system that’ll make your home the star of the neighborhood. Call Closet and Storage Concepts today to find out just how transformative one of our closet systems can be in your home.

Five 90’s Fashions You Should Wait to Throw out of Your Closet

By Closet & Storage Concepts - January 27th, 2014

Now that we’ve come to a New Year, it’s likely that you’re considering reorganizing your closet and getting your home in tip-top shape. Whether that includes a trip to the Goodwill or installing a new closet storage system, it’s always refreshing to start the year off with a clean slate and an even cleaner closet. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we definitely understand the value of an organized home, and we love working with customers on setting up the perfect home storage system. When you’re going through all of the boxes and piles pushed towards the back of your closet, it’s worth remembering that not everything deserves to end up in the donation bin, even those old clothes you thought were never coming back in style. Here’s a list of a few 90’s fashions making their way back, so that when you’re doing your New Year’s reorganizing, you’ll know that it just might be worth holding onto those Tommy Hilfiger overalls for a few more years.

Combat Boots

Having become popular with punk rockers trawling the Army Surplus store for cheap finds, combat boots officially entered the public consciousness in the early 90’s. Featured in movies like Clueless and TV shows like My So Called Life, combat boots were everywhere, from the rock club to the fashion runway. Dr. Martens were a huge part of this trend, and the British companies sales skyrocketed throughout the 90’s. Although the combat boot trend seemed to die by the end of the decade, they’ve recently seen a comeback in a big way, with stars from Jessica Alba to Brad Pitt showing off the classic look. So, before you decide to chuck those old Timberland boots, it may be worth seeing if there’s a few contemporary looks you might be able to incorporate them into.

Snapbacks

By the late 90’s it seemed like we’d seen the last of classic snapback baseball caps. For most of the new millennium, fitted caps were about the only thing you could find if you were looking to support your local sports team. Recently, however, snapback hats are starting to make a comeback, much in the same way that trucker hats had a resurgence early in the 2000’s. Currently being popularized by stars like Chris Brown and Drake, snapback hats have a classic look that is certainly coming back into style. If you’ve got an early 90’s Milwaukee Brewers hat hiding away in the back of your closet, it may just be time to place it back into your regular repertoire.

Round Sunglasses

Round sunglasses seem to be coming back in style for the third time in the past fifty years. Originally associated with musicians like John Lennon and Janis Joplin in the 1960’s, round sunglasses had their first reappearance in the 90’s, with celebrities like Johnny Depp doing their best to invoke the classic look of the Summer of Love. It seems as though round sunglasses are poised to break back into the mainstream once again, popularized by the rap group A$AP Mob . Recent Google numbers suggest that queries about round sunglasses have increased by over 100% in the last year, demonstrating just how quickly the trend appears to be rising. So, even though summer is still months away, it’s probably a good idea to keep those round sunglasses in your closet just in case you want to make a splash on the beach when the sun starts peeking out again.

Flannel Shirts
One of the hallmarks of 90’s fashion, flannel shirts immediately call to mind Seattle and the glory days of grunge. From Kurt Cobain to the Al Borlan, flannel shirts we’re everywhere during the pre-millennial decade. Like combat boots, flannel showed up in 90’s fashion due to various young musicians and artists proclivity for finding their clothes at the local thrift store. By the middle of the decade, upscale fashion houses began incorporating flannel into their designs, demonstrating just how far the style grew during the period. In recent years, flannel has been making a major comeback for many of the same reasons it thrived in the 1990’s, and stars such as Kim Kardashian and Justin Timberlake have been known to rock a 90’s inspired flannel from time to time.

When organizing a closet, it’s essential to determine just what’s worth keeping around and what should go the way of polyester pants and platform shoes. We hope this list has inspired you to look into a few of the older pieces you have stuck in a box somewhere before placing them by the curb, and if you end up wanting to keep more than you were originally planning, remember that Closet and Storage Concepts is always ready to help you design and install a closet organizing system that suits your particular wants and needs.

Three Great Smartphone Apps for Organizing Your Closet

By Closet & Storage Concepts - January 16th, 2014

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re in the business of providing unique and effective storage solutions for a variety of different homes and needs. From closet systems to wall beds, we’re experts in crafting space-saving designs for every customer. As much as a well-organized, stunningly built closet will do for keeping track of your life, sometimes a little more is needed. If you’ve got a smartphone, there are plenty of apps currently being developed specifically for the purpose of keeping your closet in tip-top shape. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite smartphone apps for organizing your closet and keeping track of your wardrobe.

Stylebook – http://www.stylebookapp.com/

Stylebook is an app developed in New York by two fashion-obsessed programmers looking to help people carefully curate their wardrobe. Founded in 2009, Stylebook keeps track of item count, total closet value, and the 10 least and most worn outfits in your arsenal. People that take advantage of Stylebook can upload every piece in their closet and then use the app to plan future outfits and make packing list. Best of all, there’s a “worn history log” that tracks every time you wear a specific article of clothing, so that the next time you have a date you can be sure it isn’t an outfit you’ve already worn.

My Gear Pack – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mygearpack.android.mgp

Organizing your camping and hiking gear can be difficult, even with plenty of storage space; luckily, My Gear Pack has been developed expressly to help keep your outdoor gear inventoried and categorized. My Gear Pack allows you to input all of your outdoor equipment, including pictures and descriptions. You’re able to add tags to all of your items, so that you can keep a list of exactly where you’ve stored certain gear. My Gear Pack is also set up to let you plan for certain trips, so that once you have your trip outlined, the app will let you know where all of the tools you need are stored. Furthermore, My Gear Pack has a library installed with all of the other users’ gear, which allows you to browse equipment you may need but don’t have yet. If you’re an avid outdoorsman or woman, My Gear Pack is sure to help make all of your trips that much easier.

Doxo Mobile – https://www.doxo.com/

One of the major contributors to closet clutter has always been bills, receipts, and other filed paperwork. With the advent of smartphones, consumers are now able to make this space-filler a thing of the past. Doxo, a company initially formed in 2011, is an app that connects all of your online bill profiles and accounts in one place and under one password in an attempt to simplify the bill paying process. Even better, Doxo files all of your paperwork digitally, so that not only do you no longer have to organize all of your bills and paperwork, but you also no longer have to deal with physical copies of them. Doxo is a godsend for anyone looking to get rid of that filing cabinet taking up half of your hallway closet, and it’s a great way to make your life better organized and easier to manage.

Coupled with a new closet designed by Closet and Storage Concepts, these apps will help you on your way to organizing an amazing closet as we head into the New Year. There’s nothing like starting with a clean slate, so let Closet and Storage Concepts help you find the solution for all your home organization needs.

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.

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