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Now is the Perfect Time to Break-Up… with 80% of the Clothes in Your Closet

By iqnection - September 13th, 2012

The Number One closet organizational tip on our Closet & Storage Concepts website reads as much like a primer for living as it does as it does a briefing on proper closet organization: Decide what is truly important to you and make sure your *fill in the blank (i.e. closet, life, friends, hobby, job) provides the solution.

In closets, as in life, less is more.

The changing of the season from “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer” to “September Song” is the perfect time to assess what you truly love and need, and letting go of the rest. It’s this Closet Organizing System Closet Design“rest” that trips up most people, accounting for the majority of our closet-stuffing clutter. According to the Pareto Principle (often referred to as the 80-20 rule or the “law of the vital few”), approximately 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. In closet-speak this means that, on average, only 20% of our wardrobe is in active rotation. The other 80% is consistently overlooked, purposely unselected or too far away in the recesses of the closet to be bothered with.

Like any break-up, emotions can circumvent logic and de-rail the best intentions. The following are a few suggestions to help make your swan song encounter just a little less anxiety provoking:

  1. Resolve that the dissolution of the clothing /clothing-wearer relationship is in the best interest of both parties. The 80% that is being ignored by you can be donated to others who need them more than you and will give the clothes the love and attention that has been denied.
  2. Acknowledge that a portion of that 80% were gold-diggers and free-loaders to begin with. Many pieces stuffing our closets are as the result of impulse or someday-promise purchases (“Someday I’ll fit into this. Promise”). These pieces didn’t make your 20% because they were a poor choice from the start. Hanging on doesn’t transform a bad decision into a better decision. Cut your losses and let them go.
  3. Recognize that you’ve outgrown the 80%. What may have been a good match at some point became less satisfying as your needs and style changed. It’s nothing personal. Keep only that which fits, flatters and is current. Just because it was your favorite sweater when you wore it to the premier of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon doesn’t give it a free pass to occupy your closet rent-free for eternity.
  4.  Be honest when deciding if fixing an item is worth the time or investment. Sure, once you’ve found just the right outfit, it’s hard to imagine life without it. Quality is expensive, but so is repairing clothing and shoes that are tattered or worn. But are you REALLY going to take the suit to be tailored or the shoes to be re-heeled? Really? And if you did arrange for the repair or tailoring, will the suit or shoes be in style long enough to warrant the additional financial and time investment. Some relationships are not ultimately worth the investment in time and energy (not to mention cost) it will require to repair it.

Contact your (closet and storage) relationship consultants at Closet and Storage Conceptsto discuss your unique closet organization problems, and help you work though the toughest clothing break-up scenarios. We are expert in helping you prioritize your belongings and can custom design an closet organizing system that addresses your needs. Let us help you fall in love again… with your closets.  Call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567).

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.

Back-to-School Preparation is Easy, ONLY if you have the Proper Storage Solution Plan in Place!

By iqnection - July 27th, 2012

Being a “theater person” (or at the very least, being a person prone to drama), I will break the forth wall and admit that I am writing this post on the hottest July day during the hottest summer on record in the Mid-Atlantic section of these United States.

Despite the increasingly alarming trend that allows one to bake cookies on a car dashboard, I bore witness to another alarming trend this morning during the commercial break of my favorite morning talk show that left me equally as prone to perspiration. That is, the advent of the back-to-school advertisement. I won’t name retail names, however, if you guessed, you might hit a bull’s eye.

I understand that the retail calendar differs from the Gregorian calendar, but less than three weeks ago I ooh’ed and aah’ed over 4th of July fireworks, for cryin’ out loud!!

I must admit though, the well-dressed, dancing pre-teens that seemed to be Stepford-like happy to be leaving the care-free days of summer to head back to the disciple of proper-learnin’ got me to thinking. Maybe the retail calendar is not so off after all and now is the perfect time to prepare for the inevitable onslaught of clothes, shoes, books, paper, backpacks and all the other trappings of modern education.

The closet designers at Closet and Storage Concepts have the skills and know-how to design an organizational solution to accommodate the needs of a dancing, well-dressed student, or your child, in advance of the coming school year. Like anything in life, when one feels in control and on top of tasks, everything flows much easier and there is time to enjoy other activities of your choosing.

Below are a few tips that you and your family can take advantage of to help get into the organizational juices flowing:

  • Get rid of junk—first on the list for a reason! Nothing drains the brain more than clutter. If you haven’t used an item in several months, you probably don’t need it. Be honest, no cheating…Closet Organizers
  • Devise a paper plan – back-to-school means permission slips, medical forms, sports releases, etc, etc. Some of these forms come in the mail before the first day. Create a space for this rush of paper. Have a plan to separate these forms outs so that they can be filled-out immediately and safely stored for prompt return. Perhaps “to be signed” and “return to school” bins would fit the bill.
  • Establish the homework space – ideally this place is located away from the television and other distracters or young minds, and has the space to store paper, pens, crayons, an abacus or whatever is needed to assist the youthful scholar achieve greatness.
  • Create a routine checklist—consider what your morning routine typically consists of and brainstorm ways in which tasks can be streamlined to be made faster and more efficient in anticipation of the first day of school.

The closet designers at Closet and Storage Concepts are experts at customizing an organizational system to suit your family’s unique needs. Take advantage of the “retail calendar” and schedule a free in-home consultation today!  Contact the Closet Organizers at Closet & Storage Concepts, to help your create your dream custom closet or Call 1-888-THE-CLOSET.

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer and have some fresh-baked dashboard cookies.

Viva la Vino! Raise a Glass to This Memorable Walk-in Closet Design Idea

By iqnection - July 11th, 2012

Every spring for the past 20+ years my mom and I have participated an annual fundraising event hosted by the local community hospital called “The Designer House”. Each year a different home in the community is selected to receive a complete floor-to-ceiling makeover by a number of local interior designers. Commissioned for the home’s historic or aesthetic significance (and is often on the market to sell), the event coordinators unleash dozens of local interior designers on the home, who are given free rein to appoint their assigned space with a design statement of their choice. In exchange for their pro bono creation, the designer and their work is showcased to the thousands of visitors who tour the home each year.

Inevitably we leave the tour with one or two “must have” ideas for our own homes. As you can well imagine however, setting free the minds of creative people, such is an interior designers, can often result in… eclectic results.

And oh boy, have the designers beget some doosies through the years.

We’ve endured a turtle-themed master bedroom, a kitchen adorned with statues but devoid of a sink, and a family room carpet made of sod.

Our all-time favorite creation continues to be the inexplicable prehistoric theme bathroom; resplendent with moss dripping from the shower rod (personally, I work hard to avoid this in my house) and even more inexplicable — 10”spikes adorning the toilet seat lid which rendered the lid incapable of opening all the way.

Apparently, things were tougher during prehistoric times than I even imaged.

This year we were treated to closet organizers the likes of we had never seen before, which left my mom and I with a serious case of “gotta-have-that!” syndrome. An approximately 12’ x 12’ section Closet Organizers - Closet Designs - Closet & Storage Conceptsof basement was converted into an elegant Tuscany-themed walk-in wine closet. Although a relatively small piece of real estate compared to the rest of the house, this refuge was the highlight of the tour. The compact custom wine rack must have easily stored 200 bottles of the grape. A small wine refrigerator fit perfectly under a granite counter top. Custom cabinetry was lit from within, showing off the gleaming stemware and small earth tone dishes. Matching drawers slid out easily and were roomy enough to hold all the essentials of proper wine enjoyment; cheese serving accessories, corkscrews, bottle stoppers and aerators. There was even room-to-spare for a small bistro table and chairs, which of course my mom and I took advantage of, sitting a few minutes just to take the beauty of this custom closet design before the next group of visitors anxious to see the space for themselves moved us along.

In all my years of visiting the Designer House, no other creation has impressed me more than this custom closet design and made me more desirous of having one of my very own.

Until then, at least I have the moss.

Contact the Closet Organizers at Closet & Storage Concepts, to help your create your dream custom closet or Call 1-888-THE-CLOSET.

Closet Organizers and the Most Interesting Man in the World

By iqnection - June 22nd, 2012

Much has been made over the past few years about the existence of the “man cave”.

Originally coined in a tongue-in-cheek manner, the concept of a separate space in the home (often relegated to the darkest, dankest least desirable hovel within the residence), has gained wide acceptance as a legitimate use of square footage. The idea of partitioning off the males of the tribe by providing them an area to be, well… male, has become common place. In its purest definition of the word, the man cave is a no-frills arena in which eating, drinking, relaxation and/or entertainment, without the interference of décor or civility (i.e. women) is king. No further demands or expectations are to be made of this sacred space.

Not every male however is satisfied with such an adornment-free environment. There are a great many males who prefer the finer things. There are those who recognize and appreciate quality, and demand that life be shaken, not stirred. These males aspire to an environment that comprises both form AND function. These are the men who appreciate the closet organization systems provided by Closet & Storage Concepts.

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Closet Organizers and the Most Interesting Man in the World

Men and women often have different requirements where it comes to the design of a custom closet. For example:

  1. Men carry many hand-held devices on their person, such as a smart phone, ipod, e-reader, etc, which require a designated place to be stored and charged. A flat area near a power source is an excellent addition to a gentleman closet. Wireless chargers make it possible to have a charging station, even when an outlet is not available.
  2. Organization of ties and belts is a uniquely male necessity. Closet & Storage Concepts uses specialty tie and belt racks, as well as drawers in which ties can be neatly rolled and stored.
  3. Men love quality lighting that allows them to distinguish between subtle shades of color, enabling them to make perfect color-coordinated clothing choices every time, thus putting an end to embarrassing different-colored-socks-syndrome. Unlike their female counterparts, men desire simple lighting fixtures, (as opposed to chandeliers dripping with crystals favored by females) such as in-cabinetry lighting recessed into shelves and integrated into hanging rods.

A closet storage system by Closet & Storage Concepts may not transform a man-cave dweller into a gentleman of style and refinement, but it can transform your closets into the solution for all your challenging storage needs.

Stay organized my friends.

Contact Closet & Storage Concepts – Closet Organizers – for a Free In-Home closet design consultation – or Call 1-888-THE-CLOSET.

Cubbies Aren’t Just For Preschoolers Anymore

By iqnection - May 22nd, 2012

The word cubby makes me smile.

Maybe it’s because it reminds me of simpler days when my now (late teens) teenagers went to preschool and everything revolved around “the cubby”.  At the end of a long work day, I knew that I had something special waiting for me in the cubby—a finger painting or a drawing of me with a huge head and tiny feet, macaroni sculptures, paper plate hats and yarn crafts — all lovingly created by my little sweeties. Correspondence to and from the teachers were left in the cubby, as were pictures of my darlings in various stages of their day — playing, eating or sleeping– all left in the cubby for me to savor and cherish forever.

Or maybe it’s because cubby is a funny word.

Either way, a cubby is a place of distinction as far as I am concerned. And now that one of those aforementioned sweeties just came home for the summer from her first year of college and the other sweetie can grow a mustache, the cubby has a new and more practical definition that has matured along with me—that of a closet storage system to store and organize the (literally) hundreds of pairs of shoes I have amassed over the yeCloset Designs: Shoe Rackars.
I’m no Imelda Marcos and I think many, if not most, women have accumulated a recalcitrant collection of shoes by their late forties. Shoe cubbies restrain the unrestrainable and add order to chaos.

Cubbies, for those who don’t know (e.g. men) are rows of box-like compartments stacked in layers as high as one wishes. Shoe storage cubbies come in different configurations and can be customized by a closet designer in accordance to ones individual storage needs.

The benefits of cubby shoe storage system are:

  1. Space Saving: If one were to line up 20 pairs of shoes, each pair taking up 9” of space, one would need 15 feet of shelf space. The same 20 pairs of shoes can fit in a 24” x 24” cubby shoe storage system.
  2. Money Savings: Shoes piled on the floor get kicked around and stepped on and thus need replacing more frequently. Cubby storage also keeps the shoes safe from damage by pets and free of dust.
  3. Time Savings: Unlike storage in shoe boxes, cubby shoe storage allows you to see your shoe collection at a glance and enables you to pair shoes with an outfit in a snap. Shoes are kept clean, dust free and ready to wear every time.
  4. Face Savings: Mishandled stacks of shoes tend to become aromatic over time and your living space can begin to smell like a dirty thrift shop.

Contact Closet & Storage Concepts about a closet organizational system that meets your shoe storage and overall closet solution needs so that you too can have something special waiting for you in your cubby, everyday.

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).

Spring Real Estate Trends – The Custom Closet Design

By iqnection - April 15th, 2012

Spring is traditionally the season the real estate market heats-up after months of hibernation. Many home owners looking to sell, and potential home owners looking to buy, analyze the current features and versatility a home has to offer. Whether you are looking to buy, sell or simply live better in the space you are presently in, this season’s hot real estate trend is custom closet design.

“Couture Closets”, as seen on reality shows and other media featuring celebrity homes, is all the rage. With the assistance of ClosetAdd a Vanity to your Closet Organiztion System and Storage Concepts, any home owner can incorporate this “”Hollywood” touch into their home, without requiring a movie star’s salary.

Hot tends in custom closet design include:

  • Closet space that one “lives in”. Creating a vanity space inside a closet will free-up bedroom space and add a touch of old-Hollywood luxury to any home. Including mirrors and lighting in the closet vanity space is both aesthetic and practical.
  • Hanging a chandelier in a walk-in closet adds a deceivingly high-end look, even on a tight budget.
  • “Themed” closets are fun, practical and can make your home memorable. Model your custom closet space after a department store and display your belongings openly on neatly arranged built-in shelves. Let your inner-hippie free with an “Age of Aquarius” color-blocked custom closet concept. Add lace and crystal features for a more demure Victorian feel.

Inspired? Need more custom closet ideas? Let our closet designer create a completely custom designed closet system to meet your storage and organizational needs. Closet and Storage Concepts will custom build and custom install your project using company trained and employed installers devoted to bringing your custom closet vision to life.

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Walk-In Closet Organizers

By iqnection - March 21st, 2012

The ultimate walk-in closet begins with a custom closet design to make the most of space.

  • Use long, medium and double hang areas to maximize closet space.
  • Use adjustable closet shelving to easily adapt to your new,
  • Add a Valet Rod to your closet to get your clothes ready for the next day
  • Add a tilt-out hamper
  • Add Shoe Racks to keep them organized

 

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Contact Closet & Storage Concepts for a No Obligation in Home Custom Closet Design Consultation.

  • Our designer will come to your home and measure the closet or area in need of organization
  • Show you photographs of available products
  • Perform a wardrobe analysis
  • Create a plan for a custom closet or storage system that will best serve you

Call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567)

 

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