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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.

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.

The Closet Personality Test: What Does Your Closet Say About You?

By Closet & Storage Concepts - December 19th, 2013

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There are a million and one personality tests floating around out there, with nearly all of them claiming to be definitive. While we may not be trained in Freudian psychoanalysis or Jungian archetypes, we can tell you one thing from experience: a person’s closet says a lot about them, and a look into this often sacred space can reveal quite a bit about someone’s habits, passions, and inclinations. We’ve put together a handful of typical closet scenarios and have paired them with the personality types most commonly associated with them. We encourage you to take a peek into your own closet before reading through to see just how accurate we’ve been with our assessment, and let us know in the comments if we’re on track or off the rails.

The Romantic

The most obvious sign that you’re dealing with a Romantic personality type is the copious amounts of nostalgia hanging around. The Romantic probably doesn’t keep the most organized closet, as they’re never able to throw anything even slightly meaningful away. It’s a safe bet to assume there’s a giant box of old love letters stuck in the corner, as well as a huge stack of T-shirts the Romantic hasn’t worn since high school but just can’t seem to part with. Every Christmas card Grandma ever sent, every baseball jersey they wore in Little League, and a binder full of old concert ticket stubs is sure to be found somewhere in the confines of the Romantic’s veritable time capsule of a closet.  If you’re ever helping the Romantic move or organize, make sure not to throw anything away without asking first: you can never be sure just what they’ve been saving from that date they had freshman year of college.

The Idealist

The Idealist is described by most psychologists as introspective, feeling, and optimistic. We all have family and friends that fit into this category, and it’s fairly easy to imagine what their closets would like. Well organized is probably a given, as most Idealists tend to be of the scheduling variety according to the Myers-Briggs Personality Test. It’s probably safe to assume that the Idealist’s closet places an emphasis not only on the things they need immediately at hand, but also items they’re hoping they might get to use sometime soon. So, the Idealist might have a bathing suit hanging around towards the front of their closet even in February, or their soccer cleats washed and ready to go even though they haven’t played since high school. Throw in an inspirational poster or two hung on the doors, maybe next to a picture of their personal hero, and you’ve got a closet typical of someone with an Idealist streak in them.

The Artist

Surely we’re all familiar with this entry on our list. The Artist’s closet shows little to no organization to the average person, but ask about it and the Artist is quick to assure you there’s some kind of system. Much like the Romantic, very little tends to get thrown away, just in case someone someday wants to release that seldom heard demo of psychedelic polka music the Artist crafted ten years ago. Another tell-tale sign you’ve got an Artist on your hands is a lack of matching socks sitting aside a giant pile of band t-shirts, because, according to the Artist, only “the man” matches clothes. Although the Artist may seem to lack much organization, make sure not to move anything in their closet, as you’re sure to have problems if suddenly their favorite Bauhaus shirt isn’t in its usual spot.

The Social Butterfly

Our last personality type, the Social Butterfly’s closet is an essential part of his or her daily experience. A look inside will surely display a number of tells, from the mountain of different shoes (every occasion calls for the perfect pair) to the variety of clothes. There are shirts for going out in, workout gear for sports and the gym, business suits, travel luggage, snow gear for the winter time, and a plethora of different accents perfect for every occasion. The Social Butterfly isn’t necessarily known to be well organized, but when you have one of everything for every occasion, it can be hard to keep a system in line. Whether it’s the dead of night or 6 AM on a Sunday morning, the Social Butterfly has to be ready for whatever event springs up on their calendar, requiring a heavily stocked closet with as many options as possible.  If you always keep a pair of hiking boots in between your ballet slippers and your ice skates, it’s probably safe to assume you may just be a Social Butterfly yourself.

Although this list only scratches the surface of what a closet can say about its owner, we hope it gives you a good idea about what your things, and the way you keep them, may say about you. And remember, if you’re ever in need of a better way to organize all those old high school jerseys or your stack of paintings from that De Kooning phase you had, Closet and Storage Concepts is always ready to help you choose and install the perfect closet system, whether you’re a Social Butterfly, Idealist, or somewhere in between.

New Contemporary Accessory Hooks

By jasonberlin - March 20th, 2013

We are pleased to introduce a new line of contemporary accessories to our catalog. These new hooks are attractive, durable and suitable for hanging a variety of items such as garments, hats, belts, ties and handled items such as mops and brooms. These versatile new accessories can be mounted to either a wall or a Closet & Storage Concepts system and are available in matt nickel, oil rubbed bronze, polished chrome and polished brass finishes.

Contemporary Hooks

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”.
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    • 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.

And The Winner Is…

By iqnection - May 21st, 2012

It seems that America has caught a case of lottery fever. Lately it seems that every week, headlines of a new mega-millions drawing is splashed over the newspapers and internet. Remote news broadcasts from convenience stores, showcasing the long lines of would-be winners, have become common. Photographs of smiling millionaires holding a press conference ending in the presentation of the ceremonial “big check” has become familiar to the point of ordinary.

Today a study by the English National Lottery Operator Camelot was released which outlined buying trends among lottery winners. Some of the results were expected. For example, half of the mega-winners moved into a new house within three months of the award, and a quarter of the winners put up fencing, secured by a gate, around their house.
Some results were somewhat unexpected, such as; 20% of winners purchasing a dog in the months immediately following the win.

The trend that struck me however, is that 1/3 of winners installed a walk-in closet in their home immediately following the big win. Like the Custom Closet Storage Solutions - Closet & Storage Conceptsdog-trend, one can only guess the psychology of such a purchase. My guess is that people yearn to benefit from something that they perceive as a luxury, but in practicality, like dog ownership, can be enjoyed within most people’s budget.

Much like one chooses a breed that matches the owner’s means, desires and lifestyle, closet organization solutions from Closet & Storage Concepts are designed to fit the way it’s owner lives. Closet organization systems are designed to match the needs and décor of the homeowner and then custom built in our own factories. Even the most challenging space requirements can be easily conquered by a Closet & Storage Concepts custom closet designer.

One need not wait to receive a “big check” to enjoy the closet organization system of your dreams. Contact a Closet & Storage Concepts Specialist today and schedule a free in-home consultation or Call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567).  Our closet designer can set you on a path to achieve your walk-in closet design dreams, including a space to store Fido’s squeaky toys and bacon treats.

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”

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