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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!

 

The Benefits of a Well Organized Home

By Closet & Storage Concepts - September 30th, 2014

Closet Organizers

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we believe that a well organized home is about more than just aesthetics. We began designing custom closets and storage systems because we wanted to help our clients structure their homes in a way that would extend to other areas of their lives. When you’re able to get your closets and storage areas in order it can open up the opportunity to structure other aspects of your home life. For this post, we’ve put together a few of the benefits that come with a well organized home in order to illustrate just how transformative a new closet system can be. Read on to find out what a better organized home can do for you!

Lower Your Stress Levels

When it comes to reorganizing your closets or installing new storage systems, the major impetus is often to lower your stress. Not only does the mere sight of clutter make most people feel anxious, but being able to easily find what you’re looking for can also go a long way in lowering your general stress levels. Whenever we install a new closet system or pantry for a client, we can immediately see the calming effect take place. If you’re looking for one reason to embark on a major organization project, lowering your stress levels is likely the place to start.

Increase Your Productivity

Knowing where your things are, and which closet they might be stored in, can be a major boon when it comes to staying productive. If, for instance, you’re a big crafter, a well-organized craft closet has the ability to greatly increase your productivity. Imagine all the time you’ve wasted trying to find your winter coat come December or the hours you’ve spent looking for that one pair of perfect shoes in your closet: with a better organization scheme you could easily cut all of that wasted time and energy out. When you know where things are, your productivity is certain to increase, and there’s no better system for keeping your things in order than a detailed custom closet.

Keep Your Family On Track

If you have a growing family, organization is key. As much as a great closet system can help increase your productivity and lower your stress levels, doing the same for your entire home can also help keep your family on track. If you have small children, a well-organized playroom will save you lots of time and energy. Similarly, if you can keep your child’s bedroom organized with an efficient closet, hankering down to focus on homework becomes that much easier. Furthermore, if you employ excellent organizational habits in your home it’s much more likely that your children will also pick up these habits, which in turn will help them stay on top of things for years to come.

Save Yourself Money

Although there might be some up front costs when installing a new closet system, it will save you money over the long term. Not only will you find yourself not having to replace items you’ve lost, but a structured storage system also tends to prolong an items life span due to proper maintenance. If the other points on this list haven’t convinced you that a new closet system is a great idea, consider that over a long period of time you’ll likely be saving yourself money.

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts we’re in the business of getting your life better organized. If you’re looking to find a little more structure in your life, contact Closet and Storage Concepts today!

A Few DIY Closet Organization Tips

By Closet & Storage Concepts - August 15th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage concepts, we’re in the business of helping get your life organized. Whether you’re in the market for a new closet system or looking to upgrade your pantry, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have everything you’ll need. One of the things that really sets our company apart is that our incredible team of professionals not only help you select and install the closet of your dreams, they’re also full of tips for getting your home organized. We’ve had our expert team put together a list of some ingenious DIY organizing tips for the home, so read on for some clever ways to get more out of your closets and cupboards, and make sure to contact Closet and Storage Concepts today if you’re in the market for a new storage system!

A Photogenic Way To Organize Your Shoe Collection

Even with a beautiful, newly installed closet system, your closet can still become cramped and crowded if you don’t handle organizing well.  Jessica Amento shows off her brilliant organizing idea for her shoe collection, where she takes a photo of each and every pair of shoes she owns and tapes it onto the box in which she keeps that particular pair. Whereas many of us simply stream our shoes about wherever we can find the space, this method allows you to neatly stack all of your shoes in your closet while still being able to find what you’re looking for. This is a perfect example of a way you can easily manage your home organization system without spending much money.

A Better Way To Organize Your Scarves

A scarf can often be the perfect accessory for an outfit, but keeping them organized in your closet can be a bit of a headache. Here’s a great idea for getting your scarf collection in order without spending much out of pocket. The great minds at bedifferectactnormal.com outline how you can utilize shower curtain rings in order to turn a normal hanger into a perfect scarf organizer. The best part about this project is that it takes as little time as it does money, but it’s sure to make your closet a more hospitable environment.

A Towel Rod Can Add That Extra Bit Of Space

If you’re looking to completely redo your closet or storage system, Closet and Storage Concepts is right there to help you every step of the way. Often times, though, homeowners are just looking to eke out a bit more storage room rather than completely updating their closet system. If this is the case in your home, check out this idea for using a simple towel rack to create another hanging surface in your closet. If you install a towel rack on the underside of a shelf in your closet, you’ll instantly have another surface to hang things from, immediately expanding your storage ability. And the best part? You can do it all with a few extra dollars and half an hour of free time.

If these DIY tips just aren’t enough to get your home organized, make sure to contact Closet and Storage Concepts for guidance on creating a storage system that can really make a difference in your home!

Three Projects For Getting Your Kitchen Organized

By Closet & Storage Concepts - July 15th, 2014

 

When it comes to home storage and organization, there’s one room that typically tends to fall into chaos more often than others: the kitchen. Most homeowners are painfully aware of the common problems found in the kitchen organized, whether it’s an overflowing utensil drawer or a pantry that looks like a grenade has gone off inside of it. At Closet and Storage Concepts, we specialize in providing solutions for these storage needs, so we’ve put together a list of some of the most effective techniques and strategies for keeping your kitchen in tip top shape. Read on to find out what you can do to get your kitchen organized and under control.

Install Some Corner Drawers

One thing we’ve noticed over the years when it comes to kitchen organization is that space is always at a premium. Due to the value of real estate in the kitchen, why is that most kitchen cabinet systems ignore the possibility of utilizing corner space? In the past, many homeowners had Lazy Susans installed in corner spots, but those systems tend to lead to more disorganization than they add. Luckily, some incredible cabinet companies are starting to introduce beautifully crafted corner shelving systems. Click here to get an idea of the way in which one company is changing how we view that extra space between walls.

Custom Pantries By Closet and Storage Concepts

Every homeowner dreams of their own uniquely designed pantry, as every family has their own habits in the kitchen. At Closet and Storage Concepts, we custom craft incredible solutions catered to your home’s needs. Is your pantry tight on space, and you’re just not able to stock up on everything your family needs? Closet and Storage Concepts has a storage design sure to get more bang for your buck. Trying to switch over to using more dried goods throughout the week? We’re sure to have a system that will make organizing as easy as one, two, three. Remember, we don’t offer one-size-fits-all solutions for your home; we craft unique shelves and closets that form fit with your home. Click here to see some incredible pictures, and find out more about how our custom pantries can transform your kitchen from a disorganized mess into a space Martha Stewart would compliment.

Install a Rolling Cabinet

When it comes to getting the most of your kitchen’s space, it’s all about maximization. One thing that can really help in this department is getting multiple uses out of a single item. In the same way Closet and Storage Concepts can set up a master closet for storing both clothing and general wares, so too can you install fixtures that offer multiple solutions. One such strategy is creating a roll out cabinet. As you can see in the above post, companies are now creating kitchen cabinets that roll out to become cutting boards and usable surfaces. If you’re looking for some extra surface space, this might be the solution for your kitchen.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re full of ideas on getting the most out of your space. If you’re looking to expand your storage capabilities, or need some advice on getting your home better organized, contact us today!

 

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!

 

Ingenious Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

By Closet & Storage Concepts - June 17th, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we love a good challenge. One of the most common needs with our clientele is crafting storage solutions for smaller homes and apartments. Whether that means installing a gorgeous new murphy bed or renovating an out of date closet, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have the answer your home is looking for. We’ve put together a few ingenious and creative storage solutions designed with small spaces in mind. Read on to find a few ideas for getting the most out of your home’s floor plan!

Turn Your French Doors Into Shelving

When working with a small space, it can pay dividends to find storage solutions where you wouldn’t normally consider them. For instance, many one bedrooms typically have French doors separating the bedroom from the main living area. Anyone who’s tried to cram all of their belongings into a small apartment knows that any and every space needs to be utilized in order to get the most out of the arrangement. If you have French doors and need more storage room, consider attaching bookshelves to them. We’ve seen this strategy implemented many times, and not only does it create a great look, it also provides a storage solution if you’re low on closet space.

Make More Out of Your Staircase

When you’re stuck needing more storage in your home, every unused space starts to look like a viable solution. If you just don’t have the closet storage that you need in your home, but you have a fairly large staircase leading to your second floor, consider converting the space beneath the staircase into a shelving area. This post on Houzz showcases some truly inventive ways to create storage space in an area that would typically remain unused. If you’re willing to get creative with your staircase, the options are endless. Whether you install an entertainment center, some quality bookshelves, or simply a small storage nook, your staircase offers you the ability to be so much more than a way to get to the second floor.

Look Above You!

One of the dictates of getting more out of small spaces is to think up. Often times, this implies tall, narrow bookshelves and closets rather than stout spread out ones. Similarly, it always pays to consider the ways in which overhead storage systems can alleviate some of your need for space. If it’s the garage that you’re hoping to overhaul, many people have turned to ceiling racks to store some of their excess belongings. This post outlines a brilliant way to install tracks on your ceiling that can then easily hold multiple storage bins. This strategy isn’t just limited to your garage; there are all kinds of ways to apply the same solution inside your home, be it overhead cabinets in the bathroom or a headboard that features modest shelving at the top. Here’s a great collection of indoor overhead storage systems to give you an idea of just how much can be done with that ceiling space you’re not currently using.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re constantly discovering smarter and better ways to solve your storage needs, whether that involves remodeling a tiny closet to offer more space or working with a small apartment that needs a more creative solution. If you’re in need of a better storage system, contact us today to discover the possibilities made possible by Closet and Storage Concepts!

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.

 

A Look into the Home of the Future

By Closet & Storage Concepts - December 26th, 2013

As we come upon the end of another postmillennial year and prepare for the futuristic-sounding 2014, it’s hard not to be at least a little disappointed in the lack of science-fiction-predicted technology pushing its way into our world. Sure, you can fit a computer in your pocket and store mountains of information in something called “the cloud,” but we’re yet to see a single flying car careening through the streets. The future imagined by pop culture artifacts like The Jetsons or 2001: A Space Odyssey just never seemed to arrive, and with it our dreams of floating cities and sentient machines. When you consider that Back to the Future 2 was set in the quickly-approaching year of 2015, it becomes difficult not to look around and ask yourself, “Where’s my hover board?”

There are, however, a few designers working with new technologies in line with both the aesthetics of “The Year 2000” as well as the underlying philosophy of most classic futurists. Since Closet and Storage Concepts is in the business of providing home solutions for our customers, we’ve found a few innovations that apply directly to the idea of “the Modern house,” or at least a 1960’s pulp novelist’s version of it. From robotic closet systems to fold up ovens, here’s a collection of a few different visions of a better, and far more cutting edge, modern home.

The Freedge – The Inside-Out Fridge

Designed by Matthew McNaughton, the Freedge imagines a revolutionary take on an appliance that has seen very little change over the years. The Freedge takes all of the compartments in a traditional fridge and separates them out, placing each bin behind an exterior wall to maximize space. Rather than having a bulky traditional fridge taking up a large chunk of your kitchen, each compartment of the Freedge is pulled out of the wall when you’d like to access it. A further perk of McNaughton’s system is that it utilizes external cold during winter months in the refrigeration process, meaning that not only will homeowners be saving space, they’ll also be saving on electricity. Best of all, the Freedge is incredibly cool looking, leaving your standard fridge looking like the relic that it is.

The Clean Closet – All in One Laundry Concept

Since we’re in the business of offering affordable, well-designed closet and storage systems for our customers, we’re particularly impressed by Michael Edenius’ Clean Closet design. Essentially taking the laundry process out of the consumer’s life completely, the Clean Closet is exactly what it sounds like: a closet that cleans your clothes while they hang. All of your items are scanned for dirt and impurities by the machine, which then cleans items where imperfections are detected. In one fell swoop, the Clean Closet replaces the laundry basket, washer, and dryer, freeing up much-needed space for the homeowner of the future. Best of all, the Clean Closet does its work without the use of water, making it far more environmentally-friendly than traditional methods. That’s what we call a Closet and Storage Concept!

Qumi – The Portable, Flexible All Purpose Oven

Dreamt up by the Russian engineer Ilia Vostrov, the Qumi is described as a flexible cooking unit, which is an understatement if we’ve ever heard one. Qumi is a fold out universal kitchen appliance that is capable of heating, steaming, or frying liquids and solids, basically making it the only tool the chef of the future will need.   The Qumi is about the size of a plate when folded down for storage, and it is designed to be hung on an induction charging hook, making it completely portable and wireless. Furthermore, the Qumi is run exclusively from your mobile phone or similar device, making display panels and instructions obsolete. With the Qumi, that clunky microwave and oven taking up a majority of your kitchen are a thing of the past, providing much more space than traditional options. For the homeowner of the future, who will surely find space at a premium, the Qumi is the perfect option for any and all home cooking needs.

Although these designs may be a ways off from becoming readily available for the average consumer, it’s exciting to know that great minds are continuing to come up with innovative and, quite frankly, space age solutions for traditional domestic needs. Here’s hoping that sometime in the near future, Closet and Storage Concepts will be installing a Clean Closet in your home!

Back To School Blues

By jasonberlin - September 30th, 2013

custom bench systemAs of September 22nd fall is officially upon us.  The weather has cooled, your décor has changed, and the kids are all settled into the new school year.  Unfortunately, with the changing of the season and the turning of the leaves comes the clutter associated with your children returning to school.  I bet you are picturing a corner of your home piled high with backpacks and binders at this very moment.  It’s time to reclaim that space with a custom system from Closet and Storage Concepts.  A simple bench system placed in an entryway or mudroom is just the thing to tame that mess by storing shoes, jackets and those bulky backpacks.  Ready to get started?  Contact us today for your Free In-Home Estimate!

Spring Into Organization

By jasonberlin - April 17th, 2013

Spring is here and there is no time like the present to get organized.  Spring cleaning can be a daunting task so we have compiled a few of our favorite tips to get you started and keep you moving in the right direction.

Don’t Rush.  There is no rule that says you have to finish everything in a day!

Start Small.  More than likely your home isn’t really dirty it’s just a little bit cluttered.  Start off by going room to room and focusing on getting everything off of the floors, coffee table and end tables that doesn’t belong there.

Purge.  Don’t be afraid to get rid of things.  If you can’t remember the last time you used it then you probably don’t need it.  If what you are getting rid of is in good condition consider donating it as opposed to throwing it away.

So Good To Be Green.  In most cases, harsh chemicals aren’t required to get the job done.  Whether you’re washing windows or cleaning floors there are plenty of tough yet earth friendly products available.

Change Your Filters.  Now that the heater is off and the windows are open there is no better time to replace or clean out your air filter.  While you are at it, clean out your dryer vent or hire a professional to come in and do it for you.

Don’t Forget the Garage.  The garage is by far one of the toughest spaces to organize.  It’s not that you can’t it’s just that you don’t have the means to do so.  With adjustable shelving and some customized slat wall we can provide you with the tools to organize your garage once and for all.  Contact us today for your free in home estimate!

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