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.

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).

Winter Is Coming, Prepare to be Entertained

By iqnection - September 12th, 2012

Fall is the Perfect Time for Closet and Storage Concepts to Design Your Custom Entertainment Center or Home Theater Room

The little signs of the approach of fall are everywhere. The cool, crisp evenings, a slight color change on the tips of the leaves, the endurance of some really awful new television shows before natural selection sends them to the great sitcom repository in the sky. It’s a magical time.

One of the best parts of fall for me, besides doing “the kids are back in school” happiness samba, is preparing for the long cold nights of winter. Much like the legendary “nesting” instinct Home Entertainment Center from Closet and Storage Conceptsmothers-to-be experience in the time preceding the baby’s arrival, I look forward to the annual ritual of preparing my home for “the long winter’s nap”. And by nap, I mean enjoying lots of comfort food and taking in some serious screen time.

What better way to enjoy watching a movie with the family, having the benefit of some exercise via an electronic fitness game or cheering on the Eagles (I mean, your football team of choice) than on a custom home theater center designed by Closet and Storage Concepts. Custom home theater systems are built with the needs of your family, and the unique consideration of your space, in mind. The large screen television is front and center within a custom built media space, while the less attractive cords, wires and other accessories are concealed.

In addition to television display, Closet and Storage Concepts can craft a custom entertainment center to include CD / DVD storage and shelving units so that your custom piece is a complete media storage solution for all your audio equipment, movies, music, vinyl albums (which are roaring back in vogue in a big way!), gaming systems, controllers, etc.

Do your own happiness samba and call Closet and Storage Concepts – 1-888-THE-CLOSET -  today about customizing a home theater system room or custom entertainment center, in anticipation of those long winter nights. Before you know it, it will be dark by 5:00 PM. Do you want to be caught without your entertainment in place?

I didn’t think so.

A Slide Rule That Even a Closet Fashionista Will Adore

By iqnection - August 23rd, 2012

A “slide rule”, by its ordinary definition, is hardly much to get worked-up over. Unless one is a collector of antiquated computing devises, or enjoys the “geek-chic” look of a mini slide rule provocatively peeking out from the protective lining of a breast pocket (also known as a “nerd shirt”), there really isn’t much ado about the common definition of such a device.
Ah, but there is another “slide” rule that is deceptively simple, yet extravagant, cool yet practical, and so chic that even Carrie Bradshaw would gasp and demand of Mr. Big that she have one for herself. This “slide” rules the custom closet, yet fits in a space just over 3” wide. This “slide” is a pull-out mirror accessory from the custom closet design accessories available at Closet & Storage Concepts.

This sliding pull-out mirror is one of the best selling accessories available at Closet & Storage Concepts — for good reason. The pullout mirror is cleverly mounted so that it is tucked away, Closet Design Accessories Include Slide Out Mirrorleaving full access to hanging clothes and other stored items. When a mirror is needed, it slides out well beyond the clothes and stored items and rotates open to reveal a full-length swivel mirror. Once you are done assembling a perfect NYC out-on-the-town ensemble or, if you’re like me, toss on a modern take on classic bohemian, the mirror then slides back into place and seemingly disappears from view.

This is a perfect solution for those who need regular use of a full length mirror, but do not want to have a mirror permanently installed on the wall or as a part of a free-standing wardrobe—both of which stare back at you ceaselessly, even when you don’t necessary desire that reflection.

In addition to adjustability and ease of use, the design of the pullout mirror eliminates the safety concerns that come with full-length mirror installation, especially in a youth bedroom. The youngster can enjoy the use of a full-length view that they are often denied with bureau-top mirrors, without the safety concerns of a mirror flimsily secured to a wall. Young muscles can be flexed and hairbrushes can be sung into, without the concern of a mirror mishap.

Jewelry drawers, wall safes, wall-mounted ironing boards, valet rods and shoe racks are just a few examples of the many closet design accessories available to the designers at Closet & Storage Concepts. Let our closet designers help you decide what is important to you, and then provide the solutions necessary to create the closet design or your dreams!

Carrie Bradshaw would be envious.

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.

Closet Solutions and the Coordinated Crafter

By iqnection - June 12th, 2012

It’s surely no coincidence that mega-retail giants devoted to the supply needs of crafters have braved the recent economic downturn successfully and emerged victorious, whereas so many other mega-retailers met their demise (I’m looking at you, electronics). Crafters are a passionate, devoted lot who, when faced with adversity, will cut, paper, paste and paint themselves into better times.

Crafting, by nature, requires supplies.

Lots of ‘em.

And nothing can slow down a crafter-on-a-roll faster than disorganization. Having to drag out scrapbooking supplies every time the opportunity (and inspiration) presents itself can surely damper the memory-lane mood. Stacks of gift wrap and tissue stashed in each corner of the dining room is a meal time eyesore. Markers, scissors, rulers, yarn, glitter, not to mention the countless other embellishments crafters use in pursuit of their chosen art form, strewn across every available flat surface, has undoubtedly been the source of many a domestic squabble.Storage Solutions - Carfters

There is another way, my organizationally-impaired craft enthusiast!

Let Closet & Storage Concepts design a custom craft closet to meet your creative needs! Imagine all of your supplies stored neatly and accessibly in a closet dedicated to your craft. Benefits of having a custom closet storage system such as this include:

  1. Saves Money: You will know at a glance where all your supplies are. Never spend good money to replace a missing pair of scissors, only to find the old pair three weeks later jammed in a junk drawer. Also, by seeing your inventory at a glance, you will not be tempted to buy that extra felt “just in case”.
  2. Saves Time: No more wasting the first precious ½ hour of crafting time hunting for and gathering the necessary supplies. Everything you need will be stored in the same place every time. Now take a moment and let this possibility soak in…
  3. Saves Sanity: Be honest–how many times have you torn your place apart looking for that one thing that would make a good project great, only to say to yourself, “I must be going crazy, I know I saw a (insert missing item here) somewhere just last week”. With a closet organization system by Closet & Storage concepts, you’ll know exactly where (insert never-lost-in-the-first-place item here) is immediately.

With a custom closet solution by Closet & Storage Concepts you will (rarely) question your sanity again and always put your best sequined sneakers forward!  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).

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.

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