Posts Tagged ‘closet organization systems’

Classic Closet Scenes In Cinema

By Closet & Storage Concepts - August 29th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re pretty big film buffs, as you can tell by this post we wrote on Murphy beds in great films. Similar in many ways to the classic Murphy bed trope in cinema is the equally ubiquitous use of closets as a plot device. Seeing as though we’re in the business of outfitting homes with incredible custom closets and storage solutions, it’s probably not a big surprise that we love scenes that prominently rely on the use of closets. Whether someone’s hiding out and listening to other characters spill their secrets, or getting locked in a closet only to have to someone find their way out, closets have featured prominently in a number of our favorite movies. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite scenes largely revolving closets and storage spaces, so read on to find out which famous moments we love the most, and don’t forget to contact Closet and Storage Concepts the next time you’re in need of a custom storage solution!

Groucho Marx in Monkey Business

One of the earliest examples of the now famous “hiding in the closet” trope, Groucho Marx delivers an excellent example of utilizing the confines of a closet to hide from the eyes of other characters. Trapped on a boat with the other Marx brothers, Groucho realizes a woman he’s been seeing is also on board with a notorious gangster. Wanting to see the woman while also trying to stay out of the eyes of her dangerous paramour, Groucho sneaks into their bedroom pretending to be the maid. While the other two characters are arguing back and forth, Groucho steps into the closet to listen and wait. Lo and behold, the gangster eventually storms out, leaving Groucho to emerge from the stuffy closet and be with his beloved. It’s an early example of closets in film, and one of the best.

Blue Velvet’s Eerie Take

With a slightly more sinister take, we find David Lynch’s nightmarish classic Blue Velvet. With a nearly identical setup, we find Kyle McLaughlin’s character entangled in a love triangle with a gorgeous lounge singer and her murderous boyfriend, Dennis Hopper. Having stolen a moment with the incredible Isabella Rossellini, McLaughlin is forced to hide in the closet when an enraged Dennis Hopper suddenly drops by. In this scene we see a perfect illustration of the closet film trope, as McLaughlin listens in while peering through the blinds on the front of the closet. All of the suspense and intrigue found in the best “hidden in the closet” scenes is found here, and it’s a perfect example of the way closets function in thrilling fashion throughout movie history.

A Twist In The Breakfast Club

Now that we’ve looked at two “hide in the closet” scenes, lets turn to The Breakfast Club for another famous version of this set up. Rather than hiding himself away in a closet, here we find Judd Nelson’s Bender character being locked in a closet by the jaded Principal Richard Vernon. Not only is this an example of the common “locked in the closet” cliché, we also see Bender utilize in the classic ‘crawl through the air ducts” move. Similar to the movie Airheads, Bender makes his way back and forth from the janitor’s closet to various areas in the school via the ventilation shafts, cementing one of the best know versions of the closet plot device.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we have the expertise to design and install the closet of your dreams, whether you’ll spend time hiding in them or not. Call us today to make one more step towards the home of your dreams!

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!

Four Incredible Design Touches For Luxury Closets

By Closet & Storage Concepts - July 31st, 2014

Closet & Storage Concepts Closet DesignersAt Closet and Storage Concepts, we help make your dream home a reality. From custom closet systems to incredibly detailed kitchen pantries, we take great pride in helping our clients craft affordable, elegant solutions to their home storage needs. Although most homeowners stick to classic closet configurations and storage systems, there are some people that prove to be a bit more adventurous when it comes to designing their ideal closet. We’ve shown you some incredible celebrity closets before, so in this post we’ve decided to showcase some incredible luxury touches that different homeowners have added to their master closets. Read on for a look into the world of designer closets, and hopefully you’ll find a bit of inspiration in these incredible closet ideas.

Go Classy With A Vintage Rolling Library Ladder

When it comes to combining luxury with nostalgia, few sights get it better than rolling library ladders. There’s just something about this classic design touch that resonates with people in a way few other furniture accents do. Although rolling ladders have traditionally been reserved for home libraries in luxurious mansions, we’re now seeing them pop up more and more in home closets. Giving homeowners a way to reach their high storage while adding a note of grace and class, outfitting your walk in closet with a rolling library ladder is sure to produce a glamorous and calming effect. Better yet, spring for a vintage library ladder to really cement that classic look in your closet. If you’re looking for a unique touch in your newly remodeled closet, a library ladder may be the perfect choice.

Try Motorized Rotating Storage Shelves

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re all about embracing new technology in the storage realm. Although we’ve all seen motorized tie racks and the like, it’s only been recently that we’ve seen some highly developed electronic rotating closet shelves. If you click on the link above, you’ll see just what some of these systems are starting to look like. Not only can a rotating shelving system increase your storage capacity, you can also start every morning pretending to be James Bond choosing his suit for the day! Innovative closet design is all about getting the most out of the space you have, making motorized shelving units a no brainer.

Open Up Your Space With See Through Shelving Or Walls

One luxury closet trend we’ve fallen in love with is see through shelving. Often crafted from Lucite, having shelving and drawers you can see through not only creates an added element of space and also allows you to easily find everything you’re looking for. Better yet, invisible shelving will give your closet a cool, futuristic look, which will surely impress all of your visitors. Many homeowners are also springing for glass doors and walls surrounding their master closet, as can be seen in the image linked to above. Like see through closet shelving, this design touch adds a luxurious feel while opening up the look in your bedroom.

When All Else Fails, Add A Chandelier 

If you’re really going for a luxury closet look, there are fewer instant fixes than installing a chandelier. Featured in many a celebrity closet, adding an elegant light fixture makes your closet feel less like storage space and more like its very own room. Although this kind of elegance isn’t for everyone, those shooting for an incredibly high-end feel can do a lot worse than a stunning chandelier. While the other ideas in the post also have a dimension of storage consideration, this one’s all about that elegant feel.

Whether you’re looking for a closet like Mariah Carey or a simply installing a better functioning pantry, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have what you’re looking for. Contact us today to get on the fast lane towards your dream home!

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!

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).

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.

Reach In Closet Designs

By iqnection - March 21st, 2012

Utilizing existing space in a reach in closet is the best solution. Creating a functional and stylish space is the key.Closet Designs - Closet Storage System

Adding a closet storage system, you will gain new space:

  • Drawers
  • Double hanging area
  • Tie-rack and shoe racks
  • Adjustable shelving

All can create a neat accessible closet bringing a whole new look to any room.

You deserve to have a well designed closet tailored to your personality. By organizing your closet, you organize your life saving you time and energy.

Our closet designers can help you transform your existing closet design into an organized solution. Our closet systems are designed to fit the way you live.

Contact us for a No Obligation in Home Custom Closet Design Consultation or call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567)

 

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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