Posts Tagged ‘closet organization’

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

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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!

Closet Organization Tips For Fall

By Closet & Storage Concepts - September 10th, 2014

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Now that summer is quickly becoming little more than a memory, it’s likely time to start prepping your home for the colder months. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we know that fall can be the perfect time to reorganize your closet, moving away from the short and summery clothing of July and August and into the down coats and ear muffs of November and December. While you’re going through the motions of winterizing your home, consider doing the same to your closet and storage spaces. We’ve put together a list of a few tips for organizing your closet for fall and winter, so read on if you’d like to get your wardrobe perfectly prepped for the dark days ahead.

Storing Out of Season Clothing

The first step whenever you’re rearranging your closet for a new season is to handle all of the clothing you won’t be wearing in the months ahead. Depending on the time of year, this might mean packing up your winter boots or stashing away the flip-flops. Going into fall, you’ll want to store your away all of your summer clothing and accessories, and in a manner that doesn’t interfere with your new organization system. A great idea is to pack up all of your out of season clothing into a suitcase you’re storing; this way, not only will your unused items be packed away, but they won’t take up extra storage space. Some families even keep closets specifically for out of season clothing. Be creative, but make sure you’re making space for the clothing you’ll actually wear in the colder months.

Know When To Hang Them, Know When To Fold Them

Fall and winter clothing includes some of the bulkier items in your closet, so making smart decisions about storage is paramount. Once you’ve switched out your summer clothing, start deciding which items you’ll be hanging up and which items are perfectly acceptable to keep folded. Coats and jackets will certainly require hanging, as will some of your work clothing, but items such as sweaters and jeans can easily be folded and stored on a closet shelf. Like everything else in your fall and winter closet, you’ll want to keep an organized system. We recommend keeping similar items together for ease of use, i.e. stacking all of your sweaters in one pile and your snow pants in another. Depending on the size of your closet and the amount of clothing you’re looking to store, decide which items should be hung and quickly accessible and which articles can be placed a bit more out of reach. By making these kinds of smart decisions with your closet, you’ll avoid a messy and unmanageable situation down the road.

Organizing By Function

When it comes to the colder months, it’s especially important to organize your closet by function. Due to the increased use of layering depending on that day’s weather, you’ll want to be able to quickly make up your outfit without having to dig around for long underwear or a rain jacket. Keep all of your daily use clothing together (shirts, skirts, etc.) and then arrange your outer layers by extremity. For instance, store all of your lighter jackets together, followed by winter coats and skiwear. If you organize your closet by function, you’ll have a much easier time finding the items you need as temperatures and events change daily. Its important to have a thoughtful organization system all year round, but especially so during the fall and winter when weather can be its most unpredictable.

If all else fails, it may be time to call Closet and Storage Concepts and begin the process of installing an affordable, easy to use new storage system. We won’t fold your summer clothes for you, but we’ll make sure to design a system that’s perfectly suited for your lifestyle and needs.

 

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!

Tips for Organizing Your Gear, Play Room, and Craft Closets

By Closet & Storage Concepts - February 14th, 2014

Every home has a different need when it comes to storage, making a one-size-fits-all approach to organization ineffective for most homes. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we always work with our customers to find a unique solution to their particular storage problem based on our years of experience. We’ve put together a few tips for organizing a few different closets dedicated to specific types of families and homeowners, from the outdoorsy to the craft-inclined. Whatever your storage situation may be, Closet and Storage Concepts is sure to have a system perfect for keeping your home organized and accessible.

The Gear Closet

Exercise is a must for everyone, and who doesn’t love camping trips and weekend hikes? One of the problems that can arise for these invigorating hobbies is just what to do with all of your camping and sports gear when you’re not able to find the time? We’ve found that having a dedicated gear closet for all of your outdoor equipment can go a long way in keeping your home manageable. An essential item for any gear closet is an over-the-door rack, since balls, bats, and other sports equipment tend to like to move around a lot when placed on a shelf or the floor. Also, look into bins or baskets dedicated to different activities, so that when its time to take the kids to the lake, you’ll know exactly where the tent and camping stove are stored. We’ve also found that a hanging shoe organizer can work great in a gear closet, as it’s perfect for holding mitts, helmets, and hiking boots. Dedicating a closet in your home just for these kinds of activities is sure to make motivating yourself when spring time comes around that much easier.

The Play Room Closet

As any parent is quick to tell you, keeping a play room in order can be a serious headache. A bit of organization can go a long way to keeping things manageable, and a dedicated closet space is the first place to start. The first thing parents should make sure they’re doing is placing those messy items that require supervision (markers that can be used to write on walls, board games with small pieces, etc.) on the top shelf of the closet. If a child can get to a toy they love to play with, they’ll find a way, so it’s important to organize with this in mind. We also recommend getting a label maker for organizing the toy closet, so that when you assign different types of items to different bins or boxes, you’ll be able to find them with ease. We’ve also found that storing books lower, which many people don’t often do, can be encouraging for a child, as they’re more likely to utilize the toys that are within easy reach.

The Craft Closet

Keeping your crafting gear in order can be especially problematic, as a lot of the items can be small and hard to keep track of. One of the best lessons we’ve learned in craft organization is to use ice cube trays to keep your smaller items, such as thimbles, safety pins, and the like, in ice cube trays stored in drawers or boxes. This is sure to keep them easy to find and separated from your other tiny craft needs. Also, like any closet, it’s best to store heavier items, like your sewing machine, at waist level to avoid unnecessarily difficult lifting. Finally, make sure to utilize the back of the door, either with a peg board to hang scissors or current projects on, our a kitchen rack to store paints and glue. It’s always easier to start a project well-organized, so make sure to dedicate a well-kept space to your favorite hobby!

Five 90’s Fashions You Should Wait to Throw out of Your Closet

By Closet & Storage Concepts - January 27th, 2014

Now that we’ve come to a New Year, it’s likely that you’re considering reorganizing your closet and getting your home in tip-top shape. Whether that includes a trip to the Goodwill or installing a new closet storage system, it’s always refreshing to start the year off with a clean slate and an even cleaner closet. Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we definitely understand the value of an organized home, and we love working with customers on setting up the perfect home storage system. When you’re going through all of the boxes and piles pushed towards the back of your closet, it’s worth remembering that not everything deserves to end up in the donation bin, even those old clothes you thought were never coming back in style. Here’s a list of a few 90’s fashions making their way back, so that when you’re doing your New Year’s reorganizing, you’ll know that it just might be worth holding onto those Tommy Hilfiger overalls for a few more years.

Combat Boots

Having become popular with punk rockers trawling the Army Surplus store for cheap finds, combat boots officially entered the public consciousness in the early 90’s. Featured in movies like Clueless and TV shows like My So Called Life, combat boots were everywhere, from the rock club to the fashion runway. Dr. Martens were a huge part of this trend, and the British companies sales skyrocketed throughout the 90’s. Although the combat boot trend seemed to die by the end of the decade, they’ve recently seen a comeback in a big way, with stars from Jessica Alba to Brad Pitt showing off the classic look. So, before you decide to chuck those old Timberland boots, it may be worth seeing if there’s a few contemporary looks you might be able to incorporate them into.

Snapbacks

By the late 90’s it seemed like we’d seen the last of classic snapback baseball caps. For most of the new millennium, fitted caps were about the only thing you could find if you were looking to support your local sports team. Recently, however, snapback hats are starting to make a comeback, much in the same way that trucker hats had a resurgence early in the 2000’s. Currently being popularized by stars like Chris Brown and Drake, snapback hats have a classic look that is certainly coming back into style. If you’ve got an early 90’s Milwaukee Brewers hat hiding away in the back of your closet, it may just be time to place it back into your regular repertoire.

Round Sunglasses

Round sunglasses seem to be coming back in style for the third time in the past fifty years. Originally associated with musicians like John Lennon and Janis Joplin in the 1960’s, round sunglasses had their first reappearance in the 90’s, with celebrities like Johnny Depp doing their best to invoke the classic look of the Summer of Love. It seems as though round sunglasses are poised to break back into the mainstream once again, popularized by the rap group A$AP Mob . Recent Google numbers suggest that queries about round sunglasses have increased by over 100% in the last year, demonstrating just how quickly the trend appears to be rising. So, even though summer is still months away, it’s probably a good idea to keep those round sunglasses in your closet just in case you want to make a splash on the beach when the sun starts peeking out again.

Flannel Shirts
One of the hallmarks of 90’s fashion, flannel shirts immediately call to mind Seattle and the glory days of grunge. From Kurt Cobain to the Al Borlan, flannel shirts we’re everywhere during the pre-millennial decade. Like combat boots, flannel showed up in 90’s fashion due to various young musicians and artists proclivity for finding their clothes at the local thrift store. By the middle of the decade, upscale fashion houses began incorporating flannel into their designs, demonstrating just how far the style grew during the period. In recent years, flannel has been making a major comeback for many of the same reasons it thrived in the 1990’s, and stars such as Kim Kardashian and Justin Timberlake have been known to rock a 90’s inspired flannel from time to time.

When organizing a closet, it’s essential to determine just what’s worth keeping around and what should go the way of polyester pants and platform shoes. We hope this list has inspired you to look into a few of the older pieces you have stuck in a box somewhere before placing them by the curb, and if you end up wanting to keep more than you were originally planning, remember that Closet and Storage Concepts is always ready to help you design and install a closet organizing system that suits your particular wants and needs.

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”.
  • Pantry
    • 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.

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)

 

Small Closet Storage Solutions

By iqnection - March 16th, 2012

If you have a closet that you just cannot seem to put everything in, here are some suggestions for organizing smartly.

  1. Closet Storage Get rid of clutter. Do not waste precious small closet space on clutter. Eliminate any clothing or accessories that you no longer want or use. If you find items you want to keep for sentimental reason, you need to find another location to store them.
  2. Eliminate Wasted Shelf Space. Many closet shelves are far apart, deep, or non-existent. One large shelf does not allow you to separate items in your closet. Using shelf dividers help to keep your space organized.
  3. Double Hanging Rods. By hanging clothes like shirts, folded pants, blouses and jackets on two rows – one on top of the other – allows you to actually hang twice the amount of clothing in the area
  4. Add Drawers. Add drawers towards the bottom of the closet or a small dresser for sweaters, socks, scarves, etc.
  5. Add Organizational Accessories. Adding baskets, shoes racks, and belt and tie racks will help insure you have a place for everything.
  6. Space Saving Hangers. Flat style ‘friction’ hangers with non-slip rubber padding insure your garments stay in place and hold more in less space.

Custom closets do not require any extensive remodeling. Our closet experts can maximize your storage by utilizing even the smallest of spaces.  Contact us for a Free In-Home Closet Storage Consultation or Call 1-888-843-2567 (THE-CLOSET).

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

 

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