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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.

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.

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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)

 

Closet Organizing for Spring

By iqnection - February 21st, 2012

Now that we are nearing the end of February, spring is right around the corner. Blooming flowers, longer days, green grass, and warmer temperatures are near! This means it is time to get our closets ready for spring.

Closeting Organizing SystemsMaking a choice to get your closet organized is a step in the right direction. That article of clothing you have not worn over a year, contemplate giving it to a worthy cause. If you have worn out boots and shoes that you just will never put on again, get rid of them. If it does not fit then get it out of your closet. Do you have items that need mending or need alterations? Now is the time to get it done before replacing those items in the closet. Remove items simply stuck inside your closet, giving them a more appropriate area.

Make a list of the items you want within your custom closet design.  Do you love shoes? Then you definitely need a good deal of storage area for each pair. Maybe you need shelving for your knitted garments or perhaps your most loved publications you keep inside the closet.

The trick is to take anything you do not really need out of your closet and set the remainder of the objects up in an organized fashion that can be useful for you.

All people have various strategies to coordinating. Let Closet & Storage Concepts create a closet organizing system distinctive to you personally. We offer an in-home, no obligation closet design consultation at no charge. During this visit to your home, our designer will measure the closet in need of organization, show you photographs of products, and perform a wardrobe analysis. Using all of this information, the designer will create a plan for a closet system that best serves your needs and budget.

Schedule a free in home Closet Organization Consultation, or call 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567).

 

The Importance of Custom Closets for Homeowners

By iqnection - January 18th, 2012

Custom closets can provide benefits to you as a homeowner.

Here are a few ways adding a custom closet to your home can be a valuable investment:
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  • Space Management – By providing efficient space management, custom closet designs can utilize existing space in your home. By creating a custom closet design in accordance to existing requirements of your home, you can accomplish space management.
  • Creating More Space – Adding a new closet in an unused area of the home will create extra space. Whether a bedroom, bathroom or even in the kitchen, you can benefit from custom storage space that a custom closet can provide.
  • Increase the beauty of your home - Installing custom closets can complement your home’s interior by matching colors, styles and themes to accompany the existing design of your home.
  • Get Organized - A custom closet design professional can introduce you to products that can help you get organized and will show you organizational accessories for your closets. Getting organized is more efficient when you customize it to your design and requirements. Allowing you to position your things and improving the whole look of your home.

 

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 1-888-THE-CLOSET or complete our on line form for a free custom closet Consultation.

Closet Organizers: The Basics

By iqnection - December 19th, 2011

Closet Design Accessories: Shoe Rack
One of the most frustrating things is to wake up in the morning and try to decide what to wear. This is compounded when your closet is a mess. Why not make this your time for closet organizing.

  • Section off your closet so that you have ‘like’ items hung together. That way you will always know where to find that specific article of clothing.
  • Divide items within each section by color or purpose.
  • Organizational accessories insure you have a place for everything. If you know where an item goes, it is easy to put it away!
  • Store your shoes where you hang your clothes and keep them organized on shelving. Keep them neatly sorted by color and style.

Closet & Storage Concepts has been creating closet organization systems since 1987.  Our closet designers can help your closet organizing.

Call our office for a free  in-home, no obligation closet design consultation. Our closet designer will measure the closet, show you photographs of our closet organization products, and perform an analysis. Using this information, the closet designer will create a plan for a closet or storage system which best serves both your needs and your budget.  Call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET or complete our closet design consultation request form on our website.

When a customer calls our office, we offer an in-home, no obligation design consultation at no charge. During this visit in the customer’s home, our designer will measure the closet or area in need of organization, show the customer photographs of products, and perform a wardrobe analysis. Using all of this information, the designer will create a plan for a closet or storage system which best serves the customer’s needs and budget.When a customer calls our office, we offer an in-home, no obligation design consultation at no charge. During this visit in the customer’s home, our designer will measure the closet or area in need of organization, show the customer photographs of products, and perform a wardrobe analysis. Using all of this information, the designer will create a plan for a closet or storage system which best serves the customer’s needs and budget.

Closet Design Must Haves

By iqnection - December 19th, 2011

Lined Closet Drawers

  • Built-in laundry hamper to keep dirty clothing off the floor and out of the way.
  • Pullout racks to help optimize closet space as much as possible.
  • Double Hang areas to maximize closet space.
  • Lined drawers that can store wallets, watches, keys, an iPod or other valuables.
  • Cubbies that allow for neatly folded items.
  • A slat wall with closet organizer racks.

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