Top Three Spaces for Custom Storage

If you’re like most people, you thrive in a neat, organized environment. However, accomplishing the clean home of your dreams is easier said than done. It’s difficult enough to find the time to organize existing clutter, and then you have to stay one step ahead of the mess while juggling work, the kids’ school and errands.

It sounds like you could use some custom storage around the home to tuck away the clutter and help you stay organized from here on out. The trick is to work with a home organization expert to make your dream of an organized home come to fruition. Here are the top three places to consider adding custom home storage.

THE CLOSET

Closets have a way of overflowing unless you rein them in. Have a closet designer help you figure out how best to organize your belongings in the existing space. The solution may be to add shelves, drawers, hanging rods, accessory hooks, hidden laundry baskets, shoe storage and more.

These additions help you make the most from your closet and allow you to win back space in the bedroom. After all, with enough de-cluttering and additional vertical storage space, you may be able to eliminate the need for a dresser. This consolidates the dressing area to a single spot and frees up square footage in the bedroom for a more open feel.

THE GARAGE

If you’re struggling with home organization, odds are the garage is one of the dirtiest rooms in your home. Since you don’t actually live in the garage, it feels like a storage area by nature, one you can throw belongings into and forget about. Of course, this mindset backfires if you take it too far.

To clear up floor space in the garage, look into having custom garage cabinets and shelving installed. Tuck paint cans, pesticides, fertilizers and other dangerous chemicals in the cabinets to keep pets and children out of harm’s way. Shelves are ideal for organizing bins of toys, holiday decorations, camping gear and sporting equipment. Your garage storage additions free up space so you have room to park the car.

THE LAUNDRY ROOM

Americans spend eight hours a week doing laundry and collectively send 35 billion loads of laundry through the wash. Custom laundry room storage is all about maximizing every square foot in the room. Install shelves, cabinets, pull-out hampers and a drop-down ironing board to make the laundry experience more enjoyable each week.

If you’re ready to turn these custom home storage ideas into reality, contact CornerStone Closets today. We have the knowledge and experience to help you organize your home like never before.

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Garage

If your garage is taking over your life with its disorganized clutter, now is a great time to get it organized – once and for all. With these five garage storage tips, you can reduce excess, organize all your equipment and tools and create an attractive garage storage system that makes your garage the envy of your neighbors.

  1. START SORTING

The first part is the hardest for some, sorting through all the clutter. To avoid getting overwhelmed, set aside some space to put like items, such as  sports gear, yard equipment and tools. Be sure to create piles for things to toss or donate, as well as possessions that should go elsewhere in the home. Once you have removed all the excess, you can start making a list of things that will require shelving and custom garage cabinets.

  1. CONSOLIDATE YOUR STUFF

At this point, you can start to shift the piles of like things into the places where you would ultimately like to keep them. Remember that the heavier the item, generally the lower you should place it. Create divisions between piles that will suit the way you use them. For example, you may choose to divide outdoor gear into summer and winter equipment, or divide it by toys and clothing.

  1. ADD STORAGE OPTIONS

With clear divisions for all the stuff you want to store, you may now start to build the custom garage storage that works best for you. Shelving is useful for bulky items or things that you need to reach quickly. Custom cabinets allow you to hide valuable possessions and provide you with more options for organizing smaller items, including hanging tools and drawers.

  1. THINK VERTICALLY

The best garage storage systems use a combination of organizers to keep your stuff in line. While you love your garage cabinets, you may also enjoy using Slat Wall storage for large yard tools and other equipment. Slat Wall involves panels with slats that you can use to easily slide in hooks, racks and even shelving. The panels are very sturdy, which means you can use Slat Wall to hang ladders and shovels, or create a space to organize your skis and outdoor equipment.

  1. LOOK UP FOR EXTRA STORAGE

The last frontier in the garage is the ceiling, and you are probably not using it to the full extent. Lightweight equipment is perfect for overhead storage that hangs from the joists in the garage ceiling. That makes the ceiling an excellent place to shift out-of-season holiday decorations or sports equipment. That way, the equipment is out of your way for most of the year.

Everybody wants a garage that is neat and professional. After completing these five steps, you will enjoy custom garage cabinets and storage solutions that take advantage of available space, help you stay organized and simplify your life.  If you’d like us to help you with getting your garage in order, visit us at www.cornerstoneclosets.com today to set up your free in-home consultation.

 

 

5 Steps to Ultimate Closet Organization

Do your belongings tumble out of the closet every time you open the door? Is it impossible to find what you’re looking for among the disorganized heap? Sounds like you could use a closet overhaul!

Achieving ultimate closet organization is easier than you think. All it takes is five steps:

STEP 1

Empty the closet of everything. Don’t worry about organizing just yet; just get everything out. Vacuum the closet floor and dust the shelves to create a clean slate.

STEP 2

Assess the pile sitting on the floor outside the closet. It’s time to take inventory of what you want to keep, toss and donate.

The items to include in the “Keep” pile include everything you wear or use regularly. If you have a few clothing items you’re not sure about, keep them for now. Return the clothes to their hangers, but hang them up backwards. When you wear them, turn the hanger back around. Reassess your closet in six months and if any hangers are still facing backwards, you should get rid of those clothes.

The “Toss” pile includes clothes with holes, mismatched socks, broken items and junk you’ve held onto for too long.

Items in good condition that you simply no longer need or want go into the “Donate” pile. You might want to try selling valuable items at a garage sale or to a consignment store to make some money.

STEP 3

Return to the keep pile and decide what items shouldn’t actually be stored in this closet. You might want to move art supplies to office cabinets and outdoor gear to garage shelves. Return these out-of-place items to their rightful homes.

STEP 4

Even with fewer items remaining after the purge, your closet still might not be equipped to handle it. Now’s the time to invest in a custom closet organization system.

Your options include custom closet cabinets, shelves, drawers, hanging rods, cubbies, hamper storage and more, all designed with your needs and closet dimensions in mind. With such closet organization tools at your disposal, you’ll discover your stress level goes down as it becomes easier to find what you’re looking for. Having a spot to store everything also keeps your belongings in good condition.

STEP 5

Your closet is looking better than ever! With the transformation complete, all that’s left is to maintain the organization. Try donating a piece of clothing for each new one you add to the closet and de-clutter for just 10 minutes per week to help maintain the organization you fought so hard to achieve.

If you decide a custom closet system is right for you, please contact CornerStone Closets for a free estimate.