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Organize Your Electronics

 

 Gadgets and electronics are a way of life these days.  In fact, AT&T's latest tag line is "mobilize everything".

I totally get that.

So, how do you keep unsightly chords out of sight?  How do you manage all those wires when you've now gone beyond just needing to plug in your computer and desk lamp?

There are many devices available that you can buy.  Professional Organizer Monica Frield from Chaos to Order in the Chicago area shares a few tips on how to keep on top of your electronic beasts.

 

Closet Organizing Around 2-3 Colors Makes Life Easy!

 

We’ve all got clothing in our closets.  Heck, that’s what they’re there for.

But what’s the quality of the clothing that’s in your closets right now?

Be honest.

Closet Works garments in a closetIs it a mish mosh of things you bought on sale? 

Is the color of every garment a color that flatters your own personal coloring?

Or, with the exception of an abundance of black items, does your closet look like a rainbow of every shade and color that’s been popular in the last five years?

“That’s an expensive way to build a wardrobe” says Jill Bremer, Executive Coach and Certified Professional Image Consultant.

“Build your wardrobe around 2 – 3 colors that you know are flattering to you.  For example, black, burgundy and ivory.  You’ll be able to create dozens of mix and match combos and limit shoe colors to only a few” says Bremer.

This approach saves space, money and time.  It also serves you really well because every item you purchase and every item you wear will be working for you.

“It will boost your confidence and effectiveness while simplifying your life,” says Bremer.

Sounds like a great way to simplify your way to sanctuary!

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Jill BremerJill Bremer is an Executive Coach and Certified Professional Image Consultant.  You can find her at http://jillbremer.com

 

 

 

 

The Biggest Closet in your Home - Your Garage!

 

After a long and cold Chicago winter, the temGarage Organizational Solutionperatures are rising and the snow is finally melting. Now is an excellent time to begin planning your next spring cleaning project. Why not start with the  largest closet in your house - your garage? If your family is like mine, your garage serves as the catch-all for anything out of place. As the piles grow, your available space shrinks. Your dreams of having an organized garage are slowly overshadowed by feelings of overwhelming discouragement and doubt about where to even begin.

We at Closet Works are experts at relieving your organizational stress by designing functional storage solutions. Although garage organization seems complicated, there are four basic categories of items that must be stored.The following outlines these categories and offers easy storage solutions:

  • Items that require floor space: Your garbage cans, lawn mowers, snow blowers, tricycles, and wagons are examples of this category. With a custom garage design, we can find the perfect place for all of your equipment while optimizing your storage capacity.
  • Items that can be stored up high: Bicycles and storage tubs are the most common examples from this category, and can be easily hung on hooks or racks from the garage ceiling.
  • Items that fit onto shelving: Shelving may be completely exposed or it may feature doors, drawers, or baskets. Shelving is a great way to store smaller items used on a more regular basis, such as cleaner, fertilizer, sunscreen, bugspray, car-wash supplies, and other similar-sized items.
  • Items that may be hung on walls: Storage racks, like slat wall or grid wall, combine with moveable hooks and racks to provide storage for rakes, shovels, brooms, leaf blowers, bicycle pumps, skis, extensions cords, etc. Wire baskets are another option for wall racks, and are perfect for storing sporting equipment. These racks allow for a practical storage solution on an otherwise unusable surface.

Whether your dream garage includes a workbench for your household projects, adequate storage for your gardening supplies, a defined place for your children's toys, or simply to have a clear path to park your cars, we at Closet Works have your solution.

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GCloset Works - Greg Ceterareg Cetera's favorite thing about being a designer for Closet Works is that he gets the chance to meet wonderful people, and visit beautiful homes throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. He embraces the challenge of creating functional and aesthetically pleasing solutions to address his clients’ storage needs. Greg is most gratified by providing clients with a sense of order and tranquility as they become organized. He firmly believes in the Closet Works philosophy of creating “Raving Fans,” and aspires to provide each client with premier customer service and precise attention to their needs and objectives. Greg is now the Sales Manager of the sales/design division.

The Drop Zone

 

Who amongst us doesn’t walk in the door and “dump” stuff?

Be it your keys, your coat, your cell, your blackberry or the grocery bags – most people walk into their house and set something down.

So a great tip for managing this activity and not ending up with a chaos-filled entrance to your home is to create what I like to call “The Dump Zone”.

Rockstar HookThis kind of space is really helpful in areas like mudrooms, entryways and master closets.  If you plan ahead in your closet design, you can incorporate things like hooks for keys and outlets to plug in electronics that need to be charged.

messy pursetidy purseLadies – if you change out your handbags frequently and store your purses in your closet – consider a drawer that allows you to “dump” current contents and easily put them back in to your next purse of choice.  A basket on a dresser or a top drawer that’s deep enough works great to serve this purpose.

And group some items together in smaller bags that fit inside your purse (combine things like personal grooming items in a zipper pouch and receipts in an envelope) to make it even easier.

www.cpdocks.comAnd consider organizing mobile devices like this portable shelf with key hook from www.cpdocks.com. As is often the case, the right tool for the job makes everything so much easier.  And should you need help with ideas to make your life easier, set up a design consultation with one of our expert design consultants, because at Closet Works, we’re extremely passionate about being extremely organized – and we love sharing our passion with people who want to make their lives easier to live.

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