How Do I Store Holiday Decor?

The holidays often include decorating the house, sometimes both inside and out.  When the holiday season rolls to a close, you have a lot of stuff to store!  As so often is the case, you probably even accumulated a few more decorations during the season too.  As this happens year after year, storage can truly become an issue.  Where should you keep items that you only use once a year?

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I Have My Closet Organizer, Now What?

At Artistic Closet Designs we thought that after we put in your beautiful, new closet organizing system, you might be pondering exactly HOW to put all your items back in your closet in an organized fashion to get the most out of your “new” closet.  We wanted to offer a few suggestions to help you get the most out of it.

First, when putting away your hanging items, we suggest putting each “type” together.  For example, from left to right, put tank tops, short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, then sweaters and jackets.  Additionally, to make your clothes even easier to find, put each group in order by color.  For instance, you could go light to dark.  So, all tank tops are hung together with all whites, then neutral shades, then blues, greens, browns, and blacks.  Next, short sleeve tops are hung together with the same color order.  Continue this pattern until all your hanging items are hung.  Now, when you need to grab that specific navy blue long sleeve top, you will be able to find it in a matter of seconds compared to the ten minutes you used to spend digging through your old, unorganized closet, hoping it wasn’t lying on the floor somewhere wrinkled beyond recognition!

For women, you will likely have skirts and dresses to hang along with your tops and sweaters.  We suggest hanging those in order from short to long or long to short, whichever you prefer.  Then, if possible hang them in a somewhat color-coded system as you did with your tops. Dresses tend to have prints on them as opposed to solid colors, so it might be a little trickier, but we know you will come up with a system that works well for you like all stripes together and all florals together.

If you have had us add drawers for items like shorts and pants, we suggest laying them in the drawers in organized piles. For example, all nice shorts can be in a pile – those made of cotton, linen, and such.  If you have workout shorts or shorts you use for projects around the house, put those in a separate pile.  For women, put leggings in a pile with jeans in a separate pile.  You now have a nice, organized pants and shorts drawer!

For a drawer of undergarments, we suggest folding them neatly in piles.  Men, you may have undershirts that you also want to fold neatly and put in this drawer.  Socks are another item that may go in this drawer or their own drawer depending on how many you own.  We suggest that you keep socks together by holding them together and folding the neck of one sock down over the other.  Now that you have all your socks paired, you can put them in order with all short, ankle socks together, longer socks together, and dress socks together.  No more looking for your sock’s buddy or the right type of sock as you get ready for work or play.

If you have children, these are great tips to apply to their closets as well.  We are sure you will be pleased with how much quicker they get dressed in the morning when they are able to find what they want so easily.  It can be easy to get lazy and slip back into old habits.  So, every time you put your laundry away, put it where it belongs and move anything that you notice is out of place.

We hope you have found these tips helpful whether you are just now putting all your clothes back into your newly designed closet or are wanting to better organize your existing closet.  If you have not yet called us at Artistic Closet Designs to build your closet organizers, and you live in the Melbourne or Palm Bay areas, then please call us today!  We think you will be surprised at what we can do for you!

Isn’t a Closet Just a Closet?

Closets are probably one of the aspects of our homes that we think about the least. If you are a first-time homebuyer, you may not have even thought to look too closely in the closets as you were house hunting. Everything else about the process is so much more interesting. What tile is in the bathrooms? Is there room for the dog to run around the backyard? Closets…boring…or are they?

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Pantry Problems, Phooey!

It’s 7:00 am, and you are searching for items to pack in the kids’ lunches.  The bag of popcorn has now fallen over and spilled at your feet.  The box of Cheez-Its got crushed amidst all the other items.  You can’t find the brown lunch bags and the box of sandwich baggies got flipped upside down and you now have little, clear baggies raining down on your head.

If this sounds like your mornings, then it’s time to get that pantry under control, people!  Some of you might be thinking, “ I wish I HAD a pantry.  I have crazy, unorganized kitchen cabinets with not enough space.”  Some of you may have pantry space, but it just wasn’t designed well for your needs.

We definitely have a solution for you.  Our pantry organizing systems will blow your mind.  Whether the space is big or small, we will sit down with you for a complimentary design consultation and prioritize what is important to you to fit your needs.  Then, together, we will design your new pantry space.  You might think that all pantries are alike.  You imagine a wall or even a closet-type space with shelves lining the walls, right?  Boring!

Our pantry systems offer such innovative features as pull-out wine racks, baskets, and drawers.  We think the pull out wine rack is pretty self-explanatory and pretty cool.  We also think that you will agree!  The pull out baskets is a fantastic feature for storing items like bags of chips or popcorn.  They don’t get crushed by other heavier items.  They rest in there comfortably, remaining uncrushed.  The drawers are a great way to store items like lunch bags, sandwich baggies, and foil.

We also offer dividers which are really handy for storing items like baking sheets, cooling racks, and even platters for entertaining.  By storing them in the dividers, they aren’t stacked on top of each other like a precarious leaning tower of platters!  You can find what you need easily without the risk of breaking Grandma’s antique turkey platter.

Of course, we still offer shelving as well.  We know this is still an essential part of your storage space.  You may choose to use the shelving for your canned goods, cereal, or paper towels to name just a few items.  But, now, shelves aren’t your ONLY means of storage.

If you truly don’t have a storage space, we can still make good use of the space in your kitchen or maybe another area of your home.  Perhaps you have a little extra space in your garage or laundry room.  Nobody said that all pantry storage must take place in the kitchen.  While it is too hot in Florida to store most food items in the garage, you could get items like paper towels and platters out of your kitchen space.  If you have some space in your laundry room, you can definitely store food and paper items there.

At Artistic Closet Designs, we love to maximize your space!  Even if you think there is no way we could find a better use of your space, we’ll do our best to surprise you!  We aren’t only closet design specialists.  We love to design storage for any and every space.  So, if you live on the east coast from Vero Beach up through Melbourne, FL, please give us a call today.  We look forward to coming up with the storage solution for you!

No Space For a Permanent Guest Room? No Worries!

We all have them from time to time, some more frequently than others. What are they? Guests! Particularly living here in Florida, most of us have house guests at least once a year, if not more. If you don’t live in our beautiful state, then visiting it is the next best thing! Houseguests come in a wide variety. Some guests are friends, some are family, but they all need a place to sleep when they come! There is that occasional guest that just wants to visit with you and gets a hotel room. But, for the most part, when guests come to visit, they also come to stay at your house.

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Garages Don’t Have to Be Scary!

Banging your toe on a barbell, searching in vain for a flathead screwdriver, stepping on the hammer you were looking for last week, getting attacked by a fishing rod, or having a jumbo pack of toilet paper land on your head…if you have ever experienced any or all of these events, then it is probably time to give Artistic Closet Designs a call.

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4 Easy Steps to Organize Your Closet

If you’re like many people, your closet is one of those places where things tend to accumulate. Before you know it, there’s a mountain of shoes, hangers, sweatpants, and who knows what else stashed in the corner of the closet. It can be a daunting task to get in there and organize it, but you’ll feel so much better once you do! As an added bonus, you might even come across things you thought you thought you lost (so THAT’S where your favorite running shoes were hiding!). At Artistic Closet, we are professionals at installing closet organization systems for the people of Melbourne, FL, and the surrounding areas. Since we have so much experience finding the best way to organize closets and garages to cater to our clients’ needs, we thought we’d share some tips with our readers on how to do this in their own homes! Read on for easy ways to get organized.

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Fun Community Events You Should Check Out

Artistic Closet Designs has been serving the people of Brevard County for 28 years, and we are so grateful to be a part of this community. We’ve met so many people over the years and have happily helped them achieve their home improvement needs with our many closet organizers and garage organization systems. We usually give tips and tricks for keeping your home tidy in our blog, but this week we thought we’d tell our readers about some things going on in the area. The Space Coast is full of fun activities for people of all ages. Read on to find out what exciting events are going on as summer comes to a close!

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