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I Love My Closet…But

March 4th, 2012

I love my Closet Factory closet…but

by: Georgia Kukoski, Designer, Closet Factory Richmond

As a Closet Factory designer, my customers tell me every day how much they love their new Closet Factory closets. Customers share that the closet has truly made a difference in their daily lives. The morning routine is less stressful because clothes, shoes and jewelry have a place and are easy to access. So when my customer emailed after her installation that she loved her closet, but . . . my heart sank. I was at the installation and our Closet Factory Installation Team had done a masterful job of installing the panels, shelves, doors and drawers. And the continuous capshelf along the angled ceiling was amazing. What could she not love about her new master closet?

I took a deep breath and continued to read the email. “Georgia, I love my new closets.  My only criticism is that I can now see that I have six sweaters that are virtually the same color (really its twelve since I have the same problem with a particular shade of blue and another shade of green).  Ignorance was bliss.”

I laughed out loud! What a great problem we created for our customer! And it made me wonder how many other customers and future customers have purchased clothes that they already have in their closet or dresser because they could not find or see them.
With a season change around the corner, save some money on clothes. You will start the spring organized and aware of all your clothes and shoes.

Closet Factory Designers – Building Trust Across Richmond

September 12th, 2011

Senior Designer Sue Pike has worked with hundreds of clients over the years designing custom organization solutions that improve lives by reducing stress and clutter. When our clients take the time to praise the work we do it truly touches our hearts. Trust is an easy word to say these days, but a more difficult thing to show. At Closet Factory we believe every piece of custom organization we creatively design, manufacture and install makes a difference in the lives of all who use it.

Here is a letter just received from our client. Choosing an organizational company can be a challenge at times since so many elements of a great design are not always evident. As you read this letter ask yourself, “Does this company and Sue Pike sound like someone I can trust?” If you answer yes, our team and Sue are here ready to assist you.

Back to School – Mudroom custom organization

August 23rd, 2011

Back to school means a new year of custom organization needs. Sr. Closet Factory Designer Sue Pike just completed a new mudroom design and installation for her client. What first was an empty alcove is now organizational space for a busy family and their gear.

Space for an entire family to store their daily gear

Now, instead of a bare wall with shoes, jackets, backpacks and more piled on the floor there is a custom built, custom designed wall unit. As you see in the picture Sr. Designer Sue Pike designed this with hooks for hanging backpacks and coats, shelves for laptops and books, plus shoe storage and a place to sit. As well, she designed upper storage to hide away out of season items.

Closet Factory custom means designing a space specifically for your home. Notice in this design the trim work around the window, that’s what we call Closet Factory custom.

Give this mudroom and A+ for function and beauty this school year.

All useful, all in one place, all organized. Your one of a kind mudroom.

Learn how easily, and affordable Closet Factory makes it for you to have a custom mudroom or any other organizational space. Visit Closet Factory Richmond online or simply call 804-559-0001 for your free design consultation.

Where Did this Potted Meat Come From? Kitchen Pantry Organization 101

August 1st, 2011

A family-sized cereal box holding just a small handful of stale fruit loops.  A can of beets with a thick layer of dust on top.  A smashed bag of marshmallows too petrified to poke a stick through. Does this sound like your kitchen pantry – storage space wasted on expired and unwanted products mixed in with all the foods you actually do eat, so that finding anything is a chore and figuring out what you already have is an exercise in futility? Is your pantry basically an overstuffed closet in desperate need of organization? Take comfort: you are not alone.

There are a few simple tips to move your pantry toward real functionality. First, of course, is to get in there and show no mercy to those old foodstuffs. Expired? Toss ‘em. Still good but never going to be eaten in your household? Got to go. Next, identify the things you want to keep that are in awkward packaging, and transfer them to containers that have a more regular shape and are easily stacked. Finally, group like items together and make sure those containers have big, readable labels! Remember, the goal is to make things easy to find.

Probably the biggest contributor to poor pantry organization is poor design – most pantries are just rows of plain shelves, with nothing to aid in keeping things orderly. Sliding drawers and shelves, vertical dividers, and handy bins can make it easier to not only get your pantry organized but also keep it that way. Our professionals at Closet Factory Richmond are experts at evaluating your kitchen pantry and designing a storage system that is easy to use and maximizes your space. Call us today to discuss how we can help you organize your pantry.

Client Showcase – A Lady’s Closet

July 29th, 2011

Many times we know that we need to get organized, but we’re not quite certain of how to get there. If you need help, call Closet Factory of Richmond. Our approach to closet design is unique. Before we ever build anything, we work with the client to gain an understanding of what the current storage challenges are and what the ultimate goal is. Then we get to work designing a closet or storage system that not only solves the customer’s problems but also reflects their personality and style. Take for instance, this closet recently designed by Sue Pike, senior designer for Closet Factory.

Sue specializes in getting families organized while paying attention to every detail and never overlooking style. This is just one of the eight closets she recently designed for a home in Kilmarnock – “Her Master” reflects simple beauty and organization.

Design Features Include:
Antique white melamine
Painted raised panels door and drawer fronts
Mirrored dresser
Crown molding
Tilt out hamper
Lucite purse dividers
Velvet lined double decker jewelry drawer
Bench seat with drawers

I agree with Sue when she said “Who would want to come out of this closet?” To create the closet of your dreams, call Closet Factory of Richmond today.


Taking The Chore Out of Laundry

July 27th, 2011

Doing laundry is a necessary chore. Whether you wait for it to pile up and do it all once a week or whether you do a small load every day, it always seems like a necessary evil. It really doesn’t have to be that way. A custom laundry room can turn a dark, unorganized space into a laundry room as stylish and functional as the rest of your home. When your work space is organized, the chore takes less time and you have more time to do what you really want to do.

Here are some features that create the perfect laundry room:

Use laundry baskets or hampers for sorting clothes.

Store laundry soaps and other cleaning supplies in cabinets or up high on shelves, out of reach of children and pets.

Create a surface space for sorting and folding clothes.

Install a rod for hanging clothes.

Install a retractable clothes line for hanging and drying delicate items.

Install a drop down ironing board that is fastened in a wall cabinet that can disappear when not in use.

Make sure you have good lighting.

Have a small trash can close at hand for disposing of dryer lint and trash from pockets.

Keep a basket or small bowl for lonely socks, loose change and odds & ends.

Custom laundry rooms can make light work of laundry. The perfect storage system will keep you organized and ultimately help cut down on the time you spend doing laundry. Shelves and cabinets will keep all your supplies organized and extra accessories like pull out baskets are perfect for sorting clothes and storing linens.

Lessen your load with a laundry room designed by Closet Factory of Richmond. Call and schedule a consultation with one of our designers.


Features of A Great Closet

July 22nd, 2011

Have you always dreamed of having the perfect walk in closet? A room that could house all of your clothes plus your many accessories? At Closet Factory of Richmond, we know that everyone uses their closet differently which is why we build custom closets that cater to the individual storage needs of our clients.

When thinking about designing your dream closet, there are some features that you will want to consider:

Maximizing Vertical Space – A good closet design will not waste one inch of space. If you live in a home with tall ceilings, make sure your closet takes advantage of your vertical space with hanging rods for out of season clothes or shelves for storage.

Seating – Add a chair or bench to your closet. It’s a great place to sit while putting on or taking off your shoes or just contemplating what to wear for the day.

Jewelry Drawer – A drawer designed to house your jewelry is a great feature. Jewelry drawers are typically velvet or felt lined and come with the option of adding a security lock.

Other Features:

Good Lighting – Since most closets lack natural lighting, they are often poorly lit. Pay attention to the lighting in your closet. Install recessed lighting or even a small chandelier that can provide bright light. You want to make sure you can see what you are putting on!

Ironing Board – This is the ultimate in efficiency. With a pull-out ironing board closet feature, your iron is right at your fingertips making it easy to touch up your shirt or tackle your basket of wrinkled clothes.


Client Showcase – The Garage Make-Over

July 15th, 2011

As a senior designer for Closet Factory of Richmond, Sue Pike understands the challenge active families have of getting organized. She recently helped a family organize their garage after years of living with the classic garage clutter. Because the garage is the dumping ground for everything going in and coming out of the house, organization in this one area can have a huge impact on keeping the entire family organized.

Sue says the reasons to organize your garage are many. “You will open the garage door and immediately feel the sense of order, cleanliness, and organization that you want to end your day or begin your weekend with. You will spend time doing the fun and relaxing things that you enjoy because everything is now in its place and easily accessed and inventoried.”

The design elements of this garage make-over include:

Classic White Melamine with 3mm edgebanding
Covered garage base and trim molding
Extruded Aluminum door handles
Ebony Fusion laminate countertops
Full extension drawers
White Slat Wall and accessories

Customize your garage to store and organize what matters to your family. If you want his and hers tool closets, we can build it. If you want storage for your vintage car parts, we can handle it. If you want a gardening station with sink, we can make it. Because all of our organization systems are designed for each client, you get exactly what your family wants. Unique organizational solutions for unique people.


Elements of a Great Entertainment Room

July 13th, 2011

You can turn your den or family room into the perfect place to unwind and relax. Have you always wanted the ultimate television room, but don’t know how to set it up? What equipment do you need? There are three components to setting up your perfect room: the equipment, the storage cabinet and the furnishings. Each has a big impact on creating the perfect home theater experience.

The Equipment
The centerpiece of every entertainment room is the television. Large screen? Definitely. Buy the biggest screen television that you can afford and that fits proportionately into the room. Determine what type of television you want: 3-D, LCD or plasma. Talk to an electronics expert and be up front about your preferences and your budget.

After the television purchase, you need to add the sound system. The audio setup is important to having the best sound quality possible. True surround sound is a must in creating your home entertainment center. Any other set up will not recreate the cinema experience you are looking for. You will also need a dvd player. Most people opt for the blue-ray player; you should also. Don’t forget the game console to round out your entertainment equipment.

The Storage Cabinet
For the ideal in organization, invest in an entertainment cabinet. Closet Factory of Richmond can design the perfect entertainment center that will accommodate your television and equipment along with storage for dvd’s, music and even your collection of vintage albums. Whatever you need to relax, we can build it for you. Don’t spend all the money on the equipment and then not have any place to organize it properly. For the ultimate experience, consider adding a snack station close by so that drinks and popcorn are always close at hand.

The Furnishings
Now that you have all of your equipment set up, your home theater experience is not complete without the proper furnishings. Install shades or window treatments that create a dark theater atmosphere. Comfortable furniture is a must. Couches, chaise lounges and recliners offer great seating options. Large end tables and coffee tables will provide a great place for your beverages and snacks.

What’s next? Now, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the show.



How To Be Productive In Your Home Office

July 12th, 2011

There are lots of easy things about working from your home office. The commute is a piece of cake – you don’t have to shake your fist at anyone tailgating you down the hall, or worry about traffic jams due to a fender bender on the stairs. Every day is casual Friday, if you want it to be. And naptime? Well, let’s just say it’s there if you need it.

The toughest part of the home office, though, has to be productivity. Getting the work done still has to be the priority and sometimes your environment doesn’t lend itself to staying on task.  With a little discipline and these tips, though, you can get the most out of your home office and keep your productivity level high.

Stick to a Routine

Short commute or no, you should still make that trip at the same time every day. Get your breaks in regularly and be sure to take some time for lunch. Just as there is the temptation to not get started at a regular time, be wary of the temptation to keep working past a reasonable hour. Oh, and casual Friday remarks aside, getting dressed for work can help you draw a mental distinction between work time and relaxation time.

Stay Focused

Distractions abound (and if you’re reading this blog while you’re supposed to be working, well, there you go. But give yourself a break, you’re going to get something out of this.) If your home office has a door, close it. If there’s a TV, shut it off. And if that pile of laundry keeps calling to you out of the corner of your eye, move it out of sight.

Get Organized

A home office designed for organization is the primary key to better focus and higher productivity. Whether you have your own business, telecommute for work, or just have space set aside for all of the tasks necessary to keep your household running smoothly, Closet Factory can work with you on a home office design in Richmond, Chesterfield, or any of the surrounding areas that will integrate with your home and give you that dedicated, purposeful space you’ve been looking for. Call us today to set up a consultation.