Posts Tagged ‘organization’

Shamrock the Block in Richmond for St. Patrick’s Day

March 10th, 2011

Shamrock the BlockAttention Richmond, St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and the city will be celebrating with the first outdoor festival of the season. The 8th Annual Shamrock the Block Festival will take over the streets of Historic Shockoe Bottom this weekend Saturday, March 12, 2011. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Greater Richmond SCAN, the local nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect in the Greater Richmond area.

Festival guests will vibe to the sounds of live music all day from Uisce Beatha, Trogone Band and Bayside to name a few, and enjoy good eats courtesy of one of Richmond’s best, Halligan Bar & Grill. Don’t forget to bring the kids, there will be a children’s area with jugglers, face-painting, bouncies, games and more. Join 20,000 of your neighbors in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday, after all it is free!

  • What: 2011 Shamrock the Block
  • When: Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ noon
  • Where: Historic Shockoe Bottom
      • 17th Street Farmers Market
        100 North 17th St.
        Richmond, VA 23219
  • Admission: FREE
  • For additional information visit Shamrock the Block

Take Inventory Before Your Closet Consultation

March 7th, 2011

Closet Factory RichmondHave you called us or visited our website to set up a design consultation for the custom closets you wish to add to your home, but now you don’t know what to do? Before you meet with one of our top closet designers prepare for the consultation. We know you’re probably wondering how do I prepare for a closet consultation, and the answer is by taking inventory.

To help you take inventory of your belongings Vice President and Head Designer for Closet Factory Kay Wade has developed an Inventory Guide. The purpose of the Inventory Guide is help you see exactly how much space you will need in your closet, and which accessories would be beneficial. It’s one thing to visually look and guess at how many items you have, but another to sort through them and obtain accurate numbers. The inventory guide is perfect for those who may not get the chance to show the designer all their belongings to help them customize your closet.

Download your very own copy of the Inventory Guide visit the national Closet Factory website.

Get $300 off Your Purchase for a Limited Time

March 4th, 2011

Closet Factory Richmond couponIf you’ve been contemplating whether or not to have a custom organization solution by Closet Factory Richmond installed in your home, now is the time! For a limited time we will be offering $300 off when you schedule a FREE deign consultation through our website. That’s right, the consultation is 100 percent FREE and you can receive $300 off your custom closet solution by simply setting scheduling it.

If you’ve been putting off getting your home organized now is the time to let Closet Factory help. Spring cleaning is just around the corner and the addition of one of more custom organization solutions would be the perfect aide in helping you maintain organization throughout your home. Remember, the special is only for a limited time so head over to our website www.closetfactoryva.com right now, click on the $300 off coupon on the left hand side and fill out the FREE consultation form. We hope to hear from your soon!

5 Closet Accessories for Men

March 1st, 2011

We seem to be on a roll discussing closet accessories, first we posted on organizing accessories with jewelry storage, then we shared a reminder about our special to receive 2 free closet accessories. And now we are going to share a post detailing the 5 accessories to keep men organized when it comes down to the closet from the national Closet Factory blog.

  1. built in closetBuilt-in laundry hamper with a removable basket, or a removable canvas bag. This is a necessity for keeping dirty clothing off the floor and out of the way. Some men like 2 hampers so that dry-cleaning and business wear stay in one and casual everyday stuff in the other.
  2. Pullout pants rack. Often men fold jeans in half in their custom closet system and lay them on a big, long shelf or put them in drawers, or some hang their slacks on a pant hanger and others fold them over a hanger. The best solution is to have them all in one place, neatly hanging, in a spot that’s it own space.
  3. Velvet, faux leather or suede lining closet accessories in a drawer. Men need a special place to drop their wallet, watch, billfold, iPod, keys and valuable loose ends when they arrive home.  Add a bit of luxury with the padded velvet option for the drawer bottom.
  4. Cubbies for t-shirts and sweaters work like a charm to keep folded clothing neat and tidy. Wide shelves are impossible to keep orderly while a cubby built-in closet compartments allow a pile of 4 to 6 items to stay nicely folded when you remove one from the stack. If you already have a built-in closet system you can add clip-on-shelf dividers to create a cubby effect!
  5. Slatwall with an assortment of organizer racks and different size hooks. Slatwalls are perfect for utilizing wall space that would often go unused. They are the best option for a organization solution for odd shaped items like baseball caps, sunglasses and all sorts of miscellaneous items.

Call Closet Factory Richmond for information on adding these accessories to the man in your life’s closet!

Tips on Keeping an Organized Laundry Room

February 10th, 2011
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No one loves doing laundry, well there may be a few people who find it relaxing and therapeutic, but the majority of us only do it because it’s necessary. If you do the laundry in your home then you know first hand how quickly the laundry room can become cluttered and disorganized. With everyone dropping their clothes off  things tend to build up and spiral out of control.

If we just described the scene in your laundry room we want to share a few tips on keeping an organized laundry room.

  • Add organization solutions and accessories by Closet Factory Richmond such as shelving, cabinetry and hooks to optimize all the space in your laundry room.
  • Maximize shelf space by placing the items you use most often in the front on the shelves closest to your workspace. Organize remaining products in order from how much they are used, with the items used the least in the back.
  • Use a collapsible drying rack that is easy to put up and take down on hand for items that aren’t dryer friendly.
  • Use a laundry sorter so family members can separate their clothes as they drop them off, eliminating clutter and cutting down the time it takes to complete the laundry.

Need organization solutions to help keep your laundry room organized? Call Closet Factory Richmond today to set up a consultation.

Enhance Your Custom Closet Design with Appliqués

February 1st, 2011

Creating a custom closet solution for your home is not entirely about creating storage solutions to fit your needs. A part of the process is developing the actual design for your custom closet solution. Just as you need your closet solution to function properly with your lifestyle, you need the design to flow with the interiors of your home.

Closet Factory Richmond offers multiple, stylish series of organizational solutions to fit any style. And to add to that we offer appliques to help you further express your style. Our carved wood appliqués are the perfect finishing touch to personalizing your organizational solution and making it uniquely yours. Our appliqué styles include:

Corbels which provide structural support for shelves or upper cabinets, they also provide aesthetic enhancements.Closet Factory Richmond

Exclusives are sleek layered solid wood highlighting elements of any style, that can be customized to your design.Closet Factory Richmond

Half columns add elegance and drama when integrated into custom closets and cabinets.Closet Factory Richmond

Petite smaller-sized wood appliqués which be used as detailed accents on your closets or cabinets to add architectural character.Closet Factory Richmond

Rosettes most popular closet and cabinet embellishments which work well with fluted columns.Closet Factory Richmond

Scrolls architectural onlays which create the exotic look of embossed ornamentation.Closet Factory Richmond

If you are ready to create your custom closet solution and enhance it with appliques call Closet Factory Richmond today!

How is the Clutter Created in Your Home?

January 25th, 2011

Have you ever sat back and wondered, “Where on earth did all of this clutter from?” If you often find yourself doing extensive organizing and cleaning on a weekly basis you probably repeat this thought quite often. Depending on your personality the clutter in your home can come from numerous places. Maybe you always shop sales because the prices are so low, or maybe you feel guilty throwing out your child’s artwork from 5 years ago, you may even keep every little thing that has been passed down to you. Today we are going to share with you some funny ways clutter is created that we found shared on the national Closet Factory Facebook page.

  1. Whenever you stay at a hotel, take the tiny shampoos and soaps home with you. Don’t use them, though. Hoard them in your bathroom for the coming zombie apocalypse.
  2. Treat your home like a museum. Be sentimental about everything, from your first-grade report card to family heirlooms.
  3. Agree to store things indefinitely for other people.
  4. If someone offers to give you something you don’t really need, like an extra set of dishes, say yes.
  5. Combining households with your sweetie? This is the perfect opportunity to bask in the thrill of double ladles, DVD players and litter boxes. Don’t be tempted to get rid of a single object; you never know when you might need those extra dining room chairs.
  6. On to your wardrobe. Don’t weed out old things when you buy new ones, and keep clothing in a wide range of sizes in case you shrink or expand like Alice in Wonderland.
  7. Solve all of your organizational issues in one fell swoop with a quick trip to The Container Store. Buy loads of stuff, but don’t measure spaces beforehand or create a clear plan for how you’re going to use them.
  8. Deal with every stray emotion by going shopping. Spend more than you planned to so you can get the free gift at the cosmetics counter, even if you never use eye shadow or flavored lip gloss and already own enough toiletry bags to last a lifetime.
  9. Take your “miscellaneous” pile of papers, sort papers according to category/subject/urgency, label each pile as such with a sticky note, paperclip each pile together, file under “miscellaneous” in your filing cabinet, voila!
  10. Instead of appreciating what you have, dwell on the nagging feeling that you’re missing something important.
  11. There’s nothing in a “free pile” that can’t become your new best friend. Broken TV’s become objects d’art, and rain-soaked couches transform into guest bedding for the in-laws!
  12. Buy sale items because they are such an amazing deal and not because you actually need them.
  13. If you can’t sell your old things for what you think they’re worth, keep them instead of donating them.
  14. Take up a hobby or activity that requires lots of specialized gear or supplies, like ice hockey or scrapbooking. Oh, sure, it seems innocent now. Just wait until an entire room in your house has been devoted to your spouse’s model-train collection.
  15. Out of sight, out of mind. If it’s tucked in a container or hidden away in a cupboard, it’s not clutter.
  16. Speed up your impulse shopping by signing up for “flash sale” sites like Groupon.
  17. Value quantity over quality.
  18. Subscribe to half a dozen weekly magazines and a couple of newspapers, and refuse to get rid of anything until you’ve read all of them. Stack them until you can get there, ideally on tables that are slightly too small for them, enhancing the likelihood of landslides.
  19. If you have a yard sale, put everything you can’t sell back in the basement until next year’s yard sale. Repeat annually.
  20. When in doubt, box it up and put it into paid storage!
  21. (Information from timesunion.com)

Anything sound familiar? Leave a comment and let us know which clutter vice describes you.

Closet Factory Richmond on Local Morning Show

January 18th, 2011

Closet Facotory RichmondWe have an announcement to make, Closet Factory Richmond‘s very own Teresa Mueller was recently featured on a local CBS affiliate station. On the morning show she discussed the benefits and difference in space between an un0ganized closet and one that is customized to suit your needs . The station loved her interview so much they picked it as Clip of the Week. The clip of Teresa was also featured on the main Closet Factory blog. After looking at the clip, determine your the size of your closet and contact us to create and install the storage systems that fits your lifestyle.

To view the video visit the WTVR website.

Why Walk-in Your Closet When You Can Live-in It?

January 14th, 2011

The groundbreaking days of the walk-in closet are nearly over as the takeover of the live-in closet commences. What exactly is a live-in closet you ask? A live-in closet is one that has been greatly expanded and customized to suit the needs of homeowners. The Wall Street Journal recently featured an article on the popular, new trend of closets. Live-in closets are often the result of remodeled bedrooms with various organization solutions such as: wall-to-wall shelving units,  back lights, display cases, islands and even seating. Live-in closets derive their name from their size, they are literally big enough to live in. They are also commonly referred to as dressing rooms or boutique closets.

The reference to boutiques was applied given their ability to be highly specialized to the homeowners’ functional and design needs. Because the closets are custom made they make getting dressed and distributing laundry easier and more efficient. Every item has its place on a hook, in a drawer or display case, or on shelf. While meeting the needs of homeowners, custom made live- in boutique closets increase the value of a home. The article made note of a recent homeowner who sold her home giving credit to her custom live-in closet for increasing the value of her home.

Are ready to be able to not only walk-in your closet but live-in it? If so call Closet Factory Richmond today to set up a free consultation!

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Get Organized Month Tip: Organizing Mail

January 11th, 2011

organizing mailLast week we shared that January is the official host Get Organized Month according to the National Association of Professional Organizers. In honor of the month we will be celebrating with specific organization tips each week. This week’s Get Organized Month Tip will outline effective ways to organize mail found on Real Simple.

  • Set up a workplace. Designate a place in your home as your mail workspace. Include a table or desk, container to store the week’s mail, a trash can for junk mail, and a paper shredder to destroy documents with sensitive information. Devise a scheduled time to sort through mail each day.
  • Create a filing System. Create a separate, portable file designated for bill pay. File bills (minus their envelopes unless you mail them in) by their due date. Also include a check book, online passwords, pens, envelops and stamps so you will have everything you need at any given time.
  • Store important documents. Use a file cabinet to store bank statements, insurance claims, tax records and other important documents. Section them off in broadly labeled file folders that include more specific sub-categories.
  • Organize magazines and catalogs. Separate magazine and catalogs from the rest of your mail as soon as you bring them in and place them in a magazine rack or on your coffee table for viewing pleasure.

Are you looking the right organization solutions from your home? Call Closet Factory Richmond today to learn the custom organization solutions we offer!

Image by Alexandra Rowley for Real Simple.