Back to School: The Top Two Places to Get Organized

Summer is coming to a close and the kids are getting ready to go back to school.

So, of course, the question on your mind is: How can I keep them organized this year?

There are two main spots in your home that - if organized well - can keep clutter and stress to a minimum.

Before & After: Multi-Purpose Laundry & Playroom

2011 Designer of the Year Derek Price recently worked with a busy attorney pregnant with her first child, who was stressed out about getting her home ready for the new arrival!

Derek designed a practical and beautiful multi-purpose space that can be used as a laundry room, playroom, and storage area.

Take a look at this inspiring before and after transformation!

Room to Grow: A Unique Nursery

Nicole's client didn't believe in "children's furniture". For her, stylish and sustainable design that would last from infancy through adolescence was important.

She had a small guest room ready to be converted into a nursery for a new baby on the way. Take a look at how Nicole optimized the space to create a design that matches the decor of the house and can be transformed as the child grows and her needs change.

The 9 Best Ways to Organize Your Garage

It's summertime, which means your garage is probably getting a workout with road trips, camping gear, pool toys, gardening tools and more.

Is the clutter starting to build?

You might need some help. Turn your garage into a fun, usable space with these nine garage storage tips!

From Attic Clutter to Walk-In Closet Bliss

Design consultant Nichole Goulet helped her client transform her home office into the walk-in closet she had always dreamed of.

The best part? Her mornings of searching through various closets (including the attic!) to put her outfits together were over!

She loves her new closet and we bet you will too.

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5 Tips for a Greener Laundry Room

What you do in your laundry room has a big impact on the planet -- and your clothes.

So how can you change things up to reduce wear and tear on your clothes, save energy and protect the environment?

Here are our top five tips for a greener laundry room!

Double Wall Beds for a University Bachelor Pad

Experienced design consultant Devra Wasser of California Closets Toronto was more than up for the challenge posed by a mom in Pakistan:

Design an apartment for her two sons that included work stations, sleeping space, folding storage areas and display space. Plus, the perfect spot for the all important TV, so both guys - and their friends - could view it easily.

Devra's final design incorporated all of the functionality requirements with a sleek, handsome look.

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Ecoresin Accents: Beautiful Design with a Purpose

It's always gratifying when a product we sell that makes our clients happy also has a positive impact in the world.

Our Ecoresin® Accents collection is popular with clients who want a custom closet design with a beautiful aesthetic.

Learn more about the positive environmental and social impact they have as well!

Three Favorite Color Ideas for Summer Decorating

We asked our Facebook fans to fill in the blank: My favorite summer decorating color is _______.

It was really interesting to see the variety of favorite colors that fans posted! (Feel free to add your own answer on our Facebook page if you haven't already!)

Envisioning how our fans favorite colors reminded them of summer was a lot of fun, so I thought I'd pull together some examples that illustrate some of the most popular color ideas they shared.

How to Create Storage with Stairs & Angles

If you've ever struggled with odd spaces, angled ceilings or the feeling that you're running out of room for any more storage, we feel your pain.

That's why we want to share three examples of how you can design custom storage even in unique or troublesome spaces - like attics and stairways.

Get Colorful with Your Closet Design

Even the simplest addition of color can brighten up any space and add a sense of style.

But how do you work with color when you're designing your custom closet? From bright and bold splashes to soft and gentle palettes, we've got some ideas!

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Going Outside at Dwell on Design

I attended the inspirational Dwell on Design show at the Los Angeles Convention Center last week and wanted to share my favorite contemporary design concepts.

There were many areas of inspiration in color, product and design throughout the show this year. However, with the Los Angeles sunshine and perfect weather, I was roused by the brilliant displays of outdoor living that were showcased!

How to Create a Walk-In Closet that Feels Like a Boutique

More and more, our clients want their custom closets to be more than just storage. They want gorgeous closets, comfy boudoirs, and closets that look like their own private boutiques.

Kate Cullen, design consultant from California Closets Twin Cities, created another stunning example of a boutique walk-in closet that demonstrates how to combine smart organization, functional storage and stylish design.

The Anatomy of a Perfect Pantry

Whether you have a large or small space to work with, a well-organized and stocked pantry can make life easier by simplifying meal preparation and school lunch packing, as well as making cooking more enjoyable.

But what does the perfect pantry look like?

How to Create Perfect Storage When You Don't Have Closets

What do you do when you don't have enough - or any - closets?

Check out this before and after transformation from our California Closets Toronto team to see how a custom wall unit design can create perfect storage!

The 3 Best Ways to Organize for Summer

It's June and summer is here! Soon the kids will be out of school and we'll be right in the midst of hot days, summer barbecues, sleepaway camp, and family vacations.

Summer is the time of year that has a different pace and different priorities. So, are you ready to get organized?

Here are the top three steps to take to get organized this summer!

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California Closets on HGTV.com

The HGTV.com feature on "closets for the whole family" included California Closets in three of their stories with a total of fifteen photos. These are some of our favorite inspiring images that really speak to how you can transform your home with gorgeous design and organization.

Check out the three articles and get inspired!

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Stunning Lighting Design at NeoCon 2012

Our team traveled to Chicago for NeoCon 2012 and came back with images of some stunning designs for home and office.

Here are the lighting designs that really caught my eye - all elegant, vibrant and beautiful!

The 7 Secrets to Smart Organizing

I've been designing custom storage systems at California Closets for over twenty years and in that time I've figured out some of the best ways to get and stay organized. These simple steps go a long way.

Here are my 7 secrets to smart organizing!

How to Make the Most of the House You Have

If you're thinking of remodeling or upgrading your home - you're not alone.

2012 is expected to be the strongest year since 2006 for home remodeling. At California Closets, we’re seeing a lot of investment in remodeling projects, with an increasing desire for multi-functional spaces.

Here are some simple ideas for upgrading your home for more organization and enjoyment - while still boosting the value if you ever decide to sell!

Home Organization: 5 Tips for 5 Rooms

Do you ever wonder where to start when it comes to home organization?

Sometimes tackling your whole house at one time is way too much to handle. So I've put together five simple tips - one for each main room of your house.

These simple measures have a big impact, and once they're completed you can move on to the next round of organizing!

The Best Three Apps for Home Improvement

Designers and home owners alike are taking advantage of the growing library of smartphone apps and websites to enhance their home improvement projects.

If you're handy with a smart phone, iPad or digital camera, then you can really take home remodeling projects to the next level.

Here are a few of design expert Stephanie Scharr Bonini's personal favorites with an idea or two of how you can use them on your next project!

How to Declutter When You're Feeling Sentimental

Getting rid of stuff: It's not easy.

If you're sentimental about your belongings, you're not alone.

In a recent California Closets survey, 53% of women said they were sentimentalists. They have a hard time letting go of anything memorable, from concert tickets to kids’ art projects to favorite clothing items that don’t fit anymore.

Decluttering can definitely be emotional if you're sentimental, but sometimes you need to be practical. Here's how.

Home Improvement Tips: Kitchen & Closet Storage

May is National Home Improvement Month, so it’s the perfect time to plan upgrades for your house.

If you're ready to make some improvements that will also increase the value of your home, start with improved pantry storage and closet organization:

Learn more about design and organization on the California Closets blog!

Home Improvement Tips: Create More Closet Storage

May is National Home Improvement Month, so it's the perfect time to plan upgrades for your house.

We've already talked about how pantry storage is a top priority, especially if you're looking for ways to increase the value of your home. But there is another feature that impresses househunters and it's no surprise: closets!

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