Kansas City Closet Co at the Just For Her Expo

I was leaving an appointment earlier and in the lobby of the building I grabbed a copy of the April issue of HERLIFE magazine.  This is a great read for anyone wanting to keep up to date on ‘goings on in KC’.  They manage to get a lot of info and great entertaining articles all in the magazine which can’t be said of every mag you pick up these days.

I saw an advertisment for the Just for Her Expo which is being held the first weekend of June (June 1- June 3) and I wanted to let everyone know to SAVE THE DATE!  Kansas City Closet Co will be a part of this great event and we can’t wait!  It will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center and promises to be 100% fabulous!

So, get a sitter for everyone but the girls and make sure to visit the Kansas City Closet Co booth!  We can help you make the most of your space whether it’s a closet, kitchen or craft room we are your local dedicated and affordable answer to organizational help!

 

Office and Craft Room Decluttering

 

 

 

My ‘Calendar of Organizing Holidays’ lists the 4th week in March as National Clutter Awareness Week.  This is good for everyone who regularly looks around and finds that, yes, again, it’s looking a little messy around here.

I have a tendency to go from ‘minimal’ to ‘maximum’ in a very short time so I need more than one clutter awareness week but I will take it upon myself to add a few more in during the year.  I will observe this one, my office will be happy and lighter for it.

A few suggestions when de-cluttering.  First, I have noticed that many times, the room gets messier before it gets neater.  It’s really disappointing when you are going at de-cluttering and you look behind you to discover piles and stacks and…more mess than when you started.  Just power through!  Soon, very soon, you will see the difference!

The second tip is be non-judgemental about your sorting.  Everything will find it’s place in the end, whether it will go to a donation pile, the trash or a closet or basement, you will make the right decision.

So, before you know it, your office or craft room will look like a million bucks!

The pictures above are from:  messersmith.name and porticohr.blogspot.com

 

 

Happy National Clean Out Your Closet Week!

How are you celebrating this week?

Here in the midwest, we are celebrating with buckets and buckets of rain!!  That’s okay though, who wants it to be 70 degrees and sunny when we are inside cleaning out our closets?  It’s the prefect time to spend some time indoors and tackle each and every closet that needs spiffied up!

I have put together a few tips to help clean those closets.  Remember, whatever you get done is MORE than what was done before so celebrate the little things and try to have a bit of fun with it.  You’ll feel so much better once you get STARTED!

1.  The best way to start cleaning out your clothes closet is to have a good idea of where your give away clothes are going to go.  We get lots of flyers and calls for donation centers. The centers will have certain days that their vans will be in certain areas.  This gives you a great place to donate to and a nice strict timeline!  Best of all, you don’t even have to leave your driveway.

2.  Many times when we get these flyers, they will say certain items that they are ‘most in need of’.  They always say clothing.  I find it much easier to part with some skinny jeans that I won’t fit back into or a sweater that doesn’t flatter my neckline when I know that someone out there will be able to benefit from my donation. I like to use the, ‘Don’t Look Back’ method.  I throw things that I’m even doubtful of in a pile and I don’t look back.

3.  It’s always easier to clean out closets if you aren’t working with the ‘full load’ of clothing.  Even if you can fit everything in your closet, it’s a great idea to only stock seasonal items.  If you have Spring and Summer in the closet and need to change out to Fall and Winter, you will most likely be extra vigilant about getting items that need to be dry cleaned to the cleaner, items that need to be mended to the seamstress and items that need to go away to the donation center.

4.  Give yourself some time.  You certainly didn’t stock your whole closet in a few hours so give yourself some time to get everything taken care of.  Don’t stress about it.  Save stress for the BIG stuff…this is your closet!

Next week is national Clutter Awareness Week!  Our organizational holiday calendar is just loaded with FUN holidays!

Sewing Room = Craft Room

So, I was doing a little research online, looking around at craft rooms, organizational systems, closet websites, etc. and I started thinking about the fact that craft rooms seem to be a ‘new’ idea but are they really?

I say, not really.  The craft room of today is the sewing room of years ago.  Crafts may be different now but the idea for finding a space to do something that we love is not a new idea.

Here are a few pictures from a darling website/blog called “Sew Many Ways”.  I think that for any of these specialty rooms, if you take the basic ideas and add a wrapping paper station or shelving for books on crochet, needlepoint and paper mache, you end up with a more diverse craft room ready to take on your craft future!

6 Tips for Designing a Well Organized Craft Room

I took this picture from HGTV’s website because I liked the idea of a nice big countertop and open shelving for a craft room.  There was some inexpensive looking, unstable shelving on top so I cropped that out.

I would recommend 50% open shelving and 50% closed shelving for the top portion.  That way you have room to tuck away some items but also have room for books and manuals.

Here are some other tips when thinking about your new craft space.

1.  Give yourself some time to really consider your craft needs once you decide to install a craft room.  Think about where your crafting is now and where it might move in the future.  You don’t want to outgrow your craft room immediately.

2.  A large counter is a great idea for a craft area.  If you have a short wall with corners, make that a counter area.  It’s a great use of space.  Just like in the kitchen, a big countertop lets you have a few much used items close at hand.  No one like to search for their scissors!

3.  Some open on top lets you keep books and manuals close at hand and as in any other room, books add character to a space.

4.  Closed shelving on top lets you tuck away ‘messy’ items so that your craft room maintains its order and efficiency.

5.  Open shelving with adaptable storage boxes under the counter allows you to keep your craft supplies current for your needs.

6.  Keep your finishes on your shelving and countertop neutral then really pump up the inspiration with great colors on the walls!

Once you get to the point that you know your basics, give Kansas City Closet Company a call and let us make the most of your space.  Whether we are designing closets or craft rooms in Leawood or Brookside, we are your local, dedicated and affordable choice for all your home storage system needs.

Who Doesn’t Love a Wrapping Paper Station?

It’s funny to remember all the times you wrap gifts and to think about what a pain in the rear it is most of the time.  So many things that get lost in the times that we aren’t using them:  scissors, tape, the wrapping paper, bows.

It’s usually a major endeavor to get that one gift wrapped.  Which is why the wrapping paper station seems so dreamy.  I think when the holiday’s hit, if you asked any harried mom, she would prefer a wrapping paper station over a diamond necklace.  Maybe not, but a wrapping paper station says something a necklace cannot, it says, ‘I’m in control.  I’m in control of not just regular things but things that are usually out of control.’.

A diamond necklace says that too…only a little differently.

Check out these pictures of wrapping paper stations and then stay tuned this week we will bring you more information about bringing your own wrapping paper station into reality.

Country Living Wrapping Paper Station

 

Starlit Studio Craft Room

A Craft Room Doesn’t Have to Look Like Your Creations Blew Up Everywhere

I found this title on another website that was illustrating a really clean craft room asthetic.  The room they were showing actually looked like an office space.  Very subdued.

I think sometimes we feel like the room has to shout “CRAFT ROOM” from the very first step in the door.  It doesn’t.  Everyone is motivated by different areas.  I would go bananas in a room that had crafts leaking out of every drawer.  I need clean and calm.

When desigining your craft room, keep in mind that you have to have enough storage to display what you want see and hide what you don’t want to see.

Also, a sunny splash of color does wonders but so does Antique White by Benjamin Moore.  It’s all up to you!

Craft Rooms for Kids

So, once you have your craft room installed, the only place to turn is to the internet to find SO MANY fun crafts for kids or adults.

I did a quick search for ‘crafts for kids’ and came up with more ideas than I could ever start let alone start and finish!

http://bit.ly/xTEcXz  Tibetian Sand Painting from www.michaels.com

http://bit.ly/AwVHpu  St Patrick’s Day barrettes from http://familyfun.go.com/

We found these two fun crafts but there are so many more.  Let your imagination run wild.  You will wonder why it took you so long to get your craft on!

 

March is Craft Room Month!

So excited for this month’s focus to be craft rooms!

The craft room is one of the most personal areas to add to your home.  It’s also where you will end up spending a lot of time!  Hopefully we are all balancing out our work life with a healthy dose of hobby or craft time.

I have found a few ideas from the Queen of Craft herself…Martha Stewart.  Of course, start out with KCClosets coming to your home for a free in-home consultation but THEN employ a couple of these trendy, fun and easy ideas to make your craft room or nook shine!

Try this fun idea from MS Craft.  Gilded Bookends  http://bit.ly/zXqHqG

Gilded Bookends

Here’s another fun idea!  http://bit.ly/A9odI9

Pegboard Organizer

These are just two ideas of whay you can do on your own once we have helped you make the most of your space.

Whether you are in Leawood, Roeland Park or Kansas City, give Kansas City Closet Company a call for craft room help!

KCH&G Info Page on Johnson County Home and Garden Show

KCH&G Magazine has put together a great info page about the Johnson County Home and Garden Show this weekend.  It lists hours of the show, ticket prices and a lot of information on speakers

Follow this link to find out more:  http://bit.ly/zuE8dz

The show is huge with literally miles of exhibitors to help you with your interior design, spring cleaning, landscaping and garden design and so much more.  If you have ANY projects on your “TO DO” list for this Spring, you have to come to this show.

We will be there helping you make the most of your space!  In Leawood, Overland Park, Prairie Village and everywhere else in the KC metro!  We are the company to turn to for all of your closet needs.