It’s summertime. Time to ride in your convertible, enjoy your motorcycle, get your boat out on the water. And…time to enjoy your garage!  

But what if your garage doesn’t bring you joy?

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Happy Man Dancing in His New Garage

Call in the experts!

Our garage project with the happy dancing man  is featured in NY Newsday about just this subject. The homeowner had us in to install the cabinets the day before his big birthday party. He wanted to have the catering in the garage—and also have space for his brand new motorcycle.   Since then, he often hangs out in the garage with his pals, drinking wine from the fridge (in the garage) and smoking cigars in the fresh breeze. To read the rest of the article, click below: https://www.newsday.com/classifieds/cars/long-island-garages-1.33593388

Tips and Tricks to Transform your Garage this summer:

(1) Transform the dull concrete floor with epoxy. You can choose colorful or sedate. The smooth finish means your garage stays clean—and you don’t track dirt into your home.
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Garage Sports & Beach w/ Cabinets & Overhead Storage

  (2) Get your stuff up off the floor. Cabinets keep everything safe and out of the way. The cabinets are up on legs to prevent flood damage for waterfront properties. And having your stuff behind doors means it’s always neat and tidy.   (3) Introduce “slat wall” to store your hoses and extension cords, hang the ladder and tools, and stash the sporting equipment literally on the walls!
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Garage Storage: Tools and Motorcycle

With a few of these tricks, you can transform your garage from the place you avoid looking at….to your favorite room in your home!

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Customers always ask us “How can I get more storage out of my closet space?”

There’s a growing array of exciting new products to meet those specialized needs. The newest addition is the Motorized Closet Lift from Häfele. This beautiful and functional product was recently featured on the nationally syndicated George to the Rescue show as the closet solution of choice for a young man in a wheelchair. It’s also an excellent solution for extremely high ceiling heights or for living in place needs, whether related to age, sports injuries or other range of mobility challenges. How it works: Using a remote control, the Motorized Closet Lift lowers a full closet rod of hanging clothing to an easily reachable height; the vertical lowering range can be customized. If you want to see it in motion for yourself, it’s locally installed and available for viewing at the Symmetry Closets Factory/Showroom in Holbrook, NY. “The Motorized Closet Life from Häfele is the ideal way to reclaim space and build either your closet or laundry area up, not out,” explains Scott Kaminski, Häfele’s Marketing Communications & PR Manager. “Our customers love that the wireless remote means the hardware does the work, not you.” The Closet Lift is also available in a manual, pull-down version.

The Organized Closet: Inspired Lighting and Accessories for Today’s Storage Needs

The closet has changed. Long gone are the days when outfitting a custom closet was a simple choice between polished chrome or brass closet rods and then some fancy decorative hardware. Nowadays, we have a lot more stuff, as well as a lot more real estate devoted to our closet areas. Dream closets complete with in-drawer electrical outlets, lighted or color-coordinated wardrobe tubes, built-in USB ports for thirsty devices and integrated, pull-out ironing boards are just the beginning. Organized closet, pull out drawers, custom closet, hangers, red shoes, custom lighting, custom built-in, organization, hamper, pull out hamper, boots, fashion, shoe shelving, strip lights scarf holder, pull out drawers, tie rack, jewelry storage, jewelry organizer, lingerie storage, Symmetry closet designs, symmetry closets Symmetry closets, Custom built in, pull down rod, pull out drawers, soft close, hampers, organizing

How to work with your Closet/Storage Designer

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Tip #1:  Schedule time for an in-home consultation with your closet designer.  A thorough consultation ranges from 1-2 hours.   He will measure your space, assess your storage needs, and if time allows, start planning the layout and design while you’re still together.  Meeting in your home allows your storage design specialist to work with you to fine-tune your design, choose color pairings, and door/drawer selections that complement the mood and style you enjoy. Tip #2:  Make sure to remove enough items from the closet, pantry or other space so that your designer can properly measure.  Being able to see the corners and ceiling, to observe hidden utility panels or molding, can make all the difference in the end result: a tightly fitting, custom sized storage system.  Provide an inventory of your possessions and if possible, show her the items for a quick measurement.  Similarly, let her know if you store your shoes in boxes so that she can build in customized shelves to accommodate them perfectly. Tip #3:  If you’re already working with an interior designer or contractor to complete your remodel, introduce your closet designer to the other professionals involved in the project.  This will simplify any necessary coordination of scheduling and deliveries, ensuring that everything goes smoothly.  A simple change of floor molding size, ceiling height or door opening can be communicated this way, before the storage system is manufactured.  Of course, if you’re looking for a great painter or interior designer—ask your closet designer—there’s nothing like a recommendation! Tip #4:  Your schedule for painting, carpet or flooring installation/finishing, and other tasks is crucial information for your closet designer.  Your new custom storage system should be installed at the end of your remodel or renovation project. Tip #5:  For those who live in a condo/co-op or other multi-unit building, it’s helpful for you to facilitate the conversations with building management.  You probably haven’t thought about it in a while unless you’ve done other recent construction, but as a rule, buildings have strict requirements regarding insurance, scheduling time to use the freight elevator, and service entrance.   Your assistance with those conversations can save a lot of frustration.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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  • Establish a rule that when a new coat, shirt, or pair of shoes comes into the house, an old one must go in the give-away pile.
  • The wintertime is sock-time–go through the sock drawer. Look for those with holes or without a match, or those that never fit right, and get rid of them.
  • Instead of taking the sweaters from off-season storage and squeezing them into the closet, take a moment to look through them. Some are likely well-worn or ill-fitting, or haven’t made it off the shelf in years.  Those can go into the give-away pile, leaving more room in the closet for the ones you enjoy wearing.
  • Once everything has been sorted through, take stock of what you have and need. Do you need more or less sock storage—maybe sweaters can be hung on pant hangers instead of folded on shelves (or visa versa).   Bins and baskets can be great ways to store socks or gloves, hats, and scarves as well.  If a total closet make-over is needed, you can call a professional closet designer to develop a tailored solution.
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  • Take a serious look through the coat closet. Which of the coats never got worn last year?  Probably it never fit right, or is just not your style.  Put it in the giveaway pile.
  • Sort through the winter-wear drawer. Most people have more hats, gloves, and scarves than they wear.  If your favorite style gloves are worn out, now is the time to buy a new pair, before the stores are out of stock.  This way, you can also find room for that gorgeous new scarf.
  • Look through the winter shoes, boots, slippers, booties. Again, now is the time to replace that worn out favorite style with something new that you love, and will wear all winter.
  • The winter shoes often get stored near the door in a pile. Consider the possibilities of a mud room with customized shoe storage.  Once the snow starts falling, this could also accommodate the wet coats, hats and gloves.
Charities & Giving
  • Take a look at the give-away pile and smile! This is all stuff that cluttered your space.  If you take it away, you can find the clothes you love, and buy replacements for worn out favorites without worrying about where to put them.
  • Best of all, there are so many charities that can take away your give-away items. There are veteran’s organizations, coat drives for the homeless, clothing drives for kids in need.  You can clear your space and help people – a very good result.

OUR FEATURED DESIGNER Wendy Lepkoff, Owner of Wendy Interiors

Wendy Lepkoff, Owner of Wendy Interiors

Wendy Lepkoff, Owner of Wendy Interiors

How Symmetry Closets and Wendy Interiors Began Collaborating

Wendy and Bonnie have worked together on projects for several years, and have since cultivated a wonderful rapport through working together at the Interior Design Society, Long Island Chapter. “Wendy’s concern with her clients is to not only make her client’s home more beautiful but much more functional. She fully appreciates how important solving storage issues are. And she works through those details, of what they want to keep or what they want to replace, with her clients. By making storage a priority, she is able to deliver a clean, highly functional interior space, and her clients love and appreciate it.” – Bonnie Reich, president of Symmetry Closets
About Wendy Lepkoff Long Island, New York based Wendy Lepkoff specializes in residential interior design projects. Wendy Interiors, Inc. is a full service design studio offering design consultation, space planning, custom furniture design and space renovations.Wendy Interiors Wendy creates custom interiors with a collected feel that reflect the personality/vision of her clients. She seeks out furniture and accessories and assembles collections of unique pieces for her projects. Wendy is an excellent guide throughout the design process. Knowledgeable and intuitive, she has an ability to articulate visually and verbally exactly what her clients seek. From the grand view, down to the most intricate detail, Wendy’s finesse enlivens any room.

Design Backstory: East Hampton Vibes

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Kitchen in East Meadow, NY. Photo courtesy of: Peter Braun & Wendy Interiors

This home began as a bachelor pad. When the homeowner got married, he promised his wife that they would redo the townhouse. The wife is a very organized person and preferred everything to have its place. The clients wanted to make the most out of the limited space they had. This was a challenge because the 2-bedroom townhome did not have a garage or basement for extra storage. Wendy needed to find a way to utilize every possible space. Wendy and Bonnie determined how to overcome this obstacle. The result: the neutral, relaxed design remained consistent throughout the kitchen and living room area, into the home office and other built in storage areas. All-white, shaker style, custom built ins in the home office created a clean-cut and streamlined appearance.
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Home office in East Meadow, NY. Photo courtesy of: Peter Braun & Wendy Interiors

Although the home office has more of a contemporary vibe than the rest of the interior design, there are still seaside details distributed lightly throughout the space.

Classic White Bedroom Closet —Storage with Style

The theme throughout the home was an updated, fresh and organized look. From the light fixtures to the lighter pieces of wood placed in different areas of the home, and the silver and chrome hardware – the home has a complete, consistent vision—and Wendy makes the whole project appear effortless. To ensure the space was utilized to its greatest organizational potential, Bonnie measured everything the clients own, including vacuum cleaners, cat carriers, coolers, beach chairs, folding chairs, blankets, wrapping paper, etc. The client was able to fit everything into their new closet with room to spare.
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Washer/Dryer space in East Meadow, NY. Photo courtesy of: Peter Braun & Wendy Interiors

A Charming Kitchen and Living Room With Maximum Cabinet Space

Wendy needed to find creative storage solutions for the clients. She was able to do that by moving their washer/dryer upstairs, adding pantry space. She continued the kitchen cabinetry into the dining room, to create a generous amount of counter space and cabinet space.

“I came, I went, I conquered, that felt so good.” – Wendy Interiors

Wendy explains a little bit about why she enjoys working with Bonnie on these special projects, “Having Symmetry Closets do the clients wall of bedroom closets and walk in closet saved them the space they needed for a closet in their office as there was no clothing overflow from the bedroom. The office closet literally became their garage/basement.
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Reach In Closet in East Meadow, NY. Photo courtesy of: Peter Braun & Wendy Interiors

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East Meadow, NY, redesigned bathroom with new double sink vanity. Photo courtesy: Peter Braun & Wendy Interiors

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Tips For Organizing Your Closets

Our closets start out organized—what happens? We forget to sort through our stuff as we buy more, for one thing. And as we use them, we put things back in a hurry, and our closets get messy. There are techniques and strategies to keeping a closet organized over time. These are a few of our tried and true best recommendations to tame your linen or clothing closets.
Linen Closet Organization:
  • Rule of Three: Sheets per bed, towels/hand towels/wash cloths per person. This provides one in use, one in the wash, and one in the closet.
  • Guest items: One or two is sufficient (sheets, towels, etc).
  • Group items either by type (queen sheets) or by room (bath #1).
  • Bulky items like quilts or pillows can be stored in compression sacks (vacuum activated) to stay fresh and condensed.
  • Seasonal items like holiday tablecloths and beach towels should be stored on high or low shelves. Slide out shelves work well for table mats and cloths, baskets and bins can neatly hold napkins and rings.
  • Resist the temptation to buy linens on sale without giving away an old set. It will keep all the linens looking uniform and will keep the allocated space from creeping into other areas.
  • Linens get musty when there’s not enough air circulation. Be sure to leave room around and above the stacked linens. If needed, a simple open baking soda container will remove any odors and keep the closet fresh.
Clothing Closet Organization:
  • Group clothing by length, type or purpose: Business clothing can be in a single section, with pants and shorter skirts hung together. Men’s or women’s suits can be grouped with color coordinated shirts, or outfits can be hung together. Install a tie rack or belt rack nearby, and your outfit is almost complete. The goal is to be able to glance into the closet, pick out your outfit, and go about your busy day.
  • Put away Dry Cleaning: When the drying cleaning comes home, it often gets hung on a valet rod or hook., and gets used as needed. This creates a bulky obstruction in the closet, and empty bags and hangers. A better technique is to take five minutes right when the clothes are brought into the closet. Quickly remove the bags and hang everything on proper hangers, in the area you’ll look for them. Recycle or dispose of the bags, and return the wire hangers to the dry cleaner.
  • Arrange seasonally: Even if you don’t have off-season storage, there are ways to remove those items from view. Create a zone for the clothes, in a less accessible part of the closet. Use a high shelf for boots or sandals, bins or baskets for smaller items. You’ll get in the habit of not looking at the off-season area, and will have a selection of seasonally appropriate items in your main area.
  • Organize folded clothing by type and color: How often are you looking for a blue tee shirt, or a workout top, and can’t find the one you want? Pick part of a shelf for shorts or sleeveless tees, for exercise gear or lounge wear. You’ll be able to find what you need every time, without wasted time and frustration.
  • Shoe storage: In addition to the designated area for off-season shoes, it is useful to set aside less used shoes. If space allows, store these in labeled plastic bins or shoe boxes high or low in the closet. If not, try to store them in another closet or under the bed. This method should free up space for frequently worn items. Grouping business shoes near the business clothing is optimal, like sneakers with the gym clothes and shorts.
  We want to make room to buy new things, and we want to keep our closets organized and neat. By using the tactics above, we truly can have it all! Just remember when it’s time to make the seasonal clothing changeover, look through the clothes. See whether anything is stained or getting tattered and get discard it. So much stuff can be given away, to have a second life with those who need it more.