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The 5 Best Ways to Care for Your Clothes

(1) Check the Laundering Instructions…and do what it says: This is the simplest piece of advice you’ll ever get! Better yet, before falling in love with that beautiful shirt, jumpsuit, piece of lingerie in the store….look at the label and decide whether you’re really willing to do the hand-washing or other special treatment required.
  • Delicate items need a little mesh bag and a place to hang after washing. Take a look at the pull-down rods and valet rods that can be added to your laundry area. When needed, they’re right there and when you’re done, they slide out of the way!
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Valet Rod

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Pull-Down Rod

(2) Set Aside Ironing Space in the Laundry Room: Some of us love ironing, have a dedicated area and lovely lavender scented spray for our linens. But even if you’re a dedicated Permanent Press person, clothes sometimes come out of the dryer too wrinkled to wear. Many laundry areas are right in the main part of our homes, next to the kitchen, or in the master bathroom. We don’t want to have a huge ironing board in the middle of everything—the solution? Fold-out ironing boards!
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Fold Out Ironing Board (Open)

Fold Out Ironing Board (Closed)

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Fold Out Ironing Board (Closed)

(3) Got a Stain? Treat it Immediately: Most stains will respond well to the stain stick of your choice. The key consideration of course, after washing, don’t dry the garment until you’re sure the stain is gone. A couple of stain removal tricks:
  • Wine: Sprinkle salt on the stain to minimize saturation. Soak in cold water or borax solution for 30 minutes. Wash as usual.
  • Coffee: Soak in cold water. Then apply a pre-treatment product and wash as usual.
(4) Invest in Better Hangers: Using covered hangers, your clothes stay on the hangers in your closet. When you wear them, your clothes will fit nicely, without dimples or distortions. As an added benefit, the inexpensive felted hangers are space savers. You can fit more neatly hung clothing with these then is possible with a hodgepodge of tangled up hangers. If you’re feeling creative, check out the fun & functional yarn covered hangers.
Velvet Hangers (Amazon)

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Velvet Hangers (Amazon)

Yarn Bombed Hangers (Etsy)

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Yarn Bombed Hangers (Etsy)

(5) After Being in Storage, Seasonal Clothing can Smell Musty:
  • Dry clean only garments? Try vodka—it’s not just for drinking anymore. Vodka makes an effective deoderizer, and is less expensive than a special cleanser. Using a spray bottle, spray the musty item all over. Then hang it outdoors until dry.
  • If you have an outdoor space, hanging clothes in the fresh air is always effective, time-tested, and free!
  • Check the labels to confirm that they’re machine washable. Sort by color in the washing machine, no soap and add 2-3 cups of clear vinegar to the wash cycle. The vinegar smell only lasts for minutes; they’ll smell fresh and new after drying.

Symmetry Closets Recognized: Best of HOUZZ 2016

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SYMMETRY CLOSETS of NY Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

January 29, 2016 Announcing The “Best Of Houzz 2016″ Award Winners The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016″ badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious recognition of our commitment to design excellence and customer service,” 

said Bonnie Reich, President,  SYMMETRY CLOSETS 

“We’re honored that our design-loving friends and clients voted for us—and we look forward to enjoying another beautiful year together.”

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize SYMMETRY CLOSETS, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

As seen on NBC’s George To The Rescue

Rose Ott Design invites Symmetry Closets to collaborate on a George To The Rescue (NBC) project in Island Park, NY.

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Symmetry Closets as seen on NBC’s George to the Rescue

This episode of George to the Rescue featured the Byrne family of Island Park, NY.

John “J.J.” Byrne, the oldest of two sons, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was seven years old, but that didn’t stop him from taking an active role in his community of Island Park, NY. JJ Byrne is civic-minded, he is assistant to the mayor of Island Park, an active member of the church, and he also works hard to fundraise and raise awareness for cystic fibrosis. J.J. fundraises for his team, “Team Shenanigans”, every year for the “Great Strides” walk by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tara Byrne, J.J.’s mother, is also active in the community, where she served as past president of the PTA, and now acts as a member on the Island Park school board. The Byrne family agreed they wanted a nautical theme to come through in the new interior design of each space dedicated to the rescue. The ocean colors and textures would match the family’s love for the tight-knit beach community. Rose Ott Design, George to the Rescue, NBC,Symmetry Closets This was Rose Ott’s fourth time working with George To The Rescue, and for this specific project, Rose asked Bonnie to help with the family’s laundry room in desperate need of organization. They both agreed custom cabinet built-ins for the laundry room would be just the right touch for optimal organization. The laundry room was cramped with hanging clothes and other miscellaneous household items, and there was a lack of storage space to begin with.
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Photo courtesy of Rose Ott Design

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Photo courtesy of Rose Ott Design

Bonnie and her custom closet team got to work to create storage with style. They installed a wall hanging iron board and a storage unit with baskets for that extra, personalized home organization touch. To pair with the nautical theme, Bonnie knew brushed brass was the best hardware choice to match the overall design theme. White shaker style cabinets and crown moldings completed the look.

A Space Tailored to Keep Out Dust and Toxins, But Still Have Room For Enjoyment

Rose and her team, which includes her husband and builder, Frank Ott, wanted to create a specialized area for all of J.J.’s extracurricular activities. They wanted a clean and organized space, but also a place where J.J. can relax and enjoy his environment. The George to the Rescue team took out the carpeting in the front room that would soon become J.J.’s home office, to eliminate any amount of excess dust or toxins that might irritate J.J.’s medical condition. J.J. mentioned that some of the kitchen appliances were in disrepair, and the space just wasn’t up to par for any type of entertaining – be it holding meetings involving fundraising, PTA or school board meetings. In the kitchen they ripped out and replaced the ceiling due to mold, again to limit toxins possibly in J.J.’s breathing environment. With home entertainment in mind Rose’s team got to work in the kitchen. Ripping out a wall in the kitchen opened the space for more room to entertain guests, and for the family to enjoy more time in one of the most intergral parts of the Byrne Family home. Now, the Byrne Family is set up for many years of joy in their newly revitalized home. The Symmetry Closets team thanks Rose Ott, and the George to the Rescue team for the opportunity to be a part of this project!
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Link to Team Shenanigans

Team Shenanigans Fundraising page

Multitasking Extraordinaire: Spring Clean, Prep for Taxes and Help Charity–all at the same time?

The Start of Long Island NY Spring 2016

This time of year, our thoughts turn to Spring, and Taxes…so logically, Tax Deductions as well.  A conversation with our Tax Adviser got us thinking about these connections.

In honor of the Season, let’s consider some ways that Spring Cleaning can—literally—help the world.  Think that’s a large statement?  Well, try this on for size:

Spring Cleaning:

Clothing:   By February, with the hats and coats, gloves and boots always needed, you may never want to see a sweater again.  That’s a perfect time to take a look at your winter clothing situation.  At this point in the season, if you or your family hasn’t worn it, you really can ask why it’s occupying valuable real estate in your closets.  Now, there may be good reasons.  It was the sweater you were married in…ok, you get a pass.  But, while the weather is still keeping us stuck indoors, let’s start a pile of clothes to give away. Coat Closets:  This is an obvious one—if the winter coat hasn’t been worn by now… Often the coats we don’t wear are the ones we keep around because we liked them once. Of course, keep the dressy coat.  Just so long as it fits.    But when the coat closet is too full for guest’s jackets, because we’re keeping coats that don’t fit or are out of fashion, we certainly have the choice to let those go.  Someone who doesn’t have a coat would love to have one!   And wouldn’t it be nice to have some space in there?  Start a pile. Pantry:  If you’re anything like me, by February, you’ve run through your entire soup and stew repertoire.   You’ve used many canned, jarred, and dried goods.  This is a good time to question:  How committed am I to learning how to cook mung beans?   Or, am I ever actually going to serve this jarred pasta sauce I bought on sale…in September?   Your pantry is likely too full, with pasta you bought two boxes of and just didn’t like, with … you can fill in the blank.  You get the idea—start a pile.  This food is valuable nutrition someone else can use.  And, you get the bonus of freeing up space for food you like and will serve your family.

Helping the World & Charitable Tax Deductions:

There are two ways you can help the world by giving away stuff you don’t need:
  • You free up your personal emotional energy. This is a serious statement.  By keeping stuff we don’t need or even want, every time you open the closet/pantry/coat closet, you see this stuff that causes you stress.  You know that that coat hasn’t fit in a while.  And you know that you just don’t like that pasta and feel like you wasted money on it.  We can all use less stress.  We actually feel lighter when we release this stuff.  And, you free up room on your shelves and closet rods for new opportunities.  You make space for trying a new look, for trying the quinoa recipe or even for buying that bread machine you’ve wanted but couldn’t fit on your shelves.  Give it a try—you’ll like it.
  • You help other people who live right here, nearby—who can really use the stuff we don’t want. And this is the Tax Deduction for next year.  We’ve compiled a list of local charities we know and love.  We suggest that if you want to clear up some space by donating clothing or other items, that you consider these worthy charities:

Donate to Charities:

  • Dress for Success: Donate professional women’s clothing in good condition.    The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. https://newyork.dressforsuccess.org/
  • Veterans House, Family & Children’s Association: Donate men’s clothing, coats, pantry goods, blankets, special request for a bath scale with slip resistance.  Please contact Velma Berry for details. vberry@familyandchildrens.org
  • Mercy First: Provides a home for children who need one and offers life skills programs for older children, including cooking, food safety, etc.  Donate dishes, pots, kitchen supplies.  Also can use tables & chairs for young folks moving into permanent adult housing.  Please contact Ellen Miller 516-921-0808.
  • ReStore: Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  Proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.   http://www.habitat.org/restores
  • The Book Fairies:  Donate gently used children’s books to this tax deductible charity.  The books go to schools, libraries and non-profit organizations to enrich the lives of children by encouraging a love of reading.  Contact info@thebookfairies.org for details.
  • Long Island Cares:  Works with affiliates to bring food to food pantries.  Food Locator link http://www.licares.org/find-help/food-locator/
  • Ronald McDonald House of LI.  Once a house is built, it is completely supported by charitable donations, which can include household items and packaged food.  The foundation only supports the initial construction of each house.  Contact: Jennifer Nicholson, Director of Special Projects 718-343-5683/516-775-5683 x158, jnicholson@rmhlongisland.org
It’s truly a win-win.  You can free up your storage space and clear out emotional baggage too.  This is a convenient way to help our neighbors, and to help ourselves too—while banking some Tax Deductions for next year!

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Bonnie Reich Awarded Prestigious “Sub-Contractor Member Of The Year” for 2017

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National Association of the Remodeling Industry NARI Sub-Contractor Contractor NYC Long Island Dash Windows, Boston Cedar

John Hogan, Chairman of the Board, NARI; Bonnie Reich, President Symmetry Closets; Dan Vazquez, President, NARI

Symmetry Closets’ president Bonnie Reich awarded the 2017 “Sub-Contractor Member Of The Year Award” from NYC/LI National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)

We are honored and so happy to receive this prestigious award; we appreciate the recognition of our hard work and commitment to excellence!  The NYC/LI NARI Sub-Contractor Member of the Year Award recognizes a sub-contractor who has demonstrated a strong commitment to NARI, the professional remodeling industry and the communities in which they do business. NARI is the only not-for-profit trade association dedicated solely to the Remodeling Industry. The Evening of Excellence and The Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards were held Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Flowerfield in St. James. The CotY Awards are a local competition acknowledging the high quality of work being done locally right here in Long Island and NYC. It’s a showcase for the best projects of our region’s top talent in the remodeling industry. From one-person shops to the largest remodeling firms, companies have reported that winning this award is a major factor in enhancing their image within the industry, and with prospective customers. The judging for The CotY Awards is focused on innovation, craftsmanship and overall quality of work. The Evening of Excellence is an opportunity to recognize exceptional workmanship, as well as to enhance and promote NARI’s mission— Remodeling Done Right. The event was attended by more than 125 of the industry’s elite and was sponsored by Local NARI Members, Trio East Wholesalers, Inc., Kohler Co., and Samsung Electronics America. Symmetry Closet is a two-time recipient of NYC/LI NARI awards: The CotY Award in 2014, and the Sub-Contractor Member of the Year Award this year.
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Wendy Lepkoff, Board of Directors, NARI; Bonnie Reich, President, Symmetry Closets