Category Archives: St. Louis Closet Co. – About Us

Saint Louis Closet Co. Gives Back!

Webster – Kirkwood Times recognized Saint Louis Closet Co. in this week’s paper.

Kirkwood High School alum, Jennifer Quinn Williams, and her company, Saint Louis Closet Co., donated a new and organized Pioneer Pride School Store. The new store is located across the hall from the library and houses spirit wear, school supplies and miscellaneous Kirkwood High School gear. By having the larger and more organized space the school is able to carry more options for apparel.

d4af64dc-2b68-4319-85e3-6fcc805245ff

Williams graduated from Kirkwood High in 1984 and was inducted into the school’s inaugural Hall of Fame in 2010. In 1997 Williams donated $10,000 to the Kirkwood High School journalism program and over $200,000 in custom shelving.

KHS School Spirit store was completed over the summer and was up and running by the first day of school. An additional island was added in September to aid with storage and a display.  Click here to read full article  Webster-Kirkwood Times Article

Posted in Closet and Storage Concepts, Closet Organizers, Craft Centers, Custom Closet Tips, Custom Closets St. Louis, Entertainment Centers/Media Rooms, Going Beyond Storage, In The News, Kid's Closets, Laundry Rooms, Master Bedroom Closets, More Space Place, Mudrooms/Lockers, Murphy Beds, New Spaces for Your Home, Newsletters for St. Louis Closet Co., Organizational Products, Organized Living, Other Great St. Louis Companies, Pantries, Playrooms, St. Louis Closet Co. - About Us, St. Louis Closet Co. - Employees, St. Louis Closet Co. - Specials, Uncategorized, Walk-in Closets | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Saint Louis Closet Co. Gives Back!

Owner Jennifer Q Williams Voted “Most Popular”

Congrats to our owner Jennifer Quinn Williams on being voted the St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Popular from the Class of 1996 40 Under 40!

Jennifer 40U40

Read the story here, Most Popular from 1996

Posted in Closet and Storage Concepts, Closet Organizers, Craft Centers, Custom Closet Tips, Custom Closets St. Louis, Entertainment Centers/Media Rooms, Going Beyond Storage, In The News, Kid's Closets, Laundry Rooms, Master Bedroom Closets, More Space Place, Mudrooms/Lockers, Murphy Beds, New Spaces for Your Home, Newsletters for St. Louis Closet Co., Organizational Products, Organized Living, Other Great St. Louis Companies, Pantries, Playrooms, St. Louis Closet Co. - About Us, St. Louis Closet Co. - Employees, St. Louis Closet Co. - Specials, Uncategorized, Walk-in Closets | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Owner Jennifer Q Williams Voted “Most Popular”

Get Organized with Custom Closets

Moms, Treat Yourself This Fall!

You have been getting the kids packed and unpacked from Summer camps, getting the family to and from Summer vacations, and getting everyone organized for the new school year with trips to the store for books, paper, pens, pencils, markers, haircuts, new clothes, new shoes, new backpacks, lunch boxes and everything else under the sun. Now that you have successfully transitioned the kids and the family into the new school year, it is time to take some time to get yourself organized.

VcWcUl9x0lctUwDcaSHC9yl0bT39jF3lxmchka-wvcY

I know there are plenty of moms out there who put themselves last on their list of priorities when it comes to things like buying new clothes, buying new shoes, getting a haircut, and so on. What many mothers do not realize, though, is that if you are putting yourself last, who is putting you first? Getting your children organized for the new school year–and more importantly keeping them that way–is not going to happen unless you get yourself organized first.

6cyISK69vffXhYSzqHAtpySpjF2P0_ndZfD5tv9XDCg

Let’s start by taking a look at your bedroom closet. Whether it is a disaster or could just use a good sort-through, now is the perfect time to take some time for yourself and get your belongings in order for the new season. Saint Louis Closet Co. specializes in getting you organized, and we can work with you to create a bedroom closet that will work with your daily life. That is the great thing about getting a 100% custom closet: the space is designed with your needs on the forefront. One of the many features that we offer is shoe shelving. You can get flat or slanted shoe shelving for as many pairs of shoes as you need. No longer will you need to spend 20 minutes digging through a pile of shoes on the floor trying to find one matching pair.

market-homeorg

Being able to get out the door as efficiently and quickly as possible in the morning is directly related to how prepared you are to face the day. If you have to spend 15 minutes in the morning deciding what to wear, ironing your clothes and picking out shoes, that means it is going to be 15 minutes that you are unable to make sure your kids are up, moving and ready to get out the door. A few things that I use daily to get myself organized in the morning are the folding ironing board and telescoping rod from Saint Louis Closet Co. I get myself as prepared as possible the night before so that I can focus my attention of getting everyone out the door on time and on schedule. Saint Louis Closet Co. offers a folding ironing board that fits conveniently in the space of a 24” wide drawer. After ironing my clothes for the next day, I hang it on one of our telescoping rods that extend from the side of our closet unit. And by having shelves that clearly display the days’ possible shoe options, I never have to dig for a pair of shoes to match my outfit.

The reason I chose to focus my post this week on getting moms organized is because I believe that moms’ needs are the last ones on the list of priorities. We all need to realize that, as mothers, we are the driving force behind the success of our families, and if we do not take some time to take care of getting ourselves organized in the short run, we will not be able to get the rest of the family organized in the long run.

Posted in Closet and Storage Concepts, Closet Organizers, Craft Centers, Custom Closet Tips, Custom Closets St. Louis, Entertainment Centers/Media Rooms, Going Beyond Storage, In The News, Kid's Closets, Laundry Rooms, Master Bedroom Closets, More Space Place, Mudrooms/Lockers, Murphy Beds, New Spaces for Your Home, Newsletters for St. Louis Closet Co., Organizational Products, Organized Living, Other Great St. Louis Companies, Pantries, Playrooms, St. Louis Closet Co. - About Us, St. Louis Closet Co. - Employees, St. Louis Closet Co. - Specials, Uncategorized, Walk-in Closets | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Get Organized with Custom Closets

Kirkwood High School Spirit Store Donation

Kirkwood High School (KHS) School Spirit Store

plaque-for web
Pioneer Pride
Kirkwood High School alum, Jennifer Quinn Williams and her company Saint Louis Closet Co. donated a new and organized Pioneer Pride School Store. The new store is located across the hall from the Library and houses spirit wear, school supplies and miscellaneous KHS gear! By having the larger and more organized space the school is able to carry more options for apparel. Check-out a time-lapse installation video here. KIRKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL STORE

Jennifer graduated from KHS in 1984 and was inducted into the KHS Inaugural Hall of Fame in 2010. Williams credits her success as a business owner to the strong foundation of education she received at KHS and she continually gives back to the school as a token of her appreciation. In 1997 Jennifer donated $10,000 to the KHS Journalism program and over $200,000 in custom shelving. The donations help the school organize classrooms, offices and books.

Jennifer is honored to be a proud supporter of KHS.

d4af64dc-2b68-4319-85e3-6fcc805245ff

Posted in Craft Centers, Custom Closet Tips, Entertainment Centers/Media Rooms, Going Beyond Storage, In The News, Kid's Closets, Mudrooms/Lockers, New Spaces for Your Home, Newsletters for St. Louis Closet Co., Organizational Products, Organized Living, Other Great St. Louis Companies, Playrooms, St. Louis Closet Co. - About Us | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Kirkwood High School Spirit Store Donation

St. Louis Closet Co. Fall Special

Fall is the perfect time to get organized and St. Louis Closet Co.’s Fall Special is just in time to help you with your projects.  From Master Walk-in Closets to Pantries and Murphy Beds, Saint Louis Closet Co. can create More Space in your home.

b6a1a304-9266-47af-95f4-e585402061d9

Along with the new season and new school year, it is once again time to reorganize the spaces in your home to coincide with the incoming season. If you have a Saint Louis Closet Co. system, this would be the time when you would re-adjust your shelves to be able to comfortably store your children’s growing clothing and shoe inventory.

With summer coming to a close, shoes are one thing that are going to require more space this season, for example switching out your kids’ flip flops for their sneakers and eventually snow boots. Our 100% adjustable systems give you more room for doing just that. Just add, remove or adjust a shelf to make room for fall’s bulkier items, such as jackets, sweaters and jeans.

I cannot count the number of times that I have told my kids to stop throwing their backpacks and jackets on the closest piece of furniture the second they walk in the house after school or soccer practice. The solution we have found at our home is lockers and cubbies for our mudroom, so that every time my kids walk in the door, the closest piece of furniture is a cubby and hook especially designed for their belongings. This also works wonders for sports equipment and sports bags.

Teachers can even find some organization for their classrooms this school year. Getting all the pencils, markers, glue, blank paper, books, construction paper, scissors and miscellaneous supplies organized will make the school year go just that much smoother.

Saint Louis Closet Co. design every type of system to meet everyone’s organizational needs, and that includes classroom supply closets, mail centers, storage rooms, lockers and even kid’s home desks.

Call 314-781-9000 today to schedule your free in-home consultation.

 

Posted in Craft Centers, Custom Closet Tips, Entertainment Centers/Media Rooms, Going Beyond Storage, In The News, Kid's Closets, Laundry Rooms, Master Bedroom Closets, Mudrooms/Lockers, New Spaces for Your Home, Newsletters for St. Louis Closet Co., Organizational Products, Organized Living, Other Great St. Louis Companies, Pantries, Playrooms, St. Louis Closet Co. - About Us, St. Louis Closet Co. - Employees, St. Louis Closet Co. - Specials, Walk-in Closets | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on St. Louis Closet Co. Fall Special

Back to School Tips

5 Helpful Back-to-School Tips

Fabric Boards

Tip #1
Get a routine the first few weeks of school, and make a place for your kids and their stuff. A place for backpacks, shoes, coats and sports equipment. Once this routine and system is established, stick to it…it will save you and your kids hours looking for things.

CollegeSchoolLockers

Tip #2
Establish a storage area in your home for extra school supplies. Stock up at the beginning of the year so your kids can always replenish their backpacks and lockers without last minute trips to the store.

Pearwood

Tip #3
Make a family bulletin board for calendars, sports schedules and invitations. Keep everything in this one place so everyone knows what everyone else in the family is doing.

ShowroomOffice

Tip #4
Purge your kids closets and drawers of all clothing they don’t wear or doesn’t fit. Try on everything and make a list of necessities. Head to the stores armed with a list needs and sizes…this will prevent unnecessary purchases.

HomeOffice

Tip #5
Make sure you have a special homework area set up so your kids ‘have their place.’ This desk area or kitchen table should have good lighting, comfortable seating, access to a computer and wifi, if needed, and be quiet and away from distractions.

WashUWorkroom1

Posted in Craft Centers, Custom Closet Tips, Going Beyond Storage, In The News, Kid's Closets, Mudrooms/Lockers, New Spaces for Your Home, Organizational Products, Organized Living, Playrooms, St. Louis Closet Co. - About Us | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Back to School Tips

Getting Organized at Home for School!

Ask about our Get Organized for School Special!!  10% off the regular priced custom closet systems!!  Expires 12/31/15, not valid with any other discounts or promotions.

Summer’s coming to an end and school is starting soon.  All kids need a place to work at home, a place to put their school supplies, a place to hang their coats, a place to put their shoes so they don’t track playground dirt or soccer mud into your house, and the perfect place for that is a St. Louis Closet Co. desk, cubby or locker.

RedLockers

My kids go back to school in two short weeks and as soon as they come home from their first day of school with lots of binders, textbooks, and other supplies I know they will be able to stay organized with their desks.  They have a place for everything.  The drawers hold their pencils, pens, markers, erasers, paper, and notebooks with ample room for sketchbooks, books, and fun little gadgets.  The shelves on top provide a perfect place to easily arrange their textbooks and binders.  And hanging over the desk is a fabric board to hang photos, awards, and their school schedule on.  Everything they need is in one place, easily accessible, and organized.

In addition to their desk, as soon as they walk in after soccer practice or piano lessons they take off their shoes, put them on their shoe shelves, hang their jacket and soccer bag up in their Cubby, and there is no mud or cleat marks throughout the rest of the house.  Their St. Louis Closet Company lockers and shoe shelves are perfect.

What better way to start school off organized then a St Louis Closet Company desk and locker.  Call Saint Louis Closet Co. today 314-781-9000 to get a free in-home estimate to organize your kids and your home.  Start the school year off right!!  Estimates only take about an hour and when our trained designers leave your home you will have a design and price for your new project. 314-781-9000.

Posted in Craft Centers, Custom Closet Tips, Going Beyond Storage, In The News, Kid's Closets, Mudrooms/Lockers, New Spaces for Your Home, Organizational Products, Organized Living, St. Louis Closet Co. - About Us | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Getting Organized at Home for School!

Business Tips from St. Louis Small Business Expert Jennifer Q. Williams

Small Talk on KTRS Tune into KTRS 550AM on The McGraw Milhaven Show and to hear owner Jennifer Q. Williams talk Small Business.  Being an award-winning business leader in the St. Louis Business Community for over 24 years, Jennifer will talk Small Business!! Tips on getting your business started, turning an idea into a business, what tools you need to start, run and grown your Small Business.  According to SBA Small Businesses make up 99.7% of all employer firms.

7/23/15  Aren’t we always interested in the habits of famous people, successful business owners? Here are five habits that I think most successful Entrepreneurs seem to possess.

Five Habits of Highly Effective Small Business Owners:

They put their customers first.  Small business owners see a need and fill it! Customer service and customer satisfaction is the make or break of any start-up and the key to growth and sustainability.

They don’t take ‘No’ for an answer.  Small Business owners are not good at accepting the answer ‘no’ to anything. Entrepreneurs will find a way to make things work, they will find a way to keep moving forward. Also ignoring the people who say you cannot do it, is the path to success.

They go one step further than anyone else.  Not only does this apply to customer service, but it applies to everything a small business owner does, go one step further with your brand, your website, your employees. Don’t settle for just OK…be the best.

They make decisions quickly, are OK with changing directions.  Many people get bogged down with decisions and the inability to change quickly if things are not working. Successful entrepreneurs make a decision, move on and deal with it later. Successful entrepreneurs are OK to pull the plug on something not working and quickly change gears and move on. * an advantage small businesses have over large companies.

They are visible.  Successful entrepreneurs are the face of their business. They are in the media, they are a face for the customer and don’t shy away from the customers. They are also available and visible to their employees.

6/18/15  EVERY Customer deserves a response! Over-listen!

Read, listen and learn from Social Media, great platform for customers to communicate with you.

Have a plan, how will customer complaints be dealt with within your business. Is there a chain of command, a time period, do employees have power to solve customers concerns.

Show genuine concern. Make their problem YOUR problem….because ultimately it is your problem.

Respond Promptly, every minute you’re not responding they are telling someone about how unhappy they are.

Go the extra mile….go overboard with your solution!! Fix their problem then do something else. A cup of coffee, a nice dinner, an extra accessory, etc.

3/19/15  Five Small Business Trends for 2015 and Beyond

Entrepreneurship.  More and more people leaving large companies and starting their own small businesses. Downsizing, layoffs, & better opportunities.

Digital Marketing and Social Media.  Videos on YouTube, Facebook, Blogs, etc…no need for TV Commercials, more need for TECHNICAL marketing employees vs CREATIVE.

More people working from home.  Work/life balance is more important to millennials than any previous generation.   More opportunities to work from home and more opportunities for flexible hours due to technology.

Less Retail shopping, more Online shopping.  Convenience!

SEO (search engine optimization) and the Web.  More important than ever! Consumers want content marketing NOT product. Everyone Google’s….your small business needs to be found. Online engagement.

7/5/14  St. Louis Small Business Expert, Jennifer Q. Williams discusses with McGraw Milhaven on How to Get Business, How to Get Your Phone to Ring.  Tell people what you have that others don’t, send out press releases on a regular basis, remember customers need to hear your company name 5-7 times before they remember.  Make sure to stay on top of your competition and know what they’re doing.  You want to Target Market the small surrounding area your business services and Blanket Market the larger surrounding area for name awareness.  Constantly work on, revise and grow your marketing plan to change with what’s working and not.  Don’t forget Social Media.

5/15/14  St. Louis Small Business Expert, Jennifer Q. Williams talks with McGraw Milhaven about Blogging, Facebook, Twitter and Newsletter Ideas for Small Business.

Blogging, Facebook and Twitter are great ways to generate business and turn existing customers into repeat customers.  Some key components of this type of communication:

1.  Don’t sell…this is a great way to disseminate information in a non-sales way.  No pressure and offering great helpful information.  Save your sales for your sales force and your brochures.

2.  Connect with and keep in touch with past clients.  This form of communication will keep your past and existing customers thinking of you, even when they don’t need your services…referrals!

Great topics to consider…Be an expert on your product or service, Review a book or product your customers would find helpful, Highlight new products and how they can help, Top 10 Lists, How to Articles, Take a survey and share your results, photos, feature new employees, promote specials, host networking events, etc.

4/24/14  St. Louis Small Business Expert, Jennifer Quinn Williams talks about Creating Raving Fans for your Small Business not just satisfied customers!  book, “Raving Fans” by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles.

“Your customers are only satisfied because their expectations are so low and because no one else is doing better.  Just having satisfied customers isn’t good enough anymore in today’s competitive marketplace, you have to create Raving Fans.”

The cost of getting new customers in the door is getting more and more expensive everyday.  Let your Raving Fans do the work for you.

Decide what you want for your business and it’s service…discover what your customers want then deliver that plus!

WHY?  Studies show that a satisfied customer will tell 2-3 people about his/her experience with your company.  A dissatisfied customer will share their bad experience with 8-10 people and some will push that number to 20.  But here’s your real opportunity…an unhappy customer will become extremely loyal if you fix their complaint and do it quickly. 80% of these customers will come back to you if you’ve treated them fairly.  That percentage rises to the upper 90’s if you respond immediately.

Everyday you have the chance to transform your mistakes into returning customers and everyday you have the chance to go above and beyond and create Raving Fans.

2/5/14 St. Louis Small Business expert, Jennifer Williams talks about the importance of Mentoring in Small Business.  Define Mentor – An experienced or trusted advisor!  Six tips to finding the right mentor:

1.  Determine your needs, remember your needs will change as your business grows.

2.  Take time to network, not only to generate sales, but to meet potential mentors.  This will help you decide who and what you need.  Great places to network include women’s events, chamber events, local speaking engagements, etc.

3.  Listen MORE, talk less!  Given your enthusiasm about your particular business or product, it may be hard to listen and take advise from someone outside your industry.

4.  Be ‘mentor able’ – Be willing to consider other ideas that may not match your opinions.  Look for other opinions and be willing to think outside the box.

5.  Be flexible.  Don’t assume a mentor will have to stick with you for the entire life of your business.  Mentors can come and go based on your needs.  Some mentors may help you with future planning, some may help with advertising, and some may just be there for you to bounce ideas off of.

6.  Thank you mentor!!  They don’t want money, but their time is extremely valuable, so please let them know you appreciate it.

Tweet Jennifer with your Small Business questions @StLouisClosetCo #SMALLBIZTALK or email her at jennifer@StLouisClosetCo.com

Posted in Custom Closet Tips, In The News, St. Louis Closet Co. - About Us | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Business Tips from St. Louis Small Business Expert Jennifer Q. Williams

Summer Closet Newsletter – St. Louis Closets

Summer Newsletter  Check out all the exciting Summer News for Saint Louis Closet Co. with our Summer 2015 Newsletter.  Murphy Beds, The Face of Custom Closets in St. Louis, Media Partners, Sophisticated Living Magazine and KTRS Radio, and more.

iphone

Posted in Craft Centers, Custom Closet Tips, Entertainment Centers/Media Rooms, Going Beyond Storage, In The News, Kid's Closets, Laundry Rooms, Master Bedroom Closets, Mudrooms/Lockers, New Spaces for Your Home, Newsletters for St. Louis Closet Co., Organizational Products, Organized Living, Other Great St. Louis Companies, Pantries, Playrooms, St. Louis Closet Co. - About Us, St. Louis Closet Co. - Employees, St. Louis Closet Co. - Specials | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Summer Closet Newsletter – St. Louis Closets