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Getting Your Garage Ready for Summer Sports Gear

summer sports gearSo, you just fell in the garage … for the second time this week. A couple days ago, you slipped on an errant softball your daughter tossed on the floor when she got home from practice. Today, you tripped on a tennis racket. As you lay on the garage floor next to a left soccer cleat, a half deflated bike tire, and a 70’s era lawn dart, pondering life’s choices that led you to this point, you reach an inevitable conclusion: It’s time to organize the garage.

That could seem like a daunting task. Where to even begin? Luckily, we have a few tips that can help you get the sports gear in your garage sorted and stored in time for summer.

A simple and speedy solution is installing slat wall panels in your garage with accessories that can hold baseball bats, tennis rackets, shoes, balls, bicycles and more. It can affordably become the one-stop destination your family needs to find their gear before a game and keep equipment from being damaged. The versatile panels come in a variety of colors and are ideal for getting items off the ground, up on the wall, and out from under your feet, especially if space is limited in your garage.

If you’d rather have all the bats, balls, and skateboards contained out of sight, consider cabinets. Our RedLine Garagegear garage cabinets are customized for your storage needs without a designer price tag. Not only will your athletic equipment be off the floor, but so will the cabinets because they’re designed to hang. The sturdy hardware and durable powder-coated finishes are perfect for a storage space that will experience a frequent use by your sports stars.

The members of your family may be active in athletics, both for competition and for fun, all year long, so what do you do with your gear in the off seasons? Overhead storage racks in your garage are ideal for keeping equipment off the floor and out of the way when not in use but still easy to access when it’s time to swap them out. Take down the football, basketball, and hockey equipment when the seasons start and put up the spring and summer gear until next year!

Contact us at Garage Décor and More where you can find everything you will need to organize your sports gear and make your garage functional again. We can create a custom layout that will serve you for many, many sports seasons to come. Ready to transform your garage? Give us a call at (618) 408-1750 or contact us here for a free, no-hassle quote today.

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Making More Space When Parents Move In

when parents move inStudies show that older parents are moving in with their adult children as they age, making up a larger component of “shared living” today than a decade ago. AARP shared a Pew Research Survey from 2018 that indicated about 31% of households in the U.S. live in a shared household. Whether it’s recent college graduates moving back in their parent’s home or the aging parents moving in with their adult children, about 79 million adults are now part of the shared living phenomenon.

What if your existing living space can’t accommodate a parent (or two) moving in with you? In many cases, using some imagination and planning can make the transition work well for a variety of different home sizes and layouts. A key element for successful “shared living” is that the reorganization plan offers everyone under the same roof a little bit of privacy. Living in too cramped of quarters can indeed cause stress. Or, maybe you have the room but just need to reorganize your belongings to make things work? Garage Décor and More can help define what the best custom solution may be, making room for everyone.

Converting an office. Because it’s important that your parents have a space to call “their own,” if you have an office it may make sense to repurpose it into a bedroom. Some open office spaces in homes will require that a door be added for privacy. Garage Décor and More can also visit your home to find out the best way to create usable closet space that may not currently exist in your office. The best part? All of our consultations are complimentary. Need to turn that office into a bedroom retreat? We can help.

If you really can’t afford to give up that office space, Garage Décor and More also builds beautiful murphy beds that can be seamlessly designed and installed into any room of the home. Learn more about custom murphy bed walls and cabinetry by visiting our website here.

Making room in the basement. Sometimes, the solution is right under your nose! If you have unused space in your basement (or if it’s only being used for storage), it may make perfect sense to create your parent’s retreat downstairs. If the basement is currently being used mainly for storage, consider donating or selling any items you aren’t using or haven’t used in months.

Garage Décor and More can help offer recommendations on the best ways to turn your basement space into a parent’s bedroom and/or living area.

Of course, there are other things to consider if you are adding a bedroom to a downstairs living space.

  • Are there two forms of exit in case of fire or emergency?
  • Does a bathroom need to be constructed if one does not already exit?
  • As your parent’s age, will the stairs become a problem?

If you currently have an unfinished basement, adding a bedroom could be a significant investment. However, the benefits of adding a basement living space include giving your parents more privacy as well as more independence. It could potentially make the “shared living” experience an easier adjustment for everyone involved.

Living with your parents can be challenging, especially if you have children underfoot, too. Let Garage Décor and More help you create a livable space for every family member in the home, including parents or in-laws. Installing custom organization systems in St. Clair and Madison counties in Illinois as well as the St. Louis Metropolitan area, Garage Décor and More can accommodate every need and budget. Contact Garage Décor and More at (618) 408-1690 or visit us online at http://garagedecorandmore.com/.

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Out Of Storage? Time To Look Up!

hyloft storageThings are looking up when it comes to storage options this year! If you need more room in your home for those oversized or overflow items, Garage Décor and More can help. We offer Hyloft® storage that can be customized for attics, garages and basements. If you’ve already converted your wall space and closets into more storage, it may be time to look up and install an innovative HyLoft® storage product.

With HyLoft®, you will achieve more available space that’s safe, secure, and easy to access. Many of our clients take advantage of the tall ceilings in their garages, making room for those items that they access on a regular basis on shelf space, closets and racks. Ceiling storage space is ideal for seasonal items that don’t require regular use or access. When you take advantage of using the extra ceiling space in your garage, you’ll be excited to find new storage out of previously unused areas in your home or business, too!

The safe and heavy-duty ceiling storage racks by HyLoft® come in a variety of sizes. Do you simply need a small space to store your ski gear that you only use once or twice each year? You may only need a 36” x 36” storage unit that can be conveniently installed in a corner of your garage. Even smaller options are available, perfectly sized to store items from your latest trip to Sam’s or Costco. HyLoft® storage bins hang securely from the ceiling and have open sides, so it’s easy to see what you’ve stored for accessing later.

Depending on what you need to store, HyLoft® can accommodate various weights too. From 150 lbs. evenly distributed to up to 600 lbs., its durable steel and scratch resistant powder coat finish looks good and will last. The shelves are also height adjustable. Another handy feature with HyLoft® are the add-on hooks that can be hung from the shelving, offering even more options for your home or office storage.

Garage Décor and More can also install HyLoft® in your basement or attic space, depending on your needs. We offer free consultations and are able to consult with you on your ideas and offer our home storage solutions for every room in the house. With HyLoft®, you’ll realize how easy it is to add key space to your home and then ask yourself, “Why didn’t I think of this before?” Let Garage Décor and More help you expand the storage in your home today!

It’s a brand new year! Isn’t it time to get organized? We offer customized storage items for any closet, basement space, garage, or office. When you are looking for quality paired with good looks, our custom organizational systems can turn your existing home into a hub that’s free of clutter! Contact us to learn more about our storage options for your home and to set up a hassle-free consultation. Call us at (618) 789-7969 or visit our website at http://garagedecorandmore.com/.

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New Year, New Space – Organizing Tips to Get You Ready for 2020

Organizing Tips to Get You Ready for 2020New year, new resolutions! Have you already started to discuss home improvement projects with your significant other for the upcoming year? Whether the plan is to relocate or remodel, organizing the items you own is usually one of the priorities in a new year. At Garage Décor and More, we can help you organize and have a more efficient home. From garages to pantries, we can help streamline any space in the home this year.

Looking to simplify what you own? The new year is a good time to decide what items you want to donate and which ones you should keep. Clearing the home from clutter should be a team effort of every family member, going room-to-room and deciding what you want to keep and what can be given to charities or sold on Facebook swap sites. Want a more modern, fresh look to your home? Designers confirm that homes with too much clutter look dated and dirty. The new year is a perfect time to reassess what you own and what you want to organize!

Maybe it’s time to reorganize that master bedroom closet. At Garage Décor and More, we can visit your home and offer free consultations to decide what we can do to create more storage. If you are tired of not being able to find things in your closet because everything is crammed into it, a custom closet will not only create more space for your clothing, shoes, purses and more, but it will end up alleviating stress that goes along with digging through your closet each and every day! If you have the same, builder-grade closet that came with your home, it’s time to “step-up” your game with a custom closet from Garage Décor and More.

If you own a smaller kitchen, we can also transform your exiting pantry into a better storage solution so items are removed from your countertops and placed in the pantry or cabinets, out of sight. Not only does this offer you a cleaner, better looking kitchen, your small kitchen will look larger and be more efficient for that next big party you are hosting. Whatever space you currently own can be transformed to offer you more storage and better organization. If you can’t afford a complete kitchen remodel in the new year, consider a pantry update. We can help!

Over the cooler, winter months, focusing on your unfinished basement can also offer the organization needed to tackle the upcoming year ahead. We offer a variety of shelving perfect for basement organization, whether you want sturdy, open shelving or finished cabinetry for that makeshift office, we have a variety of styles to choose from. Organizing your basement will help to alleviate clutter or disorganization in your upstairs living area. The best part? Garage Décor and More can work within any limitations you may have in the basement, from lower ceilings to unique room configurations. Our closets, cabinetry and shelving are completely customizable.

At Garage Décor and More, we organize so much more than just garages. Contact us in the new year so one of our professional staff members can come to your home and create a personalized plan for your storage needs and budget, free of charge. Give us a call today at (618) 789-7969 to schedule your no-hassle quote, and check out our website www.garagedecorandmore.com to read customer testimonials, learn about our products, and see photos of recent projects!

 

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Ways to Organize Your Home After the Holiday

Organize Your Home After the HolidayWe love the holidays, but it’s hard to embrace the “After Christmas Clutter”. If your home typically looks like a tornado crashed through it after the holidays, it’s probably time to start 2020 off right with an organizational plan in mind for the home. With new gifts, toys and treasures everywhere, it’s time to take a pause and figure out where everything is going to be stored.

Kick off the new year with the family de-cluttering their rooms. Start with a garbage bag and throw away wrapping paper, boxes, and ripped ribbons and bows that can’t be reused. Of course, you can reuse boxes that will work for next year but taking any holiday paper products to a recycling center is a great option as well. If you have always wanted a craft room in the home, this is a perfect time to plan for it. At Garage Décor and More, we can create a wrapping paper station that offers perfect placement for your crafts and more. You’ll be ready for any upcoming birthday and the next round of holiday cheer!

It’s also the perfect time to decide what you want to keep and what you want to throw away. What are your plans for the old decor? Now is the best time to consider a garage sale or donating items you simply do not need or use anymore. Whether you start a “spring yard sale” box or decide to keep some of the items for your soon-to-be college grad, it’s important to keep the items in a safe place…and one you can access easily. If you are looking to store items for an extended period of time, Garage Décor and More offers Redline Garage Cabinets that are heavy-duty and perfect for the basement, garage or backyard shed.

As you begin to put away holiday decorations, it’s a good time to decide which ones you want to keep and what holiday decorations you would like to give away or donate. If you are noticing that the decorations are beginning to look a bit worn out and aged, don’t feel obligated to keep the items for next year. It’s okay to “let go” of decorations you no longer love! Pack up the decorations you still love and want to keep, labeling storage boxes accordingly. If you’ve noticed that you have acquired more items than storage options, Garage Décor and More has the solution by installing heavy duty wall storage or overhead garage storage racks for the large totes and boxes. The best part? Consultations are free. We can come to your home and offer recommendations on the best ways to store your items and organize.

Now that everything has been cleaned up and put away, how do you want to plan for the new year? Would you like to turn that hall closet into a more functional space? At Garage Décor and More, we offer customized styles and features for any closet, basement space, garage, or office. When you are looking for quality paired with good looks, our custom organizational systems can turn your existing home into an organized dream come true! Contact us to learn more about our storage options for your home and to set up a hassle-free consultation. Call us at (618) 789-7969 or visit our website at http://garagedecorandmore.com/.

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Why You Need to Get Organized BEFORE the Holidays

Get Organized BEFORE the HolidaysThe holidays are upon us and there’s a lot to do in preparation. Between shopping for loved ones and entertaining guests at our homes, it seems like every weekend is scheduled. There is still time to organize and update your home before the holiday craziness strikes! You just need a plan in place. There is a way to bring the current state of your home from cluttered to clean. Garage Décor and More can assist you every step of the way, finding extra storage in closets, garages and more that you didn’t even think you had!

Many professional organizers recommend getting your home ready for holiday entertaining over time, tackling each room in the house start-to-finish before moving on to the next room. Once each room is organized, it will also be up to you and everyone in your family to keep the home uncluttered in preparation for the upcoming festivities. Are you up for the challenge? Garage Décor and More can make holiday prep easy.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah is a time most of us will entertain our guests with a focus on the kitchen and dining areas. Keeping this area fresh and tidy is important since food prep and convenient storage will be the foundation for your upcoming main event.  Things to consider as you prepare:

  • Is your pantry and cabinets organized and easy to use?
  • Are you embarrassed when you open a cabinet door?
  • Can you easily find the items and supplies you use on a regular basis?

Garage Décor and More offers a large selection of cabinet colors and designs that can easily turn your unsightly kitchen into one that’s a homeowner’s dream. Our RedLine Design Systems have products and accessories that are built to last, accommodating any sized pantry and kitchen. If you use your pressure cooker weekly, why continue to keep it hidden in a bottom shelf? With our organizational systems, you’ll enjoy an easy-to-use kitchen all of your guests will adore with an easier access to all items you need.

Often, over the holidays, our guests will stay with us overnight or over the weekend. Is your spare room organized and comfortable for your seasonal guests? Or, is your spare room one that often gets overlooked, used for storage and not much else? Garage Décor and More offers free consultations and can come look at any room you are trying to organize. If your spare room’s closet is cluttered and cramped, it may be time to think of a closet overhaul. With our RedLine Closets, your guests will benefit from a serene space that offers plenty of storage for their personal belongings, while also being more organized for your entire family, all year long.

Whether you need extra space for entertaining or a kitchen rejuvenation, Garage Décor and More can help. We have a long list of products that can organize any room of the home. The holidays are an ideal time to showcase your new pantry, guest closet, or recently organized basement. Need to find room for that new pool table in the basement from Santa Claus? Our custom shelving and storage racks will relocate items cluttering your basement floor, making room for all of your new “toys”.

Garage Décor and More designs and installs custom organization systems in St. Clair and Madison counties in Illinois as well as the St. Louis Metropolitan area. We offer free consultations and personalized service to suit any space, need and budget. Get ready for the holidays and give Garage Décor and More a call at (618) 789-7969 or visit us online at http://garagedecorandmore.com/.

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