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Making the Most of Your Existing Storage Space

existing storage spaceThere are so many ways to organize the existing storage space in your home. Whether it’s simply going through closets and donating old clothes or reorganizing your garage by installing shelves or cabinets so both cars can be parked inside, Garage Décor and More can help. No matter what room in your house needs the most TLC, we offer free consultations that offer recommendations on finding the space you need to live happily (and organized) ever-after!

Storage Tips: The Closet

Weather in the Midwest can change daily but keeping clothing for all seasons in your closet can be cluttered and disorganized. If you’re spending way too much time trying to find your favorite pair of shorts you stored away last fall, it may be time to consider a complete closet overhaul! Garage Décor and More can offer tips on making better use of a closet, offering many styles and colors of custom closet cabinetry that will not only organize the closet, but beautify it. We have perfect storage systems for any closet in your home (and any size).

The Home Office

People have been working from home more than ever before, and many clients are noticing that their home office is requiring some reorganization to suit their needs. If your extra bedroom has been haphazardly turned into an office space, or the sitting area in your master bedroom has become your “work from home” haven, we can enhance that workspace and make it better than ever. Add beautiful shelving or a cabinet to a wall to get your reference materials off the floor or add a comfortable, trendy murphy bed to the spare bedroom to accommodate your work and guest room space seamlessly. There are so many cabinetry and shelving ideas and styles available, satisfying all tastes and budgets.

The Kitchen Pantry

Garage Décor and More can help you find the extra pantry space for your kitchen that you didn’t even know you had! We are able to design a custom pantry cabinet or reconfigure your built-in pantry, depending on your preference and existing space. No matter how much (or how little) space you have, our design team will turn any cluttered kitchen pantry into one that is organized, functional, and eye-catching. Once installed, you’ll never have to go looking for that last package of toilet paper again! There’s no better way to add value to your home than by investing in your kitchen.

The Garage

Over the years, we have helped homeowners love their garages again! If you are ready to “take back” your garage space and make it organized and functional, we can help. There are so many products we offer so that a homeowner’s once cramped garage becomes roomy again, accommodating the cars it was meant to store and protect. Slatwall organizational systems, HyLoft ceiling storage and heavy-duty storage cabinets or shelving can all be incorporated into the design of your garage. Looking for a high-end, custom look? Garage floor tiles or epoxy floor coverings will tie the entire look together, weather-proofing the flooring and making your garage look great for years to come. In essence, not only can Garage Décor and More help organize your garage, we can also create a custom design that is professional andattractive.

Need tips on how to make the most of your existing storage space? Contact the experts at Garage Décor and More and 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) 408-1750 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. It’s the perfect time of year to get organized with Garage Décor and More.

 

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The Best Ways to Organize Your Garage to Store Yard Equipment

Organize Your Garage to Store Yard EquipmentAs the spring pushes its way forward, homeowners are noticing how unorganized and cluttered their garage may have become over the winter. If you’ve never thought about investing in a storage system for your garage, now might be the best time, especially if you’ve been working from home more. Running to the hardware store to buy something you can’t find, only to discover you had it all along, hidden in your garage? Garage Décor and More can help you get organized.

There’s a variety of statistics you can find online about garages, and one stat indicates that only a mere 25% of people actually park their cars in their garage! We can speculate, but the main reason may be that their cars no longer fit in their garages anymore due to too much clutter. Garage Décor and More can help get homeowners back in their garages again! When you think about how many times your garage door is opened and closed throughout the day, wouldn’t it be nice that when your neighbors drive by and peek in that they are impressed and not depressed at what they see?

Upkeep on the exterior of the home, along with landscaping, also takes time and energy. There is a way to have it all: a lovely, landscaped yard and home along with an organized, de-cluttered garage for all of the equipment and supplies needed to keep your home looking great. When going through the items in your garage, assessing what you need and what you can relocate, here are some tips:

  • Don’t store old paint in your garage. Extreme temperatures can ruin it.
  • Have propane for that propane grill? Store outdoors to safeguard an ignition.
  • Keep pet food inside the home because you never know what rodents may sneak in when the garage door is open.

When you look around your garage, do you notice items are being “stored” on the garage floor? We can fix that! We offer Slatwall products that eliminate the need for things to pile up. Slatwall is made up of very durable PVC material and comes in a variety of colors. Made in the USA, you can store just about anything! Yard supplies like rakes and shovels, sports gear, and gardening tools all can be organized using the Slatwall system. You can even store your bikes using Slatwall. Contact us at (618) 408-1690 and we can even mail you a catalog with the many options.

Another great option for finding more room in your garage as you get ready for the upcoming nicer weather is to invest in overhead garage storage. If you are like most homeowners, there are items being stored in your garage that are hardly being used year-round. Don’t have a ski trip planned in the next several months? Maybe store your ski clothes and equipment, sleds and, related items using a ceiling rack by Garage Décor and More! Keep in mind that the equipment can easily be swapped out, depending what season it is. Over the winter months, maybe overhead storage is where you keep all of those yard and landscaping supplies that you need now?

Having a garage can truly be a benefit when organizing your home. Have you been taking full advantage of your existing garage space? All of us are spending more time at home, and garage organization can be a great way to kick-off the warmer weather that’s just around the corner. Start to feel good again about your home’s organization and contact Garage Décor and More today. With our free consultations, we help homeowners create useful and livable spaces within their homes. 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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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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