Organizing Your Entryway Like a Pro

entrywayThe entryway: the catch-all littered with shoes, coats, hockey sticks, last week’s science project, lunch boxes, tennis racquets, dog toys, keys, mail, newspapers and quite possibly anything in-between. It is one misstep away from a trip to the emergency room. This is a reality that most of us have accepted. Enough is enough. It is time to whip the entryway into shape. There is no reason to continue to live with the clutter and unsightliness of a busy entryway.

Resolve to organize your entryway in 2018. A more organized entryway will make it easier to get out the door and off to school or work on time every morning, reduce clutter in your home, reduce stress of losing things in the infamous pile and it will make your home much more welcoming both to your family and your friends. Now, let’s discuss how to tackle this daunting project.

First, while you’re at it, you may as well take the opportunity to sort through the items in the entryway to determine what is still needed and what you might be able to part with. Bring the whole family in and determine what items are needed. Start by separating everything into the “keep”, “donate” and “trash” piles.

Once you whittle everything down to the keep pile, go through those items and determine which actually need to be kept in the entryway. The items you keep in the entry way should be the items that you need every day. If you do not need or use the item daily, it should be stored elsewhere – either in the house or in the garage. The entryway should only be used to store the items that are critical to daily life and need to be easy to access as you run out the door for the day.

Next, you’ll need to purchase the right products. This is where we come in. We have the solutions for you. Give us a call and we will talk size, price and style. We highly recommend tall cabinets. These provide a clean, uniform look that you will love. Many people believe storage cubbies are the answer. While these greatly help to keep your space clean, they also leave the clutter open for everyone to see.

As you decide on cabinetry and storage solutions, you will want to go in with a rough plan of how you would like to organize everything. One fun way to keep everything in line and to teach your children ownership and independence is to have a cabinet for each family member. This will help each family member keep track of their own things. It’s almost like a luxury locker. Another popular option is to organize by category perhaps with a shoe bin, a school zone, an outerwear cabinet and a sports area. If you aren’t sure how to tackle the daunting task of organizing everything, we can certainly help!

Once you finish the organization project, your entryway will be a warm and welcoming space that is ready to take on the high traffic from your family and provide a hospitable entry for all of your home’s guests. We would love to help you with your organizational endeavors.

At Garage Décor and More, we have everything you will need to organize your entryway and make it functional for your family. We can create a custom layout that will serve you best and last for many years. Our products are built and installed by proven professionals and come with a lifetime warranty. Give us a call at (618) 789-7969 or contact us here for a free, no-hassle quote today.

Need to Organize Your Kitchen? We Can Help!

organize your kitchenThe kitchen is the heart of the home. We entertain, congregate, and live and laugh in our kitchens. Great food and wonderful memories are made while enjoying this space, and as one of the most loved and utilized rooms in a home, it’s also the room that can easily become the most disorganized.

There are products homeowners can find online or in their local hardware store to help with their kitchen organization, but often these quick-fixes are universal solutions and not made-to-order. Garage Décor and More offers custom solutions for your kitchen space, and we can discuss with you exactly what your needs may be during your free consultation. Our services go beyond custom garage and closet solutions! We can help you organize every room in your home so it’s being used to its fullest potential.

Prior to organizing your kitchen, or any room in your home, it’s best to de-clutter the space. You’ll be amazed at what you find when you thoroughly examine the contents of the pantry, kitchen drawers, and cabinets. When expired or forgotten items are taking up prime real estate space in the kitchen, it’s best to re-evaluate what you need by throwing away what you don’t. This can be a time-consuming process, but also a very worthwhile one. Know what else? When cabinets and drawers are bare, this is also the best time to clean and disinfect the areas.

Now that you have de-cluttered, it’s time to think about the livability in your kitchen. Does it make sense to have your large pots and pans where they are currently located? Do you find that the food items you use the most regularly are in an inconvenient spot? Sorting items in your kitchen in a logical way makes your kitchen more enjoyable and workable, especially when you’re entertaining larger groups of family and friends. Your needs may have changed slightly since you first moved in and initially selected where things should go. It may be time to access the flow of your kitchen, and Garage Décor and More can help.

Not sure what will make your kitchen more functional? When you call us, we can help you decide what type of storage product will work best to get your family organized. We can then help you select the perfect kitchen storage solution for your unique space. Whether you need a solution for the placement of your recycling containers in your kitchen pantry or where to add extra baskets and shelving, we can make the best use of your existing space. We can organize your kitchen with cubby storage for cookie sheets and pizza trays. At Garage Décor and More, we also offer pullout drawers that can help you sort a wide variety of items in your kitchen, office nook or cabinet.

Pantry’s that are organized and functional can turn a good kitchen into a great one! The shelving options offered at Garage Décor and More range from simple to complex. Every need is different, so we offer shelves in a wide variety of depths and heights to customize your pantry. Do you have an idea that you’ve seen at a friend’s home or something you’ve pinned on Pinterest? Let us recreate it for you.

Garage Décor and More has many storage and organization solutions to help you get your kitchen organized. Need more space in your pantry? Let us custom build a new solution for you! With many finishes and designs to choose from, our custom designs are sure to fulfill all of your storing needs. Whether it’s spice racks or pullout organizers for oversized pots and pans, every storage solution is installed by a professional and built to last. Best of all: it’s all backed by a lifetime warranty. Give us a call at (618)789-7969 or contact us here for a free, no-hassle quote today.

How To Store Your Stuff In A Practical & Efficient Manner

Proper storage solutions are key when striving for more efficient living. Let’s face it: all of us are too busy to look for everyday items in the home, every day. A cluttered home can be challenging, especially if you find yourself surrounded by items that are not being used and simply don’t have a place to be stored. Today’s homes often have too much stuff, making organization a priority.

If you want the process of organizing your home to go smoothly, it’s best to first decide what you need and what you don’t need. This beginning step may take some time, but is an important part of the plan. If you don’t de-clutter first, you’ll end up spending time and effort on items to store that you don’t really even want or use anymore. Here are some other handy tips on how to store your stuff, which will make your life easier and your household more organized.

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Seasonal organization. Unless you keep your holiday lights up all year long (ugh!), then you need to find an effective way to organize holiday decorations. Often holiday décor ends up scattered in the unfinished basement, with a potential for lost items year-after-year and even water damage. If you are keeping that heirloom Christmas wreath from your great-grandmother simply leaning against a cold, basement wall or floor, you’ll likely be the last family member to own it. Many of our clients love the StoreWall system to organize their garage or basement, an updated slatwall system for hanging items on the wall and off the floor. All accessories feature the exclusive CamLok, to insure years of hard use and safety.

Aside from décor, where do you store all of your seasonal clothing for the family? Unless you are lucky enough to have that oversized cedar closet in your home, you probably need more closet space for the clothing, shoes or seasonal items not needed until the weather changes. Garage Décor and More offers beautiful Redline Custom Cabinets that give home owners clean and contemporary options for storing the seasonal clothing that you aren’t using now.

Keeping the kids organized. If you have kids, you may look around your home and think to yourself, “when did this tornado hit?” Smaller kids especially have a tendency to bring items out of their toy room or bed room and leave them scattered throughout the home. Does your son or daughter have a walk-in closet? One of our professional designers can visit your home and assess the situation, giving you recommendations on how to turn their bedroom closet into a perfect place for not only clothing but toy storage. Even a standard sized closet can be transformed into a more organized space with the right planning and products.

If your children are a bit older and have daily homework, it may be time to move their study space from the kitchen table to an area more secluded and conducive for studying. The papers and homework scattered throughout the kitchen island or breakfast bar ends up being a daily headache, and often items end up being lost or misplaced. To keep your kids from using “the dog ate my homework” excuse, consider organizing their bedroom with a new desk, shelving and/or cabinetry. Garage Décor and More offers custom manufactured cabinets that fit the homeowner’s exact specifications using computer-aided design. Your child’s new study nook will fit your space like a glove.

Offering many custom storage solutions to make your life more efficient, Garage Décor and More is the perfect gift this holiday season. Give yourself or a loved one the gift of organization! You’ll be amazed at how much space you actually have in your home once you organize it. With many finishes and designs to choose from, our custom designs are installed by a professional and built to last. Best of all: it’s all backed by a lifetime warranty. Give us a call at (618)789-7969 or contact us here for a free, no-hassle quote today.

Use Our Organizational Systems to Reduce Clutter

reduce clutterIf you are looking to reduce clutter and reduce stress, start with a home organization plan. By implementing an organizational system, you’ll be amazed at how stress-free a home can become. Today’s home interior design elements are typically focused on clean lines and less clutter, with a modern vibe of low profile furniture and fewer accessories. If you’re looking to reduce clutter, here are 5 of the main spaces to focus on using Garage Décor and More solutions.

Laundry rooms. The laundry room can be an organized homeowner’s dream…or a clutter-filled nightmare! Some easy to implement shelving ideas to reduce clutter includes using open shelving for your linens and cleaning supplies. Open shelving, with a variety of styles from StoreWall, also forces us to place items in smart and attractive groupings, adding a chic look to the laundry room when used in conjunction with wire or wicker baskets. If you’re looking to add more elegance to your laundry room, enclosing the cabinets by using our Redline Series offers the ultimate in storage and attractiveness. Typically, adding the shelving and storage over the washer and dryer helps keep cleaning supplies in their spot, gives the homeowner the ability to add a rod for hanging clothes to dry, and keeps random socks from falling behind the washer and dryer.

The garage. Organizing the garage is one of the best ways to reduce clutter in the rest of the home. Many of our clients install a backpack station within the garage or a hallway adjacent to the garage door. Our team at Garage Décor and More can offer the best solution for your particular situation. As kids come home from school, they can leave their backpacks, shoes and jackets before entering the home. Even if homework needs to be tackled, the backpacks and other supplies go back into their designated spot before the next school day. Another tip? Tidying the house for a mere 15 minutes each night, placing things where they belong, can make the morning routine so much easier on the whole family.

When closets in the home are organized, you’ll begin to see the rest of the home’s organizational system fall neatly into place. So many of us spend time on organizing the living spaces in the home, but what if we devoted a little more time to closet organization, making items easier to find and offering more usable space? Even the smallest closets can be configured so that the homeowner has more room for storage. Whether it’s seasonal clothing like winter coats and hats to items like eveningwear that you only occasionally use, organizing the closet will make you want to leave the door open for guests to see!

We can create a spot for folded sweaters, shoes and more with a custom design. With Redline cabinets, you’re not limited to standard off-the-shelf solutions. Since your needs and closet requirements are unique, we offer 16 shelf and cabinet depths in practically any height. With a new Redline Closet Storage System, it will be easier than ever to reduce any clutter in your bedroom because every piece of clothing will be stored conveniently and properly.

The pantry. We offer a variety of solutions for the kitchen pantry. Whether you need open shelving in a closet or have a walk-in storage room for groceries, we have many options available to organize your food items. Because our systems are fully customizable, we can create the pantry of your dreams! An organized pantry makes it so much easier to know what groceries you need and what may be overstocked. You may even discover your pantry offers more usable space for extra items like holiday tablecloths, linens, and more.

Once you get organized, here’s a tip for homes with little ones: Put all of your child’s dishes, cups and snacks in one spot and in a location that they can easily reach in the pantry. As they get a little bit older, they will love this newfound independence and learn the importance of helping out earlier, by setting their dishes on the table for dinner or by cleaning up afterwards. Time to unload the dishwasher? They will know exactly where their kitchen plates and utensils need to go.

Home office. If you organize your home office, you’ll love that the bills and invoices once stacked on the breakfast bar now have an ideal spot in the home. Know what else? You’ll spend less time searching for that bill that will soon be past due. An organized home office is one of the most important rooms of the home, and keeping it tidy can be done with some forethought and planning. If you only have room for a small office/work center, install a small cabinet under a floating shelf for the important notes and calendars to keep everyone organized. Let us help you get creative with your home office space!

Garage Décor and More designs and installs custom garage and closet organization systems in St. Clair County, Illinois and Madison County, Illinois as well as the St. Louis Metropolitan area. We offer free consultations and personalized service so that your custom organizational system fits your space, needs and budget. If it’s time to organize your home and reduce clutter, let us show you the many solutions we offer! Call us today to schedule your free consultation at (618) 789-7969, our contact us here.

How an Organized Pantry Can Get You Through the Holidays

organized pantryThe changing of seasons can be an enchanting time of year. With the arrival of fall comes warm layers, bonfires, pumpkin spice, holidays and most importantly – FOOD! Pumpkin pie, roast turkey, grilled corn on the cob, gooey s’mores, and hot apple cider all call for a well-stocked – and well-organized pantry. These easy tips will help you maintain an organized pantry to best suit the holiday season.

De-clutter and Clean
You can’t maintain a space-effective pantry with expired and unnecessary items taking up valuable shelf space. Use this time to go through your pantry and throw away any expired food, donate any items you know you will not use, and remove products that don’t belong there. While the shelves are temporarily empty, wipe down and disinfect the space.

Sort
Perhaps the most important quality of a well-organized pantry is how it is sorted. It is vital to sort your pantry by like items, which may include canned goods, fresh produce, dry goods, cooking essentials, spices, etc. Keeping clear and concise categories will make finding the right item quicker and much easier, which will come in handy when making large meals for Thanksgiving or Christmas. If you have children, it might be beneficial to keep a separate stash of quick snacks that they can easily reach.

Storage
After sorting your pantry into zones, it is helpful to utilize clear or metal containers to separate your categories. Large or small, shallow or deep, choose a basket that meets your needs and neatly tucks away all your food products. Here at Garage Décor and More, we have small, narrow trays that would be perfect for spices and small baking ingredients. If your pantry shelves are oddly spaced, or leave large gaps at the top and bottom, try installing one of our metal or wooden shelving units to utilize that otherwise empty space.

Labeling
After placing each product in its respectful bin, label the container to make finding what you need even easier. You can use a label maker, a small chalkboard tag and chalk, or even removable paper stickers and markers. You can be as creative or straightforward as you would like with this.

Placementorganized pantry
Where you place your now neatly organized pantry goods is important to the structure and organization of your pantry. Place light-weight and rarely used items on the higher shelves. Heavier, bulky items should go on lower shelves, to protect the structural integrity of the pantry. Meanwhile, frequently used products belong on middle shelves for easy access. On each individual shelf, place items you are more likely to use towards the front.

Bonus tip: Keep a basket of party items on the top shelf for impromptu fall and holiday season entertainment. This can contain anything from disposable silverware, themed plates and napkins to candles, toothpicks, and fast-fix appetizer trays.

Be Creative
A lot of pantry space can go underutilized, so be creative in your accessory placement. Try installing one of our paper towel holders inside the pantry door for those times when spills are imminent. A file folder holder installed on the inside of the door makes storing your favorite recipes a breeze. A few message clips on the outside of the door are useful for keeping grocery lists updated. Be creative and think outside the box: this space should be tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle.

Garage Décor and More has many storage and organization solutions to help you get your pantry ready for the holidays. Or,With many finishes and designs to choose from, our custom designs are sure to fulfill all your storing needs. Every storage solution is installed by a professional and built to last. Best of all: it’s all backed by a lifetime warranty! Give us a call at (618)789-7969 or contact us here for a free, no-hassle quote today.