School is out for the summer, and so is nearly every toy in the playroom! What took you hours to organize after winter break seems to take your kids just minutes to scatter across every square inch of the floor. After tripping on your fourth action figure of the morning, it becomes apparent that it’s time to start organizing your kids’ space. These playroom management tips will help you (and your kids) survive the summer!
Engage Your Kids in the Process
No matter how much time or money you spend on organizing your kids’ space, it will never last if you don’t get your children on board. Create an organization system at the beginning of the summer and make sure your kids are involved in it from the start. The HandiWALL® PVC Slatwall System is a great option for young kids’ playrooms because of its versatility. You can hang bins, racks, nets and more to create a storage system that best fits your kids’ needs. The system can be raised as your children grow taller and the storage units can be changed as your kids’ interests change. When you first install the system, have your kids place their toys in their new homes. For example, give them three possible bins to place their dolls in and let them decide which one. They will be more likely to stick with the system all summer if they were able to choose where things go instead of you simply telling them.
Store Items in Groups
Keep your storage system organized all season long by utilizing grouping systems. Categorizing your items into groups can help you decide which storage system is best for your family. You can create groups for items your kids share, such as crafts or movies, and save space for each child’s personal toys as well. Slimline Cabinetsare a great way to give each child their own area when space is limited. These locker-like units can easily transition between seasons, holding swimsuits and towels during the summer and book bags during the school year. Whichever storage system you decide to use, be sure to label where everything goes. You can download free playroom labels online or use chalkboard paint to create customizable labels for any organizational system.
Make the Room Look the Part
It is so much easier to keep a room clean when it looks worth cleaning! While organizing, give your playroom a facelift deeper than just an improved storage system. Even just a fresh coat of paint can brighten the whole room. Bring your walls to the next level by using chalk or magnetic paint to create a space for your kids to display their creative side. For additional décor, Gridwall Display Units offer systems to showcase your children’s ballcaps, artwork, trophies and more.
Garage Décor and More designs and installs custom 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 kids’ space, let us show you the many solutions we offer! Call us today to schedule your free consultation at (618) 789-7969 or contact us here.
If you are one of many that believe life is better at the lake, we agree. A weekend at the lake seems to go slower, with beautiful views and soothing sounds. Whether you opt for a cabin in the woods or prefer tent camping, there’s definitely a need for organization and storage of your extra gear and recreational equipment. Holiday weekends and warmer weather is finally upon us! If you are having trouble organizing all of your lake and camping gear, we can help.
Storage for your gear is vital to keeping it in good condition and making it easier to find before your first vacation weekend arrives. Are you currently keeping all of your gear in one spot? Or, is it scattered between the garage and basement? If that’s the case, you probably should consider one storage space in a cool, dry place away from too much direct sunlight. We’ve organized corners of basements and sectioned off garage walls that didn’t have usable space before into ideal spots for camping and lake weekend storage.
When camping season was over and the last weekend at the lake seemed a distant memory, how did you store your supplies? Instead of throwing all of your weekend lake gear into a duffle bag or storage bin, wouldn’t it be more efficient to store items in cabinets or bins, easily accessed and in view? Customers love our Redline Cabinets to store their gear either in their basement or in their garage. Redline offers a wide-variety of options to make finding supplies easy, time and time again. With over 400 cabinet styles to choose from, you will certainly find the style and cabinet size best for your items.
If you prefer the ease of open-storage, we also offer StoreWALL systems. It’s convenient because it can grow with your family’s changing needs. Strong, rugged and useful, you can choose from a variety of accessories for your lake and camping gear. Featuring CamLock technology, your gear will be secured and safe for a long, long time.
Do you head to the lake several times each summer? You want to have items like paper plates, cooking and eating utensils already packed away. Why run around the house or make a trip to the store every time for the things you need, when you can store the items each season in a convenient place that we’ve designed just for you? Make your packing easier each lake trip by storing coffee mugs, paper products, bug spray, toilet paper, bath/dish rags, bath soap and more. This way, you only need to focus on the clothes and menu for each get-a-way.
When planning a lake trip, camp food is key! If you don’t have room in your existing kitchen pantry, we can build you an area in your garage for those overflow items. If everything has a spot, it’s easier to have the entire family “pitch in” and help pack for the trip and then stash things away come Sunday evening. It’s true: camp kitchen items can include a wide variety of items but we can certainly help you keep track of what you need by keeping it all in one place.
We can’t wait to help you get organized so your next lake trip is full of fun and less stressful! Contact us at Garage Décor and More where you can find everything you will need to organize your camping gear and weekend at the lake necessities. We can create a custom layout that will serve you for many, many fun-filled years to come. Ready to transform your garage or that spot in your basement? Give us a call at (618) 789-7969 or contact us here for a free, no-hassle quote today.
The backyard shed: is it the place you feel you need to wear a helmet to safely enter? If the shovel you need is at the back of the shed, are you willing to purchase a new shovel rather than climb all the way to the back to fetch the tool you need? If you find yourself not even bothering to lock the backyard shed anymore in the hope that a burglar might steal some of the junk and make it easier for you to access the things you need, it may be time to give Garage Décor and More a call.
The backyard shed is an extension of your home. It can free up a great deal of space in your garage or basement storage, but only if it is organized properly. If the proper amount of time and resources are put into the backyard shed, there may finally be room in the garage for your second car. Perhaps this will free up space in the basement for the New Year’s resolution exercise equipment you just couldn’t find space for. A well-organized backyard shed can even serve a secondary purpose as a workshop, studio or “man cave” space. Or, the relatively new term, “She-Shed” comes to mind as well! Is that backyard shed needing some TLC? It may be time to organize it!
To begin the organization process, empty the shed. Yes, completely emptying the shed will help determine what’s even in it! Next, make sure you have the right items in your shed. These should be items that you need, of course, but items that are not used on a daily basis. When the shed is empty, it will also be easier to inspect the space. Any leaks or holes should be repaired immediately. Further, ensure the door of the shed is in proper working order. It’s important that the shed you are spending time organizing is in good shape because you will not want to go through the hassle of organizing it to only find it’s in disrepair, potentially damaging the items you are trying to keep.
Once you separate the items to keep and the items to part with and confirm the shed is in good condition, it’s time to consider the storage solutions for the shed space. These solutions vary on a case-by-case basis and should be specific to your storage situation. The products you may want to use to organize your shed vary depending on the goals of the shed’s unique space. Regardless, we have options for you! Slat walls by StoreWall are ideal organizers for garden tools and slat box shelving, offering solutions that makes it easier to see what you’re looking for, as soon as you enter the shed. Enclosed cabinets, like ones from Redline or Contur, can be used for storing items in-style and unseen. Our storage solutions will ensure your shed is being used to its fullest potential.
Gone are the days of a pile of odds and ends in the center of the shed! It’s time to use the full square footage of the space. Stack and store upward rather than strictly on the floor of the space to allow for considerably more efficient storage as well as an easier path to access the items when they are needed. Depending on the structure’s size, overhead Hyloft Storage Racks may even work for you.
Garage Décor and More has all of the storage solutions to maximize the space and potential of your backyard shed. Give us a call at (618) 789-7969 or visit us online to set up your free consultation. One of our storage experts will provide a custom quote for your specific storage situation. We can work with your budget to make your shed a functioning space that serves you and your family in the best way possible.
Most sporting gear can mess up any space in the home. Golf bags, soccer balls, and baseball equipment can clutter homes all year long, especially if you have multiple children playing multiple sports. Hockey families will all agree that the oversized equipment that goes along with playing the game, as well as the stench that accompanies the equipment, can be overwhelming at times. Hockey sticks, skates, practice net, and jerseys need to be organized and contained. Here are some tips to help organize your hockey gear so it’s easier to store and easier to find.
Typically, keeping hockey gear in its bag after it’s been played in isn’t ideal. Gear gets wet from ice and sweat, and containing those smells all week long in a hockey bag is a germ breeding ground! Wouldn’t it be ideal if you had a spot in your garage to store the gear, helping your son or daughter find each piece of equipment before every game or practice? Hockey families all know the pain of driving to an ice rink hours away and forgetting a helmet or game jersey! If you organize your hockey gear, it’s easier to find and easier to keep tidy. ProStock Hockey, an online resource for authentic hockey equipment, shared tips with us in a handy infographic. You can find them online at www.prostockhockey.com.
When you create an organizational system in your garage to store hockey equipment, it’s easier to put things back where they belong. Pick a wall or a corner in your garage for the hockey gear, and make sure you have enough space for those extra sticks and extra jerseys. We offer StoreWALL organization systems that work perfectly for hanging sticks, helmets and more, offering families the ability to air out wet gear.
To make sure you plan your space needed for the equipment properly, it’s best that you don’t hang on to the old, worn and outgrown gear. Once you replace the old equipment with new, contact your local hockey clubs to find out if they would be interested in your old equipment. Many organizations offer “learn to play” opportunities for kids interested in the sport, and donated used equipment is often greatly appreciated. There are also online social media groups and used sports equipment stores that will offer families opportunities for selling or donating old equipment.
We offer open cabinet options for hockey families that can be beneficial for hanging jerseys, making sure they are dried properly. Our Workbench Series offers unlimited possibilities for organizing your garage, with specialty cabinets and cubbies built for your exact space. With pull-out drawers for additional gear, you will love the look of your new hockey storage system. For a sleek look, we can custom install our Redline Cabinets, also with a lifetime warranty. Tough and also attractive, you’ll be using our cabinets for years…even after all of the hockey equipment is sold and your favorite hockey player has grown and moved away.
Garage cabinets and drawers are also handy for hockey tape, pucks and laces that accompany any hockey family’s gear. Storing the equipment and accessories away in a cabinet, it helps organize your entire garage for other items and protects the hockey stash from dents, scuffs, and other damage. Any hockey parent knows that game socks get lost and practice pucks disappear. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a place to put everything? We can help!
Hockey families, now rejoice! 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 years. Need hockey gear? Visit www.prostockhockey.com for a variety of products your hockey superstar needs. Ready to transform your garage? Give us a call at (618) 789-7969 or contact us here for a free, no-hassle quote today.
The 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.