Closing out the Summer: How to Organize Your Shed

organize your shedThe saying goes, “All good things must come to an end,” and as we say our good-byes to the warm, summer months, we must also plan for the colder days ahead. It’s time to begin the process of preparing any of our summer toys and items for storage. From gardening tools to golf clubs, it’s time to figure out where everything is going to be stored, safely and out of the way this winter.

If you are lucky enough to have a shed or boat house, that extra space can certainly help alleviate overflow from your basement and garage. At Garage Décor and More, we can make the most out of any storage space you have, and as the seasons change we find it’s the BEST TIME to get organized!

Typically, sheds do a decent job withstanding the changing temperatures we see in the Midwest. It’s still important to prep your outdoor garage or shed prior to the harsh winter days ahead. If you are using your outdoor shed to store items of value, it’s important to keep your investments safe all year long! There are ways to winterize your shed now so when spring arrives, your items are intact and ready for warmer weather.

A thorough cleaning of your shed can happen now, while the summer days are coming to a close. The weather is cooler and more accommodating for an outdoor undertaking! It’s time to organize those outdoor planters no longer in use, your fertilizers, garden tools and more. Are things broken? Now is the best time to dispose of those items and keep a running list of what you may want to buy now or first thing next spring.

Secure any unused potting soils, mulches, or fertilizers in individual bags or containers. This keeps rodents from using your shed as their winter home, potentially damaging any of your personal items…and surprising you as you open the door in the spring! Think about installing a StoreWALL system in your shed, placing items off the floor and organized for ease. The system is waterproof and rugged, offering spots for your tools, garden hose, and more.

Sweep the floor and remove cobwebs, getting rid of insects as best you can to prep your shed for the winter months. While you’re at it, clean your tools as well and store them in plastic for good results. Interested in installing cabinets for your shed? We offer the Workbench line of cabinets that are heavy duty and suited for garages, sheds, and basements. This way, all of your personal items have an extra layer of protection.

If you own a leaf blower or lawn mower, make sure to remove oil and gas from those items. And even though they will be in your shed during the colder months, it is also smart to cover the equipment with a tarp to cut down on any dust or moisture that may seep in. Also, make sure you dispose of any oil, thinners, fuel and paint safely. Many municipalities have certain days for collection of these items in a safe, environmentally-friendly manner. Contact your city office for more information.

Once you organize the shed and clean it out, it will be easier to inspect for any damage. Maybe it’s time to consider a better floor for your shed? Reinforce the flooring with our Lock-tile product, an effective way to protect any items you may be storing directly on your shed’s floor. If you see any holes or damage, use caulk to fill them in and this will keep pests from accessing your shed. Repairing your shed or outdoor garage now is the best way to prevent further damage from happening.

After assessing your existing storage space, determine what may need to be improved. Do you need to make better use of its layout? If so, contact Garage Décor and More for a free, personalized consultation. We will come to your home and help you create a personalized plan for your storage. Check out all we have to offer online at www.garagedecorandmore.comor give us a call at (618) 789-7969.

Get Rid of Your Storage Unit & Get Organized Under One Roof

storage unitOwn a storage unit for your overflow household items and keepsakes? Some interesting information was pulled from the Self-Storage Association website, which is an organization that represents the best interests of the self-storage industry. It shows a consumer-market penetration of .44 percent since 2013. The latest 2017 survey indicates that about 1 out of every 10 households in America rent a self-storage unit. This billion-dollar industry makes a lot of money off of Americans that have too much clutter in their homes.

Why rent a storage unit in the first place? It may be because your Realtor® has indicated there’s too much clutter in your home in preparation for its sale. Or, you have a college student that is moving out and you’ve decided to turn his bedroom into an office, leaving limited space to store his items until college graduation. Whatever the reason may be, it’s easy to appreciate the convenience of a storage unit.

If you’ve been spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on a storage unit each year, it’s likely time to re-evaluate its purpose. Maybe it’s time to focus on de-cluttering the space in your house so the stored items can make it home once again. Antique dressers, valuables, and items from your great-aunt’s inheritance that have been sitting in storage either need to be brought home, sold or donated. If you can’t picture the items you have in storage in your home, it’s probably time to let it go.

Garage Décor and More can help get your house organized, decluttered and ready for the storage items you do want to keep! The money you will be saving each month can be devoted to the reorganization of your home, with some tried and true products that we offer. For example, our custom closet systems will add storage space to existing closets, keeping some of the sentimental items tucked away and stored safely. Hyloft storage systems can be installed from your garage’s ceiling, offering an ideal place to store boxes, containers and more. Hyloft systems are constructed with durable steel, featuring adjustable heights.

We understand that it’s important to keep items that bring us joy – personal items that may have been in the family for decades and other keepsakes that are in good condition. The things that hold a special place in our hearts are better suited at home rather than in a storage facility across town. If that’s the case, then Garage Décor and More can create the space you need in your home for important items. Our cabinet systems by Redline and Contur are not only functional but beautiful, transforming your garage, basement or mudroom, into rooms with more usable space.

It’s a big task to de-clutter; we understand! If you have a storage unit and are thinking it’s time to make a change, give us a call. We can look at the space in your home and discuss your plans for removing stored items and re-organizing your possessions so they can fit in your current space. We’ll also make sure your plans suit your current lifestyle, too!

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 so that your custom organizational system fits your space, needs and budget. Ready to get rid of that storage unit and additional expense each month? We can show you the many solutions we offer! Call us today to schedule your free consultation at (618) 789-7969 or contact us here.

Disorganized Bathroom? No Problem!

disorganized bathroomWhether we want to admit it or not, we spend a lot of time in our bathrooms. It is the home base for bathing, grooming, primping and relaxing—all of which require a lot of stuff. With all the things you need in your bathroom, the room can quickly fall victim to clutter. If you are unsure of where to start fixing your disorganized bathroom, give Garage Décor and More a call! Our complimentary, in-home consultations provide you with a custom plan to maximize your space within your budget. We have storage options for rooms of all shapes and sizes. You can keep your washroom organized by effectively utilizing all of your space—no matter how little you have!

Boost Bathing Space

Our showers are one place that never seems to have enough storage. Many older showers do not have adequate shelving or inlets, so those small spaces are crammed so full of shampoos and body scrubs that you can’t find what you need. To add extra storage to your shower on a budget, install an additional shower rod either under your showerhead or running parallel to your shower curtain on the opposite side. Purchase some S hooks to hang baskets from the rod, or buy S hooks with clips on the end to hold hair product bottles. You can also hang a mesh shoe organizer from the rod to add pocket storage for bottles. If you prefer baths to showers, consider purchasing a bathtub shelf to add extra space when you need it. A bath shelf lays across the top of your tub and can be removed with ease, creating space for body scrubs, a glass of wine, or a good book when you are looking to relax.

Save your Sink

In order to maximize your storage space, you have to think outside the vanity. Although cute boxes and bins can keep your vanity space organized, they can also make your limited counter space seem cluttered. Adding cabinetry or a storage system above and around your vanity will create new storage space in your bathroom. Stick a magnet strip on the inside of your cabinets to easily hold misplaced items like bobby pins and nail clippers. For smaller sinks with no vanity space or cabinets underneath, consider making or purchasing a sink skirt. The skirt can add a pop of color to your room and doubles as a curtain to conceal bins or small storage towers beneath your sink. If you are in need of additional or updated cabinets in your bathroom, Redline Closet Systems produce custom cabinets made to your exact specifications. With 16 different shelf and cabinet depths, Redline cabinets will maximize the space in your bathroom and satisfy your specific storage needs.

Utilize the Wall

Walls are usually saved for decorative items to spice up the look of a bathroom, but they can be beacons for storage when used correctly. Simply adding a shelf above your bathroom door creates the perfect space for items you don’t need every day like extra shampoo bottles or the hair curler you only use for holiday parties. Moving these items out of easily accessible storage creates more room than you would think! Chunky towels can waste precious space near your sink that would be better utilized for smaller products. A towel tower is a great way to ease the burden on your vanity cabinets and keep your towels closer to the shower, where you actually use them. An over-the-toilet storage unit is perfect for storing extra toilet paper or feminine products. There are many options for over-toilet storage, including small standing cabinets or wall shelves.

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

Organizing Your Kids’ Space—and Keeping it That Way

organizing your kids' spaceSchool 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.

Planning A Weekend at The Lake? Organize Your Gear with Ease!

weekend at the lakeIf 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.