Whether 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!
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
If 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.