Downsizing Dilemma: What Will You Do with All the Stuff You’re Keeping?

downsizingWhen downsizing, it’s more important than ever to be organized and know the best ways to store your belongings. For empty-nesters wanting a smaller home footprint or families deciding to simplify their lives with a smaller home and fewer expenses, the thought of downsizing may be stressful after years of adding to your household collections. Coming up with a plan before you downsize will help alleviate the stress and make the transition an easier one.

The foundation for downsizing efficiently is planning ahead. At Garage Décor and More, we are able to visit your new space and determine ways to alleviate stress when you move. Does the new home have fewer closets? We offer free consultations that include ways to maximize your closet spaces, offering high-quality brands like Redline for master bedrooms and Contur Cabinets for garage solutions.

Your new home will offer new lifestyle options! It might make sense to donate and sell some items that you may have forgotten about, gathering dust in your spare bedroom or attic. If your grown children have been storing their childhood memories in your existing home, it’s time to let them know you are moving into a smaller space and they need to collect their belongings before they are tossed or donated. There are many benefits to downsizing, and one main benefit is that “less stuff” means a simpler lifestyle. Garage Décor and More can help store the items you do want to keep in a logical and efficient manner.

Taking everything you currently own to the new house and thinking you’ll “figure it out” after the move can be extremely stressful. Every nook and cranny may be spoken for when downsizing, so it just makes sense to de-clutter before the move. As expert organizers, we can help determine the best place to put your new desk and options on using your one-car garage to its fullest potential. Our always free consultations give you, the new homeowner, an opportunity to discuss any downsizing dilemma you may have. We will be able to offer suggestions and show you samples of our completed work, take measurements, and create a fully customized design that will work for you.

We have a wide-selection of products to help organize your new space. We can also offer suggestions on things you can do to make the most of your downsizing. Creative concepts like storing items underneath the beds in your bedrooms and installing Hyloft overhead storage racks in your garage for the items that you don’t need on a regular basis or use seasonally may be an option. Smart storage solutions will be the key to a happy, stress-free and downsized lifestyle, and Garage Décor and More has a long list of products that will make your life easier.

Another handy tip about downsizing into a smaller home is to invest in “quality products over quantity”. If you decorate your new home with unique, quality pieces, like a custom dining table or a statement coffee table, it will look better overall. Don’t try and squeeze too many pieces into smaller rooms in your attempt to downsize. It’s also a great idea to use pieces of furniture that can be repurposed. For example, purchase nightstands with storage capabilities and footrests that can also be used as extra seating. Durability is also key when living in smaller spaces, and Garage Décor and More offers products with durable materials homeowners need to thrive in their busy lives.

Getting organized for your brand new, downsized lifestyle will be a breeze with Garage Décor and More! 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. Give us a call to set up your free consultation and to see first-hand why people rave about our personalized service. Start life’s new adventurein the right way and give Garage Décor and More a call at (618) 789-7969 or visit us online at http://garagedecorandmore.com/.

Organization Plays an Important Role in Your Spring Cleaning

spring cleaningThe easiest way to tackle spring cleaning is to make a plan and stick to it. The online resource, The Spruce, offers tips on how to spring clean and organize over a 30-day time period. This way, the process seems a bit less daunting and your spring cleaning plans may seem more achievable. Your checklist may be different than your neighbor’s checklist, so it makes sense to think about your ultimate goal for organizing your home and just get started. Fortunately, you can depend on Garage Décor and More for the products and services required to get your spring cleaning job done!

Before you begin spring cleaning. Keep the running list of what you are trying to achieve either on a master notepad or on your home computer. Borrow or buy some boxes so when you are in the process of organizing, you can distribute items to either donate or consign. When you go through the process it’s also important to repair anything you may be wanting to keep. If you don’t have time to repair during the de-cluttering process, store in a box or a pile the items and keep a running list of what you find needing a bit more “TLC”.

Spring is here. Time to switch out your clothing! If changing out your clothing each season is one of your least favorite things to do, it may be time to have Garage Décor and More redesign your closet spaces. Wouldn’t it be great to have a closet that can accommodate all of your clothing (or at least most of it)? We offer free consultations and can visit your home to see if you are currently making the most out of your existing closet space. It’s likely that one of our closet systems by Redline will easily offer more usable space and look beautiful, too.

When we visit homes, we sometimes notice that a spot for shoes in a closet is often overlooked. If you have more shoes than space, we can offer ideal solutions for your closet so that it’s easier to find each and every pair, no matter if it’s a strappy sandal or leather boot.

Clean linen closets and pantry spaces. Linen closets and pantries are used on a regular basis and are often overlooked and messy! Garage Décor and More has closet systems that work great in all rooms, home offices, laundry rooms and more. With 16 shelf and cabinet depths to choose from, we can work with your linen or pantry space and accommodate items of any size.

As with any re-organization project, it makes sense to first to get rid of or donate any items that you are not using anymore. Looking through the pantry? Throw out any food, snacks or beverages that may have expired. Some pantries are a “catch-all”, so this may take a lot of time. Make sure you know exactly what you want to be using your pantry for and that will help organize it.

Declutter your basement space. Shelves and closets downstairs, too? Don’t forget about organizing your basement spaces. It may be tough, but The Spruce article states to resist the urge to organize the entirebasement. That’s quite the undertaking! It’s too hard to do that and spring clean. That may be a chore for a different day…or series of days. If you focus on cleaning out the shelves and storage areas, throwing away the items you don’t need, you’ll be able to better determine the next steps to get organized. Is it time to update your basement shelving? We offer heavy-duty Workbench cabinets and StoreWALL organization systems. Schedule a consultation with us and we will figure out the best solution for your unique organizational needs.

By following some of the tips above and reviewing other areas of your home that may need some attention, your home will be better organized in no time! 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. Start spring cleaning in the right way and give Garage Décor and More a call at (618) 789-7969 or visit us online at http://garagedecorandmore.com/.

Closet Tips & Trends for 2019

closet tipsAre you tired of being embarrassed about the closet spaces in your home? Maybe it’s time to invest in a new closet design for 2019. After all, Spring is March 20thand Spring cleaning often means getting your home storage options in tip-top shape. If it’s time to organize, here are some design ideas that houzz.com listed recently. We loved the tips so much, we decided to share.

At Garage Décor and More we will visit your home for a free consultation. Whether you need more storage in your basement, master bedroom, or garage, we can help. The first tip offered for a closet re-design in this particular article applies to any organizational project you may have: figure out your storage needs beforeyou begin the process.

Before you start designing, it’s best to start decluttering. Go through your closet(s) and get rid of items you no longer need or wear. Invite your friends over for a movie night, asking if they want any of the items you’ve accumulated over the years or donate the unwanted items to a local organization. Some re-sale shops even will pay you for name brand clothing and accessories. Once you have a better idea what needs re-organization in your closet space, it’s easier to think about its design. Otherwise, you’ll be designing storage for items you don’t even use.

Your clothing will take up a certain amount of space. Folded sweaters, for example, take up 9-15 inches of linear space each. Pants or jeans on the hanger will require up to 50 inches of vertical space. Planning on storing winter coats and jackets in the closet you are redesigning? They can take up even more room in your closet! When designing a closet, it’s also important to figure out how many dresses you own or blouses and skirts for work. Do you attend many formal affairs each year? Make sure you have room for those formal dresses and suits. Depending on the clothing, the space needed will vary.

One recommended way to maximize space in a closet design is to utilize corner shelving. In a corner, you can hang clothes or store your purses and suitcases. If you don’t have enough space for a corner shelf, it’s ok to have the panel overlap. It still gives you access to store items you may not use as often, or seasonal items like winter clothes and boots.

A trip to an island sounds good after a long, cold winter, but it’s just as desirable when you’re dreaming of a master bedroom closet redesign. If there is room in your closet, including an island in the plans can be life-changing. Similar to a kitchen island, it’s ideal to have at least 36-inches of a walkway on each side. 30-inches or 24-inches may work, but you’ll be sacrificing some clearance and mobility. More walkway space, means more room for pull-out drawers and more storage!

Adding a shoe rack is also a wonderful idea when re-designing your closet. Make sure you have large enough “shoe cubbies” to store your shoes. Women’s shoes range anywhere from 5 ½ – 10 inches wide, while a man’s pair of shoes can be 6 ½ -10 ½ inches wide. At Garage Décor and More, we will design plenty of space for your shoes and also your winter boots, keeping them organized and well-kept.

Higher-end closets also offer room for a bench to sit. It’s an ideal place to put shoes and stockings on, and typically benches can be installed under higher windows or below drawer storage if an island is also in the plans. A place for accessories is also a wonderful addition to anyone looking to upgrade their closet, offering homeowners a place for their purses, jewelry, neckties, and more. A jewelry tray can be added to one of the drawers in the newly designed space, installed either in the island or in a drawer near a vanity.

At Garage Décor and More, our stylish Redline Closet organization systems offer high-quality solutions for your closet re-design. With so many colors and styles to choose from, your new closet will be a customized to fit your exact needs. Your friends and family will envy your new, beautiful closet for decades! Redline cabinets offer dovetail construction, multiple finishes and heavy-duty tracks. Isn’t it time to get organized? Call us today for your free consultation at (618) 789-7969.

Garage Flooring Trends for 2019

garage flooringToday, garages can really WOW your neighbors and your guests. If you use your garage door entrance more often than your front door, it may be time to consider a flooring update. With the new year comes new ideas and fresh new looks, and updated flooring in your garage can really make a difference in its overall aesthetic. Looking to update your garage this season? Here are some ideas to consider.

Give your garage floor a “textured” look.

Want to make your garage floor “pop”? Polymer coating in a textured look can really add visual interest to your garage flooring. It’s not actually textured, because that would make it hard to clean, but it’s speckled which helps make the floor look clean – even when it’s not. It is a beautiful way to update your existing space while also offering you the benefit of minimizing the look of dirt and grime that can sometimes go hand-in-hand with owning a garage. Interested? Give Garage Décor and More a call and we can show you the variety of styles and colors to choose from.

Go neutral.

What’s currently trending aren’t the bold, bright colors for interior design. Neutral colors are an ideal decorating tip for 2019. If you pick a gray or a khaki for your flooring, the odds are your garage will match your existing car…or any car you purchase in the future! Browns and tans also work well, and you’ll want to consider matching any existing cabinetry as well. Think that you may be interested in new cabinets this year? We can help you with a cabinet update, too!

Sleek styles rule!

The cold, rough look of concrete isn’t trending like the sleek and polished look of a coated or tiled garage floor. Garage Décor and More offers Lock-tile flooring that is perfect for a quick installation project and for heavy-duty and high traffic areas. With Lock-tile, you’ll love the sophisticated looks like checkerboard flooring and more. It offers homeowners a variety of style choices, customizing your garage to not only look fabulous but also will protect the flooring for many, many years to come.

Today’s overall trends include lighter colors over darker ones, increasing in popularity for 2019 and beyond. Another color, blonde, is believed to be making a big comeback. So, if you think it may be time to update the shelving and more in your beloved garage, start to think about the lighter colors you prefer. With light colors, rooms typically look more spacious, too! Other style ideas include large-formatted tiles, like the ones that Lock-tile can offer, offering a European-flair that’s been popular for a while and continues to trend.

If 2019 is the year for a garage overhaul we can help! All of our flooring options are heavy-duty and built to last. We take protecting your home, warehouse or commercial space seriously, and our products have been used by countless users in all kinds of settings. And, because we offer no-hassle quotes, what do you have to lose? Contact us today for quote at (618) 789-7969 or learn more about our flooring, cabinets, and more by visiting our website at http://garagedecorandmore.com/.

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New Year, New Space – Organizing Tips to Get You Ready for 2019

organizing tipsAs the new year rolls around, most of us make plans to start a list of new goals and look forward to a fresh beginning. Whether it’s losing weight, starting a new job, or taking up a new hobby, we typically identify January as a month to revitalize and start over. If you have plans to set new organizational goals for your home, then you came to the right place!

HGTV has some great ideas for home improvement and have even consulted the experts on the best ways to set goals and make resolutions for getting the home in order. If you are looking for a beautiful, organized and clean new living space, here are a few ideas we liked that will help you stay on course with your home improvement resolutions.

Make life easier and organize!

De-cluttering is one popular New Year’s resolution when trying to organize the home. When you go through your items this winter and begin to decide what is needed and what could be donated or given away to friends, you’ll realize you have a lot more space than you once thought existed! We all accumulate “stuff” throughout the year and it’s important to regularly purge, clearing drawers and cabinets and closets of items we simply don’t need anymore.

When de-cluttering, it’s best to take each room at a time. Not only is it a good way to organize, it’s something charitable you can do with your household, donating items that others may need or want in an organized fashion. Your daughter not wearing those winter boots or the snow suit from last season because they are a bit too tight? Have trinkets and photo frames stored in the closet you forgot existed? Take themto a re-sale shop ordonation drop off site. Start thinking about things you haven’t used in months (or even years) and begin removing the items from your home. Designers recommend filling the home with items that you love, surrounding yourself with things that energize you and make you feel good. Items that you are using and appreciating today.

Garage Décor and More has many organizational solutions for the rooms in your house that are not being used to their fullest potential. Once you begin to make room in your closet or start discarding items stored in the corner of the garage, you’ll be able to use that space for something necessary. We offer free consultations that is just a phone call away. If you want to make the most of your new, organized living space, we can help!

In the new year, have a weekly cleaning system in place.

One author wrote a book called Speed Cleaningto help navigate how to organize messes in your home.

In the book, he breaks down what to clean on a daily and a weekly basis. To stay organized, wash dishes or put in the dishwasher daily, hang-up jackets and place dirty clothes in the hamper every night. Need a better place to organize book bags, coats and shoes? We’ve created storage spaces in garages and laundry rooms to transform a once messy “catch-all” into an organized, clutter-free haven. Ask us about our Redline Cabinets (removed contour cabinets) which are high-quality and fully-customizable.

A weekly cleaning routine can include just a few basic tips to make the work easier. Keep all cleaning supplies in one space and in a portable container so it can move around the house as you work from room to room. It’s recommended that you work clockwise on the room you are cleaning, starting high (like dusting the cabinets) to finishing with the floors. When you focus on one kind of cleaning at a time, time will pass quickly. For instance, work on all of the windows at once before moving on to the appliances when cleaning the kitchen. Also, it’s always a lot easier to tackle the cleaning if your entire family helps out. Assign tasks to one person to either clean the bathroom, change the bed sheets or straighten the hall closet.

Once your place is clean and tidy, you’ll have a better idea what needs to be done to KEEP it looking amazing! Do you need a better storage solution for your cleaning supplies in your pantry? Have you always wanted better storage options in your laundry room for the hampers and the cleaning supplies? We have re-organized and re-designed mudrooms, laundry rooms and storage spaces to include better options for homeowners.

Make 2019 your best year yet!

If your plan for the new year includes being with friends and family more, it may be time to get your home “party-ready”. If it’s time for a little update to your house to better entertain your guests, you don’t need to break the bank. Things like adding fresh plants, moving furniture around to create conversational spaces when guests visit and using a new accent color freshens up rooms exponentially. When you contact us, we are able to create the perfect organizational solution for your unique space and budget, with many customized styles and features that complement any home.

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. Kick off the new year right and give Garage Décor and More a call at (618) 789-7969 or visit us online at http://garagedecorandmore.com/.

Unique Home Office Spaces to Keep You Organized

home officeDo you find that bills are scattered throughout the home and school homework is getting lost in the shuffle? It may be time to create a home office work space! With a little planning and imagination, a work-friendly space can be created in your home that emerges from a spare corner, a few inches of a wall, or other unique area. Here are some clever ideas for turning that “extra spot” into a practical home office.

Everyone loves a corner office.

If you have a corner in your home not being used to its fullest potential, think about creating an office work zone. Even a formal living room can turn into a home office simply by sneaking in a table, chair, storage, and a few office accessories. Redline closet systems were built to impress and are just one solution our clients use to turn that unused space into one you’ll love again. Many manufacturers simply offer “collections” to satisfy your organizational needs. With Redline, we can give you choices to create your own look, not sacrificing style or quality.

Put that bare wall to work!

Limited space? That bare wall in the living room can be a valuable asset if you’re trying to create a home office. Put that wall space to work by installing floating shelves or bookcases that offer practical solutions. If your living room is large enough to accommodate an office, make sure this multifunctional room looks good aesthetically with its new purpose. Stay true to its existing color and décor, keeping any additional furniture from the traffic flow of the room. With over 30 door styles and color choices, our storage solutions will complement any room in the house.

Another reason why it’s the favorite room in the house.

Adding a desk and office storage into an existing kitchen is a popular idea for homeowners because a simple architectural detail can be a practical way to add a home office. Garage Décor and More have options available for creating a message center, kitchen desk and file storage that will help organize all of those papers, tucking them nicely into a desk drawer or filing cabinet. A “nook” is really all you need to make a spot work for you when wanting to add a home office!

The multi-tasking bedroom.

Ah, the sanctuary that is your bedroom! Why not add a work space to it since it’s already a place tucked away from the rest of the home? Since you really only use your bedroom at night, take advantage of any additional space during other times of the day for your home office. Garage Décor and More offers ideal solutions that will tastefully match your existing decor. We can recommend the best multi-use cabinets from either Contur, Redline or even wall organization systems from StoreWall. If you have storage room under your bed, it’s a perfect place to hide any office-related items that may not be needed on a regular basis. These items can be stashed under the bed in wicker-baskets or storage boxes.

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. We can show you the many solutions we offer, helping you create the perfect home office space! Call us today to schedule your free consultation at (618) 789-7969 or visit us online at http://garagedecorandmore.com/.

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Getting Your Gift Wrapping Supplies Organized

gift wrapping suppliesWith the holidays approaching, it’s fun to start thinking about gift exchanges, shopping excursions and Christmas lists. Most of us have a long to-do list this time of year, filled with parties and event schedules. Wouldn’t it be ideal to be organized this holiday season? One way to feel less stress is to create a gift-wrapping station that can be utilized for holidays, crafts or any celebration happening year-round.

Garage Décor and More offers many ways to transform your existing home or work space into an ideal gift-wrapping mecca! If you are looking to be more organized, we can help. Here are some tips to creating a successful wrapping station.

Countertop Space is Key

Countertop space is important when wrapping gifts. If you have a lot of gifts that require wrapping, bows, tags and more, having a counter top space that’s the right height, depth and width will make your wrapping much more efficient. We can add just the right amount of counter space to your existing garage or home office to make wrapping a breeze.

Storage Spaces

Having an ideal countertop/work space is crucial, but it’s equally important to have easy access to all of the supplies needed to make the magic happen! Serious gift-wrappers also know they need a place to store everything from wrapping paper to bows, gift-bags and ribbons. Storing the paper and keeping it intact, crinkle-free and unharmed by the elements is equally important. The countertop can be used throughout the year for crafts and more, but the wrapping paper and other embellishments needs to be kept safely tucked away until needed. One of our storage systems, like the Contur or Redline Cabinets, is ideal for a wrapping station that offers a tidy, uncluttered look any time of the year.

Another option for a storage system is our Slatwall organizational system, one that provides flexible shelving for your scissors, gift bags, and more. When everything has a place, it’s easier to store it and also find it when you need it most. Clients love the “open concept” to this storage as well! It’s easy to find what you are looking for because the “Grab and Go” Baskets and bags display your items perfectly. And, depending on the size of your items, they can be stored in the Storbox or Shelfbox systems.

Make it Match

If you have a corner or wall space in an existing room that you’d love to turn into your wrapping/craft station, we can help. We can create a look for you that blends seamlessly into whatever space you have, offering a lot of storage potential in a small area. Our different lines of closet organizational systems are fully customizable, offering our customers many options to choose from when looking to create something personalized. Matching your existing décor is easy, and we can help make a gift-wrapping workspace that not only looks amazing but is highly functional, too.

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. It’s the perfect time to create the holiday gift-wrapping station you’ve always wanted! 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.

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Organizing Your Child’s Nursery

organizing your child's nurseryWhether or not it’s your first child you’re expecting or your third, preparing a nursery can be a stressful experience. There are so many fine details to hammer out and as a nesting mother or their spouse, you want to ensure everything is perfect for your little one. While designing and decorating the nursery may be a fun, exciting part of baby preparation, figuring out ways to keep it organized is another important part of the whole process.

Here are some helpful tips on organizing your child’s nursery.

Start with the Basics

Deciding on what area rug looks best and how to arrange the gallery wall are not the most pressing matters of the nursery. Your baby first needs a place to sleep and be changed, as well as storage for “all things baby”. Start by looking for a crib, preferably a newer model to align with safety regulations. You can learn more about baby crib safety by visiting the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website here.

Revamp the Changing Table

Not every nursery has an abundance of room to fit all baby-related items comfortably, especially if your new nursery is sharing space with a guest room or home office. This is where you have to get creative and decide what is absolutely necessary for you and your baby. An easy way to save space is to combine the dresser and changing table. Pick a dresser with lots of storage and make sure it is anchored to the wall. Add a secured changing pad to the top, and you’ve got a changing table, too.

Use Closet Space to Your Advantage

No matter if your closet is large and spacious or small and cramped, it is possible to make the most of your space when organizing. Redline Closet Systems offers customizable closet solutions to meet your needs, regardless of available space. There is even a soft close option for drawers so your little one’s fingers don’t get smashed when they are old enough to start exploring. You can also check out these closet accessories that have options for storing toys and items large and small.

Verticalize It

It’s smart to use your wall space for storage. Using StoreWALL is an easy way to store toys, lotions, diapers and more when you’re limited on space. Storing things on the wall is also a great way to keep things out of reach from your little one when they start crawling. Not only does it free up limited floor space, it can create an interesting, creative aesthetic on your nursery room walls.

Categorize the Clothes

As an expectant mother, you most likely have more baby clothes than you know what to do with in an assortment of sizes. It’s wise to organize the clothes in three different categories: what fits now, what will fit in the future and what has already been outgrown. Keep what fits now nearby and easily accessible. What will fit in the future can be stored in the closet that is easy to get to, but out of the way of what fits now. What has already been outgrown can be placed to the side, under the crib or in the basement, ready to donate or hand down to family members or friends.

Keep the Crib Clean

Although you want the crib area to have toys and interesting decor for the baby to admire when in their crib, eliminate what you actually hang on the wall. If there are a lot of things hanging over the crib, the risk of things falling onto your baby increases. Avoid hanging more than a mobile over the crib so your baby stays safe. It’s also important to not place too many items in the crib when the baby is small for fear of suffocation. Rely on one of Garage Décor and More’s closet organization systems for storage of items your baby can play with and admire doing the day, and keep out of their crib at night.

Once you have all of your nursery organization needs taken care of, you can begin the fun part: decorating and design! For any storage needs you may have for your nursery, visit garagedecorandmore.com or call (618) 789-7969 for a free consultation. One of our experts will help make the most of your space!

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.