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.

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!