How To Store Your Stuff In A Practical & Efficient Manner

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.

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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.

Use Our Organizational Systems to Reduce Clutter

reduce clutterIf 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.

How an Organized Pantry Can Get You Through the Holidays

organized pantryThe 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.

Placementorganized pantry
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.

Be Creative
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.


The Many Uses & Benefits of A Redline Garage Workbench

redline garage workbenchNow that the weather is beginning to cool off a bit, it’s a great time to reorganize! Maybe your garage workspace has become a bit cluttered, or the gardening tools you’ve been using all spring and summer long have started to migrate into other places of the home. No matter what space you need to update, the Redline Garage Workbench Series offers customizable storage solutions that can make your life easier.

The beauty of using the Workbench Series of cabinetry is evident once you realize all of the options, sizes and colors available. If you have a very specific need for organizing your garage, a Redline Garage Workbench is for you. The specialty cabinets alone will make organization easier! Lower cabinets include a rolling tool cart, waste bins, and lockers with either doors or drawers. Looking to turn your garage into eye candy instead of an eye sore? The sleek, powder-coated finishes will organize and modernize your work area at the same time. Visit us online to find the many style and color choices available in the cabinetry.

Many of our happy clients turned their cluttered workspaces into more efficient rooms of the house by installing the Redline Workbench Series. Woodworkers appreciate the heavy-duty cabinets that stand the test of time, especially when they need to be focusing on the job at hand and not worrying about scratching their new cabinet! It’s not just the exterior of the cabinets that’s tough either. The toughness throughout includes heavy-duty hardware that’s used in the cabinetry’s adjustable hinges and drawer glides, making every drawer opening as smooth as the last one. Know what else? Redline offers a lifetime warranty, ensuring they will look great today and throughout many tomorrows, too.

Our Redline Workbench Series is popular in industrial settings as well. Auto Repair Shops appreciate that our fully customizable cabinets and workbenches have unlimited combinations, making it easy to suit their shop’s particular needs. Maintenance-free cabinetry is so important when you want your shop to look good and hold up to continued use and abuse, focusing on customer care and not worrying about your workspace when clients come in to the shop.

From the off-the-floor design to the environmentally rugged finish, Workbench cabinets are designed to take nearly anything everyday life can throw at them. With our industry-leading lifetime warranty, our storage cabinets will be enjoyed for a long, long time. Other key features include superior dovetail construction for added strength, anodized aluminum handles that won’t rust, and 9-ply Baltic birch plywood drawers that prevent warping.

Even if you don’t have a large space to organize, the Redline Workbench Series has storage cabinets in 49” to 79” cabinet heights, with single or double door designs. All cabinets offer adjustable shelves to accommodate your storage items. There are over 500 variations of storage cabinets to choose from when designing your new storage area or workspace! The Workbench Series of cabinets have been helping our clients become organized and more efficient for years, giving home and business owners so many options when creating the perfect organizational system for their unique space.

Want to learn more about Redline Cabinets? 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 also always 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 garage or workroom, 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!

How Not To Ignore The Unused Space In Your Garage

organized garageIf only our cars could talk, do you think they would complain that they have to share their “home” with so many other items? Most of the time, homeowners utilize the space in their garage for a large variety of items like sporting equipment, bikes, camping gear and more. Need a spot for holiday décor storage? Put it in the garage! Bought a new electric smoker? Put it in the garage!  Doesn’t it seem unfair that our vehicles have to share their storage space amongst our clutter? Do you still have unused space in your garage? Garage Décor and More can help!

With the right planning and forethought, you can turn your garage into a storage powerhouse for so many items…including your car! We have the products and the expertise to organize your garage space, turning unusable space into usable space. We find garages to typically be the most underutilized rooms in the home, and unfortunately they tend to collect clutter fast.

As with any organization project, it’s best to sit down and decide how you want to use your garage space. If your garage is being used to store so many items you can’t even park your car in it, this is a crucial first step to getting your garage in order. The garage space reflects what type of homeowner you are. At Garage Décor and More, there are different solutions to choose from when organizing your garage.

StoreWALL Systems are great for the homeowners that want a designated spot for everything, but also prefer finding it as soon as they enter the garage. The easy to install wall systems are heavy duty and come in a variety of colors. You can use hanging baskets to display your commonly used items, from cleats to baseballs for those every day practices, or organize with open shelving for gardening supplies or commonly used cleaning items. Whether you want to use shelves, bins or totes, StoreWALL will bring those cluttered items off the floor and corners in your garage into easy accessibility and view.

Contur Cabinets and Redline Custom Cabinets are also popular wall systems for garages. These enclosed cabinets offer a sleek look, providing a place for all of your items. This is the preferred style for homeowners that have garages that face the front of the home, offering a less cluttered view for neighbors walking or driving by. With tough powder-coated finishes that come in a variety of colors and styles, easy to clean and easy on the eyes, enclosed cabinets can be used to tidy up the garage effectively. The Slimline line of cabinetry is best for tighter spaces and limited clearance. We can help you choose what’s best for you.

Helping organize the wall space in your garage is one major way to establish functional storage. Another ideaunused space in your garagel way to organize the garage is by overhead storage solutions. Certain items being stored in a garage are bulky and infrequently used. By installing overhead storage, like shelving from Hyloft, you’ll be amazed how much additional floor and wall space can be freed up! It just makes sense to store seasonal items in a spot you can access only when necessary. Better yet, garage storage typically has less temperature fluctuation than an attic so it’s a better environment for storing items you want to keep long-term, without warping or damaging. It’s also an economical solution when looking at the variety of garage storage options. Hyloft racks come in adjustable heights, too.

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 garage, 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.

It’s Tool Time! How To Organize Your Tools So You Can Find Them

organize your toolsToday, we are all living fast paced lives with full time jobs and family commitments, making staying organized one of the toughest things to accomplish. If only we could stay organized, we could find more time in our busy schedules! Although every homeowner may not have golf clubs and bikes and camping equipment to organize in their garage, most homeowners use their garage space to organize their tools. Even if you don’t have woodworking as a hobby, household tools like hammers, screwdrivers and more are items that can be organized (and easily found) with the proper organizational system from Garage Décor and More.

If you love being organized, Redline Cabinets are beautiful storage options that can make your dreams for uncluttering the garage come true! With over 400 cabinet styles available, it’s the ultimate in garage storage. The Redline Cabinets offer a Workbench Series and Slimline Series to choose from, giving clients stylish storage options that outperform painted or laminated cabinets that can chip, warp and break.

The Workbench Series we offer, for example, gives homeowners the ultimate workbench and storage solution for their garage. This system can also be utilized in basement workrooms and even industrial settings, like an auto-body shop. Your options to choose from are endless, with many components and sizes to customize any garage. If you are looking for unlimited combinations for your tools and equipment, the Workbench Series system may be perfect for you.

Workbench cabinets are tough, made to take nearly anything everyday life can throw at them. They also have an industry-leading Lifetime Warranty, giving owners peace of mind that their new system can be enjoyed for a long, long time.

Another popular organizational system for tool storage in the garage or elsewhere in the home is the StoreWALL System. It’s a re-engineered slatwall for home and commercial applications making storage conveniently accessed – and at your fingertips. With the slatwall system, you can add hooks, baskets, brackets and even shelves. It’s heavy duty, so don’t worry about tools and other items loosing their grip! With StoreWALL, you can see right away if the tape measure was put back in its resting spot and be able to reach for that hammer when hanging your new family photo. Items are easily accessible and organized off the floor and in their designated spaces.

StoreWALL is also able to grow with your ever-changing needs and built to last for a lifetime. This customizable system gives homeowners and also commercial customers a full range of accessories to choose from depending on the tools you want to store. Whether you need a spot for all of your gardening supplies or automotive tools, StoreWALL features the exclusive CamLok to insure years of repeated use and safety. Visit our website page for more information.

Because Garage Décor and More has a variety of different wall and organizational systems to choose from, we are able to fit your space and fit your needs. From the smallest tool to the heaviest leaf blower, we can find a spot for items you and your family use on a regular basis. Let’s face it: tools seem to be always misplaced, ending up in the last place you look! With a revamped organizational system in your garage, you’ll know exactly where that important tool is, saving you time and energy.

Let us help you organize your tools and equipment, creating an ideal spot for everything you own. We can help you organize your garage so it’s visually appealing, functional and the envy of your neighbors. If you have any questions about which storage system is best for you, give us a call at 618-789-7969 or by emailing us here for a free, no-hassle quote today.