5 Ways to Get your Garage “Back-To-School” Ready

I always begin the school year with the best intentions.  This year I’ll be organized.  I’ll have school lunches made a week in advance.  I’ll have homework stations, stocked to the gills with paper & crayons.  I’ll have a binder for each child, color-coordinated with all of their class info.  I scour Pinterest for ideas and imagine how perfect it will be.   I’ll be the envy of Mom’s everywhere.

I’ll spare you the details about what really happens, but let’s just say it’s never quite as I planned it.  There are, however, a few things I’ve picked up over the past 15 years of parenting that have been invaluable and are easy enough that I’ve been able to stick to them.  And, since we are a garage organization company, it won’t come as a surprise that this is where I focus my efforts.

    1. garage drop zone

      Grab-and-Go items are always right where you need them with a garage drop zone.

      Create a Drop-Zone for Bookbags & Shoes
      “Mom!  I can’t find my other shoe!”  Sound familiar?  And as luck would have it, it usually happens on a day when I have an urgent meeting at work and the bus decided to come 3 minutes early for the first time EVER.  Combat the lost shoe saga with a dedicated place to drop everything before you walk in the door. This includes book bags, cell phones and shoes.

    2. Accessorize with Wall Systems

      Adjustable wall storage systems change with your needs.

      The beauty of wall systems (sometimes referred to as storeWALL, slat wall or grid wall) is that it can change with you.  As seasons change, our “easily accessible” storage needs change.  In the summer, I want to be able to grab the Pool Bag, sunscreen, towels and bug spray.  In the winter, I need hooks for coats and shelves for boots.

    3. Utilize overhead storage for seasonal clothing
      Unless you are blessed with a gracious amount of attic storage, garage overhead storage can be a great solution for storing seasonal items like clothing & sports gear.  Be sure to label your boxes & bins so that they are easy to identify when it’s time to get them down.  I also recommend designating certain areas for similar storage (i.e.all clothing goes on the right side, Christmas decorations on the left)
    4. Create a Sports-Gear Station

      garage sports storage

      Gridwall is a great way to keep your sports gear organized.

      This is such a crucial part of our garage storage requirement.  With three active boys, the constant rotation of sports gear is like a second job around here.  We’ve made it easier by organizing our sports items with grid wall.

    5. Stock the garage fridge & freezer
      The freezer is a parents best friend when it comes to school lunches and after-school snacks.  Keep a steady supply of frozen juice boxes, gatorades, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches (yes, you can freeze them!), applesauce, and more.  Throw them in a lunch box the night before and you’ve got the beginning of a healthy lunch.  As an added bonus, my three boys can’t guzzle down the entire 24-pack of Gatorade if they are frozen.  🙂

How do you get ready for back-to-school?

Why More Homeowners Want Better Garage Storage

67 percentAccording to a recent Houzz survey, homeowners are staying in their current homes longer. Now that they’ve decided to stick it out for the long haul, they are often ready to invest time & money into renovating the home to fit their needs.

Why Now?

With mortgage loan regulations soaring, and mortgage rates on the rise, it’s becoming more difficult (and less enticing) to qualify for a new home loan.  Rather than move to a new house that fits their needs, folks are deciding to stay put and invest in remodeling to make their existing house fit their needs.

What Are People Storing?

Storage is a luxury that we never seem to get enough of.  Newly married, my husband and I had a 1400 sf home that to us was a sprawling mansion.  15 years and three boys later, we’ve moved three times, gradually increasing our square footage with each move.  1400 sf become 2400, then 2800, now 3500.  And with each increase in space, we’ve consequently managed to fill it up.  Most of this is lifestyle change.  Three active boys means lots of clothes, lots of sports gear, lots of food!  However there are several scenarios where storage needs can change:

  • Downsizing – In the Raleigh and Charlotte areas, where we install the majority of our garage cabinets and flooring solutions, a large percent of our customers are recently retired and have downsized to smaller homes in active adult communities.
  • Family additions – Anyone that has children will understand me on this one.  A new infant brings joy and laughter to the home … but it also brings strollers, high-chairs, playpens, riding toys … and it just keeps on going from there. And if you plan on having more children in the future, it makes sense to hang onto that stuff, right?
  • Multi-Generational Living – This is a new fancy term I’ve seen floating about for “Mom & Dad are moving in.”  Some new home builders are even marketing these types of homes in the Raleigh area.

What Does This Mean for the Garage?

Regardless of how it got there, you need a place to store it.  That’s where we come in.  Take a look at some examples of the most popular garage storage solutions:

  • Tall Garage Cabinets

    Tall cabinets with an extra-wide 4-foot opening and 24″ depth means you can store just about anything.

    tall storage cabinet
  • Overhead Storage

    A popular solution for seasonal storage or a small garage, overhead racks put your items out of sight until you need them.

  • Wall Storage System

    Gridwall, StoreWALL and ORGwall are garage wall storage systems are an economical and space-saving choice that can be placed along a wall or inside cabinets.

  • Workbench & Hobby Area

    Tools and hobby supplies all have a home with a custom designed work area.

  • Slide-Out-Baskets & Drawers

    Slide your mess behind closed doors with baskets or drawers.

    driftwood tall cabinet

Find out more about all of our Charlotte and Raleigh garage organization solutions.  Learn about how you can customize your own garage storage system by requesting a Free Garage Storage Estimate.

Don’t you wish you knew where those Christmas Lights were?

They are in a box….  Somewhere…. In the garage.    Sound familiar?

Before picture of a client garage in Charlotte, NC.  I’m willing to bet there’s a box of Christmas lights in there somewhere!

It could be easier, you know. You could have a wall of sturdy garage cabinets with pull-out drawers full of Christmas Lights.  You could have a 90″ tall double-door cabinet dedicated to every holiday.  Overhead shelves to store the larger-than-life motorized blow-up pumpkin that you couldn’t resist at last year’s post-holiday 75%-off sale.  A basket for the plastic Easter Eggs you hang from the trees each Spring.
Take a look at some of the garages that we’ve designed and installed with a place for everything.

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