Reclaim Your Garage This Summer

As the weather starts to heat up and you begin to spend much more time outside, you may realize that you have a problem. The garage is a mess and you can’t find anything you are looking for. When you maximize your garage storage, you can turn your garage into a workspace for DIY projects, and even have space for your car.

  1. THROW AWAY THE JUNK

One of the best times to start going through your excess is when the weather turns warm. You can open the garage door and move things outside to really see what’s stored in there. Invest the time to have a heart-to-heart with yourself and your stuff. Just because you like something does not mean you need it or use it. Perform a quick sort of the items in your garage into three piles: things you know you need, stuff that you can get rid of, and the items in-between. For the last group, recognize that if you haven’t used it in a year, you probably won’t use it in the future.

  1. INSTALL CUSTOM GARAGE CABINETS

Most homeowners are not taking advantage of all the available space on their walls. If this includes you, you might think about custom garage cabinets to provide you with plenty of room for almost any kind of item you could think to store. Custom garage cabinets are sturdy and built to suit your needs. They also give your garage a very professional, chic style. Since you can specify the kind of cabinets you want, with the perfect height and depth, you could store skis, snowboards, shovels, sleds, and much more.

  1. SET UP GARAGE WALL MOUNTS

You have many other storage options that are designed to work well with your garage cabinets, such as utility hooks or wall panels. Hooks are specially designed to hold equipment that might not fit very well in cabinets, or would be handy to grab quickly. They are perfect for yard tools, but they can also hold skis and other oblong sports pieces. Wall panels give you endless customization in placement of accessories. The wall panels have slats into which you can slide hooks, baskets and shelves. You’ll love the baskets for storing cleaning products.

Having a lot of items to store does not mean you have to be stuck with a messy garage. With these garage storage tips, you can make the most of your garage this summer, and create a garage that you are happy to use. If you are interested in more of the latest garage organization ideas, come explore our website and learn how to revamp your Maryland garage.

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Turn Your Garage from Mess to Best

It’s a shame if you aren’t taking advantage of all the space in your garage; however, it is easy to change that for the better. Just read these three reasons to find the inspiration to turn your garage from mess to best.

  1. YOUR GARAGE IS A DANGER ZONE

A crowded garage is a disaster lying in wait, just like that huge spider you discovered when you went to grab the soccer ball the other day. The truth is that garages can be a source of serious injury for you or a family member. You could slip or trip on a greasy or cluttered floor. The tools just sitting around could become a projectile in the possession of a toddler. In fact, if your garage is packed full, you may not even know what is lurking in the shadows. That can of rat poison you set down “for just a moment” can be deadly in the wrong hands. You should store all of your household chemicals off the ground, away from access by children or pets, including:

  • paint
  • insect and rodent poisons
  • cleansers
  • motor oil
  • antifreeze

Young children do not know better than to grab these brightly-colored bottles and cans and play with them. This should be your incentive to find out what dangers sit in your garage right now.

  1. YOU CAN’T SEEM TO FIND ANYTHING

The main trouble with an overpacked garage is that you do not know what you have. What you know you have, you cannot find. Every venture into the garage becomes a demented game of roulette. Will you find the Christmas lights you are looking for, or instead drown in a shower of glittery plastic Easter eggs? Might you locate the tape measure, or will you only find the eight stud finders you bought because you could not find the others? Garage organization is an investment of time, for sure – BUT it’s a big time saver in the long run.

  1. YOU HAVE NO ROOM FOR YOUR CAR

The idea that you have a two-car garage but no room for your car may seem like the American experience, but it shouldn’t have to be. All you have to do is create a garage storage system that works for you, your garage and your stuff. Overhead garage storage gets the bulkier, seasonal items off the floor. Custom garage cabinets provide you with the workspace you always wanted, with a place for yard tools, sports equipment and other things. You can rely on wall hooks to put heavier or unwieldy items like bicycles, hoses and ladders off the floor. Once everything has a perfect spot, you will finally have plenty of room for your car.

Finding the time for garage organization is hard. If you do it now, you will reap all the benefits of a garage that is easy and even fun to use. Need some help getting started? Start by giving us a call today!

4 Top Home Improvement Trends

The verdict is in: Desired trends among today’s home buyers include closet space, laundry rooms, and multipurpose rooms, according to the National Association of Home Builders 2018 survey. Send your home’s value soaring by making these popular storage-related home upgrades.

  1. CUSTOM GARAGE CABINETS

Today’s home buyers want a secure place to store their car. They expect a one- or two-car garage to offer enough storage space for their verhicle(s) plus anything else they wish to store in there. A great way to keep the garage clean and attract buyers looking to maximize the storage space in their homes is through custom garage cabinets.

We recommend cabinets that mount off the floor instead of cabinets that sit on the floor. This way, home owners can easily sweep and mop underneath the cabinets, which keeps the garage clean. To complement garage cabinets, and further keep the floor space free for car storage, add an overhead storage system.

  1. CUSTOM CLOSETS

Storage space is in demand all year round – for winter coats and boots, spring and summer sports equipment, and much more. To add value to your home and command a better price, think custom closets. Rather than just offering a large square footage with a token closet rod, custom closets deliver tailor-made storage solutions that make organization easier. A custom closet designer can help you maximize your storage space throughout the home.

  1. PANTRY & LAUNDRY ROOM CABINETS

The pantry and laundry room tend to attract clutter. You might find you spend more time cleaning up these spaces than you do using them. To nix the clutter, maximize space, and make your home as attractive to buyers as possible, install custom cabinets that truly meet your needs. For a pantry, consider pull-out shelves or custom tall pantry cabinets for cleaning equipment. In the laundry room, try laundry room cabinets that double as hampers or hide a pull-out ironing board.

  1. MULTI-PURPOSE ROOMS

Instead of making that third bedroom a home office, then putting guests on a lumpy pull-out sofa, make the most of your unused bedroom by turning it into a multi-purpose room. Invest in a Murphy bed that folds out to a bed and converts to a desk for daily use. Stylish, sleek, and comfortable, Murphy beds can help you make the most out of limited space – without sacrificing style.

Want to talk more about any of these in-demand home upgrades? Are you convinced it’s time to move forward and seeking a quote for your home? Contact us –  we would be happy to help!

Top 3 Garage Storage Ideas to Give you More Space

The garage is one of the top five spaces homeowners request help getting organized from professional organizers. Garages can quickly get out of hand when you try to store too many different things in the space, and lack the basic storage items to really organize everything you have in there. Learn the top 3 garage storage systems you need to keep the garage organized and reduce your clutter.

  1. USE GARAGE CABINETS FOR ALL-PURPOSE STORAGE

As a general rule, only large items that you use regularly (like the lawnmower) should be stored on the floor of the garage. Everything else should be organized off the floor using a storage system – and cabinets are an easy and flexible option. Garage cabinets can accommodate many different products, allowing you to safeguard potentially dangerous items from children and pets, and keep occasionally used items out of sight.

Create groups of like items — think children’s/sports, home and garden, utility, tool, or hobby — and store each group of items in its own cabinet.

  1. INCORPORATE OVERHEAD STORAGE FOR OCCASIONAL-USE ITEMS

Overhead garage shelving is the perfect place to put items that you only need occasionally, such as seasonal-use items. Overhead storage shelves can run around three sides of your garage and are easily accessed with a step stool.

These shelves are ideal for large, lightweight things like a kayak, portable cooler, or camping gear. Avoid placing heavy items on overhead garage shelves, since they can be difficult to lift down on your own.

  1. SLATWALL

Slatwall hangs on the wall and sits flat.  Not your grandfather’s pegboard, slatwall’s versatility lies in the accessories that can be added to it – such as hooks, baskets, and even hose and bike racks.  By using slatwall in your garage, you can store items such as tools, perhaps over a designated workbench area, to bikes and ladders.  This versatile garage accessories is completely multi-functional for many different categories of items typically stored in a garage.

To get the most out of your garage storage areas, we recommend a combination of these systems, and we are here to help.  Call CornerStone Closets for a free quote to get you on the road to garage organization!

Three Styles of Garage Storage Systems

Hobbyists, gardeners, do-it-yourselfers, and tool junkies know how the right tool for the job always seems to get lost at the exact moment that you need it most. With these three custom garage storage systems, you never have to search for the perfect tool again – as long as you remember to put every tool back in its place when you finish using it!

SLATWALL

Commonly used in retail stores, slatwall panels accommodate hooks, baskets, and other elements that can help you get organized. These wall panels sit flush with the garage wall and allow you to hang pre-fabricated storage elements from the slats.

Slatwall easily accommodates those long-handled yard tools that clutter the corner of your garage, bicycles that take up too much floor space, and coils of rope, extension cords, and many other items. It’s clean, elegant, and attractive looking. If you want the garage to look nice and still be functional and organized, this is a great organizational choice.

PEGBOARD WALL

Another popular option for garage storage systems, pegboard is inexpensive and can be used to hang nearly anything. Similar to slatwall, It works well over a garage workbench for handheld tools, and can also accommodate long-handled tools like rakes or shovels. Pegboard comes in a full range of colors, so you don’t have to get stuck with boring brown.

Once the pegboard is installed, you can simply slip hooks through the holes in the pegboard and hang your items from these hooks. The weight-bearing capacity of pegboard is lower than that of slatwall, so plan accordingly when determining where to place different garage tools.

 CUSTOM GARAGE SHELVING

For those heavy or bulky items that can’t go on the wall, custom garage shelving is a nice option. Overhead racks allow you to store items out of the way, and work well for bins of seasonal items that you only need to access on occasion. Lower custom garage shelving is the perfect place to store leftover paint, old jars of nuts and bolts, and other little things that you want to have easy access to and cannot hang on the wall. The best shelving arrangements work with slatwall and pegboard to open up your access to tools, reduce clutter, and keep the garage floor free.

Mix and match these three styles of garage storage systems to create the perfect place for all of your items. Consider working with a professional garage storage company who can plan, design, and implement the project from start to finish. When it’s all done, you’ll love how everything is clean, organized and easy to reach – and how much more floor space you have in the garage.

The Best Custom Garage Storage Systems

There are a lot of options for garage storage out there, but how do you know which one is the smartest? When you shop for the best custom garage storage systems, you should keep in mind that it is highly subjective. The right system is one that is not only built well, but allows you to do what you want in your garage, while you spend a minimal amount of time staying organized.

EVERYTHING HAS A HOME

The problem with garden-variety garage storage is that it usually does not give you a place to put everything you have. That is the biggest difference between custom garage storage and the build-it-yourself kits you buy at the store. With the latter, if you have some pieces of outsized equipment, like skis, you are out of luck. It really is important to have a place for everything in your custom garage storage scheme. If you do, you will enjoy a garage that can be easily kept completely clean and organized.

EASILY ACCESSIBLE

Smart garage storage is not just tidy, it is also easy to use. You can put things away just as you imagine using them. Garage organization experts can help you design a garage cabinet system that makes reaching the items you use on a daily basis simple to grab in a hurry. They can help you prioritize your possessions to put the things you will need infrequently on higher shelves or in overhead garage storage. The ultimate result is less time spent hunting for a tool or trying to put things away.

FITS YOUR LIFESTYLE

The point of custom storage is to give you the garage cabinets and other systems that work for you. You may need a workspace to build furniture or fix up old cars. The right garage storage system will give you all the space you need for the things you want to do. No more wasting space on organization that suits someone else’s needs.

LONG-LASTING

The words “custom” and “built to last” often go hand in hand for a very good reason. You need garage storage that will last as long as you intend to live in the home. Smart storage is tailored to your current needs, but also flexible enough to grow with you and your family. With quality materials and craftsmanship, you can get cabinets, slatwall and overhead storage that will take all you can put on them and are still ready for years of use.

As it turns out, discovering the smartest garage storage system is a snap. When you put your home’s specific needs first, you can find a system that is designed to work for you without having to compromise on organization or quality.

3 Reasons Why You Need a Garage Storage System

It’s fall y’all, and with it comes the dawning realization that something is very wrong with your garage. Piles of boxes and loose household items are strewn from one end to the other. You may not need any convincing that garage organization is a practical investment for your sanity. However, these three reasons also show you adding custom garage storage systems actually make your life better.

DECREASE CLUTTER

You already know that you need to get a handle on the clutter in your home. Many people use the garage as the catch-all place to put everything else that does not have a home. With garage storage cabinets, voilà, everything will now have a home. Most garage storage options take advantage of the walls, and even the ceiling for maximum efficiency. Cabinets give you a place to put pet food, gardening supplies and sports equipment. Add shelving for bins you would like to reach quickly. Consider slatwall storage- panels with slats to place hooks and other accessories- as a handy place to put yard tools and even bikes. Do not forget about your ceiling. Install overhead storage to give you a great spot for seasonal decorations and other lightweight items.

GET SQUARE FOOTAGE BACK

With all the clutter put away, you can see how beautifully empty your garage floor looks. Is it not a sight to behold? Now you can fulfill a part of the American dream that includes enjoying your garage while you still have a place to park your car. No longer do you have to worry about a cascade of toys, balls and kids’ scooters falling when you move your car. Instead, you will have effective garage wall storage systems that give you plenty of room to park one or even two cars, with more space to get in and out.

INCREASE HOME VALUE

When you walk by the homes of your neighbors, you can tell which ones are proud of their garages. They are happy to leave the garage door open on a sunny day to enjoy the nice weather. Do you yearn to be one of them? Give your home the curb appeal it deserves. You will appreciate a decent improvement on your home’s resale value by making your garage look tightly organized and professional. In this way, you realize that garage organization systems are more than just an expense. They are a monetary investment that will absolutely pay off for everyone who takes advantage of them.

When you take the time to consider a garage organization system, you have nothing to lose but clutter and frustration. Garage organization gives your garage back to you, with a nice increase in your home value to boot. It is not hard to weigh out the cost of a new garage storage system against the benefits you get from it. Your satisfaction in your home is worth it.