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Organizing Your Garage – Zoning it Out!

Garage Organization

Are you getting tired of having to park the car outside? If you can’t get your car into the garage you run the risk of ruining the new finish on the car.  With an organized garage you can say goodbye to the bird crap, UV damage, exposure to the elements and tree sap.

The best way to organize a garage is to create a layout with multiple storage zones. There should be space for all of the family’s needs. Dad needs a tool area and workspace, Mom needs storage for all of her decorations and house-ware, and the kids will need an area to store bikes and larger toys. Not to mention a car or two.

The easiest way to get this type of space is to preplan several different storage zones.

1. First, start with an area that caters to Frequently Used Items, such as lawn gear, sports gear, GOLF CLUBS, and cleaning supplies. This high traffic area should be equipped with bins and storage lockers that are easy to reach into and easy to keep organized. These items should  be placed close to the garage door with easy access to the outside.

2. Second, think about House Care Items that might be needed at a moments notice. This would include: dog food, canned goods, water bottles, recyclables, and cleaning supplies. These should all be stored close to the entrance to your house. A great way to keep this area organized is to add in shelving and storage bins against the inside wall.

3. Third, think about Large Item Storage. This could be camping gear, holiday decor, or even that spare mattress. These items should be stored high up. That could in top cabinets or hung from different types of hooks. Be mindful or storage conditions in the garage to keep from ruining anything due to heat fluctuations, mildew, or the occasional pest.

4. Next comes the Workspace, this is the hobby space for the entire family. You will need a versatile tool bench, cabinets for lots of different types of storage, and a flat surface to do small projects on. Consider a couple of different things for this area: storage hooks, shelves, pegs, and overhead storage cabinets.

5. Finally, the Transition Area. The transition area is where the family keeps shoes, bags, and jackets, if you don’t have a built in mudroom. This area will need lots of hanging hooks and shoe racks. This should be a natural area for the family. That means it needs to be right next to the entrance to the home and easily accessed for grabbing things going in and out.

BUT! Don’t forget – THE CAR ZONE! The garage is for your car. Keep it clean and safe by saving some room to park.

When you are planning areas for garage storage, don’t forget to preplan. Planning will keep an easy project from becoming a big headache!

Using Houzz to Create a Closet Ideabook

You may already be using ideabooks personally or to collaborate with clients or colleagues. Did you know you have sharing settings to specifically control who can view or edit your ideabooks?You can:
• Set your ideabooks to public or private, or share them with only certain people.
• Enable others to just view, or view and edit your ideabooks for easy collaboration.

Here are 4 easy steps to get you started:

Step 1: Go to your ideabook and click the “Collaborate” button.
Step 2: Select whether you would like this ideabook to be public or private.Tip: Public ideabooks are visible to anyone visiting your profile. Private ideabooks are visible only to you and the specific people you choose to share them with.

Step 3: Enter the email addresses of anyone you would like to share your ideabook with. 
Step 4: Select whether you want to give the people you are inviting permission to view your ideabook, or to view and edit the ideabook.Tip: If you give permission to edit your ideabook, the people you invite will be able to add, remove or comment on the photos inside. This can be a fantastic tool for collaboration with colleagues or with clients.

To finish up, click “Add” to save your changes and to send the invitations to the people you entered in Step 3. 

Each person will receive an email notification from Houzz inviting them to your ideabook.

Tip: You can view and edit these sharing settings at anytime by clicking the “Collaborate” button within each ideabook. 

For more best practices, follow Professionals on Houzz.

 

Plan, Budget, Produce With Custom Closets

A home without sufficient closet space can quickly deter buyers. Anyone who has lived in a home with lack of storage realizes quickly that that is not a way to live. Another frustration is where there are large closets, but there is nothing in them. Without a way to strategically pack items into a closet results in piles of clothes and items that are hard to keep organized. Organization is key to keeping to a clean home and providing easy access to everyday items. Perfection Custom Closets in Chicago allow you to add closets to your home as well as organize existing closets so that you can maximize the space in your house.

Perfection Custom Closets in Chicago can turn any space into a usable closet space. Every room should have some sort of usable closet space. Whether the room is a bedroom, office, kitchen, or bathroom, there is always a need for storage space. The first thing to think about when putting in a closet is what the closet will be used for. For example, a pantry will store food items, an office closet may store papers, and a bedroom closet will most likely store clothes and shoes. When choosing a design from Perfection Custom Closets in Chicago, you want to make sure that the closet space is designed specifically for that room. Shelves, pull-out drawers, and baskets make storage of certain items easier. A bedroom closet should have a rod for hanging clothes and may also include a built-in dresser. A bathroom closet should have a way to store towels as well as toiletry items. Make sure to think about the purpose of the closet when choosing your design to make sure that every square inch may be used.

The next think to think about is the location of the closet. Whether you are planning to have Perfection Custom Closets in Chicago bring in portable storage, install permanent structures, or construct a closet from scratch in the wall, it is important that the closet space be placed in the correct are of the room to continue good flow throughout the room. A closet door should not interfere with other doors in the room and should generally be placed along a side wall, facing away from the door so that it isn’t the first thing seen when entering a room. You also want to remember to leave space for other objects in a room such as a bed in a bedroom or a washer and dryer in a laundry room. Plan the design of the entire room before installing closets to make sure that there is easy access to every item in the room.

The design of the closet space is another thing to think about. Besides designing which structures will be placed in the closet, it is important to think about the style of the actual structure. Closets that are placed in the wall should have some sort of door, whether it is on hinges or sliding and you will need to choose the style of door. Portable and built- in closet spaces that are brought in should match the style of your home whether it is contemporary, traditional, or classic. Perfection Custom Closets in Chicago can provide any style of closets to make sure that you have the perfect closets for your home.

When installing custom closets, you will want to remember to keep your budget in check. This may mean that you don’t install all of the closets at once, but work to make your closet space perfect by installing one closet at a time. Perfection Custom Closets will work with you to make sure that all your closet needs are met and that you feel satisfied with your purchase.

Perfection’s Custom Closets Organization Tips

When it comes to finding your belongings in a closet, organization is key. By properly organizing your closet or by finding a custom closet designer, you will notice a huge difference in the overall organization of your life.
Let’s just say you’ve got a big meeting at work today. You wake up extra early to prepare wash up, eat a proper breakfast, and organize your material for your presentation. After getting out of the shower, you look at the clock and see that you have plenty of time to make breakfast and enjoy your hearty meal. Your breakfast was excellent and now it is time to get dressed.

There are a certain pair of shoes, shirt, and tie you would like to wear so you glance in your closet for your clothing. You are looking…and looking…and looking. Where are they?

You begin to dig deeper and deeper into your closet. You are throwing shirts, pants, belts, and ties on your bed shuffling through everything to find that one outfit. Your boss told you to wear colors that matched the company colors! After half an hour you look at the clock to notice that you have to be at work in forty five minutes, and the drive is forty minutes. If you live in a city like Chicago or New York, good luck beating the rush hour traffic.

After turning the closet inside out, you find everything you are looking for and quickly throw your wardrobe on. Even though you have found all of the things you are looking for, there are many other ways to efficiently organize your closet:

  1.  Take out one entire day to and buy some custom closet organizer units- You would not believe how investing one day into reorganizing can make a difference in your everyday life. There are websites online dedicated to helping you sort your belongings. Do a simple Google search and you will find many.
  2. Hire a Custom Closet Design Company- For a reasonable price, a company will come in and give a free estimate on your closet space. They can work with your dimensions and cater to your needs on how many shelves/hangers and let you know what kind of custom closet design materials you will need. Promptly after, they will install.
  3. Invest in Storage Space- Storage space is a must if you are looking to organize and sort all of that clutter in your home. By removing the belongings from inside of your home (but still hanging onto them in your heart ) you will be able to have a more efficient clutter-free life.

After living in Chicago for twenty-two years, I have realized that the face paced city is easy to defeat if one is organized. If you talk to anyone who leads a life of organization, they will tell you that a simple closet organizer can make a huge difference in the quality of someone’s overall life. Take the next step and look deeper into finding a custom closet that will make your every day life easier.