How to Use a Garage More Effectively for Holiday Decoration Storage

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With the holiday season winding down, it’s time to start thinking about your post-holiday season pack-up.

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be draining, which makes it easier to take a few shortcuts by packing things away quickly and storing them anywhere.

Sure, that gets the job done quicker now, but it only makes the task of finding and unpacking all of your disorganized holiday decorations more time-consuming later.

Have a smart holiday decoration storage plan

By putting a little extra thought into how and where your holiday decorations will be stored, you can save yourself from some future headaches.

Garages are ideal for a lot of your holiday decoration storage needs, whether you’re storing decorations for Christmas, Halloween, birthday parties, or holidays like the Fourth of July or Canada Day.

The garage has to be used the right way when storing your holiday decorations, however, in order the maintain the functionality of the space.

Use overhead racks for your holiday decoration storage

For the most effective use of your garage as a holiday decoration storage space, add some overhead storage racks.

Ceiling-mounted overhead racks take advantage of the vertical storage space in your garage’s upper reaches that is typically underutilized.

In addition to maximizing your garage’s storage space, overhead racks are also ideal for storing bulky items and things that are infrequently used…which describes unneeded holiday decorations pretty much perfectly!

Everything from storage bins filled with tree ornaments to artificial Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands to holiday lights to holiday lawn inflatables can be stashed up high.

Your daily routine can even run a little smoother simply by using this out-of-the-way storage space for your holiday decorations. There won’t be bulky storage bins taking up valuable garage floor space, which makes parking more difficult.

And less floor clutter means extra space for keeping tools, sports equipment, and other items you use regularly more efficiently stored and easier to access.

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Overhead racks that use the underutilized storage space in your garage’s ceiling area keep your floor clutter-free.

Use plastic storage bins

Whether you’re storing your holiday decorations in the garage or elsewhere in your home, always use plastic storage bins and containers instead of cardboard boxes.

Plastic storage bins are sturdier, stack easier and more safely, are easier to move around, and provide superior moisture protection compared to cardboard boxes. They’re also not a fire hazard.

Some people prefer using clear plastic storage bins because it helps them to identify stored items quickly. That may sound practical, but it’s probably a better idea to use non-clear, solid color containers with labels.

Holiday ornaments and lights, especially ones you’re keeping for many years, can lose their color faster if they’re exposed to too much light when stored.

Fabric bags specifically made for storing holiday decorations should be stored indoors if possible, due to the higher moisture levels garages commonly have.

Avoid storing these holiday decorations in the garage

While the garage is a perfect spot for many of your holiday decoration storage requirements, it’s not the best storage area for certain items unless it’s climate-controlled.

The extreme temperature fluctuations and excess moisture found in many garage environments makes them less than ideal for storing these holiday decorations:

  • fabric-based festive decorations and adornments (examples: tablecloths, Christmas stockings and hats, tree skirts)
  • candles (store them somewhere cool)
  • very delicate glass, crystal, and antique ornaments
  • food-based decorations

If you absolutely have to keep some fabric-based decorative items stored in the garage for any reason, make sure they’re sealed tight in a plastic container. Wrapping items in acid-free paper or using silica packets to absorb moisture can help preserve the storage bin’s contents.

Another reason to avoid storing fabric-based and food-based decorations in the garage is that they can attract pests.

Label your holiday decoration storage items

Try to keep all your stored holiday decorations together in order to make everything easier to find.

Many organization experts recommend using color-coded storage containers or container lids to simplify things (such as green for Christmas decorations or orange for Halloween decorations).

And even if you’re being diligent and using color-coded containers, always be sure that everything is labelled.

Labelled containers eliminate the time-consuming guesswork that inevitably occurs when it’s time to unpack your decorations and find what you need when decorating your home next holiday season.

Storing an artificial Christmas tree in the garage

Because of its bulkiness, an artificial Christmas tree’s go-to storage spot in most homes will probably be the garage.

Don’t leave an artificial Christmas tree uncovered in the garage because it’ll naturally gather a lot of dust over the course of a year. Why add an artificial tree cleaning to your busy holiday to-do list 11 months (or so) from now?

When storing an artificial Christmas tree in the garage, definitely ditch the cardboard box it came in and invest in a proper plastic tree storage bin. Look for a container with wheels so it’s easier to transport.

Tree storage bags are also popular, although they’re less suited for a garage environment. Also note that white artificial trees or trees with those snow dusting treatments are prone to yellowing and shorter lifespans if temperature and humidity storage conditions aren’t optimal.

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While this garage is clean and organized, that poor artificial Christmas tree could really use a proper storage container.

Additional holiday decoration storage tips

When preparing your holiday decorations for storage, here are a few final tips you might find useful:

  • use bubble wrap or decoration storage containers (avoid wrapping decorations in newspaper, as the ink rubs off)
  • prevent string light tangles by using string light reels or even wrapping them around discarded wrapping paper tubes
  • declutter holiday decorations you haven’t used for a few years (donate any items that are still in good condition)
  • make a list of what broken holiday decorations need to be replaced for next year

Get organized to start the new year

If you have a New Year’s resolution that includes tidying up your home, start by storing your holiday decorations in an organized manner and somewhere that’s out of your way.

We can help you create more storage space for your holiday decorations and anything else you need to store in the garage, in addition to making the space look much nicer.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with Garage Living today.

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7 of the Most Essential Home Features Buyers Look For

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Many homeowners like to keep up to date on the latest housing trends, even if they’re not planning to buy or sell a home anytime soon.

Aside from just general curiosity, staying informed about what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to our homes and the features they include can be beneficial.

Perhaps you’ll get some ideas and inspiration for updating a room or two in your home. Sometimes getting a wider perspective on what’s currently popular with other homeowners and homebuyers can give you a fresh perspective on whether areas of your own home are up to snuff.

And if you’re planning to make some home improvements, educating yourself about which renovation projects will provide the best return on investment is also smart.

Which essential home features do buyers prioritize?

We decided to take a look at some recent notable studies that found out which home features homebuyers prioritized most.

A couple of studies were done by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). They’re one of the United States’ largest trade associations, representing over 800 local and state organizations affiliated with the housing industry.

We also used the illuminating 2018 Homebuyer Preference Study from the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA). It surveyed over 3,000 buyers of newly constructed homes about the features that mattered most to them when making their buying decisions. 

Let’s break down (in no particular order) seven of the most essential home features for anyone looking to buy a house nowadays.

Laundry room

It might surprise you to learn that laundry rooms topped a few essential home features lists for buyers. And the appeal of laundry rooms spreads across generations.

The NAHB’s 2016 Housing Preferences of the Boomer Generation study found that Millennials, Generation X, and seniors named a dedicated laundry room as their most-wanted home feature. Baby boomers rated it their second-most important feature, behind home energy efficiency.

The following year, another NAHB study that looked at homebuyer trends also found that laundry rooms were a top priority among those surveyed.

Laundry rooms on a home’s main or upper floor were also coveted, as were laundry rooms that also incorporated a mudroom.

Garage storage

It wasn’t a surprise to learn that “ample storage space” ranked highly on any list of essential home features.

Homeowners and homebuyers can never get enough of it and the latter specifically wanted more of it in their garages, according to multiple NAHB studies.

Hundreds of realtors were polled for a Braun Research survey and they said the garage ranked higher as a desirable storage space for homebuyers than the basement or attic.

Homebuyers apparently recognize the value in maximizing a garage’s storage space in order to minimize clutter in the rest of their living space.

Simply having enough space in the garage for storage, parking vehicles, and extracurricular activities was also important to homebuyers. Two-car garages were named as another of the essential home features for buyers.

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Hardwood floors

Houses with wood flooring were viewed more favorably by those looking to buy a home. This is a trend that seemingly never goes out of fashion.

Most homebuyers are willing to pay more for wood floors because of its contemporary look, durability, and how easy it is to keep wood floors clean.

Authentic hardwood flooring was especially preferred over engineered wood flooring. Having hardwood on a home’s main floor was also specifically mentioned as an attractive feature to homebuyers.

Interestingly, younger buyers seem to favor wood flooring more than seniors, who prefer the coziness of carpeted floors.

Excellent energy efficiency

essential home features energy star logoA home with excellent energy efficiency is valued more than ever by homebuyers. Any home on the market with these energy efficient features stands out:

  • energy efficient smart appliances and fixtures
  • low flow toilets
  • energy efficient windows and doors
  • high efficiency HVAC systems

Solar-powered energy isn’t yet seen as an essential home feature for most buyers.

And while preservation of the planet was a consideration for those attracted to more eco-friendly homes, cutting down on their utility costs was a bigger motivating factor for buyers looking for energy efficient homes.

Open concept kitchen

Modern, open concept kitchen designs are seen as a selling strength for anyone who has their home on the market.

Buyers with growing families are particularly enamored by open concept kitchens because of their ability to function as a versatile space and a home’s social hub.

Kitchen islands that can provide extra storage space, an additional food preparation area, and an inclusive eating area are singled out as an open concept kitchen’s most desirable feature.

Stainless steel appliances, double kitchen sinks, a walk-in pantry, and granite, marble, or quartz countertops were also listed as features that homebuyers would love their kitchen to include.

Walk-in closet

A walk-in closet (also known as a “dressing room”) ranked #5 for first-time homebuyers and #3 for second-time (or more) buyers on the NAHB’s most recent essential home features report.

Canadians apparently love spacious closets even more, because walk-in closets topped the CHBA’s list of essential features for homebuyers.

That Braun Research survey finds that just about all (97%) of the 500 realtors that were polled believe homebuyers view the closet as the most desirable storage space in a house.

Based on this data, once can assume that a home without a larger wardrobe storage space featuring stylish décor is a home that many buyers will simply take a pass on.

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Master bathroom

Anything bathroom-related usually makes any essential home features list and we found master bathrooms to be highly prized by homebuyers.

A master bathroom may also be referred to as an “ensuite master bathroom” or simply “ensuite”. Whichever name you choose, it’s essentially defined as a bathroom that includes a bathtub, shower, and sink that’s accessible from the home’s largest bedroom.

Master bathrooms that feature a separate shower enclosure and freestanding tubs and vanities (preferably with two sinks) appear to be in vogue nowadays.

Make better use of your garage for home storage

This list of essential home features gives you a good idea of what today’s buyers value most when looking for a house.

Are you getting the most out of your garage as a home storage space? Could it use a few modern touches and better storage systems that can make it look nicer and be a lot more functional?

Garage Living specializes in helping homeowners maximize their garage’s storage capabilities and design potential.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with us to learn more about transforming your garage into a beautiful space any homebuyer would be impressed by.

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Top 10 Fall Home Maintenance Tips Everyone Should Know

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Like the springtime, the fall season is a great time to pay a little extra attention to your home’s maintenance needs.

If you live in a cold weather climate, some fall home maintenance is extra important in order to get through another snowy winter with as few issues as possible.

But even if you live in a warmer climate, a number of these fall home maintenance tips will be beneficial for your house.

10 fall home maintenance tips you’ll find useful

Regularly scheduled inspections of your home in the spring and fall don’t require much of your time. Some of these home maintenance tasks are also inexpensive or cost nothing.

Investing a little bit of time and money now in some preventative home maintenance reduces the likelihood of expensive home repairs in the future.

Ensure your house is ready to handle the changing seasons with these 10 fall home maintenance tips.

1. Improve your home’s energy efficiency

Improving your home’s energy efficiency matters all year round, whether it’s hot or cold outside.

There’s a lot more awareness nowadays about the importance of home energy efficiency. Better products and services are also available to help homeowners reduce their monthly hydro bill with upgrades. For some homeowners, however, there’s definite room for improvement.

Pay special attention to your windows and doors. They’re some of the worst offenders when it comes to letting heat escape from your home in the winter (and cold coming in) and vice versa when it’s hot outside and your air conditioner is running. Energy efficient windows are well worth the investment.

Ensure your window and door weatherstripping is intact and providing an effective seal. Door sweeps on your exterior entry doors will also help.

Use caulking to seal up larger gaps and cracks around window and door frames, as well as your home’s exterior and interior foundation. Don’t forget to check areas where any wires and pipes enter your home.

To pinpoint areas of your house that you may not be aware are hurting your home’s energy efficiency, consider getting a home energy audit. A professional’s assessment of your home may be well worth their cost.

2. Boost your garage’s energy efficiency

An attached garage that’s been neglected can be another reason a home’s energy efficiency is poor.

Take the time to make sure all gaps and cracks on the wall that connects your garage to the rest of your home are properly sealed. Along with saving energy, you’ll also make your home safer by getting rid of potential entry points for carbon monoxide from your vehicles.

If your garage lacks wall and ceiling insulation, adding some can be a big boost to your home’s energy efficiency. This includes using garage doors that have insulation, which also provides sounds insulation. Garage door sweeps are another way to provide an airtight door seal.

Having a garage floor coating applied can also help to provide a better floor seal that prevents cold air from coming in through cracks.

This includes having a “baseboard” type of coating application done around your garage perimeter. It creates a seamless seal between the floor and the lower part of your garage walls. This also helps keep critters out of your garage.

3. Rake those leaves and fertilize your lawn

Colorful autumn leaves may be picturesque when they’re attached to their trees, but you’re probably less fond of them when they make their way to your lawn.

Not raking or using a leaf blower to clean up fallen leaves can cause problems beyond just detracting from your property’s looks.

A leaf-covered lawn that’s left all winter will require more work on your part to get it in shape come springtime.

Another step you can take to improve your lawn’s health and looks is to add a fertilizer that protects it from damage during the winter.

4. Check your smoke alarms

Across the U.S. and Canada, October is designated as the fire safety awareness and fire safety prevention month.

Include the testing of your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on your fall home maintenance checklist.

Change their batteries and test their safety features twice a year. Check to see if your alarms have passed their expiry date. Typically, they have a lifespan of 8-10 years.

If your home has a fire extinguisher (which it should), give it an inspection. Check that its expiry date is still good. If the extinguisher has a pressure gauge, make sure it’s maintaining pressure.

5. Roof inspection

Your house’s first line of defense from the elements is your roof, so a yearly roof inspection is essential.

Check your attic for signs of a leaky roof that perhaps hasn’t become evident when looking at your ceilings on your home’s top floor.

If you’re not comfortable giving the top of your roof a visual inspection using a ladder, find a neighbor or family member who is, or hire a professional.

Look for shingles that are loose or missing altogether and check that your roof vents are working properly.

The lifespan of roof shingles is anywhere from 15-50 years due to numerous factors, including weather conditions and shingle quality.

6. Clean eavestroughs and downspouts

If you’re checking your roof, that’s the perfect time to tend to your eavestroughs/gutters as part of your fall home maintenance chores.

Eavestroughs that can’t drain because they’re excessively clogged with leaves and debris like shingle grit can cause major damage to your home’s roof, siding, and foundation.

Check that your gutter hangers and brackets are secure. All of your eavestroughs should have gutter guards to keep debris out and save you a lot of maintenance time.

Once your eavestroughs are cleaned, focus your attention on your home’s downspouts. Verify that they’re draining properly a minimum of five feet away from your house.

Use downspout extensions if necessary to keep draining water a suitable enough distance away from your home’s foundation.

7. Get your garage organized

An organized garage is a functional garage.

Too much clutter in the garage prohibits you from using the space for parking your vehicles, which is a real convenience when the temperature drops.

To get your garage tidy and make it easier to keep organized, look at adding some of these effective storage systems:

A floor coating that provides an effective seal also protects your garage floor from damage caused by spills, abrasions, and general wear and tear. It also upgrades the appearance of your space.

Getting a floor coating is especially worth considering if you live in an area that gets snow. You know how much a garage floor has to endure with the salt, ice, slush, and snow that gets tracked in by vehicles.

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Get your garage organized by hanging floor clutter on a slatwall storage system.

8. Air conditioner and furnace maintenance

Just as checking your smoke alarms should be a regular part of your fall home maintenance tasks, so too should changing your HVAC filters.

Your central air conditioner and furnace should have their filters changed (or cleaned if they’re reusable) in the fall in order to make sure the units are working at peak efficiency.

Have your furnace inspected and your heating ducts cleaned periodically by a trained professional.

Also have your air conditioner looked at yearly. Parts like the unit’s inner and outer coils and condensate pump need occasional cleaning. If your air conditioner won’t be used for several months, cover the unit for the winter.

9. Clean your dryer vent

While you’re having your ducts cleaned, don’t forget to check your dryer vent. At the very least, check that your exterior dryer exhaust vent is unclogged and the cover is intact to keep pests out.

A buildup of lint in the dryer’s lint trap and vent causes the machine to work harder, which can shorten its life.

More importantly, lint buildup can become a fire hazard. Thousands of fires occur every year that are caused by static electricity igniting dryer lint that’s built up in vents.

10. Store hoses properly and shut off outdoor faucets

Don’t wait until freezing temperatures arrive to discover you forgot to shut off your exterior faucets and a pipe has burst.

Never leave a hose connected to an exterior faucet during a cold winter. In addition to hose water potentially backing up into your faucet and pipes and causing damage, it also shortens the life of the hose.

To prolong the life of your garden hoses and prevent them from cracking and leaking, ensure they’re fully drained and unkinked before storing them indoors for the winter.

Don’t forget to make sure all sprinklers, watering wands, and other watering accessories are properly drained, too.

Fall home maintenance now can save money later

Spending some time now to take care of these fall home maintenance tasks that keep your house in good working order can save you money in the future.

For expert help to get your garage organized and looking beautiful during the fall or any other time of the year, Garage Living is the professional to trust.

Schedule a complimentary in-home design consultation with us to get a free garage makeover quote.

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7 Helpful Garage Organization Ideas You’ll Regret Not Trying

Tidy, organized garages get that way by incorporating the right garage organization ideas into their designs.

Not all garage organization ideas and products are equally effective, however. Some won’t make the best use of your garage’s available storage space.

Others may be adequately functional, but lacking when it comes to providing you with a convenient level of storage versatility.

7 creative garage organization ideas

We’ve compiled a list of 7 of the most helpful garage organization ideas to turn to in order to keep your garage clutter-free, highly functional, and looking its best.

1. Garage organization ideas to maximize storage space

Take a look at how your garage is currently set up to accommodate the items being stored in it. If it’s like most garages, it probably has a significant amount of wasted or underutilized storage space.

One of the cornerstones of good garage organization is to make the most of what you have to work with in your garage space.

That means utilizing your garage walls and overhead space properly in order to maximize how much your garage can store.

A slatwall storage system creates versatile hanging space on your garage walls by using various hanging accessories to keep items neatly stored. Slatwall storage is one of the most effective garage organization ideas available for reclaiming your valuable garage floor space.

In addition to your garage walls, also look to your underused garage ceiling space in order to find plenty of precious storage space. Overhead storage racks are an excellent way to give you more garage storage options.

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Everything from tools to sports equipment to a garden hose has its place with a slatwall storage system.

2. Garage organization and storage ideas for vehicles

Are you unable to park in your garage due to excess clutter occupying space where your vehicles should be kept?

You’re not alone. Many home organization studies and surveys show that the garage is typically the most cluttered space in homes. Here are some examples:

  • a 2017 Garage Living poll found that 20% of the 1,500 respondents were unable to park in their garage
  • a U.S. Dept. of Energy study shows that 25% of homeowners with 2-car garages don’t park in them at all
  • an in-depth UCLA study of 32 Los Angeles-area families found that 75% of them didn’t use their garages for parking

Not being able to park in your garage leaves your vehicles less secure. Parking in your driveway also exposes vehicles to exterior elements that can shorten their lifespan. Rain, snow, extreme heat and cold, and tree sap can all take a toll on a vehicle’s body.

One of the more practical garage organization ideas for creating more parking space is to get a car lift. They’re a great alternative to having to undergo a garage expansion.

Car lifts effectively make a 1-car garage a 2-car garage, a 2-car garage a 3-car garage (or a 4-car garage if two lifts are added), and so on.

A car lift simply takes advantage of your garage’s useable vertical space by creating an elevated vehicle parking space that allows for another vehicle to be parked below it.

3. Effective garage organization ideas for garden hoses

Some homes have their outdoor water connections located in the garage. That can be convenient, but it can also add to your garage clutter with garden hoses that aren’t properly stored.

A garden hose that’s left haphazardly unwound on your garage floor contributes to a more disorganized garage space and is also a tripping hazard.

It’s also more likely to get damaged from vehicles driving over it or from having heavy items thrown on top of it.

When it comes to garage organization ideas for properly storing your garden hoses, a wall-mounted hose reel or high quality hose reel cart are the perfect solution.

4. Garage organization ideas for sports equipment

Bikes and other types of sports equipment can account for much of the clutter found on garage floors, especially if you have an active family that enjoys their outdoor activities.

Many of these items can pose some of the most dangerous tripping hazards in the garage, such as soccer balls, footballs, baseball bats, and skateboards.

There are numerous types of slatwall hanging accessories designed to keep your sporting accessories well-organized and more safely stored.

Free up a little garage floor space by hanging your family’s bikes on vertical or horizontal bike hooks.

Hanging accessories specifically designed for hockey, golf, tennis, and fishing equipment are also available, as are adjustable ball racks.

Hanging deep mesh baskets are another practical multi-purpose storage option. They can be used for storing everything from sports equipment to gardening, automotive, and cleaning supplies.

5. Perfect garage organization ideas for seasonal items

Another common garage floor clutter culprit are infrequently used items, especially seasonal items. Examples include:

  • storage bins
  • seasonal tires
  • patio furniture
  • out-of-season sporting equipment

Some of these items won’t be needed for months on end, so it’s a shame to have them needlessly sitting on your garage floor.

More often than not, these items are also bulky and heavy, which only makes them take up more space and become a hassle to navigate around.

Overhead storage racks are an ideal solution to handle your heavy-duty garage storage needs. Just store those bulky items up in the air and out of the way.

Freestanding industrial storage units might be more suited to your needs for less bulky items. And a proper wall-mounted tire storage rack is perfect for your seasonal tire storage requirements.

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Overhead storage racks provide ample storage space for bulky seasonal items.

6. Clever garage organization ideas for tools

With all of the yard tools and hand tools you’ll collect over the years, there’s seemingly never enough garage storage space available in order to keep them all effectively organized.

How much time have you wasted looking for that one particular wrench or garden hand trowel, only to give up and end up buying a replacement? Naturally, you’ll find the lost item months later.

Invest in some better storage systems with some garage organization ideas aimed at keeping all of your tools easy to find.

Slatwall storage is recommended for both yard tools and smaller hand tools that can be stored on easy-to-access hanging racks, holders, and magnetic tool bars.

For larger or more expensive tool collections (possibly as part of a garage workshop), there’s nothing better than a garage cabinet system.

7. Garage organization design ideas

Clearly, appearance plays a huge part in a garage feeling like a clean, organized space. Having things neat and tidy is important, but keeping clutter reduced is only part of the battle.

Don’t overlook the importance of garage organization design as well.

Are all of those organized items stored in a garage with a damaged, dull-looking garage floor? Do your storage systems have an outdated look?

Is your garage still lit by a couple of dim incandescent light bulbs? Perhaps your garage walls are still unfinished even after years of owning your home.

It’s details like these that matter with a garage’s aesthetics. Upgrading these areas will help your efforts to utilize the garage organization ideas listed here make even more of a difference to how your garage looks, feels, and functions.

Consider supplementing your improved garage organization systems with a new garage floor coating and improved energy efficient LED garage lighting to illuminate your space better.

And take advantage of custom garage design options that make it easier to come up with effective and stylish garage color schemes.

The trusted pros for the best garage organization ideas

Our custom garage makeover designs cater to the specific and unique needs of each of our clients. That ensures that when your garage makeover is completed, you’ll have a beautiful space that fits your lifestyle and looks even better than you could have envisioned

Book a free in-home design consultation with us to learn more about how the best garage organization and storage ideas on the market can transform your garage.

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7 Awesome Advantages of Owning a Garage Cabinet System

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Shelving, overhead racks, and a slatwall hanging storage system will help immeasurably when it comes to keeping a garage organized.

Effective garage storage systems that provide a home for everything prevent clutter from accumulating. They also make it easier to keep a garage space tidy with less effort.

With so many choices available when it comes to upgrading your garage’s storage capabilities, there’s one option you might be overlooking – a garage cabinet system.

Do I really need a garage cabinet system?

Many homeowners might think a garage cabinet system just isn’t for them. Perhaps you don’t spend enough free time in the garage to believe such a purchase would be worth it.

You might be under the impression that storage cabinetry is meant solely for garages that are owned by those with a big tool collection who love working with their hands.

While a garage cabinet system is ideal for garages where vehicle maintenance and carpentry projects occur on a regular basis, the fact is that every garage can benefit from having one.

Here are 7 common-sense reasons to consider a garage cabinet system for your home, regardless of how handy you are with a hammer.

1. A garage cabinet system eliminates clutter

One of the unquestionable benefits of having a cabinet system installed in your garage is that it will significantly cut down on your floor clutter.

Even if you have a larger two or three-car garage and available storage space isn’t a pressing concern, that garage floor clutter can still be a persistent nuisance.

Whether you’re tripping over clutter or finding it hard to locate tools when they’re needed, there’s a real practicality to removing things from your garage floor and keeping them neatly stored in a garage cabinet system.

When cabinetry is partnered with some of those aforementioned garage storage systems like slatwall panels, you’ll be amazed at how much nicer your garage looks and feels when it’s clutter-free.

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Keep your garage floor clutter-free by storing items like recycling bins and garbage cans out of sight behind cabinet doors.

2. Upgrade your garage’s appearance

Garage cabinetry might seem like a product that’s purely functional and something that’s only providing room for storage.

A garage cabinet system has a lot more value and use for your home than as merely a dedicated storage space, however.

Storage cabinets can add a huge aesthetic upgrade to your garage’s interior, which is not something to be taken lightly.

You’ll have to buy the right type of cabinet system, of course. Well-crafted, higher quality cabinets that are professionally installed instantly upgrade a garage’s interior with a more modern and finished look.

Stylish cabinet systems like Garage Living’s GL NEOS Elite or GL Custom Steel models infuse a garage with clean lines and a sleek, high-end appearance.

Choosing a garage cabinet system that allows for customization can really take your garage’s design to the next level. Adding custom options like a sink, backsplash, or an enclosure for a TV enhance your garage with stylish and functional touches that stand out.

3. Make your garage safer

More often than not, a messy garage is also an unsafe garage.

With items spread out all over the garage floor and tools leaning up against the walls, tripping and leaking hazards abound.

A garage floor littered with items also poses the risk of damage to those items from your vehicles, not to mention the vehicles themselves potentially being dented, scratched, and scuffed.

Corralling that clutter with better storage systems like garage cabinets will reduce that safety risk.

Your garage also contains many types of dangerous chemicals and hazardous materials that can be stored in a cabinet system with optional locking doors and drawers. Examples include:

  • paints and solvents
  • fertilizers and pesticides
  • cleaning products
  • containers of automotive fluids

To further childproof your garage, use locking cabinet drawers and doors to keep sharp tools safely tucked away.

4. Add value to your home

Because a garage cabinet system helps to minimize or eliminate floor clutter, you’ll be able to easily park your vehicles inside, where they belong.

That means your garage is serving its primary function and providing full value to your family year after year, not merely being used to store useless junk.

A garage that’s easy to maintain and allows for effortless vehicle parking is a strong selling point for any buyer whenever you decide to move. That means added value to your home.

Any garage with a high quality garage cabinet system will also project a more impressive, professional appearance. When compared to the unsightly look a cluttered garage with an outdated décor and cheap storage systems projects, prospective buyers will take notice.

5. A garage cabinet system keeps tools organized

The larger your tool collection gets, the harder it is to keep organized if you don’t have a decent storage system in place. After awhile, that big toolbox just won’t cut it anymore.

Invest in a well-designed garage cabinet system to enjoy the following benefits that come with keeping your tools organized:

  • you’ll spend less time searching for tools (leaving more time to actually work)
  • your workspace will be less cluttered
  • set up your workspace to have the tools you use most close at hand

A garage cabinet system that keeps your screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers, and other tools stored in drawers and behind doors also helps to extend their life. They’ll be less exposed to dust, grime, and rust-causing moisture.

garage cabinet system tool storage

A garage cabinet system keeps your tools organized and protected from moisture, dust, and grime.

6. Keep valuable tools locked up

Some of your pricier tools will no doubt include cordless power tools and pneumatic tools (which are driven by compressed air).

An expensive air compressor, power generator, and even many higher quality hand tools (which can cost hundreds of dollars each) are also best stored in a secure space, to protect your significant investment.

A garage cabinet system with locking doors and drawers provides such a storage option.

The comforting peace of mind you’ll get knowing your expensive tools are securely stored will be worth the extra expense for this custom feature.

7. Create a garage workshop

While most homeowners have no interest in setting up a garage workshop, some gearheads and hobbyists will salivate at the opportunity to do so.

Turning the garage into a multi-functional space by creating a special area that provides room to work with your hands will be a motivating factor for some to invest in garage cabinetry.

The fact that you can customize your workspace’s cabinet system to fit your working needs will be even more of an incentive for these homeowners to buy garage cabinets.

Our rugged GL Hayley cabinets are ideal for a garage workshop. This system features sturdy 16 gauge steel construction, a galvanized stainless steel countertop, and speciality options that allow for locks and a sink unit to be added.

Discover the advantages of a garage cabinet system

If eliminating your garage clutter and upgrading your garage’s appearance with a new cabinet system sounds like an appealing proposition, Garage Living can help.

Whatever your garage cabinet system needs are, one of our five lines of world-class modular and custom-fitted cabinet systems is guaranteed to enhance your garage space.

Book a free in-home consultation with one of our garage cabinet experts to get your personalized garage cabinet system design started.

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