Posts Tagged ‘garage organization’

Get the Car in the Garage this Year

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

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82% of homes have 2-car garages, or larger, yet only 15% use their garage to park their cars inside.

While garages serve many different purposes, the primary function of the garage is to house cars.  However, for approximately 1 out of 4 Americans, the garage is so cluttered and disorganized it can’t fit even one car.

A  survey done by Gladiator GarageWorks, a leader in garage organization and storage systems, “found that one out of five homeowners have actually gotten into an argument with their spouse about the organizational state of their garage.”

Big Investment

A car is a very large investment for most people.  The average cost of a new car or truck in the U.S. is $33,560.  A vehicle is likely worth much more than the “stuff” stored in the garage.

Parking your car in the garage shelters it from bad weather, preserves the car’s value, protects it from vandalism or theft, avoids accidental damage, and best of all, it can lower your insurance premiums.  Additionally, an uncluttered front of the house could potentially improve curb appeal and increase your home’s value.

It’s time to get the car in the garage.

Get a Game Plan

The garage may mean different things to homeowners.  The Gladiator GarageWorks survey found:

  • – 27% of people use the garage for hobbies.
  • – 23% of people use the garage to work on cars.
  • – 19% of people use the garage for a hobby, such as woodworking or carpentry.
  • – 13% of people use the garage for exercise or sports.

It’s possible to continue to use the garage for the activity of your choice, but the bottomline is that it’s also time to use the garage for what it’s designed for, parking the car.

Three out of four homeowners surveyed said they wished that they had a better organized garage with better storage solutions.

It’s not as overwhelming as you think.  Take it step-by-step and you will soon have an orderly garage that can be used for your activites, storage, and your car.

Organize into “Zones” – Begin by visualizing “zones” with specific areas for sports equipment, tools, lawn equipment, etc.  Once this is established it is easier to start planning the space and organizing.

Wipe Out the Waste – One of the biggest issues with garage organization is the clutter. The garage tends to become a “catchall” for the things that have no space in the home or things people don’t want to donate or trash. Most homeowners have no idea what is even in the garage.  Get touch on deciding what to keep and what to toss, then call a local donation center, toss it in the trash, or have a garage sale.  Get rid of the junk you don’t need.

Maximize the Space – There are a variety of storage solutions available to take advantage of every square inch of the garage.  From overhead storage racks, to car storage racks, to wall hook and basket systems and shelves, the options are great.

Get Organized in 2018

The team at Garage Store can help you visualize the storage options and our professionals can determine how to best use the space you have to organize your things and get your car in the garage.

The garage doesn’t have to be an embarrassing mess!


Garage Store is a designer and installer of custom garage organization solutions and concrete coating systems. We are proud to be the approved Gladiator GarageWorks designer and installer for Illinois. We offer full service insured professional in-house contractors for drywall, painting, organization installs and concrete coating systems.  Free Estimates available.


Storing Hockey Gear in the Garage [INFOGRAPHIC]

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

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Storing Hockey Gear In The Garage from Pro Stock Hockey, an online hockey store offering authentic
pro stock hockey equipment

5 Steps to an Organized Garage [INFOGRAPHIC]

Friday, October 13th, 2017

It’s October, time to put away the pool toys, lawnmower and propane tank and time to pull out the snow blower, shovels, and salt bin.

Throughout the summer, the garage tends to become the dumping ground for a variety of items, causing a cluttered, disorganized area.  Often it becomes so messy that your car no longer fits in its place.

With the leaves piling up outside and snow just around the corner, it’s time to clear the clutter, get organized, and get that car in the garage.





Step One – Sort and Purge

Go through each item in your garage, create piles to donate, trash and keep. Categorize the items based on the season you use them.

Step Two – Group Items to Keep

Organize the items you plan to keep into categories, small items that can fit into bins, large items that need shelves and even larger items that need floor space.  Determine which items fit together, i.e. sports equipment in a bin, summer tools on a shelf, and large power equipment on the floor.

Step Three – Call Garage Store Illinois

Call us for a free estimate to help you figure out how to organize and store the items you are keeping.  We can customize storage options that will work for each season.  Our overhead storage shelves can help free up floor space for large items.  We can also create a shelving area for boxes and bins.

Step Four – Schedule your Garage Makeover

Our team can come and get the shelves, wall units and storage cabinets assembled and set up in your garage.  We can create a space that works specifically for you and your family’s needs.  We carry a variety of shelves, bins, and overhead storage options that will get all your stuff put away neatly and so you can find it and access it easily.

Step Four – Put the Car Away

Once everything has its place and is in its place it’s time to pull in the car.  Now that your items are all organized you can put things away without creating more clutter and you can easily find other items you might need.

Step Five – Enjoy

Relax and enjoy your new space and no longer worry about the clutter in the garage.  Easily put away your Halloween décor this year and effortlessly find your Christmas décor. You no longer need to worry about cleaning the garage.


Fourth Annual Great Garage Giveaway

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017


In 2007, Jim Melchert founded Garage Store to help Chicago area residents reclaim their garages.  Now celebrating the 10th anniversary, and hundreds of satisfied customers, Garage Store is again partnering with The Daily Herald to bring order out of chaos for yet another family.  This is the fourth year that Jim has been participating in this contest to find the ugliest garage and turning it into an inviting, clean, and functional space.

Jim has seen a lot of changes in the last 10 years.  When he started, most people bought garage storage items a la carte. Today, up to 80% of his clients opt for a total makeover.  They understand that not only does an organized garage offer a warm place to park their vehicles, but also reclaims living space. When workbenches, overhead storage units, cabinets and shelves are added to a garage, floor space is reclaimed. Adding a heater and refrigerator can give homeowners a large and beautiful entertaining space. In fact, there are so many storage units and accessories available that the garage can be the most versatile “room” in the house, used for almost any purpose a homeowner can imagine.  An organized and functional garage not only makes the lives of homeowners better, but also adds value to the home.

The Daily Herald and Garage Store are again offering a lucky family the opportunity to realize the full potential of their garages. Entries are being accepted through April 16, 2017.  Homeowners with disorganized (but not garbage-filled) garages are invited to ENTER HERE to win.  Twenty-five semifinalists will be asked to submit a photo of their garage.  Designers from Garage Store will then choose a winner of the $5,000 makeover.  This includes coating the floor, painting the walls, and installing an organization system.  Two runners-up will win an overhead storage rack installed by Garage Store.

Jim Melchert gives an example of the people, who he would like to see enter the Giveaway: “We are looking for people who love their garages like other people love their basements or kitchens.”

For more information about Garage Store, call (847) 428-8862 or visit

A Garage Makeover for a Prospect Heights Family

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

I am so thrilled with our new garage. I no longer have to put down the garage door to hide it. It had been a disaster since we moved in 18 years ago. Every year it seemed that something else came up that took precedence over organizing the garage.

Early this year, The Daily Herald and Garage Store teamed up to offer a Garage Makeover Contest, About 80 readers entered to win the $5,000 makeover. The Prospect Heights couple who won were delighted.  While their home is always clean and tidy, their garage had become a dumping ground. The clutter, including painting supplies, sports equipment, gardening tools and hand-me-downs, prevented the homeowner from parking his car in his garage.  In fact, only his wife’s car fit in the garage – barely. His automobile had not seen the inside of the garage for more than 10 years. The 65-year-old concrete floor was also cracked and pitted, which only added to the shabbiness of the space.  Even when the area was thoroughly swept, the dust and dirt were impossible to remove. That all changed when the Garage Store entered the scene to give the couple a “new” garage.  The new space is functional and attractive. It includes new flooring. After filling the cracks with a flexible material, the entire floor was resurfaced, including a four-inch lip that acts like a baseboard and keeps water and melting snow from wicking up the walls, and makes cleaning the garage a breeze. Storage solutions were added, including the cabinets, shelving, racks and hooks that hold everything from drop cloths and painting supplies to children’s sports equipment, gardening tools, and more.  There is now even room for the couple’s two cars!

Daily Herald Article: Garages overflow from lack of organization

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Garage-Store was featured in a Daily Herald article on April 8, 2013:

In many homes, the garage has become a dumping ground for seasonal items, sports equipment, gardening supplies and much more, to the point where many families cannot even park a car in their garage anymore.

“Your garage is a room of your house. You need to embrace it and make the best possible use of that space,” said Jim Melchert, owner of Garage Store, based in East Dundee…See the Full Article


Exterior Concrete Decorative Flooring

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Do you have an exterior surface that has cracks and holes or need resurfacing? Garage Store has an exterior concrete decorative flooring solution to help your exterior patio, porch or sidewalk surfaces look brand new again. Garage Store exterior coatings are designed to handle harsh, outdoor environments and Garage Store can install an exterior concrete coating for less than it would cost to tear out and re-pour new concrete.

Make the first impression of your home the best it can be! Garage Store’s outdoor coatings can give your home a fresh look at a fraction of the cost. We can revitalize front or back patios, porches or sidewalks without the mess or time it takes to tear out old concrete and replace it and the surface will be both safe and comfortable to walk on. Not only can Garage Store help revitalize your exterior surfaces but we can also make your garage, basement or commercial surfaces look like new with our decorative flooring solutions. Our experts will help you choose the best project for your surface and it will all be complete in a few days.

For more information about our exterior concrete decorative flooring and to find out how Garage Store can save you time and money, contact us today. As the industry leader in the Chicagoland area, Garage Store has a flooring, storage or organization solution to fit your needs.

Garage Organization Systems

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Summer is finally here and garage’s all across the United States are getting used every day to park cars, store bicycles, toys, lawn mowers, lawn hoses, and so much more. This is the time of year everyone’s garage seems to be extremely cluttered and everything is unorganized. With Garage Store’s large selection of garage organization systems, we are able to take your clutter and transform it into a beautifully organized garage. We offer Garage Store, Gladiator, Schulte, and Hercke organization systems for your garage. Our professional installers will come to your home and find out what your needs and wants are for your garage and suggest the most practical organizational items to eliminate and organize your garage.

Not only goes Garage Store help you organize your garage with heavy duty and customizable garage organization systems, Garage Store also has a large selection of shelves, baskets and bins they are available for purchase in there online store. These items all work with each specific wall system and are a great way to continually add organization to your garage as you acquire more and more items.

If your interested in our garage organization systems or need more organizational items for your current Garage Store, Gladiator, Schulte or Hercke systems, check out Garage Store’s online store.



The Ultimate Garage

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Garage Store is your professional installer of garage flooring, overhead storage, garage accessories and garage organization systems. As the leading Chicagoland garage organization provider Garage Store has been featured in many news articles, magazines and tv spot lights featuring our outstanding products and services. Recently Garage Store was featured in Naperville’s Magazine talking about our amazing car lifts that we install to help families with multiple cars fit into smaller spaces. Here is what the article said about us.

The Ultimate Garage…

At first, your garage is just a little cluttered, a tiny bit untidy. Then you hang the tennis balls from the ceiling in order to avoid running over some large plastic object your child hasn’t used in three years. In the latter stages, parking your car becomes a high stakes game of “Operation.” Finally, you find yourself brushing snow off your car in the dead of winter as you stand shivering in front of your nicely heated garage.

The garage has become the storage area of last resort for many families, but when there is no actual storage left for the intended object -the family car -homeowners increasingly are turning to professional storage design companies to remake clutter central into the ultimate garage.

In 2006, The Washington Post reported that retail sales of garage organization products had increased 38 percent over five years. Sales of such products reached $688 million in 2005, the paper reported.

Both epoxy and snap-together floor coverings provide a look that is neater and easier to clean than concrete floors, which soak up oil, dirt and grime. But perhaps the biggest trend in garage storage is slotted wall systems. The slotted or channeled systems create custom cabinets that often hang up off the floor and can be slid along the walls after they are installed.

Many custom garage companies, such as Garage Store in the Design Point Mall on Route 59, offer custom-installed car lifts. Such car lifts can double the car storage of garages by hydraulically raising one car, allowing a second to drive in under it. These systems generally cost under $4,000 and require about 10.5 feet of clearance. These lifts are best used for secondary or classic cars that are rarely driven. The lifts also can be used to store all-terrain vehicles or riding lawn mowers.

However much you spend, it’s best to let the expert organizers see and evaluate your garage in its worst state. Don’t clean up before they arrive to assess your storage needs. Also, experts advise getting as much storage capacity as possible behind closed cabinet doors to help hide clutter.

Article Written By:

Mitch Martin
Naperville Magazine

To find out more information and to see how we could help you install a car lift in your garage or other organization systems contact Garage Store


Convert Your 2 Car Garage Into A 4 Car Garage

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Four post vehicle lifts provide the perfect solution for increasing parking space without having to resort to any permanent changes to your garage or shop. Our Chicago garage vehicle lifts allows you to double your parking space instantly, and is a versatile tool which can be used for any automotive lift and storage needs. Here is a video that will show you how our garage vehicle lifts can help expand the use and storage of your garage.


Contact Garage Store today to find out how we can help solve your garage storage needs and make your garage more efficient with garage vehicle lifts and other storage solutions.