Posts Tagged ‘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
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Fourth Annual Great Garage Giveaway

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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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 www.garage-store.com.

Garage Store – Not Just for Your Garage

Friday, January 20th, 2017

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At Garage Store Illinois, our mission is to help people organize their space with quality products.  We design and install organization solutions and we provide concrete coating systems.

While our name is Garage Store, we go beyond just the garage.  Any area of your home, office or warehouse will benefit from being more organized.  Our epoxy coatings make concrete floors less dusty, healthier and much easier to clean.

In fact, your garage is just the beginning!

Classrooms/Instructional Centers

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When you think about it, classrooms get a lot of abuse.  There are dozens of students coming through on a daily basis.  When you have a room that needs organizing, but also needs to hold up to a lot of wear and tear Gladiator GarageWorks storage solutions may be the perfect option.  This classroom has a combination of Wall Gear Boxes and Modular Gear Drawers with Modular Maple Tops.  This option doesn’t just provide adequate storage; it also provides a heavy-duty workspace.

 

Basement Flooring
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A customer in Plainfield, IL had a massive flood in her basement.  The basement was carpeted and the flood destroyed the carpet and padding.  After having it removed she wanted a flooring solution that would be durable, yet attractive.  Using our Epoxy, Polyurea and Polyaspartic Concrete Coating System, we provided a flooring option that is attractive and easy to clean – a great alternative to bare concrete, tile, carpet or laminate. The best part is it won’t pop up, peel, or have to be removed if the basement floods in the future.

 

Office Area

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Offices (either at home or off-site) are areas that need work spaces and good storage options.  Modular Gear Boxes with a Modular Maple top are a versatile and useful option for this home office that will last a lifetime.

 

Laundry Room

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Ask anyone who does the family’s laundry and they will tell you how important storage and a good workspace are for this usually neglected area.  Gladiator GarageWorks storage systems are versatile and functional, providing not only a place to fold laundry, but sturdy storage solutions that will make a trip to the laundry room a pleasure.

 

Patios/Porches

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Creating a floor that will hold up to the elements – including motor oil, gasoline and winter salt – is what we do and it is a perfect solution for a garage. However, that same flooring system works for any outdoor concrete surface as well. Whether it is a patio, porch or driveway, our exterior coatings are a fantastic solution to cracked or pitted surfaces. The bonus is that our exterior concrete coatings will cost less than tearing out and re-pouring new concrete.

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Look around your house, office, school or warehouse. Are there areas that could use more storage, a better workspace or alternative flooring?   If so, give Garage Store Illinois a call at (847) 428-8862

 

 

Resolve to Take Back Your Garage in 2017

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Garage Organization and Storage and Flooring

There are only a few days of 2016 left before we welcome in another new year.  With 2017 just around the corner and everyone making their New Year’s Resolutions it may be time to finally commit to getting that garage in order.

At Garage Store we can handle the job and get your stuff in order, get your area clean and usable, and protect your vehicle from the weather. We have many options. Select the right ones and you may be surprised at how spacious, functional and beautiful it can be.

Flooring

Garage Store is the Chicagoland leader in the floor coating industry.  Our systems provide a high quality, stain-resistant surface that is easy to clean.  The floor coating covers up the porous concrete, making the floor resistant to dirt, bacteria and stains.  Coating your garage floor with our system will provide you superior surface protection that will last a lifetime.

Organization Systems

Get your things organized and out of sight with our wall and floor cabinet solutions.  Based on your space and what you need to store, we can design a system that will work for you.  Our professional installation service and products are unmatched by others on the market and is guaranteed. You are never left with a product that does not meet your standards. Get organized and stay organized with our durable systems.  Our products are designed to withstand the test of time and any harsh environment and temperature extremes.

Overhead Storage

If your garage is on the smaller side, overhead storage may be the best solution.  We have both stationary and adjustable racks that hang from the ceiling, giving you the floor space you need while keeping your things organized and stored away. They stay readily available when you need them.   Our shelves can be adjusted to any height and size.

Garage Accessories

For those who use their garage as a workspace, entertaining space, or for any purpose besides parking your car, we offer a huge selection of accessories that will make anything you do in your garage more functional and enjoyable.

From refrigerators, freezers, lighting solutions, tool storage and more, we have just about anything you can think of or want to make your space great.  Check out our online photo gallery and our catalog for more information and ideas, we provide free estimates and we are certain we can help you make your garage great.

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