Tailored Living’s Home Organization Tips

Elements of a Gracious Guest Room

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Create a Comfortable, Gracious Guest Room to Delight Your Guests

Have you ever visited someone and wished you’d stayed at a hotel instead of their home because your accommodations were so uncomfortable and inadequate? Yes, visits are about spending time with people, but at the end of the day, you really want a nice place to sleep and you don’t want to be living out of your suitcase for an extended period of time.

Kids can crash anywhere, but if you’re over 21, comfort has probably become more important and an air mattress on the floor just won’t do the trick!

How do you take care of guests in your home? Have you seriously put yourself in their place when it comes to where you put them? Ask yourself if you’d be comfortable and happy visiting you.

Elements of a Gracious Guest Room

Since a guest room is the designated space for your visitor’s use, you want it to be as inviting and functional as possible, providing sufficient space so they can get everything out of their suitcases and feel more at home.

Of course, a separate guest room is the ideal for overnight visits, but whether you have a guest room or a room that doubles as an “other-use” room, there are some things you can do to make the guest room (or area) comfortable and welcoming, adding to everyone’s enjoyment.

  • Clear away the clutter. Move out any non-essentials. If it’s a dual-purpose room like a sewing room or home office, store away the everyday “stuff” and free up furniture surfaces and the floor so your guest will have usable space.
  • Designate closet and drawer space. Make sure there is enough closet and drawer space so your guest can completely unpack and show them what space is available for their use. A dozen assorted hangers in the closet should take care of any hanging needs, and dresser drawers or closet hanging cubbies can hold folded items.
  • Provide for comfortable reading. Lots of people travel with laptops, notebooks or Kindles, so a comfortable reading space will be appreciated. A chair, desk and reading light invite leisurely relaxation for time alone or winding down before bed. Have interesting books or magazines on the night stand, along with some reading glasses—just in case.
  • Light up the space. A bedside table lamp that can be turned off from the bed is a good idea so your guest won’t stumble around in the dark after turning off a light switch across the room. A night light is helpful in unfamiliar surroundings, especially if the bathroom is down the hall. Supplement natural light with enough lamps to really brighten up the room.
  • Use fresh linens. To ensure a good night’s sleep clean, fresh bed linens are essential. Provide both soft and firm pillows to allow for individual preference. Make the bed up just before the visit and provide extra blankets and a cozy throw to wrap up in when reading or on the computer.
  • Have extra toiletries. No one wants to snoop around for supplies, so be sure the bathroom is stocked with extra toilet paper and tissues. Take a tip from the luxury hotels and create a welcome basket with shampoo, soap, new toothbrush, toothpaste, feminine products, shaving cream, disposable razor—things they might need but have forgotten. If sharing a bathroom, put the welcome basket in the guest room along with their towels and wash cloths so there’s no question that these items are for their use.

This home office converts to a cozy guest room with the Murphy Bed and some added touches.

Think about what you like in your own bedroom and add that little something extra to make the guest room feel more like home:

  • Holiday/seasonal decoration in the room
  • Fresh flowers, scented candles
  • Alarm clock, small TV, radio or CD player and selection of music
  • Standing mirror and/or makeup (magnifying) mirror
  • Goodie basket with bottled water and late-night snacks

Gracious living doesn’t have to be expensive, just put comfort first and strive to be as accommodating a hostess as possible. You’ll feel terrific knowing your guests are well cared for. 


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If you want to maximize your home and explore some creative alternatives for using your space, a Tailored Living organization specialist can help. We’re the experts at whole home organization and storage challenges, including custom closet design, garage cabinets, pantry design and more. Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to scroll through our photo gallery or to find an organization specialist near you.

Today, Tailored Living Remembers the Brave

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Today, Tailored Living Remembers the Brave

In honor of Veteran’s Day in the US and Canada’s Remembrance Day, Tailored Living remembers the members of the armed forces who have selflessly fought for our freedom.

The Million Dollar Franchise Event is just one way for Home Franchise Concepts® (HFC), parent company of Budget Blinds® and Tailored Living®, to say thank you to our military veterans all year long by helping them live out the American Dream they fought to protect. Substantial discounts are awarded to veterans, enabling them to become business owners of either a Budget Blinds or a Tailored Living franchise.

Kevin Griffin (USAF veteran), who was the first Tailored Living franchise territory in Utah, shares his experience: “Previously, I owned a job; with this new venture I will own a business. I have a 10-year plan to grow the business and look forward to the responsibility that comes with it.” 

This is our way of giving back to veterans to help them take the next step into owning their own business and building a financial future. 

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Holiday Home Organization Tips

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Gracious Holiday Entertaining is Easier with Some Practical Home Organization Solutions 

 Holiday LanternAs we move into the holidays, you’re probably thinking about entertaining and having guests in your home, you’re pulling out favorite recipes and taking mental inventory of all you need to do. How would you answer this question from a recent online survey?

Does the idea of someone showing up at your door unannounced send you into a cold sweat or are you ready for drop-in guests whenever they may pop up?  (Houzz.com)

The responses ran the gamut from “hostess with the mostess” to “it’s no wonder you don’t have any friends.”

  • Yes, ring my door bell because I have a whole floor dedicated to guests: scheduled or not!
  • I have never had any issues with an unexpected visit. The more the merrier!
  • I love guests, but give me a heads-up so I can vacuum and take out the recycling. I love my husband but he's untidy.
  • I never visit anyone unannounced, and I can't stand unannounced visitors myself.
  • If someone comes to my door unannounced I quickly turn off the TV if it’s on and drop to the floor and wait for them to leave. (Bah humbug, indeed!)

Can you align yourself with any of those sentiments? (Hopefully not the last one.) Most of us would probably love to have an open-door policy, but feel defeated by the desire to present a more welcoming and attractive environment than we currently have. Does any of the following sound familiar?

  • My husband likes to do [home renovation] himself so it's going very slow. Maybe six months from now?
  • We have three teenagers. At any given moment it looks like something exploded in our open plan kitchen/living area.
  • Ugh! I wish my home was presentable enough for spontaneous entertaining!

So how can you get some control going into possibly the busiest and most fun time of the year?

Organization and Planning

Whether BFFs or relatives you see only once a year, you want your guests to feel welcome, comfortable and happy to be in your home. And when they are there, you want to enjoy the time with them, not be constantly fussing, rearranging rooms and cleaning when no one is looking. Knowing that you will certainly have holiday guests, you can make a schedule of tasks to be done in advance so that you’re not scrambling at the last minute. A little organization and planning can go a long way to reducing stress!

  • Replace any burned out lights and de-clutter the porch and entryway 
  • Unpack the holiday dishes and have them washed and ready
  • Do your holiday/seasonal decorating early and pack away the storage boxes
  • Stock your kitchen and pantry with items you’ll need; do plan-ahead menus
  • Have snacks and drinks to accommodate everyone’s tastes—coffee or tea, sweetener or sugar?
  • Figure out sleeping arrangements if the visit requires some shifting (i.e., air mattresses for the cousins, grandparents into the kids’ rooms or install a Murphy Bed in a spare room)
  • Be sure you have enough bed linens and towels to accommodate everyone
  • Freshen up the guest room so it’s ready to welcome any sleep-over guests
  • Candles, lights and greenery add a festive touch throughout the house
  • Take a Swiffer sweep of all the walls to remove dust or cobwebs
  • If you have pets, bathe them and clean their sleeping areas or cages
  • Clear your yard of any unnecessary items or dead plants
  • If weather permits, clean patio furniture so it’s ready for use, or cover it and store it away
  • Make sure the garage is not a hazard to life and limb

This looks like a lot, but by tackling these chores one at a time, and with help, it won’t be overwhelming. You might want to assign certain tasks to the kids so they can earn some extra money for their own gift giving needs. Or, create a “Honey-Do” list so no one is excluded from the preparations. Share the love!

Gift Yourself with our Holiday Sale Event

Holiday Closet OrganizationHowever, if you feel your home needs a bit more organizational help so you can truly enjoy the holidays, this is the perfect time to consider getting a custom-designed closet, garage organizational storage system, home office makeover or pantry renovation. Tailored Living’s® Holiday Sale Event is going on right now, and you’ll receive a free upgrade on your home improvement project. This could be a finish or garage flooring upgrade, an additional closet accessory, hardware upgrade or decorative molding, just to name a few options. 

   

Lighting, fancy hardware and glass door inserts are three upgrades available to personalize your custom closet

Tailored Living’s organizational specialists can help you maximize your home’s space so that you’ll feel ready to welcome holiday visitors, and it won’t take six months! A phone call today to schedule a free, in-home consultation is the first step to worry-free holiday entertaining and carefree living every day.

It’s not too late to make some improvements that will ensure a more enjoyable and stress-free holiday season for you and your family. Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you. Be sure and ask about the Holiday Sale Event and pick out our gift to you.

 

Let Tailored Living Customize and Organize Your Entire Home

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Whole Home Organization for Stress-free Living with Custom, Personalized Storage Solutions

Have you ever walked into a friend’s custom-designed closet and thought, “Wow; that is fabulous! If I had this closet I’d…”  What? Add more hanging bars, shoe shelves, jewelry organizers? The beauty of custom design is that you can add the accessories that you want.

Custom design enhances the functionality of not only closets, but also garages, pantries, laundry rooms, home offices, entryways or mudrooms. Your whole home can be organized with your own personal touches in every room.

Tailored Living® organization specialists are whole home organizers. They come to you and by discussing in detail your unique use of living space they help design solutions that meet your specific needs, rather than trying to fit you into ready-made storage solutions.

Start with the basics

The first step is determining what you want to do with your space.

 

  • If a garage, is it for cars only or do you have a laundry area and/or other storage needs? Is there a work bench in the garage or would you like to have a work bench in the garage?
  • Is your over-crowded master closet a “hers” or a “his and hers?”
  • Are your kids’ closets generically chaotic? (Hint: a teen’s closet should be different from a young child’s.)
  • Is the kitchen pantry like the Bermuda Triangle--things go in and disappear without a trace?
  • Does your laundry room/area make it easier or harder to get laundry done?
  • Do you need dedicated office space in your home to work more effectively?
  • Is your entry way or mud room inviting or intimidating?

 

We’ll take a quick home tour and see how Tailored Living can help personalize your living space to make life easier, reduce stress and establish order. There will be some valuable organizational tips along the way as we go room to room.

Closet

A Tailored Living custom closet design will maximize every inch of space, including capturing vertical space generally ignored in traditional closet design. A combination of cabinets, drawers, shelves and tiered hanging rods establish the basis for creating a customized closet whether for his-and-hers, a child’s or a shopaholic’s haven. With a variety of finish choices and accessories, you can personalize every aspect of a closet. Some of the options include drawer and shelf dividers, velvet-lined jewelry organizers, pull-out baskets with or without colorful vinyl basket wraps, valet rods, belt and tie racks, hooks, pant hanger racks, integrated ironing board, tilt-out laundry bins and an ingenious, space-saving spiral shoe rack for that awkward corner, and it holds up to 25 pairs of shoes!


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This “his and hers” closet keeps everyone organized and happy.

Pantry

Accessibility is the key to a well-organized pantry. Vertical storage captures valuable unused space, but tall shelving can be impractical for everyday use. Relegate top shelves to rarely used appliances, back-up supplies, or seasonal items. This leaves more “reachable” space for the things you and your family use constantly and makes tracking expiration dates much easier. Customize your pantry with deep or narrow shelves, pull-out baskets, spice or wine racks and cabinets. Adjustable shelf height lets you accommodate taller items such as two-liter drink bottles or family-sized cereal boxes. Lower storage shelves or baskets are “child-friendly,” making snacks and lunch box foods easy to grab. 


Pantry

Your pantry can be customized for easy accessibility of the things your family uses most.

Garage

Often considered the man’s domain, most garages actually serve all-family uses. Garages house laundry facilities, general storage, toys, tools and sporting equipment, just to name a few possibilities. An unplanned garage can become an organizational nightmare of wasted space. Tailored Living offers garage solutions that maximize space according to how you actually use your garage. Custom cabinets in a variety of colors and finishes, overhead storage and Gridwall Racks help get everything up off the floor and into functional space that provides ease of use for the whole family. PremierFlexTM garage floor tiles or our PremierOne® hybrid polymer floor coating protects and beautifies your garage floor and makes it easier to keep clean.

Garage

This garage design has bountiful storage conveniently close to the entry door into the house, extending the living space.

Laundry Room

Not everyone has the luxury of an entire room just for laundry, but whatever space serves you as a laundry room can be maximized to organize the process. Upper and lower cabinets provide storage for laundry products so they are close at hand. Counter top space, valet rods, hooks or a pull-out ironing board all assist with turning dirty clothes into clean clothes and getting them back into the closets. Mastering the task with organizational accessories will save you time and energy.

Laundry Room

This laundry area beautifully shares storage space and work surfaces with kitchen and pantry.

Entryway or Mud Room

Life is made up of comings and goings and the nicer you can make them, the better. Clutter tends to accumulate in entryways and mud rooms as people drop off things, whether they belong there or not. Instituting some home organization solutions will help keep those areas clear and highly functional. Sturdy hooks for hanging coats, hats and scarves will eliminate piles on a chair or table. Cubbies for shoes will keep them up off the floor and give wet shoes and boots space to dry. Cubbies can even accommodate backpacks, lunch bags, purses or brief cases. You can personalize your space with shelves, a storage bench, hat rack, “last look” mirror or umbrella stand to make coming home more inviting, and leaving less chaotic with everything in its appointed place.

Entryway

These entryway individual stations keep necessities from getting lost or forgotten.

Home Office

Not everyone works from home, but most people have a home office of some kind. It may be just for paying bills, chatting online, or downloading recipes, but having the space organized will make it more comfortable and efficient. A home office may be multi-use or shared space with more than one work station. It could be a whole room, sharing space in a guest room, or just a nook in the kitchen, but with thoughtful design, your home office can accommodate storage, multiple users and all the equipment and cords you need! From a full L-shaped desk design to an alcove counter top, using cabinets, shelving and drawers you’ll be able to hide the mess and have pleasant surroundings.


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This home office design incorporating a Murphy Bed turns the space into a comfortable guest room when needed.

I hope you enjoyed our home tour and that you’re inspired to get organized! Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you. Let Tailored Living help you get your whole home under control before the holidays arrive and busy schedules get even busier. Remember, organization is a beautiful thing.

Tailored Living Partners with George to the Rescue to Renovate Amy Van Dyken's Home

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Tailored Living Joins George to the Rescue in a “Welcome Home” Renovation for Amy Van Dyken-Rouen

George to the Rescue Closet InstallAfter an ATV accident in June, 2014, left Amy Van Dyken-Rouen paralyzed from the waist down, she spent the next three long months in rehabilitation. Regaining control of her life as quickly as possible was the dedicated goal of this six-time gold medal Olympian swimmer.

During that same three months, unbeknownst to Amy, her husband, Tom, had been in communication with George Oliphant of George to the Rescue (GTTR), a popular national home improvement TV show that “rescues” homes when special needs arise. GTTR, Tailored Living®, Budget Blinds® and other local contractors and friends formed a solid team to renovate the Scottsdale home so she would return to a totally retrofitted house. George shares, “Contractors in the area, normally competing for jobs, today banded together to help us help Amy. We want her house to be 100% accessible before she gets out of rehab. She has no idea we’re here, it’s a total surprise.” 

Coast-to-Coast Support   

All across the country, people were working together to surprise Amy. Tailored Living serving Scottsdale franchisee Kevin Kinney was part of the committed team, designing and building a fabulous custom his-and-hers master bedroom closet to give Amy full access to her wardrobe and accessories from her wheelchair. Tailored Living’s sister company, Budget blinds, designed and installed custom, motorized cellular honeycomb shades giving Amy total light and privacy control. 

In New York, Meredith Vieira had Amy, her husband and George as guests on her show, The Meredith Vieira Show, to reveal the surprise to Amy.  Amy talked about her accident and shared some concerns about going home. 

Amy:  “Carpets are hard, and doorways. As my house was when I left it, I will not be able to take a shower, no cooking, won’t be able to see if pots are boiling, won’t be able to reach the faucet to do dishes. We’ve had some of Tom’s friends in the house making sure things are okay.” 

Meredith: “Do they know what they’re doing?” 

Amy: “I don’t know.” 

Any apprehension melted away when Meredith introduced George and they explained what had been going on and showed Amy clips of some of the renovations. (Click here to view The Meredith Vieira Show episode.) 

There’s No Place like Home  

Amy was anxious to return home. She says, “To me home means laughter, love and good meals—sometimes they’re burnt—but a place where you can put your feet up and your hair down and really be yourself.”  

George joined Amy and Tom in Scottsdale for the “welcome home” reveal. Everyone who had helped with the renovation was there to welcome Amy home and her thank you, even before she went inside, was touching: “You guys are amazing. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. Every morning when I wake up I’ll probably think of all of you.”

The Tailored Living custom closet was a big hit, especially when George explained that the pull-down closet rods work best when loaded with clothes (they can support 26 pounds): 

George:  “A girl loves the closet, right?” 

Amy:  “Mine was a hot mess! That is so cool about the pull-downs. ” 

George: “The more clothes, the easier they are to pull down.” 
 

Amy:  “The more clothes…!”  

Tom:  “Oh, George, don’t tell her that!”  

George took Amy for a room-to-room tour to show all the improvements that had been made for her: 
 
•  Carpets replaced with tile for ease of movement through the house. 
•  The motorized cellular shades perfectly compliment the home’s décor and increase energy efficiency. A/C and window shades are remote controlled so Amy can easily manage light and temperature.
•  Master bath received a barrier-free shower, lowered sink/makeup area for Amy, new faucets (she declared it a spa!).
•  Custom closet in master bedroom has pull-down rods, low hanging rods, drawers and shoe racks so clothes and accessories are reachable.
•  Kitchen island was lowered and fitted with sink and faucets to be wheelchair accessible. 
•  Stove was lowered and fitted to accommodate Amy’s chair so she can cook, and a remote control hood was added.
•  Drop-down cabinets bring dishes to counter top level at the touch of a button.
•  The backyard pool now has a specialized lift so Amy can get in and out of the pool. 
•  Her beloved Chevy was outfitted so she can drive again (this final reveal brought the big tears).

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Watching Amy smile, cry and laugh was testimony to the depth of feeling this outpouring of love and support created in her. Each person involved has a part in the overwhelming satisfaction and joy of the moment and Tailored Living was honored to participate. (Click here to watch the George to the Rescue reveal episode.)

It was a true Hallmark moment!  

“It’s like my sanctuary, and you know how you feel about your house. I didn’t want a lot to change but I also didn’t want it to look like the handicapped girl lives there. You guys did such a great job, I’m so excited. I feel like when I’m in the house I’m not really handicapped because I can do absolutely everything in this house. So without George to the Rescue, I would feel like a handicapped person, [but] I’m free. This has changed everything.” – Amy Van Dyken-Rouen 

If your home needs some TLC (tender loving care) to be more comfortable and functional for you and your family, Tailored Living can help. We’re experts at whole home organization and storage solutions, including custom closet design, garage cabinets and flooring, pantry design and more. Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to scroll through our photo gallery or to find an organization specialist near you. 

Seasonal Wardrobe Solutions from Tailored Living

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Survive Seasonal Wardrobe Changes with Tailored Living’s Custom Closet Solutions 

The changing seasons conjure up emotional responses and memories in all of us. Thinking ahead to fall and winter, you can almost smell pumpkin pies baking and apple cider simmering. The cooling temperatures may bring memories of cozy sweaters and favorite bulky scarves and you almost can’t wait for that first frosty morning! Winter Clothes

But along with the changing seasons comes changing wardrobes and the challenge of maintaining the family closets with the necessary clothes and accessories. When it’s pouring rain and time to leave for work and school, is not the time to begin the search for rain coats, boots and umbrellas that were stashed away. Somewhere. Last year.

A little organization and planning can help smooth the transition from season to season so you don’t ever have to experience seasonal shock.

The Seasonal Wardrobe Swap

If you are lucky enough to have huge closets in each bedroom, you can accommodate seasonal wardrobe changes by merely moving the out-of-season items to the back of the closet and bringing current season clothing to the front.  Any size closet, reach-in or walk-in, can benefit from a custom closet design organizational system that maximizes space with tiered hanging rods, vertical shelves, pull-out bins or drawers, shoe racks and more.

When winter rolls around, summer wear like shorts, bathing suits, sun dresses and sandals can be placed in boxes and stored in the top of the closet, leaving room for winter clothes and accessories close at hand. This is especially helpful in children’s closets as it limits their wardrobe choices and prevents them from trying to wear their favorite shorts in below freezing temperatures.

Custom Closet SeasonalWhen the seasons change again, it’s quick and easy to swap out the summer garb, and the winter clothes go into the boxes to the top of the closet (or out to the garage). A turn in the dryer with your favorite scented dryer sheet will eliminate wrinkles and leave clothes ready to wear after the time in storage.

To eliminate bedroom closet overload, a closet dedicated to seasonal items for the whole family is useful. Heavy coats, boots, hats, scarves, gloves and other protective wear that doesn’t need to be readily available year-round can be consolidated in one place. Use garment bags to provide additional protection for stored items while not in use.

One caveat: be sure all clothing is clean and dry before you store it away or it may not be usable when you retrieve it. Moisture results in mildew and dirty clothes are an irresistible draw for bugs. Placing scented dryer sheets or whole cloves in the boxes and garment bags will help deter bugs.

This wardrobe swapping solution also works for special holiday decorations. Put away the everyday items by swapping out the existing with the new things you want to display or use. For example, if you have a spring/summer comforter set and a fall/winter comforter set, an under-bed storage bag holds whichever set is not in use. You don’t need storage for both sets.

Tailored Living’s organizational specialists are available to help with any home organization/storage needs you many have. From maximizing your garage to customizing closets, pantries or laundry rooms to capture valuable space we can offer solutions custom tailored to your space and budget. Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you.



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Seasonal Storage Garage Solutions to Make Your Life Better All Year Long

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Seasonal Storage Garage Solutions to Make Your Life Better All Year Long

How many times have you found yourself standing in the middle of a room with something in your hand thinking, “Where am I going to put this?” It could be a new item or a misplaced-from-somewhere-else-in-the-house transient thing that has no place of its own. The old adage “a place for everything and everything in its place” seems like nothing more than a Martha Stewartesque pipedream.

Seasonal-Storage-Tailored-LivingMost of our homes could stand some de-cluttering (completely removing items we never use), but that still leaves all those things we do use, off and on or seasonally, that we want to keep but just don’t seem to have room for. Wouldn’t it be nice to have enough space so that everything is more organized and accessible all year long?

For instance, how many of the following items actually have a permanent space in your home where you’ll always find them?

  • Christmas dishes
  • Halloween costumes/decorations
  • Skateboards
  • Holiday linens and décor pieces
  • Gift wrapping supplies
  • Rain gear, jackets and boots
  • Winter coats, hats and gloves
  • Bathing suits and beach towels
  • Gardening/ handyman tools
Seasonal Garage Storage


Organizing for specific storage needs will maximize your whole home space and save time and money by not having to hunt for what’s been misplaced, or by replacing what you simply can’t find when you need it. (Oh yes, this happens--just think “umbrella.”)

Garage Organization Captures Underutilized Space
Most garages are a wealth of space that most homes don’t take advantage of. Generally, the garage is relegated to car, yard and sports stuff when, in reality, it can provide storage for so much more. A Tailored Living® garage organization system that uses overhead and vertical storage can accommodate large objects like bicycles, skateboards, golf clubs or skis by getting them up off the floor with a system of hooks and racks designed for utility and safety.

A combination of enclosed cabinets and open shelving can provide space for boxes of seasonal decorations, arts and crafts supplies, auto care products, beach/pool toys or anything that needs to move out of the house. Gridwall Racks can accommodate large and small tools and gardening implements with ease and you’ll be able to find them when needed.

All this will even leave room to park a car or two, depending on your garage size.

Here are some general tips for successful garage storage:

  • Breakables should be carefully wrapped
  • Plastic, see-through bins let you see what’s inside
  • Accurately label each container
  • Group storage bins or boxes together by season or function
  • Use as many same-size, stackable containers as possible to maximize space
  • Largest and heaviest containers on the bottom; lightest on top
  • Don’t overload bins; dropping a heavy box of dishes or glassware can spoil your day
  • Plastic containers with lids repel moisture, rodents and insects, the nemeses of any storage


If you want to explore maximizing your garage space, a Tailored Living organization specialist is available to help. Call 866-675-8819 (US) or 866-257-7231 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you. From maximizing your garage to customizing closets, pantries or laundry rooms we can offer solutions custom tailored to your space and budget needs.



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