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The Biggest Closet in your Home - Your Garage!

 

After a long and cold Chicago winter, the temGarage Organizational Solutionperatures are rising and the snow is finally melting. Now is an excellent time to begin planning your next spring cleaning project. Why not start with the  largest closet in your house - your garage? If your family is like mine, your garage serves as the catch-all for anything out of place. As the piles grow, your available space shrinks. Your dreams of having an organized garage are slowly overshadowed by feelings of overwhelming discouragement and doubt about where to even begin.

We at Closet Works are experts at relieving your organizational stress by designing functional storage solutions. Although garage organization seems complicated, there are four basic categories of items that must be stored.The following outlines these categories and offers easy storage solutions:

  • Items that require floor space: Your garbage cans, lawn mowers, snow blowers, tricycles, and wagons are examples of this category. With a custom garage design, we can find the perfect place for all of your equipment while optimizing your storage capacity.
  • Items that can be stored up high: Bicycles and storage tubs are the most common examples from this category, and can be easily hung on hooks or racks from the garage ceiling.
  • Items that fit onto shelving: Shelving may be completely exposed or it may feature doors, drawers, or baskets. Shelving is a great way to store smaller items used on a more regular basis, such as cleaner, fertilizer, sunscreen, bugspray, car-wash supplies, and other similar-sized items.
  • Items that may be hung on walls: Storage racks, like slat wall or grid wall, combine with moveable hooks and racks to provide storage for rakes, shovels, brooms, leaf blowers, bicycle pumps, skis, extensions cords, etc. Wire baskets are another option for wall racks, and are perfect for storing sporting equipment. These racks allow for a practical storage solution on an otherwise unusable surface.

Whether your dream garage includes a workbench for your household projects, adequate storage for your gardening supplies, a defined place for your children's toys, or simply to have a clear path to park your cars, we at Closet Works have your solution.

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GCloset Works - Greg Ceterareg Cetera's favorite thing about being a designer for Closet Works is that he gets the chance to meet wonderful people, and visit beautiful homes throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. He embraces the challenge of creating functional and aesthetically pleasing solutions to address his clients’ storage needs. Greg is most gratified by providing clients with a sense of order and tranquility as they become organized. He firmly believes in the Closet Works philosophy of creating “Raving Fans,” and aspires to provide each client with premier customer service and precise attention to their needs and objectives. Greg is now the Sales Manager of the sales/design division.

Get Healthy by Cleaning out your Closet

 
GETTING ORGANIZED WITH CLOSET WORKSGetting organized and removing clutter can actually be good exercise - both mentally and physically.  So if one of your goals is to take off the holiday excess - do it in a double duty way and clear your clutter with quick movements that get your heart rate up.  You’ll get the endorphins from the exercise as well as the feeling of accomplishment and organization.  Plus it’s a great way to get some indoor exercise if you live in a climate that’s frigid or snowy.
 
Another new concept - consider that your clean closets can equal a new gym membership.  If you can sell the items that no longer serve you - you can use that money to pay for the new membership.
 
And some of the best advice ever - Get help.  Cleaning and organizing is physical work, which is good for your heart but can also wear you out.  Ask friends and family to help, hire the neighbor’s kids to carry boxes to the attic or haul trash to the curb, and spread your tasks out over a few weekends.  Smart planning will help you stay on track and in good health.
 
What a great way to start anew - whether it’s January or June.
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