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Home-Office Transformation

Ellyn Adler needs help getting her office organized.

Before: Cluttered Craft Room
Ellyn Adler has a creative bent that takes up two rooms of the home she shares with husband Hilly. She enjoys crafting pillows, purses and clothing, but there are so many piles of fabric, patterns, notions, yarn and unfinished projects lying around that it is difficult to find the desk or sewing machine.

Her husband has trouble finding space to watch television or work at the computer, and if he does find a seat, he has to watch out for pins or knitting needles!

Before: Craft Overflow
The mess even spills over into an adjacent second room, which has become a full-on storage and catchall facility. Besides more piles of yarn and fabric, a stack of old clothes that Ellyn no longer wears has been collecting dust for a year and a half!

An idea for starting a new sewing business from home has Ellyn ready to get things in order and master the art of organization. She clearly needs help in this area, so she turns to professional organizer Diane Albright for help.

Albright welcomes the challenge and steps in with a plan: Use the larger room for craft production and the smaller room for the office. This way, the rooms will be functional for Ellyn and will provide a pleasant environment for Hilly to enjoy at the same time.

The first step is to move all the office equipment into one room and consolidate and sort the remaining craft materials for storage in the other room. Everything is sorted into one of four piles: throw away, put away, give away, and another day (for those items difficult to place). Any project that has not been worked on in six months is thrown away.

After: Stylish and Organized
To give the rooms a fresh feel, bright yellow paint is chosen to reflect Ellyn's love for vibrant color. A new, adjustable shelving system is introduced into both rooms with a matching collection of baskets for storage.

In the new production studio, a work area is created for Ellyn's knitting machine, complete with shelves to hold her knitting machine and some of her yarn and decorative baskets hung above to store more yarn. On the opposite wall, decorative baskets store Ellyn's patterns, and the cutting table is relocated beneath to create a new sewing area.

Products from All Bright Ideas:

two-tier junk drawer organizer
desk organizers, pack of two
clear cube of drawers
chrome basket with handles
chrome basket without handles
Colonial candle

Product from Bellacor:

desk lamp

Products from Click Clack:

small, medium and large clear containers

Product from Lizell:

desk with bookcase

Products from Pendaflex:

hanging file folders
box-bottom hanging folders
interior manila file folders

Products from Russell and Hazel:

binders
Office in the Round (carousel with office supplies)
white square nesting boxes
desktop file
drawing box/accessory collection
circular nesting boxes
Classic Square Box
Classic Letterbox
Let's Get Started Set

Products from Schulte:

knitting-area workstation
desktop with basket for sewing equipment
shelving for patterns
shelving for fabric

Products from Stacks and Stacks:

fold-away ironing board
hooks, pack of two

Products from Storage Decor:

set of three baskets
set of five fabric boxes

Convenient Storage
These low shelves now contain magazines and notions stored in attractive black and clear containers. They are located near the cutting table for convenience.

Products from All Bright Ideas:

two-tier junk drawer organizer
desk organizers, pack of two
clear cube of drawers
chrome basket with handles
chrome basket without handles
Colonial candle

Product from Bellacor:

desk lamp

Products from Click Clack:

small, medium and large clear containers

Product from Lizell:

desk with bookcase

Products from Pendaflex:

hanging file folders
box-bottom hanging folders
interior manila file folders

Products from Russell and Hazel:

binders
Office in the Round (carousel with office supplies)
white square nesting boxes
desktop file
drawing box/accessory collection
circular nesting boxes
Classic Square Box
Classic Letterbox
Let's Get Started Set

Products from Schulte:

knitting-area workstation
desktop with basket for sewing equipment
shelving for patterns
shelving for fabric

Products from Stacks and Stacks:

fold-away ironing board
hooks, pack of two

Products from Storage Decor:

set of three baskets
set of five fabric boxes

Organized Fabric
A wall that used to house a computer, TV, stereo and shelves is now organized into storage for fabric. The shelves were raised to make room for the cutting table.

Products from All Bright Ideas:

two-tier junk drawer organizer
desk organizers, pack of two
clear cube of drawers
chrome basket with handles
chrome basket without handles
Colonial candle

Product from Bellacor:

desk lamp

Products from Click Clack:

small, medium and large clear containers

Product from Lizell:

desk with bookcase

Products from Pendaflex:

hanging file folders
box-bottom hanging folders
interior manila file folders

Products from Russell and Hazel:

binders
Office in the Round (carousel with office supplies)
white square nesting boxes
desktop file
drawing box/accessory collection
circular nesting boxes
Classic Square Box
Classic Letterbox
Let's Get Started Set

Products from Schulte:

knitting-area workstation
desktop with basket for sewing equipment
shelving for patterns
shelving for fabric

Products from Stacks and Stacks:

fold-away ironing board
hooks, pack of two

Products from Storage Decor:

set of three baskets
set of five fabric boxes

Baskets for Yarn
Another wall of shelves hold baskets filled with yarn. Adjustable storage drawers underneath create a surface for a knitting and sewing machine.

Products from All Bright Ideas:

two-tier junk drawer organizer
desk organizers, pack of two
clear cube of drawers
chrome basket with handles
chrome basket without handles
Colonial candle

Product from Bellacor:

desk lamp

Products from Click Clack:

small, medium and large clear containers

Product from Lizell:

desk with bookcase

Products from Pendaflex:

hanging file folders
box-bottom hanging folders
interior manila file folders

Products from Russell and Hazel:

binders
Office in the Round (carousel with office supplies)
white square nesting boxes
desktop file
drawing box/accessory collection
circular nesting boxes
Classic Square Box
Classic Letterbox
Let's Get Started Set

Products from Schulte:

knitting-area workstation
desktop with basket for sewing equipment
shelving for patterns
shelving for fabric

Products from Stacks and Stacks:

fold-away ironing board
hooks, pack of two

Products from Storage Decor:

set of three baskets
set of five fabric boxes

After: Home Office
The second room is now used as a home office. A handsome new circular desk takes center stage. In the new home office, the basket system is duplicated to store fabric by color, style and yardage. A filing system is set up, and on one wall creates an entertainment area so that Hilly can sit and watch television while Ellyn works at her desk.

Products from All Bright Ideas:

two-tier junk drawer organizer
desk organizers, pack of two
clear cube of drawers
chrome basket with handles
chrome basket without handles
Colonial candle

Product from Bellacor:

desk lamp

Products from Click Clack:

small, medium and large clear containers

Product from Lizell:

desk with bookcase

Products from Pendaflex:

hanging file folders
box-bottom hanging folders
interior manila file folders

Products from Russell and Hazel:

binders
Office in the Round (carousel with office supplies)
white square nesting boxes
desktop file
drawing box/accessory collection
circular nesting boxes
Classic Square Box
Classic Letterbox
Let's Get Started Set

Products from Schulte:

knitting-area workstation
desktop with basket for sewing equipment
shelving for patterns
shelving for fabric

Products from Stacks and Stacks:

fold-away ironing board
hooks, pack of two

Products from Storage Decor:

set of three baskets
set of five fabric boxes

Window Seat
Some spunky new fabric for cushions and curtains turn this window seat (formerly hidden under mounds of clutter) into a focal point for the office.

Looks like mission accomplished for the Adlers! They have taken back their two rooms, and Ellyn can direct her attention to her new business venture.

Products from All Bright Ideas:

two-tier junk drawer organizer
desk organizers, pack of two
clear cube of drawers
chrome basket with handles
chrome basket without handles
Colonial candle

Product from Bellacor:

desk lamp

Products from Click Clack:

small, medium and large clear containers

Product from Lizell:

desk with bookcase

Products from Pendaflex:

hanging file folders
box-bottom hanging folders
interior manila file folders

Products from Russell and Hazel:

binders
Office in the Round (carousel with office supplies)
white square nesting boxes
desktop file
drawing box/accessory collection
circular nesting boxes
Classic Square Box
Classic Letterbox
Let's Get Started Set

Products from Schulte:

knitting-area workstation
desktop with basket for sewing equipment
shelving for patterns
shelving for fabric

Products from Stacks and Stacks:

fold-away ironing board
hooks, pack of two

Products from Storage Decor:

set of three baskets
set of five fabric boxes

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