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Suburban-Home Master Bedroom Makeover

Heather and Burt Mulford need help getting their bedroom uncluttered and organized.

Heather and Burt Mulford have an organization problem: The bedroom of their suburban home became a chaotic mess when they had two children in two years. It is a dumping ground for outgrown baby clothes and also serves as an office in which Heather grades school papers.

Piles of photos, CDs and magazines are out of control in the main area, while outdated sweaters, shoes and purses stuff the closet.

The Mulfords need help, and professional organizer Liz Witts has it. Her plan is to get rid of the oversize furniture that doesn't function as well as it should.

This dresser, which has become a catchall, takes up too much wall space and provides too little storage.

This oversize desk serves as an office but provides zero storage for supplies and computer components.

Too many old sweaters, shoes and purses fight for space with hanging clothes in this overstuffed walk-in closet.

Liz recommends that the Mulfords sort through the clothes and create a large giveaway pile or consign items such as maternity clothes to long-term storage. Her goal is to create a serene adult environment that is also kid-friendly. Let's see if she was successful:

Some of Liz's tips to help the Mulfords get organized include the following:

  • Store picture negatives in an airtight bag in a different place from photo albums, like a parent's basement. If anything happens to the photo album (fire, flood, etc.), the pictures can be reproduced.

  • When sorting medicine, check for expiration dates and then sort by use: cold medicines, creams and ointments and bandages, for example.

  • Think twice about hanging on to paperbacks. Once read, they are best donated or recycled to a used bookstore.

  • Keep a clear bin in the kids' closets for outgrown clothes. Once the clothes have gone through the wash, instead of putting them away, just toss them in the bin.

  • Carefully asses the clothes in dresser drawers for things that can go into long-term storage.

  • Keep a "to-go" box of important papers (things like birth certificates, marriage license and insurance) that can be grabbed quickly in case of fire. The box can look like an attractive accessory. It should be kept in a convenient spot.

Liz brought in a few key pieces to help this couple get started cleaning up their clutter.
The tall dresser and bookcase have been replaced with this entertainment unit that hides cords and clutter.

Gone is the massive desk and in its place is a smaller corner desk that hides components and has a place for supplies.

A built-in storage system will bring order to the closet and eliminate the need for a dresser in the bedroom.

Makeover Information

Products from Stacks and Stacks:

Scarlet/Denim Cathy chair
Espresso brown bookcase and armoire

Products from Sure Fit:

bed cover
duvet pillows
18" banded pillow

Products from Smith & Noble:

Canvas Brick Tab Top curtains
Black wrought-iron rods
crown finials

Products from Storage Decor:

fabric-covered boxes, FCB Provance

Products from The Container Store:

Espresso Pandan storage stools
deep sweater box
Mocha Makati magazine baskets
White storage boxes
Natural extra-large magazine file
Techno Pneumatic lift chair
Sage small lined Makati baskets
compartment drawer organizers
boot boxes

Products from


Products from Bellacor:

Sturbridge table lamp
wrought-iron table lamps

Products from QVC:

Caramelized Espresso floor lamp
corner desk

Products from Lillian Vernon:

Maize storage trunks

Products from Schulte Corp.:

freedomRail closet system

Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:

SW 2860 Sage for (wall color)
SW 2829 Classical White (trim color)

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