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Clutter Overload

Professional organizer Debbie Lillard turns the room into a functional office and a relaxing retreat for guests or crafing projects. Let's take a look and see how she does it.

Claire Washington and her teenage son have a guest room they use for office work, homework, crafting, and bedding down the occasional houseguest. It has become a dumping ground for crafting, office supplies, photos, old furniture and clothes that don't fit. The bookcase holds a lot more than just books, and the closet is full of clothes that are too small for a growing teenager.

Removing the old furniture creates space in the room for a relaxing sitting area. New curtains emphasize the lovely bay window. The bed is now covered with fun pillows and a lively new spread instead of unfinished craft projects.

This desk, with its broken drawers and piles of CDs and supplies, can hardly be used for office work and homework.

The new 12-by 17-foot space includes a soft yellow-green coat of paint, new bedding, and a corner desk that holds supplies and provides a work surface for crafts.

Sherwin-Williams paint colors:
Narcissus SW6707-flat for walls
White semigloss for trim

Linen Source:
Ferngully queen bedding set: skirt, comforter, fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillowcases
Bronze lamp set

Sure Fit:
Natural Florent rug

Textile Shop:
Sage chiffon window scarves and panels

The Container Store
Skandia home office/study
Skandia shelves
Underbed drawers
Portofino storage boxes
file folders

Lillian Vernon:
CD tower
Family photo album, Brown

Payless Decor
Natural blinds

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