Before: Unfunctional Family RoomLisa and Will Wolverton have a basement cluttered with enormous piles of clothing and toys that they would like to turn into a practical yet fun family room for themselves and daughters Lily, 2, and Anna, 4.
Before: Cluttered Entertainment CenterProfessional organizer Liz Witts is brought in to help turn this space into a functional and fun entertainment spot. The main obstacle to getting it in order is the clutter. Everything must be sorted and some things cleared away. Witts also decides to break down the large area into several zones.
After: Painted ShelvesThe Wolvertons now have a beautiful space that they can relax in and enjoy, plus there's room to spare for the growing girls.
The shelves, now brightly painted, are filled with display pieces and storage bins for DVDs and CDs. More storage is hidden by the cabinet doors below. Rolling bins keep all those toys in one place but out of sight.
Before: No Room For PlayMassive piles of clothing like this one have accumulated over the years, leaving little room for anything else.
After: Spacious Play AreaWith the clothes sorted and either put away or donated, there is plenty of room for this spacious play/reading area for the kids.
Before: Crowded Laundry AreaThe washer and dryer, though hidden behind these doors, are housed in an unsightly, disorganized area. There isn't much room to maneuver, so organizer Liz Witts is forced to get a little creative.
After: Organized Laundry AreaNow it boasts a triple sorter for items to be washed, a rolling caddy for storing detergents and a flat top for folding. The finishing touch is the hanging fabric that hides those exposed pipes and wires.
Before: Chaotic Office AreaClearly there's no way to know where things are in this unkempt office area. More sorting is required before anything else can get done.
After: Large, Organized Office DeskThe small desk is replaced with a larger one, which has ample computer space. Sorting containers for business cards and bills are stored in the drawers.
Product from Lumber Liquidators:
Products from Lillian Vernon:
large business card holder
natural finish daily organizer
Maize storage trunks (one set)
Products from The Container Store:
Calypso toy trolley (two in Raspberry)
two Busy Boxes
four Makati video baskets
two accordion drying racks
Blink stainless-steel step-on can
Products from Holdeverything:
compact corner desk in Warm Mahogany
stacking canvas boxes in Beige
Products from Sure Fit:
full-size linen futon cover with 6" loft, color: Cotton Duck
two linen bolster pillows
two linen Contrast Trim floor pillows, Cotton Duck
Products from Storage Decor:
OFCB ribbon stripe fabric boxes
Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:
Lilac, Apple Blossom and Chartreuse
Product from QVC: