Before: Too Much ClutterAvid readers Kimberly and Kennon Jenkins moved into their new home last year and made plans for one large room to be utilized as a study.
Since then that room has become a storage area for massive amounts of toys, files, photos and books. Professional organizer Kendra Muscella intends to change that. She is determined to turn the room into a functional and beautiful space.
Before: Book-Covered FloorMuscella plans to start her transformation on the floor, which is covered with heaps of newspapers, books and magazines. Everything must be sorted into piles to keep, donate or recycle. Once that's done she wants to replace their furniture with new, multipurpose pieces. Fresh paint and drapes will create a relaxing, cozy feel for the whole family to enjoy.
After: New BookshelfThe Jenkins family now has a beautiful and organized new room, thanks to organizer Kendra Muscella. She used elegant customized shelving and clever storage solutions to make it much easier to get down to business in this room.
A new bookshelf holds favorite books as well as some personal photos and collectibles. The best part is that there is room for more selections to be added in the future.
Before: Items Scattered Across FloorToys and books were strewn across the floor, giving the impression that this is a kids' space.
After: Sophisticated RoomNow that everything has been sorted and placed into various shelving units, the room says adult sophistication.
Before: Mess Leaves No RoomThis entire side of the room was completely buried in stuff.
After: Peaceful Reading AreaNow the space has been cleared to make way for a reading nook.
Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:
Everclean satin finish in Rye Grass, SW 6423
Everclean satin finish in Sands of Time, SW 6101
Everclean satin finish in Duration Trim White
Products from Lamps Plus:
Mission Bent glass table lamp
Products from The Container Store:
archival photo storage boxes
128 CD wallet
acrylic CD box
18.5-gallon clear tote with Lock-in lid
Walnut magazine rack
Walnut magazine files
translucent file totes
flat archival storage boxes
Gray hanging folders
Wise Walker nylon tote
Eva storage stool
recycled leather shopping tote
canvas mesh tote
Products from Smith & Noble:
select panels in Shanty Brown
Products from J & M Brickwork:
built-in bookshelf by General Contractor John Muscella