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Family Room Rescue

A pro organizer is hired to bring function back to a family room.

Jan and Terry Thompson and their youngest daughter, 15-year-old Rachel, have big dreams of spending lots of time together in their 15- by 14-foot family room.

But several years worth of games, books and other clutter are keeping that dream from coming true, so they have enlisted professional organizer Tonia Tomlin to help them realize their dream for the space.

She starts by helping them sort through the myriad of books, games, VHS tapes, DVD, CDs, cassette tapes and photos that are strewn about. The room is then cleared of all is furniture to give Tomlin plenty of room to lay out her plan to get things in tiptop shape.

The first order of business is to replace the old entertainment unit with a larger, more functional one. She also wants to bring in a new coffee table, bookshelves and desk for Rachel. Adding a splash of color to the room will complete the look and make the room cozier. See how she did below.

Study Area

Before: Daughter Rachel's small desk was cluttered with miscellaneous items, leaving scant room for needed supplies.

After: Her new, larger desk is bright, cheery and organized. Sliding wire baskets (at right) provide plenty of storage space.

Entertainment Area

Before: Organizer Tonia Tomlin said this crammed entertainment center wasn't working as hard as it could and proposed a replacement for it.

After: The new larger unit is much more functional, housing the television as well as decorative storage boxes for videos, CDs, photos and games.

Living Area

Tomlin created a living space in front of the entertainment center, bringing in a bright new sofa and ottoman that opens to reveal hidden storage below.

Before, the room was drab and overflowing with things the Thompsons no longer used, but now everything has its place, and the room is bursting with personality. Two new bookshelves provide ample space for the books that were kept from the massive sorting project, and there's still room left to add more later.

Products from The Container Store:

Techno Pneumatic Lift Chair
narrow divided tray for desk
two Portofino office storage boxes
Metro Brushed Aluminum Wastebasket
stainless-steel magnetic board
Master Grip bookends
two Pandan single boxes
two Pandan storage stools
three Portofino photo storage boxes, Black
three Portofino photo storage boxes, Red
three Portofino photo storage boxes, Cappuccino
three Portofino photo storage boxes, Navy
three Makati video baskets
two Desk Legs, Platinum
Elfa desk drawer unit
Elfa desktop, Walnut
two Makati 18-CD baskets

Product from Rugs Direct:

Radici USA-Berries Rug 5'5" x 7'11", Rectangular

Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:

five gallons Humble Gold, eggshell finish

Products from Stacks and Stacks:

classic cherry entertainment center
one of each size Patti Tables, Java

Products from Home Decorators Collection:

leather-covered storage bench/cocktail table, Dark Brown
two 30" ladder bookcases, Dark Walnut finish, 64" x 30" x 14"
four-door Amanda Lowboy, Dark Brown three doors

Products from Sure Fit:

chenille solid sofa slipcover, Ruby

Products from Russell and Hazel:

three Signature three-ing binders, Lime
R + H collator

Products from Lillian Vernon:

complete leather five-piece desk set, Red

Bookshelf assembly:

Handyman Matters

Products from Unboxed Memories:

family photos DVD

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