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Wanted: Orderly Home Office

Pro organizer Terri Lynn works her organizational magic in a clutter-filled home office.

The McGill family — Patty, Mike and children Patrick, Michael, Marguerite and baby John — are plagued by a cluttered, nonfunctional home office. Mile-high piles of homework, crafts and collectibles have made a hostile takeover of the 14 x 11-foot space.

Expert organizer Teri Lynn Mabbitt is called upon to restore order and give the McGills the home office of their dreams. See how she did it below.

The McGills were so embarrassed by all the clutter in their home office, they kept the room hidden from company. The shelves and storage cabinet was not being used wisely, and the floor was nothing short of an obstacle course.

Now, with the room clutter free and everything in its place and easily accessible, they love showing it off.

A new desk with lots of storage and workspace makes it easy to stay organized. There's even space set aside for the kids.

Makeover Information

Products from Lillian Vernon:

printer stand in black, printer and printer supplies
blue wood shelf frame
two spotlight floor lamps in black
disc-shaped vase
Everlasting Rose arrangement with raffia, Ivory
leaf-embossed canisters

Product from Solutions Catalog:

Fun Cut scissors set for kids

Products from Brookstone:

Infoglobe message center and 5.8 ghz cordless phone-message center
wafer CD system with mp3 capability

Products from Organize Everything:

mesh, wall-mount magazine rack

Products from Home Decorators Collection:

Bennington Collection floor, table and accent lamps
large planter cubes

Products from Pendaflex:

extra-capacity hanging folders
Extreme index cards
three cutless, Watershed folders, assorted colors

Products from Zircon:

J-Line auto-leveling laser level line (for hanging pictures)

Products from The Container Store:

four-drawer storage chest, clear
10 stacking spice jars
Garbini Can, Ink

Products from Longaberger:

large desktop basket with Indigo liner, protector and dividers
Clip Keeper basket with Indigo liner, protector and lid
Letter Tray basket with Indigo liner
medium Wall Pocket basket with Indigo liner
Newspaper basket with Indigo liner, protector and divider

Products from SpaceCo Inc.:

keyboard/supply drawers, Pelican I, II and III
Space Arm Monitor suspension arm
Computer CPU holder

Products from The Frame Up:

eco-friendly, contemporary stainless-steel framing and matte
antique-style framing and matte on family crest
distressed-style framing and Cobalt Blue matte

Product from In2Products:

printer stand/organizer
Tidy Tower desk organizer (for bill paying)

Product from Tot Tutors:

Go-a-Round craft organizer

Product from Trevco:

museum gel

Product from Cable-Safe:

cable management kit

Product from Lord and Reynolds Electrical Services Inc.:

fan with overhead light

Product from Innovative Openings:

Insol-Roll, Pebblestone (see-through window shade)

Products from Cloth Constructions:

Wellington Roman shade and throw pillow, Sesame

Products from Boulder Commercial Interiors (manufactured by Hon):

Park Avenue desk
display cabinet
lateral file
overhead hutch
task lighting

Products from Neil Flesher and Associates (manufactured by Via Inc.):

two Swopper Chairs, Pacific Blue, anthracite base

Products from La-Z-Boy:

Z Executive chair
Exurbia side chair

Additional services provided by the following:

carpet cleaning, Miracle Carpet Cleaning Services
product assembly and installation, Boulder Home Services
office design work, Interior Energy-Feng Shui


    • Electronic hand tools from Zircon Corp.
    • Baskets from The Longaberger Co.
    • Photo frames from The Frame Up
    • Museum gel from Trevco
    • Cable organizing systems from Cable-Safe
    • Lighting from Lord & Reynolds Electrical Service
    • Custom window treatments from Cloth Constructions
    • Office chairs from Neil Flesher and Associates
    • Office chairs from Via
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