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Basement Declutter

Pro organizer Liz Witts blasts the clutter out of one busy family's basement.

The Skigen family's 25 x 25-foot basement has become overrun with toys, dress-up clothes and a cluttered array of long-term storage items. While the play area in the basement was so unorganized there was no room for fun. Organizing whiz Liz Witts is called upon to take charge of the mess and show the Skigens how organizing can be a fun family activity with results they will love and appreciate for years to come.

Now, it's a true family room that's so open and organized everyone wants to spend time there. There is now an entertainment area for the adults in one space, with a new-and-improved play area behind that for the kids.

Makeover Information

Products from Seabrook Classics:

Pale Green bookcase

Products from The Container Store:

Eva storage stool, Sage Green
three 17-gallon totes with clear lid
17-gallon tote with clear lid (one case of 5)
two sock lights

Products from Padma's Plantation:

Hotel California ottoman with tray

Products from Storage Sense:

two FCB Pinpoint boxes in Lavender
two FCB Pinpoint boxes in Green
baskets with liner in Tiara pattern
Pinpoint baskets with liner in Lavender
Pinpoint baskets with liner in Green
20 Green gingham hangers
20 gingham hangers, Lavender

Products from Sauder:

lateral file in brushed maple

Products from Lillian Vernon:

solid wood two-step ladder, Natural
vintage dress form, White
crinkled paper desk lamp, Lavender
rattan storage bench, Honey
berry wreath, Lavender
pair of antique plaques
beaded night-light, Lavender Floral
beaded night-light, Green Floral

Products from Art in Motion:

Anemone Passion (framed)
Market Tulips (framed)

Products from Design Ideas:

stackable mesh wine rack, Silver
Doodles mobile (flutter)
three Lookers photo mobiles
two 4 x 6" Filaments frames
Surprise vase large
Doodles vase (tall urn)
Doodles vase (chubby urn)
Doodles vase (short urn)
Arbor placemat, Green)
two Kelle tables, cherry
four small Lookers gem pouches, Iced Plum
four small Lookers gem pouches, Honeydew
four medium Lookers gem pouches, Iced Plum
four medium Lookers gem pouches, Honeydew
eight large Lookers gem pouches, Icicle
Lookers bureau, Ice
mesh spinner

Products from Stacks and Stacks:

Orbit wall clock, Silver
Atom floor mirror, Satin Steel (for the girls' dress-up area)
canvas wardrobe
Cosmo Citron stool with tray
chrome desk lamp
white bookcase

Products from Umbra:

two Flow table lamps
Disco Ring set of seven die-cast zinc clips (6 sets total)

Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:

four gallons Martha Stewart 's Grape Cluster, satin finish
four gallons Clary Sage, satin finish
two gallons Extra White, satin finish (for the ceiling)
one gallon Extra White, semigloss finish (for the trim)
four gallons primer (for the walls)


    • Casual furniture from Seabrook Classics
    • Artwork from Art in Motion
    • Media storage containers from Case Logic
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