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Restoring Family Room Functionality

See how organizer Liz Witts takes a family room from cluttered to functional.

Tanikqua and Michael Brown and their three children, Kareem, Kwame and Kenyon, have come to rely on their family room as an office, playroom and storage area. Over the years the space has been taken over by all of their stuff, and they need help getting it back in order.

At 18 x 16 feet, this family room has become so cluttered it no longer functions properly. Organizer Liz Witts steps in to put her skills to the test and help the Browns regain this valuable space.

Now the entire family can relax and enjoy each other's company together in this clean, organized space. The children each have their own section for toys, with plenty of storage space to grow. The walls boast a fresh, buttery yellow coat of paint on top and a cool green on the bottom. There is a new office area next to the entertainment center, and the fireplace is now painted a crisp white and is flanked by bookcases on either side.

Products from Smith & Noble:

soft Roman shade in Zoe/Mist, 2550, inside mount, no extension brackets, standard shade with no valance or decorative edge, loop control, standard lining

Products from Pendaflex:

hanging files and view folders

Products from Organize Everything:

two wall bike racks, Gravity Deluxe

Products from SureFit:

four Seersucker window treatments, tab-top panel, Green
four pillows, button scallop pique in Gutter Vanilla

Products from Design Ideas:

Lookers waste bin color in Green or Yellow
two Lookers HoldIt magnets, in Yellow, and Green
four Doodles magnets, Glub Glub (set of three)
eight Lookers media boxes, four Yellow, four Green
10 Lookers stuff boxes, half Yellow, half Green
Kelle Table, cherry
12 window frame, 4 x 6"
Doodles mobile
Gamble magazine rack
Structure pencil cup, Yellow
four Lookers storage nests, half Yellow, half Green
two Lookers stickup cups one Yellow, one Green
six Lookers memory boxes, two Yellow, two Green, two clear
Lookers photo mobile
two Back and Forth bookshelves
Gamble waste bin
set of six of six coasters
medium Giant Dream bottle, Green
short Giant Dream bottle, Green
two window frames

Products from Art in Motion:

Seaside Bicycle, framed (FD)
Little Tricycle decograph (D)
My Scooter, decograph (D)
Little Wagon, decograph (D)

Products from Solutions:

two wall-hanging fish bowls

Products from Sauder:

computer desk with hutch, Antique White
lateral file, Antique White

Products from The Container Store:

Oh chair, Translucent White
twp Calypso Toy Trolleys, White
two Busy Boxes
melamine desk top, White
four desk legs, White
six Mighty magnetic strips, White
Polo desk chair, Clear/White

Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:

three gallons Butter Cup, eggshell finish
two gallons Index Card Green, eggshell finish
one gallons Picket Fence, eggshell finish
three gallons Pro Block primer (waterbased) for painting over paneling before applying paint

Products from the Home Decorators Collection:

Soho Strata loveseat, Beige

Products from Resource International:

six Cargo bins, two each in Sky Blue, Apple Green and 7-Stripe
Cargo Snap-up! containers, two each in Sky Blue, Apple Green and 7-Stripe
Cargo Peek-a-Boo box set of three, 7-Stripe
Cargo Peek-a-Boo box set of three, Sky Blue

Product from Schulte:

shelving storage system for the living room

A closeup of the office zone reveals a space so crammed with furniture, paperwork and supplies and just general junk that there isn't even room for an office chair.

Now it is a fully functioning office space with a brand new desk capable of handling all the Browns' paper and supply storage needs.

Products from Smith & Noble:

soft Roman shade in Zoe/Mist, 2550, inside mount, no extension brackets, standard shade with no valance or decorative edge, loop control, standard lining

Products from Pendaflex:

hanging files and view folders

Products from Organize Everything:

two wall bike racks, Gravity Deluxe

Products from SureFit:

four Seersucker window treatments, tab-top panel, Green
four pillows, button scallop pique in Gutter Vanilla

Products from Design Ideas:

Lookers waste bin color in Green or Yellow
two Lookers HoldIt magnets, in Yellow, and Green
four Doodles magnets, Glub Glub (set of three)
eight Lookers media boxes, four Yellow, four Green
10 Lookers stuff boxes, half Yellow, half Green
Kelle Table, cherry
12 window frame, 4 x 6"
Doodles mobile
Gamble magazine rack
Structure pencil cup, Yellow
four Lookers storage nests, half Yellow, half Green
two Lookers stickup cups one Yellow, one Green
six Lookers memory boxes, two Yellow, two Green, two clear
Lookers photo mobile
two Back and Forth bookshelves
Gamble waste bin
set of six of six coasters
medium Giant Dream bottle, Green
short Giant Dream bottle, Green
two window frames

Products from Art in Motion:

Seaside Bicycle, framed (FD)
Little Tricycle decograph (D)
My Scooter, decograph (D)
Little Wagon, decograph (D)

Products from Solutions:

two wall-hanging fish bowls

Products from Sauder:

computer desk with hutch, Antique White
lateral file, Antique White

Products from The Container Store:

Oh chair, Translucent White
twp Calypso Toy Trolleys, White
two Busy Boxes
melamine desk top, White
four desk legs, White
six Mighty magnetic strips, White
Polo desk chair, Clear/White

Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:

three gallons Butter Cup, eggshell finish
two gallons Index Card Green, eggshell finish
one gallons Picket Fence, eggshell finish
three gallons Pro Block primer (waterbased) for painting over paneling before applying paint

Products from the Home Decorators Collection:

Soho Strata loveseat, Beige

Products from Resource International:

six Cargo bins, two each in Sky Blue, Apple Green and 7-Stripe
Cargo Snap-up! containers, two each in Sky Blue, Apple Green and 7-Stripe
Cargo Peek-a-Boo box set of three, 7-Stripe
Cargo Peek-a-Boo box set of three, Sky Blue

Product from Schulte:

shelving storage system for the living room

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