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Hobby Room Overhaul

An organizing pro turns an inhospitable room into a welcoming, functional space.

Cary Salzmann and Ryan Agler are University of North Carolina alumni who enjoyed their college experience so much they decided to make Chapel Hill their home by purchasing the house they rented throughout college. They are serious about transforming their dwelling from a typical college space into a functional family home, but that won't be possible until they address their disastrous hobby room.

At 10' x 16', this hobby room is a cluttered mess of computer gear, craft supplies and an assortment of clothes. It also feels dreary, with the desk blocking the window and the walls painted a dark color. It's going to take the help of professional organizer Kristin Long to teach homeowners Cary Salzmann and Ryan Agler about organization and give them a user-friendly space of their dreams.

For specific product information, click on the After photo(s) of the room.

Now, clearly delineated areas make this a streamlined and efficient space, allowing plenty of room for both Cary and Ryan to have their own work areas. The removal of the workout bench made room for a new craft desk for Cary, complete with shelves to hold her supplies. A craft cart for additional supplies and storage will go right next to the desk. The light blue paint with white trim gives the room a cheery feel, and a throw rug and brown curtains provide the finishing touches.

Products from the The Container Store:

white shelves and Top Tracks in various sizes
white melamine shelves in various sizes
36" hang standards in white
3/8" x 4" drywall drill bits
1/2" drywall anchors, pkg. of five in dark blue
white shelf brackets in various sizes
14-1/2" Shelf Bracket for 16" Shelf White
large shelf connectors in white, set of two
melamine desktop in white
scrapbook MDF paper sorters in white
Our accessory boxes
Our shoeboxes
Our men's shoe boxes
Portofino bookend, Caramel
14 oz. plastic mallet
17-gallon tote with clear lid

Products from Organize Everything:

large and small Cable Turtles in black
Get A Grip multipurpose hook-and loop straps
cube with two drawers in white
open cubes in white
long clear storage boxes
five-cube modular storage system in white

Products from Home Focus:

cord cover kits

Products from Umbra:

Stream cable systems (support bracket)
cable system

Products from Home Decorators:

wide Stanton cart with six drawers

Products from Stacks and Stacks:

halogen sewing and task light
Swingarm desk light
stacking drawer organizers in various sizes
office chair, Executive High Back, Taupe

Products from Russell & Hazel:

classic letterboxes in set of three
classic file boxes in blue and brown

Products from Rugs-Direct:

Jackson Jackson 5''0 "x 8''0", oval JK-80, Taupe

Product from Case Logic:

60-capacity media storage albums in brown, SKU-HCDM-60, CT12-56431

Products from Improvements Catalog:

gift-wrap workstation
mouse platform
pet beds 21" x 30"

Products from Lillian Vernon:

wall pocket, set of two
five-piece desk set in brown
rattan wastebaskets

Products from Pendaflex:

hanging file folders in letter size, assorted colors

Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:

three gallons Martha Stewart Cloudless Day, satin
one gallon Martha Stewart Cloudless Day, semigloss
one gallon Martha Stewart Weathered wood, semigloss
two gallons Martha Stewart Weathered wood, satin
three gallons Martha Stewart White Crane, semigloss
three gallons Preprite interior drywall primer
two gallons Martha Stewart White Crane, flat

Product from Knock Knock:

Genome wrapping paper

Ryan's work station shared floor space with a weight bench on the right, both of which were surrounded by computer components and cords and miscellaneous other items.

For specific product information, click on the After photo(s) of the room.

Ryan's desk is now located on the left side of the room, freeing up the window and allowing for hanging shelves to hold a monitor and computer-related items, keeping the desk as clutter-free as possible. Computer hardware and cables are now housed in the new "computer closet," and modular units outside the closet will hold any accessories. A new chair finished up Ryan's area.

Products from the The Container Store:

white shelves and Top Tracks in various sizes
white melamine shelves in various sizes
36" hang standards in white
3/8" x 4" drywall drill bits
1/2" drywall anchors, pkg. of five in dark blue
white shelf brackets in various sizes
14-1/2" Shelf Bracket for 16" Shelf White
large shelf connectors in white, set of two
melamine desktop in white
scrapbook MDF paper sorters in white
Our accessory boxes
Our shoeboxes
Our men's shoe boxes
Portofino bookend, Caramel
14 oz. plastic mallet
17-gallon tote with clear lid

Products from Organize Everything:

large and small Cable Turtles in black
Get A Grip multipurpose hook-and loop straps
cube with two drawers in white
open cubes in white
long clear storage boxes
five-cube modular storage system in white

Products from Home Focus:

cord cover kits

Products from Umbra:

Stream cable systems (support bracket)
cable system

Products from Home Decorators:

wide Stanton cart with six drawers

Products from Stacks and Stacks:

halogen sewing and task light
Swingarm desk light
stacking drawer organizers in various sizes
office chair, Executive High Back, Taupe

Products from Russell & Hazel:

classic letterboxes in set of three
classic file boxes in blue and brown

Products from Rugs-Direct:

Jackson Jackson 5''0 "x 8''0", oval JK-80, Taupe

Product from Case Logic:

60-capacity media storage albums in brown, SKU-HCDM-60, CT12-56431

Products from Improvements Catalog:

gift-wrap workstation
mouse platform
pet beds 21" x 30"

Products from Lillian Vernon:

wall pocket, set of two
five-piece desk set in brown
rattan wastebaskets

Products from Pendaflex:

hanging file folders in letter size, assorted colors

Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:

three gallons Martha Stewart Cloudless Day, satin
one gallon Martha Stewart Cloudless Day, semigloss
one gallon Martha Stewart Weathered wood, semigloss
two gallons Martha Stewart Weathered wood, satin
three gallons Martha Stewart White Crane, semigloss
three gallons Preprite interior drywall primer
two gallons Martha Stewart White Crane, flat

Product from Knock Knock:

Genome wrapping paper

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    • Rugs from Rugs Direct
    • Media storage containers from Case Logic
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