Before: Piled HighKevin Simmons loves his Chicago home, except for one thing––his bedroom. The rather large space is overflowing with clothes, papers, books and travel items. There no place to even walk in this room.
Simmons has no idea what's underneath the rumble anymore, and he has lost several important items in the mess. "I have missed several flights because of not being able to find my passport," he confesses. "And I've gone through about five passports in the last ten years."
Professional organizer Katie McCarthy steps in to get Simmons' room cleaned up and get him off to a fresh, organized start.
After: Organized WorkspaceMcCarthy sets up an efficient workspace with lots of bins and organizers. A new desk with built-in shelves will help keep paperwork and files in order. The magnetized bin on the front of the file cabinet will hold contact information and business cards. An inbox for mail will help keep the bills prioritized and current, while the desktop containers keep office supplies within easy reach.
After: Relaxed OrganizationThe homeowner now has a relaxing place to kick up his feet. His old bed is moved onto a frame. Not only does it look more sophisticated, but he can also store things underneath like suitcases. The frame makes the bed feel like a separate area of the room with its own value and character
Before: Unused ClosetThere are more clothes on the floor than in the closet. The clothes are piled so high on the floor that the homeowner can't even close the closet doors. "To find something to wear, I'm looking through piles of clothes," he says. "When I finally find the thing I was looking for, it's wrinkled, it's ruined or missing buttons."
After: Systematic OrganizationMcCarthy incorporates a systematic approach to keeping the closet organized. Three hampers fit inside the left closet to help manage the laundry. On the right side, the dressy clothes are separated from the casual ones. In the middle, jeans and T-shirts fill up the built-in shelving. A clear organizer hung on the inside of one the doors will keep travel items sorted and easily accessible.
Before: Can't Find the MusicSimmons has practically given up playing his piano because he can't find the sheet music he wants to play. "To get music out, I'm going through books and ripping apart my music and can't even find what I'm looking for," he explains.
After: Harmonious OrganizationNow Simmons is inspired to play the piano again. Five rows of shelves added 30 feet of storage space above the piano. The sheet music is placed in magazine bins and arranged by composer, moving left to right by time period.