Before: Closet ChaosHomeowner Brandi Giese's bedroom is a disaster area. She loves to shop for clothes and shoes, and she has the closet to prove it. It is so crammed with stuff that her cats have crawled inside and gotten lost in the clutter — on more than one occasion! The room is also muddled with her vast collection of CDs, DVDs and videotapes. Then there's the computer desk that's covered in paper.
Luckily, professional organizer Liz Witts is on hand and knows exactly where to start.
The upper shelves are piled high with sweatshirts. It is hard to reach for just one without causing an avalanche. The homeowner needs to learn the one-in-one-out rule. When you buy one new item of clothes, you must get rid of one old item.
After: Neat and OrderlyThe shoes are stored in cubbies underneath the bed on the side that is not visible from the room's entrance. Storage bins are placed in the closet to hold tank tops and other small items. On the top shelf, dividers keep clothes from tumbling down. Wire hangers are replaced with plastic ones to keep the clothes from stretching out and falling to the floor.
Before: Multimedia MayhemWhen she sees the computer desk, organizer Liz Witts refers to the homeowner as a surface abuser, meaning the more flat space that's there, the more stuff be acquired to put on it.
Witts enters the bathroom (not shown) and finds even more clutter. The shower is overloaded with shampoo bottles and soaps. Because water is continually hitting this stuff, it can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. The homeowner also has her medicines, pills and vitamins stored in the bathroom. Keeping these kinds of things in the bathroom, where moisture is present, could make them lose their potency.
After: Electronic SimplificationAll of the homeowner's CDs get transferred to an MP3 player The MP3 player is then tucked into the new computer armoire. Cubbies and shelves inside the armoire provide a place for office supplies and paperwork. The TV is placed inside another armoire that sits opposite the bed. The massive media collection is transferred to the living room, where it is more likely to be used.
In the bathroom (not shown), the toiletries are wilted down to only the essentials, and the medicines are moved to another room.