Before: Where’s the Bed?Andrea Weatherly and Steven Aiken's guest bedroom has a bed, but good luck finding it underneath the many mounds of stuff. Both are avid sports fans, movie buffs and music enthusiasts, so they own a vast collection of memorabilia, vinyl records, videos, clothes and movie-related knickknacks. Professional organizer Randy Ballesteros loves to tackle big challenges, especially in small spaces, so he's got his work cut out for him here.
Inside those boxes are more than 250 videotapes, tons of record albums and a variety of other stuff the homeowners have yet to unpack. Needless to say, guests do not stay in this room anymore.
After: Murphy Bed and CouchThe couch and side shelves are part of the unit. The back cushions of the couch come off, and the bed folds down right on top of the couch. The adjustable shelves on each side of the unit provide the homeowners with plenty of space to display collectibles and store all their record albums. The homeowners' autographed basketballs are placed in large plastic cubes, which are stacked together to create a unique coffee table.
Tip: Vinyl albums should always be stored upright on their side. The center of the record is a lot heavier than the outside, so they can warp if kept lying flat.
Before: Where’s the Closet?They even had to get an extra garment rack to fit it all. The only time they come in this room is to use the computer, but they have to climb over boxes and move bric-a-brac off the desk just to get to it.
After: A Place for EverythingThe homeowners bagged up a lot of clothes they don't wear anymore and got rid of them. Just removing one big bag of clothes can make a difference in any closet. The closet on the left is just for Steven's clothes, while the one on the right is lined with shelves to house sports cards, trinkets and extra bedding. An easy-to-assemble media tower between the closets holds the TV and all those videotapes. To open up more floor space in the room, the old, massive computer desk gets replaced with a new, streamlined version.