Family Room Remix
An organizing specialist gets a cluttered family room back in working order again.
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Lizzy Benner and her live-in mother Jeanne stay busy raising Lizzy's children Ethan, Alex, Ella and Daniel. That leaves little time for keeping things in order, especially in the family room. That's where organizer Maureen Gainer Reilly comes into the picture. She is called upon to use her organizational know-how to reclaim this space.
Gainer Reilly's master plan begins with a sorting frenzy. Everyone pitches in to go through all the clutter--everything from tons of the kids' artwork and clothes to books, sports equipment and musical instruments — and divide the items into categories: Trash, Keep and Donate.
Once the room is cleared, she explains how the new furniture she's selected will work much harder than what was in the room before. Making use of vertical space will also be key, and fresh paint will give the room a fresh new feel.
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