When Two Worlds Collide
Learn what happens when newlyweds try to fit all their things into the wife's once bachelorette pad.
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Stefani Cerulli and Chris Holmes are engaged and need to merge their personal belongings and style in a bedroom once used only by her. The room looks like a clothes bomb exploded, with clean--and dirty--clothes piled on the bed, the furniture, the floor, in the closet and even on the dog's bed.
The couple isn't sure there is enough room for all their things in the 12 x 15-foot space. Their goal is to have a bedroom that is restful and inviting with enough appropriate storage for their clothes, magazines, lotions and potions, sports gear and especially Kitty, their dog.
Having a his-and-her side in the closet doesn't help, even though there is an infrastructure available for organized storage.
Clean clothes stay piled in the basket, while the "entertainment unit" is a haphazard conglomeration of electronic equipment and personal-care items. There's even an ironing board hiding on that wall.
Combining lives means combining wardrobes, and with the disorganized clutter of too many clothes, this engaged couple's bedroom is the last place they want to go to spend time together.
Professional organizer Debbie Lillard steps in with a plan:
Her first step to getting the couple organized is to gather all the clothes on the bed and have them sort things into designated piles: His, Hers, Donate, Discard, and Clean. Things not worn in the past year should be put in the Discard pile.
Other plans include painting the walls a fresh khaki color, and adding an armoire, dresser and colorful accent pieces.
Lillard sets up personal spaces for each of them in the room.
The transformation is complete. All the couple's belongings fit into the room and create a soothing, attractive space.
A new dresser, with his-and-her sides is used to store in-season clothes. New colorful accessories on top are a nice touch.
The right closet equipment--specialized hangers, shelf dividers, another rod and a shoe cabinet--ensures that everything has a place.
A new display shelf holds hockey trophies and pictures of the couple--a nice touch for their new living arrangement.
His space, before: Hockey clothes that need airing out each day are piled on top of the dog's sleeping cage, and the shelves are in complete disarray. There's hardly an inch of uncovered floor space.
His space, after: Workout clothes and the TV are housed in a new armoire, while the doggie bed is dressed with a cover to minimize its presence. The hockey clothes now live in a container on the outside balcony.
Her space, before: Baskets of cosmetics are stored haphazardly on shelves since there is no room for them in the shared bathroom.
Her space, after: A skirt hides baskets of personal items, and a mirror and some lighting helps make the space both functional and attractive.
Products from Hangers.com: belt hanger Product from Lillian Vernon: shelf dividers Products from Improvements: portable deck box Products from The Container Store: underbed chest Product from Schulte Corporation: light-wood shoe cubby Products from Stacks and Stacks: six-drawer dresser, Walnut
multi pant hanger
white bed elevators
Product from Lillian Vernon:
Products from Improvements:
portable deck box
Products from The Container Store:
Product from Schulte Corporation:
light-wood shoe cubby
Products from Stacks and Stacks:
six-drawer dresser, Walnut
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