Monday, January 02, 2006
TLC's Clean Sweep: Big Daddy's Dusty ChairBill and Vicki Moser had a home office and a family room that were overwhelmed by their possessions. Bill's home office was inundated with paper and pamphlets from his home business. Vicki's computer was located in the family room along with all of the kids' toys and art supplies. This room ended up the family’s dumping ground.
But have no fears, Mosers, TLC's Clean sweep team is here to help. Designer Molly Luetkemeyer and professional organizer Shelli Alexander along with the help of carpenter Eric Stromer are here to help you get your life clean and organized!
The small home office was tackled by painting it a bright spring green and placing a mural on the wall. The existing desk was added onto to provide more work space and give a home to the phone and fax machine. The closet was outfitted with additional shelves to allow easy access to everyday business supplies and folders. Hanging storage was placed in a column on a small wall to provide an extra area. Additional boxes and desk accessories were placed on the desk, under tables and on built in shelves to maximize organization and keep everything at arms length.
The lilac family room became zoned, clearly defining the purpose of each portion of the space. A new desk was fashioned from a large floating shelf between two walls in a nook. Storage boxes were added to conceal everyday desk clutter. The kids' zone was defined by a custom built bookcase that also served to conceal toys. Art supplies were placed in see-through boxes to keep them organized but still allow the children to easily see what was inside. To allow the children to display their artwork, the walls were covered in cork. Keeping the theme of children’s art in the room, favorite pieces of art done by the Moser kids were framed to hang in a collage above the family room's new couch.
With help from the Clean Sweep team of professionals the Mosers now have two great rooms where before they had clutter. There are some great ideas in this episode that you can transfer to your own home. Try keeping craft supplies organized by keeping them in clear boxes. Give children a specific zone to do crafts and give them a space to display their work with a magnetic bulletin board. In your office, take advantage of desk organizers to keep your workspace clutter free. Try storage boxes to keep everyday objects out of site, but still keeping them handy. And don't be afraid to use your vertical wall space to help improve your storage situation!