A Room-by-Room Makeover for an Organized Home
The Bruno family of Congers, New York, wrestled with stuffed closets, mayhem in the garage, and the tyranny of toddler toys. Sound familiar? Clutter coach Chip Cordelli swooped in with solutions (and inspiration!) for turning classic trouble zones into home highlights. Get even more home makeover tips.
Before: Chaotic Bedroom Closet
After: A Grid That Fits
To buy: ClosetMaid Selectives 25-inch starter kit, $99 to $108; and 48-inch top shelf, $15: homedepot.com. Box Box paper-covered boxes (top, middle, and bottom shelves) in small, $56 for seven: dwr.com.; and in large, $56 for five: dwr.com. Bamboo storage boxes, $30 each, greatusefulstuff.com.
After: A Place for Purses
Bags should sit, not hang—hanging can leave straps misshapen. File purses neatly in a low-front bin that makes it quick to find favorites.
To buy: Bamboo sweater bin, $40, greatusefulstuff.com.
After: Let There Be Light
An easy-to-install illuminated rod is the answer for closets with no electricity. Motion activated, it lights up dark corners and turns off on its own after a few minutes.
To buy: 22-inch LED closet rod, $48, boutique.laclosetdesign.com. Signature Slim shirt hangers with bars, $18 for 10, clos-ettetoo.com.
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Before: Messy Playroom
An unplayable playroom for Jake, three, and Ryan, seven months, had no seating and was overrun with toys.
After: Picking Favorites
To buy: St. Lucia Skies 781 chalkboard paint, $22 a quart, benjaminmoore.com for stores. Indigo Paddle Stripe cotton dhurrie, $395, serenaandlily.com. Young House Love Metal Strap drum pendant, $99, shadesoflight.com for info. The Elwood table, $299, landofnod.com.; Little Felix chairs, $69 each, landofnod.com.; and Magnificent Metal letters, $34 each, landofnod.com. Madison bookcase (against left wall), $89, waybasics.com. Cubeicals fabric drawers, $7.50 each, closetmaid.com.
After: Design That Works and Plays
After: Stepped-Up Storage
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Before: Overstuffed Linen Closet
After: Purge, Paint, Prop
“The closet floor is where items get tossed and then lost,” says Chip. But fill that spot with a rolling bin and it stays debris-free and functional. The Brunos use their cart for paper goods and diapers, but it could just as easily function as a hamper for dirty clothes or a home for cleaning products.
To buy: No.122 small truck, $100, steelecanvas.com for info. Cairo bath towel, $54, wash cloth, $18, and guest towel, $23; Serena bedding, $72 to $109: matouk.com. Every Day printed percale bedding, $16 to $68, garnethill.com.
After: Invisible Dividers
White semigloss waterbased paint provides a clean slate for fresh linens. Clear acrylic shelf dividers ($54 for four, clos-ettetoo.com) maintain steady stacks and separate items by room.
After: Welcome Basket
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Before: Overloaded Garage
After: Up, Up, and Away
To buy: Aura Interior Paint in Bayberry Blue 790, $68 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com. Perfection floor tiles, $80 for eight, hayneedle.com.
After: Rack ’Em Up
After: Home Hardware Store
After: Ready to Roll
Avoid the roly-poly obstacle course by mounting basketballs and soccer balls on a sliver of wall space. Ball Claws, $13 each, containerstore.com.
Before restocking the metal shelves the Brunos had inherited from the previous homeowner, Chip treated them with Kilz ($21 a gallon, lowes.com), a latex primer that can help reduce the formation of rust and mildew.
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