I Want My Guest Room Back!

A client's bonus room needed to become a guest room, stat! Previously it was a playroom, a storage room, and a place to put things her two girls had grown out of. It's no surprise that after I left, the client was inspired to clear out her own clothes closet. Organizing is contagious!

[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-wat-my-guest-room-back/thumbs/thumbs_20150322_154019.jpg]2290BEFORE: Guests are coming in a week and the client needs this room to cozify them!
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-wat-my-guest-room-back/thumbs/thumbs_20150322_173345.jpg]1840AFTER: We divided the room into two areas, one for play, the other for rest.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-wat-my-guest-room-back/thumbs/thumbs_20150322_154010.jpg]1510BEFORE: Toys that have been outgrown were taking up valuable space.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-wat-my-guest-room-back/thumbs/thumbs_20150322_173330.jpg]1330AFTER: Sorting through things that could be stored or donated freed up this well-lit corner for a guest dresser.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-wat-my-guest-room-back/thumbs/thumbs_20150322_153944.jpg]1350BEFORE: The closet's storage allotment had some clutter that needed up-spacing. The client also wanted to update the room with a cleaner visual field.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-wat-my-guest-room-back/thumbs/thumbs_20150322_173527.jpg]1370AFTER: We took out everything from the closet and only put back the things that would be used frequently. Less often used things went towards the back of the harder to reach shelf space.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-wat-my-guest-room-back/thumbs/thumbs_20150322_174623.jpg]1200
AFTER: Taking down the shelves, the client picked out her favorite photos and only displayed those on this armoire. The walls are less busy and easier on the eyes.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-wat-my-guest-room-back/thumbs/thumbs_20150322_174544.jpg]1240
AFTER: Puzzles and games were stored all over the room before, but now have a permanent home in the armoire. Neighborhood kids come to play often and can now find, and return, the games in one easy-to-reach spot. The floor in front of it is cleared and ready for play!
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-wat-my-guest-room-back/thumbs/thumbs_20150322_153948.jpg]1210BEFORE: A not-so-played-with dollhouse and its bins of accessories took up lots of prime real estate.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-wat-my-guest-room-back/thumbs/thumbs_bedcornernew_edited-1.jpg]1150AFTER: We put much loved books by the bed on a small shelf, allowing the bed to be moved over to the "Rest" side of the room.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-wat-my-guest-room-back/thumbs/thumbs_20150322_154003.jpg]980BEFORE: Video games and outgrown clothes were clogging up the dresser and cramping its hospitality.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-wat-my-guest-room-back/thumbs/thumbs_20150322_174643.jpg]930AFTER: We took out the clothes to donate and sorted through the games and controllers, which freed up the dresser nicely. It then moved into the sunny bedroom area. Bring on the guests!
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-wat-my-guest-room-back/thumbs/thumbs_img_7932.jpg]900A panoramic view, later taken by the client, to prove that the room is no longer a catch-all... except for one rogue laundry basket! Nobody's perfect, but we'll work on that! What a great space now!

I Want To Sew Someday

A client's sewing room is also used as a guest room sometimes, so she wanted to make it a more relaxing and peaceful retreat.

[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010850.jpg]760BEFORE: My client's sewing/craft room sometimes doubles as a guest room.
The challenge was to make the room relaxing, although there is a lot of activity going on in there!
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010852.jpg]640AFTER: A four-hour tidy resulted in a cleared, open floor, and a spacious feeling.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010851.jpg]520BEFORE: A collection of craft materials didn't have designated homes yet, so took up lots of floor space.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010853.jpg]460AFTER: Relocating material allowed for half the room to be used just for sitting and visiting.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010844.jpg]380BEFORE: Many boxes of material will still have to be sorted through to make space.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010854.jpg]380AFTER: The client promised to pare down her collection of crafting materials so that we can organize them better on the next visit.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010845.jpg]410BEFORE: The sewing station was hard to get to, so many projects go unattended.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010855.jpg]390AFTER: With some functional rearranging, the workspace cleared right up.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010846.jpg]400BEFORE: My client is truly creative and has many projects going at once.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010856.jpg]380AFTER: Even with boxes of material to still sort through, the room neatened up with some consolidation.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010847.jpg]320BEFORE: The doorway was a little hard to get through, which cramped the level of hospitality awaiting inside.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010857.jpg]300AFTER: The floorspace is cleared of clutter and is now very welcoming.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010849.jpg]280BEFORE: Not being able to close the doors to the closet contributed to the busy visual field in the room.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010859.jpg]290AFTER: Together, we organized the contents of the closet so that more storage would be freed up.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010848.jpg]260BEFORE: The closet was tightly packed with amazing vintage clothes and bags, but couldn't be closed because of the overflow.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/i-want-to-sew-someday/thumbs/thumbs_p1010858.jpg]290AFTER: The client bravely donated many items to Dress For Success, and freed up 30% of interior space!

Kitchen Transformation

You can see how much of a difference organizing makes. I worked alongside the clients to find solutions together that they can live with and maintain in their kitchen.

[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_img_20141201_161130.jpg]1010BEFORE - A client asked me to help find their kitchen counters, as they had become a catch-all for just about everything.
This is their kitchen in its natural state, photographed within the first minute I arrived.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_p1010786.jpg]970AFTER - It desperately needed some "homes" designated.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_img_20141201_214935.jpg]770BEFORE - Hard to walk through, the kitchen didn't invite much cooking.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_p1010787.jpg]870AFTER - After some redesign, the space flowed so much better.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01259.jpg]630BEFORE - The husband wanted very much to cook for his family. He resorted to chopping vegetables over the sink.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_p1010792.jpg]690AFTER - Now he can really operate, with ample counter space and functional organization!
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_img_20141201_214951.jpg]600BEFORE - A dining counter was unusable due to the miscellany parked there.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_p1010785.jpg]710AFTER - With everything put away, the clients can actually enjoy eating there.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01258.jpg]500BEFORE - Too many activities were designated to one corner.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01270.jpg]510BEFORE - The bottles drying next to the hot stovetop seemed potentially dangerous.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_p1010793.jpg]570AFTER - Moving the coffee prep tools to another area helped immensely!
Also putting away seldom used utensils cleared the visual field to help the chef focus.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01260.jpg]500BEFORE - Items gathered on the counter because they had no designated home in the cupboards.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_img_20141201_215058.jpg]460BEFORE - A surplus of food was even stored in a hall closet far from the kitchen.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01261.jpg]440BEFORE - Too many non-related things were stored together.
Putting like items together lets you see what you have, so there's no overbuying.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_p1010790.jpg]520AFTER - Finding new homes for everything allowed them to be put away.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01262.jpg]410BEFORE - A surplus of plastic and paper bags took up prime storage space in these cabinets.
Both kinds of bags can be recycled and a few to have on hand can be stashed away near the trash can where they're more likely to be used.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01279.jpg]410AFTER - I moved the baking tools that are only used occasionally to a more out of the way spot.
The bin of flour wasn't used frequently enough to need a space out in the open.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01263.jpg]390BEFORE - Prioritizing what gets used most often helped clear this space.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01273.jpg]400AFTER - Using smaller boxes to contain loose cleaning supplies made this spot nice and tidy.
Relocating the small appliances also freed up space so air could flow through what is usually a stale area.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01264.jpg]360BEFORE - Bottles of spirits needed to move so as to clear out pantry space.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_img_20141201_215132.jpg]380AFTER - A closet across from the kitchen just needed two shelves to house them.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01276.jpg]330AFTER - The mops, brooms and other long-handled tools got a new home around the corner. Easy to reach, easy to grab!
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01265.jpg]340BEFORE - A cook's most important tools such as knives should be near the cutting station.
Infrequently used appliances can also live in more out of the way spaces.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_p1010788.jpg]410AFTER - The whole snack/misc shelf was relocated to a more out of the way area.
The owners could feed their dog here now, and won't have to step in the food bowl to get to the sink.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01267.jpg]330BEFORE - Using the top of the fridge was a good idea, but the clutter was a lot of info for the eyes to take in.
The owners wanted to have snacks readily available.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_p1010789.jpg]430AFTER - Putting the wire shelf here helped contain the extra snacks.
Neatening the supplies on a shelf made everything easier to get to.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_p1010791.jpg]400AFTER - The clients were so thrilled to have their counter top back.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_p1010794.jpg]300AFTER - So relieved to have the kitchen sorted out , they cooked up a dinner that very night!
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01288.jpg]330BEFORE - The same client's bedroom had excess pillows hanging over their heads.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_p1010781.jpg]410AFTER - Now that the linen closet was no longer used as a pantry, they could put their extras there.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_cam01289.jpg]250BEFORE - It would feel better to wake up in the morning with nothing this bulky in your visual field.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_p1010782.jpg]280AFTER - Under the bed storage is easy to get to and out of sight!
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/space-transformations/thumbs/thumbs_p1010783.jpg]290AFTER - A calmer environment is now more of a retreat where you can relax at the end of the day.

My Son is Always Late

Where Things Go to Die : The Closet

This client had a challenging walk-in closet, to where miscellaneous items migrated. Mostly towards the back. A quick, one-hour spruce-up did wonders for this huge storage space.

[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/spruce-my-closet/thumbs/thumbs_p1010860.jpg]600BEFORE: A hamper became the back boundary of the usable space and luggage, craft materials, and other miscellany was being stored behind it.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/spruce-my-closet/thumbs/thumbs_p1010863.jpg]480BEFORE: The clients couldn't easily get to things stored behind the hamper and had to reach around like an acrobat.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/spruce-my-closet/thumbs/thumbs_p1010871.jpg]450AFTER: The floor is happily cleared of clutter, the client can walk all the way to the back, and sort laundry in her new, lovely to look at hamper!
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/spruce-my-closet/thumbs/thumbs_p1010862.jpg]460BEFORE: There was a lot of extra clothing being stored here that wasn't being worn. This made the closet overstuffed, and the stacks of shirts too high.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/spruce-my-closet/thumbs/thumbs_p1010867.jpg]390AFTER: Now only the essentials are hanging neatly! Putting the slacks in the front of the closet made more elbow room to walk towards the back.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/spruce-my-closet/thumbs/thumbs_p1010861.jpg]330BEFORE: Some files and boxes of old mementos were taking up prime real estate on the floor, and on the top shelves.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/spruce-my-closet/thumbs/thumbs_p1010865.jpg]270AFTER: Moving out some of the luggage, the files, and arranging the clothes from longest to shortest length made more room for storage underneath.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/spruce-my-closet/thumbs/thumbs_p1010868.jpg]260AFTER: A simple shoe rack opened up the floor space, big time.
[img src=http://commandcentralpo.com/wp-content/flagallery/spruce-my-closet/thumbs/thumbs_p1010869.jpg]220AFTER: The client can now see all her shoes at once, for a quick, informed decision.