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Before & after: Packed playroom makeover

  • Carrie Gallacher is a busy mother of two with a messy playroom
  • A professional organizer helps her handle the clutter

If you have kids, you know things can get messy when it comes to their toys. Carrie Gallacher is a wife and mother of two living in Smyrna, Georgia.  She has a five-year old daughter named Annabelle and a one-year old son named Emerson. The kids have a playroom overflowing with toys, so she called on professional organizer Lara Anderson to help her out.

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Lara and Carrie attacked the playroom problem by starting with the two closets in the room. They emptied them out and sorted the toys into categories: keep, donate and relocate.

Next, Lara suggested that Carrie "think outside the box" and used an over-the-door shoe holder to store items. She also brought some plastic bins for pencils, crayons and markers. Lara says the most important part of organizing is labeling, so she made some labels for the bins. "We want to make sure that with kids that we're using pictures and words, as they're learning to read."

Another tip from Lara is to place items like paints at a level that is out of reach to a one year old. "You want to make sure everything is age appropriate, at the right level for the child."

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The two women loaded the kids' toys and games back into the closets, put the room back together and brought in the kids to see their newly organized playroom.

Watch the video to see the whole process - including the before and after shots!

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