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Organizing With What You Already Have

NJ Expert Organizer, Marilyn Shain Labendz, finds different uses for what you already have.

Here's a dilemma that a client of mine has:

In her family room there is a 48" wide and 60" high tv cabinet housing an old tv. It takes up a lot of space.

In her bedroom, she has decorative baskets and boxes housing shoes, sweaters, extra t-shirts, etc. on her floor, making it difficult for the room to look open and inviting.

In the basement there was a flat screen tv on a much sleeker tv table. No one uses it.


  • Take the very old tv and recycle it.

  • Turn the huge tv cabinet into a spacious armoire by taking it upstairs to the bedroom, using the shelves and drawers for bulky clothing, socks, etc.

  • Put the overflow items that end up on the floor in the newly re-spaced closets.

  • Take the basement newer tv and its stand into the family room, which opens up an entire corner of the room.

Other little changes we made:

  • We moved an extraneous, small magazine rack/end table with a small lamp down to her guest room.

  • We put her outdated radio alarm clock on the end table in that guest room.

  • That made room for her narrow barre for workout in the room.

NJ Expert Organizer, Marilyn Shain Labendz says that organizing needs a fresh eye, not magic.

Lessons learned: Look around with a fresh eye:

  • Reorganizing is not magic.

  • Take stock of what items you have that seem to be your overflow.

  • What furniture could be better used elsewhere?

Contact me and I will be your fresh eyes to make your house "smart."

Happy holidays to all...and please remember to "like" and "share" on all your social media.

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