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Goodbye, mess! How TODAY transformed this cluttered basement

First I whipped Hoda Kotb's closet into shape and then gave Jenna Bush Hager's bathroom a much-needed overhaul. Today, I rescued the Gutmajer family from their cluttered basement and guest room in their Staten Island home. The basement before:The family says it's the burial group for everything and it's been an eyesore for years.The basement after:Guest room before:It's clutter headquarters for t

First I whipped Hoda Kotb's closet into shape and then gave Jenna Bush Hager's bathroom a much-needed overhaul. Today, I rescued the Gutmajer family from their cluttered basement and guest room in their Staten Island home. 

The basement before:
The family says it's the burial group for everything and it's been an eyesore for years.

Today

The basement after:

Today
Today
Today

Guest room before:
It's clutter headquarters for the family's overflow stuff!

Today
Today
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3 tips to easily whip your favorite room into tip-top shape

1. Declutter 
We got rid of 80 percent of the stuff they accumulated throughout the years. The extra books the family donated to charity, clothing was donated to the Salvation Army and many of the other items we tossed. The whole process takes a few hours, so reserve one weekend morning and get it done!

2. Assess what you need
The Gutmajer family needed bins and shelves to hold all of their items. They have two grandsons running around, so having a place for them to keep their toys was essential. Pick up cute holders and shelves that will add a pop of elegance and color to the room. 

3. Accessories can make all the difference
Furniture is great but you can make a room instantly better with area rugs, bedding and throw pillows. They'll add an instant pop to your room and also make it feel homey!

Have fun organization! Be sure to tweet me your before and after photos!