Messiest Closet 2006: Aftermath at Riian and Riley's

Messiest Closet 2006: Aftermath at Riian and Riley's

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 15, 2006

Today we visited Riian and Riley, the winners of our Messiest Closet Contest. Bill Skinner from Astech Closet Systems was there on Monday to give them a new plan (see below) and we got a chance to see things in person (see above). The closet is only the beginning of the problem!

The profile? Riian and Riley are the nicest couple, and they have a great one bedroom apartment in the East Village. Married one year ago, they also have a lot of stuff. Riley said that after coming back from an one year anniversary trip to Mexico a few weeks ago, he realized for the first time how cluttered their apartment was. Isn't this the way it is? You have to go away to come back and see things as they are?

They recieved a tremendous number of wedding gifts last year that are lovely but take up space. Riian also works for a handbag company, so she has a lot of bags. There's a boomerang collection,many shoes, cool exercise equipment (including a pogo stick that allows you to leap 6' off of the ground). In short, over four years of life, Riian and Riley have collected much more than they have let go of.

The Prescription? Clean out the bedroom so that there is 10% open space in all areas. Deep editing is required. Astech Closet's makeover of one of their bedroom closets is the start. This will require removing everything from the closet and NOT putting everything back. After that, we recommend a four week deep treatment of the bedroom and we're going to give them a copy of the 8 Step Cure to help them.

We also made some notes in the picture for how the end wall could be better arranged. Next we're going to visit when their closet is done and then follow their progress.

We're here to help.

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