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Mar 23, 2015 04:49AM ● Published by Family Features

You just heard that your mother-in-law is coming for an extended visit. Instead of freaking out because your guest room is currently being used as an oversized storage bin, take advantage of this opportunity to organize the space into a welcoming, comfortable haven for guests – in-laws or otherwise.

“Starting the project can be overwhelming, but don’t let that be a deterrent for tackling the job,” said Lorie Marrero, professional organizer and author of “The Clutter Diet.” “Take a look at the overall picture and make a plan of attack.”

You can create guest-friendly spaces with just a few simple tips:

Organize the closet. Get the most out of your guest space and look for closet solutions, such as affordable wire kits from ClosetMaid®. These simple storage options are easy to install, can be configured to maximize the available space, and start under $100 per kit. It’s the perfect weekend DIY project.

“Once you’ve created the layout that’s perfect for your needs, begin to fill the space, and don’t forget to leave some room for your guests’ belongings,” added Marrero.

Adopt a less is more approach. Sift through the clutter currently in the room – on shelves, in drawers and on the bed. Be vigilant about getting rid of what you don’t need in that room. If it’s packed up and you haven’t missed it, then chances are you won’t. Keep in mind that just because you have some empty space, doesn’t mean it needs to be filled.

Add pops of color. Marrero suggests organizing your shelves with colorful bins, such as ClosetMaid’s Fabric Bins. They tidy up the mess, add vibrant color, and, when combined with some fun items and photos, add personality to that lackluster bookcase or wall unit.

Your main goal is to create a space that is functional and makes any guest feel welcome. After transforming that guest room into an inviting oasis for your mother-in-law or whoever is in town, you may quickly realize it’s also a great retreat for you after their visit. 

To find your perfect state of organization, visit, or call 1-800-874-0008.

Photo caption: Organize guest areas with affordable wire kits from ClosetMaid.

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