The Living Room and Family ROom
After a busy day, I think we all can agree that nothing feels better than snuggling up on the couch with a blanket, your favorite beverage, and a good show or book. This week on the Home Organization Series it's all about the living room and/or family room and how to make it tidy and organized but cozy and inviting at the same time.
You know the drill by now. Grab your six boxes and let's just dive right in because the living room shouldn't take too long.
Sorting and Purging
The living room is probably one of the easiest and quickest rooms to tackle when it comes to organization because we typically don't use this room as a place for storage. But nonetheless, the clutter has a way of creeping in so we're going through it anyway.
All those DVD's and Blu Rays you never watch? Donate them. I kept a few of my favorite movies and some classics I know we will pop in every now and then for a movie night. And of course, the kid friendly movies stuck around for our son as he gets older. But otherwise, the "just okay" type of movies were donated.
Next sort through the blankets. Most of us have a million blankets lying around our living room. Settle on a few of your favorites and store them neatly in either a end table with a storage cabinet, a chest, or a blanket ladder (this is such a cute and trendy way to display your blankets but keep them from getting piled on the floor between uses).
When it comes to displaying pictures and decor in the room, follow the "no more than four" rule. Keep all objects on a single surface to a maximum of four. In my house we have a stack of coasters, a lamp, and either a candle or a picture frame displayed on each of our end tables. If you have more items you want to display consider purchasing another bookshelf or display cabinet of some sort. But the less you have out the easier it is to keep it clean and organized. Other pictures and artwork can be hung from the walls and arranged to look inviting and cozy.
Any kids toys can be contained to a toy chest or put away in their rooms when not being used. If you have any random items such as board games or books stored under the furniture or in stacks next to the couches, sort through those. Keep what you use and enjoy and get rid of the rest. What you do keep, find a storage space other than the floor. Add the games to your bookshelf or store them in a hall closet. But many items get lost, damaged, or forgotten when stored under the furniture.
Maintaining Your Living Room
The living room is a high traffic zone in the house. It is also the place where you and your family like to unwind and relax, so it can be difficult to put in effort in the moment to keep it tidy. But just by picking up one or two items anytime you leave the room can help maintain the room. I also like to vacuum the floor of my living room about every other day. Vacuuming only takes a couple minutes but gives the room a fresh look and feel. Stick to the "no more than four" rule to make dusting and cleaning simple and the cluttered feeling to a minimum. Have the kids put away the toys they are no longer playing with before pulling out different ones.
These simple techniques will not only keep your living room organized and tidy but also give you a welcoming feeling when you finally have the chance to put your feet up and relax on the couch.
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