How to Organize Your Living Room

 

How to Organize Your Living Room

The living room is often part game room, part conversation hangout and part TV viewing space. Because it serves so many purposes, it collects a lot of stuff, and that can turn it from relaxation spot to clutter catcher.

Instead, maximize your enjoyment by organizing your living room with these five simple tips:

Check your furniture. A room with space is more visually appealing, so make sure your living room doesn’t have too much furniture. You want to leave space between pieces, and, if possible, between your furniture and your wall.

 

Limit your accents. You may love snow globes, but a big collection can overtake a room, both physically and visually. Instead, display a few favorites, putting the spotlight on your pieces. Then think like a museum, rotating your items.

Have a cleaning routine. Get into a routine of putting away remotes, dishes and any other items that don’t belong. Recycle newspapers or magazines before they pile up. Fluff pillows and fold blankets. When you make cleaning a daily habit, you avoid overwhelming clutter.

 

Use furniture that includes storage. Choose a coffee table with drawers or a lower shelf. Select an entertainment center that includes cabinet doors where you can hide away items like games and DVDs. Or use an ottoman that has hidden storage where you can put blankets or even shoes.

Make space for all of your activities. The living room is often a home’s central unwinding space, and it helps to identify all of the uses yours must accommodate. For example, do you like to knit while watching TV? Is the room also your kids’ playroom? Design your space for reality by bringing in storage items for toys and yarn, such as baskets or plastic containers that can be tucked beneath your sofa if yours has a skirt. And designate zones, such as an area for playing games or watching movies.

Organizing a Child’s Bedroom

“Clean up your room” is a phrase most parents are familiar with. Kids and clutter often go hand in hand. Instead of shutting the door (which isn’t a bad option), give your child the tools for tidying by creating an organized space. Here are five things to keep in mind:

 

1. Look at the room from your child’s point of view. Often closets and drawers are too tall to be manageable. Get down to your child’s eye level and then assess his or her space. The view may surprise you! Shorter furniture, like a dresser instead of a chest of drawers, is more ideal for little kids. And make sure the closet is set up with low rods and baskets or bins on the floor.

2. Simplify. A room or closet filled to the brim is going to be hard to maintain. Take everything out of your child’s room that doesn’t need to be there. Store out-of-season or outgrown clothing in the basement or another room. Create a “toy library” where kids check out a certain number of toys and return them before they’re allowed to check out more. And clean out your child’s desk at the end of each school season to make sure old papers and books aren’t causing clutter.

 

3. Make sure the room has adequate storage. Getting ready in the morning will be a breeze when clothing options are readily accessible. A dresser will provide ample drawer space for storing socks, shirts and everything else. Use bookcases, baskets and benches for storing additional items that are kept in your child’s room, such as art supplies and toys. An organized room is easier to keep clean because there’s a place for everything.

 

4. Give your child a homework area. Studying, homework and projects are best completed at a desk where books and supplies can be stored. What’s more, when you put a desk in your child’s bedroom, you provide a quiet work environment away from the hustle and bustle of the household in which your child can get things done.

5. Create a daily routine. Set up a ritual where you and your child put items away before bedtime. As your child gets older, he or she can do the routine alone. When kids get in the habit of putting things away, clutter stays at bay and a room never gets out of control.

An organized bedroom is a place where your child can do his or her best, and it’s a spot where childhood memories take root and grow.