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.