We have been working on Spring Cleaning, organizing and getting rid of clutter in our homes. Yesterday we gave you some Kitchen Cleaning Tips and now going to get to work in the living room. Let’s make some little changes that will add up to big differences. Before you know it your family will be enjoying game and movie night together in your neat, clutter free living room.
TIP 1. Keep surfaces clutter free
It’s usually habit to come home and empty our pockets onto the coffee table. Pens, coins and other small items will quickly build up. Clear all the flat surfaces in the living room like the coffee table, top of the cable box, entertainment center shelves and mantle.
To get rid of the clutter use small bowls, boxes, bins or decorative containers to hold these random odds and ends and make sure to throw away unnecessary items. If you have a set of 3 pretty boxes on the coffee table to hold little things, leave it at that. Do not keep adding containers, because then you will still have a cluttered space.
TIP 2. Know the difference between collecting and hoarding
Remember those ceramic cats we talked about a few days ago? Well, it’s great if you have a collection of items that you proudly display, but if you have 500 of those items it becomes harder to show them off. They end up in places they don’t belong, in a box somewhere, lost or forgotten. They become clutter. Pare down your collection to a reasonable size that allows you to put your most loved pieces on display.
TIP 3. Add a wastepaper basket
Let’s face it, we all get lazy sometimes. You might be cuddled up on the sofa under a blanket with a box of tissues, watching a sad movie and crying, and you don’t feel like going into the kitchen to throw the tissues away. Put a small waste basket with a scented trash bag in the living room and you will no longer find used tissues or scraps of paper on the coffee table or floor.
TIP 4. Use hidden storage
A storage ottoman is great to keep magazines, DVD’s and of course all of the remote controls in one easy to access space. An old trunk with a flat top can do triple duty, it’s a great alternative to a coffee table, is perfect for storing all of your board games and setting them up for family game night.
Your assignment for today is to transform your living room. While dealing with everyday life, things can sometimes get hectic. When you are done, your living room should be a quiet, stress free, clutter free room where you can go to just hang out and relax.