The Mendosa – Balboni Team knows that aside from the kitchen, your living room is one of the top communal rooms in your house that is often used for just about anything. Watching TV, doing homework, eating a quick meal or just spending time with the family. With numerous activities that take place, the living room can accumulate belongings and become cluttered rather quickly. Being your own judge to evaluate where to begin decluttering is sometimes difficult so here are 10 tips to consult as you create a more organized room.
Remote controls – Today everyone has smart TV’s, Apple TV’s, Stereos and DVD players so remote controls can multiply quickly. If keeping them in a basket is not enough, consider purchasing a universal remote to cut down on the number of controls. Smartphones also can be an easy solution with remote apps omitting the additional devices altogether.
Organize the hearth – Avoid letting the hearth become a storage space during the warmer months. Stay organized during the winter with neatly stacked wood and tools. Sweep clean the fireplace during summer months and warm it up with decorative candles or the like.
Pillows – Take a look at your pillow collection. Do you have too few? Too many? Toss pillows should add color and function, but too many pillows will only get in the way and be more of a nuisance than a comfort.
Reading material – A lot of reading is done online these days, but some periodicals and magazines can offer design and a three dimensional ability that your Kindle cannot. Keep recent and current issues of magazines and recycle any older copies.
Store games – Get rid of the old or broken games that nobody plays with. Store any of your frequently used games in a cabinet or organized storage bins. Closed storage can prevent things from being damaged or broken.
Put a limit on decorations – Decorative items can multiply over time. Perhaps you have gifts from holidays, travels or friends that have accumulated. Although you may appreciate them, too many can simply be too much for one room. Try cutting down on items gradually rather than all at once. Relocating sentimental items to other rooms or away in storage can be a good solution.
Toys – Toy collections can grow quickly, but can also be outgrown just as fast. Keep your current and basic toys and consider donating the ones that are old and have been outgrown.
Junk drawer – Everything should have a place to be stored in. Even with your smaller, odds and ends just tossing them into a junk drawer will only be relocating the chaos. Invest in drawer organizer, bins or shelving systems so that things are neatly put away and easily found when you need them.
Office space – Most people have a dedicated space for a home office or computer. Consider a hideaway desk or a roll out desk so that all of your papers and bills can be stored away as they can often quickly pile up.
Minimize pet items – Pets can have just as many toys as children. Designate a basket or bin to keep all of their stuffed toys and balls in so they are neat and organized.