Give your living room an organized and relaxing atmosphere with some our expert tips!
In many homes, the living room is a space that is used for a number of different things. From relaxing and watching the TV, to playing with the children and entertaining guests, the living room is often a hub of activity, so it’s important to have a space that is organised and welcoming.
Keeping on top of the organisation within your home can be difficult with such a busy schedule, so starting with a neat layout and clear organisation from the get-go will be extremely helpful in the long run.
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Everything Needs a Place
Start off with the mindset that everything needs its own place. If you have designated areas for specific items, you’ll find it much easier to keep them neat and tidy. Ensure your living room has plenty of storage space to begin with, such as a stylish oak sideboard or a bold bookcase, as this will help you provide a home for specific items. Once you’ve got the storage sorted, you can start to figure out where you want things to go.
Having a clear system will make it easier to tidy your living areas when they become messy, as well as making the room feel welcoming. Having a place for everything is crucial, even when it comes to the remote controls or your favourite weekly magazines, you should always have somewhere to keep them, even if its pride of place on the coffee table.
Identify the Lost Items
Its always a bit of a mystery when you find a random sock on the coffee table shelf, or when you discover the calculator on the bookcase, as it’s clear they aren’t supposed to be there.
Over time, random items make their way into the living room and they’re never going to look right there, so it’s always worth having a good tidy up and identifying which items are out of place.
Find all of the items that don’t belong in the living room and put them back where they should be, as this will instantly help to declutter the room and make it feel tidier.
Make Sure It’s Functional
With the living room being such a busy room within the home, with constant activity throughout the day, you need to ensure the space is functional. Whether you’re entertaining guests, or you want to work out to your latest fitness DVD, the space needs to work for you and your family. Take a look at the layout of your furniture, does it work? Are you able to enjoy your living room with this setup?
If you feel like there’s room for improvement, then now is the perfect time to reshuffle the furniture and try to find a layout that works. You often find that the more floorspace available between items such as the sofa and the coffee table, the better. You don’t want your television to be too close to the sofa either, so have a play around with the layout and find the perfect setup.
Throw Things Away
Everyone is guilty of hoarding in some way or another. Whether it’s the latest issue of your favourite magazine, or you want to keep hold of a selection of DVDs even though they’re scratched, and you have them on Amazon Prime, there’s always something cluttering up your home that doesn’t really need to be there.
Take a look at the items within your living room and figure out what you could throw away. By doing this, you’ll instantly feel as though the room is tidier and fresher, with no rubbish cluttering up the space.