Tips For Keeping An Organized Living Room
1. Say Hello To The Trash
If trash tends to accumulate in the family room, adding a trash can could reduce the clutter. Few family rooms have a trash can; They are unattractive and may smell. Counteract this by choosing a can that matches your room’s decor. If you know food will be thrown away here, get one with a lid and some deodorizing trash bags.
2. Keep Flat Surfaces Tidy
Papers, books, brochures, and magazines tend to accumulate on flat surfaces throughout the house, and the family room is no different.
Do a quick sweep of all flat surfaces by stacking papers in a bin, then sorting and purging them as necessary. Make a vow and hold your family to it: put papers in files instead of on the coffee table.
3. Control Runaway Cables
Until the world goes wireless, we will always be stuck with tangled cables behind our entertainment centers.
Fortunately, there are several options for taming cables in the family room. The most attractive is the slim Cableyoyo. Neatly coils up to six feet of cable and comes with an adhesive backing that sticks to almost any surface. A cable holder usually sticks to a desk (or behind the TV console) and has room to hold multiple cables. However, your cables will still hang freely, so a cable rack, which encloses all the cables in a tube, might be the best option.
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4. Create A Play Area
If toys are taking over your family room, it’s time to put them on hold. Unused corners of a family room become great play areas because the walls block out clutter. The corners are also good areas to put a small bookcase or a children’s table. Add rolling bins to store toys so your child doesn’t have to feel confined, but is encouraged to pick them up when he’s done playing.
5. Functionality Of The Coffee Table
If you have a coffee table (or forgot you had one due to clutter) it’s time to reevaluate its organizational ability. Coffee tables that look great but have no space to store magazines, remote controls, or even coasters are probably making life harder. If you don’t have the budget for a new one, consider adding low storage bins, rolling baskets, or under-the-table bins.