Since so many of our daily activities take place in the living room, it can end up as a dumping ground for the bric-a-brac of everyday life. It’s also a room where misguided interior design aspirations can lead to clutter, rather than calm – there’s a fine line between looking cozily lived-in and chaotic.
Read on and you’ll be itching to have a clear-out in no time.
KEEP FLAT SURFACES CLUTTER FREE
Take a look at each space within your living room. If there are piles all over your flat surface and you can’t make a case for it to stay there, it needs to go away.
START WITH JUST ONE DESK DRAWER
This could be the jumble of papers or bills that should be neatly filed in a cabinet or the pile of knickknacks crammed into the coffee table’s storage space. There’s no reason to supply valuable real estate to items past their prime that are no longer of use to anyone.
GIVE YOUR BOOKSHELF A MAKEOVER
It’s tough to get rid of books. However, if you’re not treating them with honor and respect and if they’re not beautifully displayed, today is the day to donate or recycle them.
PARE DOWN TO A SINGLE REMOTE
Remote controls seem to multiply and then disappear with alarming regularity. Although some households corral them in a basket, another good option is a universal remote. By programming a single remote to control all your devices, you’ll never need to hunt for the right one again.
CURATE YOUR PILLOWS
The humble pillow can divide opinion, too many or too few? If you’ve accumulated a bunch of them, then a little culling may be in order. See if you can donate the ones you don’t want to your local thrift shop or animal shelter.
MANAGE YOUR MAGAZINES
If you hold on to magazines with the intention of clipping and storing articles for future reference, start doing it now. If after a few weeks it still hasn’t become routine, be realistic that it’s probably never going to happen.
TUCK AWAY GAME CONSOLES
Get rid of anything that is broken, and encourage family members to sell old gadgets to contribute toward the purchase of any new ones, but act fast.
RELEASE YOUR KNICKKNACKS
Think about what benefits letting go will bring you, and keep reminding yourself of those perks as you choose to release each item from your home.
ROTATE AND DONATE TOYS
When considering a new toy purchase, introduce your kids to the concept of “one in, one out,” and encourage them to think about any toys they have outgrown that they can then donate to a local charity shop.
OPT FOR HIDEAWAY OFFICE
Whether you work from home or just need a little space for dealing with personal admin, then a desk in a closet may be the perfect solution for tucking away your computer, papers and files.
Your living room should be a place to kick back and relax, a private space to enjoy family life and catch up with your nearest and dearest. Stepping back to re-evaluate a space you’re very familiar with can be hard, but by tackling the common clutter culprits with these suggestions, you’ll be able create a more peaceful living room.