If you completed the 4-day check list, from last week, your dining room should be spic and span! Congrats to all those who successfully completed this challenge.
Today we’re organizing our living rooms.
Although I live in a small home, I am fortunate enough to have dual living spaces. The first is a more traditional “sitting room”, which requires virtually no work to maintain. But the other is where we “live”. Living spaces that are used in THIS way is what we're exploring today.
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Often the most efficient way to get any high-traffic space organized, is through a system of built-ins. But that requires more time, effort and money than is necessary to tidy up a space. Our focus in this challenge is getting the spaces clean and decluttered. We'll have plenty of time later for decor and DIY projects.
Since the family room is an area that gets tons of use, we’ll take the same approach as we did with the dining room. We will break down the process into smaller steps which can be covered over a period of days.
Day 1 (Today): Purge the room of paper and random items, and separate into the following groups:
If possible, enlist the help of a loyal friend, or others in your home. When other family members participate in the cleanup process, they will be more likely to help maintain it, since they are now invested.
Day 2: Deep clean
Using your favorite cleaning solution, do the following:
TIP #2: Reign in the chaos behind the television and electronics with a simple cable management system. Click on any of the photos below to view affordable options for labeling and organizing your electronic cords.
Day 3: More purging.
Now that we've got the surfaces cleared and the deep cleaning is out of the way, it's time to put SOME of the items back. Ask yourself:
TIP #4: Use large lidded baskets which can also double as a coffee/side table, to corral blankets, extra pillows, or toys. Below is 4-compartment storage ottoman that I use in my living space. It serves as a foot rest, buffet/tray table, and storage.
Day 4: Set boundaries
After all this work, the last thing you want, is to end up right back where you started. So take a moment and think about how you can avoid falling into the same pattern. Look around your living/family room and assign a designated place for:
TIP #5: If your living space is located quite a distance from the bedrooms, office, and mail station, etc., try using a stair basket to catch the items that belong in another room. Then at the end of the night, the basket can be picked up and items returned to their proper place. Again, enlist the help of family members to take turns, emptying the basket each night. Remember…it takes a village…
Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Make yourself comfortable, and feel free to "shop" my ideas.
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