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Nowadays home buyers conscientiously search for houses with dual living spaces. Smart. But that means there's now one more space to try to keep clean. Here are some no-nonsense ways to manage the one room of the home that serves the needs of multiple people all at once.
ENLIST THE HELP OF OTHERS
Except in extreme cases, I am not a fan of organizing a room in piecemeal fashion over long periods of time. Many times the longer you drag out a problem the more difficult it is to see it through to the end. So for large decluttering jobs, I recommend selecting a group of reliable people to help you remove everything from the room except the furniture. This will make it easier to give the whole space a good cleaning.
MAKE A LIST OF WHAT NEEDS TO STAY
Remember the worksheet above? Download and use it to list all of the items in your family room that need a permanent home. It will save you a TON of time. Here are some items you might want to include:
EDIT, EDIT, EDIT
I love the way the children's artwork was included in the living space above. It actually looks really nice here. But notice that the homeowners didn't try to keep on display EVERY chef d'œuvre the child(ren) ever created. Therein lies a lesson: Keeping shared spaces neat often means editing down the family's belongings.
Before loading the room back in ask yourself:
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USE FURNITURE WITH AMPLE STORAGE
Sleek glass television stands are beautiful to look at, but in small spaces everything needs to work hard- even the furniture. Look for chests and dressers that match your aesthetic and offer an opportunity to keep things out of sight. When you can't afford to have built-in units installed furniture storage pieces are great substitutes! They're also perfect for storing blankets, game consoles and headsets, and board games. The silver gilded chest above is what I use in my basement living space. I purchased is years ago, but I found some great alternatives at West Elm, here, and here.
Those are my practical tips for banishing the clutter in shared spaces. Since I use them in my own home, I can tell you honestly - they work. Do you think these suggestions are ones you can use in YOUR living room?
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Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Please make yourself comfortable, and let's get to know one another better.
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