The living room is a place where stray objects tend to gather. Movies, games, books, and multimedia seem to grow like fungi around the couch and coffee table.
Since it’s a central hangout area, it gets tricky to keep things organized.
Right now, you might be having a difficult time finding what you need. When you’re always misplacing things, you can go a little crazy.
That’s why you should make it your priority to find a spot for everything.
Besides, it’s the main area where you entertain yourself and guests. It’s vital to come up with ways to keep your things organized.
Luckily, we have five organization secrets that’ll help you whip the living room into shape.
By putting an organizational system in place today, you won’t have to worry about clutter taking over in the future.
1. Free Up Some Space
The key to living room organization is creating space. If you can cut back on the amount of excess in your living room, it’ll be a much better environment.
Of course, your furniture should take precedence. What is the living room for if not your sofa, recliner, and TV?
You’ll need space for some accessories, too. Every living room is bound to have some remotes, phone chargers, and blankets lying around.
But, there are other things that might be able to go elsewhere.
For example, do you really need those books underneath the end table? If you haven’t read a word of that novel for the past six months (even though you planned to), it could be time to get rid of it.
When it comes to these types of clutter culprits, you should donate them, or at least move them to another room.
No one is saying you have to get rid of your favorite books. But, if you want to open up space in your living room, you’ll have to be honest with yourself about what actually needs to be there.
2. Living Room Zones
To keep a living room organized, one of the first steps you should take is creating zones.
In other words, designate specific areas for certain activities, such as reading and eating. This is especially helpful if your kitchen and living room area are in the same room.
Figure out where each zone should go depending on how you use the space.
If you entertain a lot of guests, set up a zone where you can sit, chat, and share drinks. If you like to play board games with friends, set up a zone where you store your games.
Zones will help separate your room and should help keep clutter at bay.
Guests can contribute to clutter as well. By setting up zones, they’ll know where items belong.
Organizing your living room into zones is a great way to avoid having to dig game pieces out of the sofa!
3. Sorted Multimedia
Multimedia such as Blu-ray discs and CDs are staples of the family room.
But now that smart TVs have taken over, people are getting rid of their physical media. Instead, they’re switching over to digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
What does that mean for those of us who have a Blu-ray collection?
Well, it means that we’re forcing ourselves to deal with a whole load of unnecessary clutter!
Of course, no one is forcing you to get rid of your collection. But, you can sort through everything to make your stash more organized.
By sorting through your collection, you’ll be able to figure out what you actually need and what you can afford to get rid of. If you have multiple copies of the same game or movie, you should get rid of one.
You don’t have to throw it away. The chances are that you probably have a friend who would love to take it off your hands.
As for the ones you keep, don’t allow them to take up the storage in a TV stand. Instead, you can store them in a bookcase, DVD tower, or even in a storage ottoman.
4. Multi-Functional Coffee Tables
Multi-functional coffee tables always come in handy in a living room. They not only function as a surface, but they also give you some extra storage space.
Within the table’s drawers, you can store remotes, books, and more.
Does your table lack drawers? Don’t worry; you can buy a few baskets to place under the table for storing blankets and other living room accessories.
Figure out what blends in well with your decor and what will add function. You might need to put a few containers inside a larger basket for better organization.
Don’t stash too much under your coffee tables, though. Put too much stuff underneath, and you’ll have a hard time accessing everything.
5. Collection Displays
It may be impossible to display all of your collections. If you’re the type of person who collects vinyl records, VHS tapes, and vintage action figures, you probably don’t have room for all of it on your shelves.
And, you don’t want too many collections in one room, or it can look disorganized. Try to stick to displaying one or two collections in your living room.
Since the living room is where your guests will spend most of their time, display your proudest collection there. That’ll help to set the tone for the rest of the house.
The other collections can go on the shelves in your bedroom or home office.
If you only have one unique collection, great. It shouldn’t be hard for you to figure out how to display it. But as I said, if you have several different ones, you’ll have to make some tough decisions.
An organized living room can make your life a lot easier. When you free yourself of clutter, you’ll experience a lot less stress.
These five organization secrets are the perfect way to create a clutter-free living room.
It’s easy for the living room to fill back up with junk. So once you get yours in order, make sure to keep it that way. Otherwise, you’ll have to reorganize it again in a few months.
Come up with a system to sort and organize everything, and you’ll feel happy you made an effort. You deserve to come home to a pristine apartment!
Sherry Haney is the Business Manager of TriVista, where she is responsible for overseeing the operations and efficiencies of the company’s property management, sales, marketing, and renovation activities.
Mrs. Haney has more than 20 years of multifamily expertise and has been with Legacy since November 2005. She has a Colorado Brokers License, CAM certification, and CAPS certification.