I am not the most organized person.
I desire it, but when busily going along in my week, I fall back to old habits.
Because of this, I had to outsmart myself.
Implementing the things I’m about to share with you made my life easier, and I hope they make your life easier, too.
Today, we will focus on 3 important things to know when organizing your living room.
Organizing is a methodical thought when keeping a home clean.
It doesn’t mean having fewer things.
It means having a tidy home with daily rituals that will produce order in a home.
They are tasks that are so easy it doesn’t require thought.
How does that look in the living room?
Let’s delve in!
The first thing to know for organizing a living room is to start at the base level.
And that is to make sure everything has a home.
We all know the purpose of a living room, but I want to share its function to get a vision for this space.
The purpose of this space is to:
- Watch TV
- Eat snacks
- Cozy up to a fire if you have a fireplace
- Visit when having guests
- Take a nap/rest
Usually, that means there are a variety of things hanging around, like:
Quick ways to hide these items are with an ottoman with storage, a wicker basket for blankets, and a place to put a remote.
Here are some ideas!
High-quality baskets can also be found at Goodwill, local thrift stores, or antique stores for $2 to $150.
My favorite place is Goodwill.
Have a place for the remote or many remotes.
Here are some ideas!
The second important thing to know for keeping a living room organized is implementing daily tasks that take minutes.
They are as follows:
- Before bed, fold the blankets and fluff the pillows.
- Gather dirty dishes and put them in the dishwasher. (Extra tip: start the dishwasher at night and empty it in the morning so you can have a place to put dirty dishes during the day. This prevents a pile of dishes in the sink.)
- If you have children get them involved. Setting a timer turns a task into a game. Seeing if they can clean up the living room before 5 minutes are up is a welcome challenge.
- Spot vacuum the floor. Only vacuum any mess you can see. This makes it quick and only lasts a few minutes.
Was that easy? Doing this every night before bed will make your home presentable and clean the next day. A great way to wake up to a clean space.
The third thing to know when keeping a living room organized is furniture placement.
While this may be time-consuming at first, it will make every occasion the living room transitions into run smoothly.
Having only the furniture you need in your living room will give it a vacation-like feel every day.
There are pieces you can have that will serve a dual purpose.
One of them is a stool.
The stool can be used for:
- extra seating
- as an end table for drinks
- or an ottoman to put your feet up
Here is the one I have in the left photo above.
By having a stool to serve multiple purposes, it will alleviate extra furniture in the living room.
Another multipurpose piece is a coffee table/ottoman that serves as:
- a place to put your feet up
- and by adding a tray, you can have a place for drinks and snacks
Here is an example of a coffee table and ottoman combo.
This is a great way to organize your living room by having a multipurpose piece that transitions from having guests to cozy nights watching a movie.
Not to mention a soft landing for little kids who love to climb on everything.
These 3 things to know when organizing your living room are the basics.
I hope this helps you think about easy ways to keep your living room looking top-notch and ready for last-minute guests or just so you can have a piece of mind every day.
For more tips and inspirations, go here.
And if you’re looking for easy DIYs, go here.
Thanks for coming by Victorian Lane Farms.