Most families will probably not be surprised by the fact that their home’s central gathering areas, such as the living or family rooms, are the ones that suffer the most from the effects of clutter. What may be surprising, however, is the fact that making just a few minor changes can keep clutter at bay and help make these areas much more pleasant for use by the entire family.offers seven tips to get you started!
- Create zones for each activity, such as specific areas for play, watching TV, reading, gaming or crafts. In each of these areas, choose furnishings that double as storage and include some rolling bins that children can move about the room during play and then return to the play area when not in use.
- Choose a coffee table that doubles as storage, for example a trunk, that can easily store items such as throws, magazines and drink coasters. If purchasing a new coffee table isn’t within your budget considering adding an inexpensive, but decorative storage box to keep small items accessible, yet out of sight.
- Implement a one in one out policy for magazines to keep them from becoming part of the clutter problem. Instead of letting them overtake flat surfaces, use a small magazine rack or bin for current issues and move the old issues to the recycling bin as the new ones arrive.
- Sort through existing game, movie and music collections and remove any that have been outgrown or are no longer used. Consider selling these online and use the funds to add new ones to the collection, or simply donate them to area youth groups or shelters.
- Make additional space by removing unused or uncomfortable furnishings. Make or purchase some large floor pillows for lounging on movie night or choose some ottomans that can double as both storage and extra seating.
- more efficiently by hanging televisions on the wall and installing floating shelves for decorative items. Instead of cluttering up tabletops with family photos, consider creating groupings of them as wall art for several areas of the room.
- Utilize natural light to make the space seem larger and more inviting by opening the blinds and drapes and letting natural light flood in.