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No one likes a messy house. And House Beautiful states that clutter in a home is a major cause of stress, with 9 out of 10 Brits indicating that mess makes them unproductive and unhappy. This makes it very important to work on maintaining an organised home, and what better place to start than your living room?
One of the most important spaces in any house, the living room is a place for relaxation. Whether this is done with guests and family or simply on your own, it is important for your living space to be neat and organised. Here are some indispensable design components you can use to better organise your living space.
A place for small things
As with many things, it’s the little things that matter when you’re organising your living room. Don’t underestimate the powerful effect of eliminating small bits of clutter, especially since designating a place for small things in your living room is one of the easiest ways to begin your organisation process.
Like we mentioned in a previous blog post here on The Organised Life Project, a good new year’s resolution heading into 2018 is to give everything in your house – big or small – a home of its own. For instance, designate a place for all the remote controls in your living space, as different remote controls can get mixed up or squeezed between sofa cushions. Label them and place them all together in a designated place – like a small basket or box on the coffee table, a couch caddy, or on a Velcro strip near the television. Whatever area of the room you choose, make sure that it will keep your remote controls within easy reach. Use a wall hook or tray to stash keys as this will not only keep the house tidy, but also take away the stress of finding your keys when you go out.
Another important thing to consider in your living room is the wiring for all your media appliances. These can be an eyesore, especially if they form a bird’s nest of indistinguishable wires behind your entertainment centre.
Lifehacker suggests that the first step to fixing out-of-control cords and wires, is to separate power cords from everything else. Try organising your wires in such a way that all power cables go in one direction and audio and video cables go in another. This allows you to better organise power cables in a power strip with a surge protector.
For the remaining cables, you can use cord clips, binder clips, paintable cord covers to keep them out of sight. Label them individually for future reorganising or troubleshooting.
If you have the luxury of picking out new furniture for your living room, go for pieces that have multiple functions. For instance, many living room essentials can serve as a decorative piece and a storage area. Traditional Home recommends getting storage ottomans with hinged or removable lids to provide extra seating, tabletop functionality, and discreet storage. You can also try repurposing old chests or vintage luggage as both a tabletop and storage area.
For living rooms with fireplaces, consider adding a fire surround, which not only enhances your fireplace as a focal point, but also adds more storage space for plants, photo frames, and collectibles. The fire place surrounds featured on Screwfix come in different colours and materials that can complement your room’s existing motif or theme. Via a fire surround, you can easily transform your fireplace and add even more functionality to this classic home fixture.
Remember those small things we explored in the first part of this article? Some of them, such as books, magazines, toys, and other collectibles can have a home in your bookshelves, which are a great storage solution for living rooms. Floating or corner shelves in particular are great for areas where space is at a premium.
Organise the contents of your shelves by grouping them by kind and size, and donating or recycling those that you haven’t used in years. This way, you can lessen clutter in your living room and make more space for new things you need.
In addition to shelves, baskets are a wonderful storage and organisation solution because they can also be decorative. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you can use these to store firewood near your fireplace, using a basket that complements your fire surround and room motif.
Other baskets can be tucked underneath tables or other furniture for storing toys, umbrellas, dog leashes, or blankets. Since the living room is a space used by the entire family, Better Homes and Gardens recommends using a combination of shelves and baskets to have a storage area for each activity.
Did you like these tips, or do you have any more of your own to share? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!