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5 Living Room Organization Tips

5 methods for keeping your living room a neat and livable space.

Living rooms are high-traffic areas in the home that can be a catchall for everything. How can you keep mess and clutter from crowding you out and reserve this space for living?
To control clutter, start by sectioning your living room into different zones to suit activities specific to each area, from conversation to playing and reading to watching television. When making furniture and home accessory purchases, look for multipurpose, convertible pieces that perform more than one task, such as a coffee table with shelves or a fold-out computer workstation that can be tucked away when entertaining.
Follow these suggestions for a living room that’s presentable, functional and comfortable:

1. Take inventory
Cast a critical eye over the different areas of the living room and the activities that take place in the space. Besides conversational seating, does one area act as the entertainment center? Is another for performing music, playing games, for homework or a computer, or perhaps there’s a creative space for making art? Smart carts, storage on wheels with or without drawers, make great use of vertical space. Keep items off the floor and move clutter out of sight as needed. The number three is key. An unsightly TV-stand can be covered with attractive fabric panels for hidden storage. Some decorators believe that any more than three items on a coffee table is clutter. As much as we love our belongings, we need to put them away. Learn how Feng Shui influences a home's happiness here.

2. Shelf yourself
Shelves not only add visual interest to a décor they resolve a variety of clutter quandaries. Adaptable and available in many prices and materials, shelving units can both store and display items. Decorative bookends let you add an architectural element and personality to shelving units. Align books vertically up to five or ten of similar thickness. Break up sections with family photographs or flowers. Spark conversations by including unique souvenirs collected while traveling. Pick and choose your knickknacks so they add personality, not clutter. If you have small children make sure that shelving is bolted to the wall for added stability. Shelving units with doors are a great way to hide away items and toys when not in use.


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3. Contain the mess
Decorative accessories should be bold and hold. Small bowls, boxes and glassware with lids that close tightly are the organized person’s friend. Decorative boxes are an eye-catching way to store old photographs, articles and sentimental items like children’s trophies. Placing a hinged ornamental box on the coffee table or media center is a sensible way to keep track of remote controls for media and gaming. Old baskets used for picnics or to collect firewood may be repurposed to hold magazines and newspapers. Remember, the best way to squeeze the most out of your space, whether large or small, is to consolidate belongings by selecting furniture, like an ottoman, that doubles as storage.

4. Toy roundup
A windowseat with hidden storage is the perfect repository for children’s board games and small toys. Sturdy baskets and stackable crates are an inexpensive way to gather up toys. When placing toys inside bins, organization experts suggest putting identifying photos on the outside so children don’t have to guess what’s inside. As children grow and toys change, simply replace the pictures. One rule for dealing with large toys: Don't let children’s play sets double as furniture. Bigger items should be moved to the bedroom, a playroom or closet when possible. Another rule is to remind children to take a few minutes every day to put toys away.

5. Tame cords and wires
Taking control of electrical wires can vastly improve the look of your space. Quick fixes include Velcro cord strips that wrap or cinch cable so you don’t have piles of cord collecting dust on the floor. Some of the latest power-strip designs are mini-housing systems that can fit a power strip with brackets for coiling cords after you’ve plugged in. The unit can then be hidden in a corner or under furniture.
If you put function first, the clutter won’t follow.

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