Friday, February 12, 2010

How-To: Declutter Your Living Room

Your living room, along with your kitchen, is the room in the house that your visitors are most likely to see. And keeping in mind the stress of having unexpected visitors, it helps to keep this key room looking presentable and decluttered. Take a look around your living room now and work out what is creating clutter (CDs, DVDs, magazines, toys?) then consider the following ideas to spruce it up:

  • Avoid having CDs and DVDs visibly on display, unless you can display them neatly. Many entertainment units will have space to store these away, out of sight, underneath your TV and DVD.
  • If your collection is larger, consider a wall unit with a spot for your TV that takes up a whole wall, with enough room for everyone in your family to have a section.
  • Minimise the number of magazines and newspapers left lying around. Regularly clear them away, and if you want to keep copies, consider finding somewhere special to store them, such as magazine holders to go on shelves or on the floor.
  • If you don't use your TV that often, consider hiding it away behind a curtain (which could be quite neutral or a decorative touch to the room) or inside a storage unit with sliding panels. This means your living room becomes a space that is about more than just watching TV.
  • Try to have a coffee table with a second shelf. This means that you can store things on it without cluttering the top surface.
  • Another coffee table alternative is to use a large wooden chest. With plenty of storage inside, this is a great option if you have children that sometimes play in the room, meaning there's a great place to store their toys and games afterwards.
  • Some lounges these days have special under-seat storage to store bulky items such as vacuum cleaners - definitely something different to consider! (Try King Furniture.)
(image: Freedom)

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