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5 Living Room Organization Tips for a Cleaner Year

This post is courtesy of Angus Flynn – Business Manager at Paxton Calabasas, a community of newly-constructed townhomes in Calabasas. He has been with Alliance Residential Company for over five years and has extensive experience with a variety of properties – from large lease-ups to smaller, more urban assets.

In almost every home, the living room is visible as soon as you walk in the door. Everyone passes through the living room at some point every day, leaving behind clutter and trash in their wake.

For this reason —and many others — it’s also the room that is hardest to keep organized.

Organizing the living room needs to be strategic, or it will fall right back into disarray. How you design the layout, the decor you select, your clean up rules, and the storage solutions you use are important. They all play a part in how tidy the room remains!

There are dozens of organization experts out there who want to share their knowledge with the world. We’ve collected the top five tips that will help you streamline your living room fast for a much cleaner year!


1. Decorate with Smart Art

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Your art doesn’t have to be a Picasso or Monet to be decorative. You don’t have to spend a penny on fancy wall hangings and decorations if you already have a collection you love.

Some expert organizers recommend that you hide all your clutter away, including your collectibles. But if you know how to show them off, you can display these same possessions as works of art instead.

Yes, actual clutter needs to disappear. This refers to miscellaneous items lying around, like junk mail, bills, dishes, and other things that pile up quickly.

With a bit of Pinterest binging and internet surfing for ideas, you can repurpose your collections into decor.

Here’s an example: If you’re an antique enthusiast, you can integrate your favorite collections into furniture and wall art. Vintage furniture and decor is trendy, so why hide it away in boxes or storage?

Sports memorabilia, movie collectibles, books, and almost any other hobby you have? You can display them all with style.

That said, there can be too much of a good thing. Make sure you keep empty areas in spaces throughout the room for your eye to rest, or instead of “artistic,” your room might be overwhelming.


2. Don’t Display It All

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Of course, not everything in your living room is art-worthy. Items you want to keep in the living room but aren’t fit to be decor go into an entirely new category.

You’ve got your accessories, such as your TV remote and drink coasters. You may have magazines on display, your favorite books, and other personal items that nest in the living room.

But what needs to be on hand and accessible, and what can you tuck away somewhere instead?

Store anything you regularly use in a readily available place. Couch armrest organizers are decorative, stylish, and functional. Further, they’re the perfect place to keep your remote control and current reading material.

Keep framed pictures, CDs and DVDs, toys, and other non-necessities in stylish bins and baskets that match your living room decor scheme.

Anything for display only — like photos — can live on harder to reach vertical space such as the top of a bookshelf.


3. Keep Surfaces Clear

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Flat surfaces are dangerous to an orderly home. It’s like they have a magnetic force around them beckoning people to drop clutter on them.

No matter how strong-willed you are, it’s best to be proactive to keep this from interfering with your living room’s organization.

It doesn’t take science to break the magnetic pull. You just need something covering the surface to help you resist the temptation.

Get creative. Use a TV, a few decorative vases or lamps, and anything that will deter you from using it as a catchall. If that won’t work, find an organizer or stylish tray that you can use for your clutter instead of the entire surface.

Visible clutter invites more people to use that area to drop off their unwanted junk. By taking steps to discourage clutter deposits on your flat surfaces, you’ll keep your living room cleaner.

Related: 5 Tactics to Organize Your Living Room for a Cleaner 2020


4. Add More Storage

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Lack of storage is a killer for organizers everywhere. But in your living room, this doesn’t have to be a problem.

Dual-purpose furniture is everywhere today. Manufacturers understand the average person’s desire to combine functionality with style. So they hit their target markets with furnishings that do just that.

These specially designed coffee tables, TV stands, ottomans, and bookshelves are perfect. They give the user more storage without taking up extra space. You’ve already got the furniture, but now you have a hidden cache, too.

Furniture isn’t the only way to add more storage. The vertical space on your walls, once empty and wasted, can hold ladder shelves and decorative shelving displays.


5. Clean Up, Clean Up

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The living room set up is essential. Your storage solutions and displays make a significant impact on how organized you are.

But once you’ve got everything where you want it, how do you keep it that way?

The answer depends on the cleaning rules you put in place.

To get started, take a few minutes to tidy up the leftovers. Hide wires from surfaces and furniture should be empty unless you’ve purposely styled it otherwise.

In general, if you don’t have a place for it in the living room, it needs to go somewhere else.

Now that you see the final result, you want to have every day, create a cleaning routine to match. One in which you return everything to the right place.

Daily, weekly, and long-term cleaning tasks are necessary to keep your living room sparkling and tidy.

Daily tasks can include a quick decluttering, wipe down of surfaces, and return of everything to its place.

Weekly tasks get more involved, with vacuuming, dusting, and mopping as necessary. Make sure your floors, furniture, and other surfaces are spotless.

Long-term cleaning lists should include wiping down fan blades, cleaning windows, and replacing air filters. You can add anything else needed in your living room to your list.

These deep cleans will be easier to do because you’ve kept up with everything else regularly.

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Conclusion

With a neat, clean living room at your disposal, you might find that you get hooked on the feeling of satisfaction it gives you.

You can use these five tips to spread satisfaction to the rest of your house, quickly making your home organized and tidy throughout the year!

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