Getting Organized: Living Room
Living rooms can be the hardest working room in your home. With daily use for multiple purposes, they are ripe for getting buried beneath the clutter generated from everyday life. But don’t fret; there are simple solutions to getting organized and making your living space more livable.
The first step in organizing any room is to remove all items that do not belong in that room or that you no longer use. Next, find strategic ways to keep what you have contained, arranged and accessible. Decluttering your family room is as simple as shopping for furniture that fits. Keep an eye out for items like:
- Ottomans with lift-tops
- Padded storage bins that double as seating
- Stash pockets or consoles in sofas and sectionals
- Coffee tables that can fit baskets and bins
Here are some of our favorite ideas for adding strategic storage to streamline your space:
Create a space for things to land – one way to keep your living room clutter-free is to keep the clutter out. Whether in the living room or an adjacent entryway, mudroom or foyer, add a hall tree to catch shoes, coats, backpacks and other loose items. On a smaller scale, a small desk or console table near the door to your living space can contain and organize mail, keys, phones and other papers.
Two-for-one pieces – clever pieces that transform for multiple purposes help you keep a clean, uncluttered look. This sofa table not only features drawers for storage but converts to a writing desk when needed.
Rethink coffee tables – cocktail or coffee tables can do more than just display a few decorative baubles and offer a convenient spot to place your beverage. Look for styles with drawers, shelves or a lifting lid. A trunk or chest boasts a rustic look that adds charm and enough generous storage for larger toys, family games and other bulky items.
Contain clutter – use boxes, bins and baskets on bookshelves and the lower shelves of living room tables to catch small items and present a polished look.
Choose chic storage benches and storage ottomans –centrally located in your living room, an ottoman or bench can make a great spot for stowing games, extra pillows, throws and other living room necessities. Bright or patterned fabric can add a pop to your space while neutral leather or upholstery will blend with your decor.
Stay connected –today’s sofas, loveseats and sectionals have modern amenities that provide tucked away conveniences like USB plugs, power outlet, storage compartment and cup holders to help you stay charged, connected and organized.
Surfaces where you need them – lift top coffee tables, nesting tables and laptop tables offer versatile, movable surfaces that deliver tabletop space where and when you need it. These are perfect for enjoying snacks or getting work done on your laptop and can be especially handy when entertaining.
Manage media – a media center wall unit or TV stand can help you organize media components and control cords while providing a spot to store games, controllers, DVDs and remotes. Savvy shoppers can find options that also feature a place to display some favorite decorative pieces as well.
Go vertical – bookshelves and bookcases create opportunity to store books, display decor items, and keep occasional use pieces like vases, pitchers and platters. Lower shelves can be stacked with baskets or matching boxes to stow small and less showy items.
Stylish accent pieces – add extra storage throughout your space by choosing accent cabinets, consoles and sofa tables that add beauty and character to your home while offering drawers, compartments and shelves to keep your belongings.