Living areas present a special set of organizational challenges.
These rooms are generally highly visible, so you want it to be company-ready, yet family-friendly at the same time. (Dream on, right?)
Actually, keeping living areas presentable ties in closely to the problem of minimal storage.
These easy living area organizing tips can help.
Living rooms are usually set up for sitting, not living. You have your basic sofa, chair, end table, and coffee table.
Note that none of these pieces of furniture usually has storage.
So, where do you put the remote? Magazines? Paperwork? Headsets? Computers? Games?
You get the drift.
Most families just carry the stuff they need or are working on into the living room and leaving it there (of course!).
You - and your guests - will find abandoned items on the coffee table, beside the chair, and on the floor. This is precisely what you don't want.
Solution? Give the family a place to put their things so they can keep them where they use them.
That means you've got to get creative and figure out how to incorporate storage furniture and areas into the room.
Here are some ways to create more storage, from least to most expensive:
Now that you've arranged some storage, it's time to take living area organizing to the next level. Look at your room in terms of the activities you'll be doing there, write down what items you need for those activities, and then start planning where you'll put them.
A few ideas:
For napping, the only accessories you need here can be stored in plain sight: afghans and pillows.
Finally, add a personal place to stash stuff for each family member to help make living area organizing easier. That way, they can easily reach the game controllers, a book, or a game when they're ready to relax.