Living rooms present a unique 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?)
Keeping living areas presentable ties in closely to the problem of minimal storage.
These 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 have storage.
Where do you put the remote? Magazines? Paperwork? Headsets? Computers? Games? Books? Glasses? Tissues?
You get the drift. These living area organizing ideas can help.
Most families carry the stuff they need or are working on into the living room and then leave 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.
The 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 areas into the room.
Here are some ways to create more storage in living rooms, from least to most expensive:
Fortunately, furniture designers are on to the problem, so there's a lot of furniture available today with storage capabilities.
Once you've arranged some storage, now you have to decide what goes where, and how to keep it there. 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 intelligently planning where you'll put them.
Here are a few examples:
In addition to these organizational groups, I also give each member of my family a personal place to stash stuff. Each family member has a drawer in the living room to hold the items they can't live without at the moment: lanyard materials, Game Boy, favorite novel, etc.
Whenever they get a free minute, their stuff is within easy reach.