If you’ve been following along with our Clean and Declutter Challenge, you will notice that this week we are working on decluttering the living room and any other living space in our homes! I am so excited to get my living room organized because there are a few areas that are just absolutely driving me crazy! I love having a clean living room because when decluttering the whole house it is the room that is most used! Today we are going to go over how to declutter and organize your living room for a functional space!
Five Tips for Decluttering and Organizing Your Living Room
Purge Broken and Unnecessary Items
The first thing I do is choose an area of my living room to purge. The first place I purged this time was my bookshelf. We have one main bookshelf in our living room. (I want to add to it!) Since we homeschool, we have several children’s books. I went though all of the books and got rid of books that were destroyed by toddler hands, and also books that we did not like.
Place Like Items Together
Once I purged all of the books, I put like books together and put them back on the shelves after I cleaned them. I also store our movies in a basket on the bottom of this shelf, so I went through this basket, as well.
Not everything needs a label, but I do like to label baskets, so my movie basket is labeled. I got this basket from Walmart and plan to get another to hold board books since the kids just like to throw those books back on the shelves instead of placing them neatly anyway.
Put Items Back In Certain Spots
I think having a shelf for board books, a shelf for chapter books, a shelf for Little Golden books, etc. is a good way to organize. The same is true for any other area in your living room. Keep video game pieces together. We store Skylanders in a Hefty bin.
Always Put Items Back In Their Proper Place
When finished with items, always put them back in their proper place. Train your children to do the same. I know it’s easy for me to put things back, but not so much for the kids. Practice makes perfect!
Break Your Living Space Into Zones
Many of our living spaces serve more than one purpose. For example, in my living room I have two bookshelf areas and an office nook. Books go on the bookshelves and my office things go in my desk.
We have a very open floor plan, so our dining room and living rooms are one big area. Our couch and homeschool shelves serve as the divider between the two spaces. I keep all of the kids’ current school work and supplies in the homeschool book shelves. We also have a chalk board and gutter book shelf area in our dining room. Current school books go there.
More Decluttering Resources