How to Get Your Home Organized: Living Room Edition

May 05, 2016

Is your living room being taken over by toys and clutter? Often times the living room tends to be the most cluttered because it acts as a central gathering location in your home. A nicely organized living room is great for entertaining guests and setting the mood of your home. Next up in our How to Get Your Home Organized series is the living room! Let’s dive in. 


Sort Through Your Collections

Often times the living room houses a plethora of collections, from movies and books to photo albums and CDs. In order to get organized, now is a good time to take inventory of your collection and get rid of items you no longer need. Now that movies are so widely accessible online, consider donating films you don’t watch anymore or digitize those old home videos! You can even sort through these collections and organize them into storage bins that you can store out of sight like your garage.  


Keep Flat Surfaces Clear

One of the quickest ways to make a room feel unorganized is to have cluttered surfaces. A great way to eliminate papers, books, mail and magazines from building up is to get a filing cabinet or bookcase. One of our favorite living room furniture pieces is the Oregon Shaker Bookcase (shown above). It’s great for storage and for displaying valuables!  


Create Zones

Whether it’s a game zone or reading nook, designate areas in your living room by activities. Integrate storage into each zone. For example, incorporate a book shelf, ottoman, media storage or other living room furniture piece that will provide extra organization. This will help organize clutter into agreed-upon areas. Especially if you have kids, it can set boundaries for them and allow you to have a socializing space as well. If you need help arranging your living room furniture, see our past blog


Clever Storage

If you have a small living room, then you know by now that you have to get creative with storage. A great use of living room furniture is cleaver storage. Invest in quality pieces, like this Messina Sectional, that looks great, but also provides hidden storage to organize those extra items. Get a coffee table with a low shelf or use an ottoman to tuck away unused blankets. Get some storage baskets to hide items while looking fashionable. You can even create labels for each one! Here are some free printable storage labels.


Add storage behind the couch

A great way to add some space is to take advantage of that space behind your couch. Put a narrow table back there to add shelf space for photos and lamps. If you’re the DIY type, you can build your own or buy one from your local furniture store. Or you can put an ottoman or chest behind it for blankets. Out of sight, out of mind!


For more home organization tips, stay tuned for your next blog