Day 6: Living Room
Welcome to Day 6 of Organizing Your Entire Home in 20 days! For Day 6 we are going to be focusing on the living room!
The living room is the gathering place for the family and many memories are made here. On the downside of that though, it’s where a lot of messes happen and clutter’s favorite place to take up residence.
Many people try to procrastinate cleaning this area because they feel that it will just go back to being cluttered, but if you establish an "organizational foundation", you'll be much better equipped to keep the space tidy!
Since a living room has a lot of different areas in them, we’re going to focus on four main zones.
The four zones we’re going to focus on is the sitting areas (couches, recliners), flat surfaces (coffee tables, side tables), entertainment area (entertainment center, collection of DVDs/movies, gaming devices and disks, board games), and study space (bookshelf, desk, computer surface).
By focusing on 4 main areas, it will help today’s process be less overwhelming. If your living room has more than those spaces, include those areas while you are decluttering today but still continue to think of the spaces as different zones so it doesn't become too much.
The first step in the organizing process is to pull everything out of the space. This may seem like an overwhelming thing to do, but no worries, trust the process and you will love the end result!
Focusing on one of the main zones at a time, put all of the items that you are pulling out into the center of the living room.
Starting with the sitting areas, pull everything out that is on or around those surfaces.
Then move on to the flat surfaces, taking any items that are on or around them and placing them into the center of the room as well.
Keep going with the entertainment area, bring out every single item that is in that space (even the big items!) and add those items into your collection in the center of the room.
Lastly, do the same with the study area, pulling all of the items in or around that space and place them in the center of the room with all of the other items.
By pulling out all of the items that occupy the space, you will be able to see what items truly belong there and what items need to find a spot elsewhere in your house.
**If you don't have these four areas, you can also start in one corner of the living room and work your way around the edges and through the entire space!
Once you have pulled everything out of the four main areas in the living room, categorize all of the items into groups together and throw away any trash that you see along the way.
Group all of the movies together, the books together, remotes together, decorations together, and so on until everything is in a group with other like items.
Grouping together like items will help you make decisions about what you want to keep, donate, or trash.
Once you have categorized everything, its time to make the decisions on whether you want to keep, donate or trash the items.
Items you want to keep should be things that serve your family a purpose and you definitely will be using in the future.
These are things like memorable keepsakes, current decorations, up to date electronic items, office supplies that your family is using, and any books that your family will still read.
Items that need to be donated are things that are still in good condition but no longer serve a purpose for your family.
These are things like old decorations, items that you have an excess of, and outdated items like movies, books, or gaming devices that your family no longer uses.
Items that are trash are things that don’t serve your family any further purpose and wouldn’t serve anyone else purpose either.