Organized...livingroom! For some home owners, they usually wouldn't put those 2 words together in the same sentence. Next to the kitchen, the livingroom is one of the most popular spaces in your home that sees the most activity throughout a day as it is usually the central gathering place. Now it is one thing to keep it organized when you are living in it day to day but it can be even more important when you have your home on the market and need to keep it looking attractive at all times. Here are 10 tips that can help make things easier so you have more time to just enjoy your space.
1. Keep Flat Surfaces Clutter-free
Papers, books, and magazines tend to accumulate on flat surfaces all around the house. A two drawer filing area or a stackable file cart will do for most homes.
2. Control Out-of-Control Cords
Until the world goes wireless, we'll be stuck with tangled cables behind our entertainment centers. There are a few different options such as a Cableyoyo. It neatly coils up to six feet of cord and comes with an adhesive backing that sticks onto nearly any surface. A cable caddy also works well and usually sticks onto a desktop (or behind the TV console) and has a space for several cables to clamp into.
3. Create a Play Zone
Unused corners of a family room transform into great play areas where you can put a small bookcase or children's table. Add rolling bins for toy storage works well and also can be used to encourage your child to pick up after he or she is done playing.
4. Coffee Table Functionality
Most coffee tables that look great but don't have any storage for magazines, remote controls or even drink coasters. Adding low storage cubes, rolling baskets or bins can assist with any storage issues.
5. Designate a Game Area
For a family that likes to play together, a game cabinet for board games, video games and cards is both functional and fun. Creating a single game space will free up other areas of the room for storage.
6. Creatively Display Photos
Photo albums and collage frames are great options for storing lots of photos at once. A digital photo frame is especially handy for those who prefer to stay digital. Other than just using the mantel or side tables, vertical space on the wall can be used to your advantage.
7. Take Advantage of Space Behind the Sofa
It's a great place to put a trunk, cabinet or low bookcase. Plus, it gives you another surface to put a lamp or highlight a treasured objects.
8. Sort Your Movie Collection
Multimedia like DVDs, videotapes and CDs are staples of the family room. There are plenty of options for storing your sorted collection such as DVD towers, bookcases, ottoman or the drawers of a coffee table.
9. Grow Your Houseplants
Organize your plants with plant stands or several decorative pots. Keep in mind to try not to overwhelm your space with too many plants or ones that are too big for the room.
10. Curb Your Collectible Enthusiasm
Collections can take over valuable storage space in a family room. Large collections display best when bits and pieces are shown at a time. Cut your displayed collection in half by putting half of the pieces into an appropriately sized container and storing it in a hall closet.
So hopefully this gives you a few ideas on how you can keep the central zone of your house organized so that you can enjoy it to its full extent. When showing your home, this can also give the buyers a better sense of what your home has to offer.
If you are ready to get organized with listing your home, give me a call and I would be happy to come down & give you a free market evaluation on your property and start you moving forward in your next adventure.