This week we are organizing and cleaning the living room. Sorry, my post is late in the week but #life gets in the way. This week I was thinking about how I can organize and clean my living room. I suffer from clutter like most people and have a hard time throwing things out; especially since most of those “things” are perfectly functional and I paid hard earned money on them. For now, let’s drool on some living room inspo!
If something brings you joy, keep it. If it doesn’t, toss it. That’s what the very intelligent Marie Kondo says in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I have to continually remind myself that; especially with sentimental things. If its not functional or doesn’t bring joy “on the daily”, toss it. I have a particular problem with picture frames, pictures, gifts, or other decor items. It is SO SO hard to get rid of them. I hope I’m not the only one in this predicament, especially with gifts (#regift?).
I have to keep in mind that I must PURGE PURGE PURGE, life is best when it is simple. Most of the time when I purge I will be sad for a few days, I will forget, and then all is well with the world. With gifts, remember the 2 year rule. Keep it 2 years, then toss it if it doesn’t bring you joy. Do you remember what you gave anyone two years ago? I sure as heck don’t…if I gave you a gift and you don’t get joy from it, toss/donate it, please. Exceptions always apply: hand made quilt, pre-digital pictures, something that can’t be re-bought, or is over 50+years old. Communication is key with sentimental items, don’t be afraid to give sentimental things back to people.
OH…by the way, (watch out it’s a rant…I’ve had just enough wine tonight ;)). I know that I’m not the only one who does this…mom (I love you). I save my precious items/gifts that I get instead of using them. For instance, when I was cleaning out my pantry, back in week two. I found a packet of Spagettata Alla Carbonara from Italy that I had bought back in 2015…that I haven’t used yet.WTH? Oh, and hello sweet perfume that was a gift two years ago. I feel like some things are so special and mean so much, I keep on waiting for the perfect time to use them. Surprise, surprise, there will never be the perfect time. Use the things that you enjoy and remember the great memories. Rant over…moving on now.
One handy trick I picked up from reading my various home blogs, is that if you must have clutter, keep them in baskets. BASKETS, BASKETS, BASKETS! If you have children, husbands, or pets, a specialized bin just for them will help keep clutter down. At the end of the day make sure that all of their items are placed away in their bins and put away (in the closet or playroom). When you turn in for the night, your living room will be tidy and ready to go for the next day. If you need those items again, it’s easy to pick the bin up and get it out for use.
Another hot item on my clutter list is the dreaded DVD or CD piles. When my husband and I moved in together he tried to bring his DVD and CD collection with him. HAHA! That was about to give me an anxiety attack, so I bought him a CD case and enclosed all of the DVDs in the case alphabetically. I even cut out the DVD cover pictures and placed them in front of each DVD so its easy to see what DVD you’re looking at. This simple clutter demolishing practice only cost a few dollars and saves a ton of space in your home.
Most people have a good handle on their living room…so let’s take a peak at next week, the master bedroom.
Next week’s task is a bigge! Without a doubt it is the most lived in of all of our rooms in our house. We are in there a lot, and its pretty unorganized if I must say. Right now our master bathroom is being totally remodeled (blog post coming soon!) and its a disaster zone. We are living out of our extra bedroom’s closet and its kind of nice to have the extra space but honestly, it does lead to more disorganization. (PSSSST: Stay tuned for a blog post about a DIY Nightstand/Ikea Hack) Here are some great buys that can help you get your master bedroom in order:
My favorite organizational tool is the under the bed sterilite containers, I use them to store seasonal stuff. Like shorts in the winter and coats in the summer. These are a God send!