We have gotten to the half way point in the Living Room! Lets talk about decluttering, organizing, storage ideas and room arrangements. This post is going to ramble …. will you bear with me? Please? I just have a few things on my mind that I need to talk about. Oh. BTW. that’s not in my house…. its just a picture I found of a really cluttered space. Just needed to make that clear.
You can keep on cleaning and organizing as we talk because the Living Room usually needs lots of work and attention.
I realize its not possible for some households to get rid of everything that is crowding their living room. Sometimes you just have to have certain things and the living room is the only place to keep it. For example, at one time we had 5 children at home and I bought food in bulk. There was no where to store those 20 pound bags of rice and beans except on a loft area in the living room.
But there has to be a point where you say, “No more” I am organizing this stuff and getting rid of the stuff that we do not use or need.
What that means for most of us is that you have to go through a soul searching time about things and stuff. We live in a prosperous country. You’re on a computer right now, reading. As poor as you might think you are, you have access to a computer and that is more than what 85% of the rest of the world has. If you had a need of some kind there are many community groups and resources that are waiting to help you get what you need. There are some very poor people in this country, but most of us are not so poor that we can’t purge our homes of useless stuff and still have more than we need.
So why are we so loathe to get rid of stuff that has no real meaning? People keep things that they think they “might need one day”. They keep things that they know they will never realistically use. But somehow, and I am no psychologist, the fact that they have things makes them feel secure. Are you in that category? If so, I want to encourage you to let go of stuff. Start in the Living Room.
Lets move on to storage ideas. I need lots of them. I have yet to find great and awesome storage ideas that will work for me. Share some ideas! I’ve been storing things on shelves for years and that works well for me. But I have no sewing room and lots of sewing supplies. I need some help.
Here is an article I wrote some time ago about using shelving to create space in your home. I love me some shelving. It seems to solve most of my storage problems. Is there any where you can add shelving in your living room to help with the clutter?
Finally there is the problem of arranging a room so that it functions at its very best and is easy to move around in. My living room is long. Its wide too but mostly long. I have one wall full of bookshelves and two picture windows. Its hard to arrange the room satisfactorily. I have had two sections in the room, one for conversation I guess and one for TV viewing. Meh. That didn’t suite me for long. But if I put the sofa at one end, the TV is too far away, I can’t even see it! So I put a table and a couple of chairs at one end and that is where I have my “office”. Then the other end is TV and video game heaven.
The main thing is to arrange your room so that it works for you. Make sure you can walk around in your room, all around the furniture. Make sure the TV can be viewed from all the chairs and sofa. Think about the lighting. Get some help and move things around if you need to and find that perfect arrangement!
How do you arrange your living room? Is it a classical living room or is it strange and different? I’d like to hear about it and about how you came to the decision to arrange the furniture the way you do.
I’m going to work on my living room again tomorrow. Today, I have a job interview. Its for a music teacher at a music store. If you think of it, say a prayer for me? I’d like you to spend today thinking about whether or not you can rearrange your living room and make it better, working on your de-cluttering, keep working on any living room cleaning on our list from Day one and two and then share your thoughts on all this rambling about de-cluttering and organizing!