Day 3 of Week 2 ~ Cleaning Up The Living Room

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!

About Sylvia

Sylvia Britton is the owner of the Christian HomeKeeper website and ministry and began the ministry in 1997 when her husband brought home their first PC. She and her husband Mark live in Tennessee and are the parents of 5 grown children and grandparents to five so far. They homeschooled their five children from 1991 to 2016. Sylvia is a Christian and worship leader in her local Church. You can follow her on Facebook or consider joining her Facebook Group called Christian Homekeepers and Like her official CHK Page on Facebook.
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8 Responses to Day 3 of Week 2 ~ Cleaning Up The Living Room

  1. Mrs T says:

    I am ill again today (praying it is a good 9 mo kinda thing) so I just blogged my furniture arrangement issues and didn’t clean. After yesterday’s clean I just need to wash trim and doors, dust pictures, and mop and I will be DONE in the living room!

    Off to lay down so I can hopefully take the kids to AWANA tonight.

    Mrs T

  2. yvonne says:

    The very thing I’ve been doing today Sylvia! I now have the TV in a different place and have moved the sofa round and tomorrow I’m moving a tall bookcase..taking the books off..dusting them down and putting them back in their new home! It’s been a good day of cleaning. When I moved the telly, you should have seen the dust! Very dirty indeed! Now, the vision box, the video player and the DVD player are totally clean, as are the leads that go into the TV.

    I took down the curtains, and washed those, they look much better! The windows are lovely and clean inside too. 🙂

  3. Dana says:

    I am one also who for YEARS held onto so many marterial things. Then I started purging the last few summers and felt so good about it. Then it seemed like the things we had gotten rid of we started needing and had to replace. Things that we were sure we didn’t need but are now finding that they were needed. So I’m back into do we get rid of it or not mode. Also I find it hard to get rid of my childrens things because there are 5 years between my girls and 5 years between by boys. Gender and ages are D-16, S-13, D-11, and S-8=so it seems that when the older ones want to get rid of something I in my mind think but we still have two more that may use it, what to do, what to do. That is what happened with some of things I have gotten rid of previously, older ones didn’t want it, purged it, and now younger ones are interested and we have to rebuy.
    What a vicious cycle! I think there is no answer but just not to buy and live very simply from the beginning of marriage and continue to stay that way throughout children and your whole life!

    Have a great day!

  4. Kim says:

    The living room is looking good!!! It is so neat and organized. Did I mention we are trying to sell our home so this is perfect timing for all of this. LOL!

  5. Cecily says:

    I’m stuck too with the ability to rearrange things. We’ve got a huge china hutch that my fil made and I don’t want to get rid of, limited wall space b/c of windows, and trying to make sure the tv is visible from everywhere. We also have a toy cube w/a slide for Evie in there and she LOVES it. So unless my hubby (who usually has great ideas about this stuff) can figure something out, I think ours will remain the same…:( However, one storage idea I have is that our end tables for our couches have a big empty shelf on the bottom of them. So I got some nice lined baskets and put under them to keep magazines, books or whatever else Matt needs on his side, in. My side is usually empty. I like to use baskets to hold things if they need to be out and accessible.

  6. Leigh says:

    I have a great solution for your sewing supplies… If you have the space for a bookcase, you can have a whole sewing center! I had some sturdy all-wood bookcases, and I use one for my sewing… It has 5 shelves, and the middle shelf I “enclosed” with a drop-down desk-type shelf, and I put my machine and WIPs in there, and I can close it up when the living room needs to be presentable. Then I have 4 shelves – one for my craft books, one for 2 baskets of sewing supplies, and 2 for my fabric stash! I wish I had a pic to show you – I don’t know if I described it well. But my sewing used to be everywhere, and even when I had a sewing “desk” behind a screen in my living room, it was a huge mess and I was never able to just sit down and sew. I love it!

  7. Debbie says:

    Hello Sylvia,

    My husband and I got married a year and a half ago and we have one 17 year old homeschooler and 5 other grown children who come home often from college and the missions field so our small home is full of people alot of the time. My problem is our familyroom arrangement, we have no TV but we do have a baby grand piano, three seperate windows and one wall of windows. I have struggled with how to set up our family room “conversation area” with the piano, furniture and wall of bookshelves. All items in the room are nessesary but there is no real flow to the room. I will try to include some pics today. Does anyone have any ideads?