It’s so easy to be lazy in living rooms. After all, everything about them—from their couches to their foot rests to their televisions—says, “Come. Sit down. Lounge.” Unfortunately, for many of us, these rooms also say, “Ack. Mess.”, which makes the sitting down and the lounging a little harder to do.
Not in 2017, my friend. This year, we’re going to tackle living room clutter and chaos once and for all.
We all know this saying “A place for everything and everything in its place,” but we don’t always use it properly. If you can’t find a place to put something, it probably a) doesn’t belong in your living room; b) doesn’t belong in your house or; c) doesn’t belong in your life. Remember, the less you have to clean around in your living room, the less you have to clean around.
No clothes in the living room.
No, this isn’t that kind of household. But shoes and socks and hats and coats have no business being in removed in a room that doesn’t typically have a closet or a bed. If you want to kick your shoes off when you get home, put them where they belong. One caveat to this rule: you can totally fold laundry here—just commit to putting it away.
Read and recycle.
Magazines and newspapers can pile up quickly. To curb the clutter, make a habit of recycling your periodicals as soon as you are done reading them. If you find you don’t have time to read everything that lands in your mailbox, reduce your subscriptions or find online versions of them instead.
Be a basketcase.
Nothing wrangles in rogue remote controls, pillows, blankets, and DVDs like a basket—just make sure each grouping gets one of its own. When it’s easy to find, it’s also easy to put away.
Toe the line.
Vacuum lines are awesome, right? Make them at least once a week with a high-quality vacuum. The general rule is the more people, pets, and use a room sees, the more you should vacuum.
Commit to a daily routine.
For a room that sees daily use, it should see a daily decluttering before you turn out the lights. This ensures it’s ready for you the next time you want to put your feet up, or if you find yourself a surprise host for a friend or neighbor. There’s nothing quite like the peace of mind that comes from knowing you always have a place you can sit.
Are there any living room clean tips we’re missing? What has worked best for you?