The Get Organized series continues this week with a Get Organized Checklist for your family room. The family room is where your family goes to relax and thus, can be a collecting spot for clutter. We’re going to clear that clutter away and set up a system to keep it from happening in the future.
Before we lift a finger to organize our family rooms, we need to think about how we use it. Make a list of all the activities that occur in your family room.
My list looks like this:
- Watch TV shows and movies
- Play video games
- Hang out
- Family dance parties
After you’ve figured out how you use your family room, the next step is to get rid of things you don’t need to keep there.
- Go through EVERYTHING and throw away items that are damaged and can’t be repaired.
- Set aside items that are in good condition but that you no longer need to donate or sell.
- Relocate items that aren’t needed for family activities to other rooms where they can be used.
Now that you’ve eliminated all the clutter, it’s time to clean! It’s so much more fun to organize when you start with a clean space.
Wipe down all surfaces, including the backs of electronics and the insides of drawers. Vacuum everything – floor, along baseboards, windowsills, underneath couch and chair cushions, curtains, and lampshades.
This is the fun part! We’re going to make our family room a welcoming gathering spot for our family.
Gather up all of the items left over after you purged all the unnecessary things from your family room. Sort these into groups.
The groups I had were:
- Remote controls
- Video game controllers
- Video games
- Reading Material
You might also have:
- Board games
- Craft supplies
Now it’s time to find a home for each of those groups. Ideally, your family room furniture includes storage features.
If you have a side table with a drawer, the drawer is the perfect place to store remote controls and coasters. If your table doesn’t have a drawer, consider using a tray or tabletop remote control holder.
Baskets and bins are great for holding everything else. These can be stored under the coffee table or end table. They can also be stored on a book shelf.
If your family room is anything like mine, you probably have a ton of electronics stored there. Even if yours is tucked nicely behind or within a storage cabinet, whenever you need to fix a connection you’ll be battling an army of cords.
Keep It Organized
Once everything has a designated space, you’ll have great success keeping the family room organized if you implement a few rules.
- No food (except special occasions)
- Mandatory 5 minute clean up before bed
- Weekly dust and vacuum
That’s it! Keeping food out will eliminate wrappers, crumbs, and spills. And just 5 minutes of tidying each night is all it takes to keep things in their proper place.
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