Do you want your living room to be orderly and efficient? Check out these tips! We’ll discuss some living room organization secrets that will change your life!
We’re rolling into a decade full of potential. Over the next ten years, you’re going to do some amazing things.
But in order to turn your dreams into realities, you have to get your life in order. There are no excuses for you to be disorganized in 2020.
Luckily, we’re here to help. In this article, we’ll offer some tips on how to organize your living room. And we’ll also show you some gadgets that can help you get the job done.
These five organizational secrets will help you turn your living room into an orderly and efficient space.
1. Join the Digital Age
Technology has made it possible to store entire worlds of knowledge on digital drives smaller than your pinky nail. Why not take advantage of them to get organized?
Unless you’ve got sentimental reasons for holding onto your DVDs and books, don’t. Find a digital way to store them so they don’t take up space in your living room any longer.
With all of the streaming apps out there, you can purchase your favorite movies online and store them digitally. This is better than having physical copies because you can watch them in the car, at your friend’s house, or in a hotel.
When it comes to photos and home videos, you can do the same thing. Companies like Legacybox can turn your Polaroid pictures and VHS home movies into digital files!
I understand that some photos and videos have sentimental value. If you’re holding onto things for nostalgic reasons, by all means, keep them!
But if not, get with the digital age. You’ll free up a lot of space in your living room.
2. Invest in a Virtual Assistant
In that same vein, the 21st century is full of amazing AI technologies. Taking advantage of them can help you get organized and boost your productivity.
It doesn’t matter which AI device you prefer. Alexa, Google Home, and other devices can all keep you on schedule.
These disembodied robot voices make perfect virtual assistants. With the touch of a button and the “repeat” feature, you can set reminders for all of your important tasks.
Yes, your assistant will hold you accountable for those Netflix marathons by interrupting to remind you to take out the trash!
3. Use Closed Storage to Stay Organized
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel or spend a fortune to organize your stuff. Everything you need to keep your living room orderly is available at your nearest department store (or online).
Start with your clutter, then purge and deep-clean. Whatever is not necessary to your living room should be hidden away in a closed storage container.
From drawers to tote bins, closed storage is an efficient way to ensure everything has a home.
Here are a few items you might want to buy for your living room:
- Lift-top ottomans for your shoes, movies, and books
- Storage tubs and totes for your entryway closets (get the clear ones so you can see what’s inside of them)
- Closed storage cabinets to hide your baskets, bins, and bric-a-brac
Dual-purpose furniture can really help you stay organized, especially if you have a small living room or tiny apartment.
4. Reinvent Yourself by Changing Your Habits
Tiny adjustments to your daily routine can turn you from a disorganized clutter-bug into a productive and efficient new person.
You might start to sound like your parents, but it’s time to place some strict rules on yourself and your family.
To keep your living room organized, start with these basic rules:
- Don’t eat in the living room, and use a meal tray if you must
- Put your drink on a coaster, not directly on the furniture
- Return everything to its place after use
- Schedule five minutes each evening for a light cleaning
These rules might sound obvious. But as adults, it can be hard to force ourselves to follow them.
If you’re serious about getting organized and increasing your productivity, it’s time to adjust your habits.
5. Reconsider Your “Wants” and “Needs”
A lot of disorganization stems from the fact that we feel like we “have to” have something.
Oftentimes, the things you think you need end up sitting and collecting dust in your home.
This is especially common with electronics. You might think you need the newest iPhone or the latest version of your favorite gaming console, but is it really that important?
The latest and greatest is only necessary if it helps you to be more productive or truly makes you happy.
Go through all of the items in your living room. Look at each one and decide if it’s a necessity or a waste of space. If it serves an essential function or makes you very happy, keep it. Otherwise, find a new home for it.
It’s 2020 and the temptations are great. But your willpower must be greater.
Avoid bringing anything into the living room that doesn’t serve a clear and defined purpose.
Organizing your living room can be difficult. But it’s not impossible.
With a little effort, you can reorganize yours in a matter of hours.
I’m not going to lie: it certainly takes some work. But with these five secrets at your fingertips, it’ll be a lot easier!
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