If you find yourself struggling for space in your home, it is time to do something about it. If you find yourself watching Marie Kondo shows, but still living in a cluttered home, there are some simple steps you can take to reclaim your family room. We get it. The family room is at its best potential when your family is using it and spending time with one another, but sometimes life gets busy. The busier our lives get, the more clutter tends to build up in our homes. What if we told you it was as easy as devoting thirty minutes this week towards cleaning your family room?
Six steps towards eliminating clutter:
Step One: Take a deep breath and turn on your favorite music playlist. The cleaning process will go by faster if you are working while listening to one of your favorite songs.
Step Two: Everyone plays a part in the family room getting out of hand because everyone typically uses it. To start off, you will want to divide people’s things into different piles. Each family member will have their own pile.
Step Three: Once the piles are made, you can determine what items can stay in the family room and what items need to go into that person’s space outside the living room.
Step Four: There will be some items that you decide to keep in the family room like toys and blankets, but it is important to organize these items before they become clutter. In order to organize, you will want to buy containers for each item or each of your family members. The containers can be as big or as small as your desire, but try to tie the containers into the style of your family room by looking at decorative bins or baskets.
Step Five: Once you have purchased your bins/baskets, call each family member into the room. Share your vision for a decluttered central space and instruct everyone that all of their items must return back into their bin before they leave the room. To keep things looking sharp, do not let things overflow the basket. Once the bin is full, all other belongings must go in that person’s bedroom. Younger kids may need some extra guidance with the cleaning process. Try to help them decide which toys to keep in the family room and which to put into their bedrooms.
Step Six: Your family room should already be looking better than before, but there is one more step. Typically, we own items that every family member uses. Sit down as a family to go through these items. Create a rule that five things must go in the give-away box and in order to take something out, another item must go into the box. This will help reduce clutter and useless items.
As flooring experts, we understand that you cannot appreciate your beautiful flooring when clutter is taking over the room. We hope you enjoyed these six steps towards eliminating clutter in your family room.