These are probably some clutter generators in this room:You may not have all of the above, but you probably have 1 or 2 of these areas that are issues for your family.
2. Decor items (photographs, trinkets, blankets, pillows, etc.)
4. Office / exercise paraphernalia
1. DVDs / CDs If you have a collection of DVDs or CDs, it is imperative that you come up with some sort of system to store them so they don't get damaged and so you can easily find one when you want it.
We no longer have a TV in our home (and we usually just listen to Pandora streaming online radio), so that pretty well takes care of this area for us. :) But for those of you who do have these items, here are some helpful ideas.
As usual, I'm a fan of closed storage. You very easily could just set all your DVDs / CDs on a bookshelf, being sure to alphabetize them by Title so it is easy to find the one you want. But I feel that would be too visually cluttered for me. (And too tempting for little kids to pull off the shelves...)
So...I would recommend sorting your movies into various categories (drama, comedy, kids, etc.) and then designate one storage box to each category, being sure to label it accordingly, and being sure to alphabetize them inside the box. Kind of like this...
You could similarly categorize your movies and store them in binders and label the binders. These decorative ones can be found on Amazon.
2. Decor items (photographs, trinkets, blankets, pillows, etc.) This is an area that can easily get out of control. I recommend stepping back and looking at your living area as if you're seeing it for the first time. Do you have one too many photographs or candles sitting around? Has the decorative tree in the corner seen better days? Are the patterns on your furniture and in your rug conflicting with each other?
You are not MARRIED to your belongings. If you don't like something anymore, DONATE it or THROW IT AWAY! If you think you want to get rid of something but have guilt about doing so, try taking it out and putting in storage in the attic or something for a year. If you haven't even thought about it all year when you find it up there again, it's probably safe to get rid of it!
This is what our great room used to look like:
And after several rounds of purging and redecorating, this is what it looks like today:
We got rid of conflicting patterns, lots and lots of trinkets, stowed the scrapbooks and blankets out of sight and got rid of the seldom used exercise equipment.
See more about that project here.
If you want to keep exercise equipment in there, consider hiding a ball or step behind the sofa when not in use or stash some hand weights in your coffee table drawer...anything you can do to make it less obvious.
Did I miss anything? Any other types of clutter taking over your living areas that you'd like me to address?
Check back tomorrow for more tips on creating a Clutter Free Home!