Mother knows best – we can all agree. However, there was one statement my mother was clearly wrong about: Smaller homes are easier to clean than bigger ones.
Perhaps, she failed to weigh the facts that, first, we’re living in the city in the 21st century, and second, her grown-up millennial kids have cluttered routines.
Ironically, the smaller the space, the harder it can be to keep it clean and organized. This holds true for the majority of us who deals with a busy work schedule and active social life. Aside from blaming the lack of extra room for storage, we can also apologize for our lifestyle, with more time to buy new stuff and less time to declutter the mess.
Okay, enough with the blaming – let’s just clean up the chaos. If you’re busy and unorganized (and you’re proud of it), here are some of the foolproof organizing tricks you may consider to make your living room a little less messy.
1. Keep One Big Clutter Catcher
Clutter Catcher is a fancy term for a wastebasket – an attractive bin you’d love to display.
The storage baskets and bins serve as a quick fix for taking the mess out of sight (for now) while acting as a chic home décor, adding extra color, texture, or pattern to your living room. Tuck away the clutter catcher in a sad corner to throw magazines, books, toy collections, throw blankets, and other items not worthy of displaying.
2. Pack A Few Small Storage Cases
Opt for tiny stylish boxes, rustic crates, vintage canisters, mini drawers, baskets with lids, and other closed storage pieces which can be easily tucked in. These are great for stashing knickknacks in a pinch while keeping your living room looking neat and systematized.
Since they’re decorative, they can be integrated into your bookcase décor mix, and may even be used as unexpected bookends. Small boxes and covered baskets and bins may also be seated atop a coffee or side table.
3. Invest In Furniture With Hidden Storage
Isn’t it a downer to cramp your space with stuff meant to save space?
If your living room is too small for more storage boxes and baskets, go for furniture pieces that double as closed storage units. Think of storage ottomans, coffee tables with drawers and secret storage compartments, and couches with hidden seat storage. Your guests won’t even have the idea that you’re hiding a pile of mess underneath the charming seat.
While these ideas seem quite counter-productive, they could be of great help for those who just can’t have the time to clear out the pile of clutter but are aiming to stay organized. Sorting out is also made easier with storage units since the clutter can be found in one place.
4. Think Vertically For Storage
Limited floor space? You can always think vertically and count on some wall-mounted storage units to help stay organized.
Mount a few floating shelves and cabinets for loads of extra storage without occupying an inch of your inadequate square footage. Using the vertical space on your wall is also ideal for organizing and displaying photographs.
5. Control Out Of Control Cords
Tangled cables behind entertainment units are never pretty. Fortunately, you can do something to organize the cords, like using a slim cable yoyo, which coils cords and comes with an adhesive backing that sticks onto any surface.
6. Devote A Few Minutes For Quick Clearing
Taking a few minutes off your day to do some table or shelf clearing wouldn’t hurt. Quickly clean off your space before you leave for work or before you go to sleep. Taking these small yet significant steps help keep your living room clutter under control and make “cleaning and purging day” a lot easier.
7. Schedule A Purging And Judgment Day
Getting rid of the stuff you’re not using is easier said than done, but doing so will truly do your cluttered space (and cluttered mind) a favor.
Schedule a regular purging day. Have three boxes with you, labeled “to keep”, “to give out/donate”, and “to discard.” It’s safe to say that those old magazines and brochures, obsolete paperwork, dried out pens, used candles, drained batteries, and old CDs belong to nowhere but the trash.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a resident writer for Wincrest Home Builders, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family homes in Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, and the Hunter.